PARTY PLANNING 101, PART 3 (ALL THE DETAILS)

Welcome back to PART 3 of the Party Planning post series!

Who doesn’t love a nicely organized party when things go smoothly, and the party is simple yet tasteful? I know I do, and even though I don’t always reach the “simple party” goal, I do strive to make the event personal and memorable. If you are a work in progress in the party planning department, just like me, I hope you find the posts in this Party Planning series helpful and inspiring!

Just to refresh, in the first part, I talked about your RESOURCES and how to utilize them. In part 2 I encouraged you to figure out your PRIORITIES and set your EXPECTATIONS.

Today, I’ll be talking about the fun part of the party planning—all the DETAILS!

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PARTY PLANNING 101, PART1 (RESOURCES)

I don’t know about you, but I love throwing parties, whether it’s for my kids, for friends, for family or…just because, ha! But I have to admit, I have struggled on many occasions with planning, understanding my abilities, overcommitting, or keeping the budget. It all added so much stress and anxiety to my days, which is quite the opposite of what you should be dealing with when trying to throw a fun celebration for someone you love!

I have come up with a few simple strategies (based on my past mistakes!) that now help me stay focused and on course with spending, time management, and productivity. I’ll be sharing them in a series of posts, titled PARTY PLANNING 101. Hope you find them helpful as well!

Today, I’ll be talking about your RESOURCES.

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Ways to Enjoy Winter

When it comes to winter, a lot of us think “cold”, “dark”, “miserable”, “boring”, “long”…generally summed up by the word “blah”. What if I told you that just by changing up a few things in your daily or weekly routine, if not all these adjectives but definitely some, can be changed for happier and brighter ones?

I will admit that occasionally I suffer from seasonal depression, also known as winter blues. When the days are grey with very little sunshine, my mood just plummets to the bottom of the charts. I can’t help it, it just sucks me right into the thick of this weird anti-productivity hibernation. And that, inadvertently, affects the rest of my family. If I feel “blah”, the kids pick up on that and model their attitudes based on mine. I want to break free from this “blah” feeling and not let it determine my mood this winter season.

 

These are just a few ideas on how to combat those pesky moody winter days and have a bit more “sunshine” in your life instead!

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How to Survive a Snow Day

Another snow day looming… What is your reaction: jump with glee or cringe in disbelief?

If you are the latter, you most likely dread unscheduled days off from school…I know the feeling. I used to be just like that, getting frustrated and agitated because for a busy mom, it means…change of schedule! And that doesn’t come easy for people like me. I love routine. I love predictability. I love being able to rely on the known quantity. The funny thing is that I actually do love snow and winter in general. I don’t mind throwing a few snowballs and going down the hill on my kids’ sleds once in a while. Boy, I even love to shovel, (if my husband lets me :))!! So it really used to catch me off guard that I would get this frustrated when I got calls from school about a cancelation, even though I actually enjoy snow days.

It made me think about the ways that I can change how we do things around here, so it’s less hectic and stressful for us all on snow days. After some serious trial and error of multiple winters, I have come up with 5 things I do now that really help me to have very fun and low stress snow days with my kids these days!

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