Occasionally I think: Why the dancing?

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Gigi and I celebrating New Year’s at 5pm! I also made hats like these for my Party In a Box as well!

Right now on Instagram I’m hosting the best thing ever: a dance off.

Because if you follow me on IG, then you know from time to time I like to post videos of myself dancing. I’m not 100% sure why I started doing that, other than it seemed like the most logical use of Instagram’s video feature when it first launched.

I’ve been happily surprised at the positive response my dancing videos receive. Unlike YouTube and even Facebook, I find Instagram to be a fairly friendly place (though celebrity pages are major exceptions). I get hardly any rude comments, though I tend to lose quite a few followers, HAHA, and a lot of people say that the absurd dancing “makes their day.”

I didn’t really understand why it made people so happy until people started submitting THEIR dance videos to the competition.

In a world where social media so often compels feelings of inadequacy and comparison, the dance videos just make you laugh. Not because other people look stupid, but because other people are having fun and look genuinely happy.

You’re not thinking, “Their house looks cleaner than mine,” or “They’re so much thinner than me.” If you’re me, you’re just snort-laughing and so glad they posted a dance video.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about confidence. It’s really hard to be confident all the time. At some moments I swing so far on the confidence scale I have total illusions of grandeur. But 2 hours later that pendulum swings so far to the other side I can’t IMAGINE what I was once thinking.

Often I wonder what it would be like to have a nice even “tock.” Like a grandfather clock that keeps perfect time.

Either way, I don’t think posting a dance video takes inordinate amounts of confidence, because sometimes I have all the confidence in the world, and sometimes I have none. More-so I think it takes a “Well, this is it.” kind of attitude. And the realization that no one is going to think about that dance video as much as you do. Simple as that.

Then again, I also just really lack restraint.

Haha. Happy friday friends. I hope you have a fabulous weekend. My plan for the New Year is to write more. Like I used to on the blog. So I’m going to do a series called “Occasionally I think” and talk about what has been keeping my brain occupied for the week.

I’d love for you to weigh in.

And to join the dance off.

xo
Alison

Freshly Picked’s Glam Lumberjack Jam #danceyouraxoff

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(Photos that look like this, on this white backdrop are from the Smilebooth and you can see all of them here!) I’ll be showing my TOP PICKS from the photo booth ASAP!

So here we go friends. I’m about to share pictures from the party of the year/decade. The party pictures were taken by the AMAZING Justin Hackworth. I love Justin with all my heart.

I helped Ms. Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked Moccasins throw an end of the year bash. I worked with my genius friend Kimmy Crosby, and she helped me execute the theme, the details and did things like make spreadsheets and know the PERFECT places to put heart-shaped balloons. She’s an organizational and creative gem, and she strokes my fragile ego exactly when it needs a boost. BLESS HER.

This party was about one thing: Susan saying, “thank you” to her brand supporters by helping them to have a BLAST.

It was NOT about networking, looking really hot, or inviting a bunch of bloggers to expose the brand. I’m not saying those things are horrible, I’m just saying this was not a party for that. Everyone was invited, and it was seriously so so fun.

I’m bad at A LOT OF THINGS. Organized sports, being pleasant, cleaning, not having life-altering mood swings.

But you know what I am REALLY REALLY good at?

Getting people to DANCE THEIR AX OFF.

Yes, we had a room of 300ish moms dancing like no one was watching.

And here’s how we did it.

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The party was held at Provo’s Startup Building. It’s a super venue and I’m glad the city has it. I used these oversized black and white signs to do messaging all around the party. I glittered certain words with tacky glue and fat gold glitter.

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We hired 4 “lumberjacks” to lavish ladies with attention, bring them donuts and diet soda, and point a fan on them at the photobooth. I’m serious. The one of the far left is my lil brother.

The party was about DANCING. And so that was the focus of the room. We used tons of gold mylar fringe, ordered from a party store, and cheap Christmas lights. Walls By Mur created that plaid dance floor, and Justin Godina is the WORLD’S BEST DJ and worked the turn tables to perfection.

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OBVIOUSLY I enjoyed myself.

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As did Ms. Freshly Picked, the hostess with the mostest.

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Lizy Bowden made this amazing wreath with pairs of Freshly Picked Moccasins, and she also did all the florals the entrance and for the cocktail tables that were sprinkled throughout the party.

Now I suggest you turn on Kesha’s “Timber” sit back, and enjoy people dancing like fools.

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3 Out-of-the-Box Holiday Looks

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Flattering? Not totally.

Practical? Not super. (Though there are some awesome pointers and take-aways!)

Totally fun? HELL YES.

In this video the Style Sisters and Hollywood stylists (they are actual sisters people) Lindsey Shores and Charisse Miller deck my body with some awesome holiday looks. And even though the antlers might not be something you can do at home…they do share TONS of good tips for beautifying your bangin’ self.

Check out all my Holiday Inspiration Videos here!

Ho ho ho!

xo
Alison

Wrap that crap

Oh Hey!

I’m just about to head off to San Diego, and from there to Hawaii-ALOHA-for the holiday! But I wanted to quickly share some of my favorite holiday wrapping inspiration! Gigi and I had so much fun earlier this week wrapping up some prezzies for her little friends. I had her pick out some junk from the dollar store, that she thought were priceless treasures, for a few of her tiny friends. We used some Martha Stewart Treat bags and it’s amazing what a little wrapping can do for a gift.

Here are some pix of Gigi and me wrapping her presents, aka me telling her to put things in bags and her asking if she can eat all of the treats we picked out for her friends…

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And now for some BOMB ideas! Seriously. I can’t get over these goodies! For more ideas and all the links head to my babble blog

GO HERE!

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Cute right! I found even more!

Easy Gift Wrap Ideas and Free Printable Gift Tags

I have one more holiday video that I’ll be posting next week, but other than that I’m gonna take some time off! I’m not even brining my computer to Hawaii! And I seriously cannot wait.

This year was a bitch people.

It was amazing, incredible, filled with love and joy, but hard. The highs were super high but the lows pretty low. I am most definitely a crazy person and I expect to be institutionalized for being a nutter-butter at some point in my life (I’m dead serious) but this was not the year! I don’t like to dwell on the hard stuff or whine too much, because I know my “hard stuff” isn’t all that bad. But I’m super happy and feeling so blessed right now, and I think it’s good to remember that even though things can get tough, things are still beautiful.

Thank you so much for you support, encouragement, and being a part of this crazy online world with me.

It’s love that makes the world go round, love that keeps doing what I do, and love is the reason for my season. Thank you for celebrating with me.

With all the love in my heart,

Alison

Holiday Table Decor and Florals Video

Hello! I’m SUPER excited to share holiday video #4 of 5 today! Mostly because I’m so in love with the table decor and ideas that Lizy Bowden came up with for the video, but also because I’m so sick of the videos being just me ME ME. I know, shocking. But seriously. Feels good to get a fresh face in there, huh?!

Check it out!

CREDITS:

Florals by Lizy Bowden
My dress c/o Junie Blake 
Videography: Third Floor Design Studio

As I mentioned before I’m working with Third Floor Design Studio check out their other work here) to do a series of 5 Holiday Videos! The first video was: Decorating your Christmas Tree like a Total Party, the second video was: How to make a giant wall bow! And the third video was: How to Swag your mantle!

In this video professional florist Lizy Bowden joins us and talks about the basics of a good table display…

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How to make your own garland out of greens…

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And then demonstrates how to make these ADORABLE mini arrangements that you could give as neighbor gifts, use a place cards or use on their own to liven up your table!

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Lizy also used these at the Glam Lumberjack Jam (photos from that soon!) aka the giant mom dance party I helped plan for Freshly Picked.

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I love how Lizy sprayed these thistles gold! I thought they looked fetching in her hair!

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Thank you so much Lizy! I hope you all enjoy the video!

Be sure to check out all my other Christmas ideas here!

Like homemade chocolate dipped marshmallows or
Yummy Gingerbread Houses or
DIY Geometric wrapping paper!

xo,
Alison

Keep it crafty, Keep it sassy.