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Introducing Our New Site!

New redesigned Catch My Party site!

I can't tell you how excited I am about this... we're ready to share the work we've been doing on the redesigned Catch My Party site!

But before we officially launch it, we need your feedback. Please take a second and test drive it on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop, then add your feedback here or shoot me an email at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com.

We'd love honest thoughts -- both positive and negative -- and please let us know if you experience any difficulties (and what device you're viewing our site on).

Our community (you!), is what we value most, so we want this site to feel like yours as much as ours.

For those who have been with us from the beginning, we thank you for your commitment and loyalty, and hope you like where we're going... and for you newbies, welcome to a cool, new party planning/party sharing experience!

Redesigned Catch My Party Site!

Summer Harvest Foodie App is out and We're Featured!

I'm excited to announce that the new Summer Harvest Foodie app is out for iPhone and iPad, and once again a recipe of ours -- our strawberry ginger lemonade -- has been featured. Thank you, Foodie!

This month, the theme is recipes that feature late summer fruits and vegetables. If you are a fruit and veggie lover (which I definitely am), you will die over the creative recipes and beautiful photos!

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Some of my favorite recipes from the app are: the roasted baby eggplant with ricotta, zucchini and sweet potato latkes, savory spinach and cheese waffles, spicy shrimp with zucchini noodles, and blueberry pie with chocolate ginger crust. Sound interesting, right?

Something about looking at beautiful photos of food... it always makes me happy. If you're like me, definitely download the Summer Harvest Foodie appIt will make you happy, too!

We're Featured in the Back to School Foodie App!

Now that it's back to school time, are you fretting over what to pack your kids for lunch? I know I am. My daughter, Lainey, is the pickiest eater.

Well, here's the new free Back to School Foodie app for iPad and iPhone, filled with 40 creative ideas for school lunches to get both you and me inspired for the months ahead. And another cool part is my chicken soup recipe is featured! Thank you, Foodie!

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Here's my soup. It is something my daughter loves and will eat anytime! If you have a picky eater in your house, you might want to try it, I think it's foolproof. Plus, its so warm and comforting on those cool fall days.

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Some of my favorite recipes from the app are the soft granola bars, the roasted chickpeas, the lentil salad, the roasted carrot soup, the breakfast cookie (will definitely be trying this!), and the strawberry-kiwi fruit.

Download the app today, it's totally free and the photos are so beautiful. It will make you hungry.

Foodie puts out new editions of their app every month, so be on the lookout at the App Store.

My Recent Photo Shoot

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What an incredibly fun day I had shooting my new headshots with Jillian Kay, photographer & owner of Epoxy Studios in San Jose, California.

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After I got my hair and makeup done, Jillian and I spent a little time bonding over the fact that we have the same name. :) Then we got down to business...

First, we focused on headshots because mine have gotten old. I was a little nervous at the beginning of the shoot, but Jillian had a great way of making me feel relaxed and comfortable by coaching me through the whole thing.

You can tell she's very passionate about what she does, and she knew exactly how to bring my inner passion and happiness out. I hope it shows in these photos.

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Next Jillian photographed me while I styled my princess party table. I've always wanted some action shots, so here they are. :)

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I couldn't have been more pleased with how the day went, and I owe it all to Jillian.

After I got over my nerves, I have to admit, it was fun feeling like a rockstar for a day. :)

Jillian, photographer & owner at Epoxy Studios, creates fabulous headshots and portraits that express who you are!

We're Featured on the Summer Sweets Foodie App!

If you love looking at gorgeous food, especially desserts, you must check out the new free Summer Sweets Foodie App available for the iPad and iPhone. And if that's not compelling enough, our Red, White, and Blue Strawberry Shortcake is featured as the second recipe!! Woo hoooo!

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Here's our recipe! Thank you, Foodie, for including us. I promise this strawberry shortcake recipe is delicious and perfect for summer!!

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Some of my favorite recipes from the app include: a s'mores bundt cake, a nectarine blackberry open-faced pie, a roasted peach cobbler, mango haberno popsicles, and a bacon and dulce de leche ice cream pie! My mouth waters every time I look at it.

Foodie puts out new editions of their app every month, so be on the lookout at the App Store!

15% Off All Party Supplies until July 31st!!

Need party supplies?! Here's your chance to save 15% off of everything at Birthday in a Box!! Just use this discount code!

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Please pass this on!

Catch My Party is on Google+... Are you?

I don't know about you, but I'm starting to like Google+. I have both a G+ Catch My Party page and a G+ personal page. They are similar to my business page and personal page on Facebook, and I share different content on each one.

I think Google+ is the new social network. It does help with SEO (getting found in Google searches), plus you won't miss people's updates (and they won't miss yours) like what happens on Facebook.

Please follow me on both of my pages to keep up to date on what we're up to and I'll happily follow you back!

Here's my  G+ Catch My Party page.

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And here's my G+ personal page:

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See you on G+!

Check out a Maker Faire Near You!

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This weekend I went to the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California and it was awesome!  As a maker myself, I was totally inspired. It's a combination of DIY, technology, and crafting.

There are Maker Faires all over the US and all over the world. Since many of you are makers yourselves, I recommend one.

My highlights...

Here's an Ultimaker 3D printer printing a plastic bowl. When the prices drop, I am definitely getting one.

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Instead of origami, this display was made of tape, hence the name "tapigami."

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A car with animatronic fish and lobsters that dance when the car stereo blasts.

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An aircraft carrier built completely out of Legos.

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An entire floor full of Legos for kids to build.

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A Kickstarter funded company called Roominate, started by two women engineers at Stanford, to inspire girls to build their own dollhouses. My daughter has one and loves it!

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Another Kickstarter funded company called Goldie Blox, also started by a female Stanford engineer, to teach girls about engineering. We bought the game at Maker Faire for my daughter, but they will be in Toys R Us soon.

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Foam interlocking shapes to build stuff with from a company called Itsphun. We bought the starter pack and now they are all over our living room in lots of crazy shapes and combinations.

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I heard Brit Morin from Brit+Co speak about what inspired her to start her company. An artist was right by the stage, drawing an image of her speech.

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And here she is... I wish I had a photo of her shoes because they were fantastic.

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And here's my little maker (who believes she can make anything) building a structure with wood.

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6 Cool Companies from the MamaBear Conference

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Last week I went to a conference called MamaBear, which was a family tech conference. I saw so many great family-oriented companies, I had to share my favorites...

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Toca Boca makes digital games for kids and my daughter can't get enough! We have every single one of their games. They are interactive, fun, and very open-ended, which I think leads to more creative play. Her favorite game is definitely Hair Salon 2 (see above). You can see the crazy hairstyles she comes up with. Possible career choice?

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I just started using UrbanSitter about a month ago to find babysitters, and what I love about the site is it enables me to find babysitters recommended by my friends and people in my community. It makes me feel much more comfortable leaving my daughter with some one new. With UrbanSitter, there's no more freaking out on a Saturday night with no one to watch my kid!

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I was so inspired listening to the CEO of Citrus Lane, Mauria Finley. She is a woman who loves what she does and loves providing value to moms. If you have a baby or young child, you should check them out. They will provide you with the latest and greatest in baby and kid products, and the best part... it's like getting a present in the mail each month.

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I had never heard of Life360, but once I did, I downloaded their app immediately. It's a simple way to keep track of your family, see where they all are, and stay in touch quickly and easily. Brilliant, right? This is the perfect site for today's mobile family.

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ArtKive is an app I also downloaded right away. It's a way to store all your kids' artwork without having to buy a new filing cabinet. I just take a picture of my daughter's latest creation, tag it, and it gets stored by ArtKive. I can then share it with friends and family or even create beautiful books of her art.  I know what the grandparents will be getting for Christmas this year...

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Kiwi Crate delivers a box filled with fun projects to your kids (ages 3-7) each month. Each box has a theme, so your kids get to create, explore, and discover all on their own (or with a little help from you). Perfect for a rainy day activity when you kids tell you they're bored!

I'm always on the hunt for sites that make our families' lives better. If you have any recommendations, please add them in a comment or on Facebook. I'd love to discover them.

 

25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Me...

Laura from Live Smile Celebrate has come up with a blog series called "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" based on the celebrity series in US Magazine.

She tagged me and four other party gals to write the same post and after doing so, tag some other party friends. What a cool idea! So here are 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Me...

  1. I was born in Connecticut and grew up in New Jersey (I had bad hair for a lot of those years and didn't know it).
  2. My favorite party style is shabby chic with lots of personal details.
  3. I am a chocoholic. My current chocolate bar obsession right now is Chocolove's Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate.
  4. I'm 5'2 1/2" tall.
  5. I have one daughter, Lainey, who calls herself the official "model" and "taster" of Catch My Party. She takes her jobs very seriously. (You've probably seen her on the blog.)
  6. I've been with my husband for twelve years (married for eight) and still find him to be the most interesting person I know.
  7. I am an amateur photographer and have been taking photos since I was a teenager.
  8. In five weeks we are moving from Santa Monica, CA to Palo Alto, CA. I have not packed one box yet.
  9. I have sleepless nights before throwing a party because I worry about every detail.
  10. My favorite TV show is Top Chef.
  11. My desk is covered in Post-It notes.
  12. My favorite food is sushi and my favorite sushi restaurant in LA is Sasabune.
  13. I love smaller, more intimate parties because I find it easier to talk to people.
  14. My favorite color is green.
  15. I believe in dreaming big.
  16. I love to cook.
  17. We have a dog named Gertie who is an eight-year-old Tibetan Terrier and we take her on vacation with us.
  18. I'm shy but like to speak in public.
  19. Before starting Catch My Party, I was a screenwriter in Hollywood and once wrote a movie for Salma Hayek. The movie never got made, but I got to work with her. She's funny, smart, and even more beautiful in person (if you can believe it).
  20. I can spend hours on the Internet looking at shoes and handbags.
  21. My favorite party trends right now: food and drink bars, funny photo booth props, tassel garlands, chalkboard anything, and ombre cakes.
  22. I'm really into gel nail polish.
  23. I love orangutans.
  24. The most satisfying part of my job is getting to showcase creative people from all over the world. I find it humbling.
  25. never want anyone to throw me a surprise party because I think I would freak out!
Hope you thought this was as fun to read as I did putting it together…

I'm tagging:

Lynlee -- Lynlee's Petit Cakes

Rebekah -- A Blissful Nest

Kristy -- The Purple Pug

Brittany -- GreyGrey Designs

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