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Q&A with Tastemaker Meaghan Murphy of Good Housekeeping

9 Jun

Meet our Tastemaker Meaghan Murphy, Executive Editor at Good Housekeeping

Last month, we were thrilled to introduce you to our new Tastemakers.  We love partnering with influencers who have great style and love a good monogram.  We decided to do a Q&A with one of our favorite Tastemakers – Meaghan Murphy.  I highly suggest you follow her on Instagram as her posts are both inspiring and funny.  We hope you enjoy getting to know her!

Photos courtesy of Meaghan Murphy Instagram

Q.

What is your favorite thing about working at Good Housekeeping?

A.

We cover everything I love from cleaning hacks and top toys to tested-‘til-perfect recipes and cute shoes. And the covers are just so pretty that I get a matching manicure every month. My nails have issues…of GH!

Q.

We know you are all about a good workout! What is your favorite workout to do and why?

A.

Picking a favorite workout would be like picking a favorite child. I can’t do it! I do something different every day so I never get bored (or injured). My steady rotation is: SLT, Poe yoga, OrangeTheory Fitness and Flywheel.

Q.

What is the ONE thing in your wardrobe you couldn’t live without?

A.

Right now it would be my Karl Lagerfeld critter sneakers. OBSESSED!

Q.

What’s an emerging home trend you’re seeing right now?

A.

We just ran photographer Gray Malin’s guest retreat in the July issue of GH and I fell in love with his layered carpet look. I went home an immediately ordered a grey sisal carpet from Capel Rugs as the base for a fun and graphic Pottery Barn rug.

Q.

Just for fun … who is your celebrity crush?

A.

Kelly Rippa! I love, love, love doing her show. She’s a Jersey girl just like me and is so kind and engaging with her fans.

 

5 Share-Worthy Graduation Party Ideas

3 May

May and June mean it’s graduation season!  Junior high, high school and college kids will be graduating and moving into the next chapter of their lives.  With graduation comes celebrations – big and small.  To help celebrate the graduates big day, there are some fun ways you can make it special.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas to make your graduation party memorable.

  1. Coordinate everything in their school colors.  This goes for everything you have at the party!  If the school colors are blue and white, coordinate everything with those two colors:  balloons, plates, napkins, table runners, cups, etc.  It really brings the theme together.  If you have a high school graduate who will be going to college, you can celebrate by using their new college colors.  It’s also a great way to announce their college choice for those who aren’t already aware of where they will be headed in the fall.

    Decorating in school colors. Photo source: Catchmyparty

  2. Decorate with pictures of the graduate. To get people “oohing” and “ahhing” display pictures in frames of the graduate throughout the party. If it’s a small gathering at a restaurant, you can put a few on the table(s). If you are having a big backyard party, put various pictures at different tables so everyone can view the graduate through the years. You can also hang them from outdoor tents for a great backdrop as well. This is also a great ice breaker for guests who may not know each other.

    Surrounded by memories of the grad. Photo source: Pinterest

  3. Set up a photo booth.  Make a huge chalkboard backdrop with chalkboard contact paper.  You can have it say “Class of 2017” where friends (and family) can take pictures at the party.  You can also add a hashtag so everyone can view the pictures later on social media (i.e., #Samgradparty17).

    Say cheese! Photo source: Pinterest

  4. Give everyone a class ring.  For a fun and inexpensive centerpiece, put out a glass jar or bowl filled with Ring Pops and label it “Class Rings.”

    Class rings for everyone! Photo source: Mylifeatplaytime.com

  5. Design a box for cards. Most guests will bring a card to congratulate the graduate. You can gift wrap a medium sized box (and don’t forget to make a slot big enough for cards!) in their school colors. Guests will appreciate having a place to put their cards before enjoying the festivities!

    Congrats cards welcome here! Photo source: etsy.com

Do you have ideas you’d like to share? Maybe something you did at your party that really “wowed” your guests! Share in the comments!

Congrats to all the 2017 graduates and best of luck in your futures!  See our graduation ideas for even more inspiration!

xoxo,

Jennifer

Have you thanked a volunteer?

24 Apr

The Stationery Studio staff finishing up another successful yearly coat drive.

This morning on twitter I saw that #NationalVolunteerWeek was trending.  I was excited to see that there’s a whole week to bring attention to volunteers.  Sometimes in our busy lives, we forget about the people who selflessly give their time to make things happen all around us.  If you do volunteer for something, you might not ever think about getting thanks or praise because you don’t volunteer for that reason.

I am lucky because I was raised by a family who lives by the motto of giving back.  My parents are now retired and live a life of philanthropy.  I am always in awe of the lives they change through their volunteering.  #NationalVolunteerWeek reminds me to thank my parents for all they do.  It’s reminding me to thank ALL the volunteers in my life from soccer coaches to PTO members.  Take a moment to think about the people you know in your own life and your community who volunteer to make things happen.  Maybe it’s someone at your church, your local pet shelter, the food pantry, your neighborhood … you get the idea.  Why not send them a quick email to thank them and know how much they’re appreciated?  Or you can stop by and bring them a gift card for a cup of coffee or some fresh flowers.

Working at The Stationery Studio, I have had the opportunity to give back by working with organizations that positively impact our community.  I thank The Stationery Studio for allowing our workplace to give back!

Take a moment this week to thank volunteers.  I promise you they will appreciate it more than you know!

xoxo,

Jennifer