March 23, 2017 | by Cyd Converse
Since things are really coming together with our living room (see the latest update), I’ve started to make plans for our dining room. Since sharing our renovation progress, I ordered and rolled out a big jute rug that really looks amazing in the room. Now it’s all about curtains, some cool wooden blinds and those few extra special touches that really bring a room together. In trying to decide what I wanted to do about window treatments, I was trolling my Pinterest boards for inspiration when I realized that I clearly have a thing for bright, light, mostly white dining rooms with great wood tones and lots of natural textures. Today I’m sharing 10 that all mostly fall in line with those characteristics, all of which make the cut for rooms I really love. Consider this a little dining room decor mashup!
1. A sunny Craftsman dining nook [above]
2. Colorful boho breakfast nook
3. Modern beachy California dining room
4. Cool wallpapered dining room
5. Bright sunny breakfast nook
6. Neutral dining room with texture
7. Modern farmhouse dining room
8. Beachy neutral dining room
9. Modern mid-century boho dining room
10. Simple modern dining room
March 17, 2017 | by Cyd Converse
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, my thoughts almost immediately turned to childcare and how on earth this little babe of ours would get fed and diapered during the day while we were working. Almost as quickly, I knew that at least for the first year I wanted to try really hard to make it work without any kind of full time childcare. Call me crazy, but knowing she would be my first and my last all at the same time, I wanted to have that time with her and I thought I’d regret shipping her right off to daycare. Also, I was really really worried about the finances behind paying for childcare, which is where the “real talk” part of this conversation is about to come into play. Today, I’m dishing on our decisions and endless, ongoing discussions about childcare. The other awesome moms in our Real Talk with Real Moms conglomerate are also sharing their personal experiences, motivations and realities when it comes to making decisions surrounding childcare. I’m personally excited to read each and everyone of their posts so be sure to pop over and give them all a read!
[Check in with the other moms! | Jen of The Effortless Chic | Alexandra of AVE Styles | Leah of Freutcake | Caitlin of Sacramento Street | Catherine of The Life Styled | Hey Mama | Rebecca of A Daily Something | Natalie of Thoughts By Natalie | Sarah Sherman Samuel | Erin of Apartment 34]
March 16, 2017 | by Cyd Converse
St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and I’ll be popping in with the next edition of our Real Talk with Real Moms series, but in the meantime I didn’t want to skip out on sharing some of my favorite things from around the web this week. A few last minute things to inspire your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, alongside those boozy Irish coffee milkshakes we whipped up yesterday! Also, just a few things that inspired me in general or caught my eye. We’ll have a house full of kiddos this weekend so a walk down to our big local Irish festival and a slow cooker full of corned beef (for the meat-eating contingency) is topping our list of things to do this weekend. And maybe I’ll let my arm be twisted into whipping up a batch of those milkshakes for our favorite neighbors. (Chances are very very likely.)
1 | Leah’s Rainbow Layered Jello
It’s confession time! I kind of hate jello. It’s just really never done anything for me, even as a kid. That said, Leah might just make a tiny bit of convert out of me with these adorable rainbow layered jello bites.
2 | Natural Girl Modern World’s Beet + Pineapple Juice
Basically if you add beets to anything, I’m hooked. I love beets, I love that signature beet color and the flavor is just so good. This beet + pineapple juice looks amazing to me. Brunch, anyone?
3 | Blissful Basil’s Vegan Green Goddess Pasta
I am in love with basically everything that falls under the Green goddess category. Make it vegan and add pasta, and we’ve got a whole new love affair going on. And I love that green color!
4 | Margaux + Max’s Gallery Wall
Honestly, a good gallery wall will never grow old in my book, but I particularly love this one. Featuring sweet family photos all printed in black and white, with those simple wood frames, it’s just lovely.
5 | Eden’s Tokyo Mule Recipe
We are such huge fans of a good mule cocktail recipe around here, that I immediately perked up when I saw Eden’s recipe with an Asian twist. It’s made with sake! How incredible does that sound?
6 | The Fresh Exchange’s Lettering
I’m a long time fan of Megan’s lettering and this particular saying really resonates with me. If I told you all the ways this fits my life, I could write you a novel. Maybe I should do that some day…
March 15, 2017 | by Cyd Converse
At our favorite Irish pub here in town, they serve an Irish coffee that is the stuff that warms the soul on a cold winter day. Dark, rich coffee steaming hot with big splashes of whiskey and Irish cream. Topped with whipped cream and a little dusting of cinnamon, it’s basically dessert meets cocktail meets some kind of heaven. Is Ireland heaven after all? It may just be, friends, it may just be. Today I’m serving up a frothy, thick milkshake version of the Irish coffee classic, and I’m not exaggerating when I say this is easily one of the most delicious things I’ve ever made. I’d go so far as to put in my top five favorite recipes I’ve ever created and shared with you. It is so so good. Make these for your friends this St. Patrick’s Day weekend! They will love you more than they already do. Sláinte!
Boozy Irish Coffee Milkshake
Makes 4 small milkshakes
- 4 cups coffee ice cream
- 1/2 cup coffee
- 1/2 cup Irish cream
- 1/3 cup Irish whiskey
- 1/2 cup milk
Place all ingredients in a blender then blend on high until smooth. If you prefer a thicker milkshake, simply add more ice cream or cut back on the coffee and milk. For best results, make the coffee in advance and chill and use either room temperature or cold. Pour milkshake into glasses and top with cinnamon whipped cream. (Recipe below.)
Cinnamon Whipped Cream
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Add cream and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer or use a mixing bowl and a hand mixer. Whip on high speed until it thickens a bit, then add ground cinnamon and continue whipping until thick. Soft peaks should form when it’s done. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary while mixing. Use right away or make up to two hours in advance and keep refrigerated.
[Recipe + art direction by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
March 14, 2017 | by Cyd Converse
Friends, it’s St. Patrick’s Day week! In addition to making this super cute DIY sequin shamrock shirt to sport the requisite green come Friday, you should also probably consider eating an overload of Lucky Charms. Because it seems like everyone else is doing it, so why not us? In all seriousness though, I kind of love this trend of adding Lucky Charms to basically any and everything to create the most festive of St. Patrick’s Day desserts and treats. Sometimes you just need a little bit of childhood nostalgia in your life and these recipes will give your day just the right kind of whimsy. Scroll through for seventeen of the best Lucky Charms recipes – from ice cream to cookies, from donuts to cannoli! Don’t forget to pin ’em to save them for later.
1. Lucky Charms ice cream [above]
2. Lucky Charms cereal treats
3. Lucky Charms donuts
4. Lucky Charms cannoli
5. Boozy Lucky Charms milkshake
6. Lucky Charms bark
7. Lucky Charms pancakes
8. Lucky Charms chia pudding
9. Lucky Charms cupcakes
10. Lucky Charms muddy buddies
11. Lucky Charms popcorn
12. Fudge whiskey Lucky Charms cake
13. Lucky Charms shamrock shake
14. Lucky Charms magic bars
15. Lucky Charms cookies
16. Lucky Charms cake
17. Lucky Charms ice cream taco