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Happy Birthday, Baby Keegan!

Happy Birthday, Baby Keegan!

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Hi, friends! I am so so sorry for the unexpected radio silence the first part of this week. You see, I have a very good, very cute excuse. You may remember that about a month ago I hosted a baby shower for my cousin. She and I are about as close as two ladies can be. We grew up together on the old family farm, surrounded by an excess of boy cousins and brothers, and it was just she, my …

Six Years of Sweet

Six Years of Sweet

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One year ago today I waxed poetic about my amazing grandmother and how The Sweetest Occasion came to life. On that day, now over six years ago, I was about a year out of grad school with a fancy MBA, witnessing an economy that was literally crumbling before our eyes. In between printing, folding and mailing my resume countless times a week, I started a little blog. After a handful of posts I told my family and friends about my …

2014 Reader Survey + Giveaway

2014 Reader Survey + Giveaway

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Hey, gang! I’m popping in this morning with a little request. This time of year gets kind of crazy for those of us bloggers in the lifestyle/entertaining/DIY realm as holiday prep and projects step into high gear. (In fact, some holiday stuff begins as early as July for me every year!) I’ve spent a lot of time this past year thinking about The Sweetest Occasion and how to grow it into something truly awesome and after months of feeling stuck, …

My Quest to Start a Yoga Practice

My Quest to Start a Yoga Practice

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I wanted to take a moment to chat with you guys about something slightly different today. Yoga! Specifically, how I used to practice semi-regularly back in college (primarily kripalu) and would love your thoughts and input on starting again. In the area where we live there aren’t a ton of local yoga studio options, making attending class in person a bit tricky. I’ve been trying to find a studio with a class schedule that suits my needs and it’s proving …

Let’s Get Social!

Let’s Get Social!

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Have you guys seen Joy’s new app, Pippit? It just launched earlier this week and after downloading it this morning I’ve been having fun playing around with it over the last hour or so. I currently have about, oh, zero followers, but it got me thinking that I might be past due for a little social media shout out. It’s no secret that all of us have become more and more social media obsessed over the last year, which I …

Personal Notes 002: On How I Got Here

Personal Notes 002: On How I Got Here

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[Inspirational quote from Free People.]

Hands down one of the most frequently asked questions I get is how I got to where I am today. Whether it’s from readers, family, or random people I meet, people always wonder how on earth, of all things, I became a blogger. I’ve been planning to write this post for a couple of weeks now and have received a few more reader emails inquiring in the meantime, so I thought maybe today it would be …

Personal Notes 001: On Being Stuck

Personal Notes 001: On Being Stuck

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[Lettering + photo by Jennet Liaw.]

Lately I’ve found myself wanting to share things that are a bit more personal and a bit more real. The rare times I’ve done so in the past I’ve always been grateful for doing so, so I’ve decided to open up more often. In fact, the words of this post have been tumbling around in my head for a while now. For whatever reason, today seemed like the day to get them out of my …

Breaking the Mold in 2014

Breaking the Mold in 2014

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I promised on Friday that I’d be officially kicking off the New Year today with a few thoughts on the year ahead. And well, it’s time to talk about 2014! I’ve been doing more thinking and brainstorming and daydreaming about the months ahead than I can adequately express in words. Probably too much, if I’m perfectly honest. (Want to know a secret? Overthinking things is a chronic problem for me. I’m working on it.) I founded The Sweetest Occasion over …

Hola from Mexico!

Hola from Mexico!

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Hola, friends, and happy weekend to you! Early this week I mentioned that I was going to be traveling for business starting on Wednesday and now the cat is out of the bag. For the last couple of days Ami and I have been in Mexico at the amazing El Dorado Casitas Royale. We’re here through today and we travel back home tomorrow so it has been a very quick trip, but one full of amazing food and new friends. …

A Few Thoughts on Paleo

A Few Thoughts on Paleo

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Friends, can we chat health and lifestyle for a moment? I wasn’t planning to write this post just yet and, frankly, this is far outside the realm of what we usually chat about around these parts. That said, I know I’m far from being alone in my journey over here and I thought it might be helpful to get real for a moment and share a bit more about where I’m at with you. (Plus, I promised to share more …

Introducing A New Blogging Headquarters

Introducing A New Blogging Headquarters

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If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you’ve seen this photo already. I posted it last week and hinted at the fact that I may soon be leaving behind the work-from-home world to take up residence in a pretty storefront office. (Hooray!) A week later, everything is lining up quite nicely and it’s official! Pending a few last details, I should be working out of this adorable little space within the next few weeks. I am beyond excited, let …

Hooray! The Sweetest Occasion is Five

Hooray! The Sweetest Occasion is Five

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It’s hard for me to believe that The Sweetest Occasion marked five years old at the beginning of September. Five years! If we want to get a little statistical for a moment, that’s 1/6 of my lifetime. It feels so short and yet so long all at the same time. I never imagined five years ago that my first post would lead to all of this. Not even in my wildest dreams did I think that in 2011 I would …