12 Must-Try St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

12 Must-Try St. Patrick's Day Recipes from @cydconverseI’m pretty sure we just stopped crafting Christmas ornaments and somehow, we’re creeping up on St. Patrick’s Day. Is anyone else feeling that way? Luckily, I love St. Patrick’s Day if for no other reason than it means that spring is near. Also, Irish coffee. No complaints there. I’ve gotten a few requests already for a round-up of St. Patrick’s day recipes and cocktails, which tells me that we’re all starting to think about our annual Guinness binge fest. Ask and you shall receive! I’ve got the traditional fare, the cocktails, the beer and the sweets all right here for you. Consider this your menu guide for bringing the Irish pub into your home this year.

Click through to check out 12 must-try St. Patrick’s Day recipes!

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A Whimsical Woodland Baby Shower

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

I can’t tell you how honored I am to get to share another gorgeous baby shower with you today! Showcasing real parties and celebrations has always been at the heart of The Sweetest Occasion and to have so many new moms and soon to-be moms sharing these treasured moments with me is a truly incredible feeling. Today we’re talking about Heather Johnston (the event planner and designer behind HRJ Events in Leavenworth, Washington) and a truly beautiful whimsical woodland baby shower fit for a little babe being born in the Pacific Northwest. From the most incredible naked cake to a build your own waffle bar that instantly made me hungry, this celebration has it all. (Complete with a cute animal themed DIY onesie station!)

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

Heather and her husband both love tackling a good DIY project so daddy got involved, cutting all of the wood rounds for the calligraphy place cards and chargers, as well as the wood candle holders. The Belgian waffle breakfast? Yup, he cooked that, too! (How stinkin’ adorable is that? Love!) Heather created the sweet little straw flags, sewed bunting and made all of the stencils for the onesie station, making it a truly personal and heartfelt celebration.

A Build Your Own Waffle Bar from @cydconverse

A Build Your Own Waffle Bar from @cydconverse

A Build Your Own Waffle Bar from @cydconverse A Build Your Own Waffle Bar from @cydconverse

A Build Your Own Waffle Bar from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

A Whimsical Woodland Theme Baby Shower from @cydconverse

Isn’t this shower just great? I can’t get enough of that cake and the little moose and the deer on top! Many many thanks and big hugs to Heather for sharing!

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Vendors + Sources –
Photography by Nicole Conner Photography | Event design + styling: HRJ Events | Chalkboard art + calligraphy: Chalk Chic Mama | Naked cake + deer cookies: Cupcake Blues | Floral design: Full Bloom Flowers & Plants | Invitations: Tiny Prints | Watercolor prints: Susan Windsor

[Photos by Nicole Conner Photography.]

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10 DIY Cardboard Toys to Inspire Playtime

DIY Cardboard Fairy Wings

Baby E is three months old today, which honestly hardly seems possible. She’s hitting such a fun stage right now, learning to play and growing increasingly verbal. (She can’t stop won’t stop with the ridiculously cute cooing at the moment. So sweet!) At the moment she is currently sitting right next to me, hanging out in her bouncer while batting at her toys and babbling away. I wish I knew what was going on in that little head of hers because she just seems so happy and content with nothing more than a couple of little toys and her own imagination. Which brings me to today’s round up of the coolest things ever made from cardboard. I couldn’t resist pinning these DIY cardboard wings when I saw them and that somehow led me down a bunny trail of homemade cardboard toys. Guys, cardboard! A bit of paint. A few big pieces of tape. A smear of glue. Approximately $0 if you use stuff you have lying around the house. Playtime just officially went analog [and awesome] again.

DIY Cardboard Television

DIY Cardboard Castle

DIY Cardboard Crown

DIY Cardboard Dollhouses

DIY Cardboard Kitchen

DIY Cardboard Houses

DIY Cardboard Dollhouse

DIY Cardboard Food Truck

DIY Cardboard Camper

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Photos [from top]: DIY Cardboard Wings | DIY Cardboard Television | DIY Cardboard Castle | DIY Cardboard Crown | DIY Cardboard Brownstone Dollhouses |  DIY Cardboard Kitchen | DIY Cardboard Houses | DIY Cardboard Dollhouse | DIY Cardboard Food Truck | DIY Cardboard Camper

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The Weekend To Do List

Happy Friday, friends! I’m switching things up a little bit today after an unexpectedly long hiatus from my traditional Friday Link Love post. It always surprises me that my weekly link round-ups are so popular, but I’ve been playing with the idea of switching things up a little bit. I’ve written hundreds of link love posts and it felt like time to try something new. Still a collection of links I’m loving, still inspiration for your weekend, but packaged up slightly differently. We’re calling it the weekend to do list. Let me know what you think! In the meantime I’ll be over here putting our house back in order after yesterday’s full day shoot. There may or may not be gold flatware and assorted cocktail glasses scattered everywhere at the moment. (Stay tuned! Good things are coming your way.) Have a fabulous weekend and I’ll see you next week! xoxo

The Weekend To Do List from @cydconverse

1 | Try This
Have a bathroom that could use a quick update? Add a touch of glam by taking the DIY approach to gold sink legs and plumbing. So smart and so affordable! [Photo by Lovely Indeed]

2 | Sip This
Need to up your smoothie game? This dark chocolate cherry chai smoothie looks nothing short of seriously delicious. [Photo by How Sweet It Is]

3 | Make This
Glam things up for your next shindig (Oscar party anyone?) with gorgeous DIY metallic gold glassware. You’ll be amazed how quick and easy it is! [Photo by Sugar & Cloth]

4 | Eat This
Homemade three ingredient vegan ice cream has none of the dairy and all of the fun if you’re feeling like a hot fudge sundae this weekend. (Who isn’t feeling like a hot fudge sundae this weekend? Come on now.) [Photo by A Beautiful Mess]

5 | Download This
Oscar party confetti – have you ever heard of such a ridiculously fun thing? Download the printable sheet and then punch it out! So cute. [Photo by Madcitizen]

6 | Wear This
How long has it been since you found a fun new shade of lipstick? It has been eons for me. I’ve been glossing it sans color for too long now. I’m loving these shades for winter and early spring! [Photo by What Olivia Did]

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Loving Patterned Cement Tile

Trend Watch: Loving Patterned Cement Tile from @cydconverse

This year is the year that after many years of renting, Bob and I are hoping to finally to own our own home. The jury is still out on whether we will design and build that home from the ground up or buy a house, but either way, I have basically been thinking about it constantly for the last several weeks. Maybe it’s the whole having a newborn baby thing and wanting to give her and the big kids (as we call her older siblings) a big backyard of their own to romp around in, but it’s really feeling like this is the right time for us to make the move. While we’re sorting all of that out (we met with a mortgage broker earlier this week!), I’m obviously on Pinterest day dreaming about bathrooms and kitchens and little home offices and big backyard barbecues like it’s my job at the moment.

Trend Watch: Loving Patterned Cement Tile from @cydconverse

Trend Watch: Loving Patterned Cement Tile from @cydconverse

Trend Watch: Loving Patterned Cement Tile from @cydconverse

Trend Watch: Loving Patterned Cement Tile from @cydconverse

One trend I’ve been seriously loving lately? Patterned cement tile. I think it looks particularly amazing on a bathroom floor, but it’s also pretty incredible in a kitchen as either a floor show stopper or a gorgeous backsplash. What do you guys think? Are you loving this look, too? I worry that 10 years from now it’s one of those things that will feel really dated and we all know tile can be both expensive and time consuming to update. On the other hand, I think the years of being pattern-shy, living in houses with no wallpaper and very simple, neutral tile might be coming to an end. (I mean, do we really have to worry about resale all the time? Can’t we just design houses we love?) I think the key to making this look work for longer is to keep the color palette neutral (like most of the examples here) and I also suspect it will feel more timeless on a floor than on walls. Weigh in! I’d love to know what you think about this one. In the meantime, I’ll be over here dreaming about our dream house.

Trend Watch: Loving Patterned Cement Tile from @cydconverse

Trend Watch: Loving Patterned Cement Tile from @cydconverse

Trend Watch: Loving Patterned Cement Tile from @cydconverse

Trend Watch: Loving Patterned Cement Tile from @cydconverse

Trend Watch: Loving Patterned Cement Tile from @cydconverse

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Photos [from top]: Tabarka Studio | Tessa Neustadt via Style By Emily HendersonAmber InteriorsMagnolia Market | Capree Kimball via Curbly | Kelly Brown via Design*SpongeJoe Schmelzer by Kishani Perera via My DomaineDeirdre Doherty Interiors via Desire to InspireJoe Schmelzer via My Domaine | Amy Bartlam via Houzz | Marcia Prentice via Apartment Therapy

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