Greetings from my Sick Bed

Hi, friends! I am coming to you live this morning from amongst a sea of pillows in bed where if I weren’t a rational adult, I would be convinced I were dying. I don’t believe I’ve ever gone this long without posting (at least not with explanation) and all I can really say is that this week is proving to be a doozy. I had some unexpected family issues to tend to late in the week and since then I’ve been sick and working to meet deadlines behind the scenes that frankly, have left me so drained I haven’t had any energy to check in here. I was feeling outright horrible about that yesterday until I spent all of last night up off and on with a fever and realized this morning that I have ground myself right down to nothing. So I am trying to just let it go, recognize that the flu or whatever this is has won this time and focus on what I can control, which is trying to get lots of rest and fluids so I can make a comeback sooner rather than later. Also, this definitely has me thinking long and hard about whether or not it’s time to finally break down and hire some part-time help, because I’ve been both busier this year than ever before and sick more often than ever before. Coincidence? I am guessing not so much. So at any rate, I promise to be back as soon as I can think of something witty to say or pretty to share. Until then, thanks for hanging with me! xoxo

Learn to Let Things Go

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[Typography illustration by Melinda Song.]

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My Tips for How to Start a Blog

Today I want to share something I’ve been working on for a bit behind the scenes, something I truly hope will be useful to those of you who might be curious about blogging. In a nutshell, it’s a resource page designed to help you navigate the basics of how to start a blog! I go over lots of things from registering a domain name to making your blog pretty to improving your photography skills so you can share amazing content. I also tried to pack in tons of links to places where you can do more reading, get inspired, and ultimately get up and running quickly. My biggest piece of blogging advice? If you’re thinking about starting a blog, there is no better time than today! I promise, you can’t wrong if you blog from the heart and share what you love. If you do start a blog or have one already, please leave a comment here with a link so I can pop over and say hi! Click here to get started.

How to Start a Blog from @cydconverse

Note: Because I strive to be very open with you guys, I want to make note that the resource page this post links to contains affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission if you make a purchase through those links. This is one way that I earn a living and fund the projects, posts, tutorials and recipes I share here daily. Also, these are all companies, products and/or services I trust and would recommend even without that commission. So, basically, thank you for helping support The Sweetest Occasion! If you find this information helpful, I invite you to please pin the resource page on Pinterest, to help spread the word to others. Thank you! xoxo

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[Photo by by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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The Flea Market Fixer Challenge with Valspar

This post was sponsored by Valspar. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that so
generously help The Sweetest Occasion keep on keepin’ on!

The Flea Market Fixer Challenge with @cydconverse and @valsparpaint

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Color Palette: Sapphire + Grapefruit

Friends, this color palette! It’s killing me it’s so pretty. If you aren’t already fully aware, I am obsessed with just about every shade of blue and teal under the sun. Whether you call it indigo, sapphire, turquoise or ocean blue, I’m just crazy for these colors. These are the colors that make me feel happy and cozy. Paired with a soft punch of grapefruit and apricot, the look can be really fresh and energizing, too. I don’t even know. You may not be as color-obsessed as I am, but I love how color can change your mood or completely transform a space and these are, hands down, the colors I love best. Need more color inspiration in your life? Check out all of these color schemes!

Color Palette: Sapphire and Grapefruit from @cydconverse

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[Photos, from top: Elephant Ceramics via Design*Sponge | Mette Wotkjær from KK.no | Justina Blakeney.]

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A Backyard Winter Skating Party

Today we’re giving up on fighting winter and embracing all of her cold, snowy wonder by revisiting this real party feature from way back in 2010. This backyard ice skating party is one of the most popular parties I’ve ever featured! Created by event planner Kate of Beautiful Days, it’s all the things I love about winter. A big frozen pond, a roaring bonfire, a few twinkle lights strung across the backyard, mugs full of hot cooca with homemade marshmallows, ice skating and yummy snacks like little paper bags stuffed full of popcorn. You can see more of the beautiful photos from Geneve Hoffman by visiting the original post. Here’s to staying warm, any way you make it work!

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

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A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

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[Event design + planning by Beautiful Days | Photos by Geneve Hoffman | Original post here.]

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