Loving Paper & Stitch

If you’ve been wondering when I was going to spotlight another one of my favorite reads, you’re in luck! Today is the day. (Because I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath.) There are some blogs you follow and you’re like, “Ooo that’s pretty, I like that.” Then, there are other blogs you follow and you’re all like, “Yup. I want that. I want to eat that. Yes! I am so going to make that!” Paper & Stitch is the latter for me. The type of blog where I literally flag just about every single post, because Brittni’s taste and style is such a close match to my own. Also, judging by all over her incredible recipes, we also share a love affair with ice cream. You can’t hate a girl for that! Bottom line – Brittni’s blog is loaded with endless craft ideas, DIY projects, recipes and interior design inspiration, all packaged up in her signature pretty pastel color palette. Spoiler alert: She’s got some seriously gorgeous stuff going on.

Favorite Bloggers | Paper & Stitch featured by @cydconverse

To get all of the latest daily inspiration from Brittni, be sure to follow along over at Paper & Stitch! You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook so you can get your fix wherever and however you please. (p.s. See more blogs and trends I am loving right here!)

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[Row 1: DIY Spring Bouquet | Pistachio Pear Ice Cream | Row 2: DIY Makeup Organizer | Row 3: Chai Tea Popsicles | DIY Lettered Clutch | Row 4: DIY Nail Art | Row 5: Animal Cracker Fudge | DIY Pink Ombre Chair.]

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10 Must Try Mimosa Recipes for Easter

Strawberry Grapefruit Mimosa | Mimosa recipes + Easter brunch ideas from @cydconverse

I’m still over here wrapping my head around the fact that Easter is so early this year and boom! It’s here already. Most years we have Easter dinner at my father’s house, which we’ll be doing again this year. My dad is always good for pulling out a great bottle of wine to serve with holiday dinners, but personally I’m all about mimosas on Easter. (See: Mimosa popsicles for the win.) A good, classic mimosa never makes me angry, but I also love a fruity twist on the traditional. Pear mimosas? Strawberry mimosas? Grapefruit mimosas? I am going to have to vote yes to all of those. Today I’ve rounded up 10 must try mimosa recipes for you to kick off your Easter weekend. Enjoy!

1. Strawberry Grapefruit Mimosa [above]

Pear Mimosas | Mimosa recipes + Easter brunch ideas from @cydconverse

2. Pear Mimosas

Grapefruit Mimosa | Mimosa recipes + Easter brunch ideas from @cydconverse

3. Grapefruit Mimosas

Clementine + Rosemary Mimosa | Mimosa recipes + Easter brunch ideas from @cydconverse

4. Clementine + Rosemary Mimosa

Blood Orange Lemonade Mimosa | Mimosa recipes + Easter brunch ideas from @cydconverse

5. Blood Orange Lemonade Mimosas

Classic Mimosa Recipe | Mimosa recipes + Easter brunch ideas from @cydconverse

6. Classic Mimosas

Watermelon Mimosa Recipe | Mimosa recipes + Easter brunch ideas from @cydconverse

7. Watermelon Mimosas

Blood Orange Mimosa Recipe | Mimosa recipes + Easter brunch ideas from @cydconverse

8. Blood Orange Mimosas

Pineapple Mimosa | Mimosa recipes + Easter brunch ideas from @cydconverse

9. Pineapple Mimosas

Strawberry Mimosa | Mimosa recipes + Easter brunch ideas from @cydconverse

10. Strawberry Mimosas

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Baby Talk: Newborn Baby Essentials

Newborn Baby Essentials | Baby Registry Must-Haves from @cydconverse

If you can believe it (because I can’t), Emerson is four months old today! Everything they tell you about time passing in the blink of an eye? There is absolutely zero exaggeration when it comes that one, friends. She is at such a fun stage right now though! She is playing more, laughing with all her might, getting better at rolling over, sleeping like a little angel at night (naps, not so much), and learning new party tricks all the time. As a result, mommy is also feeling more rested and more productive these days. While that feels amazing, I also feel a bit like, “Wait! We’re through the newborn stuff already?” Even when you know it’s a cliché, it still moves that quickly. (I’m convinced the hormones and the sleep deprivation play a part!) So while we’re moving forward and starting to outgrow some of the super tiny baby stages, I thought I would share my survival list of newborn baby essentials. If you’re pregnant or hoping to be soon, pin this one, folks! Every baby is different, but I swear by these items to get you started. For those of you with older kiddos, any recommendations for the 4 to 6 months stage? Pipe up and tell me what’s good! I’m all ears when it comes to the must have baby gear.

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Don’t Forget! Take the 2016 Reader Survey + Win

DIY Floral Arrangement | DIY Centerpiece from @cydconverse

Good morning, friends! Just a quick reminder that there is just 24 hours left to take the 2016 reader survey! Am I pushing it hard this year? Why, yes. Yes, I am and I’ll tell you why. I’m not sure if it’s spring or finally feeling like the baby and I are in a really good groove or if it’s just feeling humbled by the fact that I’ve been lucky enough to be doing this for eight years now, but I have never been more fired up to produce my best work yet. Part of that might mean some changes, though, so I want to know your thoughts before I go assuming I know what you’d like to see here. So, take the survey. (Pretty please!) Get yourself entered to win a $100 gift card. (The winner will be announced tomorrow on Instagram and Snapchat!) And in the meantime, I’ll be over here continuing to drive myself crazy over the new site design that I am trying like crazy to get wrapped up so that coding can begin. xoxo

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[Above: DIY Grocery Store Flower Arrangement | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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My Top 5 Favorite Vacation Spots

Best Vacation Spots from @cydconverse | Travel guides, vacation destinations and travel tips!

I was super excited to see when reading through the reader survey responses so far that so many of you are interested in more travel posts! I absolutely love traveling (scope out #tsotravels) and have a few trips in the works this year after traveling less last year while I was pregnant. As luck would have it, I was already planning on writing today’s post, sharing my top 5 favorite vacation spots so I decided to bump it up in the schedule. Vacation destinations! Specifically, my favorite places in the U.S. to visit. But I’m not talking about the big major cities or the super hyped up places. So, no, I’m not going to talk about New York or LA or Chicago, even though I love all of those cities. Instead, we’re talking about the places that shocked me with their beauty and have prompted repeat visits and promises to go as many times as I can in my lifetime. For me, that’s what traveling is about! Discovering the hidden gems, falling in love with some far off place and not quite being able to shake it once you get back home. These places are just that for me! Click through for my favorites and chime in with yours so I can plan a trip!

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