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

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

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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Loving a Coffee Cart

As I sit down to write this post, I’m thinking long and hard this morning about how much I hate complaining about the cold. I try really hard not to do it, because obviously my complaining is not going to make it any better. Whining doesn’t miraculously make spring arrive! That said, when I woke up a few hours ago, the real temperature was -25° with a windchill right around -40°. I promptly rolled myself into a blanket burrito and spent an extra hour lying in bed avoiding the day. On Friday, our town had the coldest recorded temperature in the entire United States (including Alaska) and I am pretty sure it has been over two weeks since we’ve seen temperatures above zero. So while I am going to refuse to complain, I am not too proud to admit that I probably won’t leave pajama pants today and that I will guaranteed be drinking as much coffee as I can get into my system, purely in an effort to stay warm.

Stay warm this winter with a coffee cart!

All of that is a long winded way of saying I am really starting to love the idea of having a coffee cart in our house! B and I are both coffee lovers and between our drip maker, our Nespresso, our French press and our pour over coffee carafe, we actually own a slightly insane quantity of coffee-related paraphernalia. We have a full bar set up in the house, so why not a coffee station, too? I need to mull over if it would make sense for us to do so, but in the meantime, this pretty little cart stocked full with all the keep-warm necessities, is serving as my inspiration. I also love this idea for entertaining or for hosting weekend visitors, even if you don’t have space for it permanently, because nothing makes guests feel more welcome than self-serve coffee with all the requisite accoutrements.

Stay warm this winter with a coffee cart!

Get more inspiration as well as tips for creating a coffee cart over at A Beautiful Mess. They keep a fully stocked coffee cart at the ready in their studio for their staff, so that no one runs short on caffeine during the day. (You can also see more of their offices and studio spaces here.) On that note, I’m going to go refill my cup and then get back to painting! I have another project for Valspar in the works that I’ll be sharing soon, so today I’m going to beat the cold by staying inside and getting my paint on. Wherever you are, I hope you’re cozy and warm!

Stay warm this winter with a coffee cart!

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[Photos from A Beautiful Mess.]

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