DIY Dog Treat Jars

As I’m preparing to welcome our little one in a couple weeks, I’ve asked some of my best blogging
buds to drop by here and there. Today please welcome Beth from Daily Dog Tag!

DIY Dog Treat Jars by @dailydogtag for @cydconverse

This project is one going out to all of you dog lovers! (Or really, any animal lover.) We’re talking really super sweet DIY dog treat jars that are personalized with your furkid’s name and can easily be whipped up in 15 minutes or less. With the holidays coming up, these would make fun little gifts for your pets or a really thoughtful handmade gift for the pet lover in your life. You know your friend who is on the edge of becoming a crazy cat lady? (In a good way, of course.) Yeah. She’d absolutely love these!

DIY Dog Treat Jars by @dailydogtag for @cydconverse

DIY Dog Treat Jars by @dailydogtag for @cydconverse

supplies

  • Small lidded glass jars
  • Painter’s tape or washi tape
  • Alphabet stickers (such as Thickers)
  • Dog treats

DIY Dog Treat Jars by @dailydogtag for @cydconverse

Begin by making sure your jars are thoroughly clean and dry. Then determine where you’d like the name to appear on each jar. Once you’ve done so, use a piece of painter’s tape, washi tape or similar to create a guide to help keep the letters nice and straight.

DIY Dog Treat Jars by @dailydogtag for @cydconverse DIY Dog Treat Jars by @dailydogtag for @cydconverse

DIY Dog Treat Jars by @dailydogtag for @cydconverse

Next up, it’s a simple process of applying the letters one by one to spell out your pet’s name. Keep in mind you could also use these jars to store other things such as sewing or craft supplies or spare change so you can have fun with how you label them! If you have a longer name or word you might find it useful to start with a middle letter and work outward so you can position it just how you’d like it to appear on the jar.

DIY Dog Treat Jars by @dailydogtag for @cydconverse

DIY Dog Treat Jars by @dailydogtag for @cydconverse

DIY Dog Treat Jars by @dailydogtag for @cydconverse

And that’s it! Just fill your jars up with treats and you’re all set. Aren’t these fun? And I love that they’re so quick and easy to make! Keep in mind you won’t want to submerge these in water or use the dishwasher for cleaning, so just spot clean as necessary with a damp cloth. Happy snacking!

For more DIY ideas, tips and tricks (all inspired by man’s best friend, of course) visit Beth at Daily Dog Tag! You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Thanks so much for sharing, Beth! xoxo

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[Project by Daily Dog Tag | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]

The fine print: Please link with love! As with all of our posts, DIY projects featured on The Sweetest Occasion may not be copied, distributed or reproduced without express written permission. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share a maximum of 1 – 2 images from this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY tutorial and do not include the instructions in your own post. Thanks so much! xoxo

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Home is Where the WiFi Is Printable

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

As promised earlier when we were chatting about how to make your guests feel at home for the holidays, I wanted to create this cute Home is Where the WiFi Is sign so it was available to you to download! (Yes, for the record, I find myself pretty clever for thinking this one up. I quite literally chuckle out loud every time I read it!) Just click here to download, then print and either stick it in a frame you have hanging around the house or just hang it up with a piece of washi tape near where your guests will be staying while they’re in town.

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

The PDF is editable so you can type in your specific network and password information before printing, or you can print it and then write it in by hand. Either way, your guests will appreciate the extra gesture! Planning to use this over the holidays? Share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #thesweetestholidays – I’d love to see!

p.s. Thanks to my sweet friend Carolynn of Noble Friends for helping me create this printable! 

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: As with all of our printables, these designs are provided for personal non-commercial use only and may not be distributed, copied or sold in any fashion. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share them, please link to this post directly and do NOT host the file yourself. Thanks so much! xoxo

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How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

Now that we’re closing in on Thanksgiving, the prime holiday traveling season is right around the corner. Yes, I also feel like it was just Memorial Day yesterday, but that’s how these things go I suppose, right? When I’m traveling and staying over with friends or family, I know I always love it when they go out of their way to make me feel really at home, which is something I definitely try to do when we have overnight guests, too. So today, in the spirit of all things hospitable, I’m sharing my tips for how to make your guests feel at home for the holidays!

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

Stock the Guest Room
Whether your guest room is an actual room or a corner of the rec room with an air mattress blown up, stock it up with little things to help your guests feel comfortable. Think basic things like drinking water (a pretty bedside carafe is a nice choice, but a couple of bottles of water will work just as well), a stack of magazines, and a notebook and pen in case they need it during their stay. A few little extras are nice to include, too! A pretty candle with matches, a little plant or a few fresh flowers, even a bar of chocolate or two. Guests hate feeling like they’re imposing so having lots of little comforts at the ready will make them feel really special!

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

Stock the Bathroom
Toiletries are the number one thing people forget while traveling, so make your guests feel right at home by stocking the bathroom! If they’ll have their own bathroom, you can stock a tray or a basket in the actual bathroom, or you can just tuck a stash in their room. Either way, you can easily hit up the travel size section at Target or wherever and grab a whole bunch of mini bottles of things like contact solution, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and body wash. Lip balm, an extra toothbrush, toothpaste, Q-tips and a razor are great ideas, too! (If I had a dollar for every time I forgot to pack a razor while traveling, I would be a very very rich woman!)

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

Make them Feel Connected
Precisely no one travels without some combination of smartphone, tablet and/or laptop these days, and I know that the WiFi password is always one of my priorities once I arrive somewhere and get settled in for my stay. I like to get my phone switched over from data and get any other devices I might need while I’m there connected and ready to go. Make it easy for guests to get all settled in by having the network information and password somewhere really easy to find in their room. A fun sign like this is great (and it’s available for you to download right here), but simply writing it down on a card and setting it by the bed will work just as well, too!

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays from @cydconverse

Stock the Linens
Last but not least, you can never ever go wrong by piling on all of the linens and pillows. A big stack of towels, hand towels and wash cloths can go a really long way toward making guests feel at home. In addition to having the bed made, I also like to have a stash of extra blankets and pillows set out and ready for friends or family when they’re staying over. Should someone get chilly in the middle of the night for some reason, they’re never going to feel comfortable messing with the thermostat or rifling through closets for another blanket, so having a few set aside for them to grab if they need them is a really nice gesture that they’ll definitely appreciate.

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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5 Colorful Thanksgiving Ideas + Friday Link Love

Howdy, friends, TGIF! I hope everyone has had a great week. Starting next week we’re going to get to talking about the holidays. Because, well, I love the holidays and also it’s time! (They’re coming sooner than we think!) In the meantime, today I’m sharing five fun colorful Thanksgiving ideas with you to help make the transition. Generally I am a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving, but I do admit to occasionally loving a more modern look with a bolder color palette, so we’re dabbling with that today. It’s pretty fun, right? Don’t forget to keep scrolling for your weekly dose of Friday Link Love, too, and I’ll see you here on Monday, friends! xoxo

5 Colorful Thanksgiving Ideas from @cydconverse

[Printable leftover pie labels | DIY I am thankful for balloon | DIY Thanksgiving banner | DIY give thanks banner | DIY color wrapped wheat centerpiece.]

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Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials from @cydconverse

Ready or not, friends, the holiday season is quickly approaching! Before I go full out with all the holiday goodness up in here, I thought we’d start by talking about stocking the pantry. Today marks three weeks until Thanksgiving, which is, yes, utterly mind boggling. That said, it’s also the perfect time to start thinking about your upcoming holiday baking! I personally love to bake during the holidays so right about now is when I start to grab extra flour and sugar here and there during my regular grocery trips. It makes baking a pie or whipping up cookies on the fly much easier when you have a fully stocked pantry! Here is my go-to list of things I like to keep on hand at all times. Any other suggestions? I’d love to add your favorites to my list! (Want a printable checklist? Scroll to the bottom of the post to download, print and take with you while shopping!)

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials from @cydconverse

Assorted flours.
Generally I like to keep a lot of all purpose flour around as it’s the most commonly asked for flour in holiday recipes, but it’s also a great idea to pick up a bag of whole wheat flour and cake flour to have them handy, too.

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials from @cydconverse

Baking soda + baking powder.
If you haven’t baked in a while, it might be a good idea to ditch your baking soda and baking powder! A good rule of thumb is to refresh your supply every six months or so, because their effectiveness can become compromised over time. One container of each will be plenty for all of your holiday baking needs.

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials from @cydconverse
Chocolate.
At any given time I like to make sure I have a couple of bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips in my pantry. Additionally, it’s a really great idea to have unsweetened baker’s chocolate and baker’s white chocolate, too. (Especially if you like a good ganache!)

Pumpkin.
You never know when you might have a hankering for pumpkin roll, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin you-name-it during the holidays. Keeping a few of the smaller 15 oz. cans around is a great idea and it won’t go bad if you don’t use it up!

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials from @cydconverse
Spices.
There’s always a chance that a recipe will call for something else, but in general if you have a stash of cinnamon (both ground and sticks), ground cloves, nutmeg (again, I prefer whole and ground), all spice and cardamom you’ll largely be all set for most holiday recipes.

Sugar.
We’re talking white sugar, dark brown sugar, light brown sugar and powdered/confectioner’s sugar. Let’s be real. Holiday baked goods are anything but health food so you’ll probably go through quite a bit of sugar!

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials from @cydconverse
Vanilla extract.
Make sure to get pure vanilla extract, not the imitation stuff. It really really does make a difference! I also like to have a few vanilla beans at all times, too.

Peppermint extract.
In general, vanilla extract is the only variety I keep on hand year-round, but during the holidays it’s a great idea to have peppermint extract in your pantry, too.

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials from @cydconverse
Salt.
I prefer kosher salt for baking, but I’ll also use sea salt in a pinch. We don’t usually keep regular table salt around the house, but it will work if it’s all you have!

Cocoa powder.
Most chocolate cookies use cocoa powder to impart the chocolate flavor so I like to keep at least one fresh container on hand at all times during the holidays. I also really like having carob powder around, too. It’s kind of like cocoa powder’s slightly better for you older cousin.

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials from @cydconverse

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Oatmeal.
Old fashioned or rolled oats are the way to go when it comes to oatmeal. If you only have quick oats they’ll often work for baking, but oatmeal imparts such a great texture that it’s best to just go with the larger old fashioned oats. You’ll be glad you did!

Shortening.
Most of the time I prefer to bake with butter if it’s an option (I just prefer the flavor), but some recipes are just best with shortening so I like to keep a tub of basic shortening around.

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials from @cydconverse

Nuts.
A lot of holiday recipes call for nuts so it’s never a bad idea to keep a supply of almonds, walnuts and pecans at the ready. Bonus points that they make great snacks even if you don’t even up baking with them!

Sprinkles.
Sprinkles are fun for topping any kind of brownie or bar cookie and, of course, classic sugar cookies. So load up on all the festive sprinkles you can find!

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials from @cydconverse

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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