July 8, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
It has been forever since we properly wrapped up the week and kicked off the weekend, so today we’re kickin’ it old school. Also known as, I am working really hard right now between being mommy full time and having just moved in the midst of renovating a house to get back into our usual groove around here. As we approach the stage where she’s mobile, little miss Baby E will likely be transitioning into at least part time daycare to allow me to ramp up my work load again, but I’ll share a lot more about that soon. In the meantime, I’ll quit rambling and just thank you for sticking by me as I figure out how to make this whole working mom bit work best for me and this sweet little girl I have the great honor of hanging out with everyday. And with that, here’s to Friday and a whole bunch of fun ideas for what you should be making, eating and drinking this weekend! xoxo
1 | Try This
This two-ingredient all natural tinted lip balm is yours for the making! I love those bright, fun colors. [Photo by Paper & Stitch]
2 | Wear This
Your summer wardrobe just got super easy with these fun t-shirts with cute, fruity pockets. [Photo by Damask Love]
3 | Sip This
Because the heat and humidity are making everyone grumpy this week and a watermelon cocktail is just what the weatherman ordered. [Photo by Salt & Wind]
4 | Drizzle This
My salad game has been seriously lacking lately, so this homemade avocado cilantro dressing is where it’s at this weekend. [Photo by Pinch of Yum]
5 | Do This
Tackle a little home decor project this weekend and create your own printable art canvases. So fun! [Photo by Dream Green DIY]
6 | Make This
Spruce you your summer wedding wardrobe with this super cute DIY patterned clutch. [Photo by Sarah Hearts]
July 7, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
When I was in college my father introduced me to the delicious beauty of a gin and tonic, and it quickly became my go-to cocktail, especially in the heat of summer. I’d come home from a long day working my summer internship and we’d convene on the back deck with a cocktail each, feet propped up as the day melted into night. It wasn’t until several years later that I met the gimlet, which is arguably the gin and tonic’s older, slightly more sophisticated cousin. It’s traditionally made with sweetened lime juice, gin and soda water, but occasionally makes an appearance with fresh sage or even basil. This gimlet recipe is a version that I love! It uses fresh lime juice sweetened with a bit of honey and sage to give it a delicious balance. It is simple and refreshing in the way that good summer cocktails are. Much like the vodka martini with a twist, this is a good one to have in your repertoire!
Honey Sage Gimlet
- 2 oz gin
- 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
- Honey to taste
- 2 – 3 fresh sage leaves
- Soda water
- Lime wedge to garnish
Fill a cocktail glass with ice, then pinch/bruise sage leaves before adding to release the oils. Add gin and lime juice, then a drizzle of honey to sweeten to your liking. Stir well to combine Alternately, add all of the above to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously before pouring into the cocktail glass. Top with soda water, garnish with a wedge of lime then just sip and enjoy! You officially have summer in a glass.
[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
July 6, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
I am precisely 100% sure I want nothing more these days than to spend them lounging on the beach. As in, every day. All day long. I have a case of summer vacation that is strong and real right now, friends. No joke. For some reason this year I am feeling really nostalgic about the summers of my youth. Backyard picnics, days spent reading thick books, toes buried in the sand, bathing suits worn under every outfit, hair bleached out from excessive use of Sun In. Ok, ok, I would skip the latter this time around, but the hot sunny lazy beach days? I’d take all of those. Today it’s an ode to the beach with these 12 beach-ready DIY ideas. Bring it on, summer! I am so ready for you.
1. DIY pom pom beach coverup [above]
2. DIY watermelon beach hat
3. DIY cooler makeover
4. DIY off the shoulder beach dress
5. DIY beach umbrella
6. DIY embroidered sun hat
7. DIY graphic beach towels
8. DIY summer nail art
9. DIY picnic basket
10. DIY tassel tote bag
11. DIY pom pom bikini
12. DIY embroidered picnic blanket
June 29, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Last year I was having a little love affair with pretty iPhone wallpaper designs and I rounded up a bunch of pretty patterns for summer. Turns out, that post was a random runaway hit with you guys, telling me that you love a good wallpaper download as much as I do. So, why not do it again? Today I’ve pulled together my current favorite wallpaper picks to dress up your phone and your desktop throughout the summer months. Bring on the flamingos, florals and popsicles, please and thank you! See even more iPhone wallpaper for summer right here!
[Row 1: Abstract flowers | Underwater | Ohh la la | Row 2: Watercolor flamingo | Palm leaves | Watercolor flowers | Row 3: Shibori | Painting | Dive right in | Row 4: Maya Angelou | Abstract pattern | Watercolor chain.]
June 27, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Our internet was down earlier without reason so I gladly stole some extra baby snuggles and spent some time thinking about this post. We’ll jump right into the cliches as I proclaim that I can’t believe that little Baby E is already seven months old. Really, how does it go so fast? Even when you know the time is going to fly, that each stage is fleeting, that every phase is finite, somehow, it still seems to pass in a blur. Sometimes it’s a blur of sleepless nights and spit up. Sometimes it’s a blur of giggles and hand clapping. Mostly we’re experiencing primarily the latter these days, although I still wear baby puke on my clothes far often than I should admit. And unless it’s a really bad one, I don’t even bother changing anymore. Keeping it really classy here today, friends. At any rate, it has been a couple of months so I wanted to take a minute and share a baby update with you! The last time around, E was five months old and I was struggling to find my groove. Now we’re seven months old and so so much has changed!
Because her birthday was so near to Thanksgiving, her one month checkup would have fallen right around Christmas and therefore got pushed into the new year so all of her appointments have happened behind schedule. All of that being a long winded way of saying that her six month appointment and shots aren’t until this Friday, which is actually ten days or so after she turned seven months old. All of that also being a long winded way of saying I don’t have her latest weight and length stats to share, but I can guarantee we’re still going to be at well over the 90th percentile for length. Our already long-limbed girl has been growing like a weed in recent weeks (although we still don’t have any teeth) and I swear it seems already like she’s transforming from baby to toddler in a way that makes me cry. Literally. Like three times a week. I’m officially that mom. She’s now rolling over easily, sitting up on her own, eating lots of homemade organic veggies and fruits 2 to 3 times a day, mimicking you if you clap to her, paying attention when you turn the pages during story time, sleeping on her belly at night and logging a lot of hours jumping in her bouncer. Every so often it even seems like she’s starting to hug you back when you squeeze her close and she seems to understand what kisses are, even if she’s not yet giving them back. Lately she’s been sleeping clear through the night from about 8 o’clock until 7 o’clock in the morning, always in her crib in her room all on her own like a big kid. Like I said. She’s basically barely even a baby anymore.
I’m sure all parents think so, but we’re pretty convinced that this tiny little girl is smart. Like, smart smart. She appears to really get things and understand them quickly. She is perpetually curious and is constantly observing what’s going on around her. If it’s watching her big siblings play or checking out the dog or people watching when we’re visiting friends, she is like a little sponge soaking it all up. She is also easily the happiest, friendliest baby I’ve ever seen, readily giving of her big, infectious slightly lopsided grin. Sometimes she just wants her mommy, as babies do, but for the most part she is seemingly content to be social and doesn’t much mind being passed around a room. When her big siblings get home or Daddy comes home after a long week of work (because he’s still gone Monday morning until Friday evening most weeks), she gets outright gleeful, clapping her hands and reaching for them eagerly. She babbles and sings and makes bird-like chirps and noises (mostly resembling those of a pigeon) for hours, a constant stream of da-da-da and ma-ma-ma and na-na-na happening around the clock. And, guys, that giggle. If you have a tiny baby who isn’t laughing yet, or you’re pregnant or you’re longing to be a mommy, I promise you that those baby giggles are everything. You can be wearing crusty puke speckled clothes with bags under your eyes for days, but that giggle will solve all of your woes.
This past weekend we took her on her first picnic and she also got to go to the beach for the first time and go swimming! I snapped all of these photos on my iPhone 6s and edited them on my favorite app (A Color Story) and they were too cute not to share. We’ll be taking more family portraits soon with Alice (we’re trying to do them every few months for the first couple of years of her life as she’s changing so quickly), but I also chase her around daily taking photos. She has been loving being outside so far this summer since things really warmed up and got sunny. Yesterday after her little dip in the water she was content to simply lay on her beach blanket and play with her hands and toys, and pull grass and toss it around. We’re looking forward to taking her camping and boating and kayaking all summer long! Honestly, we’re at a stage right now where it all feels a like too quick. A little too temporary. This age is so fun and so so rewarding (when some of the early months you’re just trying to survive) that I sincerely wish with all my heart that I could pause time for even just a little while. I’m not ready for her to crawl or walk or talk, because I want so badly to savor the sweetness that she radiates every day right now. I’m doing my best to hang on tight and enjoy the ride. Certainly she is my greatest adventure yet!
Baby’s Outfits –
Floral dress from Old Navy | Straw sun hat from Old Navy | Cherry bikini from Target | Picnic blanket DIY tutorial
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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