Baby Talk: 36 Weeks + Packing My Hospital Bag

Hi, friends! I know I’ve been a bit MIA the first part of this week and frankly, I’m just worn out. The weekend was incredibly hectic, pretty much the exact opposite of relaxing in any way, and my energy level is taking a hit. Also, I’m getting totally overwhelmed now that we’re in the final homestretch. It feels like there is so much left to do (mainly to get things squared away on the work front) and I find myself wishing we had a few extra weeks. Then there’s the fact that oh, I don’t know, we’re having a baby in a few weeks and that’s enough to be overwhelming in and of itself. Speaking of things to do, I’ve finally gotten around to starting to think about packing my hospital bag. I need your help! I’ve been watching YouTube videos aplenty (as I do as my preferred form of research these days), but I’d love to hear from you. What do you consider essentials? Luckily we live less than two blocks from the hospital so if we forget anything it will be easy to send someone home to retrieve things, but I’d like to be pretty much set if possible. So, fill me in! Especially those of you who have had c-sections. What do I need to pack?

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag from @cydconverse

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5 Last Minute Halloween Ideas + Friday Link Love

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you’ve had a great week. I’m planning to fill you in on a few baby-related updates on Monday, but in the meantime can we take a quick moment to marvel over the fact that I’m 36 weeks pregnant today? How on earth that happened so quickly I will never know. We have a really fun Halloween weekend on deck, starting with a film crew showing up at our house later this afternoon to interview me and do a fun little DIY demo. So, I’m off to prep for that, but in the meantime I’ve rounded up a few really fun last minute Halloween ideas and a whole bunch of Friday Link Love to kick off your weekend. Happy Halloween, everyone! xoxo

5 Last Minute Halloween Ideas from @cydconverse

[DIY Pun-kins | DIY Paper Plate Animal Masks | DIY Wire Wall Signs | DIY Pop Tart Costume | DIY Pantone Couples Costume.]

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DIY Kids Table Makeover

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DIY Kids Table Makeover by @cydconverse

A few weeks back I shared some of the nursery ideas that have been percolating in my brain since I first found out we were expecting, and since then I’ve been working to bring the room to life. We’re officially in the home stretch on the baby growing front so today I wanted to share the fun DIY makeover of the adorable little kids table that will be in her room! To pull it off I teamed up with my friends at Valspar and put their awesome new Valspar Furniture Paint to work transforming an inexpensive and otherwise forgettable kids table and chair set. The result is a totally custom piece that is going to look perfect with the modern yet whimsical vibe I’m going for in our little one’s room!

DIY Kids Table Makeover by @cydconverse

DIY Kids Table Makeover by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Valspar Furniture Paint in Elegant Silk 5010-7 (available at Lowe’s)
  • Valspar Rose Gold Spray Paint (available at Lowe’s)
  • Ikea Latt kids table
  • 2″ foam roller and tray
  • 2″ paint brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Wrapping paper or wallpaper
  • Metal straight edge
  • X-Acto knife
  • Sheet of acrylic cut to 17-3/8 x 23-5/8″

DIY Kids Table Makeover by @cydconverse

Valspar’s new Furniture Paint and Cabinet Enamel both come in an awesome array of colors (you can find the complete selection by visiting Lowe’s) and the furniture paint is perfect for rehabbing old furniture that could use a little love or adding personality to an otherwise lackluster piece. In other words, it was perfect for this little project! I chose to go with Elegant Silk 5010-7 to coordinate with the overall color palette of the nursery and this wrapping paper that I used to add a fun burst of color and pattern to the top of the table.

DIY Kids Table Makeover by @cydconverse

To get started, I taped off the edges of the tabletop and chair seat to avoid getting any paint on the white laminate. Then, I used a small 2″ foam roller to apply a light coat of paint. As I always preach, multiple thin coats of paint are the best when painting furniture, allowing the paint to dry and then repeating with additional coats as necessary. After rolling on the first coat, I went back with my paint brush to make sure I’d covered all the little nooks and crannies before allowing things to dry completely. The coverage of Valspar’s furniture paint is seriously excellent and the consistency is really workable, making for virtually no drips while I was working. Two coats covered the table and chairs perfectly!

DIY Kids Table Makeover by @cydconverse

DIY Kids Table Makeover by @cydconverse DIY Kids Table Makeover by @cydconverse

Once everything was completely dry, I masked off the seat of the chairs with painter’s tape and plastic to protect the rest of the piece. I knew I didn’t want to leave the white laminate exposed on the chair seats, so I took a stroll through the spray paint section in Lowe’s and picked up a can of Valspar’s Rose Gold spray paint. Allowing drying time in between, I applied four thin and light coats of spray paint to the seats. The rose gold color is soft and super pretty and was the perfect way to finish off the adorable little chairs.

DIY Kids Table Makeover by @cydconverse

Finally, for the top of the table I wanted to add a bit of pattern, so I opted to add a fun wrapping paper with an acrylic sheet over top to protect the surface of the paper. This also makes it so you can switch the paper up whenever you like! While at Lowe’s I picked up an 18×24″ sheet of acrylic in the 0.080 thickness and asked them to cut it down to 17-3/8 x 23-5/8″ to fit the top of the table. (The people at Lowe’s rock so this was seriously about a three minute process. So easy!) While the paint was drying, I trimmed my paper down to the same size. The table top is recessed a bit to begin with, so it was easy to lay the paper down and then cover it by placing the acrylic over top.

DIY Kids Table Makeover by @cydconverse

And that’s it, friends! I really love how it turned out and I can’t wait to see how everything comes together in her finished nursery. (Stay tuned over the next few weeks for a full reveal!) In the meantime, for more DIY projects like this one, be sure to check out Valspar’s Rehab Project featuring loads of fun furniture rehab projects, videos and more. (I personally love the colorful TV tray makeover!)

p.s. Those baby blocks were painted by loved ones at our baby shower! I’ll be sharing more from that soon. Love the wall color? It’s Valspar Modern Gray 25-1B and it’s my new favorite gray paint! Everyone always raves about it when they come over to our house.

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[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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An Apple Farm Picnic

Here in Upstate New York our reputation for loving a good day at the apple farm pretty much precedes us and you can definitely count me among the masses who consider an annual trek to the orchard a requirement. Today I am seriously tickled (yes, I just said tickled) to share this really lovely apple farm picnic from the crazy talented Britt at Woven & Wed with you, featuring the prettiest photos from Rachabella Photography. Seriously, does this not make you want to gather up a few friends and head to the farm for a fall picnic? Set at Aamodt’s Apple Farm, this is the kind of ode to fall that makes these ladies feel like my kindred spirits. Sincerely. Loads of plaid, whimsical touches like giant oversized balloons, and mini apple pies? Yes, yes and yes!

An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

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An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

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An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

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An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

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Many thanks to Britt and Rachel for sharing! (You can follow them both and see more of their gorgeous work on Instagram here and here!) This little orchard party has me even more in love with fall than I was already, which was a whole heck of a lot.

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Photography – Rachabella Photography | Design + styling – Woven & Wed | Rentals – Collected Rentals | Venue – Aamodt’s Apple Farm
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DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland

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DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

In the spirit of my love for fun and easy holiday crafts, today we’re making a Halloween candy inspired chocolate truffle party garland! This started as a quick, off the cuff idea for a DIY tutorial and quickly evolved into one of my favorite Halloween party ideas of the season. Inspired by the flavors and gorgeous packaging of my favorite Seattle Chocolates truffles, this is the ultimate homage to Halloween candy, bringing together the most decadent of chocolate flavors and super cute party decor. It’s really easy to make, too! You just need a whole big stash of your favorite truffle flavors, floral wire and ribbon. (Make sure to have extra truffles handy for snacking, too!)

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Assorted flavors of Seattle Chocolates truffles
  • Thin floral wire
  • Wire snips
  • Ribbon in your color preference
  • Scissors

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

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First you’ll need to determine how long you’d like your garland to be. I made several garlands at approximately 5′ in length a piece, which required about 60 chocolate truffles each. I used an assortment of chocolate truffles with fall-inspired flavors and packaging. The Pumpkin Spice? It is everything that is delicious about pumpkin. The silky smooth Milk Chocolate variety? Classic and over the top good! Of course, the Total Toffee flavor is always my favorite. I just can’t get enough of that toffee! Once you’ve selected your flavors and colors, cut several pieces of floral wire to about 3″ in length. Place two truffles end to end, overlapping the wrapper and use a piece of floral wire to hold them together securely. Twist the wire tightly and then snip the ends to trim so the wire doesn’t show.

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

Keep working along in this fashion until you achieve your desired garland length. At that point, cut two lengths of ribbon, each about 12″ each. Fold the ribbon in half and use another piece of floral wire to attach the ribbon to the end of the garland by twisting the wire around the middle of ribbon. Repeat on the other end. Then trim the ends of the ribbon neatly at an angle so everything looks nice, pretty and tidy and you’re all done! Hang your garland as a party backdrop using removable wall hooks or swag it across the room to create a focal point in your party space.

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

DIY Halloween Chocolate Truffle Party Garland by @cydconverse

Isn’t this the cutest garland ever? And I love that it doubles as a chocolate lover’s dream! Guests can grab a handful of truffles from the garland at the end of the night and take them home as a sweet treat. What’s not to love? To get started, visit Seattle Chocolates to pick out your favorite chocolate truffles, then be sure to follow them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for more chocolate inspired ideas. Also, be sure to stay tuned for a mini Halloween giveaway this week featuring Seattle Chocolate’s incredible Halloween inspired truffle bars!

p.s. Loving those ghost cake toppers? Check out the super simple DIY tutorial!

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

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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