March 30, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
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I’m so excited to share with you today that I am going to be teaming up with my friends at Valspar again to bring you a whole bunch of colorful interior design and DIY ideas throughout the year! I had such an amazing time working with them in 2015 so I could not be happier to keep the fun going. To kick things off, Valspar asked me to jump on board with this year’s 31 Days of Color celebration with Ace Hardware. I got to work with this really cheerful shade of green, Kiwi Slice VR015C, which immediately inspired me to tackle a little bathroom makeover! When I shared my tips for choosing a paint color palette, I mentioned that I love a home that is full of neutrals with a couple of rooms that pack an unexpected punch in the color department. Our bathroom? It now brings all the punch and then some, friends. It feels perfectly fresh and bright, just in time for spring!
March 29, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
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.
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!)
[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.]
March 25, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
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]
2. Pear Mimosas
3. Grapefruit Mimosas
4. Clementine + Rosemary Mimosa
5. Blood Orange Lemonade Mimosas
6. Classic Mimosas
7. Watermelon Mimosas
8. Blood Orange Mimosas
9. Pineapple Mimosas
10. Strawberry Mimosas
March 23, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
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.
March 22, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
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
[Above: DIY Grocery Store Flower Arrangement | Photo by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]