A Breather

Hi, friends! A bit of a slow day around here as I’ve been feeling under the weather and spent most of the day cuddled up in bed. Luckily I have two of the cutest dogs in the universe to take care of me. I’ve had this Ben Harper song rolling around in my head all day and it seemed like the perfect little bit of inspiration for this rainy evening. There’s just nothing like the sweetness of love.

Don’t you get ahead of me
and I won’t leave you behind
If you get unhappy
Won’t you show me a sign

There’s no love like lost love
No pain like a broken heart
There’s no love like you and me
and no loss like us apart

Promises promise is
Only a word
and when softly spoken
Is never heard

And a heart
Is not a stone
And is fragile
When alone

By my side
By my side
Won’t you be by my side
By my side
By my side
Won’t you be by my side

My care for you
Is from the ground up to the sky
It’s over under up above
Down below and to the side

No use in pretending
No use in saving face
My love is never ending
You are my saving grace

By my side
By my side
Won’t you be by my side
By my side
By my side
Won’t you be by my side

– Ben Harper, By My Side
(Listen to it here.)

{Photo from Piccsy.}

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A Vintage Cool Little Rascals Birthday Party

I love this super sweet birthday party shared by the talented ladies of the newly launched Three Cheers Creative. They played off a vintage-inspired Little Rascals theme with pickle jars wrapped in kraft paper, a box car race on a kraft paper racetrack, cute little bow ties, gingham napkins and old school games and whoopee cushions. I love every last detail from the polka dot straws to the gumball machine to the dip-dyed flatware.

Vendors –
Event planning + decor: Three Cheers Creative / Handmade dresses, bowties, + napkins: Moni Rose / Photography: Emily Kuh Photography / Sweets + venue: Bloom Bake Shop

{Photos by Emily Kuh Photography.}

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Sweet Eats: Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

Long time readers have heard me wax poetic about my love for pumpkin sweets and treats year after year and this year is no exception. I’ve been itching to get in the kitchen and make myself a mess with flour and sugar, and I think these pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies look just right for the task. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who can’t resist the combination of pumpkin and chocolate.

{Photo + recipe by Becka Robinson for Life As an Artispreneur.}

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Halloween Printables + a Black Flag DIY

Hello dearies, it’s Jenny again from Hank + Hunt with super fun Halloween printables for your trick or treating pleasure! So, we are less than a week away…has anyone else planned a Halloween bash this weekend? The boys and I have decided to throw one last minute on Friday. We are going black, white and spooky. I have a special treat for you, a hauntingly simple little set of printables for your very own spooky soiree.

An invitation to get your guests to swing by your haunt.

There is a sheet of treat tags, to print on sticker paper or attach with double stick tape or Glue Dots.

I even cut slits to slide over the straws to gussy up my bewitching beverages.

Of course, I had to include some cupcake flags (use on straws, too!) in stripes to match. I have some with sayings, some with plain boxes for your own word witchery or just some plain good ol’ stripes.

An added bonus? Here is a quick little cupcake flag topper diy tutorial…made from black floral tape!

Grab some lollipop sticks, wrap 5 inch tears of floral tape around the top, pull slightly to stretch, adhere tape and viola! No scissors required, tearing gives that rough, haunted look…perfect for our bash!

Download your printables and get spooky – trick or treat!

{Photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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Party Palette: Autumn Maple Leaf

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! Can you believe Halloween is just a week away? I’m definitely feeling the autumn chill this week and can’t wait to prep little bags of goodies for trick or treaters. I’m already looking forward to the weekend when we’ll be carving pumpkins and taking refuge from the cold by cozying up and watching Halloween movies. (Hocus Pocus, anyone?) To kick the week off in appropriate fashion, here’s a little autumn-inspired color palette for your pleasure.

{top. Brandon Ehrlich. left. Wit & Delight. right. The Berry.}

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