50 Random Things About Me

I wanted to do something a little different today and share 50 random things about me that you might not already know. I was motivated to do so primarily by the fact that I love reading these kinds of posts when other bloggers share them. There’s no rhyme or reason behind what things I’m sharing, I’m literally just writing off the cuff and sharing whatever comes to mind as I type. Maybe you’ll learn some weird little thing about me that we have in common or maybe you’ll find this completely boring. Whatever the case may be, feel free to comment and let me know! I want to mix things up this year with a post here and there like this one that is intended to be a fun, informal way of sharing more about me and connecting with you, so your feedback is always welcome!

50 Things About Me with @cydconverse

1. I have three degrees. An AAS and BS (both in architecture) and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and management.

2. I haven’t eaten a single bite of red meat since I was 22. I stopped eating meat and poultry altogether when I was 25. I do very rarely eat fish or shellfish but otherwise eat a vegetarian diet about 99% percent of the time.

3. My favorite color is teal, with cobalt blue being a very close second. In general I am drawn more to cool colors and really don’t care for yellow or red much at all.

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10 Best Printables to Get Organized in 2015

10 Best Printables to Get Organized in 2015 from @cydconverse

As we already know, I’m making it my personal mission to be very goal-oriented and organized in 2015. I already told you all about that and how I’m using my much-loved Day Designer to help me get the job done. While I recommend it to the moon and back, they’re currently sold out and any remaining inventory that is released will go super quickly, so I set to rounding up what I consider some of the best printables to help you kickstart 2015. Most of these are free, but those that aren’t are super budget-friendly at prices ranging from just $5 to $15. You’ll find everything from at-a-glance desk calendars to goal sheets, to-do lists and resolution cards, all designed to help you bring a little order to your new year in a way that’s pretty, too.

So if you’re ready to kickstart January with a bang and you still need a little help getting all of your ducks in a row, click through for my picks for the best printables to get organized in 2015!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Yesterday on Instagram I mentioned that I was working on shooting a few smoothie recipes to share with you. At the risk of sounding like a complete cliché, because smoothies are generally my go-to weekday breakfast regardless of the time of year, smoothies are just one of those things that feel right following the holidays. I make mine with lots of whole ingredients, no added sugar, no funky processed stuff and they’re just the thing to get me back on track following a season of too many cookies and pancakes. Because I’m sure I’m not alone when I admit that I eat way more pancakes and waffles and generally not good for me breakfast foods during the holiday season.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie by @cydconverse

This right here is one of my favorite go-to smoothie recipes. It’s a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie and it’s so delicious. Also, chocolate, peanut butter and banana. You know it’s good. It’s also really quick and easy to make in the morning as you’re running out the door or sitting down at your desk to start your work day, because there’s no chopping or prep work required. Who doesn’t love that? Personally, I really really love that.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie by @cydconverse

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ banana
  • 8 – 10 ice cubes
  • Honey or stevia to taste (optional)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie by @cydconverse

Place all of the ingredients in a blender. I usually start with the milk, because it helps to keep all the other goodies from getting stuck to the bottom. Blend on high speed for about 2 minutes, which makes for a smoothie that’s nice and smooth and thick. If you like a thicker smoothie, add more ice. If you like a thinner consistency, add additional milk. If you want to use a different kind of milk or a nut butter like almond butter, go to town. I personally limit my dairy so I like to stick to almond milk because there’s already Greek yogurt in there, but I use almond butter a lot instead of peanut butter and it’s still super yummy. Switch it up and make it your own! It may not be pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, but it’s still really damn delicious! So that’s that. Enjoy, friends!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie by @cydconverse

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[Photos + recipe by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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DIY Copper Gilded Flatware

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware by @cydconverse

My favorite DIY projects are absolutely the ones that are quick, simple and budget-friendly while still packing a big visual punch. This project fits that bill, making it one of my favorite recent DIY endeavors. We’re talking about taking basic, inexpensive thrift store flatware and making it something really special with the addition of a metallic finish. I chose copper, but you can customize it with whatever finish speaks to you. So easy, so pretty. I think this entire project cost me about $6, including the paint, the majority of which I have left for another project. Love that!

DIY Copper Gilded Flatware by @cydconverse

You can find the complete tutorial in all of it’s easy as pie glory over at Momtastic today! If you’re planning an upcoming brunch or dinner party, I definitely recommend this one. You can give your place settings a whole new look without breaking the bank and this project is perfect for even the most novice of crafters. DIY copper gilded flatware. Love it. As always, if you give this one a try, share a photo with me on Instagram – I’d love to take a look!

p.s. If you have an eagle eye, you’ll have already spied my pretty copper flatware in action here and here.

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[Photos by Cyd Converse for Momtastic.]

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Color Palette: Marsala + Rose

It only seems appropriate for the first color palette of the year to center on Marsala, the Pantone Color of the Year 2015. There’s already been a lot of buzz and debate about this color, and I’m sitting firmly on the side of the fence that’s completely confused over this one. For those of you not familiar, Pantone is widely recognized as the foremost color expert in the design industry and each year they make predictions about what they think will be the “it” color of the year. This year they picked Marsala, which they call an elegant statement color, a choice that has left a lot of people scratching their heads. I really thought they would go with a blue this year, something rich and saturated reminiscent of shibori. To me, Marsala is just too washed out and kind of blah to be anything special, but being the color-loving girl that I am, I decided to try and make it work for me with this palette. I really think this hue is best paired with pink, blush, rose, a bit of soft gray, and maybe a smidge of pale green. The other way I would go is maybe with a really rich scarlet and sapphire or blackberry. What do you think? Is anyone just loving this color?

Color Palette: Marsala and Rose by @cydconverse

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[Photos, from top: Styling by Magnolia Rouge + Photo by Jen Huang via Grey Likes Weddings | Anthropologie | Styling by Ashley Nicole + Photo by Lani Elias via Magnolia Rouge.]

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