A DIY Fireplace Makeover for Under $30

Mar 13
A Budget-Friendly DIY Fireplace Makeover for Under $30 | Easy home reno projects, fireplace ideas, tips for how to paint a fireplace and how to paint brick from @cydconverse

The brick started kind of a yellowy speckled color that I always knew wouldn’t be long for the living once we were moved in and settled. The chimney is actually the same color and outside I kind of love it, but inside it was doing nothing but taking away from that gorgeous mantle. It instantly grabbed your eye when you waked in the room and definitely not in the good way. It was quite distracting actually. So finally after months of sitting and waiting and being sure I was 100% on the painting train, a few weeks ago I got the job done!

The Things I Loved This Week

Mar 10
Things I Love This Week from @cydconverse | Weekend DIY ideas, crafts projects, recipes, cocktail recipes, party ideas and more

We have a tiny girl who has been pretty miserable this week, so I’m really looking forward to the weekend and hopefully a bit of time to unwind. (You can’t blame the one year old teething and running incessant fevers, but it does make the week feel a lot longer!) We don’t have much on our agenda this weekend, which feels really nice, so we might start getting organized for the next batch of renovation projects we want to tackle around the house.

Caramelized Onion Dill Pickle Grilled Cheese

Mar 9
Caramelized Onion Dill Pickle Grilled Cheese | Best grilled cheese, unusual grilled cheese recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Bob and I have this little tradition of making what we call “fancy grilled cheese sandwiches” for dinner on Friday nights. Not every Friday night (far from it actually), but for some reason a great grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of homemade tomato soup is the perfect way to end the week when you’re too tired to want to cook up a more involved meal, but want to attempt something a bit more than delivery. This sandwich is one of our favorite variations! A grilled cheese made with caramelized onions, dill pickle, havarti and munster cheese all on inside-out ciabatta bread.

15 DIY Ideas to Cure Spring Fever

Mar 7
DIY Mini Planters | DIY ideas, spring craft ideas, first day of spring ideas and more from @cydconverse

Rumor has it that spring is just a couple of weeks out, although truth is we typically don’t see real spring until at least April here in our neck of the woods in the northeast. Even though it has been about 15° every day so far this week (actually not an exaggeration), I am definitely starting to get that spring itch. The one where I want to throw open the windows, scrub every last inch of the house, spend an afternoon arranging plants in little pots, painting a room a fresh new color, changing out all the linens and generally just freshening things up. Basically, I’ve got spring fever.

How I Keep Memories for Emerson

Mar 6
Baby Book Ideas | Best book books, modern baby books, baby scrapbook and more memory keeping ideas from @cydconverse

Back when I was still pregnant with Emerson, I started hunting in earnest for the perfect baby book. I wanted something that would be special for her as she grows older and wants to flip through the pages, but frankly, I know myself well enough to know that keeping detailed records, creating monthly scrapbook pages or in some other way extravagantly keeping memories in a physical way was never going to happen. I finally picked the Lucy Darling Little Artist Memory Book, which is easily among the best baby books out there.