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Maple Salty Dog Cocktail + The Minimalist Kitchen Book Review | Click through for cocktail recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas, party recipes and more from @cydconverse

Mixing a Maple Salty Dog Cocktail + The Minimalist Kitchen Cookbook

Over my last decade of blogging I have had the incredible privilege of making friends with loads of amazingly talented people. The camaraderie and the community in this wild little industry of ours is what made me fall in love with blogging from the very beginning, way back in 2008 when I took at stab at writing my very first post. Melissa Coleman of The Faux Martha is one of those people. She’s a tiny little whisp of a lady with an impeccable eye, a knack for making delicious food and a brand new cookbook, The Minimalist Kitchen, among her credits. A couple months ago I received an advance copy of her book, which is now available for sale, and I can’t get enough of it. It’s loaded with tips for how to stock your pantry and your kitchen so you can make really delicious, wholesome meals without having to run out to the store for a bunch of exotic ingredients every time you cook. If your kitchen is anything like mine, it can get overrun with containers of this and cans of that, too many of which go bad before they ever get used. I’m absolutely going to spend some time revisiting those sections of Melissa’s book and purging my kitchen of a lot of the nonsense, because I hate unruly cupboards and that’s precisely how mine are looking and feeling at the moment.

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Hosting a Modern Book Club Party with @cydconverse | Click through for party ideas, entertaining tips, DIY ideas, recipes and more!

Host a Modern Book Club Party Your Friends Will Love

A few of my girlfriends and I have been talking about starting a book club, but as busy working moms, it just hasn’t seemed to happen. Getting it together enough to read an assigned book in a set timeframe? It’s something that seems completely daunting, even for those of us who absolutely love to read. The solution? A modern twist on a book club party, one that is much more relaxed and takes the pressure off entirely. This isn’t your mother’s book club, friends! It’s much more fun, there’s champagne and thanks to a little inspiration from the P-touch Embellish Ribbon and Tape Printer, there are super cute details that will make your friends excited to dive into a good book!

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My Winter Reading List | Book club recommendations, reading recommendations and more from @cydconverse

My Winter Reading List

I have been an avid reader since the earliest of days. As soon as I could pick up a book and flip the pages, I was hooked. I was a mega mega bookworm as a kid, to the point where I think my father even thought something might be wrong with me because I preferred …

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Cyd's Summer Reading List 2015 from @cydconverse

My Favorite Reads 002

Why hello, friends! I’m back from a whirlwind long weekend in Florida celebrating my niece’s high school graduation and ready to jump right into the week. It has been a bit since we chatted about books, but as I was standing in the airport bookstore yesterday in search of a new book for the flight …

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#GIRLBOSS Review by @cydconverse

My Favorite Reads 001

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of a voracious reader. Books were one of my first passions and to this day I love nothing more than losing myself in a good book. I thought it might be fun to check in time to time with what I’ve been recently reading and …

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Decorate with Flowers | The Sweetest Occasion

Decorate with Flowers

I was so excited to receive an advance copy of Decorate with Flowers a couple of weeks ago and now that this gorgeous book is on sale I had to share it with you today. The latest book release from Holly of decor8 (whom I’ve admired for so very long) co-written by the incredibly talented …

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