Things That Inspire Creativity

Whether in blogging or brainstorming new products for your business, use these 7 ideas to get your creative ideas flowing! // via @ahopefulhood

I was listening to The Happy Hour Podcast (as always), and one of the guests talked about how she helps her young kids stay creative by doing random fun exercises around the dinner table. Am I the only one who needs to practice being creative and thinking of new ideas?!

Whether I'm struggling for a blog post topic, a new Wild Cedar Co. idea or just want to feel like I'm DOING and MAKING (instead of washing [dishes] or folding [laundry]), it takes some external things to get my creative ideas jump-started. Sometimes I feel super uncreative, and if ever that's you, here are some things that are sure to get your creative juices flowing:

1. Read any book. Reading helps your ideas flow because you're "introduced" to new people, places, and perspectives. Check out Chelsea's post on what she read in April & her list of must-reads to get started!

2. OR Read a book outside your usual genre. For me, that's The Samurai's Garden because it's not the chick-flick fiction I usually read.

3. Check out the graphic design of Audrey White (and read her post on why she also crafts!) or the beautiful paintings of Kendra.

4. Go for a walk outside and notice the details--intricate plants, cloud shapes, etc.

5. Check Pinterest. Jk. That's overwhelming. 😉

6. Go somewhere you've never been before: a new coffee shop, a pretty park, a new town.

7. Try a new recipe. Not from Pinterest. But from a recommended source, like Susannah's dairy-free caramel macchiato, Jacqui's cinnamon blueberry protein muffins, or anything from Audrey's post here.

What do you do to feel inspired & creative? 
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What Aiden Would Say If He Could Talk

Aiden can't talk yet beyond a firm "nooo!" and "dada" and "do(g)" in his cute little baby voice, but he says nonsense sounds very confidently and intentionally as if he is saying real, complex things. Here's what I'm thinking he's saying, if all those nonsense babbles were at all coherent.

1. "Hey playground friends, my mom still helps me walk, but I can crawl faster than you because I bet you forgot how to crawl like a ninja now that you're walking. Let me show you how it's done."

2. "Mom, how many times do I need to make it clear that I do not want a cold wipe and fresh diaper on my gibblets?! You took me away from playing for THIS?!"

3. "Here, Jake my fluffy German Shepherd friend, I'm going to throw my vegetables on the floor and see if you come running. Ha! Guys, did you see it? That dog at a green bean! Sucker."

4. "Mom. I'm serious this time. Stop trying to change my diaper. I was BUSY WITH TRUCKS."

5. "If you leave the front door or back doors open, you best believe I will make a beeline for the outside. It's where I feel free. Also it's where my trike is. And sometimes where the dog is. Double win."


7. "I don't have teeth. I have CHOMPERS. Watch me eat this toasted bagel like a champ."


These photos were taken by the illustrious Courtney who does Wild Cedar Co. with me! (Though don't I wish my iPhone could do that?! Haha!) Check out her blog here
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Broccoli Salad (With Whatever Random Things You Have)

I decided to make this fairly last minute one night when I realized we had some broccoli that really needed to get eaten before it went bad (sounds delish, right? Ha)...and that's when I realized: broccoli salad is one of those catch-all, everything in one dish type of salads where you can add whatever you have on hand! Since I was making it last-minute, I just used random things we had.

What I used: (makes 1 large serving or 2 small servings)
--1 big stalk of broccoli, chopped
--1 small green apple, cored & chopped small
--1/4 red pepper, chopped
--6 baby carrots, chopped into cirles
--1/3 cup mayo
--a dash of apple cider vinegar
--a sprinkle of sugar, salt & pepper (sorry to be so exact 😉 ),
--paprika as a garnish on top before serving

**Other suggestions: nuts, sharp white cheddar, grapes, raisins, hard-boiled eggs?, celery, tomatoes, or whatever else you happen to have!

An easy salad to make this spring/summer! All you need is broccoli, plus whatever else you happen to have on hand. // via @ahopefulhood

All you have to do is mix it all up! I didn't even mix the sugar + mayo + apple cider vinegar together separately (which you totally could do for a more even "sauce"), and it turned out great!

Check out this spring salad mix I've also loved! What salads are you making this spring? 
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Bump Style // Spring

*I partnered with PinkBlush for this post, but of course everything I say about them is honest & my own take on their adorable clothing. 

When I was pregnant with Aiden, my January due date meant that I only had a big bump during fall/winter. This time round, I'm due in October and IMMEDIATELY my baby bump started showing. Hello, cute maternity clothes for warm weather.

Yes, I'll probably be a sweaty whale this summer. But I won't have to layer up with maternity sweaters, stretchy pants, and heavy coats, that fit a big third-trimester baby bump! (Like I did last time......) Can I get an amen?!

Since literally everyone in blog-land who's having a baby has talked about PinkBlush, I figured I'd give it a try...and believe me, they live up to the hype. All their stuff, from maternity dresses to regular clothes, is insanely cute and my dress (which you can get here) arrived 2 days after I ordered it!

Perks of this dress that I got from PinkBlush: 

1. You don't have to play the "is it too short to wear to church?" game.

2. It has loose sleeves so you don't need to shave your armpits. (Am I the only one who hates that?!)

3. It's light & flowy so you aren't sweating to death.

4. It's not so light that it's see through.

Spring Bump Style // Easter dress, Baby shower outfit, etc. via @ahopefulhood

For more maternity posts, check out my favorite healthy pregnancy snacks and how to take a silhouette bump picture!
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