Exciting Adventures in Boston are Here!

Things have been pretty busy over here.

How busy, you ask?

As busy as it can be when THIS happens while on vacation in beautiful Portland, Oregon over the summer!

engagement ring - Portland Japanese Garden
There’s a new bride-to-be in town!

 

I’m sure there will be more to come about our trip to Portland down the road!

In addition to our engagement, we also decided to embark on a brand new adventure in a brand new place. We’ve both lived in New Jersey for our whole lives (minus college), and it was time for a change. So, we packed up our belongings and puggle last weekend and headed up north to begin our next chapter in the Boston area!

Our new apartment is big, beautiful and filled with natural light. I can’t wait to get my crafty on and decorate… there’s nothing like making a space your own. And I need to pick a wall to display our photo frame collage, of course!

Here are some pictures of the new digs, before we moved in the furniture: Continue reading “Exciting Adventures in Boston are Here!”

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This is a Construction Site!

Hi everyone!

I’m in the middle of a theme transition and am playing around with some Custom CSS to get things lookin’ the way I’d like.

While this is underway, things may look a little messy.

If you know me, you know that I’m a perfectionist and that this is only temporary. So, please excuse anything that looks a little wonky — I’m working on it!

Thanks so much, and thanks for reading!

Love,
Kelsey

Making Goals, Taking Names: 2015, 2016 & Beyond | The Cheerful Times

Making Goals, Taking Names: 2015, 2016 & beyond!

Is it too late to wish you a happy 2016? Nah.

I’ve seen far too many blog posts commemorating the new year, but there was no way I couldn’t partake when thinking about how much crazy growth The Cheerful Times underwent in 2015!

I’m over the moon and humbled by your dedicated readership and generous feedback, and that so many of you have shared my posts with your friends, family, and followers. It makes me warm and fuzzy inside!

Although I’ve been seriously slackin’ on the blog (I published a grand total of 8 posts in 2015… #womp), I was so amazed to see that The Cheerful Times had a huge influx of visitors over the past year. You guys are the best!

Here’s a round-up of some 2015 metrics & accomplishments!

  • Blog traffic increased over 300%
  • Subscribers increased by 40%
  • Viewers came from 99 countries! (with US, Canada, and UK taking the lead)
  • Posts were featured on several cool sites, like Diply and All Created
  • The Cheerful Times took over Pinterest! I was shocked to see that my blog posts were pinned thousands of times. DIY Doggie Dress Shirt Collar alone has over 3,000 pins and repins. It even comes up as a top result when searching Pinterest for dog crafts or dog gifts — very cool!
DIY upcycled dog dress shirt collar craft: Super easy, no-sew, and the perfect gift! | The Cheerful Times
“DIY Doggie Dress Shirt Collar” was the big kahuna of 2015

I’m so thankful for everyone who made these accomplishments possible, and I hope that I won’t let you down in 2016!

The Big Ole One-Six

As is usual with the start of a new year, everyone seems to be either making resolutions or complaining about how everyone is making resolutions.

Goodness gracious. Don’t you know how many things there are in this world that are more deserving of your hatred and social media ranting than people trying to better themselves? Imagine how much you can accomplish if you put that energy into something else. It’s a little ridiculous.

I’m not a resolution hater. The start of a new year can be a good check point to evaluate where you are and what you’re doing in life, and compare it to where you want to be and what you’d rather be doing. And then you can map out efforts to correct course (AKA resolutions).

But I’d much rather refer to resolutions as goals. Goals are friendlier, like helpful guides… rather than stressful, out-of-reach standards with fear and failure seeping through every crack like impenetrable smog. The term “goals” makes my anxiety senses tingle a little less. 😉

Like many others, I envisaged my ideal 2016 and developed some on- and off-blog goals.

Sharing them with others is the first step toward making ’em happen!

Blogging Goals for 2016

1. Redesign. That’s right, I’m overhauling the look of Continue reading “Making Goals, Taking Names: 2015, 2016 & beyond!”

Pet photography in Brooklyn, New York City - Rochelle BaRoss | The Cheerful Times

Wishing You a Very Cheerful Holiday!

Happy holidays, everyone!

My sister Rochelle decided to start a pet photography side business! For Christmas, she offered to do a photo shoot with me, Malcolm and Abby. Well… mostly just Abby 😉

Rochelle recently shared her favorite shots with us. I can’t wait to see the others!

Without further ado, here we are with our favorite little reindeer: Continue reading “Wishing You a Very Cheerful Holiday!”

Stitch Fix Petite Review May 2015 | The Cheerful Times

Stitch Fix Petite Review – May 2015

I thought I had sworn off Stitch Fix for good. After my first Stitch Fix review, I had a few more lackluster boxes come my way. I kept a few things, but for the most part everything was pretty off.

Stitch Fix plaid shirt and skinny jeans
I kept this plaid shirt and these skinny jeans from one of my fall boxes (only to realize afterwards that my plaid shirt had a big hole in the sleeve)
Stitch Fix striped pencil skirt
In a winter box I kept this striped, stretchy pencil skirt

I tried in vain to better my fixes by adjusting my style profile, perfecting my Pinterest board, and leaving incredibly detailed feedback. I kept requesting tighter fitting clothing, but every time they ignored my wishes and sent me billowing shirts — which is not flattering for my body shape. Frustrated, I cancelled my Stitch Fix subscription.

When I heard Stitch Fix introduced petite sizing, I thought I’d give it a try since the clothes should fit me a ton better. To increase my chances of getting a great fix, I reinvented both my style profile and Pinterest board once again — this time pinning almost entirely floral print and stripes, my go-to patterns.

“There’s no way they don’t understand my style now!” I proclaimed victoriously to myself.

So, did it work? Let’s find out! Continue reading “Stitch Fix Petite Review – May 2015”