Where has April gone? It’s already the 4th Thursday which means my Fashion Contributor is here sharing another fun fashion trend. I love color mixing but I’ve never tried pattern mixing. Here’s Whitney and her ideas on pattern mixing:

Hello ODE readers, it is so good to be back. April is here, the sun is shining and Spring is here in full swing. Last month I talked about my favorite Spring trends this year. Well here is another styling tip and fun trend for the Spring that will transition right into the summer months. Today we are talking pattern Mixing.

I think it is safe to say that most of us are pretty stand offish and nervous when it comes to mixing patterns. You don’t want to be too bold or crazy, But guess what that is ok now. It is no longer a fashion no no in fact it is all the rage. Take for instance the picture above. When it comes to printed leggings I am safe and wear solid colored shirts with them but this day I was feeling brave pulled on this striped tee and I ended up loving it. I went with neutral colors that way the mixing patterns would go well with each other and it was still a little more safe., but I loved how it turned out.

 Photo Credit: unknown found on Pinterest HERE
Another great way to mix patterns is to bring small stripes the same color as the pattern. This way it goes well together but it is still bold, fashionable and fun.
 Photo Credit: Unknown found on pinterest HERE
This is probably my favorite one. Keeping it in the same color scheme and separating the patterns with a solid to make it flow and look flawless. This is the perfect example of pattern mixing working well.
Photo Credit: Unknown found on Pinterest HERE
 
This is another one touching the pattern with a neutral and colored pattern making it not seem too much and going perfectly together. 
 
Now after seeing these examples do you feel better about mixing patterns? Stay in the same color scheme, patch a neutral pattern with a colorful pattern, break up the patterns with a solid, or pick one color out of the pattern to match with the other pattern, stripes stripes stripes go with almost any pattern. Try it out you are sure to love it and it is the perfect fashion trend for this spring and summer. I hope I have inspired you and helped you feel confident in bringing a little pattern mixing, just every once in a while,  into your style this Spring and Summer season.

Thanks Whitney! What is your favorite way to mix patterns? Are you going to give it a try?
Don’t forget to visit A Mommy’s Life With a Touch of Yellow, where Whitney blogs regularly.

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Gluten Free Yellow Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting 3.1

I made these for Easter and just had to share with you my favorite gluten free yellow cupcake I’ve made so far. Obviously you can leave the peep off, I have no idea why I didn’t take a picture without it. I don’t love peeps so I didn’t eat them anyway, but my family loves them and they did look cute on top of all the cupcakes. I like to make things as easy as possible so I started with a gluten free cake mix.

Ingredients:
1 package (15 oz) yellow gluten-free cake mix
1/4 cup vanilla instant pudding mix
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons orange juice
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 18 liners in cupcake pan and set aside.

Place dry ingredients in a bowl and stir together. Add wet ingredients and beat with an electric mixer on  low speed until they are incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl, increase mixer speed to medium and beat the batter until smooth, about 1-1 1/2 minutes. Fill cupcake liners two-thirds full.

Bake the cupcakes 16-20 minutes, until the top springs back. Place pans on wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.

Gluten Free Yellow Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting 4.1

Frosting:
4 ounces unsalted butter
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk

I’ve experimented with cream cheese frosting and this is my favorite. It makes a bit extra which is perfect if you like spreading it on gluten-free graham crackers. Didn’t you love when your mom made graham crackers and frosting for you as an after school snack?

Beat together the softened butter and cream cheese with electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the milk and vanilla until well blended and smooth.

Cut a small hole in the corner of a large ziplock bag, place a decorative tip half way through the hole, then spoon the frosting into the bag. Pipe the frosting through the decorative tip. Start on the outside of the cupcake and frost towards the center.

Gluten Free Yellow Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting 2.1

Yields 18 delicious cupcakes!!!

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Earth Day Mantel and a Free Printable

April 22, 2014

Today is Earth Day! As I was looking at my Easter mantel yesterday, I decided I was done with it and needed an Earth Day Mantel. This mantel is so simple and only took about 10 minutes to bring together. (Continue to the end of this post for the free printables.) Luckily Ammon has a […]

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Cupcake Liner and Doily Banner

April 21, 2014

This Cupcake Liner and Doily Banner is the last of the banners I made for Emilee’s Birthday. I decorated her door with 3 banners (or garlands). You can check out the other 2 here: Straw Garland with a Surprise and Dollar Bow Garland. For this Banner you will need: Small Cupcake Liners (candy liners) Small […]

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Spicy Deviled Eggs with MIRACLE WHIP

April 18, 2014

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MIRACLE WHIP and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. I have been compensated for this post but all words and opinions are 100% mine. My whole family loves Deviled Eggs and they have been a staple at our Easter dinner table since the beginning. […]

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All About My Mom – Printable Contributor

April 17, 2014

Yay! It’s Thursday! Sarah, my Printable Contributor is here sharing another awesome printable with all of you. This one is All About My Mom for Mother’s Day and it is just adorable. I love reading Questionnaires filled out by little kids. They’re so honest and unpredictable. Here’s Sarah! Hi everyone! It’s Sarah here, back with […]

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Dollar Bow Garland

April 16, 2014

Here is another garland I made for Emilee’s birthday and to decorate her bedroom door. This is another great way to give money as a gift. To make the Dollar Bow Garland you can make as many bows as you like and in any denomination. My folding skills aren’t amazing so I decided on making […]

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Straw Garland with a little surprise

April 15, 2014

Do you know the perfect birthday gift for your teen? If you do, my hat’s off to you! The older my kids get the harder time I have buying gifts for them. I’ve resorted to giving them cash a lot of the time, but I want to give it to them in a fun way. […]

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Easter Banner plus More Awesome Banners

April 14, 2014

I’m sharing my Easter Banner plus a lot more awesome banners in this post. I love banners, buntings, garlands, especially this time of year. I don’t know why but even having a backyard barbecue makes me want to create a banner. Most banners are easy to create and can make even the simplest get together […]

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Colorful Easter Mantel

April 11, 2014

Wasn’t it the first of March just a few days ago? Obviously, Easter is sneaking up on me. Before it’s here and gone I thought I should decorate so, of course, I started with the mantel. And deciding to make this a cost-free decorating holiday, I used what I already had in my home to […]

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