Easter Basket Ideas for the Tween/Teen

In our house we are past the days of toys in Easter baskets…don’t get me wrong, my 20 something boys still love a good Nerf gun!
 Gone are the days of wind up bunnies and bubbles…so I thought I would put together a few basket ideas for the little girls (ahem…the big girls 😉 in your life.  My daughter, Lucy, will be 13 this year, and I know all of these things would be a huge hit with her!
Tween/Teen Easter Basket

sunnies

purse

robe

notebook

feather pens

lotion 

lip gloss

You could always add in gift cards and books!
This age really is so fun, as the girls are wanting to be treated older, but still love the idea of getting an Easter basket…I mean seriously, I wish I still got one!
xoxo~Dawn
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My Easy Spring Uniform

Spring has sprung, and I could not be happier!

Here in Seattle the rain is still fallng…and realistically, it will be until July!   Honestly though, the longer days and mild temps let me know Spring is here.

I love a spring dress or a cute look with heels, but really, most days you will see me in this easy laid back style..my Spring uniform!

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I’m a Seattle girl and coffee is my jam..so I love cute coffee tees.  This green lightweight jacket is probably the most worn item in my closet.  It’s thin enough to wear all day for a little extra arm coverage, and as far as I’m concerned this color green is a neutral..it goes with everything!!  Jeans are my forever favorite.  Whether they are boyfriend, skinny or flare, I love to style a great pair! (See what I did there??)   My love of sneakers will never die, and I am loving the trend of colored sneaks…they really can take a simple outfit and add a pop of fun!

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When it comes to accessorizing, I like to keep it pretty simple.  I am a watch girl and this gorgeous zebrawood and turquoise watch from Jord is perfect for this look!  I love the warmth of the zebrawood and the gorgeous turquoise face gives an unexpected pop of color!  It really is such a unique watch and gets so many compliments.

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Wooden Wrist Watch  {This post was in collaboration with JORD watches, and all opinions are my own.}

A Peep Four Ways!

Are you a fan of Peeps??  You know, those sugared covered marshmallow bunnies and chicks that used to only come out at Easter??  Now they make an appearance for every holiday AND they are now in Oreos!!  Heaven help me!

I am a fan!!  Yep, right here!!  However, my favorite way to eat a Peep is after it has been out of the package 1 day!  I like when it tends to have a little more “bite” to it than the squishy soft right out of the package texture!

I thought it would be fun to show you Peeps 4 ways!  Two ideas you can eat, but if eating them is not your thing, you can always decorate with them!

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How about Peeps and jelly beans lining the inside of my trifle bowl, and a vase of tulips stuck in the center!  Super easy and a darling Springtime centerpiece!

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My kids always get Peeps in their Easter baskets..some love them more than others, but everyone loved this S’mores Peep dip!  Just line the bottom of a 9×13 pan with chocolate bars, lay your chicks in a row, and bake at 300 until the chocolate is melted.  Use graham crackers for dipping!

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I am crazy for these Peeps Pops  I found on Pinterest from Gimmie Some Oven…this is what I’m making this year!

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Ok…and is this not the cutest wreath ever from Tried and True Blog???

So whether you love ’em or hate ’em…maybe you could decorate with ’em!

xoxo~Dawn

S’mores Cupcakes…yes please!

Have you ever had a S’mores Cupcake?

This recipe is from Trophy Cupcakes, and was shared by Jennifer Shea a few years agon on Martha Stewart.  I, of course, took a short cut (like I always do!) and used a chocolate cake mix and added in chocolate chips…but they were still amazing!

I’ve shared the original recipe with you below, in case you want to make them from scratch.  The Marshmallow frosting is my favorite part!

 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • Marshmallow Frosting

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.

  2. Sift 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix ingredients together on low speed.

  3. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine; set cake batter aside.

  4. Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.

  5. Place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup. Use the bottom of a small glass to pack crumbs into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Reserve remaining graham cracker mixture for topping.

  6. Place 2 teaspoons chocolate in each muffin cup. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and fill each muffin cup three-quarters full with cake batter. Sprinkle each with remaining chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Return to oven and bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer muffin tins to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely.

  7. Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or French tip (such as Ateco #867 or Ateco #809). Pipe frosting in a spiral motion on each cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the frosting, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container, up to 2 days.

Marshmallow Frosting

This frosting recipe from Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes is used for delicious Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow.

    • YIELD: MAKES ENOUGH FOR 2 DOZEN CUPCAKES
    • 8 large egg whites
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined. Use immediately.

 

I hope you love these as much as my family did!!

xoxo~ Dawn

Spring in Bloom Brunch {Styled Shoot}

Has this not felt like the looooggest winter EVER??

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for sunshine and flowers, however, I’m sure there will be a few showers sprinkled in there as well!

I recently partnered with Oriental Trading to celebrate Spring with a colorful brunch!!!

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Cranberry Orange Scones and Orange juice…yes please!  You can find my easy recipe on the Oriental Trading blog as well!

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I am so in love with these darling ceramic wellies!!  I even created a pair to resemble my favorite Hunter green ones!

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I had a vision for this planter box centerpiece, and it came together perfectly!  I tucked 8 pint size mason jars inside, grabbed two big bunches of tulips from Costco and a floral bouquet from the grocery store and just started plunking them in…really so easy and it lasted on my kitchen table for a couple of weeks!

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I would love for you to head over to the Oriental Trading blog and see all the details, as well as,  the posts for my DIY Ceramic Rainboots, my DIY Tulip bulb party favors, and you can get that recipe for the Cranberry Orange Scones as well!!

If you would like to see some of my other projects, you can check them out here!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

xoxo~ Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  All ideas and opinion are my own.

Top 5 Favorite Podcasts {March}

I have become a Podcast junkie.  I love finding new shows to listen to, and LOVE when someone recommends a new one to me.  So…I thought I would share 5 Podcasts that I’m loving right now!

First up, Awesome with Allison.  She is fun and quirky, and share the mic with her husband producer.  They are real and feel like your next door neighbors!

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Ep.11: Ideas for unplugging and being present

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Ted Talks are some of my all time favorite videos and podcasts.  There are always interesting topics to interest a wide range of listeners.  I loved this podcast on being simply happy..so much so that I told my 24 year old son to listen to it!

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Simply Happy :TED Radio Hour

Being Boss is a great podcast for Creative entrepeneurs with so many great topics!

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Being Boss:  Creativity comes First

I am a huge fan of Modern Mrs. Darcy.  She is one of my go-tos for book recommendations, so her podcasts are a huge hit with me!

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The Modern Mrs. Darcy: What Should I read next?

Tsh Oxenreider feels like your sitting down with your girlfriend over a cup of coffee to chat about life’s delights…books, home and travel.  I think you will enjoy, there is so much good stuff there!

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The Simple Show

I hope you find something new here that maybe you hadn’t thought to try!

I would love to know if you have a favorite podcast or two!!   Please share in the comments below!

xoxo~Dawn

 

Essence Water ph10 (and a giveaway!!)

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The past month I have changed quite a bit about my diet and exercise routine.  I have started intermittent fasting which has changed the way I feel completely, and I have been consistently working out and lifting weights…swimsuit and shorts season will be here soon once this crazy Pacific Northwest winter weather GOES away!!

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