Instagram Outfit Round-up

I thought I would do an Instagram Outfit round-up here on the blog and share a few of my fave looks from the past few weeks and why I love them!  To shop each of these looks…click on the “Shop Sale” box right under my “Hello” photo and it will take you to all the links!  Easy Peasy!

So, first off, athleisure…yes, I hated that term when it first came out, but let’s be honest, I am all about this look!  Its comfy, perfect for hanging at home or running errands and looking like you put a little effort into your leggings and sneaks!  And, really…how cute are these bright babies??

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I am a huge Anglophile, so when I saw this tee I knew I had to have it!  It is super soft and a great fit!  You can find it at Shop Everyly Co .

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This outfit is a mix of my two most beloved patterns…plaid and leo!  You can never go wrong adding leopard to any outfit…consider it a neutral!  This coat is the BEST hand-me-down I have ever received, it has easily become my winter staple!

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Told you, winter staple that coat!  My beloved booties recently got a hole in them, so I need to replace these stat as I wear them at least 3x a week they are that versatile!  This cute sweater was a Jcrew find and I love the purple/navy combo!

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This here is really just a mix of all things I love…a cute sweater, a plaid scarf and my fave leopard sneaks that are years old from Target.  I have linked some similar pairs for ya though!  This bag, found it at Target and loved the shape…it has a very Kate Spadesque feel don’t ya think?

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My beloved moto jacket.  I bought this baby a couple of years ago for under 40 bucks, and have never looked back!  I probable wear this a couple of times a week as well!  I am a huge sneaker fan and these nikes cover all the bases…spots, neutral and comfort.

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Alright friends…think I better make this fam of mine some dinner!  Thanks fo sticking through this post! Mwwwaahhh!!

xoxo~Dawn

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How to make Quinoa Salad Jars

With the New Year, fresh starts, words and resolutions, and plans to eat better and exercise more…I thought I would re-post my Quinoa Salad Jars that I shared a few years ago on my old blog.  I love these and writing this post reminded me to get some of these in my fridge stat!  I have linked recipes from Pinterest, however, these really can be made anyway you like.  I really love putting spinach on the very top so it feels more like a salad.  The dressing is on the bottom so nothing gets wilty…which I do not like!!  
So, here you go…hope you enjoy!
I am always searching for new ways to prepare quinoa
I also needed to prep some lunches for myself for the week and knew these were the perfect idea
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The first is the Fiesta Quinoa Salad (recipe HERE)
Each of these start with a dressing for the bottom layer, add your quinoa, stir and then add all the other ingredients in layers…super simple!
A little secret about me is that when I make up my mind to make something, I will make it whether I have the specific listed ingredients or not, I will substitute what I have!
So, for this one I was out of tomatoes..so for color I added carrots and edamame 🙂
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This is the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (recipe HERE)
In this one my substituted ingredients were edamame, artichokes, feta cheese and dried cranberries!
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The larger jar versions of these also included spinach, arugula or lettuce, plus there was an asian salad that sounded really good too!
These are really easy, keep well in the fridge and are so easy to grab and go!
Enjoy!
xoxo~Dawn

Gung Hay Fat Choy!{How to throw a Chinese New Year Dinner}

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!  This year we celebrate the Year of the Rooster.  The Rooster is the tenth in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac sign.  The years of the Rooster includes 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981. 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029.  We have one Rooster in our house, and our daughter is Chinese, so celebrating her heritage everyday, but especially on the New Year is very special to us.

I have partnered once again with Oriental Trading to bring you a Chinese New Year Dinner for family and friends.  We have celebrated in restaurants, thrown a large party with other families, but this year we are opting for “take-out” and a quiet New Year at home.

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My invitations always set the tone for my parties.  These easy DIY Felt Fortune Cookie invites delivered to your guests in take out boxes do the trick!

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I chose to go with the traditional color palette of red, black and gold.  I loved finding all the coordinating Rooster paper goods on Oriental Trading’s website.

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Since I basically cheated on my menu (shhh…) and ordered take-out, I made a quick and delicious appetizer to tide everyone over until the food arrived.  These Won Ton Chicken Taco appetizers were a huge hit!

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We have had party crackers at our holiday dinners for years, a tradition my mother-in-law years ago.  I have a quick DIY Party Cracker Favor for you that will be so fun at your table.

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Lai See or “good luck” red envelopes are traditionally given to younger generations from the older.  They are generally filled with a small monetary gift.

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I’m such a fan of paper lanterns, so I thought it would be fun to add some interest above the table and hung some along with a red paper umbrella.

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How gorgeous are these cookies?  Megan from Milk and Honey Cakery collaborated with me, and sent these beautiful and delicious lantern cookies.  They are like works of art!  Thank you so much Megan!

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If you have never celebrated Chinese New Year, I hope you feel inspired by this simple dinner party.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  May this coming year be prosperous and lucky!

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

NYE Bar Cart

sliCan you even believe 2016 is almost over?  This year has flown by!

I will admit, I am kinda happy to see it go!  However, there have been some pretty wonderful moments this year.  My husband and son both graduated from College!  I had the opportunity to spend time in Nebraska with the Oriental Trading Team for a blogger event, which was a dream come true!  I attended several local blogger events, and feel like I have really tapped into the local blogger scene here in Seattle, which is awesome!  So far all of these moments, I am extrememly grateful.  However, this past two months have been hard.  Our family lost a favorite Uncle so tragically that our hearts are still so broken, and I have watched some very close friends walk through some very had stuff.

So, in the spirit of fresh starts,  new beginnings and all the promise a New Year brings I put together a simple bar cart to welcome in 2017!

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My husband and I have always spent NYE with our kids…minus the ONE year that he suprised me with a trip to Victoria BC, that my boys will not let us forget, so whether we’re at home or with friends, it’s always a “family affair”.

I will be adding Sparkling Cider to my cart, so these pretty plastic stemless wine glasses from Chinet are perfect for all the 12 year olds to toast in the New Year!!

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Happy New Year 2017!

I hope your New Year is full of hope and promise.

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.  In addition, some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link (Amazon links).  All ideas and opinion are my own

Girly Book Gifts

Books are some of my favorite gifts to receive.  I love everything from fiction to coffee table books, but some of my favorites are cookbooks, fashion realted, home and party styling.  I’ve rounded up a few that are on my Christmas Wish List this year!
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I hope you find something here that you can add to your wish list!
xoxo~Dawn
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Hot Cocoa and Coffee Bar

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One of my kids favorite holiday traditions, is my Hot Cocoa and Coffee Bar.

I set up stocked with to-go cups, hot cocoa, peppermint spoons, mini marshmallows, stir sticks and straws,cute napkins and anything else I can find.  This sits right next to our Keurig machine so there is easy access to coffee and hot water.  I found all of my goodies on the Oriental Trading Website!

Give it a try, I guarantee your family and your friends will love it!!

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.  All ideas are my own.

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide for the Homebody

If I had to choose a perfect day, it would be at home drinking tea cozied up with a warm throw and a delicious smelling candle.
If you have someone on your gift list who is a homebody…this Gift Guide is perfect!  I have gathered some of my favorite things perfect for curling up by the fire.
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Kusmi Tea – I LOVE coffee, but I love a delicious cup of tea.  A friend of mine gifted me a can of Kusmi tea and I was hooked!  It was one of the most delicious loose teas I have had!
Celebrate Everything – This book is on my wish list.  Darcy Miller is a creator, crafter, party planner and has worked for Martha Stewart for 25 years!!  She knows her stuff, and this book looks amazing!
Candle – Who doesn’t love a great candle??  Anthropologie wins the candle game…hands down!
Mug – I am a HUGE Anthropologie fan.  There mugs are some of my favorite..they are artistic and beautiful.  A cup of coffee or tea always tastes better in a pretty mug, don’t you think??
Heated Fur Throw – I am always cold!  So when I saw this heated throw at Target, I knew it was perfect for my gift guide…faux fur and heated, yes please!
Slippers – When I’m at home I always have slippers on!  JCrew slippers are some of my favorites.  I love the moccasin style and hello…plaid!!!
I hope I have given you some ideas for that Homebody on your list!!
xoxo~Dawn
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