Shop my Evereve Sale Picks!

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Evereve is having an AMAZING Sale thru the 19th!!  I’ve rounded up some of my favorites and a few of them are on their way to me!

I am in need of upping my “dress up” game, so I snagged those two skirts.  I LOVE the pleated pink velvet and it’s on sale for $15.99!  The black lace skirt is so pretty and I think will be perfect to dress up, or pair with a denim jacket…it’s on sale for $27.99

I have been wanting to get in on the pajama top trend, and this cute floral top is $11.99 right now!

 

Head over to Evereve and take a peek!  There is so much from jewelry, denim to jackets…and so many of these pieces are perfect for Spring!

xoxo~Dawn

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Modern Floral Baby Shower (or any occasion)

I love the idea of creating parties and tablescapes not in the traditional style.  Take this Baby Shower for instance, I wanted to show how you could shower the Mother-to-be without decor full of teddy bears and pastel colors.  This decor could easily be a bridal luncheon, a birthday dinner or just a fun girls night in!  You can see all the details on Oriental Trading’s Fun365 website!

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If you’re looking for a couple of  easy and delicious recipes, look no further than my Goat Cheese Honey, Pecan and Honey appetizer or my Mini Cookies and Cream Trifles.

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Serve your guests a Sparkling Water Spritzer done three way!  You will love these recipes!

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Disclosure: As an OTC blogger, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. As always, all opinions are my own. 

A year of GROWTH (word of the year)

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I am not a resolution girl.  For me choosing a word of the year feels like a tangible way for me to guide my intentions and aspirations for the coming year.  So, this year my word is GROWTH.

Here is how I plan to see GROWTH in my life this year:

Professional:  I have worked part-time for the past six years, and have loved it.  I recently have accepted a new full-time position, which means lots of new challenges and skills to develop.  It is also requiring lots of adjustment at home to this new schedule.

I love my blog and instagram.  I plan to continue working to grow and build what I have created here, as well as, working toward new brand partnerships and nurturing the ones I have currently.  In this world of social media, it’s easy to feel “left out or excluded” from events when you don’t get the “invite”.  I spent the past year being included in more, but also just not attending some because of schedule conflicts   Then you see the pics, and think “I should have gone.”  This year, it is going to be about attending what fits my brand,  not thinking twice about the invites I don’t get, and definitely not regretting the ones I didn’t attend!

Personal:  This is it…I turn 50 this year!  Fit to Fifty is ON!   I want to make my diet and exercise a priority.  I am re-comitting to eating well, exercising regularly, drinking more water, and getting more sleep.

Social media can be a time sucker.  When you’re focusing on building your brand, it can become all-consuming.  I am planning to “check in” my phone every night at 9pm (just like I require of my 13-year-old) …because there is nothing more important than being a good example of my own rule!

Books are on my list!  Last year I can count on one hand the books I read, and it is not the whole hand!  I love to read.  So by putting my phone down and logging off, it leaves time to read before bed.

Most of all, spending time with my family and friends.  My boys are thriving in their personal careers, and I am still lucky to still have them under my roof, but I know those days are limited…they are ready to fly.  I do not want to regret a single moment that I didn’t spend with them because I was on my phone or at an event that I felt like I “should” attend.  I also have a 13-year-old daughter that watches everything I do.  I want her to see in me an example of balance in self, career and family.

So here’s to 2018!  A year of GROWTH in healthy habits, personal and professional success, and meaningful relationships.

Cheers!

Blueberry Overnight Coffee Cake

Oh the sweet smell of butter, cinnamon and brown sugar in the morning. This recipe is the perfect way to wake your guests or family on a cozy morning. An easy, make ahead the night before coffee cake filled with delicious blueberries. So the next time you have overnight guests, give them the bed and breakfast treatment with this delicious treat!

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I am sharing this easy and delicous recipe over on Oriental Trading’s Fun365 website!  I think you will want to make this for New Years Morning!

Disclosure: As an OTC blogger, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Simple & Rustic Hot Cocoa Table

One of my favorite little set ups during the holidays are hot cocoa/coffee stations.  I am getting my coffee station together this weekend, but wanted to share a fun little hot cocoa table idea I styled with some cute buffalo plaid cups and napkins I got from Oriental Trading. 

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The first place I headed was out to my porch to gather my props.  These cute snowy trees and lantern were perfect for my rustic vibe.  The tall white stump I actually use as a side table in my family room, and I love it…plus it makes a perfect extra little seat!  I recently just made the tassel garland after being inspired by something similar at Anthropologie.

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So you see, you really don’t have to over think it.  Start with some cute paper goods that set your theme, and then just go from there!

 I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review.   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

 

A Thanksgiving to Remember

This is it friends…Thanksgiving is this week which means ready or not let the Holiday hustle begin!  I will say, Thanksgiving is one of my favorites so I make a big effort to give it its glory.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m itching to get my house decorated for Christmas, but that happens the day after!

I have partnered with Oriental Trading to create this simple, but beautiful tablescape.

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This year I will be hosting dinner for 15 which makes me giddy, the more the merrier!  I am however planning to make things a little more “no-fuss”, which means I miiiiiight be buying the premade mashed potatoes from Costco because they are amazing, and I have let my guests bring their signature dishes, which leaves less time in the kitchen for me!

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Another tip is paper plates.  I know…paper plates??  Honestly though, have you seen how beautiful some of them are??  I found these pretty floral plates and napkins from Oriental Trading and loved the colors and the touch of gold.  Paired with chargers and glassware, you almost forget you can throw them away at the end of the night!

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For an easy centerpiece, I gathered up things I had around my house, like the cake stand, votive holders, and inexpensive table runner…I went to my backyard and clipped cedar branches and sprigs of fresh rosemary…and done!

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I’m the first to admit, I LOVE a pretty table, and I  love creating a tablescape that will make my guests feels special.  I also know that being present and a wonderful hostess means not fussing over the dishes, letting others help, and just enjoying the day…so that is exactly what I plan to do!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!  I hope your day is filled with friends and family, and this is a Thanksgiving to remember!

 I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review.   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

Winter Pajamas

One thing I love most about Winter and the holidays, are buying new pajamas!  I love snuggling in for the night with a fire, the Christmas tree lit, candles burning, a glass of wine, and feeling cozy in some cute pajamas.  I’ve linked some of my favorites below that will definitely be coming to my house this season.

Shop them all HERE!

Cheers!

xoxo~Dawn