Porch Sittin’…American Dreamin’

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I love the 4th of July!!  I love red, white and blue, stars and stripes!!  I had so much fun putting this porch together!  I went straight to my favorite source to create fun…Oriental Trading, to find so many perfect decorations!

So, Welcome!  I hope you stay awhile!

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A couple weeks ago, my girlfriends and I got together for our usual girls night, and thought we would do a little crafting!  Pinterest to the rescue!!

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Really though, the best decorations are American Flags!!  Just stick those babies in your pots, or create a dramatic display like I did with this planter!

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“Home of the Free, because of the Brave”

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If you haven’t decorated your porch yet, I hope I have given you some easy and fun ideas!

Happy Independence Day!!!

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 and opinions are my own!

Red White and Blue Desserts

Well, here we are, two weeks from the 4th of July!  Not really sure how that happened, but here in the Pacific Northwest, the 4th symbolizes our kick off to Summer!  I love the feeling of pride when I see these colors.  I am currently prepping my 4th porch, which I will share soon, but in the meantime I thought it would be fun to give you some dessert inspo for that bbq you’re planning or the one you are attending.

With the internet, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel here people.  Pinterest has let millions of creative gems out there share their creations with you, and imitation is the best form of flattery..am I right??

So here you go!  I’ve rounded up a few fun patriotic sweet treats and a yummy drink for your celebration!

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Pretzel Rods

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Strawberries

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Sangria

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Rice Krispie Treats

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Kabobs

You can follow me on Pinterest for lots of other inspiration!

xoxo~Dawn

Decadent Chocolate Orange Truffles

This might just be the easiest truffle recipe you have ever made!  I am a HUGE fan of Lindt Excellence chocolate bars, so incorporating my favorite one into these truffles was an easy YES!!  Make these for your next baby or bridal shower, grad party, or a fun easy dessert!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3 Lindt Intense Orange Chocolate bars
  • Cocoa powder

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~Chop up your chocolate bars into small pieces and place in a heat safe bowl.

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~To a saucepan add 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, and over medium heat stir constantly until almost boiling. Pour the heated whipping cream over the chocolate and let sit two minutes.

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~Stir the chocolate mixture until all the chocolate pieces have melted. Cover and place the chocolate mixture in the refrigerator for 2 hours until solid.

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~Once chilled, scoop chocolate and roll into balls of your desired size. These are very rich, so I recommend about a 1-inch diameter or less.

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~Roll each truffle in cocoa powder. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. These would also be amazing rolled in chopped almonds or coconut.

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These truffles are so delicious and can be made a variety of ways. You could use plain chocolate and add in extracts or liqueurs of your choice. There are also so many amazing candy bars available that you could use as well.

Let me know if you make these yourself!

xoxo~Dawn

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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We’ve celebrated Mom, and now it’s time for dear ole’ Dad!  Maybe he brings home the bacon or maybe he’s the one who fries it up in a pan!  Whatever he does, and is to you, this is HIS day.  I’ve rounded up some great gifts for every guy on your list…there really is something here for every guy!
Father's Day Gift Guide
1.  Traeger Junior Elite Grill – my husband has and LOVES this grill!  We have smoked and cooked everything from ribs to hot dogs!  It is so user-friendly and hands down leaves your food with the best smokey flavor!
2.  Jack Nicklaus Golf Shorts – Have you heard that Jack Nicklaus has a line of Golf wear at Tarjay??  The price point is awesome!
3.  Bluetooth Grillian Smart Cooking Thermometer – Use your phone to keep an eye on the temp?? yes, please!
4.  Cole Haan Men’s Pinch Weekender – A great looking shoe for summer.
5.  Nixon Men’s Watch – This is a great looking watch and comes in lots of different finishes!
6.  Bose SoundSport Headphones – no explanation needed!
7.  Can Jam – this is a fun game perfect for the backyard or the park!
9.  Fizzics Beer System – this will be very popular with Dad!
So, if you were having a hard time thinking of fun unique gifts for the special Guy in your life, I hope this list will give you some great ideas!
xoxo~Dawn
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Pajama Party

One of my most favorite times of the day is when I put on my pajamas for the night.  If I am being perfectly honest, some days that is earlier than later!  I have never been a fan of sleeping in old t-shirts and sweats.  I think making your night-time routine relaxing and pretty contributes to a peaceful night.
 In the winter, I am all about the flannel pajamas, but in the summer light and pretty.  I have 3 grown boys in my house, besides my husband, so coverage has always been the name of the game for me, and I am NOT a fan nightgowns so you’ll see none of those in my list here…sorry.
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1.  Vintage Pajama Set  I love this set, it reminds me of some from the movies.  Have you seen the movie, The Holiday?  I love the line where Arthur describes to Iris what a “meet cute” is…that’s what I think of with these!
2.  Lounge Cami  Nothing like a cute cami to throw on with some lounge pants or sleep shorts.
3.  Pajama Set Well obvi I would choose some from my favorite Tarjay!  These cute things are on their way to me!
4.  Long Sleeve Pajama Set another cute pair from Target!  I love the sweet pattern on these!
5.  PJ Salvage Set I really love the cute pattern on these…coffee and eye masks!
6.  Plush Hoodie Set I have and love these!  They are hands down the softest things ever!
I recently picked up these two pieces at Wal-mart.  I actually wore them to an event that was a “pajama party”.  They are super soft and the perfect set for lounging at home, or great if you might have company at your house!
If you are looking for some new pajamas, I hope I have inspired you with some cute options!
xoxo~Dawn

Urban Chic Baby Shower {Styled Shoot}

When I think “urban chic” I think of wood and metal with touches of metallics and greenery. This baby shower focuses on those stylish elements! We’ve taken a wood pallet and created an amazing backdrop, added in sparkly gold flatware, balloons and touches of baby’s breath to create the perfect celebration for any Mother-To-Be.

I’ve partnered with one of my favorite party suppliers of fun, Oriental Trading, to put together a shower that anyone could easily re-create!

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This fun and unique Wooden Pallet Backdrop with hanging globes is such a fun addition.

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My recipe for Brown Sugar Lip Scrub has three ingredients, and when packaged in these cute jars, make the perfect party favor.

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I hope you enjoyed this peek into a sweet celebration.  Make sure to stop by the Oriental Trading blog to get all the details and product links, as well as, all the instructions for the DIY’s!!

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.