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!
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!!
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!
“Home of the Free, because of the Brave”
If you haven’t decorated your porch yet, I hope I have given you some easy and fun ideas!
Happy Independence Day!!!
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!
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!
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Rice Krispie Treats
You can follow me on Pinterest for lots of other inspiration!
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
~Chop up your chocolate bars into small pieces and place in a heat safe bowl.
~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.
~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.
~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.
~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.
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!
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!
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!
5. Nixon Men’s Watch
– This is a great looking watch and comes in lots of different finishes!
7. Can Jam
– this is a fun game perfect for the backyard or the park!
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!
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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.
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!
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!
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!
This fun and unique Wooden Pallet Backdrop with hanging globes is such a fun addition.
My recipe for Brown Sugar Lip Scrub has three ingredients, and when packaged in these cute jars, make the perfect party favor.
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!!
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.
Sugar sugar!! Thank your party guests by sending them home with this yummy Brown Sugar Lip Scrub packaged in darling jars. This scrub only requires 3 ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard! Coconut oil is the main ingredient and has so many wonderful uses and properties. If you don’t already use it I think you will become a fan! Natural homemade products make everyone feel good and this one will do just that, plus if you happen to get a taste…it’s delicious too!
- 1/2 c. Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Honey
- 5 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
- Stir the coconut oil and honey together with the back of a spoon. If the coconut oil is too hard to stir, gently warm it in your hands, or in the sun (or in the microwave, if you use one), to slightly soften the coconut oil before stirring.
- Add in the brown sugar and mix well.
- Scoop into favor jars.
- To Use: Just rub a little lip scrub on your finger, apply to your lips, and gently scrub with your fingertip. Lick, wipe or rinse off.
You can get detailed photos over on the Oriental Trading blog, and you can also check out my Urban Chic Baby Shower! Urban Chic Baby Shower!