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!

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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.

Pink & Gold Valentine Party {Styled Shoot}

Pink and gold, gold and pink, in my opinion there is nothing prettier than this combination. This soft, super romantic party setup is simple but stunning. This could be a fun dessert bar idea for the upcoming “day of love” after maybe a romantic dinner out. Sometimes just limiting everything to one table makes for a beautiful display, not to mention an easy set up!

I created this party along with Oriental Trading.  You can see all the details here on their blog and links to all the products.

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Remember, not everything always has to be homemade. I went to my local grocery store and asked for plain vanilla cupcakes with white frosting. I used these gorgeous marble and edible gold leaf fondant toppers from Milk and Honey Cakery to dress them up. Taking the papers off the cupcakes also is a simple touch that gives your cake plate a clean look.

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What’s a party with out a yummy cocktail?  I created this easy and SWEET cocktail and mocktail recipe.  You can get the recipe here!

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Valentine’s Day is about sharing the love with those you care about most. I wanted to come up with a sweet Valentine gift for my girlfriends and their families, and what better way to show someone love than with home baked goodies? These Valentine Cookies in a Jar are the perfect idea. You supply the dry ingredients stored in a jar all tied up with a darling recipe tag and the only thing your recipient has to do is add the liquid ingredients and a little extra love!

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I hope you feel inspired to create a special day for your loved ones.

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.

xoxo ~ Dawn

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