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

DIY Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

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!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 5 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Add in the brown sugar and mix well.
  3. Scoop into favor jars.
  4. 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.

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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!

xoxo~Dawn

Mother’s Day Gift Guide with The Outlet Collection/Seattle

Hey Mama’s!!!  Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I get asked a lot about gift ideas. So, I partnered with The Outlet Collection/Seattle to share some things that I already own and love, and some fun ideas for the “Mom, Nana, Grandma, Sister” on your list!
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Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

The best part about all of the gifts listed here…they are under $25…so you could get Mom 2!!
 
#MomLife Tee/Francesca’s – I love this tee!  It is super soft and flattering.  Let’s be honest if you’re a Mom, #MomLife is crazy and beautiful, but we wouldn’t give it up for anything!
Mini Succulent/Francesca’s – I’m a sucker for succulents.  I have a new-found love and appreciation for the faux ones especially!
Mom Mug/Francesca’s – Coffee addict right here!!  Oh, and a mug addict.  This one had me sold at white and gold!
Sandals/Old Navy – These flip-flops are $12 and so comfortable.  They have the softest straps, and look a little dressier than your basics….at this price get her a couple colors! (I own the nude!)
Stud Earrings/Nordstrom Rack – I have owned at least 4 pairs of these earrings!  No, they are not real but I guarantee no one will know!  When you turn your head just so and your hair moves, they add just that perfect hint of sparkle!
Palm Mug/Francesca’s – Not only is the saying on this mug so cute…but the palm leaves and gold just make me happy!
52 Lists Projects/Fuego – I have had the opportunity to hear Moorea Seal speak and visit her store in Seattle.  I love the meaning behind her 52 Lists Project.
Robe/Nordstrom Rack – I actually bought this robe for myself I love it so much!  It is the PERFECT robe for Spring and Summer.  It is lightweight so I wont sweat to death while doing my hair.  And, honestly, it looks like it cost more than $20!
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While shopping the mall, I could have easily picked up so many cute things!  Below are a few other ideas from stores in The Outlet Collection/ Seattle that caught my eye!
Loft – How adorable is this hat?  I love a big floppy hat in the Summer and I love this trend of having fun sayings on them!
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Gosanko’s Chocolates is a locally owned handmade chocolate company.  Their store is full of amazing chocolates and wine!!!  Sold!  I fell in love with these chocolate bottles and tulips, and think they would be such a sweet gift for your girlfriends, teachers or just tied on to a bottle of wine for the wine lover Mom!

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Now, I know not every Mom wants kitchen gadgets for Mother’s Day, BUT when they’re pretty, how can you say no!

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Bed Bath and Beyond//  Cutting board/measuring cups/measuring spoons

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The Banana Republic Factory Store is filled with their new Spring and Summer collection!  How about getting Mom a cute clutch and a scarf with darling fringe detail?  And, while you’re there, do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of my favorite Sloan Ankle pant, you’ll thank me later!

Francesca’s is new to The Outlet Collection/Seattle and there is something that would suit every Mom on your list!  Their Mother’s Day display is filled with some of the cutest mugs, trinket dishes, and candles…

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and if you need something to wear to brunch, there are tons of cute ideas from casual to dressy!

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For the Mom who has everything…you can never go wrong with a little sparkle!  Zales Outlet at The Outlet Collection/Seattle has an amazing selection.  I fell in love with this Bolo Tennis Bracelet…it’s perfect if you have a small wrist, like I do, because it adjusts!

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There is a fabulous Shop for Mom Event going on now thru May 14, 2017.  For every $100 you spend at Kay Jewelers Outlet, Piercing Pagoda, and/or Zales Outlet you can enter to win $100 Outlet Collection gift card.

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So there you go…if you are looking for stress-free, one stop shopping for your Mother’s Day gifting needs, head to The Outlet Collection/Seattle.  I promise you are going to find something your mom is going to LOVE!  Who knows, you might find a little Mother’s Day gift for yourself, like I did!

xoxo~Dawn

A special thank you to The Outlet Collection/Seattle for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  

Jewel Toned Wedding Tablescape {Styled Shoot}

Jewel tones are some of the most vibrant and luxurious of colors. Some might think of a jewel toned wedding tablescape as one for the Fall or Winter months, but by adding in pops of yellow or coral, as we’ve done here, definitely makes the color palette spring and summer appropriate. This beautiful table with its watercolor hand-lettered place cards and touches of gold, is elegant, beautiful and so easy to recreate.

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I reached out to Rachel from The Brightline Studio to create these amazing watercolor and gold embossed place cards.  They are so beautiful and added the touch I wanted for the table.

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I love a layered table, so by layering two different types of plate chargers and a few different plates it creates the depth and interest that I was going for.

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One of my best tips when creating floral arrangements for your table, if you are not a florist like myself, is to buy a pre-made bouquet in the color scheme you’re looking for and then cut and arrange into a container.  This is such a great way to save money, but look like you spent much more!

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This is a sweet and simple DIY to create Fern Chair Decor.

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Watercolor DIY coasters were a fun and easy addition to the tablescape.  I used the place cards as inspiration and love how they look!

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Every guest needs a party favor and who doesn’t love a little chocolate at the end of a meal??  These Decadent Chocolate Orange Truffles are so good and only require three ingredients!

Jewel tones…not just for the months at the end of the year!

You can read all the details at the links below!

Jewel Toned Wedding Tablescape

DIY Fern Mr and Mrs Chair Decor

DIY Watercolor Coasters

Decadent Homemade Truffles

Vendor Credits: 

Watercolor Place cards : The Brightline Studio

Party Supplies:  Oriental Trading

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.