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So, you want to be extra patriotic this year and paint stars on your lawn for the 4th of July?! Look no further! We might have taken it to another level of good ole’ American festivities with this DIY, but how charming are those painted lawn stars?! You can’t say your guests won’t get a kick out […]

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How to Paint Stars on Your Lawn for the 4th of July
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To keep the adult guests cool at our 4th of July party this year, we’re creating a fun, boozy snow cone station! It’s a little nostalgic twist on the classic snow cones we all loved growing up. Plus, what better holiday than the 4th of July to surprise your guests with a cold, frozen cocktail […]

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Cool Down with a Boozy 4th of July Snow Cone Bar!
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Oh the 4th!! Good ole’ American BBQs, fireworks, parades and endless celebrations! The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, although Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas will always be my absolute faves, haha! I do look forward to entertaining and enjoying the 4th every year! This year we teamed up with Crate and Barrel, […]

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4th of July Party Inspiration with Crate and Barrel!
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It’s hard to believe that summer is already coming to an end! Technically the first day of fall isn’t until September 23rd, but come Tuesday, it’s ALL about fall in our minds and we’re extremely excited about it! Summer is great, but the holidays are where.it’s.at! In the meantime, we’ve rounded up some links all […]

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Charming Friday Links: Labor Day
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We’ve been using Pinterest now more than ever and the amount of gorgeous photos and inspiring ideas have made us Pinterest addicts! I’m always intrigued by our most popular pins every month and thought it would be fun to share here too! We use our Pinterest analytics to see what you’re all re-pinning the most […]

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July’s Most Popular Pins!
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Happy 4th of July! So it wouldn’t be an American celebration without some spiked red, white & blue jello shots, right?! Haha! And since we adore our country, to be even more patriotic, we’ve made them star-shaped! These 4th of July Jello shots are really no joke when it comes to the alcohol content, so beware and […]

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Spiked Red, White & Blue Jello Shots
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Zabaglione is a traditional, light Italian dessert that’s great for summer entertaining. It uses 3 main ingredients (eggs, sugar, sherry, but shh we added a little vanilla to ours too) and is fairly simple to make. This delicious Zabaglione recipe has a whipped cream/custard texture and is topped with strawberries and blueberries. It makes a […]

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Italian Zabaglione Recipe
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It’s almost America’s birthday week! We celebrate birthday “weeks” in our house, so I guess we’ll do the same for our good ol’ USA! She’s good to us, so we’ll be good to her. Shoot, now I’m thinking I need to schedule a beach clean-up day or something! Anyway, if you’re hosting a 4th of […]

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Easy Entertaining Ideas for the 4th of July
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In honor of wedding season and 4th of July next week, I’m sharing beautiful Americana wedding inspiration from a Santa Barbara wedding. It was designed by one of my favorite event designers, Lisa Vorce and photographed by the superbly talented Jose Villa. I adore the charming American-inspired details like the red, white and blue color […]

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Americana Wedding Inspiration
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I’ve been on a margarita kick lately! Must be the summer heat we had last week. This time when Zan got home from work, I made a watermelon margarita with fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, orange juice, tequila and a dash of sugar. Using fresh juice and only lightly sweetening is the key to creating […]

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Refreshing Watermelon Margarita
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I’m a huge fan of Cook’s Illustrated, so when they came out with their Comfort Food issue, I swooped it up in the grocery store, browsed each page and left with a cart full of food! Probably a bad idea, haha!  Not surprisingly, the dessert that stood out to me the most was the red velvet […]

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Classic Red Velvet Cake Recipe
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There’s something about spicy popcorn on the 4th of July… probably just because it has the word pop in it ; ) Okay joking aside, as we gear up for a four day weekend, I wanted to share a quick and easy spicy popcorn recipe with you! It’s the perfect road trip snack or a great […]

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Spicy Popcorn Recipe
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Happy 4th of July week! I’m excited to share with you the most amazing 4th of July florals, created by the talented Samantha of Primary Petals. We call them Firecracker Flowers because they’re made and installed to look like a booming firecracker, how cool is that?! We hung the florals from invisible string (aka fishing […]

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Firecracker Florals
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What better day to bring out the bright red lipstick than the 4th of July? Make-up artist Kelly Shew created the perfect simple black cat eye with the most incredible bold red lips and I’m loving it! This is 100% my go-to makeup this 4th. To achieve this American  look Kelly used Velvet Matte lipstick […]

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4th of July Beauty
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I saw these adorable toothpicks at Paper-Source and knew I could think of a few ways to use them! I thought it would be cute to make a dainty garland to hang on the front door or above the food station at your 4th of July party. Also, these would be very charming in hamburger buns or […]

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DIY 4th of july flag garland
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Milkshakes and popcorn are so “American” so I put them together to make a unique and delicious all-American treat to celebrate the 4th of July! It’s a buttery vanilla milkshake, swirled with caramel and topped with Cracker Jack caramel popcorn. Enough said. : )   Cracker Jack Caramel Popcorn Milkshake Ingredients: 2 cups vanilla ice […]

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Cracker Jack Caramel Popcorn Milkshake
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1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 I love the 4th of July. Interestingly enough, my fondest memories are of Midwest 4th of Julys. I grew up going to Ohio to visit family almost every summer and we spent many 4th’s there. Lightning bugs, hot summer nights, bon fires, yard games, lakes, acres of bright green grass and, in my family, […]

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4th of july entertaining
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Have you ever made fresh squeezed watermelon juice? It’s a little more time consuming than just juicing an orange or lemon, but it tastes so refreshing and it’s worth the extra steps : ) I made some Saturday morning for myself and Zan and we both loved it. It’s a good alternative to a cocktail […]

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fresh homemade watermelon juice
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Growing up, these Italian sodas were my favorite!! My mom and I would always stop by a little coffee shack on our road trips to Oregon. I remember ordering the blueberry Italian soda in the summer instead of ice cream because they were so refreshing. I hadn’t had one of these since I was a […]

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Italian Sodas

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