Welcome Home Doggy Basket Essential DIY

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Welcome Home - Doggy Basket Essential DIY

It’s been three months since we adopted our puppy Rotel, and he is the perfect addition to our growing family. Every morning there is nothing but laughter in our home with my little man and Rotel chasing each other around the house. Rotel is also Jayden’s ball assistant. Since my little man could hold a bat at the age of six months my hubby has been teaching him how to throw and hit a baseball. And now that we have Rotel in our family, he is always there to help fetch Jayden’s baseballs wherever he may hit or throw them. If you follow me on  Snapchat you will see the amazing bond these two have. It makes me so happy to see our little man grow up with his best friend. Adopting a dog has been one of the best decisions of our life, and that’s why I have teamed up with Kroger and Purina to  share with you a simple Welcome Home Doggy Gift Basket DIY to make your furry friend feel extra special and at home.

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A Couple’s Weekend Travel Guide To Chicago + Giveaway with Betsy Boo’s Boutique

A Couple's Weekend Travel Guide To Chicago

This week has been a busy week. My hubby and I celebrated our two-year anniversary! We had an amazing night, having wine and dinner with a beautiful sunset view on the water, and then topped it off with our very own s’mores bar. It was absolutely perfect. If you didn’t get to check it out on Snapchat, I posted this picture of my outfit and the view on my Instagram. Two weeks ago we went to Chicago for a little weekend getaway to mark our second year of marriage and our first trip out of the state without the baby. It was hard for us to leave the little guy, but we knew he was in good hands with our family. Those three days in Chicago were amazing. It was one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been  to, great weather, delicious food, and we stayed in one of the best hotels in Chicago. There are so many things to do and see especially in three days in Chicago, so I teamed up with the Betsy Boo’s Boutique to give you the best tips on what to wear, where to go, places to eat, and where to stay from a couple’s perspective. Continue reading

Our Love Story – I Don’t Believe in Love at First Sight

Our Love Story - I Do Not Believe in Love at First Sight

I do not believe in love at first sight. Actually I DO when it comes to shoes, food, puppies, kittens.  and seeing my little man for the first time. So I guess I’m lying when I say I don’t but when it comes to our love story it was not the case. Our love story is the quote ” Timing is everything. If it is meant to happen, it will, at the right time at the right reason.” I one hundred percent believe in God’s plan, and our story embodies it every way. I remember looking back at all the heart breaks, the single days, and all the other times it never worked out, and I thank God every day for it. Because it lead me to the man of my dreams, my prince charming, my love for eternity. Gag now while you read this post, and I’m sure my twenty five year old single self would have been gagging reading this too, but it is surprising how one person can change your views in love. P.S. Excuse the grammar, I am just so passionate about this story, I’m writing from the heart, and sometimes my heart has run on sentences. 😉 So lets begin to the first day this Princess met her Prince. Continue reading

A Checklist for Summer Dresses

A Checklist for Summer Dresses

This past weekend when my hubby and I were walking down the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, we stopped by this beautiful church to take pictures. We were drawn in by the cascading wall of green vines that grew on the side of the church. When we walked in we saw this beautiful fountain in the courtyard. It was like walking back in time. I love older churches and their architecture. This dress I wore had the most adorable oversized ruffle sleeves. It was the perfect summer dress for touring Chicago, and visiting a church. Below I have guest author Jenny Laws from London, sharing her simple checklist for summer dresses.

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6 Trendy Travel Basics for Summer + Giveaway with 4Eursole

This summer we have had so much fun traveling with our little man. He’s at the age where he loves to explore. But one thing about having an active toddler is making sure you can keep up with him. As much as I love running shoes and yoga pants, as a mom I still like being fashionable when I travel. Fortunately I’ve teammed up with 4Eursole to share my travel basics every travel mom needs this summer that are not only comfortable and functional, but fashionable too.  Plus there is a giveaway you don’t want to miss!

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Swim Cover Ups and The Biggest Swim Sale of the Season 

Swim Cover Ups and The Biggest Swim Sale of the Season

What a whirl wind of a week. It’s been so busy with work and vacation. Currently I’m still in Chicago with my hubby. We are trying to catch a plane back home tonight. If you followed me on Snapchat @dawnpwinston you would have seen how amazing the views are, and all the delicious food we have been eating. It is absolutely amazing  Make sure you are subscribe to my YouTube  to catch my latest travel blog on Chicago next week. You won’t want to miss it! In other news, did you know Victoria Secret is canceling their swim line? Only Pink will continue swim next year. When I found out, I went online immediately and stocked up on my favorite swim pieces including this versatile cover up. They are having a huge sale up to 60%. Check out this look and some of my favorite swim pieces from Victoria Secret below!

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Boho Chic – Lace ups and Bralettes

Lace ups and Bralettes - Boho Chic

 This week has already flown by and we are almost to the weekend! We got to see our family from Oklahoma who came down to visit this weekend, and Jayden loved being with his cousins and having other kiddos to play with. Tomorrow my hubby and I will be headed to Chicago for a fun anniversary trip. On another note I wanted to share one of my favorite boho looks I wore during our last trip in Austin. Lace ups and bralettes, two of the hottest trends this summer. Have you tried these trends out yet? I love the lace detail of this top and how it pairs perfectly with this bralette from Free People for the perfect summer boho look. Here is how I styled this lace up and bralette look below. Continue reading

7 Ways to Wear a Bandana

7 ways to Wear a Bandana Tutorial

Happy Fourth of July Weekend! I hope everyone is enjoying there time with their family. I wanted to share with you a fun way to accessorize for this weekend and for the summer with a simple bandana that you can find at the dollar store. I love bandana’s because they are so versatile. They are the scarf for the summer, because there are so many ways to wear them. Check out my video post below of my top seven ways to wear a bandana tutorial.

P.S. I get a little krunk, and my cat joins me for a dance party!

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Travel Diaries – Lone Star Court


Lone Star Court - Austin, TXLast weekend we had the privilege to stay at the Lone Star Court in Austin courtesy of the hotel.  It was a fun, family trip to celebrate my mom’s birthday and to visit my brother who lives in Austin. The hotel coincidently was the perfect location for us to stay at in Austin. We were five minutes from my brother’s new place and walking distance to the best shopping and dining at the Domain. The Lone Star Court is a unique, family friendly hotel, and the perfect place to stay in Austin. Check out my video tour of the hotel, and pictures of our room below. Continue reading