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Monday, August 14, 2017

It's Party Time!!

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My Tropical Lemonade Stand Party!


 This was one of my favorite party themes thus far because it was so easy and fun, not to mention delicious. I was looking for a clever way to decorate my new patio, and show it off to my friends and family, when I came up with the coolest idea of a Tropical Lemonade Stand. All I did was pop up the folding table that I use for cookouts, cover it with a nude table cloth, and wrap a grass table skirt around the edges. I did this with all of the tables to carry the tropical theme throughout the whole set up. I then got a cute little tropical style chalkboard as shown above, and tacked it to the front of the table to give off the fun Lemonade stand theme, because summer is so much more refreshing with lemonade, especially when its Minute Maid® Lemonade!! I also added in some FUZE® Tea for those that love the traditional half and half. It came out so cute paired with an awesome lemonade recipe. It's one that I've been using as long as I can remember, and it's so super easy.


Tropical Lemonade Recipe!!

Ingredients
1 Jug of Minute Maid lemonade (I like the lemonade with mint)
2 cups of fresh sliced strawberries 
4 large sliced lemons 
1 handful or fresh mint 
4-6 cups of ice (depending on your taste)

Preparation
Pour the jug of (already chilled) Minute Maid lemonade into the dispensing container along with the ice. (use as much ice as you feel necessary, according to the temperature. If it's a hot summer day you may want to add a tad more). Then add some sliced lemons, strawberries, and mint to each glass. In this case I used cute mason jars to match the dispenser. Then add the straws and the lemonade, it doesn't get any easier than that. I also added some of the sliced lemons, and strawberries into the dispensing container to add an extra hint of cuteness. I guess it just depends on what type of container you're using weather or not you can add some extra items. Everyone loved the taste of the lemonade, it's a good thing I made an extra batch because the first one went so quickly. (I added the pink swirled straws to match the napkins and plates for the table settings, plus fun colored straws look great in the drinks)



I also added a bowl of fruit salad, oh boy are you guys gonna like this next one. Since I was going with the tropical theme, I decided to do more than the usual basic fruit salad. I went with a much more interesting and fun tropical fruit salad, it had an amazing taste and texture. This was also easy to make, I usually pick things that aren't to complicated, that way they still remain fun to prepare. I love being creative and making things with my hands that in turn everyone enjoys. I also have to admit I loved it too!! 


Tropical Fruit Salad 

Ingredients:
(makes about 12 cups)
12 mandarin oranges
2 cups of sliced strawberries
1 fresh cubed pineapple
5 sliced kiwis
3 cubed mangos

Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing
1 medium lemon
1 lime
1/4 cup of honey
1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon of poppy seeds

Preparation:
Dressing: Combine the honey, grated ginger and poppy seeds, along with the juices and zest from the citrus fruits (the lemon and lime) into a bowl and whisk. Then place it in the fridge to chill for serving when you're ready. 
Salad: For the salad itself just combine the mandarin oranges, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, and mango into a bowl. Then when you are ready to serve it pour on the dressing, and gently mix to coat the fruit and serve. 

It is so fresh and tasty, not to mention full of color and pleasing to the eye. This is one salad that no party can do without. Paired with fresh watermelon and berries you're going to have one happy group of people. Last but not least I made some yummy jerk chicken and veggie skewers on the grill. Another quick and easy recipe!


All I did was marinade some cubed, boneless, skinless chicken thights in a yummy jerk chicken sauce. Then I chopped up some red, green and yellow peppers, purple onions, fresh pineapple, and mushrooms, placed them on skewers, then cooked them on the grill. I added a little salt and pepper, and with each plate put some of the heated jerk chicken sauce in small condiment cups, so everyone  could be dip their chicken or pour it on top. I made sure to cook the skewers well so that the sauce could caramelize along with the sugars in the pineapple, and they came out amazing. I made a huge bed of mixed greens and pineapple fried rice for the skewers to rest on. All in all I was very happy with how everything turned out. I also set up the cutest place settings for everyone. I made sure to continue with the tropical theme, and add a hint of pink. You guys know how crazy I am about pink..lol!


I kept it all pretty simple as not to go overboard with the cost. I found these great paper plates that look gorgeous and are full of color. They also match my decor perfectly, along with the cute pink napkins. Then I figured I should use my knives, forks, and spoons instead of the plastic ones. I also made sure that whatever party items I did purchase, I would be able to use afterwards so nothing went to waste. The good thing is there wasn't any leftovers after the party, which let me know everyone was happy with the food and drinks. Thank goodness for Peapod, they delivered all of the groceries that I needed to put the party together. I have a very busy and on the go lifestyle, so it's hard for me to plan parties, but with the help of Peapod I was able to pull it off. They have fresh quality products, and great prices, with friendly and reliable service. Just go to their website, type in your zip code, then select your city, and start shopping. 


 They made it so easy, all you have to do is adjust the amount and click add to cart. There's a great little colored image of the products so you know it's exactly what you want. It's all laid out for you in your cart, and added up along the way so you know what you're total is as you add the items, that way you don't overspend. This is something that I commonly do, except when I shop with Peapod. All of the clever tools make it so much easier for me to shop and plan my meals. You get $20 off your first Peapod order and 60 days of free delivery. They have 1000's of weekly specials with savings in every category like the regular grocery store...just look for the red tag! They even double manufacturer coupons up to 99 cents. There's to many pluses not to use Peapod. Definitely check out their website, www.Peapod.com grab their app and give it a try, it's just to convenient not to. You definitely won't regret it, they have my full recommendation that's for sure. 





For the party I dressed in a pair of leggings and a tank top to look cute and remain comfortable. I had to run around and make sure everyone was good so comfort is always my number one goal. Fortunately it only hit 76 degrees so the weather was perfect. Thanks goodness because the smallest amount of warm weather makes me very uncomfortable, then add to that running around and doing a million different things and you have one sweaty and uncomfortable day, especially when it's an outdoor event. Everything went so well that next time I'm going to double the party in size, we're hoping to have a great halloween party in October, since my birthday is on the 5th. That way I can theme it for both Halloween and my birthday, what fun that should be to put together. Well, I hope you all enjoyed my little party as much and my friends and family did, I look forward to many more in the future. Please feel free to comment below with any fun party ideas you would like to see in upcoming posts, I'm always on the look out for new and fun ideas.
Have a wonderful week Everyone!!



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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cupcakes, Makeup, & A New Outfit!!


Cupcakes, Makeup, & A New Outfit!!


Happy Saturday Dolls, the Dessert Diva is back with some super sweet treats from a great little spot called Fresh Bakery!! They're in a shopping center located at 10351 Reisterstown Rd, in Owings Mills MD 21117. I just love their adorable square cupcakes, boy are they good. 
Cupcake listed as shown in the image above. There are four fabulous flavors.
Top left: Outerbanks (chocolate on chocolate).
Top right: Key Lime.
Bottom left: Raspberry lemonade (my fave)
Bottom right: Nantucket (vanilla on vanilla)

The bottom left was my favorite, only because raspberry is my absolute fave. Plus it had a yummy lemon twang that gave it a fantastic flavor profile. The cake was super moist and full of flavor, but not overbearing so it paired perfectly with the super sweet icing. I really loved their fresh flavors, and can definitely say I'll be going back for more. They also deliver, so I can see myself getting chubby this winter season...lol!!


They also make cakes for weddings and special occasions, but I think I have a cake that is gonna blow you guys away!! This is the cutest cake I have seen all year, I definitely can't wait to hear what you guys think. Have you ever seen a cooler cake? Unicorns are definitely one of my big loves and they're also super popular right now. What gal doesn't love a unicorn, especially when it's covered in icing flowers!! If you look at the 2nd image, you'll see how they created a mane of flowers.


 They used pink and yellow roses, with little blue pearl centered filler flowers.  Then if that wasn't awesome enough, as you move your eyes a little bit you'll see that they added glitter so that the flowers sparkle. I just couldn't think of a more awesome idea, though I should have asked her if the horn and ears were edible....lol!! I can see myself getting one of these for my next party.  Then they added a dripping effect with the tiny candy dots at the bottom, boy did they knock this one out of the park. Hmmm.. I wonder what cake flavor I would get....chocolate, vanilla, or something crazy like that birthday cake mix that has the little multi colored dots inside. That way it would be just as colorful inside as outside. What do you think, what flavor cake would you go with?


Now thats enough about sweets, I better get off the subject before I am on my way back to Fresh Bakery for some more...lol! I want to share a cute new outfit that I got with you guys. I really love the embroidery trend that's super popular right now, so I scooped a couple of cute pieces. The top came from American Eagle Outfitters and the shorts I got from Amazon. The roses aren't exact but I think they're close enough. I decided to sport my white Micheal Kors sandals and vanilla crossbody bag set to finish it off. I really love the white color for the summer season, especially with a white top such as this one. All together this outfit (shorts and tank top) costs me $40 bucks, so I'm pretty proud of myself. A sale is one thing I just can't pass up...lol!! Do you think the embroidered roses are to far off, or they go together good? I have been looking all over for shorts with the embroidered roses and these were the only ones I could find in my size, that were really cute. If you know a place were I can find a pair, please let me know below in the comments, because it's really been a task. 


I really like the destroyed denim, though I do wish they were a little bit longer. Either way they're super cute, and in the meantime I'll just keep on looking. I hope to score a cute pair of jeans for fall and winter with a good embroidery design. Have you seen the new embroidered Gucci jeans...omg are they gorgeous. I wish more than anything that I could afford them, but $1200 dollars for a pair of jeans is a bit out of my price range, so I'll try to find the next best thing. 


This adorable top is made of the softest cotton and feels amazing on my skin, this is what convinced me to buy it about 2 months ago, that and it was on sale. I just got lucky that it matched the shorts really well. Don't you love it when that happens? AEO always has cute tops, it's one of my favorite spots to schmy around when I go into the mall because I always find something cute at a good price. 





Last but certainly not least I added this little beauty to the outfit. It's a Welly Merck watch and it's gorgeous, not to mention it has a classic look in gold that matches just about anything. It's goes especially well with the pink embroidered roses on my outfit. The face is so feminine and chic, it has quickly become my favorite watch. To get one of your own check out the Welly Merck Website  and use the code DANAWM20 at checkout and get 20% off of your order. You can't beat that, especially when it comes to such a beautiful time piece. 



I also have a great beauty product to share, as well as a shot of a yummy meal I put together this morning. I call it my famous Southwest Grits and wow is it good. It's so easy to make that anyone can do it. Just make yourself a nice bed of grits, with fresh roughly chopped cilantro mixed in. Then top it with a mound of black beans, and garnish it with tomatoes, green onion, cheese (mozzarella or feta will work) and top it with a fried egg or two. Make sure you have a runny yolk, because this adds an amazing flavor to the grits and fresh veggies. Make sure you cut all of the garnishings and have them ready because you want to eat it while it's all still hot hot!! It tastes best that way.


Then I washed it all down with a fresh glass of OJ, nothing is better for breakfast. Notice that the Raspberry lemonade cup cake from Fresh Bakery is making an appearance again here...boy was it good!! Then also making an appearance is the newest beauty product in my daily routine, it's a loose powder by Lancome called Translucence. As most of you that follow my Instagram page know, most of the beauty products I use are made by Lancome, because they're quality products that I can feel good about buying. This loose powder is fantastic. I can wear it and get great coverage without feeling like I'm wearing a ton of makeup on my face. There's nothing i hate more than my skin feeling all caked up, and this powder is weightless on my skin. I like to sport the natural look and Translucence let's me do that with confidence. I definitely recommend you give it a go, you won't regret it!!




To see the review video on Translucence just check out my Instagram page. 
I received the Translucence free of charge from Lancome, and all opinions are 100% mine and mine alone!! #honestreview #gifted #octolyfamily. To get some of your own check out Octoly
https://www.octoly.com/c/hbj0l/r/hatuw Have a great weekend everyone, I'm going to Six Flags on Monday, and I'll definitely share the trip with you guys. Also check out my Instagram Page for a couple HUGE GIVEAWAYS going on right now, and starting tomorrow Sunday Aug 6th 2017, at 4pm est. 














Thursday, July 27, 2017

Yogurt & A $250 Allen Booth Giveaway!!



Handmade Raspberry Yogurt 
A $250 Allen Booth Giveaway!

Boy have I got a great post for you guys, and to make it even better there's a great giveaway. Let's start off with the raspberry yogurt that I made. I have the easiest recipe, who woulda' thought that it would have been so easy to make.

Homemade Raspberry Yogurt

Ingredients 
1qt (4 cups) or pasteurized whole milk.
1 1/2 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt (or 1 yogurt starter pack)
1/4 cup of homemade raspberry compote (any berry compote will work)
Fresh Raspberries (or the berries of your choice)
2 trail mix granola bars

Instructions
1. Heat the milk over a medium to medium high heat until it reaches 165 degrees, making sure to stir the milk constantly. Do not allow the milk to come to a boil
2. Once the milk comes to temp, turn off the burner and place the pan on a roller area on the stovetop. Allow the milk to cool to 110 degrees. (or you can use a cold water bath method to speed up the cooling process)
3. When the milk finally cools and reaches the 110 temp wish in the gelatin for a minute or so or until its thoroughly mixed in.
4. Now add the yogurt starter pack and whisk for about a minute or until is to is thuroughly combined.
5. Now place the mixture in a yogurt maker, and allow it to culture for 8-12 hours. (Exactly how long depends on your taste preference). The longer the culture the more tangy,
6. Now whisk your yogurt mixture to be sure its combined. Next fold in your berry compote, but be sure not to over mix it, this is good for your flavor profile.
7. Now take 1/2 of your mixture and divide it evenly, then place it in the bottom of two small mason jars. Then add a layer of fresh raspberries, and then add another layer of yogurt with the rest of your mixture. Then finally top the parfait off with some granola. I like to break up a trail mix granola bar and use that, because it's crunchy and chewy along with some almonds and raisins mixed in. I love it  because gives the parfait a fantastic texture. Then I top it off with a fresh raspberry or two.
(If you want the granola to remain very crunchy, just wait ti add it right before you eat it.)

Raspberry Compote 

Ingredients
1 pint of fresh raspberries
1 quart of water
1 cup of sugar

Instructions
1. Bring water to a boil
2. Add the raspberries
3. Allow to boil until you get your desired thickness (25-45mins)


See I told you easy peasy!! I thought it would be much harder, but turns out it wasn't that bad. The compote can also be used as a yummy topping, it all just depends on your taste. I am a sucker for a good parfait, so I made 10 of them and left the granola aside so that I could just add it to the yogurt when I'm ready to eat it. I'm one of those people that loves the super crunchy granola with the creamy yogurt, it makes for a perfect texture and an amazing flavor profile. I'll admit it's much easier to buy the yogurt at the grocery store, but it definitely doesn't taste better. It's a bummer that I'm always so on the go, or I would have fresh yogurt in my fridge all the time, it's one of my favorite snacks. i love the fruity flavors they have like cherry, raspberry, and blackberry. There's even this one yummy pomegranate blackberry flavor, and it's delish. I find that by topping a store bought yogurt with some fresh ingredients will really make it amazing. One of my favorites is fresh fruit like mango, pineapple, and berries. then add some trail mix granola, and look out. I feel like I'm talking a little to much about yogurt today....LOL! 


Now let's talk about the beautiful pieces that I got from Allen Booth, I'm so excited to share them with you. Everything they sell is handcrafted, and made in the USA. Not to mention that it's all durable and made of real quality. Now a days things are so expansive and made so cheap, it's a real shame. I got 2 cutting boards, with a matching mason jar lid, and two wooden spoons. The cutting boards are beautiful, I especially love the look and how they match the mason jar lid. The multi wood design includes maple, walnut, cherry and poplar, it's so beautiful I almost don't want to use it..lol! Same with the spoons, I really needed a couple good ones so I stop scratching up my pots and pans with the metal ones. I hope to replace all of them, espceially since I plan to get a whole new set of pots and pans when we finish remodeling the kitchen, and we all know that a good set costs a pretty penny, and I'm definitely not down with the flimsy plastic cooking utensils, so Allen Booth is definitely the way I'm gonna go. 


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They also carry so many other cool things like picture frames, beautiful cherry wood bowls, coasters, wood and metal utensils of all kinds, measuring spoons and much much more, Plus did I say that everything is made in the USA ...lol! and it comes at a very affordable price point. You definitely have to check them out, I know you'll love their products. 

When you go to out use the code STARGAZER11, and get 10% off of your purchase.

(SWIPE 2 THE LEFT for more pics!!)Now for the surprise, I've partnering up with them to bring you guys an amazing giveaway!!

ALLEN BOOTH GIVEAWAY!!
One person will win a $250 gift card to Allen Booth!!
To enter just follow the below link to their website, type in your email address and zip code, then click enter. It's that easy!!
What are you waiting for, hurry up and go enter before it's over!!


This was the smaller cutting board of the two, and boy is it going to make the perfect placement for my cooking posts :o!!




Now on another note this is a shot of how I spent a few hours yesterday, it was so relaxing and nice. Plus the weather was amazing here in Baltimore, it's been in the mid to high 70's for three days now. Now let me tell you guys a little about me, I HATE super hot weather, ever since i hit my 30's I am always hot and un-comfy, so every season but summer is good for me. I look at it this way, with winter you can put on a comfy sweater if you're cold, but with summer you can only take off so much and you still remain hot. I know people think I'm crazy for thinking this way...lol! Anyway check out the video of this view that I posted on Instagram -> @DanaStargazerTruitt 
Make sure you watch for 15 secs so you hear the music, it's my official theme song!!
 Well here's to a fabulous weekend, thanks goodness tomorrow if Friday!!




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Monday, July 17, 2017

Wonderful Wonderful Watermelon & Family Mobile Fabulousness!!


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerIsForSavings #CollectiveBias #WFM2

Wonderful Wonderful Watermelon!!


I was sitting around the other day racking my brain of cute dinner party ideas, when I saw a great little article on watermelon, and all the cool ideas of what to of with it. Now watermelon is definitely one of my favorite summer fruits, I mean come on who doesn't enjoy a juicy sweet watermelon on a hot summer day. It's always been a staple in our family cookouts and get togethers. Now that we have revamped the patio, it's so nice to go out back, hang out, and take in the summer air. Nothing makes it better than some sweet treats to enjoy whilst doing so...lol!! I have three fantastic and fun watermelon creations. First up is the watermelon keg. With a neat little keg kit that I ordered from online, I made the coolest drink cooler ever. All you have to do is cut the top off of the watermelon, and then scoop out all of the inner flesh. In this case I used a melon baller for the first half (Make sure you put the melon balls aside in a large bowl, for the watermelon salad recipe coming up.)
The second half of the flesh I scooped out with a spoon, and also put that aside for the refreshers we're going to be placing in the keg. Then I just inserted the three little stabilizer feet in the bottom of the melon rind. These help it to stand up straight, and they work perfectly, then push in the tap, and your all set. Now comes the good part, our 
Watermelon Mojito Coolers!!

Ingredients: (4 drinks)
*2 cups pressed/strained watermelon juice
*1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
*1/2 cup of simple syrup
*a handful of mint leaves
*a generous splash of ginger ale
*ice cubes

Prep: Begin by straining your spooned watermelon flesh, and limes, to the tone of 2 cups. 
Mix: Now start making your mix into a  pitcher, using the 2 cups or watermelon juice, and the 1/4 cup of lime juice. 
Serve: In each glass add crushed
 ice, or ice chunks along with your mint leaves. (give them a roll in between your finger tips before dropping them into the glass to release the flavor). Now fill the glass about 3/4's of the way with the watermelon/lime juice mixture. Top it off with a big splash of ginger ale, this adds some bubbles, and really heightens the flavor profile. Then you will serve the glass with a lime slice, and a mint leaf. I have also seen them garnished with a melon ball or two, it just depends on your taste. 
Now in my case I tripled the recipe to make enough to fill the watermelon cooler, which I poured inside and let sit and chill in the fridge for 2 hours. Then when I made the drinks later i did it straight from the watermelon tap. This gave such a fun feel and completely fit into the watermelon theme, and my goodness was it a hit with my guests! 



I didn't stop there with the watermelon fabulousness, I also made a delicious watermelon salad. It to was a hit with the guests and quickly disappeared. It was so simple and quick to make, which made it easier for me. Any delicious recipe thats easy and fast to make, is number one on my list. Not to mention it looked really beautiful, and when food looks amazing that's half the battle right there...lol!




Now to make this all you need is a few things, one being the first half of the melon that we scooped with the melon baller. 

Ingredients:
*5 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
*2 teaspoons of kosher salt.
*1/2 teaspoon of freshly cracked pepper
*1/2 large mellon balled watermelon
*1/2 lb of Miller's Kosher feta cheese.
*1 cup of coarsely chopped mint leaves

Preparation:
Super easy just combine all of the ingredients but a small bit of the mint leaves, toss gently and coat the watermelon balls. Then garnish with the left over mint, and place in the fridge to chill. 
See super easy, once it sits a few minutes and the flavors combine it will be amazing. I also recommend cracking some fresh pepper, and a tad more lemon juice over the top for extra flavor

As you can see I went a bit over board with the watermelon theme, but it was fun and everyone enjoyed it. I also had slices on popsicle sticks, they looked so cute....but went so fast! The cool thing is every part of the watermelon went to good use, even the rind. I made a stop to get a few things for the set up, and I spotted some of the prettiest flowers.



 





















I'm always the one standing over them with my camera, I've always had a fascination with flowers, which means you guys will probably see lots of them in the lifetime of my blog!
I sported my usual leggings and tank top because they're super comfy and it was so darn  hot. When I'm on the go like that comfort is number one, and these outfits give you that, with an added plus of cuteness...lol! I also had to hit up Walmart for a few things, it was a more than busy day setting everything up. As I was running around in the store, I spotted the cute cell phone display. I really didn't have time to take care of my cell phone craziness, but it was so quick and easy that I just couldn't resist. I decided to make the switch to Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile. It makes my busy as heck life that much easier. I have more time to enjoy with my friends and family on days like these, thanks to Walmart Family
 Mobile. http://www.familymobilehub.com
























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I got the $49.88 plus plan, it's Unlimited Talk, Text & Data Plan which Includes up to 15 GB of 4G LTE† data, then 2G* Definitely Walmart's best pricing in no-contract wireless plans.
It also includes a free VUDU◊ movie rental credit valued at $7.00 each time you renew your service. I really love it because there's no contact, no activation fees, no late charges...you just pick a phone. pick a plan, activate and go.It so easy and so fast. You can even switch and keep your phone, and you get up to 15 GB of data. Having my internet is very important to me, especially since I'm a blogger and I'm always working online. I will be able to work on the go now because I'll have more than enough data. I won't have to worry if I'm going to run out, which will allow me to be more carefree, and spend more time away from home this summer..woo hoo! Also I feel confident in the service because it's run on T-Mobile's Nationwide Network, so I know the service will be spectacular. Even Nunah approves, and the phone is so sleek and cute, it fits right in the front pocket of my saddlebag. I have to say all in all it's been a fantastic day, and the Feldman household is all smiles. I'm so happy I made the switch, I definitely recommend the $49.88 PLUS Plan Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile.

For more information check out their website http://www.familymobilehub.com




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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fourth of July Fun at the Dundalk Heritage Fair!!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!


I hope everyone had a safe and Happy 4th Of July Holiday!
I wanted to write this post and get it up before July 4th, but then I wouldn't have been able to get all the details in, so I decided to finish it up today. We started off the holiday weekend by going to the Dundalk Heritage Fair, it ran the 30th through the 2nd. It's an event we attend every year for the past 5 years n a row. All weekend they have live bands and music, rides, yummy food, and lots of fun activities. The first night we saw a long time favorite of ours, it's a Baltimore band called Kix. They have the all to popular hits like "Close your Eyes", and "I Got the Itch!" We go to see them when they  make an appearance in MD, because their a great and super down to earth band. Nothing is more annoying then a snobby group...lol! We arrived early to scout out a spot by the stage, and post up our folding chairs. It's the best way to get a good spot, and hold onto it without actually being there. That way we can leave and walk around, get something to eat, and people watch while we wait for them to come on at 8pm. The only real annoyance of the evening was that it was 95 degrees, and I'm the worse when it comes to really hot weather. I got myself a big grape snowball, with marshmellow piled high on top to cool myself down. 


I also scored myself some oh so yummy cotton candy. We walked around for an hour or two waiting for the band to come on, and there were so many different stands. Craft stands, food stands, all kinds of t-shirt stands, and there was a face painting spot also. The line was really long, there were so many little ones waiting to get their faces all done up. Then there was the beer garden, it was packed full of people. Now me personally I don't like draft beer, especially in a plastic cup on a super hot day. Within ten minutes it gets luke warn, and tastes so so nasty, I just decided to skip having a drink. I did have a yummy daiquiri later that evening which turned out to be pretty good, it's a shame I didn't know they were there sooner. After schmying around for a couple hours, and looking at all of the interesting items for sale, we decided to get something to eat, and play a few games. Half of the festival is a full on carnival, and the other half is a  crafts fair meets music festival. This is why we love it so much!!


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I always love the pretty carnival view of the ferris wheel, and the cotton candy flags waving in the wind. I was really bummed that I couldn't bring Noon along, but I was afraid that the loud music would bother her, and I also feared that an intoxicated person may step on her or something stupid, and I would have got into some heated altercation. So to avoid all of that, I just left my baby home. I know she would have loved the little petting zoo, and the racing pigs. YES...racing pigs!! They had this little event set up where the cutest little oinkers ran around a little race track. I thought it was super weird, but others didn't, there were so many people crowded around waiting to see them go. Now I have to admit they were adorable, and there was also a little tent where kids could ride miniature horses round and round. It was so cute, they all looked so excited. 





 We took a ride on the ferris wheel, and tried to land the ping pong ball in the fish bowl. not that I wanted a goldfish but it's fun just to give it a try, obviously I'm not to good at it...lol!! We stopped by a BBQ stand and got two pit turkey sandwiches, pilled high with raw onions, and BBQ sauce. Needless to say they were very good, and believe it or not they had big ole cups of sweet tea for $1. I couldn't believe it, nothing is a dollar now-a-days, and to top it off it was so so good. Now I don't know if it was the 95 degree weather that made it so good, but I didn't care because it was so refreshing. We sat down at the picnic to do a bit of people watching while we ate, this is always a great spectator sport...lol! Especially when your in a town like Dundalk MD. There are all kinds of people, of all ages, and walks of life, that travel from all over Baltimore City and the surrounding counties to attend the fair. plus with the cost of admittance only being $8, and you getting to see a great concert you just can't beat it. And you know a concert brings in all kinds of interesting people, especially a free one...lol! The Kix concert was fantastic. Steve Whiteman always puts on a great show. 




After eating we walked back to and sat down in our chairs with snowballs in hand, and cotton candy to the side, and got our groove on. As always Whiteman danced around like a crazy fool, yelling with that high-pitched voice of his. I was also happy because as the sun started to fall, the temperature did as well, and once it was dark it dropped to 80 degrees, which is much much better than 95. I got smart when I picked out my outfit, I  wore a simple all black VSX spots bra, with a cute stars and stripes tank that I got on our trip to the Ohio Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I figured it was perfect for the holiday theme. It's super thin and soft, so it kept me cool. I paired it with my American Eagle, dark denim shorts, and my white Converse. I love how the red and blue pinstripes on my cons match my tank to perfection.


I then accessorized with my new Tory Burch sunglasses, and my brown leather saddle bag. Earlier that day I got a mani/pedi, and as usual I went with pink. The only difference is my ring finger nail has a glitter layer. I added a cute red bow to my hair, with my blush pink on pink Apple Watch. All in all it was a cute outfit, and I was comfy. I did forget to put on my sunblock though, and I paid dearly for it later. We also forgot to the bug off spray from the car, and oh boy did those mosquitos tear us up. I had to walk to the car to get the bug spray, I just couldn't take it! I'm just so glad that we had it. Next time I won't forget them, I can tell yah that much...lol!





































After the concert we headed home, it was about 10pm. The 2nd night we didn't go, but we went back on the 3rd night to see a band called 38 Special, another oldie but goodie!! That was a great concert too, there were so many people packed in the crowd for that one as well. Then last night for the 4th, we went to the firework show at Catonsville High School. They've been doing a show there since I was a little kid. On the way there we stopped by Rita's Ice for a yummy 4th of July treat, it's a special gelato that they have. It's red, white, and blue, with three layers of custard...oh my was it good!! I already can't wait for it to come around again next year. You can get it with any red flavor, and any blue flavor. I got Strawberry Kiwi with blue Raspberry. I love the extra custard, it's my favorite part of the whole thing. We made it to the fireworks show about a half hour early, so we could walk from where we parked. An best believe I didn't forget that bug off spray, especially since were we were watching the show from was right by a wooded area. We took our chairs and made a comfy spot to watch the show, and what a great show it was, with some length too, and WOW was the finale awesome. We were so glad that we went to Catonsville instead of the Inner Harbor, because downtown there's a huge crime element, and it's not so safe. Plus you're rubbing shoulders with so many people all packed in like a can of sardines. At Catonsville everyone was calm, with a lot of families, it was so much of a better experience. If you plan to see the fireworks next year, definitely make Catonsville High School's Show an option ...I'm so glad we did. I was able to enjoy the show without worrying if my bag or phone was gonna get snatched. I took a clip of the fireworks to share with you guys, and I also posted some in my stories on Instagram. I really hope you all enjoyed hearing about my holiday weekend, how was yours? I'm eager to hear all about them. Maybe you have some good ideas for next year already??


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