Patriotic Candy Flower Vase Display with a Giveaway #SweetworksPatriotic #ad

patriotic candy flower vase displayI LOVE decorating for the holidays!!  We have about 20 boxes of Christmas decorations, 2 or 3 boxes of Halloween, one box of Thanksgiving a box of Easter, and even a few Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day decorations.  The only holiday where we’re really lacking is 4th of July.  We’ve never had much in the way of patriotic decorations.

I was thrilled when Sweetworks sent me an assortment of their patriotic candies!! I decided I would make a patriotic centerpiece that would be both pretty to look at and fun to eat!!

patriotic candy flower display
This display is super easy to make. All you need is a wide-mouth flower vase, some pipecleaners, two clear drinking straws and your favorite Sweetworks candy!! I used the Celebration shimmer color gumballs in red, blue and white and red and blue eight packs of Sixlets.

First, layer the red, white and blue gumballs in the flower vase, up to the rim.  Not only are they pretty, but they will also help to anchor the Sixlet “flowers” in place.

For each flower you will need one pipe cleaner for the stem and a half a pipe cleaner for the petals.

patriotic candy flower display
First, wrap one end of the full-length pipe cleaner around the middle of a tube of Sixlets.
patriotic candy flower display
Next, wrap each end of the half pipe cleaner around the middle of a pack of Sixlets.
patriotic candy flower display
Finally, center the half pipe cleaner on the wrapped pack of Sixlets with the full-length pipe cleaner. Wrap each half around the center of the pack.

Arrange the petals so they look like a flower or sparkler.  Arrange the stems in the vase of gumballs.  I made four this way – they will be a little droopy – that’s okay!!  Make two more and thread the end of each stem into a clear drinking straw.  The straw will give the flower the support to stick up in the middle of the vase.

patriotic candy flower display
Sweetworks candies are perfect for holiday decorating.  They are so bright and colorful – and well-made – no worry of colors flaking off over time. SweetWorks manufactures and distributes upscale gum, candy and chocolate. Whatever you may be looking for, SweetWorks has it!

Visit all my Sweetworks Holiday Decorating Posts HERE!

Buy the wonderful patriotic candies used to decorate this 4th of July display at SweetWorks.  Get social with SweetWorks on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

And now for the Giveaway!!

Sweetworks is giving away $50 worth of Sweetworks candy to one of my lucky readers!!  Here’s what you can win:

Patriotic Winner Packages

  •  Item Description                                               Qty        Value
  •  Royal Blue Sixlets 14oz Stand-Up Bag           1          $ 5.00
  • Shimmer White Sixlets 14oz Stand-Up Bag   1          $ 5.00
  • Royal Blue Gumballs 14oz Stand-Up Bag       1          $ 5.00
  • Red Gumballs 14oz Stand-Up Bag                   1          $ 5.00
  • Red & White Peppermint Crumble Jar           1          $ 3.00
  • Blue & White Vanilla Crumble Jar                   1          $ 3.00
  • Red, White, Blue Sixlets Small Peg Bags        2          $ 2.00
  • Red, White, Blue Pearls Small Peg Bags         2          $ 2.00
  • Red, White, Blue Stars Sweet Shapes              2          $ 2.00
  • Red Foiled Milk Chocolate Hearts               1/2 lb      $ 6.00
  • Royal Blue Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls      1/2 lb      $ 6.00
  • White Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls               1/2 lb     $ 6.00
  •                                         Total Package Value          $50.00

This SweetWorks giveaway is exclusively hosted on our blog, so only those who enter here will win. Keep hopping to all the other SweetWorks giveaways in the Linky below for 24 more chances to win $50 in SweetWorks Candy on EACH BLOG!

Enter on the Giveaway form below.  Giveaway ends 6/29/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Open to residents of the US, age 18 and older.



Transgender Talk: The Correct Pronoun Makes a Difference

transgender sign girl


Teressa’s note: I wrote this blog post three years ago.  We, as a family, no longer have a problem with Boo’s pronoun (except when referring to Boo as a child – then I sometimes slip).

As I mentioned in my first post about Boo (see Our Transgender Child: Boo’s Story), we are struggling some with referring to Boo as “she.”  After all, I birthed a boy baby and raised a boy child for 18 years.  It’s not that easy to suddenly switch from “he” to “she.”

The system we set up to date has not been working very well.  It was basically the same system we used when we were transitioning away from Boo’s old name.  She would correct us with her new name every time we misspoke.  So we tried that system with pronouns also, but it got to where I was being corrected so often that I started finding ways to avoid using pronouns altogether so as to not have to be corrected so often.

It all hit the fan about a week ago when I was having a conversation in the kitchen with Bud.  Boo was in the livingroom watching TV.  I referred to Boo as “he” and she yelled across the house “SHE”.  Definitely time for a new system.

Mind you we are very careful when we are out in public with Boo and even when we do occasionally mess up we always correct ourselves (and I’m sure the wait staff or cashier thinks we’re insane).  But for every day, around the house we needed to work it out.

I read an article on the PFLAG website in which the author mentions that her son’s gentle correction either during or immediately after a problem, along with his good humor in the situation, went a long way towards making the process easier.  She also relays that a friend of her son’s used the code word “bananas” to correct his friends and family without drawing more attention.

I discussed the situation with Boo and she came up with a unique answer.  She will sign the ASL sign for girl whenever we say “he” instead of “she”.

transgender sign girl
(For more American Sign Language (ASL) resources check out

The important thing for us to remember is to respect Boo’s change and try to honor her wishes.  The important thing for Boo to remember is to be patient with us and try to treat the situation with a sense of humor.

Have you ever been in a similar situation?  If so, how did you handle it?