About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for Eat Play Rock and State By State Travel. Her interests include traveling, home decor and DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her daughter, Amber, and her furry {and not so furry} friends.

Grilled Honey BBQ Chicken + Arnold Palmer Recipe #cbias #sponsored #BestSummerBBQ

Grilled Honey BBQ Chicken + Arnold Palmer Recipe #sponsored #BestSummerBBQ

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #BestSummerBBQ #CollectiveBias Summer is the perfect time for entertaining. And what better way to entertain than with food. I mean, everyone likes to eat and chatting around a good meal is just so much fun. It’s a […]

Volunteering In A Dominican Chocolate Factory #sponsored #TravelDeep #travel

Volunteering In A Dominican Chocolate Factory #sponsored #TravelDeep #travel

A few days ago, Amber and Mackenzie volunteered in Chocal, a chocolate factory run by women located in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The women who run the factory also have their children help them. One of the Impact Travel activities aboard Fathom involves taking volunteers to Chocal to offer help in all aspects of the […]

Our Wine And Paint Class Adventure On The Caribbean Sea #sponsored #TravelDeep #travel

Our Wine And Paint Class Adventure On The Caribbean Sea #sponsored #TravelDeep

I am sure that many of you have done those cool wine {or coffee} and painting classes. I have done a couple myself, but none like this. A few nights ago, Amber, Mackenzie {their first class} and I took a wine and painting class while sailing the Caribbean Sea on the Fathom Adonia on our […]

Meet A Real Dominican Family + An Explanation Of Impact Travel #sponsored #TravelDeep #travel

Meet A Real Dominican Family + An Explanation Of Impact Travel #sponsored #TravelDeep

Yesterday, Amber, Mackenzie and I landed in the Dominican Republic via the Fathom Adonia cruise ship. We left Miami on Sunday, landed here yesterday {Tuesday} and will be here until Friday afternoon. Then we finish our trip in Miami on Sunday. The Fathom Adonia offers a different kind of cruise than what you might expect. […]

4 Father’s Day Gift Ideas For The Geek Dad Under $100 #sponsored #WriteGift

4 Father's Day Gift Ideas For The Geek Dad Under $100 #sponsored #WriteGift

Father’s Day will soon be here and I bet a lot of you are still looking for something cool for that special father in your life. Here are a few things that I know a lot of men will love, especially those that love techy or geeky things. We all know our dads deserve to […]

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The big day is almost here. Amber, Mackenzie and I are leaving for Miami tomorrow, where we will then take a 7 day cruise to the Dominican Republic. The night before and the night after the cruise, we are staying in Miami – and it didn’t cost me a cent. Why? Because I used points […]

Leftover Sand Idea: Make These Beautiful DIY Candles In Minutes

Leftover Sand Idea: Make These Beautiful DIY Candles In Minutes

When we visited Panama City Beach, my aunt shared with me how she wanted to get sand to go in a bottle. I didn’t even realize that was a “thing” until we went to a store that sold bottles specifically for this purpose. Naturally, I had to have one, too, so I bought myself a […]

Mom And Daughter Gym Bag Essentials #cbias #ad #SnackandRally

Mom and Daughter Gym Bag Essentials #cbias #ad #SnackandRally

This shop has been compensated by CollectiveBias, Inc. on behalf of its advertiser, ZonePerfect. #SnackandRally #CollectiveBias Recently my daughter and I decided to start working out together at a local gym. We both want to make our health more of a priority and working out together is fun. For convenience, we put all of the […]

Cheap Nail Polish Organization Idea: How We Organized Our Nail Stuff In This Yard Sale Craft Box

Nail Polish Organization Idea: How We Organized Our Nail Stuff In This Yard Sale Craft Box

A few weeks ago, I was out yardsaling and found this cute, pink craft box. It was only $2, so I knew I could figure out something to do with it – even if it wasn’t for crafts. And then, voila! I realized it would be perfect for nail polish organization – something that I […]

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amber graduation

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Today is a big day! Amber is graduating from high school tonight. She was enrolled in a dual program, so she also gets her Associates Degree. It seems like […]