Yard Sale Round-Up

Hello!  How is everyone doing today?  Did everyone have a good 4th of July?  I know I spent some good time with family and ate too much food.

But besides the 4th, my family is having a yard sale this weekend.  We normally have a large yard sale every summer which normally consists of stuff from multiple families.  Like, 3 or 4 families.  But we have been having yard sales ever since I can remember.  So, I wanted to share some helpful tips and tricks I found that may help you out with a yard sale if you ever want to have one.  Trust me, it’s a nice way to get rid of stuff and still make some money.  Enjoy!

P.S. There are only 6 posts because most of the stuff I found just repeats itself over again.  So these are the main things I found that I thought were the most helpful.

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Step by Step Plan for a Successful Yard Sale from I Heart Planners

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Garage Sale Hacks from Holly Hammersmith

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Garage Sale Checklist from No Getting Off This Train

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5 Items You Should Never Try to Sell at a Yard Sale from GSALR

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Yard Sale Signs from Flea Market Flipper

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40 Yard Sale Tips from House of Hawthornes

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Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue!

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Let the celebration begin!! Are you all stocked up and ready for the 4th of July? I set up a table with some fun kids stuff (big kids too!) that I received from Oriental Trading.  Have you checked them out? The Oriental Trading Company  is a direct merchant of value-priced party supplies, arts and crafts, toys and novelties and school supplies. It’s a great place to order all you party needs and, should I say, school supplies. Nope, it’s too early for that!

*The contents of this blog are sponsored by The Oriental Trading Company.*

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I love decorating this picket table my husband and I made. It’s the perfect spot for a snack or beverage table. I decided to mix a little Americana and Nautical together.

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I thought these Mini Stars and Stripes Bubble Bottles looked like fun! It helps keep the kids entertained until the fireworks start. The Rustic 4th Napkins look great with all the other accessories. Do you notice the Cotton Plant Garland? I know it might seem a little out of place for 4th of July, but the valley I live in grows a lot of the U.S.’s fruits and vegetables, and cotton. So this is just a little nod to my community!

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I placed the bubbles on one of the trays. By turning it upside down, it makes a great spot and makes them easier to see.

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I love these Patriotic Yard Bursts! I placed them inside a couple of bottles I got from Hobby Lobby. They make quite the statement!

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The Nautical Fabric Pennant Banner is my favorite. It looks like it belongs on a sailboat somewhere. I like the solids and stripes and it’s even on twine! It goes well with my Wooden American Flag. I will be posting the DIY for the flag next week.

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The Patriotic Food Trays are the perfect size for a bunch of cookies, or chips or any other snack. I added these cute little Shining Sea Pinwheels too. They would look really nice in a plate of cupcakes.

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Flag Tootsie Rolls anyone? I probably shouldn’t have ordered these. I will probably eat them all myself! The little cups are the perfect size to hold your goodies in ( I ordered the cups from Oriental Trading too, but I don’t see that they are available anymore).

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I’m all ready! Now it’s just waiting for the celebration! Happy 4th!

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Lauren’s Favorites Round Up

Hello!  How is everyone doing today?  Is everyone ready for the weekend?  I know I am because I have a 3 day weekend!  Hooray!

And the reason I am taking a 3 day weekend is because it’s my birthday on Saturday!  I am turning 25!  That’s crazy to me and I can’t believe I’m that old…  But because it’s my birthday, I am doing My Favorite Things Roundup.

Here are 10 of my favorite things that you can buy on Amazon!  These products are helping to lead up to Amazon Prime Days, which are July 15 and 16.  These are two epic days of deals and promotions.  Plus, if you click on the links below, they will take you directly to Amazon where you can purchase these items.  And if you purchase something, we will earn a little commission from Amazon at no extra cost to you!  I hope you enjoy these items as much as I do!

Succulent Pots

Now!  If have been following the blog since the beginning of the year and you have been reading the round ups, you may have noticed that I am super into succulents.  So naturally one of my favorite things is succulents and succulent pots.  Here is a set of Succulent Pots that are modern and stylish!

Black and Silver Globe

I like travel decor which you may have seen in past posts (click here if you want to see my compass canvas).  I already own a pink globe but I would love to have a black and silver one to add to the collection.  So here’s a globe that you can add to any decor!

Eiffel Tower

My whole bedroom is Paris themed so of course I have to add an Eiffel Tower to the round up.  This is a small 15 inch statue of the Eiffel Tower which would be perfect for any tabletop.

Marble Notebook

I am a notebook collector.  If I see a notebook that I want, I usually buy it.  And Amazon has a wide variety of notebooks and journals that anyone can pick from, but this one has been calling my name for a while now.

Pink Mixing Bowl Set

I like to bake, nothing too exciting but I like baking cupcakes.  And when you are baking, you definitely need mixing bowls.  So why not have 4 pink mixing bowls???  It’s like a match made in heaven!

Black Sandals

How many of you like shoes?  My mom and I both really like shoes and I particularly like sandals and flip flops.  But these black sandals are simple and cute and perfect for any outfit.

Betsy Johnson Backpack

If there is one accessory that I like more than the rest, it’s purses and backpacks.  And I really like Betsy Johnson bags.  I have so many of them and I just want more.  This backpack and cross body bag is the perfect way to get two bags for the price of one!

Aladdin DVD

I know the new Aladdin movie has come out but I will always have a soft spot for the original Aladdin movie.  So it has made it here on my list, just in case you want the DVD copy.

Pink Velvet Futon

Do I need to say more???  A. Pink. Velvet. Futon.  On Amazon.  Excuse me while I find a way to fit this in my apartment.

Rose Gold Minnie Mouse Ears

And finally, my love of Disney.  I have always, and always will, love Disney.  I could go to Disneyland constantly and I wouldn’t get tired of it.  So for my love of Disney, here are a pair of Rose Gold Minnie Mouse Ears that you can add to your Disney collection.  If you have one.

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Disneyland Tomorrowland Graduation Party

Good morning! We are officially in summer! I love it! Last week we spent time camping at the beach. It was so nice! Cooler weather, but no wind. It was so pleasant to walk to beach and just sit on the dunes and hang out with family.

Before we headed to the beach though, we had Haley’s college graduation party. Woo hoo! Haley works at Tomorrowland in Disneyland, so we planned our party around it. We featured each ride and even snacks to go along with it!

Here is the graduate and cast member, along with her galaxy dress and blue lipstick!

Disneyland Tomorrowland Cast Member

Lauren and I have worked many months working on some of these pieces. The Astro Orbitors took us months to figure out! I was quite the process! I think it turned out amazing and it was the first thing you saw when you walked in the door. We also made a Tomorrowland Directional Sign which included each of the rides, Pizza Port and of course, the restrooms.

Disneyland Tomorrowland Astro Orbitors

The rockets even light up!

Disneyland Tomorrowland Astro Orbitors Rocket

We made a styrofoam moon complete with planets, rock candy and ‘Star’bursts.

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Lauren made this amazing acrylic pour painting to look like outer space. I think it looks so cool! We added few more planets, stars and Haley’s graduation pictures along with a Class of 2019 banner.

Disneyland Tommorrowland Pour Space Painting and plantets

 

These are my favorite! Autopia cars! This is Haley’s main attraction she works at and I was so excited to find some replica cars on Ebay. I borrowed some foam road pieces from work and we added some Oreo tires and gumdrop roadblocks. Aren’t they fun!?

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We are not the biggest Star Wars fans, so we borrowed some pieces from some friends who are fans. We found the grape juice bottles with Chewbacca and a Storm Trooper while going through a grocery store on our way to find something else and knew we needed to add them to the table.

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This was a last minute design. Lauren decided we needed a Pizza Port since we were serving pizza. We used a tomato cage, some plate risers, and a wooden stand. Lauren made the claw to hang from the middle. It turned out really cute, but unfortunately the pizzas didn’t really fit inside. Oh well! It looked good! We included Buzz and an Astro Blaster for the Buzz ride.

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We had lots of great food too and gave them fun names to go with the theme. Popcorn became Astroids.

Disneyland Tomorrowland Asteroids Popcorn

Seven layer dip became Seven Leia Dip and…

Disneyland Tomorrowland Seven Leia Dip

The tortilla chips were Storm Trooper Scoopers.

Disneyland Tomorrowland Storm Trooper Scoopers

Aren’t the Little Green Men cupcakes adorable? I love their little eyes and antenna!

Disneyland Tomorrowland Green Martian Cupcakes

Even our drinks were named. Lemonade was Vadoraid,

Disneyland Tomorrowland Vaderaid

Soda was Yoda Soda,

Disneyland Tomorrowland Yoda Soda

and we had Rocket Fuel and Blinker Fluid.

Disneyland Tomorowland Blinker Fluid, Rocket Fuel

We had so much fun celebrating along with family and friends. Congratulations Haley!

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4th of July Snacks and Drinks

Good morning!  Can you believe that it’s already half way through the year?  Like…this is crazy!  Before you know it, it’s going to be Christmas!  I might need to start on my Christmas wish list come to think of it…

But before we get lost in the thoughts of Christmas, we have to celebrate 4th of July.  I posted this last year so it is a repost, but I enjoy all of these.  Especially the first recipe, I have made it multiple times for not only the 4th but other holidays as well.  So I hope you enjoy and get some ideas for your 4th of July party!

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Red White and Blue M’M Cookie Bars from Number 2 Pencil

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Sparkling Red White and Blue Sangria from Gimme Some Oven

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Red White and Blue Strawberry Cheesecake Bites from The Kitchen is My Playground

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American Flag Taco Salad from Family Fresh Meals

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4th of July Sprinkle Cookies from Simply Gloria

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Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad from The Slow Roasted Italian

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Firecraker Cake from Love Bakes Good Cakes

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Berry Mini Pies from Eat Drink Love

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Red White and Blue Stained Glass Jello from Nest of Posies

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4th of July American Flag Platter from Passion for Savings

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