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.

Disneyland Tomorrowland Space Mountain

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.

Disneyland Tomorrowland Star Tours

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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Summer Coastal Dining Room

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Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to celebrate Father’s Day with your families! We had Haley’s graduation party on Saturday and she also bought a car that morning! It was a crazy busy weekend, but filled with good times!

I thought today I would show you a few quick pictures of my coastal dining room. I didn’t buy anything new. I just used what I had. I benefit of having most of your house decorated with neutrals or the same colors, is that you can move things around from space to space and it looks new and refreshed again!

Coastal Summer Dining Room 2019

I used a lantern as my larger piece and stacked it on a few books.

coastal dining room lantern

I added my glass fishing floats and lots of seashells scattered on a blue and white runner.

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Blue and white dishes along with gold flatware add to the coastal feel.

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Thank you for stopping by today! See you next time!

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How To Use Spray Paint for Home Decor

Good morning! I am officially done with school! Yay! How about you? Are you done teaching for the summer or are your kids out of school? Summer time is my time to get some larger projects done at home. We are finishing up a lot of the work in the living room and I am so pleased with how it is turning out! What a huge difference flooring and opening up spaces does to a room. I can’t wait to show you all! I have a few more things to finish up and then it will be ready to go!

How to use spray paint for your home decor

Last week, my favorite blogger, KariAnne, from Thistlewood Farms, blogged about spray painting different items for your home. Please hop over and take a look! I started thinking about all the items I have spray painted. In fact, my mom laughs at me when I say, ‘Just spray paint it!” 🙂 So I thought I would make my own list too. Some of the items are the same as Karianne’s, but most are different. There are just so many options!

1. Frames

I have painted SO many frames!! I find the outdated ones with fancy woodwork on them at the thrift store, take them home and spray paint them. You can paint them any color to match your decor. I have made mine into chalkboards, Christmas decor, or gasp! an actual frame!

pink christmas black frame wall decor

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2. Outdoor Furniture

Spray paint is a great way to refresh our outdoor furniture. The furniture can get faded and worn over time and this revives it. Be sure to clean the pieces well before painting. These Adirondack chairs are plastic and were a hunter green color, so I pulled out my favorite turquoise color and they look great! In fact, I just repainted them a couple of weeks ago! I also used spray paint on the metal furniture. Black is a great basic color and makes them look fresh and clean.

Transitional Back Patio Full view 2015

outdoor patio chair cushions recovered

3. Dishes

I wouldn’t recommend actually using these painted dishes to eat off of, but its great for decor pieces. The pitcher had an 80’s design on it, but a few coats of white spray paint and it is up to date.

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4. Home Decor

Do you have a vase you really like, but the color doesn’t go with your decor? Or find a piece in the thrift store, but it doesn’t match? That’s right! Paint it! This cow was too cute to pass up. A fresh coat of white paint, and she is perfect!

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5. Indoor Furniture

I have painted beds, dressers, chairs and so many other furniture pieces. I usually paint larger pieces by hand. But if the piece is rattan or wicker, spray paint is so much easier. It can get into all the little spaces better than a brush. I used white spray paint on this rattan table for my living room.

spray paint white rattan table

6. Lamps

Again, wicker is so much easier to paint with spray paint. You can also use paint for the base of an outdated table lamp. Put a pretty new shade on it and you are all set.

spray paint silver lamp

7. Wooden Signs

I spray painted the background on this sign and then hand painted the letters. This will work for any piece of wood. On the second sign I added chip letters to form the word ‘Laundry.”

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Laundry room letter sign

8. Planters

I made these planters years ago from a concrete block, but I have also painted regular ceramic or plastic flower pots. Spray paint is great for covering any type of surface!

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There you go! 8 different ways to use spray paint, and there are so many more! What have you transformed with spray paint? I would love to hear from you! Thank you so much for following along!

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