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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Light Up the Entry

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well! I don’t know if you have noticed, but we have been a little bit absent lately. I have been busy getting projects done in the house and on the front porch and that doesn’t leave me as much time to write any posts. I have also had to work a few extra hours and then I am usually so tired, I can’t even think about writing something up!

I have been working on the entry and front porch these past couple of weeks. My husband took out the closet in the front entry and it has been dry-walled, primered and painted. I am trying to figure out what I am going to do with the cement floor. I am thinking about painting it and adding stencil to it, so wish me luck on that idea! I have painted both sides of the front door and fixed up the front porch a bit. Now I am on to lighting! This is kind of difficult for me…there are so many choices! My home has a bit of coastal influence, so I am trying to stay with that idea. I would love to have some kind of chandelier in the entry, but unfortunately, we only have 8 foot ceiling and the front door opens right under the light, so I can’t have anything too long. So I have been looking for flush lighting for the entry and a new outdoor light for the front porch. I thought I would share a few of my ideas with you!

These are all from Amazon. I could look for hours at all the different choices, but here is what I have narrowed it down to.

1. Trans Globe Lighting 5128 ROB 1-Light Flush Mount

2.Elegant Designs FM1000-CHR Ellipse Crystal 2 Light Ceiling Flush Mount, Chrome

3.Design House 519876 Kimball 1 Light Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Light, Galvanized Steel Finish

4.Capital Lighting 3537PN-134 1 Light Ceiling Fixture in Polished Nickel Finish w/Clear Glass

This next set is from hayneedle.com. They carry so much more than lighting and have such great products. Here are a few picks:

1. Eglo USA Thebe 91166A Flush Mount Light

2.Golden Lighting Duncan 3602-14 Flush Mount Light

3. Sea Gull Lighting Bretton 7647EN Flush Mount Light

4.Z-Lite Chelsey 314F Flush Mount Light

Here are a few of the outdoor porch light I choose.

  1. Maxim Wharf Outdoor Wall Light – 9.5H in.

2. Trans Globe Lighting 4632 BN 14-1/2-Inch 1-Light Outdoor Down Wall Lantern, Brushed Nickel

3.Kichler Lighting 9777WH 3 Light Chesapeake Outdoor Sconce, White by Kichler

4. Kichler Seaside 9Outdoor Wall Lantern

Well, what do you think? Are there any you would choose or think would look good? Let me know! Hope you all have a great week!

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Decorating with the Pantone Color of the Year: GREEN!

Hello everyone!  I am extremely sorry for not posting last week.  I am so forgetful in my old age.

I’m only 22, but sometimes I feel like I’m 50 with how often I forget stuff.

Did you know that Pantone has a color of the year?  Yeah, it’s a real thing!  And this year’s color is representative of rebirth and new life.  It also represent vitality, which is perfect in the upcoming spring season.

So, the Pantone color of 2017 is Greenery!  Which, is not a top color for me, but mom decorates with it all the time.  So, I am going to show you how to add more green to her formal living room.  If you don’t remember what it looks like, click on the picture below to check it out.

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First of all, look at these awesome chairs! They are modern and chic, and I’m pretty sure they would look great in any room.  I love the modern look and they would look great with a dark wooden table.

But you know what these chairs would look great under???  How about some green lampshades!  Why not change out the blue printed lantern shades with these awesome green ones!

Now what about on the table?  How can we make these beautiful lanterns look even better and more GREEN???

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How about adding green fairy lights???  They add mystical lighting to any room.  Or, it makes it more festive for St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you know that small changes can give a room new life?  You could keep all of you white modern dishes and add something cute like this green chevron tablecloth to turn a room from ultra modern to fun and funky!

You can also change up some of the pieces that you hang on the wall to change the style of the room.  One of the things you can use to cover more space is hang a tapestry.  Here is a beautiful mandala tapestry that covers a lot of wall space.

Or you can hang a new funky wreath on your wall!  Did you know wreaths aren’t only meant for doors? You can also cut branches from your trees or bring plants in to not only bring in green, but add some other color!

Now what about the day bed that all the animals love to sleep on?

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How about some green pillows?  Did you know that switching out your pillows can change up the feeling in the room?  Just changing your pillows can change the entire look of the room!



Or maybe a green quilt?

OR MAYBE you put another throw blanket to put on top of the quilt.  Did you know that adding multiple blankets makes the space look cozier and comfier?

And, how about instead of the dog sleeping on the bed, they get their own green bed???

There are so many possibilities with the color green!  I hope that this has given you lots of new ideas for how to decorate with the color green!

Do you want to still be inspired?  Check out these tropical inspired houses at https://www.elliman.com/florida .  Hope you feel more tropical!

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ONE WAY TO ORGANIZE YOUR SPICES

Okay, I know it’s the first day of February and we are not in January anymore, but I am still doing some organizing around the house.

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My spices have been driving me crazy! I had them all on a lazy susan, but I still could only find the spices that were on the outside. Then I tried lining them up, but since I couldn’t see them all, it ended up being a jumbled mess.

spice organizer cabinet of spices

I had seen different ideas all over the internet, but they didn’t work out with my kitchen. I only have about 5 feet of counter on one side and 4 feet on the other, plus a microwave and a dish drainer take up some of that space. I only have 5 drawers in my kitchen, so I couldn’t use up one of them for the spices. I finally found these on Amazon. I am not affiliated with Amazon, but I love these. Here is the link if you want to order some. I ordered 2 sets to make sure I would have enough for all the jars.

Spice organizer

Each rack holds 4 jars. There is sticky tape on the back plus a tiny screw to hold it on the door. I started out by figuring out where to line them up so the jars wouldn’t hit the shelf inside the cupboard when the door closed. I placed small jars in one row and then larger ones in the other row. This way there could be 2 rows and they would fit between the shelves.

spice organizer measuring

Once I figured out how far apart they needed to be I stuck them on using the tape.  I did end up putting the tiny screws on the end, especially for the racks holding the larger bottles.

spice organizer full of jars

My summer goal is to paint these cupboards, so I will have to take these down and hopefully they will stick again. The directions say to use heat to loosen the glue. I will probably try a blow dryer and see if that works.

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So far, I love these! It’s so much easier to find the spice I need plus it cleared up space in my cupboard. A win/win! Have you been doing your January/February organizing and clean-up? I love to hear what you have been doing!

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