Instagram Round Up

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I have to apologize for being MIA all month long. It’s the end of the school year and to say I’ve been overwhelmed is an understatement. This can barely be considered acceptable as a blog post but I wanted to share with you #mysundayroundup – a fun hashtag started by @myidealmess over on Instagram. She has an amazing feed! I thought I would use it to share some of my favorite home decor items with you from the past week. I’ve been switching up my decor and I’m loving all the new arrangements! All decor items that are available have been linked below each photo.

Farmhouse Style Home Decor Finds

Mini blue mason jar (similar here) | Boxwood plant | Cake stand (similar here)

Candle | Artificial Succulent | Galvanized Tray (similar here) | Faux Ranuculus + Peony

Wood tray (similar here) | Galvanized Letter (similar here) | Ampersand (similar here)


Fillable Lamp | Artificial Succulent | Mercury Glass Vase (from Pottery Barn but I’ve been unable to find it online!) | Large Rustic Arrows

I hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday – the weather in Iowa is gorgeous, I got my first tan lines of the year! Woo!

xo,

Laura

The Blowdryer You Need to Cut Your Dry Time in Half

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Literally, this is the best hair dryer I have ever owned. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing the 1907 Zero7 Air Lightweight Dryer is. Blow drying my hair has got to be one of my least favorite activities. My hair is medium length right now and takes about 15-20 minutes to dry. Now, you might think that’s a long time but my hair is crazy curly, as well as frizzy and to make it easier to straighten I usually blow dry in layers which results in a longer blow drying time. However, if I don’t dry it in layers, it takes me longer to straighten. Sometimes I even end up taking a break while blow drying because either my hand is cramping or my arm feels like its going to fall off. The first thing I noticed about the 1907? It’s SO light – it’s less than a pound and literally feels like half the weight of any other blow dryer I’ve owned. I used the blow dryer a couple of times and honestly couldn’t believe how quickly my hair was dry! I decided I needed to time it and would you believe it if I told you, it took me E I G H T minutes to blow dry my hair. I cut my drying time in half!

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Not only does it have a ridiculously fast dry time, it’s SO quiet! My husband said, “Um, how are you going to dry your hair in 8 minutes when that thing is on low.” It wasn’t on low – it’s just that quiet! Fast dry time, light weight, and quiet! What more could you want!? Well how about some technical specifications – there’s a little ion switch to help you reach your styling goals so if you want some volume, you flip the switch up for positive ions which opens the cuticles and helps to volumize OR if you want to reduce frizz (that’s me!) then flip the switch down for some negative ions. I can tell a huge difference in the way my hair feels after drying it. It’s so much lighter and feels so smooth and it’s easier to straighten after it’s been blown dry. It’s not stiff like it would be with my old blow dryer! I considered taking a picture of my hair blown dry with a regular blow dryer and then one with the 1907 dryer…but that would be embarrassing. Imagine an afro. I’m serious. That’s usually what my hair looks like after I blow dry it. So, take my word for it. There will be NO photographs of that, ever.

The best blow dryer!

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Fromm also sent me their 1907 Copper Thermal Round Brush – which let me tell you, is also amazing! The copper brush promotes shine, and the bristles helps to evenly dry your hair as you blow dry which results in a faster dry time. Simple math tells me: a Copper Thermal Round Brush + the Air Lightweight Dryer = hair happiness. I will never buy another brush or blow dryer from any other brand. The 1907 brand is amazing and well worth the price. You truly get what you pay for. I have the 3 inch brush and my hair is medium length right now, but I plan to purchase the smaller, 2 1/2 inch brush. There’s also a 1 3/4 inch brush for anyone with short hair! You can shop the brushes and blow dryer below, along with some of my other favorite hair products! I love Beyond the Zone’s Smooth Criminal for my blow outs, and Rusk Thermal Shine Spray with pure argan oil for before I straighten or curl my hair. 

Let me know if you decide to try any of these products! They are all my hair favorites!

xo,

Laura

Friday Finds: Coffee Mugs

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How much do you love this mug? I mean, honestly, I don’t drink a lot of coffee. But I do drink a lot of tea, iced coffee, and most definitely wine. Hence, the perfect mug above, which you can get from Alice and Wonder, a cute little boutique shop I discovered on Instagram! I thought what a better Friday Finds edition then some cute coffee mugs. Check out some of my favorite mugs:

I hope you all have the best weekend!

xo,
Laura

Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Bites

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Okay folks, lets get real. I took a minor hiatus from the gym. My minor I mean major. I consistently worked out at least 4 times a week, and before that it was 6-7. I’ve slowly been dwindling to 3 times per week. Being suddenly anemic and a stressful day job was wreaking havoc on my fitness time. If you don’t know, being anemic happens when you live in a cave or Iowa. Kidding, but it does mean you have no energy and the only way you can get legitimate Vitamin D is from the sun. So, in case my doctor to the rescue with some Vitamin D pills and I’m like a brand new person. This also means it’s time to get back to the gym. What’s motivating me? I have a little over 2 1/2 months until two vacations to Charleston and Lake of the Ozarks and after that four months until the Dominican Republic. It’s operation Beach Bod. Starting 6 months ago. My downfall is sweets. I don’t need it all the time, but if I have it, I will most likely attempt to eat the entire bag. Therefore I do not buy it. These Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Balls are so sweet and hit the spot for me! If you need a sweet little treat like me, these are it! Perfect for keeping in a ziplock baggie for right after the gym, too!

Ingredients:

  • 3 scoops Ultimate Profit Vanilla Protein Powder (You can get my favorite kind here.)
  • 1/2 tsp truvia (or any other sweetener)
  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 small lemons:
    • 1 tsp lemon zest
    • 6 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp water

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Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Roll into small balls
  3. Keep in a container in the refrigerator.

They’ll last up to 7 days!

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Enjoy! And don’t eat them all in one sitting! 😉

xo,
Laura

 

Friday Finds: Tiered Trays

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There is nothing I love more than tiered trays. Not only can you show off more decor with a tray, they also help to save space! There are so many places you can put trays, too! The bathroom for holding toiletries or towels. The kitchen for coffee mugs. Or even your living room as a unique display! I love any type of tray…wood, metal, painted, mixed metal and wood…anything! The single tray I’m in love with right now though is this wood and metal 2 tier stand from World Market! To see all my other favorites, keep scrolling! Plus I’m sharing some inspiration further down the post!

Wood and Metal 2-Tier Serving Stand

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

xo,

Laura

Spring Bedding from Designer Living

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Oh my goodness, friends…I don’t know about you but I love updating our bedding every year…sometimes every other season. Is that weird? I mean, I do have a good excuse…hello, Iowa. With four seasons, you can’t have a heavy comforter in July or your light duvet in December. A few months ago I came across some gorgeous bedding from the company Designer Living. They have some really great brands and not only do they have bedding, they have home decor, furniture, apparel and so much more! I know, exciting!? Right!? But, let’s just focus on the bedding! The bedding I’m featuring is from Madison Park. It’s the Makena 6 Piece Quilted Coverlet Set. You can find this exact bedding here! I really love the coverlet. I have to admit I’ve only ever bought duvets or comforters so I’m loving this change up with the coverlet! It’s the perfect weight for this transition through spring and I know I’ll love it for summer, too! It’s so soft and the pattern is so bright and is especially great for bringing some colorful life into my neutral bedroom. Plus, those decorative pillows give so much depth to this gorgeous pattern.

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Isn’t it gorgeous? Floral prints are all the rage right now…and if you really love this bedding or want a different color or a different type of print…check out all these amazing options right here that will make all your floral dreams come true!

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Shop similar mason jars, coffee mug, trays and identical comforter, here:

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PS You can use this coupon code: DLMM20 for 20% off your entire order — it’s valid until 5/31.

It excludes boutique brands, specials, and steals. One time use. Non-stackable.

xo,
Laura