Friday, July 25, 2014

DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse

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Today, I'm going to brag on my husband for a moment. He works so hard for our family to allow me to be a stay at home mom to our kids. He also helps me out whenever I need him to and sometimes when I don't even ask and I appreciate that so, so, SO much! Since finding out that my back is messed up, he has been even more tentative and hands on than he normally is, especially now that I'm pregnant and he knows I'm in more pain now than when I wasn't pregnant. He is always making sure I'm okay, doing extra things I ask him to do or that need to be done, rubbing my back, and he's even given me a few massages without me asking him too! This past year has been hard, but it's also made me realize how incredibly blessed I am to have such an amazing husband. Now, normally, when I want to show my appreciation for all he does for me and our family, I would get him some form of sweet card and a little something extra. I know he always appreciates every sappy/love card I get him, but truth be told, my husband is a man who likes to laugh.

He's always making me laugh {it's one of the things I love about him}, he has the best one liners, and always has hilarious comebacks. I'm always telling him that I wish I could just read his mind for a day because I think I would be spending the whole day in tears from laughter. This time to show my appreciation for all he has been doing, instead of going for my usual sweet stuff, I decided that I'm going to make him laugh this time. I ran to Walmart and grabbed some things to put together this laugh basket for him.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

Here is what you'll need for a laugh basket:

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

Hallmark BuzzWorthy Cards
Index Cards {at least 15}
Two cans of Silly String
1 can of Frosting
2 Funny shirts
Sharpie Paint Markers

I had a hard time finding exact things I wanted to put in the basket to make my husband laugh. I did find a couple things though while I was at Walmart. I found two shirts that I knew would make him laugh, they sure made me giggle. I picked up some silly string, frosting, and index cards for a few DIY games I put together.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

Then, I went over to the card section and picked out two of the new BuzzWorthy Cards from Hallmark because I couldn't just choose one. People probably thought I was crazy as I was reading the cards and laughing in the aisle. I picked out two that were sure to make Hubby laugh. I really am loving these new cards you should definitely run to Walmart and grab a few!

When I got home, I started putting the basket together and I have to say I love it! Here are some up close pictures of the different things in the basket.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

For the DIY games, I just came up with a few sexy/fun things to do with the frosting and silly string! These are very much adult only index cards. You can create your own games or use the ones I have below!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Laugh Basket for your spouse #TrendyCards #Shop #Cbias

There you have it! My DIY Laugh Basket for my husband! What would you put in a laugh basket for your spouse?!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let love spread like fire

I was down and out with food poisoning for a few days and recovering from it has not been easy! Especially when I have two kids to take care of and house that needs some serious cleaning! I came across this quote on pinterest while I was stuck on the couch one of the days I was sick and it really hit home with me and inspired today's post.

There is a place inside all of us that is beautiful. A place where beauty, peace, love, and hope radiate out of us. Sometime it's hard to find that place, especially when life is just crazy and chaotic and it seems like the world is working against you. It's there though and if you search hard enough during those chaotic times, you'll find it. When you find it, let it grow and flourish. Let that beautiful fire spread inside of you and consume you. Let it push away the bad. After you let it warm you, spread that love and beauty around to others.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Let love spread like fire


This world is so full of hate, sadness, and pain. Everyone has a place inside of them that hurts. A place that they struggle with. Some people take that hurt and pain and lash out with it, they spread that pain to others and unfortunately it catches and keeps going. We have the power to change that. We have that love and hope and we need to spread it around. Smile at every stranger you pass, open a door for someone unexpectedly, strike up a conversation while you're waiting in line with the cashier or the person behind you at the store or the bank.

Why you might ask? Why should I go out of my way to engage with others, when they don't do it with me? My answer, it's because people need people. People need interaction, they need a friendly smile or open love. People need to know their not alone. Your smile could change a persons day, that one smile could catch and spread like fire. That is what this world needs if it's ever going to change, it needs people who want to make other peoples day, even if it's in a small way. Change starts with you, with us. Change starts with a smile or a warm conversation.

So, spread it and let that love flow out of you, let it catch and spread like a beautiful fire.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

6 Delicious Dessert Recipes

Happy Tuesday friends. You may recall from this post where I talked about having time to realize what I wanted to bring to my blog. This is one of the new things I'm going to start doing. Every Tuesday I will have a different collage featuring some of my favorite things. It might be some of my favorite posts, favorite pregnancy clothes, favorite pictures, favorite beauty products, etc. I love these types of posts and I feel like it always gives me a little more insight into what the blogger really likes when I see some of their favorite things. Lets get started!

This weeks collage is brought to you by yummy desserts. I've had a major sweet tooth for the past month and have been pinning some yummy dessert recipes that I want to make! Here are 6 delicious dessert recipes I've found on pinterest!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // 6 Delicious Dessert Recipes

1. Cheesecake Swirled Fudge Brownies from Lovely Little Kitchen.
2. Cookies and Cream Ice Cream cake from She Wears Many Hats.
3. Bunny Tails Popcorn Mix from Framed Frosting.
4. Banana Split Mousse Cake from The Kitchen Mccabe.
5. Homemade Cosmic Brownies from Life Made Simple.
6. S'mores Parfait from The Pinning Mama.

What's your favorite dessert recipe?!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Awhile ago {wayyyy too long ago}, I posted a picture of my frizzy, curly, long hair on IG and a picture of it non frizzy and straight, I asked if anyone wanted me to do a tutorial on how I tamed the mess. The answer was a big yes! Well, I was a total slacker and didn't get around to it and I wound up chopping my hair off! The only thing is, my hair is still super curly and crazy even with it short so, I thought why not go ahead and do that tutorial. This is seriously the easiest way I do my hair. It takes me all of ten minutes and I always love the result! There are only three main things I use for this. Two hair products and my straightener.

Here is my super easy and quick way to get my hair from curly to straight!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step One: After you get out of the shower. Spray in this leave in conditioner. It helps make your hair so soft and smooth. I swear by this stuff! I'm pretty sure I got it at cvs. Either blow dry your hair afterwards or let it air dry. I usually let mine air dry.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step Two: Pull most of your hair back into a ponytail, only leaving a little bit down. Apply a small amount of Shine Shield to the section of your hair that is down. Right after you apply that, straighten that part of your hair.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step Three. Let a little bit of your hair out at a time. Apply the shine shield and straighten the parts that are down. Repeat this until all of your hair is out of the ponytail.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step Four. Flip all of your hair to one side, tilt your head slightly down on that side, and run your straightener over all of the hair. It doesn't have to be perfect. You just want to do a quick straighten. Flip your hair to the other side and do the same thing.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step Five. Flip all of your hair over your head. Bend your head down as far as you can and carefully straighten the underneath part. This helps to get any bumps you might have missed and actually helps to give your hair a little volume.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

Step Six: Flip it back over and brush it out. Now you can either keep it straight like it is or use your straightener to flip out some of the ends. I like flipping out some of my hair on both sides because it just makes it look cuter in my opinion, but if I don't have the time, I just leave it straight!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Hair Tutorial: From Curly to Straight

There you have it! My two favorite products! All you need are those, your straightener and 10 minutes and you will have a cute and easy hair style!

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