July 2020 - Dimples and Tangles

FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES




Happy Friday, friends!  Thanks so much for your kind responses to this week's posts, if you missed them hop back and take a look.


But for today, here are some things I've been loving lately.  I hope you have the BEST weekend, it's our last one together as a family for a while as Caleb heads back to college in a few days.  With everything he missed out on last Spring having to come home early, we're actually thrilled and excited for him to go!  His small college is being very thorough in their planning and taking all possible safety precautions to allow a safe return to campus for students, and we are praying they will all be able to complete the semester on campus.

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We're always ready for a new family game, and these Tenzi Dice were a hit!  It's a set of 10 dice in 10 different colors, and with a quick google search you can find instructions for multiple variations to play the game "Tenzi".  So, you can have up to 10 players- everyone gets their own color.  One starter variation is that everyone rolls their dice all at the same time, and each player keeps all the 1s they roll, then quickly rolls the remaining dice over and over, keeping the 1s each time, until all of your 10 dice are 1s.  If you're first to get all 1s, shout "Tenzi!" and you're the winner!  Then, repeat rounds rolling for 2s, 3s, 4s, etc.  As mentioned, there are many variations and some make it a bit more challenging.  But, the beauty of the basic variation is it requires no thought-ha!, just speed, and any age can play.  If you can roll dice, you can play!  It's also easy to transport and take to a friend's house or on vacation to play.


We played at my parents' house on Mother's Day and it was such fun!



I'm always game for a new pair of leggings.  I recently tried these that are "buttery soft" just like the $100 pairs that I never splurge for... and I loved them!  There are tons of colors and full or cropped length options, all for around $20!  I bought the black camo style that I've been wanting and a solid black pair and found them true to size. I wore them both on vacation last week and couldn't be more pleased for the price.  I'll tell you one thing... I never want a pair of leggings without pockets on the side again!  No more tucking my phone into my waistband- ha!






Another recent bargain find are these colored disc bracelets.  Just like my gold bangles, they are light weight and make no noise!  The discs are a flexible rubber material and the bracelets are stretchy so they have a little tighter fit than a bangle.  I like piling them all on my wrist together or just picking one or two to match my outfit and mixing them with my watch or other bracelets to make a stack.  The shiny gold discs mixed in here and there make them seem more luxe than their price tag!  (Remember as a kid those candy necklaces you could wear and eat?  These just made me think of those... ha!)



Thanks to my friend Emily for turning me on to both of these... they have transformed our Summer outdoors!  First, this pack of mosquito repellant.  We've always used a spray treatment in the yard for mosquitoes which worked ok, but had to be reapplied periodically through the season.  This year we tried these tubes and I'm not kidding... I haven't had ONE mosquito bite!  This pack is intended for an area as big as an acre, but we don't have that much land so I intended to use 2 tubes now and 2 later (they have to be used in pairs).  My husband didn't get the memo and put all 4 tubes out at once, so I guess our neighbors have been reaping the benefits too!  We've had ours out since the beginning of June and they're still going strong, so I expect to not have to replace them this season.  

Second, while gross, these fly traps have been fantastic!  Although always a problem when trying to eat on the patio, the flies in our area have seemed especially bad this Summer.  I've been using these traps for a few months (1 should last around a month and then they need to be replaced).  Mine needs to be replaced right now and I'm waiting for some new ones to arrive, and I can definitely tell a difference.  The bags you receive have a substance inside that mixes with water that you add, then it attracts the flies and traps them inside the bag.  It STINKS to humans, so hang it in a tree or bush out away from where you'll primarily be enjoying your outdoor space, ours is hung out along the back fence and still keeps flies away from the patio.  I hang it with some strong floral wire looped around a branch, the worst part is having to change out the old one but they are totally worth it! 






I'm wrapping up today with some things that caught my eye from super sales at 3 great stores...

Kendra Scott is offering the more you buy the more you save discounts on top of sale items.  Buy 2 items, save an extra 30%, 3 items earn an extra 40%, and 4 items earn an extra 50% off.  Perfect time to stock up on a few gifts!






H&M is having a big clearance sale and I always find lots of dresses there that I like among other things.  The best deals are on the items that are from last Winter, that red fur-trimmed parka has hundreds of near 5 star reviews and is marked down to $24.99!  And can you imagine that green sequin dress for the holidays?







I know I share J. Crew often with you all, but they're having another HUGE extra 72% off certain sale items this weekend!  I've never seen that big of a discount, and there are many pieces included that I haven't noticed before.  I'm always so happy with whatever I purchase there.  Sizes are getting limited, but if you can find a gem this sale is worth it!  I combed through the thousands of women's sale items and these caught my eye...







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DIY PAGODA STYLE WINDOW CORNICE TUTORIAL


From the beginning design stages I had an idea of how I wanted to dress the windows in my Master Bathroom makeover.  I knew that I wanted a pagoda style cornice and found a few inspiration images on Pinterest, but no tutorials on how to make one.  So, I got my creative wheels spinning and figured it out!  Today I'll share with you how I made my pagoda style window cornices, it's not too difficult of a project!

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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE "SNAPSHOTS OF SUMMER" TOUR WRAP-UP


Did you catch all of the 19 It's a Colorful Life home tours last week?  This color specific tour is so fun and as I visited each one I was blown away by the layers and colors and patterns in these homes!

And just in case, if you haven't had a chance to visit, I shared my Summer home tour in two parts last week.  Here they are-


Kilim Pillow, Hicks La Fiorentina, white kitchen cabinets, coffee table styling, Savoy Alden Brass Pendants
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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE SUMMER TOUR 2020- PART 2: DINING ROOM, MASTER BEDROOM AND MORE


Welcome back for Part 2 of my It's a Colorful Life Summer Tour! Thank you so much for your sweet response to Part 1 of my tour, and I'm glad you all are enjoying the other colorful Summer home tours this week.   Today I'll be sharing a few other spaces in our home with you, starting with the Dining Room.

This space got a pretty good refresh of most of the major pieces last year, but I recently repainted the china cabinet a slightly deeper shade of green and switched out the artwork. 


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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE "SNAPSHOTS OF SUMMER" TOUR 2020- PART 1: ENTRY, LIVING ROOM, AND KITCHEN


Hello friends... both those who have been around for a while and those who might be first time visitors,  I'm so happy to be kicking off our It's A Colorful Life Summer Tour today!  This year has definitely been anything but predictable and timelines are seemingly irrelevant, so even though it's a late Summer tour my color-loving friends and I still wanted to take the opportunity to share a glimpse of our Summer homes with you.  And in keeping with the lazy days of Summer, we are just sharing some casual snapshots from around our homes... nothing especially fancy!


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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES


This is my first post since our Master Bathroom Reveal... THANK YOU for all of your support and sweet comments!  We are so very pleased with it and I'm working on getting it fully fluffed, new cabinets organized, and completely wrapped up.   I still can't believe how far we've come in there!  I also finally have a little bit of time to switch up a few things in the rest of the house, and will be sharing my casual Summer tour on Monday.  There's a fantastic group of color-loving decorators lined up to share too for our "It's A Colorful Life- Snapshots of Summer" tour.  It's going to be fun!  But for today, here are a few of my favorite recent finds-  (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon.  As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my full disclosure policy here.)


More times than not, I reach for a simple dress in the Summer rather than picking out an outfit.  It's easier to throw on and usually cooler and more comfortable!  I recently came across this $13 tiered ruffle dress and I'm a huge fan!  The fabric is a nice weight,  the length is generous and the quality is a great value.  I've been happy with everything I've bought from this brand.  With the loose design, I think this runs a little big.  I usually buy a Medium but this is a Small and it fits great.  Sizing is forgiving though, I got a M in a different color and it's fine too, just a little more full.


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MASTER BATH REVEAL POST IS LIVE!


Yippee!  It's done! The Master Bathroom Reveal post is updated and live now,  click here to come visit!



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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: WEEK 8- MASTER BATHROOM REVEAL


Well hello!  It's finally here, and believe me no one is more ready to see this Master Bathroom Reveal finished than me!  I just referenced my camera roll, and we started demo on this room in late September and have worked on it off and on until yesterday which brought us to this point.  I'm always thankful for the One Room Challenge and the push it gives to tackle a space and get it done!  So without further delay, let's take a look!

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