May 2021 - Dimples and Tangles


Happy Friday!  I hope you've all had a great week and that you enjoy your upcoming holiday weekend.  I'm so grateful for those who gave their lives for our freedom so that we can enjoy our time at home!  My kids have already headed out on their first various Summer trips, so we have a few days to ourselves.  There's some yard work that needs to happen, but I'm also squeezing a secret quick mini room makeover over the next few days.  I'm excited to share that with you in the next week or so as soon as I can, I don't want to spill any beans yet! Here are my Five Friday Favorites for this week, as well as some great weekend sale picks that I've chosen to share with you.  Have a great one!   (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Read my full disclosure policy here.)

Packed Party is a women owned business with the cutest colorful products, and they now have several collections of products available exclusively at Walmart!  They sent me a few things from the latest patriotic party collection and they are adorable!  I love that most of their paper plates have scalloped edges, and the paper napkins have a darling cut fringe edge.  SO fun!  Check out the entire collection here, which includes these, other party decoration lines, and their new hair accessories line that I'm so anxious to get my hands on! 

In some of the photos I've posted on IG lately I've been wearing some new glasses, and I always receive questions about them so I thought I'd share here!  They're from a super affordable prescription website, I've ordered about 4 pairs total over the past few years, and have always been completely pleased with all of them.  There are two things that have especially helped me make my selections-  they have a feature where you can upload your photo and then virtually try on most of the frames.  However, while you can see the general shape and color on your face, the scale isn't always spot on.  So, I've found it helpful to use a pair of glasses that I currently have and like and compare the size of them to the measurements of the frames I'm considering.  That helps me have a good idea of what the true size will be when I receive them.  Here are my frames

I liked those frames so much I ordered the exact ones made as prescription sunglasses too.  Both pairs together were under $100, but there is a huge selection of glasses that start at only 9.99!  With their prices you can pick a pair to match every outfit! 

I shared these super cute colorful Teva Sandals with you awhile back when my daughter bought a pair while we were on vacation.  But this season, I spotted these nearly dead-ringer dupes for 1/5 the price! 

I love these super affordable cane bottom wood trays, now half off! 

I wear my lightweight gold leaf bangle bracelets almost daily, so when I came across these fun multi-color jelly bangle bracelets I knew I had to try them too!  At less than $10 for a set of 5, they're a win! 

As a bonus today, here's a quick run down with some of my picks from all of the great holiday weekend sales currently running!  Be sure to use the left and right arrows at the ends of each graphic to scroll through more selections, then click on any you might be interested in seeing more details on.  

Serena & Lily
Take 20% off site wide, definitely the time to buy if you've had your eye on anything S&L!

J. Crew


I think most of the earrings come out to under $10 each, you better believe I'm stocking up on some gifts!

I'm a fan of Quay Sunglasses and they have an amazing sale going through today- pick 2 pairs for $40 with almost 40 styles to choose from!  I'm wearing "After Hours" here.

Urban Garden Prints
25% off all Art Prints with code WOWWALLS
(many available in different colorways)

30% off Entire Purchase + Free Shipping over $150

Joss & Main

Stella & Dot
Buy 2- save 20%, Buy 3- save 30%, Buy 4+, save 40%

IT Cosmetics
Save 30% site wide with code SUMMER
Their CC Cream is a staple in my makeup drawer for quick makeup days, and I really like the oil-free formula for a not-quite so dewy finish as the original.  A couple of their setting powders are actually 50% off, I'm looking forward to trying those too!

Barrington Bags



This is a sponsored post on behalf of SSM Health Medical Group. The opinions and photos shared are my own.

Hello friends, I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!  We are quickly wrapping up another school year around here.  As of yesterday, I have one child officially home from college and another who will wrap up classes this week and graduate this weekend.  I think we're all happy to bring on Summer!  As I occasionally do, I'm back today with some exciting news to share with my Oklahoma friends.  A few months ago I was pleased to share a tour with you of a brand new health facility in Edmond, and now I'm honored to have recently been invited back to tour the newest SSM Health Medical Group facility that just opened in Shawnee, OK.  How about a little grand opening tour of this beautiful new building? 

This one was extra fun for me since it's located in the town where my son attends college.  You might know that he is interested in healthcare, so before he wrapped up his semester and headed home I thought he would enjoy touring with me to see all that this new center has to offer.  He takes advantage of any chance he can get to see behind the scenes!  But also, Shawnee is special to my husband and me because we attended college in that town as well, and then later lived there again for a couple of years while he served on a church staff.  Our son was a toddler and daughter was born while we lived there, and my favorite house of all time can be found in the heart of town.  I'm so happy for my friends in Shawnee to have this new facility available to them!

SSM Healthcare, SSM Shawnee OK, SSM express clinic

This brand new Shawnee facility contains spaces for Family Medicine, Express Care, Therapy Services, and an Aesthetics department on the first floor.  The second floor is dedicated to Women's Health Services and is fully outfitted for those needs.  Although the building is brand new, there are already familiar faces providing care.  These providers have previously been serving this community in their former location,  but have moved to this new location to better serve those with health needs in the city of Shawnee and surrounding smaller communities. 

Just like the design of the tour I previously shared, this building incorporates light, bright, fresh interiors with an inviting, roomy lobby outfitted with a variety of seating areas.

This facility also implements the convenient self check-in kiosk system, eliminating the need to wait in line and be seen by a receptionist.  However, if a client does need some help, there is a friendly check-in concierge ready to assist with the check-in process.  

As you might imagine, this facility is also packed with all of the latest technology in the exam rooms and has an in-house x-ray department and lab. Patient care is connected by a close team within the same building as well as by electronic health records connected to all other SSM Health locations.

Thank you SSM for welcoming us in, we thoroughly enjoyed our tour.  All of the employees we came across during our visit were so friendly! 

SSM is pleased to be growing their ministry in Shawnee and surrounding areas, making healthcare services more accessible to those living in that area.  Click here to learn more information about the new SSM Health Medical Group Facility, conveniently located just off of I-40 at 4651 N. Harrison in Domino Plaza, Shawnee, OK.

Now, I really want to know in the comments...   Have you ever heard of Shawnee, OK?  Do you have any ties there?  Has anyone lived there in the past like I have?  I'd love to hear a good story or your favorite restaurant there... we definitely have our faves that we rotate through every time we're in town! 

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I wrote a Graduation Gift Guide last year full of the gifts we gave or things that my son found useful throughout his first year in the dorm that would make great gifts.  However, with my daughter now graduating this year and a long gift list to celebrate all of her friends, my wheels have been turning for more gift ideas so I thought I'd put together another guide.  I believe all of the links are still current in last year's post and it has different ideas for the most part from what I'm sharing today, so be sure to check that out too if nothing in this guide catches your eye.  

This is from Graduate Sunday at our church, we haven't had her "real" graduation yet!
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Cash and Gift Cards are always very much appreciated, especially if the student has some bigger ticket items they need to save up for. There are always needs that arise as they are getting set up in their new living space that they might not have anticipated, so it sure is nice to have a stash of gift cards to use for those items. My son's most useful cards were:

Aldi (or local store) Gift Card- he loves having a grocery store gift card so he doesn't have to use his spending money for snacks! 

However, if you're looking for a gift that's a bit more personal, here are some things that my kids and I think would always be used and appreciated.  (Be sure to Pin this graphic for future reference!)

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Lap Desk- SO very helpful when a student might choose to work on their bed as a change of pace from sitting at their desk. 

Makeup Train Case Organizer- This bag holds a ton of products and would be perfect to store makeup in for daily use so that it's easy to tuck away when space is tight, not just for travel! 

Handheld Garment Steamer-  Maybe they'll be slightly more likely to steam their clothes than pull out an iron... ha!  

Monogrammed Towel Set- This is a beautiful set with several design and color options, they'll never have to question which towel is theirs. 

Computer Memory Stick- can't have too many of these around!  

Emergency Weather Radio with Flashlight and Power Bank- For many parts of the country, lots of us can say that we lived through hours or days without power this past winter (or storm season).  When tv's and cell phones don't work due to no electricity, this would be extremely helpful to keep students informed, and they can use the crank feature to power their devices! 

Colored Rainbow Metal or Rose Gold Acrylic Tape and Stapler Set- I ordered several of both of these colors to give as girl gifts this year.  Super pleased with the weight and quality, I'll include a roll of tape with it as well so they're all ready to set up their desk.  

LED Tap Lights- Most dorm rooms have dark nooks and crannies that could benefit from some extra light- think closets, wardrobe cabinets, under beds... these battery operated tap lights could be used so many places. 

Outdoor Blanket with Waterproof Backing- Visit most any college campus on a nice day and you're sure to see students out everywhere studying or just hanging out and getting some fresh air.  This blanket would be perfect to lay on the grass for a comfy outdoor study spot!  

Flat Plug Power Strip with USB ports- the flat plug is nice for tight spots, and the standard outlet/USB port combo makes this little strip mighty useful.  We have one stashed under the sofa for plugging in chargers when needed, love it! 

Personalized Stainless Steel Water Bottle-  Many sizes, colors, and designs available, these are super cute and I like the handle which would allow them to clip it to their backpack if desired.  

Portable Hammock with Straps- Hammocking is totally a thing with students!  We've owned a couple of these hammocks for years and have been extremely pleased with them.

Color Changing LED Strip Lights- I recommended these on my Christmas Gift Guide, but since then we've installed them in my daughter's room and she absolutely loves them!  This one is a generous 65' in length, long enough to cover the circumference of most rooms.  She can control the color and features with an app on her phone and sync them up with her music or make them voice activated, super cool for any dorm room! Currently the lowest price I've seen and there's a coupon attached beyond that, I might need to get her a set for her dorm room too! 

Acacia Valet Tray- This is beautiful if you're looking for an extra special gift.  

Layered Initial Link Necklace-  I just gave this to my daughter for her birthday, she's been wearing it daily ever since and said it's her current favorite necklace.  

Small First Aid Kit-  My son is Mr. Prepared and always has something similar to this with him.  One of those things that you might not think about a college student needing... until they need it!  

Portable Device Charger- Not only for their phone but also works for tablets, wireless earbuds, smart watches... would be super handy to have around.  

Wireless Earbuds- These are at a phenomenal price point, and there are 213K+ nearly perfect reviews!  My husband has a pair of these and he can't say enough good things about them- great sound, long battery life, and the noise canceling feature is legit!  Seriously, if he's wearing them around the house I have to get in front of him and flag him down to tell him something!  All great features for a college student as well I suspect!

Bracelet ID Keychain- We have a couple of these and I think they're an inexpensive little useful gift, especially if you want to tuck a gift card in the ID pouch with it! 

Curtain String Lights-  I don't know any girl that wouldn't love these in her dorm room!  

Remote Control Outlet Set- It's a pretty sure bet that most outlets in a dorm room are in an inconvenient spot, behind where a piece of furniture ends up and difficult to get to.  These remote control outlets would be useful, I have a set and absolutely love them!

Cozy Throw Blanket- It seems like dorm rooms are either roasting or freezing, this will keep them cozy on the cold days!  Available in a wide variety of colors. 

P.S.- If you have a graduate and would like your own custom announcements, Minted has some great options and their site is really user friendly to create the perfect card for your graduate.  I was running behind this year with my daughter's announcements and didn't get my order in until last Wednesday, and they were delivered to my porch on Saturday with no extra rush shipping!  Excellent service and we're so happy with how they turned out! 

 Don't forget to check out last year's gift guide for even more ideas!

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