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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Hallmark Flowers & Jewelry at Amazon!

Hello my friends! Happy May! May is a busy time of year for many of us, but don't forget the holiday that is quickly approaching...Mother's Day! Perfect Mother's Day "go-to" gifts usually include jewelry and/or flowers and I've partnered with Hallmark to share an easy way to gift these items to the mothers/friends in your life using Amazon.com! Yes! Prime shipping has you covered! Whether your mom lives near or far, you can give a thoughtful gift in just a few short clicks!
As you can see, I'm in my element with these gorgeous orchids! I knew they were coming and I was still giddy opening the package! Imagine how someone would feel opening something live and fresh as a surprise gift! Did you know that Hallmark offers fresh cut bouquets, tropicals, a variety of plant types, and succulents? And you can order them at Amazon.com and they will ship for FREE with Prime in a Hallmark Gift Box! How easy is that?!
All plants and flowers are shipped straight from the nursery, in ready-to-bloom stages, so no need to be nervous about the delivery process. My package was delivered perfectly secure, and in a pretty box with a little message tag and planter. It's the little things for me!
These orchids are such a vibrant pop of color in my dining room! I just love them! The perfect Mother's Day gift (or gift for any occasion)!
Hallmark also offers a unique collection of jewelry including pendants, rings, and bracelets. After the jewelry package arrived even my kids said, "Mom, Hallmark sells jewelry?" Yes, yes they do! You can also shop Hallmark Jewelry at Amazon.com with free two-day shipping. This makes shopping for your loved ones so easy!
I think we are all trying to find ways to simplify our lives while also spreading kindness and joy! I love the idea of shopping for quality pieces from a brand you trust right from your own home! A total win/win! Every mother deserves to open a little "happy mail"! Be sure to check out Hallmark Flowers and Hallmark Jewelry at Amazon.com to shop for the favorite woman in your life on Mother's day!

This is a sponsored post by Hallmark. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Meeting Clint Harp!

Hi friends! Before we left for our two week Asian adventure, I got a chance to sit down with Clint Harp, most known for his work on Fixer Upper, for a meet and greet. The group was small, so we were able to really engage with him and he wanted us to ask all the questions! Clint Harp attended the Johnson County Home and Garden Show where he was a speaker. He now has a new book out called Handcrafted and a TV show on DIY Network, so he is a busy guy for sure! Let me tell you right off the bat that he is the nicest guy! Humble, real, relatable, and authentic. I got all the positive vibes from him. No wonder he has been successful after some chance encounters!
I took some notes over the hour we chatted, so I thought I would hit upon some key bullet points! He told us the story about how he met Chip in a change encounter at the gas station and things started from there! He spoke about his wife and their family and how they didn't have any financial help from their families. Hard work and making hard decisions, and failing, and getting back up, and sticking it out was all a part of his journey. All in the book!

*Clint believes we all are more alike than different. We all have stories to tell and we connect by sharing them with each other.

*No one singular person has inspired him. He talked about people along the way of his journey that stood out, and small moments along the way, and chance encounters, and timing, and meeting certain people all pushed him and made him what he is today! Love this!

*His book, Handcrafted, tells all about his journey in life. He is thankful for the good and the bad. Hard work and perseverance has gotten him to this point. He believes every interaction is important and timing is everything! You never know what might happen in your day! That's exciting to think about, right?! He said connections matter, timing matters, and to keep moving one step at a time.

*Just ask! You never know what might happen!

*Start NOW! Baby steps are still steps. Go after whatever it is you are dreaming of! Stay in your lane! I love all of this!

*He said he now has employees that do the woodworking as he is now promoting and being the face fo the business. He believes in letting employees screw up so they can learn from their mistakes. He tries not to micromanage and let things go, which has been a challenge for him, but he knows it's important!

*In hard times, go back to the thing that means the most to you! In his case, his wife and kids. Together, they can do anything!
I want to thank Clint Harp and his team for reaching out and inviting me! I love encounters and interactions that step me out of my comfort zone! Clint was nothing short of gracious and down to earth.
I did have ask him about how he feels about painted furniture! Ha! He said go for it. As long as people are being creative and using their hands and doing things that mean something to them, he is all about it! Except for maybe that really old antique piece of furniture passed down! ;) I loved this answer since I've painted a thing or two in my day!

I've never been to Waco, but I think I need to plan a trip! He said they are getting ready to open a storefront! And they also own Harp Design Co. where you can shop if you can't make it to Waco! Thanks for stopping by!  XO

Friday, March 29, 2019

Basic Invite Business Cards

Hello! As I grow my little side hustle, I decided I needed some simple business cards to hand out at events that I attend. I actually went to an event recently and the guests were asked to drop their business cards in a bowl. I didn't have any...but now I do! I want to be able to keep some in my purse at all times in case I'm ever in a situation where I need to pass along my info quickly. I've partnered up with Basic Invite, a stationery and paper website, and ordered the cutest, most unique business cards! Life Love Larson is officially very "official" and I'm excited! Ha!
The ordering process through Basic Invite was so simple. The business card choices are vast and you can get colored paper or clear. I went with the clear style for something modern and different. I just love them! I truly believe there is a business card style for everyone! Basic Invite offers customizable business cards and the website makes it easy to do so! The business cards arrived quickly and even came in cute packaging! Happy mail for sure!
Below are a few more examples of other styles they offer.


Right now, Basic Invite is offering 15% using coupon code: 15FF51. If you are in the market for some chic, simple business cards, I highly recommend Basic Invite! Basic invite also offers invitations and cards and announcements. There are so many color choices, even foil options! And you can even order a custom sample of your card to see what it looks like in person before committing! I hope you'll check them out!



Friday, February 22, 2019

Painted Dresser Using White Chalk Paint

Hello! It's been a minute! We've had a lot of snow days this winter! A perfect time to complete a small painting project in Kate's room! Country Chic Paint reached out to me to see if I would like to try their line of chalk paints. I knew I had the perfect piece that needed redone. And it was a great motivator to actually DO IT and not just talk about it!
Kate's dresser was already white! Why would I paint it white again, you ask? This dresser was original wood when I bought it at a thrift store 8 years ago. I painted it red when I first got it. Then I wanted to paint it white and used oil based paint. It took forever to dry and several coats and it still ended up looking a little pink. The dresser was also chipped after having it in my daughter's room. White is a classic choice that will grow with her (she's currently 10 y/o). Country Chic Paint sent me a primer to use over the top of the existing white oil based paint. No sanding necessary! Love that!
We decided to just paint it in her room using a drop cloth underneath. We first cleaned it well, then started adding a coat of the primer to the dresser. We applied it using a sponge they sent and it was so easy to use. I was able to get into every nook and cranny with that sponge. I used one coat of primer on the dresser and the drawers and let it dry overnight. We barely used any of the primer, so we will have leftovers for future projects.
Next, we picked one of two whites they sent. We went with the color Simplicity. Kate actually chose it because it was a little more white and less cream. They have so many pretty colors to choose from! This is clay based paint, which I have never worked with before. I loved the ease and the texture so much!
I added one coat of paint using the brush pictured above. It was so simple to use and it didn't leave brush marks. The texture is definitely dull and more chalky, but the paint covered so well. I was amazed how well it covered the oil based paint that was on there before. After the first coat, I let it dry for several hours before starting the second coat. Each coat took me no time. I felt the coverage was so good after two coats that I was done! Simple! This small container of paint was more than enough for two coats for this dresser.
Here are some more photos of the completed project! I love how it turned out, even though it doesn't look that different. I know that it is now fully "white" and all the chips are gone!


I also touched up the dresser hardware while I was at it. I used my favorite metallic gold spray paint. This is a super simple way to update your hardware. It was already this color, but it does fade/rub off over time, so I just gave it another quick coat.
Overall, I was so pleased with the ease of these paints and this project! These chalk paints are easy to distress if that is a look you like! Check out Country Chic Paints and all of their paint color choices/options!
Have you ever used chalk paints? I would love to hear your experience! I would also love to connect! I'm on Instagram and Pinterest daily! Or find me on Facebook! Come say hi! XO



Thursday, January 17, 2019

Let's Talk Laundry!

Real catchy title, right? Just makes you want to dive in and read all about that exciting topic of laundry, right? Ha! I've recently been on a purging and organizing kick, and I did several instagram stories in our laundry room. I had lots of questions about my laundry habits, what I use for laundry bins, etc., so I thought I would put it all down in one post! And apologies for the bad lighting in these photos! No natural light, so I have to keep all the lights on! Also, I'm showing you this is real life with clothes hanging to dry! We all live like this, so why not just show it!
For starters, I'm a weirdo and I like to do laundry. I know. There are many home tasks I despise like dusting and emptying the dishwasher and making my bed. Yep, never do that unless I need to take pics! Eventually I will teach my kids, who are currently 10 and 11, how to do laundry, but for now, I'm kind of possessive about how I like things done in the laundry room. It's my little space and I find it calming to fold laundry.
Second, our laundry room is not huge. We live in a larger than average home and I have an obscenely large master bedroom, but for whatever reason our builder didn't believe in large laundry rooms. If it were up to me, I'd take a huge chunk of master and switch it over to the laundry room (shared wall). That's never going to happen, so I work with what I've got! Our laundry room is upstairs where all the bedroom are which is nice and convenient, but alas, no windows. So, we just painted the room white in the hopes to brighten up the space (more on that later).
Told you it was small. But I do have a sink and quite a bit of storage, which I love. And speaking of storage, here is what I store in the laundry. Upper cabinets get twin/queen sheets, extra shower curtains, tissues, extra blankets, and laundry detergent.
Lower cabinet houses cleaning supplies, old towels to clean up messes, trash, and small broom.
And below our sink we have more cleaning supplies and bleach! Real exciting stuff, right?! The more I open up little nooks and crannies of our home on instagram stories, more and more of you are curious and asking questions. It's fun to know how other people live!
I forgot to open the cabinet above the sink and take a picture, but that house pillow cases and kind sized sheets for our bed. We store bath towels in a different location. I LOVE having a sink in the laundry room for hand washing items and to throw wet towels in in a pinch.
Now on to a few more bullet points on how I manage the laundry at our house! Side note: we are a family of 4. I know everyone's homes and kid situation and needs are different. This is how we do things!

Kid's Laundry Baskets: Our kids each have a laundry bin in their closet in their room. Both are tall rather than wide. All clothes go in one bin, both lights and darks, everything. I also have two fabric bins that stay in the laundry room. After I fold kid laundry, it gets separated into the two bins. The kids are required to come to the laundry room, grab their bin, take it to their room, empty and put away clothes and return the bin to the laundry room. This system has been working out so great!!

Steve and I have two tall fabric bins in our master closet. One of the bins holds all clothes, the other bin holds dirty sheets and towels. The kid's dirty sheets/towels also get placed in this bin. I love having these items sorted out. Excuse the disarray of purses! I haven't purged/organized my closet yet!
Hanging Clothes: I hang dry a lot of things! My mom always did and I just always have. It helps with shrinkage and fading and overall wear and tear. I utilize every inch of hanging space above the washer/dryer. We also added another wall mounted hanging rack from Ikea a few years ago, and it's perfect for smaller items and it folds down when it's not in use (which actually isn't very often)! The electronics on the shelf above are for the TV in our master bedroom, which is on the other side of that wall. We have no cords in the master because they are all up here. :)
Laundry Schedule: I DON'T HAVE ONE! NEVER HAVE! I try to at least do a load a day. Some days I do more and some not at all. It just depends on my mood or who has told me they don't have any underwear left!

Folding Laundry: I fold all laundry right here in this little laundry room. I don't have a shelf to fold, so I use the tops of the washer/dryer. Kid's clothes get folded and go right in those bins and I pile up mine and Steve's clothes and put away when the pile starts to fall over. Ha! Really, that's the truth. It's easier for me to pull all clean clothes into a pile on the floor and fold right then and there.

Dryer Balls: I just recently started using wool dryer balls with essential oils and am loving them!

Decor/White Walls: The color on the walls is Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. We went cheap in here, linoleum floors and cheap countertop. And recessed lighting. I need something for that large wall so send me your suggestions!

Rug: This rug is temporary until I can find a vintage-y runner that doesn't cost a fortune, since I'm the only one that ever goes in here! I need to cover those ugly floors!

Washer/Dryer: As you can see, our washer and dryer are probably 10 years old. I prefer a top-loader. Nothing special, but gets the job done. Crossing our fingers we can get a few more years out of them!



What have I missed? Thanks for getting to the bottom of this post, I know laundry isn't the most glamorous thing one can talk about! Be sure to shop this post if you see anything that interested you! And you can find me on Instagram every day talking about lifestyle, and home, and casual/affodable fashion! XO