Fake Flower in My Front Yard ($ Store)

Fake flowers in my front yard are all from the Dollar Store this Fall.  Keep those vibrant colors in your front yard going with these Dollar Store fake flower ideas.  I got my artificial flowers during the 3rd week of August; I’m making fake floral arrangements for my front yard.  I’ll stick some of the fake flowers in pots, and I’ll use some of the stems in the actual ground/soil.

Smart homeowners shop at the Dollar Store just like this florist shop.  Can you believe they were there?!fake flowers front yard artificial flowers dollar store floral

My flowers look like they’ve been through a Texas summer so it’s time to discard them.  The day before Hurricane Harvey came through I took out the dead flowers. No spray paint could help the ferns anymore.  If you’ve seen my other fake flower videos, I use real soil halfway up the pot.  Look what’s really growing!  They’re volunteer crepe myrtle trees!  I can grow trees but for the life of me I cannot grow flowers.

The ferns were finally transitioned to the big pots in the sky.  They were just a bit too blue/green for ferns.  And ferns are a little too fake for a full sun front yard ha.

Planting fake flowers has become one of my favorite past times.  Arranging flowers allows me to use my creativity but not have the stress of planting at the perfect time in perfect conditions and staying committed to their upkeep.  And at $1 per stem I’m just tickled green!

Make sure to check out the video on my LauriePOP Ideas That POP Channel for the brilliant, bright, and gorgeous new ones for this year.

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Four “Lunch-able” School Lunch Ideas

My name is Laurie and I create YouTube videos about Ideas that POP into my head.  Welcome to my channel.  I’m sharing four make your own lunch-able school lunch ideas.  These school lunches will be:four-make-your-own-lunchable-school-lunch-ideas-lunchbox

I am not a nutritionist, but I am a mom.  I make school lunches, and my son helps make his own lunches.  I have used Oscar Mayer’s Lunchables once every few weeks.   I like the idea of Lunchables because they’re quick.  But they’re expensive.  In my mind, if I call them Lunchables, then I’m not overwhelmed with coming up with school lunch ideas.

These are all a base lunch.  You would add fruit and maybe a dessert to all of these DIY Lunchable School Lunch Ideas.  I highly recommend this green and black lunch box that we’ve used for a year and a half and are continuing through the start of this year with.

The first DIY Lunchable is a take on the regular Lunchable – turkey cut into circles, Ritz and cheese.  We toast cashews in the morning and add those.  I use my travel containers.

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Perfect size for turkey rounds

  Then, I just chop a cheese stick into big, thick rounds.  That way I can use two cheese sticks, but he doesn’t realize he’s eating that much cheese.  For this type of Lunchable I don’t need the lids to snap.  I also add 4 carrot strips inside this rectangle with a spoon of hummus at one end.  The carrots are secured by me sticking the ends into the hummus.  Y’all should think about making beet hummus.  It makes it bright pink, and you don’t need very many slices of  canned beets to tint the color.  Just blend 2-3 slices of canned beets (drained and rinsed) with store bought hummus.  Done.

Naming the food something cool or trendy is a great way to entice kids to try something new.  Beet hummus would be called unicorn hummus.

A pita is a great staple for DIY Lunchable ideas for your child’s lunchbox.  My pita is turning into a wrap.  Cut a big circle with a stadium large cup and separate them into two pieces.  Spread the tuna/mayo ( I squeeze out my tuna because it will be so wet by lunchtime).  We like our tuna salad dryer.  Sprinkle mozzarella cheese or feta along the tuna and wrap it up.  I would secure it with 2 tooth picks.  If your child will eat lettuce, put that in there.  You could also chop up some carrots and sprinkle those in there.  Two small ones seem more approachable and less healthy for my student than one big wrap.  I would definitely pair red grapes with this meal.

Lunchables have started these new dessert lunchables for school lunches – Dunkables I think.  Have you seen them?  They look amazing, but look at the calories for this one!!!  Make your own.  Why didn’t I invent these?  I’d be lunching on papaya and pineapple for the rest of my days if I had gotten in on this brilliant idea. school-lunch-four-ideas

Peanut butter strips with jelly dipping sauce is the third lunchable school lunch idea.  Just slather on the peanut butter.  Cut each sandwich into three strips, and stack them in a row.  I would just put a tablespoon of jelly – a different flavored jelly (apple or raspberry) in a container like my travel ones.  They can dip their strips into it.  Then I’d add goldfish.  Something with color.  I didn’t say these would all be healthy meals.

My favorite school lunchable school lunch idea is to chop leftover steak very small or shredded rotisserie chicken – my child won’t eat cold ground beef or ground chicken if it’s cold.  Use the tortilla bowl-shaped chips.  Add shredded lettuce, cheese, raw red onions, and this easy Avocado dressing in my travel containers.  I use them for traveling but look how convenient they are for packing lunches.  (Avocado Dressing) Ninja Turtle Topping:  Pulse with an immersion blender:  One avocado, spoonful of sour cream, half a cup of green salsa, juice from a juicy lime, splash of milk, two shakes of cumin, dash of salt and pepper.  Motor boat it.  Stays good for two weeks in a sealed container.  We use it on Southwest Salad.

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The Easiest “Party Nail” for This Summer

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This summer I’m guiding you to the easiest and smartest ways to create your own nail art for a beach trip. It’s your “party nail” – that’s when one fingernail design is having its own party.  The nine other nails have a solid nail polish color – the wall flowers of your party.  Which is  your nearest ocean: the Atlantic, off of California, in the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands?  Let’s make nail art for the summer.

Nice to meet you!  POP over to my YouTube Channel to see more detailed pics and demonstrations!

3 Things POP into my head when painting a “party nail” on my fingernails for a beach trip.

1. What colors match my bathing suit?

Some of you may not care if the nails match completely.  I just want them to blend.

2. What glitter do I have?

The color of your solids determines which color glitter you will want.

3. Do I want the party nail to blend with the other nails or really POP with its own party?  Muted or Pizzazz?

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Wedding ring was off because I was on the way to sinus surgery.

My nail art is flamingo inspired for the beach this summer.  I loved the pinks and gold in my Recollection stickers so I ended up going with a fuchsia pink beside the gold.

I debated whether or not to use my favorite pink: A-rose at Dawn, Broke by Noon.  In the end, it had too much silver that does not go with gold.

Then I started thinking, wait, flamingos are salmon colored-not fuchsia.  So you can try that orangey tone next to the gold.  I don’t like it as much as I like the Kiss Me On My Tulips by OPI.  Then I put glitter on top of the orange color, and it can give you a much more muted but fun beachy look.

I wanted my party nail to really stand out, and the best way to do that is by using the lightest color in the gold glitter.

Look closely; see the white in that gold?  So my base color should be the lightest color that is in the glitter….

The best ever white fingernail polish is Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear White On.  Here is a sample of a cheapy cheap white by Sinful Colors-that’s what was cheapest in my grocery store that day.  They’re mostly milky.  OPI has a better one, Alpine Snow, but it still not the best.

This stuff is like white out.  Raise your hand if you ever painted your nails with white out in school in the 80s….

Glitter Nail Polish

When you’re picking out glitter, make sure it is condensed looking.  You do not want the ones that have big pieces of glitter or sequin type pieces (below).  It’s super extra sticky, which makes it hard to get off.  Plus, it has minimal impact.  You hardly see the party.  No one will want to attend that party. glitter-nail-art-summer

See how the gold and purple glitter are like a powder?  That will give you more impact.  More bang for your effort.

When using a blue toned glitter, the base color can be a lighter purple, a pink or a light pink.  So I’m going to try all three and show you the different party offerings.

So then I tried white because I do see white in this glitter.  Look how it is turning out on the video above.  It makes me not like this glitter as much.  It looks goopy and not very condensed.  BUT what if we painted our other nails a I’m Not Really a Waitress (red), and this white one with silver, red and blue glitter POPped?  Looks like a patriotic party, right?  That’s next week’s nail art for sure!  Happy Summer Beach Trippin, friends!

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POPsocket and Fidget Spinner, Coconut Oil, and a Smart Strapless Dress Hack

I’m going to review Coconut Oil – I’m obsessed!  You will see an easy clothing hack for strapless dresses or see through dresses.  I will share my favorite eyeshadow accent Crystal Waters by Cover Girl.  You will love this new iPhone gadget – the PopSocket.  The pop socket is a 2017 accessory for iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPhone 7 for kids and teens that gives your phone a grip.  Then the Fidget Spinner is trending and spinning.  Whether or not it helps with ADHD is yet to be sure.  They relieve stress.  And they’re fun to fidget with!  All of these make up my Favorites products for the month of May in 2017.

straplessdresshack I love this dress!  It’s the first strapless dress I’ve bought since my wedding gown 15 years ago haha.  But…it’s a tad see-through.  The brilliant gal at Anthropology suggested a mini skirt slip pulled to my chest.  I just so happen to have one.  Ta-da!  Self confident dress now.

Coconut Oil has been the rage for a while now, and I just last week tried it.

  1.  It isn’t oily, it goes on like lotion.
  2. It doesn’t smell like coconuts or the old afro-sheen from when I was growing up.
  3. I’ve heard you can put Coconut Oil in your hair to protect it from chlorine.

Watch the video above to see how smoothly it goes on.  It is hard to keep it solidified in my house though.  I feel like I need to keep it on my counter because it stays cooler there.

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For Mother’s Day, my preteen gave me a Popsocket.  Do I feel like the coolest mom now?!  popsocket iphone It gives you a grip while using your phone.  You can text one-handed more easily.  You can even stand it up to watch my LauriePOP videos!

This Cover Girl Crystal Waters blue toned eyeshadow palette is a replacement from the cheap, not-so-bright blue Ulta eyeshadow I’ve been using.  The funny thing is is that I used to use this palette almost ten years ago and recently found it.  They’re bright eye enhancers for the corners or my eyes and for smudging

right along my eyeliner.  In the video, you can see it more clearly.

The Fidget Spinner will most likely be the toy of 2017.  It’s awesome.  We love it because our child can actually afford it and wait for it and be invested in working for something.  NPR and Newsweek put out debates on the effectiveness for combatting ADHD but the jury is still out.  And by jury, I mean teachers and parents.  Could the fidget spinner be distracting to other students or teachers?  They are really cute and can even be built with Legos.

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Make Your House WheelChair Accessible

I’m showing you how to make your house wheelchair accessible or handicapped accessible. You may need to temporarily provide access for a wheelchair in your home. I am going to help you prepare your house for a wheelchair by giving you wheelchair hacks that worked for us.   I’m dividing your house into 4 stations. wheelchair

We took the doors off of the bathrooms…and by we I mean a friend named Jerry.  Our walker would not fit through the bathroom door, but the wheelchair did.

In the video above, I’ve divided your house into four stations for your wheelchair.  I promise the video will help you and your family member!

Wheelchair Needs:

Power strips at each station wheelchairaccessible

Cell phone

Laptop

Remote control

Bank info

Medicine

Books

Trash can

Lotion

Anti-bacterial sanitizer for when you come back from doc or errands

Purse and wallet and credit cards

Water bottle, Aluminum cups

Padded Computer College board for eating

Lanyard

Tongs

String tied to fan or overhead light so can turn off fan if cold or on if hot

Clothes and one shoe for night – getting to the bathroom that’s easy to slip on her foot

We just kept rubber gloves and clorox spray to clean it out in the tub

Clothes Pin or Clip for connecting the phone charger wire up close because he may not be able to reach that far down to get the wire.  We clipped his to the lamp wire.

Lotion

Phone Base

Lanyard

Clock Radio

Kleenexes

Clothes and a tennis shoe on the bed, towel, brush

Basket for dirty clothes and one for clean clothes

Deep cereal bowls are good because they can tilt without spilling.  Shallow spill with the slightest of bumps

Tongs – to pick up items that fall and you cannot bend over far enough

Large pitcher if have to fill animal’s bowl with water or food or cut a gallon jug.  Trick: Use them upside down for food. 

What We Used:

I’m linking these items to help you and your family member.

Potty that has a bucket and is on a walker base – the base is super sturdy!

Walker Basket – Velcro

Lanyard – Note:  we used one that we had laying around the house

Lap Board

USB cord

Water Bottle

Aluminum Cup

Armrest Bag and Organizer

Walker  

We have this Walker, but it’s more expensive. We tried our best to move the wheels to the inside, and they don’t budge.  Two men tried as well.  But these walkers are very sturdy for family members who get off balance easily.

Wire Basket for Your Walker

Power Strips 

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Favorites From March – I never knew…

Never have I tried the yellow bottle and now this bottle from Gold Bond.  Our family is LOVING this Gold Bond for Diabetics lotion.  The YouTube video will show you how thick it is.

I finally found a concealer that doesn’t crack after hours and feels light as a feather.  You can see my application in the YouTube video above.  I use this angled brush and set it with this very wispy $5 brush and powder by Naked Cosmetics.

Finished in 3 days!  It was a brilliant, intellectual love story that was so well written.

Smelling good and feeling good about the products was a long time coming.  I’m so glad I found this deodorant.  Their correspondence is so clever!

Do you use spray deodorant or a stick?  Gel or solid?  Do you have a natural one you like?

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How To Make a Cup Cozy Out of Fleece

My YouTube above gives visual steps of how I made a Cup Cozy with Fleece.  They’re great for coffee cups or water bottles…or two other FABULOUS ideas you’ll see in the video above near the end.

Isn’t it so cute?  I chose an 80s color that is back, and like, totally, I grabbed it with a spoon!

Supplies

Two strips of 3.5 X 14 ” of fleece, pretty sides touching (Fleece in plaid or solid on Amazon). Yours may not have a pretty side; sometimes both are the same.  That’s fine.

Make marks 2.5″ down  on both sides of the top layer so that you know where to stop the curve when you cut the ends.

Fold them lengthwise and cut a curved line from the corner of the folded side to this mark. When you cut it, it looks like a crayon!  If your scissors are dull, you may need to do one piece at a time.

Stack them on top of each other again.  Pin around, leaving a 3 inch opening along a straight side.  Stitch all except for the opening.  Then trim around the edges just to remove bulk; it won’t fray-yay!  Go, fleece!

Turn it inside out and top stitch all the way around, closing up the opening.  That stitching will help it look polished and professional.

Buttons can be expensive and make your cozy cost as much as they do in local shops.  Sometimes I find odd buttons at yard sales.  But buttons, as well as the material pattern, will help your Cozy be unique to each person.  They help you express the personality and mood of the gift.

I absolutely adore these from Wanderlust Bee , and I just bought two. Check her out!

But, if you have 20 minutes and some fleece, try making one of these for someone.  This is a great craft for a new sewer.

Check out some of my other DIY projects for your guest room and for festive decor.

Or, you may like the Snowman Wreath from the video.

My eyeshadow look is with this Milani Palette.

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