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.

These favorites for May are truly favorites!  Thank you for POPping over to my LauriePOP Channel.  Here are some videos you may have missed:

Liquids in my CarryOn

Most Comfy Shoe for Travel

7 Changes to my Happy Planner

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There are affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

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 

More Videos:

My Liquids Bag for Airline Travel

Fixer Upper Trip – what to do

An Academic Approach to Eyeshadow

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There are some affiliate links, but these are tried and true recommendations.  All opinions are our own.

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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I’m linking up with The Blended Blog, A Pocketful of Polka Dots today and Shelbee on the Edge.

There are some affiliate links, but all opinions are my very honest ones.

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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I’m linking up with Shelbee on the Edge and A Pocketful of Polkadots.

 

 

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Fixer Upper & Magnolia Market SALE!!

In honor of Chip’s birthday, did you see that 42 items are discounted at 42% off?!  That means that Joanna Gaines’ Distressed Leather Purse is on sale!

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This purse isn’t hers, but it is similar.

These cotton stems are originally $9, and on sale for $5.  I made a YouTube of my shopping haul from our trip.

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They are real looking.  I was actually shocked at the quality.

Plan your Girl’s Trip to Waco.  In this YouTube video I show you what you should do in Waco.  We all screamed when we saw the Alico building.

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Gift Ideas for Christmas – Part Two

Oh my word, as I write this, it is November 2 and 85 degrees.  I went a little Christmas crazy at The Dollar Tree this morning after uploading this video.    Time to start baking, according to The Washington Post.  And making lists on sparkly, cute journals!  But that’s none of my husband’s business.  Haha.  Here are the last 3 gift ideas for Christmas.

Last Three Gift Ideas to Buy NOW

Ipsy

Ipsy is a $10/month subscription that I can finally afford.  If you’re buying it for a niece or sister or mama, it’s technically around $50 for an entire year.  You receive a makeup bag each month, and each bag comes with five free samples inside.  Technically, they’re not really free.  This would be great for the woman who has everything, or you can pick a crazy expensive gift from The Washington Post’s article.

Ipsy asks you like ten questions to see which sample types you prefer.  So, your makeup bag is tailored to you!

I LOVE this October one that I got-notice the totally cute ghost zipper handle?

In it I got a cute pink brush for smudging my eyeliner or applying an accent color on my eyes.  The bristles are so soft, but they don’t bend very much.  And that means the color can be more precise on my lid.  They describe this makeup brush perfectly on their site.

Love love love this Cleansing Oil by Tatcha.  Code ipsy15 for 15% off.  You barely have to rub or apply pressure, and it rinses away easily with one or two swooshes of water.  And my face doesn’t feel dry; it feels clean and moisturized.  The fragrance is free, but there’s a hint of something from my childhood; I can’t put my finger on it.

Not my favorite because of its perfumey smell and wet-on-my-hand feel, this gel facial lotion is truly hydrating…in every sense of the word.  You can see how wet my hand was in my video above.

This Vivid Brights Liner was a bit much for me, but this product is why I LOVE Ipsy.  They will send you products you would normally pass by in Walgreens or Walmart.  You have the freedom to try them, toss them, or regift them.  This clearly is an eyeliner, but the box had it all on the eyelid, so that’s what I did in my video. Hahaha

Way too stained is how my lips were after this potent lipstick pencil.  It’s so cute and handy, though.  I love how the lid clicks!  It’s like a good 80s song; I love that sound!

Plunder Jewelry

Been putting off going to a Plunder party, but I’m so glad I did.  The mixed metals and leather look is so in this year.  And their jewelry looks so different in person vs the catalogue.  My friend Angela deals easily over cell phone and can take a picture of it on her arm if that helps.  I don’t get anything from this, but I’m just saying that she makes it so easy.

They’re vintage looking golds, charms, and jewels.  One thing I loved is the picture of my dad she put in a necklace for me.  And that was a cell phone picture I sent her of my wedding album-so clear and crisp!

Fixer Upper Gifts

Have you been?  Loved my girls’ trip there.  I made a YouTube of our trip and what to do after you’re done shopping.  I bought her hoop earrings and the #shiplap shirt, but those were just over 20.  Here are some gift ideas under $20.  The Magnolia tea towel, Bless Your Home tape, and a Christmas Ornament are my top picks.  But if you can splurge, I highly recommend this always-on-repeat pair of earrings or her bracelet.  These are SO Joanna Gaines!

Don’t miss the first two gift ideas that I posted last week!

Thank y’all so much for POPping over to my LauriePOP Where Ideas POP YouTube Channel all year long.  I appreciate your time!  Pin with me and be my IG friend!

Merry shopping!

Fake Flowers For Fall – Front Yard


If you have not watched my First Fake Flowers in my Front Yard video from February, you can watch that here.

According to The Telegraph, fake flowers are Cool!

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Why Fake Flowers?

There are so many on a bunch that I can just spread them out inbetween these aloe leaves.

They don’t die if you accidentally sit on them while arranging them.

Your nails stay clean.

They’re cheaper if you can find them at The Dollar Tree.  Remember, The Dollar Tree ships!

You cannot tell they’re fake from the road.

You can Fix Them and Forget Them.

 

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I put two of my pots together, and then my hubby brought home a huge pot.  So I spent $10 on this mighty center piece and bought more Fall ones at The Dollar Tree.

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Added some taller ones from Hobby Lobby, and I love how it turned out.  No idea how our Lantana that once was dead is ALIVE!

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Thank you for POPping over.  You may want to watch these videos from my LauriePOP Where Ideas POP YouTube Channel:

Organizing Under My Bathroom Sink

How To Pack in Only a CarryOn

Fixer Upper Visit (my first ever YouTube video)

I’m linking up with Live Laugh RoweTwo Thirty-Five Designs and Shelbee On The Edge.

 

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