Brighten Your Space-From Drab Slab to a Color Explosion

After staring at a boring concrete slab and picnic table that had seen better days,  my husband and I decided that our backyard space needed an overhaul.  Unfortunately I didn’t take any before pictures. It was simply too tragic to be photographed.  I am so happy with the end result though:

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The benches were handmade, but they could also be store-bought and painted. The rug incorporated all of the bold colors and tied them together.  Two 2X2 posts were cemented in and string lights, found at Target,  were hung from the house to the posts. The red side tables were plant stands found at Home Depot. 
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No Natural Beauty

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Tumble Out of Bed…

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When Dolly sang about pouring herself a cup of ambition she was working 9 to 5. Many of us now are drudging through ten to twelve hour workdays. I am sure we can all agree that a cup of ambition is needed more now than ever before! 

Found on Etsy at Pretty Plus Paper’s shop this mug is perfect for your own little pick me up or to gift to another. Check it out here: Pretty Paper Plus

 

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Seward Alaska

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think the opportunity would present itself for me to visit Alaska.  When it did, however, I set out to see as many sea creatures as possible during my stay.  After researching the area Seward, Alaska emerged as a great jumping off point to make my dreams a reality.

As you can see on my first day there I was already hobnobbing with an Orca:

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Summer Isn’t Over Just Yet…

And if you want to celebrate the remainder of it in style try Sunny Life’s super fun radio. I purchased this last year and I adore its’ retro style. Either tune in to local radio or open it up and plug in your iPod to use it as a speaker.  The sound quality is quite nice for the size. Just be aware that it is not waterproof. Sunny Life's Radio

To add one of these cuties to your own beach bag you can check them out here:  Sunny Life.

The Only Way…

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This Will Make You Do a Rain Dance

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Who wouldn’t pray for a rainy forecast if they had a Dolly Parton umbrella? I repeat a Dolly Parton umbrella! You will be smiling despite the weather while holding this super cute creation over your head. 

I spotted this on Etsy, land of things we never knew existed, but once we see them we don’t know how we have lived without. If you would like to add a little sunshine to an otherwise dreary day check it out at Kayci Wheatley’s Etsy shop!

 

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New York City Views

I will always love to travel. When I do there is no city that makes me more excited to  visit than New York. The people, the pace, the excitement. It all gives me life.  With so much to love it is hard to narrow down my favorite views, but here goes:

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Located on 5th avenue directly across from Rockefeller Center, this Roman Catholic church is nothing short of breathtaking.  Pictures truly do it no justice. If you are going to visit may I suggest dropping in early and then again after dark if possible. The difference in lighting really gives the church a unique glow as the day turns to night.

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Because Most of Us Do Not Wake Up Looking Like a Supermodel…

Let’s be honest, even supermodels do not wake up looking like their high-profile selves. As Dolly herself has told us, it takes a lot of money to look this cheap. In honor of that thought Channelling Dolly brings to you “It Takes a Lot of Money to Look This Cheap” a weekly feature with reviews of the latest and greatest beauty products.  I look forward to introducing you to all of my favorites as well as discovering new must haves with you all!

We shall kick this off with my can’t live without, well I could but I would look bad with a capital B A D, product-Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleansing Gel .

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