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4.17.2014

Blooming Into Spring Giveaway Hop - Nina "Norway" Ballet Flats Giveaway {ends 5/1} #bloomintospring

Disclaimer: I may have received a product, sample, and/or compensation to facilitate this review, regardless all opinions expressed above are completely my own.

Welcome to the Blooming Into Spring Blog Hop!
Hosted By: MPM Network Bloggers
While many of us are looking forward to spring, it doesn't mean we are looking forward to spring cleaning. To make spring cleaning a bit more fun, the MPM Blogging Network has joined together to make spring cleaning even more fun! Each participating blog below is hosting their very own unique spring themed giveaway, including spring cleaning items, fashion accessories, and even gift card for purchasing your own Spring treats!

To increase your chances of getting something fun, make sure to visit all the blogs linked below. Also, don't forget to enter to win our grand prize, a Shark PRO Steam & Spray Mop!
The Blooming Into Spring Blog Hop ends on 5/1/14 at 11:59 PM. The MPM Blogging Networks is not responsible for prize fulfillment and associated bloggers are responsible for their own giveaways. Good luck everyone and happy spring! 

 Every Princess needs pretty shoes!
To celebrate spring I've teamed up with Nina Shoes for a pretty spectacular giveaway:
One lucky winner will win a pair of Nina "Norway" Ballet Flats{RV: $55}!

I love the way these can fit in a small bag and travel in my purse,
the perfect answer to throbbing feet after a day spent in heels.
Plus, a little fashion tip: flats go with everything!

These shoes are comfortable, sophisticated,
and the glittering of the crystal bows is the perfect elegant touch with any outfit!

So here's your chance to win, use the giveaway tools form below to enter:



Be sure to enter to win all the other great prizes below:

Disclaimer: This contest will run through May 1st, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Must be 18 years or older to win.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Lauren Paints | a beautiful life and not to Facebook. Please note that Lauren Paints | a beautiful life is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.

Things I love Thursday: It's my first time...

I feel like I don't do enough "regular" posting lately,
so from now on I'm going to do a "Things I love Thursday" post.

I find stuff all over the internet that I think everyone should know about,
why not share it here?

I'll be posting videos, photos, links, etc and obviously giving credit where credit is due!

So here are a few of my favorite things: (this week)



This video featuring 100 years of style in 100 seconds:


Have you heard of musicovery
Choose the mood you are in
and hear music to match it.

Love sites like these!



This quote: "To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson 


THIS is old news but the exhibit in Vegas in 2012, entitled Confessions.



Winston Churchill said it best:

{thanks to deliveringhappiness.com for the print}



Kerby Rosanes' art is amazing, these doodles make me envious of his skills.


LOVE this little cutie:
{Found on TheChive.com}


That's all for this week, but I look forward to sharing with you again next week.

Happy Thursday!

4.16.2014

#WordlessWednesday - Adventures and The selfie debate

Fun from this week... and some selfies. :)

I'm a sucker for a good selfie.
Am I a weird-o for taking some selfies on my "good days"? 
Hubby sure thinks so.
He HATES selfies, but I'm a pretty big fan - 
I mean I know this sounds kinda shallow, but when I look good I like to document it.
Make-up and hair are kind of like an art form, right? I'm just sharing my creativity!
I love photographing other people and objects as well,
but sometimes snappin' a selfie and sharing it with friends just feels necessary.
Where do you stand on the "selfie"? Do you take them?  
How many selfies are currently on your phone?
What do you think about the celebrity selfie trend?
Which leads me to my next thought,
I haven't done a single Wordless Wednesday post without words thus far.
Maybe one day... or maybe I'll just change the titles of these posts to "Wordy Wednesday".


Anyways, here's some photos I snapped on my phone during the past week:
   

   


 
 

       
    

    

    
    

     

     
      


Happy Wednesday, everyone!

4.14.2014

#SpringSprung Giveaway Hop - Target $25 GC {ends 5/2}


Welcome to the "Spring has Sprung" Giveaway Hop Event
April 15th - May 2ndHosted by:
LeahSay’s Views and Planet Weidknecht

I'm so excited Spring has Sprung!
I'm also pretty excited about all of the cute things Target has in stores,
I know- cute stuff in Target, who would have thought?!? HA. HA. HAHA.
If you are anything like me, you think everything in Target is too cute
and then you come home with WAY more than you planned.
So I know you have probably browsed Target.com a thousand times...
but I just have to share a few of my favorite things!
Lucky for you,
I'm giving away a $25 Target Gift Card to celebrate spring.
Use the giveaway tools form below to enter:

If you want more chances to win some other great prizes, enter the other giveaways below:

4.12.2014

House Built on Love: Epoch Design $300 Gift Card Giveaway {ends 4/30}

**I received no compensation for my review other than a free sample of the product from Epoch Design.**

Epoch Design $300 Gift Card Giveaway
April 12-April 30
 300 Gift Card Giveaway

I have teamed up with Epoch Design,
Chronically Content, Deliciously Savvy, My Silly Little Gang
and several other bloggers to give my readers the opportunity to win
several different giveaways through out the months of March & April!
I will be posting a new giveaway every couple of weeks to
celebrate our journey through an unconventional way of becoming parents.
You can learn more about our journey here.

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One of the first things I thought of when we decided we wanted to become foster parents
was designing a room with a child in mind, for the first time in our lives.
Normally we decorate in a more modern, eclectic fashion -
{see glass tables with sharp edges, backless chairs at our dining room table, etc.}
That doesn't really describe a child friendly environment so our whole house is getting a makeover,
our extra bedroom being the first room to get "childproofed".
I browsed the internet looking at different beds, dressers, storage, etc. -
pretty much everything any practical bedroom would need.
I finally decided bunkbeds were for us when I found, Epoch Design's Dakota Bunkbeds!

Epoch Design is a great company, they are better by design. They specialize in quality products at affordable prices for the entire home and their products really are beautiful, timeless, and sturdy.

I fell in love with the design of these beds, so clean cut and functional! I was given the opportunity to review the Dakota Bunkbeds and I stand behind Epoch Design 100%. The beds arrived in several boxes, making the directions easy to follow and understand. Hubby and I were able to get the beds set up within a few hours, so it's definitely not rocket science - although it did require a bit of elbow grease.

 Something else to love about Epoch Design, the company promotes conservation and environmental stability! As I keep saying, I'm trying to be more eco-friendly lately and I was so happy to read that most of the products that I bought for the kids room are good for the environment, including these beautiful beds!

We are planning on moving before we officially have a placement so I haven't set up their room the way I really want it yet, but the finishing touches will be coming with the move. I just loved the beds so much I had to share before we purchased bedding or anything else... The beach theme is cute but probably not permanent. Plus, when we have a placement it will be great to allow them to personalize the room to their tastes! Maybe some stuffed animals, a night light, more wall art, LOTS more toys, and I'm sure the list will continue to grow. Regardless of the extra details, The Dakota Bunkbed is stunning and made of eco-friendly Havea Rubberwood hardwood for strength and durability - built to last!

Another great thing I love about the Dakota bunkbeds is their ability to be separated,
that's right - this gorgeous set can be taken apart fairly easily and placed in each child's individual room! I love how the Dakota bunkbeds are designed to grow with a family, so perfect for us! :)

Epoch Design doesn't just carry bed frames, they offer all kinds of awesome furniture! They even offer super fancy beds for your canine companion! I have my eye on one of their dressers, what item do you like from Epoch Design?

Lucky for my readers, Epoch Design has offered to provide
one winner with a $300 gift certificate!

Enter to win with the giveaway tools form below:




Don't forget the mattress, you can also enter to win a twin size naturepedic mattress here!

Disclaimer: This contest will run through April 30th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Please note  Lauren Paints | a beautiful life are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes, please contact laurenpaintsflorida@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you are interested in participating or sponsoring a future event. 

4.11.2014

House Built on Love: Naturepedic Mattress Giveaway {ends 4/30}

**I received no compensation for my review other than a free sample of the product from Naturepedic.**

Naturepedic Mattress Giveaway
Naturepedic Twin Size Mattress Giveaway

April 12-April 30

I have teamed up with Naturepedic,
Chronically Content, Deliciously Savvy, My Silly Little Gang
and several other bloggers to give my readers the opportunity to win
several different giveaways through out the months of March & April!
I will be posting a new giveaway every couple of weeks to
celebrate our journey through an unconventional way of becoming parents.
You can learn more about our journey here.

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Naturepedic makes the best mattresses, they are full of support yet totally comfortable.
Plus, the model I was sent actually has one side that is waterproof! WATERPROOF?!
How perfect is that for potty training little one's?
I fell in love with Naturepedic as soon as I learned their mattresses are made from certified organic materials! This mattress will grow with our foster kids, ranging in ages they will benefit from having one side that is pillow top and one side that is waterproof. I can't wait to share how much my foster children love this mattress, but I can say that a couple of house guests have given it a try and they had great things to say... Plus, I might have napped on it already, I had to sample it! :)

The mattress fits perfectly in our bunk beds and will be the perfect cozy place to have a little one sleeping in the future! We are so blessed to have been given the opportunity to review this product! 

I love how comfortable the mattress is on the pillow top side, I use a memory foam mattress in our room so this obviously has a different feel but I could see us investing in a Naturepedic for our room as well in the future. Naturepedic is definitely a new favorite in my book. Lucky for one reader, they have offered to giveaway ONE mattress to ONE winner! Will it be you?

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One lucky winner will win a twin size Naturepedic mattress! 
Use the giveaway tools form below to enter to win:



Disclaimer: This contest will run through April 30th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Please note Lauren Paints | a beautiful life are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes, please contact laurenpaintsflorida@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you are interested in participating or sponsoring a future event.