Friday Link Love

I am NOT working this weekend. Well, maybe a little on Sunday... but when you see this message, I will be prepping to get out of hereeeeeee (well, getting out of my house, I am not going far, but I will have lots of playtime with kids, plus downtime, maybe spa? and definitely umbrella drinks )  Kalia starts Kindergarten soon and I want to enjoy a fun little break as a family followed by the last week of being home with her all day.  To say I am sad about her going would be an understatement :( And, in full disclosure, starting a new season of life without my Mom by my side is, um, basically I dont know how to do that...  So, a mini vacay it is, because being sad everyday sucks and I am just trying to make do.

Tank & image via Etsy shop DoveTailVintage (which happens to be in AZ! I need to meet them!)

I want everything from this store.

Shadows & champagne. Lovely.

I love this frame, worth the trouble!

I shared Rosie on my facebook page earlier this week, so sorry if it is a repeat for anyone. But,  It is worth repeating.

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child  omg. A new Harry Potter book. Amazon will deliver it at midnight when it comes out this weekend. Amazon you are awesome.

A Bubbly Life this week- Probably my favorite non-DIY post ever... because I LOVE TED Talks. These are awesome.
 5 TED Talks To Inspire & Ignite Your Creativity

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5 TED Talks to Inspire & Ignite Your Creativity

I loveeeeeee, love, love, love TED talks.  Some (like my husband, best friend) may call me obsessed. What this all means for you all you is I have listened to A LOT of them.  I do listen to a variety of subjects- but I have listened to every creativity/maker one available (told you I was obsessed).  And, I picked my 5 favorites.  I left the link to each one, running time and my simple summary.  These TED talks are sure to inspire and ignite YOUR creativity and they are all under 15 minutes, with the exception of the last one (a podcast versus one TED talk) it is an hour long and worth it.  But, it can be broken up into 4 segments to make it easier!

Adam Grant: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers- (Time- 15:25)  Procrastinators are more creative? Find the sweet spot for original thinking.  Not only is the info excellent, it is a VERY entertaining talk.  Also, what internet browser do you use? The one you use tells people a lot about you.


David Kelley: How to Build your Creative Confidence Time (11:46)
"I am not the creative type"   David Kelley believes the world is NOT divided by creatives and non-creatives.  Whether it be as a child or older, we lose our creative confidence along the way and we can build it back up.

Phil Hansen: Embrace the Shake (Time 10:01) 
In art school, Phil Hansen developed a shake in his hands and he could no longer draw a straight line.
Disappointed and believing he would have to give up his dream of being an artist, he "embraces the shake" 
and by embracing the limitation- his creativity soared.  


Tim Harford: How Frustration Can Make You More Creative-  (Time: 15:32) Learn how obstacles, frustrations and problems improve and ignite your creativity.  Try using Comic Sans- the annoying font will help you be more creative ;) ha- I wont be doing that!  Sometimes, this talk can get a little dry but stay til the end- it is worth it.

TED Podcast- The Source Of Creativity  (1 hour) (I could not emb it so click the link for more) 
I listen to TED podcasts at the gym, they are about an hour long which is perfect for gym time. Podcasts are based on TED talks and they delve deeper into a TED talk that a presenter gave.

1st part:  Sting: How to get over writer's block?  Admittedly this part of the podcast was my least favorite, if I hadnt been in a workout zone I would have turned off the podcast, soooo glad I stuck around!

2nd part: Charles Limb: What does a creative brain look like?
Can science study creativity?  Charles Limb studies the brain in creatives and his conclusions are very interesting.  

3rd part: Sir Ken Robinson: How do Schools Kill Creativity? (this is the most popular TED talk EVER btw, you can find his TED talk here)  
He believes we do not grow INTO creativity, he believes we grow OUT of it.  Kids are not frightened of being wrong and trying- education, growing up makes us afraid.
I especially loveeee the story shared about Dame Gillian Lynne- amazing.

4th part: Elizabeth Gilbert: Where does creativity come from? 
Fear & creativity.  Passion versus curiosity.  She nails it.  Wonderful, thought provoking discussion on creativity.

Hope you love and enjoy them as much as I do, share any of your favorites in the comments!

More from The Creative Entrepreneur Series:  
Another Inspire & Ignite Creativity Post: 7 Motivational Prints to Inspire & Ignite Your Creativity
Intro- My Business Background 
6 Ways to Overcome A Creative Rut  
Work At Home Mom- Tips & Encouragement
6 Pinterest Accounts to Follow
5 Backdrop Ideas For Bloggers & Instagram

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Friday Link Love

Haha, I need to read this book.  I am your typical messy creative type and I would love someone to validate me!

Plywood makes these picture frames awesome.

Goals-  Nails. Bedroom. Chairs.

Affordable, cute and maybe unnecessary. So, I am buying it, obviously.

I dont eat much bread but this epic grilled cheese might make me.

Rose gold should be on everything.

Catch up on A Bubbly Life- DIY Fruit Slice Shelves & Coconut Watermelon Rum Cocktail

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DIY Fruit Slice Shelf

I said a couple weeks ago over on Snapchat that my next major project is the kid's playroom. Snapchat showed the reason why- it is a disorganized mess of toys!  The room is getting a much needed complete makeover, but in the meantime I have a mini DIY to share that will be used in the girl's kitchen.
The DIY is inspired by a shelf I found on Pinterest- and no longer available.  I liked it so much I decided to DIY it!

Wooden Circle Cut in two halves (I got mine at Home Depot, but they do not have the link available online for it)
Craft Paint
Paint brushes
Scrap wood
6 screws (3 screws for each shelf) 
4 Sawtooth hangers (2 for each shelf)

Cut your wooden circle in half, if you do not have a saw, Home Depot will make cuts for you.  Sand the edges where the cut was made.

Paint your desired fruit- I decided on a watermelon and pink grapefruit or you can call it pink lemonade- as long as it is pink, lol.  A rainbow would be a cute non-fruit option!

I used scrap wood to save money (home improvement stores usually have a ton for cheap, I got mine for $2) I cut it down to 17 inches and 3/4 (the length of the top of the circle)  and drilled it to the top using 3 screws.

P.S.- the picture shows only 2 screws, but then I realized I needed 3, so ignore the photo in this case ;) 

Attach sawtooth hangers to back of shelf using your hammer. 

Two shelves for less than $15? I am in! 

The girls love them, they are not hanging in playroom yet because I have painting to do on walls first, but they cannot wait.

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Friday Link Love

It's been 15 days since I lost my Mom.  Yesterday, the last of family (my brother) left town and means it is time to deal with my new reality.  Nick has been back at work all week and will be back to going out of town for work soon.  Life just keeps going and I would love a pause button for more recovery time.  I will have an hour or so of feeling normal again, but it is way too short lived and everything comes crashing down again.  But, I am filled with gratitude for all the emails, comments, messages everyone has left me, I have not been able to respond to all, but please know they mean so much.  In other news, I did blog this week! The post was done a couple weeks ago, so that was easy. I was halfway in a DIY project when all this happened and I am crossing my fingers I will get it done this weekend and post it. I also am committed to some exciting new opportunities and I look forward to sharing it all!  I want to (and have to, and need to and am contractually obliged to, ha) to get back to work.  Thank you for hanging in there with me. xoxo

Things that caught my eye this week- (because the internet is a wonderful distraction...) 

I would love these to hang up pictures... and they are on sale... and I believe strongly in the power of retail therapy...

Baked brie & garlic.  get in my mouth.

A leather book hanger- and it has gold. Love.

Sand art and succulents. 

Mom print

Lots of love and thank you for reading,

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Coconut Watermelon Rum Cocktail Recipe

I love coconut water- and it is healthy! Of course, I am about to ruin some of those health benefits by mixing it with alcohol, but you will still got the loads of potassium ;)

I have also used coconut water in a Cherry Coconut Lime Cocktail & some Coconut Floral Popsicles!

Coconut Watermelon Rum Cooler 
1 part coconut water
1 part watermelon juice (add fresh watermelon to a blender) You may want to use a sieve to make it less "slushy"
One shot of rum
Squeeze of fresh lime juice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake it baby!

Pour and garnish with a lime and watermelon slice.

Enjoy over the lazy days of Summer- by a pool, at a BBQ, at home watching a movie, anything really :)

I love playing with food...

Cheers to the Summer!

Want more cocktail ideas?  Try- Cucumber Salty Dog  Rosa Picante Margarita  

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A Brief Update

I lost my Mom unexpectedly and suddenly last week.  She was my biggest fan.  She always knew what I was working on (I sent her in process shots over text), excited about the newest brand I was working with, and insisted on seeing everything I made/was in process of making when she would come over for a visit.  She bought me every pineapple and flamingo thing she saw.  Even if said pineapple/flamingo object was ridiculously ugly- she insisted I make it over.

The thought of creating something my Mom will never see is just heart breaking.   I will be taking a brief hiatus.  I pushed back my commitments for two weeks to give me some time.

I only listed the amazing things my Mom did as a supporter of my career.  But, she supported me in everything I did, I talked to her every single day, multiple times.  We chatted while I worked every night. We skyped so she could see the girls even if she saw them that very day.  She loved my girls with every fiber of her being.  She (and my Dad) spoiled them rotten.

I feel way too young to be without her, navigating the world, parenting without her advice and with no one nagging me to go see a doctor because I hate going.  I miss her so much and always will.  I love you, Mom.  Thank you for loving me so much.

Thank you for reading, xo Laurel