Netflix and Shhh…I actually want to watch this!😉😂

Even though I don’t have an abundance of spare time, (you know, with the whole full time working mom, two toddlers and a husband thing🤣) these latest favs are totally worth carving out some time to enjoy! While some of my favs aren’t on Netflix, I CANNOT stop thinking about these latest movies, shows and podcasts:

 

“Crazy Rich Asians”

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Based on the trailers alone, I thought this was going to be a comedy. It turned out to be a LOT more than that. The cast was awesome and the scenery of Singapore was breathtaking. (NOTE: Trip to Singapore on the bucket list!)

This re-mix Cinderella story made me laugh, cry and everything in-between. Awkwafina played Peik Lin Goh and was seriously hilarious. I majorly teared up during the wedding scene with all the DRAMA, romance and gorgeousness of it all. Pony up for a babysitter and take your Bae to see this ASAP.

 

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” – Netflix

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Dead. I have been hooked on this since I watched it the first time. Yes, this is a teen rom -com; however my inner 16 year old girl is dying over this film. It’s “Clueless” with a little “10 Things I Hate About You” and some “She’s All That”. Remember the hot guy with the jeep in every rom-com, the first look of the girl coming down the steps, and the cute head on the shoulder that made you just tingle?! It really took me back! While it’s not realistic, it’s totally relateable. We so knew these people in high school and felt all the feelings!  SPOILER: It is a cheesy love story, but come on, sometimes we just need that little escape from reality.

Lana Condor (from X-Men: Apocalypse) plays Lara Jean Covey (half-korean…boom) opposite Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). There are love letters, fake dating and all kinds of perfect chemistry. It’s a super cute coming of age story, which I think this may have inspired my latest corduroy overall mini dress.😂

Peter Kavinsky + Lara Jean forever! “You gotta tell people how you feel when you feel it…you can’t just sit up in your room writing love letters that you’re never going to send out.”

PS – This is based on a trilogy of books by Jenny Han. If you want more, check them out!

 

“Great British Baking Show”- Netflix

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I have gotten my whole family addicted to this show. It was originally aired on PBS, but has made it to Netflix. Something about Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedrovc make this show SO very British and SO very good.

This is NOT your American baking show with ingredients flying, contestants out of control, but brings a certain refinement and dry sense of humor to the show. I guarantee you will not have heard of many of these “bakes”, but nonetheless will be majorly entertained by the mix of contestants and challenges.  “On your marks, get set, BAKE!”

 

“The Lazy Genius”

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This is one of my very favorite podcasts. Anyone else relish the 10-20 minutes in your car alone after you’ve dropped off the kids for school?? I don’t know about you, but for me, that is sacred time. Many times I spend it listening to The Lazy Genius. Kendra gives us ways to be a genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t. She covers everything from cleaning your house, to cooking to planning your life (without becoming a robot). She is hilarious and so very REAL! You will love her and her story about how she met her husband.

 

“The Moth”

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I stumbled across this podcast during a drive back from a work trip. The Moth tells some of the best REAL stories from some of the most interesting people – some you will recognize and some you won’t. They are inspiring, funny and very eye opening. Check it out.

 

“Unruffled”

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Not only does Janet Lansbury have the most soothing voice, but she offers some real thought-provoking ideas in her respectful parenting podcast, Unruffled. She gives different scenarios posed to her from listeners, each week and addresses the behaviors described and gives practical ways to handle it. Have a child that seems to prefer biting to talking? or seems shy in certain situations? or likes to flip out in public?? Yeaaaaah, me neither. 😳 HOWEVER, if you have a friend that could use some advice, I’d send him/her to Unruffled. While I may not agree with all of Janet’s advice, it’s really nice to hear from a professional that I’m not permanently scarring my child with my parenting techniques.😂

I hope you are able to check out some or all of these and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your favorite movies, shows and podcasts too!

Xx,

Lauren

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Ballin’ On A Budget

Our friend Tanner is back and with another hilarious guest post; this time he tells us about his favorite DIYs. Check out these super cute and totally affordable ways to up your decor game:

“Move into your own house”, they said. “You’ll love having a house- what a fun project!”, they said. Well, the cracked shower doors, weedy gutters and dead houseplants determined that was a lie. Moving into your first house is a big deal. Packing, moving, decorating- it’s all a huge adjustment that requires time, patience and a sense of humor. For one, everything you do is a new experience. If you would’ve told me five years ago that I would be using a laundromat and eating leftover hamburger helper, I would’ve laughed straight in your face. But here I am, on a first-name basis with the dry-cleaning lady and loving every minute of that pasta.

However, what they don’t tell you about living on your own is that sometimes you have to get a little creative with what you have. This is where I found one of my new favorite things- DIY projects. Everyone has their favorite sites to find these ideas, but I enjoy Pinterest and Buzzfeed the most! After a couple successes, many flops and few mental health breaks, I found some winners!

1. DIY Frosted Windows

Don’t get frustrated if the paste looks white on your windows, at first. The paste will dry clearly after a few hours. I love this DIY, because it provides adequate privacy on your windows and still lets the natural light in. Plus, the lace adds a great texture to the room to compliment the room’s dimensions.

Materials:

paint brush

water

cornstarch

lace material

It’s easiest to use lace to prevent air bubbles, but you could probably use any type of thin fabric. First, clean your window to remove any dust. Then cut your material to fit the window and iron it. After, mix 2 tbsp of cornstarch with 2 tbsp of cold water and dissolve in a cup and a half of boiling water. Stir until a thick paste is formed, then apply to the window with the paint brush. Once the window is covered in the paste, apply the material to the window. With the material on the window, apply another layer of the paste over the material. Brush the paste from the center to the edges and let dry.

 

2. Floating Bookshelves

This DIY is my absolute favorite, because this project totally gave my living room wall a facelift and I did the entire wall for under $20. These bookshelves are the first things my friends ask me about when they come over and the possibilities are endless with them, because they’re so easy to install- and so, so cheap.

Materials:

1 L-bracket per shelf you wish to make

3 screws that fit through the holes in the size of L-bracket you choose 1 drill driver

1 hardback book per shelf

1 command picture hanging strip per shelf

These directions are short and sweet. Lay the long side of the L-bracket against your wall and insert your screws through the holes of your L-bracket and into your wall. I would place at least two screws into each L-bracket to ensure stability.

Now it’s time to for the real magic. Take one, large hardback book and open the book where the back is swinging open. Place the book on the bracket horizontally, but leave the back hanging down. Pull out your command strip and stick one side to the bottom of the L-bracket and one side to the interior of the back of the book. This creates the illusion that the book is floating on the wall and you can stack more books on top, sit decorations on it or both!

I hope you love these projects as much as I do – Happy DIY-ing!

 

This would be a fun project to help unwind from the week or a group project with the kids.  Let us know how your DIYs turn out!

XOXO,

Lauren

Today’s guest contributor, Tanner Shepherd, currently resides in Ironton, Ohio with his two Airedale Terriers that outweigh him and remind him daily that he’s not ready for children. He is obsessed with coffee, romantic comedies and Hobby Lobby. 

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A Little Q&A with Your Bloggers

Relating to others is the key to life; and as humans, we’re curious by nature.  While we are sometimes a little TOO curious, here at Glitter Jungle, that is a-ok.  We’re here to share our lives with you and hopefully make a meaningful connection with all of our readers.  Some of you may know us very well and some of you may be ‘meeting’ us for the very first time.   So, because of that, we thought it would be fun to do a little Q&A.  Don’t you feel like you know a person a bit better after reading one of these posts on social media?   We hope these questions will tell you a little more about us.  Whether our responses make you think we are “totally basic” or “freaking awesome”, we hope to keep you coming back for more!  We can’t wait to read your questions and comments and we’ll do our very best to answer you back in a timely fashion.

Every Friday, starting April 7th, we will feature a Q&A Section introducing one of our fabulous friends.  Each week you’ll get to learn a little bit about our special guest and hear about their niche in life. We can’t wait to share these wonderful people with you.  They already make our lives more interesting and we hope they will do the same for you!   

XOXO  Jill & Lauren

  1. What’s your favorite movie?
    Jill: Pretty Woman
    Lauren: When Harry Met Sally I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie.
  2. A book you plan on reading?
    Jill: Steve Harvey’s book “Jump” and Joanna Gaines book “The Magnolia Story.” Both Steve and Joanna are living legends in my opinion.
    Lauren: “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance
  3. Favorite TV show that’s currently on?
    Jill: Fixer Upper & Dancing With The Stars
    Lauren: RHOBH, The Mindy Project, New Girl, and Scandal (Veep is about to return…Yeeeesssss!)
  4. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?
    Jill: I live life on about a 12 – always an optimist!
    Lauren: 8 – I’m an optimist but cautiously optimistic 🙂
  5. Twitter or Instagram?
    Jill: Hands down, Instagram.
    Lauren: Both, but mostly Instagram
  6. What’s your favorite food?
    Jill: Steak
    Lauren: Bulgogi
  7. Least favorite food?
    Jill: Brussel Sprouts
    Lauren: Mushrooms
  8. Favorite drink?
    Jill: Chocolate Premier Protein Shakes; Favorite Cocktail: PixieStick Martini
    Lauren: Coke Zero; Favorite Cocktail: Vodka+Cranberry 
  9. Favorite dessert?
    Jill: My mamaw’s homemade chocolate cake with vanilla icing!
    Lauren:Ugh, this is too hard.  Cocoa Sheet Cake is right up there.
  10. What’s the hardest part about being a mom?
    Jill: Mom Guilt! And always worrying that you’re screwing everything up.
    Lauren: Trying to figure out what’s right for your child and staying consistent. There are a LOT of opinions out there.
  11. If you could only listen to one artist all day who would it be?
    Jill: Bruno Mars! But, really it depends on my mood. If I wanted to contemplate life, I’d pick Adele.
    Lauren: Pharrell 
  12. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?
    Jill: Luke Bryan
    Lauren: Adele or Dolly Parton 
  13. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?
    Jill: Ribcage
    Lauren: On the side of my pinky finger
  14. Dogs or cats?
    Jill: Dogs!
    Lauren: D.O.G.S.
  15. Dream vacation destination?
    Jill: Anywhere Tropical.
    Lauren: Europe or Turks & Caicos
  16. What’s your favorite color?
    Jill: Coral
    Lauren: Green
  17. Diamonds or pearls?
    Jill: Pearls <3
    Lauren: Both
  18. Heels or flats?
    Jill: Always heels
    Lauren: Flats
  19. Favorite fitness trend?
    Jill: Heavy weights / CrossFit
    Lauren: TRX (kind of a love/hate relationship) and Barre
  20. Best way to de-stress?
    Jill: Exercise! Sweating is my favorite. Exercise cleanses the mind and body.
    Lauren: Massage
  21. If you had one superpower, what would it be?
    Jill: To travel back in time, knowing everything that I know now
    Lauren: Mind reading
  22. What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
    Jill: My super pale skin
    Lauren: My allergies
  23. What is your most favorite thing about yourself?
    Jill: My blue eyes or my hair. Or maybe my outgoing personality.
    Lauren: Adaptability – I have made friends with a lot of different kinds of people.
  24. Who do you miss most?
    Jill: That’s easy. My mamaw.
    Lauren: My Grandmother
  25. What are you listening to now?
    Jill: ‘Nobody’ by Keith Sweat (Old School baby!)
    Lauren: Everything on the Voice
  26. Favorite smell?
    Jill: Men’s cologne. *swoon*
    Lauren: The Body Shop’s Grapefruit scented hand sanitizer (who’s a germaphobe? *raises hand*)
  27. Favorite Sport?
    Jill: Volleyball to play, Football to watch
    Lauren: To play-Volleyball, To watch-Football (in person)
  28. Scary film or happy endings?
    Jill: Happy Endings. I only like movies that make me laugh or happy cry!
    Lauren: Happy
  29. Favorite season?
    Jill: Summer forever!!
    Lauren: Summer (my birthday season!)
  30. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
    Jill: Candace Cameron Bure, Kelly Ripa and Jennifer Garner
    Lauren: Laura Bush, Mary-the mother of Jesus (What was it like raising normal kids and also God incarnate?), and Chrissy Teigen 
  31. Sweet or savory?
    Jill: I have a serious sweet tooth. I need a twelve step program!
    Lauren: Sweet…’betcha didn’t see that coming.
  32. What would be the title of your autobiography?
    Jill: She believed she could, so she did.
    Lauren: Lean Back
  33. Who is your girl crush?
    Jill: Jennifer Lopez
    Lauren: Sandra Bullock 
  34. If you could have a date with a celebrity who would it be?
    Jill: Shemar Moore
    Lauren: Ryan Reynolds
  35. Revisit any year in your life what would it be?
    Jill: 2001 – I was a freshman in college, my dance team won a National Championship and I joined my Sorority – Phi Mu. My sorority sisters are like family and they’re worth every penny that I “paid for them!” 😉
    Lauren: Any year in college!
  36. Guilty Pleasure?
    Jill: Drinking Coke Zero, eating Peanut Butter directly from the jar and watching Golden Girls reruns
    Lauren: Real Housewives of anywhere and Magnum ice cream bars
  37. Spirit Animal?
    Jill: DJ Tanner (Fuller House)
    Lauren: Mindy Kaling
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