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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Spring Forward

What I’m Looking Forward to This Spring

 

Spring is here! Hallelujah – one step closer to summer! There is a lot to love about spring. In addition to getting more time outside in the evenings, which is crucial for all parents, we get to clean out our closets, houses, and lives.  Out with the old, in with the new!  Here are some things that I am excited to make room for in my life this spring:

 

1. Victoria Beckham for Target

 

 

I have been a huge fan of Target collaborations since the one with Missoni in 2011. (I am still wearing clothes and using items from that collection.)  Way to go, Target, for making these fashion houses accessible to the everyday woman!

On April 9th, the newest collaboration with Victoria Beckham is hitting Target stores and Target.com.  The Victoria Beckham collection price point is crazy affordable, generally pieces are under $40. There are items for Women, Girls, Toddlers and Babies.  The sizes range from Newborn to 3X.  There is literally something for all the girls in the family.  For those of you who have not had the pleasure of the Target collabs, these items sell out FAST.  So, if you have your heart set on some of these pieces, be at your local Target when the doors open or online when it is released. This collection is so well put together that I could go on and on, but here are my favorites:

 

Work to Dinner:
Women’s Fuchsia Twill Tank Top / Women’s Fuchsia Twill Flared Trouser

I see that there is some stretch to this fabric, but my advice would be to order a size up if you are between sizes and get it tailored! Unless you are a perfect sample size, getting your clothes tailored will change your life.  It is relatively inexpensive and will make you look like a hundred bucks! *steps off soap box*

 

Easter/Baby Shower/Lunch with Girlfriends Dress:
Women’s Blue Stripe Poplin Gathered Waist Dress

This dress is so easy but won’t make you look boxy.  It might feel a little out of your comfort zone, but I guarantee that it will step up your wardrobe! This would also make a gorg tunic.  (I’m hearing a collective sigh from half of my friends who I push to get out of their jeans, t-shirts, and leggings. Athleisure for life, but real clothes are good sometimes too.)

 

Mommy and Me Dress:
Women’s Black Collared Dress / Girls’ Black Collared Dress

I will be wearing this black dress like a uniform.  The rabbit detail at the collar inserts a little whimsy into a serious power dress. The girl’s version of this dress would be just too cute with red Mary Janes.

 

Mix and Match Outfit:
Women’s Blue and White Gingham Twill Peplum Blouse / Women’s Blue and White Gingham Twill Pants

This looks black in the picture but is actually a very dark navy.  These items are perfect for mixing and matching, as well as a fresh outfit for spring.  This top with a pair of capri length jeans with a deconstructed hem, would look adorable.  The pants would look cute with a bright top. I’m seeing it with a sleeveless crepe top with a long hem.

 

Girl’s Raincoat:
Girls’ Clear Flower Appliqué Raincoat

Super cute and still shows your adorable outfit underneath.

 

Girl’s Gingham Dress:
Girls’ Light Blue Gingham Twill Drop Waist Dress

This is so gorgeous! A pink or green cardi over this would make this a cute Easter outfit.

 

Toddler Ruffle Top and Shorts:
Toddler Girls’ Blush Ruffle Trim Tank Top and Short Set

This is 100% cotton which I can appreciate having a toddler.

 

Toddler Lilac Dress:
Toddler Girls’ Lilac Cap Sleeve Peasant Dress

This cute dress has a subtle dot print that makes it special.

 

Toddler and Baby Navy Top and Pants:
Toddler Baby

KILL me.  This is so cute.  This outfit is perfect for play dates, shopping or dinner at the Grandparents.  It is so easy and comfy but makes your little one look so pulled together.

 

Baby Rompers:
Baby Sage Green Swiss Dot Romper / Baby Lilac Pleated Romper / Baby Bee Print Pleated Romper

I’m a sucker for a romper. If nothing else, I want my baby to be comfy.  I love all of the colors here.

 

The booties to match:
Baby Bee Print Booties

 

Baby Printed Onesie:
Baby Blush Long Sleeve Tea Party Printed Bodysuit

This has such a fun tea party print.

 

Honorable mentions:

 

Erika Girardi in Hong Kong amirite?:
Calla Lily Top / Calla Lilly Pants

 

Black and White Midi Skirt:
Women’s Black and White Stripe Scallop Midi Skirt

I could never pull off this shape, but such an interesting take on the popular midi length skirt.

Photos courtesy of Target.

 

This has been fun, but let’s move to number 2…

 

2. Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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I can’t even begin to tell you the rave reviews I’ve heard about these cauliflower crusts.  They are a low carb, gluten free pizza crust made primarily from cauliflower. This brand has three different flavors: Original Italian, Sweet Red Pepper, and Plant-Based Italian. From what I hear, they taste just like a thin crust pizza. I am excited to receive my shipment and try them.

Photo courtesy of Jenna.

 

3. Marco Polo App

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I was introduced to this app by a college friend who lives in Maryland.  It has been a really fun way to keep in touch with friends out-of-town or in-town for that matter.  It is marketed as a ‘video walkie talkie’. You are able to watch a video and respond at that time or later when you are free. There is also a setting for group chats.  This has been helpful for my group of friends as we plan our next girls’ weekend (Montreal here we come!). Also, there are filters, drawing and voice changing technology included. Go download it!

Photo courtesy of Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie.

 

4. Beauty and the Beast

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The remake of this movie was awesome!  The new songs were great and didn’t take away from the original story line (like anything from Celine Dion would). I really liked the cast – Disney once again hit it out of the park.  Who else was missing Matthew Crawley? This is one to see (again)!

Photo courtesy of Disney.

 

5. Return of Veep

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Veep returns April 16th on HBO.  If doctors say that Scrubs is a more accurate portrayal of hospital life than ER, Veep is the political satire equivalent. I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had or overheard in Washington, that were perfectly replicated in this political comedy.  While my husband doesn’t get it; I am generally dying of laughter throughout this show. The last season of Veep got me through the last few weeks of my third trimester, so it holds a special place in my heart.

Photos courtesy of HBO.

 

Honorable mention:

Tax Reform – Come ON! Get this done. (Shout out to my old W&M colleagues!)

 

Comment and let us know what you are making room for in your life this spring!

xoxo,

Lauren

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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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