Wish List Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday!

Today’s list has a little bit of everything, including three pieces from Target’s fall line that I LOVE. The Adam Lippes for Target line launched on Sunday and I wish I could have gone a shopping spree. It made me really miss living in a place where you experience all four seasons. I’ve always loved fall–especially fall fashion (boots, sweaters, leggings, scarves…the list goes on)–but, down here it is just too hot to  stock up on coats and sweaters. I may have to snag the shift dress though!

Over the summer, I got my first gel manicure and loved it so much. However, it pained me to spend $30-$40 to get my nails done, even if they did last a couple of weeks. I’ve been doing at-home manicures for a few years and have kind of mastered it, so I decided to purchase one of the at-home gel kits during a sale (I got mine at Walgreen’s). Honestly, I LOVE it. It’s so easy to do at home and so convenient. If you have a steady hand with nail polish, it’s worth a shot!

I’ve been feeling a little homesick for Ohio so I had to add in the Buckeyes sweatshirt and the Catbird rings are something I’ve had my eye on for a long time. I’d love to have J&L to layer on my right hand. They’re so dainty and cute.

One of the other items that I’ve had my eye on for awhile are the Carbon 38 workout leggings with the longhorn skull on the thigh. I first saw them on Sophia Bush’s Instagram and I just really like all of their styles — they’ve got some edge to them and would be great for workouts or paired with some wedge sneakers to run errands.

Hope everyone has a great day – what are you currently coveting?

-Lindsey

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Bailey, The Strongest Girl in the World

Hope your week is off to a great start! Yesterday was media day which, to me, feels a little like Christmas/the first day of school. It’s the official start to the season and, with all the photos and the mini reunions throughout the day, it’s like you’re coming back to college to start fall semester!

As the end of the month nears, I’ve been wanting to write a post about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and one of the strongest kids–actually, forget kids–one of the strongest people I’ve ever met: Bailey. Words aren’t enough to describe this incredible young lady, but I’m going to give it a shot!

Let’s back up a little. During the 2010-11 season, I met the then-Hornets on a five-game road trip in New York City. We had lost the first game of the trip and the second–to the Knicks–and were scheduled to stay the night in New York and then fly to Memphis. Traditionally, the day after a back-to-back is an off day, but our coach at the time, Monty Williams, wanted to do something as a team – something non-basketball related.

That day — March 3, 2011 — we were all exposed to an incredible place: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We spent about an hour on a tour and had the opportunity to celebrate one patient’s release from the hospital with a “No Mo Chemo” party, which was such an incredible moment to be a part of. To add to the party, the patient was from Louisiana and a basketball fan, so he was really thrilled to have some of the guys there with him.  When we left, the players that were there couldn’t stop talking about how amazing the patient and his family were and how it meant so much to them to be there to cheer him on.

After we spent some time playing basketball with patients and their families, we headed to the hotel. The atmosphere had changed and everyone had a renewed sense of perspective. The kids and families we met that day were incredible — and the staff, the ENTIRE staff, was AH-MAZING! The positivity, kindness and genuine care that they show is inspiring.

Fast forward a few years to the fall of 2014. Coach continued to be an ambassador for St. Jude which included visits while the team was in Memphis in November, shooting a few PSAs and participating in the NBA’s annual Hoops for St. Jude Week. Knowing we’d be making a visit to St. Jude, I asked my boss if I could tag along for the trip to Memphis since it was a quick up-and-back trip.

We went to St. Jude and Coach was scheduled to film with two patients, including a seven-year-old named Bailey fighting kidney cancer. Watching them interact was incredible. Bailey has this captivating sense of humor and is so fun – she and Coach hit it off immediately. Coach ended up offering Bailey and her family tickets and my co-worker Ashley and I got to spend some time hanging out with them. Note – St. Jude patients and their families NEVER receive a bill; to give back and help increase awareness off St. Jude, Bailey has teamed up with countless celebrities on projects and PSAs, including this one with Jennifer Aniston. Isn’t she just the cutest?!

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In the following weeks, Bailey started a treatment where all of her bone marrow was removed and then replaced with healthy bone marrow (her mom has a blog that has the medical details that are way above my head). While we were in Memphis, her family was planning to have its own Christmas tree and holiday celebration before treatment. Once the procedure was done, Bailey was going to have to be isolated from her siblings and would only be able to have her parents in the room for limited visits for MONTHS. Ashley and I sent her a little care package and continued to text with her mom to get updates.

After undergoing a successful treatment and being released from St. Jude, this summer, Bailey had the chance to swim and enjoy being a kid for the first time in years. Her mom sent us some pictures of her swimming with her siblings and it was the first time since she was diagnosed that she was able to be in the pool (since she wasn’t undergoing treatment). The look of pure joy on her face was incredible!

This month was Bailey’s every-three-month set of scans. When I talked to her mom, she had the best news — Bailey was STILL cancer free! She’ll have her next set in December and this will be the first year where she’ll spend upcoming holidays at home with her family. After all they’ve been through, including a move from Florida to Memphis to be closer to St. Jude, it makes me so incredibly happy that they’ve had such amazing news over the last 10 months. Below is a recent picture of Bailey from her mom’s Facebook. Bailey’s hair has grown back so much since we saw her last year and her mom said she is HATING the curls! Too cute!

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St. Jude is a great organization and the people that I have met and worked with from there have been pretty darn amazing.

Since St. Jude is in Memphis, for my fellow NOLA locals looking to support pediatric cancer initiatives, Ochsner does amazing work with their Ochsner Childrens Health Center. A fun, easy way to support their efforts is to check out the annual King Cake Festival which is on Jan. 31, 2016. Ochsner also has its annual Moonlight & Miracles Gala coming up and it’s a beautiful event! Check out your local groups supporting pediatric cancer and see how you can give back — Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a great way to highlight how many children are impacted by cancer, but it’s something we need to focus on EVERY month!

For more information about St. Jude, visit http://www.stjude.org and for more information about Ochsner, visit http://www.ochsner.org.

I hope Bailey’s story inspired you as much as it did me– have a great day!

-Lindsey

Weekend Recap + DIY Art with Squirt Guns

Happy Monday!

Today is one of my favorite days of the year – media day! It’s kind of like the first day of school for the upcoming season. It’s always a long day — especially for the players — but it’s a fun one! It will consist of photo and video shoots, both with internal parties, as well as external media. I’m looking forward to it – everyone is so excited for the season! Our social media team will be posting behind-the-scenes shots all day on our social media channels — keep an eye out! (@PelicansNBA on Instagram and Twitter)

This weekend was a productive one, though Friday was relaxing and fun! Jason was home and we cooked Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza and had one of our favorite red wines – J. Lohr Hilltop Reserve (SO good! We haven’t been able to find it anywhere but Whole Foods and, even then, they’ve only had it on a couple of occasions). It was fun to spend some time together before Jason headed to Carolina on Saturday.

Once Jason was gone, I got to work on a bunch of projects, one of which, I’m about to share! I hinted at it on social media on Saturday with the below picture:

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Sunday was baking day! I made over 14 dozen cupcakes for media day/co-workers to celebrate the start of the season. I did a few different decorations that I’m excited to share and I’ll be posting my go-to recipes, too.

Now, for the project. I first saw it here and knew I had to try it. I tried two different sets of paints and, in total, the project cost less than $5!

Here’s what you need:

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-Watercolor paints (you can go as cheap or as expensive as you want; during my free time in August, I taught myself–kind of–to watercolor paint, so I already had some)

-Squirt guns (got mine at the Dollar Tree)

-Watercolor paper (Less than $10 a pad; I used Strathmore 300lb watercolor paper that I already had)

-An outdoor space with clips to hang paper

The hardest part of this project was filling the guns with the paint! I used my watercolors (most are Van Gogh that I bought for painting, so I had to mix them first. Michael’s sells liquid watercolors, too, which are super easy).

Once I mixed everything, I hung my papers on the fence (it was SUCH a gray day!) and brought all of my paint-filled squirt guns outside. Then, one color at a time, I sprayed the paint on the different piece of paper in no specific order or with no plan.

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The one thing I did notice, on the first group, which were made with bright, fun colors, I should have let the darker colors dry a little before spraying the lighter ones. The colors mixed a lot, which is okay, but next time, if I used the same colors, I would probably wait a little. I still loved how they came out!

For the first ones, I think I might cut out a shape, probably a heart, mount it on scrapbook paper and frame it for a friend’s daughter. These paintings were SO easy, they’re so kid-friendly, and it’d be fun to do more than just put them in a frame.

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Close-up of all three:

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In the second group (below), I went with colors I normally decorate with and hope to hang a pair of these at some point. Once the blues were dry, I sprayed a shimmery gold as the last layer – I’m so glad I waited, or the gold would have never shown up (it would have just mixed with the blues and gotten lost; below is a close up). I’d love to make them into 8x10s, find a nice mat and hang the pair together either above our TV in the family room or in our bedroom.

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Gold detail:

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Close-up of all three:

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I’m pretty happy with them! This was such an easy and cheap project — it didn’t hurt that I already had the right paper and the paint, but, even still, you could use the watercolor sets that Michael’s sells for $10 and mix your paint from there. I find I gravitate to abstract art with texture and these fit right in!

Hope you enjoyed this project — looking forward to sharing a few more from the weekend!

Have a great Monday!

-Lindsey

Five Things for Friday

Happy weekend!

I have A LOT planned this weekend – DIY projects, work around the house and a lot of baking! I’m really excited about some of the projects I’m going to work on to share here, as well as some cupcake decorations that I’m SUPER pumped about.

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The most beautiful I-know-you’re-having-a-stressful-couple-of-weeks flowers from the hubby. They’re over a week old and still making the house smell amazing! NOLA folks — Frederico’s is incredible.

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Special delivery from Chicago! Can’t wait to eat the best deep dish in the world and watch the season premiere of Law & Order: SVU tonight with the hubby.

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Scandal is back! Obligatory [small] glass of wine. Still not 100% but it’s a must for #TGIT TV.

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Did anyone else completely die over about Darby Stanchfield’s Rubin Singer dress on Scandal? SO GORGEOUS! (Photo from Darby Stanchfield’s Twitter account)

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Hope your weekend is as good as the Jersey girl’s night was last night. Laying in the grass with a chew stick?! That’s her version of heaven.

Have a great weekend!

-Lindsey

Links to Love

It’s almost Friday!

I’ve been feeling a little under the weather all week and finally gave in and went home early yesterday. I’m hoping it’s not a real cold and just the effects of being rundown. Hopefully, a little rest and some Vitamin C will do the trick.

Below are some fun links for the week. A nice way to take a 15-minute break this afternoon.

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Love the dance party Taylor Swift had with a seven-year-old super fan! It will make your day! (Photo is a screenshot from the video)

Bookmarking this list for when we got to NYC next summer. Conde Nast Traveler is a must-like on Facebook…so much great info for travelers!

Hoping to spend some time writing this weekend. This coffee bar has been on my list. Anyone else have suggestions?

Rented two dresses (12) from Rent the Runway for an upcoming event. Now, I just need to pick out something to do with my hair!

Can’t say it enough — Sophia Bush is a bad a**.  Love this article posted in July; some incredible insight.

This article is a must-read. Whether it’s the Real Housewives series or celebrity gossip outlets pitting starts against one another, women fighting each other instead of supporting each other is EVERYWHERE. Let’s change that!

Planning on trying out some DIY projects this weekend from this site. Hoping I’ll be sharing success stories with you soon — no #fail!

Anthropologie makes organization look so darn pretty.

I might need to order this shirt.

Interesting read about different social media aspects of #NYFW.

Couldn’t stop giggling watching videos making fun of Ohioans – the first one cracked me up because her ‘a’ pronunciation is so NE Ohio!  (1 I 2 I 3)

Have a great day!

-Lindsey