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What I'm Buying on Amazon

Back in May I shared with you the items I was buying on Amazon and you guys loved that! I get it - I want to know what people are buying too. I'll say it is very similar to wanting to peek inside people's houses to see how they decorate. It is so fun to get ideas from each other and I am happy to help. Because I got such great feedback from you guys, I decided to do another roundup of what we are ordering off of Amazon.

As my daughter is learning, Amazon has everything! Have a need for something, check Amazon first as I am sure they have it! I've made everything shoppable for you if you are interested in purchasing anything. Have questions? Leave a comment or send me an email (lindsay@pursuitofpink.com).

Recent Amazon Purchases


Personal Style

1.) Leopard Print Top ($17.99)
I'm a sucker for leopard print anything. In my book, leopard print is a neutral and can be worn so many different ways. I'm not much of a tshirt girl unless I'm working out or sleeping, but I often find myself looking for casual chic options. This leopard print top fits the bill. It is not dressy at all, but the print definitely helps me feel pulled together.

2.) Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress ($29.99)
This is a MUST BUY. If you have a wedding or a special occasion coming up, I highly recommend you check out this off the shoulder dress. I wore this to a wedding over the summer and got so many compliments. It is pretty lightweight so you won't get hot, fits true to size and is so comfortable and easy to wear. The dress comes in several color options. And at $29.99 the price can't be beat! Now who wants to get married so I can wear this dress again?

3.) Swim CoverUp ($14.99)
If you need a cute and fun swim coverup that doesn't break the bank, here you go! The coverup comes in lots of different colors and includes a cute pom pom detail around the edges. It is long enough to cover your bum and cute enough to have everyone asking you where you bought it.

Jewelry

1.) Tassel Earrings ($12.90)
I've been ALL about the statement earrings this summer. They are such a fun way to add a pop of color to your outfit without costing you a pretty penny. These tassel earrings are pretty large, but not heavy at all. They come in lots of different colors and styles.

2.) Beaded Earrings ($13.50)
Similar to the earrings above, these fun earrings are perfect to add some extra pizzazz to your outfit. I like the tear drop style of these and I love the color. These also are available in lots of different colors.

Kids

1.) Seat Belt Extender (2 pack for $9.99)
When my daughter turned six this summer, we decided to finally switch her out of a five point harness and let her use a booster seat with the seat belt. The only problem is that my car has the seat belt clips installed into the seats, they are not movable at all, which made it difficult for my daughter to buckle herself up. So we bought this extender that buckles into our current belt clip and then she can buckle the seat belt into this.

2.) Sippy Cup with Snack Catcher (2 pack for $14.99)
My son LOVES to drink out of cups with a straw, he much prefers those over his sippy cups. But so often cups with straws will leak if they get turned over. NOT THESE! These cups are spill proof, have handles for little hands to hold and they even have a snack cup on top! We honestly bought these cups just for the straw, but having the additional snack cup is a bonus. Now we only have to remember one item when packing the diaper bag, instead of two.


Hair

1.) Hair Dryer and Volumizer Heat Brush in One ($43.19)
I have seen this product on social media all over the place, but never took the plunge. I finally decided to get it during Prime Day when it was marked way down and so far I like it! Hurry up and get this while you can because the price is actually two bucks cheaper now than when I bought it on Prime Day! This definitely saves me a step when styling my hair and I did like the finished result (smooth hair). It was also very easy to style the back of my hair since I only had one product in my hand, instead of a brush and a hairdryer. My only complaint is that it does get pretty hot, but there is a cool setting if you need it.


Home

1.) Smart Plug ($24.99)
Our house is pretty smart as our doorbell, front door lock, lamps, thermostat and music are all controlled by our voice, with apps or Alexa. We have talked about installing a smart plug in the bathroom for those times when I just cannot remember if I unplugged my curling wand or flat iron. Luckily on Prime Day there was an incredible deal, so we snatched this up. However, my tech loving husband really likes these and recommends them even if not with a discount.

2.) Refrigerator Water Filter (3 pack for $28.99)
Nothing fancy here, but I'm adding this purchase to remind you that you should check Amazon before going straight to the manufacturer. We have a water dispenser on the front of our fridge and Tolar shopped around to see where we could find a good deal. A 3 pack of water filters from Amazon cost us $28.99. The same 3 pack but branded with the manufacturers name on it would have cost us $129! This purchase was a no brainer.
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DIY Succulent Wall

DIY Succulent Wall

If there is one thing that is true about me it is that I have a black thumb. I have successfully killed every plant I've ever had. HA! Which is why it was quite crazy for me to suggest to my husband that we should build a succulent wall to hold NINE plants. He looked at me like I was crazy. But when I showed him how cool the planter was that Holly from Our Faux Farmhouse made, he jumped on board. He's so good to me.

This tutorial is very similar to the one that Holly (and her husband Brad) posted on her instagram page. We used their tutorial and expertise as inspiration for our own, but we decided to make ours extremely budget friendly. The total cost for this project from start to finish was just under $150.

This was our first real DIY project and we both had a lot of fun working on this together. Our planter, once complete, was 31 inches x 41 inches and includes nine different succulents. You can always adjust measurements to make a larger one if you prefer.

DIY Succulent Wall finished planter

Supplies:

lumber
flower pot rings
terracotta pots
spray paint
trim
nails
sand paper/sander
planter bracket kit
plants
potting soil


How to:

1.) We used dog ear wood fence boards to really save on lumber costs. At just $1.48 a board, we got a heck of a deal! In comparison, if we would have bought a 1x6x8 piece of lumber, they cost $6.97 each. My father in-law had the brilliant idea to use the fence board and we are so thankful.
We decided to make the wall 7 boards high. There was no rhyme or reason to that number at first, it just looked good when we laid them out. But in the end, I'm glad we went with 7 because it made everything symmetrical when it was time to place the plants.

DIY Succulent Wall_supplies


2.) We decided to cut the boards to 31 inches each for the width. Before we cut each piece, we did a
quick swipe with a belt sander to make sure everything was smooth. Then we measured and cut each board.

DIY Succulent Wall Sanding Lumber


3.) Once everything was cut, we laid all seven pieces on the ground. Then we secured everything by mounting additional pieces of wood on the back, down both the right and left side. Tolar went through and screwed everything together. We also secured extra wood to the backside of the board where we planned to place each plant ring (see the photo below).
DIY Succulent Wall Board


4.) After the seven pieces were secured and screwed together, we used a hand sander to make sure the front side was completely smooth.
DIY Succulent Wall finishing


5.) Next, we attached the flower pot rings. The flower pot rings we used were about $5 a piece and we bought 9. Since we had 7 boards, I decided to place the rings on every other board, 3 rows of 3 plants. We got extremely technical here and eyeballed everything to make sure they were even as we screwed them in place.

6.) To give the piece a finished look, we decided to frame it using a piece of trim. I saw some window and door casing while at Lowe's and quickly grabbed two pieces for us to paint white. The casing was $4.48 a piece. We cut the casing into 4 pieces like a picture frame and secured everything from the back.

7.) We decided to mount the succulent wall over our banister on the front porch. Since we live in Virginia and do experience lots of different weather, I wanted to be able to remove the wall if we needed to put it inside during the winter. We used a planter bracket kit, but we did have to cut the steel brackets. Tolar sawed the part off that would normally hold a trough planter then we secured them to the back of the planter.

8.) I really like white and bright decor, so I decided to paint the terracotta pots white. Spray paint is my best friend! I used spray paint on both the trim to frame the succulent wall and the terracotta pots. The terracotta definitely soaked up the spray paint, so it took about 3 coats to get them completely covered.
DIY Succulent Wall white pots


9.) When it was time to actually plant the succulents, I used a potting soil that was specifically made for cacti. You can find this at any home improvement store or nursery.
We purchased all of our supplies from Lowe's because it is closest to our house. But I actually purchased all of the succulents from Home Depot as they had a better selection. If you are interested in exactly what type of succulents I purchased, here are their names:
Elephant Bush Spekboom
Pachyphytum Moon Silver
Jade Plant
Graptoveria Bella
Golden Sedum
Pachyveria
Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg
Echeveria Blue Frills
Aloe Vera
DIY Succulent Wall succulents
DIY Succulent Wall potted plants


10.) The final step was to hang the planter over our banister and enjoy our hard work!
DIY Succulent Wall planter
DIY Succulent Wall close up succulent
DIY Succulent Wall plants


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Budget Friendly DIY Succulent Wall



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