A Collection of A Few Of My Favorite Things

When I find things I REALLY love, I like to make a post about it. This is one of those times. As you know, I recently got an iPhone. I was unsure how this would work out, because I’m bad at touch screens. Luckily, it turned out to be a great choice. Basically, this phone is amazing and SO smart. I love all the apps. The phone is just (as our IT guy says) “slick”. I’m definitely slower typing on the touch screen, but it’s not nearly as hard as I thought. The phone’s autocorrect is really good which makes things a lot easier. Yeah, sometimes it gives me my own personal version of Damn You AutoCorrect...but for the most part it’s helpful. I’m really happy I chose this phone.

While fiddling around with the App Store, I found an Oregon Trail app! I was instantly brought back to the 4th grade, and I couldn’t be happier. This game brought me endless hours of enjoyment when it came on a huge floppy disk in the ’90s.

You've come a long way, baby

And guess what? It’s just as amazing (if not more so) now as an app with great graphics. It’s also an iPad app too, FYI. You can still ford the river. The kids still get diphtheria.  Your stupid wife still gets a broken leg/arm every five seconds, even when you’re traveling slowly. It’s amazing. I literally have to set a time limit for myself when I start playing this game or else I’ll sit there all evening picking up hitchhikers and panning for gold.

I also LOVE the Hipstamatic app. I know I’ve talked about it before, but seriously it is so cool and makes your pictures look gorgeous. I just found out that you can order prints of pictures you take with the app, so obviously I did that. They just came in today. Look how cool they are!


I got a set for my office and a set for our apartment. There’s a bunch of pictures, but this is just one of the ones I thought came out the best. They’re kind of an awkward size because they’re square, but I still love them. So amazing. The Hipstamatic app is great. And cheap too.

One of my other new loves comes in nail polish form. You’ve probably heard of it by now, but if not you can read about it on Love Twenty (one of the other sites I write for).  It’s called Shatter and it’s a fun, edgy way to paint your nails this summer. Basically you paint your nails whatever color your little heart desires. You wait for it to dry. Then you paint a THIN (this is important, too much looks bad) coat of Shatter on over the polish. Once that’s dry you paint two coats of clear polish to seal the whole thing. The result is this:

The picture is not stellar, but I think you get the point. The black polish crackles and reveals the color underneath. Looks cool, right? Listen, I am no nail artist. But I think Shatter is pretty fool-proof. The color underneath is actually pinker than the picture makes it look, but that’s okay. Side note: if you live in a smaller city (like me) you may have trouble finding Shatter at Sephora like the Love Twenty article mentions. I ended up getting mine from my manicurist at my hair salon. I’ve also been told JC Penney has it. Just a helpful hint if you’re looking to try this out!

And last but not least, here’s a snack I’m loving when it’s super hot out. I used to gag at the thought of eating cottage cheese.

Give it a chance

I’m into texture and this texture was not doing it for me. However I kept reading articles about how much protein it has and how good it is for you. I decided, reluctantly, to give it a try. I am a changed woman! Cottage cheese + fresh summer fruit = delicious.


What are you guys loving this summer? Remember, you can e-mail me anytime lauren@lifewithlauren.com OR you can find me on Facebook! (Hit “like” while you’re at it!)



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