Wedge Sneakers



I have a confession to make. I don’t own a decent pair of sneakers. The last pair I bought 5 years ago and has a tear in the side. Frankly, I just haven’t found a pair I love and and I rarely wear them anyway. In the winter I’m a boots and wedges kind of girl and in the summer I wear flip flops and sandals as much as I can.


Now I know wedge sneakers don’t really qualify as a practical pair of sneakers (ok they don’t) but I find that I keep staring at them none the less. A part of me wants a pair and part of me is reminded of those platform sneakers of the 90’s ala the Spice Girls.


This pair I found at HauteLook is really cute and for $30 (some pairs crazy expensive like these here). At that price I might not mind taking part in the trend for a season. So let’s talk about wedge sneakers today. Would you buy a pair or wouldn’t be caught dead in them?

The Verdict: Our White Walls…I Love Them!



After pinning several images on Pinterest (like here, here and here) and asking you all what you thought about getting on the white wall bandwagon. I was living with crazy swatches of paint all over the wall for what felt like an eternity. Staring at those swatches all day was starting to make me go cross-eyed. Eventually my eyes uncrossed and the fear of picking the wrong color succumbed to my annoyance with the swatches and I just picked one I felt good about.


What I really love about painting is that it forces you to take everything off of the walls and out of the room and really helps with looking at the space in a whole new light.

Sometimes though it also uncovers things like an ugly wall air conditioning and an off centered window that you’ve been camouflaging for three years. Who ever thought cheap oakley that building house without central air and completely off centering a window was a good idea? Thank heavens for the lake breeze around here.

Living Room Progress 1 (2)

For anyone that’s curious here’s what the living room looked like before we rearranged the furniture and painted. I loved the pale blue walls for a while but as our tastes keep changing I really wanted a fresh start.


The color is Vapor by Benjamin Moore and it was the warmest and creamiest of the whites that we sampled and also the one that went really well with the sectional we have. It took 3 nights after work and 2 full coats to cover all the old paint but I’m really happy I did it. Bryan was a little worried about the trim not contrasting enough with the walls so I gave it a fresh coat of a brighter white and in person it’s just enough that the trim work doesn’t blend right into the wall.

Adding some black accents has been on the top of my priority list for a while too now and on this weekends trip to IKEA we picked up 6 of the large square Ribba frames in black. Hung in a grid I like the graphic statement they make on the wall. I’m still thinking about what to put in them but we’ll keep you posted.


The room feels really fresh and new to me now and I just want to decorate it, get some new pillows and add a little color and texture back into the space.  But right now painting the kitchen is next on the agenda. Both rooms are open to each other so I think that will help with the whole space to feel larger and more cohesive.

Soon (hopefully) we want to open that cutout completely and make a doorway so you enter the room in the center instead of the awkward side entrance we have going on now. All in all I’m really loving the change and I so don’t regret following my instincts and painting out this room.

Well that’s all for now, but before I go for the day please make a girl feel better and tell me I’m not the only one thinks who leaves paint swatches on the wall for far too long?

Linking up to the Pinterest Challenge with Megan (The Remodeled Life), Katie (Bower Power), Sherry (Young House Love) and Michelle (Decor and the Dog).

Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before and After Party

My Weekend Trip to IKEA



On Saturday it was a rainy and cloudy day. Bored with nothing else to do Bryan and I  headed off to IKEA.  It was an such an enjoyable trip, Nikolas is totally manageable and not that little baby running away from you anymore. No meltdowns happen in the aisles or proclamations of starvation or worrying about diapers.  I’m really loving this little bit older kid I’ve suddenly acquired.  But back to the IKEA story

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I went in specifically because I had seen these LAPPLJUNG RUTA black and white graphic pillow covers somewhere and had been obsessing about them for a few days.


They reminded me of the ottoman I’ve been obsessing over from One Kings lane it’s a very similar black and white pattern and at $10 a piece, how could you go wrong?


Of course once we were there that wasn’t the only thing we picked up. Bryan and I both really loved these Industrial BAROMETER Work Lamps. For us to agree on something is huge, most of the time he just doesn’t care so I do what I want. Other times the don’t cheap oakley sunglasses ask don’t tell policy works really well too 🙂  The lamps are so heavy and I was really impressed by the quality and for $30 a piece they were a win  win in our book.

Ikea Fern and White Pot

We also picked up that cute little fern and the white pot sitting next to the lamp.  I can never resist the plant section I kind of love him. He’s such a pretty spring green, sitting in the white pot it makes me feel like warmer days are ahead.

IKEA Ribba Frames 

Finally we picked up six of the always awesome Ribba frames, we have an idea to hang them in a grid in the Living Room, which is easier said than done to get them level and straight, probably one of my least favorite things to do but they’re going to look awesome all hung.

So what have you all been up to? Any runs to IKEA? Buy anything good lately, spill in the comments.

Resources for Bloggers



Hi everyone. Happy Monday. how was your weekend? Ours was super busy and productive, we made a trip to Ikea (I got some awesome stuff) and finished painting the living room. I can’t wait to show off our progress. I promise to take some picture and post soon. So today’s post is a little different than normal. I was going to put this just in a page at the top of my blog but I decided to make post out of it. Fair warning, If you’re a blogger or considering becoming one you might want to read this, if not it may cause your eye to glaze over 😉

Blogging Resources


So you want to start a blog or you have one and are looking for ways to grow  or maybe you just are curious how things work. I’ve learned a lot through trial and error about cheap oakley creating and maintaining a blog since I first started. Here’s a list of helpful programs and resources I wish I had when I first started blogging.

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use or have heard great things about all of the products listed below and recommend them because they I believe they would helpful to anyone looking to begin or grow a blog, not because of the commissions that I may earn from you using these products.

Hosting options

DreamHost Logo Dreamhost has been our hosting company since starting Our Lake Life. We chose them because they have a really easy set up process for WordPress, very reasonable fees and are recommended by WordPress. They’re great for anyone that wants to start a blog on their own domain easily and economically.Oh and if you sign up be sure to use the coupon code OurLakeLife at checkout to receive $25 off a years subscription! We’ve also heard great thing about Hostgator. They offer free migration if you currently are hosting your website on another service they’ll complete the entire transfer for you for free. Which is great in my mind. I’m seriously thinking about transferring to them myself. The number of free transfers does vary by host plan thought the smallest plan offer 1 free transfer.Oh and if you sign up be sure to use the coupon code OurLakeLife at checkout to receive 25% off!


Photography Tools

When it comes to photo editing in my opinion nobody does it like Adobe. There’s a reason why it’s the industry standard for photo editing. While the big guys use the full version of Photoshop which can be rather expensive Adobe also makes Photoshop Elements . It’s a paired down version of the pro software and great at editing pictures. I find it more user friendly that the full version and I use it everyday to editing, color correction and resizing images.

Shoot Fly Shoot One of my go-to resources for photography and photoshop tips is ShootFlyShoot. Launched by Kevin and Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage fame this easy to navigate course is great for teaching anyone how to shoot in Manual Mode on their DSLR cameras. What’s really special is that it covers an entire section on interiors, something that has been lacking in other photography courses I’ve seen.

Canon EOS Rebel T4i

Cameras can be expensive, there’s no way around it. I’ve recently update my camera to the Canon EOS Rebel T4i and I love it! It takes much better pictures indoors than my old camera and the touch screen is a great feature to have. I highly recommend it as a good entry level DSLR.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 In addition to a nice camera lenses can really take your photography to the next level. Anyone ever wonder how the photographers get that nice blurry background? It’s all in the lens, The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is a well priced option, great for low light product shots and takes a really mean portrait.
Photoshop Elements  When it comes to photo editing in my opinion nobody does it like Adobe. There’s a reason why it’s the industry standard for photo editing. While the big guys use the full version of Photoshop which can be rather expensive Adobe also makes Photoshop Elements . It’s a paired down version of the pro software and great at editing pictures. I find it more user friendly that the full version and I use it everyday to editing, color correction and resizing images.

Photoshop Lightroom

When I make my next photograph purchase I plan on buying Photoshop Lightroom . A lot of people ask the difference between the two (so have I). Lightroom is a photo management program and Photoshop is a photo editing program.You can still perform many of the same basic editing tasks, such as crop, clone  and levels adjustments but it also provides a way to organize your photos. Some people even skip buying Photoshop and only use Lightroom

Making Money and Affiliates

Join, Earn Cash!

Share a Sale is an affiliate marketing network that I use to place ads on the sidebars of of the blog. That provides pay per sale and pay per click advertising. What that means is anytime you buy a product from through one of those ad Our Lake Life receives a small commission.
image Google Adsense is another form of advertising we use on Our Lake Life. It provides both pay per view and pay per click advertising. What that means is anytime you click through one of those ads Our Lake Life receives a small commission.

Driving Traffic to Your Blog

Here is a list of the  submission sites I like to use. It can take some time to go through the process of entering a submission or linking up but the traffic you gain from getting a submission accepted can be great! It’s not unheard of to see 1,000 people visit your blog in a day based on a well placed feature on the right page. Here are some of my favorite submission sites in the Home and DIY niche:

Apartment Therapy
Design Sponge
Dwelling Gawker
Craft Gawker

Link parties are also another great way to drive traffic to your blog. I like to participate in a select few that have a proven record of sending traffic my way. Be sure to link up early though, The traffic driven to the 1st link versus the 101st link is dramatic.

Some last thoughts; these are just a few of the things I’ve used and have worked well for me. From now on this post will live in the menu and be available for reference. Periodically I’ll update it and add as I learn and grow. Finally, please remember that I’m no expert here and I’m just sharing the things I’ve found useful and I hope you do to.

The Coolest Invention: 3D Doodling



The 3D doodler has to be the coolest invention I’ve seen in a long time, perhaps ever. It’s a pen that can draw in the air. How cool is that? I spied this on Kickstarter after reading an article about it. 3D doodler has smashed through it’s original funding goal of $30,000 in just a few hours and is now nearing $1m. Crazy!  Now wonder though because check this thing out.

The latest model 3Doodler

If you don’t know what kickstarter is it’s a funding platform for creative ideas. The ideas are brought to life through backers. Anyone can be a backer on Kickstarter as the minimum is just $1. Some seriously cool stuff comes out of there and this happens to be one of my favorites.

But enough talk check out what this thing can do.

2 ft Eiffel Tower Stencil

Here’s a quote from the project page

“What can I make with 3Doodler?

There are many ways 3Doodler can be used. 3Doodles can be maglie calcio poco prezzo created as flat forms and peeled off a piece of paper, as freestyle 3D objects, or in separate parts, ready to be joined together using the 3Doodler. The creative opportunities are endless, including:

  • Basic 3D shapes and 3D models
  • Jewellery, pendants and hanging ornaments
  • Decorative art and fridge magnets
  • Personalization of everyday objects (iPhone cases, laptops, pens, etc.)
  • A mini Eiffel Tower or a soccer pitch for your Lego men
  • And much much more…”

They even teamed up with some really cool Etsy artists on how it can be used.

Wire Art by Bud Bullivant (

Wire Art by Bud Bullivant (

Wire Art by Nakisha ( Art by Nakisha (

Best part is they plan to price this at $75. It’s pretty cool and I can only imagine what would be created when this thing gets into the hands of a lot of creative people.

So let’s play what would you make if you got one of these? I’m thinking a cool sculpture, or a chandelier could be something fun to try? What do you think?

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