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Links and Love

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Lauren holding an umbrella
Sarah Kuszelewicz Photography

Hi Friends!

Time for another links and love post! These posts are few and far between because I usually gather up all the questions I get over the course of a few months and share answers + helpful links to answer them all together, at once, so I have them in one place. I’m looking into other options that would make more sense, but for the time being, these posts will have to do! You can refer to this first Links and Love post I posted last September.

Below I will list fun links, shopping links, recipe links to yummy recipes and more! It’s a little bit for everyone and I’m sure there is something you might love too listed below 🙂 And yes there are a handful of affiliate links below, but by far in the minority.

If you don’t like these kinds of posts feel free to navigate away. I won’t be offended! This Week at the Brennan’s will be posted on Monday along with a new recipe Tuesday 🙂

To start, the skirt I’m wearing in these pictures is from Kate Spade. Splurge? Yes. Worth it because it’s so cute? Also yes.

T-shirt and shoes are from Topshop. The shoes don’t have a terribly high heel, so much more comfortable than I originally thought they would be!

Sarah, my photographer shot all these photos a few weeks ago on a rainy day and I was freezing. Still waiting for warmer weather 24/7.

Lauren sitting on steps
Sarah Kuszelewicz Photography
Because you’ve been asking

On my Instagram stories, there have been a few products and items you’ve been asking about, so here are some helpful links you might be interested in!

We recently got these kid knives so my kids can help with preparing snacks and dinner. They are simple to use and aren’t dangerous in the least. Blake LOVED cutting squash and zucchini with me the other day for that Taco Soup recipe that I’ll be posting this coming week 🙂

My brown purse is also a repeated question. Got it from Splendid here. Currently on final sale, which means its $20 off. You’re welcome.

Whenever I put on my tinted lip balm and start chatting with you, I always get 5-10 direct messages asking what lipstick color I’m wearing. It’s not lipstick at all! Just my favorite tinted lip balm from Sugar. It’s my favorite! I always wear the color ‘berry’.

The other day, I showed that I regularly drink Spark. Spark is a powder you stir into water that is kinda sorta like a multivitamin mixed with a super mild energy drink. The website says it “delivers energy and enhanced mental focus with 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients.” I don’t know about the enhanced mental focus part because KIDS, but it has become my life line to waking up and getting out the door in the morning. I drink one every morning before breakfast…and then on really bad days will make another one (but mixed into sparkling water) for those exhausting afternoons. The grape is my favorite!!

 A Few Vacation Items

One of you lovely readers recommended I go to Gotham Glow for a spray tan before our vacation. I’ve never ever gotten a spray tan before and was hesitant to even try it, but I did and am so happy with the result! I purposely tried to not go very dark, and it really just looks like I’m glowing. So, no pressure to really lay out on the beach to try to get some color. I already have some! I would also recommend Gotham Glow.

Last night, I was running around Target trying to grab some last minute items and found some real winners! Have I mentioned I love Target?

I thought this cute white t-shirt was adorable and only $10! #winning

I also own zero pairs of shorts, so these ones looked super comfy for the beach to go with my swimsuit.

I’ve been on the hunt for a bikini/tankini bottom that doesn’t make my butt look awful. I have a bit of a flat mom butt regardless of the number of squats I do. BUT!! These swimsuit bottoms are so so flattering! The smaller sizes are quite revealing, but my wide hips allow me to fit into a medium and large which gives me more coverage on the derriere which was a really good compromise for looking cute while still being covered on the beach.

About two months ago, I ordered a bunch of swimsuits from Cupshe.com because they were cute and super cheap! You’ll be seeing me in a few new swimsuits in pictures online. FYI: If you’re going to order, keep in mind they don’t return items for full refunds, just give store credit or 50% of the price. I learned the hard way. Don’t be like me 🙂

I’ll be traveling in these shoes (because I love them and still think they are so cute even though they need to be cleaned desperately) and these leggings (currently on sale). I’m in a full blown love affair with leggings and cannot be stopped.

Lauren sitting on a window sill
Sarah Kuszelewicz Photography
Lauren sitting on a window sill
Sarah Kuszelewicz Photography
Recipes you should check out

I have lots of friends on the internet. Well, that sounds sad.

Let me rephrase: I have a lot of friends who are bloggers who live their culinary lives online. Occasionally, I will see a recipe that looks so good!! Below is my attempt at trying to remember and gather all those recipes over these past few months that I think you’d enjoy also!! And, yes all the people I’m linking to I know personally and we’re friends. I have really talented friends!

Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies from Shelly. Yes please.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bundt Cake from Jessica. These pictures!!!! DROOL.

Avocado Stuffed Chicken from Shawn. I’ll take two please.

Homemade Pound Cake from Stephanie. Looks like absolute perfection.

Instant Pot Potato Salad from Rachael. I am always on the lookout for these!!

Honey Avocado Turkey Bacon Sandwiches from Carrian. I want to eat this every day.

Unforgettable Sugar Cookies with Almond Buttercream from Kristy. I want to make these just to see if they’re really unforgettable.

Banana Cream Pie Bars from Kristan. DYING.

Gruyere French Onion Grilled Cheese from Jessica (another Jessica!). OMG status.

Rainbow Veggie Wraps from Heidi. These pictures make me want to eat healthier foods. #miracle

Italian Beef from Sommer. Because I’ve been DYING to try this and hers looks amazing.

Pressure Cooker Baked Ziti from ME! Have you made it yet? It’s pretty dreamy.

And don’t forget my Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies too! SO yummy.


So there you have it! A whole lot of random links that you might find helpful and a whole lotta love from me to you!!

Hope you are having a wonderful day, friends! xo


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  1. Nicole - Cookies & Carrot Sticks

    Wonderful pictures, Lauren, love those shoes and skirt! I have to check out those kid knives. Our boys desperately want to help in the kitchen, but I’m so anxious giving them the really sharp knives to handle.