Happy February, friends! I honestly can’t believe it’s February because it has been practically tropical around these parts – mid 50’s, y’all. It’s amazingly awesome!

One of my goals this year is to read 50 books. I got off to a slow start in January (I only read 2 books), but we’ll be on vacation for almost two weeks in February, so I’m anticipating making up some time then!

I thought it might be fun to share a recap monthly with you all of what I read, along with my reviews. So here goes for January:

First up was How To Win Friends & Influence People In The Digital Age by Dale Carnegie.

Lemon Drop Reads: January

I loved this one. I wouldn’t say the information was particularly new or groundbreaking for me, but it was just a good overall reminder of how you should be dealing with people in your everyday life in order to make the best impression and really just be the best version of yourself. If you’re in a business that requires you to be in contact with other humans, you should get this ūüėČ

The second book I read was Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Lemon Drop Reads: January

This wasn’t particularly high on my ‘to-be-read’ list, but it was on sale for 0.99 and I can’t pass up the opportunity to read a classic.¬†Overall, I wouldn’t say this was a page turner, although the¬†extended monologue from Frankenstein’s monster was pretty captivating to me. Going into it, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what the story was, but I really didn’t so it was interesting to see it unfold. It’s not one I’ll probably ever read again, but I’m still glad I did.

What have you been reading lately? Do you try to read a certain amount of books in a year?

Confession, guys: I have been guilty of house-envy. Ya know, it’s that thing where you’re watching Chip & JoJo design a perfectly flawless home, and then you look around your home and suddenly hate everything about it.

I have a wish list of things I would like in our next home, but the truth is, we’re not in our next home, We’re in THIS one. And there is NOTHING WRONG with our house. We have enough space and it’s not ugly or outdated. The one thing that’s always at the top of my list when I think about what I would want is more of a play space for the kids. Other than their rooms, we just don’t one. But instead of wishing for something that’s not happening in this house, I decided to make it a priority to find the space. I’m going to¬†stop thinking about a house we may have in the future, and start focusing on making the one we’re in work for us.

Our house is a very open floor plan, so I decided to dedicate a wall at the back of our living area and in between our entry and kitchen to creating a space for our kiddos to draw, color, read, and create.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

The first step in this makeover was painting the lower half of the wall with chalkboard paint. What kid doesn’t love being allowed to draw on the wall?! I then hung a line of picture ledges down the wall separating the chalkboard from the top half of the wall.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

I’m nowhere near finished with this makeover, but for now I’ve got a couple of children’s tables from IKEA there, along with the art display station I redid a while back. In the future, I want to add a place for books/reading and some storage for art supplies. And then of course, I will hang some more art above the picture ledges.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

Roarke has already taken quite the liking to this update.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

So, what do you guys think? Do you have a designated space for your kids in your home?

Last year was my first year choosing a word for myself that would be my focus of the year. My word last year was ‘disciplined.’ I made really good strides in the area of my health – as some of you know, I started incorporating essential oils into our daily lives and I have loved the result! I also was more aware of the things I put in my body and that’s something I’m planning to continue even more in 2016. I want to eat healthy and be healthy! I also eventually¬†got the hang of the whole two kiddos circus I’m living in ;). There are still tough days, but I would say I can handle it a lot better now!

In no way would I say that I mastered the art of discipline, but I did make a conscious effort to be more intentional with my actions and having that word in the back of my mind definitely helped!

So, I’ve chosen a new word for 2016: ‘willing.’

It may seem like an odd choice, but I thought about this for a few days, and this is the word that kept echoing in my heart. Willing.

For those who know me, you probably know that I’m an introvert. And, when I say that, I don’t mean that I can’t handle social situations or hate being around people. I simply mean that what recharges my batteries is, often, time alone – or, at the very least, time spent in a smaller group, like 1 or 2 people. I think introverts are often seen as laid back, go-with-the-flow type of people. And I think I am…for the most part.

See, the thing is, I may be an introvert, but when I do decide to do something, I want it to be well planned. I don’t like unknowns; I don’t like flying by the seat of my pants. I doubt I’ll ever be accused of being spontaneous. So, when I’m involved with something – an event, a trip, a project – I tend to want to take control and plan it. And if that can’t happen, it makes me a little grumpy.

But I want to do things a little differently this year. I want to approach my life with a willing attitude. I want to go against my introverted nature and say ‘yes’ a little more often and without hesitation of the consequences. Now, I don’t mean that I’m going to be careless or reckless – I’m a wife and mother of two small children, which is plenty reckless enough for me – but I want to challenge myself to embrace things that I normally wouldn’t. I want to push myself out of my comfort zone a bit.

So here’s a few areas I want to work on:

  • Health. As I mentioned before, my family’s health is still something I want to get a better grip on this year. And I want to be willing to go the extra mile to ensure I’m doing the best I can for them. That means doing more research, spending more time in the kitchen, and investing more time in exercise.
  • Relationships.¬†Being an introvert, I sometimes have a hard time forming and maintaining friendships. I tend to assume that everyone’s friend card is already full, and as a result, I have probably missed out on what could have been great friendships. I want to be willing to put myself out there more often and take chances that would normally seem intimidating.
  • Time. I tend to be kind of stingy with “my” time, and I balk at the idea of doing unscheduled things. But, again, I’m sure I’ve missed out on what could’ve been fabulous memories just because I wasn’t willing to make the time for it. I want to be a little more relaxed about my time schedule and willing to put my ‘yes’ on the table more often.
  • Faith. One of the areas of my life that I’m most convicted over is my Christian walk. Guys, let me just be honest: there is SO much more that I could be and need to be doing to further my relationship with Jesus. I want to be willing to die out to myself more so that I can be used for His purpose, rather than my own.

I love the start of a new year because it brings so much promise and hope. Honestly, I’ve felt more energized with that start of this year than any year I can remember in the past – I’m so excited to see what the coming months bring!

What’s the word you’re focusing on this year? I would love to hear it!


One of my favorite things to do every year around the holidays is to come up with a fun way to display our Christmas cards. Skipping happily to the mailbox is one of the highlights of my day, and I love keeping all the cards on display in our house throughout the holiday season.

This year, I decided that the kids art display station I redid a while back would make the perfect spot for all of our cards!

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

It makes the perfect display! And with the lights around it – gah – it’s SO pretty!!

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

There’s not much of a how-to to this one. I just taped some twine on the backside, and clipped the cards to it with mini-clothespins I got at Target.

This whole area of our house is so cheerful and cozy – it looks so pretty at night!



My cotton ball/jingle bell wreath is still going strong. You can check out that tutorial here.


Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas decorations are just my favorite, guys. No ifs, ands, or buts. They’re just the best. The lights, the colors, the lights, the texture…did I mention the lights?! If I could find a way to leave my tree up all year round, I would. Maybe I can just decorate it for each holiday? No??

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

How are you guys displaying your cards this year?

You can see my past displays here, here, and here.

Well, guys, if you follow me on Instagram (@lemondroplife), you’ll know that I’m feeling pretty Christmas-y already. I blame IKEA. We were there earlier this week and all their cute Christmas stuff totally pushed me over the edge!

But before I totally move on to snowflakes and reindeer, I thought I’d share what our mantel is looking like these days. It’s still decked out for fall/Thanksgiving (at least for a few more minutes;))!

Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel

The copper ‘Give Thanks’ banner is from Target. Isn’t it cute?! They have Christmas ones, too and I’m sooo tempted to go get one!

Thanksgiving Mantel

The window was a yard sale find – only $10! It’s a fun way to show off my bebes! Oh, and Roarke insisted that Captain Hook get in on the shot ūüôā #kidstyling

Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel | Lemon Drop Life

That basket on the left is sneakily hiding our internet box and Time Capsule. Gotta hide that ugly stuff when at all possible!

So what about you guys? Are you decorating for Thanksgiving or are you already in Christmas mode, too?!