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A Space For The Kiddos

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  • January 25, 2016

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 We have enough space and it’s not ugly or outdated.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?

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2016 Word Of The Year

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  • January 8, 2016

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!

 

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Baby/Kids Wellness

Oil Infused Sleepy Cream

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  • October 22, 2015

Hello, loves! Another week is almost done, and I can’t believe we’re rolling towards the holidays! This time of year is really busy at our church – our ladies group makes between 750-1000 pumpkin rolls to sell as a fundraiser so I’ve been spending a LOT of time in the kitchen!

I shared something recently on IG and FB, however, and got a lot of questions and comments so I thought I’d post here as well!

I’m sure we all appreciate a good night’s rest. But, if you’re anything like me, that’s not always so easy to come by – especially with kiddos. The key to ME sleeping soundly is getting THEM to sleep soundly. And after some experimenting, I found my secret weapon.

Oil Infused Sleep Cream | Lemon Drop Life

It’s a cream I made using some of my favorite essential oils. So here’s the scoop on what you’ll need to make it:

  • 1/2 cup raw shea butter
  • 1 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 15 drops Lavender
  • 15 drops Cedarwood
  • 10 drops Gentle Baby
  • 10 drops Peace & Calming

You’re gonna start by melting your shea butter and coconut oil together, and to do that, you want to use a double boiler method. If you don’t have a proper double boiler, never fear. Fill the bottom of a pot with water and get it boiling. Then get a bowl that’s wider than the pot, put the shea butter and coconut oil in it, and rest the bowl on top of the pot. And make sure the bottom of the boil isn’t actually sitting in the water – there should be a bit of space between the two.

Once they’re melted together, pop that bowl in the fridge until the mixture turns solid again (it will take 45 min-1 hr.). Once it’s solid, put it in a mixer and whip it for a couple minutes. This helps make it nice and fluffy – like a body butter.

While it’s whipping add in your Tbsp. of grapeseed oil. You could also use almond oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil – whatever you prefer. This helps emulsify the mixture and keep it smooth.

Mix for another couple minutes, and then it’s time to add in your oils! Once you’ve added those in, let it mix for another minute or so.

As far as application goes, here’s what we do: I apply a dab of the cream (a little goes a long way!) to the bottom of my kiddos’ feet and then rub some on their chest. It doesn’t take very much at all to get good coverage, so I’m predicting this jar will last us a few months! Meanwhile, I’ll be sleeping easy… 🙂

If you want more info on how we use essential oils for our family, shoot me an e-mail! And if you’re looking to jump in and order, follow this link.

 

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Cleaning/Organization Wellness

Bye Bye, Summer Stink

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  • September 2, 2015

Summer is drawing to a close, which means switching out our summer wardrobes for sweaters and boots. But before I pack everything away, I like to make sure everything is freshly washed and clean – and that goes for our shoes, too.

#realtalk: Socks + summer don’t mix in my house. Socks don’t touch these feet so much as once from May-September (except for an occasional workout), and to be honest, my flats kind of suffer because of it. Especially, my canvas/fabric flats. By the end of the summer, they have a serious funk and that means every time I wear them, my feet have a serious funk. So, don’t be surprised if you invite me over and I loiter nervously in your entryway while I decide whether or not to unleash my funkiness on you. Usually, I just end up throwing them out and buying new the next time summer rolls around.

BUT! I think I may have found the answer to saving my shoes from a life of shame!

Bye Bye, Summer Stink | Lemon Drop Life

I’ve been finding more and more uses for my Young Living oils on a daily basis, and I’m really excited about this one!

And, no, I don’t have dwarf feet. Those are Roarke’s shoes. Socks + summer don’t mix for him either. And let me tell you, he might only be 2.5 years old, but he has the foot stench of a full grown man. It’s seriously impressive.

So, I took a couple of cotton balls and put a couple drops of purification and a couple drops of lemon on each one. Then you just stuff it down inside the shoe.

Bye Bye, Summer Stink | Lemon Drop Life

Within 24 hours, the smell should be MUCH better. But let it sit in there for a couple days just for good measure. And that’s it!

Another way I like to use this combo (besides diffusing it in my house ALL. THE. TIME.) is to take a cotton ball with the same ratio mentioned above and put it in the bottom of our trash cans (underneath the bag). It helps cut down on any left behind stinky-garbarge-smell, especially in the kids’ rooms where dirty diapers are playing a role.

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, leave me a comment or you can go here to place an order.

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Bloggy Stuff Shopping/Thrifting/Fab Finds

The World’s Longest Yard Sale With Krylon

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  • August 10, 2015

Hello lemon-droppers!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I spent Saturday in Cincinnati at the World’s Longest Yard Sale. Krylon invited me, along with several other awesome bloggers, to come hang out with them.

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We had a blast shopping and checking out all of Krylon’s amazing products – some I didn’t even know about. For example, did you know Krylon has a chalky finish spray paint? If you’ve ever priced chalk paint, you know it can be a little on the expensive side so I am totally *pumped* to try this product out!

Krylon World's Longest Yard Sale

If you’ve never heard of The World’s Longest Yard Sale, it starts in Michigan and stretches all the way down to Alabama and lasts for 4 days – basically, a bargain hunter’s dream! Krylon’s mission was to find and transform 127 things for their first ever Pinterest yard sale, which goes to benefit Charity Wings. And – lucky you – the yard sale is open as of today! Head on over to find some awesome buys that go to benefit an awesome charity!

Krylon - Pinterest Yard Sale

And be sure to check out all the other bloggers I was able to team up with!

Happy shopping!

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Shopping/Thrifting/Fab Finds

Amazon Prime Day

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Happy Amazon Prime Day!

If you haven’t heard by now, Amazon is offering some pretty amazing deals for their Prime members today – they’re advertising it as ‘better than Black Friday’! It’s the perfect opportunity to get an early jump on holiday shopping and save some dough in the process. Here’s a few of the things that might be going in my shopping cart today:

I’ve been eyeing a FitBit for a long time, so today might be the day to pull the trigger!

fitbit

A Kreg Jig has been on my list for a while to help me improve my (seriously lacking) woodworking skillz.

kreg jig

I’m in the market for a good double stroller and I think I’ve decided on one of these Joovy styles.

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These magnet tile toys are seriously awesome, but they’re also pretty pricey (we play with them at the doctor’s office). So any little discount helps!

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And don’t forget about Amazon’s home section! I’m planning a kitchem refresh, and I’m looking at some new dining chairs like these:

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And be sure to check out their Lightning Deals page – there are all kinds of goodies on there! Oh, and if you’re not a Prime member, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial just so you can get in on these awesome deals!

 

 

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Etsy Crush: Winnie Cole

Hi lemon-droppers! Popping in today to share another one of my favorite Etsy shops: Winnie Cole. This particular shop is owned by a gal that’s local to me, and I discovered her through the photographer I use for our family photos. She makes some ADORABLE baby/kid items – seriously guys, Megan is WAY talented. Let’s have a look at some of her past inventory.

winnie cole diaper clutch

I love these stylish diaper clutches – that’s one thing I would NOT be embarassed to carry to the bathroom in a restaurant, amiright?

winnie cole teethers

These sweet little rattles would be the perfect thing to top off a shower present for a new mom!

winnie cole slingsMegan also makes custom fabric ring slings and they’re pretty awesome. I can say that honestly because I own one. In fact, that one pictured above is mine 🙂

winnie cole cowl

Is this cowl not the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?! Holy cow, I don’t think I could make that if my life depended on it. Megan does lots of hand crocheted items and each one is SO beautiful.

My favorite thing is that Megan is so willing to do custom orders, so you may not see something listed in her Etsy shop, but I can pretty much guarantee that if it’s something she’s able to make, she’ll probably do it for you. And make sure you go like Winnie Cole’s FB page for shop updates and giveaways.

Oh, and for any photographers out there, Megan has also launched a second business, called Olive & Elm (also see the Facebook page here), specifically geared towards photography props, like this sweet floral headpiece she made for me for Everly’s newborns.winnie cole headband

Look at my sweet angel girl 🙂

Go check out Winnie Cole and Olive & Elm today!

 

 

 

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Domestic Stuff

Spa Water: My New Obsession

I have a new obsession, guys: infused water. They started offering at work about a month ago and I have been guzzling it like it’s going out of style ever since. At work they call it ‘spa water’…ooooh, fancy. Not only is it super yummy, but it has great health benefits. Here a few benefits of commonly used ingredients:

-Lemons are the workhorses of infused water (in my opinion) – they contain antioxidants, vitamin C, and citric acid. This trio boosts immune health and increases collagen production for healthy, hydrated looking skin! It also aids in digestion and can be a natural way to fight off hunger. Plus, the smell of lemons is an instant energizer!
-Cucumber is hydrating and flushes out toxins
-Cinnamon is one of the most efficient boosters of metabolism
-Strawberries are jam-packed full of antioxidants
-Limes are an anti-aging secret weapon due to its powerful effect on hair, skin, and nails.
-Pineapple is an anti-inflammatory that helps relieve joint pain and arthritis
-Mint aids in digestion

Pretty awesome, right?! A few of my favorite go-to recipes are: lemon + basil, cucumber + lemon, lime + mint, and strawberry +blueberry. Any citrus + herb combo is pretty much foolproof for me. I have found that the taste is best if you refresh with new fruit each day, so I make a pitcher first thing in the morning (we use one like this) and between my hubby and I, it’s not hard for us to go through a pitcher – we occasionally have to refill with water once or twice a day!

Spa Water | Lemon Drop Life

I can’t believe how much this has upped by water intake. I find myself reaching for this stuff all day long, which is a big deal because a large Coke with extra ice from McDonald’s is one of my guilty pleasures! As in, I would find myself drinking one a day. But since I’ve started drinking my ‘spa water,’ I have been able to cut out the soda almost completely! So, grab yourself a pitcher and some fruit and get started today – it’s seriously a game changer!

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Etsy Crush: United Thread

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  • April 24, 2015

Whoops. I accidentally went almost an entire month without a blog post. My bad. It’s kind of crazy how easily that can happen when life really gets going. Since Roarke’s 2nd birthday (I probably won’t blog about it, but I over-shared a ton of photos on IG so go follow me there: @lemondroplife), we’ve had Easter, my brother’s wedding (which I will share photos of on the blog because it was gorgeous!), and both kiddos getting the stomach flu. Yippee!

I’m going to start doing a new thing on Fridays. Maybe not every Friday, but at least every other Friday. I’m going to share some of my favorite Etsy shops with you!

Today’s shop is one of my favorites – United Thread. I have to wipe the drool off my keyboard while browsing these prints. How fun is this honeybee one? I love this for a kitchen.

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This alligator print is one of my favorites. As soon as I can figure out the perfect spot for it in my house, this bad boy will be mine.

alligatorandclematis_unitedthreadScoring one of her original pieces (like the one below) would be pricey, but a total dream.

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This fiddle lead fig print is a great option for those hopping on board with the botanical prints trend. And this might be the only fiddle leaf fig I could hope to keep alive.

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Happy weekend, all!

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In My Head

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  • March 27, 2015

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I’m going to confess something up front to you guys today: this post is WAY outside of my comfort zone and I’ve waffled back and forth on whether or not to post it. In general, I avoid highly public discussions regarding politics and social issues.  But I just feel so prompted to write this (Lord, help me) and I can’t get these thoughts out of my head – so I’m following my gut. If for no other reason than to put my thoughts into writing because we all know how cathartic that can be.

In other words, if you have no interest in reading my current stream of consciousness, please come back next week and I promise I’ll be back to my normal topics!

Recently, Indiana has passed legislation that gives business owners the right to deny services to individuals based on religious freedom. I don’t proclaim to understand all the ins and outs of this bill but as one can imagine, this has caused quite an uproar and EVERYONE has an opinion – including me. But I’m not writing this post to share my two cents on the issue. No, this is more about the heartbreak I feel every time I see someone else share THEIR two cents.

In my opinion, social media is one of the most dangerous, divisive tools at our disposal today. In one instant, you can share a piece of yourself that could be seen by hundreds – even thousands – of people, and you can NEVER take it back. Sure, you can “delete” it later, but in all reality, it’s out there forever. Nothing you put on the Internet is ever private. As a Christian, this is definitely a cause for hesitation before I hit that “Post” button.

You see, I don’t want to say anything on social media that might divide me from someone else. I don’t want to post something that might offend someone else. That’s not to say I’m a walk-all-over-me-doormat without opinions. I have them. I just don’t feel like Facebook is the best forum for sharing them. It’s too easy for someone to misconstrue my words and intentions. I feel like those kinds of discussions are much better suited to one-on-one conversations. Because, then, even if that person still ends up disagreeing with me, at least I feel like I was able to thoroughly explain my view and hear theirs as well. THAT’S the problem with Facebook/Twitter/Reddit, etc. The conversation is one sided. You put your opinion out there and it’s done. On occasion, you might get some push back from a lively debater, but for the most part, people that have a differing view point are going to scroll on past and write you off as crazy/ignorant/too liberal/too conservative…whatever the case may be. Social outlets allow us to forget that there is a PERSON on the other side of that comment. A person with thoughts and emotions and, more importantly, a SOUL.

I never want my words to turn someone away from Christ – not before I have the chance to tell them about his unending grace, powerful mercy, and amazing love. Why don’t I post about that? My Facebook page is the only part of me that a lot of people see. Why am I not using it to exalt Jesus at every opportunity? I would much rather have someone say “There goes Dacia, posting another scripture,” than “ There goes Dacia, ranting about {insert rant-worthy cause here} again.” Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (NKJV). Again, this doesn’t mean that you should throw your beliefs out the window to get along with someone else. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t express your beliefs, even defend them if needed.  But do it in an appropriate, loving way that’s representative of Jesus. More often than not, that is NOT going to include posting something to Facebook.

Yes, you have the right to express your opinion. But just because you have the right to do something, doesn’t make it a right thing to do. Pick your battles, people. And, even better, pick the appropriate forum for them. Please, Christians, let’s use our words to point to our Savior instead of what’s going on in this world.

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