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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.

Krylon - bloggers

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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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!


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.


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!

mangetic tiles

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:

dining chairs

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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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.


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.


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.


Happy weekend, all!

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Just Browsing: Local Finds

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  • October 28, 2013

This past weekend was jam-packed, starting with Boo At The Zoo Friday night with my little popcorn!


On Saturday, we got a huge shipment of furniture in for our church offices (can’t wait to show you guys that when it’s all done!) and while we were waiting for the furniture delivery, I got the chance to do a little browsing at a couple of my favorite local shops.

And there was some goo-ood stuff, you guys.

First find of the day: this wicker ottoman. I feel like wicker is having a major moment right now, and I’m totally OK with that. This stool would be such an awesome way to add a little warmth to any room!


This basket was so sculptural and unique; it could really make a statement all on its’ own!


I fell HARD for this square glass container (and there were TWO of them!), but it was on the pricey side. Not overpriced, but just more than I was looking to spend that day. And now that I’m looking at this picture again, I’m having total non-buyers remorse. Yep, I shoulda bought it. (See how quickly I can talk myself into something? Shopping is dangerous for me.)


I thought this little cabinet would be so cute in a play room or even a covered patio to hold outdoor games/items. I can’t remember the price, but you could definitely DIY something similar!


Bamboo is right up there with wicker right now for me. I just can’t get enough! This easel was AWE-some (it’s a little hard to tell in the picture, but it had fantastic details), but expensive. How cool would it be holding a big piece of art or a mirror? Gah!


I could totally see this old metal carriage on a front porch surrounded by a bunch of pumpkins and flowers. And it would be so fun to decorate up for Christmas, too!


OK, there’s a lot going on in this picture, but the thing I was trying to capture was the giant whale. And I was teetering on one tip-toe to even get this shot. But this thing was pretty good size and not that expensive. Would be so cool in a kids room! Methinks Roarke may get a nautical-inspired little boys room in the future!


I LOVE the look of chimneas and this one had such a cool retro vibe with the brass detailing and shape. If we had the outdoor space for something like this, I would’ve been begging JP to bring this home!


This old cabinet caught my attention right away. The drawers were labeled with things like ‘lavender’ and ‘cedar leaf’ so I’m thinking it may have been something like an apothecary cabinet? Super cool.


String art has gained popularity in a big way these past couple years, and this one was out of this world. It was made with strands of brass and copper! And isn’t the design so funky?! It would make a great statement piece – this thing was large and in charge!


Anyone else do any browsing this weekend? Or maybe you were lucky enough to do some buying? Do tell!

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Just Browsing: World Market

I mentioned last week that I had a chance to visit a couple of my favorite stores not too long ago. My first stop was HomeGoods and my 2nd was World Market!

World Market has some really cute, affordable options for decorating your home and they’re not afraid to use color! Let’s see what I found on my most recent trip…

I was totally in love with this print..the colors and typography had me at “grilled peaches..” How fun would it be in a kitchen?!

This little turtle magnifying glass is definitely my kind of tchotchke..he would look pretty cute on the top of a pretty stack of books.

I have a love for faux taxidermy (as evidenced by the ram and rhino in my entryway) so this paper mache giraffe totally spoke to me. He said, “Take me home. Let’s be friends.”

World Market has a really awesome selection of party goods like wrapping paper and gift bags. Just look at all the pretty colors!

I fell in loooove with this little butterfly box. The colors are just delicious 🙂

Doesn’t this bed look so cozy?! I’ve always loved the look of daybeds, and this one just looked so inviting!

I thought this colorful garden stool was a nice break from the traditionally solid-colored ones I usually see. It could definitely add a nice touch to a neutral patio!

I loved the look and shape of this extra-tall headboard and I think it would be easy enough to DIY if you had the right tools!

This patchwork pillow totally stole my heart. Doesn’t it look like it was handmade with love?! It would be so sweet in a little girls room.

I must be developing some kind of affinity for turtles because this little dish caught my eye as well. I think it would be cute in a bathroom holding some pretty decorative soaps.

Lastly, I was pleasantly surprised to see that World Market also sells chalkboard labels for all those random containers floating around in your pantry. I love all the fun shapes!

Have any of you done any shopping lately? Do you love World Market like me? And can you believe I didn’t buy anything?!?

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Just Browsing: HomeGoods

Last week, I got the chance to do some window shopping at some of my favorite stores, so I thought I’d let you in on a few of my favorite finds! I didn’t end up getting anything, but it’s always fun to browse and get ideas! First stop, HomeGoods. Is there anybody that doesn’t love that place? Oh, wait, I know…my husband 🙂

I was first greeted by this pretty console table. This one in particular caught my eye because it was super long and narrow, and I’ve been looking for something like that for our bedroom. Alas, I left without it.

This lamp shade caught my eye, mainly because it would work beautifully on our living room. I loved the fun pattern, and I think it was $25, which isn’t too bad.

I love the inky blue color of this lamp base..the fish aren’t necessarily my thing, but I could see it working in the right room!

This one I regret not getting. I love the blue-green glass, and it was huge. It’s hard to tell in this photo, but this thing was a good 3 feet tall. AND it was only $20…wahhhh, I’m having non-buyer’s remorse 🙁

This driftwood fish would be so pretty on a beachy mantel. The texture is awesome. $20, I think.

If I had a little girl, I would’ve snapped this up in a second. In fact, I may go back and do it anyway (and by doing so, I will probably jinx myself into having all boys). This basket stood about 2.5 feet tall and I could just picture it sitting in the corner of a fun bedroom or playroom to corral clothes or toys. Sigh. And, if I remember correctly, it was pretty reasonably priced..I’m thinking somewhere around $30.

The pattern on this lantern was so pretty, and it was painted blue on the inside which would probably be so pretty with a candle glowing out of it. I also thought it would be pretty turned into a light fixture, which coincidentally enough, Mandi just posted a tutorial showing how to do this!

I thought the shape of this piece was really unique and it could be fun as a terrarium or a lantern with some pretty candles inside. It was $25.

One thing you can always count on HomeGoods for: ceramic animals of all varieties. This ram head was very masculine looking, but I wasn’t loving the crackle finish. I would probably spray him with a charcoal gray or navy.

This bone tray was LARGE (probably 2.5′ x 1.5′) and super heavy. It was in the clearance section, but was still $70 (originally $130) so a little out of my price range. I do love it , though and we could’ve been best friends.

I thought these baskets were really cool, it’s actually a grouping of three that are all attached and would look awesome hanging on a wall!

I loved the damask-like pattern on this rug, and the colors were very nice!

I also love the greek key pattern on this rug, and it was a really soft lavender color. Could be really pretty in a light, airy little girls room!

It’s hard to tell in this photo, but this mirror had some really awesome texture to it, almost like jute. I’ve been on the hunt for a nice full length mirror for a our bedroom, but this one was out of my price range if I remember correctly.

So those are the things that caught my eye! Anyone else done any window shopping lately? Or experience non-buyers remorse like me??


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Recent Finds

Happy Monday, lemon-droppers! Party season is officially here for the Parnell household. We had 5 to attend on Saturday alone! So it was a very busy day for us, but I did manage to sneak in a couple hours of yard sale-ing on Saturday morning and I walked away with a couple new things!

First up: two nice wooden chairs for….wait for it…6 bucks!! No, not $6/each…$6 for both! I’m a sucker for chairs, so of course I couldn’t pass these guys up! We frequently have large groups of people over so in my book, more chairs = happiness. I’m thinking of keeping these guys on our back patio..JP and I decided to spruce it up as an early anniversary present to ourselves, so be on the lookout for updates!

I think I’ll paint them white (or maybe black..oooh, that could be chic!) but dip the bottom of the legs in a bright, fun color! Now that I really think about it, there are lots of fun color combos I could try…hmmm.

I picked up this cute little floral painting for fiddy cent. I’ve been dying to bring that red/coral-y color into my house so when I locked eyes on this little beauty, I was smitten! And the gold frame? Psh. Fabulous. Methinks this will find a place on the gallery wall I mentioned doing on our staircase.

These next two things are not from yard sales..I actually picked them both up at Home Goods when we went down to Indy last weekend for Memorial Day.

Don’t mind the unruly cords and the table that desperately needs dusting. Just keepin’ it real.

I got this lovely little sea urchin lamp for $30. I’m really digging the short, squatty shape. It fits perfect on the table under our TV. Previously, I had some trouble trying to find something that was short enough not to block the TV. This little guy is just what the lamp doctor ordered!

I also picked up this wire magazine rack for $30 (it could also be a super adorable book holder in a kids room). It fits perfectly in our guest bath! So far, we haven’t done anything to that room except hang a shower curtain and throw down a rug. It may be time to fix it up!

Anyone else score some good garage sale finds this weekend? And tell me the truth, how much do you love Home Goods?

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Tricky Target

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  • April 30, 2012

Last Friday night (I can’t type that without breaking out into that stinkin’ Katy Perry song), JP had to attend a wedding rehearsal at our church for a wedding he performed on Saturday. Seeing as our church is a few hundred yards from our Super Target (which is basically heaven on earth..oh the irony), I decided to hop over there while I waited for JP to finish up. Big mistake.

I succumbed to Target’s beautiful displays and marketing basically the second I walked in the door. There’s a reason I don’t allow myself to go there very often: I always spend too much money! However, I have to say, this time I tried really hard not to go overboard and I didn’t allow myself to buy anything that wasn’t on sale.

So, ya wanna see what I got?

I snagged this pretty floral embroidered pillow on sale for $25. It goes perfectly with the blue/green color combo I’ve got going on!

When I stumbled upon this pretty white ceramic bowl, I was sure it would be at least $30…but much to my surprise it was on clearance for $8! I snatched the last one 🙂

I absolutely LOVE browsing the stationary aisle..the pretty designs suck me in like a tractor beam. I picked up this set for $6. The colors go really nicely with what I’ve got going on in the craft room and I think I might frame one of each as art.

Have you guys checked out the dollar section at Target recently? They’ve got some majorly ca-ute stuff! I picked up some colorful gift bags (perfect for those upcoming graduation/Mother’s Day gifts), an adorably bright storage box, and a super cute memo pad all for $1/each. I also grabbed that yellow ceramic planter for $2.50. Can’t beat that!

Oooh, you’re getting a sneak peek of something I’ve yet to reveal..mysterious 🙂

And yet another sneak peek..can you hearts even take the suspense?!

Is Target like Kryptonite for anyone else out there? My heart says pocketbook says hate.

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Fab Finds!

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  • November 17, 2011

This past weekend, my sister-in-law and I hit up a couple of my favorite local antique shops and I just wanted to show you guys a little of what caught my eye!

How cute are these benches? I picture them at the foot of the bed in our guest room, recovered in a beautiful fabric. They were $45 a piece..not terrible, but not quite cheap enough for me to scoop them up.

This vintage laundry cart reminded me of one I saw on WUSLU a while back. I would love to have one to hold throw blankets!

I was thisclose to taking this desk home with me. It was $68 and I loved the chalkboard top and simple lines,  but it was kind of shaky so I left it behind.

I’ve always loved papasan chairs, and for $35 this woven one was a great deal!

This retro dining set was super cool. Such a fresh color, and I love all the scrolly detail! The little note on top of the table explained that they had saved the whole set from the trash and were able to strip down the seats to uncover the original fabric! Groovy.

I spent a solid 20 minutes staring at this aluminum chest, trying to figure out how I could use it. It was only $27 and I absolutely LOVE the flower detail on top. I’m thinking you could somehow make a base for it and use it as a coffee table or storage bench?

I’m always attracted to bird cages and I was really digging the size of this one. I think it would be awesome if you could wire it up and use it as a light!

These old wooden lockers were AH-MAZE-ING. They would be so awesome in a mudroom or entryway. And if I had an extra thousand bucks lying around, they would’ve been mine!

GoodNESS this mid century modern sideboard was beautiful. And guess what? It’s coming home with meeee! It was a steal at only $100 and I can’t wait to bring it home with us this weekend!

Have any of you guys done any thrifting lately? Find anything good??


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