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Kitchen, I’m Comin’ For Ya

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  • August 21, 2015

Happy Friday, lemon-droppers! We’re almost to the weekend and I couldn’t be happier about it – hubby has been in Houston this week and I can’t wait for him to get back him tonight! Single-parenting two rambunctious babies is rough, ha!

After Everly was born, JP and I discussed looking for a house with a little bit more space. We really wanted something with a basement and a little more room for the kids to play. But after lots of discussions and prayer, we decided that wasn’t the direction we should go.

I haven’t shared this on the blog yet, but a little over a month ago, I made the transition to stay home with our kids, while also working part-time at our church. It was a big decision for us, and one I prayed about a lot. I loved my job, but after I went back to work from Everly’s maternity leave, all I could think about was being with her and Roarke all the time and savoring the precious moments I have with them while they’re little. So, JP and I decided to do what we needed to in order to make that happen. And that included agreeing to stay where we are for several more years.

When we moved into this house (almost 4 years ago), I had a specific idea of what this house would be. We would live here for 4-5 years, probably start our family here, but then move on to our forever house. This was our ‘just for now’ house.

Let me tell you, folks, that was a bad mentality to have.

It’s only recently that I’ve realized just how crippling that train of thought has been. Yes, we’ve made nice updates to the house, but I’ve refrained from making some of the changes I’d like because I’m always thinking about the fact that we’ll be reselling this. And why go to all the effort of changing a house that you’re going to be leaving soon?

BECAUSE THIS IS OUR HOME. That’s why.

And now that I know we’re going to be here a few more years, I’ve realized it’s time to make this OUR space. I want to love every inch of my house and I want it to be meaningful and functional for us.

So in my quest for home-iness, I’ve been giving our kitchen major side-eye lately. I haven’t touched our kitchen since we moved in and painted it. But that’s about to change.

Let me share a little mood board I made that gives an idea of some of the larger elements I have in mind.

Kitchen Mood Board | Lemon Drop Life

I apologize for the low quality mock-up, but you get the idea.

One thing I’ve known I wanted to do for a long time was paint the walls a deep gray. This is the same color (Semi Sweet by Valspar) that I used for the planet wall in Roarke’s room and our little hallway and I absolutely fell in love with the color. I’ve been picturing it for our kitchen ever since.

I’ve spent hours poring over tile selections and backsplashes and I always come back to classic subway tile with dark grout. So, maybe it’s overdone, but I can’t fight this feeling anymore. I’ve forgotten what I started fighting for, you guys.

I’m also itching to incorporate a couple of open shelves for the kitchen, and I’m really excited to make that happen!

I’ve long been a lover of the beaded chandeliers and I’m going to try my hand at a DIY (read: cheaper) version.

The table won’t be exactly like that, as I’m going to be repurposing our existing table, but that gives you an idea of what I’m going for. And my plan is to do a combination of the wooden x-back chairs and a couple of upholstered captain’s chairs on either end.

I am SO excited to get this started and finally turn this place into a real home that reflects our family and our style!

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Chalk Paint + Dip-Dye Desk Makeover

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  • August 17, 2015

Wait, what’s happening? Am I actually posting something home decor/DIY related?? YES! Yes, I am. ‘Bout time, right?!?

Last month, I was browsing our local Goodwill and came across a really adorable midcentury style desk. For $15 dollars.

Chalk Paint + Dip Dye Desk Makeover | Lemon Drop Life

Yep, that’s right. $15 dollars. It was really in pretty good shape, too. What can I say? Sometimes even a blind squirrel finds a mid-century modern nut.

When I saw this desk, I instantly had a vision for what I wanted it to look like – I was picturing a rich army green with gold dip-dyed legs. And because I LOATHE furniture prep, I knew chalk paint was the way to go. I’ve heard lots of good things about the BB Frosch Chalk Paint Powder, so I decided to give it a go. 

Basically, the powder allows you to transform any latex paint into chalk paint – cool, right?!? The formula is simple: 2 tablespoons of powder + 1 tablespoon of water + 1 cup of flat finish paint. I went with Forestwood by Sherwin Williams. They recommend just mixing up a cup at a time, because the paint goes a long way. I ended up using a full cup and still needed just a bit more for some touch ups so I mixed up another half cup to finish this desk.

Chalk Paint + Dip-Dye Makeover | Lemon Drop Life

The coverage for the paint was great – it was really easy to use! And the best part is, I still have a ton of powder left to use for future projects! I taped the legs off and sprayed them with my beloved Krylon gold spray paint.

Chalk Paint + Dip-Dye Makeover | Lemon Drop Life

It’s good, right?! I also hit the hardware with a couple coats of ORB spray paint – so much better!

Chalk Paint + Dip-Dye Makeover | Lemon Drop Life

I put a couple coats of Polycrylic on the drawers and table top to seal everything off.

My plan is to move this baby up to our guest room – I just have to get our exercise equipment moved out to make some room! Have you guys ever tried any DIY-type chalk paint methods?  What’s your favorite?

Note: This post was in no way sponsored by BB Frosch – I just enjoyed their product!

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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.

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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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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!

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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:

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.

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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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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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DIY Mickey Mouse Party Invites

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  • March 20, 2015
Hello, lovelies! I hope you’re all enjoying some spring-like weather today! It’s gloomy here today, but I’m crossing my fingers that we’ve seen the last of the snow for this winter!

My baby boy is turning 2 on Sunday (how did that happen?!?), so I’ve been deep in the midst of party planning. If you follow me on Instagram (@lemondroplife) you know that we’re doing a Mickey Mouse party, as my guy is obsessed with that little mouse. He can sing the Hot Dog song with scarily accurate pitch. I’ll be sure to share all the party details with you guys next week, but for now I thought I’d show you the adorable invites I made.

DIY Mickey Mouse Party Invites | Lemon Drop Life

Forgive the iPhone photo, but I realized after I started this post that I forgot to take any pictures with my good camera before I mailed all the invites out. Whoops.

These were pretty straightforward – cut the Mickey Mouse head shape out on black card stock, cut a half circle from red card stock, glue together and add a couple buttons! But remember: don’t glue the top of your half-circle down, so that you can slip your invite inside!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and get to enjoy some sunshine!

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Adding The YOU To A Room

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  • March 12, 2015
Confession: sometimes I struggle with completing a room. I can hit all the major points: color scheme, furniture placement, rug, curtains, pillows…I can do that all day long. But then there are those items that really make the room feel ‘done.’ And more often than not, those items are the things that add YOU to the room. They tell your story and give a little insight to who you are.

One way I’ve found to add those touches to our home is through items picked up from our travels. And I’m not talking about shot glasses or key chains. I’m talking about meaningful souvenirs that you can display proudly and that bring to mind happy memories. I’ll show you a few examples from around our home.

On the shelves in our living room, live the little nesting egg dolls we picked up while in Russia. They complement the color scheme well and they add a whimsical touch to the vignette.

Adding The YOU To A Room | Lemon Drop Life
Adding The YOU To A Room | Lemon Drop Life
Recently I switched out a print in our stairway gallery wall for the one I picked up while we were in Scotland. I love walking by and seeing a reminder of our fun trip.

Adding The YOU To A Room | Lemon Drop Life
Also on our gallery wall is a fun little art piece I made using some leftover currencies from a few of our different trips (Costa Rica, Russia, Poland).
Adding The YOU To A Room | Lemon Drop Life

Hubby’s most recent trip was to Peru and he brought back an AMAZING tapestry (I’m not exactly sure what to call it) made completely of alpaca fur for Everly. He wasn’t exactly sure of its’ intended purpose – he said “maybe it can be a nice blanket for her to lay on”, but I turned it into a wall hanging and now it lives in Everly’s nursery. It filled a blank space I’d been struggling with perfectly, and I hope it’s something she’ll cherish forever.

Adding The YOU To A Room | Lemon Drop Life
Adding The YOU To A Room | Lemon Drop Life

And, just keep in mind, you don’t have to travel to exotic locations to pick up meaningful travel mementos. Collect cool looking rocks on your next walk with the kids or buy a fun print from a local artist. Important moments happen all the time and I guarantee you’ll love having the reminders in your home!

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