nursery by design

It’s amazing the emails and texts you get when you start posting design photos about nurseries. Let me just clarify for all those wondering, no, I am not pregnant, I just love design and this nursery was the design I created for one of my awesome clients.
A few variables I worked around in order to design this nursery:
  • The house was custom built as a gift for them and they had already decided on a lavender color for the room prior to consulting with me, but we made it work.
  • I never saw her house in person. We did the entire design through pictures, video, architect plans, and pinterest!
  • I always try to plan ahead, since she had a daughter, I designed the nursery in a way that the “staples” – the major furniture pieces – could last longer than the toddler years.
  • Like every design client I work with, we had a specific budget and a desired timeline. I always offer a variety of furniture options ranging from inexpensive to moderately expensive and work with the client to see what they want most and which pieces are important for them to spend extra money on.

I loved the green chair because I love this bright green color with the lavender hues. I tried to keep everything else pretty neutral with white, grey, and metallic hues and accent pieces. Overall, I love the way this room turned out and I am excited to show you more designs from more of my clients’ homes.

Design Tips:

#1 Create a Nursery that both YOU and the BABY will thrive in

Too often I see nurseries (and while we are on the topic – baby bags and baby accessories that the parents have to carry) geared towards the baby only. I am of the belief that both the parents and the baby should love being in the room. So if you hate the color red, I don’t think you should put it in your son’s nursery.

#2 Plan for the Future

Babies have a way of growing up, and soon your little munchkin will be a pre-teen. I know, pause for a moment of silence. But knowing that kids always get bigger and grow up, try planning for it in your purchases. There is no need to buy furniture as often as you buy clothes. Save your money and invest in pieces of furniture that you can see in their room for quite some time.

#3 Keep it Simple

Only buy what you need, everything else will just collect dust and take up much needed space. Buying in bulk on diapers and clothes usually saves you money, but it can take up a lot of valuable space too, so be sure to have a plan on where you will store things. Toys, I know, it might seem blasphemous to even go there, but I have to… Most of our kids have too many toys. There, I said it, but before you send me hate mail, please hear me out. Instead of having a lot of toys, teach your kids to be content with a few things. In reality, most little ones just want to be around you and they will find something to play with wherever you are. The less toys they have, the more creative and imaginative they will be and the less things you need to clean up or trip on when you are in their room. I won’t harp on this, but less is more in this case.

#4 Keep it Clean

Unless you are of the rare breed of individuals who loves to live in a disgusting mess, do your best to keep the nursery clean. If you have to pull off awesome ninja moves to get to your baby’s crib, I think it is safe to say that the nursery needs to be cleaned and you may need a plan for how to keep it clean. If every time you sit down to read a book to your little one you find yourself focusing more on the load of laundry that you can see that the cute child sitting in your lap, it would probably be a great idea for you to spend a little time coming up with a new way to keep the nursery clean. The easiest way to do this is to follow the above steps. If this is not something you are good at, recruit a friend to help!

 

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Some people think I am controversial, others love my honesty. But really, I just like talking about sex – the good stuff, the way it is supposed to happen – in marriage.

For the majority of my life, I was the center of bets and jokes simply because I was a virgin. Now I’m having the best sex ever with my husband, exactly as it should be.

I grew up reading relationship books and listening to abstinence speakers, over and over again it was drilled into my head, “don’t have sex; sex is bad.” I don’t know how it was possible to fall asleep reading a book about sex, but I did. Why? Because no one was really talking about it. So I began researching and I began writing. After all, I hadn’t waited so long for nothing.

Some people know that the Bible says to save sex for marriage, but many don’t realize that it says much more than that. I was shocked to learn that the Bible talks about good, godly, arousing sex (between a husband and his wife).

I have been speaking to audiences for over thirteen years and love every minute of it. Since my book NO SEX IN THE CITY was released, I have appeared on TV and Radio, been the featured personality in magazines, newspapers, and keynote speaker for various youth and singles conferences.

In a nutshell, I love teaching the truth about godly sex, lies about virgins, purity, and my two cents on dating and relationships.

 

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green tea latte starbucksPhoto compliments of Fabulously Broke in the City

What I am about to suggest may sound painful to you now, but trust me, you will thank me later! Are you ready?

Say NO to a Starbucks Green Tea “Skinny” Latte and say YES to this new awesome Chai Green Tea Protein Latte that will actually help you stay skinny.

Why, you ask?

Well, mid-morning or mid-afternoon – in between meals – everyone needs a little protein boost to sustain them to the next meal to keep the metabolism high and the post- lunch blues away. This delicious protein drink does just that without any added sugars or calories and you can use ingredients that you probably already have!

You SAVE $$ AND keep your waistline thin, that’s a WIN WIN.

Whether sitting at a your work desk or sitting down to study, everything gets better when you have one of these drinks to sip on.

We need to make sure we are eating enough good sources of protein. One scoop of this MRM protein provides 18g of protein, so when I drink this post-workout, I usually add 1 1/2 scoops to be sure I am refueling my body with enough protein.

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Healthy Chai Green Tea Protein Latte Recipe

Ingredients
* 1-1 1/2 scoops of MRM Vanilla Protein Powder

* 2 Tea Bags of Stash Green Tea – Chai Tea

* 1/4 Cup of Coconut milk (warmed)

*1/2 Cup water (boiled)

* Honey (to taste) optional

Directions

1. Heat/boil water until very hot.

2. Stick two tea bags in the water and let steep for at least 4 minutes, then remove tea bags.

3. Heat coconut milk so that it is warmer than warm, but not cool.

4. Mix 1 – 1 1/2 scoops of protein with the tea and stir, blend, or whip.

5. Add in Coconut milk, then whip again (I prefer using a hand immersion blender) to make it frothy.

6. Add honey as desired to sweeten it.

7. Drink and enjoy. I highly recommend that you add these tasty homemade GLUTEN FREE protein bars by Yummy Mummy Kitchen to your latte experience!

I hope you have enjoyed this post, let me know what you think!

Sincerely,

Lindsey

 

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I started of the New Year strong. I planned my workout days, routines, and most of my meals. I was even drinking my “Healthy body and skin” concoction (stay tuned for future post about what I am drinking to help rejuvenate my skin). I was so proud of myself!

And then it happened… I got sick!

Ugh. My sweet husband took a trip to Target the other day to find me theraflu or something that would help my cold-like symptoms.

I HATE taking store-bought cold medicine with all of the ingredients that I can’t pronounce; they make me feel weird and they keep me from being able to sleep.

When my awesome teenager was at home sick last week, I made him my homemade ginger tea and he seemed to recover pretty quickly. I knew my ginger tea was good tasting and good for upset stomach, but that was about it.

Now – a week later – I am sick, the tea is gone, and I am on a mission to be healthy again.

In an attempt to take back my life and have this cold end sooner, I began researching natural things to help my cold.

I kept finding that, to my shock, GINGER really helps! It helps ease congestion, sinus problems, and a slew of other things. For more information about the healthy elements of ginger, read this article by Food Matters.

Here is one really great recipe that I found for Ginger tea from the awesome folks at the Food Network:

Lemon Ginger Tea

Total Time:  30 min
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 20 minYield: 1 quartLevel: EasyIngredients
1 quart water
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup honey
Thin slices of lemon and lime for garnishDirections :

In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Add lemon juice, the squeezed lemon, and ginger. Let steep about 20 minutes. Stir in honey. Line a strainer with a thin wet cloth and strain tea into a pitcher. Chill thoroughly and serve on ice with thin slices of lemon and lime.

Let me know what you think! I hope this helps you and your family stay healthy during this cold and flu season.

 

 

 

 

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Guess who got married?

On November 9, 2012 I was the lucky lady to marry Jon Graves and to become a step-mom to his two boys.

We went on a short honeymoon for the two of us, then we came back, grabbed the boys, and together we spent a week at a vacation resort and had a blast!

I will tell more stories later, but for now, check out some of the awesome photos that our photographers took.

Photo taken on the top of the St. James Hotel in San Diego – we were going for a 1920’s feel

My handsome new sons: Everen – 14 years old & Christian – 11 years old

My handsome husband, Jon Graves – Former widower & single dad. I have the best husband in the world!
Get more information about Jon and his boys and their story here!

P.S. If you are looking for a great wedding photographer, check out Clove & Kin.

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Looking for a way to impress your guests without getting them schnockered?

Try this recipe.

no sex in the city, lindsey isham

Lindsey’s Famous Eggnog Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 pint skim milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp imitation Rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 egg whites*

Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp sugar (save the other tbsp of sugar for the egg whites) and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, rum extract, and nutmeg and stir to combine.

Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill for an hour then serve.

 

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My boyfriend and I were asked to be on ABC’s The View to talk about our experience on TLC’s Virgin Diaries. Given the fact that I (Lindsey Isham), am a 33-year-old virgin and the fact that Jon (Jon Graves) is a widower, they wanted to know why we were saving sex until marriage.

We believe sex is sacred and holy and we are both waiting to have sex (until we get married) because God says to and we trust that He will continue to bless us for waiting. God has already blessed us and our relationship in so many ways that you probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you.

There is more to marriage than sex, although that is one perk I am personally looking forward to, it should not be the foundation of our relationship. Bottom-line, I have want to leave a legacy that hopefully encourages people to trust God and experience the full reward that He has planned for those who love Him.

 

Lindsey Nicole Isham is a national speaker and author of the book No Sex in the City, the brutally honest and often hilarious story of Lindsey’s quest for sexual purity in the face of a sexually-saturated society. Lindsey is a 33-year-old relationship guru, the ultimate girly-girl, and a PR junky. Read more about her at lindseyisham.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Many of us go from one date or dating relationship to the next. We tend to date the same type of person and yet, we expect a different result. Maybe you are getting the same unfortunate ending because you too have believed certain myths about dating. If you can relate with this, or if you want to make sure you have a healthy dating relationship, then this article is for you.

Here are three dating myths that need to be debunked so your next romantic relationship can actually thrive.

Dating Myth#1: Happiness should be the ultimate goal.

Real life can be messy, uncomfortable and down right unpleasant at times. If you are looking for a relationship where you are constantly “happy,” you will be looking for something that doesn’t exist.

When you choose to really invest in someone and make yourself vulnerable with them, you open your heart to hurt. I am not suggesting you look for a relationship where you aren’t happy to be in, just have realistic expectations.

If you are looking to find the love of your life, the one you want to marry, realize that you will also find another imperfect person, who at times will annoy you, hurt your feelings, and probably leave the toilet seat up.

The real goal of dating relationships should be to find someone who you can picture spending the rest of your life with. Someone who, just by being who they are, will continue to inspire you to be loving, selfless, and inspire you to do great things and leave a legacy worth remembering.

Dating Myth#2: You can “fall” in love.

If you believe that you can “fall” in love then you probably also believe that you can “fall” out of love. Personally, I hate this phrase.

Why should love, one of the most impactful, meaningful experiences we have on earth, be something that we handle with clumsy habits? Tripping and falling are things people do when they aren’t paying attention.

The kind of love that is worthwhile will be a journey, intentional, and sometimes out of our comfort zone… but that’s exactly what makes love something that we ought to pursue and be wholeheartedly.

People who “fall” out of love, either never really loved in the first place, or decided at one point to stop loving. This is a harsh reality I know, but instead of cheapening love or lowering it to some haphazard experience, instead cherish it, value it, and never stop loving.

When you find the one you want to spend the rest of your life with, always seek to treat them with the same kind of love and affection that you did when you first felt those feelings.

Dating Myth#3: True love doesn’t exist.

Some people think that finding someone you can spend the rest of your life with only exists in fairy tales, but this is a MYTH. Love, true love, really exists. Sometimes we are too blinded by our hurts, shortcomings, and insecurities to really believe that we could be loved and fully love by someone “until death do us part,” but this love really exist.

Let yourself love and be loved, you won’t be able to control where it takes you, but it will make you a better person in the end.

 

Lindsey Nicole Isham is a national speaker and author of the book No Sex in the City, the brutally honest and often hilarious story of Lindsey’s quest for sexual purity in the face of a sexually-saturated society. Lindsey is a 33-year-old relationship guru, the ultimate girly-girl, and a PR junky. Read more about her at lindseyisham.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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The way your hair looks and feels
is definitely part of what adds to your outfit and overall style!

Learn fun and stylish new ways to style your hair for every day occasions or for your next hot date!

These styling tips were taken directly from The Small Things blog, she offers a lot more tips on everything about product and hair tutorials so check out her website!

This is one of my favorite ways to style my hair, especially when it’s styled curly to begin with.
All you need is a few good bobby pins and hairspray!

1. If your hair doesn’t have any product in it, go ahead and spray a little bit a hairspray all over so it has some “grab.”

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2. You can tease at the crown for a little extra lift (see this video for teasing)
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3. Begin by sectioning off a small section at the back crown of your head and secure with two bobby pins running parallel.
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4. Loosely grab a section on one side of your head and pull it back and over the bobby pins in the center. Essentially, you are covering those first pins so you don’t see a mess of bobby pins it the back.
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5. Do the same on the opposite side and cross over the section you just did.
Secure with a pin or two and your done with the half-up part. You can leave it just like this!
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6. If you want to continue into an updo, swirl your hair in a circle, hold in place with one hand, and begin adding pins to the circle to hold it in place.
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(see those pins in there? If you stick them in perpendicular to your head you won’t see too much of them!)
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And there you have it! Perfect simple updo that anyone can do! It helps to have hair approximately shoulder length or longer for the updo part, but anyone with shorter hair can always do the half up!
Good Luck and let me know how it goes!
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This tutorial was taken from The Small Things Blog.
For more information about Kate or her blog, visit her website.
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Lindsey Nicole Isham is a national speaker and author of the book No Sex in the City, the brutally honest and often hilarious story of Lindsey’s quest for sexual purity in the face of a sexually-saturated society. Lindsey is a 32-year-old relationship guru, the ultimate girly-girl, and a PR junky. Read more about her at lindseyisham.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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