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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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.

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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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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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Sexy, beautiful loose curls!

Instead of making my own video, I am referencing Kate’s video, since we both curl our hair the same way.

Enjoy the tutorial and visit Kate’s website for all the products she uses (which I now want to purchase) and other great hairstyling videos!

Here is the video tutorial link in case the video doesn’t show up in the post (sorry, I don’t know why it’s not working). http://youtu.be/sqrhfGg59OA

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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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I went to the Dead Sea a few years ago and it was a fun experience. As I bobbed in the sea, I reached down and touched the bottom of the sea and when I brought my hands to the surface, I saw that the entire bottom of the ocean was salt crystals.

I immediately started rubbing the salt all over my body, and when I got out, I felt amazing.

Here is a fun recipe I found today to bring a bit of the Dead Sea to your house. Go ahead, pamper yourself!
I have not tried this recipe yet, so when you do, let me know what you think!

P.S. If you are going to substitute an oil, I recommend olive oil or coconut oil (never vegetable oil it is not good for you).

This recipe is from Paula Deen‘s 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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So I have a funny story…

I started coloring my hair in June of 2011 because I thought my hair color was really looking dull… and I found a GRAY hair.

I promised myself that when I started turning gray, I would also start coloring my hair.

Since I am too cheap to pay for a salon coloring, I use the box dyes. After awhile I realized that  I needed to do something to help my hair get stronger and add nutrients back to it to repair the damage from the hair dye.

I know that eating a lot of protein and good oils (like olive , flaxseed, and coconut oils) are good for my body and hair, so I got an idea.

I decide to make a homemade hair mask treatment. I used one egg and olive oil. I saturated my hair, let it sit for an hour, then I washed it out.

Afterward, my hair was shiny, full, thick, and GORGEOUS!

The problem? Well, it smelled like raw egg! It was awful.

A week later I tried the mixture again, but this time I added vanilla and cinnamon (to try to mask the smell of egg. Everything was going great until I curled my hair… again it smelled like raw egg.

My boyfriend thought I was trying to torture him, poor guy. I wasn’t, I just wanted my hair to look amazing for our date night. Although my hair smelled, yet again, we ended up having a great night.

Every guy I told about my hair mishap, thought I was crazy… After all, I had never heard of anyone else trying something like this. So when I came across this article today, I just had to share it with you all!

All that to say, if you try #12, don’t leave it on for 1 hour like it did.

I really like these ideas, and when you try them, let me know how they work!
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These 15 beauty recipes came straight from Inspiring Pretty.

1.) Brown Sugar and Honey Facial Scrub
This is probably my favorite one. Brown sugar exfoliates the skin ridding the pores of all dirt, oil and dead skin cells causing blemishes. Honey is naturally antibacterial, so as the brown sugar scrubs away the things clogging pores, the honey cleans out the sources of the buildup to prevent future breakouts.
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2.) Coffee Grounds in Conditioner
This one is really simple. Instead of throwing old coffee grounds away, toss them into your conditioner to make your hair extra shiny. That’s all it takes!

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3.) Replace Conditioner with Vinegar
To get rid of the usual problems with hair: build up, dullness and just lackluster, replace your conditioner with vinegar 1-4 times a month, depending on your hair type. Just use it as you need it. And, don’t worry about buying the best stuff for the best results, common white vinegar will do the trick as well as any other vinegar.
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4.) Olive Oil as Hair Moisturizer
It’s easy to see how oil can moisturize your hair. It’s simple to use as well. Simply cover your hair in olive oil and leave it in for 30-45 minutes. You can also wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it from dripping. Some also believe it enhances the effect.

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5.) Lemon and Egg Facial
Have red splotchiness on your face? Soothe both symptoms away easily by mixing together one egg yolk and the juice of one lemon into a paste. Cover your face with it and leave it on overnight. If this seems like too much work, leave it on your face for an hour. You might not get the optimal results with this amount of time, but you will see a difference.

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6.) Replace Conditioner with Baking Soda
Want to be more like a guy and only use one thing to clean your hair? Then just add baking soda to your shampoo. It will remove build up and make hair shinier. And to make it even better, you can use it everyday.

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7.) Degrease Oily Hair With Lemons and Aloe
Mix together 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera. Mix the mixture in with a normal serving of shampoo. It will get rid of your oiliness in your hair with one shower.

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8.) Smooth Fizzy Hair With Honey
Add a tablespoon of honey to a liter of water. After shampooing, rinse your hair with this concoction to tame your frizz.

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9.) Replace Face Wash With Skim Milk Powder
Switching face wash out with skim milk powder can make your face much softer and give you a smoother complexion. It’s also very gentle, so even the most sensitive can use it.

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10.) Moisturize Skin With Honey and Olive Oil
Honey holds moisture extremely well and olive oil hydrates well, too. Mix equal parts of olive oil and honey (and add a dash of lemon juice if you’d like) to create a pasty lotion. Rub it onto the dry skin and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Your skin will be hydrated for plenty of time to come afterwards.

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11.) Soften Skin With Oatmeal
There are many concoctions and mask recipes that involve oatmeal, but you can use oatmeal by itself to help your skin. Ground up about 1 cup of oatmeal using a blender or coffee grinder, and add it to bath water to soften skin to baby-like quality.

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12.) Treat Choline-Damaged Hair
Mix together 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup of a peeled cucumber. Cover you hair with the mixture and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. You’ll see your hair return to normal almost immediately.

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13.) Tone and Rebuild Skin With Avocados and Carrots
This recipe can work wonders. Combine 1 avocado, 1 cooked carrot, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 egg and 3 tablespoons of honey. Leave on for 10-20 minutes and then rinse. These ingredients add a multitude of vitamins, antioxidants and calcium to rebuild natural collagen, tone skin and remove age spots. There is plenty to read about the benefits of each of these ingredients, but all you need to know is that each natural element does more than any store-bought item can.

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14.) Lemons or Oranges for Fine Hair Hairspray
Use Lemons for dry hair and oranges for a stronger hold. Chop up the entire piece of fruit in a bowl as to not lose any juice. Boil the fruit with 2 cups of water until soupy or to when the liquid has been significantly reduced. Strain through a cloth and pour into a spray bottle for use. The citrus will hold the hair and not damage it due to the fact that there is no alcohol.

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15.) Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleanser and Toner
This eliminates dead skin cells easily, so you can use in lieu of expensive toner. That’s all there is to it!

Being beautiful can get expensive and damaging if you’re using products often. Try using these natural tips before spending money and see if you even want to try products after. Check out out post on how to treat acne naturally, too!

For more tips like these, check out Inspiring Pretty‘s 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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