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Introducing baby ‘Lily’

It’s late post. But better late than never, right?

This year has been so much fun. Most of my dreams have come true, especially the baby news! There has been 3 babies, all about a month apart, in the family this year. The 4th one is expected sometime next week. Can’t wait for the good news from the cousin! 🙂

Lily‘ is my baby girl’s blog name. She graced this beautiful world  on May 3rd 2016!!! The birth story is posted here.

It’s been 7 months now. Lime is still surprised by the fact that the baby is out of mommy’s tummy. He is a proud big bother and loves his little sister.

There are so many things about the baby that I want to record over here..Will do it as and when I find time..

We love our little one. She is our adorable doll. Her toothless smile makes us melt every time. She loves lying on her tummy and raising her head high. She is starting to sit up by herself and she always does it quickly when mommy is not looking at her. She is always curious about what is happening around her. She turns her tiny head all around to look at things. She even stretches her arms to reach for the cup when mommy is drinking her morning coffee. She also loves playing with mommy’s hair.

She looks up to her brother all the time. She admires him for everything he does. She laughs happily around him and plays with him. He sings and dances for her which is so adorable. She bears with whatever he does, even it is pinching her nose or hugging her tight. No complaints – She loves it all!

Keep growing our dear baby. Be happy and healthy! We love you and Lime the most!

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All you readers, send in all your love to the little ones, will ya?

oh boy, the big 3-O!

She is now 10 times older than her son.

She is still collecting her thoughts on how she feels on this day.

She is spending her special day with her parents after 9 long years.

She got 2 surprise parties this year and NO gifts from Lemon. She will NEVER forget this in her life.

She is at home watching the snow fall and sipping hot coffee while typing this post.

She is not ready to leave the childhood behind but she knows she has to after this day. Many people cross the bridge from childhood to adulthood at 21. For her it has been different.

She has never considered herself a part of the category called ‘grown-ups’. She has so far enjoyed being the child. Being the youngest in the household. Being pampered for everything at home. Today, she feels she cannot escape the grown-up category anymore. The 3-O feels like a very big number. She doesn’t know why. But it bothers her.

She was worried when Lemon turned 30 a couple of years back. He convinced her saying its just a number and that he will always remain young at heart.

She is not sure what changes this new year and number will bring into her life. For now, she just wants to stop worrying and hope for the best.

She wants to, going forward,  dedicate little time each day to do something that she really loves.

She had a goal that she wanted to achieve on this day and it has come true. She is happy for that.

She has learned not to make any decisions when she is upset.

She has come to realize that almost half of her life is over. 

She is different now and feels wiser, happier, confident and determined. 

She is Lavender and yesterday was her birthday!:):):)

To read more about her, click here.

DIY Project ~ Ombre Chair

I knew you can ombre your hair. But how about an ombre furniture?

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Our first DIY Ombre Chair! 🙂 Do you like it?

I came across this at Anthropologie when shopping around for furniture’s for our new home. Loved the effect. But not the price!

Since then I wanted to incorporate this effect in one of my very own furniture. So this past weekend, I wanted to try the ombre effect on our old dining chair. We discarded our dining table a while ago but kept couple of the dining chairs for whatever reason. The chairs are so useless to us now and a lifeless thing at home.

I often see such chair on the curbside every week on the trash pick up day. Poor things! I didn’t want to throw mine away and wanted to turn them into something lively.

The chair was just waiting to be redone, so we got started! This is a very simple easy DIY experience.

Materials

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~ Wooden Chair

~ Gloves

~Paper rolls

~ Masks and Googles (Optional)

~ 3 Spray Paints (We used Metallic, Red and Black)

Instructions

1. Clean the chair. Remove any dirt and smooth the surface so the paint will stick better.

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2. Now, starts the fun part. Start with the base color.. spray thin coats. Let it dry and then re-coat after few minutes. A couple of coats just worked good for our chair.

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3. Wait for 15 minutes.

4. Move to the center color. We choose red. Focus on getting the center first and then go upwards and downwards on the chair. While working on the spindles, decide how far up and down you would want to go. Spray quickly and away from the chair. Be sure to keep the color heights even.

That's my Lemon in action ;)

 

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Let the paint dry

5. Let the red coating dry. Once dried, we worked on the bottom of the chair. We flipped the chair and started spraying from the bottom up. 

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We did not care much to spray paint the bottom of the seat. But you can do it if you want to.

6. Give it a final inspection and fix any spots left out.

Let the chair dry completely. May be overnight or a day. I couldn’t wait so I took a picture of it before letting it out to dry!

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This makeover transforms any old boring chair into a DIY ombre furniture piece that adds color to your home decor. Try and Enjoy!

6 Years!

Dear Lemon,

We complete 6 years of marriage today. We woke up this morning ready to celebrate million more years of togetherness.  

I can’t believe it! 6 years! So long? 6 years and we are still growing strong together. 6 years and we are still very much in love. Seems like we got married just yesterday. Six years ago, on this date, we complained a lot about the make up, the number of costume changes, and the long long wait to tie the knot. At the end of it all it was all worth it. Took us sometime to realize that we were indeed husband and wife. 

So many things have happened in these 6 years. Yet we are both the same people on the inside as we were the day we met in Skype.

Last year was big for us. But this year is going to be even more bigger. I see the house we have built together. It is still incomplete but is the perfect house in the whole world and the house makes me extremely happy.

We have not yet decided so many things for our future. We are yet to learn a lot about life. It all seems so crazy at the moment but I do hope all is going to be well. 

Cheers to you my dear Lemon, you have been so nice to me this year.. And I love my anniversary gift. You are the bestest. 

All with love, Lavender! 

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Blogathon 2016 – The End!

And, I have surprised myself again. 31 days of nonstop blogging is not easy. But was so much fun. I wanted to do the number theme this year for the 31 days. But what was I even thinking? Gosh! It was hard as the days passed by.. I struggled in between. I also did cheat on some days but it all worked out well in the end. Let’s recap some of my favorites –

Seven Dwarfs and Me

8 Adventures in My Life

After 12 AM

Lavender News – Top 16 Headlines

20 Weird/Strange Things

25 Not-to-do List

This blogathon once again has taught me that I can write from anywhere anytime of the day. Some posts were written before going to bed. Some early in the mornings. Some in office, some at the mall and some even at restaurants. Phew! I feel so good to have successfully completed the blogathon.

Writing is so satisfying. Strange eh? I don’t know. But unlike last year, I just wish to write in this space more often. 

My blog stats have increased drastically. In just a months time, I have more followers. It surprises me how this continuous postings help grow the stats. I am happy. 

Thanks to MAYA for starting this. Congratulations to all of you who participated in the challenge. Also a biG thanks to all of you who took time and commented on my posts.

Here’s a virtual treat everyone ~ Nutella Mug Cake ~ Enjoy! 🙂

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Thank you for stopping by!

I’m not going to be back tomorrow but I’ll see you all again soon. Until then take care!