Cozy January Living Room

I never realized how responsible and trustworthy a child has to be to handle gum-chewing.  I am now the proud parent of a four year-old who loves lemon gum.  I completely use this to my advantage.

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I use lemon gum as incentive to eat vegetables, pick up toys, or in the case of this day (the day I shot these pictures of my living room) as incentive to play with her dolls in her room until I was finished photographing the living room…

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I gave her a piece of her beloved lemon gum, and stuck the gum container on top of my dresser.  I really thought my dresser was high enough, and that the lemon gum would be out of reach.  I thought wrong.

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The thing you should know about me is that while I am taking pictures, I’m kind of in a zone.  I could hear the pitter-patter of feet running around, but it didn’t occur to me to be concerned.

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It wasn’t until I actually started to smell lemon, and heard the crash of Miss L falling off of the dresser (she was fine!) that it occurred to me that she had been sneaking lemon gum.  Like A LOT of lemon gum.

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Sure enough, when I entered the bedroom, she gave me that “Who me?!?!?” grin, while simultaneously chomping on her umpteenth piece of lemon gum.  “Hi Mom!!!!  Whatcha doing?  Done taking pictures?”


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I (sort of) scolded her for taking so much gum, and nervously asked her where the chewed up pieces were.  She told me she had thrown them all away.  And I believed her.

Until I put on my boots for work on Monday morning.  Approximately 12 pieces of chewed up gum stuck to my socks when I pulled my feet out.


Have a great day!

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  1. says

    Well you did get your photos done, and it only cost you one pair of socks, lol. Lovely photos by the way. I’ve never heard of lemon gum….

    • April Hoff says

      Thank you, Sarah! That blue pillow is from West Elm. I found it on the clearance shelf about two years ago, and have never been able to find more…I love it too! The rest of the pillows are Marshall’s. 😉

    • April Hoff says

      Thank you so much, Tina! 🙂 They are from Crate and Barrel many years ago. I don’t know if they still carry them or not…? 😉

  2. Cameron says

    So beautiful!!!! Have you been happy with your West Elm rug?? I really like the jute/chenille look, but does it shed badly? The hubby has nixed shedding rugs…

    • April Hoff says

      Thank you, Cameron The jute/chenille rug does not shed at all. I’m very happy with it! It’s very soft underfoot (I guess that would be the chenille) for a natural-fiber rug! Love it! 🙂

    • April Hoff says

      Thank you, Jessica! Most of them are antique store finds…with the exception of the mirror. That is from Kirkland’s. 😉

    • April Hoff says

      They are from Marshall’s/Home Goods. I’ve seen them there a few times since, so keep your eyes peeled! 🙂


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