In Memory Of My Baby Boy Mango

It’s with a very heavy heart that I tell you our fur baby, Mango, passed away on October 11th, just 4 days short of his 17th birthday. My heart is beyond broken and I’m not exactly sure how to pick up the pieces.

File Oct 18, 7 11 37 PM.jpegMango was my first love. I remember the exact moment I laid eyes on him. He was a tiny little nugget with the biggest eyes and two tiny teeth sticking out like a little bat. We were soulmates and it was love at first sight. He climbed right up into my lap and licked my face.  He picked me. I was his and he was mine. We brought him and his sister home with us and life was forever better.

File Oct 18, 7 11 12 PM.jpegMango (and Pandie) came into my life when I needed them most. I was a lonely, homeschooled teenager that was bouncing between parents and cities. They were my friends, my babies, my everything. My husband came into my life two years later and my life was officially complete.

File Oct 18, 7 36 41 PMIt’s going to take a long time to get used to him being gone. He went everywhere with us. During his last few years we never spent more than an hour or two away from him. An incident happened to a Pandie a couple of years ago that made it impossible to leave them alone, and after Mango was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension he would get too excited if we left and would have fainting spells. We didn’t mind having him constantly with us one bit because we wanted to soak up every second we could with them. He loved it too. He would cruise around in his stroller feeling like the king of the world in it.

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Four days before his 17th birthday he began to rapidly decline. I had hope that we’d be able to adjust his medicine and he would be able to come home. Despite our best efforts and the efforts of our vets and canine cardiologist, Mango could no longer breathe on his own and passed away peacefully with us by his side. It still feels so surreal that he’s gone. Everything reminds me of him. I keep thinking I’ll see him around every corner, and sometimes I still see him out of the corner of my eye. I wake up and immediately think of him and then remember he’s gone and I die inside again.  I have a constant painful, sinking feeling in my chest because I miss him so terribly. We all do. Even Pandie, she howls and cries for him, and up until a few days ago refused to eat and waits at her bowl for him to eat first.

IMG_2944-2.jpgCelebrating their birthday without him was one of the hardest things we’ve had to do, but we’re so grateful to still have Pan with us. Everything feels weird and it has been hard to get into the groove of the every day life without him. It’s going to take awhile to get used to. I don’t even remember what life was like before him. Caring for him and Pan is how we’ve spent literally half of our lives and now what?  We’re wrecked but taking it minute by minute and giving ourselves as much time and self care as needed. Plus dealing with the loss of JV’s beloved grandmother two days after Mango just added to the grief. I won’t lie, it has been awful.

File Oct 18, 7 11 50 PMI can go on and on about what a special dog Mango was. I could talk about him for hours, and I often do. Anyone who has ever met Mango has a funny story about him. He was fiercely loyal, funny, adorable, the best road trip buddy, and kind of a jerk…but I loved that about him. I loved everything about him. I’ll miss his face, his smell, his noises, his bark. I’ll miss watching him sleep, and his forehead kisses, and the way it felt to pet the bridge of his nose with my thumb. Everything. I MISS EVERYTHING. He wasn’t just a dog or a pet to us. He was our baby and our son. He was one of a kind and no one will ever compare.

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We’ll always be a family. We love you, my sweet boy. Forever.

RIP Mango
10/15/2000 – 10/11/2017

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10 Swoon Worthy Items from Target’s New Project 62

Oh my god. I’m seriously drooling over these items from Target’s new affordable mid-century modern home decor line — Project 62. Here are the 10 things I need in my life.

Ceramic Geometric Wall Container White/Gold – Project 62™
Picking up a few of these wall planters immediately.

Soriano Square Arm Channel Tufted Chair – Project 62™
This channel tufted stunner comes in four colors, but the blush pink is my favorite. Major heart eyes.

Speaking of blush pink, how good are these dining chairs?

Geller Modern Dining Chair – Project 62™

Paired with this dining table!

40″ Antwerp Modern Round Dining Table – Project 62™

I really like this two-toned coffee table.

Emmond Two-Tone Mid Century Modern Coffee Table – Project 62™

And these.
Marble Top Round Table – Project 62™

Three Tiered Marble Accent Table – White/Wood – Project 62™

And this!

44″ Antwerp Entertainment Stand – Project 62™

This laaaaaamp!!

Geneva Glass Floor Lamp Triple Globe (Includes CFL Bulb) – Brass – Project 62™

And this carved rug to top it all off.

Wool Carved Area Rug – Project 62™

Ok going to Target now. Byeeeeee!

 

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Target, but contains affiliate links that may result in monetary compensation. All opinions are true and honest. 

Bathroom Update – DIY Dyed Curtain Valance, Art, and Pink Toilet Paper

Ok, you guys, I finally added some finishing touches to my bathroom. When I last posted about my peel and stick wallpaper I still needed a window treatment and some art.

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I ended up dyeing an inexpensive white valance that I found at Target. I used a half and half mixture of Rit’s Petal Pink and Rose Quartz, with a tiny bit of golden yellow to get the right shade of coral-y pink. I love the warm glow it adds to the bathroom.Vintage Pink and Palm Bathroom The flamingo shower curtain is from Target, the cute little piña colada girl print is from Ann Shen, ANNND the final detail is pink Renova toilet paper! Vintage style Pink and Palm Bathroom

When I posted these pictures on Instagram the pink toilet paper got a lot of questions. I love this toilet paper. Besides the color (they have several options and word is Beyonce uses the red) it’s amazing. It’s 3-ply and super strong so a little goes a long way, and it’s lightly perfumed. I did my research before I bought my first pack because I remembered some issue with colored toilet paper in the 80s, but Renova has been a trusted brand in Europe for years and is safe for water systems and dermatologist/gynecologist tested.

Anyway, enough toilet talk! Stay tuned for more #Melodramaville updates. Xx

 

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Kitchen Update: Lemon Print Peel and Stick Temporary Wallpaper

Lots of new stuff happening around here! I’ve been going room by room making renter friendly updates, including my favorite easy wall treatment. Yep, more peel and stick temporary wallpaper!

As soon as I saw our bright white kitchen I knew I wanted to do yellow and lemons. I found the most perfect vintage looking wallpaper from Wallflora and was so happy that it was peel and stick. This stuff is seriously SO easy to install it actually becomes addictive.

Here’s a look at my kitchen when I moved in:

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As you can see I also covered the refrigerator in a peel and stick wallpaper for a mid-century inspired look.  You can view that here.

I still have a few things I want to do like hang something on the back wall to break up the pattern a bit, and get a new rug and tea towels, but here’s what it’s looking like after the wallpaper installation!Lemon Kitchen WallpaperVintage Lemon Kitchen

I also dyed white cafe curtains the perfect shade of yellow with a half and half mix of Rit’s lemon and golden yellows.

Yellow Lemon Kitchen Wallpaper.jpgYou can find this lemon peel and stick wallpaper from Wallflora, they have an AMAZING selection of prints. Use the code MELODRAMA at checkout to receive 25% off the lemon print!

That’s it for now! Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to follow on Instagram for the latest.

Easy Mid-Century Inspired Pink Front Door Makeover

Just a quick update on Melodramaville today! I painted our front door a peachy pink (Peach Punch by Valspar to be exact) and added some trim molding for a little architectural detail. 

Here’s what I started with:

A basic white door. I originally wanted to do something with more diamond shapes, but I found out while measuring for them that A) math is hard, and B) my doorbell and peephole are about an inch and a half off center. Pink Door MakeoverI compromised with one diamond in the middle and I actually prefer the simplicity of it now, so it worked out. Mid-Century DIY Pink Door with MoldingI didn’t have the proper tools so the molding was a pain to cut, but I made it work. I just used basic trim from the hardware store. It’s something like $3 for an 8ft piece. I used heavy duty double stick mounting tape on the backs of the pieces to adhere it to the door. I rent so tape was the best and easiest solution and it’s holding up great so far.DIY Mid-Century Inspired Door Trim
I love the color it brings to this corner! Oh and it’s the same pink I used on this IKEA Hack bar cabinet which is right across from the door so it all ties together well. Mid-Century Pink Front Door with MoldingJust a few more things to finish up in here until it’s all done!

IKEA VALJE Shelf Turned Colorful DIY Home Bar

I’ve been redecorating my living room (and entire apartment tbh) and needed a new home bar set up. I’ve been using a bar cart for a few years, but I needed a better set up to store my liquor and glass collection. A bar cart wasn’t going to cut it anymore, so I went on a search for a cabinet. I’m no stranger to an IKEA hack, so I took a trip to IKEA and spotted the VALJE shelf and liked the size and set up of the shelves. It reminded me of some mid-century pieces I’ve seen in my vintage home decor magazines. It took about two minutes for me to figure out how I would transform it.

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Paint. Quick and easy.

I didn’t take step by step photos because the process is really easy. All you have to do is spray paint the leg pieces gold and then put it all together by following the IKEA assembly instructions.

VALJE IKEA HackWhen it gets to the part where you insert the backboard, mark a line where the vertical shelves divide the board and then use paint to make the different colored squares. I got house paint samples in custom colors from Lowe’s and painted the cardboard side of the backboard with a few coats. Then insert the backboard and finish the remaining assembly instructions. If you already have this piece you can just carefully paint in the squares.VALJE IKEA Hack DIY BarEasy Mid-Century Inspired VALJE IKEA Hack Bar.jpg

That’s it! Done!

DIY Home Bar Cabinet VALJE IKEA Hack.jpgI stocked it with liquor and filled the shelves with my favorite bar accessories and vintage glass collection.

Colorful VALJE IKEA Hack DIY Bar CaseColorful VALJE IKEA Hack DIY BarVintage Glassware in Bar CabinetI love the way it turned out! I used colors that would tie in with the colors used in the rest of the house. It’s one of the first things you seen when you enter my front door so I had to make sure it was good.

Living Room Bar DIY.jpgEasy VALJE IKEA HackCute right?!

Stay tuned for more home updates and DIYs!

Internet Woes Solved with the Help of the eero Wifi System

I have to be honest, you guys, my husband and I both working from home isn’t always easy. Eero Work from HomeBetween me constantly barging into his office to show him cute animal videos and him complaining that the wifi is too slow or cutting out (probably from all the animal video watching), we tend to get a little annoyed with the situation at times.Eero home office .jpg

BUT at least we’ve found a solution to one of our problems! Thanks to the eero wifi system our internet troubles have been remedied.  Oh, and setup was a breeze!

Eero Work from Home Wifi.jpgNow we’re able to enjoy faster and less congested internet in every room. Even though we live in a two bedroom apartment weak connection from room to room was always an issue. Especially running two computers, streaming devices, and our phones.  This tri-band router is already 10x better than any other router we’ve had in the past, but the beacons are what makes this system special.

Eero Wifi Extender.jpgThe eero beacons easily plug in to outlets in whichever room you need a little internet signal boost. Even the kitchen! They’re portable and require no messy wiring. Just plug them right in. Bonus points, they double as nightlights. I don’t know much about the tech aspects, but I do know it’s working for us.

Eero wifi system.jpgMore bonus points for being pretty. From an aesthetic perspective I love the sleek white design. Traditional routers can be clunky and tricky to disguise, but the eero doesn’t need to be hidden. It’s almost undetectable and fits right in with any room. It really is the total package. Can more electronic devices be like this, please?

Are you ready to order yours yet? You can get free overnight shipping when you use the promo code “MELODRAMA”!

 

Thanks for sponsoring this post and creating an awesome solution to our internet woes, eero!