2019 New Blog Series

Julia Dzafic of Lemon Stripes in her Kitchen

Today’s post is basically my content to do list for 2019 shared publicly, LOL. I mentioned yesterday that I would be creating more regular series to keep my blog more organized and my sanity in check, and I spent a lot of time over my holiday break thinking about how this would look. I scoured your answers from my survey and picked series that made me feel excited and that aligned with the types of content you requested.

Below are four monthly series and one quarterly series that I’ll be starting ASAP this month. I’m oddly giddy about all of them, and the idea of more regularly organized content is giving me life!

1. Lemon Stripes Book Club: Out of all the series below, I think I’m the most excited about this one! I love reading and I love dissecting books when I’m done with them. Any book club I’ve been a part of IRL has turned into a wine-drinking evening where we barely discuss the book. Don’t get me wrong, I love that kind of book club too, but I’m hoping that a monthly book club with you guys will be fun in a different kind of way. I’ll be kicking it off next Thursday, but if you want to get a head start, the book will be The Other Woman. TBH, the reason I’m picking this one first is because that’s what I’m reading right now and it’s a page turner.

2. Wear It Again: I’m turning my original Shop My Closet series into a monthly series called Wear It Again where I rewear at least one piece in my closet for an outfit post. I’ll share how I wore it the first time, and style it differently the second time around. As bloggers, we put so much focus on consumption, and I’m hoping this series inspires people to appreciate and rewear items that they already own.

3. Weeknight Recipes: Whenever I post weeknight recipes, I get responses with photos of you guys making the recipes for yourselves and your families, and it makes me the happiest! I’m committing to at least one easy weeknight recipe a month on my blog in addition to the recipes that I post on my Instagram Stories every so often.

4. Workouts with Anel: This is one of my most requested types of content, so Anel has agreed to create a quarterly at-home workout just for Lemon Stripes readers. His home workouts are killer, and if you haven’t tried the last one already, check it out now. The next one workout will be coming in February. If you have something you want to focus on (like abs or arms or whatever) let me know so he can shape it to be what the people want!

5. Wellness Challenges: This came up a lot in my survey results, and I’m so happy it did because it wasn’t something I had thought to do before. The idea behind wellness challenges is that we all support each other in whatever that month’s challenge is. For example if it’s drinking more water, I’ll set goals for everyone around how many ounces to drink per day, tricks for remembering, etc, and you can know that the whole group will be experiencing it together!

I’m thinking of starting a private Facebook group for these challenges as well so people can ask questions and help each other through. Would that be helpful? LMK!  Our first wellness challenge will kick off next Monday.

Peppered between these series will be my usual lifestyle, motherhood, fashion, and decor content. I’m still reading through all of the survey results, but this content will be inspired by what you guys had to say! If there is ever a topic that you want to see covered, you can always comment on my blog or Instagram or shoot me an email. I’m so excited for these new series, and I hope that you guys love them too!

Photo by Julia Dags.

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  1. Michelle said:

    Love all of this and especially excited about the challenges. How do I get added to the FB group?

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    • Julia said:

      As soon as I get it up and running, I’ll post about it!

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  2. Ailsa said:

    I love all of these topics and am super excited for future blogposts.

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  3. Melissa said:

    Looking forward to your posts!! I made your meatballs two nights ago and they were amazing. I’m not the best cook around and I get so intimidated by lots of things. I have never ever made homemade meatballs before and I was so impressed with how they came out. Your meals you share in your stories inspire me, thank you for that!!

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    • Julia said:

      Ahhh this is the best comment ever. You made my day! So happy that you loved the meatballs. More recipes like that coming soon!

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  4. Kara said:

    Yesss so excited for following you in 2019! You always have great content but the above are a unique way for us to all engage (wya different than other bloggers) thank you for your creativity! Looking forward to the book club, recipes, and workouts from Anel! I vote for lots of at home arm work outs ☺️

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    • Julia said:

      Thanks Kelly! I’ll make sure the next workout is arm focused for you!!

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  5. Madilynne Tanner said:

    So excited about the new series’s!! The book club one is going to be SO fun! I think the wellness Facebook group is an amazing idea!

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    • Julia said:

      Yay! I’m especially excited about both of those as well 🙂

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  6. Amy said:

    Happy new year!! I’m so happy you are back, and so excited for your upcoming series/challenges! I loved your “shop my closet” posts and can’t wait for “wear it again” since I’m trying to cut down on my own consumption. And i am always in need of some healthy and quick weeknight recipes. Looking forward to following along in 2019!

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    • Julia said:

      Amazing! So happy to hear that. You should check out Meg Hall’s Facebook group for her No Shop 2019 goal. If you want to cut down on consumption, it’s a great place to start.

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  7. Angela said:

    Who is the author of The Other Woman? I find two different books by the same title on Amazon.

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    • Julia said:

      Great point! I just added a link to the post above but the author is Sandie Jones.

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  8. Lynette K said:

    So excited for these new additions!!

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  9. Elisabeth said:

    Super excited about the new series! They all look great and a fun way to kick off 2019. I can’t wait to join the book club, see how you restyle your clothes (which is the perfect way to shop my closet for this year) and the wellness challenges. I simply love the idea. Excited about a new year with you.

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  10. Wendy said:

    Question-if you’re doing wear it again and rewearing an item once a month only, does that mean you’re meaning brand new items every time otherwise? I’m guessing that’s not really the case, as that would be a crazy amount of shopping or receiving free items. This would be a great series to do not just once a month, but once a week.

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    • Oana said:

      I agree. “Wear it again” should be a weekly series.

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  11. Maria said:

    Loving all of this and your tireless efforts to create an awesome community! I’m going to check out “The Other Woman” from the library this week, and looking forward to the recipes and wellness challenges for sure!
    An

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    • Julia said:

      Awesome! It took me a few chapters to get into it, but it gets better as you go!

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  12. Christina said:

    Can’t wait to see all of this new content! It would be awesome to see an ab-focused workout!

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  13. Nora said:

    Would love to see a wellness Facebook group!

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  14. Emily Taylor said:

    This is amazing! I always love reading your articles and am looking forward to the new additions! I especially am excited for the at-home workouts and the recipes! 🙂

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    • Julia said:

      Awesome! I promise to make them good 🙂

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  15. Libby said:

    Julia, I am so so excited for Lemon Stripes this year!! Can’t wait for these series, and love that you are doing a wear it again one!! I also try to incorporate older pieces in my outfits, and it can be hard, so I am excited to have some inspiration from this series!!

    https://premedwearspearls.blogspot.com

    xoxo Libby

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  16. Lauren said:

    Excited about the wellness challenges!! Have you read The Happiness Project? I loved how they had a focus each month. Maybe on top of a wellness challenge their could be a monthly “home” challenge i.e. donate one bag of things you are not using, improve the lighting in every room? I love all your house renovation posts so this could be a cool, related idea!

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    • Julia said:

      I have and I loved it. I LOVE this idea and will figure out how to work it in. Thank you!

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  17. Mackenzie said:

    SO EXCITED!!! Especially for the books and work outs

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    • Julia said:

      Yay! So happy you’re excited. I am too!

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  18. I’m really excited for all your new content especially recipes and wear it again!

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  19. Melissa Symons said:

    Hi! Yes I would love to join a private group for Wellness Challenges! I had gallbladder surgery a few weeks ago and really trying to get back on track in New Year with eating healthy and just overall taking better care of myself.

    I am reading The Other Woman right now too! About half way done. Great story but some of the writing is annoying me it can be a little lame lol ☺️‍♀️ Look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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    • Julia said:

      Totally agreed. The writing is pretty awful but the story is fun to read 🙂

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  20. Abby Walker said:

    So excited to see your hubs will be working with you on at-home workouts! That was one of my survey suggestions:) I’d love to see one that focuses on the lower abdominal region many of us mommas have trouble getting rid of post-pregnancy. It’s been hard for me to find exercises I can do at home with no weights/bands/balls whatever.

    Happy 2019!

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    • Julia said:

      Yes yes yes. That is the hardest area to fix! Anel swears that is 90% diet but we’ll make sure to include exercises that focus on lower abs too.

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  21. Kate said:

    Looking forward to all of this, especially book club and weeknight recipes. Thank you!

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  22. Meghan said:

    Yes please make a wellness Facebook group! This would be an amazing way to all connect. I love this idea!

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  23. Lisa said:

    The angels are blessing your sweet family.

    ♥️

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  24. Kristie W. said:

    I think these all sound great! I have The Other Woman on my Kindle app, not sure I will get to it this month. Still trying to finish books from last year lol!

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    • Julia said:

      It’s a fast read so you might be able to join anyway!

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  25. Catherine said:

    This is a great list of series! I’m excited for all of them! You do have great weeknight meals and they’re always healthy, so that will be fun to follow along.

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    • Julia said:

      Oh good! So glad you’re liking them. A new one is coming on Tuesday 🙂

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  26. Christine said:

    I’m SO excited about all of these series! I love to read, but I’m the worst at actually making it a priority. I used to read a lot in the summers while traveling and pool/ beach side, but now that I’m a mom my summers look a little different! I’d love to see a workout focusing on legs, thighs, and booty! (Specifically I’m looking to get my perky pre pregnancy booty back!)

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