A few days ago, we were talking about this inspiration board Kim made after she returned from market in July. If we had to say one theme or idea caught our eye this time it was one thing: COLOR! We were excited with new possibilities, then quickly came up with 3 easy ways to add color to our homes. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite progress as planned.
Happy New Year!
Wow, can it really be a new year?! Filled with wonder and promise and pressing questions such as, “will any of my resolutions last past the end of the month?” Who am I kidding? My new motto is,
With the final few days of summer coming to a close, I felt the need to scour the grocery store for any fresh fruit hanging on the to season. Rather than a sweet treat, I was looking for something with a little sweetness, a little spiciness and a lot of zip.
Always a fan of traditional salsa, adding fruit gives it more depth, and just the right amount of sweetness, while adding a couple of jalapeños definitely gives it the spice it needs.
Grilled fish, beef or pork tenderloin become transformed with some tangy peach salsa spooned over the top.
Add some black beans and the salsa can be a meal in itself.
It’s even great the traditional way, scooped up with chips, which is exactly how my daughter ate it.
4-6 plum tomatoes, diced
1 bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
1 medium red onion, finely diced
6-8 peaches, diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper or to taste
Okay, its been a little over 4 weeks since I first decided to share my weight loss journey for the whole world to see. Well, actually, just our readers. This would include my mom, a few of her friends and some great Etsy customers. Customers who are probably trying decide whether they want an inside or outside mount for their roman shades, who are wondering why they have stumbled onto this blog post about losing weight and my big arm.
Well, this actually is supposed to be a lifestyle blog, so its time to deal with life and its challenges.
Although, I will be honest, in case you’ve been wondering how it’s been going and why I haven’t done weekly postings on this, there is actually a very logical and reasonable reason……FEAR OF FAILURE!
Usually, I have quit by now, so there would be nothing left to say.
Or it would go something like this:
Week 1 – Gung ho. Go to meeting! Get inspired! Buy lots of fruits and vegetables. Many go bad.
Week 2 – Down 2-3 pounds. Even more inspired! Feeling like I can do anything. Buy fewer fruits and vegetables. Eat most of them but still hungry. Eat a few extras snacks and forget to measure my Vodka while putting it in my fresca.
Week 3 – Up a half. Wondering why I am even doing this. There are plenty of happy overweight people. Its about my quality of life, not the quantity of my weight. Join friends for Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish, not realizing that it is 23 points, basically what Im allowed in one day, and that did not include the Cosmo. (Okay, okay two Cosmos:0 )
Week 4 – Traffic was too bad a 5pm. Miss the meeting
Week 5 – Down 1. Feel down because 3.5 lbs in 5 weeks, just isn’t cutting it. Maybe Paleo is the way to go. Head to the store for meat and berries and whatever hell else the caveman ate.
Well, you get the picture.
So I just couldn’t bring myself to record that weekly.
I took it easier this time. Didn’t try to do all or nothing. Started slow…..maybe a little too slow.
But I travelled 3 different times since I started 5 weeks ago.
During that time I spent a few days at the beach, went to Atlanta’s AmericasMart, and went to Colorado for a wedding. And traveling is usually a sure-fire, “knife in the proverbial diet coffin.”
But, it actually wasn’t. This time I made trade offs. I wanted cake at my cousin’s wedding, so I saved up some points during the day so I could.
So here is a quick recap of how its gone so far.
Week 1 – down 3.5 pounds
Week 2 – up .6
Week 3 – down 3.6
Week 4 – down 1.2
Week 5 -down .6
Week 6 – down 2
**Update— I actually didn’t post this at Week 6. Summer has gotten away from me, and now in in hot and sunny Los Angeles, taking my freshman son, Sam, to college.
The good news is its now week 10, and will all of my travels this summer, I haven’t GAINED WEIGHT BACK! Next week when I get home, its time to get serious. We will be empty nesters, so meal planning should be easier:)
And our window treatment business on Etsy is picking up for the fall. Hopefully, that means more time thinking about fabrics, and less time about food. Ahh…..if only it worked that way:)
hogs and kisses,
We are so excited to share some exciting news with all of you! Most of you don’t know, but, one of our team members is a very talented artist, as well. Vladimir Demidovich, by day, works to create many of the the fabulous custom roman shades we have in our Etsy Shop. But, in his free time, he is busy creating beautiful works of art.
Recently, he has been accepted to participate in an original Art Exhibition in the Angora Art Gallery in NYC. His paintings, along with six other artists,will be on display from August 25 – September 12. Vladimir uses oil, pastels and charcoal to bring his paintings to life.
Below is some of his colorful and inspiring work:
We wish Vladimir all the best in his exhibition!
hog and kisses,
Two things happened to me recently that I believe were a sign that I needed to re-visit something that’s been apart of my life on and off since I was sixteen years old. Yep, Weight Watchers.
The first thing that happened was at my son’s graduation. When we were taking family pictures afterward, I realized in the first couple shots, my arm was completely covering half of my daughter’s body. See fig. below:
I definitely was not happy with this. Nothing like the camera lens that tells no lies.
But, maybe it was just the angle or the way I was standing. We tried a different pose, this time with my arm behind.
Okay, better, but still not quite what I was hoping to achieve.
A few days later, my second sign came in the mail. I guess Weight Watchers had been drafting my bank account for the past two years and I had not been attending. Wow, I didn’t know they kept track, that’s embarrassing. Anyway, in South Carolina, you can’t draft someone’s account for more than two years if they aren’t using the service. So they notified me that they would stop it unless I still wanted the plan. Two years since I went to a meeting? I guess that is definitely a sign.
So, here we go again. I attended my first weight watchers meeting at age 16 with my best friend’s mom. So we are well acquainted. Sort of like old friends. This time I’m going to try something different. I’m going to chronicle my success and or setbacks. The Engineer is fond of timelines, so why not? Its a little scary, actually definitely scary, maybe too much accountability. But, what the heck?
Okay, now that we have covered everything you need to know about Flat Roman Shades and Relaxed Roman Shades in previous posts, its time to move on to the classic, timeless, and one of my all time favorites: The Drapery Panel.
Drapery panels add such great presence to any room. With an infinite choice of fabrics, textures and colors at your disposal, you can create an impact statement and completely change the feel of a room with color and pattern. Conversely, you can opt for softer solid fabrics and blanket the room with a warm and inviting feeling.
Drapery panels are the only thing I would put in my bedroom, because when installed on a rod, its simple to close the panels for darkness and privacy, for the all important re-rack: which you can learn more about here.