Weight Watchers Revisted

By June 18, 2015 Health/Fitness

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:

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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?

Stay tuned.

Custom Drapery Panels: 5 Key Tips

By May 20, 2015 Shades Panels and Pillows
Custom Drapery Panels

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.

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Tips for choosing Relaxed Roman Shades

By April 18, 2015 Shades Panels and Pillows
Roman Shade with tassels for office.

A few weeks ago, we did a blog post on the classic flat roman shade.  These shades are best know for their clean, tailored look.  We thought it would be a good idea explain the different types of roman shade options available.

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Tips for hanging Ready Made Drapery Panels

By March 19, 2015 Projects

So, last Saturday, I was having a little “rerack”  after a very first busy week back after vacation.  You know those weeks, right?  You are still in slo-mo for the first few days back. Then pow, you kick into overdrive realizing all the things piled up from vacation, and also piled up from those first days back; those first days when all you could really think about was the sand between your toes.

Well, I was just closing my eyes drifting back into beach mode, when an urgent text came across my iPhone.

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Window Treatments 101: Choosing your Style

By March 13, 2015 Inspire, Shades Panels and Pillows
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Roman shades are one of the hottest custom window treatments out there today.  They soften a room with fabric, rather than a harsher blind.  Yet, they function in a similar way.

Of course, it can get a little confusing because there are different types of roman shades, from flat to relaxed to london;  all a little different depending on the type of look you are trying to achieve.

So, in the next several blog posts, we are going to break it down for our readers.

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Spring Pillow Giveaway!

By February 20, 2015 Giveaway

Baby, its cold outside!  Even in the Carolinas!  So, what better time to have a Spring pillow giveaway~we can all dream of warm sunny skies and bright cheery colors.


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We have teamed up with Jenny, from BohoStyleFile, who has an awesome fashion and style blog, right here in Greenville, SC.  She is a pharmaceutical sales rep by day, blogger by night. She has it going on.


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If you are a winner, you will get the pillow color and size of your choice!


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Who couldn’t use one of these  geometric linen/chenille  raised eye poppers to spruce up your decor?

Better hurry, though.  Giveaway ends Feb. 23rd!

To enter:

Head on over to instagram:  bohostylefile

Or make a comment on this post and we will enter you, too.  If you don’t win, we will send  you a coupon:)


Stay warm,



Happy Valentines!… the hack is over

By February 14, 2015 Uncategorized

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 10.13.27 AM Do you ever get that feeling that sometimes its one step forward, three steps back? Here we are, just two mature women (the only other word we can think of is middle-aged and we hate that word. It sounds so old) trying to learn a little about social media, help our clients recreate their homes and hoping all this journey is a fun way to enjoy life and help keep us young!

So why in the world would someone want to hack us?? We don’t have any top security secrets. We don’t know much about what the Chinese are doing? So, you can imagine our surprise when Kim’s 73 year old mother asked her a few weeks ago why we were selling Cialis on our website. That’s right….Cialis. We probably shouldn’t even write that name. We will probably get hacked again.

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Happy New Year, A Year in Review and The Ellen Show

By January 13, 2015 Inspire


Happy New Year, the year in review and The Ellen Show:  keep reading to see how, yes, even Ellen, influenced our first full year in “blog”land.

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A Christmas Miracle and a Giveaway

By December 12, 2014 Giveaway, Lifestyle

Best laid plans……isn’t that the way it always is?  So, our plan was this:  Jeanne wanted to take pictures of my holiday decorating this year because I love to do it.  Should be easy, right?  And fun, because I had some great ideas I got from Market to create a very “traditional theme” this year.  Little did I know it would be A Christmas Miracle to pull it off.

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Brussel Sprouts with Caramelized Scallions and Pancetta

By November 27, 2014 Cook
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Okay, it’s time for the carb fest.

We all know it.

In a just hours we will be flat-lined on a sofa, wondering why we choose that last helping of mashed potatoes or stuffing.  Or worse yet, why we piled two heaping ladles of gravy over our turkey and potatoes.

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