Weight Loss Journey – Week 6

By August 26, 2015 Health/Fitness, Lifestyle

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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.


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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:)

Stay tuned.


hogs and kisses,








Etsy Team Member Spotlight: Vladimir Demidovich

By August 17, 2015 Lifestyle



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.



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Below is some of his colorful and inspiring work:













We wish Vladimir all the best in his exhibition!


hog and kisses,



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 How to (or not), Shades Panels and Pillows

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 How to (or not), 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


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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