Monday, January 25, 2016

January '16 Snow-ish

Here's my obligatory-social-media snow photo of my patio/deck:


Suffice it say...we survived (one of my friends didn't even notice there was snow in this pic :-)!  I was also too lazy to shoot the photo outside (hence the glass glare) as it was in the 30's and that's cold enough for this Florida native.

However, some of our neighbors lost power due to trees falling; no one was hurt though!  The winter is still young so maybe this part of the South will see more soon?

Stay warm,
S

Friday, January 22, 2016

Home Fri: Vol 5

Bar stool re-do.

You can pick one of these up at most big-box stores for under 20 bucks.  They are not the most stylish bar stools but they get the job done!  For some reason, we were left with one from a pair used in our last kitchen.  We have no use for stools in our current kitchen, and of course, only have one...

I probably would have donated or let it live out its days in our basement if not for this post of inspiration.  How cute and creative!

So, I decided to gussy-up ours too:





On the seat, I mixed up some paint colors I liked (it came out to be a coral-pink-orange-ish), taped off the legs and spray painted them gold.  The hardest part (for me) was getting the legs taped off evenly (and yes, I measured) so the "gold-dipped" look would be uniform on all four legs.  I also topped off the painted seat with some clear spray paint sealer.

And, it lived here for quite awhile as a plant stand/sorta-side-table in one of our guestrooms.  Its tall, slender size works well in the corner:





the gold paint is a little uneven but not enough that it bothers me:




But, a few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to paint the legs as well:



back to taping it up:




And viola!






The greatest thing about this inexpensive stool is that I can easily change it up again.  If I want to change the colors or move it to another area of the house (or even outside) - it can be done quickly and on the cheap!

Cheers,
S



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Meet Freddy!

This sweet girl joined our family a little over a week ago; as you can see, our other beagle is A-OK with her:



We adopted her from Atlanta Beagle Rescue and she is doing great with us.  Most likely, she was used for constant breeding and never as a pet.  She is still trying to figure the pet thing out.  When we reach out to pet her she often crouches down expecting the worst.  But, once she realizes it's safe, she will let you pet her all day, happily wags her tail, and will let me hold her in my lap like a lap dog.

It's estimated that she is about 6-years-old and we are trying to fatten her up.  When she was rescued, from a high-kill shelter, the crew could see her spine.  She is a little underweight to say the least (these pics are deceiving) and the hair on her backside and tail is a bit patchy.  I have a feeling she will look like new dog in a month or so; but all the cuteness is there and will remain.


True pals: 



We named her Freddy as we thought the name was as cute as she is and fun - this girlie deserves some fun in her life!

Cheers,
S

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2015 Recap



Happy New Year (a little late...)!

The start of the year is traditionally a time for resolutions (eek!), fresh starts (yes!), and new goals (OK!).  I really prefer goals to resolutions because when I think of goals, I think of steps to take and breaking down those goals to realistic mini-goals along the way.  Resolutions often seem like things I am supposed to do and often things I don't really want do - which means I will never do (or half-ass do) and feel like a failure at the start of the next year.

No fun.

So, I think it's always a great idea to look back on the past year and all the positive things you did do or any first times; especially things you did that were outside of your comfort zone or a little outside the box.  None of us has a crystal ball to predict what's up ahead.  But we can reflect and celebrate the big and small things that made up another year of life.

And that's a lot more fun!

Bust out a sheet of paper or a journal and make your list - I think you'll find it a positive exercise and will be impressed...with yourself!  Here are some (not all) of the things I am celebrating from 2015 and if you'd like to share with me, please post in the comment section below - I'd love to read them!

We celebrated Thanksgiving up north with family and got to explore a bit of Brooklyn for the first time.

Got to be a part of a very fun staff retreat

Improvised some killer art! ha!

And made some killer art of this dude (my husband) while waiting on pizza:
Looks just like him, no?
:-)


Also, this dude:

came back to live with us and we are not sure what we ever did without him.  To make a long story short, he was with my parents for awhile (while life was crazier and not so conducive for a him) and is back!  I am so grateful to my parents for taking care of him and he still gets to visit and see them often.

I also got the ball rolling to adopt a companion for him (and us!) via Atlanta Beagle Rescue.  If you live in metro Atlanta and are looking to add a very sweet, loyal dog to your home, please check them out. We get to meet a potential match for us this weekend and I can't wait.

Whole30
My husband did with this with me back in June.  It's a great way to re-boot your eating for 30 days and beyond.  It's pretty easy and very hard to follow all at the same time.  I definitely plan on doing it again in 2016.

Listened to some amazing singers.

Class Pass
A couple of co-workers recommended Class Pass to me and I'm so glad they did.  For a monthly flat rate, you can take a certain amount of classes each month at a ton of different studios in your area.  It's great because you will discover studios and forms of exercise you've probably never heard of  - it caters to smaller chains and independent gyms/studios.  It's also very easy to search for classes by location, time, or type of exercise.  The other great benefit is that it holds you accountable.  You schedule your classes and if you miss a class, you pay a fee.  You make it happen!

Class Pass led me to:

Hot Yoga
never.ever.again.
I was lucky I finished the class alive!  I love Yoga but the hot-type is not for me. 

Kettlebell
I can't say I loved it (can you tell I am not an athlete?) but I would take it again. 

Yin Yoga
This was my favorite!  The class was a giant hug and the instructor was wonderful. 

Class Pass also led me to my new "home" gym.  I would have never found this little gem of a gym (ha!) without CP.  

Found and updated these chairs (seriously, I LOVE these chairs):



Basked under these beautiful holiday lights.

Visited Highlands, NC for the first time = beautiful!



We also visited a nearby veggie stand - one of my favorite things to do:





And this blog - I started this little site late 2015 as a creative outlet and to just keep writing.  Of course not everything in 2015 was shiny eggplants and peaches galore - it was, as every year is, real.  The daily news is enough to bring us all an often unwanted reality, which is all the more reason to highlight the really good parts.

It feels good to be here and I look forward to lots of new firsts in 2016.

Cheers,
S