I have definitely been slack about getting my body into swimsuit shape. I’ve never been how would you say…. a gym rat, but life’s been a bit stressful lately and let’s face it– it’s a lot easier to go out to eat after a day of work, school and activities than it is to figure out what to cook at 6:30 at night. So, I am about 30 lbs. heavier than my realistic ideal weight. Yes, I said it — 30 POUNDS. Ugh.
I have surrendered to the one pieces and the skirted suits… Ruching has become my #1 swimsuit requirement to create the illusion of a toned stomach– I used to have abs that I was proud of… Now all I have is a muffin top. I am giving myself a one summer get out of jail free card of having this weight on. But the reality is– there are a lot of sexy one pieces and skirted suits out there. Let’s take a look, shall we?
We have slowly been working on our basement the past few months. The latest project was this set of orange built-ins. This is a really big (and awkward space.) The area on the left is about 9 inches deeper than the other two areas. Here is the before.
While this side is pretty much done (aside from me finding a third matching basket at HomeGoods) the other side is a bit more laborious.
I want this to be an area where the girls can hang out, read a book, or even serve as another bed for sleepovers (the length is that of a twin bed.) I was just going to just add a custom cushion and call it a day.. but as I ponder it over in my head, the project seems to grow (story of my life.)
So, we will be creating an upholstered bench. Here are some pictures for inspiration.
Last week a reader emailed me to see if Bailey was ok. Then I realized, I’ve been Instagraming pictures of the newest member of our family, and have not shared any of her story with all of you!
So here is Lola’s story….
Two and a half months ago I received a call from a Bernese Mountain Dog Breeder that we know asking for help. She had a Berner (Lola) who was poorly cared for and had lived in a barn her entire life. Her previous owners bred her way too young (she had 10 puppies!) and we think that stunted her growth. A pure-bred 2 year old Bernese Mountain Dog should weigh approximately 120 lbs, she weighed 48. We were thrilled to adopt her and couldn’t wait to spoil her to pieces but were heartbroken that two of her puppies were left behind in the barn. The conditions in the barn were beyond horrible and the water bowls were frozen solid. I couldn’t bear them being left in the freezing weather without their momma to keep them warm! So I reached out to everyone I knew and as it turns out, our friends down the street adopted BOTH puppies.
Meet my grand-puppies… Stella Bella and Sadie Grace. Their dad was a Golden Retriever.
We are so thrilled to have Lola in our lives. We are fairly certain that she was abused because she is terrified of all inanimate objects and any sudden movement. She’s now up to 59 lbs. and has come so incredibly far. In fact, I’d say she’s feeling quite comfortable these days. Maybe a little too comfortable. Every time we think we’re almost there with the potty training.. she leaves us a little present. It may take a little more time, after all- she was raised in a barn!
Last weekend we celebrated Anna Lou’s 6th birthday. When I asked where she wanted to have it, without hesitation she voted for Little Pincushion Studio. My girls adore Annabel and her classes. If we only lived closer, they’d be there everyday!
The girls had a blast! It was a beautiful day and and as usual, Annabel had some great crafts!
Cydney Allen of Afton Photography took such amazing pictures and was so much fun to work with!