Wonder Woman over Barbie…Bring It!

Hi there,

We all browse Pinterest for inspirational photos to help us get our arses in gear.  I’ve been known to do this on occasion and find myself drawn to specific types of photos, like these…

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To me this says, “women” “power” “active” “endurance” “speed”.

 

And here’s another type that I look for when I start to lose momentum…

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If she can do it…so can I!

 

And I have, as evidenced here.  Running keeps me sane, centered, fit, and…allows me to cheat eat.  But winter is on the horizon and I hear it’s going to be another tough one for us in the northeast.  Did I mention I hate running indoors on a treadmill?  Yup, I’m spoiled like that…rather be out in the fresh air.

So back to Pinterest I go, browsing away like I have nothing else to do.  All the while thinking about “another tough one” and I spot this…

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…and this…

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and finally, this…

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Is she for real?

And then I see this advertisement online for a boot camp class offered for a reduced fee.  Hmmm.  There were two locations (one 10 mins. away), multiple class time offerings, a forum for extra support, a daily calorie tracker and women only (not that there’s anything wrong with men).

So what do I do?  I decide to go for it…and sign up.

Uh huh…I did.

I’m committed to 3 times a week, maybe 4 depending on my schedule and if I survive week one (this week).  Last night was my first class.  I sweated, snorted and groaned my way through and was ever so relieved to get to my favorite part of the class…

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I might have been was a bit more sweaty and red-faced.

And since you’re all mesmerized by this point, you’ll be happy to know I’ll be providing weekly updates.  In the meantime, as I take my Advil and revel in the soreness of muscles I forgot existed, this will keep me going…

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Just sayin’.

How have you challenged yourself lately?

And hey, if you enjoyed reading this, feel free to share it, leave a comment and follow me.

Be well,

Eileen

My human exhausts me.

My human exhausts me.

 

White Pumpkins and Plaid Blankets

Hey Everyone,

The temperatures are  s l o w l y  getting cooler here in New York and there’s a hint of fall foliage in the air.  I love to welcome fall by changing my home decor to reflect the coziness and colors of the season.  Today’s post is all about how I accessorize my home for fall.

Sometimes I switch out accessories, but if I love them I’ll keep them displayed and just dress them for the season.  Here I added a simple garland strand around this guy’s neck…


IMG_0546  And this guy got some acorn bells…

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And I love the garland against the white background for this beauty…

IMG_0551I keep my decor pretty simple for fall because I tend to do my most elaborate decorating during the Christmas season.  My coffee table tray display got a few small changes…

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I just added a Yankee Candle (Autumn Wreath) with a few pinecones and miniature apples.  You may have also noticed the striped sherpa throw in the picture above.  Throw blankets are a necessity at this time of year for cozying up on the couch.

On fall weekends, Super Houls and I start our days sipping coffee in front of a fire, with iPads in hand, catching up on emails and social media.  This year I added some plaid (a fashion must have!) blankets…

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And one by the back door to grab on the way out in the evening for smores by the fire pit…

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Yes, that’s the tip of my Ugg slipper on the lower left of this pic. Another fall must have!

The mantle is always the show stopper, whatever the season…

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with lots of white and striped mini-pumpkins…

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And filled a vase with some fall flowers for drama…

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The wreath that hangs on the mirror transitioned from summer to fall with a single red hydrangea blossom.  I literally just popped in there with the white ones…

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Moving on to the dining room…more striped pumpkins and a touch of animal print add texture to the table…and spice scented potpourri makes the room smell deliciously fall.

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Finally, in the kitchen I added some small touches to the window sill to usher in the season…

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And with a nod to Halloween, the inside of the front door got some whimsy…

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I am love, love, loving my black door!

In a previous post I shared a tutorial on the fall wreath I made for the outside of my front door.  If you missed it, you can read about it here.  Stay tuned for a post on our outdoor fall decorations…coming soon.

In the meantime, do you love decorating for fall?  What’s your favorite decor season?

Be well,

Eileen

Romeo Fall 2014

Happy Fall!

And…hey, if you enjoyed reading this, why not follow me?

Hey Hey,

Continuing with the Fall Decor theme that I started a few weeks ago here and here, let’s head outside for more autumn awesomeness, shall we…

 

At this point you might be thinking that I’ve been kinda quiet with this post.  I thought I’d just share the pics and give you a break from my ramblings.

Hope you had a great weekend and had the opportunity to get outside and enjoy this beautiful season.

Be well,

Eileen

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Autumn Outdoors

Ladies…Hang Your Heels!

Hi Everyone,

I am posting a quick update today on some easy additions to the Lady Cave.  OK, so remember over the summer when I wrote this post about redoing my walk-in closet?  Well, see if you can tell what I added…

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Did you see them?  My heels are hanging on the wall!!!  I saw variations of this on pinterest and I gotta say…whoever thought this up was genius.  Chair rail molding for hanging heels?  Who knew?  Not me!  But now, we all do.  Here’s some close-ups…

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I’ve only added one row so far but I think I might need two.  Ladies, this is a great storage solution for several reasons – you can see what you have, vertical space is optomized, and it’s eye candy.  No brainer!

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Did you find the other addition?

Woman are hard on themselves.  We’re good at highlighting our every flaw.  I hear it all the time from woman I know, including me…am I skinny enough?…is my hair okay?…is that a wrinkle?  So I put up a daily reminder for myself.  It’s the first thing I see when I enter the Lady Cave and it makes me smile:

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Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll be back in the next few days with some highlights of my Fall home decor.

Hey, if you enjoyed reading this…why not follow me?

Be well,

Eileen

Romeo

Purse Snatcher

 

Fab Fall Wreath

Hi Everyone,

It’s been waaaaaay tooooo long since my last post…I know. That’s what happens when you try to maintain a blog and work full time. We are back to school for just about a month and I always say it takes until Columbus Day weekend to acclimate to the schedule after summer vacation. And here we are about to step into October and I’m finally getting a post in.

I needed a new Fall wreath for my front door and I’ve been wanting to try DIYing this one. I got it done last night and I’m kinda lovin’ it!

It’s really simple and easy to pull off. Here’s what I did…I started with a green floral styrophome wreath form, some push pins and brown burlap ribbon fabric…

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I just attached the burlap to the wreath with the push pins, working my way around the wreath form until I ended up with this…

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The next step was the decorative ribbon.  I worked around the wreath and secured it with more push pins…

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You can also see in the picture above (and a close-up below) that I left a tail of both burlap and decorative ribbon at the bottom of the wreath.  This adds a little more drama to the finished product…which you’ll see in a moment.

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Here’s when I ran into a little problem.  The inside of the wreath’s green styrophome was still exposed…no bueno.  So, I rummaged through my ribbon supply and found some tan burlap that I had and added it to the inside to cover the green styrophome which you can see if you look closely…

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Then I added some decorative florals to dress it up a bit…

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To finish it off, I added a lighter colored burlap bow for contrast to the tail that I left at the bottom…

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And I used the same decorative ribbon to hang it on the front door….

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I. AM. SMITTEN.

By the way, did you notice the door color?  It’s BLACK.  Finishing this wreath has inspired me to Fallify the rest of my home this weekend, so stay tuned.

Be well.

Eileen

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