Thursday, August 21, 2014

How It Feels To Be Owned By A Dog

No, you read that right.  I feel that humans don't own dogs...their dogs own them.  In a good way of course.  You give them your heart and they will love you forever.

I recently saw an article on Buzzfeed about feelings every dog owner is familiar with.  I thought I maybe qualify for a couple of those feelings, but when I was finished reading the list, I thought that I pretty much wrote that whole damn thing.  I wanted to highlight the ones that I get on the regular as a dog parent.  Yeah, that's right, I said "parent".   I don't care how much I get made fun of for calling myself her Mamma, but they depend on us that way and I just love her that stinkin much.

1.  You feel so helpless when they are sick or hurt - I never want to see her not feeling good.  Cause she looks at me with the extra sad eyes and I can't help but tear up.  Like the other night, she scraped her paw pad on a rock and I felt so bad for her when the Mr. had to hold her down to put pressure on the bleeding with some corn starch.  Ok, maybe not for long cause she got a big bone to chew on afterward.  #spoiled.

2.  You are so proud of them when they learn a new trick - And it's even cuter the way Bella is so dang proud of herself when you praise her for getting the trick down.

3.  When you are so ready for bedtime & they take that as second wind playtime - Or in Bella's case, she jumps up and lays right on top of my pillows and refuses to move.  It's cute for maybe a minute...  But Mamma needs her beauty sleep, for reals.

4.  How dogs are born with the ability to swim in oceans, but avoid a bath -  Like the plague.  Her kiddie pool outside?  All about it, but when Daddy turns on that bath water, she runs to her bed and lays down like that will save her.

5.  Keeping a photo journal of their every move - Let's just say I've had to transfer pictures to my computer to have more room on my phone's camera roll more than once. 

6.  You have the biggest feeling of remorse when they go to the vet - Even for just a nail clipping or a simple shot.  She's fine until they come get her to take her back, then she starts doing the swim technique trying to get back to us.  It's so pathetic to watch.

7.  The guilt you have when you leave them - She knows when we are getting ready to leave the house and it's so sad when she looks at us like, "You're not taking me with you?".

8.  That adorable head tilt - I purposely talk to her in a certain high pitch, annoying mommy talk tone just to get her to do her cutie patootie head tilt.  With those ears, I can't get enough of the cuteness!

9.  Missing them the entire time you're away from them - The Mr. and I plead guilty to missing Bella way too much when we are away from her.  We will just go out to dinner for a couple of hours and on our way home one of us will always say, "I miss my puppy" or "We're coming home puppy".  So sad I just admitted that.

10.  Being greeted by the greatest love in the world - Whether we were just outside for a minute or gone all day at work, when we walk through the door, there is no better feeling than having her soooo excited that you're there with her.

It's a special kind of love.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014



Red Maxi - Forever21 (Similar) // Jean Jacket - Aeropostale, years ago (Similar
Crossbody Purse - Similar
Sandals // Aviators - Similar

I used to be so afraid of red.  Like it was the one color I could never pull off.  But now I have no idea what I was thinking, because is that one vibrant color that looks great on anyone!  Brings so much warmth into skin tones and hair colors.  I think it's safe to say that red is making its comeback folks.

Another comeback is the long hair.  I've got about 3 to 4 more inches from where I ultimately want it to be, but I am loving it!  I've been rocking the ponytails and top knots all day errrrday.  A little longer.. and hello fun side braids.  I've kept the 'do shoulder length or shorter for so long that I have forgotten how fun long hair can be.

Hope you all have been having a great week so far!

Do the Humpty Hump!  Come on, and do the Humpty Hump!
Couldn't help myself.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Limoncello Prosecco


In the Summer, I am always looking for a new refreshing drink to try....and bubbly of course.  I don't know what it is about something ice cold and bubbly that makes this time of year taste so much sweeter.

This is definitely that grand slam Summer beverage for anyone to enjoy.  What's even better is that the ingredients are so simple...and let's face it, when we are wanting something cold and filled with alcohol, we probably don't have a lot of patience to begin I right?

What you need:
- Limoncello liqueur
- Prosecco

I chose Cupcake brand Prosecco because I love their wines to begin with.  For those that don't know, a Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white wine that runs a bit on the dryer side.  So more on the champagne side rather than wine.  I get my Limoncello from my Father in Law. He has a homemade recipe that absolutely no brand can beat.  It's pretty amazing and our freezer always has to house one of his famous bottles.

I just splashed the bottom of the glass a bit with the Limoncello and then filled the remaining with the Prosecco.  You can of course always adjust how much of what you put in due to your palate preferences.  But that's pretty much it and you get a sparkly, lemony, refreshing, and delicious Summer drink.
However, not much Summer is left, so don't be at all surprised when I tell you that I am already planning for my favorite Fall and Winter beverages.

Cheers friends.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Favorites sexy beast you...come here...I've missed you.
I hope you all are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!  Us Bracco's will be full of sleepovers, BBQ's, and house work.

My sister and brother in law have a planned weekend away so tonight it's a sleepover for the nephew at Auntie and Uncle's!  Bella does most of the babysitting anyhow......kidding.  But she is obsessed with her cousin..follows him everywhere and lays in the hallway until he wakes up in the morning.
Saturday we have the Mr.'s company BBQ and baseball game.  So looking forward to all the fun.
The rest of the time its straight up project mode around our casa.  A few updates here and a sort of major project there...gets me all kinds of excited and I can't wait to share.  For now, I want to share the fun little updates going on around the place.

This print had me the minute I read it.  A verse from one of my favorite childhood songs/movie of all time.  Adds a great touch to the picture shelves in the sitting room.

Also added to the sitting room...this little pretty.  Giving that fun pop of texture I was wanting for the cuddler couch.

Believe it or not, this print is hanging in my office!  That's right, le office is finally starting to come together you guys!  This print was a must... I've been told I'm thought about when this song starts to play.  Yep, just a few things to gather here and there and I'm ready to stamp the office all finished.  Very exciting stuff.

Does it show that we have been watching the FRIENDS series from the beginning lately?  This is what one will see when they first walk through our front door.  Who doesn't love a fun little quirk when they first walk in?  

So that's all lately...nothing too grand of changes.  Now, the kind of, sort of major project?  I'll be sharing soon enough.  We are working on the finishing touches....if the Mr. will ever let me touch the nail gun or power sander....It's a battle people.

Happy Friday friends!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Camo & Olive

Camo Tee - Similar here and here // Pants // Necklace - Similar
Converse found here, here, and here // Sunglasses - Similar

These pants are insanely comfortable.

The end.

Ok, just kidding.  
But really...Nothing beats a great pair of pants and GAP knows how to make their pants.  I can hang out in them all day long.
  And check out those clean kicks.....just sayin ;)
I can wear them all day as well because when one has no arch at all in their foot......and I mean I have no arch.....Converse are the most comfortable shoes to wear.

As much as I love sunshine, flip flops, cold drinks, and boob sweat....I'm so ready for cooler weather that I actually bought Christmas stuff this week.  
It's bad people.

I've also actually put a little fire under my booty and started to put the last finishing touches on my office!  I hope to be done with it completely in the next few weeks and can't wait to share.

I hope you are all having a wonderful kind of week.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Musings

And Monday has arrived once again.
This weekend had a bit going on, but nothing that required us to be away from our casa for too long, which was nice.  We won't be able to say that again until around the end of September...phew...where did the year go??
Now, unless you find stories about our nephew and I hiding safely inside my in laws house while the rest of the family yelled, laughed, and debated on what stays and who takes what in their every time the Mr. comes with me to Costco there seems to be no more room in our freezer and we get new memory foam pillows....I am just going to sum our weekend in numbers.

Two -
The number of donuts I enjoyed Saturday morning.  Also the number of iced coffees.  The perfect combo to start the weekend.

7 -
The number of boxes the Mr.'s childhood fit in that came home with us.  Yes, a couple of those had Ninja Turtles in them.

200 -
Grams of carbs I probably consumed on Saturday alone.  Donuts and then lunch out with the sis and bro in law to one of our new favy restaurants.  I don't regret a single one.

Ten -
Alergy and sinus pills consumed over the weekend.  Dang you hay fever.

6 -
Loads of laundry.  In one day.  While I scrubbed the kitchen.  I'm claiming status Bad-Ass for the day.

Four -
Glasses of wine......or 1 - whole bottle.  Depends on how you want to look at it.  It was reward for being the house Bad-Ass for the day.

24 -
FRIENDS episodes.  Yeah...

3 -
New prints ordered to hang around the house.  Loving them.  Cannot wait to share.

Favorite pair of sneakers worn.

What was your favorite number this weekend?
Enjoy the start to your week!


Linking up with Leeann and Meg today.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cleaning Your Converse

Converse Available:  Here, Here, & Here

Would you believe me if I told you that this particular pair of Converse is 12 years old?
Yeah....I bought them in high school. 
(the fact that I was in high school 12 years ago is a whole other issue that requires a bottle of wine)

But they look to be in pretty good condition for being a 12 year old pair of shoes, don't they?  As a sneaker that never seems to go out of style, I like to keep them in the best shape as I possibly can.  So I thought I would share with you all a way to keep your white rubber looking white as they can get after 12 years of use.

What you need:

- Baking Soda
- Water
- An old toothbrush
- A small container
- A pair of Converse that need some cleaning

Add some baking soda in the small container and just a tiny, tiny bit of water.  What you're aiming for is a paste like texture.  Looking something like this...

Put a little bit of the paste on the toothbrush and get to scrubbin!  
Oh, and a little tip:  You may want to lay down a towel to do this on, as the paste dries and can get a little clumpy as it falls off the shoes.
You will have to put some elbow grease into it and get it a little foamy as you scrub.  Get the rubber toe and sides real good.  You should get these kind of results...  

Now, obviously shoe laces don't hold up quite as well after a few years of use.  Luckily, those are an inexpensive replacement.  Yes, you will get some of the paste on the actual shoe itself, but do not fret.. a damp cloth wipes that right off and it will not damage your shoe.

There you have it!  Not too much excruciating work and shoes looking like new!

What's the oldest item in your closet?