Pet Update

When we first brought JoJo home, I did regular posts on how things were going. Now that he's out of his puppy stage (THANK GOODNESS...so much pee and so many chewed on things), there's just not as much to share. But, since it's been awhile since I've shared about both JoJo and Shanny, I figured it'd be a good time to give a little update.


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Where do I even begin with my sweet girl? I've had her for a little over 5 years, and she's around 8 or 9 years old. She weighs about 17 pounds, so she's on the bigger side of the Miniature Schnauzer spectrum. She loves sitting in the window in our living room, watching over the neighborhood. I swear she was a cat in a previous life!

I'm starting to see some subtle differences in her that let me know that she's getting to be an older gal which of course makes me a little sad. But, she still holds her own with her bubba of a brother, so I know she's still in good health and will be around for awhile.


He is the funniest, sweetest, craziest dog I've ever met. He has more energy than any of us know what to do with, but he is also the cuddliest, sweetest baby there ever was. JoJo is a mama's boy and my little protector. He will be 2 in January and is 60 pounds of love.

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JoJo LOVES his Shanny Mae, and she does a good job of tolerating him. He helps keep her young and active, but she lets him know when she's had enough of his shenanigans. Another point of note about JoJo...he can jump SO HIGH, like a solid three feet straight up. He could jump up and head butt me if he wanted to...don't worry he doesn't :)

Dogs (and cats too) are awesome, and I thoroughly believe that having a pet makes the world a brighter, happier place. I'm also a firm believer in adopting from a shelter and NOT going to a breeder. There are too many lovable pups that need homes that currently live in a shelter and not with a family.

So tell me, do you have a pet? What kind?



Quilted Hair Bow Holder

I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to share a couple project finishes with you, and this is the first one I had in mind. This one I'm pretty proud of, too. A little back story...

So, I've mentioned it before, but I work for a sewing machine company as a Digital Marketing Specialist. And, since I am also a sew-er, I get to contribute sewing projects here and there for use in different promotions, etc. A couple of my past projects can be seen here, here, and here.

My latest project was created as part of a blog hop featuring Amy Barickman's new fabric line, Vintage Made Modern. I designed and made a Quilted Hair Bow Holder with a few of the fabrics in the line, and I LOVE how it turned out.

Since I'm still not overly experienced when it comes to creating projects from scratch, I was a little nervous to submit the project. I crossed my fingers and hoped it would suffice and go over well. So far, the feedback has been great, and I am SO thankful for the opportunity to share my creativity and love for sewing with kindred spirits.

If you'd like to make your own Quilted Hair Bow Holder, find the project instructions here on the Indygo Junction blog.

Happy sewing!



7 Healthy Snack Ideas

Hello? Is anyone there? A lot has happened since we last spoke! I graduated with MBA, I visited my Dad in Florida (where my phone went swimming in the ocean...), stayed busy at work, and just enjoyed life in general.

There are a few things I will be sharing over the next few weeks, mainly sewing/DIY projects, but today I want to share a few healthy, Weight Watcher-friendly snack ideas.

1. One apple, sliced, and a sugar-free pudding pack (1 PointsPlus)

I like to get the chocolate/vanilla swirl kind and dip the apple slices in it. I will sometimes swap a banana for the apple and it's just as yummy. Good for dessert!

2. A peach and a cheese stick (2 PointsPlus)

I eat the Sargento Mozzarella/Cheddar blend cheese sticks.

3. One ounce roast beef and a slice of ultra thin cheddar cheese (2 PointsPlus)

Layer and roll for a quick and filling snack.

4. Slice of hearty whole grain bread, toasted and topped with a couple sprays of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and 1 T of all fruit blackberry spread (3 PointsPlus)

I'll eat this for breakfast, too.

5. Two tablespoons Hummus and carrots/celery (1 PointsPlus)

Easy peasy on-the-go snack!

6. Unsweetened applesauce cup and a Jennie-O turkey hot dog (2 PointsPlus)

Weird combination, but I like the sweet and savory. It appeases my sweet tooth AND my craving for something salty. 

7. One tablespoon peanut butter and a banana (2 PointsPlus)

Classic and delicious.

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I tend to want to keep my snacks under 3 points or so. But, I also like to have a few low-point ideas for the end of the day to use up any points I have left. So, these have been my go-to Weight Watchers snacks lately. 

What about you? What are your favorite healthy snacks?

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