9.23.2014

Decorative Garland {DIY}

When it comes to being resourceful, we do a pretty good job. I hate having things go to waste and just as equally I love repurposing items that would generally just be thrown out. Most times, you can make something crafty, so I try to get creative when I have items I don't use, wear, etc.

This project in particular came when I was cleaning out my closet before sending items off for thredUP. I had this orange & blue stripped AU scarf (that I'm not entirely sure I have ever even worn) and I was contemplating donating it. It hit me at a weird length and had fringe on the ends, so I didn't see myself in it, especially as I've been on an infinity scarf kick as of late. So I decided to tie the ends together, one fringe cluster at a time, and see if I could transform it! I cut the remaining fringe (which was thick yarn) and ended up with the perfect thick game day scarf that I am patiently waiting to wear the moment it gets chilly!

After this fun transformation, I had all these little strings of yarn left over that I didn't want to just toss, and in popped the idea to make a game day garland to hang form the mantle since I have seen so many floating around pinterest! I separated the strips into equal piles (about five of each color) and pulled one out to be the tie. Then I folded the yarn over some thin rope we had and tied the bundle together with the tie piece. And voila! A super fun game day garland that could be made with yarn from the fabric store on the cheap as well for just about every season/holiday/party you can imagine!

What's your easy go to craft projects?

9.22.2014

Meet & Greet: Riley

It's Monday! Which means the third installment of Meet & Greet and round two of meeting the fur children - Riley, our puppy! Be sure to follow the entire series! (previous links at bottom of post).

Growing up we never had a dog, though there was a part of me that always wanted one because various neighbors did - retrievers, labs, and other big dogs - that enjoying running, fetching, and just loved people. The husband and I always talked about getting a dog, but never wanted to until we had a yard, and of course a fence, so it remained far off for us for the longest time. As we are closer to the farm now, and the husband enjoys hunting so much, he wanted to have a dog that would be able to go along on these adventures as well. I wanted one that would cuddle and be lovable with family, but also guard our house. Enter the breed we decided upon, the German Short-haired Pointer. 
first week with us exploring her new home
We waited and waited (what seemed like forever) for the right pup to come along, and couldn't be happier that we did! Our precious little girl is absolutely perfect and just the perfect addition to our little family! On July 11th, just a week before I left for Panama, the husband went to retrieve the most adorable little puppy you ever did see.
adventurous little pup checking out the back yard
We named her Riley, and she is just as cute as can be. Her coloring is liver/roan and it's pretty rare she is just the speckled coat and doesn't have any large solid patches on her coat. Her little face and floppy ears make her expressions to die for! The husband starting training her to point (hence the name) on about day 2, and she already was tucking her little paw up and still as an arrow. It's so cool to watch her go from running circles around everyone to being as still as a statue.
pointing practice with the bird wings
She loves sticks, chasing other pups around, and nuzzling up at night. She is a very smart puppy and has really been doing quite well learning commands, and she is growing like a weed! She goes through stuffed toys like crazy, and will try to chew on just about everything, and enjoys a rather early wake up call, but she is the cutest little puppy around, and we love her to pieces!
paws stretched out after frolicking then & now
 It's hard to believe it's only been a little over two months since we got her and that she is still just a puppy as much as she is growing, but I just can't even imagine our house without her bouncing around inside and out of it!
still loves to snuggle on her bed even now that she isn't swallowed up by it!
PS - this is merely a fraction of pictures of miss Riley - you'd be here for days if I posted them all! But be sure to follow along on Instagram and look for the tag #elliottpuppygram for more cuteness than you'll know what to do with ;)

Do you have a puppy? What is their favorite thing to play with?

Meet & Greet Series
The Elliotts 
The Fur Children
Riley (the puppy) - this post!
The Elliott Homestead
Simply Free Blog Home Tour

9.19.2014

#HelloKeurig

It is no secret that I am more than obsessed with coffee. So it was basically one of the best days when I got the word that my favorite spot in the house was going to be getting a makeover. A few years ago, I got a Keurig for Christmas and it was seriously the best gift ever. Incredibly practical and perfect for saving time in the mornings too. So when I was offered the opportunity to review the new Keurig 2.0 I was beyond thrilled. 
I generally have time for one cup in the morning on the way out the door on the way to work, but on the weekends, time allows for more than that and I always debate pulling out the full coffee pot and brewing a whole pot. But the husband does not share my affinity for a caffeinated brew, and we never need that many cups. The carafe for the 2.0 is spot on because while he can make his solo decaf cup, then I can make the carafe and sip on 3-4 cups throughout the morning, which is perfect when Madre visits or if a friend spends the night as well. The larger carafe pods come in so many different flavors as well so you don't have to sacrifice taste when making a larger batch of coffee.
I also love that I can brew at different strengths and choose the cup size and a very simple touch screen. I can even just get hot water on command for some of my speciality teas that don't come in kcups. You can even set the auto timer for it to turn on and off. And it's also a lot easier to refill the water reservoir on this new model. It's the little things y'all. There is also a night light you can change colors on, as well as changing the background images on the main screen. Pretty fancy. I certainly recommend the 2.0 to everyone interested in getting a Keurig for the first time or upgrading to a newer version!
Interested I getting one of these beauties for yourself? Be sure to catch up with Keurig on these avenues and sign up for special deals through their email list as well! Check out all of these awesome features the 2.0 has:

Extra Large 80 oz. Water Reservoir
Large Color Touch Display
Programmable Clock
Strength Control
Hot Water on Demand
Customizable Night-Light in Water Reservoir
Water Filter Handle and Cartridge
Starter Carafe Included
Includes a Variety of 6 K-Cup® Packs and K-Carafe™ Packs

How do you like your coffee? 

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Influentser for testing and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, however, and are solely based on my experience with Keurig and it's products. Subsequent social media posts are also for this campaign.