I feel as though when 2014 ended a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. By the end of the year I vanished off the blogging world except for a few post here and there. I literally wore myself out that I had nothing left. I made some mistakes in 2014 that led to me over working myself and extinguishing my creative flame...until now!

There comes a point at the beginning of the new year where you have to sit down and re-evaluate some things. Yeah I did that both for life and for this blog. You could say they're sort of New Years Resolutions, but do you really have those for a blog. I'm just going to call them 2015 Blog goals, because 2015 Blog New Years Resolutions just doesn't sound right.

So here they're!

1. Do Me: This sounds strange but toward the middle of last year I started comparing my new blog to some of the major well established bloggers out there. I thought I needed to keep up with the amount of content they post a week. I didn't think that my weekly blog post was good enough to keep people around. I thought I needed to post 5 times a week, so once I started doing that I ran out of creative juices & I ended up posting about things that were trending and far from my style. Which led to me not putting my heart in each post. Which leads to a train wreck for a blog. I received more positive feed back & more views back when I was posting what I loved...because you loved it to. I want to get back to the beginning and love everything I share on my little slice of the Internet. 

2. Finish Site Redesign: Redesigning this whole site by myself has been trial and error. I have in my head this vision of how I want TheKoenigs to look. I feel confident that it will eventually be complete and up to my satisfaction if I continue to work on it. At some point I'm sure I will have to enlist the help of my tech savvy husband. Until then I'll continue to learn on my own and tweak what I can. I hope to add a few thing on here and make it very unique also a bit more sophisticated and easy to read.

3. Organization: I've officially purchased my first planner. It's time to get organized this year and become more proficient in keeping me on track. I've always been bad keeping on track with everything. Take this post for example I should of put it out at the beginning of the month instead it's toward the end. Yeah that has to stop!

4. Dare to be different: Yeah that might sound kinda cheesy but I have a few things in the works. I want TheKoenigs to be different from others and follow our own path. I've been brain storming ideas and ready to take the next step..which might entail breaking down and asking the techy husband to.

5. Try new things: This could possibly be a part two of dare to be different. I want to go outside my comfort zone this year. Try some new tools, projects, ideas that I wouldn't normally try, because I would be to scared to fail. Take some classes to better my photographs. Anything that could really help me better this hobby of mine. 

New Dinning Room Chairs

That was quick! Last week I talked about some new pieces of furniture I got recently for our home. Well here's one of those pieces or should I say four of them. Woot Woot!

I Flippin’ love them!

Deciding on any piece of furniture is a long, and exhausting struggle for me. For those of you who it takes months to pick out a piece of furniture know exactly what I mean. It was love at first sight when I saw (These Chairs) on Target.com, I'm still trying to make Jason love them as much as me. I was actually hoping to get them in black, not Tarnished Metal. However, I found that "Tarnished Metal" went really well with the pop of chicken wire on our china cabinet

Without anything to help envision what it would look like. I built up the courage and purchased four of these chairs. All the reviews were a mixture of the chairs seeming a bit short, others exclaimed they worked perfect. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.

Unfortunately, all four chairs didn't arrived in perfect condition. Two were missing  screws to attached the back to the seat. Thankfully the awesome people at Acebayou quickly fixed my problem and sent me replacements for the missing ones. The process of putting them together is simple. They're super sturdy, extremely well made, and look pretty bad to the bone with my table. It took my dining room from super girly to a bit more rugged... Don’t you think? (Yes, I know that my shelves & left wall are screaming for a little something extra, im even thinking about playing around with the lighting!)

I’m hoping to find two really interesting upholstered head chairs - maybe even some wingbacks. Who knows?

What do you think of my new chairs? What pieces of furniture do you have that was love at first sight?

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New Coffee Table

 I got a new coffee table for my living room. This makes me happy on so many levels: I wasn't loving the non existent one. So I needed something to fill that void, and I wanted something I could continuously change the style through the year. Because I constantly redecorate EVERYTHING in this house.

My latest favorite place to shop is Target. It’s my go to store  plus it has a Starbucks. You can find amazing Discounts, on their awesome app Cartwheel. I'm talking discounts, on food, home decor, Office supplies, electronics. Whats even great about it is that you can also see what deals your friends and family signed up for aswell. Its pretty neat when you really look at it, once you sign up they give you a one of a kind barcode that holds all the discounts you selected. Just let your cashier scan and rack up the savings.

At the risk of becoming way to nerdy & over excited about cartwheel. I'll start with the decor. I've gotten on the fad train with displaying books. I cant help myself I love the idea of displaying classics. It make my box of stored books take up less space and makes us look intellectual. I actually just got alot of my classics from local Goodwill's. To top the books off I just added a succulent even though its looking quite dead lately.

With that said, I kept the same theme on the opposite side and stored all my Better Home and Garden's Magazines! I didn't want to put too much on this table because I loving the thought of bare minimal and just showing how cool the table is alone. I did center it with another plant in a green bowl. It's been growing like crazy with just minimal care. I topped the table off with a little brass crab I got at a hole in the wall thrift store.
I cant wait to change the decor up through out the year. The only thing I can guarantee stays is the adorable center plant. I've killed ever other plant in this house but this guy. Way to have my back little one.

For right now its very functional. We have a spot to put our drinks, because you can only rest your drinks on the floor for so long before a dog knocks it over. Although there are things on my coffee table, there is still room to perform all of these functions. The books and magazines can be stacked to create even more usable space. For color, I worked with alot of greens, since our living rooms color pallet is Greys, Greens, and Browns with splashes of bronze.

Because the coffee table is rectangular I added contrasting shapes. 

That’s it!

I hope you enjoyed my new coffee table as much as I am.

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Crushing on Chairish

As you all know i'm a huge thrift store/consignment shop junkie. So imagine my surprise when I was introduce to a website that fills my love for that...and I don't even have to leave my house or change out of my pj's.

 I'm talking TONS of pre-loved decor for us design lovers to buy..and sell. Let me introduce you to Chairish.


The name alone is absolutely adorable. Then you continue on to the website and are blown away with the amazing furniture they have listed. The site is simple to navigate, users can shop by category (lighting, seating, tables, etc.), Topic, or by Markdowns. 

Each week Chairish marks down 25% or more on items that have been in the store over 30 days. That's insane since alot of the high-end items listed are already at a great price.  

Buyers also have to option to "Buy Me Now" or "Make an Offer" on items. Shipping costs to you are calculated. 

Because i'm still decorating our first home and focusing on our office at the moment. I decided to window shop and show how I would create a space and share a few of my other favorite pieces.


Original Oil on Canvas - Moose Lamp

-----That Moose oil painting is just Awesome Sauce and I love it more than White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies and Coffee! Hey a girl has her wants.-----
A few other favorites were!

Dana Gibson Bargello Pagoda Lantern

Kreiss Gatsby Lounge Chairs 

Danish Teak Lounge Chair Arne Vodder France & Son


 I spent an hour shopping though their accent chairs and i'm still trying to convience Jason why we should get rid of his beat up recliner and replace it with this funky in pink. There's other styles to choose from incase the one's I show didnt fit your fancy over (Here).

You have to keep your eye on Chairish. They've been featured in plublications such as InStyle, Domaine, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, The Oprah Magazine, and Glo just to name drop a few. You can read more about their press over at the blog Here. Besides being an awsome site and listing all these amazing pieces they've just launched a user friendly Iphone app. (See Here)

I want to give a special thanks to Chairish for inviting me to team up with them and create this beautiful space.

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30 Before 30

30 BEFORE I'M 30

It's my birthday ya'll! I turned 25 today and don't feel a single day over 20. Instead of giving you 25 random facts about me you don't know, because lets be honest I tell you every little thing about me already. Best buds over here!!

Instead yall are getting 30 things i'd like to do before i'm 30

1. Have a child. (Before anyone ask's we're not trying)
2. Attend a MAJOR blog conference.
3. Take all three of dogs for a run three times a week.
4. Save up $1,000
5. Go on a vacation with Jason SOMEWHERE AMAZING!
6. Figure out the secret to great butter beer.
7. Paint every room in my house the perfect color.
8. Have the blog/home feature somewhere famous (Girl can have dreams right)
9. Attend a Redskins and Cowboy game at Washington stadium
10. Run a 5K
11. Pay someones tab (Military)
12. Buy a new mattress and box spring (I've always bought lightly used)
13.Go Skydiving
14. Mountain climbing
15. Get over my fear of tornadoes
16. Screen in the back patio ourselves
17. Learn how to use large power tools like a pro.
18. Volunteer 2 times a week at our local animal shelter.
19. Make over a room in someones home. 
20. Get better at gardening.
21. Go all out on the holidays yearly (Christmas, and Halloween)
22. Help Someone in need
23. Attend a family reunion
24. Create an Office or Office space in my home that inspires us.
25. Completely makeover the garage for Jason to have a Man cave he can be proud of.
26. Have a Christmas party with the works
27. Get sponsored
28. Become a hiker
29. Work with & meet some awesome bloggers.
30. FINISH COLLEGE! For interior design of course!

Do you have a list of stuff to do before you turn 30?

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Our Must Have Dog Supplies

Let me first start this post off by saying you're are the only one who knows what your dog needs. You can get all the advice from professionals all you want who've read all the books out there,  & watched every episode of the Dog Whisper out there. None of that is going to show them how to help your dog. Only you can help them, They're your family member. You're with them all day, you know how they act, a certain part of you knows deep down what they need in order to be better. We learned this the hard way with our boy Lucky. We ended up getting ripped off paying over $100 a session with a certified dog obedience trainer, when what we really needed to do was follow our instincts. Yes she gave us tips on what we should do and teach lucky before the next session. She guaranteed us that Lucky could become an inside dog with her training, but he would NEVER be around people.

Whats the purpose of these classes if we can never have people around him? He's already an inside dog. After she informed us of that little slap to the face we decided to take matters into our own hands, do our own research with what we needed lucky to become. We spent a good bit of money on this dog, but the results have been great. Now we've slowly introduced people to him. He's taken with Jason's brother who can be both inside the house or in the back yard while Lucky's out there off a leash. 

- How we did this was by buying the right toys to help him interact with people and enjoy doing it. 

- Praising him for good behavior and ignoring bad behavior no matter how much we want to yell at him. Attention is attention no matter if it's good or bad and all he wants was attention.

- Find a schedule and keep him on it.

-Making them work off built up energy daily. Lucky was aggressive because he didn't get to go outside and play much. He didn't know what to do with all his energy to he let it out in the wrong way.

- Take things slow, realizing this wont be fixed over night. Its taken us half a year to get him to be around Jason's brother without problems.

- Not being afraid, they know when you're scared and unsure of yourself. They look at you for leadership, and how they should act.

- Don't be discouraged or give up. Even when it seems like there's no progress, it happens slowly.

I wanted to show you the toys and products we bought to help Lucky. Reminder this is not a sponsored post we bought these products last year and they've really helped us and we want to share them with you.

Number one is the clicker. I had my doubts about this little thing, but the moment Jason and I started using this all those doubts were thrown out the window. The key with this is only clicking it when they're good or have done a trick like sitting or laying down. It slowly went from just laying down and sitting to get treats when inside the house. To them knowing that when they're inside they need to be calm and lay down somewhere until we call them.

Second is treats, our dogs prefer dried beef or chicken liver. You can buy this in the store or make your own with a dehydrator. I choose to make mine because its a little cheaper. Then only give them these treats when their being good inside or have done something that they need to be rewarded for. When I get home from work I let them outside and grasp a hand full of liver and put it in my pocket for rewards through the day.

The Kong Classic is number three on my list. This list is in no type of order depending on what I recommend most. Kong toys are more expensive than the other dog toys out there, but for a very good reason. This toy is still going strong even when three large dogs use it. It's so heavy duty that its lasting through my dishwasher. There's tons of recipes you can put in there, or dog treats. It keeps them occupied for a while, and also wears off some of the energy. I've been known to put left over pet friendly table scraps in there. It gets his mind to working trying to figure out how to get everything out.

Fourth is the exact same concept as the Classic Kong Toy, but it's a bit more complex this one is a bit tricky the treats have to come out of a much smaller hole. While being inside a ball. He has to roll the ball a certain way to release the treat. Its great to get their minds working.

Finally is tennis ball. If you cant put two and two together and figure out why then all hope is lost. Majority of Lucky's problem is he needed exercise, he needs that energy to go to something positive instead of being aggressive. Playing fetch is a good way to do that, when hes tired he can come straight inside and be calm instead of running around. A calm Lucky is more friendly than a energy filled Lucky. He's more open to meeting people and could care less whose inside the house or in the back yard.

All i'm saying folks is you know whats wrong with your animal. You don't need to spend a arm and leg for someone to tell you what you already know. Then take the steps you need to help your family member to become better for you. 

Our Furry Family

Its pet appreciation month here in the US, if you're a dog or cat lover its time to show your appreciation for those little bundles of fur. Yes it even includes fish, rodents, and reptiles though we have none of those in this house. One because our dogs would eat them, and second if one of those happened to get on Jason he would scream like a little girl.

To start this month off right I decided to introduce you to our little furry clown family. Yes I consider them family and if I could I would take the with me to work every day. I wouldn't get much work done with Mocha growling at every phone that rings, Lucky humping every chair in site, and Ginger literally climbing the walls with excitement. It would make for a hell of a day though.

Lets begin with the oldest, weighing at a whopping 75 lbs is our Lab/Pit mix Lucky. How we came into owning this big baby is slightly embarrassing. He was a gift from my ex 6 years ago, for a birthday present. I wouldn't trade lucky for anything, even when he gives us problems and attacks lawn mowers when he escapes the back yard. We've been putting him through all sorts of obedience classes since the middle of last year. He became a very possessive dog when we moved into our house two years ago and he was not socialized at a young age (my fault). It got to the point we considered putting him down, until we made the obedience training decision. Now he's slowly getting use to people, and has became best buds with Jason's younger brother. It's taken baby steps but he's slowly becoming the dog everyone loves. With him I've learned to never give up on an animal no matter how hopeless it seems, it might be hard work but you have to push through it because you love them.

Next clown on the list is our stubborn child Mocha. She still refuses to sit even though we've been trying to teach her for almost a year now, I put full blame on the basset hound in her. My mother brought her home one day, and I complained about it the whole time. Till one night when Mocha's brother attacked her, right when I was walking in the door. I quickly snatched her up and took care of her. We've been inseparable ever since, she's my rock, and pillow for when we take naps together. I've never had an animal that would protect me like she does, I've heard stories about people having that one animal that just loves them, the one they remember through out their whole life. Well Mocha's that for me, she's there no matter what even when I'm having a bad day, I cant stay mad for long because she cheers me up.

Finishing off this circus of clowns is the baby of the bunch...The Ginger (We call her "The Ginger" because just "Ginger" doesn't do her justice) She is the sweetest, well behaved dog and the best addition to our little family. She has so much energy that when she gets wound up she will bounce off the walls. She's too smart for her own good and can open doors and lock them, she's locked me out of the house a few times. She is Lucky's BFFL and Jason's sweet baby girl, this dog makes him do the baby voice...it's weird. Shes some sort of a hound, we got her when visiting my grandmother up in GA. Granny found her dumped on the side of the road as a puppy barely alive, it breaks my heart people can be such bastards and do this.

Three dogs may seem like alot to some people, and yes there are days it seems a bit overwhelming. Those days I just remember how we got them and how worse their life could of been had we not taken them in. They fit in with Jason and myself so well, we all love to eat, don't like working out unless made to, and are faithful and have each others backs no matter what. It takes a special person to love animals, we as people normally only care for other people and consider them family, it's when we take in something different and consider it part of the family that makes us shine.