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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about a baby afghan I made for the newest member of my extended family.

Paris Matelassé Circular Baby Afghan

This past August my niece welcomed a baby girl to her family.

Meredith Anne
7 lbs. 12 oz. and 21” long

When I heard that a new baby was coming I started planning which afghan I would make. I made a circular afghan for the first baby in this family so I picked another one from Priscilla’s Crochet Matelassè collection. Pricilla’s patterns can be found on her website or on Ravelry.

Paris Matelassé Circular Baby Afghan

I really like these afghans because they have lots of texture for a little one to explore and finish at a nice size of about 36″ across.

Paris Matelassé Circular Baby Afghan

The pattern only calls for a single color but when I checked out other projects for this afghan on Ravelry I saw a few that were done in multiple colors and really liked how they turned out. The yarn I used was Caron Simply Soft in white for the main color, Bernat Softee Baby in Prettiest Pink for the darker pink, and Bernat Softee Baby in Pink for the lighter pink.

The Rolling Cable stitch gives the afghan dimension

I really like the way the rolling cable stitch (the dark pink) looks but it is a lot of work. To make this stitch you have to work over the same 8 stitches 3 times. The first to create a chain, the second to crochet over the chain and the third to work behind the cable to get to the start of the next cable.

Even the back looks nice

In addition to the afghan I made a pair of booties and a nice little bonnet for Meredith.

Sugar & Spice Bonnet
from Crochet World April 2017 Issue

The pattern only calls for one color so I did a little modification to give it a white accent on the front.

Meredith wearing her bonnet

Since Meredith was born my niece has been taking monthly pictures of her on the afghan and posting them on Facebook so those of us not living close to them can see how she is growing.

Meredith at 1 month

Meredith at 2 months

Meredith at 3 months

Meredith at 4 months

Meredith also enjoys some “tummy time” on her afghan.

Meredith checking out those cables

I don’t want you to think that Meredith doesn’t share her afghan with other family members. She has been very generous in sharing it with her kitty sister Downton Tabby.

Downton Tabby enjoys a nice nap on the afghan while Meredith plays

Downton Tabby napping on the afghan

Downton Tabby is such a sweet kitty and is one of my favorites among the family cats (check us out a few years ago here).

As you can see Meredith is a happy and healthy little girl. She and the rest of the family enjoy the afghan I made. It’s always nice to see that something you made is well loved.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here! It’s time for our December Chewy.com review.

Something smells good in here.

This month we are reviewing Earthborn Holistic EarthBites Chicken Meal Recipe Natural Moist Treats For Dogs.

Earthborn Holistic EarthBites Chicken Meal Recipe Natural Moist Treats For Dogs

There are other flavors of treats available too.

According to Chewy.com:

“This hearty, antioxidant-rich chicken meal formula is blended with vegetables and fruits in every bite, such as peas, apples, blueberries, carrots, spinach and cranberries. Your dog’s skin, hair coat and immune functions will all benefit from the balanced ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids.”

Some of the key benefits of these treats are:

  • Contains real molasses, honey & maple syrup
  • Antioxidant-rich (Vitamin E and C) plus vegetables & fruits in every bite
  • Made without grain or gluten
  • Works as an excellent training aid
  • Peas, apples, blueberries, carrots & spinach in every bite!

Those sure look tasty.

How long do we have to wait to taste them?

The waiting is the hardest part.

Check out the video to see how we enjoyed these treats.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

Nom, nom, nom. Those are delish.

Oh good. I get to have another one.

As you can see we both loved these treats.

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This month we are joining Koru Bear for the Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one box of Earthborn Holistic EarthBites Chicken Meal Recipe Natural Moist Treats For Dogs from Chewy.com to review. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this review and will receive no additional benefits for barking about the product or the company. The opinions in this review are the honest opinions of ours.

We also want to wish all our friends a very Happy New Year and hope it’s filled with lots of tasty treats for all of you.

Hi everyone. It’s Millie & Walter here. We participated in the Blogville Christmas Gift Exchange again this year and were paired with a couple of the collies at All Things Collie. This is a new blog to us and these collies are all very beautiful and talented. Many are show champions and therapy dogs.

Look at all these pressies!
Mom said not to touch them yet Millie.

Is this better?
If we pose nice then we get to open them.

After some posing mom let us start opening them…er…we really mean that Walter started opening them.

This one looks like a toy.

I love ripping the paper off these pressies.

Walter had lots of fun ripping the paper off all our pressies. Millie has never been very interested in that sort of thing. We got lots of great pressies from the Collies.

Look at all this great stuff!

Let’s take a closer look at those toys.

These toys are made for tough chewers like Walter

Mom said we couldn’t try the treats yet since there were so many of them. Here is a video of some of the action of us opening our pressies.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

This Squeaky Skull is lots of fun.

Let me see if I can get the squeaker out of this skull.

Oh well, mom wouldn’t let me just chew on the skull toy. She said something about it lasting longer that way.

We want to thank the Collies for all these great pressies. We’ve tried a few of the treats already and they are great. Mom just didn’t get any photographic evidence of it. It’s always fun to participate in the Blogville Gift Exchange and we want to thank Oreo and his mom for organizing it.

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We want to wish all our friends that celebrate it a Merry Christmas and to all those that don’t we wish you a very Happy Holiday season. Here is our card for this year.

2018 Christmas Card – Front

2018 Christmas Card – Back

We got to open our exchange pressies today and will show you all about them later this week.

It’s always so much fun participating in the Blogville Card Exchange and Gift Exchange. We hope everyone is enjoying a fun time with family and all those they love.

Hi everyone! It’s Walter here! It’s time for our second November Chewy.com review. For our second review my mom picked out a toy just for me. Millie isn’t into playing with toys much.

There are two things in this box!

Here is the Frisco Plush with Rubber Tug & Fetch No Squeak Football Dog Toy. It comes in two colors.

We chose red. The other color is blue.

According to Chewy.com:

“Energetic pups have met their match with the Frisco Plush with Rubber Tug & Fetch No Squeak Football Dog Toy. It’s made with a tough fabric exterior and durable thermoplastic rubber for added strength, so it can hold up to some pretty tough tumbling during supervised play. Toss it or tug it—the football shape is perfect for playing tug-o-war and it has a built-in handle that makes it easy to throw for fetch. Plus, there are no squeakers so no matter how rambunctious your pooch gets while playing, there’s no extra noise! It’s the perfect toy to give your dog the daily exercise and stimulation he needs to stay healthy.”

Some of the key benefits of this toy are:

  • Designed for energetic dogs that need stronger toys, with sturdy fabric and durable thermoplastic rubber for added sturdiness.
  • Squeaker-less design lets you have all the playtime fun with none of the noise.
  • Football shape is perfect for tossing and grabbing for fetch and tug-o-war.
  • Toss it farther—swing the built-in handle to sling the toy even further for even more fun and exercise.
  • Hassle-free way to add in daily exercise and mental stimulation to help keep your dog healthy.

I can’t wait to play with this toy!
Hey Walter you should see what’s going on outside.

Check out the video to see how much I enjoyed this toy.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

After playing with this toy in the house we went outside.

It’s easy to get my mouth around it

Mom won’t let me chew on the handle

Fetching this toy is lots of fun

I need a little break after all that play

As you can see I loved this toy and give it 4 paws up (because that is all the paws I have) and I recommend it to all my friends. If you are looking for a new toy for your list for Santa Paws I highly recommend this one.

Please remember that every dog plays differently and, since not all toys are created equal, it’s always best to keep a close watch on your pup in case things get ruff. Supervised play will help toys last longer and most importantly keep your pal safe. No dog toy is truly indestructible, so always remove the toy from playtime if pieces begin to break off.

So far this one is holding up well. My dad brought it out to play with me the day Millie had her surgery and we had lots of fun together.

Millie wants to thank all of you for all the good wishes about her tooth extraction. Everything went well and she is recovering fine.

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This month I’m joining Koru Bear for the Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As a #ChewyInfluencer I received one Frisco Plush with Rubber Tug & Fetch No Squeak Football Dog Toy from Chewy.com to review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review and will receive no additional benefits for barking about the product or the company. The opinions in this review are the honest opinions of mine.

Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here! It’s time for our November Chewy.com review. This month the first item we are reviewing is Merrick Fresh Kisses Holiday Mint Dental Dog Treats. We eat Merrick food every day so we know what good stuff they make.

There are two things in this box!

Let’s look at that box of treats.

Merrick Fresh Kisses Holiday Mint Dental Dog Treats

Chewy.com has these treats in four sizes. We chose the medium size for dogs that are 25 – 50 lbs.

They come in their own resealable plastic bag

According to Chewy.com:

“These unique, brush-shaped chews are the perfect way for your dog to welcome guests this holiday season—with fresh-smelling kisses that won’t put him on the naughty list. The special blend of coconut, peppermint, lemongrass and rosemary oils will help keep his breath smelling fresh, while the double-brush design helps to fight plaque and tartar. These tasty treats are designed to be easily digestible, with natural peas, tapioca and gelatin. Best of all, the yummy chews are made right here in the USA without potatoes, grains, corn or soy, plus absolutely no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.”

Some of the key benefits of these treats are:

  • Dog treats to helps clean teeth, fight plaque and tartar, plus freshen doggy breath with a unique shape and botanical formula.
  • Designed with a double-brush action to get in between teeth and help keep them clean with every bite.
  • Formulated with all-natural spearmint oil breath strip pieces to help keep your pal’s breath even fresher.
  • It’s easily digestible since it’s made with natural peas, tapioca and gelatin, with no potatoes or grains.
  • Cooked right here in the USA without including any corn, soy, or artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

Those are a nice size
I can’t wait to try them

But first we have to wait.

Check out the video to see how we enjoyed the Merrick treats.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

As you can see we both loved these dental chews and give them 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) and we recommend it to all our friends.

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This month we are joining Koru Bear for the Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one box of Merrick Fresh Kisses Holiday Mint Dental Dog Treats from Chewy.com to review. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this review and will receive no additional benefits for barking about the product or the company. The opinions in this review are the honest opinions of ours.

Now a little P.S. from Millie

Don’t I look great against these yellow leaves?

Hi everyone. I have a little POTP request for all of you. I won’t be having any more of those great Merrick Fresh Kisses for a while but it’s not because I don’t like them. Today I had to go to the V.E.T. and they stole a tooth from my mouth! I’m doing well now that the drugs have worn off but I have to eat only soft food for at least a week. I would appreciate it if you all could cross your paws that I have a quick and uneventful recovery. Thanks.

Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We wanted to join the LLB Gang on their Nature Friday blog hop this week. These pictures were taken a week ago and show off some of the beautiful fall colors we had in our yard this year.

Backyard trees

The big yellow tree is our Katsura tree with our Linden tree to the right. The linden tree doesn’t really change color much before dropping all its leaves.

Japanese Maple trees with a Fringe tree in the middle

Let’s take a close look at some of those colorful leaves.

Japanese Maple with Barberry in front

Japanese Maple

Here is a closer look at the leaves on this tree.

Multicolored leaves on same tree

We love how this tree has leaves that range in color from yellow to orange to red. This particular tree has never looked so good.

More Japanese Maple Leaves

At the back of the yard is another Japanese Maple with the beautiful leaves you see above. Let’s take a look at some non Japanese Maple trees in our yard.

Stewartia (on left) and Hickory tree

Last but not least here is a look at one of our varieties of spirea we have.

Spirea leaves

We can’t remember this spirea looking this colorful before.

That is it for a look at some of our fall foliage. We hope you enjoyed our beautiful fall colors. Since these pictures were taken most of the leaves have fallen off the trees and we even had some snow today.

Be sure to pop over to the LLB Gang blog and check out the other Nature Friday blog hop posts.