The first time I saw the NABOB commercial where they went to talk to coffee farmers about people putting pumpkins in their coffees, I literally laughed out loud. And not just social media LOL, but my kids looked up and said “What’s so funny Mommy?”
And I thought how do I explain to a 7 year old and a 4 year old the pumpkin spice latte insanity, which has made more yoga pant and white girl meme’s than anyone can imagine. And here is where I really scare you and it’s not the part about the fact that I do wear yoga pants each morning to school drop off like every other suburban housewife. The first time I tried one – ever – was this past October. And after the fact I’m still trying to figure out what the hell the hype is about? I tastes like milk with lots of flavoured syrup. People go to coffee shops to buy this but you can’t even taste the coffee. That’s one hell of an oxymoron.
Coffee to me is like a best friend and I brew my coffee strong. There are very few things that smell nicer than the aroma of coffee early in the morning. And when you taste good coffee, going back to mediocre coffee is well, let me put it this way. Have you ever had a bad cup of coffee at 6 am when you’re trying to wrangle yourself, never mind your kids, out of bed and then you sit back awaiting to take that first sip and it tastes like some sour water downed concoction? It will set a precedent for your day and it won’t be a good one. People should seriously fear your wrath after that. I mean I am the person that brings their own tumbler full of coffee to my husbands tea drinking Grandma’s house for Christmas morning breakfast. This is because one year they found me some instant coffee one buried in the cupboards and I learned my lesson really fast after that. Instant. What? Why people why?
So when NABOB reached out to me to challenge me to decorate something other than my coffee this season, I said challenge accepted. First of all I am not a coffee decorating person. I am not even a cookie decorating person. The less time I spend in the kitchen the better. Until it’s renovated that is. I can’t talk about hating cooking and the kitchen while simultaneously asking for a new kitchen just in case my husband reads this. Second NABOB’s Full City Dark is one of my favourite coffees. Don’t believe me, ask my best friend Christine who got addicted to it after I introduced her to it and my coffee snob parents who both asked what I had brewed when I made it for them. It’s that good.
Now, Christmas decorating is a little out of control around our home. I decorate our trees (all 4 of them), our porch, our living room, our banister and our windows. I make ornaments, garland and played out mason jar crafts. My husband even has a Clark Griswold jersey that is soon going to be pulled out of the bins in the basement. But what I love most of all is making cards. So that’s what I did instead.
I decorated my cards instead of my coffee. And I did it by upcycling NABOB coffee bags into Christmas trees.
And here’s how I did that.
First, I drank all of my NABOB coffee. Not all at once obviously, though 4 *cough* 6 cups a day is totally normal around here. I took the bags, cleaned them up properly, cut them vertically down all of the edges and saved the all the sides.
Next up I used scissors and a paper trimmer to trim the bags into approximately 1 cm strips.
After that was done I got some kraft paper card stock and prepped my cards.
I drew a tree shape in a simple triangle and used my craft knife and a ruler to cut out the shapes on a cutting mat. Then I cut out some additional rectangular card stock shapes. That’s what my strips were glued on.
Using permanent glue (I used Mod Podge as school or craft glue won’t cut as you need a stronger adhesive to attach the coffee strips to paper) I glued the strips to the rectangular card stock shapes.
Then I placed my tree cut out kraft paper cards over the new NABOB strip collages, glued them together and trimmed off any excess edges.
And it resulted in a pretty cool upcycled Christmas card.
That’s some fun Holiday decorating and would make a great addition to oh maybe a coffee gift basket present for the coffee lover on your list.
Now NABOB and myself want to see what what you would decorate instead of your coffee this season.
Share it with us on social media by using the caption “I decorated my ______ (insert your item of choice) not my coffee” using the hashtags #RespectTheBean #NABOBHoliday and we’ll be sure to share your decorations with our social networks. Perhaps you’ll get a surprise from NABOB for the best decoration. Hmm….
And by all means have some fun with it! Maybe decorate your bed? Your sweater? What about your car? Whatever you decorate, let us know and celebrate the Holidays with NABOB!