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Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Fall 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Halloween And Pets: Frightfully Good Tips On How To Keep Them Safe And Happy by Charlotte Meier

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to think about the best ways to keep your pets safe and happy, especially if he’s nervous around strangers. For many families, this time of year is one of the most fun, with pumpkin patch afternoons and evenings by the fire with a mug of hot cider. When it’s time for trick-or-treating, it’s important to keep in mind that many pets who may ordinarily be very outgoing can become nervous or anxious when lots of new people are walking through the neighborhood, and costumes with masks might be confusing or scary. If the evening will be too much for your pet, consider letting him hang out in a kennel or in a room away from windows and doors, or ask a friend or family member to spend some time with him to help him stay calm.

While some people allow their dogs to sit outside during this time, it might be a good idea to let him stay in the house, away from the crowd. It can be helpful to pull up a chair for yourself, however, and hand out candy on the porch or on the front lawn, as this keeps trick-or-treaters from coming up and ringing the doorbell.

Candy is another concern for pets, especially dogs. If your pup is curious about people-food, keep the Halloween treats in a bowl with a lid on a high space so he can’t get to them. Be sure to talk to your family members, especially young children, about not giving the dog any candy and let them know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs. If you believe your dog has ingested chocolate or any other candy, call the ASPCA Poison Control Center right away at 1-(888)-426-4435. For a list of symptoms your pet may exhibit after ingesting chocolate, read Rover’s helpful guide.

When it comes to pet costumes, it’s important to think of them the same way you would think of an outfit you’re putting on a small child. Does it restrict movement or breathing? Are there small buttons or threads that could present choking hazards if chewed off? Are there elements that could choke your pet if the costume gets caught on something? It’s generally a good idea to try on any costumes for your pet before the big night to make sure it fits well and that he will tolerate having it on. Remember not to force anything, as this will make for a pretty unhappy pup.

One of the most dangerous aspects about Halloween for pets is something that many of us enjoy without much thought: candlelight. Most jack-o-lanterns have candles inside them, and many homeowners use them to illuminate walkways and foyers for a creepy atmosphere. For pets, however, this lovely lighting can be a problem if they walk too close or accidentally knock it over, so be sure you keep open flames up and out of the way of your pet. For more potential hazards, read on here.

If you own a cat - especially a black cat - and he spends time outside, consider keeping him in for the week of Halloween. Kitties - even those with collars--are often targets for well-meaning kids who want a classic Halloween cat to take home, or pranksters who have a more sinister agenda in mind.

It’s also a good idea to keep fall plants out of your pet’s reach. They may look harmless, but many types of plants are either poisonous or simply create gastrointestinal problems for dogs. Keep your pup safe by putting any item you’re unsure about up off the floor.

Halloween is a fun time of year, and your pet can join in as long as you have a good plan in place for keeping him safe. Make sure he has a collar with an updated ID tag on it at all times; even if he’s an indoor pet, the barrage of trick-or-treaters may create a distraction that allows him to escape. With a little preparation, you and your pet can have a great Halloween.
 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Help Callan - Shop For Holidays

Check out Callan's fundraiser for school. Lots of cool items to shop for. Anything helps, and you can shop from anywhere, it will be shipped to you. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

#GameTimeWithBushs Walmart Giveaway

Win a $50 Walmart gift card! 
 Tuesday, September 12th at 12:00 AM ET to Monday, September 18th at 11:59 PM ET.
Ten (10) winners will receive a $50 Walmart gift card.
Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Walmart page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (9/19) via the email address they used to enter.
 

Ankomn Savior

Why do you need a battery operated machine with lots of bags or pumps for vacuum sealing? In just two steps, the Ankomn Savior can do anything you need! When you turn the lid the gear inside transforms the torque to pump out air rapidly. Like a small engine working in your hand. Usually 5-6 turns pumps out 30% air. The indicator will sink and show you the vacuum has already been created. When you want to use the food inside, you  press the indicator for few seconds to release the air pressure. After that the product will be unlocked and it`s ready to open. Voila!

  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Patriot Day 2017

Ambrosia Scents #Holidays2017

 
 Ambrosia Scents and Sachets are a new way to fill any room with fragrance and decor. It is clean and easy, with no wax, heat, oil, water, or mess. This product can also be used as both a wax warmer or an oil diffuser depending on your needs. It adds a beautiful d├ęcor piece to any room even when not in use. Easy to use, safe for children, and like nothing you have ever seen. Use it in the bathrooms, living room, kitchen, laundry room, kids room, or even the office. Works well in all spaces and when not in use adds a piece of decor to any room.
We got a gorgeous piece. The Weathered Rustic Mint design comes with a bamboo pattern and is paired with the Sugar Cookie sachet.
Ambrosia Scents and Ambrosia Sachets is the new way to fill any space with fragrance and stylish decor. Clean and easy to use, no messy wax or oils, no heat fire risk. Very portable and rechargeable. I love that it is a sachet, that isn't messy, can't be spilled, and doesn't get hot to hurt anyone, such as a kid or pet. Plus, the sachets smell amazing, and work so well!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

B.F.F - Best Feline Friend

Best Friend Foods - their foods are just that: The best you can get for your furry little feline purr machine! With a high quality protein focus and limited carbohydrates, your kitty will enjoy BFF's Grain Free recipes.
Now available in Oh My Gravy! (OMG!) featuring all-gravy recipes focusing on hydration and high quality protein from land based proteins.
   
We love our cats, they are family. So we want the best for them, as we would our own human children!

Check it all out at Weruva on Facebook!

What You Need to Know About Car Safety With A Baby

While you're likely on cloud nine after the birth of your new son or daughter, the thought of bringing home your precious bundle of joy may be a bit terrifying and overwhelming. Of course, you've likely heard nightmare stories about babies getting in harm's way of moving vehicles, and you're worried something may go wrong with your newborn.
While it's normal to be apprehensive as a new parent, you can help settle your nerves and anxiety with the right information and preparation. Here are a few things you need to know about car safety with a baby:

Car Seats

To provide safe transportation for your newborn, one of the most important considerations for your vehicle is a car seat. Like it or not, there's a lot to know about properly installing and placing your loved one in a car seat, so be sure to carefully follow all manufacturer directions. Mayo Clinic has provided a few tips for your baby's car seat as well as a few common mistakes parents typically make:
  • Install a car seat in the back seat of your vehicle to avoid the danger of an air bag deploying in your baby's face during an accident. If it's a good fit, the rear-facing car seat should be installed more toward the middle.
  • Ensure the car seat is secure, with no more than an inch of movement in any direction when you grab it from the bottom.
  • Double check that the car seat's chest clip rests evenly with your child's armpits and doesn't have any slack or twists.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for reclining the car seat at the correct angle to ensure your baby's head doesn't flop forward.
  • Be sure to remove any bulky outerwear, such as a winter coat, to make sure the harness fits snugly.

Window Tinting

You likely wear sunglasses while driving to ward off the sun's glare from coming through your windshield. If the sun bothers your eyes and skin while you're driving, think about what it could be doing to your baby's sensitive eyes. With that in mind, check to see how much sunlight is coming through your vehicle's rear windows when installing a new car seat. If too much light is coming in, you may want to opt for dark-tinted windows, or at least put up a rear-window shade.

Tires

Providing a smooth ride home is especially important to avoid or limit fussiness, particularly if you're using the car's motion to get your little one to sleep. To provide a safe, comfortable experience for yourself and your baby, make sure to install new tires on your vehicle for better peace of mind.
You'll also want to ensure your car's tires are properly inflated according to your owner's manual and that the tread is in good shape. If it's time to replace any old tires, purchase ones with deep treads and which can handle all types of weather conditions. Additionally, make sure you splurge for tires with the latest technology to protect from heat buildup and accidental pops.

Heating and Cooling

No matter how long you plan to run a quick errand, you should never — under any circumstance — leave your child alone in your car. Infants have a high risk of overheating, because their bodies are not equipped to deal with high temperatures. Plus, they can't express to you when they're feeling too warm.
Even on a mild day, temperatures inside a locked car can reach well over 100 degrees. To avoid putting your baby at risk, make sure your vehicle's heating and cooling systems are in good, working order. You also should develop a plan — perhaps keep something you need in the backseat and "look before you lock" — to make sure you never accidentally leave your baby in a hot or cold vehicle. In the end, accident or not, your lack of attention could prove fatal for your loved one.

EvgieNev Wall Decal Nursery Giveaway 9/11 - 9/29

This information is brought to you by EvgieNev Wall Decals. All opinions are my own.

Having a baby is an amazing and life changing event! There is so much to do to prepare for the arrival and so many things to buy! That's why EvgieNev Wall Decals wants to make it easier for you to get your nursery ready or to just redo your current nursery! Evgie Wall Decals are more than just decoration for nurseries; they are detailed themes with animated characters, live illustrations, and designs. The decals are very educational and help to develop your child's imagination and cultural knowledge of the world around them.
About EvgieNev Wall Decals:
  • Decals are customize-able: they can changes sizes, colors, add or remove elements to facilitate any ideas and styles
  • Incredibly great feedback from their customers, many re-ordered multiple times
  • Easy to remove and redecorate at a later time
  • They have literally hundreds of themes, animals, landscapes, setups coming from books, historical facts, and well-recognized charters
  • Vinyl decals they use feel like smoothly painted on the wall after application but easily removable should you choose to redesign
Here are some of their most popular wall decals: 
Charming King of the Jungle with Lion, Giraffe Elephants and Monkeys
Baby Nursery Wall Decals with Lion, Giraffe, Elephants, and Monkeys.

This decal has 541 reviews and has a 5-star rating!

Children Wall Decor that includes Astronauts and Aliens, Rocket, Planets, and UFO.

A Breath-Taking Rainforest Scene that includes Animals and birds in Tropical Landscape. 

This theme includes Three Large Birch Trees and Seven Cute Owls, Leaves and Two Birdhouses.

TeePee camp Wall Decals with Canoe, Campfire, Eagle and Mountains, Indigenous People and First Nations.

Cats Scuba Divers and Submarine Monkeys with Sunken Pirate Ship, Octopus, and Shark. It is a fun underwater scene.

Their NEW Noah's Ark Theme Decals is packed full of playful animal pairs, including Elephants, Lions, Pandas, Owls, Giraffes, Monkeys, Squirrels. As you can see, there are so many to pick from! You can visit EvgieNev to check out all their wall decals.
Now for the giveaway! One lucky person is going to win a few items that will get you some essentials for your nursery! Starting 9/11 (tomorrow!)
  • $150 credit to EvgieNev Wall Decals
  • Baby Crib (Appx Value: $110)
  • Glider (Appx Value: $120 - may not be actual glider)
Please note if you live outside the US or Canada you will be awarded the $150 credit to Evgie Wall Decals and an Amazon Gift Card or PayPal for $230. Please see the giveaway terms for more information. Enter below:

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fresh Step With Febreze

It’s possible for litter boxes to smell like a dream with the Fresh Step Extreme Odor Control Hawaiian Aloha Scent Cat Litter. Taking every bathroom break on a Hawaiian adventure, this litter uses the power and freshness of Febreze to eliminate the odors. It works continuously - even when you and your cat are snoozing - and leaves behind a fresh, tropical scent that will leave people wondering if you even have a cat. And of course, the ClumpLock technology forms tight clumps so that cleanups are just as breezy as the island-inspired scent. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

How to Improve Your Business Ideas with Creative Expression and Meditation

Your best business ideas come through with creative expression, like brainstorm sessions, paint classes, and DIY design times. These types of creative things are also big forms of meditation, helping you to relax and take pleasure in your creations. Taking pleasure in business ideas might

Meditation Leads to a Clearer, Refreshed Mind
Sit down. Clear your mind. Close your eyes. Focus on your breaths. Count to 10. When you open your eyes, you should feel refreshed with a clearer mind and a broader, breezier outlook. Your perspective should be free of clutter and mental debris, which leads to brighter, better business ideas.

Let Your Creativity Flow Free
Everyone has a natural creative element in their minds. You simply have to choose to let your creativity flow free - unchallenged, undaunted, and uninterrupted. Focus on your biggest, best business idea and let your creative perspectives figure out ways to turn those business dreams into big-time, booming realities.

Rethink Your Pocketed Business Ideas
Sometimes the best business ideas don’t reveal themselves as the best until you come back to them. Head to your mental backburner and rethink your pocketed business ideas. One, or more, of those creative thoughts might present itself as a stepping stone on your path to business success.

Leave and Come Back with a New Perspective
Sometimes you need a minute to think, breathe, and clear your mind [see meditation at the beginning of the article]. A clean, uncluttered mind and much-needed YOU time gives you a chance to come back with a brighter, better, brand-new perspective. And that’s the best way to view anything that has to do with business.

Make Your Self Happy Before Beginning Work
Most people work before play because they want to get the important stuff done before they allow themselves the reward of leisure. But leisure shouldn’t be a reward. It should be a fact of life. Work before play is fine and all, but you should make yourself happy before beginning your workday. Do something fun for yourself, like take a bubble bath, play a few rounds on official cornhole boards with your friends, or read a few chapters in an awesome new novel. Then go to work. You will work better, for longer, on a clear, happy mind.

As established, the best ways to improve your business ideas are through creative expression and meditation. Why? In a nutshell, the clearer, happier your mind is, the better your business ideas and ambitions will be.
 

Special Treasures For A New Baby

You've been invited to a baby shower, but you aren't sure what to take as a gift. Diapers and baby wipes are an option, but many people already get those to take, so it really wouldn't be anything too personal. If you want to get something that most people probably wouldn't think about, then consider personalized baby shower gifts that can be cherished for years to come. You can usually order something online that is personalized with everything from the name of the baby to the birth date, weight and time of delivery.

A gift that is easily personalized with just about any design and that can be used throughout the year is a baby blanket. You can get a blanket that is pink or blue if you know the gender or a color that is for either a boy or girl if you don't know the gender of the baby. There are different thicknesses of blankets depending on the time of year that the baby is born as well as different sizes. A larger blanket might be an option so that the parents can use it when the baby is older.

Another idea for a personalized gift is a pillow. You can have the name embroidered on one side and the birth information on the other side. This is also a gift that you can personalize in a variety of ways. An idea would be to get a pillow that has blank lines for the name, birth date, and other information so that the parents can fill it out when the baby is born.

Most parents will read to their baby at some point, and children will likely have a book collection when they are little. A personalized book case or book shelf is an idea that people probably won't think about as a shower gift. The name of the child can be etched on one end, and a fun design can be etched on the other end that will match the decorations in the rest of the room. You could also paint the gift so that it matches instead of just giving a wooden book shelf.
 

Folgers Perfect Measures

Summer is over, parents. Sometimes we need that extra kick to get us going in the morning, to get ready for work and usher the kiddos off to school! Fuel your busy mornings with Folgers Perfect Measures – coffee tabs that are made of 100% pure ground coffee compressed into a tab that measures out a perfect scoop of coffee and is just as fresh as ground.
Folgers Perfect Measures coffee tabs take the guesswork out of brewing a consistent, great-tasting pot of coffee every morning and are available in five flavorful varieties – Classic Roast, Classic Decaf, Black Silk, Breakfast Blend, and 100% Colombian.

Check it all out at Folgers on Facebook, as well as Folgers on Twitter.
 

Wild Eye Designs

Wild Eye Designs makes cute, charming and creative products that are as fun to give as to receive. Since 2002, they’ve been helping people serve and entertain in style. They proudly design all their items in-house in North America. As a leading manufacturer, wholesaler, and distributor in the gift, bar and tableware industry, you can count on them. Wild Eye Designs - Serve in style.

Wild Eye is the original brand to help you serve in style. They make gifts that are fun to give and receive for the bar, home and kitchen. From elegant servicing pieces to fabulous wine accessories, they have everything you need to bring style to your table.

I got a very nice Wood Cheese Board and Cheese Knives.
Cutting boards don’t have to be boring. The Wild Eye Designs Acacia Wood Cheese Board Rose Gold Pineapple sports a decal that gives your cutting board some style. Constructed from a highly durable, water resistant hardwood with a beautiful natural grain. Perfect for prep, cutting and serving.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

#BTS2017 With BIC Velocity

BIC Velocity Max Mechanical Pencil, 0.9 mm - Large eraser for more erasing power! 75% wider eraser compared to BIC Velocity Original Mechanical Pencil. Soft gel grip molds to your hand for a comfortable writing experience. Smoothest, darkest writing vs. other BIC mechanical pencils. Strong lead erasers cleanly. Barrel colors may vary. 2-Pack, 0.9 mm thick point.