How To Prepare For A New Pet Part 3: Pet And Household Needs

Adding a new pet to your home takes so much responsibility! They can add so much love and teach patience! Since adding the dog to our household, it forced me to upgrade our carpet shampooer! I used to try to deep clean our carpet at least once a month, but now that we have a dog, I try to do it more often than that! Let’s discuss how to prepare for a new pet part 3: pet and household needs! 

How To Prepare For A New Pet Part 3: Pet And Household Needs
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Ginger Cat Appreciation Day: Meet My Cheeto-Boy

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day -- Cheeto

Today is Ginger Cat Appreciation Day. Some have called me a crazy cat lady due to always having multiple cats in my home. Well, I’ll take it. It ain’t the worst thing I’ve ever been called. LOL

My whole life has been populated by pets, I can’t imagine my life without them. Much the same as my children have been very loved and cherished, so too have my cats and dogs.

And my horses, ducks, and chickens. And the rat my son asked to have after a teacher sent her class pet rats home with a student for the summer and the males breached the divide from their section of the cage to the female side and had a little too much fun. And the fish my daughter was obsessed with for a few years before she moved out on her own. And the hermit crab we brought back from vacation when the kids were younger. And the little aquarium frog my husband and I had when we were first married — many a moon ago.

Since pets’ lifespans are much shorter than human ones, these loveable creatures come, stay a while, and then cross the Rainbow Bridge. I like to think that every pet I’ve ever had the pleasure to share my life with are all together over there, having the time of their afterlives — playing in rays of sunshine, napping on fluffy beds, swimming in cloud-ponds, and generally just getting all the rewards they deserve for all the joy they brought to us during their life times.

My daughter has moved on from fish (too much work for her to keep up with to her satisfaction). But, she is definitely following in my Crazy Cat Lady footsteps with her three little kitty-children that she loves and dotes on. We have a standing agreement that should anything ever happen to either of us, the other will absolutely adopt the other’s pets. It sounds weird to say (or write) that, but it’s important to make arrangements for the important things in life (children, pets, property and assets) in case the worst should happen, right?

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day -- Cheeto

This little guy, Cheeto, gave us quite the scare last year. He wanted to go outside so bad. We live in a semi-rural area and his big sister cats would go out and play in the yard, chasing birds up trees and squirrels into the woods. We decided to start letting him outside, even though I was worried that he might be inclined to wander unlike his sisters who stick near the house pretty well.

The first few forays into the outside world when well enough. Until my worst fear came true and he didn’t come home one afternoon.

What followed were 12 days of hell — posting flyers, visiting nearby houses asking if anyone had seen him, driving the neighborhood with the windows down calling his name, asking for help in neighborhood lost pet groups online, checking – rechecking – and checking again with local vets and pet shelters, leaving one of the litter boxes outside alongside bowls of food and water and one of my shirts draped over a chair on the deck hoping the scent would lure him home.

I went outside at all hours of the day and night calling his name hoping he was wandering around looking for the way back home and wasn’t hurt or dead somewhere.

Finally, after twelve long days and nights, less than 20 minutes after one of my outdoor calling sessions he showed up back at the house. He was missing his collar, much skinnier, afraid and clingy, but with only a small wound on the base of his tail. He ate like there was no tomorrow. And once he settled down a bit, he purred so loudly and cuddled like he thought he’d never see me again. He didn’t even try to go back outside for months.

I was so relieved. And angry — with myself for not getting him microchipped before allowing him to wander outdoors. We did a well-check visit to the vet and got that microchipping issue taken care of immediately after his return. I just felt so bad that he’d been on his own for so long, but a little proud that he had figured out some way to get food and survive and find his way home.

He’s finally started going outdoors again a little bit. And, so far (fingers crossed) he’s stayed close to the house and comes when he’s called. But, he’s still a boy. And cat or no, boys will be boys, so I still worry he might wander off again. I hope not, so I just do what I can and enjoy him, love him, and spoil him rotten for as long as I can — and hope it’s enough to keep him safe in this big old world.

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day -- Cheeto

So, this is my long-winded way of expressing my deep love and appreciation for my little ginger boy, Cheeto. He makes every day better!

Check out my Cheeto Boy in his Unicorn Zoo Snood. He was pretty cute, though not as adorable in it as our Callie Girl was. Zoo Snoods have some pretty awesome hand-knit headwear for cats and dogs.

Tell us all about your favorite ginger-colored feline friend! What is your favorite memory with him or her?

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Keeping Your Puppy Busy

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New puppies are tons of fun, but they are also little balls of energy. Keeping your puppy busy is so important for your puppies growing mind and body. Keep reading to find out any this fun new box that is sure to get your puppies tail a-wagging!

We got our little maltipoo named Arthas back in July. He’s now a 12-week old ball of energy! I’ve noticed after having many dogs growing up when puppies get bored they get destructive. Our little guy is no exception to this rule. That’s when I decided to start looking for the perfect subscription box. After searching I found the KONG Box.

Keeping Your Puppy Busy

Kong Squeaker Toys

The KONG Box is a great choice for any type of pup that you have. I love that there are 7 different types of boxes from separation anxiety to boredom, there is something for all your furry pal’s needs. All items that go in your new box are hand-picked to make sure all the items are just what you’re looking for. Keeping your puppy busy has never been easier!

With the Bored Dog Solution Box We got some fun new toys, a couple to hide treats, ( and included 3 tasty treats inside ) and his favorite toy a tiny squeaky bear perfect for his tiny teeth to pick up and play with. KONG takes the time to get to know your dog so that they can make sure their items fit all their needs. I love that they invest in getting to know your dog.

Kong Box Toys

In your box you also get a fun new recipe for a treat your do is sure to love. A easy and healthy idea made for your dog to help support healthy habits and lots of fun when put into the Kong toy for mental stimulation. Keeping your pup’s brain sharp will also help in keeping your puppy busy.

I was surprised when I opened my box to find something special just for me. KONG Box included a cloth face mask. I love that they care not only about their puppy friends but their owners as well and making sure they are healthy. In this crazy COVID time right now everyone needs a little bit more compassion.

Kong Face Mask

The KONG Box is a great option for your dog no matter what they need. Keeping your dog happy and healthy. For more information or to get yours visit their Website, Facebook, or Instagram.

For another great box be sure to check out this blog, Beating The Dog Days Of Summer.

How To Prepare For A New Pet Part 1: Toys, Tags, Cleaning For Your New Pet

We recently adopted a dog from the local SPCA and she’s been such a great addition to our family and lifestyle. The Coronavirus may have forced everything to shut down, however, we’ve always been homebodies. Whether you’re a new pet parent or just need ideas on what you need, we share our tips on how to prepare for a new pet with toys, tags, cleaning for your new pet!

How To Prepare For A New Pet Part 1: Toys, Tags, Cleaning For Your New Pet
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I once tried being a foster dog mom. It was my very first time and looking back, it wasn’t a good fit overall. The dog had major surgery and I didn’t have the support from the shelter when I needed their help. Needless to say, that whole experience made me realize I needed to focus on our own family. 

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Happy Dog Happy Life!

My Harley is everything to me; he is family! I treat him like he is one of my kids; he follows me around just like them.  I couldn’t see life without my Harley.  He makes me happy, and I want to make him happy.  Here are some easy ways to have a happy dog! 

Our Harley has been with us 3 years- we love him!

Happy Dog Happy Life- with my pit Harley

Weight Control

Food is super important- don’t give dogs cheap filler food and be careful with human food.  Do your research!  One thing I was very unclear when it came to feeding my dog is HOW MUCH, and I’m sure I fed him too much for the first year or so.  But now OMG I have it easy with the Portion Paw.

Happy Dog- Portion Paw helps with portion control!
  • They all have a different portion size, and I wanted to make it easy to feed them every day.
  • With three sizes in 1, the Portion Paw allows me to give our family the right portion…every time!
  • To make it even easier, the Portion Paw clips right to your bag of pet food.
  • Over 55% of dogs and cats are overweight… help out your furry family members!

I love this gadget!  Mainly because I’m not going through bags of food like I was- I’m going to assume I was feeding him too much.  His vet did say he was gaining weight every month, and we needed to walk him more.  But his last vet visit- we got GOOD BOY comment that he hasn’t gained any more weight and was exactly where he needed to be on the scale of his age.  Woohoo! 

I highly recommend the Portion Paw for all dogs! Plus, the price is under $6! 

TREATS always make a Happy Dog! 

Oh my gosh- Harley goes crazy when it comes to TREATS.  We love to try new treats to give to him, and we were gifted these amazing snacks! 

Cooper’s Treats -meat-based, frozen dog treat mix that’s easy and fun to make at home, plus it’s great for your pup! All you have to do is add water to the mix, freeze, and give to your dog. These treats are the perfect summer activity for any dog-owning family, and the Starter Kit makes a great gift. We highly recommend Cooper’s Treats!

Happy Dog- Pupsicle Starter Kit contains everything you need to whip up easy, homemade frozen treats for your dog!

Pupsicle Starter Kit contains everything you need to whip up easy, homemade frozen treats for your dog! They are so much fun to make too.  My daughter has made herself in charge of making Harley’s PUPSICLES.  With the starter kit, you get one jar of Turkey and Cinnamon Treat Mix and one jar of Beef and Cheddar Treat Mix, two silicone treat mold trays, and a tablespoon scoop. The kit makes 48 treats!  Wow!  This is a product we will buy again and again! Easy to make, and Harley loves the taste and the coldness. 

Cooper’s Treats mixes are great for your pup – they are:

  • Made with real turkey and beef
  • Packed with protein
  • Non-GMO
  • Full of nutrients to promote healthy joints and a beautiful coat!

How about Doggie Desserts? 

Introducing the Barkaron – the first-ever handcrafted doggie dessert that is decadent, safety-tested, super healthy, plus it comes in an elegant, eco-friendly gift box made with handcrafted paper.  My Harley LOVES these- mainly because he is a CHEWER!  

Happy Dog - Barkaron – the first-ever handcrafted doggie dessert that is decadent

We were able to try the Barkaron® Superfood Blend with Camel Cheese (16 pc dog macaron gift box) and OMG I was like Camel Cheese Ewwww- but Harley he won’t stop jumping until I give him one- so he must love this flavor-(Camel Cheese: Dogs as Chocolate: Humans).

This box is for Skin & Coat plus Joint & Mobility Support.  Very healthy and pure ingredients and under $25 (which I feel is so worth it), these are special treats and given to Harley when he does something special! 

How about FARM FRESH INGREDIENTS for your doggie?  

Now, who wouldn’t want to give your pup amazing treats that were tasty but also healthier.  My Harley gets treats daily for nothing- I know some people only give treats for things the dog does, but I give treats because I LOVE HIM! 

I feel so good giving him treats that aren’t bought at the local grocery but come from a company that makes their treats from 100% farm-fresh ingredients and are completely free of antibiotics, hormones, chemicals, and pesticides.

Farm Hounds are a MUST on the Dog Treat list- they have so many treats, gifts, toppers, box subscriptions, plus monthly deals! We highly recommend the Variety Pack w/ Hide Box, which has a little bit of everything they offer. 

Happy Dog- Farm Hounds are a MUST on the Dog Treat list- they have so many treats, gifts, toppers, box subscriptions, plus monthly deals!

Each Variety Pack Box comes with the following: $50 per month!  (worth $70) 

  • One bag of Jerky (3.5oz)
  • One bag of Beef Organ (4.5oz)
  • One pack of breakable Treats (4.5oz)
  • One pack of Gizzard Sticks (4.5oz)
  • 1 Beef Hide Roll (Small Box – 6″ Roll / Large Box – 10″ Roll)

My Harley goes crazy every time I pull a Farm Hound bag out of his drawer- he is so excited to get such a yummy TREAT.  

More HAPPY DOG products you need in your life, and you might not know it! 

Why not a PILLOW?  

Yep, I did say a pillow.  I love pillows, and my bed is full of them.  They don’t even match each other (now that is another post-HAHA), but I love pillows.  So does my doggie-Harley. Since we both love pillows, why not get a pillow with HARLEY on it!  Yes, that is exactly what I got! 

Happy Dog- LifeLike Pillows is the world's first 100% custom-shaped pillow that allows you to turn your favorite images into a double-sided, ultra-soft, realistic pillow.

LifeLike Pillows is the world’s first 100% custom-shaped pillow that allows you to turn your favorite images into a double-sided, ultra-soft, realistic pillow.

That’s right: you can create a pillow that looks exactly like your pet = extra snuggles & take them just about anywhere.

  • 100% soft-velvet polyester fabric (so comfortable!)
  • Handmade with environmentally-safe, high-quality materials
  • Machine wash/dry safe
  • Celeb-approved: Eminem, Paris Hilton, Snoop Dog, Pauly D, and more
  • Made in USA (Chicago, IL)
  • Available at http://allaboutvibe.com/

OMG, I love my Harley Pillow, but as you can tell, it is a different color than my Harley, but that was my fault.  I sent them a picture of Harley that I put through a filter- duh, so yes, the color is off, but it’s him, and I love it!  I think any pet owner would love this as a gift!  Remember, the holidays are creeping upon us! 

Keep the FLEAS away! 

This is one thing for sure that will help you have a happy dog- keep fleas and ticks away. My doggie got fleas so bad last summer; it was CRAZY, and I felt so bad for him.  It took us a bit to get rid of them; I felt I was in a vicious circle. He kept getting them, even after we got rid of them in the house.  So we knew this year we had to do something but nothing toxic or dangerous that would hurt Harley or the family. 

HAPPY DOG-First Saturday Lime-

Well, we found out about First Saturday Lime- (btw they were on Shark Tank) and knew right away this is what we needed!  

  • Satisfaction Guaranteed.  Eco-Friendly.  Patent-pending.
  • Just pour around the base of your home once a month for insect control. One 20lb bag goes around an average 2,000 sq foot home.
  • Safe for children, pets, animals and organic farming
  • Treats ants, fleas, ticks, lice, mites, aphids, small hive beetles, mosquitoes in water, and more.
  • No respiratory hazards nor silica compared to diatomaceous earth.
  • Control algae growth in water bowls, pans, troughs, birdbaths, and more.
  • An eco-friendly barrier with multiple uses that include chicken coops, stables, barns, kennels, gardens, sheds, and more.
  • Use as a limewash for walls, crafts, coops, fruit, and trees.

Besides having a dog, we also have a garden that we are always having issues with aphids, so this was a no brainer for us.  This summer, Harley is FLEA FREE, and that makes him a very happy dog!

Do you have any products that fall in the HAPPY DOG HAPPY LIFE zone?

We also have more doggie items on this post- Beating The Dog Days Of Summer

Beating The Dog Days Of Summer

Beating The Dog Days Of Summer
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What’s that old saying? It’s the dog days of Summer! I’m a dog person plain and simple. Growing up I remember us always having a dog, and as soon as I moved out on my own. It’s a memory I wanted my children to share also. So let’s talk about some of my favorite pup products and how they will help you in beat those dog days of summer!

Recently our beloved dog Twinkie passed at the old age of 12, I got her when I was 18 and she was one of the most amazing dogs ever. When she passed at the end of 2019 my children were heartbroken. I wasn’t really ready to get another dog just yet but my children started asking for another puppy and in May of 2020 our sweet Arthas was born. We just recently brought him home and couldn’t be more excited to have paws in the family again. Arthas will actually start training to be an emotional support pup for my 6-year-old Ansley who has several anxiety disorders.

Emotional Support Animal

Beating The Dog Days Of Summer!

What do you need when you have a new pup? New toys for him to love! Now with Pupcycle, you can have them shipped right to your front door. Pupcycle is the first Eco-Friendly dog toy box with fun goodies that your pup is sure to be over the moon for. What is my favorite thing about this box ( well it actually comes in a 100% recyclable bag )? It’s that there is no monthly subscription! This is what has turned me off on so many other dog boxes it because it’s another added expense each month but with Pupcycle you order when YOU want.

pupcycle box

So what comes inside the bag? Arthas’ favorite toy is the plushie by far. Perfect for tiny chewing teeth. We also got a hide a treat toy, and a squeaky toy, both of which he’s growing into. Help the planet, and help your pup have fun and get your very one Pupcycle box, and be sure to check out their website, Facebook, and Instagram for more information!

Pupcycle

Bug be gone.

With Summer and with getting a dog that means you are outside a lot more. Being outside brings those dreaded fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. We live close to a wooded area so we get all kinds of creepy crawlies. Don’t worry because Wondercide can take care of those pests. These amazing products kill on contact and keep them at bay. It’s a great choice because it’s safe to use around pets and your family.

Wondercide

My favorite items that came in my Wondercide package was the Scent Sampler Flea & Tick Pack. This sample comes with four different scents to make sure you love the product you pick for your pack! My favorite scent is the Lemongrass Spray With a clean crisp smell it leaves your home refreshed while keeping those fleas and ticks away. It’s proven to start working in just 2 minutes.

Flea and Tick home spray

Not only is this product safe for pets but it’s safe for home and use for your family. Great for outdoor play for your little ones, made with all-natural ingredients, I don’t have to worry about chemical contact with my kids. Are you interested in getting your very own Wondercide products? Be sure to visit their Website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Seeing the joy that our new pup has brought to my kid’s lives is something that every parent is thankful for. Since getting Arthas my children have that little part of their lives back that they were missing when Twinkie passed away. I hope that you love these pet-friendly products from Pupcycle and Wondercide as much as our family does, and helps beat those dog days of summer!

Arthas

What kind of fur baby do you have?

4 Ways To Make A House Into A Home

You want to make your house into a home, huh? And yes, they are two different words. A house is a structure, and a home is what you turn it into. Like your personalized stamp! We have some ideas on how to make a house into a HOME!! 

Bring in Plants! 

Plants make a house so homey!  Plus the color green is vibrant that represents freshness

Plants make a house so homey! Plus the color green is vibrant that represents freshness.  Seeing plants in a house makes me smile. I love to see plants in every room.  It just uplifts its surroundings and makes it more lively. Also, remember green is a year-round color. 

Now there are so many plant ideas, and my favorite blog House Plant Addicts has some fantastic ideas, plus I love these Plant Artwork too! 

Add Favorite YOUR Colors

What colors do you like? Or maybe you want to create a calming area so bright pinks and purples would not be the right choice.  Think about what you want from your home- comfort, inspiration, or maybe do individual rooms in different styles. 

 It is your house-make it your home.  

When I think of the bedroom, I want calming and neutral colors so I can sleep better.

When I think of the bedroom, I want calming and neutral colors so I can sleep better.  I love my living room to be bright and vivid because that is where the family has fun. Have a plan for each room when you pick the colors. 

Create a SPACE just for you! 

I would love that, but I only have a corner in the living room where I have my favorite chair so that I can read, write, and meditate. I put all my favorites in this little part of the house that is all mine.

I have to share a room with my husband, so I need a space for ME!  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a huge room dedicated to just to you? I would love that, but I only have a corner in the living room where I have my favorite chair so that I can read, write, and meditate. I put all my favorites in this little part of the house that is all mine.  

Personalized Artwork Helps Turn a House Into A Home!

When you start adding pictures of you and your family, then you are creating a HOME.  But let’s not forget our furbabies too. I never thought about getting a picture of my dog, but when I received a custom portrait of Harley from West and Willow, I wondered why it took me so long.  I think I might have found what I want to give as gifts from now on.  

But let’s not forget our furbabies too.  I never thought about getting a picture of my dog, but when I received a custom portrait of Harly from West and Willow

The portraits are clean and simple but so lovely!  I smile every time I walk past my picture of Harley- wouldn’t you?  I think my next step is a customized phone case. 

Custom portrait from West and Willow

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Or what about ARTWORK you create!

My family is very creative, so we have all kinds of artwork around the house, but we have never done Augmented Reality (AR) artwork.  When we had the opportunity to create a personalized work of art, we had a lot of fun. Both beginners and seasoned artists alike can create wall-worthy artwork with Cupixel.  

The experience begins with the Cupixel Art Box. The Box contains EVERYTHING needed to create masterful works of art. The Cupixel Art Box contains enough art supplies to create multiple works of art. When in need of refills, users use the app to place an order for the Cupixel Refill Box. The Refill Box provides additional proprietary painting canvases, as well as an additional Cupixel frame to showcase the artwork.

My daughter was so amazed at how she was able to create her custom artwork with her phone. This was an experience we won’t forget, and we have a new portrait to put in the house- made by Sahara! 

When we had the opportunity to create a personalized work of art, we had a lot of fun.  Both beginners and seasoned artists alike can create wall-worthy artwork with Cupixel.

Now you have some ideas on how to turn a house into a HOME.  We want to hear your thoughts, too, comment below and let us know how you create a home. 

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Feel Good Products for 2020!

I want to use products that make me feel good and are good for me!  I look back over the last five years I wasted a lot of money, time, and space on products that weren’t worth it! I’ve been cleaning my home for the past month and feel good getting rid of just plain JUNK!  For 2020 I’m only going to use feel good products.

I felt like I needed to share with our readers on some products that are 2020 worthy!  

Inspirational Clothing-Feel good!

So there is this brand that I feel we all need to get behind in 2020. BRAVEHOODS- their mission is to give kids comfort and hope while they fight cancer. I love me some BraveHoods for many reasons, but the main one is for every item bought one is donated- so basically you are buying 2 for the price of 1.  

The hoodies are hecka comfy too! I’ve never been a pullover bulky hoodie girl, so I don’t own a lot of hoodies, BUT this brand I want them all.  Why…they are lightweight and super soft. I put mine on with jeans and boots then out the door I go. My daughter and I have matching ones, and OMG, we look cute.  When we wore them out one day, we had three people ask us where we got them. Of course, I shared who and why they need to get one too! 

People…in 2020, let’s try our hardest to GIVE BACK!  BraveHoods hoodies make a difference and are inspirational. By the way, they have donated 7,000 Bravehoods to kids all over the country. They are more than just a HOODIE! This is my go-to shirt any day! 

Feel Good and RELAX more in 2020!

2020 should be a chill year. There is so much chaos going on inside the home, and outside of our homes when I say chaos, I mean a lot going on! I have two teens, a grumpy hubby, and a spoiled pitbull.  

I know I need to relax more, so I choose the Social CBD Lavender CBD Hemp Extract All In One Vape Pen.  Now I’ve never tried a vape pen until now, and I love it. I take CBD oils on a regular to calm my anxiety, but this was a different experience that I enjoyed. 

It tasted like lavender- now don’t make that face- it tasted good. It was super easy to use- inhale, and the end lights up when you are using it. The vape pen holds up to 200 puffs – so this will last me a bit.  I take about two hits before bed, and my sleep has been amazing. Now there are more vape pens I think I need to look into like the- Focus (peppermint) and Revive (lemon or grapefruit)! 

Now let’s talk about my Harley- almost 3-year-old pit.  He is my cuddle buddy, but when we have company over, or I’m gone for hours, this guy gets super excited.  His anxiety level goes sky high sometimes, so even his VET suggested CBD drops, which has worked miracles with his jumping and barking. 

Harley LOVES bacon, so of course, I had to get the Pets Bacon Broad Spectrum CBD Drops for him. It is 100% hemp-derived Broad Spectrum CBD extract with fractionated coconut oil and all-natural herbs and spices. So no I’m not giving my dog anything that would harm him, it helps him- a couple drops in his food when I know I’ll be gone all day or when my kids’ friends are coming over- to ease the anxiety he feels- he is far more CHILLED with Social Pets. 

Bring In 2020 with a BANG!  Feel real GOOD!

Celebration of the New Year, we are cracking open a bottle of 9 Lives Wine! We had one bottle on Christmas Day, and oh my goodness, YUMMY! I’m not the biggest wine drinker, but on special occasions, I will take a sip or two. I prefer wines that cost under $20 because that’s just me, so 9 Lives fits in that price range- $9! 

  • 2017 9 Lives Reserve Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99)-This pale, straw yellow wine has a bouquet that boasts hints of grapefruit and peach. It is fresh and well balanced with attractive fruity notes.
  • 2017 9 Lives Reserve Malbec ($9.99)– Garnet red in color, with intense and fruity with subtle floral notes. Smooth tannins and a delicate, persistent finish.

In my area (Bay Area, Ca), I can get 9 Lives Wine at Total Wine & More, so do a search, and you will be able to pick up a bottle or two near you! 

So let’s bring in 2020 with brands that are amazing and inspire people! No more wasting your money on crappy products! The Beauty Brite team will suggest more feel good products in 2020!

Check out Healthy Snacks For Your Picky Eater plus comment below on what kind of products you want to see more of on BeautyBrite.com!

Pets Love Presents Too

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I don’t do holiday stockings for my pets every year. But, sometimes when I find cute stuff that I just can’t resist buying I’ve been known to do a gift bag or some kind of pet stocking for our cats and dogs. And, apparently I’m not alone. According to a 2015 Rover.com study, 95% of pet owners purchase holiday gifts for their animals.

I didn’t realize it was such a huge thing. But, I shouldn’t be surprised, I suppose. I mean, I buy things for my pets all the time — no holiday necessary.

Here are some great ideas for stocking stuffers or gifts to wrap for your four-legged fur babies, big or small.

And, while I’m at it, if you think the Christmas stocking featured here is cool you can make one of your very own. I made this Christmas stocking (along with a few others) for my kids several years ago with a free Red Heart crochet pattern. It was a lot of fun. Click here to read about that and maybe make your own!

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Eco-Friendly Toys & Treats Your Pup Will Love

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Eco-Friendly Toys & Treats Your Pup Will Love

As a dog mom or current foster dog mom, I only want the best for my little furball. This applies to everything from the food she eats to the toys she destroys; ingredients and materials matter, even for our pets. It’s also why I was excited to try Pure Earth Pets, a monthly subscription box full of eco-friendly toys & treats, and more.

Good for your dog & the planet
Pure Earth Pets eco-friendly toy and treat Subscription Box

Pure Earth Pets does more than curate tasty treats and fun toys for dogs of all sizes. They also only work with companies who care about your pet and the planet. Toys are made from recycled materials and treats feature natural, healthy ingredients. Additionally, each subscription comes to you in a biodegradable box, so you won’t have to worry about it clogging up the landfills.

But what I love most about Pure Earth Pets is the fact that each month they donate a portion of their sales to a pet-centric charity. It’s hard not to support an eco-friendly treat and toy subscription box company that cares so much for our furry friends.

Eco-Friendly Treats & Toys
Eco-friendly toys and more

As I mentioned above, Pure Earth Pets sent me a box full of four eco-friendly treats, a toy, and a pet waste bag dispenser. Of all the items inside, my foster pup, Chipper, was most excited by the toy.

This “Starpups Coffee” stuffed toy is made in the USA from recycled post-consumer materials. It’s machine washable and can be dried in your dryer.

Chippy loved this toy so much that she ripped the stuffing out of it in about ten minutes or so. Of course, in her defense, she is a toy terrorist. I can’t tell you how many tennis balls we go through in a week. Regardless, she loves to play with the remains of the Starpups Coffee toy, which is still intact, minus the stuffing.  

Pet waste dispenser

I was extremely glad to see the Houndscoop Dispenser with 15 heavy-gauge, leakproof bags in the box. The clip on my current poop bag holder had given out so I was in need of a new one. I love that the Houndscoop features a Velcro strap I can easily attach to the leash. I’m also a fan of how easy the eco-friendly bags come out. It makes cleaning up after Chippy Chip a little less of a chore.

Eco-friendly treats for your dog

Finally, we have a unique selection of treats, including:

  • Petipet Mobility Bars – Made with human-grade ingredients, including carrots, apples, and baobab, these bars are designed to support your dog’s hips and joints.
  • Brewscuits – Made from simple, natural ingredients like wet brewers grains and sweet potatoes, these treats provide your pup with a nice crunchy snack.
  • YakyPuff – Made with yak and cow milk, as well as other natural ingredients, these treats let your dog indulge in their love of cheese.
  • Yaky Charms – Made from a traditional Himalayan cheese recipe, these unique microwavable treats are light and crunchy, as well as grain-free, lactose-free and gluten-free.
Chippy’s Picks
Chippy enjoying eco-friendly treats

My little Chippy Chiperson isn’t much of a treat hound. Although, she does like to try and steal my salads or avocado toast. But one thing she absolutely loves is cheese. It’s how I get her to take her meds, by sneaking it in melted cheese.

So can you guess which eco-friendly treats she loved most? Yep, it was the YakyPuff and the Brewscuits. My girl loves her cheese as well as anything that lets her indulge in her favorite pass time of crunching and chewing. Occasionally, she will also eat one of the YakyCharms.

While the Petipet’s weren’t her thing, I know my dogphew Cooper will love them. As a senior dog, he will benefit from their hip and joint support and softer texture.

If you’re looking to try some eco-friendly toys and treats your dog will love, I highly recommend Pure Earth Pets subscription boxes. And if you use code BLACK FRIDAY, you can get your first box for only $5, with the purchase of a six-month monthly subscription.

Have you tried Pure Earth Pets? Which eco-friendly treat would your dog love?