Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pet Grooming Tools ~ e-cloth Review & Giveaway










e-cloth Product Review:
My Lily has a medium length coat and I think one of the things I hate the most about having an indoor pet is the hair. Its all over! I try to keep it cleaned up but it seems like its on everything. Recently I was at Hancock Fabrics and they have a display of products from a company called e-cloth which creates cleaning products for your home, car & electronics. Anyway they have a couple items that can be used for a dog or cat - long or short haired. I wasn't to sure how Lily would like it but when e-cloth offered a set to try on Lily I said "Sure!"

I received two items that you wear on your hand like a mitt - each is double sided with a different texture on each side. Lily always starts out by acting like she doesnt want to be brushed but by the time Ive brushed her all over and then flipped the mitt over to the softest side she is practically purring!

The Grooming Mitt is a grey set and has a very stiff fabric on one side to remove dirt, dust and all that loose fur that our Furbabies leave all over the house. Flip it over and you finish the grooming session with a soothing massage. The brown set is the Cleaning Mitt and it has a slightly different purpose. Its great for removing mud & dried dirt from your pets coat. If your dog loves to roll in the mud he will love this set and so will you! Each of the mitts has a lighter & darker side - you start with the lighter side to clean and end with the darker side for a soothing massage.Your pet will love it - my Lily did!

Pros: Easy to use. With the dual sided mitts I felt like I got more than one tool to use on Lily for one low price. Lily's interest was positive she didn't fight me when I used the rough sides on her even when I used it on her tail or belly and by the end of the session she is usually very relaxed and quite content. Both mitts can be used on wet or dry fur & are guaranteed for 300 washes. That's a LOT of washes!

Cons: I have smaller hands and I personally would of liked a softer more fitted mitt to put my hand into. The interior is a bit rough and feels like a burlap to me. With my fibro my hands are very sensitive to textures and it just seemed rough to me. Its an easy fix for me tho Ill just wear a glove when I use it.The mitt is a bit large and squared off at the top so it doesnt have the greatest fit for smaller hands. For its purpose and the short amount of time its worn to complete this task these are small issues to me.

Learn More: You can learn more about ecloth on their website, facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram and/or YouTube. They have many other wonderful cleaning products that you can use in your home, office, car or with pets.

Giveaway:
e-cloth has kindly offered to host a giveaway for my readers - 1 lucky person & their pet will receive one of the Grooming Mitt's and also a Cleaning Mitt. They can be used on both cats and dogs so this giveaway will fit most households (unless you have a hairless cat maybe).

This giveaway will run January 24 - 31, ending at 10 pm. All entrants MUST provide their complete mailing address, phone # & email in the giveaway tools gadget or a new winner will be drawn. This is mandatory. Your information will only be used for the purpose of delivering your prize if you win and not for any other reason.

Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for my honest review of ecloth's pet care line. I like to share products that are family friendly and that I feel will be helpful to my readers. Thanks for reading GivingNSharing.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Special VIP giveaway by Schwartz Bioresearch

Find your supplements and health nutrtion needs from Schwartz Bioresearch online and receive a 25% discount when you sign up for their newsletter. Im definitely going to check out their Turmeric Curcumin which I've heard is beneficial for chronic pain conditions.

Enter to WIN a $50 GC to Schwartz Bioresearch's Amazon page by clicking the image below. Contest ends 1/20/16.

$50 Gift Card for Schwartz Bioresearch entired catalog in Amazon.com

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Handmade Giveaway Loop - come join us!

This event is closed & pending on winner's responses....

Hi everyone - I am trying something new and participating with my new Etsy Shop Natural Therapy Packs. I'd love to have you join us and enter. The important thing to remember is that this giveaway takes place on Instagram and starts with my page...

I have partnered up with some awesome shops to give you the opportunity to win some wonderful prizes!  There are 17 shops, and there will be 17 chances to win!  Follow the loop to find the prizes!  To enter you must:

1.Follow me on Instagram -  @natural_therapy_packs
My prize is a Coupon for 15% off a $25 purchase from @natural_therapy_packs

2. Like this post. This is your entry and this is the ONLY post you have to like

3. Finish reading the instructions for who you need to follow next in the comments in the IG post... *** Pls note: this giveaway takes place on IG!!!

    This giveaway will be open until 8:00 pm central on Saturday the 5th!



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

WIN 7 Fall Titles from Arbordale Publishing, 12/15, US


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From December 1-15, 2015, you can hop to each of the bloggers listed on the linky below and enter to win fabulous prizes on each blog. Prizes are worth a minimum of $25 each and if you're lucky enough, you could win them all!

I don't do many giveaways anymore and I'm very excited to be able to offer this AWESOME Prize during the Tis The Season Giveaway Hop! One very lucky winner will receive a FULL set of Arbordale's FALL Titles! That is 7 beautiful paperbacks with a delightful story as well as 4 pages of learning ideas in the back of each book and a full set of Teaching Aids online! You will receive:


Prize: 7 Fall Titles in Paperback from Arbordale Publishing, 
Value $69.65, Ends 12/15, US

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Monday, November 30, 2015



Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken & Egg Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat Food #GotItFree

Purina Beyond


Grain-Free White Meat Chicken & Egg Recipe Dry Cat Food

When I choose a dry cat food for daily use I specifically look for hairball control and if it's natural that is a HUGE bonus in my book. When I got Lily about 4 years ago she seemed to have a high sensitivity to her belly being touched and she just seemed uncomfortable and to be honest I really wanted nothing to do with hairballs. 


I've been using Purina Naturals with her and it took care of her belly problem and she doesn't really have any problems with hairballs anymore (& her fur has been so incredibly soft) so I've been fairly happy with it except that Lily seems like she is eating more and yet not eating all of her food. 

So, I began looking for something else for her. A couple weeks ago I received 2 sample packets of Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken & Egg Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat Food for Lily to try and since I've been wanting to try it with her I snapped it up. Lily LOVES it! She comes running as soon as I open the package, stands on her hind legs and practically pushes me aside (and half the food in the serving cup I use to fill her bowl with) to get at her food. AND she has been emptying her bowl - She LOVES the White Meat Chicken & Egg Recipe! 
Purina Beyond

There are several things I like about the Purina Beyond brand:
1) There are 6 different dry flavors & 12 different wet foods available. Lily seems to like Chicken the best and occasionally beef so I was thrilled that there was a Chicken variety that she LOVES.
2) Check out the ingredients:
3) Best of all - I've NEVER seen her so excited she's on her hind legs begging me for the food! I did not have to mix this new food into her old food nor am I having to throw half of a bag of cat food because she doesn't like it! 

Look for Purina® Beyond in the pet aisle at the Kroger Co. Family of Stores. Three-pound bags are available for a suggested price of $10.99, and five-pound bags start around $18.99. 

Dry Cat Food: Natural ingredients, essential nutrients, and nothing more. Each ingredient is purposely selected and works together to deliver natural nutrition to help your cat live a full, healthy life. Formulas include a white meat chicken & egg and a salmon & whole brown rice recipe.

Wet Cat Food: Purina knows it’s all about understanding exactly what your cat is eating — real, recognizable ingredients, plus essential nutrients. Recipes include chicken, wild rice & spinach and grain-free ocean whitefish & spinach.

Learn more about the Purina Beyond Grain Free Cat Foods, find out about the ingredients in each variety & where your cat's food was made and while you are there you can register to receive a $5 Coupon toward a bag for your cat. 

Disclaimer: I received 2 sample bags of Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken & Egg Recipe Grain-Free Dry Cat Food as well as several coupons for my friends to try it as well. I was not required to have a positive review and only share products I would use in my own household. Thanks for reading GivingNSharing!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

6 weeks of Stocking Stuffers..... Week 4

This week I wanted to share several ideas for Little Kids. Yeah, you can do the usual candy and plastic stuff from Targets $1 bins but why not doing something that feeds those little minds?

Baby's Very First Slide and See Animals
Usborne Books
$14.99 (Board Book)

Picture of Baby's Very First Slide and See AnimalsAbout the book:
An engaging board book for very young children, with sliding panels to reveal secret images hiding below. Babies will love moving the sliders to make meerkats pop up from their underground burrows and a monkey swing through the trees. Perfect for developing essential motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Full of vivid colors, stylish illustrations and friendly animals.

My thoughts:
This is Gianna's newest favorite book. She loves to stick her fingers into the little holes and move the panels up and down and back and forth. There is one page that has a little spider that is hiding in the trees and she loves to see it drop down. Then there is the page that has a giraffe that moves down to nibble a bush and on another page there are several ants to count. Every page also has a word that describes what is happening.... or suggests something to do when the slider is moved. The colors are vibrant and beautiful, the animals are cute and there is enough action to keep Gianna busy and engaged in the book. 

The following are several Usborne books that I actually own and the kids love. Just click on the image and you can check them out & order if you'd like to.

Picture of Animal Hide-and-SeekPicture of Gobble, Gobble, Moooooo Tractor Book Picture of 1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland 
Picture of 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm Picture of Complete Book of Farmyard Tales with CD (C/V) Picture of Cow Takes a Bow and Other Tales (C/V)

Books I actually own & the kids LOVE:
1) Muddle & Match Jungle Animals - I actually have this book and both 2 year old Gianna and 5 year old Madison enjoy this one. Each page has 3 sections that flip and kids make up funny stories and create awesome animals. Madison has a hard time "making up stories" and likes to have all the sections match but Gianna and I both like to do our own thing. 
2) Gobble Gobble - This is a FUN book that reads a little like Old MacDonald where everything is repeated over and over. The kids love making all the animal sounds and the images are awesome and fun to "read" and see.
3) 1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland & 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm - Madison especially likes this book altho Gianna who is 2 actually will sit down and look for some of the items too. Gianna especially loves the Farm book because she can recognize much of the items to find.
4) The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales - we love to listen to the CD in the car and the kids love that they can find the duck on almost all of the pages.
5) Cow takes a bow & other tales - we do not actually have this one but we do have the first book in the Phonics series which it looks like is no longer available. This is it's sequel. I imagine it is as good as the first book.

Disclaimer: I have not received anything for posting this review and am no longer a consultant with Usborne Books so am receiving nothing for posting this review. These are books that my kids have and do enjoy and are just a suggested for my readers.

Turkey Leftovers = Deliciousness Indeed!

Happy Turkey Day!

I didn't do anything for Thanksgiving but sleep in and the do a quick trip to Walmart for Rice so I could work on my  Natural Therapy Packs and HyVee for Ice Melt which I had forgotten that I was almost out of. With today's rain, ice and snow its definitely going to be needed

Lately I've been hungry for a good potato soup. However since I am Dairy, Whey & Soy intolerant I haven't really been able to make up a pot of creamy Potato Soup in a very very long time.

Today I found a recipe on  Simply Recipes for a scrumptious Potato Leek Soup. It's Dairy free & Gluten Free if you watch your labels on your spices. And it's creamy!

Today I will share a few tips for making this delightful soup. It is very easy - I just didn't have all the ingredients the recipe called for and had to make a few substitutions. If you are a beginning cook this would be a great recipe for you.

Tips:
1) I used 2 Tb margarine and 1/2 package of Mirepoix Blend which is a recipe starter mix I get from Bakers. It's a combination of onion, celery & carrots. Saute them till onion is translucent.
2) The recipe calls for russet or Yukon gold potatoes which I did not have. I used small red potatoes. Peel and quarter them & add them to the pot. At this point I like to stir & coat them in the butter.
3) I added 2 good pinches of Poultry Seasoning. I didn't have marjoram or thyme and both are in the Poultry Seasoning.
4) Bring to a boil and then simmer 20 min or till the potatoes are cooked thru. Mine were firm but soft if that makes sense.
5) The recipe doesn't call for meat. I added 3 slices (or about 1 cup) of smoked turkey that I had cubed. These were small slices I bought from the Deli Kitchen at HyVee. I don't usually like smoked meats but this was wonderful in the soup. Ham would be really good in the soup as well. If you use smoked meat DO NOT add any salt as asked in the original recipe. It will be way to salty then. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.

That's it. I served it w buttermilk biscuits - and I ate almost 2 full bowls. YUM!

 Original Recipe 


Turkey Leftovers = Deliciousness Indeed!

Happy Turkey Day!

I didn't do anything for Thanksgiving but sleep in and the do a quick trip to Walmart for Rice so I could work on my  Natural Therapy Packs and HyVee for Ice Melt which I had forgotten that I was almost out of. With today's rain, ice and snow its definitely going to be needed

Lately I've been hungry for a good potato soup. However since I am Dairy, Whey & Soy intolerant I haven't really been able to make up a pot of creamy Potato Soup in a very very long time.

Today I found a recipe on  Simply Recipes for a scrumptious Potato Leek Soup. It's Dairy free & Gluten Free if you watch your labels on your spices. And it's creamy!

Today I will share a few tips for making this delightful soup. It is very easy - I just didn't have all the ingredients the recipe called for and had to make a few substitutions. If you are a beginning cook this would be a great recipe for you.

Tips:
1) I used 2 Tb margarine and 1/2 package of Mirepoix Blend which is a recipe starter mix I get from Bakers. It's a combination of onion, celery & carrots. Saute them till onion is translucent.
2) The recipe calls for russet or Yukon gold potatoes which I did not have. I used small red potatoes. Peel and quarter them & add them to the pot. At this point I like to stir & coat them in the butter.
3) I added 2 good pinches of Poultry Seasoning. I didn't have marjoram or thyme and both are in the Poultry Seasoning.
4) Bring to a boil and then simmer 20 min or till the potatoes are cooked thru. Mine were firm but soft if that makes sense.
5) The recipe doesn't call for meat. I added 3 slices (or about 1 cup) of smoked turkey that I had cubed. These were small slices I bought from the Deli Kitchen at HyVee. I don't usually like smoked meats but this was wonderful in the soup. Ham would be really good in the soup as well. If you use smoked meat DO NOT add any salt as asked in the original recipe. It will be way to salty then. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.

That's it. I served it w buttermilk biscuits - and I ate almost 2 full bowls. YUM!

 Original Recipe 


Monday, November 23, 2015

Unwrapping The Names of Jesus Advent Devotional & Giveaway


One of my fondest Christmas memories as a kid was Christmas Eve. We always had a nice dinner, opened presents and played games on Christmas Eve and always before we opened presents the tradition was to have the youngest reading child read Luke 2:1-14. To be honest I think the youngest child was because they were the ones that were more antsy and difficult about anything except opening presents.

Advent was never part of our church traditions. I grew up in a church that mostly just did the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve and I can only think of one time I ever went to that. When I moved to Omaha I started hearing about Advent and until I read this book I never really knew what it was. When I was offered a chance to review this book I snapped it up. =D

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus
by Asheritah Ciuciu
ISBN: 978-1519165749
$8.99 (paperback)
$4.99 (ebook)

The Advent Family Devotional :Unwrapping the Names of Jesus" is a very interesting, easy to read, family friendly Advent Study of several of the Names of Jesus. Asheritah will teach you HOW to Prepare to Celebrate Jesus throughout the Christmas Season and open your hearts for worshiping Him by building up and encouraging you in your study of the Names of Jesus. Really this study could be done any time of the year but I think working on it throughout the Advent Season makes it more personal due to our love for anything Christmas.

This particular study is 4 weeks long beginning the 4th Sunday before Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve. You'll start each week with a Family Advent Celebration on Sunday, Monday through Friday you will learn about the names of Jesus which include scriptural challenges as well as prayer and additional verses to study that weeks name further. You'll end the week by learning to apply the week's lesson with a family activity.

My thoughts: This book is not meant for younger kids in my opinion BUT it can easily be tweaked to include them. You could add a craft for the Family Celebration on Sunday & cut out the Activities in the "In Action" section at the end of each weeks lesson. Let them take turns drawing out an activity each week or if it's short - one kid could draw it on Sunday and one kid could on Thursday. You could also plan a simple craft for the littlest kids in the family to help them learn about Jesus. Focus on the manger and learn a song or fingerplay together. You can find many little songs & poems at Kididdles for all kinds of themes & categories including Christmas (just don't bother registering for the site as that feature doesn't work). This of course is totally optional and depends on how much you want to include those little guys and how much you want to get into it – I'm totally into having an “I'm bored” project to avoid whiny kids!**

One of the things I really like about this devotional is that the author emphasizes that there is No Right or Wrong way to do this devotional. God isn't keeping score and He isn't going to skip your house if you don't work on it every day. The focus is to help you prepare your hearts, gain a greater awe and wonder at who Jesus is and help you adore him in a more meaningful way. As I read through the book it was obvious that this book was written with a strong foundation of prayer and steeped in the Word of God.

Week 1's theme is HOPE (Jesus, His Resurrection & Life, King, Light of the World & Christ & Messiah) The week ends with Hope in Action – where your family picks an activity (fun filled or service oriented) to be done as a family or alone.
Week 2's theme is  Preparation (Word of God, Truth, Lion of Judah, Holy One of God, Lord of Lords) & Preparation in Action
Week 3's theme is Joy (Great High Priest, Alpha & Omega, True Vine, Prince of Peace, Bread of Life) & a Joy in Action
Week 4's theme is Love (Good Shepherd, Immanuel, Son of Man, Man of Sorrows, Lamb of God) & Love in Action
Christmas Eve: Your family will join together in Adoration of WHO Jesus is to complete your preparation for the Day of Our Saviors Birth.

The author's website includes a number of resources for you. There are printables, a list of books, studies, short video devotionals, Scriptural art & online community groups to help you continue to build a closer walk with Jesus after the Holiday season is over. You can upload family pictures of the activities & Advent gatherings that you participate in as a family @ #UnwrappingJesus or you can join her on her facebook page http://facebook.com/onthingalone.

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Would you like to WIN a copy for yourself?
WIN a Paperback copy of this wonderful book that will become a yearly tradition in your family! Ashiratah Ciuciu will personally autograph it and send a copy your way if you are our winner. As always I do require everyone who participates in the giveaway to leave their full address, phone # & email on giveaway entry #1 – this information is only seen by me if your name is drawn and then I will forward it on to the author for shipping. Neither of us will spam you or sell your personal information. If this information is not left another winner will be drawn. Thanks for understanding!


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