Natural, Pets

Shower Your Pets with Love with All-Natural Dog Treats

I have partnered with Whimzees and Old Mother Hubbard for feature. Opinions are my own.

Shower Your Pets with Love with All-Natural Dog Treats

No doubt if your home becomes filled with Valentine’s cards and candy the kids bring home from class and spouse gifts of chocolates the dog will be sniffing for their own treat. Of course they can’t have those chocolates but having a fun treat on hand is helps them feel loved too. Old Mother Hubbard and Whimzees have all-natural dog treats your dog can safely have for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year.

Bits of Love

For a few holidays a year, Old Mother Hubbard puts their P-Nuttier treats into shapes such as hearts for Valentine’s. All natural ingredients of oven baked peanut butter and molasses snacks are a hit with our dog!

heart dog treats

It’s as if you can actually see the wholesome in these snacks. They add apple, oats, peanuts and carrots for a dog treat you will feel good giving your family pet. Find all the treats offered by visiting Old Mother Hubbard including where you can find these near you.

Dog treats holiday

Whimzees are chews and dental chews that are also made with natural ingredients you can feel good handing your dog. They are gluten free and vegetarian with a vegetable-based texture.

Whimzeez dog chewWhimzees for dogs

The shape of the Hedgehog chew, a popular product from Whimzees, makes it a great texture for removing plaque and tartar as your dog chews.

HEDGEHOG dog treat

They must have a great flavor because Maya wanted these before I even tore open the package. It’s funny how a dog just knows a package in your hand is meant for them. She was standing and dancing to earn her Hedgehog.

all natural dog treats

See all of the fun dental chews at Whimzees as well as where you can find near you.

treats for pets

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Giveaways

Sweepstakes Sunday Link Up – February 11

Sweepstakes Sunday

Sometimes you just have to STOP, grab a glass of wine (or cocoa) and enter some sweepstakes. It is mindless, gratifying and you could end up winning some great prizes too!

Why not?

You can’t win anything if you don’t enter!

These are sweeps I have entered so far……

Let’s share! Link up the sweeps you find below

Link Up Sweepstakes you find!
Rules: Must put an end date or link will need to be deleted! This will help me keep this link up clean and updated for everyone.


Kids, Parenting

New Babysitter Tips and Printable Checklists #MommyMustHaves

I have been compensated by Johnson’s® Baby for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

New Babysitter Tips and Printable Checklists

I was always fortunate to live across town from family with our son. With my 2 older bonus boys we can just rearrange custody days so we could send them to Mom’s if we had plans and she can do the same with us. Even though family would take the boys at various times, it was always nice to hand them tips and necessities.

Our youngest is 9 and has always been very habitual (like my husband). For instance, if he was in need of a bath the night we are out he would expect his same bubbles and shampoo. I always use JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo and eventually began using their BEDTIME® Lavender wash. He loves the bath washes that smell good and this one is so relaxing.

bathtime

He also has other habits like reading in his book and being allowed some video game time leading up to bed. These are all nice to note for a babysitter so they can keep the routine as normal as possible for the kids. Having these babysitter tips handy helps the kids moods and excitement levels and that helps the sitter as well.

Babysitter Tips Main Checklist

This is the stationary checklist you can keep up and only need to replace if major contacts, medical information or routines change.

Download the Babysitter Checklists

Babysitter Checklist -2

Use this checklist below every time you leave the kids with a babysitter. This checklist has that day’s notes and meal plans for the babysitter

Another handy thing to leave out for a sitter is a ‘babysitter emergency box’. Kids get bumps and small cuts, they get messy and even get fevers and bugs. A sitter is not going to be familiar with where you keep all of your essentials, so having a basket with main essentials out is always a good idea. Even if I send our son to family to stay, I put these items in a large ziploc in his suitcase because relatives may not have these children essentials in their homes if he needs them. What do I keep in mine?

  • Infant/Children’s Tylenol
  • JOHNSON’S® Band-aids
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Ointments
  • Benadryl

babysitter kit

Then I also double check that his shampoos/washes are available near the bath and his oral care products are ready by the sink. Or if he is being watched out of the home, those go into a large ziploc as well and sent in his suitcase.

With brands like JOHNSON’S® Baby available at Walmart they are trusted to be easily found and available for many more generations to come. Having a habitual child means using brands you know you can consistently buy and have available for them at bed, bath and routine times.

Do you have a routine for your babysitter to follow?

If someone is reporting an adverse event or a product quality complaint, please tell them to call the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) North America Consumer Care Center at 800-361- 8068 during normal business hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. After normal business hours, they can report adverse events or product quality complaints through www.jnj.com Contact Us page.

Food, Healthy Living

New Clear Protein Drink by Premier Protein

I have partnered with Premier Protein via TapInfluence for this feature. All opinions are my own

New Clear Protein Drink by Premier Protein

I am a Mom and Bonus Mom to a total of 3 boys. Our son is 9 and like his older brothers, is heading into the tween years. Help me! We have been through it twice already but with a coparenting situation so this time we are 100% responsible for how this son gets through it. I recently bought a book a friend recommended that I am reading with my son and it is all about is his changing body and emotions. We just read the chapter on nutrition where it really stresses to stay away from sugary sports drinks and drink more water. My son (and myself) are not good water drinkers.

So I made him a deal. We would measure out a healthy amount of daily water and both of us will work together to drink more water. He does sports year round and I am busy and always on the go so we both need healthy hydration. I do allow his water drinks to include a natural flavor added-cucumbers or lemons added to make it more enjoyable and I have added a bottle of Premier Protein Clear Protein drink to my daily beverage consumption.

Premier Protein Clear Protein drinks are only 90 calories and offer 20 grams of much needed protein for me. There is 0 grams of sugar and no fat, soy, gluten or artificial flavors. I need that boost and protein gives my muscles that lift it needs to help me out whether I am hauling groceries, walking the puppy and even getting a meal prepped and packing lunch at the same time.

With a protein water I don’t have to mix anything, get the blender out. No extra dishes to wash. I can just grab a bottle and go. Clear Protein drinks can be found at Sam’s Club stores nationwide so make sure you pick up your daily helper in the form of protein water by Premier Protein on your next trip in.

Make sure the protein products you consume offer the best ingredients like Premier Protein. Other brands out there may contain artificial ingredients and synthetic nutrients so you really want to do your homework and choose wisely. I have been a regular consumer of Premier Protein for years. The water is so much appreciated and I am so glad I have another protein option I can consume.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Premier Protein. The opinions and text are all mine.

Food, Gift Ideas

Gift Basket Ideas for Wine Lovers

I have partnered with GourmetGiftBaskets.com for this feature

Gift Basket Ideas for Wine Lovers

With Valentine’s Day coming up we are once again left with the dilemma of finding a gift for our loved one. Whether you shop for your spouse, older kids or even parents it is hard especially right after the Holidays when not but 2 months ago we were left with having to find Christmas gifts for the same people. My husband and I have a January Anniversary date so my husband goes nuts trying to find a Christmas gift for me in December, an Anniversary gift in January, a Valentine’s Day gift in February and a birthday gift for me in March. Poor guy because I never have ideas! Gift baskets are always a lot of fun and show thought whether you make them yourself or buy to have sent from retailers like GourmetGiftBaskets.com. Here are some gift basket ideas for wine lovers that might help you out year round.

gift set

I love the baskets at GourmetGiftBaskets.com. I have seen several of their baskets over the years and they are always so fun to go through. This Red Wine Country Gift Basket pictured above is the newest basket I have received from them. The wines they send are always fantastic and shipping is always quick and as promised. I have to say that the Chichester Snack Mix by Merrimack Valley Snack Company is so addicting. I get so excited when it is included in one of their baskets. This is a perfect simple basket that would make a great corporate gift especially for the red wine lover.

 

 

wine pasta

If your special someone is a cook or foodie this Chianti Wine-Italian Gift Basket from GourmetGiftBaskets.com is fantastic. It contains a beautiful Chianti as well as pasta fixings and the popular Italian cookies, Amaretti di Saronno.

wine spa

If your loved one is a busy Mom, she will absolutely LOVE the Premium Spa Wine Gift Basket at GourmetGiftBaskets.com. This popular basket is full of bath and body products with a lavender scent as well as slippers, brushes, massagers and more! Gift a special Mom this basket and she can sip on the Chardonnay included as she enjoys the rest of the basket.

wine man

For the men and chocolate lovers! I think this one is a lot of fun. It almost resembles a tool box but it is wine and chocolates all bundled in a leather case. You get 2 wines in this set, also from GourmetGiftBaskets.com, a Mencia Roble and angiovese Cabernet Sauvignon. It just looks classy, doesn’t it?

wines

Now for the big wine lover! This set contains 3 wines and little bit of everything else from crackers, cheese, chocolate and more. You get a Prosecco, Chardonnay and Mencia Roble. There is so much more to choose from if you head over to the GourmetGiftBaskets.com website. Choose one and have it set up to be delivered to your special someone.

Food

Mardi Gras King Cake Flavored Coffee from Community Coffee

I have partnered with Community Coffee for this feature

Mardi Gras King Cake Flavored Coffee from Community Coffee

Every morning my husband is the first awake. He works corporate for a major auto retailer and has over 80 stores to oversee. He has goals to set, conferences to attend, travel from Washington to Alaska and many hours in an office maintaining his region. His days are not so routine and at any moment he can be off to any part of his region crossing 2 states to resolve issues. The only constant in his work day is coming downstairs in the morning to let our dog out while he starts his coffee. Coffee is not just a tasty beverage to him but as a part of his mornings as the showers and kisses goodbye.

As we start February we have several holidays coming up and as we celebrate, he will still wake up those mornings and start with those sips of his coffee. Community Coffee is a brand we love. I often can find it at a great price and when I do we stock up. I love flavored coffees and my husband loves the dark roasts. Community Coffee now has a new flavor in celebration of Mardi Gras, the King Cake flavored coffee.

Have you ever tried King Cake? The same vanilla and cinnamon blend is what Community Coffee introduced into this new flavor and it is so delicious. I am trying hard to stop using creamers in my coffee so the only way I know to do that is trying flavored coffees.

My coffee story may not be as habitual as my husbands because I drink coffee only a few mornings a week, but when I get my coffee moments I absorb them like I’ll never have a quiet moment again. For me coffee is my celebration for having a free moment or just a pick me up on a hectic day. Find all of the available coffees at Community Coffee.

What is your coffee story?