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March 20, 2017

Top 5 Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog

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Our sweet fur baby has packed on a few pounds this winter and we are sharing our plan to help him trim the fat so you can learn how to exercise your dog too

If your dog or dogs are anything like mine they have spent the past few months of winter eating and sleeping. They are only outside long enough to relieve themselves and they are back seeking the warmth of the house. This has left them with some “Extra” Winter weight that they need to lose in order to stay healthy.  Yes, even our pets need to stay in shape in order to help them live a long happy life. While many dogs would prefer to sleep they do need to get up and get moving. With these Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog you will help your furry companion lose his Winter weight and be excited to get up and get moving. The best part is you will get in some exercise also.

Help your pooch lose his pooch by learning how to exercise your dog

Top 5 Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog

 

Tip #1Make your dog’s exercise fun. People don’t like to do boring workouts so why would your dog. Purchase a new ball and set aside time each day to toss the ball. They will enjoy chasing the ball and playing with you they won’t even know you are helping them get a work out. You can also use a new rope toy or their favorite toy to play with.

It is so important to keep your dog healthy check out our tips for how to exercise your dog

Tip # 2Take daily walks. Your dog is lonely while you are gone during the day or even if you work from home they have not had your attention. They will love seeing you get out the leash and use it to take him/her for a walk. If you dog gets tired easily then start slow and go a little farther each day. This is a double bonus because you will get more exercise too!

Tips #3 Provide Adequate Water Supply. Once your dog is up and moving more he/she is going to get more thirsty so make sure to provide plenty of fresh water. If you are going on long walks carry a portable collapsible water bowl with you so they can get a drink on the go.

Tips #4 – Offer Healthy Rewards. Dogs are very reward driven but giving them their favorite sausage treat or dog biscuits can defeat the exercise your dog has accomplished. In place of these high calorie treats, give them healthy options such as small pieces of green beans, carrots, apple pieces or  skinless chicken.

As our dog gets older we are amking some changes to eep him healthy including Healthy Weight Food choices and more exercise

Tips #5 – Feed Them Well. This means measured amounts of dog food with regular meal times and high quality food. As a puppy, we started feeding our dog: Dog Chow® Puppy Chow® Complete. From Puppy Chow, we moved onto feeding him Dog Chow® Complete Adult. But since our dog is closer to being an old man than he is a young pup, we have switched him to BENEFUL® Healthy Weight. With 10% fewer calories that BENEFUL® Originals with Real Beef, this dog food will help us manage his weight because let’s face it, we all slow down a bit as we get older. I also love that it is made with real farm raised chicken as the first ingredient and whole grains and vegetables. 

Target has a wide variety of Purina Dry Dog Foods

Target has a wide variety of Purina Dry Dog Foods

While I think it is safe to say that learning how to exercise your dog is important because every dog benefits from lots of healthy exercise and activity,  however every dog is different and needs different types of nutrition. No matter which food you buy there is an amazing variety of Purina dry dog food products available at Target in the pet aisle. You can also take advantage of these special cartwheel offers:

20% off Dog Chow (all sizes) – 3/5 – 3/11

20% off Beyond Dry (all sizes) – 3/12 – 3/18

20% off ONE dry (all sizes) – 3/19 – 3/25

Purina Dry Dog Cartwheel Offer at Target will help you feed your dog well

Before long you and your dog will notice that these simple Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog has you both feeling better. Use these as a stepping stone to get your dog active and discover how great you both feel. The sky is the limit when you get up and get moving.

 

March 17, 2017

Easy Home Spring Cleaning with Grab Green

Easy Home Spring Cleaning with Grab Green

Easy Home Spring Cleaning with Grab Green

Are you ready for home spring cleaning? Spring starts in just a few days, and I can’t wait to deep clean my house to make it spotless and fresh, and that means I need to get my cleaning supplies ready. When choosing cleaning materials, I make sure that they are environmentally safe and non-toxic but still does its job or even work better than those chemical-laden products available in the market. Recently I discovered this new brand called Grab Green that offers amazing natural cleaning products. They have nontoxic and eco cleaning supplies line that are effective and safe for you and your family. Plus, recent scientific tests shows that Grab Green’s laundry and dishwashing pods are superior to conventional brands in removing many of today’s toughest stains and soils.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Grab Green but all opinions expressed here are mine.

March 10, 2017

How to Get Safe Quickly

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of LG. All opinions are 100% mine.

Safe Home Security

I was sitting on the sidelines at soccer, and I didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but I did. I was startled by what I heard the lady next to me say. I knew her, and I knew she had kids. We live in the same neighborhood so when she said what she said it shocked me. You aren’t going to believe what happened to her. I sure didn’t.

She heard a noise and thought it was one of her sweet girls, but it wasn’t. What she saw wasn’t sweet, and it wasn’t a girl.

You see, not long ago my friend had gone to bed with her husband. They had tucked their children in with care. They had slept all night, and they awoke to get their morning coffee. It was a morning like every other the routine was the same. The alarm goes off. He hits the alarm. She tentatively gets out of bed and makes her way to the coffee pot.

She gets to the kitchen after hearing a strange noise. She finds a man. She finds a man who isn’t her husband. A man with a knife in her peanut butter jar.

She is startled this isn’t the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. This is her home, and this guy doesn’t belong. He sees her. She knows her kids and her husband are upstairs. She screams. He drops the peanut butter and runs out of the door.

What if he didn’t leave? What if he used that knife on her or had a gun. She was lucky. Her family was lucky. I was scared.

You see my husband travels for work often. I am alone some nights with the three kids in the house, and I freaked out when I heard her story. What if that happened to us? What would I do?

I didn’t sleep that night after hearing her story. I instead starting Googling for safe home security systems after I placed Legos at every door and window. Just in case someone came in, they would step on those and yell. I know, not a great plan, but it was something.

This is what I found, most required a professional installation and most required an expensive monthly service requirement. I wanted protection, but I didn’t want a huge expense because we are on a tight budget. I also wanted something that I felt was preventative. I didn’t want to walk into my home and be met with someone I didn’t invite.

I found the perfect solution in LG Smart Security.

I found a way to be able to use my smartphone (iOS or Android) to check on my house using the live feed option. I can check in with my children, the dog, and I can even ask my husband to start dinner. I also like that I can use Alexa to control some of the features.

We are on a tight budget like I said so having the ability to control lights, and the thermostat will enable us to save money. I always have in the past left on the light when I knew I was coming home at dark; now I can just turn it on before I get there.

It was so easy to start:

1) Open the box and remove the device
2) Plug it in
3) Upload the app to your phone or tablet
4) Set up account on your device
5) Accept the email to enable the device
6) Open up application and input your Wi-Fi password

Sign up for the monitoring service to receive the following benefits:

a) You can set up alerts based on your day to day activities
b) You can receive video monitoring with a recording functionality. The device allows you to review up to 7 days of videos.
C) You can control your alarm using your smart device (phone or tablet)
d) Professional monitoring seven days a week and 24 hours a day
e) There isn’t a contract for services! This an exceptional idea because you only pay when you need the service.

The system will do the following without the paid service:

a) Operates as a live camera stream
b) Emails you if the unit is moved
c) Displays the temperature of your home
d) Shows you the humidity of your home
e) Tells you if there is movement in your home
f) Allow you to control other devices using Alexa

I was thinking of other ways I would use this incredible technology. I plan to take it with me to hotels and when we stay at our time shares. I like to have the ability to check in on my room when I am not in there. It is also an exceptional option to consider if you rent because installing a standard security system is expensive and not portable. The device is portable so it would be easy to take anywhere. It would have been a lifesaver when we were in the military or college.

You can use any product that works with Z-Wave support. Users can also add contact sensors to doors and windows to provide extra security, and they can add smart outlets for programming and scheduling when the lights come on and off. LG Smart Security will be compatible with Amazon Alexa-enabled products at launch, and future software updates will include support for additional smart devices, including door locks and thermostats. I use Alexa to program my light switches and powering on and off devices.

The LG has full HD video with a 5-megapixel camera that captures 1080p pictures and offers a 130-degree view on its live video functionality. The videos are on a 24/7 live stream, and with the addition of ADT Canopy, you will receive monitoring, video storage for seven days or 30 depending on your plan, and monitoring services that will dispatch the help and protection you deserve.

You know what the difference between myself and the lady I was listening to? I have a safe home security system. I never have to worry about a stranger eating my food, damaging my property or worse. The question is what price do you put on safety?

This inexpensive, safe home security solution makes me wonder why anyone would have to deal with an uninvited guest being in their home again. I think back to my friend and the guy who was making himself breakfast in her home while her whole family slept and all I can think of is if they had the LG Smart Security system that would have never happened.

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Corned Beef: Point Cut or Flat Cut?

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Corned Beef: Point Cut or Flat Cut?

My mother-in-law was visiting this weekend and I decided to make our St. Patrick’s day feast a bit early. She is Irish and I thought it would be fun to have the traditional Corned Beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage while she was here. While shopping for the corned beef it became apparent that I had not done my research. There are two cuts of corned beef;  point and flat cut. The point cut is cheaper. Not knowing what to get, I purchased both! We needed two anyways with the crowd we had.

I made the point cut in the crockpot. I just added the seasoning packet and let it cook all day. About half way through cooking, I added the cabbage. The flat cut was placed in a roaster pan with potato chunks, carrots, the seasoning packet and water. I roasted it at 300 degrees for 6 hours.

The taste test




Out of five adults the winner was the point cut! It turns out that the point cut has more fat which makes it more flavorful and juicy. Both cuts of meat were tasty, but the point cut was the clear winner.

For the record, corned beef is made from the brisket. It is placed in a brine of grains and salt to cure the meat. When selecting your corned beef at the store, feel the meat. The meat should be firm. If it is soft or mushy, it contains too much fat. I thought you would all like to know that the cheaper cut of corned beef nets the best results!

Check out our St. Patrick’s Day page for recipes, crafts, decors and more stuff.

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Topic: Corned Beef

February 17, 2017

How to Reward Police officers

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Folgers but all opinions expressed here are mine.

Blessing Bags for Police Officers

Blessing Bags for Police Officers

The best part of waking up each morning is my children piling into our bed as Folgers fills the air. Their sweet voices and tendency to put their appendages in strange places is an affinity I aspire to have. I sit in bed each morning, and I count my blessings. It is the way I start my morning with purpose. It is the mantra I have for my life.Continue reading