Monday, August 29, 2016

It's Almost Happy Healthy Cat Month- Celebrate the Bond Between You and Your Kitty This September!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this info free of charge from Meow Mix for blog purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

September is Happy Healthy Cat Month—and there's never been a better time to show our cats some extra love. Recently, the cat lovers at Meow Mix ran the Purrfect Together Survey, which asked cat parents around the country about their special bond with their four-legged friends. Here are some of the meow-nificent results:

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83% of cats take naps with their humans
This is surprising—and not because 83% of people love napping with kitty. The bigger question is: Who are the 17% of deprived humans who don't get to experience the joy of napping with their cats? 
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80% of cat parents believe they can interpret their kitty's meows
While humans and cats may purr in different languages, that doesn't stop most cat mommies and daddies from understanding what their kitty wants—whether it be some treats, cat nip, or just a snuggle partner.
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72% of cat parents love to surprise their kitties with treats

Speaking of treats, nothing makes a cat happier than some spontaneous, unexpected goodies from the person who cares for them the most.

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55% of cats love chicken-flavored nibbles
Exciting news: Meow Mix has just released a brand new culinary-inspired food made with real chicken or salmon, Bistro Recipes—a classy meal for a classy kitty, just like yours! 
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Head over Meow Mix's new Purrfect Together web portal right meow, and you can download a coupon for $2.50 off any bag of Meow Mix Bistro Recipes! How great is that? 

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And that's not all! You need a classy painting to go with that classy meal. On the Purrfect Together portal, you can enjoy the unique experience of converting a photo of you and your cat into a Meowsterpiece—a digital "oil" painting that helps express and immortalize your cat-love on canvas. We did, as you can see above- I couldn't resist going for the antique pencil black and white look in a round frame! It looks formal, yet modern, right? You should try it out too!

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Our little furbull has come a LONG way from the day when she was a feral kitten, hanging out with the dog in the yard, and refusing to come near humans! We eventually won her over, and now? She likes to take runs outside the house on occasion, but she likes her ac, steady food bowl and toy stash! In fact her and the aforementioned dog have been having issues 'sharing' the toys, and food dishes, since the dog came back inside full time! It's funny how the dog would let her eat all she wanted and never complained, and now the cat is territorial over her dish! Course it could be because she likes to keep her Meow Mix all to herself! the dog just thinks it's a great snack, LOL

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It's funny how a little bundle of fur can get so attached to humans after a rocky start! She's almost as bad as the dog, waiting on the back of the sofa, to watch to see when the car pulls into the drive, sitting on the steps going upstairs when she can hear us moving around, knowing when somebody just needs a cat version bear hug and when to complain about our being gone for too many days! But we wouldn't have it any other way! Dad swears shes learned to say "NO" and and "NOW" pretty clearly, when you ignore her too! She's even becoming a lap cuddler in her middle age!  Course we still find her napping in some weird places (backpack, suitcase, etc), but I think that is more about finding quiet than anything else!  

Now it's time to show me how special your human-cat bond is! Post your Meowsterpiece on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #PurrfectTogether.

 Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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SlimWay Essential Oil Can Keep the Fall Weight Gain Away!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Phytopia, via tomoson,for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,all opinions are my own.

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Last week I shared 2 great Essential oil blends with you from Phytopia, that can help make back to school easier for you!

Today I have one more blend to share:

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SlimWay Synergy Blend is a great 2-n-1 essential oil blend that can not onlyhelp you combat back to school stress, but to help curb overeating, which all know can easily happen, when you're eating on the run. And we all know that can happen a LOT with kids in school and running them back and forth to extra-curriculars!

Slimway contains grapefruit essential oil, which helps get your metabolism staying in it's Summer slim down mood, and curbing that Fall tendency toward overeating. It's very simple to sue too! You just massage it on your school (abdomen area) to help your body naturally eliminate fat and excess water, which not only makes you look slimmer, but helps to keep your metabolism revved up! Nothing could be easier, right?

I tried SlimWay for a week (so this IS a limited review, as I think you really need to see a full 2-3 weeks for a clear idea of what it will do for you), and while I didn't note an extreme loss, I did note that I seemed to have less digestive issues, which meant no bloating and that I didn't seem to be retaining water as much, and the oil was working much like a water pill (aka more trips to the bathroom the first 2 days!). So together, that would be a  5-7 lb amount of weight kept off, so you could call it a loss. It's hard to say if it really helped my metabolism, but I did find I was no longer waking up HUNGRY, and that I did seem to be having less blood sugar highs and loss, so I would say it was working to help the metabolism.

I did find that SlimWay has a calming/revitalizing capability, when I inhaled it after work. It seemed to help take away worries and give me a second wind, so to speak. This is probably due to the lemon and fennel. It does also soften your skin, thanks to the carrier oils, like Jojoba! The larger euro-style dropper allows you to get plenty of oil out as well.

Once again, Phytopia has a lovely package, with the oil in a drawstring bag, inside a lovely triangle shaped box, with cards in a separate decorate envelope, for how to use the oil, and how to change your view. This package was then in a form fitted bubble wrap container, so that your oil gets to you in one piece, with no breakage!  This would be a lovely gift to give a coed off to college, to help them keep the 'Freshman 15' off, or for yourself to keep the weight loss you had over the Summer going strong, as you knew the dreaded holiday season is just around the corner!

About the Company:
 At Phytopia, when it comes to the quality of our products, we don'¦t mess around. We only use top-grade organic and therapeutic essential and carrier oils to create the perfect blend so that your skin can safely absorb the benefits of out oils, without any unwanted reactions.

Guest Post: Best Back-to-School Scheduling Tips for Busy Parents!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this post, free of charge,from Simpliday, for blog posting purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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By Johan Gunnars, CEO & Co-Founder of Simpliday

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Kids can dread going back to school for the new challenges, homework, and loss of lazier Summer days. Busy parents can dread the new school year for different reasons, namely: how are we going to handle everything and get it all done? Just scheduling the day-to-day can be overwhelming. The good news? It doesn’t have to be.

By cultivating a few new scheduling habits, here are five tips for busy parents that can make the back-to-school transition much smoother and less stressful on everyone.

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1. Make your calendar easy to update

As schedules can change quickly, make it easy for your calendar to keep up. Parent/teacher conference gets moved? Need to switch carpool days? No problem. Keep your calendar within easy reach so you can make changes immediately, without having to remind yourself to do it later. Digital calendars on your phone allow you to do this within seconds from anywhere at anytime and sync instantaneously.

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2.  Upgrade your reminders

If your reminders are jotted notes—lacking the detail or relevant data you need to get things done right—they’re likely to add to your stress, rather than relieve it. Make sure every reminder you create includes specific details that relate to time, place, and what needs to be done. Need to bring snacks for your kid’s soccer game? Note where you need to shop and when, any dietary restrictions, and the location of the game so you can come through for the team without breaking a sweat.

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3.  Keep your notes in one place

It can be quite tempting to grab whatever’s closest to you to write down notes, or even to just open up your Notes app on your phone. The challenge is that when your notes are in various places, you are less likely to see them and have to take more steps to access them. The difference between knowing exactly what school supplies are needed on the first day of school and multiple trips to the supply store can be as simple as an easily accessible list. Keeping your notes in one place one your phone can save time and frustration.

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4. Let others support you

In Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Beforeshe highlights a significant portion of the population she calls Obligers. These are people who excel at meeting the expectations of others: If they tell someone else they’re going to do something, they are much more likely to do it than if they were to just tell themselves. If this sounds familiar, tell one or two people you see often about the most important things you need to get done or remember. Need to help your kid prep for the school play? Ask a family friend who loves Broadway to witness their monologue over FaceTime. Just inviting another person to support you or asking them to remind you can be enough to ensure something gets done well.

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5. Use as few tools as possible

The modern pace of life doesn’t support much patience when it comes to getting things done. Minutes count. Even seconds count, when you’re trying to squeeze in a task while you’re waiting or on the move. Using lots of apps or scheduling tools, where you have to jump from one to another just makes doing simple things harder. Be selective with the apps you use, that way you can get things done more efficiently even while parked in the queue to pick up the kids. 

Heading into a new school year often brings lots of new opportunities and challenges. That’s a good thing. Utilizing the right tools at the right time can make the difference between excitement and overwhelm. Thankfully, the technology is available at your fingertips to help you simplify and streamline scheduling. Use it to your advantage! Prioritizing and practicing these useful habits not only makes life easier and less stressful—it’s also a great skill to model for your kids. You are their greatest teacher.

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About the Author

Johan Gunnars is an entrepreneur and CEO and co-founder of Simpliday—Meetings, Reminders & Email in One, a new iPhone calendar app allowing users to achieve a more organized and efficient life by bringing together meetings, reminders and email in one customizable, beautiful, user-friendly app. Gunnars experience in productivity, software, e-commerce, consumer electronics, among others, leads him to focus on how companies and products can make a difference while connecting to the overall vision and strategy. Gunnars is based in Malmo, Sweden. 

Music Monday- Do You Know What Thursday Is? Maurice White Does!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this  ebook, from Arnistad/ Harper Collins Publishing, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own. 

Do you know?

Here's a hint:

HA- Gotcha!

That song is actually my ring tone already! It is one of my best loved songs from childhood, so I was thrilled to be given the chance to read a new book about Earth, Wind & Fire from founding member Maurice White, that comes out in 2 weeks!

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The late Grammy-winning founder of the legendary pop/R&B/soul/funk/disco group tells his story and charts the rise of his legendary band in this sincere memoir that captures the heart and soul of an artist whose groundbreaking sound continues to influence music today. With an introduction by Steve Harvey and a foreword by David Foster.
"To the readers of this book you need to know that EW&F is simply the greatest living group in my lifetime. No one put together lyrics to a melody like they did; no one put harmony to sound and rhythm like they did; no one added horns in the way that they did and no one, but no one messed with our minds about love and life like they did. . . . EARTH because they grow on you; WIND because it moves you in one loving direction and FIRE because they consume your heart in a single flame of love."—Steve Harvey
With its dynamic horns, contrasting vocals, and vivid stage shows, Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the most popular acts of the late twentieth century—the band "that changed the sound of black pop" (Rolling Stone)—and its music continues to inspire modern artists including Usher, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, and Outkast. At last, the band’s founder, Maurice White, shares the story of his success.
White reflects on the great blessings music has brought to his life and the struggles he’s endured: his mother leaving him behind in Memphis when he was four; learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones; moving to Chicago at eighteen and later Los Angeles after leaving the Ramsey Lewis Trio; forming EWF, only to have the original group fall apart; working with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond; his diagnosis of Parkinson’s; and his final public performance with the group at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges.
My Life with Earth Wind, and Fire is an intimate, moving, and beautiful memoir from a man whose creativity and determination carried him to great success, and whose faith enabled him to savor every moment.


Includes an introduction by Steve Harvey, a forward by David Foster, and 2 8-page color inserts.


If you were a fan of the group, this book will amaze you even more with how far Maurice came from his childhood, the people he was around, and the influences, that ultimately found their way into his amazing music, There is a reason his music made people smile and unite- he brought his life experiences together with others, in a way that everyone could relate to, like the song above!

I was blessed to see EWF in concert and they were the epitome of what a great concert should be. Thanks to Maurice's perseverance, the band would influence SO many artists and the music scene they were in. I can't imagine a more musically rounded band, that was making pop hits. Everyone was so amazing!

Maurice had a very uniquely based faith and his approach of living came across in every lyric and note.Reading this book will remind you just how unique and talented musicians in this era were, and how their type of unity is hard to come by, EWF had such an universal sound and reading of Maurice's struggles and achievements, only makes the fan prouder of the band. If you love their music, you need to read this book, and remember how music could change the world!

About the Author: 

Maurice White (1941–2016) worked in the music industry for over forty years, as a bandleader, songwriter producer and musician. He was the founder of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, and served as the group’s main songwriter and record producer, as well as co-lead singer. Earth, Wind & Fire has received over 20 Grammy nominations since its creation in 1969. Their songs, including Shining Star, Fantasy, September, After The Love Has Gone, Boogie Wonderland, and Let’s Groove, have only grow in popularity. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and have sold over 90 million albums worldwide. Maurice White was inducted into Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. EWF has won 5 American Music Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, and 3 NAACP Image Awards. Although Maurice no longer tours with the band, he retains executive control.Maurice White passed away on February 4, 2016. 

Gotta close this post, with this EWF fav- it'll bring a smile to your Monday am!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Are YOU Celebrating National Dog Day With Your Best Friend?

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Woof Pup, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own. 

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Did you know what today is?


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National Dog Day  celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage. 

So how about giving your selfless dog a big HUG today?

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Miss Grace and Marley have! 

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And be sure to take great selfie of that hug and share it over at, where you can add it into the “Woofpup of the Month”contest, where Woofpup! members can vote on their favorite pups and each month the top dog will have a limited-edition stuffed animal made in its likeness for anyone to buy! Just like this one:

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Isn't that just TOO adorable?

Here's another look:

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Yup, Miss Grace adored meeting Ruby and introducing her to her kennel mates Barney (the Beagle) and Puppy (the black Lab). She's adjusted very well to having 'siblings' and marley has only dognapped her twice (so far)! And don''t you adore that Woofpup logo patch on the foot!

Woofpup! is the online community for pup-passionate people to share photos and stories of their dogs.  It takes mere seconds to sign up and get to sharing about YOUR favorite dog! Did I mention the winner gets a $500 prize too? That buys a LOT of dog food and travel for you and your buddy! Plus you can check out the shop and see if there is a doppleganger of your favorite buddy there for sale!

So what are you waiting for? 

Go take that selfie and head over ot Woofpup! and tell us about your favorite dog!

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