I And Love And You…And I Do #Furreal

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for “I and love and you” Total Pet Care.

I got the opportunity to try the most wonderful looking dog food of all time. Not me personally, I mean I didn’t physically eat it…but I was really looking forward to having my dogs taste test I And Love And You!

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I think it’s wonderful because:

    • The Name!

I love that the name of this dog food is a step off the beaten path. Our pets really ARE loved so much and call me a sucker for clever marketing, but it really drew me in based on the name and packaging alone.

    • Grain Free

Our dogs have allergies and we haven’t been able to pinpoint what is causing them to itch and scratch around the clock. I’ve mentioned before how this is driving me crazy. Our vet recommended a grain free diet for them so obviously this was perfect for us!

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  • Heart Shaped With A High Protein Punch

The kibbles are heart shaped and again, I’m a sucker for visual appeal. But these heart shaped bits pack a punch and include prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes for digestive support. I think all food should be heart shaped.

  • It’s Accessible!

I And Love And You is new, but already available in Koger stores in addition to their other retailers. I love that our grocery store now supplies high quality pet food. Check for locations near you.

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Want some?

I And Love And You is generously supplying one of my readers with a gift basket filled with approximately $100 worth of “I and love and you” products.

Leave a comment letting me know you’d like to be entered into the giveaway, a winner will be chosen at random, and some lucky pup will receive a really great package!

Find I And Love And You on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and download $3 off coupon here!

Take a look at what my dogs thought of their initial taste test:


(video here)

Looking forward to sending one of you dog lovers that awesome gift package! Comment below!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for “I and love and you” Total Pet Care.

Episode 52: Pinterest Christmas Ornament

I feel like it’s been awhile since I shared my latest Crafty Mom challenge. Probably because the Halloween ghosts I made were hideous and my Thanksgiving Thankful Tree was a published a little too late to share in time for Thanksgiving.

This month my task was to recreate three popular Pinterest Christmas ornaments.

The Melted Snowman.

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The Melted Peppermint Cookie Cutters.

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And the Mod Podge Fabric balls.

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Only one of those three ornaments made me want to poke myself in the eye. Can you guess which one?

You can view the project in it’s entirety here and check out all of my Crafty Mom projects here!

Looking forward to more Pinterest inspired fun in 2015!

Writer’s Workshop: Best Gift Ever!

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4. Best or worst gift you ever received.

It’s hard to nail down the best gift ever since in my lifetime I’ve experienced so many wonderful Christmases.

There is the white kitten my Mom got me so that I would finally stop begging for it.

My step-dad dropped a tiny black lab into my lap when he came home from a hunting trip one year. I can only compare the sheer joy and shock I felt at seeing the dark bundle tumble out of his zipped up jacket to the birth of my firstborn child. Overjoyed to tears in the midst of my hormonal teenage phase.

I purchased myself a small figurine of a husband, wife and small baby for our first Christmas after Maile was born, but since I wasn’t working at the time I felt guilty and returned it. On Christmas Day, my Grandma (who was known for some odd gift giving) had the exact figurine wrapped in a gift bag for me without knowing anything about the one I had taken back to the store.

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My sister spent hours upon hours crocheting a gorgeous blanket one Christmas. Every evening she would be watching TV in a recliner near our fireplace and row by row made progress on that blanket. Until one day I was all, “your blanket’s on fire”. It wasn’t actually on fire, but it had been scorched pretty badly and we both stared at each other in disbelief that she had spent so much time on that blanket for nothing. But it wasn’t for nothing. I was the lucky recipient of the scorched blanket and proud owner of it still.

My older brother had a very special gift for me one year and I unwrapped it to find a ponytail of hair. His hair. I had encouraged him to cut it all of for Locks Of Love, so he did…and I still have it.


(video here)

And this year I have already opened a wonderful gift from Kainoa. He purchased it for me at the school’s Santa Shop and insisted I open it early. Last year I received a gorgeous bejeweled compact and I wasn’t sure he could outdo himself, but when I opened this heart shaped diamond ring it became clear I am raising this boy right.

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He is going to grow up and become a rap star and buy me a new house and car, I just KNOW IT.

Now it’s your turn!

Mama's Losin' It

Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back to add your name to the link list below. Be sure to sign up with the actual post URL and not just your basic blog URL (click on the title of your post for that URL). For good comment karma try to comment on the three blogs above your name!!

The Prompts:

1. Complete the “Where I’m From” poem. (template here)
2. Share a favorite holiday inspired recipe!
3. Create a list of must-have gifts you’ve got your eye on this Christmas.
4. Best or worst gift you ever received.
5. Describe how you would celebrate the holidays if it was totally up to you and money was not a factor.
6. Write a blog post inspired by the word: icy



Vlogging Workshop: Merry Christmas Tag

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I completed the Merry Christmas Tag this week and you are about to learn everything you ever needed to know about my holiday spirit. Including, but not limited to topics regarding the worst gift I ever received and feeling jealous of sibling gifts…see what I mean? BRIMMING WITH HOLIDAY SPIRIT!:


(video here)

This week I’m featuring Jess from Shuggilippo (watch out moms…*whispers* she’s a cusser) because I think she’s hilarious and she recently suffered the loss of a computer that stored EVERYTHING. And when I say EVERYTHING I mean she actually had to cancel speaking events, put off the launch of projects, and probably lost a piece of her soul when it died. So…she deserves this:


(video here)

If your don’t subscribe to Jess’s YouTube channel within 2 days of reading this message…your computer will be next. Is that a risk you’re willing to take?

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1. Attempt a holiday pin you saw on Pinterest.
2. Capture some fun in the snow (we want to see you sledding down a hill…make it happen).
3. Sing your favorite Christmas carol!
4.Create a holiday inspired makeup tutorial.
5. Complete the Merry Christmas Tag (questions here)
6. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Link up!:

 



Get a jump start on next week’s video! Here are the prompts next Wednesday’s Link up:

1. Set up a mistletoe, hide your camera, and film reactions when you catch your loved ones standing beneath it.
2. Share a holiday drink recipe.
3. Take us to see Santa.
4. Show us something fun your community puts on for the holidays.
5. Christmas card share! Show us the card you sent out to family and friends this year.
6. Complete the Holiday Style Tag (questions here)
7. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 12.24

Vlogging Prompts

Every week you’re invited to join me in a Vlogging Workshop focused on working together to create a community interested in video blogging!

  • To join, simply add a link to the Vlogging Workshop posted here every Wednesday that will direct viewers to your video (either on YouTube or your blog).
  • New vlogging prompts will also be posted on Wednesdays, so you will have a full week to create your video response!
  • I will feature a favorite video each week.
  • You can subscribe to this weekly newsletter if you’d like the video topics delivered early, along with a weekly vlogging tip.

To view more detailed instructions on how this weekly Vlogging Workshop meme works click here.

Here are the vlogging prompts for the Wednesday 12/24 Link up:

1. Set up a mistletoe, hide your camera, and film reactions when you catch your loved ones standing beneath it.
2. Share a holiday drink recipe.
3. Take us to see Santa.
4. Show us something fun your community puts on for the holidays.
5. Christmas card share! Show us the card you sent out to family and friends this year.
6. Complete the Holiday Style Tag (questions here)
7. Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Writing Prompts For 12.18

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Every week you’re invited to join me in Writer’s Workshop by responding to one of the provided writing prompts posted each Tuesday. The directions are simple:

  • Choose a writing prompt from the list provided that inspires you most.
  • Write.
  • Come back this Thursday and link up by pasting the URL from your post into the list of thumbnails that will be displayed. Just scroll to the bottom of the thumbnail list, click the bold words you will see that say “Click here to enter” and you’re all set!

View more detailed instructions on how this weekly meme works in the Writer’s Workshop FAQs. To receive writing prompts in your inbox each week, subscribe to the writing prompt newsletter here.

Writing Prompts:

7. Complete the “Where I’m From” poem. (template here)
8. Share a favorite holiday inspired recipe!
9. Create a list of must-have gifts you’ve got your eye on this Christmas.
10. Best or worst gift you ever received.
11. Describe how you would celebrate the holidays if it was totally up to you and money was not a factor.
12. Write a blog post inspired by the word: icy

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“And you know what, this could be the start of something new!” -Simply Brittany

“The man meant less to me than a mascara clump, but those words hung over my head for years.” -Tiny Little Reveries

“Sitting at the breakfast table, located in the large bay window overlooking the valley, eating pancakes and visiting with my two favorite people.” -Birds Of A Feather

“When would I stop drowning and swim to the surface?” -The Random Path

“Outwardly, I laughed along with the other kids, but inside I felt like I’d been hit in the face with a frying pan.”-Rebel Mony

The Elf Will Be Back

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I bought an Elf On The Shelf last year for a video I did to determine whether or not it was a win or a fail. My conclusion was that it was a win, but that I know myself well enough to know that I would never remember to move the little fella.

This year it came out with my decor and Laina honed in on it, “Who put the elf on the kitchen counter?”

Over the course of the week the Elf has kind of been strewn about the house by various humans and dogs and every time Laina sees it she wants to know how it got there.

In the hallway. On the stairs. Under the dining room table.

It didn’t take long for Maile to realize that Laina thought the Elf might be moving ON IT’S OWN.

And then it magically started moving more.

Everything came to a head when Laina found the Elf in her dollhouse while the family was downstairs. Maile acted shocked and innocent while Laina and Kainoa freaked out.

At bedtime Laina was sobbing because just knowing the Elf was in the vicinity was scaring her. No amount of reasoning or convincing that her sister had been up to no good was helping. Laina wanted the Elf OUT.

I promised to throw it in the garbage and had every intention of doing so, but when I left her room and tracked down the Elf, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I mean, I PAID for that thing. So instead I stuck it in a storage box in my closet.

A box that I can’t imagine will be opened for years to come because it’s one of those types of boxes you don’t look in unless you’re moving everything out.

But when the time DOES come…the Elf will be back, and Laina is in for a real treat.

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