Monday, August 25, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul, Pet Lover’s Dog Food

by Diane Estrella

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul

dog food

At Chicken Soup for the Soul, we know how important food is for your dog’s well-being. That’s why we formulated Chicken Soup for the Soul dog food to give your dog premium nutrition so that your dog can stay happy, healthy, and well. Our dog food captures the warmth and comfort of eating food that is not only made from the highest quality ingredients, but also served with love. So whether your pet is a puppy, a senior, or somewhere in between, the dog foods from Chicken Soup for the Soul provide nutrition to help promote your pet’s lifelong health.

Adult Dog Small Bites is made with the same natural ingredients as our Adult formula, just in smaller kibble for your smaller breed.

Ingredients: Chicken, turkey, chicken meal, turkey meal, cracked pearled barley, whole grain brown rice, peas, oatmeal, white rice, chicken fat [preserved with mixed tocopherols], tomato pomace, potatoes, natural flavor, ocean fish meal, flaxseed, duck, salmon, egg product, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, dried chicory root, dried kelp, carrots, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flake, yucca schidigera extract, L-Carnitine, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plant arum fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Small Bites Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Proudly made in the USA.

My Review

That is a great list of ingredients. I ask you, is this for me, or for my dog???

With that beautiful list of ingredients, I can feel good about what I’m feeding my dog and he feels good eating it too. I love the small, crunchy size of the food and how easy it is for my dog to eat. He wastes no time devouring dinner and then it’s back to play.

Chicken Soup for the Soul knows a lot about what makes people feel good inside and out. And now they know what makes dogs feel good too. I for one can say that my dog, Bear, was very happy to feast upon their latest product line.

The Chicken Soup dog food line offers both dry and wet selections to meet your dog’s dietary needs. I prefer the dry, but I’m sure either way, your dogs will feel the nourishment all the way to their souls. This is a great addition to the Chicken Soup family that nurtures even your four legged family members too. Well done and hallelujah!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Best for My Pets: Odor Free Bully Sticks

by Diane Estrella

bully sticks

About Bully Sticks
  • MORE THAN JUST ENTERTAINING YOUR DOG! Did you know that chewing gives dogs a sense of comfort calming them down? More than that, chewing on BULLY STICKS becomes a fun and natural way to CLEAN TEETH and keep them strong. This delicious long-lasting chewing treat helps to maintain your dog’s oral hygiene and health.
  • ALL NATURAL, 100% PURE BEEF. Our bully sticks are free of chemical, preservatives or additives. Made of dried muscle, they are Gluten-Free and Grain-Free, 100% digestible. Hard like bones, it is very difficult to break them into smaller pieces. Choose something remarkable and safe to satisfy your dog’s cravings to chew.
  • DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY. Low in fat, our bully sticks are a powerful source of protein. Stop feeling guilty by giving your dog unhealthy treats. You will be pleased to see how happy your dog will be with our yummy bully sticks.
  • THE BEST VALUE! We offer the same or better benefits than the more expensive brands BUT we believe EVERYONE should benefit from giving their dogs the highest quality bully sticks. We have the BEST VALUE bully sticks out there! Other brands will either have bad products for a lower price or the same product for a lot more money. TRY IT NOW! You have NOTHING to lose and EVERYTHING to GAIN.
  • ✭YOUR DOG HAPPY OR YOUR MONEY BACK✭ At Best for My Pets, we fully stand behind our product and we go beyond the Amazon’s 30 days return policy and offer you a NO-QUESTIONS-ASKED GUARANTEE. So if your dog does not love our bully sticks or if you don’t feel 100% satisfied we will refund your money. No questions asked. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority and we want to build a strong and long lasting relationship with our customers. TRY IT TOTALLY RISK FREE! NO EMPTY PROMISES!

bully sticks best for my pets

My Review

Twenty minutes of sweet, sweet peace.

When my dog is given one of these Bully Sticks, he hides away and chews on it for approximately 20 minutes. He really enjoys them A LOT!

The stick itself is strong and tough. Perfect for dogs to happily munch on. I will say that there is a very mild smell to the Bully Sticks. The packaging says “odor free,” but the smell is miniscule compared to other dog food items I’ve seen, so I don’t hold this against them. The bag is also re-sealable so the treats stay fresh. I love that these are all natural and good for my dog. Happy diet, happy dog.

It says on the package that, “A portion of your purchase helps support dog rescues throughout the USA.” I love companies that give back and are truly compassionate in all they do. See if your dog loves these bully sticks as much as mine does. A treat, both fun for dogs and healthy too. Love it.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Green Virgin Prodcuts Soap Nuts Liquid

by Diane Estrella

soap nuts liquidHave you heard about Soap Nuts? I hadn’t.

I am so glad to have connected with Green Virgin Products and was able to try this unique way of cleaning my laundry. Check them out here:

About Green Virgin Products

Green Virgin Products is a family-owned business created in 2009 to fulfill a specific need in the marketplace. Ken Marion, founder, lost his brother to cancer, and is a cancer survivor himself.  These experiences were the foundation of the Marion family’s vision—to provide high quality, non-toxic, eco-friendly products that actually work, and can save money compared to the toxic polluting products.

Green Virgin Products is dedicated to selling only completely non-toxic and eco-friendly products.  Based in Tampa, FL, Green Virgin Products are currently available online.  For more information and special offers, go to www.greenvirginproducts.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greenvirginproducts.

What are Soap Nuts?

They are the fruit of the Chinese Soap Berry Tree. These amazing berries are harvested and then dried in the sun. No chemicals of any kind are added. We only sell Sapindus Mukorossi soap nuts as this is the species that are the largest and have the highest saponin content of any other species.  Laundry detergent with toxic chemicals and carcinogens is replaced with something all natural and totally organic.

The shell contains a natural soap called saponin. It has cleaning abilities equal to toxic chemical detergents. Soap berries are extremely hypo-allergenic and can be used by people who are allergic to all other detergents. They are completely green and don’t pollute our planet.

How do I use Soap Nuts Liquid?

The bottle includes a pump top. It dispenses an accurate measured amount each pump. So for an average load in an HE washer (front loader), use 2 pumps for the whole load. For an average load in a top loader, 3 pumps per load will do the job. If your washer has a detergent dispenser you can use that or just pump the liquid onto your clothes that are in the washer.

My Review

I am always going to give natural products a try and my full attention too. There is no better feeling than knowing you are doing all you can to keep your family as toxin free as possible. We are constantly bombarded with chemicals in our daily goings and being able to make small changes to cut some of those toxins out of our lives is essential.

I like the pump top. There is no waste and no drips. I easily control how much is squirted into my washing machine. The soap has a woodsy, nutty smell and is brown in color. No artificial anything is added which is always wonderful in my opinion. I do not enjoy the typical flowery scents that are included in many of the grocery store brands, so this aroma is much more pleasant to me. I do feel that my laundry is coming out clean and I am satisfied with the results.

Green Virgin Products Soap Nuts Liquid are USDA Organic and made in the USA. Both of these make this mommy very, very happy.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from Green Virgin Products. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Friday, August 01, 2014

Share a Blessing Postcards and Stickers from Thomas Nelson

by Diane Estrella

share a blessingWith over 1,000 adorable stickers and 24 postcards, girls can personalize their messages with unique style and flair!

A sticker-lover’s dream, this Share a Blessing sticker book contains over 1,000 of fun stickers like flowers, letters, owls, and cupcakes that girls can use to add a unique statement to their journals, letters, notebooks, bookmarks, and more!

For an extra-special touch, girls can cut out one of twenty-four postcards that include inspirational quotes and scriptures, making their message truly special. Each postcard has an encouraging message for kids to share!

A general market edition is available from Make Believe Ideas titled Sticker Chic. This edition differs from Share a Blessing in cover design, as well as postcards that do not contain inspirational content.

Features & Benefits:

  • 24 postcards that girls can send to friends
  • Postcards include uplifting Christian messages and notes
  • Handy fastener keeps cards and stickers conveniently together in one place
  • Over 1,000 super-cute stickers girls can use wherever they want
  • Distribution rights: All sales channels in U. S.

Get more information on the book here.

Check out the flipbook here too!

My Review

I don’t care how old you are; stickers are a LOT of fun.

With e-mail and instant messaging now, who has the time for postcards, right? WRONG!

I LOVE receiving snail mail. It shows me that the person who sent it to me, really took the time to send me something special. They went out of their way to make my day with a note. Nothing is more fun than opening up my mailbox and finding something other than bills and junk mail inside.

The Share a Blessing postcard pack is filled with 24 cards and TONS of stickers to decorate them with. These postcards would be great “thinking of you” cards, invitations for an event, or to use as thank-you’s. They are sturdy and can be mailed or handed out to friends and loved ones. My favorite stickers are the letter stickers. What message will I write out to send and you??? Hmm.

These would be great with a little supervision, for girls as young as 4 or 5 up to any age. A great crafting project or just for fun. Girls will LOOK for occasions to use and send out these little bits of encouragement and delight.

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Tommy Nelson sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Tommy Nelson.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Little Man Eco-Freindly #Giveaway

by Diane Estrella

Little Man Giveaway

Green Scene MomThese adorable products are designed especially for little boys to encourage imaginative play, inspire healthy eating and simple mealtimes, and cover the basic essentials. Check out Green Scene Mom’s favorite products for little rambunctious boys to use and enjoy as they explore the world around them. Moms will also love these companies for encouraging eco-friendly lifestyles through their innovative product designs.

Green Scene Mom - Alex Toys GiveawayAlex Toys’ Busy Fire Truck is a new twist to a classic wood toy! Baby will love playing with 8 fun colorful activities on every side of the Busy Fire Truck! Actives include rolling wheels, a curvy bead maze, a mirror, turning picture tiles, a spinning gear, a movable ladder and a discovery wheel. Includes a pop-up feature too. For ages 10+ mos. For more information, visit alextoys.com.

Green Scene Mom - Pacific Baby GiveawayPacific Baby thermal bottles keep liquids hot or cold for up to ten hours. These high quality bottles are versatile to use from birth to 5 years old and make feeding and drinking simple during outings and while traveling.

The wide neck offers greater visibility and the inner scale simplifies measuring out formula. The bottle nipples come in three speeds and are naturally shaped. Just add handles and a spout to transform this bottle into a sippy cup for older kids. For more information, visit pacificbabyworld.com.

Green Scene Mom - pediped Giveawaypediped’s adorable shoes are perfect for going on summer adventures! These stylish shoes fit comfortably and ensure healthy foot development. They are available in more than 140 designs for boys and girls.

Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made pediped the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped footwear is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide. pediped has also received many awards for their innovative footwear designs. For more information, visit pediped.com.

Green Scene Mom - BreathableBaby GiveawayBreathableBaby is a child product safety company dedicated to breathable innovations that address parents’ concern for baby’s safety inside the crib.

BreathableBaby products include breathable mesh crib liners which are designed to address the risks of suffocation and entanglement, breathable wearable blankets and blankets with moisture wicking mesh fabrics to keep your baby comfortable by reducing overheating, and breathable toys that are safer for baby to snuggle with. For more information, visit breathablebaby.com.

Green Scene Mom - Yummi Pouch GiveawayYummi Pouch makes eco-friendly snack solutions that encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Their reusable food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required.

Yummi Pouch also recently introduced cloth snack and sandwich bags, each lined with a water resistant interior and decorated with colorful prints. They’re perfect for crackers, chips, and sandwiches and also make great little storage bags for hair accessories and cosmetics. For more information, visit yummipouch.com.

Green Scene Mom - Baby Bump Bundle GiveawayBaby Bump Bundle creates care packages for moms-to-be by trimester, newborn babies, and nursing new moms. Baby Bump Bundle also offers high quality products for moms and babies individually, so you can build your own bundle or just buy an item that catches your eye! For more information, visit babybumpbundle.com.

Green Scene Mom - oogaa Giveawayoogaa designs and manufactures non-toxic feeding products for baby and young children. Their award-winning divided plate is stackable, soft, durable and easy to clean. It’s also dishwasher, microwave, freezer and oven safe. oogaa’s tugboat spoon makes mealtime fun! Toot-toot… open wide, here comes the tugboat! For more information, visit oogaa.com.

Green Scene Mom - Buttons Diapers GiveawayButtons Cloth Diapers are quality, affordable, and adorable cloth diapers that are an easy to use two-in-one system. Buttons’ one-size diaper covers can snap to fit babies from 9-35 lbs, and are made of 2 layers of soft wipeable PUL with double gussets around the legs. Their snap-in diaper inserts are soft and absorbant, and come in two sizes. For more information, visit buttonsdiapers.com.

These wonderful companies have allowed us to give away an amazing gift set! One lucky mom will win these great Little Man Summer Essentials for their little guy!

Prize Gift Set – Retail Value $260

BreathableBaby buried treasure sheet, mesh blanket & toy elephant – $45.99
pediped pair of boys shoes – $35
Alex Toys Busy Fire Truck – $43.95
Pacific Baby bottle set – $50
Baby Bundle 3 item gift set – $30
Yummi Pouch Spunky snack bags & mustache dishwasher safe stickers – $15.99
oogaa silicone divided plate & silicone tugboat spoon – $16.99
Buttons Diapers diaper cover, 2 daytime inserts & 1 nighttime doubler – $24.50

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The above prize will be awarded by Green Scene Mom.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

by Diane Estrella

with every breathAbout the Book

In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston’s respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she’d hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now.

Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor’s risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor’s closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.

As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.

About the Author

Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of five books, including Against the Tide, which won a RITA Award, a Christy Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award. With master’s degrees in history and in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at www.elizabethcamden.com.

My Review

A more apt book title, there could not be!

Admittedly, I was a tiny, wee bit nervous when I started this book. I have read all of Camden’s books and loved them all EXCEPT Into the Whirlwind. Something was just off in it and I was heartbroken. With Every Breath has totally redeemed my love for the author and this may even be her best book yet. Yippee!

Talk about a nail bitter. The banter between the main characters is entirely intoxicating. Both of them on equal footing with each other. Being the perfect prod to keep each other moving forward and always striving for more. The author was extremely clever to have Kate’s family own and run a boarding house. What better way to get a motley crew of the most powerful and interesting people in Washington D.C. together in one place and have all of the needed connections conveniently located under one roof. Even the placement of Kate’s younger brother was ingenious and opens up a whole new book idea that I hope the author will run with.

Warning…. half way through the book be prepared for a major bombshell to drop. I did hitch my breath a little and get more than a little nervous too.

Ultimately, this book is about doing what you are called to do regardless of the cost both physically and emotionally. Do we give up on our dreams because things get too hard? Too complicated….?

“You only love when it’s easy…”

Do we have the faith to truly trust in God? We do not know our futures but He does. Do we only put ourselves into His hands when we think things will go our way, or regardless…..

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Bethany House sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Bethany House.