Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry from Sitara Collections ~ Review + Giveaway

Sitara handcrafted jewelry

Mother’s Day will be here before you know it so it’s time to start thinking about getting Mom something special! Sitara Collections recently invited me to review their work on my blog, and sent me a few lovely pieces from their handcrafted artisan jewelry collection. One lucky reader is also going to WIN something to keep for themselves or give as a gift!

Sitara Collections is an online boutique specializing in handcrafted, artisan jewelry, home decor, gifts and fashion items that you won’t find anywhere else. All the items they sell are handmade and the company supports fair labor practices to ensure that all their artisans are fairly paid for their beautiful work.

Although my photos don’t do either piece justice, they’ll still give you a great idea of what you can expect if you order something for yourself or to give as a gift. Each item arrives with a gold gift box and beautiful drawstring jewelry pouch. You or your recipient also receive a card explaining where the jewelry was handcrafted, and about it being fairly traded. Because the sale of Sitara Collections pieces helps support women artisans in locations such as India and Latin America, it’s a really nice idea for a Mother’s Day gift; give your mom something special and help other women support their families, too!

I love these earrings!

Aren’t these earrings gorgeous?!? When I saw them online, I just knew I had to have them! The color is more vibrant than my photos portray. These Pear-Shaped Gemstone Drop Earrings come in Smoky Quartz, Green Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Chalcedony, Garnet, Green Onyx and Black Onyx. The ones I’m wearing are the Chalcedony and I love them because they look as great with a ponytail, t-shirt and jeans as they do with a sundress and sandals.

stacked bracelets

I also love this beautiful Carnelian Om Bracelet. It looks gorgeous on its own but I have several other silver bracelets from Mexico, Thailand and India and love wearing them all stacked together. This one adds just the right pop of color! Sitara Collections has a really nice assortment of bracelets, so whether you like to mix your metals and gemstones or keep it simple, you’ll find some amazing arm candy to match your style.

In addition to the handcrafted jewelry, you’ll also find lovely home accents and textiles, handbags, hair accessories and wraps plus Ayurvedic health and beauty products and even stuff for kids and babies. Each time I’ve shopped the site, I’ve noticed that they offer a discount code for your first order, so be sure to keep an eye out in their Shop, or sign up for their newsletter. Right now, the offer is 15% OFF with Sitara Collections promo code SAVE15 at checkout. You can also visit them on Facebook for more photos and other offers.

WIN Jewelry from Sitara Collection!

Sitara jewelry giveaway

One lucky winner will get to choose the piece of their choice from the Sitara Jewelry Collection (up to $50 value). This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+ and ends 4/30/14. Enter using the Rafflecopter below, and choose as many or as few of the optional entries as you wish. Good Luck everybody!

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New Holistic Ultra-Low Glycemic Dog Food #LiveFree4Life

Hopefully, you caught our Win LiveFree Dog Food For Life contest announcement last week and have entered a photo of YOUR dog for a chance to win! If not, head on over to LiveFree on Facebook for details, or scroll down to learn more. And hurry because this amazing giveaway ends 4/15!

livefree dog food

Since LiveFree is a relatively new dog food, I thought I’d give you a little more info on what it’s all about, and why Dogswell added this new line to their offerings. (This post is sponsored by Dogswell. We only present info, products and promotions that we feel will be of value and interest to our readers.)

LiveFree is a holistic line of ultra-low glycemic food for dogs available at independent pet retailers across the United States. It’s free of grains and potatoes, which are common high glycemic fillers, and high in animal protein sources to align with a dog’s natural diet.

What does “ultra-low glycemic” mean?  It means that the specially designed recipe helps prevent spikes in blood sugar levels and supports slower digestion and sustained energy for proper absorption and healthy weight. For dog food, a glycemic rating under 55 is considered “low”. LiveFree’s dry dog food recipes range from 9-11 and their canned dog foods range from 3.5-3.5

glycemic info

Concerned about your dog’s digestive health? LiveFree dry food recipes includes natural DigestiBits, a proprietary blend of pumpkin, eggs, prebiotics, probiotics and 11 antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies to deliver digestive fiber.

What’s NOT in it? There is no corn, wheat, grain, soy, gluten, tapioca, BHA/BHT, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

LiveFree also has added nutrition for your dog’s overall holistic health including antioxidants to support immunity plus vitamins and chelated minerals for better nutrient absorption. You’ll be happy to know that LiveFree is made in the USA.

If you have specific questions about your dog’s nutritional needs, digestive concerns, blood sugar or anything else, chat with your veterinarian for medical advice and dietary recommendations. You can visit the Dogswell website for nutritional info, including ingredients and calories.

Be sure to snag this printable coupon for $3 OFF LiveFree Dog Food.  And don’t forget to enter to WIN LiveFree Dog Food for the life of YOUR dog! It’s super fast & easy: Post a photo (to Facebook or Instagram) of your dog cutting loose, living free and doing funny dog things. You’ll need to use the hashtag #LiveFree4Life to be eligible AND to check out all the other entries!

WIN Dogswell LiveFree Holistic Dog Food FOR LIFE! #LiveFree4Life

Drop whatever you’re doing (unless you’re scooping poop; that could get messy!)because I’ve got super exciting news for all you dog parents, and you are NOT going to want to miss it!

To celebrate the launch of their new holistic LiveFree dog food line, Dogswell is having a very special contest and one lucky dog is going to WIN Free Dog Food for Life!

Win free dog food for life!

Yep…for LIFE! That’s one bag of LiveFree dog food (up to 28 lb. size; Maximum ARV: $64.99) and one case (12 cans) of LiveFree dog food (ARV: $40), per month for the natural life of winner’s dog.

Dogswell LiveFree holistic dog food

What is LiveFree?

It’s Dogswell’s new holistic line of ultra-low glycemic, grain and potato free food for dogs, available at independent pet retailers across the United States. LiveFree is high in animal protein sources to align with a dog’s natural diet. The ultra low glycemic recipe prevents spikes in blood sugar levels and supports slower digestion and sustained energy for proper absorption and healthy weight. LiveFree is free of grains and potatoes, which are common high glycemic fillers. LiveFree is available in dry food (chicken, lamb, salmon, turkey recipes) and canned food(chicken, lamb and salmon stew recipes) for puppy, senior and adult dogs.

How to enter to WIN LiveFree Dog Food for LIFE:

Since their motto is “Live Long. Live Happy. Live Free”, they’re making it super EASY to enter! Watch this quick and adorable video for details:

 

 

To summarize: just post a photo (to Facebook or Instagram) of your dog cutting loose, living free and doing funny dog things. Be sure to use the hashtag #LiveFree4Life to be eligible AND to check out all the other entries!

That’s it! You can CLICK HERE to visit Dogswell’s LiveFree sweepstakes page on Facebook. And here’s the official contest rules if you want to check them out for yourself.

This post is sponsored by Dogswell LiveFree. We only present info, products and promotions that we feel will be of value and interest to our readers!

Eureka AirSpeed EXACT Pet Vacuum Review + Giveaway #EurekaPower

eureka pet cleaning

As every pet parent out there already knows, cleaning can be a real challenge! Having the right tools can make all the difference, which is why we were super excited when Eureka contacted us with an invitation to join the pre-release testing team and try out their brand new AirSpeed EXACT Pet vacuum.

You wouldn’t guess it by looking at her, but Daisy sure does SHED! And she spends quite a bit of time on our furniture, so you can imagine how eager Woof Woof Papa and I were to get started putting Eureka’s suction power to the test!

Designed to remove pet hair in your home, the AirSpeed Exact comes with a PET Power Paw which removes pet hair from carpet and upholstery. The on-board crevice tool and PET dusting brush with plastic teeth grab pet hair from hard to reach areas. Super easy to use, the vacuum’s suction control valve lets you direct all of the power to the floors or to the tools, so you can deep clean to stairs, furniture and crevices. Just turn the dial to TOOLS and start cleaning furniture with the PET Power Paw attachment!

eureka pet vacuum

The only thing better than getting a super powerful new pet vacuum, was getting Woof Woof Papa to help out with the cleaning! LOL! Just kidding…he’s great about helping out anyway, but it was easier for me to take photos while he did the vacuuming. Check out our Cleaning Challenge video to see him put the AirSpeed EXACT Pet to the test on our carpet and fur-covered sofa:

Based on independent testing, Eureka AirSpeed EXACT Pet cleans carpets better than the Dyson DC40. This model includes a washable dust cup filter that reduces maintenance costs because it is washable and reusable, requiring less frequent replacement. The AirSpeed EXACT Pet also features an 8 foot stretch hose and long, 27 foot cord to reach further without unplugging. Great for saving time AND hassles. The high efficiency allergen filter helps to eliminate 99% of dust and allergens…especially important for homes with pets and allergies! Experience Eureka Power with the Eureka AirSpeed EXACT Pet, available nationwide.

One lucky reader is going to WIN a Eureka Airspeed EXACT Pet Vacuum for their own home & family!

Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. Open to US residents age 18+, and ends 11:59pm ET on March 30, 2014. Chose as many or as few of the optional entry methods as you wish. Good Luck everybody!!!

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Travel with Power and Style: Puku Portable Charger Review #TeamPuku

puku review

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I was in DC for a girls weekend with my sister and niece. We only had 4 days to see and do as much as we could and were on-the-go quite a bit! There wasn’t time to sit around waiting for our phones to charge up and we couldn’t leave them in our hotel room since we needed them to take photos and summon an Uber driver when we wanted a ride.

Thanks to some great timing, the good folks over at #TeamPuku had just sent me one of their fabulous new products so that I could try it out and share my thoughts with our readers. It’s the Puku S8 Portable Battery, and it lets you charge your devices on-the-go with no outlet needed. You just charge it up before you go, and then take it with you. It comes with a standard USB to Micro USB cable, but if you travel with multiple devices, make sure to bring an extra charging cable since you can charge TWO devices at once. You’ll simply connect your iPhone, iPad, Android or other Micro USB device to your Puku and Power Up!

I was travelling with my new Google HP11 Chromebook so I could keep up with work,  and my Samsung Galaxy S3 Android phone for navigation, Uber and photos. My sister and niece each had their iPhones, along with one iPad mini. HOW did we ever manage before without all this technology???

lunch with puku

Luckily we didn’t have to go without Google maps, Urban Spoon, Uber and text messaging or miss out on a single photo opp during our whole long weekend. I let the Puku recharge at night in the hotel room and then we took it with us while we went out exploring, dining, shopping and happy hour-ing each day. You can use it in your bag while walking around and I loved being able to just sit wherever and visit over food and drinks without worrying about finding a nearby outlet. SO much more fabulous to just BYOP (bring your own power). And the Puku is SUPER fabulous-looking, too. I received the purple one, which is gorgeous. Puku comes in 6 beautiful colors so you can choose your favorite.

puku airport

I didn’t keep track of exactly how many hours of charging we got out of the Puku but never ran out using the system of charging it up at night and using it throughout the day. The evening I flew home, I had an unexpected flight delay and used my Puku with my Chromebook at the airport so I could get caught up on some work while waiting the extra couple of hours for the plane. It was great since all the available outlets were already in use by other travelers. In the photo, you can see the red light has come on. This means that it has 0-35% power left to use. Not bad after using it several times earlier in the day!

The product info says a single charge gives you at least 900 hours of standby time, 36 hours of talk time and 153 hours of media play time. You can use Puku to charge Apple and Android devices, digital cameras and gaming devices.

I don’t travel super frequently, but I know that the Puku will come in handy quite often since we live in South Florida. You wouldn’t believe how often we lose power during tropical storms and heatwaves. After Hurricane Wilma, we didn’t have our power restored for 2 full weeks! The people at Walgreen’s were super nice and let everyone charge up their cell phones at the store but it sure will be handy to have our Puku whenever we need it in the future.

To learn more about Puku and get your own, you can visit their website and check them out on Facebook.

No More Boring Meals Thanks to Aikiou Interactive Dog Feeder

aikiou box

Daisy and I recently had the chance to test out the award-winning Aikiou (pronounced “IQ”) Interactive Dog Feeder from PetPPI. Not only is it super fun and challenging, but it’s also a great way to slow down your dog if they tend to eat to quickly or gulp their food. This can be a real concern for certain breeds and types of dogs, who are more prone to bloat, or who are following strict portion control for weight loss.

For Daisy, we like that it challenges her problem-solving skills and reduces her anxiety over being left alone because she’s having so much fun trying to get the kibble out that she hardly even notices when we leave! Plus, I always try to find new ways for her to “work” for her food. She gets fussy about not eating sometimes, and changing up the “delivery system” keeps her interested in her food without me having to encourage her to eat.

aikiou feeder

Daisy received the Dog Interactive Feeder, designed for medium and large dogs. Aikiou also makes a Dog Junior Slow Feeder for smaller dogs, and the Stimulo Interactive Cat Feeder. They come in a variety of cool colors and although each style is different, they all work basically the same way: hide food or treats in the various compartments and your cat or dog goes to work figuring out how to get it out. This unit holds up to 3.5 cups of food and is dishwasher safe. Whether you’re looking for new interactive toy to keep things interesting, or need help slowing down your pet’s eating habits, these feeders are a sure way to add some FUN to your fur kid’s mealtime!

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