Best of 2013: Top Reviews, Photos, DIY, Coupons, Causes and More for Pets & People!

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WOW! Today is the LAST day of 2013! Before we ring in the New Year, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the most popular blog posts from this year. Here’s a rundown of our most visited posts and categories based on 2013 traffic stats:

Top 5 Pet Product Reviews:
  1. Summer Fun with Tommy Bahama and PetSmart!
  2. How To Speak Dog: National Geographic Book Review
  3. October BarkBox Full Of Halloween Surprises — See What’s Inside!
  4. What’s In Daisy’s Bowl? Natural Balance Alpha Grain-Free Dog Food!
  5. Instant Canopy Pet Bed and Quik Shade for Outdoor Family Fun!
Top 5 Home, Beauty & Tech Product Reviews:
  1. Soundfreaq Sound Platform 2: Stream Wireless Audio from Your Favorite App and Device
  2. T3 Source Handheld Shower Filter for Healthier Hair, Skin and Fur!
  3. Watch Your Pets When You’re Not Home w/ Samsung PetCam
  4. PMD: Professional Microdermabrasion Beauty Treatments At Home!
  5. Holiday Entertaining with NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto
Top 5 Pet Coupons:
  1. *NEW* Wellness Printable Coupon for $5 OFF Dry Dog Food or Cat Food (Active)
  2. PetSmart Printable Coupon: $10 OFF $60 In-Store Purchase! (Expired)
  3. Natural Balance Printable Coupons for Free Bags of Dog Treats and Cat Treats! (Expired)
  4. Petco Printable Store Coupon: $5 OFF $25 (Monthly)
  5. Printable Coupon: $10 Off BISSELL Pawsitively Clean Machine Rental (Expired)
Top 5 Daisy Photos (Wordless Wednesday):
  1. Found a Blue Toy Today
  2. Happy 3rd Gotcha Day Daisy! (Almost Wordless Wednesday)
  3. Wordless Wednesday: Daisy’s World
  4. Wordless Wednesday: Walking with Daisy This Morning
  5. Wordless Wednesday: Smile for the Camera!
Top 5 Pet Freebies:
  1. Free Dog-Bite Prevention Poster: How To Correctly Greet A Dog
  2. Free Pet Safety Printables: Loose Dog and Cat Dangers Door Hangers
  3. Homemade Dog Food Recipes + 6 More Free Kindle Books for Dog Lovers!
  4. Get a FREE Sample of Dentastix Dog Treats for Dental Health
  5. Carve A Pumpkin To Look Like Your Dog — Free Printable Stencils + Carving Tips
 Top 5 Giveaways for Pets:
  1. WIN a BarkBox Mystery Box for Dogs! 10K Fan Celebration Giveaway {10 Winners}
  2. WIN a $250 Prize Basket for Your Dog from Rustic Hound! 10K Fan Celebration Giveaway
  3. New Year, New You: Win a Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale from EatSmart!
  4. Summer Fun Giveaway: Win a Tommy Bahama Dog Bed!
  5. Win a Three Dog Bakery Holiday Gift Pack for Your Dog!
 Top 5 DIY Pet Projects and Crafts:
  1. 7 DIY Pet Projects, Crafts and Recipes
  2. Hang Plants Like Wall Art: Stylish and Pet-Friendly DIY Home Decor Idea
  3. 3 Cheap and Easy DIY Pet Projects Anyone Can Do!
  4. Easy Pet DIY: Grow Your Own Catnip, Pet Grass, Kitty Garden & More
  5. DIY Pet Project: Silhouette Canvas
 Top 5 Pet Cause-Related Posts:
  1. Katy Perry and The Popcats {Printable Popchips Coupon Supports ASPCA}
  2. Give a Beautiful Gift That Gives Back: ASPCA Tender Voices Jewelry Collection
  3. U.S. Military Working Dog National Monument Unveiled at Special Dedication Ceremony
  4. Ways You Can Help Animals Affected by the Moore Oklahoma Tornado
  5. Free Charity Miles App: Earn Money for Charity When You Walk, Run or Bike With Your Dog!

What was YOUR favorite post, photo or pet topic featured on our blog this year? Leave a comment and let us know…or suggest one for next year! Daisy and I are looking forward to bringing you LOTS more fun stuff in 2014!!! Happy New Year everyone!

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Nutrisystem Update Week 12: Welcoming 2013 and Putting the Holidays Behind Us! #NSNation

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Happy New Year everyone! Hard to believe we are already 5 days into 2013! It’s always a bit of a let-down as the holiday season comes to a close, and things start to get back to normal. Before Daisy’s papa and I start putting away all the Christmas decorations and cleaning up around here, I just wanted to bring you a very quick  Nutrisystem update on how we did this week.

In addition to New Year’s Eve and a day watching Bowl Games on New Year’s Day, we also celebrated the hubby’s birthday this week…so it was a FUN but challenging week! I got a little carried away with the bubbly and we both overdid it with splurging on Chinese food and a few other favorites. Although we managed to hold it together pretty well, I’ll admit that I’m relieved to be putting the holidays behind us so we can really get back to the business of eating healthy, getting fit and losing weight!

This week was the first time that I’ve actually gained weight, putting on 0.6 lbs while Woof Woof Papa managed to lose 0.6 lbs! If you’ve been keeping up with our updates, you already know that he gained 4.1 over Christmas and I barely lost any that week (-0.2) so it’s good to get focused and back on track quickly after a couple weeks of no-progress. As I mentioned last week, I think it’s super helpful that we already have our plan in place and know that it works, and our New Year’s resolution is simply to “Stick to the plan!”

So far, I’ve lost 20.4 and the hubby has lost 36.8. We’re still feeling pretty good about that, even though we still have a ways to go to meet our goal weights. Here’s the breakdown in case you missed any weeks:
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Wishing You a Healthy and Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

Free 2013 Photo Wall Calendar from VistaPrint ($15.99 reg)!

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Now that the stress of the holidays is winding down, you can finally kick back, relax, and enjoy the last few days of 2012. While you’re reminiscing over all the memorable birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, and vacations, collect your favorite pictures to use in a 2013 calendar so you can remember every moment year-round!

And right now, you can make your own customize photo wall calendar for FREE…just pay $5 for shipping!

With over 300 calendar design templates for you to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect theme to showcase each and every one of your photos. You can upload your favorite photos to each month, create a photo collage, and even crop or re-size your pictures, too.

Plus, since they’re great to share with friends and family, in just a few clicks, you can even add the dates for their birthdays, anniversaries, homecoming games, graduations, and your unofficial family holiday, so they have no reason to forget any special occasion in 2013. They’ll make the perfect personalized touch to start the new year off even better than last year! Visit VistaPrint.com to snag this great freebie.