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Deal of the Day: Up to 51% Off Select Filtrete Healthy Living Air Filters

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Having quality air filters is important for all homes, but even more so for families with pets and allergies. That’s why today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is such a great one to share with you! It’s up to 51% OFF Filtrete Healthy Living Air Filters.

For today only and while supplies last, the Filtrete Premium Healthy Living air filter 6-pack and the Filtrete Healthy Living air filter 1-pack is up to 51% off. The Filtrete Premium Healthy Living air filter improves the air quality in your home, keeps your air conditioning and heating systems running efficiently, and saves on utilities and maintenance costs.

The air filters are available in all the common and standard sizes, so be sure to head on over HERE to stock up while they are on sale. Most items are eligible for Free Shipping for added savings!

Send FREE eCards for Military Spouse Appreciation Day

military spouse appreciation day

Do you know a neighbor, friend or family member who is a military spouse? Well, today is a GREAT time to say THANKS for all they do, because in their own way, military spouses serve our country too! Woof Woof Papa served in the US Army, so I know first hand how challenging it can be to hold down the fort while your spouse is away on deployment.

Today, May 9th, is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, so head on over to the National Military Family Association website where you can send FREE eCards to every military spouse and family you know. Just one small way we can all support the spouses and families who support our service members!

$10 OFF $40 Natural and Organic Products at Abe’s Market (for Pets and People)

Promo Code for $10 off at Abe's market

In celebration of Spring, Abe’s Market is giving everyone $10 OFF when you order $40 or more by Monday 3/31. You’ll need to use Abe’s Promo Code SPRING to get the $10 OFF discount at checkout. You get FREE Shipping on orders of $49+ or flat rate shipping on your entire order for $4.99.

Abe’s is a great source for all kinds of natural and organic products for both pets and people. Stock up and save on gluten-free flours for making homemade pup cakes. Try some healthy snacks for your human kiddos lunches. Treat yourself to some natural skincare and bath products. I saw Miracle Noodles in the Natural Sale Section, along with Organic Apple Chips and lots more stuff I want to try!

And don’t forget to replace those old toxic cleaners with new safer ones before you get going on Spring Cleaning! For more info about safer chemicals for your home and family, check out our recent Seventh Generation Toxin Fighter post.

Abe’s Market has a large Pet Department with brands including Halo, Ark Naturals, Castor & Pullox, Dr. Harvey’s and lots more popular natural pet brands you’ll want to give your fur kids.

 Here are the links to take you directly to the Natural & Organic Pet Care department as well as to the section for Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies. Don’t forget to tell some friends and earn $5 free to spend!

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How To Make Your Own Cookbook for Fun and Profit

How to make a cookbook

Ever thought of putting your favorite recipes into a beautiful book you can give as a gift or pass down the generations? Maybe you’re famous for your pet treats and you’ve always thought about creating your own cookbook to sell or give to friends and family, but never knew how to get started!

Blurb is a company that lets anyone create beautiful books from their favorite content, and get those books shipped in any quantity (even just one copy). Not a designer? That’s OK, Blurb’s free BookSmart software is an easy route to a great cookbook.

What’s the best way to get started? Holding off a bit. It’s tempting to want to dive right in, but thinking a bit and getting organized is worth it in the end. Make the most of your time by dividing each step into chunks so you can tackle them at different points in your book-making process.

And here we go:

1. Organize: Gather your recipes and do a process of elimination. Once you’ve narrowed your favorites down, you can gather accompanying images—just make sure you’re giving the recipe and image files the same name to make it easier when it’s time to upload. Keep everything in one folder on your computer.

2. Flow it: Next, determine how you want your cookbook story to flow. Do you want to sort your recipes by age, popularity, or even something else? Once you’ve determined the order, you’ll have done the bulk of your creative decision-making.

3. Get the tool: Download our free book-making tool, BookSmart, choose your book size (Standard Portrait and Standard Landscape are the most popular for cookbooks) and input your title and author name. Then choose “Cookbook” as your starting point — this will give you the best layouts for the job. Then pick a source for your images — from iPhoto, your computer, even Flickr or Picasa. Lastly, choose a theme. Now you’re ready to put together your cookbook.

4. Lay it out: This is where the real book-making comes in. BookSmart will provide you with 20 pages in our standard recipe layout, but you’ll find plenty of alternate layouts in the “Choose page layout” panel on the upper left. You can also add additional pages ­­— including photo pages — by clicking “Add Pages” in the top toolbar.

5. Just add copy: Our layouts provide space for stories, introductions, and those all-important ingredients and directions. Paste in your copy and you’re golden. Then garnish with photos. Don’t forget to run BookSmart’s spell check feature.

6. Preview and review: Click “Review book” and go through page by page. If you’re not a natural-born proofreader, ask a friend to take a second look.

7. Order: Make any last minute edits, click “Order,” and follow the prompts to checkout. Remember to order extra copies for friends and family—or sell it in our Bookstore. Order now and save 15% on all print book orders through April 30th with code TAKE15%.

Protecting Our Families and Pets from Harmful Chemicals #FightToxins #MC

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We’ve teamed up with Seventh Generation to help spread awareness about the importance of chemical reform in the United States. Some people might assume that the chemicals used to make products sold in the U.S., like toys and food containers, are regulated and tested for safety — but they are not.  Over 80,000 chemicals are currently available for use in the market and the EPA has required very few of these to be tested for their impacts on human health and the environment. Shocking, right!?!

Now is the time to update the regulation on these chemicals. Woof Woof Papa and I feel very strongly about protecting the environment & planet, living a healthy life, and using the safest products we can for both humans and pets. That’s why I’m super happy to be participating in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Seventh Generation, to spread the word about what YOU can do to help fight toxins (I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating).

Why Do We Need To Address Chemical Reform?

  • More than 80,000 chemicals available in the United States have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and environment.
  • Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to many health risks, such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and various reproductive problems.
  • The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. As it currently stands, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace since the 1970’s without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that produce them.
  • To learn more visit the Natural Resources Defense Council website.

How YOU Can Get Involved and Make a Difference:

  • Become a Toxin Freedom Fighter by signing Seventh Generation’s petition to urge Congress to reevaluate the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time since 1976.
  • Make sure that your friends and family are aware that of the 80,000 synthetic chemicals introduced into the market since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976, the EPA has required testing on less than 10%.
  • Help Seventh Generation reach its goal of collecting 100,000 Signatures by April 24th by urging your friends and family to stand up for safer chemicals by signing the petition here too!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating.

Giveaway: WIN a $60 Online Photography Class from Craftsy!

photo class giveaway

We’ve got a VERY special giveaway for all our fans and readers! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about photography and take better family & pet photos, then keep reading! One lucky winner is going to be randomly selected to receive a full Online Photography Class courtesy of Craftsy, the leading online learning platform and community of over 1.5 million users. Craftsy offers more than 350 online classes in quilting, sewing, cake decorating, food and photography plus lots more!

As with all Craftsy classes, you’ll be able to take this Photography Class on your own schedule, and repeat it as often as you wish. Once you own a Craftsy class, it’s yours to keep and watch on just about any web-enabled device you wish, including iPad, Laptop, Smartphone or Computer. I took their Knitting 101 class and love how easy they make it to follow along!

The Prize:

Family Photography: Candid Moments & Storytelling

Gain the confidence and skills you need to turn spontaneous moments into unforgettable photos! Learn expert strategies for indoor and outdoor family shoots guided by professional photographer Kirk Tuck, and discover how to think like a storyteller for compelling photos that capture your subject’s personality. Explore the key settings behind blur-free action shots, and unlock the secret for shooting successfully in harsh sunlight. Use bounce flash for flattering indoor portraits, and dive into Adobe Lightroom with essential presets and advanced techniques for professional images that will bring out the best in everyone. Plus, learn how to size, format and export photos for personalized greeting cards that showcase your family and your photography skills!

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Enter by March 16, 2014:

Follow the link below and either create a new Craftsy account or login to your existing account if you are already a member. It’s totally free to join and you’ll get access to some FREE mini craft classes, too!

To be automatically entered into the giveaway, just make sure to use the link below to be eligible.  One winner will be randomly selected and will receive the Family Photography Online Class from Craftsy ($59.99 ARV)!  Giveaway ends 11:59pm ET on 3/16/14. Good Luck everybody!!!

Click Here–>> Enter to win a Family Photography Craftsy class!