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Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion [Hardcover 39% OFF]

Saving Simon book

I’m always on the lookout for great books to read myself and to give as gifts, so when I heard about this new one, I knew I had to share it with you. Whether you are an avid reader or are looking for unique holiday gift ideas for the animal lover on your list this year, be sure to check out Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion. Not only is it an amazing and inspirational story, but it’s also on sale right now in both the Hardcover (39% OFF) and Kindle edition (56% OFF).

In the spring of 2011, the book’s author Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him.

Jon wasn’t planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in.

Simon’s recovery was far from easy. Weak and malnourished, he needed near constant care, but Jon was determined to help him heal. As Simon’s health improved, Jon would feed him by hand, read to him, take him on walks, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend. Then, miraculously, as if in reciprocation, Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion, the ways in which it can transform our lives and inspire us to take great risks.

Visit Amazon HERE to read more and grab a copy or two. Remember that Amazon sale prices can change quickly and without notice (as I’ve learned the hard way) so don’t wait!

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New Semi-Moist Dog Treats from Natural Balance {Review + Coupon}

daisy new nb treats

Natural Balance introduced 15 new treats this month, and as a brand ambassador, Daisy got to sample several of the varieties. We’re super excited to give you the inside scoop AND share a coupon with you so that you and your lucky dog can try them, too!

L.I.T. Immunity Support Jerky

jerky immunity support

L.I.T. stands for “Limited Ingredient Treats” and are especially good for dogs like Daisy who have lots of food sensitivities and tummy issues. Salmon is her favorite, but they also come in Duck and Chicken formulas. They are grain-free, and contain antioxidant vitamins C & E to help support a healthy immune system.

L.I.T Hip & Joint Jerky Treats

hip and joint jerky treats

Also available in Duck, Chicken or Salmon, this version of Natural Balance Jerky Treats is made especially to help promote healthy hips and joints. Made with Glucosamine and Chondroitin, these treats are great for active dogs as well as older dogs.

L.I.T. Jumpin’ Stix & Mini Jumpin’ Stix for Dogs

Stix treats

These were the first treats we opened and tried when we received our samples and Daisy is TOTALLY in LOVE with the Venison & Sweet Potato formula! These come in both full-size sticks as well as mini sticks and are super easy to break into little pieces, which I like to do with all of the semi-moist treats to make them last longer and to use as training treats.

Mini Rewards Dog Treats 5 Calories or Less

Mini Rewards

And speaking of little training treats…these new mini-rewards are the perfect size to use during training sessions or any time you want to reward your dog for good behavior. They are great for keeping in your pocket on a walk, or to put in an interactive treat toy. Each treat is 5 calories or less, and are super yummy according to Daisy (lamb and duck are her favorites). I love that they contain no corn, wheat, artificial flavors or colors.

To read more about all 15 new Natural Balance treats for dogs visit: naturalbalanceinc.com.

Online Discount for Natural Balance Treats

To order online and get up to 20% OFF Natural Balance treats visit: Petco.com.

Natural Balance Printable Coupon

Headed to the store soon?

Snag this Printable Coupon for Natural Balance Treats (good thru 8/31/14).

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You’re Invited: Earn $5 to $75 per Survey + Review and Keep Free Products!

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I just received word about a very special invitation to pass along to you. If you have a smartphone, laptop or other web-enabled device (e.g. a tablet), then Click HERE to signup for Vindale Research. It’s FREE to join and you’ll get PAID to review products and for giving your honest opinions about brands and services via surveys.

  • Review products and take simple online surveys
  • Make a difference by sharing your opinion
  • Receive up to $75 per survey completed
  • Choose to keep the products that you review

How it works

Every Vindale offer is worth real money — not points. When your account reaches $50 you get paid. Below, see the many ways you can start earning:

research rates

Go HERE to learn more and get started earning money for participating!

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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.

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New Grain-Free and Limited Ingredient Dental Chews from Natural Balance

Natural Balance Dental Chews

As you might already know, Daisy eats Natural Balance dog food and we get to help spread the word about cool news and pet products through the NB Insiders program. We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Natural Balance Dental Chews ever since we first heard about them!

Because of Daisy’s sensitive tummy and skin we have to be really careful what treats we give her, so you can imagine how excited we are about this new product release! Natural Balance never lets us down, and we feel especially good about their L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats. Natural Balance L.I.T. Treats are designed with a limited number of protein and carbohydrate sources. Scientifically formulated and free from any artificial flavoring or coloring, these treats are great for dogs with food sensitivities and allergies like Daisy and so many other fur kids.

grain free dental treats

We’re SO happy that the new dental chews line includes grain-free, limited ingredient options! And the timing couldn’t be better, since February is Pet Dental Health Month, too. While there is no substitute for daily tooth brushing, it’s always great to take some extra help where you can get it. These dental chews have grooves that help do the work to reduce plaque and tartar. They’re also easy to digest, help freshen breath and feature Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant nutrient to support healthy immune function.

They’re made in both Small Breed and Medium/Large Breed sizes and are available in the following varieties:

  • L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats with Duck Meal Dental Chews
  • L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats Sweet Potato & Chicken Meal Dental Chews
  • Pumpkin & Chicken Meal Formula with Papaya Dental Chews
  • Sweet Potato & Chicken Meal Formula with Mango Dental Chews
  • Clean Grooves Formula (Vegetarian Blend) Dental Chews

Visit Natural Balance here for more info about their new Dental Chews for dogs!

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Dog-Gone Good Cuisine: Recipes for You AND Your Dog (Book Review)

dog-gone good cuisine

If you’ve ever thought about cooking a meal to share with your pooch but didn’t know where to start, or worry about what foods are healthy, then you’ll want to check out this new cookbook hitting the store shelves (and Amazon) this week! In Dog-Gone Good Cuisine certified nutritionist and chef Gayle Pruitt demonstrates how to cook healthy and delicious dishes for dogs and humans alike. She’s included over 100 corn, sugar, soy, and gluten free recipes, for mouthwatering meals you can make for your family AND fur kids, too!

This is NOT a cookbook of how to make plain-old dog food or your typical dog treats. This is food that will make your mouth water! Since receiving our review copy and checking it out, some of the recipes I’ve bookmarked already include:

  • Minty Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Salmon Florentine
  • Pears with Raspberry Sauce
  • Cream of Cinderella Pumpkin Soup

How fun would it be to throw a dinner party for your favorite furry pals and their humans at the same time!?! I love that this book not only includes loads of great recipes, but also that the author shares info on cooking techniques, a list of herbs and spices that are safe for dogs, and other helpful tips and resources. There’s also a section on canine-only raw food and making your own jerky. That caught my eye because of all the concerns over the safety of some of the commercially produced pet jerky. What a great way to save money and feel good about what you’re giving your dog by making it yourself! You’ll also find several special juicing recipes for different health conditions.

Dog-Gone Good Cuisine is available in bookstores and at Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle editions.

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