How to Make Sure You’re Ready for Amazon Prime Day

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Are you ready to save big this Amazon Prime Day? All you need is an Amazon Prime Membership, which offers awesome benefits all year long including free 2-day shipping, streaming TV and Videos, Music and lots more.

If you don’t already have one, NOW is your last chance to snag a FREE 30-Day Trial Membership in time to get access to all the great deals, discounts and promotions for Prime Day! Students get a FREE 6-month trial.

Amazon Prime Day is July 11th but the deals start at 9PM ET tonight, so don’t miss out. Based on past experience and on what we’ve seen from the sneak peeks we’ve been given, Prime Day deals will rival those seen on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, including pet deals, home goods and more!

Go HERE to preview the Amazon Prime Day Deals and set watch notifications from your PC or mobile device.

Use any Alexa device for access to some even bigger discounts throughout the event. Voice-Enabled Alexa Shopping deals start at 7pm ET so you get a 2 hour head start!

If you don’t yet have an Echo, a Kindle or other Alexa-enabled device, be sure to watch for discounts on those during the 30 hour savings event HERE.

July 1st is ID Your Pet Day + More Summer Pet Safety Tips

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July 4th is just around the corner, and we wanted to remind pet parents that more time spent outdoors poses an added risk of pets escaping or getting lost. July 1st is ID Your Pet Day, which is timely since more pets go missing due to fireworks during the 4th of July celebrations than during any other time of the year.

ASPCA has provided us with some key safety tips to help you safeguard your pet this summer.

Instant Pot Review + Tips, Hacks and Giveaway

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The Instant Pot is one of my favorite things! I’ve had mine for 2 years now, and still rave about it to everyone I know. I gave my parents one for Christmas and now they are hooked, too!

If you want to cut straight to the chase, you can check out some of my favorite Instant Pot recipes, hacks and cooking tips I’ve pinned to my Pinterest Board: I Love My Instant Pot.

What’s an Instant Pot

If you haven’t already heard about the Instant Pot, it’s a programmable electric pressure cooker that takes the place of 7 kitchen appliances/cooking functions. It’s a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer. Not only is it super versatile, but it also let’s you prepare healthy, tasty dishes up to 70% faster. It’s great for parties and entertaining since it keeps food warm for hours.

Instant Pot Bone Broth and Stew for Pets and People

In addition to cooking for your human family members, you can also use the Instant Pot to cook for your dog! Making bone broth is super easy in the Instant Pot and I usually make several batches each month and always make a batch with NO onions or garlic so that it’s safe for Daisy. I also make dog-friendly stew to store in the freezer in small portions for Daisy. Her favorite is a fish and sweet potato stew but I like to experiment.

How to Store Broth, Stew and Batch Cooking

I find the easiest way to freeze and store bone broth, stew and soup in small portions is using these Square Silicone Molds. Each tray holds 8 4oz cubes so portions are pre-measured when I want to pop a few out of the freezer to use them. I learned this tip from Michelle Tam at Nom Nom Paleo. She’s got amazing Instant Pot Recipes and Tips on her blog!

Easy to Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

Another of my favorite IP tricks is making hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. Although it’s not really much faster than other methods, the pressure makes them way easier to peel than any other way I’ve tried. I use this method as my guide but usually put them in a bowl of ice and water to chill them quickly as soon as they are done cooking.

Getting Started with Instant Pot

There are SO many things I make in my Instant Pot: steamed beets, carnitas, “baked” sweet potatoes, short ribs, corned beef & cabbage, shredded chicken…you can even make cheesecake although I haven’t tried that one yet!

If you don’t know where to get started, LifeHacker has done a list of The First 7 Things You Should Make With a New Instant Pot.

You can also join the Official Instant Pot Community Group on Facebook. You’ll connect with all kinds of IP Fanatics and real people sharing Instant Pot recipes, ideas tips and solutions.

In addition to what’s on my Pinterest board, these are some of my favorite Instant Pot recipes and resources:

 

Got a dad or hubby who loves to cook? The Instant Pot makes a GREAT Father’s Day gift idea!

Where to Buy an Instant Pot

If you’re wondering where to buy an Instant Pot, I recommend Amazon.com. I got mine on sale HERE and as new models come out, the previous version usually becomes a great bargain. You’ll also spot Gold Box deals on Instant Pot from time to time as well as Black Friday and Cyber Week deals.

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Deal + Review: Dyson V6 Top Dog Handheld Cordless Vacuum for Pet Homes

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Dyson Deal Alert! Just spotted the Dyson V6 Top Dog Vacuum on sale for $179 ($50 OFF) with FREE Shipping included. As with all deals, this one can change quickly, so head on over HERE to snag it while you can.

Pet parents (and people with allergies) need all the help we can get when it comes to cleaning, and we LOVE our Dyson Top Dog handheld vacuum for daily jobs of all sorts & sizes. It’s super handy at sucking up crumbs, dirt and especially dog hair. I also love using it to clean corners that the regular vacuum cleaner doesn’t quite reach. It’s cord-free with an easy empty bin and max power mode.

You can read our full Dyson Top Dog Vaccuum Review HERE for lots more details and photos.

Bonus Tip: If you are getting the Dyson V6, be sure to also grab this inexpensive Dyson Wall Mount Bracket and Docking Station. It’s super easy to install on any wall near a plug and keeps your Dyson and attachment tools handy and ready to use at all times!