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Watch FREE Online DIY, Craft, Cooking & Photography Classes Anytime!

Baby, it’s COLD outside! If you’re going a bit stir crazy being stuck indoors, or are just looking to learn some new skills or start on a fun new project, you don’t want to miss the FREE mini-classes available online over at Craftsy.com!

free bag-making class

With the FREE Bucket Bag Class, you could make a super CUTE bag for the dog park or handy storage bine to keep all your fur kid’s toys and gear together! In addition to needle crafts including knitting, quilting, sewing and crochet, you can also learn cake decorating, photography, perfect pizza making, fondant basics, and a bunch of other FUN stuff.

Woof Woof Papa is always on me about being more careful when I’m chopping things in the kitchen, so I’m interested in the FREE Knife Skills Class…check it out:

knife skills class

Craftsy also offers reasonably-priced full-length classes online and with all their free and paid classes, you do them on your own schedule, and on any laptop, computer, table or device you want. You can watch and restart them as much as you want and even ask questions and get tips from the instructor and other students. I’ve done the online Knitting course and love how easy it was to follow and how well-done the whole thing was!

Visit Craftsy HERE to check out all the FREE mini courses and get started on a fun new project of your own!

This Puppy Will Help Teach You How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

folding fitted sheet video

I’ll admit that I’ve never learned how to fold a fitted sheet. I’ve searched for tutorials on Google, watched videos, and even looked it up in my copy of Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook.

Yes, there really is such a book, and yes, I own a copy although I’m not much of a housekeeper. It’s a GREAT book, and has a helpful section about living with pets, but even Martha couldn’t teach me how to fold fitted sheets.

martha stewart book

Today I was doing online research for a future Pet DIY post and found this super CUTE and fun video starring an adorable little puppy! I don’t know how many times I’ll need to watch it to figure out the folding, but the song is super catchy so thought I’d share the love…enjoy!

Have you figured out the secret to folding fitted sheets? How’d you learn? Share your tips!

Watch Your Pets When You’re Not Home w/ Samsung PetCam

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As pet parents, we all hate having to leave our fur kids home when we go to work or other places where pets aren’t allowed. If you’ve ever worried or wondered what they are up to when you’re away, “there’s an app for that!” Actually it’s a WiFi enabled video camera from Samsung and it lets you remotely monitor your pet using free apps for Smartphone, Tablet, PC or Mac.

Since receiving the Samsung PetCam WiFi Video Pet Monitor for review, we’ve tested it out in several situations and I’m super impressed with how well it works. I’ll tell you right up front that I think this fun & useful little system makes a great gift for yourself or any pet parent on your list. While it retails for $199, you’ll find it on sale this time of year and can snag one for as low as $79 here. Amazon prices change frequently so be sure to hurry if you want a deal!

The Samsung Wi-Fi PetCam offers real-time video and audio monitoring, making it the perfect solution for anyone who is away from their home, but still wants to keep an eye on their pets. It allows for easy set up and placement anywhere in the house, video feeds are accessible through a website or smartphone app on iOS or Android and owners can even set it up to receive notifications from sound/motion that is detected in the area. With a one touch pairing button, monitoring a pet is super easy and FUN!

I found it really easy to add the camera to our home WiFi network and got it installed, set up and working in about 15 minutes. I found it a little confusing at first to get the settings right so that it would upload video clips that I could watch later, but figured out I had to first link my YouTube profile to my Google+ profile and set my Uploads to Private. Currently, the PetCam can only record and watch 30 second video clips of “events” via YouTube. I would prefer to be able to have them sent to my smartphone or private cloud storage like DropBox or iCloud but once you get the privacy settings sorted, you can log in to YouTube and see the little lock icon next to each new video and rest assured that no one else is viewing what goes on at your place unless you choose to share it with them! It can also save snapshots to your Picasa account if you want, too.

The video is great on both WiFi and wireless and I’ve used both my Samsung Galaxy S3 Android phone and my iPad to watch Daisy remotely when I’m away. Since I work from home, she’s really gotten used to having me around almost all the time, so she does have a bit of separation anxiety when left alone. I’ve always worried about this but am happy to have seen, thanks to the PetCam, that after giving several really big hound dog howls and pacing for a few minutes, she does calmly settle herself up on the arm of hubby’s chair and take a nap.

The camera doesn’t have the option to record continuously or for longer than 30 second bits, so you get little snippets of what happens, but they’re time-stamped so you can watch them in order. I spliced together two of the 30 second recordings so you could check it out:

As you can see, the camera doesn’t move, so your pet may sometimes walk out of view. If you have a big place or want several angles, the system is expandable up to 10 cameras which is great if you have multiple pets or let your fur kids have full run of the place. Our apartment isn’t that big so we just leave her in the living room and shut the other doors when we go out.

In addition to really good quality video during daylight hours, the camera also has Night Vision capabilities up to 20 feet so that you can keep an eye on your pets even in the dark. And another cool feature is that it has Two-Way Talk so that you can hear what’s going on and talk back to them. Super handy if your pet is naughty or gets lonely and you just want to say Hi. This function only works over WiFi and not when you are on 3G or 4G wireless connections.

All in all, I’m happy to recommend the Samsung PetCam and think it’s a really fun and useful tech gadget for pet parents and anyone else who wants to monitor their home or business while they are away.  Visit Amazon here for deals on one, and visit Samsung’s website for more info about features and setup.

A Very Special Holiday Gift Guide for Cats, Cat Owners & Cat Lovers! #Feastivities

Need some truly unique and special gift ideas for the cat lovers and feline friends on your holiday gift list this year? Well, Daisy and I enlisted the help of popular online glamour and beauty expert Elle Fowler and her cat Pinecone to bring you this VERY special video gift guide, created especially for our readers!

Once you’ve watched the video, we know you’ll want to join in the holiday celebration of all-things-cat at Feastivities.com, the online guide for holiday cheer featuring a collection of hand-crafted designer gifts for cats, cat owners and cat lovers! Feastivities also features Fancy Feast’s 2013 holiday ornament. You can order the ornament for $2 with all donations going directly to Adopt-a-Pet.com. I know you all love gifts that give back to pet causes just as much as I do!

No Pet Store Puppies! #MeetMolly & Help End Puppy Mills

Help end puppy mills

Today is “No Pet Store Puppies Day,” and we’re spread the word about the ASPCA’s campaign to put an end to puppy mills. If you’re looking for an opportunity to get involved, we know someone looking for help—meet Molly!

Molly, along with her faithful pup, Joey, is out to teach the world all about puppy mills and why you shouldn’t shop at pet stores that sell puppies.


 

Molly and Joey want to make sure their message reaches as many people as possible, so please share their video with the hashtag #MeetMolly after you’ve watched it!

You can also help by using the social bookmark buttons below to spread the word by sharing this post.

Win KONG Premium Dog Treats: Video Contest + Flash Giveaway!

Woohoo! We’ve got not one but TWO great giveaways from KONG Premium Dog Treats to tell you about, and there are going to be LOADS of winners…in fact, everyone who enters a qualified video in their clip contest is guaranteed to receive KONG Soft & Chewy Treats so be sure to read all the details below. And read quickly, because in addition to the big video contest we’re also hosting our own Flash Giveaway for 5-Days ONLY and there will be 10 Winners!

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Video Contest – What Will Your Dog Do For KONG Treats?

All approved video submissions receive FREE KONG Treats! It’s super easy and fun:

  • Show everyone what YOUR dog will do for KONG Treats by filming a 20-30 second video.
  • Make sure some KONG Treats and packaging are visible in your video! 
  • Submit video and complete the contest form on the KONG Treats Facebook page
  • All submissions will receive assortment of KONG Soft & Chewy Treats! (3 bags)
  • Judging will be based on Personality, Setting, Props and Skills
  • Top 3 winners each receive a KONG Treat Variety Basket packed with delicious treats + KONG Treats will also donate 2 cases of KONG Treats to the Animal Rescue Shelter of your choice!
  • Contest ends on Friday, June 21, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. PT

FIND ALL THE DETAILS on KONG TREATS Facebook - http://bit.ly/KONGTreatsVideoClipContest

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KONG Treats Flash Giveaway! 10 Winners – Ends 6/10

To help spread the word, KONG is offering our pals, fans and readers the chance to snag even MORE free KONG Premium Dog Treats! It’s open to everyone with a valid US mailing address. Just enter using the easy Rafflecopter Contest Widget below and choose as few or as many optional entries as you like…the more you complete, the more entries you earn. Hurry, because the giveaway closes at 11:59pm ET on Monday 6/10/13!

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