Stock Your Pantry to Support Feeding America #givingisbrandless

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Have you heard about Brandless?

They’ve created a collection of 300+ everyday essentials that includes non GMO food (with values like organic, vegan, and gluten free), clean beauty basics, non-toxic cleaning supplies, and more.

Brandless was brought to life with the intention of making better stuff accessible and affordable for more people. Their mission is deeply rooted in quality, transparency, and community-driven values. Better stuff, fewer dollars. It’s that simple.

A box of Brandless snacks, personal care and other items would make a GREAT gift idea for any college student on your list. It’s also perfect timing if you need to stock up for holiday entertaining.

In addition to saving money on pantry, laundry, vitamins, bath & beauty, and cleaning supplies, you can also help feed families in need.

Now through 11/23, Brandless will donate 10 meals to Feeding America for every order you place.  This is in addition to the usual donations Brandless makes for every customer’s order.

Feeding America is our nation’s leading domestic hunger relief organization, and a cause worth supporting this holiday season and all year long.

You can also help earn more donations when you share this post on Twitter using the hashtag #givingisbrandless.

Stock your pantry for the holidays while helping others do the same. Visit Brandless.com to learn more.

Turn Your Dog’s Bath Time Into a Spa Day

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Some dogs love getting a bath. Daisy is not one of those dogs. In fact Daisy dreads bath time so much that we’ve had to come up with some special tricks and treats to make it more fun and relaxing for her and for us. Since this often takes a bit of time and patience, I like to plan ahead and schedule her dog bath for when I’m not in a rush and I know there won’t be a lot of distractions. We treat it like a spa day.

If you’d like to treat your dog to a spa day, here are some tips:

Set the mood with pet-friendly spa scents, a pre-bath dog treat and some mood lighting.

Set the mood with the right lighting, either with candles (flameless are safest around pets) or by dimming the lights. I also have treats handy and like to spray the shower curtain and rug with a bit of pet-safe fragrance spray.

The treats for this spa day are grain-free Beef Jerky Bites from Isle of Dogs. They’re made with grass-fed beef along with green lipped mussels; a luxurious spa snack if you ask me! The spray is Violet and Sea Mist Repláscent, also from Isle of Dogs. It’s an odor neutralizer that is safe to use on and around dogs. It smells so lovely that I’ve been using it in my car and closet.

Choose the right grooming supplies for your dog.

We’re using Silky Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditioner from the NaturaLuxury Collection. Daisy has sensitive skin so we love that it’s free from sulfate and paraban, and that it’s mild and gentle. The oatmeal and Jojoba help soothe dry skin and give Daisy’s fur a nice, soft feel. The scent is a very light jasmine and vanilla. Just right and not perfume-y at all.

The conditioner is from the same collection and is the first dog conditioner we’ve tried. Using this conditioner helps to loosen up the old, shedded hair that gets caught up in a dog’s coat. It helps make the brushing process much easier and reduces tangles. Daisy has very short, thin hair so this really helps protect and moisturize both the skin and hair. Can’t have a spa day without a good conditioner treatment!

Talk or sing to your dog during their bath

I sing and talk to my dog all the time, but she still sometimes gives me the head tilt like I’m asking her a very important question. She really takes advantage of spa day for all the extra treats and attention, and I can’t blame her. A girl needs some extra pampering from time to time.

SMILE…your almost done!

Drying off and running around full zoomy-style is Daisy’s favorite part of bath time. She has her own set of big fluffy beach towels and loves a good rub down after a bath or rainy day walk. Do all dogs get the zoomies after they get wet? She goes crazy.

Schedule some lounging and nap time

Nothing is nicer after a long bath and some zoomies, than settling in for a nap. Although Daisy sleeps in our bed at night, she has her own cozy den especially for napping. I use the Violet and Sea Mist Repláscent on her bedding and the rug to help keep the area smelling fresh. I’m so happy with this scent that I’m already planning to order more in a few of the other fragrances!

Want to plan a spa day for your dog? Head on over to Isle of Dogs and check out the complete NaturaLuxury collection of health and beauty products for dogs.

HOT Deal on a Cool Swimming Pool Made Especially for Dogs

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Help your dog beat the heat while saving $50 on this Frontpet Foldable Dog Pool and Pet Bathing Tub. It’s on sale right HERE for $69.99 ($119.99 reg) including free shipping. That’s 42% OFF for you and 100% FUN for your pets. Just in time to beat the summer heat and Daisy thinks it would make a paw-tastic idea for a Father’s Day gift, too!

This pet pool can be used for swimming, bathing or just playing around and cooling off. It’s portable so you can take it with you for a sleepover at grandma’s house or when you have a play date with pals. This is not your standard, plastic, off-the-shelf baby pool. This pool is made for dogs and it’s built to last, so it won’t tear or leak.

The pet pool is 12″ deep and 50″ in diameter, so large dogs can get completely soaked and cool off while either sitting, standing or lying down in the pool. This dog pool is portable easy to take on the go. When the pool is empty and dry, just fold and pack it up. Sounds easy!

Setting the pool up and taking it down is quick and easy. To set the pool up simply make sure the drain plug is closed and then place a running garden hose inside the pool to the desired depth.

When your canine friends finish playing, or when the water becomes dirty and the pool water needs to be changed, just release the drain plug and let the water empty out. Note, If you do use the pool on a hard surface, it’s best to place a durable bottom material, such as a tarp, beneath it for added protection. [Learn more…]

FrontPet Large Dog Pool Features:

  • Large Dimensions: 12″ deep and 50″ diameter so your dog can beat the heat no matter their size
  • Attached drain plug that allows you to quickly empty your pool
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  • Your pool is always ready to go because there is no inflation required, simply unfold and fill
  • Durable bottom ensures your pool will not rip or puncture when your pet is enjoying the pool
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Great Gift Idea: Soggy Doggy Super Shammy $16 ($28 reg) w/ Free Shipping

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One of our favorite gift ideas is always something from the Soggy Doggy line, which we reviewed quite a while back. Today I spotted the Soggy Doggy super shammy on sale over at Doggyloot.com. It’s on sale for $16 with free shipping included, and is available in Blue, Beige or Dark Chocolate. It absorbs 5X more water than a standard towel and is machine washable.

In addition to being super absorbent, soft & cuddly, this handy shammy is also especially designed with pockets at each end for your hands to fit in. It also makes it really convenient to hang on the door knob so it’s always nearby when you come back for a walk with muddy paws! Daisy has 2, one for bath and one for everyday paw cleaning. As I mentioned, it’s also one of our favorite things to give as a gift to our pals when they adopt a new fur kid, or for special occasions like birthdays and Christmas.

You can head on over to doggyloot here to check out this and all their other fabulous deals on gifts and supplies for dogs and pet lovers!

Thanks For The Water Toy Mom, But I Still Hate Bath Time

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Less Time Cleaning Thanks To CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CLR. All opinions are 100% mine.

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As pet parents, you already know that we’ve really got our hands full when it comes to cleaning up after our fur kids AND human family members. I take pride in keeping our place nice and clean, but probably my LEAST favorite task is cleaning the bathroom.

I’m sure I’m the only one who feels this way…for the smallest room in the house, it’s probably the one that takes the longest to clean. In addition to regular mess, the bathroom seems to be a magnet for rust, mildew, soap scum and other weird buildup caused by hard water and lime deposits. That’s the stuff that usually takes the most time and effort to clean. Honestly, I’d rather be out playing with Daisy!

CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner really is a gift to those of us short on time and patience for messy chores like bathroom and kitchen cleanup duty. It works hard on all the really tough spots so you don’t have to, and gives you a little extra time to do what YOU want to do during your day! Here’s what makes it great:

  • Fast acting and powerful
  • Cleans quickly and effectively
  • Makes short work of stubborn dirt, calcium, lime, hard water stains and soap scum
  • Has the Environmental Protection Agency’s “DfE” (Design for the Environment” designation, meaning its safer chemistry is not harmful to everyone in your home.

That last point is super important to me. I try to make sure that everything we use around our place is as safe as possible…especially for Daisy who has allergies and is really sensitive. If I’m going to use something to clean the tub, I want to know it’s not going to harm her already sensitive skin!

If you want to spend less time cleaning and more time playing with your pet and family, be sure to try CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner. You’ll also want to follow @CLRCleaners on Twitter for cleaning tips, deals and great offers!

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Fun and Tasty Bugsy’s Box – New Mystery Box Subscription for Dogs!

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There’s a new monthly box subscription service for dogs called Bugsy’s Box and Daisy had the chance to check it out! If you aren’t already familiar with box subscriptions, you do NOT know what you are missing! There are all kinds of box subscription services these days with themes ranging from beauty items, to healthy snacks for people, to ones like Bugsy’s Box with fun stuff for dogs.

Each Bugsy’s Box includes 5 to 7 items with a variety of hand-selected dog treats, toys, grooming items and more surprises such as coupons and other random bonus inclusions. Different items are chosen for each month.

The idea is to let pet parents spoil our dogs with exclusive and high quality specialty items that are different from what you find in stores, at less than retail cost. You save time and money, and get to try stuff you wouldn’t normally know about…that’s really the best part about all the mystery box services we’ve tried – discovering so much cool new stuff!

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And speaking of cool new stuff, the box we received had LOTS! We LOVE the Viva La Dog Spa Facial Wipes, made from cotton just like at the spa, with chamomile, rosemary, raspberry and sage. So luxurious! And there were also so special Halloween-themed treats in SPOOKtacular scary shapes, from Barkaroo Bakery, and fancy Spoil Me Rotten hand-crafted, organic gourmet biscuits that smell and taste just like a fruit smoothie!

We were also super excited to receive a few items from Warren London, a brand we recognize but haven’t had the chance to try yet. I’m looking forward to using the Fizz Tablet in Daisy’s bath soon and giving her a PAWdicure!

Petlou Monkey Stick

No box subscription for dogs would be complete without including a fabulous toy and Daisy was not disappointed! She spotted the Pelou Monkey Stick as soon as we opened the box and could not keep her paws off it! She seriously does not want to let go of it and loves the crinkle noises and squeaky sounds it makes as well as how soft it is. I even caught her “talking” to her new monkey pal with the funniest hound dog noises I’ve ever heard her make! It does have stuffing in it so we have to be careful not to let her rip it open, which she is prone to do…it’s a good idea to supervise your dog with toys if they are hard on them. Both for safety and to make toys last longer!

If you’d like to order a Bugsy’s Box for your own pup or set up a gift order for that special furry friend, there are 3 different subscription options. You can select the monthly option at $29, the 3-month plan for $63, or the best value: the 6-month plan for $102 (42% OFF).

As a special discount for our readers and pals, Bugsy is  offering 10% OFF your first month of the Bugsy’s Box Monthly Plan. Just make sure to use Bugsy’s Box Promo Code WOOFWOOFMAMA when you order! Visit bugsysbox.com for more info and to start your order!