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.

Celebrating the Life-Changing Work of Guide Dogs for the Blind #GuideDogMonth @NaturalBalance

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As regular readers probably know, Daisy is a brand ambassador for Natural Balance Pet Foods and they are a big sponsor of our blog. We’re super excited to partner with Natural Balance to help raise awareness and support during National Guide Dog Month.

Guide Dog Month was inspired by Natural Balance co-founder, Dick Van Patten, who was impressed by the intelligence and training of guide dogs. During a visit to a local guide dog school, he was blindfolded and experienced how guide dogs provide mobility and assistance to visually impaired and blind people. After learning about the costs, dedication and commitment to raise and train a guide dog, he was inspired to help raise awareness and support the cause.

I’ve known from early on that Daisy and I have a close bond, but we are truly inspired by the amazing bond between people who are blind and their guide dogs. In addition to providing enhanced mobility for their handlers, guide dogs can also be a social bridge, opening a world of possibilities for friendship and human connection.

Meet Michelle and Oscar. They are just one of the many human-canine teams with inspiring and life-changing stories!

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Born with glaucoma, Michelle spent a big part of her young life unable to navigate the world around her. Later, when Michelle became more mobile, it came with its fair share of bumps and bruises. Lacking depth perception, she lived in a constant state of discomfort and found it increasingly difficult to get around.

Around the same time that she started her undergraduate degree in psychology, Michelle made the split second decision to apply for Guide Dogs for the Blind program, and she has never looked back. From the get go, Michelle knew that the program had done a marvelous job in matching her with her beautiful golden guide dog Oscar—they immediately fell into step with each other, and within two months knew they had a lifelong partnership.

Even more surprising was the sheer number of people who approached Michelle on the first day of the new semester. The questions on everyone’s lips were: “Who is your furry friend?”, “Where can I get one?”, and of course “Can I pet him?” With this positive attention, the pair was able to walk with confidence everyday—whether it be on a small grocery shopping trip or a longer trip to visit Michelle’s sister in Los Angeles. Together, the two tackle intense psychology and jiu jitsu classes, but always leave room for playtime. Michelle and Oscar are primed to tackle deadlines and take the mental health field by storm.

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Natural Balance is partnering with Guide Dogs for the Blind to help support the work they do. Since 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind has empowered lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities. They’ve got the largest Guide Dog school in the country and are dedicated to providing high quality student training services with extensive follow-up support for graduates.

  • Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them.
  • More than 14,000 teams have graduated since their founding.
  • Approximately 2,200 active guide dog teams are currently in the field.

YOU can help support the life-changing mission of Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2 easy steps:

  1. Help raise awareness by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter and/or Pinterest
  2. Donate to Guide Dogs for the Blind

Meet other amazing human-canine teams and read their stories at: http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/GuideDogs.

Help Fight Canine Cancer by Sharing a Photo of Your Dog on Social Media #FuelTheCure

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Pet parents and dog lovers, here’s a really cool way to feel good by doing good and it doesn’t cost a thing! Just share a photo of your dogs in action and loving life. For every person who follows @ZukesPets on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, and tags their action-packed dog photo with #FuelTheCure, Zuke’s will donate $5 to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund.

The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCFund) is a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing canine and feline cancer. Six million dogs and a similar number of cats are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. The funds raised from the “Fuel the Love – Fuel the Cure” campaign will be used to provide much-needed financial assistance to pet parents whose dogs and cats are suffering from cancer. It will also help raise awareness about canine and feline cancer.

Want to do even MORE to help? Spread the word by sharing this post with your friends and family and ask them to post their own #FuelTheCure photos as well!

Celebrate Be Kind To Animals Week #BKTA99

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This week is the 99th edition of ‪‎Be Kind to Animals‬ Week and you can join the celebration and help by taking the pledge to stand up for all animals today! After you take the pledge, you can also share one of several cute images to help spread the word.  Visit www.americanhumane.org/bekind to take the pledge and help spread the word about the importance of being kind to animals this week and EVERY week!

More Ways to Celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week:

Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue 

Every year, an estimated 3.7 million animals must be euthanized at our nation’s shelters because they could not be adopted into loving homes. Help animals find a second chance at happiness by adopting your next pet from your local shelter or rescue group. American Humane Association has pet adoption tips to find the animal companion that’s right for you and develop a bond that will last a lifetime.

Take care of your pet

Pets are like children who never grow up. They need you to help keep them healthy and safe throughout their lives. Keep your animal’s vaccinations up-to-date. Make sure he’s wearing proper identification. Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly. Know what it takes to be a responsible pet owner.

Appreciate wildlife

All animals deserve to be treated humanely — family pets and animals in the wild. Create an inviting space in your yard and garden for butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures. If wildlife comes too close to home, look for ways to coexist with animals or to protect your property humanely.

Report animal abuse

Animal cruelty and abuse is not only tragic for animals, but also an indicator that other forms of abuse such as domestic violence could be happening. If you see something that looks suspicious — a dog chained in your neighbor’s yard that looks underfed, a child putting a cat in a box and kicking it around the yard — don’t hesitate. Let someone know.

Vote To Decide Which Local Causes Receive a $25K Neighborhood Assist Grant

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I’m super excited to be participating in this Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for State Farm. I received a promotional item to thank me for helping spread the word about how you can get involved in this fantastic neighborhood initiative.  Read on to learn how to vote for causes YOU care about, so they can receive a $25,000 grant to support the work they do in local communities!

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Communities across the United States and Canada answered the call from State Farm to help create a positive impact in their community and submitted 4,000 causes as part of this year’s State Farm Neighborhood Assist. Now the top 200 causes have been selected and they need you to help vote them into the top 40.

Now through May 16, everyone can vote daily for their favorite cause, or causes, and help bring $25,000 to each of the top 40 vote-getters. It’s super easy: just use the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook app to cast your votes!

You can cast 10 votes per day — use them all on one great cause that’s nearest and dearest to your heart, or divide up your 10 votes among any of the top 40 finalists throughout the United States and Canada. Browse them using the map, or search by interest or type of cause you care about.

Here’s a video about one of the previous winners, Hearing Our Heroes, which is a youth group helping local military veterans in their community. This cause is close to MY heart because my hubby (Woof Woof Papa) is a US Army Veteran. Check it out:

Pretty inspiring, right?!? Well, it’s time to help choose this year’s winners. Head on over to Facebook and vote daily to help decide which 40 groups will each get a $25K grant to support their programs. There are SO many worthwhile causes! I think I’m going to split my votes between the Comanche Animal Shelter Project in Texas and a Childhood Obesity program right here in South Florida.

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