How to Make Cake Toppers That Look Like Your Dog + KitchenAid Giveaway

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Dog lovers, are you planning to stay in this weekend and cuddle with the fur kids instead of braving the post-Thanksgiving store sales and crowds? We are too!

I was searching for a new dog-related DIY project I could start this weekend and found this super cute Dog Cake Toppers Lesson on Craftsy.

Bring your furry friends to life as adorable canine cake toppers!

Whether they’re posing for a treat or adorning a cake, dogs bring a smile and sense of joy that’s always worth celebrating. Join the award-winning “Cake Dutchess” and learn to make edible canine cake toppers along with some fun accessories such as bones, bandanas and more. Using basic shapes and easy-to-follow techniques, you’ll be able to recreate your favorite doggos for any occasion.

Online Class Includes:

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list and design templates
  • Detailed instruction, explanation and demonstration
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom
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I’ve done Craftsy’s online knitting classes before, and know how fun and easy to use their online craft classes are, so I’m excited about this new one. Every class comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there is nothing to lose. In addition to a great weekend activity with kids, this craft lesson would also make a great gift for your favorite crafty dog lover.

When you buy the course here for $9.99 you own it forever and can access it on any computer, tablet or smartphone with internet. You also get a FREE month of access to unlimited online classes from the whole library with categories including online photography lessons, paper craft classes, jewelry making, plus lots more great DIY projects.

Visit their website here to check it all out.

Now that you are on your way to making adorable cake toppers, be sure to enter our latest giveaway for the chance to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Quality kitchen tools and appliances make all the difference and this one is at the top of every baker’s holiday wish list!

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Giveaway

Use the Rafflecopter contest widget below to enter. Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 12/4/18 at 11:59pm ET. Winner outside of the United States will receive the cash equivalent of $250 via Paypal. Model and color may vary. Good Luck everybody!
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Free Craftsy Unlimited + $100 OFF Craft Supplies

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Craft and DIY lovers, be sure to take advantage of the Craftsy Mother’s Day Free Weekend Watchathon now through 5/13!

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How To Borrow Free Library Books On Your Kindle, iPad or Other Device

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I love a trip to the public library and try to go a few times a month but I’ve also started borrowing library books from home and reading them on my iPad with the Amazon Kindle app. It’s totally free and very easy, so I thought I’d let you know about it.

This is especially handy for anyone too busy to make it to the library because of your work or family schedule, and those of you up north who might be preparing for the big storm and want to stock up on some reading materials. It’s also great if you are travelling for work or vacation and want to borrow a book on the go! All you need is a tablet, Kindle, PC, iPad, Smartphone or any other device using the free Kindle Reading App.

Public Library Books for Kindle and Other Devices

11,000+ libraries in the United States offer Public Library Books for Kindle, which allows you to check out eBooks through the website of your local library, and have them sent directly to your Kindle device or reading apps where they will be available for a specified period of time like a regular library book. Public Library Books for Kindle provide the same features as Kindle books, including Whispersync, which synchronizes notes, highlights, last page read, page numbers and more across your account.

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Getting Started Using Public Library Books for Kindle

The first thing you need is a library card or account number. I hope everyone already has a library card! In addition to being able to borrow every type of book from best seller to dog training manuals to  cookbook, the public library is also a great source of free materials including, music CD’s, movies on DVD, kid’s books, career resources and FREE internet access when you need it. OK, assuming you have a library card, here’s what you need to get started:

Visit the OverDrive website at or the website of your local library to confirm whether your branch is eligible and carries eBooks.

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How to Get Free Shipping On Just About Anything at Amazon!

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Amazon Free Shipping

Amazon has some of the lowest prices around on pet supplies and all kinds of other things like books, music, jewelry, and even grocery and cleaning items. There’s also the extra saving of not being charged for Sales Tax and not spending money on gas when you shop at Amazon, but if you don’t know the secret to getting free shipping, the extra costs for delivery can eat in to your savings pretty quickly. Here’s an easy rundown on how to get FREE Shipping from Amazon:

Taking Advantage of FREE Super Saver Shipping:

The majority of items sold and fulfilled by Amazon are eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping with a minimum order of $25+. The item will be clearly designated as “eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping” next to the price. Select Free Super Saver Shipping when you check out and your order will be delivered within 5-8 business days.

It’s best to wait until you need a couple of items if you want to get Free Super Saver Shipping but sometimes you’ll find a great deal on something that you don’t want to miss out on, but that isn’t quite $25. Smart savers know about something called “filler-items” which are very inexpensive items you can add to your cart to bring it up to just the amount needed to reach Free Shipping. You can view my recent post on some cheap pet items for under $5 that are perfect as filler items!

Amazon Prime 2-Day Shipping:

Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives you and your family unlimited FREE Two-Day shipping for an annual flat rate of $79 per year. With Amazon Prime, there is NO Minimum Purchase required, so if you find a deal on an item you need, you can have it in your hands in 2 Days without paying for shipping – even if that item sells for $3. You also get unlimited FREE access to a large library streaming movies and tv shows, as well as thousands of online books to borrow and read for FREE from the Kindle Lending Library (no Kindle device required, you can read them on your computer or other devices). If you do a lot of online shopping, you know that Amazon often beats all other prices, so the $79 annual fee usually pays for itself fairly quickly. You’ll also save on gas by not running around to pick up just one thing when you know you can order it with free shipping at Amazon and have it in two days (or Next Day in a pinch if you pay just $3.99)

There are also a few ways to get FREE 2-Day Amazon Prime Shipping:

  • Amazon Prime Shipping 30 Day FREE Trial Membership: If you haven’t been an Amazon Prime member in the last 13 months, you can sign up for a no-obligation, free trial membership here. Just cancel before the trial is up if you decide you don’t want to continue with the annual $79 fee.
  • FREE Amazon Mom Shipping: Amazon Mom is a free membership program created especially for parents and caretakers of small children. Amazon Mom members receive benefits such as three months of FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime (with the potential to earn up to one year total of free Amazon Prime shipping benefits), 20% off diapers and wipes which are auto-delivered to your doorstep with Subscribe & Save and other promotions geared toward parents. Learn more about Amazon Mom Free 2-Day Shipping Membership here.
  • FREE Amazon Student Shipping: Similar to the Amazon Mom memberships, Amazon Student is a free membership program created especially for college students. Amazon Student members receive  six months of FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime and then are eligible to continue for just $39 per year after that! Get all the details about how to qualify for Free Amazon Student Shipping membership here.