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.

New Thinksport 17oz Insulated Sports Bottle Fits All Car Cupholders!

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Long-time readers may recall that a while back, I told you about the most amazing super insulated water bottle I’d discovered thanks to ThinkSport. I’ve been such a fan that I’ve raved about it to friends and neighbors and even giving them as gifts! I always thought it was just the most perfect water bottle, being free of BPA, lead and all other toxic chemicals and so great for both hot and cold drinks. It never sweats and even has a mesh filter to keep the loose tea and ice cubes in the bottle when you drink or pour from it.

There was just one tiny thing that bugged me and that was that I’ve got a really tiny cup holder in my car and it didn’t fit. I always take water for Daisy & me when we are on the go, and had gotten used to our big 25oz water bottle rolling around on the passenger side floor, or wedging it between the passenger seat and door, but I really did the happy dance last week when I noticed that ThinkSport now makes the same bottle in a new 17oz size that is designed to fit all car cupholders!

Daisy with my thinksport purple water bottle

Of course I had to get one ASAP and it arrived really quickly so I can already tell you all about it! We got metallic purple because Daisy and I just LOVE anything purple, but it also is available in silver, metallic green and metallic blue.

If you missed the details in our previous review, here’s why we think it’s so great:

  • Double-walled and vacuum-sealed stainless steel – keeps contents hot or cold for hours
  • Does not sweat (for cold contents) or burn your hand (for hot contents)
  • Shape makes the bottle easy to hold and cooler-looking than straight-walled bottles
  • Removable mesh filter keeps ice from blocking the drinking spout
  • Convenient for brewing tea on the go
  • Rigorous chemical and biologic testing to insure products do not contain toxic chemicals

new sports bottle

I know we’ll still enjoy using the 25oz bottle when we go to the beach or park for the day with Woof Woof Papa, since it really does keep cold drinks cold for hours! But I’m so happy to have a smaller version that fits more easily in my bag and cupholder when Daisy and I are out and about for our walks or errands. Be sure to check out ThinkSport to get your own insulated sports bottle, safer sunscreen, natural shampoo & conditioner plus products for baby, yoga gear and more!

FREE Year of Credit Monitoring & Identity Theft Protection for Target Customers

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free credit protection

Target is offering to provide a FREE year of credit monitoring for all their guests who shopped at their stores during the time period of the recently publicized data breach. If you shopped at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 2013, you should keep a close eye for any suspicious or unusual activity on any credit or debit card accounts that you used while shopping during that time. In addition to keeping an eye on your credit card and bank statements, you can sign up for to claim your FREE Experian ProtectMyID credit monitoring service. This is usually something you have to pay for, but Target has arranged to cover the cost for everyone and you’ll be given a special activation code so you do NOT need to provide your credit card number to take advantage.

It includes daily credit monitoring, identity theft insurance (except where prohibited by law), and access to personalized assistance from a highly trained Fraud Resolution Agent. Access to the Fraud Resolution Agent will continue even after other benefits of the initial one-year ProtectMyID membership expire. After 12 months, those who register have the option to continue their memberships at their own expense.

Learn more about how to enroll and get started here.

A few important things to know: 

  • Be wary of calls or email scams that may appear to offer protection but are really trying to get personal information from you. Please navigate directly to websites rather than clicking on links within emails.
  • Guests have until April 23, 2014 to sign up to receive an activation code. Activation codes must be redeemed by April 30, 2014.

Hang Plants Like Wall Art: Stylish and Pet-Friendly DIY Home Decor Idea

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Make Plant Wall Art

I just spotted this super gorgeous Living Wall Planter kit and had to share it with you. I’m in love with it because it’s not only creative, and really cool, but it’s also a great way to keep certain plants out of the reach of pets.

We don’t have a yard so I love having living plants, flowers and greenery around on the window sills and balcony, but sometimes I’ve had to pass on certain plants I’d love to grow, because they could be poisonous if Daisy got curious and started munching on them. Here’s a list of plants that are poisonous to pets that the ASPCA pet poison control center has put together.

In the past, I’ve bookmarked several DIY Vertical Wall Planter projects, including this one from Home Depot, but never found the time to get all the supplies together and make one.

These DIY planter kits come complete with a moisture mat that distributes water evenly, planter hardware  and even includes a frame to complete the look. You just mount the included bracket on a secure vertical surface, fill the tray with plants and hang—SUPER easy!

Water enters through the top chamber and spreads evenly across the moisture mat, so the plant is hydrated without getting soaked.  Full kits with everything you need are on sale here right now for $59 OFF.

If you miss the sale, or want to make a true DIY project out of it, you can buy just the planter portion of the kit for $29 and then design or re-purpose your own frame or holder.