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Our kids love listening to music, audio books and radio broadcasts.  The issue has been streaming them into their rooms.  Typically we have had to take in a computer.  No biggie for the girls, but we don’t trust the boys not to use a computer to perfect their ninja moves. LOL! Thankfully, Best Buy just sent us Google Chromecast Audio!

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The Chromecast Audio, is an easy-to-set up and easy-to-use Google device. It’s drawback is the same since the stone age of computers, 1995 — compatibility.
It took less than five minutes to plug the votive-sized puck into a computer speaker in our boy’s room. Our intent, was to be able to stream music and stories into their room at night for them to listen to as they go to sleep.
This is our second Chrome device — fourth if you count Chromebooks. We’ve had an HP Chromebook since 2014 that works as well now as the day we bought it. It took some time getting used to it’s complete dependence on wifi, but it’s got an enviable battery life and it stands up to kid use. We got a ChromeCast for a second tv. I bought it the day after Christmas after the grandparents bought a flatscreen tv for our kids. We’re pretty much an Apple family but we have been bothered that we can’t get Amazon Prime shows on our Apple TV, so Chromecast seemed like an excellent option. No podcasts on it. There’s other apps that have some stories, but you need to buy the premium app to cast it. Overdrive — the app used by our library system for audio books, doesn’t cast from iPhones without some workarounds listed on several sites that come up under a perfunctory Google search. Tunein Radio, a free app with a premium option, seems to be a great source. We were able to stream Adventures in Odyssey — one of the boys’ favorites, from the radio station here.

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Now that we have some compatible apps, we are loving this!

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It sits nicely on the boys little bookshelf in their room and it’s so sweet to see them sitting there and listening to stories with their Chromecast Audio.  Another bonus to this system is that you can stream to multiple rooms!

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It uses wi-fi and has a crystal clear sound with no delays and skips.  There are hundreds of compatible apps available, so take your time and find out which work best for you and your family!  You can learn more about this over at Best Buy.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample from Frolicat for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

We have three cats.  Daisy is 13 and prefers to spend her days laying in the sun.  Polly (2) and Maxin (8 months), on the other hand, love to play!  They chase each other around the house and have woken us up more than once wrestling around.  The kids love to bring out a laser pointer and let the cats chase it around the floor.  The cats also enjoy chasing socks and other items that the kids drag across the floor.  Frolicat has taken these fun activities to the next level with their Multi Laser Toy and Fox Den.

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The Multi Laser Toy has two lasers that spin around the room in fun patterns.  Maxin was immediately interested.  He chased the lasers all over!

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It took Polly a few minutes to warm up to it but once she did, she was running in circles trying to catch that red light!

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The Fox Den was a hit as well.  It has a fuzzy fox tail that pops out, shakes and then hides again.

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It has two different modes.  The first is one time play.  With that, the toy will come on for 10 minutes and then automatically shut off.  The second is All Day Play.  When in this mode, the toy will come on for 10 minutes and then rest for 2 hours. It will repeat this action three times for a total of 6 1/2 hours. But what I really like is that during the rest sessions, the motion sensor stays on.  So when the cat comes within 3-4 feet in front of the toy,  it will come on for two minutes. Once the cat walks away, the toy will rest again within 2 minutes.  This feature is great for keeping cats occupied while you’re away.

Polly and Maxin had a lot of fun with these toys and the kids got a kick out of watching them play!  Both of them are great for keeping your cat/s busy and engaged both with you there and when you’re away. The Fox Den and Multi Laser Toy retail for $19.99 a piece and can be found in many retail stores, like Bed Bath and Beyond.

 

 

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample from Peaches and Petals for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post contains affiliate links.

I really look forward to receiving my month Peaches and Petals box.  It’s fun to get a box full of surprise goodies delivered right to my door.  This month the theme of the box was “Made with Love”.

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The first thing I noticed was the Wilton Heart Pops Cookie Pan.

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My kids love to help me cook and bake so they were really excited about this.  We plan on making cookie pops this weekend.

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This Look Good Feel Good book is filled with ways to re-fresh, de-stress, energize, and indulge yourself.

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Life has been pretty crazy lately so I really appreciated these tips.

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I LOVE pizza so my hubby thought these ceramic coasters were perfect for me 🙂

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When things get crazy, I love to try and escape to a nice relaxing bath.  This Come Hither Bath Bauble by Slightly Melted smells divine and will be perfect for a calming soak in the tub.

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I have never seen this Sprigs hotcollar before.  It provides warmth without the bulk of a scarf.  It just tucks down inside your coat and has a zipper to adjust it to your liking.

Here’s the value breakdown:

  • Bath Bomb- $3.99
  • Sprigs Hot Collars- $24.00
  • Wilton Heart Pops Cookie Pan- $10.49
  • Look Good, Feel Good: 206 Beauty and Fitness Secrets- $25
  • Coasters- $4

Total- $67.48

Great deal! Peaches and Petals boxes are filled with beauty/lifestyle products and subscriptions are only $19.99 a month with free shipping! Head over to PeachesandPetals.com and use coupon code PEACH10% to save 10% on your first order.

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample from Pet Treater for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post contains affiliate links.

My daughter was super excited to find our February Pet Treater box on the porch last week.  She absolutely loves giving our Zoe new toys and treats.   Each box is customized for your dog and even includes a personalized letter.  The theme of the February Pet Treater box was “All you need is Love…and a dog”.

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In addition to talking about the theme for the month, the letter also reminded me that for every Pet Treater box purchased, a bed, treat, toy or blanket is donated to a local shelter cat or dog.  All of our pets are shelter animals so I love this fact!

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This bandanna is perfect for Zoe.  She loves giving kisses!  She also loves to hang out on the couch and leaves quite a bit of hair behind.  So the Furminator Hair Collector Roller will definitely come in handy!

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The “How Smart is Your Dog?” book is really neat!  It includes many different activities/tests to do with your dog to determine their intelligence. Mt kids plan to do them all with Zoe this weekend but I did a couple with her myself.  She scored middle of the road on one and on the high end on the other.  We’ll see how she does with the rest of them!

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I think Zoe’s favorite part of the box is the treats!  This month we received Dentley’s Dried Lamb Lung Cubes, Dakota Treats Bully Sticks and a heart shaped Carob Peanut Butter Crunch cookie from Emmy’s Gourmet Canine Creations.

The Dentley’s are made from slow roasted natural flavored lamb lung.  Zoe loved them! The Bully Sticks have no artificial colors, flavors, artificial preservatives, and are made in the USA.  Zoe is a BIG chewer and she enjoyed these.  However, they were gone quickly.  My daughter thought the heart cookie was so cute and Zoe thought it was delicious!

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Zoe is still under a year old and has a lot of puppy energy.  She could play for hours!  She really likes squeaky toys so the Grriggles Fox Toy was a hit.

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As I mentioned, Zoe is a very strong chewer.  A lot of toys don’t hold up that well with her.  The ASPC rope toy is pretty sturdy and has held up to her chewing and tug of war playing great!  She wore herself out playing with both toys this morning.

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Every Pet Treater box includes a treat for the human.  This month it was a pair of Adirondack socks.

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The package says they are size 10-13 so are men’s socks.  I wear a size 10 so while they are a little big on me, hubby and I both wear them.  They are really soft and warm.

So here’s the value breakdown:

  • bandanna- $1
  • Grriggles toy fox- $12.80
  • Rope toy- $7.99
  • Dentley’s- $6.99
  • Bully Sticks- $6.73
  • Furminator hair roller- $4.99
  • How Smart is Your Dog book- $9.99
  • Socks- $4.99

Total: $55.48

A month to month auto shipment is only $24.99 so that’s a huge savings! If you go with a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription, it’s even cheaper ($19.99 for the 12 month!). Boxes are customized for small, medium, or large dogs.  To get more info or sign up for a subscription, head over to PetTreater.com. Here’s a great coupon code to use when you sign up!

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You can also use coupon code LOVE-PT5 to save $5.00 off your first box.

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample from Pet Treater for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post contains affiliate links.

Pet Treater is a monthly subscription service just for dogs, that allows people to pamper their dogs with some cool goodies! Each box is customized for your dog and is filled with wholesome treats, toys, and accessories.
The theme of the January Pet Treater box was “Cheers to another “Dog” gone year!” and as always, it included a note for our Zoe.

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We received two bags of treats.

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The To Doggy with Love Chicken Meatball treats are all natural and grain free.   They contain human grade foods and are made in the USA.

The Smart n’ Tasty Little Duckies  treats are made with duck and sweet potato and are grain, soy and dairy free.

Zoe loved both of them!

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Little Miss was excited about the toys we received.

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The Grriggles Darling Dragon Dog Squeaker Toy was a huge hit!

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Zoe loves squeaky toys so I wasn’t surprised.  Unfortunately, Zoe is a HUGE chewer so the poor dragon only lasted a few days 🙁  They Unstuffies Mouse Toy is still going strong though!  It has a squeaker at both ends, which Zoe loves!

We received two grooming products.  The first was the Shedmonster Undercoat Rake.

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Zoe goes through phases of heavy shedding so this will really come in handy.

I was excited about the Pet Carpet Wipes.

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Zoe has gotten much better with house training but still has the occasional accident.  She is also a nervous pee’er.  I like that these pre-moistened wipes will quickly and easily clean up little messes.  They use enzyme action to maximize stain and odor elimination.

Last but not least, we received a pack of PEZ soft candy chews as our “human treat”.

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My kids loved them!

Here’s the breakdown (all prices from Amazon):

  • To Doggie With Love Treats- $12.99
  •  Smart n’ Tasty Little Duckies with Sweet Potato Grain Free Dog Treats- $6.99
  • Grriggles Darling Dragon Dog Toy- $17.95
  • Zanies Barnyard Unstuffies Mouse Pet Toy- $7.53
  • Oster Animal Care ShedMonster Undercoat Rake, Large Dogs- $5.99
  • Fresh Solutions Wipes Pet Formula- $6.49
  • PEZ Hedz Bearz Candy Chew- $1.49

Total: $59.43

A month to month auto shipment is only $24.99 so that’s a huge savings! If you go with a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription, it’s even cheaper ($19.99 for the 12 month!). To get more info or sign up for a subscription, head over to PetTreater.com. There are a couple of available coupon codes right now.

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Or you can use FREE-PTBED to get a free pet bed with either the 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

 

 

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda