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.

Peaches and Petals is a monthly subscription service that delivers beauty/lifestyle boxes each month right to your door. Subscriptions are only $19.99 a month with free shipping! The theme of the May box was “Vacation All I Ever Wanted”.

It was filled with items perfect for summer relaxation.

This pretty She Believed She Could So She Did magnetic board ($18) from Umbra is 15″x15 1/2″ and comes with six round magnets. It would be great for posting your goals or pictures of summer adventures.

This Spungee Neck Support Travel Pillow ($11.45) is super soft and conforms to your neck.  I envision using it while lounging by the pool or during roadtrips.  It’s very lightweight and the fabric is nice and soft.

I am a candle fanatic so I was excited to find this Sara Beth wooden wick’d candle in Seaside ($14), in the May box.  Not only does it smell amazing, it also features a wick that crackels when lit.  It’s so soothing and makes me think of a crackling campfire.

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I also received 2 packs of gud Natural Cleansing Wipes from Burt’s Bees ($4.99 each).  The Pearanormal Activity, pear and aca berry smelled really good but the Red Ruby Groovy, grapefruit and thyme smelled amazing!  They provide a quick and easy way to freshen up after a workout or time outdoors.

Lastly, we have this hope-to-go Travel kit from Soapbox ($7.99).  This kit includes four of Soapbox’s best selling restorative Argan products, including shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion.  It’s perfect for those weekend getaways but the best part of this kit is that it gives back.  For every travel kit purchased, Soapboa donates a month of clean water to a community in need.  How awesome is that?!

I was really happy with everything in the May box.  I’m especially excited about the pillow and the candle.  The total value of the box was approximately $61.42 so it was a great deal considering a subscription is $20 a month.  If you’d like to sign up, just visit PeachesandPetals.com and use the coupon code PEACH10% to save 10% off 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.

I’m excited to share the contents of the April Pet Treater box with you today!  Each box is customized for your dog and even includes a personalized letter. The theme of the February Pet Treater box was “Spring into Action”.

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Pet Treater lets you customize the box for your dog.  Zoe is, to the best guess of our vet, a corgi/lab mix so we receive boxes for a medium size dog.   To say she loves toys is an understatement.  That was evident as I started to unpack the box.  The minute she heard this Alligator toy from Petlou squeak, she came running and tried to grab it off the table!

She was equally excited about this Badger toy, also from Petlou.  It makes two different sounds by squeezing either the belly or tail.

Zoe is rough on her toys and so far, these are holding up!

Next, we unpacked the treats.  These are my daughter’s favorites.  She loves spoiling Zoe.

These Pawmegranate Lamb Strips are made with real lamb and beef, pomegranates, cranberries, and blueberries and are free of grains, gluten, wheat, corn, and soy. Zoe loved them.

The kids love teaching Zoe tricks so these Savory Chciken Flavor Training Treats by Exclusively Dog are perfect.

They are made in the USA, Made in the U.S.A of natural ingredients, contain real chicken and are wheat, corn & soy free.

Rounding out the treat department was this cute bunny Three Cheese Pleaser dog biscuit from Emmy’s Treats.

Many of the Pet Treater boxes we’ve received have contained a treat from Emmy’s Treats and Zoe has loved them all.  I like that I recognize and can pronounce every ingredient!  I also like that Pet Treater is helping to support a small business.

The April box also contained these cute From Frank:  Desk Notes.

I find myself scrambling for a piece of paper all the time so these will definitely come in handy.

Last but not least, I received these fun metal, dog shaped bookends.

The boys love to read and have a ton of books.  Hopefully, these will help keep some of those books organized!

Value Breakdown:

  • Alligator Toy- $11.99
  • Badger Toy- $12.99
  • Pawmegranate Treats- $7.99
  • Savory Chicken Treats- $6.23
  • Bunny Cookie Treat- $1.35
  • Desk Notes- $7.94
  • Bookends- $9.99

That gives this box an estimated value of $58.48.  A month to month auto shipment is only $24.99 so that’s a huge savings!  To get more info or sign up for a subscription, head over to PetTreater.com. Make sure to use the code 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

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 have done a lot of my Christmas shopping online this year so we frequently find packages on the porch.  Thankfully, one of those packages was my December Peaches & Petals box.  In the midst of the craziness, it was fun to stop and see what goodies I received this month!

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The theme for this month is “Jingle and Mingle”.

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This Keep Calm and Color On daily calendar is a fun way to keep track of the date.  It will make a great gift for my friend that loves to doodle and color.

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These pretty earrings were my “surprise item” this month.  They’re really cute and will add some sparkle to a solid black sweater.

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I love trying new lip colors so I was excited about this Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain.  The color is “Lucky” which is a nice neutral mauve. It goes on smoothly and feels good on my lips.

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I also received this fun wine bottle ugly Christmas sweater and hat topper.  It would be really cute on a bottle of wine you are gifting to someone.

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I always have candles going at home and really want my house to smell good,  Our two teen boys’ bedroom is in the basement so it definitely needs help!  This wax free fragrance warmer from Westinghouse is perfect for the teen stinkiness. The warmer came with a vanilla fragrance disc and I also received two sun-dried linen refills.  I plugged the warmer in and started smelling it almost immediately.  It filled the whole room with a nice vanilla scent.

Here’s the breakdown:

Calendar- $7.31

Earrings- $6

Lip Stain- $24

Wine Bottle Sweater- $6

Warmer- $14.99

2 Warmer refills- $8

Total: $66.30

This was definitely one of the more high value boxes!   Peaches and Petals subscriptions are only $19.99 a month with free shipping! There are currently two coupon codes available for first time subscribers. The first is PEACH10%. This code saves you 10% on your first order. The second code is PEACH-COLOR which gets new subscribers a Serenity adult coloring book, sharpener and pencils.

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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: A product in this post was sent to me free of charge.  All opinions are my own.  This post contains an affiliate link.

Working outside in the winter is brutal. As a mailman, I used to spend up to 10 hours a day — into the dark — trudging through snow and slush. I might also have to deal with wind and rain in the same day. The problem isn’t just about staying dry and warm; it’s about staying cool enough that you don’t get drenched in sweat. Because that is what does-you-in mentally. Once you are both sweaty and cold, there doesn’t seem to be any getting back to normal that day and all you can seem to think about is sitting back in a spa and soaking in some 120-degree-plus water.

The heavy-weight Refrigiwear fleece

There’s a Norwegian saying, “there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.”

 

 

I don’t spend as much time outside now, thank goodness. I do plan to to start run this winter, which means being outside in the rain and snow and wind and general miserableness. I don’t feel like shelling out the major cash that I would spend on most name-brand running clothing. I grudgingly pay the price for Brooks Adrenalines. I’m not spending $100 on a jacket that I’m probably stripping off and tying around my waist after ten minutes, anyway. Athletic clothing has come a long way since my teen years when I ran through Southwestern Michigan’s winters wearing cotton sweatshirts and sweatpants from Max-10. Yes, I’ve always been cheap. Back then, I wore a layer of Vaseline on my lips. That was before you could find good balaclavas. This winter, I’m prepared with Refrigiwear fleece.

Refigiwear doesn’t make running clothes. They make working clothes. The guys out working on roads when it’s 30 degrees? They may be wearing Refigiwear clothes to keep them warm. Some of their stuff is the neon green seen on road workers and has the reflective cloth that has to have saved some lives. When you are buying work wear instead of athletic wear, you get the same level of insulation and similar wicking fabric. That means the clothes are heavier — some would be too clunky even for trail running. Carhartt clothing is great for hunting and chopping wood, but it would be a little hard to run in a pair of their overalls. I’ve tried skiing in them before and I thought I’d die from heat exhaustion and from carrying the extra weight of all that denim.

There are some advantages of winter work wear over the soft-as-bunny’s-bottom insulation layers that athletic companies use.

 

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Durability

The Refrigiwear’s heavy-weight fleece doesn’t have the loft of most 200-weight fleece, but they say it has the same heat retention as 300-weight. The more compact (weave if it were made of a thread-based fabric) is less susceptible to wear because it’s more condensed.

The sizing of most work wear seems to be a bit broader than you might be used to with general clothing.  While I’m a large in many shirts and coats, I need an extra-large in coats designed for athletic wear. When I got an extra-large heavy-weight Refrigiwear fleece, however; it had about six extra inches across the chest. I called and, within a day, had a return label in order to exchange for a large.

Price

My Refrigiwear fleece cost about half of what a North Face 300-weight fleece would cost. Granted, the North Face is fashionable right now (at least I think it is. I’m not the guy to go to about fashion, obviously). Until Refrigiwear’s little logo — a dog inside a triangle — is caught on the nape of some Hollywood star’s neck, you won’t turn too many heads with their products. Having said that, I’m in negotiations with my wife to buy one of their rain coats which do look pretty cool (to me).

Fortunately, it’s easier to outfit my daughter at Goodwill. While it is hard to find men’s outerwear at thrift shops that is both clean and rip-free, my little girl can still find some nice running clothes that look like they were never worn.

Now that we’re outfitted comes the hard part… getting off this couch.

 

Cliff: An accomplished author, in that I drink a lot of coffee, look at obscure websites, own a copy of Microsoft Word and know what an Oxford comma is. Hobbies include mocking Ab Lounger ads on Craigslist and napping. Former Marine, mail carrier and dental chair technician, now I spend my days trying to live up to my wife and dog\'s expectations of me and show my kids how to live life well.

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.

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I recently received the September Pet Treater box and I’m excited to share it with you!  The theme of this month’s box is, “Ain’t Nothin but a Hound Dog”.  I’m a big fan of Elvis so it was right up my alley!

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As always, our box contained a letter addressed to our dog, Lucy.  It talked about the theme for the month and was “signed”, Elvis, who happens to be a Pet Treater customer.

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The first item we noticed was the toy peanut butter and banana sandwich.

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It’s well know that Elvis loved PB & banana sandwiches so I thought this was really cute! It’s two pieces that velcro together.

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Our dogs loved it and even played tug of war with it.

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The kids love giving the dogs treats so they are always excited to see what yummy surprises come in the monthly boxes. The first item was a fun guitar cookie treat.

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This goes perfectly with the Elvis theme!

We also received the Romp ‘n Chomp with treat refills.

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We’ve used these before and the dogs love them.  It gives them something to do and they get a sweet treat as well.

At first glance, the Cheesecake Mix for dogs and the S’mores Flavor Sandwich Cookies look like they are for us humans.  It took some convincing with the kids for them not to eat them!

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My 13-year old love to cook so he was excited about this Cheesecake Mix.  It was really easy to make and requires no baking.

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Lucy and Zoe loved it!  Here they are watching my son make it and then waiting for their slices.

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The last doggie item was this Furimals Warming and Cooling Pet Mat.

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The insert can be put in the microwave  for heat or the freezer for cooling.  We got several below zero days last winter so this will be really nice to put in the dogs’ beds when the cold temps set in.  The outer shell is super soft and I can even see us using it for ourselves as well!

Every Pet Treater box contains a “human treat”.  This month it was this Elvis Lives, Love Me Tender candle.  Anyone who knows me, knows I love candles.  I even make wax melts myself so I was thrilled with this great smelling candle!

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So here’s the breakdown (all prices taken from Amazon):

Toy Sandwich: $13.03

Guitar Treat: $2.49 for similar one

Heating and Cooling Pad: $15.99

Romp’n Chomp: $6.62

Romp’n Chomp Refill: $7

Cheesecake Mix: $7.99

S’mores Sandwich Cookies: $4.85

Elvis Candle: $9.50

Total: $67.47!!

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 few available coupon codes right now.

LOVE-PT5 gets you $5 off your first box

FREE-PTBED gets you a free pet bed with your first box

PT-ICECREAM (while supplies last) to receive a free ice cream treat with your first box

These codes are only valid on 3, 6, and 12 month plans. They are not stackable and you must choose one or the other. Make sure to connect with Pet Treater on Facebook and Twitter to see deals and special offers!

 

 

 

 

 

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