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

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Have you ever stumbled upon an Amazon store and thought that you wanted all their products? The products available from AmaziPro8 are all useful, and they would make my life easier. I love shopping at Amazon because I can get these products shipped in 2 days for FREE with Prime Shipping. Here are just a few of their products that I would love to have but make sure you check out their store because they have many products to pick from!

Personal Items:

Electronics

 

In the Kitchen

As you can see they have products that can help in all areas of our lives!

Lots of great looking items! What interests you the most?

Giveaway Details:

We will have 5 winners! Each winner can pick out any item they want from the AmaziPro8 Shop! It is open to US residents only. Giveaway is live until March 2, 2017, at 1159pm EST. Good Luck!

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: These items were received free of charge but all opinions are always my own.

Looking for some unique Valentine’s Gift Ideas for 2017?  Check out a few of my recommendations below……

Queen of Katwe.

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Disney presents Queen of Katwe, a movie based on a vibrant true story starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. A Ugandan girl’s life changes forever when she discovers she has an amazing talent for chess in this celebration of the human spirit.

Home audiences will cheer for Disney’s Queen of Katwe, which has earned widespread critical acclaim. Based on the vibrant true story of a young girl (Madina Nalwanga) from the streets of Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. It is a remarkable story of perseverance against all odds that will leave viewers feeling humbled and inspired.  According to director Mira Nair, “The triumph of the human spirit is not to weep for what we don’t have but to focus on what we do have and allow that to take us to a place we never imagined possible.”

Definitely a movie for the whole family.  It’s well-done, stars one of my favorites (David Oyelowo) and is so inspirational!

Available on Amazon on Blu-Ray, DVD or as a rental/digital download.

Pinocchio.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection presents a timeless story for a new generation. With his friend Jiminy Cricket by his side, Pinocchio embarks on fantastic adventures that test his bravery, loyalty and honesty in his quest to become a real boy.

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Disney’s timeless tale Pinocchio, considered one of the greatest animated films ever made with two Academy Awards, joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. Now it will delight a whole new generation of dreamers with its masterful animation, unforgettable characters and award-winning music. The movie which inspired the world to wish upon a star, arrives for the first time on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on Jan. 10, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on Jan. 31 with hours of new and classic bonus features.

I grew up with this movie and even directed a kids production of Pinocchio.  I am thrilled that we now own this for our kids!

Available on Amazon Blu-Ray, DVD or as a rental/digital download.

Annie’s

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If you are getting your kids snacks for Valentine’s Day, why not make it snacks you can believe in and they will enjoy?  We LOVE Annie’s products!  Their cereal is awesome, their soups amazing and we love everything in this photo!  The pancake mix makes some great pancakes (or waffles).  The soups are really good and so nice and easy.  Since they come in boxes, our kids are able to easily make this soup on their own.  And who doesn’t love their Cheddar Bunnies?

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You can shop the full line of Annie’s products on their website.

Groggle’s Monster Valentine

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Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfect—it’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world.

Searching in the dark forest, he finds just the right heart-shaped leaves. He collects some bog slime and squirts everything he wants to say in bold, gooey letters. Groggle’s creation looks horribly good. But there’s just one problem—gobble, crunch, crunch, slurp! He has a monster appetite!

Groggle tries again, this time writing poem after poem to make sure he has some extras just in case. He picks skunk flowers, carefully ties on snake bows, and sprinkles shiny beetle glitter. He decorates each card with care. But . . . gobble, crunch, crunch, slurp! Groggle’s monster impulses foil his efforts and he’s run out of time.

Will Groggle ever be able to give his toothsome, stomping, monstrous friend Snarlina a Valentine? Find out in this monster of a tale.

Fans of Rachel Bright’s The Love Monster series will fall in love with Groggle and his Snarlina!

Jack thinks this book is hilarious!

Available for under $8 on Amazon!

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These cute books by Angie Hewitt are Jack’s new favorites.  To be honest, I was a bit surprised.  They are very simple.  But he LOVES tracing the numbers and counting.  In the shapes book, he can trace the shapes and work on his colors.  We read these 4-5 times a day right now!

Colors and Shapes:

Presenting a fun and engaging way to introduce early learning concepts to young children! Kids can use their finger to follow the grooves on each page to learn about basic shapes and colors. Practice tracing squares, circles, triangles, and more, all while learning to identify the color of each shape.

The Little Groovers series is an excellent way for children to:

Develop hand-eye coordination
Encourage motor skills development
Boost learning through interactive play
Colors and Shapes is an engaging and fun-filled way to introduce early concepts to toddlers. Practice again and again with this new board book series to get children ready for preschool and prewriting.

Available on Amazon.

First Numbers:

Presenting a fun and engaging way to introduce early learning concepts to young children! Kids can use their finger to follow the grooves on each page to learn numbers 1–10. They can practice their numbers by tracing the grooves with their fingers from one snail all the way up to ten leaping frogs.

The Little Groovers series is an excellent way for children to:

Develop hand-eye coordination
Encourage motor skills development
Boost learning through interactive play
First Numbers is an engaging and colorful way to introduce early concepts to toddlers. Practice again and again with this new board book series to get children ready for preschool and prewriting.

Available on Amazon.

 

 

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 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

This post is sponsored by Aflac. I was compensated for writing it, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Imagine that one day you are going about your normal routine as a large animal vet. Your wife is at home with your four kids. One minute you are doing a procedure on a camel and the next minute you are in the hospital. In the blink of an eye, everything has changed. This is exactly what happened to one local family. Pat, a former large animal vet, experienced a stroke, which led to other health problems and the end result was that he was no longer able to work and support his family. Now, he and his wife Heather are on a fixed income and currently he has experienced new symptoms that are sending them back to the hospital for more tests. So what does this story have to do with my blog? A lot, thanks to Aflac.

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Aflac offers various solutions for businesses and families. You can learn more about Aflac and the company’s supplemental insurance products by visiting them online. This holiday season, Aflac launched a program called #AflacHolidayHelpers and asked me to be part of it. In my 5+ years as a blogger, this is my favorite moment ever. Aflac Holiday Helpers #ad #AflacHolidayHelpers

Aflac provided me with a grant to help a local family in need that was going through a health crisis. Since my husband and I are foster parents, I reached out to our foster care caseworker. She and a team worked to identify a family. Pat and Heather are foster parents and in addition to their four biological children, they also have a foster daughter with them whom they intend to adopt!

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When looking into what their needs might be, one need was abundantly clear. This family of 7 had no dishwasher! Immediately we knew this needed to be one of the items on our shopping list.
We arrived at their home and surprised them with the following:

 A gift card to purchase a new dishwasher! We even provided dishwasher tabs.

 Paint rollers and supplies so they can paint their son’s room (it’s currently pink and as a teen, he is horrified at this color).

 We were able to provide a month’s worth of groceries.

 And then for fun, we are sending their family to a huge indoor waterpark! We were able to include an overnight bag, snacks for the road trip, a gift card for gas and a funds for them to treat their family to a dinner out.

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Pat and Heather were speechless. Heather’s hands were trembling as she accepted these gifts. She cannot wait to have a dishwasher installed and their son is anxious to say goodbye to his pink walls.
Thank you Aflac for helping Pat and Heather and giving me my #1 blogging moment of ALL time!

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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