Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Glass Dharma Straws Review and GIVEAWAY Hosted by Cait's Beauty Blog

I am very happy to share with you this review and giveaway written and hosted by Caitlin from Cait's Beauty Blog for Glass Dharma Straws - enjoy! 

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may differ.

Hosted By: Cait's Beauty Blog
I have been hearing a lot more hype about glass straws lately. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, because I will admit, I was pretty happy with my regular straws. It didn't know if these would be easy to drink out of, or it they would be too big, or too small.  After I opened the package I was pleasantly surprised with these straws. I drink a lot of ice water in the summertime, and always with a straw. I decided to try these out the day that I received them, and I have to say, the hole was not too large, or too small. I was able to easily drink out of it without getting too much or too little beverage.  I also tried the shorter straw in a can of soda, which I have decided was the best idea I have ever had. I like to drink everything with a straw, but putting a regular straw into a can of soda, is basically impossible! It just floats out! But, because these straws are glass, they are much heavier than your average plastic straw, they do not float out of the soda can.  Glass Dharma straws are handmade in the USA, and come with a lifetime guarantee! These straws completely blew my expectations out of the water! I will definitely be using these instead of my disposable straws. They make me feel good that I am not putting anymore plastic straws into our landfills.  Glass Dharma has also offered a giveaway to my readers for a $25.00 gift card! Visit Their Website! Like Them on Facebook! Follow Them on Google+ Follow Them on Pinterest! Follow Them on Twitter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tuggo Dog Toy Review & GIVEAWAY

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ

I received one Tuggo Dog Toy to review. When it arrived, I was surprised by how big it is! On the pamphlet they even show a tiger playing with it! Wow. This is a 10 inch heavy duty ball with a 4 foot rope running through it. On their website I see it is available in blue, red, and green. You can fill the ball with water up to 20 pounds - providing tension used to help promote exercise. The sound of the splashing water keeps your dog interested.

I will be honest, at first my dogs had no idea what to do with this toy! But, with a little encouragement, they soon found out just how fun this toy can be! This provides a fun activity for just one dog, or for multiple. Please view the video below to see why my dogs recommend Tuggo Dog Toy:

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Please use the coupon code Tuggo15 to get 15% off an order! If you own a dog (or a big cat!) please enter to win one of these Tuggo Dog Toys via the Rafflecopter below:

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gold Elements Truffles Infusion Eye Cream Review & GIVEAWAY

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ

Just the packaging says it all: this product is high quality!

Gold Elements sent me Truffle Infusion Eye Cream. This product is packed full of minerals and moisturizing and strengthening ingredients. This cream is meant to keep one feeling and looking radiant and youthful. 

First of all, I absolutely love the packaging. It is very classy and sleek. I also love that the scent is not overpowering. This cream has a very subtle and light perfume scent. Not something that will make you want to sneeze or irritate your eyes. This cream goes on smooths and absorbs relatively quickly. It is not sticky at all, and I appreciate that. This Truffle Infusion Eye Cream leaves the skin around my eyes feeling smooth and firm. 

I give Gold Elements' Truffle Infusion Eye Cream 5/5 stars! Visit their website HERE

Enter to win your own eye cream below:

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kur: The Scandinavian Bite-Size Bar REVIEW

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ

3 flavors: Coconut Cashew, Brownie, and Cacao Mint
Kur originated in Denmark - where organic laws are strict and GMOs are not allowed. They are dedicated to staying true to these high standards.

Kur sent me 3 of their date and nut bars to review. Each of their products contains 100% raw ingredients, have no added sweeteners or syrups, are gluten-free, contain no dairy or soy, no GMOs, no sodium, and no preservatives - the list of their awesomeness goes on and on!! They are even Kosher and USDA & EU Organic Certified. Wow! That is quite impressive.

My personal favorite was the brownie. Their are only 6 ingredients and they are all organic! I especially enjoyed this one because you could really taste the cinnamon in it, and I love that in a brownie.

The cacao mint one tasted yummy as well! This one has 7 ingredients. I liked that this one had a little bit more of a crunch to it than the other two did.

Now we come to the coconut cashew bar - this one only has 4 ingredients! I did not care for this one - it tasted like coconut milk, which is probably why I didn't like it. But if you enjoy coconut milk, then this is the snack for you!

What I loved about these date and nut bars is that even though they have no added sweetener or syrups, they are still sweet like a dessert should be - but these are special because they are a healthy dessert! I also like the fact that they are such a convenient size - you can easily throw a couple in your purse or pocket for later if you are in a hurry.  Also, they don't have a weird grainy texture like some health bars I have come across.

Check out all these awesome certifications listed on them - gluten free, vegan, GMO free etc.
Visit their website to learn more and order HERE

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guess that Disney Character!

Today I am having a guessing game! Guess which two characters I am thinking of (you only need to get one right) and you will win a $5 credit to my Etsy shop! 5 guesses per person. Ends in 24 hours. If interested, please participate on my Facebook page HERE

Which Disney character is your favorite?

Monday, July 14, 2014


"These are the times that make me want to go out and accomplish big things...tomorrow." and "Happiness is a thoughtful friend!"
Recently, I did a giveaway for one of my shadow box magnets. I make Peanuts, Vintage Coca-Cola, and Pokemon inspired ones. This led to a custom order :)

I love custom requests! This lady asked for two Snoopy inspired magnets, and here they are. Unfortunately I had trouble getting a better pic of them - they just weren't working with my light box. But I expect eventually I will figure out a better way.

Who is your favorite Peanuts character? Mine is Schroeder :)

*Interested in one but can't find them in my shop? Don't worry - I just haven't gotten around to listing them yet, but you can still have one! They are $10 including shipping & an additional $8 each if you order more than one.*

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Tesla Gate and $50 GIVEAWAY

I am happy to introduce to you "The Tesla Gate" - please read through and then enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card or Paypal cash!! How fun...don't forget to tell your friends!!

Tesla Gate

The Tesla Gate When a cosmic storm enters Earth’s atmosphere, scientists are baffled by its composition and origins, but not nearly as much as they are by the storm’s side effect – anyone who has died and chosen not to cross over is suddenly stranded here, visible, and can interact with the living. With the world thrown into chaos, Thomas Pendleton is eager to make up for many broken promises to his six-year-old son, Seth. Soon after the storm, they set out on a road trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, completely unaware of the social and political maelstrom they’re heading into that will change their lives forever.

Excerpt (The prologue) The day the storm hit, the world was changed forever. Its severity would not be measured in property damage or loss of life, although the latter could be argued. This storm’s impact turned man’s beliefs completely upside down; the social upheaval would be worse than the aftermath of any storm in history. Though this storm did not bring hurricane force winds, driving rain, cyclones or even floods, its effects would be far more subtle … but the impact every bit as palpable. This storm had unique origins and, unlike most weather events, it was not relegated to one geographic area. Indeed it covered the entire planet; no one was left unaffected. Living or dead.

john mimms Author John D. Mimms John D. Mimms is a business owner, paranormal researcher, and author. John served as the Technical Director for the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team (ARPAST). During his four-year tenure with the organization, he helped supervise over 100 investigations and wrote more than sixteen technical articles. One of John's articles, titled "A Christmas Carol Debunked," was read live on Parazona Radio by Paul Bradford of Ghost Hunters International fame. John also wrote the ARPAST technical/training manual which is a comprehensive guide on equipment usage, investigation protocol, and scientific theory for paranormal research. In 2009 John decided to couple his knowledge of paranormal phenomena with his lifelong love of literary fiction. Among his titles are The Great Keep, Death Theory, and The Lemonade Girl. John is currently working on book two of The Tesla Gate trilogy.

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Whiscraft on Etsy - Fun for You AND Your Furry Friends!

Artemis wants me to tell you all about his great new toys from Whiscraft!
I must tell you about these great finds from Whiscraft on Etsy! Whiscraft rocks - it is now my new favorite shop on Etsy (after my own of course, haha). Their products are high quality and they have great customer service! Josie, the owner is the nicest and most down to earth person you will ever meet. Because they are shipped from Indonesia and I live in the USA, they take about a month or more to arrive, but this is understandable and these items are totally worth the wait!! And the best part is that all proceeds go to The Whiskers' Syndicate - the only cat sanctuary in Bandung, Indonesia. When you purchase from Whiscraft, you not only get some great items, but you also make a difference in these kitties' lives!

Buy the carrots HERE
Buy the mice HERE
Buy the turkey HERE
Check out these ADORABLE cat toys from Whiscraft. According to Josie, "All of our items are made entirely from scrap fabric from unsold or excess product from textile mills or unused portions from garment manufacturers." This is great - and better for the environment! All of these items are hand sewn and contain organic catnip. My personal favorite is the carrot toy, but my cats LOVE all of them!! As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, most cat toys I purchase are loved by my cats for a week or less and then discarded in a corner, but I have had the turkeys for over a month now and they are still being played with daily! 

Buy potholders like this HERE
What is awesome about Whiscraft is that there is something in that shop for EVERYONE! In fact, I plan on doing some of my Christmas shopping there this year. I purchased these cute little cat potholders for myself, and I could not be happier with them! They are absolutely perfect.

Please visit Whiscraft on Etsy HERE

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Read her blog HERE

Monday, July 7, 2014

From the Field: Earth-Friendly Pet Products Review

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my honest opinions. Your experiences may differ

Hmm...what can I say about From the Field's products?? I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM. They make my cats happy, and that is good enough for me!

If you don't know what Silver Vine is and you have a cat, then you need to know what it is! This product rocks!! It has the same effect on cats as catnip does, but it is more intense! That is why it is so great for cats that do not respond to catnip. AND it is all natural.

I received one Bella's Blissful Hemp Pouch. This is filled with Silver Vine and natural catnip, as well as buckwheat hulls for a crinkly effect. I was also sent individual baggies of the Ultimate Blend (a Silver Vine and catnip mix) - which I dispensed into some old socks that had lost their mates. All five of my cats went crazy over these toys!! Even Kozmo loved them - he does not usually care for catnip toys (they must not be strong enough for him). These products are great - here one month later my cats are still playing with them! They lose interest in plain catnip toys in a week or less after I purchase them.

Watch this video to see how my cats responded to From the Field's products

I am very happy to say that I used the store locator on their site HERE and found that their products are sold at my nearest Pet Supplies Plus. I guarantee that I will be buying more of these products!!

Go HERE to learn more about Silver Vine and the products that I mentioned above
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

RaeosunshinePets Giveaway Extravaganza

Visit my Facebook page HERE to learn more and to see more photos

In celebration of my Facebook page reaching 1,000 likes, I am hosting a multi-vendor giveaway! There are 14 unique prizes - the majority are handmade. There will be 14 winners! TONS of chances to win!! Enter via the Rafflecopter below and let the fun begin!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


"Shelly" a Pet Portrait made for a winner from my Facebook giveaway.

I am so proud of this! I know I am not an amazing painter or anything like that, but this is my first "large" watercolor (9x12 as opposed to my usual 4x6) and I feel like I totally rocked it! Large blank pieces of paper frighten me. Haha! What do you think? Is this something I should offer in my shop?

Only a few days left to enter to win a 4x6 pet watercolor on my Facebook page! To enter, go HERE

Safety 1st Car Seat GIVEAWAY

I am so happy to share with you an awesome review and giveaway from a fellow blog, Confessions of a Messy Mama! Read on to find out more:

Travel Safety by Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert Julie Vallese

The three most important things when choosing a car seat are:

·   One that fits your child

·   One that fits your car
·   One that you will use correctly every time

You can accomplish this by:

·   Have the car you will be using the seat in with you and try it out at the store.

·   If possible have your child with you at the time of purchase
·   Follow information in both the car seat manual and vehicle manual for installation
·   Attend a car seat check for assistance in proper installation and use from a certified car seat technician

New rules for car seats using LATCH require understanding of your car seat’s weight and child’s weight:

·   Car seats (after 2/27/14) are required to carry a label guiding on maximum weight limits for LATCH

·   The combined weight should not exceed 65 lbs
·   Look in the manual and label on the car seat to identify the weight of the seat
·   Look for a weight on the maximum weight for the child
·   Know your child’s weight

·   Combined weight of the seat and your child exceeds 65lbs? Install the car seat using the vehicle’s belt

One VERY LUCKY reader will win a Car Seat to keep the child in their lives safe for Holidays and every other day of theirs lives!   A BIG thank you to the sponsor, Safety 1st , and the host, Confessions of a Messy Mama

Disclosure:  I have not received any compensation and am not responsible for prize shipment.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014