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Dover, Arkansas, United States
Hey everyone welcome to my blog!! I'm a 25yr old SAHM to a wonderful 3yr old little boy "Bug" and I've been married to my wonderful husband for 5 long and happy years! Please join me in out journey as new parents to learn the ropes and on the adventure of expanding our famiy :) I love to review products that are relevent to our family and would be happy to set up a review and giveaway if you have a product you would like us to review just contact us :) at thecartoonlovinmama(at)gmail(dot)com

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I want to introduce you to my son Zane he is my life and trust me a handful at times.

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My Wonderful Husband!
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Zutano Review and Giveaway



I am always looking for cute and stylish clothing for my son, so I spend a lot of time online searching for clothing that not everyone around her has so he can be what he truly is very unique and different! I was recently introduced to Zutano and I can’t explain how truly excited I was when they agreed to work with me on a review and giveaway here on my blog!

About Zutano (Taken From Website):

The colorful aesthetic and heartwarming ethic of Zutano was born out of the talent and dedication of one creative new mom and dad. Over the years, Zutano has matured, refining the essentials of its charter mission and blossoming into an extraordinary force in the children's clothing industry. Follow the links below to learn more about how Zutano came to be and what makes this special little kids clothing company tick.


Our Thoughts:

“Bug” was sent one of the cutest outfits I have ever seen in my life to review, and I could not have chosen a better fit for him! The shirt is so “Bug” it’s covered with multi-colored construction equipment and it was matched with super cute crème colored shorts!

“Bug” really loves his new outfit and I could not be happier at the way it fits him! He was sent a size 2T and to be honest I really didn’t figure the shorts would fit him because he is still really small around the waste but these shorts fit him perfectly!

I love that this outfit stands up great to the wash and dry process without any damage to the stitching and no shrinkage what so ever! “Bug” has wore this outfit out a couple of times to do errands and I can’t count the number of people on both hands that have commented about his adorable outfit and wanted to know where they could get it at!

Bottom Line:

I’m so in love with Zutano and their clothing and will defiantly be ordering “Bug” some more of their clothing in the very near future! Now, they don’t just have clothing for toddler boys but they offer adorable clothing for babies and toddler girls as well!

I feel like Zutano would make a wonderful gift for any occasion where a gift for a child in in order and any parent would be thrilled to receive a clothing item from Zutano as a baby shower gift!

Buy It:
To purchase Zutano Clothing for yourself visit their website!

Win It:
Zutano has offered one of my readers a $75 Gift Card to use towards the children’s clothing of your choice!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Zutano and tell me what item you would love to have! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (current follower count too)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Zutano be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Zutano on Twitter


6. “Like” Zutano on Facebook

Giveaway ends Sept 14, 2010 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the outfit mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Zuvo Water Purator Review and Giveaway



As I have mentioned a few times that we live out in the country of a really small town and let’s face it our water out here isn’t the best in the world. It’s not well water it’s a rural water company but we are constantly getting letter in the mail telling us to boil our water before use and the smell of the water is really not all that pleasant so we only use it for cooking and cleaning, I buy bottled water because I fell it is safer for my family, well that was until I had the opportunity to try out the Zuvo Water Purator!

About Zuvo Water Purator (Taken From Website):

Zuvo™ Water LLC is a global innovator of chemical-free water products. Zuvo’s product portfolio is based on a patented technology platform that reproduces the photo-oxidation process that naturally occurs in the environment.

Zuvo practices sustainable design to keep products in use longer, thereby reducing their impact on the environment and keeping them out of an already crowded waste stream. Their goal is to innovate with the environment in mind, using materials and methods that minimize the use of energy, optimize recycling, and reduce the cost of transportation. Zuvo is on a quest to reduce the impact of plastic water bottles on the planet and hopes to provide healthy water for the world by donating all profits on the sale of our stainless steel water bottles to the Hippo Water Roller Project.

Zuvo’s portfolio of existing and development-stage water treatment applications includes point-of-use systems, specialty applications, and military and emergency/disaster relief solutions.

Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, Zuvo works with global partners – from government entities to multi-national corporations – to introduce exciting new technologies and products to the water marketplace.

For more information, visit http://www.zuvowater.com/index.html.

Our Thoughts:

We were sent one of the Zuvo Water Purator in Stainless Steel to review and I could not wait to get it and give it a try! It arrived super fast and once my husband got home from work we set out to hooking it up and getting started!

Set up is extremely easy all we had to do was screw on the adapter and then attach the Zuvo Water Purator and there it was all ready to go!



Once it was connected we turned on the water and let the cylinder fill up completely with water and let it run some through.

Then it was time for the ultimate test, yes the taste test and I can tell you before I ever even tasted the water it smelled a whole lot fresher! Our regular water out of the tap itself had a very strong smell that made me uneasy to let my family drink it and the taste itself was horrible, but now with the Zuvo Water Purator the smell is gone and the water taste better than any water I have ever drank before!

Since receiving and using the Zuvo Water Purator we no long spend countless dollars on bottled water, we use refillable bottles with our own water from the Zuvo when we are going to be going anywhere to take it with us! It’s so nice to be able to run and get a drink of water out of the faucet now and know it’s healthy and won’t make my family sick! Even “Bug” has started drinking more water (but between me and you I think he just likes to see the Zuvo glow blue) but really who cares as long as he is drinking water and I’ve notice we all drink more water since installing the Zuvo!

Bottom Line:

I feel like the Zuvo Water Purator has been a real life savor in our home! We now all drink more water and we are actually saving money because we no long buy bottles after bottles of water that don’t taste near as good as the water from the Zuvo!

I’m very confident in my Zuvo and I do recommend that everyone invest in one if you are like us and have ucky tap water at home. I think one of these would also be wonderful to have in daycares and other care facilities! I do wish I would have had one of these when “Bug” was tiny and still on formula, because I feel it would have saved a ton of money vs. having to buy the baby water because our tap was so bad!

Another thing I love about the Zuvo is that it helps us help our local environment by keeping us from buying bottles and throwing them away, we are keeping unnecessary waste our of our local landfills and it feels really great knowing I can have clean water for my family and also help our environment all at the same time!!

Buy It:
To purchase a Zuvo Water Purator for yourself visit their website!

Win It:
Zuvo has offered one of my readers Zuvo Water Purator System of their very own ($299.99 Value)!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Zuvo Water and tell me something that you learnt that wasn‘t mentioned here! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (current follower count too)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Zuvo Water be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Zuvo Water on Twitter

6. “Like” Zuvo Water on Facebook

Giveaway ends Sept 13, 2010 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Zuvo Water Filtration System mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co., Inc Review and Giveaway



As most of you may already know we have been remodeling our house since moving in this last February and when I say remodeling I don’t mean just a splat of paint here and there I mean complete overhaul of the entire house! We are right now in the process of building custom barn wood kitchen cabinets so we decided that the kitchen needed a new coat of paint so when I was offered the opportunity to review a paint from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co., Inc I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to start picking out the paint color!

About The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co., Inc (taken from website):

In 1974, after much experimentation, we recreated an old Milk Paint formula to provide an authentic finish for our primary business of building reproduction furniture. Since then we have sold our paint to professionals who are either restoring original Colonial or Shaker furniture, making reproductions, or striving for an interior design look that is both authentic and beautiful. Milk Paint is now gaining an even wider usage because it contains only ingredients that are all-natural and will not harm the environment. Our authentic real milk paint is truely a "green paint" that comes in 20 colors.

Our Thoughts:

We had the chance to choose a color of paint for our kitchen walls and it took us some time to finally agree on the same color but we ended up choosing the Tavern Green SafePaint and we were also sent a gallon of Snow White SafePaint incase we wanted to lighten the color of the green.

Now this paint comes in a powder form and you mix it with water to make the appropriate amount you will be needing to do your painting so we went ahead and mixed a whole gallon in a bucket.

Mixing the paint was super easy and my hubby didn’t have any problems what so ever! We did end up adding a small amount of Snow White powder to the Tavern Green powder to lighten it up just a little bit and we love the color result we got!

Before:

After:

So as you can see from the photos it’s very green but since we are going for the farm house look in our kitchen with the gray barn wood cabinets and rusted tin counter tops this color is absolutely amazing and once the whole kitchen is finished it’s going to look absolutely beautiful!

The paint went on very smooth and the finished look is wonderful to me it gives the feeling of an old fashioned farm house and that was exactly the look we were going for! The clean up on this paint is super easy and quick as well! Chad did tape off the majority of the kitchen but he is kind of a super messy painter and ended up getting some on our flooring (which we are going to replace anyway) and it wiped up easily with a damp paper towel!

Another thing I love about this paint is that it doesn’t have a strong paint odor and we were able to paint without having to open all the windows and doors and the smell that it did have wasn’t bad and didn’t linger in our home like some of the other paints we have used!

Bottom Line:

We are very pleased with the results we got from the SafePaint and I feel the color is a perfect match for our whole country farm house theme we are going for! I love that this paint is so easy to mix, apply and clean up after! I love the finish of the paint well heck we just love this paint in everyway!

This is the absolute best paint we have every used (and we have used lots of paints)! All we had to do was one coat and it covered the gray that was already there perfectly! I will now be using paint from Old Fashioned Milk Paint for all of my future painting needs (and there are quite a few)!!

I think if you have children in your home and are looking to freshen up a room with a new coat of paint you should really consider SafePaint, you won’t be disappointed!

Buy It:
To purchase SafePaint for yourself visit The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Website to purchase or to find a dealer near you!

Win It:
The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company has offered one of my readers a gallon of SafePaint in their choice of color!

Want a free sample?
Anne has kindly offered to send each of you that request a sample a free pint of SafePaint in your choice of color all you have to do is e-mail Anne at anne@milkpaint.com with your color choice and address and be sure to tell her The Cartoon Lovin’ Mama Blog sent you so you will be sure to get your sample!

Mandatory Entry: Visit The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company and tell me what color you would choose if you won! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (current follower count too)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company on Facebook

Giveaway ends Sept 13, 2010 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the paint colors mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Unique Gifts for Women Review and Giveaway



I love surfing the internet and finding unique shops that offer unique one of a kind gifts for the super special people in my life! When I came across Unique Gifts for Women and their Photo Bracelet I knew that this was one of those sites that just had to be shared with all of my wonderful readers! I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review their Photo Bracelet and could not wait to get started!

About Unique Gifts for Women (taken from website):

Welcome to Unique Gifts for Women, your source for wonderful gifts for wives, moms, girlfriends, best friends, aunts, grandmas - any woman! We make great gift giving easy!

Unique Gifts for Women recognizes the special place women hold in our lives and communities. We want to help you say "thank you" to those special women by helping you find great gifts to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, and other special occasions. All employees at Unique Gifts for Women are women; we know what women like: personalized, pampering gifts that show thoughtfulness and love.

UniqueGifts4Women.com is a special site that helps everyone say "I love you! or "Thank you!" to the women in their lives. Our unique, heartwarming, personal gifts will make that special woman feel like Queen for a Day!

My Thoughts:

I was sent a Photo Bracelet to review from Unique Gifts for Women and I could not have been any more excited to do a review! Once it arrived I immediately set off to choose the 6 photos I was going to put in my bracelet!

I decided on 6 photos from “Bug’s” last photo session and I could not be happier with the results! The photo just does not do this bracelet justice it’s so much more beautiful in person!

The Bracelet comes with super easy to understand directions and a photo template to use so your photos are the perfect size for the bracelet!

I love that it’s so easy to change the photos in the bracelet if you want to change it with the seasons or as your child/children grow! It’s truly a gift that will continue to give for many years and it’s absolutely perfect for any woman on your list!

Bottom Line:

I could not be happier with my photo bracelet it turned out so wonderful that I’m thinking that this would be a perfect gift for my mother and mother in law this holiday season! I can’t say enough good things about this bracelet it is perfect in every way! So easy and quick to customize, the only thing that took anytime at all about this bracelet was choosing the photos to use, everything else was simple and was done in less than 10 minuets!

I feel like this bracelet would be perfect for any lady on your shopping list, I think it’s perfect for mothers and grandmothers so they can have their babies close even when they aren’t with them!

Buy It:
To purchase a Photo Bracelet for yourself visit their website!

Win It:
Unique Gifts for Women has offered one of my readers a Photo Bracelet of their very own!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Unique Gifts for Women and tell me another item you would like to have! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (current follower count too)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Unique Gifts for Women and be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

Giveaway ends Sept 13, 2010 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the photo bracelet mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Lotus Foods Review and Giveaway


We love to experiment with new and different foods here at the Grant household and when I ran across Lotus Foods I couldn’t wait to try their different varieties of rice! Now we eat a lot of rice here and I will admit that the plain ol’ white rice we eat weekly can get a little boring no matter what you decide to mix it with so when we got the opportunity to try a sampling of different rice from around the world I couldn’t wait to get started cooking!

About Lotus Foods:

Explore Lotus Foods' World of Rice and savor exotic tastes from faraway places! These heirloom and exotic rices are some of the most distinctive varietals now available in the marketplace. Grown on small family farms in limited quantity, Lotus Foods' rices and rice flours are recognized for their exceptional flavors, cooking quality, texture, and nutritional value.

Staff of life for over half the world, rice is finally awakening the American palate. Founded in 1993 by Ken Lee and Caryl Levine, Lotus Foods is committed to finding unusual rices from remote corners of the world - bringing you rare, ancient, and new grains that are almost impossible to duplicate anywhere else. From region to region, the unique soil, water, and growing conditions combine to produce rices that are flavorful, colorful and aromatic. These world rices are prized and cellared like fine wine. As more westerners are exploring rice varieties beyond the basic white, Lotus Foods believes that rice is truly coming of age. We invite you to enjoy the pleasures of their wonderful new and ancient rices.

Our Thoughts:

We were sent a wonderful sampling of rice from around the world to review and I can’t tell you how fun it has been getting to try all the unique rice I didn’t even know existed until I came across Lotus Foods! We were sent:

Forbidden Rice

Volcano Rice

Jade Pearl Rice

Madagascar Pink Rice

Bhutanese Red Rice

Mekong Flower Rice


(To learn more about each rice just click the name)

We could not wait to get started cooking when they arrived and we have cooked and samples all the rice listed above and we have each discovered that we all enjoyed each of the variety of rice, they are all super delicious and each unique in taste in their own right!

Each of the rice mentioned above have a unique and different flavor from any I have ever had before eating rice and I will continue to purchase and use these varieties in new recipes that I found online at Lotusfoods.com. I didn’t use any of the rice we were sent to sample in recipes because I felt like we just needed to taste the rice in it’s natural glory and will defiantly be trying them each out in new recipes for the family!

We all love the varieties mentioned above but we each have our main favorite and for our 2yr old “Bug” it’s the Madagascar Pink Rice, he ate every bit of it on his plate and then asked for seconds twice so this is a must have for him! I love the Forbidden Rice the best, it’s so delicious and looks so beautiful on your plate! My husband was partial to the Mekong Flower Rice and said it’s now a must have for our pantry!

Bottom Line:

I am so thrilled that we discovered Lotus Foods and their wonderful rice varieties that they offer and it’s really changed the way we look at our plain ol’ white and wild rice that we used to eat on a weekly basis! Now, I can provide my family with new and unique rice varieties that are not only super delicious and temp our taste buds but they are also very healthy and as a mother and a wife I feel wonderful putting each of them on my families dinner plate!

Buy It:
To purchase any of the rice varieties mentioned above for yourself visit their website, also be sure to check out their other varieties!

Win It:
Lotus Foods has offered one of my readers the same amazing sample pack that I received so you can discover Lotus Foods Rice for yourself!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Lotus Foods and tell me something you learnt that I didn‘t mention here or a rice you would like to try most! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (current follower count too)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Lotus Foods and be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Lotus Foods on Twitter

6. “Like” Lotus Foods on Facebook

Giveaway ends Sept 13, 2010 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the rice samples mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Nature Valley National Parks Project Review and Giveaway



If you’ve ever taken a trip to a national park, you know that they are more than places of beauty - they are places that inspire us.

Since the dedication of Yellowstone as the world’s first national park in 1872, America’s parks have been visited by hundreds of millions of people who marveled at their beauty, found peace in their wildness and shared their experience with others.

However, these national treasures need care and support to help them flourish. Years of under funding and environmental problems such as pollution and climate change are threatening our National Park system. To help preserve our national parks and ensure their existence for generations to come, join Nature Valley® and Patricia Shultz, internationally best-selling author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and travel industry leader, to help support the National Parks Project. This year, the National Parks Project will focus on restorative work at Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Biscayne National Parks.

To get involved, simply purchase a box of specially marked Nature Valley Bars and mail in your wrappers to the address below:

National Parks Project
PO Box 450328
El Paso, TX 88545-0328

Nature Valley will not only recycle the wrappers, but will also contribute $0.10 to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for every wrapper received (up to $600,000 in total). To learn more about the National Parks Project and how you can make a difference, check out PreservetheParks.com today. And don´t forget to visit Nature Valley on Facebook or Nature Valley on Twitter to "Like" or "Follow" the brand. Facebook fans can enter to win a trip, as well as share photos and videos of their summer vacations. All of these sites will also feature updates on the restoration projects, as well as videos and pictures from "National Parks Project" volunteers.

There are many other ways you can enjoy the natural beauty and diverse wildlife of our national parks this summer while supporting the cause. The easiest thing you can do to support the national parks is to experience them for yourself and share them with your family - remembering as always to "take only pictures and leave your footprints." So grab your backpack, your boots and some granola bars and go soak in the scenery.

Our Thoughts:

We were sent a box of specially marked Nature Valley Bars as well as a Nature Valley prize pack with items that can be used in the great outdoors this summer. The prize pack included a mini backpack; a military grade compass; a solar-powered, key chain flash light; a reusable water bottle and a copy of Patricia Shultz´s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler´s Life List.

I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but we love Nature Valley Bars around this house and living in Arkansas we have a love for the great outdoors and totally support the Nature Valley National Parks Project, it couldn’t be for a better cause!

I have been lucky enough to visit a few National Parks in my lifetime thanks to our family vacations we took when I was a child and I hope to one day share the experience with my own children and I think the Nature Valley National Parks Project will help keep the National Parks alive so I can take my family in the future!

The prize package we were sent is awesome, I love the mini backpack, compass and solar-powered key chain flashlight! They are perfect for our weekend trips to our local state parks and on camping trips they are really handy! The water bottle is awesome, I use it daily to help get my recommend 8 glasses of water a day since it’s easy to take with me no matter where I’m off to on any given day! Oh and the book is awesome and has given us some wonderful vacation ideas for the future!

Win It:
MyBlogSpark has offered one of my readers the same prize package that I received that includes: a mini backpack; a military grade compass; a solar-powered, key chain flash light; a reusable water bottle and a copy of Patricia Shultz´s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler´s Life List.

Mandatory Entry: Just tell me which National Park your family would most like to visit and why? Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (current follower count too)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway and be sure to add #myblogspark in your tweet(can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Nature Valley on Twitter

6. “Like” Nature Valley on Facebook


Giveaway ends Sept 09, 2010 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. The Nature Valley Bars, prize pack, information and giveaway were all provided by Nature Valley through MyBlogSpark complimentary for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received.

PetSafe Healthy Pet Feeder and Waterer Review (Bringing Home Puppy Blog Event)



As a pet parent it is very important to me to keep food and water where Cash can find it at all times, after all puppies are just like children and need to eat more than once a day right? So not long after bringing Cash home my husband and I started looking into feeders and waterers that would make it easier to keep Cash food and water at all times and we came across PetSafe and their medium size Healthy Pet Feeder and Waterer and we knew that they would be perfect to keep in our dining room area!

About PetSafe (taken from Website):

We at PetSafe are a company of pet lovers. We literally bring our dogs to work every day, (sadly, our cats seem to prefer staying at home). We design all of our products with our own pets in mind. We are always looking for new ways to relate to and care for our pets better. Watch our Inside PetSafe webisode to see it firsthand. Be warned, after you see it, YOU WILL WANT TO WORK HERE! And we'd probably like to have you on our team, so you should also visit our Jobs Listing page.

Contribution and Outreach
We receive some rewards for the work we do, and we believe it is important to give back and make a contribution to our community. We do this in some really cool and really big ways from our public dog parks, mentoring first generation collage students, to our efforts to make Knoxville the Pet Friendliest Community in the U.S., and more. Check out our Outreach section.

Our values
Many companies have values but we live ours everyday. Our values hang on the walls of our conferences rooms (which are all named after pets, how fun is that?). It’s almost impossible to spend a day at PetSafe and not hear and see our values in action. Come visit us sometime (10427 Electric Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee) and we will show you.

LeadershipWhere does such a great culture come from? He would never take the credit for it but he has certainly had a lot to do with it – our culture is fostered and protected by everyone but it began with Randy Boyd, our CEO. Randy is about the nicest guy you’ll ever meet and his passion for our company, our people, our pets, and products, really shines through. But don’t take our word for it, visit Randy’s page and see for yourself and see who is on Our Board.

Doing business with us
Our products are available foreign and domestically through many great retailers including PetSmart, Petco, Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, many online retailers and directly from us. You can find a store near you through our Where to buy section. If you are interested in becoming a retail or online retailer of PetSafe products, click here.

While you’re at it
You can also get a quick snap shot of PetSafe through our Press Kit. But don’t stop there – visit PetSafe.tv and social networking community at MyPetSafe.net. These are two online communities we created to give pet owners quality pet care information and create a forum for us to listen to what you need and love most about your pet.

That’s enough talk about PetSafe, it’s kind of our favorite topic around here. Please enjoy our site and if you’d like to stay up to speed on what we are doing sign up for our email updates.


Our Thoughts:

We were sent a medium PetSafe Healthy Pet Feeder and Waterer for Cash to try out and review and I could not have been happier when they arrived at our door! Until they arrived we had been using a small standard food and water dish (the connected kind) from Wal-Mart and I must say that I was getting pretty tired of having to refill the water a dozen times a day and the food 2-3 times a day so this was really going to make my daily routine easier!

BEFORE:

AFTER:


The set up of both the feeder and waterer was super easy and took less than 20 minuets to have them up and running properly! The first thing I did was wash them both really well and I decided to set up the feeder first!

All I had to do with the feeder was pour the food in twist it to the stainless steel base and then it was ready to go! Now the waterer was a bit more of a challenge since I had to install the Healthy Pet Water Filter but it was super easy and the only thing that took anytime at all was running water through the filter to get it ready to use!

I love that both the Healthy Pet Feeder and Waterer have removable stainless steel bowl and that they are super easy to clean the wide opening of both the feeder and waterer is so nice and makes cleaning the tank so easy and it’s not a fuss anymore over who will be cleaning the dog’s food and water bowls anymore!

I think Cash will agree that the Feeder and Waterer are not only clean and looks wonderful in the dining room but they are also very convenient! He loves his new PetSafe Healty Pet Feeder and Waterer and it didn’t take him long at all to get over there and check them out and give them his stamp of approval!


Bottom Line:

We could not be happier with our medium PetSafe Healthy Pet Feeder and Waterer, it has made keeping Cash fresh water and food super easy and it only has to be refilled once a week it’s really a beautiful thing! I also love that it looks so much better in our dining room than the other food/water bowl we had to start with.

I’m happy to know that Cash is getting clean filtered water so there is no chance of him getting sick from yucky water that has set to long since it runs through the filter before he drinks it! I also can’t stress how wonderful the cleanup is when it’s time for them to be cleaned it takes less than 10 minuets and they are super clean and ready to go all over again!

I think every pet parent needs to own the Healthy Pet Feeder and Waterer and they come in small, medium and large so it’s perfect for your pet no matter their size!

Be sure to check out PetSafe on Twitter and Facebook!

Buy It:
To purchase the medium PetSafe Healthy Pet Feeder and Waterer visit the PetSafe Website!

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the medium PetSafe Healthy Pet Feeder and Waterer mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Faux Paw Media Group Children’s Books Review



“Bug” loves to look at books and to be read to, so I’m always on the lookout for new and unique books that will hold his interest and teach him important life lessons in a fun, creative way! I was recently looking for sponsors for my Bringing Home Puppy Blog event and I came acroos Faux Paw Productions and Debbie offered to send us her collection of books for “Bug” to review!

Our Thoughts:

We were sent a set of books, finger puppets and 2 hand puppets (shown above) to review and “Bug” could not have been anymore excited when they arrived at our door! We immediately opened the box only to discover that the books are way more magical in person then they appear online!

It didn’t take no time to get the finger puppets ready to play along with the books and “Bug” had such a blast matching the finger puppet up to the book they belonged to and we spent hours looking at the books and playing with the puppets!

My favorite thing about these books is that each one has a lesson to learn from being a responsible pet owner to what can happen and the consequences of not following the rules that your parents give you! I also love the illustrations in these books each one is so unique and has wonderful eye catching colors that keep “Bug” discovering more each time we read them together!

My husband and I love to use the two hand puppets that we received when telling the stores of Gronk and Purrlonia to “Bug” and he loves them as well and the fact that they each make a special noise when pushing their hand is a added bonus and “Bug” loves them!

Bottom Line:

 
We love our set of books from Faux Paw Media Group and can’t wait to see more available to purchase to add to our already impressive set! We read these book almost daily and before bedtime and they are so easy to read and they are a quick read that makes keeping “Bug’s” attention so that he doesn’t get board by these books and like I mentioned earlier the colors and illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!

I recommend these to every parent everywhere, I am very confident in saying that your children are going to love these books and I feel like this set is a definite must have for any daycare or school to help teach the children important lessons they need to know in order to grow and develop!

I also feel that any child would be so excited and happy to receive any of these books as a gift for any special occasion and I think they are perfect for all ages! I’m 24 and I have enjoyed reading these books just as much as “Bug” has enjoyed listening to them!

To learn more about these books individually visit the Faux Paw Production website.

Stay tuned because I will be reviewing one of Debbie's gorgeous personlized pet bowls very soon!

Buy It:
To purchase these books for your children visit Amazon.com!

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the items mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Trim Treads Review and Giveaway



I am in the process of trying to loose weight and any product or item I can find that will possible help me in my goals to get back to the way I looked in High School, I’m all over them! I recently ran across an interesting company with very interesting flip flops that I just had to tell you all about! I’ve heard of sneakers to help you shape your legs but never flip flops…..well that is until I discovered Trim Treads!

About Trim Treads (Taken From Website):

It's the 21st century. Our lives are busy and our bodies are in need of toning. Welcome to an affordable and effective product - Trim Treads!

Trim Treads were designed by a medical doctor to improve circulation in her ob-gyn patients. The shoes do that, but through research and study we have found they offer many other fitness benefits as well.

These days we care about our health, bodies and well being more than ever before. At the same time, we have become busier than ever. Trim Treads help you work on everything at once and balance it all, simply by wearing our shoes while doing the things you need to be doing.

Chores around the house - cooking and cleaning, laundry, making beds, going back and forth in the office (or home) to the fax and phone, strolling the little ones, taking the dog out, getting the mail - why not wear Trim Treads and improve posture, increase circulation, build lean muscle, burn calories, and decrease lower back pain at the same time?

Now, don't get us wrong. We believe in the gym and many of us here at Trim Treads are into yoga and Pilates. We love the fact that Trim Treads help us stay on track if/when we miss a workout.

Trim Treads are located in Pensicola, FL. Your questions are welcome. Please email us at info@trimtreads.com or call us at 1-877-651-TRIM. Customer service is our top priority. You may exchange or return any damaged or unworn products within 30 days of purchase.

Disclaimer:
Trim Treads work best in a combination with a healthy diet. Suggested wearing time is at least 30 minutes a day. Do not wear in wet weather, while driving, or on unstable surfaces.


Trim Treads are 100% vegan friendly. No animal products are used in their manufacture.

My Thoughts:

I was sent a pair of Brown Sandal Trim Tread Flip Flops to review and I have to say when they arrived I thought yeah right!, like I am going to be able to walk on these and not break an ankle, but after a little practice I had walking in them down pat! I did as they recommended and wore them about 30 minuets a day while working around the house doing my chores and making trips down to the mail box!

It didn’t take me long the first day of wearing them to feel the burn as some say! Boy, were my calves and legs were on fire and I didn’t make it the full 30 minuets the first week but after that I was on a roll and wore them some times longer than the 30 minuets and I have seen great improvement in the looks of my legs and I seem to have more of a booty now than I did before I started wearing my Trim Treads!

Bottom Line:

I love…love….love my Trim Treads and I highly recommend these shoes to everyone that is trying to get their booties in shape! I will admit that these do look intimidating at first but after a few tries I think you will have it down and will enjoy these as much as I do! I have gotten so many people come around and ask me where in the world I got my shoes and what they are and I'm so proud to tell them and suggest them to give them a try!

These sandals come in many different colors and they also offer a selection of Clogs and Boots if the sandals aren’t your thing! I will tell you though that when you order be sure to order a size smaller than what you normally wear in other shoes, I got a size 5 and they fit perfectly!

These would make a wonderful gift for the fitness queen in your life or for someone wanting to get into shape and likes to try new things I say these are a must have!

Buy It:
To purchase Trim Treads for yourself visit their website!

Win It:
Trim Treads has offered one of my readers a pair of Trim Treads Sandals in your choice of color!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Trim Treads and tell me what color you would choose if you won! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (current follower count too)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Trim Treads be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. “Like” Trim Treads on Facebook

Giveaway ends Sept 07, 2010 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the Trim Treads Sandals mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.