Sunday, November 25, 2018

Pet News: Missing Cat Shows Up 4 Years Later



(story originally published with KTVA)

I used to love sharing pet news with you guys and I wanted to bring it back! So, this news comes out of Anchorage, Alaska. The Miller family recently reunited with their 16-year-old cat Ruger after 4 years of having no idea where he went. I have a gut feeling Ruger was just catting around.


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Anyways, it all started because of a bad snow storm. Ruger usually always comes in when it snows and when Ruger didn't, the family went door to door in search for their cat. Months of searching and knocking on doors and the family never found Ruger!


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What reunited the family? Four years later, at the Anchorage Animal Care and Control, the staff found poor old Ruger in a night drop off bin for animals. They scanned the chip and contacted the Millers. Mom Cassie Miller showed up and once she called out Cassie's name he meowed up a storm. Now the family is finally complete and Ruger is back with his family!


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Now he gets to live his remaining years in the lap of luxury reminiscing of his days in the wild. I'm sure he'll be telling long-winded stories about what happened those years.




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Sunday, November 18, 2018

15 Unique Gifts Under $15 On Amazon


The holiday seasons are around the corner! So whether you need a white elephant gift or a cheap gift that stands out above the rest, I have for you 15 gifts under $15 that are sure to capture your eye. By the way, this post contains affiliate links and each item was under $15 when I had last checked it.

1) An Octopus Mug ($13.99)
















We all have that person in our life that goes above and beyond in their selection of coffee mugs. This person drinks out of mugs that mean more than something to hold a warm drink. For that person, I recommend the Octopus Mug. It's a unique, one-of-a-kind, handpainted item that catches the eye. All thanks to the coral blue color, the swooping arm of the octopus that makes up the handle, and the golden yellow eyes that stare back at you. 


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2) Friends TV Show Pencil Set ($15.00)



This is a niche gift for a specific type of person. It's for the writer, the student, the listmaker, or handwriter among us who also happen to love the show Friends. What fan of this show can resist a pink pencil that says, "Smelly Cat"? These #2 pencils are irresistible conversation starters that will tickle the funny bone of fans everywhere.

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3) Taco Tuesday Kitchen Towel ($14.99)



Have a friend who constantly talks about Taco Tuesday? Do you love tacos too? Do you know someone who makes tacos like it's nobody's business? This kitchen towel is perfect as a hostess gift, a gift for a taco-fanatic moving into a new home or it's a thank you gift to a fellow taco fan. Featuring a different taco for each day of the week, it's a unique handmade towel that will make any taco fan smiling. For an extra something special, wrap this kitchen towel around a bottle of Tequila.

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4) Snowman Poop Stocking Stuffer ($14.95)



Who can resist getting snowman poop in their stocking on Christmas day? I guess snowman poop is what you get when you haven't been so bad to get coal, but certainly bad enough to get poop. This adorable gift bag measures at 3 inches by 4 inches and comes with a container of white Tic Tacs. Perfect as a stocking stuff or small gift to give to coworkers. Another potential idea for the "snowman poop" is coconut flavored jelly beans or marshmallows.

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5) Rubber Ducky Earrings ($12.50)



Ernie said it best when he said, "Rubber Duckie you're the one, you make bathtime so much fun." Whether you know someone who is an Ernie at heart, a rubber duckie fan, or are into clever jewelry, these Rubber Ducky Earrings are sure to catch anyone's eye. These are handmade and come with a gift box so it makes it an easy gift to give.

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6) Have a Nice Poop Art Print ($10.99)



For the right type of person, this is a fantastic gift to give for the bathroom. Or anywhere, really. But especially the bathroom. Why? Because sometimes you just need to cheer someone on before they go take a number 2. This would also work fantastically for any gift giving parties you plan on going to this holiday season and want to give a gift that will produce a few laughs.

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7) Leather Notebook ($7.99)

If you know someone who loves to write or draw then you know how important notebooks are to them. This is a fantastic notebook, especially if you consider the price. The pages are blank (rather than lined) so it can be filled with sketches as well. It's nicely sized (about 5.8 by 4.1 inches) so it is easily taken with them on the go and the leather binding makes this a durable choice as well.

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8) Harry Potter Postcard Coloring Book ($7.99) 



This particular gift is a special one for Harry Potter fans. This is a postcard sized notebook filled with postcards you can color. They are intricate designs that will be appreciated by the fan of the book and/or movie. The wonderful thing is that the postcards have a blank side so you can actually mail these out to someone who is a fan of the movie or books.

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9) Banana Wine Stopper ($8.00) 

For someone with an excellent sense of humor, this banana wine stopper is a must-buy. It's made from silicon rubber and maintains freshness. The "peeled banana" half of the stopper is the one that goes into the wine, so it looks like the banana is sticking out of the wine. If you purchase this wine stopper for someone, make sure you buy some wine to go with it.

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10) Please Leave by 9 Banner ($13.95)


For the person who doesn't like to have long parties, or struggles with guests leaving, this is an excellent banner for you to buy them. The banner reads "Please leave by 9." Each letter is about 5 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide and the letters are adjustable along the white string.

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11) Floral Owl Salt & Pepper Shakers ($12.93)





These adorable floral designed owl salt and pepper shakers make an excellent gift for someone who takes care in the kitchen. These are hand-painted in delicate, bright colors and very lightweight, but durable.

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12) The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs (Paperback, $11.52)




So this is a unique book for the right type of person. If you know a nature lover in your life or someone who desires to get out into the outdoors more, they will absolutely appreciate the tips in this book. The book reads less of a nature guide as a motivational book and is sure to captivate people who love the outdoors.

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13) Star Wars Darth Vader Mug ($14.24)

Know a Star Wars fan in your life? Then they will love this Darth Vader mug! It's custom-sculpted and made of quality stoneware. It's a very large mug, which shouldn't be surprising. Definitely an eye-catching, one of a kind type of gift.

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14) Adult Activity Book ($8.22)



This is an excellent gift for someone with an upcoming trip that needs something to do on the plane. Or someone that just loves games like crossword, hangman, word scrambles and other games. It's inexpensive and even has a section where someone can play with a friend.

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15) Cat Butt Magnets ($10.95) 



This is sure to bring a smile to the face of a cat lover in your life! These are magnets of 6 different cat species and are fairly large magnets (2x by .75 by 1.25 inches). The painting of the animal bottoms are in great detail as well and are made with decent plastic that make them durable around kids.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

I Don't Regret Cutting Cable (And Why You Should Cancel Yours)

Over a year ago, I canceled my cable subscription services. Before I canceled, I worried that I would miss out on various stations that I loved watching (like Lifetime or AMC). This kept me in a vicious cycle of paying too much for cable while also battling pricing adjustments made by my cable company. Until finally, I decided to cut the cord.

To this day, over one year later, I don't regret canceling cable. First, there are a wide variety of ways to still watch television with options available through streaming devices. For example, things like Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player allows you to watch TV shows, movies, Live TV, and so much more. In fact, it's even voice activated! It also easily connects to HDTVs which is really nice. It connects from your phone to the TV, it's an incredibly seamless process. Find out more information about Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player here.

I do have a couple of different subscriptions through streaming services such as Amazon Prime and Hulu. I recommend both of those actually because an Amazon Prime subscription gives you so much (including prime now delivery in some areas and Amazon allows you to subscribe to channel specific networks through their website, such as CBS All Access). With Hulu, I love it because I can watch new TV shows the very next day (I love the show 911!) (sign up with my referral link!). Also, there are plenty of free ways to watch TV as well as movies.

Another reason I don't regret canceling cable is that I'm no longer under the burden of a contract. I lost my job a month ago and as I cut back on expenses, it's nice to not have to worry about a huge cable bill and I wouldn't want to be stuck in a contract right now.

If you've been on the fence of canceling your cable, I recommend you do it. It will save you money and there are still ways to watch TV.

You have so many options these days and you are no longer limited when you cancel cable. In fact, it gives you that much more options at a more manageable price.

Be sure to purchase your Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player at Best Buy.

I have been compensated for my post about Google Chromecast. This post also contains affiliate links for which I will receive a small compensation if you purchase through my link.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Where Do You Keep Your Coffee? My Review of a Coffee Canister

I never really thought about having somewhere to put my coffee. My coffee tends to sit in the bags I purchase them in until I need to use the coffee! I also don't tend to buy as much coffee to need a canister, but I couldn't wait to try this stars and stripes canister made by Coffee Gator. First of all, while this says stars and stripes, it immediately reminded me of Captain America. So this is officially my unofficial Captain America Coffee Canister. 


I immediately started out by putting my coffee beans in this! I was hoping that it would bring about a fresher taste and more longlasting quality to the beans. It's still hard to say how it does with keeping beans long-lasting fresh but I do appreciate that I have this. Also, I love that this comes with a little scoop for the coffee beans, I think that's one of my favorite parts. It also has a way for you to keep track of how long your coffee beans have been in this canister.




Overall, I think this is perfect for a coffee connoisseur. If you need a way of keeping your coffee beans fresh, this is the perfect product for you. You can purchase your own coffee canister from Coffee Gator by visiting this link. Looks like they are having some great deals going on too, so be sure to check them out!

Be sure to follow Coffee Gator on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

I received the above mentioned item in exchange for my honest review. 
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Type: A. Deodorant - My New, Natural Favorite

It feels a bit embarrassing to share, but I discovered this summer an unrelenting body odor problem. I also was experience a persistent amount of sweating. I kept having to switch deodorants! So, when I had the chance to try out this new kind of deodorant, I couldn't wait to try it out. It's called type: A. 



The style of the deodorant wasn't like what I usually see (like the roller kind). It kind of reminded me of a bottle of lotion, but when you open up the bottle, you can see it provides a way for the deodorant itself to go on your skin in a controlled manner (rather than like gushing out like lotion). What I was hoping was for this deodorant to solve my excessive sweating problem.

After trying it out for a couple of weeks, I did see that it made a difference. While it didn't take away the problem completely, it did far better for me than most deodorants I was trying. It also didn't make me smell as bad anymore! I especially loved that this is a natural product. It also didn't get on my clothes which is a HUGE plus to me. It also didn't irritate my skin either.

Probably the only minor downside is that it's more expensive than the usual deodorant I spend money on (it runs $10.00 on their website). But to me, it's worth it.

I think this is an excellent product for people who aren't satisfied with their current deodorant. Really, if you are constantly hitting and missing with deodorants, you need to try this one. This is also one of those products that are great to take with you to the gym, or to work. Since it doesn't scream out I AM DEODORANT, you can comfortably leave it in your desk without anyone being the wiser. I would absolutely recommend this product to a friend.

To find out more information about the type: A. deodorant, visit their website and you can purchase either an unscented kind or their clean crisp scent (I recommend!). Visit this link to purchase. Also visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I received the above mentioned product in exchange for my honest review. 
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Monday, October 1, 2018

Five Ways to Avoid Colds this Winter

We are soon coming up on the best time of year. When leaves turn brilliant fall colors, sweaters come out of storage, and boots make their first appearance. However, it's also the time of year where you are more likely to get sick. In fact, a Yale study uncovered that there is a direct connection between chilly weather and catching a cold. 

Looking to fight that seasonal virus so you can actually ring in the New Year without sneezing or sniffling? We have five ways for you to avoid colds this winter season that are sure to make you less of a Grinch this holiday season.

1) Wash your hands. A lot.

This may sound like an obvious solution, but this is one of the most effective ways to fight germs you encounter throughout the day. Washing your hands before and after you come into contact with someone sick, before and after making food, and after using the toilet are just a few of the scenarios when you should wash your hands. Not near soap and water? Get hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

2) Get exercise.

It may sound counterintuitive, but by getting a regular work out in, you may be reducing the odds of catching a cold. According to a recent study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, people who exercised about five days a week experienced fewer days of illness than those who worked out only one day a week or less. So get out those running shoes and get started on your start your resolution early if you want to chase away illnesses this winter.

3) Get plenty of rest.

It may sound like another obvious tip, but getting more sleep will definitely improve your chances of fighting a cold. While this is a busier time of year for a lot of people, make sure you are getting at least seven hours of shut-eye each night. Stress can have an impact on how well you are feeling and sleep is an excellent way to reduce that impact.

4) Eat more fruits and vegetables.

This is a tough time of year to add more salad to your diet. But if you can sneak in the extra apple and celery stick, you are likely reducing your chances of getting sick. Adding more of this food group into your diet means you are getting essential nutrients that boost your immune system which fights colds and illnesses. So in between the chocolate bar during Halloween and pies over Thanksgiving, give broccoli a chance.

5) Stay home if you don't feel good.

While this may be easier said than done, if you are experiencing cold symptoms or generally feeling under the weather, your best chances for getting over the common cold is to stay home. You are reducing the number of germs you are spreading as well as the number of germs you are exposed to. So put your feet up, drink tea, and get some rest if you aren't feeling well this winter.
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Weekly Giveaway Round Up



How is everyone doing? I'm excited about the fall season. I love this time of year and it ushers in the nice, cooler weather. I have for you a round-up of giveaways for you to enter this week. A couple of these end very soon, so catch them while you can. Enjoy!

Popcorn Snacks Giveaway
https://www.emilyreviews.com/2018/09/poptime-flavored-popcorn-snacks-review-giveaway-us-10-10.html
Ends 10/10

Does Frankenstein Get Hungry Children's Book Giveaway
https://www.aruplife.com/2018/09/does-frankenstein-get-hungry-review.html
10/16

Hot Winter Nights Book Givaway
https://www.underthecoversbookblog.com/2018/09/hot-winter-nights-by-jill-shalvis.html
Ends soon! (in 3 Days as of 9/27)

"Friends" show (you have the chance to win the "Friends" trivia game and mugs.
https://bookriot.com/2018/09/25/giveaway-whos-the-best-friend-from-friends-and-why/
Ends October 4th

$50 Visa Gift Card
https://www.gofugyourself.com/gfy-giveaway-the-brightest-stars-by-anna-todd-09-2018
Ends tomorrow, 9/28.


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