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Bayer Animal Health Teams Up with Clifford the Big Red Dog (giveaway ends 6/11/16)

 

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For most people, their pets are a huge part of their family. I know mine are. I cannot imagine a life without our pets. They are important to our family – that is why their health, happiness and well being are extremely important to us.

I recently posted about how this is the season for fleas and ticks (they can be found year round in warmer climates). You can read that post here – ‘Tis the season… for fleas and ticks.

It’s important to protect your pet against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other nasty pests. That is why you need to take precaution like use products to protect them as well as regular vet visits to ensure that your pet is healthy.

I have seen first hand how much Lyme Disease can affect someone. My stepmother suffers from Lyme Disease. It’s awful. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

There is a new, limited edition, book that has been created to teach children and families about the importance of proper pet care, as well as tips on how to prevent the pests that can cause serious diseases (ticks, fleas, mosquitoes…). It’s called Clifford Goes to the Doctor.

I don’t normally post press releases, but I feel the information in this one is important.

Bayer Animal Health collaborated with Scholastic and the iconic Clifford the Big Red Dog® to create a limited-edition distribution of Clifford Goes to the Doctor, a story that teaches children how to properly care for their pets. The custom book features tips for families on how to prevent fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, which can carry diseases, such as Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis – also known as companion vector-borne diseases (CVBD).

“At Bayer, we understand how important our pets are to our families and to our wellbeing,” said Dr. Joe Hostetler, Manager of Companion Animal Veterinary Service at Bayer Animal Health North America. “The topic of vector-borne disease can be complex, but is an important one to discuss given its prevalence and potential impact in our communities.  Clifford the Big Red Dog is the ideal character to teach children and families how to care for their pets, and as part of that care, we encourage pet owners to speak with their veterinarian about ways to protect their pets from parasites.”

The release of the limited-edition book from Bayer, Clifford Goes to the Doctor, corresponds with the International Companion Vector-Borne Disease (CVBD) Symposium, held in Miami from May 9-12, 2016. Each year, the symposium invites a group of scientific thought leaders to discuss current findings, as well as future trends concerning the distribution, pathogenesis, clinical implications, diagnosis and prevention of CVBD.

To unveil the limited-edition book, Bayer and Clifford the Big Red Dog, the beloved canine created by bestselling author/illustrator Norman Bridwell, visited the Coral Park Elementary School in Miami where Bayer Animal Health Veterinarian, Dr. Dan Carey, read the story to more than 140 first graders and addressed their pet care questions. Following the reading, first grade students throughout the Miami-Dade School District received copies of Clifford Goes to the Doctor to take home.

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“Pets can teach children valuable lessons when it comes to responsibility,” said Dr. Carey. “No matter how young, it’s important for children to learn good habits early when it comes to providing the best possible care for a pet.”

Vector-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, heartworm disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, can be transmitted when parasites bite your pet and take a blood meal. Among them, Lyme disease, babesiosis and leishmaniasis are known to veterinarians throughout the world as a growing threat.  An important prevention measure is to use an effective treatment indicated for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, which can transmit deadly diseases to your dog.  Pet owners should consider a product that not only kills, but also repels.

Dr. Susan Little, a veterinarian specializing in parasitology and key thought leader also echoes the importance of prevention.  “I want to feed my dog; I don’t want my dog to feed fleas and ticks,” she said.

The 2016 International CVBD Symposium focused on key topics affecting the world today, including the transmission time of vector-borne diseases, as well as the latest findings on feline vector-borne diseases, ehrlichiosis in the US and leishmaniasis.

For more information about CVBD, visit www.cvbd.org.For more information about Bayer Animal Health and ways to protect pets from parasites, visit www.animalhealth.bayer.com.

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I received a copy of the book to review. Even though it’s a serious topic, the book is completely written for children. It’s easy for them to read and understand. It also features the beloved Clifford character throughout the book.

This book will appeal to most children, especially Clifford fans and children who enjoy animals.

The book is a reading level of One (easy to read).

The story is about how Clifford has gone to the vet ever since he was a teeny, tiny puppy up until now that he’s a giant dog.

On the inside front cover are tips for taking proper care of your pet (great for grown ups too). On the back cover are tips and information about the Vector-Borne diseases and what you can do to prevent them.

I don’t know where you can obtain a copy of this book. I know the actual book was published  years ago (it can be found where ever book are sold). The limited edition copy feature the extra material on the side of the cover and back cover (as mentioned above). You can find the tips in the book at the websites mentioned above, so you don’t necessarily need the book.

Clifford Book Cover

Bayer would like to give a copy of the limited edition book to a lucky reader.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win a copy of this book?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received a free copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate Shrek’s 15th Anniversary! (giveaway ends 6/7/16)

 

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Are you a fan of the film Shrek? My family are big time Shrek fans. We’ve seen the film so many times we can talk along with it. We even find ourselves quoting lines from the movie.

One of my husband’s favorite lines that makes him crack up all the time is when Shrek and Donkey are at the castle to rescue Princess Fiona and Shrek says “Sure it’s big enough… but look at the location,” when referring to the castle.

I’m not sure why but EVERY TIME he watches the film and Shrek says that line my husband laughs. I guess it’s the way that Shrek says it and the expression on his face. LOL!

Can you believe that the original film that kicked off the popular franchise is celebrating it’s 15th Anniversary this year. FIFTEEN YEARS! Wow. I feel old.

To celebrate, DreamWorks is releasing a special 15th Anniversary edition of the film.

You’ve never met a hero quite like Shrek, winner of the first ACADEMY AWARD® for Best Animated Feature*.

The endearing ogre sparked a motion picture phenomenon and captured the world’s imagination with…the Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told!

Critics have called Shrek “not just a brilliant animated feature, but a superb film on any level” (Larry King, USA Today).

Relive every moment of Shrek’s (Mike Myers) daring quest to rescue feisty Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), with the help of his lovable loudmouthed Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and win back the deed to his beloved swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow).

Enchantingly irreverent and “monstrously clever” (Leah Rozen, People Magazine), Shrek is an ogre-sized adventure you’ll want to see again and again.

Shrek Collection

Earlier this month DreamWork released a special four movie HD collection featuring all of the Shrek films – Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After. A special anniversary edition of Shrek was also released on HD. The Blu-ray and DVD versions will be available where ever movies are sold on June 7, 2016.

In honor of Shrek’s anniversary, I have some wonderful Shrek themed printables for you to enjoy. Simply click on the link below each image. You can save it on to your computer and print out to enjoy at your leisure.

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Shrek 3D Characters

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Shrek Cootie Catcher

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Shrek Door Hangers

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Shrek Party Kit

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Shrek Stickers

In addition, I am giving away a copy of the special 15th Anniversary Blu-ray to a lucky reader. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me who is your favorite Shrek character and/or which is your favorite Shrek film?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving a copy of the film in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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NEW Little Bites Snackin’ Bites (giveaway ends May 31, 2016)

 

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If you have read my blog on a regular basis you probably read my posts about Entenmann’s Little Bites. My family and I are big fans of the brand. I buy them for my family often. They are perfect to toss into their lunch or enjoy “on-the-go.”

Where I work in the AM we serve them every Monday morning, which we refer to as “Muffin Monday.” The kids love them.

The Party Cake and Fudge Brownies are our favorite flavors.

Entenmann’s Little Bites has recently introduced a new product line – Little Bite Snackin’ Bites.

The delicious new addition to the Entenmann’s Little Bites family of snacks is consistent with the Little Bites goodness that families already love, is destined to put a smile on kids’ faces and make parents feel good when they serve them!

Made with a soft cereal crust and packed with delicious fruit filling, Snackin’ Bites rich and savory flavors, Apple Cinnamon and Strawberry, serve as a great breakfast or the perfect go-to happy snack! A good source of Calcium, Vitamin D and Fiber, these new “pop in your mouth” bite-sized snackin’ squares contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives and have 0g trans fat. Each box contains five portable pouches with six individual Snackin’ Bites mini bars per pouch.

I received some Snackin’ Bites to try out for myself and with my family.

Snackin’ Bites remind me of cookies because of their size and texture. Inside that have a fruit filling (Apple Cinnamon or Strawberry). They are soft and moist, just like Little Bites muffins.

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Snackin Bites

I like that each pouch is one serving size. It’s a great way to control your portions. These cute little snack bars are delicious and it’s hard to stop at just one, that is why I like that there is a single serving size in each pouch.

My husband is a picky eater – even when it comes to snacks – and he enjoyed the Snackin’ Bites.

Because these are new they might not be available in every store that sells Entenmann’s product – yet. Keep an eye out for them. Currently they have launched in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest.

These are really good. I know that I will purchase them again for my family when I see them arrive in our local grocery store.

For more information about Entenmann’s Little Bites please visit the Entenmann’s website, www.Entenmanns.com. You can also find the Entenmann’s brand on social media.

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Entenmann’s would like to give a lucky reader a Little Bites Snackin’ Bites prize package which consists of:

  • One box of Little Bites Snackin’ Bites Apple Cinnamon valued at $5.00
  • One box of Little Bites Snackin’ Bites Strawberry valued at $5.00
  • Five Little Bites Coupons valued at $5.00 each ($25 value)
  • One custom Little Bites Snackin’ Bites USB portable charger valued at $10.00

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

 

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Kimberly

*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Quick giveaway for tickets to see Cirque Du Soleil’s One Night for ONE DROP (giveaway ends 5/29/16)

 

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Coming to theaters for one night only (June 7, 2016) is One Night for ONE DROP featuring the world renowned Cirque Du Soleli.

I have never seen a show by Cirque Du Soleli, but I would love to see one someday. From what I have seen they look amazing.

Here is some additional information about the event.

One Night for ONE DROP is an annual celebration around World Water Day to bring awareness and raise funds for water issues worldwide. This completely original, only-one-night production features artists from each of the eight Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil productions, alongside renowned guest performers.

In its fourth year, One Night for ONE DROP returned for an electrifying performance in front of a limited, exclusive and sold-out VIP audience at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas making it one of the hottest tickets in town.

Each performer volunteers his or her time for this magnificent charity initiative in which all Cirque stages are dark for one evening to bring the spotlight of talent to a special “performed once only” show to support ONE DROP – an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to safe water. The programs central theme ties to the charity mission of bringing awareness to global water issues. Each year, this beautiful and uniquely custom show wows a super limited audience that pays thousands of dollars per ticket. Now, for one night, audiences across the US can view this breathtaking and truly exclusive, larger-than-life event on the big screen without breaking the bank. And, because a portion of proceeds from this Fathom Event benefit One Drop and their mission to make clean water accessible around the world, your attendance at this truly unique event supports an amazing cause.

Check out this brief trailer for the show.

 

If yoou would be interested in learning more about this special event, please visit the Fathom Events website. On their site you can find a list of participating theaters. From what I can see it will be shown at a few hundred locations across the United States.

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Fathom Events would like to give a lucky winner a set of FOUR tickets to see the show.

Before you enter please make sure it will be shown at a location near you. Check here to find your nearest location.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 29, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Father Events is responsible for the prize package.

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Do you remember your first crush? (Giveaway ends 5/25/16)

 

 

As the mother of teenagers, I still can’t grasp the idea of my kids dating. Our son is still single, but our daughter has had the same boyfriend for almost a year now. It’s still hard for me to think of my baby girl going on dates, even if she is just about to turn 19 years old. Thankfully we like the young man. My daughter and her boyfriend are like “two peas in a pod.” I don’t know if that is a good thing, or a bad thing, because they are so much alike.

He’s her first boyfriend, but not her first crush. Her first crush happened when she was a junior in high school and her crush was a senior.

Funny story… in elementary school the cutest little boy had a crush on my daughter. She liked him as a friend, so the feelings were not mutual. He was also very chubby (still adorable if you ask me). Fast forward to high school. The little boy lost the baby weight, started working out and turned into a “hottie” (as per my daughter and her friends). I find that funny how it worked out. All the girls ended up crushing on him.

Do you remember your first crush? Mine was one of my best friends in elementary school. His name is Scott.

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I was always overweight and picked on a lot in school. Scott was always nice to me and looked past my weight. He was the kind of friend who would make sure I was picked for a team and not the last one picked. He looked out for me. He was also very funny and would make me laugh so much and so hard my sides would hurt and tears would stream from my eyes.

I crushed on Scott for a few years. In 7th grade I was hoping that maybe my feeling would be returned and he would like me too. It turns out he had a crush on my very best friend instead. Ugh! I was crushed!!!! It broke my heart.

Scott and I remained friends for several years, but it never seemed the same. I also moved on and start to crush on someone else instead – the co-captain of the football team. That was not the wisest thing (the captain of the football team would never date and overweight wallflower). I went on to crush on him for about four years.

First crushes can be tough. Just ask you Ivan in the video found at the top of this post just how hard crushes can be.

It’s a cute video. I found it funny how fickle he was over the girls who liked the same things he did (Star Wars, video games, comics/superheroes).

See what others are saying about this cute video by checking out the hashtag #BeMyBabySP.

If you liked the video you can subscribe to SoulPancake’s YouTube channel to see more entertaining videos.

SoulPancake, the people who made this cute video, would love to know what you think about it and learn a little about YOUR first crush. They are offering a giveaway to a lucky reader.

One reader will win a $25 Visa gift card, compliments of SoulPancake.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 25, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please visit the videos YouTube page – http://bit.ly/BeMyBabyVideo – and if you like the video please click the “like” (thumbs up) button and leave a comment on the video’s YouTube page. Then come back to this page and let me know in the comment section that you like/disliked the video and commented.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with SoulPancake to bring you this video. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. SoulPancake will be providing the prize.

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Jackson Galaxy’s Petmate Line Launching at PetSmart (giveaway ends 5/20/16)

 

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Have you ever watched the show My Cat From Hell that airs on Animal Planet? The series is hosted by Jackson Galaxy – the “cat whisper” (similar to how Cesar Millan works with dogs).

In My Cat Fro Hell, Jackson Galaxy visits cat owners and their psycho cats to help them find solutions to their cats unwanted behaviors.

We have five cats. None of them are psycho (THANKFULLY!) but a couple of them have behaviors we wish we could stop. Take for example our eldest cat, Velcro. He likes to urinate under and around my desk, in front of the bedroom door and in front of the closet door.

With five cats its important to keep the litter box clean at all times. We clean it out several times per day. A dirty litter box is NOT why he does it. The litter box is cleaned all the time. We are fully convinced that he does it out of spite.

Velcro likes to have ice cubes in the water dish (he likes REALLY cold water). If he is at the dish meowing for ice and we don’t give it to him, it seems like that is when he urinates under the desk.

Doing it out of spite is the only thing we can think of. Aside from his Diabetes, he’s a healthy cat who gets plenty of love and affection.

Jackson Galaxy! We need you!

Anyway…

Jackson Galaxy has recently released his own line of pet toys and products, exclusively at PetSmart.

PetSmart was kind enough to send me a couple of products to review with our cats.

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Jackson Galaxy™ Space Station Cat Toy

This has been a HUGE hit with our cats, most especially our youngest cat Bella and our middle cat, Anakin.

Bella loves to not only swat the little all found inside the Space Station, but she also figured out how to remove the ball and sometimes we catch her swatting it around in the kitchen or dining room (hardwood floors – rolls around faster than on the carpet).

Check out this brief video of Bella enjoying the Space Station Cat Toy.

 

This is toy, pet bed and scratcher all in one.

Our cat Anakin uses this as a bed. He LOVES sleeping in boxes, so for him, this was a natural fit.

The Space Station Cat Toy is much bigger than I thought it would be. Iniatially I thought it might be too big for our small condo, but it has not been an issue at all. Seeing as how Anakin is a big cat, I’m glad it’s big enough for him to sleep in.

So far only Bella has used the small scratch pad that is found inside of the “bowl.”

I love that this product serves more than one use too, so all of our cats can find something about it that they enjoy.

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Jackson Galaxy™ The Vault Marinater Cat Toy

This isn’t really a toy – but it’s made FOR cat toys.

The plastic box has a smaller box inside. It also comes with a package of catnip.

To use, simply pour the included catnip (or your cat’s favorite catnip) into the outer sides on the inside of the box. Then place your cat’s favorite toy/toys in the middle box, close the lid and let it “marinate” for a few hours, or days. Whatever you see fit.

The catnip in the vault seeps into the toy, giving it a cat nip scent. If you have cats you know how much they LOVE cat nip. Even if the toy is not a cat nip toy you can make it one by marinating it into the Vault Marinater.

I don’t know how long the cat nip fragrance lasts, so I have replaced it a few times since I received this to review. I also rotate the toys so that different ones smell like cat nip.

These are two new products from the Jackson Galaxy line of cat toys and accessories sold exclusively at PetSmart. Here are a few more examples.

Jackson Galaxy Cat Toys

The toys are available both in stores and online at PetSmart.com. You can also check out PetSmart on social media. All links can be found on their website.

You can also learn more about Jackson Galaxy at JacksonGalaxy.com.

PetSmart would love to give both the Space Station and Vault Marinater to a lucky reader.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 20, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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