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Valentine’s Day has gone to the dogs…literally!

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Are you a dog owner?

If you own a dog chances are your dog is very much a part of your family.

Our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin) is very much a member of our family (as it our cats and fish). We even go so far as to give him Christmas presents during the holiday season and celebrate is birthday (well, what we assume is his birthday – he was adopted for the local animal shelter).

I know many dog owners who give their pets gifts throughout the year.

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Have you ever given your dog a Valentine’s Day card or gift? After all, Valentine’s Day is for celebrating the ones you love – shouldn’t that include your dog too?

OK… so your dog can’t really read a Valentine’s Day card. That is fine. You can read it to him.

Check out this interesting infographic that touches upon just how love our furry friends are.

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Instead of celebrating your love for your four legged best friend on February 14th, why not make February 13th Valentine’s Day for Dogs?

To celebrate Valentine’s Day for Dog why not take your best friend on a special walk or to their favorite dog park? Or maybe you can buy them a new comfy bed, a fun new toy or even spend the day snuggling together.

Don’t forget the treats! Dogs love treats.

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The wonderful people at at Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Milo’s Kitchen, and Canine Carry Outs have made it easy for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day for dogs with adorable doggie Valentine’s Day cards that you can download, print out and share with your favorite pooch.

You can find the cute cards here – www.BigHeartPetValentines.com.

Simply print the cards, cut them out and insert your pup’s favorite treats like this…

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How cute! I love this idea and our dog Espn is going to enjoy his special treats. Right now I am keeping them in a container so he doesn’t see them. I’ll give them to him on the 13th.

If you would like to see what others are saying about this special “I love you” day for dogs, check out the hashtag #ValentinesForDogs.

Do you celebrate the holidays with your dog? Have you ever celebrated Valentine’s Day with them? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimbely

*I received free product samples 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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CANIDAE® Grain Free Barn-to-Table Pet Food and Treats

 

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My family includes me, my husband, our two children, five cats, a dog and a pair of Goldfish. Our pets are very much a part of our family. Just like my spouse and kids, I also care about the health and wellbeing of our pets. I want them to live long, happy and healthy lives.

It wasn’t until our youngest cat, Bella, developed severe asthma that I REALLY started to look at the foods our pets were eating. I tried giving her different foods because a lot of the time her asthma attacks happen after she eats. I thought it might be a food allergy so I headed off to the pet store to find food that was 100% nature and not made with any synthetic, man-made products or bi-products.

After reading the ingredients on several brands I realized a lot of pet food products contain wheat and other grains. Then it dawned on me – when in the wild do you see dogs and cats eating wheat or other grains? You don’t! In the wild cats and dogs eat meat, and occasionally vegetables. They don’t eat grains.

I did an experiment with our dog and fed him grain free dry food. He has a very sensitive stomach. I worried the grain-free food would upset his stomach, but it didn’t. He was fine. Since then I only feed him grain-free dry food. I feed him canned food too, but I’m still in the process of finding one that I like best.

As for cat food we’re still in the process of finding something that all five cats will eat and enjoy. So far I’ll try something and one or a few of the cats will love it and the others will not.

Not too long ago I was sent some products from a pet food company called CANIDAE.

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CANIDAE is a natural pet food company, and they make a premium line of grain-free, all natural dog food called PURE.  With PURE, CANIDAE has finally brought farm to table to the pet food industry with their barn to table food and treats.  

PURE is made with only the best ingredients for pets and free of grains, making it ideal for pets with food sensitivities/allergies, like our dog Espn.

Here is some additional information about PURE.

On average, one cup of CANIDAE® Grain Free PURE amounts to more than 41 grams of protein, making it a valuable source of complete nutrients for pets

The PURE line of food contains just 7-10 ingredients in each formula.  Ingredients include:

  • Fresh meat or fish as the first ingredient
  • Whole foods such as sweet potatoes, peas and chickpeas

PURE also contains the brand’s patented HealthPLUS Solutions, which includes live probiotics to support healthy digestion, antioxidants to help maintain a healthy immune system, and omegas 6 & 3 for beautiful skin and coat.

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CANIDAE products are made in the USA too.

We received to review with Espn several CANIDAE products including treats. Espn loved each and every one of them. In fact he couldn’t get enough of them and wanted us to give him more.

Our dog has a sensitive stomach and even the littlest change in food or treats can cause him to have diarrhea. Thankfully that did not happen with the CANIDAE products we gave him.

The treats and food we gave him from CANIDAE contained Bison, Wild Boar, Chicken, Duck and Lamb. They also contained things like Sweet Potatoes and Quinoa.I was a bit surprised by Quinoa. I always saw that as a grain. Then again that might not be a PURE product but rather one of CANIDAE’s many other quality pet food products.

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CANIDAE also offers grain free cat food options too that I am going to look into for our cats. The brand is available at 10,000 pet stores across the country including Petco. The next time I am at Petco I am going to pick up some cat food to try with our cats.

I like that the ingredients are not man made or overly processed.  I don’t want to eat “junk” food and the last thing I want to do is feed it to my pets either. I want to feed them only quality food. So far I am impressed with CANIDAE and feel good feeding it out our dog.

CANIDAE offers products for pets of all sizes, ages and breeds.

If you are interested in learning more visit www.Canidae.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

My apologies for the poor photos. My husband took them for me and I didn’t want to hurt his feelings to say they were too grainy and not that good. :-)

What do you think of the brand? Have you ever tried CANIDAE products before?

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Kimberly

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

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Give your pet fresh, clean water with Kleanbowl

 

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Our pets – Espn, Velcro, Kitty, Padmé, Anakin and Bella

 

My family and I have what I refer to as a “mini-zoo” consisting of five cats, a dog (who happens to think he’s a cat) and two Goldfish. If we had a big house I’m sure we’d have more pets. My daughter has wanted a rabbit since she was little and I adore hamsters.

Having so many pets means we have plenty of furry family members to play with, snuggle with and shower with love, hugs and kisses – except the fish (ewww… I wouldn’t want to kiss a fish). We do talk to our fish so they know we love them too.

Having pets also comes with a lot of responsibility. You are responsible to provide them with fresh food and water daily and regular check ups. Plenty of exercise is also very important.

We have one big bowl to provide fresh water to our cats and dog. Because they all share the water dish we wash it out and fill it up several times a day. I want to ensure that they always have fresh, clean water.

One of our cats – Velcro – enjoys ice cold water. So much so he’ll meow at us when I open the freezer because he knows that is where the ice cubes are and he wants them in the dish.

I wouldn’t consider myself a “germophobe”, but I do get grossed out by the idea of germs, bacteria and other nasty stuff building up on things. I try to keep things clean and sertilized – including the pet dishes. Every few days I’ll put them in the dishwasher so that the high heat can sanitize them.

Sometimes it’s not always possible to do that, especially if you don’t have a dishwasher in your home. There is another solution. It’s called Kleanbowl.

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Kleanbowl is made by a company called Kinn.

Kleanbowl is a stainless steel “bowl.” I used the term “bowl” loosley because it’s really just a circular shape with the middle cut out. In the middle goes inserts. The inserts are technically the bowl and the stainless steel part serves as a “fame” or a way of keeping the insert in shape.

The thick, paper-like inserts are 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable.

Check out this brief, informative video.

 

It’s gross to think our pets can be DRINKING or EATING E-coli.

Using Kleanbowl is easy. Simply insert the bowl into the stainless steel frame, fill the bowl with water or food, and let your pet enjoy it. At the end of the day (or how often you chose to do it), simply toss out the bowl insert and replace with a new one. This way you can be sure your pet’s food or water dish is always clean and free from germs and bacteria which could cause your pet to become ill.

Here is some additional information about the product.

Kleanbowl:

  • Stainless steel holder to secure the disposable Nourish-Pet Kleanbowl Refill in place to prevent pets from removing, eating, spilling or damaging the bowl itself.
  • Comes with 7 Nourish-Pet Kleanbowl Refills
  • Sizes: 8, 16 and 24 Oz.
  • MSRP: $17.95-$22.95

Kleanbowl Refills:

  • Ensures pet’s food and water tastes its best, with no-wash convenience
  • Clean, replaceable germ-free bowls for better health
  • 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable bowls save time, water & electricity
  • Microwave and Freezer safe
  • Sizes: 8, 16 and 24 Oz.
  • MSRP: $12.45-$17.45

The bowls and inserts are available in different sizes.

Refill packages of the inserts are available on the manufacturer’s website.

As a pet parent I love the idea of knowing their water dish is clean and that they are drinking fresh, clean water. I also appreciate the convenience of not having to sanitize the bowl on a regular basis. Kleanbowl is so easy to use that my kids have replaced the inserts for me when I was not around.

My pets seem to like Kleanbowl too. I have not had any of them have any issues with the new bowl.

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The only downside to the product are the inserts. You have to order them online. I would like it if the inserts were available locally, such as in a pet supply store, so that I could pick up more inserts when I need them rather then order online and wait for them to ship.

The inserts can also add up. If you live on a budget this might not be the best product for you since you’d have to buy new inserts often.

None the less I love the idea of Kleanbowl. It gives me peace of mind and gives my pets tasty, fresh, clean water.

If you would like to learn more about Kleanbowl visit KinnInc.com. They can also be found on social media (all of their links are found on their website at the bottom of the page). Kinn Inc. carries other cool pet products worth checking out. They even have RECIPES for dog and cats.

What do you think about Kleanbowl? Is it a product you’d like to have for your pet?

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Kimberly

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

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An awesome solution to an ugly problem

 

Baby Gate

If you own a home with a pet, or an infant, chances are you have this product in your home. It’s a popular safety item. If you don’t own one, and have stairs, you should really consider getting one. It’s a pet/baby gate.

I remember when we had gates up in our home. We had one to block the sliding glass door so we could let fresh air in but keep our kids from going out. We also had one to block the kids from getting into the kitchen and one to keep them in their room when I had to cook so I didn’t have to worry about them. We also used the same gates to keep our dog confined to the kitchen and hallway area when we were not at home or at night so as not to have a bunch of “accidents” all over our carpet.

That was many years ago. My kids are teenagers now and our dog will be 8 years old this year. Needless to say it’s been a while since gates were needed.

Let’s face it, safety gates are not exactly nice to look at. If anything they are more of an “eye sore.” Regardless they are a must have safety product if you have young children and/or if you have pets you need to confine to a specific area.

If you have stairs you MUST have a safety gate in your home. You don’t want your child or grandchild to fall down the stairs. That could have some serious repercussions.

If you are like me you don’t really want to have those ugly gates all over your home.

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A mom inventor came up with a great idea that will not only keep your children and pets safe, but also deal with the issue of gates being an “eye sore” in your home.

A mom named Janelle wanted something that could keep her two children from going on the stairs, as well as keep her dogs from going up/down the stairs too. She was tired of the typical safety gates that are available on the market. She wanted something more appealing that would add to her home’s décor, or at a minimum not detract from it. She also wanted something that wouldn’t require drilling and wasn’t permanent so it could easily be removed when not needed or not in use. That is when she came up with the idea of The Stair Barrier.

You can read more of her story on the “About Us” page.

There are plenty of safety gates on the market, but not many specifically designed for the bottom of the stairs. Not only that it’s not always easy to get gates to work with the various types of banister designs.

To solve this problem some people have created their own barriers out of items from around their home. Not only is that an inconvenience to do, and un-do, it’s also not truly effective.

The Stair Barrier was specifically designed to go from banister to banister. It’s a safe and non-permanent way to keep your child and/or pet off the stairs. In addition, Stair Barrier is available in different designs. Future products looking to launch later on this year include collegiate designs, different color options, additional fabric options and even personalization. They are also planning on added a banister to wall Stair Barrier.

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The regular banister to banister collection is designed to fit stair way openings from 36″ to 42″ in width. The basic design is available in two different options – pet or home. There are also seven different personalization options. You can even choose your fabric and color to suit your home’s décor.

There is also a “wide” collection for stairs measuring 42″ – 52″ in width.

The Stair Barrier is also handcrafted in the United States.

Here are a few examples of the Stair Barrier.

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When the Stair Barrier is not needed you can easily undo it and put it to the side without having to find a place to store it or anything else that might be inconvenient. Living in a tiny condo it was impossible to hide the gates when we didn’t need them. We’d have to stuff them behind larger furniture (like the couch) to get them out of the way.

The Stair Barrier just rolls up to the side so that you can use your stairs when you need them. Plus it’s easy to remove and lightweight so you can take it with you where ever you go. For example, if your child or pet is going to spend the night at grandma’s house and she has stairs you can quickly and easily remove the Stair Barrier from your stairs, roll it up, tote it to grandma’s (it’s lightweight!) and quickly set it up on her stairs.

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As a parent, pet owner and home owner I can certainly appreciate the value of the Stair Barrier. We don’t have stairs in our condo (we have them out in the hallway in the common area) but if we did putting up a gate or barrier on top of and at the bottom of the stairs would be a must. Not only for safety reasons but also because I’d like to keep the pets from going into our bedroom when not at home (if that was the case).

I really like this idea. I love that you can easily attach it without making it permanent and I love that you can personalize it. I’m curious to see what new colors and designs they’ll have available later on this year.

If you would like more information about the Stair Barrier please visit TheStairBarrier.com. You can also check them out on the various social media sites like Facebook and Twitter (other social media links found at the top right of the company’s home page).

What do you think about the Stair Barrier? Do you think it’s a “must have” product in your home? Do you use gates to prevent children and/or pets from getting up or down the stairs?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with the Stair Barrier to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Overcoming Pet Winter Woes

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Like humans, pets can experience winder doldrums. Even those living in warmer weather regions are still affected by seasonal changes, which can be especially tough on dogs and cats–particularly those that are used to spending time outdoors.

Beyond the obvious challenge of pets getting less exercise during the winter months, dogs and cats often experience less emotional stimulation during this period and can suffer a variety of adversities, including excessive weight gain, irritability, anxiety and even clinical depression. This can lead to a variety of unsavory behaviors and dissatisfaction for all involved. The more outdoor-oriented the pet, the higher probability that these and other problems will present and persist through the season.

Fortunately, there are a few simple things pet owners can do to physically engage and psychologically stimulate their pets and make everyone happier during the long, cold winter months. FETCH! Pet Care CEO, Paul Mann, offers these suggestions:

Indoor & Outdoor Exercise

Most dog breeds need to go outside 2-3 times a day, not only to relieve themselves, but also to get some form of exercise and sensory stimulation.  Dogs are more likely to go outside in nearly any kind of weather and often love a romp in the snow.  Taking your dog outdoors will trigger its natural play instincts. Running, jumping and chasing are natural ways to energize your pet, burn calories and boost metabolism.  If you’re not up to the task amid Mother Nature, consider hiring a professional dog walker to happily take on the duty.  Indoors, tried-and-true games like fetch, tug-of-war and wrestling can also serve as a great workout that also stimulates a pet’s appetite.

Cats also love to pounce and play, and if they’re stuck in the house you can easily brighten their day with 10-15 minutes of play each day. String, laser pointers, objects on strings and other enticing toys dragged around get your cat into chase mode, keep her busy and burning energy. Find or install a perch by a window where your cat can watch the birds. For those cats that pine to be outdoors, the marketplace has an abundance of outdoor enclosures that also allows cats to run, roam and prance freely in the invigorating fresh air. Of course, moderate the time spent in these enclosures based on the winter weather conditions.

For both dogs and cats, keep a set of toys and laser pointer handy for an energized and sustained play session, either indoors or out, at least once daily. When outdoor play just isn’t an option, there are a number of motorized animal treadmills on the market today that are entirely enjoyable and effective for exercising both Fido and Felix.

Counting Calories

If your dog or cat doesn’t get outdoors as much in the winter as they normally do, it likely doesn’t need to eat as much food. Reducing food and calorie intake generally means less weight gain and more energy.  If you often give your pets treats, consider hiding them inside toys, such as freezing kibble inside a “Kong,” to give them prolonged busy work.

As with humans, weight maintenance is all about portion control. Feed your pet using a designated measuring cup so that you know exactly how much food they’re consuming each day. If you still aren’t getting the desired results, call the pet food company for dietary recommendations to ensure you aren’t over-feeding—especially as seasonal dietary requirements change when a pet becomes less active. Automated pet feeding systems are also helpful. These tech tools utilize a wireless tag attached to a pet’s collar to regulate and monitor one or more pet’s food intake to ensure the pet isn’t eating too much or too little at once or throughout the day—also keeping multiple pets away from each other’s food.

Let There Be Light

Pets react to illumination just like humans do.  Their energy level increases when the light is brighter. According to Animal Behavior College, “The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals found that approximately 40 percent of dog owners saw a considerable downturn in their pet’s moods during the winter months” and that related symptoms in pets “typically manifest as behavioral changes such as inappropriate soiling, aggression, lethargy and separation anxiety.” The report notes that “Light is intimately tied to the functioning of the pituitary and endocrine glands, and can stimulate the body to release hormones that have an uplifting effect on mood.” If it’s too cold to go out, simply open the drapes and let the natural light in, turn up your indoor lights, and consider replacing bulbs with the full spectrum or daylight variety to better simulate a daytime environment. A company called Pawsitive Lighting, has even developed a light box to help conquer those wintertime blues.

Animal-Rousing Aromas

Scented toys can really engage an animal’s interests and natural stalking instincts, also keeping them occupied and mentally focused as they try to find the source of the smell.  Luckily dogs respond to a variety of smells and there are seemingly infinite availability of toys that engage canine olfaction—alone and in combination with other senses that can be concurrently engaged.  A game of hide and seek can go a log way with your pooch!

For cats that respond well to catnip, there are catnip and other “play sprays” that can be squirted onto indoor climbing structures, cardboard boxes, and scratching posts.  A multi-story cat climber or “tree” with strategically placed low-cal treats or scented play toys can readily get kitty jumping from level to level and its heart pumping in kind.

With just a little planning, you can help ensure your pet’s winter season remains happy and healthy, with a great quality of life for everyone in the household.

Paul Mann is the Founder and CEO of Fetch! Pet Care—the nation’s largest and most trusted franchisor for professional pet sitting, dog walking, and pet fitness/exercise services—serving thousands of pets and pet parents throughout the United States from coast to coast. He may be reached online at: www.FetchPetCare.com.

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Source:
http://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/blog/does-wintertime-blues-effect-your-pet/

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Evercare Products – a “must have” for pet owners

 

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As a “mom” to five cats and a dog, I like to think I know a thing or two about pet hair. Sadly, I like way too much about this problem. It’s something I live with daily.

I love my pets dearly. They are very much a part of our family. But I can do without the hair all over the place.

I keep my place keep but no matter what I do pet hair seems to be everywhere.

Sometimes clumps of hair will blow across the dining room floor. We refer to them as “tumbleweeds”.

I tend to wear a lot of black, especially pants (black is slimming and matches with everything). Black pants and pet hair are NOT a good combination. Some how it attracts the hair like a magnet. For that reason I wait until the very last minute to get dressed before I leave for work to minimize the pet hair I get on my pants.

I keep lint rollers handy to get the hair off my clothing just in case it gets on it. I work with little kids and sometimes we get kids who have pet allergies. The last thing I want to do cause any child discomfort.

Here’s a fun fact;

In 1956, an electrical engineer named Nicholas McKay, and his wife, Helen, were scheduled to chaperone a college dance. McKay had forgot to take his clothes to the dry cleaner so he wrapped some masking tape around an empty toilet paper tube, rigged a wire handle to form a roller, and conveniently removed lint from his tuxedo.

The next day, he and his wife established Helmac, which, in the year 2000, became Evercare.

I’ve used tape to remove hair and lint from clothing before. That was before I knew about lint rollers. Growing up we didn’t have such a product in my home. I wish we did.

Evercare sent me some of their products to try out and see how well they handle the hair issue in my home.

Evercare sent the following products (other Evercare products appear in the photo that I was NOT sent to review);

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I love the Pet Fur 50 Layer T Handle Extra Sticky Lint Roller & Brush (the one with the purple handle). One side is a sticky lint roller, the other side is a brush.

I use this lint roller on the cat tree, pet beds and furniture. I use the brush side to scrap off the bulk of the hair (I just pull it off the brush and toss it out). Once I’ve removed most of the fur I use the sticky roller side to clean it up and catch those few stray hairs.

The brush really helps a lot when removing pet hair.

I also enjoy the Giant Roller (the one that resembles a paint roller). It covers a large area which means you can roller it on your furniture and cover a lot of space with one sticky sheet. It’s great for last minute clean ups when unexpected guests stop by.

The other Giant Roller (the regular looking roller) is great for getting hair and lint off clothing. I use it to catch stray hairs on my clothes before leaving for work and my kids use it for their clothes too (the cats love to hang out in their room). Unlike other rollers the Evercare roller is large in size and covers more space which means you can remove hair and lint from your clothing faster than other rollers.

The sticky tape works well too. You can tell the difference between a quality roller (like Evercare) and cheap ones from the dollar store by the way they stick.

The stickines does not harm your clothing.

If you have pets, or work with pets, Evercare pet hair and lint rollers are a must have.

For more information visit www.Evercare.com.

Evercare products are sold at many retail locations including Rite Aid, Mendards, Petco, Amazon, Meijer, Safeway and Sam’s Club. For a full list of retailers please visit the Evercare website.

Do you have a pet hair problem in your home? Have you ever used Evercare products before?

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Kimberly

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

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