Fun & Whimsical Products from Teddy the Dog

Do you work outside of your home? If so, do you need to get dressed up for your job (office attire), or do you have a more laid back job?

I work outside of the home. I work with children so thankfully I can wear casual, yet neat, attire. After all, if I’ve surrounded by glue, paint and litter – as well as running around on the playground – I shouldn’t be wearing anything too fancy.

I’m a t-shirt and leggings type of person. When I’m not at work I always dress casual and comfy. That doesn’t mean that I look like a slob. I simply choose to wear more comfortable attire.

I don’t normally wear t-shirts with images on them at work, but when I’m home or on my day off I enjoy letting my personality shine through with what I am wearing. I tend to wear t-shirts with funny images or saying on them, or I’ll wear a t-shirt with my favorite horror movie (or characters) or one of my favorite music groups.

About a month ago I was introduced to Teddy the Dog. Teddy the Dog is a brand that carries witty and clever apparel with a unique spin on entertainment, pop culture, and all things dog. They even carry items for your dog, your home, drink ware and more.

Check out some of the fun designs available at Teddy the Dog.

This is just a SMALL sampling of the available designs. Teddy the Dog also has a variety of limited edition designs that come out every week. You need to be quick for the limited edition designs because they only collect orders up to a certain date. Once that date passes you are out of luck.

Teddy the Dog t-shirts are super soft and tagless. Yeah! I hate tags. I always cut them out and sometimes I don’t cut them out good enough and leave the ends of the tag which itch like crazy. I wish more clothing brands would go tagless.

Teddy the Dog was kind enough to send me a shirt to review. They have a wide range of sizes, including plus sizes (thankfully). My shirt is a bright green color. For some odd reason the photos show it as two different colors (neither of which is the true color). The color I have is called Heather Apple.

The “Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge” shirt pictured below is the true color (I need to get that shirt too in honor of our dog and cats that have passed on).

Here is the shirt I received in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday back in March. How adorable is the design. I love it! I wish I had this shirt the past few years. When I worked with the kindergartners they did fun things to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Many of the teachers wore shirts with Dr. Seuss characters on it. This shirt would have been idea for that. That’s OK. I love Dr. Seuss so I have no problem wearing this adorable shirt year round. Not only is adorable, but I love the vibrant green color (green is also my favorite color).

The shirt is soft and very comfortable to wear. A few of my nigh shirts (pajamas) have the same comfy feel to them. That is why I love wearing this shirt. I feel super comfortable in it.

I love how Teddy the Dog even has their logo on the back of the shirt (up near the collar).

The hang tag that was attached to the shirt is also a sticker. You can peel it off and stick it anywhere. What a fun idea!

Teddy the Dog even has a rewards program you might want to check out.

Now you can earn bones (or points) by referring a friend, sharing our posts on social media, and making purchases. Best of all? Each time you reach a new loyalty tier, you earn bones even faster.

Cool! What a great idea.

You can earn gift cards ranging from $5 – $50. I already have a rewards account because there are several items I would love to purchase in the near future from the website. A few items I want to purchase include a reusable shopping bag (our county is doing away with plastic bags). I need to stock up on them. I also want to get the Beagles bag as a gift for a friend who has a Beagle. The “Pittie Party” garden flag is another gift I want to get for a friend who owns the most sweetest Pit Bull.

The magnetic board cracks me up (“No Sit Sherlock”). My family (mom, dad and so forth) used to say “No sh*t sherlock” a lot. LOL!

I think the prices are very reasonable too.

If you are interested in seeing all that Teddy the Dog has to offer, please visit TeddytheDog.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the top right of their website.

What do you think about Teddy the Dog’s fun designs? Did you see something you’d like to get for yourself or a friend? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.


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

Give someone the gift of “germs” this holiday season


There are all kinds of gifts that people want for the holiday season – clothing, jewelry, toys, games, housewares – but has anyone ever requested germs for Christmas? Or have you ever seen a brain stem cell on your child’s holiday wish list? No, of course not. Not only are these not tangible gifts, but who in their right mind would want the gift of a skin cell or a zombie virus waiting for them to unwrap under the Christmas tree.

Believe it or not, you CAN give someone the gift of these peculiar items, as well as a heart, brain, DNA and even a sperm cell thanks to a company with a great sense of humor called GIANTmicrobes.

GIANTmicrobes are plush organisms and cells, only a million times actual size and cute. Suddenly the common cold doesn’t seem so scary anymore. LOL!

Common Cold

Of course these are meant to be gag gifts, but some of the cute products available from GIANTmicrobes can be used for educational purposes too.

Take for example the heart. The GIANTmicrobes plush heart features the sections of the heart where healthy oxygenated blood is, and blue, oxygenated blood is. It can help reinforce how healthy blood comes and goes from the heart. It’s also made to look like a human heart (not the cute heart shape you see on Valentines Day cards).

An educator could use some of the GIANTmicrobes for teaching purposes. Other great options would include the tooth, nerve cell, red blood cell, brain, sperm and egg. All of these items have been transformed into an adorable GIANTmicrobe.

GIANTmicrobes make great gag gifts too. You can gift a friend or co-worker the kissing disease, a scab, botox, chicken pox or several sexually transmitted diseases.

They even have not so gross gifts like “Heart of Gold” and “Broken Heart.”

Do you or someone you know love zombie movies, or perhaps a fan of The Walking Dead? Why not gift them the GIANTmicrobes Zombie Attack gift set.

The Zombie Attack gift set comes with a large Zombie Virus plus mini Flesh Eating, Brain-Eating Amoeba, and Black Death. Who knew the Black Death could be whimsical and fun? Ha Ha.

I find zombies entertaining. I’ve been a fan of the genre long before it was a “thing” (back when Dawn of the Dead came out – the original 1978 version). If I received the gift of the Zombie Attack gift set I would be thrilled.

I have this set. It was sent to me to review. I keep the cute little organisms in the box and it’s placed among my horror memorabilia. It’s a fun addition to my collection.

You can even decorate your Christmas tree with E. coli, sore throat and a stomach ache.

We have some GIANTmicrobes ornaments. We’ve had them for years. My son uses them to decorate the little Christmas tree he keeps in his room.

GIANTmicrobes offers more than just adorable little organisms. They also carry other items that could be used as gifts. Below are just a few examples.

Eye watch

Brain soap

Nurse socks

Plant and Animal cell earrings

If you are tired of gifting ties, mugs and scarves – why not shake things up a bit and gift someone a humorous gift from GIANTmicrobes.

These would also make fun gifts for someone who is going into medical school, or who is currently someone employed in the medical field.

To learn more visit GIANTmicrobes.com. You can also find them on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about GIANTmicrobes? Would you give one of their items as gift to someone? Why or why not?

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


*I received free samples to review. I also had ornaments that I currently owned prior to this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

A unique gift idea – “The Ex”


The Ex

Sometimes finding the perfect gift for someone on your holiday shopping list is easier said than done. Sure, you can go with traditional “stand by” gifts like perfume, jewelry, ties and cologne – but people usually have a closet full of these things that they’ll never use.

I love to get unique gifts whenever possible. I will buy traditional gifts too but only as a last resort or if the person has such a gift on their wish list.

Do you have anyone on your holiday shopping list who is a “Foodie”, loves to cook, enjoys things that are a bit macabre or recently divorced? If so I have the perfect gift for them – The Ex.

What is The Ex? The Ex is a beautifully crafted luxury-designer gift that makes a statement. It’s a person shaped knife holder that comes with a set of knifes that are placed on it to resemble someone getting stabbed. In a way it reminds me of a Voodoo doll.

According to the manufacturer;

The concept of celebrating divorce or a difficult breakup in order to ease the pain and move past one of the most difficult times in one’s life was started by RICSB, manufacturers of THE EX knife holder, a one of a kind kitchen display designed in Italy by Raffaele Iannello. It’s a conversation piece that can be placed in your kitchen, displayed in your living room or even on your coffee table.

The Ex has been featured on several news outlets including The Rachel Ray Show, The View, The Today Show, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox to name a few.

The Ex is desgned by Italian designer Raffaele Iannello.

Raffaele Iannello is a noted designer in Europe and his products are varied. He was born in 1974 and has established himself in Italy as one of the finest young designers in Europe. As most designers, Raffaele Iannello takes his designs quite seriously while adding both the elements of humor, and tongue in cheek qualities in each product as well as an innovative style.

His products are sold worldwide. They are both manufactured and distributed by a New York based company called RICSB.

The first time I laid eyes on The Ex I knew I had to have it for my kitchen. I like things that are unique and attention grabbing. This knife set certainly is both.

The Ex stands a lot taller than I thought it would. The body is a nice size and it’s made in a way so it doesn’t tip over.

The Ex Knife Set

I was hoping for the stainless steel set but I received the black one to review. The only reason why I don’t like black items is because they tend to show dust and dried water drops more so than other colors (not only that Stainless Steel is really nice looking). But the stainless steel one is super expensive, so I can understand why I received a colored one.

The knives appear to be made of stainless steel. There are several different types of knives in different sizes. Each knife has it’s own “slot” on the body.

My first thought (before I saw The Ex in person) is that people would cut themselves on the knives that stick out in the back of the body. It’s hard to see from the photo but each knife has a plastic “sleeve” that the knife goes into which prevents people from accidentally cutting themselves on them while on the stand. This is an ingenious idea. And because the sleeves are clear you don’t have to worry about them taking away from the overall look of The Ex.

The sleeves can also be removed for cleaning.


The knives are great. We’ve used them many times. They are very sharp. There is a nice assortment of knives too – 8″ Chef knife, an 8″ Slicer, an 8″ Bread knife, a 4 1/4″ Utility Knife and a 3 1/4″ Parer.

This is a fun knife set and it gets a lot of attention from those who have seen it thus far. Plus it’s a practical gift because you also get a great set of knives.

To learn more you can visit TheExKnife.com. The company has other “The Ex” products including a pen holder and another cool look knife set.

The Ex (like the one I have) sells for $159.00.

What do you think about this knife set? Do you think it would make a fun gift? Would you like a set for yourself? Feel free to share you thoughts.

The Ex


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

This is how you “facepalm” when you don’t have hands


Face Palm

I thought this was pretty funny. Our youngest cat, Bella (the one with asthma, 3 leaky valves in her heart and thyroid issues, sigh…) was fast asleep in this position. It’s not the first time she’s done that either.

I guess this is how you “facepalm” when you don’t have hands. LOL! :-)!


How to Assemble Your Zombie First Aid Kit


If you follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter you have probably heard me mention how much I the show The Walking Dead. I think Zombie movies and shows are fun, in a creepy sort of way. I prefer slow Zombies (the kind from the original Night of the Living Dead) compared to today’s Zombies which are way too fast for me. 🙂

I thought my Zombie-loving readers might find this infographic amusing. It’s How to Assemble Your Zombie First Aid Kit. The text is a bit hard to read. If you click on the image you’ll go to the original site (I have permission to share) where you can see a larger image that is much easier to read.

Don’t forget the “rules” as per the movie Zombieland.

    • Cardio
    • The Double Tap
    • Beware of Bathrooms
    • Wear Seat Belts
    • Get a Kick Ass Partner
    • Always carry a change of underwear
    • Don’t be a hero (later crossed out to be a hero)
    • When in doubt Know your way out
    • A little sun screen never hurt anybody
    • Double-Knot your Shoes
    • The Buddy System
    • Check the back seat
    • Enjoy the little things

first aid kit

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the amusement of my site readers.

Why dogs are better than boyfriends


1. They’re great listeners. Whether you’re dealing with a hard day at work, a jealous friend, or an over-bearing mother – you always have their uninterrupted attention.


2. Dogs are happy to skip the ball game or bar night and stay in & ‘help’ you cook. While boyfriends may be critical of your culinary skills, dogs will lap it up & beg for more.


3. They like you just the way you are. You can get a bad haircut, wear your sweats all day, go lip gloss free or gain a few pounds. But to them, you’re perfect in every way.


4. You can almost always teach an old dog new tricks. Boyfriends, on the other hand, can take many years of coaching & still be unsuitable to take out in public.


5. Your mother will love your dog (she might even call them her grandchild). There’s no approval needed when you bring home a new pup – she’ll feed & spoil them – even if they cause a “stink.”


6. Dogs love your friends and they’re always down to hang with the girls. Bring along some treats and they’re happy to join in on shopping excursions (especially if they can fit in your purse).


7. They love to snuggle up any time of day or night. If you’re sick, they’ll cuddle with you for hours and won’t say a word about your current aesthetic state or number of Kleenexes on the bed.


8. Dogs are happy to join in any exercise routine – and unlike a boyfriend, they won’t judge your technique, try to time your reps, or correct your form.


9. They always let you watch what you want (but you might be sharing the popcorn). Plus, they won’t ask you to explain why you love sappy chick-flicks or vampire dramas. The remote is all yours.


10. You’re never too old for your dog. They’ll never prefer a younger owner and they’ll love you no matter how many miles on your clock, or wrinkles around your eyes.

*Reprinted with permission from www.HonestKitchen.com.


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