Giveaway – Hawaiian Turtle Pendant – Ends 11/4

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Prize: ONE Winner will receive a Turtle Pendant from Honolulu Jewelry Company
Sponsor: Honolulu Jewelry Company
Dates: 10/22/14 – 11/04/14
You can read the review on the turtle pendant <—- here.

18 + only. USA only Entries will be verified Winner will have 48 hours to verify or another winner will be chosen. This blog is not responsible for shipping or lost prizes.

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Make a difference by fostering a pet! – Part 2

Guest Post – By my sister Ashley R. 

See Part 1 of Make a Difference by Fostering a Pet

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After a few days we started naming our foster babies, the Labra-dane was named Tanner, the shiba inu we named Wiley (he was so mange-y and thin he looked just like a coyote), the 2nd batch of puppies we named Kya, Kylo, Kyeena, Stitch, Angel, Momocha, Tank and Molly. All was well on our funny farm until Kya, a 3 month old labrador mix fell sick with parvovirus. It’s  every dog owners worst nightmare, a deadly sickness that can only be treated by a very expensive vet visit. The local rescue that was funding the 2nd batch of puppies  agreed to pay for her 4 day treatment and the emergency vet down the road, and Kya made a full recovery. After hearing abiut the parvo outbreak at my home the New York rescue arranged transport for Tanner and her 10 puppies. Wiley the mangey shiba inu was adopted by family, where he is enjoying the air conditioned  life and is very fat. In the following 3 weeks 4 more puppies fell sick to parvovirus, and 1 puppy, named Angel died. The rescue that was funding the puppies finally told me they didnt have the finances to pay for anymore parvo treatment  so if any of the puppies fell sick they wouldn’t be able to save them. In  their words “if they make it they make it, if they don’t  they dont”. Days after the rescue dropped this on us, Molly fell sick with Parvo and passed away. I was at a loss. 

People in the neighborbood knew we were working with rescues, and we started finding new dogs and puppies in  our yard every day. People would just drop them over the fence and drive away, leaving the pups with no medical background on a property that was contaminated  by a deadly virus. Often times foster parents spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars of their own money on their foster dogs. Luckily for us finding homes for the drop off puppies was fairly easy considering their breeds and temperament, they didn’t catch parvo, but we were not out of the woods yet. The rescue who originally  “dropped” the parvo puppies on us eventually came around and took the puppies back, who were later sent to a rescue in Maine where they all had potential  adopters. After the parvo puppy batch we had to bleach  our yard, kill the grass and let the bleach soak down in to the soil, we scrubbed the inside of the house from top to bottom to make sure we killed the virus. when we felt we were rid of the virus we started up again with rescue. Illness is always a risk and you need to work with rescues who will not leave you with sick animals. There are some great ones that will make sure the animals get all the vet care they need. Your foster experience doesn’t have to be as hard as mine has been. Even with it being hard, it is worth it. 

I hear a lot of people say they don’t foster or rescue because they don’t have the time, or one person isn’t going to make that big of a difference. I am only 1 person, with 1 house, on 1 acre of land and in 12 months I saved the lives of over 75 cats and dogs. I spent 3 hours every day with my wife and kids at a local Non Profit livestock  rescue mucking stalls, hauling hay, cleaning cages and showing these animals unconditional  love. You don’t have to give three hours a day though! Do what you can! 

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What can you do to make a difference?

1. Volunteer at your local shelter

2. Spay and Neuter your pets

3. Donate to local Rescues in your area

4. Foster (Just one animal at a time will make so much of a difference!) 

5. Don’t shop, ADOPT! A lot of people have the common misconception that shelters are full of pit bulls and mutts, but the truth is over 25% of dogs in shelters are pure bred.

6. If you decide to adopt, consider a black dog or cat who are less likely to be adopted because  of the color of their fur.

Be the difference, save a life.

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Make a difference by fostering a pet! – Part 1

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Guest Post – By my sister – Ashley R.  This time last year my home was filled with the sound of tiny padded feet running across my tile floor. Every morning there were 20 tails wagging and 40 eyes shining when I opened up my door, I was the only difference between life and death, […]

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5 Ways to Show Kids How Much They Are Loved

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5 Ways to Show Kids How Much They Are Loved “I love you” are words kids need to hear, but saying them is not enough. You may love your kids with all your heart and you might tell them all the time, but they need to actually feel it. You may think you are doing […]

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Giveaway – Mystery Beauty Box

Life of a Mad Typer had so much fun with the last mystery box that we wanted to do another one! This giveaway will run till the 6th of Nov at 12am cst We will be taking a medium flat rate and stuffing it full of beauty goodies. If you would like to see what […]

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Review – K5 Learning – Homeschooling and School Success

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www.k5learning.com K5 Learning is an award winning reading and math program for kids grade K – 5th. StormBaby our 6 year old daughter has been playing with program a bit. Right away she liked the Math as it had bouncing heads go across the screen with a rewarding silly sound. I am not sure why […]

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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month

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  I honestly wasn’t going to post about this at all. I am one of those people who run from memories that sting because I fall into them, into the sorrow, and I then find it hard to function in the moment. I don’t know if others deal better with memories than I do or […]

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Chore Ideas for Teenagers

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When children are young they are often eager to help with things around the house. To them, having more responsibility is fun. Parents often don’t let young kids handle things because they can take care of tasks faster themselves. This is a big mistake. Kids like to feel needed. Dealing with teenagers is a little […]

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Muay Thai training for children at Bestmuaythai

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B y: Kit Nelson Muay Thai is one of the best combat sports and is gaining recognition internationally. It has been originated from Thailand and is a very popular event there. It is one of the most famous forms of martial arts practiced all over the world. It is similar to boxing being a ring […]

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Practicing for Sustainable and Living Green – Update

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StormBaby (age 6) in her play dress out taking care of the chickens and so excited about the first Olive Egg! Can we manage sustainable living someday? In our effort to live more green and someday be more sustainable and possibly even give energy back to the grid we have been trying a lot of […]

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Giveaway and Review – Nerd Block Jr for Kids!

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nerdblock.com We were sent a  Jr. Girl and Jr. Boy block to review with our little geeklings, StormBaby who is 6 and her brother Mr. Handsome who is 8 years old. As soon as they saw the boxes they were full of excitement. Kids love getting mail! They specially love getting boxes! Each Month for just […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Halloween Bat Craft with Kids

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Easy Batty Halloween Craft Items Needed:  Toilet paper rolls Googly Eyes Black Pain and Paint brushes Black construction Paper Glue  Scissors  First lay out what ever table coverage you normally use for messy crafts. Make sure the kids have play clothing on or smocks. Give them the black paint and the paint brushes to paint […]

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Surprise Ride Review and Giveaway – Monthly Children’s Box

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Surprise Ride is a subscription service for children ages 6-11. Boys and Girls both find the box of arts and crafts fun and educational. Hands-on activities foster creativity and imagination and make it easy for parents and care providers to provide memorable learning. This company is on the hot path to a bright future and you […]

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Review: Hand Made By The Seeds of 3 – Ecofriendly Fabulous

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handmadebytheseedsof3.com Organic Fabric crafted beautifully into children’s clothing and toys! This post may sound like less of a review post and more like a post about love, be warned! This is what it looks like when a crunchy Mommy finds something she adores and makes her have hope for the world and the future of […]

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The Rise of The Cybercriminal – A New Age

The 2014 statistics aren’t any more pretty than these from 2013 and the future doesn’t appear all that safer. My own dear wonderful husband is more aware of it all than I am and his job is moving in the direction of cyber security. It requires a lot of schooling but as long as there […]

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#Giveaway – Chewigem – For children with Sensory needs

This is a giveaway that is dear to my heart as I know others who have children with a sensory need to chew. Too often they can’t sit still or focus or do many things others can do because they have this true need to chew and so they chew on things that are not […]

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Drop Your Pants For Underwareness! – Get Free Samples!

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Our thanks goes out to Depend for sponsoring today’s discussion! Before I learned about Depend I had no idea that 65 million Americans experience bladder leakage, and that half of them are under 50! A more shocking number to me was that 12 MILLION are under age 35. To help support them, Depend has created […]

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Electric Moon Buggies To An Electric Bicycle In Sydney

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    In modern day life there is too much focus on ‘the norm’. It seems that everyone wants to be normal, blending into the background like a camouflaged soldier in the Borneo jungle. But let’s be honest; normal is boring. It’s better to be exciting, unique and interesting.   If you are looking for […]

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An October Trick not Treat!

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Feathers are NOT Fun! My dear sweet 8 year old son, Mr. Handsome, came to me looking very guilty. Storm Baby who is 6 followed him, only she had her hands over her ears. Both got very close and made me worry… “Mom” He said. “I have to be honest with you about something” he […]

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Concrete Floor Staining Tips

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Let’s face it: it’s hard to get excited about a plain white or gray concrete floor. The good news is that you’re not stuck with this basic look, even if you’ve moved into a house that already has concrete floors. Staining concrete is becoming a popular choice because it allows you to keep the durability […]

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Wordless Wednesday – This week in Chickens!

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This Week In Our Back Yard Chicken Coop….. This is one of our two lavender Amerucauna chicks about 8 weeks old. Hope they are both not Roos! We have enough of those! It has been so very wet and muddy as of late and the chicks show it. This chick though looks about right for […]

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Giveaway – The Forgotten Pharaoh – Egyptian Prize Pack

Julie Gerber isn’t thrilled to be pulled out of school her senior year to follow her parents halfway around the world to unearth a lost pyramid. However, when the cute British guy and the mysterious financier of their project both fight for her attention, things start to get interesting. The pharaoh known as Djedefre was […]

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Giveaway – FROZEN Soundtrack and Poster

  Do you love Frozen too? Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the 2013 Disney animated film, Frozen. The soundtrack features 10 original songs written and composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and twenty-two score pieces composed by Christophe Beck. It features the song “Let It Go” (film version performed by […]

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A Cure for Baby Fever!

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     What is Baby Fever? Baby fever is a need that seems to be so primal and so encompassing that people feel sick with want over having a baby.  It is often irrational and hits people who know need down that they don’t want any more babies! (or babies ever for some!)  Sadly it […]

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Guest Post: The Best Branded Sale In Town

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  Beauty Encounter is simply your go-to shop when you look for discount cologne and perfume and other products that concern beauty and wellness. For a limited time only, Beauty Encounter features branded sale for bath and body essentials from brands such as Spa Sister, Kneipp, Peter Thomas Roth and more. Check out the best […]

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5 Wearable Items To Make With Fold Over Elastic

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  Fold over elastic is an ultra soft band of elastic with a seam sewn down the middle so that it can easily be folded over (hence the name). It comes in a nearly endless supply of colors and a wide variety of widths. It can be used much the same way as bias tape […]

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Sick day for a little one… but sick enough for the Doctor?

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    Last night our darling 6 year old daughter, our Storm Baby, told us she had an upset tummy. Peppermint normally calms it down and she drifted off to sleep on an over sized bean bag we have on our room specially for any of our kids that might want to be closer to […]

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Setting up the Fall Square Foot Gardens

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      While we have still hit the high 90′s the last few weeks in the temps, this week is low 80′s and beautiful. It is a reminder that Fall is coming. We have been tending our raised square foot gardens and planning for what will come out and what will go in. We […]

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Do you love IKEA too? Don’t miss this!

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IKEA is back to playing with Time Travel! Why yes, they are a home goods store with furniture and decor we adore, they also it seems are full of imagination! You knew that though right? IKEA LAUNCHED HYPNOTIZING TIME TRAVEL EXPERIMENT #2 Hypnotist Justin Tranz, a rather famous hypnotist put a young couple, Jeff and […]

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Deal: Collage.com has a One-Click Photo Book! 51% off too!

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Create a professional photo book with a single click using Collage.com’s One-Click Photo Book. Select photos of any size from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or your computer and they will instantly suggest a clean, professional layout that you can further customize. Deal: Use this link for 51% off a 20-page 11.5″x8″ Hardcover Photo Book From Collage.com: […]

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