Saturday, May 30, 2015

Tweet to Help Feed the Dogs & Cats at Silver Rescue

I want to share with everyone what Hill's Pet Nutrition is doing to "MAKE A DIFFERENCE"
During BlogPaws 2015 Hill's decided they would like to take the opportunity to share the Hill's Food, Shelter & Love Program with the Nashville community. They are sponsoring lunch for the dogs and cats at a local Nashville Food, Shelter & Love shelter! As a matter of fact, it might be a more than lunch. With the help of attendees they pledge to donate 1,000 lbs of food to Silver Rescue, a small rescue in Nashville. 

For Silver Rescue this is a huge portion of their food needs for the ENTIRE year – over 50% if the full donation is reached! This is so big for this little rescue that they have rearranged their entire schedule to be in attendance with some of their rescue pets and to thank you for your dedication to shelter pets in person. 
With your help via Twitter and the #FoodShelterLove hashtag they are willing to donate an extra 10 lbs of food per tweet up to 1,000 additional lbs! 
PLEASE RETWEET - for each Retweet 10 pounds of Cat & Dog Food will be donated to Silver Rescue 
Thank You for helping to 
"Make a Difference"

Friday, May 29, 2015

Water: How Safe Is it to Drink?

If there is one thing on this planet that humans must have in order to survive, it's water. Although architects of society try to make the water supply as safe as possible, there are still various ways the water you drink from the faucet can be compromised. There is a delicate balance that needs to be maintained within the water, and you need to be aware of what you're putting into your body and those of your children.

Radon Contamination

Radon is capable of contaminating a water supply without visible evidence or smells. This element can be exceedingly dangerous to human life whether the material is drank or used in the shower. It can be fed into your clothing and used in dishwashers without you being the wiser slowly causing damage to those within the home. As this element is so dangerous to human life, radon mitigation should be something every homeowner should practice.

Chemical Dumping

Toxic chemicals of all kinds are dumped down the sewer drains on a regular basis. Although treatment plants do their best to clean the potable water supply, some chemicals may still be persistent. This is especially true of chemicals that are merely dumped on the topsoil for disposal. Over time, these chemicals seep into the ground and contaminate the water table putting communities at risk.

Regularly testing your water supply can help prevent your family from becoming exposed to such elements as radon, uranium and other volatile components. As these elements are known to cause cancer and other physical ailments, you should remain vigilant to keep yourself and the family safe by constantly monitoring the one thing that all humans need to survive - water.

Cape Cod Kisses ~ by Bella Andre & Melissa Foster ~ Book 1 in the Love on Rockwell Island Series

Love on Rockwell Island is a Brand New Contemporary Romance Series by New York Times & USA bestselling authors Bella Andre & Melissa Foster.

Fall in love on Rockwell Island...Sink your toes into the sandy beaches at the heart of Cape Cod Bay, where family comes first, good friends are around every corner, and true love is waiting beneath the stars.

When Quinn Rockwell left Rockwell Island a decade ago to build a shipping empire, he never thought he’d return to live on Cape Cod Bay—that is, until his grandfather summons Quinn and his four siblings to take over the prestigious Rockwell Resort. Quinn is already working fifteen-hour days, and the last thing he has time for is his grandfather’s demands. But on his first night back, when Quinn finds a gorgeous and carefree woman skinny-dipping in his favorite cove, he’s tempted to ignore his work for a while...and focus on her instead.

As a free spirit who follows her heart and her dreams, Shelley Walters is not the kind of girl to wait around for Mr. Right, so she heads to Rockwell Island for the honeymoon of her dreams—a solo honeymoon. Ready for a week of sun and fun, she never expected to meet a man like Quinn Rockwell.

Wealthy and intensely driven, Quinn is everything Shelley swore she didn’t want. Refreshingly spontaneous and a true romantic, Shelley is everything Quinn never knew he needed. Drawn together despite their differences, during a week of sizzling-hot passion and deep conversations, they fall head over heels for each other. But when their perfect week on the island is over, will their love survive in the real world?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Two Snooty Chefs Father's Day Gifts

It is time to think about Father's Day ~ I wanted to share with everyone what I got my hubby this year.
About two years ago I reviewed spices for a company out west called Two Snooty Chefs. When the spices arrived my hubby was in 2nd heaven. As many of you know he is the chef in our family. I am his sous chef. 

Today I received an email from Snotty Chefs and they were advertising their 

Just “Brush, Coat & Cook. Brush the food item with their garlic infused oil olive, coat with the seasoning, then grill or bake.
The gift box comes with the Italianno de Capri, Rally Fries Seasoning & Seattle Seasonings Salt Gourmet Spice blends, 1 deluxe pastry brush and garlic infused olive oil.

Instantly I knew this is the gift for him. He loves garlic and loves to cook! 

It is only $35.95 with FREE Shipping!  His gift is ordered and will be on it's way. 

Here is another one of their Gift Sets! It was hard to decide which set to buy - heck I may go back adn buy this one too!
Father's Day Special 
Just “Brush, Coat & Cook. Brush the food item with our extra virgin oil olive, coat with their seasoning, then grill or bake.
The gift box comes with the Kansas City Steak, Ol’ Hickory BBQ, Jump’em Jamaican Jerk & Herb de Poulet Oo-La-La Gourmet Spice blends, 1 deluxe pastry brush and extra virgin olive oil. Use these spice blends for Beef, Pork, and Poultry & Seafood.
For easy healthy cooking: Brush, Coat & Cook!
I wanted to share a little info with you. Two Snooty Chefs is owned by Chef Gary Fuller and Chef Chris Plemmons.  It is a  premier gourmet specialty food company. They create gourmet herb and spice blends and Sweet & Spicy Chocolate Bars for the discriminating connoisseur. They use all natural products. Two Snooty Chefs personally guarantees their entire product line. 

I also follow them on FACEBOOK & TWITTER 

I want everyone to know I did not receive any type of compensation for this post. I am sharing this info with you because Two Snotty Chefs have the best spices and their spices make great gifts!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Barking Wednesday ~ Fenced in Deck

This Barking Wednesday I wanted to share with you a project we completed last week. Diesel runs out the back door so fast - we were worried he would run out of the yard before we could catch him. To prevent that from happening my hubby and I fenced in our back deck and added a swinging gate.

We purchased the wire & gate from Menards & Home Depot store. My hubby used staples to attach the fencing to the deck boards. He has a air stapler which made the stapling much easier.
Now we can open the back door and not worry about Diesel. The deck is also a great place for Diesel to enjoy the lovely weather in a very safe environment. No dogs can come on the deck. Since Diesel is small - having a safe area for him is very important to us. We don't have stray dogs in our area - but we want to be sure he is safe.

He loves to lay in the warm sun and relax. This is a special treat for us - Diesel is a 4 month old Smooth Fox Terrier that is full of energy! Anytime we can get him to relax is a WIN! WIN!

Wire ~ Home Depot   $70
Gate ~ Menards  $25

For less than $100 we now have a very safe environment for Diesel. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

My hero 44 years ago!
Gosh where have the  years gone??????

Be Safe and Have a 
Very Happy 
Memorial Day 

Friday, May 22, 2015

#RushToBrush Contest!

Win a year’s supply of hello Kid’s Toothpaste AND a $100 gift card to Target just for brushing your teeth? 

Now you can in two fun and simple steps with hello Products “Rush To Brush” contest. 
Step 1: Show off your pearly whites to hello Products. Post a picture of your family during toothbrush time to Facebook or Instagram with the tag @helloproducts #rushtobrush and you’re automatically in the running. 
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Grand Prize and Runner Up Winners will be announced on June 12th – be sure to get your submissions in early to ensure your friends and family have time to vote on your family’s adorable #RushToBrush picture!
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to Make a Road Trip Fun?

So often I am asked "How in the heck can traveling with three kids be relaxing?"

Here are a few ways we make 
the BEST!
  • We discuss our route - miles we are traveling and time it will take us to get to where we are going. 
  • The number of days we have to travel.
  • We decide on where to stop for the night and the hotel we will be staying at. 
  • We look for attractions along our route
  • Plan something really FUN
When we are finished with our planning we know where we are going, how long it will take us, where we are stopping and our plans for each day. 
In the planning process we take votes on what to see and where to go. Ensuring that each of us is doing something that we wanted.

Before we leave we take a day and do our snack and food shopping. We plan our food & drink menus for the trip. We each pick items for the group. We know how many drinks each person has per day and the amount of snacks. We have learned that nothing hurts a fun time more than when one of the group has eaten all the snacks or drank all the drinks. We also buy a couple cases of water for the Jeep. We pack our Jeep Survival Bag with all the items we will need.  

In the Jeep everyone has their spot. I am the driver. Caleb being the oldest he is the co-pilot - in charge of tolls and changing the radio. Isa is our map/sign girl and Davey is the food & drink guy. Every trip we take a paper map - I think learning how to use a map is key to a successful trip. With the map it is fun to listen to them work together to make sure we are on the right road. I always tell them ..."Work together so we are not LOST!" 

We always have picnic meals - being out of the Jeep goofy off we think is key to happy travel. No way are we sitting hours in the Jeep then having to behave in a restaurant. This is our time - the kids play and adventure around while I enjoy relaxing. What is nice is some of the newer rest areas have outdoor fun equipment for kids. Our meals are simple - sandwiches - chips - fruit and veggies. Every meal has a simple dessert. Everyone is responsible for making sure the items are back in the Jeep when we are finished at the rest areas. 

Each child has a allowance for the trip.  They will not get more money! NO EXCEPTIONS! They must use their money for anything that they want. If I stop and ask - I pay. If they want - they pay.  This keeps money under control - as my grandfather used to say they do not 
I keep three envelops in my purse. I hand out their money. I will discuss a purchase with them but they know it is their final decision. They also know that they will NOT get anymore money for the trip. They have learned to spend their money wisely. 

  • No arguing - seriously this is a great way to end the fun!  I know they argue but they keep it quiet and away from me! :)
  • Only one suitcase and one bag per person. 
  • Only two pair of shoes per person and they MUST fit in your bag or suitcase.
  • Take your turn - I promise them all we will do our best to make sure we are all getting to do something we want. 
  • Keep your hands to yourself.
  • We discuss almost everything. No one is a LONE RANGER ~ we work as a TEAM
  • Everyone goes to the bathroom every time we stop - a little tinkle is better than having to stop again in 30 minutes. :)
  • Pictures - they are all responsible for picture taking. They have phones and iPads.
  • Clean up after yourself
  • You are responsible for your own stuff. Keep your clothes in your suitcase - dirty clothes in the dirty clothes bag. 
  • Carry your own items. 
  • We all pack the Jeep.  Drinks & food is behind Davey. Map is in Isa's door pocket.
  • Radio rules - we take turns - 30 minutes for each person. Starting with the youngest first.
  • Davey & Isa share the charging station in the back seat - Caleb & I share the front charging station.
I know these may sound like a lot or rules to some - but I honestly think they like the rules. They know what they are responsible for and they are in control. They are fast to remind each other if anyone forgets a rule. Even ME! 

Happy Traveling!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tips for Preventing Dog Bites ~ Barking Wednesday

This weeks Barking Wednesday is about a very serious topic for all Dog Owners.

Per the  Center for Disease Control, nearly 4.5 million dog bites occur each year (50% involving children)which often occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs due to unforeseen stress.

I would like to share information I received from Heidi Ganahl concerning Preventing Dog Bites. 

Heidi Ganahl is the  CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, North America’s largest and fastest growing pet care franchise and Behavior Buddies, the training component of Camp Bow Wow, offers a series of tips to help educate individuals to take proactive measures to help reduce the risk of dog bites - as prevention starts with the person, not the dog.

Tips for Preventing Dog Bites
  1. Seek Proper Help to Ensure You Pick the Right Dog Whether it is through a trainer, a shelter, or a local rescue organization, recruit an educated individual to help you find a dog that best suits your lifestyle. For example: If you have a child that is fearful of large dogs, get a smaller one.
      2Know How To Identify and Manage Key Warning Signs:
  • Lip Licking, Yawning, Wide Eyes and Spiked Fur  All are indicators of a stressed dog. It is important to always asses the exact situation. If a dog is lying on the couch by itself and licks its lips, most likely it is not stressed. If a dog is being hugged, tugged on, etc., and begins to emit warning signs, this is a clear indicator that he/she is now stressed.
  • Growling and Snapping – Never try to get a dog to stop growling; we WANT it to growl, as it lets us know that he/she is uncomfortable. If a dog gets in trouble for growling, it will stop and can immediately go to biting.
  • A Stiff Wagging Tail  A dog that is experiencing stress (and may bite) will wag its tail in a stiff manner. Look out for a tail that is pointed high and moves even more quickly back and forth.
  • Averting Their Gaze – Avoidance behavior indicates that the dog is not comfortable with the particular situation.
  • Cowering or Tail Tucking – This behavior indicates that a dog is fearful. It doesn’t mean the dog will bite, but could if the dog’s fear continues to increase.
  1. Train Your Dog and Yourself  Enlist your entire family and dog into a reward-based training class. A reputable trainer will help educate you and your family on the proper ways to interact with your dog. They will also teach you how to notice signs that your dog may be experiencing stress and needs to be given space.
  2. Never Leave a Child Under Ten Years Old Alone With a Dog  This rule must be enforced at all times, no matter how much you trust your four-legged friend. Dogs tend to give off warning signs when they are uncomfortable and may bite in response. In most cases, children aren’t able to pick up on these signals and can easily get hurt.
  3. Always Ask “May I Pet Your Dog?”  – If there is a dog you or your child wants to touch, ask the pet parent first, so that they can inform you as to whether or not their pet is comfortable interacting with kids or new people.
  4. Remember That All Dogs Can Bite – Even your family pet, if put in a bad situation, can bite. Educating others on the proper way to interact with your dog will help prevent dog bites. Inform individuals not to grab the dog’s fur, ears, tail or any other part of its body and to not play with your dog unless you are available to supervise.
  5. Properly Manage Strange Dogs – If you encounter a dog that is off leash, never scream or run. Stand still, ignore the dog and wait for him/her to leave.
  6. Never Chain Your Dog  Dogs that are chained-up in your back yard or any other area are more likely to bite because they can become protective of that particular territory.
  7. Supervision is Mandatory Always supervise your dog around your family members, especially children 12 years old and younger. A dog can go from normal to stress to biting in seconds. Don’t be afraid to ask the parents of your children’s friends if their family dog will be around your child.
Thank you Heidi for this excellent list of helpful tips to prevent dog bites. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Town ~ Camp Lake, Wisconsin

I live in a very rural area in southeastern Wisconsin. The community I live in is named Camp Lake - a unincorporated town located on Center Lake. Our small town consist of a auto repair shop, restaurant, post office, beauty shop, grocery store and a bar. 

The town Camp Lake is located between Camp Lake and Center Lake.  

Camp Lake is so small we do not even have home mail delivery. Loretta is our post master - she is 81 and has been at the office for years. Our post office is open Monday - Friday 8am - Noon and on Saturdays from 11am to Noon. 

I live on Center Lake - the Ice Lake. In the late 1800's and early 1900's Center Lake supplied Chicago with ice used to keep their refrigerators cold. Center Lake is spring fed - the water is crystal clear. To ensure that the lake stays clean 35 years ago a group of residents formed the Center Lake/Camp Lake Lake District CCLD. I am proud to say that my hubby and I were part of the original group that felt the need to keep the area clean for the future. Now CCLD is the oldest lake district in the state of Wisconsin.

One of the BEST thing our small community has to offer is our Lakes! Center and Camp Lake are beautiful! They both are clean lakes due to CCLD.  Not to mention unlimited water sports and fishing are right in our back yard. My kids and grandkids enjoy the many wonders of living on a lake and the peacefulness of living in a small community. 

A few years ago these babies decided to call our backyard a rest stop. 
Also the beavers that live right down the road.

Our family has grown up in Camp Lake, Wisconsin. 

We moved into our home in December 1978 
We raised two children - Jason & Dawn

We have traveled the Ups and Downs of Life each day resting in the place we call HOME!
Life is Good!

Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card ~ Kidnap ~ Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

About the Book:

When Teodor of Freyne is kidnapped by a vicious political gang a crown is kicked into play. His beautiful widowed mother must cling to power while deploying all the forces still under her control to seek and retrieve her son. Who might be behind the kidnap? Is it the charismatic yet ambitious Chart Segat leader of the Dome Elite, or could it be the cruel Emperor Frederon himself?

As Teodor is held captive, who possibly can help? Enter Guy Erma, a Domeside orphan, living by his wits and looks among the back streets and attics of Old Mill Lane. Will he achieve his heart’s desire to join the Dome Elite? Who will help Guy?

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Friday, May 15, 2015

#InspiredbyCrafted ~ Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™ ~ Crafted’s Carefully Selected Creation Process

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™, but Green and Glassie only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.  

When I was asked to review Hills' Ideal Balance Crafted  I started to think about how they are a artist in making quality dog food. They take quality ingredients and slow cook it in small batches to be the best possible food it can be. 
Heck that is what I do with my glass art. I take recycled glass (glass that has already proven itself strong), I heat my glass art for at least 12 hours at 1400 degrees melting the glass into my unique Wishing Stars. Each of my projects I make with love and caring ensuring that the final piece is of the highest quality. 

Making glass art is who I am - Making quality pet products is who Hills' is!
We are both artist!

I am also a No Chemical ~ No Preservative nut! I want natural ingredients in everything I eat and use. Like me Hill's also understands the importance of using natural ingredients with no preservatives or chemicals. 

We only eat natural so there is no way I am giving Diesel chemicals and preservatives.  They use the same ingredients I use to make healthy meals for my hubby and I. 
Quality proteins of trout, salmon, roasted beef and chicken teamed up with ancient grains including, quinoa, buckwheat and vegetables like sweet potatoes, barley and peas.
They oven roast their dry dog kibbles to ensure a delicious and nutritious dog food. The slower, small batch process ensures quality and consistency that  deliver perfectly balance nutrition. Diesel is our baby ~ we want the best for him.

Are you wondering what does Small Batch mean? 
*For Hills' small batch means that Ideal Balance Crafted is made just the way you would — one very special batch at a time. Their experienced, dedicated master bakers create unique recipes in small batches using high quality meats, wholesome vegetables and ancient grains.  Hills' way of making the best dog food. 
*For DeDa Studios small batch means I make 6 stars at a time. Each one is designed to be unique and original the best it can be. I always use scrap recycled glass - my way of giving back to our green earth. 
Hills' Ideal Balance Crafted
Made in small batches 
Natural ingredients, perfectly balanced 
100% Balanced Nutrition Guaranteed or your money back 
 Made in the USA 
 No wheat, corn or soy 
 No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
Available  in Grain free varieties 

Hill’s Ideal Balance Crafted Line is dog and cat food created for your pet by a Team of highly trained Veterinary Nutritionist in order to deliver the ultimate in Nutrition for your pet in a way that you would do it if you could on your own stove and oven.

Diesel loves his Crafted. and so do I. Knowing that I am feeding him
a high quality Artisan Crafted dog food made 
with natural quality ingredients is so important to me.

Hills' is making dog food like I would make. They are using quality ingredients making sure that their food is 100% balanced nutrition.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Barking Wednesday ~ How to Treat Heartworm, Fleas & Ticks

This Barking Wednesday I want to talk about the importance of ensuring your dog is free from Ticks and Fleas and also Heartworm.

The 1st of every month is Diesel's treatment day. Each month he gets a Heartgard chewable to prevent Heartworm disease and to prevent Ascarid and Hookworms. He also gets a NexGard chewable to kill Fleas and Ticks. 
Check out this video - it is amazing what a heartworm can do. 

Watch the dangers of ticks and fleas.  NASTY!

There are many different brands to use for both issues - our vet recommend Heartgard & NexGard. Diesel takes the chewable tablets and I think he likes them. 

Save $50 on Heartgard & Nexgard 
Click HERE to see how to save $$$$
With protection Diesel is safe to lay in the sun and enjoy the warm weather.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day ~ May 9th

 National Animal Disaster 
 Preparedness Day 

I am teaming up with Hill's to bring you Emergency Pet Safety tips. The summer storm season and wild fires have started. Today is your day to get prepared. 

The team at Hill’s Disaster Relief Network recommends that pet parents take steps to being “pet prepared” if a disaster should occur. These include scenario planning, as well as creating a Pet Emergency Go-Kit, which can be quickly accessed during a disaster event.

Hill’s is sharing seven tips to ensure your pet’s safety during an emergency:
  • Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag and that contact information is up-to-date.
  • Prepare a “Pet Emergency Go-Kit” of pet supplies that is readily accessible in an emergency. Your Pet Emergency Go-Kit should include: first aid supplies and guide book; three-days’ supply of pet food (in a waterproof container) and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; comfort toys; and a blanket.
Contents to include in your Pet Emergency Go-Kit. (Photo credit: Hill’s Pet Nutrition)
  • Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
  • Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
  • Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
  • Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
  • If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
Displacement of pets is a serious issue. According to a paper published by the University of Colorado - No Place Like Home: Pet-to-Family Reunification After Disaster - more than 200,000 pets were displaced after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, and 95 percent were never reunited with their families.
After a series of devastating tornadoes and storms in Moore, Oklahoma, the Humane Society of Tulsa assisted with emergency pet response and aid. (Photo credit: Humane Society of Tulsa)
  • In 2006, the challenge of pet displacement during disasters was recognized by the U.S. government with the passing of The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act.
  • In 2013, Hill’s expanded its Food, Shelter & Love® program – through which it provides Science Diet® brand food to more than 800 shelters nationwide – to create the Disaster Relief Network.
  • The first-of-its-kind network was established in 2013 as an extension of Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program, which has donated more than $280 million worth of Hill’s Science Diet® brand foods to over 1,000 shelters in the United States and helped more than eight million pets find new homes.
  • In the last two years, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network delivered free food to more than 60 different shelters and veterinary clinics across the country in response to 25 major incidents – including floods in Colorado, fires in Idaho and Arizona, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, the mudslide in Washington state and tornadoes in the central and southern regions of the country. In 2015, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network has already assisted with three incidents – most recently with the March tornado damage in Moore, Oklahoma.

Additional information on planning for your pet’s safety during an emergency or disaster can be found on the following websites:
Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® – Preparedness Tips & (#PetPrepared)

Take a few minute today and get Pet Prepared!

I Did!