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For some, summer is all about the food – berry pies, watermelon and ice cream.

For others, summer is pool parties and park visits.

And for most, summertime is travel time, where we pack our bags and take off for an adventure!

But by now you have probably asked yourself, “What does summer mean to me now that I’m a new pet parent?”

Yes, you love that cute, fluffy, little furry guy who just peed on your rug, but having a new puppy or kitten means that summer travel isn’t going to be quite the same this year.

As a first time pet parent, we’re about to show you a whole new meaning to summertime – one filled with wonder, laughter and fun. Trips to the pool or park, and bigger adventures by car, truck or SUV, can take both of you to places you’ve never been before.

But before you grab your Pet Passport and hit the road, we have some tips to keep you and your pet safe no matter what adventure you take.

If you are a new pet parent, summertime has a whole different meaning and Petsmart has created resources here and here that will help you keep your cool while keeping your pet cool.

cleoFrom road trips to pool parties, summer with the family – including the four legged members – can be crazy. PetSmart doesn’t want your furry summer sidekick to miss out on the fun so they’ve created a special passport to the Dog Days of Summer filled with fun activities and adorable products to keep the whole four legged family safe and happy all summer long.


Nicole’s take:  Yay it’s summer! Chester and Cleo are definitely indoor dogs and in the Florida heat it is best for them! But there is so much they can play with inside to have fun! Even balls and frisbees are fair game as we have more room in the new house! My dogs are almost 11 but act very puppy like still.  They had a blast with the toys, frisbees and balls! I went to PetSmart and loved the selection of items they had for summer! I picked up some new Kong toys and treats to push us through!

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Chuckit!® Zipflight Dog Toy The fast flying Chuckit! Zipflight Dog Toy is great for playtime with your dog on land, or in water! The dog toy is best suited for small breeds. The soft rubber edges are gentle enough for dog’s gums and mouth with a sturdy construction for long lasting, interactive play!

Chuckit!® Ultra Squeaker Ball Dog Toy Take the interactive game of fetch to new heights with the Chuckit! Ultra Squeaker Ball. The ball is made of durable material with fun textures and a high bounce. Get out the house and have some fun with your pet today.

Chuckit!® Whistler Ball Dog Toy Give your dog something to jump for with the Chuckit! Whistler Dog Toys. Great for use alone or with the corresponding size Chuckit! Ball Launcher. These durable rubber balls keep the game interesting and challenging for your dog. Four holes in each high bouncing rubber ball produce a whistle as air passes through to keep your dog interested.

Grreat Choice® PetSmart Logo Tennis Ball Dog Toy Entice him to play, fetch and bite. Toss him the Grreat Choice PetSmart Logo Tennis Ball for some fun-loving Pet Parent interaction. Bright, durable tennis ball.

Grreat Choice® Petsmart Logo Flying Disc Dog Toy  Get out the house and enjoy some interactive fun with your favorite furry friend! Our PetSmart Frisbee allows you to strengthen the bond between pet and Pet Parent with fun, active, healthy interaction.

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Can Lipstick Actually Improve Your Health?

by Pennie on August 2, 2015


Well, not exactly-You can’t go apply lipstick and expect your headache to go away!  But there is research that indicates there is a correlation between having a regular beauty routine and increased sense of personal wellbeing.

We’ve heard it in so many ways – Who takes care of the care taker?  Make time for yourself!  Meditate!  Get a Massage!  It turns out that even when we spend just a few minutes regularly on skin care or applying lipstick or styling our hair, the boost we get from that can have a positive effect on our physical and psychological selves.  Stress is reduced and blood pressure is lowered which increases heart function and immunity!

So take that time for yourself!  Think of it as a prescription for a healthier you!


See the full study here for detailed insights.

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Back to School with Minute Clinic!

by Pennie on August 1, 2015


Nicole’s take:  I am so excited that Minute Clinic  has a strong commitment to assisting kids during the busy back to school season! From sports physicals to vaccinations to sports injuries they have you covered! I love that you can just walk into a Minute Clinic and be seen so quickly! At my store you sign on the computer kiosk and are told how many people are in front of you.  The best part is being able to browse and shop in CVS while you wait! Then you see the provider and are helped! I love that the hours are so flexible and prices are affordable.  Definitely add Minute Clinic to your list of places for back to school needs – a total one stop shop!!


Getting ready for back to school means more than buying school supplies.  It also means making sure your child is up to date on vaccinations and is ready for any physical activity by having the appropriate sports physical!

Sports adds not only to your child’s physical growth, but to their mental growth as well. Make sure that she is ready to take on all the new activities by getting her into the Minute Clinic for a sports physical!  While there, practitioners will review health records and shots and help to ensure her she is prepared for the school year!

Here’s some tips from the Minute Clinic team to prepare you for your children’s activities!

Fall Sports Tips
After an active summer, make sure to ease your kids back into their sports routine in the appropriate way. Tips below:

  • When starting a new sport, consider a pre-season conditioning program or camp to gradually build strength & endurance
  • Don’t let them jump in too fast – increase intensity, distance or duration of play by about 10% a week. This allows the body to rest, rebuild, recover & avoid injury
  • Help your kids boost their stamina and include the fit 5 in their diet: quinoa, kale, chia seed, peanut butter & pickle juice
  • Avoid cramping before game time and serve main meals 2-3 hours prior. If they really need something before a game, lighter snacks, such as granola bars, can be digested in 30 minutes

When it comes to injuries, sprains and strains are two of the most common ones, so be sure to know the difference between the two.

  • Sprains occur in a ligament (bone connector)
  • Strains occur in a muscle or tendon (muscle-bone connector)

Kids can get either one after a fall on the sports field. But with strains, there’s an extra layer ─ they can actually get one just from overuse (like gripping a gymnastics bar or tennis racket). Get it checked out if their pain is severe ─ but if not, here’s how to help give them pain relief, fast.  For the first 24-48 hours, think R.I.C.E.:

  • R = Rest the joint, and keep weight off of it.
  • I = Ice the area to ease swelling.
  • C = Compress the joint by wearing an elasticized support bandage from the drugstore.
  • E = Elevate it ─ keep it up above their heart, especially when they sleep.

If minor injuries do occur, don’t forget to visit your Minute Clinic for quick medical attention!

More info on our sports physicals services!

Back to School Health

Many schools and colleges require that students receive vaccinations including meningitis and pertussis (whopping cough) before attending school. Find out the requirements for meningitis shots in your state, and the requirements for pertussis shots.

Remember – you can get $10 off a sports physical from now until 9/7/15 , and a FREE Johnson & Johnson coupon book with $29 worth of savings!

Find the closest MinuteClinic to you!

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On Saturday August 1st, Jarden Home Brands will host this year’s fifth annual Can-It-Forward Day, broadcast live online at from 11AM – 4PM EST from the new state-of-the-art Jarden Home Brands headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. An event celebrating the joys of fresh preserving, Can-It-Forward Day encourages gardeners & food enthusiasts across the country to celebrate what “Made From Here” means to them by fresh preserving their favorite local ingredients in peak season. The webcast will have an integrated chat function where viewers can submit their home canning questions to be answered in real time. New this year, there will also be an exciting celebrity mason jar auction unveiled during the webcast!

  • Ball Canning Discovery Kit: The perfect, easy home canning starter set.  Equipped with a canning rack, recipe guide and jars, all you need is a recipe and stockpot to begin preserving! ($11.99)
  • Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving: The new 37th edition of the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving is the most trusted resource in home canning for over 100 years and this new 2015 release is its largest update since the first edition in 1909.  Expanding 56% from the previous edition, the 37th edition of the Ball Blue Book includes 75 new recipes, pictorial step by step guides for beginners and more! (Retail value: $11.95)
  • Design Series Lids (red)Great not only for home canning, the Ball® Brand Design Series Lids With Bands are also a great option for unique crafting creations, gifts and home décor with endless mixing and matching possibilities. (Retail value: $5.95)
  • Ball Fiesta Salsa Mix: Better tasting, fresh salsa is simple to make with Ball Brand Fiesta Salsa Mix. Simply add fresh, vine-ripened or canned tomatoes, and mix with a splash of vinegar for perfect salsa every time. (Retail value: $5.99)

Nicole’s take:  I am not a good DIYer but have always wanted to learn to can food.  Jarden Home Brands has made canning foolproof! I love that today is Can-It-Forward Day and that you can catch the online broadcast! I was able to try out canning at home and the discovery kit I used was so super easy.  The Guide to Preserving book is an awesome and very comprehensive book full of simple and delicious recipes – you can can all kinds of things I never thought of before! 

For more information visit:  Ball Fresh PreservingFacebook and Twitter.

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As you may know, Always Infinity, the world’s first foam pad and this decade’s biggest innovation in feminine protection, recently received a 2015 Product of the Year Award! To celebrate, Always wants everyone to feel like a winner and is giving away coupons.


Always Infinity:

  • PROTECTION: Always Infinity can absorb up to 10 times its weight, helping to keep you dry and comfortable.
  • FIT: Always Infinity is made from FlexFoam™, an innovative foam material, which molds to your body so you barely feel it.
  • COMFORT: Always Infinity was made to move seamlessly with your body.
  • In a series of studies conducted by Always, 86% of women said Always Infinity made them feel more confident.

Always Infinity™ Named 2015 Product of the Year in Feminine Care Category!

For More Information visit, also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Nicole’s take:  I have always been an Always girl.  It’s definitely a brand I trust and I love the new innovations they are coming out with to keep women drier and more comfortable.  Of course they won the product of the year! I’m not surprised at all!

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It is time again to announce this weeks Wacky Wednesday coffee sale items…hold on to your hats for this one people, it is going to FLY off the shelves! We only discount it twice a year, don’t miss this opportunity to earn on a crowd pleasing Kcup coffee.

Sale runs Wednesday, July 29 through Tuesday, August 4th!

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Little Caesars new CHEESE-N-PRETZEL DIPPERS are 16 savory pieces of buttery, salty, toasted, soft pretzel bites served with a side of warm, creamy cheddar cheese dip, all for $3.49.
The Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza is a large specialty pizza that starts with a flavorful, buttery, soft pretzel crust made fresh daily in store. It is topped with creamy cheddar cheese sauce, a blend of 100% real cheese, and pepperoni, and then finished with an irresistible four-cheese gourmet blend of Asiago, Fontina, Parmesan, and White Cheddar cheese for just $7.
Tired of the hassles of online ordering? Walk into Little Caesars and walk out with a large, Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza for just $7 plus tax! No need to call ahead, it’s HOT-N-READY every day between 4 & 8 PM or order anytime. And if you love the taste of pretzel, add an order of delicious CHEESE-N-PRETZEL DIPPERS for just $3.49 plus tax. Available for a limited time at participating locations.

To help celebrate this special occasion, Little Caesars wants to give you, the awesome #PretzelCrustNation, the chance to win great prizes such as a GoPro Camera and Little Caesars Pizza gift cards! Just follow the instructions to join the #PretzelCrustNation and enter to win!

Want some now?  Find your nearest Little Caesars location!

Nicole’s take:  Little Caesars has done it again! I loved the Soft Pretzel Crust pizza and it’s back but that’s not it! They also have new CHEESE-N-PRETZEL DIPPERS! Noah was so excited to try these, he couldn’t wait.  I love that Little Caesars is so affordable that you can try a variety of products there without breaking the bank! The dippers were so good – perfect little pretzel bites to dip into delicious cheese sauce! A great accompaniment to the Little Caesars pizzas!

For more information visit:  LittleCaesars.comFacebook and Twitter.

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Peanuts Greatest Hits and Giveaway!

by Pennie on July 27, 2015


Peanuts Greatest Hits

The album, which hits stores July 31st, features 12 of the most memorable recordings from the beloved animated Peanuts television specials, all with the sophisticated, yet accessible jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Peanuts Greatest Hits also includes new liner notes by Peanuts historian and Guaraldi biographer Derrick Bang. You can view the cover and track list below.


Track Listing:

  1. Linus and Lucy
  2. Charlie Brown Theme
  3. Baseball Theme
  4. Oh, Good Grief
  5. Happiness Is
  6. Little Birdie
  7. Great Pumpkin Waltz
  8. Thanksgiving Theme
  9. Christmas Is Coming
  10. Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental)
  11. Skating
  12. Christmas Time Is Here (vocal)

The twelve-song compilation also contains a rare vocal by Vince Guaraldi!

Nicole’s take:  One of the things about watching Peanuts specials is that the music just takes me back.  I can close my eyes and be 5 years old in my PJs watching the Christmas special in a fort my brother and I built in our family room.  Music just does that! And so a Peanuts Greatest Hits plays like a soundtrack of my childhood.  Love this!

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Zulily’s Top 10 Baby Booming Cities!

July 26, 2015

zulily features an always-fresh curated collection for the whole family, including clothing, home decor, toys, gifts and more. Unique products from up-and-coming brands are featured alongside favorites from top brands, giving customers something new to discover each morning. Here are some recent deals: They just debuted high-quality bracelets from a husband-and-wife run company called BitterSweet. Their bracelets are […]

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Softsoap Limited Edition Summer Body Washes & Giveaway!

July 25, 2015

Wish that every day was a beach day? Softsoap Body Wash has released this summer’s fragrances that will make you feel like you are sitting on the edge of the ocean!  Fuji Waves This summertime fragrance includes cucumber and melon, and smells amazingly fresh and sunny. The gorgeous blue color of this body wash reminds […]

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Minions Themed Candy from Bazooka Candy Brands and Giveaway!

July 24, 2015

This summer, everyone’s favorite wide-eyed yellow creatures are making their way back to the big screen with the highly anticipated Despicable Me prequel, “Minions”. Just in time for the film’s release, the adorable little guys that fans everywhere have fallen in love with will also be making their way to a candy store near you! […]

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Summer CVS Beauty Deals & Freebies!

July 23, 2015

CVS is rewarding beauty shoppers all summer long with exciting online deals and freebies from CVS-exclusive brands Essence of Beauty, Nuance Salma Hayek and Makeup Academy! Beauty lovers will have access to exclusive offers and FREE new products on qualifying beauty purchases simply by logging into their ExtraCare accounts. And if you are not already signed-up, you can […]

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The Wacky Wednesday Weekly Coffee Sale at Cross Country Cafe!

July 22, 2015

Let’s rev things up a bit with an all time consistent top selling Kcup coffee sale! Even in the early days of Keurig, Green Mountain Breakfast Blend was ALWAYS a top choice and it remains so today. Your readers will love getting a deal on this Kcup coffee staple. Green Mountain Breakfast Blend Keurig Kcup […]

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Balance Bare Bars Value Pack At Walmart and Giveaway!

July 21, 2015

Balance Bar’s delicious bare bars, a nutritious, wholesome snack made with real nuts & fruit. Each bar is only 160 calories, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and vegetarian and comes in tasty flavors like Sea Salt Caramel and Mixed Berry Nut which is also dairy-free and vegan. Balance Bar offers an exclusive bare bar value pack at Walmart. […]

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Baby Milestones, Lysol and Giveaway!

July 20, 2015

Dr. Alanna Levine is a New York based pediatrician and a mom of two children.  As a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Levine frequently appears on television and in print speaking about breaking medical news and common parenting topics. Dr. Levine is a contributor for, and she is on the executive […]

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Peanuts T-Shirt and Giveaway!

July 19, 2015

Summer’s here and the Snoopy style is hot! Whether Snoopy is “dancin’ in the streets,” chilling on his doghouse, or displaying his doggone unique style, he is definitely the Joe Coolest. And Charlie Brown’s zigzag has never looked more straight-up fashion forward! Peanuts tees are available now at Kohl’s, Target, Sears, and Macy’s in prices […]

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Cookina Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet and Giveaway!

July 18, 2015

Summer time and the livin’s easy … until you have to scrub down the grill after your latest BBQ. The NEW COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet is perfect for Summer 2015 – you can still get the perks of smoky flavor and grill marks without the nasty clean up! Usable on any type of grill, the COOKINA Reusable Grilling Sheet is […]

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Sesame Street: Count On Elmo DVD and Giveaway!

July 17, 2015

Kids can rely on their Sesame Street friends for lots of fun, laughs and counting in Sesame Street: Count on Elmo. When the Noble Counting Prize committee is looking for the World’s Greatest Counter, Elmo knows that his friend The Count is perfect for the prize. Elmo, Grover, Abby and Cookie Monster try and capture The Count’s amazing counting skills on camera so they can enter him in the contest, but everything […]

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tommee tippee Glass Feeding Bottle and Giveaway

July 16, 2015

With Closer to Nature Feeding Bottles, switching between breast and bottle feeding becomes easier than ever before. We’ve designed the unique, easy-latch-on nipple shape with breastfeeding experts to mimic the natural flex, stretch and movement of mom’s breast. Together with the bottle’s super-sensitive Easi-Vent valve, this encourages your baby’s intuitive feeding action for comfortable, relaxed […]

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The Cross Country Cafe Wacky Wednesday Coffee Sale!

July 15, 2015

We have great news on the Nespresso coffee front…Target stores are now featuring Nespresso brewers on the very prominent back to college end cap in many of their locations. We are attributing this to our increase in sales on our Hiline coffee Nespresso compatible pods this week. Although Target did an amazing job displaying the […]

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