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Mabel’s Labels Saved Me This Christmas

Posted on December 4, 2022 in 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Mabel’s Labels made this Christmas easier on me.  I was able to get return address labels for all of my Christmas cards, and I send a ton.  I was even able to get gift tags making it easier for me to write out the labels on gifts.  I usually just use wrapping paper inside out.

I was able to get this amazing ornament from Mabel’s Labels, as well.  It is an added enjoyment to our tree this year.  I scored the Gnome with our family name on it.  This is such a treasure and will be hung every year from now until hopefully my children are completely grown.  They will be able to cherish it as well.

The gift tags were so great using.  I love the style, and my family loves them under the tree.  Most of our gifts are already out.  It’s easier on me that way.  The animals and snowflakes separate my son’s and daughter’s gifts.  she has the animals; he has the snowflakes.  I did this so they will realize whose gifts are whose.  I find this the easiest way to tell them apart on Christmas morning.  They stick well to our wrapping paper.  The gift tags are able to stick to any kind of wrap.  I have metallic, paper and the heavy stuff all under the tree.  They worked on all varieties.

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Holiday Pet Dangers

Posted on November 23, 2022 in Announcements Holiday Pet Dangers

By Dr. Doug Mader

The holidays are such a wonderful time of year – but we don’t want to ruin it by having a preventable pet tragedy.  I’d like to share some common sense warnings that may prevent a holiday disaster. It would be wise to take a few minutes to assess these hidden dangers before getting all get caught up in the seasonal festivities.

The first obvious danger to our pets is the Christmas tree. Aside from the inherent fire risk with real trees, there is also the possibility of pets injuring themselves on the needles and ornaments. Eyes can be accidentally poked or scratched. Delicate ornaments can be broken, resulting in sharp pieces of glass or plastic that can cause cuts or potentially be eaten. Some people hang candy or popcorn on their trees. These confections can be eaten by pets, and the plastic wrappers and strings can be swallowed and cause intestinal damage.  Cats like to play with shiny objects, and tinsel is notoriously dangerous. If swallowed in large quantities it can cause a blockage.

Extension cords are always a hazard. Pets can be accidentally tangled up in the wires, thus potentially pulling over the tree, or worse yet, becoming strangulated by the cord itself. Some dogs and cats, and especially rabbits, like to chew on things, and electrical cords are a delicacy. Aside from the fire risk, the possibility of electrical shock and death to the pet is very real.

Candles can be so beautiful but make sure that they can’t be knocked over by inquisitive cats or dogs.  Never leave a lit candle left alone!

Holiday candies are a real treat for humans. However, some sugar-free candies (containing xylitol) can be deadly to animals.  Others, like chocolate, contain methylxanthine.  This too can be toxic to pets if consumed in large quantities. If a dog or cat gets into a box of holiday chocolates or candies containing xylitol it is an emergency. Take your pet to your veterinarian immediately. It is a lot easier (and less expensive) to just keep the sweets out of reach!

Carefully check out new toys (both people toys and pet toys) to make sure they are safe for your pet to play with. Toys with small parts or pieces that can be easily broken off can also be easily swallowed. If small enough, they might simply pass right through your pet’s digestive tract, however, if it gets stuck a serious blockage can result.

It is not uncommon to have many guests over for holiday celebrations. Some pets, especially dogs, may get nervous when strangers are over. Be sure to respect their space and provide them with a retreat if they feel overwhelmed. On the flip side, some pets enjoy the company and will do their best to steal all the attention!

Lastly, be kind to your pet and avoid giving it a lot of leftovers from the holiday dinner feast. A radical change in diet can cause severe indigestion for even the healthiest pets.

Along the lines of holidays and pets, it is a good idea to think twice before giving someone a live pet as a gift. Although you may think it is a good idea, and you may think that the intended person may really want or like to have a particular pet, please check with them first.

Have a happy, wonderful, pet-safe holiday season!!!!!

Figure – Christmas trees, small ornaments, tinsel, sugar-free candies, and chocolate can pose huge dangers to pets.  (photo: D. Mader)

Douglas Mader, MS, DVM

Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline)

Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Reptile/Amphibian)

Diplomate, European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology)

Human-Animal Bond Certified

Author of The Vet at Noah’s Ark: Stories of Survival from an Inner-City Animal Hospital



Nick Jr Holiday Bonanza DVD

Posted on October 31, 2022 in 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Nick Jr Holiday Bonanza DVD has brought so much joy to our household.  The kids love watching it, so much.  PAW Patrol has 2 videos, and every time we watch, it just gets better.  Blue’s Clues as an amazing Festival of Lights video, while Blaze, Bubble Guppies and Baby Shark’s Big Show all have wonderful videos as well.

This DVD is available November 1, at a great price.  Get it for your little loves, they will love it.  Run time is 104, and they won’t leave their seats.  It’s that fantastic.  I’ve never seen these videos, and they put a smile on the little ones’ faces that I had here.

The holiday season gets merrier and brighter with the all-new DVD Nick Jr Holiday Bonanza! Featuring holiday-themed episodes from Blue’s Clues & You! Blaze and the Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol®, and Baby Shark’s Big Show! Join your favorite characters as they celebrate Hanukkah, help Santa prepare for the big day, deliver special presents, and more!

Nick Jr.: Holiday Bonanza episodes:
Blue’s Clues & You! – A Blue’s Clues Festival of Lights!
Blaze – A Blazing Amazing Christmas
Bubble Guppies – Christmas is Coming!
PAW Patrol – Snowbound Cow
PAW Patrol – Pups Save the Marooned Mayors
Baby Shark’s Big Show! – Snowball Bonanza

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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.


Mpix for your Holiday Cards

Posted on November 30, 2021 in 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

I love Mpix.  I had never heard of them before, until a friend mentioned them.  I immediately went to the site, to check Mpix out.  They have so many wonderful things to choose from.  All you need is a great picture.  My kids, and dog, posed.  I took the picture, and Mpix did the rest.  Everything turned out beautifully.

There’s keychains, with a light in them.  These keychains are great.  I love how classy they look.  I ordered enough to pass out to my family.  They aren’t expensive, and such a practical gift.  I love carrying my kids around, in my purse.


Then, I went on to creating the perfect Holiday Card.  These cards had to be practical, but with my sweet kids’ faces.  My dog tilted her head just right, and my kids both looked happy.  So, I sent the picture and got the most sweetest Holiday card possible.

There are so many things to choose from on Mpix, from calendars to Weddings, and Holidays.  You will find something that you love.  All you need is the best picture you can take.

Get 20% off with the code on their page.  Also, orders over $35, get FREE SHIPPING.  You have got to take advantage of these deals while they last.

The above picture is the picture used on the Holiday Cards, and keychains.  I love the picture, so had to share with you.

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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.


I Love Manscaped

Posted on December 1, 2020 in 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Manscaped is my favorite new product, that I came across.  It’s so cool, and helps me with my hygiene.  My wife loves the Manscaped tool that I received.  I love how clean it makes me feel!  The Lawnmower is truly 1 of a kind.  My wife has even borrowed it, a few times.  You are in for a fabulous treat, if you buy the Lawnmower 3.0.

Some features are:

Each blade comes pre-lubricated, for easy use.  You will love this tool.  It’s so easy to use, and is ready to go.  I’ve used it a few times, myself, since receiving it.  I haven’t gotten razor burn like I normally do with electric razors, either.
Above are just a few more products you can get from Manscaped, my new favorite site.  Crop Mop gets me every time.  They are fresh wipes, made of Aloe Vera, with soft woven material, and free of dyes.  You will love Crop Mop.
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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.


Smit Co for Christmas

Posted on November 5, 2020 in 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

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Our 5-star products include Gifts for Girls ages 4 to 14, Body Exfoliating Products, and Wooden Wine Glass Racks that are made in the USA.

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KungFu Apothecary has Amazing Products!

Posted on October 27, 2020 in 2020 Holiday Gift Guide


KungFu Apothecary is an amazing company, with such great products!  These would make perfect gifts, for anyone you love.  With Christmas right around the corner, buy them now, before they sell out.  Find your balance with these products!

Tone, plump and lift your face with our Complete Facial Tool Set, naturally. Includes our signature noise-free Facial Roller, heart shaped Gua sha and soothing Eye Wand in Amethyst, White Jade or Black Obsidian housed in a sustainable cork tray. A savings of over $13 when you purchase the set as compared to purchasing the tools separately! Choose your favorite crystal based on your own unique needs. Makes a perfect gift or gift to yourself. Instructions provided. 

This set is amazing.  I’ve been using it for a little under 2 weeks, and it is working wonders for me.  I will never shop with another company, for Apothecary products.  I’ve found my new go to company!

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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.


My Little Dreamy Pillow is so Lovely!

Posted on October 27, 2020 in 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

I know that it says ages 2-5, but my 9 year old loves this pillow.  My Little Dreamy Pillow has given him two weeks of sound sleeping, and he doesn’t sleep straight through the night, most nights.  However, for the last 2 weeks, he has been.  I love this product, it’s made my life a breeze, with him.  And, he’s had a sore throat for 3 days, so making him sleep through the night, is a blessing.

We received the Kea Safari, which is available on Amazon.  The picture above is Unicorn Dreams, located on the KeaDreams Website.  These pillows are super comfy, soft, and plushy.  The organic cotton shell and casing is so smooth.  And, it’s packed with sleepy dust!  It was made, and tested, for a child’s head.  He’s probably a lil older than the average, but he loves it!

  • ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED – Highly raved by parents all around the world, our KeaBabies Toddler Pillow is ergonomically designed and tested on toddlers for the best spinal support without compromising on their comfort.
  • DURABLE & WASHABLE – We know that mess always happens with kids around. Our Toddler Pillows are machine washable for the pillowcase and pillow shell, keeping your toddler’s pillow clean and fresh.
  • NATURAL COTTON – We use natural cotton pillow case and cover which is safe for newborns and toddlers. Its is ultra soft and breathable for all seasons.
  • CUTE KEA SAFARI PRINT – All kids LOVE ANIMALS, our KeaBabies Toddler Pillowcase is designed with that in mind. Simple and neutral unisex pillowcase to match any toddler bed to cot setting. Match it up with our KeaBabies Swaddle Blanket.
  • PERFECT TRAVEL COMPANION – Sized perfectly for your little one to nap, sleep and play while on the go. With a pillow on hand, your toddler will feel more secured when sleeping or napping in a new environment.

The safari design is so unique, and the colors make it good for a boy or girl!

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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.



Gerber Childrenswear is having a Wonderful Black Friday Sale!

Posted on November 16, 2018 in 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Black Friday

Walmart.com: Trusted for generations, Gerber is offering new parents the most practical (and essential!) Black Friday deal at Walmart.com. No need to wait in line to pick up a 6-pack of white long-sleeve Gerber Onesies® bodysuits for just $10, starting Black Friday. Perfect for layering in the winter months! That’s less than $2 per item and more than 35% off! (Original price: $15.84). The deal is available starting Black Friday while quantities last.

Gerberchildrenswear.com: For those looking to get a head start, Thursday (11/22) through Saturday (11/24), visit Gerberchildrenswear.com for major discounts on a variety of clothing and accessories, including:

Cyber Monday

Gerberchildrenswear.com: Beginning Sunday (11/25) at 3 PM EST, Gerber Childrenswear will offer 30% off sitewide – no code required! For free shipping on any order (no minimum purchase), use code: JINGLE.




Scandal: The final two seasons ~ available now on DVD

Posted on September 11, 2018 in 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

I’ve really enjoyed watching Scandal, so when I found out the final 2 seasons were on DVD, I had to own them.  Kerry Washington is one of my favorite actresses, and she did this part complete justice.  I really enjoy watching her in Scandal.

“Scandal: The Complete Sixth Season”

         The line between predator and prey dissolves into a struggle for survival in the riveting sixth season of ABC’s Scandal.

Despite Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) best efforts, Frankie Vargas wins the Presidency; however, all bets are off when he’s assassinated. And as the conspirators escalate their tactics, Olivia Pope alienates her O.P.A. “gladiators” by fully embracing her dark side as “the most powerful person in the world.”

Viewers will enjoy all 16 episodes, as they surrender to the riveting labyrinth of obsessive passion and wickedly decadent fun. Bonus extras include extended episode “Transfer of Power” and deleted scenes.


                                             “Scandal: The Complete and Final Seventh Season”

   Savor the last, decadent drops of the most satisfying TV show, Scandal: The Complete Seventh and Final Season.

A new era begins as Mellie Grant becomes President. But the real authority lies with the new, self-appointed head of B613: Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). Unfortunately, the more power Olivia gains, the more of her soul she loses, until a battle of wills with Rowan leads to a shattering betrayal.

Fans can drink in all 18 alluring, must-own episodes of the groundbreaking final season of television’s most seductive drama, plus a bonus extra: extended episode “Over a Cliff” (finale).


In ABC’s “Scandal,” everyone has secrets and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope and her team are at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done for their clients, but it becomes apparent that these “gladiators in suits,” who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, have trouble fixing those closest at hand—their own.

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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.


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