Monday, March 31, 2014

Controlling the Odor with Litter Genie #PetParents

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Litter Genie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #petparents

Every single cat litter that I have bought has had a common thing to it, it's says that it will control the odor.  The litters all claim that the chemicals in there that will help fight the smell.  I don't know about you, but every single one that we have tried there is still a smell.  I'm sure that some are better than others and they do help, but the cat litter still smells AWFUL!  Right now my cat's litter in the storage room and it's not huge deal because I can just close the door and not worry about it.  That is not going to be the case in my new house.  We don't have a storage room, so the cat litter will be in the laundry room.  I don't know about you but I have a hard enough time getting motivated to do laundry and the idea of a smelling cat litter doesn't make me want to be in there and do laundry.  I do not need another reason not to do laundry, I have plenty of excuses already :).

I decided that the smell needed to be taken care of it.  I did this with the Litter Genie.  

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I got the Litter Genie from Target.  It was a great price plus there is a $3 off coupon too.  
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It's a very simple system, but a great idea.  You just scoop up the poop, put it into the Litter Genie.  Then pull the tray and it goes into the bag.  Then the tray goes over it and the locks in the smell.  The bag will last about 2 months for one cat.


Since this is going to be in a room that I'm going to be in a lot, I wanted to make it cute and match my laundry room decor.  Washi tape to the rescue!
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I just put some washi tape around the bottom.
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And then glued the flower onto it.  So much cuter, right?
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It doesn't look too bad in my laundry room now.
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We sure love our kitty, she's super laid back.  She even tolerates the kisses from my baby :).  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

15 Easy Gift Ideas {MMM #218 Block Party}

It's time again to party with us! Hope you all had a productive week and are ready to show us all of your cute, yummy and terrific things you've been working on. Remember, you link up to any one of our blogs and you'll be seen on all five! And just who are these lovely hosts?
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This week it's my turn to host!

I have been working hard with my husband remodeling a room in my house to be my perfect craft space, and all I want to do now is make things...and more importantly gift things! I don't know if I like anything more than giving someone something that I have made myself...and I don't know if there is anything better than receiving a surprise little gift just because from someone you love. Little unexpected happinesses!
That's why this week I am featuring some great gift ideas from the hosts and from YOU, things that were linked up last week. These are all fairly easy and would be great to make and keep on hand for birthdays, new moms, new neighbors, weddings, or just because!

15 Easy Gift Ideas

  1. Mason Jar Cookies
  2. Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Truffles
  3. Fabric Rose Pendant
  4. Burp Cloths
  5. Personalized Wall Hanging
  6. Zip It Purses
  7. Spring Tulip Cake Pops
  8. Chill Pills
  9. Exploding Box
  10. Treat Jar
  11. Washi Tape Berry Boxes
  12. DIY Oatmeal Exfoliating Bar
  13. Cucumber Mint Body Scrub
  14. Welcome to the Neighborhood Gift
  15. Gorgeous Grunge Birthday Card
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Brighten Up Someone's Day with American Greetings eCards

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of eCards from American Greetings for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you ever had one of those days that nothing seems to go right, the sun isn't shining and all you want to do is just go to bed and start a new day?  Have you ever had one of those days and then one of your friends call you, drops by or just send you a sweet email, text or eCard?  I know when I am having a rough day and I don't think it can get any better, I just need to talk to a friend and see how they are doing.  Because it seems like when I am having a rough day, there is someone else that is too and they need a pick me up.  Some times calling someone isn't an option, or I don't know what to say.  That is the joy of eCards, they are very simple and very easy to do and it's a quick way to tell them that you are thinking of them.

I made a few eCards from American Greetings.  They were so easy to do.   I picked this card because it was cute and simple (it was even animated) and it was a cute way to tell my friend that I was thinking about her today.
My favorite was the personalize videos, they are so funny.  My husband has been stressed at work lately, just things that he has to get down, so I sent him this to lighten up his day.  I think that it did :).
The last eCard that I sent was another video.  The song celebrated that it was Friday, because when you get to the end of the week, it's worth celebrating :).
These eCards can be sent to email, Facebook or directly to their mobile.  It is a great way to stay connected with your family and friends.  It's a very inexpensive way to stay connected too.  It's only $3.99 for monthly membership, $19.99 for year membership and $29.99 for 2 year membership.  The video eCards are included in the membership and you can try them out with a 7 day free trial.

These eCards are perfect to connect with your family and friends.  You can send something for special occasions, birthdays, holidays or just send one just because you are thinking of them.  They are great if you want to send someone a gift card, so much more fun than just sending an email with a code.   To Learn more about American Greetings, check out this video.
Make your American Greetings eCard now.  Which eCard would you send your loved ones?
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hapari Swimwear GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: I was given product for this post, all opinions are 100% my own.

Spring is really here and we are finally feeling the warm weather!  We hit 70 degrees the other day and I was so excited!  Summer doesn't seem like it is forever away.  I'm so excited for summer.  I love summer.  The kids being home, no schedule, no routine.  Getting to go on family vacations, going to parks and pools and just having fun outside and not being in our house all the time.  I'm even excited about swim suit season :).  I have several swimming suits and I LOVE them all!  The majority of my swim suits are from Hapari.

Hapari International

They are very nice swimming suits and have lasted for several years.  I have even been able to wear them when I'm pregnant (they aren't pretty but they are long enough to cover my big belly).  And I especially love that they cover me up, especially my chest.  And when I put my hands over my head to play with my kids, the tankini doesn't come up and show off my stomach.  Oh and the tummy tuk bottoms are so great to cover up that layer of fat that I have around my stomach.

Just recently they came out with two new collections:


Both of them are just fabulous!!  I love the colors of both of them.  Here are few of my favorites from each collection:

Palm Dessert:
Sunstripe Seaside Tankini and Swimdress Sunstripe Sport Tankini Top Sunstripe Sport One Piece Swimsuit Carnival Twist Tankini Top

Denim Dancing Leaves Classic Bandeau Tankini Top Trellis SOS Underwire Tankini Retro Fashion Seaside Tankini and Swimdress Denim Tile Eyelet One-Piece

And I love their bottoms.  The colors go with so many of the tops.
Denim Tile Tummy Tuk Swim Bottom White Drawstring Swim Skirt with Bottom Mikado Tummy Tuk Swim Bottom Turquoise Tummy Tuk Swim Shorts

There are so many super cute and fun designs!!  I can't decide what my favorite is.  I need your help, which top do you like the best?
Denim Tile SOS Underwire Tankini Mikado Hibiscus SOS Underwire Tankini Denim Tile Seaside Tankini and Swimdress

Would you like to win a $100 gift card to Hapari?  If you do, just enter the giveaway below.