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Prepping Your Pets For Vacation

Prepping Your Pets For Vacation

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One of the very few things I hate about traveling is all the packing involved; if you own pets then you have to pack or prepare them for vacation regardless of whether they’re going with you, staying at a boarding facility, or being tended to by a pet sitter. Your vacation can be equally stressful on your pet, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips for prepping your pets for vacation and a checklist of items to help you pack for your pet.

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Do-It-Yourself Shingle Roof: #RoofedItMyself

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Shortly after we moved into our house, my husband decided to build our Rottweiler Chief a “dog house.” His previous owner had lived on a cattle farm too, but he spent the bulk of his time outside when he lived with him; he seemed to prefer being outdoors. I’ll elaborate that this wasn’t your average dog house; it was more like an 8×8 shed. Chief was unusually tall for a Rottweiler and my husband wanted to make sure he had plenty of room. My husband used supplies that were already on the farm or things that were leftover from house construction. It had a raised floor and insulation. The exterior was recovered barn wood and he even used leftover trim around the door. My father in law had an old truck bed cover that was used to make an insulated roof. Chief thought his animal house was a mansion, but it quickly turned into an eye sore. It was one of the first things that visitors would notice when they pulled into our driveway. I decided this past spring that I wanted to spruce up the small shed. It needed a new roof, a good coat of paint, some landscaping, and maybe even a barn quilt. Here’s an overview of how we removed the old roof and replaced it with a new shingled roof with GAF Timberline® shingles on our do-it-yourself shingle roof project. Later this week, I plan to show you the completely renovated project including paint and a tutorial for a 2×2 barn quilt that will adorn the side.

Do-It-Yourself Shingle Roof: #RoofedItMyself

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How To Keep Produce Fresh Longer: Rubbermaid FreshWorks

“This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid.”

Our household goes through a lot of produce. I like to purchase a variety of things so that we have it to cook with or snack on. My son loves strawberries and pineapple and I prefer melon, but we both love a good salad. My husband likes produce when it’s fried or smothered in something to disguise the taste. We have lots of farm animals that will eat produce that has started to go bad, but to me that’s just really expensive chicken food. I’ve tried hard to tame our grocery budget; I’ll have to cut back on work when our new baby arrives this summer and work has already been slow due to pregnancy complications, so money is tight. If I can use produce before it spoils, I can save money on our food budget. The new Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers can help keep produce fresher, longer, and I’m going to share how they work today. You can also enter to win a three piece set of Rubbermaid FreshWorks containers at the end of this post.

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two great products for cat owners

Three Great Products For Cat Owners

Three Great Products for Cat Owners post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of Ceva Cat.

I’ve owned a dog most of my life, but it wasn’t until I was in my my 30’s that we acquired our first cat. The past few years have been a learning experience for me. I thought that most of my worries would be which food to buy or how often to clean a litter box, but I quickly realized that was just the basics of cat ownership. Cats are much quieter (or least most of the time) and agile than dogs, so I struggled with keeping them off countertops, kitchen tables and other forbidden areas. I was perplexed when our indoor only cats suddenly had fleas; how does an indoor cat contract fleas? Today I’m sharing three great products for cat owners and a few of my woes as a relatively new cat owner.

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Tips For Grooming Your Dog Like A Pro

Tips For Grooming Your Dog Like A Pro

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I was in my early twenties when I began exhibiting Rottweilers in AKC dog shows; I had no idea what I was getting into nor did I realize the time, money and effort it took to create an AKC Champion. Dogs have to be trained, physically conditioned and groomed. Once they’re ready to hit the show ring, the owner will have travel expenses, show entry fees, and fees for a professional dog show handler if they aren’t exhibiting their own dog. Once they become an AKC Champion, owners have the option of trying to earn enough “points” to gain a coveted invitation to the prestigious Westminster Dog Show. I haven’t exhibited a dog in close to 7 years, but I still visit a show from time to time. Today I’m sharing tips for grooming your dog like a pro and information on how you can win one of hundreds of prizes from Purina and Petco.

Tips For Grooming Your Dog Like A Pro

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raised in a barn design space file

Raised In A Barn Design Space File

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When I first started working on this post, I made a huge typo. I shortened the file name and the permalink without even noticing. I titled the post, “Raised in a Bar,” which is quite a bit different from being “raised in a barn.” I’m just glad I caught it before I hit publish, and I’ll blame the error on pregnancy brain. It can easily be resized in Design Space to fit various shirt sizes from newborn to adult; someone had even requested I cut a vinyl stencil to create wall art using this Raised in a Barn Design Space File. I think it would be equally cute on a tote for a farmer, 4-H leader/parent or anyone that appreciates farm life.

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Roost crate

What Is Roost Crate? A Farmer’s Market In A Box

I recently received a message from my friend Kelly of Eat Picks asking if I would be interested in reviewing her newly curated monthly subscription box called Roost Crate;I quickly responded yes. Subscription boxes can be so much fun. What’s not to like about a monthly box of surprise goodies? The Roost Crate is like a farmer’s market in a box. You can read more about the items in the August Roost Crate, watch an unboxing video below, and find out how to subscribe to Roost Crate.

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