Tuesday, October 16, 2012

PetPals: Blogger/Reader Program Goodies!

This month I participated in the most amazing activity! It's called PetPals: Blogger/Reader Program and was put together by Jenna over at Momma Told Me blog. Yes, you read that correctly. It's Blogger/Reader, meaning you do NOT have to be a blogger to join in the fun! You just have to have a dog or a cat.

Basically what happens is you get paired up with someone else who has a pet and exchange information about your cat or dog. Then you go out and get a few goodies for their pet and ship it to them. The beauty of it all is that there IS a max amount you can spend ($15). Amazing, right? You not only get to meet new people and learn about their wonderful and interesting furbabies but you also get to do a little bit of shopping for them without breaking the bank! I don't know about you but I love shopping for people! Oh, and you get paired with two different people so that someone sends you something and you send something to someone else. Anyway, once it's all done all you have to do is write about your experience with the program. So, here is how my experience went:

First, I have to say I was super excited about this the moment I ran across it! I received an email from someone requesting  information about our lovely little guy, Toby. Her name is Constance. She was absolutely wonderful to be paired up with and was very polite to me. She seemed just as excited to get goodies for Toby as I was to participate!

I have to tell you, she picked the perfect goodies too! For his gifts, he received 3 awesome items. A chew toy and 2 treats. As I was opening the package he was right there in my lap trying to get into the box with that cute little nose. He just knew it was meant for him!

His first gift was a Nylabone DuraChew. I'd show you a before picture but he wouldn't let me get one. He wanted it right away! So, here he is enjoying his bone.



Here's one of him going to town on the toy.



And here's another. As you can tell, he was in heaven!


He also received some really cute Halloween cookies and something called Bison Tendy Chewz. I've never heard of those before but they must have been good because the bag did not sit on the table for too long.





My favorite holiday is Halloween so we know I just loved the Halloween Frankenstein cookies. It has been so much fun participating in PetPals. It's inexpensive and a wonderful way to meet new people who have at least one thing in common with you....the love of a pet.

Thank you, Constance, for making this such a memorable first PetPals for me and for our little guy, Toby. I'm sure if he could, he'd give you plenty of thank yous for setting him up so well!

Last but not least, thank you, Jenna, for putting together such a unique and fun program.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

What you don't read could possibly, kinda, sorta, maybe kill you...maybe...

So this last bit of weather that moved through brought with it rain all day Saturday and cold air! I'll admit I am definitely a lover of fall and winter weather however, it was 69 degrees in the house yesterday and we knew it was time to switch over to heat. We hadn't cleaned out our furnace yet though. Off to Walmart we went at 8 at night because I wasn't about to spend the rest of the night freezing my butt off in our house. We got new filters and some canned air to spray out some of the dust that collected in the furnace crevices since last winter. So here I was wiping down the furnace cover with a rag, standing next to my DH while he is using this canned air to spray and all of a sudden it gets hard for me to breathe. I get this weird taste in the back of my throat shortly afterwards and finally put my rag down, step away from the furnace cover and declare to my DH that I couldn't do it anymore. He asked me what was going on and I explained to him that it felt like I couldn't breathe very well. He asked if it tasted chemically in the back of my throat and I said yes. He tasted the same thing! So we stopped for a while thinking we had just almost killed ourselves with this canned air that was made in China. At the least, he thought we might do some hallucinating. Me on the otherhand, I was sure we had killed years off our lives and possibly done some lung damage too. We tried everything to get that taste out of our mouths but it just wouldn't go away. Finally, an hour later, after spending that long thinking we had just doomed ourselves, my DH picks up the canned air and laughs. I said, "What's so funny?". He brings the can to me and says, "Read this.". In tiny little (and I mean TINY) letters on the side of the can it says that it contains a bittering agent to keep people from abusing it by inhaling. O-M-G Crap! We spent about an hour thinking we were going to suffer the rest of our lives over some chemical crap we inhaled when it was just a preventative measure that did, after over 2 hours, fade away from the back of our throats. I can laugh about that now. In fact, it makes me chuckle thinking about it. However, buyer beware and be sure to read ALL information on the items you purchase. Especially canned air!

Oh what an evening, but we got that heat going! :)