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PostHeaderIcon No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents

If you are the Mom or Dad of a 4 legged child, listen up! It is almost the scariest  night of the year and we want to make sure all of our babies are kept safe! The ASPCA recommends using your common sense and taking these precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” all the way to November 1.(Yes, I realize some people are severely lacking in common sense, especially when it comes to their family members who walk on all fours!)

1. No tricks, no treats: Please remember that the candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candy contains the artificial sweetener xylitol which can also cause severe problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.

2. Some of the most popular Halloween plants, such as pumpkins and harvest corn, are considered to be relatively nontoxic, however they can produce an upset tummy in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. While i am completely against clothes on pets, I think Halloween can be a small exception. Dressing them up can be fun but consider how they feel about it. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it. For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or dangerous to them. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also,please be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go ll natural, wear a festive bandana or try a Halloween collar and leash instead!

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you

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PostHeaderIcon “Hoo’s” in your Garden this Halloween? Get NWF Certified!

It’s that time of year again where some wildlife gets a “bat” rap. But, as it turns out, critters like spiders, owls and bats can be quite beneficial to your backyard habitat. Interested to learn how?

Owls: Welcome these silent, stealthy hunters to your yard and they’ll provide superior rodent control, as well as fill your yard with their hauntingly beautiful hooting. Old trees are a favorite habitat of owls, but an owl nesting box can work just as well.

Spiders: Though they may strike fear in the hearts of many, you really shouldn’t fear them unless you are a garden pest. Spiders will protect your beautiful yard from plant eating insects and protect you from annoying bugs like mosquitoes. Thank them by putting down thick mulch for them to hide and spend the winter in.

Toads: These helpful hoppers are often associated with witches in folklore. Welcome your friendly neighborhood toad to your yard and he’ll thank you by eating up to 10,000 insect pests over the course of an average summer. You can purchase a “toad abode” or simply half-bury a ceramic pot in your yard to attract these helpful amphibians.

Snakes: They may never live down their scary reputation, but many snakes can be a big help in the garden. Harmless species like garter snakes prefer cool, dark places to hide to prey on insects, slugs and even rodents.

Bats: Did you know all 40 species of bats in the United States are beneficial to people? Most feed on insect pests and some even help in pollination. A bat house placed 12-15 feet off the ground can entice these flying friends to take up residence in your yard.

Once you welcome these spook-tacular wildlife friends to your yard or garden, be sure to certify it as an official NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat® site to begin receiving all of your great benefits!  All you need to do is provide wildlife with the four elements essential to their survival:  food, water, shelter and places to raise young. I did something similar to this a my old house. It was for just birds though. We used to get a lot of things in the mail for doing it. It is really something fun to get involved in.

Happy Halloween!

Disclosure: Is it okay that I posted something simply because I wanted to? Does it always have to be about who received what from whom?

PostHeaderIcon Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MY!

Halloween is a crazy time of year. Around here it might be even as hectic as Christmas. Seems impossible right? The boys want to be everything they see. Just when they decide on one, they see another that is better. The price of costumes is really ridiculous these days so picking one is important not only for them but for us as well.

I went to every local store and was faced with crappy quality costumes for a ludicrous price. Then I received an email about Just Kid Costumes. I am not sure why it is called this because they have adult costumes as well. While they have much higher prices costumes, they do have a cute selection of inexpensive ones. They have an entire selection of cheap Halloween costumes. Most of these are under $20.

This site isn’t just for Halloween costumes either! They also have the following selection:

Currently they are having their Halloween 2011 “No Sales Tax” promotion.   This promotion is a limited time offer.  This offer *can* be combined with other offers and is on top of our already super low $4.95 shipping costs. Shipping is free also on orders over $50. Use Coupon Code, BLOGGER10, to receive 10% off any order of $8.95 or more. All products are eligible for this discount. Coupon is good through Sunday, October 16th at 11:59pm PST. Buy all your costumes at once and really save!

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PostHeaderIcon Make it a Sharpie and Rubbermaid Easter (Giveaway/US)

Easter is just around the corner and I am always looking for and unique, fun and creative ways to personalized gifts that I share with friends and family. Enter Rubbermaid and Sharpie! Simply make up a batch of your favorite Easter cookies, fudge or other goodies and “wrap” them in a Rubbermaid TakeAlong decorated with some Sharpie Markers!  Put some ribbon around the too. Depending on the holiday, don’t forget the bow!

Now this is not limited to any holiday of course. Christmas would be another great time to use this idea. This is a fantastic way to let your children be creative and be a part of the gift giving process. Plus, the TakeAlongs can be used again by the receiver so it is not another piece of clutter in their house or something being tossed. Consider this for for your child’s teacher. They really don’t need another coffee mug right?

GIVEAWAY: 15 piece set of TakeAlongs, a Sharpie Stainless Steel Marker, set of 8 Sharpie Retractable Markers and a set of 3 Sharpie Pen Retractables

RULES: Twitter entries must include a link to your Tweet. Tweets must be spaced no less than 60 mins apart. When blogging, giveaway must be listed in a NEW blog post for the day of your entry, not added to an old one.

Mandatory Entry: Visit Rubbermaid and tell me your favorite new product. Mine is the glass bowls! (1 entry)

Bonus Entries: A lot of additional ways to enter! Leave a separate comment for each one!

Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 years of age or older. I reserve the right to remove any entry from this giveaway. This giveaway is sponsored by Rubbermaid . This giveaway ends 04/25/2011 at 11:59pm EST.

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