Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Loving Pets Double Dog Diner Review!

Loving Pets is a company many of you may be familiar with. I've had the opportunity to review a couple of their products in the past, and I was excited when given another chance to do so again. This time I actually received two great new products from Loving Pets; the Wicker Dolce Diner in black, and the Osso Dolce Diner in aqua! We also received several bags of their dog treats, but more on those later.



The Dolce Diner is a very nice looking double dish feeder that has a wicker textured base. The medium size has two 28 ounce dishes, so this is perfect for Glory, my Sheltie. My favorite part of this doggie diner is how easy it is to clean. Because the bowls are removable, and the base is made of a heavy duty plastic, cleanup is extremely easy. Wash the bowls in your sink, and just use a damp cloth to clean off the base if needed. It also features rubber feet, which means this doesn't slide around while Glory's trying to lick up the remains of her food!


The Osso Double Diner is also a base with two removable dishes, but this one is a fun dog bone shaped base. The small is a little too small for Glory's needs, but will be perfect for her litter of puppies (due any day now!) when they move up to eating moist puppy food. Again, this is easy to clean-you can actually remove the rubber feet and just throw it in your dishwasher if you want!


Of course Glory's favorite part of this review was the dog treats. We received Puffsters and Waggles, and she absolutely loves both of these! She is especially fond of the Waggles, which are natural chicken skins. She loves crunching down on these treats! The Puffsters are also a hit; these are air-popped snacks available in several flavors: apple and chicken, banana and chicken, cranberry and chicken, and sweet potato and chicken. Glory isn't picky; she likes all the 
varieties! 




If Glory could talk, I'm sure she'd offer a resounding yes if asked to review Loving Pets products again!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Dollywood-Our Family's Favorite Theme Park!!

Since visiting Pigeon Forge last year, it has quickly become our family's favorite vacation destination. We actually extended our visit a couple days this year, and ended up staying for 11 days! One of the highlights of this visit was going back to Dollywood, the amusement park that is now our entire family's favorite!


We decided I need this vehicle, because it matches my outfit so perfectly! :)


We arrived first thing in the morning to ensure we'd have plenty of time for all the rides. The girls' first request was to revisit the Smoky Mountain River Rampage, a white water rafting ride that is super fun, and more than a little likely to leave you dripping! We were actually able to ride three times in a row before deciding we were wet enough for the rest of the day, and headed off to the roller coasters.



I admit to not being able to make up my mind which coaster at Dollywood is my favorite. Wild Eagle is super fun, but right up there at the top are also the Tennessee Tornado and Thunderhead, the wood coaster. I love how quickly lines move at Dollywood (I know, probably not in the summer when they're packed!) because we were able to ride Thunderhead three times in a row, and Tennessee Tornado about 5 times. We were aiming to do the same with Wild Eagle, but unfortunately when we went back later in the afternoon they were closed for maintenance, so we only got one ride on this coaster. 



While at Dollywood we also had to stop by the Grist Mill for a loaf of cinnamon bread. This is something that has been mentioned multiple times by someone (I won't mention M's name!) since last year, and in fact was so popular with our family that I started making a similar recipe at home!

As we were slowly making our way towards the exit, M convinced us to go ride the Waltzing Swinger and the Scrambler. Yes, all three of us crammed into one seat for the Scrambler, and M was making people laugh with her crazy faces and screams!


Our very last stop was at the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum, which is a great part of the park for those who love Gospel music. We really enjoyed wandering through here, and are thankful that Dollywood has this museum on it's premises!



Thrilled to see our very good friend Scott featured in the museum!

Needless to say, our family loved every minute we spent at Dollywood, and are looking forward to going back next year!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Kids Academy Preschool Education Center #FREEKidsApp

This blog has partnered with Mom Buzz Media to announce this exciting information!

Kids Academy Releases Preschool Education Center for iOS and Android!


 How many of you love educational games for your kids? Our family loves playing games on our various devices, especially on road trips. For example, we just got back from a 2 week trip, that had us driving 12 hours each way, and games on the iPad makes the time go much faster!

Kids Academy – the team behind some of the top educational apps for kids with over 10 million downloads worldwide just released the long-awaited version of their flagship app – Preschool Education Center. As the name suggests, Preschool Education Center is an all-in-one educational app for kids and toddlers. The app covers all aspects of early childhood education from the alphabet and reading to writing, building vocabulary and developing math skills. Based on the proven Montessori method the app offers a number of fun games that help master essential learning skills through play.   



This is a pretty fun app for young children to get a start on learning. Select from math, reading, writing, a library of read-aloud books, and kids tv. This is great for keeping children busy on road trips, at the doctor’s office, or around the home. The best part is that they’re actually learning though, not just playing games. It is entertaining enough to keep your child’s attention, with fun, bright colors, and engaging activities.
My only “complaint”, so-to-speak, is that I feel the read-aloud books should have been abridged/edited for younger children. The first page of Puss In Boots uses the word patrimony, and I don’t think your average preschooler is going to understand that! Otherwise however, this is a fun app for youngsters.


Until now, Preschool Education Center has only been available on iTunes but today's release makes it finally available for Android device on Google Play! This fun and free app is currently being featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia and Canada.

Get the app free on Google Play!

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iTunes Kids AcademyFor iOS devices:

Kids Academy have also updated the iOS version of the app: Preschool & Kindergarten Early Learning Games adding new games, books and educational cartoons and shows as well as printable worksheets. - The update boasts a bunch of cute little monsters that will teach your kids about money and how to count it. - Kids Academy TV now has a 24/7 Live Zoo channel offering web-cam views on real-life animals.

Grab your free copy of the update on the iTunes App Store!

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free worksheets

BONUS! Free Preschool & Kindergarten Worksheets for Kids

Kids Academy is also finding a way to expand beyond the screen and help master pen and pencil with free printable worksheets. You can get free preschool worksheets on a variety of subjects from alphabet to math (the library is being constantly updated). Download, print out and get start practicing with good old pen and paper in seconds!

Head over to to the Kids Academy to get your FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS and get your kids busy!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Starting A Website

Have you been thinking about starting a website for a long time? Perhaps you want to have a site just for your own leisure purposes. Do you want to start your own online business to supplement the income you earn from your full-time job? You may also want to eventually quit your job and work online as your full-time profession. It does not matter which of these scenarios accurately describes you, the first step to accomplishing your goal is to decide what your site will be about. This is a tough decision. Here are some ideas for websites that you might want to consider.

1. Sports

Sports are extremely popular in every part of the world. Of course, certain sports are more popular than others in various regions. Therefore, if your site will be getting most of its traffic from a specific country, you need to be sure the sports you are discussing are relevant to your core audience. Fantasy sports leagues are also extremely popular now. This is a type of sports gambling where people choose their teams from actual players and win cash prizes based on how well their players perform. Since so many people are interested in fantasy sports, providing information about it will definitely give you additional visitors to your site that you would not have otherwise had. 

2. Urban news

Catering to a specific niche that not many sites are catering to will help your site grow very quickly. The key is to select a very popular topic that does not have much of an Internet presence. Urban entertainment news is a great example of one of these topics. Covering this type of news has enabled Lee Bailey's Electronic Urban Report to grow at a steady rate. You can explore it by visiting http://www.eurweb.com/category/entertainment/. 

3. A blog

A blog will allow you to write about topics that you really care about. You can also choose to make your blog about a specific topic that many people are interested in. Video games and the gaming lifestyle are popular enough to support a daily blog because there are so many things to write about. Just make sure your blog topic is something that you are very knowledgeable about. If you are just posting fluff that does not require any knowledge of the topic, your readers are certain to notice. You can also hire people to write guest blog posts.