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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I'm A Doll...Literally

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You guys! I am a doll!!!!

I mean it!  

Get ready to see the coolest thing ever!   

This was made by Budsies.  Budsies is a company that makes a plush version of your child's favorite artwork character.  Seriously, if your child draws a picture you can have it made into a plush doll!!!  

 Or you can do what I did and make a Selfie! Yep, Budsies even makes Selfies

You just upload a photo of yourself and you can provide a detailed description with the things you are wearing and colors and everything! You get to choose your eye color and skin tone too.    

Generally it can take 5 weeks to complete but holidays can be different. Budsies cost $89 and Selfies cost $79. It's so worth it. Let's take a closer look at my Selfie!

I love how they captured the long hair and the way two pieces of it are in front of each side.  I feel like I have super thick hair. Well I mean I do (it's clip in extensions ) but now it's captured forever in doll form.  
Check out the detail on the shoes.  The leopard spots are sewn on! I love it!!! 

And my purse!! With the double straps and everything!

{I apologize that it's not stuffed with Chihuahuas} because that would be a more accurate depiction of me. HA!

And look at that pretty face! I love how they make the eyes look!

This is so so worth it. Think of all the ways you could use a Selfie or a Budsie.  For a Selfie - it's great to make a doll of yourself for a loved one or child.   I am so happy with my selfie!!!  

Are you going to get one? Let me know!   

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Monday, November 23, 2015

How to Protect Your Home | Free Printable Checklist | {{+ a giveaway]]

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As a new homeowner I am always trying to take the best steps to make my home safe and secure.  There are so many things that can happen to anyone, anywhere.  Whether it's outside vandalism, breaking and entering, or whatever - it can be scary to have a house of your own and you can go crazy worrying about it.  So here are some things you can do to keep your home safe every single day.  Whether it's a new home or your current home, it's never too late to start.
[Install Dead Bolt Locks on Exterior Doors]
Any exterior entry ways like doors leading into the garage, front doors, basement doors, porch doors, etc. should  all be securely locked with a dead bolt.  Have you ever tried to break into your own door with a dead bolt on it? Exactly. It's a very worthy investment and it definitely feels good knowing you took that extra step.

[Keep Blinds Shut]
If you have windows without curtains or blinds, get some! When you aren't home make sure your blinds are drawn so no one can see in and scope out your house.  When you are home, especially at night when the lights are on inside, shut your blinds! You don't want anyone peeking in. I mean unless you WANT to give a peep show. This also prevents any potential burglars from scoping out what you have.

[Garden Lights]
Lighting around the outside of your home is a great way to deter people from snooping around in your yard or near your home.  Some people use spot lights that aim at their home, other people use solar lighting.  And please if you come to my house don't judge me when you see Rocky lift his leg on my garden lights.  Oops. 

[A Security Camera]
A security camera is by far the best investment you can ever make for your home.  The NuCam IR 720P is a great addition to your home, as it is to mine.  It fits all standard E26 Light Fixtures and has a remote controlled 3W white flood light.  This means you can install it in a place where you already have lighting.  This is great for the exterior of a home like a porch, patio, or garage.  The NuCam IR 720P has a wide angle lens with automatic night vision mode.  You can hear and see whatever goes on and it easily pairs with both iOS and Android! There's even a digital video recorder with an SD card slot.  I love the quality of images from this camera.  I'm very impressed to see they aren't stretched or fuzzy.  I can't even tell you how much piece of mind I have from my NuCam! It even comes with a flood light remote control and an 8" light bulb socket extension.  It's just so easy to adjust the camera viewing area with this.  The fact that I can check my home whenever I'm away is so amazing to me and gives me a great sense of security. You can purchase one here:

**The awesome folks at NuCam have offered 20% off for anyone who purchases their camera from Amazon. Just use the code GETNUCAM!

[Have A Plan]

Seriously it might be scary to think of this but it's a healthy type of fear. have a plan in your head for what you would do in different scenarios, like if someone breaks in while you're home. where will you run, where will you hide, when will you call the cops, how will you escape. have a plan for each possible scenario like if they come through a front door, a basement, a window, etc.

[Protect Your Home When You're Away]

When you plan to be on vacation there are several things you can do to keep your home secure like notifying the police so they can come by daily and check your house.  Make it look like you're home by having timed lights come on or keeping an exterior light on.  Notify a person you trust so they can come by and check your home.  Don't advertise that you're leaving your house empty on social media.

[Don't Hide Keys]

I don't care what anyone else does, this is the most foolish thing a person can do.  Burglars know to look for this stuff so they WILL check under mats, above door frames, and fake rocks.  If you are so worried about locking yourself out someday, make sure you either keep a spare on your self or get a garage door opener that you mount outside that you put a passcode into.  That way if you do forget your keys you can at least get in the garage.

[Lock Doors Always]

If you're home you still need to lock your doors. Creepy people can walk in at anytime, even if they know you're home.  Always lock your doors. Keep your windows locked as well.  If you are out back, lock the front door so no one can slip in when they see you are busy out back.

[Get A View Hole]

When we first moved in our house didn't have a peep hole on the front door.  So we installed one ourselves and now we can always peek out whenever the doorbell rings.  This way, you won't answer the door unless you absolutely want to. And never open the door for people you don't know. It's totally okay to ignore solicitors.  Seriously, you have no idea how weird and vulnerable I felt when I realized we didn't have one and the doorbell rang for the first time!

[Display Signage]

Those signs that say Beware of Dog are a great deterrent. So are No Soliciting signs and signs that say you have video cameras.

[Arrive Home Safely]

If you park in your garage when you arrive home, make sure you shut the garage door behind you as soon as you pull in. Make sure it closes and make sure no one slips in behind you.

[Privacy Film]

If you have windows in a shed, garage, or small bathroom that you don't want people looking in as they attempt to find a way to enter the home - use privacy film.   No one can see in so not only will they miss what's inside for them to get into, but they won't even be able to see if the coast is clear!

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Dog-Friendly Entertaining Tips for Thanksgiving

It's almost that time again, where you house fills up with friendly guests and good food.  But, there are some things you need to keep in mind when it comes to your dog (or any pet). 

I've heard horror stories of dogs that get into something they shouldn't and have to be rushed to the vet.  You don't want that to interrupt your holiday so make sure you follow these dog-friendly tips.

[1] No Table Scraps
It's [NOT] a good habit to get into and there's things that are put into human food (yes, even meats) that aren't good for dogs.  Make sure your guests know this is the rule in your home. Trust me, your dog may beg, but I assure you he will be just fine without scraps from your plate!

[2] Keep Your Dog Busy
There will be //a lot\\ of activity and it's easy to get overwhelmed when you're a dog so make sure you have plenty of things for your dog to do so they don't get into trouble.   I give mine chewies.   I highly recommend the Benebone Wishbone!

They come in different sizes and flavors and are made with food-grade nylon.   They are perfect for keeping your dog occupied.  Plus, when you purchase Benebone, a portion of the sale is donated to animal support organizations! OH and they are made in the USA!

[3] Keep Coats & Bags Up High
When your guests arrive, make sure you put their coats and bags somewhere your dogs can reach.  Dogs can get nosy and if they happen to snoop in pockets or purses they can get into some dangerous things like pills, gum, etc.  This is also a good habit to get into because sometimes little boy dogs (like my Rocky) like to sniff around and mark new items by lifting their leg.  {{{That's right - Rocky has sprinkled on his fair share of purses!}}}

[4] Safe Zone
If your dog tends to get overwhelmed when there are a lot of people over, make sure he has a nice quiet area he can retreat to at any time.  It's always good to keep a cage or crate or his dog bed in a room that's quiet.   If he seems to be overwhelmed, you may have to put him there yourself. 

[5] Celebrate with Your Pet 
All the fuss with your guests can make your dog feel left out so make sure you include him in your celebration and continue to give him regular attention throughout the day. This way, everyone has a good time! 

What tips do you have for pet-friendly entertaining? 

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Friday, November 20, 2015

How to Find The Best Gifts This Holiday

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Every year people frantically drive across town to spend days on end searching for the perfect gift for everyone on their list.   You would think it would be easier to just do it online but so many people seem to think the only way to take advantage of sales is to physically be in the store.  That's not always the case.  

I have found the perfect way to find the best gifts for everyone on my Gift List this year and today I'm going to share it with you!
Shop from Home
I get all my gift buying done in one day all from the comfort of my couch, because I choose to shop on   It compiles all the sales for top retailers into one place so I save time, money, and energy.  No more opening 10 different tabs on my browser and no more rushing around and standing in line at the store.  It's the greatest one-stop shop for  Cyber Monday promotions but it's also great year round. 

No More Multiple Tab Browsing
I don't have to search all over for coupons and special deals because collects coupon codes, limited time offers, and special savings opportunities from over 800 online stores.  Then I can browse them in one convenient place.   There are even some promotions that are exclusive to 
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Special Deals even features a Deal of the Hour on its front page on Black Friday and Cyber Monday which highlights a different retail promotion every hour.  This can be anything from free shipping, a certain amount off, or a free gift with your purchase.

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Gift Guides
There are even gift guides that are set up with recommended categories, products, and stores depending on the person you are shopping for and their hobbies and interests.  That really helped me out when I found myself stumped on what to buy for certain people. 

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Easy Shopping
It's so easy to shop around on I love that I can click on the logo of my favorite store and it allows me to choose from the different offers, or I can just go through to their website.  No more digging around for offers and trying to remember coupon codes.  

I was able to do over half my shopping so far with this site!   I even discovered deals that I definitely wouldn't have found otherwise.  I feel so great that I can now relax and enjoy this holiday season and not waste time rushing around dropping loads of cash at stores, getting stuck in traffic! 

When do you want to have your shopping done by?

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Jelly & Brie Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup [Recipe]

This is the best meal for a rainy or snowy day!!! Try it!  The jelly gives it an amazingly unique and delicious taste!

What's your favorite rainy day meal? 

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