Dove Ice Cream

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Dove Ice Cream. All opinions are 100% mine.

Dove Ice Cream is holding a “My Mini Moment” contest for women who share their favorite mini moment of escape. There will be 3 winners, one will win a getaway trip to Napa valley wine country in california, another will be eligible for spa services for a year, and the other will get a complete home makeover. The top 10 prizes will also receive a few other gift items. You have until June 7th 2010 to enter into the contest.

Dove mini ice creams are little delicious ice cream bars that have 70 calories or less. They have a new flavor out too called the Decadent Cafe Collection which has Java chip and cappuccino flavors. Dove also makes other kinds of ice cream treats. All of which you can find at any local grocery store.

The goal of the contest is to cherish mother’s ability to have their “Me times” while they are busy multitasking a hectic home and work schedule. The contest celebrates these moments where you talk about your favorite mini moment of escape. Dove created 3 flavors of Dove mini ice creams to make your experience better. Although I’m not a mother I have tried these delicious ice cream treats and they are very good. Far better than any average candy bar you find at the store. Even if you have eaten these before you might want to check out their new cafe collection miniatures flavor.

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Make sure your GPS map is up to date

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NAVTEQ. All opinions are 100% mine.

Now is a good time to check if your GPS map is up to date with the latest information since may is map update Month for GPS units and in-car navigation systems, so the timing is perfect. Go here for more information on www.MapUpdateMonth.com . Navteq has a system for car gps systems of all models that will give the latest edition. of map updates. It provides an updated list of over 1.74 million points of interest. This will help you get to where you want conveniently and without any problems. Navteq is actually the technology behind most car GPS systems and other gps devices so most GPS devices will work with it. It only takes minutes.

GPS tracking devices for dogs can give you live maps of where your dog is at if he gets lost. It would be good to make sure you have an updated map, so if he gets lost you can quickly get to him in your car to the location before he gets run over and taken by someone. I’ve had many problems in the past where Im looking at a physical map and even know my gps system on my car GPS and it winds up being outdated. I always thought that things were updated in real time but now I’ve learned you gotta update it through the Navteq map update system. Its a lot of frustration and I’m glad to see we can get it updated easily. Please check out the website www.MapUpdateMonth.com for more info.

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Doggy Steps

Doggy Steps

Recently a product called Doggy Steps has been advertised on TV. Doggy Steps is a little ramp you can use to make it easier for dogs to go up your couch, bed, or anything else. I wish I had thought of this product when we used to have an arthritic dog who also had hip dysplasia. It made him struggle to get up on the couch. I used to help him get up on it cause he loved to get up on our couch. Doggy Steps can be very useful for older dogs who suffer arthritis. Many dogs also suffer hip dysplasia or will develop problems from it later in life. Our dog’s hip dysplasia got worse as he got older. These doggy steps can help prevent the strain a dog has from jumping up on your couch or bed constantly. This can help delay some of the problems associated with Hip dysplasia, which is a hip joint problem and many dogs have to be put to sleep because it becomes so debilitating for them.

You might have seen the Doggy Steps advertise on TV. They sale them off the Telebrands website. I don’t recommend you buy it directly from Telebrands. Ever since people have been complaining about ordering problems when buying another Telebrands product called Pedipaws, I don’t trust buying it directly from their sites. Instead you can buy Doggy Steps through the Amazon site. It’s a few dollars cheaper at Amazon than if you bought it through the distributor sites and Amazon backs up your order with their A-Z guarantee. I looked around for an alternative dog stairs or ramp product to Doggy Steps, but they were all much more costly. Most were around 60-250 dollars and achieved the same thing as Doggy Steps.


USC Online Masters Teacher Program

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of USC. All opinions are 100% mine.

Many students don’t have the time or money or don’t want to hassle with going through a masters degree. However, online classes can make it much easier and convenient and faster to get your masters degree. The university of southern california, a very prestigious university, is offering a masters in education program online. You can see the program information through that link.

Advantages to online classes is you don’t have to waste gas and time commuting to school and you can study on your own time the material without having to go to a lecture to get the class studies. Their online teachers education program does offer some actual field studies. They also have an innovative tuition reimbursement program. The university of southern California masters teaching program has an accelerated program that allows you to get your degree in as little as one year!

Earning a masters degree can help your job prospects even if you are already currently a teacher. Scholarships and tuition reimbursements are available. Check out their MAT @ USC Student Blog to learn information from actual students in the program. The University of Southern California Teachers education program is #22 out of all universities in the United states and #9 among private universities. Become apart of the University of Southern California trojans elite family and get a masters degree that will pay dividends for the rest of your life!

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Meet Bruno a German Shepherd & Great Pyrenees Mix

German Shepherd Great Pyrenees Mix

I want to tell you about a lovable 10 year old German Shepherd and Great Pyrenees mix named Bruno. His owner is fighting in Iraq and unfortunately the caretaker can’t take care of him any longer, which has saddened the owner. The dog must go up for adoption. He is used to a loving owner for 10 years, so let’s hope he gets adopted by someone who can replace him.

Bruno can be adaptable to all situations, with or without a cat, dog, or children. He loves outdoors, but he also can be kept indoors. Bruno is 110 lbs, so if your looking for a big lovable giant and live in the Washington area, you might want to think of adopting Bruno. Read additional information about Bruno. You can adopt him through the dog shelter Old Dog Haven in Arlington, WA. The dog currently resides in Olympia, WA with the caregiver, until he is adopted.


Mosquito Magnet Rules

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Mosquito Magnet. All opinions are 100% mine.

I live out in central california and there is a lot of mosquitos in the summer hear due to a lot of standing water due to the agricultural and grasslands around us. The weather and water ponds really allows mosquitos to spawn out of control. California has had frequent outbreaks of west nile virus carried by this mosquito in our area of California. Luckily there is a product call the Mosquito magnet.

You can read the mosquito magnet review by some customer testimonials on the official website. I was looking at those pictures and it’s amazing how many mosquitos they collected in this baglike thing. Somehow this product really attracts the mosquitos. People are able to enjoy their backyards without worrying about swatting mosquitoes all the time.

They have a video on the website on how it works. If you want to make the most of of the mosquito magnet also check out their section on trap placement. They have an interactive map showing you how to make the most out of it. I encourage you to check it out. Right now is a good time to order because if you order over 65 dollars in accessories you have free shipping. Mosquito magnet is the #1 mosquito trap in america for a reason. The trap is backed by 18 years of research and more than 15 patents that make our traps technologically revolutionary! The mosquito magnet is sold at many well known stores brick and mortar and online including Ace hardware, Amazon, Countryside direct in the UK, Do it best corp., and more!

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QuickCare Pet Insurance Review

QuickCare Pet Insurance provides insurance policies for dogs and cats in the U.S and Canada. Unlike Europeans, less than 1% of U.S residents have pet insurance. Pet insurance can come in handy if your pet comes down with a serious illness, like cancer, or a accident that could cost thousands. Most pet owners can’t afford for the treatments of many serious illnesses or accidents, without pet insurance covering it. There are many pet insurance programs out there, but I believe QuickCare is one of the better ones.

QuickCare Pet Insurance will cover all major diseases, including cancer, and accidents. QuickCare also covers accidental death, and boarding, euthanasia, and recovery costs related to illnesses or accidents. QuickCare won’t cover the cost of general vet visit type work. They strictly cover illnesses and accidents only.

QuickCare’s monthly premium is a little under 30 dollars for many small dogs on their QuickCare Gold 70% coverage plan. There are different policy types you can have, that have different prices per month and coverage levels. The price per month for each individual policy will depend on the dog breed and it’s health. Compared to other pet insurance policies cost per month, it was on the cheaper side. QuickCare has a 100 dollar deductible per claim. Some of the similiar priced monthly premiums on the same dogs from other companies, had a higher deductible (like 200 dollars). Maximum payout per claim on the QuickCare Gold 70% coverage is $3000, but this can be raised if you get a more expensive monthly premium. The 3000 dollar coverage is less than some of the other companies in the same monthly price premium range. However, QuickCare will cover 3000 dollars per category and up to 36,000 total. So, for example if your dog has two illnesses in different categories in his lifetime, he can get up to 6000 dollars of coverage. $3000 dollars will cover most if not all of many serious illnesses and accidents anyways.

A couple of other benefits to Quickcare is that they give you a 5% discount if you get microchipping done through their 24watch program. They also allow you to continue to use your normal vet, so no worries of “network vets”. You can read more at QuickCare Pet Insurance for additional information.


Animal trap that doesn’t kill the animal

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Woodstream. All opinions are 100% mine.

I hate killing animals even if they are pests. I just can’t stand the site of them getting killed or having to pick up the dead bodies. Id rather do it in a safe humane way. We feed our wild birds with bird seed. They come down to us and are very tame after we set it down. We also have squirrels that live in our backyard. Sometimes the squirrels either ambush the birds while they try to eat or eat the seed before or after the birds. Its a pain worrying about the squirrels.

Fortunately there is a company that makes a animal trap that doesn’t kill the animals. We haven’t done anything about the problem, but I’m looking into this product now because I could use it to trap them and locate them somewhere outside away from our backyard to other squirrel homes nearby. I don’t want to take them out somewhere they are not used to I just want them to stay away and trapping them and moving them closeby should discourage them I think from wanting to come around.

Havahart has this type of trap for a large animal the Havahart Easy Set Large Animal Trap and another version for small animals the Havahart Easy Set Small Animal Trap . The mesh openings are smaller than on competing traps of similiar size so you don’t have to worry about the animal escaping or your bait getting stolen.

You’ll probably want to read up on their Animal Trapping Tips once you buy their product. Right now is a good time to buy from them because they are offering free shipping on orders over 70 dollars. I am so glad their is companies out there who care about animals enough to design them in a safe way for the animal and still efficiently get the job done for humans. I encourage you to check out their site and these products and some of the other products they sale.

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Zoom Groom Review

Zoom Groom Review

The Kong Zoom Groom is a really nice brush for a dog. It’s much better than using an ordinary comb or dog brush. I’ve used one in the past and it was a effective way to get hair out of the dog, but it also does it in a gentle way your dog will really like. Zoom groom is for getting out that undercoat layer, so your dog sheds less. It also helps give your dog’s skin a nice message which helps skin and fur health. You can use the Zoom groom on dry fur or during a dog’s bath. When we gave our dog a bath, we used the zoom groom and found it really helped get out the undercoat and massage his skin. The manafacturer claims it works on both short and long hair, but I’ve only used it on our short hair dog. The price of the Zoom Groom is very reasonable too. You can buy it at EntirelyPets.com, which is a store I recommend. Although the Zoom Groom is a nice brush, I now use the Furminator because it does a much better job on dry hair getting the undercoat out and is easier to use. The furminator is much more expensive, so it may not be for everyone. You can read my previous furminator review.


Stem Cells May Benefit Stroke Patients

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of CryoCell International. All opinions are 100% mine.

Cryo-Cell International, Inc. just recently discovered a major break through in stem cell research in a non controversial manner on this delicate subject. The article has just been published in a magazine and you can read 'Stem Cells and Development' article for free online. The title of the article is “Menstrual Blood Cells Display Stem Cell–Like Phenotypic Markers and Exert Neuroprotection Following Transplantation in Experimental Stroke”

New results showing that when they added menstrual blood cells to stem cells from umbilical cord blood, it expanded the number of cells that have the ability to mature into blood cells! What this basically means is that it could broaden the technique for use of cells and have a more readily supply of stem cells for transplantation. If you are familiar with the stem cell debate, stem cells come in 2 major forms, ones from fertilized eggs and some from a body part like a baby’s umbilical cord. Cryo-Cell has only used umbilical cord stem cells and now for this new research, menstrual blood. That means there is no worries about ethics or the argument of when life began because the stem cells are not fertilized eggs. These new source of cells can be used for stroke and other central nervous system disease victims.

Most people think that the only research has been shown in embryo stem cell to work, but actually umbilical stem cells are the only ones proven so far in research to help treat up to 70 diseases! Stem cell transplants have been done for 100,000 cases since 1998. Since you can only get umbilicial stem cells from birth, this new research is a way to increase the cell lines. A further summary of the article from that magazine can be read at C'elle in 'Medical News Today'

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