Friday, October 19, 2012

We do not celebrate Halloween

Normally, I post a Freebie Friday on Friday mornings. It is a craft posted by MyMemories. I decided last week and this week as well that I would NOT be posting the craft as it was a coffin box and was focused on Halloween. In our home we do not celebrate Halloween.

In General when people think of October the first thing that comes to mind is Halloween, "Trick-or-Treating", and Costumes. I had not really thought about why we (Americans) celebrate Halloween until after my children were born. Big Sister was about 4 months old for her first Halloween and I thought it would be "So Cute" to dress her up and walk around with my Sister and her girls as her oldest went door to door. After that day, I began to really think about what was behind Halloween and if I really wanted my family celebrating this "holiday". The more my husband and I read about Halloween (which literally sent chills down my spine) and the more we read the Bible, the clearer that answer has become to us. In our home we will not celebrate Halloween.

To get an idea of the History of Halloween, I would encourage you to visit the article written on History.com (http://www.history.com/topics/halloween).

There is also a very good article written on CBN.com answering the question "Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?" (http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/OnlineDiscipleship/Halloween/halloween_Watt05.aspx)

Even though Halloween is highly commercialized in this day in age and no one "really" understands where it came from, I still feel like it is wrong for our family to celebrate the "holiday." I stand for the truth and want my girls to always stand for the the truth, and the truth is in our Lord Jesus Christ.

What are your thoughts about Christianity and Halloween?

Have a blessed day dear followers!
 Kelsey

(For some reason our internet is being, weird, so my normal signature is not available for this post! Hopefully, I can fix it later!)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Doggles Review & Giveaway

You will notice I don't have a Freebie Friday up today, which I will go into more detail about later. Instead I have a Review and GIVEAWAY!

So, I was at the lake with my Women's Group from church, several weeks ago and we took a long walk one morning. As we were walking we came up on a man walking a little dog. As the dog turned around there was an instant "AWWWW" effect that came from all the women. Not only was he a cute little dog, but that cute little dog was wearing sunglasses, Doggles to be exact.

What are Doggles you ask?  

"Doggles ILS are the first and only protective eyewear designed just for dogs!  They are actually goggles for dogs, hence foreign objects, wind, and UV light. They are modeled after sports goggles.  They currently have 2 styles of Doggles, fitting dogs 3 pounds  to 250 pounds.  All models have flexible, snug-fitting frames, which have foam padding against the face; polycarbonate (shatterproof) and anti-fog lenses; and adjustable elastic head and chin straps to keep the Doggles securely on the dog. Doggles ILS feature patented wide nose bridge, deep lens cup, interchangeable lenses.
Dogs have a much wider nose bridge than humans, along with protruding eyes.  You need a goggle
designed specifically to fit a dog's unique face structure.
People use them for various reasons; everything from medical conditions like Pannus, to keeping them safe while riding in a car, truck, motorcycle, ATV and even boats! They are vet recommended/approved and even used by military dogs! " - as stated from www.doggles.com  
 
After seeing Doggles on the little dog at the lake, I just HAD to find out if Doggles would work on our 75 pound Standard Poodle!  Doggles was kind enough to send me a pair to try out on our Poodle. We chose the Large Doggles ILS with a Shiny Red Frame and Smoke Lens.

After I adjusted the straps correctly, the Doggles fit him snugly and he was able to run around the yard and play as normal. He thought they were a little funny at first but once he realized they weren't coming off and he could still see, he was fine and went on with his normal business or running and playing.

Since the Large size is supposed to fit dogs from 50 pounds to 100 pounds I decided to put them to the test by sending them to work with our local Animal Control Officer and here is what the staff had to say!

"Kelsey! --- The doggles were a HIT! Not a single one of these guys even offered to take them off. They appeared to be very comfortable for the animals, and stayed on pretty well (for those whom it fit well! Lol) Very good product! (I’d pay $20 for them!!!) Thanks for letting us test them out for you!!!"

Check out the Doggles ILS on several of the Shelter Dogs! 


Blaize is an approximate 30-40 (current), 5 month old Lab/mix, male. Blaize enjoyed wearing the Doggles! He is working on leash training, but LOVES to be with people! He is just a very LARGE house dog! LOVES KIDS!!

Jersey is a Shepherd/Greyhound mix about 11 months. He is an approximately 50-60 pound Male. Jersey is a very sweet and docile boy. Still not 100% comfortable with walking on lead, but had a blast getting his photo shoot done! Quiet and well behaved. Good with kids, would do better with children over 5. (hyper)

Lacey is a Collie/Mix. She is an approximately 30-40 pound Female that is about 11 months. Lacey is a very well behaved and happy girl. LOVES to play and LOVES attention even more! Not your typical “working” collie, but would make a phenomenal family companion! LOVES KIDS!!!

Marco is a 3 year old Shepherd/mix Male. Marco amazed us when we took his photos! Very calm, quiet, gentle, loving, and obedient. Has great focus with handler, listens very well. Would make an amazing family pet, better in a home with kids over 10. (timid)


Okay so this is sort of a TRIPLE Review! I happen to be talking to a friend on Facebook and told her I was reviewing a pair of Doggles. I was in shock to learn that she uses Doggles for her dog, who knew! Here is what my friend Katie has to say about Doggles:

"Pictured here is Sir Francis Bacon in his Doggles ILS with metallic black frame and smoke lens. When driving, Beykee doesn't believe in the air conditioner. He feels that the windows should always be down and his head should be out. If I don't roll down the window for him, he whines and then resorts to licking the window until I cave and he gets the wind in his hair. I frequently take him on long trips, with most of the time spent on the highway at fast speeds. I worry about things hitting him. 
 I heard about the Doggles from a friend and decided to try them out. I feel much more comfortable letting him have his head out the window when he has these on, as they protect his eyes from dirt and bugs that might hit him. The only problem I have is that he has a pretty powerful shake, so he if shakes his head, the Doggles do come off his eyes and end up hanging around his neck, but that is an easy fix! Overall, I would give these 5 stars as they allow my dog to be happy while reassuring me that he is as safe as possible under the circumstances!"

Overall, as you can tell we were ALL impressed with Doggles! I think it is a great way to keep Man's Best Friend's eye safe! Check out the specs on Doggles and find out how YOU can get a pair for your dog!


My Rating: A+ $$$
Click here to see what My Rating means! 
Cost: Doggles ILS $19.90 per or the less active dog K9 Optics Sunglasses are $12.99   
Where to Buy: Online at Doggles.com
 

Like Doggles on Facebook! They have a monthly photo contest where readers can win any Doggles product of their choice! Instructions are posted on their website, here.



Do you think Doggles are the way to go for your Dog? How about winning a pair? Submit your information in the Rafflecopter form below for YOUR chance to win a pair of Doggles ILS!
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Have a wonderful day dear follower and please remember to spay and neuter your pets!


 



Disclosure: Doggles provided me with a free pair of Doggles ILS to review for this giveaway. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions, except those comments identified as coming from another person, are my own based on my experience with the product. I, nor, Doggles makes any guarantees.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

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Saturday, October 06, 2012

A Late Freebie Friday

Our internet at home is still on the fritz. Regretfully, I was unable to post the Freebie Friday information as planned, however better late than never, right?

I have a couple announcements before I get to the Freebie link...

Each week one lucky person who purchased MyMemories software during that week will be chosen to receive a free photobook. Make sure to use code STMMMS86739 to get $10 off and become eligible to win a free photobook each week from now until December 22, 2012.

Also, you will now access the freebies through the store, instead of as a direct download. This means that if you ever buy a new computer, your computer crashes, or you accidentally delete a file, you will be able to access it in your My Downloads section of your MyMemories Account. You must sign up for an account to access the downloads. Accounts are always free.

Now, on to this week's Freebie! Masks! Great for playing dress up, play time fun, or parties!

Click here to download your mask!

Using MyMemories Software to Customize your Masks

1. Download template file and install it into your software 2. Using MyMemories Suite, choose Create Album From Designer Template and find your project 3. Now you can print and enjoy the provided template, or customize it with your own papers and embellishments.

TIP: You can right-click on the white guide and lock it in place to keep it from moving while you are working. Make sure this is the top layer of your project before printing.

Please note that this Freebie is only free for a week, then it costs a small fee to download. If you missed it but love the mask, go to Craftables on the MyMemories website!

Enter the code: Spooktacular10 to save $10.00 off your $25.00 purchase in the Design Shop! Good for one use only - expires 10/31/12

Thanks for baring with me dear followers!
Kelsey

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