July 30, 2015

4 Ads and a Pretty!

Up for grabs:
  • 250 X 250 Ad Space on Becoming A Gilbert
  • 250 X 250 Ad Space for 2 Months on Re-Solve 
  • An Ad Spot on Peculiar Treasures
  • 300 X 300 Ad Space on Keeping Up With Ashley and Cody
  • A Choice of either a Monogrammed Ring Dish OR Mug from Showered With Design

Good luck!

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July 29, 2015

Fessing up

I've never joined a confession link up before, but even I want to giggle at what I've been up to lately!

I confess:
  • My summer reading has mostly been the Anne of Green Gables series. I never read them as a kid, and when the internet mourned actor Jonathan Crombie's death, I knew it was time for me to finally take a look at the series. I'm on book six.
  • I'm hooked on the show Swamp People. Sean was watching one day, and I promptly rolled my eyes. We've finished season six together and just started season one. It may be the most redundant show I've ever seen, but I can't stop watching.
  • I'm the pickiest wine drinker ever. I'm finally starting to like the stuff and even enjoyed a local wine festival this summer. But, buying bottles is still hit or miss for me... out of 9 wines I recently received from 2 wine clubs, I only liked one
The excitement quickly faded. Kudos to Sean for drinking everything I hate.
  • I was actually tempted to eat meat this month. The potluck-style family reunion I recently attended was dominated by meat, including a tray of Chick-Fil-A nuggets which I started to ponder, knowing the pasta salad on my plate wasn't going to cut it. The sad look on Sean's face was quite endearing when I mentioned it. In the end, I filled up on carbs (this is why I'm not a skinny vegetarian).

Making Melissa

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July 27, 2015

gardening fail

I had huge dreams for this point in the summer: ripe radishes on my salad, fresh tomatoes for some sandwiches I've been seriously craving, an overall abundance of veggies that I'd be both sharing and canning.

I tried hard and wanted it bad, but my black thumb prevailed.

My cucumber and zucchini plants sprouted and said "this is as far as we go." Months later, I have two pots of sad, short sprouts. My tomato, onion, and pepper seedlings started in February looked promising as they grew in my bay window...and proceeded to die right after transplanting. My radishes grew and grew and grew...above the soil. I have huge greens with no radishes below. My lettuce wilted as quickly as it sprouted.

My zucchini and cucumber in July look much like they did in May.

Indeed, the only live plants at the Walsh home are the pretty Jasmine ones...the non-edible Jasmine plants I purchased and didn't grow myself. Yikes.

I want to be able to do it all. I try to do it all. And I swear, my dad made vegetable gardening look so darn easy when I was a kid. Plant-water-sunshine, right?

Those of you enjoying your bounty right now, help me out. Tips for next year? What should I try? Plant earlier? Later? Buy plants instead of trying everything from seed? Any trade secrets?
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July 20, 2015

$50 Gift Card (Winner's Choice!) Giveaway

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July 16, 2015

probiotics are for pups, too!

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Anise gave us a bit of a fright in her first few months with us. Despite a routine diet of a good-quality dog food, things just weren't regular when we took her outside. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to what would make her feel good one day and not so good the next.

After vet visits with no answers and trying other foods to see if any difference was made, we finally had to accept that our girl simply had a sensitive tummy.

It was a relieving, but "no duh" kind of moment when Best Natural Home and Health informed me that they were adding an essential dog probiotic to their product lineup. Anise and I were already in love with their natural dog shampoo, so after some quick online research to confirm the safety of probiotics for pets, we agreed to give them a try!

Using these probiotics couldn't be easier. It comes in powder form with a tiny scoop, and you add the recommended amount (on the container) right to your pup's food. The needed amount is tiny, and there's no fighting with or trying to hide pills! It's definitely undetectable—it didn't affect Anise's desire to eat one way or another (she's a moody eater).

Anise benefits from the probiotics by tummy regulation, but overall, probiotics are a great way to holistically address your dog's health: they can help ease inflammation, meaning less scratching, and with over 70 essential minerals, it's like an easy one-a-day for overall dog health!

My favorite part (besides a healthy, happy Anise)? A container lasts forever. One jar can last up to three months depending on the size of your dog. Plus, right now, Essential Home and Health is offering $10 off when you buy two containers. Not that you'll need it, but there's a 100% money back guarantee should you not see results.

To celebrate the launch, Best Natural Home and Health is giving ten containers away—enter here for your chance to win and a 20% off coupon!

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