Tagg Pet Tracker

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Tagg™ Pet Tracker, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #pettracker  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

There’s no denying how much Brad and I love Jack.  He’s basically our first child.  And I feel like many people with dogs feel the same way.  We fell hard for this little nugget when we adopted him from a rescue over five years ago, and we couldn’t imagine our lives without him.

puppy jackOne of my biggest fears is losing him.  I’m not a big crier but when I think about him running away and never coming back my eyes start to well up with tears.  Yeah, he’s micro-chipped and he wears a collar with his name and our phone number on it, but that doesn’t mean that we’d ever find him and get him back.

Well, my worst nightmare came true this spring.  I came home from work in the afternoon and let Jack outside so he could do his business and bask in the sun.  I went about my business.  Like I always do, about 15-20 minutes after I put him outside I went to check on him.  When I called for him he didn’t come.  He didn’t peek his head around the corner of the house to let me know he was there.  So I put on my sandals and went into the backyard, assuming he was being stubborn.  I looked to the left side of our yard and saw it.  One of the pickets on our fence had fallen off– presumably knocked off by our neighbor when he mowed his yard the previous evening.  Hoping Jack didn’t see the hole in the fence, I ran to the other side of our yard to see if he was there.  Not there.  He wasn’t in our yard.  He was gone.

vinyl fenceSheer panic set in.  I started yelling his name and his favorite word, “treat”, at the top of my lungs.  “Jack!  Treat!  Jack!  Treat!”  I didn’t know which direction to go.  I ran around to the front of the house, hoping he was there.  Not there.  My heart racing, I ran back into the house to grab my phone and call Brad to tell him to rush home from work and help me find Jack.  I grabbed my phone and ran into the front yard screaming Jack’s name and “treat” over and over again one more time before trying to call Brad.  I wanted to run to find Jack but he could have taken off in any direction.  And he had been outside for 15-20 minutes– he could have been blocks away.  But thankfully, I spotted him.  I’ll never forget it.  He was about 4-5 houses away, sprinting down the sidewalk toward me, ears pinned back.  When he got to my feet he cowered down as to say, “I’m really sorry, mom.  My nose got the best of me.”  I was so relieved to see him and thankful he heard me and knew to run home.  I showered him with hugs and kisses.  And treats.

Since this incident, I check our fence after our neighbors (on either side) mow, and I check on Jack every 5-10 minutes when he’s outside.

I’ve always half-jokingly said to Brad that I want to attach GPS devices to Jack and our future offspring so if they ever go missing we’ll be able to find them.  Well, turns out I’m in luck because they make a GPS locator for pets called Tagg.  And when I was asked if I wanted to check it out you better believe I said yes.

Jack was pretty excited too.  Here he is attempting to copy the dog model on the box.  Nailed it.

jack with tagg box

Setting up Jack’s Tagg Pet Tracker wasn’t very difficult and took about 30 minutes.  After charging the Tagg device on the charge station (which is supposed to be placed where Jack spends most of his time in our house), I attached it to his collar.

tagg the pet tracker

Here’s some of the awesome things about the Tagg Pet Tracker:

• Tracks your pet via GPS and you can set a Tagg zone so if they wander outside that zone, you are notified.
• Tracks both the duration and intensity of your dog’s activity each day – every walk, run or snooze- and helps you have more insight into your pet’s overall health.
• Mobile app
• Text alerts
• Long lasting battery (charge 1-2 times a month)
• Attaches to any sized dog collar
• Water resistant – can be worn for a light swim

To see if the technology really worked, we took Jack to one of our favorite parks last Friday.  Note: he was leashed and with us the entire time.

jack at holliday park

I started to get notifications on my phone through the Tagg mobile app, and this is what I saw when I opened the app:

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So I started to track him.  The paw print was where he was at 10:07.  The blue dot is where I (with Brad and Jack) was with my phone at 10:10.

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You can set up different alerts (mobile, app, email) to let you know if your pet goes outside the Home Tagg zone.  And you can add multiple emails and phone numbers.  So along with my notifications, I have it set up to notify Brad if Jack goes outside of the Home Tagg zone.  You can turn the notifications off if you take your dog on a walk or vacation so you aren’t getting notifications all the time saying your dog is out of the Home Tagg zone.

I will say that it took me a while to get the notifications just right and to figure out how to get them to work the way I wanted them to work.  And one time, when I knew he was outside the Home Tagg zone, I had to restart the app in order for it to notify me and begin tracking him.

We even tested to see if the device was waterproof (it is), throwing sticks in the water for Jack to fetch.  He even accidentally jumped in a deeper part of the river, not realizing there was a drop off, to go after some ducks.  I’ve never seen him doggy paddle so hard.

holliday park

jack after swim

Another cool thing about this device is that it can track your dog’s activity level, and it’s pretty spot on.  The daily activity level is measured from 12AM-11:59PM, which is why it’s blue/resting at the bottom.

tagg gps pet tracker

So far we’ve enjoyed the Tagg Pet Tracker.  It gives us the peace of mind that if Jack were to escape through the fence or get lost we would be able to locate him.

jack with tagg pet tracker

If this is something you may be interested in, Tagg is offering Two Twenty One readers 10% off of a Tagg Pet Tracker.  The pet tracker device + 3 months service is normally $99.95.  Use the code TAGG10 when checking out.  They also have a 30-day full refund if you aren’t happy with the system.

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Tagg™ Pet Tracker, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #pettracker  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Organization + Giveaway

This post is brought to you by Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Ah, organization.  Something we all probably need a little more of in our lives.  I’m not gonna lie, I definitely need it in my life.  As many of you know, I have a day job on top of running the blog and my brand ambassadorship with Homes.com.  This requires me to be organized.  Probably more organized than you think.  I have two planners/organizers– one for scheduling clients for my job as a developmental therapist and one for the blog.  I also have to do all of my own bookkeeping (holy paperwork, Batman) because I’m a 100% self-employed.  So today I’m showing how I put some Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery organization products to use in my home office to stay organized and sane.  Well, as sane as possible.

martha stewart home office with avery organization products

Some bloggers call it an “editorial calendar”, I call it a “planner”.  I’m simple like that.  Basically, I need something with a calendar and a pocket folder or two to keep all my blog business straight.

Which brings me to my love of the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery discbound notebook and all of its awesome add ons.

martha stewart home office with avery planner
The notebook has these cool discs that allow you to add elements by popping them onto the discs.

martha stewart home office with avery discbound notebook

It comes with lined paper so I kept some of it for jotting down ideas this noggin of my mine might cook up.  While I took some of the paper off, I added the calendar, a task pad, 3 folders, and color coding dots.  I plan to use the color coding dots to color code blog posts but someone with kids could assign a color to each kiddo to keep track of each kid’s specific activities.

martha stewart home office with avery discbound task pad and color coding labels
Like I said above, I’m a 100% self-employed, small business owner.  And while self-employment has its pros (hello, I’m basically my own boss), it also has its cons.  One con?  Paperwork and taxes.  Obviously everyone has to pay their taxes, but there’s an extra bookkeeping process that comes with owning and running your own business, let alone two businesses.

To keep all of my blog receipts, contracts, utility bills, DT receipts, etc. organized I put these pretty vertical file folders, file folder labels, and magazine file to work.

martha stewart home office with avery vertical file folders
Now, I’m not going to pretend that I’m the best bookkeeper ever.  I don’t file things right away.  Typically, I let receipts and other paperwork stack up and file them away every couple months or so.  Which is why I love this document storage box.  I write on top of each receipt what it’s for (DT or blog), and then I throw them in the box so I don’t lose them.  And when I get a chance, I file them away.  I understand that this may make some borderline OCD people cringe but it works for me.

martha stewart home office with avery document storage box

Not gonna lie, having functional and pretty organization products makes me feel less stabby about bookkeeping.

martha stewart home office with avery

I’m sure you can think of ways to put some of these products to use in your own life, whether you’re a small business owner or not.  So why not enter to win a $50 Staples gift card so you can get your own Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery products?

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MirrorMate Review and Giveaway

Hello, lovely friends!  Today I’m sharing an awesome product and an equally awesome giveaway with you.  I can sense your excitement already.

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A couple months ago my parents showed up to our house with my late maternal great grandparents’ mirror.  (Have you told you I come from a family of antique/family heirloom hoarders?  Seriously, why buy new when you can hoard?)  I asked my mom if I could have the mirror to hang above my late maternal grandparents’ buffet, that I recently re-coated, in the dining room section of our great room.  I was happy to get a free mirror (with sentimental value) and my mom was happy to get it out of her basement.  Win-win.

vintage mirror

But, the mirror has some chips along the edges.  I mean, the mirror is who-knows-how-old so that’s to be expected.  It also has a slight bevel but I wanted it to look more finished.  So I called up, er, emailed up my friends at MirrorMate and asked if I could try one of their mirror frames on the mirror.  They were excited to see me use the frame on a freestanding mirror since most people purchase the frames for bathroom mirrors.  Always thinking outside the box I am.

I wanted a frame that wasn’t 100% permanent just in case I wanted to change it up down the road so a MirrorMate frame was the perfect choice.

chipped mirror

I went with the white Pacifica frame.  It arrived in four sections, along with all the other materials we needed to assemble the frame.

how to assemble mirrormate

Assembling the frame was incredibly easy.  We turned the four frame sections face down.  Working one corner at a time, we used the included glue on the adjoining ends, and then we inserted the three frame connectors.  We needed to use a hammer to lightly tap some into place.  Then it was time to wait at least an hour for the frame to dry.

mirrormate review

While the frame was drying, I cleaned the mirror with rubbing alcohol.  I used the rubbing alcohol along the edges where the adhesive would meet the mirror.  It wasn’t really necessary to clean the entire mirror with rubbing alcohol.

mirror mate assembly

After waiting an hour or two, we positioned the frame on top of the mirror and got it as square and level as possible we adhered the two cardboard placement corners to the mirror.

mirrormate assembly

After the placement corners were secured we removed the frame and peeled off the backing from the adhesive strips.

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Then we placed the frame back onto the mirror, using the placement corners as our guides.  After pressing on the frame, making sure it was in place, we removed the placement corners and we were done with the MirrorMate installation.

mirrormate installation

The mirror came with loops on the back so I used 16 gauge picture hanging wire on the loops.  Since the mirror is on the heavier side, we drilled two 1-1/4 screws into two different studs.  We hung the wire onto both screws.

The distance between the studs and position above the buffet worked out perfectly.  We only had to shift the buffet a few inches to one side.

mirrormate

I wish the mirror was taller, due to our 12 foot tall walls (we have a vaulted ceiling in our great room).  However, the length of the mirror works well in terms of the length of the buffet.  But let’s all remember: the mirror was free.  So I’m taking it for now.

mirror above buffet

Come back tomorrow to see the finished, styled buffet.  I posted a sneak peek of the lamps I’m using on Instagram a couple months ago.  See, even more proof that social media followers get the scoop before everyone else.

Now it’s your chance to win a $150 credit to use toward a MirrorMate frame for your home.  Can I get a “Woot!”?  They’re perfect for freestanding mirrors, like mine, or bathroom mirrors.

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I received my MirrorMate frame to review at no-cost.   All opinions are my own.

Organizing with Rubbermaid All Access Organizers

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Home Depot & Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own.

When I was recently asked to try out the new Rubbermaid All Access Organizers I had the perfect use for them in mind.  So I headed to The Home Depot to pick up some organizers.  They were even on sale.  Woot!  However, the computer system must not have gotten the memo because they rang up at the regular price.  Good thing I took the photo below with my phone.  I showed it to the cashier, and she fixed the price.  When being a store paparazzi pays off.

rubbermaid all access organizers at home depot

Okay, so what area of my house needed organizing, you ask?  The space in the garage where I keep some of the therapy toys for my day job.  It was a hot mess.  I had been meaning to find a solution for the toys so I’m thankful I heard about the All Access Organizers when I did.

toys before

I cleared off the table and set up the organizers.  Note: the table isn’t pretty but it serves its purpose.

rubbermaid all access organizers

Then I arranged the toys in the bins.  I put my rice and bean boxes on top so they wouldn’t take up anymore precious table space.

rubbermaid organizers

I love how the toys are enclosed so they can’t get dust, dirt, or spray paint residue on them anymore.

rubbermaid all access organizer 2

The clear doors are my favorite part.  When I need a toy I can open the door, grab it, and go.

rubbermaid all access organizer

The lids on the top of the organizers come off, making them like their name– all access.

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Where could you use them in your home?

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Home Depot & Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #AllAccessOrganizers  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

DIY Rustic Centerpiece

This post brought to you by Blueprint Social.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

A few months ago I created a DIY wedding card box using items from the David Tutera Bridal Collection, so when I was asked to create something from the new David Tutera Casual Elegance collection (available at JoAnn Fabric and other craft stores) I said you betcha.

Brad and I’s very good friends are getting married soon, so I thought I’d make a mock-up rustic centerpiece for our friend’s bridal shower.  She likes the whole rustic chic look so I thought this would be perfect for her.  Now I’m kind of wishing I came up with this for my shower.

DIY rustic centerpiece

I used the following to create the centerpiece:

• cake stand (wedding gift via Macy’s)
• moss table runner (JoAnn Fabric)
• David Tutera Casual Elegance burlap
• David Tutera Casual Elegance lace ribbon
• 1 mason jar
• 3 votives
• 3 tealights
• fresh flowers
• scissors, Sharpie, double sided tape

I began by cutting the moss table runner into a circle, using a paper plate to trace the circle.  Note: I recommend cutting moss outside– it gets messy.

cutting moss

Then, I got to work on the mason jar, votives, and tealights.

David Tutera Collection

  I started by cutting the burlap to size (see my burlap cutting tip here).  Using double sided tape, I secured the burlap to the mason jar and tealights.  I did the same to secure the lace ribbon to the votives and on top of the burlap on the mason jar.

collage

When the moss, mason jar, votives, tealights were ready I arranged them on top of the cake stand.

rustic centerpiece

I used discounted flowers I picked up from the manager’s special section at Kroger (my favorite part of the store).  I bought a giant bouquet for $6.99 (regular $20) and made this bouquet and two others.  Basically it’s the perfect spot to pick up nice flowers for a good price that will last at least 3-5 days.  Hit up the manager’s special section, people.

floral centerpiece

This centerpiece was super fast and easy to put together.  Perfect for a bridal shower, wedding reception, or even a summer dinner party.  You can easily vary the look by using different flowers– baby’s breath, sunflowers, etc.

rustic moss centerpiece

Can you tell these were next to nearly-dead Gerber daisies?

flowers

What do you think about the centerpiece?
Are you a rustic chic fan?
Do you shop the manager’s special section?

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Fish Foam Review + Giveaway

This post brought to you by Fish Foam Window Cleaning.  All opinions are 100% mine.

When I was out in Salt Lake City for SNAP! conference I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely people of Fish Window Cleaning.  They asked if I’d be willing to review their environmentally-friendly window cleaner and give away some Fish Foam to a reader.  Since Jack is always rubbing his nose on our glass backdoor and storm door in an attempt to hunt birds and rabbits, I gladly agreed to give it a try.

Oh look, there’s the dirty glass culprit.

Fish Foam Review

Here’s our well-loved-by-Jack doors.  See all the nose marks and muddy paw prints?

dirty window

I sprayed the Fish Foam on each side of each door and wiped it off with a paper towel.  I love how the foam doesn’t run down the glass like other window cleaners.  It’s also ammonia-free so you don’t get the strong odor.

fish foam

The windows came out sparkling clean without streaking.  No dog nose smudges or muddy paw prints in sight.  Perfect for viewing the crack in our patio.

clean window

If you’re interest in trying some Fish Foam you can purchase it on the Fish Foam website or amazon.com.

But why don’t you try to win some first?  Up for grabs is a three-pack of Fish Foam.  Use the Raffletcopter widget below to enter.

3 cans of Fish Foam

Giveaway is open to residents in the continental US with a street address (sorry, no PO boxes).

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