CanvasPop: Turn your photos into wall art! Enter to Win and Discount Code

Today it is my pleasure to tell you about my new “go to” site when I wish to turn a photo into wall art. My new favorite?

Click to visit their website!

Click to visit their website!

I first learned about CanvasPop when I was reading one of my favorite blogs:Welcome To Colleen Richman.com   where people could enter to win  a canvas print of their own from CanvasPop!

Guess who was the lucky winner?

You got it! IT WAS ME!!!

Before I show you the photo I entered and the finished product, let me tell you a bit about CanvasPop.

Before finding CanvasPop I had ordered prints from “the other guy” and I must tell you, my experience with “the other guy” paled in comparison to my experience with CanvasPop. For me, after working with CanvasPop and being BEYOND ECSTATIC with  the entire ordering/creative process, as well as the finished product, “the other guy” has been permanently kicked  to the curb!

The people at CanvasPop make prints that are:

“MADE WITH LOVE”

When my package arrived, just by looking at it I KNEW it was going to be fantastic!

canvas pop package

Things I Love About CanvasPop

YOU RECEIVE FREE DIGITAL PROOFS: mind you, I think I received two or three (because I made one change) and the proofs were sent to me in a timely manner.  When I made my change it was made efficiently and correctly with a pleasant attitude as well!

You work with your OWN PERSONAL DESIGNER, you aren’t shuffled around from person to person. When they say that superior customer service is a priority of theirs, they are NOT kidding!

CanvasPop Provides:

The best quality prints in the world at a great price. All hanging hardware is installed on the back of the canvas and they use high quality piano wire and rubber bumpers to protect your wall and they even include the nail! here is a photo of the back of my print:

Canvas Pop back of dakotas photo

HERE IS A VIDEO THAT SHOWS YOU THE PROCESS:

 

Now, here is the original photo that I submitted to have made into a canvas print:

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It is one of my all time favorites of Dakota. When I sent CanvasPop this photo, there is something else that sets them apart from the rest. They asked me to VERIFY that indeed was MY photo and that I had permission to use it. HOW COOL AND ON THE BALL IS THAT? That was something that immediately impressed me, I was dealing with people who THINK!! What a concept!!!

Here is the finished product, that was resting on our dining room table when I took this photo:

Canvas Pop Dakota photo finished

(I inserted the blog name on the right of this photo, they did not…the brown at the bottom is our dining room table), they also removed my blog name from the finished product, which is what I had asked them to do. Here it is hanging on our wall (the colored part in the back is our wall)

Canvas Pop Dakota on wall

I wish you could see it in person to see just how fabulous it is! I did NOT change the color here in any way, I wanted this photo to be as close as possible to what I received, and what I received is A ZILLION TIMES BETTER than how it re-produced on the blog. It is breathtakingly STUNNING in person.

FROM CANVASPOP:

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO AND IT SHOWS.

Since 2009, CanvasPop has been obsessed with one thing: providing customers with the highest quality canvas photo prints anywhere.

This obsession doesn’t just stop at the finished product, it is a focus of everything we do, from our world-class customer service to our amazing lifetime guarantee.
You can buy a canvas print or framed print anywhere but there’s only one place to print a CanvasPop. Over 100,000 satisfied customers trust us with their photos and precious memories

 

Because I am so insanely happy with my canvas print from CanvasPop, and because I believe in “paying it forward” (I won and one of you should win too, and I also wanted you to receive a discount for an order), the incredibly kind people at CanvasPop  created a 35% discount for  my readers!!! Just enter the code DAKOTASDEN35 WHICH WILL EXPIRE ON  Sept 30, 2015 and is applicable to the entire order of www.canvaspop.com

 

GIVE-AWAY: CanvasPop has provided me with a SECRET CODE that won’t be a secret once the lucky winner is chosen! The code which I will provide when they are selected, will get one lucky winner a 16 x 20 canvas stretched on a .75″ frame depth (which is the exact size of the canvas that I received, mine also wraps around the frame,  it is a fantastic size!),  and would include the cost of shipping within Canada, the USA and the EU as well. That promo is scheduled to expire an entire year from now. That expiration date is Sept 30 2016.  ENTERING IS SUPER EASY! JUST ENTER ON THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW!!! COMPLETE EACH ENTRY OPTION TO UNLOCK MORE CHANCES TO WIN!!! GOOD LUCK!!!

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In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I had won a 16×20 canvas and was so pleased with the end result that I offered to blog about it and asked if I could have a give-away for my readers. CanvasPop graciously and generously obliged.

Caru Pet Food – “Nourish with Love”!! Enter to Win! (U.S. and Canada!)

It has been a looong time since I have featured a different pet food on Dakota’s blog, but he recently pawed a “like” on the Caru Pet Food Facebook page and ended up being the lucky winner of a case of their scrumptious stews!

Look at this pawesome prize!!!

Look at this pawesome prize!!!

As it turns out, Dakota was the 1000th “like” (which he didn’t notice at the time). The kind people at Caru  had decided that whomever was the 1000th like should be a lucky winner of a case of assorted flavors of their stew!

Click to visit their website!

Click to visit their website!

I had seen Caru Pet Food featured on a few blogs, but I didn’t know much about them. From the moment I looked at their website, held the packages in my hand, opened them and served the chicken flavor to Dakota, I was so impressed that  I had to give them a shout out on his blog!

What Sets The Caru Products Apart?

Carefully selected, human grade ingredients. 

They start with USDA inspected poultry or meat, plus veggies and fruit that are responsibly sourced. Their stews consist of 100% human grade ingredients, processed and handled in accordance with FDA regulations for human food.

The Food Is Created In Small Batches.

This enables them to  have more control over the way their stews and treats are prepared. As a result, they look, smell and taste more like homemade!

They test EVERY SINGLE BATCH FOR  QUALITY AND FOOD SAFETY!!!

I used Dakota's stew as a "topper" on his current dry dog food. That made for an extra tasty meal! Look at the pieces of chicken and the veggies and the delicious gravy!

I used Dakota’s stew as a “topper” on his current dry dog food. That made for an extra tasty meal! Look at the pieces of chicken and the veggies and the delicious gravy!

Made in the USA. 

This point in particular is of high importance to me!!!!

NONE of their ingredients are China-sourced!

Ideal for dogs with food allergies. 

Thanks to the limited number of ingredients they select, their products are perfect for food-sensitive pups.

Responsible packaging.

Caru Pet Food Chicken in box

Their packaging philosophy is reduce, reuse and recycle. They make every attempt to minimize their carbon output by using “green” materials that are less resource-intensive to produce and transport.

Courtesy of Caru Pet Food

Courtesy of Caru Pet Food

Why do Caru natural stews come in Tetra Pak® cartons instead of conventional cans?

Protects freshness and taste without preservatives

BPA-free packaging

Made from up to 70% paper

Easy to open, serve, close, travel with and store

 

Did you know?

“Caru” means “to love” in Welsh? From Caru: Love, after all, is why we care so much about the nourishment we provide for our pets.   Read more about why the name “Caru” was chosen here.

What did Dakota think?

Caru Pet Food Dakota eating chicken

 Check out the look in his eye above as he gobbles down this stew! He wouldn’t take his eyes off of it!

Caru Pet Food Dakota no more chicken

Dakota kept looking at the bowl for MORE!!! He even stood next to me watching the bowl as I attempted to take a shot of how he had devoured every morsel!

Caru Pet Food Dakota and I reflected in empty bowl

I would say that Caru Real Chicken Stew was a hit!  Dakota hasn’t tried the other flavors he received, but he will be eating each and every one soon! I think we have found a wonderful addition to Dakota’s current food regime, and I think that Dakota thinks so too!

Caru Pet Food Dakota more chicken please

Dakota and I can’t begin to thank the incredibly kind people at Caru Pet Food enough for this amazing prize! We were NOT asked to do a review, but I was so impressed with everything about Caru Pet Food that it was my choice completely to feature them on his blog. I was NOT compensated for this post! Dakota received a case of Caru Stews and that was it!

I also wanted to share the goods!!!

GIVE-AWAY!!

I asked the wonderful people at Caru if I could have a give-away for my readers, and they agreed! One lucky winner  who resides in either the U.S. or Canada  is going to receive a CASE of Caru Stews, just like Dakota did! Entering is super easy, just enter on the Rafflecopter below, good luck!!

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Can’t wait to see if you are the lucky winner and want to purchase Caru Pet Food? Click here to find a Caru retailer near you!

 

Peace. Love. Paws. For Dog/Pet Lovers, Like YOU! Enter to win!

If you are reading this blog it is obvious that you are a dog lover.   There is nothing  I love more than sharing with YOU companies who design and sell fun, well-made, stylish and chic items, and who GIVE BACK!!

I was thrilled when I was contacted by:

Logo courtesy of Peace, Love, Paws

Logo courtesy of Peace, Love, Paws

and was asked if I would like to see a few of their items first hand and offer a give-away for my readers. I couldn’t be more delighted to feature them! They  offer  a wide variety of apparel, jewelry and accessories for pet lovers everywhere.

The inspiration for Peace. Love. Paws. is based upon three simple rules:

  • Be kind to one another
  • Do the best you can
  • Hug your pet daily

From the Peace, Love, Paws website: 

Peace. Love. Paws. is committed to the well-being of animals and animal caregivers. A portion of retail proceeds are used to support the efforts of numerous shelters located in the United States. The love and admiration for animals is a choice and lifestyle, and we choose to give back to those that can make the most difference. Please know that choosing to support Peace. Love. Paws. is also a choice for the betterment of many.

 

Peace, Love, Paws, offers apparel, bags, jewelry and accessories, scarves and magnets. All of the items share the message of Peace and Love towards animals.

 

peace love paws collage

The above items are just a few of MANY beautiful and fun items that are featured on Peace. Love. Paws. The designs on all of the items  are simple and classy.

I couldn’t have been more thrilled with my “goodie bag” when it arrived!

peace love paws my photo

I received the Peace. Love. Paws. Stacked Signature Tee , the True Love Canvas Tote Bag and the True Love Car Magnet .

You would not believe how incredibly SOFT the tri-blend T-shirt is! It is the kind of shirt that when you put it on, it is so light and  oh-so-soft that it is almost as if you have nothing on. It has the most delightful feel! When you purchase one for yourself, ( these items would also be  FABULOUS gifts for the pet lovers in your life!), you will see what I mean first hand!

The tote bag is a generous size (it would be pawtastic for a weekend get-away or to bring towels, magazines etc, in for the beach this summer! It would be the perfect tote to bring on an airplane too!) The car magnet is adorable and is  5 inches in size.

Assisting shelters and rescues is very important to Peace. Love. Paws.

Peace. Love. Cause. will give rescues a chance to raise funds through our website and promote their organization nation-wide.

If you are a rescue or shelter and are looking for ways to connect with people and raise money,  click here to find out how to contact them and to read about some of the causes they have been involved with.

GIVE-AWAY!!

Today is your lucky day! Peace. Love. Paws is allowing me to have a GIVE-AWAY!!! ONE LUCKY PERSON WHO RESIDES IN THE U.S., will receive all of the items that I received above. (An approximate $45 value). Entering is easy!! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!

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In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent the items shown in my photo above in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

 

Pick up your poop with Catch-a-Poo !!! Enter to Win!

Hi all! It’s Dakota and today I have a super innovative product to show you! In full disclosure, I didn’t pawsonally test it, nor were we compensated for this feature/give-away, and we did NOT receive this product.  Last November when Mom was at the Miami-Ft.Lauderdale Pet Expo, Mom got to see it in action! She SAW with her own eyes that it WORKS!  Mom thinks this product is super cool! She got to talking to the gentlemen at the booth that were exhibiting the product, they were SUPER nice so  Mom told them if they wanted to be featured on my blog to give her a bark out and they did! So, today I am introducing you to the amazing Catch-a-Poo!

Click the photo to visit their website!!!!

Click the photo to visit their website!!!!

How did Catch-a-Poo come to be?

When Mom met the nice man from Catch-a-Poo he told her that  he started working on the Catch-a-Poo right after  his  Great Dane dog, “Buddy”,  joined his family!! For obvious reasons, he was determined to create a product that would catch the dog poo before hitting the ground!

. Catchapoo buddy dog

catchapoo double photo use this

What is the Catch-a-Poo?

The Catch-a-Poo is a lightweight portable device that actually catches the

poo before it hits the ground. When retracted it is approximately 19 inches

long and when extended it is approximately 34 inches long. A flashlight

attaches to the handle for nighttime use. The weight of the Catch-a-poo with

the flashlight attached is less than one pound.

It works for BIG Dogs!!

IT WORKS FOR ALL DOGS!

The Catch-a-Poo eliminates the need to bend over and pick up dog poo with your

hand in a bag. It is great for the environment since it captures 100% of the

poo. The device fits multiple size bags and retails for less than $20. How can ya beat THAT?

dakota pick up your poop

Get Social with Catch-A-Poo!

Visit their website and give ’em a like on Facebook!

Guess what?

It’s GIVE-AWAY TIME!

Yep!  Our new furiend at Catch-A-Poo is offering TWO of our readers who reside in the U.S. (our apologies to our International readers but shipping can be quite costly!) a Catch-A-Poo of their own! Entering is super easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below………….GOOD LUCK!!!

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goDog® BedZzz™ Winner and an Important Update!!!

Dakota and I would like to thank EVERY ONE who entered our give-away for:

GoDog bed front view

The LUCKY WINNER IS GOING TO LOVE IT!!!

Remember when I said that Dakota doesn’t sleep on ANY bed? Well, the  goDog® BedZzz™ was the FIRST BED TO CHANGE THAT!! SEE FOR YOURSELF!!

GoDog bed dakota sleeping on it

Of course he slept on it AFTER I posted the review, but he SLEPT ON IT!!!

Now, on to IMPORTANT BUSINESS!

OUR LUCKY WINNER!

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HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!

Enjoy your bed!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Caren 

 

Keep Your Dog Dry With Luv & Emma♥s Super Absorbent Dry Pets! Enter To Win!

A few months ago I had the pleasure of being contacted by the DMJ Group who are the creators of:

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Click to visit their website!

Asking if Dakota and I would be interested in trying their Dry Pets Plus, a super absorbent microfiber towel!

Photo Courtesy of the Luv & Emma's Website. Click the photo to visit and order!

Photo Courtesy of the Luv & Emma’s Website. Click the photo to visit and order!

 

I jumped at the chance! Living in Michigan we get our share of nasty weather!  Fall, Spring and Summer can bring torrential downpours and winter? Don’t ask!  Winter can begin in October and last straight through April in the Mitten State!

One of the challenges we face with our temperamental weather is keeping Dakota’s fur warm and dry when he returns from going outside to do his business!

For the almost eight years that Dakota has been with us, we have been using  OUR bathroom towels that would be either too large to hang ANYWHERE and inevitably would end up on the floor, or, they weren’t absorbent enough to sufficiently dry Dakota’s fur after a trip outside, often causing our Pergo floors to become wet as a result of wherever they had been thrown!

We live in an apartment/condo complex, which translates to our living space not being as large as it would be if we were in, say, a four bedroom house. The saying “a place for everything and everything in its place”, is more than just a catchy adage, in order to not be tripping over things, in our home, it has to be a rule of thumb, er PAW.

Luv & Emma♥s Dry Pets Plus Solved Our Problem!!!

Photo Courtesy of Luv & Emma's

Photo Courtesy of Luv & Emma’s

 

 Luv & Emma♥s Dry Pets Plus Super Absorbent Microfiber Towel has a patented integrated stretchable opening that conveniently adjusts to hang on virtually any door handle or elsewhere!! NO more wet towels haphazardly thrown on the floor!! That’s better for our floors (and our space challenges), and MUCH more sanitary for Dakota!

 

What about Quality and Comfort? See For Yourself!

 

luv and emmas dry pets dakota standing

Luv & Emma♥s Dry Pets Plus was created “with practicality and convenience in mind.” My husband and I could NOT be happier with this product! When Dakota enters our living space, he sits waiting to be dried off and  our Dry Pets does the rest!

It is SUPER SOFT, completely ADORABLE to look at,  and this microfiber towel is superb quality! We washed ours for the first time after a couple of uses, and  it washes beautifully, maintains its performance and appearance and dries quickly! Whether it is drying after being used on Dakota or after having been washed, the Dry Pets dries FAST (unlike a bulky towel!)

It is also MUCH more absorbent than a normal towel!

Luv & Emma♥s Dry Pets Plus holds up to an amazing 32 ounces of water!!!

Luv and Emmas dry pets dakota back

  Luv & Emma♥s Dry Pets Plus is

approximately 36×23 inches

The regular Dry Pets is 21 X 17 inches

and holds 16 ounces of water!

Meet “Luv” and “Emma” the inspiration behind Dry Pets and Dry Pets Plus!!

About the DMJ Group from their website: The DMJ Group, Inc. was started in February 2008 by three entrepreneurial sisters.  Between the three of us, we have experience in sales and marketing as well as in finance in the service and manufacturing sectors.  Our product is named after two of the dogs in our family.  Luv is a six-year-old Collie who loves to run around the yard and play catch.  Emma is a twelve-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who loves to go on walks and bark at everyone she sees!  One day one of us was wishing there was a more convenient way to dry our dogs’ paws off when they came inside on a rainy or snowy day.  We were tired of using an old unsightly towel or using paper towels that ripped before you were done drying their paws.  We did some market research and couldn’t find a product that would meet this need.  This is why we created Luv & Emma♥s Dry Pets & Dry Pets Plus.

luv and Emmas dry pets dakota good one

Luv & Emma♥s Dry Pets and Dry Pets Plus Super Absorbent Microfiber Towels  are not just for small and large dogs!  They can be used on a variety of pets.  I bet they would work well on kitties too!!!!

Still looking for a gift for the pet lovers in your life for the holidays or anytime? Luv & Emma♥s Dry Pets  and Dry Pets Plus Super Absorbent Microfiber Towels are a gift that would be most appreciated!   They are also sewn in the U.S.A and come in recyclable packaging. They are  an affordable price too!

Luv & Emmas products are also available through Amazon.com® at the following links:


Dry Pets

Dry Pets Plus

We LOVE our Luv & Emma♥s Dry Pets Plus and know that you will too!

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IT’S A GIVE-AWAY!!

YOU ARE IN LUCK! Our friends at Luv & Emmas are allowing us to do a give-away!!! That’s right! TWO of our readers who reside in the U.S.A will win either a Dry Pets or a Dry Pets Plus!  (An approx $12 to $16  value). Entering is easy! Just enter on the rafflecopter below. The lucky winners will be announced on December 23rd!!! Good Luck!!!!

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In full disclosure: I was sent a  Luv & EmmaDry Pets Plus in exchange for my honest review. I was also compensated for this review/give-away. Receiving compensation in no way affected my opinion of the Dry Pet Plus. I LOVE IT and my husband and Dakota do as well!