Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The New Year is right around the corner. Take a minute and reflect back on all the goals you set your for yourself for 2015. Did you accomplish all of your goals? Great! Did you fall short on a couple? Not a problem, it’s important to always try and better yourself!
New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition. There’s is nothing better than giving yourself an official start date to a new you. And what better date than January 1st!
It’s no secret that better health is at the top of most people’s New Year’s resolution lists. Improving the health of your mind, body, and spirit is an integral part to success in almost all facets of life whether it be in your relationships or business! Hopefully this month’s Search & Learn from Swagbucks is a step in the right direction:
For those of you who haven’t participated in a Swagbucks Search & Learn, Here’s how it works (Official rules here):
1. Go to the Search & Learn page (you can get there from the button on top left of the Swagbucks home page) each day from January 4th – January 8th.
2. Each day Swagbucks will have 5 new questions related to one of the following categories:
- Health Nuts
- Meditation Dedication
- Gym Rats
- Couch Potatoes
3. You can either click on the category card OR search from your defaulted Swagbucks Search Engine to find the correct answer!
4. Once you find the answers to all 5 questions, click on the button that says Win 500 SB on the Search & Learn page and complete that day's survey.
5. Each correct answer (up to 5 each day) will enter you into a drawing to win one of 5 prizes of $5*!
6. Swagbucks will announce the 5 winners the following day at 10am PDT/1pm EDT (Friday’s winners will be announced the following Monday).
ALSO – when you use Swagbucks Search as your defaulted search engine during this promotion, you will be entered (up to 5 times per day) into a drawing to win the following prizes:
- Grand Prize – $500*
- Runner Up Prizes (20) – $5*
*All winnings will be paid out in SB. Winners of the Grand Prize and Runner Up Prizes will be announced on Friday, January 15th.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
I love the holiday season — the cold weather, the yummy food, and of course, all of the festivities! You know who else loves them too? My dog's, Charlie, Chipper, and Turner. I'm thinking it may be because of all the extra lovin' and gifts they gets from the family.
It turns out that I'm not the only pet mama to spoil her pup during this time of year. That's why I love this super cute website called TheNosePrint.com from Big Heart Pet Brands (the makers of Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs, and Milo's Kitchen). They really know how to celebrate the holidays with your pup!
On TheNosePrint.com, check out some of the fun doggy do-it-yourself ideas they've dreamed up: http://thenoseprint.com/article/diy-holiday-dog-gifts
My favorite was the Treat Bouquet.
Get it? (I love a good pun!) And this treat is sure to be a hit with Turner, Chipper, and Charlie. Slobbery kisses? Check. Yummy treat? Check. Yes, it's pretty much the best gift idea ever.
Other great homemade doggy gifts include a mistletreat, a sweet treat jar, and a ho-ho-howliday treat bag. Yes, our dog's are going to have a very holiday break.
The NosePrint.com also asked 3,000 Americans about their dog-related holiday habits, including whether their dog is involved in gift-giving, stocking-stuffing, Christmas sweater-wearing, and other holiday traditions.
What they found is that Americans really LOVE their pets. For instance, did you know 71% of dog parents give gifts to their pups? Have you completed your Christmas doggy shopping yet?
According to the survey, here are the top 5 reasons people give gifts to their dog:
1. To express love to my dog: 72%
2. Because it's fun for me: 60%
3. To help my dog feel included like a family member: 54%
4. To give my dog a moment of happiness: 53%
5. To feel closer and bond with my dog: 43%
For me, I like to give presents to Charlie, chipper and Turner because of all of these reasons. He's such an important part of the family — I can't imagine the holidays without him.
The study also shared how often dogs are included into popular Christmas traditions:
1. 48% of dog parents hang a Christmas stocking for their dog.
2. 43% of dog parents include a dog in a photo for a family holiday card.
3. 32% post photos of their dog on social media with a holiday message.
4. 29% dress up their dog in a holiday-themed costume or outfit.
5. 22% make or buy dog-themed holiday decorations.
For photos and instructions on how to add more dog-related fun to your home holiday traditions, check out these cool projects they have here:
Finally, want to know which states have the most spoiled pups?
The 2015 TheNosePrint.com Santa Dog Index ranks states based on how much, on average, dog parents will spend on their furry kids:
Top 10 States That Spend the Most on Holiday Gifts for Dogs:
1. New Jersey: $29.61 (average gift spending per dog for state residents)
2. New York: $28.95
3. Pennsylvania: $28.75
4. Utah: $27.75
5. Georgia: $27.04
6. California: $26.07
7. Washington: $25.81
8. Florida: $25.13
9. Illinois: $24.98
10. Virginia: $24.58
Apparently, it's good to be a dog in the New York tri-state area. You can find the complete rankings of all 50 states at www.TheNosePrint.com.