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Every time something bad happens, I feel it is the worst possible pain. Maybe on some things I can be dramatic or even over dramatic.

This post is one I have debated on writing.  But I must.

This coming Thursday will make one month since I lost my best friend, my soulmate, my husband.

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I have been taking some time to process things.  I am one that tends to hold in my emotions – especially in front of people.  When I am alone I can process things more clearly.  But how do you process something like this?

One minute we are discussing going to Ihop for brunch, a couple hours later you are calling 911.  At the hospital they are admitting him for pneumonia and 5 minutes later they are yelling does he have a living will.  How do you make that decision?

We had discussed so many things.  What we wanted when the other passed.  All the stuff you talk about and then you go on living your life praying, hoping and thinking that you have time.  Thinking that the discussion you just had won’t come into play for several more years.

Then in the blink of an eye – you are alone.  You want to go out – but when you get out you need to be home.  You come home to his empty chair.  To an empty house.  You don’t want to cook the food that you shopped for together.  And you can’t watch the programs that you once watched together.

Right now I am beside myself.  I go on to take care of the home we built together.  To take care of our dogs and cats.  But it just isn’t the same.

I am learning to live again one day at a time.  That will include my reviewing and posting here on Shopping Wives.

Please bare with me while I take time to try and process this.

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-Tabby

Photoshop: The ultimate beginners guide to mastering Adobe Photoshop in a week

 

From an early age I have been interested in photography.  I loved capturing memories and moments.

.  Of course my first camera was before digital pictures was at my fingertips and I had to buy film and then pay to have it developed.  1 hour photos was my favorite thing.

I must have been about 29 or 30 years old before I owned my first digital camera.  A simple point and shoot camera.  One that I took everywhere with me.  And one that I was able to take numerous shots with and not have to worry about paying to have the film developed. 

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What I loved more then taking the pictures, was editing them.  I used Paint Shop Pro quite a bit.  I had heard a lot about Photoshop – but wasn’t familiar with it.

As I have gotten older, my love of photography has only grown.  My dream is to someday to own a DSLR camera.  While that will be later on down the road, I have decided to really learn how to use Photoshop.

I have been reading up on it, playing with all the different tools in it and a lot of times I find myself frustrated.  There is one ebook that I just finished that is great to help you learn a lot of the basic things that might confuse a novice like me.

The book is called, “Photoshop:  The ultimate beginners guide to mastering Adobe Photoshop in a week”.

After reading it, have I mastered photoshop?  NO. 

But I really like this book!  It has given me a better basic understanding.  It discusses things like working with layers, tool bar, options bar and several other things. 

If you are interested in learning photoshop I would suggest for you to read this!  It is a short but sweet book.

DISCLAIMER:  I received a copy of this ebook for free in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions about this book is 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

 

12 gifts your dogs will love this holiday season!

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The other morning while attempting to drink my coffee and watch the Harry show,  as I try to do daily, I had a dog jump on my lap.  Immediately another dog jumped after him causing him to run away.  The next thing I know I am  holding on to my coffee for dear life as I become the race track for the sheltie boys . 

At the same time, Dolly, the baby girl sheltie, is yipping in her baby voice and trying to join in.  Then there is Cleo- lying on the ottoman beside me – sleeping like nothing is going on.  Maybe she can’t hear what is going on, over the snoring. 

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Needless to say that my coffee is cold before it is finished.  Harry is backing it up and the dogs are still going.

  Finally I am able to look over at John and say:  “Our house would sure be boring without them”.  And he agreed.

They keep the house alive and keep us on our toes.  They make us laugh and yes, sometimes it feels like they are getting on our last nerve.  But I wouldn’t change a thing.  Yes, 4 dogs is our comfortable number.  While I would love to bring in 4 more, we know our limit. 

While sometimes it does stretch us we want our dogs to feel important in our family.  We want them not only to be warm inside on a cold day, not only fed – but also loved.  We want to earn the devotion that each one offers us..  We want to give back that unconditional love that each one offers.

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That is why during this busy holiday season I have came up with a Amazon wish list for my furbabies.  I add things to the list and then in between busy holiday preparations and shopping, I can offer them a treat they love.  I also like to use this list to maybe buy for friends dogs. 

While doing a lot of my Christmas shopping online this year, I have searched the web for ideas.  I have came around several lists of gift ideas for her, for him, for kids and teens, techies and bakers.  I have yet find one for dogs – or as I call them, my furbabies.  So I have decided to share my list of

12 gifts your dogs will love this holiday season!

1.  Bully Sticks

I received some for review one time.  I wrote about them here.  My dogs love them.  Downside is that they are a little costly. 

2.  rawhide sticks

We buy around 200 of these a month!  We found out our dogs live the Dingo ones more then just the plain ones.  Dingo sticks are white with red twists.  We found out later there is real chicken in the center.  I think that is why our dogs love them so much.

3.  Rope toys

While I love to buy cute toys, my dogs love ropes!  They love them all shapes and sizes.  They are perfect to play catch and fetch or just to lay with and chew on.

4.  Balls

My dogs love balls, but when playing in doors they lose them under the couch and other furniture.  They are better for outside.

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5.  Dog Food

While this isn’t a treat but a need- I like to add this to my wish list.  I know it would also be a great gift to me if someone gifted it to me.

6.  Dry Dog shampoo

Anyone that has ever belonged to a dog will know about the lovely smells they sometimes carry in on them.  We don’t always have time to bathe them.  Dry dog shampoo is something we discovered and want to keep on hand.  It really work, if all it does is provide deodorant!

5.  Dog Brush

There is a variety of these out there.  Depending on the dog you have will determine what you need.  We have a regular brush with 2 sides and deshedding brush that works great

6.  pet feeder & or waterer

These are wonderful to have!  We have one for our cats hard food and then we have one for just water that the dogs and cats share.  It seems I am always filling it up and have decided with 4 dogs and 5 cats that we really need a 2nd one!  having the one really has saved me a lot of steps.

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7.  Retractable Dog Leash

These are what you need when training a dog.  Foxy & Cleo neither one need leashes at home.  Wolfie still has not been trustworthy about coming inside every time we tell him to and because of that we use a leash 8 out of 10 times.  With a retractable leash you have control on how far to let them go.  It also is perfect for letting them go the length and teaching them to come back to you.  Dolly is only about 11 weeks now.  I still use a leash with her because she is so fast.  John takes her out without one.  Either way, they are perfect to have, especially the nicer ones.  Going to vet, petsmart or just out in public requires a leash for all our dogs. 

8.  interactive toy 

I don’t own any of these yet.  But I would love to see how the “kids” would react with one!  They love toys and I think they would be a lot of fun.

9.  Agility toys

These make a fun workout for you and your dog!  It will keep you both busy while outside.  Right now we don’t own any specific toys such as these, but I do work with them to jump over things in the yard.  I think it would be nice to set up a space for something like this if for nothing else then to let them get their energy out while outside.

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10.  Dog bed

I would love to have a cute princess looking bed for Dolly!  Our only problems to date with dog beds is chewing.  A couple of our dogs enjoy chewing until they get to the stuffing.  I haven’t found a solution for this yet.  I am sure there is one out there.  If you know of any- let me know!

11.  Thunder Jacket

This is another thing that I don’t own but would love to have one for all 4 of my dogs.  They are all lions at home until they hear thunder, then they are on my lap.  As a dogowner I would love to receive these as gifts for Christmas and I am sure the dog owners or as I normally say, people owned by dogs, would love them as well. 

12.  Tennis Balls and Ball launcher

This would be soooo fun for outside!  When I am out a lone with all 4 of the furbabies, sometimes 2 arms can’t throw fast enough.  This would be a perfect solution!

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There is so many options when it comes to gifts for dogs and their owners!  The above list is just a few.  If you are looking for last minute gifts then I would suggest anything on mine for  the petowners in your life!  You are welcome to view my list here on Amazon

Feel Free to add to my gift list!  List some of your favorites in the comments below!  

Pokeball

 

Are you still chasing those Pokemon?  Take a break and play with a Pokeball.  The PokeBall is a soft plush ball.  It is about the size of a baseball.  Perfect for small hands to play with while you use your cell phone to chase Pokemon!

On the top of the ball is a beaded keychain.  This would make it perfect to attach to you purse or a key of some kind.

My puppy Dolly has taken over mine!  Of course it does have stuffing so I limit her to playing with it only when she is on my lap.  But she has a ball with it!

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While some of the seams on it are not perfect, it is very well put together.  If a 9 week old puppy can play with it and it stay together, then it is durable.

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This would make the perfect stocking stuffer for young and old alike. 

Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in this post in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours. 

 

no tie shoelaces

 

I have found a great alternative to the regular shoe laces.  Laces that would be perfect for children as well as people with disabilities.  I know being a larger woman, it is not always easy to bend over to reach my feet! 

What I am talking about is no tie shoe laces! 

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I received a pair of hot pink ones and then a rainbow colored.  There is 2 sets in the pack.  They are simple to use and worked out good for me! 

As some of you know we rescued a almost 2 yr old sheltie named Wolfie.  One day I came through and found him chewing the shoe string in two on my new pair of sneakers.  I was glad it was the strings and not the sneaker itself!  These no tie shoelaces look just as good or better and are so much easier for me!

  • Silicone
  • Set of 2 Magic No Tie Shoe laces – Homar silicone shoelaces, multi-color to choose, just changing out your regular silly laces and add fun, functional and fashionable addition to your footwear!
  • String Theory Versus Intelligent Design with A Good Stretch – Unique grip design, can bear amazing tension, and it can adjust the tightness according to your footwear, what is more? You don’t need to tie once lacing on, once and for all!
  • Turn Your Shoes into A Slip-on – Stretchy silicone allows for a flexible fit, providing a comfortable fit for any size footwear.
  • Easy to Install and Waterproof – Easy to install and the shoelace are waterproof and don’t get wet in the rain or snow. When they get dirty, simply wipe them off with a wet cloth and they will look brand new!
  • Especially Perfect for Kids, Senior Parents or Someone Who has a hard time keeping his shoe laces tied. Used for Converse, Sneaker, Board Shoes, Running Shoes, Casual Shoes and so on.
  • They come in several different colors.  Find out more about them and purchase yours on Amazon!

Disclaimer:  The item discussed in this post was sent to me in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

 

The Perfect Organizer for your essential oils

Have you got into essential oils?  You probably know that I am a big fan of them.  Once I found out the benefits of them I was hooked!  I like to pick up a few bottles to have on hand here and there.  Between review bottles and bottles I have bought, they have accumulated.  My problem was organizing them properly. 

A couple of weeks ago I was sent a really nice essential oil box.  It is a natural looking wooden box that really looks nice.  Especially once it is full of the bottles.

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BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM-MADE WOODEN ESSENTIAL OIL CASE: This essential oil carrying case (wooden box for essential oils, vial holder case) is the perfect solution to safe storage, presentation and transportation of your essential oil collection. This essential oil case is compatible with doTERRA, Young Living and Plant Therapy oils.
MADE WITH CARE: This oil case holder is made of high quality pine wood. This wooden case comes unstained or painted in the hopes that it will be customized by the owner to the owners taste. There are no big obnoxious brands stamped painted or etched into our box.
EBOOK INCLUDED: Included with your oil cases for essential oils is an eBook to get your started with essential oils.
OTHER USES: Perfect solution for e-juice storage, ecigarettes storage, vape storage

  • Presentation and Storage This box comes Plain so you can customize it to fit your needs allowing for many different options for presenting and storing your oils
  • Protect Your Oils from damaging light and keep them secure from falling off a counter or table
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee If for any reason you are not 100 % satisfied please contact us so we can make it right
  • Secure Storage Holds up to 45 (5-15 ml) Essential Oil Bottles.

This would make the perfect gift for anyone that collects any types of oils!  I would love receiving this for Christmas and it is something I would give my family for the holidays.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the item discussed in this post in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

Durable step stool – holds 350 lbs!

I always hear that you get what you pay for.  I can think of many times that that has been true.  But sometimes there is an exception.  Sometimes you pay a high price and get cheap stuff – that isn’t good.  But then there is those times that you find something costing less but find out it is high end in quality.  Those things are like finding gold.  Rare- but possible.

One of those gold finds is something simple.  It is something that helps us reach high and makes us feel taller.  It is a heavy duty folding step stool.

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This little stool (available on Amazon) only costs $8.97.  It is cute to look at.  Green with white polka dots.  It is useful for so many things.  While I love the look and the price, the thing I love most is its durability.  It will hold up to 350 lbs.  That is amazing!

This stool is perfect for children and adults and could very well be given as a gift to several people since it has a wide variety of uses.

  • HEAVY DUTY Holds up to 350 lbs for strong support in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, closet, garden and ,more
  • FOLDABLE STEPPING STOOL Folds flat for easy storage 9 ” height ideal for saving space
  • NON SLIP DOTS Safe collapsible for all the family with anti-slip feet pads for strong grip
  • CONVENIENT & PORTABLE Opens easily and has a handle for easy carrying. Take it anywhere extra height is needed
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

 

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Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

A new way to defend yourself – MUNIO

Times just aren’t like they used to be.  I used to hear my Mom tell stories about her childhood.  Stories of children being safe walking up the road.  Talking to strangers.  Or being out after dark.  Stories of not having to watch over your shoulder – or just feeling safe. 

Now I watch the news and feel sad.  And violence is getting so close to home.  Now we have to be safe.  We have to stay alert when we are outside, even in our own front yard. 

While I am a firm believer of when getting robbed to just give them what they want.  I am also a firm believer of fighting back if it is a life or death situation.  So what can we do? 

MUNIO (moon-yo)

means “I protect” or “I defend”

There is actually something called a MUNIO.  It is a stylish plastic tool that you can put on your key ring.  It comes in a variety of designs, men- women and unisex.  While it looks cute, it can help you out in case you are being attacked.

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MUNIO has added several videos that shows you exactly how to use this item.  You can watch these videos HERE

It is really as easy as holding it in your dominant hand and striking your attacker.  It will cause pain and may distract them enough to get away.

Just seeing this I know that it could really work.  I am very happy to tell you that I did NOT need to use it so far!  But I can tell you that having this makes me feel so much better.  I love going to the movies and sometimes I refrain from going at night.  It isn’t like I can carry my shot gun :)   But I can carry my MUNIO! 

Is this something you are interested in?  Check them out HERE.

DISCLAIMER:  I received the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

Wonder Grill Silicone Burger Press

This post is for all the foodies out there.

While I love all types of foods, one thing that I think I will never grow tired of is one of Americas favorite food.  That all American Hamburger.  And while many places can make a mean burger.  There is times I rather just make my own at home.

So, not sure if it is a Kentucky thing, but most of the time we just grab a bunch out of the pack and make our own patties.  Sometimes this results in huge too thick burgers or just a plate of awkward burgers.  It also means some is larger then others, some is raw or some is burnt. 

While there is other burger presses on the market.  My favorite to date is one I got for review.  It is a silicone one from wonder grill.  Along with this silicone press they even include a food umbrella that is perfect for cook outs.

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While I haven’t cooked out in a while now, I do like to have burgers pressed out and ready to grab.  Sure, you can buy frozen hamburger patties but do you always know what your getting with those?  With this easy to use press, I can put whatever type of meat I want in there.  Turkey burger, lean or fat.  I am in control and I like that!

I have been using mine and it works good.  I press out the patties, throw wax paper in between them, put them in the freezer bag and freeze them.  They are easy to get apart.  The press itself is easy to use and easy to clean.  It is available on Amazon

  • BEST VALUE: 7 burger patties in 1 tray AND a Pop-up mesh food cover tent to keep food clean and fly free.Press and stuff 7 quarter pound burger slider at a time (each container holds approx. 2 pounds)
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY: Our non stick burger patty press is FDA approved, BPA free silicone container, Dishwasher and Oven safe up to 400 F. The Best of the Hamburger presses and petty makers.

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  • MULTI PURPOSE: For baking cookies, Healthy hash browns, Individual Quiches or use it as food container and Freeze Hamburger sliders,Stuffed burgers,Chili,Meat Sauces or any soft foods to portion out
  • BUILT-IN GRILL MARKS: Your hamburger sliders will have a great authentic look,will stay flat and cook evenly. Each burger patty individually seals to prevent freezer burn.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: Guarantee that you are fully satisfied with Wonder burger patty maker and food container or get your money back, NO QUESTIONS ASKED.100% RISK FREE. Buy it now while in stock

 

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

This headlamp is perfect for walking the dog!

The past month or so has been an adventure around our home.  It all started when one morning, John came in and placed an adorable black sheltie on my lap.  Wolfie is 2 years old and half brother to Foxy, our other sheltie.  I am not sure how long he was in the rescue, but it had to be a big blow on him.  Being taken away from what you know to something you don’t know.  Then when he got used to the rescue, along came John.

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The day after he came, I left for a week.  So in that week he bonded with John.  Imagine my surprise (and his) when I showed up.  He didn’t want me here.  He felt I was the intruder.  He was adjusting.  It took him time to accept me and I am glad to say that he is actually happy when I walk in the room now.

Building trust was only the first thing we had to do with him.  We soon discovered that he didn’t know any of the basic commands.  We also learned wee wee pads and housebreaking was to also be included in this black furballs package. 

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He also loves to bark at anything that he doesn’t know.  He has an attitude and if he isn’t on the leash when outside, he will meet the neighbors dog half way and stand there having a barking challenge.  This is the main reason we decided to leash him when outside.  Having to use a leash makes extra work on us.  During the day it isn’t so bad.  It is after dark that really can get tricky.  Have you ever carried a flash light and tried to control a hard headed dog on a leash?

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It just so happened that I had a chance to review a special light.  In fact the light is a head lamp.  You just slide the elastic over your head and push a button.  There is 2 level brightness and also can make it blink red.  While I am sure they never thought about pets when they made this light, that is what I have been using it for!  Now both hands are free while we walk and I can go just about anywhere in the yard since the light works really well.

This is the one headlamp you will need for any situation: running, jogging, hiking, backpacking, camping, caving, hunting, fishing, reading, work under the sink, in the attic, for construction works, just name it! And it also makes a great gift!

It is from luxuriously smart and it is the luxo lite cree head lamp.  Available in blue or yellow on Amazon

Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

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