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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.


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.

me and john


12 gifts your dogs will love this holiday season!

dog gifts

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. 


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.


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.


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.

neater feeder

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.


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!

dog gifts

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!  



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!

Dolly Pokemon 2

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.

Dolly Pokemon

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. 


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.


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!



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.


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.


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.


  • 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



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.

Weimy Compact Lightweight Large Beach Blanket

Unless you are somewhere like Florida you are probably experiencing a change in the weather.  Here in Kentucky we have been lucky so far as to not have really cold weather.  It has been sunny and in the 50s and it November.  That doesn’t happen often.  I just enjoy it and will take what mother nature hands out to me!

While in Panama, the one thing I missed the most was the changing of the seasons.  There it was hot hot hot.  Same year round.  90 and above all year long.  This was nice beach weather.  While it was nice for a while, I didn’t get to see the leaves falling off the trees,  the snow falling on the ground or the first flowers in bloom.  That is what I missed.

Now that I am back enjoying the changing of the seasons, I still think of the beach and warmer weather, especially on cold days.

I was asked to review a beach blanket.  I guess this had me thinking more about my time in Panama.


This blanket would’ve been the perfect item to have had on beach days.  It is a quality made blanket, it is made with 100% parachute nylon.  This makes it very lightweight, but at the same time durable.

It is sand resistant, so it is easy to shake off after you pick it up and you don’t have to worry about getting it all over your car.  While it is lightweight the blanket comes with stakes to hold it down as well as pockets.  You can put sand in these pockets and that will anchor the blanket down.

It comes in a nice little pouch.  You would think something in that pouch wouldn’t be worth fooling with, but once you take it out it is about 7×6 and you have enough room for 2 people to sit on comfortably. 

While I didn’t have a chance to try it out on an actual beach, I do know that this material doesn’t get really hot.  So you don’t have to worry about burning your legs when sitting down on it.

It is available on Amazon.

If you know someone that likes to go to the beach, this might be a good gift for them!  I know I would’ve loved receiving something like this when the beach was only a couple of minutes away!

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.

Bouchard Chocolate Napolitains

Let’s talk chocolate!

As I have gotten older, my savory tooth is still there, but my sweet tooth is growing.  Give me snack cakes and cookies, pies or cakes- the possibilities are endless!  But then there is times I just crave candy. 

My favorite is normally milk chocolate.  I have never been much of a fan of the dark chocolate.  John loves it.  I have tried to get  used to it, especially knowing it is much healthier for me. 

I guess it really depends on the dark chocolate brand and where it comes from.  I have found a dark chocolate that I approve of.  It is from Belgium.  They are known for their great chocolates.  The ones I had a chance to try is the, napolitains from Bouchard Chocolate.


I liked these because they didn’t leave me with a bitter after taste that a lot of dark chocolate leaves.  It is unbelievable that it doesn’t leave that taste since it is made with 72% cacao which means less sugar!

For the people that isn’t sure what cacao is, it is just bean type things that cocoa and chocolate is usually made with.  Cacao is known for numerous health benefits.

I still love my milk chocolate but am not disappointed in this chocolate at all.  It would be great enough to give as a gift to yourself or a loved on this holiday season!

DISCLAIMER:  I was sent 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.

My favorite Dog Training Collar

I have talked a few times about training collars for dogs.  I have tried a few and each one has their own pros and cons.  I wanted to share one one of my favorite ones with you. 

I like this one because there is no shocking involved at all.  It works only with sound and vibrations.  No shock, no static shock.  It is the Our K9 Mint Bark collar

This is a really nice collar that will fit xs- small dogs, the ones that tend to bark the most!  As I said before, I don’t mind mine barking at all.  Mine are very vocal.  I just want them to know when I say enough, it is enough.  This collar gives them their freedom to bark a few times before it does it’s thing. 

vibration collar1

  • ✔ • PAIN FREE DESIGN – Uses Sound First then Vibration to provide safe training cues. This Collar Comes Fully Assembled. It has a Built in Change Battery Alarm which is a CONTINUOUS BEEP. The Collar CANNOT be set off by another dog, It works off Air pressure and NOT Sound. This is a Training Collar to assist you in Training Your Dog that Excessive Barking will Not be Tolerated.
  • ✔ • ALL Our K9 No Bark Collars come with Comprehensive Users E-Manuals + Instructional and Training Videos. Your User E-Manual will be sent to you by E Mail. This will allow for Translation, enlarging font size, movement between phone, tablet and laptop. We do not put instructions in the box. This is a Training Collar to assist you in controlling your dogs excess barking.
  • ✔ • ALLOWS NORMAL DOG BEHAVIOUR – All Our K9 Anti-Bark Collars allow your dog to bark but NOT excessively. The first 2 Barks a Warning Sound is issued. The 3rd Bark, Correction is then issued. If you want your dog to be Silent do not buy an Our K9 Collar. THIS IS A SOUND AND VIBRATION COLLAR IT IS NOT A SHOCK COLLAR
  • ✔ • CHOOSE THE CORRECT BARK COLLAR – Our K9 has 9 (nine) different Anti Bark Collars ranging from Toy (4 lbs.) to Large (100 lbs.) to ensure they fit and are correctly suitable for your particular dog needs. SORRY BUT THIS COLLAR IS NOT SUITABLE FOR A HAVANESE, DACHSHUNDS OR POMERANIAN.

vibration collar 7

Disclaimer:  I was sent 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.

How to Get the Best Deal When Shopping Online


The following  is a sponsored post.

How to Get the Best Deal When Shopping Online



No one wants to pay too much for something. Of course, most individuals realize that they are not going to be able to get the items they want for free, but they are interested in paying a fair price for it. The Internet has really allowed individuals to get the best deal on all kinds of different things. The following tips can help you to be sure that the next time you shop online you get the best deal.

The very first thing that you want to do is comparison shop. You do not want to waste a lot of time searching around tons of different websites. However, if you take a little bit of time, you can check some of the major auction sites and major retailers just to see what prices are available. It is a good idea to look at items that are new and used, depending on the thing that you are searching for. It is also a good idea to look at the manufacturer’s website. This will help you to get a good idea of what a fair price is for the items you would like to purchase.
The next thing you want to do is look around for sales and ways to save money. Certain websites are going to offer sales, while others may have coupons. It may be possible for you to wait until you know a major sale will be going on, like on Black Friday.



Don’t forget about shipping. Depending on the item you would like to purchase, shipping can cost just as much as the item or more. Many websites will offer free shipping or will tell you about ways that you can get free shipping.

Shopping around can take a little bit of time. However, it is worth it no matter if you are purchasing Amelia Jane London stockist items or if you are purchasing electronic items. It is good to balance how much time you will spend trying to find a good deal with the amount of time that you can spend working. This is especially the case if you work for yourself and have the ability to earn extra money. If you are going to spend hours and hours looking around for ideal, it might be a good idea for you to spend just 15 or 20 minutes looking around for something and then spend the other time making a little bit of money in order to make up whatever you had to pay extra.

Disclaimer:   I received compensation in exchange for posting the above.


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