The #Smithpuppies visit Santa at Northwest Arkansas Mall

The #Smithpuppies visit Santa at Northwest Arkansas Mall

Disclosure: This blog post was compensated by the NWA Mall and its management company. All opinions are my own.

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I love Santa. Let me just put that out there right now. I love seeing all the pictures of kids with Santa that I see from friends. Since we decided to not have children, I figured I would never get the opportunity to see my own kids in pictures with Santa. Last Monday, I got that chance.

Northwest Arkansas Mall has a great new Santa’s Village that they created last year and the set is gorgeous. They also started Pet Nights with Santa and it was so successful that they expanded it to two nights this year. Smart idea! I took our dogs, Flower and Jazzy, for the first night December 7. I saw dogs of all sizes and breeds, cats, a bird rabbits, and my friend’s house pig.

I took our dogs, Flower and Jazzy, for the first night December 7. I saw dogs of all sizes and breeds, cats, a bird, rabbits, and my friend’s house pig.

The Smith Puppies were a little uncertain of the ropes but they loved greeting all the different kinds of dogs we encountered while in line.
The Smith Puppies were a little uncertain of the ropes, but they loved greeting all the different kinds of dogs we encountered while in line.

I can’t tell you how psyched I was about this! Our dogs had pictures with Santa before but it was in a boring, white room and Santa was sitting on an ugly chair. Cute I guess, but just not the same. This set has it all. A fake fireplace with stockings, stuffed animals, a gorgeous couch for Santa to sit on, a giant tree, and poinsettias. I love looking at it every time I go to the mall.

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A “tail” of two #SmithKitties

A “tail” of two #SmithKitties

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyCatMyMuse #CollectiveBias

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It’s no secret we love our pets. Our cats were our first pets and that makes them have a special place in my heart. Yes, the #SmithKitties even have their own social media hashtag. I would say that our cats continuously teach me how to love how someone needs to be loved.

Both John and I think it’s important to take care of our pets both for their healthy and safety, and our sanity. After all, a happy cat is a less destructive cat! We make sure they have the right kind of nutrition such as Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food and we make sure to provide the play stimulation they need. That’s pretty much where the similarity ends! Read More

#AD #100MillionReasons to take my vitamins (and why you should too)

#AD #100MillionReasons to take my vitamins (and why you should too)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #100MillionReasons #CollectiveBias

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How many of you remember eating those crunchy, almost tart-tasting Flinstone vitamins when you were a kid? Back then, that was pretty much the choice available for kids to get their vitamins. As icky as they were, I’m good they were available. Can you imagine not having access to a simple thing like vitamins? Walgreens is partnering with Vitamin Angels to donate a portion of their profits from vitamin sales, including all Centrum vitamins, to provide vitamins and minerals to moms and kids in need.

Shop-Centrum-VitAngelsIn case you’re unfamiliar, I thought I’d share a bit about Vitamin Angels. Vitamin Angels is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide at-risk mothers and children life-saving vitamins and minerals. In 2014, Vitamin Angels reached 40 million children in 45 countries and are distributing 300 million vitamins in 2015.

When I learned about this program through #CollectiveBias I knew I wanted to be a part. You see, I don’t know what it’s like to grow up without the vitamins and nutrients I need. I do know what it’s like to grow up with a birth defect that causes all kinds of health problems. I think I would have had more problems if I was malnourished like many children around the world, including right here in the United States.  Read More

Video: K9 Kannon great for dog owners with disabilities (or anyone with tired shoulders)

Video: K9 Kannon great for dog owners with disabilities (or anyone with tired shoulders)
Jazzy loves her K9 Kannon and I love it too because it lets me play fetch with her without getting my hands icky from dog slobber or wearing out my shoulders.
Jazzy loves her K9 Kannon and I love it too because it lets me play fetch with her without getting my hands icky from dog slobber or wearing out my shoulders.

 

I have been experimenting with doing more video and love using the new Twitter-based social media platform Persiscope (follow me at @JamiesThots).

I recently “scoped” about the K9 Kannon, which we’ve used for at least a year to play fetch with Jazzy, who needs up to two hours of exercise every day. She would do more if we had time! I redid the video and uploaded it to YouTube. I’m working to do more YouTube so expect more entries like this from me!

I’ve been meaning to blog about the K9 Kannon for a while now but just never felt like pictures did it justice. Video is great for showing the whole process! I had to turn my phone to the side so that’s why my face is chopped a little in the video. It’s only three minutes long … enjoy and please share!