Amazing DIY holiday ideas, tips, tools and more for your furry family members

Happy Howlidays!

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, Mello. I’m thinking it may be because of all the extra lovin’ and gifts he 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 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, check out some of the fun doggy do-it-yourself ideas they’ve dreamed up.  My favorite was the Pawticularly Personal Ornament. Mello can have the treats, and we get to keep the ornament.  You let your kids make handprint ornaments, why not your furbaby too?

Pawticularly Personal Ornament

Other great homemade doggy gifts include a treat bouquet, a sweet treat jar, and a ho-ho-howliday treat bag. Yes, Mello is going to have a very holiday break.

The 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 Mello 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 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

One final thing: The folks at have generously offered to give away a FREE Christmas doggy care package filled with some of the most delicious stocking stuffer treats for your pup.

To be entered to win the care package, use the giveaway widget below, and be sure to do the mandatory entry of visiting this DIY decor article on and tell me in the comments below which DIY doggy decor project that you think your family would love best.

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December 11, 2015 – 11:24 AM - | Posted in Giveaways, pets | 73 Comments »

WWEShop – Today’s December Deal -$15 T-Shirts #WWEMoms

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That’s right, today the WWEShop December deal is $15.00 T-Shirts, and it’s not just really old stock they want to get rid of, there’s plenty of relevant superstars t-shirts available! Like….. THE NEW DAY!!!

That’s right, their shirt is only $15!! I already have one, so does hubby but I bought one for my daughter, and also bought her Xavier Woods Up Up Down Down shirt for just $15.  You’ll also get $5 flat rate shipping today, so order all you want for the same shipping price!

Not only that, check out all the new merchandise and holiday gifts you can purchase through while your there, then….Head over to Walmart and purchase yourself or a lucky WWE Fan a 3 month subscription gift card to WWENetwork! Gift cards enable anyone to get the network on all of their devices without having to use a credit card! WWE Exclusive shows, past matches and current pay per views!


Let this be a Merry Christmas for a WWE Fan you know, visit

and your local Walmart store to purchase all of your WWE Merchandise and WWE Network Gift Cards for under the tree this year!

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December 1, 2015 – 12:11 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | No Comments »

Bring Milo’s Tea To The Table For The Holidays

Be it a hot or cold day, nothing is more refreshing when you’re thirsty then some sweet tea. The thirst quenching,
refreshing taste is a hit with just about everyone, and that includes during the holiday season. Milo’s Tea Company provides it’s fans with fresh, natural ingredients and no preservatives or additives.

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Milo’s Tea can be found in the refrigerated juice section at your local Walmart stores. Why not pick up a gallon or two and get creative! Whether you’re making a drink with your tea, or spicing up an old recipe, Milo’s Tea adds a great taste to your holiday meals.

Milo Sweet Tea Walmart

A family owned, woman owned business, Milo’s Tea is located in Bessemer, AL and was founded in 1946 by Milo and Bea Carlton as a restaurant. Milo’s provides their customers with high quality, fresh, natural ingredients and never sacrifice taste. I can say, this is so true. The entire family fell in love with Milo’s Sweet tea! To incorporate it into our holiday season we created a refreshing drink.

Milo’s Holiday Apple-Cran Sweet Tea!

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A super easy drink you can prepare in seconds for those holiday guests. First, make sure you have some Milo’s Sweet Tea on hand, fill your glass with ice. Then cut a few slices of your favorite kind of apple and place them in the glass as well as a few slices of lemon, and a splash of cranberry juice, then simply fill the glass with your Milo’s Sweet Tea and garnish with a lemon and candy cane.

Easy, simple and refreshing!

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Once you’ve tasted Milo’s tea, you’ll taste the difference! How could you make Milo’s part of your holidays? You could make a refreshing holiday drink, or visit the Milo’s Tea website and check out some of the great recipes they have on hand.


Milo’s Tea is available Sweetened with Pure Can Sugar, No Calorie and Unsweet options as well. There’s a Milo’s for everyone! Right now you can Buy 2 gallons of Milo’s Tea for just $5 at Walmart on rollback while supplies last.  You can also find Milo’s Tea on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Milo’s Tea, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HolidaysWithMilos
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November 30, 2015 – 6:54 PM - | Posted in food reviews, holiday entertaining, recipes | No Comments »

Last-Minute Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

The HP Envy All-in-One printer is a great compact solution for your home and office printing, scanning and copying needs. Now if you buy the HP Envy 5540 e-All-in-One printer, it comes with 3 months free of HP Instant Ink! With HP Instant Ink you select your subscription plan and HP takes care of the rest so that you never run out of ink and printing costs a lot less! Ink, shipping, and cartridge recycling are included in your monthly plan. Plans start as low as $2.99/month and are based on pages printed, not cartridges used. There’s no annual fee and you can change or cancel plans online at anytime.









Link to HP Envy 5540 e-All-in-One printer:

Link to HP Instant Ink:

Now through Cyber Monday, HP Social Media Snapshots Removable Sticky Photo Paper are BOGO at Staples when you use the following link and click “redeem now” –

Maria Bailey put together this list of her favorite items and deals for moms and families on These 8 items are great discounted gift ideas for a variety of people on your holiday shopping list!

About is a discount online shopping website that sells a broad range of products including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing and jewelry.

-Shop all of’s Cyber Monday Sales:
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Maria’s Favorite Discounted Items at this shopping weekend:

Paula Deen Collection Aqua Speckle Porcelain Nonstick 15-piece Set



Regular Price: $180.00
Sale Price: $99.99

Personalized Stemless Wine Glasses (Set of 4)



Regular Price: $52.00
Sale price: $27.99

Item Name: Rolling Coaster Children’s Ride-on Car




Regular Price: $54.99
Sale price: $34.99

Item Name: Discovery Kids Light-Up Musical Microphone & Stand




Regular Price: $29.99
Sale price: $22.99

Item Name: Acqua Di Gio Men’s Eau de Toilette Spray




Regular Price: $45.00
Sale price: $27.99

Item Name: The North Face Men’s Black Zip Pullover




Regular Price: $60.00
Sale price: $42.99

Item Name: Stainless Steel Expandable ‘I Love You to the Moon and Back’ Bangle





Regular Price: $50.00
Sale price: $11.99

Item Name: Hailey Jeans Co. Junior’s Striped Long Sleeve Open Front Cardigan





Regular Price: $39.99
Sale price: $14.99

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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November 25, 2015 – 5:09 PM - | Posted in black friday | 1 Comment »

Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream Comes To Toledo!

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It’s that time of year! That time when Disney comes to YOU! That’s right, Disney On Ice is making its way to a city near you! Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream will be coming to the Glass City in December! The Huntington Center will be the stop in Toledo Ohio. Me and the girls have been going for years, I don’t think there’s many that we’ve missed, and even though they’re older now, it’s still a tradition at least me and my youngest still like to carry on. Your never to old for Disney On Ice!

Classic meets contemporary in Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream! Join your favorite Disney Princesses in a celebration of 75 years of Disney Princess stories, including two-modern day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana; the always elegant Cinderella; and the princess who started it all, Snow White. Laugh at Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel; her unlikely companion, Flynn; and Maximus, the Captain of the Guard’s determined horse; embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Snow White escapes from the Evil Queen in her search for her one true love. Watch as fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. And boogie to the beat of the bayou in a magical, musical journey that celebrates the story of The Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime! Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to your hometown!

This is a great show for young and old, and especially if you’re a fan of Disney Princesses! For those in the Toledo Ohio area, I have some tickets to share! You can join me and my family on opening night of Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream, on Thursday December 3rd at 7pm! Enter to win a 4-pack of Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream tickets for the December 3rd show at the Huntington Center below.

Not a winner, or can’t go opening night? Don’t worry, you can purchase tickets and save money! Opening Night tickets are just $12 – No code needed! Kid’s tickets start at just $12! – no code needed! Purchase your tickets on

Show Times Schedule:
Thursday, Dec. 3 7:00pm
Friday, Dec. 4 7:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 5 11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Sunday Dec. 6 1:00pm, 5:00pm

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November 15, 2015 – 10:41 PM - | Posted in Disney On Ice | 2 Comments »
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