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DIY Cat Food Can Christmas Ornament #PetSmartCart

DIY Cat Food Can Christmas Ornament #PetSmartCart

This post is sponsored by PetSmart® and the BlogPaws Pet Influencer Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about New Low Prices on Friskies and Fancy Feast at PetSmart, but Drugstore Divas only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.

#ad Looking for a fun and festive way to upcycle? Check out this DIY Cat Food Can Christmas Ornament from www.drugstoredivas.net. #PetSmartCartIf you have a pet, your furbaby is a huge part of your family. You take care of and spoil your pet, just like you do your family. Especially this time of year. Trust me, I get it. I’m the one who “Boo’d” our neighborhood this Halloween and included treats for all the neighborhood cats and dogs.

So of course, that carries through to Christmas. I couldn’t just give gifts to my parents. Oh no. I had to think about their cat Sox too. I was stocking up on Friskies and Fancy Feast at PetSmart for her and had a great idea: I would turn one of the cans into a DIY cat food can Christmas ornament for her too.

It was so easy to make and came out so much cuter than I could have imagined.

DIY Cat Food Can Christmas Ornament

What You Need:

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  • Empty cat food can, washed and dried
  • Scrap paper
  • Khaki spray paint
  • Black, white, pink, khaki paint chip samples
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Drill

What You’ll Do:

Pull the wrapper off of the cat food can and bring the can, spray paint, and scrap paper outside. As with any project you spray paint, you want to do it outdoors. I always take mine out into the woods behind our house.

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Spray the can with spray paint, then leave it outside to dry for a few minutes.

Spray a second coat on your can and let it dry.

While you’re waiting, go back inside and cut out the face.

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You can use card stock to make the face, but I went with paint chip samples. See, I was picking up the spray paint, and it’s in the same section. I wanted to make sure the ears would match, so it was easier for me pick up the samples. Plus, they’re thin and heavy duty, so I knew they would hold up well. Cut out two triangles from the brown paper for ears, two pink triangles for the inner ear and a pink nose, whites for the eyes and black pupils, then black whiskers.

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When the spray paint is completely dry, glue the face onto it, and let it dry.

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Drill a small hole in the top.

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Fold a pipe cleaner in half, stick the “open” ends into the drilled hole, then, twist the two ends together to “tie” the pipe cleaner.

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Hang it and enjoy.

You’ll enjoy it just as much as your cat will enjoy her new Friskies and Fancy Feast food from PetSmart.

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Sox loves beef flavored food, so I was so happy to know that both brands had a wide variety of beef flavors. There were ones in gravy, ones that were sliced, ones that were paired with other proteins, and so many more too chose from. I was so happy to stock up and save at PetSmart. The are new low prices on wet cat food when you purchase 24 cans or more. Find your local PetSmart here.

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Would you make this DIY cat food can Christmas ornament? Be sure to leave us a comment if you do, and comment to let us know what wet food you’re stocking up on at PetSmart!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PetSmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Crab Pot Christmas Trees Review & Discount Code

Crab Pot Christmas Trees Review & Discount Code

This post about Crab Pot Christmas Trees is sponsored.

Crab Pot Christmas TreesBecause of personal reasons, I haven’t felt very festive this year. We didn’t get a tree, hang stockings, or bake Christmas cookies. That’s how 2016 is gonna be.

Thank goodness, though, we received a tree from Crab Pot Christmas Trees. The pre-lit tree arrived folded. All I had to do was unfold it, fasten the sides with twist ties, and plug it in. Easy.

You can use it indoors or outdoors. Ours is currently sitting on our front porch. I’m not worried about it because these trees are made from the very durable PVC Coated Crab Pot Wire, so they can withstand the elements. What I really love, though, is that they’re low maintenance. Plug in the tree when it gets dark, unplug it at bedtime. That’s about all I can really handle this year, so I’m happy with this.

If you want one, you’re in luck. You can save 30% off Crab Pot Christmas Trees here — http://crabpottrees.com/promo — with promo code USFG16. You can choose different sized trees, from 1.5 feet to eight feet, and from a variety of light options. With so many choices, you will definitely find your perfect tree. Which will you choose?

DIY But First, Coffee Mug #ElevateTheSeason #ad

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You can make your own favorite mug. I just made this “But First, Coffee” mug and I’m obsessed with it. It was pretty easy to make too.

DIY But First, Coffee Mug

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What You’ll Need:

  • Oil-based paint Sharpie marker
  • Plain white mug
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Free “But First, Coffee” printable (below)

What You’ll Do:

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Print out the free printable on a 8.5×11 sheet of paper. To get it, just right click the image above and then save it to your computer for when you’re ready to print it.

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Cut it down to a more manageable size.

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Color on the back of it with a pencil.

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Tape it to the mug.

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Then, trace the letters. I actually used to use this technique a lot when I was little. I had a pillow I loved with cartoon characters on it and I would use this method to make birthday cards with these cartoon characters. Everyone thought I had really fantastic drawing skills. I had no idea this method would come in handy years later so everyone would think I had great handwriting too. Actually, my handwriting it pretty good when I’m on paper, but I wasn’t sure how it would be on a mug. And with a permanent ink marker, you only get one chance.

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Carefully peel off the tape and you’ll see the outline of the letters.

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Color/trace them with the marker. Be really careful when you’re doing this. If you lean your hand down on the pencil marks, they’ll wipe away and you’ll have to freehand them.

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When you’re done with your lettering, put the mug in a cold oven, set it for 350-degrees, and leave it for 30 minutes. Cool down the oven and then take it out.

Well, at least, that’s what you should do. Me? I put mine in the cold oven, set it for 350-degrees, and was eight minutes in when my little brother called me from two doors down. “Can I borrow your oven to bake one of these pies for Thanksgiving?” he asked.

“Sure,” I said. Because, when you’re an adult, part of the holiday season involves sharing your appliances. “When?”

“Now,” he said and over he came with a pie that really needed to bake at a lower temperature, but we all make sacrifices this time of year.

And, honestly, that’s the truth. We spend so much of our lives accommodating other people and making sure that their needs are met. You do it with your family all the time: hunting down that elusive toy then driving two hours to pick it up, eating the burnt pieces of the meal and giving everyone the better bites, sitting through yet another sports event when all you want to watch is trashy reality TV. And you do it with compete strangers too. You let them merge into your lane, you hold doors open for them, you let them take your parking spot at the mall even when you’ve been sitting there with your blinker on waiting for the car that there already to get out.

Tis the season, right?

But it also needs to be the season of you, when you sneak away and have some me time. Bulletproof Coffee can be your time. Have you heard of this? If you haven’t heard, Bulletproof is low toxin, high performance and full of healthy fats to fuel you. We stumbled over the concept years ago (when it seemed all my Facebook friends were putting butter in coffee), but we actually didn’t try it until Thanksgiving weekend. We received a bag of coffee, a bottle of Brain Octane Oil, and a jar of grass-fed ghee — enough to get our curiosity and coffee flowing.

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It’s a little more involved than your typical cup of coffee. You boil 8oz. of filtered water, then make a cup the way you prefer (we did it in the French press because it gives a tasty and rich cup and because the bag stated that Bulletproof Coffee founder Dave prefers this method). When the coffee is ready, add it, Brain Octane, and grass-fed ghee to a blender cup. Blend for 20 to 30 seconds, which gives it a pretty great froth. Then, drink.

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So, what did we end up with?

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A really rich cup of coffee that didn’t need any milk or creamer (the butter fills that role). The first cup was definitely one that Pete and I could split, partially because we were both curious and also because it was a heavier than our normal cup of coffee. Let me note that the instructions do advise how you should ease yourself into this by working your way towards the full amount of Brain Octane Oil (which is made from 100% coconut oil and is a quick source of reliable energy from fat not sugar) and grass-fed ghee (a type of unsalted butter).

We had our first cup on Thanksgiving morning. Bulletproof Coffee can be used as part of intermittent fasting, which is nice if it’s Thanksgiving morning and you’re saving room for turkey and stuffing and sides and lots of pie. So that worked out for us. Of course, intermittent fasting is optional. What also worked out was that Bulletproof gives you energy. I used mine to take a two-mile walk with my brothers and their ladies; Pete used it to work out and then do some yard work. These were things that were on our to do list anyway, so I wasn’t sure if it was more the coffee or coincidence.

So we kept drinking.

We’re a handful of days in and we really are getting a taste for the coffee. It’s a great cup of coffee (especially if you add just the slightest pinch of sugar to it). It does take a little more time to make than a quick cup, which is a great thing. This is for you, a bit of “me time” to carve out of your day. It shouldn’t be rushed — and with Bulletproof, it won’t be.

Have you tried Bulletproof coffee? If not, starter kits are a great way to try Bulletproof Coffee and see if it is for you. Get yours at http:/ca.bulletproof.com. If you have already tried it, let us know about your experience in the comments below.

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Slow Cooker Candy (with Golden Crisp cereal)

Slow Cooker Candy (with Golden Crisp cereal)

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This time of year, I’m all about sweets. If I’m going to someone’s house, I’m bringing dessert. But, this time of year, I’m also super busy. So I really love my slow cooker candy recipe. It’s simple, requires little effort, and tastes incredible.

I wanted to change up the crunch factor when I was making it last weekend, so I added Golden Crisps cereal. What a great idea! Everyone I shared the slow cooker candy with loved it, so I’m getting ready to make a new batch (because this one is completely gone!).

Slow Cooker Candy (with Golden Crisp cereal)

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 bag (12oz.) of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 bag (12oz.) of bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1.5 bags (24oz.) of white candy melts
  • 2 cups Golden Crisp cereal
  • Handful of white candy melts (for the topping)

What You’ll Do:

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Put the first three ingredients in the slow cooker on low for 1.5 hours.

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The chocolate should be completely melted by then, but, if it’s not, leave it a little longer and keep checking on it. Stir to combine the chocolates.

Then, turn off the slow cooker, toss in the cereal, and stir.

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Fill a mini muffin pan with cupcake wrappers. I did yellow and blue to match the Golden Crisp box, but you can choose any colors you like.

Put a large spoonful into each wrapper. Fill the wrappers to the top and try to flatten the tops.

Put them in the fridge until they cool, about twenty minutes.

Now it’s time to decorate.

The movie SING is coming out, and I can’t wait to see it. I love watching all the reality singing shows, so this movie looks so cute. Plus, the cereal box I bought at my local Walmart (along with all the other ingredients) had a SING promotion on it that inspired my decorations.

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Melt a handful of candy melts in the microwave, according to the package.

Scoop it into a plastic bag and snip the tip. The smaller the hole, the better.

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Pipe music notes on to the tops of the chocolate.

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If you’re feeling really excited for the movie, you can pipe the letters S-I-N-G on them too.

Speaking of SING, you can enter the SING National Sweepstakes for a chance to win $100,000 or free movie tickets. How? Enter codes that are printed inside the box into the sweepstakes website. You can find these specially marked boxes at Walmart!

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Be sure to let us know if you win. And be sure to comment if you try our slow cooker candy recipe too!

If you’re looking for more recipes to use Post cereals in, check out this link. Then, tell us what you were inspired to make!

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Blurb: Save 35% On Photo Books (Til 12/12)

Blurb: Save 35% On Photo Books (Til 12/12)

**I was compensated for this post about Blurb. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

blurbI really need to sit down and make a photo book. The first two times I went to Japan, I had a film camera. I developed the film and made photo albums. The next time was ten years later, when I had a digital camera. That trip’s photos are sitting on my SD card, and that made me sad. But then, we went to Japan again last summer and guess what? Those photos are also sitting on an SD card. So now, I want to turn them into a book. Maybe that will be my Christmas gift to myself.

If you have a ton of photos that you need to get off your phone or SD card, now is the time to print them in a book. Blurb is having a great sale. All customers can save 35% on photo books, now through December 12. Just create your book and enter the code AWE35 at checkout to get your savings.

If you’re making a book for Christmas, keep in mind that December 12 is the last day for economy shipping to guarantee arrival before the holidays. After that, you’ll need to rush this to get it in time. And that can get expensive. So just be sure to finish your book by December 12, so you can use the code and regular shipping.

You can make books with your Instagram photos too! That’s good to know in case you’re running out of time, but still need a gift.

What are you making a book of?

Reebok: Extra 30% On Sale Items (Today Only!)

Reebok: Extra 30% On Sale Items (Today Only!)

Have you been eyeing a new pair of sneakers or running pants at Reebok? Now is the time to buy them, especially if getting in shape is your New Year’s Resolution. (And yes, now is the time to start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions since 2017 is just over three weeks away!).

Today, December 8, you can save an extra 30% on sale items at Reebok.com with the code SALE30. This is valid online only. You can use it on items for men, women, and kids, classics, running, and training. Sounds like a good time to buy a hoodie, sneakers, and more. Maybe even Christmas gifts for your friend who loves working out — or your friend who wants to start! What items caught your eye?

I took a quick look, and I’m in love with the Studio Instinct Urban Tight pants. They were originally $65, marked down to $45.99, then $32.19 after the code. Sounds like I just found what I’m getting myself for Christmas. They’ll be perfect for when Pete and I take bike rides through town. It’ll be a lot easier to pedal in these than in jeans. Plus, they’re just super cute too.

If you spend over $49, you’ll get free shipping too (although it came up free for me when I added those Studio pants to my cart, so be sure to double check). Orders under $49 are just $5 to ship.

If you’re ordering for Christmas, keep these deadlines in mind: Standard Shipping: 12/6 (so we missed this one); Expedited: 12/18; Last day for guaranteed Christmas arrival: 12/21.