Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Calm During the Holidays



Just like people, pets require special care during those long winter months to protect them from painful joints, arthritis, and other cold weather ailments. Here are some winter pet tips from Dr. Hillary Cook, a holistic veterinarian who works with NHV Natural Pet Products, makers of veterinarian-approved and formulated plant-based natural supplements from organically grown and wild crafted herbs, to keep your pet safe and happy this winter.

Winter Walks – After walking your dog during the winter months, make sure to towel dry them completely. Take extra care around paw pads. Wipe this area with a wet clean cloth to remove any salt or chemicals from the road. Rub NHV Heal Care Ointment on cleaned paw pads to protect and soothe. Without proper care, pet paw pads can become dry, cracked and very painful. For other pets, like cats, outside time should be limited, since they may seek warmth in unsafe places, such as a car radiator.

Shake Off Those Winter Blues – Most pet owners tend not to take dogs and other pets out for long periods of time during the winter, because it’s understandably too cold even for us humans. However, pets need still need exercise and mental stimulation. A lack of both these needs may cause stress, anxiety, and destructive behaviors. There are plenty of indoor games that can keep pets occupied and out of trouble. Try treat dispensing toys, puzzle toys, tread mills, exercise balls… which can keep dogs occupied for hours; for cats, a motorized mouse would work. To ease restlessness and stress from being indoors, use NHV Lesstress for dogs or NHV Matricalm for cats. These formulas help calm the nerves without affecting moods and personality, and are safe for long term use.

Happy Pets Have Healthy Skin – As the cold weather begins to blow, dogs and cats are prone to dry skin. To improve overall coat condition, and help with skin issues from the inside-out, add omega-3 fatty acids to their diet. Studies show that dogs and cats given omega 3 fatty acids (try NHV PetOmega 3) had improvement in clinical signs of pruitis, self trauma, coat character, and alopecia (loss of hair).

Staying Cozy – Cats and dogs feel the chill of winter extra deep in their bones (just like us people!). Be sure to give them more blankets during the winter months. If taking small dogs outside, dress them in a sweater or jacket as they are unable to generate the heat they need themselves. Larger dogs tend to suffer the effects of stiff joints and arthritic pain, and as they need all their muscles to support their weight, keeping them limber and pain free is important. There are plenty of orthopedic beds for larger dog breeds that will help. In addition, supplement their diet with NHV Yucca and NHV Old Timer, which will aid with joint pain, soothe inflammation, and help pets suffering from arthritis. Remember to keep arthritic dogs and cats moving in the winter especially, if joints are not mobile arthritis is compounded.

Don’t Hold It! In the winter, I see an increase in UTI’s from animals holding in urine because it’s too cold outside. Make sure dogs get enough time outside to do their business. If a UTI develops see your veterinarian. You may also want to try NHV Tripsy, a natural supplement that will help support the health of the kidneys and bladder throughout the winter months.

Watch That Winter Weight: Less exercise means less calories are expended, and is true for any indoor dog who is not going out for their regular walks. Follow recommended feeding guidelines for your dog, but do not over feed. However, if dogs are housed outside, they need more calories. Studies suggest that dogs who are exposed to low temperatures need three times the normal calories as they would need in moderate temperature. Use NHV Multi Essentials, a herbal multivitamin to fill nutritional gaps for outdoor and indoor pets. Both NHV and myself as a veterinary practioners strongly recommend that pets be housed indoors, especially in the winter.


Don’t Get Close To The Heat – In an effort to stay warm, pets may get too close to heat sources, which can be dangerous. Be sure to keep fireplaces gated or closed, and heat sources like baseboard heaters and radiators out of reach from pets. Should pets accidentally burn themselves, take the animal to the vet right away. For after emergency care of burns use NHV All Clear Ointment and NHV Ouch Away Spray to help heal external trauma, fight infections, and reduce inflammation.





Dr. Hillary Cook, NHV's lead holistic vet, is a graduate of Virginia Maryland Regional Veterinary Medical school. She has been practicing holistic and integrative veterinary medicine for fifteen years. She certified in Veterinary acupuncture and is fully qualified in Western and Chinese herbalism. She is the owner of Animal Wellness Center, an integrative veterinary clinic in Crozet, VA.


NVH NATURAL PET PRODUCTS provides veterinarian-formulated supplements derived from natural botanicals to support the health and well-being of pets including dogs, cats and small animals. In addition to the safe and effective manufacture of a full-line of Veterinarian-approved pet supplements that contain organically grown and cultivated herbs and botanicals, NHV also offers vet consultations to provide professional support and guidance for disease prevention and treatment for over 43 conditions. For more tips, visit www.nhvnaturalpetproucts.com.






Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

New Teletubbies DVD Gift Sets Available TODAY!!


When my boys were little, we used to cuddle up under a blanket after daddy went to work and watch Teletubbies. They both really loved Laa-Laa and when Dipsy danced, they got up and danced too! I loved showing them these DVDs and plush gift sets, and we had some great memories. Children of all ages can enjoy Teletubbies!

Silly Fun DVD: Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa and Po laugh themselves silly with a funny joke and when Dipsy does a funny dance, they all laugh together! Don’t miss the Teletubbies as they learn a new dance, watch children take a ride on a steam train, and look at their reflections in a puddle. 

Let's Sing & Dance DVD: Sing and dance with the Teletubbies in this special collection of episodes dedicated to music and rhythm! In this volume, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po become a pop group, do conga dances over the hills and watch a children’s choir sing.

You can purchase these gifts sets exclusively at Target!


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway!




Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway 2017 


This year I am excited to giveaway several prizes. Before entering please take a look at my gift guides here so you can answer the questions in the entry form!



HGG Giveaway


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Happy Wax All Natural Soy Melts!




I spent most of my life being a candle lover. I really didn't know anything else even existed until a few years ago when I saw a Wax Burner at Target and was intrigued. I didn't buy one that day because I wasn't sure if it would work the way a candle does. I love lighting a candle and getting the scent immediately. 





Recently, I was sent a package from Happy Wax. The package came full with a Wax Warmer, and some Wax Melts. I decided now was the time to test them compared to candles.




The first scent I tried was the Citrus Wax Melts, which is a mix of Citron Mandarin, Grapefruit Mangosteen, and Cucumber Melon bear-shaped soy wax melts perfect for citrus lovers!




The scent was AMAZING! First of all, it started working right away, not at all like I thought it would..I thought it would take an hour or so, but NO! Within 10 minutes my room smelled like an orange grove!

The Happy Wax Melts are:
OURS OF FLAME-FREE FUN - Every Specialty Tin contains 24-26 bears (100 hours burn time) and every Half Pounder Pouch contains approximately 60 bears (225 hours burn time).  Typically melted 2 at a time. You'll get 12 uses or more from every tin and over 30 from every pouch.

ALL NATURAL & MADE IN AMERICA - 100% vegetable-based soy wax is biodegradable, made from renewable resources and American farm-grown soybeans.
BREAK FREE OF THE BRICK - Fun shapes make mixing and melting in your wax warmer a breeze!
CITRUS BLISS - A mix of Citron Mandarin, Grapefruit Mangosteen, and Cucumber Melon bear-shaped soy wax melts perfect for citrus lovers!
LONG-LASTING SCENTS - Soy wax burns cleaner, lasts longer than paraffin-based products.

DIRECTIONS – We recommend starting with one bear for small, plug-in warmers, and 2-3 for larger warmers. Mixing melts is highly recommended!
I definitely recommend checking them out, for the price, and the scents, they are amazing! I am never going back to candles again!


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Friday, December 1, 2017

SleepWear Sets for the Whole Family for the Holidays at Wal-Mart and Target!




One of our favorite traditions is a new pair of pajamas on the night before Christmas. How fun would it be to deck the whole family out in matching pajamas! You can get these 2 styles shown at Walmart and Target.




The Elf on the Shelf family holiday pajamas are the perfect addition to family night! The whole family can enjoy these cozy elf print pajama pants paired with a matching top. These will be perfect for opening presents together, drinking hot cocoa and lounging around the house during the holidays!

Available in sizes of
  • Baby
  • Toddler
  • Girls
  • Boys
  • Women 
  • Mens
You can purchase these exclusively at Target and Walmart






Do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? You'll love greeting the holiday season in cozy comfort with the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® Pajama Set. This two-piece pajama set comes with a long-sleeve top and PJ pants, both in a lightweight material and relaxed fit to keep you comfortable all night. You'll love the wintry snowflake pattern decorating both pieces, along with Rudolph himself making an appearance in cheerful merriment. Slip into your favorite pair of fuzzy socks or slippers and get ready to cuddle up on the couch or underneath the covers in festive, fun PJs.

Available in sizes of
  • Baby
  • Toddler
  • Girls
  • Boys
  • Women 
  • Mens
You can purchase these exclusively at Target and Walmart!


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Saving Christmas Available on DVD 11/21!

Saving Christmas, available on DVD and Digital HD November 21 from Lionsgate.

This holiday season, unwrap the gift of heartwarming family fun and adventure with Saving Christmas, available on DVD and Digital HD November 21 from Lionsgate.

This is definitely a movie the whole family can enjoy! My kids loved the story, and were able to follow it well. They loved that the boy was trying to prove that Santa exists, and asked to add it to our Holiday movie rotation every year!

Emmy Award® winner Ed Asner, star of TV’s “Mary Tyler Moore” and the family movie classics Up and Elf, headlines this Christmas-themed movie about a young boy (newcomer Jack Brunault) determined to prove the existence of Santa Claus (Asner). Adding to the cheer is a very merry supporting cast that includes Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers, TV’s “Days of Our Lives”) and Brooke Langton (The Replacements, TV’s “Melrose Place"), along with pro wrestlers Tommy Dreamer, Mike Bennett, and Maria Kanellis. Written by Tom DeNucci and Kevin DeCristofano, and directed by Tom DeNucci (Arlo: The Burping Pig), this family-friendly feature was awarded the DOVE Family Seal of Approval.

The Saving Christmas DVD is the perfect stocking-stuffer for movie fans of all ages and will be available at the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I Love Oriental Trading for Thanksgiving!



Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays. Although we have a small family, we really enjoy the preparations, and that Thanksgiving is always reminding me of all the fall things I love.

This year was so much fun because I did some crafts with the kids, and we had some neat Thanksgiving themed items that we got from Oriental Trading. Here are my favorites!


Enter with a Thankful Heart Wreath Craft Kit


This was so much fun to make with the kids! Each one had a different design because the leaves can be placed any way you like. 
This foam decoration is perfect to hang near your entryway! Includes self-adhesive pieces and nylon ribbon. 9 1/2". All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use. Kits include instructions and extra pieces.
$13.99 for 12 kits!


Fall Leaves Buttermints


I put a plate of these out a few days before Thanksgiving and the kids were really excited! They loved the falling leaves on the packages, and they are really tasty too!

Decorated with festive fall leaves, these buttermints are a sweet treat for the season's celebrations. Keep a bowl on your table for Thanksgiving guests! They're also nice Halloween handouts. Individually wrapped. (Approx. 108 pcs. per unit)
$6.99 for 108 pieces!

4-Color Crayola® Model Magic® Classpack


This is by far my favorite item. It's not Thanksgiving themed, but we definitely had a lot of fun with Thanksgiving crafts using it! I had the kids make pumpkins and turkeys and we made hand prints and rolled out their names. So much fun for any holiday!
Oh, the things they'll create with Crayola® Model Magic® Classpack®! Kids can't get enough of this non-staining, lightweight modeling material. It's soft and easily molded for hours of artistic fun. Teachers love this modeling compound thanks to its air-dry feature - no oven is needed to harden it! Includes the colors red, yellow, blue and white. Safe and non-toxic.
$44.99 for a huge box of 75 pouches!


I love these kits! The kids had a blast making them, so easy to do too, just grab a stick of glue and you are good to go!
Our Turkey Craft Kit for kids is a wonderful way to get the whole family into the spirit of the holiday! This DIY Thanksgiving craft is perfect for family quality time at home, or add it to your classroom supplies and discuss the story of the first Thanksgiving with your students as they keep their hands busy with these terrific turkeys. The finished products make great Thanksgiving decorations for the family dining room or school cafeteria. Happy Turkey Day!
$6.99 for 12 kits!

I hope my ideas have given you a little inspiration for your Thanksgiving this year, you can check out what I bought and SO much more at OrientalTrading.com


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.