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.