Doing more for my dog with my dollar at Dollar General

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve talked about my dear Cookie many times, and as you well know she is my beloved hairless Chinese Crested dog. The pic below tells no lies – she has always been a pampered dog with weekly grooming rituals. When she was a puppy, I used to love getting her adorable little doggie outfits and I even went as far as booking her a professional photo session just because I thought she was so uniquely beautiful (even tho some folks think she’s UGLY). Here she is, in her younger years posing for the camera.. She’s such a ham!

I guess it goes without saying that my dog means as much to me as any human in my life, and every so often she deserves to get rewarded for something. Cookie likes her rewards in the form of good eats, so I decided to give her exactly what she wants. So while we were out shopping the other day at Dollar General, I decided to splurge on some food for Cookie, because, well – I love that dog to bits and she deserves the best! Now is a great time to indulge in Purina food for dogs because you can take advantage of (4) different promotions going on, as well as creating awareness to the importance of literacy. During the month of April, Dollar General shoppers can Do More With Their Dollar and help Purina achieve their goal in the importance of literacy. Studies have shown that when children read to pets, their reading skills & confidence improve. So with that said, Purina will make four Dollar General digital coupons available & for each one redeemed from 4/5/2015 through 4/30/2015, Purina will donate $1 to the Dollar General Literacy foundation up to $20,000. JP just loves reading with Cookie by his side… Aren’t they adorable?

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  1. Save $1.00 on one (1) 12lb bag of Purina® Friskies® Dry Cat Food
  2. Buy ANY five (5) 5.5oz cans of Purina® Friskies® Wet Cat Food and get one (1) can FREE (up to 50¢)
  3. Save $1.00 on one (1) 14lb or larger bag of Purina® Alpo® Dry Dog Food
  4. Save $1.00 on ANY one (1) package of Purina® Tidy Cats® Scoopable Litter

So what’s it all for? The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations and schools that help individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency test, or learn the English language. They start ‘em out young now – here’s my 5 year old reading away when just 6 months ago he had a lot more difficultly. I’m so proud of how far he’s come! behindthestudio-5

Contributions from this promotion will be used towards these grants. Will you be making a contribution? Share a photo of your child reading to your pet!

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The New Heinz® Mustard makes the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you’ll have all summer

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

Heinz ingredients make the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you'll have all summer #KetchupsNewMustard #ad

Summer is nearly here and I couldn’t be more excited because that means we’ll be grilling a whole lot more now! Nothing is better than the smell of sizzling meat on the grill at about 6pm in the evening along with balmy summer weather in the air. However my all-time favorite part of grilling is that the cooking mess remains outside, leaving me less to clean in the kitchen when dinner is over.

Even though I try to keep my cooking mess to a minimum, I still usually like to make one or two sides to go with our grilled main course. Potato salad is one of the first things that comes to mind when you put the words “summer” and “bbq” together – so what better to share than an incredible potato salad that will have your guests begging you for the recipe!

When I was putting some ketchup in my cart at Walmart last week, I noticed the mustard that was nearby and decided to pick up a new bottle. I love mustard, but one of my pet peeves about it is the juice that comes out of the bottle before the actual mustard squeezes out, especially if I’m squeezing it directly on a piece of bread. Don’t you hate that? The New Heinz® Yellow Mustard bottle is designed to help stop some of that with it’s squeeze bottle design. Also, the fact that its a well known, well respected brand that has been around for more than 150 years with a unique flavor that’s second to none. I love the bold flavors of the spices and vinegar that create the perfect tang, which is why I like using Heinz as an ingredient  in my recipes! I also decided to pick up a small bottle of Heinz® Sweet Pickled Relish to help add some dimension to my potato salad recipe. You don’t have to go exclusively to Walmart either – you can find The New Heinz® Yellow Mustard at most grocery stores as well.

Heinz ingredients make the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you'll have all summer #KetchupsNewMustard #ad

 

First I peel and chop 5 large potatoes and start boiling them until they are tender.

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Unless you already have hard boiled eggs in the fridge, I start with hard boiling 3 eggs. Place the 3 eggs in a saucepan and fill with cool water, then bring it to a boil on the stove top. Once its boiling, remove it from the heat and let it sit for 12 minutes. I let mine sit and cool for abit so they are easier to handle when peeling them. While the eggs are sitting in the boiling water, I chop 2 stalks of celery and 1/2 an onion and add it to the bowl.

Heinz ingredients make the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you'll have all summer #KetchupsNewMustard #ad

Add in 2 tablespoons of Heinz Sweet Pickled Relish, 1/2 cup of salad dressing or mayo, 3 tablespoons of Heinz Yellow Mustard, 3 chopped eggs and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Mix well. Sprinkle with a little paprika and chill before serving!

Heinz ingredients make the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you'll have all summer #KetchupsNewMustard #ad

Heinz ingredients make the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you'll have all summer #KetchupsNewMustard #ad

Heinz ingredients make the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you'll have all summer #KetchupsNewMustard #ad

Dinner tonight is made simple… Grilled hot dogs, cheeseburgers, refreshing iced tea and creamy potato salad.

Heinz ingredients make the tastiest, creamiest potato salad you'll have all summer #KetchupsNewMustard #ad

What can you do with mustard? I’d love to hear more about it!

 

Choosing the formula right for your dog can be tricky business

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Choosing the formula right for your dog can be a tough choice because we all want to make sure that our beloved pets get everything they need from a nutritional standpoint. Making sure Cookie’s  health is in prime shape is our number one concern because we want her to be around for many years to come. Just look at that doggie smile and bright eyes – she’s still every bit as playful as a puppy and I intend to keep her that way!

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I sometimes  buy my pet supplies when I’m in the neighborhood of our local PetSmart because I just love the variety of pet products they have compared to other shops I go to. From pet cleaning products for those accidents that occur to the cutest doggie outfits, PetSmart has it all and everything in between. The last time I was there, I purchased Purina® Pro Plan® dog food so I can give our Cookie some of the best nutrition and value that money can buy. I felt that since 8 out of the last 8 Westminster Best In Show Champions were fueled by Purina® Pro Plan®, its probably good enough for my girl as well! Dogs thrive on meat and this is the first dry dog food brand that’s founded on the idea of real meat as the #1 ingredient to help promote total body health. Every ingredient is carefully selected to create the best possible nutrition for your dog.

Choosing the right formula for your dog - #ProPlanPet #ad

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The best part about Purina® Pro Plan® is that there’s so many varieties tailor made for your dog’s specific needs. Young, old, active or not – this line of dog food has a wide range of dry and wet foods, snacks, and supplement bars can be found in five specialized platforms. This is not your one size fits all brand of food, because no 2 dogs are alike – its designed so that it can meet your dog’s individual needs.

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Not only is it a superior choice to meet your dog’s nutritional needs, but it will also do wonders for your pup’s overall health, skin and coat.

I love watching her play… I wish I had energy like that!

 

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Visit the Purina® Pro Plan® MyPLAN website to get your dog’s MyPLAN recommendation and a rebate offer for a free bag of Purina® Pro Plan® Dry Dog Food (4-6lbs, up to $18.99.) Good only in U.S.A. A.P.O’s, F.P.O’s. Void where taxed, prohibited, restricted. Allow 6-8 weeks for shipment. LIMIT ONE REQUEST PER INDIVIDUAL, ADDRESS, or EMAIL ADDRESS. Offer expires 04/30/2015. See full terms.

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