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Friday, November 30, 2012

Will Your Dog Eat EUKANUBA? Let's Review

Being a BzzAgent is a family affair at my house.  Not only do I get to review some of the best products ever but so does the rest of the family.  

Remember Neil took advantage of the Luster Premium White for a brighter smile.  And I just finished using the Cordicidin HBP Cold & Flu, which was right on time and great by the way.  Now our fur baby gets to try the EUKANUBA.

First things first.  I love getting to open my new BzzAgent campaign kits and see what goodies have come my way.

My Bzzkit included a FREE coupon for one 20lb bag of Eukanuba, a black light flashlight to look for tarter build-up on Matties teeth,  a Doggy Ball and a bone shaped USB!  See why I love being a BzzAgent.  The ball's a little bit to big for mattie to wrap her mouth around but my cats are having a ball with it.  Win-Win for all the pets.

I headed to Petco to pick up my free bag of Eukanuba and I chose the Eukanuba Small Breed Adult.

Just take a look at the ingredients and the product description. 

Recommended For: 1+ YEARS


  • 100% Nutrition 0% Fillers
  • Packed with 12% more protein and fat* ideal for a small breed's higher metabolism and smaller stomachs
    *vs. Eukanuba Adult Maintenance
  • Chicken is our # 1 ingredient to build and maintain lean muscle mass for top body condition

And have you ever seen a better satisfaction guarantee?  This company really believes in it's product - 110%  Moneyback Guarantee worth!!
 100% Money Back Guarantee
Eukanuba Dog Foods offer a 110% money-back satisfaction guarantee. Simply save the unused portion, original sales receipt and UPC, and call us at 1-888-EUKANUBA (1-888-385-2682). Limit one per household.


  • DENTADEFENSE®: 3D DentaDefense® is proven to reduce tartar build-up in 28 days
  • OPTIMAL DIGESTION: Fiber from a blend of natural beet pulp and prebiotic FOS promotes nutrient absorption and digestive health
  • IMMUNE HEALTH: Antioxidants help promote your dog's immune system and keep it strong
  • STRONG LEAN MUSCLES: High quality animal-based proteins help build strong, lean muscles to target optimal body condition
  • STRONG BONES: Contains calcium to promote strong bones.
  • OPTIMAL WEIGHT: Excellent nutrition balance, Fats, Carbohydrate, Vitamins & Minerals, Protein
  • SKIN & COAT: Contains OmegaCoat. Guaranteed optimal levels of Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids promote healthy skin and radiant coat
All that being said, it's no good if your pet won't eat it.  And I had my doubts.  It didn't have any colorful little chunks in it.  So did Mattie like it?  
You bet she did!  I put the bowl down and she gobbled it up without even having to be teased into it.  - Yes we normally pretend we like it first.  Don't judge me people.  You do it with your children, I do it with my fur baby.
She loved it.  Lip smacking good - loved it.  By the way, I even caught the cats sneaking some when Mattie was drinking water.  That just goes to show you that those cute colorful shaped pieces of pet food are more for the owner than the pet.

So bottom line, will I be buying Eukanuba again?  You betcha' - Mattie loves it, it makes me feel like a good mom for providing her with good nutrition.

A big thank you to Eukanuba for providing me all these great gifts to share with my girl.
 Disclosure: I recieved the products above to assist in my review.  All opinions are my own
#Eukanuba #BZZAgent #GotITForFREE

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Febreze Prize Pack Giveaway For Your Home

Mmmm -I love the smell of the holiday season
I bet that I'm not the only one either,  Febreze has my home smelling like the holidays.  I love the Cozy Vanilla Sugar scented candle on my buffet.  This is no little candle with fast fading scent either.  It's in an elegant jar which is made with a thick glass to keep it from being easily knocked over and there are no labels to distract from the simple elegance.  A big plus for me since AI don't want advertising in my decorative displays.  And the was has a long lasting scent.

It's really important to me that my home smells nice.  I love changing scents as the seasons change.  Febreze isn't new to our house.  The NOTICEables are one of my favorite products.  You can just plug them in and forget about them.  That way the house is getting two fresh, alternating scents that last up to 30 days.

We have an open floor plan and I plug the NOTICEables in the foyer and I can smell them in the living room, dining room and kitchen.  It's the first thing all those unexpected holiday guest smell when they walk in.  And believe me they notice, hence the name.
My granddaughter Ki'a was here when my package arrived with all goodies you see above.  She's loves opening my packages and the first thing she said was "Grandma, this box smells good".  As soon as she saw everything she ran to let her granddaddy smell.  I could hear her telling him excitedly
"Granddaddy is Vanilla Sugar, doesn't it smell good?".  Hours later when her mom came to get her she did the same thing.  Of course my Christal wanted to know the name so she could get one too.

Last but not least I keep the spray air freshener in my kitchen for when I need that extra boost of scent to cover up those big odors.  Imagine burnt popcorn - yuck, or worse cabbage.  Love eating it but hate smelling it.  It does a great job of covering those odors.

You know I'm usually a apple/cinnamon type of girl in the colder months.  I've never liked the air fresheners in the heavy sweet scents like sugar cookies, etc.  but I really, really love the Cozy Vanilla Sugar.

The Holiday Collection includes 6 warm and inviting scents  scents to refresh your home:
  •  Apple Spice and Delight: The warming scent of fresh-baked apples coated with sweet cinnamon (available only online)
  •  Cozy Vanilla Sugar: Sweet as notes of vanilla that comfort you like a cocoon of blankets
  •  Cranberries and Frost: Rich as ripe cranberries and frost on a white winter’s day
  •  Glistening Alpine: As soothing as a tree-lined mountainside glistening with the scent of pine
  •  Winter Magic and Glow: Crisp as sunshine-lit icicles in fresh, frosty air
  •  Holiday Bloom and Cheer: As cheerful as a chorus of holiday aromas blended with winter blossoms

Febreze wants to make your holiday home special too.  They not only provided me with the gift pack above, they are generously giving one Cotton Pickin Cute reader the chance to win the following so you can chose your own fragrance:
  • A $10 Febreze Coupon Booklet
  • $15 Visa Gift Card
For more information about Febreze you can visit the following sites online:

  • The Febreze Holiday Collection is the perfect finishing touch to your holiday home
  • Discover decorating tips and ways to make your home more inviting for the holidays with videos from design expert Candice Olson at Walmart.com/Febreze

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To enter please use the convenient Rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway will end Dec. 7, 2012.
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Disclosure:  The products have been provided by Febreze to assist in my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way influenced by others.  
 NOTE: Febreze® does not represent or warrant the accuracy of any statements or product claims made here, nor does it endorse any opinions expressed within this blogsite.

High Blood Pressure and a Cold - Take Coricidin HBP

Sniffles and runny noses have been the norm around our house for the last couple of weeks.  Boy was I glad Coricidin HBP arrived at my house when it did.
Did you know that people who have high blood pressure should avoid certain cold medicines?  I'm ashamed to say that I didn't, especially since Neil does take high blood pressure medicine.  

Most over-the-counter options contain decongestants which can raise your blood pressure.  Luckily Coricidin HBP is specially formulated to provide powerful cold relief without raising your blood pressure. In fact they have six HBP formulas to meet your needs.  See them on the chart below:

Coricidin is the @1 pharmacist recommended cold brand designed for people with high blood pressure.

When BzzAgent asked me if I would like to review Coricidin HBP, I wasn't sick but I did know that I would like to have it on hand for Neil to try.  By the time it got here I was ready to give it a try myself.  I've been taking it for 3 days now and feel so much better.  My nose thanks BzzAgent and Coricidin HBP.  I'm saving a fortune on Puffs too. lol.

If you would like to learn more about high blood pressure you can visit the:


Disclosure:  I am BzzAgent cottonpicincute and I a sample to assist me in writing this review as well as coupons to share. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Caring Family, Friends and Prayer Mean Everything

A million thanks you's can never be enough.

To each and every person who a pray, left a kind word, blogged about Zach being sick, we can NEVER THANK YOU ENOUGH.

Every word whispered, said aloud, or passed forward and even candle lit was heard by our generous Savior.

Zach was moved from pediatric ICU yesterday (Tues) and put in a private room.  He is aware of his surroundings and knows his family once again.  Poor baby (I'm sure he would want me calling him that) still have fever on and off but they got his sodium level back to normal.  After 20 hours of nothing to eat or drink he was finally allowed to have dinner.  He was starving.  His mom said they even let him get out of bed tonight which he had really been fussing about today.  We don't know when he'll be allowed to come home but we are so relieved that he is better.  Last night (Mon) was one of the most frightening nights Neil and I can remember.

We are so grateful for all of you and your outpouring of love. 

May you each be blessed as much as your love and concern has blessed us.
Love and warmest hugs...
Tracy and Neil♥ 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Table Centerpiece DIY AS Easy As Pie

Are you looking for last minute ideas for your Thanksgiving table?  I have an easy one that quick to make.
This is a DIY project using what you have.  I started with an old wooden crate.  I used the mini pumpkins still left from Thanksgiving.  Pinecones and Spanish moss from the yard.  Faux Pears and faux fall leaves from my stash.  

TIP:  When you use things like moss and pinecones from the yard put then in the oven at 200 degrees to kill any little pesty critters that are in them.  Let bake for about an hour.  Even though the oven's very low, keep your eyes on it, I've never had a problem, but better safe than sorry.
For the candle holders I used old mason or pickle jars or whatever.  These were so easy to make and turned out so pretty.  In the photo above you can see how pretty the candle lit glows through the print.  I ran out of candles and used a little electric votive in the small one.  Note: Must get more candles before Thanksgiving.

I used 2 ply Thankful napkins I got at Micheals.  Separate the plys and set them aside.  With a sponge brush I applied decoupage glue to the outside of the jar.  Then just apply the printed (pretty) piece of napkin face up, wrapping it around the jar.  Once it's on, apply more decoupage glue over it smoothing all the edges.Trim any extra.  I used a braided trim, you could use jute, to wrap around the top where the lid screws on.
On one I glued a jute bow and some acorns.  I also added a vintage key. On another I glued a gossamer ribbon with a vintage key.  
 The smallest one I glued a circle of just an an acorn.  Easy as pie!
Now just sit back and enjoy!  I love it!  What do you think?  Do you like to upcycle everyday items to save them from the landfill?

Have a blessed day ya'll.....

Please Pray With Our Family

Dear Friends my grandson Zach needs your prayers.
His mom and dad had to rush him to the hospital tonight.  He went to bed after dinner about 7:30.  A few hours later he started throwing up.  He wasn't coherent and was not responding when spoke to.  After test the Drs. said his sodium level had drop extremely low and most likely very fast.  This is very odd because cystic fibrosis patients typically have high sodium levels.  They are trying to slowly raise the levels to bring him back to normal.  Last I heard he was still not coherent.  They think he may have even had a seizure due to this.  

We would all appreciate your prayers for Zach to be better.  Thank each of you so much.

Much Love,

Friday, November 16, 2012

Get Rid Of The Old

It's almost that time of year again.
No not Thanksgiving.  Not even Christmas.  That other time of year.  You know the one where everything's new again. When you feel like, it's the official time to make a new start.  Have you figured out what I'm talking about yet?

Well I'm talking about the New Year sillies. 

I love starting the New Year with a brand new daily devotional.  Last year I had 3.  Yep, that's right THREE -3!!  I had one on the kitchen counter that I could pick up every morning and start my day out right.  I also had one at my bedside to end my day in peace.  And of all places I had one in the bathroom.  Hey, just keeping it real folks.... You know you like to have reading material in the bathroom.  And you never know, just maybe it provides a comforting word for a guest who might drop by.

So now I'm on a search for new devotionals, a desk pad calendar, and a fridge calendar.  There's something nice about having a beginning to look forward to each year.

A couple of years ago I had a fridge calendar like this StickyStock Calendar from Paper Spring.  I loved it.  You just pull of the back and it clings right to fridge.  Yet there's nothing sticky left when you remove it.  No residue to clean up. BTW- 'm not getting paid or even receiving anything from Paper Spring, I just truly loved this calendar.  When I find something that works, I just want to share it with you.
What about ya'll.  Do you look forward to the fresh start the new year brings you each year 

That's the wonderful thing about Christ, He doesn't make us what till the new year for a fresh start.  Everyday offers a chance to start over in His name.  He provides us forgiveness. 

Christ Can Give Anyone A Fresh Start

Maybe your life has become less than you thought it would be.  Every day is the same old - same old, it's seems as if things will never change.  Your lust for life is gone.  Maybe it's worse than thatMaybe you're dealing with daily strife and contention in your home and just feel like you can't go on like this anymore. Nothing is too big or too bad for GODIf you feel any of this then I urge you to go to GOD who makes all things new.  Let Him change your life.

It you want a Fresh Start all you have to do is:
ADMIT that you cannot make that change on your own.
ASK GOD to exchange bitterness and fear for hope.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
                                                       2 Corinthians 5:17  

Now, right now, today - Your life is a blank pageA new day has arrived because YOU are new in CHRIST.  You can make it anything you want.  You never have to lug all those old feeling around again.  That's the gift CHRIST gave you when He died for your sins.  Everyday can be a fresh start thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Do any of you look forward to the New Year just to have an official start?  As much as I enjoy Christmas by the time January 1st gets here, I'm ready to pack it all away and declutter the house and make a fresh start.

What about daily devotionals?  Do you read them?  Do you have a favorite.  Why not share it here with me.  I love to read your comments.  So please leave me some comment love!

Hugs, love and blessings....
Tracy ♥   
P.S.  Have you thought about giving a daily devotional book as a Christmas gift?  My sweet cousin Bobbie gave me and Neil the day his mom died in January.  I thought that was the sweetest thing.  It brought us so much comfort during that tough time, but more than that it gave us something to share all year long.  I would have thought of giving one to someone in there time of grief.  I think it's a great idea. It helped us so much more than flowers.  Most of all I remember Bobbie every time I pick up that book!  It truly is a gift that gives all 365 days of the year.  In July - they'll be still enjoying that one gift! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Win a Children of America Dolls - Giveaway

Katie is having a giveaway over at Mommy Katie.  What little girl (and sometimes us old girls too) doesn't dream of receiving a doll for Christmas?
Lucky for us Katie's giving us a chance to win a Children of America Doll.  Just click here to enter.  Tell Katie I sent you.

Good Luck Ya'll.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Win Christmas Gifts Like Red Lobster, Aerobie Football and More

I've been on the hunt for toy/kid giveaways.  Christmas is coming fast Ya'll!  So I'll be sharing some of them with ya'll too. We can all use help in that department, right?  

Kelli over at 3 Dogs and a Boy is having a giveaway for this cool Aerobie Football.  She's not just giving away 1 Aerobie Football - she's giving away 2!!  How cool is that.  You get double the chance to win.  To enter Kelli's giveaway just click here.

Football Main Pic thumb1 thumb GIVEAWAY:  Aerobie Football 2 winners (gift guide winner)Now just in case you do have to trudge your way through the crowds to go Christmas shopping, it wouldn't hurt to break for lunch to keep your stamina upKeli's got just the giveaway to help with that too.

rl logo GIVEAWAY:  $50.00 Red Lobster Gift Card! (@RedLobster)
Yep - she's giving away a $50 Gift Card to Red Lobster!!  So take a break for yourself or give it as a giftTo enter Kelli's giveaway just click here.

walmart logo 214x54 GIVEAWAY:  @Walmart Helps You Fill Your Childs Holiday Wish List #WalmartWishes

Kelli and Walmart would also like to help you fill your child’s Holiday Wish List.  Isn't Kelli helpful and all her sponsors are being very generous.  Just like Walmart.  You can click here if you'd like to enter to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card!!!

Now be a friend and come back and share any toy giveaways you find with me.  That's what blogging's all about.  Helping each other out, right?  And by the way, I'd love to hear if you win.

Actually, I'd like to hear about any wins ya'll have had lately.  I know you girls are some major sweepers.  I'll be filling you in on my wins soon.  I've been have a bit of a streak this week myself and I'm super excited about it!

Good Luck Ya'll.....

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mamawj's Moment Away: #Giveaway Enter To #Win Friends two oversized cappuccino mugs & a picture frame In the 30 Days of #Friend's Trivia Challenge

I'm sharing a giveaway with ya'll today, but what I really want to tell you about is the blog hostess Julie.

I've meet so many fun and sweet girls over the last few years right here in blogland.  Ya'll know what I'm talking about.  You've probably had those same conversations where you tell your family "oh' my friend so and so", and they look at you and "say who?".  Then you have to tell them it's my blogland friend and they look at you all weird like you've just lost it.  If only they got it.  No maybe I haven't met these girls in person but I sure feel like I have. 

And OH' NO' don't you tell me they aren't real or real friends.  Them's fightin' words.

Back to Julie.  This is one sweet blogger - um person!  She's crafty, smart, loves entering giveaways and gets as much a thrill as I do by giving away prizes.  Once you meet/talk/write um' connect with Julie you'll feel just as welcomed at her blog as if you'd been living next to her all your life.  The only thing missing is a glass of sweet tea in one hand and a slice of banana nut bread in the other.

So I hope you'll take time and stop over at Mamaw'js Moment Away and introduce yourself.  She's a hoot!  While there you can enter her latest giveaway to win a Friends gift set.  I can't think of a more apropos giveaway for Julie.  Just click here and go enter!

Now go have a blessed Sunday, Ya'll.
♥ Tracy 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Toys “R” Us Red Carpet Black Friday Sweepstakes


Don't miss your chance to save money for Christmas.  Enter the Toys “R” Us Red Carpet Black Friday Sweepstakes: I did!  It's a chance to win the Toys“R”Us Red Carpet Black Friday Sweepstakes!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Just a simple mom: Mens Cologne giveaway

Hi Ya'll, my daughter-in-law just started her blog and could use some encouragement and reader love.  Remember how scary and lonely it felt when we started?  Please stop by and hopefully become a new follower.  She's a great moma and wife who just moved South to Florida so I can enjoy having my family nearby.  She's found a giveaway that she'd like to share with ya'll.  Just click the link below.

Just a simple mom: Mens Cologne giveaway

Have a fun weekend and as always I love ya'll!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Teach Your Kids To Vote

It was another first for all four of us today.  How so you may ask?  Well it was the first time Neil and I have ever been able to share the voting process with 2 of our grandchildren, Zach and Ki'a.
And it was the first time the children had the experience of going to the polls and seeing the voting process first hand.
I've noticed that all those T.V. ads that we're sick of seeing have even caught the kids attention.  After so many ads we find ourselves tuning a lot of it out.  Kids listen, even when they don't always show it.  The kids will ask us something and really get us talking about the election.  They make a lot of good points too.  Zach gives a lot of thought to the election and shows enough interest to want to discuss it.  He even makes me and his granddad re-think a few points.

  • Zach said "you're really wanting to go vote aren't you Grandma?".  Which gave me the chance to explain that's it a privilege to be able to cast my vote.  That it's also my patriotic duty.  Something that should never be taken lightly.
  • When we were at the voting booth, I shared that on election day, we have the opportunity to vote for more than just our President and Vice President.  We also vote for out state leaders and constitutional amendments.
I don't go in-depth with the process.  Heck, some times I'm not so sure I understand it all.  The point is, it was a simple introduction of the voting processOur children learn by example.  It was so easy to show them this first hand.  Now they know just how easy it is to perform their civic duty and how important it is.