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Canine Hearts from Canada

I don’t typically buy a lot of things for myself. But I do like to spoil my dogs.

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Last night, as I was replenishing the kibble supply with a purchase from Brookside Barkery, a deal on treats caught my eye.

All varieties of Holistic Blend Canine Biscuits (8.29 oz package), regularly $9.99 each, were buy-one-get-one-free.

Of course, I picked up a pair: 1 bag of  Pumpkin Spice Hearts and 1 bag of Sea Hearts.

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These Canine Biscuits are all wheat-free and also do not contain artificial preservatives, additives or salt or sugar. The ingredient list is short and include good grains, like barley and oat flour. In each case, the flavor indicated in the product name (salmon for the Sea Hearts) appears about halfway down the list. But I’ve learned that is just the deal with most baked dog treats.

Holistic Blend is a Canadian company. The information on the packaging appears in both French and English. To ensure products of the highest quality, the food and treats are made to standards that exceed FDA guidelines for human consumption.

This human didn’t try one, but I did offer a couple heart-shaped biscuits each to Luke and Charlie Machete.

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Of course, they approved!

Although I’d like to think I will regularly make my own dog treats, realistically, I don’t always have time for that. Holistic Blend Canine Biscuits are definitely seem to be the type of product I would purchase for my pets again.

If you’re in Kansas City, I recommend hitting up Brookside Barkery and taking advantage of this deal before supplies are gone!

In addition to the varieties I bought this time, there are also Cinna Hearts and Yogurt Hearts.

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The heart shapes also make Holistic Blend Canine Biscuits perfect treats to have on hand for Valentine’s season!

Have your dogs tried any new treats lately? Where were they made?

I have no affiliation with Holistic Blend. I bought these treats with my own money. 🙂
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Wayward Living Tip: Clothes swapping

“Nice dress! Where’d you get it?”

“Hand-me-down from a friend.”

That’s a common exchange I have at the workplace.

Most people who interact with me in person on a regular basis know that I don’t spend a lot of money on new clothes. I get them from my friends. And clothes swapping is a habit about which I prosletyze constantly.

Swapped skirt and sweater, circa 2011.

Clothes swapping is something I have been doing for years, originally inspired by an article in Bust magazine about saving money.

The clothing swaps I organize typically involve a bunch of women getting together at someone’s house, each with one or more bags of clothes we are tired of. Everyone can bring as much stuff as they need to get rid of, and at the end of the event, someone usually agrees to donate everything to a local thrift store.

I can’t even begin to guess how much money swapping has saved me over the years on workwear, everyday clothes, special event outfits and even home decor items. Here are a few more examples of me wearing swapped clothes and accessories over the years:

Fancy party dress, circa 2008.

Rock 'n' roll ready hoodie, circa 2009.

Swapped wraparound dress, circa 2012.

Over the past few years (hello, recession), clothes swapping seems to be gaining in popularity. Even non-profit organizations are getting in on the fun as a way to raise money and awareness for their cause. Charity swaps typically charge a flat fee for participation and limit the number of items you can bring.

Although a friend and I are in the process of planning an informal clothing swap at her house later this month, I registered to attend a swap benefitting Friends of KC Animals on Tuesday, April 10. In addition to raising money for needy animals, this event also includes mini makeovers and adult beverages. Plus, all unclaimed clothes at the end of the night will be donated to the Women’s Unemployment Network.

Click here for more information and registration.

Have you ever participated in a clothing swap?

Credit Will Gladhart Consulting for the 2012 photo.

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