Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts
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Monday, July 6, 2015

Max the Movie - The Joy of Giving Back & a BIG Giveaway!!

"A hero is someone who always tells the truth regardless of the consequences." ~ Max the Movie
A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to a wonderful family movie called Max, about a precision trained Marine dog who bravely serves on the front lines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, Marine Kyle Wincott. But when military maneuvers go tragically wrong, Max's best friend and handler, Kyle is mortally wounded. Max is traumatized, becomes unable to continue serving and develops PTSD. The military sends Max to live with Kyle's family, and together they start the healing process. To learn more about this incredible movie, you'll have to read my original blog post. This movie is full of adventure. It contains threads of deep friendship, shows how we must all overcome our own challenges, whatever they may be, and shows what it truly means to be a hero. This family friendly movie will show you that there is more than one kind of hero.


Max the Movie highlights some very important topics such as how valuable our military people and military dogs are, how precious family is, and that both people and animals can suffer from PTSD. This movie brings out the patriot in everyone who sees it, and it made me want to do what I could to honor the brave men and women who have served in our military and who, as a result, deal with PTSD. I wanted to celebrate some of those fine men and women who served their country so honorably and unselfishly.
My friends at Warners Bros. wanted to help me, so they sent me a fantastic package of Max Movie items to show my appreciation for their service. I was so excited when everything arrived, I just had to inspect it all. There are Max movie T-Shirts of all sizes for both adults and children, really nice Max movie hats, Max Movie "dog tags" and some very important "duty" bags with their own bone shaped holder for walks that every dog should own.
And let's not forget the most important gift that Warner Bros. sent us to give them...Max the Movie tickets to go see the movie! That's right! What better way to celebrate military dogs, our service men and women and to highlight PTSD than with a wonderful movie like Max??
Mommy and I are sending a BIG care package to a military K9 PTSD service dog group just to say "thank you" for all they've done. It will allow several of our service men and women (and hopefully their PTSD service dogs!) to see the movie, get some cool gear and feel appreciated. We're still setting up all the details, but I promise to announce the final name of the place on my Facebook page and here on my blog in the next 24 hours. So keep checking back. I'll do a special story on them too!

JULY 7, 2015 UPDATE:

Mommy and I are thrilled to announce the recipient of the Pixel Blue Eyes "Max Movie Giving Back" Gift Package....K9s for Warriors!!! This fantastic organization provides and trains service dogs for American Warriors with PTSD & traumatic brain injuries. And 95% of their canines come from rescue shelters! To learn more about K9s for Warriors and what they are doing right now in helping our military warriors, visit them on FacebookTwitter, or follow them on Instagram.


Now, don't think that I'd leave all my friends and fans out of the fun.
Warner Bros. made sure to send enough stuff to have a giveaway on my blog too!!
 Listen friends, Max the Movie is AMAZING!!! It's received RAVE REVIEWS and it's a must see for the whole family!! And now, I'd like to send a few of you to go and SEE THE MOVIE FOR FREE!!!

Here's what I'm giving away:

2 Winners - 
Max the Movie Backpacks
filled with goodies for two lucky winners! Each backpack will contain:
- 2 Tickets to see Max the Movie
- 2 Max T-Shirts (I have LOTS of children's sizes)
- 1 Max Hat
- Max Dog Tags
- 1 Max Bone-Shaped "Duty Bag" Waste Dispenser Clip-On Kit
2 Winners - Movie Tickets with T-Shirt Packet
- 2 Tickets to see the Movie
- 1 Max T-Shirt  (I have LOTS of children's sizes)
- Max Dog Tags
- 1 Max Bone-Shaped "Duty Bag" Waste Dispenser Clip-On Kit


To enter, fill out the information in the rafflecopter below. There are several chances for you to enter to win. Each section you fill out adds more chances for you to WIN! For example, I ask in one option that you sign up for my blog via email. If you sign up and let me know you've done so (I'll be able to verify) that gives you more chances to win. So make sure to follow instructions and enter ALL information it asks for, okay?
The MOVIE TICKETS ARE ONLY GOOD UNTIL JULY 16th, so once this closes, I will be high tailing it to send the winners their prizes so they can go see the movie by this weekend. Or definitely before the movie tickets expire. So, please enter ALL information. If a winner is chosen, but no contact information is provided, please understand that I will have skip that person and move to chose the next winner.
Hurry, hurry, hurry friends, enter now! Fill out all the information, and don't forget to leave me a comment. Have you seen the movie? Do you know any military working dogs? Are you excited about the giveaway? I'd love to hear anything you wish to share!
This is not a sponsored post and I am NOT being compensated for this giveaway or blog post. 
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

WINNERS ANNOUNCED in the 12 Days of Christmas "The Case of the Wayward Fae: A Chronicle of Mister Marmee" GIVEAWAY!!

Hello Friends! I am so very excited to reveal the winners in the 12 Days of Christmas "The Case of the Wayward Fae: A Chronicle of Mister Marmee" GIVEAWAY!! As promised, we have 7 winners.
First, I'll give a breakdown of the prizes, as first listed in the book review and giveaway post from December 24th, 2014.
1st Prize ~ Autographed 2 Book Set "The Chronicles of Mister Marmee" by H.L. Stephens (1 winner)
2nd Prize ~ Autographed copy of "The Case of the Wayward Fae" by H.L. Stephens (2 winners!)
3rd Prize ~ e-Book copy of "The Case of the Wayward Fae" by H.L. Stephens (4 Winners!!)

1. 1st Prize - Cheryl M.
2. 2nd Prize - Janet K.
3. 2nd Prize - Sharon E.
4. 3rd Prize - Coyote B.
5. 3rd Prize - Brenda H.
6. 3rd Prize - Laura B. S.
7. 3rd Prize - Becky
Congratulations Winners!!!

I will be emailing each of these winners so that I can get their print or e-books to them as soon as possible. I hope that each winner enjoys the books immensely! Please let me know what you think. I always love to hear about a good book, even when I've already read it! Thank you so much friends for all of you who took part in this fantastic giveaway. It was loads of fun and I can't wait to do it again. That's right, stay tuned for other giveaways I'll be having in 2015...I'm planning on many good things, so keep visiting!
If you have any questions or feedback, don't hesitate to email me. My email address spelled out (to avoid getting spammed by automated web bots) is: pixelblueeyes dot blog at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Joy of a Good Book & a Giveaway - "The Case of the Wayward Fae: A Chronicle of Mister Marmee" by H.L. Stephens

Merry Christmas Eve Friends! Although it's "Wordless Wednesday", I have much to say because I just finished a GRAND ADVENTURE without leaving the comforts of my home. There is nothing quite like reading a good book. No matter who you are or what your circumstances might be, a good book with a wonderful storyline can take you on incredible adventures you never thought possible. A well written story can take your wildest dreams, your deepest longings or your most elaborate imaginings and weave them into a reality of characters, adventures, and places you can visit and experience any time you like. Such is the case with the novel by H.L. Stephens, "The Case of the Wayward Fae: A Chronicle of Mister Marmee". This is the second novel in the Mister Marmee series and let me tell you, it is even more amazing and incredible than the first adventure!
I reviewed the first novel, "The Case of Jack the Nipper: A Chronicle of Mister Marmee" back in August, 2013. That first book introduced the amazing characters of Mister Marmee, a brilliant marmalade colored cat who is the narrator of the series; Sir Happy Heart, the greatest canine detective London has ever seen; premiere veterinarian Dr. Stephen Hanover, Sir Happy's beloved human; and Lady Jasmine, a noble and beautiful pit bull friend of Mister Marmee and Sir Happy who escaped a horrid past to find forever love in the heart of a young boy. The first novel also introduced the endearing Charles and Amelia Hurst, and of course Inspector Farley of Scotland Yard, who calls upon Sir Happy's keen intellect to help solve a most heinous crime.
In "The Case of the Wayward Fae", all these characters, plus a whole host of new and exciting friends and foes, are introduced. This second novel takes place in England's countryside, at Dawberry Manor, the country home of Dr. Hanover and Sir Happy. After the excitement, danger and adventures recounted in "The Case of Jack the Nipper" is closed, everyone is looking forward to a quiet time in the country. Life, after all, is slow and uneventful in the countryside, right? Not necessarily. After a series of strange and seemingly unconnected deaths and crimes occur in much too close succession in this sleepy country area, Mister Marmee and Sir Happy begin investigating as only they can! It doesn't take long before whispers of "fairy mischief" begin to spread among the country folk, adding an additional mystery that Sir Happy and Mister Marmee must dig through in order to find the truth. As Sir Happy starts fitting pieces together, he is wrongly accused of attacking a horrible man, and must go into hiding, leaving things up to Mister Marmee, who is not the master crime solver. It becomes a race against time, with Mister Marmee calling upon the help of a very special woman named Bitty Early, who lives deep in the forest where "the fairy folk" are thought to live. Sir Happy's life is in danger and only Marmee can save him, but...but... Oh, I can't say another word, you MUST read the book!!
The characters that H.L. Stephens creates for you are like no other. I cannot express enough how complete and multi-dimensional they are. H.L. lets you into their emotions, their feelings, sharing their wit, their innermost fears, and you see, feel and experience exactly what they are experiencing! It is truly unbelievable. They are not just words on a page, they are your dearest friends, your most loathsome adversary and you wait with great anticipation to read what will happen next.
Let me tell you, I was riveted with each turn of the page. I made Mommy stay up until the wee hours of the morning reading it with me. We could NOT put it down! We had to force ourselves to quit just to get sleep sometimes. It made us laugh with such humor our bellies ached, it made us cry to where we almost sobbed, and it always made us think.
Here is an excerpt from the book:
"With the solitude of darkness came the agony of a restless mind. My wearied body screamed for the comfort of slumber, but my mind would not comply with its demands. I was plagued by the events of the day, not just because a man had lost his life in my presence. It was horrific enough. What disturbed me and prevented me from escaping the reality of the daylight hours into the arms of my dreams was the feeling that the events as we knew them did not add together as I thought they should. Inconsistencies scratched at the back of my brain, but I was too drained mentally to put my paw upon their exact source. I was reluctant to agree with Sir Happy's assessment of Mowbry, but I was beginning to think my friend might be on to something in believing there was more to this incident than met the eye. 
I thought a nice midnight refreshment would help put my brain back in order and perhaps assist me in clearing my thoughts. After all, no truly gifted intellect could concentrate with a gurgling stomach nearby. I made my way to the cold store room to catch a smoked kipper or two. My grave mistake was forgetting that several of the villagers had laid the body of the dead man to rest there. What a sight greeted me when I eased opened the store room door!"
I bet you are dying to know what in the world Mister Marmee saw when he opened up that door. You are just going to have to read the book to find out! (I am going to help you get that book! Keep reading to find out how.)
Watch "The Case of the Wayward Fae: A Chronicle of Mister Marmee" Book trailer on YouTube.

H.L. Stephens understands in every possible way, the incredibly strong and deep connection between animals and people. She knows full well that dogs and cats, as well as most all the animal kingdom, can understand humans perfectly. In fact, in the Chronicles of Mister Marmee, it is the humans who are lacking in their ability to fully understand the animals and their extremely high functioning brilliance. These are not just talking dogs and cats like a child's cartoon. Oh no...this is a well structured, classically written, high level vocabulary masterpiece. A tapestry of brilliant characters with as many facets to their characters as a diamond has on a ring. You simply will not be able to help yourself once you start reading The Case of the Wayward Fae. It's just that good!
You will finish reading this book with a longing for still more. This story makes you feel that you are right in the middle of the events, taking part if you will. Not only does each character come alive within the words of each page, but each true and noble character becomes a treasured friend, a cherished confidant and beloved part of your life. No matter who you are, whether you love history, animals, mystery, adventure, fairies, Sherlock Holmes style "who done it" novels or just are intrigued by the underdog concept of animals solving crimes, you are going to LOVE THIS BOOK. It is filled with laughter, gripping "edge of your seat" adventure, poignant moments that will make your eyes water, deep friendship that will make you wish you were Mister Marmee or Sir Happy yourself, and an adventure unlike any other you've read or heard. So go run out and get the book for your friends and family members. You can order H.L. Stephens "The Case of the Wayward Fae: A Chronicle of Mister Marmee" at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play store, Smashwords, and many other online book stores.
You can learn a bit more about H.L. Stephens by reading her blog or visiting her Facebook page.
Pixel gives "The Case of the Wayward Fae: A Chronicle of Mister Marmee" 2 Paws UP! Safe and enjoyable to read for ages 8 - 108!
How would you like to win a copy of "The Case of the Wayward Fae: A Chronicle of Mister Marmee" by H.L. Stephens? How a set of BOTH books in the series? Tis the season of giving, and I want to give my friends some copies of H.L. Stephens' extraordinary adventure novels starring Mister Marmee. There are several prizes offered:
1st Prize ~ Autographed 2 Book Set "The Chronicles of Mister Marmee" by H.L. Stephens (1 winner)
2nd Prize ~ Autographed copy of "The Case of the Wayward Fae" by H.L. Stephens (2 winners!)
3rd Prize ~ e-Book copy of "The Case of the Wayward Fae" by H.L. Stephens (4 Winners!!)
To enter, simply use the rafflecopter entry tool below. It is quite simple. Just click on each question or instruction such as "Enter your name", "Leave a comment" etc, and further instructions will be provided for you. Each item gives you a certain number of chances to win. If you do ALL the items, you get over a dozen chances to win! Hurry friends, the contest ends at 11:59pm EST January 5th, 2015.
This is my Christmas present to YOU friends, in celebration of
the 12 Days of Christmas which starts
December 25th and runs through January 5th. 

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pixel's Joy of Giving Ideal Balance Treat Giveaway Award Show

Welcome to the "Pixel's Joy of Giving" Ideal Balance Treat Giveaway Award Show!!
This is the 2nd Pixel Gift Giveaway sponsored by my friends at Hill's Pet Food. I can't wait to share the exciting results and name the recipients. Their names are listed here in this "secret ballot" envelope. I've enlisted the help of my friend "Little Blue Bear" to help me call out all the winner's names. No one has seen who the winners are, not even me. I had the names specially drawn by an independent panel. But before we name the winners, let me give you a little background on the giveaway.

I teamed up with my friends at Hill's pet food to introduce their wonderful line of Ideal Balance pet food and treats. As part of the campaign, we had this giveaway so folks could try the Ideal Balance all natural dog and cat treats. This giveaway started during the month of November and included the Thanksgiving holiday. As part of the fun of entering, I had everyone share messages of gratitude for the blessings in their life. There were all kinds of wonderful responses on Facebook, Twitter and here on the blog. The original blog post for this exciting giveaway can be read here. I received many wonderful comments about what everyone was thankful for, most notably the joys of family, animals, good health and the joy of laughter. It was so invigorating to see so many grateful sentiments!

Each one of the 20 lucky winners will receive 3 bags of either Hill's Ideal Balance dog treats or cat treats. Hill's has several varieties of dog treats and one kind of cat treat that are sure to please your little ones! Don't be surprised if some of the winning dogs or cats do what I did and jump right into the box of delivered goodies without a warning. And yes, this wonderful giveaway will be delivered right to your door. What a great way to celebrate the holidays by giving gifts! 

I know that the anticipation to name the lucky recipients is growing in leaps and bounds right now, so without further ado, let's announce the winners, shall we? 
1. Cindy Ky Blazavich Dickey (her Dad has Abel the Service Dog)
2. Charlie the Lucky 7 (family of rescue dogs)
3. Maureena Lucas (has 5 rescue dogs)
4. Stephanie Lynn McGlocklin (has several dogs)
5. Rebecca Boren (3 dogs - Charles(15 yrs) Miriam & Bandit)
6. Brittany Phillips (her dog is Spencer the Goldendoodle)
7. Leonard Davis
8. Kimberly Clark (has 4 dogs)
9. Sharon Myers (wishes to donate hers to a local shelter)
10. Kimberly Oestrike Daniels - (2 dogs - Buddy & Girlie dog)
11. Tori Leigh
12. Hadley Anne Monge (Pam Monge)
13. Emily Lee Decobert (parents take in stray dogs)
14. Loretta Jeffcoat
15.  Liz Gullet and Pippy her dog
16.  Jean Griffin-Young (Mitzi Jo and siblings)
17. Natalie B. (1 dog, 2 cats, parakeet)
18. Elizabeth Arant (Kermit the dog)
19. Einstein Smith
20. Missy O'Reagan (Dachshunds French Fry and Low Rider)

IF YOU ARE A WINNER, YOU MUST CONTACT ME ASAP TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE AND GIVE SHIPPING INFORMATION TO MOMMY JENNY LEWIS! Please email me at: at gmail dot com, private message me on Facebook or direct message me on Twitter. I need your name, physical address with city state and zip code, phone number, email address and pets names. 

Congratulations to each of the lucky winners of the "Pixel's Joy of Giving Treat Giveaway" sponsored by Hill's Ideal Balance pet food. I hope you enjoy them and I can't wait to see photos! Photos of our past winners from my other Hill's Ideal Balance giveaway will be posted soon here on the blog. 
Thank you for participating friends and have a wonderful week!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Joy of Giving and Being Thankful - Pixel Hosts a Hill's Treats Giveaway!

My dear friends, as the holiday season approaches, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I can't help but think of all the things I'm truly thankful for. I have the most wonderful Mommy & family who loves me beyond measure; I have two extra special fur sisters whom I adore; I have a good vet who helps keep me as healthy as possible; I have lots of wonderful friends whom I love sharing with; I get to eat really good food everyday; I get to blog about my adventures and joys with people from all over the world; I have the best collection of toys a girl could ask for; and I get to be spoiled with special treats everyday. Oh, I could go on and one, but that gives you an idea of why I am so thankful.
The treats that I have fallen in love with are my Hill's Ideal Balance Oven Baked Naturals. Oh my goodness, they are so yummy-licious! I remember the first time those treats were delivered to my house, back when I first started blogging for Hill's. I could smell the yummy goodness even before they came out of the box!
Mommy always wants to give me healthy dog treats, so she read the ingredients thoroughly and liked what she read. We could see what the treats looked like right through the front window of their very appealing packaging. Mommy likes that you can literally see the little chunks of fruit like cranberry and blueberry pieces in each treat. I like that they taste so good. Hill's Ideal Balance treats are all natural, and there's no soy, wheat or corn in them. And U.S. chicken is the number one ingredient!
As you all know, I love doing my tricks with Mommy. We've trained for years mastering each one. Although I certainly can do them without treats now, Mommy always likes to give me little treats as a reward. She appreciates the fact that the Ideal Balance treats are easy to break up into smaller pieces, so I get several little treats that actually is only one treat. It makes me feel extra special getting so many little ones!
Sometimes I get so overly excited to do my tricks that I almost shout for joy as I do them! Here I am doing a combo of my "Paw" trick (where I give Mommy my right paw) and my "Smile/Sneer" trick (where I give Mommy my best toothy grin). Of course, I get a little treat after doing several tricks in a row...and what better treat is there than a healthy dog treat that is grain free and made right here in the U.S.A.?
Would you like to see a video of me doing five of my tricks? I do love sharing my abilities with you, and it might just bring a smile to your face and laughter in your heart. Oh, and I guarantee that you will LOVE my "Pixel the Nascar Dog" trick video!
All of this talk of giving great tasting treats is making me hungry for some, how about you? Would you like to try Hill's Ideal Balance treats for your dog or cat? If so, then I want you to enter my "Pixel's Joy of Giving" Ideal Balance Treat Giveaway, sponsored by Hill's Pet Food!! 20 lucky winners will each receive 3 bags of either Hill's Ideal Balance dog treats or cat treats. It's very easy to enter, just follow the instructions below.
Here's what you need to do to be eligible for the giveaway. You only have to do ONE of these, but if you want to do more than one, your name goes in for each one you do. You just MUST let me know so I can verify:
1. Follow my blog here by signing up with the "Join This Site" button to the right of this post (you might have to scroll to get to it), then leave a comment here on the blog post letting me know what you're thankful for, why you want to try the treats and whether you want it for cats or dogs.
2. Follow me on Facebook by "LIKING" my page, then leave a comment on my Facebook timeline letting me know what you're thankful for, why you want to try the treats and whether you want it for cats or dogs.
3.Follow me on Twitter, then send me a tweet letting me know what you're thankful for, why you want to try the treats and whether you want it for cats or dogs.
4. Share this blog post via Facebook or Twitter and make sure to tag me so I know you did it.
5. If you get one of your friends to follow me in one of these steps above, tell them to LET ME KNOW and I will enter YOU in the drawing again.
Here is a list of the yummy varieties of dog and cat treats that Hill's offers:
1. Hill's® Ideal Balance™ Crunchy Naturals with Real Tuna cat treats
2. Hill's® Ideal Balance™ Oven-Baked Naturals with Chicken & Apples dog treats
3. Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Oven-Baked Naturals with Turkey & Cranberries dog treats
4. Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Soft-Baked Naturals with Beef & Sweet Potatoes dog treats
Now don't wait to enter friends, you haven't a moment to lose! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and you must enter by November 30, 2013. I will announce the winners the first week of December. If you have won the previous Hill's Ideal Balance Gift Basket Giveaway, you cannot enter this one as we want as many different people to have a chance to win as we can.
I think it is always best to give than to receive, so I can't wait to give 20 lucky winners a goody bag of treats. I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving and Hanukkah holiday next week! Remember to try to always be thankful each day and to look for the joy in the little things in life. It makes life so much more enjoyable!
Author has been compensated for completion of this article.
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pixel & Hill's Gift Basket Giveaway - Congratulations to 20 Lucky Winners!

Welcome to the first ever "Pixel Blue Eyes Gift Basket Giveaway Award Show" sponsored by Hill's New Ideal Balance Pet Food! I know, that's a mouthful, but these awards provide a mouth full of yummy goodness if you are one of the lucky winners. I am so excited to reveal the 20 winners - 10 winners will receive the awesome Dog Gift Basket and 10 winners will receive the Cool Cat Gift Basket! I dressed up fancy for this very special occasion. It's not everyday you get to give away wonderful prizes like this!
There were numerous entries for both the Dog Gift Baskets and the Cat Gift Baskets. We put a lot of thought and planning into this special giveaway and Hill's Ideal Balance is at the very center of it. Remember that Hill's Ideal Balance pet food and treats is a perfect balance of nutrition that your pet will love. I thought it would be fun to do this drawing the old fashioned pulling the winners out of a hat. The only problem was...I only had one nice hat, but two separate drawings. So, I had Mommy put the cat entries in the hat (get it? Cat in the Hat, BOL!) and the dog entries in a nice pretty box.
Mommy and I were very careful to ensure fairness for all. Each entry was written on a piece of paper, folded up and placed in the appropriate location. They were mixed up super well, then the winners were drawn at random. I inspected each one that was drawn, first for the dog basket winners, and then for the cat basket winners. I wouldn't let Mommy see any of the winners until they were all drawn. So, without further adieu, let me announce the Lucky Winners. If your name is on the winners lists below, email me your first and last name, your pet's name, your physical shipping address, phone number and a valid email address, and of course a reminder of which basket you won. I will compare to my list just to make sure everyone gets their correct gift basket of goodies.
1. Diane Bykowski
2. Amy Martis
3. Cindy Kolis
4. Patricia Willis
5. Mitzi Frank
6. Janet Keefe
7. Donna Platt
8. Joanne Halstead
9. Carol K.
10. Sharon Elliott
1. Richelle Lowman
2. Lynette Conkle
3. Carol Purwin
4. Lisa Barnett
5. Heidi Jennings
6. Victoria Christo
7. Kris Calvino
8.  Lucille Hertel
9. Sharon Piper
10. Betsy Johnson McComas
Please see below for details on how to claim your gift basket.
Now, I would LOVE to see photos of you with your gift basket, but only if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe your cat(s) or dog(s) opening it or enjoying it. If you DO feel like doing this, please post your photo(s) on my Facebook page at #/pixelblueeyes.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this. It was so much fun, I think I might just do this again in the next couple of months...what do you think?
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS of the Hill's Ideal Balance Gift Basket Giveaway!! If you are a winner, please email me at 'pixelblueeyes (dot) blog (at) gmail (dot) com' and provide me with the following information:  Your First & Last Name; U.S. physical street address including city, state, zip code where a package can be delivered (not by the post office); Phone Number; Pet's Name(s) and whether it is cat or dog; and of course, a Valid Email Address.
Please send me this information by Friday October 4, 11:59 pm PST.
**NOTE: If you are having this delivered to a rescue, shelter or as a gift, please give me the name of the person or group it is going to as well.
I can't wait to hear from every one of the prize winners...and for those who did NOT win, I wish you the very best of luck next time. Thank you again to Hill's Pet Nutrition, makers of the new Ideal Balance line of pet food for sponsoring this fun giveaway!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Joy of Gourmet Meals & Giveaways - Ideal Balance Gift Baskets!

Eating good food and giving gifts are two topics I love talking about! First let's talk about food, then we'll talk about gift giving. To me, a good meal is as enjoyable an experience as you can get. My favorite type of meal involves moist savory morsels, a little dry kibble and a lot of love. I am on a wheat, soy, and corn free diet, so Mommy is very finicky about the types of foods I ingest. I, on the other hand, just want it to taste good. I savor every bite! When I eat my meals or have a treat or two, I never let even the tiniest bit of food or crumb escape my clutches. I am, after all, the official "Finder of Long Lost Kibble", so I take eating very seriously and believe a good gourmet meal that is well balanced helps keep me strong, healthy and active.
My friends at Hill's Pet Food feel the very same way. They too take food very seriously and believe that a pet's daily feedings should include a combination of dry kibble (my favorite!), wet food and little treats throughout the day. Now that's MY kind of thinking! Hill's has an excellent new line of food for dogs and cats called "Hill's Ideal Balance" that is wheat, soy and corn free. Some of their recipes are Grain Free as well. Ideal Balance is a perfect blend of all natural ingredients like chicken meat, sweet potatoes, peas, and apples, plus there are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. When you feed Ideal Balance foods, you can be assured that your pet is getting natural ingredients in perfect balance.
When Mommy and I wanted try Hill's Ideal Balance complimentary nutrition of wet dog food, dry dog food, and treats for ourselves, she said we would be getting a special delivery of it. I couldn't wait for that package to be delivered to our door. I hung out near the front door for days just waiting. They say a watched pot never boils. Well, a watched driveway never has the delivery man show up either. Finally, several days later, the package arrived. I was overjoyed!
The moment Mommy opened up that box of heaven and started viewing the contents, I dove in before she could even see what all was inside (even though she kind of knew already). We wanted a good well balanced sampling of their dry, grain-free foods, some of their wet canned food, and some treats...a dog can't live without treats. Mommy says it's very important to feed your pet gourmet meals filled with love that combine wet/dry food and treats throughout the day.
My sisters Peanut and Dixie Mae were on hand to check out what we'd had delivered. Dixie and I looked deep into Mommy's eyes, clearly letting her know we needed to try one of the treats first. "Which one do you want to try first?" she asked.
Peanut already had her eye on one of the treat bags while Dixie and I were staring Mommy down. She had picked out the Soft Baked Naturals with Beef and Sweet Potato dog treats right away. Look at how excited she was! I thought she was going to paw the bag open herself.
But Dixie Mae and I really wanted to try the oven Baked Naturals treats because we love the crunch! I gave Mommy my best puppy dog eyes and said, "Please Mommy?" She gave in and we all got our wish. Now, you must understand that my sister Dixie Mae is pretty laid back about everything; you might even say she's a little reserved in her judgement of things. She doesn't always show a lot of excitement...
So imagine Mommy's surprise at the sheer joy and exuberance that Dixie Mae showed over the new Hill's Ideal Balance Oven Baked Naturals with Chicken and Apples treats. She was absolutely giddy about them! They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so this photo says it all.

Mommy feels good knowing that, in Hill’s tradition, making nutritious food is at the core of their philosophy; quality and safety first is above all else. You will surely have peace of mind when feeding any Hill’s food and treats to your pet. Knowing that it tastes really good and that we all love it is very reassuring, because like all pet lovers, Mommy wants us to be happy with and enjoy what we are eating.
As you know from other posts of mine, Mommy works out all my meals and treats so that I am not getting over fed, but that I feel special with every tender morsel. Instead of feeding me one big meal a day, my sisters and I get several small meals that equal out to the right amount of food for each of us according to our ideal weight. So, let's talk about the logistics of a typical day for me and my food loving self, shall we? Remember, a perfect balance of nutritious gourmet meals and treats keeps me healthy, energetic and very, very happy.
First off, I feel it's important to mention that breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day for your body. You are literally 'breaking the fast' from a night of sleeping. Pets need to break that fast just as much as humans do, so me and my sisters get an early morning meal. Hill's Ideal Balance wet grain-free dog food is a great way to start off the day. I tried the "Braised Lamb & Vegetables Recipe" first. That sounds like food fit for royalty! The meat pieces were pretty big, so Mommy was kind enough to cut them up into more manageable pieces for a little dog like me. Mommy says a Princess of my stature gets special treatment when being fed a gourmet meal. I love it when she talks like that!
I get fed again around midday and then in the afternoon. Sometimes it's dry kibble (kibble is my affectionate word for dry dog food pieces) and sometimes Mommy will supplement the dry food with some wet food. I absolutely LOVE the Grain Free Natural Chicken and Potato Recipe. I scarf that down before you can count to 10. It has all natural ingredients that Mommy feels good about. She loves knowing that Hill's Ideal Balance creators care as much about what is going into my body as she does.
Of course, I can't forget to talk about the treats. Whenever Mommy leaves the house and I can't come with her, she always gives me a treat. That is her way of reassuring me. Without fail I always do at least one full twirl for her, then I gently take the treat from her hand. She loves my pirouettes, and I love the treat (and her of course), so we both enjoy our ritual. Mommy makes me feel special by giving both treats and attention to me. Hill's treats are yummy and so nutritious...a perfect balance of nutrition when given in conjunction with Hill's Ideal Balance wet and dry food.
Well, I am sure by this time that you are incredibly hungry, I know I am just talking about it! What if I told you that I am giving away 20 Hills' Ideal Balance Gift Basket to 20 lucky recipients...10 for cats and 10 for dogs? It's true friends!! Are you excited to try this wonderful, well balanced gourmet food for yourself? Then keep reading and I will give you ALL the details. Now, just because I talked about the dog food doesn't mean I'm leaving ALL my many cat friends out. I'm an equal opportunity puppy. First, I will tell you all the goodies that are in each cat and dog giveaway, then I will tell you what you have to do to have your name put in the running to win. Of course there will be two sets of drawings...10 names will be drawn for the cat gift baskets, and 10 for the dog gift baskets.
In the Cat Food Gift Basket Giveaway, the following items are included:
- Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain-Free natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult, 2 lb bag
- Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ wet food variety pack, 6 cans case
- Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crunchy Naturals with Real Tuna
- Cat bowl
- Place mat
- Drinkwell Pet Fountain
(Photo of the cat giveaway items coming soon!)
In the Dog Food Gift Basket Giveaway, the following items are included:
- Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain-Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult, 3.5 lb bag
- Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ wet food,
6 cans
- Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Treats,
2 bags variety
- Dog bowl
- Plush Blanket
Here's what you have to do to get in on all this action for your chance to win a fantastic Gift Basket from Hill's Ideal Balance and Pixel Blue Eyes. You can do one or more of the following things but I have to know you did's only fair:
1. Sign up to follow my blog on the right side of this post by selecting the "Join this Site" button. Leave me a comment letting me know you've completed that action and tell me why you think Hill's Ideal Balance is a good food to try and why you would like to get the gift basket. Any reason is a good reason.
2. LIKE my Pixel Blue Eyes Facebook page , then post on my wall telling me you've done so and explaining why you think Hill's is a good food to try and why YOU'D like the gift basket.
3. Follow me on Twitter (@pixelblueeyes) , then send me a tweet telling me why you think Hill's is a good food to try and why YOU'D like the gift basket.
If you do more than one, your name goes in the drawing more than once. Pretty cool huh!
**NOTE: Make sure to tell me if you want the cat basket or the dog basket. I will immediately put your name in the cat or dog drawing.
I will have the drawing on SUNDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013 and and announce the winners right here on the blog in a special post. Don't forget to check back here to see if you won. If you are a winner, I will then have you email me your Address and contact information so we can be sure to send it out to the right place.
Just think, any one of you could be a winner!! And there are 20 winners! Each of you will get a fantastic Gift Basket from Hill's Ideal Balance delivered to your door.
**NOTE:  Unfortunately, this giveaway is only for those with a U.S. address. Please forgive those limitations...if I could, I'd make this global! I love all my friends from all over the world.
Good luck friends and let's have some fun! I can't wait to hear from you....
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