I am thrilled to be a part of an amazing new book, A Letter to My Dog, coming out next year featuring notable names like Michael Vartan, Hilary Duff, Kristin Chenoweth, Ken Paves, and more. You too can have a chance to get your picture taken by the amazing professional photographer, Robin Layton. All you have to do is write your dog a letter and upload it with a photo of your pup to A Letter to My Dog.
Time to treat the canines on your Christmas list! If your dog will be one of the lucky ones with a stocking of his (or her) own, find a few gifts to stuff inside when you start this slideshow. Tell us what you plan to gift your dog.
If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
Michelle Obama quips that family dog Bo is "the most famous member of the Obama family," and judging by this year's White House Christmas decorations, it's not far from the truth. The famed Portuguese Water Dog took center stage, as his human companions unveiled the festive trimmings at a special viewing for military families. But Bo wasn't merely on hand to supervise: clones of the political pooch starred in holiday vignettes throughout the White House while the first lady encouraged attendees to get crafty and create their own jolly canines.
This kitty is a firm believer in holistic healing, using her paws to knead out knots in the back of her canine companion Captain. Though her technique appears more Swedish than Shiatsu, the claw action probably will keep her from gaining employment at high-end spas. But Captain's not complaining; in fact, his peaceful expression makes us contemplate whether our feline friends ought to work harder for their Friskies.