Michelle Thatcher

  1. A Stylish & Affordable Thanksgiving

    Want a Thanksgiving table setting that is not only stylish but affordable too?  I have a couple fun and easy ideas that will make your Thanksgiving feel like a million dollars without breaking the bank. My theme this year is Pumpkin Patch.  I’m doing a menu card, a napkin ring and a favor at each of my guest’s place setting. I’m also going to put together a tree of thanks.  To keep my theme affordable several of the items I’m using including the table runner, candle holder, candles, pumpkins and...
  2. Three Things I've Learned in Customer Service.

    I have been in customer service for about thirty years now. The first 20 were spent working directly with the public, face to face and hands on, the last nine years have been here at Big Dot of Happiness an internet based retailer where all of my customer service contact has been via phone, email and live chat. Two totally different types of customer service, both very challenging and rewarding all at the same time. As you can imagine having dealt with customers that many years I have seen and...
  3. A Little Bit of Pampering Can Make Your Pooch Feel Like a Princess

    A Little Bit of Pampering Can Make Your Pooch Feel Like a Princess
    Remember as a little girl dressing up in your moms dresses and high heels, putting on make-up and jewelry and strutting around the house? Remember sitting down to a tea party with all of your favorite dolls and stuff animals in attendance and feeling like the most special person in the whole wide world?  It's every little girls dream to be a princess, so why not give your furry four legged friend the same kind of dream.  Here are a couple of things as pet owners we can do to...
  4. Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Puppy Treat Recipes

    Tired of spending all kinds of money on store bought puppy treats? Here are a couple of quick, easy and inexpensive recipes you can make from just a few simple ingredients found right in your very own pantry. Let's start with Peanut Butter Puppy Treats with Pumpkin. danbruell / Foter / CC BY-NC-SAPeanut Butter Puppy Treats with Pumpkin  Ingredients: 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree 2 eggs 1/2 Cup Oats 3 Cups Flour 3 Tbsp Peanut Butter     Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together the flour and oats...
  5. Preparing Your Pets for Spring - The Clock is Ticking!!

    Preparing Your Pets for Spring - The Clock is Ticking!!
    Well the groundhog seen its shadow and the verdict is in.  SIX more weeks of Winter!! Forty two days or exactly 1008 hours before Spring makes its grand entrance. For pet owners that means we have 60,480 minutes to get our furry friends ready for warmer weather. The clock is ticking 3,628,800 seconds to go, are you ready? Here are some important things to keep in mind as you prepare your four-legged friends for Spring. NontrivialMatt / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND Schedule a Check-Up:   A visit to your vet will ensure...
  6. January 24th is National Change a Pet's Life Day! - What Will You Do To Celebrate??

    National Change a Pet's Life Day is a day dedicated to encouraging all of us to focus on helping pets in need.  Here are my top three picks on ways you can celebrate the day!! jremsikjr / Foter.com / CC BY-NC Pet Adoption: Each year, approximately 8 million stray and unwanted animals are taken in by shelters across the country. Of those taken in nearly half or about 3.7 million are euthanized because good homes are never found. Shelter euthanasia is the leading cause of death for both dogs and...
  7. The Frigid Facts: Keeping your pet safe during cold weather.

    The Frigid Facts: Keeping your pet safe during cold weather.
    The National Weather Service has predicted over the next few days the United States will be in for the coldest arctic outbreak since the 1990's. In preparation we will make sure our cars are equipped with an emergency kit and full of gas, dress in extra layers making sure to have a warm hat, gloves and scarf on, and quite possibly avoid having to go out unless it is absolutely necessary. What we may forget is how the cold can take it's toll on our furry four legged friends. Here...
  8. A is for Alphabet ~ Baby Shower Ideas

    Whether you're throwing a boy, girl or gender neutral baby shower, A is for Alphabet from Big Dot of Happiness   is a perfect choice. Designed in shades of teal, coral and yellow this adorable theme puts a modern touch on a traditional baby shower idea.  From A to Z each letter of the alphabet and several whimsical animals have been carefully incorporated making this A is for Alphabet Theme an all time baby shower favorite. From invitations and thank you cards to uniquely shaped tableware, this one-of-a-kind theme includes everything...
  9. Stop the Itch - Winter Care Tips for Your Dogs Skin

    Thomas Hawk / Foter.com / CC BYWhen I think of Winter three words come to mind: Dry Itchy Skin.  I'm sure most of you are aware that those three little words can be a BIG problem during the Winter months, what you may not be aware of is that dogs can suffer from the same condition.  While Winter is the most common reason for dry itchy skin in dogs, there are several other factors such as medical condition, poor diet choices and hygiene that can be contributing factors as well...
  10. Chevron Boy Puppy Party Celebrations!

    If you think parties are just for kids you've probably never owned a puppy. Puppy parties are becoming increasingly popular, from puppy showers to bruffday birthday paw-ty's, the skies the limit when it comes to celebrating your furry friends special day. Take for example this Chevron Boy Bruffday Theme from www.WhenPoochComesToShove.com This amazing Chevron Theme includes everything you'll need to be the hostess hero at your puppy's big day. From bone shaped invitations to favors, party hats, banners and tableware, your furry four-legged friends won't be the only ones begging...

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