Review and Giveaway of Unique Natural Products

Ahhhh! Spring is in the air. There is lots of tweeting outside (not on Twitter), and flowers are blooming. Things are beautiful! Except for the pollen everywhere, right? So you may be wondering who I am? I am Nirra from Mystery Shopping Teacher. I have been invited to write some reviews on Howard House Reviews since I enjoy doing them so much- so from time to time you may see a review that has a different “voice” than usual and it may be mine. I tend to be slightly cheesy, yet likeable enough (I guess). But I’ll try to tone it down since this isn’t my blog.

Back to what I was writing about before. Spring is a time of renewal. With that being the case, it’s also a time that a lot of people like to clean out their house with a good Spring cleaning. So you can imagine has happy I was to get to review several products that would help with not only my Spring cleaning, but cleaning year round too. I mean, I was as happy as I can muster about cleaning ;).

I have received several products:  I got the pet odor and stain eliminator, super digest-it, carpet shampoo and stain remover, and wine stain eater from Unique Natural Products.  I haven’t gotten to use ALL of them yet, but it will be nice to know that I have them when the need arises. There’s nothing worse than getting an awful stain on something only to realize that you have nothing to clean it up with. Not cool. I have had the chance to use the Pet odor and stain eliminator. I have dogs that live in our house and also outside on our back porch and sometimes they make messes. They are adorbs and everything, but when they make a mess I get annoyed. I saw that this product could be used on concrete so I used it to clean up a little doggy mess and it worked! I really like that this product is one that will not bother my dogs or make them sick. It’s such a huge bottle that I am sure I will be having it for a long time to come as we don’t have to clean up after them THAT often. We do have a back-yard so we can let them out when they have to do their business most of the time, but sometimes their tiny little Pomeranian bladders can’t wait, I guess. Either that or they just really like to see me annoyed.

The products that I got to try are eco-friendly and natural. If you have respiratory problems, sometimes you may have issues cleaning with chemicals. I know that sometimes my sinuses can be extra sensitive when cleaning with products that have a strong smell and many products can cause my skin to peel or itch since my skin is kinda sensitive. That’s why I always wear gloves to clean.

Here’s the part you wanted to hear about (I’m sure). I have a gift pack to give away to one Howard House Reviews reader worth almost $60! It will have: Pet Odor Eliminator Ready to Use 24oz, Super Digest It Qt, Carpet Shampoo Qt, Unique Complete Qt, and a Wine Stain 4oz. All you have to do to get your entry in is use the rafflecopter widget below.

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Just Good Stuff 4 You And Your Pets!



 Some of you may know that one of our little dogs, Mr. Baby, has epilepsy. His seizures are usually triggered by reactions to chemicals, which means we have to be really careful about what kinds of cleaning products we use for our house, like floor cleaners and laundry soap,  as well as what shampoo we use to bathe him. He could react to anything. And we’ve tried numerous “natural” pet shampoo and soap products, but over and over again we haven’t really been happy with any of them; they tend to leave a sort of oily/greasy residue behind that dulls his fur and makes it limp and scraggly. Greasy fur kind of defeats the purpose of a bath, doesn’t it? I am thanking my lucky stars I came across a line of hand-made soaps, balms, lotions and other pure and nourishing products called Just Good Stuff. I’ll be telling you all about their non-toxic people products in the coming days, but I wanted to start by sharing how much I love their Pet Shampoo Bar. The ingredient list for the Pet Shampoo Bar is wonderful: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter along with essential oils of Rosemary and Lavender.




 There isn’t anything in it to cause a reaction with Mr. Baby, and the combination of  good stuff creates a  beautiful lather and rinses so clean! We didn’t need to use any type of rinse or conditioner for his coat to shine afterwards. Mr. Baby was left smelling so nice, with fluffy clean fur. After a long search for the perfect pet soap, we’ve found it. Whether you are looking for a chemical-free solution for your pets due to health issues, or just because you like the natural alternatives to mass market synthetic soaps and shampoos, you will love this amazing bar.

I’ll tell you a lot more about the women who hand craft Just Good Stuff, their inspiration and their incredible products in a separate post very soon. I just wanted  to share my total delight with the Pet Shampoo Bar because our pets deserve good stuff, too!!




Find Just Good Stuff on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to stay up to date on specials and new products!

Got a Dog? Enter the GUND Top Dog Photo Contest

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The GUND“Top Dog” Contest will be taking place this Monday, July 16, 2012 with a grand prize of “the Boo treatment” – a limited edition GUND plush in the winning pup’s likeness!

Inspired by the wildly-popular “World’s Cutest Dog” Boo stuffed dog from GUND, the “Top Dog” Contest invites pup parents from around the country to submit photos of their own four-footed friends on the GUND Facebook page in one or all of the following four categories:

       >> Most Beautiful Dog
       >> Ugliest Dog
       >> “Doganista”/Best Dressed Dog
       >> Dog that Most Resembles its Owner

The Grand Prize will have tails wagging; GUND will create a limited edition model of the winner’s dog. The dog will be available in gift and toy stores in 2013. That’s right! Your pup could become a GUND plush just like Boo!

You may submit your dog photos via the contest tab on GUND’s Facebook page, which will be live on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. EST. The contest will run July 16 – August 15, 2012; winners will be chosen the week of August 20th and announced the week of August 27th.

-Entries will be collected from: July 16 – August 5

-Voting is from: August 6 – August 15

Simultaneously with the “Top Dog” Contest on Facebook, GUND will run the “Most Pinteresting Dog” Contest on Pinterest. You can post your entry on your own page with a tag to @GUNDMostPinterestingDog and submit the link to GUND at The “Most Pinteresting Dog” Contest winner will be selected based on the number of times the entry is “liked” on the GUND Pinterest board and the winner will receive a selection of GUND products valued at $250 retail.

For complete rules, see “Top Dog” Contest and “Most Pinteresting Dog”Contest rules at

Happy Tails Natural Canine Spa Line Review and Giveaway Event

Welcome to Happy Tails Spa Giveaway Event hosted by Two Little Cavaliers, and sponsored by Happy Tails Spa! This event begins on May 15, 2012 at 12:01am EST and will end on May 29, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.

Over 65 bloggers have come together to bring you some amazing natural spa products for your dogs. Each blog is offering one or more fantastic Problem Solving Products for the Modern Dog. All of the products offered by Happy Tails Spa are Eco-Friendly, All Natural, and Cruelty Free. Be sure to hop along to each of the participating blogs for an even bigger chance to win all of the products that you feel your dog would benefit from.


The majority of the products in our home, used on our hair and skin, are natural, so why should the products we use on our beloved pets be any different? HappyTailsSpa is a natural product line for dogs! They are an all natural, cruelty-free, eco-friendly company with products for a variety of problems that ones pet could encounter. For instance the itchy dog, the smelly dog, dogs with dental problems, ear or eye issues, fleas, matted coats, older dogs, and even nervous dogs…Happy Tails Canine Spa Line has something for them all. Visit HappyTailsSpa to find the perfect natural product for your dogs needs.

We’ve had the wonderful opportunity to try the HappyTails Sparkle and Shine Brightening Shampoo and Flea the Scene Outdoor Spray:


Sparkle and Shine Shampoo
Price: $14.00 90z $70.00 Gallon
This shampoo smells great, gets our pets clean and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals. The scent is a light vanilla (yum). It contains yogurt & honey that conditions the fur and naturally brightens the coat. Like the name suggests, it does add shine and sparkle to the dogs coats making this particular shampoo perfect for white and lighter colored dogs.

Flea the Scene
Price: $14.00 7oz
Flea the Scene acts as a protectant spray, not only just from fleas, but from the sun and other insects, making it great for active/outside dogs.  The formula contains no chemicals and is perfectly save if the dogs lick their fur after it has been applied. It is good to know that we have a non-toxic flea spray made just for dogs, on hand, for when we encounter those dreaded fleas, ticks and insects.

The dogs, for the most part spend a lot of time outside, but they love to come in and hang out sometimes, too. For this they must be clean and smell good! Here they are chillin’ on their couch, see how shiny they are? They smell good, too.  :)


Enter to win your own Sparkle and Shine Brightening Shampoo and Flea the Scene Spray using the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to US Residents, 18+ only.
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Disclaimer: Please note that the Happy Tails Spa Host and participating bloggers are not responsible for prizes that do not get shipped on time, get lost in the mail, or that are never claimed. We have represented the sponsor with the expectation that they will fulfill all of the prizes in a timely manner. While we are not responsible, we will make an effort to assist the winner in obtaining their prize

Hill's Pet Nutrition

This post brought to you by Hills Pet Nutrition. All opinions are 100% mine.


Most of you know that one of my little doggies has epilepsy. What you don’t know is that when we first found out about it, we learned that certain foods would trigger a seizure. After much trial and error, we found that Hill’s Science Diet was the one dog food that really helped him. Now, it’s the only food our 3 little indoor dogs eat. I feel really good feeding our pets Hill’s Science Diet.  You can go to here to find out more about Hill’s Pet Nutrition and even use their Ask A Vet area to get the answers you need about your pets! And I wanted to let you know that right now, Hill’s has a Healthy Mobility Challenge going on! By registering, you can receive $30.00 (!) in coupons and get an automatic entry into a sweepstakes where you could win Free Pet Food For A Year! Wouldn’t that be awesome?

This is Baby Huey- posing for you by our bag of Science Diet. He isn’t the one with Epilepsy, but Mr. Baby declined to sit still so BH volunteered.

Be sure to get your Hill’s Healthy Mobility Coupon pack, and check out Hill’s Pet Nutrition on Facebook to keep up to date on news and special offers and take the Little Dog’s Personality Quiz while you are there!

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Rachel Ray Nutrish Just 6 Dry Dog Food

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrish for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 Yesterday when hub got home from work, he stuck his head in the family room to say hi. He said I had mail, and a box came, and that he was going to go work on the chicken coop.  I told him I would be finished in about 20 minutes or so, and would help.  He asked if he could see what was in the box. “Yes, and hush, I’m busy.” It took me closer to an hour than 20 minutes to finish. When I made it outside to help, I asked him where the dog food sample was- I had checked the empty box. Oops. It was already gone. Truthfully, we get lots of samples in the mail b/c I get a freebie newsletter and sign up for them. Hub didn’t know that this was a “special” sample, or that I was going to take pics of my dogs when they tried it. He just took the bag with him and gave them to my big outside dog babies as “treats”.  So this is what I can tell you about Rachael Ray Nutrish just 6 dry dog food. Evidently my dogs loved  it because they thought it was a snack. Try fooling your dogs with a handful of dog food-  it doesn’t  work. Hub told me they were eager for more when it was gone, so again, I’m going with they loved it.  Ever since my little dog Mr. Baby has had his struggles  with Epilepsy, I have been really careful with their diet. Dogs don’t need a bunch of chemicals in their food any more than people do. Just 6 has 6 ingredients plus vitamins and minerals.  No corn, wheat or soy.  No by product meal or fillers. Very good. If you want to let your dogs try  Rachel Ray’s Nutrish Just 6 you can go here and get a free sample.
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