psychocatI don’t know when she snapped, but our cat Hazel has been tormenting us all summer long. I don’t know if it started happening before we went away each weekend or left on a one week vacation, but ever since we left her and one of our other cats alone with our dog, she’s totally lost it.
While most cats choose to use a litter box, Hazel has decided to use our bath mat, the kitchen sink (yuck) and the carpet in the basement as some of her favorite places in the house to leave her mark. And trust me, her mark does not smell like roses. If you are a cat owner then you know already know that cat urine is one of the most foul smelling odors around and when it seeps into a carpet, getting that smell out is quite difficult. Plus, with two kids and my husband who is constantly battling one allergy after another, it’s super important that our carpets are clean. More importantly, I want to make sure that the chemicals that are being used on our carpets are safe for our entire family – including our dog and our cats — including Hazel – no matter crazy she gets.
Lucky for us, we just found about about Green Choice Carpets. Since carpet cleaning companies often use chemicals that carry health warnings, many parents are rightfully concerned about the chemicals being using around their children and what chemicals are left on the carpet after cleaning.
Green Choice gives peace of mind to new parents and new pet parents like me with their baby safe carpet cleaning. The company, which is based in New York City selects the best certified green cleaning solutions and training our cleaning technicians how to utilize the best green cleaning technology. For all their cleaning services, Green Choice only uses cleaning detergents that have been tested and certified as green by Green Seal, the recognized leader in certification for green products.Their cleaning technicians are trained to use green cleaning products and get the best cleaning results. Because their staff are all trained and experienced, your carpets will look great without the use of chemicals. The company’s cleaning solutions are bio-degradable and they do not leave any residue in your carpets.
So while my cat may continue to wreak havoc on our home, I’m going to work on staying a few steps ahead of her with the help of Green Choice Rug & Carpet Cleaning.
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Visit Green Choice Rug & Carpet Cleaning for special coupons for your carpet cleaning needs. And if you have a psycho cat like us, maybe it’s time to invest in a little cat therapy too. Here’s hoping she’ll stop torturing us now that we’re home and are totally on to her devious ways!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Green Choice Rug & Carpet Cleaning. However, the story of my crazy cat is 100% true.

Make Money Searching the Web with Qmee.com

images-2.jpgIf I had a nickel for every time someone in my family searched something on Google, I’m not sure I would be rich man, but it would certainly add up to a tidy sum of money. I don’t think there is anyone out there willing to pay me that nickel for each search, but to my surprise, there is a company that recognizes the value of consumers like myself that spend considerable time on the internet. That recognition is shown in the form of small cash payments to a person’s PayPal account when a person clicks on a search result that gets pulled up by a free browser app called Qmee.
Qmee is a free search browser app that still allows you to do your normal searches using other browsers like Google or Yahoo. The great thing about Qmee is that you don’t have to do anything differently from what you normally do when you search on the internet. Install the app once and you are done. Before you race off to install the app thinking that you are going to make gobs of cash for searching the net, it is important to realize that each click on a Qmee search result that matches what you are looking for is only going to pay between 4 and 14 cents. So don’t be so quick to hand in your resignation letter to your employer. On average, a typical Qmee user will collect about $5 per month or $60 per year for doing absolutely nothing more than you would do anyway. The only thing I dislike more than wasting money is passing up on opportunities to make extra money that require little to no effort on my part. And that is exactly what Qmee does.
Qmee is extremely easy to install, requiring only your email address and the click of a button. It is also reassuring to know that if at some point you no longer want Qmee on your computer, there are specific directions on the app’s website that explain how to remove it from your browser. If you have 60 seconds to kill, then watch this video that explains Qmee in more detail or go to www.qmee.com to try it for yourself. I’m pretty confident that there won’t be too many easier ways to earn some extra cash for yourself and the family. If by some chance $60 doesn’t mean a whole lot to you, please let me know because I could sure use it.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Qmee.com. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

Take Back the Kitchen: Chicken Sausage with Stewed Tomatos

IMG_0036.JPGWe are deep into tomato season and I am looking for ways to use up my tomatoes other than raw tomato salads. Using flavorful chicken sausages is a great way to add flavor and texture to your tomatoes. Enjoy!
Chicken Sausage with Stewed Tomatoes
2 Chicken Sausages, chopped (I like Aidell’s brand)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 very large tomato, chopped and seeded
3 large cloves garlic, minced or through a press
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
pinch salt
In a medium sized frying pan over a low flame, heat up the oil.
Add in chopped sausage and saute until browned. Remove from pan and place on a plate nearby.
Add in the prepared garlic o the pan and saute a few minutes, cautious not to let get too brown.
Add in the chopped tomato and saute a few minutes.
Add the sausage back in and stir so all the ingredients are combined.
Add in the smoked , paprika and salt and stir.
Serve hot with rice.
Serves 2
For more great recipes by Alma Schneider, visit her at Take Back the Kitchen.