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Setting up an aquarium is as easy as 1-2-3 with API fishcare! #APIfish

API logoThis post is sponsored by MARS Fishcare and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about API Perfect Start but 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. MARS Fishcare is not responsible for the content of this article.

I have always loved fish, and have long dreamed of the day when I would have a gigantic tank! You know, like the kind you see in Las Vegas. Well, this might not be a giant freshwater fish tank, but it’s a nice addition to our home. It’s so fun to have a fish again. Do you have fish? API is having a giveaway so be sure to enter for an API aquarium.

We picked out a smaller tank because we knew we wanted to get a betta. The API® 1.5 gallon starter kit was just what we needed.

API fish care at Petsmart

The kit comes with a filter, a light, and several chemicals to help get your tank set up properly. I loved how easy it was to set up too. I really like how nicely the filter system is integrated into the tank. It really helps keep things quiet, and simple to maintain.

Found just the right spot! Now to set it up.
Found just the right spot! Now to set it up.

Like I mentioned, we picked a smaller kit, because we were getting a smaller fish, but they do have larger sizes too! Our kit came with API PERFECT START™ which is 3 envelopes that are clearly marked for each day of use. Day 1 for setting up the aquarium, Day 14 and Day 28 after the aquarium set up. I loved that the system made it simple to get set up quickly. No guess work here! And if you ever do have a question, API is very responsive on their Facebook Page .

Ready and waiting for our new betta!
Ready and waiting for our new betta!

API® Perfect Start™ is also recommended by the aquarium experts at PetSmart. They offer a wide range of products to help you care for your fish.

I do recommend picking up a bottle of dechlorinator when you buy your tank, as you will always need this on hand for water changes. API also has a very helpful website where you can research all of their products to make sure you have what you need for your freshwater fish tank. When you are ready to purchase, be sure to find your local store with the store locator. API is even on Instagram.

We took two trips to Petsmart because I prefer to set the tank up and have it running for 24 hours before adding fish. I was pretty excited when we went back and picked out our betta, as you can see, he has gorgeous colors!

Betta half moon
Our new betta!

He still needs a name actually, we have been hearing some fun suggestions but haven’t settled quiet yet. What do you think we should call him?

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Clean your indoor air with the Airfree air purifier

We received an Airfree purifier in exchange for our review. As always, our opinions are our own. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Life with pets (and people) can get smelly. Odors in the air are often caused by contaminants in the air, and this is what the Airfree air purifier is designed to take care of. We were excited to get one for review.

The Airfree Onix 3000 Air Purifier works by killing the fungus, bacteria, viruses, and even dust mite poop (yes, poop) that is in the air. Your air is actually being purified with heat. This isn’t a traditional filter that simply catches dust, this is truly killing off the contaminants. This is great news if you have pets that have a lot of dander, and especially if you have people with allergies!

We noticed a slight warm smell during the first part of use. I think this happens with any new appliance, and it did go away. After that we noticed that the smell of the air changed slightly. The AirFree isn’t an air freshener, so it was hard to tell for sure what was happening, but our air has smelled different since we started using it.

Airfree air purifier

The unit comes with a built in light which can be turned off an on. We keep ours on, the blue color makes a nice night light in the room. Each unit can be used in a room up to 650 sq ft, which is very nice in our home since it basically covers our first floor. The Airfree stays on 24 hours a day, and should be run continuously in the room. We like that it is compatible with heating and air conditioning too, since we do have that in our house. They are meant to be used in rooms, not hallways, for the best result (in a hallway it would just purify the hallway, not adjacent rooms).

Other things we like about it is that there’s no need to change dirty contaminated filters or clean dirty blades. Airfree´s exclusive TSS technology completely destroys and eliminates all organic contaminants. We also like that the Airfree emits no ozone. The Airfree generates no dangerous emissions, NO ions, and NO ozone. These things can be dangerous to people and pets, so it’s very important that they aren’t there.

Overall we have been pleased with the results and think our air smells better. It’s nice to know that our air is actually cleaner too.

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#KeepItFresh with Febreze Air Purifier

Febreze_logo_TMThis post is sponsored by Febreze ™Air Purifiers and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping Febreze Air Purifiers but 4 The Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Febreze Air Purifiers is not responsible for the content of this article.

We have really put the Febreze Air Purifier to the test this past month. Thanks to the fires burning in all the states around us our air has been awful, both inside and out. Imagine always smelling a bit like campfire, or BBQ. Add other household smells to the mix and you have the perfect recipe for a stinky house. The smoke was a bigger concern though, since I have asthma I was worried about our indoor air. Luckily this product works at clearing the air, not just covering it up!


The HEPA-Type air purifier removes up to 99% of air pollutants in the room, so it isn’t just a household odor reducer, it is also a household dust reducer. This is especially helpful if you have pets that create a lot of dander.


Not only does it work great, but with the different settings you can get a fresh scent exactly the way you want it! We aren’t huge on strong scents, so we ended up keeping the scent level on the lowest setting. This way we got just enough of a scent to be able to smell a little, but not so much that it was all you could smell. It smelled fresh without smelling fake. You could run it without a smell cartridge too if you don’t want any kind of scent, but we found that having a little scent was quiet nice.


Actually, I’m hoping that they will make more scents available some day. I can imagine different scents for the seasons, and of course I would love a vanilla scent. Right now the scent that comes with it is linen & sky, which is nice and clean smelling. There is one other scent available called spring & renewal. Replacement cartridges are easy to install, as is the filter.

We put ours in the main room of our home, it’s the first room guests enter so we wanted it there to make a great impression. The first floor of our home is somewhat small, so we can actually get the benefit of the air purifier throughout the entire first floor. It’s so nice to walk into the house and have it smell fresh.


I also love that the unit reminds you when to replace the filter and scent. So helpful not to have to remember yourself or wonder if it’s the right time.

Buy your own here, they come in three different sizes for different rooms. I’m already thinking of adding another to our home. We have really loved the Febreze Air Purifier, and would recommend it to anyone who is worried about pet odors and other odors in their homes.

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Freshen your home with Febreze Air Purifier #KeepItFresh

This post is sponsored by Febreze™ Air Purifiers and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping Febreze Air Purifiers but 4 The Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Febreze Air Purifiers is not responsible for the content of this article.


Anyone living with pets knows that sometimes the air in your home can get stinky. Have you ever had a pet ferret? They are absolutely adorable, great pets, but oh so smelly! I sure wish this had been around when our sweet little ferret was alive, it would have made a big difference!

Even homes without pets can suffer from stale air, dust and dander, and other odors that make things less than pleasant (ever burn your dinner?). My husband and I always worry about what guests will smell when they come to our house because our home just doesn’t get good air flow, even though we keep it clean!

Luckily the new Febreze™ Air Purifier doesn’t just mask odors, it actually cleans the air! It is also a household dust reducer!


This is a nifty little machine friends! The HEPA-Type filter removes up to 99% of air pollutants, meaning that your air is actually getting clean and fresh, not just covered up. It also comes with a scent cartridge so you can add a nice scent to the air too though! It includes 1 Febreze linen & sky™ scent cartridge, which lasts up to 30 days. And of course you can buy replacement cartridges and filters easily when the time comes.

Febreze Air Purifier

I liked that there are 3 air-cleaning levels and a scent control dial. I’m not huge on scents, so I kept that part set on low and turned the cleaning dial all the way up! It made a big difference in our home, I could tell the room smelled fresher after running it the first time. I decided to put the Febreze™ Air Purifier in our living room so the air would smell fresh when people came over to visit. Our living room is also close to the kitchen, so it was nice to clean up cooking odors too!

Febreze Air Purifier scent area

The scent cartridge is easy to put in, as is the filter. As you can see, the scent cartridge slides in on top. If you wanted to change scents for different occasions it would be really simple to do so!

Some of the great features:

  • Automatic filter and scent replacement reminders
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified
  • Scent and fan controls
  • Easy to replace filters and scents
  • Available in 3 sizes: Tabletop, Mini Tower, Tower to meet room size needs.

Febreze Air Purifier

Here is a great video with great tips for pets from Febreze:

We have been really happy so far with the level of freshness it has added to our home. It runs quietly too, which is important if you are placing it in a room that gets used a lot like we did. I also really like how light it is, I can easily move it to other spaces if needed. It’s so great for homes with pets, and those without too!

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