Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Our Dog's Newest Craving - @MilkBone Farmer's Medley Biscuits #NationalDogBiscuitDay

Our dog is the best dog ever!  
Okay, I may be a little biased, but I sure love that good ol' boy!  
He's getting older now, so we are getting pickier and pickier about what we will feed him!  The cheaper dog food & dog treats aren't always the best option for him, especially with his aging bones and muscles.  

But our dog (like all dogs) loves treats, and honestly, we all love giving him a "little treat" here or there...  

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He's just one of the sweetest dogs! 
Did you know that Thursday, February 23rd, is #NationalDogBiscuitDay ?  
I had no idea that even existed...but I get to share more about that and the awesome new MilkBone Farmer's Medley Biscuits that Milk Bone has created!
MilkBone sent us a package that included three different varieties of of Farmer's Medley Biscuits!  What's different about these biscuits?  They are made with USA-sourced meat!  There is no fillers (gross, totally gaag worthy stuff), no corn and no artificial flavors or preservatives!  
We received three of their Grain FreeWhole Grain options!  
We layed out all three flavors:

Farmer’s Medley™ Grain Free With Turkey & Pumpkin Biscuits

We were curious which one he would eat first!  
He started with the Turkey & Pumpkin one.  Maybe because it had a different scent and taste than anything he's tried before?  HE LOVED IT!  
Then he ate the Chicken Biscuit and gobbled it down!  
Finally, he at the Beef Biscuit and he didn't even take a breath, because he scarfed it down so quickly!   They are the most adorable BITE SIZE portion, so they don't take long to eat!  
I'd say, he was a fan of all three flavors!  
I'm a fan too, because I know that when I give him a treat, for being a good boy, I am not giving him something that is potentially harmful to his body, is huge & might be too much of a treat, or is full of stuff that offers no nutritional value to his body.  Our goal is to keep him young, healthy and vibrant as long as we can, so healthy treats are the BEST KIND OF TREATS for him!
So not only did our dog get to do a taste testing of these new Milk Bone Farmer's Medley Biscuits, but he also got some pretty cool new swag too!  
Swag that got him playing & running around, which he needs to do in his older age!  
The best part about these Milk Bone Farmer's Medley Biscuits is that they are budget friendly too!  With a family the size of our's, our dog's treats have to be reasonably priced or they won't even be a consideration...to be completely honest!  Now our budget can feel satisfied about us purchasing these as well, as it won't bankrupt us to buy our dog healthier dog treats!  
What's your "GO TO" brand for dog treats?  
Do you check the ingredients before you buy them for your puppy or dog? 
What would be a draw, to buy or try something new for your dog?  
Would knowing that you're providing your dog with a more nutritional snack be KEY? 
Does PRICE matter, when buying your dog's treats? 

Next time you're in the market to buy dog treats, because you're doggy has run out or maybe just has earned the right to a reward...you should consider MilkBone Farmer's Medley Biscuits.
CLICK HERE to learn more now!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

@Batteroo - Extend Your Battery Life For Those Important Moments You Don't Wanna Miss

As you know, we are getting married in a couple months...which means that I am in FULL wedding prep mode!!  One thing is certain, there will be lots of pictures taken on the day of our event, both by myself, the people at the wedding and the photographers being hired to capture the moments of the day.  

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Do you know what else that means?  I need lots of batteries!  Why?  A smart BRIDE is always prepared & my camera (which I love) takes four AA batteries.   Typically the batteries don't hold a charge long enough to capture all the moments of a day (when we are attending an event) without having to switch them out a couple of times.  And typically, I don't use cheap batteries in my camera, because the cheap ones won't even power up my camera or can only last for a picture or two (with flash) until they are dead.  
I'm not joking!  It's LAME & expensive!  
So that means that over time, I have spent LOTS of $$ on batteries...and I'm trying really hard to stick to a strict budget for the wedding...and batteries are really not on that list, if I can help it!
That's where BATTEROO Boost comes into play for our special day!
What if I told you that there is a product on the market now that will extend the life of or maximize the life of your batteries, just by slipping on the little metal sleeves?  
How can and will this change the frequency of how often you need to buy or change out batteries in your home?
With six kids who love to play on their Wii, love using remotes (all which takes multiple batteries) and even a mommy who loves taking pictures (a lot)...having a way to drastically or even somewhat extend the life of the batteries in each product would be a financial WIN for our family.  
Not just for the wedding day, but everyday!
It's so simple to use!!  
You basically put the thin metal Batteroo Boost sleeve over the battery and then insert it back into whatever device you are using.
Like I said before, I typically use a decent "brand" of battery in our remotes and especially in my camera, so they don't die quickly or as often...but using these Batteroo Boost sleeves will cause even less waste and help the environment in the long run, my extending my batteries ability to the max.
This definitely makes me a happy mommy and soon to be BRIDE too!
I have these Batteroo Boost sleeves on the batteries in my camera currently and can't wait to see how long they really make my current batteries last!  I'll be thrilled if I can get through more than one session or event (using the flash) without having to change the batteries!  I'll even be more thrilled if these Batteroo Boost sleeves will tap into my batteries potential and save me from having to change the batteries out during our WEDDING DAY!
CLICK HERE to learn more about Batteroo Boost and why this might be a "PLANET FRIENDLY" option for your household too.  
If you have a house full of children, have any products that use batteries or find yourself having to constantly have extra batteries on hand (just in case)...this might be just the product you've been hoping for too!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Apple Cider Vinegar - What's The Deal?

As you know, I'm avoiding the "PLAGUE" sickness that has had my girls down and out for a couple days already this week.  In an effort to make sure MOMMY stays healthy and unaffected, my Facebook friends made suggestions of things I could do to remain "free from" the tummy bug.

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not provided product nor compensation in posting my honest opinion about Braggs Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.  I am using some verbaige from www.davidwolfe.com for this blog post!  The information is linked to the specific webpage I used it from!

One of which my "soon to be husband" already does on a daily basis, so I figured I should probably give it a shot.  
LITERALLY (in a shot glass, because you can really only swallow one shot of this)!  

I mean, so far (from stuff I've seen online) it seems there are all kinds of benefits to this stuff:

1. Helps Heartburn and Acid Reflux

2. Promotes Healthy Cholesterol

4. Promotes Healthy Blood Sugar

5. Has Antioxidant Properties

6. Improves Nutrient Absorption

So today, I ran to our Super Target and bought some Unfiltered Apple Cidar Vinegar (this is the kind he uses, but just ran out...and so far I have refused to smell or taste).  I mixed it with a little honey and added a little cayenne pepper on top, stirred it, and downed it.  It really didn't taste that bad afterall, though I did COUGH, because the mix of vinegar and cayenne pepper kinda burned my throat a little on the way down.

Do you drink this stuff?  
Why do you drink it?
How do you mix up your drink so you can stomach swallowing it?  
Any pointers?

Leave a comment below...

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Let's Talk FLU and NOROVIRUS - Because The Threat Is REAL!

It's the winter, and typically in the winter, people end up with the stomach flu or some strain of virus that is spreading through the schools, churchs, towns, etc.  
I'm hearing on the news this morning that schools are shutting down to disinfect, because the NOROVIRUS has infected the faculty and students.  
It's why doctors are always so heavily pushing their "FLU SHOT" (even though it only works on one strain of the flu and typically will give you flu like symptoms if you're at all sensitive to it)
...and why I am constantly reminding my kids to wash their hands, not share drinks with friends and to keep their hands to themselves.

No products were sent for this post!  I was not compensated by any company, in any way, by posting my motherly advice about how to rid your home of virus/flu germs.

Regardless the cause of it (cause who really knows)...getting rid of the virus or flu, getting the sick healthy again and preventing the spread of it (because most of the time it's highly contagious) are my MAIN CONCERNS when it comes to sicknesses.  Making sure that it only lasts as long as it has to and then once it's gone, it's gone!  BYE!  ADIOS! I also make sure (I try my best) that it's not shared with another healthy person in the house, it is not sent to the school to infect teachers & friends, and it is ultimately 100% terminated!

Thank goodness for LYSOL and CLOROX wipes and anything that kills bacteria and viruses.  I love a clean home all the time, but especially when I know that there is some little bug spreading around (one that may have already attacked a person or two in our household) and I am always praying it doesn't get shared with all eight of us.  Heck, I even spray out the cars, when they have transported people who are ill!

And for those who are infected with whatever strain of virus or flu it is...you must keep them hydrated, well rested (when my kids are home with the flu, they don't leave their beds unless they have to potty), and contained (so it isn't spread around the house).  I open the windows for some fresh air (yes, just a crack because it's pretty cool outside and raining today) and walk through the house spraying Lysol in the air and on anything that might be touched.  I do LAUNDRY all day, washing blankets, clothes, towels, etc.  And anything that gets put in the trash can, will make its way to the outside trash before evening, so no germs are laying around, waiting to infect the next innocent victim.

Do you take the FLU or "whatever" virus SERIOUSLY?  
Do you do everything you can to minimize the lengh of time it stays around and maximize protection against the spread of it?  

Maybe I'm paranoid, or maybe I'm just being smart when it comes to a household with eight people...but since we have the flu/virus in our home today...you can bet this is what I'll be doing all day today!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I BARELY SURVIVED - My First Spin-Sculpt Class @MyGarageFit

Our wedding is only a few months away!  


But with that being said, our honeymoon is only a few months away too (as well as summer, etc.) and I want to look toned and fit for all of the above.

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting my honest opinion about the class I attended today.  This class was offered free to the community to raise interest in membership for the club.

My neighbor across the street is a fitness BUFF!  She's a personal trainer, has an amazingly toned & tight body, is a mommy herself, and encourages me constantly to come try out some of her classes.  I smile, nod and tell her thanks for the offer...but so far, I've never gone to anything she's offered to me.

The truth is...I'm a total wimp!  
I always have hated doing anything that brings pain to my body (even good pain...because I know that I need to be physicially fit).  
Today, she talked me into it!  She was teaching a new Spin-Sculpt class at 9:30 and I had to come! There's a new health & fitness place opening up in our town, she was teaching the class and I decided to finally take a class she was offering me yet again.    

I'll admit, I almost cancelled!  I thought about it and talked myself out of it!  I knew I needed to do this for myself!  I'm glad I did!  
It's 30 minutes of spinning!  Now I'm not talking about taking a slow bike ride around town.  I'm talking about sweat dripping down your forehead, loud music pumping, and Jamie's voice encouraging you to push through the hurt and DO IT!  I made it...barely!  I may not have been able to keep up with all the "levels of tension" that we were supposed to increase on the bike, or standing up and peddling as much as everyone else did, but I never stopped peddling...and for that, I was hnnappy & proud of myself.
The second half of the class is the SCULPT part.  This is the part that focuses on body part toning...such as your legs, arms and booty.
With a medicine ball, a yoga mat and an instructor encouraging you to tighten those areas, we sweated and pushed through the class.  I will admit, I had to stop and grab water a couple times during this part (next time I will bring a water bottle with me)...because, to be honest, it HURTS!  All those muscles I've neglected are saying, "HELLO!"  My heart rate was getting up a little too high and I had to breath and slow it down so I wouldn't pass out.  But...I made it through!

TOMORROW...I probably won't be able to walk or pick anything up with my arms.  But...I did the class and it was fun and I am proud of myself for pushing through and actually going.  

Who knows...maybe this will be a new thing for me!  
If nothing else, my bathing suit will fit a little bit better for the honeymoon!  

CLICK HERE to learn more about where I took the class and see if there is something you're interested in trying out too, if you're local!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about the FREE class I took today.  This is meerly my opinion about the class and the fitness center I chose to go to today to work out.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bangin' Eyes And Soft Touch MakeUp Bag To Boot... @HardCandyLife

As you know, I am a mom that loves to learn more about makeup application, loves to try out new makeup & even new makeup techniques.  In fact, our oldest daughter isn't allowed to wear makeup till high school, but she has a blast "learning" how to apply makeup, and she uses me as her "test dummy" most of the time.  

All products for this review/feature were sent free fo charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about the products being featured!

It's fun to accentuate things with makeup, right?
Got great lips?  Line them and wear a lush color that will make them look amazing!
Got gorgeous eyes?  Line them with dark or colorful eyeliner and make them pop!
Are your eyebrows too light or too thin?  Pencil those babies in and love your bushy brows!
HARD CANDY, as you have heard me talk about a lot recently, is a makeup line that is fun, inexpensive (sold at Walmart and such) and offers fun, unique and cutting edge products.  
They sent me a couple fun products to check out!
We received the new "Kajal Supreme" Eyeliner Duo.  I LOVE THIS!!  
I am learning to apply liquid eyeliner to my top lids.  I can't say I have my technique perfected, but everyday I get a little better.  I have always worn the soft kajal (or crayon) type liner on my lower inner rim.  When I do this, my eyes are one of the first things you notice about me, at least I think so!  It's one of the things I get complimented on the most about my face...people love my eyes!
This eyeliner has one side that is the soft Kajal style liner (it rolls in and out), that is like a crayon.  I used this side for my bottom rim.  The other side is the liquid liner.  This I used to outline my top lid.  Because it's black, it accentuates my eyes and really gives them a bold look.  I'm not good at doing the wing or really doing any other tricks with eyeliner besides lining my actual rim, but I admire girls that can do these techniques.  For the cost of this liner, I would definitely buy this!  Especially since you get a bit of both the liquid and the crayon style liner in one.
I also received the Soft Touch Medium Cosmetic Bag...in "LITTLE HOTTIE".  This bag is soft, bright and has pockets for both makeup (on one side) and brushes (on the other side).  It's spacious too, because my contour and concealer pallets are not small & they fit great!  I LOVE THIS!!  That way you don't have to shove everything into one (sometimes this causes damage to your brushes).  I love this makeup bag!!
After all my HARD CANDY product review posts, I'm curious...have you gone out and bought any Hard Candy products yet?  What are you waiting for?  Their product line is priced affordable, they work great and they can give you a boost in your current "look" if it's time for a change or even a slight update.  It's fun...trying new things out and experimenting with different makeup looks & techniques.  You never know, you may really come to enjoy not only different ways of wearing your makeup, but also fall in love with Hard Candy products too.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Healthier Soda Alternative - @CascadeIceWater

Giving up soda has been a challenge for me!

As you know, I decided that no longer drinking soda was the right thing to do, healthwise, for me this NEW YEAR.  So far, I've done great, but I'm not going to lie and say it's been easy!  I've been drinking plenty of water with lemon, water with a straw (cause I can drink it faster and it satisfies my thirst quicker) and even water with lime.  I could have some tea or iced tea, but I would want to add sugar and I don't want the calories, so I will continue on my water quest.

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company being featured.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion of these flavored sparkling waters.

One product that I've tried before( CLICK HERE to see my past review) came to my mind...as I've struggled on a few occasions, wanting something sweet and bubbly to drink.  It's a zero calorie drink (sounds good right), it's sparkling water, and it tastes great.  My only concern really came with the question of what the "zero calorie" sweetner was.  The main reason I am not drinking soda anymore is because I drink diet (because I don't like to drink my daily allotted calories) and the artificial sweetners in most diet sodas is known to cause cancer.  EEK!!
This wonderful box arrived full of Cascade Ice Waters in all different flavors for me to try out.  
I was delighted, and so were my taste buds!
I had to taste test them all, to see which one was my favorite!  
Do you have guess?  
Watch the video to find out:
The flavors of these Cascade Ice Waters are great...and definitely help "jazz up" the taste of boring old water.  The "sweetner" is a sugar derivitive known as sucralose, and is known to be safe so far, in case studies.  With that being said, this is not a drink that I will be drinking primarily.  It will not be replacing my normal water intake at all.  
So like with any other drinks, in moderation is a fabulous treat.
Cascade Ice Waters can also be a tasty zero calorie "mixer" if you wanted to make your drink MATURE.  I personally prefer it the way it comes.  
Cascade Ice Waters is sold in retailers across the nation (CLICK HERE)!  If you're looking for a zero calorie alternative to soda or just want to try something new & great tasting, then head out and buy some Cascade Ice Waters, in your favorite flavors today.  
I want to know what your favorite flavor is!!

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