December 31, 2015

Canidae Grain Free Pure Taste Cat Treats | Chewy.com

Happy December! Hard to believe today specifically is the last day of the year. Time has flown by! This month Chewy sent Anna and Bailey some new treats to try out. The Canidae Grain Free Pure Taste Cat Treats With Fresh Trout.




My cats love their treats, they get about 5 daily and they look forward to it. As soon as I opened the bag, the girls came running. I gave them each a handful of the treats, but sadly they just sniffed them and walked away. Even my cat Bailey who will usually eat just about anything, she wanted nothing to do with these.

I put them in their dry food, and they picked around them. Neither one of my cats even sampled a piece.

Some things are a miss with them, and this is one of those rare occasions. Usually one might like something and the other will not, but this was a complete across the board sweep. They just aren't fans.

Needless to say, this only gets a 1 paw rating.



December 18, 2015

Chomps Snack Sticks | First Impression + Giveaway

Today I am going to be doing a First Impression blog, but instead of a product that I will be testing out, this is actually going to be food related! So if you are a foodie like myself, join me as I do a taste test with Chomps Snack Sticks!
From the time I was a little kid I enjoyed beef jerky snack sticks. However many that are on the market today just aren't that good for you. They are packed with by products, fillers, preservatives and who knows what else. When I had the chance to connect with Chomps Snack Sticks I really liked how they made their product. The Chomps Snack Sticks are made with 100% grass fed beef, no MSG, nitrates, fillers, binders, and no added preservatives. They instead use celery juice to keep the beef sticks staying fresh. Amazing right? I loved that I could read the ingredients label, and see just a few simple ingredients.





Chomps Snack Sticks sent me their 3 flavors to sample. Original, Hoppin' Jalapeno, and Crankin' Cran. I just finished sampling each, so let me share my thoughts!

Original Flavor- I absolutely love these! I will say that out of all 3 flavors this was my favorite. It has a nice beef jerky snack stick flavor to it that we are all familiar with. The flavors are nice and bold, without being spicy. I love that these snack sticks aren't greasy or oily as some others can be. These are a perfect snack, and are great for on the go. 100 calories per stick which is fantastic for those who are calorie counting.

Hoppin' Jalapeno- This flavor has a nice little kick to it. I personally am not a fan of spicy foods, and this one wasn't too bad. It has a lovely jalapeno flavor, with that kick. I really enjoyed this flavor, and it is one that I would have again! This also is just 100 calories per stick!

Crankin' Cran- This one was just a little too spicy for me. It starts off with a sweet flavor, then the heat kicks in. For me I had to grab a glass of milk to put out the fire in my mouth! It definitely has some heat and some kick! However if you are someone who loves spicy foods, this would be one I would really recommend trying. It really just comes down to your own preferences. This one comes in at 110 calories which is still fantastic!

I really enjoyed these snack sticks! I have 1 stick left in each flavor that I will be giving as samples to family members over the Christmas holiday coming up, and I'm eager to hear their thoughts! For me, I really give Chomps Snack Sticks a big 2 thumbs up. I love how basic they keep their food, its something I appreciate. I would like to see more flavors from this company because they obviously are on the right track with these snack sticks! Perhaps a teriyaki flavor?

For those on special diets, these have no added sugars, are gluten free and are paleo friendly! If you want to try out these snacks for yourself, you can visit their online website, Chomps Snack Sticks.

Also enter the giveaway Chomps Snacks Sticks is holding below!

December 17, 2015

Hair Growth Botanical Renovation Sulfate-Free Scalp Stimulating Shampoo | Review




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POWERFUL HAIR LOSS PREVENTION: Most effective 100% natural anti-hair loss scalp treatment for men and women. Rich in fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins. 100% ORGANIC INGREDIENTS. SLS-FREE. VITAMINS ENRICHED. NO MINERAL OIL. NO PARABENS. NO HORMONES. ALCOHOL-FREE.

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WHAT IT DOES: Reduces hair loss by promoting additional blood circulation around hair follicles, and restores lost proteins that increase hair follicle strength. Improves scalp and hair health by encouraging hair follicles to remain in their growth phase. Contains powerful BOTANICAL active ingredients which have been shown to reduce hair loss, stimulate hair growth and return dormant hair follicles back to function. Proper use of this shampoo alone can help to reduce the rate of hair loss and maintain the density of thinning hair. Try other products from our HAIR GROWTH line: anti-hair loss SCALP TREATMENTS and deep reconstructive CONDITIONERS.

DOES IT HELP WITH DHT? - Yes, HAIR GROWTH Botanical Renovation product line helps to reduce hair-loss caused by DHT. Unique formula penetrates the scalp with natural oil nourishment and includes the strongest known botanical hair-loss fighting bioactive components combined with premium botanical active ingredients which have been shown to reduce hair loss, stimulate hair growth and return dormant hair follicles back to function. Treatment improves scalp and hair health by encouraging hair follicles to remain in their growth phase, but it is not meant to be a comprehensive cure or an alternative therapy to treat levels of androgens or testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.

HOW MUCH TO APPLY: Comb residual styling products out of your hair. Dampen your hair well with lukewarm water. Use a quarter-size amount of shampoo [for short to medium long hair] and distribute the product over the scalp with circulating movements and through your hair. Foam up the dollop of shampoo with a little water before massaging the foaming shampoo through your hair and scalp. Be sure not to scratch your scalp with your fingernails. Leave on for 1-2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and repeat again. Completely rinse the shampoo out of your hair using clear water. Follow up with conditioner and style your hair as usual. For best results apply 2-3 times a week. PLEASE NOTE: We use only high quality and high potency ingredients sourced from the most reliable resources. Some of the ingredients like Essential Oils and Botanical Extracts are added to provide sensation of icy-hot warmth to intensify the effect of the treatment. These ingredients, when used as directed, will produce "tingling" sensation, which is expected. This sensation will increase with the increased amount of product. That's why it is important to follow directions thoroughly to prevent skin irritation. One 10.2 oz bottle of shampoo should last for about 15-20 weeks [for short to medium long hair].





MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

Thinning hair and hair loss run in my family, so it is something I have wanted to start taking steps in preventing. I have baby fine hair that tends to be very dry. I use this shampoo twice a week, for 8-10 minutes while I am in the shower. First I love the scent of the Lemongrass and Rosemary. It makes my whole bathroom smell like a spa. It has that natural herbal scent that is just so invigorating! The shampoo is a slightly yellow color, and it gives a very slight lather. I have medium to long length hair, so I use about a heaping teaspoon full of the shampoo to cover my entire scalp. I pretty much just focus this right on my roots and scalp area. It gives a immediate tingling sensation which at first took some getting used to. Now I absolutely love it! It feels so lovely! Doesn't hurt and isn't uncomfortable at all. 

I have been using this for almost a month now, and there are so many things that I notice. First, my hair isn't falling out at the rate that it was. Before I was shedding hair quite a bit, and now it's slowed down to a minimum. My hair is growing a lot faster and stronger. And although most of my hair is dry, my scalp would always get greasy fast if I didn't wash my hair quite frequently. After using this shampoo, I can wash my hair every other day, or every 2 days and not feel grimy and gross! I still have a long way to go with this product, but so far I am really a fan of this! It is definitely worth a shot!

December 11, 2015

The Ridiculous 6 - Netflix Original Film Review

Today the newest Netflix Original film was released, The Ridiculous 6. Like many other Netflix subscribers, I was pretty excited to see what this movie would be like since it features so many popular actors and actresses. Plus it is a Happy Madison Production, which if you are familiar with Adam Sandler, then you will know this is his production company. I knew from the previews that this movie was going to be a campy comedy, so I eagerly tuned in tonight to give the movie a first watch.

22 minutes into the movie I already disliked it. I had to force myself to continue on watching it. The base of the story is fantastic, however the way they went around filming it, and the dialogue, it's just horrible. Adam Sandler, a actor which I really enjoy just is very lackluster in this film. His acting seems forced, and not natural. And as I said, the dialogue is just so off for this type of movie, it's ridiculous. There isn't much for comedy, aside from the fact that I am laughing at how stupid the movie is.

I'm going to keep this review short, sweet and to the point. I give this one a big 2 thumbs down. Not worth the time of day.

December 04, 2015

First Impression: RawSpiceBar Monthly Spice Box

Monthly subscription services seem to have taken over the Internet in the past few years. I absolutely love them and what they offer. I like being able to try something out before I jump in and make a purchase. I was so thrilled to hear that there was a subscription service like that for spices, RawSpiceBar.


Over the past few years I have developed quite a spice collection in my kitchen. I personally believe that spices are what can introduce you to a new culture. RawSpiceBar takes you all over the world, and introduces you to new cultures and flavors with their monthly spice box.  For $6 a month you get 3 fresh packets of spices that take you all over the world. They were kind enough to send me the November 2015 kit which took us to Ethiopia. The kit comes with the spices of course, as well as a brochure which gives you a bit of information on the area and the spices, plus there were 3 recipes for me to try out using the spices I was sent.



I love how the spices are presented. They come in small packets which feature the spice name, a little information about the spice, and the ingredients. They really inform you about the spices which is fantastic when dealing with a spice you have never worked with before. They give you a decent amount of the spices as well, enough to do a few recipes with them. A nice sampling. This will let you try it out and see if it is something you like or not. This months box did have some heat to it, which is something that I am gradually adding into my foods. This is a great way for me to open my palette to new things!





I absolutely adore this company, and I love what they offer. This would be a perfect monthly subscription box for anyone who loves to cook, bake, or loves to experience new cultures. Without a doubt this gets a 5 star rating from me! If you are interested in learning more about RawSpiceBar, visit their website here!

What is your favorite spice? Tell me in the comments below, or on Facebook!

November 30, 2015

Purina Pro Plan True Nature Protein Crunch | Chewy.com Review

How crazy is it that today is the last day of November? The new year is creeping up on us! Anna, Bailey and myself hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving!

This month the girls had quite a bit to be thankful for... their warm beds, yummy food, and their November Chewy.com review item! This month they got to try out the Purina Pro Plan True Nature Protein Crunch with Real Lamb.



If you are a long time reader of Anna and Baileys monthly blogs, you know that they LOVE cat treats! Thru Chewy, I have been able to expand the range of flavors that they enjoy, and this was their first time ever having a lamb cat treat.

It comes in a resealable pouch which my cats have come to recognize. They know that once they hear that bag being crinkled, it's treat time! They will wake up and come running for treats!

The second that I opened these, I had both Anna and Bailey at my feet begging for a snack. I gave them each a few treats, and both of them ate them right up. I wasn't sure what they would think of lamb since they are big fish and chicken fans. They loved it! As most of you know, Anna is my senior cat, and shes lost many of her teeth. These are crunchy, but she has no problem eating them!

These are definitely a big hit with them! These get a 5 paw rating no doubt!

        

As always, enjoy our photos below!

Take One...

Take Two... That's Better!

I wonder if the bag is open?

Yummy Treats!

Nom nom nomm nommmm!

I ate too much... Hello Nap-time!


November 23, 2015

Sentey ThorX High Definition Stereo Headphones | Review | Gifts For Him / Her




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  • Powerful & Stylish Over Ear headphones / Built-in Mic for hands free talk functionality / Metal build / Guaranteed Comfort / Music headphones / Built for last / Durable headphones
  • AUX line in allows music playback from various devices such as smartphones, tablets, PC and much more.
  • Foldable headphone for easy storage, adjustable headband. Deluxe carry case for easy transportation & care / Tangle free flat 3.5mm audio cable / Stainless Steel Headband.
  • Athletic headphones / musician headphones / Professional Headphones / Protein Leather over the ear cushion and headband. Passive noise reduction ear cushion
  • Clean bass, mid and treble. Well equalized. Play/Pause, Answer/Hang up control compatible with other brands such as Sony®, Android®, Kindle®, Samsung® and others. Volume control only compatible with Apple® devices, iPod®, iPhone®, iPad®, MacBook®.


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I use headphones with my laptop on a daily basis, and mostly I have been using cheap ones that I buy at mass retailers. They last a few months, then the quality goes. I have always been a fan of the bigger headphones. I like how they concentrate the sound. Plus they are usually a lot more comfortable to wear.

When I opened up the box for these, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they come in a carrying case. I love the idea of having some place to store my headphones safely. It makes traveling with them so much better! I don't have to worry about the cord or headset getting messed up and tossed around. The headphones do fold to fit into the case which I again appreciate. The overall appearance of the headphones is very nice. Sleek looking, and very well constructed. 

These fit comfortably. At first it took be a little bit to get used to them. They are a little bit heavier than my old headphones so that was my only adjustment. The sound quality of these is very nice. Clear, clean and crisp. Like some others have mentioned, I too was expecting a little bit more bass with these. Overall though, they are a pretty decent pair of headphones! 

November 20, 2015

Modfamily (2-pack) Mini Plastic Bag Heat Sealer | Review


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Simple and Modern: Squeeze, Slide and Re-Seal Original Bags to keep Food Fresh and reduce the need for ziplock bags


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Designed with ease of use in mind - Place edge of poly or mylar bag in your sealer and slowly pull the bag through. Squeeze air out of bag before completing the seal to create vacuum effect.

Compact - Accessible, handy use in your kitchen, cabinet, outdoors or anywhere you need it.

Airtight seal - Create airtight seal and prevent your food from tasting bland and stale. Lock in freshness and flavor. Safely seal all types of bags. Works best with mylar (i.e. potato chips) bags.



MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

These heat sealers are honestly such a fantastic product to have in the kitchen! I like to have chips, and snacks, however I hate that I can never seal them up well. I either use bag holders, ties, clothespins, or what have you. Air can still get into the bags and make my food go bad a lot faster, which is a waste of money.

These are so handy! Just pop in a battery, move the shield, and you are ready to go. I found the best way to use this is to start off slow, and find the speed that works well with the type of plastic you are sealing. Some plastics seal a lot faster and don't require the slow speed. Others take a bit longer, so it's really trial by error. Once I got the hang of these, I was able to seal a bag up in seconds and have a full seal with one swipe. At the beginning, it would take me a few go overs to get the bag fully sealed!


These do have a magnetic back, but I found that they are way to heavy to put on the fridge. They just slide down to the floor. So I keep mine on top of the fridge for safe keeping. I also wouldn't recommend children using this since it is melting plastic.



November 03, 2015

Toosum Healthy Foods Snack Bars | Review




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We know you’re careful about what you eat at meal times—lots of veggies, healthy protein, complex carbs. But snack time can be tricky because many “healthy” snack bars out there are loaded with sugar and calories or packed with preservatives and other ingredients concocted in a lab, not a kitchen.

So we set out to create a gluten-free, satisfying snack that tastes great and gives you all the healthy benefits you expect from the good foods you put in your body.

Say hello to Toosum!

Each of our delicious 100-calorie snack bars is made with nutrient-dense (and certified gluten-free!) rolled oats, chia seeds, and other delicious ingredients straight from nature, all with benefits that go way beyond their good taste.

Our seriously amazing benefits, crafted just for you:
•Low in sugar and no refined sugars
•Certified gluten-free
•Non-GMO
•No artificial anything
•Gluten-free rolled oats—heart-healthy fiber has been shown to lower cholesterol
•Chia seeds—full of omega-3 fatty acids to help reduce risk of heart disease
•Cashew butter – monounsaturated fat to help improve cardiovascular health
•Chicory root—another protein-packed, fiber-rich ingredient to help your digestive system
•Sunflower seeds—packed with vitamin E and antioxidants
•Coconut—loaded with fiber to improve digestion and stabilize glucose levels
•Banana—high in potassium to help lower blood pressure and tryptophan to help boost your mood
•Acai berries—high in powerful antioxidants to help boost the immune system and slow the body’s aging process.
•Cranberries—loaded with antioxidants and proanthocyanidins, polyphenols that keep bacteria
•Cherries—an excellent source of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure by getting rid of the excess sodium
•Plums – a good source of fiber that helps normalize blood glucose levels by slowing the absorption of sugars
•Blueberries—high in powerful antioxidants and vitamin C to help boost the immune system and brain function.
•Greek yogurt—loaded with probiotics to support healthy digestion


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I absolutely love these snack bars! Out of all the flavors, my favorite is the coconut and banana. These bars are great for snacks at home, at work, or just on the go. They have nice flavors, and I love the flavor combos that they have. These sort of remind me of cereal bars in a way. They are light, so you can eat one and not have that heavy feel that you can sometimes get from granola bars and other health bars.

I am on a weight loss journey, so these are fantastic alternatives to have when I am hungry, and want to reach for something good!

Overall I am a fan of these, they taste great, and make a perfect snack!




October 30, 2015

Wellness TruFood Tasty Pairings Cat Food | Chewy.com Review

I hope everyone had a great October! Happy Halloween (a day early) as well! Anna and Bailey aren't dressing up this year, although I saw quite a few cute pet costumes in the stores, and I was quite tempted!


So what a better way to celebrate October, Halloween, and Fall than with a pumpkin theme, which is exactly what Chewy did this month!


For October Anna and Bailey got to try out the Wellness TruFood Tasty Pairings Grain Free Cat Food in Chicken, Pumpkin and Turkey flavor. I was a little curious to see how well my cats would like this food since it does have a fair amount of visible pumpkin in it. I have given this to them about once or twice a week for the past 4 weeks. I notice that both cats will lick up the gravy that is in with the food, but won't really eat the food. I thought perhaps if I mixed up the food, and combined everything that they might eat it, but they still would just lap up the juice and leave 95% of the food.



Unfortunately this month, the girls are giving the Wellness TruFood Tasty Pairings Grain Free Cat Food a 2 paw rating. It just wasn't for them.

  


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