January 29, 2016

Temptations Snacky Mouse Cat Treat Toy | Chewy.com Review

As per usual it is time for our monthly Chewy.com review! This month the kitties got a Chewy box containing one of their favorite brands of cat treats, Temptations! For the month of January, Anna and Bailey have been playing with the Temptations Snacky Mouse Cat Treat Toy!






At first, I wasn't sure what the girls would think about this concept of a cat toy. Where they have to play with the toy to get treats. I wasn't sure if they would be able to figure it out or not. As most of my long time readers know my 2 cats, Anna and Bailey have quite a large age gap. Anna is 15, and Bailey is 4. Anna likes to play with catnip toys every once in a while, but shes mostly your typical senior cat. She sleeps most of the day and doesn't play like she used to. Bailey on the other hand plays all day long. So naturally I thought that Bailey would be all over this toy. But I was dead wrong. When the toy arrived, I filled it up with the Temptations treats that were included, and set it down on the carpet for them to play. Bailey came over and sniffed it, then walked off. I honestly thought that this was done then and there. But Anna came over, and started moving it around with her nose. Then she took her paw and started tossing it around the floor and treats came out. That was it. She is now addicted to this toy! She cannot get enough of it! Bailey tries to come over and play with it and Anna will chase her off! This is her toy now haha! I guess it's true, if you snooze you lose! 

I love that this toy gets my 15 year old senior cat up and active again. It is fantastic enrichment for her. She will bat that toy around the entire house until shes got every single treat. I love watching her play with it, it's like watching her as a kitten again!


I cannot rave about this product enough! I have been recommending this to all of my fellow cat owners! Without a doubt this gets a 5 paw rating!

        


First Impression: Topaz Unisex Dress Watch


Hi lovies! Today I wanted to share with you another new First Impression! Today I am trying out... well rather, trying on the Topaz Unisex Dress Watch!



MY FIRST IMPRESSION:

This watch is very classic looking, and it is truly a unisex piece. On a man I feel this would have that timeless classic clean look, and would work well for casual and formal wear. On a woman, it adds a bit of sophisticated chic to your look. I personally like to wear watches as more of an accessory rather than a actual time piece. This one goes with so many of my outfits, and just adds a little bit of something extra to my look, I really enjoy it. It is easy to set the time, no hassle at all!

The quality is nice, although I am not one who knows much about watches and what sets their quality apart. But so far this one seems pretty nice. I do wish that it came packaged better. It came to me in a piece of plastic. I would have like to see it in a box at least. The way it comes packaged makes it very easy for it to be damaged during shipment, and it doesn't provide much of a first impression.


Overall, its a beautiful watch, and truly a nice unisex piece. 



January 19, 2016

Top Notch "30 in 30" Protein Shakes | Review





DETAILS FROM THE BRAND:

THE EASIEST FIRST STEP TO A LEAN & HEALTHY BODY - 30 grams of pure whey protein isolate within 30 minutes of waking up - along with only 4 other ingredients to keep you full and have your body burning fat for energy all morning long - all natural flavors and no nasty fillers or preservatives.

MOST LIKELY WEIGHT LOSS! In an experiment of 102 people, 82.4% reported losing body fat in the first month of consuming "30 in 30" shakes. One person lost as much as 15lbs by making this one simple change for breakfast. What will they do for you? --The right nutrients @ The right time = The Right Results!! - Ideal for male/females

A DELICIOUS WAY TO START YOUR DAY - Mix with 8oz of water or milk for a rich, full-flavored shake or 10-14oz for a less sweetened, milder flavored shake --Whatever you prefer --You'll also receive our most popular shake recipes and tips from our in-house nutritionist on how to best use the shakes to achieve your goals - Money back guarantee

A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO THE START OF EACH WORKDAY -we include a one month supply for the busy workweek --Treat yourself on the weekends! --We'll have you out the door in 60 seconds on those busy workday mornings - Really convenient for business travelers also!







MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I am on a weight loss journey, and one thing that I have found that really helps me in this process is whey protein. I replace one meal a day with a whey protein shake, and it has really made a difference. I have been just using this brand over the past few weeks, and I have to say that I am quite pleased with how they are aiding my weight loss. 

I like that this pack offers you 2 flavors, both of which are nicely flavored. I started off just using 1 pack with 12 oz of milk, but I found that the flavors were just too intense for me. So I switched to just mixing half a packet with 12 oz of milk, and the flavor is much more subtle which I like. These flavors are nice, and they don't have that overly sweet flavor. Do they taste like chocolate cake or vanilla ice cream? Not really. They just taste like regular chocolate and vanilla to me. The chocolate one I really enjoy because it gives me that little hit of chocolate that I crave. They aren't loaded with all sorts of unknown ingredients which I also appreciate. They are fairly easy to mix as well, I find they mix best when used with a shaker. 


So far I am very pleased with the Top Notch 30 in 30. I use them 3 times a week to replace either my breakfast or most often my lunch. Great to take on the go since they come in individual packets. Overall, a great whey protein shake!


January 18, 2016

All Weather Snow / Sun Cover Protector | Review




DETAILS FROM THE BRAND:

- Keeping Snow / Ice Off During The Winter and can also use as Sun Shade Protector In Summer!

- No more scrape frost, ice or snow in frozen mornings! Made of High Quality Durable Water Resistant materials, snow / Water will not leak through the cover.

- Easy & convenient to use, no tool required for installation. Secure with Side Flaps design, prevent from falling off.

- Fits most Cars and CRVs.


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

I live in Northern New England, and we are known for our snow and ice storms here. There is nothing more annoying than having to go out and scrape down your car windshield on those brutally cold mornings. Scraping ice and snow takes time plus you're stuck out in the cold. You can start your car up and let it de-frost that way, but you are just wasting gas. Using this windshield cover has been the best life saver ever!

This is really easy to put on your car, it has 2 flaps that you close in your driver and passenger side doors. The cover stays on and protects your windshield from the elements. The night before I know it is going to snow or have ice, I run outside and put this cover on. When I am heading out for work the next morning, I simply open my car doors and pull the cover off. Perfectly clear windshield every time! It saves me so much time and effort! I absolutely love this cover, and I recommend it to everyone. I have gotten a few questions from people who see it on my car, and they are amazed at how well it works, and how fast I am out the door!

This cover is very nice quality, and is thicker than what I was expecting it to be. Definitely a well worth investment!

January 12, 2016

Top Mates - Aussie Finishing Sauces | First Impression + Giveaway




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Top Mates are award winning finishing sauces from Australia now available in the U.S.
-Every artisan-crafted sauce is slow-cooked, yielding powerful, full-bodied flavors never seen before right out of a jar.
-Use as a condiment, a marinade or during cooking.
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MY FIRST IMPRESSION:

I love to cook, and I always use spices and sauces in my everyday meals. I had never heard of Top Mates before, or the term "finishing sauce". I had a chance to browse their online website, and got the idea of what they were, and the different sauces they had to offer. Right away I was drawn to 3. The Savory Cherry, Caramelized Garlic and Savor Pineapple. All 3 of those are flavors that I simply adore, and really wanted to use in some of my dishes. 

The next day after these arrived I took them out and decided to test them. I was making pork chops and figured that all 3 flavors would go nicely with them. I took 3 plastic bags, and put pork chops into each of the bags. I then spooned in about a tablespoon of each finishing sauce into the bags with the chops. I let them marinade for a half hour while I prepped other dishes. I will say that straight out of the jar these had powerful aromas. I was in heaven! After marinading I put the chops on a skillet and pan fried them. I added more of the sauce right before taking the chops off the heat. The smells in my kitchen were blissful! Food lovers dream!

For the taste test, I took 1 of each chop, and gave each a try. All of the sauces were AMAZING! Robust flavors that just add this final touch to your dishes. The Savory Cherry sauce reminded me of Christmas again. It went nicely with the pork chop, although I bet it would be even better on a ham. It has a nice tart flavor, with some sweetness. The Caramelized Garlic was fantastic. Bold garlic flavor, again with some sweetness. This was good with pork chops, but I am DYING to try this with steak or burgers! And finally the Savory Pineapple, that was a nice tropical flavor for the pork chops. It complimented it very well. 

They offer quite a few flavors which are sure to please anyone and everyone! Check out their website to see all the awesome flavors!

I am looking forward to using these with more dishes, and seeing what new combos I can come up with. These would be a perfect gift to give someone, or just for yourself!  

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January 06, 2016

Slim Sleeper Memory Foam Edition Pillow by Delta Comfort Labs | Review




I am a stomach / side sleeper, so I have a tendency to favor flatter pillows rather than puffy ones. The pillows I have in my bed are the standard cotton ones. I have never used a memory foam pillow before, but I have always heard great things about them. They are suppose to offer better support and contour to your body. 

I have been solely using this pillow at night to see just how well it would work out for me. It is definitely the thinnest "new" pillow I have ever had. But this isn't a negative. Normally when I get a new pillow, it will take months before it gets to a thickness that I prefer. This one though came out of the bag at just the right thickness for me. It contours to my head, and neck perfectly. I also like that it comes with a removable protective pillow case that you can easily wash. This was fantastic because the pillow was a bit larger than my standard pillows, so none of my pillow cases would have fit it anyways. 

If you like flatter pillows, then this is definitely a pillow to try out. I have only been using it for about a week now, but so far I am pretty impressed!

Below are some more photos to give you a better view of this pillow!





January 02, 2016

Losing Weight In 2016 - Starting A New Journey

Those who have followed my blog for a while will know that weight loss is something that I have always been struggling with. I have gone on diets, lost weight, gotten burned out, and gained weight back. Its a frustrating process, but it is something I have never given up on.

I've always thought that my weight loss was just about food and exercise. It's not. In order to lose the weight I need to get deeper than the foods that I eat. I need to unearth why I went down this path. I need to face those road blocks head on, move them, and run past them!

2016 is my year. This year I will be turning 28 years old, holy scary! I have 2 years left before I turn 30. When I hit that milestone, I want to be in a better place. Physically and emotionally. In 2015 I lost 19 pounds, went outside of my comfort zone, realized I could do anything, gained some weight back, but gained some confidence in myself.

If you are also on a weight loss journey, and have a blog or YouTube channel, comment below and I will be sure to follow along your journey as well!

Happy New Year loves! Let's make it a great one!