Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chewy.com

I was lucky enough to be approached to review treats in the past for Chewy.com, and my boys LOVED them!  So when Kira asked if I might be interested in having the boys try out their dog food, we jumped at the chance!
I chose the Sojos Complete Dog Food with freeze-dried raw turkey, so that's all that we expected.  But we opened up the box and were quite shocked to find so much more!

One 2 pound bag of Sojos Complete Dog Food with freeze-dried raw turkey (large blue bag).  Four sample size bags each of Sojos Grain-Free fruit and veggie (green bags), Sojos Complete with freeze-dried raw beef (yellow bag), and Sojos Original wheat- and corn-free (orange bag).  Two bags each of Sojos grain-free treats lamb and sweet potato flavor (brown label) and Sojos chicken pot pie flavor (orange label).  It was an overwhelming choice with what to try first!  The boys were in HEAVEN!
Ultimately, we went with the Sojos Original wheat- and corn-free sample.  
Since it's freeze-dried, it doesn't look the same as regular dog food that you're used to buying at the store.  I mixed it with half a cup of warm water, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then let the boys try it.  Some of the samples suggest adding raw meat.  Since I didn't have any on hand that I was willing to share with the boys, they haven't tried those yet.  
I mixed one sample size bag up in one bowl and split the food into two bowls after adding water and letting it sit.  Shiver and Chico couldn't get enough of it!  They cleaned their bowls and went looking for more!  (I had just mopped the floor and didn't know if the dogs were going to make a mess or not, that's why I laid the newspaper down.)   The dog treats have been just as big of a hit with them.  They just can't get enough!
They've since tried the Sojos Complete Dog Food and the boys loved it just as much.  I've been feeding them this and supplementing it with dry food to get them used to it.  I love that it's all natural.  When Chico went for his annual shots recently, the vet said that he had a galloping heartbeat.  Feeding him this has given me peace of mind that he's eating healthy.  I want him to be around for a very long time, and this will help keep him in good condition.     
One two pound bag makes up to ten pounds of food.  This is going to last my boys quite awhile, along with the other dog food samples we received.  However, I have no doubt that we'll be ordering another bag when this one is finished.  Chewy offers auto-ship so that you never have to worry about running out of food, which is always handy!  Plus, any order over $50 gets free shipping and handling.  

If you ever have some free time to kill, you should really take a look at their website.  It's not all about just dog and cat foods.  It's got other interesting features too!  

I would definitely recommend Chewy.com to anyone and everyone.  I just can't say enough good things about them. We've reviewed not just one, but several different products, and my boys have loved every single one of them.  

Have you tried Chewy.com yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?

We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided free samples of dog food and treats in return for our honest opinion.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Meme

I meant to post a review of Chewy.com last Wednesday, which would have included pix of my handsome boys.  Unfortch, things have been crazy busy lately, and don't seem to be slowing down any time soon.  The end of the semester is nearing, so things are really getting down to the wire in regards to assignments.  I'm really gonna try and get that posted this Wednesday instead.

I've been noticing a lot of comments by new bloggers the last few weeks.  Welcome!  I don't know what's drawn you here.  I haven't gotten any new followers in awhile (haven't lost any either, so thank you!), but I do hope you'll come back and visit from time to time.
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Took this from here.

1.  If you auditioned for American Idol, what song would you sing? 

I like to think I have an excellent voice when I'm in the car with the windows rolled up and the radio blaring, and I can't really hear myself.  In reality, I probably don't really have the best singing voice.  However, I can't help rapping along to this song whenever it comes on the radio:


2.  What subatomic particle would you be and why?

I'm embarrassed to admit that I had no idea what a subatomic article actually is, and I had to google it.  To be honest, I have no clue how to answer this question.  So I'm moving onto the next one...

3.  If you had the choice between an RV, a sports car, an SUV, or a bicycle, which would you choose and why?

I should probably pick the bicycle for the exercise.  But I'mma go with the sports car, just because I've always thought it would be fun to have one.  Which would you choose?

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
We used to call these roly poly bugs when I was little.  I remember one house we live in, we used to have a bunch of these in the back yard and I always enjoyed playing with them.  When you touch them, they curl up into a little ball.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Meme

As of 8:00 AM this morning, I get to register for classes for the beginning of my senior year of college!!!  Woo hoo!!!!!!!  I'm both very excited and very freaked out about this.  Once school ends, I won't have an excuse to stop putting off starting my "real" life.

I have a lot to do this week, but I'm going to try to post pix of the boys on Wednesday.
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Took this from here.  It's an oldie but goodie.

1.  When you walk past mirrors or large windows, what's the first thing you check in your reflection?

I generally will look away as quickly as possible so I don't have to see my reflection.  Sometimes I'll look at my hair though, just to make sure it looks okay.

2.  When you were ten years old, how did you spend your free time?

I don't remember exactly, but I'm guessing I was probably still playing with dolls, and looking for friends to join me.

3.  What person in your life defines the word "kindness"? 

I don't really know.  I know who inspires me, and the work that she does makes me want to be a better person.  I don't really know her all that well, but she must be kind to do all the things that she does.   I met her when we used to volunteer together.  Her grandson was diagnosed with cancer at a very young age, which has made her do anything and everything she possibly can to raise money for cancer research.  She also regularly hosts fundraisers for those recently diagnosed with cancer, so that they can pay for treatment.

Her grandson seems to be doing quite well, these days.  I think he's about three now.

4.  How does purple (the color) make you feel?

Purple has always been my very favoritest color, so it makes me feel happy.  I went off on a pink tangent for awhile, but I'm back to purple again.

5.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
This reminds me of high school.  I thought I was too cool to use a backpack, so I carried my books back and forth.  I most definitely use a backpack these days!  And I rarely carry books to school.  I have too many, and they're too heavy to carry around all day.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Break Blues...

Spring break is over, and now it's back to the real world.  Sigh...  It was sure nice while it lasted!  I got a lot done in terms of housework and stuff I'd been wanting to do for awhile.  I also went shopping twice and spent waaaaaaay too much money, got my car fixed, had dinner with friends and just generally enjoyed life with the chi's.  I'm going to miss our extended daily cuddle sessions.
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Took this from here.

1.  When was the last time you had a dream?  What was it about?

I had a weird one last week about Chico.  He'd gotten into a fight with another animal when the dream began, although I'm not sure if it was with Shiver, another dog, or some other kind of animal.  I noticed that he had a hole in his back, so I peered in and saw that there was something moving around in there.  I grabbed a spatula and pulled out a large, reddish-orange frog and several weird fish-type animals.  Oddly, Chico was really thin to the point of being able to see each individual rib once the animals were taken out.  I told myself that I needed to take Chico and the strange things that had been inside of him to the vet so that he could get treatment.  That's where the dream ended.

2.  Did you have a collection of some kind as a child?  If so, what was it?

I used to collect bottles.  Not sure what made me begin collecting them initially, but I had quite a large collection going.  Then we moved and I had to get rid of most of them.  And that was that!

3.  What was the worst concert you went to (with who and when)?  

I don't remember the year, but it was a Motley Crue concert.  The concert itself was fine, I just chose the wrong person to go with.  

I attended with a high school friend who had gotten pregnant and married while in high school.  She actually had two kids back to back, both while in high school.  Anyway, she and I got to the concert and met up with some other people in the parking lot.  I recognized them from high school, but we weren't friends.  We were sitting in different sections and everything seemed to be going along fine.  But then the guy from the group came over to the section my friend and I were in and they proceeded to make out on and off throughout the concert.  I was shocked because my friend was married and this guy was NOT her husband!  It was just awkward and I didn't know how to react, so I tried to ignore them.  The concert ended, and the guy tried to convince my friend to stay the night with him.  She was my ride home, so I protested loudly.  They made out some more, before finally parting for good.  On the way home, I said something about how I should tell her husband about the guy she was making out with.  She said he already knew.  It was a long, quiet ride home.  I babysat for her a few weeks later, and when the husband came to pick up the baby, I remember wondering whether or not I should say anything.  I decided not to.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
Initially, I thought it was maybe like an apothecary or a file cabinet with a bunch of small drawers or something like that.  But then I enlarged the picture, and noticed each square was different.  Upon closer inspection, it made me wonder if they're miniature models of various sewing machines?  A traveling salesperson could carry them around to show what each one looked like to prospective buyers and order one.  I'm probably totally wrong, but that's what I came up with.  What do you think?  

Monday, March 24, 2014

SPRING BREAK, BAYBEE!!!

Yes, spring break is finally here!  This is my fourth of ten glorious days off in a row from work and school.  Sadly, I have no $ for a spring break road trip.  But at least I have a considerably lighter homework load this break than I did for last semester's.  I'm trying to do a bit each day so it doesn't seem so overwhelming.  

I've also got some errands and things to take care of - like getting the oil changed in the car, getting a haircut, laundry, cleaning the carpet, applying for internships etc.  And when I'm not busy with all of that, I'm either catching up on TV or blogs.  I'm loving actually having a little bit of free time and not having to feel guilty for not studying or doing homework.  

Took this from here.  It's an oldie but goodie!
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1.  Look around you.  List the first 5 things you see that bring back good memories.

A.  Chihuahuas - My boys are my life!

B.  TV - I remember when I bought it, I ran into someone at the store that I hadn't seen in awhile.  We stood in front of a big display of various televisions, and the salesperson kept coming over to ask if we needed any help.  Finally, my friend left and the salesperson came rushing back over to ask if she could help.  Knowing she was anxious to get me out of her dept., I pointed at a TV at random and told her that was the one I wanted, even though I really hadn't looked at very well.  (I really was there to buy a TV!)

C.  CD's - I have a collection of them and hardly even listen to them anymore.  Don't know why...  But I don't want to part with them because they remind me of my youth - both good and bad memories.

D.  Candle - It reminds me of the Valentine's swap I did this past February.  Although my partner didn't buy me any candles, I bought one for her.  And while I was at it, I bought one for myself!

E.  Laptop - I love it, because it reminds me of all of my online friends.  Plus it holds pictures and music from my iPod.  

2.  Create a super pet by combining any three animals.

A dog about the size of a 5 pound chihuahua with leopard spots and that brays like a donkey.  

3.  How do your respond when someone says something unexpectedly kind to you?

I tend to say thank you, but then brush off the compliment like I'm not worthy.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
This reminds me of my father.  I don't recall him ever putting his change in a decorative pattern like this necessarily, but he used to collect his change and save it for a rainy day.  He especially liked pennies for some reason.  I like to leave pennies around the house so that I'll think about him whenever I see one.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Meme

Took this from here.  

1.  What was the best concert you ever went to?

I had a friend in high school who had two tickets for an Aerosmith concert that she left in her locker.  The teachers were in the middle of a strike, so we had to sneak into the school to get the tickets out. We were lucky enough that a janitor let us in just long enough to grab them.  I went to the concert with her and my very best high school friend.  

The concert was excellent, but the adventure beforehand of not knowing if we could get into the school to get the tickets was what really added to it. 

2.  What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Sooooo many to choose from!  I occasionally enjoy stalking people on facebook.  

I also love eating chocolate.  And hanging with the chi's.  And sleeping in in the morning.  And reading a good book for pleasure rather than dull textbooks.  And catching up with good friends I haven't seen in awhile.

What's your guilty pleasure?

3.  What are two words you always seem to spell incorrectly?  Try to spell them now.

For some reason, whenever I try to type the word rainbow, it's comes out as "rainblow."  Every single time!

I also tend to misspell "occasionally."  Thankfully, computers set me straight.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
I love those pink and black shoes!  They're cute and I bet they're comfy too!  The style kind of reminds me of someone I once knew.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sojos

My boys love their treats, so we were excited to get another opportunity to review more goodies from Chewy.com.  This time we chose Sojos, which they both seemed to love!  Isn't the packaging cute?
I was surprised at how big each individual treat is.  I really thought they'd be smaller!  
Each one is filled with lots of yumminess and nutrients.  We chose the Grain-Free and Sweet Potato Flavor Dog Treats, but Sojos offers a variety of other flavors as well.  A 10 oz. box is only $6.35, which is a real bargain when you see how many treats it contains.  This will definitely last them for awhile.  
I've really been trying to find healthy treats for the boys, and these fit the bill perfectly!  There are only five ingredients:  garbanzo beans, lamb, sweet potatoes, canola oil and eggs.  

Chico ran off like wildfire with his treat and devoured it before I could catch up to him, so I don't have any pix of him enjoying his treat.  Shiver made his last a little longer, so I was able to capture him savoring one of the dog bones.
This is our second time working with Chewy.com and we most definitely recommend them.  They have excellent customer service, they're reasonably priced, and they ship your order out oh so quickly!  In addition, you get free shipping for orders over $50.00.

We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided a free box of treats in return for our honest opinion.

Monday, March 10, 2014

What I've Learned This Semester

Each semester, I like to share a bit of the wealth of information I've learned.  It's my little way of giving back, lol.  All pictures courtesy of Google Images.

Criminal Justice 102:  Introduction to Police

  • Three Eras of American Policing
    • Political Era (1830s-1900)
      • Corruption
    • Professional Era (1900-1960)
      • Influence of Technology
    • Community Era (1960-present)
      • Efforts to connect with citizenry

Political Science 298:  Introduction to Political Inquiry

Political Science 300:  Introduction to American Politics

What do interest groups do?
  • Talk to policy makers and the media
  • Mobilize supporters to contact and support/oppose legislators
  • Produce research and distribute info for use in policy debates
  • Attempt to raise their causes' profile
  • Try to influence policy formulation and implementation'
  • Help lawmakers write legislation
Psychology 301:  Abnormal Psychology
  • Bipolar disorder
    • State of both episodic depressed mood and episodic mania
    • Mood shifts between two emotional "poles"
  • Bipolar I Disorder 
    • Full-blown mania that alternates with periods of major depression
  • Bipolar II Disorder
    • Hypomania that alternates with episodes of major depression
Political Science 448:  Women and the Law
I'm not sure why exactly, but I hated every single second of this class, so I ended up dropping it.
Supreme Court Justices
  • Sam Alito
  • Stephen Breyer
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Elena Kagan
  • Anthony Kennedy
  • Antonin Scalia
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Clarence Thomas
I hope you've learned something new this semester too!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Meme

I received an email last week about a new website dedicated to dog food coupons.  I haven't really had an opportunity to check it out, but counted a list of 41 different brands listed there.  Who doesn't appreciate saving a little extra money?  They're hosting an Apple iPad Mini for anyone who blogs about their website if you want to help spread the word.  Like I said, I really haven't checked the page out very well, so hopefully it isn't a scam.
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Took this from here.

1.  All things being equal, would you prefer to have beer, wine, or coffee at a party?

Beer.  I don't think I've ever had coffee at a party before.  

2.  I still can't believe I once _____?

Almost got to jump out of a plane.  We went up in the plane, and then went back down in the plane.  The pilot decided it was too cloudy to be able to get up high enough to jump.  They gave me my money back, but I haven't been able to go back and try again.

3.  What is your idea of a dull evening?

I recently attended a workshop about the Canadian River Treaty.  Oh.My.Gawd, I was soooo incredibly bored!!!  That's an hour and a half of my life that I'll never get back.  I went because it was extra credit for a class, and we weren't allowed to leave early or we'd forfeit that extra credit.  My professor saw me arrive, and would have seen me leave, so I figured it was better to stay.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
This is an aircraft from World War II.
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Next Monday, I'll be telling you what I've learned this semester.  I don't know why,  but I always enjoy doing those posts!  And next Wednesday, I'll be doing another Chewy review.  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Meme

Soooo happy it's a holiday here in the U.S.  I love extra days off from work and school!

Took this from here.

1.  If you were elected mayor of your city, what would be your first improvement and why?

I think I'd have to go with requiring all sidewalks to be fixed within 30 days.  Most of them are just fine, but there are some around town that are soooooo not!  There's one a block or so from my house that's all broken up and uneven that I'm always worried about falling down and breaking an ankle or something whenever I have to walk on it.


2.  What would you do if you suddenly discovered a secret passageway in your office?  Would you tell anyone else?  Where would you like it to lead?

I don't work in an office.  I work in two big rooms with a bunch of tables and computers that other students come in and use to take their exams.  I definitely wouldn't tell anyone else about it, because it would be nice to get away from my extremely lazy coworkers once in awhile.  I think I'd have it be something different each time, so I was always surprised - but it'd always lead to somewhere that I loved.  One day it might be a makeup store giving away free samples, another day it might be a chocolate factory who was also giving out free samples, another day it might be a bookstore, another day it could be a shoe store.  It would be a place where I could spend hours and hours and no one would ever miss me at work.  When I came back to work, my shift would automatically be over, but no one would have noticed that I wasn't there for the whole shift.


Where would your tunnel lead?

3.  Have you ever done any genealogical research on your family?  Any fun skeletons in your closet?  

I haven't done any research, although I've kind of thought about it.  I do remember ages ago, my great aunt called my dad asking for family information.  She was in the process of doing some genealogical research, and had commented that other family members had ignored her requests.  My father sent her the information she had asked for, but I don't believe she ever shared her results with my dad.


I do think it would be interesting to do someday.  My dad used to love to talk about his childhood, but my mom - not so much!  I remember her telling me one day that it was none of my business.  She's talked a little bit about it here and there once in a great while, but not very often.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
As a kid, I remember going camping, and this was the only kind of running water available.  I also remember camping at other places where the you had to pump the water out.  My dad told me that's the kind of water he had when he was a kid.  They'd have to take a bucket out to the pump to collect the water for the day.  I can't imagine living like that!  Makes me appreciate all of our modern conveniences so much more.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day Swap

I love swaps!  They can really be a lot of fun.  I decided to join a Valentine Swap because I'm sick of never actually having a Valentine and watching everyone else get stuff, while I get nothing.  It's happened year after year after year, so I usually take Valentine's Day off work just so I can avoid the awkwardness and uncomfortableness.  It's not that I've never had a boyfriend, I've just never seemed to have one on Valentine's Day.  This year, I decided that I either needed to buy my own Valentine present, or join a swap.  Participating in a swap seemed to be the less pathetic choice, so that's what I went with.

I got partnered up with the host, Kristin, after apparently signing up too late, and she was kind enough to take pity on me and allow me to still join in the fun.

Here's what I got:  
A beautiful scarf, which is the backdrop for this picture, Starbs hot cocoa, coffee cup, Carmex lip moisturizer, a bag full of chocolates, and a card.  
Cute cup!  There's actually 2 packets of cocoa, the other one was stuffed in the cup still when I took this picture.  You can kind of see the decorative paper sticking out.  
One can never go wrong with chocolates!  I'm proud to say that I still have most of the bag left.  Normally, I inhale chocolate like there's no tomorrow, but I've vowed to save this and make it last.   
Now if I just had a guy to kiss, this would be perfect!  That's OK, I'm still gonna enjoy it!  And my lips will be nice and soft when the right guy does come around!   
One of the rules for this swap was that you were supposed to make your own card.  So I had to laugh that the host sent me a store-bought one!   
Here's a closer look at the scarf.
If you want to see what I got Kristin, click on her name to take you to her blog.  Everyone is linking up today to show what they received.  Much thanks to Kristin, I love everything!

 

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