Monday, November 24, 2014

Chewy.com Review


My boys can't get enough of Chewy, so we always look forward to getting new products to review. 

If you'll remember, last month we tried the TropiClean Fresh Breath water additive.  Shiver and Chico both seemed to like it, and it really helped their breath a lot.  I use it when I change their water every day and we still have enough left for probably another month! 
When I saw the TropiClean Fresh Breath + Plus Advanced Cleaning System Dental Dog Treats, I thought it might be fun try this too!  We got a 20-count bag, which is currently on sale for only $16.27 - a 22% savings off the original price. 

Here's a little bit of info from the website:  Tropiclean's Advanced Cleaning System features a unique design that uses the mechanical chewing action to simulate brushing and help reduce plaque and tartar. Selecting specific wholesome ingredients like whole flaxseed to work as an abrasive, baking soda and parsley as a breath freshener and Jinsei Green Tea Extract to promote dental wellness. Tropiclean's dental treats are proudly Made in the USA.

I love that the list of ingredients is all natural:  Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Glycerin, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Chicken Flavor, Cane Molasses, Chicken, Gelatin, Ground Flaxseed, Water, Poultry Fat (Preserved with mix tocopherols) Sodium Bicarbonate, Lecithin,  Parsley Flakes, Green Tea Extract, Sorbic Aced (preservative), Blueberry Powder, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Rosemary Extract.

As you can see, Mini-Shiver and Mini-Chico are both really enjoying their treats!  (Much thanks to Lynne for the mini's.  We love them!!!)  Both chi's ran off with their treats and I couldn't get a non-blurry photo of them, so the mini's are a simulation of the real thing.
 
So do they really help my dogs' breath?  I didn't think about it when I ordered the bag, but my dog's already have fairly decent breath since they've been using the TropiClean water additive.  Honestly, I couldn't smell a huge difference.  It did smell better, but I think I would be able to tell more of a difference if they weren't already using the additive.  Regardless, the boys do really like the bones, and chomp them right down whenever they get one. 

You can call customer service to order these, or better yet, go online and order 24/7.  And to top that, you can even set up automatic delivery so that you never run out!  We ordered the bag for small dogs, and the bones are still a pretty good size.  They're not too big, yet not too small - they're just right!

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

Monday, November 17, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!  We got our first snowfall last week, and it was a doozy!  It was so bad that the school actually cancelled classes one day - which NEVER happens!  Of course, my boss said we still had to come in that day, but luckily I wasn't scheduled that day, so I was able to stay at home in the comfort of my own bed, curled up with the chi's!

I'm off all week next week - no work, no classes, no dealing with other people's drama, no internship, but lots and lots of homework.  I hope to be able to visit everyone almost every day too.
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Took this from here.

1.  What has been the most insincere expression of faith that you have ever witnessed?     

Probably people that like to preach their faith, but then go against it in various ways.  I used to know someone who loved to share her faith, although she never tried to push it on me.  However, she was not always the nicest person.  

2.  If you could paint each room in your house a different color, what colors would you paint them?  

My bedroom is purple, my "girly" room is sponge painted a mix of pink and blue.  The third bedroom I'd like to do kind of a soft green, not quite a sage green.  One of these days I'd like to paint the living room blue.  I'm not sure what I'd paint the bathrooms, kitchen, or hallway.  

3.  What's the biggest myth about sex?

That it's easy for girls to find a guy interested in having sex with them.

4.  Who is the most charming person you've ever met?

I don't have an answer for this one.  I don't know...

5.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
There's a ghost town my family used to go visit every summer.  We stopped going, and I'm not really sure why.  Now that my dad has passed away, we will probably never go again.  The roads are windy and twisty and a bit scary to drive, so unless I can find someone else to drive us there, I likely won't go back.  It's really too bad too, because it's such a fun place in the summertime.  I have a lot of fun memories of that town.

That's what this reminds me of.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Brrrrrrrrrrrr

I knew it had to happen sometime or another.  But deep down, I was really hoping it would stay warm just a little bit longer...  OK, a lot longer actually!  But it can't last forever, so alas, Father Winter is on it's way.  I'm just hoping against hope that my neighbors actually keep their Doxies inside this winter.

I just had the B - U - S - I - E - S -T week ever this past week!  There was something to do almost every night after work and classes.  I was absolutely exhausted by the weekend, where there was still a lot more to do.  This week shouldn't be quite as busy, but I have an exam coming up that I need to focus on.  I bombed the last exam so badly that I am now failing the class, which just cannot happen!  I also have a 25 page paper to work on.  So far I'm on page 12. 
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Took this from here.  

1.  What do you think about ghosts?  Are they real?  Hallucinations?  

I don't think they're hallucinations.  I've actually seen a couple in my house.  I never got a bad vibe from them.  They were just there, and then disappeared as quickly as they appeared.  I haven't seen one in a long time.  

2.  What's your favorite part about visiting a new place - the food?  The architecture?  The people watching?

I would definitely say the people watching!  I love to people watch.  

I enjoy eating too, probably too much.  It's always fun to try out a new restaurant or deli though, especially if it's something that the place is known for.  

I usually don't think a lot about the architecture unless it's a place specifically known for that.  The office where I intern is actually an old house from the early 1900s.  It's been modernized, but the owners have also tried to leave a lot of the old architecture and features behind, which is cool.  There's an old church near the office that I often park near.  It's gorgeous from the outside, and I hope to actually be able to step inside one day.  Usually I'm in too big of a hurry to think about it, but maybe I can find the time to slow down and check it out. 

3.  What magazine(s) and/or newspaper(s) do you subscribe to?  

I subscribe to People magazine and that's it!  I don't even know why I subscribe to that, because I rarely have an opportunity to sit down and read an issue from cover to cover.  I've got a stack of them in my kitchen that I one day hope to be able to read.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one. 
It just looks like a brick wall to me!  I do like it though.  Each brick is different in size, color, and thickness, which makes it that much more interesting.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day!

The big day is finally here.  Don't furget to vote fur Murphy and Stanley!  You can cast your ballot  here.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Mundane Monday

This past week was extremely busy with tons and tons of homework that was difficult to keep on top of.  This coming week will be extremely busy with something to do after school/work/internship each day.  Tonight night I have to do something related to my internship that I do.not.want.to.do in any way, shape or form.  But then I get to do something tomorrow night (also related to the internship) that should be fun!  

I signed up for classes for my very last semester of college this past Friday.  Hard to believe my college career is almost done!  I'm excited to see where my new life will take me, but also freaked out that now I have to face my future.  If all goes well, I will graduate in May 2015.

I took an exam recently and the professor allowed us to use notes.  My friend and I created an 11 page study guide to use.  I felt pretty good about it afterwards.  Well, I got the exam back and failed it so spectacularly that I am now also failing the class!  It was an essay exam and I apparently missed answering a  major portion of the question.  I don't know how that happened.  Thank God we still have 2 more exams and a paper to turn in, so I still have time to get that grade up.  
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Took this from here.

1.  How do you feel when it's your birthday?  Why?

I usually feel a little depressed.  Most of the time, no one acknowledges it other than my mom.  My friends all seem to go all out for their own birthday's, but mine is never important to them.  One friend called me this year and left me a voice mail where he sang happy birthday to me though.  I saved it, because it was so special.  

2.  What was your favorite decade?

I loved the 80s.  Big hair and 80s music hairbands.  Need I say more?  I think not!

3.  Finish this sentence:  My closest friend is ___.

My chi's.  They're the ones I spend the most time with and who never judge me.  They love me just the way I am.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
Everything is better with sprinkles!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sleepy Monday

I didn't have much of a weekend this past weekend.  I spent it at a workshop for college credit.  It actually wasn't too awful, but I missed getting to sleep in, spending time with the chi's, and just getting to relax at home a bit.  Four more days, then I'm off for three - with a TON of homework.  It's always something, and it never seems to end, does it?  lol
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Took this from here.

1.  Do you wake up to a CD, a radio, or a buzzer?

I wake up to a very rude sounding buzzer.  Typically, I press the snooze button several times before forcing myself to crawl out of bed and face the morning.

2.  What household chore is your favorite?

I don't have a favorite.  I don't mind doing laundry or vacuuming though.  Those would be the two chores that I dislike the least.  Now if I could only find the time to do them more often...  :(

3.    Describe your day yesterday in detail.

I woke up to the aforementioned rude sounding buzzer, crawled out of bed, let the chi's in and out, gave them their treats, then jumped in the shower.  When I climbed out, I blow dried my hair, put on makeup, got dressed, and finished fixing my hair.  Grabbed my breakfast and lunch out of the fridge, kissed the boys goodbye and told them I loved them, then got in the car and drove away.  I stopped at a convenience store just around the corner and bought myself a cappuccino, which I sipped as I devoured my breakfast on the drive in.  I drove about 45 miles in the rain to the workshop, parked in a parking garage, walked about a block down the street and into the workshop.  

We started by talking a little bit about the two movies we watched on Saturday, then watched a third movie yesterday.  We had a little over an hour for lunch, so I used the time to look up various political candidates and marked them on my absentee ballot.  
Murphy and Stanley will be excited to know I voted for them!

Lunch went quick, and before I knew it we were back to the workshop again.  The lecturer discussed the themes running throughout all three movies, then we talked about the upcoming paper we'll have to write.  He gave us time to think a bit on what we wanted to write about, then we went around the room and everyone gave their topic.  We were dismissed a bit early, so I walked back to the parking garage and drove home in the rain.  I spent not quite two hours with the chi's, relaxing and giving them loves.  

A little bit later, I drove to my mom's house for Sunday dinner.  We ate pork chops, mashed potatoes, and apple sauce.  Later, we had a slice of cake for dessert.  We talked some, but mostly did stuff on our computers when we weren't eating.  The TV was on, but I wasn't paying any attention most of the time.  Then I came home and got stuff ready for today as much as I could, before climbing back into bed to sleep.

What did you do?

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
It's titled "nasa-space."  It reminds me of when the weatherman is showing what the weather will be like in the coming week.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

What I've Learned This Semester

I make a point every semester to share my wealth of knowledge with you, my lovely readers!  I'm saving you a BUNDLE in college tuition by doing so, so you should be thanking me! 

POLS 200 - Introduction to Politics

This is just an elective.  It's an OK class --  kinda boring, with lots and lots of homework.  I've actually learned this fact before, but had forgotten it. 

Aristotle was a student of Plato, Plato was a student of Socrates.

POLS 398 - Advanced Political Science Methods

This is an advanced stats class, and I *HATE* it with every fiber of my being!  I don't feel like I've learned a damn thing from this class, it's so far over my head!  Luckily I have a friend taking it with me, and he's been extremely generous in helping.  Otherwise there is no way I could possibly pass that class.
This is a multiple regression equation that we used recently. 

POLS 407 - American Policy Process

This has been one of my favorite classes in my entire college career.  It's a fun class, and I think it'll be valuable for the career that I hope to get into. 

Policy Design Tools
Authority tools
Govts use their authority to urge or require people to behave in a certain way.  The use of such tools, not always effective or democratic, depends on the perceived legitimacy of govt.  These tools may be particularly effective during times of crisis, when favorable responses by the govt are more likely.
Inducements and sanctions
Govts provide incentives or penalties to appeal to individuals’ rational pursuit of their self-interest.  Inducements encourage people to act in a certain way because they will gain from doing so.  Sanctions are negative incentives or penalties that are thought to discourage behavior that is inconsistent with policy goals.
Capacity-building tools
Govts make available training, education, information, and technical assistance, and they can aim to inform or enlighten and thus empower people, either those in the target population or policy agents.
Hortatory tools
Govts invoke images and values through speeches, proclamations, and other communication to exhort people to behave a certain way.
Learning tools
Govts can encourage policy agents and target populations to participate and learn, for example, through citizen advisory panels and collaborative processes.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Chewy.com Review

So yesterday was my birthday.  It was an OK day -- didn't do anything to celebrate other than doing homework with the chi's.  It was a shockingly light homework weekend, which means there will be double the homework next weekend.  :(  The best part of the day really was getting to sleep in.  :)

Sadly, I didn't get the four day weekend I'd hoped for.  It's OK though, at least I still got a three day weekend.
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The boys have plenty of treats at the moment, so this month we decided to choose something different to review.   We chose the Tropiclean Fresh Breath water additive. 
It's super easy to use.  You just pour in a teaspoon (about a capful) into a fresh bowl of water.  That's it!  If you pour it into the bowl first before adding the water, the water bubbles up.   
I wondered if Shiver or Chico would be bothered by it, but they didn't even seem to notice.  The bubbles fade quickly , so no need to worry if your dog or cat doesn't like it.  Yes, that's right -- your dog and cat can use this!
 
Shiver has had this annoying habit lately in that he wants to get right up in my face and breathe all over me.  So I can honestly say that this has helped him enormously!  It lasts for up to 12 hours, so he can drink some in the morning and still have fresh breath when I come home in the evening.  It's not minty fresh like he just brushed his teeth, but it does help considerably!  I've noticed a definite improvement in Chico too!
 
I've been using this every day and the boys have been drinking the water like normal, so they seem to like it. 
 Shiver
Chico
**They both got super camera shy once they realized I was trying to take their picture when they were drinking the water.
 
Other reasons to use this product? 
  • Removes plaque and tartar 
  • Soothes irritated gums 
  • Safe for both cats and dogs 
  • All products are eco-friendly, all natural, and made in the USA

In the past, all of our orders took exactly one week to the day from order to delivery.  This one only took a matter of days to arrive!  Sydney from Chewy says that they just added another shipping location, which means some places will get their orders even quicker now. 

The chi's give this product 8 paws up - four paws each!
 

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