Category: Reviews

Kong Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Oh the Kong, how I love the Kong.  I think I like it almost as much as my dogs!!

If you have never seen or used a Kong you don’t know what you a missing.  The Kong is made out of puncture resistant rubber, so even the sharpest puppy teeth can’t get through it.

The awesome people over at Kong made the Kong hollow so that you can stuff it with your dog’s favorite treat, the paste that Kong sells, peanut butter, canned dog food, or what ever you come up with.  In fact Kong has recipes listed on their website that can be used in the Kong: http://www.kongcompany.com/recipes/

Kong Review and Giveaway
Tobie and Bailie enjoying the Kong

Now that you know what Kongs are and what to stuff them with, there are a few other things you should one.

1.  You should always get the rings size Kong for your dog.  Kongs come in the following sizes: XS (up to 5lbs), S (up to 20lbs), M(15-35lbs), L(30-65lbs), XL(60-95lbs), and XXL(90lbs and up).  A toy poodle doesn’t need to get a XXL Kong and a Great Dane doesn’t need an XS Kong.  The toy poodle wouldn’t enjoy a Kong that large, and the Great Dane could choke on a Kong that small.

2. There are different rubber types for different chewers and stages of life.  If you have a dog that LOVES to chew, you might want to get the Kong Extreme.  For Puppies, Kong makes a perfect chew toy.  They have Kongs with squeakers and withou, and is great for puppies up to 9 months old.  For ageing teeth and jaws, Kong makes a senior Kong.

3. There are some things that should never be put in your Kong.  Most people know not to give their dogs chocolate, but did you know that there are more dangerous foods out there?  Rasins/Grapes, onions, garlic are just a few foods that you need NOT to put in the Kong toy. For a full list, check out this list by the ASPCA.

4.  If your Kong starts to break take it away.  This is kind of common sense.  If your Kong is crumbling little pieces of rubber everywhere, take it away, and get your dog a new one.  Don’t make your Kong a choking hazard.

5. Chewing is good for dental health.  As a former vet assistant, I can’t tell you how important dental health is to your dog.  When your dog plays and chews on the Kong, it helps eliminate some of that dental tarter that could build up over time.  Kong even makes specialized toys just to aid in dental health.

Now, are you wondering where to purchase a Kong for you dog?  The latest one that I got for my dog, came from EntirelyPets.com, but I’ve seen them on Amazon and at other places that carry pet supplies.  I’ve even seen some Vet Hospitals have them in the clinics.

You can also try and win one from EntirelyPets.com in the form below.  You have from now until 3/7/14 at 11:59pm to enter.

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Jewelry In Candles Wax Tart (SAMPLE) Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

If you have never heard of Jewelry in Candles, let me fill you in.  Jewelry in Candles are soy wax candles/tarts that contain a beautiful pice of jewelry hidden somewhere inside.  The best example I could think of was, think of a the cereal boxes growing up that contained prizes.  Only, now, your prize could be worth anywhere from $10 to several thousand dollars, and you can’t open the candle from the bottom to get to the prize faster.

I recently received a wax tart sample from Jewelry in Candles to review. While the “Love” scented tart smelled wonderful in the bag, once I heated it up, I could not smell anything.  On the bag that the tart had been pre-melted to be made into a sample, and will not smell as strong as the real tart will.

So since I received a sample, I can tell you that it melted well in my cute little owl tart warmer.

A girl I follow on Facebook tried some of their tarts this past week and found a beautiful ring.  She has decided to become a rep with their company, so she must love the quality of Jewelry in Candles products.

Since I have not seen what the jewelry found in Jewelry in Candles looks like, I can not tell you the quality of them, but below is a ring I found in a candle my husband got me for our anniversary.   Even though it was a different brand, I am sure the quality would be about the same.

Please excuse my typo in the caption above.

I apologize for this review.  I wish I could have made it better for my readers, but sometimes that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

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Glyco-Flex I,II, and III Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Cold weather can be tough for pets, and just like us, some times it can make their joints stiff and uncomfortable. 
When I was a vet assistant, I saw this a lot.  Pet parents would be really concerned about their furbabies not being as playful and just stiff; especially the older dogs.  Before prescription drugs were tried, a lot of the veterinarians I worked with would try a dietary supplement called Glucosamine.   Glucosamine has been “known” to help with some joint problems.  I can’t really go into details since I am not a doctor.

I recently saw Glyco-Flex on EntirelyPets.com, and not only does it contain that Glucosamine that almost all of the vet’s recommend, it also contains Perna canaliculus and Dimethylglycine just in their base formula.  So you are getting a triple dose of joint support in one dose of Glyco-Flex.  
There are some differances between the Glyco-Flex I, II, and III.  Here is the best explination I found between them.

Glyco-Flex I is recommended by veterinarians for puppies, adult dogs, and breeds predisposed to hip and joint dysfunction.
Glyco-Flex II is formulated for adult and maturing dogs, especially sporting and working breeds. Additional ingredients include methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and manganese, a mineral synergist of glucosamine.
Glyco-Flex III is for geriatric and retired working and sporting breeds. This powerhouse adds the bioflavonoid grape seed extract, and the powerful antioxidants Vitamins C & E, L-Glutathione, and Selenium, all which fight environmental effects on a cellular level.

With Glyco-Flex you do a “loading” dose for a week and then do “supportive” dosing for as long as your vet deems it safe.  
Glyco-Flex is not hard to give either.  Each chew-able tablet comes in a dog friendly flavor, so your little four legged baby shouldn’t have any trouble taking it.  
Glyco-Flex I,II, and III Review and Giveaway
Bailie has no trouble taking her Glyco-Flex II
All three of my dogs, Evie (doesn’t know she’s a dog, so no one tell her, she is also not pictured due to health issues), Bailie, and Tobie, are under 30 lbs, so they only have to take 1/2 a tablet.  Bailie is 10 years old, so I am giving her the Glyco-Flex III.  Tobie is 5, so he is getting the Glyco-Flex II. 
As always you should be totally informed with what’s in any product you give yourself, your children, and your pets.  Talk to your vet! Read about your options.  If you have any questions about Glyco-Flex, here is all of the technical information you might need. 

Glyco-Flex IOne Chewable Tablet or Two Bite-Sized Chews contain:

Perna Canaliculus
(GlycOmega™ brand Green Lipped Mussel)
600 mg
Glucosamine HCl
(Shrimp and Crab)
500 mg
N,N Dimethylglycine HCl (DMG) 100 mg

GlycOmega™ is a trademark of Aroma New Zealand Ltd.Tablet Inactive Ingredients: brewers yeast, cellulose, natural imitation roast chicken flavor, silicon dioxide, stearic acid.
Chews Inactive Ingredients: brewers yeast, canola oil, chicken liver flavor, citric acid, glycerin, mixed tocopherols, propionic acid, proprietary blend (maltodextrin, sodium alginate and calcium sulfate), rosemary extract, silicon dioxide, soy lecithin, vegetable oil, whey.
Glyco-Flex IIOne Chewable Tablet or Two Bite-Sized Chews contain:

Glucosamine HCl
(Shrimp and Crab)
750 mg
Perna Canaliculus
(GlycOmega™ brand Green Lipped Mussel)
600 mg
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) 500 mg
N,N Dimethylglycine HCl (DMG) 100 mg
Manganese (as Mn Amino Acid Chelate) Tablet 10 mg
Manganese (as Mn Proteinate) Chew 10 mg

GlycOmega™ is a trademark of Aroma New Zealand Ltd.Tablet Inactive Ingredients: brewers yeast, natural imitation roast chicken flavor, silicon dioxide, stearic acid.
Chews Inactive Ingredients: brewers yeast, canola oil, chicken liver flavor, citric acid, glycerin, mixed tocopherols, propionic acid, proprietary blend (maltodextrin, sodium alginate and calcium sulfate), rosemary extract, silicon dioxide, soy lecithin, vegetable oil, whey.
Glyco-Flex IIIOne Chewable Tablet or Two Soft Chews contain:

Glucosamine HCl
(Shrimp and Crab)
1000 mg
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) 1000 mg
Perna Canaliculus
(GlycOmega™ brand Green Lipped Mussel)
600 mg
N,N Dimethylglycine HCl (DMG) 100 mg
dl-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) 50 IU
Calcium Ascorbate (Vitamin C) Tablet 30 IU
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Chew 24 mg
Manganese (as Manganese Amino Acid Chelate) Tablet 10 mg
Manganese (as Mn Proteinate) Chew 10 mg
Grape Seed Extract 5 mg
L-Glutathione 2 mg
Selenium (as Sodium Selenite) 0.002 mg

GlycOmega™ is a trademark of Aroma New Zealand Ltd.Tablet Inactive Ingredients: brewers yeast, cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, natural imitation roast chicken flavor, silicon dioxide, stearic acid.
Chews Inactive Ingredients: brewers yeast, canola oil, chicken liver flavor, citric acid, glycerin, mixed tocopherols, propionic acid, proprietary blend (maltodextrin, sodium alginate and calcium sulfate), rosemary extract, silicon dioxide, soy lecithin, vegetable oil, whey.
Glyco-Flex III Mini Soft ChewsActive Ingredients Per Approximately 2 Chews:

Pernal Canaliculus
(GlycOmega™ brand Green Lipped Mussel)
300 mg
Glucosamine HCl
(Shrimp and Crab)
250 mg
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) 250 mg
N,N-Dimethylglycine HCl (DMG) 50 mg
dl-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) 25 IU
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 12 mg
Manganese (as Mn Proteinate) 5 mg
Grape Seed Extract 2.5 mg
L-Glutathione 1 mg
Selenium (as Sodium Selenite) 0.001 mg

GlycOmega™ is a trademark of Aroma New Zealand Ltd.Inactive Ingredients: brewers yeast, canola oil, chicken liver flavor, citric acid, glycerin, mixed tocopherols, propionic acid, proprietary blend (maltodextrin, sodium alginate and calcium sulfate), rosemary extract, silicon dioxide, soy lecithin, vegetable oil, whey.

If you would like to try Glyco-Flex for your dog, there are a number of website and pet stores that sell it.  I got mine from EntirelyPets.com, and I’ve been very pleased with it.  
EntirelyPets.com is also letting me give one very lucky pet loving reader a bottle of Glyco-Flex (winner gets to choose formula I,II,or III) 
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K9 Advantix II Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Folks spring is just around the corner.  Yes, that means warmer weather, but that means the bugs will be out.  Fleas, ticks, flies, and ::gulp:: mosquitoes LOVE pets.  But, do you know what it could mean for your dog if they become infested with any of those parasites? Here are a few consequences of allowing your pet to become infested.

Ticks: 

Tick on left is before feeding and the tick on the right is an engorged tick 


Ticks can cause a variety of problems. One of the major problems a tick infestation can cause is anemia; a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells.  Anemia happens because ticks feed on the animal’s blood.  

One of the major Tick-Borne Diseases that is found in dogs is Lyme Disease; a bacterial disease that is spread through the bite of a tick.  

Here is a list of less known tick-borne diseases that can be found in dogs:
American Canine Hepatozoonosis
Babesiosis (Piroplasmosis)
Tularemia
Haemobartonellosis
Tick Paralysis
Anaplasmosis
Ehrlichiosis
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Flies/lice (I don’t count mosquitoes in this category):

 Fly bites are annoying and can HURT. If the skin becomes damaged enough the flies might think it would be a good place to lay….eggs…which lead to…maggots…

Lice are just annoying and yucky.

Mosquitoes:

I am sure at one point or another we have all been bitten by a mosquito, but some people still don’t know that mosquitoes can be more than annoying, they can be down right deadly.  
West Nile Virus has been around for a while now, but did you know your dog can contract WNV, too?  The following viruses and protozoans have also been found in dogs: dengue feveryellow feverchikungunya feverRift-Valley fevermalaria
However, viruses and protozoans are not the only concern you have with mosquitoes, you also have to worry about parasites that can be passed from the mosquito to the dog. Heartworms have claimed the lives of too many dogs.  Some were only because the pet parents did not realize that their dog were at risk for heartworm infections.  Is your dog at risk?  YES!  All dogs (and cats too, but that’s a different post) are at risk for heartworms.  I, as a vet assistant, have seen dogs who spent zero time outside test positive for heartworms. Remember, it only takes one mosquito. 
Fleas:
Flea dirt (aka flea poop) is a HUGE sign that your pet has fleas.
It may just start as one flea, but an adult female flea can lay 40 eggs a day!  There are several problems that can start with a single flea.  Tapeworms, anemia, and flea bite dermatitis are the most common problems associated with fleas. 
Now that I’ve given you a good scare, there is some good news.  There is a product that has been on the market for several years now that can kill and/or repel fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies/lice, and ticks.  That product is called K9 Advantix II.  
There are three active ingredients in K9 Advantix II, imidacloprid and permethrin are used to attack the nerve cells of the parasites, while pyriproxyfen is there to affect the life cycle of any fleas that are currently on the dog.  
K9 Advantix is really easy to apply too.  All you have to do is make sure your dog has not been bathed in the past two days, lift the hair back on the neck, and apply.  There is no need to run it all the way down the back, the K9 Advantix is designed to spread it’s self through the oils in the dog’s skin.  
One thing you need to remember is not to give your dog a bad for 48 hours after you apply the K9 Advantix, and also use a soapless shampoo so that the K9 Advantix will last longer.  
You should never apply K9 Advantix or any other product containing permethrin on cats.  This can prove to be fatal.  Dogs who are sensitive to permethrin, should also not use K9 Advantix.  If you have any questions, do not be afraid to call your vet.  
K9 Advantix can be purchased at most vet offices and some pet stores.  I offer a word of caution when buying online.  Make sure the online retailer is selling only products that are guaranteed US EPA approved.  

EntirelyPets.com sells 2, 4, 6, and 12 month supplies of K9 Advantix.  Just go to http://www.entirelypets.com/k9-advantix-ii.html to view their selection and prices.  

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Majestical Jewelry Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

If you are looking for a gift for yourself or someone you love, I would recommend Majestical Jewelry.  Majestical Jewelry carries sliver, gemstone, pearl and fashion jewelry.  
The earrings I received fall in the fashion jewelry category, and you wouldn’t know if you just looked at them.  
Here is the description from Majestical Jewelry:
These Blue Beaded Earrings are a lovely choice for any fashionista. Their rhinestones and bright blue beaded details make them eye-catching, and their tribal inspired design looks great with any outfit! Great for a casual look in need of little something extra. Hang approx. 2.3″
They are a little larger than a quarter and are super light, which makes them surprisingly comfortable. 

There is only one itty bitty problem I have with them.  If you look at one of the earrings, it is missing one of the small clear stones.  And, honestly, I wouldn’t have mentioned it if I wasn’t reviewing them.

If you are looking for a great gift you should check them out on their website http://www.majestical.com or connect with them on one of the following social networks. Google+Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

I would like to thank Majestical Jewelry for providing me with these earrings to review.  It has been a pleasure working with them.

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Pearl Mountain’s PicGif Review

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Have you ever wondered how people do those motion photos?  Those types of motion photos are .GIF files.  They have been around for a long time, but most everyday computer users do not know how to make them.  Well thanks to the wonderful folks over at Pearl Mountain Technology you can now makes those at home with your Mac.

It’s really simple.  First you need to purchase the app on iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/picgif/id784260229?ls=1&mt=12

Here are the photos I used.

Once you get it all installed and you open the program, you will be asked to upload your photos.  Just upload as many photos as you like.  I wanted to do a motion photo so I picked photos that looked like they were in sequence.  You can also change the frame display and do more of a slide show.

Then just make sure you have your photos in order, the settings the way you want them on the side, and add any text you want, and you are done!

Here is a really good video tutorial from Pearl Mountain


 

This is my finish product.  

I found PicGif was really easy to use.  It would be great for both beginners and those who have been doing things like this for a while.  I loved how easy it was and how everything turned out.  

If you would like to check out the PicGif app, you can go to Pearl Mountain’s product page http://www.pearlmountainsoft.com/products-center.html.  They have a lot of great apps for Mac’s and Window’s computers.  I have used several of their programs, and have enjoyed them all.  
You can also connect with Pearl Mountain on Facebook and Twitter.
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BeltLock Reivew

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If your little on is in a booster car seat, or can reach where their car seat is buckled, this might be a good product for you.

The BeltLock has a very simple design.  It’s basically just a plastic cap that goes over your seat belt buckle, that keeps your child from pressing the button to unlock the seat belt.

This is what it looks like installed in my 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe.  

To get the seat belt undone is a little difficult, as it was designed to be.  You have to take a key or something thin to push down the slot to push the unlock button.  I personally just used another unbuckled seat belt that’s in the back seat.

The BeltLock is great if you have a child who’s little fingers always seem to unbuckle their seat belt.


My only problem is that the BeltLock is currently only sold, that I could find, on their website which is based in Ireland.  I know my bank had a fit the last time we tried to purchase something directly from another country.  They do take PayPal, so that might work to avoid any confusion on the bank’s end.

UPDATE:::: BeltLock emailed me and let me know that they do sell on Amazon (the UK side) here is link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/BeltLock-prevent-unintentional-securing-vehicle/dp/B00CQ2PSBQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1392044502&sr=1-1&keywords=beltlock
Not all financial institutions have the same rule about out of country purchases, so if you have any questions or concerns you might want to call your Credit Union or Bank.

You can also connect with the makes of BeltLock on the following social networks:

Google+
Twitter
YouTube
Facebook
Their website can be found here: http://www.beltlock.ie/

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Fergus Ferry Giveaway

Welcome to the Fergus Ferry Giveaway!

Hosted by:  Mostly Together Mommy
Fergus Ferry is a loveable children’s book series that follows Fergus on his many adventures. Your child will be inspired by Fergus’s great attitude and willingness to help those around him.

These books are ideal for children in the 2 – 6 year old age range. The books are sweet and your children will be asking for more and more. Luckily, there are four book sets, with six books in each set! You can read a full review from Mostly Together Mommy.
In addition to the paper books, there are now e-books and even an app, where your child can read and play games! For a short time, you can download the app and e-books FREE on your iPhone or iPad and for only .99 on an Android device!
One lucky reader is going to get to take home the entire series of 24 books, an $89 value! To enter, simply enter on the Rafflecopter form below. One entrant per household, please!

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Paddy O’Shea’s Golf Card Game Review and Giveaway

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Paddy O'Shea Golf Game

If you are looking for a fun game to play with your kids or at a party for St. Paddy’s Day you should really check out the golf card game by Paddy O’Shea.

Paddy O’Shea’s Golf Card Game™ is a new family card game based on the popular version of the card game “Golf.”  It is a fun game that golfers, card players and people who play board games find entertaining and exciting.  The game is for 2 to 6 players ages 10 and up.  It is easy to learn!

It was really easy, the way my sister and I played.  (We kind of ignored some rules since it was my first time playing).

A few base rules. Number cards are worth face value, and face cards are worth 10 points. The game also has -5, -2, and 0 point cards, those are clearly marked with fun graphics.

Paddy O'Shea Golf Game

First we laid our cards face down in 3 rolls of 3 (so 9 cards in total). Next we picked two random cards in our 9 cards and turned them face up.

Paddy O'Shea Golf Game

If you get three cards in a roll that are the same no matter their value, they will equal 0.

Here are the official rules.

Paddy O'Shea Golf Game

Paddy O'Shea Golf Game

Like I said before, my sister and I had a ton of fun, and Goose had fun too because she got to “play”.  Here are our results:

Paddy O'Shea Golf Game

I won with 15!  Whoo Hoo!

You can purchase Paddy O’Shea’s golf game on their website.  It costs $9.95 +shipping.  They currently only take PayPal though.  I hope in the future they can take Amazon Payments (which I would feel better with).

If you would like to try your luck, you can enter to win your very own Paddy O’Shea’s Golf Game.

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Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops Review

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Recently, the WHOLE family and I had the flu and then a cold.  We’ve spent the last month going through boxes of tissues and Mucinex (I know not crunchy AT ALL).  
After we had the flu, we kept having problems with a tickle in the back of the throat that would make us cough non-stop.  I personally had tried everything that I could think of to get rid of it.  I gargled with salt water, ate name and off brand cough drops, took anti-histamines, and products to numb my throat.  Everything helped, but only for like 30 min or so.  Just long enough for me to fall asleep and then wake up coughing again.  
Then I saw the Pine Brothers softish throat drops at CVS, I saw that they can even be used for people as young as three years old, and so decided to give them a try.  
I opened them up, not really knowing what to expect or knowing if they would even work.  They are about 3/4″ long, oblong shaped, kind of soft (feels like a fruit snack that’s been left out for a few days).  My first thought on the taste is I really don’t care for it (everyone else I know LOVES them, so I think it’s just me), but I kept  sucking on it.  Pretty soon, my throat wasn’t tickling as much, and by the time I was done with the throat drop, the tickle was completely gone (for a few hours at least). 
The only active ingredient is Glycerin, but each drop contains gum acacia, sugar, honey with other natural flavors, corn syrup, water, sunflower oil, and carnauba wax
If you are interested in trying Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops, they currently come in 3 flavors: Natural Honey, Cherry, and Licorice.  They will be adding another flavor in the next few years.  You can currently buy them in stores and online (including their own website).  Here is a link to their store finder.
You can also connect with them on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

I also wanted to thank Pine Brothers for supplying me with a generous supply of the softish throat drops.  They have been a life saver these past few weeks.

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