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Four Ways To Pamper Your Kitty Cat

August 15, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PerfectPortions #CollectiveBias

Having a pet is a lot of work and it's something that's definitely got to be considered before getting one. For years and years my family didn't get a pet because we knew that we were not prepared for the responsibility of one. But sometimes fate steps in and let's you know that you are in fact ready. Cat (formerly known as Buttercup) came to us on the way to the pound. Someone (who shall remain nameless) had gotten her for their kid as a kitten and as soon as she began to get bigger they decided they were suddenly "allergic".  Sound familiar? It's one of the many excuses people use once the novelty of a pet has worn out or once a small animal starts to get bigger.
She was packed up and sent to the pound, and they couldn't even take the time to do that but asked my boyfriend to come by and do it for them. Being a good enough guy he brought her home so we could try to find her a suitable owner on Facebook instead of sending her to high kill shelter. It only took a few days for us to figure out that we wouldn't be able to let her go, especially to the people that kept replying to our ad. That's how we knew she was ours, when nobody was good enough to take her.  She's part of our family now and I do spend a good portion of time making sure that she's happy and healthy. Today I want to share a few of the ways that we pamper Cat so she can have a good quality of life. 
Grooming: There's all kinds of ways to groom your cat: potty wipes, baths, nail care and so much more. But our favorite is the daily fur brushing. It's one of the only things that Cat lets me do with her, we tried the potty wipe once and it did not end well. She seems to like it enough to allow me a few minutes of brushing while she purrs away and the bonus is that it cuts down on her shedding. Anything that cuts down on the daily vacuum time is a big help to me.
Play time: One way to keep your pet cat healthy and fit is to keep them really active. Cat has many toys that get her chasing and running all over the house. She loves to pounce on anything that moves and I really enjoy throwing stuff around for her to chase. A really active playtime later leads to a long naptime which is beneficial to both of us. 
Love: Cat isn't the friendliest of cats, I think most cats aren't, and she is pretty good at giving a scratch if you happen to hold her for too long. But once in a while I get to cuddle her. Giving your pet love is as important as the love we give our kids. Pets are basically children with fur. 
Portion control at feeding time: Something that we've found to be a struggle with our dog that we don't want to have with Cat is the problem of weight gain. Our doggy, who came to us right before Cat as a stray, is a bit of a chubster. That's why SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ is a really great option for us. SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ is the perfect portion for feeding your cat or kitten. It ensures you do not overfeed your cat, because the product includes the right amount of ounces for each mealtime.
SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™takes the guesswork out of trying to find out how much to put in the cat bowl. When it's feeding time all I have to do is crack open a package and put it in a bowl. 
You can find SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ and Meaty Tender Sticks at Walmart including:

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SHEBA® Meaty Tender Sticks with Chicken: savory snacks that will keep your feline companion meowing for more. These are a great treat for Cat for when she's behaving. Most people don't give their cats treats but let me tell you that she loves these meaty sticks. 
We're lucky to have Cat in our lives, we really are. She takes a lot of work and it's not always easy but at the end of the day everything is worth it if she is happy and healthy. Find more inspiration for pampering and treating your cat to the best and learn more about SHEBA® WHAT CATS WANT.

An Angry Bird Craft

August 15, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #AngryForSavings #CollectiveBias

This week marks the return of back-to school and of the busiest season of the year for us. It's a time when we will have so much to do that it can get really stressful. Lucky for me that I belong to a big family and between all of us we pull together as a team and everyone pulls their weight to make the transition to the new schedule as smooth as possible. 
  Besides having my team behind me to help out I also have my cellular service to back me up, Walmart Family Mobile PLUS. With this plan that has Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE data PLUS a free movie on VUDU (new release rental $7 value) every month per line for $49.88, I am able to use my phone to the maximum as a tool to keep me on track and in touch with the team. Having an affordable plan and my new phone, the HTC Desire 530, goes a long way in making sure I don't miss anything. 
Isn't this phone cute? It's only $129 right now and I love how cool it is plus how much it simplifies my life. The calendar keeps me on track, I can message my family all day to check on my son and when I actually have some downtime it also provides a ton of entertainment. Plus I love getting a FREE VUDU movie monthly, which we're able to watch on a SmartTV, on a TV via Roku, Chromecast, etc. It gives us a free movie night to enjoy with the family once a month.
 One of our favorite ways to spend Sunday night is to have a movie night at home with the whole family. This past weekend we had an Angry Birds themed movie night and as part of the evening I thought it would be fun for the kids to make Angry Bird masks representing the Angry Bird character that they love the most. It's something of a heated debate between us. Are you team bird or team pig and why is your team better? What better way to show which team and which character is their fave than by making a mask of their favorite. 
We're pretty big into arts and crafts at our house and usually have all the items necessary for any craft. But in case you're missing a few things, the crafting section in Walmart has everything you will need for kids crafts, and it's where I got all of the stuff below. 

You will need:
Package of sticky back primary colors foam sheets
Wooden popsicle sticks
Paper plates
Children's Scissors
  • For the Angry Bird heads you need to cut paper plates so you're left with the circle in the middle of the plate. If kids are helping to cut, please make sure that you're using safety scissors or you can do the cutting yourself.
  • Trace the plate on a foam sheet and cut out, placing the foam on top of the plate. I like using the sheets that are sticky on back because it cuts down on the glueing and mess. 
  • Once you have the round part of the Angry Bird head ready to go is where the kids, and you, can really get creative. Using my phone I pull up the character that we are working on and as a team we start cutting out the shapes for the face. 
  • I suggest placing all of the shapes where you want them BEFORE taking off the backing of the sticky paper, or you might end up with a really unfortunate looking guy. But I love letting everyone go to town on their shapes and seeing just how quickly this circle turns into an actual Angry Bird. These have been some of the easiest characters for us to recreate, which makes this a perfect craft for children.
  • The last step once your Angry Bird head is completed is to glue a wooden popsicle stick to the back of the head (not as much glue as we used) and allow to dry for about 10 minutes.
What a great way to spend a few hours with the family. First we made Angry Bird crafts and then we watched the Angry Birds movie which is super funny. The next months are going to be super busy, and these quality family moments are even more important than ever. 
Visit your local Walmart to find our more about Walmart Family Mobile Plus.  For the first time ever the starter kit will be on rollback for $19.88 (from $25) which means you can start your service at that low price plus the cost of your phone. Service is billed a few weeks later so it's a really low cost service to begin.  Love Angry Birds? You can also visit the Angry Birds hub to find an in-store event near you to meet with a Walmart Family Mobile rep. The event will have a code that you can scan to receive a free power up for the Endless Runner Game on the Angry Birds Action! app. Also, find the Angry Birds display and Scan the Angry Birds code on the Angry Birds displays to unlock a selfie augmented reality experience with the Hatchlings.

All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/4q-u1 or your local Walmart for current pricing.

A Quick Lunch for a Busy School Day

July 29, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CampbellSavings #CollectiveBias

It's hard to believe summer is almost over and it's time to head back to fall classes. My college courses start during the second week of August, which means that I am going to juggle work on a part-time basis and four courses in school. Just thinking about how busy I'm going to be those first few weeks while Julius and I get  used to the new routine, makes me want to hyperventilate. But the back to class season is also very exciting because it's another year of learning for Julius and myself. 
Since it's going to be such a busy and expensive time, I have to look for ways to save both time and money. One area where it's easy enough to do both is during our weekday meal times. I could always eat at school or out but as a student and mom am always careful with how much I spend on eating out. That's something that we save for the weekend and during the week I come home to eat with my son and then head back to class. Because time is of the essence, I keep my pantry stocked with products that can help me save time. One of my easy recipes is one that I will share with you today using two of my go-to items which I purchase at Walmart. 
Pace Salsa is one of those items we ALWAYS have at home. It's one of the most versatile products in my kitchen that adds that extra kick to my snacking and cooking. It's a perfect topper to almost any meal and it also adds flavor and spice as an ingredient in my simple recipes. Today I made a cold pasta and veggie salad and added Pace for that Mexican spiciness that all of our dishes have. 

Spicy Cold Pasta & Veggies 
(6 servings)

1 box rotini pasta 
2 medium tomatoes
1 large head of broccoli
2 tbsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 cup cotija cheese grated
1/4 cup Pace Sauce
2tbsp olive oil
Cook pasta in the usual manner, while in a separate pot put water to boil then add broccoli for quick 30 seconds. We are not cooking the broccoli, just taking the raw edge off. Pour broccoli into colander and pour cold water over it to stop cooking. 
 Cut tomatoes and put all of the ingredients into a large dish along with the queso cotija, and Pace Sauce. The quantity of Pace Sauce depends on how spicy you like to eat, I kept mine moderately spicy. You can serve this pasta at room temperature of refrigerate which is great on a hot day. 
With my cold pasta dish I like to have one of my favorite drinks, V8 + Energy in Orange Pineapple. V8 + Energy is a good alternative to the can of pop or iced coffee that I usually grab if I don't come home for lunch. I love the fruit flavor and because it's powered by natural green tea, it gives me the boost of energy I need to finish of the rest of the day while being yummy. 
Having lunch at home once the back to school season begins really is a time saver for me and it saves me a ton of money! Plus that's extra time I can spend with my son on a really busy day or if he's with his dad I can sit down and enjoy some time off to myself. 
Campbell's products can be purchased at Walmart and you can even save on your next shopping trip with these coupons. I am a fan of anything that saves me time and money and that's why I always have these products at home. They just make life simple. 

Splurge or Save : The At Home Mani

July 26, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SallyStrong #CollectiveBias

Having nice nails is very on trend right now, but as popular as long, acrylic nails are, it's not something that I splurge on. I am a mom and long, talon nails are not something that makes sense in my life, not when I spend most of my day chasing around a 4 year old. But I still want my nails to be pretty, I want to be able to wear some of the really popular summer colors and I want my nails to be healthy. I have found that I don't have to splurge on an expensive mani, I can sit down and give myself an at-home mani every few weeks and use the money I saved to do something fun on the weekend. 
So yes, when it comes to a manicure and keeping my nails healthy and looking nice, I do save and do them at home myself using Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment All in one and Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil which I purchased at Walgreens. 
   These two products along with: a nail clipper, nail file, cotton rounds, polish remover and soapy water will give me the same look I can get by going out to the nail shop. But without the hassle of driving out the busy mall, waiting for my turn and then driving home with wet nails. Plus I really enjoy my mani time at home, it's so peaceful and a nice way to spend an evening in. 

The At Home Mani

Start by clipping nails to desired length. My work and son don't allow for much length so I keep my nails nice and short, which also helps to curb biting them. That was something I struggled with for years.  
 Next I file and buff them down to shape them. 
 I really enjoy using the Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil, which is an intensely moisturizing Vitamin E oil that softens cuticles and cares for dry, brittle nails. This has a natural Essential Oil Complex with Vitamin E, Wheat Germ, Apricot Kernel, Aloe & Panthenol moisturizes and conditions cuticles while increasing nail flexibility and I have noticed a visible difference since starting to use it.
You can use this product before a mani or you can use it nightly to really help nail growth. Directions for use: Brush Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil onto nails and cuticles nightly. Massage in to help increase circulation to the nail bed and stimulate new nail growth.
If you use Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil before a mani make sure you remove completely with soapy water before adding any polish on top. You can also clean it up with nail polish remover, you just want to make sure you take it all completely off. 
Next it's time for the Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment is an all in one Base Coat, Top Coat, Growth Treatment, Strengthener, Ridge-Filler, Brightener, and Ultra-Moisturizing Nail Treatment. If your nails need some TLC I really suggest 7-in-1 Nail Care because it helps restore dry, brittle nails and helps with ridges too. 

This will be the base and top coat for today's mani and will be working away to make my nails stronger and healthier all while keeping my nail color on longer. 
 I purchased two new really fun summer colors and decided to go with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish in Mauve over. This is such a pretty shade for everyday, I love it. 
Another coat of Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment and I am almost done.
The only thing that is left to do is use a q-tip to clean up the edges. May the force be with you during this part, this is where I always manage to mess up at least one nail. 
 My at home mani time is actually something I really look forward to, I look at it as personal time that I get to pamper myself and take care of a really important part of my care.
 Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment All in one is the star of my mani because it's such a mutitasker and really keeps my nails in good shape. Even with the shorter length, I still want my nails to be healthy and strong and they really are getting there. 
You can find Sally Hansen products at Walgreens and most of your local drugstores, Walmart and Target. I got mine on a quick stop in at Walgreens and so happy I did. 
Having my nails looking nice goes a long way to make me feel confident and pretty even if I am just at home wearing leggings and a bun. When was the last time you gave yourself an at home mani?

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