Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kicking Off The Gift Guide With A New Mattress #MyGreenMattress

That time of year is upon us. Stores are having early sales, to give us consumers the opportunity to save a few bucks. When we think of the holidays, we think toys, clothes, household appliances, shoes, etc. but what many of us don't think about is how much that family member or friend could use a new mattress.

Up until recently, we had been using my husband's 10 year old bed that he had when we first got together. When we moved into our own home, we just brought it along. Well, 4 years of marriage, two bouncy kids later - it was extremely worn out. For example how you can stand up a new mattress on its side and the top and bottom are straight as a board, this old one was wavy from being so old.

So imagine how uncomfortable it was sleeping on that!

I woke up daily with my back so stiff, getting out of bed was very painful. My husband works at a wood products plant, which is strenuous work for him and leaves him aching all over. I had to dig my elbow in the bottom of his back daily to get the knots worked out that developed overnight. I never had any sorts of back pain before having my daughter, but I knew - something had to give!

I never thought that I'd have a new mattress, because honestly, the extra funds just haven't been there for us. When I received the chance to work with My Green Mattress to do a review on one of their mattresses - I was absolutely ecstatic! Like I said, never in a million years did I think a new mattress would come into my life. After discussing how we slept and such, we agreed that the Pure Echo would be our best match. Although, I didn't exactly tell my husband it was a medium firm mattress, but it was for the best. He thought he needed a super soft one, but the old mattress was one that you'd sink into because the springs were no longer firm as they should have been. We even had pieces of tiny metal coming through the top (that's very uncomfortable).

The Pure Echo is an all natural, organic made bed. The best in my opinion.

You receive your new mattress delivered via FedEx in a roll (I've never had a new mattress so I was unsure on how they was going to ship it).

Excuse my dearest dog, she was so curious and was walking laps around it.

My husband had me vow to not open it until he got home from work (at 2 am) so I agreed. I sat it to the side and when he came home I was so ecstatic! With a few, very easy, cuts and rips of the plastic it was wrapped in, this fine beauty was released!

The most comfortable bed I have ever laid on. I'm not one for mushy, soft beds. I need a good, fairly firm bed. This medium-firm mattress did the trick and I promise you, I have not had a single backache when I've woke up since I received it! Before hand, every morning was extremely painful for me.

Here's some more information and a little visual on how these great mattresses are made.

"We've updated our popular and most economical mattress with a new more comfortable spring system that offers excellent lumbar support. This medium-firm mattress is conforming and pressure relieving making it perfect for children, teens, and adults. The Pure Echo is handcrafted with all-natural, hypoallergenic materials, including organic cotton and natural wool for the deep, healthy sleep you deserve at a price that won't keep you up at night."

  • Heavy 13.5 gauge perimeter coils for a firmer seating edge
  • Heavyweight organic cotton batting - All-natural needle punched cotton insulator pads
  • The wool in our quilted cover acts as a natural flame barrier, therefore our mattresses pass flame testing required by law without the use of dangerous flame retardant chemicals
  • Your Choice: One-sided mattress - upholstered on one side, or Two-sided - upholstered on both sides giving you the ability to flip your mattress and extend its life
  • Updated with a higher profile. Total one-sided mattress height is 9 3/4", and two-sided mattress height is 11". Need a bunk bed mattress with a lower profile? Click here
  • Firmness level = 7 (+/-)    1=softest  10=firmest

I can't even begin to explain my love for this. The only thing I found strange was it had the weirdest smell. Like my husband said, it may be from all the organic materials used, but to us it slightly smelled like horse feed. (Feel free to laugh hysterically, because I did while typing this out)

The top was so soft, and very warm. I love a warm bed, as I am very cold-natured. I don't care what time of year it is, I'll be bundled up in a fleece blanket come bedtime. I won't lie, my husband jumped in bed before I could put the sheet on it, so we slept with no sheet on the bed that night. Then, he complained about how hot it was (hello, there's no silky smooth, and very cold sheet on it), and all the while, I laid there very content because of the softness and major warmth.

Our old mattress was so flimsy and while you would 'sink right in', it was in no way, in a good way. The pain I felt when I would wake up every morning was so intense. I had our daughter in January, and regardless of her sleeping all night from two weeks on, this very old mattress kept me from having any sort of good nights sleep. I never felt rested at all, and it was rough on me physically, and mentally.

While my husband tends to complain that it's too firm for him, I can tell you - he hasn't complained about his back hurting him nowhere near as much as he previously did. He works a very long, hard job at a wood products plant. He has to lift a lot of weight which puts major strain on his back. Despite what he says, I already know it's made an impact on him, a positive impact. 

I think we may have both discovered, a new mattress really does make a world of difference in many aspects of your life.

I really enjoy the idea of having an all natural, organic, and hypoallergenic mattress. Hypoallergenic is a big deal because we are a household full of allergies to what seems like any, and every thing. Another great thing is the price, a queen size like we recently received will only run $749, but that's for one sided, which isn't made to flip from one side to the other, but to rotate instead.

Don't need a firm bed? Check out their Natural Escape mattress, which cost $1,099 for a queen size, but has a more springy bouncy to it.

The best part of this review? You've made it to the end and know what you need to about the Pure Echo and want one of your own. Well, take a moment to enter the giveaway below to win a twin size Pure Echo (arv: $529) or $529 credit towards a larger size, of your very own!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Best Way To Get Your Picky 4 Year Old Some Nutrition #DailySunshine

Four. Yes, that's right, my oldest child is on the back side of four years old. Geez, that happened fast. He such an energetic, fun, exciting child. He loves the outdoors more than anything in this world, well, that and dogs. My pumpkin (his nickname since he was merely days old) will be four on the last day of February. It weird to think that he will only have a year and a half from his birthday until he starts school.

Although he has so many great qualities, eating healthy, or even a healthy amount is not one of them.

Seriously, he would rather eat fried chicken fingers and french fries 5 days out of seven instead of something semi healthy. I mean, I have offered him tons in the way of variety, and he just crosses his arms, puckers his lips and says, 'I don't like that'....as if he would know because most of it he's never tried.

I had recently been contacted with the opportunity that would so greatly help with this issue. The makers of Beachbody now has Daily Sunshine - a delicious smoothie that kids can drink daily to get all the nutrition their little picky bodies need. It comes in Strawberry Banana, and Chocolate flavors. We make one for Dallas once a day, normally in the morning when he wakes up - a delicious way to start off the day! 

We received a mix box of 24 packets, 12 of each flavor and boy did he love it! If you look at the ingredient list - all organic ingredients. This is the kind of stuff we need to be putting in our children's bodies. 

It's so simple to make: fill up the Daily Sunshine bottle (which has a compartment on the bottle to take their healthy snack with them on the go, we usually go with multi-grain Cheerios), fill the bottle up to 8 oz with water or any other liquid you want to use, pour in the flavor of mix you want, and shake! shake! shake! Nearly instant delight with just a few shakes. You can also use it to whip up a healthy legit shake in your blender.

(Sorry, low lighting = terrible picture quality!)

I think the idea for this product is absolutely amazing. I know for a fact my child hardly ever gets all the nutrients he needs from his fruits and vegetables, and this helps get them what their body needs to thrive while giving them a tasty treat while doing so. Since we first tried Daily Sunshine, I have seriously been woken up every morning with the phrase, "I need strawberry banana smoothie"...or chocolate - whichever he's feeling in the mood for. I have limited him to one a day, so we get it with breakfast. He tells me on a daily basis how delicious it is, and that strawberry banana is his favorite. The way I see it is, if a kid begs you for it and it's healthy for them, then let them have some. I mean of course, one a day, but let them choose what time of day they want it and see how excited they'll be for something that'll fuel them through the rest of the day. 

Daily Sunshine is nutritionist developed, pediatrician approved, and from my personal experience - kid approved. This is recommended for kids age 4+, although mine isn't quite 4 years old, he is very close. For us, one of the best attributes to this shake is there's no dairy! Dairy messed with his digestion system and slows down how often he goes, so that was an absolute winner for us! It's also non-GMO, made with organic pea protein - a great substitute for dairy protein, healthy fats, calcium & vitamin D, and made with fiber and probiotics (<- all the good stuff). 

I would absolutely recommend this to all parents for their children. Especially those picky ones, this will get them what they need to run on daily. Absolutely 5 stars from us!! You can purchase from their site for $129.99 (for the mixed box we received) and $6 for the bottle.

*Disclaimer: I was sent these products for review purposes only. All products are 100% my own honest opinions. I was not compensated in any other way.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Truth About Your New Pitbull Puppy

See this dog? This dog you think is just the 'sweetest, most adorable thing you've ever seen', well he's not. 

Welcome to the truth about owning a Pitbull puppy.

We acquired Hank when our dog Nyla had puppies. No, it wasn't an intention breeding, but nonetheless, I was super excited about a hoard of puppies. Knowing what I know about Pitbull puppies, I'm not even sure why I was so excited to have a house full of them. Never owned a Pitbull? Just read on - you'll see what I'm talking about.

They're destructive monsters: No seriously. They like constant attention, and if chewing up everything in the room is the only way they think they'll get your undivided attention - that is exactly what they will do. They will find the tiniest pieces of paper, and make it into the biggest mess you could ever imagine.

Potty Training Is Real Fun: Not. Not even. Not ever. You can put a puppy pad down and have them confined to a smallish space, thinking they have no other choice. You will find the puppy pad tore up and scattered across the room while they toss little pieces in the air, or they will use the bathroom everywhere BUT on the pad. I can take mine outside, and sometimes he won't use the bathroom at all, but will walk right in and go in the middle of the floor. Persistence is a major point in potty training a Pitbull.

Buy The Big Bag: Pitbull puppies have hearty appetites, as they will eventually turn into big guard dogs, or the love bugs they're destined to be. Whichever they turn out to be, they'll require a decent meal daily to push them on. So, walk on by the small breed foods, go for the all breeds - they like the big, delicious chunks.

Picky, What's That?: I've personally never had an issue with any of the Pitbulls I've had being picky. They all pretty much ate whatever you put in front of them. My sister's Pitbull though, will only eat beef food. Nothing else. So, this really just depends on the dog.

No Fluff: They are short haired. Don't be mistaken though, they do shed. When they do, you will know - it's everywhere. I have one who sheds bad, and another who only lightly sheds. Overall, with a good bath regularly to wash off all the excess fur, you will be good to go.

Prone: If allowed or kept outside, Pitbulls are quite susceptible to hot spots. These are spots that are a skin irritation, that gets worse with licking, biting and scratching. Things such as Green Goo - works wonderfully in clearing up these spots. Fleas make this issue much harder to clear up, as they're added irritation - so keep them as flea-free as possible.

Leash Or Death Trap?: Pitbull puppies will make an absolute fool of themselves while learning to walk on a leash. I've had other breeds and they never acted as foolish as my Pitbulls while walking on their leash. They will fling themselves all over the place, stop and bury their feet in the ground and try their best to resist walking - ultimately acting like you're trying to kill them. It's definitely hard work to get them used to being able to go out and enjoy the world!

In the end, Pitbulls are great family dogs. They love children, if raised with them so they know how to tolerate loud noises, etc., they can be the best pet ever. Once they get some age on them (3-4 years old), they will settle down and going out won't be such a task. Walking will be an ease, and they won't feel the need to run after every person or animal they see. They'll make the greatest guard dog, letting you know if someone's in the yard or at the door. They are there to serve and protect you - and that's exactly as they'll do. Don't let what the media tells or shows you deter you from making one of these great babies become part of your family. The media only shows the bad, so imagine how much good there is in the world involving Pitbulls that we won't ever see. 

Disclaimer: This post was based on my personal experience. You could very well have a completely different outlook.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My Dogs Are Now #Freshpet Dogs {Review & Giveaway}

As a dog owner, you've all been through the great dog food debate that I've encountered many of times. You see countless commercials claiming to have the purest ingredients, make the biggest and healthiest puppies, help your senior dogs live so many years longer - how many of them are truly all their talked about being? I look for the first ingredient listed, that says a lot for me, I also look for higher percentage of crude fat and protein. These are things I like to be standards for my dogs, and their health. Nyla is a nearly four year old pitbull, although she isn't what I consider old, she's not a puppy anymore either. Hank, he is Nyla's puppy - an eight week old pitbull. He needs higher fat and protein to help with his journey of growth and I want him to eat what's good for him in the end. 

For the most part, their food lately has been Whole Hearted Grain Free Chicken & Pea recipe. You can purchase at your local Petco, or if you ask at the register for a Welcome To The Family puppy coupon book, there's a coupon for a free 6 lb. bag of it - if you're down for trying it! 

We recently received two coupons in the mail to try out any two Freshpet foods. I had been eyeing this for quite awhile during my frequent trips to Petco, but I wasn't sure it my picky bunch would even try it! I was on my way to Walmart when I checked my mail on the way out and found the coupons awaiting us in the box. I dreaded having to go 10 miles one way, just to go all the way to Decatur to the Petco - then I remembered, they had put in a small Freshpet refrigerator at Walmart. Whew, one bullet dodged, and got to knock everything out in one trip.

While the refrigerators here are nowhere near the size of the ones at Petco, they do have a few to choose from. We chose the big roll of chicken at the bottom for $12.86, and then the bags in the middle for $10.64. 

Excuse my floors, I will never use a steamer again, it peeled my tiles!

So, this is what we ended up with. Freshpet Select Tender Chicken with Vegetables & Brown Rice, a 6 lb roll, and a bag of Freshpet Select Tender Chicken with Crisp Carrots & Leafy Spinach. On my way back from Walmart, I had to make a pit stop at my parent's house, where they have Hank's sister, Millie. So, I let Millie be my absolute first to sample the bag of Freshpet. 

Needless to say, Millie jumped on the bag before I could even pour it and tore into it. Also, as you see, the kitten, Milo, he was very interested in it as well. He managed to grab a few bites from around her and he loved it just as much as she did. 

As you can see, this is as pure as it gets. The first ingredient is chicken, which was a winner for me. It made with 3 lbs. of chicken, 10 oz of chicken liver, 14 oz of vegetables, 4 oz of brown rice, and 7 oz of eggs. That's everything your dog needs from a meal. One thing I wasn't very keen on was, it has only 10% crude protein and 6% crude fat. So, instead of feeding this alone, I mixed it in with their dog food, so they still got the higher amounts of protein and fat that I prefer to be in their diets, and they got the delightful taste of fresh, super healthy food with it. 

Now, I finally introduced the bag of Freshpet to these two fatties. As you can see, it was driving their noses crazy that they couldn't figure out how to get in the bag to chow down. I finally opened it, they liked it but I'm unsure if it was the consistency or what, but they wasn't very into it alone. So, I mixed it with their normal dry food, and voila! Just what these fat heads wanted.

These are the two foods I mixed together to meet my dogs nutritional goals, along with pleasing their taste buds.

 Ahh! That's so much better with the crunch in it!

I won't tell a lie, the bag smells so good that you'll be tempted to try it yourself. I'm serious, the aroma is so fantastic. You can tell how fresh it is. The roll didn't smell quite as strong but they like it just the same! A few of you probably think, "Woah! That's expensive!" Well, it is, but you're feeding your dog only the freshest, healthiest ingredients on the market. You can't really expect to pay lesser than that when it cost more to use better ingredients for Freshpet to make this for your dog. The bag with my two pitbulls, it didn't last long at all. We are still on the roll though. The benefits from this caught my attention because Nyla is still recovering her weight and such from the puppies. The puppies pulled her down until she was really underweight, and it's been an eight week journey to get her back to her normal - pushing 60 pound weight. Things like this give her the nutrition her body urgently needs to maintain this weight, and healthy state, along with giving her a new, fresh taste.

It helps Hank while he's in his quickly developing stage. He needs all the best to help his growth, as he's just eight weeks old. So far he's been growing like a weed, so something is doing the trick - and Freshpet can only help him even more. I really enjoy that there's so many eggs in it, as eggs are fantastic for a dogs coat health! I really don't have anything bad to say about Freshpet, and I'm glad that one of you lucky winners will get the chance to win your very own set of two coupons for TWO free Freshpet products!

Giveaway is done easily through Rafflecopter and winner will be chosen and contacted August 7th.

*Disclaimer: I was sent two coupons for two free Freshpet products to facilitate this review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions were 100% my own, honest opinions.

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