Thursday, April 30, 2015

Advantage 2 Treatment Shampoo for Dogs & Puppies | Chewy.com

For the month of April, Chewy.com sent Venus a bottle of Advantage flea treatment shampoo to try, and share the results with you all. Below you will find a product description provided by the company, as well as my experience with the product and my honest opinion of it.


Advantage II Treatment Shampoo for Dogs & Puppies is an unscented shampoo for the treatment of fleas and ticks. Do not repeat treatment for 7 days. Do not use on puppies under 12 weeks old.
Key Benefits:
*Kills fleas and ticks on contact
*Treats for up to 7 days
*Unscented

Ingredients: 0.150% Pyrethrins, 0.300% Piperonyl Butoxide, 0.479% MGK 264 Insecticide Synergist
For a treatment shampoo, this has a nice fresh scent that is pleasant to use. It lathers nicely, and rinses away easily, and doesn't seem to leave Venus' fur or skin dry. There was no irritation experienced from using this shampoo either. This is a great way to prevent or treat a flea infestation, and to kill ticks on your dog as well. With as bad as these parasites are getting this year, it's best to be on top of the problem before it even starts. So far this product has been great, we haven't noticed a single flea or tick on Venus, and we'll continue to use it for the remainder of the warm season here in Minnesota!

Interested in trying this product for yourself? You can find it here!

Disclaimer: Baby and the Chi's blog received the product(s) mentioned in this post for the purpose of review and evaluation. No monetary compensation was received for this post. Baby and the Chi's blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at babyandthechis at gmail dot com. This blog contains affiliate links and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using one of those links. Baby and the Chi's is not responsible for prize delivery. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Beauty Empties


If you follow me on Instagram you've been seeing my empties as I use them, but what were my thoughts on these products? Would I repurchase them? Find out in this monthly collaboration of all my empties!



1 & 2. Eye Luv Me Lashes in Jenn & Kylee - These were really long and full lashes, but this is my favorite brand. These were comfortable, and nice to wear while I had my contacts in - but when my eyes dried out and I had to put my glasses on they were way too long. I'll stick to the more natural styles from now on.

3. Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Acne Treatment & Moisturizer - This was perfect last summer when my skin was really oily and breaking out like crazy. I've learned a lot about my skin since then, and now that my skin is in a good place I find this to be way too harsh for me, so I tossed it.

4. Olay Fresh Effects Make-Up Removal Wipes - These were ok for removing makeup, but they burned and made my eyes water if I got anywhere near them. I struggled to use up the whole packet, and definitely won't repurchase.

5. Sum37 Waterful Timeless Water Gel Essence - This has a lot more fragrance than I thought. It felt nice on my skin, absorbed really quickly, and I think it added a bit of moisture. I'm not sure if I'd buy the full size, but I do have more foils to try.

6. Neogen Code9 Gold Tox Tightening Pack - I really liked these and would consider repurchasing in the future. This is my second tub, and I have a review I wrote about the first one here on the blog as well.

7. Ion Color Solutions After Color Sealer - I purchased this from Sally's Beauty Supply to use as an after-color conditioner and it stunk. Literally. The smell was awful and I could barely finish the tube. It also didn't moisturize my hair at all, nor did it help seal in my color - terrible product.

8. Koelf Foot Care Peeling Balm - This is a balm you use after using a foot peeling mask to help soften up the skin and allowing the mask to peel the dead skin to peel away better. This was nice to use before bed, but I think regular lotion is just as good.

9. Label Young Shocking Holjjuki Lotion - This is supposed to be a slimming lotion for fatty parts of the body. It gave a strong warming sensation to my skin, but I don't feel like it helped to firm up or slim down anything. Fun product, but ineffective.

10. Paula's Choice Resist BHA 9 - This was very thick and was hard to use as a spot treatment because the pump always went down all the way. When I was having a bad breakout, I would take one pump and massage it into my face over moisturizer. This was a very effective treatment, but it's expensive, you don't get a lot, and it doesn't absorb well.

11. Iope Bio Activator Plant Stem Cell Active - This was a cream, like a moisturizer, but it absorbed into my skin as soon as I applied it and didn't leave lasting moisture. I used it with the Essence and it was very nice on my skin. I don't feel it's needed though.

12. Iope Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning - I love this Essence. I use it as a conditioning toner before my vitamin c serum in the morning and it gives a nice bit of hydration that lasts between skincare steps. My skin was a little brighter with daily use, but I do like cheaper (similar) products just as much.

13. GlamGlam PowerMud DualCleanse Treatment - I'm pretty sure this is my favorite GlamGlow mask. It's gentle, doesn't get so hard that it hurts your skin, it deep cleans, and it gently exfoliates when you wash it away. I will definitely repurchase when I can afford it.

14. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser - This is a nice, cheap, low pH cleanser that did amazing things for my skin. My only complaint is that it doesn't remove any residual makeup residue from oil cleansing, so it ranks one step below my Philosophy Purity one-step cleanser. I'm sure I'll buy another because it's great for minimal makeup evenings, and mornings of course.

15. Premium Collection Donkey Milk bath tablets - These are a must-have for my baths from now on. They smell like a sugary sweet cream and fizz nicely in the water. But the best part is they make your skin super buttery soft. You can read my full review here on my blog

16. Clarisonic Deep Pore brush head - My favorite brush head, it deep cleans and gently exfoliates my skin, and I feel like it really does help prevent breakouts and blackheads. I actually cheat and buy the generic brush heads off eBay for just a $5 a piece and they work just as well as the name-brand ones.

17. Sum37 Skin Saver Melting Cleansing Balm - This is the most amazing makeup removing cleanser on the face of the earth. I use it as the first step in my double cleansing routine and it has always been perfect. It has a nice soft consistency, it melts into the skin perfectly, washes away like milky goodness, and smells of gentle citrus. I love it, and will repurchase it as soon as I can afford to.

18. Dr Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap -This is an ok soap. I think I initially bought it to wash brushes, but I won't repurchase it. It's not as deep cleaning on brushes as I hoped and its really not good for skin either. I prefer to wash my brushes with the BeautyBlender solid cleanser, it really removes everything. And for skin, this is too drying and has way to high of a pH for me to even want to use on my body. I used this for cleaning my home instead.

19. Sephora Soft Touch Cotton Rounds - These are (imo) a bit spendy for what they are, but they really are the best I've tried so I'll continue to buy them. They don't shed, and are pretty much the perfect thickness. I love them!

 20. Suave Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant Deodorant - This worked well, but took a long time to dry and the powder scent was way too strong. I'll splurge on Secret next time.

21. GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment - This used to be my secret weapon again breakouts, but now it just irritates my skin. It's either my aging skin or my skin getting healthier that tells me this is now too harsh for me. My skin gets super red when I use it now, even as a spot treatment, so unfortunately I will no longer be repurchasing this GlamGlow mask.

22/23/24. Banila Co Clean It Zero - I initially received a tiny tub like this in a past subscription box and loved it. So when I ran out of my Sum37 cleansing balm I ordered this as a cheaper replacement. I got 5 sample tubs total - I used one of these up, and consolidated the other two into the remaining two sample tubs in my bathroom. This is a great makeup remover for double cleansing. It doesn't break me out or clog pores, it removes all my makeup (even eye makeup), and rinses away nicely. Unfortunately because the samples were only half full I'm already needing to reorder a larger tub so it arrives by the time my next two samples are gone. 

What products did you use up this month?

Amber Crown: Amber Pet Collar Review #ambernecklace

Amber Crown Pet Supplies recently sent me an amber pet collar to try out with our dog, Venus, and share my results with you all. Below you will find a product description provided by the company, as well as how the product worked for me and my honest opinion of it.




Amber Crown as a brand and trademark is proud to present highest quality handmade certified genuine Baltic Amber products directly from amber origin country Lithuania.
How to protect your dog from ticks and fleas?You have two choices: chemicals or chemical free products. But what if you or your pet is allergic to chemicals? What about pregnant, nursing pets, puppies and kittens? Would you like to risk having chemical effects on your pet, kids or house? Definitely not.
Amber collar for dogs and cats by Amber Crown is the verified natural tick and flea protection tool. Suitable for dogs and cats, even if they are allergic, pregnant or nursing. 100% chemical free, no insecticides. Safe for humans and animals, no secondary effects on your pet or family. Powerful weapon against parasites and great looking pet adornment.Thousands of satisfied buyers are using our amber collars to protect their dogs.
How does Dog amber collar work?Amber is natural tree resin fossilized in millions of years. It works in two ways:• When worn on pet the friction from their fur releases aromatic terpines from amber that repels ticks and fleas.• Static electricity generated when amber is rubbed against the pet's fur makes parasites uncomfortable and unable to cling to hairs.Remember, only unpolished amber collars protect against fleas and ticks! Amber beads are separated by knots in groups to prevent scattering. Each stone is unique, therefore, the actual color varies slightly from the image and the shape of beads varies naturally.
The most popular Amber Crown Collar with Adjustable Leather Strap for your beloved pets:
- Proven natural defense against ticks and fleas for your dog. Handmade from 100 % the authentic Raw Baltic amber in Lithuania, country of amber origin.- 100% chemical free, non-toxic, no insecticides. Safe for humans and animals, no secondary effects on your pet, family or house.- Can be used for dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, even if they are allergic, pregnant or nursing. Waterproof, odor free and does not affect your pet's sense of smell.



I feel like the amber flea and tick collar is good in theory, but for our dog it simply does not work. When tight enough to rub against her fur to create a scent (that I personally have never detected from anber) or to cause static that would be a deterrent - the Amber is too rough and uncomfortable for wear, and my dog tries to scratch the collar off. When I loosen it up, it's too dangly to be effective and can easily get caught on something and break. I know amber therapy is an effective pain treatment on people, but I think it would take a special type of pet to be able to tolerate something like this.

You can find this product on Amazon.

Disclaimer: Baby and the Chi's blog received the product(s) mentioned in this post for the purpose of review and evaluation. No monetary compensation was received for this post. Baby and the Chi's blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at babyandthechis at gmail dot com. This blog contains affiliate links and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using one of those links. Baby and the Chi's is not responsible for prize delivery. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, April 20, 2015

@RoyalCanin Dog Food is the Healthy and Easy Choice for Pet Parents | #RoyalCanin #sponsored

This post is sponsored by PetSmart, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Royal Canin Pet Health Nutrition, but "Baby and the Chi's" only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.

I remember the day we brought Venus home like it was yesterday. My husband and I decided we wanted a dog and had been searching for a few months before we discovered a litter of puppies looking for homes. The conditions we found them in was saddening, and while we knew she was too young to be separated from her mother, she had already been weened and we just had to get her home and safe with us.

We were prepared with a harness, leash, toys, and a kennel - but we were clueless when it came to proper puppy nutrition. I spent hours researching online before I decided on what food I should pick up on her first day home with us, and it was months before I could decide on one brand I truly trusted with the health and wellbeing of our new baby girl.


That was seven years ago.


Luckily, brands like Royal Canin® make it easy on new pet owners to decide what type of food is best for your dog. Young or old, purebred or mixed, and even special dog health needs - Royal Canin offers nutritional solutions for any canine - and these are available for purchase at your local PetSmart® store.


Royal Canin was founded in 1968 by Veterinarian Jean Cathary. Dr. Cathary, a veterinarian in France, envisioned a pet food company that based their principles around their knowledge of pets. He wanted to create a pet food that satisfied the needs of the pet, not the desires of the pet owner.


With over 40 years of experience, Royal Canin is still a leader in advanced pet health nutrition, and use this knowledge to create specialized diets for any needs your pet may have.


All of Royal Canin's pet foods that are sold in the United States are produced within the US and Canada.


PetSmart carries Royal Canin dog food for specific dog breeds, and different life stages of those breeds, and diets for different sizes of dogs that are unspecific to a single breed.




There are also diets specific to dog health ailments as well - including digestive issues, diets for spayed/neutered dogs, starter diets for puppies, and weight care kibble too.


Each formula is completely balanced with the perfect blend of vitamins, minerals, and quality ingredients to maintain your dogs' health and keep them feeling youthful and looking shiny and beautiful.

No matter what the needs of your dog (or cat) may be, Royal Canin carries a healthy balanced kibble formula for them. Find your nearest PetSmart today and give Royal Canin a try, your pet will thank you for it!


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Disclaimer: Baby and the Chi's blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact me at babyandthechis at gmail dot com. This blog contains affiliate links and I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase using one of those links. Baby and the Chi's is not responsible for prize delivery. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

What Did I See at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts?

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have recently seen a few posts about the MIA - and today I'm sharing with you a few pieces that I happened to photograph for ideas for recent and upcoming projects for my Intro to Art Studio class - and some that I just loved. Sorry this post isn't more informative, but I hope you enjoy it anyway!

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-870-3000
Open Tues/Wed/Sat/Sun: 10am to 5pm
and Thurs/Fri: 10am to 9pm
Closed on Mondays






























Selfies with friends: