Friday, August 31, 2018

Zignature Grain Free Dry Dog Food | #chewyinfluencer

Welcome!
In case you're new here and didn't already know, Venus, Mittens, and myself are part of the Chewy Influencer program, which means each month Venus gets to try something new that Chewy has to offer in their online store. Chewy.com has a wide variety of pet food ranging from wet to dry to raw to freeze dried, as well as treats, toys, and other pet supplies for cats, dogs, and more!

Our family was recently given the opportunity to try some new dog food for Venus; the Zignature Grain Free dry food. Of the varieties available, we received the Goat formula in a 4lb bag.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Neogence Phubber Mask

This Neogence Phubber Mask was sent to me as a gift from Miirushop.
This is not a sponsored review - this is part of a gift sent to help encourage self-care because my husband has cancer.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Fancy Feast Gourmet Naturals Dry Cat Food | #chewyinfluencer

Welcome!
In case you're new here and didn't already know, Venus, Mittens, and myself are part of the Chewy Influencer program, which means each month Venus gets to try something new that Chewy has to offer in their online store. Chewy.com has a wide variety of pet food ranging from wet to dry to raw to freeze dried, as well as treats, toys, and other pet supplies for cats, dogs, and more!

Our family was recently given the opportunity to try some new cat food for Mittens; the Fancy Feast Gourmet Naturals dry food. Of the varieties available, we received the White Meat Chicken in a 3.4lb bag.

Friday, August 3, 2018

ThunderShirt Anxiety & Calming Solution Review | #ChewyInfluencer

Welcome!
In case you're new here and didn't already know, Venus, Mittens, and myself are part of the Chewy Influencer program, which means each month Venus gets to try something new that Chewy has to offer in their online store. Chewy.com has a wide variety of pet food ranging from wet to dry to raw to freeze dried, as well as treats, toys, and other pet supplies for cats, dogs, and more!

We were recently given the opportunity to try out the ThunderShirt for Dogs with Venus. There are several options available as far as colors and sizes, but we received the Pink Polo version in the size Small.

Please note that this item is a press sample, received in exchange for an honest review. This does not in any way influence my opinion of this product, but something I want to mention just so my readers are aware.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Nature Republic Bee Venom Bio Cellulose Mask Sheet | First Impressions Review

The Nature Republic Bee Venom Bio Cellulose Mask Sheet claims to be an anti-acne mask. It contains been venom to soothe irritated skin, as well as willow bark and tea tree extract to help treat active acne and control excess oil.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Build a Skincare Routine to Fit Your Needs | Learning What Products Are Beneficial To You, and Which Are Not

Something I've discovered as I hit my 30's and my skin started aging, is that my skin responds better to less product. I love Asian skincare products, and I enjoy a lengthy routine sometimes, but my skin does not need a 10 step routine on a daily basis. Even as my skin has changed from oily to combo, it all comes down to layering the right products together to get results, not the number of products in your lineup.

In this post I want to show my favorite products that work well with my combination acne-prone skin. I don't use these products or steps daily - I pick and choose what I want depending on my mood and what I feel that my skin needs. Sometimes that means three steps, sometimes that go all out and apply 10 or more steps. But no matter what, I only use what I want to use, and never allow myself to feel obligated to have a large routine, or like I need to use a vast assortment of products (no matter how much I enjoy them). Note: a few links in this post (marked with an asterisk) are affiliate links, and I will receive a small commission if you choose to make a purchase using them.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Life Update | April 2018

I don’t even know where to begin at this point. I feel like no matter what happens in my life the first thing to take a hit and sit on the back burner is this blog. I love this blog - I love sharing thoughts and reviews with you all, and I love the feeling it gives me when my thoughts are enlightening to someone else. And yet, here we are - my New Years Resolution to post once a week down the drain, again. I’d like to promise that things are looking up and I’ll be back posting again regularly soon, but we all know how that story ends. So today you’re just getting a life update from me, and from here we’ll see how things go.

Late March Bug was officially diagnosed with ADHD. I am overjoyed to have a medical diagnosis on his file because he can finally get extra help through his school as special education cut him off at age seven. He also started medication - something I was completely on the fence about but as his doctor pointed out, this is a crucial age for him in school, so a small dosage of something to help his ability to focus will definitely do more food than not right now. He’s had small improvements so far in school, but they’re also working with him more and I see his attitude towards school in general improving as well.

I started Keto in the first week of April. I wanted to try Whole 30 - I purchased a book, I made so many notes, but it came down to cost of repurchasing everything in our household and I just couldn’t do it. Keto on the other hand, I can do with basic things I already buy, and my family doesn’t need to suffer because of it (literally laughing right now at the thought of my son and husband trying to survive without potato chips). I’ve lost 15 pounds so far, and plan to stick to Keto until August before bumping up my carb intake a bit. Right now my goal is to consume 25g of carbs or less a day, and I can’t tell you how good it feels! I’m noticing a lot less pain in my joints, I feel less sluggish, and my skin is clearing up! I’m not sure what I’ll bump to in few months, I’ll assess that once I see what kind of progress I’ve made at that point.

Last week Bug was also diagnosed with an ocular defect of sorts. His optometrist called it a lazy eye, but it’s not a muscular issue, it’s that he’s actually almost blind in one eye so his brain has abandoned trying to see out of it. His eyes and ears get checked twice a school year so I don’t know how this was missed until now, but we have a very small window to try and correct it. We ordered him glasses, and he’ll have to wear a patch over his good eye a few hours a day to force his brain to get in the habit of using his bad eye. Our hope is to possibly slightly improve the sight in his bad eye, and give his brain the opportunity to use both eyes at all times instead of dominating with his good eye. This was not the news I was expecting from this appointment, and really turned me into a depressed and emotional mess the past week.

But for anyone curious, we’re hanging in there! I’ve had my focus on skincare decants when Bug is in school, hubby is really loving his job (still not missing trucking), and Bug is being a real trooper. Venus and Miss Kitty are still getting along great, and the ducks are loving all this warmer weather we're getting. I hope you’re all doing wonderful!

xo Samantha

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I and Love and You Canned Cat Food | #chewyinfluencer

In case you're new here and didn't already know, Venus, Kitty, and myself are part of the Chewy Influencer program, which means each month Venus gets to try something new that Chewy has to offer in their online store. Chewy.com has a wide variety of pet food ranging from wet to dry to raw to freeze dried, as well as treats, toys, and other pet supplies for cats, dogs, and more!

We recently had the opportunity to try out I and Love and You Grain-Free Canned Cat Food from Chewy, and I'd like to share a few thoughts about our experience.
 
This item is a press sample, received in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Frisco Scoopable Cat Litter | #chewyinfluencer

In case you're new here and didn't already know, Venus, "Kitty," and myself are part of the Chewy Influencer program, which means each month Venus gets to try something new that Chewy has to offer in their online store. Chewy.com has a wide variety of pet food ranging from wet to dry to raw to freeze dried, as well as treats, toys, and other pet supplies for cats, dogs, and more!

We recently had the opportunity to try out Frisco Scented Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter from Chewy, and I'd like to share a few thoughts about our experience.

Before we get started, I want to note that this item is a press sample, received in exchange for an honest review. This however does not influence any opinions expressed in this post.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Halo Liv-a-Littles Treat for Cats & Dogs | #chewyinfluencer

In case you're new here and didn't already know, Venus and I are part of the Chewy Influencer program, which means each month Venus gets to try something new that Chewy has to offer in their online store. Chewy.com has a wide variety of pet food ranging from wet to dry to raw to freeze dried, as well as treats, toys, and other pet supplies for cats, dogs, and more!

For the past month Venus and "Kitty" have been trying out the Halo Liv-a-Littles from Chewy.
This item is a press sample, received in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hask Charcoal Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner | My First Hair Cleansing Re-purchase!

I never realized it before, and it never once crossed my mind as odd until now either - but I've never purchased the same shampoo and conditioner before. I'm almost 32 years old, and each time I go to the store and buy shampoo and/or conditioner I purchase something different. I mean, it may not be too terribly odd, considering when I go to Target there are two full isles of hair care products, not including hair dryers and curling irons... but don't most people have a favorite at this point in their life? Maybe I'm not alone? Though, I mustn't be now that I've purchased the Hask Charcoal Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! | Resolutions + Giveaway


I can hardly believe 2017 has already passed us by. I also can't believe how much I let things slip through my fingers for a whole year - how much I pushed dreams aside and let my ambition pretty much wash away. We moved into my family's homestead from the 1800's right before Christmas of 2016, and I've spent a lot of my time focused on family and pets that I used to spend on blogging - but I want to mange my time better and be more present on my blog in 2018.