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Tips to Keeping Your Home in Tip-top Shape for Your Family (and Your Cat)

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When I was growing up my siblings and I were not allowed to have pets. My mom believed that it wasn't possible to have pets in a home, and still maintain a clean house. If you're a pet parent then you know it's completely possible-- just because you have pets doesn't mean your home has to smell bad or be dirty. Right now there are over 6 cats in my place and one dog and besides finding cat hair collected throughout several corners (they seems to gather there every 5 minutes), you might not know that there is an entire cat family living there. 

I have a routine that I do each morning where I do a quick clean up of the living area, where the cats like to hang out, and the liter boxes. After that I get the whole crew fed and we are ready to face the day in a home that's clean and pleasant. I love cats and as someone who sorely missed having a pet as a kid, I am thrilled to be able to care for so many now. The extra 30 minutes a day of my life that I spend cleaning up is nothing compared to the happiness that these guys bring.


5 Tips to Keeping Your Home in Tip-top Shape for Your Family (and Your Cat)


FINDING THE RIGHT LITTER:

New TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter is the litter I currently use for my family of cats. Once we got more than one cat, it was important to really step up the odor control. I shop at Target at least once a week for the entire family and I love that I can pick up whatever the pets need there too, and the best part is that at Target I don't have to spend a lot!

Tidy Cats® Lightweight Free & Clean has unscented odor control with the Powder of Activated Charcoal. I like the unscented version of this litter because with multiple cats things can already be pretty scented, instead of adding more smells to the situation, I prefer to eliminate them completely. 

Tidy Cats® knows powerful odor control is at the top of your list of litter must-haves…but sometimes added fragrances and dyes just aren’t what you want. Free & Clean offers you the odor-absorbing power of activated charcoal plus TidyLock® Protection to lock away odors.

Tidy Cats® Lightweight Free & Clean is 99.9% dust free and clumps strongly, making cleaning the litter boxes fast and easy. Plus the TidyLock Protection locks away odors so the garage never smells foul. We do our laundry in the garage and are in and out of there all day so freshness is a must. 



MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF LITTER BOXES

One litter box per cat is strongly suggested and that's what we always did when we had three cats. But now with so many more cats and limited space, we have four boxes total in the garage, and instead of cleaning them once a day, we do it twice.  



A clean litter box doesn't just mean a fresher smelling home, cats love a clean box and they are so much happier when their boxes are nice and clean.



TRAIN YOUR CATS 

Something we've not quite mastered with the youngest cats is to train them not to get on certain areas like the kitchen counters, dish drainer (they love the drainer) or even the kitchen table. These are areas that have to be completely germ and cat free as they are the areas where we prepare and enjoy meals. A lot of people also train their pets not to get on beds and furniture.

For us it's mainly the kitchen, the cats have pretty much free reign as long as they stay out of our food prep area. It's our small kitchen table that we can't keep them off of. They seems to realize that this is where the family gathers, and they too want to be a part of it.


LITTLE BIT OF ELBOW GREASE

We live in a townhouse, it's not very large except for the living area where the cats tend to spend the most time. Every morning after getting the kids of to school I take 20-30 minutes to dust, vacuum the floor and the furniture. I wipe down all the kitchen and table surfaces, plus clean out the liter boxes. I have my routine pretty set so I never have to take longer than the allotted time. 

Honestly, besides the litter boxes this is the same routine I did every morning before getting the cats. I like to start my days with a fresh house and that tidying routine has always been part of my morning, ever since my kids were little. 




A fresh home is a happy home and having one cat or multiple cats, like we do, doesn't have to mean your home has to be smelly. Take a trip to Target and purchase Tidy Cats® Lightweight Free & Clean for your litter boxes and you'll immediately see a difference in the freshness near their boxes, with no extra added scents. Target is always a great place to stock up on your pet's needs, plus do a little bit of shopping for yourself too!

Looking for more #FreeandCleanLiving inspiration? Check out the social hub to see how others have put Tidy Cats® Lightweight Free & Clean to work for them. 

Helping Him Find His Style w/ AXE


This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mirum, all opinions are my own. 

This kid...he's getting to be so grown up! Now when I look at him it's hard to believe that he's that same little boy with the big hair (just like abuelitas) and the big smile who could not put down his toys. Now what he can't put down is his cell phone. They grow up way too quickly don't they?

Watching him grow has definitely been interesting, especially seeing the changes that have taken place in just a span of a few years. He went from hating to brush his teeth, we literally had to stand at the sink and watch him brush every morning and night, to now waiting for him in the car each morning because he refuses to leave without also rinsing. Now he is all about the fresh breath. 


He also went from being so-so about showers to showering daily and always making sure he smells good. He's been using AXE products since last year and has a few favorite scents. Plus he lives for the days that his uniform school allows them free dress day, so he can wear his cool clothes and show off some of his personal style. 

Because he has an affinity for AXE products, I am always on the lookout for a good deal to keep him stocked up. His favorite scent is AXE Phoenix, which he uses in the entire range: Antiperspirant Deodorant, 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner, Body Wash and the Body Spray. Plus with the current Ralphs digital offer, I grabbed him a Body Spray in the NEW AXE Gold scent, for some mixing and matching.


RALPHS DIGITAL OFFER
Save $2 on any TWO (2) Axe products (excludes trial and travel sizes). Offer is valid from 4/30 - 5/27.  Access the digital coupon via the Ralphs app and have it ready for your next shopping trip to Ralphs.

I think AXE has actually played a pretty big role in Angel becoming more responsible when it comes to his personal care. It was about a year ago when he got his first AXE products, with his own personal shower caddie filled with shower goodies, that he really began to enjoy being a more cleaner and better version of himself. 


If you're struggling with a teen who needs a little bit of guidance when it comes to hygiene, giving them a shower caddie filled with personal care products might just give them that boost they need. It doesn't even have to be the Body Spray -- you can start off with the Antiperspirant Deodorant, 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner and the Body Wash (Angel's favorite).  



Hey, if all it takes is a body wash to get teen boys into a shower, then let's buy them oodles and oodles of them. 



If your son has a school gym or sports bag, then don't forget to stock up doubles. Angel doesn't leave the house without a deodorant in his backpack. 



Angel still has a lot of growing up to do and I'm sure the ride is going to be even more interesting to watch from now on. Bring on the teen angst and grumpy behavior that is common in teenagers. At least we can feel good knowing that he smells good as he takes all those twist and turns that teen life is made up of.


It's easy to help #InspireHisStyle by stocking up on his AXE favorites, especially when a good deal comes long like the Save $2.00 on 2 (currently at Ralphs). What are some of your sons favorite AXE products?


Earn Ice Cream Rewards & Stock Up On Your Family's Favorites

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mirum, all opinions are my own.

Summer is only six weeks away and my family is really looking forward to it. Summer doesn't just mean the end of the school year, it means we get our one week vacation to the beach, swimming lessons for the the kiddos and lots of days just hanging out and chillin. And what is our favorite thing to enjoy as we hang out on those warm summer days? ICE CREAM!!!!


But you don't have to wait for summer to arrive in order to enjoy some of your family favorites. Right now you can score a sweet deal at Vons featuring many delicious selections, including: Breyer’s 2-in-1’s, Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bars and Talenti Gelato Pints.



Spend $20 on participating Unilever Ice Cream brands and receive a $5 digital reward of your choice (A Visa Rewards Virtual gift card, a FandangoNOW reward or a Print-at-Home Movie Certificate.) Simply snap a photo of your receipt and upload it to IceCreamRewards.com to receive your $5 reward. Purchases must be made between 5/1/2018 and 9/30/2018


We have tons of favorite ice creams but definitely some of the ones we enjoy the most are the new Breyer’s 2-in-1’s, we grabbed two flavors: OREO with Chips Ahoy and Resses with Resses Mini Pieces. The kids loved these so much, these are some of their favorite treats, which they can now enjoy in their ice cream!


Next we had to grab two boxes of Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bars, which the entire family loves, we can demolish both of these boxes in just one sitting.


Plus, I made sure to pick up a little something-something, just for me. I got one of the Talenti Gelato Pints in the Cold Brew Coffee Flavor, which is insanely delicious. Sure, I could share this delicious gelato with the family, but honestly it's too good to share. 


Probably the only thing sweeter than enjoying a favorite treat, is getting to enjoy it as part of a sweet deal. Scoring a $5 reward on a $20 ice cream purchase definitely makes stocking up on my family's favorites, a deal too good to pass up. 


What will we spend our reward on? Probably more ice cream!



Because who could say no to these faces? They've already reminded me that we're out of Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bars, so it's time to make another trip to Vons. 

Which are some of your family's favorite ice cream treats?


Don't forget to stop by your local Vons to stock up on those ice cream favorites. And hit the banner below to grab your sweet reward!

Tips For Keeping The Peace Between Cats At Feeding Time And Getting A Good Value

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

If you've been with my blog for a bit then you have probably ready the story of my three black cats and their mom who we rescued on their way to the pound. Then how our cat family became larger last year after one of the stays I feed came to us the day she went into labor, then giving birth to 5 kittens. 

Most people will unite one or two cats with an existing pet, but we had the daunting task of meshing two large families. Cats are pretty territorial and in the beginning we weren't sure what to do with so many of them under one roof and such a limited amount of space. Things can get especially tricky when it's time to eat. Today I will be sharing some of the things that helped us mesh these two families together and how we keep the peace at meal times 

Tips For Keeping The Peace Between Cats At Feeding Time And Getting A Good Value


Stretching out my budget: One of the most important things about feeding so many cats is making sure I stretch my money. A few years ago we got out first local Dollar General and it's just two blocks away from home which makes it easy for me to pop in for necessities.

Convenience: My mornings are incredibly hectic which makes having a Dollar General so close to home super convenient. I can pop in quickly, grab their food plus a gallon of milk (which we always happen to be out of) and be out the door in minutes. 

My main purchase is a 9Lives Daily Essentials® Bonus Bag that will feed the army of cats at home for a good 6 days. With Daily Essentials, I can give out cats the nutrition they need. 9Lives Daily Essentials® cat food delivers nutrition that helps support heart health, clear vision, strong muscles, and healthy skin and coat.

The 9Lives Daily Plus Care® line is geared toward older cats: as a cat gets older his nutritional needs change. His food should ensure that he'll stay well and stay regular. 9Lives Plus Care® cat food helps support digestive health and a hearty immune system.

9Lives® Paté Favorites Variety Pack: Smooth and Satisfying® 9Lives® Meaty Paté makes a tasty dinner with smooth ground meat, fish or poultry. This is the favorite!


If you have cats then you know how much they love the sound of you arriving home with fresh bags of cat food. 


The kittens especially are very playful and never stop, that's why they're always hungry. At feeding time I have to make sure that they all get their portion and that they can eat in peace. If they rush to eat they can spit up later so it's important that they all have enough space and time to enjoy their meals.



Separating the two cat families: This is the best way I have found to feed them. I will feed the black cats when Fluffy and her babies are having their naps in the garage. With the other cats safely locked in another room, I can serve up bowls of 9Lives® Paté for Blue, Green and Aqua and they can enjoy their meals at leisure. 



About an hour later when the fluffies wake up it's time for them to take their turn at breakfast. It's funny to see how these younger cats always celebrate meal times, they get so excited to eat and you'd swear they haven't eaten in days by go happily they go about it.


When we had only one cat we used to give her 9Lives® Paté all the time, but this can get very expensive. With so many cats to feed now, we give them dry food the majority of the time and wet food  just a few times a week, and how they look forward to these days!


This 12 pack of 9Lives® Paté was on sale for only $3 this week and Dollar General constantly has sales and coupons so I can give them all their favorite treat and not go broke doing so.



9Lives has all of our cat needs covered. Mom Fluffy usually sneaks her meals with the kittens but I do get her a small bag of 9Lives Daily Plus Care® which is better suited for her digestive health and immune system. 



And that is how we get through meal times at my house with two cat families and without having to stress the money to feed them all. A lot of people might think I am crazy to keep so many cats around but I know Fluffy and her kittens are only with us for a few more months and until then I am more than happy to keep caring for them. They are rambunctious and playful, always making a mess right after I clean up, but they are the sweetest bunch and are always looking for a good scratch. 


Check out DollarGeneral.com to find coupons and save (Offer timing: 4/1/18 - 5/31/18) on 9Lives wet and dry cat food! 

Refresh Your Spring Beauty Routine & Get a $10 Gift Card

This post has been sponsored by Mirum Shopper. However, all opinions are my own.


Spring is here and with it comes a time of renewal and freshness. It's the time of year that's perfect for changing up our look and starting fresh. A great way to make a fresh start is by giving you hair a good chop, and by a good chop I mean literally taking off the bulk of it. While I do love long hair, especially in the fall and winter, I think spring and summer are a great time to sport something more young, fun and manageable. It's exactly what Cici did just last month, she cut off at least 6 inches from her hair and let me tell you, this new style looks incredibly fresh and fun. 



With her shorter hair she doesn't have to spend as much time getting ready each day and she now has the opportunity to take care of her hair really well so as it gets longer, it will be super healthy and strong. This is where great haircare comes into play - but don't worry, great haircare doesn't have to mean visiting the hair salon, you just have to go by Albersons to take advantage of the current Unilever deal.


Spend $30 on participating Unilever Personal Care brands and receive a $10 digital reward of your choice (A Visa Rewards Virtual gift card or a FandangoNOW reward.) Simply take a photo of your receipt and upload it to TakeANewLook.com to receive your $10 reward. Purchases must be made between 3/1/18 and 5/31/18. While there don't forget to enter the weekly sweepstakes where one weekly winner will receive a $400 prize pack!


We stocked up on TRESemme Botanique Nourish & Replenish Shampoo, Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant and Nexxus Keraphix Shampoo. 


With Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant, we will all have really hydrated and soft skin and I can use the TRESemme Botanique Nourish & Replenish Shampoo and Conditioner to keep my hair on check. While Cici uses Nexxus Keraphix Shampoo to really care for and strengthen her hair. 


Now that we've refreshed our spring hair and skincare, at such a good deal, I feel like we now have some extra cash to go and see a movie with our $10 Fandango card. 


What are some of your favorite Unilever Personal Care brands and which will you be stocking up on this spring? Head to your local Vons/Pavilions, Albertsons or Jewel-Osco to grab your favorites NOW!