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If there is one thing that makes me happy it would be being a cat mom, especially to our three black cats. Originally from a liter of four, these cats have been with us since they were born and it's been a pleasure to watch them grow up into these incredibly beautiful black cats, each with their own personality. 

As they've grown their needs have changed and we've had to make changes to not just how we care for them but how we feed them too. In today's post I will be sharing how we power our cats possibilities by meeting their needs as they get older.


We've always stuck to the Purina brand but now that the cats are older they have run into digestive  issues plus we've had to monitor their weight because they love to eat but no longer run around and burn as many calories as they used to. While we love to see them enjoy their food and eat to their hearts content, we don't want to have overweight cats. Just like humans, overweight cats are more susceptible to illnesses and disorders like diabetes and arthritis. 

This is where making the change to Purina Pro Plan PRIME PLUS Chicken & Rice Formula Adult 7+ Dry Cat Food has come in. Prime Plus Cat food hits all the marks when it comes to meeting our cats personal needs:

  • With a proprietary blend proven to improve and extend the life of cats age 7 and older (Findings based on cats exclusively fed a complete diet with the proprietary blend vs. cats fed the complete and balanced diet alone.)
  • Backed by a 9-year study
  • It also improves digestive health, helps maintain lean body mass and it supports a strong immune system 

Something else that is incredibly important is that the love to eat it. While these cats are not super picky eaters, we have run into a few foods that they do not like, at all. But from the very first time all three of them tried Purina Pro Plan PRIME PLUS Chicken & Rice Formula, they loved it. 

Just like children, it does zero good to feed a cat a food that's good for them if they are not going to  actually eat it, so the fact that they love this is fantastic. Yay for no added stress of having to force them to eat their meals. they love this stuff!


PetSmart continues to be the #1 source for our cat shopping needs as they have everything we need for them. Here you can find everything from new bedding (something we change out every few months), collars (which they lose almost immediately) and other pet necessities like shampoo, flea/tick care, etc. PetSmart always has some sort of deal going so I shop for their needs as the deals come through and find I can save quite a bit of money.

Right now you can get a $10 PetSmart gift card when you spend $40 on Purina Pro Plan. (Make purchases from 10/15/18 –11/24/18. Upload receipt by 12/1/18.) *The Offer will be fulfilled within 8–10 weeks from the submission date. Learn more about this offer HERE


While cats will be pretty friendly with each other, for the most part, they still need their own personal space. Our three black cats are not the only cats in the family, about a year after getting them we have fostered and adopted other cats and that meant that they had to learn how to share their home. 

It was definitely a challenge to mix a family of three with a family of five brand new kittens, but somehow we've managed it. And one of the main ways that we were successful is by making sure that they all have their own areas for those moments when they want to sleep or just want to be alone. Believe me, cats can be as moody as teenagers and they need a place that's just theirs. 


Our family is big into snacking and so do our pets. Our cats love wet food so we always have some cans around to complement their dry food, or when they've been extra good they can get their own full can.  Pro Plan® Prime Plus has several varieties of wet food you can purchase in variety packs to give your cats their favorite treat as often as you like. 


Cats are not as needy as dogs but they still love to be paid attention to. Not all cats love to be held, but they do love a good scratch and they love to hang out in whatever room we have gathered in.

So we take a cue from them and either hold them or completely leave them alone. Out of our three only Blue has ever been a fan of being held, and even now that she's super big she still allows us to hold her just like when she was a kitten.

Having cats as part of my family is truly one of my greatest joys, I love my cats. It's been very special for us to watch them grow from these tiny bear looking kittens into these big panther-like cats, and I can't wait to see them live the rest of their lives out as best as possible. 

Visit the Pro Plan® Prime Plus™ Hub to see how other pet parents are empowering their pets possibilities.   

We Took the #PurinaONEDog #28DayChallenge

Sponsored post by Mirum. All opinions are my own.

I'd be lying if I said I've always been a dog lover, before Rocky I never had a dog and had ZERO idea how to care for one. But about 4 years ago Rocky came into our life and since then we've been a dog family. We found Rocky as a stray who'd been living in an empty field by my daughters house, and though none of us were looking for a pet, there was no way that we could ignore the small white dog that was on the streets in over 110 degree heat. She was and continues to be a very skittish dog who made it very difficult to catch her. But after about 2 months of coaxing, leaving food our for her and the fact that she took a liking to my mom, we finally caught her. 

She is older in age, the vet estimated she was 8-9 back when we found her, and she is in constant need of a vet. She is incredibly susceptible to dry ears, infections, and has had a few moments where I thought she might be leaving us, but like a champion she manages to get over it and continue on. As she is a very important part of the family we do our best to care for her and do right by her, and that includes giving her food that takes care of her nutritional needs, but that still falls under what we can afford. 

As the years have passed Rocky isn't as energetic as she once was, she could literally sleep all day and because she loves to eat, was overweight. Gone were the days where she would get happy just from seeing us pick up her leash and the happiness from her eyes as we got to the park, her favorite place in the world. We missed that Rocky who could run around in the grass - her little ears perked up at the sounds and her little body running so fast you could barely see her. 

That's why joining the #PurinaONEDog #28DayChallenge was actually pretty exciting for us, I really wanted to see if Purina ONE® would actually make a difference in our pup. Would Purina ONE® Lamb & Rice Formula actually make a discernible difference not just in Rocky's outward appearance, but in how she feels and her energy levels? We headed to Walmart with our $3 off Purina ONE® coupon and grabbed a bag of Purina ONE® SmartBlend Lamb & Rice Formula for her.

Purina ONE® SmartBlend Lamb & Rice Formula Dog Food

● Every ingredient has a purpose.
● Real meat is the #1 ingredient, delivering 100% nutrition with 0% fillers.
● Smart nutrition that’s inspired by nature and advanced by research.
● Crafted in Purina-owned USA facilities for unparalleled quality and safety.

We have kept a daily, one second diary of Rocky's progress throughout the challenge (press full screen to see the video larger) and as you can see, there is quite a visible difference in her well-being. As the days progress not only is she more energetic, she looks happier and perkier. By the middle of the challenge she is breaking away from the leash and wants to run around on her own to discover what all the smells and noises are. 

You can even see a difference in how bright her eyes are and how happy she is to be out and about. We don't even have to drive to the park anymore because she is happy to walk back and forth to get there, something she's not always been a fan of. 

While Purina ONE® will not turn back the hands of time and bring Rocky back her youth, the nutritious benefits in it have made a visible difference. In fact, changing her over to this food has made a difference for all of us because we are all getting in on the outdoor action, taking a short walk in the late morning and a longer walk each evening to the park.

We all feed our pets every single day but now I realize that what we put in that bowl really does make a difference. We've watched Rocky go from being a dog who loved to run around and who didn't ever want to leave the park into one who only wanted to go out to the yard for potty breaks. All these changes we attributed to her older age and declining health. But these past 28 days have shown us how amping up the nutrition levels in her food really does make an incredible difference. 

Rocky is an integral part of our family and it's been a joy to see the visible changes Purina ONE® has made. Because Purina ONE® is part of the Purina family, it's still affordable and super accessible during one of our many Walmart trips. I love that giving her better nutrition isn't going to cost the moon and stars, and yet it's made such a difference.

You've seen the changes in our pup, now it's time for you to join the #PurinaONEDog #28DayChallenge with your dog or cat. More than a bowl of food, Purina ONE® is full nutrition to help fuel your pet’s full potential.  Don't forget to grab the $3 off coupon for your first bag Purina ONE®!

Better Skin From the Inside Out?

This is a sponsored post in partnership with PURENEW. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This July I turned 45 years old and while I don't feel like an "old lady" I can definitely see all the changes my face and skin have taken over the past 5 years. It's not just the overall sagging look of my skin that is super noticeable, it's the way that it's no longer as bright and clear as it used to be. There is a constant dull look to my skin that is only helped by adding multiple steps to my skincare regimen and there is a lot more texture and hyper-pigmentation than I've ever had before.

I don't feel old at the age of 45, by any means. I've actually found my 40's to be some of the best years I have ever had. I've finally come into my own when it comes to feeling confident in myself. But there are days that my skin betrays me and makes me look like I am older than my years. If you're near my age or past it, then you know how awful that feels. No, I don't want to turn back the hands of time and be in my 30's or even 20's again. But I would love to recuperate some of the old elasticity my skin used to have and really work to fight those wrinkles that are standing by ready to walk all over my face. I'd love to wake up to a bight complexion that isn't covered in dullness and new sun spots.

I've been hearing a lot about beauty supplements recently and would be lying if I said my interest wasn't piqued. After all, I do incorporate supplements into mine and my family's daily life. Could the addition of a dietary supplement geared to care for my skin, take my current skincare regimen up a notch, help it fight advanced signs of aging and give me better skin overall?

With that in mind I was very excited at the opportunity to try PURENEW supplements. 


Available in two versions to address specific age-related issues:

Essential Skin Clear for women in their 20's and 30's 
Your 20s and 30s are the most critical time for optimizing your skin health – the way you care for it now will determine future skin quality. Essential Skin Clear is fundamental formulation for those age 20+ that rehydrates and promotes healthy, glowing skin, relieves clogged pores, and fights fine lines, dark spots and sensitive skin condition.

Professional Skin Clear for women 35+
In your 40s and 50s, expression lines and dark spots on your face become more visible due to cumulative sun exposure and free radicals. Professional Skin Clear is advanced skin care aimed at reducing wrinkles and promoting clear skin in women age 35+. The ingredients nourish your skin from the inside out, regenerating healthy skin cells and increasing collagen, boosting moisture and elasticity to reduce wrinkles, reducing formation of both visible and hidden age spots and brightening skin tone.

PURENEW supplements also help to promote hair growth and help strengthen both hair and nails, which is something I am already taking another supplement for. I am all about paring down and simplifying my routine, and being able to knock out a whole step/product means less time and money spent on my skincare.

PURENEW supplements are easy to incorporate into your daily life. You can pop a daily pack into your bag if you're heading out early or will be having breakfast out. It is suggested that you take 1 packet daily after meals so I love the ease of the daily pack.

After taking PURENEW for 10 days I do already see changes in my skin. It feels softer and seems to have acquired a brightness similar to the one I get from my Vitamin C serum (one of my favorite skincare products), and that's because Vitamin C is high on the ingredient deck of PURENEW Professional Skin Clear.

I'd love to see what changes my skin would make with continued use of this product, as it's hard to see real results in the small amount of time I have been taking them. But since I am already seeing an improvement in my skin health, I can only imagine that with more time the results would be pretty impressive.

I do realize that there is no such thing as a "magic pill" that will make my skin perfect on its own.  Skin health is not something you can come by as if by magic, you do have to drink water, protect your skin from the sun and lead an overall healthier life to be able to reap healthy skin. But if a product like PURENEW Professional Skin Clear can boost my existent skin care regimen and maybe even cut out some products, then it's definitely something I would consider for the long-haul.

Get more information about PURENEW products by visiting their site online.

Please make sure to consult with your physician before starting any new dietary supplement, especially if you're a woman who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant. 

My Tackle the Day Survival Kit

I received compensation from Aleve to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own. #NeverBackDown #Aleve #CollectiveBias #advertisement

To say that life is busy, is an understatement. As you all know, or in case you're new to this blog: I am a mom, grandma, entrepreneur, mom of 6 pets, caretaker to my mother, and chauffeur to the whole family. My days start pretty early and can end as late as after midnight, especially when my days are so long that my work gets left behind. Hey, life wouldn't be life if I wasn't belting out a deadline on my computer in the middle of the night.

But like most women in this world, I can handle it. There might be days that I am a little worse for wear, those days that really knock one down, but for the most part I get up the next day ready to do it all over again.

One of my secrets for being able to tackle the day and survive intact is to carry everything I need with me. Today I am sharing what is in my current Tackle the Day Survival Kit (aka my bag).

As any smart mom or busy woman on-the-go, we all know the power of our purse, and the importance of making sure everything we'll need throughout the day is in it. I have another bag filled with my work essentials: laptop, mouse, chargers, etc. But in my handbag I carry everything else I will need:

  • My comfy new scarf because 5:00AM drop offs are so cold - this also makes a great pillow if I happen to pass out waiting for the kids to get out of school
  • My card holder with one credit card and pre-loaded coffee card

  • Snacks that won't make me get the jitters
  • My refillable water bottle - less waste and I can even add ice!

  • Aleve Back & Muscle Pain Tablets 

I put my whole self into each day and I'm not going to let back and muscle pain sideline me. On those days when my back is killing me, I turn to Aleve Back & Muscle Pain.

Aleve Back & Muscle Pain offers all day pain relief so I can overcome my tough pain and put my whole self into each day. With a one-pill dose, Aleve helps me power through the day and allows me to live life without that awful backache pain that creeps into my life more and more as I get older.

Aleve Back & Muscle Pain is now available at Walmart. Only Aleve offers up to 12 hours of pain relief in just 1 pill*. All Day Strong, All Day long. *Among leading OTC brands, based on minimum labelled dosing. Use as Directed. For occasional sleeplessness associated with minor pain try Aleve PM.

I have noted down the rebate offer which is currently available for a $5 Walmart eGift Card and a super fun sweepstakes you can also take part in with your purchase.

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Life is busy and each day is another test in perseverance and patience but I have zero complaints. I know that I am actually very lucky to be able to work from home so that I am able to be here for my kids, my grandchildren, my mom and all of our pets. I am: the prescription runner, the "I forgot my homework" dropper-offer (is that a word?) and I could not be happier about it. After aches and pains are covered with Aleve Back & Muscle Pain and Aleve PM for those occasional nights that the pain interrupts my sleep.

Getting Ready for Game Day at Dollar General | Shrimp Tapas

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

We're excited for the arrival of football season, especially college football. While we no longer live in our home town, it's still the team that we root for every single year. This year we are looking forward cheering on our team, and having a lots of good times with friends and family as we sweat it out in front of the TV. 

Nothing says game day like good food and drinks, and this college football season the family and I are stocking up at our local Dollar General for everything we will need for game day. I love how convenient having a Dollar General only two blocks from home is. It's so quick and easy to pop in for all  our game day watching needs: paper towels, napkins, serve ware and of course Dr Pepper®.

We're a pretty large family so it's important to me that I can stock up for extra savings of Dr Pepper at Dollar General. Plus all the other Dollar General brand essentials we need are also super inexpensive, most only $1-$2.  My budget definitely goes a long way by shopping there. 

Dr Pepper is the perfect drink for watching college football because of its rich, indulgent, one of a kind flavor. It's super versatile when it comes to pairing it with sweet and savory dishes (my favorite), including the really simple appetizer I am sharing below. 


2lb clean pre-cooked shrimp
4 mangos diced
2 tablespoon oil
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: Prepare mango cubes. Then in a large skillet heat oil, adding garlic and stirring for a minute or less. Add shrimp,  salt and pepper, stirring for another minute. Lastly, add Sriracha sauce and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Cooking time for the shrimp should be no more than 5 minutes total - unless you're working with raw shrimp.

Plate by inserting a shrimp and one cube of mango on a toothpick. Serve hot or cold and don't forget to add a cold glass of Dr Pepper. 

And as easy as that I have a sweet & spicy appetizer that the family will enjoy and it didn't take me very long to prepare it. 

This is exactly my kind of dish - something quick and easy yet super flavorful. I will leave the heavy tailgate-style cooking to the professionals (the guys).