Sammy Makes Six
Design by Colleen Shibley. Powered by Blogger.

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! 

A Very Berry (Protein Packed) Kid Friendly Smoothie Bowl

This post is brought to you by Morinaga Nutritional Foods, Inc. maker of Mori-Nu® Silken Tofu and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

It's a common misconception that tofu is only used in Asian-inspired dishes, or that it can only be used in soups. It's a lot more versatile than you might think. Silken tofu can be used in desserts, main dishes, appetizers, and can be a substitute for dairy ingredients.

Another misconception is that tofu is only for vegans or vegetarians to enjoy, but that is simply not true. I for one, have really grown to enjoy tofu since first trying it about two years ago. My favorite way to enjoy tofu is in a veggie stir fry, which only takes minutes to cook, but this is just one of the ways that we enjoy it.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF MORI-NU SILKEN TOFU?

Mori-Nu Silken Tofu by Morinaga Nutritional Foods, Inc. is one of the highest-qualities of silken tofu on the market, providing unmatched smoothness, creaminess and great taste. The texture of silken tofu is generally smoother and creamier with a slightly higher water content than dense, spongy tub tofu (or "momen" tofu -- the other tofu).

Mori-Nu Silken Tofu products are sold in a unique aseptic package that protects fresh tofu from light and bacteria, allowing for a long shelf life without the need for refrigeration or use of preservatives. The packaging locks out light, oxygen and micro-organisms which lead to spoilage and allow for a long shelf life.

You can use extra firm silken tofu for stir-fry, but you can also blend the firm or soft versions of Mori-Nu Silken Tofu for creamy and delicious smoothies, shakes, desserts, dips, and sauces. Or crumble the firm tofu into eggless scrambles or pasta fillings.

There are many ways to enjoy the very versatile silken tofu.


One of my other favorite ways to use Mori-Nu Silken Tofu is by adding it the kids’ favorite smoothie bowl. While they think that they are enjoying a bowl full of berries and banana, they are having an extra protein-packed snack. I even add some spinach for extra measure, which is not something they normally enjoy.

Here is the simple recipe to for a Very Berry (Protein Packed) Kid Friendly Smoothie Bowl.


Very Berry (Protein Packed) Kid Friendly Smoothie Bowl
2-3 small servings

smoothie:
1/3 block of Mori-Nu Silken Tofu Lite Firm
½ cup of fresh baby spinach
½ cup of frozen berries
2 bananas
topping:
fresh berries
granola


Instructions:
Place all the smoothie ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour smoothie into bowls and add toppings. For toppings I chose fresh sliced strawberries, blueberries, a handful of granola mix and a drizzle of honey.



Because this is a kid-friendly recipe I usually allow the kids to get in on the action by topping their own smoothie bowls. This is a fun way to let them help create their own snack and it lets their creative minds take ahold. You can prepare a little toppings bar with all their favorites including: sliced bananas, strawberries, mandarins, apples, etc. There are so many possibilities!


Mori-Nu Silken Tofu is versatile, delicious and affordable. With the many varieties that Mori-Nu Silken Tofu has to offer, you will find the right tofu fit for whatever you’re creating in the kitchen. Today we created this delicious berry and banana smoothie that is packed with extra protein and vitamins, and all the kids know is that they are having a yummy smoothie bowl.


Visit www.morinu.com to purchase Mori-Nu Silken Tofu online or go to the store locator to find your nearest Silken Tofu retailer. HOW DO YOU TOFU?



Make-Over Your Easter Leftovers | Ham & Pineapple Grilled Strangewich

This is a sponsored collaboration with Mirum Shopper and Kroger. All opinions are my own.

Easter is just days away and like most typical families, we will be spending the day enjoying good food and quality time together. And while I still don't know what the full Easter menu is going to entail, I do know that we will be having glazed ham, as we do every year. I did an initial grocery run to my local Ralphs last night in preparation for Sunday but I am sure I will have to make another by end of week.


I actually look forward to our Easter ham each year more than I do the Thanksgiving turkey because I am a sweet & savory lover. I love that little bit of sweetness that comes from the glaze and will usually have some pineapple marmalade on the side to make it even sweeter. 

Because most of us will have Easter leftovers, I thought I would share a really easy and quite delicious way to use some of that leftover ham. We all know that leftover sandwiches are the way to go when it comes to leftovers, but how about a gooey and warm ham and pineapple grilled cheese strangewich? Yep - I can definitely get into that. 


I will show you how easy it is to make this yummy sandwich in just minutes, and how using Best Foods Mayonnaise as a substitute for butter, will make your sandwich even crispier and more delicious. 


Ingredients:
Best Foods Mayonnaise
1 slice of your favorite cheese
a dollop of pineapple marmalade
1 slice of ham


Directions:
Place ham and cheese inside of the bread, adding a few dollops of pineapple marmalade. Coat both outer sides of the bread with Best Foods Mayonnaise and grill until golden brown on both sides. Tastes best served hot. 


Since I am sharing this recipe with you today, I got to enjoy my ham and pineapple grilled cheese ahead of time, but I'm still looking forward to cooking up some fresh ones with actual Easter ham next week! 


Don't forget to stop by your local Ralphs this week to pick up some Best Foods Mayonnaise and let the leftover make-over begin! What kind of Strangewich do you plan on cooking up with leftover ham?