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Holiday Treats for the Pups!

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**I was given product in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions are my own and my granddogs'**

Look at those good boys waiting patiently for their Merrick Fresh Kisses Holiday Mint treats! These treats are adorable.  They look like little toothbrushes.  And they really make their breath smell better.  They are infused with mint breath strips.  I have to say,  Bolt liked these more than Bentley.  Bentley could take them or leave them.  He's not a minty kind of guy I guess.  But Bolt loved them.  These would make a great gift for the fur babies in your life this Christmas! Go check them out on Chewy.com!

Me and the Dreaded Middle Age Body

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As some of you know, I am over 40. Almost 42 to be exact.  And a few weeks ago, I got it in my head that I was too overweight.  If you consult a BMI chart and look up what I should weigh based on my height,  I am morbidly obese. That says I should weigh 120. Let's just say I am no where close to that, nor have I been for quite a few years.
 I decided to diet.  I am horrible at dieting.  I have a mean sweet tooth and no self control.  But I bought my Slimfast shakes and started.  I was miserable. And only lost 2 pounds.  Then I had a realization.  No matter what I do, this body will never be the body I had in my teens or even 20s. It has gone through too many changes.  My hips will never fit into a size 3 again because I carried three children.  They destroyed me.  (Kidding) And now, after all those changes it's been through, we are headed into perimenopause. This realization changed my perspective immensely.  I am almost 42. Do I want to look like a 20 year old? Nope.  I'…

For the Tummies!!

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We have a lot of stomach issues in this house.  BothBubby and Doodle have been to a stomach doctor before.  They never really were diagnosed with anything, but from time to time, their stomachs will be upset. I'm always looking for natural ways to relieve their symptoms. I was thrilled to find UpSpring Stomach Settle.  These little hard candy- like stomach reliever is all natural.  It contains ginger, spearmint, lemon and B6. It works for nausea, upset stomach,  indigestion, gas and motion sickness.  I tried one three other night when I had some indigestion and it tastes really good! I really liked it.  And it helped my stomach quickly.  I like you can give this at any age, as long as they are big enough to have hard candy.  You can find them on Amazon and Wal-Mart. Go check them out!

Scalloped Potatoes!

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Here's another from scratch recipe that was just for Hunny! He loves scalloped potatoes but I have never tried to make them from scratch because I thought it was too complicated. Imagine my surprise when I went looking at recipes and found out that it was simple! Of course, I took a little bit from a bunch of recipes and made it my own, so here it is!

4-5 good sized potatoes sliced about 1/4 inch thick. I used red potatoes so I didn't have to peel them but feel free to use whatever kind you have on hand.
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups milk
2 cups sharp cheddar (I think you can use whatever kind of cheese you like, but we love cheddar)

Preheat oven to 400. Grease 13x9 inch pan. In medium saucepan, melt butter. When butter is all melted, whisk in flour, salt and pepper Let cook a few minutes until nice and bubbly. Slowly add chicken broth, whisking after each addition. Slowly add milk, again whisking after each addition. Let co…

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole!

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This is what was for dinner tonight! I have been going back to trying to cook more from scratch and trying new recipes. This one is a mash up kind of recipe where I took the idea of it from Taste of Home Most Requested Recipes and added my own spin. I made it a little simpler, with less chopping of vegetables. Here it is-

2 bags mixed vegetables
3 large chicken breasts cooked and cubed
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk

Biscuit topping

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 t sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter cubed
2/3 cup milk

In a 13x9 inch greased pan, mix the veggies with the chicken. Set aside. In a frying pan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour. Let cook a few minutes. Slowly add the milk and chicken broth, whisking after each addition. Let cook until nice and bubbly. Pour over the chicken veggie mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add the butter, cutting it in until it is pea sized. Add milk a…

For The Kitties!

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**I received this product in return for my 100% honest review. All opinions are my own**

Now, I have seen these cat scratchers before and thought "How can cardboard hold up to a kitty scratching?" I have to say, I am impressed! Mishka went nuts for this! I think the catnip that comes with it helped, but she went to town scratching it and you can't even tell she did! There's no damage. Above is an action shot of her having fun on it. Plus this is double sided for it to last longer. It is also made out of recycled and recyclable cardboard. It's big enough for her to plop down and sleep on it too when she's worn out.  There literally isn't anything about this that didn't impress me! I was even impressed that the catnip is made in North America. If you have kitties, go grab one at Chewy.com!

Lotus Trolley Bag!

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**I received product in return for my 100% honest review. All opinions are my own!**

Oh, my goodness, am I excited to share this! I know a lot of people are trying to be more green and use reusable bags when they shop. I would like to but the thought of carrying all those bags with me is such a hassle, I just give up and get plastic. Introducing the Lotus Trolley Bag System. This is such an ingenious invention. It's 4 heavy duty reusable bags that attach to each other with handles to keep them upright in your basket. Just carry it with you as shown above, put your groceries up on the conveyor, open this up and put your groceries in! Easy peasy!
Here it is in use! There's even a cooler bag, an egg holder and wine holders in there! They come apart so you can easily use one at a time if you want to. And it cut down on the time it takes me to bring all the groceries in. Usually it takes me at least 5 or 6 trips back and forth to get the whole lot in, but I was done in 3 with thes…