3 Things You Might Not Know About BarkBox + How to Get a FREE Box for Your Dog

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September BarkBox Collage

If you’ve been thinking about getting a BarkBox mystery box of goodies for your dog, or as a gift for another special pup in your life, you’re in luck because there is still time to order the October BarkBox. Considering that most of the monthly boxes are each built around a unique theme, we are hoping for some paw-some SPOOKY fun in time for HOWLoween! Take a look at a previous Halloween BarkBox.

Bedtime Story BarkBox

The theme of Daisy’s most recent BarkBox was Bedtime Story. The box included super dreamy toys and treats including a ChuckIt! Max Glow Ball that lights up in the dark, an adorable Shooting Star squeaky toy, Organic Chamomile treats for sweet dreams and more great stuff I’ve put away for later.

That’s one of the things we love about getting a monthly box of goodies from BarkBox. Because each delivery includes 4-6 high-quality, full-size items customized for your dog’s size, there is always enough to put away and save for later, keeping the fun going all month long until the next box arrives!

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Daisy has had a BarkBox subscription since 2012, so we are pretty much experts at all things BarkBox-related. If you are new to BarkBox or are thinking about getting a plan for your dog, there are a few things you might not know but probably want to!

3 Things You Might Not Know About BarkBox:

1)BarkBox Scout’s Honor Guarantee: If your pup doesn’t like at a treat or toy they’ve received, if it’s faulty or completely the wrong size for your dog, BarkBox will replace it for free. Just email happy@barkbox.com and they will help make sure your dog is 100% happy!

2)BarkBox is Allergy-Friendly:  Every BarkBox is wheat, corn and soy free, so if your pup has those allergies you are all set! They also have a special allergy-friendly BarkBox for pups who are allergic to beef, chicken and turkey. The edible goodies in this BarkBox will not contain any of the above ingredients to help keep your pup’s sensitive tummy happy. You can specify that your dog has allergies in your BarkBox profile and email happy@barkbox.com with questions.

3)Every BarkBox order helps support Pet Shelters and Rescue Groups: 10% of all profits go to shelters and together with their BarkGood program, BarkBox works with over 3,000 shelters and rescues around the U.S. and Canada!

Coupon Code for FREE BarkBox or 10% OFF

Know a pup who deserves a FREE BarkBox of goodies, toys and treats for dogs? Add a free box to any plan (1, 3, 6 or 12-months) when you GO HERE to order and use BarkBox promo code FREEWOOF at checkout.

Prefer 10% OFF your plan? Use  BarkBox code WOOFWOOFMAMA instead. Either way, you’ll get FREE Shipping on your entire US order ($5/BarkBox shipping applies outside the contiguous 48 states).

Ready or almost ready to get BarkBox? Visit BarkBox.com for more info and to start customizing your own mystery box of dog toys, treats and surprises for your fur kid!


Coffee Break with Gourmesso — Super Affordable Nespresso Compatible Capsules

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coffee break

Are you in need of a coffee break? I sure am! People who know me will tell you that two things I really love, besides Woof Woof Papa & Daisy of course, are: a)finding great deals and b)coffee. Well, I’ve managed to combine the two by discovering Gourmesso, super affordable coffee capsules that are compatible with my Nespresso machine. It’s gourmet coffee without the gourmet price.

If you’ve got a Nespresso machine, or are thinking about getting one, you probably know that the coffee capsules can get a bit pricey. Gourmesso is a company offering quality coffee priced 30% less than Nespresso. With 20 blends, they’ve got a large variety of capsules, many of which are Fair-Trade certified.


My particular favorite right now is the Bolivia Pura Mezzo, which is certified Fairtrade International coffee. That means the beans used in this blend are grown and harvested in accordance with standards designed to increase sustainable development throughout the world. Made from 100% Arabica beans grown at an altitude of 6,000 feet in the Bolivian province of Caranavi, this blend is mildly aromatic, low in acidity and features a subtle note of chocolate.

The Gourmesso selection ranges from dark roast espressos, to medium and light roast options, including single-origin blends, and four different 100% Arabica blends. On top of that they also have three lungo espressos, a decaf blend, and six uniquely flavored blends including chocolate, vanilla, almond, and even coconut…can’t wait to try that one! All this info and more can be found in their coffee capsules shop so be sure to stop by and take a coffee break for yourself.

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Super Stylish bkr Bottle — The Most Beautiful Way to Stay Hydrated

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Since posting an Instagram photo of Daisy & me enjoying the sunshine on our patio, several readers and followers have contacted me about the beautiful water bottle in the photo. There’s been so much interest that I thought I’d post on the blog to let you all in on the secret!

I’ll admit that I’ve got a bit of a water bottle obsession. I figure the more fab water bottles I own, the more motivation I have to stay hydrated. I’ve got a SIGG, a Takeya, 2 ThinkSport bottles (read my ThinkSport water bottle review), to name a few, but by far the one that get the most attention when we are out and about is my gorgeous bkr water bottle!

The bkr water bottle is the prettiest, eco-friendly solution to staying hydrated at home, in the office and on the go. It comes in SO many gorgeous colors that’s it’s hard to choose just one. It’s actually a clear glass water bottle wrapped in your choice of beautiful silicone sleeves.

You can order a bkr bottle HERE and get FREE Shipping. The one I have is a pretty in pink color called “Bambi” but I’m so addicted that I’m already planning what color to get next. Probably in “Dive” which is a sheer Bali green-blue.

bkr colors

About bkr bottle:

  • Glass is the cleanest way to drink. no chemical leaching or metallic canteen taste.
  • Soft, grippy sleeve. Quiet when you set it down and not tippy.
  • 16 oz / 500mL. Small one-inch opening for easy no-spill sips, just like a plastic water bottle.
  • Caps have a perfect no-leak seal.
  • BPA-free, phthalate-free, FDA approved materials. Fits most cup holders.
  • Dishwasher safe on the top rack. 100% addictive.
  • bkr gives back. your purchase supports initiatives that fund early detection cancer research, combat the global water crisis and make the world a better place.
  • A-list celebrity favorite. As seen in ELLE, Vogue, InStyle, W, Marie Claire, Glamour, Martha Stewart Living, Architectural Digest, Dwell, Refinery29, Real Simple, the Today Show.

What color is calling your name? Check them out and let me know which one(s) you fall in love with!


PAW-tastic New Mystery Box of Dog Goodies $10 Shipped!

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13deals dog mystery box

Hey everybody! We’ve got the inside scoop on a super exciting new Mystery Box of Goodies for Dogs, plus an exclusive discount code especially for YOU!!!

Our pals over at 13Deals have launched a new Monthly Mystery Box of Dog Goodies and even though it is priced at an amazingly low $19.99 already (average box value is $49+) with free shipping, they are giving Woof Woof Mama readers 50% OFF your first order.

Just follow this link and use 13Deals Promo Code: WOOFWOOF50 at checkout (exp. 5/30/15).

You’ll snag your dog’s first box of toys, treats and surprises for only $10 including shipping. Then continue your monthly subscription at $19.99/month w/ Free Shipping, or cancel anytime with no commitment.

Each box is customized for your dog’s size, and will include a mix of fun goodies. I’ve verified with the company that all edibles will be made in either USA or Canada.

Keep reading for details on what Daisy received in her April Mystery Box of Dog Goodies!

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Win Natural Balance Wild Pursuit for Your Pet + $3,000 for Your Favorite Rescue Group!

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Have you heard the news about the exciting new line of pet food from Natural Balance? It’s called Wild Pursuit and we’ve been switching Daisy over to it during the past month, since they are phasing out the ALPHA Grain-Free line.

Wild Pursuit is a grain-free pet food with elevated levels of high-quality protein from multiple high-quality animal sources including freeze dried raw pieces to resemble what a dog or cat’s diet would have been in the wild.

Wild Pursuit is available for dogs in dry, canned and treat formulas and for cats in dry and canned formulas. Daisy is LOVING the Wild Pursuit Trout, Salmon Meal & Tuna Dry Dog Formula, and the Lamb Lung Bites Dog Treats made from 100% New Zealand dehydrated lamb lung.

You might recall reading that we had a very difficult time finding a dog food that Daisy tolerated well due to her sensitive tummy and skin issues, and that’s how we ended up with Natural Balance ALPHA. Needless to say, I was pretty concerned when I heard that Natural Balance was discontinuing ALPHA but am super happy to report that so far we’ve had NO issues with the switch. If anything, Daisy seems more excited about mealtime that ever…and she’s usually a pretty fussy eater.

As recommended by Daisy’s veterinarian, we’ve been very careful to gradually transition from old food to new. The first 2 weeks we worked our way up to a 50/50 mix of old/new and now are gradually reducing her old food even more so that within the next week or two, she’ll be eating only the new Wild Pursuit formula. Always change pet food gradually, and speak with your vet for questions about pet nutrition, protein levels, ingredients, etc.

To help celebrate the launch of Wild Pursuit, Natural Balance is hosting a HUGE giveaway!

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Important Update on MetLife TRICARE Dental #MetLifeTDP #sponsored #IC

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get and stay more organized this year. Part of that includes managing our household budget, and keeping up with changes to costs of things like our cable bill, cell phone charges and health insurance so we’re not caught off guard by.

If you are a military family enrolled in the MetLife TRICARE Dental Plan (TDP), it’s important for you to take a few minutes to review and familiarize yourself with changes to 2015 premiums that go into effect on February 1st. Even if this doesn’t affect you directly, please be sure to share this with any military moms and dads you know…military family life can be hectic, and they will appreciate the update.

Premiums vary depending on the number of members enrolled and the sponsor’s status (Active Duty, Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve). See the chart below for the MetLife TRICARE 2015 Dental Premiums:

tricare premiums 2015

MetLife TRICARE premiums information: http://tricare.mil/tdp-premiums

In addition to reviewing costs, it’s also equally important to make sure you are aware of all the benefits of your health and dental plans. The MetLife TRICARE Facebook Page is a great place to start. Several times a week, they post fun facts and info in the form of trivia questions. I learn something new each time I visit. For example, with TDP, family members are covered regardless of a sponsor’s change in status to and from active duty. How great is that!?!

Highlights and benefits also include:

  • Access to one of the largest civilian dental networks – over 250,000 dental locations
  • No annual deductible
  • Cost savings when a MetLife TDP participating dentist is used
  • 2 dental cleanings and exams in a 12-month period + additional 3rd cleaning for pregnant women
  • Worldwide dental coverage (CONUS and OCONUS)

Not yet enrolled? Enrolling is a 12-month commitment, but after completing the 12-month minimum enrollment period, you can continue on a month-to-month basis. To learn about dental plan benefits for military families, or to enroll, visit the MetLife TRICARE website.