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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:

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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.

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This $2 Gadget Will Stop Your Dog From Eating Too Fast

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Everyone knows it’s impossible to go shopping at Target without making at least one impulse purchase…it’s a scientific fact. Well, over the weekend I went to buy a few things for reorganizing my home office area and ended up in the pet aisle (of course).

I found this awesome $2 gadget (it was on sale for $1.69 but I don’t know for how long). Anyway, it’s the Boots & Barkley Slow Feed Accessory Plug and you can find it at your local Target store or buy it online here.

It fits in just about any bowl, and has a suction cup on the back so it sticks in place, but spins around as your dog eats.

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Daisy has several different types of slow feeders and interactive feeders, and we rotate between them, but sometimes it’s just easier to use her bowl. We worry about her eating her food too quickly because it can be unhealthy and even dangerous for dogs to eat too fast, so I’m super happy to have discovered this cheap little gadget and thought I’d share!

More ways to keep your pet from eating too fast:

Also, be sure to read our posts and reviews of the Green Feeder, the Aikiou Interactive Feeder and the KONG Wobbler for more ideas on ways to stop your dog from eating too fast. And check out this list of Top Interactive Feeders and Treat Toys for pets.

Curious about what pet food Daisy eats? Read: What’s in Daisy’s Bowl!

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Planning Ahead for Your Family’s 2015 Dental Care #MetLifeTDP #IC #sponsored

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It’s hard to believe that before the end of this week, it will be 2015 already…but it’s true! And the end of the year is the perfect time to do a little bit of preparation and planning for a healthy and happy New Year. I like to take advantage of this time to do a little bit of cleaning and organizing: out with the old and in with the new! I got a super CUTE new 2015 calendar and am already filling it with all our appointments and other important plans. That way when we ring in the new year and I make my annual resolution to ‘be more organized’ I’ll already be a step ahead!

The end of the year is a great time to review your dental benefits, schedule appointments, and plan your family budget for 2015. The TRICARE Dental Program is ideal for military families because it is a convenient and cost effective way for families to have continuous dental coverage despite changes in life events, geographical locations, or military status. The MetLife TRICARE Dental Program provides low cost monthly premiums and offers a cost share for a variety of dental procedures. I suggest you bookmark the TRICARE Dental Care Premiums page so you’ll have fast access to costs and coverage whenever you need it.

In addition to providing low cost coverage, the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program is also dedicated to educating members about dental health and important dental care practices. Connecting with TRICARE’s Facebook page and signing up for Dental HealthMatters Newsletter are two great ways to stay in the know with TRICARE. You’ll find information about TRICARE Dental benefits, updates and announcements, tips to keep teeth healthy, and more helpful advice throughout the year.

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The MetLife TRICARE Dental Program is part of the TRICARE Health Plan for military families. However, you must enroll separately in the TRICARE Dental Program to obtain dental coverage for your family. To learn more and enroll, visit metlife.com/tricare.
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Last-Minute Gift Idea for Men: Mantry Artisan Food Crate

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Looking for an original gift idea for the special man on your gift list? Check out Mantry, the modern man’s pantry!

The #1 food gift for men, each Mantry includes 6 full-size artisan food products packed in a handmade wooden crate along with a custom manual detailing product stories and recipes. The food & beverage items that in Mantry are not your typical grocery store items and if your guy likes things like bacon, bourbon, and BBQ (what guy doesn’t!?!) he will LOVE receiving a gift subscription to Mantry.

I got a Mantry for Woof Woof Papa, and opened it up so I could show you the kinds of stuff to expect. Each box is designed around a specific theme, and this one is “Coffee and a Smoke” with all 6 items having rich and bold flavors.

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Some past box themes include Craft Beer Belly, Bacon Nation, Campfire Cookout and Salty Dog, just to name a few. So, if you’ve got a food lover on your list and are looking for a last-minute gift idea, get him a Mantry!

You’ll get a digital gift card delivered to your email instantly, and their first Mantry ships in January.

Gift Options:

1 Mantry $75 + $10 Shipping
3 Month $225 + FREE Shipping
6 Month $450 + FREE Shipping

3 & 6 MONTH BONUS: Until Dec 25 receive a bonus Mantry Jerky kit ($30 Value). Ships with their 2nd crate. Visit Mantry.com for more info and to order.

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Celebrating Military Family Appreciation Month #sponsored #MetLifeTDP

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Did you know that November is National Military Family Appreciation Month? If you know a friend, neighbor or relative in the military, this is a great time to let them know how thankful you are for their service as well how much you appreciate the service and sacrifices of their whole family.

Woof Woof Papa served in the US Army and did 2 active duty deployments, so as the wife of an Army veteran, I can tell you that a day doesn’t go by without me taking time to be thankful for his safe return. It was a difficult time having him away, and there was lots to worry about with his safety, and taking care of things at home while he was gone.

One thing that I really appreciate NOT to have to stress out about during those tough times was health care. That’s because active duty service members AND their families are eligible for a special program called the TRICARE Health Plan, which also includes the opportunity to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program.

About MetLife TRICARE Dental for Military Families

MetLife TRICARE Dental provides dental benefits to spouses and children of Active Duty personnel and National Guard and Reserve members and their families. It’s ideal for military families because it is a convenient and cost effective way for families to have continuous dental coverage despite changes in life events, geographical locations, or military status. Regardless of where a military family is located, coverage can be accessed from the large network of dental providers worldwide.

Families enrolled in the TRICARE Dental Program are eligible for low cost premiums, free annual exams, and discounts on orthodontist services. As I’m sure you do, I place a high value on my families health and well-being, so I think you’ll really appreciate how cost effective, flexible, and easily accessible the program is.

Learn More about TRICARE Dental

To learn more enroll your military family, visit: www.metlife.com/tricare

You can also connect with them and other military families on the MetLife TDP Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MetLifeTDP

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