Balance by bistroMD: Healthy Meals Delivered To Your Door (Because Pet Parents Should Eat Well Too!)

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Ever feel like you take better care of your fur kids than you do of yourself? You’re not alone! Whether you are too busy, or just tired of adulting, home food delivery has become a popular alternative to cooking. Woof Woof Papa and I love to cook but often get tired of meal planning, shopping and the prep-work that goes into making healthy meals. And our schedules mean that we don’t always have time to cook and eat at the same time. Sometimes it just seems easier to grab takeout or order delivery, and that isn’t the healthiest or most economical way to eat.

We were recently invited to try the meals from Balance by bistroMD. It’s the first meal delivery service to offer chef-prepared meals a-la-carte, without the constraint of minimums, memberships, or recurring orders. The top-rated diet delivery and weight loss program, bistroMD, created this subscription-free service to provide healthy meals with convenience and flexibility.

Balance by bistroMD fits health-conscious lifestyles, whether you’re trying to lose weight, adhere to a specialty diet such as gluten free, or just want to eat healthy without the struggle. When we went to their website to place our first order, we were impressed with the wide variety of over 100 meals and snacks available, and prices start at just $5.95.

The ordering process is super easy…the only hard part was deciding which meals to get, because they all looked so good! To narrow down the choices, you can filter meals by diet type, including Low Sodium, Heart Healthy, Gluten Free, Diabetic Meals and other options. We ordered a few breakfast items, because we are trying to do better at not skipping breakfast. And we also ordered a variety of lunches and dinners, too. Everything arrived within a few days, shipped in an insulated cooler packed with dry ice. Even though the box sat out on our porch in the South Florida heat for most of the morning, all the meals were still frozen when I unpacked everything.

In addition to doing the cooking and delivering your meals straight to your door, the folks at Balance by bistroMD also send the instructions and info you need to make the most of your food delivery. For example, although you can microwave the meals straight from the freezer, they recommend you move your upcoming day of meals to the fridge the night before to thaw for more even reheating. They also suggest that you place your entree on a plate because visualization is an important part of dining.

This was my attempt to plate the Ham and Cheese Frittata. It came with a side of peaches with a tasty whole grain granola crumble. I added avocado slices because I cannot go a day without eating avocado! Although I can see the logic in their suggestion to plate the meals to make the dining experience more enjoyable, most times we opted for convenience over aesthetics, and just ate our meals straight out of the BPA-free microwavable trays they came in. Less dishes to wash!

Overall, we were impressed with our order and happy to have a week of no meal planning or prep. The nice thing about the service is that there is no commitment or subscription required. You can order when you feel like you need a break from cooking, or need a little extra help with eating healthy. It’s also a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member, and would be great as a Housewarming present or Mother’s Day gift, too!

Balance by bistroMD Coupon Code

Right now is a great time to try it because you can get 20% OFF with Balance by bistroMD coupon code: SAVE20 at checkout. You also get Free Shipping on orders of $99+. Head on over to balance.bistromd.com to learn more about how it works and try it for yourself. Less time spent cooking means more time (and energy) to play with the fur kids!

BarkBox Review + Coupon: Large Dog Subscription Box February 2017

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We’re back with another sneak peek at what’s inside the BarkBox for big dogs this month. Got a small dog or not sure which size to get? Stay tuned because we’ll be showing you the small dog BarkBox in the next day or so for comparison.

As many of you already know, each month’s BarkBox has a special theme and all the dog toys, treats and surprises are based on that theme. This month’s BarkBox is Sniffin’ Safari and it’s full of excitement, fun and adventure…as every safari should be. The photo above is the paper in the BarkBox, so as you can see, their people put all kinds of creativity and attention to detail into every box. That’s part of what sets BarkBox apart, the theme and exclusive items that you can’t find elsewhere.

This BarkBox came packed with 3 full-sized dog treats and 2 very cute and fun dog toys. Here’s a breakdown of the retail value of each item if purchased separately. Keep in mind that your BarkBox will be customized for your dog’s size and allergies so items may vary.

Big Dog Treats in February BarkBox
  • Banana Bacon Safari Snacks ($6 Retail Value) Rich in Vitamin C antioxidants, these snacks are as nutritious as they are delicious. They’re made by the folks at The Lazy Dog Cookie Co, who take canine nutrition super-seriously. Created without any wheat, corn, soy, meat, egg, or preservatives, they’re 100% good stuff and great for sensitive stomachs.
  • Charlie’s Heart of Cheesiness Sticks (Retail Value $8) Grain free and made in the USA, these soft treats are made without any preservatives, colorings or fillers. You can feel good about giving your dog rich, creamy taste of 100% real cheese.
  • Venison Ear ($4 Retail Value) 100% natural chew from Superior Farms Pet Provisions. A fun and tasty treat for dogs!

Big Dog Toys in February BarkBox
  • Slitherin’ Steve ($14 Retail Value) Snakes are known to be sneaky, but this one is up front with what it offers: a good time for canines. It may not hiss, but it’s stacked with squeakers, which dogs prefer anyway! It’s stuffing-free and sturdily-stitched from durable ballistic nylon so it’s sure to be super tough.
  • Leopard Tail ($16 Retail Value) The folks at Hyper Pet made this interactive toy that simulates a dog’s natural prey drive. The tail moves on its own and releases zany noises, creating an exciting and stimulating playtime for your pup. The on and off switch makes it easy to start a new play session or to put the toy aside for later. (Batteries not included)

The total retail value of this month’s BarkBox for Large Dogs is $48, making is a GREAT deal since subscriptions start as low as $21/month.  And, FREE Shipping is included on all US orders. We can’t wait to show you what was in the box for small dogs this month, so be sure to stay tuned!

BarkBox Coupon Code for FREE Extra Month

BarkBox Coupon Code: WOOFWOOFMAMA gets you a FREE BarkBox added to any plan! Choose 1 month, 6 or 12 months and customize a plan for your dog’s size and allergies and your dog will get a monthly box of fun and surprises. Visit BarkBox.com to learn more and get started.

Valentine’s Day Gift for Dogs: 30% OFF w/ Dog’s Best Trend Coupon Code

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Still searching for the perfect gift for your furry Valentine or want to win the heart of your favorite dog lover? Give the gift of style with a designer dog scarf! Dog’s Best Trend offers designer dog scarves that can be ordered as a one-time gift, or as an ongoing subscription in sizes for small and large dogs.

These aren’t just any old dog bandannas. These are high-quality, satin scarves in one-of-a-kind designs created by a different featured designer each month. And, a portion of every order is donated to dog rescue groups across the county. This month’s scarf, worn here by Daisy, supports the Big Dogs Huge Paws organization.

Valentine’s Day Special Offer:

Order HERE by 2/14 and get 30% OFF any gift with Dog’s Best Trend promo code VDAY2017!

Free shipping is also included.

In case you were wondering, the scarves are designed with both boy dogs and girl dogs in mind. You can read our full Dog’s Best Trend Dog Scarf Gift Subscription Review to learn more and see photos of Daisy modeling some of the other scarves from the line.

Alternate Offer:

If you missed this Valentine’s Day special offer, or would prefer a different one, you can get your first scarf free when you start any subscription here

Deal + Review: Dyson V6 Top Dog Handheld Cordless Vacuum for Pet Homes

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Dyson Deal Alert! Just spotted the Dyson V6 Top Dog Vacuum on sale for $179 ($50 OFF) with FREE Shipping included. As with all deals, this one can change quickly, so head on over HERE to snag it while you can.

Pet parents (and people with allergies) need all the help we can get when it comes to cleaning, and we LOVE our Dyson Top Dog handheld vacuum for daily jobs of all sorts & sizes. It’s super handy at sucking up crumbs, dirt and especially dog hair. I also love using it to clean corners that the regular vacuum cleaner doesn’t quite reach. It’s cord-free with an easy empty bin and max power mode.

You can read our full Dyson Top Dog Vaccuum Review HERE for lots more details and photos.

Bonus Tip: If you are getting the Dyson V6, be sure to also grab this inexpensive Dyson Wall Mount Bracket and Docking Station. It’s super easy to install on any wall near a plug and keeps your Dyson and attachment tools handy and ready to use at all times!

The Lion In The Living Room: New York Times Bestseller for Cat Lovers

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Pet lovers, get your paws on a copy of the New York Times bestseller, The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker.

A lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts.

House cats rule back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, and our bedrooms. Clearly, they own the Internet, where a viral cat video can easily be viewed upwards of ten million times. But how did cats accomplish global domination? Unlike dogs, they offer humans no practical benefit. The truth is they are sadly incompetent rat-catchers and pose a threat to many ecosystems. Yet, we love them still.

To better understand these furry strangers in our midst, Abby Tucker travels to meet the breeders, activists, and scientists who’ve dedicated their lives to cats. She visits the labs where people sort through feline bones unearthed from the first human settlements, treks through the Floridian wilderness in search of house cats on the loose, and hangs out with Lil Bub, one of the world’s biggest feline celebrities.

Top reviews include:

“In The Lion in the Living Room, three things come together with exquisite, delightful effect: a natural history of cats, replete with ecological issues as well as contemporary cultural memes; evolutionary science as it pertains to the origins and consequences of our fascination with felines; and an unusually deft way with words by author Abigail Tucker. The net result is a deep and illuminating perspective on our favorite household companion… One hesitates to use the word genius, but Tucker’s book borders on that quality.”
—Huffington Post

“Whatever your personal feelings [are] about our feline friends, this is a fascinating story about how cats not only conquered the world but our hearts.”
—Catster

“If you know a cat person who likes science, this is the book you need right meow.”
—Smithsonian.com, “The Best Books about Science of 2016”

“Fascinating… If you have relatives or friends who are mad about cats—and the strong statistical probability is that you do—consider putting this book under their Christmas tree.”
—National Review

Go HERE to read more and grab a copy for yourself or your favorite cat lover! Available in Hardcover, Paperback Audible and Kindle editions.