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Travel with Power and Style: Puku Portable Charger Review #TeamPuku

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I was in DC for a girls weekend with my sister and niece. We only had 4 days to see and do as much as we could and were on-the-go quite a bit! There wasn’t time to sit around waiting for our phones to charge up and we couldn’t leave them in our hotel room since we needed them to take photos and summon an Uber driver when we wanted a ride.

Thanks to some great timing, the good folks over at #TeamPuku had just sent me one of their fabulous new products so that I could try it out and share my thoughts with our readers. It’s the Puku S8 Portable Battery, and it lets you charge your devices on-the-go with no outlet needed. You just charge it up before you go, and then take it with you. It comes with a standard USB to Micro USB cable, but if you travel with multiple devices, make sure to bring an extra charging cable since you can charge TWO devices at once. You’ll simply connect your iPhone, iPad, Android or other Micro USB device to your Puku and Power Up!

I was travelling with my new Google HP11 Chromebook so I could keep up with work,  and my Samsung Galaxy S3 Android phone for navigation, Uber and photos. My sister and niece each had their iPhones, along with one iPad mini. HOW did we ever manage before without all this technology???

lunch with puku

Luckily we didn’t have to go without Google maps, Urban Spoon, Uber and text messaging or miss out on a single photo opp during our whole long weekend. I let the Puku recharge at night in the hotel room and then we took it with us while we went out exploring, dining, shopping and happy hour-ing each day. You can use it in your bag while walking around and I loved being able to just sit wherever and visit over food and drinks without worrying about finding a nearby outlet. SO much more fabulous to just BYOP (bring your own power). And the Puku is SUPER fabulous-looking, too. I received the purple one, which is gorgeous. Puku comes in 6 beautiful colors so you can choose your favorite.

puku airport

I didn’t keep track of exactly how many hours of charging we got out of the Puku but never ran out using the system of charging it up at night and using it throughout the day. The evening I flew home, I had an unexpected flight delay and used my Puku with my Chromebook at the airport so I could get caught up on some work while waiting the extra couple of hours for the plane. It was great since all the available outlets were already in use by other travelers. In the photo, you can see the red light has come on. This means that it has 0-35% power left to use. Not bad after using it several times earlier in the day!

The product info says a single charge gives you at least 900 hours of standby time, 36 hours of talk time and 153 hours of media play time. You can use Puku to charge Apple and Android devices, digital cameras and gaming devices.

I don’t travel super frequently, but I know that the Puku will come in handy quite often since we live in South Florida. You wouldn’t believe how often we lose power during tropical storms and heatwaves. After Hurricane Wilma, we didn’t have our power restored for 2 full weeks! The people at Walgreen’s were super nice and let everyone charge up their cell phones at the store but it sure will be handy to have our Puku whenever we need it in the future.

To learn more about Puku and get your own, you can visit their website and check them out on Facebook.

New Grain-Free and Limited Ingredient Dental Chews from Natural Balance

Natural Balance Dental Chews

As you might already know, Daisy eats Natural Balance dog food and we get to help spread the word about cool news and pet products through the NB Insiders program. We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Natural Balance Dental Chews ever since we first heard about them!

Because of Daisy’s sensitive tummy and skin we have to be really careful what treats we give her, so you can imagine how excited we are about this new product release! Natural Balance never lets us down, and we feel especially good about their L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats. Natural Balance L.I.T. Treats are designed with a limited number of protein and carbohydrate sources. Scientifically formulated and free from any artificial flavoring or coloring, these treats are great for dogs with food sensitivities and allergies like Daisy and so many other fur kids.

grain free dental treats

We’re SO happy that the new dental chews line includes grain-free, limited ingredient options! And the timing couldn’t be better, since February is Pet Dental Health Month, too. While there is no substitute for daily tooth brushing, it’s always great to take some extra help where you can get it. These dental chews have grooves that help do the work to reduce plaque and tartar. They’re also easy to digest, help freshen breath and feature Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant nutrient to support healthy immune function.

They’re made in both Small Breed and Medium/Large Breed sizes and are available in the following varieties:

  • L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats with Duck Meal Dental Chews
  • L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats Sweet Potato & Chicken Meal Dental Chews
  • Pumpkin & Chicken Meal Formula with Papaya Dental Chews
  • Sweet Potato & Chicken Meal Formula with Mango Dental Chews
  • Clean Grooves Formula (Vegetarian Blend) Dental Chews

Visit Natural Balance here for more info about their new Dental Chews for dogs!

Dog-Gone Good Cuisine: Recipes for You AND Your Dog (Book Review)

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If you’ve ever thought about cooking a meal to share with your pooch but didn’t know where to start, or worry about what foods are healthy, then you’ll want to check out this new cookbook hitting the store shelves (and Amazon) this week! In Dog-Gone Good Cuisine certified nutritionist and chef Gayle Pruitt demonstrates how to cook healthy and delicious dishes for dogs and humans alike. She’s included over 100 corn, sugar, soy, and gluten free recipes, for mouthwatering meals you can make for your family AND fur kids, too!

This is NOT a cookbook of how to make plain-old dog food or your typical dog treats. This is food that will make your mouth water! Since receiving our review copy and checking it out, some of the recipes I’ve bookmarked already include:

  • Minty Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Salmon Florentine
  • Pears with Raspberry Sauce
  • Cream of Cinderella Pumpkin Soup

How fun would it be to throw a dinner party for your favorite furry pals and their humans at the same time!?! I love that this book not only includes loads of great recipes, but also that the author shares info on cooking techniques, a list of herbs and spices that are safe for dogs, and other helpful tips and resources. There’s also a section on canine-only raw food and making your own jerky. That caught my eye because of all the concerns over the safety of some of the commercially produced pet jerky. What a great way to save money and feel good about what you’re giving your dog by making it yourself! You’ll also find several special juicing recipes for different health conditions.

Dog-Gone Good Cuisine is available in bookstores and at Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle editions.

New Thinksport 17oz Insulated Sports Bottle Fits All Car Cupholders!

Long-time readers may recall that a while back, I told you about the most amazing super insulated water bottle I’d discovered thanks to ThinkSport. I’ve been such a fan that I’ve raved about it to friends and neighbors and even giving them as gifts! I always thought it was just the most perfect water bottle, being free of BPA, lead and all other toxic chemicals and so great for both hot and cold drinks. It never sweats and even has a mesh filter to keep the loose tea and ice cubes in the bottle when you drink or pour from it.

There was just one tiny thing that bugged me and that was that I’ve got a really tiny cup holder in my car and it didn’t fit. I always take water for Daisy & me when we are on the go, and had gotten used to our big 25oz water bottle rolling around on the passenger side floor, or wedging it between the passenger seat and door, but I really did the happy dance last week when I noticed that ThinkSport now makes the same bottle in a new 17oz size that is designed to fit all car cupholders!

Daisy with my thinksport purple water bottle

Of course I had to get one ASAP and it arrived really quickly so I can already tell you all about it! We got metallic purple because Daisy and I just LOVE anything purple, but it also is available in silver, metallic green and metallic blue.

If you missed the details in our previous review, here’s why we think it’s so great:

  • Double-walled and vacuum-sealed stainless steel – keeps contents hot or cold for hours
  • Does not sweat (for cold contents) or burn your hand (for hot contents)
  • Shape makes the bottle easy to hold and cooler-looking than straight-walled bottles
  • Removable mesh filter keeps ice from blocking the drinking spout
  • Convenient for brewing tea on the go
  • Rigorous chemical and biologic testing to insure products do not contain toxic chemicals

new sports bottle

I know we’ll still enjoy using the 25oz bottle when we go to the beach or park for the day with Woof Woof Papa, since it really does keep cold drinks cold for hours! But I’m so happy to have a smaller version that fits more easily in my bag and cupholder when Daisy and I are out and about for our walks or errands. Be sure to check out ThinkSport to get your own insulated sports bottle, safer sunscreen, natural shampoo & conditioner plus products for baby, yoga gear and more!

Holiday Entertaining with NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto + 20% OFF Coupon Code #MC

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Woohoo! I don’t need to remind you all how much I LOVE coffee, do I? If you forgot, you can check my cartoon version of myself & you’ll notice that I’m holding a nice hot cup of Joe. The only thing better than a quiet moment to myself with a mug of coffee, is making fancy coffee drinks for Woof Woof Papa, our friends and family! Well lucky me, I’m participating in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto and received product samples so that I could tell you all about it.

We’ve been having SO much fun testing out the Dolce Gusto Genio from NESCAFÉ, and besides being super easy to use, it’s also super fast and versatile, making it perfect for holiday get-togethers and entertaining. What really sets it apart from other coffee makers is that the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto is the only machine that truly delivers delicious, coffee house quality creations every time with patented smart capsule technology delivering up to 15 bars of professional pressure and espresso technology. You can go from making a Chai Latte to a Caramel Macchiato with no fuss or muss thanks to their uniquely designed capsules.

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You just choose the coffee capsule for the type of drink you want to make, and the label shows you how much water you’ll need. Then you just dial it up on the machine and press GO. It makes hot and cold drinks…which we love since we’re in Florida and it sometimes gets too hot to fuss with hot drinks even for a coffee-holic like me!

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