BarkBox Super Chewer Review May 2017 Cowdog Edition

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If your dog needs an extra challenge or if their dog toys never seem to last, then you’ll want to know about a BarkBox service that’s designed especially for them. It’s BarkBox Super Chewer, the monthly subscription box for dogs with the longest lasting chews and the most durable dog toys around. It’s NOT just for big dogs either…each membership is customized for your dog’s size and allergies, too.

Just like with the standard BarkBox subscription, the Super Chewer BarkBox has a different theme each month, with a creative selection of dog toys, treats and surprises. This month’s theme is straight out of an old Western film, and packed full with 2 heavy-duty dog toys plus 4 different dog treats. A GREAT deal considering box prices start at $29/month with FREE US shipping!

Here’s what was in the May Super Chewer BarkBox, along with retail value of each item if purchased separately:

BarkBox Super Chewer Dog Toys

Orbee Silver Double Tuff Dog Toy ($16 retail value) This super strong Planet Dog toy is eco-friendly and built to last. It’s bouncy and can be stuffed with your pup’s favorite foods for long-lasting fun.

PetSafe Treat Holding Cactus ($14 retail value) We LOVE the unique design of this toy! It’s made of BPA-free rubber material and has nubby spikes and ridges just like a real cactus. It has spots for stuffing treats, to keep your dog challenged and working for their reward.

BarkBox Super Chewer Dog Treats and Chews

Happy Howie’s Beef Burger Dog Chew ($5 retail value) Nothing better than the taste of real slow-cooked ground beef, and that’s what’s in this dog treat!

Butcher’s Block Bones Roasted Beef Steak ($4 retail value) This “steak” is actually 100% beef lung from USDA Beef, Born and Raised in the USA. It comes with the warning not to use on carpets, so we are saving this one for later but I know from past experience that lung treats are one of Daisy’s favorites!

Yum Yum on the Range Beef Dog Treats ($8 retail value) These natural chews are made in Canada and are literally strips of 100% beef. Enough said.

Cowboy Cut Steak Treats for Dogs ($10 retail value) These beef dog treats are made in the USA with NO wheat, corn or soy, Just natural goodness including rolled oats, rosemary and olive oil. They are a great size for pocket treats, and for stuffing into the cactus toy.

You might have noticed that all four of the treats in this box are beef. Usually, each BarkBox contains more variety, and I’ve seen what some of Daisy’s friends received in their box so I’m thinking it was just a fluke. We don’t mind all beef, but wanted to make sure you know that if you subscribe to BarkBox and ever receive a toy or treat you are unhappy with, BarkBox will replace it for free…no questions asked. It’s part of their fantastic customer service and 100% satisfaction guarantee!

As I mentioned earlier, the BarkBox Super Chewer subscription prices start at $29/month. A great value considering that the total retail value of items in this box is $57. It will vary from month to month but we’ve always been pleased. In addition to the quality and originality of the BarkBox toys and treats, we love the surprise of a new theme each month.

SuperChewer BarkBox Subscription Prices are as follows:

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May BarkBox Review + Coupon: Wild Wild Woof

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BarkBox is the number 1 monthly subscription box service for dogs, and Daisy’s been getting the Large Dog BarkBox for several years now. Each month we show you what toys and treats are inside that month’s BarkBox, and how the total value of the individual items compares to the price of a monthly subscription. Be aware that each BarkBox subscription is customized for your dog’s size and allergies, so individual items will vary.

Want to see what was in the May BarkBox subscription box for dogs?
Saddle up, pups, because this month’s BarkBox theme was all about the Wild West!

The Cowboy BarkBox came with 2 large squeaky dog toys and 3 full-size treats. Daisy got plush squeaky toys in this box but if your dog is a bit tough on toys, you can specify “heavy chewer” in your subscription profile and your dog will receive tougher toys. This is NOT to be confused with the Super Chewer BarkBox which is a different subscription for dogs. We’ll be reviewing that box separately.

May BarkBox Dog Toys

Rattle Snake Battle Snake ($12 retail value) This guy uncoils for extra long fun. He’s got squeakers AND a rattling tail. He’s cuter than the average snake and much friendlier!

Biff the Spiffy Buffalo ($14 retail value) This toy is made especially for the BarkBox company and is designed for medium to large dogs. It’s squeaky and fun for tossing, tugging and cuddling. Daisy thinks buffalo sounds DELICIOUS and is licking her chops at the idea of having a whole one all to herself!

May BarkBox Dog Treats

Pork and Beans Dog Treats ($6 retail value) These all-natural dog treats are made in the USA by Lucky Dog with NO wheat, soy or corn. And contrary to the name, they do NOT contain beans. The ingredients are: pork, barley, oat, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, and natural smoke flavor. They are a soft and chewy treat.

My Doggy Cheesy Cookies Dog Treats ($10 retail value) These all-natural dog treats are also made in the USA. They’ve got cheddar and parmesan cheese along with molasses, ginger and rye. The cookies are soft-baked and chewy…just like a cookie should be!

Pork Roll Dog Chew ($4 retail value) This 8″ dog treat is 100% all-natural pork and is sourced and made in the USA by Sawmill Creek Smokehouse. We’re saving this one for a special occasion…from experience, we know that these dog chews are long-lasting and super satisfying!

In addition to multiple treats and toys, BarkBox usually includes a fun extra to go along with each monthly theme. Last month was 90’s themed stickers that we thought were totally rad!

This month, the box included a card with a cutout so that you can create a “wanted poster” of your dog. I couldn’t decide what crime Daisy is wanted for but I’m pretty sure it has to do with being TOO cute! She’s also guilty of begging but what dog isn’t?!? She even looks a little guilty in the photo.

BarkBox Cost and Value

By our calculation, this month’s BarkBox had $46 worth of toys and treats if you were to purchase them all separately. A great value when you consider that subscription prices start at $21/month.

Even better, get a FREE BARKBOX added to any plan with coupon code WOOFWOOFMAMA when you order a 1, 6, or 12-month BarkBox subscription using this link.

Want to see what was in previous BarkBoxes and read other reviews? Visit our BarkBox Coupons and Reviews page for more!

Instant Pot Review + Tips, Hacks and Giveaway

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The Instant Pot is one of my favorite things! I’ve had mine for 2 years now, and still rave about it to everyone I know. I gave my parents one for Christmas and now they are hooked, too!

If you want to cut straight to the chase, you can check out some of my favorite Instant Pot recipes, hacks and cooking tips I’ve pinned to my Pinterest Board: I Love My Instant Pot.

What’s an Instant Pot

If you haven’t already heard about the Instant Pot, it’s a programmable electric pressure cooker that takes the place of 7 kitchen appliances/cooking functions. It’s a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer. Not only is it super versatile, but it also let’s you prepare healthy, tasty dishes up to 70% faster. It’s great for parties and entertaining since it keeps food warm for hours.

Instant Pot Bone Broth and Stew for Pets and People

In addition to cooking for your human family members, you can also use the Instant Pot to cook for your dog! Making bone broth is super easy in the Instant Pot and I usually make several batches each month and always make a batch with NO onions or garlic so that it’s safe for Daisy. I also make dog-friendly stew to store in the freezer in small portions for Daisy. Her favorite is a fish and sweet potato stew but I like to experiment.

How to Store Broth, Stew and Batch Cooking

I find the easiest way to freeze and store bone broth, stew and soup in small portions is using these Square Silicone Molds. Each tray holds 8 4oz cubes so portions are pre-measured when I want to pop a few out of the freezer to use them. I learned this tip from Michelle Tam at Nom Nom Paleo. She’s got amazing Instant Pot Recipes and Tips on her blog!

Easy to Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

Another of my favorite IP tricks is making hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. Although it’s not really much faster than other methods, the pressure makes them way easier to peel than any other way I’ve tried. I use this method as my guide but usually put them in a bowl of ice and water to chill them quickly as soon as they are done cooking.

Getting Started with Instant Pot

There are SO many things I make in my Instant Pot: steamed beets, carnitas, “baked” sweet potatoes, short ribs, corned beef & cabbage, shredded chicken…you can even make cheesecake although I haven’t tried that one yet!

If you don’t know where to get started, LifeHacker has done a list of The First 7 Things You Should Make With a New Instant Pot.

You can also join the Official Instant Pot Community Group on Facebook. You’ll connect with all kinds of IP Fanatics and real people sharing Instant Pot recipes, ideas tips and solutions.

In addition to what’s on my Pinterest board, these are some of my favorite Instant Pot recipes and resources:

 

Got a dad or hubby who loves to cook? The Instant Pot makes a GREAT Father’s Day gift idea!

Where to Buy an Instant Pot

If you’re wondering where to buy an Instant Pot, I recommend Amazon.com. I got mine on sale HERE and as new models come out, the previous version usually becomes a great bargain. You’ll also spot Gold Box deals on Instant Pot from time to time as well as Black Friday and Cyber Week deals.

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BarkBox Dog Subscription Box Review + Coupon: 1990’s Edition

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In case you missed it, the April BarkBox was all about the 90’s. This dog box of goodies was full of retro treats and toys that really made us smile. Our review is based on Daisy’s large dog subscription for heavy chewers (not to be confused with the Super Chewer subscription). Since each BarkBox plan is customized for your dog’s size and other preferences, items will vary but the number of items and overall value of the box is usually the same for everyone. Here’s what was in our BarkBox this month.

BarkBox April Dog Treats

  • Joy Sticks Pork Flavored Dog Treats ($6 retail value) All-natural dog treats made in the USA with smoky pork, peas, and potato.
  • Duck Treats for Dogs ($6 retail value) Made in the USA exclusively for BarkBox, these treats include wholesome potatoes, pearled barley, and oatmeal.
  • Pig Ear Chew for Dogs ($5 retail value) This treat is sourced and made in the USA by the folks at Sawmill Creek.

 

April BarkBox Dog Toys

  • Sodapup Crazy Bounce Ball Dog Toy ($12 retail value) It’s just what the name says it it. A rubber ball and chew toy that is designed so that it bounces in crazy and unpredictable ways. It’s heavy and solid so be careful when you throw it!
  • Mix Breed Mix Tape Dog Toy and Treat Puzzle ($14 retail value) This is one of my favorites because in the 90’s we all made mix tapes and it has a fun retro feel that fits with the whole box. It’s also become one of Daisy’s favorite toys, especially when I stick pieces of the joy stick treats in it! It’s a super durable chew toy that seems built to last, even with heavy use.

BarkBox Bonus Items

In addition to amazing toys and treats, we also love that the folks at BarkBox often include bonus items that tie-in with the theme of the month. This time, we got a sheet of super cute and fun stickers. It’s added touches like this, along with the unique toys and treats that you won’t find elsewhere that make BarkBox really special.

We also count on their experts for hand-picked, high-quality treats and toys that introduce us to new pet products that we might not have tried on our own. And if there is every an item that doesn’t meet with your dog’s approval, BarkBox has a satisfaction guarantee and will replace the item with no hassles. We’ve only had to do this one in all the years Daisy has subscribed to BarkBox, but I was impressed with their customer service.

This month’s box items had a total retail value of $43. It will vary from month to month, but with plans starting as low as $21/month we find BarkBox to consistently deliver great value. Note that free shipping is included on US orders ($5 extra for Canada).

BarkBox Coupon Code

Visit BarkBox.com to learn more and start a customized subscription for your dog. Be sure to use BarkBox promo code WOOFWOOFMAMA to get a free extra month added to any plan of 1 month or longer.

Want to see more? Visit our BarkBox Review, Coupons and Deals Page for photos, tips and past BarkBox reviews.