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I’ve Got Big Balls! Ice Ball Mold – Review

Ice Ball Mold Review

Howdy folks, today I wish to introduce you to an Ice Ball Mold, by StyloPhora. I received a package containing 3 of these unique ice molds. The molds are nice and cushy to the squeeze, seeming a little thinner on the very top. The molds have a line on them, so that you know where to stop filling them. And the package included a funnel and instructions.

My husband couldn’t wait to try them out and freeze some ice for us. Looking at the molds in the freezer, the ice went just up to the hole in the top when frozen, perfect! I used one of the ice balls on a flavored drink and one on Two Fingers of Whiskey for my husband.

Ice ball molds and supplies and frozen

Goodness Gracious Great Balls of ICE!

The ice seemed to melt more slowly than normal ice cubes and so it didn’t water down the drinks as fast, however the ice balls made the drinks cold quite quickly. Do I have to say it? Okay I will, the ice balls look so very cool! Not to mention that the Ice Ball Molds by StyloPhora are Giant! They appear to be about 2 1/2 inches big with my measuring tape. I've got Big Ice Balls

.Coffee Ice ball in glass of milk

Next I decided that I needed to make iced coffee. After I made coffee, I cooled it down quickly. I put the coffee into a glass measuring cup and put the measuring cup into a bowl of ice. Then once it had cooled nicely, I added it to the ice balls. Its not that the ice balls wouldn’t take hot coffee, but that I don’t want to put anything hot in the freezer and I was in a hurry to try this (other wise the refrigerator or let sit to cool would have worked). I decided it would be a great idea to take this coffee ice ball and place it in milk. YUMMY! 🙂 Just make sure the milk isn’t expired, lol, the one I did the first time was and I was shocked! Lol

 

I took one of the frozen ice balls and put it in the dogs water dish, I heard that they love to play with them in there. I filmed it after I chased the youngest of my dogs down 3 times as he stole the ice ball out of his water dish and brought it out onto the rug in the living room, dropped in on the wood floor rolling it around trying to get it into his kennel and once he picked it up and putting it on my husband’s recliner hoping to just lick it there. Lol Silly dog took advantage of the fact that my husband got up to assist me, placing the Ice Ball back in the dogs dish, so that I could film him playing with it. Lol

Leave it to the younger of our two dogs to cause a lot of laughter as he discovers a new “toy” to play with.

What is the secret to creating a perfectly clear ball of ice? When you order the Ice Ball Mold, you will receive a secret code so that you can learn how in a video. 🙂 I am currently writing this as I freeze a perfect Ice Ball without those air-bubbles that cloud up the ice. We will see if I managed to do it right? Well not 100%, I didn’t have one of the things used in the trick so I substituted another and I have to say to follow their instructions on this secret EXACTLY! I ended up with an oblong Ice Ball and most of the ice was clear, and we usually have that particular item around the house but we just used it up very recently. lol

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Petbrosia Review – $10 off savings

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

My Fur Babies and their Petbrosia Review:

Okay so I am a very helpful Mommy to my two fur babies, but I understand their body language, so I am “assisting them” on their Petbrosia Review.

As I am sure you can guess my two little boys were very lucky as they got to try a 10 lb bag of Petbrosia. The company that makes custom made food for your pets, I chose to get the formula custom made for Mr. Peanut.

How do they custom make their formulas?

I am adding the Petbrosia Dog food, the customized dog food to one of my dogs dishes. Save $10 with my code and also posted is a giveaway!They Take into account your dogs breed, age, and weight to create the food for your pet.

Here is a quote from Petbrosia about their ingredients:

Petbrosia uses only the highest quality ingredients, all-natural ingredients, grown and raised by farmers across America. You can be confident when feeding petbrosia that you pet is getting the very best

With all the scares in the news about products coming in from China for our pets, I’ve started checking labels carefully and trying to make sure (on a regular basis) that the dogs food was not made in China and I avoid the brands that have been listed in the past as having problems as they have in the past used ingredients that have killed people’s dogs.

Their products are also:

Made with Real free-run chicken and salmon.

Does not contain: Soy, gluten, corn, wheat or by-product meal (like bone meal)

Contains: Vitamins and supplements including Chondroitin and Glucosamine in every diet (these are the ingredients that you here advertised for humans as they aid in joint health).

I really liked the fact that Petbrosia let me create a pet profile for both of my pets, they even let me upload a picture. 🙂 The above info on your pet helps Petbrosia to find the pets key nutritional needs. Right after I finished both of my dogs profiles, I received a welcome email and then in a very short time (sorry can’t tell you how long, since I accidentally deleted the email, but I have the headers in my search so it was possibly 2 days time) I received the tracking number in a shipment confirmation, the box was sent to me via UPS. It’s always so handy knowing when to expect a shipment to arrive to your home. 🙂

The Delivery was very timely (via UPS) and it was fun to receive a big box of food for my pets as close as my doorstep!

I opened my box and found a lovely foil ziplock package full of Mr. Peanut’s customized food.

Mr Peanut eating petbrosia customized dog food... find my review here & a $10 savingsTiny Dog Eating Petbrosia

My dogs really enjoyed their new food and as instructed, we slowly worked the dogs into their new food… mixing a little of the usual food with the new to let their bodies adjust to the new one. Amazing how many people I’ve talked to didn’t know to do this with their pets, perhaps their pets don’t have sensitive bellies like my long-haired Dachshund “Mr Peanut.” While Mr Peanut was a puppy we switched foods and noticed he was sick for a while, not the case with Petbrosia at all.

One day I forgot to close the zip-lock type bag, (don’t misunderstand me, it’s one of the easiest zip lock bags that I have found in any product) and I found our younger fur baby, “Tiny Dog” begging as he looked up at the Petbrosia as it sat on the chair by the table. I laughed so hard and captured a picture of him doing so! But, of course, that picture ended up as one of the pictures on my computer that were destroyed when I cleaned out a Trojan and a virus that ended up on my computer… darn email sometimes!

Tiny Dog Begging for PetbrosiaI fed this new food to both my dogs, as it wouldn’t hurt Tiny Dog, I was sure and he did fine, this is the reason why, when I had only one 10 lb bag to choose from for one dog I chose the one for the dog that is more mature and was very slightly over weight.
We also received phone calls from Petbrosia they were very nice indeed as they called to check up on us, how the dog was enjoying his food and see if there were any questions etc. Nice to not get any pressure to buy with those phone calls… actually part of the reason we are seriously thinking about getting more in the future! That impresses me, when a company is so confident in their product that they just check up on you and they know that the product and the service just sells itself!

Now one thing the dogs both have perfumed the air with gas, this happened about 2 weeks into their eating the product, and it took about 4 days to subside. *shrug* My guess? Perhaps it was their bodies adjusting to their new food. I have to laugh and tell you about little Tiny Dog, when he releases gas he looks at his rear-end like it’s traitorous. Lol Tiny Dog is so comical at time that he just makes us laugh.

Filling Tiny Dogs bowl petbrosiaWe fed Tiny Dog about ¼ of a cup more a day, Mr. Peanut was on 1 Cup a day, and Mr. Peanut did lose a little weight in a month! Do they make special customized meals for People? Hmmm, nope… too bad, hubby and I could use losing a few pounds. Lol

Anyway, we are highly satisfied with the ease and convenience with Petbrosia’s Product and Service and we will be recommending it to our friends. The dogs seemed to love the food and it may just be the massive amount of weeds growing in the backyard, but the little treasures that I usually pick up from the yard, seems to have diminished… do I really have to spell it out? They seem to be pooping less… that is always the sign of a good highly digestible product when your pets leave less behind for you to clean up after. And isn’t that nice for you too? I would hope you agree! lol

Thank you to Petbrosia for entrusting me with this review, or should I say entrusting my fur babies with this review. Both my dogs give this 2 paws up and send doggie kisses and waggly tails to Petbrosia (their way of saying thank you).

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Treating the Fur Kids to SmartSticks & SmartChips Dog Treats – a Review & Giveaway

SmartBones Logo w tagline 1c blackHi all, this is one of those reviews that my Fur Kids (Mr. Peanut and Tiny Dog) love their Mommy to do. I received a lovely email invite to review the brand new products by PetMatrix, the makers of SmartBones. The new addition to their line are both SmartSticks and SmartChips. Both the SmartChips and the SmartSticks come in Chicken and Peanut Butter Flavors, both flavors are my dogs favorites and they come in 5 pack and 10 pack bags.SmartChipsSmartSticks

Have you not heard of SmartBones before? Here is a video,their video doesn’t include the new additions to their line, but it gives you an idea about the products.

I was so happy to hear that not only did this company give their customers more options in their line following the popularity of their SmartBones, but that these are fortified with vitamins and minerals and are 99.2% digestible. Did you know that rawhide treats are even the highest quality of Dog foods are only 85% digestible, nice to know that they developed something even more digestible for our dogs… hey less waste to pick up in the yard then too. 🙂

Mariahs Packages & Produts SmartChips SmartSticksI swear sometimes that men and dogs are alike and think of their tummies almost all the time, I always love the idea of trying to find a treat that is easy on me that I can feed to either my husband or my dogs, so I was pleased as punch to have these treats to feed to my boys. Okay so my “big boy” (husband) didn’t eat these, but he can wait on a special snack/treat for human boys for that review. Lol

I am dealing with an old Dachshund who not only has not only a sensitive tummy but I deal with trying to keep the old dogs weight down too. So I have plenty of carrots on hand for him to eat, but a tasty treat that has some nutrition to it, has to be good and chewy (so they can work their jaws and keep of any plaque build up) and must behave with his tummy for me to be happy. This I feel is also a nice change of pace, once a day for both of my Fur kids, yes even my dogs get jealous of each other and I have to feed them the same things.

I have to say that when I received my bag of SmartSticks and a bag of SmartChips for my dogs I loved the size of the bags… the size of the treats are a little bigger than I’d usually choose for them, especially with an older small dog like Peanut who can put on weight easily. But if you’ve been searching around for chews to help your dogs teeth, like I have, you will know it’s rare to find them in smaller sizes.

Mariah's Tiny Dog Eating Chicken SmartChipI was pleased that when I opened the bags, I didn’t find myself gaging like some treats that I had been giving them would do to me. As a matter of fact I love the smell of the peanut butter flavored treats. Lol I almost made myself a peanut butter sandwich after I opened up the that bag, I tell you it smelled pretty darn good, even to me. And the Chicken doesn’t make me gag either… both a plus that I wouldn’t have worried too much about in a review, other then perhaps holding my breath every time I fed the dogs the product and every time I ziplock sealed the bag shut. Lol Amazing though to find a dog treat that meets all my needs including one that surprised me, my not gagging for once.

The treats smell so good that both dogs came running in from the other room to check out what I was doing, the first time I opened one of the bags, it was the Peanut Butter flavor. Tiny Dog jumps up and moans excitedly everytime I reach for these, and he does his little doggie dance. A few times both the dogs have even managed to be quite vocal about their treats with soft cries of joy whenever I’d reach for the bag. It just makes me laugh and smile as I watch them work eagerly on their treats each day, I have remembered to write on my shopping list that I need to pick more of these up as we ran out the other day. The dogs have the old bag of the old chewy treats to snack on for now and I am back at holding my breath as I open and close the bag… oh how I already miss not gagging over the smell of their SmartChips and SmartSticks treats!

SmartChips in Chicken and Peanut Butter FlavorI don’t have much more to say about these treats, the problem is that the dogs don’t help me with their reviews, but the dogs excitement and their love for these special treats is quite noticeable and to me that speaks volumes, since I haven’t seen a down side to them myself.

SmartSticks in Peanut Butter and Chicken FlavorAs for me, I will put is as simply as possible in conclusion: The SmartChips and SmartSticks seem to be an excellent treat for my dogs (who have sensitive tummies), the smell of the treats didn’t make me gag, the results the next day or so didn’t leave a runny mess on my floors, I am happy and the dogs seem very happy. The product is ample in size (and I think that it would be a great size for a big dog), the SmartChips and SmartSticks give my two lap dogs plenty of nice chewing time and giving me a break from them sitting on my achy hips for a while, giving me a break from trying to work around the dogs online. 🙂 I love the fact that it has nutrition in the chews as well as helping keep the plaque down.

Tiny - Mariah's Little Min-Pin dog Tiny Dog says “Thank you so much for letting Mommy do the review!”
Mr Peanut, Mariah's Long haired Dapple Dachshund Mr. Peanut Says: “Oh yes, Thank you so very much for that and for my snacks!”

The only problem I had was that I received packages with 5 SmartSticks and 5 SmartChips (one of peanut butter and the other chicken flavored) and at the end the dogs were not happy as I had to feed one the Peanut Butter and the other Chicken… we had a bit of a fight here. Seems I will have to make sure to have an even number of these when I pick some up for my boys, so we don’t have to deal with a fight again. I saw online that they have 10 packs as well as the 5 packs so next time at the pet store, I will seek out the 10 packs of each for them.
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Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received samples of SmartChips and SmartSticks for this product review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by SmartBones and Me.