Friday, November 24, 2017

October 2017 Pooch Perks Dog Box Review

What: Pooch Perks is a subscription box for dogs containing 2-5 treats and toys. There are three subscription options: Sample Pooch (2 past items), Popular Pooch (4-5 toys & treats) and Custom Pooch (includes options for just treats, just toys, heavy chewer, or no grains). Boxes are also curated according to your dog's size.  If your dog has allergies you can also note that down when you sign up. 
Note: If you signed up before February 2017, you're grandfathered into the previous subscription options. For reference, this review is for the older plan's allergy-conscious Popular Pooch box (4 items) for a medium-large dog (35+ lbs).
When: Choose between monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly deliveries
Cost: $12-$32 per box depending on which subscription option you choose (+$5 shipping/box); ships anywhere in the US and US territories

Pooch Perks recently underwent some management changes and because I'm grandfathered into an old pre-2017 subscription plan (for now) there were some mix-ups and shipping delays over the past couple of months. But they've got the nicest customer service people who took swift action and I think I'm all caught up now. October's box actually came just in time for Halloween so it's my fault this post is so late, but hey better late than never! :)

Healthy Dogma Spooky Pooch Bacon Recipe Treats ($8) - The thing I love about Healthy Dogma (other than the fact that their treats are all-natural) is the packaging. Every single bag I've seen has an adorable cartoon dog on it. This poor guy just saw a ghost but they normally aren't so scared-looking. The good news is that most dogs will be able to enjoy this treat as it doesn't contain common dog allergens; unfortunately Macho can't eat peas or potatoes (which is in pretty much in every single treat) so hopefully this can go to my in-laws' pup.
Healthy Dogma Bacon Recipe Treats

Patchwork Pet Ghost Plush Stick - Please excuse the fur, the dogs got to this before I had a chance to snap a photo. I woke up one morning to the sound of a tug of war game complete with an odd squeaking that I had never heard before. And lo and behold, this ghost stick was in the middle of it. Which dog climbed on the table and pulled it out of the box is still a mystery, but I have my suspicions *cough Pebbles*. It's not really a squeak, not quite a honk. I don't really know how to describe it but it made me laugh. I thought they'd rip this apart instantly but I was wrong. Way to go, Boo!

Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix in Maple Bacon ($7) - Since I subscribe to an allergy conscious box I expect some repeats form time to time. We got this a few Pooch Perks boxes ago but only now I finally got around to making this for the pups. I don't know why I waited to so long, all you have to do is add hot water and freeze. But they both loved it! Puppy Scoops is the ice cream line of Puppy Cake (if that name sounds familiar it's because its owner appeared on Shark Tank several years ago). And if you've ever heard of Puptato Chips, that's their chip line! My dogs loved them (before I knew about Macho's allergies) and all it is is 100% sweet potato! I can't believe my dogs eat way healthier than I do.

Patchwork Pet Frankenstein Plush - When I took this out of the box to inspect it for evidence of dog tampering, Pebbles instantly abandoned her game of tug of war with Mr. Ghost and went for Frankenstein. She's like a spoiled kid who only wants the latest and greatest things and forgets her old toys like yesterday's old PBJ sandwich. This plush is SO SOFT. Exactly the kind that Pebbles likes to lie down with and cuddle pick at until the stuffing comes out. Macho is a little gentler with his toys but Pebbles ends up stealing them from him anyway.

Charming Pet K9Tuff Halloween Topper Pumpkin ($14) - Can you believe it, A THIRD TOY??! Talk about Trick or Treat. This pumpkin's arms slide back and forth through his body for tug of war fun - no ripped appendages here! But the stuffing though. I'm not looking forward to cleaning up all. that. stuffing.

Dogs Love Kale Turkey-Sweet Potato Gobblers ($6) - Dogs Love Kale is another great brand that uses only healthy ingredients, but they also use peas or pea derivatives in all their treats which means this brand is a no-go for my sensitive pooch. But I do highly recommend this company if you want quality treats that will have your dog begging for more.

Verdict: I'm a little sad that I won't be able to give Macho two of the three treats in here, but I don't think he'll mind as long as he gets to play with all three of those toys. The ghost and Frankenstein are faring well so far as long as I continue to take them away from Pebbles before she gets a chance to locate the squeakers. But once those are de-squeaked and de-stuffed at least there's still the pumpkin. Macho's weird allergies aside, overall I thought this was a very cute, well thought out Halloween box with a hint of Thanksgiving thrown in in the form of those Gobblers. What's even better is that all of the treats in here are all-natural. I swear, my dogs eat healthier than I do!

Click here to sign up for Pooch Perks. Make sure to use the code FRIEND10 to get 10% off your subscription!


Note: This review reflects my (and perhaps more importantly my pups') honest opinions. No referral links were used in this post.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

October 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

First off, I apologize for all of my late posts the past few months - I've recently discovered how ill-prepared I am for this baby and have been running around like a chicken with no head hounding friends for insider tips and tying up loose ends at work before going on maternity leave. But better late than never, no? So without further ado, here's what came in October's (*sigh* last month's) Ipsy glam bag:

What: Ipsy Glam Bag contains 5 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products in an exclusive makeup bag.
When: Glam Bags ship monthly on the 10th
Cost: $10/month (free shipping within the US)
Fun Extras: You can review your products each month to earn points which can be redeemed for bonus items. You can also purchase the products you love straight from the Ipsy website.


Skinvolve Phoenician Secret Scrub - Peppermint - I'm not very big into drinking coffee, but I'm willing to see what this coffee scrub is all about. It can supposedly fade stretch marks, decrease cellulite and help alleviate eczema and rosacea. There's also crushed mint leaves in here to leave you feeling refreshed.

Luna Elara Lip Crayon - This highly pigmented, creamy lip crayon is perfect for any skin tone. I can never have enough lip products (especially subtle pinks and neutrals) so this is going straight in my bag. Plus this is a nice full size lipstick which means it won't get lost in my whirlwind of a purse!

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer - Light - Eyelid primers are one of those things that I always have on hand but always forget to use and then kick myself in the shin when my shadow ends up making my cheeks look like a unicorn kissed them. So will having another one make me remember to use it? Probably not, but it's nice to know I can hold off the unicorns a bit longer as long as I remember to use this thing.

Tonymoly Peach Hand Cream - This is my favorite scented hand cream ever. I bought the full size version of this from my local Tonymoly store and used it everyday because it smelled divine. As far as effectiveness goes it wasn't the best but it keeps your skin soft between hand washings. But a word of warning - you won't stop sniffng your hands. Forreal.


Pretty Woman NYC Nail Medic Charcoal Infused Nail Polish in Lava - When it comes to nail polish, I have an unhealthy assortment of blues and pinks but only a couple of grays so I'm so excited to get one from Ipsy. This is a light lavender-gray creme that matches pretty much any color or design. It'll be perfect for the upcoming winter season.

Verdict:  Lately Ipsy has been on point when it comes to curating my glam bags. So fill out those beauty profiles and review your items, folks. It really does make a difference! I'm really happy with October's bag (again, probably because they actually took the time to match items to my profile) and could definitely get some use out of everything in it...ESPECIALLY THE HAND CREAM Y

Sign up here to subscribe to Ipsy. Each month you'll get five items for a mere $10 (I've always gotten at least one full size item each month) inside an exclusive makeup bag along with access to tons of online coupons from the featured brands as well as discounted prices via the Ipsy website. 

Note: This post contains referral links. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Friday, November 3, 2017

October 2017 PLAY! by Sephora Review

What: PLAY! by Sephora contains 5-6 deluxe samples of beauty products in a stylish drawstring bag. Curations are based on your beauty profile so what you get may differ from other subscribers.
When: Glam Bags ship monthly on the 20th
Cost: $10/month + tax (ships anywhere within the US)
Fun Extras: With your subscription you'll also get access to how-to videos and tutorials for everything in your bag. Bonus: Each month you'll also get a Play Pass worth 50 points when you redeem it in-store with any full-sized purchase.

It's my second month of getting Sephora Play and so far so good. October's theme is about perfecting your complexion. Included with this month's goodies were tips on achieving perfect skin - hydration, a killer skincare routine, and of course makeup.

Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water - Cleansing micellar water contains tiny oil molecules that attract oil impurities, so it's like a mild makeup remover, face wash and moisturizer all rolled into one product. It contains HydroSenn+, Sephora's trademark plant-derived ingredient that delivers immediate and long-lasting hydration to skin.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum - If you're looking for something potent to fight dullness and dark spots while also brightening your skin, look no further. This serum is infused with THD ascorbate (a stable, lipid-soluble form of vitamin C) to offset oxidative damage that can otherwise result in the degradation of collagen and elastin.

Urban Decay Quick Fix Hydracharged Complexion Prep Priming Spray - The coconut water in this priming spray provides skin with a moisture boost prior to applying makeup and anytime throughout the day. Just spritz some on whenever your skin starts to look dull and in need of a pick-me-up. Plus it smells like coconuts...mmmmmm.

Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum for Her - Do you like florals? Then try this; the name says it all. Aptly named Bloom, this perfume has notes of jasmine and tuberose with a hint of rangoon creeper. Fun fact: rangoon creeper is a tropical plant with white flowers that turn pink and then red when it blooms. Sounds pretty - I need to get me one of these plants!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer in Medium - Bye Bye Under Eye is a full coverage concealer designed to even out skin tone and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but I'm curious to see how well it'll hide scars and blemishes. I've been having some yucky pregnancy acne that leaves behind lingering scars - yup, my first pregnancy acne scar (and each one after that) is still here four months later! Surprisingly, the best concealer I've found so far has been a drugstore brand, but it won't hurt to see how this one compares.

Make Up For Ever in Y335-Dark Sand - Kudos to Sephora for color matching! Out of 40 possible shades, this is the one I would have picked out for myself. Plus it's in a multi-use bottle (with pump!). This is a buildable lightweight foundation with a seamless application so your face won't look cakey. I love no-makeup makeup.


Click here to subscribe to Play by Sephora for $10 a month. You'll get a drawstring bag packed with deluxe samples of makeup and cosmetics to try before buying. And if you do end up loving it you can purchase the full size straight from your account. How convenient!

Note: No referral links were used in this post. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

September 2017 Pooch Perks Dog Box Review

What: Pooch Perks is a subscription box for dogs containing 2-5 treats and toys. There are three subscription options: Sample Pooch (2 past items), Popular Pooch (4-5 toys & treats) and Custom Pooch (includes options for just treats, just toys, heavy chewer, or no grains). Boxes are also curated according to your dog's size.  If your dog has allergies you can also note that down when you sign up. 
Note: If you signed up before February 2017, you're grandfathered into the previous subscription options. For reference, this review is for the older plan's Popular Pooch box (4 items) for a medium-large dog (35+ lbs).
When: Choose between monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly deliveries
Cost: $12-$32 per box depending on which subscription option you choose (+$5 shipping/box); ships anywhere in the US and US territories

Summer's over and the days are slowly starting to cool down. In other words, it's perfect hiking weather. That was the inspiration for September's Great Outdoors box. Again, there was a shipping snafu and September's box didn't find me until well into October, but where I live October is still great for becoming one with nature. Let's see how Pooch Perks plans to bring the Great Outdoors indoors!

Kong Ballistic Woodland Squirrel - The thing I love about Kong toys is that they can actually stand up to my dogs' chewing tendencies. Macho must play tug of war with every single toy he touches and Pebbles has to rip it apart at the seams until she extracts the squeaker. The reinforced canvas material on this squirrel will definitely make it harder for her to grip but she'll get there eventually. And then there will be the stuffing to deal with...oh my gosh, the STUFFING.

Dogs Love Kale Beef & Apple Soft Dog Treats - They really do love kale. But when you mix it with beef I'm sure they would. Macho and Pebbles both love treats from this brand (and I love that it's packed with all kinds of good stuff) but I recently discovered that my poor Macho man is allergic to peas which is the second ingredient in here. Sorry bub, you'll have to wait till the next one comes along.

Patchwork Pet Gus Greybar Plush Toy - This guy is so soft! Gus features a squeaker and a pull-through rope for tug of war fun. Knowing my dogs, though, they'll pull at his head and feet instead of on the rope. -_-

Kong Pet Stix - Another toy from Kong! This camo toy will definitely stand up to my little monsters. Even though it contains stuffing, it's packed to the max with no loose points in the nylon for Pebbles to grasp at and rip it apart. She and Macho will get tons of fun out of this one.

Healthy Dogma Peanut Butter Blueberry Recipe Barkers - Healthy Dogma always has really yummy-sounding dog biscuit flavors. And I love that their recipes are all-natural so I could eat it if I wanted to. If. These are made with peanut butter, applesauce, and blueberries. Mmm mmmm delicious.

Zippy Paws Adventure Bowl - Perfect for the outdoorsy dog, this portable bowl can hold 3 cups of kibble or 22 oz of water. It even folds flat so you can stuff it in your pocket or jacket if you're trying to pack light.
Adventure bowl measures 5"x5"x3"
Verdict: As always, Pooch Perks is spot on with the theme. What's even better (and my dogs concur) is that there were THREE toys included in this box, two of them being Kong favorites. I also appreciate that a dog accessory found its way into here. My pups love the treats and toys, but the humans like to see other dog supplies once in a while, too. I'm a little sad that we can't keep both treats, but when you have a dog who's allergic to fillers as common as peas and potatoes you can't really blame anyone. So all in all another great box of goodies!

Click here to sign up for Pooch Perks. Make sure to use the code FRIEND10 to get 10% off your subscription!


Note: This review reflects my (and perhaps more importantly my pups') honest opinions. No referral links were used in this post.

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 2017 Stickii Club Cute Sticker Pack Review

 What: Stickii Club is a sticker subscription that sends an envelope of Cute, Retro or Pop themed stickers every month (you choose which category when you sign up). This review is for the Cute pack.
When: Ships by the 11th or 22nd of each month depending on your signup date
Cost: $10 per month (free shipping to US; $1.25 to Canada, $2.00 to anywhere else)

Last month Stickii made the wise choice to celebrate Halloween early - it gave me time to use the stickers in my cards, and I even have some time leftover to decorate goody bags with the ghost flakes! So I was wondering what they'd do for the actual Halloween month. Turns out it's nothing Hallow's Eve-related. Instead, Stickii collaborated with Australian graphic designer Jenni for October's Live in Imagination cute pack featuring her bottle animals collection.


That's it in the center of the above photo! - this month's featured bottle animals sticker sheet. Aren't they just ADORABLE??! If you take a look around Jenni's store you'll see that she specializes in kawaii animals. I love kawaii and I love animals, therefore I'm automatically a fan! The bubbles with golden borders are also very pretty, too, not to mention perfect for any occasion! There were also several pieces of Nintendo DS stationery...it's the closest I'll ever get to owning a real one :-P

What imagination-themed sticker pack would be complete without Alice in Wonderland stickers?? Drug-induced or not, there was definitely a ton of imagination that went into that story. And how about those epoxy stickers to the right? Those were my favorite kind as a kid because it was so 3D-ish. And with the gold accents? Yes, please! Rounding out the sticker pack was a scepter die cut because, well, scepter = powerful = in my dreams! = live in imagination.

So there you have it - October's imagination-themed stickers. I think my favorite is the gold-trimmed epoxy stickers. Once a favorite always a favorite, I guess. I forgot to mention this month's sticker flakes are of bunnies! Of all the stickers I've collected over the years, bunnies are one thing I didn't have much of and now I got tons! :D

I'm not sure what next month's sticker theme will be but you can bet it'll be something awesome. Click here to sign up for November's sticker pack!


Note: No referral links were used in this post. All opinions are my own.


Friday, October 13, 2017

September 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

What: Ipsy Glam Bag contains 5 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products in an exclusive makeup bag.
When: Glam Bags ship monthly on the 10th
Cost: $10/month (free shipping within the US)
Fun Extras: You can review your products each month to earn points which can be redeemed for bonus items. You can also purchase the products you love straight from the Ipsy website.

Ipsy is one of those subscriptions that I'll probably never let go of. Not every bag is super unbelievably fantastic, but the value is consistently there and to be honest, it's the only way I've been getting my makeup. Seriously, I haven't bought any makeup at the store in over two years. At this point I think they pretty much have me figured out based on my profile and bag reviews so I have no need to shop elsewhere. ;-)

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Gunmetal (0.7g sample, $4.50) - Call me dull but I've been into gray eye shadow lately, especially the kind with a bit of sparkle, which is odd considering I don't normally care for shimmer in my shadows. But then again I've always been a fan of anything gunmetal because shiny gray is such a badass color. This eye shadow is creamy and subtle but buildable and will probably be my new favorite.
Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Gunmetal
Luxie Beauty Medium Angled Shading Brush ($12) - My Ipsy profile always includes makeup tools as a preference in hopes that I'll see a foundation or eyeliner brush, but they never seem to make the cut. This is probably the 10th eye shadow brush I've gotten in a glam bag, which I guess isn't that bad since I can potentially use as many shadow brushes as I have eye shadows. Plus I like the Luxie ones, the bristles are so soft and don't scratch at my eyelids like some others I've tried.

ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Glossy Lip in ipsy VIP (0.09oz full size, $6) - Have you ever had an obsession with a type of beauty product to the point where you know you probably have the exact same color but in another brand and you convince yourself that they are indeed two TOTALLY different things? I'm like that when it comes to lip glosses (and nail polishes, but that's another story). Ipsy collaborated with ColourPop to create this mid-tone berry pink and I'm positive I have this exact color somewhere but I'm just too lazy to dig around to find it so I'll just add this one to the top of the pile (this may or may not be how hoarding begins). It provides medium coverage without all that stickiness that ends up all over your hair when a gust of wind blows.
ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Ipsy VIP

P.R.M.I.T Beauty GELlusion Gel-Effect Polish in September (Virgo) (0.5oz full size, $11) - I've gone to the nail salon once in my life and it was to get the only gel manicure I've ever had done. I don't own a UV lamp or a single bottle of gel polish so it's kind of a treat whenever a gel-like traditional nail polish comes my way. I have yet to come across one that holds true to its gellish no-chip claim, but whatever it's still fun to try it anyway. I honestly don't know what P.R.M.I.T stands for, but all of their polishes are 9-free and vegan. So in other words they make healthy, friendly polish. September is a deep sapphire, kind of a cross between royal and navy blue. And just as with lip glosses, I'm kind of a blue nail polish freak so I'm 110% sure I have this exact color in my drawer. But guess what? Now I have two (or maybe three) ;)

Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off  - Yesss! I've wanted to try Skinfood's sugar masks for sooo long. A lot of their products smell yummy, and this sugar scrub smells just like the brown sugar that's in it. I love Skinfood's philosophy of rooting beauty products in good-for-you foods. Plus it's always fun to say you treated your skin with peaches and caviar :)

Verdict: Ipsy has really nailed it this month! Everything in here is something I like and will use. I guess those glam bag reviews every month really are good for something, huh? My fave is probably the Skinfood mask just because I've been wanting to get my hands on it for so long. We're talking the past two years, but since I only use scrubs once per week I didn't want to spend the money for a full size only to find out I can't finish it. I'm also really happy to get the eye shadow; it's not quite smoke but definitely does not look flashy and silver when applied.

Sign up here to subscribe to Ipsy. It's $10 a month and you get five items (I've always gotten at least one full size item each month) inside an exclusive makeup bag along with access to loads of online coupons from the featured brands as well as discounted prices via the Ipsy website. 

Note: This post contains referral links. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

September 2017 PLAY! by Sephora Review

What: PLAY! by Sephora contains 5-6 deluxe samples of beauty products in a stylish drawstring bag. Curations are based on your beauty profile so what you get may differ from other subscribers.
When: Glam Bags ship monthly on the 20th
Cost: $10/month + tax (ships anywhere within the US)
Fun Extras: With your subscription you'll also get access to how-to videos and tutorials for everything in your bag. Bonus: Each month you'll also get a Play Pass worth 50 points when you redeem it in-store with any full-sized purchase.

Sephora Play has been out for a while now, and I tried jumping on the Play bandwagon back when it was brand spanking new but got rejected at checkout because it wouldn't ship to AK or HI (which I thought was odd considering I can place other Sephora online orders just fine). But recently - I'm not sure how recently - that changed. About a month ago I got an email notifying me that *gasp* Sephora has a new subscription service and *double gasp* I can subscribe to it! And for only $10 a month why not, right? So I checked out and a week later this arrived --
Yay! I like to be surprised so as always I refused to check out the spoiler emails or other blogger reviews ahead of time. Here's what my beauty profile landed me with:


Sephora Contour Eye Pencil in Black Lace - I'm always on the lookout for long-wearing eye liners that are creamy and don't tug on application. This one fits the bill. Black Lace is a matte black that glides on smoothly and does. not. come. off. I really think their 12 hour smudgeproof claim might be accurate. Rubbing with my fingers did absolutely nothing to remove it. The swatch below is before (left) and after (right) rubbing vigorously for a good 15 seconds under a steady stream of water. I think it's safe to say it will stay put at your BFF's tearjerker of a wedding.

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Dark Brown-Black - I have a confession: I was a hairy kid. Growing up I sported a unibrow until I learned how to shape it. It seemed like a curse back then but I guess it was really a blessing in disguise because brow fillers are one thing I never have to worry about. If anything I'll use some clear gel to hold the strays in place but tinted gels are never on my list of things to buy. Especially volumizing ones, which might actually make my eyebrows the center of attention. I'd rather not have people talking to my brows.
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet - Here's another long-lasting piece of makeup. These liquid lipsticks come in a range of matte and metallic colors and Amulet is a matte brick rose. Sephora describes this as "a waterproof liquid lipstick that lays down intensely pigmented color that lasts." Intense pigment? Check. Waterproof? Double check. It takes a little while to set, but after 5 minutes you can be sure it'll stay put. Below is before and after desperately trying to remove the swatch under water. That's about 30 seconds of rubbing like crazy. You'll need soap or something oil-based to remove this one. Or maybe time. Possibly 24 hours, to allow the color to fade and transfer to other things.


IGK Hot Girls Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner - If you've got dry or damaged hair, this shampoo/conditioner duo is for you. It deeply hydrates with shea butter and vitamin E while lychee extract helps protect from further damage and oxidative stress.

Algenist Recharging Night Pressed Serum - This solid serum fights the effects of aging with alguronic acid algaprotein. It hydrates skin to leave it soft and supple, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. 

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb - I'm a huge fan of gel creams because typical moisturizers leave my oily skin feeling greasier and 99% of the time will result in a breakout. This oil-free aqua bomb cools and refreshes skin yet still provides intense hydration. My only gripe is that the scent is a bit strong and medicinal. It does contain lady's mantle which has some antioxidant properties, maybe that's what the herbal scent is from?

Verdict: I've been wanting to see what this subscription was all about ever since its inception and this bag comes close to what I expected. It's pretty much what I've been wanting Sephora (or any beauty store for that matter) to do for years. Give me more-than-one-time-use samples so I can decide for myself if I like it or not rather than have a salesperson try to sell me the full size of something they insist I will love. And if I do happen to love an item then I can easily head to my local Sephora and pick up the full size version.

Click here to subscribe to Play by Sephora for just $10 a month. You'll get a bag full of deluxe samples of makeup and cosmetics to try before buying. And if you do end up loving it you can purchase the full size straight from your account. How convenient!

Note: No referral links were used in this post. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

August 2017 Pooch Perks Dog Box Review


What: Pooch Perks is a subscription box for dogs containing 2-5 treats and toys. There are three subscription options: Sample Pooch (2 past items), Popular Pooch (4-5 toys & treats) and Custom Pooch (includes options for just treats, just toys, heavy chewer, or no grains). Boxes are also curated according to your dog's size.  If your dog has allergies you can also note that down when you sign up. 
Note: If you signed up before February 2017, you're grandfathered into the previous subscription options. For reference, this review is for the older plan's Popular Pooch box (4 items) for a medium-large dog (35+ lbs).
When: Choose between monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly deliveries
Cost: $12-$32 per box depending on which subscription option you choose (+$5 shipping/box); ships anywhere in the US and US territories

It's been a long time coming, but my August Pooch Perks box is here at last! Apparently the company is under new management and some things got mixed up in the process, but in the end it all worked out and my dogs are happy. So without further ado, I present you August's Fun at the Zoo dog box:

PetLou 8" Long Legs Giraffe Plush - PetLou's long legs line of toys are designed with the playful tug of war lover in mind. A couple of feet on this giraffe have squeakers and there's a rattle hidden in another. These are the soft plush types of toys that Pebbles just loves to rip apart. Sorry Mr. Giraffe, you're too cute to be torn apart so I need to give you to someone who will treat you better.

Exclusively Pet Barking Bus Animal Cookies - Is it kind of scary that these cookies could actually pass for Barnum's animal cookies? They look and smell like them and the ingredient lists are surprisingly similar. Well, if the dogs turn their nose up at these (not likely) then at least they won't go to waste. ;)
Are they human cookies or dog cookies???

Exclusively Pet Fido's Food Truck Treats on Wheels Cheesy Bacon Bones - What a mouthful! These are tiny little dog bone-shaped biscuits with a cheesy bacon twist. I normally wouldn't hesitate to give these to my dogs but I recently found out Macho has a whole bunch of food allergies and can no longer eat foods containing potato, corn, turkey, or peas (which is pretty much everything since some of those foods are commonly used as fillers). These contain potato flour so I don't want to risk it -- seeing him itchy all over just breaks my heart. :( (He's going on two months wearing the cone of shame because none of the anti-itch meds from the vet seem to be working)

Kong Squiggles Elephant - Macho's first toy was a Kong plush hippo that he insisted on playing with long after its inside fluff was gone. For two years he basically played with a furry blue rug (that's how you know it's a favorite toy). Now that he has to share his toys with a younger sister I try to give them things they can play tug of war with so nobody feels left out. This stretchy elephant is perfect for that, plus it has squeakers on either end. Best of all - minimal stuffing!

Dogs Love Kale Chicken & Sweet Potato Dog Treats - Again, a month ago I would have given these to Macho with no hesitation. He loves his meaty treats, but the potato in here makes this a no-no. At least Pebbles can still enjoy them. I've been making Macho's biscuits from scratch lately and he seems to really love those so I don't think he'll be too jealous :) What a spoiled dog.


Multipet Ruff Enuff Lobberz Fish - I mentioned earlier that there was a shipping mix-up in August, so Pooch Perks kindly included this rubber lobber fish as an extra for the pups. This toy has some weight to it, so it's probably not a good idea for fetch with smaller dogs, but then again only the larger ones would be able to get their mouth around it, anyway. This durable fish floats, bounces erratically and squeaks if you squeeze it hard enough. My dogs prefer to use it as a chew toy, though, and just gnaw on it piece by piece until they can break open the rubber. *sigh* I have such weird dogs.


Verdict: This was a very cute box that did a good job of focusing on the zoo theme, but I am a bit sad that the giraffe looks so fragile and can't go to the dogs. Perhaps I can use it to decorate Baby's safari-themed nursery? At least we'll be able to make use of everything else, even though Macho can't have the bacon bones or sweet potato treats. I've notified Pooch Perks of this newfound info and they were more than happy to try and be as accommodating as possible toward his multiple food allergies, so bonus points to them for great customer service. :)

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