Friday, March 31, 2017

March 2017 Pooch Perks 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 (choose 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 it down when you sign up. 
If you signed up before February, you're grandfathered into the previous subscription options. For reference, this review is for the older plan's Popular Pooch box for a medium-large dog (35+ lbs).
When: Choose between monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly deliveries
Cost: $12-$32 per month depending on which option you choose (+$5 shipping/box); ships anywhere in the US and US territories
Fun Fact: A portion of proceeds from each box goes to rescue groups. You can learn more about how Pooch Perks gives back here.

It's springtime and the folks over at Pooch Perks are celebrating with a circus themed box! Personally I think it's kind of ironic with the impending Ringling Bros. shutdown. Maybe it's in honor of the iconic show? Whatever the reason, the box is here and my dogs are staring at me and drooling so I'll get this review pumped out as quickly as I can before my carpet gets soaked.

Pawsitively Gourmet Sweet Potato Doggie Snacks - I'm not sure if this was intended as part of the circus theme, but these biscuits smell like Barnum's animal crackers (and the string resembles the packaging, too). They're all natural and contain just flour and sweet potato. Pawsitively Gourmet is a family-owned business that specializes in adorable gourmet doggy treats. Gahhh, so cute! These sweet potato biscuits come in four fun shapes with doggy sayings. Pebbles loves them and I love that can feel good about giving them to her.

Multipet Nuts for Knots Rope Tiger - Yesss, a rope toy! We are fresh out of rope toys so this month's box came at the perfect time. I do hate that rope toys leave behind such a fiber-y mess but it keeps the dogs occupied way longer than a stuffed animal. And here's a nice bonus - this tiger has a squeaky nose!

Buddy Biscuits Bacon & Cheese Treats - Made with all-natural ingredients, these Buddy Biscuits are also free of corn and soy. Plus they're made with bacon and cheese...mmmmmmm. Each piece is just 10 calories so you can just break em in half and they'll double as training treats.

Scrubby Pet No-Rinse Bath Mittens - 5 pack - You don't need a hose or bathtub to wash your dog anymore. These disposable wipes already have soap on them. Just add water and it suds right up so you can scrub-a-dub your pup. And there's no need to rinse the suds off afterwards. Just towel dry and you're good to go. I'm not so sure how this will go down, though. I mean, what if it rains later on and my dog gets all soapy again?? And Macho has sensitive skin, so what if the residual soap dries out his skin? 

Multipet Cuddle Buddies Tiger - Here's another tiger for the circus box, but this one's cuddly. He's a squeaky, stuffed knitted plush that I'm sure my dogs will have a field day with. Pebbles will probably dismember him in minutes and Macho will de-stuff him. It'd be the first (and only!) time they'd win in a battle against a tiger. But they'll also leave behind a huge mess for Mom to clean up. Not good. The tag even says it's for gentle chewers, a.k.a. not my monsters.

Verdict: I'm really glad to see both chewy treats and biscuits in this month's box. I like to mix up the textures; it keeps my dogs guessing and looking forward to treat time. The rope toy is going to Pebbles tonight. Lately she's been chewing on my husband's cardboard shipping boxes because she ran out of toys. I'm kind of curious about the bath mitts and might give them a try, though I have a feeling Macho's skin might be too sensitive. Oh well, he loves the hose anyway.

Click here to sign up for Pooch Perks and don't forget to use the code FRIEND10 to get 10% off your first order!


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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 2017 Stickii Club Cute Sticker Pack Review

 What: Stickii Club is a sticker subscription that sends an envelope full of Cute, Retro or Pop themed stickers every month (you get to choose the category). This review is for the Cute pack.
When: Ships on the 11th or 21st of each month depending on your signup date
Cost: $10 per month (free shipping)

I am now eight months into my Stickii subscription and am drowning in cuteness. Stickii Club sends the cutest, most colorful stickers ever. March's theme is Carnival. When I think of carnivals I picture rides, games, and circus acts. I wonder if the sticker club folks and I think alike...

First, the animals. Okay they may not be circus acts (though the sheet on the left could pass as circus-y), but these stickers are festive nonetheless - look at all that color! And of course they're cute too. I blame Stickii and a couple of mischievous panda videos on YouTube for my slight panda cub obsession. They're so clumsy and if I had enough space at my house, I'd totally want one. And those giraffes! -- I've never adored patterns so much in my life. On a side note, is it just me or does it seem like the entire world is keeping up with April the giraffe?? We're rooting for you and your calf!

OHMYGOSH IT'S KAWAII FOOD. I heart sticker food with personality. It can be a can of sardines for all I care, but if it has eyes and a mouth I'll probably get all googly-eyed over it. I also love how the brightly colored hot air balloons make me feel all fluttery inside and kind of shrieked with giddiness when I saw the party animal sticky tabs. My obsession with these tiny strips of happiness started about the same time as the pandas. So you can imagine my delight when last September's Stickii pack had panda sticky tabs. o_O

April's theme hasn't been announced yet, but you can bet you'll receive something that's almost too cute to use. :) Click here to get sign up and ready in time for next month's shipment!

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Come see what's cookin' over at Lorissa's Kitchen!


Meat lovers, rejoice! There's a new meaty protein snack in town, and it's not just your run-of-the-mill peppered beef variety. For the sake of labeling I'll call it jerky in this post, but it's not really jerky. Lorissa's Kitchen snacks have a higher moisture content and therefore is more tender than traditional jerkies. It's juicy jerky.

But first, let's address the burning question: who's Lorissa? Yes, she is a real person and like many of us, she balances family with a busy schedule with a healthy lifestyle and just wanted a delicious on-the-go snack without sacrificing quality and responsible sourcing. Enter Lorissa's Kitchen. Lorissa's Kitchen comes in four delicious flavors and uses protein raised without added growth hormones, has no added MSG, and no preservatives. Each serving also contains 11g protein and is less than a hundred calories. Say whaaat?! 

I'm a big jerky fan, and although I love the teriyaki and peppered styles that you can always find in the stores, it's nice to see something else for a change. Lorissa's Kitchen is a new brand to me, and I was impressed with what they cooked up. They offer beef, pork, and chicken in Korean BBQ, ginger teriyaki, sweet chili, and Szechuan peppercorn flavors. Read on to see my thoughts on each (hint: they were ALL deeelish!):

Korean Barbeque Beef - "the perfect blend of soy sauce, carmelized brown sugar, earthy white onion, and hints of garlic." Slightly spicy with just the right amount of sweet. The onion flavor really comes through in here and gives it a unique taste. I'm not sure if I'd call this flavor Korean BBQ, though. When I think of Korean BBQ I picture kalbi and BBQ chicken.


Szechuan Peppercorn Beef - "a sweet yet smoky flavor is capped off with a tingle from the black and Szechuan peppercorns." Oooh, yummy. There's a spicy kick when you first take a bite of this one, but the more you eat it doesn't get any spicier like some other jerkies. The spiciness is balanced with some sweetness; in fact, I think it might be sweeter than the Korean BBQ flavor.


Sweet Chili Pork - "the sweet smoky flavor of the pork is enhanced by the sugar and garlic, finished with that perfect hit of red chili heat." Yummm. This is probably the spiciest of them all, but I like spicy so it's all good. It's also the juiciest of the bunch and my favorite. If I saw this in the store I'd definitely pick up a bag for myself (no sharing)!


Ginger Teriyaki Chicken - "this twist on the familiar starts with a sweet, smoky flavor and ends with a surprising, almost hot ginger hit." Sweet and smoky, yes. Ginger? Maybe. But it's not "almost hot." In fact I didn't htink it was spicy at all. That's not to say this is any less of a meaty snack. It's still yummy, and I don't even like ginger. Sorry, I forgot to take a bagspill photo before I started eating this one so I'm presenting you with crumbs. I guess that means it really did taste good. :)

Lorissa's Kitchen is available at Walgreen's and Target stores. I haven't checked Walgreen's yet, but none of the Target stores near me carry it. :( If worse comes to worse, Amazon also carries this glorious stuff and I will gladly buy a case if my wallet lets me.


Note: I received Lorissa's Kitchen snacks free from BzzAgent for testing and review purposes. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February 2017 Pooch Perks 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 (choose 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 let them know when you sign up. For reference, this review is for the Popular Pooch box for a large dog (40-70lbs). Mines are actually 30lbs but they just like big dog stuff.
When: Choose between monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly deliveries
Cost: $12-$32 per month depending on which option you choose (+$5 shipping/box); ships anywhere in the US and US territories
Fun Fact: A portion of proceeds from each box goes to rescue groups. You can learn more about how Pooch Perks gives back here.

This month Pooch Perks got a makeover. Instead of having three subscription tiers, there are now three separate options: the Popular Pooch box is the "regular" box; Custom Pooch gives you options such as heavy chewer, grain-free, toys only, etc; and if you want to save a little money yet still get something in the mail for Rover, the Sample Pooch option contains two items from past boxes (also customizable). Plus now you can change the shipping frequency to as little as once/quarter for those whose dogs take a while to go through their boxes. I have two dogs who think the goal in life is to destroy every toy and eat every treat possible so I'm sticking to the monthly boxes. Here's what came in February's Popular Pooch box:

Valentine's Brainey Bear in Love ($8) - This stuffed bear has a blaster squeaker hidden in his big ol' head. Good news for Pebbles because she loves these honky ones. Macho's more of a regular squeaker kind of guy but if Pebbles challenges him to a game of tug of war (and she will) he'll gladly accept. I am 99% certain Brainey Bear's appendages will be detached within the first 10 minutes.

Healthy Dogma Jamaican Bacon Flavor Barkers ($6) - I always wondered why dogs get such yummy-sounding flavors of treats. Mines' don't seem to care; I once made them biscuits with no added flavor whatsoever and they thought it was the most delicious thing ever. I'm almost afraid that if I give them too many yummy treats then they won't eat my bland biscuits ever again. These heart-shaped treats are made with all-natural ingredients and are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin and a shiny coat. I guess seeing as how Pebbles still thinks cardboard tastes good I'm not in too much danger of them shunning my biscuits after getting these.
Healthy Dogma Jamaican Bacon Flavor Barkers

Spunky Pup Squeaky Gems (~$7) - Made for tougher chewers, this squeaky heart-shaped diamond is made of thermoplastic rubber which can hold up pretty well to strong jaws. That's not to say that your dog won't still find a way to break it - my rascals prefer to nibble the rubber off little by little until there's nothing left. Whyyyy???

Down Dog Snacks Appleberry Zensations ($10) - Down Dog's gourmutt snacks contain no wheat, dairy, eggs, or corn. Aside from having none of the bad stuff, these particular biscuits have some tasty ingredients such as applesauce, blueberries, and cinnamon. This is a pretty hefty sized bag of biscuits, but I guarantee they will be gone by next month.

Verdict: February's box came with a good mix of two toys and two treats. Considering the plush toy won't last more than a week at my house I'd say two toys is fair. I'm glad we're finally getting biscuits again; for a while we were only getting meaty treats and although the dogs love them, they went down so quickly because you can't neatly break them into smaller pieces like you can with the biscuits. And now Macho & Pebbles have some flavor variety - savory bacon and sweet appleberry. Those spoiled motherpuppers.

You can spoil your dog too! Click here to subscribe to Pooch Perks and don't forget to use the code FRIEND10 to get 10% off your first order!


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