Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Why You Should Adopt Cats

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CelebratingMorris #CollectiveBias



We have two cats.

Ruby.

And Max. He's our oldest. He's 11.

We got both cats at the Humane Society. Honestly, when we got Max, we were just looking, but you know how that goes. There were a bunch of kittens in a room and Max walked over when I was looking in and pressed his paw against the window as if to say, "You have to take me home!"

We did.

I've always loved orange kitties. Max reminds me of Morris the Cat. You know, Morris the 9Lives® cat?






Did you know Morris was discovered in a Humane Society by Bob Martwick, an animal talent scout? Morris had quite the personality--just like Max! I mean, Max knew if he put his paw against the window that he'd be adopted. He knew how to be cute.

Morris did so well in his audition that he was dubbed "the Clark Gable of cats." What a compliment! He was in over 50 commercials. I'm thinking my Max could be in a commercial if he had delicious 9Lives wet food to entice him. You can learn more about Morris the Cat's story here. I think it's so cool that Morris never forgot where he came from and makes it his mission to save other cats. In 2007 he launched Morris' Million Cat Rescue® and will not rest until every cat has a home. 






There are many reasons why you should adopt a furry friend from a humane society, and here are the top ones.





1. You are rescuing an animal and giving them a home. 


Normally there are tons of animals wanting a friend. When we walked in, there were cages and cages of cats. We always look for ones with personalities, like Morris. With Max, he had the paw on the window. With Ruby, she wouldn't stop meowing at us until we came to her. When we dared to walk away and look at another cat, she gave indignant meows.




2. The money you pay for the adoption fee goes back towards the humane society.

Yup! We paid about $60 for each of our cats, but it all went back to the humane society. It's worth it, because our cats came with their vaccinations.



3. The animals usually come spayed and neutered!

This can save a bunch of money. It can be pricey to do this.



4. They become true family members.

Yup, we love our cats like family. And I always want to show them how much they are appreciated, so I pick up 9Lives wet food at Dollar General.



You can find the 9Lives wet food in the cat aisle. 



I picked up the Meaty Paté with Chicken and Tuna and Super Supper flavors. 9Lives has been around for over 50 years and knows how to help cats lead long lives so I feel good purchasing the food. Plus, 9Lives gives me the confidence that I am doing the right thing when I buy it. I mean, if a company is around for over 50 years, it shows they know what they are doing. 





Even better? Here's an Ibotta coupon for 9Lives wet food! I love how 9Lives celebrates and champions all cats. I'm always for a company that adores cats as much as I do. Seriously. If I could, I'd have a house FULL of cats. And speaking of cats, you MUST check out this Cat Pack article. There are tons of adorable cats. I probably squealed too much. 

Since 9Lives believes cats deserve to live well, so you know they'll enjoy the food. Ruby was irritated with me here because she was all, "Um. Do I get to EAT some?"




Yes Ruby. Here's your food. 








So remember. If you're looking for a cat, check out the Humane Society. 


Because who knows? You might find your own Morris the Cat. 






To learn more about Morris the 9Lives cat, you can check out the following:




Monday, August 13, 2018

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.





Hey, It's Okay....



.....to be taking Tommy to pick up his schedule! School starts in less than 2 weeks.



....to also be stopping off at In & Out Burger since it's by Tommy's school for lunch. I get my burger "animal style."



....to have ordered Natalie's Halloween costume. Like last year, it's a scary one.



....to still make easy lunches for my kids. Honestly, they are old enough to make lunches on their own but if I left it to them, it would be full of cookies. But all these cute cut out lunches? No. They get a sandwiches, chips, and a fruit cup.



....to have tried the new Oreo flavors. My favorite was the Rocky Road because the cream tasted like brownie batter to me. The Strawberry Shortcake was good too, but I've always been partial to chocolate. I recommend them both, but if you only want one, go for Rocky Road!








Sunday, August 12, 2018

4 Tips To Get A Tween To Wake Up

This post is sponsored by NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.



"Natalie? Hello? Natalie?" I poked her a few times.

She groaned at me.

"Natalie? It's time to wake up."

She burrowed into her covers. I was tempted to grab her by the ankles and swing her around above me. But let's be honest, I'm not that strong.

"Natalie?" I shook her again. "Let's move it."

She glared at me.





It's not the easiest thing to get tweens out of bed. It's especially tough when they have to wake up early. But school is starting again, so Natalie has to get used to the early hours. I've come up with ways to get her out of the bed easier, so I don't have to shake the mattress like a mad woman.




1. Take away their electronics. I make sure they are all gone by 9. This way she can start to settle down for the night. Is she happy with me? No. But I'm not here to be a friend.




2. Make it easy. Have them pick an outfit the night before. Trust me. If your tween is like mine, this is a must. My tween can take forever to pick out an outfit. "That shirt looks weird on me. I can't wear those pants! They're the wrong color. No one wears KHAKI anymore! That was so last semester!"





3. Promise that you won't speak to them. Too much.  Obviously I have to say that I love her and that I hope she has a good day, but I won't pepper her with questions because honestly, I'm not much of a morning person either. I also find that talking to her too much sets her off, and I don't want to deal with tween angst first thing in the morning.



4. Give them a tasty breakfast.








As you see, I made waffles, cut up some strawberries, plus apples and peaches. I tried to make it into a face, but I'm not creative. Especially in the morning.


I paired it with the new NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Super Breakfast at Walmart because it has 12 grams of protein and calcium.


I found it in the aisle where the NESQUIK® cocoa mix is. If it's not there, you might be able to find it in the juice aisle as well. 








If Natalie knows she's getting a good breakfast, she'll wake easier because I'll be honest, most of the time I hand a box of cereal over. But I know she's in middle school now, and needs all the nutrients she can get. When she gets a good breakfast, she's less likely to be sassy with me, and that's a great thing.






So how do you get your tweens to wake up? 


If you want to try NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Super Breakfast, check out this Ibotta offer



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