New Savannah Cat Mommy Meet Malkia

For years I watched videos of Savannah cats. I read articles and followed Savannah cat breeders.  I researched to make sure I could have one if I ever had the chance.  Having a Savannah cat was a dream to me. I was determined to one day have one.  My husband and I are definitely cat people.  We already have 2 ten year old cats that were sisters from the same litter.  How would a Savannah cat be around our cats we already had?

Why did I want a Savannah?  I’m not going to lie, their exotic look is what drew me in and the fact that some are bigger than domestic house cats.  Savannahs are bred by breeding an African Serval with a domestic house cat. This is how they get their size and patterning, among other traits. The more I read about them though, the more I was drawn in. They’re loyalty is compared to dogs and are said to be “exceptionally smart”. They can learn tricks just like dogs: fetch, walking on a leash, etc.

Savannahs go from F1 down to something like F7. This describes the amount of serval blood they have. An F1 will have the most having 50%+ serval blood. These are the largest with males being larger than females (normally). As I read more I found that F3 or lower were best suited for families since F1 and F2 still have wild traits to them.  Not to mention that F1s are quite expensive and get less expensive down the blood line.  In fact, Savannah’s are often #1 or #2 on most expensive cat breed lists.

I found a breeder in Pennsylvania. I followed them on facebook: Cutting Edge Cats.  When they had a website I had read about them.  There are not a lot of Savannah breeders and I wanted to make sure I didn’t get ripped off, and that the cats were taken care of.

Well, the end of October they listed an F3 Savannah girl. The last of an April litter.  She was 6 months old.  Best price I’d seen on a F3 Savannah.  We tend to be partial to girl cats since they are hunters and don’t spray. I presented it to my husband. After minimal selling efforts on my part, he agreed to get me my Savannah.

Within 2 days I was driving to Lancaster to pick up my Savannah cat.  I could not wait to get her home.  Being 6 months old already, she did need time to adjust.  She’s still adjusting to new people but she has been sleeping at the foot of the bed with my husband and I.  She follows me to the door when I go to work and nuzzles me when she wants attention.   Savannahs are naturally curious.  We’ve already caught our Savannah checking out the fish, the hermit crabs, playing with my daughter’s barbie doll clothes, and climbing book shelves, to name a few things.

Before you run out and buy a Savannah cat there are some things you should know.  Because of the African Serval blood line, some states ban Savannahs as pets.  Still other states ban Savannahs of certain generations such as not being able to own one unless it’s an F5 or further removed.  The state of Pennsylvania allows all Savannahs as pets but if you want to own a Serval for breeding you will need an exotic cat license.

If you get an early generation they need plenty of space to run, jump, and play. They are active and larger cats so a small apartment or small house is probably not the best setting for them.

As you might have guessed, the Savannah in the pictures is my F3 Savannah girl.  Her name is Malkia.  Malkia is Swahili for “queen”.  A nod to her Africa Serval blood line.

 


Get Ready For Valentine’s Day With Oriental Trading

My 7 yr old son  needed Valentines to send in for school.  My 3 yr old wanted Valentine’s because her brother was getting Valentines. I realized I had a serious lack of Valentine decorations. I also realized I was going to be inviting my nieces up to play with my two youngest kids and they love creating stuff. So I went to Oriental Trading and took care of everything.

Oriental Trading has prices that won’t break the piggy bank.  They also have lots of choices for just about any theme or holiday.  I love their craft kits because most of them come with everything you need.

My 7 yr old son picked out these super cute ninja Valentines that came with matching ninja lollipops. While browsing all their Valentine stuff I also found matching bendy ninjas that matched the Valentine cards perfectly. I just had to get them.  We put his Valentines together and they turned out so cute.

Then I found a cute craft kit to make Valentine cookie magnets.  The kit had enough to make a dozen magnets. Plenty for my little ones and my nieces to each make two if they like. The kit came with individually packaged packets that had the base,  foam stickers to decorate the magnet, and individual packs of glitter. It also came with the sticky back magnets to finish the project. The project was easy enough that even the littlest ones could do it but came with enough items that it let the older kids express their creativity.

Also while skimming through the Valentine stuff, I was trying to find a decoration or two for Valentine’s day . That’s when I came across the cutest sign.  I’ve not seen anything like it before. I thought it was funny.  When I opened the box I couldn’t help but giggle. I didn’t know what my hubby would think about it.  I figured it would be a decoration for our bedroom.  He laughed when he saw it. When I told him I wanted to put it in the bedroom he said “no you gotta put it where people are going to see it more often, that’s funny”  So we decided we’re going to put it in our family room.

I always put little things together to give all the kids for Valentine’s Day. Just something small.  I found these cute Peanuts canvas bags that are perfect to fill with treats or whatever you want.  I was thinking of making some candy or caramel apples with heart sprinkles on them, packaging them in cellophane and putting them in these bags to give the kids.

Last but not least, my daughter’s Valentines she picked out.  She wanted these ones because they came with glow-in-the-dark bracelets.  I thought the star theme was cute.  I made the mistake of leaving some of the stuff in the box until we were ready for it. I went to work and my daughter was home with the hubby in the  morning.  When I came home I saw a long glowing line on the floor. My daughter got into a pack of the glow bracelets broke them all to light them and connected them all together. Thankfully she didn’t “need” them for school she just wanted to give some to her brothers and her cousins. There was still one pack left. As I was trying to put one together for the picture the stick got caught on the slit and popped so it started glowing. I realized…wow had she needed these for school they would never make it. If they had to be put together and put in a backpack they’d all be busted and glowing before they even got to school.  These would be better served as a party favor for a birthday party (think magic wand) OR keep the bracelets in the box and let the child pass out the bracelets as they hand out out the paper valentine part.

There are lots of fun Valentine items to choose from at Oriental Trading.  What would you like to received from Oriental Trading for Valentine’s Day?  What is your favorite item I reviewed here?

I received the above mentioned products at no cost in order to complete an honest review. Any opinions expressed are my own.  

 

 


6 Days Into Beachbody on Demand, My Thoughts

 

Last year I did was introduced to Beachbody. I had coworkers and friends doing it and they saw results.  The one program in particular that kept coming up was 21 Day Fix.  The program came with dvd’s for daily 30 min workouts.  I’m thinking, ok I think I can find time for 30 minutes somewhere.  Then it came with color coded portion control containers and a book that tells you exactly what you can eat, recipes, and tips.  Yes! A healthy eating guide just for me.  I didn’t want to count calories and figure out labels all day.  I’m a working mom of 4 who also happens to run a blog.  I don’t have time to do math equations just so I can eat!

So I started it Jan 1 last year and did it steady for 4 months.  I lost 12 lbs and 3 inches around my waist.  My thighs and butt didn’t jiggle anymore. Thanks to my awesome coach Shannon Butler she encouraged me to join challenge groups, gave out awesome recipes that broke the eating boredom, and is a great motivator.

After 4 months however I started to get bored with the same 7 day cycles. I ordered a different program that I had high hopes for (Beachbody no longer carries) and it just wasn’t what I thought it would be.  I didn’t want to put money into another program with fear I wouldn’t like it either. I eventually got so bored of doing the same exercises that I stopped doing them.  Then everything else fell like dominos.  Later in the year I remembered how good I felt and was mad at myself for not continuing.  I gained all the weight back and then some.

The end of December I realized I could do a 30 day FREE trial of Beachbody on Demand and it changed my whole perspective.  Yes my coach brought it up to me before but I didn’t listen. If you are not sure where you want to start, what program might be right for you, etc Beachbody on Demand is an awesome place to start. For 30 days you can try out any or all the programs you want.  See what works for you.  After 30 days either cancel or continue.  You can follow a program like 21 Day Fix if you want to or mix it up.

I’m on day 6, I’m having so much fun with . I  had always wanted to try Brazil Butt Lift but was afraid to buy it in case I didn’t like it but it was fun and I definitely felt the burn!  Today I tried Hip Hop Abs. I didn’t really think I was going to like it but I had so much fun I forgot I was exercising. I’m definitely feeling it now though.

If you’ve already purchased Beachbody programs they’ll show up under “Purchased Programs” just click that link at the top of the screen and it will show you’ll all the programs you own and you can do them from Beachbody on Demand. There are apps for your phone and tablets too so if you go on vacation or wherever you still have access to your workouts.

They also have a program called “Fixate” with Autumn and Bobby Calabrese that shows you how to make healthy recipes.  I’m so craving the wasabi cream cheese Salmon burger now!

I use Beachbody on Demand with Amazon Fire Stick but you can use it through several options. Beachbody on Demand is a great place to start if you’re not sure what program you want to try. The Beachbody on Demand 30 day free trial makes sure you don’t waste any money on programs that might not be for you.

Try Beachbody on Demand with me for 30 days.  You’ll need a good coach to help you with recipe ideas and encouragement.  My coach Shannon Butler is a Diamond Beachbody coach. She knows her stuff. And check out Shannon’s story here.

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Buy Gift Cards at Acme Stores Get $10 Off Your Next Trip #Acme1216

The holiday season is a time for giving. We want to give great gifts but they have to fit our budgets right? What if you could double dip rewards while getting everyone the gift cards they’ll love?

From 12/02/16 to 12/15/16 you can get $10 off your next shopping trip when you buy $100 in select gifts cards. You can get the Bass Pro Shop gift card for your husband, a Kohl’s gift card for your best friend. Use your favorite rewards credit card to buy them.  You’ll earn your credit card rewards and get the $10 off your next Acme shopping trip.

I get it, some people don’t like to give gift cards.  Some people don’t like to get gift cards. You can still get the savings though.  For instance, I know my daughter has the Paw Patrol Lookout Tower play set, a play-doh set, and puzzles on her list to Santa.  I know I can get it at Toy R’ Us and earn Toys R’ Us rewards too. So I could go to Acme, buy a $100 Toys R’ Us gift card with my rewards credit card. I then use that gift card to buy the toys on my daughter wish list.  I scan my Toys R’ Us rewards card and use my gift card at checkout.  By doing that, I just earned credit card rewards, Toys R’ Us rewards, and the $10 off my next Acme shopping trip. Smart right?

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Select gift cards include: Purchase $100 or more in select gift cards, Amazon, JCP, Bass Pro, Starbuck’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Toys R Us, Kohl’s get $10 toward next shopping order at Acme. (Minimum $25 purchase required at time of redemption)

Hurry though, this deal is only available at Acme stores 12/2 – 12/15.  Great way to check off that list! Find an Acme store near you: http://bit.ly/2gHINfx

 

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Affordable and Unique Gift Idea For The Young Soccer Player #HolidayGuide2016

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My boys have all played AYSO soccer at one point in time or another. My eldest son only played a couple years then moved on to something else. My middles son played for many years. He was really quite good making it onto tournament teams and things. My youngest son now plays. He has 2 years under his belt. I have a friend whose teenage son has played soccer a long time. In fact, his high school team just made it to the playoffs.

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Is there a child on your holiday list that loves soccer? When you think about what to get someone who loves soccer it might be hard to come up with something. Chances are they have at least one soccer ball already. What about something that will help them hone their soccer skills in a fun way and is under $20?  The SOCKIT is your answer.

The SockIt Holiday Guide

The SOCKIT is wearable technology for young soccer players. It slips right onto soccer cleats and lights up when the player kicks the soccer ball correctly. It’s made from industrial strength thermal plastic rubber. It can withstand shock, impact, and other extreme conditions. It’s designed for players 5 -12 years old. It lights up with the use of 6 LED lights powered by a replaceable lithium battery.

They also donate portion of their revenue to St Jude Children’s Hospital for every The SockIt sold.

The SockIt Holiday Guide

The SockIt was created my a father of 2 soccer players. After watching his players continually kick the ball incorrectly he wanted to find something to teach them the right way. He found nothing in the stores. He decided to teach his daughters about business and how to make dreams a reality.

You can find more info and purchase The SockIt at Sockit.com and find them on facebook: facebook.com/thesockit

 

This post is sponsored by SockIt. Any opinions expressed are my own.