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Friday, August 22, 2014

Yay, the cat is less annoying now!

I'm here to tell you the story of how cat food helped my sweet, beloved cat become slightly less annoying.


I've already told you about my occasional plans to punt Chauncey cross-country,* and why I was sorry-not-sorry for ignoring him after the baby was born, and that he'll barf at the drop of a hat if he even thinks about maybe getting stressed out.

*Not literally - please don't send me cat-loving hate mail.

Anyway, aside from barfing on the stairs and waking the baby up late at night, he also works vigilantly to irritate me first thing in the morning. For some reason he acts like I'm going to forget to feed him when I wake up, probably because I usually do, so he circles my feet and meows loudly and tries to trip me on my way to the all-important, life-giving coffee maker. It's a gigantic production, during which he acts like he's about two milliseconds from starving to death. Finally I relent and dump a can of food in his dish, and he... walks away.

He doesn't even sniff it.

So annoying.

Enter LUVSOME, a new brand of dog and cat food sold exclusively at Kroger stores. I liked them right away because their logo is cute. JUST KIDDING (although it is cute) - I liked that they've partnered with Best Friends Animal Society. In fact, each time someone - like you, hint hint - uses the hashtag #luvsome on social media, they donate a bowl of LUVSOME food to BFAS! Awesome.

Anyway, the kind folks at LUVSOME sent me a really cool "switch kit" to introduce the food to Chauncey, and I figured it couldn't hurt to try it since the worst thing that could happen is that he'd barf, which he was 100% definitely going to do anyway because he barfs all. the. time.

All he had to do was sniff the can and stay in focus.
IT'S LIKE HE WASN'T EVEN TRYING.

Shut my mouth, though, because:
A) He didn't throw up AT ALL during his LUVSOME trial, which is pretty unheard of, and
B) I didn't throw up either, because somehow the wet cat food magically didn't smell like rotten bile, unlike his old food, which come to think of it might explain some of his past barfing, and
C) After whining and begging for his breakfast in the morning, he actually ate it - enthusiastically - instead of just making sure I put it in the bowl and then trotting away.

I would say actually eating the food he begged for and not barfing is a serious win, and a serious improvement in the cat-annoyance category.

But wait, there's more! Because LUVSOME knows you guys love your pets (whether they're being adorable or irritating or out of focus) too, they're going to send fun switch kits to TWO of you lucky pet-loving folks, each with a free coupon for LUVSOME and a $50 Kroger gift card.

YAYYYYY!

To enter, just leave a comment below telling me something about your pet! Make sure to include your email address, and on Friday, 8/29/14 at noon EST I'll pick two winners at random (U.S. residents only - sorry, international friends, maybe you should petition you government and ask them to open some Krogers in your country?) and send an email request for your mailing address. If I don't hear back from you in 24 hours I'll pick an alternate winner. LUVSOME will handle prize fulfillment; Hollow Tree Ventures assumes no responsibility for that junk, because I don't have the prizes, okay? Easy? Easy. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, but all opinions, weirdly double-jointed thumbs and Chauncey's giant clumps of gray fur are my own. Also, I'm trademarking the phrase, "Wet cat food that magically doesn't smell like rotten bile" in case I start my own pet food company some day.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Toys "R" Us connects me with K'NEX

Announcement: The amazing post you are about to read has been sponsored by K'NEX, insofar as I received cool toys in exchange for telling you about them. All opinions are my own.

Do you remember Lincoln Logs?

Of course you do, unless you were born on some planet other than Earth. They're only one of the greatest toys ever, encouraging kids to use their imagination and building skills - and NO BATTERIES.

That's right - a fantastic toy that does not make any noise.

I think I'm in love.
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We have a set from when my husband was a kid, but a lot of the pieces are broken or missing - nevertheless, my kids love building stuff over and over with the pieces we do have. My toddler, particularly, likes to build structures and then try to climb inside them.

Come to think of it, I might know how some of those pieces got broken...

Anyway, K'NEX has this Lincoln Logs Redfield Ranch set exclusive to Toys "R" Us, and they generously popped one in the mail to me so we could check it out.

Again, I'm in love.

It's super cute, easy to build, QUIET, and fun to play with. And look at those characters! No more pretending your hands are people with finger legs, walking around your Lincoln Log cabin - this ranch includes a cowboy and horse that are just the right size. It's great for that age level when babyish blocks aren't quite challenging enough, but other building toys are still a wee bit too advanced. And, as if you needed another reason to love it, too...

It comes in its own storage container.

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Add easy-to-clean-up to the long list of reasons to want this nostalgic, classic toy for your own kids or grandkids, and you just can't miss.

Huge thanks to K'NEX and Toy "R" Us for bringing us these fun toys, and for sending this one to me! Make sure to check out this set - and the other six K'NEX products exclusive to Toys "R" Us - when you're out shopping for the holidays!

Friday, November 29, 2013

how K'NEX taught my kid about musical icons

Now hear this: The amazing post you are about to read has been sponsored by K'NEX, insofar as I received cool toys in exchange for telling you about them. All opinions are my own.

I'm going to say something right now that might surprise you: I recently discovered that my daughter didn't know who The Beatles are.

I KNOW. I blame myself. I think when I became a mom I assumed that certain things - hair color, a hatred of lima beans, awareness of major musical icons - was encoded in the DNA.


As it turns out, a human being has to be told about certain major events, important people, and cultural phenomena, and that includes The Beatles.

I was surprised, too!

Well, K'NEX afforded me with the opportunity to discuss Beatlemania as well as basic engineering skills with my daughter, by graciously inviting me to check out some toys they're offering exclusively at Toys "R" Us, like this Beatles Yellow Submarine building set. Naturally she already knew what K'NEX are. She doesn't lead a completely sheltered life.


Together, she and I discussed the origins of rock 'n' roll as we assembled the Yellow Submarine in K'NEX form, then had a raucous time fighting the Blue Meanies with the Beatles figures. (Well, with most of them - she wouldn't let Ringo play. Poor Ringo.)


They're rocking out on the stage - groovy, man!


I can't say for sure my 8-year-old fully grasped the cultural importance of the Fab Four, but she did have a great time with the set, and I slept easier knowing Pepperland was safe. What more can you ask for in a toy?

Huge thanks to K'NEX and Toy "R" Us for bringing us these fun toys, and for sending this one to me! Make sure to check out this set - and the other six K'NEX products exclusive to Toys "R" Us - when you're out shopping for the holidays!