Thursday, June 25, 2015

Influenster Review: Purina ONE® Cat Food

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. All products were received free of charge from influentser and this post includes links to the webpages of products reviewed*



Recently I received a complimentary bag of the chicken and turkey Purina ONE Smartblend dry cat food from @Influenster and @Purinacats for their #ONEswitch campaign.  I also received a coupon for a free 3.5 bag of the product.


My kitty Pickles isn't a picky eater when it comes to kibble type food.  All kibble is her favorite and she is only picky when it comes to eating wet food.  It's gotta have gravy or she isn't touching it.  She's a weird one. I did worry that switching to a new food might upset her tummy, so I slowly introduced the new food to her by usuing it as a treat and then mixing it in gradually into her current food.  She is currently all switched over to the Purina One and no signs of upset tummy!


I'm not very picky when I pick out food for my kitty.  Honestly they all seem very similar and it's a bit overwhelming to go to the store and see that massive wall of brightly colored cat food products.  I don't read labels.  I read price tags.  If my kitty had any health issues that could be resolved with a better type of food I'd definitely pay more attention to the ingredients label. I do like the idea of my kitty eating healthier though and I'm happy to report that the Purina One food is certainly a step up from what she was eating.


The price for Purina One SmartBlend cat food is not high and comparable to what I'm usually buying.  Miss Pickles likes eating the Purina One and my pocket book doesn't mind so I'm going to be sticking with this cat food for now.


I love my kitty and I really want her to stick around for a long time. If my kitty is happy with the Purina One than so am I!  Not that we should always entertain our cat's notion happiness, especially when their idea of good eats are lizards, but it's hard to resist that kitty belly!

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Smiley360 Product Review: ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Toothpaste and Toothbrush

I'm a member of Smiley360.com, where I qualify to try brands for free in exchange for sharing my authentic feedback. This blog post contains affiliate links.



I recently I received one ARM &HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Toothpaste and Toothbrush from Smiley360 to try out and review.

I'm already a big fan of battery-powered toothbrushes and own a Crest Spinbrush that I use every night. (I'd use it in the morning but my hubby is asleep and don't want to waking him up using it...maybe it's not that loud but it sure sounds like it at 6 am and everything is dark and quiet!).  My dentist recommended that I use some type of mechanical toothbrush because she says that it gets teeth cleaner especially behind the front teeth. My teeth certainly feel cleaner after using my Spinbrush so I have to agree with her. I'm a lazy tooth brusher so I need all the help I can get.

The Truly Radiant Spin Brush head differs slightly from my usual Spinbrush head. The bristles are a little bit longer in places and the bristle height vary in different places.

According to their website the ARM &HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Spinbrush Deep Clean Battery Toothbrush features:

  • Elongated all-access bristles
  • Dual-Action brush head
  • Special bristles designed to whiten teeth
  • Fraction of the cost of competitive rechargeable brushes

  • The website also claims that using this toothbrush can removes 100% more plaque and removes 5X more hard-to-reach plaque.  I'm guessing you's need to visit your dental hygienist to get the real down low on that! If I could only get her to stop telling me to floss more I'd be happy.



    I use whatever whitening toothpaste is on sale usually.  I have no brand loyalty and like trying new toothpastes. The Truly Radiant™ toothpaste is great product in that it cleans my teeth so well that I feel like I just went to the dentist. Unfortunately,it is baking soda based so it tastes very salty and smells funny. It does have a little bit of a minty flavor added to it but it just isn't strong enough to overpower that salty taste. I did get use to how salty it was after a few uses so I will continue to use this product until the tube is empty.The paste itself is very runny and falls off my toothbrush and gets all over my counters and me.  The whitening results were very noticeable to me (I drink a lot of Diet Coke) and I love how white my teeth are and how clean they feel!

    According to the back of product's box, it only takes 5 days** to see the following results:



  • Whitens, strengthens and repairs tooth enamel
  • Unique formula combines pure ARM &HAMMER™ Baking Soda, Active Calcium, Fluoride and Peroxide
  • Clinically proven to beautify teeth
  • Restores gloss and luster
  • Removes stains better than the leading whitening toothpaste**

  • Overall I liked both products and will continue using them, especially the Spinbrush.  I may not buy the toothpaste after it runs out.  Depends on if it's on sale or if I have a coupon.  It really does taste awful!


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    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    Bzz Campaign: Fiber One Protein Cereals

    Disclosure: I am a BzzAgent and received these products from BzzAgent.com for review at no cost to me. I receive no monetary compensation for my open and unbiased review. 


    I know I haven't been blogging in a while but I still want to share some products that I have received for free from Ganeral Mills and BzzAgent.  I love being a BzzAgent and, really, the only reason I haven't been blogging is because I have no where to set a photo 'studio' to take good pictures.  A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

    I received two boxes of the new Fiber One Protein cereals.  One of each flavor: Cranberry Almond and Maple Brown Sugar.  One of my New Year resolutions was to eat healthier and lose some weight so this arrived at a very convenient time.  Breakfast sets the stage for the rest of the day for me.  If I eat a crappy meal, or nothing at all, for breakfast my whole day is shot eating wise.

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    My breakfast usually consists of a no sugar added or low sugar cereal like Cheerios or Raisin Bran, a piece of fruit (usually a banana), a boiled egg and sometimes some OJ.  Occasionally I'll change it up by having a microwavable breakfast sandwich or an egg scramble but honestly I don't really have time for that because I hit the snooze button one to many times.  Every. Morning.  *sigh*

    These new cereals from Fiber One really had me excited because with all that protein I figured I could ditch the boiled egg for once.  I was right too.  This cereal was very filling!  It definitely kept me sated till lunch.  I eat breakfast around 7:30am and eat lunch at noon and I usually wanting at least a snack of some sort around 11am on my usual breakfast routine. 

    Reading the nutrition info I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had 1 cup serving size.  This is a huge serving of a very filling cereal!  Then I noticed that beside the 1 cup was 55g in parentheses so I decided to weigh out my cereal.  It ended up being quite a bit less than 1 cup but still a very filling amount.  If your counting calories, like I am, I would always recommend WEIGHING your food.  I would have been consuming quite a few more calories if I had just used my measuring cup!

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    The cranberry almond cereal is also uber sweet.  There were very little cranberries or almonds in my box and my box of cereal had large clumps that were impossible to break up.  This cereal would taste so much better if it wasn't so hard and so sweet.  I will never buy this particular flavor of this cereal even with a very good cents off coupon!

    Of both cereal flavors Maple Brown Sugar was the best.  I really hate maple flavored things so I was surprised to find out that I liked this one better but that was because it has no maple flavor what so ever!  When you open the box the maple smell is sickeningly overwhelming but pour it in a bowl and splash some milk over it and the smell dissipates and your left with sugary crunchy goodness.  It's not overly sweet but also not that flavorful which is fine by me because I have a heard time stomaching any food for breakfast sometimes. This cereal is filling and stays crunchy in milk so I might purchase another box when I finish this one but probably not.

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    I guess my final review boils down to:  this cereal is just okay.  It is super filling but the flavor and texture are disappointing.  I would find no enjoyment eating this cereal every morning.  If I wasn't the only one who eats cereal in the morning in my household and I could get through a box fast I probably wouldn't mind so much.  I do recommend buying a box and trying it out for yourself though because it's not that bad.  I really like some of the other Fiber One cereals better but this one is just so filling not to ignore. 

    I did receive a few $1.00 off coupons.  If anyone is interested in trying out this cereal too just let me know here or on my facebook page!

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