Looking for an Alternative to Electric Dog Clippers?


Do you have a dog or cat that sheds uncontrollably or is constantly getting mats in their fur? Groomers can be expensive and if your dog is anything like the yorkie pictured above then electric dog clippers are not an option. I would like to introduce you to a new product I recently discovered, Scaredy Cut.


The Scaredy Cut grooming kit replaces electric clippers with scissors that are guarded by an attached comb. Many animals panic when they hear electric clippers and even the “silent” clippers can send your fur baby in to full on panic. Scaredy Cut grooming scissors are a wonderful low tech solution that will keep your pet happy and stress free. You don’t even need to give your pet a bath before using the grooming kit! Which is really great because I can’t imagine that giving a cat a bath would be very enjoyable for anyone. As long as you can brush your pet, you can Scaredy Cut your pet. 7 different combs are included in your Scaredy Cut grooming kit from 1/2″ to 1″, and the product is backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.


You can order your Scaredy Cut grooming kit in either blue or pink, and the kit also comes with tiny trim scissors. The tiny trim scissors are a great thing to have because they are perfect for trimming the fur around your pets eyes, nose and feet. I personally ordered the blue for my review but to each their own. I tested the Scaredy Cut kit on my moms clipper shy yorkie named Robin. Robin goes in to complete panic when he hears the electric clippers, so up until my review my mother had only been able to do the back half of him. The scissors are sharp and make a clean cut with no snagging. He laid on the counter the whole time we groomed him and never even panicked.


Look at this transformation!


To order your Scaredy Cut grooming kit, click here! They are on sale for 44.99 for a limited time, don’t miss out!


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Getting The Best Bang For Your Cluck

For many chicken owners a flocks production is key to keeping birds. To some other chicken owners the eggs are just an added bonus because they consider their birds as pets. I am a little bit of both. While my chickens are considered pets, they were purchased to produce eggs. However if you are raising birds primarily for egg production it is important to get the best return on your feed costs. Before you can decide what is best to increase your flocks production it is important to know what affects production first.

There are many things that affects a hens ability to lay such as her age, genetics, stress, nutrition and daylight hours. At the very top of production a young hen will lay one egg each day. Many hens will take a day off each week even when they are in their prime. It’s important to start with the right breed of chicks if you want a plethera of eggs. Hearty egg layers like Barred Rocks, Marans, Easter Eggers and Rhode Island Reds tend to produce more eggs for a longer period of time. Breeds like cornish cross and Black Broilers are meat chickens and are not good egg layers. A hens age for peak production is from 6 months to 18 months. Some hens will lay for longer while others will stop laying before they are 18 month old. I have a 18 month old Barred Rock who has given us an egg a day even in the summer months. While i have a 9 month old leghorn frizzle who hasn’t produced an egg in over a month.

Nutririon plays a big roll in a flocks production. Birds should be on a started feed until they are 6 months and then be placed on a grower feed until they begin laying. Laying hens should be on a good quality laying feed that will give them vitamins, minerals and protein. Free ranging hens with room to roam will scratch out most of their nutritional requirements but still require laying pellets to keep them at peak productivity.

Daylight hours also take a large affect on productivity. Hens lay more often in the spring and summer months when days are long. Their internal clock tells them this is a good time to raise their young. You can trick them by setting up a light in the coop.

Stress acts just the same on chickens as it does on people. When people are stressed they tend to be less productive, same goes for the chicken. If there are kids and dogs chasing them around you chickens will live in a state of fear and will not lay.

Is none of these seem to be the problem with your flocks productivity you can always try to spice things up. Try mixing red pepper flakes in with your chicken feed.

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10 Must Haves For Your Next Road Trip

Whether you are traveling with the whole family or just a friend, road trips are fun and exciting and are one of the best ways to make memories. If you are traveling with multiple people in your vehicle it could make that long car ride even longer. Between potty breaks, sight seeing and food runs it’s easy to add a couple hours on to your already lengthy drive. Here is a list of the 12 things you need to bring on your next road trip that might make things a little less crazy.

1. Snacks and mess free meals. This is so obvious, however most people pack snacks that can leave crumbs, and a sticky mess. Especially if you have little ones! Try to refrain from anything with filling like ritz or oreos. Pack some fruits and veggies or bring along your favorite cereal bars instead.

2. Baby Wipes. If you have kids then this is already a no brainer. But if you don’t and your confused as to why this is an essential for long trips then allow me to explain. Did you ever eat a burger in the car and get mayo and ketchup all over your face and hands? Napkins clean up the mess but doesn’t always help if your hands feel sticky. Spill your soda in the cup holder? Wet wipes! No more sticky mess. Your hands, your car and your passengers will thank you.

3. Emergency Kit. Even after the tune up, you never know if there will be a problem with your car. A emergency kit will contain all your uh-oh needs like jumper cables, flashlight, flares and so much more.

4. First Aid Kit. Just in case one of your road trip buddies gets injured while trying to take an awesome selfie.

5. GPS. Even if you know where you are going, you don’t know if there will be any detours or traffic to get around. For me my GPS is always in the car. I can’t read a map to save my life, but with my GPS I don’t have to.

6. Maps. Yes I know, I just listed a GPS and said I can’t read a map. But having a map is always good, because your GPS doesn’t tell you when there is a beautiful scenic area coming up. And if you don’t use the map, it still makes a great sun shade to cover your window if you want to take a nap.

7. Gum. No one wants to sit next to Captain Halitosis in the car for umpteen amount of hours. Don’t be Captain Halitosis!

8. Moisurizer. Being stuck in such a small space for an extended period of time can really dry out your skin which in turn might make you very uncomfortable on a long trip. Bring a trial size bottle of your favorite lotion or a body mist along with you. Better safe than sorry, right?

9. Dry Shampoo. Sometimes your hair just gets greasy for no reason. Don’t miss out on the group photos because of that. Bring some dry shampoo along and freshen up on the go.

10. Drinks. Always make sure you bring lots of water on your trip. Long trips can lead to dehydration and you don’t want to spend hours in the car just to feel sick.

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Legal Discrimination in America?

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When in our country did it become alright and even protected from the law to discriminate against people who are different from you? Who in their right mind truly believes that Mississippi’s HB 1523 was simply enacted to “protect religious freedom”? If you think HB 1523 only targets the LGBT community you have been mislead.
HB 1523 was signed by Gov. Phil Bryant in April 2016 but was stopped by a district court in July 2016. In his ruling U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote that HB 1523 “puts its thumb on the scale to favor some religious beliefs over others” and “violates both the guarantee of religious neutrality and the promise of equal protection of the laws”. The matter was then challenged in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Barber v. Bryant. Arguments for and against the horrendous law were presented in April of 2017, with judges ruling on June 22nd that HB 1523 should become law.
This law is being called the most discriminatory anti LGBT state law in the country. HB 1523 gives broad permission to discriminate against LGBT people, seemingly to protect the “free exercise of religious beliefs”.

Who is protected under Hate Bill 1523?

Basically every straight, married christian. But they aren’t the only ones who will be free to discriminate; religious organizations and state employees are also free to discriminate. Taxpayer funded organizations like schools and hospitals can also openly discriminate against LGBT individuals. Isn’t that lovely? While same sex marriage is still legal, state employees can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. So while you may still be able to legally marry your same sex partner, you may not find anyone who will issue your marriage license. Under this law almost any individual or organization could justify discrimination not only against LGBT individuals but also unwed couples, single mothers and non Christians.

Who is No Longer Protected?

LGBT individuals
Single Mothers’
Individuals who are having premarital sex

How Will This Bill Effect Those who Are No Longer Protected from Discrimination?

This is about more than a baker refusing to bake a cake for a same sex couple. Now anyone can discriminate against the groups I listed above. People can harass a single mother who is out to dinner with her children. Or a married woman who’s husband is over seas, simply because she appears to be a single mother. A man who appears gay(even if he isn’t) can be refused service. An unwed couple with children needing economic assistance can be refused because they had premarital sex. You see this bill is about more than just discrimination against LGBT individuals. Even if you don’t know someone who is part of the LGBT community you have to know an unwed couple having premarital sex or a single mother. How would you feel if they were discriminated against?
Companies can adopt anti-trans restroom policies, because they believe (male) man (female) woman refer to an individuals immutable biological sex was determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth. HB 1523 can affect adoptions or foster care, leaving more children in shelters and orphanages. Companies can refuse to sell homes to LGBT families and children can even be subjected to CONVERSION THERAPY. DID YOU READ THAT!? Funeral homes can refuse services to LGBT individuals or single mothers and claim it’s their religious belief. This bill gives individuals a completely free pass no matter how much of a hardship they are inflicting.
The bill has been criticized by business leaders in the tech industry, and states like New York and California have banned non essential government employee travel to Mississippi. Approximately 38,000 LGBT workers in Mississippi are not protected from discrimination under new state laws. At this time we do not have numbers for how many people will be open for discrimination but with Mississippi having one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the country this bill could be devastating.

What are Mississippi residents saying about HB 1523?

I have been personally discriminated against for being a butch lesbian I have been told I don’t belong in a women’s bathroom I have been told I couldn’t go into a restaurant I have been harassed at work while just trying to get to my car to go home this was all in Mississippi I moved there for the love of my life I for one think this bill is a huge mistake it will just be more hate against LGBTQ which we don’t need or deserve any hate at all.


I feel like this is detrimental to every person who lives in the state of Mississippi. I personally am affected as a heterosexual female because I have homosexual friends and family members. All humans should have rights. I feel like this is also going to be dangerous to our economy. LGTBQ people inhabit our state, they pay taxes, run businesses, are patrons to small businesses, you name it. If we discriminate and deny services based on who they define themselves as, or who they love, they will move away to a more accepting state. Aside from that, I feel like this was passed based from a “Christian” standpoint. This could not be further from the Christian perspective, God tells us “love thy neighbor as thyself.” It does not say, unless they are gay, unless they are Muslim, unless this, it says LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, period. This brings me to another point, if any business owner is granted the right to deny services based on whatever bias he or she wishes, what happens if someone wishes not to serve someone because they are a Christian? Would that cause an uproar? Surely it would. This is why I feel this must be overturned. It should have never been passed in the first place, as it was poorly written and inhumane. I have taught my daughter since birth that a loving family is simply that, a loving family. Two moms, two dads, one of each, a dad, stepdad and a mom, it DOES not matter & even she would tell you that. Take a step back and flip this situation back to slave times. African Americans were discriminated based off of the color of their skin. That wasn’t right and has been overthrown. How is this any different? It isn’t. It isn’t right, it isn’t good for my family, it isn’t good for my friends and it isn’t good for our state!


There’s just such a fine line with the current discussion. One side wants to not be discriminated against, but that comes at the cost of another sides freedom. That’s weird to say, I know, but businesses should be able to make any choice that they want, always. That’s where people’s moral compass comes into play, and unfortunately there are hateful people out there. But if government can tell a business owner how to run his/her own business, then I just feel like it’s wrong. That’s the tricky part about change. We want to have laws and control when it benefits us and makes us feel safe, but scream injustice if those laws and control affect our freedom. Businesses have always had the right to allow service or deny service to anyone of their choosing, otherwise people with no shoes, no shirt, would actually get service. Again, I’m not advocating anyone to get discriminated against, but I also don’t think that would automatically happen either. Both sides currently have choice, and that’s how it should be. A customer can choose not to patronize a store just as much as a store can choose not to serve the customer.


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Buying for Baby, Do’s and Don’ts

Babies are expensive, if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that not all things baby need to be brand new. Between furniture and baby clothes it’s easy to spend a few thousand dollars before your little bundle of joy even arrives. But does everything need to be brand new? Here’s my quick tips on how to shop for your baby on a budget.


Breast Pump

This is pretty self explanatory, however if you don’t mind finding the right hoses and nipple shields you can certainly buy a used one. However most people would rather just buy a new pump that has all the pieces already.

Car Seat

There’s tons of car seats on resale sights, but you never know what that car seat has been through with it’s previous owner/s. You don’t have the paperwork in case of recalls and you don’t know if it’s previously been in an accident or if it was left out in the rain. It’s just safer to buy new and if your keep an eye out for sales you are sure to get a good deal on something safe.


I never buy diapers off of resale sites because a few years ago someone made the news for buying opened boxes of diapers off of a Facebook yard sale site and the diapers had ant poison on them which badly burned her sweet baby.



Clothes & Baby Shoes

Especially newborn clothes. Our first son only fit his newborn clothes for a couple weeks and we had so many that he outgrew them before he had the chance to wear them. My advice is to only by a dozen newborn outfits, your little one may only wear them for a short amount of time. Our second son is almost a month old and is still fitting most of his newborn clothes. After he was born we then decided to go out and buy a few more outfits. Baby clothes can be expensive, and honestly who wants to spend $10 for a single onsie? My advice is to check out your local Facebook pages and resale stores for baby clothes. They aren’t worn for a very long time, and babies aren’t crawling around at 3 months so whats the harm in putting them in some pre-loved items? Chances are you can purchase a dozen or so pieces from a resale store for the same price as a brand new outfit from Target or Children’s Place.


Bassinets are great for new babies, but buying a new one isn’t necessary. Babies can use their bassinet until they learn to sit up and start pulling themselves up which is usually 5 months or so. Most bassinets have plastic covered pads to sleep on that are easy to disinfect and clean. If you look on your local yard sale sites or apps like LetGo you will be able to find an adorable bassinet that fits your needs for half the prices of big box stores.

Crib and Changing Table

One of my friends recently had a baby girl so we were able to share our adventure with pregnancy together. While discussing nursery themes I mentioned that I wanted espresso furniture in our nursery but didn’t want to buy new as i knew it would be expensive. She wanted a cherry set and didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time putting together separate pieces from resale sites. She purchased her 3 piece set for a little over $600 while I was able to pick up four pieces from local resale sites for under $200. You would never even know they weren’t made to go together.


Most of the time these things can be found on resale sites for a third of the price you would pay for a brand new one. Bouncers can usually be found for a little over $10, $35 for rockers and $65 for a decent swing.

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It’s a Boy!!

Our Pregnancy Announcement

I feel like just last month we found out we were expecting a baby. It’s hard hard to believe he is already here and 2 weeks old already. Since I took some time off I’m going to fill you in on our wonderful journey threw pregnancy and the birth of our son Joseph.

Our Gender Reveal

The first trimester was especially hard on my wife. She was one of the lucky ones to have morning sickness all day, every day. She was moody and groggy and was generally unhappy with everything. The only thing that seemed to make her happy was weekly trips to the salon for pedicures and some retail therapy. The second trimester was pretty much the same. Her third trimester was a roller coaster of emotions and some heavy nesting. My sister and her five children stayed with us for seven weeks so as you can imagine it only made her nesting period that much harder. She continued working until 2 days before the baby was born despite her legs and feet being swollen beyond measure. Pregnancy helped my wife find her inner princess. For the first time she wore a dress to something other than a formal affair. Actually she had multiple dresses and even did a pregnancy photo shoot wearing them the week before the baby was born.

We were lucky enough to have not one, not two, but three baby showers. The first one was hosted by my older sister while she was visiting. It was everything you could ever dream a baby shower could be. It started outside under a tent mid afternoon and ended inside with a champagne toast around 10pm. Since the theme of our nursery is native american and north american woodland I really wasn’t expecting a baby shower that went with our theme but my sister found the most amazing decorations at Party City that went perfectly. She put together 10 games like blindfolded diaper change, guess moms belly size, labor or porn, the balloon pop game(you know the one where you tie a balloon to your backside and someone has to pop it), draw the baby, baby shower bingo and so much more and the prizes were just as good as the games; gift cards to Starbucks, Ulta or Margaritaville. We had a candy bar, rainbow fruit skewers, chocolate covered strawberries, pinwheels and 2 cakes that were made by our mom. My sister really went all out. The second baby shower was held at my wife’s work on her last day. It was a surprise and it made her last day a little less hard. The third baby shower was also a surprise and was held by my Mother in law. It was an intimate baby shower with mostly family and finger foods. They knew we had an animal related theme and they centered most of their games around baby trivia. My favorite was matching baby animal names to their adult versions. Prizes were adorably wrapped products from Bath & Body Works(one of my favorite places).

Our First Baby Shower Hosted By My Sister

Our Third Baby Shower Hosted By My In-Laws

The night of our last baby shower my wife was having some heavy contractions so just to be safe we headed to the hospital to check things out. Her contractions were 10 minutes apart but she wasn’t dilating so the doctors kept us over night just to be safe. We were sent home the following afternoon and she was still only 1cm dilated. We came home and I could tell things were not right. I ran her a warm bath and gave her some space, while in the bath she thought she felt a gush of fluid but wasn’t sure. She was so upset about being sent home she didn’t want to go back to the hospital and have the nurses think she was crazy or over reacting. I asked her to call her mother to see what her opinion was, and off to the hospital we went. Since it was after 7pm the front door was closed so we had to use the emergency room entrance. There was a 20 minute wait to register because the emergency room was so full so I called Labor and Delivery and told them we were coming up and would register later. After getting in to her room and getting settled in the nurses informed us that yes her water did break but she was still only 1cm dilated. I called her mother and aunt and they came to the hospital to wait with us, we spent the whole night singing through the contractions. The following morning they checked her again, she was still only 1cm dilated. Doctor recommended pictocin and within a few hours she started to dilate. By 11am she was 6cm dilated and it was time for the epidural, but the anesthesiologist was no where to be found so we had to wait another hour before she could get the epi. At 1pm the nurses came in to check on her again, it was baby time. They called the doctor and informed us he was on his way from another hospital and would be here soon. They instructed her not to push and to lay on her side to hold baby in. She did this for 30 minutes before the on call doctor walked in ready to catch the baby. The on call doctor as scrubbed in and putting on his gown when our doctor walked in completely unprepared. So we had to wait another 30 minutes for him to get ready. It took 3 pushes and the baby was out. A healthy baby boy weighing 6lbs 6oz and 19.5 inches long.

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I’m Still Here!

Hello Everyone! I’m still alive!

I know it’s been a while since I last posted and many of you are feeling that I gave up on blogging but I swear I’m still here. So much has happened since I last wrote so be patient with me for a little longer because it may take a few separate posts to get the full update.

Here’s what has been happening since my last post; I tore my ACL and fractured my patella back in March, we bought a new car and a week later I hit a deer down the street from my house, my sister and her family came to stay with us for seven weeks, I got a promotion, we have a new baby. So as you can see each one of these is pretty worthy of it’s own post so give me a week and I will have you all caught up with all that’s going on!

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Love Your Cat But Hate The Litter Box?

Trying to find a cat litter that will actually keep down odor can be a real challenge. Just about every brand has their own odor blocking technology but do they actually work? I can’t speak for all brands but one brand I’m sure you will love is Fresh Step’s new Extreme with Febreze. The hint of Hawaiian Aloha scent covers odors and lasts up to a week. 

With a cat this big we need Fresh Step Extreme

Now I don’t scoop as directed, I just do a full dump and clean the litter box every Sunday but I will tell you my home was odor free(at least litter box odor free, can say much about the diapers in trash cans) for a whole week. And we have two cats sharing the litter box.

Many litters that claim they keep down odor either don’t work for very long or are expensive. Fresh Step has always been a reasonably priced cat litter and in my opinion is less dusty than many other brands. Living in the south odors can get out of control under the extreme heat. We keep our litter box in our laundry room which is the warmest part of our house. There’s also a large window by the litter box where the sun comes in and really warms things up in the afternoon. If we don’t use a decent cat litter the smell would be out of control. But still, even in the heat, in the sun, there was no smell from the cat litter box.

If you’re looking to try Fresh Step in your home visit Chewy.com and search their expansive selection of Fresh Step products!



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Fancy Feast, The Best For Cats

When it comes to what goes in my cats bellies I only want them to have the best. Many foods are full of fillers and dyes and it can be hard picking out the right food four your furry companion. If you own a cat (or rather are owned by a cat) then I’m sure you’ve heard of Fancy Feast and there is good reason for it! Fancy Feast has been around for over 30 years, providing cat owners with high quality cat food that your cat will love. 

Fancy Feast is one of the best selling cat food brands in the world, specializing in wet and dry foods. They make the following product lines: Broths, Delights with Cheddar, Gravy Lovers Gourmet Dry, Gourmet Kitten Food, Gourmet Wet, Purely and Medley. The foods also come in all kinds of formulations: Chunky, Flaked, Classic, Sliced, Marinated Morsels, Grilled, Minced, Roasted, With Gravy. And you can choose from beef, cheddar, egg, poultry, seafood, and veggie tastes for your cat.

Fancy Feast is possibly best known for its line of classic canned cat foods such as these favorites. Both the Tender Beef feast and the Chicken feast are paté or loaf-style cat foods. Fancy Feast makes a wide range of these classic canned cat foods. Using the chicken formula as an example, the food has 10.0% crude protein, 5.0% crude fat, 1.5% crude fiber, and 78% moisture. The food has higher than normal ash content for a canned food – 3.0%. Canned foods rarely have more than 3 percent ash content. The first five ingredients in the food are: Chicken, chicken broth, liver, meat byproduct and fish. This food does contain artificial flavors and added color.

To check out Fancy Feast’s impressive line of products check them out at Chewy.com

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Soap Making For The Weekend

This whole soap making idea has been something I’ve been sitting on for about 6 months and after a week of making soap I really wish I had started long before this. I’m a crafty mom and I love making things to put around the house. Which explains the 10 or 11 fall floral pieces around the house. I’m the kind of person who gets an idea and runs with it, and eventually I slow down but the first few months I’m focused on that craft. I got in to deco mesh wreathes a year or so ago and we ended up with 9 or 10 deco mesh wreaths around the house. Luckily with soap making it’s quick, easy to clean up and the finished product makes a great gift!


A few weeks ago I bought a soap making starter kit from Michael’s. I finally decided to give it a try after my wife bought me a How To Book on soap making a few months earlier. The starter kit sat on the kitchen counter for a few days, then it moved to the credenza in the living room. I kept putting it off until my niece finally pushed me to make it with her. I was expecting a huge mess to clean up when we were finished but that wasn’t the case, which may be why I enjoy it so much. Fortunately I work somewhere that has dried herbs and essential oils so getting the ingredients was easy, my boss just gave them to me in exchange for some custom soaps. Also, the starter kit wasn’t expensive either after we used a weekly coupon. I believe my total for the starter kit was only $10.


The starter kit came complete with a soap mold tray, 3 bottles of dye (red, blue. yellow), a bottle of cucumber melon scent, 1 lb of clear soap base and 1 lb of white soap base. It has everything you need to make soap, you don’t have to have essential oils or dried herbs to make soaps but some people may choose to like I did. The instructions were clear and easy to understand although we kind of did our own thing from the start. I used a recycled glass jar to melt the soap in and a small spoon to stir with. The soap is already marked where to cut so it was easy to measure and it only took 30 seconds in the microwave to melt the soap. We really enjoyed creating new colors and experimenting with different herb and essential oil combinations. I had some silicone trays sitting around so we made little soaps too.


We enjoyed making soaps so much the first time that we went out to Michael’s a few days later and picked up 8lbs of soap including she butter, olive oil and goats milk soap bases. We spent the weekend making soap for my niece’s grandmother whose birthday is coming up. I love seeing my niece have so much fun in something so simple, it doesn’t happen often because now she is almost 19 has so many other things to do. We used the dried herbs from my work and essential oils from Karma Organics. My favorite was definitely peppermint herbs with peppermint oil and jojoba.

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