The Traveling Sisterhood

Tuesday, June 28

The Best of BlogPaws 2016! Amazing Brands, Giveaways and More

We just returned from our very first bloggers conference! Back in March, my pooch, Lucy, and I were notified that we'd won the grand prize in the Blog Paws or Bust Conference: roundtrip airfare to Phoenix, AZ, a 4-night stay in the amazing Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa, and complimentary conference admission. We had such an amazing time!  We made some new friends and networked with over fifty different pet brands. I narrowed it down to our absolute favorites out of 57. There were four companies that really stood out. They are some amazing brands with great people behind them!  Definitely stop by their pages, follow them, and enter their giveaways. Without further ado, here they are in the order in which they popped into my head.
#1 Rocco & Roxie Supply Co
Rocco & Roxie is a family-owned company that sells natural pet shampoos (the one they gave me for Lucy even contains argon oil--I can't wait to try it with her!) and jerky-style treats that Lucy is smitten with. They're a family-owned company--their employees are their kids. I met the father and the daughter and they were both super sweet.  Rocco & Roxie also sell an absolutely incredible stain and odor spray. Let me just tell you about a little mishap we had that made me very grateful for said spray...
As you can see, our darling pooch is a bit spoiled. Relaxing on the bed, eating her delicious pig's ear, cozy in the pet friendly hotel room. It seemed fine to leave her to her contentment and comfort while I took the kid's down to the Exhibit Hall to meet Jack (you'll hear about him later).  However, she's a small dog and couldn't get down from the bed when she needed to tinkle and we came back to a nice surprise on the bed. It went all the way through the sheets to the very incredibly comfortable, I'm-sure-also-very-expensive mattress. The stain was huge and very noticeable to the eyes and the nose. I could just imagine the hotel charging me an arm and a leg to clean the mattress besides imagining the next people sleeping on it, unbeknownst to them. I grabbed the first bottle in my swag bag (not Rocco & Roxie's) and used most of it on the stain. It didn't do a thing! Eek! I tried Rocco & Roxie's next and was not prepared to be so amazed. It got out literally every bit of yellow stain and you couldn't smell it at all! It was incredible. I already loved this company before, but after that, I'm totally sold!
Follow Rocco & Roxie's Facebook page. They have giveaways for their products every single Friday! Come back here and let me know if you win one!

#2 Merrick Pet Food
Even before Blog Paws, Merrick was our favorite dog food brand. I love it because it's made with real, natural ingredients and is tailored to my pooch. Their small dog variety is perfect, and they have a wide variety of different types of food for any variety of dog, small or large, young or old, you name it. Lucy loves their food because, apparently, it's delicious.  She loves their dry dog food and their moist food both, and we were super blessed to be given 2 big bags of small variety food and tons of moist foods at Blog Paws! I like them even more now than I did before, if that's possible.
Follow Merrick Pet Care on Facebook. They always have great giveaways with tons of winners! They just ended a contest so I'm thinking there will be a new one soon. Keeping my eyes peeled!

#3 The Lucy Pet Foundation
The Lucy Pet Foundation is a non-profit created by Joey Herrick, the previous president and co-founder of Natural Balance Pet Food. He sold his very successful company to Del Monte not very long ago and needed something new to do, and really wanted to start a non-profit so he created The Lucy Pet Foundation. Of course, they had me at "Lucy"! But when they told me that all of their profits go toward saving dogs and cats from euthanasia, that impressed me. I spoke to Mr. Herrick at length. He was so nice, sincere, and down to earth.

And the Lucy products are incredible! They offer wonderful shampoos and spray-on conditioners (I use their blueberry on Lucy and she is so soft afterward and her fur smells so nice!) and cat litter that doesn't smell (for real, this guy, Little Box Bob, walked around for 4 days wearing a used litterbox and you couldn't smell a thing!) I'm not even exaggerating a bit, you guys. This cat litter is incredible and will be available at Petco and Petsmart in the very near future. You can find it easily in this clever and resourceful bag shaped like a cat.  

The Lucy Pet Foundation is taking a tour bus around the country to find the best surfing dog who will be part of a float in the 2017 Rose Bowl Parade! How cool is that?! Head here to sign up for information on the tour.
#4 Woofpup
My kiddos' pick, Woofpup, is a brand new company that is, essentially, a continuous contest. Upload your dog's photo and you can win "Woofpup of the Month"... with a limited-edition, collectible stuffed toy made in their likeness and a prize of $500 for the winning family. Here in this pic is their sample of a Goldendoodle. So cute and so Goldendoodlish!

Enter your pooch's photo at and come back and let me know if you win!

And there you have it, out of 57 brands, our 4 favorites! Follow them, love them, and enter their giveaways. They didn't give me anything for this post, I just sincerely think they are wonderful! 

Monday, June 27

After Trying 7 Different Food Delivery Plans, the Winner is In! Plus a $20 Fresh Realm Credit for my Readers

Over the last 2 months, we've tried 7 different "meal kit", or food and recipe, delivery companies. Fresh Realm wins the #1 ranking for so many reasons--not only is their food delicious, but it arrives fresher than any of the others (you'll see why below), they offer you a choice of around 60 different meals each week, they have the best "try it" promo with $35 off, and they don't get you with a weekly meal plan subscription!  You simply order what you want when you want, and set it for delivery on the day you want.
This is why Fresh Realm lives up to their name. Their food comes packaged in sturdy containers in a refrigerator-like contraption! My husband said, "Can we keep it?" No can do, as they send someone out to collect it the next day. The other meal kit companies deliver in boxes. Oftentimes, food is squished, arrives leaking, and many times makes a mess. I've received 4 of these shipments and each time the food has been incredibly fresh and perfect! Each item also has a use-by date. You'd think that'd be a given, but some of the other companies don't include that.

My pretty girl helping me cook. Each and every ingredient comes pre-measured. With the exception of salt, pepper, and oil, every single item is included down to the fresh herbs and pre-diced veggies.  The recipes are easy enough for a child to follow and the dinners are so delicious!

This dinner was so good--hericots verts (green beans) with chicken in a bacon sauce, and watermelons on the side. Yep, even the fresh fruit comes with the meal. And those were some of the best watermelons we'd had in a long time!
It was a beautiful day for dinner outside and we thoroughly enjoyed it!

Use this link to receive a $20 credit for your first Fresh Realm order! Important note: the $20 won't show up until you go to check out. You can even use it in combination with their $15 off promo code for a total savings of $35 off. :)

Tuesday, June 21

Wal-Mart Saves the Day Along With our Friendly, Neighborhood FedEx Man! #AvoidTheOops

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart.

Do you know what this means, my friends?! It means that on Thursday morning, I was on my very last roll of paper towels... and it was almost gone! As a busy mom of 4 and the wife of a husband who goes through paper towels like they're candy (er... he doesn't eat them, but you get the drift) this was no bueno!
At least it would have been no bueno if the FedEx man hadn't come soon after I noticed the minuscule paper towel roll.  He delivered the biggest box ever to our front porch!  Wal-Mart saves the day with the help of our friendly, neighborhood FedEx man!  My daughter was thrilled, not for the stuff as 9 year olds don't get excited for Tide and Bounty and Magic Erasers, but for the box!  She took it straight to the room to turn it into a refrigerator.
And now I have a happy under-the-sink cabinet stuffed to the brim with paper towels! Wal-Mart's new section is so convenient because you can quickly and easily shop for kitchen, laundry, cleaning, baby, and bathroom supplies with the click of the mouse.  Shipping is free, too, on orders over $50. It's my new favorite way to stay stocked up. I also get my Dawn, Magic Erasers, toilet paper, Puffs, razors, Tide detergent, and Always there. Talk about "avoiding the Oops"--my hubby doesn't exactly love when I ask him to rush to the store because I forgot I was out of those at the last minute!
    Saving time and money is something we all love to do! I didn't realize until very recently that I could actually shop for all of my household essentials at Walmart’s everyday low prices this way! It gives me more time to not only Avoid the Oops, but spend time with my family and friends! Who wants to be at the grocery store when you could be having fun with your favorite people?!

    And now you have my best tip for Avoiding the Oops!  Do you have an Oops moment to share? I'd love to hear it!


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    Crispy Green Mangos--these are delicious! Value: $1.49
    Green Gai Clay Mask--haven't tried this one yet but will during my next spa night! Value: $10 for 1 oz (included)

    I love this! It has a light taste, not too strong and the perfect size to keep in my purse.  Plus it's natural--made of cardamom, a natural breath freshener. Value: $7.50

    Anti-Ageing SPF 15 Face Cream by MooGoo--this one was too oily for me so I gave it to my mom. She loves that I'm a product reviewer as she gets all my "can't use" items. . ;) She says it's a great product and loves it! Value: $2 (sample size)

    Key Chain Zip Pouch--Make of cork, the perfect size for a change purse. It seems very well-made and feels nice. I see it lasting me for years! Value: $14

    Zabana Essentials Glow Stick--My favorite item in the box!  You just glide in to give your face highlights and it also provides moisture. I really love this one! Value: $9.95

    Mermaid Dry Shampoo--For the days I don't wash my hair. Made from organic arrowroot, kaolin clay, and baking soda along with Rose Geranium and Palmarosa, it has a nice, beachy rose smell! Value: $6.00

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