Monday, May 04, 2015

Happy Raturday!

Welcome to a new weekly blog post I'm calling, Raturday! I've seen Caturday and while that's really cute, I think the rats needs some photo time so everyone can see how cute these little animals are. I've gotten permission from Rat Logic's fb page to share their pictures on my blog. So get ready to smile because these are cute. 

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Rats 101: Finding a Veterinarian

*Scribbles* 

Finding a Veterinarian that treats rats sounds easy enough but you might be surprised to know that not all veterinarians treat Exotics or pocket pets. So it's a good idea to find one before you bring your new pet home.

Ask Around
Ask the local pet stores in your area what veterinarian they use to treat their small animals. Sometimes they will be able to lead you to a vet that specializes in Exotic animals. Ask other rat owners in your area what veterinarian they use. You can find rat owners on blogs, Facebook groups and rat rescues in your area. Use the Internet to look up veterinarians in your area and start calling them to find out if they treat small animals usually referred to as Exotics. Ask them how much experience they have with rats because you want a vet that knows what they're doing.

Ask The Veterinarian Questions
When calling the different veterinarian offices local to you, you should ask the receptionist to have the veterinarian call you back so you can ask them some questions and find out if they know about rats. Asking the receptionist doesn't really help because they might not know what the vet does and doesn't know about rats.

Once the veterinarian calls you back, tell them that you have a new or are about to have a new pet rat and are looking for a veterinarian in your area to care for them. Ask them if they have experience treating Exotics and especially rats. Ask them how many rats they've treated and if they have experience performing surgery on rats because rats will sometimes get tumors that need to be removed.

You should ask how much they charge for an office visit, tumor removal and if they give you pain medication for the rats after surgery. Some veterinarians believe that rats heal so quickly that they really only need pain medications that first day and this is false. If the veterinarian isn't willing to give you pain medication for post surgery, then call the next vet on the list.

Make An Office Visit
Once you've brought your pet rat home, you should make an appointment for an office visit. While there watch how the vet interacts with your pet. Are they comfortable? Are they scared? Are they knowledgeable about rats?

If you don't feel comfortable, don't go back. Find a new veterinarian and remember this is your pet and you should do what feels right for both of you.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Recipe: Dipping Sauce


Have you ever been to a fast food place called, Raising Cane's? They have a dipping sauce for their chicken fingers that is soooo good. So I went looking to see if there was a dipping sauce similar to the one I like so much and I found this one

The recipe found on that site is...

Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise (I prefer Hellman's or Dukes
1/2 cup Heinz ketchup
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper (fresh ground pepper corn is best)
Instructions

In a small bowl combine all ingredients and mix until well blended. Store in an air-tight container for a few hours before serving. Will stay good in a container for up to 2 weeks.

Yields: 1 1/2 cups

I like a dipping sauce for my chicken fingers but I also love to find a good dipping sauce for raw vegetables. I like to have a large vegetable platter out for holidays and and for snacking on during the week and this sauce was really good for raw vegetables. I used to use my mom's recipe for buttermilk dipping sauce and I still use that but this is really good too. 

*Recipe from CopyKat.com*

Friday, May 01, 2015

Freebie Friday!



Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to samples like these at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.
Did you know you can sign up at Tomoson and get free products too. You can also sign up at these sites and get products at a great discount. No Kidding Coupons, AMZ Review Trader, and Elite Deals Club.

This week I received:
Sample of Crest Sensi Strips for sensitive teeth.
CeraVe Skin Care Samples
Timber Artbox Hot Air Balloon Wall Decals (Not free but only .13 from No Kidding Coupons)
Aquaphile Kids Swim Goggles (Not free but only .20 from No Kidding Coupons)

I also wanted to share this with you. Now while these things weren't free, they were very discounted. 

Grill Brush from Elite Deals Club, regularly $11.97 but I got it for $1.97
Stylus Pen from No Kidding Coupons, regularly $14.97 but I got it for .15 cents. 
360 Pink Paws Doggie Poop Bags from AMZ Review Trader, Regularly $16.95 but I got them for $1.00

Sign up for those sites and you could be getting great deals like these too.


Did you get anything free or nearly free this week?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review: Ghost of Death by Chrys Fey


Book Description
Jolie Montgomery, a twenty-one-year-old woman, wakes up in an alley next to her corpse. She has no memories of her murder or the night she died. She didn’t even see the killer’s face before he or she took her life. Wanting justice, Jolie seeks answers in the only way a ghost can...by stalking the lead detective on the case. 

Avrianna Heavenborn is determined to find the person responsible for a young woman’s death. She gets closer to the killer’s identity with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way. 

But if they don’t solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an earth-bound spirit forever.

My Review
One of my blogging friends is an author and a couple of weeks ago I saw that she put a link to one of her supernatural-suspense short stories on her blog. I was curious so I clicked on it and at the time I bought it, it was just .99 so I figured why not. This is the first book from this author that I've read and I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed it. 

Jolie is killed but she doesn't remember who killed her or how. She walks around her murder scene talking to the people who are trying to figure out who killed her but none of them can hear her. It's frustrating of course so while she's hovering around one of the detectives looking into her case she starts yelling. That's when Avrianna lets her know she can hear her and from that point on Jolie tries to help Avrianna find out who killed her. 

Avrianna is a really interesting character. Her story is curious because she was abandoned as a baby, can talk to the dead and has supernatural powers including the fact that her eyes glow green at times. I really want to now more about this character.

While this story is short, just 35 pages that didn't stop the author from giving us a back story into Avrianna and Jolie or making the scenes come to life. There's a lot of story contained in these few pages and that made this short story so enjoyable. It was very emotional as we find out why Jolie was killed and by who. It's a tragic look into the mind of a mentally unstable person who decided to kill for a reason that made my heart hurt. 

If you're in the mood for a quick suspenseful read, then give this one a try.

You can purchase this book at this link
You can find Chrys Fey at her Blog, Write With Fey.

I easily give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Review: Julienne Vegetable Peeler by Pridebit


Product Description
 EFFICIENT AND EASY TO USE - The Pridebit Julienne Peeler's sharp blades take the skin off fruit, vegetables and even squash quickly and easily. It juliennes carrots and other hard vegetables effortlessly. The two-in-one blade is versatile: peel with one side, julienne with the other. When you're done, just pop it in the dishwasher. Prepping great food at home has never been easier.
 BASIC KITCHEN TOOL FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE - Fitness experts recommend eating about 2 ½ cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit every day. Use the Pridebit julienne peeler to quickly prep the food you need to hit your nutritional targets.
 PROFESSIONAL QUALITY - The Pridebit Dual Julienne & Vegetable Peeler is made from high-quality stainless steel that maintains sharpness even after washing in the dishwasher.
 FREE RECIPE BOOK - Looking for inspiration for healthy, tasty new dishes? We offer a FREE recipe book to all of our customers so that you can get the most use out of your julienne peeler!


My Review
I opened the box as soon as it came in the mail because ever since I saw this product, I've been wanting to try it out. 

As you can see this peeler works exactly like it says it will. I was able to make julienne and thin slices of carrot so easily. Cutting this carrot into pieces you see above took me just a couple of minutes. The thin slices are perfectly thin and it cut all the way down the carrot so this will be great for things like stir fry. What I really love and am excited about is the julienne feature. Look at those great julienne slices of carrot! I like to cut vegetables up into small slices to give to my rats because rats are supposed to have fresh fruit and vegetables everyday. Well this peeler just made my work so much easier.

And the best part is my rats love the tiny rat sized portions. I could hardly wait to give Scribbles a few julienne pieces of carrot and after sniffing around my hand to make sure that I hadn't hidden a yogi in there somewhere, he took the carrots. 

Flower isn't as picky and she took the carrots right away. As you can see these julienne pieces of carrot are exactly the right size for tiny rats hands. 

This julienne vegetable peeler is made really well. This thing isn't going to break anytime soon and it comes with a cleaning brush to get into those hard to reach places especially on the julienne side. I will be using this peeler especially the julienne side for making julienne vegetables for lettuce wraps, stir fry vegetables, rat snacks, and salads. This vegetable peeler is really easy to use too, it practically glides over the vegetables and is so easy to use and cut them.

If you would like to buy this product you can visit Amazon to get the Julienne Vegetable Peeler

You can also visit their PrideBit website. 

Disclaimer: I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: Miner's Sourdough Bread by Old Town Baking Company


Back when I was a kid living in California, my parents used to buy Pioneer sourdough bread. But now as an adult my brother and I can't find that bread anywhere and even my dad misses it. So when my brother and sister in law went to a farmer's market in California a few weeks ago my brother spotted this bread and bought a loaf hoping it would taste something like the Pioneer sourdough that we cannot find anymore. Imagine his surprise when this bread tasted almost exactly like the sourdough bread he's been looking for. 

He called me that night and told me that he'd found a Sourdough bread that tasted just like the one we were looking for and gave me the name. I was excited when I thought I might be able to order it or find it in a store near me but they only sell it to a few certain restaurants and at Farmer's Markets in certain locations. So my brother was nice enough to get me and our dad two loaves each and mail it to us. 

I have to say, it really is one of the best sourdough breads I've ever had. So if you're at a Farmer's market and happen to see this Miner's Sourdough bread being sold there, I'd buy a loaf. It might just be the best sourdough bread you've ever had.

If you are in California and would like to see their Farmer's Market schedule, you can find it here

And they have a FB Page

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Raturday!



Welcome to a new weekly blog post I'm calling, Raturday! I've seen Caturday and while that's really cute, I think the rats needs some photo time so everyone can see how cute these little animals are. I've gotten permission from Rat Logic's fb page to share their pictures on my blog. So get ready to smile because these are cute. 

*click pictures to enlarge*




Sunday, April 26, 2015

Review: Queen of Hearts by Kristen Painter



Book Description
Welcome to Las Vegas, home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions. Feline shifter Claudette Marchon traded life as a showgirl to become a Sin City Collector, giving up the glamour to earn some serious cash in order to buy her own business. Mission accomplished, she now runs a pawn shop specializing in gems and jewelry. Life is good until a Collection job requiring her specific skill set lures her back in. The Queen of Hearts, a museum-worthy ruby and diamond necklace has been stolen from the Boss’s private collection and she’s his last hope to do what two other Collectors have already failed to do. Bring in the necklace. And the thief. But gargoyle Jason Tennant isn’t quite the dangerous criminal Claudette expects. In fact, he’s not a thief at all. He’s former Special Ops and being set up by the real mastermind, forcing her to decide between the man she’s falling for and the man she works for. Proving Jason innocent may risk the Boss’s wrath, but Claudette’s heart says it’s a gamble worth taking. What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas... *All Sin City Collectors Novellas are stand alone novellas, all set within the world of the SCC. Our goal is for you to sit back and enjoy the ride as each author presents their unique story. The world of the Sin City Collectors is big. Places and characters will overlap, so be sure to look for your favorites and stay tuned for more novellas!

My Review
*Warning: This review may contain spoilers*
I was looking through some of the free ebooks on Amazon and found this one. I hadn't read this author before so I decided to try out one of her books. I live in Las Vegas so I'm usually excited to find stories set here but this one just didn't hit home with me. This book is a novella and even knowing that, I felt that the author tried to put too much into too few pages. 

While there were smoldering looks, flirting and even a couple of kisses...there was no sex. Not one sex scene. It was kind of a let down for me. This didn't feel like a romance book to me at all and I think a chance was missed to make it better. 

The other thing that bothered me was the fact that Claude retired from Sin City Collectors but according to her and her bosses you never really get to retire completely and if they suspect you turned traitor on them or break the rules, you can and will be punished. So then why did she ask for her new boyfriend to be a collector? Why would she want someone else to be in a job they can never really get out of, is dangerous and that you could be severely punished from if you mess up bad enough. 

Some things just don't make sense and if it doesn't seem believable then it detracts from the story which is what happened in this one for me. 

I did really like Claude and Jason's characters and thought the chemistry between them was awesome. The sparks flew right away. I even felt bad for Jason with all he'd had to endure over the past 2 years at the hands of Sloan. 

Maybe it's because this is a novella that I didn't feel like there was much world building and didn't feel connected to what was happening around them. They are in Las Vegas but we don't really feel that from the story being told. But if you're looking for a quick flirty read, this might be the book for you. 

If you'd like to buy this book for yourself, you can do so here.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

What is Rat Bite Fever?

*Scribbles*

You might have heard last year about the 10 year old boy who died after contracting streptobacillus moniliformis, also known as Rat Bite Fever. There are two types of rat bite fever, the most common one is streptobacillus moniliformis, which is found in the United States, and Spirillum Minus, which is primarily found in Asia.

Symptoms
Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, vomiting and rash. The symptoms may occur anywhere from 3-10 days of being infected. Anyone with rats should known these symptoms and get treated immediately as this disease is rare and completely treatable.

According to the CDC, "RBF is rare in the United States. Accurate data about incidence rates are unavailable because the disease may not be reportable to state health departments. Since RBF is not a nationally notifiable disease, trends in disease incidence in the U.S. are not available. Recent case reports have highlighted the potential risk for RBF among persons having contact with rodents at home or in the workplace."

How Is Rat Bite Fever Transmitted?
Streptobacillus Moniliformis can be transmitted to humans through rat bites, scratches or handling an infected rodent. This disease is not transmitted from human to human. There are no vaccines for rat bite fever and pet rats do not get vaccinations.

Most pet rats will not bite but if they have been abused or are scared, bites can happen. Most bites will heal on their own within a few days and need no medical treatment but if after a rat bite you get flu like symptoms, you should seek treatment and make sure your doctor knows about the bite. Rat bite fever is completely treatable and the rare occurrence of it should not prevent you from adopting a rat.

I've had rats for 20 years and have been bitten on the rare occasion with no problems. It is up to you to research the type of pet you have and make sure you are informed about how to care for them, what diseases they can get as well as what diseases you can get from them.