Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Priority Chef Citrus Squeezer and Juicer

I recently was sent this Citrus Squeezer for free for testing purposes and it's the first citrus squeezer I've ever had. In the past any time I needed fresh orange or lemon juice I squeezed it by hand which isn't easy when you're trying to get all of it out and not waste any. 

So I first tried this out by squeezing two limes for a meat marinade and I was surprised at how easy it was to juice the limes. They are small and I've always had a hard time getting a lot of juice from them but this citrus squeezer made that task so simple. I don't know why I didn't buy one of these before now.

And the best thing is this came just in time for Thanksgiving when I'm really going to need it to juice 2-3 large lemons for my homemade salsa. This citrus squeezer is very durable and has a little weight to it so I can tell that it will last a while and work great for a long time. I also used mine with an orange and found it so easy to use that I ended up squeezing 3 oranges which I had cut in half and made about 1/2 glass of freshly squeezed orange juice which was really good.

Like I said, this is the first time I've ever used a citrus squeezer and I really love this one. it's so easy to use and it works great.

And I have great news for you. If this sounds like a product you'd like you can find it here and the company has given me a $7 off coupon code for my readers! Just enter CITR7OFF where it asks for a coupon code at check out.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Fright Night Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

When I saw that the name of this blog hop was called, Fright Night blog hop I knew I had to do it because my all time favorite horror movie is, Fright Night. The original not the remake. lol 

My favorite spooky reads are usually paranormal romance because I like a little bit of romance with my spooky. If you like these types of reads then you know what authors do them best but if you are new to the genre then I will suggest you check out:

Pamela Palmer
Shelley Munro
Sara Humphreys
Heidi Betts
K.S. Haigwood
Larissa Ione
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Laurel K. Hamilton
Christine Feehan

Check out any of those authors and I know you'll be happy. They've written some of my all time favorite paranormal romance stories. Not every story has to be scary to be 'spooky' as long as it has some sort of paranormal creature in it, I'm happy.

Now onto the giveaway!
For this giveaway, I am offering a $10 Target gift card. 
US only

All you have to do to be entered into my giveaway is to leave a comment letting me know what author you like to read and an email address where I can reach you if you are picked as the winner. I'll be mailing the gift card to you so you'll have to give me your mailing address as well when I contact you.
Please leave your email address or your comment doesn't count.

You will have 24 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be picked. 

Good luck!

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.

This week I received: 

A Soft Nail Brush
A Mesh Pouf
2 Sea Foam Facial Sponges
Remove Makeup Removing & Cleansing Cloths
2 coupons for a free bottle of Lotion and a bottle of Body Wash
Coupons to share with friends and family

I received all of these products and coupons for free from BzzAgent.

I also cashed out on my E-Rewards account enough to get a $50 Starbucks gift card and I bought a tea kettle and some tea. 

I also won a giveaway from Sos Aloha blog. Which included a book by Terry Spear, a totebag, author swag and my favorite tea.

Did you receive anything for free this week?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Tell when a Pet Female Rat is in Heat

*My first female rat, Romi*

A female rat is called a doe and male rats are called bucks. Because rats have such short life spans, females will go into heat about once a week but it only lasts for about twelve hours. This can be a time when a female rat might act differently and should not be confused with being sick or otherwise ill.
Can I handle my rat at that time?

Since it happens every week a female rat may act a little different during that time but then most animals will act differently when they are in heat. You can handle your pet rat when she is in heat but she may act a little strange when you do.

She might be more skittish or jumpy and she might also stop and not move if you rub her lower back. I noticed my doe would totally freeze where she was standing, lift her tail and arch her back, while eye boggling if I rubbed her back during that time of the week.

Do Female Rats bleed while in heat?
No, they don't. While there might be a different odor coming from your doe, she should not bleed while she is in heat. I found that my doe would have a slight musky odor when she was in heat. It is very common for rat owners to be able to sense when their doe's are in heat from the difference in odor and the way she acts.

Why would my female rat be bleeding?
There are several reasons a doe might be bleeding. It could be from a urinary tract infection, bladder infection, vaginal infection, polycystic ovary disease, tumors, cancer, infections or she could have gotten into a fight with her cage mate and gotten bitten.

In any case, if you see blood you should call your Vet's office right away and make an appointment. Most of the ailments I stated above can be treated with the right medications or with spaying. The problem is most veterinarians don't work with 'exotics' and have no experience in dealing with pet rats.

Make sure to find a vet in your area that has experience with 'exotics' before you bring a new pet rat home, and have the phone number to their office handy in case of emergencies.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Favorite Zazzle iPhone Cases

Even though I don't currently have an iPhone, I do like to look at the accessories, especially the different cases for them. I never would have imagined just how many variations there are. 

I like this unicorn iPhone case because I used to collect unicorns and still have a few statues as well as quite a few hanging pictures on my walls and one of the unicorn pictures on my wall looks a lot like this gorgeous guy. I find this iPhone case very ethereal. If you like it you can find it on Zazzle right here.

I also like this one for obvious reasons to anyone who knows me. Skulls! Need I say more? I didn't think so. But I found this one to be exceptional because at first I didn't even see the skull, it didn't pop right out at me. It took a second for me to see it. It reminds me of art, like an art sculpture that's open to interpretation. And if you like it as much as I do, you can find it on Zazzle right here.

Flowers always make me feel cheerful. I don't know about you but there's just something about a pretty flower pattern that makes me smile most times. This one reminds me of a Hawaiian picture. While I've never actually been to Hawaii, I do have a couple of friends who live there and I love looking at the pictures they post. Now whenever I see flowers I think of Hawaii and who wouldn't smile thinking of all that beautiful scenery? If you like this one you can find it on this page that features all kinds of other flowered iPhone cases.

If you're like a lot of other people, you've probably seen the movie Frozen. I haven't seen it but there is a Frozen theme going on right now on Once Upon A Time the show and I have to say I'm really liking it. Maybe even enough to watch the movie frozen...maybe, we'll see. But there are a lot of other Disney themed iPhone cases to chose from on the page I found this one on. Just go here

If you didn't take a fancy to any of these, you can always visit the pages on that I found these 4 cases on and see if there's something you do like. 

You can find the pages here and here

Snake Food: Live vs Dead


While in the wild most snakes will kill their prey to eat. Snakes also eat whatever they find, even if it's dead. So the idea that a pet snake needs to be fed live prey is a myth that needs to be dispelled.

Live Prey
Snakes will eat a variety of small animals and insects; some will even eat goldfish swimming around in a small bowl of water. Small snakes such as garter snakes can eat worms, insects and goldfish. Most of these animals and insects cannot harm a pet snake when placed into its cage.

Larger snakes require larger meals such as mice, hamsters, and rabbits. Some snake owners will use free kittens as snake food, or find free rats and use them as snake food. Putting a live mouse into a cage with a snake could be a lethal mistake for both of the animals. Mice, hamsters and rabbits will fight to live, inflicting bite after bite to the snake until they take their last breath.

There have been instances where snakes have been so badly bitten by their prey that they actually die from infection or a lethal bite to the head. Live prey can also have mites or fleas that can infect a snake.

Dead Prey
When we speak of dead prey usually we mean frozen mice, hamsters and rabbits. These food animals are humanely killed and then frozen to use as food for snakes and other reptiles. Being in a freezer will kill off any mites, fleas or other pests that might have infested their fur and gotten onto a pet snake or in its cage if they had been fed alive.

This is also a more humane way for prey animals to die. It's not humane for an animal such as a baby hamster to live their last few moments in pure terror, being slowly suffocated to death when there are safer more humane ways to feed the pet snake.

To feed a snake dead prey, all that is required is to thaw the prey animal out either at room temperature or in a bag surrounded by warm water and then dropped into the pet snake's cage. The snake will know what to do with it.

Most snake owners think their snakes will not eat pre killed animals but they will and it's a more humane way to feed a pet snake.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Why Rabbits Should Be Kept Inside

*Thumper, the bunny we found in an alley and took in until we could find him a forever home*

Rabbits are social animals and while they can live outside in a cage or hutch with minimal stimulus from humans, they will not live as long as an indoor rabbit will. They will become bored, depressed and sick if left outside and not cared for.

Indoor Vs Outdoor
Many people think that rabbits will be very happy just living in their hutch outside in a back yard or garage as long as they have plenty of food, water and toys but this is not the case.

Rabbits are social animals and must have contact and interaction with their humans. They also must be let out of their hutch or cage everyday for exercise or they will become stressed, bored, unhappy and may even die before his time.

Outdoor hazards
Rabbits that are left in their cages or hutch outside are also at the mercy of the weather, predators and insects. All of these things can lead to unhappy and unhealthy rabbits. A feral cat or wild raccoon may find a way into your rabbit's hutch or cage during the night and kill or hurt your bunny, so you should always bring the cage or hutch inside the house where he will be safe at night.

Indoor hazards
The single most important thing to do before letting a rabbit loose in your home is to 'rabbit proof' your home. Indoor rabbits are usually happier, healthier and easier to take care of.

Block cords, wires, outlets and small crevices like under beds, under couches and behind the refrigerator with furniture or baby gates. Tie all loose wires up out of reach of the rabbit, make sure poisonous plants and flowers are kept up high so your rabbit won't mistakenly eat them.

As long as things that can hurt your rabbit are out of reach you should be able to let your rabbit run free in the 'rabbit proofed' part of your home. The use of baby gates can help curtail some exploring but as we all know rabbits can jump and younger rabbits might find themselves wanting to know what's on the other side of the gate.

If you find this is true, you may have to get higher gates or keep a watchful eye on your bunny. Rabbits are very clever and will wait until you are not looking before they try to jump over furniture or a baby gate to explore new territory. Older rabbits tend to be more controllable and not quite as adventurous.

A cage should always be available for your rabbit whether you have inside or not. This is where he will go to get water, food and eat his treats. A comfortable cage with plenty of toys and a soft place to sleep will make your rabbit feel more comfortable. A litter box should also be available at all times. You can learn How to Litter Box Train Your Pet Rabbit by reading articles and taking your time and having patience.

Your rabbit's cage will be its safe haven when he wants to rest, eat and be alone. So it should always be open for him to use.

Going for a walk
Rabbits need exercise everyday to keep them healthy. Whether it's running around the house, jumping around in a fenced in yard or going for a walk on a leash, a rabbit needs and will love to have some exercise.

Leashes or harnesses can be bought at most pet shops. A harness is the best type of leash for a rabbit. A leash and collar that fits just around the neck would too easily fall off or be too tight and might harm the rabbit.

A harness specifically for rabbits will fit around a rabbit and make it hard to slip out of and get lost. It's best to start off on a harness in a yard and let your rabbit get used to wearing it before trying to go out on the sidewalk around other people, cars and other animals.

Some rabbits can be quite skittish and might react badly to the sights and sounds out in an open area they are not used to. So start out slowly and let your rabbit get used to the noises, sights, smells and other people and animals. Don't rush or push your pet rabbit into situations that he doesn't like.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: Dot & Dot Travel Accessory Organizer

I recently was given the opportunity to test this small travel accessory organizer for free and I know it will be getting a lot of use. This bag is just the right size for smaller things you might be carrying with you in your suitcase and don't want rolling around inside. It comes with a sturdy plastic storage case that has its own closure that can double as another bag if needed.

I got the X-Small which measures 7.5" x 3.5" x 1" and find it's perfect for smaller items that you don't want getting lost in your suitcase. 

This little bag is great for things that might leak a little like cosmetics, hand lotions and hand sanitizer because it has a plastic inner liner and waterproof mesh design that helps keep any spills on the inside from leaking to the outside. 

I put a few items in my bag so you can get an idea of what might fit. I was able to put a lip balm, small digital camera and two packs of gum in this and still had more room for anything else I might need to put in it. 

This bag also comes with a sturdy carabiner clip so you can clip this bag on the side of a purse or inside a suitcase to keep it where you want it. It's see through so you can easily find what you're looking for. This bag can also be used to store crafts, toiletries, make up or whatever else you need a small bag for. 

If you like this you can buy it here
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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, October 19, 2014

Pet Bunny: General Information

*Thumper, the bunny we found in an alley and took in until we could find him a forever home*

As with any pet you should know a lot about them before you adopt one. Adopting a pet, any pet before knowing how to care for them in never a good idea.

Where and when to adopt a bunny
Although there are many pet stores that sell pet bunnies, this is not the ideal place to find your furry friend. Some pet stores will sell ill or unfriendly bunnies that haven't been handled much.

The best places to adopt bunnies are shelters that may euthanize the animals if they are not adopted, so you would be saving his life. There are also bunny rescue groups that always have bunnies for adoption. One such rescue group is the House Rabbit Society.

Your veterinarian's office is another place you can look to see if they know of any bunnies that might need a good home. The Humane Society is another great place to find adoptable bunnies that need a forever home.

Do bunnies need vaccinations?
Bunnies do not need vaccinations like a dog or cat would, but they do get sick and can get ill very quickly so they should see a veterinarian who specializes in 'exotics' once a year.

Rabbits should be spayed or neutered, not just to cut down on the numbers of unwanted and abandoned bunnies. But being neutered or spayed will cut down aggressive behavior and will also help keep male rabbits from mounting and humping you, the dog, the cat, and your friends. Well you get the idea.

Teeth Trimming
Rabbit's teeth constantly grow and can sometimes be misaligned as they grow out. In such cases your veterinarian will have to clip your rabbit's teeth so they can eat properly. If your rabbit is constantly drooling or stops eating, this is a pretty good sign there might be something wrong with its teeth and should be looked at by a vet.

Rabbits shed their hair very often so along with feeding and keeping the cage clean you should also set aside time to groom your rabbit. Rabbits clean themselves just like cats do. They will lick and ingest their hair, but unlike cats they cannot vomit up their hairballs. It's very important to make sure your rabbit has access to plenty of fresh hay everyday. The hay will help the hair pass through the digestive system. You should groom your rabbit with a brush or comb everyday to keep the amount of hair he ingests minimal.

If you follow these simple steps you should have a happy, healthy rabbit for years.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Fingers

This is really easy to make. First you'll need 2 sticks of sweet cream butter..not margarine and a 12oz bottle of Frank's Redhot sauce. It says redhot but it's actually really not as hot as you'd expect and it has a really great taste. You will also need some chicken tenders. Depending on how many you are making dinner for you may need a few or a lot. I made 2lbs worth.

A batter or just some seasoned flour to dredge the chicken tenders in before you fry them.I use this all purpose batter. It comes in a little pouch and you can either add water to the powder or just dredge the chicken in the powder mixture which is what I usually do. 

Then fry your chicken tenders until done.

While the chicken is frying, add two sticks of butter to a pot and melt then add the bottle of Frank's Redhot sauce to the pan and let simmer.

When the chicken is cooked, add a few pieces at a time to the butter hot sauce mixture and let soak for 10 seconds. 

Take the chicken out and enjoy. Yes, they are messy. They also keep really well in the refrigerator. Just take a couple of pieces out and heat them up. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Dot & Dot Small Packing Cubes

I received these Dot & Dot packing cubes free to test and review at home. They were shipped very fast and came in a thick, sturdy resealable plastic bag for easy storage of all 4 of the packing cubes.  

This is what they look like when I took them out of the plastic resealable bag. I opted for the purple packing cubes because I love the color. These packing cubes are very sturdy, very easy to open and close and hold quite a bit of stuff. They come in a set of 4 so the whole family can use them. 

I put a few of the full size bottles of hair straightener, toner and deodorant as well as a couple of smaller products in the bag and there's still room for a lot more! These packing cubes are cute, sizable and durable and hold items securely so they are easy to find in a suitcase, drawer, cabinet, dresser or larger bag for storage. 

My husband does some traveling and he said that this is big enough to hold all of his medication bottles that he usually puts into zip lock baggies in his suitcase. These packing cubes would be great for storing any number of products as well as craft items and baby care items in a diaper bag. 

It has a see through mesh panel so you can easily see what's in the bag and find what you're looking for. if you're planning on using these in a suitcase when flying, they are very lightweight which is great since you don't want anything to weight down your suitcase. There's also a handle on each one so you can carry them very easily. 

If you would like to buy these you can find them on Amazon

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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.

This week I received:

Dark Blood by Christine Feehan * listed this as a freebie because I used my Swagbucks and turned them into Amazon gift cards and got this book for free!*

Always Pads
Lipton K Cups
$2 off coupon for a bag of cat food
Garnier Blackhead Scrub

I also turned in my points and got a $5 Amazon gift card from Bing.

And cashed in my points on Swagbucks and got a $5 gift card to Amazon.

I also won this Vox Box from Influenster. It had a full size box of Playtex Sport Tampons and a cute little cosmetic bag for holding them. 

Did you receive any free samples this week?

Kia Hamster Commercial

Have you seen this one? I think it might be the cutest one yet. I love the Kia Hamsters.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What Are Cecotropes and Why Do Rabbits Need to Eat It

*Thumper, the bunny we found alone in an alley and took him in until we could find him a forever home*

Having a rabbit can be a wonderful experience for you and your family. They are wonderfully intelligent and playful pets. In order to have a healthy rabbit there are things you should know.

Why do rabbits eat their poop?
Small animals like rabbits have a unique digestion system that allows them to get more nutrition from the foods that they eat. Rabbits produce two types of droppings, fecal pellets and cecotropes.

Rabbits won't normally eat the fecal pellets but they will eat the cecotropes. Cecotropes are produced in a part of the rabbit's digestive system called the cecum. You can tell the difference between fecal pellets and cecotropes because fecal pellets will be small dry individual pellets while cecotropes will look like soft clustered pellets.

Cecotropes are not feces, they are nutrient packed foods that your rabbit should eat to maintain their health. Most of the nutrients are not absorbed the first time a rabbit eats his food, therefore the cecotropes are produces so the rabbit can eat the foods again and get more of the nutrition from them. Cecotropes look different from fecal pellets, you can distinguish them from the feces because they look like a small cluster of dark grapes. At least they did to me.

What to do if your rabbit stops eating their cecotropes
Since the cecotropes are beneficial and really important to their overall health, should your bunny stop eating theirs, you should take him to a veterinarian's office.

If your bunny starts showing any other signs that he may be getting sick such as not eating, not drinking or lethargy, you should take him to an animal hospital.

Rabbits can become seriously ill very quickly and one of the first signs of that happening is lethargy and not eating or drinking water. Bunny's can go down hill fast so you should have a veterinarian picked out that will see exotics like rabbits before something should happen where you need one in an emergency.

When are cecotropes passed?
Rabbits will pass the cecotropes at different times, but the bunny I had would pass them mostly at night. Some rabbits may pass them during the day or early in the morning, it just depends on the rabbit.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How to Train a Rabbit to Come when Called

* The bunny that we found in an alley and found a forever home for*

Rabbits are very friendly, social and intelligent animals. They like to play, cuddle and they can be trained to come when called.

Give your bunny a name.
The very first thing you have to do is give your bunny a name so she knows when she is being called. Endless are the possibilities when it comes to rabbit names. We named the one we rescued, thumper because he was always thumping his back feet when he wanted attention.

How to get your rabbit used to his name.
Get a little Timothy Hay to entice him to you as you call his name. When he comes to you, pet him on the head and say something like, "Good Thumper." Do this several times a day for a week and if it looks like he understands his name you can decrease the times you give him food to every other time.

Give him a special treat like a piece of an apple every once in a while and praise him as well. This is called positive reinforcement and will work much better than yelling or punishment ever will.

Do that for at least 2 weeks then start calling his name without treats and see if he comes to you. If he does then you can limit the treats or rewards to just sometimes.

Can you train a rabbit to jump into your lap?
Yes, especially if you've had the rabbit since he or she was little and you have bonded well with the bunny. The bunny my family rescued and found a forever home for would follow us around like a puppy and jump right into our laps and want to be petted and cuddled.

This rabbit acted more like a puppy than what I thought a rabbit would but I found out that a lot of rabbits will become very affectionate if they spend a lot of time out of their cage with people in the home.

The best way to get your bunny to jump up in your lap when called is to entice the bunny into your lap with a treat or some hay while patting your leg. This is very important; you must start with treats and patting your leg in the beginning for it to work later on without treats or food.

Do this several times a day and offer hay each time. Pat your leg and let your bunny see the food or treats. When your bunny jumps up on your leg, give him praise and pet him while giving him the food.

After a week or so, you should be able to pat your leg and have your bunny jump in your lap without having to give a treat. But you should give treats or food a few times a day when you call him to your lap for at least another week and slowly stop the food.

After a few weeks you should just be able to pay you leg and have bunny come and jump right into your lap to be petted.