Three Cats, One House, and the Search for the Perfect Litter

Remember that book Everybody Poops? That includes cats. When you have three cats, you:

  1. Become the crazy cat people
  2. Really know more than you should about cat poo

For us, cat litter has always been one of the purchases that leaves us high-fiving or cringing. In our twelve years of owning cats, we’ve had some litter try-outs go terribly wrong. Cat's Pride-2 There was the litter box that scooped automatically – which our cats refused to use after it started scooping while they were inside. The box with a swing door that became stuck, and we didn’t realize it until our couch smelled awful. The litter that stuck to the cat’s paws, and they spent the rest of the day shaking it off all over the house. Then the litter that, in a few hours, stunk up the entire house because it was scented. Cat's Pride Our oldest cat, Jynx, is highly particular about his litter box. He’s like the little old man that takes a crossword puzzle and newspaper into the bathroom and spends all morning there. Jynx loves his litter – to the point where we have to shut him out of the room while we clean their boxes because he’ll try to get in as soon as it’s poured. He spends time scratching, pawing, going in and out of the box. Cat’s Pride® has a new litter – Fresh & Light® Ultimate Care™ – that fulfills all the things you’d look for in a cat litter. It’s light, no more strained backs hauling 40lbs of litter from the car. Instead of using fillers to change the weight (like paper or wood chips), Fresh & Light Ultimate Care uses a high absorbing clay. Ultimate Care is 99.9% dust free, which makes it easier to pour and scoop. It also is has a Unscented Hypoallergenic formulation (we tried this one). So with three cats, we decided to take a 3-day odor control challenge instead of a full 10-day challenge. Within 2-4 days of buying a litter, we know if it’s going to be a keeper. Fresh & Light Ultimate Care passed the test. If you’re looking for:

  • lightweight
  • long lasting odor control
  • no fillers
  • minimal dust

… then take the Cat’s Pride 10-day odor control challenge and see if it works for both you and your cats.

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From Skepticism to Love – & an Essential Oil/Diffuser Giveaway!

Young Living Oils Thieves and USB Diffuser Giveaway
Essential Oils – let me start this post by saying that I’ve been a HUGE skeptic of them for about the past year. Watching friends post on the benefits, rave on results – they were the fun cheerleaders and I was the emo chick on the bleachers wondering if everyone was on crack.

Interestingly enough, it was Sam who first introduced me to oils. Eucalyptus in our humidifier when we were all sick last winter. I fell in love with the scent of that running in our home. Then lavender for little cuts and burns. Peppermint cut with coconut oil for the non-stop headaches I had when pregnant with Kaden.

I tentatively started to ask about different blends I was seeing – what did they smell like? What could they help with? I was surprised to find that with some of the absolutely crazy claims I’d seen online (Cure Ebola! Beat Cancer! Send your child to Harvard at 3!) – the people I knew were honest about them.

They weren’t a cure all for things – but they helped. They smelled great. Oils added an extra layer of help to your routine of prevention/care.

Young Living Oils Thieves and USB Diffuser Giveaway

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A House Full of Sick People {and What Made it Better}

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and DripDrop®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DrinkDripDrop #DripDropHydrates

This past week we all became sick. First Bella on Sunday evening. Then Sam on Tuesday. I caught it on Wednesday. Aches, upset stomachs, raging headaches, and fevers.


By Thursday I was able to get showered and dressed to head out for additional resources. CVS carries a formula for rehydration called DripDrop (find it in the baby aisle & coupon at bottom of post!). DripDrop has 2-3 times the electrolytes and half the calories of sports drinks and hydrates 34% better than water alone. It contains a precise ratio of ingredients to activate fast hydration, so recovery happens quicker. [Read more…]

A Peek Into Our Christmas Day

Yesterday was magical. I couldn’t have picked out a better day for us. The night before Christmas, Bella opened one present (carrying on the tradition from my family), put cookies and milk out for Santa, wore the cutest Christmas nightgown ever, and took an hour and a half to wind down and pass out.

Christmas 2014

I sat up till 10 wrapping gifts and rearranging them under the tree, then hauling the world’s largest Stegosaurus out. [Read more…]

Swiffer Sweep & Trap: For Big and Small Life Messes


Swiffer Sweep & Trap Review
Last fall, we moved to a home with almost all tile on the floors. I wasn’t sure how this would work at first, being a lover of my vacuuming and seeing those darling lines on the carpet.

::nerd alert::

In the  months that have passed, we’ve grown to love having tile more than carpet. In fact, we both agree that if at all possible, we’ll never go back to a home with mostly carpet again. It’s so easy to clean and care for, and makes cleaning up after the pets and Bella a breeze. The only thing I wished was that I didn’t have to lug the tile vacuum (there is such a thing) in and out for every mess. The dust buster was too small. The broom brushed it all over.

When Swiffer launched their new Sweep & Trap at Target, I was curious to see if it would be the answer to the small, nonstop messes I cleaned up throughout the day. I’ve given it a try for a few weeks now, and here’s what I think:



  • SUPER lightweight. Bella uses it with ease.
  • It stores nearly anywhere because of it’s size.
  • It not only cleans up the mess without power or batteries, but the cloth behind the sweeper picks up any dust/crumbs left behind.
  • Uses the same dry cloths as the Swiffer Sweeper.
  • Rotating blades and dirt bin are easily removed for cleaning and just as easy to reattach.
  • Rotating blades are soft so they won’t scratch your hardwood floors.


  • It only works moving forward, not backward. After a vacuum that took a little getting used to.
  • The design isn’t meant to get into corners.

How it works:

The Swiffer Sweep & Trap uses rotating blades to pick up large particles and flicks them into a dirt bin while the attached Swiffer Sweeper dry cloth traps dirt, dust and hair that brooms can leave behind. This innovative combination cleans up big and small messes in a single swipe, so you can embrace life’s little messes. It’s only intended for dry pick-up on hard floor surfaces.


Right now, you can get $2 off of a Swiffer Sweep & Trap starter kit at by going to and entering coupon code TGTBBAGU. Offer is only valid through 2/28/14 at so hurry!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.