Flash Reviews New Pet Products from VetIQ and Betsy Farms!

This is Flash. He’ll answer to a bunch of names, including Runchkin, Flashadow, Fuzzybutt, Flashdog and, most frequently, Flashy.  He was adopted eight years ago last month. His “father” calls this his Fabio picture. We’re not sure what his breed is, but we call him a giant mutant Dachshund. He looks a lot like a long haired, piebald doxie. He’s just way bigger. Whatever he is, he’s completely adorable, as you can see below.


Flash 8th Adopt-versary Pic

Like most of his fellow canines, Flash is always thrilled to have a chance to try some new treats. When the chance to try out Minties Treats and Betsy Farms jerky came up, I couldn’t pass it by (he’d never have gotten over it!). First, let me just say that the opinions in this article are my own (with some help from Flash). I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content. 

Okay, so first up Minties. These are dental chews, designed to help keep your dog’s teeth cleaned between cleanings. Here’s some more info from their site:

Each Minties Dental Treat contains five natural ingredients that work in your dog’s mouth and stomach to promote fresh breath and reduce unpleasant odors:

  • Mint promotes minty fresh breath.
  • Parsley contains enzymes that help break down odor-causing particles in the stomach.
  • Dill helps inhibit bacterial growth and helps prevent early stages of gingivitis.
  • Fennel helps control bacteria and is a natural breath freshener.
  • Chlorophyll from alfalfa balances acid levels in the stomach and helps deodorize your dog’s body.

Here’s a pic of what a Minties treat looks like.


I have to say that we’re pretty lucky with Flashy. He doesn’t tend to have bad breath. But even still, dental care is important so we do like to at least get him treats that help with keeping his teeth clean. Flash really, really loved these treats. They didn’t smell that appealing to me! However, they got a 4.5 out of 5 on the patented Flash Scarf-O-Meter (it’s not really patented, but maybe we should work on that!). I enjoy knowing that they’re developed by vets, and that they are a lot less expensive than competitive products. Flash really loved these, so I do think we’re likely to buy them in the future for him. The recommended instructions involve feeding them as a daily supplement, but since Flash doesn’t have bad breath issues, I don’t think we’ll use them that often. But a few times a month, sure!

The Betsy Farms duck jerky is all natural, which is a big yay from me. Flash might be (a little too) okay with eating things that aren’t natural, as long as he deems them tasty enough! However, I try really hard to avoid giving him things that aren’t all natural. They smelled almost like human jerky might, but the similarities ended there. The consistency of this is really not very jerky like. The pieces are also pretty big, and I broke the first one in half because that was enough (by my estimation, not Flash’s) for a treat for a dog his size (he’s about 50 pounds). However, Flashy found this duck jerky stuff very scarftastic (yes, that’s a word). He ate it way too fast, and wound up with a bit of a tummy ache that night. In subsequent feedings I actually gave him smaller pieces, fed to him one piece at a time, and that was much easier on his digestive system.

Here’s a picture of one full piece. I put it on a standard sized piece of printer paper so you get an idea of the size, and added a quarter for good measure because it seems like whenever people do these sorts of photos currency is involved.

Duck Jerky

We still have a bit of this jerky left, and I’m undecided yet on whether or not we’ll buy this product in the future. While I’m very happy they are all natural, there are still some ingredients that just seem unnecessary to me, compared to other treats I buy him. For example, I’m pretty sure caramel color is added for the humans feeding the dogs. And I can say with absolutely certainty that Flashy doesn’t have a palate refined enough to require added hickory smoke flavor. However, I’d say they warranted a 4 out of 5 on the Scarf-O-Meter. He liked them a lot. But he’s had other jerky style treats that were more like the consistency of human jerky, and without added flavoring, that he enjoyed even more. However, they’d be better for a dog that has issues chewing the tougher, more traditional style jerky products, as they are a good bit softer.

You can learn more about both products on their respective websites. I encourage you to check them out! I bet your dog will thank you for it!

Betsy Farms 

Minties Treats

Here’s one final, gratuitous picture of Flash because he’s just too cute (and I really like taking his pic!).

Flash Dec 2012

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Make Your Music Kid-Friendly with Music Bleeper

This post is brought to you by Music Bleeper.  All opinions are my own.

If you have kids, or your siblings have kids, or your friends have kids, or pretty much if you’ve ever been in a situation where music is being played around kids….you’ll recognize the struggle I’m about to share.

There you are, doing your thing.  Driving the kids to school, listening to the radio.  Playing lifeguard, DJ, and snack-fetcher at a children’s pool party.  Piping some tunes through the house while you clean and the kids play.  And then suddenly, boom.  Profanity, or a lyric that should be rated PG-13 or higher.

It happens, and no matter how hard you try to avoid it, it’s easy for a song to pop up that has you running for the volume or skip button.  So what are we to do?  Spend valuable hours scouring every song in your library to look for bad words?  Avoid the radio in the car?  You don’t have to!


Music Bleeper is an awesome new app that does all the work for you.  It allows you to personally control the words you feel are inappropriate for your children in advance, with just the touch of a button.  If you play music from your iPhone or iPod Touch around your children, this is the app for you!

Once you download the Music Bleeper app, it works by scanning and “scrubbing” the songs that live on your device.  Any words or phrases you note are removed from the song, and you can either “skip” or “silence” them.  Best of all, the app can be protected by password, so parents can identify any word you want eliminated and kids can’t change or bypass them.  And it’s not just swear words or mature content:  while you can choose from words in PG-13 and R rated categories, you can also filter words based on age-appropriateness, religious affiliations, personal morals, or family values.  And of course, if you’re listening without kids, the app can be turned off and your songs will be uninterrupted.  The control is yours, and when you’ve finished setting up the app, your music library will be completely tailored to your needs.


Check out this quick video for a live look at how the app works:


If you want to check out Music Bleeper for yourself, just hop over to download it here at the iTunes App Store.  You can also follow Music Bleeper on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to be the first to hear about updates for app.

Luxe Baby Shower Giveaway Event with $1400+ in Prizes!

Are you expecting a baby or already holding your little new arrival? You are going to love this amazing event in partnership with six luxurious baby brands! We are excited to share it with you and to give you an opportunity to own these wonderful, high quality products.It’s hard to find the best and most functional products for baby in an overwhelming sea of cheap disposable consumer goods. We have hand-picked some of the best “Luxe Baby Shower” items that are consistently well rated by other parents, saving you some time researching. A little bit about each of these great sponsors and prizes…

Jané USA:  The winner will surely be impressed with the fully loaded Jané Rider that radiates elegance and ease. The patented fold on the Rider is designed for those of us who often find our hands full and our minds elsewhere, compressing the stroller to 30% of its upright size. With the kick of your foot you can unfold your stroller with the seat on or off and forward or rear-facing.
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While other manufacturers make you pay for essentials like the diaper bag, rain cover and cup holder, Jané includes them standard with each Rider purchase. The Rider screams style and exudes convenience.Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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New for this fall, Woolino now also creates a baby-safe Lambskin Cuddle/Play Rug and you’re among the first to find out! This new product that is not yet available on their website. Medical studies actually show that babies sleep in or on merino wool settle more quickly, wake and cry less, sleep longer and gain weight faster! Lambskins have been used worldwide for centuries to keep babies warm and comfortable in any environment. It’s also the perfect playmat and is functional even when kids grow older!Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

LILLEbaby:  The LILLEbaby COMPLETE carrier is ergonomically designed for the healthiest hip position for baby, whether they are an infant or toddler. There truly is no “babywearing gap” for when this carrier cannot be used. Featuring adjustable neck support, an adjustable sleeping hood, a long adjustable torso, wide padded waist belt, unique lumbar support, and padding on all straps – it is a complete design. It is convenient to nurse in and evenly distributes the weight of the baby so you can babywear pain free longer. The design of this carrier truly takes into consideration the comfort of both baby and parent and behind it are years of design development and testing. An entire team of moms and dads from many vocations contributed to the making of LILLEbaby COMPLETE 6-in-1 baby carrier.Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram


Haba:  HABA is a family owned and operated company located in Bad Rodach, Germany. Owned by Mr. Klaus Habermaass, whose father started the business more than 72 years ago, the company has grown to more than 1,400 employees in Germany, with additional distribution facilities located in the United States, France, UK and Asia.  HABA prides itself on the fact that children love playing with its toys, blissfully unaware of how this fosters their development. HABA products have been bestowed honors by virtually every German toy award and virtually all of the prestigious American ones, as well.  Their design intentions are simple: provide value and quality. HABA is one of the only toy companies that obtained the world renowned PEFC certification.  All their wooden toys that are manufactured in Germany are made from reforested timbers.Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Lässig is also a sustainable, family-owned business located in Germany, dedicated to creating consciously-crafted diaper bags, kids’ bags, bibs, dishware, and other high-quality accessories for the modern family. In addition to being sustainable, Lässig ensures that their products are durable and made to last. Lässig production adheres to strict quality control measures and is constantly monitoring production standards. The Lässig brand embodies an ideal blend of versatility and innovation, with convenient features and chic details to combine fashion, safety and sustainability.Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

gDiapers:  gDiapers is redefining the diaper inside and out by giving parents the convenience of disposables and the confidence to build a better future. On the inside, our Disposable Inserts are Cradle To Cradle Certified (cm) Silver, flushable and break down in home compost (wet ones only). On the outside, the soft cotton gPants are designed to let baby’s skin breathe and come in colors and prints that parents love. The winner will have the choice of a Newborn Bundle or the Sweet Bundle (small, medium, or large), a great way to start an easy sustainable diapering routine.Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Enter to win this amazing Luxe Baby Shower Package through the giveaway form below.
Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older, and it ends at 11:59 PM on 11/4/2014.

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New GoPro Action Cameras Unveiled at Best Buy #GoProatBestBuy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

If I had to guess, I would be that some of you are working on holiday wish lists, whether you’re writing your own or preparing to fulfill someone else’s.  After all, the holiday shopping season is nigh!

So what goodies are on your list this year?  A new camera, perhaps?  I’ve got my eye on a few myself, and Best Buy has me (and you) covered.

You probably already know that Best Buy is the place to buy the best electronics at the best prices, and you also know that includes all the latest cameras and camcorders.  But there are new action cameras unveiling soon at Best Buy stores, and if you’re planning to buy a camera anytime soon, you’ll want to wait for these!

The new action cameras by GoPro will be the perfect gift for anyone on your list, from kids to adults, and from casual snappers to camera pros.  GoPro cameras and their wide variety of accessories and components are the perfect way for everyone to capture and share all the experiences that bring adventure and joy to your life.

Have a quick look at the three new GoPro cameras coming soon to Best Buy:

1.  GoPro HERO4 Black

Hero4Black_Cluster_01This is the most advanced GoPro camera yet.  It features improved image quality and the processer is 2x more powerful than before.  It also has a 2x faster video frame rate.  It takes the performance of your action camera to a whole new level!

Hero lifestyle 3

2.  GoPro HERO4 Silver


This is the first ever GoPro camera to feature a built-in touch display, so controlling the camera is perfectly easy.  You can play back footage and adjust settings with just a view, tap, and swipe.  It has 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12mp photos with 30 frames per second!  This camera offers power and professional quality with the convenience of a touch display.


3.  GoPro HERO
This camera features high-quality video and images: 1080p30 and 720p60 video and 5mp photos up to 5 fps.  The HERO captures the same amazing footage and quality that made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.   Its processer is 12x more powerful and 2x faster.
As you can see, it’s easy to go pro with GoPro.  Whether you’re hitting the slopes with your friends or hitting the zoo with your kids, GoPro’s line of action cameras offers something for everyone and for any skill level.  No matter what you do, GoPro and Best Buy make it simple and fun to record your memories!

To learn more about GoPro’s upcoming line of action cameras, check out www.bestbuy.com/GoPro, or stop by your local Best Buy store to see the latest products in person!


Win a $250 Kohl’s Gift Card in the Kohl’s Yes2You Giveaway!

This giveaway is hosted by New Age Mama.

Kohl’s has always been one of my favorite department stores, but now there’s even more to get excited about! Kohl’s recently launched a brand new rewards  program called Yes2You. With Yes2You Rewards, you will earn one point for every dollar spent (no matter how
you pay), and you will get a $5 reward for every 100 points. Plus it’s free to sign up! In addition, there are always ways to earn bonus points. You can even share your points with your family and friends if you’re feeling generous. It’s just one more way that Kohl’s makes it possible for you to say yes to all your favorite fashions and home decor.

Additional information, including Terms & Conditions, are available at Kohls.com/Rewards. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today, and get your free Yes2You Rewards card and start raking in those savings. 


Kohl’s wants to hear how you say “yes” to Kohl’s (what you love about Kohl’s) for your chance to win a $250 Kohl’s gift card. To enter, just fill out the giveaway tools form below. Open to the US only. Giveaway ends 10/12/14 at 12:01 am. NOTE: The mandatory entry will be to leave a comment, at least 4-5 lines long, on one of the participating blogs. This will be verified, and the winner’s comment (selected at random) will be posted on New Age Mama on 10/13. If your comment is not long enough or you have not answered the question, you will be disqualified.  Winner will be notified via email and have only 24 hours to reply.  Good luck!
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