Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Maisy on Easter






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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sojos Review


I've been feeding my dog, Maisy, the same dog food for 9 1/2 years now. She likes it, she likes anything really, and she gobbles it up as quick as she can {you'd think we were starving her}.

But for the past couple years I've wondered if what she is eating is really healthy.  I mean, I picked what I thought was the best choice of dog food. It's a popular brand and seems to be more healthy than some of the others. But is it really?

Maisy about 6 weeks old

I recently heard of Sojos. Sojos is a family-owned company that's been making wholesome, all-natural pet food and treats since 1985. They make several lines of raw pet food and all natural treats that are made in the USA with healthy grain-free (gluten-free) ingredients. 

I first heard of them when we reviewed their Peanut Butter and Honey Dog Treats. Maisy loved them of course. They are wheat and corn-free, made with no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors, and made with natural, human-quality ingredients. 

Last month we received some of their raw dog food.  They offer several varieties:

Turkey or Beef Complete Dog Food
A wholesome grain-free and gluten-free dog food that you simply combine with water.

Grain Free Dog Food Mix
Combine with water and your own source of meat to create a grain-free and gluten-free meal.

Original Dog Food Mix
Combine with your own source of meat and veggies to create your own fresh, homemade pet food.

I like the idea of the complete dog food where I don't have to add any meat to it, so I started with Sojos Beef Complete Dog Food.  



Since you have to introduce new dog food a little at a time, we decided to give it to her as a treat.

It's made with freeze-dried raw beef and other all-natural ingredients, so one pound rehydrates to four pounds of fresh, raw food.  This was a new concept for me, so I had to do a little research on their website, but it was simple.

Before adding water.  You can actually see all the meat, veggies, and seasonings.  No kibble here.

After adding water.  We gave her a little at a time and she loved it and gobbled it up!

Take a look at the ingredients in the Beef Complete - USDA beef, sweet potato, celery, carrots, cabbage, whole egg, flax meal, tricalcium phosphate, cranberries, papaya, pumpkin, rosemary, parsley, ginger root, dried alfalfa, dried kelp, zinc sulfate, vitamin E acetate, vitamin D3, vitamin A palmitate.

Sounds like something I would make for myself!!

And if you've never used a dog food quite like this, they have easy to understand feeding instructions or check out their FAQs on their website.


Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Sojos.  A 2lb bag of the complete dog food is $26.40. That will rehydrate to 8lbs.  And they offer FREE shipping on all pet food orders!  They also include a list of online retailers for you to shop at your convenience.



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thrifty Thursday


Here are some of the thrifty deals for today!

FREE Preparing Little Hearts for Resurrection Sunday Printable @ The Road to 31

FREE Easter Lapbook for Little Ones @ Notebooking Nook


FREE Easter Egg PreK/K Pack @ The Reading Mama


FREE Spring Inspired Wall Art @ Happy & Blessed Home


FREE Activities and Downloads @ What's in the Bible

FREE Easter Journal & Activity Book @  Upside Down Homeschooling


FREE Nature Study Notebooking Set @ Homeschool Giveaways & Freebies

FREE Easter Story Eggs Printable @ Motherhood on a Dime


FREE Phonics Printable @ the measured mom


FREE Cloud Basics Speedy Lapbook @ CurrClick


FREE Easter Activities and Lapbook @ Confessions of a Homeschooler

FREE Printable Butterfly Notecards @ Homeschooling Hearts and Minds

I hope you enjoy some of these FREEBIES! If you know of any others, please leave a comment below. 




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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 
Psalm 34: 17-18



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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Curiosity Quest Review

Curiosity Quest Review

Sometimes the best learning moments come from where you would least expect them.  Funny Bunny and I received two products to review from Curiosity Quest.  Curiosity Quest is educational programing that delves into the topics viewers like you and me want to know more about. 

We received the DVD Combo Pack - Produce and the DVD Combo Pack - Swimmers of the Sea.

{I want to mention that much of this review was written by Funny Bunny since she has a much better memory than me.  Sometimes our writing is very similar in style, but other times it is not.  I hope you enjoy what she has to say.}

Of course Funny Bunny loves animals so she asked to watch Swimmers of the Sea first.  It includes three episodes about Penguins, Alaskan Salmon, and Sea Turtles.

Curiosity Quest Review

Turtle Rescue

Host Joel Greene and the crew visit the Sea Turtle hospital in Marathon, Florida where the staff rescues, rehabs, and releases sea turtles.

We learned different ways turtles are harmed, an example of which is by swallowing plastic bags. We also watched as the turtles were fed and even saw the turtle eggs in the hatchery!

We learned some interesting things, such as a turtle comes back to the same beach she was born on to lay her eggs. That's one reason we need to preserve our beaches, so the sea turtles can thrive for many more years to come!   

In Turtle Rescue, there was a little bit about evolution, but it did not spoil the episode for us, and it was still very interesting!

Penguins

They visit Monterrey Bay Aquarium to talk all about the life of a penguin. 

Curiosity Quest Review

In this video, we learned that penguins don't need super cold climates to live in, which would be surprising to most people like us, who are use to picturing penguins in the icy Arctic.

We learned a lot of cool things about penguins. When they swim, predators under the sea (and prey) have a hard time seeing them because of their white bellies matching icebergs from an underwater view, and flying predators would not notice it because its black back blends in with the stormy-looking water around it. Cool!

There were plenty of other fun facts about penguins, and they were countless. We learned a lot about them.

I like the penguins' waddle best.

Salmon Hatchery

They visit Alaska to learn about salmon.  Now you would think that learning about salmon would be a little boring, but we learned so many new things, it was really interesting.

Imagine salmon splashing upstream in a river. Hundreds. No, maybe thousands! 

What are they doing? Where did they come from?

In Alaska, we learn about salmon. About the time of year the video was shot, they all were heading to the hatchery to lay their eggs. They go through the river (yes, Joel, the water is cold), then on to what looks like a "salmon highway", and into the hatchery. There they lay their eggs.

Once the baby salmon are of age, they will go under little floating docks - floating docks with netting on each underside, keeping the fish in. Soon they will be let go to the ocean, and the cycle continues!

Next we popped in the DVD Combo Pack - Produce.  it also includes three episodes about Mushrooms, Orange Packing, and Cranberries.

Curiosity Quest Review

Mushrooms

Joel Greene and the crew travel to the Monterrey Mushrooms facility and learn all about how mushrooms are grown.  I thought this episode was especially interesting because most of it was actually focused on the dirt the mushrooms are grown in.

What is the first step in growing mushrooms? That's the first question Joel asks, and the answer in completely unexpected.

Dirt? Seeds? Just finding the mushrooms? Those might be some guesses.

How about hay?

Yes, hay. Mushrooms are grown on hay.

Yes, I know.

It turns out that the hay bales must be fluffed, turned, broken apart, mushed, and decomposed. And then after that what happens?

They do it again.

You already are learning something new after like, what, five minutes of the video?

This was a great video, and we did learn a lot more stuff then just hay. We learned about growing, harvesting, incubating (yes, incubating a mushroom), sizing, packaging, and shipping. Whew! That is a very, very action-packed DVD!

Orange Picking

They visit orange groves and learn how they are grown, sorted, packaged, and shipped.

In this DVD, we obviously learned about oranges. But there was so much in this video that we never knew about them!

We are shown the best climate for orange-growing, the best way to orange-pick, and how to tell if the oranges are ripe. Then we are taken inside the building.

The oranges are put through a series of tests, each one narrowing the group down until only the ones fit for store are remaining. These are packages and sent over the country.

What happens to the other oranges that didn't make it? Well, if they're moldy or bad, then they may get fed to farm animals. If they are okay to eat, but aren't big enough, not the right color, or just not good enough to be sold in the market, these will be used to make juice.

Wow, we sure learned a lot about oranges in this video!

Cranberries

The crew visits a cranberry bog in Wisconsin.  This was another of our favorites and we actually watched it twice.  I never knew why cranberries were sitting in water to be harvested or how they even got there.  Do you?

Curiosity Quest Review

One of the main questions to this episode was, "Why in the commercials are the men standing in a lake of cranberries?" In this video, we'll learn that and so much more.

As they walked into the pit of cranberries, Joel asked just that. The answer was that they're so much easier to harvest when they're floating. Cranberries are buoyant, meaning that they are light and hollow, so they float. Machines drive through and harvest the floating cranberries. 

You may have noticed that some of the cranberries are green, not the reddish purple we all recognize. Is the answer that they are not ripe yet? Are they not ready? No. They just, as our guide says, "decided to live the rest of their life green." Green ones are usually sweeter then the red ones (except for the one Joel tried), though they are not generally sold in stores.

Inside, the cranberries undergo a series of tests much similar to the oranges. One of the tests is the "bounce test", determining whether or not the cranberry bounces high enough to be sold. A cranberry usually gets eight chances to prove itself.

We learned so much about cranberries, it was cool to figure out why the men do stand in a lake of cranberries.    

My Thoughts:  Host Joel Greene keeps each episode lively and entertaining.  He's quite a character and asks a lot of questions. He's also very hands on, which is great to watch.  Throughout each episode, there are clips where he asks kids questions about the topic and I think Funny Bunny really liked listening to their answers.  Also, at the end of each video they ask what we are curious about and encourage viewers to send in show ideas, which Funny Bunny has asked to do.

Thoughts of a 10-Year Old:  I really liked these DVDs, because they taught me a lot more about things I thought I already knew about (like turtles) and things that I wasn't quite as familiar with (like mushrooms).

If I had to pick a favorite video, I wouldn't know what to say. And that's pretty rare for me, as I'd usually pick a DVD with animals in it!

I think that the Curiosity Quest videos have really helped me think about things (especially the mushrooms) differently. For instance, who knew that mushrooms started with...hay! Who'd think?

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Curiosity Quest.  The DVD Combo Pack - Produce and the DVD Combo Pack - Swimmers of the Sea are both $24.95 each.  These videos are geared towards children ages 7-14.  There are many other episodes available, including subjects such as food, animals, sports, and instruments. Each episode is 30 minutes and shares interesting and relatively unknown facts that your whole curious family will enjoy learning about.  Curiosity Quest is also available on many local PBS channels airing over 100 episodes.

You can also find Curiosity Quest on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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