The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-11-27

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Natural Balance Alpha Dog or Cat food Giveaway!

***  Update ---  If you entered but the entry hasn't shown up, email me your comment.  For some reason some multiple comments aren't posting.   Because of this I will also accept comments sent to mom (at) crazysuburbanmom (dot) com as a means of entry****

My dogs make me smile   They don't have to try , just being their doggy selves brings me joy.


Greyhounds look so sweet, dignified and regal...


Unless their upside down, tongue stuck to a carpet.




Ginger, she makes me smile too.  I love the way she sleeps wrapped up in anything soft.


Or hot laundry.


She loves hot laundry better then anything, more then me I'll bet.  


Because they take care of me, I take care of them.  Ventura has been limping again on the leg with all the pins; the one that he broke racing.   I took him to the vet yesterday and...


He's in a cast again.  

After a week of immobilization the vet will reevaluate; he might need surgery on that leg again.  

They both eat Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Venison Limited Edition Diet and are doing great.  I went through a lot of foods when I first got Ventura because digestion...Not his thing.  

He threw up an edible dog bone plus everything he'd consumed that day the first night I got him and for a few weeks I thought diarrhea was normal greyhound doody.  And don't even start me on the gas thing...

 I was talking about all of this on the Greyhound Facebook page because, where else? And a woman who fosters Greyhounds told me about Natural Balance.


She told me she feeds all  her foster's Sweet Potato and Venison and hasn't ever had an issue with "The Big D".    Since I'd tried at least four other foods and seen nothing but the big D, I ran out and got a small bag.  

It worked so well I switched Ginger over too (and there is hardly ever any gas around, which is Whoa!  Really nice).  It used to be frequent plus always when he had to go out....as in, "Ventura has to go out, he smells really bad!"

I thanked Natural Balance via their Facebook and Twitter accounts because I was so impressed (not to mention grateful.  Got any idea what it's like picking up after a 75 pound dog with 'the big D'?)   Natural Balance wrote and asked if I wanted to try their new Alpha line and give some away.  

About Alpha:  When dogs roamed the earth they hunted for their meals in the wild, pursuing the nutritional balance they crave. Natural Balance® has created ALPHA: a grain-free blend of multiple, high quality proteins, fruits and vegetables. We’ve balanced your dog’s nutritional needs with a formula that goes back to the grain-free benefits of the wild.Complete and balanced for all breeds, from puppies to adults.


MODERATE PROTEIN LEVELS: We use a unique combination of proteins combined with the novel source of garbanzo beans to provide a balanced diet for your dog’s overall well-being.

COMPLETELY GRAIN FREE: Grain-free carbohydrate sources, like sweet potatoes, provide the energy your dog needs to thrive in their natural form.

HEALTHY DIGESTION: PREBIOTICS: Prebiotics feed the beneficial bacteria that reside in a healthy digestive tract so that your dog can maintain optimal digestion.

UNIQUE: FRUITS & VEGGIES: In addition to the legume garbanzo beans - an excellent source of fiber and protein - we have also added blueberries, zucchinis and apples to help your dog achieve a harmonious balance that is both healthy and delicious.



Natural Balance sent me (well, Ventura and Ginger) some samples of Alpha dry and both of them snarfed it down without a shred of dignity.  I can't say Ventura's picky, he eats pretty much anything but Ginger's not that easy and she ate it to the last piece.  

Afterwards there were no gastric catastrophes in any form of matter; solid, liquid, or gas.   Seems the brand just agrees with their tummies big time which I kinda already knew because I've fed them both the treats and the Dog Food Rolls.



The giveaway is for 10 pounds of Alpha Premium Dog or Cat food (voucher sent to the winner by Natural Balance directly).  

This is open to the US and Canada.

The contest will run for two weeks and you can comment once a day.   

Maybe tell me what your pets do that makes you smile?  Or something unique about them.  Or tell me how much you need to try it, digestively speaking....  Ventura would like to know he's not alone in the delicate tummy department.  

You can also get two more entries: One by following Natural Balance on Facebook (here) and one by following them on Twitter (here) please use a separate comment for these so I don't get confused...   but the only one that is mandatory is a comment to this post.


The contest will run until December 15, 2011 9:00 pm eastern time.  





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Monday, November 28, 2011

The Baklava conspiracy



This morning I'm  - very - relieved that the Thanksgiving Holiday (drama) is over.   Being on Nutrisystem this morning is a blessing because.... 

    1. My meals are all planned and practically ready. I'm hardly ever more then two minutes away from an on-program meal.
    2.    If I jump off the wagon for a meal (a-hem or two) , all my food is staring me in the cabinet the next morning reminding me, Hey! Remember your goals!
    3.  Any damage done comes off quick as a bunny and..
    Nutrisystem Facebook, Twitter, and Forums are open 24/7 for support  (and recipes) if an unfinished Costco-sized box of baklava is calling my name.

Not that one is...  

Okay, I lied, it's been calling my name for three days.   I've decided that baklava is one of those foods that should never be within twenty-five feet of me.

 I can't  resist the sticky crunch of it.



  For today, I'm pretty grateful to be back on my plan.  Bloated isn't a good look.  I'll be taking it easy today, recovering... Remembering my goals...  And relaxing.

I'm using the dogs in my life as examples for that last part.

Ventura says, What happened yesterday is gone.  Don't worry; be happy!

ventura under the pillows

And also, There's nothing in life so bad it can't be improved by an endless supply of soft pillows.

ginger relaxing

Ginger's theory is similar but it has to do with hot laundry straight from the dryer.


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*This post was sponsored  by Nutrisystem who is providing me with the food and program materials in exchange for blogging .*.  



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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Filofaxs, Apples and Ski Boots

My A5 Malden Filofax arrived Friday just a couple o' few days after my A5 Finchley showed up.  Where I was once bereft of Filo's I now have an embarrassment of ringed riches.  Why I  have two can only be chalked up to my current state of amazing Filofax Karma because for a while it looked like every one I ordered was out of stock, never to be stocked again.


The new Malden, Gray A5

I know some people don't understand using a paper planner,  "So last century," they tell me....  And see my obsessive love of these things as quirky at best.  As in, "Why EVER in the world do you need one of those big, heavy things when you have an iPhone?"


 I explain it's about the elegant leather, the smooth paper... Penmanship (Remember handwriting? It's what people did before on screen keyboards.... )  I get back incredulous, blank stares; either you get it or you don't.

I love my iPhone and it's a wondrous thing but it can't replace physically writing something down with a fountain pen.  The act of writing is permanent; a statement of intention and a forever record.

I set up my Imperial Purple Finchley as soon as it arrived. It sits near me and open constantly.   It reminds me what I have to do that day and what I've accomplished.  


I used Cape May, NJ post cards as semi-dividers...

They are more 'personal' sized so I use them to divide the already divided sections and tab the top.


Sure, you can make a To-Do list on a cell phone but then you don't have an excuse to use your new fabulous Washi Masking Tape from Japan.  



Or room for bits and bobs of paper and Broadway play tickets.

I've got nothing against my iPhone, I love the thing but comparing it to a Filofax is like comparing apples and ski boots.  I love both but I wouldn't want to eat a ski boot on a stick covered with caramel.





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