Matthew the #bigyellowdog and Milk Bone Brushing Chews-Review and Giveaway

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I love my big yellow dog, Matthew and would do anything to keep him happy and healthy. As oral hygiene is important for you, research has shown that it is just as important for your dog. Now, there’s an effective, easy and affordable solution to cleaning your dog’s teeth daily too – Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews™!

Let's be honest here. Dog breath can be nasty. Really nasty. Tongue Out  I've tried countless products on Matthew from little drops that I put in his water, to other forms of dog chews. I've even attempted to brush his teeth. He thought that was super fun. Undecided

When I was contacted by Milk Bone about having Matthew try their new Milk Bone Brushing Chews, I immediately said YES. A dog treat and something that makes his breath smell good all in one, YES PLEASE!

As you can see, he was super excited to try them out!

 Information provided by Milk Bone:

  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM were developed to transform at-home dental care for dogs, so that now your dog to brush his own teeth every day – just like you!
  • *When fed daily, Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are clinically proven to be as effective as brushing your dog’s teeth twice per week based on the reduction of tartar build-up and bad breath
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM feature a specially designed 75 degree twist that helps the brushing nubs reach down to the gum line, even cleaning hard-to-reach back teeth
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are clinically proven to reduce tartar build-up, as well as freshen your dog’s breath, bringing you and your dog closer together
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are so effective that they have earned the trusted Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance, similar to the American Dental Association (ADA) seal seen on human dental products.


Matthew enjoyed the Milk Bone Brushing Chews. You can see him smiling Smile And they really did work!! His breath smelled better and when he had his Vet appt last week, the Vet even commented on how white and clean Matthew's teeth were. That makes this dog mama proud and happy!

Milk Bone would love to give one of my readers their own Milk Bone Brushing Chews gift pack, plus a gift card!

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Push Away the Screen: The Tampa Trio does Summer 2014

Summer time is quickly approaching. Actually, forget quickly approaching, it has arrived in Florida!! And before I know it the Tampa Trio are going to be out for summer break.

Having 3 VERY ACTIVE kids, I try to plan our days/weeks with as much physical activity as I can. It's good for me, and it's good for them.

Last summer we weren't quite as busy as I would have liked. Our community pool was closed for renovation, so we had to rely on a neighbor's pool, and we had to drive there, so we lost down time with the commute, and it also rained a lot last summer so often we'd pack up, drive to the pool, only get in a short time before the rains started and we had to leave to come home. And with it usually happening around mid-afternoon, it was too late for us to go and get other activities in. Ugh. I'd rather not relive last summer, EXCEPT for our awesome trip to North and South Carolina, now that was a great way to Push Away the Screen.


But this summer, this summer will be different!! Our community pool is up and running, I've got the kids enrolled in summer camps, my dad has plenty of space for us at his home near the beach, and of course, we have our CrossFit.

This summer I'll be able to continue my kids through their own CrossFit journey as CrossFit Kids will move to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings through the summer. I work out in the morning. That means we'll be working out together, though with separate coaches. I LOVE this and we're all super excited by this opportunity to watch each other grow physically, and mentally because CrossFit is as much a mental sport as a physical one.

Ronin will also get double CrossFit luck when he participates in their weekly summer camp program. They only offer it for ONE week during the summer, so if you want to get your kid enrolled, now is the time to do it. They'll have 2 certified CrossFit instructors, but more than that, both of the instructors are moms, certified educators, and are comfortable and awesome when working with special needs kids. And I know this firsthand since they've both been working with Ronin for quite some time now.

But we won't be doing CrossFit all summer.  The girls will also be attending a week of Girl Scout residential camp! They'll be Engineers to the Rescue where survival skills meet science as they build and design water filters, wind-powered cranks, a message-carrying car, and safe shelter after an earthquake strikes the Camp!! How will they get out of this predicament? By working with their team and applying problem-solving and engineering design know-how!How cool is that?? And they'll also enjoy plenty of time canoeing, tubing, swimming, and doing other Girl Scout activities!!

While the girls are away, Ronin will PLAY!! He's going to attend one week of a sports-themed camp. He's still deciding on soccer or basketball, but space is still available so we've got plenty of time.

And our summer vacation is quickly approaching!! This year we'll be heading to Jekyll Island, GA! We've been invited to be special guests at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel!!  There is SO MUCH to do on Jekyll Island! Nature, cycling, swimming, SUP'ing, and so much more!!

We happened across Jekyll Island last year on our drive home from the Carolina's. We couldn't stay on Jekyll Island long as a horrible storm was moving in quickly and we were on a mad dash back to Tampa! But we loved what we saw and can't wait #PushAwayTheScreen and explore this amazing island!

We'll also be spending some quality time with Grandpa down in Venice. We'll look for sharks teeth, get in some AMAZING orange ice cream from Nokomis Groves and just relax and recharge! My dad's house has suddenly become a huge treasure trove for the trio and they love spending time going through his knick-knacks, playing in his greenhouses, and trying to catch minnows from his old wooden bridge.

And or course we have our normal plans like Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, and if when it rains, that will be our "down time" our re-charge time, perhaps our time to get some chores done!

We're all super excited for a busy summer!!

What are your summer plans??

Weekly Workouts May 4-May 10

It was a good week. At least it felt good. Until Thursday. Then I pushed myself too hard, and hurt my knee. But I'll be alright. Don't forget to check out the hashtag #20X31 and join in on the May Fitness Challenge! You can link up with JVKom HERE.

 Sunday-REST DAY!! Not sure what we did. Oh ya, I went to the pool with my kids. That was fun!

Steps: 9,902. I actually went more, but I left my Loop on the charger for a few hours so missed out on quite a few thousand steps.

Monday-I went and taped a special Mother's Day episode for Daytime TV in the morning, so I didn't get to CrossFit until later that evening. CROSSFIT! Squat day. We did 6-8X3 @81% of our 1 rep max. Afterwards, we did a birthday WOD for Coach Jim. It was 3 rounds for time of 31 sit-ups and 31 walking lunges. I did air squats instead b/c lunges kill my knees. Ronin came and did CrossFit kids, so while he worked out, I rowed a 5K.

Ronin really enjoyed his WOD. And he crashed...HARD! I live less than 10 minutes from the gym, and Ronin was asleep before we even made it to the first stoplight. He was out for the NIGHT!

Calories: 744

Steps: 13,191

Tuesday-CROSSFIT!! Ronin was up before the birds and we started walking Matthew bright and early. Then I made it to the gym. I was pooped out, but a good workout always makes me feel better!! And 300 was no exception!!

One of my goals for this year is to be able to step-up on a 20" box with my left leg without needing assistance from either a pole, or by placing my hand on my knee and pushing up. So I scaled the box step-ups to a 14" box and was successful! I also did the RX weight for the deadlifts, which was 95 pounds. And I walked afterwards. Or rowed. I can't remember. LOL.

Calories: 885

Steps: 16,582

Wednesday-CROSSFIT!! We did a build up to a 1 rep max strict press. This is the HARDEST lift for me. Then we did a 2000m row, and a 1 mile run, both for time. In lieu of running 1 mile for time, I walked 2 miles for time.

Calories: 621

Steps: 17,932

And then I went back to CrossFit that evening for the #TampaTrio to do their workout!! They had so much fun!! I'll be doing a post on their experience a bit later this week.

Thursday-CROSSFIT!! One of my En Fuego buddies moved, so I joined her at her new box. It was a running WOD. I did it, I ran, but I killed my knee.

Steps: 16,222

Calories: 716


Friday-CROSSFIT!! It was make-up day, so I made up Thursday's WOD which was front squats and then a 16 minute AMRAP of power cleans, and wall balls. My knee was so sore from the workout the day before that I couldn't do the 86% of my 1 rep max, I had to scale it down. That made me sad, but at least I didn't hurt myself any further.

The WOD was super fun. It was 2X20 power cleans, 2X5 wall balls, then add weight to the bar, and do 2X15 power cleans, 2X10 wall balls, and go from there, for 16 minutes. I did the power clean weights at 55, 60, 65, and then 70. I made it all the way to the end of the Power Clean reps, but only 3 wall balls. And then I walked a mile to shake out my legs.

Steps: 17,503

Calories: 660, though likely higher because I'm having technical issues with my H7 transmitter.

Saturday-WEDDING DAY!! My cousin got married!! It was a great day. I should have totally wore my HRM because I danced the night away!! Whoop whoop! So much fun!


Steps: 23,266 BAM!! Overall, I had a really good week! Well, beside the whole knee issue. But I know my limits, and I can't be running.

Total weekly steps: 114,598

How was your week in workouts??