Stacy Tilton Reviews

Friday, February 24

Here Doggy Doggy..I've got a treat for you!

After seeing so many pet food companies in the news lately it's made me really stop and think, and look at what we are feeding our pets. One might think a simple dog biscuit for example can't be bad for them right? Well, that's not always the case. Many times treats are filled with things dogs really don't need in their diets (sort of like candy for humans). Like many foods on the market for us humans, just because they are out there on the shelves doesn't mean they are good for us. That's what lead my daughter and I to start talking about making our dog homemade treats actually. So thus began the quest to finding a good source for not just a recipe, but also information about making homemade dog treats. I wanted to make sure we were doing it for the right reasons and that the treats we ended up making were actually good for our pup and not just an alternative to store bought treats.

Through our quest we happened upon information featured on the SimpleWag website. Not only did it give the recipe for homemade dog treats, it also gave lots of great information on the benefits of them too. Plus the recipe had all natural ingredients you might already have right in your kitchen already like corn meal, bananas, peanut butter (a doggy favorite) and eggs to name a few. I knew this was definitely the way to go.

This recipe for the Gourmet Doggy Biscuits we found was created by Chef Amanda Pallagi-Naim, the Executive Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, TX. WOW a dog treat created by a chef, how cool is that! I'm sure our pup felt like a celebrity when we gave her the first treat we made..well at least that's what I'm going with.

What about you? Do you make homemade treats for your pets?

Disclosure: I received compensation in the form of product in exchange for my honest and unbiased thoughts. All thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by my partnership with mentioned brands.

Are you ready to Draw and Color Your Way to a Younger Brain?

I've been doing this coloring book thing for quite some time now. It just gives me a sense of relaxation and peace I don't get from doing other stuff like watching TV or playing games on my phone. It allows me to just be me whether that be different, creative, whatever the mood is I'm in. It's something I "can't do wrong" so to speak because it's up to me to decide how things will be colored. On the other hand I've always enjoyed doodling too. I've never been much for drawing anything elaborate, I'm just not that talented (or confident). Usually I just draw lots of random shapes and then color them. Of course since getting into the adult coloring books I've not done much of that even. So when I saw this book I was actually quite excited. It combines two things I enjoy doing in one book, and it even has my favorite animals inside - cats and dogs!

The really cool part about this coloring/drawing book is that the author gives you the start of a drawing for you to complete as well as a finished page to compare it to. This is nice for people like me that has trouble visualizing how to draw something from scratch. I still have the ability to customize the photo any way I like, but there's also guidance there to help me along.

And who knew that all the while not only was I helping to relax myself, I'm also helping to train my brain and enhance my memory...and boy do I need that these days!

Draw and Color Your Way to a Younger Brain takes coloring beyond it's calming and de-stressing qualities. The 90 intricate line drawings of animals help to enhance your brain's cognitive function through art therapy techniques. Train your brain and enhance your memory as you copy and complete outlines, doodle in the gaps, and progress to forming your own artistic designs. Line by line, heal your mind, boost your creativity, and improve your cognitive function as you fill in the pages with art and color.

Coloring can be so much more than calming! Research shows that drawing actually helps keep your mind focused and your memory sharp. If you are worried about misplacing your wallet, forgetting where you parked your car, or getting your friend's birthday wrong, you're not alone. The most common worry of people is memory loss. A recent study by Newcastle University, featured on BBC news, showed that art therapy has greater benefits than puzzles and exercises when it comes to improving memory function. Engaging the brain in new and creative ways may be the key to a sharper, younger mind.

Disclosure: I received compensation in the form of product in exchange for my honest and unbiased thoughts. All thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by my partnership with mentioned brands.
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