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9.24.2016

Spend $10 and earn 2000 Swagbucks from Gamefly

Swagbucks (the online rewards site that puts cash back in your wallet) has an AMAZING offer through Gamefly where you get 2000 SB (which is the equivalent of $20 in gift cards) for signing up.


Gamefly allows you to rent games for lots of different consoles including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, PS3, PS4, etc, with no late fees ever. Members can also play 100’s of PC games for free! You can try it out for 2 months at a price of $10 AND get 2000 SB by using this link throughout the rest of September!

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? This is a great way to do it, and when you sign up through the link above and get your 2000 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of October. So that's $10 for trying Gamefly, which gets you 2300 SB, which you can turn into $23 worth of gift cards!
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9.23.2016

My Healthiest Fluff Nugget (Without the Guessing Game)

 


On Wednesday Hawkeye and I went on an adventure.  While we go on walks every day, we don't often hop in the car and drive somewhere other than my parents' house to visit their dogs.  So I decided we were going over to Kriser's Natural Pet Store to pick out treats and toys, because that's what you do during mid-week slumps.  And we both loved it.

yeah, this one, mom

One of my very favorite things about this store, to be perfectly honest, is that it doesn't smell.  Not like animals, not like food.  You know how much I appreciate impeccably clean spaces, so I had to mention it.  It made me want to stay all night, which is about how long I would need to check out all the toys.



But beyond just being a fun outing, it's a place you can trust.  Since Hawkeye just turned 7, I've been on a mission to get her on everything healthy and good for her, to ensure that she lives forever.  Which she will.  So I wanted to go get her new treats, specifically, because the ones she has have a long ingredient list that I'm not comfortable with.  Everything Kriser's Natural Pet sells is natural and healthy, free of by-products, nothing is irritating, and everything comes from trusted companies.  Basically, show up and shop.  No need to read labels for scientific code words that mean your pet is doomed.  I love that I don't have to guess if something is going to irritate Hawkeye's stomach or worse.



The Kriser's staff, called the Pack, was incredibly helpful.  Hawkeye loved them, of course.  She loves anyone who pets her and calls her pretty.  I also loved that another 'regular' came in while we were there, another fluff ball named Oliver, and the staff remembered him by name.  Not sure they remembered his human's name, but I'm not sure that matters anyway!  Kriser's has the cutest Instagram page, maybe he's featured on there.  I'll have to check and report back.  (One of the staff members we chatted with, Samantha, is on there holding a German Shepard puppy about 9 photos down.  SO CUTE.)



They took the time to take me all around the store and answer any questions about the treats and toys we were eyeing, as well as all the supplements they have available for her joint health (something owners of Pomeranians and their weak knees patellas are always concerned about.)  No one ever forgot that I said she was allergic to chicken as soon as we walked in.  And before you go thinking we're special because (a) Hawkeye is the cutest dog ever and (b) I had my camera, I also witnessed them do this for Oliver, a German Shepard named Bronx, and another handsome pit bull lab mix that came in.  The pit bull mix got fitted for snow booties.  He was less than thrilled, but I think the treats made up for it.

And Chicago friends in need of a new furry family member, my particular Kriser's in Bucktown is having an adoption event tomorrow!!  Please go.  Please go give everyone a home.


For both my Chicago and non-Chicago friends, click here to get yourself 20% off any item, you'll also be entered to win a $200 gift card.  There's stores here in Illinois and in California, Colorado, and Texas.  I'm confident you'll enjoy yourself and find new favorite products in the process.  Your pet will thank you too.  And probably their vet.

For the record, we walked away with a new mummy toy in time for Halloween that she's already trying to unravel and a cookie shaped like Frankenstein, some joint supplements, teeth cleaning mini bones, and of course, bully sticks.  She's still working on this and she couldn't be happier.  


We'll be back.  Not on adoption day because I'll take EVERYONE home and Hawkeye won't appreciate that.  But we'll be back!  Will we be seeing you there?
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9.16.2016

Since Summer is Actually Ending Now

It's that time again, seasonal goals time.  You know, since the season of summer is actually ending in a couple of days - not when everyone acts like it did on September 1.  Anyway.  Back when it was spring I was dreading the goals recap post because I did so terribly.  I mean, I subsequently felt better reading other people's posts because everyone did terrible in the spring, but still.  I hate not meeting the goals I set for myself.  Important or not in the grand scheme of things, they're still things I wanted to accomplish so I get mad when I don't do it.  Because it's generally no one's fault but my own.  Summer goals, however, was a totally different story - thank goodness.

Life According to Steph
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9.14.2016

My Meal Planning Process

When I first mentioned what my schedule and routine is like lately, I said that I could do a separate post on my meal planning process if that seemed interesting.  And I got feedback that people actually wanted to hear about this so here we are.  Man, sometimes my posts just get out of control.  Maybe that's why I've been a lazy blogger lately and the posts have been fewer and further between - every topic I want to blog about ends up being so damn long!  This is particularly detailed but I didn't want to leave anything out, so if you're still curious how I go about meal planning, read on:

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9.12.2016

Do I Need a 2017 Planner?

That particular question has been on my mind lately.  Usually, by this point, I've already picked out exactly what I want for the next year.  Possibly even ordered it already.  This is the time for new year planners, after all.  The rush to get academic year planners is over, so now it's time for the new year ones.  Since I'm many years removed from school (I graduated law school in 2010 and have no intentions of going back to school for anything ever again), I like to get the planners that run January - December.  And although I have my top pick in mind if I were going to get one for 2017, the fact remains that I haven't ordered it yet because I don't think I need it.  Say what now? Yep, you heard me.


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9.10.2016

Swagbucks Team Challenge: Midway



What's your favorite part about county fairs? Is it the rides, the food, the games? I love it all!

Starting Monday, September 12th, Swagbucks invites you to participate in their Midway Team Challenge. Pre-registration starts today! How will you contribute? Watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online? 

These activities and more will help your team get ahead. If you've never used Swagbucks before, it's a site where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online. Now is a great time to join, especially if you participate in the Team Challenge because it's an opportunity to win an extra bonus for trying out the site. 
All members who participate and contribute at least 400 SB to their team’s total will receive an SB bonus in the form of a rebate on their next gift card! I can’t wait to help my team come in 1st place for that 50 SB rebate. 
The challenge lasts until September 16th so log on or make a free account! Pre-registration is open now!
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