Fiona and her visit with The Vets

Special Thanks to Moms Meet and The Vets for selecting our family to be part of this campaign. While we did receive compensation for this campaign, all opinions expressed are my own.

Fiona, waiting for her vist (with a Tiktok filter)

If you follow me on social media, you know that our kitty Fiona is a chonk muffin. She, like most of us, has gained weight during the pandemic. And I’ve been a little concerned for her health, she’s also developed what sounds like a cough too.

Scheduling an appointment was super easy. It was all done online/via text, and it really helped ease my fears about getting Fiona to the vet. Wrangling a cat into a carrier, down the stairs, and into the car with two kids was not my idea of a good time.

Knowing that The Vets are staffed by full-time veterinarians and veterinary technicians that care only for cats and dogs in-home made me feel a lot better. The focus on pet parent education about animal health and wellness was great. Dr. Ngo and her vet tech Lea were amazing. They answered all of my questions about Fiona’s health, and got to the bottom of her “cough”. It turns out it was not cough but a reverse sneeze. She may be allergic to pollen (everything outside our house is blooming and dropping pollen like whoah right now). Now we have a plan of action to help mitigate her allergies.

Fiona is very “food motivated”, so Dr. Ngo used tiny treats to ease any fear and win Fiona over.

Getting Fiona’s vitals was a team effort. Much like human health care, The Vets use veterinary health care uses a device that takes the pet’s temperature via their ear, which was a relief to both Fiona and Margaret, who was a big help during the visit as well. She distracted Fiona with her favorite toys, gentle pets, and of course treats. Temptations are Fiona’s favorite.

We learned that when cats carry excess weight it can lead to diabetes, joint pain, and shortened life expectancy. We’ve already made some changes to her feeding schedule and the amount she receives daily, as she already eats “Old indoor fat kitty” food.

Getting Fiona on the scale was an exercise in patience. Treats and pets were used and she finally plopped herself onto the scale. I love that The Vets use digital scales and other modern tools to keep pets healthy.

Fiona got a wellness check from nose to tail, including listening to her heart and lungs, checking her teeth and mouth (yup she’s got teeth, and boy are they sharp!), looking in her ears, checking her nails and paws, checking her for lumps and bumps, and checking her peepers.

Overall she is a healthy girl. We received a prescription for Revolution Plus, which kills fleas before they lay eggs, kills ticks for a full month, prevents heartworm disease, and treats and controls roundworms, hookworms, and ear mites. While she is mostly an indoor girl, she does like to go outside with us, so it’s important we keep her a healthy girl.

Did you say “BATH”?

Fiona is getting a bath this weekend (shhh, don’t tell her), and after she is clean and dry we’ll apply the Revolution Plus between her shoulder blades and she’ll be all set for the next month.

If you’ve got a cat or dog at home and dragging them out to the vet for care is not your idea of a good time, or if you have pets that are nervous or anxious in the car, The Vets is a great resource for you and your pet. It was about the same price as an in-office visit to our local vet and much less stress on the entire family.  I would 100% recommend this service to any of my readers who have a cat or dog in their homes.


As always,  I only post about products and services I personally use and I feel are a good fit for my family and my readers. Please refer to my disclosure page. Thanks again to Moms Meet and The Vets.


12/11/2020 Friday Freebies and Deals!

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It’s Friday again! Time to score some freebies, pick up a few deals online, and stay home (or if you have to leave home, wear a mask and wash your paws).

Most of California is going into lockdown (AGAIN), so I’ll only be posting deals that can allow you to socially distance.


Get on the Pillsbury Sample & Coupon List
Free e.l.f. Lip Gloss + Free Shipping
Free Charmin Mega Roll Extender
Free Pint of Hudsonville Ice Cream – 1st 8,000
Free Package of Lightlife Plant-Based Burgers
FREE Dunkin’ Donuts Beverage
Free Coffee at Panera Bread for 3 Months
Free Fragrance Samples from Macy’s
Free Gifts From Scotch-Brite at 11am Through Friday
Get on Betty Crocker’s Free Sample List
Free Sliders at White Castle
Free Subscription to Architectural Digest
Free Food at McDonald’s for 11 Days – See the Schedule Here
Over 500 Free Daily Goodie Boxes for December
Free Subscription to Sports Illustrated


Clinique 8-Piece Gift Set ONLY $23.50 at Macy’s ($160 Value)
Sony Wireless in-Ear Headphones ONLY $18.00 (Reg. $40)
Echo Flex Plug-In Mini Smart Speaker ONLY $9.99 (Reg. $25)
Sony Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones ONLY $123 (Reg. $248)
Melissa & Doug Giddy Buggy Bowling Set ONLY $9.49 (Reg. $20)
e.l.f. Cosmetics has Free Shipping + Cheap Gift Sets
Taboo Board Game ONLY $8.49 (Reg. $17)
Save $10 When You Spend $50 on Select LEGO Toys
Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes in Stock for CHEAP
FREE 2 Months of Kindle Unlimited Reading (Save $19.98)
Power Rangers Beast-X King Morpher ONLY $9.89 (Reg. $20)
Bella Triple Slow Cooker ONLY $29.99 (Reg $60) at Best Buy
FabKids – 2 Pairs of Shoes for $9.95 + Free Shipping
MUK LUKS Women’s Pattrice Boots ONLY $39.99 (Reg. $76)
Play-Doh Playful Pies Set ONLY $5.99 (Reg. $20)
FurReal Hoppin Topper Interactive Toy ONLY $22.49 (Reg. $50)
Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Cheesy Sandwich ONLY $4.89 (Reg. $10)
MUK LUKS Chenille Pom Cuff Cap ONLY $9.99 (Reg. $20)
Toy Story Look and Find Activity Book $5.28 (Reg. $11)
Marvel Spider-Man Look and Find Activity Book $5 (Reg. $11)
Stanley Classic Thermos ONLY $19.82 (Reg. $40)
Ryobi 100-Piece Drill and Drive Set ONLY $14.88 (Reg. $90)
Playskool Heroes Mega Mighties Power Rangers $5.89 (Reg. $12)
Hot Tub High Dive Game ONLY $6.28 (Reg. $20)
Yahtzee Board Game ONLY $4.99 (Reg. $10)
Secret Life of Pets 2 Look and Find Activity Book $5 (Reg. $11)
Hasbro Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader ONLY $9.99 (Reg. $20)
UGLYDOLLS Uglyville Main Street Playset $9.99 (Reg. $20)
MUK LUKS Women’s Janis Slide Slippers ONLY $16.99 (Reg $28)
Remote Control Monster Truck ONLY $34.99 (Reg $56)
Clean and Green Makeup from dome Beauty
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Play Cash Register ONLY $9.84 (Reg. $32)
Save up to 50% on Gillette and Venus Razors and Blades on Amazon
Gain Laundry Detergent 2-Count ONLY $11.08 Shipped
Journey Girls Styling Studio ONLY $23 (Reg $33)

12/4/2020 Friday Freebies and Deals!

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It’s Friday again! Time to score some freebies, pick up a few deals online, and stay home (or if you have to leave home, wear a mask and wash your paws).

Most of California is going into lockdown (AGAIN), so I’ll only be posting deals that can allow you to socially distance.


Free Chobani Coconut Yogurt for Kroger & Affiliates
Free Dental Assessment Kit
Free 3-Pack of Hallmark Greeting Cards
Free Ritual of Namaste Cream & Serum Sample
Free Subscription to Allure Magazine
Possible Free $150 Research Study
Free Coffee Wednesdays at Dunkin
Free Samples of Smell of God Perfume
Free Subscription to Wine Spectator Magazine
Free Breakfast Baconator at Wendy’s
Coca-Cola Insiders Club – Limited Enrollment for Freebies 12/8
Youtube Premium Free for 3 Months
5 Free 4×6 Photo Prints From Walgreens
Free Bone Broth Soup


Merry Christmas Cards For Kids 28-Count ONLY $2.98 (Reg. $12)
Altavida 12-lb. Weighted Blanket ONLY $31.99 (Reg. $80)
L.O.L. Surprise S1 Ultimate Collection ONLY $49.99 (Reg. $100)
WowWee Pixie Belles ONLY $4.99 (Reg. $15)
MUK LUKS Women’s Bardot Slide Slippers ONLY $14.99 (Reg. $32)
Dreamworks Dragons Hatching Toothless ONLY $19.97 (Reg. $60)
Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make ONLY $8.69
FREE 2 Months of Kindle Unlimited Reading (Save $19.98)
Shrek 4-Movie Collection ONLY $14.99 on Amazon (Reg. $30)
Trolls & Trolls World Tour 2-Movie Collection $14.99 (Reg. $45)
Bed Head One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer ONLY $26.39 (Reg $60)
Sneezy the Snowman Paperback ONLY $4.79 (Reg. $10)
Amazon Smart Plug ONLY $0.99 (Reg. $25) for Select Users
Bella 5Qt Slow Cooker with Dipper ONLY $17.99 (Reg $40)
Vintage Faux Turquoise Jewelry 3-Piece Set ONLY $2.99 Shipped
Clinique 2-Pc. Merry Moisture Gift Set ONLY $8.07 ($31 Value)
Save $10 on $40 of Select Household Items on Amazon
Cuisinart 22-Piece Aluminum Kitchen Set ONLY $69.99 (Reg $200)
KidKraft Wooden Kitchen Play Set ONLY $99 at Walmart (Reg $190)
Morphe Whoa La La Lip & Eye Set + Bag ONLY $15 ($37 Value)

If you find an amazing deal or freebie, please share it in the comments below.

12/1/2020: Celebrate Santee’s 40th Birthday with Treats & Fireworks!

My hometown, Santee, CA is celebrating their 40th birthday this Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

No birthday is complete without treats, and there are lots of locations throughout town giving out yummy goodies!

Visit any of our Sweet Treat Stop locations on Tuesday, December 1 to enjoy a sweet birthday treat on behalf of the City of Santee. (while supplies last)


Santee City Hall – 10601 N. Magnolia Ave, Santee • Gourmet sweet treats handcraft by Lantern Crest‘s Executive Chef Mario Esparza, Chick- fil-A • Brownies, Baklava King, Inc. • Variety of baklava  Drive-thru map (11am – 6pm)
Bagel & Donut Bar – 9720 Mission Gorge Rd Ste E, Santee • Kids – 6 donut holes and Adults – 1 classic bagel with cream cheese (6am – 8pm)
Baklava King, Inc. – (off site distribution of treats at Santee City Hall) • Variety of baklava
Chick-fil-A Santee – (off site distribution of treats at Santee City Hall) • Brownies
Dairy Queen – 70 town Center Parkway, Santee • Small soft serve cone vanilla or chocolate (11am – 8pm)
Eccentric International Chefs – 8925 Carlton Hills Blvd, Santee, CA 92071 • Mini cupcakes, mini cookies & macaroons (4:30am – 4pm)
Go Get Yogurt – 9802 N. Magnolia Ave, Ste 1, Santee • Special birthday size frozen yogurt with one topping of customer’s choice (11am – 9:30pm)
Honey Donuts – 10718 Woodside Ave, Santee  • Donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, muffins or cookies (24hrs)
Kravings Fruit Bar – 9740 Mission Gorge #D, Santee, CA 92071 • Dessert TBA (10:30am – 8pm)
Mary’s Donuts – 8959 Carlton Hills Blvd, Santee, CA 92071 • Donuts (24hrs)
NatSweets – 8840 N. Magnolia Ave #150, Santee • Chocolate chip or birthday cake cookie or a scoop of ice cream (9am-5pm)
The Coffee Corner – 235 Town Center Pkwy Ste A, Santee • Mini acai bowls & Belgian waffles (7:30am – 4pm)
The Cupcake Store – 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd Ste 7, Santee • Mini cupcakes (10am – 5:30pm)
Whipped Cake Shop – Pathways Church Parking Lot 9600 Carlton Hills Blvd., Santee • Gingerbread cheesecake bites (10am – 6pm)


In addition to treats, there will be fireworks! At 7:00 p.m. two simultaneous LIVE fireworks shows will be launched from Town Center Community Park and West Hills Park. If you have pets, make sure they are safely inside.

And both park locations where the fireworks are being shot off will be closed to the public- remember to view the fireworks somewhere safe and socially distant.