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Ditch the rawhides with a smarter choice from SmartBones

When we first moved from Hawaii to the mainland, during winter, our larger dog Kainalu quickly lost his dark tan; he went from completely black skin to almost completely white!  Needless to say, whenever the days grow longer and the summer heat starts up, the dogs take any chance they can to soak up the sun like they did back home.  Their favorite summer activity is now lying in the yard, soaking up the sun and chewing on a delicious treat.  So we were happy this summer to discover a brand of chews that’s safe, healthy, and that our dogs LOVE – SmartBones®!

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Here is some product information provided directly by SmartBones®:

  • PetMatrix is committed to providing the healthiest, tastiest, safest pet chews available. The Healthy Alternative to Rawhide®, SmartBones® chews are rawhide-free, highly digestible, and 100% delicious.
  • SmartBones®’ outer layer is made of wholesome, flavorful vegetables, including sweet potatoes, peas and carrots. This is then combined with an irresistible inner layer of real chicken, for a scrumptious taste dogs can’t resist!
  • Available in delectable recipes such as Chicken, Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter, and Dental your furry friend will have a variety of SmartBones to choose from.
  • Independent digestibility studies show that SmartBones® chews are highly digestible, and tests demonstrate that 9 out of 10 dogs prefer SmartBones chews over the leading rawhide chews.

SmartBones has developed dog treats that are a healthy alternative to rawhide, perfect for keeping your pets healthy and happy

SmartBones® is a perfect answer to the traditional rawhide chew, which are associated with a number of risks:

  • Rawhide is the inner hide from a cow or other animal that has undergone chemical processing to remove hair and other materials. The rawhide is then ground or used whole, and is formed into various dog chews shapes.
  • Many veterinarians are concerned with the potential health risks associated with dogs consuming rawhide. These health risks include: stomach & intestinal blockage and potential ingestion of toxic chemicals used to process rawhide chews.
  • In addition, there are serious negative environmental issues generated by the use of chemicals in processing rawhide products.

 

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SmartBones® is our new replacement for traditional rawhide chews.  They’re affordable, contain great ingredients, and the dogs go absolutely crazy over them!  It’s the first treat we’ve found that they love so much, they’ll do almost anything to get it – including staying still enough for pictures like the ones above.  The small treats are perfect for us for training, and the Stuffed Twists are their favorite snack.  Head over to SmartBones to get more information and find your dog’s favorite new treat, or visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

— Information was provided by SmartBones®.  Compensation and product samples were provided to me by SmartBones®.  All opinions are my own.

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Maintain your mom-sanity with wholesome snacks and fun lunches!

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As the kids head to school this year, Entemann's Little Bites snacks are a must for our grocery list!

 

Just as I thought we were running out of ‘firsts’ for my boys, we are about to celebrate more exciting milestones!  This year Alex will be attending full-day kindergarten and Evan will be attending half-day preschool.  We will also be moving in a few months to a new city, so we have a lot on our plate!  Regardless of all the nervousness and excitement of our upcoming events, I know I have to hold it together to make sure our family stays healthy and has time for fun!

To stay on top of things, I always keep a planner or calendar around.  While I love having the convenience of my phone calendar, I also love having a calendar in our kitchen to glance at.  I keep all appointments, early dismissals, special dates, etc on this calendar. I also try to keep up on a daily grocery list with the Our Groceries app on our phones.  This allows my husband and me to access the grocery list from anywhere, without worry of forgetting the list at home.

Sundays are often our grocery shopping day where we make sure we have plenty of bread (our favorite is Nature’s Harvest® Bread Honey 7 Grain) and snacks on hand for the upcoming week. The boys recently discovered and love Entemann’s® Little Bites snacks at Walmart, and as a mom, I approve.  They’re a good source of vitamins, contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and they contain 5g of whole grains per serving! There are several flavors and we love adding them to our lunchboxes or saving them as an after school snack.

 

It's Back to School time!  Are you prepared for the endless nights of packing lunches for the next day?  Have no fear mommas!

 

Since Back to School often means day after day of boring lunches for the kids, I try to make it fun and bring some variety into it while still holding onto nutritional value.  We prepare our lunches the night before, even though Evan and I will eat at home while Alex is at school.  Evan enjoys fetching all of the supplies, while Alex helps make sandwiches.  After the sandwiches are ready, we cut them into fun shapes or add special toppings.  Their favorite, of course, is sprinkles or candies, but we try to limit those and stick to healthier options such as slices of banana or low fat chips for some crunch.  I let the kids put their toppings in a baggie or portion of their Bentgo bento boxes to add to their sandwiches at lunchtime.

 

Remember to include wholesome snacks in your child's lunch box!

 

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Understanding Patau Syndrome

We all know about down syndrome but it isn't the only thing you need to watch for when you are pregnant at 30 or older - learn about Patau Syndrome

My husband and I are very happy with the size of our family, but sometimes we can’t help but get baby fever.  Although we have no intentions of making our littlest become a big brother, it could happen.  It would be a blessing and we would be grateful for the addition to our family, but baby development is often a big concern when you are 30 years or older so that is something we need to be aware of.

The correlations between advanced maternal age and the incidence of Down syndrome is commonly discussed, but there are other syndromes associated with advanced maternal age that are not as widely known. Trisomy disorders are the most common chromosomal disorders of babies born to mothers of 35 years and older.

Each individual has 23 pairs of chromosomes – 22 pairs of autosomal chromosomes and 1 pair of sex chromosomes. When fragments of chromosomes are deleted, duplicated, inverted, or translocated, chromosomal abnormalities occur. A trisomy disorder is a duplication abnormality characterized by three copies of a chromosome, instead of the typical pair. Patau syndrome manifests as a trisomy of chromosome 13.

 

How Common is Patau Syndrome?

Each year, 1 in 16,000 babies are affected by Patau syndrome. The risk of a baby developing Patau syndrome is significantly increased at the maternal age of 35 and increases each year onward.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Patau Syndrome

Characteristics of Patau syndrome include:

  • Cleft palate or cleft lip
  • Clenched hands
  • Extra fingers and toes
  • Eyes that are set closer together
  • Ears that are set low
  • Small head

 

How Does Patau Syndrome Occur?

According to genetics.edu.au, the chromosomal problem in trisomy 13 is typically due to an egg cell containing an additional copy of chromosome 13. When the egg is fertilized by a sperm cell, the result is 47 chromosome rather than the typical 46.

Trisomy 13 can manifest in one of the following ways:

  1. a)  Non-disjunction – When all of the individual’s cells have 3 chromosome 13s. This is referred to as Trisomy 13.
  2. b)  Mosaicism – When only some of the individual’s cells have 3 chromosome 13s. This is referred to Trisomy 13 mosaicism.
  3. c)  Translocation – When cells contain part of an extra chromosome 13. This is referred to as a partial trisomy.

 

Diagnosing Patau Syndrome

Prenatal Screening

Prenatal ultrasounds may show evidence of extreme physical abnormalities, such as limb and organ deformations, which may indicate a likelihood of Patau syndrome. Prenatal trisomy tests may also be used to assess the risk that your child may have a chromosomal abnormality. Non-invasive prenatal DNA testing options that require only a blood draw from the biological mother are also available.

 

Diagnostic testing

If screening tests show that there is a high probability your child has a chromosomal abnormality, more than likely your physician may present you with diagnostic testing options. Some of your options may include invasive procedures, such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis.

For couples who have a family history of genetic disease, or a previous pregnancy with a genetic disease, it is a good idea to speak with your healthcare provider or a genetic counselor to better understand if prenatal tests should be considered.

 

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