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21. October 2014 05:27
by jennifer

Get ready to #SmoochUrPooch

21. October 2014 05:27 by jennifer | 6 Comments

This post is sponsored by TropiClean and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about TropiClean Dental Products, but MetamorFit only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. TropiClean is not responsible for the content of this article.


Matthew, the #bigyellowdog loves to give all of us big, giant, wet, sloppy kisses. The kids don't seem to mind, and for the most part, neither do I. And I know that many of my dog loving friends also love to share smooches with their furry four legged friends.

Except for one thing.

Dog Breath.

Matthew does not have any poor dental hygiene or any indication of dental disease. However, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of periodontal disease by age three. Matthew is almost 3, but his Vet is always telling me Matthew has great looking teeth and gums.

So doggy breath? What gives? Why does he have it, and how can I fix it?

My husband's hypothesis...get ready for it, it's a gross one.

Toilet water.

Yup. Toilet water. The #TampaTrio are not good with flushing their toilet. On more than one occasion I hear Matthew drinking out of the toilet, only to go in and discover that it's a toilet bowl filled with trio pee. DISGUSTING. I'm working with them on either remembering to flush, or at least put the lid back down, but for so long we've ingrained the "if it's yellow let it mellow" train of thought for water conservation that it's apparently a hard habit to break.

Over the course of the next few weeks I'm going to be talking with you about the great products available through Tropiclean.


Tropiclean are wholesome products made to be non-invasive and an easy way to keep your dog’s teeth clean at home between cleanings with the Vet. 

We’ll be trying out products like TropiClean Water AdditiveTropiClean Dental Chews, and the Clean Teeth and Gums Gel. “We strive to use high quality ingredients produced by nature and sourced in the United States,” says TropiClean. We’ll be learning more about those natural ingredients and sharing what we learn in the coming weeks.

You can learn more about TropiClean on their website on Facebook and Twitter.

And I'm super hopeful that this can help Matthew with his toilet doggy breath!

Do you have a dental routine for your pet?

16. October 2014 14:14
by jennifer

Living a #RelentlessLife at the #NewCPK

16. October 2014 14:14 by jennifer | 2 Comments

The Tampa Bay Bloggers were recently invited to come out to the California Pizza Kitchen to sample some of their new menu items and to get a look at their new and improved design! Photo Credit RunDMT They were all ready for us!   They had a table of drinks ready, including California Roots, Blueberry Ginger Smash, and a kid friendly, Strawberry Mango Cooler. My favorite, hands down, was the California Roots. Made with Svedka Vodka, fresh avocado and mint, fresh Agave Sour with a fennel salt rim this drink was OUTSTANDING!! They brought out appetizers including two different types of pizza, but it's not on my relentess life plan, so I passed. But doesn't it look outstanding?? Egg on a pizza? According to my blogger friends, it was FANTASTIC!! And Brussels spouts?? So creative! Thanks to Denise from RunDMT for the great pics! We sat down at our tables and they brought out a yummy salad!! The Harvest Kale salad was good. But I didn't taste much of the vinaigrette. It seemed more like the salad was just wet, so I think next time I'd opt to skip the dressing all-together. And then the "real food" started coming out, and OH MY!   WOW!! Right?? Each of these portions was HUGE!! Normally I eat anywhere between 3-6 ounces of protein per meal, and some of these portions were in excess of 10 ounces, so I made sure to only try a sampling of each one. My favorite was the Cedar Plank Salmon. Had I eaten the entire portion it would have been 8 ounces, 650 calories, 34g fat, 52g protein. You can see all the nutrition info HERE. But everything was so so good!! It's certainly a special place for an "every now and again" type of meal, especially for those of us that are watching our waistline. And then they brought out the desserts. Pumpkin Cheesecake, S'mores, Salted Caramel Pudding, and Butter Cake. I had the smallest of bites, like the size of a #2 pencil eraser, of the Pumpkin Cheesecake. It wasn't for me. I also had about a teaspoon of the Salted Caramel Pudding. It was way too salty for my taste buds. I did not try the S'mores or the Butter Cake, but again, my blogger buds said it was very good. We also had the opportunity to try to spin our own pizzas. I did good. It's like riding a bike. Growing up in the pizza business, spinning a pie is like second nature to me. My friend Tara from Everyday Ramblings of my Life, took a video of us and I'm at the very very end of the row. You can't really see me, but you can see my dough flying high.   We all had a great time at California Pizza Kitchen, and I just wanted to show that it is possible to live a healthy life, and still go out to eat. Sure you HAVE to be MINDFUL, and make good choices, but if you know in advance, you can get the nutritional information and (I did not know what would be on the menu) you can plan and enjoy your time out!  

14. October 2014 16:45
by jennifer

The #TampaTrio go to College #StartingisBelieving

14. October 2014 16:45 by jennifer | 6 Comments

The following post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid. I received no monetary compensation and all thoughts are my own. It sounds like a great title for a fiction book, doesn't it? The Tampa Trio go to college. But I'm hopeful that it won't be a fiction novel. Having 3 children only 30 months apart in age (all singletons) means that I will have 3 children in college AT THE SAME TIME. Ouch. My husband and I also chose to have our children a bit later in life, so our kids will be hitting college when we're in our mid-50's, at a time when saving for retirement needs to be a top priority. But we also don't want to saddle our children with ridiculous amounts of debt. And honestly we REFUSE to saddle ourselves with college debt. Been there, done that. Still paying on it. So what's a college loving family to do? YOU INVEST IN A FLORIDA PRE-PAID COLLEGE PLAN!! When each of our children were in Kindergarten we enrolled each of them in the 2-Year Florida College Plan: The 2-Year Florida College Plan covers Tuition, as well as the mandatory Local Fees, for 60 lower division credit hours at one of 28 Florida Colleges (formerly Community Colleges). This plan offers a child the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree or trade certification in any number of fields, and is an excellent springboard to a fulfilling career or further education. I started my college experience at my local community college, Manatee Community College, now called The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and it provided me with an EXCELLENT opportunity to decide if college was the right path for ME. Of course, we all know how that ended up. Yes, college was for me, and I have the multiple advanced degrees to show for it. Living in Tampa we have excellent community colleges nearby, and of course The University of South Florida, so the Tampa Trio will always have a roof over their head while they are in school (NO, I WILL NOT DO THEIR LAUNDRY!!) Knowing that the Trio will have something set aside will help us avoid the stress of saving for both college AND retirement. Back in 2009, 2010, and 2011 when we signed our kids up, we had to pay a $50 enrollment fee. But if you sign up BEFORE December 31, 2014, the $50 fee will be WAIVED!! The Open Enrollment period beginning Oct. 15, 2014 and ending Feb. 28, 2015 is a historic one, marked by the lowest prices on Florida Prepaid College Plans since 2007 and a new 1-Year Florida University Plan costing as little as $43 a month for a newborn. The Florida Prepaid College Board was able to reduce prices on some of the most popular plans following a new state law that limits the future cost of tuition. Curious how much you should be saving for your child? You can check out the College Savings Demo from Have you started saving for your child's college education?