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Zoe's Corner: July Bugsy's Box

Zoe's CornerBefore you go ape on me…there’s a really good reason we’re reviewing the July Bugsy’s Box in September.

If you’ll remember, back in May I stumbled on a great Bugsy’s Box deal. We got our first box in June, and were pretty pleased with it. The code I used was just for a single-month, but then I came across another coupon code. I canceled the original box, and added another box (this time in Lucy’s name) to the account using that second code. The Bugsy’s Box site took the code, didn’t say a thing about the code being for first-time subscribers or any of that. (What can I say – I’m a bargain hunter.)

And they charged my card.

Mexico came and went, and our final Barkbox arrived. Hmmm…but what about Bugsy’s?

Middle of July, and no box. No email telling me the box had shipped. Ok….maybe it’s just late.

End of July. Still no box. Still no email.

So…ok. Time to send customer service an email.

Let’s just say….I’m a fairly tolerant person. (Jimmie, stop laughing.) The email response I got back was not satisfactory. Basically, I asked (quite nicely I should add) what was up with my box, since my card had been charged. The answer? The coupon code I used on the second box was for first time subscribers only. If I wanted my box they would need to charge me the difference for the full price (in this case, $10), or they’d refund my money. Uh, what?

I responded, and asked….”Why did your website allow the coupon code, and why did you charge my card, and why did I receive absolutely no communication from you saying this was an issue?” In other words….your website screwed up, but the biggest thing that got me was the complete and utter lack of any communication. You charged my card, so send me an email telling me there’s an issue. I shouldn’t have to contact you to find out why you’ve taken my money. Not cool.

I never got an answer to my question, but Bugsy’s Box did agree to send me a box. Without me having to pay the difference, which was nice.

Well, sort of.

So they sent a box, but they didn’t bother packaging it nicely, and they didn’t pay all the shipping….so when we went to pick it up, we had to pay $1.56 in shipping. WHO DOES THAT?? How is that even possible?

July Bugsy's BoxNo descriptive card, no tissue paper…just everything haphazardly thrown in there. Sigh.

I’ll be honest. I don’t even want to review the box, I’m so annoyed.

There was a ball. The dogs weren’t interested in it. I’d like to donate it, but we opened it.

There was an Arm & Hammer dental chew. We haven’t opened it, though Luka could probably use it.

Arm & Hammer ChewWe have It’s Purely Natural Chicken Jerky Treats. We haven’t opened them yet, but I’m sure the kids will love them.

It's Purely Natural TreatsRiley’s Organic Treats in Peanut Butter & Molasses. I like the ingredients – they’re human grade, so I suppose I could eat them too. They smell kinda weird, but the kids like them.

Riley's TreatsLast is Wags & Wiggles Purify Pet Wipes. This is a great idea, and will be perfect for muddy paws and faces.

Wags & Wiggles PurifyNeedless to say, we’re not getting any more Bugsy’s Boxes. The July box was ok – not as great as the June box. I think we’ve decided that the dog boxes are fun, but we can take the $30 a month and buy a lot of treats for that. Zoe’s ok with this plan, so long as there are lots of liver treats involved.

Have you tried any dog boxes? What’s your favorite?


Zoe's Corner: July Barkbox

Zoe's CornerZoe’s back with her July Barkbox review!

Back in May we found a Groupon for a 3-month Barkbox subscription. July’s box was the last in that subscription. Check out our May and June reviews too! 

Side note: Yes, I know it’s August. It’s totally my fault this is so late. Zoe was ready to post this the day after it arrived…and I wasn’t. Oops.

July BarkboxSorry we didn’t take pictures of everything. July was kind of a hectic month, so honestly I think it’s a win that we even got one picture.

Oh, and so before I begin, I should mention that when we opened the box, it was full of ants. Eww. The treats were all sealed, but still…ants? Ick. Needless to say, I’ve been hesitant to give them any of the treats, though really that doesn’t matter because the kids will eat most anything. Well, 3 of the 4 anyway.

July’s box was “seashore-inspired,” which was kinda cute. Unlike Birchbox, the theme actually did seem to make a difference. Everything was blue and beachy. Love it.

Loopies Fish Bone Toy: By now, we are overflowing with dog toys. Will we stop? No. I love the color on this, and the pups love playing with it. It’s a little hard for them to pick up, which makes it highly amusing. And they haven’t ripped it to shreds yet, so that’s a huge bonus.

Bixbi Daily Essentials Chicken Breast Jerky Treats: These are wheat, corn, and soy free. They’ve also got blueberries and cranberries for an antioxidant boost.

Healthy Dogma Coconut Flavor Barkers: First of all, I adore the packaging. How fun is that?! Barkbox goofed on the card description (they reprinted the Bixbi blurb), so I had to do some digging. These are wheat, corn, and soy free too, and have both coconut and pumpkin in them.

Etta Says Duck Chew: We’ve now got 3 giant chewies, so one more, and everyone gets one. This was the most highly sniffed item in the box.

Mr. Barksmith’s Pina Colada Smoothie: Not gonna lie, this was perplexing. You can freeze it, or just give it to them room temperature. We’ll freeze it, I think. It’s made from human-grade ingredients, so I suppose that means we could share it….but no.

I’m a little sad to see the end of our Barkbox subscription. Zoe’s heartbroken. In the end, though, we decided to take the $30 a month we’d spend to continue the sub and just buy more dog treats. An easy compromise. We’re glad we tried it, though, and highly recommend it!


Our First Bugsy's Box

Last month I came across a deal to get Bugsy’s Box for $9. It was just a one-month thing, but for $9 I couldn’t turn it down. So I didn’t.

Bugsy’s Box is the same idea as Barkbox, Birchbox, Ipsy, etc. You pay a monthly fee, and you get a box of goodies delivered. All these goodies are dog goodies. Bugsy’s Box prides themselves on providing treats that are all made in the US. Each month you get 5-7 items, and you can choose from small dog, medium dog, and large dog. We went with large.

The first thing we noticed was that this box was quite large, and smelled delicious.

0624141917bAfter lots of sniffing, we opened the box. Told you it was large…this 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper fit perfectly.

0624141918 You should have seen me trying to take this picture while keeping them away from the box. 0624141929Look at all that stuff!! And we paid $9 for this. Granted, normally it’s a lot more than that, but still. On to the stuff.

0624141945Squeak and Glow Rocket Toy: I’ll be honest, I did not think they would like this. They generally go for stuffed toys. Holy crap was I wrong. Lucy absolutely LOVED it. I tried getting pictures, but that didn’t work, so I ended up with a video instead. Here’s our crazy 8-year old husky…. (the best part is at 35 seconds when she has to very carefully leave the carpet and walk on the floor….)


Collapsible Travel Bowl: This alone would have worth the $9. We camp a lot, and we’ve talked about getting one of these. This is perfect for us.


9″ Piggy Twizzies: Like our Barkbox, the perils of one box for four pupperoos. I think we might be able to cut this one into smaller pieces.


Brewscuits Treats: We haven’t tried these yet, but they look interesting. Since the box arrived a couple days after Brewfest, we found these oddly fitting. They’re free of corn, gluten, and soy. And alcohol. The dogs like beer, so I’m sure they’ll like these!


Wagathas Organic Dog Biscuits – Cranberry with Cheddar and Mint: I love that we keep getting organic dog treats. It makes me feel good about what we’re giving the kids. And we don’t usually buy them, because they tend to be expensive. So it’s a bonus, and we’re finding some new brands. The ingredients in these are all things I recognized, and honestly, I think I could eat them too. Assuming I wanted to, which I don’t. They actually don’t have much of a smell. The dogs liked them. I liked the packaging.

We were all pretty happy with our first Bugsy’s Box! We’re going to try another month for fun, see what we get. To be honest, I was more impressed with Bugsy’s than Barkbox, so we’ll see if the trend continues!

Click here to get your own Bugsy’s Box! 

Drowning in Pumpkin

Me and my bright ideas.


We don’t get trick-or-treaters, and we don’t dress up in costumes, so we really don’t decorate for Halloween. I usually just put some fall stuff out and let it carry over until Christmas. But we do usually carve a pumpkin, because let’s be honest…I really like carving pumpkins. Or I like scooping out the pumpkin goo and letting Jimmie carve it. Whatever.

This year we missed it. I just never bought a pumpkin, and we really didn’t have time to carve one. Sad.

So two days after Halloween, we had to go grocery shopping, and I figured if Kroger still had pumpkins we’d buy one. I wanted to try making my own pumpkin puree, and roasting the seeds.

Turns out, Kroger had plenty of pumpkins….and they were ALL $1. Giant pumpkins, baby pumpkins, all were $1. Score! Of course, I wanted to get the most bang for my buck, so I instructed Jimmie to find the biggest pumpkin he could. Then I found one too. Two giant pumpkins for $2? Yes please.

That was my first mistake.

Of course I had no idea how to cook it, but that wasn’t going to stop me. Unfortunately, Jimmie cut up the second one before I got a chance to take a picture, but here’s the SMALLER of the two pumpkins.

IMG_2840That’s the smaller one. The bigger one did not fit in my sink. And fun fact, Zoe actually chewed the stem off the other one.

Anyway, we chopped it up (well, Jimmie did), and I looked up how to cook a pumpkin. In the oven. Oookkk. It wasn’t going to fit in there, so we had to make really small pieces. Some of it went in the oven. That took almost 2 hours. Sigh. Some of it got chunked up and frozen for stew or soup. Some of it I put in the crock pot. And then I decided to try putting some in my Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker. That was BY FAR the best method. It took 15 minutes, compared to hours in the oven or crockpot.

IMG_2836So, in case anyone is wondering….we ended up with over 18 pounds of pumpkin. Some of it is pureed in my freezer. Some of it is chunked in my freezer. Some of it is chunked in my fridge.

In the midst of the first batch of pureeing, I had the thought to see if I could make a pumpkin facial. Turns out, you absolutely can! I found lots of recipes, but most of them were fairly complicated. It wasn’t until I came across one that had 3 ingredients – all things I had – that I decided to give it a try.

IMG_2858I used pumpkin, plain yogurt, and honey. For the record, mine looks nothing like the pictures. But that’s ok – it felt amazing. I kinda rubbed it around for a few minutes, massaging it in, and then left it on for about 5 minutes. My skin had been horribly flaky and dry, and after doing this, I’ve not only noticed my skin is softer and more moisturized, but it’s brighter and healthier looking. I’m definitely going to dedicate a bag of puree to facials, because this is seriously amazing.

DIY Pumpkin Facial

I swear, I don’t really shop at Walmart that often.

Now, I had several friends tell me they were afraid their skin would break out if they did it. I’ve got SUPER sensitive skin. I break out whenever I put anything new on my face, whether it’s moisturizer, acne cream, makeup, or even facial wipes. It’s been four days since I did my pumpkin facial, and I have zero breakouts. Not even little tiny blackheads. Try it. You’ll love it.

Then I had the bright idea to freeze pumpkin facials in ice cube trays, so I could enjoy facials year round. Genius, right?

They're not pretty, but it worked!!

It’s not pretty, but it worked!!

And because she was following me around, I let Zoe eat the rest of my facial. She really enjoyed it.

IMG_2866Which brings me to my second pumpkin project – DOG TREATS. I was trying to figure out what to do with all this damn pumpkin, and I thought about feeding it to the dogs…but pumpkin is very good for doggie digestive systems, and the kids aren’t having any trouble right now. So I didn’t want to just give them bowls of pumpkin (although yes, they did get some mixed in with their food one night). But they love pumpkin, and besides, look at this face…how could I resist?

IMG_2898I looked up some recipes, but ended up just kind of creating my own. I used pumpkin (duh), more plain yogurt, crunchy peanut butter, flour, flax meal, a banana, and some parsley for fresh breath. If your dogs are sensitive to wheat, you probably want to use rice flour or something else.

photo 1 (2)I didn’t measure…I just mixed it all together and kept adding flour until I got the consistency I wanted. I did have to get input from the product testers along the way, to make sure we were on the right track…

photo 3 (2)Finally, into the oven for about 30 minutes, until they were cookie consistency. Mine ended up really really chewy. The dogs loved them, but I was afraid to give them too many at once. They were even palatable enough for me to eat.

photo 5 (2)The bad news? Three days later (and after giving a bag to a friend), I opened the Tupperware container to find they were all covered in mold. Sigh. I don’t know if I didn’t cook them long enough, or if I should have refrigerated them, or what. So the majority got thrown away. Not my finest moment. 

I’m not going to admit how many HOURS I spent dealing with pumpkin (6). The good news? I now have a freezer full of pumpkin (chunks and puree), I have facials for a year, and the dogs got to try a new treat. I also managed to give away 3 bags of pumpkin chunks and 2 bags of puree. I *may* have shamelessly pleaded on Facebook:

It worked!!

It worked!!

And no, I have no idea what I’m going to use the rest of this pumpkin for.