Why Chewy.com is actually perfect for us

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I don’t always have my thinking cap on really tight. Sometimes, more than I like to admit, I feel like things just slip my mind. People call it the “mom fog” or “mom brain”. Well in my case that’s very likely. Seems like I’m more and more forgetful lately. Doctors say stress causes problems with memory, so that could easily be it.

I couldn’t tell you how many times I thought I’d be okay running to the store with my short list fresh on my mind. Then coming home after spending 2 hours shopping, only to realize the main reason I even went to the store I had forgotten. How is that even possible!? As I’m scolding myself for being so “dumb”. I try to hide my frustration from the kids but they sense it and some days they definitely see where I don’t hide it all too well.

I’ve even tried doing the whole shopping list thing. I’ll write the list and put it in my purse or pocket and then get to the store and completely forget it exists. Or on the worst days, forget to even put something on the list if I do manage to remember to look at it. After about 2 trips to the store 2 days in a row, forgetting to pick up dog food. I had definitely had it. How do we both keep forgetting!? I’m asking my husband.

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Later in the evening while we were watching TV, I happened to see the Chewy.comdogfood commercial come on. 20% off your first order they said. I thought “Hey I’m gonna check out their site.” So I typed it in and looked at their different brands. We buy a specific kind grain free and no fillers. We like real meat product to be the main ingredients. So I found one on there that was actually 10 more lbs than we’ve been buying for the same price and all the same ingredients as we’ve been using. So then I found a similar food type for our cat who we also feed grain-free and meat as the main ingredients. I found his for a few dollars more than we’ve been paying but for way more food weight. We feed 3 dogs and 1 cat, so good quality and enough food to last at least a month is appealing to us big time.

We were paying $34.44 for a 30lb bag of dog food a month.
We were paying $6.68 for 3.5lb bag of cat food a month.
TOTAL WITH SALES TAX = $43.29

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I got FREE shipping and 20% off on my first order. So all together I spent $34.77, which is about the SAME amount as ONE bag of dog food that I had been buying from the store every month. It was an AWESOME deal because we also got the cat food. Even without the 20% our subtotal comes to $50, which gives us FREE SHIPPING every order (Free shipping if over $49). We’re only spending $47.78 total after autoship discount, which is less than $5.00 more that we used to spend a month, but for a 40 lb bag of dog food and a 5 lb bag of cat food. That is a larger quantity of food and cheaper than what is available to us locally for the kind that we prefer. I set it up to automatically pay for and ship us the same order every 5 weeks. I like how you can personalize it to how often you need it delivered. It definitely will keep us from forgetting it and now it’s one less thing to stress about and it’s well worth it for us.

Benefits of having it shipped to us instead of going to the store include but are not limited to:

  1. Being forgetful and coming home without pet food.
  2. Going to the store with 6 children and having to find room for a 30lb bag of dog food among the other random things in the cart.
  3. Lifting the pet food off the shelf, into the cart, out of the cart, into the car, out of the car and into the house. That’s lifting the bag 6 times in less than an hour.
  4. My husband just had spinal surgery and is still recovering and he can’t lift 10 lbs let alone a 30-40 lb bag of dog food. So with myself doing all the heavy lifting around here, I’d prefer it to be shipped to me so I only have to lift it once or twice while bringing it into the house and then putting it where it goes.
  5. Larger quantity allows me to “shop” less frequently because it lasts longer.
  6. Great product, affordable, easy to navigate website, and convenient.

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******DISCLAIMER*****
This is a real life experience and genuine review. This is not a paid advertisement. I was not paid by or coerced by Chewy.com to make this. This is one animal owner giving mad props to Chewy.com for the great experience I’ve had so far with their company.

 

 

 

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Why Chewy.com is actually perfect for us

Nature At It’s Best, In Our Own Backyard.

My husband discovered an extravagant nest immediately outside our back door, about 3 foot off the ground, 5 days ago (Friday). It was built in an old Mountain Dew box that was sitting on top of our grill table awaiting dryer days for the fire pit. Dryer days was that day and it almost went in. He quickly put it back and left it where it was. The box and some of the nesting materials were still wet from the days of rain.

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Saturday, she had an egg in the nest. We hadn’t used our grill all winter but we had just got a new gas tank that day and we were clearing the patio and pulling out the grill to prepare to cook dinner on it. I walked outside and he had moved the nest. I said no! it has to be back where it was, so I needed to find something else to set it on at the same height and in the same spot, so that we wouldn’t be disturbing it. I quickly thought and I found a solution and the nest went unmoved.

We left it alone and the next morning (Sunday), there was another egg in the nest. Oh how excited I was that we didn’t make her abandon the nest. I forgot to take a picture of the lone egg in the nest however I did get a picture of the 2 eggs. We don’t have to go look in the nest, it’s literally right as soon as we open the door to let the dog out. [ I worried that she put her nest in a terrible place with how highly trafficked the door is.] My husband said when he was letting the dog out one morning before work, she was in there sitting on her eggs and didn’t seem bothered by him at all. “She’s a little wren,” he said.

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Yesterday morning (Monday) I went to let our dog out to use the bathroom and there were three eggs in the nest.

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That’s when I decided to look up how many she’ll lay, I saw her today and I was wrong before, so I’m editing it now, she’s a Carolina Wren not a House Wren. They nest anywhere from 3 feet to 6 feet off the ground and they will lay an egg a day until they reach 3-7 eggs. Then they incubate from 12-16 days. I was intrigued to read that her mate may sometimes bring her food while she’s on the eggs. Once they hatch it will be another 10-16 days before they leave the nest.

You can read more here https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Carolina_Wren/lifehistory

I think being able to watch her clutch grow and possibly be able to see them hatch and become actual birds is a very neat experience. My biggest fear is that she’ll abandon the nest and I’m really hoping she won’t. I would love to be able to document their development, since I know the time frame of their whole cycle personally.

This morning when I let the dog out to use the bathroom, there were four eggs in the nest. Only one or two more days and she’ll be done laying. I still haven’t seen the mama with my own eyes yet. This is an exceptional learning experience for the children because I can educate them about a bird’s life cycle. How important it is to leave nature untouched and to just observe. After seeing a cat give birth to kittens a few months ago and to watch me carry their sister in my belly for 9 months, they are intrigued at the fact that birds lay eggs and have to sit on them until they are born.

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I will continue to observe and update on the nest in future posts. So if you’d like to see more about these babies, follow me.

 

**EDIT**
I finally was able to catch a photo of her since she isn’t in the nest much during the day, I snapped a quick shot tonight. (I didn’t have to get close, I just used my zoom)

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Nature At It’s Best, In Our Own Backyard.