Game Day Food Ballpark Party + HM #239

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Game Day Food Ballpark Party + HM #239

It’s game day at the ballpark! Time to get your game day food on. The gals of Home Matters have some fabulous ideas to tempt your taste buds. Enjoy these ballpark food ideas.

 

Quick Tailgating Food Ideas from Amee  @ Real Advice Gal

 

20 Hot & Cold Lunch Ideas for Sports Tournaments from MandySouth Your Mouth

 

Allstar Hot Dog Toppings Bar from AmyAtta Girl Says

 

Game Day Food Ballpark Party Blog Hop

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Fresh Step Of A Litter Master + A DIY Cat Toy

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze. All opinions are mine alone. #YouGottaBeKittenMe #CollectiveBias

 

 

 

 

The Litter Master Recommends

Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze

 

 

They call me, The Litter Master.

Cats are known for having unique and quirky personalities, and honestly, my adopted family finds me a little on the wacky side. But, they cannot argue with my superb selection in litter, Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze.

Some may say I am obsessed with litter. Just because I monitor the litter box, investigate when anyone is nearby, and have to jump in and check things out when people are messing with my box, does not mean I am obsessed. Can I help it if they don’t rake the new litter like I want it, and I have to climb in and rearrange the granules to perfect feline specifications? I take my litter seriously, don’t you? Do you like to use a dirty, smelly bathroom? Of course, not. So, go ahead, call me obsessed, call me The Litter Master; after all, I have a doctorate in litterology.

 

 

When our family adopted Josie and me as cuddly little kittens, we had a regular plastic litter box with no lid. Josie was so tiny she had trouble climbing into the box, but she did manage. I, on the other hand, thought that box was a great place to play. The litter box was my personal sand box—especially if it was freshly cleaned and filled with new litter. Such fun I had doing flips and somersaults, scratching and throwing about the litter. I was in heaven playing in my sand box. But, all that my family saw was the so-called mess. Was it really a problem to have litter strewn everywhere?

That constant mess led to the purchase of a deeper litter box with a lid! I was told my shenanigans had to be contained. The new higher-sided box meant the revival of Rory’s childhood step to reach the sink. Josie needed a boost to get in and out of the new litter box. LOL I have to admit, watching her try to get in or out before we gave her the step was hilarious, take it from a brother. Josie was a trooper, and she was determined to use the litter box and not go anywhere else.

Kitty life went along just fine, until one day when we had a litter change…

My family had me neutered! Think of all the litterology prodigies I could have spawned. Now, I must focus on sharing my expertise with humans to help better the lives of my fellow felines. But, I digress, when I returned home to recover (and believe you me, I worked the sympathy ploy to be royally pampered), the veterinarian recommend we use shredded paper instead of litter for the 10 days of my recovery. My precious Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze! Did he realize what he was asking? BIG MISTAKE! Neither Josie nor I was happy, and it led to this…

 

 

Skeptics may say this was a diabolical plan to get our favorite litter back, but Josie and I are tight—we will never admit to it. So, mission accomplished… I mean, mom and dad decided to give us back our litter, and just take extra care of me, when I had to use the facilities. The next problem at paw was how to clean the couch! Well, the doctor is in; let me help.

 

 

What is the Best Way to Get Cat Urine Out of Your Couch?

Well, let’s learn a little science, so we can best understand the issue. Cat urine is waste fluid of protein metabolism. Its color and staining potential may vary with dietary habits, age, health, and sex of the cat. Since cat diets are typically richer in protein than that of dogs, cat urine can cause harsher odors, and are more likely to stain. See, cats have good reason for being finicky.

But, there is some good news. You can get the smell out of your couch. It is all in the science. Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), will damage the protein and lipids in the cat urine that lead to bacteria and odors. (There goes the vet’s plan to boost sales at the family sofa factory).

Keep in mind that cat urine can easily penetrate and saturate absorbent materials such as, carpet, upholstery, padding, etc. In fact, Josie’s accident soaked all the way through the couch and onto the flooring. The sooner you find and take care of the accident the better–while it is still wet is best.

 

Here’s a Recipe for Cleaning Cat Urine:

NOTES:

  1. DO NOT mix this until you are ready to apply it. Hydrogen Peroxide stays active for only 15 minutes.
  2. DO TRY this on a small, inconspicuous area to be sure it is color safe on your upholstery, carpet, etc.
  3. USE gloves to protect your hands.
  • 16 0z – 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (if using 6% H2O2, dilute 50/50 with water)
  • 1 Teaspoon mild Dishwashing Liquid
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda

How to Clean and Apply:

  • Remove as much stuffing or padding, upholstery coverings, etc., as you can.
  • Completely Soak the saturated areas (plus a little more for good measure) with cold water.
  • Use clean white cloths or paper toweling to pat dry the area. Use deep pressure to draw as much of the urine out as possible. Do not rub or scrub.
  • If your padding is removable, soak with water and squeeze it out good.
  • When you have removed as much cat urine as you can, Mix the cleaning solution (H2O2, liquid soap, baking soda).
  • Wearing gloves, immediately saturate the areas with the solution. Use a white clean cloth to help you squeeze the cleaner into hard-to-reach places. (Place your padding in a large sink or tub, and soak thoroughly).
  • Once everything is fully soaked through, allow the cleaning solution to stand for a minimum of 15 minutes before sopping up as much liquid as you can.
  • Let air dry completely. This may take a while, maybe even a day or two–do not rush the drying.
  • Then, vacuum.

This works great! It has been nearly two months since our little accident, and we have had no recurrence of odor, and no staining.

 

Here is a Printable Recipe for you:

 

5 from 1 reviews
Cat Urine Cleaning Solution
 
Prep time
Total time
 
from:
Type: Cleaning
Ingredients:
  • 16 0z - 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (if using 6% H2O2, dilute 50/50 with water)
  • 1 Teaspoon mild Dishwashing Liquid
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
Directions:
  1. Remove as much stuffing or padding, upholstery coverings, etc., as you can.
  2. Completely Soak the saturated areas (plus a little more for good measure) with cold water.
  3. Use clean white cloths or paper toweling to pat dry the area. Use deep pressure to draw as much of the urine out as possible. Do not rub or scrub.
  4. If your padding is removable, soak with water and squeeze it out good.
  5. When you have removed as much cat urine as you can, Mix the cleaning solution (H2O2, liquid soap, baking soda).
  6. Wearing gloves, immediately saturate the areas with the solution. Use a white clean cloth to help you squeeze the cleaner into hard-to-reach places. (Place your padding in a large sink or tub, and soak thoroughly).
  7. Once everything is fully soaked through, allow the cleaning solution to stand for a minimum of 15 minutes before sopping up as much liquid as you can.
  8. Let air dry completely. This may take a while, maybe even a day or two--do not rush the drying.
  9. Then, vacuum.
Notes
1. DO NOT mix this until you are ready to apply it. Hydrogen Peroxide stays active for only 15 minutes.

2. DO TRY this on a small, inconspicuous area to be sure it is color safe on your upholstery, carpet, etc.

3. USE gloves to protect your hands.
3.5.3208

 

 

So, why does The Litter Master recommend Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze?

 

 

For one thing, Red Fox and Mr. Mouse give the new 42lb. bag, found only at Sam’s Club, a thumbs up! Jinx, The Litter Master, is a huge fan of the antimicrobial agent that inhibits the growth of odor producing bacteria, and the Borate Technology for superior ammonia control. Josie loves the odor controlling power of Febreze with the fresher aroma of the lemongrass citrus scent and lower dust.

 

 

Mom and dad like the resealable bag and stretchy handle that make handling and storing so much easier. PLUS, be sure to check the May Instant Savings Book – $3.50 off at Sam’s Club 5/11-6/5. This offer is already loaded to the member’s card. Remember, Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze is only available at Sam’s Club

As The Litter Master, I have fully inspected this cat litter, and am confident your kitties will approve!

 

 

Jinx and Josie give Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze a 5 Meow Review!

 

Pamper your kitties with easy to make DIY Yarn Balls Cat Toys!

 

 

 

Josie and I are so excited to share with you something that our sissy, Rory, has made for us, Yarn Balls! They are great fun, and Rory says they are pretty easy to make. She and mom put together a little video tutorial to walk you through making these amazing Cat Toys for your kitties. There are written instructions for download available here.

 

 

Caring and Sharing with other Cats in Our Community!

 

As much as we LOVE this kitty litter, it was an even greater thrill to donate $100 to our local pet charity, Second Chance Pet Adoptions, as part of this campaign on behalf of Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze. It makes us happy to help other kitties find loving homes like we did. We hope you will be inspired to donate to a local charity of your own!

Get your Fresh Step Total Control with the Power of Febreze NOW! It can be purchased in store or online. Take it from me, The Litter Master, your cats will thank you!

 

 

 

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