My Daughter Hated Gym Class So We Tried Aaptiv & Here’s What Happened

After the second time in a month when my daughter, Sophia, asked for a note to sit out of gym class, I asked her what was going on. She told me sixth graders were running the mile, and as the slowest one in her class, she was too embarrassed to try again.
No one made fun of her, but she was always one of the last kids to finish while the other kids watched from the bleachers. She's a smart kid, and she likes spending all her time inside, reading and working on the computer. I've tried to limit her screen time to get her outside and moving by having her join the middle school soccer team, but she doesn't have a natural competitive streak so she wasn't really motivated. I even tried to talk to her gym teacher but the coach was dealing with huge class sizes and just didn't have time to give Sophia special attention. I was worried that if I didn't figure out a way to get Sophia interested in being active, it could negatively impact the rest of her life. Instead of telling her to push herself until she gets sick in gym class, I got her a subscription to Aaptiv, an audio workout app for her phone. They have fitness-instructor guided programs for doing workouts, motivating you through runs, teaching you how to stretch and more.


I've been using Aaptiv for a while, including to help me train for the annual charity 5k. The app has been a godsend for staying engaged during cardio training because I lose motivation on the treadmill after 2 minutes of going at it alone. The Top40 music and trainer's encouragement helped me so much, I thought it would work for my daughter too. I had Sophia download the app to her phone, and we browsed together some of the different programs and classes. They add 40 new classes a week, so there's always something new. Sophia wanted to try one that would help her run a mile, and we decided to do it together.


When she got home from school, before doing her homework, the two of us changed into exercise clothes, and then went outside. Sophia put the earbuds into her ear and was pleasantly surprised to find that every program has a soundtrack of music she actually likes. It's not just elevator music; they have all the biggest artists like Cardi B, Sia, and Britney Spears.


So she wouldn't feel self-conscious, I ran on the same track, keeping my eye on her while letting her go at her own pace. I know she's gotten embarrassed in the past when she feels like people are watching her, so the app was a good way for her to get the motivation and pro-tips she needed without having to work with a trainer. The audio instructor was such an expert, that the moment she started to feel a little out of breath from jogging, she was guided to walk. Sophia is a slow runner, but by alternating between jogging and walking, she was able to run faster for shorter bursts of time, which kept her from getting as tired and helped her build stamina.


When we did our lap and made it back home, Sophia found that her favorite band, Pentatonix was the soundtrack to an ab strength workout, so she did it alone in her room. I was so relieved that my daughter, especially at the tricky age of 11, was finding a healthy way to exercise. Three times a week, Sophia and I went for a guided run together, and after two months, she was able to run a mile without stopping for walk breaks!


Sophia's excited to try the mile-run at school again next year, which is a huge improvement from asking me to write her out of class. In the meantime, she's devouring every workout with a Pentatonix playlist they have, and also working on how to do the basics, like a proper push-up. Aaptiv has given me peace of mind that my daughter is going to have fun exercising, and will start the 7th grade on a physically and emotionally healthy track.

Follow this link to sign up online and get the first week of Aaptiv FREE!

Basic Homeowners Insurance Surprisingly Doesn't Cover These Things

Raising a family in my own home has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember...even before I met my wife. Once I took the plunge and bought a house, got a mortgage, and we purchased homeowner's insurance because it was a requirement. Unfortunately, I signed a policy without looking too deeply at the fine print. It turns out, a lot of people think homeowner's insurance covers all their needs, but that's a myth.

So, when my wife's parents got a home warranty plan from TotalHome Warranty by HomeServe, she wanted to get one too. At first, I thought my wife was being overly dramatic, and we had everything we needed taken care of by our homeowner's insurance. Boy was I wrong! I started looking into it and discovered that problems which usually happen to due wear and tear around the home aren't even covered by basic homeowners' insurance.

In doing my research, I realized that TotalHome Warranty offers a home warranty plan for the covered repair or replacement on appliances and home systems - such as refrigerators, washer/dryers, and electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems. A plan is relatively inexpensive and having one in place can help avoid home repair headaches down the line. Plus, the best thing is that TotalHome Warranty finds a technician for you, and they have a 24-hour hotline you can call any time of the day or night.

Here are four common issues that most basic homeowner's insurance won't help you with:

1. Appliance Breakdowns

Laundry isn't optional. When your washer or dryer isn't working, your entire household comes to a standstill. Same can be said for major appliances. For example, can you imagine life with 3 kids without a working refrigerator, oven, or dishwasher? With an appliance plan from TotalHome Warranty, you'll feel good knowing that a breakdown may be covered, and my family can still get a hot meal, and have clean clothes.

2. Heating/Cooling System Failure

When my central AC went down in the middle of last summer, things got pretty uncomfortable pretty fast. I was stuck waiting while my family got overheated in more ways than one (let's just say there were a lot of arguments that summer). I ended up having to dig into our savings to get it fixed. I was kicking myself knowing that I should have been prepared before my AC went on the fritz. Now that I have a plan from TotalHome Warranty, I have peace of mind knowing covered repairs will be taken care of.

3. Burst Water Pipes

In my opinion, there's nothing worse than water damage in a home. And having to deal with burst water pipes can cause some serious homeowner stress. And the biggest stress of all for me is that I hate dealing with plumbers because I never know if I can trust their estimates. Having a plan from TotalHome Warranty in place before something happens makes me feel at ease as I know that they have trusted, local, licensed technicians that I can call 24/7, 365 days a year and they can help me with a covered repair.

4. Electrical Problems

I live in a beautiful old house, with much of the same architecture as when it was built in the 1900s. But the circuits in older homes just aren't made to handle the many electric gadgets we use in modern life. We're starting to notice that the circuit breaker flips far more often than usual, and sometimes we get dips or sags in power. It's a huge bother, but back then, I didn't want to call an electrician because I was afraid it would cost thousands to fix properly. Now that we have a home warranty plan in place, I feel more at ease and less homeowner stress when I think about future electrical problems with my antique home.

All said and done, I can't believe how many common household problems caused by normal wear and tear were not covered by most basic homeowners' insurance. Now that I have a plan from TotalHome Warranty by HomeServe, I don't hesitate to call when I have a covered problem with my appliances, interior plumbing, electric, heating or cooling systems.

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Basic Homeowners Insurance Surprisingly Doesn't Cover These Things

Raising a family in my own home has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember...even before I met my wife. Once I took the plunge and bought a house, got a mortgage, and we purchased homeowner's insurance because it was a requirement. Unfortunately, I signed a policy without looking too deeply at the fine print. It turns out, a lot of people think homeowner's insurance covers all their needs, but that's a myth.

So, when my wife's parents got a home warranty plan from TotalHome Warranty by HomeServe, she wanted to get one too. At first, I thought my wife was being overly dramatic, and we had everything we needed taken care of by our homeowner's insurance. Boy was I wrong! I started looking into it and discovered that problems which usually happen to due wear and tear around the home aren't even covered by basic homeowners' insurance.

In doing my research, I realized that TotalHome Warranty offers a home warranty plan for the covered repair or replacement on appliances and home systems - such as refrigerators, washer/dryers, and electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems. A plan is relatively inexpensive and having one in place can help avoid home repair headaches down the line. Plus, the best thing is that TotalHome Warranty finds a technician for you, and they have a 24-hour hotline you can call any time of the day or night.

Here are four common issues that most basic homeowner's insurance won't help you with:

1. Appliance Breakdowns

Laundry isn't optional. When your washer or dryer isn't working, your entire household comes to a standstill. Same can be said for major appliances. For example, can you imagine life with 3 kids without a working refrigerator, oven, or dishwasher? With an appliance plan from TotalHome Warranty, you'll feel good knowing that a breakdown may be covered, and my family can still get a hot meal, and have clean clothes.

2. Heating/Cooling System Failure

When my central AC went down in the middle of last summer, things got pretty uncomfortable pretty fast. I was stuck waiting while my family got overheated in more ways than one (let's just say there were a lot of arguments that summer). I ended up having to dig into our savings to get it fixed. I was kicking myself knowing that I should have been prepared before my AC went on the fritz. Now that I have a plan from TotalHome Warranty, I have peace of mind knowing covered repairs will be taken care of.

3. Burst Water Pipes

In my opinion, there's nothing worse than water damage in a home. And having to deal with burst water pipes can cause some serious homeowner stress. And the biggest stress of all for me is that I hate dealing with plumbers because I never know if I can trust their estimates. Having a plan from TotalHome Warranty in place before something happens makes me feel at ease as I know that they have trusted, local, licensed technicians that I can call 24/7, 365 days a year and they can help me with a covered repair.

4. Electrical Problems

I live in a beautiful old house, with much of the same architecture as when it was built in the 1900s. But the circuits in older homes just aren't made to handle the many electric gadgets we use in modern life. We're starting to notice that the circuit breaker flips far more often than usual, and sometimes we get dips or sags in power. It's a huge bother, but back then, I didn't want to call an electrician because I was afraid it would cost thousands to fix properly. Now that we have a home warranty plan in place, I feel more at ease and less homeowner stress when I think about future electrical problems with my antique home.

All said and done, I can't believe how many common household problems caused by normal wear and tear were not covered by most basic homeowners' insurance. Now that I have a plan from TotalHome Warranty by HomeServe, I don't hesitate to call when I have a covered problem with my appliances, interior plumbing, electric, heating or cooling systems.

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Why I Replaced My Old Mattress With A New Casper Box Mattress

Sleep isn't something I really thought about until I moved in with my girlfriend last year. I'd heard that there are different qualities of sleep, but I just never really paid attention to my own patterns. I knew that if I was out late the night before I might be more tired the next day, but that was about it. But when my girlfriend moved in, I started waking up in the middle of the night a lot, because whenever she would move, the mattress would shake and jostle me awake. I tried melatonin and other supplements, but nothing really worked and eventually, I started feeling the effects of poor sleep in my life. I was snapping more easily at work, couldn't concentrate, and just wanted to nap instead of going to the gym when I got home. I told a coworker about my problems, and he told me that I should try a mattress made with memory foam. I thought that sounded unnecessary, and my spring mattress was probably fine. My only real association with memory foam was those old Tempurpedic commercials I used to see when I was a kid, and they seemed super cheesy. Plus it sounded like something that would sink down to much, I just didn't feel like it was for me.

But after seeing a ton of reviews from other people online who said that foam mattresses totally changed their sleep game, I wondered if maybe it was worth the hype. I started comparing brands, and the mattress that seemed to have the most positive reviews was Casper. I had heard of Casper before and knew it was a leader in the bed-in-a-box space. Sometimes things are popular for a reason, so I went online to see what made Casper different. I found out that their mattresses are made with several layers of foam to make them comfy and supportive, breathable material to keep you cool, and best of all they are motion transfer resistant so I won't feel my girlfriend if she moves in the middle of the night. Ding ding ding! Ok, they did call out my biggest issue, but I still just wasn't sure it would actually make a difference. But, they have a 100-night free trial, so I figured I had nothing to lose and ordered a Queen sized mattress.

The mattress arrived in a box so the delivery guy could just leave it in front of my building without a problem. It was light enough that I could carry it up the stairs by myself and didn't have to hire movers, which I liked. I opened the box and uncurled the mattress onto my frame. It started inflating immediately, and it was really cool to see it puff up like magic! The whole process was so convenient, which makes a big difference to me as a busy person. When we went to sleep that first night, my girlfriend loved how comfortable it was, but I knew the real test would come after she fell asleep. When my alarm went off the next morning, I had slept through the night for the first time since my girlfriend moved in! I was so glad that the motion transfer resistant material actually worked because I was starting to worry about what my lack of sleep would mean for our relationship.

Over the next few weeks, I noticed a few more perks of our Casper: I really was staying cooler, and wasn't waking up a little sweaty. Plus, because the mattress is engineered for good neck and spine alignment, I felt less creaky and stiff and was moving around more freely when I went to the gym. Most of all, I started actually appreciating the soft and comfortable foam whenever we'd watch Netflix in bed on the weekends. Now that I've experienced the energy and mood lift that comes with a good night's sleep, I'm never going back. I wish I had gotten a Casper when I lived on my own, so I could have appreciated good sleep for all it's worth back then.

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Working Out Regularly Was Hard: Here's Why I Tried BodyBoss

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As long as I can remember, I've felt about 10 pounds away from a confident body. Whether it's making sure I bought the high waisted swimsuit to hide my tummy or wearing cardigans to cover my arm flab, I just never felt 100% confident in my own skin. After I had my first child, Libby, I gained another 20lbs and found myself feeling really unattractive and uncomfortable in my new-mom body. It was a really rough time for me emotionally, my daughter became the absolute light of my life and gave me a whole new kind of joy, but I was also exhausted all the time, and the extra weight made me feel really insecure. I knew I needed to finally find something that could help me transform my body, so I could be a confident and healthy example for my daughter growing up.

I started doing some research, but I really didn't think I could find a program that would work for me, especially since I hate going to the gym (comparing myself to all those pink sports bra wearing 20-year-olds? No thanks) and now that I had Libby I didn't have time to anyway. I was chatting with some of the other moms on my new-mom Facebook support group, and they recommended BodyBoss. It's a fitness program you can do entirely at home, without equipment, and without a fancy smart TV. It's a book that explains everything along with videos that guide you through a 12-week program of HIIT strength training exercises--intense sessions that are less than 30 minutes each day, three days a week. I looked online, and a lot of women seemed to like the BodyBoss HIIT—the High-Intensity Interval Training that gives you the #BossEffect, so you keep burning more calories even when your workouts over. They even posted before and after pictures of the amazing results they saw in a matter of weeks.

I was still hesitant; I didn't think I would have the motivation to do workouts on my own, or I would do them wrong. But, the pictures online were real, with real women just like me achieving their goals. Plus, they had a really active online community where hundreds of women help motivate and support each other as they work towards their goals. It was hard to argue with the results staring me in the face, so I decided to be brave for Libby and take the plunge. I ordered the BodyBoss Fitness Guide and poured myself a glass of wine to cheers myself for taking the first step towards transforming my body and becoming a more confident self.

The first day I tried the workout, I was really nervous. And I'm not going to lie; it was hard! I understand how HIIT workouts burn fat so rapidly because they're designed to help you make the most out of your time and really kick your butt. Even though I found the first few sessions challenging (I didn't realize how out of shape I was!), I was impressed that I had an easy time understanding exactly what I was supposed to be doing because the book used pictures to make everything really clear. After the first week, something magical happened: the workouts started getting easier. Each week I found I had more energy, was stronger, and less sore. That amazing feeling of getting a little stronger each week ended up giving me the motivation I was afraid I wouldn't have to complete the whole 12-week program. And in the first weeks when I was worried I wouldn't be good enough, I turned to the online community and they cheered me on and gave me the strength to keep going. I saw comments from these amazing women like Samantha, Mindy, and Tina, who were always sharing little tips and words of encouragement to help newbies like me. I also started joining them every Monday for the free Facebook LIVE sessions where we got tips, recipes, and answers to our questions from Kim Lyons, the top trainer from one of my favorite TV weight-loss shows, The Biggest Loser. She's a busy mom like me, and that helped so much!

After completing the 12 weeks, I lost six inches of stubborn belly fat from my waist and was four jeans sizes smaller. I was more toned and stronger than I ever had been when I used to rely on dieting and cardio, and the superfoods and recipes were so yummy, I got this whole new level of energy and confidence. Even my husband noticed and complimented me, a lot. BodyBoss really made all the difference, because they let me work out on my own time, without going to the gym. Now I don't shy away from mirrors, I don't feel like I need to keep the lights off when I'm around my hubby, and I feel like a strong woman my daughter will be proud to call Mom.

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Human-Grade Dog Food Made Specifically For Your Pup's Health Needs

While waiting on the slowest line at the grocery store a few weeks ago, I found myself reading the ingredients of everything in my cart. I knew there were preservatives in my packaged muffins and jellies, but I was shocked when I saw how much processed junk was in my dog's food. The thought of Audrey eating so many chemicals I couldn't pronounce along with dyes, sugar, and something called "meat and bone meal" for nearly every meal upset me. Those are once-in-a-while ingredients, not fit for a twice-a-day-diet.

I did some research, and that's when I found a brand making dog food that's designed to be healthy for my sweet pug's individual needs. Ollie is a subscription dog food that delivers the ideal blend of human-grade meat and nutrients for your dog right to your door every month Ollie uses a quiz to customize the perfect meals, so your dog is getting just what they need to live a happy and fulfilling life. Audrey was a couch potato pup, but with her new vet-formulated plan that's made with varied produce, vitamins, and human-grade meat, she's been a bit more of an adventurer, huffing and puffing less on walks. Plus her coat is super shiny!

Here's exactly what the quiz looks like, so you know how Ollie finds the right food for your dog.

To design your dog's meal, you first type in your dog's name.

Then, Ollie gets into your puppy's specifics. You input your dog's breed if you know it, along with his or her sex, age, and whether they're spayed or neutered. A labrador puppy who hasn't been neutered yet is going to have completely different nutritional needs than a fixed, matured Great Dane.

Next, Ollie got me in the emotions with the weight questions. They forced me to admit that Audrey probably could lose a pound or two to perk her up a bit. Luckily her Ollie meals come with a portion-perfect scoop so I'm never worried about overfeeding.





Finally, Ollie asks about your dog's current eating habits and if they have any allergies. When you answer those questions, the little dog on the side of your screen is completed and you're ready to view your recipes!

Audrey loves beef and isn't allergic to anything, so her top recommendations were the Hearty Beef Eats, as well as Chicken Goodness, Healthy Turkey Feast, and Tasty Lamb Fare. Ollie offers two weekly subscription options priced based on your dog's size and needs; for just $26.70 a week, my pug could live on a 100% Ollie diet. For $15.25 a week, I could use Ollie's recipes for part of Audrey's diet, either for one perfectly healthy meal a day or to add nutrition to her old dry food. You can always add another dog to your plan, too, which makes dinner time easy for multiple pup households.

Ollie is free of toxins and GMOs, so it's way better than store-bought brands, but since it's tailored exactly to your dog's needs, it goes above and beyond to have the most balanced blend of vitamins and nutrients for your best friend. Ollie gave Audrey some of her puppy energy back, and the subscription saved me the hassle of endless trips to the pet store by sending Audrey's meals to my home. So it's a win-win! Try Ollie Today and Get 50% OFF Your First Delivery.

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Human-Grade Dog Food Made Specifically For Your Pup's Health Needs

While waiting on the slowest line at the grocery store a few weeks ago, I found myself reading the ingredients of everything in my cart. I knew there were preservatives in my packaged muffins and jellies, but I was shocked when I saw how much processed junk was in my dog's food. The thought of Audrey eating so many chemicals I couldn't pronounce along with dyes, sugar, and something called "meat and bone meal" for nearly every meal upset me. Those are once-in-a-while ingredients, not fit for a twice-a-day-diet.

I did some research, and that's when I found a brand making dog food that's designed to be healthy for my sweet pug's individual needs. Ollie is a subscription dog food that delivers the ideal blend of human-grade meat and nutrients for your dog right to your door every month Ollie uses a quiz to customize the perfect meals, so your dog is getting just what they need to live a happy and fulfilling life. Audrey was a couch potato pup, but with her new vet-formulated plan that's made with varied produce, vitamins, and human-grade meat, she's been a bit more of an adventurer, huffing and puffing less on walks. Plus her coat is super shiny!

Here's exactly what the quiz looks like, so you know how Ollie finds the right food for your dog.

To design your dog's meal, you first type in your dog's name.

Update: Normally Ollie offers 20% Off for new users, BUT be sure to use the links from this article to get 50% OFF your first purchase, an exclusive offer for Liberty Readers.

Then, Ollie gets into your puppy's specifics. You input your dog's breed if you know it, along with his or her sex, age, and whether they're spayed or neutered. A labrador puppy who hasn't been neutered yet is going to have completely different nutritional needs than a fixed, matured Great Dane.

Next, Ollie got me in the emotions with the weight questions. They forced me to admit that Audrey probably could lose a pound or two to perk her up a bit. Luckily her Ollie meals come with a portion-perfect scoop so I'm never worried about overfeeding.





Finally, Ollie asks about your dog's current eating habits and if they have any allergies. When you answer those questions, the little dog on the side of your screen is completed and you're ready to view your recipes!



Audrey loves beef and isn't allergic to anything, so her top recommendations were the Hearty Beef Eats, as well as Chicken Goodness, Healthy Turkey Feast, and Tasty Lamb Fare. Ollie offers two weekly subscription options priced based on your dog's size and needs; for just $26.70 a week, my pug could live on a 100% Ollie diet. For $15.25 a week, I could use Ollie's recipes for part of Audrey's diet, either for one perfectly healthy meal a day, or to add nutrition with her old dry food. You can always add another dog to your plan, too, which makes dinner time easy for multiple pup households.



Ollie is free of toxins and GMOs, so it's way better than store-bought brands, but since it's tailored exactly to your dog's needs, it goes above and beyond to have the most balanced blend of vitamins and nutrients for your best friend. Ollie gave Audrey some of her puppy energy back, and the subscription saved me the hassle of endless trips to the pet store by sending Audrey's meals to my home. So it's a win-win!

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Now Is The Perfect Time To Get Summer-Ready With YogaClub

As the days get warmer, we're trading our snuggly winter blankets and Netflix binge sessions for lighter outfits and sunny days outside. We're counting down the time until we can hike through the wilderness, have outdoor charcuterie picnics, or sip umbrella drinks by the pool. This year, we're determined to look and feel our very best and take advantage of the most anticipated season! Now is the perfect time to get ready for summer, whether that's losing a bit of that winter take-out food weight or stocking up on cute new outfits. Luckily, YogaClub is here to help us with both.

YogaClub is a subscription box that sends you curated, 3-piece outfits of brand name workout apparel from designer brands like Niyama Sol, Threads 4 Thought, and Beyond Yoga. Before getting your first box, you take a short style quiz that collects info like your size, body shape, color & style preferences, and more. Then they send you a hand-picked outfit (that's leggings, a sports bra, and a top) right to your door. My subscription is $79 a month for 3 luxury items, and it costs less than one pair of leggings usually costs at the studio!

Here's why you need YogaClub before summer rolls around.

1. The clothes are so cute, you can't wait to show em' off.

Gone are the days when you could get away with wearing the same boring black leggings over and over. Summer is coming, so shove those to the back of your closet and make room for YogaClub! They have such a wide range of colors, prints, and details you can mix and match, no matter what your style. Bright florals? Check. Neutral patterns? Check. Still, want to stick with black? Spice it up with a fun mesh cutout. Their style quiz lets you opt out of certain styles, so you know you're getting an outfit that fits your taste.

2. It'll become your motivation to hit your workout goals.

"Okay, I'm actually going to start my workout plan… tomorrow!" We know the feeling. But opening your pink YogaClub box and seeing what new outfit you got is the perfect spark of motivation you need to ignore all of your excuses and work on that #summerbod. Feeling confident in what you're wearing and how you look can really give you the mental boost you need to run that extra mile or sign up for the kickboxing class you've been too intimidated to try.

3. You'll look trendy everywhere you go, from the gym to the grocery store to brunch.

We promise you won't look out of place. YogaClub outfits are high-quality and functional, but also super stylish. Many of their brands are sold in designer boutiques and high-end studios, so you won't be wearing the same old department store styles as everybody else. No more lugging around giant tote bags with all your changes of clothes, these outfits are super cute and versatile!!

4. You'll fill your closet with high-end athleisure without splurging.

With a YogaClub subscription, you're basically getting 60% off name brand workout apparel. Instead of paying a cringe-worthy $98+ for one pair of Lululemon leggings, you're paying $79 a month for a top and sports bra and leggings! That means more money for fun things, like frosé at the rooftop bar. They also have different frequency subscriptions if you want it less often, and it's great that you pay every month instead of upfront. It's also really easy to pause or cancel your subscription online (but you won't want to).

If you're ready to stock up your workout closet for summer without draining your wallet, it's time to join YogaClub. Your personal stylist will hook you up with athleisure that's individually picked for your style, so there's no way you won't love it. But be warned, you'll be getting a lot of compliments and you might need to spill your secret at the next girls' brunch!

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Why Pretty Litter Is The Best Kitty Litter

Some people hate cleaning kitty litter so much that they're willing to pay upwards of $500 for a self-cleaning kitty litter box. For that much money, two people could see 19 movies a year at matinee prices!

That's a lot of screen time for the cost of avoiding the most basic of kitty cat chores. Of course, all that could be remedied if there were just a great kitty litter. Luckily, this is the saves-the-cat-moment in the movie of your life.

Close up on the kitty litter box. We see an owner pouring yellow kitty litter. A dust cloud builds. We hear coughing. A cat enters, pees, and leaves the box with clumps on its paws. Cut to a doctor's office: the cat has a urinary tract infection (UTI) because of the dust cloud. The owner pays a bill of $500. Enough for self-cleaning kitty litter box; enough for two people to see 19 movies a year at matinee prices!

SMASH CUT: We see a bag of PrettyLitter. Its contents resemble white sand. It pours without a dust cloud. The cat uses it, leaving the box with no trace of it having been used.

CUT TO: A movie theater. The owner, alone, walks carrying a bag of popcorn. Clumsily, he bumps into another person, spilling popcorn everywhere – both parties crouch to clean the mess, bumping heads along the way. Will they fall in love? Maybe with each other, but certainly with PrettyLitter, the best kitty litter. How can we know for sure? Read on and fall in love with PrettyLitter yourself.

Pretty Litter creates no dust cloud.

As you've seen already, the dust cloud created by kitty litter is dreaded. Not only can it prompt a coughing fit and a mess, but it can lead to a UTI. Of course, if your cat has a UTI you'll likely be unable to diagnose it yourself; you'll just see your cat displaying the symptoms of illness (not eating, hiding, meowing in pain, etc). Luckily, PrettyLitter not only helps your cat avoids UTIs, but it can also help you detect them. What?! YES!

PrettyLitter helps to diagnose cat illnesses.

Part of what makes PrettyLitter the best kitty litter is that it changes colors to indicate feline health. Yellow is normal, but red, orange, blue, and green are forebearers of UTIs, blood in the urine, inflammation, kidney problems, etc. It's also an early warning detection system because you'll be able to spot cat trouble before your cat becomes hard to spot (because they hide when they're sick).

Here's the real nitty-gritty of the color scheme. If your cat's urine is too alkaline, it'll turn into a shade of blue or green (high urinary pH can lead to bladder crystals and stone formation). If PrettyLitter turns a shade of orange, then your cat may be suffering from metabolic acidosis (when your cat's body produces too much acid, or your kidneys aren't removing enough acid from the cat's body, which can have consequences as serious as coma or death). Kidney tubular acidosis (when your cat's kidneys are the culprit behind too much acid in the body), is also a potential threat. Low urinary pH can also lead to calcium oxalate (a big part of kidney stones). And if the crystals turn red, that can mean bladder inflammation, bladder stones, or a UTI. Good luck spotting that in a clump!

PrettyLitter provides easy cleanup.

Other brands boast about the efficacy of their clumping formula while keeping the adverse effects of clumping cat litter on the down low: clumps can get easily dragged around the house, stepped in by owners, and can be so hard to clean that they compromise an entire box's worth of litter with broken up clumpy bits.

You might be saying, "My cat is obsessed with Fancy Feast Broths," but you'll also be saying, "I love PrettyLitter!" after you discover the secret of its no clump formula. Its shiny white crystals are highly absorbent silica gel, and it traps odor, moisture, and eliminates the urine. That means no clumping! You don't have to scoop the litter box for clumps, and you don't have to fear a mess. Everyone will think you have super tidy cats, and the only solid waste is going to be cat feces, which, luckily, is easy to scoop.

PrettyLitter has a naturally fresh odor.

One of the benefits of PrettyLitter is that you won't even know you're using it. That's because it has no scent! And when your furball friend uses it, the odor gets trapped and eliminated with the moisture. Talk about odor control!

PrettyLitter is all natural litter.

Part of what makes PrettyLitter the best kitty litter is that it's made from all natural silica gel. It's super lightweight, which is why a bag only weighs 4 lbs. Many other litter products make their litter out of clay with harmful compounds. Bentonite, for example, is added to facilitate clumping, but it can hurt your cat's digestive system.

What makes bentonite potentially harmful? The clumps made from bentonite may stick to your cat, and when your cat licks its paws that clay may then expand within them. Yikes! And if 1800 PetMeds, America's Largest Pet Pharmacy, doesn't give you a definitive, "Yes," when you ask, "Is clumping litter safe for cats?" then you've got yourself a problem. Play it safe with PrettyLitter!

PrettyLitter is actually manufactured in one of the world's largest and most highly regarded kitty litter plants under the highest of quality standards. And the silica comes from carefully selected sources! The proprietary blend that's used to monitor your cat's urine also comes from natural sources.

PrettyLitter is affordable, lasts longer, and makes life easy.

PrettyLitter is roughly 22$ per bag, although the cost goes up if you have multiple cats. One bag lasts a whole month, and since it's subscription-based you never have to worry about running out. And since PrettyLitter doesn't clump, one bag actually is enough for a month. That means less waste for the environment! And if you've already spent $500 on a self-cleaning litter box, or happen to own any of the 5 best litter boxes, don't worry, PrettyLitter will work great in there too!

So, step aside Dr. Elsey, get lost World's Best Cat Litter, and, Arm and Hammer, take a hike! PrettyLitter is clearly the best kitty litter on the market. And you don't even need a meet-cute to fall in love. You just have to go online and place an order.

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4 Most Common Kitty Myths & The Truth Behind Them

From ancient Egyptians worshipping cat gods, to 16th century folk associating cats with evil and witchcraft, myths about our furry four-legged friends have been around for thousands of years. We'll get into some ancient superstitions and fun feline facts below, but the most widely accepted modern myth? That litter boxes have to be gross. PrettyLitter is a super lightweight (like, 4 lbs for a whole month's supply) kitty litter that's odor neutralizing, anti-dust and anti-clumping, so you only have to change it once a month. It's totally revolutionizing the way people take care of their cats, and even has a delivery subscription so you can cut out trips to the pet store. Best of all, PrettyLitter's formula contains crystals that will change color to alert you to potential health problems. So you can rest assured your cat is healthy, or know when to take them to the vet if something's wrong.

While our feline friends have been able to shake off most of the crazy myths surrounding them over the years, here are 4 of the most common myths about cats debunked.

Myth - Black Cats Are Unlucky

Black cats have been the subject of superstitions for centuries, and while in some countries they are considered unlucky, in other parts of the world, the dark-haired felines are said to bring good fortune. In Japan, it is thought to be good luck if a black cat crosses your path, but in much of Europe and the US, the presence of a black cat is considered to mean that bad luck is on its way. If a black cat appears on your doorstep in Scotland, tradition suggests you could be coming into money, while in China, some believe black cats mean that poverty is in your future. Sadly, unwanted and abandoned black cats are notoriously difficult to rehome thanks to superstition, so this is a myth with deep-running consequences for adoption rates.

Myth - Cats Always Land On Their Feet

False! While cats do have what is called a righting reflex, meaning they're able to twist around very quickly in the air when falling, as well as flexible backbones, it is not guaranteed that your kitty will always land on their feet. Cats are agile creatures, but the truth is they can really hurt themselves if they fall the wrong way. Interestingly, a cat has a better chance of walking away injury free if the fall from a height of above 12 feet than a shorter perch, because the longer distance gives them time for their righting reflex to kick in.

Myth - Cat's Do Their Business Outside Of The Litter Box If They're Mad At You

Cat's don't go to the bathroom outside of the litterbox out of spite! If your kitty is having accidents all over the house, it could be due to stress of an underlying medical issue. If your cat has a urinary tract infection or another type of bladder irritability, he may start to associate the litter box with pain, and therefore will seek other places to do his business. PrettyLitter can help alert you to potential health issues your kitty might be suffering from. The highly absorbent microgels trap the urine and will change color if they detect an abnormalities, allowing you to catch a dangerous and painful health issue before it gets any worse.

Myth - Cats Need Cows Milk

When we think of our gorgeous four legged female friends, we naturally associate them with a nice little saucer of milk, right? Turns out, cats actually don't need milk after infancy, and can even develop a lactose intolerance in adult life. Cows milk has little to no nutritional value for a cat, and while there is no problem using milk as a once-in-a-while treat, it can cause an upset stomach for those kitties who aren't used to it.

While your cat might be a legendary Instagram presence, don't believe the urban legends about them. PrettyLitter is busting the myth that litter boxes have to be gross by delivering super lightweight litter right to your door, with an odor eliminating and clump defying formula that eliminates the gross-out factor so you can get back to snapping that perfect Insta of Mister Whisker's cat nap in the sun.

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