20 December 2016

Selective foods for Guinea Pigs*

The dietary requirements for Guinea Pigs can be quite overwhelming when you first start to read into it, but it is of course extremely important that you do research before feeding them as you could be feeding them something potentially life threatening. Vitamin C is a major component needed within a piggies diet as their bodies don't manufacture any - so lots of leafy greens and pellets rich in Vitamin C are ideal.

When I first got my piggies, I picked up what was easily available in my local shops, and stuck to a single brand. As the product was a museli mix I found that my piggies would simply eat their favourite and leave the rest, which resulted in quite a bit of wasted museli and me looking for different brands of guinea pig food which would help solve this problem. I reached out to Supreme Pet Foods about this, and they kindly gifted me some Science Selective products for my piggies to try out. I was sent Science Selective Guinea Pig food, Selective Naturals Blackberry and Chamomile small animal treats, Selective Naturals Woodland Loops Dandelion and Rosehip small animal treats and a bag of Timothy Hay. 

The Selective Guinea Pig food which is usually priced at £6 for a 2kg bag, is a huge hit with my piggies and as the pellets are all the same (unlike the museli) they will all be eaten which is definitely a bonus. I found that both the Selective Naturals Blackberry and Chamomile treats and the Selective Naturals Woodland Loops Dandelion and Rosehip treats sadly weren't as big of a hit as the pellets had been, as the boys had a little nibble then went back to sit in their hidey house somewhat unimpressed; although I have seen this in the past with other brands of treats, maybe they just don't have a sweet tooth! The Timothy Hay definitely had the best response of the bunch, my piggies thoroughly enjoyed munching away on it so I will 100% be repurchasing it for them in the future. 



19 December 2016

Cohorted Beauty Box: December 2016

I definitely feel as though the weeks in beween Cohorted beauty boxes need to go a little quicker because basically I just can't handle the excitement for getting them. This months box arrived a little later than usual, but that was delayed when I missed the parcel and had to wait until yesterday to pick it up too (sad times I know), Anyways, the box itself was a little underwhelming if I am completely honest. The only product I was pretty excited about was the Clarins Multi-Blush in the shade Grenadine (£18.50) as it is the first Clarins makeup product i've ever had. The box also contained two Lucy Annabella Christmas Candles (£17 each) and Lavender Bath Essence by Plum and Ashby (£18) both of which aren't really my favourite of scents, but i'm thinking they would make lovely presents for family at Christmas. The final item in the box was Winter Large Bath Soap by the English Soap Company (£8) which was again not really to my tastes but will definitely make a nice gift for someone. Overall i'm not entirely sure I want to continue my subscription. I mean yes i've only been subscribed for two months but with boxes priced at £35 I would like products more to my liking.



18 December 2016

10 Things I'm looking forward to this Christmas

Christmas is pretty damn close now so I thought i'd compose a little post of 10 things that I look forward to doing over the holidays pretty much every single year. Just writing it down makes me squeal with excitement and become all giddy inside eeeeeek!

1. Spending time with my family
2. Having time off work to relax (its been a long, long term!)
3. Giving presents - I love the challenge of picking an individual gift for everyone
4. The amount of food I can get away with eating by saying 'its Christmas'
5. Getting into my new pyjamas on Christmas eve after having a little pamper session
6. Making our first Christmas dinner in our new home, yummy!
7. Visiting the Christmas market, I do love a Nutella Crepe or two...
8. Doing some Christmas baking - Cookies, Chocolate Logs, basically everything that we can make, we will make. 
9. Cinnamon Candles - Not going to lie i've already had these out, they smell too scrumptious not to have lit!
10. Watching Christmas Films - The Muppet Christmas Carol in particular!

I hope you guys and gals have an amazing Christmas break!


15 December 2016

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

Are the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks worth the hype? 

My opinion... Hell. Yes.

I picked it up from Debenhams in two shades - Lolita and Exorcism. 
I have to admit it was strange to apply at first and yeah I ended up smudging it pretty much all around my lips, but once I got the hang of it I was in love.  The pigmentation of the shades is literally incredible, I have never fallen in love with a product before as much as I have with this. It's £16 worth of pure perfection. I found it to be quite tacky upon application, but it soon dries and becomes almost undetectable on the lip. The longevity of the lipstick is also something I was quite impressed with, I mean more than four hours without needing reapplication?! Wow. I don't really know what more I can say to express my love for this product anymore, other than go buy it yourself and see how fantastic it is first hand!


12 December 2016

A Guinea Pig Essentials Checklist

Pets are for life and not just for Christmas! Its important to have a checklist to make sure that your piggies/pet have everything they need to live a happy and healthy life. I've compiled a list of all the things I have for my piggies, that may come in useful for you guys if you have a piggie of your own or you're thinking of getting two (they need a companion remember!).

A Cage - Preferably an indoor one so that the piggies don't get cold!

Bedding - I've just invested in fleece cage liners which are incredible, if you don't want one of those i'd recommend trying dust extracted woodshavings

Vegetables - Should be provided as frequently as possible, ideally daily. Rex and Spud's favourites are definitely romaine lettuce, corriander and kale!

- A fresh bowl of pellets should be provided daily to ensure the piggies are getting enough Vitamin C. 

- This should be the main part of your piggies diet as it allows the digestive system to function properly. 

Gravity Water Bottle 
- Obviously another essential for your piggies diet, they can become really ill if they don't have enough so definitely pick up a little bottle and top up water levels twice a day. 

Nail Clippers
- Unless you're getting a vet to clip your piggies nails, then i'd invest in some nail clippers they're much easier to use than the small scissors often advertised (Rex always tries to nibble away at them, so i've opted for clippers instead)

Small animal shampoo
- Its important that you pick up a shampoo specifically designed for small animals. Piggies should be bathed around 2/3 times a year as bathing them too often can dry out their skin and strip their coats of natural oils. 

Hidey houses/tunnels
- Guinea's love to hide away, so hidey houses or tunnels are the perfect addition to any cage. 

- My little guys love having something to nibble on, and i've seen quite a variety of chew toys out there for them so i'd definitely invest in a few to keep them busy!

- It's important to keep track of your Guinea Pigs weight, to make sure that they're eating properly and aren't sick. 

A Brush
- Handy if you have a long haired piggie, I don't really need one for my two as they're both short haired.


6 December 2016

Guinea Pig Cage Liners

It's crazy how much my life now revolves around my two little Guinea's Rex (pictured) and Spud, and of course I want them to be spoiled and be super happy piggies so I've recently been looking into various bedding options for their cage - which is when I came across the idea of cage liners. 

Cage liners are basically just two layers of fleece put together with an absorbent layer stitched in between them which is hand made to fit your cage. The absorbent layer as you can probably guess, absorbs any piggie pee in the cage, and the poos can be easily brushed up making it super easy to clean on a daily basis. The cage liners are machine washable which is also really handy as you aren't constantly having to pay out for dust extracted woodshavings which can be a tad pricey. 

After hunting online for the perfect cage liners I came across a site called Ziggys Piggies which make a variety of different items for your piggies cage including the cage liners, lap pads and snuggle sacks (all of which are super cute!). I picked up two cage liners for £28 (including postage) which are high quality, and were posted just five days after I had placed my order. Overall the service I received from Ziggys Piggies was incredible, and I would highly recommend making a purchase from them if you're thinking of picking up some items for your Guinea's!


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