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Changing Oakley and Tash’s food to Hills Science Plan Canine Adult Review

Oakley and Tash are the canines in our little family. Both boys, I know Tash is a funny name for a boy but we re-homed him when he was 18 months old and it was to late to change it. Tash is a sprocker spaniel (the brown one), he is a working cocker spaniel and springer spaniel mix. Tash is also Houdini, he is an escape artist, he can find his way out of just about any garden…… well that was until we have just spent hundreds of pounds getting the garden secure so he cannot escape. Oakley is our cocker spaniel (the brown and white one), who came to live with us when he was 7 weeks old. He now thinks he is the boss of the house and will steal a morsel of food at any given opportunity.

cocker and sprocker spaniel eating hills science plan

Recently Hills got in touch with me to see if we would consider trying out their Science Plan Canine Adult Medium dog food for Oakley and Tash. It’s not always easy to change your dogs food, it’s a slowish process. Plus my Hubby spent a lot of time researching different types of dog food before we settled on something. So I had to speak with my Hubby before I agreed to trial the dog food.

He looked into the dog food and did some research into the different ingredients and the benefits to our dogs. Once he had done that, he was pleasantly surprised and agreed for us to try it out.

Hills Science Plan Canine Adult Review

Like I said my Hubby was very keen to know what Hills used within their Science Plan food.

Chicken: Maize, wheat, chicken (26%) and turkey meal, animal fat, digest, maize gluten meal, soybean oil, minerals, dried beet pulp, flaxseed, vitamins, trace elements and beta carotene. With a natural antioxidant (mixed tocopherols).

We like to ensure that our dogs get a good balance of vitamins and proteins within their food, we also choose for them not to have fish based food. We have found when we have changed flavours they just don’t enjoy it as much. Which for us is important, we want a food that our boys will enjoy and wolf down each time they have their meals.

Hills Science Plan Adult offers all of the things we look for within our boys food. It has the levels of vitamins and proteins we want for them. However much they drive in crazy some days, I really want to ensure they have the best.

Trying the food

cocker spaniel with head in bag of dog food

We first tried the dogs on the kibbles of the food to see if they like it for treats, they loved it. So over the next few days we reduced their old food amount and then added the Hills. Until their old food was replaced fully with Hills. It’s better for the dogs digestion to slowly change them over. For about 4 days now they have been fully on Hills and both Oakley and Tash are thriving on it.

cocker and sprocker spaniel eating hills science plan

We haven’t seen any change is their poo, which is amazing. It’s normally the first sign that the food isn’t agreeing with them, so we are happy.

Make sure you look at the recommended amounts your dog needs, our boys actually both needed less than what we currently gave them.

My thoughts

I was impressed with the seal on the bag of food, it was easy to open and seal up after each use. With other brands we have used the bags haven’t been sealable, so we have had to move the food into containers.

cocker spaniel sat with a bag of hill science plan dog food

In the short time we have been using the food we have seen an improvement in the boys coats, even though we were happy with them before. They are now shinier and seem over all in better condition. Plus the dogs love it so we are happy. Energy levels are up, not that that needed to increase as spaniels are very active anyway.

The food isn’t budget dog food at around £32.99 for 12kg, however for us it isn’t about the price. It’s about ensuring what we are feeding the dogs is the best for them to keep them healthy and also in great condition.

If you are thinking about changing your dog food, then I would highly recommend giving Hills Science Plan Adult a try. Just make sure you change over slowly so it doesn’t give them upset tummies.

Thank you Hills for letting us try this great food for Oakley and Tash, they love it.

73 Things about me – A Bloggers version of Vogue’s 73 questions

I was asked my Sam over StressedMum to answer 73 vogue style questions, so I thought I would share my answers with you all.

vogue magazines

1. What is your usual Starbuck’s order?

I’m very boring, it would be a cup of tea, soya milk and 2 sweeteners. Although at Christmas I could be tempted by one of the festive hot chocolates.

2. What does your workstation look like right now?

It basically wherever my laptop goes. It could be the sofa, bed, garden or the local coffee chop.

3. All time favourite food?

I love lots of food, but probably roast potatoes………….. yummy!

4. Favourite author?

Wow, that’s a hard one. I read lots of books but at the moment I love Deborah Harkness and her All Souls books. They are amazing if you haven’t read them.

5. What do you think of open relationships?

It’s a big no from me, however I wouldn’t judge someone who was happy with it.

6. Favourite video game? 

Ooh, as a child I was a sonic or crash bandicoot fan. I haven’t really played video games for a years, although my son loves them.

7. Guilty pleasure treat?

Reality TV, I love! Plus Movies 24, full of films I could watch all day.

8. Favourite film?

There are so many I don’t think I can choose.

9. Favourite book?

Pride and Predijuce

10. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram.

11. Desktop or laptop?

Always my laptop.

12. Best advice you’ve ever received?

Be yourself, never change for anyone.

13. What project are you working on right now?

The whole house, but the living room is the current focus.

14. Favourite colour?

Pale pinks and pastel shades

15. Did you get good grades at school?

Yes, I worked hard for all of my grades and I was pleased with the results.

16. Dream job?

Wedding planning.

17. Played any sports?

Sports is not my thing.

18. Do you have a degree?

No

19. Nationality?

British.

20. What is your favourite kind of blog post to do?

One that I’m passionate about.

21. What do you like to collect?

Emma Bridgewater, I have a growing collection.

22. Describe yourself in 3 words?

Friendly, loyal, happy

23. If you were a rapper what would your rapper name be?

Petalzz

24. Who was the last person you dmed?

My eye brow lady.

25. What’s on the top of your wish list right now?

A cruise to Norway, oh and bespoke wardrobes.

26. Hogwarts House?

Slytherin, I love Harry Potter.

27. How many tattoos do you have?

I don’t have any, I don’t think I ever will.

28. What are you most grateful for this year?

Always my family, this year we have moved to our forever home and we are all so happy about it.

29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

We have just come back from two weeks in Crete, it was wonderful.

30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?

My niece shouting ‘Sarah’ when I arrive at her house today. She isn’t 2 yet so just learning to speak. So cute.

31. What’s the best thing ever?

My children.

32. Favourite season?

Autumn.

33. Favourite holiday?

Christmas, it just has to be. I love everything about it.

34. Which fictional character do you relate to most?

I’m honestly not sure.

35. Do you like surprises?

I do like surprises.

36. What’s the biggest surprise you ever got?

When we got engaged, over 10 years ago now.

37. What’s a surprise that’s made you cry?

When we got engaged.

38. What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given anyone?

Me and my Hubby decorated my sisters kitchen for her one day while she was at work. She loved it.

39. Do you like muffins?

Yes!

40. Do you cook often?

I cook meals almost every day, but I’m not great at it.

41. What’s your favourite dessert?

Always something chocolaty or a cheesecake.

42. Is there a dessert you don’t like?

Crumbles and pies, or anything with custard.

43. Cake or pie?

Cake every single time.

44. What’s your least favourite food?

Lamb, I just do not like it.

45. What’s your favourite condiment?

Olive Oil

46. It’s 4am on a Saturday night, what would you eat?

Cheesy chips or a pizza.

47. If you could teach a college class what would it be called?

How to love yourself……. I think I might have to take the class as well.

48. Best animated film?

Little Mermaid, I love it. Although the Lion King is a favourite in the house at the moment.

49. What had a guy done or said to impress you?

For our first Christmas together, my hubby bought me a gift for every day we had been together, it was only a couple of months but so sweet.

50. Best thing to do on a first date?

Meet for a drink, see how it goes then arrange something fun and exciting.

51. Worst thing to do on a first date?

Awkward silence.

52. What’s the funniest pickup line a guy can use on a girl?

Feel this (asking to feel his shirt) it’s boyfriend material…….. rubbish!

53. Best comic book character?

Wonder Women

54. What are the three things that are always in your handbag?

The normal, phone, keys an purse but also lipstick, pain killers and fruit bags for the kids.

55. Favourite drink?

Diet coke, tea and champagne.

56. If you could play an historical character who would it be?

Queen Victoria, in her younger happier years.

57. Kittens or puppies?

Puppies

58. Favourite sushi roll?

Salmon sake or califonia roll

59. What kind of lipstick do you use?

I use loads of different ones, but my Charlotte Tilbury are actually my favourite I have a few.

60. What kind of foundation do you use?

I’m currently using no7.

61. Blow dry it air dry?

Most of the time it’s air dried and then straightened the next morning. Although if going out I will blow dry it.

62. Who is your fashion icon?

Marilyn Monroe

63. Favourite Disney character?

Ariel

64. What are you doing tomorrow?

Getting my hair done.

65. Movie you laughed the hardest through?

21 Jump street, although I do laugh at a lot of films.

66. Movie that made you cry?

There is so many I cry at, in fact I cry at most of the films I watch.

67. If you could sing a duet with someone who would it be?

Ooh, I don’t know but maybe Adele, she’s fabulous.

68. If your life was a song what would the title be?

I really don’t know.

69. What’s your favourite animal?

Giraffes

70. Favourite illustrator?

There are so many.

71. Person you want to have coffee with?

My bestie.

72. What’s a country you wish to visit?

Norway

73. Best way to decompress?

Cuppa of tea and a film

Hope you enjoyed reading a little bit more about me. I now tag some other lovely bloggers to see what their answers are.

Midlands Traveller

Coffee, Cake, Kids

Jaki Jellz

Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Move in With Your Partner

So you’re in love. You both like pizza and Vampire Weekend. Your stars align in the bedroom. Now you’re thinking of moving in together. Amazing! But this is not a decision to take lightly. While it might be a thrill to think of waking up together every day, and you can’t wait to split rent two ways, moving in can spell disaster for otherwise healthy relationships. Before you take this big step, it’s wise to put your realist hat on and ask yourself these three tough questions.

couple cooking in the kicthen

Have We Had The Hard Conversations Yet?

If not, have them now. You know those tough conversations: children or no children? Marriage or perpetual freedom? But also: holidays with family or movies and Chinese take out? Clean the bathroom once a week or once a year? Home-cooked or eat out? Netflix Fridays or friends around to watch sport? Before you move in together is when you need to start raising these issues, big and small, to understand whether the two of you are ready, or if you’ll ever be ready, to move in. Sharing a living space is about more than splitting rent. You’re going to have to adjust to each other’s habits in ways you may never have considered before, so if there is something you want to ask, don’t wait. Ask now. 

How Will Our Finances Work?

No matter how similar you and your partner are, it’s unlikely that you earn the same amount. If one of you earns significantly more, you’ll need to be honest about your living standards and requirements before you call in the removalist. This applies even if you’ve decided to keep your finances completely separate except for shared costs. Will you rent a place that one person can afford but the other can’t? Will the more affluent partner pick up the slack financially in order to raise the lifestyle for both of you? And if so, are both of you okay with that? Will one person want to heat the house to jungle temperatures in winter while the other would rather rug up and save on the energy bill?

Have We Done a Practice Run?

If not, do! Before you move in, it’s a good idea to have a month-long (at least) sleep-over in each other’s homes. This period of low-pressure cohabiting will give you both an opportunity to spot those habits that drive you insane as well as the lifestyle choices that you appreciate and are looking forward to sharing. Dating and falling in love is a wonderful bubble to be in. But it doesn’t always pay to jump straight from that bubble into each other’s intimate space. A couple of rehearsals for the real thing are essential to help you understand the adjustments the move will require of you, and whether you’re ready to make room for someone else.

 

Whether you’ve been dating for one year or ten, moving in together is an exciting and important step in any relationship. Before you decide to sign a lease together, ask yourself these key questions to help you remove those rose-tinted goggles and look at the situation objectively.