Basepaws Cat DNA/Genetics Test Kit Collection (Initial review)

 

There are so many companies out there right now that can send us kits to check human DNA, health, genetics…etc. Believe me, I have researched and found it all so very interesting. I always thought though…what about my non human fur baby? You never know what kind of DNA your fur child has. We adopted our sweet Scarlet in 2014 from a shelter. We were told she was a stray found at McDonald’s. She is now almost 5 and seems to be in perfect health. I would love to know more about her health and DNA though. I researched and found that there is a company especially for my sweet kitty. Let me introduce you to Basepaws!

 

One simple cat DNA test, 
a lifetime of discovery.

 

How Does This Work?

Basepaws gets DNA from your cat’s hair and cheek cells. Most of the hair DNA comes from the living part of the fur — the follicle that is closest to the skin.

Because sometimes we can’t get enough fluff!
We also get DNA from other cells, like cheek cells that rub off onto a cotton swab.

home cat tail
What will I find out about my furry friend?
Health DNA Test for CatsHealth Info
  • Simple Disease Markers in Genetic Test for Cats

    Simple Disease Markers*

  • Spolycystic kidney disease (pkd) in cats

    Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)*

  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats

    Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)*

  • Comparative analysis of the cat genome

    Comparative Markers*

  • Complex Disease Markers

    Complex Disease Markers*

  • Personalized Medicine for Pets

    Personalized veterinary medicine*

Cat ancestry DNA testAncestry Info
  • Cat inbreeding DNA test

    In-Breeding*

  • Cats - Maternal and Paternal Tracing

    Maternal and Paternal Tracing*

  • Cats Breed Index

    Breed Index *

  • Family tree, Percent of breeds, percent breeds by chromosome of Cats

    Family tree, Percent of breeds, percent breeds by chromosome*

Best Genetic Testing Services for CatsFeatures
  • Send CatKit DNA report to vet

    Send report to vet*

  • Cat Health Assessment

    Health and wellness assesments*

  • Make decision based on genetically similar cats

    Make decision based on genetically similar cats*

Fun Cat Facts by BasePaws DNA TestFun Facts
  • Wild Cat Index

    Wild Cat Index *

  • Kitten Predicted Weight

    Predicted weight*

  • Cats Personality Traits

    Traits*

  • Predicted user submitted traits of Cats

    Predicted user submitted traits*

  • Catnip

    Catnip*

The cost of this kit is $95. Below are the details when you order your kid.

Order Details

  • Expect results 8-12 weeks after we receive your sample at the lab. However, processing times may vary and it may take up to 5 months to receive your results. We are doing our best to make it faster!
  • Ships in 3-4 business days.
  • Free shipping and return shipping in the continental U.S. included. $15 for International shipping.
  • Reach out to us for a bulk discount if you are buying 3 or more kits (meow@basepaws.com).
  • By purchasing the test before January 1st, 2019 you’ll get a lifetime of free updates!

I received a small envelope collection kit in the mail. When I opened it, it included the cat DNA kit, thorough instructions, 2 really cute decal stickers and a return envelope. All and all it looked and seemed a very easy process.

When you receive your kit it will instruct you to log in and activate it. Once you create your cat’s profile you can add a photo of your cat and also type up a little story about your furry friend. Then it will prompt you to activate your kit. Your activation code can be found in your kit you received. Once you enter the code and save, you are done with that part! Now comes collecting your cat’s DNA.

My kit contained only tape for the hair, no mouth swab. I had my husband hold Scarlet so I could collect the hair. It was easy and painless to her. Once completed I followed instructions how to put it in the envelope. I then mailed it off! The instructions say the company will notify me once they receive it. The process was so simple!

I am so excited to receive the results! Once I do I will be doing another review on Scarlet’s results. We will be anxiously waiting!

In the meantime, please visit their website for more information/to order.  Basepaws

 

*I received this kit in exchange for my honest opinion. 

 

 

 

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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TECHNOADDICTION IN TEENS AND THE USE OF PARENTAL CONTROL APP!

TECHNOADDICTION IN TEENS AND THE USE OF PARENTAL CONTROL APP!

 

Teens blow their thumbs on the screens of their smartphones more often. But what effect does this unprecedented behaviour have on teens?

A team of researchers from the NGO Common Sense Media has wanted to deepen this issue. To do this, they conducted a survey and asked 1,240 parents and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 to fill a questionnaire to follow up on the consequences of this massive use of mobile devices in their lives and in their relationships with others.

The data revealed that half of the adolescents said they felt addicted to the mobile phone and 60% of the parents felt the same. In spite of whether the parents thought if their children were mobile addicts or not, 66% considered that they spent too much time with the smartphone; in the case of adolescents, 52% saw it that way too.

In addition, 77% of parents agreed that their children were continually distracted – at least three times a week – due to the use of mobile phones.

Almost 80% of young people admitted that they reviewed or checked their notifications on the mobile phone at least every hour and 72% confirmed that they felt the need to respond to messages received on social networks almost immediately after receiving them.

Moment for a pause, but with caution

The phenomenon of mobile addiction is relatively recent, so there is no official diagnosis in this regard. However, psychologists warn about negative reactions of young people if this “object of desire” is removed very abruptly in order to eliminate this addiction. Hence, they suggest parents to make smart move such as using the parental control app like FamilyTime. 

With this app in hand, parents can first analyse factors that make their teens techno-addicts and can later take actions to remove their dependency. Having this app in hand, parents can:

  1. Mirror the contact book of their teens
  2. Monitor call logs
  3. Track SMS history
  4. Watchlist contacts
  5. Check the list of installed apps
  6. Track usage frequency 
  7. Blacklist unwanted apps 
  8. Allow specific time for an app usage
  9. Track internet usage & web-history
  10. Monitor bookmarks 
  11. Allocate specific hours for the device usage
  12. Schedule auto screen locks
  13. Remotely locking the phone
  14. Set speed limits
  15. Receive over-speed, SOS and PickMeUp alerts
  16. Track location in real time and past history
  17. Geo-fence important places 

And much more. The app has a long list of valuable features. To give each feature a free try, get the app now and see how does it help you to control tech use of your teens. To get the trial version of the app, go now to the app store on your phone.

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Kids will have a Fun and Spooky Halloween with BREAKFAST MONSTERS! Mini Plush Collectibles

 

Looking for a fun Halloween collectible and/or Halloween craft for your kids? You must check out Heidi Kenney’s BREAKFAST MONSTERS! Mini Plush blind box collectibles! Blind boxes are such a hit right now, kids will love these!

About BREAKFAST MONSTERS!: 

Introducing Breakfast Monsters by Heidi Kenney – Super Impulse has partnered with the notorious artist behind the successful YUMMYs™ line (which had captured the attention of the likes of Seth Rogen and Emma Stone!) to bring this new line of cute and spooky food plush items, Breakfast Monsters! They come in a mystery cereal box, with 9 soft and squishy plush options to choose from.

 

These are so cute and spooky for halloween! They are plush and soft, and come in 9 different varieties. Each come in a little cereal box and also a blind bag inside. Kids will have so much fun opening them and collecting them all. Perfect to give out as class halloween gifts as well!

 

You can also make these into fun Halloween crafts such as Halloween hanging garland, or even Halloween key chains or necklaces!

 

 

You can purchase these creepy breakfast pals over at a Target store near you!

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Seaworld Orlando’s 2018 Halloween Spooktacular is Happening Now!

SEAWORLD ORLANDO’S 2018 HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR RETURNS

Popular Daytime Halloween Celebration Returns Weekends September 22 – October 28

 Halloween Spooktacular returns to SeaWorld Orlando this fall on September 22. Guests of all ages can join everyone’s favorite furry friends from Sesame Street as The Count, Elmo, Abby and others take the stage in “Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween.” Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party and meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea. For this special event, children can dress in their Halloween costumes and take part in fun-filled trick-or-treating in the park.

The daytime Halloween fun takes place every Saturday and Sunday starting September 22 through October 28, 2018 and is included with park admission. Event hours are 11 a.m. to park close.

Halloween Spooktacular Highlights Include:

·        Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween

Celebrate a Spooktacular Halloween at SeaWorld with The Count, Elmo, Abby, and the rest of your Sesame Street friends!  The Count is feeling lonely this Halloween, and it’s up to you and the loveable monsters from Sesame Street to get him into the Halloween spirit.  Batty bats and spooky skeletons join the fun in a song-filled stage show that invites you and your family to dance, play and sing along.

·        Trick-or-Treating

Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies. Each sea-themed, trick-or-treat station features an assortment of candy favorites. Please join us in our efforts to protect our seas by bringing a reusable bag or Halloween bucket from home for treats. We will have an assortment of reusable bags, for $0.99 and up, at select locations.

·        Pets Ahoy Halloween

Guests can enjoy a special Halloween version of this side-splitting show with surprise twists, and a cast of unlikely characters that will have the whole family laughing from beginning to end.

 

·       Halloween Dance Party

Children join under-the-sea friends for a Halloween Dance Party where they can participate in line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air.

·        Mermaid Grotto

Meet a mystical mermaid from an underwater world of fantasy. Capture the amazing moment with a Mermaid Photo Package, available for purchase at the park.

Upgrades to Your Spooktacular Day at Seaworld

 

·        Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast

Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast features a delicious buffet enjoyed with the furriest characters in town. This breakfast is a fun-filled experience sure to delight kids and parents alike. Starting at $14.99 for kids and $29.99 for adults, reservations can be made online, at the Information Counter or by calling (407) 545-5550.

·        Reserved Show Seating: Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween

Enjoy a reserved seat at a showtime of your choice for Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween show at SeaWorld Orlando. Priced at $10 per person, guarantee a seat for a showtime of your choice.

Best Way to Play:

 

For Spooktacular event days on Saturdays and Sundays through October 28, children between the ages of 3 and 9 will receive a free ticket when a full-paid adult single-day ticket is purchased.

Just Around the Corner:

 

·        SeaWorld Orlando’s Praise Wave

Praise Wave, the popular Christian music event, returns for a second time in 2018 offering guests a day of fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. The live concert events will take place on Saturday, September 15 featuring Michael W. Smith and Saturday, September 22 featuring Newsboys.

·        SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday traditions are made, with delicious food, stunning live shows, delightful holiday shopping and joyous entertainment. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration brings together family fun and holiday traditions on select nights, November 17 – December 31, 2018 and is included with park admission.

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets and passes, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change. Follow SeaWorld Orlando on Facebook,Instagram and the SeaWorld Orlando Blog for the latest park updates and information.

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Play, Return, Repeat! with Toy Library (Review)

As a parent to two children, I am very familiar with toys. Toys EVERYWHERE in my home. So many that my children play with, and never touch again. Especially Lego’s. They will build Lego sets, have fun with their creations for a total of 5 minutes, and then the set is destroyed never to been seen again. Come on, who is with me on this? So much money spent on these sets only to be played with for a short time. There has to be something better. Well, there is! Let me introduce you to Toy Library.

How it works:

  • You pick two toys each shipment
  • We mail cleaned & sanitized toys
  • Play & return or keep toys you like
  • No charge for normal wear
  • Plans start at $2499

You can view the toys they have before signing up. Toys are based on age. There are so many cool toys to choose from. They have name brands such as Disney, Lego, American Girl, Hot Wheels and so much more!! Toys are based on a credit system/value system. The more the toy is worth the more credits it will be. Take a look at the plans below for more info.

 

Plans:

Toys are 1 to 3 credits (based on value) Shipment includes two toys. Always Free Shipping.

I was sent the Novice Monthly subscription. All toys come in a mesh bah with tag on it showing what is included and how many pieces are included. This included two toys up to a $80 value. I told them my children’s ages (7 and 10) and was sent the following for review:

Nerf: Nerf N-Strike Reflex IX-1 2-Pack

Value is approx $20-$30

My son loves Nerf Guns (he has way too many!) so he was thrilled to received these. He played with his sister for a while. The great thing is he can play as much as he wants with these, and then we send them back!

LEGO City Heavy Cargo Transport 60183 Building Kit

Value is approx $29.99
Ahhhh a Lego set I do not have to keep! This set my 10 yr old put together in about 35 minutes. It is a lot of fun and my kiddos have enjoyed playing with it. It was brand new as you can tell from the pictures, so when I returned I made sure to include all packaging back in the mesh bag.
I also received the following for my kids to keep:
This Lego bracelet is the coolest! It comes with some Lego pieces to build on the bracelet and wear around. My son loves it!!
As you can see, I did receive over $60 worth of toys. Instead of paying that, you can pay just $24.99 per month and keep the toys as long as you’d like! Put all toys/pieces back in their assigned mesh bag, and mail back with the enclosed return label. No shipping charges! Bye Bye Lego set!! 🙂
In conclusion, I think this is such a great monthly service to join. No more clutter around the house, no more playing with a $50 toy for 5 seconds and not knowing where it ends up after that. This would also make an awesome holiday gift, whether it be monthly or signing up for the full year. The parent will love you for that!
For more information and to order, please click this link:ToyLibrary
*I am working with Toy Library and their Influencer program. I will be reviewing toys they send me and letting you know what I think of them. This post also includes an affiliate link.

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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