Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Stalking Bananya

Meows from Mudpie, and happy National Banana Day!

Since I'm a cat and therefore not a fan of the popular fruit, I wanted to use today to introduce you to my new friend, Bananya, and the back story of how she joined our little family.


Have you heard of Bananya? It's a Japanese anime television series that follows a white cat who lives inside a banana. Mommy tried to resist the temptation of adding yet another stuffie to our collection until she received an email from Barnes & Noble introducing Calico Bananya, and she had to have it. (Since plush torties are impossible to find, calicoes are the next best thing!)

So she went to the bookstore one Saturday afternoon, had to ask where to find Bananya, only to find another lady walking off with the very last calico!!! She stalked followed the woman around the store for a bit just in case she put the cat down, but when she headed for the checkout Mommy had to give up. Luckily a week later the calico was listed online as back in stock at our store and she was able to reserve it in-store for pick up.

Now the cute little calico is part of my snuggle pile on the bed :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Flipping My Lid Over the FroliCat Flik #ChewyInfluencer

Meows from Mudpie!

A few weeks ago I received an email from Chewy asking if I'd like to review PetSafe's FroliCat Flik interactive teaser toy. Is snow is white? I'm always available to try out new toys! Interactive toys like this have proven to be among of my faves so Mommy and I were super excited for it to arrive.


About the Flik:

Flik is an automatic teaser that throws then hides a string to entice your cat to play. Simply turn it on and watch your curious cat stalk Flik and try to capture the string before it pops back into the toy. Cats can’t resist trying to grab the “tail” flicking back and forth, just like a wild cat stalking hidden prey. No cat has ever had this much fun with an ordinary string before!

Key Benefits:
  • Automatic teaser throws then hides a string to entice your cat to play
  • Cats can’t resist trying to grab the “tail” flicking back and forth, just like a wild cat stalking hidden prey
  • Perfect to set on the table, shelf, or floor for easy play or storage
  • Shuts off after 15 minutes or after pressing the off button
  • Requires 3 AA which are not included


Mudpie's Thoughts:

As soon as Mommy pulled it out of the box I started batting the string around and got impatient that it took her too long to put the batteries in. Then she hit the ON button...and I just about freaked! We were both so disappointed but I was absolutely petrified of it, mostly because of the clunky noise it makes (we even looked on YouTube for videos of the toy, thinking ours wasn't working right!) As you can see in the video below I would actually flinch when the string popped out at me!



So I put my big girl pants on, determined to give the Flik a fair shot, and once I got used to its movements and noises, I started to become entranced by it! I got a bit closer and just let it do its thing.



It didn't take long before a funny thing happened - I became obsessed with the Flik! Now I sit in front of it whenever I want Mommy to turn it on (which is frequently), and sometimes I even pull on the string and stick my paw in the opening to see if I can turn it on myself!



I'm so happy I didn't give up on my new toy and braved it out!

A Word of Caution

Mommy wanted me to let everyone know that she never leaves me alone with this toy unsupervised. I love pulling and chewing on the string and while she doesn't think I could ever yank it loose, it's not worth the risk, so I only play with my Flik when we're together (which is fine because Mommy loves watching me have fun.) Safety first because a play session should never end at the emergency vet!

The PetSafe FroliCat Flik interactive teaser toy is currently on sale at Chewy.com for $19.95.

Disclaimer: We received product compensation from Chewy.com as part of their Blogger Outreach Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we never recommend a product we don’t fully believe in.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Review: Bleeding Tarts (A Pie Town Mystery) by Kirsten Weiss


Old West ghost towns are as American as apple pie. So what better place to sponsor a pie-eating contest than the Bar X, a fake ghost town available for exclusive private events on the edge of Silicon Valley. Valentine Harris is providing the pies, hoping to boost business for her struggling Pie Town shop and become a regular supplier for the Bar X.

But no sooner does she arrive in town than a stray bullet explodes the cherry pie in her hands. And the delicious dessert is not the only victim. Val finds the Bar X bartender shot dead in an alley. Egged on by her flaky friend and pie crust specialist, Charlene, Val aims to draw out the shooter. But solving a real murder in a fake ghost town won't be easy as pie. And if Val doesn't watch her back, her pies won't be the only thing filled full of lead . . .


If you're in the market for a cozy to tickle your funny bone, look no further than Bleeding Tarts. Don't believe me? Check out the opening paragraphs...


I'm a huge fan of everything related to the Old West and ghost towns (and of course, pie), so that's what drew me in, but it was the characters, particularly octogenarian Charlene and the cat who is constantly draped across her neck, that left me grinning from ear to ear with the turn of each page. That lady is a pistol and I can't wait to try her signature cocktail, root beer and Kahlua. 

The mystery itself is quite complex, even with a fairly limited cast of suspects, and I was kept guessing until the end. I hope we get to revisit the ghost town in subsequent books because it seems to be very authentic, complete with a saloon, gunslingers, and even a resident ghost. Frederick the cat does not sleep through the entire book - he actually does something quite heroic at one point - and frequently hisses when something displeases him. The recipes at the end are mouth-watering and written unlike any recipes I've ever read. They had me in stitches much like the rest of the book!


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. As members of the Amazon Associates affiliate program, if you click on our links and buy something Mudpie gets a little money for her piggy bank!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Window Whiffies #CaturdayArt


Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!


And now our weekly answers for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader...

Mommy's answers:

1. Cats keep me sane.

2. Right now, I am thankful for Mudpie. She's pure joy and I'm so incredibly lucky that she's mine.

Mudpie's answers:

3. Being ridiculously adorable is the secret to getting anything you want. I'm such an expert at this that I should charge for lessons!

4. A friend can have 2 legs or 4. We prefer the 4-legged variety.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Cat Modern: Jewelry For Contemporary Cat Ladies

Some of my favorite things to feature on this blog are fabulous finds for cat ladies. When it comes to cat-related items for my home, or clothing and jewelry to flaunt my cat lady pride, I admit that I just can't get my paws on enough.


Earlier this year I received an email from Perrin Lam, the creative director of Cat Modern, introducing his contemporary designs to us as “an online oasis of artful, witty and intellectually astute jewelry designs for the discerning cat lover - and the people seeking gifts for them. Cat-forward, meet fashion-forward.”. I was incredibly impressed by his necklaces, pendants and earrings but I couldn't help thinking that this jewelry wasn't really "me". You're unlikely to ever find me wearing anything other than jeans and t-shirt so these pieces felt a bit "out of my league".

Then I realized that was just silly thinking. As a sophisticated, modern cat lady I can rock fine jewelry, no matter what I'm wearing! And the more I looked at the jewelry, the more I fell in love with it.


I eagerly awaited the box containing samples of Cat Modern jewelry, which coincidentally arrived on Valentine's Day! My first impression is that this jewelry, with its intricate detail and ultra-modern shapes, is the epitome of "cat lady chic", a somewhat neglected niche in a world of mass-produced novelty items. Not that there's anything wrong with such jewelry - I wear them on a daily basis right alongside the personalized pieces that hold an extra special place in my heart. It's just that for some occasions you want to wear something a bit unique, something that makes a statement. And that's exactly what Cat Modern does.

Here's what Perrin had to tell us about his designs -
With Cat Modern jewelry, you’ll find all manner of contemporary cats behaving catly. You'll see the steadfast cat waiting at a doorway, the acrobat cat jumping from platform to platform, the pooped-out puss curled up in a kitty cup. Oh look, there’s a cat in the window, waiting for its owner and dinner. There are even cats in and out of bags, cats in one ear and out the other, and cats just being indescribably adorable. 

I think what makes this jewelry so special is that it depicts cats behaving in typical cat-like behavior which just brings a smile to your face, yet the look is timeless. Each piece is painstakingly photo-etched out of a surgical-grade stainless steel sheet, then electropolished or gold-plated by a small crew of Bay Area artisans. All pieces in the collection are available in stainless steel or gold plate, with earrings ranging from $50 to $70 and necklaces and pendants from $90 to $220.

My favorite piece is the necklace at the top of this post, titled "Cat's Play" because it reminds me of Mudpie's adorable antics. The necklace itself is visually stunning, its size impressive, and it puts the finishing touch on anything I'm wearing. I'm so honored to have it as a part of my jewelry collection.


Mother's Day is one month from today and the cat mom (or cat-loving mom) in your life deserves something just as special and one of a kind as she is, wouldn't you agree? I can guarantee that these pieces are unlike anything else she has in her jewelry box!

Giveaway

Since I don't have pierced ears, I have TWO pairs of 23k gold-plated earrings, “Masked Face Cat” (oval hoops) and the “Kitty Cup” (round hoops), to give away. Our winner this time around can choose which pair they prefer, and around Christmastime we'll be giving away the second pair. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below. (US entries only, please.)

And for free shipping on your purchase at Cat Modern, enter coupon code "MOCHA" at checkout!

This post is sponsored by Cat Modern. I am being compensated for featuring this content but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Cat Modern is not responsible for the content of this article. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It's Time To Stop Working, Mommy!

Meows from Mudpie!

I get so frustrated with Mommy sometimes. Even when the laptop is put away for the night she always has the ipawd open for jotting down any thoughts that come to her. A couple weeks ago I just wanted to cuddle on her lap but she just kept tap-tap-tapping away.

So I laid my head up against the screen so she had to stop!


Then a funny thing happened...I ended up typing something! Mommy took a picture of the screen to save my very first typewritten words for posterity.


I'm not sure what I was trying to say. My spelling needs a little work. Good thing Mommy takes dictation for our blog posts!