Friday, July 21, 2017

Pampurr Yourself with Honeycat Cosmetics (w/Giveaway & Discount Code!)

This post is sponsored by Honeycat Cosmetics.

Did you know Ancient Egyptians believed that cats could make their female masters irresistible? Honeycat Cosmetics, a line of bath, body and spa products, uses the cat as a symbol of female strength, and everything in their line has a feline spin!

Honeycat products are hip, sexy, funky and fun, made in the USA with natural ingredients and never tested on animals. Here's just a small sampling of what they have to offer...


Vanilla Cream Grooming Bar 

It's a good thing this bar of soap has the Honeycat logo imprinted on it or the yummy scent might make you mistake it for a cupcake with buttercream icing! Shea butter, aloe and sweet almond oil make this soap a feast for your skin.

Warm Milk Martini Milk Bath

Some people swear by warm milk to help them relax and get to sleep, but why not soak in it instead? Chock full of coconut milk powder, honey powder, yogurt milk powder, skin softening milk proteins, vitamin E, and shea butter, this milk bath is sinfully delicious and extra rich.

Cat Tails for Two Apricot/Grand Marnier Shower Gel

Who says you can't take a bath standing up? This shower gel produces loads of bubbles while moisturizing your skin with sweet almond oil, mango butter and shea butter.


Cat on A Hot Tin Candle

This coconut milk/mango pure soy candle will leave you purring with contentment.

Chick Of The Sea Foaming Bath Crystals

Have I mentioned yet how ridiculously adorable the packaging on these products are??? These delicious muscle soothing, chocolate, amaretto and mint bath crystals come in a sardine can!!!


Rub My Tummy Hand & Body Cream

I much prefer applying hand and body cream each day for a light, delicate scent over harsh perfumes. This cream is chock-full-of skin softening ingredients like shea butter, kukui oil, honey, and of course butter milk.

Frisky Kitty Bath Time Fizzy

I think bath bombs are just so darned cute. Frisky Kitty is loaded with ingredients to pamper your skin. These bath bombs are available in four flavors: oatmeal, cocoa butter, lilac & honey, and rose & lemongrass.

Phew! And I haven't even touched on the fun gift sets, scrubs, bubble baths, lip balm, even a darling little wash cloth!


When I opened my box of sample goodies it felt every bit like Christmas in July. The scents coming from the box were simply heavenly, and of course being a cat Mudpie had to jump right in and came out smelling quite delicious herself! (Of course I still prefer the original Mudpie scent!)

As cat ladies we (rightfully) provide our feline friends with every creature comfort they could possibly hope for, but shouldn't we be pampurring ourselves just a little bit too? I think if our cats could talk they would encourage us to follow their lead and indulge ourselves on a regular basis. After all, the more rested and relaxed we are, the more prepared we'll be to cater to their every whim! (It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas either! Any cat lady would be delighted to find Honeycat goodies in her stocking!)

Now who's ready to lavish themselves with some Honeycat? Not only do we have a pawsome 30% off discount code (PURR30 at checkout), we also have TWO gift sets to give away to lucky winners in the US! 


The Chick of the Sea gift set contains: Coquito/Coconut Rum bubble bath, Chick of the Sea foaming bath crystals (in the sardine can!) and the Honeycat Signature washcloth.


The Milk Martini gift set contains: Milk Martini Tequila/Lime milk bath, sweet cream/bourbon bath bomb and Rub My Tummy buttermilk & honey body cream.

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone!

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Honeycat Cosmetics. We are being compensated for featuring this content but all opinions are our own and we never recommend a product we don’t fully believe in.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday: All Stocked Up & Ready To Go


Meows from Mudpie!

I'm not a big treat eater, but I'm sure that doesn't realize surprise you. The one kind of treats I will eat 'til the cows come home is Pro Plan's Protein Crunch in the lamb flavor. YUMMY IN MY TUMMY!!!

The only problem is they are nearly impossible to find, at least in our area, so when Mommy spots them at PetSmart she buys a number of packages. The last couple times she's been shopping though they've been gone, and our Petco doesn't even carry them. Neither does Petsmart.com or Petco.com...

Chewy now has them but we didn't have a large enough order to get free shipping and Mommy is cheap. (Seriouslies Mommy, this is an emergency situation!!!)


Then over the weekend we discovered that Amazon sells them by the case (10 packages) and after dividing up the total cost the price per package is just over $2, whereas in the store they're over $4 a package now!

SCORE!!!

Now not only am I fully stocked up for awhile, we saved nearly half price! Are we pawsome little shoppers or what?

Tell us what you're thankful for this week!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cue the Violins



Mommy: Now that all our friends are probably ready to call the ASPCA on me, how about I tell the real story?

Mudpie: If you insist.

Mommy: Mudpie's favorite place on earth is the basement. I don't really mind because as I slowly declutter it I enjoy having her with me, but I've refused to put a cat bed down there knowing she'd never want to come upstairs. Last week she managed to find a nap spot on her own thanks to a pile of paper bags I use to collect the recycling each week. It sure doesn't look comfy to me, but she loves it!

Mudpie: Whose version of events do YOU believe?

* obviously we've been watching too many ALF reruns...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mudpie Interviews...Snickers the Calico Cat


Meows from Mudpie!

Today I'm excited to be interviewing one of my Instagram pals, Snickers. (Mudpie and Snickers...hope we don't send you into a sugar shock!)

Snickers is a sweet kitty who's using her Instagram stardom to give back and raise money for the Oklahoma Humane Society through her brand new online shop. We hope you'll check it out!


Welcome Snickers! Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you came to live in your forever home?

I'm a 3 year old calico/tabby mix that loves to play with any piece of string I can find. I like to act extra cute when I want treats or food and I like to sleep on my humans clothes! I ended up at an adoption clinic after some nice people patched up and healed my eye! I'm not really a fan of other cats and I'm really defensive of my owners. When they came into the adoption clinic they walked up to my room first and I knew I had to play it cool if I was going to get out of there! So, when they walked in meowed at them and gave them rubs and they let me have some lap time. The next day, they came back and took me home with them! Now, life is everything I could possibly imagine.

What do you remember about losing your eye? Has it slowed you down or impacted your life in any way?

Well, we believe it was due to a level of mistreatment and a possible eye infection. Unfortunately, it got so bad the had to remove it. Luckily my humans are very conscious of it and help me when needed. I can't say it has slowed me down at all. I live each day like I have two eyes, sometimes I forget I only have on eye. Regardless of the situation, no toy will ever be to fast for me!


Is there any special meaning behind your cute name? (The cat that came before me, Truffles, was actually named Snickers at the shelter!)

Haha, before my humans found me my name was wink because of the missing eye. My new owners weren't too fond of that name so they named me Snickers because my coat looks like chocolate and caramel!

Do you have any favorite toys, treats, or napping spots?

Favorite toy, hands down is any type of string/rope. I'm always untying my humans shoes because I can't stop playing with the laces. I'm a big fan of my dental treats, although I don't chew them like I should, they're still sooo tasty! My favorite napping spot is definitely the window in the bedroom because the breeze and all of the smells!


How did you become an Instagram superstar with over 25,000 followers? Do you have any tips on how to follow in your pawprints?

Well my owner started my Instagram solely because he thought I was the cutest thing. As time passed by he noticed I was gaining significant traffic. Then he got a new camera and started taking super awesome pictures of me. A little later on down the road, he and his best friend started a marketing company together and it just took off from there! Now we're continuously growing!

Tell us about your brand new online shop!

Mommy and Daddy started talking about how cute it would be if we put together some digital renditions of my face! They were also looking for a way to give back to the humane society they got me from. So, they started an online shop and are making it better and better every day. We offer things like, metal magnets, throw pillows, phone cases, pet bandanas, coffee mugs, and more!

What's something about you that your Instagram followers don't know and might be surprised to learn?

I think most of them just see me as another "Instagram Cat" but my humans have much bigger plans for my journey. They see me being a "face" for disabled pets everywhere and to show that disabled pets are just as beautiful and loving as the rest. I started out in a dark place all alone. Now I have thousands of adoring fans and life just keeps getting better!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Series: "Buy in July" Event Supports Animal Rescue

Animal Rescue Programs
Guest post by mystery author Marla Bradeen (aka Paige Sleuth)

When in search of a new furry family member, most animal lovers think first of adopting from local shelters and rescue organizations. These places are always at capacity, and I sadly doubt I will live to see the day when the cat and dog overpopulation problem ceases to be an issue. Here in Las Vegas alone, there are an estimated 200,000 feral and stray cats. That number is overwhelming to me, and it highlights the importance of spaying and neutering. Luckily, we have an organization here helping with that effort. The Community Cat Coalition of Clark County aims to fix as many local cats as possible using a program known as TNR, or Trap, Neuter, Return. Through TNR, feral cats are temporarily captured, spay/neutered and vaccinated, and then released back into their communities. To help support their mission of humanely reducing the feral cat population, during the month of July I'm donating $1 from every Paige Sleuth book purchase (for books over $0.99) to this wonderful organization. If you haven't heard of Paige Sleuth before, she's my alter ego, and she writes the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. More information about her, her July book giveaway, and details for downloading your free copy of Murder in Cherry Hills, Cozy Cat Caper Mystery book 1, are at the end of this post.


TNR is not a new concept for members of the animal rescue community, and even more people are familiar with the importance of spay/neutering pets (thank you, Bob Barker). Animal foster programs are also quite common, and also a great way to help an animal in need if you're not ready to make the long-term commitment of adopting. But there are also many secondary rescue programs out there that aren't as widely known. Some are so creative and heartwarming that I'd like to spotlight a few I've come across.

Pups on Parole. I absolutely love this concept. As part of this program, abused dogs are paired with qualified prison inmates until they're ready to be adopted out. Most of these dogs need a lot of tender loving care to get over some traumatic experiences, and the inmates work with them until they've learned how to trust people again. The dogs are also acclimated to a bathroom schedule and taught some basic essentials for life on the "outside" (such as how to walk on a leash), all with the goal of giving them a second chance at finding a loving home. But the dogs aren't the only ones benefiting from the program. Anyone who has ever had a pet knows how they can give your life purpose and structure, two qualities that can only help those who may have made some bad choices but are attempting to turn their lives around.

Paige Sleuth's rescue cats and cover models enjoying some time outside

Seniors for Seniors. Those actively involved with rescue know how challenging it can be to find homes for older animals. This effort strives to combat that challenge by matching senior animals with human seniors. Several variations of this program exist. Some give out starter kits (such as a litter box and food bowls) with every animal adopted out, and some are more of a long-term foster program, where the organization pays for everything, but the senior opening their home to the animal handles all care required. Either way, I think this is a fantastic approach to placing older animals in loving environments, and also a wonderful opportunity for humans in their golden years.

Reading to Shelter Animals. The idea behind this program is simple: Children read books to shelter animals. The animals benefit from some much-needed human attention, and the children get to practice their reading skills without fear of judgment. As an author, how can I not love it?

Now it's your turn! Tell me, are there any unique programs centered around animal rescue in your area? Are you involved with any, or have you adopted or worked with a critter enrolled in such a program? Let me know in the comments!


Paige Sleuth is a pseudonym for mystery author Marla Bradeen. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats' demands, she writes. She loves to hear from readers, and welcomes emails at paige.sleuth@yahoo.com.

As part of Paige's second annual "Buy in July" event, where $1 from every July book purchase (for books over $0.99) will be donated to animal rescue, she's hosting a book giveaway this month. Enter below for your chance to win one of Paige's books plus a surprise mystery book. And follow the link in the first entry option to claim your FREE copy of Murder in Cherry Hills, the first book in the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. Good luck and happy reading!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Hope you don't mind that I'm snapping my selfie this week half asleep. I got so cozy snuggling up with the stuffies on the bed that nothing could disturb my slumber.

*YAWN* 

Sorry...are you still there?


We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Caturday Art

Meows from Mudpie!

Today for my Caturday Art I tried using the Creamsicle effect in Dreamscope. Mommy thought it might be better suited to orange kitties but I wanted to give it a try anyways. I'm so glad I didn't listen to her because I think it looks super cool! It kind of has a steampunk look to it...


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


And now our weekly answers (answered by Mommy) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader!

1. My inner child still loves stuffed animals.

2. My favorite month(s) are September through December. I cheated a little and couldn't pick just one. I live for the months surrounding Halloween and Christmas. The rest of the year I merely exist.



3. My favorite commercial is PetSmart's "The Perfect Toy", because it made me fall hopelessly in love with dachshunds. It came out about 10 years ago and it still makes me cry every time I watch it. Sometimes I feel like my love for animals have turned me into an emotional basket case.

4. Personally, I don’t care for any water-related activities. I've never been to a beach or even gone swimming. Occasionally I take the ferry across Lake Champlain into New York. If it ever goes down I guess I'll just drown!