Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Our Secret Paws Package Is On It's Way!

Okay, Mommy. I'm done shopping for my Secret Paws* and everything is in this bag. (Darn, that toy really looks like fun. Wish I'd bought one for myself too. I wonder if Mommy would notice if I slipped her credit card out of her wallet again...) I'm gonna need you to help me with the wrapping.


I wanna use this paper and these labels. And make sure they know everything is from Mudpie!


Did you get everything to fit? Holy cats, this box is stuffed!


Good job, Mommy! Have fun at the post office...and please don't wake me when you get back home. I'm exhausted...


Our Secret Paws package is winging it's way to it's recipients as we speak! I sure hope my friends enjoy everything I picked out for them!

* Secret Paws is a Secret Santa gift exchange for us kitties who have a blog in the Cat Blogosphere

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cat Coloring Books Make Purrfect Christmas Gifts (with Giveaway!)

When I was a little girl I was obsessed with coloring. Any visitor to my house, friend or family member, had to color with me. It was a rule.

One Christmas I received a 'Twas the Night Before Christmas coloring book from my aunt and uncle. It was so big I could only work on it at the dining room table. Each year in December I worked on one page and my mom dated it when I was done. I still have that book too...a cherished piece of my childhood filled with so many memories.


Coloring is cool again and more popular than ever...for adults! It's finally being recognized as the amazing stress reliever it is, as well as a creative outlet for children of all ages.

The best news? Cat coloring books are among the most popular, and they make pawsome Christmas gifts! Here's some of our favorite cat coloring books of the year...and there's a giveaway at the end too!



To me, there's nothing much cuter than cats paired with food. (Or cats named after food, hence Mudpie and Truffles.) This book is filled with hysterical images of cats cavorting in the kitchen and pretending to be a variety of gourmet foods: tucked inside a taco, popping out of a pie, chilling with an ice cream cone on their head. It's impossible to thumb through this book without grinning from ear to ear...and feeling a little hungry!



This is no ordinary coloring book. It also features the true "tail" of Instagram's @smokeyfromtheblock and the experiences of author Laura King as a feral cat caretaker in Harlem. The illustrations are beautiful, the story is heartwarming, and the TNR message so incredibly important. The NYC Feral Cat Initiative, a program of the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals will receive a portion of the profits. I love this book so much that I bought a second copy for my Secret Paws this Christmas!


While this book seems to be geared towards children, I think the pictures are intricate enough for adults to enjoy too. Plus it's the perfect size for stocking stuffers and to keep in your purse or glove compartment.



The purrfect book for anyone who loves cats and Christmas. These kitties are helping Santa get ready for the big day!



Each illustration in this book depicts house cats engaging in a mixture of human-like behavior such as enjoying ice cream cones, chilling in front of "Catflix", playing video games and having a pizza party, as well as kitty activities such as playing in laundry baskets, hanging with their human and napping anywhere and everywhere. Many of the drawings are accompanied by popular cat quotes from Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway and Garfield creator Jim Davis. Embrace your inner slug...these lazy cats are!



Oskar may be blind, but that doesn't prevent him from going on giant epic adventures with his brother Klaus! A portion of each sale goes directly to Milo's Sanctuary, Inc. for special needs cats.




World-travelling adventure cat KeeKee the calico stars in her very own coloring book, featuring scenes from her award-winning book series.

Giveaway: 3 winners will be chosen to receive a copy of Cooking with Cats! (Open to US and Canadian residents.) To enter simply fill out the Rafflecopter below.


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Make Your Holidays POP With A $150 Pop Your Pup Gift Card

This post is sponsored by Pop Your Pup

Earlier this year we were super excited to have the opportunity to introduce you to Pop Your Pup, a company that creates one-of-a-kind products of your pet in pop art. When they contacted us last month asking to collaborate with us again on a MASSIVE holiday giveaway, Mudpie could barely contain her purr! 

To refresh everyone's memory, Pop Your Pup offers shirts and wrapped canvas using a favorite photo of your pet that is easily uploaded to their site. The customization process is so much fun because Pop Your Pup has tons of choices for the background of your piece, from a wide variety of solid colors to flowers to pop culture slogans to fun themes like tacos, ice cream cones and candy skulls.


The holiday season brought with it a whole new batch of backgrounds including Christmas trees, reindeer and winter hats. This time around we chose the snowman background, not only because as proud Vermonters we love the snow, but also because it's more wintry than "Christmassy" and therefore can be left hanging on the wall longer! 

Once your selections have been made a link to your proof will be emailed to you within 1 business day. Crazy fast, right? Every order is created by an in-house artist with no photo filter apps or gimmicks. You work one on one with a real artist who will make your fur baby truly POP! Plus they offer unlimited revisions until you are 100% happy with your pop art! Products are not printed or shipped until it is viewed and approved by you. Once everything is finalized the printing teams goes to work and your order will be printed and shipped out within 1-2 business days from your approval. In our case no revisions were necessary as the proof that showed up in my inbox was just perfect, and in no time at all a tracking number arrived in my inbox.


The canvas arrived at my door just after Thanksgiving as I was putting the finishing touches on my Christmas decorating. Since I chose the small canvas this time I've been moving it around the house quite a bit in search of the purrfect spot. It started out in the main hall hanging alongside two of my favorite kitty Christmas signs, but then I decided it needed a place of honor all it's own in the living room.

Do you remember me saying that all of my Christmas decor right down to every ornament on my tree is cat-related? Well something with a generic cat on it is great, but something with your own cat on it is pure purrfection, and I can't guarantee that you won't still find it hanging in the same spot come the fourth of July!


If you're ready to proudly show off your fur baby on a shirt or hang her portrait on the wall, check out Pop Your Pup at their web page, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And for your chance to win a $150 Pop Your Pup gift card simply fill out the Rafflecopter below. (US residents only please.) Now that's gonna be one fun shopping spree for the lucky winner!!!

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This post is sponsored by Pop Your Pup. I am being compensated for spreading the word about Pop Your Pup's customized pet artwork and wearables as part of their holiday program for bloggers, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Pop Your Pup is not responsible for the content of this article.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Frosty Tortie #CaturdayArt

(Created with PicMonkey's Snowflake effect, then LunaPic's Frost & Snowflake border)

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. The best part of last week was the packages that were delivered. My poor UPS man and mail carrier. My CatLadyBox came, my packages from Olive & Rye's Small Business Caturday sale, fun review goodies from Chewy, some stuff from World Market that I ordered on Black Friday. Phew!

2. The worst part of last week was a nagging headache on Tuesday and Wednesday that ended up making me feel nauseous.

3. Continued decluttering is a Winter project that I will be working on. (How ironic given my answer to #1.)

4. A holiday gift that I always buy for someone is a box of chocolates. Not very original but who doesn't love chocolate?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Temptations Provides Holiday Dinner For Cats #ChewyInfluencer

Meows from Mudpie!

I wouldn't trade life as a cat for anything in the world, but every now and then I find myself a teensy bit jealous of my woofy friends. I've noticed lately that more and more pet brands are putting out holiday-specific dog food - Santa Snacks, Santa Stew, Boo Bars, Howl O' Ween Stew...how fun! But, alas, nothing for kitties.

Until now.


I found out a few weeks ago that Temptations released a limited edition plastic tub of Holiday Dinner cat treats and immediately assigned her the task of finding me some. All hope seemed lost when trip after trip to big box pet food retailers in our town resulted in her coming home empty handed. These things were harder to find than a parking space at the mall! Then I finally thought to check in with my friends at Chewy.com and within 48 hours the treats were delivered right to our door!


Now I'm not a treat junkie like Angel Truffles was, although I do have my favorites, and I've never met a package of Temptations that I didn't like. These Turkey & Sweet Potato treats are no exception. They are lip-smacking good and a steal at under $8 for a 16 ounce tub! Every good kitty around the world deserves to find these under their tree on Christmas morning. I just hope Santa shops at Chewy.com because that's the only place he's gonna find them!


Hey, I just had a pawsome idea! Why not ask your human to add a couple Temptations bins to your next Chewy order, keep one for yourself and donate the second one to your local shelter? There are enough treats in one of these bins for every kitty waiting for their forever home to enjoy a taste of holiday dinner!

It is the season of giving, after all!

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.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Jackson Galaxy's Butterfly Ball Brings the Great Outdoors Inside (w/Giveaway)

Meows from Mudpie!

All through the spring, summer and fall months you're most likely to find me parked in a window watching the world go by. The birds, the bees, the butterflies, the squirrels...there's an endless supply of creatures to while away the hours watching.

Now that winter is here it's a whole other story. The bugs are all gone and the critters that are still around rarely make an appearance.

I'm bored, but lucky for me the nice people at Petmate sent me a brand new toy, purrfect for bringing the great outdoors inside to kitties everywhere year round! It's Jackson Galaxy's Butterfly Ball, and it earns the Official Mudpie Paw of Approval!


Seriouslies, this toy is certain to rock any indoor cat's world. What's not to love? Inside the terrarium is a scene that replicates the world outside our windows. The ball is designed to keep us kitties entertained for hours with a realistic fluttering butterfly that flies around each time we paw at the ball, and the weighted base provides a fun wobble while keeping butterfly upright. It's the very best of Cat TV, tapping into our natural instinct to observe and track prey.

For this review we figured the best way to show everyone how much I love my new toy is with lots of video and action shots (blurry tortie time!) of me playing. (I know you'd rather look at me than read a lengthy blog post anyways!)









You read that right...thanks to our friends at Petmate one lucky kitty (or kitty family) in the US is going to win a Butterfly Ball of their very own! I hope you don't think I'm lacking in the Christmas spirit by saying you can't have mine, but I really, really, really love this toy! I have no doubt that whoever wins my giveaway and any kitties lucky enough to find a Butterfly Ball under their tree on Christmas morning will enjoy it every bit as much as I do.

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

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Disclaimer: We received a free Butterfly Ball from Petmate in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we never recommend a product we don’t fully believe in.