Sunday, May 29, 2022

Similar Yet Different #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

I bet you're looking at this picture thinking it was taken at the same time as last week's selfie, but nope, it was taken on two consecutive Saturday mornings. 

Last weekend was really warm and sunny, but yesterday morning it was raining hard enough that it startled me (hence the airplane ears), and I sniffed the damp air when Mommy opened the door.

Is it obvious my cute little nose is in the air?

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

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Summer Love #CaturdayArt

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

And now our weekly answers (all answered by Mommy this week) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. I wouldn't mind being stuck in an elevator with Conway, of course. If only it was possible to turn back the clock.

2. Now that the formula shortage is fixed, I wish something could be done about the cat food shortage. Parents of human children are lucky they've gotten immediate action. Cat parents have been dealing with this for well over a year now and it has gotten little to no attention.

3. If I had to sum up my life in one sentence, it would read as follows: Born to love cats.

Having to ask a man to move his truck so I could back out of a parking space is an awkward situation in which I once found myself. I had stopped into Starbucks on my way to work many years ago, and when I came out a man with a huge pickup truck had parked so close to me I was afraid of hitting him as I backed out. He was still sitting in the truck and apparently knew how close he started trying to direct me on how to turn the wheel but after several minutes I was getting late for work and I just asked if he would move his truck for me.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Weather Whiplash #PetPhotoFails

Meows from Mudpie!

Thank you for joining us for this month's edition of the Pet Photo Fails Blog Hop!

Is it just us or has the spring flown by? The weather hasn't been too unbearable yet. We've had a few spells of some really hot days, but then it's cooled right back down, allowing us to sneak in a few extra snuggles. We know that won't be lasting much longer though.

Since the weather is giving me whiplash I thought a couple blurry selfies were in order...

Those are my bloopers, let's see yours!

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Sunny and the Cats by Victoria Otto: Blog Tour with Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway


Book Details:

Book TitleSunny and the Cats by Victoria Otto
Category:  Children's Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  self-published
Release date:   June, 2022
Content Rating:  G - General Audiences. There is no violence, no bad language, no religious expletives, no sex scenes, and no drug use or underage drinking. 
Book Description:

Everyone in meow village and woof village lived happily if they followed one very important rule...

​Dogs were not welcomed in meow village and any cat that stepped into woof village would be chased up a tree! But a special puppy named Sunny wants to become friends with the cats, so he breaks that rule to see if the cats might like to play.

What happened when Sunny went to meow village? Pick up this book to find out!

I've long believed that animals are our greatest teachers. There's so much we can learn from them to help us become better humans, from loving unconditionally without judgment or discrimination to living in the moment to the importance of teamwork.

In Sunny and the Cats an adorable community of cats and dogs teach kids one of life's greatest lessons - the importance of living together in harmony without fear of anyone who may be perceived as "different". I thought it was adorable how the cats enjoy a life of peace and quiet while the dogs are loud and rambunctious, and the cats prefer cleanliness over playing in the dirt. Even so, Sunny the playful pup can't understand why in spite of their differences they can't be friends, so when he sees a cat in need, he doesn't hesitate and steps in to help. 

The illustrations by Teguh Sulistio of the cats and dogs, meow village and woof village, are delightful and bring the story to life. Children of all ages will walk away from this book with a new insight into friendship and acceptance. 
(release date June 10, 2022)

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Meet the Author:

Victoria Otto is a children's book author, born and raised in Metro-Detroit. She has a passion for children's literature and strives to create picture books that are engaging, educational, and lots of fun for both children and parents to read. Victoria loves to make author visits at schools and organizations. So far, she has been able to read her books to and visit eight hundred children across the United States.

​If you would like Victoria to make an author visit at your school or organization, please email her.

connect with the author: twitter ~ instagram 

Author Guest Post:

Hello everyone! I am Victoria Otto, a children's picture book author, and I am here today to share more about myself and my books. Thank you to the kind Melissa, at Mochas, Mysteries and Meows for having me do a guest post on her blog.

Talk about when you realized you wanted to be an author. Lifelong dream or happened late on?

When I was younger, I would write little silly stories and read them to my parents. They always thought that I would become an author, but storytelling was just a fun hobby and something to do in my free time. It wasn't until later in life when I thought about writing seriously or the possibility of becoming an author, but it still seemed so far-fetched since I have dyslexia. I was constantly worried that people wouldn't take my writing seriously or think it was "good," but that's when I realized writing is a very subjective and vulnerable career. Readers will either love or connect with what you wrote. Or they will dislike it and not see the purpose. I would have started writing picture books earlier if I wasn't shy or scared to put myself out there, but I believe everything happens at the right time, even when you think it doesn't. Taking my writing seriously and exploring my creative potential at the age of twenty was the best thing I ever did.

Tour Schedule:

May 23 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 23 - Kam's Place – book review / author interview 
May 24 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 25 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 26 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 26 - Fur Everywhere – book review / giveaway
May 27 – Faith And Books – book review / giveaway
May 27 - Library Lady's Kid Lit – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 31 – She Just Loves Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 1 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
June 3 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 6 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
Enter the Giveaway: 

Sunny and the Cats Book Tour Giveaway



Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Unboxing May's CatLadyBox

 The theme of May's CatLadyBox was Cat Mom's's what was inside!

Featured Cat Lady Artist: Elizabeth Anderson Art

My Kids Have Paws Shirt: Always have, always will!

Cuddly Cat Throw Pillow: My favorite item in the box! It immediately went on my bed.

Meow Block Letter Ring: Such a sweet and understated piece. Unlike many rings that are too big for my little fingers in spite of being adjustable, this one fits purrfectly.

Meow Zip Pouch: Love that this pouch is soft vegan leather and PINK! I'm debating whether to use it for storage in my bedroom or purse.

Key to Meow Heart & Baaabara the Sheep Catnip Toys: These toys just get cuter by the month. Mudpie is lucky I hand any of them over to her MOL!

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Inked Mudpie #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 Four-Legged Furballs!

Mommy's answers:

1. My ability to work from home was a pleasant surprise. I never thought I would be as productive out of the office but that hasn't been the case.

2. Sitting in cat puke was a not so pleasant surprise. Many years ago I came home from shopping with my parents, sat down on the couch (wearing shorts), only to discover our cat (I can't remember if it was Patch or Sebastian) had puked there. I've never jumped up so fast in my life!

Mudpie's answers:

3. I can’t help but purr when I'm about to eat a squeezie.

4. I wish people would stop asking me if I'll ever get my fill of squeezies.