Monday, November 19, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Tortie Lovers

For the past two years I've created gift guides for tortie lovers which have ended up being some of our most viewed posts ever! Seems there are lots of tortie fanatics out there like me upset by the lack of our favorite cats on wearables, jewelry and home decor.

Since I'm always on the hunt for anything tortie-related I decided to make a holiday gift guide exclusively for tortie lovers an annual tradition to help make your shopping a little easier. I hope you find something that will make that special tortie-holic in your life purr (or to treat yourself with!)



Do you have any tortie lovers on your shopping list this year?

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Championship #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

We're recycling a preciously seen selfie this week, but it's in honor of a very special day at our house!

It's NASCAR's Championship Sunday and once again our guy Kevin Harvick is one of only 4 drivers eligible to win the big trophy. In 2014 he won it (before I moved in), in 2015 he finished 2nd, and in 2017 he ended up 3rd. He's had the most unbelievable season of his career, winning 8 races and the non-points All-Star Race, so winning the Championship would be the icing on the cake.

Mommy is super excited but so nervous she can hardly stand it. Me, I'll be hiding out until the race is over. Whichever way it goes I have a feeling things will get very, very loud. Send help. And cross all your fingers and paws that the 4 car wins the Cup!


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


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Ice Tortie #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Winter has come early to my little neck of the woods...we got 6" of snow yesterday! I always enjoy using winter effects on my Caturday Art projects, so this premature dose of the white stuff inspired me to get a little frosty...


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 can't wait to have stuffing on Thanksgiving. It's my favorite part of the meal.

2. I am thankful for my family, both of the 2-legged and 4-legged variety.

3. When it comes to pie, Mudpie, what else??? (Pecan is my favorite non-furry pie though.)

4. A feast is not a feast without someone you love to share it with.

Friday, November 16, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Cats & Cat Ladies from Etsy

Meows from Mudpie!

Can you believe Christmas is less than 6 weeks away??? While browing Etsy for the purrfect gift for Mommy, I found several things that any cat mom (and the cats that love them) would love to find under the tree on Christmas morning...





We hope you enjoy our picks, and don't forget, if you find something here you like and make a purchase using our affiliate links, I get a little money for my piggy bank so I can buy something special for Mommy for Christmas!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Savoring the Pro Plan Experience #ChewyInfluencer

Meows from Mudpie!

It's been a couple months since I've done a review for Chewy.com - something about Mommy being too busy to help me - but when I got our email this month I knew this was a review I could take the reins on all by myself without any assistance from her. (Well, except for the whole typing and editing photos thing...)


You all remember how much of a Pro Plan girl I am, right? Awhile back they introduced a new line of kibble mixed with pieces of shredded meat. I received a sample bag of the chicken flavor and didn't care for it, but now they've added turkey to the lineup, which is my favorite Pro Plan kibble flavor, so I was very excited to give it a try.

Before I give my verdict, here are the key benefits according to Chewy.com:

Key Benefits
  • Protein-rich formula features real turkey as the very first ingredient to help maintain lean muscles and an ideal body condition.
  • Unique combination of crunchy kibble and tender, shredded bits creates taste and texture variety that helps prevent food boredom.
  • Formulated for the indoor cat with natural fiber to help prevent hairballs and natural prebiotic fiber from chicory root to support healthy digestion.
  • Fortified with a comprehensive array of essential vitamins and minerals for complete and balanced nutrition that performs.
  • Proudly produced in the USA in a Purina-owned facility using high-quality ingredients for quality and safety.

Drum roll please...I pawsitively love this food! Mommy was skeptical that I would like it even though it's now available in my favorite flavor since I don't like anything freeze-dried, but I've gobbled it down every day since it arrived. Since I have a bit of a sensitive tummy we love the addition of prebiotic fiber, and we credit my shiny furs and muscular bod to my Pro Plan diet too!

The Purina Pro Plan Savor Shredded Blend Indoor Turkey & Rice Formula Dry Cat Food is currently on sale at Chewy for only $8.99 for a 3 pound bag! Chewy offers FREE 1-2 day shipping for orders over $49, and with over 500 brands in stock they have something sure to make every cat or dog happy. Tell them Mudpie sent you!

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, November 12, 2018

Veterans Day Weekend #MewsicMovesMe


It's a freebie week for the Mewsic Moves Me blog hop so we decided to create a short Veterans Day playlist...




You're not imagining things, there are no Conway songs on my list! That's only because I'm saving the best for last. 

Even though it's not Veterans Day related, I have to mention his classic It's Only Make Believe, which was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 60 years ago this week, on November 10, 1958. It was a monster record, becoming a hit in 22 different countries and selling over 8 million copies. This is a song I could listen to on "repeat" for hours on end...



Do any of our choices catch your ear?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Gazing at the Stars #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Mommy and I found this template on Photo Lab and fell in love with it. Notice how the kitty couple is gazing up at the stars, and what do they see but moi


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. I just can't believe Christmas is less than 50 days away. Why does this time of the year have to go by so fast while summer just drags on and on?

2. My next cat will be named Conway Kitty. Mudpie has been warned that one day she will have a brother, and that will be his name. I've seen it so often lately on Instagram and at the cat cafe in Nashville, and I can't think of a better way to honor a man who means so much to me.

Mudpie's answers:

3. The sound of kids screaming and babies crying on TV makes me cringe. It wakes me up from peaceful naps on Mommy's lap.

4. Right now, I am craving a nap on Mommy's lap. Hope she turns the TV off!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Unboxing November's CatLadyBox

The theme of November's CatLadyBox was Cats in the Kitchen...here's what was inside!


Featured Cat Lady Art "Pesto Dreams of Sushi" by Amy Payne": Known for her Highly Professional Business Cats portrait series, Amy works out of her home studio with kitties Pinky Pistachio and Pimento Cheese.

Cat Kitchen Utensils Set: This adorable 5-piece silicone set with cat heads on top is going to be used as decorative items in our kitchen because I don't trust myself to use them. I have a nasty habit of leaving kitchen utensils in the oven (while it's on) and just a few weeks I melted a plastic bowl after turning on the wrong burner on the stove top. I really am a fire hazard so I can't put anything this cute in jeopardy.


Mod Cats Dish Towel Set: I'm tempted to hang these in the kitchen as decoration, or maybe find some other nicer use for them than drying dishes.

Cat Spoon Rest: Okay, so I'm not using anything in this box as it was intended. This is going on a bureau to hold knick knacks!


Chef Hat & Bread Slice Catnip Toys: Mudpie loves these toys and has used them each in different ways: the chef hat gets bopped around the house, the bread slice makes a cozy pillow in her KatKabin.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Chewy Box Love

Mommy nearly gave herself a hernia hauling this box containing 40 pounds of litter and 3 pounds of kibble into the kitchen, but it ROCKS! Why is she saying it's too big to stay in the house???

(Wait a minute...is "Box May be Heavy" a crack about my weight?)



Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Book Review: My Life in a Cat House: True Tales of Love, Laughter, and Living with Five Felines by Gwen Cooper


Celebrate the human-feline bond with all its joys, mysteries, and life-changing moments.

Gwen Cooper—author of the blockbuster bestseller Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat—returns with the ongoing adventures of her much-beloved, world-famous fur family. Ideal for new readers and longtime fans alike, this memoir told in eight purr-fect cat stories is filled with all the humor and heart Gwen’s devoted readership has come to know and love.

Raised in a dog-loving family, Gwen never pictured herself as a “cat person.” But from the very first feline she adopted—an adorable five-week-old rescue kitten, slow to learn how to trust after life on the streets—Gwen was smitten. Eventually one rescue kitten became five, and all the ups and downs of a life with cats are lovingly depicted here: From the obsessive cat who teaches himself to play fetch and demands it morning, noon, and night from his hapless human mom; to the crafty white beauty who raises outside-the-litter-box thinking to the level of an art form; to the routine vet trip that turns into a hijinks-filled misadventure on the streets of Manhattan with three (VERY cranky!) felines in tow. And Homer, the Blind Wonder Cat himself, returns triumphant in new tales of life and love after worldwide fame.

Sure to be treasured by cat lovers everywhere, My Life in a Cat House will leave you laughing out loud, shedding an occasional tear, and hugging your own cat a little bit closer. Read and rejoice!


There's something about Gwen Cooper's cat books that touch my heart like few others, and My Life in a Cat House is no exception. I savored this compilation of her Curl Up with a Cat Tale essays, reading one per night. Each night while reading I would think to myself, "this one is my favorite"...until the next night when *that* story became my favorite. Each one is just that special, and with each story I felt Gwen's love for her cats, and cats in general, bursting off the page. 

There were moments that left me in hysterics, such as the conversation between Gwen and her husband where they debate who is going to clean up the cat vomit in the kitchen. (Hubby figures she should do since she's so much better at it - well, practice makes purrfect - and what if someone is sick? Well, short of calling in a CSI team, how is she supposed to know who the culprit was if no one saw it happen?) Other moments left me in awe, like when one of her cats who loved playing with crumpled up paper would start bringing her whole sheets of paper to crumple up and toss! Balls of paper are one of Mudpie's favorite toys too, and while I think I have the most brilliant cat in the world, even she hasn't figured out that paper balls start out as flat sheets!

Of course being as emotional as I am about cats, many moments left me in tears, both happy and sad. One passage rang so true for me, and is such an important reminder for all pet parents, that it needs special mention here. Gwen's cat Clayton loves nothing more than playing fetch with his toys, to the point of obsession. While at first Gwen finds this behavior quite irritating, she has come to the following conclusion:
These days, I'm more apt to appreciate the fleeting nature of a cat's obsessions-of a cat's life. Clayton is still young, but time moves much faster than it used to. Just yesterday, Clayton was a kitten. Today he's five. Tomorrow he'll be a little old man struggling to lug himself around on his three legs. His days of flying up and down the stairs like greased lightning in pursuit of a toy mouse will be a distant, cherished memory. Much sooner than I'm ready for it, I know, a time will come when I'll think, What wouldn't I give to play fetch with Clayton just once more! 
I can't tell you the profound impact that passage had on me as I stopped to think about all the times Mudpie wants to play and I'm too absorbed in what I'm doing to participate or simply stop and watch the joy it brings her. I know all too well that a beloved cat can be gone in the blink of an eye and that every moment we have with these precious little gifts should be cherished. 

Whether you've enjoyed every one of Gwen's cat books or this is your first, snuggle up with a cat or two while you're reading. I guarantee with each turn of the page you'll pull them just a little bit closer as you realize just how empty your life would be without their unconditional love. 


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!

Monday, November 5, 2018

An Unconventional & Unforgettable Duet #MewsicMovesMe

The theme of this week's Mewsic Moves Me blog hop is "unconventional duets," such as country-pop crossover duets, or duets by artists from different genres you wouldn't expect to collaborate together. My choice couldn't have been any easier.


Conway did a lot of duets - of course his partnership with Loretta Lynn is legendary, and he also sang with both of his daughters and a number of other country artists - but only once did he step outside of country music in one of the most powerful musical moments of his long career.

Rhythm, Country & Blues was an album released in 1994 which brought contemporary country and R&B stars together to sing duets on songs from the two genres. Conway was paired up with Sam Moore from the soul duo Sam and Dave to cover Brook Benton’s ”Rainy Night in Georgia.”


It was recorded, and its accompanying video shot, on May 3, 1993, while ironically it was pouring rain outside. No one could have guessed that it would end up being Conway's last time in the studio. He passed away on June 5th.

Listening to this song and watching the video - even after all these years - still gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes. He looked and sounded so amazing right up until the end. I've read that Sam Moore was completely enamored by Conway and honored by the opportunity to work with such a legend (just watch his facial expressions while Conway is singing). The two hit it off immediately like they'd known each other for years and even discussed working together again in the future.

If only...



If anyone is interested in learning more about the project as a whole, PBS produced a documentary featuring interviews and the history behind everyone involved. (Conway & Sam Moore's segment begins at 33 minutes in...)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Half Awake #SundaySelfie


Do you need some coffee to help get you going, Mudpie?


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

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Radiant Beauty #CaturdayArt


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


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

1. One can never give too much love to a cat.

2. Given the choice of playing or eating, I would pick playing every time. I eat to live, I don't live to eat!

3. Cooler weather makes me feel cozy.

4. I never go a day without being ridiculously adorable.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Flashback & Friendship Friday

Meows from Mudpie!

While looking back to see what we were doing 2 years ago this week, we were reminded that on Halloween of 2016 the Mudpie Mobile came home! Thankfully I've only had to ride in it a couple times to visit the V-E-T, but as a race car driver wannabe I had to take it for a spin, right?


Mommy learned how to drive in a Jeep Cherokee and had barely ever driven anything else so she was nervous about making the switch, but she absolutely loves the Patriot. (She especially loves the Sirius radio that alerts her every time Conway comes on anywhere around the radio dial! Never mind drinking and driving, I don't think it's safe for Mommy to Conway and drive, do you?)


In case you were wondering, the yellow kitty with a death wish under my wheels was our neighbor kitty Milo, who has sadly since gone to the Rainbow Bridge. (No, I didn't run him over.) We sure miss Milo's visits.


As we wrap up Halloween, Mommy would like to thank our friends at As the World Purrs for the Target goodies they sent us (our Target *finally* opened, but too late for Halloween merchandise to be on the shelves).

And I would purrsonally like to thank Miss Sharon from Friends Furever for the yummy new blankie she sent me! I predict many warm and cozy nights during the long winter ahead!