Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review/Giveaway: Texts From Mittens

Have you ever wished you could text your cat and tell them to DVR something on the television for you? Make sure the oven is off? Turn on the washer full of clothes, which you forgot to turn on while you were heading out to work in the morning? I certainly have!

I think at one time or another, we all have thought communicating with our cats would make life so much easier. But are you really sure that finding out everything on your cat's mind is a good idea? 


Sandpiper Cat Blog introduces you to Mittens, as in Texts From Mittens: A Cat Who Has an Unlimited Data Plan...and Isn't Afraid to Use It by Angie Bailey.

Mittens is a quirky tuxedo cat, who texts his various quandaries to his mom. Those texts include schemes for treats, complaining about Phil, Stumpy, Grandma and Drunk Patty - the lovable characters featured in his texts.

Texts From Mittens is sure to send any guest who picks the book off your coffee table, into fits of giggles. Appropriate for cat and dog lovers alike!

Texts From Mittens is a great book to read with friends and family. Perfect for anyone with an obsession for cats, texting...or both!


















Author, Angie Bailey, is the author of Text from Mittens and whiskerlist: the kitty classifieds  book and page-a-day boxed calendar. She's also an award winning freelance writer.

Visit Text From Mittens on Facebook, and be sure to look out for Piper's alter ego, Twinkie!



Texts From Mittens is out on Tuesday March 31, 2015. Pre-order on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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Receiving a complimentary copy of this book did not influence this review or anything we stated. We were not compensated for this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Warm Giveaway: Alice Hannah Designs

Being warm or looking stylish? That is one choice, that no one should have to make. And you can be both warm and stylish, if you choose to wear Alice Hannah accessories.

Previously reviewed on my blog (read here), Alice Hannah is a design company based in London. They design quality and fashionable accessories. Alice Hannah designs start with a blank sheet of paper - allowing designers to create new trends and color palettes of their liking.

Alice Hannah designs are unique and completely one of a kind. My mom and I took our cute accessories out for a test drive this weekend, while it was cold! We are modeling the furry cat mittens, furry cat hat and the cat shaped scarf.

The accessories are warm and cute and will be perfect to wear throughout the cold winter season, especially on snowy days! I am looking forward to wearing them when I walk on my college campus in 2015!

Scroll down for a giveaway opportunity below!






And now for our fantastic giveaway! One winner will win a set similar to the one seen pictured! We will run our giveaway a tad longer than usual to give everyone time to enter after the holidays.

Happy Holidays, Happy Winter & a Happy New Year 2015!


Giveaway Rules:
  • Enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway below (comment entries not accepted). Email Sandpipercatblog@gmail.com with any problems.
  • Open to United States only.
  • Winner contacted by email, must reply in 48 hours.
  • Giveaway to run from 12 am EST 12/24/2014 to 1/7/2015 at 12 am EST.
  • Good luck!
Receiving a complimentary accessories did not influence this review or anything we stated. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SCB Second Annual Holiday Gift Guide


Ever year as the holiday season gets closer, I anxiously await to see what adorable cat products I can share with viewers. So snuggle up with your cat and enjoy browsing our 2014 Holiday Gift guide! (See last year's 2013 gift guide here).

All items are pinned on my Sandpiper Cat Blog 2014 Holiday Gift Guide board. Follow me on Pinterest and continue to check back as I add more gift ideas!

Category 1: Cat Toys



My lovely friend Shelley Rinker of Whimsily Ever After sells the most adorable cat toys in her Etsy shop. For the holidays, she is selling these uniquely designed toys including a dreidel with gelt ($16), a candy cane ($13) and lumps of coal ($6) (for naughty kitties). I appreciate that Shelley included a dreidel as an option for us Jewish folk, who have a harder time finding Hanukkah cat toys!

Shelley creates her toys from scratch, using her sewing machine! She stuffs her soft fleece toys with organic catnip from the USA. Piper reviewed Shelley's macaron cat toys and she can attest to the potency of the nip!

Category 2: Books



It is always so exciting when a purrsonal friend has a book come out. Our friends Teri and her cat Coco have a beautiful new children's book, The Adventures of Coco le Chat: The world's most fashionable feline, that we are thrilled to share with you!

Coco the Couture Cat is off on a fashion adventure in the city that never sleeps, New York City! Dressed in the chicest of clothes, Coco has fun zooming around the city doing her favorite activities. A stop at the Met, ballet at the Lincoln Center and Broadway are just a few of Coco's marvelous stops. She even makes a friend -- but you will have to read the book to find out more about that!

The fashion in this book is fantastic! I spotted a 3.1 Phillip Lim purse, that I recognized right away. Coco and I definitely share the same taste in fashion. I would love to spend a day on the town with Coco.

Coco le Chat is the perfect gift for all cat lovers, adult and children alike. You can purchase a copy on Amazon here. If you're interested in a paw-tographed copy, signed by Coco herself, you can email her owner Teri at furrydance@gmail.com. She accepts PayPal (shouldn't it be PawPal?), $15 a copy + ($6 shipping for one book, $7.50 for two books, $8 for three books.



Next in the book category are two fantastic memoirs that would make an excellent surprise for your favorite reader. Cleo and Cats & Daughters both by Helen Brown, are two heartwarming stories that detail two different times in the author's life. 

Cleo, came into brown's family after a devastating loss - and she changed everything. I gave a copy of Cleo to my dad one year for Hanukkah and he stayed up all night reading it - every last page. The story has just the right balance of sadness and joy, bundled up in a sweet black cat.

Cats & Daughters (also known as After Cleo Came Jonah) comes after Cleo's passing (don't let that deter you from reading Cleo, as she dies an old, happy and loved cat who had a long & amazing life). Brown swore she would never have another cat after Cleo, but as they say - never say never! Jonah helps the Browns through life's many changes and Jonah certainly gets in trouble along the way! Visit Helen Brown's Facebook fan page and keep up to date on Jonah's current doings!

Category 3: Human Accessories

I think most people swore that after the 90s, we were done with hair scrunchies. Hauspanther is bringing hair scrunchies back! And these aren't just regular hair scrunchies, they are in a custom junk-food (dry cat food) pattern.

Available for $6 a piece here, these scrunchies are one of a kind and super fun. And don't forget kitty - you can even get a matching cat toy to match!


The winter is my favorite time to accessorize with all sorts of scarves. And of course, any scarf with a cat print is a must-have! Triple T Studios has a gorgeous cat print scarf, that is sure to please the cat lover in your life!

Available in black, beige and pink. $9.99 per scarf. Free shipping!


I remember spending quite a great deal of my childhood in Minnetonka moccasins. When I saw that Minnetonka teamed up with Sanrio for a 40th Hello Kitty anniversary mocc, I knew I had to get a pair! And I am so glad I did, because they are the most comfortable shoes! I have a hard time finding shoes that fit and are comfortable, so I'm glad I gave these a shot. Available for purchase on the Minnetonka website here, $49.95 in pink (pictured), brown and black. Size 5-11 US.

Category 4: Miscellaneous but Marvelous



The Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld line, Shupette, features a adorable white kitten on the products and it is a beautiful make up collection. For more information, read about the line in one of my recent posts here.



There are quite a few pieces in the collection and they are selling fast! I picked up the eye need shu trio for $35. It is nicely packaged (I'm a sucker for good packaging) and it is also high quality make up.



The Animal Rescue Site has the purrfect item for the baker in your life. The paw print muffin pan is fantastic for baking - I can attest as I own two of the pans! The muffins I baked went in and out of the pan with ease! And they really looked like paw prints. I highly recommend! Single pan, $12.95, two pans $19.95.

Wow, well I think that just about does it for our holiday 2014 gift guide! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season - whatever you may celebrate, and enjoy the togetherness of the winter season as well!

Love,
Rachel & Sandpiper




Disclosure: Some of the items in this blog post were sent to me for review. Receiving complimentary items did not influence my posts or opinions and never will. Some items were purchased with my own money.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Meowloween Saftey (Halloween 2014)

Piper says Happy Halloween witchees!
With Halloween just hours away, it is important to remember you should put away  your kitties when you are opening the front door for trick-or-treaters. That way, they can't scurry out the door while you are handing out candy to cute little ghosts, witches and the occasional cat.


At Sandpiper Cat Blog,  we take opening the front door very seriously. We rarely ever use the front door because we are worried about our cats getting outside, as they are strictly indoor cats. We even get into our house by going through the garage and laundry room. We call this the "air lock" because we wait for the garage door to be completely down before opening the door into the laundry room. Just like our cat May, Piper is able to jimmy open the laundry room door. Naughty girl!

Bobby says: Make sure all your black cats are put away safely!

For my family, it is crucial that we make sure our black cats, Henry, Bobby and PHolly, are away in the basement with the others. It would be really hard to see a black cat dart out the front door at nighttime, just as it would be hard for them to see a car going down the street.



Black cats have a connotation of bad luck, especially when one crosses your path. If we believed this myth, we wouldn't have three black cats. It is extremely important that all cats, especially black cats,  are firmly planted far away from the front door.

Halloween brings a lot of strange noises and strange people, and even the calmest cat can become frightened and disoriented if they get out. Just in case, make sure she has a collar and ID tag on at all times.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PicMonkey #FrankenPet Halloween Contest & Coupon

PicMonkey's Halloween photo contest

Piper and I are excited to share with our readers a contest that anyone can enter. Pic Monkey, a photo editing website, is having a seriously cool contest where you can share your photograph with Halloween edits like so (and read below to find out how to enter)...



Halloween’s rough for pets. They can’t trick-or-treat, they can’t throw parties, and their costume selection is seriously lacking. To fight The Man Pic Monkey has partnered with fellow Seattle startup Rover.com—a nationwide network of dog lovers that connects pet owners with local, loving dog sitters—to put together a spectacular Halloween contest. It’s called #FrankenPet and you could be one of the winners.

How’s all this work?Simply don your photogenic pet in a costume (or not, it’s optional) snap a photo, and jazz ‘em up with our Halloween features.

Once your masterpiece is complete, share it. As long as you use #FrankenPet, we’ll see it on our TwitterFacebook*, PinterestInstagramGoogle+, and Flickr. You gotta share by 11:59pm on Halloween, and the winners will be announced on the 5th of November (remember remember).

Who wins?Three winners. Three runner-ups. One for each category: Creepy Canines, Scaredy Cats, and Other Beasts (birds, lizards, monkeys, you name it). We’re looking for creatures with the most creative photos. Scare us, delight us, or make us say d’aawwwww!

Is there a method to this madness?!Photos will be judged by an independent panel of photographers and pet owners, based on the following criteria:
  • 40% creativity
  • 30% use of PicMonkey Halloween effects
  • 20% embodiment of contest theme
  • 10% photo quality
What’s in it for me?Grand prize winners will win one year of PicMonkey Royale and one of the following (depending on your category):
Runners-up will win a year of PicMonkey Royale and a $25 giftcard to Petco.

Wait a minute! Where’s your obligatory legal stuff?Contest Submission Agreement: By submitting to the #FrankenPet contest, you give PicMonkey and Rover permission to reuse your photos in future branded content and promotions. Neither Rover nor PicMonkey employees are eligible to win. Everyone is welcome to participate, but due to legal mumbo jumbo, prize eligibility is limited to the United States.
*If you’re posting to Facebook, your privacy settings will affect whether or not we can find your image. If your profile is set so only your friends can see your photos, we definitely won’t be able to find it. So you can either post your photo directly to our Facebook page, choose one of the other social media options to share your photo, or change your privacy settings for the duration of the contest (if you’re so inclined).

And visit Rover.com to find a dog sitter. You can use code "sandpiper20" to receive $20 off a dog sitting service.



I was not compensated for this review, though I will receive a free month of Royale services for sharing the contest. Coupon code void where prohibited.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shu Uemura Shupette Make-Up Collection =^..^=

I love incorporating cat themed items into my life, especially when they are too cute for words. That is the Shu Uemura Shupette Collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Just in time for the 2014 holidays!

Karl Lagerfeld is a German fashion designer. He works currently as the head designer and creative director for the fashion house of Chanel, as well as Fendi and his own label.

Shu Uemura is a Japanese make-up artist and the founder of Shu Uemura cometics. Uemura died in 2007 but his legacy lives on in his beautiful products.


"An exclusive makeup collection from the world's most famous furry beauty, Choupette Lagerfeld. Continuing a family affair, Mr. Uemura and Karl Lagerfeld were friends for more than 20 years - the world's most fashionable feline mademoiselle Shupette is ready to dip her paws into haute de gamme beauty creation for the 2014 holiday collection. 'Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura.'" -shu uemura website.


Watch Choupette in action!

What is not to love from this collection? Everything from the packaging to the products are absolutely beautiful. 

My favorite item from the collection is the "shupette has-it-all eye & lip palette" which retails for $89. I love the sleek look of the palette, especially Shupette's bright blue eyes and black bow. He reminds me of my Pearl.

If you interested in seeing swatches of the Shupette collection, visit xSparkage - Leesha - a YouTuber and blogger, click here. Leesha has a coupon "SHUXSPARK" where you can receive a free Shupette tote and free shipping.

Personally, this was my item of choice -- the eye-need-shu trio 01, $35.

The eye need shu trio 01. Retails $35.

Let me know what you think of the collection and if you'll pick anything up!





Monday, October 20, 2014

Review/Giveaway: Critterzone

Let’s face it – when you share your home with pets, smells are unavoidable. And if you’re like my family and have seven (wonderful, albeit occasionally smelly) cats, it can sometimes be hard to control the odors.


In steps a revolutionary change in air purification: the CritterZone Air Naturalizer. The CritterZone is a godsend for our household. We have a wall unit that plugs in to an outlet and begins working its magic on any odors lingering in the area.

Launched in 2013 by Bill Converse, the CritterZone works to clean the air the same way that nature does through sunlight, wind and even thunderstorms. The process is natural, which means it doesn't need a filter or perfume cartridges - because those only make the air quality worse for our pets.
The CritterZone has many great qualities including the fact that it doesn't need a filter! No need for expensive replacements! The CritterZone is small which makes it portable. This ease of movability is great if for some reason a stinky spot pops up in a different room than where CritterZone is plugged in to the wall.
The CritterZone is designed to neutralize odors from pets. So unlike a quick burst of Febreze that will fade almost instantly, the CritterZone is constantly working to clear the air of odors.
The CritterZone can work to clean the air in an 800 square foot area, making it ideal for apartments and large rooms.
Don't make her beg!
The CritterZone is cost effective as it costs less than a penny per day to run. This makes it affordable to use to clean your air 24/7. Think of the CritterZone as a $99 investment.

 Purchase your wall unit here and use the code sandpiper for $10 off your purchase - making the CritterZone a wonderful investment at $89.

And since we love the way the CritterZone works in our household, we wanted to give you a chance to win a CritterZone wall unit! Enter below via the Rafflecopter widget.

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The CritterZone featured in the pictures was purchased with my own money. I may be paid a small fee for units purchased with the coupon code. All reviews are my own opinion and are not influenced by this company or fees paid.