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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

National Feral Cat Day 2014

National Feral Cat Day 2014.
Welcome to Sandpiper Cat Blog and Happy National Feral Cat Day 2014! At SCB, we have been celebrating National Feral Cat Day for four years now! We celebrate in order to raise awareness for feral (community) cats that live in our world.

This year, the National Feral Cat Day theme is TNR: From The Alley....To Main Street, brought to us by Alley Cat Allies. National Feral Cat Day launched in 2001, on the 10th anniversary of Alley Cat Allies. The goal of the day is to promote TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) programs.


Watch the video below to learn the difference between feral and stray cats.



Community cat facts: 
  • Community cats have existed alongside people for 10,000 years.
  • They are called community cats, feral cats or outdoor cats.
  • Most community cats are not socialized to people, they are not adoptable.
  • Community cats (as members of the domestic cat species (like pet cats) are protected under state anti-cruelty laws.
  • Community cats should not be taken to pounds/shelters. 
  • Community cats can live full, healthy lives outdoors - but are usually killed in shelters.
  • Their kittens can be adopted into homes, but they must be socialized at an early age.


Alley Cat Allies is a wonderful organization, that was founded in 1990 and its headquarters are located Bethesda, Maryland. Alley Cat Allies is the only national organization dedicated to the protection of cats.

Please share our post today, or any day you come across it and help raise awareness about community cats.  Read our past posts from 20112012 and 2013.


Information courtesy of Alley Cat Allies. Used with permission.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review/Giveaway: Catification by Jackson Galaxy & Kate Benjamin

Sandpiper Cat Blog is so excited for the release of Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin's new book, Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!). Especially because we have one copy to giveaway! Details below. 



This book is fantastic as it is filled with colorful pages and 15 do-it-yourself projects for cat lovers who want to create their own cat towers, kitty hammocks and much more. Catification is purrfect for the cat lover in your life, you and even new cat parents.



If this book isn't on your coffee table or bookshelf, you need it in your life ASAP. Get creative ideas on how to build a kitty super highway in your own house. Help your cats live stylishly and comfortably. 
Image from jacksongalaxy.com.
Jackson Galaxy is a Cat Behaviorist and currently hosts Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell on Saturday, 8 pm EST.
Image from hauspanther.com.
Kate Benjamin writes Hauspanther, a premier online magazine for design-conscious cat people.

Purchase a copy of Catification on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indiebound.

And for our lucky readers, I am able to offer one of you the chance to win a copy of Catification. Enter below through the Rafflecopter widget.


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Receiving a complimentary copy of the book did not influence this review or anything we stated. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Caturday: Upcoming National Feral Cat Day


National Feral Cat Day is coming to you via Sandpiper Cat Blog on October 16, 2014!
Check out these 10 facts about NFCD before October >^..^<
Check back on October 16 for our NFCD post.

Read our NFCD posts from 2012 & 2013.

Monday, September 8, 2014

National Capital Cat Show 2014 by Harry Shubin

As my readers know, I do a lot of work with my local cat rescue - Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. This weekend I attended the National Capital Cat Show with my family. To those of you who wonder why a person who is strongly for rescuing animals, went to a cat show...well, read no further than this guest blog post, by Harry Shubin, as to why!


Lost Dog logo
 
Volunteer... Save a Life!
VickieAnnabelleBerta face edited


Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation at the Cat Show?

 Cat Show Logo

  
This past Saturday and Sunday, LDCRF had a small presence at the National Capital Cat Show, sharing space graciously donated by one of our partner vets, Loudoun Cat Care.


     



If you've received an email from me directly, you've seen my signature - "Don't Shop - Adopt!" and you might wonder why LDCRF is not boycotting a "cat show" where cats and kittens will be sold.  There are several reasons, the most important of which is the opportunity to do more than "preach to the choir," in other words, to spread our message about the plight of homeless animals to people who might otherwise not think twice about purchasing a kitten. 
 
Many people who want a purebred cat have their minds made up, and for many reasons believe that a breed is the only cat for them.  Some of those people will not change their minds.  Others have just not yet heard the message.  Still others "know" about homeless cats, but want a Siamese, or a Persian... When I talk to potential adopters at our events, I usually work into the conversation the story of where our cats come from - the euthanasia lists of  various animal "shelters."  I am continually surprised that others are surprised that the cat they are holding would be dead, if not for LDCRF.  Many people who "have" to have a purebred don't realize that many apparent purebreds are available in the local rescues, and in breed-specific rescues.  This is our chance to teach them. 

 
LDCRF's Agnes - an apparent Siamese, recently adopted into a forever home

 Even for rescue folk, there's a lot of reason to attend a cat show.  Not only are there rows upon rows of toys, cat furniture, and fun cat-themed items, there is a lot of information available - information on nutrition and on behavior.  Many times responding to adopters with questions, we refer to the Conscious Cat, a website with a wealth of information on introductions, food, litter and behavior.

     
Author Ingrid King, the face behind the Conscious Cat and a sponsor of the show, with a display of Jackson Galaxy's Spirit Essences remedies for behavioral issues

Besides... where else can you see a cat powdered, and then taken by his paws, turned upside down, and shaken to remove loose powder - or observe someone touch up a cat's fur with paint.  Well, maybe it was make-up...

 
LDCRF's Agnes and Dr. Nefario 
Littermates Gru and Margo have already been adopted at the show!
 
The LDCRF booth at the show, in addition to finding a few cats forever homes, also gives us the opportunity to teach the very important message of spay/neuter.  What could happen if that message went silent?  What kind of cat show would there be in the future?
 
We're going to see cats, Emily. Real cats!" Rose's teeth chattered with excitement. She so well remembered the same visit she had taken as a child, when the Cat Show had come to the United States. "Ooooh, you mean cats like Tigger?" Emily's eyes widened at the thought of a bunch of Tiggers on display. "Nope. Real cats. Living, breathing, purring cats." "Hah! Everybody knows that cats are only in story books. Like unicorns and -- what's 'purring', Mommy?" Rose's smile widened. "You'll see, Pumpkin. You'll soon see. 

 Click this link to read the full story 

Harry Shubin 
Cat Volunteer Coordinator
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

Weekly volunteer email used with permission from Harry Shubin.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Special Bobby's Bulletin: Along Came P(H)olly Part 1

No, not this Polly came home with us!

This post is long overdue and it also comes as a surprise - because I did not ever think we would have seven cats at the same time again! But, on May 19, 2014, we brought home PHolly Shubin, the 7th member of our cat clan.

PHolly is our 3rd resident black cat.
First, her name is PHolly -- now you can call her Polly, Holly or PHolly (like Folly) but we pronouce "PHolly" with a silent P...! Essentially the easiest explanation of PHolly's name, is that her name was Polly at Animal Outreach of Cape May (where I volunteer in the summer). We always name our cats after Cape May, and for as long as I can remember, we would eat at Holly's Restaurant in Grasonville, Maryland on the way to the shore. So since Polly & Holly were pretty similar sounding, we decided to create PHolly!

Now, for the background on how PHolly came to live in our house...

When we adopted Bobby in December from Cape May, NJ, we knew he had a brother Charlie and two sisters, Polly and Meredith (who had previously been adopted). We felt bad separating Bobby from Charlie and Polly, but we were not planning on taking anyone other than Bobby.

But in the months we had Bobby, we realized that he was still quite a kitten and really didn't have anyone to play with. Despite having four other cats, they were a few years older than him and not as active. Bobby is a bursting ball of energy and the other cats could not keep up with him.

Bobby was lonely and had energy that bounced off the walls. His high activity level was the biggest motivating factor to bring home his sister (why not Charlie, you ask? Because he is bonded to anoter cat there, Marmie and they are a pair).

So when we took a trip up to Cape May in May for a 3 day weekend, we went to Animal Outreach to volunteer & visit - not expecting to bring PHolly home, because mom wasn't convinced.


On the ferry with PHolly.

But dad and I were convinced that PHolly needed to come home with us, and she was in good health, so we decided to take her home. Of course this was the day we were leaving and we were not expecting to bring her home. But even so, dad had an emergency carrier in the car and we popped her in it and off to Virginia she went!

To be continued...
In the car!