Monday, June 1, 2015

Review/Giveaway: Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing

One of my fondest childhood memories is being read great stories before bed, by my parents. We never had a short supply of great cat books. Many of which I still think about from time to time.

In the many years since my parents read my nighttime stories, there have been so many awesome cat books published! I'm excited to be reviewing "Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing" by Ann Cerino, illustrated by Kathy Kunsman. Stay tuned to the bottom of the post, for a chance to win a copy of "Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing!"

"Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing" is the second book in the Carmella series. The first book is "Carmella the Cat," in which children ages 2-8 learn about how Carmella, a stranded orange and white tabby kitten,  was rescued and adopted into a loving 'fur-ever' home, and what it means to be responsible for another living being. Additional books in the series will come out in 2016 and beyond.

Written by Lehigh Valley, PA native, Ann Cerino, 10% of sales from the books are donated to animal shelters in the Lehigh Valley area.

The "Carmella the Cat" series is based on true events of author Cerino. Cerino found Carmella's litter in a flooded drainage ditch, and Carmella was the only one who survived. Cerino rushed Carmella to the vet, where Dr. Ackerman saved Carmella's life and treated her until she was ready to be adopted.

The real Carmella!

In the first page of "Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing," I love the attention to detail of the cat toys on the floor. All toys that my cats play with, especially the springs!

The illustrations of Carmella in action match perfectly with the playfulness of cats! It is so easy to picture your own cat playing along the way Carmella does.

Carmella learns a valuable lesson on fishing in this book - which is also a great lesson to be taught to children who have pet fish, pet cats or both!

"Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing" is definitely the kind of book my parents would have read to me as a kid. The simple wording in this book makes it easy for kids to be able to recite it from memory and use that as a tool to learn how to read. I certainly know that was the way I learned how to read.

Carmella the Cat's website is also a great place to visit with your kids, after reading the story! It has a cute little game where you can help lead Carmella home. There are also a few coloring pages you can print out!

Carmella's books are available for purchase on the Carmella the Cat Website, Barnes and Noble (Carmella the Cat, Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing) and Amazon (Carmella the Cat, Carmella the Cat Goes Fishing)

And now for a giveaway!

Giveaway Rules:
  • Enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway below (comment entries not accepted). Email with any problems.
  • Open to United States
  • Winner contacted by email, must reply in 48 hours.
  • Giveaway to run from 12 am EST 6/1/2015 to 6/8/2015 at 12 am EST.
  • Good luck!

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.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cat Themed Smashbox Cosmetics!

You know how sometimes you see a product and think, "that has my name written all over it?" That was my thought when I saw the new Nicki Hilton for Smashbox Cosmetics Cat-Eye Kits!

Nicki Hilton has collabed with Smashbox Cosmetics because of her love for their products! "I also love the sleek, sexy packaging," she said.

I love the black cat wristlet that comes with each make up set. It is a great way to store your make up, or use for a night out on the town.

Each kit retails for $54.

There are three different Cat-Eye Kits in L.A. NaturalNY Classic and London Colorful.

L.A. Natural

Hilton chose these three different styles because she is a "style chamelon because I like to change my look based on my surroundings."
London Colorful.

Why the cat theme? Hilton loves cats! She has two, Mac and Cheese (um, I'm obsessed with these names!).

New York Classic

"I love what cats stand for - they are elegant, mysterious and sexy. They always land on their feet. Also, they're very fashionable, so I thought it would be sweet to focus on cats. A Cat-Eye is such a classic way to play up your eyes and you can make it more modern too!"

Right now on Smashbox's website, enter code "nicky" for free mini samples (ends 5/31/15).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: Imperial Cat Vehicle Scratcher

Imperial Cat is a brand known for their Modern Cat scratching pads. Just in time for the upcoming Indy 500 car race on Sunday May 24, 2015 - your cat can cruise in style in their own race car of choice.

Imperial Cat has a unique line of Scratch 'n Shapes scratchers, that are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

"Available in shapes like the racer and convertible, the scratchers are contoured to fit perfectly with your cat while providing an ideal surface that keeps your feline's claws honed and healthy. Not to mention, you'll be giving your stylish cat the perfect car option for all their cruising and scratching needs."

In addition to getting regular claw trims, Piper scratches to keep her claws in perfect shape.

Piper got a chance to test out a racer vehicle and she felt right at home on top her new scratcher. The scratcher is the perfect place for Piper to manage her claws, or take a cat nap.

The scratcher comes with one bag of certified organic cat nip - and Piper 100% loved that nip! In fact, she did not want to share it with any of her other siblings. The nip will have to be controlled, and given as a special treat - since it makes her a little crazy (but shh, don't tell her I told you!).

The other cats were very interested in what Piper was doing, and they didn't shy away from coming to see what was happening. Vickie preferred to check out what there was to eat, while PHolly and Charlie wanted to share in the fun Piper was having!

Piper definitely prefers to think that her new scratcher is hers and hers only, but she knows that she will have to share it with her siblings. She just knows that she will get the longest turn!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Rover Reveals Most Popular Pet Names

Whenever we adopt a cat, it is always an exciting discussion to figure out what their name will be. Most of our cats are named after certain places from our favorite vacation spot - Cape May, New Jersey. recently released What Are the Most Popular Cat Names Revealed and I thought you would be interested to know how our cats got their names - and if any of them are the popular picks!

Meet Sand(piper)
She is named for Sandpiper Embroidery in Wildwood - the shop of our friends. She fits in with the Cape May theme of the Sandpiper Birds. Piper is what she is normally called.

Meet Victoria
Cape May is known for their many Victorian homes. Vickie also goes by Queen Victoria.

Meet Ester(brooke) 
Brooke is our anamoly cat name! She is named after Esterbrook (no E at the end) fountain pens. In our original kitten caboodle, we had a kitten named Parker, which is also a fountain pen name.

Meet Henry
Our loveable Henry is named after a favorite (and sadly, closed) restaurant in Cape May called Henry's on the Beach. Henry's was our favorite dinner spot for fish sandwiches, big ass fried clams and I claim it is the place I learned to eat salad. 

Meet Pearl
Pearl is named for Pearl Street - where we used to go to visit the many cats that lived there. We are now friends with the cats' owner, Harry. Coincidentally, Pearl's rescue name was Page before we changed it -- the street that intersects with Pearl Street? Page Street. Freaky!

Meet Bobby
Bobby was the first cat we adopted from Animal Outreach of Cape May County. He was named, along with his sisters Polly and Meredith (previously adopted) and brother Charlie. So technically since Bobby is from Cape May, he doesn't need a Cape May name. Of course, my dad calls him Robert/Bobby after a friend who plays in the Congress Street Bass Band...but that's a bit of a stretch ;) sorry dad!

Meet PHolly
So miss PHolly is a bit of a complicated name story. Her name from Animal Outreach is Polly. But we wanted to name her Holly, for our favorite Eastern Shore fried chicken joint that we used to always eat at on the way to Cape May. It closed in 2014, a few months after we adopted Polly. So we call her PHolly, the P is silent and it is pronounced Holly. But you can call her Polly, Holly, Jolly Holly Polly and so on!

Meet Charlie
And meet Charlie! He hasn't been officially introduced on the blog, so that post is upcoming. But in January 2015 we caved and adopted Charlie (Bobby came in Jan 2014, PHolly May 2014). We just couldn't say no to uniting the Jersey family!

So which one of our cats has the most popular name??

And the truth about the most popular pet names....#1 is Charlie! Charlie wins! And we have a cat named Charlie!
See entire image here: Used with permission from Rover.

We have picked out some of the names of our next cats (yeah, right) which includes the popular George and Bella. But that's probably not going to be anytime soon!

So which names are your favorite of the most popular? Are your cat(s) names on the list? If not, why should they be?

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.

Giveaway Rules:
  • Enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway below (comment entries not accepted). Email with any problems.
  • Open to United States only
  • Winner contacted by email, must reply in 48 hours.
  • Giveaway to run from 12 am EST 3/27/2015 to 4/3/2015 at 12 am EST.
  • Good luck!
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 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 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!

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.