Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day 2015

In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would share something I have been doing lately to be kinder to the animals of our planet. I've tried to choose bath and beauty products which are cruelty-free.

It started when I was introduced to Deep Steep, a line of bath and beauty products. I fell in love with their body wash and body butter, then I noticed the "crueltyfree" logo. I suddenly realized I could easily find products that I really liked and I could use with a clear conscience.

I knew about Burt's Bees and Yes To Carrots, so I started checking into their products a bit more. It took me a while, but I think I've settled on a facial cleanser and moisturizer I like from each of them. I'm also now using Yes to Blueberries shampoo and conditioner!

The next step was cosmetics. I'm a drugstore makeup kind of girl, so I checked into all the usual suspects, but couldn't find anything that was cruelty-free. Then, by sheer luck, I found out about Milani Cosmetics. Not only did they sport the "crueltyfree" logo, I was able to buy the line at my neighborhood CVS! I was ready to try it out.

I generally don't wear much makeup, so I started out just by choosing and buying foundation and eyeliner. I went with their cream-to-powder makeup and a couple different Liquid Eye pencil eyeliners. 

I instantly loved the foundation, but the eyeliner was difficult for me to control. Back to CVS I went! This time I bought a couple of gel powder eyeshadow pots, an eyeshadow pencil, and a couple liquid eyeliners. I gotta say, I loved them all! Easy to apply and long-lasting; I was sold!

So, for Earth Day 2015 I felt like I was making steps toward leaving this planet a little better than which I found it. And I looked pretty doing it.

None of the companies described in this post contacted or compensated me. I just love the products!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: The Good, the Bad and the Furry-Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat by Tom Cox

The Good, the Bad, and the Furry: Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat, written by Tom Cox, is honestly the funniest book I have read in quite some time. Tom writes about the cats in his life and how his world revolves around them. You get to meet The Bear-yes, his name is THE Bear-an elderly cat with a constant look of worry on his face. Then there's Ralph who likes to meow his own name and has a problem with slugs. Shipley is a mouthy cat who calms when Tom picks him up and turns him onto his back. These aren't the only cats; Tom introduces us to many others, too, along with his family and friends (his dad is precious!).

He so perfectly describes the cats' personalities you begin to feel as if you are living with them as well. You learn their idiosyncrasies and how they interact in different situations. You fall in love. You also begin to think Tom is a tiny bit crazy, but in an endearing way.

My favorite chapter in the book was a letter written to the house sitter "Keeping our Cats out of the Bedroom: Instructions for Housesitters." Tom was going out of town and realized there were a few "details" he forgot to mention. Like how one cat (after wading through the swamp) will try to break into the bedroom while they are sleeping and another will have night terrors. But hey, don't be alarmed; it'll all be fine. The chapter had me laughing so hard I had to read it out loud to my husband.

Photo courtesy of Tom Cox.

The Good, the Bad, and the Furry is not only a book I would recommend, but one which I will read again. Now that I've made you want to read it, too, let's talk giveaway! You can win a hardcover copy of your own from the publisher.

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I received a copy of The Good, the Bad, and the Furry for free from the publisher. This in no way influenced my review, as it contains my honest thoughts on the book.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway-Texts From Mittens: A Cat Who Has an Unlimited Data Plan...and Isn't Afraid to Use It by Angie Bailey

The world has been blessed with another kitty comedy from Angie Bailey. You might already know Mittens from Catster and his Facebook page. If so, you know he spends a LOT of time texting. Now you can get a whole book full of his conversations in Texts From Mittens: A Cat Who Has an Unlimited Data Plan...and Isn't Afraid to Use It.

If you don't know Mittens, this is a great intro. If you're the type of person who doesn't enjoy LOLCat humor, don't worry. Neither does Mittens. In fact in one of his texts he says, "I just saw some (LOLCats) online. Their spelling and grammar are deplorable!" You might even find yourself needing a dictionary to look up a word he uses.

You may also see a little of your own life in the texts, like when Mitty is texting with his Mom because she has him locked out of her room and he is sticking his paw under the door. Do you feel like your cat is barely tolerating your dog? If he's anything like Mittens, you're probably right.

Page 20 has my favorite text: Mittens asking for a little Hazmat suit to protect him from Phil the dog's breath.

So are you ready to get your own copy? Well, one lucky reader will win a copy! Sorry, only open to readers in the United States and Canada.
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Monday, March 30, 2015