little fluffball

October 14, 2014 | Comments Off

Basia in the middle of a bunch of toys?!

Basia has shown an even sweeter side towards me the past few days! I love that she greets me when I come downstairs in the mornings by walking over to me! The other day when I was on the couch and Mark was on the chair, she jumped up and came all the way over to me for a bit first before going to him! And just today she let me kiss her on the head before jumping down after her lunch! We’ve come a loooong way, baby!

cranky cat

October 13, 2014 | Comments Off

Photogenic Pacey Man

I’ve mentioned before that Pacey and I cuddle together every night at bedtime. Sometimes after I stop petting him and after I wish him his “sweet dreams” and tell him “night night,” he will leave to play with a toy, potty, or get a drink of water really quickly. When he comes back, he always climbs on me to get back into his cuddle spot. He never goes around me or over me, and I never mind because he’s usually pretty gentle and quiet. Sometimes he will announce himself, but that’s rare. But two nights ago when he came back to bed, he freaking stomped all over me! It was both sooo shocking and sooo funny! He must have been in a mood! And last night I had to use the bathroom and actually decided to go. See, I usually just don’t get up because I don’t want to disturb the furbabies who are nestled in around me. As soon as I started to move, he really voiced his issue with that. What a little crank!

SwiPets product review

October 10, 2014 | Comments Off

SwiPets is a pet hair cleaning product that is taking the pet industry by storm! SwiPets is the only product that swipes away pet hair without having to wrestle with sticky rollers or heavy vacuums. The SwiPets is a glove that has a special coating and texture on the palm that is patent-pending. The formula and fabric create an electro-static charge while ‘grabbing’ the pet hair and ‘clumping’ it so you can simply pull it off and throw it away. SwiPets solves your pet hair nightmare problem by effortlessly removing pet hair from furniture, fabric, and hard-to-reach places that other products cannot reach. Simply rub your hand on the surface in a circular motion to pick up pet hair and then toss the hair away. It will even pick up the dirt and dander that’s left behind. This product is machine washable and can be used over and over. To ensure continued use, air or line dry the glove after washing. Also noteworthy is that it comes in the colors white, light blue, and light green. SwiPets believes that pet owners ought to be spending their time enjoying their pets and not spending too much time cleaning up after them!

Here are photos of the SwiPet box, of it fresh out of the box (front & back), and of it on Mark’s hand (front & back):

SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review

And here’s a video where I take a closer look at what we received:

Included in the package:
- 1 package of SwiPets, in light green

Here is some information about Swipets from its website:

What Makes the SwiPets Gloves so GREAT?

- They’re Machine washable!
- They remove pet hair from hard-to-reach areas like around cushions, stairs, and carpeting
- There is a special coating on the fingertips which means you can get into tight spots and pull pet hair from cracks and crevices where it collects over time
- No ongoing expenses to replace sticky rollers and products that don’t work
- Our gloves reduce allergens in your home by removing dirt and dander
- They work on hair left behind by cats and long-haired dogs

Here are some photos & a video of us cleaning a reupholstered chair with a SwiPet:

SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review
SwiPets product review

The verdict? SwiPets is indeed a great little product that does do exactly as it is advertised! It can take the places of lint rollers and vacuums, and I think it’s great that it allows you to get into tight spaces and spots with the fingers of the glove. If you watched my video above, my chair has that ridge at the top that is perfect for dirt and hair to fall into and just perfect for gloved hands to get out! Since I have chronic back pain and no longer enjoy tidying up between visits from my cleaner, I like to find things that make cleaning up after my pets easy, and this is something I can add to my box of tricks. My only issue is that I was surprised that there weren’t two gloves in a package; it was weird (less efficient even?) to do things with just one hand. If you purchase this product, please let me know what you think!

(Full disclosure – SwiPets provided this item to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)

Fire Prevention Day

October 9, 2014 | Comments Off

Sam champions Fire Prevention Day

Sam champions Fire Prevention Day! Make sure to check that all of your various fire safety items are in good working order and that you have an exit plan should a fire start in your house. If you haven’t done those things, it’s never too late to start. Your furbabies will thank you!

datgum diesel truck

October 8, 2014 | Comments Off

My chronic pain has been kicking my ass for days now. Sheesh. It’s never a walk in the park, but some days are much more intense than others, and I’m in the midst of some of those days right now. It started late Friday night/early Saturday morning when the pain woke me up out of my sleep. That’s never a good thing. Then a few hours later I awoke to find Lulu sleeping on my legs which is something she rarely, thankfully, does. That certainly didn’t help me out any, as you can imagine. And at night I take Trazadone to help me sleep, but it’s as if that’s not kicking in fully lately, and I’m just up and hurting unnecessarily longer. I guess I need to start taking two of those if that trend keeps up. My pain pills aren’t working on days like these either which really sucks. So, yeah, I’m struggling.

The other night just as I was about to fall asleep, Basia decided she wanted to play all night long. My sound machine was just out of my reach, so I heard her each of the times she decided to chirp and play. The other three kitties were tucked into bed all around me and were happily snoozing – and I was jealous.

Two nights ago we watched videos of our passed pets, and it really is a fantastic thing to have these photos and videos like we do. It’s just wonderful. What’s not wonderful is how terribly sad I am. I miss them all so much, and I cry everyday. I imagine I always will. Speaking of, last year we reviewed several Halloween costumes, and this year we were approached by the same company to review some more. Mark wanted me to decline because he’s too sad to do it without Spenser. Besides, I’m not sure if they were even aware that we lost our dog model. If they want just cats reviewing their costumes, maybe we can work together next year. And, surprisingly, Mark ended up buying a pumpkin dress for our girl kitties and a pumpkin shirt that lights up for our boy kitties! At the same time, though, it makes me sad because we used to always tell Eva she had a pumpkin in her belly because she had such a big tummy.

When I really hurt like this, I again think about phasing out product reviews and only updating this site every other week if at all. Everything but watching tv seems highly overwhelming.

I’ve noticed that since Spenser died that I have no reason to go to the first floor anymore unless I decide to straighten up after the cleaner leaves each week, though I’m less motivated to do even that these days. I only went down there to put him outside to potty and then to carry him back upstairs. He’d put his cute front paws on the first step, and I’d kiss both of his ears before picking him up. That was our little routine.

So a few weeks ago Mark hurt his back after he pitched for four innings. He couldn’t just stick with being an umpire. He had to get back in the game, and he’s been paying the price ever since. He claims he knows his limits now and will only pitch for so many innings and run so far and so on. Sigh. Last year he really, really hurt himself and got that shitty diagnosis, but he thought four innings was taking it slow enough. Why can’t he just stick to umpiring and stop tempting fate? He loves that stupid game so much. Ugh.

And I decided to stop babysitting entirely. Though we had plans last weekend to take her to this kid’s fall festival thing, I decided I didn’t want to pay the price for it for two days afterwards with so much pain, no matter how badly my insides were screaming baby! So I gave her mom all the toys we had for her here and also got rid of all the other stuff we no longer had use for, like the changing table and bumbo. Giving away things for free on Craigslist was a ridiculous hassle. People would email and then not reply back or reply a bunch, stop, and then be surprised when I ended up giving the stuff away to someone else.

great memories, part two

October 6, 2014 | Comments Off

More blasts from the past in pictures Mark has been scanning. Look at how tiny Spenser, Kip, and Pacey once were! Check out how pretty Becca was in her diaper!

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The Elevation Modular Cat Tower System from Contempo Cat looked to be so attractive, functional, and fun, so I was more than thrilled when the opportunity presented itself for my furbabies to product review one! The Elevation Modular Cat Tower System consists of two different pieces. The first piece involves the various wooden climbing components that come from Contempo Cat in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and options that can be put together to create a stunning contemporary cat tower! Contempo Cat sells bridges (short and long), steps, shelves, feeders, pepper platforms (carpeted and non-carpeted), and other platforms (wall, corner, and standard). Additionally, these wooden climbing components are made in Birch-Ply and can be ordered unfinished, in clear lacquer, in white lacquer, or in espresso stain. This also means that if you get them unfinished that you could paint or stain them whatever you choose. Thus, there are literally hundreds of possible configurations and looks with the different climbers and colors available to you, so all you have to really do is look at your space and their components and imagine! Now the second two things you’ll need, aside from these wooden climbing components, are a “Stolmen Post” and “mounting fixtures” from IKEA that you can get in their store or online. These are the items that Contempo Cat’s wooden climbing components need to attach to. They have you buy them yourself because it’s cheaper for you that way! Contempo Cat outlines everything you need and why directly at their site. It’s super easy!

Here are photos of what Contempo Cat sent us from their Elevation Modular Cat Tower system:

Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review

And here’s a video where I take a closer look at what we received:

Included in the package:
- 6 steps from the Elevation Modular Cat Tower System
- 2 larger platforms from the Elevation Modular Cat Tower System

Here is some additional information about Contempo Cat from its website:

For your Cat, cat furniture and products need to be functional, but for us humans, they need to have an aesthetic quality as well.

We strive to achieve both of these qualities in our products. While we are quite proud of our designs, as a company, we are non-pretentious and strive to offer products at a reachable price point for most people. No quotes from great architects about “minimal design” or “harmonizing the realm of man and animal.” We just make good looking products at good looking prices!

Here are a few photos of the assembly process and of the tower itself after it was installed:

Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review

And here are some fun photos and videos of my furbabies enjoying their new Elevation Modular Cat Tower System from Contempo Cat:

Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review
Contempo Cat Elevation Modular Cat Tower product review

The verdict? This Elevation Modular Cat Tower System from Contempo Cat is very attractive, and I can see it working well in all types of places and spaces. I think it obviously could work well in tight spaces too because of its height factor. Additionally, the various steps and platforms can be painted and/or stained to match any kind of environment, so that makes the possibilities endless. Also, as I always mention, Mark hates putting things together, but this project actually didn’t take him too long. The items needed from IKEA came just a few days later after I ordered them online, and the rest was history! And, overall, it’s just great for cats to do a variety of things on! They can rest, hang out, nap, observe, play, eat treats off of, and eat catnip from – to name the things mine did. Sam, our biggest cat, took a shine to it the most, which just makes us laugh the hardest. He’s so big, but he goes down the steps like a master! Lulu won’t go near it, and Pacey likes it if there are things to do on it. We know that if our orange dynamo Eva were still alive that she’d be spending a lot of her time at the very top of this while looking down at us and making her little duck noises; this would be right up her alley. Contempo Cat also sells feeders, climbing systems, beds, cat trees, and litter box enclosures. If you purchase any of their Elevation Modular Cat Tower System products, please let me know what you think!

(Full disclosure – Contempo Cat provided their items to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. I purchased the necessary IKEA items. Thanks!)

dirty ears

October 2, 2014 | Comments Off

Sunny Pacey

I always think it’s so adorable whenever Pacey stretches out one of his front paws like that. It’s like he’s at the height of relaxation or something. My poor man, though, has dirty ears now – like filthy ears that need cleaned at least once a week. The pads we use end up being covered in such crud too that it’s unbelievable! When he was a kitten at one of his first kitten exams, we were told that he was going to have bad teeth. Thankfully that never ended up happening and/or it corrected itself naturally, and this problem is definitely better than what that would have ended up being like for sure. And earlier today he was being cute with his brother. I kept hearing a thud, thud, thud noise coming from the floor below, but there wasn’t any arguing. A few minutes later the same thing was happening, so I went to go see what the boys were doing because I knew they were the ones involved. They were in the cat tower: Sam was in the top part and Pacey was in the hooded portion, and they were just beating on each other. Haha! I couldn’t believe it went on for so long without one of them getting annoyed!

one time only

September 30, 2014 | Comments Off

Basia sleeps on the living room chair, an odd place for her to rest!

I’ve never seen Basia sleep here by herself before or since, so I’m glad I have a picture of it. She does love to sit on this chair with someone, though. She’s never happier than when Mark sits there on the weekends with his iPhone or a laptop and a cup of coffee. She rubs her forehead against his beard a billion times and settles onto his chest until he gets up next. This past Sunday my back wasn’t too horrible, so I sat there with them, and she even happily moved to my lap for a bit when he got up for a few minutes! She’s such a daddy’s girl, so it was a huge moment indeed.

hit or miss

September 28, 2014 | Comments Off

Handsome Sam

Sometimes I just never know if the kitties are going to like what I get them or not. This cube, though, is a definite hit, thankfully. They lay on it, sit on it, buff their little pads on it, use it as a step to get up to the dresser, and crawl through the hole that’s in the center of it! I bought it for them as a Christmas gift, and they haven’t gotten sick of it yet! Yay!


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