The Hundred Story Home

We are joining McGuffy’s Reader’s Sparks (even though she is on hiatus), Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays and Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? 

The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard is a touching memoir of one woman’s quest to make the world a better place.

*Disclosure: I received this book for free as part of The Book Look Bloggers book review program. I am not required to write a positive review, all opinions are my own.

Kathy Izard was a graphic designer, happily married with four daughters when she felt what she described as an “insistent whisper”. At the time, she was volunteering at a local soup kitchen in Charlotte, NC. One day, while working at the soup kitchen she meets a man who was formerly homeless and later became a famous author, Denver Moore. He asks her one simple question that changes the course of her life. “Where are the beds? ”

Prior to that , Kathy thought the soup kitchen was doing a great job serving the homeless of Charlotte. She had never given a thought to where they go after they eat. This one question inspires her to quit her job so she can find a way to create homes for the homeless.It takes a lot of work, prayer and donations, but she finds a way.

Throughout the memoir, she revisits her childhood. Until she was six, she had a fairly normal life with two sisters and her parents. Eventually, her mother’s bipolar disorder takes her away from the family for years.The author realizes now how easily her family could have become homeless because of this. So not only does she provide homes for the homeless, she finds a way to keep them stable once there through medical and psychological care.

Unfortunately, her focus on helping the homeless takes her away from her family and even when she is with them, she is not giving her all. It takes finding a letter of despair her college aged daughter wrote to make her realize this. Eventually, she finds a happy medium between work and family, but it takes a lot of effort.

I highly recommend this book as an inspiration to anyone that feels they are not living the life they were meant to live. Kathy Izard says, ” I wrote The Hundred Story Home not to convince you to help solve the homelessness in your community but to help solve the homelessness in you. ”

This book also has a reader’s guide and FAQ from readers at the end. I think it would be perfect for church groups or book clubs. It would also be a great gift for a friend that needs a little push to living their dreams.

I am going to spread the joy and give this book away so if you are interested, just tell me in the comment section. We will announce the winner on Wednesday’s post. I can only afford to mail it in the USA though, sorry, but books are heavy.

 

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Cat It All Review and Giveaway

Hi everyone!  This is a wordy Wednesday. We have some fun products to tell you about today along with a giveaway for one of them.

*Disclaimer -we received 4 items from CatItAll in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are our own.

CatItAll.com is an online store that has everything you can think of for your cat as well as cat themed items for you too. They have toys, grooming products, carriers and more for your kitty. And for you they have jewelry, posters and so much more. Their prices are great and everything includes free shipping.

The interactive rotating butterfly toy was a big hit. It is only $8.15 and ships for free. To order your own, click here.

Did you know you can massage a cat? I was not sure about this item ,but it is a cat massage roller. .

Sammy loves it. There is a cute video from catitall’s website that shows another cat enjoying it as well. To see it, click here.

We also got some catnip sticks and balls with bells. I only let them use those items with supervision.

Now for the giveaway part, sorry, they only ship to the US, but if you are not from the US, you can still enter. If you win, you can choose a friend in the US. All you need to do to enter is comment on today’s post. You have until Saturday night, 9PM (EST) to enter. We will announce the winner on Sunday.

We are joining XMAS Dolly’s Show Off Tuesday Blog Hop. It is a blog hop for giveaways, you should check it out.

Comedy Plus’ Wordless Wednesday

Create with Joy Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

Trouble’s First Selfie

Hi everyone! We are joining The Cat on my Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop. This is my first selfie, I am wearing the hat my mom crocheted for me. I think it is a little plain, it needs a bow or something- don’t you agree?

I also get to announce the 2 winners of our A-Z Challenge giveaway. And the winners are- Marvelous Marv and Valentine (Noir Kitty News).

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop and Rascal and Rocco’s Pet Parade.

Phoebe’s favorite day of the year was Cinco de Mayo. Her Dad always gave her $5 for pole dancing and for the past few years, Grammie did too. Last year I knew in my heart it would be her last Cinco de Mayo, but I didn’t want to believe it. I used Lunapic to add a frame to her photo from last year.

Here are links to her past Cinco de Mayo celebrations:

2015

2016

2017

If you haven’t already entered our giveaway for The A-Z toys, be sure to visit yesterday’s post and leave a comment on your favorite. Giveaway closes at 9 PM (EST) winners will be announced on Sunday’s post.

The A-Z Giveaway

Hi everyone! We are joining Feline Friday currently hosted by Comedy Plus, Create With Joy’s Friendship Friday and XMAS Dolly’s Show Off Tuesday which features many giveaways, you should check it out.

Avocado, baseball, coal, Dr. Seuss hat, eyeball, fish, ghost, hedgehog, icicle, jalapeno, kippa, lemon and minion.

necktie, ornament, peanut, Q-tip, raspberry beret, golden snitch, toast, urchin, vase, worm, xeranthemum, yellow submarine and zero, the dog from Nightmare Before Christmas.

I am not sure if I will divide the 2 prizes like this or do every other letter. To enter the giveaway, just tell me in the comments which one of these is your favorite. The giveaway will close on Saturday at 9 PM ( EST) and the winners will be announced on Sunday’s post. These are pretty light for shipping so the giveaway is open to all.

Trouble is bright-eyed and bushy tailed.

Penny’s Tips Volume 13

Hi everyone! I have an unusual tip, more of a question actually. Mom made these book vases and she thinks they look to plain. I suggested she decorate them with pennies, but she doesn’t want to.

Any better suggestions of how to perk them up?

Millie is modeling Mom’s A-Z Challenge , C creation- coal , she makes these for naughty kitties at Christmas.

Don’t forget to comment on yesterday’s post to enter the giveaway for this catnip mat and socks ( Joanie is not included). Giveaway closes at 10 PM ( EST) April 3rd.

 

 

Hopping Monday

Hi everyone! We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww…Mondays, McGuffy’s Reader’s Sparks and Mewsic Moves Me ( hosted by Curious as a Cathy, Xmas Dolly, JAmerican Spice and Stacy Uncorked.) And it is day 2 of A-Z Blogging Challenge.

B is for baseball.

Joanie is posing with our spark for this week which is also a giveaway. The catnip mat says “Live Your Life in the Meow” and the socks say “Stay Pawsitive”. To  enter just leave a comment on today’s post, the giveaway closes at 10pm (EST) Tuesday night. Winner will be announced Wednesday.

This week was our choice for the Mewsic hop.We just had a Blue Moon so I thought I would go with songs with moon in the title.

  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival-Bad Moon Rising -this is my hubby’s favorite group.

 

2. Fly Me to the Moon (Frank Sinatra)-my all time favorite singer.

3. Moon River (Andy Williams)- I didn’t know about this song until this episode of Sex and the City.

Do you have another Moon song you prefer?

I am skipping the Reading Hop this week because I haven’t had a chance to read much.

 

Penny’s Tips- Volume 9

Hi everyone! It is about time I got a turn to do my tips.

See this chair. It was wobbly so mom tapes a penny ( not me) to the bottom of one of the legs and now it doesn’t wobble.

Pardon me while I eat my treats. I refused to pose unless I got paid in advance.

Emmy asked me to remind you that you have until 9PM EST on Tuesday to comment on Sunday’s post for a chance to win the Dr. Seuss Giveaway. It is open to all.

 

 

Dr. Seuss Giveaway

Hi everyone! As you know, Dr. Seuss birthday is Friday so we are having a giveaway to celebrate. Mom thinks I look like The Cat in the Hat..

Just comment on today’s post for a chance to win a Dr. Seuss bag, bookmarks, 2 toys and the crocheted hat. Sorry, I am not included. ( giveaway closes Tuesday 9PM EST) .

We have been honored to be recognized for 3 awards recently.

Our friend, Purrseidon and her brother, Mr, M chose us for the Versatile Blogger Award-thank you.

VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:

  • Thank and Link The Blogger Who Nominated You.
  • Nominate Bloggers And Link To Their Blogs.
  • Inform Them Of Their Nominations.
  • Reveal 7 Facts About Yourself Your Readers May Not Know About You.

7 facts about me, Emmy- I am a tuxie, I bring my mom toys during the night when I want a snack, I like to chase Joanie, I enjoy napping on mom’s legs, I have a crush on Mr. M, I like fancy feast canned food and I like to get a drink first when Dad cleans our water fountain every morning.

Our friends, Crystal and Daisy Mae chose us for The Sunshine Blogger Award-thank you.

RULES:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post and link back to the blog.
  2. Answer 11 questions that the Blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post on your blog.

Mom can answer these-

  1. What’s Your favorite sport and why? There is not one sport I like.
  2. Why did you start blogging? I wanted to help end the stereotype of crazy cat lady and share my knowledge of living with so many cats for so long.
  3. Are you extravagant or thrifty? Both- I spare no expense on my cats, but I love a bargain when shopping for clothes, etc.
  4. What animal(s) would you like to own(Not counting the pet(s) you have now?I would like to have turtles again.
  5. What’s your favorite Olympic sport? none, can’t wait for them to end.
  6. What’s your favorite food? pizza
  7. Describe something you’ve done skillfully well? crochet
  8. Were you ever bullied/picked on,  do you know someone who was bullied/picked on or both? I had a boy in school that bullied me from K-high school, we are friends on FB now.
  9. What’s your favorite thing about blogging? Finding so many like minded people that love cats and the support we give one another when there is  loss.
  10. What’s your least favorite thing about blogging? The business side of it, I have yet to figure out how to make money.
  11. What do you do when you’re not working? Loving my cats, reading, crocheting.

And last, but not least is the Supawstars award from Pets Overload-thank you

  1. You are to choose 5 pet bloggers and link to their blogs and describe why each of them deserves this award
  2. You must encourage the pet bloggers you shout out to shout out 5 bloggers themselves
  3. You must leave a comment on each other blogs letting them know that you’ve given them the spotlight

I appreciate the recognition. I must apologize for not following all the rules. I will not ever choose specific blogs because I enjoy them all and  can’t narrow it down. Please feel free to take them all.

We are joining The Cat on my Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.

Valentine’s Toys for Your Cat and a Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Poor Penny doesn’t get to give her tip today, but we are having a giveaway.

First off, I wanted to show you a deal I found at Michael’s Craft store.

  These were regularly $4.99, but were 40% off. There are 12 small felt hearts and 3 larger ones. They seem to be as well made as ones I have seen for cats. I am going to pull the small letters off the larger ones for safety though. I sprayed them with catnip spray and now I have 15 cat toys.

Joanie is here to display the items on our Valentine’s giveaway. A catnip mat, 3 nip knot toys and 3 of the felt hearts. We are also including an adorable little spoon that looks like a cat and hangs on the edge of your mug. To enter, just comment on this post before 9PM EST on Wednesday. Prancie will announce the winner on Thursday. It is open to everyone. Joanie is not included 🙂