Gift Ideas for the Cat Lover on Your List

Gifts Under $25 for the Cat Lover on your List - Scribbles & Musings

 

Gift ideas under $25 for the cat lover on your list this year. I don’t know about you but there are always a few cat lovers onmy gift list each year. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!! (well, to be totally honest, I am a sucker for pretty much all animals!) And as a pet sitter I probably have a few more cat lovers on my gift list than the average person. Which means I spend a lot of time during the year keeping an eye out for cute gifts for the holidays that I can give to my cat sitting clients.

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1. Office Gift For Cat Lovers – Moodycards! 

These are AWESOME!! HILARIOUS CAT PICTURES GREAT FOR THE OFFICE – Make everyone laugh with these adorable and hilarious cats – You’ll love our funny cat pictures and the sayings that go along with them – totally appropriate for any office! They’ll make everyone laugh! With 20 cards, you’re sure to find one that matches exactly what your mood is at any given moment. No office should be without them.

 

 

2. Cat Lover Adult Coloring Book

Adult Coloring Book Cats – Cat Coloring Book Gift for Mom, Dad, Men, Women: Ideal Cat Lover Gift. A special collection of beautiful and relaxing cat coloring pages to color.

 

 

 

 

3. Kitty Cat Paw Socks

Omg!! How cute are these kitty paw socks! These would be an awesome gift or stocking stuffer for the cat person on your list!

There are plenty more cute cat socks to make the finickiest cat person happy.

 

 

4. Cat Earrings Sterling Silver Cultured Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings

These adorable cat earrings also come with other colored ears (black, gold, rose gold and there is also a pendant!). All so cute, you may need to get some for yourself!

For even more cat inspired jewelry for all the cat lovers on your list.

 

 

 

5. Kindness Girl by Susan Lordi

Willow Tree is an intimate line of figurative sculptures that speak in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect and inspire. Sculptures communicate through gesture… to represent an emotion or mark a memory.

For more sculptures by Susan Lordi

 

 

 

6. Cat-Opoly

This game has all the excitement of a traditional property trading game with some cas-astrophic twists. Cat-opoly is great fun for family and friends, the back of each deed contains fun facts about cats – a property trading game. Tokens pictured are milk bottle, mouse, sardines, cat food, fish, ball of yarn.

 

 

 

 

7. Remote Control Silicone Kitty Night Light

NeoJoy cat lamp is the the latest cat night light version on Amazon: with the remote control, everything is under your control, you could choose the color and color modes as you wish, 4 brightness level and 16 static colors available. It creates a soothing atmosphere in darkness, helps people fall asleep. A perfect cat related gift for cat lovers, kids, toddler, baby, girls etc.

 

 

8. Cats Make Me Happy Coffee Mug

This cute and funny cat mug would be a perfect gift for the cat lover in your life.

For more amusing cat inspired mugs and wine glasses.

 

 

 

 

9. Texts from Mittens 2018 Day Calendar

Angie Bailey’s blog and book of the same name, Texts from Mittens, illustrates the kinds of conversations humans and cats might have if cats could text with iPhones.

All kinds of cat calendars for the new year.

 

 

10. Best Cat Ever Photo Frame – Cat and Kitten Paws

Top-quality natural solid wood. Engraved (carved, not printed). Orientation Option: Vertical (Portrait) photo. Picture Frame Measures: 7 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ and holds a 5″ x 7″ photo.
Curved beveled edges. Complete with glass front. Back stand easel for table display. Wall-hanging clips for wall mounting.

Find more cat inspired frames that would make great gifts.

What are some of your favorite gifts for the cat lovers on your list? Drop them in the comments and share your favorite cat inspired gifts!

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Gifts Ideas Dog Lovers Will Love

Gifts for under $25 for the Dog Lover on your list - Scribbles & Musings

There are probably a few dog lovers on everyone’s gift list each year. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!! And as a pet sitter I probably have a few more dog lovers on my gift list than the average person. Which means I spend a lot of time during the year keeping an eye out for cute gifts for the holidays that I can give to my dog sitting clients.

**This post contains affiliate links. Which means if you purchase something, I may receive a commission. For more information, see my disclosures here.

1. Willow Tree Angel of Friendship

Willow Tree is an intimate line of figurative sculptures that speak in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect and inspire. Sculptures communicate through gesture… to represent an emotion or mark a memory.

More Willow Tree sculptures by Susan Lordi.

 

2. Girls 5 Pack of Fashion Cartoon Dog Animals Cute Socks

A set of 5 pairs lovely animal pattern socks in various combinations, prints and patterns. Would make great stocking stuffers or small gifts for the dog lover on your Christmas list.

For so many more Dog Socks that would make great stocking stuffers!

3. Ladies T-shirt Love Paw Print In Heart

T-shirts make great gifts for dog lovers of all sizes.

For more Dog T-shirts that would make great gifts this holiday season!

 

4. Dog Charm Bracelets

Dog Charm Bracelet – You Had me at Woof, Paw-print, Dog bone, Heart my dog charms. Adjustable Charm Bracelet, Made to Accommodate Most Wrist Sizes

Find more fun dog inspired jewelry for the dog lover on your list.

 

5. Texts from Dog 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar

What would it be like if dogs could speak? What if they had smart phones and could text us their every thought? A day-to-day calendar that may just give you an insight into what your dog is thinking.

More fun dog calendars for 2018.

 

6. High Cotton Big Mutts Doormat

Humorous door mat for the big mutt lovers on your list.

More dog lover home décor ideas.

 

7. Dogs Welcome People Tolerated Black Wooden Box Sign

Fun gift idea for dog lovers. Made of wood. Rustic and vintage look and feel. Can free-stand on any flat surface or hang for wall display. Made of wood.

All kinds of dog inspired home decor.

8. Dogs & wine make life better stemless wine glass

This makes a cute gift for the dog lover in your life. 15 oz. Dishwasher safe and permanently etched.

 

 

9. Heart Paw Print Pendant

Gift for dog lover! Heart paw print pendant, let your pet close to your heart and comfort you!

Even more beautiful paw print jewelry for the animal lovers on your list.

 

10. Gentle Dogs in Glasses Zip Around Bi-Fold Wallet On Vinyl

Quality vinyl material and uniquely designed with dogs in glasses. Secured zipper and metal clasp closure. Bi-fold zip around.

Check out all these other fun dog inspired wallets.

 

 

11. Love and a Dog Chalk Throw Pillow

100% Cotton. Decorative throw pillow with chalkboard style design
10-Inch square; 100% polyester fiber insert.
On front: All You Need Is Love And A Dog; on back: white paw prints on black fabric.

Find even more fun dog pillows that would be perfect for the dog lover on your list.

12. I work hard so my dog can have a better life – Inspirational novelty mug

Have a coworker or boss that is a dog lover? This is the perfect gift for them to use in the office and show pride of their pet. Pick the perfect gift for both men and women with a little sense of humor.

For even more great dog lover mugs for all the dog people on your list.

13. Good Dog!: A Dog Lover’s Coloring Book

Sit, stay, and color your way to a peaceful world where dogs rule!

More dog coloring books.

 

14. A Dog’s Guide to Humans (Fun Reads for Dog Lovers) (Volume 1)

A lighthearted look at the human species from a dog’s point of view. Bob the Westie shares some tips and tricks on getting the best out of human beings, attempts to fathom some of their strange behavior and imparts some of his wisdom on training and manipulation techniques.

More humorous pet books to keep your fun loving dog people amused.

 

15. A Dog’s Purpose – dvd

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The Hundred-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

Gifts for under $25 for the dog lover on your list - Scribbles & Musings
Gifts Under $25 for the Dog Lover on your List - Scribbles & Musings

 

 

What are some of your favorite gifts for the dog lovers on your list? Drop them in the comments and share your favorite dog inspired gifts!

5 Best Litter Box Tips & Tricks

Got poop?

You probably do if you happen to be owned by a feline companion or two. Or maybe you are like me and find yourself spending many hours of your day scooping out yet another litter box. You may find these litter box tips & tricks to be quite useful.

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My Feline Back Story

I have had cats in my life as far back as I can remember. Indoor cats. Stray cats. Barn cats. Foster cats. Black cats. White cats. Tiger kitties. Tuxedo cats. Orange “Garfield” kitties. Siamese kittens. All of them hold a piece of my heart and are happy memories of a lifetime ago.

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My Favorite Ruby Gems

My Favorite Ruby Gems is the fifth installment of the blogging assignments (out of seven), that I am required to complete during the Fullstack Web Development online program, LearnVerified, at the Flatiron School. Not only do they ‘make us’ learn lots of code…they want us to blog about it as well. This installment will cover some of my new favorite Ruby gems that I have discovered so far during my learning to code journey.


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Progress Update

10+ Awesome Ruby GemsI am still, ever so slowly, pushing my way through the curriculum. After my pretty impressive code streak early on in the race, I hit a few ‘bumps in the road of life’ that has significantly slowed my progress. Yet, despite those bumps, my love of learning and love of code continues. Continue reading

The Code Streak Lives

The Code Streak Lives is the third installment of the blogging assignments (out of seven), that I am required to complete for the Fullstack Web Development online program, LearnVerified, at the Flatiron School. Not only do they ‘make us’ learn lots of code…they want us to blog about it as well.


Just a day or so after managing to break my 109-day-code-streak at the LearnVerified program of Flatiron School, I have been spending a lot of time pondering the value of the code streak. Continue reading

Fav Foto Friday #53

Fav Foto FridayFav Foto Friday is an opportunity to share each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

Don’t forget to link back (pingback) here and add a #FavFotoFriday tag so that I can enjoy all your Favorite Fotos too!

This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday may not be the most exciting photograph as far as photographs go but I have been waiting and watch for blooms to appear on my hydrangea plants that I planted last year and was beginning to think that they were not going to bloom.

Finally, after waiting and waiting this is the first blossom to appear on the 3 plants that survived last winter. This blossom has gotten just big enough to show off hints of it’s pretty pink color to come. I suppose we still have time for the others to bloom yet…it’s just almost as painful as watching grass grow 🙂

New hydrangea blossom with just hints of pink

 

Hope you have enjoyed today’s Fav Foto Friday selections! Join me and share some of your favorite images! Don’t forget to tag your post #favfotofriday.

A Whole Year of Fav Foto Fridays

Fav Foto Friday

Fav Foto Friday is an opportunity to share each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

Don’t forget to link back (pingback) here and add a #FavFotoFriday tag so that I can enjoy all your Favorite Fotos too!

This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday is the fifty-second edition of Fav Foto Friday!?!? A whole year has gone by?!?! Where does the time go!?!? I am so grateful to all of my fellow blogger who have participated and helped to keep this weekly feature going!!

It has been a long year in some ways for me dealing with the death of my mom and yet in other ways it has flown by! I guess the ‘flying by’ of a year has a little something to do with getting older. I remember as a child it felt like forever til it would be Christmas again. As I get older it feels like I just put away all the holiday decorations and I am turning around and getting them out again.

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Fav Foto Friday #51

Fav Foto FridayFav Foto Friday is an opportunity to share each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

Don’t forget to link back (pingback) here and add a #FavFotoFriday tag so that I can enjoy all your Favorite Fotos too!

This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday are from my travels while pet sitting. The first one is a picture of a barn (or more likely a garage but since I can’t entirely see it, I will pretend it is a barn 🙂 ) that I pass on my way to one of my customer’s homes.  It always catches my eye cause it just looks like a great building…but I especially like it now with an American flag on it! I take comfort in the fact that despite all the craziness going on in the world today, there are people who are still proud to be Americans and proud of our flag.

US Flag on a barn garage

This second photo is from another customer’s home where I had to walk by this bunny, who made a point of keeping track of where I was, but allowed me to come so close to her. I image it maybe a ‘she’ and guarding her home and possibly young babies. I love that I was able to get so close and she was still pretty comfortable. I took a few pics and just watched her for a few minutes and then left her in peace. Little sights of wildlife like this makes my day.

Bunny sitting by her bunny hole

Hope you have enjoyed today’s Fav Foto Friday selections! Join me and share some of your favorite images! Don’t forget to tag your post #favfotofriday.

Explain HTML and CSS to your Mom

This is the second blog assignment (out of seven), that I am required to complete for the Fullstack Web Development program, Learn Verified, at the Flatiron School. Not only do they ‘make us’ learn lots of code…they want us to blog about it as well.

For those of you that have been following my blog (thank you!!)…you might remember that my mom passed away right before the holidays in 2015. So naturally this blog assignment, with it’s prompt of “Explain HTML and CSS to your mom”,  caught me a little by surprise, since I would give anything to be able to really tell my mom all about my ‘learning to code’ journey.

htmlvscss

I’m not sure she would even know or really care about HTML or CSS normally, as she wasn’t necessarily all that interested in computers, other than to do basic things like send an email, type up a letter or check Facebook…but she would happily listen to me explain how HTML and CSS work together to make websites.  She would enjoy hearing me tell her about something that obviously excited me enough to want to share it with her…cause that is just how my mom was.

Mom was actually aware of my interest in computers and had tried to encourage me to study computers back in college…mostly cause she thought it would be more profitable than me studying to work with animals (unless of course I was going to be a veterinarian), but I of course had to do things my way. So I would like to think she would be happy that I have decided to follow through with my desire to learn to code.

I am not sure this description would work well for all parents…but I think for my mom, who was a creative person, as well as being quite good at organization, I would be able start with the broad strokes of telling her that ‘HTML is mainly for creating the structure, organization and content for a website’, while CSS is for ‘making the site look pretty’.

Both HTML and CSS (along with Javascript) are the parts or coding languages that are considered to be Front-end Web Development. Front-end development is also known as the client-side of programming in that it creates what the users sees when they visit a website on the internet and allows them to interact with the site.

HTML, which stands for (Hyper-Text Mark-Up Language) is the language that is used to structure a website and display all of the content on the World Wide Web. It is called a markup language because it uses ‘tags’ that wrap around different types of content to structure the layout of the page…for example, there are heading tags, <h1> through <h6>, that give you various sized headings that you can use on your page or <p> tags to identify the beginning and the end of a paragraph. There are also tags to create various kinds of lists, such as ordered <ol> or unordered <ul> lists. Most tags require an opening and a closing tag…so for a paragraph you would surround the text of your paragraph with an opening <p> tag and a closing </p> tag.

HTML also allows you to do things such as create hyperlinks, which are key in navigating the World Wide Web. As well as tags that allow us to add images, videos and audio clips to what would otherwise just be webpages full of lots and lots of text!

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Basic HTML for the beginning of a simple project

CSS, which stands for Cascading Style Sheets, is also a type of markup language, but instead of displaying content, CSS styles the content. Things like text color and background images and positioning various elements.

CSS is sort of like interior decorating, with painting the walls and adding furniture and deciding where to put it all, where as HTML is like building the house.

CSS works with HTML by identifying the various tags and using the tags as a way of selecting which element should be styled which way. So if I wanted to center my ‘Welcome to My Pinteresed App!’ heading (h1), the CSS code would look something like this:

h1 {
    text-align: center;
}

Where the h1 is the selector that points to the HTML element you want to style. The part within the curly brackets is called the declaration block  and it contains one or more declarations separated by semicolons. Each declaration includes a CSS property name and a value, separated by a colon. And CSS declaration always ends with a semicolon.

With enough CSS you can go from the site in the above image with very basic content on it…to something that looks more like a ‘real’ website.

Screenshot of my site with some CSS

I would like to think that at this point, Mom might actually be pretty impressed with my skills, as she would appreciate the difference from going from basically a sketch or rough draft of what I want on my site, to something that looks like more of a complete site…despite it actually being a work in progress 🙂

For me, I actually still get excited going from a blank page to having the HTML render the most basic of sites. CSS is just the ‘icing on the cake’ as I love being able to pick colors and choose layouts and decide on fonts to transform the site into something beautiful. And this dorky enthusiasm for witnessing a site being created is why I learn to code!

 

Fav Foto Friday #50

Fav Foto FridayFav Foto Friday is an opportunity to share each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

Don’t forget to link back (pingback) here and add a #FavFotoFriday tag so that I can enjoy all your Favorite Fotos too!

This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday are from our town’s 4th of July fireworks. The fireworks were down at a local park with a little beach front of Long Island Sound. As someone who grew up in Massachusetts with the ‘real ocean’ I do not normally consider Long Island Sound as the ‘real beach’ but sometimes it is better than nothing! And I always appreciate when we go for fireworks on the 4th of July.

This year it was such a beautiful evening. Was a warm day but had a nice breeze all day and cooled off in the evening…actually ended up wrapped up in a towel by the end of the evening and was glad I took the time to put on long pants. It was nice to be in the midst of a fun crowd with lots of little ones around dancing to the music as we waited for it to get dark.

We were treated to a beautiful sunset before the fireworks, which these photos don’t really do justice to the beautiful colors in the sky that night…but I like them anyway. I enjoyed the firework display as well as being surrounded by others who, if only for the moment, seem to be proud of being an American and proud of our great country.

Pretty Sunset for Fireworks

As we were looking around we noticed that there were guards patrolling the area, as well as on top of the roof of the concession stand building nearby…which was a bit sad to admit that in today’s world they might be a needed presence during gathering such as these. Thankfully, it was a peaceful and enjoyable evening.

Guards standing on top of building at fourth of July fireworks

Hope you have enjoyed today’s Fav Foto Friday selections! Join me and share some of your favorite images! Don’t forget to tag your post #favfotofriday.