Monday, May 18, 2015

ManCat Monday, #BlogPaws Style

Only 9 more sleeps until Teri and Coco wing their way off to #BlogPaws 2015! (Where's the ManCat in that??)

Teri registered way back last May, so for 12 whole months, she's been Wishin' & Hopin' that she would be able to follow through and attend #BlogPaws 2015! 

She had asked for the time off from work and planned for our pet sitter to watch the rest of us kitties while they were away. And then in December, she was asked to be one of the four BlogPaws 2015 Conference Ambassadors and that sealed the deal!

Teri has been to every one of the annual BlogPaws conferences except for one because she had used her vacation time already...but she never let that happen again! Her family back in Oregon say her blogging buddies see more of her than they do, hahameow!

It's true, that the friendships built online through blogging are strengthened by meeting in person, and sharing a common goal, whether it be advocating for animals in need (and there are plenty of those) or striving to become a better writer or just learning how to navigate Twitter, Facebook and other social media for work (as Teri did for the last practice she worked at) is a big part of a BlogPaws conference, too!

And what else is included in the price of admission, you might ask if you have never been to a BlogPaws conference before! Most meals (and they are renowned for their yumminess!), entertainment (both human and 4 legged and trip awed!), swag-prizes-freebies (think sponsors and vendors and shopping, oh my!), as well as a solid education by experts for 3 full days!

This year, the conference includes one-on-one mini sessions with the expert of your choice and most exciting to Teri and her cat-centric bent...the Cat Writers Associations Writing Track, all speakers she admires and gets inspiration from! 

Want to learn more...there's still time to register, but the conference is very close to being sold out and we know you'll be disappointed if you miss out! You can even get a 10% discount by using Teri's special Ambassador code, BP15-Amb-Teri-10.

Here's a link to the event page, which includes everything you need to know--sessions, speakers, sponsors, hotel info and of course, the Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Award Finalists!

And if you want to read what other bloggers who have attended past BlogPaws conferences have to say about their experiences, just follow this link to the Pre-Conference Linky Party

And if all that isn't enough to convince you to register now...look at our little photo album and see how much mischief we get up to when we attend a BlogPaws Conference!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

ManCat Monday

This handsome ManCat is Napoleon, looking a little like his siesta was interrupted by the Flashy Box! 

And this is Beauregard, Napoleon's handsome brother, who really isn't giving us the raspberry!

They live in sunny Florida with a lovely family who send us photos from time-to-time...and this is one of Teri's favorites...always makes her smile!

Here's a flashback to when they both were babies!


Monday, April 27, 2015

ManCat Monday, Brinkley & Percy Style

Listen...Ooh, Ooh, Ooh. Do You Want To Know A Secret...

Of all our extended family out there, we get the most photos from Brinkley and Percy's family and this sweet shot is the most recent one!

When Teri started looking through their photo album, she came across so many cute, funny and comforting photos, that we thought we should share some of them here. You may have seen them in one of our older posts before, but still as sweet the second time around!

Life is good, when we know P & B are loved so! Teri says it's one less worry she has and it makes her smile to know they are much loved and catered to! Although asking for Christmas Dinner may be pushing it, hahameow!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

National Pet Day...How are you spending it?

Anything that makes my cats happy makes me happy, so when I see them lounging in the sun, or curled up together, or showin' me some lovin', then I would call that a purrfect day!

Robbi Hess, #BlogPaws Blog Manager, wrote a nice post today with some great links and ideas:

And here are a few I found while surfing the web:

And us cats think Teri would love a vacation in Florida with us along...right here!

Teri is gathering things to donate to Oldies But Goodies Cocker Rescue for their summer Yard Sale, and she donates $1 to local cat rescues from every one of Coco's books that she sells, too. 

We sure hope that those homeless pets who have been fortunate to already be in foster care are getting some extra lovin' today, too...on National Pet Day!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happurry Easter!

All of us here are the Curlz & Swirlz blog wish you & yours a very special Easter...

We are excited that Window Whiffin' and Sunpuddle Siestas time will be here soon!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Remembering--Our #BlogPaws 2011 Conference Slideshow 'n More!

If you are reading know we are blogging cats, HahaMeow!

You may have even met us in person at one of the BlogPaws conferences Teri has chauffeured us to!

We are traveling cats, and enjoy visiting new places, staying in nice hotels, meeting up with friends, and fine dining! We think BlogPaws Conferences are all that, and more!

 We have been to 5 of the 6 annual conferences, each one in a different city (oh, except for the two in Tysons, VA cuz the first one was right in the middle of a hurricane!).


The first BlogPaws conference was in Columbus OH and as Coco, the Couture Cat wasn't a Diva Jet Setter then, Teri just took Brighton And Disco. Here's links to the blog posts we did about that purringly purrfect experience! 

And if you want to read what other bloggers blogged about after they attended BlogPaws 2011, here's the BlogPaws Linky List for all that!

Here's a video that put together of their experience at BlogPaws 2011:

And Teri gathered all the photos she could find that she took at the 2011 conference, which took place in our 'backyard', Tyson's Corner, VA and she made this SmileBox slideshow for your viewing enjoyment, in the hopes that it will encourage you to come to the 2015 conference in Nashville TN!

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Carol Bryant, the BlogPaws Marketing and PR Manager (as well as the founder of Wigglebutt Warriors) just wrote an article titled " Secrets About BlogPaws and Pet Blogging" and it's worth stopping right now and hitting the link and reading!

Secrets About BlogPaws...

Team BlogPaws is a small group of passionate pet people that does amazing things, and their site, their reach and their influence is growing every day. They all are truly an inspiration to me, and that they put on such a fantastic conference and keep it affordable is part of what keeps me coming back every year!

And this years conference, with the addition of The Cat Writer's Association Writing Track, has Teri and us kitties even more excited! We know many more kitties are coming to the conference than ever before and we know Teri will come away knowing more about blogging, writing and even about cat behavior and needs...just from attending the 2015 BlogPaws Conference!

It's obvious that Team BlogPaws has listened to us cats, and the Cat Lounge gets better every year, as well as having more CatCentric items in the swag bags, and now with the addition of the CWA,  has Teri and Coco purring in anticipation of the conference in Nashville.

Teri made this little video of us getting settled into our room at that 2011 conference (and she says she apologizes about her comments on the swag that year...she is sure she won't say that this year!).


So, readers of our blog, if you have never attended a BlogPaws conference or are still on the fence about registering for this years conference, Teri wants you to know that because this year she is one of four 2015 BlogPaws Conference Ambassadors, she has a unique code that if you use when you register, will get you 10% off the cost! It's BP15-Amb-Teri-10.

She also wants you to know you will come away:

1) Smarter (two dozen educational sessions to choose from as well as something new--10 minute one-on-one sessions with the blogging experts of the BlogPaws Team). Here's the link to the preliminary program:

BlogPaws 2015 Conference Program

2) Happier (get your Pet Petting fix here and meet your pet friends humans, too!)

3) Energized (come away with useable ideas on how to grow your blog or non-profit organization, and how to help pets in need everywhere as well as meeting pet product sponsors of brands you know and new ones!).

4) Reelin' from the Feelin' with lots of great memories, photos and videos of your time together with friends and of course, the Red Carpet Gala gives you and your pet a reason to get gussied up and cheer on the nominees for the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogger and Social Media Awards!

Here's the link to tell you more about these prestigious awards:

And here's the link to register...You know you want to!  Don't forget the code, BP15-Amb-Teri-10

I've been to BlogPaws before and I'm going again! Join me!