Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Confession + A GIVEAWAY!

I confess.

I'm addicted to online shopping. I shop online for toothpaste and cat food. I'll have anything delivered. But it's not because I love things. Nope. It's 98.8% because I adore receiving mail. I check my physical mailbox the way 'tweens obsess over Snaphhat. I always have.

At five, I nearly blew a gasket upon delivery of an 8-inch, red and pink Strawberry Shortcake birthday card. It was from my sweet grandma while I was living 2,000 miles away in Huntington Beach and it had MY NAME on it. It was also scratch-n-sniff and there were stickers involved, so perhaps you can relate to the excitement I felt as a young mail-obsessed girl in the 80's.

Later, at ten, receiving a package from overseas filled with colorful foreign currency nearly knocked my mind-socks right into next Tuesday. And whenever I got to order something from the back of a cereal box? Forget about it!

I still LOVE having things delivered to me. I don't care if it's a 30-pack of Charmin or a Hortense Choupette Necklace from Catbird; just plop it in a plain brown box and pop a freakin' stamp on that sucker! I'll be waiting by the door when it arrives.

So, how do I assuage the guilt online shopping can foster?

One way is shopping via because Amazon magically transforms that purchase of Kind bars - or whatever - into a charitable donation.

For those who know anything about me, it's likely no secret that my charitable organization of choice is Tenth Life Cat Rescue.

Amazon has basically personalized my shopping experience so that I can support something I love (kittehs!) while doing something I love (shopping!). Yes, please!

I hope you'll consider signing up and adding Tenth Life Cat Rescue as your charity today (you can change it any time but you won't want to).

If you sign up for Amazon Smile (the easiest thing ever) and place an order for any eligible item via by December 31st they'll donate $5 to Tenth Life Cat Rescue in addition to 0.5% of the purchase price! Don't you need dish soap or something? 

Don't forget to look for this when ordering: 

Then, for giggles, you can come back here for a chance to win a copy of "Lil BUB's Lil Book: The Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet" because, well... kittehs and shopping, duh!

Oh, plus we're best friends. Obviously. 

Anyway, it'll be shipped via (U.S. addresses only this time around) and will benefit Tenth Life. Don't you just LOVE when things come full circle?

***If desired, winner may substitute a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

If you want to, you can learn more about Amazon's extra $5 donation promotion here. And if you need to, you can learn more about how to sign up for Amazon Smile here.

Remember to always begin shopping at to get that lovin' feeling and ensure that Tenth Life benefits from all your online spending sprees.

Oh, and if anyone's just dying to make this girl's year, drop this in the trusty blue box. ;)

Doesn't it look just like the Tenth Life logo?
I'm smitten. It's kismet!


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Ps. Just so you know, I have not been compensated in any way by, Tenth Life Cat Rescue or anyone else for this post. These opinions, thoughts, and ramblings are all my own.  I'm genuinely interested in helping people give while they receive ... or give. Huzzah!

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Amazon or Tenth Life Cat Rescue (Tenth Life). I hereby release Amazon and Tenth Life of any liability. 

The prize for this particular giveaway will be shipped via and can only be shipped to US addresses (excluding Puerto Rico). Winner will be contacted via email 48 hours after the giveaway ends on January 1st and will have 24 hours to reply with a valid US shipping address. If a reply has not been received within 24 hours, an alternate winner will be selected. I reserve the right to alter or cancel this giveaway at any time. If you have any additional questions - feel free to email 


  1. Best gift I ever received? I remember coming home when I was a kid, getting off the school bus, and seeing my first 'real bike' parked in front of the house. That was a great surprise :)

    1. Oh, that's a good one, Gina. Brings back memories of my first 'real bike'! How did we ever get by with the imposter kiddie bikes? :)

  2. The best gifts I have received are the ones my son made in school. Like a framed picture. Thanks for the giveaway! DamianMom at yahoo dot com

  3. A washer and dryer from my dad. After a 1.5 years of hauling 4 peoples laundry to the laundromat it was such a blessing!

    1. Wow! I bet. I went months with a dryer on the fritz and I'm still excited when my clothes come out of the dryer DRY. It's the little things.

  4. My best gift was my boyfriend coming to visit after being on a Peace Corps trip for months.

  5. 11 years ago, my parents gave me and my brothers a little puff ball puppy named Sam. He's the best present I ever received

    1. Aw, Sam. Now I want to see pictures. :)

  6. I think I got my best gift ever this xmas - an electric blanket! It makes me more popular with the animals and I am toasty warm. :)

    1. Awesome! Being popular with animals is where it's at.


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