Thursday, April 30, 2009

Say What?!?

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:

Polliwalks (532 comments) - Abby #28

Inko's (460 comments) - Carol Lawrence #313

Emerson Creek Pottery (436 comments) - JamericanSpice #150

Freshpair (412 comments) - Tylerpants #296

Nacho Mama Tees (376 comments) - crystal #103

**All winners have been notified through email. Please check your junk/spam folder! If no response is received within 2 days, a new winner will be chosen. Random.org is used to determine all winners.

Christina P Jewelry: Simply Beautiful

These rings from Christina P Jewelry are simply to die for! The photos do not even do these beautiful pieces justice. They're absolutely gorgeous in person. If I could reach my hand though your computer screen to show you, I would. Trust me.

I received their Set of 6 Silver Stacking Rings and they are beautiful. Each one is handmade with pride. I have always loved stacking rings and this set is by far the best I've seen. I wear all six of them on my right ring finger and I cannot tell you how many compliments I receive daily. My rings are all patterned differently which really makes this set unique.

Each ring is delicate and shiny. I can't even tell I'm wearing six rings. You may think that six stacked rings would be uncomfortable, but this set is not bulky at all. The stack of six together look like a work of art. It doesn't look like I have a chunk of heavy metal on my finger. I have small hands with thin fingers. This set doesn't overpower my hand at all.

Here is a bit more about their Etsy site:

"To be honest, I hate fussy jewelry!! I started designing pieces because I couldn't find anything simple that I could wear everyday. Jewelry should be uncomplicated, comfortable, and feminine. It should catch peoples attention, but not in a negative way.

The inspiration comes from the combination of nature and humanity, the balance of imperfection and beauty in its own handcrafted way.

Christina P Jewelry is ideal for the woman who seeks individualized accessories that are practical for everyday wear.

Each piece is as one of kind as the individual wearing them. Every piece is handmade from sterling silver, precious stones, and 14k gold-filled metal."

Everything that Christina P Jewelry offers is dynamite. You'll enjoy browsing through this shop. You may also take 25% OFF your order when you mention the discount code: The Funky Monkey. Please send a convo to Christina P Jewelry with the discount code to receive this fantastic discount.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Aveeno: Nourish + Hair Care Collection


I ran across this free deal on the web for an Aveeno Nourish + Hair Care Collection sample. All you have to do is answer a few hair questions, fill in your name address and your free samples will arrive in the mail. I've always been a fan of Aveeno products and I'm anxious to try out their new hair care line. Perhaps you'll want to test it out too.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Promom Couture: Rock n Rule Mom


It's nice to find clothes that express motherhood fashionably. I received their Rock n Rule Pink Tank from Promom Couture. I love this tank top and will get great use out of it this summer. It's soft, made well and fits comfortably. I love the longer length which allows me to layer this nicely.

Check out the edgy and trendy graphic design on the front. All of Promom Couture's t-shirts and tanks are terrific. You'll want them all. Clever designs, hip color combinations and wonderful stylish fitting tees and tanks make Promom Couture stand out from the rest.

These would make excellent Mother's Day gifts! A hint to the hubby should be at the top of your to do list. I enjoy this company for a variety of reasons. I adore their products as well as their customer service. They care about us moms and support what being a mother is all about. How cool is that?!?

Promom Couture would like to offer you a very special discount. Buy 2 tees or tanks and get 1 tee or tank free! You'll want to take advantage of this super offer! Stock up for the summer. Their shirts will be a hit!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Smart Mom Jewelry: Teething Bling


Introducing the newest color from Smart Mom Jewelry - Amethyst! It's a gorgeous shade of purple and perfect for the Spring. I received their Amethyst Donut Shaped Pendant and their Amethyst Bangle.

If you're not sure what Smart Mom Jewelry is all about, here is some info:
It's made from the same material as many teething toys out there on the market. All Smart Mom Jewelry is non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC and lead free! Teething Bling® was inspired by babies who like to tug on our jewelry. It is the original patent-pending teething jewelry.


"We started our company, Smart Mom, LLC, in 2002 as a way to promote pretty and practical ideas for real Moms. Our first product line, Teething Bling pendants and bangles, has been an enormous success and we appreciate all the support and encouragement we’ve received thus far.

We use only the highest-quality, phthalate-free, federally approved silicone in our Teething Bling™ line. The material is non-toxic, latex-free, food–safe, even dishwasher-friendly! It is the same silicone used in many other popular teething products and SGS test reports are available upon request. Although we stress that this is adult jewelry not intended for children to wear, all of our pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety feature.

Occasionally a customer will ask if Teething Bling® is appropriate for a child of a certain age. Our products are designed for adults to wear to soothe and entertain babies with emerging teeth. Children with fully developed teeth may be able to bite through Teething Bling®. Therefore, parents need to determine what is best for their own situation and child and as always, Smart Mom reminds everyone that children should never be left unattended with jewelry of any kind."


Their Donut Shaped Pendants come in patterns and solids. They also offer coordinating bangles, heart shaped pendants, key chains and gift sets. These would be great for any mother who wants safe and innovative teething toys. I love this friendly company and feel their products are excellent in quality and design. It's no wonder so many celebrities have been seen wearing their products!

Smart Mom Jewelry would like to offer you 20% OFF anything on their website with the discount code: S-BC.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

ENJOY!

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:

Vat19 (581 comments) - Ingrid #103

Savespro (435 comments) - gkstratos #285

The Village Company (464 comments) - Cassy #205

Green Toys (442 comments) - Danielle #427

Tiny Tag Designs (385 comments) - Kristy #128

ifrogz (386 comments) - Christina #306

Bright Star Kids (170 comments) - Tj and Amy #170

The Little Environmentalists (156 comments) - Marie #125

**All winners have been notified through email. Please check your junk/spam folder! If no response is received within 2 days, a new winner will be chosen. Random.org is used to determine all winners.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Gumdrop Lane: Luigi Knits Outfit Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 251 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ carolpie!

Gumdrop Lane carries a combination of new and used children's merchandise. You can find some really great deals on clothing and accessories from this online children's boutique. I was able to find some really cute pieces for my daughter.

Their Luigi Seahorse Capri Set is super cute. I don't find many outfits out there with seahorses on them. You normally see butterflies, ladybugs, etc. The entire outfit is a knit cotton and so easy to maintain. What you don't see in the photo is the cute ruffle hem and white rick-rack trim on the bottom of the capri pants. This detailing really makes the pants extra special. You know the minute you see this outfit that it will be comfortable and perfect for the spring and summer months.

Here is the item description and a bit more about what they're all about from their website:

"Luigi specializes in affordable, easy-wearing knitwear featuring cute handmade felt appliques. All garments are machine washable and offer carefree, fun style for our little girls. This is a terrific capri set in white cotton with ruffle sleeve and neckline and fun seahorse and star applique. Matching capris in turquoise have pretty white rick-rack trim and ruffle hem. A fun way to say "I'm ready for the beach!"

Erin Ruane, the owner and founder of Gumdrop Lane, personally selects each piece of merchandise. For our used department, Erin purchases merchandise through a variety of methods including buying directly from parents. To stock our department of new merchandise, Erin attends apparel shows to scout out the latest trends and purchases the freshest designs covering all of her clients' tastes from traditional to funky."

This company is so friendly and I had a wonderful experience working with them. They have great clothing, convenient shopping and affordable shipping. Some families don't purchase used clothing, while others do if they know they will be getting quality items. You can trust Gumdrop Lane's used clothing selection. It's a wonderful way to go green.

Gumdrop Lane would like to offer one lucky reader an outfit of your choice from Luigi Knits! You may also take 15% OFF your order including sale items with the discount code: MONKEY. Offer valid through July 31, 2o09.

To enter this delightful GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me one Luigi Knit outfit you would choose. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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**This giveaway ends on May 1st and is open to U.S. residents.**Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.**The winner will be announced on May 2nd.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

WilloToons: Rock On


Simple and sweet. WilloToons sent me their Rock Squirrel Toddler Tee in white. The shirt itself is very soft and I'm happy with the quality. My daughter fell in love with this tee immediately. The most basic designs can really make a big impact.

WilloToons offers clothing for babies, toddlers, moms and dads. They offer unique tees for the entire family. I'm diggin' their blogging tee for women.


Every order comes with free gift packaging. My tee arrived in a beautiful baby blue organza drawstring bag. Nice touch...

Here is a bit more about them from their website:

"WilloToons is the creative venture of well-known designer, illustrator and music lover Willo O’Brien. Based in San Francisco, she draws inspiration from the local intersection of geeks and guitars. A seasoned and professionally trained artist who has specialized in Web and Flash design throughout her career, Willo translates one’s love of internet connectivity, illustration and indie rock into unique gifts for celebrating the “geekyfantastic” rocker within all of us.

From cartoons to quips, embroidery to screenprint, Willo’s designs capture her creative spin on the adjacent worlds of music and technology in the Bay Area. Whether it’s vintage swallow earrings or a whimsically embroidered infant onesie, her items showcase sophisticated design skills, a wicked sense of humor and fresh take on popular culture all packed into an affordable purchase."

WilloToons would like to offer you 15% OFF your order of $20 or more with the discount code: MONKEY09. There are lots of items on sale now so take advantage of this fantastic deal!

Oregon Scientific: Star Wars Laptop Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 465 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ darlanpaulsmamma!

If your child is a Star Wars fan, have I got a product that will knock their socks off! The Star Wars Clone Trooper Laptop from Oregon Scientific is loads of fun. My son thinks it's the coolest toy ever. The unique shape of the laptop really adds to it. When closed, the top of the laptop is the helmet/face of a clone trooper.



Here is a bit more information from their website:

"With sound effects, music, and animation from the Star Wars movies, your learner will feel like they’re part of the starfleet action while working through 30 different activities in 6 different categories. A QWERTY keyboard introduces real-life keyboarding skills."

Here are the product features:

30 learning activities in 8 subjects such as math, music, memory and spelling
QWERTY keyboard
Plays music from the Star Wars movies
Built-in speakers with volume control
Cursor pad
Includes 3 AA batteries
Black & White LCD resolution 39 x 59
3.2” x 2.2” LCD display with Star Wars graphics

My son loves mathematics and he really enjoys playing the math games on this laptop. He is 7 years old and he can grasp the games well. My younger daughter is 5 and I would say this laptop is too advanced for her. However, Oregon Scientific does offer a Star Wars Junior Laptop that I feel would work better for her age and level. It's an attractive design as well.

Oregon Scientific offers everything from timing, weather, sports and fitness, cameras and youth products. You may remember my review for their Grill Right Wireless Talking BBQ/Oven Thermometer which I felt and still do feel is a superb product. Click here to read the review.

Oregon Scientific would like to offer one lucky reader a Clone Trooper Laptop!

To enter this excellent GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me one product you would love to try. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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Hiho Batik: Handmade With Love

Color, color, color! That's what I think of when I visit Hiho Batik. This company creates the cutest t-shirts and tanks for kids and adults. I love all of their children's designs. Click here to view their shirts for girls. The tee I received is no longer available on their website, but they do have a very similar design with clouds around the heart.

My daughter loves her Hiho Batik shirt and I love the unique design. All of their clothing is made in the U.S.A. and is 100% cotton. These one-of-a-kind shirts are uniquely made by the ancient art of batik.

It's no wonder celebs like Jessica Alba, Britney Spears and our very own President, Barack Obama are fans. Click here to see photos of celebs showing their Hiho love!

Visit Hiho Batik to see all of their colorful and beautiful designs. Buy some for the kids, and while you're at it, treat yourself to a fun Hiho tee just for you!

Protect-A-Bub: Protective Swimwear & Hats


Protect-A-Bub is having a super sale right now! They are discontinuing a few products in their line which includes swimsuits, sun hats and paint your own hat kits. I received their UPF 50+ Protective Swimwear for my two children. It's a terrific set and will be great as we spend a lot of time at the beach. I love the color combinations they offer as well as the quality and fit. The chlorine, sun, surf and sand resistant fabric is comfortable and soft.

The swimsuits retail for $24.95 - $28.95 each, but they are on SALE for only $9 each! WOW! Get yours while you can! They come in sizes 0-8.

They also offer UPF 50+ Sun Protective Long Sleeve Swim Shirts. Regularly $18.99 each, and on SALE for $9! These come in sizes 2-8.


Their Paint Your Own UPF 50+ Sun Hat is significantly marked down as well. Regularly $24.95 and on SALE for only $6. You can't beat that! What a fun hat for party favors.

Take advantage of Protect-A-Bub's fabulous summer sale! You won't find deals like this anywhere else. If you would like to place an order, please email info@protectabub.com. Please put "swimsuit" in the subject line as well as your name, address and what you would like to order. It will more than likely be $5 for shipping the first item, and $1 for each additional item.

New West KnifeWorks: Knife Art

This is one serious knife people! I had a "whoa" moment when I pulled this out its leather sleeve. The picture doesn't do it justice. You have to see it in person to truly appreciate its craftmanship, durability and detail. New West KnifeWorks offers this beautiful bad boy - the Sashimi from the Pheonix Knives collection.


Here is more about it from their website:

"As any real fish cutter knows, 12 inches is the magic length. This blade has all the features of a classic sashimi (Yanagi) knife - flat, half ground on one side, and slight, almost flat hollow grind on the other. The sashimi blade is a unique laminate of VG-10 with 16 layer stainless Damascus forge welded to one side. Though traditionally used as a fish knife by the Japanese, this knife makes the finest slicer of roasts you will ever own. SPRING SUSHI SPECIAL.$175 marked down from $250."


This knife came in a gorgeous embossed leather sheath. The knife extremely sharp so feature this not only adds safety, but it's a nice classy touch. When we used the Sashimi on meat, it was as if we were cutting through butter. It's absolutely amazing.

Treat yourself to a good quality knife from New West KnifeWorks. It will be a wise investment. All of their knives have a lifetime, 100% satisfaction guarantee for non-commercial use. If you're not happy, they're not happy. They will replace it absolutely free. You can even send your knife in for free for sharpening by a professional. Now that's customer service!

I would recommend this exceptional knife to any cooking enthusiast. Even if you're not an Iron Chef, you can at least feel like one with this beautiful piece of work. It's no wonder Fine Cooking called their products "knife art." Click here to read their helpful "What Knives Do I Need?" section.

Check out the variety New West KnifeWorks offers. Mother's Day and Father's Day are approaching. Their knives would make impressive gifts. I am in love with their gorgeous collection of high quality knives. You will be too.

Creativity for Kids: Plaster Pets Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 234 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Jill!


One activity my children love to do is painting pottery. I take them to Color Me Mine here in town and the two of them paint until their little hands can't take it anymore. Creativity for Kids sent me a really neat product that allows my kids to paint their own plaster animals right in the comfort of our own home. They had a blast and want to get all the animals in their Plaster Pets collection.


My son chose the Paint and Craft Plaster Frog. This particular pet came with 3 cups of acrylic paint, a paintbrush, wiggly eyes, glue, puffy paint, and 3-D embellishments like the tongue and little plastic fly. He couldn't wait to open the really cute habitat house packaging and get started. In no time, he had his beautiful work of art completed.
My daughter is infatuated with birds so she chose their Paint and Craft Plaster Owl. This also included 3 cups of acrylic paint, a paintbrush, wiggly eyes, glue, puffy paint and feathers. Her owl looks more like a gremlin right now, but it's still adorable as ever!

These kits were a ton of fun. It was nice having them work together and they took such pride in their finished pets. If you're looking for a great activity for the kids, try out these Plaster Pets from Creativity for Kids.

Creativity for Kids offers 4 different pets. The owl, frog, butterfly and turtle. Collect them all!

Creativity for Kids would like to offer one lucky reader all 4 Plaster Pets!

To enter this creative GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me the pet you love and why you like this product. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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**This giveaway ends on April 30th and is open to U.S. residents.**Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.**The winner will be announced on May 1st.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Crib

When the time comes to furnish your children’s nursery with a stylish set of baby furniture, there are a few essential factors to consider when finding the right fit. One of the most important pieces to include is a safe and reliable baby crib that will serve as a beautiful focal point and resting spot for your baby during the day or throughout the night.

  • Safety: As convenient as it may be to use a hand-me-down crib from a family member or friend, many of these models have undergone normal “wear and tear” which can pose a potential threat to your baby’s safety. Poor crib construction can develop with the loosening of screws or small modifications and it’s best to start fresh with a newly developed crib that is up to date on standard safety regulations. Solid wood cribs are built to last as they are sturdy and highly reliable. Once you place the firm mattress snugly within the crib, make sure that the distance between the top of the mattress and the crib’s side slats reach at least 26 inches in height.

  • Versatility: One of the most popular crib styles is the multifunctional convertible crib. Many of these models start out as a bassinet which is perfect for newborns and provides us with the opportunity to keep an eye on our child throughout the day. Bassinets are easy to move around our home from room to room and allow us to stay close to our newborns for nighttime nursing. Once your baby is old enough to sleep on its own and has outgrown the bassinet, a convertible crib gives you the option to transform this piece of furniture into a standard size baby crib that can be placed in the stylish nursery you’ve been creating.

**This article was written by a guest blogger from CSN Baby.

Emerson Creek Pottery: Flower Pot Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 436 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ JamericanSpice!

I love handcrafted pottery that is 100% lead free! Emerson Creek Pottery creates a wide variety of absolutely gorgeous pottery. It's important to me to find beautiful pieces that are safe for children as well as adults. All of Emerson Creek Pottery designs are dishwasher safe, microwave safe and oven proof.



This is my second time reviewing this fabulous company. I was sent their lovely ceramic Lavender Iced Tea Pitcher. It's terrific and truly a work of art. I can't wait to serve guests refreshing summer beverages in my new pitcher. It holds 54 oz. and comes in many different styles. I chose the lavender design and couldn't be happier with it. Each design is hand painted onto all of their products.

Here is a little bit about their company from their website:

"Influenced by the energy of Early American cobalt decoration, owners Priscilla Palmer and Jim Leavitt founded Emerson Creek Pottery in 1977. Priscilla developed the unique technique of applying natural pigments to an absorbent glaze with a Japanese Sumi-e brush. The spontaneity of the brush stroke, combined with the accuracy of design yields our distinctively recognizable style. Priscilla's deep love of the natural world provides a multitude of organic designs for all of Emerson Creek's pottery.

Our ceramic pottery has been featured at Monticello, Mt. Vernon and the Smithsonian Institute, as well as in fine homes across America. We have had the pleasure of designing customized pottery patterns for numerous clubs and organizations.

Our pottery is formed of clay made onsite. Each piece is hand made, hand painted and fired in a gas kiln. Each pattern is a series of carefully planned strokes. No templates or stencils are used. The patterns are practiced and committed to memory. The artists paint the pattern again and again. Each piece is alike and yet different, like flowers in a field. We are currently featuring 15 different lines of ceramic pottery, including our beloved signature line - Field of Iris, a classic since 1977."




Emerson Creek Pottery would like to offer one lucky reader a Ceramic Flowerpot in the design of your choice! Just in time for the beautiful Spring weather! All of their products would make great gifts for Mother's Day!

To enter this wonderful GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me the design you would like for your flowerpot. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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Happy Earth Day


Make Earth Day Every Day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Inko's: 2 Cases of Bottled White Tea Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 460 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Carol Lawrence!

This is some of the best stuff I have ever tasted. As soon as I opened the box, I had to fight my husband for it. Needless to say, it was gone way too fast! I wish I had more of this delicious tea from Inko's.

I was sent a wonderful variety of their white teas. These are the following flavors I experienced:
  • Honeydew - tasted like fresh honeydew in a bottle, just delicious
  • Blueberry - very interesting flavor, a definite blueberry taste, light and delicate
  • Hint O'Mint - extremely refreshing, not my husband's favorite, but I enjoyed it
  • White Peach - lovely natural peach flavor, not too sweet, just right
  • Original - crisp, clean and terrific, if you're not into fruitier tastes, this is the one for you, hint of organic ginger
  • Lemon - my absolute favorite out of the bunch, classic and delicious

They also come in Apricot, Cherry Vanilla, Energy, Honeysuckle and Lycee and in family size bottles.


What I love about Inko's teas is that they taste sweet, but not overly sweetened. It's all natural goodness, not like some of the artificial teas out there. Tea is great for your health and white tea has a ton of health benefits. So drink up! Enjoy a refreshing bottle of Inko's White Tea. It not only tastes wonderful, but it's good for you. It's also extremely low in calories. Just 28 calories per serving. It can't get any better than that!




Here is a bit more about this company from their website:

"The idea for Inko’s White Iced Tea was born out of three facts:

  1. There is no premium, white-tea-focused beverage company dedicated to bringing white tea and white tea only ready-to-drink beverages to people,
  2. There is no better tasting tea on the market (in our humble opinion of course) and,
  3. There is a lot of early-stage, medical research concerning White Tea.

The backstory is that my wife Cecille had been making gallons of tea for me a few summer's ago. One day, we ran out and, for the first time in my life, I found myself craving for a drink not out of necessity but from a real desire.

Figuring that leaves to make iced tea can be found anywhere in our Manhattan neighborhood, I asked: “Where’s my tea woman?” (just kidding).

To make a long story short, Cecille told me that this was a “white” tea she found in Chinatown and that it was very rare and the store was out of it. After searching to buy some on the Internet, I stumbled upon white tea’s health benefits, and the idea to bring this great tea, and my wife’s recipe, to as many people as possible just took hold.

I believe in white tea. Can it cure cancer? Wow, that would be great. Yet, as you and I know, there’s big difference between rat assays and testing in humans and we’re probably a long way away from scientifically determining its healthy effects.

I can promise you this though. You and I will donate a portion of each bottle of Inko’s sold to white-tea cancer research. All you have to do is buy the drink (we’ll take care of the donation!).

I hope you enjoy our flavors of Inko’s White Tea. It is really a great tasting product that we put tremendous effort in bringing to you."

If you would like this delivered right to your door, click here.

Inko's would like to offer one lucky reader 2 cases of mixed white teas!

To enter this thirst quenching GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me the flavors you would love to try. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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**This giveaway ends on April 28th and is open to U.S. residents.**Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.**The winner will be announced on April 29th.

Monday, April 20, 2009

My Princess Closet: Unique Clothing & Accessories

Sweet, right?! That's exactly what I thought when I saw the White Linen Short Pants by Chase 'n Sky from My Princess Closet. The set is so delicate and precious. My daughter looks like a million bucks in it and I can't wait for her to show it off this season.

I love the linen/rayon capri pants with adorable side tie accents. The waistband features elastic in the back for a comfortable fit. The looser fit pant is darling and the top really makes this outfit complete. The light blue and white small floral leaf print top is beautiful. I love the 2 small buttons down the back and the tie straps. The entire set is very well made and moves really well. You can get this in sizes 2T-6.

Here is a little bit more about the company from their website:

"My Princess Closet was the vision of Dawn who, after 3 wonderful boys and all their blue clothing, was blessed with a daughter, affectionately known as ‘The Princess’.

As the only daughter of her mother Karen, Dawn was the original Princess. And Karen instilled in her daughter a love of quality, fashion and all things girly.

With several business degrees between them and careers in marketing and finance, Dawn and Karen (with frequent input from The Princess) have together created My Princess Closet…a fabulous collection of clothing, accessories and playthings for that special princess in your life."

My Princess Closet not only offers apparel, but also accessories, swimwear, play items and adorable tutus/tiaras. Visit this beautiful company to see all of the wonderful items they offer for your little princess.

They would like to offer you 15% OFF with the discount code: MONKEY.

Nacho Mama Tees: T-Shirt Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 376 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ crystal!

My hubby is a huge fan of The Office. He never misses an episode. When I found out that Nacho Mama Tees carried The Office T-Shirts, I knew I had to get him some.

Nacho Mama Tees carries a large selection of humorous tees. They offer Vintage, Movie, Girls, Funny, Cool, 80s and Offensive. Despite some of them being offensive, you can definitely find tees that won't offend anyone. The variety is there.



Their Dunder Mifflin T-Shirt is an Office classic and my husband loves it. Michael Scott would be proud. The fit is nice and the Hanes brand shirt that it's printed on is a nice quality tee. It's currently on sale for $12.74.


Here is one for all you Dwight fans. Their Schrute Farms Beets T-Shirt is great, too. It's also printed on a Hanes 100% cotton t-shirt. This is definitely a shirt all Office fans will appreciate. The current sale price is $12.74.

Nacho Mama Tees would like to offer one lucky reader a t-shirt of your choice!

To enter this funny GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me the shirt you would choose. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Who Me?!?

Congratulations the following giveaway winners:

Carson (627 comments) - YZgirl4 #333

Printamentals (595 comments) - VickeC #230

**All winners have been emailed. Please check your junk/spam folder! If no response is received in 2 days, a new winner will be chosen. Random.org is used to determine all winners.

Blissliving Home: Design Your Own Bed Contest


I am in love with decorative accents and I was sent a really beautiful pillow from Blissliving Home. Their Sasha Gold Pillow is very glamorous and it looks great in my home. It's a wonderfully constructed pillow and the gold sequin pattern is breathtaking. A little bling never hurt anyone!

Here is a little bit more about it from their website:

"Our Sasha pillow pops with the opulence of modern Moscow. The obvious star of your bed or side chair, Sasha glistens with glamour in a gradient of golden sequins. Three bands of color blend across the face of the pillow from pale gold, to yellow gold and copper. The reverse is luxurious solid gold colored fabric."

I am loving ALL of the bedding from Blissliving Home. Wow, their selection is gorgeous. I haven't seen bedding this beautiful in a long time. They also offer items for the bath as well as lovely home accessories and wall art.

Blissliving Home is having a Design Your Own Bed Contest. Here is what it's all about from their website:


"We are excited to announce the launch of the Bliss Kids Arts Festival – a national bedding design competition open to boys and girls 12 years of age and under – hosted by Blissliving Home in association with Children’s National Medical Center.

The winning artist will have their design produced in 300-thread count printed cotton sateen and receive two twin-sized duvet sets for their room. Plus, the duvet set will be featured in the Blissliving Home Spring 2010 Collection for sale via our online boutique, printed catalogue and select premium retailers around the globe. To top it off, Blissliving Home will donate ten percent of orders placed on the winning bed to benefit Children’s National Medical Center, one of the best pediatric hospitals in America.

Participating in the Bliss Kids Arts Festival is free, easy and a lot of fun!

Join us today and create a design inspired by the beautiful country of Thailand. Let your imagination run wild and embark on a trip across the globe to the “Kingdom of Smiles.” In this exotic land, find inspiration from colorful flowers, dancers, night markets, temples, native animals, trees, fruits and plants, beaches, cities and countryside, people young and old, tall and small.

We have created a downloadable inspiration board with many images of Thailand. Please make sure to take a peek to get your creative juices flowing!

The Bliss Kids Arts Festival ends on May 31, 2008 - entries postmarked later than this date cannot be accepted. Have fun & thank you for participating!"

For more details and Official Rules, click here.
This sounds like a lot of fun! Head on over to check it out.

Polliwalks: Shoe Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 532 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Abby!


FUN + COMFORT + QUALITY = POLLIWALKS. When I first reviewed this company, my son received their Gator Clog. It was the cutest summer shoe I had ever seen. My son wears these all the time and they are terrific. I didn't think their shoes could get any cuter until I laid eyes on their Fire Fly style. I cannot even express in words how much my daughter loves these shoes! They are her new best friend!


I chose to review the color combination - Turquoise/Raspberry. The colors look great together. They're so vibrant and beautiful for the Spring. They also come in a variety of other colors for boys and girls. 



The really cool thing about these shoes, besides being that they're so kid-friendly and easy to maintain, is that the tail lights up when kids move! Each time my daughter takes a step, the cute little tail flickers brightly with light. And it's not some dull light, it's really noticeable even in the daytime. It's an adorable feature that is a real attention getter! So many people have asked where we got them and all of her friends want a pair of their own. I don't blame them! They're absolutely amazing. The adorable eyes, cute antennae and happy smiley face really make these shoes one-of-a-kind.



Polliwalks shoes are so easy to clean. Just wipe these Fire Fly's with a damp sponge and you're done. It's so simple. All Polliwalk shoes also include fun footprints on the bottom. The Fire Fly pair features a buggy print. My daughter really loved walking through water and then tracking her every step on the concrete. My son had a blast walking through the sand in Santa Cruz with his Gators.


These shoes offer the ultimate comfort and support for young feet. My kids wear these everywhere. They are so easy to put on. Just slide on and off. No more messing with buckles, shoelaces or even velcro. These are on their feet in a flash!

This company provides environmentally friendly packaging and no waste manufacturing. I love a company who cares about the environment while making superior products. Polliwalks are a must-have for any child on the go! I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed seeing these shoes on my children. They provide everything I want in a summer shoe as well as a ton of F-U-N!

Polliwalks would like to offer one lucky reader a pair of Polliwalks in your choice of style, color and size! LUCKY YOU!

To enter this awesome GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me the shoes you would choose. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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Freshpair: $30 Gift Certificate Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 412 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Tylerpants!


Ooooo La La! Freshpair sent me some really cute, or should I say sexy, panties. I personally love them for their fit, feel and style. I think it's safe to say hubby does too. The 1 1/2 inch waistband is really comfy and the sheer material is really pretty. They come in 3 different colors on their website - Bubble Bath Pink, Fresh Salmon and Naughty Naked. I received these in black with pink dots and they're just as sweet. Check out the Teeny Weeny Low Rise Hipster from Freshpair if you want to spice things up. It's a great deal at $12 each or 3 for $30.


I've never really been a boy short kind of girl. I do love the look of them, but prefer to have less bulk on when I wear tighter fitting pants. I received the Alexyo Short by Diesel and they are really fun. I wear these around the house and I do like the feel of them. The wide elastic waistband and soft stretchy cotton is very comfortable and I can easily wear these under skirts or dresses. These are made very well and will be great to lounge around in during the summer months.

Here's one for the men. My husband got to try out a pair of undies from Freshpair as well. He received their Active Stretch Boxer Briefs from Nautica. He's always worn boxers, but not fitted ones like these. Surprisingly, he liked them. The cotton fabric is really soft the fit is well constructed. We know we can trust brands like Nautica for well made clothing. We have purchased the brand Nautica before and have been happy with their products. My husband enjoys the comfort these boxers provide as well as the style.

Freshpair offers a ton of underwear as well as sleepwear, t-shirts, socks and performance wear. I was very impressed with their large selection and friendly customer service. It's always nice to find a company that not only sells quality products, but also cares about their customers. So go ahead and purchase underwear in the comfort of your own home. They offer Free Shipping on all U.S. orders!
This company also offers Soak. Read my review about this product here. Take care of all of your delicates with this ultra gentle soap. Definitely add this to your order to preserve the life of your lingerie.

Freshpair would like to offer one lucky reader a $30 Gift Certificate! You may also take 10% OFF orders of $75 or more with the discount code: FUNKYMONKEY. Offer expires June 1, 2009 and is not valid on sale or clearance items.

To enter this fabulous GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me what you would purchase with your gift certificate. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Vat19: Ice Cream Scoop & Stack Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 581 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Ingrid!

Summer definitely calls for ice cream. It's a favorite around here. Here's a cool product from Vat19 that will make ice cream scooping even more fun! Their Ice Cream Scoop & Stack does just that, it stacks!


I found this tool to be very interesting. It definitely cuts through hard to scoop ice cream straight from the freezer. That was nice and I didn't have to wait for the container to thaw a bit. It also made perfect little ice cream stacks that were really great for the kids. No more whining about who has more. They're even - get over it.





If you're going to be having a dinner party or birthday party, the Ice Cream Scoop & Stack is great for presentation purposes. It makes your ice cream scoops look divine, especially with the brownie sundaes we decided to wow our guests with. It measures 7.5" tall x 2.25" diameter.

I probably won't be using this product on a regular basis. Believe it or not, I can create pretty hefty scoops with my puny arms just fine, but like I said, this product is great if you want to dress up your dishes or make fun scoops for the kids. Unleash your inner culinary genius with this innovative dishwasher safe scooper.

Here's how it works:

Step 1: "Push the Ice Cream Scoop & Stack into firm ice cream. The beveled front edge of the scoop will make it easy to cut through even the hardest ice cream."

Step 2: "Press the button on the top of the Ice Cream Scoop & Stack to release the ice cream."

Step 3: "Stack your favorite and most delicious flavors on top of each other or on top of other tasty treats.
You can even see a video of how this product works by clicking here.

This is the second time I have reviewed products from Vat19 and I must say, they have some of the most unique items I have ever seen on the web. I love this company! You won't believe some of the things they carry. They're truly out of this world. What a wonderful place to purchase gifts for the hard to buy for or just to treat yourself to something special and unique.

Vat19 would like to offer one lucky reader an Ice Cream Scoop & Stack! Get ready for summer guys!
To enter this creative GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me one other product you would love to try. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Green Toys: Sand Play Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed with 427 comments. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Danielle!

Here is a toy company that I absolutely adore. Green Toys has some of the best toys for children I have seen in a long time. This is the second time I have reviewed this amazing company and both times, their products have exceeded my expectations.

I received their Sand Play Set. My children enjoyed playing with this on the beach in Santa Cruz. It's one of their favorite places to visit and this sand set made the experience even more fun for them. This set is super sturdy. I mean it. This isn't some flimsy toy here. It is very strong and can hold up with a lot of handling. Most plastic sand toys I have seen and purchased in the past are very thin and crack easily. They don't even compare to this set from Green Toys.

I also love the thick rope handle used on this set verses thin plastic handles you find on other sets. Most plastic handles I have experienced in the past tend to come apart from the bucket or are never strong enough to hold a full bucket of water or sand. This handle worked really well and my children had no problems with it whatsoever.


Here's something pretty cool. All of the products from Green Toys are made in sunny California from recycled milk bottles. It's supposed to be one of the greenest and safest plastics around. Their packaging is definitely worth mentioning as well. It's very minimal, looks terrific and is 100% recyclable. Their toys are also tested for the ultimate safety.

By the way, I reviewed their precious Tea Set previously and it still looks as good as new. It's a wonderful toy and I highly recommend it.



Green Toys would like to offer one lucky reader a Sand Play Set! They'll love using this at the beach this summer!

To enter this fun and environmentally friendly GIVEAWAY, please visit their website and tell me one other item you love from Green Toys. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

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