Monday, March 29, 2010

Motherhood: DVD Giveaway for 5 Winners!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the following giveaway winners ~ Tami #4, Anonymous #45, cdziuba #51, Super Blogger Girl! #67, Janel #75

How is it that my daughter is going to be turning 6 in less than one month? She was just a baby in my arms yesterday. Since when did my son start looking more and more like a "big boy" to me? I can remember his first day of preschool vividly.

My children are growing everyday right before my eyes! They'll be off to college in no time. Just thinking about it makes my heart sink and eyes water. The only thing I can do is enjoy every single second of their childhood. My goal is to make every moment count!

I had the pleasure of watching the movie MOTHERHOOD staring Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver and Anthony Edwards. I have to say, I loved it. And I'm not just saying that for an A+ review. I have honestly watched it over and over again. Each time it reveals something new and brings out the best in me.

This movie celebrates motherhood and all of the ups and downs it brings. No one ever said raising children would be easy. It's a full-time job raising my two kiddos.

Eliza Welch (Thurman) is a former fiction writer-turned-mom-blogger with her own site, “The Bjorn Identity.” Putting her deeper creative ambitions on hold to raise her two children, Eliza lives and works in two rent-stabilized apartments in a walk-up tenement building smack in the middle of an otherwise upscale Greenwich Village. Eliza’s good-natured but absent-minded husband (Edwards) seems tuned out to his wife’s conflicts, not to mention basic domestic reality, while her best friend Sheila (Minnie Driver) understands this – and Eliza -- all too well.

MOTHERHOOD takes place in a single day that pushes to the tipping point Eliza’s fundamental fear she’s lost herself. Starting at dawn, her to-do list is daunting: prepare for and throw her daughter’s 6th birthday party, mind her toddler son, battle for a parking space during an epic alternate side parking showdown, navigate playground politics with overbearing moms, and mend a rift with after posting her best friend’s confession on her blog. On top of it all, Eliza decides to enter a contest run by an upscale parenting magazine. All she has to do is write 500 words answering the deceptively simple question, “What Does Motherhood Mean to Me?”

In the process of trying by nightfall to put these thoughts into words that don’t “sound like bad ad copy,” Eliza rediscovers her own voice and realizes what is truly valuable in her life. At once hilarious and poignant, MOTHERHOOD looks at the challenges facing mothers everywhere with a keen eye to every slight to a nearly-middle-aged woman’s selfhood – from being called “M’am” by condescending twentysomethings to endlessly stooping to pick up toys and a spouse’s dropped socks.

MOTHERHOOD is a hymn to the joys and sorrows of raising children, and the necessity of not losing yourself in the process. Thurman’s Eliza is a unique creation, by turns endearing and hysterical, tender and aggrieved. She is ably abetted by Edwards’ subtly layered performance as her distracted spouse, and Driver’s earthy, bemused turn as her closest ally. With remarkably naturalistic performances from its child actors and a roster of colorfully only-in-New-York supporting players, MOTHERHOOD is at once powerfully heartfelt and scrupulously real.


Watch the trailer here!

Uma Thurman captured the role of a busy mother brilliantly. I loved the storyline, the supporting actors and the entire message. This movie is honest, poignant and shows us what love is all about.

FIVE lucky readers will win MOTHERHOOD on DVD!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Tell me what motherhood means to you.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wanchai Ferry: "Perfect Night In" Prize Pack Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ blueviolet #609

My family loves chinese food. However, sometimes we would rather stay at home than go out to eat. Thank goodness for Wanchai Ferry! My kids love this stuff!

We've all seen their cute furry panda commercials. If you haven't tried Wanchai Ferry yet, I encourage you to head over to your local Target and pick yourself up one of their fresh and delicious varieties.

How convenient is that?!? The next time you're shopping, don't forget the Wanchai Ferry!

We tried the Orange Chicken and it was delish! Yum, my mouth is watering just thinking about them.

The Orange Chicken included all of the ingredients I needed to whip up a delicious meal for two. 14 minutes was all it took. My husband loved it and of course the kiddos had to try! It was a hit. The chicken stayed crisp and the tender vegetables were a wonderful addition. We're now fans of Wanchai Ferry!

One lucky reader will win the Wanchai Ferry "Perfect Night In" Prize Pack!

You will receive one VIP coupon valid for a free package of any of the Wanchai Ferry frozen entrees, in addition to a set of great Asian-inspired rice bowls, chopsticks, bamboo placemats, flavored fortune cookies, and a $25 Target gift card!

The Asian-inspired accessories will really spice up your meal!

Don't forget to click here to receive your coupon for $1.50 OFF!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit their website and tell me the one meal you would choose.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Baby Eggi: Any item of your choice Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ jessecreations #15

I am seriously counting down the days until the weather is warm enough so my little girl can show off her new Striped Empire Dress from Baby Eggi!

This probably has to be the cutest dress I've ever received for a review. I cannot get enough of it.

This dress comes in magenta and kelly green. Two equally fabulous colors. I chose the magenta and it did not disappoint! It's gorgeous!

Another adorable item is their Pirate Ship Tee. This comes in white and aqua. This soft tee is loved by my son. I chose the aqua and what a beautiful color for the Spring.

Giveaway time! One lucky winner will receive the item of their choice from their new Spring line!

MANDATORY ENTRY: To enter this giveaway you must visit their website and tell me the one product you would choose.

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Products received for review. All opinions are my own.

Designer Catbox: Hide that litter box with style!

I am proud to say that one of my favorite products of 2010 so far is the Designer Catbox. This invention is genius. No doubt this product will make my Top 10 list this year!

About Designer Catbox

As cat owners, we love our cats, but were frustrated with the problems that many other cat owners face: an unsightly litter box, odor, and litter being tracked through the house. As many do, we tried many different products to try to hide our litter box and keep our cats from tracking litter throughout the house. Living in a townhouse, we were embarrassed when we had guests over and the litter box was sitting out for all to see.

Initially, we created a Designer Catbox as a solution to our own problems. We were so relieved to have the litter box contained in what looked like a beautiful piece of furniture and litter was not tracked throughout the house anymore. When we have guests over, they are amazed that this beautiful chest is actually holding the litter box. Most importantly, our cats love it. They love to have their privacy when they are using the litter box and they love to sit or sleep on the top.

After many of our friends asked us about getting their own Designer Catbox, we decided to make them available to all cat owners. Our Designer Catbox has made our lives much easier. We love this product and we hope that you and your cats will too.

I have the white Designer Catbox and what a beautiful piece! It's made extremely well - sturdy, durable and my husband said the instructions were easy to follow. What quality!

I'm also very pleased with the fact that it is made with glossy, non-toxic, lead-free paint. This did not have the nasty harsh smell of chemicals. A huge PLUS!

I just love the style. Everything about it is fantastic. I wouldn't change a thing about it. Our guests never guess there is a litter box inside. They always think it's an adorable cat house.

Our cats love the privacy and we love that our home stays clean, odor free and there is less litter scattered on the floor. The lid lifts nicely, stays open on its own and it even comes with a handy hook to hide your litter scoop.

The top serves as a nice bench for the cats to sit on. I am still amazed at how attractive it is with it's lovely wainscoting. It's a great addition to our home.

This is also a great way to keep the litter box away from dogs and little kids, too!

Head on over to Designer Catbox to receive $5 OFF your order! Use the discount code funkymonkey now through March 31, 2010.

Product received for review. All opinions are my own.

Miss Trimble's Trapdoor: Two Autographed Books & Bookmark Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Tabathia #5

Basic U.S. history should be common knowledge, but it is not. Many educators and parents are concerned that our students are historically illiterate. They are taught history in school, but it doesn’t seem to stick. Kids deem it boring or of little use.

My vision for the Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor book series is to fill this need in a way that will delight children, teachers, and parents alike. The first book, Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor, introduces Tyler, a struggling student who accidentally discovers a trapdoor beneath his desk that leads to a magical world in which he can visit any time in history. Readers will join Tyler as he takes several brief visits back in time and learns the value of understanding history.

Each subsequent book in the series focuses on a single U.S. history concept in much greater detail while also teaching a moral lesson. In the second book, Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor: The Perseverance of Christopher Columbus, readers follow Tyler as he works hard to make the school basketball team, all the while learning the history behind the great explorer and his voyages. Coming soon will be the next three titles: Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor: The Courage of the Pilgrims, Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor: The Independence of the Founding Fathers,and Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor: The Adventurous Spirit of Lewis and Clark. More books in the series are also planned to follow along the chronological path of major events in American history.

As Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough puts it, “Amnesia is as detrimental to society as to an individual.” My goal is to lead children to an understanding of their national heritage in a way that will engage their enthusiasm. Join Tyler, his classmates, and his teacher as we remember our history!

Book One

Tyler Thompson hates school. He does not have many friends, and never knows the answers to any of Miss Trimble’s questions. He usually ends up retreating to his quiet area in the back of the classroom so no one will bother him. But one day, Tyler gets a big shock when his nervous foot tapping unlocks a secret trapdoor beneath his desk! He discovers a dark and mysterious basement filled with old books guarded by a magical talking dog named Barnabas Bailey. Now, with the help of the books and his guide, Barney, Tyler can travel to any time in the past to learn about history up close. Maybe it’s not so bad to be Tyler Thompson after all…

Book Two

Tyler Thompson is not looking forward to October. He doesn’t know which will be worse: trying out for the basketball team or giving an oral report about Christopher Columbus in front of the whole class! But, he has a secret weapon: the magic trapdoor beneath his school desk that lets him visit any time in history. With his trusted canine guide, Barnabas Bailey, Tyler travels back in time and sets sail aboard the Santa Maria with Columbus himself. When he sees all the setbacks even a great explorer can face before reaching his goal, Tyler knows he can’t give up. Can he make the team and deliver an awesome report? One thing is for sure: he won’t stop trying.

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One lucky winner will have the chance to win these books custom autographed by the author! Plus, you'll receive a bookmark!

MANDATORY ENTRY: To enter this giveaway you must visit their website and tell me something else about this company/author not mentioned.

If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified from winning.


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Friday, March 26, 2010

Pearl Distributors: Lavender Pearl Necklace Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Janet and Maya #241

Pearl jewelry is a timeless gift. Classic white pearl necklaces have always been a favorite, but black pearls, lavender pearls and pink pearls have converted many who had never been pearl lovers before into pearl addicts! The high luster and mystique of black Akoya pearl necklaces can catch your breath and hold your eyes! Black freshwater pearl necklaces have a fascinating multicolor rainbow iridescence. These often display rich purple tones that complement this seasons colors perfectly. Whatever you choose, pearl jewelry is something to treasure. And the sentimental among us will always remember who gave it to us!

Wondering what gift of pearl jewelry would be most appreciated? We recently asked hundreds of women to visit our website and choose which pearl jewelry piece they would prefer to receive. The five top favorites this season were:

Tahitian Pearl Pendants
Black Akoya pearl necklaces
Pink Freshwater Pearl Necklaces Many chose the Freshwater Orient Quality
Lavender Pearl Necklaces
South Sea Pearl Earrings

Also high on the list of favourite choices were the White cultured pearl sets, the black Tahitian pearl earrings and bracelets to match pearl necklaces they already have. The most popular bracelet was the black double strand pearl bracelet.

Comparable or surpassing in quality the finest pearl necklaces in the most exclusive high-end retail jewelry stores, our prices are over 80% less than the prices of pearl jewellery sold in such establishments. We buy directly from the Akoya pearl farms, Freshwater Pearl Farms and Tahitian and South Sea Pearl Farms and sell online directly to the public, enabling our customers to enjoy the finest pearl jewelry for a fraction of the retail price. We encourage you to comparison shop in retail stores or online. The quality of our pearl necklaces is the absolute best on the market today and is backed by a 100% money back guarantee. You can't lose!

Pearl Distributors would like to offer one lucky reader the lovely AA+ quality 6.0 to 7.0mm natural lavender freshwater cultured pearl necklace you see pictured!

MANDATORY ENTRY: To enter this giveaway you must visit their website and tell me one other product you love from this company.

If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified from winning.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Cutting Edge Stencils: Stencil of your choice up to $40 Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Rachel C #36


If you're looking to spice up your decor, look to Cutting Edge Stencils. Here you'll find a gorgeous variety of stencils to take your home to an entirely new level.

Cutting Edge Stencils is the offspring of our professional decorative painting company, Spec Fin Designs. Greg Swisher started Spec Fin, short for specialty finishes, in the mid 80's. Spec Fin Designs has grown into one of the NY areas top decorative painting company's specializing in high end residential projects. For more about Spec Fin, visit http://www.specfindesigns.com/.

Janna Makaeva, the other half of Cutting Edge Stencils is the real driving force behind Cutting Edge. Janna ran her own decorative art business before joining forces with Greg. Her Masters degree in Zoology and Botany allow her to design incredibly accurate animal and plant stencils. She'll even give you the Latin name! Janna also has a love for pattern and ornament and has studied both graphic design and fine art.

Together, Janna and Greg have a common goal. To produce the best stencils available today to give You the Cutting Edge.

Spring Songbirds Wall Art Stencil

This elegant and lovely Spring Songbirds Stencil is perfect for quick and easy wall decorating. It has this fashionable and slick look of modern wall decals, only it is way better! If you love the look of wall decals but hate the idea of putting vinyl stickers on your walls, this stencil is a great find for you. Not only it is reusable, but you also get to enjoy your own hand-painted wall art instead of a sticker.

This large stencil is a Single overlay design.

Very easy to use.

Sheet size: 24"x40"

Branch measures 22"x31"

Detailed stenciling instructions, free stencil and a color photo included. Comes in attractive packaging and makes a great GIFT!

Allium Gladiator Flower Stencil

Try this Allium Gladiator flower stencil for your next wall art stenciling project! This large floral stencil makes a stunning accent on a boring empty wall next the sofa or table, or at the baseboard of pretty much any wall space that needs some interest. Trendy and hip, these bold refreshingly modern wall art stencils will instantly bring color to a otherwise plain wall.

This flower stencil is a Single overlay design.

Sheet size: 11"x40"

Design measures 38" tall, flower head is 7" across

Two butterfly stencils are included FREE!

One lucky reader will have the chance to win the stencil of their choice - up to $40!

MANDATORY ENTRY: To enter this giveaway you must visit their website and tell me the stencil you would choose.

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Earring Exchange: $20 Gift Certificate & a pair of Simple Sterling Silver Hoops Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Vittoria #158

Check out this lovely Etsy shop, Earring Exchange. In it you'll find beautiful interchangeable jewelry designs that will really make your wardrobe pop!

I have been designing and creating jewelry for about six and a half years now. My favorite pieces to make are earrings, but I love making necklaces, bracelets, and watches as well. I specialize in "interchangeable" earrings, where you have a simple hook and/or hoop that you can interchange with a variety of dangles. This helps you create multiple "looks" at a fraction of the cost. You can even remove your store-bought earring dangles and use them with my hooks/hoops.

Most of the earrings in my shop are interchangeable - the dangles can be removed from the hooks/hoops and placed onto different hooks/hoops. I only use sterling silver wire or 14 karat gold filled wire. I also love to find and incorporate unique and beautiful gemstones and other beads into my designs.

Click here and here to view all of the interchangeable earring styles.

The necklaces I make also incorporate 100% sterling silver and beautiful and unique gemstones/other beads. Many of them are hand-wired together with special care. They are "choker style" necklaces, most being 17" in length, but I'm more than happy to add or subtract an inch to the necklace if needed.

Click here to view the necklaces.

I include free shipping with everything (except my "PIF" items) in my shop. Also, all jewelry comes securely packaged in a cute gift box - all ready for gift-giving.

One lucky reader will have the chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate plus the Simple Sterling Silver Hoops you see pictured above!

You may also take 10% OFF your order with the discount code GIVEAWAY322 until March 29, 2010.

MANDATORY ENTRY: To enter this giveaway you must visit this Etsy shop and tell me how you would spend your $20.

If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified from winning.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pediped: Next best thing to bare feet

Pediped just got better - as if they weren't great already!

No more dirty shoes! This company now offers machine washable lightweight athletic shoes and sandals! WOW! What a plus for all moms and dads everywhere.

Pediped is also taking comfort to a whole new level. Their new Memory Foam Technology is now offered in select sandals. This allows the shoe to mold to the child's foot creating a custom insole. Now that's nice...


I was sent their Anya style in pink for my daughter. Just look at it...this shoe is too cute. The bubblegum pink color and pretty floral design makes these shoes perfect for the Spring. These leather mary janes also come in white. Wouldn't these look darling for Easter?

Soft & Flexible - Exceptionally soft, flexible soles and uppers help to provide healthy foot development. Ultra flexible FLEX ZONES provide maximum flexibility and support natural foot motion.

Heel Cushion - Shock absorbing cushions on each heel protect against impact and distribute pressure through-out the foot.

Flex Fit System - pediped Flex™ offer a unique fit system. Each pair comes with an additional 2mm insole to customize the fit so it just right for each child. If the child starts with both insoles, as the child’s feet grow the additional insoles may be removed to extend the length of time the child can wear the shoes.

I have had the pleasure of reviewing this company in the past. Each and every pair that I have received has been top notch. Pediped is definitely a favorite company in my book.

I encourage everyone to check out what they have to offer. We all care about our children and their health. Treat your little one to shoes that are designed for their developing feet. You will see and feel the difference.

Product received for review. All opinions are my own.

Clarins: For the love of beauty

I want to tell you about a superior line of beauty products. Clarins has really opened up my eyes to a whole new world in face care. I honestly saw and felt a difference from the first day I used their products.

I have super sensitive skin. I hate it. It's like a curse. I really have to find the right products that will work well for my delicate skin. This company offers everything that I've been looking for.

I've had the pleasure of reviewing some products from their First Signs of Aging (30's) line. Let me tell you, they are fantastic! I'm 32 and trying my absolute best to keep my skin looking radient and youthful. Clarins will definitely help me along the way.

The Younger Longer Balm is worth every penny. I use this at night and it works wonders. It's not heavy and oily and provides wonderful moisture.

- Stimulates microcirculation and maintains proper functioning of skin nerve endings.
- Repairs and protects capillaries altered by age.
- Hydrates maintains hydration in the superficial skin layers as it promotes supple skin
- Protects the skin from free radicals and the effects of modern pollution.
Sunscreen and I are BFF's. I don't leave the house without it. I was thrilled to find an anti-aging product with SPF 15 for all skin types. Their Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correcting Lotion SPF 15 provides a nice moisturizer that doesn't interfere with my makeup and absorbs into the skin nicely.

- Powerful and targeted early wrinkle control.
- Reinforced and continuous antioxidant defense delivered directly to the skin.
- Radiance boosting action.
- Dermal-epidermal junction repair.

The Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream (All Skin Types) feels so good! I know my skin wants to thank me when I use this. It's a nice pick me up in the morning and really makes my skin feel radient and beautiful.

- Powerful and targeted early wrinkle control.
- Reinforced and continuous antioxidant defense delivered directly to the skin.
- Radiance boosting action.
- Dermal-epidermal junction repair.

I've been on a quest to find the perfect eye cream. I've found it. Their Eye Contour Balm is excellent and really helps make the delicate skin around the eyes feel moisterized.

Softens Fine Lines All Skin Types

From the first signs of aging, both versions of this nourishing balm revitalize and repair the delicate skin of the eye contour. They smooth the eyelids by restoring their elasticity and minimize wrinkles, fine lines and crow's feet.

Visit Clarins today to see all of their products.

Products received for review. All opinions are my own.

GelPro: Spotmat Giveaway - 2 Winners!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ janetfaye #125
My feet want to give GelPro a huge round of applause for the wonderful gel mat they sent for this review.

Their new smaller Spotmats (18"x24") are great for smaller spaces. It fits wonderfully in my kitchen. I use this right in front of the sink and it's pure heaven. What a huge difference this makes! My feet have never had it so good.


I chose their Ostrich fabric in the neutral color Sand Drift. I love it. It blends in nicely with my decor. GelPro offers a ton of different fabrics and colors.

These high quality, anti-fatigue gel mats are perfect for your home. Use them in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, garage....anywhere you're feet need some TLC.

TWO lucky readers will win the Spotmat (18"x 24") of their choice! You get to choose the fabric style and color!

MANDATORY ENTRY: To enter this giveaway you must visit their website and tell me the Spotmat you would choose.

If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified from winning.

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.

AFTER you have completed the mandatory entry above, you may do any of the additional entry options below for more ways to win. Each one counts as one separate entry.
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**This giveaway ends on March 28th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on March 29th.

Product received for review. All opinions are my own.

Eli's Cheesecake: Cheesecake Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Jan #32

Mmmmm, who doesn't love cheesecake?!? Just the sheer thought of it makes my mouth water.

Eli's Cheesecake sent me a really delicious treat. I received their Original Favorites Cheesecake Sampler. Four cheesecake's in one....I couldn't have been happier.


The sampler consisted of Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry, and Candy Bar made with Heath® Toffee Bars. This 9" cheesecake arrived pre-sliced (16 slices, 4 slices of each flavor) and chilled. My family really liked their strawberry the best. Check out their site for many, many more varieties!

Eli's Cheesecake would like to offer one lucky reader a cheesecake (the company will choose a delicious one for you)!

MANDATORY ENTRY: To enter this giveaway you must visit their website and tell me the one cheesecake that you would love to try.

If not completed, your additional entries will be disqualified from winning.

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Product received for review. All opinions are my own.

Butternut Boutiuqe: $15 Gift Certificate Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the lucky winner ~ Snowflake07 #102!
My daughter and I are big fans of smaller hair clips these days. As my daughter gets older, she really prefers to wear daintier clips rather than big poofy hair bows. I love the look of them, too.

Butternut Boutique sent over the perfect clips for us to review. This adorable Etsy shop offers a nice variety of hair accessories and holders.

Their Monkey and Palm Tree Barrette Holder is the perfect way to display all of my daughter's clips. Now I can find them so much easier! With a quick glance, I know just the one we'll be using for the day. My daughter loves the monkey theme...how could she not?!?

We're just loving the Sock Monkey Yellow Tuxedo Bow Hair Clips! The pretty pastel monkeys really dance with joy on these sweet clips. The pinch clips are fully lined with a non-slip grip. This really stays in place wonderfully.

Ruff Ruff! The Black and White Puppy Dogs Bow with Red Ribbon Hair Clips are really cute. I love the black, red and white color theme. All of their clips come fully lined with non-slip grips.

With the warmer months ahead of us, these Pink Ice Cream Cone Tuxedo Bow Hair Clips look good enough to eat! These have to be my favorite.

One lucky reader will win a $15 Gift Certificate to Butternut Boutique! With their very affordable prices, you'll get a lot out of that $15!

MANDATORY ENTRY: To enter this giveaway you must visit their Etsy shop and tell me how you would spend your $15.

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Products received for review. All opinions are my own.

DaddyScrubs.com: The Perfect Gift For Dad!


DaddyScrubs Comfort Wear makes one-of-a-kind labor and delivery room attire just for dads! “I’m The Daddy” scrubs, t-shirts and accessories make ideal gifts for baby showers and Father’s Day.

Dads at every stage of fatherhood - whether he's an expectant dad, new dad, or veteran father, will feel special and appreciated when he receives a gift from DaddyScrubs.com!

DaddyScrubs™ is the offspring of Robert Nickell, who fathered his first four children more than 20 years ago. DaddyScrubs™ was conceived when Robert, who remarried in 2007, discovered he was about to be a father all over again in the fall of 2009!

Not wanting to endure the pains of wearing uncomfortable street clothes while comforting his laboring wife, Robert hatched the idea of creating doctor-like scrubs for himself. It seemed a natural thing for him to do — since Robert is a pharmacist by profession.

To eliminate the confusion between “who’s the doctor” and “who’s the daddy,” Robert fashioned the concept of “I’m The Daddy™” medical scrubs.

All comfort wear from DaddyScrubs™ — including “I’m The Daddy™” medical scrubs and t-shirts are available exclusively online at www.daddyscrubs.com.

Look for this trendy attire to pop up soon in many hospitals and baby stores nationwide.

"I'M THE DADDY!™" MEDICAL SCRUBS

Our super stylish medical scrubs are available in an assortment of colors, styles & sizes.

"I'M THE DADDY!™" T-SHIRTS

Our cool t-shirts will keep any new dad covered even after he leaves the hospital with mom & new baby! Available in an assortment of colors, styles & sizes.

Hurry over to receive FREE Ground Shipping on your order now through March 31, 2010!

Be sure to follow DaddyScrubs.com on Facebook and Twitter! And don't forget to check out their blog.

Advertorial from DaddyScrubs.com

Friday, March 19, 2010

Choochi Baby: Unique Handcrafted Gifts

I'm a sucker for a cute personalized tee. My daughter really loves seeing her initial front and center!

Choochi Baby sent over a very adorable Toddler Girl Letter Tee. I'm loving the baseball shirt style. You can also get this in a thermal long sleeve tee as well. The hot pressed personalized emblem is a nice change from the rhinestones and embroidery you see elsewhere.

I was able to choose my shirt style, pattern "fill" and letter or number. My daughter was instantly drawn to their zebra pattern. I received a white baseball tee with black sleeves. Her initial was outlined in hot pink just like I requested. It turned out terrific! What a sweet shirt for the Spring!

Right now, Choochi Baby would like to offer you 10% OFF your order with the discount code FUNKYMONKEY. This offer will be good until April 19, 2010.

Product received for review. All opinions are my own.

lamixx: Redefined...Timeless...Luxurious.

Simply Stylish...

Designed and created by Jacqueline Rose. From design to finish, with the help of a lovely assistant...we work around the clock to ensure high quality clothing and personal 1 to 1 customer care. From a studio in sunny California, I bring you lamixx. Redefined..timeless..luxurious.

I received a really wonderful sweater from the very awesome Etsy shop, lamixx. I truly love everything about it from the fit right down to the fabric. It's a great piece that I will be rockin' the entire spring season. I can dress this up or down. So far it looks amazing with a pair of jeans and a simple white tank. I'm lovin' everything about lamixx right now.

They are currently taking preorders for this sweater. I encourage you to purchase one for yourself.

Lamixx was created from a vision for clothing that is timeless, luxurious and truly wearable. In a world where time seems to pass us by…Lamixx carefully takes the time to develop clothing with the finest fabrics, highest quality, and the true essence of beauty that makes each piece special. Inspired by classic vintage styles, natural breath taking colors, and specially designed cuts for maximum aesthetic beauty & comfort. Lamixx finds joy in bringing adored fashion to you at a price conscious style, without compromising the look of luxury.

All of their clothing is simple and classic. This shop has style written all over it!

Lamixx would like to offer you 10% OFF your order with the discount code funky. Offer good until March 26, 2010.

Product received for review. All opinions are my own.

Winners!


Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:

Rock-a-Thigh Baby - Isi and Jas' mom #6

Gourmet Gift Baskets - Erica G #100

Babykakesink! - Trina #102 - PLEASE CONTACT ME - YOUR EMAIL IS NOT WORKING

dav - ColleenMarie82 #5

Atterdag Kids - Busy Working Mama #1

Bella Bejeweled - Laura #11

**All winners have been notifed 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.