Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012 - The BEST year yet

As we move into 2012, here are some quotes that inspire me to be a better person.  I hope they have the same impact on you.  Happy New Year everyone.  Cheers to a successful and HAPPY year for you.






And just for fun...


So true, so true...but, here's to a grudge-free 2012!  Fingers crossed...

Friday, December 30, 2011

RadioShack: Teacup Doggies

The Teacup Doggies from RadioShack are cute little toys that respond and interact with you!  Each teacup set includes one doggie, a teacup, feeding bottle, birth certificate and little bow.

When you feed them with the bottle, they will tell you when they are full.  Touch their noses to hear them sneeze and talk to you.  They really want to be your best friend!

Collect all four - poodle, yorkie, chihuahua, and pup.  These doggies require two AA batteries and are recomended for ages 3 and up.

Complimentary product was provided to me from RadioShack for this review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Vinyl Express: Decal of your choice GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner - Tylerpants #55!


While my kids are young, I want them to express their creativity in all sorts of ways.  Through art, music, play, etc.  The list goes on and on.

As an artist myself, I know how important it is to get children interested in the arts.  My two kids spend a lot of time during their day drawing.  They love it, and I enjoy seeing all of the masterpieces they come up with.  I also get a ton of schoolwork that is sent home each week.  My refrigerator was just getting too crammed.  I realized I needed a better solution.  I wanted to display all of their artwork, but I was running out of room!  I'm sure many of you can relate!

Thank goodness I came across the wonderful Etsy shop, Vinyl Express.  The second I saw their Masterpieces Vinyl Wall Art, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do in my kitchen.  The shop owner is super duper sweet, too!

Mine set-up actually looks pretty much like it does in the photo.  My walls are almost identical in color.  However, I chose to make my boards just slightly longer in length and added 5 clips to each board instead of the 4 you see above.  The tutorial in the Etsy link was super helpful and made it so easy to complete!  I am so thrilled with the way mine turned out.  I couldn't be happier!  My kids and husband love it, too.  You can even choose your vinyl color if you want something other than the black shown.

My kids are growing like weeds.  Finding a way to display all of their hard work really makes me feel good.  They're not going to be little forever.  In no time, displaying their schoolwork, drawings and paintings all over my home won't be so "cool" anymore.  I need to treasure this sweet time while I can!

DISCOUNT TIME:  Take 10% OFF your order with the code:  MONKEY

GIVEAWAY TIME:  One lucky reader will win the decal of their choice - up to $20!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Vinyl Express here and tell me one decal you would choose.

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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Complimentary product was provided to me from Vinyl Express for this review. All opinions are my own.

Petmate: Squeakbottle Dog Toy GIVEAWAY - 5 Winners!

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky FIVE winners - sophieandmomma #150, katychick #70, LuAnn G #47, Danetta Young #27 and cstironkat #5!

Petmate offers wonderful products for your pets.  I was able to review some, and not only am I happy with them, our dogs adore them, too!


The first is their Classic Collection Gusseted Pillow Bed.  This is a very comfy, attractive large bed.  It offers a touch of elegance to our room without drawing too much attention to the pet bed in the room. The soft, plush fabric offers a ton of comfort.  This pet bed is filled with eco-friendly, high-loft polyester fill.  This also comes in blue.  Our cats even love this bed!  We often find them snuggled up on it.



Our goldens LOVE toys!  They always greet us at the door with a toy in their mouths.  Hooray for the Squeakbottles from Petmate.  These fun toys feature a crunchy water bottle inside with a squeaking bottle cap.  Talk about double the fun!


When your bottle is no longer crunchy, just fill with another.  These toys are available in a variety of cute characters.  Our dogs loved this toy.  Who knew a water bottle could be so much fun.  It's a crunchy, squeaky, plush toy all-in-one!

GIVEAWAY TIME:  FIVE lucky readers will win their very own Squeakbottle!  

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Complimentary product was provided to me from Petmate for this review. All opinions are my own.

SmartBones: The smart alternative to rawhide


We love our goldens and want nothing but the best for our furry members of our family.  Our dogs love bones, but we stopped giving them rawhide quite some time ago as they had a hard time digesting it.

I was thrilled when I was sent some SmartBones for our boys to try.  These bones contain no rawhide and are over 99% digestible.  Our dogs thought they were great!  The chicken and peanut butter flavors were thoroughly enjoyed.

These bones promote healthy dental care and are fortified with vitamins and minerals.  We feel 100% confident in the safety of SmartBones for our dogs.  This gives them the chewing activity they crave plus health benefits.

You can get the right sized bones for puppies, adults and seniors.  Doesn't your dog deserve the safe alternative to rawhide?  You can purchase SmartBones at your local pet supply retailer.

Complimentary product was provided to me from SmartBones for this review. All opinions are my own.

Mama Mio: OMega Body Buff Exfoliator


I feel like I've stepped out of a spa every time I use the OMega Body Buff from Mama Mio.  This is seriously amazing stuff.

You use this before you get in the shower.  Just rub it all over your body concentrating on areas you really want to get smooth and soft.  I definitely felt a difference in my skin after I used it.  Now that the weather is dry, my skin really needs that extra boost to help keep it soft and silky.

So how does it smell?!  Fantastic!  This is the next best part.  The scent alone will knock your socks off.  I want the scent to linger throughout my bathroom all day.  I've tried other body scrubs in the past, but this is by far my favorite.

I encourage you all to check out the products Mama Mio has to offer.  This company really knows what us moms need.

Complimentary product was provided to me from Mama Mio for this review. All opinions are my own.

Gumballs.com: Columbia Carousel Gumball Machine with Stand Gift Set GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner - Chris #19!


Gumball Machines....they're just so nostalgic and loads of fun.  Whenever I see one of these, I turn into a little kid in a candy shop again.  The classic red, the tasty gumballs...it brings back so many fond childhood memories.

I was fortunate to receive the Columbia Carousel Gumball Machine with Stand Gift Set.  This included the 15" gumball machine with real glass globe, cast metal stand and a box full of fresh and tasty gumball refills.  With the stand, the overall measurement is 37" tall.

This machine style has been around since the 1940s.  This replica machine can be set to free dispensing, or it can take pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters.  This also works as a gumball bank.  You can retrieve the coins when it is full.  This machine can dispense small candy and nuts, too!

I'm sure you would like to know how you can get your hands on one of these!


GIVEAWAY TIME:  One lucky reader will win their very own Columbia Carousel Gumball Machine with Stand Gift Set!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Gumballs.com and tell me one other product you love.

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Complimentary product was provided to me from Gumballs.com for this review. All opinions are my own.

Calypso Studios: Shag Bag


The Shag Bags from Calypso Studios are so unique and green!  They are made from recycled scarf material.  Doesn't it remind you of feathers?!?

This wristlet measures 7.5" x 5".  I love a great small handbag for parties, going out with girlfriends or just when I don't want to carry around a big purse.  This wristlet is the perfect size for your keys and wallet.  You can even throw in some make-up for touch-ups.

The Shag Bag comes in a variety of pretty colors. The color you see above is natural. Click here to view all of the colors available.

Complimentary product was provided to me from Calypso Studios for this review. All opinions are my own.

Erin Condren: Stylish Personalized Note Pads


I am smitten with the wonderful personalized products from Erin Condren.  The designs are so fresh and fun!  

I was able to review their personalized Peacock Note Pads.  This came in a set of two.  The personalization process was a breeze, and my note pads turned out beautifully.  I just love the modern spin on the peacock feathers, and the green and teal color combination is very pretty.  You can get this peacock set in pink and purple, too!  Each pad measures 6" wide and 8.5" long.  

There are a ton of hip note pad designs to choose from.  Click here to view.

Complimentary product was provided to me from Erin Condren for this review. All opinions are my own.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Kiwi Crate: Hands-on fun delivered right to your door


My family is really big on hands-on projects - anything to get them away from the TV and video games!  My kids love them and I love watching my children explore the world around them using crafty tools.

Kiwi Crate offers really cool themed crates that allow your children to imagine, create and learn!  You simply join for a monthly subscription.  You will receive a new crate every month filled with fun materials for your kids to enjoy.  Click here to learn how each crate in created.

We received the Dinosaur Crate to try out.  My daughter had a fun time with this.  Inside you'll find two projects - Stompy Dinosaur Feet and Dig Into Fossils.  My daughter had a blast with the fossil project.  She really enjoyed the clay, wood sticks and dinosaur figures.  This got us talking about fossils and dinosaurs together.  It really helped her understand the history behind it.


The Stompy Dinosaur Feet kit had what you needed to make your own dino feet.


Visit Kiwi Crate to learn more about how you can get fun delivered right to your door!

Complimentary product was provided to me from Kiwi Crate for this review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Smashbox: Photo Set Finishing Powder


I really enjoy testing out new cosmetic products.  I recently had the opportunity to try the Photo Set Finishing Powder from Smashbox.  I've always been a fan of this company and couldn't wait to receive this powder.

It hasn't let me down!  I love it's super soft velvety feel.  It's lightweight and has a very natural matte finish.  It sets my makeup for hours and it has SPF 15 built right in.  What a bonus!

This powder works well for photo shoots and the hot lights.  This oil-absorbing powder will help prevent your make-up from melting away.

After using this powder, my face looks great, feels great and I'm able to achieve the flawless finish I've been searching for without that caked on feeling.

Head on over to Smashbox to view all of their wonderful cosmetic products.

Complimentary product was provided to me from Smashbox for this review. All opinions are my own.

Mega Bloks: Construction Site


My son really enjoys the Mega Bloks Construction Site set.  This set includes 395 pieces needed to assemble three different construction vehicles.  My son is 9 1/2 and he was able to put this set together on his own with ease.  It is recommended for children ages 5+, and it does contain very small parts.  Younger children will  need assistance with building.

This set is a great deal in my opinion.  MSRP is $19.99 and you get three vehicles in one set - Construction 4x4 Truck, Road Roller and Track Loader.  You also will receive 3 Blok Squad construction workers.

My son now wants to try the other Blok Squad sets from Mega Bloks, and I am eager to purchase them for him to enjoy.  Click here to see all of the Blok Squad products.

Complimentary product was provided to me from Mega Bloks for this review. All opinions are my own.

Kidz Bop 21: Cool music for kids


Who hasn't heard of Kidz Bop?!?  I've always seen it around, but have never listened to any of their CDs.  I was thrilled when I was contacted to review the new Kidz Bop 21!  My kids are loving it, and I like knowing that some of the lyrics have been changed to suit children.  This CD features the voices of unique, authentic kids, and that's what makes it so fun for my kiddos.

This CD is a hot request in my car, and my kids want to bring it inside so they can bust a move.  With songs like Party Rock Anthem, Moves Like Jagger, Without You, and so much more, your kids will have a blast tearing up the dance floor while listening to tunes created just for them!

Complimentary product was provided to me from Kidz Bop for this review. All opinions are my own.

Campus Quilt Company: Custom T-Shirt Quilts

My heart couldn't part with them.  They were memories that couldn't be replaced.  No way was I throwing them away.  Yes, I'm talking about t-shirts from way back when and old baby clothes.  I kept telling myself, I needed to keep them for "something" - I just didn't have the heart to get rid of all of those fantastic memories. 

Thank goodness I learned about Campus Quilt Company!  They came to the rescue and turned my old t-shirts, sweatshirts and baby clothes into a masterpiece.  I am absolutely thrilled with the results.  It's a quilt I will treasure forever.

Here are just a few examples of quilts from their website:




The ordering process was so easy.  I sent in 25 items of clothing and labeled them 1-25 with the stickers that were provided to me.  I placed all of my items in the plastic shipping bag and used the shipping label to send my order to the company.

In no time I was staring at my gorgeous quilt.  I chose to use the hot pink cotton lining and it was just right shade to make all of my shirts pop.  

The staff at Campus Quilt Company is phenomenal.  Their communication is top notch.  I always knew what was going on with my quilt.  I was notified when they received my items and when my completed quilt was shipped to me. If they had a question, I was emailed and received a prompt reply.

I am very pleased with the service and quality of Campus Quilt Company.  I highly recommend this company to anyone looking to preserve their memories in such a creative, functional and fun way.

Complimentary product was provided to me from Campus Quilt Company for this review. All opinions are my own

Julep: Holiday Reds Collection GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner - Kim #26!
Ooooo la la, the Holiday Reds Collection from Julep is simply divine.  This fun set includes three alluring shades of red.  All of them are perfect for the holidays and anytime of the year in my opinion!


  • Demi, elegant burgundy, like fine wine.  Transcends time and trends.  So sexy on all ages.
  • January, retro, tomato red with a modern shine.  Perfect for matching your manicure to your pedicure.
  • Gwen, glamorous, shimmery red

This company creates polish that is toxin-free.  Finally nail polish that is free from formaldehyde, toluene, and parabens.  

Be sure to check out all of their colors.  Oh my goodness, I want them all!

GIVEAWAY TIME:  One lucky reader will win their very own Holiday Reds Collection!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Julep here and tell me one nail polish color that you would love to try.

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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Complimentary product was provided to me from Julep for this review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds Pieces GIVEAWAY - 3 Winners!

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to these three lucky winners - Four Paw Savings #66, B. Wilson #11, lmurley2000 #33!

When I think of chocolate, Hershey's always come to mind.  Whether it's chocolate bars, cocoa or chocolate syrup, I know I can count on Hershey's when I want to satisfy my sweet tooth.


I recently had the opportunity to to try their new Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds Pieces.  My oh my, these are delicious.  My husband can't keep his hands off these, too!  A whole almond is surrounded by milk chocolate and covered in a crunchy hard shell.  They taste amazing.

As with all the Pieces varieties, these come in handy covenient resealable bags.  Perfect for travel, in your bag, car, etc. 

I can't wait to try all of the other Hershey's Pieces varieties such as York Pieces, Reese's Pieces, Almond Joy Pieces and Hershey's Special Dark Pieces.  All of your favorites are now in convenient pieces!

GIVEAWAY TIME:  Three Winners will win their very own bag of Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds Pieces!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Hershey's here and tell me one other item you would love to try.

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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Complimentary product was provided to me from Hershey's for this review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

eos: Smooth Sphere Holiday Pack‏


I love me some lip balm.  I apply it many times throughout the day and just before bed.  I am seriously addicted to my sweet mint lip balm from eos.  First of all, the smell is refreshing.  It leaves my lips with a slight minty tingle, and keeps them moist, soft and smooth.  It's everything I look for in a lip balm.

eos has a great holiday pack out right now.  You get three yummy flavors - sweet mint, strawberry sorbet and passion fruit.  My personal fav is still the mint, but the strawberry smoothie is the next best thing.

This organic lip balm would make a great stocking stuffer this year!

If you're lips are feeling dry, cracked or chapped, eos lip balms will help nurture them back to health.  I love this brand and am a huge fan of their product.

Complimentary product was provided to me from eos for this review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Moon Dough Push N' Pop Play Set: Ocean Pals




My daughter had the opportunity to try out the Moon Dough Push N' Pop Ocean Pals Set.  This magical molding dough never dries out which is a great thing.  You can remold this dough over and over again for endless fun.  The kit comes with three push n pop tools, two colors of dough, and three ocean character molds.

The texture of the dough is very light and airy.  I can see why kids have so much fun playing with it!  It does get a bit crumby, but the small pieces are easy to clean up.  I would suggest playing with the Moon Dough on a large table for easy clean up.

My daughter enjoyed building her own creations with the dough, too.  This is a fun kit for young children to explore their creativity. 

Complimentary product was provided to me from Moon Dough for this review. All opinions are my own.

Busy, busy elves...

Whew...our elves Frankie & Nick have been two busy, busy boys!  While we were gone on vacation, they had the time of their lives while we were away.  We arrived to a balloon-filled entryway.  My son's room was filled with streamers, and my daughter's room was covered in confetti!  I think they were pretty excited that we had returned.  What a welcome home celebration!

Since my kids have been sprinkling them with their magic snowflakes before bedtime, they have also been into some more mischief - or should I call it, creative play?!?  :)

We found them bright and early in the morning, and they had definitely had one fun night.  They made "snow" angels on the kitchen counters with our flour. 

The next morning, they made their way into the front yard and were found hanging on our Christmas lights.  They even found some scarves to wear to keep warm.  There's nothing these two little guys can't do.  I get exhausted just thinking about them!

If you missed my first post about our happy elves, click here.

Christmas Eve is quickly approaching, and my kids are not too excited about seeing their elves head back to the North Pole to help Santa this year, but they know they'll see them again.  We'll miss you, Frankie and Nick!  You've brought us much joy this holiday season.

Complimentary elves were sent to us from Santa. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cynthia Crane's Art: Handbuilt Porcelain Green and Red Tree with Blue Bird GIVEAWAY

Etsy is a magical place.  It is filled with unique, handmade items that can be found nowhere else.  Sometimes you come across an artist that just melts your heart.  Cynthia Crane is one of those artists.  Her Etsy shop, Cynthia Crane's Art is filled with beautiful, whimsical nature-inspired art.  All items are hand built, hand painted and fired in her home studio at The Crane's Nest.


Handbuilt Porcelain Green and Red Tree with Blue Bird - English Staffordshire Inspired

My little Baby Owl Handbuilt and Hand Painted Porcelain Plate is surrounded by images of Acorns and Fall Leaves in Brown, Yellow and Pink. Her name is "Tiny Tia".

A sculpture and prints of my original painting of her are also available in my shop. Images of these items are shown for informational purposes only.

No molds are ever used in the production of my creations. Each one is lovingly sculpted by hand and is unique.

Size: 5 3/4" wide


Handbuilt Porcelain Baby Owl - Brown, Pink, Gold, Green - Woodland Animal

Hand Sculpted Porcelain Baby Owl Hand Painted in Brown, Pink, Gold and Green. Her name is "Tiny Tia"

She is inspired by my painting and my plate of the same name. I have included images of both of those items for informational purposes only. They are separate listings in my shop. The original painting has sold, but prints and the plate are still available.

No molds are used in any of my creations. Each item is made individually and is unique.

Size: 2 1/4" tall


To see more of her porcelain and watercolor paintings click here.

DISCOUNT TIME:  Right now you can take 20% off every item in her shop with the code - DECEMBER20 at checkout (excludes tax and shipping).



MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Cynthia Crane's Art here and tell me one other item you love.

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The Spunky Stork: Organically Adorable Onesies

You bet that if my kids were much younger, I would definitely be one of The Spunky Stork's loyal customers.  They offer the coolest onsies around, and they're eco-friendly and organic!  No mass-produced clothing here.  Each onesie is hand-printed to order.



Become a member of the "Onesie of the Month Club!"

As a member, you (or the gift recipient) can choose any onesie of any size each month for 12 months. You will also receive a picture frame with 12 spots to document your little one's growth each month - wearing our onesies, of course!

What a great gift idea!

Each month you will get an email asking you to choose your design, and within several days, your onesie will arrive in the mail. Email us at spunky@spunkystork.com with any questions...

- free shipping
- 100% organic cotton
- pre-shrunk
- printed with eco-friendly ink
- each onesie comes gift wrapped


The holidays aren't complete without a few songs... and this sheet music onesie says it all.

--order by 12/16 for Christmas--

- free shipping
- 100% organic cotton
- pre-shrunk
- printed with eco-friendly ink

DISCOUNT TIME:  Right now you can take 20% off your order with the code:  FUNKY11

Stock up on these fabulous onesies from The Spunky Stork for the holidays!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pickle Doodle Designs: Printable Customizable Christmas Cards


I received the cutest Christmas cards from the Etsy shop, Pickle Doodle Designs.  Don't you just love their name?  I chose their Green & Blue Wood Grain Holiday Card.  You can get this card sized 4x6, 5x5 or 5x7.

I was able to customize it to my liking.  The design above shows two photos, but I was able to use just one of the two of my kids together.  My card was designed vertically to accomodate my single photo.  Colors and fonts can be changed to your liking.

I am completely satisified with their customer service and turnaround time.  I received my card proofs in no time, and my final design was emailed to me.  It looks fabulous!  I was so excited to see the final result.  The shop owner, Lizzy, is too sweet!  She's so easy to work with. 

All you need to do is take your card file to get printed.  It's so easy!  Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Costco, Sam's Club...and a ton of other online photo sites can print your cards for you.  I printed my 5x7 cards at Target, and they turned out terrific!

Head on over to Pickle Doodle Designs to start customizing your cards.  They don't just offer cards for the holidays.  You can find invitations, birth announcements, wedding announcements, children printables, holiday prints, and so much more in their adorable Etsy shop.

Be sure to follow them on Facebook to learn about their giveaways.  You can find them on Twitter, too.

Complimentary product was provided to me from  Pickle Doodle Design for this review. All opinions are my own.

Hasbro: Easy Bake Ultimate Oven



I can't believe I never had an Easy-Bake Oven when I was younger.  I would have loved it.  My daughter and I recently had the opportunity to try the new Hasbro Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven.  It was a ton of fun!

Cake and frosting mixes, pans, a pan pusher and other goodies were included in the kit.  Inside you'll find a recipe book with extra recipes and everything you need to bake up some delicious bite-sized treats!  Our personal fav was the red velvet cake mix.

This toy is recommended for ages 8 and up.  My daughter is 7 1/2 and I was there to assist her when she needed my help.  This is a great toy for some nice parent-child bonding time.

Think Christms gift this year!

Complimentary product was provided to me from Hasbro for this review. All opinions are my own.

Funktion: Mommassentials Mini & Bottle Holder GIVEAWAY ~ 2 Winners!

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the lucky winner - Felicia #5 & Hannah #2!

Okay, can I have a baby again?!?  There are so many cool products out there for moms these days.  The hip company Funktion offers many of them.

More about Ashley, the owner:

Funktion – After buying several diaper bags, I realized I loved my own handbags better and didn’t want all those baby bits to have patterns, polka dots, or giraffes! I wanted to carry a bag designed for me and not for my baby. So I ditched my diaper bag and went back to my favorite purse...I just couldn’t find those key mom and baby essentials that were cute enough to keep up. I hope that Mommassentials will fill that void for the mom who wants a little more style in her life.



Mommassentials Mini

This is a mini version of their Mommassentials set.  It includes everything you need to keep your baby dry and clean in the most fashionable ways.  The set includes the Grab Bag, Changing Pad, Wipes Case and Cosmetics Case, perfect for diaper cream or other mom and baby essentials.


Bottle Holder

This awesome bottle holder protects your bag from breast milk, formula, soy formula, cow's milk, sensitive formula and more!  It will keep it cold or warm.  It's the only bottle holder with a tassel.

And who doesn't love a company that gives back!  Funktion gives 10% of its profits back to the community to help moms.  Rest assured that their bags are made in a place that supports families and helps raise them out of poverty.  Thanks Funktion!

You can also check out their blog here.

DISCOUNT TIME:  Right now take 20% off your order with the code:  funkymonkey

GIVEAWAY TIME:  TWO WINNERS!  One lucky reader will win the Bottle Holder and the other reader will win the Mommassentials Mini.

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Funktion here and tell me one other item you love.

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.
  • Subscribe to my blog via email - make sure you leave your email address in your entry comment below
  • Like The Funky Monkey on Facebook here and leave your name in your entry comment below
  • Follow The Funky Monkey on Twitter here and leave your name in your entry comment below
  • Tweet about this giveaway and be sure to leave the link in your entry comment (Qualifies as ONE extra entry per day)
  • Post this giveaway link on your Facebook page, blog, etc. and leave the link in your entry comment (Qualifies as ONE entry PER site)
  • Like Funktion on Facebook here, tell them The Funky Monkey sent you, and leave your name in your entry comment below
  • Follow Funktion on Twitter here and leave your name in your entry comment below.
  • Subscribe to their blog here and leave your email address in your entry comment below
  • Email three or more people about this giveaway and CC me at susannahbanana at live dot com
**ONE entrant per household/IP address

**Be sure to check out my "CURRENT GIVEAWAYS" list on the right hand side of my blog!

**This giveaway ends on December 18th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on December 19th.

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Winners!

Congratulations to the following giveaway winners:

One 4 Three Designs - Mo #60

My FairyTale Books - mommydoll13 #22

**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.

Everyday Art: $25 Gift Code GIVEAWAY

As an artist myself, I am happy to share Everyday Art with you all.  This company features some really unique pieces that will surely make a statement in your home.


Their Letter Blocks are so cool.  They measure 4x6 that hang directly on the wall with just the push of a pin.  Absolutely no framing is needed.  They feature many different collections here.


So breathtaking...


I can't express to you how much I want some of their Vintage Letter Lights.  Aren't they great?!?  They measure 24" tall and 4" deep.  Width varies.  You can paint these any color you wish or keep the original finish with just a clear coat.  Each letter color will vary due to the naturally occurring rust.  The lights are included, and assembly is required.

GIVEAWAY TIME:  One lucky winner will win a $25 Gift Code towards the marquee light of their choice.

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Everyday Art here and tell me which light you like best.

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.
  • Subscribe to my blog via email - make sure you leave your email address in your entry comment below
  • Like The Funky Monkey on Facebook here and leave your name in your entry comment below
  • Follow The Funky Monkey on Twitter here and leave your name in your entry comment below
  • Tweet about this giveaway and be sure to leave the link in your entry comment (Qualifies as ONE extra entry per day)
  • Post this giveaway link on your Facebook page, blog, etc. and leave the link in your entry comment (Qualifies as ONE entry PER site)
  • Like Everyday Art on Facebook here, tell them The Funky Monkey sent you, and leave your name in your entry comment below
  • Tell me the Letter Blocks Collection you love.
  • Email three or more people about this giveaway and CC me at susannahbanana at live dot com
**ONE entrant per household/IP address

**Be sure to check out my "CURRENT GIVEAWAYS" list on the right hand side of my blog!

**This giveaway ends on December 18th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on December 19th.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Stationery Market: Printing Happiness This Holiday Season

Personalized gifts are all the rage this holiday season.  Stationery Market has what you are looking for.  From cards to children's gifts, you'll be sure to find some one-of-a-kind gifts this year. 





Stationery Market offers a wonderful selection of personalized notebooks with sturdy laminated covers and white plastic spiral binding.  Each notebook comes with 50 lined sheets.  The covers are printed in color on 110# gloss cover and protected by 5mil lamination. The outer edges are round cornered for safe handling.



Have you ordered your holiday cards yet?  If not, Stationery Market has a wonderful assortment of Christmas cards to choose from.


From hip to classic, you'll find a design that fits your family's personality.

DISCOUNT TIME:  Right now you can take 25% OFF the entire site with the code:  funkymonkey

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Calendars & Chores: The BEST organizational calendar for families!

Listen up y'all...THIS is the gift to give this year!  The calendars from Calendars & Chores are simply AMAZING!  I about died when I opened the box from this Etsy shop - a very well-packed sturdy box that is.


The pictures don't do my calendar justice.  It's gorgeous!  I received the Large DRY/WET Erase Calendar with 6 Weeks Showing at All Times - Tan Whimsical with Brown Frame.  It looks fantastic in my kitchen.  It's just so wonderful.  Gosh, can you tell I love this thing?!?


The frame comes ready to hang on your wall, but I chose to use some 3M Picture Strips and hung my calendar on the side of my refrigerator.  It turned out so great.  My family loves that I can use different colored wet erase markers to highlight their appointments, activities, due dates, etc.

Read more about this product from their Etsy shop:

Dry erase calendars are great because you can easily add and delete events. However, it’s frustrating that most dry erase calendars have one month available at a time. That is what makes this calendar so efficient-the weeks are separated and can be moved weekly, allowing you to have 6 weeks that are updated always! When the top week is over, you simply remove it, erase it’s content and move it to the bottom of the calendar. You then move the other weeks up. I love and use my calendar on my phone, but I feel it’s necessary to have one big family calendar in the home to keep everyone on their toes. This one has really worked well for us and has been very easy to use.

Each calendar kit comes with 6 weeks of separate strips, days of the week strip and all 12 months. Each week strip is 18 ½ inches wide and approximately 3 inches high. Each piece is completely backed with a quality magnet.


The frame measures 27 ½ by 23 ½.  Frame colors: white, off-white, black, brown, or unfinished.


I am very happy with the strength of the magnet, and you can choose from a nice assortment of colors/patterns.


Don't forget the accessories!  I received the Set of 8 Wet Erase Colored Expo Markers.  These are great markers.  I love the assortment of colors, and I love that they don't smudge off the board.  All I need is a damp rag, and the marker just wipes off with ease.  I prefer these over dry erase markers, but dry erase markers can be used on the magnet strips also.


The Brocade Magnetic Pencil Cup in black looks amazing on my magnetic calendar board.  It holds all of my markers, and I love the design.  It also comes in white.


Calendars & Chores also offers chore charts!

I highly recommend the products from Calendars & Chores.  If you're looking for a special holiday gift this year, their calendars will be a hit.  This is one of the best products I have had the pleasure of reviewing. 

DISCOUNT TIME:  Right now through December 15, 2011 you can take 10% off your order with the code:  TAKE10

Complimentary product was provided to me from Calendars & Chores for this review. All opinions are my own.