Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bonnie Boardman: 14kt GF Large River Rock Earrings {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

There simply are no words to say how I feel about the Etsy shop, Bonnie Boardman.  This jewelry designer oozes with talent and is such a sweetheart.  It's great when you find a phenomenal handmade business that is also so kind.


These 14k gf long wire rectangle earrings have to be my new favorite accessory by far!  First of all, they look spectacular - so modern and chic.  Second, they feel like I'm wearing feathers on my ears.  They are so lightweight and measure 2" long.  These earrings are handcrafted using thin gauge 14kt gf wire and hammered with a dappled texture.  They are breathtaking.


Don't you just love this lucky horseshoe necklace with turquoise stone?!  The horseshoe is hammered with a score texture and measures approximately 3/4" high.  The fine cable chain measures 17" and features a spring ring clasp.  What a beautiful holiday gift this would make.


Giveaway Time:  Bonnie Boardman is generously giving away a pair of 14kt GF Large River Rock Earrings  (pictured above) to one lucky reader!  Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.


ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses. You will be disqualified.  

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Monday, October 29, 2012

SunglassesShop.com: Oakley Minute 2.0 Transitions SOLFX Sunglasses


Oakley Minute 2.0 Transitions SOLFX Sunglasses – The perfect sunglasses you won't have to remove when transitioning from bright to low light conditions!  Usually I have to remove my sunglasses when going indoors since it would be too dark  to keep them on.  With Oakley's Minute 2.0 Transitions, the days of having to hang my sunglasses off the collar of my shirt is gone.  You see these sunglasses lenses are ACTIVATED BY TRANSITIONS® to darken in response to light and lighten in low light conditions. 


The best use I've found for these sunglasses is when riding my mountain bike.  On certain trails I ride, there are some areas where it gets too dark and I have to remove my sunglasses to see clearly.  The downfall to removing my sunglasses is the potential for debris to get into my eyes.  With the Oakley Mintue Transitions technology my eyes are safe because I can keep them on in a great range of light-dark conditions.


The Minute eyewear is specifically designed for small to medium size faces it fits my medium sized face perfectly.  It gives you the comfort, protection and performance and uses the patented innovations of HIGH DEFINITION OPTICS® (HDO®) to beat all standards of ANSI Z87.1, the industry’s yardstick for optical precision. Even the world’s best lenses can’t perform if they’re covered with smears, so Oakley added a permanent coating called Oakley HYDROPHOBIC™ to repel rain, sweat, skin oils and dust.  All I can say is I've used it extensively and I don't have to clean it as much as my other sunglasses.

The pure PLUTONITE® lenses filter out 100% of all UV, not just UVA and UVB. Impact resistance meets all standards of ANSI Z87.1, so if a car tire kicks up a pebble while your biking along the roadside, you’ll have impact protection that exceeds the demands of pro athletes. You’ll also have the all-day comfort of lightweight O MATTER® frame material and a Three-Point Fit that uses supple UNOBTAINIUM® components to increase grip with perspiration.

Bottom Line – If you demand performance and style out of eyewear that will enable you to protect your eyes in a great range of light conditions, the Oakley Minute 2.0 Transitions should be at the top of your list.  Check out SunglassesShop.com for the best price and service.

Complimentary product provided to me from SunglassesShop.com.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tweet Love: 2 Gorgeous Headbands {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

Hair accessories are the perfect way to dress up any outfit with color, pizzazz and a little sparkle.  Tweet Love offers some of the most breathtaking accessories that will give your wardrobe a little life.  They're fun, colorful and oh-so feminine.  


I'm completely in LOVE with these satin covered metal headbands.  They come in 23 colors!  Yes, you read that right - 23!!!  If you're anything like me, you'll want them all.

Wear them plain and simple as is or add an embellishment of your choice!  These 1/4" wide silver bands are covered with colorful satin and fit ages 3 - adult.

You can choose two for only $3.95.  What a steal.


Here is a must-have this season!  This Satin Rust Flower can be added to a headband, worn alone or as a brooch.  What a delightful accessory for a fall wedding.

This 3 1/2 inch flower is made with two layers that are cut, gathered and handsewn.  This pretty bloom is embellished with a 7/8 inch vintage inspired rhinestone button full of sparkle and shine.  The edges are left frayed for the perfect shabby chic look and the flower comes backed with a felt dot.

Giveaway Time:  Tweet Love is generously giving one lucky reader the two headbands you see pictured below.  They look amazing!  Lucky, lucky you.  Giveaway open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.


ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses. You will be disqualified.  

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The Silver Blossom Boutique: Crystal Chain Earrings of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

Beautiful handmade jewelry featuring Swarovski crystals....be still my beating heart!  You'll love what The Silver Blossom Boutique has to offer.


This beautiful Bermuda Blue Starfish Swarovski Crystal Necklace features a gorgeous Swarovski starfish, one sterling silver flat seashell charm and one white Swarovski pearl.  This necklace can be dressed up or down and measures 18 inches long.  20" chain available upon request.


What a lovely handcrafted Blue Shade Crystal Swarovski Bracelet made from gorgeous crystals, silver and light grey pearls.  This measures approximately 7 1/4" long.  This would look stunning for a wedding or for everyday wear.  

What wonderful holiday gifts these would make!



Giveaway Time:  The Silver Blossom Boutique is generously offering one lucky reader the Crystal Chain Earrings of their choice!  There are so many gorgeous colors to choose from!  Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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Stride: iD Gum


My husband and I are gum lovers so we were thrilled to receive a supply of the new iD Gum from Stride in peppermint, spearmint and berrymelon.  My favorite is the berrymelon.  What a fun flavor!


This isn't just any ol' gum, this gum rocks!  First of all the packaging is pretty innovative.  The folding pack features a magnetic closure so my gum doesn't go flying around my purse.  It's also pretty cool for kids.  My son and daughter get a kick out of neat features like that. 



Each pack also features artwork by young artists.  It was a lot of fun seeing the different works of art.  Each one was very unique and told its own story.  You don't get to see what the artwork is until you unwrap it so that's another playful feature for kids and for the kid-at-heart.


Be sure to check out iD Gum on Facebook!

Complimentary product provided to me from Stride.  All opinions are my own.

Junk Food teams up with GAP - Star Wars Collection


Here's a really cool collaboration - Junk Food Clothing has teamed up with GAP for a hot new Star Wars line offered exclusively at GAP.

We were sent this awesome Star Wars Raglan Tee.  This shirt is ridiculously soft and feels so great on.  My tomboy daughter LOVES this shirt and says it is her most comfortable shirt so far this fall season.  I couldn't agree more.

The Star Wars collection is really cute.  Here are just a few of their other pieces.





It's never too early to start shopping for the holidays.  Stock up for your Star Wars fan at GAP now!

Complimentary product provided to me from Junk Food.  All opinions are my own.

Avon: ADVANCE TECHNIQUES 360 Nourish Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo


I recently had the opportunity to try the Advance Techniques 360 Nourish Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo from Avon and now I'm hooked!

I love using argan oil on my skin, but now it's a must I use it in my hair, too.  This shampoo helped improve the look of my hair's health.  It had incredible shine due to the moroccan argan oil.  It lathers up wonderfully with provitamin B5 and vitamin E.  This creamy formula will help restore your hair to its healthiest state.

When I was watching my daughter during her horseback riding lessons, it occurred to me that her hair was extremely shiny and silky looking.  Her hair is already beautiful, but that day it just had that extra shine that caught my eye.  Then it dawned on me, she used this shampoo for the first time that morning.  I could instantly see that it had improved the look of her already gorgeous hair.  I was sold!

Try it yourself to see the healthy difference in your hair.

Complimentary product provided to me from Avon.  All opinions are my own.

Corso Como: Gage Havana Leather Boots


Now that the fall season is here, you'll find me wearing boots all the time.  I love the feel and look of tall boots with jeans, skirts and leggings.  Boots can make the most basic outfit look like a million bucks.  With very little effort, you can look super stylish and put together in no time.

Corso Como is a favorite company of mine.  They offer the most comfortable, high quality shoes for women.  I know I can count on them to deliver attractive shoes that always feel great on my feet.


I was sent these amazing tall stacked heel boots.  The Gage style is just what I've been looking for in a fall boot.  They are made from the softest leather and feature a very cool buckle detail.  I'm loving the stacked heel and rubber sole.  

My ankles and calves aren't big and they fit great.  They feature elastic in the back to adjust to fit your leg with a side inner zipper.


I wore these all day to work with no complaints.  I do a lot of walking and these boots were a joy to wear.  When I need to reach for a pair, these are the boots I grab.  Not only do they have a great rugged look to them, they're also very chic, and the brandy leather is simply gorgeous.

These boots are a great investment.  They're worth every penny and really stand out in terms of quality and craftsmanship.

I highly recommend Corso Como shoes to all you ladies who want stylish shoes that last.  I promise you, these boots will be a favorite of yours season after season.

Complimentary product provided to me from Corso Como.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, October 26, 2012

For Pete's Sake Pottery: $25 Gift Certificate {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

Here is a precious Etsy shop that sells the cutest handpainted pottery around.  The creations from For Pete's Sake Pottery would look so cute in your home.  I love the personal touches and darling designs.


This handpainted acorn dish is precious for the fall.  It would be perfect for coins, jewelry, candy, etc.  And what a great teacher gift!  It measures 5 1/4" rim diameter, 1 1/4" deep and 2 1/2" footer diameter.

At only $10, you can't go wrong!


What a sweet Christening/Baptismal ornament.  This can be made for boys or girls.  This ceramic ornament measures 4.25" round and can be personalized just for you!

Here are a couple of my favorites...



Giveaway Time:  For Pete's Sake Pottery is generously giving one lucky reader a $25 Gift Certificate!  Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Infinity Instruments: Retro Wall Clock


Don't you just love the bright pop of cherry red and simple classic style?  Our new Retro Redux clock from Infinity Instruments looks fabulous in my son's room.

This 10" clock is the new design to their very popular retro line.  The minutes are now numbered in intervals of fives.  Adore the detail!  This Retro Redux clock comes in a great variety of colors from black to aqua.

In this digital age, some children cannot tell time using analog clocks.  This model is an excellent way to teach children time.  The easy to read numbers and minute intervals make it a great teaching tool for young learners.

Clocks have a lot of personality and can complete the look of a space.  I found a ton of styles I loved from this company.  You can see a wide variety of clock styles on their Facebook page here.

Infinity Instruments was established in 1995 and is now an industry leader in clocks, weather instruments and home decor.  If you're looking for a wall, table top, alarm clock, or outdoor piece, this company has a terrific selection to choose from.  Look for Infinity Instruments at a retailer near you.

Complimentary product provided to me from Infinity Instruments.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

FOW: Mid-Century Rocker


This awesome 1950's style Eiffel Cradle Rocker Arm Chair is such a unique conversation piece.  We get a kick out of this classic white retro-inspired mid-century modern design.

This rocker was a cinch to assemble and came packaged very well.  Just four screws later and we were ready to rock and roll.

This back of this rocking chair naturally sits quite low.  I find that it's best suited for kids.  My husband and I can sit in it, but our taller bodies cause the rocker to lean back quite a bit causing a some awkwardness.   However, my kids really enjoy using this.

The durable polypropylene plastic seat is ergonomically shaped to fit your body.  The solid ash wood rockers are a nice touch and add to the interesting design.

Retro pieces like this are such a cool way to add whimsy and fun to a space.  I like mixing styles for an eclectic look.  This chair would look fabulous in a child's room or nursery.

Visit FOW today to see their wonderful selection of furniture and home decor for your home.  I've reviewed darling bookcases from this company in the past and was very pleased with their quality and appearance.  Click here to read.

Complimentary product provided by FOW.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Nelson Design: Emerald Velvet Accent Pillow {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

It's Home Decor Week day 3 and I'm thrilled to introduce you to Nelson Design.  This Etsy shop is owned by interior designer, Lisa Nelson, and offers the most gorgeous handmade accent pillows.  You will find a stunning variety of fabrics in the latest styles and colors.

I love using throw pillows on my bed, couches and chairs.  They are a great way to change the look and feel of a space.  Plus, it's so easy to change them depending on your mood, the season, etc.  I like to keep my big furniture pieces neutral while adding colorful accent pillows.

If you're looking to make your room pop, you'll definitely want to check out the pillows from Nelson Design.  I want them all, and I'm sure you'll find one (or a bunch) that will inspire you to add some color and pattern to your decor.


I was sent a pair of beautiful animal print home decor pillows.  I was so giddy when I pulled them out of the box.  They are divine!  When I saw the luxurious fabric, rich colors and wonderful craftsmanship, I was in love.  They are some of the best throw pillows I have owned and I'm so proud to have work from Nelson Design in my home.  I've received so many compliments on them.

The red chenille animal print is fun, yet sophisticated.  I love adding animal print accents around my home.  A little here, a little there for the perfect touch of sass with class.

This listing is for an 18x18 pillow cover.  The front of the pillow is made using medium weight chenille high end home decor fabric from Kravet.  It is amazing and does not compare to the pillows I have here at home.  The fabric is phenomenal.  The back of the pillow cover is 100% natural linen.  The pillow cover is finished with a bottom invisible zipper and comes overlocked for a clean finish.


Nelson Design also sells down and poly pillow inserts in their shop.  This animal print is also available in chocolate brown.


Giveaway Time:  Nelson Design is generously giving one lucky reader a 12x18 Emerald Velvet Accent Pillow you see pictured above!

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses. You will be disqualified.  

Be sure to check out our other giveaways going on right now here.


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Complimentary product provided to me from Nelson Design.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Harmony Lantern: Handmade with Love

The Funky Monkey is kicking off day 2 of our Home Decor Week!  Have you entered to win an entertainment credenza from Sauder yet?


Let me introduce you to a very special company that we have fallen in love with.  Harmony Lantern creates the most gorgeous and whimsical handmade lanterns.  They have even been featured on the big screen.


Each pattern is crafted by hand using 100% natural material.  Each design is meticulously hand cut!  There are over 50 inserts to choose from.  You will find everything from fall leaves to beach scenes.


The beautiful lamp consists of a wooden frame with rice paper. The translucent rice paper allows the light to dance around the room.  It's a truly magical moving light show experience.  My daughter loves her Harmony Lantern.  She turns it on every night before going to bed.  It turns her room into a masterpiece.


These lamps aren't just for kids.  Adults can enjoy these unique lanterns to create a relaxing environment.  They're great for meditation and any time you just need to put your feet up and enjoy some me time.

Harmony lanterns would make an unforgettable holiday gift this year!

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Complimentary product provided to me from Harmony Lantern.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sauder: Entertainment Credenza {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}


Sauder is kicking off our home decor week here on The Funky Monkey!  This company is a sheer delight to work with, and their customer service is top notch.


We received their wonderful Entertainment Credenza for our home.  This pine entertainment credenza has a ton of features that we love.  It features a flip-up panel with a Digital Dock for recharging and synching your mobile electronics and game controllers.  This hideaway feature is so handy and clever.


The center shelf is adjustable and holds your audio/video equipment.  This is where we have our Wii and PS3.  They fit perfectly and are very easy to access.

The drawer features metal runners and safety stops with an attractive wrought iron drawer pull.  


The safety-tempered glass doors have two adjustable shelves and nice wrought iron style hardware.  I only used one divider behind the doors for a total of two larger shelves.  It's a great place to put storage baskets.  


Sorry, I'm using an iPhone and it's cloudy outside so I had to use the flash.  The pine finish is the same as the model pictures above.

The bottom drawer features metal runners and safety stops with an attractive wrought iron drawer pull.  The drawer slides in and out very smoothly and the door hinges are high in quality.  There are also great coordinating metal accents on the feet and top corners.


The enclosed back panel has easy cord access.  The front of the panel has the same pine finish so it matches properly.


The dimensions are:
  • W:  60 3/4" 
  • D:  22 5/8"
  • H:  30 1/8"
This entertainment credenza comes in a rich amber pine finish.  This is not made from solid wood, but it really does look like the real thing.  I wasn't sure how the finish would look once assembled, but it looks like a million bucks.  I am extremely pleased with the overall look and feel of the piece.  It's a durable, attractive and functional entertainment stand for our home.


Please note that this does not come assembled.  All of the pieces shipped flat together.   


I'm not going to sugarcoat it and say it was an easy assembly.  This took my very handy husband quite some time to put together (we're talking hours), but it was well worth it.  The instructions were clear to understand and all of the pieces were marked with their appropriate letter.

There were just a lot of steps and hardware.


We have a 55" HDTV and this stand can hold an even bigger television if you have one.  Here is what our 55" looks on the credenza.  The TV weight limit is 135 lbs.


This tv stand reminds me of something you would find from a high-end furniture store.  When I browse through my catalogs I get in the mail, I find that I like the look of my entertainment stand much better, and at a fraction of the price!

Wouldn't you love to see this in your home?!

Giveaway Time:  Sauder is generously giving one lucky reader this exact Entertainment Credenza!  LUCKY YOU!  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

ONE entrant per household/IP address - We will not tolerate cheating using multiple email addresses. You will be disqualified.  

Be sure to check out our other giveaways going on right now here.

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Complimentary product provided to me from Sauder.  All opinions are my own.

Beauty Stop Online: Croc Flat Irons

If you're looking for a world class flat iron, you've come to the right spot.  At Beauty Stop Online, you will find professional beauty tools from Croc.  


Each Croc flat iron has been re-engineered with safety in mind.  There are more safety features for your security. The automatic overheating block system is the safest in its class.  

Croc products are loved by thousands, and it's no secret why.  One most sought after product is their Croc 2 Titanium Flat Iron.  This is sleeker, hotter, lighter and is designed for professional stylists in mind, but anyone can use it with ease at home.  


An additional ion generator is used for silky, soft hair.  The titanium coated plates offer superior heat distribution while reducing frizz and split ends.  

Be sure to check out the flat irons from Croc at Beauty Stop Online.  You'll find a huge assortment of hair products to suit your needs.  Just in time for the holiday season!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Home Decor Week on The Funky Monkey!

 

Starting Monday, we'll have some AMAZING companies to share with you!  Be sure to check back every day to see the latest and greatest products for your home.

Plus, there's going to be a couple of awesome giveaways!  See that wonderful entertainment stand?!  One lucky reader is going to score one of those from Sauder!  You don't want to miss it.