Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!


Have a safe and happy new year!  Thanks for being a part of The Funky Monkey.  We appreciate you ALL!  Here's to a wonderful 2013!

Florence Adams: $50 Gift Card {Rafflecopter Giveaway}

At Florence Adams, you will find a wonderful selection of kitchen furniture, electrics, housewares and cook's tools.  One of the many things I covet from this company is their charming vintage aprons.





Take a look at their Bib Josephine Red Velvet Bows Apron.  The adorable bow print and accent is so feminine and unique.  The ruffle hem adds to the overall sweetheart look.


The Red and Cream Damask Apron is very classic and practical.  The handy towel is a real must-have when working in the kitchen.  What cute button detailing and trim!

Giveaway Time:  Florence Adams is generously giving one lucky reader a $50 Gift Card!

Giveaway open to US and Canadian 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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Mally Beauty: Evercolor Shadow Sticks & Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliners

Mally Beauty never fails to impress me.  I received five awesome products that I just cannot live without.  


This company sent over two of their Evercolor Shadow Sticks and three Everolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner Singles.

I am a huge fan of these shadow sticks and really want to get my hands on some other colors from their wide assortment.  The formula is very creamy and glides on like a dream.  The colors are rich, very pigmented and blend extremely well.  I can blend them until just a hint of color is on my lids, or I can build up the color for a bolder look.  I love the versatility of this formula and the easy applicator.  

The color twists up and no brushes are needed.  I blend this entirely with my fingertip and it works very well.  The formula is soft, does not tug on my lids and lasts all day.  I still use an eye primer when wearing this just because that's what I'm used to, but there really is no need to.  These sticks are your primer, shadow base and eye shadow all in one.  I've worn this with and without primer and the formula is still long-lasting.

I used a cream shadow in the past that I wasn't fond of and haven't tried it since.  I'm so happy that I've discovered Mally's Evercolor Shadow Sticks.  They are my new favorite eye shadows and make eye shadow application a breeze.


Colors swatched below in two different light settings (left to right):

Evercolor Shadow Stick:  Rosy Taupe, Plum (which looks great with Rosy Taupe)

Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner:  Golden, Espresso, Midnight


The Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliners do not budge.  Once set, I could not rub them off my hand.  That's exactly what I look for in an eyeliner.

These glide on smoothly and will not tug on your delicate eyelids  The pigmented colors last all day and give strong coverage.  Many colors are available for a wide variety of looks.


If you're looking for makeup that lasts all day, I encourage you to give Mally Beauty products a try.  Mally Beauty really delivers when it comes to high quality cosmetics with great color payoff.

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

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Capturing Couture: Camera Strap of your choice {Rafflecopter Giveaway}

Function meets fashion with the chic camera straps and accessories from Capturing Couture.  Only the finest materials, custom made trims and highly functional hardware are used.  Celebrate the creativity and artist in you with the camera and guitar straps from this inspirational company.


The Symphony 2" Camera Strap features a comfortable plush velvet surface with customized metal logo rivets.  This beautiful strap features premium nylon webbing for ultimate durability and can be adjusted to fit around your neck or across your body.

Total length:  30" fixed length with up to 12-14" additional adjustability on each side of strap


Lovin' their Cheetah 2" Guitar Strap.  Show off your wild side!  Features a comfortable plush velvet lined surface and customized metal logo rivets.  The leather ends are custom embossed and a neoprene shoulder pad is added for ultimate comfort. 

Size:  45'-60" adjustability

Giveaway Time:  Capturing Couture is generously offering one lucky reader the camera strap of their choice!

This is one of my personal favs.



Giveaway open to US 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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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Petals of Paisley: Shabby Chic Chiffon & Rhinestone Headbands ~ AMAZING SALE!


You cannot miss this sale from Petals of Paisley!  Head on over to Very Jane to take advantage of this AMAZING SALE!  Each headband is only $5.50 with $2.00 shipping for the first item and .25 for each additional item.  What a steal!  There is no limit to how many you can purchase.

These pretty headbands feature lovely chiffon flowers with sparkly rhinestone centers.  The comfy, thin stretchy headbands have a wool pad for comfort in the back.  These bestsellers would make any little girl (and proud mommy) smile.  


What a fabulous accessory for portraits and everyday wear.


Colors available:  Black, white, light pink, hot pink, vintage pink, red, nude, teal and navy blue.  So many to choose from. You'll want them all!

These headbands fit ages 3 months to 2 years (will fit most newborns to 5 year olds).

Buy your headbands here!

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From Head to Toe Custom Designs: Any item of your choice {Rafflecopter Giveaway}



From Head to Toe Custom Designs is a wonderful Etsy shop filled with precious announcements, invitations, personalized wall art and more!

This sweet Etsy shop owner will work with you to create the perfect custom design for your special occasion.


These Housewarming Invitations or We've Moved Announcements are perfect to help spread your exciting news.  


Just look at these darling Save the Date Announcements.  They're so fresh and fun.


All products can be fully customized to suit  your individual needs.  Just look at the huge variety of beautiful colors to choose from!


You have your choice of either a 5x7 or 4x6 high resolution jpg. file.  No item will be shipped to you.  This allows you to print from your home printer or have it professionally printed at Walmart, Shutterfly, or Walgreens to name a few.  Most places offer 1 hour photo so you can receive your pictures in no time!  Now you don't have to wait weeks.  From Head to Toe Custom Designs offers plenty of convenience for your busy lifestyle.

Check out how it works:
  • Step 1:  Choose your favorite design and add it to your cart.
  • Step 2:  Enter your information to complete your specific photo card in the note section at checkout.
  • Step 3:  After you have checked out, upload your high-resolution photo to the Etsy shop.

Easy as 1-2-3!

Once you've made your purchase, your proof will be emailed to you within 24-48 hours.  

If you wish to have your cards printed and mailed to you, just contact them for pricing info.

Giveaway Time:  From Head to Toe Designs is generously offering one lucky reader the item of their choice from their Etsy shop!

Giveaway open to US and Canadian 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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Friday, December 28, 2012

Simply Livly: Turquoise & Cream Statement Necklace

I'm so excited to introduce you all to Simply Livly.  This gorgeous Etsy shop features the most unique statement necklaces I've laid eyes on.  They're the perfect blend of modern, vintage, and bohemian style.

Statement necklaces can get quite heavy, but these lovely pieces are designed to be lightweight and comfortable using stunning beads and incredibly soft eco-conscious cotton t-shirt jersey material that is fully adjustable.  These necklaces can be knotted or tied to any length for a custom fit.


The Milky Opaque White Briolette and Ivory Necklace is absolutely breathtaking with its modern, understated elegance.  This necklace would look amazing for a wedding or paired up with a casual pair of jeans.  The possibilities are endless!

The necklace features 15 opaque white faceted lucite beads (1.5" each - 7 on top strand, 8 on bottom strand).  The soft and comfy cotton ivory jersey is fully adjustable, stretchy, lightweight and features a tie/knot closure.



Don't you just love that this necklace is adjustable?!  A ton of looks, a variety of lengths...wow, what a versatile one-of-a-kind handmade piece!


Next up is their beautiful best seller - the Red Rice Skinny Wooden Multi Layer Necklace.  This features 18 lightweight red wooden tube beads (roughly 1") and 11 antique bronze-brass round beads strung onto three strips of grey cotton jersey.


This stretchy necklace is kid friendly and incredibly comfortable on your neck.  Lovin' the relaxed 70's vibe yet with a hip, fresh feel.

Available in ivory, green, yellow, brown and orange.



Each necklace arrives in a woven cotton drawstring bag ready for gift giving.  Wholesale orders are available.


Giveaway Time:  Simply Livly is generously giving one lucky reader their Turquoise and Cream Necklace!  I cannot tell you how much I want one of these!

Giveaway open to US 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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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pick. Print. Party. ~ $25 Store Credit {Rafflecopter Giveaway}

If you're having a celebration coming up, you definitely need to check out what Pick. Print. Party. has to offer.  This chic Etsy shop is your one stop shop for your printable party needs.  All printables are fully customizable.  Colors, wording, or occasion can be changed.


I am head over heels in love with the Circus Party Pack DIY Printable.  What fun!

Here's what's in the Party Pack:

  • 5"x7" Invitation
  • 5"x7" Thank You Note
  • 2"x8" Water Bottle Labels (4 designs)
  • 2" diameter Cupcake Toppers (4 designs)



Look at this darling invitation.  The Muppets Inspired Birthday Party Invitation DIY Printable is so happy and colorful!  This digital file invitation measures 5"x7".

This is how it all works for both items you see above.  

Just pick and purchase your invitations.  When ordering, be sure to include your details such as name, age, date, etc.  You are able to choose your format - either PDF or JPEG.  Within 24-48 hours of cleared payment, your customized invitation will be emailed to you ready for printing.  How easy and convenient!

You will receive your digital files that you can print right from home, at your local print shop or with a professional printing service.  No physical items will be sent to you.

Pick. Print. Party. doesn't just offer birthday party invitations.  Visit their shop to see their wonderful selection of wedding, baby shower, engagement shower, bridal shower and holiday printables.  New items are added everyday so be sure to check back often.  

Giveaway Time:  Pick. Print. Party. is generously giving one lucky reader a $25 Store Credit!

Giveaway open worldwide.

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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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lighten Up Shoppe: 3 Sets of Three 8 Ounce Candles {Rafflecopter Giveaway}

Lighten Up Shoppe creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind handmade soy candles.  A wide variety of scents are offered and custom baby shower/wedding orders are welcome.


These twenty, 4 ounce pink baby shower soy candle favors are so cute.  You are able to pick five different scents.  Each candle comes with a personalized label and individually wrapped, ready for gift giving.  What adorable baby shower favors! 

Colors available:  Blue, green, lavender and yellow

If you need more than 20, no problem!  Just contact the Etsy shop owner for details.


Here is a great little trio!  The set of three 8 ounce scented soy candles is a wonderful way to try some scents for yourself or to give away for as a unique handmade gift.  I am loving the cute lids and presentation.

Scents available:
  • Coconut Lime Verbena
  • Cucumber Melon
  • Fig Lychee
  • Fresh Peach
  • Honeydew Pear
  • Sweet Cherry
  • Basil Sage Mint
  • Bamboo and White Grapefruit
  • Sweet Pea
  • Citronella (great for both indoors and outdoors)

Giveaway Time:  Lighten Up Shoppe is generously giving one lucky reader 3 sets of three 8 ounce candles - one apple mango, one apple pumpkin butter and one fresh peach candle in each set!

Giveaway open to US 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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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays


Wishing all of you a memorable holiday season.  We'll be taking a few days off to make some of our own memories with our children.  

Check back with us after Christmas for more reviews and giveaways.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The San Francisco Music Box Company: Jing-A-Ling Musical Bank {Rafflecopter Giveaway}



The Jing-A-Ling Musical Banks from The San Francisco Music Box Company are darling.


We received the frog bank and it makes the cutest sounds when you drop a coin inside the bank.  Click here to listen.


The bank looks just like the photo in person and features a soft vinyl leather-like material with cute stitching details.  The frog measures 6 inches wide and 4.5 inches tall.  There is a snap flap on the bottom of the bank which makes getting the coins out very easy.  I am very pleased with the quality.


There are six other adorable styles to choose from.


Giveaway Time:  The San Francisco Music Box Company is generously giving one lucky reader the Jing-A-Ling Bank of their choice!

Giveaway open to US 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 from The San Francisco Music Box Company.  All opinions are my own.

Snowflakes for the children of Sandy Hook


I just found out about this touching act of kindness and had to share it with all of you.

PTA parents are gathering up paper snowflakes to decorate the halls of the brand new school the children from Sandy Hook will be returning to.

Information can be found at the National Parent-Teacher Association Facebook page.  Please send your snowflake by January 12, 2013 to:

Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514

My children and I will be doing this together today.  It will bring us a little bit of peace knowing that we're showing our support and warming the hearts of Connecticut's precious children.

Have a blessed holiday season with your loved ones.

Friday, December 21, 2012

KJ Frames: Custom Photo Mat with Frame {Rafflecopter Giveaway}

I know where I'm going to be shopping next!  KJ Frames offers the greatest custom frames for any occasion.  Now you can surround your beloved photos with the perfect sentiment.  These customizable photo mats can feature your favorite song, poem or quote. What a wonderful and unique gift this would make.


I really like this Custom Word Collage Photo Mat with Frame.  I can think of so many ways to personalize this!

You are able to choose 25-40 words to be collaged on your personalized 11x14 mat.  This will fit a 5x7 photo and includes the frame.  This is also available in horizontal orientation. 

I'm thinking of getting one of these for a cruise we took last winter.  This would be the perfect way to remember our fun family trip!


The Custom Wedding Song Photo Mat with Frame is gorgeous.  Add song lyrics, a poem or favorite quote from your meaningful day.

A lovely assortment of fonts are available to choose from.


Just look at this beautiful wedding display.


Giveaway Time:  KJ Frames is generously giving away a custom wedding photo mat with frame.  Remember, this doesn't just have to be used for a wedding song.  Anything is possible!

Giveaway open to US 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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AngieLynn Creations: Turquoise Seed Bead Wrap Bracelet {Rafflecopter Giveaway}

The jewelry from AngieLynn Creations is so colorful and really makes a statement.  I'm drawn to the earthy tones and beautiful bead work.


This Colorful Beaded Glass Bib Statement Necklace is one showstopping piece.  This handcrafted necklace is made with a mix of greens, reds and brown glass beads that hang from bronze chain links.  The length is adjustable up to 17.5 inches long.  A bronze lobster clasp with matching beads hang from the end of the chain. 

Your necklace will arrive in a gift box ready for gift giving.


The Aqua Blue Tortoiseshell Woven Bracelet is very affordable and is made with 7-12 mm aqua blue tortoiseshell glass beads and dark amber glass seed beads.  The bracelet measures approximately 7" wide.

There is a matching necklace and earrings available as well.


Giveaway Time:  One lucky reader will win a lovely Turquoise Seed Bead Wrap Bracelet (pictured above) from AngieLynn Creations.

Giveaway open worldwide.

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

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

DIY: Ruffled Wire Ribbon Lamp Shade


Here is an adorable DIY project for you today!  I found this ruffled lamp shade tutorial over at Craft-O-Matic.  Once I saw how easy it was, I rushed over to the craft store to pick up some ribbon.  Lucky me, I found the exact same patterned wire ribbon that was used in the tutorial.  Score!


My lamp was a $3 yard sale find.  It was red and I painted it pink with Krylon raspberry gloss spray paint that I picked up from Wal-Mart.  Easy peasy!  This gave it a streak-free professional finish in minutes.  Don't pass up an ugly lamp, ladies.  These babies can be transformed in no time!  

Head on over to Craft-O-Matic to view the tutorial.  There are lots of photos and clear instructions. It's such a fun project that will really spice up your old lamp shades.  The possibilities are endless!

Have fun!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

PartyLite: Symmetry Trio

I received the most beautiful set of tealight candle holders from PartyLite.  This trio is an amazing addition to our holiday decor.


This glass trio consists of three holders in various sizes - 5", 6" and 7" in height.  A glass votive cup is suspended in the glass base.  These holders are great for displaying holiday ornaments, potpourri, beads or succulents.  When the holiday season is over, I'll be turning these candle holders into mini terrariums.  I can't wait!  It will be such a beautiful display.


I added some small ball ornaments from the dollar store into my trio.  I think they look quite elegant on our coffee table.

This versatile trio can be decorated with just about anything your heart desires.  I love that you can change these holders season after season.  What a great way to decorate for the different holidays.

Visit PartyLite to find a consultant near you!

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

ECCO: Saunter Lace Bootie


Eric and I are huge fans of ECCO shoes.  This company offers high quality, fashionable shoes for men and women.  You'll find everything from classic to sporty.

I received their Saunter Lace Bootie in the color titanium.  This is the only boot I have in this style and I absolutely love them!  The titanium grey color is also a nice addition to my wardrobe.


These boots are wonderful for the winter.  The uppers are made of camel leather.  I love the rugged, casual feel these boots offer.  The lining provides extra comfort and warmth while the felt inlay sole is fully removable.  This style features their 3mm ECCO Comfort Fibre System.

These boots don't feel bulky or heavy.  They are light in weight and flexible, yet you can tell they will hold up very well season after season.  That's what you get when you purchase shoes from ECCO - comfort and quality.


The laces can be wrapped around and looped through the ankle if you wish.  The soles are sturdy and don't make a clicking noise when I walk.  This is something that isn't an issue for me, but I thought I would mention it.


The boots feel great right out of the box.  ECCO shoes are sized differently so make sure you're aware of that when ordering.  I normally wear a size 7, but their 6/6.5 size fits me perfectly in this particular style.


Right now the Saunter Lace Bootie is on sale with FREE shipping!

Visit ECCO today to start shopping for your next pair of comfortable shoes.  

Complimentary product provided from ECCO.  All opinions are my own.