Saturday, August 31, 2013

Birchbox: Limited Edition - Head of the Class

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I've always heard great things about Birchbox through the blogging community so I was thrilled to receive my very first Birchbox to review.  Their Limited Edition:  Head of the Class Birchbox is filled with fun goodies for tweens.

My daughter is 9 and she even loved it!  Inside were a ton of goodies that will help her rock her individual style at school this year.


Here's what we found inside:

  • Willa - Start Fresh Foaming Face Wash - you will either receive this great face wash or Willa's Face Friendly Clear Face Moisturizer - all natural!
  • Sisco & Berluti Friendship Bracelets - set of 2.  We only received one bracelet, but we're still happy as clams!
  • stila's lip glaze in Dreamy - a beautiful "your lips but better" shade
  • Color Club Nail Polish in two great shades - Flamingo (hot pink) and Silver Lake (light grey) - both are cream polishes
  • Color Club's Sequin Nail Art Kit - a variety of 5 hot colors - it's so fun to accessorize the nails with these tiny sequins
  • Jane Tran Chysanthemum Print Bobby Pin Set - I may have to steal these sometime! They're so cute!
  • Poppin Pink Small Soft Cover Notebook - perfect for to-do lists, homework reminders, etc.
  • Birchbox Custom Pouch in a pretty teal and white chevron pattern with magenta lining.  This works great as a pencil pouch or for make-up!

The sturdy box everything arrived in features a pretty colorful pattern on the lid.  It's definitely reusable and really cute.

All of this is an $80 value for only $28!

I really hope to review more Birchboxes for you all.  It's a great monthly subscription worth every penny!

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Love Who You Are


I thought this would be a nice little message for your Friday afternoon.  Enjoy this piece I made back in college! :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Yummy Brownie Brittle in 4 Delicious Flavors!

Complimentary product provided to me from Sheila G's.  All opinions are my own.

Brownies are one of my favorite treats, especially the crispy edges.  That's why I was so thrilled to try out the Brownie Brittle varieties from Sheila G's.


With four delicious flavors, you really can't go wrong - Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel and Toffee Crunch.  My fav was the mint chocolate chip.  So crisp, decedent and refreshing.

If you're a fan of the crispy edges too, I suggest you give Brownie Brittle a try.  Each piece is thin, crisp and bursts with chocolate flavor.  I've never tried anything like it.  And it's better for you, too!  Only 120 calories an ounce!


Grab a bag or all four "award winning" flavors today!  Shop online here.

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Giveaway: Pretty Twisted Jewelry - 2 Earrings of your choice

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The shop owner of Pretty Twisted Jewelry loves making affordable, quality pieces in a variety of different styles.  Each purchase arrives packaged in pretty tissue paper and placed inside a delicate drawstring bag ready for gift giving.  Go ahead, treat yourself or a loved one to the beautiful accessories from this delightful Etsy shop.


The lightweight Gold Marquis Dangle Earrings with Champagne Swarovski Crystal are modern and elegant.

The earring pendants are gold plated and are hung from a champagne Swarovski crystal wire wrapped with gold-filled wire and hung from gold-filled ear wires.

These measure approximately 2 1/4" long from top of ear wire to the bottom of the pendant.


What mesmerizing Black Peacock Earrings.  These gorgeous lightweight black art nouveau style earrings are hung from black niobium ear wires that are perfect for sensitive ears.  Niobium is a hypoallergenic material that is safe for anyone to wear, especially those with metal allergies.

These earrings hang a little over 2" long from the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the pendant.  The pendant measures just a bit over 1" wide at the widest point.

Giveaway Time:  Pretty Twisted Jewelry is giving one lucky reader two pairs of earrings of their choice (must be in stock).

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Giveaway: Meet the new and improved @Kia #Hamsters! $25 iTunes Gift Card for one lucky winner!

2014 Soul! shown. Expected Fall 2013.



The Kia hamsters are back and rockin' a new and svelte new look!  Check out the awesome video below featuring their amazing makeover and the new and improved 2014 Kia Soul.

I really enjoyed watching this cute and fun video featuring Lady Gaga's song, Applause, and can't wait to see the new Soul around town!

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What do you think of the new Kia Soul?

Giveaway Time:  Kia is offering one lucky reader a $25 iTunes Gift Card!  Here's what you have to do (mandatory):

Watch the Kia Soul commercial and tweet about your favorite part of the commercial including @Kia and the hashtag #Hamsters.  You must leave the link to your tweet in the entry form below.  You may tweet once per day!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Giveaway: Ivory Knee Highs from PeekABootSocks

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It's going to be fall y'all!  I cannot wait to break out my boots and sweaters.  It's one of my favorite seasons fashion wise...weather wise...and holiday wise...you get the idea!

I received some amazing boot cuffs from PeekABootSocks.


I love these because you get the look of a cable knit sock without the added bulk.  These boot cuffs come in eight fun colors and measure 6" long and 4.5" wide.  The cuff will stretch to fit up to an 18" calf.

Wear these with short or tall boots.  They'll stay in place as long as they are paired with jeans or leggings.


These super soft cuffs are made from 100% acrylic and don't itch a bit!  Get ready for fall and grab a pair for yourself and your friends.  These make wonderful gifts.


Giveaway Time:  PeekABootSocks is giving one lucky reader a pair of Ivory Knee Highs!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Giveaway: Hat or Headband of your choice from Sweet N Snazzy

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Newborn moments need to be treasured.  Sweet N Snazzy knows just how important newborn moments are.  At this Etsy shop, you will find unique handmade photo prop, headbands and more to add the finishing touch to your photo shoots, family gatherings, weddings and more! 


What an elegant headband.  The Champagne Singed Edge Flower Headband is adorned with three ivory pearls and comes secured to thin elastic.  What a gorgeous accessory this would make for a photo shoot.

Available in sizes newborn to adult.


This precious Upcycled Soft Ivory Hat with Heart would be the cutest newborn photo prop!

This beautiful newborn sized hat is adorned with a light pink heart with pearls and a rhinestone.

Giveaway Time:  Sweet N Snazzy is giving one lucky reader the hat (boy or girl) or headband of their choice!

Giveaway open to US and Canada. 

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ShopLately: Elegant Heirloom Necklace

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Yep!  ShopLately has done it again!  The Elegant Heirloom Necklace is my favorite piece I've received from this amazing company so far.  It's no wonder it's sold out, but you can be added to the wait list.


I've been looking for a statement necklace with clear rhinestones and a chunkier chain.  Once I saw this, I knew it was the one for me.  It's feminine with a touch of edge.  I want to wear it everywhere.  I've paired this is a simple tee and jeans and also a dressier look.  It compliments both so nicely.

Of course my order arrived in a nice gift box from Glint and Gleam.  Love the presentation this company offers.


Head on over to ShopLately to start choosing affordable accessories that suit your individual style.  I assure you, you'll definitely find what you're looking for.  This company is HUGE and offers a TON of styles.

Giveaway: Gold Initial Personalized Necklace or Gold Garnet Necklace from Studio Goods

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The handmade jewelry from Studio Goods is right up my alley.  I am smitten with all of their designs that will suit a variety of styles from romantic to modern.


The Tiny Lower Case Gold Letter Necklace is great for mothers, best friends, couples, and anyone else looking for a memorable piece of jewelry.  I would love one of these with the initials of my children.

The tarnish resistant gold plated charms on a 14k gold filled chain range from 5mm to 7mm.  Features a gold filled spring ring clasp closure.  You choose your chain length - 14" to 19".


You have your choice of two lower case initials or three initials with no "&" sign.  You can also get this in a bracelet!

This necklace would look lovely layered with other pieces or it would be stunning on its own.  It's a pretty everyday necklace to add to your collection.


If you really want to jazz it up, check out the beautiful birthstone extensions!


I am really head over heels in love with this Gold Garnet Necklace featuring the gorgeous birthstone for January.  Its minimalist design is so classy, feminine and elegant.  Your necklace will come with a 14k gold filled chain, spring ring clasp and tiny high quality faceted garnet gem on a solid 14k gold connector.

Giveaway Time:  Studio Goods is giving one lucky reader a Gold Initial Personalized Necklace with birthstone extension or a Gold Garnet Necklace!  The choice is yours!  Please note:  The winner is responsible for shipping.

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Giveaway: Baby Boutique Gallery 4-in-1 Beaded Pacifier Holder

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I've never seen anything like the beaded pacifier holders from Baby Boutique Gallery.  What an innovative and beautiful idea!


This 4-in-1 beaded pacifier holder converts to a toddler necklace, bracelet and pendant or hair accessory!  Wow!

This is made with very strong jewelry string and metal crimping beads at ends to securely fasten the beads. The spacers between the pearls are made with real Swarovski crystals.  Pacifier not included.

This new pearl style is coming soon, reservation only and limited quantities are available!


Here is another style that is just as beautiful.  The Shabby Chic 4-in-1 Beaded Pacifier Holder sure is stunning.

Just like the first style above, this holder converts to a toddler necklace, bracelet and hair accessory!  Add the flower to a hat or headband for an extra chic look.  Made with very strong jewelry string and metal crimping beads at the ends that securely fasten beads.  Pacifier not included.

There 4-in-1 holders are perfect for shower gifts, weddings, baptisms, family pictures, holidays, etc.

This Etsy shop can also make a "big sister" matching necklace or "mommy" necklace to match!

Please note:  As with all baby toys and products, pacifier holders should only be worn with adult supervision. Never put a child to bed with a pacifier holder.  This item contains small parts and can pose as a choking hazard.  Buyers and parents assume all responsibility.

Giveaway Time:  Baby Boutique Gallery is giving one lucky reader a 4-in-1 beaded pacifier holder!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Giveaway: Wild Fern Farm $50 Gift Certificate

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The shop owner of Wild Fern Farm is one creative designer, photographer and artist.  You will find a beautiful variety of paintings, ceramics, prints and more in their lovely Etsy shop.  One of my favorites is their custom pet portrait below.  I instantly fell in love with it and hope you adore it just as much as I do.

What a beautiful way to honor your pet.  The custom pet portraits are drawn in pen and ink and painted with watercolor.  Send in a good quality photo of your pet for a personalized piece of art you'll treasure forever. As you can see, angel wings can be added.  


Many of their customers are very happy because the images capture their pets' expressions and personality. Your pet portrait will come painted on a 9" x 12" acid-free watercolor paper with an image of approximately 6" x 8".  Your portrait is usually done within 10 days.  Holidays may require extended time so I suggest getting your orders in early.  These would make precious holiday gifts.


What gorgeous Art Note Cards.  This set of 4 features herbs and healing plants illustrated in pen and ink with watercolor.

Card details include:
1 - grape cluster and grape leaves, leaves and seed pods from the Neem plant
2 - purple coneflower (echinacea) and cornstalk plant with sage
3 - lemon, money tree plant
4 - lotus, black cohosh and arborvitae (thuja)

Each card has reproductions of watercolor and ink paintings on yupo paper, lists the botanical names of the plants and the card titles on the front include the primary gifts of each plant.

Card size:  4.5" x 6.25"

Giveaway Time:  Wild Fern Farm is giving one lucky reader a $50 Gift Certificate!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Giveaway: Home Management Binder Kit from Busy Babes Printables

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Besides at the start of a new year, I think a must needed time for organization is during back-to-school. For me, summer vacation is over and life starts to get busy again.  

At Busy Babes Printables, you will find organizational printables, planners and pretty designs to make your life a whole lot easier.


The Household Management Binder Kit will really help get your life in order.  This is a digital, instant download product.  No physical item will be shipped to you.

This ultimate organizing tool will quickly become a must-have favorite!


You get to choose your cover design, background pattern, circle color and font style.  


Your personalized home management binder kit includes the following documents:

Planners & Calendars:
  • perpetual calendar pages, both horizontal and vertical designs
  • weekly family schedule with sections for each family member
  • perpetual important dates page

  • personalized daily planner
  • weekly planner
  • to do lists:  a master to do list and a weekly to do list
  • routines tracker
  • '8 a day' water drinking log

Budget & Bill Pay Kit:
  • monthly budget planner
  • bill and payment checklist
  • monthly savings tracker
  • debt summary
  • money management quote page
  • bank account info
  • check register
  • bill/payments calendar
  • financial balance sheet


Important Information & Contacts:
  • emergency info page
  • important info page
  • contact pages
  • important phone numbers page


It's everything you need to organize your life in style!


The 2013-14 Personalized Planner contains pages for 2013 and 2014!


You will receive the following documents:
  • customized planner cover 
  • 24 monthly calendar pages - a page for each month with space at the bottom for notes
  • important dates page (one for 2013, one for 2014)
  • 52 weeks of daily planner pages for each year
  • weekly meal planner page
  • notes page - can be printed as many times as needed


BONUS!  A matching 'to do list' and 'weekly to do list'!


Giveaway Time:  Busy Babes Printables is giving one lucky reader their very own Home Management Binder Kit!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Giveaway: Any color leather bangles from Leather Wraps

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The handmade leather bracelets from Leather Wraps are phenomenal.  These are made with the highest quality leathers and material.  You'll love the look of these stylish bracelets.  Buy a bunch for yourself or give them as gifts.  They're classic, timeless and oh-so-cool.

I am in love with these Gold Leather Bangle Bracelets.  They're so chic and sophisticated.

You will receive a set of six with your choice of double silver or gold plated tube accents.  The double tubes allow for more gold or silver to show through when wearing this beautiful set.

These fun bohemian style bracelets are handmade with care, lead free and made from 100% real leather.

There are so many colors to choose from.  Click here to view.

You can also choose the size that best fits you.  Standard - 8 inches, small - 7.5 inches and large - 9 inches.

This Gold Spiked Cuff Snakeskin Bracelet is super edgy and one-of-a-kind.

Only the best, luxurious snakeskin available was used to create this stunning bracelet with gold spikes. Measures 2" wide, adjustable.





Discount Time:  Right now Leather Wraps is offering Free Shipping worldwide up to $300 with the code: F89NT5NW9ZGX 

Giveaway Time:  Leather Wraps is giving one lucky reader leather bangles in the color of their choice!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Giveaway: uneekee Bath Makeover - Shower Curtain, Bath Mat & 2 Bath Towels

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The summer is quickly coming to an end.  Perhaps your home is in need of an easy bathroom upgrade.  I stumbled upon a very cool start up out of San Francisco (my favorite city), run by a retail maven and early e-commerce executive, Kara Parsons.  At Parsons' site uneekee, you will find custom printed on demand home decor and fashion accessories.

My favorite is their blue ocean waves pattern on bath items.  It's a strong seller for bath and kitchen according to Parsons.  The wave pattern in blue and white is so crisp, clean and relaxing.  The easiest way to upgrade your bathroom is to put up a new shower curtain, fresh towels and a bath mat.  uneekee doesn't just offer towels, mats and shower curtains.  You can also order custom ceramic tile and redo that backsplash you've been meaning to replace!  Now that the kids are headed back to school, take some time for you and relax in your beautifully upgraded bathroom.


The Blue Wave Shower Curtain is such a unique design that will brighten your mornings.  Features full printing on the front, white on the back, buttonhole openings for shower rings.

Standard size - 69" x 72" - 100% woven polyester, machine washable.


The coordinating absorbent Blue Wave Bath Mat with soft memory foam and non slip bottom measures 21" x 34".

There are even matching towels.  What an attractive set for your home!


Giveaway Time:  uneekee is giving one lucky reader a Bath Makeover - the shower curtain, bath mat and 2 towels!  A different pattern may be chosen.  

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Giveaway: $25 Gift Certificate from Erica B. Studios

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You will find a wide variety of products ranging from accessories to tutorials at Erica B. Studios.


This is a must-have accessory for the fall!  The lightweight gauze Mustache Infinity Scarf is really cute and so fashion forward.

Made from 100% viscose rayon.


Do you have a lucky number?  A memorable date?

The Special Number Gold Tone Charm Bracelet can be worn alone or in multiples to represent a significant time in your life.  This cute bracelet will fit many wrist widths.  It measures 7" with an additional 2.5" extension.  Each number measures approximately 3/4".

If you need the number "9", please order the number "6" bracelet.

Giveaway Time:  Erica B. Studios is giving one lucky reader a $25 Gift Certificate to their shop!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CRKT: Onion Survival Parasaw

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CRKT Onion Survival Parasaw - Functional and innovative, this bracelet is a fashion statement for the outdoorsman (or woman) who wants to be prepared for any emergency that may arise.  The bracelet is made from braided paracord that snaps together with a plastic buckle.  Inside you'll find a tungsten carbide wire saw.  Unbraided, the bracelet in size Large provides 141" of paracord and 18.5" of tungsten carbide wire with finger loop handles.

Paracord is an important survival tool because it has a vast variety of uses such as repairing broken equipment, securing items, building a shelter to protect against the elements, tie a straight stick to limb to use as a splint, and lots of other uses.  Tungsten carbide is a great material to be used as a wire saw because it is three times stiffer than steel, much denser than steel or titanium, and comparable to sapphire in hardness.


When an emergency arises and you need to use the paracord or wire saw, simply unbraid the paracord bracelet by starting to unravel at the heat seal located by one of the buckle snaps.  To use the wire saw, remove the protective plastic wrap and unfold the wire saw, open the finger loops, position the wire saw on the item you are trying to cut, and use a sawing motion with your fingers in the finger loops for leverage.
The Onion Survival Parasaw comes in two sizes, small (8.5" in circumference) and large (9.5" in circumference), both 7/8" in width.  Available in the colors tan, green, and black.

Bottom Line – Don't get caught unprepared in a survival situation when a paracord or a wire saw could have saved the day or maybe even a life.  Wear a CRKT Onion Survival Parasaw and you just may prevent an emergency from becoming a lethal, catastrophic situation.  Head on over to CRKT for more useful tools and survival gear.


Giveaway: Your choice! MINI or HuMn Wallet 2

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HuMN - the last wallet you'll ever want

The modern, slim, RFID secure wallets from HuMn make it easy to carry what you need, when you need it. The creators of this wallet set out to reinvent the traditional wallet by creating an entirely fresh design that adapts to the modern world.  Introducing the HuMn Wallet.

With a ton of color combinations, you'll have fun creating your customized wallet.

Features include:

  • lightweight
  • protects against RFID skimming
  • designed for the front pocket for safety
  • adapts to the user's preferences
  • works for right and left handed people
  • low profile
  • minimally designed
  • can handle any climate and environment
  • will never wear out
  • allows easy access to cash, credit and business cards
  • not limited to a fixed number of cards you can carry
  • will not turn into just another portable receipt holder

See it in action!



There are two styles available - the MINI and HuMn Wallet 2.

The MINI is a two plate wallet and the size of a credit card.  With the HuMn Wallet 2, you have your choice between two or three plates.  This functional, stylish and minimal style features laser engraved HuMn logo plates.  Each wallet comes with a durable shock strap and a black microfiber pouch. 


The new Shock Strap 2 comes standard on the carbon fiber and military cerakote.  Choose between 4 shock strap color choices and aluminum or carbon fiber plates.


Giveaway Time:  HuMn Design is giving one lucky reader their choice of a  MINI or HuMn Wallet 2 (carbon fiber not included).

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Giveaway: ShopLately Tribal Siren Statement Necklace




ShopLately is at it again with another awesome necklace for all of our readers!

Tribal meets glam with this stunning piece.  This beauty features a strand of howlite berry spikes, mint jewels with navy jewel spikes and a matte gold tone based metal chain.


This would look amazing with a variety of looks from a classic little black dress to jeans and a t-shirt.

The necklace hangs approximately 9.5" and features a lobster claw clasp with 3" extender.


If you haven't checked out ShopLately, what are you waiting for?  This company features the coolest accessories at amazingly affordable prices!

Giveaway Time:  ShopLately is giving one lucky reader a beautiful Tribal Siren Statement Necklace in Mint and Berry!

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