Monday, September 30, 2013

Lisa Leonard Designs: Full of Beauty Necklace

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I'm so thrilled to share a piece from the new fall collection at Lisa Leonard Designs.  I was sent this beautiful Full of Beauty Necklace.  What was once an old spoon is now a sought after treasure.  Beauty can be found everywhere you look.  


Here's the fun part!  An old spoon was found at an estate sale.  The end of the spoon was hand-cast, dipped in 14k gold, antiqued and strung from a lovely 14k gold-filled chain.  Just look!  The result turned out beautiful! What pretty detail.  I love wearing a piece of history around my neck and wonder what stories revolve around this special spoon.

Here is what it looks like on me.


You have your choice of a 16", 18" or 20" gold-filled fine link chain.  The pendant measures about 3/4" across.

Visit Lisa Leonard Designs today to find your one-of-a-kind piece.

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Giveaway: $38 Shop Credit for the wreath of your choice from Teal and Orange

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I am so excited to share this Etsy shop with you all!  Teal and Orange makes fabulous wreaths in the colors of your choice!  These are completely customizable and oh-so creative!

I was blown away when I opened my nicely packaged wreath.  I knew it was going to be beautiful, but I was overwhelmed with this shop's quality and attention to detail.


I requested a wreath in various shades of pink with our last name's initial and burlap.  I was not disappointed.  It turned out amazing.


Just look at all that handmade work!  The felt and burlap flowers with button and pearl embellishments are so pretty.


The sweet handpainted letter adds the perfect touch to this adorable wreath.  This would also make a wonderful addition to your Valentine's Day decor.

Don't forget a wreath for the holiday season ahead!  I want one of these spooky spider wreaths.


What lovely fall colors.


Flowers, ruffles, burlap...what more could you ask for!


Head on over to Teal and Orange to start shopping for your perfect wreath!  You can tell this shop owner takes a lot of pride in her work.

Giveaway Time:  Teal and Orange is giving away a $38 store credit so you can pick out your favorite wreath from their Etsy shop!

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Giveaway: Baby Wisp Dahlia Headband and Grosgrain Butterfly Bow Ivory with Snaps Trio Pack

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The hair accessories from Baby Wisp are too precious.  They will really make your little one stand out from the rest.  I love their sweet styles for sweet little girls!

Don't forget to check out their 5 year anniversary sale and party tomorrow!


I love that their Coral Dahlia Headband is big enough to be noticed, but not overwhelming for little heads.  The pretty hand sewn flower adds a bit of softness to any wardrobe.  This flower is one of their best sellers!  It comes on a 1 cm soft and stretchy wide organza elastic headband.  The flower measures 5.5 cm wide and is also available on a large latch clip.  


There are six colors to choose from and two sizes of headbands for newborn and 3 months.


The Trio Pack - Grosgrain Butterfly Bow Ivory with Snaps is such a darling assortment of baby bows that are great to use if you're growing out bangs.  This great sets includes their new ivory butterfly bow in grosgrain ribbon which comes handsewn to lead, cadmium and mercury-free mini latch clips. These clips exceed international standards for metal composition safety and are tested regularly.

This pack will also include two sweet ribbon covered snap clips.  The snap clips are stainless steel, 30 mm, hand wrapped and heat sealed.



Giveaway Time:  Baby Wisp is giving one lucky reader the two items you see above - the Dahlia Headband and Grosgrain Butterfly Bow Ivory with Snaps Trio Pack!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Giveaway: Dany Hoop Bullet Shell Earrings from Love 41

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The handmade products from Love 41 are made with pure love.  HIV positive Ethiopian women, left to die on a mountain, are rescued and taught to create jewelry from melted down bullet shells.  This is just one of many amazing and powerful product stories.

Everyone loves a company that gives back.  Love 41 is committed to changing lives.  Read more about their story here.


The elegant Aster Two Bar Bullet Shell Earrings are simple and chic.

These handmade earrings are made from melted down bullet shells (brass, silver, copper).  They measure approximately 2 3/4" from the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the longest bar.  They feel lightweight and feature sterling silver hooks.  Due to the nature of this piece, they will antique over time.

Love 41 is partnering with Raven and Lily.  This socially responsible brand is dedicated to empowering impoverished women through design.  These beautiful earrings are handmade by HIV positive women in Ethiopia.  100% of the profit help provide healthcare and education to women and their children.


 They will arrive in a nice little bag ready for gift giving.


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Favorites ~ Too Faced, L'Oreal, Trader Joe's & Mabelline


TGIF!  Here is a list of my favorite items for the week!

1.  Too Faced Le Creme Lipstick in Sweet Maple - this lipstick is sooo creamy and luxurious.  It feels amazing on the lips, very moisturizing and long-lasting.  They have a bunch of gorgeous colors for the fall.  My favorite lipstick and it's cruely-free to boot!  I purchased mine from Ulta.

2.  L'oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm - this stuff ROCKS!  My hair was left silky, shiny, superduper soft and smelled great!  A definite MUST HAVE if you heat style often or if you just want amazing looking hair.  Leave on for 3-5 minutes and you won't be able to keep your hands off your tresses. I normally use Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, but this balm from L'oreal is by far my new favorite. I use this two or three times a week and does wonders for my hair.  

3.  Trader Joe's Organic Brown Rice - I can eat. this. every. single. day.  Just cut a small slit in the bag, microwave for 3 minutes and you have two 1-cup servings of brown rice.  I wasn't sure how microwavable rice would taste.  It was delicious - moist, chewy, plump.  Loved this stuff.  Even Eric commented on how good it was.  It's too easy!

4.  Mabelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Plum - what a cool blush texture.  Just apply with your fingertips and you're good to go.  The pink plum color gives my cheeks a nice, natural, healthy pink glow.  It's currently my favorite drugstore blush at the moment!  The powder gel formula comes in 10 shades.

Have a fun and safe weekend everyone! 

Giveaway: Hook Bottle Necklace from Bottled Up Creations

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Bottled Up Creations is definitely one eclectic little shop!  I've never seen anything like their bottles full of tiny treasures.  Here you will find unique bookmarks, necklaces, cell phone charms, bracelets, earrings, the list goes on and on...what attention to detail!


Just look at this one-of-a-kind Killer Whale and Calf, Orca, Blackfish Documentary Inspired Necklace. This was inspired by the poignant Blackfish documentary about a killer whale and its captivity.  A $5 donation will be made to the Oceanic Preservation Society to help the fight against killer whale captivity.

If you're a fan of marine life, you'll love this meaningful necklace.  Inside the bottle you will find a miniature hand sculpted orca/killer whale.  No molds were used to create this tiny creature.   The little whale is meticulously hand painted to look very realistic.  A little red heart has been placed on the chest symbolizing the love and respect we should all have for these magnificent creatures.

A bit of beach sand and sculpted seaweed finishes the piece.  The bottle and its contents are sealed with a cork and sealant.


The outside inspirational quote reads, "You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."  Hanging from the top of the cork is a little charm made from a while pearl and jet black Swarovski crystals.

Your necklace will come boxed and ready for gift giving  Features an 18" cable style silver plated chain with spring ring closure.


The Enchanted Floating Rose Necklace reminds me of one of my favorite movies, Beauty and the Beast!  What truly matters can be found on the inside.

A beautiful rose "floats" inside the glass dome with copper finishing.  At the bottom of the dome you will find dried up rose petals for an even more realistic feel along with magical fairy dust.  Above the dome you will find three genuine Swarovski crystals in a lovely deep red color.  The dome comes secured down with industry grade jewelry glue and measures about 1 1/2" long and 1" across.  The copper plated chain measures 32".  A silver plated chain can be requested.

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


Giveaway Time:  Bottled Up Creations is giving one lucky reader a Hook Bottle Necklace (pictured above)!  If you're a fan of Peter Pan, this is must!

Discount Time:  Right now you can take 10% off your purchase with the code:  SU22XL4ELQJN

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Giveaway: Create in Me a Pure Heart Painting from Colors on Canvas

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You're going to fall in love with the handpainted treasures from Colors on Canvas.  This talented full-time college girl from Texas loves creating her one-of-a-kind paintings and lovely burlap wreaths. Custom orders are always welcome!  If you have an idea, just let her know.  She loves turning ideas into reality!


This festive Happy Fall Y'all painting is absolutely too cute for words.  I want one in my home!  The leaves, stripes, colors, artistry....just adorable!

Fall is a favorite season for many and what home wouldn't look amazing with this sweet painting? Everyone will love it at your Thanksgiving gathering.  This painting features a little banner of paper fall leaves and twine and a paper pumpkin with polka dots.

Measures: 11x14
Materials:  Acrylic paint on stretched canvas


What a colorful and vibrant Song of Solomon painting.  This beautiful piece of art is inspired by the Song of Solomon verse found in the Bible.  The gorgeous aqua background features a handpainted daisy.  Each words is handpainted with love.  

Measures 11x14 or 16x20
Materials:  Acrylic paint on stretched canvas


Giveaway Time:  Colors on Canvas is giving one lucky reader a Create in Me a Pure Heart Painting!  

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Giveaway: Earrings or Necklace of your choice from Shirleybird Jewellery

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The beautiful line of artistic jewelry from Shirleybird Jewellery uses a combination of framed glass, freshwater pearls, swarovski crystals and amazonite.  This company was born from a family tradition of creativity.  A lot of love and care goes into creating each and every affordable piece.  Quality does not have to cost a fortune.  You will find an amazing assortment of styles for every woman.

Free shipping on all retail orders!


The feminine Allison Necklace in Yellow Gold hangs so beautifully and is the perfect piece to wear with casual or dressier looks.  I love a versatile piece of jewelry.  Wouldn't this be lovely for a bridal party?

This gold plated necklace features a 2" pendant with orchid flowers and freshwater pearl.  The adjustable, thick rolo chain measures 16-18" with lobster closure.  

This piece is tarnish resistant and nickel/lead-free.


What unique earrings!  The Lucy Earrings in Rhodium are as sweet as can be with two little adorable birds perched on a branch.  These beauties feature a drop of beautiful amazonite for that added pop of color. These tarnish resistant, nickel/lead-free earrings have a drop of 2 inches.

Giveaway Time:  Shirleybird Jewellery is giving one lucky reader their choice between the Lucy earrings or Allison necklace pictured above!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Giveaway: Aura Sensory Beauty Package

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I understand that what we put ON our bodies ultimately ends up IN our bodies.  This is why I pay extra attention to what products my family uses.  Aura Sensory is a company that understands this and has created a highly effective line of non-toxic personal care products that contain NO hormone-altering, skin and cell damaging or cancer-causing chemicals or synthetics.

Are you aware that every product you apply to your skin is quickly absorbed into your blood stream? The average person is exposed to roughly 126 chemicals from personal care products every single day. Life is stressful enough.  Your body should not be exposed to these synthetic materials found in lotions, soaps, perfumes, hair care, beauty products and artificially scented products.  Isn't it time you went natural?


The Aura Sensory Hair Products include their Sulfate & Sodium Free Shine Enhancing Shampoo and their Deep Hydration Conditioner.  

The organic coconut oil protects your hair from protein loss while organic vinegar extract seals the cuticle making it wonderful for porous, damaged hair.  The shampoo will help maintain your hair color as it does not strip the hair.

The conditioner contains argan oil, coconut oil, the best detangling ingredient for superior strand-separation, improved strength, bounce, shine, movement and manageability.  This works excellent when paired with the shine enhancing shampoo.


Giveaway Time:  Aura Sensory is giving one lucky reader everything you see pictured above!  An $82 value!  There products are free of parabens, artificial ingredients, colors and sulfates.

You will receive the following:
  • Natural Warm Citrus Soap (sulfate free)
  • Natural Warm Citrus Hand Lotion
  • Natural Warm Citrus Body Lotion
  • Shine Enhancing Shampoo (sulfate free)
  • Natural Crisp Citrus Body Wash (sulfate free)
  • Hyaluronic Acid Serum
  • Nourish & Hydrate Vitamin C Ester and MSM Brightening Face Cream
  • Natural Deodorant
  • Deep Hydrating Conditioner

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Giveaway: Adventures With You or Truck Yeah Tank Top from TumbleRoot

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It's time for another TumbleRoot giveaway!  One lucky reader will win the tank top of their choice from the two fabulous styles below.


This original Adventures With You Bicycle Tri-Blend Tank is such a sweet message!

Pair this cute tank top with a cozy cardigan this fall!  Printed on high quality, tri-blend American Apparel tank tops. The shirt color is tri-oatmeal with brown ink.


If you like it up loud and you're hillbilly proud, you're going to love this Tim McGraw inspired "Truck Yeah" tank top!

Their original design comes screen printed with high quality inks onto super soft and comfy tri-blend unisex American Apparel tank tops.

Shirt color is ash grey sea foam with black ink.

Fully machine washable and backed by their 100% guarantee!

Giveaway Time:  TumbleRoot is giving one lucky reader the tank of their choice - Truck Yeah or Adventures With You!

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Velvet Pepper Whitney Purse - Ruffles Galore!

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Ruffles, velvet, lace...be still my heart.  The Whitney Purse in chocolate brown is simply adorable!  If you're a fan of ruffles like I am, you need one of these sweet purses.  It's definitely a unique look and a real attention grabber.  Everyone loves it!

This feminine purse is great for year round use and is large enough to hold all of your essentials.  In fact, I use this as a mini tote bag.  Measures 12" H x 14" W x 6" D


The velvet covered handles are soft and comfortable on your arm or shoulder.  

It's beautifully made with a ton of detail.  Just look at all of that girly goodness.  What I love about this purse is that it screams frilly without being overly obnoxious.  The subtle neutral tones make this purse versatile for a variety of outfits.


There's lots of room inside for all of your goodies.
  • 1 hidden front exterior cell phone pocket
  • 1 easy access interior pocket
  • 1 interior cell phone pocket
  • 1 private zip interior pocket
  • 2 interior side water bottle pockets
  • 1 high quality zipper in oiled bronze
  • 1 Velvet Pepper signature zipper pull
  • 1 Velvet Pepper reusable dust cover bag for storage
  • 1 signature Velvet Pepper quick find antique bronze pepper pull
  • 1 signature Pepper Penny

The bottom comes nicely protected.

Head on over to Velvet Pepper to shop for your new bag.  They offer such feminine, unique styles that will make great gifts for the holidays!

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Giveaway: Handcrafted Leather Wrap Bracelet of your choice from Willamy Collection

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It's official!  I've found another company to add to my top 10 jewelry designers!  Introducing the fantastic Willamy Collection!  Their handcrafted leather wrap bracelets are to. die. for.

I received the gorgeous Metallic Gold Rush and Limited Edition Metallic Pink and Silver "Courageous" Bracelets.  With every purchase of the Courageous Bracelet, 20% of the proceeds will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

This is how they arrived.  Beautifully packaged in pretty sheer organza drawstring bags.  Great for gift giving this holiday season.


Here is what the Gold Rush looks on me.  This is created using Czech firepolish crystals on metallic leather.  Gorgeous, right?!?  It looks sparkly in the photo, but I can't express to you enough how stunning both bracelets look in person.  These photos don't do them justice!


I have a very small wrist so I like that these bracelets are adjustable.  Once you find the knot hole that works for you, cut off the remaining leather for a custom fit.


Celebs love Willamy!



Look at this beauty made with metallic pink and silver Czech firepolish crystals on black genuine leather.  Pink is my favorite color and this bracelet just makes me happy.


The crystal button clasp is the icing on the cake.


Again, adjust as necessary.

Willamy Collection has a fantastic assortment of colors to choose from for men and kids, too. Warning, you will want them all!

Giveaway Time:  Willamy Collection is giving one lucky reader the handcrafted leather wrap bracelet of their choice!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Giveaway: Indie Girl Hair Ties gift box with a 20 pack variety of hair ties - 3 Winners!

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Every girl needs to have some Indie Girl Hair Ties!  These hair accessories can be worn by themselves or layered for a unique look.  When you're not wearing these fashionable hair ties, use them as colorful bracelets.  This way you'll always have a hair tie handy!



Each beautiful satiny-elastic hair tie is hand measured, hand cut and hand knotted proudly in the U.S. Forget annoying kinks in your hair.  These soft, gentle and comfy hair accessories won't damage your hair like rubber bands.


Choose from a wonderful assortment of color-coordinated collections.  You'll always have a hair tie to match your outfits. 

Indie Girl Hair Ties only sells wholesale to retailers, but one lucky reader will score an amazing assortment!  This company would love to sell in a shop near you.  Help spread the word!

Giveaway Time:  Indie Girl Hair Ties is giving THREE lucky readers a gift box filled with a 20 pack variety of hair ties!  Yep, a 20 pack variety!  Each pack has 3 hair ties!  That's a retail value of $130 each.

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Giveaway: Shirt of your choice from ChewyLou Designs - 2 Winners!

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The story behind ChewyLou Designs is inspiring and uplifting.  I love a company that cares about what they do.

Here's how they got their start...

The owner was a yoga instructor with a goal to inspire each of her students to live their lives in a better, healthier and more positive way.  One of her classes consisted of an amazing group of women who became like family to her.  Throughout the next five years, their journey together was a combination of ups and downs.  They experienced life together through the death of a parent, cancer, divorce, the birth of beautiful babies and the challenges of facing middle age.  

One day she thought of the qualities she would like to have in herself and came up with Enthusiasm, Gratitude, Optimism - EGO.  She told her students to go home and write it on their mirrors with lipstick!  Their new mantra was to go ahead and have a big EGO!  Without knowing it, she had created her first t-shirt and the rest is history!


The Breathe Short Sleeve T-shirt is one of my favorites from this company.  This beautiful blue top will inspire you to relax, release and just breathe.


Now that the cooler fall months are here, this grey Grateful Long Sleeve T-shirt will surely come in handy.

A portion of the proceeds from this Grateful shirt will go to the Lupus Foundation of America.  We love a company that gives back!

Giveaway Time:  ChewyLou Designs is giving TWO lucky readers the shirt of their choice from this amazing company!

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Giveaway: Package of 3 CareRings for 3 Winners!

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Being a mom is hard work!  From home upkeep to yard work, we do it all.  Have you ever wondered how hard all this daily work is on your diamond rings?!  Most of us treasure our rings and want them to stay in tip top shape.  CareRing will help your rings look their best.


These covers will protect your ring from hand lotions, harsh cleaners, paint, chemicals...you name it, CareRing has you covered!  It's no wonder they were featured on the TODAY show.


CareRing comes in an assortment of colors - clear, white, hot pink, lime, or blue.  There are three sizes available - small, medium and large.  You can even order a combo that includes one of each size.  Your ring size determines your CareRing size.  It's so easy.  Sold in packages of three.


Giveaway Time:  CareRing is giving THREE lucky readers a package of 3 CareRings!

You will win one of these color assortments:
  • Clear/white/blue
  • Clear/white/lime
  • Clear/white/pink

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Natural Life: What I Love Most About My Home Is Who I Share It With

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Awww, what a sweet saying and lovely reminder of what life at home should really be.

The Home Street Market Art from Natural Life is inspired by art found at outdoor markets.  The hand painted folk art feel makes each piece unique and special.  Features a weathered wood framed canvas that measures 8" H x 6 3/4" W x 1 1/4" D.


I have this proudly displayed in my home for everyone to see.  Check out the other designs Natural Life has to offer, too!  They're colorful, fun and will truly lift your spirits!  


These positive pieces of art make excellent gifts for the holidays, birthdays, or just because!

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