Ingenuity Washable Playard {Review}

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My sweet baby was born just after midnight a couple of weeks ago, which ended up working out perfectly for my husband to stay the night with me since our older boys were already asleep at a friends’ house.  When my husband got home the next day, he called me at the hospital and asked if I knew anything about the brand-new playard that was sitting on our front porch.  I was ECSTATIC to hear this news since I had applied to be part of a review campaign a few weeks earlier but hadn’t heard anything back yet — this was a very happy surprise!!

**Really, though, this is my very last post on Dandy Giveaway.  Being a mom of three young boys is a full-time job.  :)

We have a pack and play that we bought just over five years ago, and it’s been a trusty piece that we’ve used for just about everything — camping with a young child who is used to sleeping in a crib, watching a friend’s daughter who needs to go down for a nap, staying in a hotel that can’t promise a crib for the room, traveling and staying with family members, the list goes on.  We have loved our pack and play, but I have to admit that it was not in the cleanest condition after so much use.  We were able to clean it pretty well with some great natural cleaners a couple of months ago, but I couldn’t help but think that there must be an easier way to keep a playard clean on a day-to-day basis.

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“Ingenuity’s Washable Playard is a must-have for every baby.  This is the only playard that zips off completely to go into the washing machine, so every piece of fabric that baby touches can be machine washed to help reduce baby’s exposure to dirt, dust, spills, stains, allergens, germs and more. With a pivoting changing table, mattress, and side storage pockets, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips. The innovative One Less Step feature lets parents quickly fold the play yard making it easier to transport or store. This playard can roll, so it can move with you from room to room. A neutral color scheme makes it perfect for both baby girls and boys.”

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We have LOVED using the Ingenuity Washable Playard with our youngest!!  Here are some of my favorite things about using this playard over the past two weeks:

I was somewhat concerned that my older boys might (accidentally or intentionally!) pull over the bassinet we had bought, but the Ingenuity Washable Playard is sturdy and would take A GOOD AMOUNT of strength to pull over.

Bassinets have not generally lasted longer than a month or so for our boys who grow incredibly fast — the bassinet insert is just as large as the playard itself, so I can easily see us using this for a couple of months.

My two year old is using our crib as a toddler bed, but I didn’t want to buy another crib — we’re only staying in this house for another couple of months, and I plan to move my two-year-old into a larger bed once we move.  In the meantime, though, we’ll easily be able to use this playard because of its size and durability.

I love having my babies in my room with me for the first several weeks, but I don’t want to bring in extra pieces of furniture.  This playard is the perfect size to fit at the end of our bed while still leaving lots of space (and not feel like a permanent fixture).

I never bought a changing table, thinking that it wasn’t necessary since I could just change them on the bed or on the floor with a changing mat.  This has worked perfectly for us in the past, but this new baby has already peed/pooped on us while changing his diaper more times than we’ve ever had with either of our boys combined!!

And, as mentioned earlier, the playard can be completely cleaned by unzipping covers and running them through the washer and dryer!!  Hallelujah!!  The changing table cover has already been washed, dried, then put back on just in time to be tossed back into the laundry pile.  :)

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We LOVE the Ingenuity Washable Playard and have been completely satisfied with this product.  I’d highly suggest this item to anyone who is looking for a playard to use for their infant or toddler!

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**This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Kids II. I was provided the featured product free of charge  to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Kinderfeets {Review}

I have a five-year-old in my house!  We just celebrated his birthday last week, and I really can’t believe that he’s grown up so much into such an independent, fun-loving boy.  I’m really excited for this next year and all of the fun things he’ll be learning, and one of the things that popped into my head while we were outside the other day is that he should be losing the training wheels on his bike and learning how to ride a two-wheeler!

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I’m a little nervous to just take those training wheels off and send him on his way, so I was searching for something that could ease the transition and help him feel more confident before sending him into the world of skinned knees and banged-up elbows.  I was ecstatic to come across Kinderfeets, which is actually designed for children ages 2 to 5 years old!  This wooden bike helps children transition to any pedal-powered bicycle at their own comfort level, and they can quickly move their feet from the pedals to the ground as needed.

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” More than a toy, Kinderfeets is a father’s gift to his son. Disappointed with the push bikes available, Dutch designer Oscar Mulder decided to create his own balance bike for his son, Sebastiaan.  Oscar wanted Sebastiaan to be able to cruise once he became confident enough, so he broke the push bike mold and added footpegs. Knowing kids love to get dirty, he added a removable seat cover that can go in the wash with the rest of the laundry. Other push bikes have inflatable tires that go flat, interrupting the fun. But Kinderfeets’ tires don’t require air. Plus, Kinderfeets’ colorful chalkboard finish provides a reusable canvas for children to exercise their creativity. Older now, Sebastiaan rides a regular bike with ease and confidence – all thanks to the push bike his father designed with him in mind.

We received the red Kinderfeets bike to review, and this product actually arrived just days before my son’s birthday!  It’s always fun to have such a big present to open, and my son also loved assembling the Kinderfeets with Dad as much as he loved riding it!  From the very start, he immediately jumped on and was able to “walk” with the bike to get it started before lifting his feet onto the pedals and coasting down the driveway.  He was just fine when going straight, but it took some time and “getting used to” on turns and when he started to go a little faster than he planned.  It was easy for him to simply put his feet down and stop himself or to catch himself before falling.  His balance on the bike has become so much better over the week, and he’s able coast much further more confidently.

The other part that my son loved was the chalkboard finish — he spent a good part of the afternoon writing on his bike with chalk and decorating it with his name and other fun designs!  I thought this was a great way to personalize his bike without doing anything permanent, and this feature certainly set Kinderfeets apart from other bikes.

Since Kinderfeets is designed for both toddlers and preschoolers, I wondered how my two-year-old would do on the Kinderfeets bike.  I took him outside the other morning (while my five-year-old was at preschool, of course!), and I was surprised by how quickly he took to balancing and moving himself.  The seat was set a little high for him, but he was still able to catch on to the idea of maneuvering himself around using his own feet and then pulling his feet up once he got going.  Once my older son transitions to a two-wheeler bike, I imagine that this Kinderfeets will be quickly taken over by his little brother.  :)

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Stella B. {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Today’s post is a bittersweet one for me since it’s my last one as a blog contributor at this site!  We’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of our baby boy in the next week or two, and we can’t wait to snuggle and settle into our new normal as a family of five.  I started blogging with Dandy Giveaway almost exactly one year ago, and I have completely LOVED featuring shops and companies, reviewing new products, and bringing giveaways to our Dandy readers!!  I’ve loved working together (and becoming friends!) with Tara, Camille, and Valerie, and I’m so excited for all of the great things this blogging team has in store for the future.  And, of course, we love our amazing readers — thanks for helping to make this site just Dandy!  :)

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Although our weather has still been in the high 80s with lots of humidity, there’s just something different about the season — we’ve all but put away our beach toys and have pulled out soups and pumpkin recipes in anticipation for fall’s arrival.  I’ve loved (finally!) living in a location that has four seasons over the past couple of years, and I’ve determined that I LOVE autumn time for the food, the holidays, and the clothes.

I loved perusing the Stella B. website with its unique items and boutique feel, and I had a difficult time narrowing down my large list of “must-haves” to just a handful of favorites.  Stella B. buys their items in limited qualities to ensure that your individual style is one-of-a-kind, and it also means that the inventory is changing all the time — one of my favorite things about these online boutique shops!

Here are some of my favorites from Stella B. for the fall:

Dresses:  Coral Color blocked Hi-Lo Dress

**It’s taken me some time to try out the coral color since I wasn’t sure that I could pull it off with my blonde hair, but I really have loved adding this pop of color into my wardrobe.  I love this model’s choice of accessories that transitions this outfit from summer into fall.

Accessories:  Love Belt Buckle Bracelet- Silver

**So, so cute!!  I love that this bracelet could be worn by anyone and doesn’t look too “cowboy” in style.  It’s a cute piece that draws attention without taking away from the rest of the outfit.

Game Day Collection:   “Roll Tide” Houndstooth Game Day Bow Back Dress

**Loving, loving the houndstooth look that I’ve already seen for this season, and this dress from the Game Day Collection could be worn in a number of ways throughout the year that wouldn’t scream “Alabama!”, unless, of course, you wanted it to.  ;)

Tops:  Coral Crush Ombre Top

**Again, my new-found love with the coral color, only this time with the added ombre style — I love that this material is flowy and looks scarf-like, lending to lots of layering fun.

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Personalized Pretties:  Ultimate Chevron Carry-All

**I absolutely LOVE this Ultimate Chevron Carry-All!  It reminds me of the bags that I’ve seen from other large companies, but the ones at Stella B. are less than half their price – these are only $28!!

Black Maxi Skirt

**I received this item to review from Stella B., and I LOVE the material and that these maxi skirts have so many uses throughout the entire year!  I have lived in maxi skirts this summer while I’ve been pregnant, and I can’t imagine my wardrobe without them year-round — the skirt was a little long for me (I just barely make it over five feet tall!), but it fits just fine when I fold down the band, even with flats.  I’m especially happy for the band around the middle since my post-baby bump in the next few months will not be nearly as much fun to dress as the baby bump has been over the past few months.

What product from Stella B. has caught your eye??  Enter below to win a $30 gift certificate to use on your favorite item at Stella B.!

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FRUCHI Smoothies {Giveaway} – CLOSED

I’m so excited to feature FRUCHI Smoothies here on Dandy Giveaway again!  Our family had the opportunity to review these smoothies right at the beginning of the summer, and we absolutely loved them.  We took them on all of our summertime adventures and loved the convenience of a refreshingly cold smoothies anytime, anywhere during the hot, humid months.  Now that the weather is starting to change and school is back in session, though, these FRUCHI Smoothies are just as valuable because they’re an incredibly healthy snack that can be taken on the go!

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 I think that I can count the number of times that I ate school lunch on one hand — even through middle school and high school, I generally packed my own lunch and took something with me rather than waiting in line for something that I most likely wouldn’t eat anyway.  One of the ever-present items in my insulated bag was the bulky ice pack that kept everything cold but definitely took up way too much space.  I love the idea of sending one of these FRUCHI smoothies with my kids in that same type of insulated bag for lunchtime!  The frozen FRUCHI smoothie would keep everything cold, but it could also be eaten as a healthy, fruit-filled part of the lunch meal.

Along those same lines, they make the perfect after-school snack to eat in between school and extracurricular activities, especially since they have OVER a full serving of fruit that can curb hunger in the afternoon hours.  They’re also a great choice for an early morning on-the-go breakfast since they can be quickly thawed by popping them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.  From there, FRUCHI smoothies can be eaten easily without making mess in the car for any age.

While there are lots of options for use with children and teenagers, these FRUCHI smoothies are also perfect for adults to take to work or to eat on-the-go while still maintaining portion control and making healthy eating choices.  I could easily grab one of these on my way out the door for any of the same above reasons (breakfast, lunch, snack, etc.) and feel energized and, more importantly, satisfied until the next meal.

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Berry Blast – Antioxidants abound and blueberries lead the way in this powerful dark berry blend with raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries.

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Strawberry Banana – Strawberries and bananas combine with our 100% all-natural fruit juice blend to make this one unforgettable smoothie.

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Island Splash – Escape to the Caribbean with this refreshing mix of oranges, peaches and mangos with our all-natural fruit juice blend.

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 Raspberry Rush — Zing your taste buds with this tangy blend of raspberry juice, strawberries, blackberries and other power-packed juices.

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This fall season also brings the start of youth groups, sports teams, and other school-related activities that might require fundraising — if your organization is looking for an original product for fundraising, FRUCHI® smoothies are the perfect choice!  All-natural FRUCHI® smoothies are the only ready-to-eat  real fruit frozen smoothies in the country, which means your fundraiser can  feature an innovative, better-for-you product that tastes great.  Kids love FRUCHI® smoothies for their great taste and how  much fun they are to eat. Parents love them because they deliver a full serving  of fruit in each environmentally friendly package.  Our fundraising program is designed to maximize your  profitability while minimizing the hassle and headaches of running a successful fundraiser.”

Starting a FRUCHI® smoothie Fundraiser is as easy as 1-2-3

1. Place an order by completing the online form or calling 1-855-4FRUCHI

2. Pick up your order or have it shipped to you

3. Sell FRUCHI® smoothies at your event or concession stand

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  FRUCHI can be found in grocery stores at Cub Foods, Festival Foods, Kowalski’s, and Hy-Vee, but they can also be purchased through Schwans.com .

 One Dandy reader will win a 12-count case of FRUCHI Smoothies in any flavor — enter below to win!

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Fluffy Garden Boutique {Giveaway} – CLOSED

One of my favorite things about being a military spouse is moving to new locations and meeting new people — moving away from those new friends never feels like good-bye since we have Facebook and other ways to keep in touch, but it also never feels like good-bye because the chances of meeting up again in the military are just too good!  Kierston and I met when we were living in the middle of the California desert; our husbands worked together and we have boys who are just months apart in age, so it was a quick match for our entire family.  We moved to North Carolina about three years ago, and we were ecstatic when Kierston’s family moved to North Carolina just about three months ago!Cover Photo

Almost immediately after making a cross-country trip and getting settled in their new location, Kierston opened up her Facebook shop Fluffy Garden Boutique, where she makes custom orders of just about anything that can be crocheted, sewn, or painted!  She is completely invested in her shop and in her products, and her passion is evident on her Facebook updates that usually include some sort of amazing special or giveaway for her fans.

 Here are a couple of my favorites from her shop:

 

Around the House items include this Multipurpose Wash Cloth (shown above), Washable Swiffer Cover, or a cute Tooth Fairy Pillow!

Fluffy Garden Boutique also features great sets for photography props or photo shoots, such as this Mermaid Set with Shell Top and Starfish Headband

The Beanies, Hats, and Diaper Covers also include lots of fun seasonal products, such as this Football Beanie

Photo: OSU inspired headband (can be customized to any team) sizes NB, 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-9m, 12m, toddler, child or adult $5 free shipping

Or hard-core football fans will love to check out the College and NFL Themes Crochet album with items such as this OSU-Inspired Headband (can be customized for any team, any size infant to adults), totes, or throws.

 Since Kierston is a military spouse herself, she knows the difficulty that goes with numerous deployments, long hours/days/weeks, and sacrifice to serve our country.  Fluffy Garden Boutique features a Military Heroes Wall of Fame open to any branch of service — just e-mail your picture and she’ll add it to this album!

And, just in time for the fall season, Fluffy Garden Boutique is offering a $30 Gift Certificate to use in the shop by November 1!  Check out Fluffy Garden Boutique on Facebook, then come back here to enter to win!

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Luvs Nightlock {Giveaway} – CLOSED

We’re (unfortunately) down to our last few weeks of having only one child in diapers before we venture into having two boys wearing diapers, so we really need something that’s going to work.  Since it’s been so warm and we’ve been outside so much this summer, my boys drink a lot of water and eat a lot of popsicles to stay hydrated — this extra liquid, though, can create problems with my two-year-old during the night and usually leads to some extra laundry for either myself or my husband in the morning.

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We were excited to work with Double Duty Divas and Luvs to feature the new Luvs with NightLock, and I was especially excited to try diapers that would have extra absorption for nighttime wear!  Luvs with NightLock isn’t available on retailer shelves nationwide until September 16th, but we were provided an exclusive sneak peak at the product before it became available!

We tried moving up a size for diapers during the night, but my little guy is pretty slim and they didn’t work very well — we tried these Luvs with NightLock in size 5 (one size larger than he usually wears), though, and they fit snugly and didn’t move to create a rash or chafing.  The Leak Barrier Leg Gathers kept the diapers from drooping, and we were happy with the softness of the diapers especially since they’re worn all night for 10-12 hours.

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Luvs with NightLock offers the ultimate in overnight protection for baby AND a good night ahead for Mom with: 

Our largest absorbency area EVER to help lock wetness away, even overnight, and locks away wetness better than Huggies Snug & Dry – meaning less leaks at night for baby and more time for mom to enjoy those nighttime hours, however she sees fit

Leak Barrier Leg Gathers to ensure leaks are kept away from PJs and in our diaper – where they belong! 

Two new diaper designs per box – same funky Luvs monkey, new fun designs 

The Luvs Money Back Guarantee (we feel so strongly about our diapers, we’ve guaranteed them!) 

Plus, beginning September 16, 2013, to coincide with Luvs with Night Lock appearing on shelves, for the  first time EVER, Luvs will be offering print-at-home coupons Luvs.com. 

September 16th will also see Luvs releasing a new series of our beloved “First Kid/Second Kid” commercials on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/luvsdiapers)

Enter below to win a pack of Luvs Nightlock Diapers in Size 5!

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Moody Sisters Skincare {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Here we are at the very last day of August, and I can’t wait to welcome September!  I love the fall season, we’ve got two birthdays in our little family to celebrate (not to mention a literal BIRTH DAY that will occur this year!), I love returning to routine and schedules, and I’m looking forward to having family visit.  One of the most difficult parts of this month, though, is the change in season, and I remember that last year’s September was especially rough on my skin since we move from hot and humid to cooler and dry.

Moody Sisters Skincare offers lots of unique skincare products made organically in Central Washington (where my husband and I lived for two years!)

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It all started with two sisters, 10-years apart in age, who grew up in Central Washington and settled in a small town called Cashmere, WA with their families. The two were quite different in almost all aspects of life, but they shared one common interest; finding organic skincare remedies.

Older sister Jess had resigned herself to a life of acne and rosacea, deciding it would be better to live as a hermit than to pay such exorbitant prices for skincare.  Younger sister Whitney had worked as a skincare consultant for five years, but still found few products that wouldn’t flare up her eczema or cause a severe allergic reaction.  After hundreds of dollars spent on doctor’s visits and harsh chemicals that failed to calm their skin woes, the sisters had had enough!  They turned to nature for their remedy.

Thus Moody Sisters Skincare was born. For months the sisters toiled over their stoves and sinks perfecting products that would help their moody skin.  As they developed and tested their lotions, toners and deodorants they suddenly realized that not only did they enjoy these products, but others would too. And the sisters were delighted to realize that since the products were completely chemical and paraben free, they were also safe for their young daughters.  Whatever mood your skin is in the Moody Sisters have you covered. The products range from sensitive skin cleansers and moisturizers to blemish and oil control products, from luxurious lip balms to aluminum-free deodorants and scrubs. Each product is carefully handmade to rejuvenate and brighten skin the way nature intended.

Moody Sisters Skincare is 100% natural, affordable {killer} skincare for the whole family.  Each product is handmade by Jess and Whitney in their kitchen and packaged with love. 

Natural Vegan Deodorant Bundle — I can honestly say that I didn’t even consider there would be alternatives to “regular” deodorants that can be found in the grocery store.  These options would be great for the changing seasons, and I imagine that the powder deodorant would be perfect for humid summer days.

Organic Bug Repellant — Our family doesn’t generally have many problems with bug bites, but my two-year-old has about eight bites on each of his feet from playing outside over the past two days — he’s been miserable!  Using bug repellant with such young children can be bothersome, but these organic blends would be a great alternative.

Bamboo Baby Wipes & Organic Solution — I think I’ve only found maybe one brand of wipes that I’m happy to use, and I’m not sure that they’re as soft as I’d like, especially when rashes and bumps make their debut after long, humid summer days.  These bamboo baby wipes sound soft but sturdy, and the organic solution seems like it would do more than just clean.

Natural Eye Makeup Remover — I received a bottle of this natural eye makeup remover just in the nick of time!  I ran out of my favorite eye makeup remover and was happy to try something new since I’ve been using waterproof mascara and eyeliner to keep my makeup from running thanks to sweat and playing outside.  This eye makeup remover has taken everything off easily and leaves my eyes with a light moisturizer and a subtle scent.

Organic Hydrating Facial Oil  — My skin is usually really dry and would benefit greatly from this product, but pregnancy and humid North Carolina summer weather has kept my skin overly hydrated.  :(  I’ve set this Hydrating Facial Oil aside to use in my post-partum weeks/months and especially during the winter weather we’ll be spending in the dry Utah desert.

Enter below to win a $25 Gift Certificate to use at Moody Sisters Skincare!

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Busy Babes Printables {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Here we are at the end of summer, with just a handful of schools (my mother-in-law’s included!) coming in at the tail end by starting their first day of school the day after Labor Day.  We’re finishing up our Back-to-School Friday reviews and giveaways here at Dandy Giveaway with a FABULOUS giveaway that is designed more for parents than for kids!

I’ve always enjoyed the beginning of each New Year that allows me to make resolutions and re-evaluate priorities, and I feel strongly that the beginning of each new school year gives me another opportunity to do that halfway through the year.  I used to be incredibly skilled at time management and completing tasks but these are two areas that I feel are incredibly lacking since I became a mom.  I’ve seen lots of great ideas for organization to help stay on track, and these ones from Busy Babes Printables are so thorough and comprehensive!

I came across Busy Babes Printables on Etsy and immediately fell in LOVE with the documents available at this shop!  The colors are eye-catching while still feeling calm and organized, and I love the font and type styles that make everything look clean and crisp.  The shop owner, Laura, is a “busy babe” herself as she just started graduate school this week, and I’m confident that her own experiences have helped her develop these documents that have absolutely everything you’d ever need!


PRODUCTIVITY KIT:
– 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 information
– debt repayment plan
– check register
– bill/payments calendar
– financial balance sheet

CLEAN HOME KIT:
– daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal cleaning checklists
– yearly home maintenance checklists


MENU PLANNING KIT:
– pantry and freezer inventories
– weekly meal planner
– monthly dinner planner
– coordinating blank recipe page

HOME MAINTENANCE KIT:
– home improvement projects list
– home maintenance log
– paint projects color log
– appliance maintenance log
– automobile maintenance log
– home maintenance checklist

HOME INVENTORY:
– appliance index
– inventory logs for: clothing and shoes, furniture, electronics, valuables, kitchen and dining, media, garage and tools, and miscellaneous
– media inventory

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KIDS & PETS:
– babysitter note
– pet information page
– pet sitter note

Organized Shopper Kit - Printable Shopping Lists, and Online Username and Passwords Tracker - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

ORGANIZED SHOPPER KIT:
– grocery list
– need/want list
– everywhere shopping list
– online passwords and usernames log
– online shopping tracker

 Household Management Binder Kit - Home Management Binder - Over 50 Organizing Printables - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

Household Management Binder Kit:  This kit comes with over 50 organizing printables!  All together, these printables create a great Home Management Binder system for your home, keeping all of your important information organized and centralized in one place. (Plus, with over 50 printables, you’re saving a ton of money ordering all of these kits together!)

 This Personalized Home Management Binder Kit comes with EACH of the above kits ALONG WITH the following documents:

PLANNERS & CALENDARS: – perpetual calendar pages, both horizontal and vertical designs – weekly family schedule (with sections for each member of the family) – perpetual ‘important dates’ page

IMPORTANT INFORMATION & CONTACTS: – emergency information page – important information page – contact pages – important phone numbers page

When Laura says that you’ll receive an INSTANT DOWNLOAD, she’s serious about it — I had my entire Household Management Binder Kit personalized and sent to my e-mail address immediately with all of these great documents!  I spent the afternoon looking through everything and am looking forward to taking the weekend to fill in all the important information and organize these documents.

I’m especially excited about the Clean Home Kit and the Menu Planning Kit for the next several weeks as we attempt to maintain some sense of normalcy in the midst of a little boy making his grand appearance soon.  I’ve been cooking extra at each meal and stocking my freezer with extra meals and baked goods to tide us over until family comes to visit, and I’m happy to know that I’ll have these materials available during the very sleep-deprived first month.

I’m also loving the Home Inventory Kit, especially after our home was broken into just a couple of months ago and some electronics were taken.  We had some serial numbers written down somewhere and had some serial numbers e-mailed to ourselves, but it would have been SO much easier to have all of that information right in our Household Management Binder to copy and send off with the detective.

One Dandy reader will win a Personalized Household Management Binder Kit from Busy Babes Printables!

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** This posting and giveaway  were sponsored by Busy Babes Printables, but all  opinions are strictly my own. 

Very Jane {Review}

Over the past year of blogging here on Dandy Giveaway, I’ve come across a number of new-to-me brands, products, and companies to introduce to our Dandy readers — and I’ve honestly been excited to feature them to you because I’ve liked what I’ve seen from them.  Let me be the first to tell you, though, that this website has quickly become my very favorite and that I’ve already ordered twice from them since I discovered Very Jane not even a month ago!!

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Very Jane is like a daily deals site that offers boutique items from various shops at discounted prices with incredibly low shipping cost.  I say “like a daily deals site” because the items listed are usually posted for a couple of days as long as inventory remains in stock!  Every morning, there are between 7-10 new items featured on the site, and there are sneak peeks for those who follow Very Jane on Facebook — these sneak peeks, I’ve noticed, are incredibly important so you know how early to wake up (or how late to stay up?) to ensure that you can snatch up the product you want while it’s still in stock.

These items have included women’s and children’s clothing, hair accessories, organizational tools, scarves, jewelry, and even prints from Sprinkled Joy!  Here are a few of my favorites that you can find on there right now:

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Must Have Scrunchy Pencil Skirts!

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Personalized Weekly Menu Dry Erase Board with Marker!  (How convenient that it just happens to have “The Johnson Family” written right on it so I can see what it would look like in my own home!)

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Trendy Chevron Crossbody Purse!

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Multi-Shape Hand Stamped Necklace!

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I received this Anthropologie Inspired Sevilla Scarf in mint (no longer available) from White Plum Boutique, and I kid you not that it was in my hands within five days of ordering it.  I also ordered another infinity scarf a couple of days later and had the same outcome — great product, incredibly reasonable price, quick shipping!

I feel a little bit like a walking advertisement for Very Jane since I’ve been telling all of my friends all about it since I came across it!  I can honestly say that I’ve been 100% satisfied with my experiences with Very Jane, and I love that I’ve found a new site that features products from classy shops and boutiques at an amazing price and especially with shipping that’s so low (sometimes lower than paying tax in store!) and lightning fast.  Head on over to Very Jane so you can fall in love with the site as much as I have, then plan to follow them so you can score your favorite deals!

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**This posting was sponsored by Very Jane, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Sprinkled Joy {Giveaway} – CLOSED

About five years ago, I was up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I got out of bed and decided to get something done.  We had just moved in to our very first home that we had purchased a couple of weeks earlier, and I was in the middle of decorating.  There was a large wall that ran from our living room to our dining room, and I couldn’t figure out what to do with it.  That night, though, I came up with the most perfect wall college of different sizes/shapes/colors of frames that just happened to fit together perfectly.  I included some of the most important things to us in these frames (our marriage certificate, a family picture, a picture of Jesus Christ, etc.) along with some cute decorations (a large teal J, burlap background, etc.), and that large wall college has been a staple in every house we’ve lived in since then.

Since having children, we’ve had to make some changes to the pictures in the frames, and over the past year, I’ve had an empty 8×10 white frame that I couldn’t figure out what to do with.  Pure laziness, I know.  When I discovered Sprinkled Joy, though, I knew that I had found the perfect fit for that empty frame!

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Sprinkled Joy is an Etsy shop that specializes in customizable prints and printables that are perfect for every room in the house or for any occasion.  There are a number of prints for family reunions, weddings, anniversaries, baby shower, birthdays, etc. that could then be framed and hung in a bedroom, living room, family room, or nursery.  I love that there is literally something for everyone in this shop — all customizable at an amazing price with a quick turnaround time.

One of my favorite parts of working with Sprinkled Joy over the past few weeks has been my interaction with Sarah, the shop owner.   She has been quick to respond to my messages, to update me with changes along the way, and to allow me the chance to make changes to my proof.  If you’re looking for someone who will ensure that your customizable products looks exactly the way you want it, I would highly recommend Sarah at Sprinkled Joy!

Sarah tells us on her About Us page: “In January 2012 I put some products up and people began buying them – I was shocked, and super flattered. From there Sprinkled Joy has grown beyond any expectations I initially had and has some regular customers and many new happy ones. I always love it when I can create something that has been personalized especially for someone and hope that my designs can bring an extra measure of joy into people’s lives.”

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The Original Famous Couples Subway 8×10 Print

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Newborn Stats Birth Announcement, Size 4×8

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ABC Name Print – Customizable

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Family Tree for Large Families

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Important Places, Tell Your Story in Longitude & Latitude

**This is the print I worked on with Sarah to create, and I could not have been more pleased with the outcome!!  I especially loved the idea of creating a print of these important places because my husband and I met in Okinawa, Japan, which is where we had our first date and where my husband proposed.  The interesting thing, though, is that we discovered a few weeks into our dating that we had both lived about a mile away from each other in a little town in Utah for about eight years!  My husband’s family moved to Washington state about the same time that we moved overseas, but our family would fly through Seattle during our summer trips back to visit grandparents.  We’ve loved how these places have forever changed our lives!

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Are you already imagining one of these prints on your wall??  Enter below to win on 8×10 print of your choice from Sprinkled Joy!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be  drawn no later than the evening of August 31st and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Sprinkled Joy, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

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