It’s on and it’s dandy!

The Silent Auction is on!  Sooooo many dandy items to bid on.


All of the items can be found in the Dandy Giveaway Silent Auction album on Facebook and you can place your bids in the comments below each item.  If you happen to not be on Facebook and still want to participate then feel free to message me with your bid and I’m happy to place it for you.  You can email me at:  dandygiveaway (at) gmail (dot) com.  Here are all of the items currently up for auction:


Thank you for supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night!   YOU make a difference and I think YOU are just dandy.  :)

Dandy Giveaway Silent Auction!

Watch for it on Facebook, because it starts on Saturday! All proceeds will go to the LLS Light The Night Team Walking For Gran.

Mark you calendars.  Join us on Facebook.  Help us fundraise.


Items will be located in a photo album on the Dandy Facebook page and you can place your bids there.

These items will include…

Virgin Mobile Android cell phone

Initials, Inc.


Thirty-One Gifts

Jamberry Nails

Baby Banz

And… much more!

“See” you at the auction.

Please share with your friends.

It’s going to be a dandy good time and for a great cause! {Review & Discount}

Well, this baby keeps a-growin’ and I keep finding myself going through my maternity box of clothes and thinking, “I wore THIS?!”  I know that the first time I was pregnant four and a half years ago, I was willing to take almost anything ‘maternity’, but I have higher standards this time around!  I’m on the hunt for cute, versatile, and comfortable classics that I’ll want to wear all 9 months, after baby, and even with the next pregnancy!  I’ve found some great maternity clothes at a site called, and if you’re also in the belly-growing stage of motherhood, look no further for some great finds!


This time around, I’ve really been looking for staples, like this white shirt and jeans.  This is the Ruched White Maternity T-shirt and Straight Dusty Blue Maternity Jeans.  I was instantly pleased with this shirt from the moment I put it on.  It is not thin or transparent in the least, and I love not having to wear a cami underneath it.  The V-neck is flattering and not too low-cut, and as with any good maternity shirt, it has great length to allow for a belly of all sizes.  The side ruching is a subtle detail, but is great at showing off the bump while creating some interest visually.  The cap sleeves are comfortable, and the shirt feels very breathable, due to the 95% cotton component.  It is also available in black, charcoal, and purple-toned stripes.  This is a size 6 (AUS 10), and I think it is a perfect fit.  I’ll be wearing the heck out of this!


The jeans are also a favorite.  These are also a size 6 (AUS 10), and as you can see, they are a little baggy and very long, so perhaps going a size smaller would be a good recommendation.  They are still as comfortable as ever, and I love the wash.  Now, the reason I wanted these exact jeans are because they do NOT have a panel.  I’m a jeans-panel hater.  I can’t stand that huge spandex wrap that squishes all your insides even more and is supposed to keep your pants up at the same time.  No way.  Hate em.  I needed to find something under-belly with a very adjustable width, and these are just what I was hoping for.

2As you can see, there are THREE areas for adjustment that will keep these jeans close fitting, but comfortable, body hugging, and extremely adjustable.  Music to my ears!


Lastly, I’m excited to show you this killer Blue Striped Nursing Dress!  Yes, its true.  Its not just a maternity dress, and I’ll be wearing this throughout this pregnancy, and for much of the upcoming Spring/Summer as strictly a nursing dress!  Like I keep saying, you gotta love the versatility of these clothes.  This I ordered in a size 8 (AUS 12), and the larger size felt great.  Since it is so elastic and will shrink back to its original shape after washing, you don’t have to worry about your belly stretching it out, or the dress keeping its shape post-baby.


Besides being flattering, extremely comfortable, cute for Fall/Winter/Spring, and so easy to accessorize, could you even tell from the look of it that it has these ‘secret’ overlapping areas, where you can have easy access when breastfeeding?!  I’m so tickled about an outfit where I’ll be able to stay warm, concealed, and decently covered while nursing.

Buy it:

Ruched White Maternity T-shirt ($37)

Straight Dusty Blue Maternity Jeans ($73)

Blue Striped Nursing Dress ($63)

Be sure to check out their HUGE selection of adorable dresses, tops, leggings, skirts, swimwear, evening wear, nursing bras, belly bands, etc…




And now its time for that discount, as promised!  You can use the code DANDY2014 to receive a $10 discount on orders over $60.  It will expire Dec. 31st, 2014, and is one use per customer.

Make sure you follow Maternity Sale in order to keep up on sales and news!

Online Store / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Prior To Parenthood {For The Love Of Blog}

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008

More of us prior to parenthood!

Most of these pictures show our love for travel…hopefully baby will feel the same way!!
Dinner in Ambergris Caye
Chatsworth House (Derbyshire, England)
Manchester, England
The City of Light
Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri Botanical Garden
Zion National Park
Antelope Canyon
It’s Dr. Audi! (Philadelphia)
New York City

St. Louis for my brother’s wedding

Disney World

Lake Powell
And now…


As in September 6, 2014.

Keep in mind that we were living in San Antonio when that blog post was written.  Hence the reason for our visiting St. Louis for my brother’s wedding and then traveling to the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  At that point in time we weren’t yet St. Louisans!  Weren’t we such babies in those pictures???  I don’t quite know where the time has gone.  I guess 12 years tends to age a person. *wink*

Have you been to any of the places we traveled?

Rabbit Creek {Giveaway} Closed

Okay, so we’ve talked a lot about health and fitness. We’ve talked about things to eat that are healthy and things to wear when you start working toward getting a little more healthy. It shouldn’t come as a great surprise that I haven’t another post about something to eat when you’re trying to be healthy. I’d like to introduce you to Rabbit Creek Gourmet Food.


On their website you can find a whole variety of gourmet foods, here’s why. “Business woman of the year in Kansas in 1995. Donna insists that Rabbit Creek has the highest standard of product taste and value, plus the best customer service in the business! Her over 350 different mixes include dips, soups, quick breads, beer spreads, brownies, desserts, and scone mixes. Holiday and gift items are another plus. Remember, Rabbit Creek Products is the original producer of Flower Pot Breads and Muffins.”


I was excited to try something from Donna’s line. She sent me Rabbit Creek’s Bird Seed Crunch. I was surprised to see the mix when I opened the package. It tastes fresh and I’m not baffled by what might be in it. The ingredients are pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, sugar, honey, cream and vanilla. 


It makes for a fast and easy snack when you’re in a hurry. I want to know what you think about it so that’s why along with Rabbit Creek Gourmet Foods I’m hosting a giveaway to win some of your own.

The winner of this giveaway will win one pouch of Bird Seed Crunch.

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of September 12th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Rabbit Creek Gourmet Foods, but all opinions are my own.


Connect with Rabbit Creek Gourmet Foods


Fun Bites {Review & Discount}

I’m not sure what happened to Munchkin between the ages of 2 and almost 4 but he has become so picky about foods. When he was little he would at least try every single thing I put on his plate. He would eat every piece of a slice of bread but now he’s strictly a no-crust-ever kid. Also he won’t eat anything green and he’s very particular about what I put on his plate. If he doesn’t want to eat it he will literally take it off of his plate. Just crazy. So I’ve been trying to come up with new ways to get him excited about eating a whole range of foods. This kid is totally motivated by fun, so I figured if I could make it fun he might eat it. Right? I tried way cool plates and bowls, but that didn’t really change his desire to eat new foods. Then I found out about Funbites and I knew I had to give them a try!


Have you heard of this family friendly company? On their website it says “FunBites super sturdy and durable curved blade cutter cuts any kids’ food into bite-sized fun shapes. We make food so much fun that even the pickiest eaters can’t resist! FUNBITES works on kid-friendly food from pancakes, sandwiches, fruit, veggies, brownies and more! Jackie loves FUNBITES because the food is cut neatly and evenly. Dylan suddenly eats her food, real food, not junk food.” 


Isn’t this packaging totally adorable! It reminds of Frankenstein’s monster! There are 3 different patterns and each come in 2 colors. The only problem I’ve found is that the shape of the Funbite isn’t the same shape as my bread, but that’s not a problem I just cut up the parts that missed the first time through.

Funbites College

When I set this plate down in front of Munchkin he said “Oh Mommy, I love all these triangles!” I think that’s a huge hit! All of these cute cutters are BPA free, made in the USA, and totally dishwasher safe. I’m excited for when the boys get a little older because I think they will be able to work it themselves :D I think it’s a wonderful idea on how to make kid’s meals and snacks a little more fun!


Now until November 1st use the discount code BTSfunbites at check out to receive 20% off!


Connect with Funbites


*The products in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.*


Not Challenge Worthy?

The Ice Bucket Challenge has come and gone.  This was an AMAZING way to raise awareness for the horribleness that is ALS.  I’ve never been personally touched by this disease, but my heart aches for those families who have and are currently going through it.  And the sufferers.  I’m so very sorry.  Such a very debilitating problem that needs to be solved.   Prior to the challenge I didn’t realize just how many people are dealt this tragic card.  Honestly?  I only knew of TWO people and one wasn’t even technically in my circle.  I knew about Lou Gehrig, because I’ve seen the movie about his life too many times to count.  (My dad had it taped on VHS from the television and would constantly have us watch it in the 1980′s.)  Then as a teenager I had an acquaintance who’s father died of the disease.  But even then I associated it with the baseball player.  That’s all I knew.  I’m so grateful to have learned about ALS over the last month and have it placed in the forefront of my mind.  I hope that the momentum of awareness continues.

Now for my observations on the challenge itself…  No one challenged me to participate.  Not a soul.  I started to develop a complex with each passing day.  A paranoia of sorts.  Wondering when would be MY fateful day.  The day I would be dumping a bucket of ice cold water on my head.  I shiver at the thought.  Only it never happened.  Not once.  Not a single challenge came across to me on the Facebook.  Meaning that I was unable to challenge another.  The devastation of not being able to participate.  I have 1,063 “friends” on Facebook.  As the weeks went by I watched many of them participating in the challenge.   They created these funny videos.  I laughed.  They donated.  I applauded.  All the while plotting out what I would do in my own video.  But my chance never came.  Was I a total after thought?  Not worthy of the challenge?  My insecurities started to tug from a deep place.  Everyone was leaving me behind.  How was I to catch up with the rest?  Get in the game?  I was almost to the point of making my own video that  said something like, “No one challenged me, so I’ve elected to challenge myself.  So there.” and then over my head with the bucket.  Almost.  Why didn’t I?  There’s no reason why I couldn’t have.  Maybe the fear of desperation?  At any rate I missed my chance to be a part of something big.  Something life changing for someone else.  I should have just participated and not waited for someone to send out my challenge.  For that I will forever be wondering, “What if?”

That all being said, I’ve decided to put myself out there this month.  The month of September 2014.  My family started a tradition just last year of participating in the Light the Night walk here in St. Louis.  My mom has Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  We have a team.  We will be walking the night of September 27th.  So here’s my challenge to you…  I’m not going to challenge any dumping of ice buckets.  That would be  riding on the coattails of another great cause.  So my challenge has nothing to do with ice buckets.

All that I ask is that you do something dandy for someone else.  

We live in a dandy world and there’s no reason why we can’t make sure that it keeps being dandy.  Or make it even more dandy.  The dandiness you provide another can be simple.  You can simply smile at someone who looks like they need one.  You know.  That haggard looking mother who is struggling to get through the grocery store with her young children?  Give her the thumbs up.  Tell her it’s going to be okay.  The janitor at your kid’s school?  When you see him or her while in the hallway after PTO lets out… Smile and say thank you for all that they do.  How about that person needing to change lanes on the roadway?  Let them in front of you and don’t be angry about it.  I guarantee that by doing so you will only arrive to your destination about five seconds later than you originally expected.  It can even be Facebook related.  Someone posts something that you don’t necessarily agree with.  Do you comment knowing full well that it could cause an argument?  Or knowing that it’s not the most dandy way in which you should respond?  Then don’t.  Just stop and think before you act.  If it’s something that could lead down the road less dandy then don’t go down that road.  Now if it’s something dandy then act away!  :)

I’m not going to put a donation requirement on this challenge, but if you so desire…  Please donate just $1 directly to our team fundraising page on the LLS website:  Walking For Gran.  I know that all of our efforts (both big and small) will be dandy!

Thank you for being dandy!

Baby News!! {For The Love Of Blog}


Baby News!!

I know the count down to baby says that we have 23 days to go, but it’s wrong! Due to my blood pressure issues we knew that he would be born before 40 weeks, but everything was always still up in the air. Well, I saw the doctor today and we are good to go! Sunday evening I will go into the hospital to have the induction process started. So Monday (April 14th) will be baby day! I’ll post pictures of him as soon as I can…although I may be quite busy next week! And yes he is still nameless!

Pacific Baby World {Giveaway} – Closed

We live in Boston, and since we live in a big city having a car is a bit of a headache so instead we take public transportation and do a lot of walking. In the summer it can get really hot and I often get concerned about how Dmitri is going to handle being out in the warm weather. I sunscreen him up, he wears a hat and I try to keep him in the shade, but it’s still so hot.

(Dandy Giveaway receives free products for review purposes and may sometimes be compensated for posts but all opinions expressed are 100% my own. See Dandy Giveaway’s disclosure policy for more details.)

I’ve found the Pacific Baby all-in-one cups to be a pretty amazing addition to our summer outings, since they are not only super versatile but the are amazing at keeping Dmitri’s drinks cold. Ice cold. In fact, if I add ice to his drink, 4 hours later there are still ice cubes in his cup… Pretty fantastic right?

Let me tell you a little bit more about these cups, because they are great for a lot of reasons:

  • They keep drinks cold or hot for up to 7 hours! 
  • They are a great transition cup and you can upgrade it to meet the needs of your child simply by switching out the mouthpiece on the cup; they have bottle, sippy cup, and straw tops. 
  • They are environmentally friendly (and you only need one cup for a baby through a 5 year old).
  • It’s made out of stainless steel which is good for sanitation. 
  • It’s super easy to clean by hand and they are dishwasher safe. 

Dmitri never took a bottle, so we didn’t end up needing the default top that came with the cup and instead we went straight for the sippy cup top. Dmitri loved it. It’s soft and flexible, but we’ve had no issues with spills and the cup really is amazing at keeping a drink cold… like to the point I’m a little bit jealous of it. I also love that it comes with lid to cover the sippy cup spout and I can add hand grips to the side if I want them.

It’s been a great bottle to have over the summer, and I’m looking forward to being able to use it this winter as well. If you’re looking for a really great outdoor bottle that will work for years and years then check out Pacific Baby and their fantastic 3 in 1 bottles! Check them out:

Official Website / Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Instagram

And for the best part! Pacific Baby Worlds has offered one lucky Dandy Winner a 3 in 1 Pacific Baby Bottle!!!

Pacific Baby Worlds has offered one lucky Dandy Winner a 3 in 1 Pacific Baby Bottle!!!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Sept 6th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Why I Care What My Son Is for Halloween

IMG_4604We are what we are today based on the millions of experiences we have had up to this point.  People have touched our lives, we were taught fundamentals from our youth, and successes and failures have made us more brave or more hesitant to continue or discontinue the path we were once on or have always been on. I believe that, as parents, our job (among a million other things) is to protect our children from people and things that will harm and hurt, and steer them in a way to leads to success and happiness, whatever that means to you and your child.

One of the ways that I am personally guiding my son is in the way of emulating positive role models instead of harmful ones, and one way I can do that is by putting particular interest in who my boy is portraying for Halloween!  Call it minial and unimportant, but I think who we allow our children to dress up as and act like is certainly an opportunity of great direction.

First of all, let’s talk about weapons.  We don’t let our children play with guns, for obvious reasons, but primarily so that they never accidentally get ahold of a real and loaded gun and wave it around like they have in play time and inadvertantly do some great damage.  Likewise, how do you feel about play knives, axes, and saws, when these very dangerous items are found in most homes?  Most children who have seen their dad make repairs or do serious yard work know where these tools are, and getting to them isn’t entirely difficult.  So what’s my point?  I think we should be careful with what we let our children play with, even and especially ‘play’ versions of very dangerous things.

Take this to a level above weapons, and what are we doing by allowing our children to roam around the neighborhood masked as villians, ax murderers, grim reapers, and evil spirits?  We are letting them feel comfortable in this costume and this role of evil and thus allowing them to experiment with this feeling of being a bad thing on the outside while remaining incognito.

This might sound a little extreme, and I hope this doesn’t bring on an entourage of angry mommy comments, so let me wrap this up.  I will not be allowing my son to EVER be a character of masked wrongdoers.  Captain Hook is the farthest we go.  I will closely be monitoring and heavily influencing what my son dresses up as for as many Halloweens as he is in my home!  Lets keep a track record of cute animals, wholesome professions, and super heros for as long as we can!  You don’t need to be extremely creative to find a costume that you both can agree on.  In fact, Pure Costumes carries hundreds of these exact costumes I’m talking about: dragons and frogs, fire fighters and policemen, and every super hero you could think of.

Let’s keep Halloween fun and safe for our young and impressionable youth!


Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway on behalf of Pure Costumes.


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