Our Boo-tiful Wagon

Remember that ultra cute, very dandy, and super fun wagon that we took on our fall outing last week?

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Yep.  That’s the one!

The baby is also ultra cute, very dandy, and super fun if I do say so myself.  *wink*

(He has some teeth coming in and is constantly feeling with his tongue and sticking it out for pictures.)

Isn’t the wagon just so charming?  Our kids simply love this wagon.

The charm is all in that happy face.

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My kiddos were invited to decorate the Cozy Coupe Wagon just to show how perfect it is for the trick-or-treating adventures and it is perfect.  I mean seriously… why walk from house to house when you can ride in style?  And decorating your own ride for the big All Hallows’ Eve???  Even better!

My kids really got into the decorating process.  It brought out their creativity and we were able to discuss our plans for the wagon weeks in advance.  This family activity has made this year’s Halloween festivities that much more memorable for us so I highly recommend.  Ready to see what my kiddos did to their new wagon?  Here you go:

Little Tikes sent them the wagon, I gave them the supplies, and they got to work.

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Didn’t they do such a boo-tiful job?

Of course in addition to the decorating…

We just had to put our new friend in costume.

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After all… Those Cozy Coupe eyes were just screaming to be a ghost.

Do you have any other ideas of how we could have dressed Cozy?

Thanks to Little Tikes we are all ready for trick-or-treating.  Are you?  It will be here before you know it.

The countdown is on.

Bring on October 31st!

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Do you stay in your own neighborhood for trick-or-treating?

Or do you go all over town?

 

Have a very safe and Happy Halloween!

I did receive the Cozy Coupe wagon from Little Tikes to bring you this posting.  However, all opinions are strictly my own.

Lamp Post BOO!

Sometimes I struggle at decorating for the holidays.  Only because it’s so time consuming and I feel like I don’t have much time.  Anyone else feel that way?  Okay.  So I’ll level with you.  It might also have something to do with the fact that sometimes I think that I’m not incredibly crafty.  Okay.  I think that often.  Like I’m not all thumbs when it comes to crafts, but I’m pretty particular and need things to look just right.  One minor imperfection and I can’t let it go.  Whenever I see said completed craft that looks kind of strange or has a tiny blemish I cringe.  Of course I don’t cringe at other people’s crafts.  I don’t notice their mistakes.  Only my own.  I’m an insecure crafter.  It’s a complex.  I must overcome.  Anyone else have this problem?

So I struggle with time and being an insecure crafter.  I really do want to be more secure in my crafting abilities.  Really I do.  Maybe I need lessons?  Probably.  Crafters Anonymous?  Definitely.  I see all of these cute ideas everywhere.  Tons and tons of cute ideas.  I pin all of them right here on Pinterest, but then I never do them.  Or if I start the project I never finish it.  I’m airing all of my guilt today, right?!  My name is Tara and I’m a craftaholic.  I bet there is a group for that… Honestly I do need to be better at finishing the projects that I start.  It’s a wonder that I can actually sit down at the computer and type blog postings when I’m such a spaz when it comes to everything else.  You laugh?  I may have the focus for some things, but with crafty projects… Well, I turn into that dog Dug from the movie “UP”.  It’s true.  Maybe you are totally laughing, because you think that my blog postings are exactly like that???  Oh my.  I really am insecure.  But I’m working on my insecurities.  Both craft related and non.  I’ve decided that the first step (remember I’m a psychology educated gal) in the process would be simple crafts.  If I do something simple then I will finish it and it will be perfect because it will be really difficult to mess up something so simple.  It’s that simple.

Here is THE easiest DIY Halloween decoration that I’ve ever made.

Seriously the easiest.

It’s dedicated to all the Dugs in the world.

I give you…

The Lamp Post Ghost Tutorial!

 

In front of our house we have an ugly light post.  I’m sure it was beautiful in its time.  Now it’s just quite dingy looking.  It’s super old.  Original to the neighborhood when others have been replaced.  The lamp doesn’t even work so I’m not sure exactly why it still in front of our house.  Maybe I should be digging it up…  One day we will just replace it?  Maybe?  Probably.  In its prime it was a gas lamp.  Then it was converted to electric way before we moved in.  However, the “electrician” (previous home owner who was a medical doctor and had no idea about how to be an electrician) didn’t do a very good job.  It quit working so the “electrician” then cut the line and left this random wire in the basement that operates the lamp post only it plugs into nothing.  No outlet.  No switch.  No lit lamp post.  So you get the idea.  We are left with an antique lamp post that has absolutely no use just standing in our front yard.

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 See?  It’s not the most beautiful thing in the world.

BUT recently when I looked at that old lamp post I saw something different.

I saw a ghost.

So I decided to create one.  A lamp post ghost.  So simple that even a 6 year old could do it.

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 And it can be created in record time.  By the 6 year old.

To create the ghost I purchased 3 yards of white drapery fabric.  It was on clearance at less than $3 a yard.

You could just as easily use a white sheet.

Banjo used a black Sharpie to make the ghost’s eyes and mouth.  Then we just threw the whole thing over the lamp post and there you have it:

Our Lamp Post BOO!

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You can transform your own lamp post for Halloween and it will look super dandy.

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Bluetique Cheap Chic {Giveaway}

Fall weather is marvelous, and honestly there is something a little bit better about east coast falls.  In Boston fall seems to last a little bit longer and there are so many maple trees around that the world is just bursting into color.  It’s amazing.Our apartment has nice big windows facing a playground and surrounding the playground are tons of trees.  One of my favorite thing to do is curl up on our couch with a sweater, a blanket, and cup of warm apple cider to just enjoy the view.

I was fortunate to get in contact with Bluetique and be dazzled by their amazing line up of fall clothing.

They have so many long tunic type shirts, knee length cardigans, and fall sweaters that they are just begging you to strut around in boots and leggings and to kick up some leaves.

I couldn’t wait to review the Turtle Time Sweater.

The Turtle Time Sweater is long sleeved and hangs kind of dolman like.  The turtle neck is super long and stretchy.  I was laughing about how it would be perfect for a giraffe, as I could pull the neck clear over the top of my head.  No worries though, it looks great when it’s rolled down a little and bunched around your neck.  It actually seems more like a built in infinity scarf than a turtle neck.

The sweater part is super wide, it reaches from elbow to elbow and looks great draped around you.  The sweater is warm and fairly light weight, I was comfortable wearing it while chasing Dmitri around the house and nice and cozy when I slowed down.

My sweater arrived on a day that was pouring rain and it was fantastic for curling up and staying inside while watching the rain pour, but I loved it even more when I dressed it up!  I would suggest pulling your hair up and sliding in a pair a earring and BOOM!  Fancy looking, but still so so comfortable!

 

If you’re looking for some great fall fashion you’ve got to check out Bluetique!  I know those boots and leggings are calling to you… :)

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Fall is dandy.

It really is.  Dandy.  Fall is.  I love this time of year.  Absolutely love it.  I think that I’ve always been a fan of fall.  There’s just something about this time of year that draws me in.  It reminds me of things.  For starters it tells me that everything is going to be okay and eventually will become anew.  After a very long, hot summer the temperatures will start to drop, brilliant colors will form on my favorite trees, leaves will begin to fall, snow will eventually cleanse, and then spring will burst forth The newness happens all because of fall.  All because of it.  Without fall we would miss out on so much!  (If you’ve never experienced a Midwest fall then I highly recommend it.  Visit a place that has a real and true fall just once.  You will see exactly what I’m talking about.  The beauty of it all.  Truly breathtaking.)

Everything about this season for me is a memory.  My childhood is a big part of this memory.  I remember going with my grandparents to stomp through piles of leaves in the parks near Jefferson Barracks.  We would leave the pathways to find the biggest clusters of leaves.  The crispness in the air was often filled with silence that was then broken by our feet crunching through the giant, untouched leaves.  My grandparents would positively glow at the happiness that I expressed on our leaf walks.  I knew that they were happy and, as their only granddaughter, I reveled in the attention.  The walks were filled with love.  They taught me the joy that is leaf stomping and I can never look at falling leaves in the same way again because of it.

This year the change of season has taken on new meaning for me.  My feelings toward fall are now bitter sweet.  Seven years ago next month my grandfather (the inspiration for the dandy blog) passed away while raking leaves.  In a strange way it was almost meant to happen that way.  Despite the fact that I was thousands of miles away when it happened… It happened while he was doing something that was so closely connected to me.  Something that tied us together.  Maybe that sounds silly, but it has become a comfort to me.  We lost my grandmother earlier this year.  I’ll forever miss our walks together in the fall.

Despite the sadness that I feel this time of year I can still feel the joy of the season.  I’ll always have the wonderful memories and I’ve come to love sharing this season with my own family.  Spending time out in the fall weather with my husband and children, teaching them about the dandiness that is leaf walks, and taking part in all the fun of the season.  There truly is so much to enjoy this time of year.  Last weekend we found ourselves at a corn maze with friends.  Always a fall gem.  It has become a tradition for us to go to this specific maze.  Our dandy kids had a great time while building their own fall memories and I was able to reflect on all the many reasons why I love this time of year.

A dandy fall to all!

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Little Tikes recently gave my family the gift of the Cozy Coupe Wagon.  It’s perfect for all of your fall outings.  Stay tuned for the Halloween review. 

Fall Friday!

Ahem…

It’s FRIDAY!!!

I love this day and I love the 80’s.

 

Honestly I think this is like the best day of the week.  THE. BEST.  It’s the kickoff to the weekend.  The time that Banjo is off school, Audi is off work, and we can just have family time.  And… it’s fall so that makes it doubly dandy.

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I mean seriously?  How can you not love the hue of that red?

Tell me.  How can you not LOVE it?!  It’s super, duper dandy.

I think I might be just a tag gaga over fall Friday.

Too much?

Okay.  Moving on.

Putting the season of fall aside… Why do I like this day so very much.  Well, this day reminds me that I get to have an entire dandy weekend.  A dandy start to weekend that culminates with church on Sunday.  That’s what we do on the weekends around here.  We spend time with family and then attend worship services on Sunday.  Then we work all week until the next Friday.  Yay for Fridays!

What do you love about Friday and what do you do on the weekend?

A dandy Friday to all!!!

Henry Mack {Giveaway}

So I’m guessing a few of you saw my post recent post for Apostolic Clothing and maybe entered the giveaway, (if not, it’s not to late to enter).  Apostolic Clothing is a great place to find stylish modest clothing, but what about all those other amazing clothes out there that aren’t quite as conservative as you might like?  I know there are so many cute dresses and tops that are just a smidgen too short for my taste or a touch to bare at the top. Henry Mack knows all about the woes of finding cute clothing and being overwhelmed by disappointment when you realize it’s just a bit too revealing for you.  Thankfully they’ve taken steps to make sure that you can still wear anything that catches your eye without having to show more than you want to show.

They’ve got an amazing line up of SlipTee’s, Half Slips, Crop Tops, and Liners all made to wear under your amazingly stylish clothing and cover up anything that’s a little too tiny, sheer, or clingy.

About SlipTees

Made of rayon and spandex this light-weight tee on top ends just below the bust where it continues as a silky smooth slip.

About Half Slips

The barely there waistband is super comfortable and doesn’t cut in. It can be worn higher or lower on your waist depending on how long you want your slip to hang.The crochet hem looks good peeking out of a skirt, but still lays smooth underneath. It’s made out of Nylon and is 22 inches long.

About Crops

This dainty crop has flattering lines and details. While layering is a look we love, sometimes less is more. Light-weight and versatile for just layering where you need it. No shifting hemlines. No extra bulk made of rayon and spandex.

About Liners

Breathe easy with our new shell. It is cut to flatter and doesn’t bind. Pairs perfectly with any cardigan, blazer, or flowing blouse. Work wear just got easier. Made of Polyester.

If you are looking for something to make any fashion more wearable check out Henry Mack!

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Henry Mack has offered one lucky reader a SlipTee of their choice!!!

This giveaway will run from Oct 24 – Nov 4, and will end at midnight EDT. It is open to US residents, ages 18+. Entries will be verified, winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be chosen. For questions or concerns email DandyBritt@gmail.com – also consider adding that email address to your safe list, as winning email notification will be sent from it.

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Apostolic Clothing {Giveaway}

Do you ever feel like all the cute dresses are super short and/or show a lot of skin?  Unfortunately, I do – and while I adore dressing up, I’m just not comfortable showing that much skin.  (I’m no spring chicken over here). To make matters worse so much of the clothing marketed as “modest” looks like someone shot the couch. *cringe* *shutter*   But really, if you want a skirt that covers your knees and a dress that has sleeves and no major (reveling) cutout, your options are pretty limited and generally pretty bland. (Thank goodness for maxi dresses right?).

Anyway I came across an ad for Apostolic Clothing and I was sucked in like sand and a shop vacuum.  There is such a thing as stylish modern clothing that also doesn’t make me look like an 80 year old grandma???

Apostolic Clothing is amazing!  All of their clothes will keep you covered but for once you don’t have to sacrifice your sense of style to wear a dress. (They even have a bunch of stylish plus size clothing!) and cute vintage looks to boot. Here is a little preview of what I’m talking about:

I couldn’t wait to work with Apostolic Clothing, and I was so excited about the review I literately had their site up for two days while I was narrowing down my options for a review item.  Toward the end when I had my list narrowed down to four options I finally had to have my husband wight in. Ha!

I’ve seen these tulle skirts around and I think they are dreamy. I was thrilled at the chance to review one, and the opportunity to channel my inner ballerina.

The skirt has six layers, one very wide tulle layers, four more narrow tulle layers and one satin like layer that reaches just below your knees on the very inside of the skirt so the whole thing isn’t see through. The top of the skirt has the tulle folded over an elastic band.

One thing to note is the skirt is a one side fits all, which always makes me a little concerned.  I thought it seemed a bit tight when I first pulled it on, but I didn’t notice it being uncomfortable or pressing while I was wearing it.  The skirt is also really full (which I love) but the fluff also created kind of a faux muffin top because it puffed out so dramatically at your waist.  Some of the girls in the pictures had a shirt tucked into the top of the skirt and it looked really cute on them but I found having a dressy shirt that would cover the very top of the skirt worked a lot better for me.

The sweeping folds of fabric were a lot of fun and the whole skirt kind of blows softly around you while you walk. The skirt comes in a handful of colors (black, maroon, cream, pink) and is a perfect transition piece for fall because it’s so light weight but it reaches a little lower on your legs and still has some substance to it.

In short it’s a fantastic skirt.  My inner ballerina is thrilled to be wearing it and it makes me feel really dressed up while still being comfortable.

If you’re looking for some fashionable but conservative clothing or if you just love vintage fashion you’ve got to check out Apostolic Clothing!

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Apostolic Clothing has offered one lucky reader a $50 Gift Certificate!!!

This giveaway will run from Oct 22 – Nov 3, and will end at midnight EDT. It is open to US residents, ages 18+. Entries will be verified, winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be chosen. For questions or concerns email DandyBritt@gmail.com – also consider adding that email address to your safe list, as winning email notification will be sent from it.

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Contigo Cortland Spill Proof Water Bottles {Giveaway}

I know, I’ve talked about this many times, but we live in Boston, we don’t have a car, and we walk or take the subway whenever we need to go anywhere.  Lots of walking means that carrying water with me is a good idea, but finding a good water bottle is surprisingly difficult.  We’ve been through so many iterations at our house and have way too many water bottles that leak, are a pain to clean or are flat unsanitary to drink out of after riding the subway because you have to use your fingers to pry up the drinking spout.  *Shutter*I often end up packing water for our ventures, taking a few sips when we start out and then not touching the water bottle again for sanitary reasons.  My husband walks to class and he’s always got his water bottle strapped to his backpack along with a nice soggy stain from where it leaks. So yeah, our current water bottles have a few problems…

Contigo reached out to me an asked if I would be willing to review their Cortland Spill Proof water bottles.  (I don’t think I’ve had a more timely email in all my life!)

I was sent two Cortland Spill Proof water bottles to review.  I pulled them out of the package and was happy to see that this was a water bottle I could take on the subway with me and still drink out of after I got off (hooray!)  The top has a small spout with a flip top cover (one that can be moved without touching where you’re going to be drinking from).  The auto seal is a little rubber piece that sits inside of the water bottle and presses against the spout when you’re not drinking so the drinking spout is not only protected from outside germs, but the water is trapped in your water bottle by both the autoseal and the gray topper.

 

 

The way you release the auto seal is by pressing on a button on the back of the water bottle.  I thought it was a little odd at first to have this new step added to drinking, but the button ends up being right under your fingers when you’re gripping the water bottle and pressing it with your index finger while your drinking is pretty natural. If you really don’t want water slipping out there is also a little switch on the back of the water bottle that locks the stopper/autoseal in place so if you have the bottle in your bag the auto seal release wont accidentally be pressed.

 

I was amazed at how well these things seal up,  I filled my bottle with water and flipped it upside down and spent a few minutes shaking it.  I didn’t loose a drop.  I didn’t even have the gray cover over the top or the seal lock in place.

A few other things that make this a great water bottle (things that most of my other water bottles lack).

  • This is so easy to clean!  First it’s dishwasher safe, second you unscrew the top and press a little lever and the whole top folds back letting you clean all the little pieces inside it without having the autoseal, autoseal in a bunch of germs.
  • The water bottle is marked, so you can easily see how much you’ve been drinking
  • There is a bag clip attached to the top of the water bottle so you can bring it along all kinds of ways.
  • It has a life time guarantee

The only thing I really think could be improved would be if the bottle was insulated.  The plastic on it is thick and my drink stayed fairly cold but when I’m out and about in hot weather having an ice cold beverage can be a life saver. If that’s also important to you Cortland has the Sheffield®, which looks like it has all lot of the greatness of the Contigo, (the spout looks a little different) but it’s also insulated.

I had a great experience with the Cortland.  My husbands backpack stays dry on his walk to school, I’ve got a great water bottle for being out and about and even when the baby is playing with it it doesn’t leak. All wins in my book.

If you spend a lot time on the go or even if you’re just looking for a great reliable water bottle that’s both sanitary and spill proof the Cortland Contigo is definitely worth checking out!  Use coupon code Cortland20 for 20% off any product order at GoContigo.com.  The coupon code will be good through Nov. 15th.

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Two lucky readers will each receive two Cortland Spill Proof Water Bottles! #ContigoBestinOne



 
This giveaway will run from Oct 17 – Oct 31, and will end at midnight EDT. It is open to US residents, ages 18+. Entries will be verified, winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be chosen. For questions or concerns email DandyBritt@gmail.com – also consider adding that email address to your safe list, as winning email notification will be sent from it.

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Bitsy’s Brainfood {Giveaway} – CLOSED

I think we can all agree that we want to feed our kids good stuff.  Right?  But have you ever walked down the health food aisles at your local grocery store? I think it’s pretty clear that the food there is marketed to adults and in general the packaging can be on the bland side… It can be hard to convince a child that they would rather have a cereal that’s also loaded with nutrients when it’s coming from a bland blue box.

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This is where Bitsy’s Brainfood comes in.

Bisty’s Brianfood was started by two moms who wanted eating smart to also be fun. They created a bunch of snack foods that are perfect for kids. They are packed with good stuff (vitamins, Omega-3) that help support your child’s development, tasty, nutritious, and are perfect for on-the-go.

I was sent a box of “Fruit & Veggie 1, 2, 3″ cereal, a box of “Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin Cookies” and a box of “Lemon Broccoli Cookies” to review.

The box of cereal is bright and fun, the back of the box is covered with games and fun facts as well as the whole inside of the box.  The cereal is shaped in numbers, and I was little apprehensive about how it would taste after it tooted it healthyness so clearly.  Eating it by the handful I think it actually taste quite good, a bit like Trix to start with but there is more of a grainy after taste, however when I added milk to it and ate it as proper cereal it tasted less sweet and more similar to cheerios.  Dimitri thought the cereal was fantastic either way and was more than happy to shove both fistfuls and spoonfuls into his mouth.

The Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin Cookies were sweet, flavorful, and hard to leave alone. The Lemon Broccoli Cookies seemed a little softer and more apt to crumbling but they were also amazing, the lemon made them tangy and I even knowing they were loaded with broccoli I couldn’t really taste it.  Both sets of cookies were shaped like alphabet letters and a lot of fun to play with before eating.

Bitsy’s Brainfood makes it clear that really want this food to appeal to kids, and through using interactive packaging, fun stickers, characters that spark little imaginations, and a kid friendly website your child might actually ask for a Lemon Broccoli Smart Cookie, instead of a chocolate chip cookie next time they’re looking for something sweet.

If you’re looking for a great alternative to the loads of unhealthy snack targeted at kids then you really need to check out Bitsy’s Brainfood.  Places to buy Bitsy’s Brainfood.

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Bisty’s Brainfood has offered one lucky reader a snack prize pack including “Fruit & Veggie 1, 2, 3″ cereal, a box of “Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin Cookies” and a box of “Lemon Broccoli Cookies”

This giveaway will run from Oct 13 – Oct 21, and will end at midnight EDT. It is open to US residents, ages 18+. Entries will be verified, winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be chosen. For questions or concerns email DandyBritt@gmail.com – also consider adding that email address to your safe list, as winning email notification will be sent from it.

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Shutter Huggers {Giveaway} – Closed

I been trying my hand at photography for a couple of years now.  I love pictures, I love the camera and most of all I love taking pictures of the people I care about.  The thing is… kids are really hard to take pictures of.  If you’re in an interesting place the last thing a child wants to do is stand in place, look at the camera and hold a smile, at least not when there is so much to be explored!Since I have a semi decent camera and love taking pictures of people I often get these ideas in my head of taking my own family photos… and they generally end pretty badly.  What kid wants to smile at a camera on a tripod?

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Recently we traveled up the New England coast and saw some great lighthouses.  I really wanted family pictures at these lighthouses but when we attempted to take them they were an utter disaster.  Even having my parents along to help get the baby’s attention wasn’t good enough, he could have cared less about the camera. *Sigh*

This ended up being our best picture, because at least Dmitri was looking at the camera…

After our first failed attempt at picture my husband decided we had to try it again, the spot was so perfect and we won’t be living near lighthouses forever.  Literately an hour before we got in the car to take the second round of pictures, a package from Shutter Huggers arrived at my door.  (picture a happy dance due to awesome timing!)

Shutter Huggers are these awesome plush animals that fit around your camera or camera phone lens.  They are bright, fun and so much more interesting to look at than a plain camera.

Shutter Huggers sent me a dinosaur Shutter Hugger to review (what can I say, my kid has a thing for dinosaurs) and it was fantastic. The fabric is super soft so you don’t have to worry about it grinding against your camera if you accidentally hit the lens, the elastic is firm enough that it will stay put around your camera but it slides on and off easily, and the Shutter Hugger itself is bright and interesting… way more so than my camera alone.  The Shutter Hugger was easy for Dmitri to spot and he seemed to respond much better at being told to “look at the dinosaur” than he did to being told “look at the camera”.

Anyway, for family pictures I did my best to keep it hidden right up until “go” time with the camera, and it was amazing!  Yes, Dmitri was still a handful; he wiggled, squirmed, wanted “down”, wanted to play and was generally pretty exhausting, but when he smiled and sat still for two seconds he was looking at the dinosaur and we walked away with a few great pictures.

If you’ve got a little one that you love to photograph check out Shutter Huggers. They’ve got a bunch of adorable animals to choose from, Shutter Huggers that fit both cameras both big and small and even great little clip on animals for phone photos.

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Shutter Huggers has offered on lucky reader a Shutter Hugger and a Shutter Hugger Mini!  

 

This giveaway will run from Oct 10 – Oct 24, and will end at midnight EDT. It is open to US residents, ages 18+. Entries will be verified, winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be chosen. For questions or concerns email DandyBritt@gmail.com – also consider adding that email address to your safe list, as winning email notification will be sent from it.

Disclosure: I received products from this sponsor to facilitate my review, no other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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