Children’s Book {Giveaway}

I had the awesome opportunity to work with the author Jay Dee on a review and giveaway. I read his very first children’s book, The Night Before The Night Before Christmas. To see the review pop over to Seeing Dandy (Book Review Link).

The winner of this giveaway will win one copy of the The Night Before The Night Before Christmas.

Find out more specifics on the book

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*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of December 22nd and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Jay Dee, but all opinions are my own.

 

Holiday Review and Giveaway from eShakti! – CLOSED

Regardless of your size or situation, I believe every girl deserves a killer holiday dress!  I’m sitting at 32 weeks pregnant, and I am as big as a barn, but I desperately wanted/needed a smashing dress for my husband’s holiday party!  They are always big events held downtown, and I just knew that if I didn’t find something fast, I’d be wearing leggings and a muumuu.  Its no secret that I’m a huuuge eShakti fan, and I knew that despite my extremely irregular measurements right now, they’d be able to create something tailored, customized, and fabulous.

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eShakti is like your personal tailor.  You select a dress design and from there, make all sorts of alterations, starting with adding in all of your body measurements.  From there, you can add sleeves, change the sleeve length, remove pockets, change up the neckline, extend or shorten the hem, etc.  Its really incredible and incredibly addicting to create and recreate all sorts of fashion possibilities!  Here are my favorites from the Dandy archives:

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eShakti always has a treasure trove of styles and I LOVE these NEW ARRIVALS!  The eShakti holiday collection is full of shimmery fabrics, beautiful prints, and classic designs.  The bohemian styles are so fun and I love how many new types of fabric they’ve been adding, beyond a basic cotton woven.

This time around I chose a Gold Jacquard Lace Draped Dress because of its holiday glam, neutral color, and maternity-friendly style!  There is nothing like zipping up a dress that was custom made for you and having it fit like a glove in every measurement.d3

Just like every eShakti order I’ve done in the past, there’s a little thrill that accompanies every chance I get to customize my dress.  With this, I was able to put in my exact (and unique) measurements, as well as change the length to mid-calf.  I wanted to make sure this big belly would be covered!  Because I knew that a lot of the eShakti styles have higher waistlines that fall at the “true waist”, I knew that as long as I ordered something with a full skirt, I’d be in good shape.

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Oh, the gold!  This jacquard fabric is gorgeous!!  It has just the right amount of sparkle and glimmer to be perfect for a holiday dress.  The amount of flare on the skirt is perfect because it is full, and the weight of the fabric keeps it from getting fluffy or too ’50s big.

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This style and color is so easy to accessorize!  Someone yesterday said I looked like a Christmas present!

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The pleated top is romantic and I like how the folds add dimension and interest.  It also allows for a lot of give if you have a growing bust line like me.  I love the keyhole button in the back!

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I just love absolutely everything about this dress!  I’m excited to be able to wear it post-baby and I think it could be a darling Spring dress as well.  Thank you, eShakti!  I LOVE your dresses!

Styles come and go like hotcakes, so if you see and style and print you love, ORDER IT!  This dress just arrived last week and I already don’t even see it listed on the website anymore.

Be sure to follow eShakti on their social media accounts!

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One winner will receive any dress of their choice!!

This giveaway is open only to USA and Canada residents!

*This giveaway is open to US and Canadian entries only

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Dec. 15th 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.  

Apostolic Clothing {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Hey all you winter fashionistas, need something to keep you warm that also has a touch of pizzaz? I sure did! And since I’m of the church going faction I really wanted a coat that would be long enough to cover my legs and add another layer of warmth when I’m wearing a dress.Apostolic Clothing happens to have dozens of floor length dresses, jackets and long coats perfect for sprucing up your winter wardrobe and they are adding new styles all the time!  I love coming back to their site and seeing the fresh inventory just waiting to dazzle my closet (ha).

If you haven’t heard of Apostolic Clothing before you’re really missing out.  They are an awesome store that specializes in modest modern & vintage style clothing (thinks trendy patterns, flattering cuts, and long stylish dresses and skirts).

Anyway, I was over the moon when Apostolic Clothing asked if I would like to review a winter item, following my review of their ballerina skirt a few months ago (you can read about that here).  I choose the Adora, one of their long dress coats time.

This coat drops to just below my knees, and has a quilted/ruched type design that is elastic and pulled the coat around my curves, making the coat also resemble a dress.  Actually if your look at the picture on Apostolic Clothing website they’ve accented the coat with a black belt making it look even more dress like (though the belt does not come with the coat).

It has a high popped up collar that rests just under your jaw and is great for wind protection along the sides and back of your neck though it doesn’t close in the front so if you’re going for warmth with your fashion you’ll want to pair it with a scarf.

It’s also a really light weight coat, (made from 100% polyester) I would say it could easily fall in the jacket category and is ideal for warmer winters days when you don’t want to haul around a heavy bulky coat, but you still want protection from wind. I’m quite tall (5’10”) and I found the sleeves were just a touch short for me, ending just above my wrist. I ordered a medium and if I were to do it again I would probably go up a size just for the sleeve length, but I suspect not many of you are going to experience the same height issues.

Finally this coat comes in tons of colors (blue, black, white, red, purple) and sizes S – 1XL.  So if you’re looking for something to add some color to the bleakness of winter one of these colorful numbers might be just the thing.

Check out Apostolic Clothing for more great modest winter styles, perfect for Christmas and ideal for winter weather.

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And just in time for Christmas:

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

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

This giveaway will run from Dec 5 – Dec 12, 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: Brittney from Dandy Giveaway received products from this sponsor to facilitate her 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.

Shark Rocket Vacuum Review

A few months back I saw the Shark Sonic Duo on Zulily.  It was a great deal.  I did some quick research (before it sold out) and watched a few YouTube videos.  My favorite was this one:

I was intrigued.  Mostly because we have hardwood floors throughout our home.  I love having hardwood floors.  I love the look of hardwood floors.  I love the durability.  I do not love to mop.  So I ordered the Sonic Duo with hopes that it would make all my dreams come true.  And it did not disappoint.  This new age “mop” is definitely the way to go.  It eliminates all need for a mop and a bucket.  Who really has time for all that???

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Check out how much dirt came up after only a few swipes.  That’s kind of embarrassing actually…

Given those fantastic results I decided to investigate more of the Shark products.  Another thing about me and my love for hardwood floors?  Even more so than mopping I can’t stand sweeping.  So naturally I began by contemplating the broom and dust pan.  Who really likes sweeping with a broom?  Seriously.  Who really likes having to sweep into a dust pan and  leaving a line of dirt that needs to be swept again and again and again and again.  You know what I’m talking about, right?  And… Who really likes lugging all that around?  WHY  use something called a broom and a dust pan when you can use something called a rocket???

I had been hearing some amazing things about the Shark Rocket Vacuum from my friends.  Soooo many of them owned one.  Some even traded in their other brands to get this vacuum.  It works wonders on hardwood floors, they said.  You’ll never use a broom again, they said.  It’s an amazing vacuum, they said.  So I thought… Hmmm… “I think I should do a blog review just to see if it lives up to all the hype.”  And…  Just like that…  A  Shark Rocket magically appeared on our doorstep!

The day it arrived Ruby thought it was all hers:

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Now I’m going to get way ahead of myself, because I just cannot wait to tell you what I think of this vacuum.  I seriously LOVE this vacuum.  Everything my friends said about this vacuum is absolutely true.  Best vacuum on the market.  Best vacuum I’ve ever owned.  Okay.  Here’s why I love it so.

Right out of the box… It has all of these great attachments:

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With a simple flip of a switch it can be used on a variety of floor types:

 

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Dandiest thing ever?  The vacuum brush does not turn when on the bare floor setting, but as soon as it comes in contact with a rug it automatically starts turning.  How cool is that???

It swivels, it pivots, it fits under cabinets…

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It picks up every bit of dust and dirt that it comes in contact with:

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Again kind of embarrassing that was on my floors.

The Shark Rocket is amazing and I highly recommend this fantastically dandy vacuum.

And…

It’s so light weight that even a 2 year old can use it!

 

“That did cool!”

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* I was given a Shark Rocket vacuum to conduct this review.  However, all opinions are entirely my own.

Dandy Holiday

The weather has turned cold here in the Lou.  Really cold.  Like in the 30’s cold.  I don’t think that I’m ready for this, but I guess snow is pretty dandy???  So…  I gotta look at the positives and outweigh the negatives.  Snow is kinda dandy…  Am I right?  It looks dandy.  The smell of it all fresh as it falls from the sky.  Big fluffy flakes.  I’m making this sound better and better.  More and more dandy.  If I keep up the mantra then I will believe it.  *wink*   We only had flurries the other day.  I’ll be sure to let you all know when the first big snow storm hits.  I’m sure you will be waiting on pins and needles for this announcement.  *wink again*

I’ve always loved how the Brit’s refer to vacations and trips as, “going on holiday”.  Could be my British ancestry speaking, but it’s just more dandy to call it a holiday.  After all holidays are time spend with family and loved ones.  So if you are going on a trip with your family then why shouldn’t you call it a holiday???  Well, last weekend we got out of St. Louis and took an overnight getaway kind of holiday.  We headed west on I-70 a few hours and came very close to entering another state.  That’s a clue as to where we went.  It was great to get out of town and spend time together as a family.  This family adventure was truly a grand time.  In fact we went on a tropical adventure.

We stayed warm by the fire:

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We were greeted with warm cookies upon our arrival:

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And we spent time in a sauna like atmosphere.  All misty and warm air.  Safe and protected from the outdoor elements.

WHERE  DID  WE  GO???

Just for funs I’ve created a puzzle for you to help “piece” together where exactly we went.  Hey, it’s too cold to go outside these days, so I’m spending a lot of time indoors.  Oh and the pun was definitely intended.  :)  Enjoy!

Stay tuned for a detailed post on the new blog, Seeing Dandy.  All will be revealed soon.  :)

*I received a discounted hotel stay and park tickets in exchange for my review, but all opinions are definitely my own.

Halloween is OVER

Can you believe it?  I blink and it’s already November.  Seriously!  Who else is shocked that is it now…

NOVEMBER 1st???

How is this possible?  Where did October go?  And September, and August, and July for that matter!  Those 2014 months are GONE.  Never to return.  Which means… We are on the Christmas Countdown.

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I have most of my shopping completed already.  I tend to do that throughout the year, so I’m not surprised when the Christmas Countdown sneaks up on me.  It’s less stressful and more dandy.  Also easier on the bank account.

Are you ready for the holidays?  Shopping list complete?  Not quite?

Well, here’s an idea for you and it’s quite the steal of a deal.  A dandy deal actually.

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Holiday gift sets.

Once they are gone they are gone.  So get ‘em before they are gone.  *wink*

Here are all the details on what you get in each set:

NC60 – Joyful Season
Set Includes:
Exclusive Nail Wrap
Cardinal Nail Lacquer
2.0 oz Nourish Moisturizing Hand Crème
Holiday Gift Card
Holiday Gift Box

NC61 – Joyful Laughter
Set Includes:
Exclusive Nail Wrap – Tint
Sweet Sangria Nail Lacquer
2.0 oz Nourish Moisturizing Hand Crème
Holiday Gift Card
Holiday Gift Box

NC62 – Joyful Celebration
Set Includes:
Exclusive Nail Wrap – Sparkle
Barely There Nail Lacquer
2.0 oz Nourish Moisturizing Hand Crème
Holiday Gift Card
Holiday Gift Box

Shop HERE.

I am a Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant, but all opinions are strictly my own.  Nail wraps are all the rage and I love having pretty nails!  :)

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} – CLOSED

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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Bluetique has offered one lucky reader a $25 Gift Certificate!

This giveaway will run from Oct 27 – 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.

Disclosure: Brittney from Dandy Giveaway received products from this sponsor to facilitate her 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.

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. 

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