Holiday Nails Giveaway

Disclosure for this Holiday Nails Giveaway:  I am an independent consultant for Jamberry (which means I earn a percentage of the sale) but all opinions are strictly my own.



Holiday nails are very dandy and to get ’em for FREE is even more dandy.  Right now you can enter to win a Jamberry Holiday Gift Set on the Rafflecopter below.  Tell your friends all about this dandy giveaway!  Also be sure to check out the posting over on Seeing Dandy to learn more about the actual holiday nails gift set that is being given away.

Shop for your own Holiday nails HERE.

ONE very lucky winner is going to win a Jamberry Holiday Gift Set!  And the winner gets to CHOOSE which one!


*Enter on the Rafflecopter below.

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.

*The giveaway will run until Sunday, November 22nd at 11:59pm CST

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of November 23rd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be drawn.

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SeaWorld Giveaway for the San Antonio!

You are here to enter to win the SeaWorld giveaway for 4 tickets to SeaWorld and Aquatica in San Antonio?  Well then you came to the right place!  I’m so excited to offer my readers a chance to win this really dandy prize.  Why?  Because it’s one of our most favorite places in San Antonio.  We were definitely frequent fliers at this amazing theme park when we lived there.  So much fun and so much sea life to educate and entertain every age.  Plus our visit there in March helped us to not feel guilty about taking Banjo out of school for the trip.  I mean he learned about dolphins, killer whales, and more.  Things that he could definitely not learn in a classroom.  So it’s okay to occasionally miss school for such things.  Just occasionally.  If you would like to read more about our time at this great park then you won’t want to miss my SeaWorld review.  Here’s just a peek at what you will miss out on if you don’t check it out:


That’s our Banjo when he was just a wee little one.  We didn’t realize that we were sitting in the splash zone.  Shamu got Banjo and us.  He didn’t seem to mind.  It was hot out.  It was San Antonio.  It’s always hot in San Antonio.  *wink*


 Now for the SeaWorld GIVEAWAY…

Enter to win the SeaWorld giveaway for those tickets to the San Antonio park via the Rafflecopter below. Don’t live in San Antonio?  Enter to win because you can just plan a trip!  Have friends or family in San Antonio or in the great state of Texas?  Be sure to tell them all about this very dandy giveaway!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, May 11th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*Good luck to all!
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*I received free tickets for my family and I to experience SeaWorld San Antonio for the purpose of writing this review.  All opinions are strictly my own.

Jackpot Candles GIVEAWAY!

Who’s ready to hit the jackpot with a Jackpot Candles giveaway?

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These candles burn so evenly AND you also get a really dandy piece of jewelry out of it.  I’m sure you’ve seen other jewelry candles out there, but most of them only give you the option of a ordering one with a ring hidden inside.  With Jackpot Candles you actually get the option to pick from a candle with a ring, necklace, or earrings in it!  Now isn’t that really dandy?!  Which would you pick?  Ring?  Necklace? Earrings?  Maybe 3 candles with one of each?  The candles run just $24.95 and that’s with the jewelry item built right in.  So honestly?  It’s like you get a free candle!  There’s nothing not dandy about that.  Let me tell you… It’s a win-win.

After you harvest your prize from the candle then you still have a great scented candle to enjoy.  I’m thinking that I’m a Jackpot Candle kinda gal from now on.  Why spend $$$ on just a regular old scented candle when you can get a jackpot out of every one?  Get yourself a Jackpot Candle and you’ll not be disappointed by the surprise.

There are tons of yummy scents to choose from.  I got the Sweet Pea and Pina Colada.  Not a candle burning kind of gal?  There are even melting tarts available from Jackpot Candles!  What’s more?  All of the prize jewelry is valued between $15 and $5,000!!!


Read my entire jewelry candle review to find out all the details on these fabulously dandy candles.

What to win your own???  Now is your chance!  Just enter to win via the Rafflecopter below and you will be on your way to possibly receiving a Jackpot Candle of your choice!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, March 23rd 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 Jackpot Candles.  I received 2 candles for doing this posting and giveaway, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Disclaimer: I received the above products for the purpose of a review and giveaway.  As always the thoughts and opinions here are entirely my own.

MealEnders Giveaway Entry

Hello, hello! This is the place to enter for a chance to win a 3 months supply of MealEnder Lozenges. Hop on over to Seeing Dandy to read my review HERE!


Three winners will each receive a 3 months supply of MealEnders Signaling Lozenges!

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn on March 8th 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 MealEnders, but all opinions are my own.


Mom Shirt Giveaway!

Enter to win a “Keep calm… I’m a mom” shirt from MTME Shop!!!


Available in the following colors: 

Aqua blue 


One lucky winner will receive a pink “Keep Calm…I’m A Mom” V-Neck Tee in size Small, Medium or Large. All candidates are required to sign up to the newsletter for consideration. This giveaway ends Dec. 26, 2014.

The winner will receive an email asking for their shipping address and shirt size. The winner must respond within 48 hours. If the person fails to respond with the correct information, the item will be sent to someone else. Good luck!


Children’s Book {Giveaway} Closed

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.


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:


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.


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.


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


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!

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

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!!!


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 – 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???


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:



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:


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



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…


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


Again kind of embarrassing that was on my floors.

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


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


“That did cool!”


* 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:


We were greeted with warm cookies upon our arrival:



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


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.


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