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.

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Henry Mack {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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} – CLOSED

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} – CLOSED

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.

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Thoroughly Modern Minis Bean Bag Cover {Giveaway} Closed

Etsy shop owners are really amazing people! The ones that make products to sell are really putting themselves and their talent out there for the world to see. Talented describes them in a word, I think. Melanie over at Thoroughly Modern Minis (TModernMinis) is no exception to this! She’s joining me to do a giveaway on a bean bag chair slipcover!

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The slipcover is made to cover Dana’s, over at the blog Made, Rollie Pollie pattern. If you’re not much of a sewer but would really love to have your own Rollie Pollie, look no further than Melanie’s shop! If you’ve never heard of or are not interested in a bean bag chair these also double as a great storage space for all things soft.

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In the picture I have 3 large winter blankets, 1 twin comforter, and an extra decor pillow. I stuffed everything in the bag thinking it would be busting at the seams. It really only took up about half of the space available. I ended up grabbing Munchkin’s XL twin comforter and there was still a ton of room to spare! If you don’t have a ton of blankets lying around this would also be an amazing way to keep a load of stuffed animals together, and look cute in the process. Sometimes we go through spurts where he’s totally into playing pretend with his stuffed animals but mostly they just get thrown around and alway seem to be underfoot. He wasn’t sure what the bag was at first, but as soon as I told him I needed him to sit on it he flopped down and snuggled up

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Munchkin is about 45″ tall. This thing really is so big. I want to fill it up just so I can flop down next to him too! The rest of the evening was spent jumping off of our couches onto it. The boys loved rolling all over it. As for the actual cover, it’s stitched wonderfully and I can tell it will be able to stand up to the rough housing of two little boys. She worked with me on figuring out which fabric would suit my home decor ideas. It’s been a pleasure to work with her!

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One lucky winner will win one Bean Bag Cover!

****Note, this is for the cover only. No pattern or filling of any kind is included****

One of the ways to enter the giveaway is to “favorite” Thoroughly Modern Minis, if you choose to enter this way you will be emailed a discount code for 10% off from Melanie!

Visit her shop today!

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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 October 14th  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 Thoroughly Modern Minis, but all opinions are my own.

BeginAgain Toys Dinosaur A-Z Puzzle {Giveaway}

I love wooden toys. I love how they don’t fade or break, how they have a little bit of substance when you hold them in your hand and how they last forever! By forever, I’m talking generations.My grandma has a freestanding wooden elephant puzzle in her house. It’s white and I think it has four or so pieces. My cousins and I adored it growing up. It was always out in the house, and as I grew up the silly elephant stuck around. I think my grandma ended up having to repainting it (possibly a number of times) because the white started to look a bit dingy with so many little hands carrying it around, but it never broke and it never grew old. Twenty years later my grandma still has that puzzle!

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I think I first saw BeginAgain Toys as part of a promotion for wooden toys, since I already love the idea of wooden toys I was pretty enthralled with the whole list but I was absolutely mesmerized by the BeginAgain Puzzles. I was hit with a wave of nostalgia seeing the free standing animal family puzzles (they even have an elephant!) and pulled in by the beauty and simplicity of their designs. The patterns on their puzzles are unique, the painting is colorful, and they’ve made them even better learning tools by having lettered pieces (uppercase and lowercase depending on the side of the puzzle you’re looking at).

 

Plus I can really get behind the BeginAgain company and their “Workshop Rules” aka moto for toys:

  1. Kids are the true noisemakers!
    – No batteries, no electronics, ever!
  2. Share your ideas, then build
    – Collaborate, share, and build in partnership.
  3. Don’t leave a mess
    – Take OIL out of play, use plant based materials whenever possible and always reduce, recycle, and seek improvement.
  4. Great products have greater purpose
    – BeginAgain gives 1% to the community.

I couldn’t wait to review the Wooden Dinosaur A-Z Puzzle!

The puzzle came with a nice wooden tray, great for storing the pieces in when the puzzle if finished or still in pieces (though I wish the tray had a lid…). One side of the puzzle has capital letters the other side has lowercase letters so your child has a chance to learn both, and the puzzle can be built face up, face down or standing on it’s feet.

The puzzle is well crafted and the pieces are solid and easy to put together. I was a little surprised by the difficulty of the puzzle, I thought it would be a breeze since it’s more or less alphabetized, but I think I relied on the alphabet a little too much and it took me a try or two to piece the thing back together. I thought it was surprisingly fun to piece together and I really love how big the pieces are the 3D feel of the puzzle.

Dimitri LOVED that this was a dinosaur! But…, I think I might have been jumping the gun with his ability level. While he wasn’t able to build the puzzle, but he did get a good chance to work on his fine motor skills as I helped him piece little bits of it together and he had a blast identifying the different letters on the pieces and sorting the colored shapes into piles. And the great thing about puzzle is, it’s wood, it’s not going to fade or break and we can play with it all over again when he’s ready to start piecing the whole thing together.

 

Your child might not be as into dinosaurs at mine, but no worries. BeginAgain has a bunch of different puzzles with varying degrees of difficulty. They have a butterfly that is suggested for 5+, a food assortment puzzle (Alphabites) that is suggest for 3+, and adorable wooden block puzzles for 18+ months. The Alphabites Puzzle, has pieces shaped like a bunch of food, and when all the pieces are removed from the tray, the tray is shaped like a serving tray, complete with plate and napkin and the flip side of the tray is shaved like a stove top! It sounds like some fantastic, dual use play food to me.



I’m telling you, these are worth checking out! See more BeginAgain Toys on: 

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BeginAgain Toys has offered one lucky reader a Dinosaur A to Z Puzzle!

 

This giveaway will run from Oct 3 – Oct 17, 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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Try the World {Review}

Back in the day, between graduating high school and graduating college I had the chance to see some incredible places – Spain, France, England, Jamaica & Namibia to name a few.  Each place I got to visit was amazing and even the European countries, that seem so close together, each had a unique culture.  Getting to step outside my everyday and experience some of these places was absolutely fantastic, and getting to relive some of those moments when I look at pictures or read my trip journals still amazes me. In fact here is a picture of me petting a Cheetah in Keetmanshoop, Namibia which is totally one of my life achievements. Another life achievement is me stepping up and eating a fried caterpillar – which our Namibian friends ate like popcorn. (Don’t worry, I’m fairly confident Try The World is not going to be sending fried caterpillars, but I’m getting ahead of myself…)

Anyway, I grew up, got married, graduated college, had a career, moved across the country, and had a baby. My options to experience some of these amazing cultures first hand have been put on the back burner for the time being, something about having a young child at home and a husband drowning in course work…

Then I saw Try The World, which is an amazing service that brings the world to you!

Try the World is a subscription service where you can get a curated box sent to your door every other month with all sorts of food from a specific country.  Great idea right?  I mean doesn’t the thought of having some of those delicious and exotic foods sent to you sounds interesting? I thought so.

When I started looking into Try the World, I was curious but also a little bit dubious…  the price tag seemed a bit high for someone in grad school ($45/box), but the concept was so interesting that I had to know more.

I was sent a Try The World sampler box to review, which is a little different than what you would get if you signed up for the service but it gives you a great idea about what it is without giving away all the fun.  What I realized is, each box is so much more than just food! I mean this box is great because they’ve got food (of course) but they’ve also got an incredible ideas for an exotic date night or girls/guys night built into the box.

Each box comes with a booklet about the country you are touring, and this book contains all sorts of goodies.  It starts with a short explanation of what a day might be like touring that specific country, for the Turkey Culture Guide it started off “Wake up to the sound of prayer accompanied by a small but intense cup of Turkish coffee, so dark and rich it leaves sediments used to tell fortunes.”  Then it walks you through what a day touring the city might be, giving you great tidbits about the culture and tourist spots that really bring it to life.

The booklet also has playlist of Turkish music (that you can find on the Trytheworld.com website) a list of Turkish movies you can look into, poems, cultural info, and recipes you can make at home of some Turkish dishes!  Honestly I think the little booklets is nearly as amazing the food, and it gives you so many options to explore the culture from your home (or to build the perfect date/girls/guys night).

Now for the food part (again I was sent a sampler box, which had a little bit of a lot of cultures).  It was such a fun surprise to be able to sample the different food.  I don’t speak french and we didn’t know what many of the items we were sent actually were, or how they were suppose to be used, but it was a blast opening each container and taking a sniff of it, or tasting a little bit of them and figuring out what the food would be best paired with.

I’m a sucker for chocolate, especially rich dark chocolate, so the cookies and the French hot coco were especially divine!

In short, I’m sold.  And if you are looking for a great way to spice up date night, experience something new, or travel without leaving your home you’ve got to check out Try The World.  For 30% off your subscription use code: DANDY30 durning check out.

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Soybu {Giveaway} Closed

First of all I just have to say how excited I am for this giveaway! I know I usually wait until the end of the post to talk about how exciting it is to have a chance to do a giveaway but I just can’t wait! I have been MIA lately because it has been super crazy in my little family’s life. We accepted a job offer a couple hours away from our home, packed our house, put it on the market, moved, and very nearly had a melt down when I couldn’t get a box open all in about 3 weeks. It’s been crazy! But today when I put these clothes on and got ready for a photo shoot, I felt at ease and just so comfortable. Do you own any clothes that make you feel that way? Better yet, do you own work out clothes that make you feel that way? That is exactly what Soybu is all about!

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I got the opportunity to try out three pieces from their fall line. The colors and patterns are amazing! The first piece is called the Soybu Flex Tank in Orchard (it really makes me want to go apple picking). It’s a totally cute tank top.

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One thing I love about Soybu is how much cover it gives me. Maybe I’ve never invested in a really great sports bra, but I always seem to have trouble with the sides not giving me enough support. This is not the case with Soybu, the built in sports bra is wide and provides a lot of coverage and support.

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Which for me that means I can wrangle my little boys without having to worry about any sort of a wardrobe malfunction. Let’s be honest, whether you are working out, cleaning, cooking or taking giveaway pictures, children (the pet variety as well) always seem to find their way under our feet!

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I was so thrilled to try their Allegro Leggings in Fresco. The pattern is fantastic! It reminds me of a stained glass window. What do you think? The fabric is thick enough for the cooler weather but it breathes too.

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The waist band is wide enough so it doesn’t cut in and give me that all so attractive muffin top. I’m trying to figure out how to work them into a totally cute date night outfit!

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With the cooler months finally upon us I’m always looking for a way to cozy up in the brisk air. When it comes to active wear I usually think of your run of the mill zip up. Those are totally nice to have around when you need to layer, but what if you’re morning routine isn’t going to have you sweating and you need something a little more on the warm side? When I saw the Rhonda Sweater in Candlelight I knew it would suit my needs perfectly!

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It is so cozy and comfortable! I want to wear it all the time. My absolute favorite part about it is the back! I like to call it a peek-a-boo. It just seems so sneaky and cute!

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Now that I’ve told you about the clothes let me tell you a little more about the company. The “Everywoman” is who Soybu has in mind when they create their ultra fashionable active wear.  When they started out they wanted to create clothing that “would transition with her throughout her day… Soybu’s versatile active wear and lifestyle pieces help women exude beauty, strength, and balance in all they do- whether they’re enjoying a solitary moment of reflection, chasing a toddler, fitting in a hardcore workout, running to catch a flight, or meeting friends for happy hour… The company creates functional, stylish clothing so the Everywoman can get ready and stay ready all day.” I love these clothes and I really believe I could incorporate them into my everyday wardrobe. Are you sold on them? 

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One lucky winner will win a Flex Tank! The sizes range from XS to XXL. 

{The color of the tank won will depend on availability}

Soybu is also providing a promo code for 25% for all of our readers! The code is “DANDYGIVEAWAY” and is good through December 31st.

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of October 2nd 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 Soybu, but all opinions are my own.

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