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Children’s Book {Giveaway} Closed

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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.

 

Apostolic Clothing {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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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.

Halloween is OVER

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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!  🙂

O Eclectic Tannenbaum in July

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I call Christmas in July!  After all July 1st is tomorrow and it’s my blog, so I can do that.  Right?  Right?  *wink*  Plus, you all know that I LOVE Christmas.  It’s by far my most favorite holiday.  I do also really like Halloween, but I’m pretty sure you know that already, too.  There’s just something about the Christmas season.  All the Christmas decorations, Christmas smells, and ChristmasLightsEtc.com sales this month.  What’s not to love?  Anyway, today you are in for a real treat.  Are you ready for it?  I’ve decided that I’m going to share with you a part of my life that I’ve never done before.  I’m going to share with you something from my family blog.  A hush falls over the crowd and then…  The crowd goes wild!  Some of you may not know this about me, but before this blog I was actually already a blogger.  I had a little family blog that I maintained while we were living in San Antonio, Texas.  Far away from family and friends.  I should specify that I mean prior friends.  We did make friends in San Antonio.  I’m not that anti social.  *wink*  We lived in SA for 6 years.  I started a blog to share our lives and growing family with loved ones who lived elsewhere.  My very first blog posting was on April 8, 2008.  This was exactly 6 days before Banjo was born.  So I have been blogging for quite the long while.  For my Christmas in July special I’ve decided to share with you an excerpt from my little blog.   And here it is…

Monday, December 1, 2008

O Eclectic Tannenbaum – I love Christmas ornaments!! I’ve always been fascinated by the way the glass ones glint and reflect the lights. My mom was always one of the room-mothers when I was in elementary and she would give out these great handmade ornaments at the class Christmas party. I have one creative mother! However, why is the grass always greener…or in this case someone else’s Christmas tree always greener? I will admit that while I was growing up there were some years I envied others’ Christmas trees. They were all fancy and put together right out of a decorator’s magazine. Our tree was always quite eclectic. We put our school made ornaments on the tree no matter how they looked! 

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My brother and I even had our own box of ornaments to place on the tree. These were random ornaments we had collected over the years; first Christmas, special ornaments, gift ornaments, etc. We had so much fun picking just the right branches to hang our ornaments! Looking back I wonder why I ever had Christmas tree envy??? We had a great tree and a great family tradition! One that I will always remember and hold close to my heart. My parents made sure that it was about us feeling special and included around the holidays. And the tree itself displayed how we had grown over the years. I’m so thankful to my parents for instilling in me these valuable traditions and for giving me the type of tree that I want my own children to have!

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Our tree has also become very eclectic. Anyone who comes over around the holidays will find that I just love Christmas ornaments in all their randomness! When Audi and I got married my mom sent us my ornament box. Every year we have even gotten more memory making ornaments as gifts from people; our first Christmas married, in our new home, etc. I can’t wait for Banjo to one day bring home his beautiful school made ornaments and store them away in his very own box! We also started our own tradition of collecting ornaments from the various places we have vacationed. It is fun to decorate the tree together every year and remember what we have done and where we have been throughout the years.
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These days our Christmas tree still looks exactly the same.  With the exception of the additions of new ornaments from new travels and ornaments that Banjo has made.  Yay!  My wish came true!  I’ll have to share those with you sometime.  We’ve also embarked on the adventures of decorating the outside of the house.  I guess that comes from living in a more established neighborhood with children around.  Plus, we have to compete with all the St. Louis neighborhood light displays.  Not really, but we can try.  Or rather… dream, right?!  We still need to perfect getting the light strands to the top of the columns:
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That will come with time I’m sure.
Despite our failed column lights attempt…
We are so very grateful to finally live in a neighborhood that has a Christmas tradition of its own.
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Luminaries line our street every year on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
*This post was brought to you by MBN. All of the thoughts were completely my own.

December Starbox by Starlooks {Review}

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Tis the season to look glamorous!  How many holiday parties have you been to already?!  Got big plans for New Years?  There are a few occasions in the year where you have liberties to look as glittery and glam as you dare, and those times are here and now!  Wouldn’t you love some new makeup for all these uppity events and date nights?  Head over to Starlooks immediately and sign up for their Starbox subscription box!

logo_animLadies, this is a steal of a deal if I ever saw one.  Starbox is a monthly subscription box full of full-size professional makeup, and for only $15/month.  You get to try all sorts of new and beautiful products from the Starlooks makeup line.  You can read my past reviews of Starbox HERE and HERE to see what wonders you could receive in your own boxes.

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If you are already a Starbox subscriber, and you signed up by the 10th of the month, were you blown away by what December’s box contained?  A Fifteen Shade Shadow Palette! A $99 value!  Lucky you for jumping on that steal.

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Every time I use Starlooks makeup, I am reminded how high-quality these products are.  The eyeshadow adheres so effortlessly, blends beautifully, and stays put throughout the day.  The colors are deep and vibrant, complimentary to each other, and look as if they’ll last for months and months.

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I really squealed when I opened my new eyeshadow palette.  I am SO pleased with this selection of colors, since I reeeeally needed some more of these highlighters.  This palette was custom designed by Starlooks to be fashion-forward and special.  I think all these neutrals are essential, and I’ve really been wanting to steer away from cool colors lately, so all these warm and yummy shades are just what I hoped for.  Merry Christmas to me!

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Don’t miss another Starbox and the chance to try out such professional high-quality makeup for $15/month.  Add to your makeup box some of the newest, most affordable, high quality makeup, all while being entirely lead free, emolient free, and cruelty free.

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Subscribe HERE!

*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. 

Color Me Monthly {Review}

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A fresh coat of nail polish has got to be the easiest and fastest ways to feel glamorous!  I love how my mom usually has clear fingernails, but when holidays and vacations roll around, she’s quick to put on some color!  I feel the same way.  A lifestyle of picking dried pasta off the floor, scrubbing dishes, and picking children’s noses is not conducive to having immaculate nails every day of the year, but whenever we travel or have company over, hit me up!CMM-logo-new

I love how certain colors of polish remind me of certain events, places, or people.  There is a coral I own that I always associate with a best friend who wore it first.  Deep maroon reminds me of our 5th anniversary, and tan/cream will always remind me of my brother’s wedding.  And now, sparkly green will always remind me of this Christmas!

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Color Me Monthly is a monthly nail polish subscription that will add some surprises to your nail polish collection.  It takes out the selection-stress and the need to go polish shopping.  When you sign up for a $7 subscription, you get a new, hand-picked and fashion forward color every month!  The last time I tried Color Me Monthly in April (and you can read that review HERE), I fell in love with the high-quality polish that lasted for easily more than a week without a chip.

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This month (Dec.), the color is this sparkling green called “Wrapped in Tinsel”!  Could it be more perfect for Christmas time?  The fantastic part about this high-quality nail polish is that I know it will last all of the holiday break.  I did a review for Color Me Month last spring, and I’m pretty sure it was a full week before I noticed a single chip.

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I love being able to get a currently on-trend color, hand-picked, and delivered to my door.  Its also nice to know that I’ll be getting something eco-friendly, made in the USA, cruelty-free and FULL-SIZE.
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This is high quality nail polish!  I would compare it to Essie or OPI, based on the density, shimmer, and how long it remains unchipped.  I imagine these bottles cost well over the $7/month you’d pay for a subscription.  Treat yourself to a very cheap and fun monthly subscription that you can enjoy all month long and beyond!

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*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. 

Seasonal Candy from Nestlé {Review}

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Christmas is LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY!  I can barely contain my excitement.  I can. not. wait. to watch my kids open their gifts and stockings.  There are still a few things I need to round up to make sure their socks are extra lumpy — in a good way.  If you’re in the same boat, and you’re looking for more stocking stuffers (because you know that they’ll compare theirs to the next one), Nestlé’s got you covered.  This year, they’ve got some new products that fit perfectly inside stockings and make excellent gifts.

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I’m excited to tell you about two of their newest products: the SweeTARTS Stocking Stuffer Tin and the WONKA PIXY STIX Powder-Filled Candy Canes!

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The SweeTARTS tin is perfectly sized to snuggle down into a stocking.  It was a genius idea to have the candies individually wrapped within the tin, so as to avoid tempting the children to eat them all in one sitting, but I think it also is a little disappointing to see so much wrapper and not a lot of candy.IMG_9109

Here’s a fun recipe that the kids and I created together!  We were hungry for smoothies and candy, so we mixed it all together 🙂

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Blueberries, almond milk, SweeTARTS, and a lemonade packet–one of those skinny ones that is meant to pour into a water bottle.  These were delicious!!  We just gobbled down this blender full for a lunch snack.  It has a very tarty kick to it!  Sweet, fruity, creamy, and very very tart!  Yum!

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These new PIXY STIX candy canes are delicious!  They are sweet and tangy all around, and they don’t take very long to get to the center, which is filled with PIXY STIX cherry-flavored powder.  Holy amazing.  I’m a little scared to give these to my toddlers.  Who knows what kind of crazy things they’ll attempt on that kind of sugar high!  Maybe my husband and I will keep these for ourselves…

Check out all the Nestlé Seasonal Confections and recipes at www.simplycelebrate.meals.com and stock up on the best stocking stuffers available this year!  Get the PIXY STIX candy canes.  You won’t regret it.

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iCaughtSanta.com {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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One Christmas, my siblings and I had this great idea to set up the video camera to record all night long and “catch Santa” in the act.  We set it up, hit record and tried to sleep.  Christmas morning came with all its wonders, and we were dying to watch the video!  Somehow, in a split second frame, all the presents appeared!  We never got a glimpse of the fat man, but we were still blown over by how magically everything appeared!  🙂

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You can embrace all of this magic with your children by creating one-of-a-kind pictures with CatchACharacter!  Make your children into believers with drop-in images of Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Cupid!  Look at these fun shots of Santa caught in the act:

32307You could create Santa filling stockings, unloading his bag, eating cookies, kissing Mommy, etc.

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See, you can choose from 20 different shots of Santa (or Rudolph) to place anywhere in any picture of your family, home, rooftop, wherever.04

Creating my composition was a piece of cake.  It took me less than a minute to upload my picture, choose an image to drop in, rotate and drag a few things, change a little lighting, and submit!  My image was emailed to me within the minute and I could immediately share on all social media accounts.

www-icaughtsanta-com-full-258Wait, is that Rudolph trotting around behind us?!  How did we not see him?!

Honestly, make someone’s Christmas a little more magical with these fun add-ins!

Guess what.  iCaughtSanta.com is also throwing a huge giveaway on their site, and its one you don’t want to overlook.  Among some incredible Amazon, Visa, and Starbucks gift cards, an ultimate prize of a new iPad Air ($649) is being given away!  You can enter at http://www.icaughtsanta.com/!

Also, feel free to use this 25% off promotion code: #Santa25  on your next photo order!

And now, for our own little giveaway!

NINE winners will each receive a coupon code to create their own holiday photo!  ($10 value)

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Countdown til Christmas!

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Now that Thanksgiving is past and gone, its Christmas time for real, and I can hardly stand it!  I’m a sucker for Christmas countdowns, and here is a super simple countdown you could make for your home!

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Start by making 24 pockets.  I outlined them in double-sided white bias tape because it curls so nicely around curved edges.

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Make a strip of fabric for the binding, and paint up twenty four buttons.  I found these blank wood buttons on eBay for cheap cheap cheap.

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Sew button holes in the pockets, then lay everything out on a big quilted rectangle and sew the pockets down around the outer curve.

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   We used a dowel rod: painted it white and drilled holes in the ends to run a string through.IMG_8807

Then chock it full of candy and treats!IMG_8811This turned out really big–about a door’s width, so hanging on the back of a door might be a great idea for saving wall space.

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The Roll-Along-Bear Shape Sorter by Manhattan Toy – CLOSED

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Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope you all are eating amazing food and enjoying the company of family and friends!

Here’s another tip on a fantastic Christmas gift for any baby or toddler on your list over 12m+.  “Little Brother” got to test out this Roll-Along-Bear Shape Sorter from Manhattan Toy, and if he could talk real words, I’m sure he’d be raving just as much as I’m about to!

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Manhattan Toy, as you probably read in this week’s Motorworks giveaway, is a little Santa’s workshop.  They carry dozens and dozens of games, dress-up clothes, dolls and accessories, wooden vehicles, puppets, stuffed animals, etc.  Their collection of developmental toys for babies is impressive, and this Shape Sorter is one of their best.

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The Roll-Along-Bear Shape Sorter is PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT for my little crazy boy.  This was a home run straight out of the box.

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I kept thinking about how this toy is extremely age appropriate for an 18-month old.  Because he was immediately able to pull it around by the string, we was instantly interacting with it, without being frustrated by any of the other intricate parts first off.  As his interest grew, he started tackling the blocks and figuring out how they fit.

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Around and around the room he went, pleased with himself and happy about his new toy.  This will be a hard toy to hide away until Christmas.

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Visit Manhattan Toy and check out their holiday collection of fabulous toys!

The Rolling Bear Shape Sorter is sold for $28 at manhattantoy.com, and one is being given away today!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Dec 9th 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.  

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