Holiday Entertaining with Brylane Home {Review}

Raise your hands if you’re hosting a party, expecting company, or entertaining family or friends this month!  Isn’t hosting fun!?  I’ve always loved throwing parties and trying to impress my guests with the attention to detail and decor.  Holidays are no exception and I can’t wait to invite people over to use our new 66-Pc. Gold-Plated Flatware Set from Brylane Home!brylanehomeOh how these gleam!  They actually arrived on our anniversary, which was absolutely perfect, because according to the anniversary gift guide, “silverware” is the gift to exchange on your 5th Anniversary!  It couldn’t have been more perfect!  We ooh-ed and ahh-ed over every piece together as we took them out of the packaging and placed them in the box.  It was a good morning :)

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This set is adequate for as many as 12 guests, as there are twelve dinner knives, twelve dinner forks,  twelve salad/dessert forks, twelve teaspoons, and a 5-pc. hostess set.  We’ve already had the chance to use the whole set for our Thanksgiving meal last weekend!

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Having a full 12-guest set was just perfect for our Thanksgiving crowd.  I love how uniform everything looked and how the gold looked next to the Fall colors and flowers.  My family loved the fine silverware!  We agreed that this is a stunning set for $99.  Clearly, they are not pure gold, but who can tell the difference?

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I once taught a lesson to my junior high students about hospitality and offered cake slices on different kinds of plates and with different silverware, and then asked which one they would prefer.  With similar pieces of cake, of course, you’d like to eat it on fine china with a gleaming silver fork instead of with a plastic spork on a paper towel!  People notice and care about what they eat with!

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Imagine eating with a piece of gold in your fingers.  These look like works of art, and the color is just brilliant.  Someone could have told me that these were solid gold, and I’d believe them.

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These arrive in a wooden storage box that is just as high class as the flatware.  It feels like solid wood and it is lined in plush material with slots that keep the flatware separated and stationary during storage.

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This flatware set is only one of many beautiful dinnerware and entertaining products and decor that are perfect for the holidays.  Look at these gorgeous placemats, Christmas trees, and even a Christmas comforter set!

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Our family has been able to review several items from Brylane Home, and we are more and more impressed with each one.  Everything has arrived quickly, well-packaged, and built-to-last.  Brylane Home will be the first site I recommend to anyone furnishing a new home.

Visit Brylane Home and stock up on holiday decor in time for Christmas!

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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. 

Bed for Banjo

Well, it’s high time Banjo moves out of his toddler bed.  He will after all be 5 in April.  So he’s not a toddler anymore.  *sniff*  For the last few months Banjo has been begging us for a bunk bed.  What is with little boys and bunk beds, anyway?  All of his friends have one and he has been insisting that he needs it.  I think the appeal is that top bunk, but who wants a child to fly right off and break an arm???  This would be the 5 years working in the children’s emergency department speaking…  Audi does agree with this concern.  So I found this bed on Zulily:

It’s only $299!!  That’s a huge savings.  Plus, it’s only 46 inches off the ground, so our fears of falls are taken care of.  Audi approves and so Santa will be delivering this to our house especially for Banjo.  We figure he’ll use it for a couple of years and then we can sand and paint it for Ruby.  At that point I’m guessing I will be constructing a really cute girl’s playhouse out of felt to drape from the bed.  ;)

You’ve been hearing all week about how I’m this total Zulily shopper.  I seriously love the savings I find there.  Remember if you are new to Zulily then you get $10 free to spend at Zulily!

Have a dandy weekend my friends!

 

This posting was part of my affiliation with Zulily, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Rock Candy Life {Giveaway} – CLOSED

The smell of clean laundry is one of my favorites.  Doing the laundry is not such a chore when it smells so lovely!  One of my least favorite smells is that toxic plastic scent of PVC.  I recently bought a toddler backpack for “Rocket” off eBay from a retailer in China, and it has been reeking of plastic all week.  Poor choice, mom.  Pretty gross to think of all the chemicals it is releasing into the air.  Have you ever noticed that same smell in a new shower curtain?  Have you ever looked for  “green” products like shower curtains, but were disappointed with the selection available?

Rock Candy Life has beautiful shower curtains in the savviest prints, so you don’t have to compromise on design or your eco-friendly lifestyle!  Design and eco-friendly can co-exist!

Completely odor free, and all eco-friendly materials, these shower curtains are 100% recyclable, cholorine and PVC-free.

I LOVE the design of the Royal shower curtain we received!  Exactly my style and something I love looking at every time I’m in the bathroom.  These are limited edition prints, so once they’re out, they’re out for good.

I’ve never owned such a sturdy, substantial, and beautiful shower curtain.  The best part is that this arrived the day before I had company over, and I loved the pick-me-up it gave my bathroom!  Look at these before and after pictures.  Sure, tidying up a little helps, but oh what a difference my new curtain from Rock Candy Life makes!  Instant make-over!

The Into the Woods curtain rod hooks are also adorable, and designed in the colors of all three shower curtains so they’ll coordinate with any pattern you choose.  A hook occasionally comes loose off of our rod, but I think its because our tub is a mini—maybe half the length of a regular tub, so the curtain is a little more gathered than it would be in a normal bathroom.  Besides that, they’re sleek and pretty dang cute.  I love my bathroom 300% more than before Rock Candy Life helped spruce it up!

Designed in the USA!  Also, free flat rate shipping on orders to the US.

One lucky winner with receive a Rock Candy Life shower curtain and a set of Into the Woods hooks ($39.98 value)!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, November 24th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Rock Candy Life, but all opinions are strictly my own

Free $10

Packages from my online Christmas shopping began arriving on my doorstop last week:

Notice a familiar emblem on one of those packages?

One that resembles that square at the top of this posting and looks something like this:

Did you see it amongst my packages???

Of course a package from Zulily was delivered at my house, because I’ve been doing A LOT of shopping on Zulily!

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to shop online.  It’s the best way to find a bargain.  Everything at Zulily is a bargain, so it’s my go to place for holiday shopping.  I literally check in every day to see what the latest deals are.  So far we have acquired some building blocks for Banjo on Zulily at around 80% off retail.  This week I’ll There are just so many things at major percentages off that it’s sooooo very difficult to decide just what to get her!  Maybe this adorable shopping cart:

Can you say, “Little Tikes”???

Or a pink truck for her to scoot around on:

Or some holiday books:

There are so many options right now.  I’ll have to check in tomorrow see what the new items are for children at Zulily!  Not shopping for kiddos?  Well, Zulily has way more than just stuff for kids.  I actually bought myself a wool peacoat from there a couple of weeks ago.  It’s gorgeous!  And the price?  Amazing.  $29.  That’s right… only $29!!!

Who wants $10 to start shopping?  Yep $10 for free!!!  Just GO HERE and you will get $10 to start spending at Zulily!

 

This posting was part of my affiliation with Zulily, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Chickadee Vinyl {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

 

Decorating Ruby’s room has been a dream.  There’s just something about all thing decor for baby girls.  Don’t get me wrong.  It was fun decorating the nursery for Banjo, but decorating for a baby girl is just so sweet and cutesy!  Maybe it’s because I’m a girl and deep down I like girly things.  Even though I’m not that much of a pink gal.  Too much exposure to the color in childhood gave it a bad wrap in my mind.  I’ll admit that I’m slowly warming to the idea of dressing Ruby in pinks.  Although for her room I didn’t want anything pink.  So maybe I’m not quite to that point of being fully accepting of the color pink.  ;)  I knew right away that the color combination of gray and yellow would be perfect for her room, because I love the color yellow.  In terms of decor we also wanted a room that didn’t scream baby, so it could in fact grow with her.  Who wants to decorate over and over throughout childhood???  So I chose a bird theme that I thought would be perfect for a nursery, but also in a little girl’s room.  The challenge was the one wall that we selected to leave white behind her crib.  How ever was I going to tie the room color in on that wall without being overbearing?  Enter the cutest wall vinyl that I ever did spy:

That cuteness is from Chickadee Vinyl and I was able to order it in the colors of my choosing.

It looks so adorable in my little bird’s room:

Thank you Chickadee Vinyl!

At Chickadee Vinyl you will find so many different kinds of wall vinyl from elegant:

To fun:

Chickadee Vinyl also has wall decor perfect for any living space in your home.

Family Rooms:

Bathrooms:

 

And I couldn’t resist showing you this super cute subway art:

I know you saw something that you absolutely need for your home.  Didn’t you?

Guess what’s being given away from Chickadee Vinyl?

One very lucky winner is going to receive a $30 coupon code to use at Chickadee Vinyl!

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, August 6th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize.

 

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This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Chickadee Vinyl, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Thirty-One with Kelley Nix {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

Close your eyes and think:  Fabulously functional, gorgeous fabric options, and unique personalization.  Making Consultant Kelley Nix with Thirty-One the go to girl for some really dandy Mother’s Day gift ideas!  Anything from the new spring line at Thirty-One would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift.  Fun colors and styles for the spring will definitely be a hit!

 

Contact Kelley Nix today to place your Mother’s Day orders.  There’s even a really dandy sale going on this month only:

Now that’s not only just dandy for Mother’s Day, but economical for you too!  :)

 

What’s being given away?  A Thirty-One Jewelry Roll and the winner gets to pick the print of the fabric!

***Winner will be posted on Monday, April 23rd and will need to pick the fabric choice before April 25th***

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted on Monday, April 23rd. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize!
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Stellar Baby {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

 

Shortly after bringing Ruby home from the hospital we discovered something.  She has ultra sensitive skin!  I won’t go into all the gory details of the aftermath, but it involved an allergic reaction to the disposable diapers.  It was less than stellar let me tell you.  Poor little baby!  We were planning on switching over to cloth diapers anyway, but wanted to wait until her umbilical cord fell off.  I’ve gotta give props to the throw away diapers for having those notched belly button areas!  Due to the allergy we went to the cloth diapers earlier than we had anticipated and she hasn’t had a problem since.  Only the best for my little one’s tushy.  :)  Don’t all babies have delicate skin?  In my mind they do.  They are after all brand spanking new!  What do we do to keep their skin and style (can’t leave out that important bit) more than stellar?  Definitely gotta turn to Stellar Baby!

At Stellar Baby you can find 100% organic cotton (perfect for baby’s skin) and fabulous designs (perfect for baby’s style).  In fact Stellar Baby was launched because it’s so difficult to find hey go way beyond the typical styles.  Have your little one be original in these adorable infant bodysuits:

 

      

  

See what I mean?  Sensitive skin + style = Stellar Baby.  I’m loving all those fun colors!

 

What’s more is Stellar Baby has Nursery Wall Art that is way dandy:

 

  

You seriously can’t go wrong with nursery decor from Stellar Baby.  Grab some for yourself or give as a gift.  You will be the hit of any baby shower!

Who’s ready to enter to win?  One very lucky winner is going to receive quite the package from Stellar Baby.  Winner’s choice of a bodysuit and unframed poster!  Yep 2 items for 1 winner from Stellar Baby!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted on Monday, April 2nd. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize!

 

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Vinyl Wall Art {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

“Ruby” is 2 months old and I’m FINALLY getting around to decorating the nursery.  Let’s just say that I take awhile to make decisions and get things done.  Okay…  I’m a major procrastinator!  It doesn’t help matters when “Ruby” came a month earlier than my due date.  Just think if I’m already a major procrastinator then an early birth really, really, really threw a wrench in my plans.  The nursery has a bird theme, because I think it’s just a darling theme!  Last week I spent hours and hours sewing curtains and bedding for her room.  And I still have a ways to go before finishing!  How about the wall decorations?  Well, obviously I’m the type of personality that needs help in that department or it will never be finished.  It also needs to be something that’s easy to do.  I mean this is me we are talking about.  :)  Good thing for me there’s a place online that is all about Vinyl Wall Art.  That’s even the name of the shop, so it’s very easy for me to remember!  Recently Vinyl Wall Art sent me this vinyl growth cart that goes perfectly with the nursery theme:

Too cute, huh?

Since I have nursery decor on the brain let’s have a look at some of the other cute nursery decor ideas from Vinyl Wall Art, shall we?

There’s great animal vinyl wall art to match any theme:

                                                       Even animals in chalkboard!

And…

How cute are these nesting dolls?

And this fire truck?

Totally cute!

 

Told you there was a lot of cuteness!  Ready to find out what’s being given away?  One very lucky winner is going to receive a fabulously dandy prize!  A $50 gift certificate to Vinyl Wall Art!

*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide.

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted on Monday, March 12th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize!

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The Painted Name {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

My children have a very important lady in their young lives.  Her name is Gran and she is my mother.  Thank you all for the good thoughts that have been directed towards her during this difficult time.  I know that I’ve eluded to the fact in recent postings that she is ill.  Until now I haven’t been open on the Dandy with what my mom has, but this particular feature has me thinking of her a great deal.  So I thought that I should fill you in.

At the start of the New Year (when my new baby girl was just 1 week old) my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.  It came as quite a shock to us all as my mom has always been very healthy.  Sure she has been more tired than normal over the last few years, but we just thought it was because she works full time and has had a lot on her plate with both her parents and my father’s parents.  My paternal grandfather (who was the inspiration for Dandy Giveaway) died suddenly 4 years ago, maternal grandmother had a stroke 3 years ago, paternal grandmother had brain cancer 2 years ago, and my maternal grandfather was just diagnosed with cancer just barely before Thanksgiving.

So we haven’t had an easy time of it.  Through it all my mom has been there for everyone and we are now here for her.  We are rallying behind here.  That’s what being a family is all about!  I’m happy to report that she is tolerating chemotherapy well and we continue to pray for a cure.  It’s going to be a long road, but I have complete faith that my mom can continue to fight this.  She’s a strong woman.  Gran is even still working!  She’s a manager of a bank and this is why I’ve had her on my mind for this feature giveaway.  :)

When Banjo was born it was important to her to get him his first piggy bank.  What else would a banking Gran think of.  ;)  I think everyone has that token gift that they like to give and a piggy bank is the perfect fit for my mom.  I remember her searching high and low for Banjo’s bank.   Who would have thought that it would be so difficult to find a piggy bank?  Well, I have just the place for her to get those piggies from now on.

Isn’t he a cute one?  The Painted Name carries personalized piggy banks to match lots of nursery decors.  Even if you aren’t a bank manager a piggy bank makes a great gift for a new baby!

The Painted Name has plenty of other items perfect for baby gift giving.

How great is this dish set?

 

And be still my heart this mini tea set is adorable!

 

Then…

How cute is this egg for the Easter baskets???

The Painted Name has it all!  Who’s ready for the giveaway?

The winner of this giveaway is going to receive a CUTE personalized piggy bank (a $47 value) from The Painted Name!

 

*** This giveaway is open to US entries only***

There are 7 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 7 chances then leave 7 separate comments**

(1): Leave your name, email address, or whatever you feel most comfortable leaving in a comment. (ex: “Dandy Smith”)

(2): Go to The Painted Name, have a look around, and then tell us your favorite item! (ex: “Dandy Smith = Love the piggy banks! )

(3): Become a follower of The Painted Name Blog through Google Friend Connect or if you already do.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= follow The Painted Name.”)

(4): Like The Painted Name on Facebook or if you already do.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= like”)

(5):  Tell people about this giveaway and then tell us how you did!  (ex: “Dandy Smith= emailed, called, texted, etc.”)

(6): Follow Dandy Giveaway on Twitter and then tweet about this giveaway. (ex: “Dandy Smith= twitter & tweet”)

(7): Become a follower of Dandy Giveaway through Networked Blogs (in the right hand sidebar) or if you already follow through there.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= follow Dandy.”)

***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! This giveaway will be open for entries until Sunday, March 4th at 5:00 pm CST.  Be sure and check back on Monday, March 5th to see if you won, so you can claim your prize! ***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won!

This posting and giveaway was sponsored by The Painted Name, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Pumpkin & Butterfly {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

 

 

 

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!  Do you have big plans for the actual day?  Or did you celebrate already over the weekend?  We might try to go out to dinner sometime soon.  Maybe this weekend.  It’s hard to find a babysitter for a 6 week old!  My husband (the audiologist man) did tell me already what my present for Heart’s Day was going to be.  He surprised me with plans to update our walk-in closet from its original 1960′s look.  Plans that included him doing the renovating.  Apparently he has spent weeks planning out the exact layout, shelving, etc.  I must admit that when I was first told of this endeavor I was just a tad bit nervous.  Now I’m not saying that I don’t have complete faith in my husband, because that is the farthest thing from the truth.  It’s just to my knowledge he’s never done any sort of wood working.  So that made me a little nervous.  I mean he knows a whole lot about ears!  :)  Well, you know what?  I’ve just discovered that my husband also knows about building things!  I’m happy to report that the closet is looking mighty fine.  Yep I’m really proud of him!  Not that I had any doubt.  :)  It’s still in process, but I’ll be sure to post pictures of the finished product.  Can I just tell you that I’m so excited with my present?  Audiologist man has heard me complain and complain about our closet.  He’s the best!  So to my audiologist man I say:

Where can you find that adorable elephant print?  At Pumpkin & Butterfly that’s where!

In honor of Valentine’s Day… I LOVE LOVE LOVE this shop!

Pumpkin & Butterfly has a ton (no pun intended) of art prints perfect for the day of love.

 

But frankly all of those lovely prints are perfect for giving and decorating around your house all times of the year!  Let someone know that you love ‘em by ordering them a print from Pumpkin & Butterfly!

All of the art prints from Pumpkin & Butterfly are customizable in color options which is a plus for matching any decor.  Let’s have a looksie shall we?

Check out these adorable Someday Prints that would be too cute in your little dreamer’s room:

 

 

 

And I could not leave out sharing this one, because I’m a huge fan of the family trees:

And how cool are custom silhouettes???

 

Don’t you just love Pumpkin & Butterfly now just as much as I do?

This week one very lucky winner is going to receive an 8×10 “Awesome Print” (with the white background, black writing, and red “WE”) from Pumpkin & Butterfly!

*** This giveaway is open to US entries only***

There are 7 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 7 chances then leave 7 separate comments**

(1): Leave your name, email address, or whatever you feel most comfortable leaving in a comment. (ex: “Dandy Smith”)

(2): Go to Pumpkin & Butterfly, have a look around, and then tell us your favorite art print! (ex: “Dandy Smith = I absolutely love the family tree print with the acorns! )

(3): Subscribe to the Dandy Giveaway blog with your email address (in the right hand sidebar).  (ex: “Dandy Smith= subscribed”)

(4): Like Pumpkin & Butterfly on Facebook or if you already do.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= like”)

(5):  Tell people about this giveaway and then tell us how you did!  (ex: “Dandy Smith= emailed, called, texted, etc.”)

(6): Follow Dandy Giveaway on Twitter and then tweet about this giveaway. (ex: “Dandy Smith= twitter & tweet”)

(7): Become a follower of Dandy Giveaway through Networked Blogs (in the right hand sidebar) or if you already follow through there.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= follow Dandy.”)

***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! This giveaway will be open for entries until Sunday, February 19th at 5:00 pm CST.  Be sure and check back on Monday, February 20th to see if you won, so you can claim your prize! ***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won!

This posting and giveaway was sponsored by Pumpkin & Butterfly, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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