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Fall is dandy.

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It really is.  Dandy.  Fall is.  I love this time of year.  Absolutely love it.  I think that I’ve always been a fan of fall.  There’s just something about this time of year that draws me in.  It reminds me of things.  For starters it tells me that everything is going to be okay and eventually will become anew.  After a very long, hot summer the temperatures will start to drop, brilliant colors will form on my favorite trees, leaves will begin to fall, snow will eventually cleanse, and then spring will burst forth The newness happens all because of fall.  All because of it.  Without fall we would miss out on so much!  (If you’ve never experienced a Midwest fall then I highly recommend it.  Visit a place that has a real and true fall just once.  You will see exactly what I’m talking about.  The beauty of it all.  Truly breathtaking.)

Everything about this season for me is a memory.  My childhood is a big part of this memory.  I remember going with my grandparents to stomp through piles of leaves in the parks near Jefferson Barracks.  We would leave the pathways to find the biggest clusters of leaves.  The crispness in the air was often filled with silence that was then broken by our feet crunching through the giant, untouched leaves.  My grandparents would positively glow at the happiness that I expressed on our leaf walks.  I knew that they were happy and, as their only granddaughter, I reveled in the attention.  The walks were filled with love.  They taught me the joy that is leaf stomping and I can never look at falling leaves in the same way again because of it.

This year the change of season has taken on new meaning for me.  My feelings toward fall are now bitter sweet.  Seven years ago next month my grandfather (the inspiration for the dandy blog) passed away while raking leaves.  In a strange way it was almost meant to happen that way.  Despite the fact that I was thousands of miles away when it happened… It happened while he was doing something that was so closely connected to me.  Something that tied us together.  Maybe that sounds silly, but it has become a comfort to me.  We lost my grandmother earlier this year.  I’ll forever miss our walks together in the fall.

Despite the sadness that I feel this time of year I can still feel the joy of the season.  I’ll always have the wonderful memories and I’ve come to love sharing this season with my own family.  Spending time out in the fall weather with my husband and children, teaching them about the dandiness that is leaf walks, and taking part in all the fun of the season.  There truly is so much to enjoy this time of year.  Last weekend we found ourselves at a corn maze with friends.  Always a fall gem.  It has become a tradition for us to go to this specific maze.  Our dandy kids had a great time while building their own fall memories and I was able to reflect on all the many reasons why I love this time of year.

A dandy fall to all!

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Little Tikes recently gave my family the gift of the Cozy Coupe Wagon.  It’s perfect for all of your fall outings.  Stay tuned for the Halloween review. 

Soybu {Giveaway} Closed

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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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Fluffy Garden Boutique {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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One of my favorite things about being a military spouse is moving to new locations and meeting new people — moving away from those new friends never feels like good-bye since we have Facebook and other ways to keep in touch, but it also never feels like good-bye because the chances of meeting up again in the military are just too good!  Kierston and I met when we were living in the middle of the California desert; our husbands worked together and we have boys who are just months apart in age, so it was a quick match for our entire family.  We moved to North Carolina about three years ago, and we were ecstatic when Kierston’s family moved to North Carolina just about three months ago!Cover Photo

Almost immediately after making a cross-country trip and getting settled in their new location, Kierston opened up her Facebook shop Fluffy Garden Boutique, where she makes custom orders of just about anything that can be crocheted, sewn, or painted!  She is completely invested in her shop and in her products, and her passion is evident on her Facebook updates that usually include some sort of amazing special or giveaway for her fans.

 Here are a couple of my favorites from her shop:

 

Around the House items include this Multipurpose Wash Cloth (shown above), Washable Swiffer Cover, or a cute Tooth Fairy Pillow!

Fluffy Garden Boutique also features great sets for photography props or photo shoots, such as this Mermaid Set with Shell Top and Starfish Headband

The Beanies, Hats, and Diaper Covers also include lots of fun seasonal products, such as this Football Beanie

Photo: OSU inspired headband (can be customized to any team) sizes NB, 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-9m, 12m, toddler, child or adult $5 free shipping

Or hard-core football fans will love to check out the College and NFL Themes Crochet album with items such as this OSU-Inspired Headband (can be customized for any team, any size infant to adults), totes, or throws.

 Since Kierston is a military spouse herself, she knows the difficulty that goes with numerous deployments, long hours/days/weeks, and sacrifice to serve our country.  Fluffy Garden Boutique features a Military Heroes Wall of Fame open to any branch of service — just e-mail your picture and she’ll add it to this album!

And, just in time for the fall season, Fluffy Garden Boutique is offering a $30 Gift Certificate to use in the shop by November 1!  Check out Fluffy Garden Boutique on Facebook, then come back here to enter to win!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of September 14th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Fluffy Garden Boutique, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

Happy Thanksgiving from Banjo and Ruby!

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Getting her to actually look at the camera was never going to happen. Pine needles are just too, too interesting to look at. Camera? Mom? Not interesting enough. But pine needles…


I’m so very thankful for my family even though everything is not always picture perfect.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

October, I miss you.

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Here’s a last look at October.  Glorious October.

I really do kind of miss October.  There’s just something about that month that gets me every time.  Maybe… Because of all the great fall family activities.  Or maybe…  Because of all the pumpkins, ghosts, and goblins.  The fall decor?  I certainly love that part of it!  Sure fall carries into November, but is it the same?  I mean it’s November.  😉

Here’s looking to the month that’s all about Thanksgiving and all that I am truly thankful for.  It’s another holiday month to spend with my family.  A time to reflect on my many, many blessings.  November, I welcome you and I’m grateful for you.

Pumpkin Design Lady

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My mom is an amazing woman. I love her to bits! She’s a bank manager and works hard at everything she does. Mom is also quite crafty and creative. I just might have to have her guest on the blog sometime. 😉 Anyway, this year all the bank branches are participating in a fun contest for Halloween. Each branch had their employees decorate pumpkins. They decided to utilize social media (Facebook to be exact) to spread the word about the amazing creations. Because we all know that social media is where it’s at. 😉 The winning employees get lunch provided to them by the bank. I really want my mom and her girls to win. They deserve it. And they made some pretty dandy pumpkins! Super cute:

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Don’t you think?

Vote for them, will you? All you have to do is click on the links below (the names of the two pumpkins) and then like those photos on Facebook. It’s that easy. I’ll be sure to let you know in a follow up posting who won. Thanks friends and have a dandy weekend!

Vote for Suzy Teller

Vote for the Go Green Pumpkin

Feel free to vote for both. 😉

A Room With A View

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Here I sit on the floor in our family room while the kiddos play nearby.

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I heart the colors of fall!

An Apple A Day

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It’s so much easier for me to adhere to the old adage when the apples look like this:

 

Happy Fall!

Knit Pumpkin

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Remember my knit pumpkin tutorial from a few years back?  Wow.  Where does the time go?  I cannot believe it has been 2 years since I made that little pumpkin!  He only makes his presence known around here during the fall season, but he is still alive and well.  And looking ever so fine gracing our stairs with the other fall fixtures I might add.

Although our staircase is updated from that old picture, so I think that’s even more dandy!

Maybe it’s time I made another pumpkin…

 

Megan Miller Collection {Review}

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I LOVE to paint my nails!  I was totally the little girl who always had her nails done in bubble gum pink.  Pretty much every first day of school from kindergarten to college, I would paint my nails to match my first-day-of-school outfit!  I love seeing the new color every time I use my hands or glance at my feet.  Nail polish is one of those “makes me happy” objects I’d hate to live without.

 

Needless to say, I’ve been through a lot of nailpolish colors and brands over my lifetime.  At the bottom of the list would be the $.99 drugstore polish, and at the top would be the Megan Miller Collection!

  

First take note of the custom designed and molded bottles—I really appreciate a bottle that won’t tip over as I’m dipping the brush in and out.  I could also definitely tell a difference in the high quality brush.  It allowed for very smooth and consistent strokes, despite a shaky hand, so I didn’t have to make a single touch-up.

Probably most notable is the natural cork top that is great for gripping, and the 100% natural raffia hand-picked from Madagascar!  Extravagant, huh!

Simply fabulous colors!  First I chose “Latte”, and I’m so pleased with it.  I’ve been looking for a subtle color, not quite nude, and not too crazy, that I could wear with everything and still look professional, or atleast like a grown up.  (No more bubble gum pink.)  I loved the way it looked on, but I wonder if it would complement all skin tones.  It reminds me of a favorite pair of nude pumps that go with everything and look SO so classy with almost anything.  I think this color has the same effect of elongating the fingers, just like skin-colored heels lengthen the legs.

 

I just couldn’t resist adding some cheetah speckles 🙂 Pay no mind to my flip flop tan.

I also picked out “Foxy”!  I’ve been on the hunt for a good solid gray for months!  I didn’t want shiny silver, or anything metallic.  Just a pretty gray, not too dark, not too light.  Foxy = perfect.  I have only 2 coats on in this picture, and I think a 3rd would be just right.  I want to wear this on my fingers for the entire Fall season.  I think it would look great on the working woman and city girl!

On top of exquisite colors and quality, Megan Miller nail polish is also free of dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde—all dangerous chemicals found within the composition of other nail polish.  I’m usually not one to splurge on nailpolish, but I think $12 is well worth the price for one of these beauties.

You can follow Megan Miller Collection on Facebook HERE and follow the blog HERE, as well as on Twitter HERE.

*This posting was sponsored by Megan Miller Collection, but all opinions are strictly my own

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