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Tommee Tippee {Review}

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 I remember trying (almost literally) every single bottle system on the planet when my first son was born.  He was in the NICU for about a week after he was born, and nursing wasn’t working so well for us — but, frankly, bottle-feeding wasn’t working either!  He had a difficult time eating without getting lots of air bubbles in him, and we later discovered that he had acid reflux (which was quickly solved after his pediatrician gave us a prescription — oh, happy day!).  As we went through each of these bottle systems, though, we discovered two that we liked the best and stuck strictly to those two.  I stuck to those two bottle systems again when my second son was born, and they worked like a charm.

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This third time around, though, I’ve been surprised to find that those bottle systems have changed and have all sorts of new fancy terms and styles!  Where are the original ones that I know and love??  As I started doing my research to explore my options, one new-to-me bottle system that kept popping up in my research was from the Tommee Tippee brand.  I don’t even remember hearing about this brand with either of my other two babies, so I was excited to receive Tommee Tippee brand items to try out at home this time around.

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Closer to Nature Added Comfort Feeding Bottles — Colic in infants may be caused by a combination of influences including ingesting air during feeding. The new Added Comfort range from closer to nature is specially designed to help reduce air bubbles in the milk and to encourage a good latch-on to help reduce the risk of baby ingesting air during feeding. The air vents down through the tube and into the air-space at the base of the bottle, completely bypassing the milk.

This bottle combines my favorite features from my past two favorite bottle systems and puts them right into one bottle!  I love the air vents on this bottle (that seem to make a huge difference when it comes to gassy babies!), and I love that the nipple is shaped and designed to make the transition from breast to bottle and back again easier.

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Closer to Nature Milk Feeding Bibs — Closer to Nature Milk Feeding Bibs have a unique dribble catcher that absorbs moisture, helping prevent rashes on baby’s sensitive skin. Our Milk Feeding Bibs are super-soft on tender young skin, yet working really hard to soak up dribbles and spills before they can cause a rash. Perfect for those first milk feeds, they’re also ideal for the teething stage.

I cannot tell you how much I love these feeding bibs!!  The extra material and cushion around the neck is absolutely genius!!  Both of my boys were chunky babies with rolls and rolls on their necks and legs, and I can’t even begin to tell you what colors I’ve discovered in the neck rolls of my boys during their baby baths — that milk would get past carefully placed burp cloths or bibs and would just sit all day long!  On top of that, these bibs are so incredibly soft and are made of lightweight material.  I can’t wait to use these with Baby Boy #3 in the next couple of months!

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Diddle Daddles {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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One of the best things about living in small town is that they usually have a great downtown area with local shops and restaurants, and we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy them in the last three places we’ve lived.  I love spending a Saturday morning or a random Tuesday evening walking through the downtown streets to discover some of our favorite places to eat and to explore the great items in the boutiques.

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While I’m the first to sing the praises about online shopping (especially after living in small towns in the last three places we’ve lived!), there are few websites that have the same type of feel as these fun downtown shops.  I was thrilled to stumble upon the online shop Diddle Daddles that just so happens to have that boutique feel with unique items and changing inventory!

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Neon Infinity Scarves – 7 Colors — As I’m sure you’ve been able to tell from my past year of blogging on Dandy Giveaway, I’m not always the most fashion-forward mom.  I was determined last fall/winter to figure out how to incorporate a scarf into my wardrobe, and I’ve decided that this is the year for infinity scarves.  These colors add a great pop of color that is sometimes necessary among the grays and brown of fall wardrobes.

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Purse Organizing Insert — I’m heading back into the diaper bag stage in just a couple of weeks, and this purse organizing insert would be perfect to keep everything in purse well-organized so I can find things quickly.  The other benefit to this Purse Organizing Insert is that you can quickly move everything you need from one purse to another!

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Royal Blue Hi-Low Dress — I love how the hi-low style of this dress jazzes it up a little and gives some flair to transition from summer to fall.  I could see this with a set of flats for an afternoon dress, some heels for a more dressy occasion, or great boots to make it warm enough for fall and winter.

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6 ft. Chalkboard Vinyl Roll — And talk about your unique items!!  What a fun item this was to receive in the mail, and it came at the perfect time since we’ve been cleaning out and redoing our toy room in an attempt to be somewhat better prepared for our overseas move in just SIX MONTHS.  We’ve been selling and donating some of our larger items, and the (very large) room was a little bare and needed something.  This was the best solution to add some fun to the wall while also providing a reason to keep that area clear and open.  I could also see this in a hallway, and it can be cut into smaller pieces that can fit on doors or smaller sections of wall in the house.  We’ve loved it so far, and I’m excited to be able to peel it off, roll it up, and take it with us to our new house.

One Dandy reader is going to win a Chalkboard Vinyl Roll!  Enter to win below!

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DaVinci Gourmet {Review}

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 When we were going to school full-time, we were living in a college town in Washington state — you can only imagine how important the local coffee shops were to most of the students on campus.  Between the college setting and being just over an hour away from Seattle, coffee was king!  I don’t drink coffee, but many of our study sessions or get-togethers after class or work took place at a coffee shop, so I needed to find something there outside of hot chocolate for the warm summer months.  Enter Italian sodas!  I loved having a fun fruity drink to order, and I especially loved being able to try multiple flavors and mix and match over the two years I lived there.

I found a great post for Italian sodas on one of my favorite foodie blogs at the beginning of the summer, and it took me right back to these fun times with friends!  I added “fruit flavored syrups” to my shopping list so I grab them at the grocery store, but there were NONE to be found — some vanilla, caramel, and chocolate flavors to add to coffees or hot chocolates, but no fruity flavors for Italian sodas.

 

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I headed online to see where I could purchase these syrups online, and I came across the new Fruit Innovations Syrups offered by DaVinci Gourmet!  “The Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ Syrups are specially formulated for making refreshing cold beverages.  Give lemonades, ice teas, and sodas a unique twist by adding one of our gourmet syrup flavors.  These delicious syrups are made with pure cane sugar and ultra-filtered water.  Easily mixable Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ syrups naturally compliment many cold drinks without adding overwhelming sweetness.  So stir in one of our nine new flavors into your next drink recipe and get that fresh-squeezed fruit taste anywhere, anytime!”

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We were sent the Pomegranate, Raspberry, Strawberry, Peach, and Mango flavors to try, so we invited some friends over for dessert and games and pulled out all the fixings for Italian sodas!  By the end of the evening, we had sampled all five flavors and were pleased with all of them.  Peach, though, was a clear favorite, with raspberry coming in right behind.

DaVinci Gourmet also offers Honey Melon, Kiwi, Mandarin Orange, and Tropical Fruit in this new Fruit Innovations line — they all sound amazing!  DaVinci Gourmet also provides a plethora of recipes that use these  Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ Syrups, such as Asian Citrus Sorbet, Summertime Strawberry Lemonade, and Peaches and Cream Soda.  I would highly recommend these great  Fruit Innovationsâ„¢ Syrups to add a fun twist to lots of different drinks!

In addition to these great new summer fruit flavors, DaVinci Gourmet also offers Classic Syrups, Sugar Free Flavored Syrups, All Natural Flavors Syrups, Gourmet Sauces, and Tea Concentrates.

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Pink Sparkle Design {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I realized just a couple of days ago that this is the first time I’ve really had the chance to actually prepare for a baby to come!  With my first son, I was working full-time and teaching college classes at night through most of my pregnancy; I went on maternity leave about a month early with the idea of spending those last few weeks to get everything ready to go because we only had a car seat (not installed…) and the crib set up (thank heavens!).  Well, I started maternity leave on a Monday, went in for my weekly appointment on Tuesday where I found out that I was in active labor, and had a baby before the sun came up on Wednesday.  !!

With my second son, we had moved from California to Florida for a five-month training that ended when I was seven months pregnant.  We moved here to North Carolina when I was 33 weeks pregnant, pulled our things out of storage and moved into our house, and didn’t spend all that much time doing much outside of getting essentials ready for the baby, just in case he was planning to arrive early, too.  This time, though, I’ve spent the past week washing and drying baby clothes, setting out blankets and new burp cloths, and getting the nursery ready for a baby to come.  I’ve been able to think more about the little things that I wanted to do or have done, and I’ve been able to work on lots of last-minute projects that I’m sure I won’t have time to do in just a couple of weeks.

One of those things that I’ve wanted to do was have some fun shirts for the boys to wear when we leave the hospital.  My oldest has been so involved in this pregnancy, and he talks all the time about having a new baby brother to love.  While my two-year-old probably is in for the shock of his life, he also walks around carrying the baby’s blanket and rubbing/kissing my belly.  It’s amazing how much more exciting it is to have a baby when you have others in the home who are excited, too!

I’ve been looking for a while for some shirts, and one of the things that I wanted was a “middle brother” shirt.  Are you looking for one, too??  Well, let me save you the time — there aren’t any.  Or, the ones that I found have some weird character that no one knows screen printed on the shirt in the background.  Weird.  And definitely NOT what I had in mind.

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I turned to Etsy to see what would be available there, and I came across Pink Sparkle Designs, which specializes in personalizing anything from shirts to water bottles to sunglasses cases using vinyl!  I hadn’t considered the idea of making my own shirts for my boys, but this was the perfect solution for a non-crafty person such as myself to have a cute personalized product for an incredibly reasonable price.  The heat transfer vinyl is custom made in personalized colors and with custom wording to fit your needs.  I was sent three different vinyl designs:  Big Brother, Middle Brother, and Little Brother

I LOVE THEM!

They’re durable and easily transferred, and the colors are incredibly bright and vivid.  I haven’t washed them yet for fear that I’ll do something wrong and mess everything up, but the instructions from Pink Sparkle Designs are clear and easy to understand.  I can’t wait to have the boys wear the shirts with these heat-transfer vinyl on them, and I’m especially looking forward to the photo shoot we’ll have afterwards.  🙂

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Little Brother, Middle Brother, OR Big Brother DIY Iron On Decal

And if you have a sister in your family:

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Little Sister, Middle Sister, OR Big Sister DIY Iron On Decal

While Pink Sparkle Designs offers vinyl that you can transfer yourself, they also offer ready-made products for an incredibly reasonable price.  Check out these fun ideas:

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Chevron Personalized 2 inch Key Chain

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Cake Dessert Carrier Personalized Zebra & Pink

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Mickey OR Minnie Mouse Kids Water Bottle Personalized

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Chevron Large Cooler Tote Personalized

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thredUP {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I always loved back-to-school shopping when I was younger, and I love it now because it signals the beginning of cooler temperatures and the fall season — my favorite!  The cost related to this back-to-school shopping, though, can be staggering, especially for large families with multiple kids to dress for the new year.

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thredUP is an online consignment shop that offers thousands of like-new clothing for boys, girls, juniors, and women.  Customers can save money by purchasing these clothes at a greatly discounted price, and they can save time by doing it all online without having to go to multiple stores in various locations.   I was especially excited about their new juniors and women sections (they were just introducing these new features when I featured them here in April) because I can take advantage of these same low prices without having to travel long distances!  I’ve always lived in small towns without malls or many popular clothing stores, and I love that I can buy clothes from some of my favorite stores at a fraction of the cost online in my pajamas while my boys sleep.  Score!

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thredUP is also very specific about the brands they’ll sell, ranging from Bargain Brands (Carter’s, Old Navy, The Children’s Place) to Basic Brands (Gymboree, miniBoden, GAP) and Premium Brands (Burberry, Ralph Lauren) for kids.  Juniors can enjoy looks from Forever 21, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Hollister, and Guess, while women have a range from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor LOFT, GAP to J. Crew and White House Black Market.  Amazing brands, and amazing prices!  I also loved that I could search by brand and size, which saved lots of time and effort on my part.  Rather than browsing through an entire store to find what I needed, I could sort quickly and easily and then shop from the items that were available and in my size.

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 I really don’t know that I’ve ever bought clothes for any of my boys at full price.  I’ve been able to find clearance deals and shop great sales, and we’re lucky enough to have an amazing thrift store on the base with volunteers who have high standards when sorting through donated clothes and will even wash them before they are put out for purchase.  This has worked just fine for us while the boys have been younger — I don’t stress about tossing out the occasional onesie at the mall after changing a blowout diaper since I only paid a quarter for it, and I’m not so concerned when my boys go outside and get dirty when I consider that the clothes they wear sometimes cost less than a kids meal!  But, I’m not exactly sure how many more years this will last.  I’m sure that it’s going to get harder and harder as they start to request specific looks or brands as they get older, and this is one reason I’m so excited for the new juniors section through thredUP for both young women and young men.

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People can also make money through thredUP by sending in their like-new or gently-used clothing (free of charge!) and receiving an amount that can either be used as credit or can be paid through PayPal.  I recently sent in a bag of clothes that I didn’t wear anymore, and the process was so easy!  I requested a bag through thredUP, it was sent right to my home, I filled it with as much as I could (both women’s and boys’ clothes, in my case), and then sent it right back.  The processing took about two weeks, and I had money in my PayPal account without any problems.  One thing to note, though, is that you DO NOT receive the clothes thredUP doesn’t purchase back in the mail unless you pay a set fee for Return Assurance.  Since my pile of clothes was a stack that I was planning to drop by the thrift store anyway, this didn’t concern me — I could imagine this being a shock, though, if you were hoping to make a certain amount on your clothes and didn’t end up with the price you were wanting.

You can also check out the Clothesline to see how much people have made on the bags they’ve sent in with specific brands and clothing items to get a good idea of what you might be able to make off the clothes you have.

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One Dandy reader will receive a $20 thredUP Gift Certificate to find great back-to-school clothes (or fun new fall fashions)!

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pediped {Review}

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One of the great things about having boys is that I really only have to worry about getting 2-3 pairs of shoes for each season — they each have worn the same sandals everywhere to play, their water shoes for the beach or sprinkler play, and then nice shoes to wear to church.  Done, done, and done.  One of the problems, though, is finding a shoe that will last the entire season.  I like to shop ahead and buy clearance from the end of season sales to use for the next year, and I was ecstatic when I found a pair of pediped® sandals at a sale last summer that my two-year-old has worn ALL summer this year.  They are amazing!  They’ve been able to withstand the many days and weeks at the park, and the color remains vibrant and unfaded.

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Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily.

pediped® footwear is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 140 designs for boys and girls between their three lines available in EU sizes ranging from 17 to 33:

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Originals® — (0-24 months) The soft, flexible soles of Originals® are recommended by pediatricians and podiatrists because they allow children to closely mimic barefoot walking. Originals® are made of the highest quality leather on the market today and also feature a soft foam insert between leather layers. They are so comfortable, your child will not want to take them off!

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Grip ‘n’ Goâ„¢ — (9 months – 3 years) Grip ‘n’ Goâ„¢ include all the benefits of Originals® but also have special G2 Technologyâ„¢, which includes a soft rubber sole, rounded edges that mimic the shape of a child’s foot, heel stability, and a soft toe box to allow toes to grip the floor. Grip ‘n’ Goâ„¢ provide active toddlers with the ideal combination of protection and flexibility as they improve their walking ability.

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Flex® — (1-8 years) Flex® are the perfect choice for confident walkers who have developed a solid, natural stride. With cushioned arch support and a soft, flexible rubber sole, Flex® ensure comfort and healthy foot development. In addition, the Flex Fit Systemâ„¢ allows you to adjust the fit of Flex® shoes to prolong wear.

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We received the Flex Jones – Khaki in a size 30 for my four-year-old, who has gone through a number of play shoes and sandals this summer.  He’s been playing harder and harder when he’s outside over the past few months, and I’m sure that that will only continue into the fall.  These shoes are durable but flexible, and I love that the shoes have a little pop of orange peeking through to give a little bit of color.

I’m also eyeing the very cute but also very practical Originals for Baby Boy #3!  I can remember my friend first introducing me to this brand when her son started walking, and I still remember how easily she could slip the shoes on and off his feet and how well they moved with his feet while still remaining stable enough to provide the necessary traction to stay upright.

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pediped® will give back to schools as part of its pediped® ♥’s Schools initiative this fall

Enrolled schools will receive 10% back on all attributed purchases giving parents another reason to shop the award-winning brand

Schools everywhere will have yet another reason to celebrate the start of a new school year. On July 24, 2013, pediped® launched ‘pediped ♥ ‘s Schools’, a new, one-of-a-kind, giving campaign where participating schools will receive a check for 10% back on their total attributed purchases of pediped® Footwear. Each school can earn up to $10,000 per year.

School officials and leaders of the PTO or PTA are encouraged to enroll their school to best spread the word. Parents and teachers may also enroll their school into the program.  Each school will receive a unique code upon enrollment. Members of the school and community should use this code at checkout when making a purchase on pediped.com or in any pediped® owned boutique (located in Las Vegas). pediped® will compile and track the purchases attributed to each school’s code and each school will receive 10% back on their total combined purchases. Purchases will be tracked now until May 15, 2014 and schools will receive their checks in June 2014. Any purchases made after May 15 will roll over to the next school year. Schools will be able to track their earnings on pediped.com.

“I’m excited to celebrate the start of a new school year with kids everywhere, said Angela Edgeworth, founder of pediped® Footwear. “Schools need our help now more than ever and it’s essential for them to have the things they need. We are receiving heavy support from parents and teachers alike who see the value in creating awareness on the importance of providing schools with adequate resources. Giving back always has and will continue to be a core value of pediped®.”

Please visit pediped.com/pedipedschools to enroll your school today.

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RIO Brands {Review}

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 When we lived overseas, we would travel toward the northern end of the island to stay at a military resort that was right on the beach.  Our cabana was literally feet from the beach, and we would spend all day going to the beach to play, then heading back to our room to eat or take a nap before heading right back out again to kayak or ride the banana boat.  Because we were so spoiled in this way, I really don’t remember going to the beach to just play for a couple of hours and I certainly can’t think of a time that we went to the beach for the entire day.

Since moving to North Carolina, though, and living 30 minutes from the beach, we’ve made plenty of trips to and from and the beach for a couple of hours — it’s about all that we can handle!  I know that some of my friends have been able to head out there in the morning and stay clear until the sunset, but we’ve not made that jump just quite yet.

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One of the first times that we went to the beach, we were so completely unprepared!  Looking back, I blame that on my experiences of being able to race right back to our oceanside cabana to get anything we needed — we had some of the fun essentials (buckets and shovels, boogie boards, etc.), but we forgot to bring snacks of any kind, and we didn’t have any sort of sunshade.  I’m so glad we had good friends who have been going for years since we were able to share their goodies from their cooler, and they let us borrow one of their beach umbrellas.

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When I was given the opportunity to review for Rio Brands and I noticed their beach umbrellas, I was ecstatic at the thought of having our own umbrella to use for this very last month that we’ll be able to enjoy the NC beaches!

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We were sent the Total Sun Block 7′ Umbrella to review, and, again, my husband pulled it out as soon as it arrived in the mail.  The poles were sturdy without being too heavy, making it easier to carry down to the beach.  The anchor part at the end of the main pole allows for the umbrella to basically be screwed into the ground, which was perfect for getting the pole into the ground in the first place!  It can easily be set up at the beach, at the park, in your yard, whatever!  The shade itself blocks 99.8% UVA/UVB rays and the unique square shape seemed to fit our family of four (albeit two little kids!) just fine. 

Along with this great sun block umbrella, Rio Brands features other chairs and sun shades for all day fun at the beach or outdoors in the summer heat!

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Easy In-Easy Out®-Tropical Rainforest

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Big Boy Backpack with Cooler

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Total Sun Block Beach Shelter

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Renew Skin Solutions {Review}

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I’ve been lucky over the years to not have to worry much about my skin.  I escaped my teenage years unscathed by acne or flare-ups, and I’m the white, pasty person on the beach or pool slathering herself with SPF 50 baby sunscreen every 90 minutes so I don’t get burned.  However, this summer has been quite the shocker!  My first trimester of pregnancy brought some of the worst acne I’ve ever had in my life, and my freckles have been quite showy over the last several weeks since we’re outside almost every day.

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I was contacted by Renew Skin Solutions about a review of their products, and I was a little surprised to find that Renew Skin Solutions is actually a brick-and-mortar dermatology practice that offers their products in their online store.  “Our collection of skin care products are selected to give you the best possible results for all your skincare needs. We offer Obagi, Skin Medica, Glytone, Vivite, and other skin care lines. Latisse and the Clarisonic Cleansing Brush may be purchased in our store. Questions? Email us or come in for attentive service and informed answers. Free shipping available on most orders!”  I explained some of my skin concerns and was sent a surprise box of skin care that would best fit my needs.

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Elta MD UV Physical SPF 41 — An oil-free, tinted, physical sunscreen for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Cosmetically elegant zinc and titanium dioxide prevent sun damage from UV rays while providing a water-resistant finish.

This facial sunscreen came at the perfect time!  On top of my other skincare woes lately, I got an especially bad burn on my nose and cheeks right at the beginning of summer because I thought that the SPF level/sunscreen from my make-up foundation would have been enough to protect me during our (cloudy) day at the beach.  Not so much. At all.  Instead, I burnt bright red, blistered, and then started peeling — and this process lasted for about three weeks.  :(  This sunscreen is lightly tinted, but I don’t find that it’s tinted enough for me right now.  I can wear it under my foundation for now, and I look forward to trying it alone in the fall and winter when I don’t need as much coverage to even my skin tone and freckles.

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Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel — Natural extracts and herbs aid in deeply cleansing the skin, leaving it feeling cleaner then ever and totally refreshed. Excess debris and oil are removed without stripping your skin or leaving it feeling dry. Ideal for combination to oily skin types.

I was open to trying just about anything when my normal skin care routine was so obviously NOT working for me several weeks ago, but this foaming gel was a little too drying for my already extremely dry skin.  I was hoping that it might counteract with the humidity outside, but I really needed extra moisturizer to go with this product.  As it mentions in the description, I felt like it would be ideal for combination to oily skin types.

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**These products were sent to me for review and this post was sponsored by Renew Skin Solutions, but all opinions are strictly my own.

CoziBear Boutique {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m not incredibly crafty with much of anything (sewing, scrapbooking, cake pops, etc.), but I’d like to think that my lack of talent in this area just means that I appreciate others’ skills in these areas that much more!  A friend of mine said that she looks through Pinterest and pins pictures/websites with the intention of recreating them herself — that thought simply never crosses my mind!  Plus, when I find a shop like CoziBear Boutique on Etsy with such reasonable prices and high-quality items, I don’t feel the need to recreate anything at all!

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CoziBear Boutique gives us the chance to “Wear something Cozi from CoziBear Boutique” and at first, I wondered if I really wanted something cozy during the summer months or if this shop was more seasonal for colder temperatures.  Not the case at all!  I was amazed to find how the shop owner was able to add cozy elements to lots of summer items to make them unique.  Here are some of my favorite pieces:

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Women’s Lace Peek-A-Boo Socks — I honestly didn’t even know that a product like this existed until Camille brought them to my attention a few months ago, but I love the little pop of femininity that these peek-a-boo socks can add to otherwise common flats and heels.

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Women’s Solid Hi-Low Skirt — I’m really loving this mint color (along with coral!) this summer, and the Hi-Low Skirt is a great way to have a piece that will transition from summer to fall in a stylish way.

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Girls Open Knit Leg Warmers — How adorable are these??  And, really, I think that these leg warmers are so practical on little girls so as to extend the use of cute summer skirts and dresses into fall and even winter.

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Women’s Lace Shoulder Dolman Top — This was one of my favorite pieces that showcases the “Cozi” side of “CoziBear Boutique” in a summer outfit!  The top is flowy and lightweight, and the lace turns this “shirt” into a fun and stylish top that can be dressed up or down.

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Women’s Slouchy Button Down Leg Warmers — These leg warmers immediately caught my eye, and I love the potential and versatility of these cute wardrobe additions!!  Never would I have considered wearing leg warmers with heels, but the lace dresses them up and makes this look work well.  I received these leg warmers for review, and I LOVE them — while it’s still a little too warm to wear them now, I can easily see myself wearing them with heels in the next few weeks and then again during the winter months on the outside of my jeans but inside of boots with that fun burst of lace.

Enter below to win a $15 gift card to CoziBear Boutique!

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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 August 17th 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 CoziBear Boutique, but all opinions  are strictly my own. 

 

Easy Lunchboxes {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Well, I tell you what — when it’s time to go back to school, it’s time to go back to school.  I’ve mentioned before that I follow a good number of blogs, and I know that at least half of them have had a post at least once this week about finding the best deals on school supplies, making the transition from summer to school a little easier, and (of course) packing lunches that are easy to make and healthy to eat.  Our Back-to-School giveaway here at Dandy Giveaway for this week falls right in line perfectly with this last topic!

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EasyLunchboxes was born out of Kelly’s innate ability to do things efficiently while on a shoestring budget, and her desire to send her daughters to school with simple, healthy food, with little to no extra packaging or ingredients. Her past struggle with weight control inspires her to teach and model healthy eating habits for her children, and has fueled her dedication to always send them off to school with a great lunch.”

We have been all over the place this summer (playdates at the park, day trips to the beach, hours upon hours at the pool, etc.), and rarely do we make it back in time for lunch.  At the beginning of the summer, we would stop by the grocery store to get something healthy for lunch but it was incredibly time-consuming and ended up costing so much because I would grab “just a couple of things” I needed since I was already there; our other alternative was to stop by a restaurant or get fast food, but that became pricey after not too many trips and it certainly wasn’t the healthiest choice.  I became much better at packing some filling snacks or even an entire lunch, but then I ran into the problem of finding something that would keep the food cool during hot days.

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When I discovered EasyLunchboxes, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review their Compartmentalized Food Containers and a Lunch Bag Cooler!  I knew exactly how I was planning to use them, and I couldn’t wait to get them in the mail.  I chose the classic colors with the black lunch bag, and I loved how the colors didn’t look too young and could be used by anyone in the family.  The Compartmentalized Food Containers were much sturdier than I was expecting — I wondered if they would be so different from other similar shaped containers that are disposable, but these are much stronger and last through many dishwasher trips.

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Speaking of being used by anyone in the family, you can imagine my shock when my husband snatched up one of the containers and the cooler and filled it with leftovers from dinner to take for lunch the next day!  Not shocking that he would make his own lunch or that he would be okay with taking leftovers (he’s been doing both since we were first married!), but that he would find it manly enough to take to work to eat in front of all his Marine Corps friends!  He’s used it at least 3-4 times a week since we received it a few weeks ago, and it’s been the perfect size for him — the compartments help with portion control, which has been good since he’s been watching his weight and working out more in preparation for a course he’ll be attending in a couple of months.

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Fun, Healthy Lunches for Kids  School lunches they can look forward to!  Pack your child’s favorite lunch recipes or make healthy, homemade “Lunchables.”  Our bento-style, 3-compartment container ensures that foods don’t touch.  Kid-friendly, easy-open lids come in fun, colorful colors.  (Not leakproof.)

Go Green with our Lunch Boxes EasyLunchboxes are environmentally-friendly. Pack waste-free lunches with our reusable, three-compartment plastic food containers. No more wasteful packaging or plastic baggies when you use this green, sack lunch alternative.

The Easy Bento Box Alternative Cute bento lunches are fun to make and fun to eat. Use EasyLunchbox compartmentalized lunch containers for fast and easy prep. Just one lunch box lid fits securely over all three sections.  NOT leakproof. Best carried upright in our cooler.

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Perfect Portions for Adult Lunches Healthy portion sizes every time w/our bento-style food containers. Adults will save money by packing lunch for work. For long days, put 2 containers in our 6-can cooler type, insulated lunch bags. There’s still room for an ice block, water bottle, & more. Say bye-bye to drive-thrus when you pack a lunch!

BPA-Free, FDA-Approved, Food-Safe Our plastic food storage containers and colorful cooler bags meet strict safety ratings. NO Lead, Vinyl, PVC, Phthalates, or Bisphenol A (BPA). Our portable lunch containers are safe for dishwasher, freezer, & microwave. Cooler bags can be machine washed.

Organized and Convenient Our space-saving lunch boxes nest when not in use. Dinner leftovers quickly become tomorrow’s lunch. They’re easy fill, assembly-line style. And clean up is simple with only two pieces to wash. 4 in a set so you always have a clean one on hand.

Enter below to win a set of Compartmentalized Food Containers and a Lunch Bag Cooler!

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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 August 17th 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 EasyLunchboxes, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

 

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