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ChicoBag Reusable Bags {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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A few years ago, my husband came home from a professional conference loaded down with branded-reusable bags. I put the stash in the back of my car and began using them at the grocery store instead of plastic grocery bags. I felt good about the impact I was making on the environment and was happy that I could fit more groceries into one bag, which meant fewer trips back and forth from the car to the house 🙂 But while I had made it a habit to bring those bags on my weekly grocery shopping trips, I couldn’t get into the habit of bringing just one or two in for a quick run to the store or for a Target trip. I still cringe when I reach the check-out and realize I’ve forgotten a bag, but of course it’s way too late to go back to the car and grab one. I realized I needed a bag that could fit in my purse so it would always be with me and I wouldn’t forget it. Lucky for me, that’s exactly what ChicoBag set out to do!

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ChicoBag makes reusable bags of all shapes and sizes and their goal is to “reduce single-use bag waste by offering compact reusable bags and packs that are designed to be unforgettable.” And let me tell you, these bags are definitely not your standard, branded reusable bags!  Their designs range from classic to contemporary to specially-designed artisan bags, and they are anything but forgettable. They sell bags that are made for shopping, such as the Original bag and the Produce Stand bag, which is a 3-pack  of bags meant to replace single-use plastic bags in the produce aisle. They all stuff into a cute apple-shaped carrying pouch–genius, right?

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They also make Cross-Body style bags, Duffel bags, Messenger bags, Daypacks, and Reusable Snack bags, all in cute colors and patterns. Also, several of their bags and sacks are made from their patented rePETeâ„¢ fabric, which means it is made using recycled materials. I love that they’ve found one more way to keep the earth clean and reuse the materials we’ve been given. But I think my favorite collection is the Halloween collection. How fun would it be to collect your candy in one of these cool bags every Halloween?!

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I chose to review the Vita Contemporary Slate Striped bag. Each Vita bag features shoulder length straps, which is my preferred style of bag/purse. It can carry up to forty pounds and is made from a durable, machine washable woven polyester. When you consider that a typical gallon of milk is just 7 pounds, this baby can hold a LOT of groceries! My very favorite aspect of the bag is that it folds into itself and is stuffed into a small pouch about the size of my cell phone. I just throw it into the bottom of my purse, but it comes with a carabiner attached to the bag so I could clip it to my keys or a hook in my purse if I wanted.

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The fabric is thin and light but definitely durable; I’m not worried about any rips or tears like I’ve had in some of my other reusable bags.  I like the subtle yet sophisticated striped pattern and slate color. I intend to keep it in my purse for shopping trips, but it’s cool enough that I used it as a purse when I went out one night after a show and didn’t have my purse with me but needed to hold a few things.

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And here I am with my ChicoBag on a recent trip to the tennis court with my family: two tennis rackets, 3 balls, a wallet, cell phone, lip gloss and room for TONS more!

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Everyone should own at least one ChicoBag so you’re not caught at the store without a bag and are forced to use a plastic one. And at $5.99 for the Original bag, there’s no excuse not to get one! You can purchase ChicoBags online or you can see if they’re at a store near you here. Join the ChicoBag revolution and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Enter to win the Vita Slate Striped Bag here!

Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of July 8th, 2013 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 ChicoBag, but all opinions are strictly my own.

BeHereSoon.com Baby & Maternity Boutique {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’m one of those incredibly annoying types who loves being pregnant (until about Week 37 when I just start to get anxious), and I’ve been blessed to have fairly easy pregnancies without many complications or problems along the way.  Although there are times when I wish that pregnancy would fly by so I can hold my new bundle of joy, I really like the anticipation that comes with having so much time to prepare and get ready for the excitement of a new addition.

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 BeHereSoon.com is a great Baby & Maternity Boutique that celebrates babyhood through all stages, from pregnancy to labor/delivery to infants and even for siblings.  They have lots of fun products as well as some practical ones, and I especially love the personalization that gives a special touch for sweet gifts.

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It was just coincidental that this Personalized Little Brother Sibling Shirt would be a top pick for other customers, too — it immediately caught my eye since I’m currently expecting my third little boy!  I love the idea of announcing that the newest addition has older siblings to love, and there are also “Big Brother/Sister” and “Middle Brother/Sister” shirts to make for the best family picture.

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 BeHereSoon.com also features clever shirts with sayings like this “Womb with a View” Maternity Shirt that announce to others that you have a bun in the oven.

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I was especially taken by this Maternity Labor Bag / Pregnancy Announcement Bag because I thought that it was the best idea!  You would want to have something fun to take to the hospital for this special day, but I have a hard time justifying purchases that aren’t multifunctional.  This bag is the perfect labor bag to take to the hospital and is also a fun pregnancy announcement that can be used in the months beforehand.

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This Starter Pregnancy Gift Set, though, is going to be absolutely necessary in the next few months – I’ve already started to itch on my stomach and back, and I know that the combination of heat, humidity, sand, salt water, chlorine, and pregnancy itself are just going to do me in.  This Starter Pregnancy Gift Set includes a starter pregnancy oil bottle that can be used during all phases of pregnancy to keep the skin moisturized and another bottle of body polishing best used during the second and third trimesters to cut down on the itchiness.

One Dandy reader can win this Starter Pregnancy Gift Set from BeHereSoon.com!  Enter below to win!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the morning  of Saturday, June 22nd, and 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 BeHereSoon.com, but all  opinions are strictly my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Sprout Design {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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So, I had a doctor’s appointment on Monday morning, and the doctor found something that will completely change my life this coming September.

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We’re having another baby!!  And, to put the icing on the cake, we found out on Monday that it’s another boy!!  I’ve all but determined that I’ll never have to mow the lawn or take out the trash because I’ve been blessed with three boys.  🙂

I have loved the past year or so that I’ve been able to head out the door in not much time at all — I make sure the boys are dressed and have on their shoes, grab my purse, and head on out the door.  I keep a stack of diapers and wipes in the car, along with a change of clothes for all of us (!) and a couple of snacks.  In just a few short months, though, I know that I’ll need to start carrying more around with me, and my small purse is no longer going to cut it.

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 I came across Wild Sprout Design on Etsy and was immediately in love!  I’m not overly fond of the (quote, unquote) diaper bag that has the wipe-down sides and matching diaper changing mat, and these bags from Wild Sprout Design are so versatile while also looking classy and chic.  The Bohemian-style bags can be used as diaper bags, but they also function well as large purses, laptop cases, library totes, or a beach bag to hold a towel and a book.

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Amy Butler Martini in Yellow

I received this bag from Wild Sprout Designs, and I absolutely love it!  The strap is adjustable (a must for my very short 5’1″ height!), and the coordinating fabrics are summery and add a fun pop of color to any outfit.  I have been using this bag as my church bag for the past couple of weeks, and it easily fits my laptop for the youth class I teach along with the necessary busy books and activities to help my little men stay quiet during the service.

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The pockets on the inside and the ones on the outside keep everything separated and organized, which is incredibly helpful for those moments when I quickly need to grab a pack or raisins for my youngest or on the way out the door after the three-hour block when I don’t want to be digging for my keys.

Here are a few of my other favorites:

Joel Dewberry Aviary

Joel Dewberry Aviary

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Canvas Elephants

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Amy Butler Morning Glory

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Mecca for Modern

In addition to the great larger bags, Wild Sprout Design also offers different styles and smaller bags for everyday needs.  I can’t get enough of this gray chevron style, and the messenger style makes it perfect for students heading off to class.

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Messenger Bag Chevron in Grey Twill

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Ivory Peony Zippered Coin Purse

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This White and Grey Slub Chevron  Wristlet  can also be used as a zippered purse, a coin purse, a makeup bag, or a diaper holder.

Wild Sprout Design is offering a $50 Gift Certificate to one of our Dandy readers!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 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 Wild Sprout Design, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

DaddyScrubs {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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At our church meetings, the last hour is split for women to go to one class and men to go to another.  At the same time, children 18 months and older are learning in their own classes, while children younger than 18 months stay with their parents.  Generally, these infant and pre-toddlers would go with their moms, but I’ve been surprised over the past few years to find that more and more of these young children are going with their dads to class instead.  In fact, my husband and I were just talking the other day about how almost everyone in his class has his son or daughter while their wives go to class kid-free.

I. LOVE. IT.

I love when dads are equally involved in parenting, and I especially love how naturally they fall into this important role.  I’ve joked before that my husband would probably be the better stay-at-home parent of the two of us (though he’d have to fight me for it), but I’m not sure that I’m really joking.  His attention span for make-believe games and playing with toys beats mine any day.  And he makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich.

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DaddyScrubs is a one-of-a-kind, innovative company that celebrates fathers and expectant fathers with fun products to help them prepare for this new role.  Check out this great DaddyScrubs video with information about the company and products!

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DaddyScrubs has great expectant father gifts such as these hoodies that come in all sizes and in a variety of colors.  My husband’s favorite story from our first son’s birth is that he was in a t-shirt, shorts, and flip flops (because it was 100 degrees outside in sunny Palm Springs, CA!) but that he was FREEZING as he fed my ice chips in our 60 degree room that I swear was stifling.  He wore a hoodie for our second son’s birth.  🙂

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Another great new dad gift from DaddyScrubs is from their selection of t-shirts or hats.

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And, my favorite daddy to be gift is the DaddyScrubs Bag O’ Books.  As a mom of two boys back to back, I had everything that I needed for my second son — we saved all of the clothes, toys, gear, you name it, but the books had quite the wear and tear from lots of love.  We can never have too many books, and these ones are perfect for storytime with Daddy while Mommy teaches piano lessons.  :)  We received the Bag O’ Books at our home last week and loved to find that there were some books better suited for our four-year-old while also including board books for our one-year-old.

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If you’re looking for a great gifts for a father-to-be, head on over to DaddyScrubs to see what they have, then come back here and enter to win a set of DaddyScrubs — winner’s choice of size, color, and style!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, March 2nd, and 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 DaddyScrubs, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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