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Spring Things for the Home by Brylane Home {Review}

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I am in FULL Spring-mode!  Out with the dreary, in with the sunshine!!  I’ve been taking down our thick drapes and putting up light and flowing fabrics, putting away our scarves and gloves, boxing up the winter coats…its a good feeling, and its about time.  Are you ready to freshen up your home for Spring?  Have you seen all the fresh textiles and new items from Brylane Home that could help you transform your living space?
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One of my favorite parts of the seasonal changes is rotating the linens.  All the quilts and blankets get a good washing and rotation.  Why not freshen up your bedroom for Spring with some of these new and refreshing comforters and quilts?
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Out with the old, and in with this charming Florence 2 Tone Bedspread Collection from Brylane Home!  This king-size quilt is sold as a comforter, but we’re going to use it as a living room snuggle quilt, especially because it matches our blue walls and wainscoting so well!!
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I can’t get over how beautifully this is stitched.  It looks like it took hours and hours by hand.  What a breathtaking work of art.  It truly looks feels like a handcrafted heirloom.  Its brand-new, and it already looks like a timeless treasure we’ve had for decades–in a good way!  It has an excellent heavy weight that feels great on top of you if you were to use this as a bedspread through the cold winter months.  It is warm, soft, thick, and the detail is remarkable.IMG_0345
Now check out these matching king-size shams.  The scallop trim around the edges is a lovely touch.  I love all the little details that have been put into this set, like the contrasting color trim and these ties on the back of the pillow shams.
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Perfect for cuddling.  Actually, this blanket is so big and strong, it has become an essential component of every fort, tower, airplane, boat, or rocket ship these boys can put together.  I guarantee we will be cuddling up as a family underneath this blanket for movie nights for years and years and years to come!
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This Florence 2 Tone Bedspread is available in four color varieties and is sold for $79.99-$109.99, depending on the size, Twin through King.
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Freshen up your home for Spring and start at Brylane Home!
*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. 

Bedding from Brylane Home {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I am getting addicted to these home design magazines that come out with a new palette of beautiful colors, designs, prints, and styles every month.  It makes me want to get up and move immediately so that I can start fresh with blank walls, new spaces, and fresh ideas.  Considering logistics, and of course, a budget and reality, this isn’t gonna happen, but there is still a lot that anyone can do to liven up the place a little.  Especially when it comes to your bedroom.  With only one room to redesign, and usually a limited number of furniture pieces and windows to address, its EASY to create a whole new space in a matter of hours.

brylanehomeStarting and ending at Brylane Home is the best way to go.  Their new collections of bed sets, sheets, comforters, blankets, and throws are beautiful, functional, simple and affordable.  Check out these lovely bedding sets!  They carry solids, prints, florals, geometric designs, pastels, etc. and all in the full variety of sizes — twin through king.

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Brylane Home sent me the BrylaneHome® Studio Quilted Bedspread in Yellow/Grey.  This bedspread is reversible, meaning more options!  I could go gray or yellow depending on the mood and season.  I’m thinking grey for winter and yellow for spring!  Perfect!

IMG_0253This diagonal quilting is beautiful!  Simple and modern, clean and not too feminine.  As all bedding should be, these spreads are machine washable, and made out of polyester, which is a very strong fiber that is resistant to sun-fade.  The batting is thick, the fabric is smooth to the touch, and the pile is fluffy.  I bet one round through the dryer would fluff it up even more.  Because of the close quilting, I imagine this is one of those items that only looks better the more times you wash it.

IMG_0254We ordered a King size ($64.99), which measures 120” x 118”.  We sleep on a Queen size bed, but a King is definitely in the future, and we like having a lot of extra comforter space on both sides of the bed.  Less fights over covers.  Believe me.

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After:  HOLY COW what a difference!

I love it.  This was the easiest transformation, and it looks so refreshing!  I couldn’t wait to see my husband’s face when he walked in and saw a totally new bedroom.  He didn’t think it was half bad!  Especially for being worried that that colors together were too babyish.  I think the navy really brings it all together.  We did still have to sleep with more blankets and quilts underneath at night, as usual, but our room is an uninsulated ice cube, so I wasn’t really surprised.  This comforter is quite thick and warm, just not enough to go solo quite yet.  Maybe next month.

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This quilted bedspread comes in some beautiful color combinations, all perfect for a quick and easy (and affordable) room makeover.

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…and while you’re there, check out all the coordinating quilted shams, pillow cases, bed sheets, pillows and throws!

And now for our giveaway!  One winner will get to pick their own BrylaneHome® Studio Quilted Bedspread!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 6th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Residence Hall Linens Multi Blogger Giveaway!

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I’m about to reveal something about myself, Tara of Dandy Giveaway, to hundreds (okay thousands… since this is a multi blogger giveaway) of people at once.  When I finally moved away from home for college I was in my sophomore year and the year was 1997.  That means I graduated from high school only a few years past 15 years ago and makes me 5 years away from the big 4-0.  Whew.  I’m glad I could get that off my chest and admit it all oh so quickly!  Back when I went away to school there weren’t many options for finding all the gear I needed for my dorm room/apartment room all in one place.  I had only just recently acquired an email address and no one shopped online, because very few people had the internet!  So that meant my mom and I went to store after store looking for the perfect bedding, bathroom accessories, and towels.  It took FOREVER!  Kids of today have it soooo easy…

Now they can find everything they need all in one stop.  Online at Residence Hall Linens!  This web store seriously has everything a college student needs so they can focus on the truly important things… like studying.  🙂   Here are just a few of the great looks:

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So if you have a Senior in high school at your house or even one that’s about to head off to heading off for winter semester then you now know to direct them to RHL.  The linens are also always perfect for home use, too.  😉

I’m so every excited to be working with these great blogs to bring you the following fantastically dandy prize!

Cori’s Cozy CornerIt’s Just Me (an ordinary blog),  It Mom, Leafy Not Beefy, Merlot Mommy, Me and My Handful, Better in Bulk,  Chaos To Creativity, Ramblingstump, Living Through Motherhood, Fun Reviews And Giveaways, STL Motherhood, NYCitified, and Peonies & Poppyseeds!

And now for the giveaway…

One very lucky winner is going to receive a Student Starter Pack from Residence Hall Linens!

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*Prize package is a $188 value and includes the following:

  • 2 extra-long fitted sheets
  • 2 extra-long flat sheets
  • 2 standard pillow cases
  • 1 extra-fluffy pillow
  • 1 extra-long reversible comforter
  • 1 extra-long quilted mattress pad
  • 2 all-cotton bath towels
  • 2 matching cotton hand towels
  • 2 matching cotton wash cloths
  • 1 extra-long thermal cotton blanket
  • 1 bedside buddy

*Winner’s choice on color combination.

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below the rules.)

RULES:

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only.

*Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of December 16th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*This multi blogger giveaway was sponsored by Residence Hall Linens, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

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Brylane Home Folding Camp Rocker {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Summer is coming to a close, but it’s still HOT, HOT, HOT outside.  Stay cool and keep Summer Sweeping with this Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

Each blogger linking up has a Giveaway for you worth at least $25, so be sure to hop around to them all!

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Our giveaway here at Dandy Giveaway is being sponsored by:

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Brylane Home is a fabulous online store with a HUGE selection of window, bedding, bath, kitchen, storage, furniture, large chairs, and entertaining products!  Everything is stylish, functional, and quite affordable.  If you’re newly married, just moved in, or looking to update your home, Brylane Home is such a great place to find everything you need!  I would have LOVED to register here when we got married!

They also carry some great outdoor living products for entertaining guests and relaxing in your own backyard.  These are making me just ache for the day we actually have a backyard!  When I get a back porch, a big umbrella over a table will be one of the first things we get:

1588_21164_mm_0240Check this out: its a Grillzebo! 1588_39326_mm_0188 And wouldn’t this waterproof hexagon gazebo be perfect to set up for a few months out of the year?  Then just disassemble it and store it away after the summer months.  Or leave it up year-round for a shady spot. 1588_64680_mm_1169

It was my pleasure to review Brylane Home’s Folding Camp Rocker!  This chair is originally $139.99, but on sale right now for much cheaper!

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We just spent our vacation up in Idaho at my extended family’s cabin in beautiful Island Park.  They just finished a gorgeous addition with the most beautiful back porch, where we spent the majority of our evenings. The weather was perfect!!  Since it was recently completed, we were lounging in camping folding chairs, and oh how I wished I could have brought my new folding rocker!  (We flew, and were limited in luggage, but if we had driven, this would have been the first thing packed!)

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When we pulled it out of the bag (which has a helpful reinforced shoulder strap), I was so glad that there was no assembly required!  Just take it out of the bag and pop it open.  This guy is SO comfy.  It is a plus-size chair, so practically any body will feel cozy inside.  I like that my kids can join me on my lap or even beside me in the chair.  The polyester canvas chair material can be spot cleaned, and isn’t rough like some camping chairs can be.

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When folded and bagged, it is surprisingly heavy!  But that means only the highest quality materials were used, right?  The frame is metal instead of plastic, which makes for a VERY sturdy chair, one that can hold up to 250 POUNDS!!!  This guy will certainly not blow over at a windy campsite.  The dimensions are 39 ½”H x 37″W x 35″D.
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I’m dying to take this on a camping trip!  Wouldn’t it be great?!?

Would you like to win your own Folding Camp Rocker?!

Enter in the rafflecopter below, and then hop along to check out all the other exciting giveaways in this Summer Sweeping giveaway hop!
*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Aug 16th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  
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According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Summer Fluffing participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Curtain & Bath Outlet {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I have a fascination with curtains!  I’ve been known to scour thrift stores for just the right sets to adorn my bare windows or even to cut them up and make dresses, skirts, and bags out of them!  I go for the curtains because they are usually made out of thick, large-print fabrics and already have finished seams and casing, perfect for waistbands.  Just call me Maria von Trapp.
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A house is not complete until it has curtains!  And boy, do I have some lovely ones to show you from Curtain & Bath Outlet!  As you can guess from their name, they are an outlet of hundreds of different kinds of curtains, window treatments, bath products, bedding, and discount home decor, and they have about the biggest selection of ready-made curtains as anyone in the country.  Contrary to popular belief, creating a complete look of coordinating curtains all around your house is completely affordable when you go through Curtain & Bath Outlet.  Most of their prices are shockingly low, even to this thrifter.  Here were some of my favorites:
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It was love at first sight with these Medallion Macrame Curtains.  OOOOhhh so pretty!!  They are like vintage wedding dresses, up on your walls, and starting at $14.99!  What?!
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Another favorite are these Orleans Tambour Edge Curtains for $8.99-$18.99.  These clean scallops are showing up everywhere, and I really hope they are the next chevrons, because man oh man am I getting sick of chevrons.  Scallops are so much prettier 🙂 and they provide such a nice subtle contrast to all the straight lines and 90° angles in the home.
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I was VERY interested in these Fireside Thermal Tab Top Curtains because of their insulating qualities.  Imagine all the money you’d save on your heating and cooling bills if you could cover your windows with these energy efficient foam backings.
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Now don’t go thinking all they carry are white straight long curtains.  Curtain & Bath Outlet carries all sorts of colors and prints, and in all sizes and shapes.  These coordinates are a great way to find a collection of all the coordinating pieces–tailored valences, long length pairs, scalloped valences, tie backs, etc.
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Ultimately, I chose to spruce up our living room with these quaint Classic Cape Cod Curtains.  How could I not, when they would be so perfect for our little Boston home?!  These Cape Cod curtains come in a set (as in, two long pieces, one for each side of the window), but the casing is a little too snug on my wide rods, so I can only scrunch them onto half of the rod, on the skinnier side, if that makes sense.  Not their fault, I just need to find some skinnier rods!  Then I can add the other half on to the other side to balance this out.
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I love that there are ruffles on BOTH sides of the straight curtain.  I’m also thinking of adding some thin black ribbon on the edge of the ruffles to imitate a look from I’ve seen in model homes.  These are the 63″ (and they are also available in 24″, 30″, 36″, 45″ and 54″) and the set of two–one on each side with tie backs included–is only $24.99!  The valence up top is a mere $9.99.  For this, you could take care of every room in your house for cheap-cheap.
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Love my curtains and want some of your own?

Use the code dandysave10 to get 10% off your next order!
Valid: 7/15/13 through 8/26/13

One lucky winner is going to receive $25 to spend at Curtain & Bath Outlet!  Remember, they carry more than just curtains.  Go find the next home improvement item for your house or apartment!

This $25 gift code will be emailed to you directly and does not include tax or shipping costs.

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 26th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Curtain & Bath Outlet, but all opinions are strictly my own

Swaddle Designs {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Babies always seem to come in groups, and we had a group of babies arrive to our area in December.  Three sweet babies were born within a week of each other, and it so fun to watch them all grow and now start to interact with one another.  The best part, though, was that I had agreed to watch two of those babies’ older siblings while their moms and dads went to the hospital, so I had the special privilege of seeing those sweet babies when they were just days old and on their way home for the first time.  I loved getting to snuggle those swaddled babies!

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SwaddleDesigns was founded by Lynette Damir, RN, Designer and Mom of two in 2002. SwaddleDesigns is known for their premium quality fabric, fabulous colors and prints, and their innovative 123 Swaddle® pictorial instructional label sewn to the edge of their Swaddling blankets that makes learning how to swaddle so easy.

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My first son was born at 35 weeks and was in the NICU for a week before he could go home, and I was a scared first-time mom who realized very quickly that being the oldest in your family of four and vaguely remembering your youngest sibling coming home right after you turned seven years old (as I was!) did not prepare you nearly as much for bringing home a baby as being the youngest of five and being old enough to do something to care for your nieces and nephews (as my husband was) does.  Although I babysat all through high school, this swaddling was foreign to me and seemed to be both an art and a science.  This instructional label would have been so helpful four and half years ago!

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SwaddleDesigns Ultimate Receiving Blankets provide a cozy texture that so many babies love. Many moms state they think their baby sleeps better in a lightweight breathable cotton flannel blanket. Our soft blankets are machine washable, tumble dry low and they look and feel great wash after wash.  In addition, these receiving blankets are versatile in use – sunshield, playmat for tummy time, privacy throw for breastfeeding.

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You can learn more about other products in the Swaddle Designs line featuring the Elephant and Chickies print here: http://www.swaddledesigns.com/page/elephant_and_chickies.html

 SwaddleDesigns also features burp cloths, bedding, blankets, towels, and apparel — if you’re looking for a great-quality baby item that has been used by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, head over to SwaddleDesigns!

One Dandy winner will receive and Elephant & Chickie Ultimate Receiving Blanket in their choice of color!

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** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 4th 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 SwaddleDesigns, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Artistic Sensations Kids Sleeping Bag {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I worry every night about “Rocket” freezing to death.  Even though I bundle him up in layers, cover him in blankets, and plug in a space heater, our drafty uninsulated attic bedrooms just don’t hold in heat very well.  I’ve seriously been contemplating zipping him up in a sleeping bag at night to keep him warm, so imagine my delight when Artistic Sensations asked if I would review one of their children’s sleeping bags!

Here is my video review of the cute sleeping bag we got in the mail this week.  “Rocket” was not in the mood to show us how cute he snuggles into it, but you’ll get a taste of how squirmy “Little Brother” can be lately!

You can follow Artistic Sensations on Twitter HERE and like them on Facebook HERE.

And guess what?!  Two lucky kids are getting their own sleeping bag from Artistic Sensations!

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