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Keep Onn {Giveaway} – Closed

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I hate to say it, but it seems like summer is wrapping up it’s stay. Living on a college campus I see hints of it all around. Graduated students who extend their stays through the summer are moving out, the family dorm is filling up with new faces, undergraduates are popping back up on campus, and the brand new college students are being lead on campus tours with their eager and proud parents trailing after them. It’s exciting to feel everything picking up again but sad to see the end of the season approaching, but it’s the perfect time for a Too Cool for School Giveaway Hop!

This giveaway hop will run August 18-24, 2014 and is hosted by BloggerPR. After you’ve finished entering this giveaway be sure to check out all the other awesome blogs participating in the hop! Their links are at the bottom of the page!

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One of the best things about school starting up again is an excuse to stock up on school supplies, especially the fun stuff like clothing, accessories and dorm decor and to do that you should check out Keep Onn.

Keep Onn is a cute online boutique/etsy shop specializing in these amazing button earrings! Shalae, the owner, is fantastic and really goes out of her way to add a personal touch to both her store and products. She started making button earring for friends as part of a ‘thank you’ following a baby shower and had such a positive response that she decided to open an etsy store. She sent me two pairs to try out and I love them! They are cute, stylish and a little bit whimsical. Thankfully they don’t dangle so Dmitri doesn’t try to tear them out of my ears, and they are a fun way to add a bit of pizazz to my everyday t-shirt style.

 

 

It seems like the etsy shop is working out because Shalae also has an online store that sells a lot more than earrings. She sells cute and affordable fashion, like the sequin pocket shirt. The shirts itself is so comfortable and lightweight, perfect for a hot summer day and I love the sparkly pocket. This shirt also comes in black and white and it’s a nice way to change up the casualness of a t-shirt without having a cumbersome get up or losing out on comfort.

 

 

Keep Onn has a bunch of cute clothes to brighten your wardrobe, some great prints to add a touch of personality to your home or dorm, and fantastic accessories. Check out Keep Onn and get ready for back to school!

 

 

 

 

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Shalae has offered one lucky Dandy reader a $100 gift card to spend at Keep Onn! Check out this fantastic store and stock up for school!

 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of August 26th 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.

Butterfly Backdrops {Giveaway} – Closed

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Welcome to the 2nd Annual Red, White, and Blue Giveaway Hop – a Hop where we celebrate Independence Day, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. We’re celebrating the 4th of July with giveaway for a whole 2 weeks, so be sure and hop around to all the great blog giveaways that are linked up in this hop. And be sure to let Step2 help your child go Red White and Blue with this patriotic Choo Choo Train! Don’t miss out on that fantastic Grand Prize!

Alright all you moms, bloggers, Etsy shop owners, photographers and casual picture snappers.

Do you want to make your photos look more professional? Have you ever thought about of using a backdrop? Sure taking a pictures of your adorable kids on the sofa is cute, and taking a picture of your shop products on the table is fine, but what if you had a professional backdrop to work with? Wouldn’t that be an easy way to make your pictures look nicer? More polished?

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Those are the things I was was thinking about when I came across Butterfly Backdrops.

 

I loved everything about their company. They are small family owned business, they print all their backdrops in their own printing shop in Bay St. Louis, MS, and they use eco-friendly ink with no hazardous air pollutants, so you pull the backdrops out of the tube and smell… nothing! No harsh chemical smell!!!

Oh and arguably the best part, they have amazing designs and a huge variety! I can pretty much guarantee you’ll find something to your taste at their shop. They have classic patterns like wood grain, hay bales, and door frames, they have solid color patterns, but where I think they really shine is their playful patterns, they have polka dots, ballerina bars, chevron prints, sailboats, balloons and so much more.

 

 

I’ve been lusting after cute backdrops for a while and I was thrilled when Butterfly Backdrops offered to send me two of their vinyl backdrops; ‘Leafy Larry’ and ‘Fenced In’. It gave me a chance to try out a backdrop and floor drop (through the floor drop worked equally well a backdrop).

They day after the backdrops arrived, I had Dmitri dressed and ready for a photoshoot. I couldn’t wait to try them out. They were perfect! I have to admit this was my first time photographing against vinyl, and I loved it. I usually photograph against cloth backdrops, but the ones I have are thin so I have to layer them and they take forever to iron which often makes them more work than they are worth to use. With the vinyl, I pull it out of the tube, unrolled it, clipped it up and it was ready to go.

Okay, now some of you are probably thinking “I’m not a professional photographer, I don’t know the first thing about using a backdrop and I don’t even have the equipment to hang it.” Let me start by saying these backdrops are so easy to use, you can turn any space into photo space in less that 5 minutes, and you don’t need any fancy equipment.

I happen to have a bunch of photography equipment, but I wanted to make sure these backdrops could be used without it before I pitched it to all of you readers, so I found a semi empty wall and grabbed some masking tape. I pulled my backdrop out of the tube, unrolled it and had it taped to the wall and ready to go in minutes. (I would suggest using the thicker masking tape, because this tape worked but it came loose after about 15 minutes.)

Or here is a look at a more formal set up:

Having something simple like this allows you to take your photos from this to this in less than five minutes.

Or to create something like this:

I common complaint I’ve heard about photographing against vinyl is that you get a glare, but that was not my experience at all. The backdrops are textured, and feel a little rough to rub your fingers against and I think that’s what dissipates any glare problems. If you get up really close you can see a little bit of the texture, though it didn’t show up on any of my photos where I wasn’t focusing the camera directly at it.

The backdrops also had no chemical smells and I had no qualms about letting Dmitri play on them, in fact I think they would be perfect for cake smashes or newborn photos.

In short, I love how professional and adorable my pictures turned out with these backdrops. They were fantastic and super easy to use. If you’ve been curious about trying one I would highly recommend Butterfly Backdrops.

And because I can’t resist showing off my adorable son, you get a photo dump…

 

Check out Butterfly Backdrops!

Butterfly Backdrops has offered one lucky Dandy reader a 5×6 vinyl backdrop of their choice!  {$75 value}

 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 17th 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.

Now Hop Along! 🙂


So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Red, White, and Blue participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Green Toys {Giveaway} – Closed

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Made in the USA Giveaway

Welcome to the Made in the USA Giveaway Hop, hosted byHappy Mothering,Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! We’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you the chance to win prizes that are Made in the USA. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other #USAMade giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post!

Since a big blue garbage can marked with a circle of arrows showed up at my parents house sometime in Elementary school I’ve been big on recycling. As a little kid I learned that it was important to take care of the earth and do your part. While I’ve been a recycler for as long as I can remember (sometimes to a chagrin of my husband who doesn’t want to waste time cleaning out a peanut butter jar if we are essentially just going to throw away) I started caring about it so much more since Dmitri came along.

I suspect many of us get that way. We’ll do what’s right because we’re supposed to, but we don’t really think or care about the broader picture until we’ve got someone who is really going to benefit or suffer from our actions. Anyway, there is my pitch for recycling. It’s a good thing, and you should do it.

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So, after the hundreds of cans and bottles I’ve cleaned out and sent off I was very pleased to be able to see this recycled stuff come full circle (in a more interesting way that a paper box).

I’m talking about Green Toys.

Made in California, USA

Our toys are truly local creations. Every step in the process, from milk container recycling to toy production to final assembly, occurs in California. Are toys and our package are all made from 100% recycled material.

What a fantastic idea for a company. They take recycled material and refashion it into toys! How fun is that and how great is that for encouraging kids to recycle?

To future slightly older Dmitri: “If you put this milk carton in the recycle instead of the garbage it can become this cool tool set!” Persuasive and awesome, right?

Green Toys has a some fun toys on their website that include play food, trucks, tools sets, play flowers, outside games and more. All of them are made out of 100% recycled material, and even the cartons holding the products are 100% recycled and recyclable. I love it! Plus all the products are from stuff that has been recycled and refashioned in the USA, saving on extra fuel emissions and what not. Bottom line, this is a fun way to save the earth.

Okay, so I was really excited to find a brand of toys that I could feel so great about promoting but I was curious about what the actual toys were like.

First they were sent in a cardboard box (recycled of course) and there were no twisty ties or plastic bits to claw my way through, also as soon as I had my toys removed I could drop all the packaging right back into the recycle.

 

The tool set itself was fun. All the pieces have a rough texture like a milk carton, but it’s clear that that is by design. The toys were solid and well made, the only one that I think could be a little more firm was the pliers, but I don’t foresee them breaking any time soon. Dmitri had a blast trying to screw the pieces into the side of the tool chest and hauling the whole thing around the house. It was the perfect size for his little hands and while the tools were solid they weren’t so heavy that I was afraid of him causing real damage by hammering things other than the provided nails. He probably spent 15 putting both the screws, nails and screw drivers in the little holes around the tool chest, and he had a great time playing with it.

So many toys are made out of plastic these days, if you’re going to have plastic toys wouldn’t you rather have plastic toys that you can feel good about? If so, then you’ve got to check out Green Toys.

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And one lucky winner will receive a Green Toys® Ferry Boat! Perfect for the tub or the pool!

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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 July 17th 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.

Now Hop Along! 🙂

Disclosure: This contest will run through July 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm PST (11:59 pm EST). The winner will be chosen the following day and announced on Dandy Giveaway. No purchase necessary. US entries only. Must be 18 years or older to win. The sponsors provided me with free samples of these products to review, and I was under no obligation to review them if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to this blog and not to Facebook. Please note that Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom, Brittleby’s Corner, the Green Moms Network and the Green Your Mom event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

NeoCell Super Collagen {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Welcome to the “Whatever Goes” Giveaway Hop hosted by Mommy’s Favorite Things and Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. This hop is an open theme so whatever the blogger wants to showcase goes!! After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other bloggers and see what they have to offer! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner. 

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Our giveaway on Dandy today is sponsored by NeoCell.  My grandma has recently had a lot of health issues come up, and she often (and more frequently lately) tells me to “never get old”.  How hard it is to face the one thing you can’t stop: aging!  You can’t stop the days from passing, but you can stop how quickly you look like it!

11958137-neocell-logoI’m fascinated by all of the options people have nowadays that slow the physical effects of aging.  Surely you’ve heard of collagen and its amazing rebuilding and repairing properties.  Super Collagen is pure pharmaceutical grade and is really the foundational ingredient in all of NeoCell‘s formulas.

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I had a chance several months ago to try the Keratin Hair Volumizer, and the results were so remarkable (and yes, I really truly saw amazing results), that I jumped at the chance to review more NeoCell products.  Based on how my skin and hair reacted to the last product, I knew I’d be pleased.

I was able to review the Super Collagen +C 1&3 and the Collagen Beauty Builder, both of which provide incredible benefits.  Tell me if any of these sound appealing to you:

Helps minimize fine lines

Corrects weak, broken, split and damaged nail beds

Thickens fine hair, adds body and slows down hair loss

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Uhh, ya, I’ll take all of those benefits, thank you.  I started out on a small regimen then increased it to three pills a day, and experienced no bad side effects at all.  No gasiness, no queasiness, no taste in my mouth, nothing adverse.

IMG_9912So how does this actually work?  Our body’s natural collagen production typically slows at a rate of 1.5% per year after the age of 25, and the signs are evident in loose, flaccid skin and wrinkles.  Collagen is a big component in the skin, hair, nails, ligaments, tendons, bones and muscles.  By incorporating a regimen of collagen supplements into your diet, you are helping your body to produce and reorganize new collagen fibers.  You are helping to replenishing your body’s collagen with all the added benefits of better skin, stronger nails, thicker hair, etc.  Its like you’re completely reversing the aging process.

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Notice the redness, wrinkles, thin hair, and super dry skin.

After taking these products for over a month, I’ve certainly noticed positive side effects–and many of the ones claimed on the bottle.  First, I’ve been noticing another big healthy boost in my hair.  I notice less and less hair loss (if any) in the shower, and I’m wearing my hair in different styles that I never have been able to in the past because of how thin and sparse my hair usually is.  This is a huge self-esteem booster!  I’ve noticed that my nails are rarely breaking.  They aren’t chunking off when they accidentally hit a blunt edge, but rather, are only getting small cracks on the sides that are easy to manage or trim later.after

My favorite benefit that I’ve noticed is in my skin.  Everyone around here has been wailing and complaining about how dry it is here, and how they’ve been having to lather on the lotion.  I’ve been applying it routinely, but not more than usual, and I think my face is looking younger and healthier.  I’m not threatened by wrinkles or sagging skin, and I look and feel youthful.

Aren’t you curious to try this out for yourself?

One winner will win these same two items!  The Super Collagen +C 1&3 and the Collagen Beauty Builder!

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Now hop along!  Check out all the giveaway prizes!
Disclosure:
Mama’s Baby Cupcakes, Mommy’s Favorite Things and the “Whatever Goes” participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations

See’s Candies {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Welcome to the Be Our Valentine Event!  Its a Valentines-related giveaway hop, so you can follow along below with over 50 other bloggers who are all bringing you a sweet Valentines-related giveaway!
Men, if you’re ever in doubt about what to give your girl for Valentine’s, know that no woman I know would ever turn down a box of See’s Candies!  A box of chocolates is always a sweet gesture, but a box of See’s sings straight to the heart.
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Honestly, any box of See’s is bound to be a home run.  I’m becoming quite the See’s connoisseur, and I still have yet to find a chocolate that didn’t rock my world.  The beauty of their array of products is that you can select variety boxes full of an assortment of wonders, or you can specialize into what you know are already true favorites like I did.  This time around, I picked out two of my favorite delicacies and got a full box of both 🙂
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First are these Peanut Butter Patties.  They are just like glorified reese’s, but with a thicker chocolate shell so there’s really a crunch of chocolate when you bite into it.  The peanut butter has the perfect consistency with more flavor than you’d expect–as if there is more sugar, more salt, higher-quality butter, etc.  A full box of these is bound to go a long ways.  I can’t eat more than one in a sitting before I’m satisfied and happy to close the box for another treat later.
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And then there’s the all-time-favorite Scotchmallows.  What a delicious combination of dark chocolate, marshmallow, and caramel!
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These are delicious any way you eat them, but may I suggest you let them sit at normal room temp for a while before chomping 🙂 I was keeping these hidden from my boys in my upstairs sewing room, which is probably 10 degrees colder than the rest of the house, and so the marsh was a little chewier than normal.  Still delicious.  It didn’t stop me from pounding a few more before I hid the box again.
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Lastly, I picked out a bag of See’s Chocolate Chips.  A quick glance will show you the difference between these and normal chips.  The size is twice as big, and the unique irregularities in shape make them a little more gourmet than normal.  On their own, they are the same delicious See’s chocolate that I know and love, so I can’t wait to bake with these!!  Talk about taking your baking to the next level.
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Should I really tell my husband I have 2 boxes of the most delectable chocolates upstairs?  Still debating.
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One lucky winner is going to win a $25 giftcard to See’s candies!

Win chocolates for your Valentines sweetheart, or just eat these all by yourself :)  I won’t judge.

 

 

Now follow along and win all sorts of Valentine’s wonders…

 

Disclaimer: This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on February 3, 2014. The Be Our Valentine Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by The Review Wire.
*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Feb 4th 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.  

eShakti {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Welcome to the Santa’s Little Helper Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and So Easy Being Green!

We all know that everyone could use a little help around the Holidays, so for this Event I’ve teamed up with over 90 other bloggers to be your Santa’s Little Helper… giving away prizes that anyone would want to see under the tree! You might find the perfect gift for a little one on your list – or even for yourself, so hop around to all the blogs, including the GRAND PRIZE, on the linky at the bottom of this post!

Happy Holidays!

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So ladies, have you ever woken up the morning of a big Christmas holiday party and thought, “I know!  I’ll wear that dress that is so unflattering, but I love the color”, or “That dress that is a little too short, but has the perfect sleeves, will be perfect”, or “If only that little black dress was taken out a little more and had pockets, it would be my dream dress”.  Speaking from a seamstress perspective, I know how some of you live, having to incessantly be taking things to be tailored or giving things away because they are just not-quite flattering.  Have you ever wished you had your personal tailor who could make you your dream dress exactly to your measurements, and then customize things like the dress length, type of sleeves, pockets, and other details?
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Ladies, your personal tailor and seamstress: eShakti.
I haven’t enough words to tell you how much I love this place.  You can literally customize any of their skirts, dresses, or tops to your exact measurements, and then take it a step further and customize the sleeves, the hem length, the embroidered details, the pockets, etc.  A personal seamstress could not do this faster or cheaper, mark my words.
I LOVE working with eShakti!  Everything I order is delivered in a timely fashion (which is remarkable knowing that these are made overseas).  See the last two dresses I ordered from them:
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Their styles are darling, flattering, and there are dozens and dozens of dresses and colors to choose from.  Yap, yap, yap, let’s let the dress do the talking.  I was ready to go a little festive and be a little daring, so I went with this Beaded Crepe Knit Sheath Dress in Emerald.  Love it!
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So to be honest, there a lot of things I love about this dress, and I few things I would change.  The beadwork: love it.  Gorgeous, secure, detailed, high quality beads.  The draping: love it, but I do wish the pleats had been sewn down a little further up the sides.  I really think my bustiness created an odd pattern ratio, which causes the pleats to gape open.  It makes me look a little more chesty than I already am, but I do like the added dimension of more texture and fabric up top.

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This dress also features a keyhole back with rouleau-button closure.  eShakti was nice enough to send along an extra button as well as a bag of beads to replace them down the road if needs be.
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I think a belt does a great job at bringing this all together, and the beadwork makes accessorizing with gold or silver jewelry so easy!  Go glam!

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There are hundreds of possibilities at eShakti.  You’re bound to find dozens of styles you love and would love to further customize.

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One lucky duck is going to receive a $30 giftcard to spend at eShakti!!

(Unlike a gift coupon, a gift card to eShakti can be used over and above any other promotional offer / discount or coupon codes!)

This could be the perfect gift for your bff, your daughter, your mom, or frankly, keep this one for yourself!

 

 

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The Hosts of this Hop have put together a Grand Prize Package for a lucky little one! This Santa’s Little Helper is going to deliver to one lucky reader… a $100 Gift Card to jrfashionista.com and a $100 Gift Card to Pediped.com to get that little one styling, a $75 Gift Card to Hearthsong.com and a $50 GC to Build-a-Bear to satisfy their Toy List, and a Crane USA Adorable Cool Mist Humidifier and Nightlight so they can sleep soundly waiting on St. Nick!

Enter the Grand Prize Here.

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Santa’s Little Helper participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Brylane Home 5-Tier Metal Closet {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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This is the first of two Blog Hops hosted by The Review Wire this week!  Be sure to follow along below and then check in with The Review Wire for her grand prize of a Zumba Exhilarate 4 DVD program {RV $60}!
Anything-Goes-Giveaway-Hop-November1Our giveaway here on Dandy is being sponsored by my favorite company to work with, Brylane Home!
But before we get into the review item, let me explain our apartment and our need for some help.  I don’t know how old our apartment is, but there are sure some funky things about it.  Clearly it was originally built at a time when the only way to heat the house was through a wood burning stove in the kitchen.  There is only one bathroom, with all the pipes exposed, and its on the main floor (with no bathroom upstairs near the bedrooms), and what really kills me are that there are NO CLOSETS downstairs!!  It was almost a deal-breaker, but we were really getting limited on options in trying to find something deleaded in Boston.  I still love our place, but we’ve had to get a little creative with storage.
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No closets means a lot of visible clutter and our mud room has become the dumping ground.  I think the biggest problem is the variety of shapes and sizes of things that need organized.
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Brylane Home offered us the 5-Tier Metal Closet with Hanging Rod to help in our Fall-cleaning frenzy around here, and it has been the best thing to rock our mud room!  It came in a number of compact pieces packaged extremely well and extremely hard to separate!  For the best, I guess.
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The instructions are kind of intense because there a just so many steps to putting this together!  Follow the directions and you’ll be fine.  Two women (myself and my sister-in-law) were able to put it together in probably 45 minutes.  Approach it calmly and the instructions will be straightforward and everything you need is included.
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Ta-da!  Once put together, this is VERY sturdy!  Lots of nuts and bolts in several directions holds everything together and gives you the peace of mind that it will hold a lot of weight.
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There is a place for everything!  I love that everything is off the floor, with compartments all up the right side, and the long open space up top.  The clothing rack is high enough from the bottom that you can hang coats and still store shoes below without much competition for space.  The coat rack feels like it could even handle a child swinging from its rod.
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My only criticism is that I wish more of the swirly designs up the sides were right-side-up hearts instead of upside down.  I kind of think of butts instead of hearts when I see them.  Maybe its a well-known style I don’t appreciate.  Its still gorgeous, regardless.
IMG_8197This metal closet has been just the ticket as we’ve been pulling out more winter coats and accessories.  There is a place for everything, the mud room looks organized and contained, and this structure is not at all bulky or cumbersome.  I love having this in my home!
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Would you love one as well?  Enter below to win your own 5-Tier Metal Closet from Brylane Home!

 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Nov 19th 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.  

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Blue Steel {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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This event is hosted by The Review Wire and Review Wire Media. All participating blogs are offering a gift card in the amount of $20 or more!  Once you enter my giveaway, make sure to hop on down the list of blogs to see what Great Gift Cards are being given away!  You can also enter the Grand Prize over at The Review Wire…a $50 Gift Card to Amazon!

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Oh, what sweet memories my husband and I have of picking out rings for eachother!  My husband and I had been dating for two weeks when we knew that we had found our match, and couldn’t wait to get engaged!  I was a complete wreck of bashful joy wearing my engagement ring at all times, and I couldn’t wait to give my husband his wedding band, so everyone else would know that he was taken too.  For the last 5 years, hubby’s ring has never left his finger, and has only gotten slightly more snug and we’ve become less and less worried about him ever losing it.  However, this summer, on a family vacation to Ohiopyle, PA, we tried out some natural waterslides that were (unbeknownst to us) dangerously high and strong for the season.  It only took one ride down the shoot for the cold rushing water to loosen “Charlie’s” white gold wedding band off his finger in toss it into the rapids.  Boo, I was so sad!  Sure, wedding rings can come and go, but there is something sentimental about the actual ring you were married with!

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With this second chance to go ring shopping, and in hopes of finding something similar, but also meaningful, we weighed out the pros and cons of doing white gold again, and it didn’t take much to convince us that we wanted to try something much more sturdy and much less expensive this time.  When I looked at all the beautiful rings from Blue Steel and especially their prices, I was floored!  Why, pray tell, did we decide to go with a $600 wedding band five years ago, when there are dozens of dashing styles and colors in much more sturdy materials, and mostly for $99 or less?!  Can I please go back in time and do a re-do of that original purchase?  Check out these fancy things:

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I wasn’t really looking for jewelry for myself, so I went straight to the mens rings and immediately picked out some favorites for my man:

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Ultimately, we chose the Bolt Tungsten ring, a combination of matte and glossy finish, and it arrived on “Charlie’s” birthday!  We went out to dinner and I proposed in front of the restaurant:

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“Charlie”, who never gives undeserved praise or compliments, was instantly wooed by the size, look, and feel of this ring!  He kept saying how much he really really liked it, and commenting on the nice weight it has.

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This ring is everything we could wish for in a wedding band.  Both of us think it is very manly, slick, professional, unique-but-not-weird, and that its weight makes it feel substantial, indestructible, and made of fine workmanship.  It has a comfort-fit band, which makes it comfortable and practically unnoticeable, especially when you plan on wearing it 24/7.

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After sporting a white gold ring for the first five years, and having to take it in multiple times to get it polished and have the scratches buffed out, we knew we wanted to give Tungsten a try.  Tungsten is a scratch-proof metal that is five times stronger than steel, so we’ll never have to worry about taking it in to the jeweler’s for maintenance!  I hope this ring never leaves his finger for as long as he lives!

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Blue Steel carries much more than just wedding bands!  Check out these gorgeous earrings, bracelets, and pendants!

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Today’s giveaway prize from Blue Steel is a $50 gift certificate to spend at www.buybluesteel.com!

Go find your man a new wedding band, or get something pretty for yourself!

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*This giveaway is open to Worldwide entries
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Sep 28th 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.  

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:

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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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