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Doubly Dandy Day

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Today is a doubly important kind of day.  One that definitely goes down as being doubly dandy.  Definitely dandy.  First, it’s Sunday, May 11, 2014.  Mother’s Day.  I have a very dandy mom.  Here we are when I was just a wee babe:

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Isn’t that 70’s sofa and pillow awesome?  Yeah they certainly don’t make them like they use to.

I’m so lucky to have this lady as my mom.  She has been a constant in my life.  Bottom line… Everything that I am I learned from her.  Although I didn’t retain all of the information.  I could only wish to be half as good of a mom as she is.  I try, but know that she’s really top notch.  I love her eternal.

Alright.  Ready for the second reason this day is doubly dandy?  At this fountain 12 years ago this guy asked this girl to be his bride:

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My answer is still the best decision that I have ever made.  Hands down.  He’s the greatest husband a girl could ask for and the best father.  I love him eternal.

 

P.S.  Does anyone know of any good photographers in the Springfield, IL area?  That’s where the fountain is and it would be wonderful to have an updated family picture taken in front of it one of these days.  This particular one is over 5 years old… As I’m sure you can tell, because Banjo is just a baby in it!  Where has the time seriously gone???  *sigh*

P.P.S.  Remind me to share with you the engagement story one of these days.  It’s quite the doozie. 

Cryoow! {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I, sadly, am not a very sentimental person.  I don’t keep the ticket stubs from each play or movie that my husband and I have attended, I am horrible about taking pictures and even worse about printing them to hang on our walls, and I just realized the other day that I have somehow misplaced my oldest son’s ultrasound picture.  (It’s somewhere safe; I’m sure of it!)

So, you can imagine how I feel about all of the artwork that comes home with my son from preschool three times a week.  I have kept some of my favorites and have taken pictures of almost all of them in an attempt to make one of those incredibly cute photo books that features all of your child’s artwork, but there’s no way I’m planning to hang on to every single piece that comes through our door.

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Cryoow! is one of the best ways I’ve seen to turn your child’s artwork into something tangible that can be loved forever!  Cryoow! creates a doll from artwork, and you can submit drawings of everything from people to animals to mythical creatures.  Each doll is hand-crafted, hand-stitched, and a guaranteed high quality creation for your child.  The detail put into each doll is almost identical to the drawing.  Here are some great examples:

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Cryoow! is based out of Bali, and the company uses a way to create jobs for parents to work out of their homes and still make a good wage to support their families.  Their website explains, “Our workshop is NOT one of these ‘sweat and tears factories’ like you might know from Indonesia, China, or other Asian countries.  Our tailors are all well-trained and work either in our own home or at their private houses.  [The] children can stay and play with their parents while they work.  We do not pay them the lowest possible salary but make [sure] they can support their family rightfully and live a dignified life.”

We were given the opportunity to review a Cryoow! doll, and my son created this work of art (complete with a pig nose that he was incredibly proud of!) and had it made into a Cryoow! doll:

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The detail was astounding!  You can see the different toes that he drew on the bottom, and the hands each contain fingers that look just like the ones he created in his drawing.  One leg is longer than the other, and the smile is a little lopsided — just the way he wanted!  The process was fun to do together, the customer service was incredible, and the outcome is top-notch.

Dandy readers will have the chance to win one of THREE Cryoow! dolls created from your own artwork– enter below to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 24th 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 Cryoow!, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

Swanky Shank {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Ladies and gentlemen, I’m a pleased to present to you one hip little Etsy shop with the swankiest things!   “Bringing swank to little hipsters and BIG ones too” sums up exactly what this shop is all about!  What a collection of snazzy things!

To me, the big appeal of these onsies is having only one thing to put on your squirmy child.  My toddler used to produce an incredible amount of slobber, so I could never put a real tie on him, in fear that he would ruin it, or it would look like a soppy mess around his neck.  Now that he’s not drooling, he still won’t let me put anything on him besides a single shirt.  No cute hats, no tie, no suspenders–it all comes right off.  Problem solved with these super onsies with everything sewn right on!  I can dress up little guy with suspenders and a bow tie that he will never rip off or lose!

Halloween outfits, anyone?  Can you tell how much I love the holidays!?

     

And get these adorable bibs!  Swanky Shank carries a reversible chevron neck-tie bib, with a “Choose Your Own Chevron” option!

These might be my favorite item: mustache onsies!  Perfect for twins, or one for your toddler and your baby?  Mustache!!

I was thrilled when Jen, from Swanky Shank, asked if I would try out her newest item, “The Drapper” Skinny Tie & Hankerchief!  I knew “Rocket” would look so handsome at church.  He got SO many compliments on his shirt!  He was the stud in nursery this week.

  

Here are more pictures of the item Swanky Shank is offering to one lucky winner!  (I think our little boys should be friends)

That’s right!  “The Drapper” skinny tie and hankerchief in your choice of size!  Newborn on up to 24 months!

  

If you order from Swanky Shank, your items will arrive so perfectly wrapped in string and chevron tags!   And here’s a sweet tip: Write on Swanky Shank’s facebook wall that Camille sent you, and you’ll receive a reward!

I repeat, one lucky winner will receive “The Drapper” skinny tie and hankerchief in your choice of size!  Newborn on up to 24 months!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Friday, September 28st and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Swanky Shank, but all opinions are strictly my own

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