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Monkey Face

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I’m so very glad that it decided to turn chilly around here again.  Not.  Will this winter ever end???  Okay so I just might be exaggerating slightly.  It’s not like it’s snowing outside or anything.  It’s not exactly freezing.  Okay it’s only in the 40’s right now here in St. Louis today.  But that’s cold, right?  It should NEVER be in the 40’s in April.  At least not in the Lou!  Good thing toADORN sent this monkey hat for Banjo.  He has been able to wear it.  In APRIL.

IMG_8966.pngIt’s super cute though, right?

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Here’s to hoping he won’t be wearing it in May.  😉

 

The deals at toADORN are major.  See for yourself.  Shop toADORN’s Featured Deal of the Day!

 

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Winning Moves Games – Touring and SplashCards {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Did you do anything for Sibling Day a little while back?  I totally missed it, but I love that there is a day we’re celebrating those neat relationships!  Some of my best memories and unifying moments with my siblings are of us playing games into the late night.  We’d sneak into each others rooms and play card games til the sun came up.

logoWinning Moves Games has a fantastic new card game, called Touring, that I’m excited to show you!

IMG_0710Touring is a card game (mini cars not included) where you race with the other players to collect the speed cards you need to reach so many miles and win.  There are cards that can be played on you that will inhibit your speed or keep you from moving at all, like the “Flat Tire” card, or the “Burning Oil” card, and you will need to obtain certain cards to get going again.

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We pulled out this game when my in-laws were in town, and we had a great time!  I think the men were especially keen on the idea of a game that incorporates cars and speed.  I like that this game can be played with 2, 3, or 4 players.  When I first pulled it out, my husband was excited that he already knew this game.  He used to play this all the time as a kid, and he was excited to see it in a updated form.  Apparently, the original Touring game was released in 1906, and this is the same game, but with updated cards and designs.

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The game moves fast enough that it entertains adults, while still allowing you to engage in a conversation (which is MY preference, when it comes to games!).  The cards are thick and slick, and the coordinating pictures make this easy for a younger child to understand and play along.  What a fun game!

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Now here’s a really fun product for the kids: Splash Cards!

bathWe really like these Splashimals, with fronts and rumps of a variety of animals.  Both of my toddlers were able to recognize all the animal parts, and I like that there are printed words above, so that Rocket can practice identifying these words and enjoy making new combinations.  There are 30 cards in all, which make 15 different animals.

IMG_9252Included in the variety of Splash Cards are these two sets of playing cards–one with the traditional four suits, and another with colored sea animals.  Wouldn’t these be fun at a pool party?  Our favorite set is the one below, “Splash Pals”.  As you can see, there are tops, middles, and bottoms, of all sorts of people.  You can make it as simple as putting up your own creation, or you can follow a set of rules to a game where you use the numbers in the corners to create the highest scoring combination.  Super cute, right?!

IMG_9253Wouldn’t these be fun additions to your game closet or bath time routine?  As you can see, they are waterproof, lightweight, and washable.

Enter below to win either the Touring Card Game AND a few sets of SplashCards!

Connect with Winning Moves!

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*This giveaway is open to Continental US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 9th 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.  

 

Kate & Levi {Review}

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Sock puppets: the easiest way to put on a show with minimal materials, preparation, or creativity 🙂

MainAll you need is the sock off your foot, but if you REALLY want to impress your kids and put on the puppet show of a lifetime, you’ll visit Kate & Levi and pick out some of the most adorable sock puppets you’ve ever seen!

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Are these not the most amazing recycled creations you’ve seen?!  Don’t you want to start collecting EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of them!?  Start saving up because there are 38 different styles, and chances are, you’ll want them all.

uniThis fantastic little Unicorn Puppet showed up on our doorstep and we all fell in love.  Look closely at this premium wool.  The front sweater-like fabric must have come straight off of a Norwegian wool parka.

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In fact, it might have!  Each product is made from reclaimed wool whose colors and textures are individually selected.  All the materials are sourced as close to home (Toronto, Canada) as possible, which also cuts shipping costs and reduces their carbon footprint.  Last year alone, they saved over 20,000 pounds of sweaters from becoming waste.

uni1Rocket is best buds with this mystical creature.  Since every toy, stuffed animal, and puppet from Cate & Levi is created to be unique, each toy has a unique color combination.  How personal and exciting to be surprised as to what color combinations you will actually get!  This friend is 12″ tall, which fits well on toddler arms as well as adults.  The inside is roomy enough for an adult hand and arm to fit inside, while still being not too big or floppy for a child.

IMG_0469I love all the details!  These are VERY well made, with fine attention to details.  As far as hand puppets go, this is supreme, and quite indestructible.  No stringy hair to contain, no removable parts, and nothing scratchy or breakable.  Toys that will last a lifetime is what I’m all about.

If  you’d love to get your hands on one of these charming, upcycled, colorful handpuppets, visit Kate & Levi and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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*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. 

FoodWorks Ice Pop Molds {Review}

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I can think of nothing else besides all the fun things we have planned for this summer.  We’re moving next month to a new apartment right by the beach (!) and I go to sleep at night thinking of all the beach parties, lazy afternoons, and snacks on the beach we’re going have.  These Ice Pop Molds from FoodWorks are going to get a LOT of use this summer!

IMG_0531Remember how I’m such a big fan of anything silicone?  I love how light the material is while still being microwaveable, oven-safe, freezable, and dishwasher-safe.  I tell you, in a few years, everything in the kitchen is going to be made out of silicone.  These do have a 100% Money Back Lifetime Guarantee, after all.

moldThese are SO easy to use.  You could go extremely basic by just pouring juice inside.  We froze apple juice, and the kids thought they were the tastiest things every created.  You don’t have to stick to juice–you could fill these with all sorts of creations.  Purees, fruit, berries, yogurt, sherbet, ice cream, etc.  You don’t even have to freeze them.  They work great as cute little holders, as in you could fill them with candy or treats to take out.  I think these would be great for parties!

IMG_0545Regular plastic popsicle wrappers usually irritating my mouth with their roughly cut edges, and they can be terribly drippy.  These flexible molds are so smooth around the rim, and they do a great job at holding up their shape in little toddler hands.  Its also nice to know these are BPA-safe, and that there is a lid to save any leftovers!  Just toss it back in the freezer and enjoy the rest later.

IMG_0549Obviously, these were a hit.  “Popsicle” is the new favorite word around here.

You can find these FoodWorks (Set of Six) Silicone Ice Pop Molds on Amazon HERE for $10.95!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Loom Boom {GIVEAWAY} – Closed

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I feel like the perfect thing to keep a kid busy while using their imagination, is any type of craft. Drawing, painting, even letting them play by themselves with some legos. It let’s their imagination run wild and give them no limits. We all know kids test the limits 😉 I remember my mom would let me go to toys r’ us and pick out a toy and I would always pick out the make it yourself jewelry or hair ties or bedazzle your shirts (yes, I was a mega girly-girl) I really think that’s where I got my creativity from and love designing and doing different things now.

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A few months ago my little cousins came up to me showing me these really awesome rubber band bracelets that they made. They each probably had 3 to 4 different types of rubber band bracelets. They then tried to sell me a few of them, haha, they told me they were going to start selling them to their friends in any design they wanted. Pretty awesome!

Remember when I told you about the Loomy Awards? Well they decided to give away a Loom Boom to a Dandy Giveaway fan!

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The Loom Boom is a great place to store all those rubber band bracelets your kids are creating. I bet you are finding them every where and are just about ready to toss any of them in the trash that you step on or find randomly in a cabinet!

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Here is what the creators have to say about The Loom Boom

“As moms (Katy & Lauren – co-founders), we loved the focus and creativity it provided our kids. Every new stitch our children learned produced more patterns, more colors and more creations. However, these bracelets were winding up everywhere, from our couch cushions to our dog’s mouth. It was a problem that needed solving! We stumbled upon a solution when a five-year-old housed his ever-growing collection of bracelets on a paper towel roll! What began with a simple concept has now developed into a first-of-its kind product intended to organize, display, transport and share. Sometimes children see things so clearly, and we jumped on his simple yet genius idea.”

The Loom Boom comes in fun different colors and each can hold up to 40 bracelets! The tube does come apart at the base so it is easy to grab different bracelets. The base also has an extra store part for bands, charms, clips and other items.

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The Loom Boom features bright-colored tubes that can hold up to 40 bracelets. The tube is detachable from the base so loomers can transport and share, as well as have easy access to bracelets at the bottom. The base also contains extra storage for loom bands, charms, clips, and other spare parts.

They have thought of everything for The Loom Boom! So definitely check them out and enter below to win one for your kids and your sake! 😉

Spring has FINALLY sprung!

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I don’t know about where you are, but here in St. Louis the sun is shining.  The flowers are blooming.  The grass is turning a brilliant shade of green.  Yep.  It simply glorious outside.  The spring has finally sprung around here!  I knew this day was coming eventually, but I also knew that the weather wouldn’t just suddenly change over night.  Especially not after what we dealt with for what seemed like eternity.  We had the LONGEST winter ever here!  I’m sure this sentiment resonates with the rest of the country; except of course for places like Florida and California.  Most of the country is highly envious of those types of places.  I’m talking the raging, green-eyed monster.  For St. Louis at least there have been signs of the coming days of honeysuckle and lilacs for quite some time now.  Albeit very slowly, but it has been warming up and the forecast hasn’t been predicting any of those crazy snow storms.  In fact the recent thunderstorms and even tornadoes (scary as those are) in the St. Louis area led me to believe that spring really was on its way.  Yes, I believe it’s FINALLY here!

With the spring weather also comes the need for some spring fashion.  That very need actually sent me to the mall last week, but I returned home with much disappointment.  I only made one measly little purchase.  A somewhat (long sleeved; mind you) spring blouse that definitely won’t carry me into summer.  All of the stores must not have been catching on to the hints of spring, because they only had winter clothing in stock.  Heavy sweaters galore, but nothing for spring.  It’s possibly that they are now stocked for spring this week, but I was at the mall LAST week.  I don’t have time THIS week to go back.

In my desperation to have something that I could fit in (remember I just had a baby 9 weeks ago) for this warmer weather I turned to my old standby.  Online shopping.  I will admit that typically I’m a little hesitant with clothes shopping online.  It’s difficult to often know the sizing or how the item will fit.  Generally I’ll only shop online at stores that I’m familiar with already.  Or ones that my friends have recommended.  So it took A LOT of bravery on my part to place an order on a deal site.  But after this purchase:

photo-90I will be purchasing a lot more off of that deal site!

I’m absolutely in love with this top.  I found it on the Jane deal site for only $19.99!  Isn’t that a steal of a deal?  I’m talking waaaaayyyy dandy.  It has these faux buttons up the back.  Seriously going to be my favorite all spring and summer long!

Jane features boutique clothing items for up to 80% off.  Each deal only lasts a matter of days or until they sell out.  So some of the more popular deals are only be around for a few hours!  Like these two deals:

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GONE.  Totally gone.  I shouldn’t have waited so long to make my decision.

Good thing they still have plenty of these cute maxi skirts!

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Click here…

Don’t miss your chance to get a deal at Jane!

Now… What did you see at Jane that you’ve gotta have?

*I am part of the Jane affiliate program, but I really did purchase the above blue top with my own funds.  All opinions are strictly my own.

Tangled Tantrum {GIVEAWAY} – Closed

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Today we are chatting a little bit about my favorite subject: HAIR! I am a hairstylist and am around hair for more then 40 hours a week. I love it all, coloring, cutting, the tools, and products. The key to having good hair is : Good tools and Great product. Product is key to keeping a style where you want it. Sometimes the product we put in our own hair may not work for kids hair. I’ve noticed that big time when I am working on my clients kids. That moose or gel just isn’t working in my 6 year old client.

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I have been following Tangled Tantrum for a while now and am so excited to finally test out their products! Tangled Tantrum is a line fully dedicated to kids hair. Trust me, it’s for kids only, my husband thought I bought him so new product and it just wasn’t cutting it for all of his thick long hair. Kids hair is just so much more fragile then adults and they definitely don’t have as much, which means they don’t need as much product.

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Tangled Tantrum is paraben and alcohol free, which makes is safe and healthy for kids. This is awesome for those independent kids who want to feel grown up like mom and dad and do their own hair. The product I was able to sample was the ‘Separation Anxiety- Styling Paste’ and it’s so easy to use. I had a few of my own kid clients grab it themselves and style their hair and they loved it. And the best part, the mess was non-existent. They just wiped their hands on a towel and out the door they went. Win Win in my book!

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Tangled Tantrum offers a few different products. They have the ‘Chaos Control Smoothing Serum’ , ‘Detangling & Conditioning Spray’ (every child needs this!), ‘The Wet Brush’ and the ‘Killer Swell Hair Gel’ . I love all these fun names they give the products. That’s the point of the product right? To make a kid thing it’s fun to do their hair, haha.

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I am also huge on my customer service. Tangled Tantrum emailed me right away and my shipment was at my door no later then 3-4 days after I placed my order. They left me a sweet note and some fun wristbands in the picture above. Their site is easy to navigate and gives quick explanations for each product. She makes the site look so fun that your kid can join you while you pick out your products. What I got out of  Tangled Tantrum is fun, safe, and easy to use.

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I really loved how the product held up in my little clients hair. It wasn’t sticky, it wasn’t heavy and best of all it smelt great! One of my little clients just sat there the whole time smelling the container. It didn’t bother me at all because it contains no Parabens or Alcohol. Smell away! I really like how Tangled Tantrum made a line specifically to be kid friendly. She really tried hard to point everything to the kids. The packaging, the names of the product and the smells.

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Today one lucky winner will get to have a container of there ‘Separation Anxiety- Styling Paste’ and 3 wristbands with Tangled Tantrum logo. I like more of a softer look, that’s why I went for the Paste rather then the gel. It still gives it that good hold but gives it that piecy look while holding back those fly aways and frizzy-ness.  You and your kiddy will love it! They are also offering free shipping on orders over $50, use code: ship4free

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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 Mar 9th 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.  

 

The Loomy Awards!

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I am so excited to introduce to you Dandy Giveaway Fans about the First Annual Loomy Awards!

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You know all those fun rubber band bracelets that your kids and their friends are constantly wanting to make or wearing? It’s honestly the new trend with them now and they are loving it! Well, the Loom Boom was invented so your child can have somewhere to store all those rubber band bracelets instead of lying them around the house for your baby to chew on or the dog or vacuum to swallow up. Genius!

Well, Loom Boom has decided to start their  First Annual Loomy Awards!

The Loomy Awards are sponsored by The Original Loom Boom, a first-of-its kind product intended to organize, display, transport and share your loom bracelet creations. Winners will be chosen from four categories: Best Bracelet, Coolest Charm, Wackiest Wearable, and Best Loom Boom. Three winners will each receive a $250 gift card, and one grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card! Plus, all winners will receive a special edition of The Original Loom Boom! Entries can be submitted on The Original Loom Boom’s Facebook page beginning on March 30, 2014, and winners will be announced on a live web award show April 30, 2014.

I personally think this is such a fun contest for kids. It really brings their creativity side to life and allows them to become self motivated to do something just for them.

So, hurry up and get your kids going on their rubber band bracelets and send the pictures over to The Original Loom Boom’s facebook page. Lots of amazing prices for the top three winners!!

And then head on back April 10th because we are giving away one Original Loom Boom to one Dandy Giveaway Fan!

 

Chevron tote bag from Snatch ‘n Dash. TWO winners! {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Have I got a fantastic giveaway for you…  One that’s fantastically dandy even.  I mean TWO winners makes it that fantastically dandy.  There’s a new daily deals website coming very soon (launching June 1st) and it’s the business behind this great giveaway.  For starters, what’s Snatch ‘n Dash?  This particular deal site is going to offer a variety of daily deals.  Think load of women’s accessories:  Jewelry, scarves, and handbags.  Plus, Snatch ‘n Dash will bring you discounts on home decor, children’s items, and clothing.  Everyone loves discounts!

And now…

Are you ready for this giveaway???

Snatch ‘n Dash is giving away TWO personalized monogram chevron tote bags.

One for each winner!  (Enter on the Rafflecopter below.)   Check out all the colors the winners will get to select from:

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Do you have your own online shop?  Well, then you might want to contact Snatch ‘n Dash!  Right now they are accepting new vendors and their commission fees are lower than other daily boutique deal sites.  So it’s a win-win!  To inquire about vendor opportunities email:  snatchvendors@gmail.com

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 7th 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 Snatch ‘n Dash, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Infinity scarf to poncho!

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Take a wide infinity scarf:

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Add a decorative pin:

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And you’ve got a cute poncho for Ruby!

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Do you love to adorn your wardrobe with some really great finds?  I, for one, am all about the accessorizing.  Why?  Because accessories are so very versatile.  One item can be used in so many different ways and to compliment so many different looks.  But where to look???  Well, well, well… That infinity scarf up above was sent to me from a really terrific deal site that has soooo many accessories to choose from.  And you too can…

Shop Accessories at toADORN!

It’s where you will find affordable pieces like these:

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Only $1.29!1.22

Go HERE to get these dandy deals before they are gone!

*This posting is part of my affiliation with toAdorn, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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