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Make-A-Ball {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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If you’ve been following the Red Sox this year, you know how happy Boston is lately 🙂 My little guy was born here in Boston near the start of the baseball season, so I thought it would be fun to make him baseball-themed baby announcements!  They turned out SO cute!  I had him wrapped up inside both of his grandpa’s baseball mitts.  What a doll.

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It might have been a sign from the start that this kid would be c-razy about balls of any shape or size.  “Ball” was very distinctly one of his first words, long before mama or dada.  His ball craze has only escalated, so I thought making him a personalized ball from Make-A-Ball of his own would be just the thing for him!

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Make-A-Ball does just what it says: makes balls!  You can customize baseballs, basketballs, softballs, footballs, volley balls, soccer balls, and even hockey pucks with your own pictures, logos, and words!

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Customizing is so easy.  I was expecting to spend a good part of my morning figuring out how to get the pictures aligned and the type just right, but it was actually just a breeze, and rather fun!

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Do you love what we made?!

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You can order them in regulation size or in smaller dimensions (for smaller hands).  For certain balls, you can choose how many panels are customized.  For example, when creating the football, you can select to add pictures and text to just one or up to four of the panels.

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This has got to be the greatest idea for gifts, especially if your son/daughter/grandchild has some sporting achievement to brag about.  How fun for them to have a keepsake (Make-A-Ball also has professional stands for display) and a memento from a big event in their life.

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So not only is this a fabulous idea of printing personal pictures and words onto sports balls, but these are very high quality sports equipment!  I showed my husband the baseball and he said something like, “Now THAT is not something you play with”, as in it looked so nice, and so shelf-worthy, that we are almost hesitant to actually let the boy play with it.

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Besides terrific holiday gifts for your rugrats, these would also make such fun wedding gifts for the sports enthusiasts!

Wouldn’t you love to win one!?

One lucky winner will get to customize their own baseball, softball, or hockey puck from Make-A-Ball!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Oct 18th 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.  

Alphabet Soup {Review}

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I have a binky-fiend on my hands.  If “Little Brother” had his way, he’d live his entire first 18 months of life with one of these in his mouth.  Because he turns into a monster without one, keeping track of these little golden silencers has become a priority, so he often has one tethered to him, attached like an old man and his eyeglass or pocket-watch.  We’ve gone through the pacifier clips–lost some, loved some, wore some out–but we’ve never tried out a beaded clip, and I really fell in love with these cuties from Alphabet Soup!

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 Alphabet Soup is a Canadian company that specializes in these adorable personalized pacifier clips.  Each one is hand-made and can help your little one keep ahold of a soother, favorite toy, or even a sippy cup.  See how cute?!

2264626_origThese can be personalized with names or phrases and there is a variety of cute animals to choose from.

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IMG_7012These are the Boho Chic Baby Beads, and they come in pink, blue, and cream.  I love how sophisticated these look, and so not “babyish”.  These are real wooden beads, which make for a fun thing for baby to handle, twist, and turn.  I like how the silver clip is hidden with the big cream bead, and how the loop on the end is long enough to easily get a pacifier through.

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So cute!  I think this clip looks great with any Sunday outfit, and it could be great for boys or girls.  $14.99 is a decent price when you think about how much it is worn and seen.  If we ever lose this, I will be the one weeping like a baby!

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Alphabet Soup carries waaaaaay more things than just binky clips!  You really have to visit their site and see all the goods.  Look at these Busy Beads Nursing Necklaces!  These are by far the cutest nursing necklaces I’ve seen!  They’re great for entertaining nursing babies, and giving them something to grab, instead of your hair.  Useful and trendy, and always accessible to baby.

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If you life in Canada, you have access to even more Alphabet Soup merchandise, like these zipperdoodles and toddler hats!

Isn’t dressing up the baby so much fun?!  Connect with Alphabet Soup and keep up on sales and events.

Online Store / Facebook / YouTube (their video is adorable!)

*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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Sometimes I get really jealous about how men can just order clothes from anywhere based on 2-3 measurements.  A waist and an inseam is all they need to order pants, and a sleeve length and a neck circumference is all they need for shirts!  What!?  Take jeans.  When it comes to women’s bodies, I imagine you could try on 25 pairs of jeans and feel like every single one of them fit a different way or felt different on your body.  Every female figure is so unique!!  Add the craziness that pregnancy and nursing can do to your figure, and your measurements can go in all sorts of directions!!  Frustrating.

AffiliateTermsConditions20032For all these reasons, I so very rarely trust myself to purchase clothing online.  When I do, I end up altering it myself to get the exact fit I want.  The all-fabulous clothing shop called eShakti will put all your frustrations and fears behind you!  They make customizable clothing that are sewn EXACTLY to your measurements, plus you can customize other features like sleeve type, hem length, pockets, no pockets, etc.mailer21-1-13-2

eShakti has become my favorite online dress shop of all time!  I’m on their email list, so every time they have new styles or designs, I immediately peruse and pick out new favorites.  They have so many current fashions, colors, and styles, especially in line with the season.  I have no idea how they can bust out all these gloriously beautiful fashions in customized sizes and styles in 10 days or less, but I would LOOOOVE to see their workshop!  Or work in it, haha.

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Do you love my new dress?  This is the Pleated Surplice Poplin Dress.  Above is how it started, then of course, I added elbow length sleeves, and changed it to new length.  I kept the pockets and put in all my (fairly unproportional) measurements to get something completely customized to fit me!

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If you are self-conscious about any part of your body, you can style their dresses or tops to one that suits your body type.  This is the answer to every woman’s qualms about their insecurities (and we all have them).  I bet we can all think of something we like to hide, or cover, or show off.  I can see how eShakti is appealing to all women of all shapes and sizes.  They carry everything from size 0 to 36W, for goodness sake.

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What a complete breath of fresh air and relief to try on this dress straight out of the box, zip it up, and get a 100% perfect fit!  Custom orders start at just $7.50, so you too can get it just exactly right!

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eShakti is the cream of the crop of tailor made dresses!  Don’t you see the value of this shop when it comes to bridesmaids dresses?  You could start with one dress and each girl could get it styled to their liking and body type, and made exactly to their measurements.

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I want to order every dress I ever wear from eShakti!  I have no criticisms, no complaints, and not a single suggestions to improve the awesomeness going on at eShakti.  I only hope they stay around a long, long time.  They have found a life-time fan in me, that’s for sure.  Here are some other favorites!!

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Connect with eShakti:

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And now, ladies and gentleman, the giveaway of the year!  Brace yourself.

One lucky duck will win any item of their choice!  A fully customized skirt, dress, or top!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Oct 11th 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.  

Everfan Superhero Capes {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Superboy to the rescue!  I may not have any little girls to dress up in princess dresses and hair ribbons, but we still have plenty of dress-up fun around here!

everfan-logoAnd who says boys don’t like to play dress-up?!  My boys love anything they can put on their heads or tie around their necks!  Dish towels and rubberbands just don’t cut it when serious jumping, flying, and karate-chopping is going on!  Everfan is a company that makes personalized superhero capes, and they are just PERFECT for little boys!  Check these out:

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Everfan lets you personalize your cape by color, picture/initial, and shape, so you could make all sorts of unique combinations.  You can start by choosing from the personalized, collegiate, or whimsical line.

We designed a cape together from the personalized line.  We chose the star, and could have also gone with a heart, lightning bolt, “POW” symbol, or a shield.  I was sure “Rocket” would be all about over this, but surprisingly, it was really the baby who got the biggest kick out of it!  Since these are 24″ long, they are recommended for ages 3-8 years old, but clearly, even a 14-month old can feel special in a cape and mask 🙂

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These come in pink, orange, red, or green, and the 100% polyester (which means washable!) silky fabric is just perfect to wrap yourself up in.  The velcro clasp in front isn’t scratchy, and I’m so glad it doesn’t rip up the material if it touches the cape accidentally.

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With each cape comes these super cool power wristbands and an eye mask!  The eye mask was a little too snug on my boys’ big heads, but it is sure to stay in place on most kids.  The power wristbands are comfortable and just super cool!

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Too funny.  My boys crack me up.  We’ve been having so much superhero fun around here!  And hey, these don’t have to be just for kids!  Everfan has a collegiate line of capes–for kids and adults–so you could rock one of these at the next football game, haha!

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You can use the coupon code dandy01 to receive 25% off on any purchase at everfan.com!

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And one winner will receive a youth superhero cape of his/her choice!!

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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 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 Everfan but all opinions are strictly my own

Marilyn’s Keepsakes {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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When I was first married, I wanted to stamp my new name on everything.  I wanted monogrammed towels, I wanted a doormat with our last name on it, I wanted new checks immediately!  Who doesn’t love seeing their name stitched in, stamped on, or printed on just about anything?!  Especially when you’re a newlywed!

Marilyn’s Keepsakes specializes in a grand number of beautiful products for weddings and anniversaries, and specifically their personalized gifts!  Here are some of my favorites:

One of the gifts they carry is this attractive Personalized Nantucket Tote.  These totes are made from 100% natural jute and feature two sturdy, grommet leather handles, a top zipper closure, and an interior zippered pocket.  They come in a variety of lovely colors and can be personalized free with your name or monogram!

Marilyn’s Keepsakes sent me my own navy blue tote, and I think it will make a great picnic bag.  I appreciate the flat bottom design so it will stay upright when set on the floor.  I think it is made with great construction, and that it is a perfect size.  The handles are surprising soft on the inside and it feels like it could carry hefty load without a problem.  I’m excited to give it to someone special for Christmas!

Who doesn’t love a personalized gift?  Something that is yours, only yours, and everyone knows it.  By the way, if you are planning a wedding, or planning on getting a rock on your finger for Christmas, you must check out The Best Wedding Blog Ever, brought to you by Marilyn’s Keepsakes.  I can’t get over the post about a shark-inspired wedding!  What?!

You can follow Marilyn’s Keepsakes on Facebook HERE, and follow them on twitter HERE.

Also, you can see some terrific videos on their YouTube channel!  I’m not even close to planning a wedding myself, and I couldn’t keep from watching several of their videos.  I’m loving that DIY paper pennant bunting!

One lucky winner will win their own Personalized Nantucket Tote in your choice of color!

It can be embroidered with your own personalized script monogram or a block name in white, light tan, sage, medium pink, red, navy, brown, or black thread!  What a lovely Christmas gift!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Friday, December 7th 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 Marilyn’s Keepsakes, but all opinions are strictly my own

FamilyStickers.com {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat!  Every year, my family draws names for who will give gifts to which family, and its usually a huge dilemma for me, trying to decide what gifts to give.  You want it to be personal, something they don’t already have, and something that will be useful.  If you are looking for a great family gift idea, here are some super ideas from FamilyStickers.com!

You can design your little family of stick people like I did here:

And then create all sorts of fun things!  There are so many super cute options, such as fridge magnets:

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Or even jewelry!

This year, I wanted to make our little family a Christmas ornament!  I’m DYING to put up the Christmas tree early so I can show off our new ornament from FamilyStickers.com!  I was so pleased with how it turned out!  I loved being able to select every detail I wanted to include, down to the exact skin tone and color of every article of clothing and object.  The ornament itself is much more sturdy than it may look.  Solid and thick.  Ain’t no baby chewing up this ornament off the tree.

Christmas gifts are covered for one lucky winner who will receive a $30 giftcard to spend at FamilyStickers.com!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Friday, November 16th 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 FamilyStickers.com, but all opinions are strictly my own

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