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Delta Children’s Products {Review}

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We don’t buy our kids a lot of toys. We don’t need to, because we have enough Grandmas and Aunties who do that for them! My daughter’s birthday was in October and my son’s was in December, so by the time Christmas had come and gone it felt like the quantity of things in my kids’ rooms had expanded by 1,000! Something had to be done. We had to contain the mess!

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Delta Children’s Products has been creating children’s furniture, baby gear, decor, and storage solutions since 1967. They strive to produce children’s furniture for families who seek stylish design, quality, safety and affordability. A tall order to fill, but they manage to do it well. They offer hundreds of products, from cribs to toddler beds, changing tables to dressers, strollers, play yards and organizational products. Of course, we were the most interested in the organizational section and settled on a toy chest we knew our daughter would go crazy for!

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We received the Princess Wooden Toy Box to review. It came packaged in a thin box that was easy to carry in the house and unpack. All of the parts were easy to find and the directions were clear and easy to read (not that my husband needed them, of course…).

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Assembly was fairly easy, though my hubby did have to make an emergency trip to Home Depot for more screws because he says the ones the toy box came with were “not the best quality” and they stripped easily, making them unusable. This was after he’d put the first side on the wrong side then had to remove it and put it on the other side, thus having to screw and unscrew the (not-the-greatest-quality) screws more than intended. Moral of the story? Read the instructions carefully so you don’t have to re-do anything and potentially strip your screws 😉

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But, minus the Home Depot run, it only took about an hour to assemble the toy box. The wood is thick and good quality, and the safety hinge on the lid is strong, so I don’t worry about the lid falling and smashing my little ones’ fingers. Thanks to this nifty toy box, we were able to take this completely uncontained mess…

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…to THIS!!! And check out that HAPPY girl sitting proudly atop her new toy box!

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She GLADLY helped put her toys away in her new box and to this day loves sitting and playing on her new toy chest, and helping to clean up! Delta Children’s Products sells many more types of kids furniture including toy bins, chairs, beds, chests, easels, desks and much more in licensed characters and classic colors like white, cherry and light wood. Delta Children’s Products can be purchased at children’s retailers such as Babies-R-Us, Buy Buy Baby, K-Mart and Target, as well as online at Amazon.com. See a complete list of retailers here.

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*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.

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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Everyday Elegance Chair Covers {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Remember a couple of years ago when everyone was buying microfiber furniture?  And, usually, the number one reason that was given for buying furniture with this fabric was that you could quickly and easily wipe it clean, making it perfect for those with kids and pets?  Well, we bought in to it with our large dark brown sectional couch (that we absolutely love!) and have been pleased with the condition of our couch, especially considering the number of moves (including one cross-country move) and the six months that it sat in storage.

However, we bought a new-to-us dining set about a year ago, and it included microfiber chairs — not my favorite fabric for a dining set, especially with our youngest who really can be a tornado during a meal or snack.  I tried out an amazing solution that I found on Pinterest (you’d think that I’m paid to promote Pinterest with the number of times I mention it on this site, but it really has just changed my life that much!) that included spraying rubbing alcohol all over the fabric, scrubbing it clean, then brushing the fibers back up.  Worked like a charm!  Until, of course, the next meal.

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I was so excited to receive ViveVita’s Everyday Elegance Chair Covers in the mail that I immediately ripped open the package and stuck them on my seats!  They match the color of my chairs so well and are comfortable.  I wasn’t sure what I’d think about having the cover on only the seat part of our chairs, but I actually like it better than I thought I would — one of the things that I don’t like about slipcovers is feeling like your whole body moves every time you have to shift, but this isn’t an issue at all with Everyday Elegance Chair Covers.

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 Our chairs also have microfiber fabric on the back, and I was concerned that I’d still have to clean off the chairs as frequently as before.  I haven’t noticed this to be much of a problem, though, as most of our spills occur on the seat of the chair and not on the backs.  Although it would be nice to not have to wipe down the chairs at all, I think that the comfort and clean fit of these chair covers outweighs that desire.

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And, the absolute best part is that they’re machine washable!  It’s easy to just take off the covers that need to be washed every week (or so…) and stick them in the laundry with a load of towels.  They quickly and easily attach to the chairs with a velcro strip, back again to catch any potential stains.

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ViveVita is offering a set of two Everyday Elegance Chair Covers (winner chooses the color!) to one of our Dandy readers!  Enter below to win!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, March 16th, and 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 ViveVita, but all opinions are strictly my own.

It used to be pink…

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I acquired this bench from one of the guest rooms at my Nana’s lake home:

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Yep.  That’s a pink cushion.

And you all know how I feel about pink…

Here’s how the acquisition came to be:

We went down to the house on Lake of the Ozarks back in November to do the leaves.

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(Me my baby brother with our mad leaf blowing skills)

I decided to bring the bench home.  We put it in our entryway and there it sat.  Pink and all.  A holiday party (in my home) came and went.  Christmas came and went.  New Year’s came and went.  All the while the bench maintained its glorious pink hue.  Obviously I wasn’t in that big of a hurry to get rid of the pink.  That or I’m just lazy.  We’ll go with not in that big of a hurry, okay?  Well, today the bench changed its clothes!  My parents came to spend the holiday weekend with us and my mom recovered ‘ole pinky with some really dandy fabric that I actually found today.

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Isn’t my mom the best?  Yep.  I love her!

Total cost:  $11.19

Oh and the new fabric even has a bit of pink in it *wink*

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Have a dandy week!

{Review} CSN

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Remember this?

What is it?  Well, it’s a contemporary coffee table from CSN that’s what!  Want to see more of it?  Of course you do!

Isn’t it purdy?

CSN has over 200 stores online, so they sell EVERYTHING!  They recently sent me a gift certificate to make a purchase from one of their many stores.  Well, I made that purchase, but sorry guys I have to keep what I got a secret.  Hello it’s a Christmas present!  :)    I can’t even tell you which store, because I’m afraid that might give it away.  However, I do think that my husband needs to take note of the above item, because I needs it!  The online store All Coffee Tables.com literally has a coffee table for everyone’s taste and to fit every decor. 

Looking for something ultra modern?

 

How about for storage?

 

Something totally square?

Yep all can be found at All Coffee Tables.com!  Now I know where I’m going to look when I’m ready to shop for my very empty front living room.  🙂

 

 

{DIY} From The Blue Chair

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I’m so excited for this next guest posting, because I actually know her personally and she’s awesome!  I know that you are going to find her to be just dandy!  She crafts, she quilts, she photographs, she blogs…  I told you she is awesome!  This particular guest posting doesn’t pertain to her quilting, but I LOVE her quilts.  In fact she is entered right now in a Halloween quilting contest and you can vote for her fabulous Spooky Wonky Log Cabin HERE.  It’s quilt #1 so get voting!  :)   And here is my friend and former roomie, Kati…

Hi! I’m Kati from the blue chair. Thanks so much to Tara for letting me do a guest post today about my blue chair. Tara and I were roommates in college. I certainly have some good stories, but we’ll stick to refurnishing chairs today.

I have a thing for chairs. I like to get them from Goodwill for around $5 and paint them. It’s become a bit of a problem. My husband even asked me recently to stop. I guess no more Goodwill chairs for a while, but at least I have my favorite chair to use every day while I sew. This is the chair that inspired my blog name—from the blue chair. This was a pretty sad little Goodwill find, but sturdy. He definitely had some potential, but needed a lot of love.

 

When scouring for chairs I look for a few things—sturdy, solid wood, relatively good condition, and character (you don’t want just a plain old kitchen chair). Sit in it. Wiggle the back. Flip it upside down and make sure those legs are well attached. Once you have your chair, get it ready to paint.

Painting prep:

This guy needed some work, but it wasn’t too bad. I filled the deep scratches with wood filler then sanded the edges a bit to smooth things over. I cleaned it and wiped all surfaces down with an everyday kitchen cleaner. Then I wiped it with a clean, damp cloth.

 

Replacing the seat:

I removed the original seat by flipping it over and unscrewing it from the bottom. Then I cut a piece of high density foam using the seat base as my template. My foam was 2” which is pretty thick but I sit in this guy while sewing. I wanted it to be comfortable. I used a little hot glue to adhere it to the seat base.

The seat fabric is Tufted Tweets in Grass by Laurie Wisburn. I chose the fabric for the seat cover because I adore it, but it’s quilting weight fabric and not available in décor weight. To strengthen the fabric, I fused it to heavy twill using Ultra Heat and Bond. This made it a bit more difficult to work with than normal décor weight fabric, but it made it durable for long-term use. After getting the fabric ready, I started stapling it on using a craft staple gun. I did the sides first and then the front and back, pulling the fabric as tightly as I could.

Painting:

To paint this guy I used Pacific Sea Teal in gloss by Bear from Home Depot. I chose to brush on the paint rather than spray painting because I was a bit particular about the color and there aren’t a lot of color options in spray paint. I used their Ultra paint with primer in it, making painting one easy step.

Finishing:

After allowing the paint to cure for a couple days, I attached the seat using the original hardware. After a little work, some new paint and fabric, I have a funky new sewing chair that I love!

Painted chairs make a fun accent in any room or a fabulous photography prop. For a super funky look, collect an assortment of chairs and paint them each a different color for your dining room table. My next chair project might be a pink one. My three-year-old has requested a pink chair for the dinner table. I just might indulge her.

Keep your eyes peeled!

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Be on the look out to see some greatness in contemporary coffee tables from CSN.  What will you see?  Probably something like this:

Now that’s a closeup!  What is it?  Well, you will just have to wait and see.  :) 

Definitely sometime next week.

{DIY} Have a Seat, Right There on My (Garbage) Bench

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I’ve been in organizing, rearranging mode lately and a few weeks ago I was telling the hubs that I wanted to get a bench for our front entryway.  Until now, it’s been just a place where you kick your shoes, race hotwheels around and thow the pug’s leash.  But I wanted a place to sit and put on your shoes, and perhaps hide said mountain of shoes a little. 

So I browsed around Craigslist, but didn’t really find anything I liked.  Two days (trash day) I was driving down my street and my neighbors were tossing this baby.  I reversed, drove past again to see if my eyes were playing tricks on me — after all, who would throw away a perfectly good bench?  Never mind the fact that it was covered in cobwebs, stained, warped and U-G-L-Y.  But I had the vision, so I hopped out, loaded it up in the van and went on my way. 

Here she is before.  Nasty, huh?  Never fear — she got the makeover she  deserved.

{1} Sand, sand, sand.  Power sanders are your friend.  Don’t have one?  Well then congrats on all the calories you’ll burn sanding.

{2} Prime.  I always use KILZ.  And it’s almost always the spray.  It’s the best and the easiest to use… but this time I didn’t have any, so I used the bucket.

{3} Paint.  A few coats of Rustoleum’s Semi-Gloss black spray paint.

{4} Sand again.  After painting, I decided to rough her up a little (looks like she’d been through a lot, thought I’d keep it real).

{5} I considered finishing here, but I’ve been seeing cute number projects all over the place, so I thought I’d try here, nothing to lose if it didn’t turn out how I wanted.

{6} To do my numbers, I printed out my numbers and eyeballed where I wanted it on my bench.  The font I used is called Greer, and I got it from these guys. 

{7} Then to transfer it to my bench, I colored the back of each number with yellow sidewalk chalk.  Then I turned it over, lined it up on my bench and outlined the numbers using a sharp mechanical pencil.  The chalk transferred the numbers and I knew I could just wipe it off when I was done.  I filled in my outline with craft paint that I had laying around and a small brush. 

{8} Then I let it dry for a bit — probably not long enough, because I’m impatient — and then sprayed a quick polyurethane top coat.  Perhaps not totally necessary, but I figured it was in a high-traffic area, so it couldn’t hurt.

And here she is, all done — Whatcha think?

By the way, when I was telling this to my friend – she was appalled.  “I’m all for your projects Lan, but this is yuck, even for you!” Ha!  Could not believe that anyone in this world would just take someone else’s trash… who’s laughing now?  (She has since retracted her scorn.)

And I’m linking up I’m linking here, here, here, here  here and here.

{Review} CSN Stores

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My toddler was out of a crib by the time he was 18 months old — NOT our choice, but he was practically pole-vaulting out every ten seconds.  So… we were forced to move him to a bed.  He was pretty little, so we started out by giving him a twin mattress just on the floor.  We figured that he wouldn’t have far to fall and it seemed like the best option at the time.  Well, that was 11 months ago and he is still on a twin mattress on the floor.  Don’t judge me — he likes it, it’s way easier for jumping on and somersaulting off of, so we haven’t moved up to a real bed yet.  But we’re starting to look for an actual bed and I’ve got my eye on a platform bed or two out there. 

Did you know that CSN has platform beds?  Of couse they do, they’ve got it all!  Stay tuned for a closer look at all the CSN goodness!

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August 23rd is a super big day for my husband to REMEMBER!  Hopefully he reads this posting…  Just kidding honey!   Today the parents of Banjo have been married for 8 years.  That’s like 4 times 2 people!  :)  A long time,  but extremely wonderful amount of time.  In that amount of time we have moved to one new city and then back to the other.  College graduations happened.  We bought our first home.  Our little Banjo arrived.  We bought our second home.  Yep lots can happen in 8 years.  Back up to that second home bit…  With the second home came loads more rooms, loads more space, and a bit of fixing up.  Now we have room for a kitchen table and dining room table.  But how does my dining room look?  Picture just a table and 4 chairs.  That would be my dining room!  Recently I received a gift certificate from CSN and I’m looking forward to using it towards adding some things into my dining room… at Dining Rooms Direct!

  My dining room is really lacking.  It could use this:

One of these:

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A few extra chairs!

Oh and I can’t forget about this really cool rug:

It may take me a while to get my perfect dining room, but at least I know where to find everything I want.  At Dining Rooms Direct!  :)  

CSN has over 200 stores, so they sell basically everything!  Even new light fixtures for my perfect dining room! 

Ready to win?

One lucky winner is going to receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at a CSN store of choice!

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

There are 5 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 5 chances then leave 5 separate comments**

(1): Leave your name, email address, or whatever you feel most comfortable leaving in a comment. (ex: “Dandy Smith”)

(2): Follow Dandy Giveaway (in the right sidebar) or if you already follow. (ex: “Dandy Smith = follow Dandy”)

(3): Tell people about this giveaway and then tell us how you told. (ex: “Dandy Smith = emailed, called, texted”)

(4): Subscribe to Dandy (in the right sidebar) or if you already have. (ex: “Dandy Smith= subscriber”)

(5): Have a look around at Dining Rooms Direct and tell us what you need for your home! (ex: “Dandy Smith= I need everything for my dining room!”)

This giveaway will be open for entries the entire week and end on Sunday, August 29th at 5 pm CST. Be sure and check back on Monday, August 30th to see if you won, so you can claim your prize!

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