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Mía Mariú’s New Fragrance Collection {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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When my husband and I were dating, we were discussing what about the opposite gender we are most attracted to.  You know, is it the guy’s smile, their sense of humor, or their baby blue eyes that make you weak in the knees?  I was pretty surprised to learn that “Charlie” is first and foremost attracted to a girl’s SCENT.  Really?!  Above a girl’s looks, legs, personality, or straight teeth, he’s most attracted to the way she smells?

Now that we’re married, he still won’t let me pick out perfume for myself.  He has to approve first and he is VERY PARTICULAR.  I was a little nervous when I first tried on this new fragrance called Magia from Mía Mariú, becuase I knew that if he didn’t like it, I’d likely be gifting it to my college sister.  Well, no worries, because he loves it, and I’m oh so glad I get to keep it!

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Mía Mariú is becoming one of my favorite online shops for beauty products.  I first reviewed their makeup (you can read that review HERE) and have been using the eyeshadow practically every weekend out, and then a few months ago I reviewed their anti-aging skincare line (and you can read that review HERE), which I also thought was fantastic.  Add their new fragrance collection, and you might as well order anything and everything from Mía Mariú and save yourself some shipping costs.

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There are three new fragrances from Mía Mariú, two of which are for men, called Caoba and Acqua.  These fragrances are EDT 1.7 oz.  Now in case you didn’t know, and I myself was clueless about this til I met Scent Boy, EDT stands for Eau de toilette which is 4 – 10% perfume oil.  This is a lighter fragrance which is most used for the casual everyday use because it will last for 2 to 4 hours.  Bring this along with you to work if you want it to be noticeable after lunch.

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See that little black tube?  Mia Mariu also sent me a Perfecting Finish Hydrating Stick Gloss in a vibrant red called Amore.  Beautiful!  There’s nothing more nasty than a tube of lipstick that tries out your lips to the point of looking cracked and perma-stained, but this substance nourishes while looking glossy and bright.

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 These fragrances are sold for $42, and one lucky winner will get to choose their own full size mm fragrance!

You might have just solved the question of what to get your lover for Valentine’s!

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Holiday Gift Guide (8th Edition)

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Well, team, Christmas is basically at the door!  Methinks that if you don’t want to worry about shipping delays, this week is your last chance to order those last few perfect gifts for those special people on your list.  Here are some real winners, and all excellent gift ideas!

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FOR THE CHEF, ENTERTAINER, and ANYONE who LOVES TO COOK:

#1 Tabletops Unlimited

tabletopsunlmtd-1345653711_600Tabletops Unlimited carries the most beautiful collections of cast iron, non-stick, porcelain, dinnerware sets, and bone china.  Not to mention tools, cookware, bakeware, serveware, dinnerware, storage, and organizational products!  Talk about a one stop shop for all your kitchen needs.  (And what a great place to shop for wedding gifts for anyone getting married this winter!)  I have fallen head over heels for their bone china and porcelain bowls, and recently was able to review a set of Melamine Prep Bowls.  These are so ideal for a small kitchen and a big family.  I don’t have to worry about them cracking or breaking, and its awesome how six bowls fit so nicely nested together.  We’re using these incessantly and I’m so happy to have them in my kitchen.

Read my full review HERE and HERE.bowls

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FOR THE WOMAN who loves DESIGNER CLOTHES, STYLISH LOUNGEWEAR, and deserves something COZY:

#2 Sassimi

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Ahh, the designer loungewear of Sassimi!  You can get a pretty good idea of all the super chic and stylish styles from the picture below.  Cute stuff, huh?!  Could you tell that all of their clothing is made with bamboo?  Impressed?  Behold the power of bamboo!  If you didn’t already know, bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, temperature regulating, wicking, repels odors and is bio degradable!  Combine the luxurious qualities of bamboo and fashionable, comfortable loungewear, and I bring you Sassimi.  I have worn my coral pink robe practically every evening/morning since I got it!  It looks just as new, and its silky, breathable material keep me reaching for it, day after day.

Read my full review HERE.

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FOR THE FASHIONISTA, BEACH BUM, or OUTDOORSY SUN-LOVER:

#3 Faded Days

fadedDays-logoStylish sunglasses are not just for the beach!  Take a look at the fun sunglasses in funky color combinations from Faded Days, especially if you’re vacay-ing on a cruise during the holidays.  I really like the feel of my Faded Days sunglasses.  They are lightweight, but they don’t feel easily breakable.  My favorite feature is the matte finish, instead of a plastic gloss.  All Faded Days sunglasses contain FDA approved impact resistant lenses and UV400 protection.  They carry traditionals, beach coolers, bold spectacles, and a fun new Cabana section.

Read my full review HERE.

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FOR ANYONE with UNTOUCHABLE STYLE and TASTE and a love for HANDMADE gems:

#4 Indie Gift Box

lgoIndie Box is a delivery box service that is unlike most mainstream subscription boxes because they send you a handpicked selection of HANDMADE goods while supporting small businesses.  They value artisanal craftsmanship while sharing with the world artistic talent and offering these artists their own small business success.  Every box is a collection of treasures that you’ve probably never seen before.  Intricate jewelry, visually beautiful stationary, treasures and treats.  Plus, they ship anywhere in the world.

Get excited about an upcoming review and giveaway from Indie Box!!

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FOR THE GIRL WHO LOVES MAKE-UP and ALL THINGS NATURAL:

#5 Purely You Minerals

logoPurely You Minerals is a line of natural makeup that were formulated by a busy stay-at-home-mom who worked tirelessly for 4 years to create the best formula of makeup that is natural, effective, and still designed with integrity.  I got to try a few dreamy colors and a variety of things for the face and lips.  Everything feels very light and I never feel “caked” throughout the day.  All of Purely You’s products are made in small batches to maintain high quality standards, and they don’t contain any talc, powdered starches, clays, or parabens, and are always gluten free.  This eliminates many possibilities of potential allergies for those with very sensitive skin.

Read my full review HERE.
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FOR YOUR BABIES, TODDLERS, GRANDCHILDREN, NIECES & NEPHEWS:

#6 Yummi Pouch

logoThese little pouches are fabulous!  They are reusable and refillable, so a set of six for $14.99 will keep you in business for as long as you’d like.  They are dishwasher safe and can even be put in the freezer.  I found them to be the perfect solution for the super-independent baby who wants to feed himself!  They are made of a very sturdy plastic with an intense seal, so you don’t have to worry about any leaking or any explosion out the top.  The pouches expand on the bottom and can hold up to 6oz.  My boys LOVE these!  The baby loves being able to feed himself, and I love that I’m not cleaning up yogurt splatters from him waving a spoon around.  Our readers can save 10% throughout the holiday season at http://store.yummipouch.com with promo code: PARTY4YP

Read my full review HERE and checkout their huuuuuge giveaway posted yesterday!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, DANDY FANS!!

Datevitation {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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When my husband started asking me what I wanted for Christmas, honestly, I told him that the only thing I wanted was a book of coupons!  You know, a list of favors and acts of service that I could redeem whenever I wanted.  I work in the review/giveaway business, after all, and probably the last thing I need is more stuff!  Its remarkable how “gifts” used to be 100% my love language, but since becoming a homemaker with kids on top of reviewing products left and right, “gifts” is dropping and “acts of service” is up at the top!
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This opportunity to try out Datevitation couldn’t have been more timely!  Literally the week I said that this is what I wanted, I found out about Datevitation and I gave the hubby a subtle hint that this might be something he’d like putting together!
I tried to quiz him on how he liked the set-up and format, without prying into details, because this is my Christmas gift to open and asked surprised over, after all.  He said that everything was straightforward, easy to navigate, but that it seemed a bit overpriced.  Books start at $25, and you can make a book with 5 coupons for roughly $30, which might seem a little pricey knowing that you can make one of these with construction paper and scissors, but hold up.  Let me tell you why these are so awesome and worth the price!
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You can put your own faces in the pictures!!  Just like JibJab, haha.  This makes it way more personal, intentional, and more like something you’ll want to pin on your fridge after redeeming.  Think of them as priceless golden tickets.  Secondly, the glossy finish, the professional color print, and the fun ideas they offer all make this a fun and ‘worth it’ kind of product.  I like the ease of simply filling in the text and having it made and shipped to me.  The holidays are all about simplifying where you need to.
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Thirdly, there are over 500 romantic date ideas to choose from!  They also have over 100 book cover options, so this could be the winner of a gift for a birthday, a good luck, a Valentine’s, a ‘just because’,…etc.
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Its going to be really hard forgetting about this one for a few weeks!  I can’t wait to open it for reals on Christmas and start using these up!  Wouldn’t these make fantastic Valentine’s Day gifts?  Or even gifts to your son or daughter on their birthday?
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Thanks, hubby!  And thanks, Datevitation!  Merry Christmas!
Hows about a coupon code, everyone!?  Use the code DANDY10 to get $10 off your coupon book creation (plus free shipping!), which is an excellent deal, considering these start at $25.  Make sure you order by Dec. 13th if you want to receive your book by Christmas!!

And now, one lucky Dandy follower is going to be able to create their own book too!

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.

Holiday Gift Guide (6th Edition)

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If you’re still hunting for the best gift ideas, don’t fret!  Here are five more winners!  Tried and true, all of these are companies and products that I love and could recommend in a heartbeat.   dandygiftguide

FOR THE COLLEGE STUDENT or SPORTS TEAM ENTHUSIAST:

#6 Meesh & Mia

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This company caters to the ever growing community of female fans who love to show their individual style.  Their clothes are fabulously fashion forward while combining school colors and logos into their collection so that you can look adorable at work, the game, and the after party, without having to change clothes for every event.   Indoor and outdoor, dressy and casual, flirty and sophisticated.  Whatever your game-day style is, you can dress to your liking.  My BYU shirt and dress from M&M, are some of my favorite pieces!  I also recently received a red boat-neck style Patriots shirt, similar to the picture below, and the quality is hard to match!  Super soft and high quality, styled to look great on any body, and a cut above other any team apparel I’ve worn.  With boots and dark jeans, its one of my favorite winter outfits this season!
Read my full reviews HERE and HERE.
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FOR your LITTLE MAN, HIPSTER BABY, or LITTLE FASHIONISTA

#2 Born to Love

logoBorn to Love carries some sweet rockin hats and beanies for the little ones.  These hats are showing up everywhere on celebrity babies and in the magazines!  My toddler has been wearing his Born to Love fedora for a solid year now, and it has barely left his head!  He wears it EVERYWEAR, even to bed, and it has certainly held up well–hardly any wear at all.

Read my full review HERE.

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FOR the HIKER, BUILDER, and TRAVELER

#3 The Tool Trapper

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This is such a great system to throw into a backpack for camping or hiking, or any event where you want to keep lots of little things contained.  I keep forgetting that men don’t have purses or clutches, and more often then not, their wallets don’t have the storage or protection to hold important things.  Plus, these are so lightweight, your man won’t complain about it weighing his backpack down.

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FOR the DIVA, GLAMOR GIRL, and MAKEUP ARTIST

#4 Starbox

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Starlooks is a pro-quality makeup line with a monthly subscription box option called Starbox, where you get to try the entire line at an exclusive discounted price!  Starlooks carries some of the newest, most affordable, high quality makeup, all while being entirely lead free, emolient free, and cruelty free.  If you’re a subscription box guru, you know that $15/month is a steal.  Especially when you’re getting 3-4 full size items.  The value of what you’re getting is between $35.00 – $99.00, so do the math.  Give the gift of a Starbox Subscription to a friend / loved one for the holidays, and they will receive the December Starbox – an incredible $99 value! – which will contain their 15 Shade Eye Shadow Palette!

You can read my reviews HERE and HERE.

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FOR ANYONE who LOVE TO DECORATE, CREATE, and CUSTOMIZE

#5 Vinyl Disorder

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Vinyl Disorder carries so many fun customizable products!  So many things I haven’t even thought of, like decals for boats, mirrors, windows, band instruments, dirt bikes , skateboards, etc.  They use quality vinyl, with a 6+ year outdoor life.  I recently ordered some customized STICKERS from Vinyl Disorder, and they turned out perfect!!  I loved being able to design the size and shape while using my custom designs.  See their Instagram feed for more ideas of what stickers you can make!

You can read my reviews HERE and HERE.

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Happy busiest shopping weekend of the year!  Make good choices!!

PROBAR and FITS socks Father’s Day Giveaway! – CLOSED

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We are excited to be a part of the SUPER DAD Father’s Day Giveaway Hop hosted by mamaNYC (http://mamanyc.net/) this week!  Almost 50 bloggers have put together some incredible giveaways, all focused on Father’s Day!

June 1 (12:01am EST) – June 9 (11:59pm EST)

Hop over to see the full list and enter some more goodies for your honored men!

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Now its high time to dedicate a post to our dear ol’ Dads!  My own father is a hero in my eyes.  A gentleman in every way.  Through continuous and unfailing example, he has shown me how to love unconditionally, lead without force, and to guide with compassion.  I will never ever forget the moment I left for college.  It was probably something like 4 or 5am, on my way the airport to catch a flight to Utah.  He gave me a hug at the door and completely choked up, and said “I’ve been thinking of all the things I wanted to tell you, but all I can say is ‘I love you'”.  Break my little 17-year-old heart.  I’ve often thought of that moment, and how when my own children leave me–for kindergarten, high school, someday college–above all the things I will have told them and taught them at that point, above all I want them to know that I love them.  Thank you, Dad, for all the love!

Ok, enough sap.  Now on to two companies your own Dads will love!  PROBAR and FITS Sock Co.

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 The first manly item we have to showcase today are the delicious PROBAR Meal™ bars!  These 3 oz. bars are jam packed full of natural goodness, condensed to be an entire meal in a bag.  They contain fruit, nuts, and seeds, mostly still completely intact so that you can SEE the entire fruit, nut, or seed.  These are BEEFY!  These are so nutrient dense and full of raw ingredients that they make a great meal replacement.

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My husband and I enjoyed tasting the PROBAR Meal™ Variety 12-Pack, which contains one of everything you love!  Seriously, what a great variety of flavors: Original Blend, Whole Berry Blast, Superfood Slam, Superfruit Slam, Superberry & Greens, Chocolate Mint, Oatmeal Raisin, Koka Moka, Superfruit Slam, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, and Peanut Butter!

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Look, you can SEE what they consist of–packed full of fruit, nuts, and seeds, fully intact.  Umm, yes, these would definitely be considered full meals.  I could barely finish one by myself before I felt full and satisfied.   Look at this Superberry & Greens on the left.  Reminds me a green smoothie!  Yummy!  If your man is in to nutritious, nutrient-packed and conveniently packaged meals-on-the-go, he’ll be all over these!IMG_3877

One winner will also receive the PROBAR Meal™ Variety 12-Pack, sold for $35.48!

And next we have a Father’s Day gift that will please any man who wears socks.  Yes, that should include every guy I know.  Introducing, the fantastic socks of FITS Sock Co.!

IMG_3931 copyFITS socks are made from merino wool, and are specialized to create a perfect fit for your feet!  They have three points of interest–the dynamic toe cup that conforms to the shape of your toes, the heel lock that keeps the sock correctly on your heel, and a full contact cuff that comfortably stays up your leg.

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We were sent a Business Crew pair in Chestnut, and the hubby is really impressed!!  At first he was skeptical about how exceptional they could be for a pair of socks, but after he returned home after wearing them the full work day, he was a believer.  Very comfortable, very form-fitting, and very high-quality.  Don’t tell him I told you this, but he loved them so much, he wore them two days in a row without washing.  He said they kept his feet very comfortable and that he could really tell a difference between this FITS pair and other socks.  I told him its definitely because of the merino wool!

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FITS carries socks for hiking, ski/snow, hunting/sporting, running, business/casual, and biking!  THESE are the activities and situations where I’m sure sock you’re wearing makes a huge difference.  Underneath boots and specialty shoes, these are each customized to provide the right cushion and comfort for your activities.

One lucky man is ALSO going to win three pairs of merino wool socks!  1 running, 1 hiking, and 1 casual, making this entire prize over $80!

super-dad-giveaway-button_zps868a1322Remember to hop over to mamaNYC (or see the list of other participating giveaway sites below) and check out the other fantastic giveaways going on in this Super Dad Father’s Day Giveaway Hop!

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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 May 9th 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 PROBAR and FITS Sock Co. but all opinions are strictly my own


Uncommon Goods {Review}

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You’re going to thank me in a few minutes for all the leg work I did in finding you the perfect Valentine’s gifts.  What a chore that can be sometimes, huh?!  Well, take a look at these gems.  All of these come from Uncommon Goods–a store of gifts and novelties that caught my eye with all of their unique jewelry, accessories, and art, all of them perfect Valentines Day gifts.
UncommonGoodsLogoI literally spent several afternoons looking over the site and trying to narrow down my favorites.  It was tough!  Ultimately I picked out three rockin items I can’t wait to tell you about:
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Perfect for your wife, your mom, your girlfriend, or anyone who loves to read or cook.
This handy gadget is a cook’s dream come true.  I can’t tell you how many times I wished I had one of these in the past.  This stand folds down to the size of a book, so it fits snug right alongside my cookbooks.  As you open it, the stand behind it unfolds and the front page holders spring out automatically.  It does exactly what it claims, and I keep thinking up occasions to pull it out again, like at the computer desk to hold up my daily planner, and in the bathtub to hold up my magazines!  Uncommon Goods has a treasure trove of more gifts for the wife if you’re stumped.
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Perfect for your hubby, your boyfriend, or your crush that sits behind you in algebra.
Aren’t these great?  I can’t think of a single guy I know that wouldn’t love these.  Little sister, take note.  If you want to win the heart of that cute guy, these and a bag of candy, and you’re sure to be asked out to Prom.

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Perfect for your partner-in-crime, your go-to for adventures, your cultured date, or your spouse.
This Ticket Stub Diary caught my eye immediately!  I’m a big scrapbooker, but recently I’ve put most of my time into my personal blog, and I’m left with all these important momentos that I can’t throw out.  They’ve been sitting in a shoe box, and now they all have a much cozier home.  This diary can hold ticket stubs of all sizes, and the sleeves are so roomy that they could hold business cards, receipts, name cards, etc.  Any scrapbooker knows how cool it is that the pages are acid-free, so everything will stay intact for years and years.  How perfect for anyone you’ve spent a lot of time with, or someone you WILL be spending a lot of time with ;).  The empty pages are only blank checks and unwritten tickets to the things you will do in the future!  How thoughtful, memorable, and dare I say, sentimentally romantic!  If I haven’t convinced you to get this ticket stub diary (for $11!!!), then click here for more ideas of what to get your man!
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My favorite thing about Uncommon Goods is that all of their products are classy, original, and not in the least bit offensive.  I don’t have to worry as I search the sight that I’ll come across foul language on a t-shirt, bare butts, or raunchy games.  I feel safe and confident (and actually quite inspired) buying anything from their store.  Take a lunch break and enjoy the experience of shopping on Uncommon Goods for the perfect Valentine’s Gift!
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*This posting was sponsored by Uncommon Goods, but all opinions are strictly my own
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