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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?


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


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Private Island Party {Review}

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How was your Halloween last month, ya’ll!?  We went a little western and had a ball!

IMG_8092 copyI’d been planning this get-up for months and months, gradually gathering all the pieces and I was so excited to get the last few pieces from Private Island Party.  They are an online store of Halloween and party novelties and hundreds of accessories.  Orders can be 1 to 1000 items, and you also have the option of ordering in bulk for wholesale prices.


Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use the items from my order because they didn’t arrive in time for Halloween.  Not even close, actually, even though the order was placed IN AUGUST.  A couple weeks after the order was placed, I received a call from the company explaining that one of the items was no longer available, so I chose a different style of cowboy hat on the spot, though it was really hard to understand each other because of a language barrier.

Several weeks later, I inquired about a tracking number, in hopes that these hats and sheriff badge would arrive by Halloween, and an employee told me he would check on the order status, while verifying that my shipping address and the list of three items was updated.  TWO AND A HALF months later, they arrived well after Halloween night, and the order wasn’t even accurate.  I received a Child Black Cowboy Felt Hat, a sheriff badge, and what was supposed to be an adult black cowboy hat (but was changed to a straw hat because of unavailability) arrived in the form of a Shark Hat.


I’m kind of at a loss as to what to do with these except throw them in a “dress-up box”.  I sure wish the order had been accurate and they had arrived by Halloween!  Needless to say, I am not 100% impressed with this company, and I can’t really recommend them, but as far as the quality of the items goes, for the cost of the products, you are probably getting a good deal.  Most of these items are around $5, which makes it easy to put together an ensemble of costume accessories on a budget.


The shark hat is a little scratchy, even though the fabric looks plush.  The cap is wide enough for an adult head, while still being a little shallow, making it difficult to stay on, especially with the weight of the dangling tail behind.

The cowboy hat is sturdy and doesn’t wilt or bend easily, which makes it a great costume hat for kids.  I think it will hold its shape well, and the Sheriff Badge will be a fun dress-up item.  I like that it doesn’t have a sharp pin on the back, but rather, a clip that can work on t-shirts and square pockets.


If you’d like to order from Private Island Party, I do suggest placing your order 3 months ahead of time to ensure they arrive by the date you need.  To accommodate for potential inaccurate orders and time to ship back for replacements, perhaps ordering 6 months early would be wise.

Still, their inventory is impressive and surely you will find just what you’re looking for among what looks like hundreds and hundreds of fun props and costume pieces!

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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.

Fore!! Axel & Hudson {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Today’s giveaway is for a company that makes golf-inspired clothes. The closest I’ve ever come to golfing is miniature golfing, but I’ll come closer if it means I get to dress my kids like this all the time!


Fore!! Axel & Hudson is an adorable kids line geared toward golfers and future golfers.  Designer and golf-addict Paul Nguyen spent 14 years in the fashion world, creating his own line after his two kids were born.  Fore!! Axel & Hudson is his Boys line and was named after his son, Hudson, and Tiger Woods’ son’s middle name, Axel. His Girls line, Fore N’ Birdie, was inspired by his daughter, Isabella. Most pieces in his collection are crafted from ultra-soft and sustainable bamboo/spandex. ALL the pieces in his collection are adorable, and I had trouble picking just one thing from each line to review! See what I mean?


I finally settled on the Long Sleeve Melange Terry Top for my 2-year-old, “Sunny.” This top is from the Fore N’ Birdie collection. The details on this shirt are endless. From the ribbed sleeves to the layover lace on the front and back of the shirt to the birdie (get it?) on the bottom of the shirt, it’s beautifully crafted.  I love the curved shape, and the fabric is thick, making it ideal for cold, outside weather, but is still soft and a bit stretchy. The top is a 3T and is a bit big on her still, but she’s in-between sizes, so I’d say their clothes run true to size. 

shirt collage

The thing that originally attracted me to Fore’s line was their collection of hats. From fedoras to newsboy caps to porkpies to drivers caps, they have it all, and they’re all stylish!
hats I chose to review the Houndstooth Fedora for my son, “Ralph.” When I opened the box, it had this adorable bow on it, and I thought, “Oh no, they sent me the wrong one. This is the girl’s version.” But, it turns out they have made it versatile; the bow is a clip that can be removed to make it a masculine hat! So smart, right?
hat The hat is well made, and again comes down to the details. It is sturdy, cleanly sewn and is lined with a red, white and blue check print. And look how classy he looks in this awesome hat!

hat collage

Fore!! Axel & Hudson and Fore N’ Birdie’s lines can be purchased online and at select children’s boutiques throughout the nation (click here for a list of stores).  And right now, Dandy Giveaway and Fore!! have combined to offer TWO readers the chance to win your choice of any hat from Fore!! Axel & Hudson.

Enter to Win an Adorable Kids Hat!

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

** The winners of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of October 21st, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winners do not respond within 48 hours, new winners will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Fore!! Axel & Hudson, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Stonzwear {Review}

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After a week of sunny weather with temperatures in the 70s, we’re back down again to the rainy spring days with highs in the 60s.  As much as we love playing in flip flops and shorts, there’s nothing more that my little boy loves to do than pull out his Kidorable umbrella (that we actually won right here on Dandy Giveaway a couple years ago!) and his rain boots to go play in the rain.  While his umbrella is still going strong, his rain boots are too small and have gone into storage for his little brother to grow into.  These new rain boots came just in time for our rainy weekend!

mainStonzwear offers some great choices for rain boots, liners, booties, hats, and mitts for this rainy (or snowy, for some of you!) spring weather, and the durability of these products are top-notch!


These Stonz Rain Bootz are made of 100% natural rubber and come in four different sets of colors:  blue/black, yellow/black, pink/black, and gray/black.


For those especially cold days, Stonz also offers Rain Boot Linerz that can be worn flipped down for cute style or up for additional warmth.  These velour fleece rain boot liners fit in almost any rain boot (tall and short) and are available for both toddlers and children.


These Stonz Baby Booties for infants and toddlers, though, are just so stinkin’ adorable!  On top of that, they’re incredibly practical since they can be worn over the top of sleepers to keep them as warm as possible.


For children aged newborn to 2.5 years, the durable coated nylon upper provides wind and water-resistance while the fleece lining provides warmth and comfort.  Two adjustable toggles at calf and ankle provide custom fit and ensure Booties stay on!  And, my favorite, they can be machine washed and dried, inside out on delicate cycle.


These reversible Stonz Hatz are like two hats in one, along with a Velcro closure that ensure the hat will stay on while also keeping little ears warm inside.


And, the Infant/Toddler Mittz include two adjustable toggles ensure they stay on and keep the cold out!  The extra-long wrists are designed to go over outerwear, and there is no thumb for ease of use.

If you’re looking for some great outerwear to get through these last few weeks of winter-like weather and rainy spring days or are looking ahead for some innovative products for next year, take a look at Stonzwear!

And, Stonzwear is offering Dandy readers a special coupon code:  Buy a pair of Rain Bootz and Rain Bootz Linerz, and save $10!  Code: Rain10 / Expires: Midnight, April 30, 2013

**This post was sponsored by Stonzwear, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Baby Wingz {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’ve been having way too much fun dressing up the baby for photoshoots lately :).  I know he will only let me for so long before he has a definite opinion of his own about what he will and won’t wear, but in the meantime, I’ll take advantage of it while I can!  I’ve found a darling shop called Baby Wingz that carries baby accessories that I think you’ll love if you have a baby in your life (or one on the way!).

Pictures3-005 (1)Get a load of these simply adorable baby socks! Untitled-1

I probably should have picked out something a little more masculine or slightly more subtle, but as soon as I saw these crazy star socks, I knew I couldn’t go back!  There’s something so Rainbow Bright about them!  And seeing as the baby goes around in just socks 24/7, they might as well be adorable and they make everyone smile who sees them!  My favorite feature is the grippy bottoms.  Perfect for this little guy who things he needs to be walking.


Baby Wingz also carries some stinkin adorable baby hats!  For boys too!


And I know you probably already think I’m crazy for hoarding baby girl things, but I just couldn’t pass up a little baby pink bracelet!  Ohh, cute, right?  Baby Wingz’s baby bracelets are so sweet and simple, and are each $7-8.


Precious right?  Besides these baby-perfect items, Baby Wingz also carries baby shoes and flower headbands, and I just noticed on their website the upcoming addition of R2C Couture!  I’m sure its going to be awesome, since it looks like they will be carrying accessories, necklaces, bracelets, and apparel!  I know I’ll be checking back frequently to check out the new items.

Well, lucky readers, TWO winners can each pick out TWO items from Baby Wingz!!  That makes four happy people–mommies and their babies!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Friday, March 1st 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 Baby Wingz, but all opinions are strictly my own

{Giveaway} The Ribbon Retreat ***ENDED***

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Alright so I do have a craft/sewing room.  In fact I have an entire room in my home dedicated to this space.  Is it organized?  Probably not very well.  Ok it’s a disaster most of the time, but at least I know where everything is!  Kind of.  :)    As we start to need use of that room in our house (as a guest room) then we will be adding some space in the basement for my craft room.  That’s the plan anyway.  If you have any suggestions on how to finish a basement please let me know, because I need a craft room!  :)   Yep it’s a necessity that I cannot live without.  I’m always on the lookout for the perfect crafting items to add to my supply.  But who really has the time to shop for crafting supplies in an actual store?  Not me.  That makes The Ribbon Retreat is my new best friend!  Care to take a look at some of the items they carry that I’m also in need of more of?  Who am I kidding???  I’m always in need of more of everything!  🙂

The Ribbon Retreat has materials perfect for making a ribbon bow

Wired Ribbon:


And loads of other ribbon as well!

There’s also a huge variety of Ric Rac.  So many sizes and colors to choose from!

Can I just tell you that before the holidays last year I decided to make an advent calendar?  I hunted and hunted for the perfect Ric Rac and never found any that was perfect for my project.  How I wish that I had known about The Ribbon Retreat then!

Also at The Ribbon Retreat there’s more items that everyone is looking for…  like:

How about a way cute tutu?


 Or an adorable Newsboy Hat?


There’s even my personal favorite… FABRIC!

Here’s a few of the fabric selections from a collection titled ‘Just Dandy’:

I see a really dandy quilt in my future!  🙂

Basically if you are looking for it then The Ribbon Retreat has it!  And what’s being given away this week from The Ribbon Retreat?  A $25 gift certificate that’s what!  Thanks The Ribbon Retreat for such a dandy giveaway!  🙂

*** This giveaway is open to entries worldwide!***

There are 7 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 7 chances then leave 7 separate comments**

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

(2): Go to The Ribbon Retreat, have a look around, and then tell us something that you need in your crafting space! (ex: “Dandy Smith = I really need some of that ‘Just Dandy’ fabric.  Okay I need the entire line of it!)

(3): Tell people how much you love Dandy Giveaway by blogging this exact statement:  “Are you looking for the best giveaway ever?  Then you really don’t want to miss out on all that is Dandy Giveaway!”  :)  (ex: “Dandy Smith= blogged”)

(4): Like The Ribbon Retreat on Facebook or if you already do. (ex: “Dandy Smith= like”)

(5): Follow The Ribbon Retreat on Twitter and then tweet about this giveaway. (ex: “Dandy Smith= twitter and tweet”)

(6): Change your status on Facebook to mention this giveaway. (ex: “Dandy Smith= Facebook status”)

(7): Place The Ribbon Retreat Blog button on your own blog.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= blog button”)

***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! This giveaway will be open for entries the entire week and end on Sunday, July 3rd at 5 pm CST. Be sure and check back on Monday, July 4th to see if you won, so you can claim your prize! ***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won!

Marili Jean ***ENDED***

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I wish that I could say that my toddler loves to wear hats (in the plural), but sadly he loves to wear one particular hat. A cloth leprechaun top hat from St. Patty’s Day 2009. He even elected to wear it this year not on the everything green holiday, but rather the day before! It’s amazing the things that we allow our children to be seen in public wearing in order to avoid the major catastrophe that would result from trying to leave the item at home. Now if I had a little girl then I know that she would just love to wear a hat from Marili Jean! What little girl wouldn’t want to wear a hat that looks like this:
Seriously if I could pull this Diva Bucket Hat then I totally would. 🙂

Or how about this one?

The Mini Diva Hat has an interchangeable flower barrette. Too adorable!!!

Have you noticed the great photography? Many of the hats at Marili Jean are stunningly displayed in photographs from Kelly Anderson Designs. Love it!

Marili Jean even has stylish and fun hats for the older little girls!

There are also the CUTEST Newsboy Hats at Marili Jean for girls:

And boys

Maybe I can hide the leprechaun hat for just a little while! 🙂

I truly just love how the hats at Marili Jean have this classic sense of style.

Like this Floppy Hat…also interchangeable!

See what I mean? Soooo classic looking!

And I just absolutely love the look of this Sun Hat:

Yep there are just so many fun and stylish hats to be found at Marili Jean! Another thing that I love about Marili Jean is their giving nature. From now until May, Marili Jean is giving 10% of all their website sales to the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation. That’s awesome! Thank you Marili Jean for helping to make a difference in the lives of so many sick children.

Ready to find out what the winner is going to win? 🙂 Well, one lucky winner will be receiving a $20 gift certificate to Marili Jean. Now that is fabulous!

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

There are 6 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 6 chances then leave 6 separate comments**

Entry #1: Leave your name or email address in a comment.
Comment example, Dandy Smith

Entry #2: Become a follower of the Dandy Giveaway blog in the sidebar or if you are already a follower.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= blog follower

Entry #3: Tell anyone about this Marili Jean giveaway and then tell us how you told them!
Comment example, Dandy Smith=emailed and blogged about the giveaway

Entry #4: Become a fan of Marili Jean on Facebook or if you are already a fan there.
Comment example, Dandy Smith=fan on Facebook

Entry #5: Go to Marili Jean and then tell us your favorite hat.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= I do love all the little girl ones, but since I have a boy I think I like the “Little Skater” Newsboy Hat.

Entry #6: Follow Marili Jean on Twitter or if you already follow there.
Comment example, Dandy Smith= Marili Jean on Twitter

This giveaway will end tonight at 11:30pm EST. Be sure and check back tomorrow to see if you won!


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