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Doubly Dandy Day

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Today is a doubly important kind of day.  One that definitely goes down as being doubly dandy.  Definitely dandy.  First, it’s Sunday, May 11, 2014.  Mother’s Day.  I have a very dandy mom.  Here we are when I was just a wee babe:

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Isn’t that 70’s sofa and pillow awesome?  Yeah they certainly don’t make them like they use to.

I’m so lucky to have this lady as my mom.  She has been a constant in my life.  Bottom line… Everything that I am I learned from her.  Although I didn’t retain all of the information.  I could only wish to be half as good of a mom as she is.  I try, but know that she’s really top notch.  I love her eternal.

Alright.  Ready for the second reason this day is doubly dandy?  At this fountain 12 years ago this guy asked this girl to be his bride:

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My answer is still the best decision that I have ever made.  Hands down.  He’s the greatest husband a girl could ask for and the best father.  I love him eternal.

 

P.S.  Does anyone know of any good photographers in the Springfield, IL area?  That’s where the fountain is and it would be wonderful to have an updated family picture taken in front of it one of these days.  This particular one is over 5 years old… As I’m sure you can tell, because Banjo is just a baby in it!  Where has the time seriously gone???  *sigh*

P.P.S.  Remind me to share with you the engagement story one of these days.  It’s quite the doozie. 

Lug Life Bags {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Welcome to MamaNYC‘s 3rd annual mamaLOVE giveaway hop!  Its time to celebrate all the miracle moms in our lives and win some prizes that moms would especially love.  This event runs from May 1-14, and you can find the grand prize of a Mother’s Day gift basket and a pendant necklace over at mamaNYC.

mamalove-2014-banner_zps7a2711e4As I was approaching motherhood with my first baby in my belly, I decided I would never tote around a big ugly diaper bag, or atleast anything that reminded me of a diaper bag.  I would only own chic, fashionable, trendy handbags that would happen to have extra diapers and sippy cups inside.  Two kids down, and I am singing quite a different tune.  If I’m going to be carrying any bag around that is enduring spit-up accidents, sippy cup spills, snack cracker crumbs, and filled with every toy we own, its most certainly going to have a lot of features that those supposedly trendy bags don’t have, without sacrificing style or personality.

Lug-LogoLug Life bags!  Have you heard of them?  These bags are winning awards and showing up in all sorts of magazines like Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and Family Circle.  See, LUG’s products aren’t just for the mom.  They are for everyone who uses everyday things from laptop cases to lunch totes, wallets, beach totes, gym bags, school backpacks, and clever travel gear.

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Since babies and kids are going to be playing a prime role in my life for at least the next decade, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this Tuk Tuk Carry All Bag, which is sold for $113 and categorized under the “Diaper Bag” section, but really, like the title suggests, it can be used for anything and everything.

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This bag (and all LUG bags) have unrivaled organizational features!  No one should have to carry around a ‘pit’–you know, a catch-all that you have to dive into and rummage around in order to find anything.  With this bag, everything you could think to bring has a place and a space.

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The Tuk Tuk comes in TEN vibrant colors…

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…as well as several Orchard Print colors, like the one I reviewed. orchard

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Wouldn’t you love to win one?!

Enter to below to win this Tuk Tuk Carry All Bag ($113) in your choice of print/color!

 

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*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 15th 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.  

What to Buy Mom for Mother’s Day at Brylane Home {Review}

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I’ve always thought Mother’s Day was so perfectly timed with the arrival of spring, when flowers are at their best, everyone is in a good mood, and spring-cleaning is on many minds.  At this time of the year, I’m usually in the mood for a big DIY home improvement project and a big, new change.  Projects and change usually involve some shopping and a few big purchases, and Brylane Home is a great place to start if you’re looking to twist your man’s arm into a fresh, new Spring look (inside or out) in the name of getting something new for Mother’s Day!

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You can find thousands and thousands of items that mothers will love at Brylane Home, from kitchen appliances to new bedding sets, and here are some fabulous ideas for you, your wife, or your mom for Mother’s Day!

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Now, the popular thing here in Boston seems to be hard wood floors throughout entire apartments everywhere.  This makes for beautiful spaces, but everything feels a little cold and hard, especially for crawling babies, so finding good rugs and mats is a must.  I was sent this Sunset Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug to review, and it is perfect for our current space!

rugSo here’s why I love Indoor/Outdoor rugs.  They are very very durable and they hold up better to stains and fading.  They might be a little rougher on bare feet, but sometimes durability comes before appearance when you live with little kids.  Though it is intended for a patio, for now, its chillin in our kitchen.

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All you need to clean this beauty is a little mild detergent, and vacuum regularly to maintain it.  You could even take it outside and rinse it off with a hose and let it dry on your porch.  Naturally, reducing exposure to rain and moisture will prolong the life of the rug, so I’m happy to keep this indoors for good.

rug1I really love the colors and the modern stripes!  The tans and reds really warm up the room without being too loud and obnoxious.  Earth tones are great for any space.  This will be fantastic for keeping the (rental) wood floor well-maintained while toys are still being chucked across the room.

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Would I love this rug for Mother’s Day?  Absolutely.  In fact, I’ll call this my Mother’s Day gift this year.  Thanks so much, Brylane Home!

Check out all the other useful (and very affordable) Mother’s Day gifts at Brylane Home and follow along to keep up on new items and coupons!

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Gloveables by Flirty Aprons {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I think I’ve already mentioned how my happiness is directly proportional to the cleanliness of my kitchen.  The kitchen is the central location of the house.  Its where the family gathers to eat three times a day (or more), where mom spends half her day getting said meals prepared, where the kids dump their stuff, where kids ask for help on their homework, where life happens!
So of course, if clutter reigns, people are stepping in crumbs, and a clean dish is scarce to be found, naturally, the mood dampens.  I, for one, cannot feel my best in a dirty kitchen.  One that shines is the one I want to spend time in.  And a pair of Gloveables from Flirty Aprons is what I want to be wearing while I’m shining it 🙂
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If you’re not a rubber-glove-wearer, thinking that they are unnecessary, too inhibiting, ill-fitting, and unflattering, wait to you see these Gloves and Oven Mitts from Flirty Aprons and give them a chance.
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These are SO cute!  They do scream feminine, however, so don’t expect your hubby to try them on for a moment, but maybe you don’t like sharing your rubber gloves in the first place 🙂 The fit is perfect, and just right for delicate woman hands.  They don’t feel monstrous like man gardening gloves, but rather like a nice pair of winter leather gloves–roomy, but not awkward.  The fit is so important when you’re handling breakable dishes and reaching hard to get places in the bathroom.
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My manicure is saved, my kitchen is clean, and I feel like a movie star!  I picked out the red gingham pair because my kitchen is diner red, and the gingham is just so country happy and friendly.  They’re so cute, I don’t mind hanging them up where guests can see them.
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And if you’ve ever walked around in a Utah mall, you’ve probably already seen the splendidly adorable Women’s Aprons from Flirty Aprons!  And if you’re like me, I’m sure you have more than a dozen favorites and would throw a dinner party every weekend if it meant getting to wear one in front of guests.
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Go look up the super darling aprons, especially if you’re doing some Mother’s Day shopping for yourself!

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Check out all the cute, cute, cute Gloves and Oven Mitts


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And excited about today’s giveaway prize because one lucky winner is going to receive their own pair of Gloveables!


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Color Me Monthly {Review}

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Sometimes I have a hard time branching out and trying new trends.  I took an honest inventory of my closet and realized I don’t own anything purple or orange, and nearly everything I’ve sewn for myself this year was a shade of blue.  I tend to get stuck in a style rut, or refuse to accept that something new might look good on me.  You probably know people like this–an older relative or friend still stuck in hairstyles and clothes of the 80s’, convinced that this style or color still looks great on them, so why fix it?  I probably should put myself in this category more often than not.

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Take nailpolish.  If I were to go pick out a new bottle of polish every month, I would probably gravitate towards the pinks, corals, and creams every time.  Instead of going out on a limb once in a while, I would probably stick to something safe and familiar.  But where’s the fun in that?thumb.php

Color Me Monthly puts the fun back into your nail polish collection and takes out the selection-stress and shopping!  Sign up for a $7 subscription, and get a new, hand-picked and fashion forward color every month!  This month was a beautiful blue, called “Clear Skies Ahead”.  This color is so perfect for SPRING!!  I am really impressed with this polish.  After two coats, the color was thick and deep.  I only added one layer of top coat, and not a single chip or scratch for FOUR days now.  Very impressive!

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I LOVE the idea of not having to research what colors are in this month, and having something hand-picked show up at my door.  I also like being able to trust that I will be receiving something eco-friendly, made in the USA, and not a cheapy store brand.  This is high quality nail polish!  I imagine buying a bottle of this caliber on its own would be $10 or more, plus the time and effort to choose and buy it at a retailer.

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And hey, what a sweet gift for your mom for Mother’s Day!  If she loves doing her nails, a thoughtful bottle in the mail every month would remind her who her favorite daughter is every time she looks at her nails all year long :).  Thank you, Color Me Monthly!

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Anjolee {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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A gal cannot own too many pairs of earrings.  Especially if they sparkle!  Like these beauties:

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Those gorgeous gems are from Anjolee and will actually be given away right here on Dandy Giveaway!  But first…

Anjolee diamonds, diamonds, diamonds, and so many stunning pieces to choose from!

Hoop Earrings:

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Bridal Sets:

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And now for the giveaway!!!  One very lucky winner is going to receive:

A pair of 3 stone cubic zirconia/silver hoop earrings from Anjolee!

(Enter on Rafflecopter below)  

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of  May 6 and will be 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 Anjolee, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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Chocolates by Genevie {Review}

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I’ve recently decided that my favorite snack to eat in the afternoon is a grapefruit — not necessarily because it’s something that I love to eat or because I crave it, but because neither of my boys ask to share with me!  The tartness isn’t appealing to them, so they glance over and see that have a grapefruit and then go straight back to what they were doing.

Without. saying. a. word.

It’s the little things when you’re a mom…

Chocolates, though, are quite the opposite!  It doesn’t matter if they’re playing with friends, watching a movie, enjoying their new coloring books from Grandma (thank you!), or even eating a popsicle — they’ll dart over to me when they even sense that chocolate is out.  You can imagine that I’ve become quite the closet-chocolate-eater to avoid having to share or justify why mom can have chocolate just before dinner but the boys can’t.

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“…Chocolate by Genevie [creates] the finest artisan chocolates that make the ideal luxury gift for the people you love. Only the finest chocolates are selected for our collection and all boxes are packaged exquisitely and delivered 1st Class Royal Mail to the UK.”

“Our collection includes chocolates from the finest European Chocolatiers who excel in the art of chocolate; we regularly test new Chocolatiers work for quality and only  truly outstanding chocolates are selected for our boxes.  We are a small family business dedicated to sourcing and supplying chocolate that is second to none. Disappointed with the quality and direction of most UK chocolatiers we tirelessly searched and tested chocolates from across Europe to bring you an exceptional collection of artisan chocolates that are the culmination of Europe’s greatest chocolatiers.

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“Our signature is reflected in chocolates that have high cocoa content with less sugar, consisting of only premium ingredients. If you’re looking for cheap ultra sugary chocolates made with cost cutting ingredients then our products are not for you.”

These chocolates are incredibly rich, and they include an amazing variety of flavors to pique your tastebuds!  My box included Champagne Truffle, Nougat, Dark Orange, Advokaat and Pistachio, Arabica Truffle, Cointreau, Milk Truffle, Coconut and Pineapple, Coffee Praline, Marzipan, Dark Truffle, and White Truffle.

Do you know a mom who needs some chocolate, whether she eats them out in the open or in the dark of her pantry?  Chocolates by Genevie is a great gift that is sure to please!

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Dear Mr. Gable {Review}

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Time for some shameless self-promotion 🙂 Dandy readers, welcome to my tiny Etsy shop, Dear Mr. Gable.  The name of my shop comes from my favorite classic actress, Judy Garland, and her song “Dear Mr. Gable” that is just so sweet.
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This latest hobby is really more of a trial-run right now, to see if there is still a market for beaded watches.  I’ve wanted one of these for the longest time, and couldn’t find exactly what I wanted in a beaded watch, so I decided to make my own, and loved how they turned out.
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Beaded watches can be so pretty, but they can also be too clunky, scratchy, heavy, and kitschy, in my opinion.  I wanted to make a watch that could be dressed up or down and compliment practically any wardrobe, while still being simple and sophisticated, as well as extremely affordable.
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These watches are being sold for $11.50, and if you’d like a watch done for Mother’s Day, purchase this week and I can guarantee it will be at your door (or your mother’s door) in time!  Choose from either a smooth watch face (on the right) or a dotted watch face (on the left).
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All watches are made with a strong, stretchy jewelry cord, and prepared so as not to stretch out with time, but still allowing you to easily take it on and off your wrist. These are made with a double row of beads, though I can make a watch with a single row if you prefer, and indicate in a message to me.  Here are the colors available:
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Medium 6.5”- 7”
Large 7”- 7.5”
XLarge 7.5″ – 8”
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Mother’s Day gift?
Message me with any questions!  I’d love to send something lovely your way!
–Camille

Design Glassware by Mont Bleu {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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This winter has been a little rough on my nails, and I’ve noticed a little more cracking and breaking than usual.  A sharp nail is practically a weapon, especially with soft baby faces around here, so as soon as I break a nail, I b-line for a nail file.  In my 20-something years, I have only used el-cheapo flimsy, cardboard files you find at dollar stores 10/$1.  Never again.  I’ve stumbled across a diamond of a store called Design Glassware by Mont Bleu, and their jewelry, accessories, and beauty products are going to dazzle you!
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I didn’t even know glass files existed, but I tell you, I am throwing out all my cheap bendable sandpaper files and using these BREATHTAKING glass files from Mont Bleu as long as I live!  I can’t get over this glass nail file with Swarovski crystals!
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Ok, I am overly dramatically squeamish and phobic about dry-on-dry friction, like nails on a chalkboard or Styrofoam on cardboard.  Likewise, the filing of fingernails on something as rough as sandpaper is not an activity I enjoy.  Hate it, actually.  These glass files have a completely different feel, and are twice as effective as a standard file.  They smooth away rough breaks and broken pieces with minimal smooth rubbing back and forth.  The surface feels as if it has a micro-texture that allows for smoother, more thorough, consistent filing.  See broken nail below?  A few seconds and a few glides of the file later, gone.
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These handpainted nail files are only 6,00 €, which is only $7.83 USD!
Not to mention that they are GORGEOUS!!  Have you seen anything so lovely, let alone on a nail file!?  I feel like royalty using something so pretty.  Same goes for all the other dreamy goodies from Mont Bleu.  Check out my compact mirror, which practically looks like a jeweled artifact that should be preserved in a museum:
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This mirror is not cheap in quality.  Mont Bleu’s mirrors consist of two reflecting metal surfaces instead of actual glass so I don’t have to worry about them falling out, cracking, or breaking into sharp pieces in my purse.  One side is standard, while the other is magnifying, and the jewels are stunning!  And just wait, this keeps getting better.  Use tweezers?  Of course you do.  Look at these:
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In addition to being beautifully hand decorated with jewels, the slightly grippy surface on my dazzling Swarovski Eyebrow Teezers make them ergonomic to hold, and the slanted tips are perfectly angled and effectively designed.  If you haven’t yet found something you love, look at my Pen with Swarovski Crystals!  I am SO particular with my pens!!  One year for Christmas, without realizing it, my husband and I BOTH gave each other high-quality pens (and this is weird because who gives pens to their spouse for Christmas?).  We both know how important it is to have nice writing utensils and we get so fed up with crappy ink and cheap supplies!  So you have my honest and experienced opinion that these crystal-adorned pens from Mont Bleu are both beautiful and pleasant to use.  The ink glides, the texture is slick, and the weight is nice and heavy.  Nothing cheap went into making this.
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Mont Bleu has dozens of other dazzling beauty products, including adorned hairbrushes, jewelry, nail scissors, etc. etc. etc.
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Now jump for joy over today’s giveaway prize!  Design Glassware by Mont Bleu is offering a gift card for the amount of 30 USD or 25 Euros, depending on your country of origin.  This giveaway is open to entries WORLDWIDE!  Time to glitz up your purse with some of these beauties!

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Grandway {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Mother’s Day is only 3 weeks away!  If you already have your mother’s gift taken care of, give yourself a high five and a round of applause for staying ahead of the game.  For the rest of us, its crunch time!  Tradition at my house says mom gets bakeware for Mother’s Day.  This year, I’ve been begging and begging for a real set of pots and pans because we’re still using odds and ends and abandoned pieces we’ve collected from old roommates.  No really, its pathetic what I’ve been using for saucepan lids these days.  So it was settled–“Charlie” gets a toolbox for Father’s Day, and I’m getting a dreamy set of cookware.  Mother’s day cannot come fast enough.  Now I’m thinking, since I have this fabulous set of pans coming my way, what would be the perfect addition to my ensemble?  Ooo, how about a darling apron!  And some cute hot pads!  While I’m at it, some flirty rubber gloves!  Courtesy of Grandway, check, check, and check!

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First, let me show you the darling cooking aprons from Grandway:

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My turn!  Do you love my hot apron?!  I’m wearing The Lindy apron – a solid red with leopard details, adorable buttons, adjustable button and loops in the back neck, and extra long ties so that I can tie a bow in the front.  This pocket in the front is huge, but SO useful.  I tried on this apron yesterday morning and have hardly taken it off–especially for our Sunday post-church-scramble to get the house put back together and dinner on the table.  Its just so cute and comfortable!

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I love every single stinkin adorable apron from Grandway!  Putting one of these on is like getting into a darling little dress when its time to bake!

Next, I’d love to showcase Grandway’s Gloveables!

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Since I started really getting down and dirty with the cleaning around here (little boys are SO messy!), I’ve taken rubber gloves more seriously.  I love being able to protect my hands from scalding hot dish water while also protecting my nailpolish from chipping away.  Plus I feel like a rockstar when I’m cleaning the toilet, and who can honestly say that? IMG_3581 copy

These are fantastic!  They easily cover enough of my arm that I don’t have to worry about rolling up my sleeves.  The rubber is thick and the glossy bow makes these almost too sexy for the kitchen.  I can definitely tell that these gloves were designed for women, since my hands fits perfectly (like a glove, haha), but the finger space is still roomy and comfortable.

Now to complete my ensemble, I need a cute oven mitt set to match my apron and gloves!  The buttoned cuff on the mitt is just too much.  I can’t get over the cuteness.

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I’m sure one of these sets would look lovely in your kitchen too!  Don’t these make you feel like baking?!

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Next up, do you ever find yourself hunting down bags to drop off your dry cleaning?  I’ll admit to once dropping mine off in a trash bag over a hanger.  Classy, Camille.  These dry cleaning bags are one of those unnecessary necessities, and oh so pretty!  Whoever is doing your dry cleaning is bound to think you’re a movie star when you drop off your stuff in one of these.

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Ok, to be honest, when I next opened this darling blue box, I wasn’t exactly sure what it was or how to use it, but after trying it out, I totally see the usefulness of it.  These are magnetic key finders.  They consist of some intense little magnets.  Now, I am a culprit of carrying around a “pit”, a giant bag where nothing is organized and I stand at the door searching and searching for my keys among a hundred other things.  With the charm visible outside of your bag, and a magnet on the inside, as you drop your keys in, they cling to the inner magnet and are always there when you need them.  Since the charm is magnetic, you won’t be damaging your nice bag, and you can move it from purse to purse.

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And as if this giveaway couldn’t get any better, let’s add a designer luggage tag to the loot!  These feel so Hollywood to me.  Super glamorous and distinguishable.  There is an insert card for your personal information, a metal plate on the bag, glitzy rhinestone studded (!) strap, and all in such a lovely gift box!  This would be a great gift for your girlfriends who love traveling.

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Ladies, show this post to your man and tell him in a not-so-subtle way that this is exactly what you want for Mother’s Day.  Or hurry and order a set for your mom while you’re waiting to see if you’re the winner because…

TWO lucky ducks are going to win everything you see here!  Yes indeed, your own apron, oven mitt set, pair of Gloveables, dry cleaning bag, magnetic key finder, and designer luggage tag!  Wow!

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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 May 2nd 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 Grandway, but all opinions are strictly my own

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