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Virgin Mobile payLo review and giveaway announcement!

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Everyone has a cell phone these days.  Everyone.  It has become a part of our culture and land lines are out.  We are all about convenience.  Being contactable 24 hours a day.  It’s just who we have become.  But what happens when lack of land line becomes a major nightmare???  Now let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here.  For just a moment think about your very first cell phone.  Remember the first time you got your hands on your new, shiny (probably big and bulky) phone?  It was energizing to be able to be contacted whenever and where ever you were.  Then smaller phones and texting rolled out.  Oh be still my heart.  But do you also remember the agonizing nightmare that ensued from owning said phone?  I’m talking contracts.  Overages on minutes.  Okay.  Major overages on minutes to the tune of $400.  Am I the only one who has gotten that bill?  Please say I’m not.  Then there was running low on texts and people just kept on texting and texting and texting you.  And you were/are too polite (or embarrassed) to say, “Please stop texting me so much.  I don’t have  unlimited texts.  It’s sorta costing me a lot of moola.”  See what I mean?  Nightmare.  Solution?  Of course I’ve got one for you…

Virgin Mobile is all about making owning a cell phone a hassle free experience.  Yep.  No more nightmares.  With their payLo service there are no contracts.  For just $40 a month you can get unlimited calls, unlimited texts, and 50MB of web access.  Don’t need unlimited?  There’s also $30 and $20 options!  The phones available from Virgin Mobile are quite fantastic and top notch.  Like this Samsung Montage:

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I’ve decided that it’s the most perfect slider phone!

Just the right size, thin, and perfect for any member of the family!

Did you know that wireless could be so easy?  I first heard about Virgin Mobile from a good friend of mine.  She made the switch a few years back and has loved being a member of the Virgin Mobile cellular community.  After talking with her I was so impressed that my husband and I will be making the switch.  Just as soon as our seemingly never ending contract expires with that other cell company…  One year cannot go by fast enough let me tell you.

Want to win that fabulous Samsung Montage???

Be sure to come back to Dandy Giveaway on

Monday, because you will be able to enter to win it!

 

Along with entering to win 12 other dandy prizes.  🙂  Have a very dandy weekend and I’ll see ya on Monday!

 

*This review and posting was sponsored by Virgin Mobile, but all opinions are strictly my own.

KANDALS Shoes {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Welcome back!  Our family had a fabulous holiday season and enjoyed vacationing, spending time with extended family, and eating delicious food.

You might have noticed in December that we had giveaways and reviews posted at least once a day, sometimes multiple times a day.  We have good news — that’s going to continue!  Be sure to check back on Dandy Giveaway each day for our daily giveaways and/or reviews, and make sure to follow us on Facebook if you aren’t already.

I have been loving my skinny jeans this season, more than I ever imagined that I would, and I’ve especially loved the skinny-jean-and-flats look.  It’s just gotten too cold here to wear flats anymore, though, and I pretty sure that I’ve been wearing my boots more than my husband wears his.  (Remember that he’s an active duty Marine who works four days on and has two days off…)

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I was excited to find these KANDALS shoes as a great alternative to my boots on those cold-but-sunny days.  These shoes are cute and SUPER comfortable — I actually wore them around the house for the first week when it was rainy outside, and I loved the material and the feel.  On top of that, though, there are a few defining pieces that allow KANDALS shoes to stand out against the rest:

KANDALS are a unique line of scented, earth-friendly shoes made in Spain with premium, natural material. The soles of each pair of KANDALS are dyed with a strawberry scent.   Scented?  Yes.  Strawberry?  Yes.  My son asks all day if he can smell my shoes, and he gets a kick out of it every time.  (No pun intended, but pretty funny…)

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 Organic and Comfortable:  Made in Spain from eco-friendly upper and natural rubber outsole.  Double canvas stitching allows the canvas to mold to your feet.

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 Convenient: The outsole is also very flexible allowing you to walk with comfort and easily fold the shoes so they can be slipped into a purse or athletic bag without hassle.

Eco_Womens_Classic_Shoes_Red_FrontSustainable: For every pair of KANDALS sold, a tree will be planted to aid in deforested areas of lower income countries.  Last month, thanks to our customers, we’ve donated to Trees for the Future to plant 500 trees in Ethiopia.  

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 Here’s one of my favorite parts, though — they have a special price for college students!  My husband and I were full-time college students for two years, and I know that I always appreciated the school discounts that were given in our small college town.  Read on for some information straight from their website:

“College is awesome. But as great as it can be, we always run out of cash to buy more shoes, clothing, beauty products, etc. Our KANDALS team comprises both currently enrolled college students and recent grads. We created KANDALS shoes to cater towards college students both in style and customer service.

Seeing that tight budget is always a concern for us and our fellow classmates, we created an exclusive student pricing. All you will need is a college “edu” account to be eligible and we will send you the discount code to your student email. You can sign-up on the left section of this page with your “edu” email address.”

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And, I just got texting a couple of months ago (yes, really…), so I now can appreciate (and partake of) the amazing idea of customer service through texting:

“Our customer service is primarily through text messaging. Why wait in line for someone over the phone when you can just text and get a response from us throughout the day? You can hit us up with any question whether you’re in class, the library, at home or while shopping online. We’ll text you back as soon as we can.”

Head on over to the KANDALS website, take a look at the cute styles in their LOOKBOOK, then come back and enter 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, January 12th 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 KANDALS, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Heaven Changes Everything by Todd and Sonja Burpo {Book Review}

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Last summer, I was at my in-laws’ house and found myself kid-less thanks to my amazing teenage nieces and nephews who swept away my boys to play outside in the backyard for hours.  I was thumbing through a magazine when my mother-in-law recommended a book to me that was recommended to her by her mother-in-law: Heaven is for Real.  I finished the book almost in one sitting, and (while always the skeptic) was drawn to the story and the accounts by this sweet boy who was the same age as my own son at the time.

When I saw that the companion book to this one was available for review, I jumped at the opportunity.  Heaven Changes Everything is a devotional reader written in short chapters with excerpts from the first book, scriptures from the NIV Bible, and questions to extend your thinking past the chapter.  Both Todd and Sonja Burpo write from their own perspectives with clear titles correlating with the content of that chapter.

While I chose to read the book straight through (again in one sitting), I could easily see this work as a daily reader with inspiring ideas and questions to lead your thinking through the day.  The writing style is easy to follow and includes lots of real-life experiences, which was one reason I think I especially enjoyed reading the chapters written by Sonja.  Heaven Changes Everything almost reminds me of sitting down with a group of friends in a book club to discuss the first book together.  Although a companion book to Heaven is For Real, though, I didn’t find it necessary to have read the first book before reading this one.

**BookSneeze® provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, but all opinions are my own.

Paper Culture is more than just baby announcements. {Review}

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Remember those super cute baby announcements I shared with you clear back when Ruby was just a wee one?  We selected to have her birth announced on this card design:

We opted to use  this image of our darling on it:

By far they are the bestest baby announcements I have ever sent out!  (Thanks again Paper Culture, by the way.)  But…  Did you know that Paper Culture doesn’t just do announcements for baby?  It’s true.  Oh so very true.  Think holiday cards.  Gorgeous holiday cards.

Holiday cards like these:

 

This year Paper Culture gave us these holiday cards to send out to our friends and family:

The colors of the photo come out amazing.  The quality of the paper is amazing.  The back of the card is even amazing looking!  Paper Culture thinks of everything.  Thanks again Paper Culture for adding the special touches that make our cards wonderful!

 

*This review and posting was sponsored by Paper Culture, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Ravensburger {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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One of my favorite things about being in the military is meeting new people and having lots of new experiences.  We had an amazing Thanksgiving this past week with a great group of friends from all over the country — we’re from the West coast, another family was from the South, and yet another from New England.  Our spread included a pretty good variety of sides to go with the delicious turkey.

When we woke up this morning, though, it felt like the Christmas season had arrived!  We put up and decorated the Christmas tree, my boys looked through a bunch of our Christmas books, and I pulled out all of recipes for holiday baking.  I love this time of year!

One of my favorite traditions from my family is doing puzzles — specifically one holiday puzzle that we leave out all throughout December and work on here or there.  I was searching online for some new puzzles for our family this year and was ecstatic to come across the Ravensburger website!

Ravensburger has an amazing variety of games, puzzles, and activities for all ages, from the WOW toys Camille featured a few weeks ago to 3D puzzles of well-known landmarks.  Here are some of my favorite items from their website:

Great family games like FITS games for ages 8-99

Activities like this Mandela Designer that definitely would have made it on my wish list when I was younger!

The Ravensburger Photo Puzzle can be personalized with your own photos and can be made into a puzzle with anywhere from 100 to 1000 pieces!

My son is enthralled with anything related to geography, and this Children’s Globe Puzzleball is something I’ve been eyeing since I spotted it a few weeks ago.  They have other puzzleballs for all ages, along with other 3D puzzles.

My favorite item, though, is this Night Before Christmas Floor Puzzle with 32 large pieces that is perfect for both of my boys to play with right now; I love to see them discover this tradition that has been in my family since I was their ages.  :)  The pieces are sturdy and can withstand anything from my two young, active boys — I also liked that this puzzle is shaped to provide a bit of a challenge for my older son.

Head on over to Ravensburger to check out the fun items they offer — I loved everything I saw and will definitely keep them in mind as I shop for Christmas now and for birthdays and other celebrations throughout the year.

Ravensburger is giving away one of these Night Before Christmas Floor Puzzles to one of our Dandy readers!

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**The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the morning of Monday, December 3rd 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 Ravensburger, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Cabot Cheese {Review}

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One thing you have to know about my husband: he loves cheese.  LOVES it.  He finds ways to put it on almost everything that he eats, and there’s never “too much cheese” for him.  His family always asks him to make griled cheese when we visit them because they say he makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches.  He believes that cheese has healing powers — he really tells people to eat cheese when they’re sick, and he definitely follows that advice.

So, you can only imagine his excitement when a box of cheese showed up on our doorstep from Cabot!  Yes, a box of cheese was literally sent in the mail — I didn’t know it was possible, either!  (In a special styrofoam box with refrigerants, in case you were wondering.)

We pulled out four different kinds of cheeses (Sharp Light Cheddar, Seriously Sharp Cheddar, Extra Sharp Cheddar, and Chipotle) and were excited to have our own little sampling party.  As much as my husband loves cheese, I’m generally of the “whatever-is-cheapest-with-or-without-a-coupon” crowd and stick mostly with mozzarella and a Mexican blend; it’s fun to try out the different kinds of cheddar and to have a little bit of a kick with the Chipotle.  I was especially excited about the Chipotle since we usually have everything to have Mexican for dinner; this was an easy way to spice it up or change it around a little bit in an easy way.

Cabot offers a variety of cheeses, but they also have other dairy products that caught my eye — sour cream, cream cheese, whipped cream, butter, dips, and Greek yogurt (a new favorite around here, for both eating and baking!)

Check out Cabot cheese and other dairy products at most grocery stores across the U.S., or be sure to stop their Visitor Center and store next time you’re heading to beautiful Vermont!

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

 

The Snugg {Review}

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I’m not the type to run out and buy the newest item the weekend it comes out – I like to research, read reviews, and find items on sale or (even better) on clearance.  I love the thrill of getting a good deal and feeling like I got a quality product for the best price possible.

Then the Kindle Fire came out.

I don’t know what happened, but I wanted the Kindle Fire under my Christmas tree last year more than anything else.  I loved the idea of reading books, playing games, watching movies, playing on the internet, and checking my e-mail.  But, as a bonus, I wanted to have something to stick in my purse and have ready to keep my boys quiet as needed.

Yes, really.

Well, my practical side won out, and I waited until my birthday in April to get my Kindle Fire (for an amazing deal, I’ll have you know).  When it came, I immediately started playing with it and loved everything about it.  My boys love it, and my husband loves it.  Taking it in my purse as it was, though, wasn’t a very good idea as it stood — I needed a case to make sure that it would stay intact.

The Snugg sent me an amazing case to try for my Kindle Fire, and I love it!  It’s not a large case, so it can easily fit in my purse without feeling bulky or taking up too much room.  It has a great stand on the back so I can watch Downton Abbey from my nightstand while everyone else in the house sleeps.  Yes, really.

 The Snugg also has other innovative cases for your iPad

your tablet

your iPhone

and your iPod Nano

Head on over to The Snugg and take a look around to find something to add to your holiday shopping list — you’ll be happy with anything they have!

*This posting was sponsored by The Snugg, but all opinions are strictly my own.

MerriMysteries.com Murder Mystery Dinner Kits {Review}

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Last Friday night, our home was the scene of a crime.  We had one dead body, ten suspects, delicious food (appetizers, main course, and desserts), and a great time at our murder mystery dinner, courtesy of MerriMysteries.com Murder Mystery Dinner Kits!

I was sent the kit for the Celebrity Celebrations for a party of 8-15 people, and we loved that our characters were celebrities we already knew.  It was easy to dress as the celebrity characters, and we loved that we could watch YouTube videos beforehand to perfect our acting that night.  Here are the characters from that night:

Jimi Hendrix and Marilyn Monroe

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire

Patsy Cline and John Wayne

Judy Garland and Elvis Presley

Janis Joplin

Hostess and Groucho Marx

My husband and I have done a number of murder mystery dinners in the past, but we both agreed that this kit from MerriMysteries.com had clues that flowed well and were easy-to-read if someone chose to read instead of ad-lib.  The clues were easy to follow but still provided enough of a challenge — only one person correctly guessed “whodunit” that night!

I loved that the kit was sent electronically, meaning that I don’t have to find a place to put the kit if we wanted to do this murder mystery dinner again.  Everything was explained well at the beginning, and it really did not take too much time, energy, or money to put the game together.

If you’re looking for a great time with a group of people (up to 100!), I’d suggest starting at MerriMysteries!

*This posting and review were sponsored by MerriMysteries, but all opinions are strictly my own

 

iPad 3!

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Protecting the iPad is a top priority, because the device itself needs protecting.  I for one can’t afford to buy a new iPad anytime soon.  Banjo loves using the iPad and I don’t mind.  He learns a lot from the educational games and that’s fine by me.  Banjo knows that he has to be careful with it and that means keeping it in a case.  Recently I was sent a Blurex leather case for the iPad 3 to review.  Now this is quite the case!  It’s durable, but sleek at the same time.

So it’s not big and bulky like some of those cases out there that are impossible to transport anywhere outside of the house!  With this case you get great protection and a great look in one:

If you have an iPad 3 then you can’t go wrong with a case for it from Blurex.  It’s definitely high quality!  🙂

 

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.

{Review} Some More CSN Goodness

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So I mentioned ealier before that we are getting ready to update my toddler’s room.  The natural place to start is the furniture, right?  So we’ve been been looking for the perfect bed for our little man and I think the platform bed is going to be our best bet.  CSN has over 200 online stores, including BedroomFurniture.com — where we’ll start our search for sure!

And we’ll of course need a nightstand:

And while I’m on CSN, maybe I’ll just shop around a little for myself…

Whatever you’re looking for — if it’s out there, you’ll find it on CSN!

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