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Cake Lingerie {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Yesterday was the day to end all pregnant days.  I was up all night the night before because I was uncomfortable, I could hardly clean my house or do laundry without feeling pain in my lower back and hips, and I swear that I had to go to the bathroom every half hour throughout the day.  I have had a fairly easy pregnancy so far, but yesterday was my “Welcome-to-the-third-trimester” wake-up call.

And, really, it’s not going to get much easier for several more months!  I’ll continue to get larger and larger and my body will ache more and more, only to have the baby and find that although my body is no longer as heavy as it had once been, my body shape has inevitably changed and will continue to change while we all figure out nursing.  Don’t get me wrong — I love pregnancy and I especially love the end result of welcoming a new baby into the world, but sometimes, this part of womanhood can be difficult to embrace.

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Cake Lingerie brings you delicious fabrics and indulgent details that give you a taste of your individual self. Within the practical world of pregnancy and breastfeeding we find the feminine in you. Although you may be a mother, here you are a woman first.  Feel confident knowing that each item has been innovatively engineered. From our flexible wire bras that mold perfectly to your changing body to technically constructed soft cups and seamless transition bras, each piece is as intricately unique as the different stages of your changing body.”

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review the Toffee Clear Strapless Maternity Bra and Brief Set (which also happened to be last month’s Bra of the Month!) from Cake Lingerie, especially during this time when I’m not feeling especially feminine.  This maternity bra can also be used as a nursing bra, with cleverly hidden straps near the floral additions.  I really love that the fabric on the outside of the bra is a neutral tone that I can wear under light-colored clothing, but that the inside lining is a floral print material.  The bra straps can be worn in three different ways, which is helpful as I never quite know what set-up will feel comfortable from one day to the next.

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In addition to bras and briefs, Cake Lingerie also offers camisoles, robes, shorts, and pants that can be used through pregnancy and maternity months and well into the nursing stages.  I love that these pieces can be mixed and matched to work through all seasons, from the warm summer months when the shorts and camis are enough to cooler fall and winter months where a robe would come in handy.

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1. Choc Vanilla Short

2. Apple Crumble Robe

3. Choc Vanilla Camisole

4. Choc Vanilla Lounge Pant

Head on over to take a look at the number of classy pieces that are available through Cake Lingerie, then come back here and enter to win a Toffee Clear Strapless Maternity Bra!

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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 morning of Wednesday, July 31st, 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 Cake Lingerie, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

Exceptional Sheets {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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A few months ago, I was taking all the sheets and pillowcases off the beds to wash on laundry day, and my four-year-old was outraged!  He wanted everything left where it was and didn’t want to “change” his room.  (Mind you, I was not expecting him to do anything — I was fully aware that I’d be the one stripping, washing, drying, and later remaking his bed!)  That night, after I put on the sheets and pillowcases that smelled amazing and were clean and crisp, I asked him if he loved having fresh sheets as much as I liked having them on my bed.  His reply?  “I hate fresh!”

Since then, almost every night when we crawl into bed, either my husband or I say to the other “I hate fresh!” in memory of that night.  You think it would get old, but for some reason we keep doing it…

I personally love fresh sheets and pillowcases, and I love climbing in to a newly-made bed with cold, crisp, clean linens.  We recently upgraded to a king-size bed and bought all new sheet/comforter sets; I was amazed at all the choices for these sets and had to quickly do some research to find what I wanted and liked.

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I found that the high-end product in the sheets and pillowcases world is Egyptian cotton and the higher the thread count results in smoother and softer fabric — the ideal for any types of linens.  “Exceptional Sheets is a leading website and U.S. veteran owned and operated family business that offers a wide range of luxury bed linens featuring Egyptian cotton bed sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases as well as other products like mattress toppers, goose down comforters, 5-star Egyptian cotton bath robes and towels sets. Exceptional Sheets’ mission is to provide customers with the highest quality Egyptian cotton sheet sets and bed linens in addition to top-notch customer service.”

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Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set

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Terry Cloth Robe Egyptian Cotton

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Towel Set in Egyptian Cotton

Although the prices for these linens are higher than those of sheet sets sold at your local store or even online, Exceptional Sheets owner Paul Saunders explains that some online marketplaces (Amazon, eBay, Overstock, etc.) have vendors who purchase less expensive sets of sheets from a local big box store and then turn around and market them as $300 high thread count Egyptian Cotton Sheets.  “All it takes is a quick replacement of the packaging label or insert,” says Saunders.  Instead of buying in to cheap thrills of luxury linens, Saunders offers bedding shoppers tips on how to minimize their likelihood of falling victim to vendors selling fraudulent Egyptian cotton linens.

1.    Ask the vendor how much a set of their sheets weighs. Thread count is defined as the number of threads per square inch. Thus, higher thread count sheets should be noticeably heavier. For example, 1500 high thread count sheets sets typically weigh 9-11 lbs.

2.    Ask for a quick photo of the product’s tags. If it does not say Egyptian cotton, then it’s probably not Egyptian cotton. Tags and label laws require manufacturers to disclose the materials used in their materials. Fraudulent vendors generally do not take the time to manufacture and include fake tags. They will almost certainly indicate polyester or microfiber.

3.    Call the company to speak with a customer service rep. Most companies selling fake products will not have an established 1-800 customer service number or will not answer if they do. A quick call and a few simple questions will give the prospective buyer a good sense of the seller’s legitimacy.

4.    Demand a ‘No Questions Asked’ return policy. If you buy Egyptian cotton sheets from a reputable seller they will be very confident you will love the product. Likewise, they usually offer some sort of satisfaction guarantee.

5.    Read the reviews, testimonials or ask for a reference. Fake reviews, testimonials, and references are relatively easy to spot and most fake vendors do not take the time, or what to pay for, review software.

6.    You get what you pay for. The age-old proverb rings true again. The import and manufacture of the world’s best cotton is not inexpensive. Pricing should reflect accordingly.

Exceptional Sheets is offering FIVE Exceptional Sheets gift certificates worth $50 each to FIVE of our Dandy readers!

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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 April 19th 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 Exceptional Sheets, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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