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Jacks and Roxanne {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.

I really love living in a small town and especially love the sense of community, and I admit that I can get a little over-excited when I think about community workers — there’s just something about the idea of each person having a specific job or role that contributes to helping other people.  I think that the mail service is ingenious, and I’m almost more excited about seeing the garbage/recycle truck each week than my two year old is.  Teachers and police officers are saints, and I love feeling like I’m doing some good by pulling over to the side of the road while the fire engine and ambulance go roaring by.  I’m so grateful for doctors during our well-baby visits and during our sick-baby visits, and I can’t imagine what I would do without our trusty Shell Oil station nearby to change the oil on our vehicles every few months.

I feel this same way about skills and talents, and I know that mine are to teach piano lessons and comma splices.  I love that there are people who like to cook delicious meals, create amazing cakes, clean and organize homes, and sew beautiful creations.  Mostly, though, I love these people because then I can focus on teaching piano lessons and comma splices in exchange for their services.  🙂

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 The creators of Jacks and Roxanne are two of those women who have amazing talents and skills related to sewing and crafting, and their creations are perfect for moms-to-be and young children.

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 My favorite item in their shop is the customizable, hand-painted Maternity Shirt that announces when your baby is due!  Gone are the days of being told that the baby should be coming any day now (when you’re only in your second trimester) or having questioning stares as to if you’re really pregnant or if you just ate a little too much.  These are perfect for maternity pictures, and I love the simplicity of the font that keeps these shirts looking classy.

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After baby comes, this Monthly Onesie Set is the perfect way to see the baby grow each month and to document the changes that take place.  You can choose different colors for the onesies, along with the fabric for the numbers and whether or not you’d like the name included.  These are a great baby shower gift for a friend or family member!

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 Jacks and Roxanne also offers other adorable onesies with appliqued designs, like this Baby Chick Easter Onesie that is perfect for springtime in general!

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They also offer larger sizes with appliqued designs, like this Striped Airplane Toddler T-Shirt with, hands down, the cutest model.  🙂

I know that it’s baby season on my Facebook News Feed right now, and I can imagine it would be about the same for you!  If you’re looking for a fun, personalized gift for someone you know is expecting or are looking for something special for yourself, head over to Jacks and Roxanne!

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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 26th 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 Jacks and Roxanne, 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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