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Dandy Holiday

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The weather has turned cold here in the Lou.  Really cold.  Like in the 30’s cold.  I don’t think that I’m ready for this, but I guess snow is pretty dandy???  So…  I gotta look at the positives and outweigh the negatives.  Snow is kinda dandy…  Am I right?  It looks dandy.  The smell of it all fresh as it falls from the sky.  Big fluffy flakes.  I’m making this sound better and better.  More and more dandy.  If I keep up the mantra then I will believe it.  *wink*   We only had flurries the other day.  I’ll be sure to let you all know when the first big snow storm hits.  I’m sure you will be waiting on pins and needles for this announcement.  *wink again*

I’ve always loved how the Brit’s refer to vacations and trips as, “going on holiday”.  Could be my British ancestry speaking, but it’s just more dandy to call it a holiday.  After all holidays are time spend with family and loved ones.  So if you are going on a trip with your family then why shouldn’t you call it a holiday???  Well, last weekend we got out of St. Louis and took an overnight getaway kind of holiday.  We headed west on I-70 a few hours and came very close to entering another state.  That’s a clue as to where we went.  It was great to get out of town and spend time together as a family.  This family adventure was truly a grand time.  In fact we went on a tropical adventure.

We stayed warm by the fire:


We were greeted with warm cookies upon our arrival:



And we spent time in a sauna like atmosphere.  All misty and warm air.  Safe and protected from the outdoor elements.


Just for funs I’ve created a puzzle for you to help “piece” together where exactly we went.  Hey, it’s too cold to go outside these days, so I’m spending a lot of time indoors.  Oh and the pun was definitely intended.  🙂  Enjoy!

Stay tuned for a detailed post on the new blog, Seeing Dandy.  All will be revealed soon.  🙂

*I received a discounted hotel stay and park tickets in exchange for my review, but all opinions are definitely my own.

Over-Shoe Ice and Snow Cleats by Epica {Review}

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Think its too late in the season to be reviewing ice and snow cleats?  Its 17° today.
iceMy sister-in-law and I were able to review these Over-Shoe Ice and Snow Cleats, and just in time for another ice spell to sweep over Boston.  Here I tried on the size M pair, to show you the fit, but Diana’s really the one who tested these out.  Her words below:
“With the terrible winter we’ve experienced, the sidewalks have been covered by ice for months at a time.  I’ve seen many people slip and fall, and have almost fallen multiple times myself.  These cleats are perfect for preventing any further mishaps!  They slide easily over the bottom of your boots and fit very comfortably.  They are snug and won’t fall off.  When walking on dry ground, it feels like walking on regular cleats and it can feel a little wobbly.
When walking on ice, though, I felt completely stable and couldn’t even feel the metal spikes on bottom.  They really do work!  I’m able to make the half-mile walk to the train station for work each morning without having to worry about taking tiny baby-steps to prevent falling.  I never slid once!  They are light and easy to pack around with you.  I almost want more snow and ice so I can keep wearing these around!  Almost 🙂
You can purchase these Over-Shoe Ice and Snow Cleats on Amazon HERE for $18.95 – $24.95, and hurry so you’ll get to try them out during these last few snow storms we’re bound to get!  Yuck!
*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. 

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.


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