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Pink Sparkle Design {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 realized just a couple of days ago that this is the first time I’ve really had the chance to actually prepare for a baby to come!  With my first son, I was working full-time and teaching college classes at night through most of my pregnancy; I went on maternity leave about a month early with the idea of spending those last few weeks to get everything ready to go because we only had a car seat (not installed…) and the crib set up (thank heavens!).  Well, I started maternity leave on a Monday, went in for my weekly appointment on Tuesday where I found out that I was in active labor, and had a baby before the sun came up on Wednesday.  !!

With my second son, we had moved from California to Florida for a five-month training that ended when I was seven months pregnant.  We moved here to North Carolina when I was 33 weeks pregnant, pulled our things out of storage and moved into our house, and didn’t spend all that much time doing much outside of getting essentials ready for the baby, just in case he was planning to arrive early, too.  This time, though, I’ve spent the past week washing and drying baby clothes, setting out blankets and new burp cloths, and getting the nursery ready for a baby to come.  I’ve been able to think more about the little things that I wanted to do or have done, and I’ve been able to work on lots of last-minute projects that I’m sure I won’t have time to do in just a couple of weeks.

One of those things that I’ve wanted to do was have some fun shirts for the boys to wear when we leave the hospital.  My oldest has been so involved in this pregnancy, and he talks all the time about having a new baby brother to love.  While my two-year-old probably is in for the shock of his life, he also walks around carrying the baby’s blanket and rubbing/kissing my belly.  It’s amazing how much more exciting it is to have a baby when you have others in the home who are excited, too!

I’ve been looking for a while for some shirts, and one of the things that I wanted was a “middle brother” shirt.  Are you looking for one, too??  Well, let me save you the time — there aren’t any.  Or, the ones that I found have some weird character that no one knows screen printed on the shirt in the background.  Weird.  And definitely NOT what I had in mind.

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I turned to Etsy to see what would be available there, and I came across Pink Sparkle Designs, which specializes in personalizing anything from shirts to water bottles to sunglasses cases using vinyl!  I hadn’t considered the idea of making my own shirts for my boys, but this was the perfect solution for a non-crafty person such as myself to have a cute personalized product for an incredibly reasonable price.  The heat transfer vinyl is custom made in personalized colors and with custom wording to fit your needs.  I was sent three different vinyl designs:  Big Brother, Middle Brother, and Little Brother

I LOVE THEM!

They’re durable and easily transferred, and the colors are incredibly bright and vivid.  I haven’t washed them yet for fear that I’ll do something wrong and mess everything up, but the instructions from Pink Sparkle Designs are clear and easy to understand.  I can’t wait to have the boys wear the shirts with these heat-transfer vinyl on them, and I’m especially looking forward to the photo shoot we’ll have afterwards.  🙂

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Little Brother, Middle Brother, OR Big Brother DIY Iron On Decal

And if you have a sister in your family:

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Little Sister, Middle Sister, OR Big Sister DIY Iron On Decal

While Pink Sparkle Designs offers vinyl that you can transfer yourself, they also offer ready-made products for an incredibly reasonable price.  Check out these fun ideas:

key chain

Chevron Personalized 2 inch Key Chain

cake

Cake Dessert Carrier Personalized Zebra & Pink

water

Mickey OR Minnie Mouse Kids Water Bottle Personalized

tote

Chevron Large Cooler Tote Personalized

One Dandy reader will win a $25 Gift Card to use at Pink Sparkle Designs!  Enter below to win!

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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 evening of August 24th 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 Pink Sparkle Designs, but all opinions  are  strictly my own. 

Marilyn’s Keepsakes {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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When I was first married, I wanted to stamp my new name on everything.  I wanted monogrammed towels, I wanted a doormat with our last name on it, I wanted new checks immediately!  Who doesn’t love seeing their name stitched in, stamped on, or printed on just about anything?!  Especially when you’re a newlywed!

Marilyn’s Keepsakes specializes in a grand number of beautiful products for weddings and anniversaries, and specifically their personalized gifts!  Here are some of my favorites:

One of the gifts they carry is this attractive Personalized Nantucket Tote.  These totes are made from 100% natural jute and feature two sturdy, grommet leather handles, a top zipper closure, and an interior zippered pocket.  They come in a variety of lovely colors and can be personalized free with your name or monogram!

Marilyn’s Keepsakes sent me my own navy blue tote, and I think it will make a great picnic bag.  I appreciate the flat bottom design so it will stay upright when set on the floor.  I think it is made with great construction, and that it is a perfect size.  The handles are surprising soft on the inside and it feels like it could carry hefty load without a problem.  I’m excited to give it to someone special for Christmas!

Who doesn’t love a personalized gift?  Something that is yours, only yours, and everyone knows it.  By the way, if you are planning a wedding, or planning on getting a rock on your finger for Christmas, you must check out The Best Wedding Blog Ever, brought to you by Marilyn’s Keepsakes.  I can’t get over the post about a shark-inspired wedding!  What?!

You can follow Marilyn’s Keepsakes on Facebook HERE, and follow them on twitter HERE.

Also, you can see some terrific videos on their YouTube channel!  I’m not even close to planning a wedding myself, and I couldn’t keep from watching several of their videos.  I’m loving that DIY paper pennant bunting!

One lucky winner will win their own Personalized Nantucket Tote in your choice of color!

It can be embroidered with your own personalized script monogram or a block name in white, light tan, sage, medium pink, red, navy, brown, or black thread!  What a lovely Christmas gift!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Friday, December 7th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn. *This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Marilyn’s Keepsakes, but all opinions are strictly my own

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