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Joovy theBabaSling {Review}

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Remember how I told you there would be an upcoming review from Joovy?  Well, well, well.  Now is the time.  First I have to take you back to the beginning of May…  If you follow us at all on Facebook then you will remember that we were vacationing in WDW at that time.  (Yes, we busted Banjo out of school to hit Disney before the crowds got crazy.)  Joovy sent us theBabaSling before we left on our trip.

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I’ve always liked to do the whole baby wearing thing, so was ecstatic to take it with us on our pre summer vacation.  Plus, theBabaSling is uber chic looking, so I’d be styling.  But then I got to thinking that I wouldn’t use it all that much, because we were after all taking our Joovy Caboose stroller.  Cache would just sleep in the main seat of the stroller, Ruby would sit/stand on the platform, and Banjo would walk.  That was the plan.  And all went according to plan…

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For about half of our first day in the magical world of mouse.

At first all was right in the world.  Baby Cache just road along sleeping, Ruby was more entertained by jumping off of her seat on the “train” and running around before getting back “all aboard”, and Banjo was quite content to walk along with his cousins.  Then EVERYTHING deviated from the plan!

Ruby became a hot mess and didn’t want to ride on the platform any longer.

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She wanted to SLEEP.

Need I remind you that this was our very first day in the most magical kingdom on earth?  And Banjo?  Well, he grew tired of walking.  He grew tired very fast.

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What happened?  Where did we go wrong?  Well, for starters we should have purchased a Joovy Big Caboose Triple stroller before heading Orlando.  That would have been the solution.  However already being in Florida when we made this discovery… We didn’t have that option.  We will definitely know for next time.  But since I had the handy, dandy BabaSling all was right again in the world!

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The hammock style of the sling was perfect for carrying tiny Cache and the  comfort padding… perfect for my bum shoulder.  The shoulder I’ve had surgery on twice and I’m now a candidate for a total shoulder replacement.  What?  I’ve never told you about that before?  Yeah.  Remind me to tell you sometime all about my shoulder problem.  😉

This sling carried Cache all over the parks.

He was able to meet all the characters just like the big kids.

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Can you believe that Stitch actually sports a Dandy Giveaway logo???  😉

TheBabaSling comes in sooooo many beautiful and vibrant colors.

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As you can see from our vacation photos we have it in Scarlet Red.  I can’t tell you how many compliments I received on it while at WDW.  Too many to count.  One stranger just came up to me to say, “That’s a nice looking sling!”  Why, yes.  Yes it is.  🙂

Since Disney I’ve been using the BabaSling all over the place.  Particularly on the 4th of July at the lake.

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It was a long day.  The BabaSling put Cache right to sleep.

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It’s my hero.

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

Holiday Gift Guide (2nd Edition)

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Its Camille’s Dandy Giveaway Holiday Gift Guide!!  Aren’t you glad we’re helping you out this year?!  Below are some of my top favorites from companies I have worked with this year!  I 100% recommend them!  Follow my advice and take care of all your holiday shopping right now!dandygiftguide

FOR THE YOGA-LOVER, the GYM-GOER, OR YOUR BFF:

#1) Affirmats

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A little note of affirmation right at your feet!  Useful, thoughtful, and high-quality.  These charming mats from are made from dark earth eco-pvc blended with biodegradable jute fiber.  I LOVE my yoga mat from Affirmats!  It has a terrific non-slip surface and a cozy comfy texture.  You can find mats with phrases like “I am WONDERfully Made”, “Look How PRETTY You Are”, and “I am Healthy, I am Wealthy, I am LOVE”.

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FOR the GLAM GIRL who LOVES PRETTY and SHINY THINGS:

#2) Design Glassware by Mont Bleu

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Read my full review HERE.

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FOR THE TRAVELER and LOVER OF FINE JEWELRY:

#3 Gentle Jewelry Case

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This lovely little case is exactly what it sounds like.  A zippered pouch with two layers of soft padding that keeps your jewels secure, stationary, and completely enfolded in foam.  Nothing moves or shifts when the case is rotated or dropped, and it works like a charm!  I use this every time I travel now, and my delicate jewelry is slightly compressed and stays right where I leave it.  No shifting, scratching, de-tangling, or losing small pieces anymore!

Read my full review HERE.

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FOR THOSE WHO LOVE NATURAL PRODUCTS:

#4 Alki Organix

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This is such a unique product!  These balms are made completely from 100% natural ingredients.  They contain only natural oils and butters, organic beeswax, organic lecithin, organic witch hazel extract, and/or organic apple cider vinegar.  They are lighter, without being greasy, and they just melt into my skin.  I’ve been using the “Chocolate Orange” scent non-stop for months, and I can’t get enough of it!  These tiny bottles last FOREVER because they don’t contain any water, so the concentrated formula goes a long way.  You can purchase from the online store (http://alkiorganix.com/) or on Amazon.

Read my full review HERE.

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FOR YOUR TODDLER or GRANDCHILD who LOVES THINGS THAT GO:

#5 DVDs from Marshall Publishing

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If you have a little boy or girl who is at all into trucks, fire trucks, monster cars, jets, planes, trains, or moving things in general, these are terrific DVDs for your child’s collection.  They are eye-candy for a busy little mind who love to watch things that go!  The holiday price for this Trucks two-DVD set (with CD) is $14.95, and these are not available in stores.  My boys love the DVDs and they BEG me to play the cd whenever we’re in the car!  Here’s a tip: FREE SHIPPING on your first order when you use the code DG1!
Read my full review HERE.

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FOR YOUR BABY, TODDLER, or ANYONE YOU LOVE TO CUDDLE:

#6 Tumblewalla

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Tumblewalla is a company who strongly stands behind their motto to “help families smile, laugh and have a bit more play-time each day”.  They really stand for something much bigger than just their clothing, which is adorable in every way and the epitome of smiles and jovial play.  Their collections are a festival of colors, and made of the softest 100% premium cotton.  Tumblewalla also donates 5% of their sales to select non-profit organizations dedicated to brightening the lives and futures of children who don’t have the resources or opportunities to play as they should.  Use the coupon code GiveThanks40 for 40% off from Nov 28th to December 2nd!
Read my full review HERE.
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You can also read up on their crowd-funding campaign to support the launch of their spring line, development of resources for caregivers and parents, and fund their non-profit partners.  Backers will also get 1st dibs on their spring line!  More info HERE.

Happy shopping, friends!!  Look forward to next week’s Gift Guide!

EatSmart Travelwiseâ„¢ Packing Cubes {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’m kind of a packing perfectionist when it comes to loading up a suitcase.  I’ve been known to take days/weeks to pack.  I superfluously lay out every outfit, every coordinating accessory, pair of shoes, etc. and analyze over and over again if I’m packing the right outfits, if I’m bringing too much stuff, or if I’m not bringing enough.  Once I have the line-up finalized, I spent an also ridiculous amount of time arranging it all in the suitcase!  I want everything to be folded just so, enveloping the breakables, the leak-ables bagged, and still arranged in a way that maximizes the space available.

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After all this, it usually only takes a day or two of vacation for my bag to look like a complete wreck inside!  Clothes have been tossled, piles of socks strewn, jewelry lost, and I can’t ever find what I need in the moment!  I’ve often thought how some sort of mesh contianer would be something quite useful, and after checking out these Travelwise Packing Cubes from EatSmart, I KNEW that I NEEEEEDED these!

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Check out my video below and see how to use these:

Here are the dimensions:

Small Size 11.5″ x 6.75″ x 3″ (sock and undergarments)
Medium Size 13.75″ x 9.75″ x 3″ (t-shirts and shorts)
Large Size 17.5″ x 12.75″ x 3.25″ (pants and sweatshirts)

These come in a variety of colors: red, black, gray, teal, and purple.

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Enter to win your own set of packing cubes!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Oct 26th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*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.  

Gentle Jewelry Case {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I saw this on Facebook on a particularly pertinent day when we were getting ready to leave town, and it describes us perfectly:
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So true.  I also had been making lists for days and days, pulled out the suitcases two weeks beforehand, and arranged outfits on the floor numerous times before deciding what to pack for a wedding.  One of the worst parts about packing is picking out all the right jewelry to bring.  I can’t take my whole box of bracelets and all my earrings, but what if the ones I bring just aren’t right with the outfits I brought?  I start picking out favorites, but soon I have way too many and even more than one watch seems superfluous.  And then how do I PACK it all right!!  I hate finding the right box or pouch and I really hate when things get tangled inside.  I have a fear of my pearl earrings getting scratching, so I wrap them in fabric scraps and then my jewelry bag gets stuffed and lumpy.  I need to change my system.
site-logoEnter Gentle Jewelry Case.  Problems solved.  This lovely little case is exactly what it sounds like.  A zippered pouch with two layers of soft padding that keep your jewels secure, stationary, and completely enfolded in foam.  Nothing moves or shifts when the case is rotated or dropped.
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The idea is so simple, and it works like a charm!  My delicate jewelry is slightly compressed and stays right where I leave it.  No shifting, scratching, de-tangling, or losing small pieces anymore!  Angry thoughts about one of my favorite necklace chains getting kinked during travel used to come to mind when I thought about traveling with jewelry, but now those thoughts are behind me :)  Gentle jewelry case so generously sent me three of their designer cases!  Zebra ($34.95), Pink ($34.95), and classic Black Nylon ($24.95).
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The foam is plush and thick, and I have full confidence in it protecting any jewels or trinkets.  I’m thinking of using one exclusively for travel, and another for storing all my brooches.  I don’t currently have a good storing system, and my vintage pins have been in an open shoebox.  I feel much better about this arrangement.
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This zebra print is so fun!  It has a great grainy texture to the outside, and it doesn’t even look like a jewelry case.  These cases are made from nylon and measure 10″ by 7″, which allows for quite a bit of storage.  I’m thinking of taking this all sorts of places when I’m afraid of losing lots of little things–the beach, the gym, etc.   IMG_4904
These are constructed with the finest workmanship.  Lots of attention to detail has been put into making these stylish and secure, while all the of functioning parts are top-quality, aka strong zippers, cute clasps, tight stitching, foam right up to the edge without gaps, etc.
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And don’t forget the MEN!  They may not be thorough or meticulous packers, but they still have tiny things to keep preserved.  Remember our Flash Giveaway from a couple weeks ago?  Tool Trappers.  Genius.
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These cases were also featured in Jetset magazine, and you can read the review HERE.

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THREE lucky winners are each going to receive a Gentle Jewelry Case!

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Because I was sent the prize items along with my review items, the winners will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!  And I doubt the shipping costs will be substantial.  These are light as a feather.
*The winners will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  *This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries.

*The winners of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 11th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Gentle Jewelry Case, but all opinions are strictly my own

Tool Trapper {Review}

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Its crunch time, ladies!  Don’t forget the MEN in your lives!  You may have a Father’s Day gift for your sweetheart, but what about your Dad?  Your son who is father-to-be?  Or maybe even your grandpa?
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Jewelry?  Wait, keep reading.  There is a fabulous company called Gentle Jewelry Case, who is known for their designer jewelry cases made specifically for travel and storage (and a sweet giveaway is coming up soon showcasing these pretty cases!), and they also make Tool Trappers for the men!  I was having a hard time envisioning the usefulness of this sort of thing, but when I saw this advertised picture of the Tool Trapper, it all made perfect sense:
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HELLO FATHER’S DAY GIFT!  This is such a great system to throw into a backpack for camping or hiking, or any event where you want to keep lots of little things contained.  I keep forgetting that men don’t have purses or clutches, and more often then not, their wallets don’t have the storage or protection to hold important things.  Plus, these are so lightweight, your man won’t complain about it weighing his backpack down.
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Now my husband isn’t a huge hiker, and he may not be a meticulous packer when it comes to packing for trips and outings, but he still has tiny things to keep preserved and unbroken in a suitcase, and we can certainly see the usefulness of this.  He’s a cufflink-man, and these cases are perfect for keeping them together and unbroken when traveling.
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The padding is quite thick and dense, so your small objects are held nice and tight.  A high quality zipper encloses everything nicely, with foam right to the edges and leather details on the ends.  This would make a lovely gift for any man!
These tool trappers are made by Gentle Jewelry Case, and sold for $24.95 at www.gentlejewelrycase.com.
Stay tuned for a sweet giveaway in two weeks showcasing their designer jewelry cases!

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And now, procrastinators, we have a FLASH GIVEAWAY for one Tool Keeper!

This giveaway will run for only 3 days so that I can ship the winner their prize in time for Father’s Day!
Because I was sent the winner’s prize item along with my review item, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

*This giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 12th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 12 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Gentle Jewelry Case, but all opinions are strictly my own

Yummi Pouch {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I couldn’t agree more that no two children are alike.  I’m finding that is more and more the case with my two boys as they grow up.  One of the most obvious divergent characteristics I’ve been picking up on lately is how ‘dependent’ my oldest seems to be, and how ‘independent’ my youngest is.  Child #1 will find a problem, try to tell me what it is, and wait for me to fix it, while Child #2 will dive right in and solve the issue himself.  Feeding is no different.  #1 preferred to be fed for quite a while, but #2 has been grabbing the spoon out of my hand and attempting to feed himself for several months now.  Since he’s not quite a year old yet, there is a LOT of spilled food, splatters, and nasty floors around here!  I have a few friends who really like this plastic and portable food container called Yummi Pouch for its on-the-go usefulness, and since I was able to review several of these pouches, I found them to be the perfect solution for the super-independent baby who wants to feed himself!

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These little pouches are fabulous!  They are reusable and refillable, so a set of six for $14.99 will keep you in business for as long as you’d like.  They are dishwasher safe and can even be put in the freezer.

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They are made of a very sturdy plastic with an intense seal, so you don’t have to worry about any leaking or any explosion out the top.  The pouches expand on the bottom and can hold up to 6oz. To easily expand it, you can blow into the mouth piece with the top sealed or just use your fingers to expand apart.  The pouch can hold probably 3 heaping tablespoons of yogurt, which is just right for the baby.  He LOVES being able to feed himself, and I love that I’m not cleaning up yogurt splatters from him waving a spoon around!  No spoon required!

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The toddler is a big fan as well 🙂 He keeps pulling these out of the cupboards and begging me to fill them with food–yogurt, applesauce, anything squishy…

We took a few of these on our big roadtrip earlier this month, and they were great in the car.

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While I think these pouches are fantastic, what I’m really loving more than anything is this Grass Countertop Drying Rack from Yummi Pouch!

81qQuhRzheL._SL1500_The whole time that “Rocket” was using bottles, I never found a good system for where to place the bottles and tops while they were drying.  They really took over our counter, and since I always needed them accessible, they rarely got put away for long, before I had to pull them out again.  The counters were always soppy, cluttery, and all the plastic really distracted from the clean kitchen I was trying to maintain.

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This grass is the perfect thing for all my assortment of bottles, and SO IDEAL for drying these Yummi Pouches!  When you expand the bottom of the pouches, they can stand up by themselves and generally stay open pretty well by themselves, but I still worry about them drying completely after being washed, so the grass blades on this drying rack keep the pouches open, upside down to drain, and kept in a contained space off my counters!  I’m just so happy to have found a system that works, and I think its kind of fun next to my plants in the kitchen!  It measures a little larger than 9 x 9 inches, and comes in two pieces so you could rinse it off if desired.

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Yummi Pouch has some other way fun and useful “accessories” for your pouches–like useful funnels, markers, and even mustache stickers!  And there is even a Yummi Pouch Kids Boutique with some adorable tutus and leg warmers!

From one mother to another, I will definitely be recommending these to a other mommy friends!  Thanks Yummi Pouch!

TWO winners will each receive a set of 6 Yummi Pouches!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 26th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Yummi Pouch, but all opinions are strictly my own

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