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Holiday Gift Guide (7th Edition)

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Gift Idea #1:

What?  A set of arm warmers and a scarf from The Painted Daisy.

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Why?  Because baby it’s cold outside!  🙂  There are so many beautiful and warm accessories to choose from that will bring a smile to the face of the recipient.

 

 

Gift Idea #2:

What?   Vinyl wall decor from Old Barn Rescue Co.

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 Why?  It’s a gift suitable for anyone and everyone on your holiday list!  Old Barn Rescue Co. has amazing designs that help people decorate and we all know that there’s at least one person on your list that needs help in that department.  🙂

 

 

Gift Idea #3:

What?  Language learning DVDs from Little Pim

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Why? They are the #1 Language Learning System for Children and your kid/grandkid/whoever will LOVE learning another language with their DVDs, digital videos, CDs, flash cards and books. See my review HERE.

Wallies {Review}

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My Aunt Tami is a huge role model to me.  She has the most adorable (and always well-dressed) children, has some fantastic recipes up her sleeve, takes time to dress fashionably herself (even with six kids!), and her house is always decorated to model-home quality.  We stopped by a few months ago and I was reminded of how much I love Aunt Tami’s style.  One of the most memorable additions to her charming kitchen was a side cupboard panel that had been turned into a chalkboard wall.  Just darling!

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My mind starting spinning with ideas of how to do something like this in our kitchen, even though we’re in a rental.  Painting the built-in cupboards isn’t really an option.  When I saw these chalkboard papers from Wallies, I freaked out a little inside.  My chalkboard wall dreams were obtainable!

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This is the Big Chalkboard which comes as one giant piece 25″ x 38″ in dimension.  This is sold for $24.99 and it even comes with chalk!  I was a little worried as I unrolled the sheet to see the deep wrinkles,

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…but as you can see, once applied to the flat surface, the wrinkles aren’t a problem.  I only wish that there was a square grid behind it, on the peel-away paper, to make cutting and trimming easier.  I applied this first with tape up the sides, and then ripped away pieces at a time and smoothed it down with a shower squeegee.  It only took one application, but even if that doesn’t happen, this is re-positionable, so mistakes can be corrected.

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I’m so happy!!  I can’t wait to do some artsy writing every month according to the season and holidays.  Without a lot of storage space for holiday decorations, I’m really liking the decor that can be interchangeable and stay out all year.  I still have more than half of the sheet leftover to try on other surfaces, and it looks exactly like a real chalkboard.  Completely legit.

Wallies has a number of chalkboard decals, among all sorts of decals, cutouts and murals, and even Holiday Wallies!

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But these aren’t just for mom!  Look at these fun ideas for kids and children’s bedrooms:

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Check out all the beautiful and fun fun fun products from Wallies and get some fun holiday decor up in your home!

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*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. 

Dali Decals {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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When I left home for college, I looked forward to moving into an apartment that allowed pets so I could get a sweet baby bird.  I finally got my wish, and I’ve had two pretty parakeets light up our living room with sweet chirping and playful antics over the last two years. Well, after an unfortunate series of holiday vacation events, I’m birdless once again, darn it.  How coincidental that I came across some sweet little bird wall decals from Dali Wall Decals when I needed them most!

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I went straight to the “animals” section, and picked out some tiny white Mini Birds – Set of 10 (for only $10!) for my kitchen appliances!

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I LOVE how they turned out!  So easy to apply, and crisp as ever.

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Then I also picked out these Simple and Cute Mod Birds – Set of 12 for $15!  I think these are adorable sitting on top of picture frames, or in this case, two love birds on top of our board of mushy love notes and pictures from when we were dating 🙂

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Wall decals are one of my favorite ways to decorate.  I love that they are only semi-permanent to satisfy the landlords, and I love how clean and crisp they come out–a look that is hard to achieve with a paintbrush.  I also love that the whole process can be done in minutes!

Dali Decals has a great thing going.  There were quite a few things that I noticed that puts them a step above other vinyl art companies.  First of all, everything arrived in a very sturdy triangular poster mailing box.  Nothing folded, wrinkled, or bent.  I appreciate the practice decal they sent me to make sure I know what I’m doing!  My cute little practice flower went up on my vanity mirror :).  Dali Decals also sent a little squeegee card to help with flattening and adhering the decals.  Along with everything came the most detailed instructions with pictures, steps, guidance, encouragement, tips and tricks!

Here is a coupon code for our readers!  Dandy5off will get you 5% off with no minimum purchase necessary.

Follow Dali Decals on Facebook and Twitter (@dalidecals) for the inside scoop!

One winner will receive a $25 gift certificate!!

Note that readers are only eligible to win one Dali Decals giveaway per 12 months.

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Vinyl Disorder {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Hey, we just bought a new car!  I bought “Schroeder” in college and he was the car I drove every day to my job as a school teacher, the car in which my husband asked me out on our first date, the car that drove us to all sorts of family vacations, weekend road trips, and several homes.  My husband and I were talking yesterday about how saying goodbye to that car was like saying goodbye to a whole different stage of life–college, dating, and first jobs.  How exciting to welcome another stage of life!  A family car!  And every family car needs a little stamp on the back to show everyone exactly who we are!

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Vinyl Disorder set me up with the cutest set of vinyl people!  I love that these guys are a little classier than other family stickers–less cartoon, and more modern/realistic as far as stick figures go.

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I love the idea of giving our car a little identity :)  Go ahead, pick out your own family of stick people!  They carry plenty of babies, grandparents, and even pets.

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I was so pleased with these vinyl car window people, that after I received a family kit for myself, and went back and ordered more as Christmas gifts!  (If you’re an immediate family member of mine, stop reading now or else the surprise will be ruined!)  I found a cute couple for my brother & fiance’s car, a little girl for my sister’s bathroom mirror, and a crazy boy for my brother’s laptop.  See, that’s the cool thing about these vinyl people from Vinyl Disorder–they go on just about anything.  And for roughly $2.50/figure, you could put your whole extended family on there too!

Vinyl Disorder can also do custom family kits, where you can choose almost any image they have available and make them in the sizes you’d like.  Are you into Star Wars?

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If you are also looking for a way to personalize your new car, you’ll love today’s giveaway prize!

One winner will get to pick out their own 12″ family set of vinyl people from Vinyl Disorder!  Use on your car, laptop, front door, kitchen-aid, whatever!

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Inspire Your Walls {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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When we first moved to Boston, I knew some vinyl wall art was the first thing our apartment needed to make it our own.  I love that vinyl wall décor is such a great option for renters like us, who don’t have the liberties to permanently alter the walls and stairwells, but want to badly to change things up a bit, or personalize the space that is now our lovely home!

Inspire Your Walls is a lovely shop of charming art decals!  I have the privilege of personally knowing Hollie, the owner and designer, and I know that anything she does, she does it well and efficiently!  I’m currently sewing her an ottoman cover she designed, while she is helping me add some cute details to our home! Namely these little duck decals:

As soon as I saw this Three Little Ducks decal, I knew it would be perfect!  If you’ve been to Boston, you know that in Boston Commons, there are these bronze duck statues depicting the mallard ducks in Make Way for Ducklings who decided to raise their family in the Boston Public Garden.  (Here are my boys and their cousins last week on the ducks!)  How thrilled I was so see a vinyl set of ducks for our walls!  Perfectly Boston, and perfect for our kids’ rooms!  Thank you Inspire Your Walls!

Here are some more stickers I think are just darling!  A mess-free pet fish!  Haha, this is the kind of pet I can agree with.

A growth chart that stays in its place and looks so much more professional that pencil markings!

And chalkboard blocks!  Genius!  A place for notes and memos any where you’d like!

And here’s a personal favorite of mine.  Sometimes I really get worked up and anxious over silly things, so I’ve been having to tell myself to calm down, take a breather, and chill!  I’m going to display this up in my sewing room, so that when I start to freak out about tricky seamstress jobs, rush orders, or picky clients, I have a visual reminder to just keep on keeping on and everything will be just fine!

Have you fallen in love with Inspire Your Walls yet?  A lucky winner is going to receive: any item of their choice up to $50!

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Chickadee Vinyl {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

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Decorating Ruby’s room has been a dream.  There’s just something about all thing decor for baby girls.  Don’t get me wrong.  It was fun decorating the nursery for Banjo, but decorating for a baby girl is just so sweet and cutesy!  Maybe it’s because I’m a girl and deep down I like girly things.  Even though I’m not that much of a pink gal.  Too much exposure to the color in childhood gave it a bad wrap in my mind.  I’ll admit that I’m slowly warming to the idea of dressing Ruby in pinks.  Although for her room I didn’t want anything pink.  So maybe I’m not quite to that point of being fully accepting of the color pink.  😉  I knew right away that the color combination of gray and yellow would be perfect for her room, because I love the color yellow.  In terms of decor we also wanted a room that didn’t scream baby, so it could in fact grow with her.  Who wants to decorate over and over throughout childhood???  So I chose a bird theme that I thought would be perfect for a nursery, but also in a little girl’s room.  The challenge was the one wall that we selected to leave white behind her crib.  How ever was I going to tie the room color in on that wall without being overbearing?  Enter the cutest wall vinyl that I ever did spy:

That cuteness is from Chickadee Vinyl and I was able to order it in the colors of my choosing.

It looks so adorable in my little bird’s room:

Thank you Chickadee Vinyl!

At Chickadee Vinyl you will find so many different kinds of wall vinyl from elegant:

To fun:

Chickadee Vinyl also has wall decor perfect for any living space in your home.

Family Rooms:

Bathrooms:

 

And I couldn’t resist showing you this super cute subway art:

I know you saw something that you absolutely need for your home.  Didn’t you?

Guess what’s being given away from Chickadee Vinyl?

One very lucky winner is going to receive a $30 coupon code to use at Chickadee Vinyl!

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, August 6th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize.

 

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{Giveaway} Kreative Corner Designs ***ENDED***

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For Father’s Day it’s always fun for kids to create something handmade.  So why not order some cute wall vinyl that you can use for a craft project for the kids?  Wall vinyl actually works wonderfully to decorate plates, tiles, wood, anything that would make a great gift for dad!  Imagine what your kids could create with these:

 

 

Kreative Corner Designs is the place to get ’em!  What would you have your kids create? The winner of this giveaway is going to receive a $15 gift certificate to spend at Kreative Corner Designs!

 

*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted on Monday, June 11th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize!


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Vinyl Wall Art {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

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“Ruby” is 2 months old and I’m FINALLY getting around to decorating the nursery.  Let’s just say that I take awhile to make decisions and get things done.  Okay…  I’m a major procrastinator!  It doesn’t help matters when “Ruby” came a month earlier than my due date.  Just think if I’m already a major procrastinator then an early birth really, really, really threw a wrench in my plans.  The nursery has a bird theme, because I think it’s just a darling theme!  Last week I spent hours and hours sewing curtains and bedding for her room.  And I still have a ways to go before finishing!  How about the wall decorations?  Well, obviously I’m the type of personality that needs help in that department or it will never be finished.  It also needs to be something that’s easy to do.  I mean this is me we are talking about.  🙂  Good thing for me there’s a place online that is all about Vinyl Wall Art.  That’s even the name of the shop, so it’s very easy for me to remember!  Recently Vinyl Wall Art sent me this vinyl growth cart that goes perfectly with the nursery theme:

Too cute, huh?

Since I have nursery decor on the brain let’s have a look at some of the other cute nursery decor ideas from Vinyl Wall Art, shall we?

There’s great animal vinyl wall art to match any theme:

                                                       Even animals in chalkboard!

And…

How cute are these nesting dolls?

And this fire truck?

Totally cute!

 

Told you there was a lot of cuteness!  Ready to find out what’s being given away?  One very lucky winner is going to receive a fabulously dandy prize!  A $50 gift certificate to Vinyl Wall Art!

*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide.

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted on Monday, March 12th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize!

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{Giveaway} Dali Decals ***ENDED***

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Hello all my dandy friends and Happy New Year!  This was supposed to post sometime on Tuesday last week, but as you can see I’m a little behind schedule.  The day after Christmas was a busy day… just with getting back in the groove of things after that holiday weekend’s festivities.  Then on Tuesday morning I had to rush off to have a baby, so it didn’t get posted then!  🙂  At any rate I hope you all had a very, very, very dandy Christmas with friends and loved ones.  It was a time for gift giving, remembering the meaning of the special day, and spending time with family.  I thoroughly enjoyed this year and the time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  When I have those moments then it makes it an even more memorable holiday.  Of course I also like to give gifts and that just adds to the magical memories!  It always fun to hunt for that perfect gift for someone.  This year we gave my brother and his wife a photo on canvas from Dali Decals.  A few months back I snapped this picture of the St. Louis LDS Temple where they were married:

Dali Decals put it on canvas and it turned out fabulously!  Also, can I just tell you that their customer service is superb?  I enjoy working with Dali Decals every time on a decorating project.

In addition to the new Custom Printed Canvas

Dali Decals still has all their unique wall decals:

 

Plus mini decals:

How cute to decorate your kitchen appliances!

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At Dali Decals you can even help with the decorating of your kitchen, bathroom, any where you want the look of a mosaic backsplash:

Talk about renovating without a major expense!

Ready to enter to win???  One very lucky winner is going to receive a $25 gift certificate to spend at Dali Decals!  So start entering and tell all of your friends!

*** This giveaway is open to US entries only***

There are 7 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 7 chances then leave 7 separate comments**

(1): Leave your name, email address, or whatever you feel most comfortable leaving in a comment. (ex: “Dandy Smith”)

(2): Get Dandy in your inbox by signing up for the brand NEW newsletter in the right hand sidebar.  (ex: “Dandy Smith = signed up!)

(3): Follow Dali Decals on Twitter (or if you already do) and then tweet about this giveaway.   (ex: “Dandy Smith= twitter and tweet”)

(4): Like Dali Decals on Facebook or if you already do.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= like Dali Decals”)

(5):  Tell people about this giveaway and then tell us how you told!  You get an entry for each one that you do!  (ex: “Dandy Smith= emailed, blogged, texted, called, etc.”)

(6): Go to Dali Decals, have a look around, and then leave a comment telling us your favorite item.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= I love the custom printed canvas options!”)

(7): Become a follower of Dandy Giveaway through Google Friend Connect (in the right hand sidebar) or if you already do.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= follow Dandy”)

***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! This giveaway will be open for entries until Sunday, January 8th at 5:00 pm CST.  Be sure and check back on Monday, January 9th to see if you won, so you can claim your prize! ***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won!

This posting and giveaway was sponsored by Dali Decals, but all opinions are strictly my own.

{Giveaway} Old Barn Rescue Company ***ENDED***

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Only six weeks (or somewhere there abouts) until she makes her grand entrance!  Wow.  Where does the time go?  I’m somewhat hoping for 4 weeks left, but at the same time we need more time to get everything ready!  It has been quite the dilemma around here getting baby girl’s room finished.  We decided a while ago to do a bird theme with yellow and grey colors.  Audiologist man has been busy painting away.  Two accent walls are yellow and two are white.  That’s what I “thought” I wanted, but now I’m thinking the walls would look better all in yellow.  Unfortunately audiologist man isn’t happy with that thought, because 1.) he already bought tons of the white paint AND 2.) it’s already painted!   I totally see his reasoning and agree with him.  After all I was being totally irrational, right?  But at the same time…  I felt like the world was about to end.  So, what’s an overly emotional and hormonal pregnant gal to do?  Ask her friend’s decorating advice of course!  (She’s a fantastic decorator!)  Her answer?  Get some cute bird wall vinyl decals in yellow and grey to use on the white walls!  Isn’t that an awesome idea?  Plus, it merges all of the colors of the room!  So the hunt began and here is what I found:

   

   

All in yellow and grey of course.  Don’t you LOVE LOVE LOVE it???  🙂   I know that you are asking where in the world did I find such cuteness???  Well, the answer is Old Barn Rescue Company.

This shop carries some really unique wall vinyl!  Not looking for birds to decorate a nursery?  Well, well, well…

There’s something for every room and color scheme at Old Barn Rescue Company!  Let’s take a gander shall we?

For starters they have the most amazing inspirational quotes:

 

 

Then I think the design graphics are gorgeous:

Can you say, “Buh-Bye wallpaper”!

Old Barn Rescue Company also takes care of your needs with personalized and custom orders.

Ready to find out what’s being given away this week from Old Barn Rescue Company?  This fantastic quote from Albert Einstein:

A $37 value!!!

 

*** This giveaway is open to US and Canada entries only***

There are 7 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 7 chances then leave 7 separate comments**

(1): Leave your name, email address, or whatever you feel most comfortable leaving in a comment. (ex: “Dandy Smith”)

(2): Get Dandy in your inbox by signing up for the brand NEW newsletter in the right hand sidebar.  (ex: “Dandy Smith = signed up!)

(3): Follow Dandy Giveaway on Twitter (or if you already do) and then tweet about this giveaway.   (ex: “Dandy Smith= twitter and tweet”)

(4): Like Old Barn Rescue Company on Facebook or if you already do.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= like”)

(5):  Tell people about this giveaway and then tell us how you told!  You get an entry for each one that you do!  (ex: “Dandy Smith= emailed, blogged, texted, called, etc.”)

(6): Go to the Old Barn Rescue Company shop, have a look around, and then tell us your favorite wall decal. (ex: “Dandy Smith= I’m quite partial to those little accent birds! ”)

(7): Become a follower of the Old Barn Rescue Company Blog through Google Friend Connect or if you already do.  (ex: “Dandy Smith= follow Old Barn Rescue.”)

***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! This giveaway will be open for entries until Sunday, December 18th at 5:00 pm CST.  Be sure and check back on Monday, December 19th to see if you won, so you can claim your prize! ***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won!

This posting and giveaway was sponsored by Old Barn Rescue Company, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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