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Kelly’s Funky Kreations {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.

Before we had kids, I used to enjoy doing crafts and projects in my spare time. There’s something to knowing you put your blood, sweat and tears into something that makes it that much more meaningful to you. However, after I had kids (and especially because my first two were less than two years apart), I ran out of time and energy to do crafts. It’s a hobby I know I will get back into after my kids are a bit more grown and I have more time on my hands (so, in like, 20 years). But for now, I can just live vicariously through other crafty people who make crafting a priority!

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Kelly’s Funky Kreations is an Etsy shop with a variety of homemade items and a ton of personality! Kelly is a mom of three boys from South Carolina who started making watches and jewelry because she needed a creative, “girly” outlet. Since she is from South Carolina, a lot of her designs are inspired by the State’s two big universities– Clemson and South Carolina. She makes Girl’s Hair Bows and Door Wreaths in both University’s colors. Her collection also includes hair bows, stethoscope covers, boy’s shirts, safety pin watches, earrings, bracelets and wreaths. Here are some of her fun designs:

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I chose to review one of Kelly’s adorable Boy’s Tie T-Shirts.  She makes them in a Mustache Print (which I chose), an SC Gamecock print, two different Chevron prints, and a new Halloween print! The shirt is a standard T-shirt from Target but it is a thick material that is true to size (though it is 100% Cotton, so it will likely shrink). The Mustache fabric is a great print and she cut it expertly so the mustaches fit perfectly in the shape of the tie. She sewed the fabric on very securely and I am not worried at all about the design peeling off. Though it’s a simple design and concept, I can tell she put a lot of work and effort into making this shirt, and I’m sure that same work ethic is transferred to all of her creations.

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The Tie T-Shirts are just $10.00, which is a totally great deal considering how cute and one-of-a-kind they are. Most designs can be made on a onesie for babies and a variety of T-shirt sizes for older boys. Her bows and earrings start at just $3.00 and her beautiful handmade wreaths are only $45.00, so all of her prices are very fair for the amount of work she’s putting into her designs. She’s always adding new designs, so be sure to connect with Kelly on Facebook and Pinterest, and of course to check out her Etsy page to see all of her Funky Kreations!

  Enter to win a $20 Gift Card to her shop!

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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 September 17, 2013, 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 Kelly’s Funky Kreations, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Hip Hop Bling {Review}

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?  Totally.  When I was single and in a constant state of woe and worry that I would never get married, I would gaze longingly at my friends’ diamond rings and wish for nothing else.  Diamonds are so classic!  And they’re not just for engagement rings.  The movie quote “Frost Yourself” comes to mind every time I think about glitzing up with diamonds and rhinestones.  Let me show you some sparkly favorites from Hip Hop Bling!

rcjewels_2265_1808These earrings are to die for!  The best part is that these are Cubic Zurconia, making them shine like the real thing, but they start at $9.95!!

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Ever since I saw Reese Witherspoon given a diamond watch as a gift in a movie, I have wanted a diamond watch.  Maybe not one this intense, but I went straight to the diamond watch pages to pick out my favorites!

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And these Initial Bling Bling Penants!  $14.95!

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I received the 12mm 7 Ball Bling Bling Disco Ball Bracelet (sold for $19.96)to review, and my first thoughts as I pulled it out of the bag, were that it was nice and heavy, and it FELT like real fine jewelry.  Hip Hop Bling uses solid metal and brass cores on all their jewelry, while other stores use plastic cores and cloudy stones.

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The jewels are brilliant and glittery, and oh how it sparkles!  It is not adjustable or stretchy, but you can pull it larger to fit onto your wrist, and then pull the strings tight again to get it snug.  I’m not exactly a huge fan of this style of bracelet, but I just can’t bring myself to gifting this.  I might use the diamond beads as buttons on a little girls’ Christmas dress!  Possible?  I will, however, be going back to gaze at those pave earrings 🙂

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Go pick out some (extremely affordable) bling and ‘frost yourself’! 🙂

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*This posting was sponsored by Hip Hop Bling, but all opinions are strictly my own

WeWood Watches {GIVEAWAY}–CLOSED

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Well, I don’t know about you ladies, but I had a fabulous Mother’s Day. My hubby let me sleep in, made breakfast for me and the kids, helped get the kids ready for church so I had time to curl my hair, and then he made dinner AND cleaned it up. He also got me beautiful flowers, a thoughtful card and a hand-made gift from the kids (which was hand-made at Lowe’s and stamped with their logo. Thanks, Lowe’s. I always wanted to remember you on Mother’s Day). But anyway, our big day is over, and now it’s time to start thinking about how to spoil our men for their big day in less than a month! Luckily, we here at Dandy Giveaway have got some cool giveaways coming down the pipes made especially for that special guy in your life. My first one is a super cool watch made out of wood. Yes, wood!

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WeWOOD Watches specializes in crafting watches out of wood. But don’t worry; they’re not deforesting the earth to make their watches, all of their watches are made from recycled wood, remnant pieces of wood flooring, or wood that is otherwise unusable and/or sustainable. Cool, right? On their website they list where the wood comes from for each style of watch they make. For example, this Jupiter watch in Black was made from Blackwood, which, according to the description on their site, is very easy to grow and therefore very sustainable.

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Even cooler is the fact that for every watch purchased, they plant a tree! They work with the American Forests non-profit as well as Trees for the Future to plant new trees all over the world. Their philosophy is “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” They are definitely doing their part to preserve and rebuild our ecosystem, so you can feel good about buying one of their watches. And they have tons of cool ones to choose from! You can check out their collection here, but below are some of my favorites:

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This watch, the Moon in Brown, is dainty enough it could be worn by a female. Beautiful styling.

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And how stylish does the Metis in Chocolate look? This could easily make the transition from work to home to church no problem. A very versatile piece.

I was sent the Date watch in Beige (which comes from Maple wood, if you’re interested) and my hubby loves it! It’s super light (1.5 ounces!), which is nice for him because he’s used to wearing watches that weigh upwards of 3 lbs. Seriously. He loves that it’s unique and definitely a conversation-starter, but not so “unique” that it comes off as weird. If your man works in a field where he would be exposed to water constantly you might want to consider a different watch; it’s definitely not water-proof but “splash-proof” (wood expands when it gets wet, so over time, repeated water exposure would cause the links to become less flexible). You can clean the watch with a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice, and changing the battery and removing the links to make it smaller are all done just like a regular watch, so there’s no surprises there.

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Even on my hubby’s uber-hairy arms (love you babe!), this watch looks cool, and I definitely like it a whole lot more than his old plastic-y “sport” watch. WeWOOD’s watches are definitely one-of-a-kind and something you can feel good about buying for your Husband/Dad/Brother/whoever this Father’s Day. Enter the giveaway below to win the exact watch featured here, the Date in Beige:

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One winner will receive a Date Beige Watch from WeWOOD Watches!

a Rafflecopter giveaway** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of June 3 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 WeWOOD Watches, but all opinions are strictly my own.

A letter to my husband on December 7th

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My dearest, dearest, Audi,

You don’t mind that I refer to you on the blog as Audi, do you?  It is somewhat like the word audiologist, right?  Since I’m always leaving off the whole gist at the end I do often wonder if people reading the Dandy think that I’ve named you after one of my favorite cars or if they think you install car stereos for a living.  Not that installing car stereos is a bad job.  It’s not.  It’s a great profession.  I just figure that it doesn’t take 8 years of education to learn how to install a car stereo.  Or maybe it does???  I’ve never installed a car stereo before, so I honestly have no idea.  Someone please feel free to enlighten me.

Anyway, I realize that in years past I may have been the slightest bit difficult to shop for. What with my shameless attempts to be subtle or even down right cryptic and all as to what to get me for Christmas.  You and I both know that you were able to figure out often what I was hinting at, so why did I even try to be all sly about it?  I realize that it could have presented like I didn’t trust you to shop for me.  Or that I was implying that you didn’t grasp the meaning behind my incessant hints and for that I am sorry.  Well, lucky you, because I’ve decided to try something different this year. Since we have been married for 10 years and all.  So it’s not like we are remotely new into our relationship.  It’s high time for a change, don’t you think?  No reason to continue on like I have been for the past 10+ years.  So here it goes…

To start I wanted to remind you know that today is December 7th. Now don’t get all nervous thinking you forgot that it’s a special sort of day or something. It’s not.  Well, actually it is Pearl Harbor Day which is very special and important to remember in the United States.  Lest we never forget.  A day that will live in infamy and all that.  Don’t get me wrong I’m so very proud to be an American and so thankful for the men and women who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.  But today is not one of those special kind of “us” days.  So don’t think that you forgot one of those “us” kind of days.  You didn’t.  It’s not our anniversary.  It’s not my birthday.  It’s not the day when we went on our first date 11 years ago.  It’s just December 7th…  18 more days away from Christmas!!!  Which means you have technically 17 more shopping days left.  Ready for the big reveal of what I’m doing different this year?  Well, I haven’t been hinting, because I’m just going to tell you what you can get me this year.  Aha!  Isn’t that so great of me to do for you?  So here’s my list of gift ideas…

I could really use this “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” beaded watch:

And you know…

This watch is super special and unique, because you can also get me another beaded watch band to interchange with the face.  Like this one:

Okay you can get me more than just one band…

 

There’s a band that will match every outfit in my closet!

Next up:  A ring to match the pearl necklace you got me for our anniversary this year.

Lastly a couple of bracelets would be perfect.  These ones to be exact:

All of the above can be found at Chunky Bling, so you can even get it all in one stop!  You will have to play around with the interactive program on their website for that mother’s bracelet.  It’s pretty cool.  See?  I’ve really made it easy on you this year.  Your welcome.  😉

Love,

Me.

*This posting was sponsored by Chunky Bling, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Chunky Bling {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.

Ladies love watches. We all know it’s true. Watches aren’t just for telling time. They are gorgeous pieces of jewelry! Owning multiple watches comes at a price and takes up space in the jewelry box. Are you on the hunt for the perfect holiday gift or something for your own jewelry box? Well, then this posting is for you! Think jewelry that’s popular, fashionable, fun, and perfect for gift giving. Watches and jewelry that can be mixed and matched. Saving space in your jewelry box and wallet. With looks like these you cannot go wrong:

 

Where can you find these beautiful baubles? Chunky Bling is the place and their prices will make you smile. Quite dandy even. There’s a look at Chunky Bling to match any look or mood. It’s so easy to build/create your very own unique watch…

Start with a watch face:

Pick out a band:

And you can build a look that’s all your own:

Get more bands to go with that first watch face and you can have multiple looks in one watch face. Build your own watch and other jewelry at Chunky Bling!

Now who wants to win something from Chunky Bling???

The winner of this giveaway is going to receive Chunky Bling’s most popular item:

A Breakfast at Tiffany’s watch band with watch face of

choice from Chunky Bling!

*This giveaway will be open for entries via Rafflecopter until November 13th at midnight.

*Giveaway open to US entries only.

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This giveaway was sponsored by Chunky Bling, but all opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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