Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Home Sewn Couture Review & Giveaway


Allow me to tell you about one of the cutest little Etsy shops I've recently found, Home Sewn Couture.

I am always on the look out for amazing handmade dresses for my girls.  I love dressing them up, taking them out and having people ask me WHO made that adorable dress, instead of asking where I bought it.  I of course gush about Danielle and her beautiful Etsy boutique.  

Danielle was so sweet to create these darling dresses for Alexa and Lillian.  She is a mama herself and knew that if she made one for one of my girls, the other would want one, too.  Alexa's eyes widened HUGE when we pulled these dresses out of the package.  She is my little fashionista and really knows what she likes and what she doesn't.  With one look and one feel of the fabric, she was in love.  She literally stripped down right then and there in the middle of the kitchen to put on her beautiful new dress.



It's such a unique design and flows so freely.  She just can't get enough of it.  She couldn't wait to show Lilli her special dress.  And again, we got wide eyes and a big smile from her when she saw her giraffe print dress.




Danielle does exceptional work and goes over and beyond to create clothing that is one of a kind and unique.  We are very pleased.

Danielle offers a variety of different designs in her dresses and a gorgeous selection of fabrics.  


She also offers a collection of fun legwarmers for your crawlers or to keep those chubby little legs warm in the cooler months.


I also love this set of monthly onsies in camo.  



Home Sewn Couture :: Etsy :: Facebook 

GIVEAWAY:
Danielle is offering one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner a dress just like Alexa's (your choice size ranging from 6 months to 8 years)

Olivia & Jane Review & Giveaway


I'm always about comfort over style when it comes to clothing.  If I'm not comfortable in it, I'm certain it doesn't look good on me either.  But, at Olivia & Jane - you can be comfortable AND stylish.  

For the busy on-the-go mom's...I couldn't think of a better boutique to fall in love with.  Comfort, style and affordability all at your fingertips.

My go-to item when I'm at home or running errands is yoga pants and a t-shirt.  There just isn't anything more comfortable than that.  Olivia & Jane sent me a collection of there items to try including their black seamless capri leggings, grey extra long thick strap layering tank, extra-long long sleeved crew-neck shirt and an extra long v-neck tee.  Let's just say these amazing pieces fit perfectly into my wardrobe.  But, my favorite part is that they are all extra long.  I'm not a tall girl by any means, but I do happen to have a super long torso and freakishly long ape arms.  It's so hard to find tops that are the right length for me in both the body and arms.  And layering has been the 'thing' for awhile now and I'm super happy about incorporating more of that into my every day.  I love that the grey tank can be worn with many of the other shirts hanging in my closet.  And the fact that it's seamless is even better!


I am so impressed with my new clothes from Olivia & Jane. I could definitely see every single item they offer in my wardrobe.  Especially that chevron tank below.

 

These cute cardigans would be perfect for fall and an easy choice to layer with your extra long tank or tee.



Olivia & Jane also offer a collection of fashion accessories including scarves, wallets, jewelry and more.




Be sure to check into their website daily for the 'daily deal'.  



For more information visit Olivia & Jane :: Website :: Facebook :: Pinterest :: Twitter


GIVEAWAY:
Olivia & Jane is offering one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner a $50 GC to spend in their shop!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

White Plum Review



"When Hilary Zwahlen started White Plum, she envisioned a unique way to channel the travel-all-over-town-looking-for-the-best-deal-with-kids-screaming-in-the-car mentality she learned from in her mom in the 1980’s. She wanted to make the killer deal available to people like her -- people who have jobs or school or screaming kids and don’t seem to have enough time to get it all done.



As the painful car rides with her mom and brothers in the 80’s faded into the background, Hilary found that she had a passion for creativity, which eventually led her to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting, dancing, and hosting. She danced at the Emmy’s next to Josh Groban, performed as the professional dance partner of the winner of the first season of Oxygen’s “Dance Your Ass Off,” scored a role in Gangster Squad (yes, Gosling said “hi” on set … boom!), and starred in an episode of MTV’s “Made,” among many other roles. Her work on everything from big budget Hollywood blockbusters to shoestring budget online startups helped her gain valuable production experience in all types of creative environments.



When she took on new roles as a wife and then a mom, Hilary realized she still needed a creative outlet. She sat down with her husband, Rod, and the two of them decided to figure out a way to harness Hilary’s creative energy to create an accessible lifestyle brand. Thus, White Plum was born.



Within months after White Plum’s launch, the business was growing fast enough for Rod and his brother Jay to leave their careers in marketing and business administration to help lead White Plum into its next stage of development. The three of them -- along with many other key members of the company -- give White Plum decades of experience in marketing, management, retail and the creative arts.



At White Plum, we’ve found that the way to succeed as a business is to help our customers succeed; we believe the best deal for you is the best deal for us."




I think it's fair to say that the majority of my readers are either mom's themselves or soon to be and we'd all be lying if we said we couldn't relate to the very first paragraph up there.  Sometimes it feels impossible to get our kids out the door looking somewhat presentable, let alone ourselves.  It nearly takes our last breath of energy to get that shower in.  But, White Plum makes it TOTALLY possible, you guys!  They have a wide selection of clothing from dresses, skirts, tops and accessories.  All things that would give all of us that extra boost of confidence....to say, "hey, look at that outfit!  She is so put together!  Just how does she do it?"  White Plum, that's how!


Dressy, business-casual, day-to-day casual...you name it.  White Plum offers something for everyone from the working class to the SAHM that is chasing her sweet littles around all day.  We ALL deserve to look and feel great.

I'm especially loving the X Marks the Dot blouse shown below. 


But, my favorite overall is this amazing Marseille Maxi dress in aqua (also available in coral).  This dress looks fabulous enough for a classy event, but comfortable enough to run to the grocery store.  
The dress features a crochet top half with an intricately embellished light and airy skirt...perfect for a sunny summer day on the beach or out strolling the shops with your girlfriends.




Besides the vast collection of clothing options and the endless designs...White Plum offers their clothing at such an affordable cost, which is SO important to us mama's who have children that are active in everything and soak up all our extra spending money!  It's not every day you find something amazing at a prize tag that doesn't make you shudder.


White Plum :: Website :: Facebook :: Instagram :: Pinterest






Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Home Hearth Garden Review & Giveaway





I've always loved having something beautiful hanging from the front door of our home.  Something that is welcoming and inviting to our guests.  It sets the tone for what our house is like and is a representation of our family!

Home Hearth Garden designs and creates handcrafted door wreaths for door and porch decor so that you can make a great first impression to your home.  A distinctive summer or fall door wreath will also provide a marvel to your interior home decor.

Janell is the lovely owner and designer of Home Hearth Garden.....

"I have always believed that “Home” is a reflection of you, where you can express your heart through your own creative designs. Since I was young, I have enjoyed creating a home setting for my family that is cozy and warm. I enjoy designing home décor that is natural and inspiring.

My passion is to create items that inspire Faith, Hope, and Love for the home, for friends, and families. I have made my own home décor and holiday decorations since my children were very small (they are all grown now). And somehow, in the recent years, I have become a ‘go-to’ consultant and designer for weddings, showers, and anniversary events. What an honor it has been and so much fun creating for family and friends celebrating one of God’s gifts…Marriage. It is simply an honor to be working with wonderful people, and seeing the look on their faces as they gather in one place to celebrate.

I am thankful for each morning that I can start each day doing what I love to do…designing and creating things, in hopes to in some way, bring joy to someone else’s life.
"


Inside Janell's shop, you'll find various expressions for your home decor with wreath ideas for traditional, elegant, historical, country, primitive, seasonal and holiday, colonial and cottage decorating.

You'll also find handmade wedding wreaths, centerpieces, and lighted grapevine trees.


Janell was so generous and sent my family this gorgeous wreath for our home.  I could not wait to get it and hang it from my front door.  It is exactly what I always envision my front door to look like and it offers that welcoming aspect that I desired.




It came complete with a wreath hanger, which is a complimentary upgrade to her customers, and UV resistant spray protection!  It's nice to know Janell goes the extra mile in making sure that your beautiful wreath will last forever!

Janell's beautiful wreaths have been featured in Balsam Hill, Architectural Art Design, Houzz, Creative Home and many other blogs and websites.


Home Hearth Garden :: Etsy :: Facebook :: Pinterest :: Blog :: Instagram


GIVEAWAY:
Janell is offering one lucky Mom-a-Logues reader this gorgeous wreath below.




Pocket Koozie Review & Discount


It's summer, you're out on the boat, driving from one bar to the next, sipping or chugging on your favorite cold beverage, enjoying time with your friends - - the last thing you want to worry about is lugging around your purse, right?  But, where you do you keep your extra cash or check card?  You're in a swimsuit, so pockets are out of the question.  Well, how about your can koozie??  That's right...probably one of the BEST summer inventions yet.  

The Pocket Koozie offers not only offers insulation to keep your beer cold, but it also features pockets to keep those essentials close by without having to carry them in a purse.  And let's face it, most often that drink isn't too far from our hands no matter what the event....softball games, out on the golf course, at the beach or bar hopping with friends.



The Pocket Koozie can easily hold a pen, your credit card, some cash, a hotel key and even a kool-aid drink pouch for the kids.  Sending them on a ay trip to the pool?  Make sure their water bottle stays cold with the Pocket Koozie and that they have that house key tucked safely inside. 



 Pocket Koozie's come in many different colors and designs.  Something for everything style preference!  You can get them custom designed with your name, monogram or company logo for bigger corporate events.




Alexa and Lillian have been enjoying there Pocket Koozie's this summer!!  They each have their names on them as well as a picture of Elsa from the movie Frozen, their favorite!!  They love to tuck a fruit snack or other treat in the pocket to carry along with their lemonade or water.  




 ALL Mom-a-Logues readers receive a 50% discount on your very own Pocket Koozie.
Use coupon code :: PKS14


Friday, July 18, 2014

National Lollypop Day {July 20th}





They pretty much have a 'holiday' for everything these days and this weekend is no exception!!  The difference is, it's actually something I really really care about celebrating.  This Sunday, July 20th, is not only my Grandpa's Birthday (Happy Birthday, Grandpa!!) but it's NATIONAL LOLLYPOP DAY!!!!!

My favorite candy shop, See's Candies, is celebrating in a HUGE way!  You don't want to miss out on all the deals and the fun!


Get all your favorite lollypop's on SALE at See's Candies now through July 20th.  And on Sunday get a FREE lollypop.  You know I'll be there...I never pass up a free See's lolly!

The MOA location has a fun event going on on the 20th for all you lolly lovers.  You'll be able to take a picture with a 3D art display of the lollypops.

Check out the one and only...Warren Buffet, posing with the incredibly fun display! 



If that isn't exciting enough, See's Candies is running an awesome Sugar Rush Sweepstakes through 7/20, where you can register for a trip for 2 to San Francisco, including an exclusive in-shop tasting.  10 other lucky winner's will receive $50 gift certificates to See's Candies.  
Click HERE to enter!!


See's Candies has the best of the best when it comes to chocolates.  My girls and I had the opportunity to visit the Southdale Center location here in Minnesota before it opened and it was an experience we'll never forget, being able to box our own chocolates and sample all the goodies.
Click HERE to read all about our experience.


I plan to make a stop at See's on Sunday for me free lolly - I hope to see all my local readers there! ;)


And one last SURPRISE....

See's Candies is offering one of my lucky readers a $25 GC to spend either online or at your nearest See's Candies.




Thursday, July 17, 2014

Asheli Couture Concept Review & Giveaway


I think everyone can agree that the kitchen is the most used room in the house...well, at least it is in mine.  If we're home as a family or have guests to entertain, we always seem to either be gathered around the kitchen counter or sitting together around the table.  So, it's always been important to me to have our kitchen table clean and presentable!!

When I saw the amazing placemats at Asheli Couture Concepts on Etsy, I just knew I needed a set for my kitchen table.  Eli was so sweet to create a set for me and my family!


I always tell my husband that it's little touches like this that make a house a home...and I think he's finally catching on!  We both love the combination of burlap and green chevron! 



Eli did such an amazing job with these placemats, I'm pretty sure I'll need a new set when the holidays come around. ;)

Eli is a teacher and first time mom living in Charleston.  She loves to be creative and always has a project going.  After her wedding and having yards of burlap to take home.  Her and her best friend looked at each other and thought, "what are we going to do with this?" - paint it!  And Asheli Couture Concepts was born!    All of the designs are original, hand-painted and hand-drawn.  Each is sealed to make it more weather proof and to protect the colors.


Besides the amazing placemats, Eli creates beautiful door decor, wine bottle gift bags and more.  She loves creating custom pieces, so if there is a special occasion or event you have coming up and need something extra spectacular, she is your gal!


Asheli Couture Concepts :: Etsy :: Facebook 


GIVEAWAY ::
Eli would like to offer one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner a placemat set from her collection.