Thursday, August 28, 2014

Miss Milly's Boutique Review & Giveaway

My little girls LOVE to dress up.  We have accessories galore in our house...from hair bows, fashion scarves, belts and more..they have it and wear it all.  Recently they have become HUGE fans of the bubble gum style necklaces!  They are big, bold, colorful and totally fabulous.

Miss Milly's Boutique is such a fun shop filled with the most adorable necklaces for your little princesses.  Harmony creates fashionable jewelry that your little ones will not be able to resist.  They are stylish, fun and absolutely worth every single penny!

She sent the girls each a necklace and matching hair clip from her collection and they haven't stopped wearing them since.  Lilli loves to wear dresses and this adorable necklace is the perfect addition.

There is nothing more girlie and feminine than a splash of beads and color around your neck.  

Alexa and Lillian were thrilled to see that Harmony went out of her way to personalize their necklaces with a dancer charm and their names.  How very special!!!

Check out some other sweet designs Harmony has created.  Lots of fun character themes and color combos to choose from!

Whether it's for fun and play or a special dress-up occasion, your daughter will be head over heels for Miss Milly Bubble necklaces.

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Harmony would like to offer one lucky Mom-a-Logue winner a bubble necklace of your choice from her collection.

Maggie Belle Review & Giveaway

Maggie Belle's on Etsy sells a variety of unique items.  Personalized items for babies, children, teachers and your home.  Custom orders are also welcomed!

It's no secret how much I love personalized items for myself and for Alexa and Lillian.  It's not only fun to have your own name on something but as a parent it's convenient to have the 'label' of their name on essential items like their sports water bottles, pencil boxes for school and even their clothing.  Maggie Belle's offers it ALL!!

With school starting in just a few short days, it's time to start thinking about school supplies, teacher gifts and all the wine we're going to consume while they're gone.  Just kidding....kinda!!  But, seriously...take a look at Kristen's collection of wine glasses.  If that's not enough to want to make you have a girls night, I don't know what will.  ;)

And with school starting, so is the dance season.  My girls are so excited to get back into the studio with their new companie teams and get to work on their new dances.  Their studio colors are pink, black and white, so it's quite fitting that they have the proper water bottle to bring to class, right?

Kristen did an amazing job at creating a water bottle that coordinates so well with their dance colors.  Alexa and Lillian will be fighting over this one until I order them another one.  Ooor, I could just keep it for myself.  We chose to have our last name on the bottle for sharing purposes and it was so nice to have Kristen accommodate that for us.  

It was a pleasure working with Kristen.  I recommend her to all my friends and family for all your unique gift giving needs.

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Kristen would like to offer a custom water bottle like we received in the colors of your choice.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Marthe Pinaire Review & Giveaway

I'm usually a quick, get ready and go in the morning type person.  I'm not a coffee drinker nor am I an early riser.  I am lucky if I have time to grab a quick bite to eat before I'm out the door.  But, in an attempt to get to a healthier more energetic self in the morning, I've started drinking a cup of warm lemon water to begin my day.  I've heard of the many wonderful health benefits it provides, but besides that, it simply tastes good.  What's even better is that I have the perfect mug to drink it from.

Marthe Pinaire on Etsy sent me this amazing "liquid sunshine" mug in bright yellow.  And while most of you prefer coffee as your liquid of choice in the morning, there is nothing more delicious and refreshing than my lemon water straight from a bright yellow mug.  Lemon water = my liquid sunshine!

This sweet mug is hand-painted and is completely dishwasher safe.
Each mug you'll find in Marthe Pinaire is hand drawn so they are all a little bit different and unique.

Martha, owner and designer of Marthe Pinaire is originally from Lansing Michigan, but currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, their son and two cats.  She studied business and art at Montreat College and now works full time for a fashion retailer and is a professional pencil pusher.  She's a lover of functionality, classic silhouettes and a cross between Kate Spade and Kavu.

Bring some sunshine to your morning with a sweet mug from Marthe Pinaire.

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Martha is offering one lucky reader a bright yellow "liquid sunshine" mug, just like the one I received.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Personal Touch Embroidery Review & Giveaway

My girls' favorite items are ones that have their names or monogram on them.  They love to have that sense of personalization and that they are special just for them.  

A Personal Touch Embroidery offers just that.  Embroidery for your every need.  The below collection is just a sampling of items they offer with complete personalization of your name or special phrase.  There are so many options it's hard to choose just one favorite.

From children's items and accessories to diaper bags and make-up cases for us mama's.  You name it, A Personal Touch Embroidery has it all.  They offer a wide selection of embroidery options with many different colors and fonts to choose from.

They sent the girls this awesome large duffle bag with our last name in pink and ballet slippers.  Perfect for my little dancers.  This duffle bag is HUGE.  It most definitely can hold all their dance gear plus more.  It's also a very useful bag for their overnight trips and traveling.  It's so nice to have a large bag that can hold both of their belongings together.  

A Personal Touch Embroidery was so easy to work with and made sure that the color and design on the bag is exactly what I wanted.  I would absolutely love to work with them again.

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A Personal Touch Embroidery would like to offer one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner a black princess ballet cinch sack!!

Jennifer Dare Designs Review & Giveaway

I'm happy to introduce you all to the lovely Jennifer of Jennifer Dare Designs on Etsy.  

Jennifer is a book lover, distance runner, Jesus follower, freelance editor, and total sucker for all things vintage.  After graduating from college and marrying her high-school sweetheart, and before becoming a stay-at-home mom, she worked with words in the print journalism world.  Now, she gets her fix while the kids nap.  

Jennifer Dare Designs is Etsy's best for prints with your favorite quotes and shabby chic frames to display them.  Jennifer has bookshelves that are crammed with books that have dog-earred paperbacks full of underlined passages, many of which have made their way onto typography prints and notecard sets.  But, she also welcomes custom requests for those of you who have a favorite quote or passage of your own.

Jennifer sent me this adorable "love is all you need" print that features an favorite :)

I apologize for the glare in the glass, I'm no professional photographer.  ;)  

I absolutely LOVE this print.  Love really IS all you need and my husband and I remind ourselves of that often.  Also, I'm obsessed with owls, so this guy fits right into the rest of my owl decor around the house.  

Jennifer's frames are also a must have to display your special print.  I love the shabby chic look of this ivory frame which is offered in several other colors to match your home decor.

Jennifer hand paints each of her frames with two or three coats of paint over a light wood base and hand-distressed for a lovely aged, weathered shabby chic look.    She also puts a clear satin polyurethane coating for a subtly polished finish and extra durability.

I am looking forward to working with Jennifer again when I start my gallery wall in our basement.  I would love to incorporate more of her work in my home.

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Jennifer is offering one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner any 1 framed print (8.5"x11" or smaller) from her collection.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pigsey Art Review

I'm excited to introduce you all to the lovely Brandy from Pigsey Art.

"Who knew a musty old 1970's book about paper crafts for kids would one day lead to a life obsession with utilizing paper in everything? Though I formally started Pigsey Art in 2007, I have been making items out of paper for others my whole life. From my youth of creating paper toys and selling them to my siblings for 50 cents a piece to my adult years of handbinding journals for friends, I have always known paper was my future. Making it formally into a business one day seemed inevitable.

As a one-woman business based out of Austin, Texas, I've dedicated Pigsey Art to showcasing paper at it's best. A love of writing should be continued to be cultivated and I hope to do so by producing quality journals and home goods inspired by books and paper.

Participating in art shows around Austin is easily my favourite part of owning a handmade business. I love meeting and visiting with customers while collectively geeking out over writing and books. Austin is such a fantastic town that really appreciates carefully curated handmade goods.

The arrival of two piglets in the last few years has meant many changes for myself and Pigsey Art, but making journals is in my blood. I'll never lose the thrill of fresh paper under my hands or pouring through antique books full of illustrations from days past.

I'm a strong believer in the craft community and the strength we can lend each other through cooperation. I was an early founding member of Austin Craft Riot (formerly known as Etsy Austin) and have held a variety of offices in the group including Co-President. Communities are what makes humans shine and I love to shine with all you wonderful people! "

And speaking of shining...Brandy sent me this beautiful "I just want to shine on" journal from her collection.

I love to write.  I'm a blogger, so I'm sure that's no big surprise.  But, there are some things that are meant for just me.  Whether it be hopes and dreams, a rough or especially happy day, love notes to my hubby..ect.  sometimes it's nice to free hand them to paper rather than share them with the entire world.  

I have a strong obsession with journals for this reason and I have collected quite a few over the years.  It's nice to have one handy in several different locations so when the thoughts are there I don't have to reach too far to jot them down.

Brandy's journal is especially fabulous because it's handmade.  She designs and laser cut's the cover out of 100% recycled kraft chipboard and also binds the journals herself.

 The first sheet of paper in the journal will be a high quality piece of 100# cardstock of your color choice. 50 sheets of blank 70# text paper fill the rest of the journal with another piece of chipboard for the back. The paper measures 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches plus the black spiral binding.

I absolutely love this journal.  Brandy does exceptional work.  Her passion of creating transforms into my passion of writing and I am grateful for her to allow me the chance to use her beautiful creation for my writing.

Brandy offers a wide selection of other laser cut designs as well as color options to suite your style.

For more information visit Pigsey Art on Etsy and Facebook.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Savvy Chevy Review & Giveaway

Last week Alexa and Lillian had a week long 'intensive' week at their dance studio.  They worked with different dance coaches from around the area and trained hard-core for try-outs, which were held at the end of the week.  We were elated to hear that both girls were accepted into a companie competition team this year.  Alexa's training started bright and early in the morning and lasted until mid-afternoon, which means we had to pack her a lunch and a few snacks for the day.  Lilli's classes were in the evening and lasted about 3 hours, so snacks and plenty of water were needed for her, too.  Plus, both girls have many pairs of dance shoes and clothes they needed to bring each day.  Food+shoes+clothes = a lot of things to lug around.  Enter Savvy Chevy's amazing glitter backpacks with an attached lunch box.  Pretty much the greatest thing that could have happened upon us at the most perfect time.  

The girls used these bags every day during their dance training.  They are the most convenient and the most blinged out backpacks we've ever seen.  They got TONS of compliments.  You can imagine all the little dancers swooning over all the sparkles.

The backpacks are large and spacious for them to carry all their dance shoes, a notebook and some clothing that they needed during the week and the amazing thermal lunch tote was able to carry a full and healthy lunch as well as enough snacks for them throughout the day.  The best part is that you can attach the lunch tote to the backpack for easy and convenient transport or you can detach it to just use the lunch tote or just the backpack, whichever you may need.

We were able to find matching water bottles at Shop-Ko for them that fit perfectly into the side mesh pockets. 

Our girls will continue using these for their dance classes, but they would also make the perfect backpacks for school, especially if your little ones are bringing lunches every day.  

Savvy Chevy is your one stop shop for women's and children's fashion.  You will find a large collection of women's clothing and accessories as well as some goodies for the kids.

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Savvy Chevy would like to offer one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner a backpack like the ones my girls received (colors are pink, blue and purple) and a chevron shoulder bag (shown below).