Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SewJillyBean Review & Giveaway

I'm excited to share with you a very special shop called SewJillyBean.  It's a darling Etsy boutique that features a collection of custom made clothing for children including tutu skirts, dresses, t-shirts, towels and more.

Jill is the incredible mastermind behind this sweet shop and designs her creations all out of love for her daughter, Julianna, who is the model in most of her photos.

Jill was so kind to send Lillian and Alexa some of her creations.  When I saw that she featured orange and black attire, I couldn't help but beam with Tiger pride for our school mascot.

School Spirit Day/Homecoming is next week at our school so these items couldn't have come at a better time.  There is no doubt my girls will be sparkling with school spirit!!

Lillian's little tiger cheerleader dress is absolutely the cutest.  The tiger appliqué on the front is so sweet age age appropriate for Lilli.  She simply adores it.  

This dress features a plaid orange and black print as well as plain black fabric on the skirt with a tie at the waist.  The top is tank top style and has a zipper on the side for easy dressing.  

Lilli also wanted me to make sure to share with you that it has LOTS of twirl, which is very important to a 6 year old. ;)

Alexa received an orange and black sparkle tutu skirt.  

We are both HUGE fans of this tutu being on the longer side.  It's more of a tea length rather than super short.  It's also hemmed in satin ribbon which gives it some extra personality!

Jill went all out with the tiger embellishments and added a little tiger to the orange sparkle bow at the waist.  Too cute for words.  Alexa is anxious to wear this to school next week and has big plans for it come Halloween, too!

We are so impressed with Jill's work.  She goes over and beyond to create pieces that are quality made and full of personality.  

If you have a custom request, Jill is your go to gal!

Now let me tell you a little bit about Jill's sweet as pie daughter, Julianna (age 3).  Julianna was born with Spina Bifida and although she has her struggles, she does not let this hold her back.  She is pure sunshine and just bubbles over with contagious joy.  She had her first neurosurgery when she was just 6 months old and due to her spine becoming re-tethered, she is going to need another surgery soon.

Now, I know that most of you are moms who read this blog and share in my love for handmade goodies.  And I know how much you all love to support other mama's, especially when it's for a cause like helping to pay for their child's needs.

Well, you have an opportunity to help.  Not only can you purchase from Jill's shop and support her craft and incredible talent, but you can also donate directly to support Julianna in her Walk & Roll this coming Saturday hosted by the Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati.  They've allowed Julianna and her family the opportunity to get connected with other kids who have Spina Bifida and their families.  They support her and answer all her questions as well as put her in contact with the right specialists according to her needs.
Obviously, they want as many donations before then but you are still able to get your donations in during the month of October.

Check her out....isn't she a DOLL??

SewJillyBean :: Etsy :: Facebook :: Fundraiser

Jill would like to offer one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner any 1 custom made item of your choice.
There are many ways to enter using the rafflecopter entry form below, including making a donation.  Julianna and her family appreciate it more than you know!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Select Style Boutique Review & Giveaway

I am thrilled for the opportunity to introduce you to the lovely Joanna from Select Style Boutique.  Some of you may already know her from her sweet Etsy shop, but for those that don't, here's a little about her....

"My name is Joanna, and as far as I can remember back, even as a child, I always was attracted to sewing. I can surely say that sewing is my hobby and it is so fulfilling when I see that a piece of fabric is becoming an "item" which makes me and the people that receive it happy!

I'm a " perfectionist " when it comes to sewing. I like a neat, clean and beautiful look to any item that I make. (I can't help it, I guess I was born like that :)) Therefore the name of my shop is "Select Style Boutique". I concentrate on "Unique style" and 'Quality". I always put myself in my "customer's shoes" when I mail something out and make sure that I sent what I would like to receive.
I LOVE creating unique one-of-a-kind items!

I am married to my wonderful and helping husband and we have one lovely daughter. God is the center of our lives. I believe that He is behind everything I make and He controls my life. I can say that I have seen His help many of times in trying to create/ sew and ship out items to my customers. I am grateful for all the blessings in my life."

Joanna's passion for her art is very apparent in her work.  She offers the utmost quality and professional designs and stitching.  

Select Style Boutique offers seasonal dresses, peasant dresses, birthday outfits, matching sibling sets, personalized apron sets, birthday and shower gifts, women's and girls infinity scarves, hairbow and headband holders and so much more.  Joanna's talents are endless!  If you're looking for a special gift to wow your friends, this is the place to shop! 

Joanna sent me one of her fabulous bow holders in light pink and brown with my friends daughters name, Evelyn) embroidered on it.  It was the perfect baby gift to give my friend and she still has it hanging in her room holding all her hair pretties almost a year later.  

Joanna is very helpful in creating the perfect piece for you, whether you have a special theme, event or color ideas, she wants her customers 100% pleased with their product.  

Check out her cute Fall items in her shop!!

Select Style Boutique :: Etsy :: Facebook

Joanna would like to offer one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner a $10 GC to spend as you wish in her shop.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sun Love Shirts Review & Giveaway

I've had the pleasure of working with Niki at SunLoveShirts before and I extremely excited to have her here on Mom-a-Logues again.  Her dresses are top favorites with my girls and the quality work she provides makes me want to purchase every single one in her shop.

 From Niki....

"Being a stay-at-home mom is great and rewarding, but a few years ago I found myself craving more. I missed the creative process of being a musician (I studied piano at one of the best music schools after graduating high school) and the intellectual stimulation of my job (I have an MBA and worked in the marketing field).
Inspiration struck and I turned to sewing! I love playing with fabrics, picking out color combinations that are pleasing to the eye, and creating new designs; it speaks to my artsy side. For my nerdy side, I like the process of running my shop, looking at my shop stats, dealing with SEO (Search Engine Optimization), etc.

I am originally from Europe, but have lived in Hawaii for 11 years now. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for the beauty the islands offer, the majestic mountains, the idyllic sunsets, the friendly people. I love living in Hawaii, and I hope that my joy and happiness translate to my designs.

Thank you for supporting me and making it possible for me to pursue my passion for sewing!"

Niki's passion for her craft and her enthusiasm radiates through each of her clothing pieces.  Everything from the fabrics and the designs are perfectly laid out and compliment each other so well.  When I say I want one or two of each....I mean I wish I could swim around in her fabric stashes. haha  I hope my little girls will be wearing SunLoveShirts dresses for many many more years.

Niki was so generous to send Lilli this fabulous twirl dress from her collection.  Lilli's eyes lit up like fireworks on the 4th of July when she saw her new dress from Niki.  She's excited to wear it while the weather is warm but is equally excited to pair it with a sweater or leggings when it turns chilly!

I think the excitement in her face says it all....She LOVES this dress.  Any little girl would be lying to say they didn't love to twirl and spin and this dress offers so much of that.  The fabrics are gorgeous and the quality is phenomenal.  

 Sun Love Shirts :: Etsy :: Facebook

Niki would so generously like to offer one lucky reader of mine this gorgeous rose dress below in the size of your choice.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Transform Your Wall Review & Giveaway

I've been a huge fan of wall decals for a long time.  We have a few in our home and I'm always trying to come up with more places to put them.  They are such a fun and unique way to display pieces of your personality in your home.  And what better way to spruce up a boring wall, right?

Transform Your Wall was born out of Lucie's passion for interior design and the boundless creativity that it allows.  She has always been amazed at how something as simple and affordable as a vinyl decal can transform an empty wall space and add so much character and dimention.

The selection you'll find in her shop were chosen to allow everyone to be creative.  Whether you're an expecting mother wanting to decorate a new nursery, business owners wanting to enhance a public space or a teenager that wants the 'coolest' room around.

Lucie encourages everyone to live in the home you've always dreamed of.  She's ready to make that a reality with her fabulous wall decals.

Lucie was extra sweet to send Alexa and Lillian her ballet dancers wall decals in pink. 

They are pretty much obsessed with dance, so I couldn't see a more fitting piece to display in the wall in their playroom/dance room.  Unfortunately, we haven't had time to paint it yet, which we want to do before putting up the decals.  So, I've included the picture of the ballerina's on Lucie's page as well as my girls excitedly holding theirs, patiently waiting for their parents to get their act together and finish painting their room.  I'll be doing a follow up post, I promise!

If you've never tried vinyl wall decals before, it may seem a little daunting.  I remember how afraid I was when I tried my first one, but once I got started, I quickly realized I had nothing to worry about.  It was super easy and well worth the small amount of patience that it takes to apply them to the wall.

The girls literally SCREAMED when they opened up their new playroom decor.  The ballerinas are their favorite and with this set, it's definitely something that they can grow into.  Lucie offers another ballerina set that depict toddler size girls.

Lucie's selection of decals is incredible.  Definitely something for everyone's style and preference.  

For more information visit Transform Your Wall on...

Lucie would like to offer one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner a vinyl wall decal of choice (up to a $60).

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.

Miss Milly's Boutique:: Etsy :: Facebook

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.

For more information on Maggie Belle's please visit Kristen on...

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.

Marthe Pinaire :: Etsy :: Facebook :: Instagram

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