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.

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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 

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

A Little Ray of Sunshine Review & Giveaway

What do you do when you can't find cute and affordable headbands for your daughter??  You make your own.  At least that's what Monica did and has turned into an adorable business called, A Little Ray of Sunshine.

She designed this sweet red white and blue headband for my girls for the 4th of July.  I'm not sure if it's the chevron style elastic band or the three puffs of tulle, but Monica hit it out of the park with this design.  So so cute!

Alexa was so proud to wear it with her patriotic skirt during the kiddie parade during the 4th of July festivities.   I think it's safe to say...she is PROUD to be an American!

Monica was always on the look out for cute bows and headbands for her daughter and when nothing in the stores really caught her eye, she started making her own for her little one and for family and friends.

She says that retail therapy is her #1 and bow and headband therapy is #2!  I LOVE THAT!

Look no further for those cute and affordable bows that seem to be impossible to find.  
I promise that you will not find this level of cute in any store. ;)

A Little Ray of Sunshine :: Etsy :: Facebook

Monica would like to offer one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner the 2 adorable headbands shown below.

Find It Designs Review & Giveaway

 I absolutely love hand stamped jewelry.  Anything that can be personalized with mine or my kids' names on it...I want it!  Find It Designs offers a beautiful collection of hand stamped jewelry as well as other unique gifts.

Miranda is the lovely owner and designer of this sweet Etsy shop.  She's a mother, wife and first grade teacher.  She fell in love with silver stamping after her cousin gave her a stamped necklace as a gift when her son was born.  It was then that she thought to herself that this was something she could learn to do on her own.  And so it began!  She spent months learning, researching and mastering the art and today she is enjoying it more than ever.

She loved creating unique and special pieces that help people show off a little of who they are.  And through this amazing art, she's been able to incorporate her love of different metals and nature, too.

From bracelets and necklaces to key chains and wine charms!!

Pretty much anything can be stamped on to these lovely pieces to make them as individual and unique as your personality!

Miranda created this beautiful necklace for me with Alexa and Lillian's names along with their birthstone charms.  I love wearing it and carrying around a little love from my girls with me wherever I go.

Miranda also sent this sweet herb garden spoon marker that is going to look amazing in my mom's garden.  I've told her all about it and she can hardly wait to add it to her garden collection.

Finding one of a kind, unique gifts for family and friends can be tough sometimes, but also really fun when you find something that you know they'll truly love.  But, one thing is for can never go wrong with a personalized gift.  

Find It Designs :: Etsy :: Facebook

Miranda would like to offer one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner a hand stamped necklace like the one I received.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Magna Memo's Review & Giveaway

I love when people come into my home and compliment my decor.  Mostly because it's all handmade and I get to share with them who made it, where it came from and why it's special to me and my family.  Recently, I've added a few new pieces to my collection that I just simply can't get enough of. The lovely Karen at Magna Memos makes the most beautiful, decorative, themed, framed, magnetic and dry erase memo boards.  I have two of them in my home now and I can't wait to add more some day.

About Karen....

"My name is Karen and I am the creator, designer, owner, and "worker bee" behind Magna Memos.  I live in a suburb of Seattle, WA called Kirkland with my wonderful husband Bill who is quite a 'worker bee' himself.  I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, and although I miss my hometown and family that still lives there, I love living in Seattle and have made a successful transition to being a 'north westerner'.  

I create beautiful magnetic dry and erase memo boards in designer styles and eye catching themes.  I have been creating, working and perfecting my craft for about 6 years now, but only started selling at local art and craft shows about 5 years ago, and have been selling on ETSY for almost 4 years.

I always knew I had a whimsically artistic side.  I admire my mother greatly who is a very talented artist with an incredible gift for sketching, watercolor painting, needlework, and anything crafty.  The ability to draw and paint was unfortunately not something I inherited from her, but I could always at least express myself through a variety of other arts and crafts and a creative outlet was always part of my childhood and not my adult life.  I wish I would have kept some of the crazy and wonderful things I created years ago!

I've always been very technically minded, so I tend to create things that had use and function instead of only looking pretty.  I also loved food, cooking and the science of it all.  So much so, that I ended up studying Food Science in college, and currently have a successful career working in the industry of applying that knowledge experience.  That's my full time gig... :)

As I continued to satisfy my creative and whimsical side by working on a variety of art/craft projects, I stumbled on the idea of changing up the idea of a memo board.  It was the day my nephew requested that I made him something so he could keep track of the teams in the major league baseball post season.  Strange for sure, nut necessity is the mother of invention, right?  So I created a magnetic board (similar to the boards I sell today) in a baseball theme that had mini helmets for all the teams with magnets on the back that he could use to keep up with the baseball standings.  This entire contraption could be hung on the wall in his room.  He loved it and still uses it to this day.  But more importantly, it was the seed of an idea for a fun, designer and functional memo board.

I soon got lost in thinking about other styles and themes of the same project I could create for other people in my life.  My mom that loved art, my sister that loves fashion, my brother that is a foodie, my friend that sews.  What a wonderful personal gift, and it was all about the themes and designs.  I made them for friends and relatives and they all have me rave reviews.  I never intended to turn it into a business, but it was a solid concept and it seemed to be stuck in my head.  Something interested and pretty to hang on your wall that is also functional!  How awesome!  I had created something beautiful and it had a purpose, my creative and technical sides were colliding!!! My science brain and my creative side were both satisfied and I was really enjoying my craft.

Then the moment so many of the sellers on ETSY hear....My husband says, "Ya know, you should sell these..."  Magna Memos was born."

I love her thoughts on creating something that not only looks pretty, but also has a functional purpose.    I tend to think that way, too...."ok, that looks interesting...but, what does it do?" ;)

Something that's really important to me is keeping myself and my family organized and on the same page.  I'm a total list maker and note taker.  I color code our calendar and leave reminders to myself or my husband all the time.

Karen's magnetic memo boards not only allow me to write on them, but also post my lists or reminder notes with the magnets.  I can't tell you how easy and functional they are.  My husband has even reminded me to check the memo board when I get home from work.  If there isn't a note to 'empty the dish washer' then there is something sweet written like...'dinner's ready in the fridge'.  I love it!

Besides their functional abilities, they are absolutely gorgeous and work magnificently well in our home.  Karen has a keen eye for design and what works together and what doesn't.  I love her creativity!

Some important things to know about Karen's memo boards...

- Hanging hardware comes already attached to the back and is two sturdy sawtooth hangers.

- Highest quality magnets are used for the gem magnets.  No wimpy magnets here!

- High gauge acrylic is used for durability and resistance to clouding.  Any dry erase marker works on the dry erase surface and wipes clean with a soft cloth or tissue.

- Karen only works with wood frames that are cut, assembled, and painted or stained per her order.

- She can usually ship boards within one week, and will ship all over the world.

These memo boards would make a fantastic gift for a friend or yourself.

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Karen is so generously offering one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner this beautiful summery beach themed magna memo board from her collection.