GIVEAWAYS

“The Orange” BrylaneHome Blanket {GIVEAWAY}

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The best color on the planet right now – burnt orange. Or any orange for that matter! Leaves, pumpkins, candles, decor, the evening sky…the list is endless. Burnt orange, golden brown, pumpkin, tangerine, bronze, cinnamon, brick or copper…describing Autumn with different hues of orange is why this season is a favorite amongst so many! My pick for orange right now: BRICK

Say hello to our BRICK colored oversized blanket from BrylaneHome!

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That color!!! Blowing against a green lawn and trees that haven’t reached their Fall change yet, on a day that was made in heaven! LOVE. This is the time of year that our dryer gets no work! Yes, we live within the city limits but we still have a clothesline and have had it for years. There is NOTHING better than sleeping with a blanket fresh off the line. That smell, in Autumn, is pure bliss!

As is this blanket. I know “bliss” is not the word most would use for a blanket but I love sleep, hence why I love everything that I put on my bed. This beautiful brick blanket is paired with our white down comforter to make for the coziest bed imaginable. The blanket is 100% cotton with a tight woven design. It’s ideal for use all year round, either on the bed like we do {king sized} or perhaps a smaller size for use in the living room while snuggling next to the fire. I hate to use the word basic for this blanket as it is quite luxurious but this is that basic, practical blanket you’ll use daily and is a must have for any home.

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I highly recommend the brick color, even though there are an array of color options!

GIVEAWAY: One lucky winner will receive a BrylaneHome Studio Cotton Blanket to enjoy this season! {sizes and colors are limited, winner’s prize choice will be dependent on availability} Simply fill out the form below to enter, good luck to all!!

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Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween {GIVEAWAY}

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

G and I spent a wonderful morning together yesterday! Days with just mommy and me time are few and far between. We filled our day with a coffee date, consignment shopping, Greek food for lunch, and a fun, whimsical book signing. This mama sure loved her Gyro and Gigi sure loved meeting a new friend – Audrey Kinsman, author of Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween.

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After spending a few days reading Switchcrafted and playing with the Switch Witch toy, Gigi has since declared that she would like to be WITCH for Halloween this year! Not a desired Disney Princess, a WITCH. My 8 Aunts {who’s ancestors hail from Salem, MA} will be thrilled! Anything Witch themed is very popular in our family this time of the year, my Aunts and Mother live for the Witch season. Sorry Aunties, Gigi is thinking more along the lines of the adorable, orange haired pretty above for a costume this year, not the spell casting evilness of centuries past. And if we can get away from the princesses for just a little bit, I’m all over it!

Halloween costumes aside, we did have the ultimate pleasure of meeting Audrey Kinsman yesterday morning, complete with a reading of this uniquely clever tale. Audrey, along with Pam Hatcher, takes the tradition of eating Halloween candy for WEEKS after trick or treating to a whole new much more healthier level.  Our family is all about making NEW traditions, for any occasion, and we have thoroughly embraced this one.

Step aside Santa, it’s not your turn yet. The Switch Witch comes first, we’ve got some candy to get! – The Blakes

Without giving the whole story away, cause really…you are going to want to get this book and keepsake for your family, here’s a sneak peak:

“Witches do not eat candy, although some may try. However, candy is the only fuel that makes a Witchy broom fly!”

“So the Witches make deals with only good girls and boys, “If you leave us your candy, we will Switchcraft it for toys!”

“Remember that only good kids can trade, so be on your best behavior and a Switchcraft will be made.”

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The recent press contact on the release of this charming book said it best by comparing it to “Elf on the Shelf” but for Halloween. As parents, I know we all try to limit the amount of sugar our kids eat all year round. During this season, it’s extremely hard! Halloween is all about the magic…and this story, along with the Switch Witch and her enticing “trade” of candy for toys, brings forth memory making magic minus the dreaded sugar high!

G and I are truly in love with Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween and again were thrilled we had the opportunity to meet with Audrey yesterday. We now have a signed book to treasure for years to come and a Switch Witch of our own {named Ariel – of course} to start a new Halloween tradition. If Ariel the Witch can get these 4 kids to behave, she may have to stay around all.year.long!

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Enjoy interactive fun over at Switchcrafted.com.

ORDER yours HERE!

About the Authors:

AUDREY KINSMAN
Audrey Kinsman is the author and creator of Halloween’s newest tradition Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween (available September, 2014). A proud mother of two young boys, Kinsman struggled with finding a solution to the piles of candy that her two sons collected while trick-or-treating in 2013. An inspiration on a cross-country flight lead to the creation of the Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween.

A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Southern California, Kinsman currently works in finance. She is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and became a Certified Sommelier in 2006. Kinsman currently resides in Denver, CO with her husband and two sons. She loves to cook, ski and spend time with her family.

PAM HATCHER
Pam Hatcher has built a successful career developing products for the wholesale gift industry and launching them to market. She is excited to share the vision for Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween (available September, 2014) with parents across the country.

After graduating from the University of Arkansas Hatcher co-founded Inviting Company, a wholesale invitation and paper company that she then sold to in 2012. She currently is an executive for a line of gift and stationery products, and is also an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Hatcher lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two sons. She is an avid reader, loves food, wine and art, and will find any excuse to spend time outdoors.

GIVEAWAY:  One lucky winner will receive the Switchcrafted book & witch set! Simply fill out the form below to enter, good luck to all!

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Ju-Ju-Be Bags {GIVEAWAY}

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Ever been to a “display shower” before? Let me just say, for those of you {like me} who are over the baby stage {and not looking back} or the ones that have not entered the baby stage yet, a baby shower with the endless hours of opening gifts can be taxing! My SIL’s first baby shower is this weekend and she’s requested a “display shower”:

Please bring your gift unwrapped

It will be displayed for all to see. 

That way we’ll have more time to socialize

And chit chat with the mom-to-be!

Less work and money to spend on gift wrap for the guest, and more time to truly enjoy family and friends for the mommy! Plus, it’s a great way for you to get creative with your gift! My SIL will be writing for us as our new maternity and baby editor. Her shower is the best place to get her started on her new blogging experience! Guess what we’re using as an awesome display “gift bag” at the shower for all to see and droll over? One of the newest, most beautiful Ju-Ju-Be diaper bags!

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Meet the Legacy line. Oh so gorgeous and modern!

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Mixing and matching bold designs with striking, and timeless, white and black creations, makes for an array of bags and accessories perfect for any new mommy…and beyond! We’ve adored Ju-Ju-Be diaper bags before and what we love most of all is the opportunity to use the bags well beyond baby. Since the style of the Legacy collection is so trendy, you can drop the “diaper” in diaper bag and just enjoy your BAG no matter where your next daily adventure takes you! But trust me, when using a Ju-Ju-Be bag as a diaper bag, you will not be disappointed!

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The above is the bag myself and my SIL have gotten to sample over the last few weeks. Hello Legacy Super Be! The description of this bag uses the word SUPER numerous times and we know why! It’s a large and in charge bag with room for EVERYTHING! Gorgeous is another word I would use over and over again…it’s such a classic, beautiful design. So bold and eye-popping, with compartments ready and waiting for bottles, bibs, diapers and wipes, and so very much more:

    • Ultra light.
    • Tote straps have a 12-inch drop.
    • Zippered closure on top keeps your stuff inside
    • 2 interior mesh pockets and 1 extra long interior zippered pocket
    • Extra long key clip in main interior of tote.
    • 3 exterior pockets on the front
    • Large back pocket has snap closure and is perfect for magazines, folders or papers.
    • Teflon® … fabric protector helps repel stains.
    • Agion® … natural antimicrobial treatment inhibits and reduces the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew.
    • Smart Pockets … get organized!
    • Light-Colored Linings … you can actually see what’s inside; it’s not just a big black hole in there.
    • Machine Washable … air dry.

LOVE!!!
Also, Happy October everyone! Welcome to Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Take a peek at the Pink Pinwheels collection to support a wonderful cause this month!

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GIVEAWAY – Win a Legacy Super Be bag just like ours! Simply fill out the form below to enter! Good luck to all!

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John Deere Monster Treads RC Gator {GIVEAWAY}

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

I walked into a restaurant the other day and the waiter was quite a chatterbox. He was fascinated by our little girl {who was the only child with us at the time} but confused by the “Boymom University” tee I was wearing. I had to politely explain to him that no, Boymom University was not a real place, just a pun on the fact that we also have 3 boys who were at school and not with us. OH, that set him off into tales of growing up on a farm and riding 4-wheelers and tractors with his brothers. Our boys would have loved conversing with this jolly waiter about ALL THINGS BOYS, which includes anything with 4 wheels and moves fast. Even when our boys are not with us, all conversations truly do lead back to them and their shenanigans.

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That youthful waiter brings us from the farm to the suburbs and how the Blake boys roll within the city limits. No 4-wheelers and farm tractors here {unless you want to count the riding lawn mover}, just radio control HEAVEN!

Our backyard is perfect for the beauty that is the John Deere Monster Treads RC Gator. And when I say perfect, I mean very imperfect…with the tree roots and bumps/hills, rock paths and fallen limps, dirt mounds and small streams…everything an RC Gator needs to jump, spin, maneuver, and speed around! This sucker is a fast one for sure! We have boys that range from 6 to 12, and a 3 year old girl. All 4 have been caught chasing this bouncing RC Gator down the side hills, through the tree root covered back yard, all the way out onto the paved city Greenway in the back. Our backyard backs right up to the wooded, swampy Greenway. From our backdoor on into the public city Greenway and everything in-between is true heaven on earth for dirty, active boys and throwing this new radio controlled toy into the mix has made for afternoon after afternoon of fun filled Fall goodness.

Wipe off the tires and bring her in for indoor fun as well. Lots of imaginative play with ramps and sister chasing to be had indoors on rainy days too!

The holiday season will be here before you know it, it’s already almost October! I’m not sure about your family, but for sure there’s always at least one remote control vehicle under our tree with 3 little boys! You can never go wrong with a gift of John Deere and radio control madness when there’s a boy involved.

Last year, the John Deere Monster Treads Radio Control Tractor was named the #2 toy of 2013 by FamilyFun magazine. This year, the award-winning radio control Monster Treads from John Deere comes spinning, somersaulting and speeding back in 2014 as a brand new and totally cool Gator vehicle, complete with full-function operation; super bouncy air inflated tires; rear stand, spin and somersault tricks and fast speed.

About the John Deere Monster Treads Radio Control Gator
The award-winning radio control Monster Treads from John Deere comes spinning, somersaulting and speeding back in 2014 as a brand new and totally cool Gator vehicle, complete with full-function operation; super bouncy air inflated tires; rear stand, spin and somersault tricks and fast speed. Requires 6 AA and one 9V battery (not included). MSRP: $59.99. Ages: 8 years+ available now at johndeeregifts.com and local John Deere dealers.

GIVEAWAY:  One lucky winner receives their own John Deere Monster Treads RC Gator! Simply fill out the form below to enter. Good luck to all!

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BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.

Disney On Ice ~ Princesses & Heroes {GIVEAWAY – CHARLOTTE}

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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It’s that time of year again!! Disney On Ice is back here in Charlotte, NC. For the past several years, our family has enjoyed a night out with just the younger two kids, downtown, enjoying some one on one while they thrive in watching the ever fabulous Disney On Ice show!

Enter a world where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she explores life above the waves and Prince Eric as he breaks Ursula’s spell to reclaim his true love. See Prince Phillip, in a race against time to rescue Aurora, defeat evil Maleficent. Discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true. High-flying jumps, breathtaking skating, and lovable Disney friends are a wish away at Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes brought to you locally by Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates!

We are looking forward to the ultimate family evening out with our FAV Disney characters! YES, Ariel has and always will be our fav in this house. It was my favorite when I was little and it makes me so happy to watch Gigi adore her as well! G is 3 now so I think this will be the first year she will thoroughly enjoy and remember our experience this year at Disney On Ice. We cannot wait!

Purchase your tickets now for the October 1 – October 5 showings in Charlotte HERE.

CHARLOTTE LOCAL GIVEAWAY:  Simply fill out the form below to enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to the October 1st event at 7pm. Good luck to all!

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BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.