February 28, 2012

February Sponsor Welcome & Giveaway!




Hi, I’m Tricia! Mama to my sweet & sassy daughter, N, and witty wife to the hubs, I write, honestly, about the challenges and blessings of mamahood, marriage, faith, friendship, health, fashion, and everything in between! I’m a woman with many passions including loving deeply, writing thoughtfully, baking incessantly, and creating with love. My Etsy shop, Mama’s Nest Designs, features eclectic handcrafted new and upcycled jewelry.


Find Tricia:
blog … shop … twitter  facebook


Tricia is giving away Custom mama bird necklace (up to 4 stones)
My name is Summer and I am the all over the place mama behind Made By Munchie's Mama.I work, I wife, I mama and occasionally I am just Summer. I have 2 little boys: Munchie who is 2 aka Gavin and Dylie Bear who is 7 months aka Dylan.  My hubby and I are just like every other couple: struggling to find the work, parent, spouse balance and taking things one day at a time.  On my blog you will find me writing about fights I have with my hubbymama guiltwhat I wear on Wednesdays, and stuff they don't tell you about parenthood before you get pregnant.  I also throw a good ole' tutorialaround every now and then.  I also like to make pretty things and sell them in my shop!

Find Summer:

Summer is Giving Away an ombre pom pom necklace in their choice of colors


Hi there!  I'm Kelly, a 20-something former sorority girl turned home chef and I write for the blog Eat Yourself Skinny.  I've loved to cook since forever and decided to share all my favorite recipes in one little blog with all of you!  Basically I take super fattening {aka super delicious} recipes and skinnify them so that they are low in fat and calories, but still taste really good.  I absolutely hate diets and think that they're pointless.  Eating was meant to be enjoyable so why not indulge on things that taste good instead of only allowing yourself only celery or carrot sticks??  Yep, I've been guilty.


I also share my life, my little yorkie Oliver who is literally my child, as well as my love for wine, sporting events and my new passion for photography.  So if you're looking for yummy skinny recipes or just want to make a new bloggy friend, please stop on my blog and say hello!

FIND KELLY:

Kelly is giving away a Medium Ad Space on her Blog!




I'm a Daughter of God, lover of country music, sunshine, and making pretty things. I reside in gorgeous Austin, TX with my Mr. Handsome. I love using the gifts God has given me to make pretty things for people and their homes. ♥

I established Ellah Rose after Mr. Handsome and I lost our first child in January 2011. I knew through the grief, I needed to put my energy and emotions into something so I started creating & healing. After much encouragement from family and friends, Ellah Rose was born, as my creating and healing became a passion & love.



FIND KIRAH:

Kirah is Giving away a $20 Shop Credit. 
Her shop is under construction & a relaunch is planned!! 

Wanna Win? One Lucky winner will WIN ALL 4 PRIZES!
{must be a jessicaNdesigns blog follower, but that does not count as an entry}

4 Ways to Enter:
Leave comment for each thing you do

  • Become a fan of these 4 lovely ladies on facebook & tell them I sent you. (4 entries)
  • Tweet about the giveaway & include a link to this post!
  • Facebook about the giveaway & include a link to this post!
  • Blog about the giveaway & include a link to this post!

Winner will be chosen by random.org and must email me within 48 hours to claim their prize.  Winner will be announced on my blog 3/5/12.

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February 27, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight with Crystelle Chic

I am excited to introduce you to Crystelle of Crystelle Chic! She is so sweet & talented and I am excited to get to know more about her...plus, she is GIVING AWAY one of her signature hats! :)


In 3 words I am:  mommy, wife, crafter
3 of my favorite things: My iPhone, bamboo crochet hooks and a 5 Pump, No Whip, Soy White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks
3 of my favorite Blogs:  KandeeJ.com, SewKateSew, Tip Junkie
Favorite Vacation: It's cliché, but my honeymoon back in '04. We were so poor, but we stayed two nights in Portland in two different downtown hotels {Pricelined, of course} and then used the cash we received and drove to the beach and stayed a night on a beach-front hotel with a jacuzzi tub in the room. I snapped a b&w photo of the pink bank tower  in downtown Portland and it now hangs in my entrance in a 24”x36” frame and still remember the beautiful sunset out our hotel room at the beach.
My Hometown: Born and raised in beautiful Southern Oregon where I currently live 7 miles from my parents and 9 from my in-laws.

My guilty pleasure: Taking a shower ALONE!
I feel naked without:  my iPhone
Coffee or Tea: Both, depends on the weather and my mood. I do love some great Earl Grey.
Most people would now know: I play the flute. I started in 5th grade and am pretty good.
My Worst Habit:  Procrastinating!
I would love to learn:  To play the piano
Favorite handmade item I bought: My most USED item is the key fob I got off of Etsy from OCStyleCreations. It's definitely one of my mommy-must haves. It's hard to pick just one favorite, but I love my camera strap cover by Wonder Forest and the pleated bag I got for my birthday by LiReca, both on Etsy.
Advice to other handmade business owners: Be yourself. I'm learning that I don't need to be just like anyone else, just love what I do and that love will show through to others.
A typical day:  I take my daughter to Pre-K twice a week, ballet once, change my son's diapers and make 88 different things for them to eat. Load and unload the dishwasher 10x, pick up the same toys 28 times, wait for my hubby to get home from work and then try to fit in some crocheting, usually with a little girl or boy at my side.
I stay inspired by: Going to the yarn store to touch all the yummy yarns.
3 things that have helped my business: Learning to take great photos, aying 'no' (still learning to do to that one) and doing a local craft bazaar.
Favorite thing in my shop: The black, grey and silver stocking cap. I love making these things and this one reminds me of my hubby who only likes to wear black.
 3 tools in my studio I can't live without:  Bamboo crochet hooks (have I mentioned those before???), rotary cutting tool, metal darning needles to weave in all those yarn ends

This or That:
coffee or tea? Both
vintage or new? Vintage
text or call? text
DVD or Theater? dvd
big city or small town? Small town
Book or movie? movie
flats or heels? Heels, unless it's a pair of Keens
stay in or go out? Stay in
hugs or kisses? hugs
lip gloss or lip stick? Lip gloss
cook or take out? Take out
jewelry or gadgets? Can't a girl have both?

FIND CRYSTELLE:


Wanna Win an adorable Women's Brimmed Hat giveaway with Flower Clip {$28 value}?
{must be a jessicaNdesigns blog follower, but that does not count as an entry}

  • Visit her shop & leave a comment with your favorite item

Want extra entries?
  • Be a fan of Crystelle Chic & leave her a comment that I sent you! 
  • Pin your favorite item from her shop on Pinterest & leave a link to your pin.
  • Tweet, Facebook or Blog about the giveaway & include a link to this post!

Winner will be chosen by random.org and must email me within 48 hours to claim their prize.  Winner will be announced on my blog 3/5/12.


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February 26, 2012

Happy Sunday...We have 2 Winners!


The Winner of the $20 Shop Credit to Acute Designs is:

Beth @ dot...in the city said...

I'm a fan on FB via dot...in the city


The Winner of te $30 Shop Credit to Bip And Bop is:

Susan D said...

I have added your giveaway to my blog giveaway page...



Congrats ladies!! And Thank you Gina & Nicole for sponsoring these great giveaways! Ladies, email me to claim your prizes! 


Also, be sure to go enter to WIN a FREE SPOT in my upcoming Spring Fling Gift Guide! And see how you can have your handmade shop featured!

Happy Sunday Lovelies!
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February 24, 2012

The Spring Fling Gift Guide Is Here!


I am so incredibly excited to announce the SPRING FLING GIFT GUIDE! Last Year's Handmade Holiday Gift Guide was such a huge success, that I decided to bring on Spring & Summer Gift Guides! Why not Shop Handmade all year long?!


Interested in having your shop featured in my Spring Fling Gift Guide?

HERE ARE THE DETAILS: 
♥ Inclusion in The Spring Fling Gift Guide costs $50
♥ The Gift Guide will run for 90 days {March 20th - June 20th}
♥ Your shop Logo/Ad Button (250x175) will be included
♥ A short description of your shop & what we can expect to find there
♥ A link to 3 of your favorite items from your shop
♥ Link to your shop where people can get their shop on!
♥ All of this is featured on a dedicated GIFT GUIDE page within my blog.

TO ENSURE MAXIMUM EXPOSURE FOR YOUR SHOP:
♥ I will be tweeting, blogging & facebooking about the Gift Guide throughout the run.
♥ I will also be Pinning items from your shop on my Pinterest Boards! :)
♥ Throughout the Run of the Gift Guide, I will link to the Gift Guide & your shop on facebook


Here is an example of how your feature in the Spring Fling Gift Guide would look:

jessicaNdesigns -Hand Stamped Vintage Silverware & Unique & Meaningful Jewelry

Gifts range from $9.00 - $80.00

Jessica's Favorites: I do me too forks // You + Me Ring // Coffee Spoons

♥ Get your Shop On: jessicaNdesigns


 I am accepting a limited number of shops & spots are on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in being featured in the  Spring Fling Gift Guide, fill out this form. Entry deadline is March 12th.


 GOOD NEWS for those who were in last year's Handmade Holiday Gift Guide...if you wish to be included in the Spring Fling Gift Guide, you will receive 10% off! 


REFER a Friend & save $10! If you refer a friend & they sign up and pay to be in the guide, I will give you $10 off (via paypal refund, up to 2 referral discounts per person) 
Be sure to tell them to let me know you sent them! {there is a spot on the form to state who referred you} 


Add the Spring Fling button to your blog & spread the word! 

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As if that's not enough fun...GUESS WHAT?! 
I'm Giving Away ONE FREE SPOT in the Gift Guide!! 

Want to win a Spot? Here is how:
(each task = 1 entry, you can do as many as you want, 5 possible entries total.)

  • Blog about the Spring Fling Gift Guide & include a link to this post & the Spring Fling Banner
  • Share a link to this Post on Facebook
  • Add the Spring Fling Button (above) to your Blog
  • Tweet a link to this Post 
  • Pin the Spring Fling Gift Guide Banner (top of the post) with a link to this post
UPDATE: If you sign up for the Gift Guide, then happen to WIN the FREE Spot, I will refund the $50!

BE SURE TO LEAVE A COMMENT for each thing you do! 

I will pick a winner (via Random.org) The contest is open until March 8th. Winner will be announced on March 9th that way if you are not the winner, you still have time to sign up before the 3/12 deadline.


REMEMBER: If you are interested in being a part of the Spring Fling Gift Guide, Fill out THIS FORM before the deadline of March 12th.  Spots are first come first served! 

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February 23, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight & Giveaway with Dani of Good Natured


I am happy to introduce one of my long time sponsors, Dani of Good Natured by Dani! She is so sweet, talented & really a great person! Let's get to know more about Dani:


In 3 words I am:  Dorky, Resourceful, Happy
3 of my favorite things: scary movies, wine, my husband....especially together
Favorite Vacation: It's hard to pick, but so far it's been my 3 week trip to Italy with my husband. 
My Hometown: A little town in Arkansas
My guilty pleasure:  Doughnuts
I feel naked without: my wedding ring
Coffee or Tea: Both
My Worst Habit: I worry about things too much, like a lot. Totally a habit I wish I could break.
I would love to learn: Printmaking--anyone have a good resource for this?
Favorite Handmade items I have bought: I love my adorable stamped vintage spreaders from Jessica's shop, all the wonderful soaps and lip balms from Orange Thyme on Etsy, and a super-cute embroidered necklace from Merriweather Council on Etsy.
A typical day: During my day job at the zoo, I take animals to schools and daycares, teach zoo camps/classes, and supervise teen volunteers.  During my weekend, I'm busy fulfilling orders, creating new felt critters, playing with my pets and enjoying the outdoors.
Favorite thing in my shop: I love making the wool critters, especially this one.
3 tools in my studio I can't live without: 6-needle Felting Tool (it's so sharp it could be a weapon!), hot glue gun, and a vintage shoe rack that holds my many bags of colorful wool.

FIND DANI:



Wanna Win $30 to spend in Dani's adorable shop?
{must be a jessicaNdesigns blog follower, but that does not count as an entry}

  • Visit her shop & leave a comment on how you would spend your $30

Want extra entries?
  • Be a fan of Good Natured by Dani & leave her a comment that I sent you! 
  • Pin your favorite item from her shop on Pinterest & leave a link to your pin.
  • Tweet, Facebook or Blog about the giveaway & include a link to this post!

Winner will be chosen by random.org and must email me within 48 hours to claim their prize.  Winner will be announced on my blog 3/1/12.

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February 22, 2012

Help Save A Small Business!


I am sharing this with you today because:
1. I adore Emmy & her planners & products.
2. I have a Much Ado About You planner & want more so I would hate to see her go out of business.
3. I love helping out small businesses when I can! 
4. I know what I would feel like if my business was in this position so I want to do what I can to help Emmy!

So, if you are in need of a planner or calender or know someone who is...check out Emmy's Presale!
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February 21, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight & Giveaway with Gina of Acute Designs

I am delighted to "know" Gina of Acute Designs! She is so sweet, talented & inspiring! I follow her blog & adore her shop! And today, we get to learn more about her! Take it away Gina! 

In 3 words I am: quiet, sarcastic, practical
3 of my favorite things: reality tv {specifically any Housewives series}, pizza, my laptop
3 of my favorite Blogs: Just three?? I read so many all day long + love so many more than just three :).
Favorite Vacation: My honeymoon in Nice, France
My Hometown: I don't really have one....so I will pick Cincinnati, Oh because it's where I went to college and where I hope to "settle down" one day.
My guilty pleasure: food, food, food
I feel naked without: my phone
Coffee or Tea: coffee but it has to have sweet creamer in it - caramel or vanilla.
Most people would not know:  That I am painfully honest, never lie, and HATE when someone lies to me.  
My Worst Habit: nail biting - but I have been a semi-successful quitter for two weeks...and I am becoming obsessed with nail polish in the process
I would love to learn: to sew//make my own clothes.
Favorite handmade item I bought: either a print drawing of my dogs or my R necklace from Noon Designs {http://noondesignshop.com/}
Advice to other handmade business owners:  Be kind, support the handmade community, it isn't easy...if you want this to be your career then don't treat it like a hobby, price your items to reflect their true value, and don't copy!
A typical day: wake at 6am - walk dogs and workout {some days}, blog//email//other computer related things until about 11am, package any orders, eat lunch, go to pot office {if need be} or finish more orders/blog projects, walk dogs again {they are very spoiled}, more blog/computer stuff, dinner, then the evening is filled with either working on orders or projects or reading blogs.
I stay inspired by: blogs, movies, magazines
3 things that have helped my business: hard work, networking with others in the handmade/blogging community, and the ability to take constructive criticism
Favorite thing in my shop:  this headband - so pretty + I looooove gold!  OR this headband/sash - I have a lace obsession :) 


FIND GINA:


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Wanna Win $20 to spend in Gina's adorable shop?
{must be a jessicaNdesigns blog follower, but that does not count as an entry}

  • Visit her shop & leave a comment on how you would spend your $20

Want extra entries?
  • Be a fan of Acute Designs & leave her a comment that I sent you! 
  • Pin your favorite item from her shop on Pinterest & leave a link to your pin.
  • Tweet, Facebook or Blog about the giveaway & include a link to this post!

Winner will be chosen by random.org and must email me within 48 hours to claim their prize.  Winner will be announced on my blog 2/25/12.

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February 20, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me!

My Birthday Faces:
Whoop! It's my birthday! / Wait, I'm 30. / OMG I am 30... / Oh well Let's party!

First of all, I can NOT believe I am 30...I am kind of embarrassed to admit it. But what can you do...whine & complain, be depressed for a bit, day dream about the old days, wish you were younger, do something crazy. OR you can appreciate the days you are given, be happy about where you are in life, feel blessed you have reached this milestone, hope & pray for many more amazing years. 

Sure, while I may remain a little dumb founded that I am in fact out of my 20s, I have decided to embrace this milestone age. I have decided to give Thanks to the Lord for even being here, for the life he has blessed me with, for the years he has given me!   My best friend (who also turns 30 next month) texted me a quote yesterday & it really hit home:

"Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many."  ~Author Unknown

That is so true! And to be honest, I have all I have ever wanted.  A husband who I love with all my heart, 3 beautiful children, my own successful business, a family that I treasure, amazing friends that I adore & the life I always dreamed of! I would say that is pretty darn good for 30! 


Let's CELEBRATE with a SALE! 
TODAY ONLY get 20% off ANYTHING in the shop with code: ITSMYBDAY

Also, be sure to check back next week for a BIG CELEBRATION GIVEAWAY! I am planning a "My favorite things" giveaway & I can't wait! 

Happy Birthday to me! 
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February 19, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight & Giveaway with Bip and Bop

I truly appreciate my sponsors! And I love featuring them & their handmade businesses! Today. we get to find out more about Nicole, the owner of Bip & Bop! PLUS, she is giving away a $30 credit to her adorable shop! 





3 of my favorite things: My husband and twin daughters, Brooklyn and Isabella, 14 months
3 of my favorite Blogs: The Pink Peonies, Little Miss Momma, Bluebird Kisses
Favorite Vacation: Our trip to Sayulita, Mexico for our destination wedding in 2008. A week long vacation with 55 of our closest friends and family. Dream come true!
My guilty pleasure: Reese's Peanut Butter cups...and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills! Shhh...don't tell!
Coffee or Tea: Skinny Vanilla Latte, all the way. The folks at the Starbucks know me, and my baby girls by name.
My Worst Habit: leaving every light in the house on
I would love to learn: to knit or crochet
I stay inspired by: goling to the fabric store. Way too often. And spending way too much money.
A typical day: In a nutshell: cook, feed, clean, naptime (hooray!), repeatx2, dance party, bath time, bed time, and craft time!

FIND NICOLE:

Wanna Win $30 to spend in Nicole's adorable shop?
{must be a jessicaNdesigns blog follower, but that does not count as an entry}

  • Visit her shop & leave a comment on how you would spend your $30

Want extra entries?
  • Be a fan of Bip & Bop on Facebook & leave her a comment that I sent you! 
  • Pin your favorite item from her shop on Pinterest & leave a link to your pin.
  • Tweet, Facebook or Blog about the giveaway & include a link to this post!

Winner will be chosen by random.org and must email me within 48 hours to claim their prize.  Winner will be announced on my blog 2/25/12.

GOOD LUCK! 
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