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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Moja Creations Review & Giveaway!


If you are a mom, you know children love bags, purses, baskets, and buckets and just anything that they can put stuff in and that is neat for them to carry! My children love bags and purses! They love carry things in them, or just carrying them empty!
When I first saw the "Snack-A-Long" reusable snack bags at Moja Creations, I knew my children would love them! =)
They are perfect for the children to put their favorite snacks in to take along with them, when we are going somewhere, or they are just running around the house or out side!
The "Snack-A-Long" reusable snack bags at Moja Creations, are perfect for school snacks/lunches, picnics, packing a lunch or snack for taking to work, etc!
They save you from having to buy plastic bags that you will have to throw away or buy more of! And they hide your food, and hold it pretty safe!
Moja Creations has tons of "Snack-A-Long" designs to pick from!

I like the "Lil' Princess Kingdom" (below), and the "giraffe garden", "outer space", "owls in chocolate", "pink cupcakes" and "camo lizard", "Snack-A-Long" snack bags! So cute!!


MojaCreations also has some neat cloth napkins that children will love! And again, these are eco-friendly and your children can use them for years! Make great gifts!



Moja Creations has "Wrap-A-Longs" too! These may be better for your "bigger" children, yourself and to pack hubby a sandwich!


I think these make a very "showy" way to pack your food! And instead of a pile of plastic lunch boxes, etc. you can toss them in the washer machine and they do not take up much space! Another plus for keeping in the kitchen drawer!

I think the "Reversible Coffee cup Sleeves" are sooo neat and cute! I know a lot of people who would love these! Once again great gift ideas at Moja creations! Especially with Christmas coming up! The "Snack-A-Longs", "Wrap-A-Longs", and the "Reversible Coffee cup Sleeves" are the perfect stocking stuffers!
Moja Creations has some "Lunch-A-Long" kits already put together for $18 or you could do one of each of the "Snack-A-Longs", "Wrap-A-Longs", and the "Reversible Coffee cup Sleeves" for about $19!!! So a very affordable and useful gift! My kind of gifts!;)

Moja Creations sent me a "Snack-A-Long" and it is soooo cute!

I love guitars so you can imagine my surprise and how excited I was to see this:

My children love it too!

You can see how it fits on a child's arm here:



Meet Our Featured Etsy store and Owner!
Here is what the owner of Moja Creations shared with us about her and her store:

What inspired the name of your Etsy store?
- Choosing the name of our Etsy store was so tough at first! You want to pick the 'perfect' name and its so hard to come up with just that. I enlisted the help of a friend after deciding to sell my items on Etsy and we came up with fun sounding words and Moja just sounded motivating and upbeat. When we realized those 4 letters were our first and middle initials put together we decided it was the perfect idea!

What inspired you to open your Etsy store?
- I always said I wanted to start a business so after finishing college I had a year off before beginning medical school and thought that was my opportunity! From the start I wanted to create items that were useful but ecofriendly at the same time since so much effort is being placed on saving our planet. Having worked with children for quite some time I thought of the snack bags and just knew that was it! Everyone thought I was a bit crazy but within days we were selling like crazy!

Would you like to share a little bit about yourself?
- I am a 24 year old from Florida, currently a 2nd year medical school student working my way to becoming a Pediatrician/Neonatologist, which I now know is a TON of work! Outside of studying I love spending my time working with my fiancee on all the items for our Etsy store and using my creative side to come up with fun new projects to work on!

Anything else you would like to share with us?
- I just want to thank everyone who is doing their part in making our planet a better place to live! There are so many ways to make small changes these days from buying a reusable water bottle to recycling newspapers that it's hard not to join in. We are so happy to play a part by offering our ecofriendly items in all our fun fabrics :-)


Now for the Giveaway!
Moja Creations is giving one of my readers, their choice of one single item from Moja Creations!!!!!


Mandatory Entry:
Visit Moja Creations and tell me which item you would pick if you won!
Mandatory entry must be done to enter giveaway!
Please leave your email address in your comment or have it visible on your profile.

Extra Entries After completing mandatory Entry:
-"Heart" Moja Creations Etsy shop (1 entry)
-Tell me an item at Moja Creations that you would give as a Christmas gift (1 entry)
-Purchase a product from Moja Creations during the time of this giveaway (10 entries per purchase)
-Follow my blog (1 entry)
-Follow me on Networked Blogs (1 entry)
-Follow me on twitter (1 entry)
-Tweet this giveaway (1 entry per day)
-Add my blog button to your sidebar and leave a link of where I can find it(3 entries)
-Write a blog post about this giveaway and leave the link to your post below (5 entries)
-Enter one of my other blog giveaways (1 entry per giveaway you enter)

That gives you 26+ chances to win! Have fun!
Please leave a comment per entry that you qualify for, for each entry to count!

This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Ends on Nov. 8th at 12 am central. The winner will be chosen at random using random.org.
The prize will be sent directly from to the winner.



Disclaimer:
For purposes of this review, I received a sample to review.
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers' own.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"Watercolors by Arlene Faye" Etsy Shop Review & Giveaway!!

I think I was born about a century late. I love the good old days. The stories, the pictures and the lifestyle. I love antiques, and want to pass on the "old things" and "old ways" to my children and grandchildren!
A while back when I was "shopping around" on Etsy, a watercolor painting popped up and I went to check out "Watercolors by Arlene Faye"! I Just Love her paintings!
It is hard to say which painting would be my favorite, but I love laundry hanging out to dry, so the "Laundry day" painting would be high on my list!
After visiting "Watercolors By Arlene Faye" you will soon see that she has a wide variety of paintings and you can find a painting that will fit in every room of the house! And you can pick from Original watercolors or prints!

The "I CAN REACH THAT" Giraffe would be great for a children's room! I know my girls would Love it!

I love the "Sweet Gardenia"!

Isn't it breath-taking?! I would have this on a bedroom wall too!

I love cherries! And I think the "Life Is A Bowl of Cherries" painting will make you hungry for a fresh cherry or cherry pie! =) YUM! They look so shiny and real!

"Watercolors by Arlene Faye" would make great gifts!

I would get several of them for Christmas gifts! Or maybe you would rather give watercolor painting notecards? She has a lot of them too!

She has a lot of great winter scene paintings on notecards! Including these "Sheep in Winter" (below)! And watercolor cards that will be great for Christmas cards! There are a lot of them to choose from! Just visit "Watercolors By Arlene Faye" to see them all!

I have a print of the "Vintage Pink Teapot" from "Watercolors by Arlene Faye", and I am so excited about it! It is like having a rare treasure to me! When I first got it, I had thought about giving it to someone special for a gift, but I think I am going to keep it for our family and pass it on to our girls!
I love tea and teapots and as I said before, vintage items! Plus I think this will look really good on the cedar walls in the kitchen! Maybe someday I will have a dining room and can hang it up in there!

Visit "Watercolors By Arlene Faye" and let me know which one you love or bought!
Now for the Giveaway!
"Watercolors by Arlene Faye" is offering one of my blog readers the choice between two of her prints! A Big thank you to Arlene!
One winner will get to choose the 8x10" print of the "Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries" or an 8x10" print of "Laundry Day"!



Mandatory Entry:
Visit "Watercolors By Arlene Faye" and tell me another original, print or set of cards you would love to buy for you and your family, or give as a gift!
Mandatory entry must be done to enter giveaway!
Please leave your email address in your comment or have it visible on your profile.

Extra Entries After completing mandatory Entry:
-Tell me which print you would pick if you won! (1 entry)
-"Heart" Watercolors by Arlene Faye Etsy shop (1 entry)
-Purchase a product from "Watercolors by Arlene Faye" during the time of this giveaway (10 entries per purchase)
-Follow my blog (1 entry)
-Follow me on Networked Blogs (1 entry)
-Follow me on twitter (1 entry)
-Tweet this giveaway (1 entry per day)
-Add my blog button to your sidebar and leave a link of where I can find it(3 entries)
-Write a blog post about this giveaway and leave the link to your post below (5 entries)
-Enter one of my other blog giveaways (1 entry per giveaway you enter)

That gives you 26+ chances to win! Have fun!
Please leave a comment per entry that you qualify for, for each entry to count!

This giveaway is open to the U.S. Only and Ends on Oct 23 rd at 12 am central. The winner will be chosen at random using random.org.
The prize will be sent directly from "Watercolors by Arlene Faye" to the winner.

Disclaimer:
For purposes of this review, I received a sample to review.
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers' own.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Girl's Romper Pattern Review and Giveaway!!!!

When I first took up sewing for our girls, I quickly narrowed down my pattern preferences for patterns that were simple, easy and yet turn out a beautiful garment! I love having clothing for my family that I have sewed but I am not someone who just loves to sew! I kind-of have to be in the mood I guess you could say, and I am not a tedious person!
I love looking at and getting fabric, sewing supplies, patterns and finishing the garment though! That is tons of fun!
Every time I find a sewing blog/site, I just have to take the time to look it over! This is another reason I love Etsy shops of course!!!!

When I first found Whimsy Couture, it was blog surfing and I found Whimsy Couture's blog! I just love the adorable pictures of all the cute patterns that she has and dresses, skirts, rompers, etc. that she and others have sewed!
Whimsy Couture
Whimsy Couture's patterns (tutorials), are very easy!
And they come in a large range of sizes! The romper tutorial I received covers preemie thru size 10!
You can have them emailed right to you and have them printed off in no time, so you can get started sewing, or you can pay a small price for shipping and receive the pattern/tutorial by mail.

I received mine by email and it was in Adobe reader. I printed off the pages I needed and got started!
I had 6 rompers cut out in one morning! They do not use much fabric, and can be sewed together fast too! So if you do not have much time, this is a good pattern for you!

I had some cute "spring flowers" fabric. One piece was large flowers, and i used it to make oldest daughter and another 5 yr. old girl friend a size 5 romper! (pictured here)


Then I made one large print flowers and one small print flowers in size 3 for youngest daughter and my grandbaby!


I also made a size 12-18 months in small flower print, for my niece!

And I had another small piece of fabric, with pink flower print, that I just had to make for my niece! Her middle name is Rose and it had tiny roses on it! Perfect! Plus she had a birthday coming up! I had a darker pink that I used for the ties and put ruffles on the bottom!

Want to sew some yourself? You can buy the Pillowcase Romper pattern HERE on Whimsy Couture! And you have to check out the other adorable patterns!!


Meet Our Featured Etsy store and Owner!
Here is what the owner of Whimsy Couture shared with us about her and her store:

What inspired the name of your Etsy store?
"I love everything whimsical and thought that Whimsy Couture describes clothing for kids.
What inspired you to open your Etsy store?
To establish an online business without the work and investment of a stationary website.
Would you like to share a little bit about yourself?
I am a young 40 something mom to 2 that loves everything handmade. I am a workaholic, nature and animal loving person that supports the environment and sees the values in people not by looking at them but by listening and watching them.
Anything else you would like to share with us?
My little company specializes in sewing patterns that are easy to whip up also for the busy, working mom. I make easy to understand tutorials with lots of pictures to help my customers make the best handmade garment for their little ones."


Now for the Giveaway!
Whimsy Couture has offered one of my blog readers a Pillowcase Romper pattern!
Think of all the cute rompers you can make for all those special girls you know!
"PATTERN DETAILS:

This new version is completely overhauled with 3 great additions to my first version!!!

Elasticized ties - so any little BIG girl can dress herself now without mommy's help! Simply step into the romper from the top and pull it on over her shoulders! The straps have now elastic! Actually you can choose how to make your romper with or without the elastic:)

CUTEST middle ruffle - can be added if preferred! Tutorial shows detailed steps how to!

crotch snap buttons can be added for the littlest romper wearers so mommy and daddy can change her EASILY!

This tutorial comes with an adjusted sizing chart, NEW and paper saving armhole and crotch cutouts! The cutouts come separately per size so you can print only the size you need!

3 lengths which are shortalls, capri-all's and full length rompers!

how to add a ruffle or a border to the leg hems!

Sizes from preemie up to size 10 girls!

comes on PDF files - must have Adobe reader to open them

You will need: fabric, a sewing machine, notions, elastics, scissors, iron and intermediate to advanced sewing skills!"


Mandatory Entry:
Visit Whimsy Couture and tell me another item you would love to buy/make or give as a gift!

Mandatory entry must be done to enter giveaway!
Please leave your email address in your comment or have it visible on your profile.

Extra Entries After completing mandatory Entry:
-Follow Whimsy Couture On Facebook (1 entry)
-Follow Whimsy Couture's Blog (1 entry)
-Purchase a product from Whimsy Couture during the time of this giveaway (10 entries per purchase)
-Follow my blog (1 entry)
-Follow me on Networked Blogs (1 entry)
-Follow me on twitter (1 entry)
-Tweet this giveaway (1 entry per day)
-Add my blog button to your sidebar and leave a link of where I can find it(3 entries)
-Write a blog post about this giveaway and leave the link to your post below (5 entries)
-Enter one of my other blog giveaways (1 entry per giveaway you enter)

That gives you 26+ chances to win! Have fun!
Please leave a comment per entry that you qualify for, for each entry to count!

This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada and Ends on Oct. 22nd at 12 am central. The winner will be chosen at random using random.org.
The prize will be sent directly from Whimsy Couture to the winner.

Disclaimer:
For purposes of this review, I received a sample to review.
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.
The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers' own.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Kids In the Kitchen" Cookbook Giveaway Extended!!!!

Hey everyone!
Wanted to let you know that I have extended the
till the first of Oct.!!!!

Hurry and enter! The enteries are low!!!

I 'm Back! So Sorry for the absence!

Hey followers, friends and fellow bloggers!

I want to aploigize for falling off of the face of the blog world! I felt terrible that I made so many commitments and then my computer got a terrible virus and I could not do anything!!!!! ACK! So that is why I was not on my blog thru the whole month of Aug!
Now that I am back on the computer, I have had a hard to getting back on here and posting, etc! Ugh! I guess I realized how much time I was on the computer and it has been good for my family for me to be off of it!

But I do have a lot I need and would like to post! And I hope my computer holds up for me! =)

So here I am! Back on the blog! And looking forward to getting in gear for more giveaways and reviews! ;)

God bless!
~Hannah