Monday, November 3, 2014

The Ashton-Drake Galleries Sophia Doll Review & Giveaway

A couple of months ago I reviewed the Katie doll from The Ashton-Drake Galleries. 
(You can read that review here).

I fell instantly in love with these life-like dolls, and I'm super excited to bring you another Ashton-Drake Galleries review. 

Introducing Sophia from the So Truly Real series:

Make sure to check out my YouTube video review below, and also make sure you enter the GIVEAWAY! 
I'll be giving away a Sophia doll to one very lucky winner!



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Check Out Minted.com!

"Our purpose in life is to uncover exceptional design from all over the world and bring this to savvy consumers who won't accept anything else."
I was introduced to Minted.com the other day, and I instantly fell in love!

Minted is a community of independent designers and artists who bring you some absolutely gorgeous products! Products such as Stationary, Cards, Invitations, Announcements, Notebooks, Calenders, Planners, Gifts, Decor, Gorgeous and Unique Fabrics, Art, and much much more. And most items can be personalized with either photos or in writing.

I wanted to show you all some of their Holiday items, because you know how fast the holidays are coming! And....you can get 15% off holiday card orders $150+, 10% off $100+. Code: HOLIDAY14. But HURRY, because this ends Monday (November 3rd).

I just LOVE this Christmas tree collage card. It's a great way to add a bunch of family photos to the front of your card.
Now this is such a super cute card!

They also offer FREE Recipient Address Printing when you order Holiday cards.
LOVE!

I also wanted to show you some of my other favorite products from the website:

Personalized wrapping paper! How stink'n adorable is that?!?!?!


Baby & Children's Art Prints
 How cute is this nursery wall?
I love the little personalized newspaper sailboat.

And for those who like to stay organized, they have the most gorgeous planners!
I love this planner. Sometimes it's so hard to find a great planner.

Honestly, I love just about every item that Minted.com has to offer. Take my word for it and check them out.
Their quality is amazing, and the art that these artists and designers submit is just gorgeous.
So if you are an artist or designer and would love to get your work out there, then make sure to submit your work . You never know....I might just be purchasing your designs next!

So what are you waiting for?!?!?  Go check out Minted.com now! :) 


Disclaimer: I will receive store credit for this blog post, however, my thoughts and opinions are completely my own. If I don't like it, I don't post about it. 








Monday, October 13, 2014

Easy DIY Fall Poncho

So I've been loving the look of a camel poncho for fall, and came across this one on Pinterest (the photo of the girl on the left). 

When I clicked to find out where to get it, I saw that this particular poncho is 100% cashmere and is on sale for $220 (it was originally $389). 

After some sticker shock, I went on the hunt for a similar poncho for less.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find one that I really liked, so I decided I would take the plunge and try to make one myself. 

Disclaimer: I am NOT a seamstress! I can sew buttons and straight edges on things if I have to, but I'm not the best at it. However, knowing a poncho is 1-2 pieces of fabric at the most, I figured it couldn't be that hard.

I went to my local Hancock Fabrics actually looking for cashmere (which they did not have), but instead found a warm, camel color wool. It also was 50% off, so that was a plus! I also found a cute wooden button that I wasn't sure how I was going to use it.

I came home and found this tutorial online from a blog called Cut Out And Keep.
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  I didn't follow it exactly, but this is a great tutorial for anyone wanting to make a poncho.

Here's what I did:

  • I cut out a 40"x40" piece of wool (in hindsight, I wish I had cut it just a tad bigger).
  • Fold the fabric in half and then fold that in half to make a square.
  • I skipped the directions about the belt, as I didn't want to do that.
  • I also didn't want my poncho rounded so I skipped that part.
  • Follow the directions about cutting out the hole for your head...and be conservative. Don't make it too big. You can always go back and make it bigger.
  • I then took the scrap circle from where I cut out the opening for the head, cut that in half and made a peter pan collar. I folded the collar fabric around the opening for the head and glued it all around the inside of the opening with my glue gun. 
  • I then hand sewed the wooden button to the front of the collar. 

So this is the finished poncho, and I'm rather happy with it. It would be 100% no-sew if I hadn't attached the button...but you could always glue the button on if you really wanted to.
It looks great with boots and I also like how it looks with a scarf. And since it's wool, it's rather warm as well.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I'd love to see your own DIY fall ponchos! Post them to my Facebook wall!
Happy Fall Y'all!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall 2014 Hair (Inverted or Stacked Bob)

It's that time of year again. I'm still keeping my inverted bob, but added a few peek-a-boo lowlights.  I also stacked it a bit higher in the back. I don't like a ton of lowlights on top because I don't want to look too stripey, so my stylist put these peek-a-boo lowlights in. I can show them off by making my hair piecey, or I can cover them with my blonde on top if I want. 

If you have any questions, just comment below and I'll try my best to answer them.
My hair is cut and colored at Designer's Edge Hair Studio, and Bobbie Jean Hasbrouck is my stylist.


My instagram pic:
(My lights in my bathroom are so yellow. This filter helped a bit)

Here is the video tutorial on how I style my hair and the products I use:


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Big Buddha Handbag Instagram Giveaway!


Hey beautiful! I've got an Instagram giveaway for you!

How would you like to WIN this fabulous Big Buddha Vallora Crossbody Bag?!?!?!

Make sure to get on your phone and head over to Instagram and follow @LifeSongsOfABusyMom.

Then repost this photo above using the hashtag: BigBuddhaBagLove.

That's it!

I'll randomly chose a winner October, 24th!

GOOD LUCK!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

LeapFrog LeapBand Giveaway!


I recently was able to review the LeapFrog Leapband. 
(Check out my review HERE).

As promised, I'm giving away a LeapBand to one lucky reader! YAY!

All you have to do is enter below.

I received a LeapBand free of charge from LeapFrog, however, my opinions are completely my own.
Giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 and over.
I am not responsible for prize delivery.
Please let the Raffleopter widget fully load below:


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Get Your Kids Up And Moving With the LeapFrog LeapBand!

The LeapFrog LeapBand is an activity tracker made for kids that encourages active play and healthy habits with 50 fun challenges. The LeapBand is easy to program, easy to wear, and the challenges are a lot of fun for your child.
Your child picks his/her animal, its name and its color. They then perform movement challenges for joules. The more joules they collect, the more levels and animal rewards they can unlock.
Your child can also care for his/her pets by feeding and bathing them...which kinda reminded me of the Giga Pets you remember from the 90's...but of course way more advanced :) 
The band also gives the time like a normal watch, and when you register your LeapBand online, you can track your child's activities and joules using LeapFrog Connect.
 You can also program school and quiet/bed times where the LeapBand will become locked. Your child will only be able to see the clock during those programmed times. (I LOVE this feature).

With the LeapFrog LeapBand, I love that my child isn't sitting with a tablet all day, but gets up and moves. This was my concern with all the new tablets out there. Don't get me wrong, I love tablets, but kids need to work on their gross motor skills, as well as get daily exercise.

Here's a quick tutorial on how the LeapBand works"



I received this LeapBand free of charge from LeapFrog, however my opinions are certainly my own.

  Let me know in the comments below if you'd like a chance to WIN a LeapBand for your child!