Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jamberry Nails with Danielle Powanda


Ugh, naked nails! I hate naked nails, but I am the worst at painting my fingers and toes. I end up half painting my nail and half painting my skin, and when you are painting them red, you look like you've just commited a hanious crime! I even asked Cory one day, out of sheer frustration to paint my nails for me. Needless to say that was a terrible idea and he vowed never to paint them again, not even if I'm on my death bed! Isn't he nice! I always want to have fun pretty nails especially since people see them everyday, and the ladies I work with always have well manicured nails, it makes me want to run and find a pair of gloves to cover mine up with. I don't have a lot of time or money to run and get a mani/pedi, but I try my best.Well, you can imagine my excitment when I was given the opportunity to try Jamberry Nails, Nail Shields. I had heard of them before, but wasn't sure where to get them and what the cost of the shields would be. I talked to Danielle with Jamberry Nails, and she sent me the cutest set of nail shields and I was totally thrilled with the choice she sent me, multi colored chevron.
Multi Colored Chevron
When I opened the package Danielle sent me, I noticed that she placed in with the shields and a catalog, directions of how best to apply the shields. While there are several steps in the process, they are all very easy to do, and most of the steps, you would already do when you are giving yourself a manicure. You must frst cut your nails to the desired length, then file them down. Clean your nails with polish remover or alcohol. Push back your cuticles, I never understood this until now! The cuticle acts as a curb for the shield and helps keep it in place. Ya learn something new everyday! Size the shields up to make sure you get the best fit for your nail, and then heat the shield up with the blow dryer for 15 seconds. Place on your nail and apply pressure, use the cutilce pusher to
ensure a secure fit, and  cut to fit the nail. File off any extra nail shield that may be left, and voila, you have a beautiful nail that people will be jealous of! It really was so easy to do, took me about 10 minutes from start to finish and I was really happy with the final results. You can do up to 3 sets of nails with the shileds and they claim to last up to 2 weeks!  I wanted to see if that was true or not!
First Day with the Nail Shields
So Cool!

I have been wearing the shileds for about a week and a half now, and let me say they have stayed in place very well. I have a tough on my hands job, working as a ticket and gate agen for American Airlines, I have to lift and move up 70lb bags everyday. It can be very taxing on my hands and feet. I got my finger caught in some one's 67.5lb tool box and it didn't even damamge the shield. I've showerewd with them, washed dishes, and played with the dog. Put up christmas decorations and wrapped gifts, nothing has messed them up. They look just as good today as they did the day I first put them on. How many of us can say that from just doing thier own nails at home! Jamberry Nail Shileds are amazing!
Many of the ladies I work with were jealous of my nails, and were asking me where I got them done? When I told them that I did them my self, and at home, they couldn't believe thier eyes. The multi colored chevron pattern that Danielle sent me is so cute and perfect for fall. I decided to mix it up, so all of my nails didn't have the same colors, some are more prominent with the grren, and others are more prominent with the gold and brown. I have one of those off beat personalities, I don't like to have the same as everyone else! I think they look fun and it's kind of unexpected.
Almost 2 weeks Later, and Still Going Strong!

Jamberry Nails would be the perfect gift for a little girls birthday party, or for a girls night in with the besties! Are you getting married? Why not check out Jamberry's wedding line and do something with your bridesmaids. Believe me, they will thank you for not making them spend $100 on their nails at the salon. Just set up some tubs, get some sugar scrubs and do your own! I would have love to have done that for my wedding! Or, there are tons of Holiday parties coming up, why not buy some for all the ladies in your office, or buy for yourself, and be the talk of the party! Jamberry Nails offers many different seasonal options for you to choose from. Like I said before, 1 sheet can do up to 3 sets of nails and they are priced at $15.00 a sheet. That is such a steal and right now Danielle has a deal going that if you buy 3 you get 1 free! Come on, you can stock up and put all of these in everyone's stockings!  The options are endless with Jamberry Nails, and you really can't go wrong with them!

Thank you so much to Danielle Powanda for allowing me to review Jamberry Nail Shields, and for allowing one lucky reader to win a set of shileds of their own!

Disclouser: I was sent the above mentioned products directly from the sponsor.
I was not monetarily compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are solely mine, your experience may differ.

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If you are interested in jazzing up your naked nails,
 head on over to Danielle's Jamberry Nails and pick out your perfect set!

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Clever Container Review & Giveaway

I am one of those people who thrives on being well organized. I like structure, routines and order. In my house, everything has its place- from the back porch to the front walk! When it comes to organizing the little things, why should it be any different?



I was so happy to connect with Diane Ritter, a representative with Clever Container. Clever Container is a direct sales company that strives to keep people everywhere (you guessed it) well-organized. When I'm organized, I can go about my day without added stress, I can easily find what I'm looking for, and can get things done a lot faster! Diane introduced me to an incredible line of products that help to organize everything from the car to the home and office! I sort of go crazy over organizational products. I love planners, containers, folders, boxes, cubbies and more! Seriously, I go a little nuts when looking at home helpers!



Diane was kind enough to send me one of her best sellers from Clever Container, which is the Card Cubby. The Card Cubby is a sassy little pouch with a magnetic closure. It's designed to do the things your wallet just can't! It's soft, yet sturdy and can hold all of your gift cards, loyalty cards, frequent shopper cards, coupons, business cards and more. The Card Cubby comes with a mini filing system with letters a to z. You can now alphabetically file every single one of your cards and coupons and keep them all in one place! The inside of the Card Cubby features a pocket that zips open and closed, which you can keep your petty cash or loose coins in. On the outside, the Card Cubby has a clear pocket to hold your ID! 



I couldn't wait to give the Card Cubby a try! I have so many discount, rewards and frequent shopper cards that they won't all fit into my wallet. I started filing my cards into the Card Cubby, and then decided to add my insurance cards, my library card, business cards for my hair dresser and some favorite restaurants, etc! This is also the perfect way for me to hold my personal business cards for my home businesses (I have two of them), and to hold 'calling cards' for Mommy's Block Party! I was so amazed by how many cards I could fit into the Card Cubby! I still have room to add many, many more cards, too! I can't wait to go through my coupons and file them into the Card Cubby... I'm actually thinking about getting a second CC just for the coupons, alone! My sister is really great about using coupons, and I think this would make an excellent gift for her! 



The Card Cubby comes in your choice of pink or black, so it's perfect for guys and gals! It easily fits into any purse, tote bag, briefcase, or even in your car console! At $25.95, this awesome handy helper is a steal! The Card Cubby holds about 80 cards, and would really make a wonderful holiday gift for friends, family, teachers, co-workers and more! Need some stocking stuffers? Grab some Card Cubbies and stuff away!

Clever Container has so many great organizational products to help you organize your life! Check out some of the products I'd love to try in my home...


Wrap It Up gift wrapping center...




It's In the Bag leftover helper...




Hanger Hamper...



Clever Container is right up my alley, and they have so many affordable house helpers and ideas! I love that Clever Container has options for every budget! I think I may be doing my stocking stuffer shopping with Diane this year!

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You can purchase these featured products and more from Diane's Clever Container website! If you can't find what you're looking for, be sure to contact Diane... she is super sweet and will be more than happy to assist you!



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One lucky Mommy's Block Party reader will win their very own Clever Container Card Cubby in pink! Just use our super easy entry form below this post to enter to win!

Special thanks to Diane R. with Clever Container for allowing me to review the Card Cubby and for offering this most excellent giveaway for our readers!

Good luck, everyone!

~Ondria~

Disclosure: I was sent the above featured product directly from this representative. I was not monetarily compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience with this product may differ.



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Lazy Owl Review & Giveaway

~Part of our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide~

Imagination is huge at our house. I am constantly happily and proudly surprised at what Beckett and Scarlett come up with in those little heads. They truly are amazing and to hear some of the story lines, wow, those brains are really going.


One of little man's favorites is superheros--flying around, saving things, fighting the bad guys (his favorite part), and of course, winning in the end. S on the other hand, all girl, loves princess play. She has a castle and dress up clothes, she also likes to be in charge.

I get to work with some pretty fantastic companies writing for Mommy's Block Party, we are really blessed if I must say.  The Lazy Owl is another new company that we got to partner with and it falls right into that "fantastic company" category.
 The Lazy Owl is an Etsy shop, LOVE, and has been around on Etsy since mid 2011. They specialize in Crowns, Capes, Aprons, and Bags, all great for the imagination. I was thrilled to get a chance to work with them and so were my little ones. Julie was so wonderful to us, she let both Beckett and Scarlett choose an item from The Lazy Owl shop and personalized it just for them.

As a mom herself, Julie knows how important getting what you want and having a choice is. We thank, thank, thank her for that opportunity. We had easy communication and within 2 weeks our goodies arrived in the mailbox.

The wrapped up goods
 Both items came neatly wrapped in tissue paper and tied with ribbon. I love when shops take the extra time to give their products some extra love. Julie also included her business card and a loyalty coupon for a future purchase.

Beckett was the first to get something from The Lazy Owl
 A Superhero Cape personalized with a lightning bolt and the letter B. Beckett got to choose his colors and design, I think he did a pretty good job.


Can't wear a Superhero cape without seeing how well you can fly
 The cape was a HUGE hit and has regularly made appearances since it's arrival almost 3 weeks ago.

All of The Lazy Owl capes are made with a high quality Satin and fully lined with a cotton fabric. All of the seams are professionally surged and the cape has a Velcro closure around the neck. They are available in different sizes to fit toddlers on up and can be a variety of colors and appliques.

Julie also included care instructions, which I was very happy about since we had a major spill the day after we got it: Wash on cold, gentle cycle, hang to dry, cool iron if needed. B's cape looked brand new again after washing, thank goodness!

Scarlett also got something from The Lazy Owl
A pink Felt Princess Crown personalized with jewels and a purple S, per S's requests. Gotta give a princess what she asks for right? She looks pretty pleased with herself!!

Each of The Lazy Owl felt crowns are made with an eco friendly felt in a natural color and finished off with a gross grain ribbon tieback, this makes the crown fully adjustable to any size head, child or adult. Our crown measures about 3" high and 16" long (length does not include the ribbon). Julie uses two layers of felt and two layers of craft style interfacing to help make this a sturdy crown. Our crown was finished with jewels, but can be personalized with a variety of colors and designs and each crown can be used by a range of ages, depending on the crown.

Care instructions were also included with our Felt Princess Crown: hand wash cold, hang to dry. I have yet to have to wash the crown, my princess tries not to get dirty herself, just spills on her brother, the superhero.

 
Want It? Buy It!
 Love what you see, I know I did! Head over to The Lazy Owl and get shopping. Your superheros and princesses will thank you! The Lazy Owl is on Facebook as well, you can find photos, special sales, and general information. You can also contact Julie directly at thelazyowl12@gmail.com. Please place all your holiday orders by December 8th in time for Christmas delivery.

Want It? Win It!
Julie from The Lazy Owl has generously offered one of our readers a felt crown, of their choice, for their own princess. Use the easy entry form below for your chance to win!


Special thanks to Julie from The Lazy Owl for her great products and offering our readers the chance to win one of her products as well. My superhero and princess thank you bunches and bunches!

Good Luck to All!
~Steph~

Disclosure: I was sent the above featured product directly from the owner of this shop. I was not monetarily compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience with this item may differ.

Look Here Jane Review and Giveaway



Part of our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Our home is such a Mish-Mosh of styles and textures. Cory loves red and black, so when we lived in our tiny apartment, we decorated with red and black everywhere. Our Sofa is red, the rug is red and black, the picture were red and black. It was a sea of gloomy red and black and I was so ready for a change. Once we bought our home I remember making a deal with Cory, I get to decorate every room in the house except for one room that will be yours! It was such a good plan, and yet some how the red and black stuck in our living room. I even let him choose pillows for the couch, and he picked red and white pillows. While I love the design of the pillows I was ready for a change. I had been looking at getting some new pillows, but really didn't want to throw away the old ones since they were still in good condition. I wanted a way to recycle the pillows and found a way that incorporated my love of all things zebra and new pillows!

Look Here Jane! Sounds Like some one is about to be sassed right? Well actually it is a wonderful business that makes beautiful pillow cover sets in many different styles and colors. Now, it is no secret that I love zebra print, and you all know that my husband Cory HATES it with a passion. I've been told that I can't have any more zebra stuff in the house many, many times, yet it still seems to find a way into our home! Oh and I love it! That's where Look Here Jane, helped me out and kept me out of trouble. I was told I could choose what ever 18x18 pillow cover set I would like to review and it would send it on its way. As soon as I headed over to Chris' etsy shop, I was so excited to see her beautiful work and all of the wonderful options that she had for me to choose from. I was immediately drawn to the Brown and Cream Zebra Print Covers.

Zebra Print Pillow Covers

Look Here Jane's brown and cream zebra print 18x18 pillow cover pair is fantastically fun and beautiful. The covers are made to fit 18x18 pillow forms, or if you are like me, to recycle and old 18x18 pillow that needs a little TLC! The pillow covers are made from 100% cotton, medium to heavy weight fabric. These covers are very durable, and washable, which I know is very important to all of you mom's out there with little messy hands! The pillow covers are fashioned as an envelope enclosure so that you can easily slip the pillow into it and then pull it closed to make sure that the old or new pillow is completely covered. It is stitched to perfection with the raw edges being zig- zag stitched on the surger to make sure that your pillow covers will hold up to the toughest of family members and last through out the years to come. I was so impressed by the quality of Look Here Jane's work. Chris, really makes sure she stitches every square inch of these covers with care and love. I was also very impressed her label on the inside of the pillow cover. It's the small touches that truly mark a quality product!
Label on the inside of the pillow

Zebra Pillows on my red couch!

But what if you aren't like me and don't like zebra, which I will then say I am shocked! Just Kidding, but really if you don't like zebra print, Chris offers so many other prints that you can choose from. Look here Jane offers many different beautiful floral prints and geometric patterns and all from durable, high quality fabric. I am so in love with all of the different pillow covers and with them being such avoidably priced, with prices ranging from $24.00-$42.00 and sizes ranging from 14x20, 18x18 and 20x20, you have so much to choose from! She has really given us customers such a wide variety and she doesn't just have pillows, she also sells vintage treasures too! You need to check Look Here Jane out! If you don't, you are really missing out on a great shop. Plus, you know you have some one on your Christmas, or holiday list that would love a new pair of pillow covers! I know I would! Or, How would you like to win a set? Chris from Look Here Jane is offering one of our lucky readers the chance to win an 18x18 set of their own! You will get to choose which one you would like for your self, or to gift to some one else!


Pillow Covers-PAIR 18" x 18" Multi-Colored Red Floral

Pillow Cover-SINGLE 18" x 18" White Multi Floral

Pillow Covers-PAIR 18" x 18" Turquoise and Brown Modern

I want to thank Chris with Look Here Jane for allowing me to review her beautiful pillow cover creations! That are such an amazing product, and for allowing one of our lucky readers a chance to win a set of their own.

*Brittany*
Disclosure: I was sent the above mentioned product for review. The opinion in this review is solely mine. I was not monetarily compensated for my review from the company or any other entity.


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IF you are interested in buying some pillow covers from
Look Here Jane, head on over to Chris' etsy shop and buy some now!  

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Arbonne foot creme review and giveaway


Arbonne FC5 Cooling Foot Crème
From Chrissy Walling
 Part of our Holiday Gift Guide


Who doesn’t love pedicures? Well, I guess I shouldn’t say that because I hate it when other people touch my feet, but I love how my feet look and feel after pedicures. So, let’s change that…
Who doesn’t love how their feet feel and look after pedicures?! Sadly, regularly scheduled pedicures are way out of this teacher’s budget and I need them, seeing that I don’t wear shoes and my feet get dry, calloused, and cracked. They can get so bad that, I'm serious when I say, Gypsy feet is a term I have often heard in reference to my feet. I could probably walk across a bed of hot coals covered in rusty nails and never feel a thing. 

Thankfully, my pedicure problem has been solved thanks to Chrissy Walling and Arbonne. With the help of their FC5 Cooling Foot Crème, I can give myself a pedicure any day of the week. For about the price of one regular pedicure you can help give yourself at least 30 with one bottle of  FC5 Cooling Foot Crème. I mean, why wouldn’t you spend $18.00 to treat your feet for weeks, if not months?

To use the  FC5 Cooling Foot Crème you just massage a generous amount of the lotion onto your clean feet, paying extra attention to those dry cracked areas, and you are good to go. I did it at night, right before bed, and then put socks on to help keep that extra moisture in. The lotion had a wonderful cooling effect, like somewhere there was a cool ocean breeze blowing on my feet. We all know how I feel about greasy lotion, and FC5 Cooling Foot Crème  wasn't bad, there was a slight greasy feeling left on my hands after I applied the lotion but it went away if I wiped it off. I personally  liked the smell of the lotion, it was sweet and different than anything I've ever smelled before. After daily use for a week here are my results. 


I can’t believe I'm posting these pictures. My heels are SO gross!




Here is the result of an all out pedicure for myself. I soaked my feet, used a foot scrub, and finished with the FC5 Cooling Foot Crème. Talk about luxurious and relaxing! Plus look how nice my foot looks! I hardly recognize it! 


I hope that didn't make you to grossed out and Im sorry the after pictures are a little fuzzy, but you can still see how much different my heels look! Josh even said something about them being softer. I love this stuff!

I can’t tell you how great the  FC5 Cooling Foot Crème is; you just have to trust the pictures for proof.
The  FC5 Cooling Foot Crème is awesome, and so is Chrissy Walling, and not just because she is helping to save me from permanent “gypsy feet”. Look at all the goodies she sent with my  FC5 Cooling Foot Crème! There was a couple of catalogs, a meal replacement shake, a fizzy energy tab, anti-aging lotions (for some reason my mom and sister were offended when I offered those to them *maniacal laugh*), and men’s shave lotions. What a great little intro to Arbonne gift!
I am so grateful to Chrissy Walling and Arbonne for giving me beautiful soft feet!


*Jess*
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Buy your own Arbonne collection directly through Chrissy here: www.bestskincare.myarbonne.com

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One lucky reader will receive their own bottle of Arbonne FC5 Cooling Foot Crème and a coupon for 30% off their first order. Please use the quick and easy entry form below.

FB's Country Kitchen Review & Giveaway

Tell you what... whipping up a little holiday magic can sure work up a gal's appetite! Nothing gets me moving and shaking like the holidays- the decorating, the music, the shopping, the gift wrapping, the baking, the craft projects and more keep me super busy, and add a special little helper running around all day (with me chasing behind him), and you've got one starved momma! I don't know what is up with my metabolism lately, but I seem to be hungry all the time. With all of the ads and store displays for holiday baking and tasty treats, I could easily be tempted to bake a fresh batch of cookies or yummy quick bread just about every day! This momma wants to keep her girlish figure, though, so I'd much rather go to a trusted snack that's healthy and that's going to give me more energy.

While browsing Etsy not long ago, I stumbled upon something unexpected... FB's Country Kitchen. I wasn't really looking for food on Etsy. I was browsing for Christmas gifts, and a yummy-looking picture of homemade jam popped up, and I just had to investigate! I found that Fran B. makes all kinds of delicious homemade jams and other treats to sell in her Etsy shop. I couldn't believe the variety of tasty gift ideas at FB's! Looking around, I suddenly felt like I was in my grandma's kitchen, which was a wonderful feeling for me! I knew I had to contact Fran, the owner of FB's Country Kitchen and inquire about her jams, etc. Fran was so nice, and offered to send me one of her jams and one of her snack mixes to try out. Double score for me, as I absolutely love jam and have a weakness for snacks!

 Original Santa Approved Holiday Snack Mix

Fran sent me her Santa Approved Holiday Snack Mix, all sealed in a cute holiday bag, and packaged in a holiday tin with a cute little bow, and gift tag, too! This good-for-you snack mix has been approved by Santa, himself! It's made of delicious pretzels, almonds and cranberries, dusted with cinnamon and sugar! I love all of these ingredients plain and separately... put them together and coat them with the cinnamon and sugar, and wow- you have the ultimate snack that's right for any time of day! My tastebuds were in utter delight as the sweetness and the spices danced across my tongue morning, noon and night time! This is the perfect little bite for the mid-morning munchies, the afternoon pick-me-up, or the after dinner crunch and munch! I don't feel badly for eating a handful of this oh, so delicious treat! A day or two after I received the snack mix, my dad surprised me and stopped by with some coffee in the afternoon. I offered the snack mix, and we sat and enjoyed it together. He loved it just as much as I did!

 Santa Approved Holiday Snack Mix and Apricot Pineapple Jam

I love the sweet and salty Santa Approved Snack Mix! I think that it would make a wonderful gift for just about anyone! My neighbor would love this mix, as would my friends, my mail carrier, several of my family members, friends from church, etc! If you're looking for a gift for a teacher or anyone else you'd like to show your appreciation to this holiday season, Santa Approved Holiday Snack Mix from FB's Country Kitchen is the way to go! This was the small snack mix, which is about 2 Cups or 9 oz. You can also try the spiced up version, which is seasoned with cayenne pepper! Feeling bold? Go for it! My brother-in-law would love it!

Frannie B's Apricot/Pineapple Jam

Fran also sent me a jar of her 100% absolutely mouth-watering apricot/pineapple preserves. I don't think I ever want to buy a jar of preserves from a grocery store ever again! As soon as I removed the lid from the jam, my nostrils were hit with the sweet fragrance of both the apricot and the pineapple, which are two fruits that I love. I never would have thought to pair those two together for a jam, but the flavors work so beautifully together! I first tasted the jam by itself, just so I could appreciate it for what it was... sweet, delicious, natural fruit jam. I love that there are no fillers or preservatives in FB's Country Kitchen's jams... just fruit, sugar, cinnamon, pectin and a little lemon juice. These jams are made just the way our grandmothers used to make them. They are canned and sealed for ultimate freshness, and they are made with a whole lot of love!


 Just look at this delicious Apricot/Pineapple Jam spread over my biscuit...



 Diving into my jam-covered biscuit. I'm not shy...

I had to taste the jam on a tea biscuit. I spread a nice thick layer of the apricot/pineapple jam on my biscuit and dove right on into it! It was so scrumptious and delicious! I usually stick to blackberry jam, but I have a new-found love for apricot/pineapple jam from FB's Country Kitchen! I love the tender, yet firm pieces of fresh fruit tucked into this jam... it adds extra bursts of flavor to each and every bite! I've enjoyed this jam on biscuits, on toast and even on some crackers with a little peanut butter! Okay, I'll admit it... it's so good that I've even eaten a few spoonfuls of it right out of the jar! Can't help myself! You can use this awesome jam as a glaze on chicken or pork, or you can mix it right in with your favorite BBQ sauce! How's that for a sweet surprise? How about dessert? Warm this jam up and pour it right over some vanilla ice cream! Frannie B's jams would also make a wonderful gift this holiday season! Don't forget to thank all those who are a part of your daily life this Christmas! Give them a gift that will take them back to warm childhood moments with family and friends. This delicious jam is available in a half pint size for just $5.00!

Want It? Buy It!

You can purchase the Original Santa Approved Holiday Snack Mix and the Apricot Pineapple Jam from FB's Country Kitchen right on Etsy! Just visit Fran's shop to place your order in time for the holidays! Be sure to let Fran know that you found her on Mommy's Block Party!






Want It? Win It!

One lucky Mommy's Block Party reader will win a large tin of Santa Approved Holiday Snack Mix and a Gift Basket of 3 Half Pint Jars of Jam from FB's Country Kitchen! Just use our super easy entry form below this post to enter to win!

Special thanks to Fran B. of FB's Country Kitchen for sharing these delicious treats with me, and for offering this absolutely wonderful giveaway for our readers!

Good luck, everyone!

~Ondria~

Disclosure: I was sent the above mentioned products directly from this shop owner. I was not monetarily compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience with these products may differ.



Monday, November 28, 2011

Glad Tidings of WINNERS!

Several WINNERS to announce tonight... are you one of them?

My Boutique: Renee S.

Passion Parties: Carla A.

Pure Romance: Rosemarie

Philanthropic Panda: Erin B.

West Point Stitches: Nicole B.

Congratulations to all of our winners! We salute you and hope you enjoy these wonderful prizes! Please be sure to take a moment to say thanks to our awesome sponsors! Didn't win this time? Not to worry! We have lots of other great giveaways going on right now! Just glance to your right and click the giveaway links to enter the ones that look good to you! We also have lots more giveaways coming up this week and next week, too!

Two More Winners!


Carla A--Naturally Hooked Giveaway

Kathy H--Jordan Essentials Giveaway



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The Talented Cookie Review & Giveaway

~Beckett's 5th Birthday Bash Sponsor~
 
Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!

I am a sweets lover, cookies, brownies, cake, yes please! I try to plan a few extra dessert items when we have a party, because not everyone wants to eat a slice of birthday cake.

Once Beckett had decided on the Lego Brick theme for his party, I started thinking about what kind of desserts could go with Legoish type ideas. I browsed the Internet looking at other mom's ideas and saw how creative they were, one problem, I am not that creative. That is when my good friend Etsy comes in handy.

I found many great birthday ideas on Etsy, and some fantastic shops as well. One such shop I found-

The Talented Cookie is owned by Wendy and has been opened since early 2011. After browsing the shop and talking to Wendy, I knew we would be in for a treat. Her cookies are gorgeous looking, she has some amazing creativity and talent, and we were so excited to partner with The Talented Cookie and have them be a sponsor for B's Birthday Bash.

Wendy was easy to communicate with, quick with her emails, and also in letting me know how shipping and cookies worked. I was very impressed with how it all would work.

Our box arrived in the mail, packed up safely for shipping and arriving with no damages.
Wendy made sure to send us our order so that it arrived the day before our party. The box was clearly labeled with all the information we needed about our treats.
  • The best if eaten by date- 11/30
  • The ingredients-butter, sugar, brown sugar, salt, eggs, baking powder, flour, vanilla extract, almond extract, powder sugar, meringue powder.
  • The cookie flavor-almond/vanilla (the original flavor)
  • The icing flavor-almond (the original flavor)
I was very pleased to see the ingredient list and the disclaimer at the bottom that the kitchen contains nuts, this is helpful for people or children with allergies to know exactly what is in the cookies and how they have been prepared.

 Inside the box we found these...4 dozen mini Lego cookies
Each dozen was packaged in a clear sealed baggie. The Talented Cookie created an assortment of colors, shapes, and sizes to resemble Lego bricks. They were so cute and I had to keep myself from opening the baggies right then and having a try.

On party day, I set out all our cookies on a three tiered dish. I was able to display them so everyone else could see how cute they were. Not one cookie was broken or messed up in any way, they all looked perfect and Lego like.


 I can't tell you how much of a hit these cookies were with the kids. The cookies were the perfect 1 or 2 biter to give them during the whole party. The kids ate them before dinner, with dinner, after dinner, and took some home for the car ride. I know many of the adults helped themselves to a couple as well. They had good flavor and looked so professional, I could only wish to have such a talent as The Talented Cookie does.

Check out some of the other products The Talented Cookie has created

 
 
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Craving some sweets of your own? The Talented Cookie has many designs, flavors, and even custom options for your every need. You can contact Wendy from The Talented Cookie at wendyjnewman@ymail.com or her Facebook page. Her Facebook page contains photos of completed products, special sale codes, and general information about The Talented Cookie.

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The Talented Cookie is giving away a dozen of their Dots & Swirls cookies from their shop. One of our lucky followers will get a dozen cookies of their very own. Use the easy entry form below for your chance to win from The Talented Cookie!
Many thanks to Wendy from The Talented Cookie for providing a yummy addition to our party and giving our readers the chance to eat some yummy cookies too!

Thanks and good luck!
~Steph~
Disclosure: I was sent the above featured product directly from the owner of this shop. I was not monetarily compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience with this item may differ.

Winners all around!

Congratulations to 
Kelsie J. 
winner of the Drop Your Fat Pants giveaway
as well as
Ashley S. 
winner of the Scentsy giveaway.

I have emailed you ladies and you have 48 hours to respond. Thank you for following us here at Mommy's Block Party, and enjoy your prizes!! 

*Jess*

Julie's Party Decorations Review & Giveaway

~Beckett's 5th Birthday Bash Sponsor~

Having a party at our house involves lots of different people, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, Siblings, Parents, and Birthday Kids. Everyone takes over the house in celebration and people hang out in every room, which means decorations in many different spaces.

In the decoration hunt, I came across another great Etsy shop called Julie's Party Decorations. Jules has been running her shop since 2010 and started her business because she had been making her own children's party decorations and wanted a new challenge. Jules was very interested in partnering with us to sponsor B's party. She was great to work with, easy communication, answered everything I needed from her, let me know when our item was shipped and gave a tracking number, and went above and beyond to work to make the perfect decoration for us.

Jules sent us a Building Block Happy Birthday Banner. Our banner arrived in less than a week from the shipping date. It was packaged in an envelope clearly marked DO NOT BEND, for safety, and had extra cardboard to help protect it. Jules included a little note as well, I really liked this extra personal touch from her.
 

Each of Julie's Party Decoration banners are made of high quality card stock and designed to perfectly match your party theme. Our Building Blocks Banner made a perfect addition to our Lego Brick theme. We hung our banner in the kitchen where it could be easily seen while we ate. Jules was wonderful enough to personalize our banner as well.


Our banner was made to resemble Lego bricks, the primary colors really gave it a great look and each letter is strung on clear plastic wire. Beckett's name banner is approximately 62" long and each letter is approximately 4.5" x 5.5". The Happy Birthday banner is approximately 84" long and the letters are the same as the name banner. This is a banner I will be able to use again, the colors are bright and while looking like Lego bricks, can also just be a block shape to match any theme we choose.
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Jules from Julie's Party Decorations would love to work with you to design and create decorations for your party theme. She has some great products in her shop, but is up for any challenge to make custom decorations as well. Please contact Jules at juliesdecorations@yahoo.com or on her Facebook page to plan and buy your decorations for your next celebration! Jules will also be having a fan giveaway of her own when her Facebook page reaches 700 fans.

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Julie's Party Decorations is also giving away one "Happy Birthday" Banner in any theme to one of our lucky readers. Jules will be notified of the winner and contact them with their party theme information for a custom banner to call their own.
Special thanks to Jules from Julie's Party Decorations for creating an awesome banner for our birthday celebration and also for the great giveaway for our readers!
Thanks and good luck!
~Steph~
Disclosure: I was sent the above featured product directly from the owner of this shop. I was not monetarily compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience with this item may differ.