American Sniper DVD Giveaway

I, for one, have been surrounded by military on both sides of my family.  Stretching as far back as we can research, the brave soldiers of my family have fought at home and abroad to keep our country safe.

In honor of Memorial Day next weekend, I’m proud to be hosting a giveaway for a copy of the “American Sniper” DVD/BluRay.  With 2 readers winning a copy of this critically acclaimed film, this will make the perfect gift to honor a soldier in your life.

American Sniper DVD/BluRay Giveaway

Here’s the synopsis from the press release:

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

And for those of you who don’t win the giveaway…

Warner Bros. has graciously offered to donate up to one million dollars to the Wounded Warrior Project!  A dollar from each “American Sniper” DVD sale will go directly to programs and services that meet the needs of injured servicemen and women.  So we aren’t just buying a great movie; we’re helping those who were injured fighting for our country.

So if you’d like to purchase the DVD of “American Sniper,” here is the link

American Sniper Giveaway from Palmettos and Pigtails

If you’d like to enter the giveaway, it ends on Tuesday, May 20th!

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BI-LO Giftcard Giveaway for Mother’s Day

Y’all, Mother’s Day is in one week.  One week!  It sneaks up on me every year, but I’m on top of my game this time around!  Dave and I snuck away this week to get a little R&R in Las Vegas, but I’m all set with cards and flowers and whatnots for the special women in my life.

And good news for you, I’ve got not one. Not two.  But THREE $50 gift cards to BI-LO to help you out with your Mother’s Day purchases this year.

Win one of THREE $50 BI-LO gift cards plus free recipes for Mother's Day Brunch!

BI-LO is showing its appreciation for all moms by offering discounts on the essentials to make the day extra special for Mom, yet still convenient for shoppers to get everything in one place. This year BI-LO’s Mother’s Day specials include their Triple Layer Chocolate Cake ($9.99), Chocolate Covered Strawberries ($7), Message Cookie ($7.99); and starting May 4, premium dozen rose bunch ($10).  What a steal!  {I promise that the roses that you see on the side of the road will be waaaaaaay more than that!}

Win one of THREE $50 BI-LO gift cards plus free recipes for Mother's Day Brunch!

In addition, BI-LO has created the perfect Mother’s Day Brunch menu that I’m sharing with you this morning.  On the menu:

Organic Veggie Frittata

Mom’s Perfect Parfait

Pomegranate Mimosa

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Click here to download the full menu with pictures!

Ok, so since Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday, we are going to make this a quick and easy BI-LO giftcard giveaway!  Four simple ways to enter the giveaway!  Follow me and/or BI-LO on social media, and tweet about the giveaway daily!  Easy Peasy, Mac and Cheesy.

Giveaway ENDS at Midnight on Wednesday, May 6th!!

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Girls’ Small Bedroom Reveal

This post has been a long time coming.  We’ve been slowly “renovating”the rooms in our house.  I say “renovating” because, can you really renovate a 3 year old home?  Anyway, we’ve been doing the finishing touches in each room.  So far, the only room that has been completed is Lincoln’s nursery.  It’s amazing how a 9 month time line and a cranky preggo mama can move things along!!  Since then, we’ve been in the process of updating the girls’ bedroom too.  When Lincoln came along, we moved the nursery into the front bedroom, and moved Jayna into Millie’s room with her.  It’s a slightly smaller bedroom, but has more wall space that could accommodate two twin beds plus a dresser.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Our main challenge with this bedroom was space.  The best way to utilize the small space was to build beautiful but functional beds for the girls.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

One of our favorite DIY sites is Ana-White.  She has fantastic furniture building plans, that are step-by-step and have detailed shopping lists.  Dave used her site to build my craft table too.  For this project, we wanted a farmhouse-style bed with lots of storage.  Dave found the Farmhouse Storage Bed on Ana-White, and modified it from the queen-sized plan to twin.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

The beds actually have three drawers on each side of the bed…but since they have to be up against the bedroom walls, we are currently only using three.  I bought the drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby…Jayna’s are turquoise and Millie’s are light pink.  I found the Shabby Chic bedding at Target.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I love the thickness of the headboard and footboard.  Millie uses the footboard to climb into bed, and the headboard is the perfect spot for the patchwork animals that Loo found for the girls at Hobby Lobby.  They were what inspired the color theme of the room, and happen to be the same animals as the girls’ Lovies.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

So I had these big beautiful beds…and LOTS of wall space above them.  It took me a year.  A year! To decide what to hang on the walls.  Pathetic, I know….but I have a hard time making decisions anyway, and I was starting from scratch.  But then, I decided to host my Big Baby Giveaway, and found Venezia Art for Kids on Etsy.  Carrie was generous enough to not only donate one of her gorgeous wall hangings for the giveaway, but to send one to me as well!  So I’m super embarrassed that it has taken me this long to get the girls’ room done in order to show y’all her beautiful work!

It works perfectly in my little montage on Jayna’s wall.  Venezia Art can come in 10X10 square with an initial, or a 10X20 rectangle with a full name.  They are printed on watercolor and mounted on canvas, so they arrive ready to hang.  I had such a hard time deciding what combination of colors, background print and letter embellishments for Jayna’s hanging.  Here’s what I finally chose:

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I love how she incorporated a bit of pink into the flowers and star too!  Head over to Venezia Art for Kids’ Etsy site to see many, many more examples.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I also included shelving for Jayna’s little treasure box, her handmade piggybank and her porcelain cup that she got from her great-grandmother as an infant.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Millie’s wall was even more of a challenge to fill, since it was so much bigger than Jayna’s.  I found a few things at Hobbby Lobby to hang, including a pretty chevron bulletin board.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I’m still looking for a little something perfect to hang next to Millie’s “A”…that’s left from her name hanging above her changing table when she was a baby.  Jayna has a bulletin board where she keeps pictures and bookmarks.  Millie was just dying to have one too!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Jayna’s bulletin board sits on top of their bookcase, along with their headband holder.  Dave and I are firm believers that bedrooms are for sleeping, so all of the children’s toys are downstairs in the playroom.  However, we do allow them to read in their room, so they have a bookshelf that houses books and bins with their shoes in them.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

And two little Southern girls are bound to have a bow or two, right?  All of our bows and clips are on handmade bow holders made by Betsy.  It’s the perfect, but functional way to dress up their teeny, tiny closet’s door!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

And last but not least, we got a stand-up dresser from Ikea to house the girls’ clothes.  The top two little drawers are storage for knick-knacks, and the top big drawer is too tall for either girl to use yet, so I store other seasonal clothes in it.  And somehow we manage to fit everything else in the other three drawers!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

So, there’s the girls’ small bedroom.  It’s little, but we’ve managed to make it very functional and pretty.  Upcoming projects for the room include adding moulding around the window and updating the door frames to match Lincoln’s {eventually the whole house will have matching moulding!}.  What do you think?

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

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Shrimp and Grits Kids and Chicks

*I received the Shrimp and Grits Kids Sunshine Ruffle Dress mentioned in this blog post for free, in exchange for a review on my blog.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!

Last week was so exciting for us.  The weather was beautiful {and the pollen didn’t seem as bad}, and it’s not too hot yet.  I’m totally soaking up these few weeks of Spring that the LowCountry has.  We started the week off celebrating our risen King on Easter, watching Jayna play “Sue the Smelly Pirate” in a local play, and finally getting to have a soccer game {first time that the fields have been dry enough to play in weeks!}.

Easter at Ashley Ridge Church

And to finish off our week, we gained two new family members.  Starburst and Lemon Merengue are on loan to us from Legare Farms for two weeks.  Then, when they aren’t cute and cuddly anymore, we can return them and get the eggs that they lay as adults.  The perfect pets!

Rent A Chick Program from Legare Farms #rentachick #shrimpandgritskids

Jayna insisted on wearing a pretty dress for the occasion.  So I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for her to wear her new Shrimp and Grits Kids dress.

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I just loved all of the coordinating outfits in the Sunshine Collection…I had a hard time choosing one!  I ended up going with a size 8 Sunshine Ruffle Dress….it’s a little big, but she will be able to wear it for at least two seasons.  The material is a really light-weight cotton, so it’ll be perfect to wear during the hot summers too!

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We both adore it….she thinks it’s very “grown up” looking, but still has some ruffles and a beautiful big Southern bow in the back.

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Shrimp and Grits Kids Review: Sunshine Ruffle Dress #shrimpandgritskids

I just adore Shrimp and Grits Kids….especially their sale pages.  You can get all of the family collections there for almost half off.  And I love how their family collections include big girl and little girl {and boy} styles….so they can all coordinate, but not be wearing the exact same outfit.  My favorite of all time set that we had was part of their Mermaid and Shrimp Collection…they made perfect First Day of School Outfits!  Even Millie’s shoes were squeaker sandals {with the squeak taken out for her teachers’ sanity!}.

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They even have a new Frozen Collection called In Summer

Shrimp and Grits Kids new Frozen

Head over to their site and check it out….I’d love to know which collection you like the best!  Leave me a comment!  If you are local, be sure to stop by the annual Shrimp and Grits Sample Sale for some terrific deals {that’s where I go the mermaid outfits!}.  And follow me over on Instagram to see what Lemon Merengue and Starburst have been up to this week!

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5 Must Haves for a Girls’ Night In {and a Giveaway!}

Life has been hectic around here lately.  Between spring cleaning, spring fever, sports, after school activities, traveling and the upcoming Flowertown Festival, I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath.  Let alone catch up with my girl friends.

So I decided to have a Girls’ Night In.  I didn’t feel like putting on anything but yoga pants, let alone go out on the town, so I invited the ladies in my Bible Study to have a Spa Night at my house on Monday.  I’m not sure if you’ve ever had one, but Girls’ Night In is the best.  It’s just about some good food, good drinks, and good friends.

Now, I love to entertain, but I just wanted to relax for this party, so I invited my friend Allison over to pamper us with some of her awesome Arbonne products.

1. Good food.  Have a mix of healthy, sweet and savory things to eat.  I like to make everything finger foods if possible to make nibbling easier.  For this evening party, I had pound cake cubes, a fruit platter with whipped cream, and a cheese cube and mini club cracker platter with honey.  I found colorful spring plates and napkins to complete my buffet.  Toothpicks replaced silverware!

Girls' Night In Ideas: Bite Sized Foods {both treats and healthy!} are a Must Have

2. Good drinks.  Keep in mind the tastes of the guests at your party.  At this particular one, I chose to serve chilled white wine and homemade Skinny Sangria.  I found the recipe over at Living Locurto if you want to try it.  Some said it was too sweet, but most of us loved it!  Low on carbs and sugar…

Skinny Sangria: One of Five Ideas for a Girls' Night In

3. Good SWAG.  You know me.  I am all about some free stuff.  So when I have parties, I love to give out little favors, or have a little something that my guests can take home.  When I threw my Pinterest project party, we all made a reclaimed wood sign to take for our homes.  When I threw Millie’s Mermaid birthday party, the little girls got to go home with a silky pearl hair clip.  For this party, spring was in the air…so the takeaway was little pots filled with gardening tools, seeds, and {of course} some Arbonne samples.

Girls' Night In Ideas: Favors or Crafts to match the theme of the night

4. Good Friends.  I’m blessed to be surrounded by many wonderful people that I can call friends.  I have a group at church, a group in my mom’s club, a group in my neighborhood, etc.  So when I plan my Girls’ Night In nights, I try to stick to one group at a time to keep it intimate.  That way everyone pretty much knows everyone else and can feel comfortable and relax.

Girls' Night In Ideas: Spa Night with Close Friends and Arbonne

5. Good Entertainment.  Whether you are watching the latest {or a classic} chick-flick, applying fun Jamberry Nail wraps, or even just laughing around a campfire, there needs to be a focal point to the gathering.  On Monday, it was a spa night courtesy of Arbonne.  Allison has us all wash our faces and apply a Seasource Sea Mud & Body Mask to our faces….which appropriately turned us green for St. Patty’s Day pics on Instagram!

Girls' Night In Ideas: Mud Masks, Foot Soaks and Homemade Sangria!

While our face masks were working their magic, our feet were soaking in buckets of warm water and Aromassentials Unwind Bath Salts.  Glass pebbles from the dollar store at the bottom of the buckets gave our feet a nice massage as they soaked, and we scrubbed Awaken Sea Salt Scrub to exfoliate.  My feet were so soft even the next day, which worked out well since I had a podiatrist appointment for my Plantar Fasciitis!

We also got to try out a ton of facial products after we took off our masks, including some spray toner {so you don’t have to waste cotton balls}, instant lift gel, and an intensive renewal serum…all of which tightened, toned and smoothed our faces.  After all the pampering, my face felt and looked fantastic!

Giveaway Time!

Arbonne Gift Set Giveaway! from Palmettos and Pigtails

Today I’ve got a fabulous Arbonne Giveaway worth $87.  Its the Complexion Perfecting Set, which includes a Purifying Cleanser + Toner, an Oil-Absorbing Day Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen, and a Mattifying Powder.

The Purifying Cleanser + Toner cleanses and tones, visibly reducing oiliness for refreshed-looking skin.

The Oil-Absorbing Day Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen helps absorb oil and provides sun protection, leaving skin with a fresh, matte appearance.

The Mattifying Powder takes away unwanted shine, while reducing the appearance of redness for a perfect, matte finish. It dusts on lightly over or under moisturizer or makeup.

This giveaway ends at Midnight on Thursday, March 26th.

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Veggie Tales: Noah’s Ark Giveaway

The very first videos Jayna ever saw were Veggie Tales.  I can’t remember which story exactly it was, but there was a little girl carrot talking about how much God loved her…voiced by an actual child.  Jayna was smitten by the “interviews” and I was impressed by the simple Christian messages amongst the retelling of Bible Stories with modern twists.  And vegetables, of course.  And two kids later, the Veggie Tales videos remain some of our favorite family movies.

So I’m ecstatic to partner with Grace Hill Media once again to tell you about their latest Veggie adventure {and give you a chance to win your very own copy!}.

Veggie Tales: Noah's Ark DVD Giveaway from Palmettos and Pigtails

In Veggie Tales’ Noah’s Ark, Wayne Brady and Jaci Velasquez star as newlyweds Shem and Sadie, son and daughter-in-law of Noah. Shem and Sadie return from their honeymoon to find the rest of their family building a massive ark at God’s direction.

Veggie Tales: Noah's Ark DVD Giveaway from Palmettos and PigtailsShem questions his father’s unshakable faith in God, especially when animals begin arriving and the rain is nowhere to be seen.  But in the end, Shem learns the importance of trusting in God.

Veggie Tales: Noah's Ark DVD Giveaway from Palmettos and PigtailsWayne Brady’s Shem performs 7 brand new songs throughout the movie, and a new “Silly Songs With Larry” segment features Larry on a quest for a golden egg.

The girls giggled and belly-laughed through the whole video, and we enjoyed the bonus sing-along songs and downloadable activities together too.

For more information and ordering, check out the Veggie Tales website.

And now for the giveaway!  I’ve got a copy of Veggie Tales’ Noah’s Ark, along with a couple of plush, huggable Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber stuffed toys.  Perfect for an Easter basket!

And I’ve made the Veggie Tales giveaway super easy to enter…just “like” my Facebook page and/or send out a tweet about the giveaway. Feel free to share the giveaway on Facebook too!  Contest is over next Monday night!  Good Luck!

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Baby Teeth and Baltic Amber

*I received the products mentioned in this blog post for free in exchange for a review on my blog.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!*

Last week was a big week around here.  Milestones galore…including Lincoln’s first taste of puffs, Jayna’s perfect report card and teeth drama.  Comin’ and goin’ like nobody’s business!

A Week of Teeth-Coming and Going Lincoln has been teething since about 3 months old.  As in, drooling and knawing on anything he can get his chubby little hands on.  I was positive that he was going to get them quickly.  But alas, they only popped through last week…the week he turned 8 months old.  Now, if you don’t personally know Lincoln, let me just tell ya, he is a happy kid.  He does”t really cry or fuss.  He will smile at jut about anyone {not just the old ladies at the grocery store}.  He is content to play with his toys for hours alone.  A chill kid.

But even my chill kid experienced teething issues.  They didn’t really seem to bother him much coming in, but the amount of drool he produced was ridiculous!  I mean, I was changing shirts and bibs by the hour, some days!

A Review of Bouncy Baby Boutique's Baltic Amber NecklacesLucky for me though, way back last April, I was given a Baltic Amber Necklace from Bouncy Baby Boutique as part of my Big Baby Giveaway.  Although Lincoln wasn’t even born yet, I was eager to try it out.  I’d seen lots of kids wearing them, but was somewhat skeptical about the claims.  According to Bouncy Baby Boutique, Baltic Amber is found in the Baltic Sea area, where ancient trees fossilized to create a this healing resin that is high in succinic acid.  Succinic acid is a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and calms the central nervous system, all with zero side effects.  It’s been used for centuries to sooth all sorts of inflammatory pain, so it’s perfect for teething children!  Bouncy Baby Boutique‘s sells baby and adult necklaces and bracelets/anklets.  They are individually knotted between each piece of Amber, and have a safety clasp closure on necklaces and a screw clasp on the bracelets/anklets.  They should not be worn tightly, but lay against baby’s skin, where the warmth from the skin causes the succinic acid to release and be absorbed into the skin and into the bloodstream.

A Review of Bouncy Baby Boutique's Baltic Amber NecklacesLike I said earlier in the post, I was skeptical, but had an open mind.  We put the necklace {which is a tad big on him right now, but will fit better as he turns into a toddler} on occasionally when he was 3-6 months old.  I didn’t see really any results, but certainly no ill effects.  However, we were only having him wear it when we remembered to put it on {maybe once a week or so.}.

A Week of Teeth-Coming and Going But as his teething got more severe as those teeth started to push through, we started having him wear it at all times, except for sleeping.  And then we did notice quite a difference in the amount of drool.  To the point where he rarely needed a bib anymore {he used to soak through bib and shirt constantly!}.  And although he never really showed any physical indicators of teething pain, the reduction in drool was enough for me to be impressed!  He’ll continue to wear the necklace, and I’ll keep you posted as more of his teeth come in!

Baltic Amber Necklaces from Bouncy Baby Boutique {A Review}Be sure to check out Bouncy Baby Boutique’s website for more information on Baltic Amber and to see their other products, or go to their Etsy Site to order your own.  And I’d love to know about your experience with Baltic Amber, leave a comment!

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I See Me! – Farm Friends

*I received the products mentioned in this blog post for free in exchange for a review on my blog.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!*

Whelp, Lincoln is five months old now.  I can’t believe how quickly time is flying with him.  He has such a little personality now!  He is a super laid back kid.  He really only cries if he’s hungry or over-tired.  The rest of the time he is smiling, belly laughing and squealing!  Here’s a quick video I caught last week:

He is finally loving “tummy time,” now that he can push himself all the way up, and manipulate toys with one hand as he holds himself up.  Most of the time his little legs are going too {even though his big Buddah belly is still firmly on the ground….he’s not going anywhere!}!  Mirrors are a big motivator for tummy time.  Although I don’t think he recognizes his own reflection yet, he sure does like checking out that cute baby in the mirror.

Recently, I was sent a personalized children’s book for Lincoln from I See Me! books.  And just because they are awesome, they threw in a personalized placemat as well.  Now, Lincoln is not quite ready to be at the table yet, so I used the placemat to help out with tummy time.  Propped up against the mirror he loves so much, Lincoln was happy to push himself up to stare at the handsome farmer and his animals!

And next month, when we start introducing baby food and his is up at the table, we’ll be able to use the placemat in a more traditional way.  It’s really big and easy to wipe off, so it’ll be great to catch all of those drips and crumbs that come with first foods.

Lincoln is really getting interested in books now.  He likes to help turn the pages, and will often “pat” pictures of animals.  So when we got a copy of I See Me!’s new book, Farm Friends, complete with farm animals and pictures of Lincoln, we were eager to read it together!

At first, I thought the giant Lincoln face on each page was silly.  But then I realized that it was the perfect size for Lincoln to see, and in the coming months when he starts recognizing his photo, he’ll enjoy it even more!  The book was perfect for even his little hands, with a sturdy cover and pages that will withstand some wear and tear from him as a toddler too.

Lincoln and DadAnd the book is just adorable!  From a Mom perspective, I love how “Farmer Lincoln’s” face is on every page, in addition to his name spelled out or written at least once on each page.  I’m not sure if you can see it below, but his name is spelled out {in subtle humor} on both his argyle sweater, and on the sweaters that each of the sheep in the field are wearing!

And the former teacher in me loves the many talking and teaching opportunities on each page, from counting, to letter identification, to animals and their sounds, and colors.  When  Millie reads it, she loves pointing out all of the silly things on each page.  {Chickens wearing glasses!?!?!?}

And since just about anything will make Lincoln laugh these days, exaggerated animal sounds coming from Mommy and Daddy are just what are needed to entice a few belly laughs from the baby!

 I See Me! books have a ton of personalized stories, including:

The Super, Incredible Big Sister

I Can Change the World

My Very Own Pirate Tale

I’m a Big Boy Now!

I’m also loving their personalized puzzles {and lunch boxes, growth charts, etc.}, for older kids.

I See Me! Books has a great selection of other unique personalized children's gifts, such as puzzles, lunch boxes, stickers, etc. #iseemebooksAnd right now {just in time to order for Christmas!}, they have a bunch of promotions and giveaways going on!  You can enter to win a free book and a Pottery Barn Giftcard, or “like” them on Facebook to receive 15% off.  Or you can join their e-mailing list to get the newest promotions.

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Hold Me Close Nursing Cover and Infinity Scarf

*I was given the products mentioned in this post for free in exchange for a review on my blog.   As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!

Back when I was coordinating all the the Etsy vendors for my Big Baby Giveaway, I stumbled upon Hold Me Close Nursing Etsy shop.  Sondra makes infinity scarves that double as nursing covers…I was tickled to be able to include one in my April giveaway AND also review one for you now!

She’s got a zillion different colors, in solids, prints and chevrons.  The fabric is long, so there is more than enough to cover you and baby!  For a quick video on how the scarf works, check out the Hold Me Close Website.

Most recently, I took the scarf that Sondra gave me, to Montreat.  It was perfect since the mountain air was a bit cooler than what I was used to.  And for the church services at the retreat, I felt like I needed a bit more coverage over my tank top.  I was able to be stylish, while still practical and discreet while nursing.

Sorry for the selfie in the hotel room, but it was all I could do!  My scarf is the mint chevron, but this model does a much better job of showing you how the scarf works!

The fabric is a stretchy jersey knit, which is a little heavy for the heat of summer, but perfect for fall, winter and spring!  And the colors are bright and cheery (and lots of them coordinate with local teams….hello football season!).  And if you are like me, and like your scarves to be a bit longer, you may want to consider the Extra Long scarves.  And Sondra even has little scarves for your mini-me!

This is a great gift for the new mom {or new Big Sister!} in your life!  Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Hold Me Close Etsy Shop with 20% off with the code PIGTAILS20 {until August 27th!}!

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Jamberry Nail Wraps Giveaway

*I was given the products mentioned in this post for free in exchange for a review on my blog.   As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!

Be sure to read all the way to the bottom, as I have a sweet Jamberry Nail Wraps $25 Giveaway for you!

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

A couple of weeks ago, Jayna and I attended a Mommy and Me Princess Party hosted by Jamberry Nails.  My good friend Natalie recently started selling the nail wraps and hosting parties.  Jamberry Nail Wraps started in 2010 by three sisters who were tired of paying for expensive manis and pedis, just to have them wear off or chip in a few days.  And so Jamberry Nail Wraps was born!

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

I am the first to admit that I am not really a painted nail kind of person.  Like the sisters, I feel like every time I attempt to paint my fingernails, it chips within minutes of drying!  However… I have some UGLY toes, and so they are never without nail polish!  So I was happy to have some fun designs for my little piggies, and was eager to see how long the wraps lasted on my busy fingers.

First of all, the Jamberry Mommy and Me Princess Party was adorable.  The little girls all dressed like their favorite princesses while playing games and getting their nails “did” by their mommas.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

Jayna was ecstatic to have an excuse to wear her Elsa dress “out and about.”  And this party happened to be the same evening as my Bi-Lo Kuddles Launch, so Jayna still had her Frozen face paint on too!

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

And let me tell you, I am so glad that I actually went to the party…because as simple as they are, there are instructions to the nail wraps in order to get them to last longer.  As you can see from the first photo in this post, each nail wrap is an oblong wrap, that is temporarily fixed to a piece of clear plastic {and in the photo, taped to a pink piece of paper}.  One sheet of wraps have several widths on them, so you can always find one that is the appropriate width to each of your nails.

So everyone chose their favorite design of wrap…I chose mustaches! =)  After choosing the appropriate width of wrap for each nail, you cut it in half…one half for each hand {you can see them on the table in the photo below}.

But first, use a little nail polish remover or alcohol wipe to clean all the dirt and oils off of your nails.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

Then peel one of your wrap halves off of the plastic, and heat it up with a hair dryer  for about 3 seconds, until it is floppy.  Then carefully adhere it to your nail, making sure that it does not touch your cuticles.  The rounded part goes up against your cuticle, and the straight cut part will slightly hang over the edge of your nail {you can see this in the photo below}.

Then, use the hair drier on your nail again, pushing down on the wrap to secure it to your nail.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

Natalie was a genius at the party, knowing that the hair driers might be a little too hot for the little girls…she also had hand warmers and socks filled with rice {waiting in the crock pot} ready to apply to the little ones’  nails.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

The excess wrap should be hanging over the end of your nail.  Take a nail file and, with a downward motion only, file over the wrap to sever it…then the extra will just peel off.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I heated the nail up one more time, making sure all of the edges are secure.  And voila! Done!  It took me a little while at the party to get the hang of it, but after doing a few nails, it was easy and fast to apply.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

I chose to only use the wraps on my thumbs, and just paint the rest of my fingers…so I could compare the wear and tear. Sure enough, the painted nails were chipped and worn within days…and the wrap lasted almost two weeks!  And that included pool time, dirty diapers, and opening coke cans!  Not too shabby! =)

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

However, Jayna’s nails did not last as long.  I keep hers pretty short in general, so she won’t be tempted to bite her nails. But in this case, I think it was to our detriment.  I ordered some of the Junior Nail Wraps for the girls {Berries and Gingham}, and those only lasted a few days.  Buuuut….I think it was because Millie’s nails were so itsy bits {less to adhere to}, and she picked at them constantly.  Jayna’s lasted a bit longer, and I think they would have been fine had the nails been a little longer, so the wrap could fold over the edge.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

To remove, Natalie recommends a dental floss stick dipped in coconut oil, and slowly work the floss back and forth under the wrap until the whole thing slides off.  Soaking the wrapped nail in polish remover will also help.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

But overall, we loved them!  The sheets have enough wraps for us to enjoy several uses, and the girls’ Mini Wraps had two different designs as well.  They’ve proved to be the perfect activity for rainy or “bored” days this summer!

Jamberry Nail Wraps Princess Party and Giveaway! Palmettos and Pigtails

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