Category: Etsy

Review and Promo Code: My Sunshine Shoppe

Company Bio: My Sunshine Shoppe was started in 2009 after the birth of my first and only daughter, Brooklyn, who of course, is our little Sunshine. She is blessed to have an older and a younger brother, but being the only girl diva in the family, she NEEDED to be dressed to the “T” at all times. I started making little baby snap clips for her fine (but plentiful) hair. People were amazed how my little tiny clips stayed in her hair so well. Thus, my famous “baby snap” clip was born. For a long time, this clip was the staple of my business. I had customers returning to me over and over again, claiming my clips were the only ones that stayed put in their child’s hair. I was thrilled!

As my Brooke grew older, and hair grew longer, I started to develop more and more hair accessories, for girls with ANY style, length and texture of hair. In 2011, I moved my business out of my home and opened a small shop in a neighboring town. At the beginning of 2012, I made the Big move, and opened a large retail store in our state capital. I am so proud of how far MySunshine Shoppe has come, and we continue to add more and more products every day.

I pride myself on hand made, QUALITY products for girls of ALL ages. 95% of our items are handcrafted in our studio shoppe, by myself, or one of my fabulous employees, who take just as much pride as I do in creating unique, fabulous accessories.

Our Thoughts…

It’s back to school season and that means shopping for all sorts of  supplies some needed and some more fun to have just because.  My daughter and I really enjoy this time of the year because it means new clothes and accessories too! My daughter enjoys have her nails painted, wearing glittery shoes, skirts and fancy tights, as well as wearing really cute hair accessories!

I’m excited today to talk about My Sunshine Shoppe. They sent my daughter a lovely lot of hair accessories based off the knowledge that my daughter’s favorite color is purple. The lot we received had a sparkly bow, ruffled purple polka dotted flower, and several alligator clippies. All were super adorable and well loved.

As a mommy, that sometimes make hair clippies for my daughter as a hobby and as a perfectionist, I find myself a harsh judge when it comes to purchasing them from boutiques. I’m pleased to say that the hair bows and clips we recieved to review our of very professional quality. There’s no loose ends, frayed or singed edges,  or glue spots. You are totally get top quality durable accessories in huge variety of types, styles, and colors.

If you are interested in purchasing hair clippies, hats, hairband, hairbow holders,  bobby pins, flower clips, check out this boutique! They’ve even got a hair clippie of the month club which you can be a member of for either 6 or twelve months. And just think how fun it would be during the school year to receive a special selection of clippies each month!

You can purchase these wonderful accessories for yourself at My Sunshine Shoppe on Etsy or at ttp://www.mysunshineshoppe.com/.

If you make a purchase, be sure to use the code: C2C15 for 15% off your entire purchase!

Disclaimer: I was sent the above product mentioned for review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

Greenchild Creations OS Fitted Cloth Diaper {review + giveaway}

There’s a lot of reasons I choose to cloth diaper. Though this reason may not be the most important that there is, it’s up there. What reason may you ask? Well, it’s  but  because of all the cute patterned fabrics you can get cloth diapers in these days! Who really wants a boring old white or branded character diaper if you really don’t have to get one?

Speaking of cute cloth diapers, you should see the ones offered by Greenchild Creations! And how thrilled I am to be reviewing a one sized flannel fitted cloth diaper from there personally.

First off, this diaper is one sized! No need to measure your baby in any way. I like that because it saves time and there’s no need to purchase more diapers when my baby gets bigger! Believe me, I know those growth spurts seemingly come out of nowhere!

The design of this diaper has a flap that can be tucked in the pocket opening the diaper has. I love the pocket because I can stuff whatever liners I have into the diaper for day or night use. Now if your baby is wearing this overnight or on the go, I would recommend using a water-proof cover because the diaper itself is not waterproof. And with all that being said, I’ve been loving this diaper and we’ve had no leaks!

Also, I was sent this diaper with safety pins. I usually don’t use pins because I have this huge fear of accidentally poking my baby. But no worries, I used my Snappi with the diaper and it all stayed together great. And if you don’t want to use safety pins like me, snaps can be added to the diaper you may want to purchase upon request.

I asked Anne, creator behind Greenchild Creations for my review a few questions so you could get to know her better too! Here are the questions and answer.

1.Why did you decide to open shop and how long have you been? At much urging from friends, I decided to create the shop in 2009. Life was a little crazy at that point so I let the shop sit for awhile. After things calmed down a bit, the summer of 2010 I spent creating my diaper design and sending it out to friends in the US and Canada to test it out for me. After a few design modifications, I opened shop in Dec 2010. Then my mom made me the most adorable hedgehog pincushion that Christmas, and I convinced her to contribute to my shop. She makes the pincushions and will be making personalized crocheted snowflakes for Christmas.

2. What do you enjoy the most when creating your products?
I think the best part is being able to experiment with it all and see what happens. I love the sense of satisfaction I get from seeing a beautiful, useful finished product, knowing I created it.

3. Apart from creating things, what do you do? I stay at home with the most amazing little boy, readers can learn more about him here if they wish: http://thegreenchildchronicles.blogspot.com/2010/06/introduction.html And I spend a lot of time cooking; I love it! I am in process of writing a cookbook inspired by my little boy.

4. What inspires you? When I see a need or a want for something, I get inspired – whether it’s from a person, place, event, even nature!

5. In five years you’d like to be…? In 5 years I’d like to be doing much the same thing: sewing, making natural skin care products, and creating new recipes. I love what I do; creating beautiful, useable things makes me happy

Overall…We are thrilled to spread the word about Green Child Creations!  Many wonderful items are available in their Etsy store such as handmade soaps, pincushions, aprons, diapers (obviously), and balms! I encourage you to check it all out.

…And now for the chance to win a Greenchild Creations OS Fitted Cloth Diaper of your own! (US & Canada is eligible)

To Enter: Check out Greenchild Creations flannel stash and let me know what pattern you’d like if you won!

Extra Entries:

1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post.

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Example: Win an incredible cute OS Cloth Fitted Diaper from Greenchild Creations! #Giveaway,  @erinlowmaster at Connected2Christ.com

3. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

4. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (And tell them to refer you in their entry)

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6. Become a Facebook Fan of Connected2Christ and leave me a comment there letting me know you are coming from this giveaway.

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Giveaway running till 10/10/11 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA & Canada only.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above product mentioned for review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

ETSY | Practical Inspirations {review & giveaway}

I came across the sweetest dresses that would perfectly compliment any girl with graceful simplicity at the Etsy store Practical Inspirations. These lovely dresses are quaint enough for every day wear but also fancy enough to be worn for those special occasions.

I was blessed with the opportunity to review one of these lovely dresses for my daughter. And it has beyond met my expectations! This dress like the others found at this store are sewn so that a child can continue to grow with the dress from age 2 to 5 years old.  This dress is very versatile as my daughter can wear a shirt long or short sleeved under it as well as a cardigan over it.

Not only dresses can be found at Practical Inspirations but also very whimsical  texture books that are perfect for any baby, infant, or toddler. I honestly can’t wait too see what wonderful things will be added next!

I enjoyed getting to know Kim creator and seamstress behind Practical Inspirations and hope you do to with my Etsy Meet Greet questions below. Read on!

1.Why did you decide to start doing this on Etsy and how long have you been?

I had hear about Etsy from a friend and had been working on publishing my texture book for several years with no avail and decided to try and “self-publish” if you will on this site.

2. What do you enjoy the most when creating your products?
I enjoy the practicality of creating beautiful things, they are both functional and pleasing to the senses.  I enjoy seeing children grow and explore their world.  It is always an adventure and I enjoy finding new ways to express my creativity.

3. Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I teach sewing at my local sewing center, enjoy time with my kids, read, try to keep in shape, and enjoy the little moments that slip through your fingers too quickly.

4. What inspires you?

Like my shop says “Practical Inspiration”.  I am constantly looking at things and creating better, more practical solutions with a hint of whimsy.

5.In five years you’d like to be…?

I would like to have a successful internet business that allows me the freedom to be home as well as the freedom to share and help others with their practical solutions.

If you’d like to keep up with Kim, check out her blog which also features fun projects and more!

Win It!

Kim is offering one of my readers a dress from her shop Practical Inspirations!

To Enter: Visit Practical Inspirations and tell me what you love or what’d you like to see!

Extra Entries:

1. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

2. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)

3. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

4. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

5. Subscribe to my blog by RSS or E-mail (Feed Burner) and let me know!

6. Become a Facebook Fan of Connected2Christ and leave me a comment there letting me know you are coming from this giveaway.

Giveaway running till 05/04/11 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. USA only.

DISCLAIMER: My thoughts are mine own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway or review other than the sample above mentioned.

Magen’s Bay Designs at Etsy {review and giveaway}

My daughter Melody loves blocks! She took to blocks at a very young age and even now being over the age of two, she plays with her blocks on a daily basis. Blocks are a universal toy that are great for both boys and girls of all ages!

Brooke owner and sole creator of Magen’s Bay Designs over on Etsy had it right when she decided to put her love for creating, crafting, and her child together to create numerous one of a kind sets of blocks on Etsy!

My daughter and I were given the opportunity to review a set of six Alphabet wooden Blocks set of All sorts of Animals. I knew right away my daughter would love these even before giving them to her! It’s really great when I can find a toy or item for my child that without a doubt I know they’ll love!

First and foremost,  I’m very impressed with the quality of the blocks! The edges have been sanded. Each of the blocks are covered with a different pattern of paper and sealed several times with a non-toxic varnish. Another plus is that a canvas storage bag is included with no additional charge for each set of blocks you may order!

I love this set of blocks and so does my daughter Melody. We have fun daily building little towers, pointing out each animal and the sounds they make, and also it’s great fun to help my daughter learn the letter of the alphabet. A fun & educational toy that can be passed down. These blocks will definitely be a special keepsake for my daughter’s Hope Chest.

I enjoyed getting to know Brooke through my Etsy meet and greet questions and I hope you do too!

1.Why did you decide to start doing this on Etsy and how long have you been?

I started my Etsy shop about 9 months ago. A good friend of mine and I both decided we wanted to be constructive with our craft hobbies. From there I really just wanted to be able to make things and be able to have a little more craft spending money to make new things.

2. What do you enjoy the most when creating your products?

I guess what I enjoy most about making my blocks is that most little kids love them. They are a universal toy that kids of all ages can be creative with. My son likes to work on projects when I make blocks so it is fun for both of us.

3. Apart from creating things, what do you do?

My “job” right now is being home with my son. He is 2 1/2 and I truly love being his mom and a wife to my husband. Prior to being a mom I had a job in a Commercial Insurance Office.

4. What inspires you?

I have always loved paper and stickers. So I guess it was no surprise I incorporated paper with my Etsy shop. When I see new collections come out I can’t wait to get my hands on them. Now I get excited to add more blocks to my etsy store.

5.In five years you’d like to be…?

In five years I would really like to have my own business creating and selling childrens toys. I have started the journey and now just have to work hard and see where it takes me.

Overall Thoughts…

I would highly recommend visiting Magen’s Bay Designs and picking up a special gift for the children in your life! Brooke has a wide selection of styles of blocks, even special puzzles blocks that can be put together to reveal fun scenes!  Right now for a limited time several full sets of blocks are on sale for $27 a set. Totally worth taking advantage of!

Special Code: Mention Connected2Christ while checking out and receive a 20% discount on any order!

Win it!

Brooke is generously offering a $20 credit to Magen’s Bay Designs!

To Enter: Visit Magen’s Bay Designs and let me know what you might get with your credit if you won!

Extra Entries:

1. Visit Magens Bay Designs on Etsy and favorite her shop!

2. Blog this giveaway, link back to this post. (2 extra)

3. Follow on Twitter @erinlowmaster & Tweet (daily entries available)

4. Post this giveaway on a Giveaway Linky/Site and let me know where!

5. Email a friend(s) about this giveaway. (Leave name of friend)

6. Subscribe to my blog by RSS or E-mail (Feed Burner) and let me know!

Giveaway running till 08/31/10 . Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. Giveaway is open to USA Only.

I received this product free of charge for review on my blog. No other compensation was received. The views and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.