Category: Product Reviews

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!

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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.

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.

Winners!

Winners

 

Mother Love Giveaway Winner: #3 Ale Oliver

Luma Tweeze Giveaway Winner: #62 TawndaM

Tropical Traditions Organic Canadian Raw Honey Winner: #51 Rebekah.

My Baby Clothes Boutique Winner: #14 Rebekah

 

Congratulations to you all! Please reply back to the email I send with your full name and address. NO PO Boxes allowed! Winners have 48 hrs to contact me or another winner will be chosen. All winners chosen using random.org

Nia Bug {review & giveaway}


I am happy to introduce to you Nia Bug! If you like anything handmade I’m sure you’ll love the products offered by this crafty mother or two with another on the way in December!  If you swing on over to Nia Bug you’ll see many beautifully crafted and well thought out products in rich colors such as diaper  wipe case covers,  headbands, hats in all sorts of styles, and adorable baby booties!

I was given the opportunity to review the hat pictured above and I love it! It fits me perfectly and the three color combination she chose go so well together! The flower tops this hat off giving it that special something! I’m definitely a fan and will be looking to this shop for more great designs when I get the itch for a vividly thought out hat ,whether for myself or for my children.

I really did enjoy getting to know Melinda. If you are wondering how we crossed paths, it was through her husband’s Super Secret Podcast for Husbands which can be found on Itunes. Basically my husband heard her husband mention her love for creating things and about her shop Nia Bug and it went from there. I love getting to know the creator behind whatever handmade items I purchase or would like to purchase. I figured I would ask a few questions for you to get to know more her and her shop Nia Bug as well.

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

I learned how to crochet when I was a little girl. I pretty much only knew how to make a square. When I was in college (6 years ago) making scarves was a big thing, so I picked back up on crocheting. I made scarves for people for Christmas and birthdays because I was a poor college student. After awhile I got a little brave and started crocheting baby blankets as gifts for my friends’ kids. I learned how to read crochet patterns about 3 years ago and then started getting a little more adventurous in creating my own patterns. I like to take ideas from looking at pictures I look at and see if I could figure out how to make something crochet like it, especially stuff for my kids.

In October 2010, I realized I needed a hat for my daughter, so I found a pattern and tried to make one. It turned out great and I decided to tweak the pattern a little and add holes for my daughter’s pigtails to go through. After making several hats, I decided to try and start selling them. Nia (Alivia) is my daughter and I call her my Nia Bug.

2. What do you enjoy the most when creating your products?
I love when people ask me, “can you make_____?” because I love to try new things! It keeps things different and exciting. I don’t have to do the same thing all the time. I also like to create things that other people have never done before. That can be hard to do because there are so many talented crafters out there, but that is one of my goals.
It’s also a kind of therapy for me! I can sit and crochet and not think about anything but counting the stitches. It also helps me feel like I am accomplishing something while we sit around and watch TV or my husband is podcasting (Super Secret Podcast for Young Husbands on iTunes).
3. Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I am a youth pastor’s wife and am very involved with our youth group and church. I love getting my mind off my own problems by reaching out beyond myself and thinking of others for a while. My hope is to show the love of Jesus to everyone around me.

And of course, running around after my 1 and 3 year old keeps me very busy!

4. What inspires you?
My children definitely inspire me. They are my biggest fans! My husband and mom are also a huge support to me. I know that if I ever get discouraged they will cheer me on and get me through it.

5.In five years you’d like to be…?

I have two kids now and one on the way (due Dec). My husband and I have always wanted at least four kids, so I hope to have all of them by then. I want to continue creating new things for my family and others. Hopefully with a few new designs between now and then. I will be homeschooling my children and continue serving alongside my husband with whatever ministry he is doing.

-Win It-

Nia Bug is offering one of my readers one of her custom made necklaces! (They are so pretty!)

To Enter: Visit Nia Bug on Facebook and let me know what you love!

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

5. Become a Facebook Fan of Nia Bug and leave me a comment there letting her know you are coming from this giveaway. (3 extra entries!)

Giveaway running till 04/28/11 . 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.

Bath Luve {review + giveaway}

bath-luve-color-logo-with-webMake bath time is breeze with Bath Luve, a product created by a mom just like you and me whom hated to see her child quiver and cry because he was cold during his baths! This mom set out to do something about this well known issue and thus the Bath Luve was created!

The Bath Luve is a 100% percent cotton character drape that you put into the water and then place over your baby’s shoulders and the rest of their body. This keeps your baby warm, calm, and happy during bath time! Plus it makes for some pretty adorable bath photos without exposing your little one to the world.

There are a few  different character designs to choose from. I like the variety of designs as you could easily choose one specific to your bathroom theme!  I was able to review the blue fish Bath Luve and the Bath Luve Buddy Fish for my three month old baby boy.

The Bath Luve Fish design that I am using with my little boy is wonderful! It truly does keep him warm and happy during baths! And it also keeps me dry from unwanted accidents which sometime occur when bathing a little boy, if you know what I mean!

The Bath Luve Buddy Fish is also a fun little pal! It’s a great for soaking up warm water to squeeze on the Bath Luve. It’s the perfect washcloth and a fun toy! We are totally thinking about investing in the other Bath Luve designs so we’ll always have one on the ready during bath time!

I’m going to recommend this to all new mom’s who may not know about the Bath Luve because I just think it’s incredibly ingenious and would make bath time more enjoyable for them and their babies.

You can purchase the Bath Luve in three different designs a yellow duck, green frog, and either a blue or pink fish . The Bath Luve products retails for $6-14.99 and are available at Kohl’s, Wal-Mart, Amazon, as well as the One Step Ahead catalog. They are also currently available online from their website too. I have no doubt that this would also be a pretty creative and well received baby shower gift!

-Win It-

Bath Luve is offering one of my readers the opportunity to win one of these wonderful bath towels for themselves!

To Enter: Visit the Bath Luve website and let me know what Bath Luve you’d like to win!

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 04/27/11 . 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.