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Polka Dot Tot Shop Review and Giveaway

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Melody's First Birthday sporting an adorable birthday tee from the Polka Dot Tot Shop!

Melody's First Birthday sporting an adorable birthday tee from the Polka Dot Tot Shop!

If you read my blog, way back in the day, you may remember my post about the Polka Dot Tot Shop. I was then and still am now quite impressed with  with all the uniquely fun items offered!  I  enjoy visiting from time to time just to see what new bright and colorful items will wow me next!

The Polka Dot Tot Shop offers lots of unique items for children and adults alike. This time last year my baby girl was just born and I was on a mission to find her some soft toys to play with.  My sister told me about Heather’s shop and without hesitation, I bought a cloth jingle ball and a set of cloth play blocks. I loved these items then and I still love them now. My daughter and I have had a wonderful time playing with the blocks and ball. This ball will always be special to me because she first uttered the word Ball when we were playing with it!

Heather, creator of the Polka Dot Tot Shop generously offered a one of a kind unique Birthday Appliqued shirt for me to review for my daughter’s first birthday.  I love this shirt! I was thrilled that Heather went the extra mile and added a butterfly to match my party theme! This shirt is too cute and defiantly like the blocks and ball, will be cherished for years to come.

Visiting the Polka Dot Tot shop is such a treat, you’ll find not only the blocks, balls, and Birthday shirts I mentioned but you also find;

  • Stylish Reusable Birthday banners
  • Appliqued onesies/shirts
  • FaBric CaRds
  • Easter Eggs

I’ve enjoyed getting to know Heather and have interviewed her for my Etsy meet and great!

1.Why did you decide to start doing this on etsy and how long have you been?
I started selling on DiapperSwappers in the WAHM forum and loved it and then moved to Etsy a few months later. I opened shop on Etsy Jan 1, 2008. So only a little over a year ago.

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2. What do you enjoy the most when creating your products?
Oh, I love coming up with new designs. And of course buying fabric…I have a bit of a fabric addiction! HA!
3. Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I am a stay at home mom/family manager! I have 2 busy kids, a 2 yo girl and almost 8yo boy, that keep me very occupied!

4. What inspires you?
My children! I love coming up with new items for them to wear/play with! I also love beautiful fabrics and lots of color!

5.In five years you’d like to be…?
Doing the same thing really! I know it would be ideal to get busier but I like where I am now. I don’t want Etsy to become my job(even though it is really)…thats not as much fun as calling it my “hobby”! I guess in 5 yrs both of my kids will be in school so really I will have more time to dedicate to Etsy. I don’t want to go back to working outside of the home if I can help it! 😉

Win It: How would you like to win a Birthday Shirt of your own? Thanks to Heather’s genorisity, you’ll be able to do just that!

To Enter:  Visit the The Polka Dot Tot Spot and let me know which birthday shirt you would choose if you won.

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to my blog – 1 entries
2. Blog about this giveaway – 2 EXTRA
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5. Add me on twitter and retweet this:@erinlowmaster WIN: A Birthday Shirt of choice from the Polka Dot Tot Shop –  http://bit.ly/iZmZU
(Daily Extras are Available)
6. Add my button to your site and leave me your link 2 EXTRA
7. Post this at a giveaway listing site and leave the link- 5 extra entries
8. Let me know another item you like from each store- 1 extra

note: This Giveaway is only open to U.S and Canada

Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments.

Giveaway – running till 06/14/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

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Your Every Color and Little Lilies Review & Giveaway

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Wearing the Turquoise, and Brown Love Printed Hair Flower from the Little Lilies Etsy Shop & the Jenica, Fabric Button Pendant from Your Every Color.

I love Etsy! If you’ve never heard of it, let me tell you exactly what it is. Etsy is an online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade.  Their mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. And their vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice: Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.

I’m spotlighting two Etsy stores today operated and owned by Andrea, a stay-at-home mom with a passion and flare for creativity. Andrea’s designs work to embody a classic, fun, and unique appearance. Special care and attention to detail is evident in every piece she creates.

I’m going to tell you about the Little Lilies Etsy Shop first. I  fell in love right away with all the adorable accessories.  The colors used pop, making them unique, fun, fashionable, and chic!  I’d like to mention that a good variety of the hair flowers accessories were made to match Gymborees new Spring Sparkle line though they would compliment many other outfits in your childs wardrobe.

I was sent the Turquoise, and Brown Love Printed Hair Flower from the Little Lilies Etsy Shop. It was attached to a signature polka dot card, making it ready to gift.  I decided to wear it for a photo opp since my daughter hasn’t been keeping anything in her hair  and it was impossible to take a photo! Trust me, it looked pretty cute on her too! The versatility of the hair flowers is nice as they can be used for those of all ages and also can mix up styles by being attached to headbands.

That’s not all that Little Lillies offers! They also have leggings to childrens room decor, headbands, hair clips, tutu’s and more. There’s sure to be something to catch your eye. Though if not, you can always request something customly done in your own prefered colors which is the beuty of buying handmade.  I didn’t want to forget to tell you also that there’s a Spring Sale going on now that’s worth checking out!

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Your Every Color is Andrea’s other shop! This shop is geared more toward mom’s or even older teens in your life.  Once again, Andrea’s attention to detail is evident in her fabulous earrings, hair clips, glass & button pendants, along with gift sets of button pendants with matching earrings!

I was sent the Jenica, Fabric Button Pendant which matched perfectly with my Turquoise, and Brown Love Printed Hair Flower from the Little Lilies as you can see from my photo! I was able to choose a pendant of choice to review and it wasn’t easy! The pendants go well with a lot of my dresses and are simple enough to wear with just jeans and a t-shirt!

What’s wonderful about both these shops is that nothing is overpriced and she has great sells and deals going on all the time. For instance, you should be sure to stop by each week and take a peek at  her WEEKLY FEATURE ITEM that’s only $2.50!

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Win It:
How would you like to win a hair flower of choice from Little Lilies Etsy Shop & and Pendant of your choice from Your Every Color ? Andrea’s has been so generous to let you do just that!

To Enter:  Visit Little Lilies Etsy ShopYour Every Color and let me know which hair flower and pendant you would pick to win!

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to my blog – 1 entries
2. Blog about this giveaway – 2 EXTRA
3. Subscribe to my blog by feed burner by e-mail- 1 extra
4. Favorite me on technorati and leave me your url 1 extra
5. Add me on twitter and retweet this:
@erinlowmaster WIN: A hair flower and pendant of choice – http://bit.ly/DyKJE
(Daily Extras are Available)
6. Add my button to your site and leave me your link 2 EXTRA
7. Post this at a giveaway listing site and leave the link- 5 extra entries
8. Let me know another item you like from each store- 1 extra

note: This Giveaway is only open to U.S and Canada

Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments.

Giveaway – running till 06/13/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.


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Nana Star and Moon Man Review and Giveaway!

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I recently was given the opportunity to review many of the products associated with Nana Star an award winning series of children books.  These books were written by two sisters, Elizabeth and Elena Sills  and the books were illustrated by their mother Linda Saker. I love when families works together in bringing together something that promotes positive virtues and character-building points and traits that are important for children.

The first book book, “Nana Star” tells the story of Nana Star whom is a little girl venturing out to bring a lost baby star back home.  I find the stories simple enough for young children to understand on their own but challenging enough as well to bring questions to the table.

The second book ” Nana Star and the Moon man” is the next in the series.  It picks up where the last book left off.  Nana is trying to get the little star back home but finds herself lost in the dark and this where the moon man comes in.  He encourages her to know he is there to guide and watch her along the way even if she can’t see him.
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Each of the books comes with a companion CD witch features sing along songs along with the full story so your kids can listen anytime they want. The  stories that they’ve brought to life are quite simple keeping them geared toward 3-7 year olds.

I wanted to also mention that each book, includes a mistake in the text for young readers to find. When children send Nana Star a note correcting the mistake, they become special members of her Little Twinkles Club. Each member receives an autographed photo of the real Nana Star with a personalized message, as well as a certificate of membership.

I love the plush toys that came along with my books as they are incredibly lovable and hugable.  My daughter loves dragging the Moon man toy around the house with her throughout the day and she dances when I push the star on his stomach and music begins to play. It’s too cute.  The Nana Star rag doll is a wonderful companion for young girls. She’s pose able and soft so she can even become a sleeping companion for your child or even the next guest at her tea parties.

I’m all for companies that give back to the community and Nana Star does just that by giving  a portion of all book and merchandise sales directly to the Nana Star Foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds for terminally ill children and raising awareness of the crippling problems facing children that attend under-resourced, inner-city schools. The Nana Star books are distributed to hospitals and inner-city schools throughout the United States.

Nana Star products can be purchased from NanaStar.com and the books can also be found on Amazon.
Win it!

One of  my  readers will be able to win a Nana Star Book and the Nana Star Doll!

1. Leave a comment below and let me know who this woulds be for if you won! (if this is not followed, no entry will count)

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to my blog – 1 entries
2. Blog about this giveaway with links back here and to Nana Star – 2 EXTRA
3. Subscribe to my blog by feed burner by e-mail- 1 extra
4. Favorite me on technorati and leave me your url 1 extra
5. Add me on twitter and retweet this, don’t forget to include @erinlowmaster so I know you tweeted. 2 EXTRA
6. Add my button to your site and leave me your link 2 EXTRA
7. Post this at a giveaway listing site and leave the link- 5 extra entries

Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments.

Giveaway – running till 05/22/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant

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Label Daddy Review

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photos_shoeAs a parent, I know how important it is to label my child’s things. If your children are out and about or even at home, you are going to find or have already found out how important labeling things are. I’m sure if you’re a parent, you’ve used the good ole’ permanent marker but ever after a few washes whether in the dish or laundry washer, the good ole’ name written out in sharpie starts to fade out. I can attest to this because while my daughter is at the nursery, they took the liberty of labeling my daughters sippy cups and snack bowls for me and her name written out has already faded.

I was surfing through various mom blogs a few weeks ago and happened upon Label Daddy labels. These are really great labels as they are dishwasher, washer and dryer, and even microwaveable safe. You can use these labels for clothing, sports supplies, shoes, luggage, spices, home address, and more. photos_allergy_other

My favorite label is the allergy label as this is very important for your children to have so as their caregivers won’t give them something that’s an endangerment to their life. My daughter is currently allergic to peas and this is an allergy that I hope she grows out of but if not, I’m going to get a set of these labels because you can never be to careful.

Label Daddy Labels are extremely easy to purchase for your needs. They are fully customizable which is great! You can pick from the various color, font, text and an icon, for your design. You even have the option to have your labels laminated for items that are more heavy duty.

I highly recommend them to everyone as it’s important to keep things in order and these will just make your life that much easier. What are you waiting for, visit Label Daddy today!

Special Code for my readers: Enter c2clabeldaddy to receive 10% off discount when checking out!


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PakNaks Review

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PakNaks are so cool, I even as a mommy loves them! I was going back and forth trying to figure out what to put mine on.

Let me tell you a little bit about PakNaks. Basically, they are super cute soft rubbery 3-d decorations for kids (or adults like me). They can be put on backpacks, lunch bags, headbands, computer bags, household items, and whatever else you would want to put them on! . They are very easy to attach, just peel and stick! You can change out your PakNaks to for a new look as they are attached with fuzzy coins.

I found it neat that “PakNak is a mom-owned business based in Portland, Oregon. That’s pretty much right down the street from me! They set out to create age appropriate designs for school-aged children and I would say they’ve done the job. They are even great for those of you who are like me and always thinking green being made from recycled plastic.
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I received Isaac the turtle and Powder the flower to review. My husband has a website called the Space Turtle so naturally he loves the turtle and of course I love the flower! What’s neat about the PakNaks is that they each have some information about themselves from home, favorite Food, best friend, and favorite activity. This makes it fun for your kids boy or girl alike to collect them.

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So if you are looking for something fun and decorative for your kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, or yourself, why not check out PakNacks.

I’ll be having a a PaNak giveaway this Friday so be sure to come by and enter to win your very own. They’ll be 4 winners with a chance to win 3 PakNaks each!

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Wett Giggles Review

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I recently was given the opportunity to review  Wett Giggles Soap! Inspired by a mom who wanted to encourage her six year old the importance of good hygiene and keeping his nails clean.

This  handmade glycerin soap is a wonderful treat for your little ones, let me tell you! This isn’t just your plain ole’ regular

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bar of soap, it’s topped with a toy as you can see in the picture above and it has a fingernail brush inside the soap! How neat is that? The soap smells just divine as it comes in several scents, Hamlet the little frog above scent is watermelon and some of the other scents vary from banana to blackberry. If you were wondering, each of the Wett Giggles all have fun names inspired by Shakespearean characters, due to the fact the creator loves Shakespearean plays.

I’m sure kids will love this product, I showed little Hamlet to my daughter and of course she wanted to eat it like most 8 1/2 month old would want to do. I’m going to probably purchase some of the other fun character soaps in the future since I know using these will be a fun way to encourage your child to remember to wash  and keep their nails clean too. Wett Giggles is available for purchase at www.wettgiggles.com

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