9.30.2014

Review & Giveaway: Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane



If you are a regular reader of Cherry Blossoms {the blog} you will know how much I adore unique, handcrafted items. When I found out about Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossoms Lane-an Australian label with a bespoke and boutique designer collection of petite one of a kind
luxury companion dolls for collection, keepsake or play-I was so thrilled. Each doll is handcrafted in a studio and absolutely gorgeous.

A bit about Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossoms Lane     Established in 2011 by Kate Elizabeth, Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane® promptly became a sought after label with its uniquely styled design and beautiful quality product. Following the birth of her daughter, Kate was inspired to create a vintage style, petite doll that was both beautiful and yet practical for quite a little person to handle. After designing and creating her vision, the first ever Miss Kiki doll came to fruition and the Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane® brand was born. Though conceived as a practical and petite range for children, the uniqueness and intricate nature of the Miss Kiki brand has aspired collectors worldwide.


Enchanting detail graces every Miss Kiki doll, each being uniquely one of its kind. Miss Kiki Dolls are created with the finest designer fabrics and textiles, laces and embellishments sourced from the most favoured boutique fabric and design stores around the world. Artisan handcrafted affords the desire that each child may have a one of a kind doll, unique only to them and, this is an incredibly special and beautiful
reality of the Miss Kiki brand.

    Kate works in her Adelaide studio with a small group of selected local artists joining her in the design and creative process to meet the ever increasing demand of her dolls both Australia-wide and internationally. Passionate about her craft, she has a hand in each and every piece that is created in studio. Kate lives in the South of Australia with her husband Jamie and their four children.

    The Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane® Collection may be found in exclusive baby and child boutiques, luxury emporiums and interior design sources across Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America. Bespoke dolls are available in their e-Boutique and they consider it an honour to work with their clientele to design and handcraft their child's most perfect companion doll. Pieces from the Collection are owned by some of the most famous families around the world, with custom personalised dolls created for the children of many celebrity and well known parents, including royalty. 


My Review
   I was sent Charley Marley Pirate Petite Collection (Vintage Themed) from Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane to review. This little doll is more than adorable--words can't even do it justice. From the gorgeous vintage-esque fabric to the little hand sewn details, the doll is absolutely swoon worthy. My three year old son loves pirates so when I presented him with his very own pirate doll he was elated. My son loved the little pirate eye patch that the doll wears and he went around the house with his doll saying "argh....ahoy ye' mateys!" Each doll comes named, filled with 100% eco-friendly corn fibre filling and vanilla scented in a luxury Miss Kiki gift bag. Each Miss Kiki doll has the hand embroidered KiKi derriere and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity embossed with a Miss KiKi signature. We noticed that the name of the pirate we received was actually the name of my husband--so we all had a good laugh at that fun coincidence. I highly recommend purchasing a doll from Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossoms Lane. The dolls are absolutely gorgeous and a wonderful heirloom to pass on from generation to generation. 

The Giveaway
open to US residents ONLY

Win a Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossoms Lane Doll 
(Winner's Choice*)
*bespoke dolls/personalization not included in this giveaway

Enter after the jump!

9.29.2014

Review & Giveaway: Bella Bundles


   Julie Feldman saw a need for functional baby blankets, towels and bibs. It was after she gave birth to her first daughter that she had a better understanding of what was lacking in the baby blanket, bib and towel market. Bibs were always too short and they were not reversible. Blankets would always fall off the stroller, becoming dirty and failing to shield her daughter from the sun or keep her warm. Julie also couldn't find a blanket that worked well with her baby carrier or that helped her nurse privately in public. Hooded towels were cute,
but they always fell open leaving little ones cold.

Julie's quest to find great baby blankets, bibs and towels often left her disappointed as they weren't soft enough or functional. As a result, she started to make blankets, bibs and towels for friends and received amazing feedback.

Julie designs stylish bibs that are long, reversible and have a terry cloth bottom to cover/wipe those messy spills. Blankets (called Blanket on the Go) that can snap onto strollers and carriers and safety snap around mommies neck to provide coverage while nursing. Last but not least, towels that are made with a snap closure at the nape of the neck, keeping infants and children warm and bundled.
Bella Bundles™' products show that you don't have to be "cutesy" to be cute, stylish and functional!




My Review
   I received a Damask Snap Hooded Towel from Bella Bundles to review. This adorable towel is plush, comfortable and functional. I love the added snap that keeps the towel from falling off the minute it is put on. The 100% cotton shell and the plush terry cloth lining (hood
lined in velour) is ultra-absorbent and incredibly soft. We love bringing our towel to the pool, beach or just using it out of the bath/shower. I love that the towel can fit infants-5T (my petite 7 year old can still use it too!). Any of the items from Bella Bundles would make great birthday, holiday or baby shower gifts!

The Giveaway
Open to US Residents Only

Enter to win a Damask Snap Hooded Towel from Bella Bundles

Enter after the jump!

9.28.2014

Giveaway: Chick-fil-A


      Monday, Sept. 29 is International Coffee Day, and to celebrate, Washington, D.C. area Chick-fil-A restaurants will kick off a week-long giveaway of their new specialty-grade THRIVE Farmers Coffee. THRIVE Farmers Coffee will also allow Chick-fil-A restaurants to brew smaller pots so the coffee is as super fresh. 

Not only is Chick-fil-A’s new coffee brewed to pair specifically with its menu items, but all sales have a global impact. THRIVE’s unique farmer-direct model enables farmers in Central America to earn up to 10 times more than farmers through traditional fair trade models.
To learn more click here to visit the interactive site "coffee with a story" to learn about THRIVE coffee and the farmers who grow it.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 4, customers who visit a local Chick-fil-A restaurant will receive a FREE small hot coffee or medium iced coffee.

The Giveaway
Open to US residents only

4 lucky winners will each win two digital gift cards good for a FREE THRIVE iced or hot coffee in original, medium or vanilla.

Enter after the jump!

9.27.2014

Review & Giveaway: BambinOZ


Need I say it again, traveling with kids can be a nightmare--infants even more so. When Carren Rieger-Friess and her husband
 relocated to Brisbane from New York City in 2006 they came upon a problem that many parents face---traveling with an infant. You see their daughter's grandparents lived in the United States and Germany. Being new to Australia, Carren and her family spent most weekends exploring and soon realized how difficult it was to feed a young baby on the road. Just try finding a safe and clean high chair or somewhere they could heat their infants bottle was a task in itself. The lack of suitable and safe feeding products inspired Carren and her husband to start BambinOz and bring to market a line of clever designs for babies going places.

Early prototypes of the Porta Chair travelled with Carren and her family throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and the US. Everywhere they used it people would stop and ask where they could find such a clever solution. Over many months (and even more miles) they incorporated feedback from moms and dads and tested the product on young children and chairs of all sizes to perfect the design. Carren also worked closely with the Infant Nursery Products Association of Australia (INPAA), the leading independent safety advisory council, to incorporate the leading Australian and international safety standards and guidelines.

BambinOz' next product, the Instant Bottle Warmer, was a solution to the problem "where can we heat up our baby's bottle?" As every parent knows, it can be extremely difficult to find a microwave or electricity when you're on the go. Leveraging the instant heat technology, BambinOZ designed their own bottle warmer and carry pack which you can be taken virtually anywhere.




My Review

   I was sent a Porta Chair to review from BambinOZ to review. Goodness, how I wish I had a Porta Chair when my kids were infants. Using the Porta Chair you can turn ANY chair into a highchair. The Porta Chair is wonderful for visiting family and friends, airports, malls, traveling, dining out and much more. Worried about not having enough room to carry the Porta Chair? No worries, because the Porta Chair is compact, lightweight and small enough to fit in your carry-on or stroller. 

The straps of the Porta Chair are all fully adjustable and because the chair is lightly padded your child will remain comfortable. Oh, and you don't have to worry about the mess your child might make in the Porta Chair because it is machine washable! The chair is suitable from 5 months-2 1/2 years of age. If you didn't already love it enough the Porta Chair is also Eco-friendly-AZO dye, phthalate and formaldehyde-free.

The Porta Chair is available in four colors – Slate (grey), Red, Avocado Damask, and Black and White Damask.


The Giveaway
Open to US Residents Only

Enter to win a Porta Chair (in winners choice of fabric)


Enter after the jump!

9.26.2014

Review & Giveaway: Shoeglits


Girls love to accessorize and why not start them young with Shoeglits!



Shoeglits™ are the AWESOME, NEW way to accessorize your sneakers and shoes; plus show off your fashion sense! Shoeglits™ are the decorative way to replace your shoelaces. They easily slip through the eyelets of your shoes and come with decorative buttons and they also come with colorful beads to make them even more fun. When you use Shoeglits accessorizing your shoes is not only easy, but it's fun to mix and match them with friends or add your own beads to make more custom designs! Shoeglits come in two great styles: 3 Pair Shorter Laces for regular sneakers and shoes or high-tops; and 1 Pair Longer Laces that are specifically designed for high-top sneakers. Either way you can't go wrong and you'll have more fun losing those boring, old-fashioned laces. The more Shoeglits you add the more fun you can have, so make sure you have more fun and LOSE THE LACES with Shoeglits!

My Review
   I was sent one pair of Shoeglits to review; Pink Crossbones and Purple Flower. These fun little accessories are super cute, trendy and add flair to any pair of shoes. The sets I received are sparkly and come with cute beads for an extra little bit of pizazz. My daughter loved adding Shoeglits to her sneakers and now her friends all want a pair (you could say she started a trend at her school). Shoeglits aren't only cool but they are fun to swap and share between friends. 






The Giveaway
Open to US residents Only

Enter to win one pair of Shoeglits (in winners choice of style)

Enter after the jump!

9.25.2014

Post: "Sing Your Heart Out" Contest with Disney and Kohls

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl's. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.



  Do you want to sing in a contest? 
Or go shopping for clothes at Kohls? 
You know the Frozen Jumping Beans Collection is long overdue, 
I've started painting snowflake pictures on the walls....

We've had quite a few collection so far from Kohl's/Disney Jumping Beans collection but so far NO Frozen....until now. Keep your eyes peeled because Kohl's in collaboration with Disney will be releasing a line of Frozen inspired clothing. Dates are still up in the air but when I know more I will be sure to announce it here! I can't wait to see what Disney and Kohl's have in store for this fun collection featuring some of my (and my kid's) favorite characters from the movie!

That isn't all the exciting news I have to share with you today...sit back and get your throat lozenges ready because you may just be featured in a NATIONAL commercial...

 Kohl's Department Stores in collaboration with Disney is proud to present a national call for their "Sing Your Heart Out" Contest. From now until Monday, September 29, 2014 Disney 'Frozen' fans can submit videos of their family, themselves or their children singing "Let it Go" for the chance to appear in a Kohl's holiday commercial that will air during the 2014 American Music Awards (AMAs) broadcast. My kids decided to submit their own video into the contest-you can see them in the video below.



It was super easy to enter the contest. All I had to do was ask my kids to sing "Let It Go" after I set up the recording device on my computer and I let them do the rest. It was so fun to see my kids interacting and singing together. My kids are huge fans of Frozen and loved watching themselves sing when I re-played the video for them. Submitting my video was as easy as 1-2-3. All I had to do was enter some personal information and then upload my video. It literally took me less then five minutes to do. 



So what are you waiting for? Enter the Sing Your "Frozen" Heart Out contest by clicking here. You can find the official contest rules here.
It's super fun and you could be featured on National TV....and be a SUPASTAHHHH!

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9.24.2014

Giveaway: Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"



      "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" was one of my favorite books when I was little so when I heard they were releasing a movie based on the book I was super excited. The movie follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life--a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things just happen to him. He soon learns that he is not alone when his Mom (Jennifer Garner), Dad (Steve Carell), Brother (Dylan Minnette) and Sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one. 

 Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" 
starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner 
premiers in theaters nationwide October 10th, 2014.



The Giveaway
Open to US Residents, 18+


Win an Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,
Very Bad Day" Prize Pack!

The Prize Pack includes:
coffee mug, green highlighter, reusable bag, and crocodile stress toy

Enter after the jump!

9.23.2014

Review: MagnaMini



     Fall means that chilly weather is here. I am so excited for Fall-it is my favorite time of year. The only thing I dislike is constantly chasing after my three year old to get him to wear more layers! You see, he loves to do everything himself--he is in that "independent" stage that all toddlers go through. They want to get their own snack, put on their own shoes, etc. This independence gives them a sense of accomplishment and helps them become confident in themselves.

I was so glad when I heard about MagnaMini- a new line of magnetic coats and vests for children. MagnaMini allows children to put on their own outerwear eliminating the need for difficult to navigate buttons and zippers and replacing them with simple to use magnets. Not only does MagnaMini help build children’s confidence as they conquer a new skill, it makes getting ready to leave the house faster and simpler for parents. Instead of meltdowns over the inability to zip or button, parents will be able to watch their children proudly press their coat closed with ease. Recess time at school becomes simpler for teachers with MagnaMiniTM as well. Instead of the teacher zipping and snapping 30 coats closed before the class heads outside, MagnaMini enables kids to ready themselves for outdoor play.

The Invention of MagnaMini
  
  Necessity was the mother of invention for Maura Horton when she came up with the idea for her parent company MagnaReady. Maura was inspired when the effects of Parkinson’s disease prevented her husband from buttoning his shirt. Determined to help him remain independent, Maura came up with the idea of a magnetically infused shirt he could easily dress in without needing finger dexterity. MagnaReady is the first fashionable, magnetic closure dress shirt for men and women with limited mobility. Using her background in children’s fashion and her experience as a mom, Maura has expanded and created MagnaMini, the first magnetized coat for kids.

My Review
    I was sent the 'Drew' Chevron Quilted Vest in true navy to review from MagnaMini. This vest is a life-saver when it comes to getting my toddler to wear more layers. My son loves putting the vest on all by himself and taking it off independently as well. The vest is a beautiful dark blue and is lovely to wear over a sweater or shirt. It features a raised collar that protects my little guys neck from getting chilly. The vest isn't too heavy or too light and looks great dressed up or dressed down. I especially love it paired with a collared shirt and a nice pair of pants--for a preppy look. It is so fun to see my son's smile when I tell him to put his vest on all by himself. I believe more pieces of clothing for children should be made magnetized as it teaches them independence and gives them confidence. MagnaMini is onto something big!
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Disclosure:
I received this item free of charge for the purpose of my review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

9.22.2014

Review & Giveaway: Hold Your Haunches




We all want that hourglass figure...but it is easier said than done. As women it is hard to be comfortable with our bodies when the latest and greatest celebrities who have been nipped, tucked and airbrushed are all the rage. It is hard to feel good about yourself and find time for yourself when you are constantly working, watching after your children or just living life.
I have had two children and while my body isn't perfect I am learning to love it. It isn't shaped quite like it used to be--but I do my best to eat healthy and exercise. Sadly, as much as I take care of myself I believe the days of having that rock hard body are long gone....and that is ok. 


Many of us turn to shape wear to get a smooth and lifted silhouette...but have you ever worn shape wear? If you have you will know that it is incredibly uncomfortable and restricting. Many of the body shapers out there don't even work--a very frustrating problem.

Erin Bickley and Jenny Greer were fed up with the crappy body shapers that were uncomfortable and didn't work so they decided to create their own. Erin and Jenny began their quest to find a fashionable pant that had a layer of compression to help with their jiggly bits, but they couldn’t find a thing. So they put their heads together and designed a pant that perfectly blended both fashion and body-shaping compression resulting in – you guessed it – instant gratification. They named their company 'Hold Your Haunches'.

The Secret behind Hold Your Haunches is a layer of highly graded compression shapewear  sewn comfortably underneath luxury fashion pants, thus creating the rear-lifting, silhouette-smoothing, premier go-to item.

Besides improving the view, Hold Your Haunches™ Shapewear eliminates the annoyance and discomfort of rolling, binding, and sagging. In a nutshell, our goal is to take the suffering out of shaping. Hold Your Haunches is SO sure you will love their products that they offer a 
 100% Satisfaction Guarantee-you can return full price items within seven days of purchase for a refund! 

My Review
    So sure my days of having a lifted booty are probably over, but that doesn't mean I can't fake it! Hold Your Haunches sent me a pair of their 'Caboose Boost' Capri's to review and let me tell you my bum hasn't looked this good in--I don't know how long! I have worn the Capris to my husband's work party, my daughters school and out shopping and man, do I feel good. Hold Your Haunches Capri's fit me perfectly and are so comfortable. The expendable waistband can be worn folded down or folded up to make sure that any extra skin is smoothed down-keeping the muffin top look at bay. These pants make me feel confident and look great. The craftsmanship is amazing and the pants wash wonderfully. I love how versatile the capri's are. I can wear the capri's with a t-shirt and flip flops during the day, and then change into a blouse and high heels to easily transform my outfit for a night on the town. So if you want a body shaper that lifts, flattens and is extremely comfortable I highly recommend getting yourself a pair of Hold Your Haunches capri's, leggings or bootcut pants. 

Coupon Code
Enter HYHCHERRY20 at checkout to receive 20% off your order at Hold Your Haunches.

Hurry because this code is only active September 22-September 29, 2014!

The Giveaway
Open to US Residents Only!

Enter to win your choice of leggings, capri leggings or bootcut pants from Hold Your Haunches (in winners choice of size) from Hold Your Haunches!

Enter after the jump!

9.20.2014

Review and Giveaway: Logona Skin Care

With my sensitive skin, a skincare product gets my stamp of approval in the absence of pain and discomfort. Simply put, so long as it doesn't hurt (or itch, or whatever) then I like it, because I find so many products irritating. This process has guided my purchases for the past decade and I'm getting better at choosing items that neither irritate me nor the earth.

But I have never felt literally comfortable in my skin, and I never let anyone touch my face.



I felt confident trying the skincare from Logona because their attention to environmental detail usually signals to me that I should be okay, as it is usually fillers and additives that are problematic for me. I received BIO Rose & Aloe Cleansing Milk, BIO Rose & Aloe Tinted Day Cream, BIO Rose Night Cream, and BIO Rose & Aloe Eye Gel.



                   



Day one gave me the positive results I sought: no irritation. Great! I thought. I can endorse the product! It does well by the earth and doesn't hurt me. By the end of day two I realized that my skin texture was smoother to my touch as well as visually. (That day cream, wow, I don't think I can adequately describe how much I liked it.) As time went on I realized that my skin felt good. It felt healthy. It felt happy.

The milk cleanser is incredibly mild and effectively worked to clean my skin without stripping anything. I was actually worried it wouldn't work but it did! The night cream absorbed quickly and didn't leave me feeling greasy or weird. The eye gel did make my tender eye skin, which is starting to show age, feel firmer and more youthful. Did I imagine that my eyes looked better? Probably. But I know they felt better and I finally found a product I can use near my eyes that doesn't make them water. By the end of the first day I thought the eye cream was the winner. I was wrong. The day cream is the surprising winner! It goes on smoothly and quickly blends in with my skin tone, subtly smoothing my complexion without painting my face or making me feel like I'm wearing a mask. (I'm a very au naturel girl and don't like the feel of stuff on my face.) Not only did it not irritate, as I said, but after a long day of wear my skin still felt great.

I don't know that I've ever loved skin care like I love this Logona line for dry and sensitive skin. I highly recommend you check them out! Not only is it good for your skin but you can do well by the earth as well. Logona has been committed to clean products and no animal testing for over 25 years. You can read more about their story and ethics here.


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THE GIVEAWAY:
 
One lucky reader will win the same set I received!
 
US residents only, please.
 
~enter after the jump!~
Disclosure:
I received this products free of charge for the purpose of this review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

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