31 May 2012

Blogaholic Anniversary Cash Giveaway!

My Dear Friends,

Blogaholic Anniversary Cash Giveaway”=Blogaholic Social Network is celebrating their 1 year anniversary and we have teamed up with them to bring you the chance to win $400.00 Paypal cash! If you have not yet heard- Blogaholic Social Network is an online community where bloggers of all niche's connect and spread the word about their blogs while gaining resources, followers, blogging tips, and much more! You must be a member to win but joining fast, easy and best of all FREE! Join here!

This event is hosted by Blogaholic Social Network, The Organized Classroom Blog, Mompreneur Mogul, Swoon Media, Caffeinated OC MommyTerri's Little Haven, and Multi Testing Mommy.

You must be 18 to enter. A valid Paypal account is required. Open Worldwide. Void where prohibited.

This giveaway ends May 31st, 2012 11:59 pm

Verifying entries may take up to 2 days days. Please make sure all your entries are valid. Winner must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

This event is also made possible by the following blogs:  Like A Bump On A BlogA Mothers Heritage, A Little of This and a Little of That, Fashion in the Forest, Keeping Up With The Rheinlanders, Giveaway PromoteKids and Deals, Bella Bud, Shereen Travels Cheap, Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business, Addicted 2 savings 4 U, Stacy's Savings, One House Schoolroom, Insights by April, Mom Blogger Buzz, St. Augustine Qpon Posse, Mom to Bed by 8, Another Cookie, Please, Crossroad Reviews, Whole Lotta Mama, The STL Mark Mama, Oh My Gosh BeckMommies In Orbit, Lillys & Lollipops, Debt Free Spending, Children Teaching Mama, She Says, Bella Street, It's Just My Life, Nap Time Is My Time, Rockin Teacher Materials, The More The Merrier, The Mama Bird, Social Studies Momma, The Stress Free Spanish Teacher, Truly Simply Pink, The 3AM Teacher, The Mommy Times, Mommy Coupon Swappers, Media Darlings, Frugal Ferret

Surprise! It's an eShakti giveaway!

My Dear Friends,

How would you like to win your very own eShakti dress?  That's right!  One lucky FITF winner will get to pick their choice of dress from the vast selection of amazing styles and colors!  Since eShakti is in the process of giving their whole website a new snazzy Spring/Summer makeover, there are lots of new styles they'd like to show off!   

Here's the deal:  The winner will get her choice of dress from eShakti, which includes free custom sizing & styling!

I thought I'd show you guys a few of my favorites and then start the contest!  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to get started!  The contest will end on 5/31 at midnight.  This contest is open to US/Canada. 

30 May 2012

Welcome To Savory Summer!

My Dear Friends,

The 2012 Savory Summer Giveaway Event is here!  Are you excited?!

A huge round of applause is in order for our hosts Measuring Flower and Graphoniac as well as our grand prize sponsors, Nostalgia Electrics and Ella's Kitchen!

Don't forget to enter in the Grand Prize Giveaway once you've entered all the great giveaways below.  You are welcome to check our the Savory Summer Pinterest Board if you like!

Our incredible sponsor for this event is Tortuga Rum Cakes!

You may remember reading about them before - you can read my 2010 review here if you like.  Tortuga Rum Cakes has graciously sponsored one of their Picnic Packs, which retails for $40.95 and features all the goodies listed below:

Tortuga Picnic Pack 

It's Cook-Out & Picnic Time:

Try the Tortuga Picnic Pack 16oz Original Golden Rum Cake - Perfect for picnics and no refrigeration needed, + Caribbean Sauce Pack - Jerk Sauce, Hell-Fire Sauce & Gourmet Steak Sauce (5oz ea.) with recipes, + 10oz Pepper Jelly - great for glazes or as an appetizer served with cream cheese.

This giveaway is open to US only.
Please fill out the easy Rafflecopter form below and once you're done, continue on to the linky list & enter to win some prizes from our other wonderful participants!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: Facebook is in no way affiliated with the Savory Summer event, its hosts, its sponsors, or its participating bloggers. The hosts (Measuring Flower and Graphoniac) as well as Fashion In The Forest are not responsible for event sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.  This giveaway is open to US residents 18 or older only.  All entries into this contest are optional and there are no required entries.  I've heard various answers as to whether it is okay to have "Follow on G+" as an entry option so I'll say this:  Since it's nearing the end of the month and I have 3 contests going on, I don't want people to lose their entries so I'll keep them up but as of June 1st, G+ will no longer be an entry options in my contests. 

Review: Gaiam Stretch Jegging Capri

My Dear Friends,

Some of you may remember my reviews of Gaiam products (you can find these posts here and here), so you're aware of the story - but for those of you new to the blog, let me fill you in.

"Founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1988, Gaiam is a provider of information, goods and services to customers who value the environment, a sustainable economy, healthy lifestyles, alternative healthcare and personal development.  Gaiam (pronounced "guy-um"), is a fusion of the words "Gaia" and "I am".  Gaia, mother Earth, was honored on the Isle of Crete in ancient Greece 5,000 years ago by the Minoan civilization. This civilization valued education, art, science, recreation, and the environment and believed that the Earth was directly connected to its existence and daily life. The concept of Gaia stems from the ancient philosophy that the Earth is a living entity. At Gaiam, we believe that all of the Earth's living matter, air, oceans and land form an interconnected system that can be seen as a single entity. The word Gaiam represents planetary awareness, preservation and support of the interconnectivity of all living things. By nurturing, protecting and respecting our planet, its natural resources and its inhabitants, we enrich our own lives and those of future generations." - Gaiam.Com

Today I'm reviewing the Gaiam Stretch Jegging Capri in 'Dark Sand' which retail for $78.  These Capri's are made from lightweight, soft & stretchy jean fabric made with 95% organic cotton/5% spandex.
They include jean-style back pockets & rivets on the front faux pockets.  There's a 1" flat elastic waistband and a faux fly.  These are fully machine washable.

Here are a few different ways to style these:

Style Set - Gaiam

Style Set - Gaiam #2

Style Set - Gaiam #3

The Gaiam website is filled with great things for your home, your lifestyle, and your closet.  Visit them at their website, or check them our via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and/or RSS Feed.

 *This review was made possible by Gaiam.  I received the stretch jegging capri pants to review in exchange for an honest review.  No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you, Gaiam!

24 May 2012

Sale @ FITF Etsy

My Dear Friends,

Have you checked out the sale going on at the Fashion In The Forest Etsy?  Use code "SAVE15" to get a 15% discount on your entire purchase!  There's also a great SALE section to check out as well!

17 May 2012

The Latest Sandal Trends

The Latest Sandal Trends

Whether you're wishing to pursue design degrees or simply enjoy fashion, you should stay abreast of the latest fashion trends. Warmer weather is fast approaching, which means shorts, summer dresses, and skirts. To complete these, you'll need a nice pair of sandals. Read on to learn more about the latest trends in sandals for 2012:
  • Animal Prints and Skins – Animal prints and skins continue to be a big trend, especially on shoes. Wearing animal print shoes is a great way to get into the animal print trend and add a touch of style to any outfit. Most animal skins come in natural colors, which complement many differently colored outfits. Try to look for an option will lots of straps to make the most of this look. Ankle straps are particularly popular this season.
  • Braided Sandals – Braids are very big this spring and summer – and we don't just mean in your hair. Braided straps add texture to sandals, without taking away from your outfit. These work especially well on platform shoes. If platforms are a bit outside your comfort zone, try to choose a neutral color so the shoes work as an accessory rather than the center of attention. If you're a bit more daring, try a vibrant color. 
  • Brights – Bright, vibrant colors are a big trend in sandals this year. Think almost neon shades of blue, yellow, and orange. If you usually shy away from color, introducing a brightly colored shoe can be a great way to dip a foot in this trend (no pun intended). Solid colored shoes are a more classic look, while color blocked sandals are a more on-trend option. You can choose shoes that mix bright and neutral colors, or go all brights for a very in-style look.
  • Cut-Outs – Cut-outs are a stylish way to add interest to your footwear. Popular options include mesh, lace, and scallops. There are even shoes that are translucent but adorned with sequins and jewels. All of these options have great details, which make your sandals a stylish accessory that compliments – but doesn't take away from your outfit. Look for this style in flats, platforms, and heels. 
  • Pointed Toe – The pointed toe look is back in style this year. Try to choose a pointy shoe in an in-season color, such as brights or pastels, to stay even more on trend. You can also choose patent leather or suede options to add texture to your sandal. Pointed toes are a great look for summer, because they help to elongate the leg. 
  • Metallics – Metallics are still going strong! There are a couple of ways to wear this trend. If you want a less-intense look, try to look for sandals that have metallic details, like studs. Metallic toe caps are also an easy way to wear this trend. If you're feeling daring, go for an all metallic shoe. Gold and bronze look great, but silver is stealing the attention this year.


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About.com (2012)

*This post was written by a 'featured writer' and was provided by Blog Services Inc.

Fashion To Figure: The Piping Hot Empire Dress

My Dear Friends,

Recently, I was allowed to choose an item from Fashion To Figure for review.  I chose the Piping Hot Empire Dress for a number of reasons.

  • I liked the neutral colors, which allow for versatility in styling
  • I felt it could go from casual to business to night-wear.
  • The black piping added a sophisticated, yet fun, design element.
  • The fit is true to size and featured a lined bodice with cup support.

Here's the skinny on this gorgeous little dress:
"Timeless style in a sexy and shapely frock: this empire-waisted dress features black piping that dances with curves, and a sweetheart neckline that includes two subtle triangle cutouts. It's an ultra-flattering look that's great for work or an evening out. Keep accessories light and let the dress do the talking."

The Piping Hot Empire Dress can be found at Fashion To Figure, through their website or in store.   This dress is an absolute steal at just $24.99 and it available in sizes 1x to 3x.  For more information, please check out their Facebook & Twitter pages! 

I wanted to take a minute to show you a few different ways this gorgeous dress can be styled so you can see how truly versatile it is!

Party Girl

15 May 2012


My Dear Friends,

Here's a few little reminders to let you know that the May Buffet giveaway event, featuring Dale & Thomas Popcorn, ends tonight at midnight!  Get your last minute entries in while you can!

Also, the Savory Summer giveaway event, featuring the Tortuga Rum Cakes Company, begins tonight at midnight!  You can start entering to win a Picnic Pack (ARV $40.95) tonight!  Hope to see you there!

14 May 2012

May Buffet Is Here!

My Dear Friends,
Welcome to May Buffet coordinated by ShePromotes!
This event will take place from May 1st at 12:01am EST through May 15th at 11:59pm EST.

It's May! And for many of us that means the start of grilling and cookout season.  Good food is great all year round, but there is just something about the warm weather that says bring on the steaks!  I am sure you like to check out recipes shared by your favorite bloggers, so we thought we'd share some yummy prizes with you!  Each blog listed below on the linky has a prize valued at $25+ for each winner - ALL FOOD RELATED!  This means goodies to eat and items to help you fix, mix, cook, and serve delicious dishes.  So let the May Buffet begin!

One lucky winner will win a 4-pack sampler box of Dale & Thomas Popcorn, featuring Hall Of Fame Kettle Corn, White Cheddar & Black Peppercorn, Chocolate Chunk N Caramel & Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Drizzlecorn!  Believe me, you all will fall in love with Dale and Thomas Popcorn.  It is THE best popcorn I've ever had!  If you want to win, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!  Good luck everyone!

You couldn’t say "Happy Mother's Day" in any better way! Show mom just how grateful you are with our tasteful gift box. This delightful gift box prominently displaying "Happy Mother's Day" is filled with four footlong bags of popcorn (Chocolate Chunk N'Caramel, Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Drizzlecorn, Hall of Fame Kettle Corn, and White Cheddar & Black Peppercorn). All of our popcorn is gluten free and kosher OU-D. Send this gift and mom is sure to feel appreciated!

You may need to click "Read More" to go to the Rafflecopter form:)

11 May 2012

Win A Hamilton Beach Smoothie Start Blender!

My Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Crafts & Things 7k Fan Celebration!  Us the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win a Hamilton Beach Smoothie Start Blender!  This giveaway is US only.

You may need to click "Read More' to go the Rafflecopter form:)

09 May 2012

Win A Kate Spade Purse!

My Dear Friends,

Who wants to win this gorgeous, authentic Kate Spade purse that retails at $425?!   Welcome to the Madame Deals Kate Spade Event, where one lucky winner will win the purse shown below! 

One lucky reader will WIN it!
**Powered by Madame Deals and Slop Swap**

Thank you to our hosts for helping run this great event:

Giveaway will run April 30 12:01 am EST - May 10 11:59 pm EST.  You have a lot of chances to WIN! Complete the mandatory entry and unlock the bonus entries.  Bonus entries are Facebook likes. You may need to click "Read More" to be taken to the Rafflecopter form:)

07 May 2012

Coming Soon: Back To School Blast

My Dear Friends,

The Back To School Blast Giveaway Hop is an event hosted by This Flourishing Life, Tailor Made Momma, and Generations Of Savings. School will be back in session before you know it. Whether your readers have a preschooler, a college student, a homeschooler, or anything in between, back to school gear will probably be needed. Let's help them out by bringing them a great Back To School Blast!

Sign-up HERE for the Back To School Blast.

August 1st-14th
{Sign-Ups close on July 27th}

This is a free event. If you would like to participate, please create a blog post with the event button and a link back to this sign-up post.
{In lieu of writing a post, you can send a $5 PayPal payment to thisflourishinglife@gmail.com. Mark it as a "service" please.}

Prize Info:
Each blogger will run a giveaway on their blog with a prize or prize pack worth at least $25. You are welcome to have more than one winner as long as each person wins $25+ worth of prizes. You can self-sponsor or find a sponsor. Anyone with a prize or prize pack over $100 will have it marked on the linky as a $100+ prize.

We are asking that each prize be Back To School related (geared towards any age).
Some ideas:
clothes, shoes, hats, bows
bags, lunch boxes
art supplies, notebooks
books, learning toys and games
computers, computer accessories
sports equipment
dorm room stuff


  • Please add your blog to the linky below, then join the Facebook group to stay up-to-date with the giveaway info.
  • We prefer you use Rafflecopter, but it's not required. Please limit the amount of mandatory entries. No Google+ is allowed as an entry, per Google's TOS.
  • Each person's giveaway post must include the hop button, the linky, the disclaimer, and the hosts' links (this will all be sent to you as we get closer to the giveaway).

Sign-Up HERE for the Back To School Blast. Sign-Ups close on July 27th.
Grand Prize:
This Flourishing Life, Tailor Made Momma, and Generations Of Savings will be hosting the grand prize on their blogs. We are hoping for a $200 gift card (for Target, Walmart, Best Buy, etc), but the prize will ultimately be determined by how many bloggers sign-up to be on the Grand Prize Rafflecopter. If you take part in the grand prize, we will list your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest link, which will bring in a lot of new fans for you. One link for $3, two links for $5. Click HERE if you are interested in participating in this optional part of the Back To School Blast Event.

A Mother's Day Gift Guide

My Dear Friends,

Take a look at these gifts.  Mother's Day is next Sunday, May 13th.  Do you have a gift purchased, or at least one in mind?  If not, don't fret.  I'm here to help!  Finding something pretty & fun is always an easy task for me:)

When you're out shopping, try to think of a gift that your mom wouldn't buy herself, but would still like.  I like the think that it's okay to spoil someone a little when buying them a gift --- and remember, it's the thought that counts, so put some thought into it!  What is your mom's favorite color?  Drink?  Flower?  Is she a purse or shoe fanatic?  Does she love jewelry, perfume, or just a great cup of coffee?  Get in that frame of mind and you'll think of the perfect gift in no time!

mother's day

6. - ASOS Neon Stripe Hobo Bag, $54

This post contains one paid link.

03 May 2012

Coming Soon: Xbox Kinect Bundle Giveaway Event

My Dear Friends,

The Xbox Kinect Bundle Giveaway Event is a free blogger event which will run from July 8th to July 22nd....and we're participating!  That's right, you can come here to enter the Rafflecopter form for your chance to win.

The prize is awesome!  One lucky winner will get an Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle that includes the Xbox 360 console, Kinect Sensor and Kinect Adventures Game (retail value $299)!  The giveaway is open worldwide (note – if the winner is outside of the US are responsible for any duties, taxes, etc. that are not covered by basic shipping cost).

Note:  If you're a blogger and want to sign up to participate, click here.

Thursday Steals & Deals

My Dear Friends,

My friend G and I are really into crafting, so it's no surprise we'll be at Hobby Lobby this weekend.  They've got an excellent sale going on this week, plus there's a 40% off printable coupon you can get too!

Over at Fashion Bug online there's a 30% discount code up for grabs - use code TRY300506FB to get the deal!

Get Free Shipping with any bra purchase at Victoria's Secret with code BRA.

Use code SUNSHINE20 to get a 20% discount at Kohl's.

Take 25% off at GAP with code GAPTICTOK.

02 May 2012

What I'm Wearing Today

My Dear Friends,

I decided to write an OOTD post because I'm feeling quite cute today, if I say so myself.  It's nothing fancy, I'm a little "Mary Tyler Moore Show" inspired, though.  I'm wearing simple black long capri pants, black ballet flats, kelly green Old Navy cami over a black Old Navy tee and a white cardigan with a big black bow and pearl details from Maurices.  No jewelry.  Here are a few photos, and if you like what you see, some links to similar items to create the look yourself:)