Saturday, December 31, 2011

Alfred Music Review!!!


~CALLING ALL PIANISTS!~
I am in my eleventh year of playing the piano, and I love it.  Yeah, it's definitely not always easy or fun, but I'm sure glad that I've stuck with it.  Since I began in 2001, I have played music in a variety of genres:  Gospel (hymns), rag, but mostly classical.  So I was so thrilled when Alfred Music most kindly allowed for me to review Glory to the Newborn King book & CD, arranged by Marilynn Ham!
This "Alfred Sacred Performer" book of delightful Christmas piano arrangements is for advanced pianists, and features 10 different songs, such as "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Still, Still Still," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "Ding Dong Merrily on High," and more.

I decided to work on "What Child is This?".  On a personal note, I love playing songs that have a big and booming sound.  "What Child is This?" has lots of octaves that really present a rich, grand sound, and makes it sound harder than is:)  The song does require quite a good deal of practice ("Repetition is the mother of learning," right?:), but is not TERRIBLY difficult.  I started working on this about a month ago, and will be playing it tomorrow night for a church Christmas program.  The week before last I played "What Child is This?" at a nursing home, too.  But these lovely and fun arrangements don't just have to be for church or nursing homes... play them just for yourself or family and friends.  Many people appreciate a pretty instrumental song and also want to see you display your talent, and Glory to the Newborn King is the ideal book to do just that! 

Having a CD to accompany the book is always a great asset in learning a song- to help it "sink into your brain." :)  And it is equally wonderful, in just listening and relaxing!  All in all, I think Marilynn Ham has done an awesome job in arranging these favorites, and I am excited to learn more!

Alfred Music has so many more Sacred Performer books plus tons of other music on their site, so I highly advise you to go check them out!

Disclaimer: I received free product for this review.  All thoughts are my own. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cover Your Hair Review & Giveaway!!

Cover Your Hair recently contacted about sponsoring another review and giveaway... wow!  It is neat to browse their online shop that's just filled with many different and unique head accessories! I was able to receive the Sparkle Flower Pony in beige and pink.
Aren't they adorable?   What is really noteworthy about these pony tail holders is the thickness of them~ very durable!  The flowers are simple, while still very pretty, interesting, and eye-catching.  They can really decorate an everyday hairdo- like old pony tail- up!  Take a look below and see how they look in a hairdo:


 cute, huh? :)
closer up  
in  a Pollyanna
Cover Your Hair offers so many different kinds/styles of hair accessories that would be perfect for Christmas presents for sisters, nieces, cousins, or any other girl!  Following are a few items from their site to give you an idea...

Just in time for winter!

baby headband

I love that chaponne!



Cover Your Hair is generously offering to one of my readers a $25 box of surprise hair accessories!


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3 Entries: Blog about this giveaway. Leave a link to your post. Post 3 comments.
 
Note: If you do not leave an email address in EVERY comment box, that entry will not be counted!!


This giveaway ends on Saturday December 31, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will have 48 hrs. to reply, or another winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer:  I received free products for this review.  All thoughts are my own.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Winners!

Hi!

Here are the latest winners:

FIRST $25 No Slippy Hair Clippy coupon code: Ohio Ruth

Chunky Bling: Ohio Ruth

SECOND $25 No Slippy Hair Clippy coupon code: Constitution Girl

Thanks~
Lauren

Monday, November 28, 2011

No Slippy Hair Clippy $25 Giveaway!!


Hello readers,

(Apologies about this terribly late notice.) No Slippy Hair Clippy has given me a 40% off coupon code which expires TODAY!  The code is: CWE28.  Also, they have most generously offering to one of my readers a $25 gift certificate to their site!  Read on to learn how to enter!

"No Slippy Hair Clippy® is well known for creating the non-slip hair accessories® category,
and is still the finest product of its kind anywhere!
Our first "no-slip hair clip" was invented out of sheer frustration in 2000. It took a mom with an almost-bald baby girl to invent a hair clip that would stay securely in place and look cute. For countless generations, baby girls have often been mistaken for boys, and until No Slippy Hair Clippy® opened its doors in 2001, you couldn’t find a hair accessory created specifically to stay in baby-fine hair. Thanks to us, your daughter’s generation no longer has to worry about being mistaken for a BOY!
Our hair clips are quite unique, with a patent pending. Originally designed with a magnet to enhance the hold, we now use a more expensive Plush Swiss Velvet wrapped completely around the metal clip, to provide an identical snug, secure grip. It’s now lighter weight, and so soft she won’t even know it’s there! Our clips won’t hurt if she pulls them out, either, and because we use the highest quality clips available, they don’t bend easily, like others do. Truly the world’s finest non-slip clip®!
Over time, we have continued to grow and to add new products, and we now design hair accessories for girls, teens and women, as well as babies. We offer three different sizes and types of clips; a Mini, a Standard Pinch, and a French Clip for girls of all ages with lots of hair. All are non-slip clips®, and they also won't slide in fine hair of any length. We also offer no-slip headbands, including an organic cotton head wrap, the first of its kind!
No Slippy Hair Clippy® has been nominated every year since 2005 by retailers across the US for the prestigious "Earnie" award for design excellence, and is also a celebrity favorite, photographed often in Hollywood and around the world on celebrities and their children alike.
And now (because we can't help setting trends), a new line of Clipettes™ using our tried and true manufacturing methods with different no-slip materials, is making its debut as a value-based division of No Slippy Hair Clippy®."

~READ DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY!~

Mandatory Entry:
1 Entry: Sign up for No Slippy Hair Clippy's newsletter. Post 1 comment.
Leave your email, or you won't be counted!

Bonus Entries:
1 Entry: Follow No Slippy Hair Clippy on Facebook. Post 1 comment.

1 Entry: Follow No Slippy Hair Clippy on Twitter. Post 1 comment.

2 Entries: Become a follower of Garden of Giveaways. Post 2 comments. If you already are, still post 2 comments.

2 Entries: Copy my button (located on my sidebar) to your blog. Please leave blog address.

3 Entries: Blog about this giveaway. Leave a link to your post. Post 3 comments.

Note: If you do not leave an email address in EVERY comment box, that entry will not be counted!!

Giveaway ends on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will have 48 hrs. to reply, or another winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer:  I did not receive any kind of compensation for this post.  Quotes taken from www.hairclippy.com.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

~Slanket Review!!~


I was blessed with an opportunity to be able to review a Slanket!  A Slanket is a enormous fleece blanket with sleeves!  I picked the "Royale with Sleeves."
Uh, no that's not me, BTW:)
 
<>     Comes in a reusable bag to make travel easy!
In the box!
 WOW... is the word!!  My Slanket is extremely soft, and I love the size.  Who likes a little blanket?  Since it's fleece it does an incredible job in concealing the heat.  My bedroom can get really cold at times (it is at the west side of our house- the direction from which the wind blows), and this awesome fleece blanket keeps me nice and toasty.  My Slanket is very satisfactory and well made.  I really give them a thumbs up!  My brothers even like it (well, not girly color, of course:), and one of them borrowed it one night.  Slankets are perfect for cuddling up in on the couch, or maybe in a window seat, or by the fireside.
     Hmmm... I look like royalty...LOL!
                                             
And just to demonstrate just how BIG slankets are, take a look at this!
I'm all set!
  
Read about the Slanket's beginnings:
"One subzero night in 1998 during my first semester of college I could not escape Maine's winter bite. While watching Late Night with Conan O'Brien I decided I needed to tear a hole in my sleeping bag so I could keep my upper body warm as I channel surfed during the commercial breaks. During Christmas vacation I commissioned the first Slanket to be made by my mother...and it was born.
Everyone behind The Slanket is on the same level when it comes to life. Besides creating a product to make people comfortable and warm, our life goals are not to accumulate mansions, SUV's, expensive watches and closets just for shoes. What we want in life is to travel the world and experience all its cultures while representing humanity positively. Whether surfing in Costa Rica, snowboarding in Austria, or studying language in South America and China, we love to spread our sleeves and let them flap in the wind, giving back in the process. BUT... there is nothing like coming home, wrapping up in The Slanket on your own couch and feeling the warmth of your friends and family."
 ***************************************************************
And Slankets would make terrific Christmas presents!!  How about the Moss Green Slanket for your mother...
or the Castlerock Slanket for that peculiar uncle that you have the most difficult time shopping for?

Slankets are also available in kid sizes in a variety of patterns:

The perfect addition for your child's next sleepover!

Slanket also offers Siamese Slankets to compliment any fun night!






Hurry to get your Slanket- you regret this purchase!!

Disclaimer: I received free product for this review.  All thoughts are my own.  Quotes taken from www.slanket.com. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chunky Bling Jewelry Giveaway!!!!

Hey all!!

Today I'm hosting a giveaway sponsored by Chunky Bling Jewelry!  I know this is an"out-of-the-blue" giveaway since I didn't give you guys any heads up.  :)  First off, let me introduce you you to Chunky Bling Jewelry... They offer a beautiful and elegant line of watches, rings, bracelets, and necklaces, handmade jewelry, and also have the fantastic option of design it yourself!  They also present you with the option of hosting an online jewelry party- perfect for all your friends!  C'mon, and let's take a mini "tour" of their site...





NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY: *drum roll, please:)*
Chunky Bling Jewelry is kindly offering one of my readers a Swavorski Ring (winner may select any color or size)!!

Mandatory Entry:
Go to Chunky Bling, find a product you like, and leave a comment telling me what it is!
(Remember email address has to be present!)

"What is a Bead Ring?

Our Swarovski bead rings feature elegant Swarovski crystals and Swarovski pearls set in rhinestone-crusted rondelles and accented with sterling-silver findings. All Swarovski bead rings are strung on a stretchy cord which allows the wearer to easily slip the ring on and off the finger. It also allows for flexible, comfortable sizing.
Swarovski Crystals
Swarovski crystals are widely regarded as the highest quality crystal beads in the world. The Swarovski company uses a special compound in its glass which creates maximum surface luster (i.e. sparkle) and allows for a delicate palette of crystal colors. Using 3D computer simulations, they optimize each crystal design, positioning of the hundreds of facets to create maximum light reflection. And their precision cutting machinery allows for perfect facet juncture cuts—meaning each facet juncture meets at precisely the same point.
Swarovski Pearls
Swarovski pearls are exquisitely crafted using a heart of the finest Austrian crystal which has been finished with layers of highly luminous pearlescent coating. The crystal core and evenly applied coating give these Swarovski pearls a balance, luminosity, and luster similar to that of real pearls. To the touch, Swarovski pearls provide the same sensual experience valued by pearl enthusiasts. And like natural pearls, Swarovski pearls adjust to the temperature of the skin. Swarovski pearls are more durable than natural pearls. They are abrasion proof and resistant to UV light, scratches, perspiration, and perfume. They will not be damaged by washing or dry cleaning.
Shopping for a Bead Ring
Our Swarovski bead rings come in a variety of colors and styles. Choose a Swarovski crystal ring for maximum sparkle and brilliance or a Swarovski pearl ring for classic elegance and luster. If you don’t know your ring size, you’ll want to use our convenient ring sizing tool to ensure you get the right fit."

Bonus Entries:

1 Entry: Follow Chunky Bling on Facebook. Post 1 comment.

2 Entries: Become a follower of Garden of Giveaways. Post 2 comments. If you already are, still post 2 comments.

2 Entries: Copy my button (located on my sidebar) to your blog. Please leave blog address.

3 Entries: Blog about this giveaway. Leave a link to your post. Post 3 comments.

Note: If you do not leave an email address in EVERY comment box, that entry will not be counted!!

This giveaway ends on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will have 48 hrs. to reply, or another winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer: All thoughts are my own. Quotes taken from www.chunkybling.com.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

No Slippy Hair Clippy Review & $25 Giveaway!!


Today I am reviewing a wonderful company that offers so many creative hair clips for babies to toddlers to girls to teens to women!  They kindly sent me a few items to review...

The clips are bright, cute, and well made.  What is especially notable about them is that when you remove them from your hair, it DOESN'T hurt or tangle your hair!! 

 No Slippy Hair Clippys are very gentle which is especially wonderful for small children.  I gave the little lion clip to a mom for her girls, and she noted that she thought it wouldn't stay in her youngest daughter's hair, but it did!  No Slippy Hair Clippy is true to its name!   Little girls' hair can be very thin, therefore making it hard to fix sometimes, but No Slippy Hair Clippy makes it that much easier.  The clips are great as a little embellishment for a particular hairstyle or can be the "main focus" for a hairdo.  Here's a few photos of my hair up in a No Slippy Hair Clippy:

embellishment

main focus

main focus
  "No Slippy Hair Clippy® is well known for creating the non-slip hair accessories® category,

and is still the finest product of its kind anywhere!

Our first "no-slip hair clip" was invented out of sheer frustration in 2000. It took a mom with an almost-bald baby girl to invent a hair clip that would stay securely in place and look cute. For countless generations, baby girls have often been mistaken for boys, and until No Slippy Hair Clippy® opened its doors in 2001, you couldn’t find a hair accessory created specifically to stay in baby-fine hair. Thanks to us, your daughter’s generation no longer has to worry about being mistaken for a BOY!

Our hair clips are quite unique, with a patent pending. Originally designed with a magnet to enhance the hold, we now use a more expensive Plush Swiss Velvet wrapped completely around the metal clip, to provide an identical snug, secure grip. It’s now lighter weight, and so soft she won’t even know it’s there! Our clips won’t hurt if she pulls them out, either, and because we use the highest quality clips available, they don’t bend easily, like others do. Truly the world’s finest non-slip clip®!

Over time, we have continued to grow and to add new products, and we now design hair accessories for girls, teens and women, as well as babies. We offer three different sizes and types of clips; a Mini, a Standard Pinch, and a French Clip for girls of all ages with lots of hair. All are non-slip clips®, and they also won't slide in fine hair of any length. We also offer no-slip headbands, including an organic cotton head wrap, the first of its kind!

No Slippy Hair Clippy® has been nominated every year since 2005 by retailers across the US for the prestigious "Earnie" award for design excellence, and is also a celebrity favorite, photographed often in Hollywood and around the world on celebrities and their children alike.

And now (because we can't help setting trends), a new line of Clipettes™ using our tried and true manufacturing methods with different no-slip materials, is making its debut as a value-based division of No Slippy Hair Clippy®."

No Slippy Hair Clippy is most generously offering to one of my readers a $25 coupon code to their site!!

~READ DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY!~
Mandatory Entry:
Go to No Slippy Hair Clippy, find a product you like, come back, and tell me what it was in a comment!
Leave your email, or you won't be counted!

Bonus Entries:
1 Entry:  Follow No Slippy Hair Clippy on Facebook. Post 1 comment.

1 Entry: Follow No Slippy Hair Clippy on Twitter.  Post 1 comment.

1 Entry: Sign up for No Slippy Hair Clippy's newsletter.  Post 1 comment.


2 Entries: Become a follower of Garden of Giveaways. Post 2 comments. If you already are, still post 2 comments.

2 Entries: Copy my button (located on my sidebar) to your blog. Please leave blog address.

3 Entries: Blog about this giveaway. Leave a link to your post. Post 3 comments.

Note: If you do not leave an email address in EVERY comment box, that entry will not be counted!!

This giveaway ends on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will have 48 hrs. to reply, or another winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer: I received free products for this review. All thoughts are my own. Quotes taken from www.hairclippy.com

Saturday, October 22, 2011

WIINNERS!!

Hey everyone!

Here's the latest giveaways winners!

EcoLips: Amanda

The Captive Princess book: OhioRuth

Scripture Designs: Hannah

Freedom's Pen: OhioRuth

*NOTE* I'm still waiting for the last two's reply, as I just emailed them not that long ago.
{All winners were drawn via Random.org.}
Thanks for entering!

Have a wonderful autumn weekend!!

~Lauren

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Scripture Designs Review AND Giveaway!!!

I love horses- they are so beautiful, majestic, and just one example of God's handiwork.  So it was fantastic when Scripture Designs agreed to send me the Horse Sketched notecards to review!!

There are six different cards that come in this pack; all of them have the Bible verse, 2 Corinthians 12:9, on the back.
All of the cards included in the pack [below]:





   
I really enjoy the notecards Scripture Designs makes.  They offer a variety of cards for different occasions (such as Christmas, Thank You notes, Sympathy,etc.) that are packed full of creativity.  The notecards are very natural looking, yet gorgeous.  These don't just have to be for greeting cards, either!  They can be used for writing letters, too- very versatile!  I plan on sending my friend a birthday card using card 2 (above) whose bday is in two weeks!  I know she'll be delighted because she owns her own horse!  It is kind of difficult for me to choose a favorite amongst this set, but I especially like cards 3-6.  Cheer someone up with a Scripture Designs card!

Read about the talented artist who drew these cards below...

"About the Artist: Sarah Stover grew up in the Connecticut countryside, enjoying the wild flora and fauna which surrounded her home. From an early age flowers held a very special place in Sarah’s heart, which was evidenced by the many flower arrangements she made for the family. This love of beauty was fanned like a tiny spark in her young heart and over the years grew into a blazing desire for more and more complex forms of design with color combinations. Overflowing into numerous other areas of her life, this artistic flare began to manifest itself in all her handwork interests, including knitting, quilting and embroidery. The flower gardens also received her attention as she sought to incorporate into them pleasing design elements. It wasn’t long before she took up pencil sketching and decorative painting, which at first were just for her own pleasure. However, she soon found a broader outlet when she joined her siblings in starting a small business producing Scripture cards and prints. Photography was another step in Sarah’s artistry and she reveled in the challenge of designing still-life shots for her new card projects. Through this avenue she was able to express, not only her passion for art and color, but also her love for the Lord, incorporating Scripture into her designs."

And with Christmas coming up in a few months, how about choosing one of Scripture Designs' prints to give as a gift?

Other awesome cards from Scripture Designs...
I LOVE that one:)
Scripture Designs is most graciously offering one of my readers their own pack of one of the sketched notecards!

Mandatory Entry:
Go to Scripture Designs, find a product you like, and leave a comment telling me that product! Leave email address.

Bonus Entries:
2 Entries: Become a follower of Garden of Giveaways. Post 2 comments. If you already are, still post 2 comments.

2 Entries: Copy my button (located on my sidebar) to your blog. Please leave blog address.

3 Entries: Blog about this giveaway. Leave a link to your post. Post 3 comments.

Note: If you do not leave an email address in each comment box, that entry will not be counted!!

This giveaway ends on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will have 48 hrs. to reply, or another winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer: I received free product for this review. All thoughts are my own. Quotes taken from www.scripturedesigns.com.