#SXSW Fashion and Style - The Neighborhood and Bollare

Are you a big fashionista? 
Love clothes? Love style? 
Love to party Austin-style? 
Then you'll want this information for SXSW!
AvecMode (the founders and producers of the previous fashion arm of SXSW known as 'Style X') has teamed up with Austin's 2nd Street District to launch 'The Neighborhood' this year at SXSW. The Neighborhood is a style-focused showcase of pop-up brand shops, both new and old, plus expert speaker panels and question and answer sessions, and of course parties. This entire operation is set up like an actual neighborhood in Austin's 2nd Street District. These sessions look very informative and entertaining, so don't miss out!

Here's the specifics, straight from Bollare:
  • Content, Commerce, And Everything in Between: Jennifer Margolin, moderator, Founder of Social Edge Summit / Jen Yen, Founder/CEO of Purlisse / Hilary Peterson, VP of Business Development for Lyst / Caroline Waxler, Festival Director at Internet Week / Heather Marie, Founder/CEO, 72Lux - Monday 1:30 pm
  • A Discussion with Refinery 29 Co-Founders Justin Stefano and Philippe Von Borries (moderated by The Neighborhood co-founder Joah Spearman) - Monday 2:45pm
  • Bringing Style to the People: StyleCaster Founder/CEO Ari (moderator) and President/Co-Founder David Goldberg / The Man Repeller Founder Leandra Medine / Neiman Marcus VP of Corporate Public Relations Gabrielle de Papp - Monday 4pm
  • How Brands Tell Stories from Design to Retail: Leila Brillson, moderator, Refinery29 Global News Editor / Phil Russo, Global Creative Director, Cole Haan / Farryn Weiner, Global Director of Digital Communications, Michael Kors - Tuesday, 12:30pm
  • Leveraging Partnerships Like Pros Panel with Alle Fister, Founder/CEO, Bollare / Dre Hayes, Co-Founder, The Foundation / Rachel Masters, Co-Founder, Red Magnet Media / Mick Boogie, DJ/Entrepreneur/Advisor -Tuesday 2pm
  • HuffPost Style Session with Billy Reid (moderated by) Executive Editor Anya Strzemien - Tuesday 4pm
  • StyleLikeU Co-Founders Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum (moderator Joah Spearman) - Wednesday 2pm
  • Austin Style Panel with CultureMap Austin's Caitlin Ryan, AdoredAustin's Indiana Adams, and Keep Austin Stylish's Joanna Wilkinson - Thursday 2pm
  • HuffPost Style Session with John Varvatos (moderated by) Executive Editor Anya Strzemien - Thursday 4pm

Preachers' Daughters - A New Lifetime Series

On Tuesday, March 12, at 10pm ET/PT, Lifetime will premiere the new family docu-series. Preachers' Daughters features the lives of pastors; daughters as they balance the temptations every teenager faces with their parents' strict expectations and code of conduct as influenced by their faith. Be prepared for some surprises as you take an unvarnished peek into their lives and the universal issues all households with teenagers face daily. Can you imagine the challenges of dating a preacher's daughter? Can you imagine being that daughter? This is one to watch!

GO HERE to see a teaser of the new series!

Enter to Win - IRON MAN 3 Inventor and Innovator Fair

ATTENTION sixth through ninth-grade girls and boys across America! 

Here's something amazing to work on over spring break this year! 
Sixth through ninth-grade girls and boys across the nation are invited to participate. The 12 finalists of the Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR and INNOVATOR FAIR will win a trip to Southern California, provided by Visa Signature. The trip includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney Studios, a meeting with Disney Imagineers, a trip to Disneyland, a visit to Discovery Science Center and more!


Tree Hut Tropical Mango Shea Sugar Body Scrub - Review

I don't ever have the time or money to go to a spa. I'm a bit envious of the ladies (whomever they may be) that can take a day and lounge around in a robe while other people pamper them. Those experiences must be heavenly. Instead, I keep an eye out for fabulous, natural, affordable body products that allow me to have my own luxurious spa experience at home in privacy. One of my favorite things to do is lock myself in my bathroom and turn on the shower to the hottest temperature. I use my favorite products on my hair, my face, and my body. Many times I've stayed in the shower so long that the water ran cold before it chased me out. How do you pamper yourself?
My newest favorite product is the Tree Hut Tropical Mango Shea Sugar Body Scrub. It is the latest addition to my at-home shower spa experience. I got into my hot shower and let the water run for a few minutes, opening all my pores and relaxing all my muscles. I opened the Shea Sugar Body Scrub and the scent of Tropical Mango filled my entire bathroom. It smells so incredible and I closed my eyes to inhale the aroma deeply. I sunk my fingers into the big jar of body scrub and rubbed it all over my arms and legs. It feels absolutely amazing to rub a sugar scrub on my skin and I love that all the dead skin cells slough off to reveal new cells. The Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub rinses off cleanly and quickly, leaving my skin fabulously soft. When my at-home shower spa experience was over and I emerged from the bathroom, my husband immediately noticed the delicious mango scent. As he hugged me, he noticed the softness of my skin too. I absolutely love this bath and shower product and definitely recommend it.

The ingredients in this product include: Certified Organic Shea Butter, Mango Puree, Safflower Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, and Orange Oil. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub is Paraben Free, has no Formaldehyde donors, is not tested on animals, and is made in the USA.
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Tree Hut has a whole line of fabulous, natural body products and I can't wait to try some more. You can shop for the Tropical Mango Shea Sugar Body Scrub at www.treehutshea.com. Be sure to follow their social media accounts and then enter below to win a jar of this fabulous product!

Enter to win a jar of 
Tree Hut Tropical Mango Shea Sugar Body Scrub!
To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chances to win! This giveaway ends at midnight ET on 3/24/2013. Good luck!

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Rugged Readers - Review and Giveaway

Reading glasses are almost a necessity in this day and age. We spend so much time with our faces glued to electronics that are eyes get tired quickly. Whether your job is on the computer or you spend hours reading ebooks or printed books, or even if you're a student pouring over textbooks daily, you should check out Rugged Readers reading glasses.
We're all on the go frequently and Rugged Readers are designed to go with you! Their unique design is portable, foldable, and durable, plus the attached (removable) side clip means you can clip them onto your shirt, your jeans pocket, or your handbag. Made of polycarbonate, Rugged Readers have a patented twisting arm design that folds flat over the lenses and snaps in place to protect them in transit.
They come in three magnifications (150, 200, and 250) and in a variety of colors and designs so you can choose your favorite. My old reading glasses had just about deteriorated when my Rugged Readers arrived. I chose the Tortoise color, a blend of brown hues, and I've been thrilled with them. With all the blogging time I spend on my computer, reading glasses are a must for me. I love Rugged Readers and I especially love that I can toss them in my purse and not worry about them getting scratched up!
Check out RuggedReaders.com to find your favorite. Then enter below to win a pair for yourself! You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries will increase your chances to win. Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 3/24/2013. Good luck!
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Enter below to win your choice of Rugged Readers!


was just honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

You absolutely, positively must make plans to go see OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, now showing at theaters everywhere! This Digital 3D experience movie is not a remake of the Wizard of Oz; instead it is a new story that takes us back to before Dorothy ever left Kansas. The actors are all fantastic in the movie and the special effects are amazing. I found myself laughing aloud in many parts of the movie and even ducking down in my seat when spears started flying at me. The laugh of the wicked witches will give you goosebumps and your heart will melt when you meet the China Doll. The music is wonderful and the movie settings are simply breathtaking. Your entire family will love this movie! 

"Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well."

Follow on Twitter: Twitter.com/disneyozmovie

#SXSW World Vision Tanzanian Village Experience #Travel

SXSW offers families so many experiences over the next week in Austin, Texas! I hope you're packing up to get down here to see what we have to offer at our annual festival.
Creative Arts Group, Bethany United Methodist Church and Riverbend Church in Austin are hosting the World Vision Experience, a new, innovative and high-tech mobile experience that transports visitors to the country of Tanzania through multimedia. There, visitors will experience life through the eyes of local children and families inside an expandable semi-truck.

MRA has partnered with World Vision to bring the story of one African village to life. The Ride to Kisongo includes eight modules where visitors can experience life and history in Tanzania. They’ll be escorted by Obey, a World Vision-Sponsored Child who guides them through the village discussing the problems of the past, the significant progress his town has enjoyed in recent years, the continuing challenges they face, and the exciting opportunities he and his family see for the future thanks to ongoing support.

In addition, the Creative Arts Group is hosting A Night of Film, Music and Inspiration at Zilker Hillside Theater as a gift to South by Southwest (SXSW) attendees and the Austin community. It features musical acts 1211, Ed Kowalczyk, Glen Phillips, Ramy Antoun, Chris Pierce, Sara and The Spark and Sergio Andrade who will join together to score three inspiring films. This FREE event will benefit World Vision and the Ride to Kisongo will be on-site for event attendees to visit.

A Night of Film, Music and Inspiration at Zilker Hillside Theater
(presented by Creative Arts Group)
2201 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
Tuesday, March 12
3:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Bethany United Methodist Church
10010 Anderson Mill Rd
Austin, TX 78750
Wednesday, March 13 - Sunday, March 17
Wednesday: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Riverbend Church
4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, TX 78746
Wednesday, March 20 - Thursday, March 21
12 p.m. - 7 p.m.

#SXSW HGTV, Paste Magazine, VEVO and BMG Chrysalis

If you've never heard of HGTV, you probably live under a rock. And that rock probably isn't decorated very well. If you haven't heard of SXSW, then it's time to come to Austin over the next week and discover it!
HGTV is returning to the premier pop culture event bringing the love of home into official performance spaces and throughout the city of Austin, Texas. During the annual party of original music, independent films and emerging technologies, HGTV is offering event-goers an opportunity to “relax and recharge” at its Wi-Fi benches throughout downtown Austin. SXSW attendees can stay connected with friends and family back home as they rest and recharge their mobile devices at the HGTV hotspots located at:

Austin Music Hall (208 Nueces St., March 8-16)
VEVO TV Control Room (304 W. 4th St., March 12-16)
HGTV and Paste Stages on Sixth (508 E. 6th St., March 13-16)
BMG Chrysalis Carnival on Rainey Street at the Blackheart Bar (86 Rainey St., March 15)


From March 9-16, the user-generated “Art on the Side” art wall will be on display at the iconic Austin Music Hall and at the corner of Trinity and 3rd Street for attendees to stop by and get creative. Each location’s “Art on the Side” wall will also consist of a custom mural designed by Texas-based, hybrid street style artist JM Rizzi.

From March 12-16, HGTV is joining forces with VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, to transform the popular Ghost Room venue into a custom-designed VEVO TV Control Room to showcase a hot line-up of live performances and events. The space, designed by HGTV HOME Studio interns and recent graduates, will function as a music venue, an exclusive after-hours VIP lounge, a beer garden and hang-out space with picnic tables, Ping-Pong games, and food and beverages. The VEVO TV Control Room will be located at 304 W. 4th St. between Lavaca and Guadalupe, and open from 2-6 p.m., 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. and other late night sessions. More information is available at www.vevo.com and via #VEVOSXSW on Twitter at @VEVO.

HGTV and Paste are also presenting The “Stages on Sixth” from March 13-16 at one of 6th Street's biggest music venues, The Stage on Sixth, where 44 bands will perform from noon to 6 p.m. each day. This year’s line-up includes festival favorites Billy Bragg, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Josh Ritter and The Zombies, as well as newcomer CR Smith, winner of HGTV and Paste’s “Be The New Sound of HGTV Contest.” As part of his grand prize package, Smith will perform his contest-winning song, “This Way Home,” which was regularly featured on HGTV in 2012. More information on the line-up is available at www.pastemagazine.com and via #PasteSXSW on Twitter at @PasteMagazine.

Friday, March 15, HGTV is serving as an official sponsor of the BMG Chrysalis Carnival on Rainey Street at the well-known Blackheart Bar at 86 Rainey St. The event featuring some of BMG Chrysalis best - Hank and Cupcakes, Brother Dege, Mercy Brothers, The Features, Idle Warship Featuring Res and Talib Kweli and DIIV - includes a four-course Louisiana feast and features one of HGTV’s Wi-Fi bench hot spots.
Throughout the event, fans can keep tabs on HGTV’s activities by visiting hgtv.com/lovehome for event updates and by following and posting photos of their South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals experiences with #lovehome to HGTV’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.


#SXSW Evette Rios and Goodwill POP Up Shop

Going to SXSW? Here is an exciting opportunity to meet Evette Rios! She will be in the Austin area for South by Southwest Festival. Evette is a very visible Latina woman, and currently the only LATINA ON DAYTIME television! Evette is one of the stars of ABC’s THE CHEW, serving as field correspondent and roving reporter, bringing viewers the latest news from around the country, covering events, dishing on fab new food trends and almost anything DIY.
Evette is a Goodwill ambassador and she will be there as a guest for the POP Up shop event that benefits the Austin community. Stop by and visit Evette and the POP Up shop during SXSW!

Goodwill POP store!
Shop a unique selection of vintage and 
contemporary fashions and accessories.

Shop Hours:
March 9 - 11
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Find us at:
315 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

#SXSW Meet Tripp Wiggins of Cooking Planit

Visit Food Crawl 2013 at SXSW and meet Tripp Wiggins, 
Austin based Co-Founder of Cooking Planit. 

Food Crawl ’13 at SXSW is a tour celebrating the most buzzed-about eateries, restaurants, food trailers, and local fare in downtown Austin. This open event encourages networking and lots of eating. Tripp Wiggins will be performing demonstrations of the Cooking Planit app and online tool on March 9th from 12-2 PM at Terrace of the Long Center for the Performing Arts at 701 W Riverside Dr. The Cooking Planit booth will be located at Wholly Cow at 6th and Congress.
Cooking Planit is the first-ever solution that leverages the power of the Internet and our iPhones/iPads to help home cooks simplify and master the art of producing the perfectly timed meal.  Cooking Planit is an easy solution to simplify the planning, shopping and cooking process with step-by-step instructions, giving users an easy way to try new recipes and ensure success on the first attempt. Cooking Planit also automatically builds grocery lists, including ingredient totals, and syncs them across user devices, enables easy meal planning according to ingredient preference and dietary needs and offers an extensive selection of pre-built complete meals from which to choose, while also empowering users to select the dishes and courses they wish to prepare.

Cooking Planit is free to use at its website and basic app. Its premium App is priced at $2.99 for iPhone and $4.99 for iPad. To try the website and App, please visit www.cookingplanit.com.


#SXSW News - Buzzmedia and Rdio Team Up For SXSW Music

If you are headed to Austin, Texas, this month for SXSW, then this is information you are definitely going to want to have! This amazing event happens each year so make your plans now!

Buzzmedia, one of the largest and fastest growing digital media companies, announced its partnership with digital music service Rdio to provide exclusive access to some of the hottest events during Austin’s annual music festival, hosted by four of its leading music brands and partners—Brooklyn Vegan, Hype Machine, Stereogum and SPIN.

Users who sign up for The Rdio List (http://thelist.rdio.com/) will be offered priority access via a separate, dedicated Rdio line to Hype Machine's Hype Hotel (including Stereogum Range Life at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel), and the BrooklynVegan Day Parties between March 13 and March 16, as well as special admission to SPIN’s longstanding invite-only afternoon party at Stubb’s BBQ on Friday, March 15. Entry is subject to venue capacity.

How The Rdio List works:
To get on the list, users must sign up for a free Rdio account at www.rdio.com, then go to TheList.Rdio.com, browse all parties and reserve a pass for the band performances they want to attend on first come, first served basis. Using the web app on their iPhone or Android devices, users receive:

§  The opportunity to reserve a first-come, first-served pass to select Buzzmedia sponsored performances
§  A unique pass phrase to show The Rdio List doorman upon arrival at each event
§  Real-time listings of upcoming and ongoing performances
§  Real-time alerts from participating venues 
§  Three months of unlimited music listening on Rdio via the web or mobile, even when offline

Event information:
Buzzmedia’s music portfolio includes many of the most iconic digital music brands on the Web today, and Hype Machine, Brooklyn Vegan, SPIN and Stereogum have long participated in the Spring music ritual in Austin, TX.  Registered Rdio List users will have the opportunity to access the following events:

BrooklynVegan Day Parties (www.brooklynvegan.com)
Wednesday, March 13 - Saturday, March 16 | 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Daily
603 Red River St. at 6th St. (Formerly the original Emo's), Austin, TX

Hype Machine's Hype Hotel Presented By Taco Bell (www.hypemachine.com)
Wednesday, March 13 - Saturday, March 16 | 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Daily
301 Brazos St., Austin, TX

Stereogum Range Life at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel Presented By Taco Bell (www.stereogum.com)
Friday, March 15 | 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
301 Brazos St., Austin, TX

SPIN at Stubb's (www.spin.com)
Friday, March 15 | 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Stubb’s, 801 Red River St., Austin, TX

Line-ups for each event will be announced separately. Please check back to the individual sites. 

Win Personalized Coasters from SanLori

Sandra and Lorraine (SanLori) have been creating designs for more than 20 years. They have grown to become a leader in creating paper products that help you celebrate your life's special occasions. If you have a party coming up, you're definitely going to want to browse their website of beautifully designed invitations, tumbler cups, clipboards, serving trays and note cards. They can help you celebrate with style! Visit sanlori.com today and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Win a set of 24 Personalized Coasters from SanLori!
To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA. Only the first entry is mandatory; bonus entries increase your chances to win. Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 3/24/2013. Good luck!

nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin Hair Care - Review

My hair is always so dry and damaged, so I'm constantly looking for great products that make my hair look as gorgeous as it did when I was in my twenties. The older I get and the more I use my blow-dryer and straightener, the worse my hair gets. The nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin collection is an amazing set of hair products that has made a huge difference in my hair. 
The Intensive Hair Mask is a thick, rich cream that I lathered on my hair and left in for about 30 minutes. When I rinsed out my hair, it was so soft and silky. The Deep Moisturizing Shampoo and Deep Conditioner have been a part of my daily routine for a couple weeks now and even in the spring winds, my hair is staying soft and shiny. The products also smell really, really good and the light, clean scent stays in my hair all day. I really love the Leave-In Reconstruction Conditioner and the Serum, especially when I'm using my blow-dryer, because the products really help to smooth my hair, while protecting it at the same time.
nuNAAT products are full of natural ingredients to restore and intensify hair's natural balance. Their exclusive Green Keratin formula stays in your hair longer and is more resistant to rinsing. You'll also find aloe vera, cocoa butter, and silk and pearl protein, among many other natural ingredients in their products. Find out more at www.nunaat.com and follow them on Facebook too!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Spring Cleaning Gone Overboard

I'm so glad it's almost spring. Don't forget to "spring forward" your clocks this weekend! My flowers are blooming, my trees are budding, and since we're getting our house ready to list for sale, I'm going overboard with spring cleaning. I've sold everything out of the two daycare rooms. There isn't a single item left. I had several toy sales and had lots of shoppers come to get great deals on fabulous toys, books, games, and videos. I also sold quite a bit of stuff through my online local classified ads. 
It feels like I peeled off a layer of my life by clearing out those rooms and I'm so excited to move onto my next phase of life. Ready to get started on your spring cleaning? De-cluttering is a big part of it! Here are some great tips to help you get started:
  • Get some big boxes. You'll need two for each room you want to clear out. Label one "sell" and another "donate" then fill them up.
  • Visit your local charity shops and second-hand shops to drop off your "donate" boxes. These are the perfect place to drop off your old clothes, shoes and purses. Be sure to get a receipt because you can deduct the cost of donations off your taxes!
  • Take all the "sell" boxes into the garage and begin sorting out the items into categories. 
  • Big items and toys always sell great at garage sales, so you should plan on having at least one of those.
  • Small electronic items can bring you a few dollars at a local pawn shop or online through local classified ads. Many sites will let you list your items for free, but you can also pay to auction the items online through resale sites.
  • Movies, DVDs, CDs and Games can be challenging to sell yourself. MusicMagpie.com is an online website that will give you cash for them. It's totally free to use and you can de-clutter your media area by selling them the ones you no longer want. If you've upgraded to a blu-ray player and no longer want all those DVDs lying around, log onto MusicMagpie.com and make some money easily and conveniently.
  • If you have toys left over that you haven't been able to sell, please consider donating them to your local church daycare or Mother's Day Out programs. Many of those places don't have a large toy budget and you can deduct those donations as well.
  • Now that your house is de-cluttered, it'll be a breeze to clean! 

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL - Hilarious New Video Interview

Make sure you have plans to see this movie this weekend!!! Plus, Disney.com just posted a hilarious new video interview with Zach Braff (“Finley”) and Joey King (“China Girl”) where they interview each other about OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL which opens in theatres this Friday! China Girl and Finley are my favorite characters in the film and I know you will love them too! Also, on Friday, if you are hungry for more from the Emerald City, you can watch an exclusive two-minute clip from the film only on Disney.com!

Kick That Lingering Cold

Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy is an all-natural cold remedy that when taken at the first sign, or anytime, is clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold. The effective proprietary formula, Zinc Gluconate, reduces the duration of the common cold and severity of cold symptoms including cough, sore throat, hoarseness, nasal congestion and post nasal drip. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy comes in a number of forms including Lozenges, Oral Spray, and the NEW Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy can be found at major retailers and online at www.coldeeze.com.
I received samples of Cold-EEZE to try and not only do these products taste good, they definitely shortened my cold. I've had a cold lingering for a few weeks and the Oral Spray and Lozenges knocked the cold germs out in just a couple days. Give them a try!


Win a Dress and Cardigan from Ava Gray Direct

The Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by
The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years 
and Katy from ModlyChic!
K Squared Glamour is our co-host!

For every giveaway in the Spring Fashionista Event that an entrant enters, they gain one entry toward the Spring Fashionista Events Main Event Prizes. 
Go here to enter Main Event -- $1200 in Main Event Prizes

The Main Event Prizes total $1200 and Include:
  • $600 White Gold and Citrene Stone Necklace from Emma Parker Diamonds (Diamond engagment Rings) (Worldwide)
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card (Worldwide)
  • $250 Gift Card from Midnight Velvet (clothing, accessories and home decor) (US ONLY)
  • $250 in Shoes from Bobbi-Toad (adorable children’s Shoes) Worldwide
My fabulous sponsor for this giveaway is
My fashionista prize is a beautiful jersey dress and cardigan!
Winner will choose size and color of a Ruched Jersey Dress
and size and color of a Comfy Cardigan from Ava Gray Direct!
To enter to win, fill in the Rafflecopter form below.
You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA.
Giveaway ends at midnight ET on 3/13/2013.
After you enter my giveaway, hop around the linky list below and
enter to win thousands of dollars in fashion prizes!
Good luck!

Win $75 Amazon or Paypal Plus EarPods - Max Xylander Book Blast

Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud

Max has anger management issues. But she has a secret, too. She can make things happen. Like magic. She almost killed a loser skate punk and nearly used it on her stuck up older sister. The question is, can she do anything other than blow things up? Can she learn to control it? And is it really possible that an obscure teenage girl is the key to keeping all of humanity safe?

Philip just got his ring back. He got it taken away for messing with his teacher’s mind so he can cheat on a test. Now that he has his ring, he thinks he should be able to use his power to make his life better. A lot better. The problem is that people want him to be responsible. But if you could do magic, wouldn’t you use it to escape work in any way possible?

Aaron wants to be a soldier. He knows there are lots of people who would try to take over, and he’s determined to stop them. The problem is that there’s this new girl. And she might be not be on the right side of things. She’s really talented and pretty, but she might be able to destroy everything he believes in. Whatever the case, he knows he needs to learn to be world class with the magic sword while he figures out what to do.

Brynn never gets out. Her grandfather won’t permit it. Her only access to the outside world are high fashion magazines, so she has an unusual idea what she should wear. She’s dying to get out and travel. And adopt animals. Any kind of animal. Is she a lonely future granny with cats or are her ridiculous clothes actually the next fashion craze? What possible role could she play in the destiny of the world?

Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud is a fast-paced fantasy adventure for all ages (10 and up) and is the first of a planned trilogy. Fans of magic, swordplay, secret agents, and conspiracies set in a modern everyday world will not be able to put the book down. Jon Thomason is a debut author and paints a vivid world of magic right under our noses and delivers rapid-fire action that keeps the pages turning.

Purchase = Amazon * Barnes n Noble


Fabulous Deal on Dr. Seuss Books


Shape Sorting Cupcakes - Review

Everyone loves cupcakes! Learning Resources has created this brand new toy for 2013 to draw children into immediate pretend play. While children "bake" and "eat" these little Shape Sorting Cupcakes, they will find there are tons of learning activities built right into the toy.
Children can practice color recognition with the delicious-looking frosted cupcakes. A quick sorting of primary colors (blue, red, yellow) leaves the secondary colors (orange, green, purple), plus a delightful pink and turquoise cupcake!
The tray holds all eight cupcakes and each cupcake features a different shape on the bottom that matches the shape in the tray slot. Children can learn and practice shape names, while sharing cupcakes with brothers, sisters, and friends.
In addition, the frosting comes off the cake part of the cupcake, creating another form of shape sorting and matching for children. The cupcakes are made for smaller hands, so they fit perfectly in a preschooler's hands.
Extend your children's play by asking them what flavor frosting might be green, blue, or pink. Challenge their memory skills by asking them which color has a heart shape on the bottom. There are so many ways to play with the Shape Sorting Cupcakes! Visit Learning Resources today to get these and many other fun and educational toys. Follow their social accounts, then enter below to win the Shape Sorting Cupcakes!
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Perky-Pet No/No Bird Feeder Review

Now that it is so close to spring, I'm starting to see a lot more birds coming around my house. This No/No Bird Feeder from Perky-Pet is my favorite bird feeder. It's designed for feeding black oil sunflower seeds to the birds and is squirrel damage resistant. It arrives and stores flat and the seeds are surrounded by a metal mesh basket
There is no assembly required and will hold well over two pounds of bird seed. The circular shape of this bird feeder is large enough in diameter that up to 15 birds can eat at one time. The mesh design attracts clinging birds, while the wire rim attracts perching birds.
Make your neighborhood birds happy this spring with the No/No Bird Feeder from perkypet.com and check out all their wonderful bird feeders, including hummingbird feeders. You can also follow them on their Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts so you can be first to hear about new products and special promotions.
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Ava Gray Direct - Ladies Clothing Review

I absolutely LOVE the contemporary fashions from Ava Gray Direct. Not only are they affordable, they are also amazingly comfortable. When I put on the black Ruched Jersey Dress, I told my husband it was as comfortable to wear as my favorite pajamas. The Teal Comfy Cardigan is the softest sweater I've ever worn and it's quickly become my favorite clothing item in my closet. I think the teal color is beautiful!
The Ruched Jersey Dress hits my legs just above the knee, which is a perfect spring time look. The sleeves are short, so if I get too warm I can take off the Comfy Cardigan. The dress has the Ava Gray Direct trademark removable bra cups, as do many of their dresses and tops. The clothing is very versatile and many of the pieces can be mixed and matched for greater wardrobe options.
The quality of Ava Gray Direct clothing is excellent and all are made in the USA. I love the gathered look of the bodice because it gives the dress a flirty look. This fashion company also offers women the fabulous opportunity to earn a living by sharing the clothing line with friends and family at home parties. Ava Gray Direct is headquartered in New York and was founded by mother-daughter duo Lynn and Brittany Zachos.
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