Bumblebean Giveaway


This year we’re participating in an awesome Bumblebean Holiday Giveaway that we’d love to share with you all! Bumblebean is the destination for unique brands for moms and kids. They’ve put together a special holiday giveaway and scavenger hunt for parents to learn more about these great brands. You will have the chance to win one of three Bumblebean bundles with up to 35 prizes in each prize pack! They’ll be giving away over $5,000 worth of top baby and kids items. You’re invited to be part of this amazing holiday giveaway and join in the Bumblebean fun!

How it Works

  • Giveaway will run from November 20th – December 20th.
  • Entering is easy, just click the button below to go to the entry page with full instructions.
  • 3 lucky winners will receive a bundle prize pack with 35+ hand-selected items!
  • You may also enter the “find the bean” scavenger hunt to earn extra chances to win! 3x a week we will hide the Holiday bean on Bumblebean.com. Visit this entry page on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the new CLUE to find the hidden Holiday bean! When you find the bean, make sure to enter your answer (the link to the web page you found the bean on) in the form below to earn your extra chances to win. Clues will also be posted on Facebook so make sure to like Bumblebean.
  • Open to U.S. residents only.
  • Click on the button below to enter and see all the cool prizes! Check them out!


REMEMBER, the more points you earn the better chance you have to win! The entry page link is below. LIKE Bumblebean on Facebook to see updates and who wins!

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Little Things Thursday: And the winner is…

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday.  I’m going to announce the winner of my Thai box of goodies in just a second.  I’m keeping it short today, because I’m up to my eyeballs in editing fall sessions! Tis the season, fa la la!

So the winner is…


Lisa, please email me your address and I will send you your surprises! I hope that you enjoy each and every thing in your goodie box! Be sure to let us know what you got!

Now, everyone else, let’s see what’s going on this week for you.

Link up with Little Things Thursday: Link back, grab your permalink, link up and mingle!


Thailand Day Five: Little Things Thursday

I’m going big for Little Things Thursday today with a huge photo share! Additionally, I’m going to host my Thailand giveaway today, so hold on to your hats! I’m going to make the giveaway super simple.  Simply leave a comment and you are entered.  I’ll pick a comment number at random and that person will be the winner of my Thai box of surprises!! Sound fun? I’ve got some super fun things to share with one winner!

So day five had us touring a famous Thai temple called Wat Pho.  Wat is the Thai word for temple.  Wat Pho is the home of The Reclining Buddha.  I think this Buddha is best summed up by one of my travel companions who said, ” I don’t think I was prepared for the size of this.” She was referring to the size of the Buddha. You just don’t know until you know. Wat Pho seems to be a mix of traditional Thai Buddhism with some Chinese influence. Wat Pho is also the birthplace of the traditional and somewhat painful Thai massage.  You can’t leave Thailand without one.

To enter the site, you must remove your shoes and you must be dressed modestly.  Otherwise it’s the “Lime Green Coat of Shame” for you.  We were already in the know on that one.

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If you are ever in Thailand this is a great stop that tends to be less crowded that some of the bigger temples. You can get there by bus, taxi, or river taxi. We took the latter.  A temple visit is a great cultural study to help you understand the roots of Thai life.

Okay friends, your turn to share. To join the fun simply: Link back, grab your permalink, link up and mingle. Don’t forget to leave a comment if you would like to enter the drawing for my box of Thai goodies. You won’t be disappointed. I’m keeping it a surprise for the winner, and maybe he or she will share on their blog later??? I think that would make a fun post for them! Or for those without blogs, maybe you would share on Facebook for others to see?

I’ll announce the winner next week!


Mamoo Kids Giveaway!

Friends, I’m really excited to introduce you to a sweet company called Mamoo Kids! Mamoo Kids reached out to me about sharing a couple of my favorite products with you.  I was first introduced to Mamoo Kids via my partnership with Bumblebean.  Mamoo Kids is a vendor and I just adored their handmade totes, messenger bags, and backpacks.  They are seriously adorable.

As a mom you know how important it is to get your child’s possessions wherever they need to go.  I love the amazing products that Mamoo Kids offers for that task!  I’m so encouraged to learn that Mamoo Kids donates 5% of their net proceeds to reading programs for underprivileged children.  That warms this mother’s heart!

Mamoo Kids sent us the Indy with VW Bug Design messenger bag to try.  I love this bag! I’ve been admiring it for awhile now.

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My almost 13 year old daughter has claimed the Indy for herself. It’s just right for her wallet, lip gloss, and other essentials. It is the perfect size for your tweens!

They also sent me the uber adorable Rover Backpack. WHICH I LOVE! Psst…it comes in red, too!

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The Rover is made of soft corduroy and lined with the cutest coordinating fabric. It’s perfect for your littles headed to a day out and about. They will love carrying this on their backs! It’s great for all their treasures. And it’s perfect for summer travels.

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Mamoo Kids has graciously offered you guys an opportunity to win a $50 store credit so those special kids in your life can rock these sweet bags! Simply enter below for a chance to win!

The winner will be announced June 6th!

The bags shown here were graciously offered to me by Mamoo Kids and all opinions are my own.

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May Madness

I’m dragging myself to the finish line.  May always leaves me feeling stretched.

I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.  J.R.R. Tolkien

Isn’t that the best quote for times like these?  It really sums up the last couple weeks leading into summer. Everybody has a plan for your life and rest isn’t a part of it.  So, I drag on…

It is good to finish and get to that place of letting down and letting go of programs, activities, and things that fill every imaginable gap.  No gaps allowed.

But this…this I love…

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Photographing people.  I can’t wait for summer’s abundance of time behind the lens.

You can see more of this session on my photography biz site.

Don’t forget to enter the Sarah Gourdie Designs giveaway!  I will be announcing the winner on Thursday.  There is still time to enter!

Linking with Wednesdays Around The World and Black and White Wednesday.





Little Things Thursday + A giveaway!

Friends, I am really excited about today’s Little Things Thursday! I love seeing what you are all up to each week AND this week I am hosting a really great giveaway courtesy of my new sponsor: Sarah Gourdie Designs!

Sarah reached out to me last month about hosting a giveaway for you guys, and I know you are just going to love it!

Sarah has a wonderful business which offers templates, cards, and storyboards for photographers, like you!  Check out her website to see all the wonderful products she has to offer.  She has the cutest mini-albums and albums!

Sarah is offering you the opportunity to win a $100 credit to her shop in my giveaway!  That is pretty sweet, I must say! This is a great opportunity to snag some albums, storyboards and blogging boards for your stash of tools.

Sarah let me have a play with some of her storyboards that are so easy to use.  These are just a few samples from her Basic Storyboard Set 1. 

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Aren’t these so adorable? I love that you can use these for blogging or for creating something special to print!  I’m just so thrilled with the choices in Sarah’s collections.  Sarah, thank you for this generous offer for my readers!

Who is ready to enter?  I will announce the winner on next week’s LTT.
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Camera Coats Giveaway

Have you all heard of Camera Coats yet? I have seen Camera Coats around the blogosphere and have been intrigued by them.  Camera Coats are waterproof protective “coats” for your camera body and a lens. The idea is that you can put your camera with a lens inside the coat and sling your camera strap over your shoulder, or you could place your camera safely in say a purse or diaper bag.  I know there are times when I get tired of carrying a heavy camera bag.

Sometimes you just want to “Ditch Your Camera Bag“.

Emily, the creator of Camera Coats, contacted me last month to see if I would like to try a Camera Coat.  Of course I did! You know, on my trip to Peru in September I had to put my camera in my purse without any protection while we were out and about. I just did not want to carry a purse and a camera bag.  I was really worried that something would happen to my gear in my purse.  Having a one of these coats would have given me the security of knowing that my camera was protected from all the junk in my purse.

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They are really cute too! I chose the Yellow Damask, but there are so many styles to choose.  They also come in sizes for your specific camera series.  I can’t help but think that this product is perfect for the mom who carries a diaper bag, but also wants to carry her camera.  She wouldn’t have to miss a shot due to not wanting to carry a heavy camera bag.  For me, it’s perfect for those outings where I know I’m just going to need my camera, and one lens for the day.  I love that Camera Coats are waterproof, because you just never know!

Camera Coats would make a perfect gift for yourself or any photography loving person on your Christmas list this year! You should totally check out the variety of styles.  Camera Coats are the perfect alternative to a camera bag.  Did I mention they have coordinating camera straps? They do.

I’m really happy with my Camera Coat, but to make a little more happy…I get to give one away to a reader!  You can enter via Rafflecopter below.

Additionally, you can order one of these awesome Camera Coats or other Camera Coat products for your camera with my $10 off discount code. (Not good with other offers)  Just enter Little10 at check out! The code expires November 15, 2013, so hurry to have a look at the products.  But don’t forget to enter to win below first!

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Little Things Thursday

Today on Little Things Thursday I am announcing the winner of my Williams-Sonoma goody package!  I’m so excited to do this.  I surely hope it encourages the winner and helps her get ready for fall!

The lucky lady is….drum roll….. Nancy of A Rural Journal!  I am so excited for you Nancy! I will be emailing you this afternoon to get a mailing address from you.


A big thank you to all who participated, and on to Little Things Thursday sharing!

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Aidan is now in his Percy Jackson phase.  2 years ago was the famous Harry, and now we are delving into this other great series.  I love when they love to read! It makes a Mama proud.

Short and sweet today as I have to be heading out to a presentation in just a few minutes for my upcoming travels to Peru.  It’s getting real!

Let’s see what you are up to!

Link up with Little Things Thursday::

      • Post your Little Things Thursdays on your blog. Link will go live at midnight on Thursdays for linking up.
      • Please include my Little Things Thursdays button or a link back in your post. You can grab it on the sidebar!
      • Submit the URL/permalink for your post, not your home address, please. Flickr entries welcome!
      • Visit other blogs and leave some encouragement! We all love feedback! Please visit as many others as you can.
      • Please do not submit giveaways, inappropriate content, or link more than one post per week, thank you!



Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday! In just week, Little Things Thursday will celebrate it’s one year anniversary.  I owe it all to you.  When I started this weekly link up I was a little scared that I would build it, but they wouldn’t come.  I really wanted to see Little Things not just be a link and run event.   I wanted to see a real community being forged here.  My goal for my first week was 10 links.  I got 8, but I was so happy!  Over the year, that number grew from 8 to roughly 40 links per week! I couldn’t be happier, but again it isn’t about the numbers as much as it is about community for me…and hopefully for you.

Because you make this a joy for me, I have a little kick-off-to-autumn-gift for one of you.  I wish I could gift everyone of you, but alas, that would make the hubs have to work a little harder than he already does for us.  And the anticipation of being a single winner is kind of fun.

Baking goods

Since autumn rekindles our love for baking, I’m giving away this Williams-Sonoma baking package…a $40 value.  Included are two packs of whimsical cupcake liners, chalkboard labels, and my very favorite baking help…a Silpat liner!  Well…maybe my stand mixer is my favorite, but the Silpat is a close second.  No more stuck on cookies, Friends!

To enter, I have only one mandatory requirement.  Link up with me this week.  Since we are celebrating community, it feels appropriate to make this giveaway for those who make an effort to be part of Little Things Thursday. Don’t worry if you haven’t been able to link every week, if you link this week, you are entered.  Just check off on rafflecopter that you linked.  I’m glad you are here, and welcome to new linkers!   I’m including one bonus entry which is Like Little by Little’s Facebook page.  I’m working to grow my page to 500 this year, and there will be a sweet giveaway when that happens!

Ok…I’m about exclamation marked out.  Those things should be doled out very carefully, and I have exceeded the limit for people over 12.  Let’s link! Gah…I did it again.  Winner will be announced on next week’s Little Things Thursday, September 5th.

Link up with Little Things Thursday::

      • Post your Little Things Thursdays on your blog. Link will go live at midnight on Thursdays for linking up.
      • Please include my Little Things Thursdays button or a link back in your post. You can grab it on the sidebar!
      • Submit the URL/permalink for your post, not your home address, please. Flickr entries welcome!
      • Visit other blogs and leave some encouragement! We all love feedback! Please visit as many others as you can.
      • Please do not submit giveaways, inappropriate content, or link more than one post per week, thank you!

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What she wore…

It is hard to shop with and for a tween.  The desire for new clothing is there, but we often end up walking out empty handed. It’s been hard to find age appropriate clothing with any sense of modesty.

A miracle happened this weekend though.  We hit the clothing jackpot!  Gracyn was in dire need of dresses and we found OPTIONS.  Not just a dress, but actual options.

This little number was hidden among the racks, a solitary dress, in just her size.

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You may remember this girl’s love for birds.  We had to get this dress.

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We were so thankful to find feminine, classic style dresses for the summer.  I just love the vintage look of her sparrow dress.

And delving off topic… the winner’s of the Darlybird grab bags are:

Bag 1::  Melissa

Bag 2:: Tamar

Bag 3:: Buckeroo Mama

Congratulations ladies! I will be sending you an email soon!

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