Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Southern Stamper Review and Giveaway

This is the final installment of the Earring Extravaganza!
Many of the giveaways end this week, so be sure to stop by and enter.
I hope that you enjoyed this event as much as I did.

I don't drink coffee or tea.  I'm a Dr. Pepper girl. So when I came across these Dr. Pepper Earrings I just knew they were for me! 

The Southern Stamper has lots of awesome bottlecap earrings in her Etsy shop.  Seriously, you can get anything from Tinkerbell to Mountain Dew--or your very own custom earrings!  I love the idea of the custom earrings--there are just so many possibilities!  Your kid's school logo, your kid's sports team logo, various club logos, etc., would all be great things to "immortalize" on a pair of earrings!

I would consider these to be "statement sized" earrings.  The Dr. Pepper image is one inch wide.

An actual bottlecap was used in the making of these earrings.  (It wasn't harmed, only flattened.)  A slightly glittery epoxy covers and protects the images.  The silver toned ear wires are comfortable and work well with the bottlecap.  

These are great casual earrings.  They would be perfect with jeans and a sweater.

The Southern Stamper has generously offered one lucky winner 
their choice of one pair of earrings!

Please enter on the Rafflecopter below.  Continental US only, please.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

The Philosopher's Wife is not responsible for prize shipment.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

One Artsy Mama Review and Giveaway

This post is part of the Earring Extravaganza!
Be sure to check out all of the fun.

A little while ago I was lucky enough to win a pair of Wire Wrapped Briolette Earrings from a contest that Amy, over at One Artsy Mama, hosted.  (Her blog is one of my favorites!)  I loved these earrings so much that I just had to include them in my Earring Extravaganza.

Amy's Etsy shop, also named One Artsy Mama, has many adorable items and lots of quality handmade jewelry.  I love all of the earrings!  She has all of the earrings in the photo above for sale right now, and all of them are quite reasonably priced.

My earrings are the Passion Pink Wire Wrapped Briolette Earrings.  They are perfect for me!  This color is a bright hot-pink with turquoise-like veining.  The teardrop hangs about an inch below the earlobe.  The size is a great--not so small they disappear but not so large that they dominate.  They are very comfortable and provide a great punch of color.  

I would say that these earrings are best for casual situations; however, I think that they would look fantastic with a little black dress.

Amy generously is offering one lucky reader a pair of the
Wire Wrapped Briolette Earrings.
You get to pick the color!

Please enter on the Rafflecopter below.  Continental US only, please.  

The Philosopher's Wife is not responsible for prize shipment.  

Monday, November 19, 2012

Vera Bradley Mandy Handbag & Wallet Giveaway

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Vera Bradley Mandy Handbag & Turn Lock Wallet Giveaway

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Vera Bradley Mandy Handbag

A recessed zipper closure opens to reveal our latest pocket-happy handbag. Six interior compartments and a front slip pocket promise to contain all you wish to carry, while double quilted handles and channel stitching offer a stylish touch. Measures 12" x 9¾" x 4¾" with 11" strap drop. - Vera Bradley
Mandy Handbag Viva la Vera
Mandy Handbag Viva la Vera - Inside

Vera Bradley Turn Lock Wallet

Elegance doesn’t have to stop at handbags. For a high-style look from your clothes to your cash, this wallet is for you. Pair it with any favorite handbag style that incorporates silver hardware for a cohesive look. Unlock your style! Measures 7¾" x 4¾". 
Turn Lock Wallet Viva la Vera
Turn Lock - Inside
The Vera Bradley Mandy Handbag and Turn Lock Wallet are both in the Viva la Vera pattern shown below.  Isn't it cute?

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Rito Originals Review and Giveaway

This is part of The Earring Extravaganza!  
Be sure to check out the other awesome earring giveaways happening now!   

"Wearable art."

That's what you get from Rito Originals.

Amber, a Stay-At-Home-Mom (like me!), makes gorgeous jewelry as her creative outlet.  Her shop is filled with her unique designs.  Of course, this is part of my Earring Extravaganza, so she has beautiful earrings, but she also has lovely necklaces and rings.  My favorite ring is the Tanzanite Sterling Silver Ring.

Today I am going to be highlighting The Freshwater Pearl Pendulum Earrings.  They are a modern take on a classic look.  Simple, yet stunning.

Pearls are always elegant and sophisticated, and these are no exception.  The gorgeous white pearl is securely attached to a sterling silver pendulum earring.

These earrings are incredibly lightweight and very easy to wear. At a little over an inch long, I love that they have a "dangley" feel even though they are completely stationary.

While you certainly could wear them with jeans they also would be great for a fancier occasion!

Rito Originals has generously provided a pair of the
Freshwater Pearl Pendulum Earrings
for today's giveaway!

PS: There is another giveaway happening at the Rito Originals Facebook Page!

Please enter on the Rafflecopter below.  Continental US only, please.  The winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.

The Philosopher's Wife is not responsible for prize shipment.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

7 Quick Takes

This week I made slow-cooked BBQ pork in the crock pot and my new favorite mac & cheese.  This combination is delicious!  Sadly, today is Friday and we don't eat meat on Fridays.

My Earring Extravaganza Event is happening now!  If there are any guys in my audience,  remember your wife, girlfriend, mom, or co-worker would love a pair of earrings for Christmas, so you should enter the giveaways too!

I've been working on some super cute hats for the upcoming craft fair!  Anyone live near Mount Rainier, Maryland?  Come say hi!  

(Also, if you tell me you read my blog I'll totally give you a discount!)

I've always been a little wary of the diagnosis of "brain death" and this article is yet another instance where it was premature.  A "few days" after having her respirator removed this woman recovered.  Did you notice that they waited "days" for her body to shut down?  Scary.  

Also interesting and some-what related, this man was in a "vegetative state" for years is able to communicate with his doctors.  

I wish I had the cool app where I could take pictures of checks and they would automatically be deposited into my bank account.  Of course, my bank would need to be a little fancier.  I would probably also need a smart phone.  I am happy with both my current bank and my current phone so I don't see this happening . . . ever.  However, it would be nice.  

What would you say are the truly educational kids shows out there?  Are there any?  I'd love any recommendations that you have!  (Bonus points if they're "Play it Now" on Netflix!)  Catherine is two and I don't want her watching much TV, but I do put something on for her when I need her to be occupied (i.e., in the shower or cooking dinner).

Christmas is coming!  Get ready by shopping in my Etsy shop or Amazon!  

(I'd really appreciate if you'd use my Amazon affiliate link!)

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday & Earring Extravaganza Link Up

This is another installment in my Earring Extravaganza Event

Here are some of the earrings that I've worn this week: 

An earring post just wouldn't be complete without a picture of my favorite earrings.  I just love these tear-drop dark pearl earrings my husband gave me for Christmas--just before I pierced my ears.  

It is Earring Extravaganza Time! 
This is for you to link up pictures of you and your favorite earrings!  After you link up be sure to check out the reviews and giveaways--all earring related, of course--HERE.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hoopla Hoopla Earring Review

Have you seen the adorable earrings that Mandy makes over at Hoopla Hoopla?  Check out this beautiful pair:

I had the opportunity to review the above Eliza Bliss Black Filigree Earrings. They not only came in a regular bubble envelope, but were also adorably packaged in a pillow box, with the earrings themselves on a cute distressed tag.  It is obvious that thought and care was put into this packaging.  It was as if I were opening a gift!

Earrings that make a bold statement can be so much fun, but they often are difficult to wear due to their weight.  These earrings both make a statement and are so lightweight its amazing!  You, or at least I, quickly forget that they are even there.

Even if you have sensitive ears you can wear these earrings because they are nickle and lead free.

As an added bonus, Mandy, the shop owner, is super easy to work with and very friendly. It is apparent that she has a great attention for detail, from the way that the earrings are packaged to the sweet business card.    She has 450 Etsy feedback, and its at 100%!  That speaks volumes for a small business.

I'm sure you are eager to own some of these earrings yourself!  Be sure to enter the below giveaway and then head on over to shop!  Can't decide among all the wonderful choices?  Guess what, you don't have to!  Hoopla Hoopla has specials where you can buy in multiples of 5 or 10 at a significant discount!

Mandy has generously offered one lucky reader 
Your Choice of Any One Item!

Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below.  Continental US only, please.  The winner will be contacted and will have 48 hours to confirm, if I haven't heard back at that point a new winner will be chosen.  

The Philosopher's Wife is not responsible for prize shipment.  I received one pair of earrings for review.  
All opinions are honest and my own, of course.  

The Original Christmas Classics Giveaway

Christmas is coming!
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 All About the Mommies and a great team of bloggers
 are so excited to offer our readers a chance to win:

This box set is valued at $44.95.

This cute and family-friendly BluRay set contains four of the most beloved holiday TV specials of all time.  Enjoy snuggling with your family while watching the Rankin/Bass classics: “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” and “Frosty Returns.”  

These iconic TV specials are a part of the American holiday tradition, just like baking cookies or trimming the Christmas tree! The Christmas season just wouldn't be the same without them.  

What are some of your family's Christmas traditions?

The giveaway will run from November 13th at 12:01 am EST until November 27th at 11:59 pm EST. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States only, ages 18+. 

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Oh, Nostalgia! Review and Giveaway

Oh, Nostalgia! has beautiful  vintage inspired jewelry.

This is a lovely Etsy shop with many wonderful handmade jewelry items.  As an added bonus, if you just can't find the perfect piece, custom orders are an option!

The earrings that I received to review are the Light Purple Flower Earrings.  

The backs are lever backs, which are cute and comfy to wear.  I wore them all day immediately after receiving them and forgot that I had them on!  They are nickle-free, so if your ears are sensitive to nickle you can wear these pretty earrings without worry.

The beautiful light purple flower is topped with feminine filigree that matches the lever backs.  In the above picture you can see how the flowers hang downwards, which I think is a lovely effect.  The below picture is looking up at the earrings.

While these earrings are not large they also are not so small that they will disappear into your hair.  Total length is about one inch.

These earrings would work great for everyday use, paired with jeans and sweater for the winter, or could even work for a dressier event with a dress or a skirt.  I foresee these earrings becoming a staple accessory.

The shop owner, Paige, has generously offered a 
shop credit of $20 to one lucky reader!

Enter on the Rafflecopter below.  Continental US only, please.  Winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen.

The Philosopher's Wife is not responsible for prize shipment. 
 I received one pair of earrings to review from Oh, Nostalgia! All opinions are my own.  

Friday, November 9, 2012

Unique Nativity Set

This might be the most unusual Nativity Set that I've ever seen.  Have you seen this one before? 
Purchase one for yourself.

What is the most unique Nativity that you've seen?

7 Quick Takes

This week has been a whirlwind.  My little girl needed some minor surgery, which had been scheduled for later this month.  Well, on Wednesday morning we got a call that there was an opening on Thursday morning--the next day, but we still needed to get a pre-op appointment.  After a bit of time on the phone and a long wait at the doctor's office we were able to get the necessary appointment!  Everything went extremely well during the surgery yesterday and today Catherine gets just about whatever she wants.  

Dr. Daulat, the surgeon, was amazing.  Additionally, Nikki, her office manager was phenomenal.  While trying to get a last minute appointment, Nikki was pivotal.  She stayed on the line and made the call herself.  I highly doubt that we would have been able to get in without her help.  

I love my little girl.

I've got a lot of fun stuff coming up in blogland!  Next week my Earring Extravaganza begins!  

What else happened this week?  Oh, right the Election.  Bleh.  That's all I want to say about it right now.

Be on the lookout for lots of new items in my Etsy shop in the next couple of days!

I gotta go, it is time for more cuddles with my girl.

For more Quick Takes visit Jen!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

$200 Cash Giveaway Sponsored by Tip Hero

Christmas is coming!
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Tip Hero is giving away $200
to one lucky reader!

This awesome prize will be delivered via PayPal.  

I'm sure that this could help you with your Christmas shopping!  

What would you get?  A Kindlejewelry, movies, toys?

The giveaway ends November 22nd at 11:59 US Eastern time. Open to United States & Canada, 18+. To enter please use the PromoSimple entry form below. Good luck!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

7 Quick Takes

Every Thursday at a local thrift store is 25% off.  My little family has done quite well at these sales recently.  Yesterday I found a cute Banana Republic corduroy dress!  I am pretty excited about it.  

The Earring Extravaganza Event will begin soon!  If you have an Etsy shop and would like me to review your earrings or provide a prize for a giveaway just send me an email.  I still have one or two spots open.  I am hoping to begin at the end of next week.

Catherine didn't dress up or go trick-or-treating, but she did look super cute in her Halloween shirt (also found at before mentioned thrift store).

I finished the Christmas Baby Blanket!

I also finished a hat.  I can't quite decide if I like the fun fur or not . . . 

Do you know how difficult it is to take a picture of yourself AND get the hat in the frame?  I wonder when I can start training Catherine to be my photographer . . . 

Since the world needs more cuteness, here's another picture of Catherine.

Visit Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes.

Christmas is coming!
Shop at Amazon with all the comforts of home.
(This is an affiliate link, if you shop through it I will receive a small percentage of your purchase 
and I will thank you from the bottom of my heart!)