2011 Dream List

With 2011 right around the corner (& boy did it sneak up on me!) I have started thinking about New Year Resolutions - this year my first resolutions is to NOT HAVE RESOLUTIONS but rather a "Dream List". I have never made it a full year completing all (if any) of my New Years Resolutions, that being said by creating a "Dream List" there's not as much pressure to keep up with it and it is going to involve my family more!

I have also decided to create myself monthly reminders to look at my Dream list to help me keep up with it! I am even contemplating making a big list to stick up above my laptop desk for daily reminders!

My 11 in 2011 Dream List
  1. Read 1 book per month!
  2. Take more pictures!
  3. Create a Monthly scrapbook of Jay & our family
  4. Take at least 1 Family outing to the Zoo
  5. Do better with keeping up with the house, right now Chris does most of the housework due to my work load, but I really want to be the "Susie Homemaker" in 2011!
  6. Cook often & eat out less
  7. Work hard for MY future
  8. Work on handling my Stress - I overstress about everything! I want to find a way to de-stress in a healthy way.
  9. Send Birthday cards to all friends & family via snail mail!
  10. Learn a new skill or hobby
  11. Do more time with Jay, even small stuff at home!


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Giveaway: Scentsy Midsize Warmer & 3 Scent Bars *Winners Choice*

Just a quick note to my awesome subscribers....Head on over to Cheapskate Mom's blog to enter to win your very own Midsize Warmer & 3 Scent Bars of YOUR CHOICE! That's right! I am giving away yet more Scentsy - just in time for the Holidays! Giveaway ends on December 12th with the winner being announced on the 13th! Make sure to get your entries in now so you have a chance at winning!

Cheapskate Mom is also hosting other giveaways until the 12th so make sure to subscribe to her if you are not already!


You're a Mean one...MS GRINCH!

"Grinch, Scrooge, the Anti-Claus, take your pick of titles – I gladly wear them all."
This definitly describes me!

With Thanksgiving over and Christmas season in full force - you can't walk into a retail store without having Christmas Carols forced into your ears - don't get me wrong, I love the idea of getting together with Family and enjoying those who I do not see through out the rest of the year, going to church and celebrating the true Christmas - me & Jesus are tight like that. It's everything else that causes me to "shutter" with ba-hum-bug-ness everytime I hear the words "Holiday, Christmas, or Cheer". I have decided to compile a list of what exactly brings out the Scrooge in me.

6. Eggnog - One word...SICK! Who ever came up the idea of putting alcohol in raw eggs is obviously on drugs! I know eggs are a wonderful source for protein & nutrtion - but I like my eggs scrambled and my alcohol in a diet coke over ice with a little pretty red stirrer stick!

5. Elf - (The movie) - I would consider myself a Will Ferrall fan - but I absolutly HATE Buddy the Elf. I want to put that little green and yellow hat up his Christmas Cheery butt! I don't think I would necessarily feel this way if I didn't have to watch it EVERDAY at work - it plays on loop from the time we open to the time we close. I am so tired of "Hi Dad, I'll call you back in Fiiiive minutes!". Kill me please - death by Elfs enscribed on my gravestone!

4. The Expense - I understand (and secretly enjoy) purchasing gifts for my son & family, but there are also a ton of HIDDEN costs - so you buy a Leapster System for $50, you think you got a great deal! Think again...you have to now purchase wrapping paper ($5), pretty little bows ($5), To/From Tags ($4), Tape ($1.50), Batteries ($10), gas to get to and from the stores ($8), then you donate to a good cause ringing a bell outside of your fav retail establishment ($2) - that same $50 gift has just turned into $87.50! That's just for presents, now you have to decorate a tree, buy pretty little blinking lights to place all around your house, and yard, and inside, and in your car...are you THAT person? I'm not. I do put up a tree for my son & Santa and an advant calendar on our fireplace, maybe some stockings, but I am not the person who decorates my house and then puts my address on the "Neighborhood of Lights Tour". Costs to much for the electric bill!

3. Black Friday - I realize some of you crazy ass' actually enjoy getting up at the butt crack of dawn and standing in line for 6 hours to save $30 on a Digital Picture Frame for your grandparents, but you are the reason why I have to be up to open the store!! I enjoy sleeping in & I tend to get rather cranky when I dont get my 9 hours of sleep - Black Friday shoppers are the DEVIL! Little old ladies getting knocked over for tupperware, people getting shot for Tickle Me Elmo's...it's just insane. Here's food for thought - sleep in on Friday and wait until Monday morning! Cyber Monday is the shiz!

2. The Cold Weather - The thought of having to put on a Coat that makes my hair stand up from static then walk outside with 2 layers of socks, long underwear, and gloves just to scrape ice from the windshield of my car makes me sick. The icy roads (and the idiots who drive on them), the rosey cheeks and frost biten noses, fingers so cold I couldn't make an emergency call on my iPhone if my life depended on it (not really, but it sounds good) makes me wish I lived somewhere like Hawaii - beautiful weather every day of the year. Somehow I know if I moved there I would no longer HATE winter, just strongly detest it. :)

1. Christmas Music - This is defintily my number one reason for hating the holidays. It wouldn't be so bad if the radio stations, stores, doctors offices and every other public location would start playing it 2-3 weeks before Christmas...but NO...they have to play it September 1st and beyond. I haven't even planned out if I am going to bake a pecan or pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and my head is already getting a migraine from Justin Beiber singing "Silent Night".  I must admit on that note, I will listen to Christmas music ON CHRISTMAS - in the spirit of the Holiday, but frankly, by the time the Holiday rolls around I want to poke my eyes out with sharpened Candy Canes.

Now that is all said & done - please do not throw fruit cake at me! I still believe in Christmas and the true Christian reason behind it, its all this corporate america, spend money, buy gifts etc that I can't stand!

On another (nice) Note.... I want to wish each & every one of you HAPPY HOLIDAYS & A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! (and I really mean that!!!)

Now for your listening pleasure - A friend on mine emailed this to me:



GIVEAWAY: Free Scentsy Warmer & Bar

I am having my first of MANY Scentsy Giveaways over at MidwestWickless.com

Make sure to check it out & enter!




I know I don't get on here near enough - and I want to apologize for this! I have been super busy with working, planning this wedding shindig, and starting my own Scentsy business....

I am here to ask a favor from you ladies (& gents) Will you please follow my Scentsy blog & FB page? It would help me out MUCHO! I am doing multiple giveaways per month - but right now I am trying to build up my page subscribers! PLEASE HELP!

I have 5 Giveaways planned for December, I have partnered with some AMAZING Blog Friends - if you subscribe to Midwest Wickless you will be among the first to know the details about these giveaways & contests!

It's an easy way to get FREE SCENTSY PRODUCTS! If you "Like" my facebook page & comment on the wall stating that you can from this blog....

*You must sign into GFC on midwestwickless.com & "Like" Facebook - don't forget to mention you came from this blog so you qualify for your free Scent Circle! Winner does not get to choose scent,  but I promise it will be delicious!

There is only 15 available to be given out! So make sure to do this before it's too late!! :)

update: 8:45am : Sun. Nov 21 - only 12 left!

I look forward to many, many upcoming Scentsy Giveaways!


Guess what...I'M ENGAGED!!

I know I have been really MIA but I just wanted to drop by and tell everyone that I am officially "The Future Mrs Higgins"!! Chris popped the question on Tuesday!

I am so tickled I could pee myself! I have been waiting for this to happen all year and now it is official!!

By the way - I have started a new blog that I am going to be posting with wedding stuff if you are interested, please be my friend on GFC! Thank you! :) www.thedysfunctionalcouple.blogspot.com

Heres the Ring....

"Bling, Bling!!"


Giveaway Alert - Tatutina

I am hosting a Review/Giveaway for Tatutina on my other blog: St Louis Mommies - this is open to Anyone in the US - so please head on over & enter to win!!

We are giving away 1 kids stool - Winners choice - a $50 value, yours free! Just have to enter for a chance to win! I hope to see all my subscribers entering to win!

Thanks for stopping by - I promise to start blogging more! I really do! Just been really busy with Jayden starting Kindergarten & Working with StLouisMommies.com as their Promotions Manager!

Here's a pic from Jay's first day of Kindergarten....

His Football Pose! :) Flag football starts in just a few short weeks...

Just a silly pic to share with you guys...



Going Part Time vs Staying Full Time

Ok bloggy buddies, I need a bit of advice from you guys today..Please help me! :)

As you may know, my son starts Kindergarten in August (which makes me sad, my babys growing up) which also means less money being spent on daycare but also more chances for me to be more involved at school, PTO, etc.

Right now I work Full Time, any day of the week, but I'm mostly off on weekends. My work week ranges from 40-60 hours per week and hours anywhere from 8:15am to 7:30pm - so I dont get a whole lot of time in the mornings or evenings to spend time with Jay. In the fall he will be starting class at 7:45am and get out at 11:30pm - right now I'll be taking him to school every morning and he will be riding the bus to daycare after. I will save around $4-500 per month right there on Daycare costs alone!

So my dilema is this: Should I stay Full Time or go down to Part Time

Pros for Full Time:
Spending less in childcare means I can put more into Savings.
More money means new car, boob job, wedding in the future, down payment on house, buy nice things, etc.
Having almost every weekend off
Cheaper Health Insurance for Jay & I
Higher 401k
More back in income tax return in Feb/Mar
Extra Spending money for eating out, movies, name brand clothes, toys, etc.

Cons for Full Time:
Long hours & long weeks - I'm exhausted when I get home.
Due to being tired, I dont cook meals or do much in regards to activities with Jay.
Not being able to attend Jay's class parties, getting him involved in Karate/Sports/Etc.
Stress - and lots of it - due to working in Retail Sales

Pros for Part Time:
More Time with Jay
Opportunity to go back to school Part Time
Can be the room mom/soccer mom I've always wanted to be
Less Stress from work
Chance to learn to cook homemade meals for my Family
Pay even less in child care - put him after school care 3 days instead of 5
Less Money spent on Gas
Healthier for me ie. Less Fast food or "quick" meals, less stress, more time to exercise
Chance to go back to school

Cons for Part Time:
Less money. Period.
Pay more in health benefits
Lose some Vacation Time
Added stress of Money Management
Fear of boredom
Spending more money on Extracirriculars for Jay & Myself
Working almost EVERY weekend

So this is where I currently stand - it can both ways. What is your honest opinion and advice on my issue? Should I go part time or stay full time? My heart is telling me to go PT but my mind is telling me to stay FT for the money.




Join the Fun

Ok...my Best Bloggin Buddy, Amber,  just brought her awesome SWAP to my attention...I have joined some in the past...and they are a ton of FUN...but I must say...I am the most excited about this one!

We are swapping any pair (or more) of glasses, in addition to our favorite drink recipes. This recipe can be either alcoholic or non alcoholic, the choice is yours (this should go without saying, but if you are swapping an alcoholic recipe, you must be of age to drink, I don't want to see anyone being irresponsible here). I know I am going to end up getting my glasses from www.etsy.com (have you seen how adorable some of them are?!) but feel free to shop around. Also, feel free to get whatever type of glasses you want. You can either send the glasses and the recipe yourself, or if you are ordering glasses have them shipped directly to your partner and send a card with your favorite recipe.

Here is what is going to happen:
Sign up! You have until June 25th to sign up on either of our blogs. When you sign up, just let us know if you plan on swapping and alcoholic recipe or a non-alcoholic recipe (so we can pair you up respectively). You only have to sign up on our of our blogs, but please leave your email if it is not linked up to your blog (and honestly, it is just much easier to link you blog!)

Pair up! On Saturday, June 26th, Amanda and I will go through and create partners based on your drink recipe preference. We will then email you your partner's name and we will expect you to get in contact with your partner.
Find it! Start thinking about the recipe you want to send as well as the glasses. We are going to be extremely generous and you will have until July 23rd to mail off your glasses and recipe. We understand that some people will be having custom glasses made and this might take awhile, which is why we are giving you so much time. Please note, we are expecting each person to spend $20 - $30 on your swap partner. We know this is a lot of money, but think, you will be getting a set of glasses worth the same amount. Another note, we want to emphasize that you should send at least two glasses. Won't it be nice to have a cute set?
Write it! When you get your package, please dedicate a blog post to what you received from your partner!

Link up! On July 30th, we will have a link up for all of the recipes and glasses exchanged!

So start signing up. This is their first swap ever, and we are so excited to have you all participate!

Let me know if you are planning on joining the fun - and make sure to let them know that I sent you!


Sorry everyone...I've been a little MIA this past week! I'm hoping to get back into the groove of things this week! But the iPhone 4 launches on Thursday so I have been BUSY as work!!! Hopefully it will calm down towards the weekend! But I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Take care!

<3 Meg Ps. Enter my Giveaway if you haven't already!! :)



Friday Follow: Building Friendship One Blog Hop at a Time – June 18th

Welcome to the 4th Friday Follow hosted by our awesome hostesses, Stephanie at Goober Grape Monkeyman, Meg at Just Another Manic Mommy, and Traci at Traci66. Thank you ladies for being willing to host! Please stop by and see these awesome ladies.

We invite you to join us every Friday to get more blog followers and to find many interesting blogs that you like. This is all about sharing and having fun.

We expect you to be on your honor and to have fun. These are only guidelines to make it more enjoyable for you. Here’s how YOU can join the Friday Follow celebration:
  • Link up your blog below.. One Link per blog
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This list is new each week and closes on Saturday at 11:59pm EST. The links do not carry over. Please link up each week for new participants to find your blogs. It will be visible all week to visit the blogs listed.
Congratulations to our first Three Friday Follow Winners!!!
Each week we will randomly draw from three (3) blogs from the links for the next week’s Friday Follow, and each blog chosen will be placed in the highly coveted number #7, #8, and #9 position on the blog hop. The first blog chosen will also be given the option of doing an interview which will post on Friday-Follow.com on Thursday the next week. We love your participation and want to give back to you! You could be next!

This week's Friday-Follow sponsors are Britanny (www.notyouraverageteen.com) and Amber (www.amber-laha.blogspot.com) from Zany Designs.

There are 2 giveaways, thanks to our wonderful sponsors.
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Review of Sarah McLachlan, Laws of Illusion

Sarah McLachlan has been working hard in the studio the last few months and I am so glad she has been! On June 15th, Laws of Illusion will be released and ready for you to purchase! This is Sarah's first album in 7 years and it truly is a winner. Thanks to One2One Network I was one of the lucky few chosen to preview this album before it goes on sale!

I was very excited to recieve my CD in the mail this afternoon! I came home during my lunch break - on my way back to work I popped it into the player and listened to it on the way to work. A sense of calm and tranquility passed over me. The sound and tempo of the songs really took me back - I sat in my car in the parking lot and just closed my eyes and listened to Sarah's words...I vividly remember these lyrics:
"I've been down a long road, I'd become a stranger to myself, Diggin in myheals and hoping time might be kinder if I wait it out, But nothing came from wanting, and I became so small and insecure, Didnt know the cost of all I'd lost till I found it fresh and new again, with you" - Loving You is Easy
You can really tell that Sarah put her heart and soul into this album and I can see myself turning to this album when I need a little pick me up or listening to this when I need a "mommy" moment trying to remember to breathe and take one thing at a time. Perfect album to listen to on a rainy day, sipping coffee on your porch looking out in nature. Very surreal and tranquil.


2.Illusions of Bliss
3.Loving You is Easy
6.Rivers of Love
7.Love Come
8.Out of Tune
10.Don’t Give Up on Us
11.U Want Me 2
12.Bring on the Wonder

Sarah McLachlan will be performing on the 2010 Lilith Music Tour (Cofounder & Headliner) with other Big names such as: Carly Simon, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Mary J Blige, Miranda Lambert, Rhianna, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and sooo many more amazing woman! Click here to see if these amazing, strong woman will be your area this summer!
Dont forget to pre-order your copy of "Laws of Illusion" or pick up your copy tomorrow! It's a great listen!

Thank you for reading - Have a wonderful day!

*I was provided with a copy of Laws of Illusion but the opinions in this post are my own. Thank you One2One Network for allowing me the opportunity to work with you again!*



Giveaway - Sea Star Necklace with Dark Pearl

This week's giveaway comes to your from Sabine, Etsy crafter and owner of Shiny Little Blessings. She specializes in creative, high-quality handcrafted jewelry with more than reasonable prices! Sabine has 3 rules for making Shiny Little Blessings Jewelry:
"1.) All of my designs come from the heart – otherwise I wouldn’t love what I do!!
 2.) Top quality only – I will only sell a piece if I would wear it myself!!
 3.) Since most of us don’t have money to waste right now, the price needs to be right!!"
Sabine started out by making the pieces for herself, her inspiration was her own style. She wanted something unique that reflected who she was, chic enough that she could dress up her jeans and Tee just by adding an accessory. Before she knew it, she was getting requests from her friends and family and Shiny Little Blessings was born.

Sabine took a little break on production due to having her twin boys (I would hope she would - twin boys, 'nuff said!!), now age 6, however she is ready to start focusing on her business more and jumping back in head first.
 "I am ecstatic to be spending more time doing something I am truly passionate about. I believe everybody needs a little (affordable) sparkle in their lives!! You can take a basic outfit (Jeans and a T-shirt), add the right piece of jewelry to it, and you transform yourself from ‘basic casual’ to ‘sparkling fantastic’ – and that goes for the mood and the outfit by the way. And when I say ‘everybody’ I mean ‘Men’ and ‘Women’. Trust me, the man on your side will appreciate your transformation just as much!!"
Shiny Little Blessings does accept custom requests and all pieces arrive at your home in a gift box and tied with a ribbon - such a simple, yet unique suprise! They make amazing gifts as well...so keep this in mind for all future holidays and birthdays!

Now onto my favorite part....


Sabine has generously offered to giveaway 1 Sea Star Necklace with Dark Pearl (Retails $29) - this lovely piece is perfect for this summer season and is perfect for dressing up a casual jean capri and white top or an added accessory for a sexy black dress! Don't miss out on the opportunity to add this piece of beautifulness to your jewelry box!

The sea star is approx. 1.0" (2.4 cm)in size. The sterling silver ball chain necklace is either 16, 17 or 18" (40, 43, 46cm) in length.

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Make sure to leave an individual comment for every entry and your email address on the first entry. A winner will be chosen at random, thanks to random.org on June 27th at 11:59PM CST. Winner will be emailed for shipping information, they will have 48hrs to respond or forfeit the prize! Thanks for entering and I can't wait to see who wins! Good luck!

*No compensation was provided by agreeing to host this giveaway. My opinions are my own and belong to Just Another Manic Mommy. Pictures are property of Sabine and Shiny Little Blessings.*


Question regarding Cliques and Popularity in Schools

My 5 year old son starts Kindergarten this Fall and I have already started buying back to school clothes for him - which I know I am a litlte early, but I am so friggin excited for him! He of course will not be allowed to wear anything until August, but none-the-less I have started stock piling! So here's my question to those of you with kids in school...

I know that kids are starting their "Cliques" and bullying so much earlier now a days, earlier than when I was young *Which wasn't that long ago!! Less than 10 years!* How do you guys handle this or try to get around it? Do you push your children to be in the "In Crowd", do you buy them name brand clothes, get them involved in sports or just let it be?

As much as I don't want to push being popular, I want to teach good personal values to my son, but I dont want him to get bullied or hazed in school either. These things start as young as 2nd grade now! It's insane!

I am a bit materialistic with what we have or what we wear - I do not judge others for not wearing the same brands or names, but I do like to wear them myself and that has rolled over to Jay. Ever since he was born he has worn Polo, Gap, Gymboree, and Children's Place - now that hes getting older, I am starting to put him in 77 Kids by American Eagle, Crazy 8 by Gymboree, Ed Hardy and P.S By Aeropostale - Are any of you other mom's like this?

I guess I am just wanting everyones opinions on Cliques, how early they start, how you deal with them and teach your children to make friends with everyone and to be genuine and do not bully or haze others, but at the same note, not get bullied or hazed. I do not judge people on what they wear, what they drive, or where they go to school and I do not want Jay doing it either....

This is a very sensitve subject from some, but do you encourage your child to be popular, or do you honestly tell them to do what makes them happy?

So what are your thoughts? Whether you have children or not - What's your words of wisdom, thoughts, opinions, etc.

If you would feel more comfortable emailing me instead of commenting, you can do that too, just email me at:
justanothermanicmommy {At} gmail {Dot} com


Thursday Giveaway Link Up

Make sure to link up all your current giveaways!
 There is no limit as to how many you can add.

If you are in the Contest Entering mood - make sure to check out what everyone has going on this week - you may just find a few things you MUST have! :)

Don't forget to enter my Current Giveaways -

Get 1 extra entry if you add a Giveaway to my Linky! :)
Just Mention it in a comment under that giveaways post!

And remember - I enter the first 10 giveaways added to my linky! So make sure to add them quickly and come back every Thursday to enter your newest additions!

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Our Trip to Florida

As fun as family vacations are, I am so happy to be at home! There is nothing better than sleeping in your own bed, eating your own food, and not worrying about stepping on anyone elses toes! Florida this year was a blast - for both the adults & the kids!

We went to Disney World on Sunday - lots of fun, rained a bit mid day & then made it horribly sticky & humid but none-the-less, a good time!
Then on Monday we went to the beach, only stayed for about 2hrs but seeing Jay's reaction the ocean was one that I will remember forever, and the first thing he said "Oh Yuck, this tastes like salty crap, mom!"
Tuesday - Super fun day at Universal Studios *which was also my favorite day!!!* where Jay & I got to meet Spongebob Square Pants & got to ride a ton of rides - we also bought some Cotton Candy....YUMM!!
Wednesday - Went Outlet shopping - oh ya! Bought a super cute new Coach purse & matching Wallet. Also bought Chris a Coach wallet (Men's of course) and only spent $246 *LOVE great deals!!*
That night us adults went out to a Dinner Mystery thing - was so much fun! I want to do one again - I just loved it!!!
Thursday - Islands of Adventure - again, another super fun day, but my idiot self left the digital camera battery charging at the house, so I had to buy a $20 disposable camera - so pics soon to come.
Friday - More shopping, didn't buy as much - but still had fun. Oh & at at Hooters! *Soooo good!!*
Saturday - Drove 18 hours home!

What a trip! Had a ton of fun! Now onto Pictures! :)

Jay & I getting ready to go into Disney World

Me, Jay & Chris in front of the Castle

Jay standing next to a large, fat tiki statue that honked when you were near

Jay being a pirate...Arrr...

The Mickey Ears Jay just HAD TO HAVE!

Jay in front of Mickey's House! (:

Jay splashing in the ocean!

Us in front of the Universal Globe - and Jay not looking at the camera but still cute!

I'll post more on another day! I dont want to bore you all with pictures! But I terribly missed you guys!!

Ps. Don't forget I have 2 current giveaways going on - One ends on Wednesday & the other Friday:



PINT - Tues 06.01.10



Winner - Cover Your Hair Giveaway

I want to thank each of you for entering this giveaway! We had 120 entries - which is great! Thank you for retweeting, blogging, and spreading the words to your friends!

We have a winner - chosen at random by random.org

Congrats Nicole C. !!

Make sure to check out my current giveaways:

I also have a Giveaway Linky that I just started - so make sure to go & enter in your giveways! A new one will be most on Wednesday, at Midnight!


Chic Bambino Tutu & Bonnet Giveaway!


I have a wonderful giveaway for all of you with a little princess {or diva} in your life! I had the opportunity to review a Tutu & Puff Beanie Bonnet from Chic Bambino, a local {and very chic} Baby Boutique only miles from my house! Christine, the owner and creator, has such a talent & creativity - especially when knowing she has a house full of boys!! It's safe to say that any mommy that I meet in my community that has a little girl, will be receiving one of Christine's cards and many praises for her wonderful shop, customer care, and adorably cute items!

Here is a little bio:

Chic bambino is focused on making your little one the most stylish baby in town! From tutus to tiaras...beanie caps to trendy bibs, your little prince or princess will be pampered from head to toe. All of our products are invented and/or made by moms! Chic bambino provides chic style at an affordable price. With a variety of unique and stylish products to choose from, I'm sure you'll find something to pamper your little bambino!

Giveaway is a small (0-12 months) handmade tutu and puff beanie bonnet. This is an adorable set!! Tutu is handmade by Christine, with three colors of soft, layered tulle. Puff beanie bonnet is made to match, one size fits most. This is a chic bambino original design so you won't see it anywhere else! Tutu has an elastic waist so it can stretch beyond 12 months for lots of wear for your little princess.
This is the set that you will be winning! Isn't it just adorable! Really makes me wish I had a little girl - I asked Mister Monster if he would put this on and model it for the blog...know what he told me "Are you crazy woman! I ain't puttin that thing on! I'm not no Giiiiiiiiirl!" It was priceless!
At Chic Bambino will you find more than just "Too Too Cute" Tutu's - Christine has everything from hair clips, to tiaras, diaper cakes, dolls, and so much more!
Here's how to Enter:
Mandatory: Head on over to Chic Bambino and look around - let me know what you liked the most! {It's going to be hard, Christine has created so many wonderful items!!}
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Giveaway ends at 11:59PM CST June 11, 2010, winner will be drawn using random.org and will be contacted via email by justanothermanicmommy{at}gmail{dot}com. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or forfeit prize, in this case, the prize will be drawn at random again and a new winner will be chosen. Just Another Manic Mommy was mailed the above mentioned items to review. All opinions and statements in this blog are my own and belong to Just Another Manic Mommy. Pics are courtesy of ChicBambino.net.


We have a winner! Congrats Meeko - you are our Fabulous winner! This tutu will look great on you! ;) Make sure to send a pic, k? lol - Thank you everyone for entering - make sure to check back often, I have a ton of great giveaways coming up!


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