Dragon Knits & Jewelry {Giveaway!}

Nothing is better than browsing through Etsy on a lazy Sunday, especially in shops like Dragon Knits and Jewelry.

There is a good variety of fabulous stuff in her shop! My personal favorite, one of the Simply Gorgeous necklaces, is up for grabs in this giveaway!

First of all, I have fallen in love with pearls. Ever since a girlfriend gave me a three strand pearl necklace as a bridesmaid gift, I’ve had a hard time not wearing them. But it’s time to switch it up a little, and this necklace does just that.

The ribbon makes it very adjustable. I can tie it long or short to go with different necklines. I like that I was able to wear it with a little black dress for an evening out and also with a casual top to a BBQ. I also love the floral detail on the ribbon. It’s all in the details for me.

I’m already eyeing the bracelets in the same style. The red one is so elegant. It would really make a great accessory for the holidays.

Isn’t that, well, gorgeous?!

***To enter this giveaway for a Simply Gorgeous necklace of your choice from Dragon Knits:
Visit Dragon Knits and Jewelry and share a good find! Leave your email address along with your comment so I can contact you if you win***

You can browse the Simply Gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, peek at the beautiful knits, or the adorable sweater that is now on Chazz’s must-have list. There is a ton of great stuff in this Etsy shop to drool over.

Want an EXTRA entry??
Follow Dragon Knits on Twitter. She really is a hoot. ❤

Remember to leave your email address in your comments to win some pretty pearls!

The giveaway ends on October 31st, and I will randomly select a winner and email you if you have won.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
Thanks for visiting! You can leave a comment (please do!), read more about us, or even vote for Forever&After by clicking the banner below.


*CLOSED* {BLOGMANIA 2010} Giveaway

::runs around throwing confetti::

WeLCoMe To BLoGMaNia! ! !
Are you as excited as I am to kick off Blogmania 2010? Over the past few months, we have gotten to know our wonderful Etsy sponsors, and now it’s time to announce the PRIZES and kick off our giveaway!

*(If you haven’t yet caught the Mania, swing by the Blogmania Blog and get filled in on this world wide web giveaway event.)*

Explore the list of blogs at the bottom of this post. all of which, ARE HOSTING A VERY SPECIAL BLOGMANIA GIVEAWAY (For Two Days Only, September 15th and 16th)

Each blog will have a number and a Master List Posted at the Bottom of their giveaway. I know you’ll want to visit as many blogs today as you can!


::::::::::::MY GIVEAWAY:::::::::::::

“Oh! Baby”
A collection of prizes for both mom and baby.

I have some awesome Etsy shops sponsoring this HUGE giveaway, so show them your support, heart their shops, and let them know who sent’cha!

The Swag & Sponsors:

Mama Hoot Designs-Choice of graphic onesie or soft baby book.

Shes That Girl-Cupcake shaped Vegan Soap.

TMD Design-Pacifier Clip

Josiah’s Nest-A beautiful necklace for mom.

-An adorable stuffed animal.

SweetHearts and Soles-Too cute hand-crocheted shoes.

To Enter:

***Visit any of the Etsy shops above and leave a comment about a sweet find in their shop. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

If you want extra entries:
***Vote for me on Picket Fence Blogs (by clicking the blue banner at the bottom of this post or the icon on the sidebar.) Again, leave your email address.
***Follow me on Twitter @4EverAfterBlog and leave your Twitter handle here (example: @YourNameHere.) Leave your email too!

Isn’t this giveaway CRAZY HUGE?!?! And every one of the blogs listed below have amazing prizes to enter as well. And a special thank you for supporting the wonderful Etsy shops!

Thanks for visiting! You can leave a comment (please do!), read more about us, or even vote for Forever&After by clicking the banner below.

Here are all of the blogs hosting a BLOGMANIA2010
giveaway. They are labeled with US, US/CAN, or INT based on who
their giveaways are open to – US residents only, US/CAN residents only or
INT – world wide!!! Each blog should have this link list – in case you are
looking for specific giveaways only – at the bottom of their giveaway post.
However, BOOKMARK this page and keep track of what number you are on
Good Luck and HAVE FUN!!


THE FINE PRINT: All entrants must be 18
years of age or older. Please read each giveaway ‘s directions carefully as
entry methods differ, and giveaways may be open to different world areas
than previously noted on our list. Please make sure you leave a way (valid
email address) with your entries to be contacted if you win. All blog’s are
responsible for drawing their own winners and contacting those winners for
their shipping addresses. All blogs are responsible for providing this
information to the companies that are shipping the prizes to the winners or
providing the prizes themselves directly to the winners in a timely
fashion. Parker Pr Online and BLOGMANIA 2010 are not responsible for any
giveaways or prizes.

e.l.f. Cosmetics- Smokey Eye Kit Review And Giveaway

I pretty much love doing my makeup. It’s fun. And let’s face it, it’s time to myself in the morning. Just me and my iTouch. I get to sing to myself, dance like a maniac rockstar, and get pretty!

When Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics offered to let me try out their Smokey Eye Kit, I was more than willing. I already had a few e.l.f. brushes in my arsenal that I use, and I trusted that their makeup would be of the same quality.

Oh, and the fact that every one needs a smokey eye kit. It’s my go-to look, I just switch up the colors to keep it fresh. (try purples or browns, two of my faves.)

What’s in the Kit?

-Eye Brightening Shadow Quad
-Cream Shadow Duo
-Eyeliner Pen
-Black Pencil Liner
-White Brightening Liner
-Eyeshadow Brush
-Smudge Tool
-False Lashes
-Eye Makeup Remover Pads
-Leather Wristlet Bag
-Eyelash Curler

What I Liked:

I liked that this kit is a full kit, and everything you need. It includes all of the shadows, liners, and tools for a smokey eye. And even a cute bag to carry it all in. If you are unsure of how to get the look, e.l.f. offers a bunch of tutorials on their website. So easy!

I liked that the powdered shadows worked well on my skin. Most powders don’t stay on long (oily), if they even show up at all. The white shadow was intense enough to show up and stay put. The cream shadows went on smooth and smudged. I also love the Eye Brightning liner, us tired moms need all the help we can get to not look so, well, tired! It has become an everyday staple.
As I mentioned earlier, I already am a fan of e.l.f. makeup brushes and tools. The eyeshadow brushes carry and distribute the color very nicely. The smudge tool (which I had never really used prior) works way better than Q-Tips, lol. I also liked the eye makeup remover pads. They got all of my mascara off without any burning or irritation.

*Tip: For a more natural look to false lashes, cut one lash in half to use on the outer corners of each eye. Just a little bit of flair!*

What Needs Improvement:

I was a little intimidated by the eyelash curler. I’ve used the same brand since I started wearing makeup, and this one looked a tad bit archaic. It did a wonderful job of curling my lazy lashes, and I was impressed. Until the next morning, I pulled it out of my makeup bag, and the rubber piece was gone. Good thing they give you an extra rubber piece. That is all I would want to see changed.

My favorite part about e.l.f. is how reasonably priced their products are. Most of the essentials range from $1-$3. Now that fits into my budget nicely. And the Smokey Eye Kit is only $15. I’ve spent that in just mascara before!

Overall, I love this kit. The makeup is quality without being over-priced. And now I want to try all of the kits : )

Here’s the fun part:

E.l.f. Cosmetics is offering one of you wonderful readers a Smokey Eye Kit of your own. Pair it with a little black dress and you have the perfect look for a night out!

How you can enter:

There will be one required entry and three optional entries for this giveaway. Please leave your e-mail address in your entries so I can tell you if you’ve won. All entries are worth one entry.

Required Entry:
What is your favorite makeup tip, tool, or look?

Optional Entries:
Follow e.l.f. Cosmetics on Twitter for lots of tips and good deals.
Vote for this blog on Top Mommy Blogs. You can click on the Top Mommy Blogs badge on my sidebar. And then once on the brown screen that pops up. The numbers just got reset, and I could use the support. You can vote once daily. Thanks!
-Share this giveaway. Tweet it OR post it to your Facebook and include the link in your entry. OR e-mail a link to this giveaway to a friend and cc me. One entry per day.

I will draw the winner at 12pm EST on August 14th (Chazz’s 9 month birthday) via random.org and announce the winner. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your loot.


*oh, and while I was given free product for the purpose of this review, I was in no way monetarily compensated, nor did it influence my opinion in any way. that would be lame.*

Thanks for visiting! You can leave a comment (please do!), read more about us, or even vote for Forever&After by clicking the banner below.

Blogmania Bucks

Blogmania bloggers are all about building relationships – between our blogs, our cherished readers, the online community and business owners. We value each other’s opinion as we all are endeavoring to make the best choices for our home life. So it seemed natural to partner up with The Lane Real Estate Team and Breebee’s blog to bring you our first ever twitter and blog blast party.

The Lane Real Estate Team is all about building relationships through communities – specializing in Kennewick Homes for Sale. And Bree is a blogger – and a mom – trying to think outside of the box and help build community ties in NW Columbus OH via her Kid event website! Our other twitter party sponsors also offer items to help strengthen and maintain relationships – from stationary to hand stamped sentiments.

Our Party Theme: “Building toward Blogmania with The Lane Real Estate Team” [http://www.joelane.com/]

Info on the Blog Blast:

If you post on your blog(s) our announcement between now and the twitter party you will be entered to win $100 cash. If we reach 500 blogs there will be two additional $50 drawings, totaling 3 winners! You can email me,breejanderson@gmail.com or blogmaniapr@gmail.com for the HTML code for blog(s) links and some posting specific OR ask the post owner for info and that blog owner will provide you an HTML code.

Please return with your specific blog post links on Bree’s Blog, under her Twitter Party PAGE tab.

Info on the Twitter Party:

9:30-10:30pm, Sunday, EST we will party!

There is a custom tweet grid and a linky for early RSVP. RSVP’ing early also enters you into special drawings. You do not have to RSVP to tweet and win but the ‘extra’ will not be available.

You can win both the blog blast and at the twitter party!

RSVP at BreeBee’s:

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
Thanks for visiting! You can leave a comment (please do!), read more about us, or even vote for Forever&After by clicking the banner below.

Blogmania 2010 Premier

Are you excited for Blogmania 2010? I am tickled to be one of 200 some blogs participating in Blogmania. If you haven’t yet caught the Mania, swing by the Blogmania Blog and get filled in on this world wide web event.

But all you really need to know is

A lot of them.

And awesome Etsy shops, scavenger hunts for prizes, and blogs galore! Did I mention prizes?!

My giveaway theme is “Oh! Baby” A collection of prizes for both mom and baby. I have some awesome Etsy stores sponsoring this HUGE giveaway, so we are going to be getting to know each of them over these next few weeks.

Here is a sneak peek into their shops, along with a few of my favorite finds!

Mama Hoot Designs has a little bit of baby everything. This bag would be perfect to pack all those baby extras along in the car.

Shes That Girl makes a variety of vegan soaps shaped like cupcakes or even seascapes. I’ll take one in my bathroom!

With all of the cute pacifier clips at TMD Design, you couldn’t possibly pick just one. Mr. Chazz would look pretty studly with this one though!

I would cherish any one of the necklaces from Josiah’s Nest. (hint hint Hubby!) Beautiful and unique.

Come home to our nursery? Please?? I heart this guy from LucyBlaire

These ain’t your grandma’s handmade shoes! SweetHearts and Soles has adorable hand-crocheted shoes in a bunch of different styles. Chazz could totally rock these!

Okay, go drool over these shops, heart them, support them, and check back for Blogmania in September to see what you can win.

*If you have a shop or service you would like promoted for this event, feel free to email me foreverandafterblog@yahoo.com for more info!*•

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Thank you for voting!

Thanks for visiting! You can leave a comment (please do!), read more about us, or even vote for Forever&After by clicking the banner below.

Plum Organics Winner!

This is late getting up, folks! I was out of town for a funeral, and had no WiFi. (scary, I know!) So here it is!

The winner for the Plum Organics giveaway from EcoMom.com is….

Entry #4: Josefine of Baby Cays. Swing by her blog and congratulate her!

Thanks to all who entered, and a special thanks to EcoMom.com for sponsoring this review!

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Yes to Baby Carrots Giveaway

When I came across EcoMom.com, I was suprised at how easy they have made it to find natural baby items in one spot! And the quality
and quanity of stuff they have!
They even have a new program, EcoPass, that is really a steal.
It allows you to purchase a $99 annual membership that provides a 15%
discount off of EVERY ORDER and free shipping.

EcoMom sent me Yes to Baby Carrots Shampoo and Body Wash to try with my little one, and let me tell you, I am saying YES!
The foam worked itself into a good lather. It has organic carrot oil and melon that gives it a light natural smell. The Vitamin E left
Chazz’s skin soft, even in dry mountain air! And his hair was so
shiny. Other wash/shampoo combos have left it feeling a little greasy!
And 3 people commented on how wonderful he smelled in church today.

I really liked the foam pump! Slippery baby and slippery soap bottles don’t mix. I found the pump to be quick and easy to use one handed. The best part about the wash is that it is safe for baby (and mommy!)
skin and 100% natural! It is hypoallergenic, and free from Petroleum, SLS, and paraben.

I even found a complete set of Yes to Baby Carrots that includes
lotions and diaper cream. I really expected it to be more expensive,
being organic and from such a good line, but was suprised that the wash is only $7.99!

I had the chance to review Yes to Baby Carrots Shampoo and Body Wash, and now EcoMom has one to give away to you.
Not only that, but they are offering all of my readers a 15% discount off your first order. The discount code is SBBL211 and is good through May 31, 2010.

Here is how you can win one for you and your little one:

*-Mandatory- Leave a comment with a product from EcoMom.com that you wish you had. There are fun and practical finds!

-Bonus Entries-
I would love for you to:
*Follow me with Google Friend
*Follow me on Twitter @mommy2chazz
*Follow EcoMom on Twitter @EcoMomCEO
*Fan EcoMom on Facebook
*Vote for my blog on Top Mommy Blogs here. [One vote per day, one
entry per vote.]
*Vote for my blog on Top Baby Blogs here. [One vote per day, one
entry per vote.]
*Subscribe to EcoMoms newsletter.
*Tweet about this giveaway. [One tweet per day, one entry per tweet.]

Feel free to use this tweet:

Read my review and win a Yes to Baby Carrots product from @mommy2chazz and @EcoMomCEO http://bit.ly/bvPaKf #giveaway #review

Comment seperatly for each entry.
Leave your email address in at least one comment so I can contact you when you win. At some point on MAY 1st I will select a winner using random.org I will send you an email to notify you if you have won and you will
have 48 hours to get back to me.

Good luck!

Disclosure: While I did recieve product, I was not compensated in any
way by EcoMoms for posting this review and giveaway. All opinions
about EcoMom and their products are strictly my own and were not
influenced by them in any way.