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4.16.2014

#WordlessWednesday - Adventures and The selfie debate

Fun from this week... and some selfies. :)

I'm a sucker for a good selfie.
Am I a weird-o for taking some selfies on my "good days"? 
Hubby sure thinks so.
He HATES selfies, but I'm a pretty big fan - 
I mean I know this sounds kinda shallow, but when I look good I like to document it.
Make-up and hair are kind of like an art form, right? I'm just sharing my creativity!
I love photographing other people and objects as well,
but sometimes snappin' a selfie and sharing it with friends just feels necessary.
Where do you stand on the "selfie"? Do you take them?  
How many selfies are currently on your phone?
What do you think about the celebrity selfie trend?
Which leads me to my next thought,
I haven't done a single Wordless Wednesday post without words thus far.
Maybe one day... or maybe I'll just change the titles of these posts to "Wordy Wednesday".


Anyways, here's some photos I snapped on my phone during the past week:

 


 
 

       
    

    

    
    

     

      


Happy Wednesday, everyone!

4.14.2014

#SpringSprung Giveaway Hop - Target $25 GC {ends 5/2}


Welcome to the "Spring has Sprung" Giveaway Hop Event
April 15th - May 2ndHosted by:
LeahSay’s Views and Planet Weidknecht

I'm so excited Spring has Sprung!
I'm also pretty excited about all of the cute things Target has in stores,
I know- cute stuff in Target, who would have thought?!? HA. HA. HAHA.
If you are anything like me, you think everything in Target is too cute
and then you come home with WAY more than you planned.
So I know you have probably browsed Target.com a thousand times...
but I just have to share a few of my favorite things!
Lucky for you,
I'm giving away a $25 Target Gift Card to celebrate spring.
Use the giveaway tools form below to enter:

If you want more chances to win some other great prizes, enter the other giveaways below:

4.12.2014

House Built on Love: Epoch Design $300 Gift Card Giveaway {ends 4/30}

**I received no compensation for my review other than a free sample of the product from Epoch Design.**

Epoch Design $300 Gift Card Giveaway
April 12-April 30
 300 Gift Card Giveaway

I have teamed up with Epoch Design,
Chronically Content, Deliciously Savvy, My Silly Little Gang
and several other bloggers to give my readers the opportunity to win
several different giveaways through out the months of March & April!
I will be posting a new giveaway every couple of weeks to
celebrate our journey through an unconventional way of becoming parents.
You can learn more about our journey here.

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One of the first things I thought of when we decided we wanted to become foster parents
was designing a room with a child in mind, for the first time in our lives.
Normally we decorate in a more modern, eclectic fashion -
{see glass tables with sharp edges, backless chairs at our dining room table, etc.}
That doesn't really describe a child friendly environment so our whole house is getting a makeover,
our extra bedroom being the first room to get "childproofed".
I browsed the internet looking at different beds, dressers, storage, etc. -
pretty much everything any practical bedroom would need.
I finally decided bunkbeds were for us when I found, Epoch Design's Dakota Bunkbeds!

Epoch Design is a great company, they are better by design. They specialize in quality products at affordable prices for the entire home and their products really are beautiful, timeless, and sturdy.

I fell in love with the design of these beds, so clean cut and functional! I was given the opportunity to review the Dakota Bunkbeds and I stand behind Epoch Design 100%. The beds arrived in several boxes, making the directions easy to follow and understand. Hubby and I were able to get the beds set up within a few hours, so it's definitely not rocket science - although it did require a bit of elbow grease.

 Something else to love about Epoch Design, the company promotes conservation and environmental stability! As I keep saying, I'm trying to be more eco-friendly lately and I was so happy to read that most of the products that I bought for the kids room are good for the environment, including these beautiful beds!

We are planning on moving before we officially have a placement so I haven't set up their room the way I really want it yet, but the finishing touches will be coming with the move. I just loved the beds so much I had to share before we purchased bedding or anything else... The beach theme is cute but probably not permanent. Plus, when we have a placement it will be great to allow them to personalize the room to their tastes! Maybe some stuffed animals, a night light, more wall art, LOTS more toys, and I'm sure the list will continue to grow. Regardless of the extra details, The Dakota Bunkbed is stunning and made of eco-friendly Havea Rubberwood hardwood for strength and durability - built to last!

Another great thing I love about the Dakota bunkbeds is their ability to be separated,
that's right - this gorgeous set can be taken apart fairly easily and placed in each child's individual room! I love how the Dakota bunkbeds are designed to grow with a family, so perfect for us! :)

Epoch Design doesn't just carry bed frames, they offer all kinds of awesome furniture! They even offer super fancy beds for your canine companion! I have my eye on one of their dressers, what item do you like from Epoch Design?

Lucky for my readers, Epoch Design has offered to provide
one winner with a $300 gift certificate!

Enter to win with the giveaway tools form below:




Don't forget the mattress, you can also enter to win a twin size naturepedic mattress here!

Disclaimer: This contest will run through April 30th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Please note  Lauren Paints | a beautiful life are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes, please contact laurenpaintsflorida@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you are interested in participating or sponsoring a future event. 

4.11.2014

House Built on Love: Naturepedic Mattress Giveaway {ends 4/30}

**I received no compensation for my review other than a free sample of the product from Naturepedic.**

Naturepedic Mattress Giveaway
Naturepedic Twin Size Mattress Giveaway

April 12-April 30

I have teamed up with Naturepedic,
Chronically Content, Deliciously Savvy, My Silly Little Gang
and several other bloggers to give my readers the opportunity to win
several different giveaways through out the months of March & April!
I will be posting a new giveaway every couple of weeks to
celebrate our journey through an unconventional way of becoming parents.
You can learn more about our journey here.

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Naturepedic makes the best mattresses, they are full of support yet totally comfortable.
Plus, the model I was sent actually has one side that is waterproof! WATERPROOF?!
How perfect is that for potty training little one's?
I fell in love with Naturepedic as soon as I learned their mattresses are made from certified organic materials! This mattress will grow with our foster kids, ranging in ages they will benefit from having one side that is pillow top and one side that is waterproof. I can't wait to share how much my foster children love this mattress, but I can say that a couple of house guests have given it a try and they had great things to say... Plus, I might have napped on it already, I had to sample it! :)

The mattress fits perfectly in our bunk beds and will be the perfect cozy place to have a little one sleeping in the future! We are so blessed to have been given the opportunity to review this product! 

I love how comfortable the mattress is on the pillow top side, I use a memory foam mattress in our room so this obviously has a different feel but I could see us investing in a Naturepedic for our room as well in the future. Naturepedic is definitely a new favorite in my book. Lucky for one reader, they have offered to giveaway ONE mattress to ONE winner! Will it be you?

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One lucky winner will win a twin size Naturepedic mattress! 
Use the giveaway tools form below to enter to win:



Disclaimer: This contest will run through April 30th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Please note Lauren Paints | a beautiful life are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes, please contact laurenpaintsflorida@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you are interested in participating or sponsoring a future event. 

GlobeIn- 3 Month Artisan Box Giveaway {ends 5/5}



Have you heard of GlobeIn?

GlobeIn offers crafts of diverse cultures, from tribal fashion to global trends. GlobeIn's Artisan Box lets you unearth exotic collections of handmade treasures monthly, all while making an impact on the lives of artisans from remote regions.GlobeIn reinvests an additional 10% back into the country of origin for local managers and artisan support.





I am thrilled to share an awesome giveaway with you all!  We will be giving away a 3 month subscription for a GlobeIn Artisan Box!  We love to help people and get cool stuff. 
 



GlobeIn is an amazing site that offers crafts of exotic ethnicities and cultures, from tribal fashion to global trends.GlobeIn‘s Artisan Box lets you unearth exotic collections of handmade treasures monthly, all while making an impact on the lives of artisans from remote regions. 
GlobeIn reinvests an additional 10% back into the country of origin 
for local managers and artisan support.







  

Enter to win these awesome Artisan Boxes! The Giveaway will end May 5th so make sure you get in on this great prize!  Also, make sure you head over to GlobeIn’s site and check out all of there amazing crafts!  For myself, I am lusting after many of them and can’t wait to get my hands on them!


 

#TwiceasNice Giveaway Hop - "Do the Bright Thing" Benefit Cosmetics kit - TWO winners



Welcome to the Twice as Nice Giveaway Hop!
Two lucky winners in this hop will win The "Do the Bright Thing" gift set from Benefit Cosmetics!
This kit is perfect for the summer and is sure to make your summer make up routine more fun!
They mention the set helping you achieve a supermodel glow and that the items included help you to define your eyes more, two things that I know I always try to achieve with make up! I'm still waiting on my kit to arrive so I can't give my own personal opinion yet, but I know I've only heard the best about Benefit Cosmetics!

This awesome set includes: 

-  "that gal" Brightening Face Primer
- High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer
- Dandelion Brightening Face Powder
- Powder Brush
-  They're Real! Beyond Mascara in Black
-  Bad Gal Liner Waterproof Eye Pencil in Extra Black 

A little bit of everything in a cute little package!

Lucky for TWO of my readers...(and myself!) We all get the chance to try this Benefit kit!

Please use the giveaway tools form below to enter to win:

Make sure to stop by The Review Wire and enter for your chance to win 1 of 2 Beard Head Hats (RV $45)! These feature a beanie, a cap and a hat, all rolled into a magnificent beard and mustache! Choose from one of several collections that include Duck Dynasty, Barbarian or the Tailgate Series!


Be sure to enter to win all of these other great giveaways as well:


Disclaimer: This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on April 25, 2014. The Twice As Nice Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by The Review Wire.