Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Swimmable Mermaid Tail Giveaway

Oh boy do I have news for you! You're totally gonna flip!
It turns out MERMAIDS ARE REAL! Like REALLY real! As real as the load of laundry hovering ominously behind me.

You want proof? 
You can't handle the proof!!!
Okay. Yes you can.

BOOM!
Check it out! Real live mermaids!


Okay so maybe they're not real in the traditional sense of the word, but they ARE super adorable.


My girls have been obsessed with mermaids over the past 6 months, so when I saw these mermaid tails I just couldn't resist. What little girl doesn't spend hours perfecting her Little Mermaid impressions in the bathtub, or practicing Ariel's dramatic first breath as a human every time you go to the swimming pool? I know I do! I mean... did. :)


I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm totally living vicariously through my kids right now, and it feels great!


Now, let me start by saying I've done what is probably an unhealthy amount of research on all of the swimmable mermaid tails on the market. Shimmertail first caught my eye because they are a fraction of the cost of many of their competitors. Call me crazy, but I just can't bring myself to fork out hundreds of dollars on an obsession that my girls may or may not grow out of next month. I also love that the Shimmertail mermaid tails come with a swim fin. I've found that typically the fins inserts are sold separately.


HOLY COW what fun we've had with these!!! They are pretty magical. My girls have worn them to the lake, and the pool (always with life jackets on!) and every afternoon while little brother is taking his nap we pull out the wading pool and the girls have a blast splashing around, letting their imaginations take them away. I even found my oldest girl tucked in bed the other night reading the mermaid books we just bought her for her birthday... and wearing her tail! (Please excuse the crummy phone picture...it was too cute not to share)


Do you have a little girl in your life who would just FLIP over one of these mermaid tails?! Today is your LUCKY day!!! We're giving one away!!! The winner will get to choose a mermaid tail of their choice, available in size 2-10. Entering is super easy- and we'll pick a winner at 9:00 p.m. on Friday night. Good luck!


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Top Ten Reasons Being A Newborn Is Horribly Difficult

 

Hi!  I'm new here.  At first glance, you would think I have the easiest life in the world: My every whim is seen to by willing, even eager slaves parents, I eat when I want, sleep when I want, and even receive praise for bodily functions usually discouraged in polite company.

But don't be fooled.  My life is far more difficult than it appears! Don't believe me?  Check out my list:

10. If I don't get my 20 hours of sleep, I get C.R.A.N.K.Y. don't even go there.


9. Speaking of which, these people keep odd hours. They sleep during the night time and don't eat nearly often enough. For some reason, they seem to expect me to adjust to THEIR schedule. They even get a bit grumpy when I refuse to conform...

8. What would be a tiny gas bubble for you is bigger than my whole stomach... So yeah, I think that's enough said.

7. Actually, no. That deserves a little more discussion. Can you even imagine the amount of discomfort that kind of flatulence can cause???


6. Imagine expressing the desire to go outside, only to be carried up the stairs, down the hall, and dumped in one's bed? Frustrating doesn't begin to cover it.  I just wish I could move by myself!


5. Trying to have a conversation or express a simple need is very frustrating when my only mode of communication is to cry.  Obviously, I have different types: I scream when I hurt, I wail when I need a clean bottom, I fuss when I am hungry and I whimper when my brothers get all up in my face.  It doesn't matter though, none of these people are very great at interpreting my signals...


4. My head is half my body weight. As fun as being a bobble head looks, it isn't. So stop laughing already.

3. I have these strange appendages that keep whacking me in the head no matter how desperately I try to control them. They invariably attack most ferociously at mealtime. My own body coming between me and my dinner? The humanity!


2. Pretty sure I know much more than these crazies who call themselves my parents. They tell me this will continue until I grow old enough to have my own, and suddenly, all bets are off... But I'm not buying.

1. I'm a grown up spirit squashed into teeny tiny quarters (Seriously. Have you seen my itsy toes?!?). It is nearly impossible to contain this much awesome, folks!!



Photo Credits: Davison Photography

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Monday, June 16, 2014

One Lucky Pickle is TWO Years Old! (Giveaways CLOSED!)

Boy have we learned a lot about ourselves and about blogging in the past two years.  It feels like only yesterday that we were giggling on the phone together, trying to decide what to call our new blog!  Since then we have added three children to our families (one each!!), Lauren moved twice, and we have written over a hundred posts. 

And this is what we have been up to most recently:


Setting up a huge birthday giveaway for our most fabulous Pickle readers!  We are tickled that YOU are here with us!  Every comment, e-mail, like, share, and pin that you send our way still makes us giddy.  We want to say thanks, so we've partnered with some of our favorite online shops to get some goodies into your hands!!

First up, a set of 3 prints from Sea What I Sea Designs.  Click on the picture for more details and to enter the giveaway!

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Next we have a hand knit monster of your choice from our very own Lauren at All Stuft Up.  Click on the picture for more details and to enter the giveaway.



Check out this gift basket filled with Younique Cosmetics (including the magical mascara that Jamie reviewed) from Crystal Chidester. Click on the image for more details and to enter the giveaway.




And finally, we have a Disney's Brave inspired necklace from Fandom Treasures!  Click on the picture for more details and to enter the giveaway.

http://www.oneluckypickle.com/2014/06/fandom-treasures-necklace-giveaway.html

Thanks to these awesome partners for some seriously nifty loot!  And a super big thank you to our One Lucky Pickle readers--you are the reason we do what we do.  I hope you win!

All of the giveaways start now (what are you waiting for?!?) and end Friday June 20th at 11:59 p.m. MST. They are open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age.  We will announce the winner on Saturday, so check back then!


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Fandom Treasures Necklace Giveaway (GIVEAWAY CLOSED!)

I have been following Fandom Treasures ever since Melanie started her store.  I'm a big fan of all things Disney, and her necklaces are spot on--such a celebration of the magic.  Now she has expanded to other brands of awesome--so if Star Wars (I know, technically now Disney too), Friends, or Sherlock (just to name a few) are more up your alley, she's got you covered!

Which one is my favorite, you ask?  Well, I'll tell you--I own her Tangled Inspired Necklace.  I actually won it in a giveaway (I never win anything!!  It was SO AWESOME!!)!!

Now it's your turn to win!!  And don't worry if you don't ever win anything either--it's time to "Change Your Fate."  (See what I did there?  That's what the necklace says...)  And yes, I said that in a Scottish accent in my head--did you?


The giveaway starts today and ends Friday, June 20th at 11:59 p.m. MST. They are open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. We will announce a winner on Saturday the 21st, so check back then.  Good luck!

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See What I Sea Designs Giveaway (GIVEAWAY CLOSED!)

Let me tell you a bit about Bekka from Sea What I Sea Designs.

www.seewhatIseadesigns.com

She is a kindred spirit who loves Anne Shirley, painting, and making her space beautiful.  I always look forward to her blog posts because they are chock full of loveliness every time--whether it be the paintings she creates and sells, her photographs of whatever cool place she is living in (she lived in Cyprus, guys!), or the way she describes her every day life with wisdom and wit.

I liked her from the moment I met her...back in 2003 (college dorms, baby!!) and the more I know, the more I like!  Sometimes we even mail stuff to each other: I sent her some Stephen's Raspberry Hot Cocoa in exchange for a set of beautiful cards (coincidentally, the very twin sister to the prints she is giving away here--so I know first hand how incredible they are!) and I recently received a welcome baby card from her (I pretend she designed it just for me!):

https://www.etsy.com/listing/191255400/its-a-hand-lettered-baby-card?ref=shop_home_active_6

So, let's get to the giveaway already, huh?  This set of prints makes me taste summer when I look at it:

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Did your mouth just start watering? I know my tastebuds are poppin'!

Yes my friends, one lucky winner will receive these 3 prints on 110 lb. stock, each measuring 5x7 inches.

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Group them together for a tasteful vignette, or spread them throughout your home for a delicious pop of summer everywhere you look! This is a seriously awesome gift, valued at $42!  The giveaway starts now, and runs through Friday, June 20th at 11:59 p.m. MST. They are open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. We will announce the winner on Saturday, so check back then!

No tears allowed for those of us who don't win--Bekka is giving us free shipping in her shop if we use the code FREEPICKLES through July 31st!

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Hand Knit Monster From All Stuft Up Giveaway (GIVEAWAY CLOSED!)

Did you know Lauren has an Etsy shop?  It's called All Stuft Up and it is full of amazingness!
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllStuftUp?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav
 Meet Dot, Darius & Danny, Tony, and Cecil.
  https://www.etsy.com/listing/179110953/monster-stuffed-animal?ref=shop_home_active_3
 Claude,

https://www.etsy.com/listing/80810611/knit-monkey-stuffed-animal-toy-jerry-the?ref=shop_home_active_17
 Jerry,

https://www.etsy.com/listing/79839899/harold-the-amigurumi-stuffed-animal?ref=shop_home_active_4
 and Harold.

Don't you just want to squeeze them?  They are so cute and loveable!!  We have some for my boys and they have gotten a lot of love--so I can testify that these creations are high quality and can take a beating!  But wait, there are many more monsters for you to fall in love with.  I can hear you thinking, "that one would be perfect for so and so."  It's true!  It IS perfect for them.  You are so right.  ;)

Now is your chance to choose any monster you would like for free from All Stuft Up.  I feel like there should be dramatic music playing in the background of this paragraph.  Feel free to imagine it along with me. ;)

There's only one thing left to answer:

Which one will you choose?!?

And even if you don't win, never fear--Lauren has given us a coupon for 15% off our purchases in her shop (even the blankets, which are excluded from the giveaway!) through July 4th.  Use the code LUCKYPICKLE15.  Saweeet!

The giveaway starts now and ends on Friday, June 20th at 11:59 p.m. MST. They are open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. We will announce a winner on Saturday, so check back then!


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Younique Cosmetics Gift Basket Giveaway (GIVEAWAY CLOSED!)

I was introduced to Younique Cosmetics a few weeks ago and I really wanted to try their mascara.  Then I was even more eager to try it when Jamie reviewed their mascara here.


Look at the difference! Wholly Cannoli!  So basically, the only thing I'm waiting on is to have enough spending money available to buy some (curse you, Pick Your Plum!).  Because my eye lashes could totally use some extra pizazz.

I have some good news for YOU today.  Crystal Chidester, who is a Younique Presenter, is giving away a  
whole giftbasket 
full of Younique cosmetics--including this awesome mascara.  I'm thinking about creating an alternate web identity just so I can enter the giveaway too ;)  Okay fine, it's all yours.  Go enter and good luck!!

The giveaway starts now and ends Friday, June 20th at 11:59 p.m. MST. They are open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. We will announce a winner on Saturday, so check back then!


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