Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Beach Goers Will Be Jelly When You Show Up with Maggie Ann Totes! #HolidayGiftGuide Review and #Giveaway US 12/1

When I became a Mom 4 years ago I had no idea how drastically my life was about to change. I mean, sure, I knew there would be some changes I'd have to make but just how drastic those changes would be I had no idea. There are so many things I miss from my days as a free woman but one of the things I miss most has got to be being able to reach into my purse and not bring it back out again without a handful of baby wipes, miscellaneous children's toys or baggies of crushed snacks. I miss being able to have my own purse again. I MISS being able to carry MY stuff in MY purse. For 4 years I've carried nothing of my own with me but the treasures of infants and toddlers. Well, no more!

Literally, no more. I was actually given the opportunity recently to include Maggie Ann's in our For Her section of our Gift Guide and was sent 2 of their Totes for review! Goodbye, Mommy Bag. Hello, trendy, Mom's only, Totes! First up is this gorgeous Nautical Navy and White Striped Beach Tote with matching Navy Straps. Not only is this a classic look to sport while taking a day trip to our Florida beaches but it's also great for day to day activity and overnight trips. I was pleasantly surprised when I packed for our last beach trip and found that I could pack my swim suit, 3 beach towels, sunscreen for us fair skinned ladies and my keys/wallet into just this one bag. I was impressed to see, also, that there was room for more! Size certainly isn't an issue with this tote and I'm happy to say I didn't have to sacrifice cuteness for size either like other bags.

One of my favorite things about these particular totes are is the fabric they're made of. Each one is crafted from durable, outdoor, fabric that repels any dirt or water, making it a snap to clean. So, trips to the beach or even the playground for a play date are ideal since you don't have to worry so much about staining.

The Nautical Navy Tote measures 16" tall and 24" wide and has a diameter of 5 1/2". Told ya it was HUGE!

I just love that Navy color with the white, don't you?

The second Maggie Ann Tote I was sent for review is this adorable Zippered Nautical Navy Anchor design. Again, I love the Navy on White with matching Navy Stripes. If you look closely you can even see the soft penciled Navy designs in the background of the fabric! This is another bag that would be perfect for a day at the beach or in my case, the Natural Springs, we have in several different parts of the state. I'm pretty happy that there's also an inside pocket with zipper where I can keep my keys and sunglasses while I'm splashing around or walking the beach. Did I mention that the inside of the bag is lined with polyurethane so throwing your wet towels and/or suits inside after use is not only convenient but it also won't ruin your new favorite bag. Measuring 24 x 16 in height and 5" in diameter, the Nautical Anchor Tote is large enough to hold 3 of my families towels, a couple of swimsuits, my personal belongings and sunscreen to keep us irish folks from turning crispy. Don't believe me? Stuff in your beach gear and see for yourself! One thing is for sure, though, the other ladies are sure to be jealous when they see you arrive on scene with this adorable tote.

Here's a little bit about the lovely sister-duo behind Maggie Ann's:

"When my sister Linda and I were girls,  Mom sewed stylish clothes for our Barbie Dolls.  As we founded Maggie Ann's, our desire was to create products with Mom's ideals of encompassing style, usefulness and quality in mind.

I (Nancy) work on designing, marketing, photographing and shipping here in St. Paul, Minnesota (I have Diane and Char sew for me presently).  Linda  works on designing, sewing, photographing and shipping from her home in Mason City, Iowa.  When I sew, I use Mom's 1953 Singer and it still works like a dream! From selecting fabric to sewing to wrapping your product for shipping, we strive to keep Mom's ideals alive and well. 

A quality product  and great customer service is important to us. We want you to love our products as much as we love creating them for you! We hope you'll be a repeat customer and mention Maggie Ann's to your friends. "

How great is it to find a team of sisters who draw inspiration from a childhood that was made memorable by a Mother's love for her daughters and her knack for style?

You can connect with Maggie Ann's on Etsy|Facebook|Twitter. Be sure to stop on by and keep yourself up to date with the latest and greatest!

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season Maggie Ann's would like to offer all you great readers a a discount of 15% off items over $25 when using coupon code:  MASAVE15. In addition, and here's your favorite part, they would also like to offer you lucky readers the chance to win a Maggie Ann's Tote of your very own by giving away 2 bags (shown below) to one winner each! 

To clarify, there will be two winners chosen at the end of the giveaway: one winner will win one design and the 2nd will win the other. Winners design is sent at random for fairness! 

So, get those entries in and stay tuned to see if you've been chosen as one of our lucky duck winners! 

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! We have teamed up with Naturally Frugalicious, again this year, to offer up a rather fabulous selection of great gift ideas for the season. The great brands and talented artisans who have so generously partnered with this year have helped us to create a really wonderful holiday gift guide.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts for Him • Gifts for Her • Gifts for Teens
Gifts for Kids • Gifts for Toddlers & Babies • Geekery Gifts
Gifts for the Home • Gifts for the Kitchen • Gifts for Wine & Spirits Lovers
Mindful Gifts • Gifts for Pets • Gifts for the Season

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

In the upcoming weeks, we will be sharing our featured brands, artisans, shops and favorite gift ideas, along with some terrific giveaways. Below is a list of all of our fabulous sponsoring brands and artisans for this year’s Holiday Gift Guide! As our sections and featured posts go live, clicking on the brand’s name will take you to section of the gift guide in which they are listed. Be sure to check them out to get some really great holiday gift ideas just in time for the holiday gift buying season. And while you are here, enter to win some fabulous prizes that you can give as gifts.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide Brands & Artisans

2014 Holiday Gift Guide Brands & Artisans
LSTN Hallmark Blue Orange Games
Indieflix Portable North Pole slice
Newman's Own Organics Bob's Red Mill AZ Wine Group
Ubooly Del Sol Sushi Quik
Fisher Kids Haywire Group Ornaments with Love
Cariloha Mark Poulin essio
The Cotton Cult Organic India Hollow Book Co.
STORMp3 Jack Franklin The Geekerie
Nibblr Heidi's Sweet Shoppe Polder's Old World Market
Corckcicle Toilettree Products Play on Patterns
Bubble Dream Handmade Soaps Peachy Keen Perfume VAT19
Blue Steel Ardente Gourmet Stirrer Valentia Skincare
MENU Whitehall Farm Rugs USA
YouCopia Nocciolata Maggie Ann's
Kidecals Simply Made Greetings The Spice Lab
UStar Novels Guilty Geeks Jade Yoga
Kottage Kreations EcoCycled Mine by Design
RK's Embroidery Boutique BYOImagination Exaltation
Lady Herndon Aurorae NT Handmade
Amy K. Jewels The Gift of Art by Nikki Jinxy Jewels
Anastasia's Artifacts Therafit Happy Everything Else
Jewell Ray Menagerie Magique Creative Chickie
Born on Bonn Paz Happy Creations Trojecek Farms
Clayilicious Fiber Art Accents Posies in my Pocket
TealKat Creations Cedar Creek Soaps Gretchen's Apothecary
Brigantia Herbals Joie Joelle Creations Cottage by the Sea
Janiebee.com True Callings Copycat Yoga
Evanger's Helpful Hound Newman's Own Organics Pet
The Registry Less Traveled My Fabulous Puppy Sniff it Out
A Timeless Impression Winestone Birdhouses Natural Serenity
Bella Boutique Candy Cottage Colorific Crayons