Monday, November 28, 2016

Meet the Chanel of Yarn - We Are Knitters Samasana Crocheted Blanket Kit Review and GIVEAWAY!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Samasana Blanket Kit from We Are Knitters to facilitate this review. As always, opinions are all mine and are never influenced by comp items.

Note: I usually link to specific items, but for purposes of this review/giveaway, the sponsor has requested that I use one specific link. Please click that link to navigate to any kits or other items you wish to view on their site. Thank you!



 

Hello, my dear readers! How have you been? Yes, once again I'm apologizing for the length of time in between posts but as most of you are aware, I have been fighting a very long and debilitating health battle that has altered my life and my ability to function greatly.

Between dozens of week-long hospitalizations, surgeries, doctor's appointments, medications that sometimes cause more problems than they help, and a host of symptoms affecting my entire body, these past few years have been some of the most difficult in my entire life.

So when I'm able to get through the brain fog and get out of bed, I usually have to see doctors, run errands (I'm unable to drive so my husband drives for me), see friends and family, etc. That has left very little time for me to get on the computer and think clearly enough to bring you the quality of posts that you deserve. But I'm pretty sure my fellow knitters, crocheters and yarn addicts will agree that this post is well worth the wait! ;)

 
 

But enough about boring and depressing health stuff! That's not what you all have been waiting to read! This post isn't about doom and gloom and misery! It's a celebration of something I love dearly and a reward to one lucky reader from an amazing giveaway I'm offering with a highly popular company among fabric artists!

More about the giveaway later on in the post. First, you must know what an exceptional giveaway this is because this is a very exceptional yarn!

Years ago, I developed a curiosity about the art of crocheting. This was before YouTube, so my Learn to Crochet kit came with a booklet and CD-ROM for the computer. It took several tries but I finally got the hang of it. And after about a year, I began to master the art.


Little did I know how important teaching myself to crochet would end up being later in my life. Because of my health battles (sorry, but this is relevant...bear with me for a moment), working outside of the home has been impossible, nor have I been able to continue my freelance writing career due to medications and brain fog from my illnesses.

So, as I brainstormed for other ways to help provide for my family, I remembered my long-lost love of crochet. I still loved the art, but I hadn't picked up a crochet hook in some time. I decided to follow the infamous advice of "do what you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life," and started my own online crochet store, Luna Grace Boutique.

I wasn't sure how it would go, but thankfully God has blessed my business abundantly. I have all the work that I can handle by myself right now and plan to eventually branch out to retail stores and hire other master crocheters to help fill orders, with a goal of hiring those who are also debilitated by chronic illness so that I can share the love and opportunity to earn an income while disabled.

As a professional crocheter, I have become very familiar with the massive array of yarns available on the market, from 100% cotton, to wool, to acrylic and acrylic blends. I have used yarns made out of alpaca, silk, cashmere, and more. I have a few favorite craft store brands, as well as brands from my local yarn shop (LYS in crochet lingo).

Craft store brands are more affordable, and I know which brands have the softest acrylic that doesn't look or feel like acrylic, as well as which brand has the best cotton yarn, the best wool, and more. LYS yarn is one step up from craft store brands in price and quality. I fell in love with a few brands in my LYS (which just so happens to be right behind our home...dangerous for a crochet addict!)


But there is one brand of yarn that always makes my jaw drop. It is used by the best crochet bloggers and designers and I have been coveting it for quite awhile now. There isn't an ounce of acrylic in any of their yarns...they are all made with natural fibers, which speaks to their commitment to the environment.

This brand is what I call the "Chanel of Yarn."

Just which brand is it that makes my heart flutter every time I see their gorgeous yarn and has me wishing I could make every single crochet kit they have to offer? Don't let the name fool you! It's We Are Knitters (WAK) and let me tell you, there aren't any finer yarns or more stylish patterns anywhere, IMHO. And despite the name, they cater to crocheters as well. Yay!

Samasana Blanket
  
 
Samasana Blanket
 
 
Samasana Blanket

We Are Knitters has been featured in prestigious media such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Refinery 29, Vanity Fair, Vogue. And for good reason! Read on to find out why!


I reached out to WAK and they were gracious enough to send me their gorgeous Samasana Blanket Crochet Kit (see "Crochet Kits" to navigate to the Samasana Blanket Kit) for review. While you can purchase their yarn individually and use your own patterns, their slogan "All the Happiness in a Kit" is completely true! My husband placed the box in front of me while I was napping because he knew I wouldn't be able to resist waking up and digging in right away!


Samasana Blanket Crochet Kit


And dig away I did! Check out just what's inside a WAK kit that makes them so magical:




Click on "The Best Kits" here to see all of the glorious kits they have to offer, both knit and crochet (you can click on "Knit Kits" or "Crochet Kits" at the bottom right of their page to narrow down the kits). You might want to find your favorite for a very special reason, hint, hint! Keep reading to find out why!


Not only are the kits stylish and modern, but they include much more than most kits do! Here's all of the gorgeous goodies that were inside of my bags as shown in my unbagging video:

  • The Wool yarn- 100% Peruvian Highland Wool I seriously wish you could feel this yarn! It is not a typical scratchy wool. It is a super soft, squishy and thick/chunky yarn that feels like a cloud! There are no artificial fibers in any of WAK's yarns. 4 balls of Salmon and 4 balls of Natural, or two other colors of your choice.
  • 15 mm, size Q wooden crochet hook (this alone is amazing to have included in the kit! I use it on my other crochet projects as well!)
  • The pattern- I love that it's printed on quality, thick pamphlet paper that won't squish up and crinkle like my patterns that are printed on regular paper do.
  • Yarn needle- For sewing in those dreaded ends!
  • WAK tag- An adorable tag to sew into your creation!
  • 2 eco-friendly bags that you can use to store your blanket or any other items, such as yarn, patterns, books, etc.


Samasana Blanket Crochet Kit Contents
 
 
The Wool yarn is just too amazing for words. I fell in love with it when I saw it online, but seeing and feeling it in person? Just astounding! Each ball of yarn is much larger than it looked to be online: 200 grams/87 yards to be exact. My guess is that it's roughly a 6 weight based on its thickness, perfect weight for a Q hook!

What can you make with just one skein? Here are a few ideas straight from WAK:
  • TWO beanies
  • A pair of gloves
  • A snood (large cowl)
  • And more!

This is the type of yarn that not only will stand out when you wear your creations or have them on display in your home, but that will be a long-lasting heirloom piece that can be passed down from generation to generation, especially the blankets.
 
This quick video will give you a peek at the glory of The Wool yarn:
 
 
 





Isn't that a gorgeous aqua blue? There are over 30 colors to choose from in The Wool! I am currently making an afghan for one of my customers using The Wool in Navy. Navy is a brilliant shade of dark blue that almost looks like purple in certain lighting and has a beautiful yet subtle sheen to it.

The Wool yarn in Navy
  
 
The Wool yarn in Navy
 
 
The Wool Yarn in Navy

At $24 a skein,  you might have sticker shock at first, but it is worth every penny to have such high-quality, designer yarn that is eco-friendly, all-natural and made with 100% Peruvian Wool with no artificial fibers such as acrylic! If you've ever splurged on a handbag because you know it will last longer, is made of higher-quality materials than other handbags, and will stand out in a crowd, then you definitely should give WAK yarns a try! It's totally the same concept, only in terms of yarn instead of handbags...obviously, lol!

We Are Knitters' Collection of Yarns

It's an investment in yourself and your work that says, "You are worth it" when you gift it, or, if it's for yourself, then YOU are worth it!

PLUS, I have several tips for saving money on all WAK yarns (The Wool is the most expensive with 100% Merino Superwash Wool right behind it at $20, and just $12 for 100% Baby Alpaca and 100% Pima Cotton. Click on "The Best Wool," here to see their full range of yarns.)
  • Subscribe to WAK's newsletter here to receive $12 off your first order as well as a free pattern!
  • Click on "The Best Wool" here, then select "Kits of Yarn Balls," to receive a bulk discount on 5 or 10 balls of yarn!
  • WAK was kind enough to extend a discount to The Blonde Blogger readers of 15%! Just enter WAKxBB15 upon checkout to receive your discount. Good through December 30, 2016.
When I purchased The Wool in Navy for the afghan commission I am working on, I purchased a kit of 10 balls of The Wool, which saved me almost $50 right off the bat! Combined with my coupon code of 15% off, that saved me over $30 more! That is a STEAL for this high-quality yarn!

I will be sharing my progress on my various social media channels, so be sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram (including Instagram Stories), SnapChat (@blonde_blogger), Pinterest, and Facebook (maybe even Facebook live) for sneak peeks along the way. You can also see the many gorgeous creations made with WAK yarn if you search the hashtag #WeAreKnitters on any social media platform. Also follow We Are Knitters' social media pages by following the links at the bottom right of this page.


Now for the best part! Ready to find out what one lucky reader will win? I was going to wait until I finished the blanket and posted my results to do the giveaway, but who likes having to wait? Not me!

So even though this post is already long and filled with lots of great info and pics about this fabulous yarn company, I'm not going to make you all wait any longer for the best part! You all have already been patient enough just waiting for me to post!

Waffle Sweater Knit Kit
 
Waffle Sweater Knit Kit
 

So without further ado, I present the AMAZING prize that We Are Knitters is offering to one lucky reader of The Blonde Blogger! Remember all of the fabulous crochet and knit kits you checked out on WAK's site? And remember how I told you to choose your favorite one?


Buttercream Sweater Knit Kit
 
Buttercream Sweater Knit Kit
 
 
 
That's because We Are Knitters has generously offered to give one lucky reader of The Blonde Blogger the choice of their favorite kit for FREE (up to a value of $100 and within the contiguous United States only. At this time, We are Knitters does not ship to Alaska or Hawaii, so those states are ineligible. So very sorry!)
 
 

Kari Blanket Crochet Kit
 

Kari Blanket Crochet Kit

  
 

Who's ready to get their crochet or knitting on?! And who's ready to do it with the premium Chanel of Yarns, We Are Knitters?! FOR FREE!

Plow Cushion Crochet Kit
 

Plow Cushion Kit
 

Get going and enter via the Rafflecopter widget below! The giveaway will run until Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 12:00 am, EST. Winner will be notified via email and on The Blonde Blogger on the Rafflecopter widget. Winner has 2 weeks to respond to winning notification, or else they forfeit their prize and another winner will be selected.

By entering, you automatically agree to all of the rules and disclaimers listed here. Please also see my disclosure policy here. Good luck!

 


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rootflage Revisited! Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a complimentary 3-pack of Rootflage Temporary Root Touch-Up to facilitate this review, but as always, opinions expressed are all my own and are not influenced by complimentary products and/or payment.

Lucy Williamson O'Quinn, Founder and Owner of Rootflage
As you have probably noticed, I have been on a bit of a hiatus due to ongoing, debilitating health issues. I am still struggling with some symptoms but my endometriosis pain is now under control thanks to my latest surgery. So what better way to celebrate than a review of a fabulous product AND a giveaway to one lucky reader!

I truly want to thank those of my readers who haven't given up on me and still visit whenever I post! And much to my surprise, it seems none of you have left me because the moment I post, my stats show that you all come to read right away! That truly means the world to me so I hope this fun review and giveaway will show you how thankful I am for each and every one of you!

I wanted my first re-launch giveaway to be a good one, and one that exemplifies my celebrating my new lease on life! So, without further ado, meet the new and improved Rootflage!

Rootflage started out as a temporary root touch-up powder for blondes only when I last reviewed the product back in 2013. My, oh my, wait until you see what has changed since then, guys!!!


Now, everyone gets to enjoy the benefits of Rootflage, no matter their hair color! Click here to see how many colors are offered! (Scroll down to "Find Your Color." There are now 21 shades available!)

Notice anything special about the last 8? Yes, Rootflage now offers us a fun, temporary way to liven up our hair and take a walk on the wild side with their Rootflage Renegade line! Bright, playful colors like pink Cotton Candy to Dragon Green to Peacock Blue and my favorite (because of the color AND the name which pays homage to the late epic rock star Prince), Purple Reign, all scream my name every time I look at them! I think these colors may be the perfect way for me to dress up for my favorite hobby....concert going!


Rootflage is so quick and easy to apply, perfect for habitually late people such as myself. It's also temporary and washes out with each shampoo so you can go back to your non-wild, non-Ethereal Blue self when you need to with just one wash! Click any of the 21 colors to see before and after pics that really showcase how well Rootflage works at hiding roots or livening up your color!

The mineral-based powder contains no harsh chemicals (see ingredients here). Rootflage doubles as a dry shampoo, adds body, gives volume to thinning hair, and saves you money by covering roots in between hair colorings so you can wait longer to hit the salon.

Best of all, you can try it risk-free! Not happy with the color you chose? Just contact Rootflage and they will help you find a different one! Not happy with the product overall? Just contact Rootflage for a full refund!  I don't see that happening judging from how much I love it, but Rootflage is confident enough in their product to put a no-risk guarantee behind it!

If you're not sure what color to start with, you can order a sample size to start, and/or let Rootflage color-match you personally! How's that for customer service?!

Even the packaging has improved! I'm loving the new pink brushes!




And just how did this Rootflage craze all start? You can toss all the "dumb blonde" jokes out the window after you hear how Lucy Williamson O'Quinn, a beautiful, blonde, Southern California native, started with a very not-dumb idea and turned it into an amazingly successful company in just three years that meets the needs of those with any hair color and has the beauty blogger community buzzing!

Here's the story of the roots (Ha! Pun intended) of Rootflage from Rootflage.com:

Creator Lucy Williamson O'Quinn went to the beauty supply store in 2012 and left in awe when she found there was no product that worked well for blondes to cover their roots between salon appointments. As a lightbulb appeared over her head, she realized something must be done, and she was just the girl to do it. The mission of Rootflage is to help women quickly, easily and affordably extend the life of their hair color between salon appointments. Rootflage got it’s start with offering blonde root touch up colors. Lucy later added more colors to her line so her brunette and red head friends can save time and money too!

Brilliant! Personally, I have been using Rootflage in Warm Blonde since it launched in 2013, and it has saved me from some embarrassing "way overdue for coloring" bad hair days! In case you missed it in my last post, here are my before and after photos showing just how well Rootflage covers ("before" on the left sides, "after" on the right sides):



Just how do you use Rootflage? Check out these simple instructions, and/or watch this quick video:



I promise it's not complicated! You really can just apply, blend and go!

My top usage tip? Be sure to pull up the black, inner sleeve when putting your Rootflage away. This will protect the pink bristles and keep them from bending/kinking. I learned this the hard way, so make sure you don't skip this step to keep your Rootflage looking as cool as it did on day 1!

Check out more photos and info on Rootflage's Facebook page.


Want to try it for yourself? One lucky reader of TheBlondeBlogger.com will receive this 2-pack of Rootflage in the color of their choice, along with the "so cute I can't even" ipsy makeup bag. The winner will also receive a personalized color match session with Rootflage to help select their optimum color...approximately a $60 value!

I also have an exclusive coupon code just for The Blonde Blogger readers! Simply enter "Blondeblogger" at checkout to receive 20% off your total Rootflage purchase (offer expires August 31, 2016)! There's also, at the time of writing this post, a deal for 2 bottles at $39.99! Add your 20% discount and that's a lot of Rootflage for a steal!

To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several methods for entry as stated on the Rafflecopter widget, such as commenting on this post.

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Entry deadline is 12:00 am on Friday, May 27, 2016. Sorry, but the contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. By entering, you automatically agree to all the rules and disclaimers listed here. Please also see my disclosure policy here.

Good luck!

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Real Handbags of Melbourne - Review of the iGambol "NoHands" Handbag Collection by Real Housewives of Melbourne Reality Star Gamble Breaux

Disclosure: I received a complimentary iGambol handbag to facilitate this review. As always, opinions expressed are mine alone and are never influenced by comp products.

I am a huge fan of the hit Bravo series Real  Housewives of ...(Orange County, Beverly Hills, New York and Melbourne are my favorites out of the entire series). Real Housewives of Melbourne is the newest of the franchise to have aired and I immediately became a fan of the beautiful Gamble Breaux, especially her sense of style and fashion. She is very boho chic and I have coveted many of the outfits she has worn on the show.

So when I discovered that Gamble has a line of handbags that she herself designed, I just had to reach out to her to request a review.

Gamble sent me her gorgeous, metallic gold "Bling Bling" bag right away!

Gamble's line of handbags is called the iGambol Holster Collection. The bags are unique in their design in that they allow the wearer to be "hands free" as the bags are worn across both shoulders.

iGambol Holster Handbag in Lizard Skin Photo credit: iGambol.com




Here's the official description from iGambol.com:

"The iGambol holster bag crosses over the back to accentuate the shoulders, leaving your hands free. You don't have to put it down whether your taking a powder or bopping on the dance floor. Holds your keys, cash, phone and basic make-up without holding you down."


 
 
 

The bags come in Pink Ostrich, Zebra, Silver, Black, Lizard Skin, Gold, White and Red Zebra. .

The Gold "Bling Bling" bag (how did she know how much I love bling?! lol) is leather like the rest of the iGambol collection and features beige leather lining.


The iGambol Gold "Bling Bling"Handbag Collage made using photos from iGambol.com


The iGambol Handbag in Zebra
Collage made using photos from iGambol.com


The iGambol Handbag in Silver
Collage made using photos from iGambol.com

The iGambol Handbag in Black
Collage made using photos from iGambol.com

My gold "Bling Bling" bag is lightweight and is perfect for holding smaller items such as lip gloss, credit cards, ID, compact mirror, etc. It's better suited for a night out on the town or a fancy dinner, though Gamble did offer another perfect idea...dog walking! She even included bags for picking up after my pup Sophie. Why not walk your dog in style? The holster bags are perfect for holding the doggie waste bags (before use of course!) and doggie treats!

Me wearing the iGambol Gold Bling Bling Holster Bag


 
The iGambol Gold Bling Bling Holster Bag - Back View

Genuine Leather with Gorgeous Gold Sheen!


Check out the full line of bags on iGambol.com. Ordering information can be found on the website.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Never Grow Up - Peter Pan in Threesixty Theatre at Tyson's Corner Review

Disclosure: I received three complimentary tickets to the DC showing of Peter Pan in Threesixty Theatre in Tyson's Corner to facilitate this review. As always, opinions expressed are mine and are never influenced by comp products or tickets.


With summer in full-swing, it's that time of year that parents frantically search for fun activities to keep their children busy and entertained. DC-area parents need look no further than the enthralling production of Peter Pan in Threesixty Theatre at Tyson's Corner Center for a perfect afternoon or night out with the family.

 
But, just like the main theme of Peter Pan, "Never Grow Up," the show is enjoyable for all ages and brings back memories of the childhood classic that makes an adult feel like a kid again.

My husband and I attended the July 1 performance with my 14-year-old daughter, and just like the wide-eyed children all around us, we were equally captivated by the entire production.  I found myself chanting, "I do believe in fairies," as eagerly as the children around me during one of the few interactive parts of the show.
 

Flight to Neverland Flight (L to R) Tinker Bell (Jessie Sherman), Michael Darling (Scott Weston), Peter Pan (Dan Rosales), Wendy Darling (Sarah Charles), and John Darling (John Alati). Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel

What makes this show unique is the use of a 360 projection screen that surrounds the audience with scenes from virtual London as well as the tropical jungle and ocean scenes from Neverland. As the Darling children fly in a 4 1/2 minute Flight to Neverland, it feels as if you're flying right next to them as they soar over London, dodging buildings, diving under bridges and squeezing between pillars. 

In fact, the theater is the world's first fully 360-degree projected backdrop for a live, theatrical performance with the largest surround CGI (computer-generated imagery) venue in the world. There are 12 projectors that deliver 10 million pixels on 15,000 square feet. 400 square miles of virtual London were rendered and it took 100 computers four weeks to create the Hi Resolution images. If a single computer had been used, it would have taken 8 years to render the images.

 

Peter Pan (Dan Rosales) visits the Darling children. Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel

Peter Pan in Threesixty is also special because it is the first production of J.M. Barrie's classic story to have been performed in London's Kensington Gardens, where Barrie was first inspired to create the character of Peter Pan and where the original Peter Pan statue has stood since 1912. The tent that houses the audience and show is the original tent used in the Kensington Gardens performances in 2009.

The show is performed in the round in a 1,475 seat and 100 foot high tent that serves as the screen for the projections. Though it was a weeknight when my family and I attended, the theater was packed! 

The storyline stayed true to the original story, which means there are elements that may be scary to younger children. There is violence, such as sword fighting, and death, but no blood or gore.

 

Hook (Stephen Carlile) and his pirates. Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel

During one scene where a character was killed by sword (which is played out as gently as possible with the sword never touching the character...it is simulated by the sword passing above his throat quickly while a metal sound effect plays and the character falls limp), a child nearby yelled out, "Is he really dead?" 

If your child is sensitive to scenes such as this, or to loud noises (a few parents had to leave with their small children covering their ears) you may want to warn them ahead of time and let them know that it is all make believe. The recommended age for the audience is ages five and up. 

Most of the children I saw, however, fully enjoyed the entire show and were excited by the loud noises and theatrics. As were the adults!

 

Michael Darling (Scott Weston) meets Tinkerbell (Jessie Sherman). Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel

My favorite character was the very animated Tinkerbell (Jessie Sherman) who sulked and pouted so adorably while she showed her disdain for Wendy (Sarah Charles) and her relationship with Peter (Dan Rosales). Dressed in tattered and dirty clothing, including a pixie-like tutu, Tinkerbell was the smallest character but commanded the most attention with her charming performance. 

I was also dazzled by the dances (choreographed by Gypsy Snider, co-founder of the internationally acclaimed Les 7 Doigts de la Main), especially the mermaids (Megan Godin and Elisa Penello) who mesmerized the audience while gliding on silks as well as Tiger Lily (Porsha Putney) who stunned the crowd with her stoic flexibility.

Porsha Putney (Tiger Lily) and Dan Morales (Peter Pan). Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel

There are also two puppets who steal the show, Nana the dog (operated by Liam Fennecken who also plays Smee) and the giant, menacing crocodile. The crocodile is made of what appear to be bamboo sticks and moves by a cycle inside of the croc operated by Gabe Martinez (who also plays Cookson).

The DC area showing of Peter Pan runs through August 16. Tickets start at $25 for weekday performances and at $35 for weekend showings. Premium and VIP packages are also available. There are no bad views as seats are tiered and there are no poles to obstruct views (the tent is completely supported by four exterior "king poles" on the outside of the tent.)

Dan Rosales takes flight as Peter Pan. Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel

Tickets may be purchased on site at the Threesixty Theatre box office, online at PeterPan360.com or Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster retail location, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling (877) 407-8497.

Parking is free at Parking Garage A at Tyson's Corner Mall if you don't mind the short walk uphill to the tent located at 8200 Watson Streeet in McLean, VA (about a five minute walk). Otherwise, there are a few parking lots close by that are not associated with the show that will charge around $25 for their closer spaces. Handicapped parking is provided by the show at no charge right by the tent.

Wendy Darling (Sarah Charles) and Peter Pan (Dan Morales). Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel

For more information, visit PeterPan360.com/event/washington, and follow the show on social media at:

~Twitter: @PeterPan360Tour
~Instagram: @PeterPan360Tour
~Facebook: PeterPan360Tour
 
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mary Square Scripture Art iPhone Case Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a complimentary iPhone 6 case from Mary Square to facilitate this review and one free case will be sent to the winner of this giveaway. As always, opinions stated are all mine and are never influenced by free products.

I wear my heart on my sleeve and I am an open book for the most part. And since my faith is the center of my life, it's important to me to proclaim my love for the Lord. Lately, I've been looking for ways to have my faith reflected in my surroundings, such as a beautiful new cross my husband and I bought for our family room.




While we were shopping for the cross, I happened to see a gorgeous iPhone case that caught my eye.  The colors and pattern were just my style, but as I looked closer, I saw that it had a Scripture verse on it as well, and I was sold! The only problem was that they did not have covers in stock for the iPhone 6.



I contacted the company, Mary Square, about reviewing an iPhone 6 case because I loved this product so much and I just had to share it with all of you! They kindly said yes, AND offered another case of your choosing (personalized cases not included) to giveaway to readers of The Blonde Blogger!

As if that wasn't generous enough, they are also offering my readers a 10% discount on *any* purchase (they have so many stunning products to choose from, which I'll get into later in this post.) Just enter BlondeBlogger upon checkout to receive your discount!

 
 
The phone case I chose to review is the Brooklyn iPhone 6 Tough Case. The verse featured on the Brooklyn spoke to my heart in a very deep way. "I can do all things through Christ."-Phillipians 4:13

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I am battling very serious chronic pain and illness. Some days it's all I can do just to walk to the bathroom. Other days, it takes every ounce of strength within me to get dressed and get out of bed...way more strength than I even knew I had.

And I know that strength comes from God:



Because I am on my phone a lot, it is the perfect place to proclaim my faith to others and to remind myself that I CAN do all things through Christ!

Ironically, it was the verse on my new Brooklyn iPhone case that was the catalyst for the start of Mary Square. Read what founder Kelly Shiley says about how she began such an inspirational business:

...Mary Square began when I embarked on a journey to make God’s Word a bigger part of my daily life. I had just had my third child and was struggling with sleep deprivation, depression, and feelings of insignificance.

One night while I was awake with the baby at 2:00 am, I started writing Bible verses on index cards and placing them on our wall. I kept saying, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I did make it through that night, and the next, and the next.

Every night I would read those verses and meditate on the Scripture. I realized the POWER that is in the Word of God. I started looking ways to keep his Word with me during the day.

I wanted to incorporate it into my daily life and to inspire my children, family, and friends to know more about Jesus. Meditating on God’s promises has changed my entire thought process.

I still struggle with anxiety, but I don’t dwell on it. I replace those thoughts with Scripture. Every night when I tuck my children in bed, we read several of the verses they have on their wall.

My hope and prayer is that they will always remember those words and hide them in their hearts. I pray that you too will experience the transforming power of God’s Word and be blessed by our products.

It's no wonder I felt drawn to their products! Because I too wanted to incorporate my faith into my life and I share an affinity for the same verse (Phillipians 4:13).

Aside from the beauty of the graphics and being able to see God's reminder to me that I can do all things through Him who strengthens me, the case itself has a very ergonomic design. My old case was very square and felt just like my previous iPhone 4.


The Brooklyn is a two-part case: a protective rubber inner shield and the hard outer cover. Together, they are made to highlight the curves of the iPhone 6's edges and it feels much better in my hand. Less bulky and heavy, more rounded, light and easy to hold.

There are dozens of other inspirational products at Mary Square, from greeting cards, to mugs, journals, Bible covers and more! They make perfect gifts for any occasion.


I love the unique twists on some of the products and how much thought went into them. For example, the greeting cards feature adhesive backing so that the recipient can place them on a wall, mirror, or any other high-visibility area without damaging the area it is placed on.


Again, this goes back to Kelly's goal of helping others to remember God's promises to us and to help us hide those promises in our hearts.

At the time of writing this post, there is a sale on personalized phone cases (not included in the giveaway). Normally $49.99, they are currently $24.99. Grab them before the price goes back up! Other select non-personalized cases are on sale as well, including the Brooklyn (currently $9.99)! And there are so many gorgeous cases to choose from...the sale-price cases are just as beautiful as the regular-priced cases.


If you want to stay informed of other sales and deals from Mary Square, follow them on...

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~Mary Square Blog

Onto the giveaway! One lucky reader of The Blonde Blogger will win an iPhone case of their choosing (personalized cases not included)! Simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, May 5 at 12:00 am, EST.

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