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:

Here's the official description from

"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

The iGambol Handbag in Zebra
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The iGambol Handbag in Silver
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The iGambol Handbag in Black
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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 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 Ordering information can be found on the website.

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 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 or, 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, and follow the show on social media at:

~Twitter: @PeterPan360Tour
~Instagram: @PeterPan360Tour
~Facebook: PeterPan360Tour

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...

~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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Friday, March 27, 2015

Worldwide Endometriosis March and Awareness

Since my domain expired for my personal blog, So a Blonde Walks Into a Blog, in the interest of keeping things simple, I'm merging my new personal blog posts to so that everything can be found in one spot. So you'll not only get my opinions on various brands, events, etc., you'll also get more of me ( you get to decide if that's a good or bad thing, lol!)

I've always been told my life could be a reality television show, and if you know me well, you know how true that is! So hang on tight because this could be a bumpy ride! ;)

The most important thing in my life right now, aside from my faith, husband, our children, family and friends, is my health.

This month is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is the disease that's brought me to my knees. I have been in and out of the hospital with two botched surgeries over the past year. My adrenal and heart are now being affected by the stress this disease has caused my body. I suffer from co-morbid conditions such as fibromyalgia, hypertension, adrenal fatigue and insufficiency, CFS/ME, Interstitial Cystitis and more. The chronic pain and fatigue are the toughest to deal with and I am in bed 90% of the time now.

You will see me write a lot about this disease, but let me assure you, it's not an attempt to gain sympathy. It's not an attempt to merely whine and complain.

My goal is to help spread awareness, and to show my fellow EndoWarriors they are not alone (which is critical for having the strength to fight this battle).

If you find it sad, annoying, depressing, etc., be thankful that you get to walk away from it while those who are fighting endo have no escape.

Between pain, crippling fatigue, brain fog, mistreatment at the hands of those who are supposed to heal us, losing our dignity in ER's that accuse us of "drug seeking" when our pain is spiraling out of control, suicides committed by women who couldn't keep fighting the battle, marriages that have fallen apart due to the pressures living with endo places on a family, guilt, anxiety, depression, fear, hopelessness, financial devastation from medical bills, job loss, and more, it is everything a woman with endo can do just to get through each day.

But there is also hope, determination, strength, courage, faith, support, love, compassion, understanding, endurance, etc.

And THAT is what the Worldwide Endometriosis March is all about! This Saturday, March 28, in cities across the world, EndoSisters and their caregivers, loved ones and supporters, will be marching to help fight for change, awareness and a cure! Most of all a cure. Oh my how we desperately need and deserve a cure!

My husband and I will be "marching" (I will most likely be in my wheelchair, though I will try my best to walk as much of it as I can) at the DC march. Check out the list of cities hosting a march this year here, and if there is one near you, please join us! It's completely free and easy to do!

There is solidarity in numbers, and seeing the sea of people marching for our lives means more than words could ever express! And if you have anything yellow (our awareness color), please wear it!

If you can't attend the march, you can sign up here to be a virtual marcher. And you can stay tuned to my blog to follow along here as I document my own personal endometriosis journey.

Other great, informative resources can be found at: - The official webpage for the 2015 march.

~The Center for Endometriosis Care- Informative site with information on the disease, proper "gold standard" treatments and more. -This is the store I opened to try to generate income for my family while 90% bedridden and disabled. My store focuses on awareness for all chronic illness and 10% of proceeds go to awareness charities.

YouTube has many informative testimonies from women with endo, but let me say this. No two cases are alike and we must be VERY careful not to pigeonhole women into neat and orderly categories based on others' experiences.

I say this as I myself was guilty of thinking in my 20's and 30's that all endo patients must feel the way I did. Suffering, but functioning.

It wasn't until my forties that I learned how wrong that was. I now have a very rare, aggressive form of the disease (stage IV) that causes me pain daily. And as I stated before, it has brought on other conditions that greatly affect my quality of life.

There are rare days that I get out of bed and push through the pain. But most others are spent in bed hoping for strength just to shower.

My husband's sketch of me in the midst of an endo flare.

Despite what this disease tries to steal from me, I still feel incredibly blessed. I have kind and supportive friends and family. Amazing kids. And a very loving and patient husband who has stayed by my side and loves me through it all without complaint! He makes me focus on and celebrate what I can do rather than beat myself up over what I cannot do.

Most of all, I have a Father in Heaven that loves me beyond description and I have absolute faith and trust in His plans for my life and in His own timing. I completely surrender my life into His hands and let Him lead me. He is my strength, my hope and my everlasting rock.

Faith, love and support are better than any medicine in my opinion. And I know that I personally will be so uplifted seeing all of those who march on Saturday for every EndoSister across the world!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who helps us to fight for a cure, whether by marching on Saturday, or simply by speaking up for awareness.

Together, we WILL find a cure and END Endo, once and for all!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Montaigne Template from PipDig Review

Disclosure: I received a discount on the Montaigne template from to facilitate this review. As always, opinions expressed on are never influenced by discounts or comp/free products and/or services.


Hello, dear readers! It's here! It's here! Thanks to the very talented designer Phil at, has a brand new look! How many of you guessed that the template would be the elegant and feminine "Montaigne?" It was a hard choice as there are so many fabulous designs to choose from at Pipdig!

From designs like "Culture Shock:"

To "Style and Light," which I was very close to choosing!

You're sure to find one that fits your site's style and taste! Pipdig offers premade templates for both Blogger and Wordpress as well as custom and semi-custom designs for those who want an exclusive look.

The customer service at PipDig is superb as well. Phil was so great to work with, from installing the template for me, to helping me tweak little touches here and there until it was exactly how I wanted the site to look. If you're a blogger, I highly recommend checking out Pipdig! Ask for Phil, and tell him that The Blonde Blogger sent you! ;)

I wanted all of my fabulous readers to have a beautiful place to visit when coming here, so I hope I've opened the door into a charming and exquisite world for you! I have some really exciting and fun reviews and giveaways planned, so stay tuned!

In fact, a couple of my giveaways involve two celebrities...both in reality television. One has a love/hate relationship with the public and the other is brand new to the Real Housewives franchise. I can't wait to share both of their products that I have come to love with you!

Thanks again for being such loyal readers and friends! I truly adore each and every one of you!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Blonde Blogger Relaunch

Disclosure: I received a discount on a designer blog template from PipDig in order to facilitate an upcoming review. As with all of my posts, my opinions are never influenced by discounted or comp products and services. 

Due to ongoing health issues, I have had to take a respite from blogging but no matter how long I stay away, I can never leave for good. Writing is in my blood and I've been a blogger long before blogging was cool! ;) So I will always make a comeback, no matter what life throws at me!

I already have some fun reviews and giveaways planned for my awesome readers, so stay tuned! I truly appreciate your patience and for sticking by me and I plan to show it with amazing content for you!

And I don't know about you, but I'm kind of tired of looking at this old design. I think it's time for something new, don't you? What better way to celebrate a relaunch than with a new look?

I've enlisted the help of an amazing designer by the name of Phil at to help create a pretty place for you all to visit when you stop by here. Another way for me to thank you for your loyalty!

Phil will be installing the new look soon, but until then, stop on over at and see if you can guess which Blogger template I chose for! Hint: It's simple and minimalist with a touch of my personality thrown in.

See you back here with my brand new look very soon!
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