Minted Giveaway // Bringing Back Snail-Mail

The Art of Letter Writing with Minted on Loast and Fawned

I love receiving letters.  It’s such an old fashioned romantic gesture.  In the Victorian era stationary was an important part of social etiquette and your choice of personalized stationary was an important reflection of your style and personality.

I’m determined to bring it back!  As someone with a bi-coastal family (north coast and west coast) I make a lot of phone calls to stay in touch.  Why not start sending a monthly letter instead?  Wouldn’t it brighten your day to come home to find a “just thinking about you” note in the mailbox?  Small gestures often have the biggest impact.  And with the USPS constantly wowing me with their gorgeous new stamps (my favorites right now are the Songbirds, Hudson River School and Vintage Circus collections) you can easily doll up the outside of the envelope just by adding your postage.

Win Custom Sationary from Minted on Lost and Fawned

Bring Back Snail Mail on Lost and Fawned with Minted

Minted let me pick out a fresh set of personalized stationary to kick-start my new letter writing campaign. I’ve used Minted before for our holiday cards and was overjoyed to work with them again.  Their customer service is outstanding and they have an amazing community of artists and designers.

After much consideration i selected Wild Bellflowers in sunny yellow with a full bleed pattern on the back.  I adore the hand drawn botanical design and the soft yellow and gray color scheme.  The back adds so much impact and looks adorable peeking out of the envelope.  I can’t say enough about the quality.  The standard paper is heavy and has a wonderful texture for writing.  The print quality is top notch and all stationary comes in a Minted box to keep them safe.

Here are some more picks that get the Lost & Fawned seal of approval…

Minted Stationary Picks on Lost and FawnedColumns from left to right, starting at top and going down:

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Minted Giveaway on Lost and FawnedMinted was generous enough to offer TWO lucky winners a $100 Minted Gift Card!  Invest in some gorgeous stationary or save it for holiday cards!  The choice is yours! It’s quick and easy to enter.

Use the widget below to enter (if you can’t see the widget, please visit this page to enter).

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Giveaway / $50 for Beyond the Rack

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I’m a bargain hunter.  When you have expensive taste but a teeny budget, it’s important to know where to shop.  Beyond the Rack is awesome.  It’s like going to a huge sample sale with tons of styles and brands, except you can do it from your home (in your PJ’s with a cup of coffee) or from work on your lunch break.  They offer a huge range of brands and items including designer labels like Kate Spade and Michael Kors and even K-Cups at significant discounts.  The sales change daily, so there is always something new.  Don’t see something you love today?  Just wait until tomorrow’s sales start!

This month you can win $50 credit to stock up on some essentials, or treat yourself to something special at Beyond the Rack.

IMPORTANT NOTE  //  In order to win this giveaway, you must have a Beyond the Rack account.  The prize will be automatically added to your account if you win.  Sign up for a new account here and automatically get $10 credit to spend on your first purchase.  Once you finish that entry step, you will unlock more ways to enter to win.

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A huge thanks to Beyond the Rack for this amazing opportunity for a lucky L&F reader!  Good luck and have a fantastic Tuesday!

Giveaway / Glint Candles

Glint Candles Giveaway - Lost and FawnedI’d like to introduce you to my my new favorite candle.  Glint Candles makes beautiful soy candles by hand.  Their list of thoughtful fragrances has something for everyone.

Chris and Lacey were kind enough to send me a one pound ‘Just Chillin’ (Refreshing cucumber and mint with a light infusion of lemon, ylang ylang, spearmint and orange) to try in our home.  I checked out their guide to getting the perfect burn and lit it up for it’s first burn while I did some quilting.  As you know, we have 2 big dogs.  This time of year when the snow gets slushy and the salt is on the sidewalks, they can get a little stinky between baths.  This candle quickly masked the doggy smell without being overwhelming.  ‘Just Chillin’ is a perfect mix of citrus and herb.  It’s fresh and clean and makes the house smell amazing.  Soy has some awesome benefits, one being how cleanly it burns which is good for your lungs and your walls.

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Glint makes all their candles the old fashioned way, pouring the high quality soy wax in beautiful reusable jars in Santa Barbara, California.  Their scent combinations are unique and complex.  The jars and containers are beautiful alone too.  After cleaning them out the Glint team has a ton of great ideas on how to re-purpose them.

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One lucky Lost & Fawned readers is going to get to customize their own Glint One Pound Candle with their choice of fragrance and stamp.  There are a lot of ways to enter.  The more ways you enter, the more chances you have.  Use the widget below to enter (if you don’t see the widget, click here to be taken to the giveaway page).

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Good luck!  And a huge thank you to Chris and Lacey, the amazing Glint team for sponsoring this giveaway!

Prize is provided by Glint Candles.  I received a sample product to provide readers with a thorough and honest review.  No other compensation was given and all opinions expressed are my own.


Review & Giveaway // Dog City & Co.

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We love our dogs.  I’m not sure of a better feeling than coming home to the joy and unconditional love they give.  Logan and Finn make us laugh every day.  That’s why I’m ecstatic to share Dog City & Co. with you today.  Dog City & Co. makes adorable graphic dog inspired goods like pillows, t-shirts, printed wall art, mugs, tanks and more.  Not only are their products adorable, but they also help raise money for underfunded shelters by partnering them to create their own branded products.  Additionally, a portion of every sale is donated to shelters and rescues.

Dog City & Co. contacted me after seeing us blog about our two handsome boys and wanted me to try out and share a couple of their products with you.

When I saw this Rules of the House Pillow I knew it needed to be in our new armchair (which Finn has already declared is his when we watch movies in the living room).  It’s beautifully made and totally chronicles how we ended up at this point.  I selected the 10″ version since I already have a lot of 16″ pillows.

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House Rules Pillow by Dog City and Co.

While I was taking these photos, this was happening on the sofa behind me…

Our dogs rule the house

The dogs rule our house.  Clearly this pillow is made for us.

We also got to try out one of their signature word totes.  Since both of our boys are mutts, I went for the all encompassing Dog Tote instead of one of the adorable breed specific totes.  This tote is huge!  Logan (reluctantly sitting in for a size comparison) is a big boy and this tote carries everything they need for a weekend at the babysitters and more.  I used it all weekend while running errands to the used book sale, library and market.  Plus, it’s beautifully constructed.  It’s made of nice high quality canvas and strong cotton straps.

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Logan loves our Dog CIty and Co tote bag

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One of their coolest features is their Custom Options.  If you have a mutt or an unusual breed, you can send them a photo, describe your dogs personality, pick a color scheme and they will custom design a product just for you or your loved one!

Win a Dog City and Co. ToteThanks to Dog City & Co. you can win your own tote!  The winner will get to pick their favorite tote.  Use the widget below to enter (if you can’t see the widget, please click here to visit the post).

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The giveaway will end on Friday, October 18th.  Remember you can tweet the giveaway once per day for additional entries!  Good luck!

I was provided with sample product from Dog City & Co. to provide you with a thorough and honest review.  I was not otherwise compensated for this post and all opinions expressed are truthful and my own.

Giveaway // Cafe Press

Cafe Press Giveaway

This week we have a pretty fun giveaway!  It’s extra fun because you not only get to pick your prize, BUT you also get to customize it!  Recently I spent a couple of hours one evening and set up a small Cafe Press shop with some Prudence gear.  It was quick, easy and fun!  There are so many merchandise possibilities and it’s easy to add your logo!  I picked up a couple of pieces from my shop and they arrived in record time on my doorstep.  I was thrilled with the quality!  A nice clean print of my little mascot!

Cafe Press is great for small businesses.  It’s easy to make creative gifts or giveaway with your logo or branding in small quantities, like custom shirts or sweatshirts.  For the creative DIYer your can design a customized cookie jars or water bottles with a pattern or your creation!  If you are just looking for a great gift there are tons of user designed fun t shirts and gifts for little ones!

And you can win $20 to try it out for yourself!  Use the widget below to enter (if you can’t see the widget CLICK HERE).  Once you finish the first entry you’ll unlock a bunch of other ways to get extra entries!

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I was provided with merchandise to try out Cafe Press first hand so I could give an honest and thorough review.  The $20 prize is also being provided by Cafe Press.

Giveaway // Thirty-One Tote Bags

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I love bags, totes, containers, baskets, boxes… anything that holds other things.  So when Jamie contacted me about partnering with her and Thirty-One Gifts, I couldn’t pass it up.  Jamie helped me pick out a couple of totes to suit my needs and style.

Thirty-One Thermal Tote

Jamie sent me the Thermal Tote in Woodblock Floral.  This little workhouse is perfect for summer.  It’s just the right size to pack a small picnic for summer concerts and fireworks.  I can’t wait to bring it along this summer at market.  I’ve always had trouble keeping my fresh meat and pasta chilled while I browse the rest of the market.  Thermal Totes come in a bunch of colors and patterns and will be 50% off for the month of May!


And then there is the Large Utility Tote.  I love this thing.  I find myself constantly using it.  From trips to the post office, to laundry to loading and unloading the car in one trip.  Not too big and not too small.  I love that it has some structure but can be flattened and slid into a closet.  It’s so well made and of course really cute.

Jamie is generously offering 10% off orders from her Thirty-One page.  Just visit this page and select ‘shop now’ next to Lost & Fawned Giveaway.  10% will be deducted when Jamie processes your order.

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Thanks to Jamie, this week you can win a pair of your own Thirty-One tote bags!  Use the widget below to enter (widget cannot be view in an RSS reader, please click here to view widget).

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Spring Cleaning // A Splendid Giveaway

Spring Cleaning Giveaway on Lost and Fawned

It’s here!  For weeks now I’ve been teasing on my facebook about a big giveaway.  Finally I’m ready to share the full prize package with you and show off some of my newest favorite handmade brands.

Spring is here and now that many of us can open the windows and let in some fresh air, it’s a great time to get your home spring-ready.  You might already have some store-bought brands you love, but I wanted to share some handmade essentials and extras to add to your arsenal this year.

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Prizes for the Kitchen

The natural place to get cleaning is in the kitchen.  Let’s start with the basics.  I’ve tried a lot of sponges and scrubbers and I’m blown away with these handmade scrubbers from Kari Creates.  They are durable, large and they get the job done.  And the neon red is right on trend for spring and summer.

I have a weak spot for tea towels.  I have tons.  When selecting prizes for this giveaway I knew we had to have this tea towel from 618 Love.  I love the cheeky quote (“Experiment In Progress: Please Do Not Disturb The Dust”).  Perfect for drying dishes and cute enough to hang on your stove.  What’s not to love?

Lets move to sink essentials.  Every kitchen sink needs a great hand soap.  Sure you can just use your dish soap, but why not pamper your hands after scrubbing the stove top or planting spring sprouts.  Lemon is one of the freshest smells in the world to me and this Meyer Lemon hand soap from Eucyalpto Organics is so clean and bright.  And it makes my hands feel clean and healthy.

Another bonus for your kitchen sink comes from Zinnia Designs.  Growing up, I remember my grandma always taking off her rings before working in the kitchen and putting them in a cute china dish by her sink.  This chickadee ring bowl is just the right size to keep on a shelf or windowsill to keep your rings safe while you prep food for the grill this summer or wash fresh veggies from the garden.

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And now for some fun extras to get you in the cleaning and organizing mood.

To get myself in the cleaning mood on my days off, I like to open the windows, turn on some music and put on my trusty apron.  This striped apron from Meyer Textile Company is so gorgeous in person.   It’s perfect for women and men.  You could use it while harvesting in the garden or dusting the bookshelves.

Spring is the perfect time to get organized too.  Why not dress up your canisters and jars with these cute chalkboard labels from Image Fountain Designs.  They come ready to stick to any surface and are great for kitchens, playrooms and even closets.  The possibilities are endless.

Spicy candles are so warm in winter and fall, but when warmer weather rolls around, I like something that smells clean.  This Clean Cotton candle from Recyclights smells like clean laundry with hints of floral and citrus notes.  I’ve been using it in our living room where the dogs like to hang out and watch walkers.

And don’t forget to get yourself cleaned up for summer!  Lady Gatsby has offered a pair of products from her shop to help get you ready.  The Cranberry body scrub is perfect to exfoliate your winter skin and get it glowing before it’s sundress weather.  And the Tigerlilly Soap is so feminine and floral.

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Prize pack includes:

That’s a prize pack valued over $100!  The whole prize will be shipped to the winner in one big package.

Use the widget below (WIDGET NOT VISIBLE ON RSS FEED, CLICK HERE TO VIEW), to enter to win this amazing prize pack!  There are tons of ways to enter.  Lots of great blogs, facebook pages and twitter accounts to follow.  A few of the craftsmen have also asked you to lend a hand with some marketing questions.

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This giveaway will end on Saturday, May 4th at 12:00am.  That gives you two weeks to enter!  Thanks so much to all the vendors participating and all the entrants!  Good luck!

Note:  I was given some samples of some products as compensation and in order to provide accurate descriptions and photos.  However all opinions expressed are my own and I do stand behind each and every one of these craftsmen. 


Lunch Date with Uncommon Goods // GIVEAWAY

lunch date with Uncommon Goods

You may have noticed I have another new affiliate in my sidebar.  I’m so excited to partner with Uncommon Goods to bring you today’s post!  The fine folks at Uncommon Goods offered to let me pick out something special to try out and share.

Men can be hard to buy for.  I know Jared just buys what he needs/wants and whenever a gift-giving occasion rolls around I get the “I don’t need anything” shrug.  So for our “halfiversary” (yes, we still celebrate our half year anniversary) I decided to treat him to a lunch date in our dining room. I picked up this tasting plate and this adorable tea towel and planned our date around them.

One of our favorite easy meals is from scratch chicken nuggets.  I bread them using olive oil and a mix of panko, whole wheat bread crumbs, parmesan and spices and bake them for 5 minutes on each side.  I know it’s not terribly fancy, but it makes for a nice lunch with a sliced pear and some veggies.  We like to splurge a little on fancy dipping sauces (here we tried a spicy mustard, Carolina style barbeque sauce, yogurt ranch and a sweet and spicy barbeque).

Tea Towel from Uncommon Goods via Lost and Fawned

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I can see us using this plate a lot.  It would be great for bread, olive oil and cheese or fruit with honey, yogurt and chocolate.  It makes a simple meal a little more special.  Find more great gift ideas for the guys in your life here.

I adore the tea towel as well.  We already have an Oregonian tea towel to celebrate my childhood home.  It’s time we added some Ohio pride to our kitchen.  I love the handmade details and rik-rak trim.  It looks so sweet hanging in our kitchen.

Dipping Plate from Uncommon Goods via Lost and Fawned

As a bonus, Uncommon Gifts to offering one lucky L&F reader $50 to treat themselves with a little something (or perhaps find something special for an upcoming birthday).

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Uncommon Goods Giveaway IdeasThere are so many amazing items at Uncommon Goods, seriously something for everyone.  $50 can go a long way.  You can find lots of great ideas under $50 here.

There are a ton of ways to enter this giveaway.  Use the widget below (if you are reading from an RSS reader, click here to view the widget) to enter.  Some entries can be done once per day to earn bonus entries.  Giveaway will close at midnight on March 6th, 2013.

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Holiday Shopping with SnapBox

I’m almost done with my holiday shopping this year and today I can check 3 more people off my list.  Camera phones and digital cameras make it so easy to document all those big and little moments, but there is something to be said for a good old hard copy of a photograph.  SnapBox is a great way to take those photos and turn them into a quick, wallet-friendly, custom gift.  I gave them a try last week.  I selected a mix of new and old photos from my digital collection, hand picked for three lucky recipients. 

For my grandma, I selected this photograph I took of one of the roses in our garden this summer.  Her name is Rose, which is such a beautiful name.  I selected a petite 5×7 framed print since I will be wrapping it and sending it to her tree across the country.

Jared is always tough to shop for.  We love taking out dog for hikes, and Logan and Jared are two peas in a pod.  So I decided to get a nice large black and white version of one of my favorite photos of the two of them on a hike this past spring.  Since it has so much detail, I selected the largest 10×13 size.  It looks great with the black frame.

My mom and I share a love of tracing our lineage and we both had a bond with my great grandmother.  For her I selected this photo of 4 generations (me, my mom, my grandma and my great grandma) and  had it printed and framed 9×9 by SnapBox to surprise her this year.

Ordering was so easy!  Just email your photo to via your phone, tablet or computer.  In a few minutes you will get an email back linking your size options and prices.  Add your framed canvas print to your cart and purchase.  They arrived within a week and look beautiful, ready to wrap and put under the tree.  And at $9.79 to 24.49 each (depending on size) it’s totally affordable. 

And here’s a little something to brighten your holiday!  This week you can win 3 free framed canvas prints of your own from SnapBox!  Maybe use it to frame a beautiful photo of your little one by the christmas tree.  Or an instagram from a winter walk.  You can use it on any size photo making it a value of up to $74.97!  There are plenty of ways to win.  Use the widget below to enter (if you are viewing from a RSS Reader, you must visit the page to view the widget)…

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Giveaway // $50 for Bonlook

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I find myself in need of glasses at the age of 25.  I don’t need them for all-the-time wear, but they will help for driving and headaches when I sit at my computer for long periods of time.

Anyways, naturally the most fun part of all this is picking out new frames!  I’ve been a huge fan of Bonlook for ages.  They have stylish frames, both vintage-inspired and contemporary, trendy styles.  And all their frames are all affordable, compared to the frames at optometrist’s office.

I was hooked up with Katasha, one of the stylists at Bonlook.  She had be send over a couple of photos and use their handy PD measuring tool to get an idea of my face shape and size.  Then she selected a handful of frames that would flatter my face, including the Flanagan, Mcqueen and Robinson.  Among them was the Bonnie & Clydes.  I had my eye on them to begin with, so I was thrilled they were on the list.

In the end I picked out the Bonnie & Clydes in classic black and decided to pick out a wildcard frame.  I love the vintage Hoovervilles, so I added those to my card as well.

For driving I also got the Bonnie & Clydes in the super-beautiful green acetate color.  I couldn’t resist.  The green color is about the same shade as my eye color.

The greatest news of all, Bonlook has been kind enough to share some frames with a lucky L&F reader!  This week we’ll be giving away $50 to go toward a shiny new pair of frames!  Don’t need perscription glasses?  Get a pair of fashionable frames for fun!  Or treat yourself to some sunglasses!

To Enter  //  It’s easy, all you have to do is visit this page and sign-up for Bonlook’s newsletter.  You will be notified of their sales and promotions AND you’ll automatically get $10 off your first purchase!  Then, use the widget below to enter the giveaway.  Then, you’ll unlock ways to get extra entries.

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Stay tuned later this week to see how the frames look on me!