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Art from Minted (With a Giveaway!)

Minted is a marketplace that hosts regular competitions to source all their art from a global community of independent artists. They recently invited me to select a few of my favorite prints, and they’re hosting a $500 giveaway so that one of my readers can do the same! Details and instructions for entering are at the end of this post.

I chose three pieces, intending to group and hang them together above a vintage wooden bench in the hallway. August spotted and loved the Happy Faces print by Kim Johnson though, and he asked if I would hang it in his room.

Happy Faces Art Print from Minted

Maybe all those happy faces will shine down on him and put him in a good mood when he’s having a cranky four-year-old kind of day. (A parent can hope, right?)

Happy Faces Art Print from Minted


The happy faces print was the largest, and it was to be the anchor in my group of three. With that one having been relocated, I set about finding new spots for the other two prints.

We did a ton of work to the hallway on the second floor, reconfiguring the layout, knocking down walls and putting up new ones, smoothing it all out, laying new flooring, and upgrading the lighting. But we haven’t stripped the paint on the window and doorframe yet, and while it would be great to skim coat the walls and remove or replace the carpet in the stairway, it isn’t a priority. Hanging something pretty (Peony Bottle, by Betty Hatchett) draws my eye to the art and lets me kind of ignore the rest.

Minted Art in the Hallway

Remember the armoire with the crazy striped surprise inside that we painted? Here it is in place, a little further down the other side of the hallway. A low-maintenance plant, a thrifted lamp, and a radio have been hanging out on top, and I added my third Minted print over it — Mid-Century Moments, by That Girl Studio.

Armoire as Linen Storage in the Hallway, with Art Above


I narrowed my list of dozens of favorites on Minted down to the three you see above, but it wasn’t easy to choose. They have tons of cute prints! Luckily for you, Minted is giving away a $500 credit so that one reader can choose a bunch of their favorites too. You have until midnight, June 28 to enter. Visit Minted to enter and for the complete rules. Good luck!

While this was a sponsored opportunity from Minted, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

* Congratulations to the winner, Stephanie!

NatureBox Giveaway

I’m working with NatureBox again today with a giveaway for two of my readers to win!

NatureBox Snacks

I always have a snack in my bag in case I’m out with the kids and they need a little something, and on days when I teach, I make sure to bring something to tide me over until I get home. I leave the house right after breakfast, and then when I get back in the early afternoon, I have to nurse the baby before I can make lunch for myself. I usually grab something from our NatureBox delivery because the snacks are healthy and tasty, and they have enough variety (over 100 options!) that I don’t get bored bringing the same thing every time.

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NatureBox is a subscription service that delivers your choice of snacks each month, with free shipping in the continental US. They work with a nutritionist to insure that the snacks are made with no high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, or trans fats. No artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors either. Each bag has 3-5 servings, and you can choose different snacks each month so you’re always discovering something new (or you can stick to your favorites, of course). Brandon loves their Sea Salt Pop Pops so we always choose that for one of our snacks, and then I like to mix up the other options to try something new each time.

NatureBox Snacks Giveaway


NatureBox is offering a free trial for new US and Canadian subscribers (not valid on gift subscriptions, and can’t be combined with other offers). If you join, you’ll get a free sample box of some of their most loved snacks!

You can also enter the giveaway: browse all of the snacks that NatureBox offers right here. Which would you like to try? Let me know in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win one of two free 6-month subscriptions to NatureBox! This giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada only, and entries must be received by midnight CDT, April 23, after which two winners will be drawn randomly. Good luck!

24 Merry Days Giveaway: Win Two Ellington Bags!

Each day this December through Christmas Eve, there is a giveaway being hosted by one of twenty four bloggers taking part in 24 Merry Days. I’ve already written about some of the amazing prizes being given away this month, but you can visit the site and follow along on Facebook to see each prize as it is revealed daily.

Ellington Handbags Giveaway #24MerryDays

Today, I’m thrilled to be hosting a giveaway for two gorgeous Ellington Handbags: the Natalie Suede Hobo Bag and the Sadie Glazed Leather Hobo Bag. Ellington is a small Portland-based company and these two bags of theirs retail together for over $500, but you can win both by entering below!

Ellington Handbags Giveaway #24MerryDays

This giveaway is open to people worldwide. There are multiple ways to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below, but you must be 18 or older to participate. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ellington Handbags would also like to offer a free Large Leather Pouch with the purchase of any full-price Ellington bag for first-time customers from December 9-15. Add a pouch to your cart, enter the code FREEPOUCH at checkout, and it will be free. Merry days, indeed!

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