Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sponsors & Frat Collection Giveaway

Right now, life is crazy.  It is crazy in good ways, but it is busy.  With the switch to working only part-time this school year; I've had to be a lot more aware of money and my priorities.  It is just the truth.  BUT, having amazing sponsors on my blog is one of the ways I am able to "justify" the time I spend on this little hobby.  And, the truth is, I'm more than proud to be representing an incredible community of talented women and their amazing products. With that in mind, please contact me if you own a small business (or a big one for that matter) and would be interested in partnering with E, Myself, and I.  We are going to coast through the fall as I get myself organized and "in a groove," and then I'm going to be releasing a whole new sponsor program - chock full of fun and excitement - in January.  If you would like info about that "new release" just let me know and I'll add you to the list! :)

In the meantime, please visit my awesome August/September sponsors and show them some love! You deserve a little back-to-school/ welcome fall treat! :)

The Button Factory is run by my friend Bekuh (who did Sam's sidewalk chalk art at his party) and her sister Katie.  It is pretty much one of my goals in life to be able to pull of vintage/trendy clothing like they do.  Check out their cute shop for second-hand women's clothing finds from the 1950s - 1990s  and great handmade jewelry at great prices!!  Here are a couple of my current shop faves:
This feels so "retro-teacher" to me.  I adore it. I also want to cut bangs like hers - but that's another post.
Is it just me or did Bekuh manage to make a long, plaid skirt look sexy? :)
Now through October 1st, use code BACKTOSCHOOL at The Button Factory for free shipping too!!

Room to Romp, as always, has some of my favorite clothes (at very reasonable prices) for my favorite little man.  Seriously, their back to school stuff is to die for.  
Blue Corduroy Romper with Dinosaur
Alphabet Shirt A
Ah ha! My own little model sporting his Room to Romp shirt just in time for Clemson football season! (Go Tigers!)
Use EMIFreeship for - you guessed it - free shipping at Room to Romp.

And, finally, Melissa of Windows By Melissa continues to impress me with her incredible sewing talents.  She makes and sells Roman shades, panels/drapes, valances, and (most recently) has added custom fabric by the yard to her collection of products.  Work can be either custom made or ordered "ready to go."

 I also love Melissa because, even though she has some of her own health issues etc. to deal with, she has a sincere heart for helping people and giving back.  Each month, her company chooses a "sponsor" family to receive $5.00 from every sale.  This month, she is supporting sweet baby Brewer who was born in February and has since had three surgeries to repair a congenital heart disorder.  As an added bonus, you can use code BREWER to receive free shipping on your Windows by Melissa orders through the end of the month.

As always, a big THANK YOU to my sweet sponsors!

***Don't miss this***

I might be old and long out of college, but my days in the south have definitely instilled a love of all things preppy in my heart (and in my closet).  Jeff once commented during my freshman year at Clemson that it was the only place he'd ever been where dressing down meant a t-shirt, a skirt, and pearls. :)  Can you relate? Well then, allow me to introduce you to your new best friend - The Frat Collection.

My friend Michelle first introduced me to this company over the summer, and I promptly became obsessed.  Their concept is super simple: soft, good quality, worn-in looking t-shirts in a wide variety of colors, your choice of pattern for a sewn-on pocket, and your choice of a philanthropy to receive 10% of the cost of your shirt.  (I really love that they embraced the community service values of fraternities too.)

I recently got one of these shirts for myself and - I'm not going to even try to lie - I absolutely LIVE in it.  It is in a constant wash cycle around here.  Truly, I've never had a t-shirt I love so much.   It is so comfortable, it fits perfectly (true to size, I think), and it makes me feel "put together," even on my laziest days. Truly, it is the perfect accessory for yoga pants. :) You.must.get.one.

Please excuse my creepy eyes and the baby covering the trademark pocket... This is literally the best I could do (it gets kind-of awkward asking people to take photos of you.
And, not to fear... The generous folks over at The Frat Collection are giving one lucky E, Myself, and I reader a free shirt in the color and pattern of your choice.

To enter...

Just visit www.thefratcollection.com and come back here to leave a comment telling me what color/pattern combo you'd choose for yourself.   (Mine is The Clare on Alfalfa, fyi.)

Bonus: Post about this giveaway (with a link to this post) on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter and comment telling me what you did.  One entry per tout - please submit a separate comment for each.

That's all!!  Contest will be open until Friday 9/21 at midnight.

Good luck!

P.S. MIDWEEK CONFESSIONS link-up will be up at 8AM tomorrow!!! PLEASE join me!!


  1. I think I'd have to pick the Cameron on Ocean Breeze...

  2. Just tweeted about the contest.

  3. im obsessed with the clemson shirt! but i love the barbara on the southern sky :)

  4. I LOVE these shirts!!!! It was so hard for me to choose a pattern because I love them all!! But the one I've chose for now is "The Monica" on Key Lime Pie. Love the pastels!!! Of course I like "The Brittany" on Crimson too (Roll Tide!!) :)

    What a fun giveaway!!!

  5. so cute and they look so comfy! i would do the cameron on the southern sky shirt. gotta love the preppy pastels!

  6. Annndddd my blogpost link is here

  7. Wrong Link

  8. Tweeted it:

  9. I tweeted too!

  10. I'd like the Monica on backwoods or black. Hope I win!

  11. I am loving the Madelyn pattern!!

  12. Had to tweet it aswell, I want all the entries I can get :)

  13. What an awesome giveaway! I would choose the Linley on pine forest!

  14. I like the Jesse, but I have such a hard time choosing a shirt color...there are so many awesome color options! I'm a sucker for a super comfy shirt, so I'm sure I would live in their shirts, too!

  15. I would love The Kelly on either Buckskin or Country Night. Love these!

  16. I tweeted this giveaway!

  17. I would choose a alfalfa shirt with the yellow stephanie pattern! JMU colors :)

  18. I like "Jaclyn" on a Rose shirt...

  19. I like the "Cameron" on a rose shirt!

  20. Amy @ Croquet and CocktailsOctober 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Oh, I'm so bad at color coordinating such things. I really love the Lynne and would probably put it on the cream colored tee (since that's pretty safe!).
    I'm so glad you're making the work/mom balance work. I'm only teaching one class this semester and it is almost too much!

  21. Just posted on Facebook :)

  22. I am loving "The Linley" on Southern Sky! What a fun shirt! I hope I win! I can't seem to justify paying $50 for a tshirt to the hubby!

    Oh and by the way, I have been following your blog for a while and really enjoy your post. I am also a "newish" mom/teacher so I appreciate and enjoy your honesty!

  23. LOVE the Frat Collection! I would go for the Marcia on Summer Sun :) I keep seeing their shirts when I visit my old college campus, ha.

  24. I love the Clare!

  25. I like "Jaclyn" on a Rose shirt.

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