The Cross Body Purse from MinneBITES

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Pink and Gray Handmade Cross Body Purse from MinneBITESFanny packs are convenient and useful, but even closing in on forty years of age, you won’t find me wearing one. Instead, during my vacation at Floyd Fest last week, I chose to instead sport the rather fabulous handmade cross body purse (pictured above) from MinneBITES.

The long strap of this well crafted, handmade purse fits securely across your chest so there’s no fear of losing it or having it snatched without a struggle. This makes it perfect for vacationing in unfamiliar areas, clubbing, the grocery store and even for stashing cash when selling at the farmer’s market or a craft fair. It’s small enough to not get in the way, but large enough to hold all of your essentials – cash, id, phone, lip balm – even a container of Altoids smalls – making it perfect for everyday use as well. I was able to easily stash my new Nikon COOLPIX Digital Camera that I bought for my trip to Floyd Fest safely inside. Plus, with the option of switching to a smaller strap (sold separately,) you can easily make this purse into a wristlet when it suits your needs.

For the grocery store, I like to keep my coupons in the front zipper pouch. Although I’ve gotten so I keep them in there all of the time because otherwise I’ll forget them. (I always want to kick myself when I forget that $5 off a $50 purchase from our local Kroger.) And, because they are in separate compartment they don’t get in the way of other essentials I may need out of this purse on a daily basis.

Handmade Back to School Shark Shaped Pencil Holder by MinneBITES

Additionally, if you follow MinneBITES on Facebook, you’ll find there are perks to being a fan. Aside from receiving notice of coupon codes and new additions, Mary also offers new bags to lucky test subjects at half price! Whenever she creates a new bag style she’s considering for MinneBITES, Mary announces it on her facebook page then puts one of the new bags up for sale at half price in exchange for your feedback later on. This is how I came to own my cross body purse from MinneBITES. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it on her facebook page, and I was quick to snatch it up through her shop on Etsy when she announced it’s availability.  In addition to being both functional and super, it’s very well made.

If this cross body bag isn’t quite your style, don’t fret. Mary sells a variety of cute and compact bags at MinneBITES including some pretty rockin’ pencil holders she creates for back to school in shapes like sharks (pictured above,) snails and ladybugs.

What’s your favorite everyday bag or purse to carry?

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Top Ten Cool Office Accessories

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Looking for a way to make take the doldrums out of your office and insert a little fun? Then check out my latest cool office accessory finds. Which is your favorite?
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Spring DIY Home Decorating Ideas

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Looking for some exciting new ways to dress up your space for spring? Then check out some of these fabulous spring DIY home decorating ideas and whip up a few new home decor accessories with these fun and colorful spring craft projects and DIY decorating ideas.

Spring DIY Home Decorating Ideas

Spring DIY Home Decorating Ideas! Decorate your space for spring with this fun and colorful spring home decorating ideas that you craft yourself!

Spring DIY Home Decorating Ideas! Decorate your space for spring with this fun and colorful spring home decorating ideas that you craft yourself!

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Fashion Jewelry Giveaway from Shop Ethereal

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Is jewelry one of your favorite fashion accessories? Then this is one giveaway you will want make a point of entering! Shop Ethereal is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one very lucky person to spend on her choice of jewelry and accessories for that stunning, new spring wardrobe!
Hot fashion accessories for spring - Color trending and elegant jewelry accessories from Shop Ethereal Hot fashion accessories for spring - Color trending and elegant jewelry accessories from Shop Ethereal - Enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate
Whether you are looking for playful and fun, fashion forward jewelry and accessories in spring’s hottest trending colors – like neons – or something elegant for evenings out, Shop Ethereal has you covered.
Elegant Jewelry Necklaces - Fashion Forward Evening Wear Accessories from Shop Ethereal
Shop Ethereal offers a wide selection of hand picked and hand crafted items for every woman. Products include an interesting mixture of minimalist jewelry and statement pieces to fit every occasion. Not only can you shop for amazing jewelry at Shop Ethereal, but you can also like Shop Ethereal on Facebook, and follow via Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and The Royal Bohemian Blog.
Fun Playful Fashion Jewelry Accessories for Spring and Summer from Shop Ethereal

Shop Ethereal is owned and operated by Lindsay, who you may remember from her jewelry giveaway last summer for her shop, White Bear Accessories. Once a professional actress, Lindsay has since moved on from the cold New York City climate to reside in Miami Beach, FL where she now enjoys a quieter life designing and choosing jewelry for her companies and hanging out on the beach.

Now through March 3rd, 2013 Lindsay is celebrating the arrival spring by giving away a $50 gift certificate to Shop Ethereal to spend on all your favorite spring fashion accessories! This giveaway is open worldwide to those 18 and up. Find something amazing at Shop Ethereal you must have now? Use coupon code: soapdeli15 and save 15% off your purchase! Now, what are you waiting for? Enter now via Rafflecopter below!

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Bartinki $50 Merchandise Certificate Giveaway – Handmade, Eco-Friendly Fashion Accessories and Clothing

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Are you a fan of unique, handmade fashion clothing and accessories? Then you’re going to love Bartinki! Martina Marekova, the designer behind Bartinki, creates an exciting line of eco-friendly, non-conventional handmade clothing, jewelry and accessories with European edge and style.
Handmade Eco-friendly clothing, fashion accessories and jewelry from Bartiniki
She re-fashions vintage clothing and deadstock (new waste) to create new articles of clothing using at least one eco-friendly component in each piece. In addition, Martina purchases many of her supplies locally, especially her fabrics, from small businesses.

Unique Eco-friendly Handmade Fashion Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry from Bartinki

Originally from Slovakia, the heart of Europe, Martina currently lives in the Netherlands with her husband. She is a devoted wife, friend and eco-conscious of the world around her. She also believes in supporting small businesses through KIVA microlending, which offers people a chance to do more through no-interest loans rather than through charity. Martina opened her shop, Bartinki, in March of 2011. (Learn more about Martina and her shop.)

Now through February 4th, 2013 you can enter to win a $50 merchandise certificate good toward any of the products available at Bartinki! This contest is open worldwide – simply enter via Rafflecopter below. If you’re already madly in love with Bartinki, you can receive 5% off your purchase. Simply visit Bartinki for details. You can also find Bartinki on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Blogger and Pinterest.

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