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Cute Accessories + Support Adoption

Disclosure: I received complementary headbands to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
I have a love/hate relationship with my hair.

On the other hand, I have a love/love relationship with adoption stories.

So just imagine my delight when I was contacted by Megan at Seven Days Shop about reviewing her lovely adjustable headbands.

Not only does she create beautiful headbands, Megan donates a portion of her proceeds to help fund adoptions. Each month she chooses a family pursuing adoption and features them on her blog, and donates 20% of all sales, as well as 40% of the featured headband to the family’s adoption fund.

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Review: Bling Your Band

I’m really excited to tell you about Bling Your Band!

Lil Bit is being treated for Deformational Plagiocephaly caused by Congenital Torticollis. (due to prenatal drug exposure, his jaw, neck & shoulder muscles were very tight, causing him to look over his right shoulder for the 1st 5 months of his life, causing a flat spot on his right rear quarter panel). In addition to Physical Therapy for Torticollis, the treatment for Plagiocephaly is a Cranial Remolding Band (helmet).

^Cute, right?^Meh. 

But Bling Your Band is here to help you make it cute. They have hundreds of cut to shape decal designs printed on very high quality vinyl. The same stuff used to wrap cars. The decals are non-toxic and completely safe to put on your baby’s helmet, whatever the brand. Bling Your Band provides detailed application instructions and even a photo gallery for inspiration. 
If you’re as picky as me, and somehow fail to find exactly what you want in the existing designs, they offer custom designs. I was super picky and difficult about getting my design just right. Nathen was AWESOME, and even told me that I wasn’t being overly difficult (even though I know I was).

Bling Your Band highly recommends using Mod Podge to seal your decals after application (as do I – strongly recommend, but we’ll get to that in a bit). So much so that you can order it with your decals and have it shipped in the same package. Here is what was in my package:

The card has links to detailed application instructions for the decals and the Mod Podge, complete with photos. 

The decals were MUCH easier to apply than I expected. 
The largest pieces took more patience to smooth over the curve of the helmet, but I was incredibly, and pleasantly, surprised at how easy it was to make the decals look great.
Go Pens!
Super Mario





Faded Logo

The Mod Podge is recommended because without it, the decals can start to lift or fade – the more the baby moves, the more friction on the decal, the more important the Mod Podge. I actually didn’t worry about it because Lil Bit really wasn’t moving around much when we started with the helmet. I should have.

But, there’s an easy solution – Bling Your Band will reprint your decal for…

$ 0.01

No kidding! If you need a new decal for any reason, you can have it reprinted for just shipping plus a penny.

But take my word for it – just use the Mod Podge in the first place and save yourself the hassle!

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Hint: It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I’m being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that’s not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a “sarcasm font”, I’ve come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my “sarcasm font”.

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FAAABULOUS Day Bag from SugarZuly

I am so excited! ^Did I mention I have a thing for bags?^ 🙂 I have another wonderful bag to tell you about!

This one brought to you by SugarZuly!!

SugarZuly Bags are made out of 100% hand-weaved Huipil and Recycled Huipil.  A “Huipil” is a cotton-weave fabric worn by Mayan women in Central America.  Many women today still wear this “Traje” as a tribute to their Mayan heritage. 
I received the Dark Chevron Long Day Bag and I looooove this bag!!

Initially, I was considering the bag for a diaper bag. And while it’s definitely big enough, it only has two pockets – one small one on the outside front and one tiny one on the inside.

But, really, that’s okay, because it is waaaay too pretty to tote around baby accouterments.

Size-wise, it could almost be a large purse, but it will hold way more than you’d think. I carried it when I went to the Foster Parent Association Conference last month and it held all my swag, conference guide, a couple of snacks, 2 bottles of Coke Zero, and MY 17″ LAPTOP!

One of the buckles on the shoulder strap did loosen itself on the second day, so make sure you pay attention to that if you overload the bag like I did. I took 5 seconds to tighten it back up and haven’t had any more issues.

Even with all that junk, the bag doesn’t show any wear and didn’t lose it’s shape at all.

Since the conference, I’ve used it as a workout tote, an overnight bag and a carry-all-my-crap-to-work bag.

Pictures  really cannot do this bag justice, so you’re just going to have to order one yourself to see how fabulous they are.

And, of course, I got you a discount code!! Use Duckie4 for 25% off all bags at SugarZuly.

Because all of the fabrics are handmade, patterns change frequently. So what are you waiting for??? Head over right now and grab yourself a FABULOUS bag (or two)!

*I received a Long Day Bag for review purposes. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.*

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Hint:
It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I’m being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that’s not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a “sarcasm font”, I’ve come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my “sarcasm font”.

If you like what you just read please click to send a quick vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs- The best mommy blog directory featuring top mom bloggers