August giveaways: cozy fall essentials & back-to-school

As we wrap up the Summer season and prepare for the change Fall brings along, I felt it would be just too fun to host TWO giveaway bundles this time around: Cozy Fall Essentials & Back-to-School. We have prizes totaling over $700 from 17 ultra creative handmade shops/businesses:

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COZY FALL ESSENTIALS BUNDLE: 1. $50 gift card to Be Still Clothing Company, $50 value// 2. Limited Edition Moccasins (winner chooses color & size) from Freshly Picked, $60 value // 3. Hand Knit Poppy Cowl from Saffron and Nutmeg, $35 value// 4. Modern Embroidery Kit from Lovely Messes, $22 value // 5. Crochet Boot Cuffs (winner chooses color) from Craftee McGee, $20 value // 6. “Happy Fall” Chalkboard Banner from The Burlap Bungalow, $27 value // 7. Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce from The Caramel Jar, $14 value// 8. Lacy Bow Ear Warmer from Love City Crochet, $16.50 value // 9. Turquoise + Wood + Natural Stones Bracelet Stacking Set from Pineapple Bling, $100 value.

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL BUNDLE: 10. Allison Butterscotch Camera Bag from Jo Totes, $89 value // 11. Personalized Lunchbox – Deluxe (winner chooses style) from Bugaboo Announcements, $43 value // 12. Fox and Friends Mini Art Caddy from Kiki B Omi Designs, $15 value // 13. Leather Shoulder Bag from A Great & Many Things, $105 value // 14. Coffee Cozy from The Love, Mich Collection, $21 value // 15. Preppy Plaid Bow Tie from adventuresNnonsense, $50 value // 16. Handpainted Burlap Wristlet from Lily Patch Boutique, $25 value // 17.  Tablet Sleeve from So Sew Organized, $18 value.

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter entries below. None of the entry options are required so please keep an eye out for all entry options that don’t require social media, there are many :) One winner for each bundle will be selected at random and notified via email. Please note: both giveaways are open to US residents only. Good luck!

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Thank you for supporting the shops that help support me and my family.

PS. We’ll be hosting a baby shower themed giveaway in early October in anticipation of Baby Whitley #2. If you’d like your handmade shop to be included in our next bundle please send Jenn an email: jenn AT maggiewhitley DOT com.

When your big brother plans a suprise visit…

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family maggie whitley

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family maggie whitley

family maggie whitley

My brother visited me for my birthday in July — a surprise visit! — and I just have to say, having a solid relationship with your sibling as adults is pretty rad. We’re only two years apart in age, but now that we have children of our own we have a totally different, awesome relationship from when we were younger.

Last year Matt surprised me by flying to Los Angeles for a week. It was his first time meeting Maxwell and it was amazing to see them interact as uncle and nephew. This year was more of a reunion for them. It was like we stepped back in time (minus my new baby bump) and the flow of his visit didn’t miss a beat. My brother has two boys of his own, so our parents are very curious if our second Whitley baby will be a boy or girl ;)

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Uncle Matt and Maxwell (about 5 months old), Summer 2013

We visited the Santa Monica Promenade soon after Matt and his girlfriend Kim arrived in LA. While we were window shopping, and reminiscing about Matt’s visit last year, we stopped into a baby boutique where Matt bought a red airplane piggy bank for Maxwell.

Once we were back at home they sat at the table and Matt taught Max how to put the coins in the thin slot on top. There’s a special message written on the bottom… and reading it makes me feel so many emotions. I’m incredibly blessed to have him as a big brother, and how much he loves my family.

I’m grateful that the miles between us are like a strong, woven rope. They don’t take away from our relationship, instead they give us something to cling to.

How to survive mamahood in Los Angeles.

One of my dear mama friends (she has two littles: a four-month old and a 2-year old) taught me early on how to survive living in Los Angeles. You bring your kids to the beach, and you start going at an early age. And oh my, yes I couldn’t agree with her more. The weather in the city is pretty consistent — mostly blue skies, breezy sunshine and 75 degrees.

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But it’s also a super crowded, bustling, traffic-crazy city.

Except when you’re at the beach during the week ;) We notice mostly tourists here during the weekday (hooray for us, we’re the oddballs!), so it kinda feels like we’re on vacation. Except we live here year-round.

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When we go to the beach, we go for the entire day, like 10:30am until 4pm. Our kiddos play together and they play independently. We take multiple trips down to the water to splash around. We spy dolphins swimming near the shore. We brush off sand. Again. We keep our littles hydrated and full of energizing foods. We chase them around our umbrellas and beach quilts and trip over buckets.

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And then the most miraculous thing happens: all the littles take an afternoon nap. At the same time. And for at least an hour are able to catch up without getting up, but funny how fast that hour goes by :)

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It’s not so hard taking your kids to the beach. Maxwell went a few times last year and maybe a dozen times already this year? We continue to go and so it continues to get easier and easier. Going to the beach is one of my best tips for surviving mamahood in Los Angeles.

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Also! Once we’re home and the sunscreen’s been washed off, it’s not long before everyone is in bed for a good night’s rest.

Here’s one of my favorite photos with Maxwell from our trip to the beach yesterday. It makes me so happy that I wanted to share with you it’s full-size frame:

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I’ve only and always been a mama since we moved to Los Angeles. I’m sure it’s different for moms all over the country, but knowing “how to survive” seems to be something we can all do differently while still feeling so very connected to one another. I’d love to read your tips on surviving mamahood in your city. See you in the comments? xo

YEOW! Enter our summer giveaway bundle, $895 in prizes!

Summer is nearly here and I’m beyond excited. (And that’s a fact!) I’m so grateful for this online community and to help celebrate summer and blogging and encouraging one another and handmade beauty I’m hosting a HUGE summer giveaway bundle worth $895 in prizes from 21 different shops. All of the items included in the giveaway are shown below, including links to each direct product. This giveaway bundle will be gifted to one lucky MWD reader, yeow!

Here’s our summer giveaway bundle, my loves:

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS //

1. Betsy mustard camera bag from JoTotes ($109 value) // 2. “Give Me Jesus” journal from Life Lived Beautifully ($26 value) // 3. handstamped silver & brass bar necklace from Simply Stunning by LC ($28 value) // 4. crochet fringe cross-body bag from Laila’s Charming Pieces ($40 value) // 5. palm tree leather cuff from Blue Dawn ($49.95 value) // 6. “All My Loves” necklace from The Vintage Pearl ($57 value) // 7. “Live in the Sunshine” terry tank from The Printed Palette ($26 value) // 8. “Mommy & Me” floral crowns from Love Sparkle Pretty ($129 value) // 9. “rise & shine” 11×14 fine art print from My Crafted Life ($23 value) // 10. essentials foaming sunless tanner from Karla Gust of Rodan + Fields ($24 value) // 11. charcoal stars cotton voile infinity scarf from Saffron and Nutmeg ($54 value) // 12. “The Janet” top from Allie Mac ($75 value) // 13. cascading baltic amber necklace from Spark of Amber ($34.99 value) // 14. “anchor of hope” 8×10 print from Elleizahbeth ($12 value) // 15. essential oil zip pouch from Lil Alice ($13 value) // 16. nautical reversible headband (child) from Shared Joy ($10 value) // 17. The Clean Mama Simplified Life Everything Kit from Clean Mama Printables ($45 value) // 18. rocket pop bodysuit/t-shirt from Blue-J Cottage ($20 value) // 19. canvas beach tote from So Sew Organized ($45 value) // 20. ocean painting from Art by Megan ($50 value) // 21. tiny gold anchor charm necklace from Lazy Owl Boutique ($23 value)

The above listed items will be gifted to one U.S. resident. Please use the rafflecopter widget below to enter. Best of luck, and I hope you win! xoxo

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Interested in working with us for future giveaway bundles? Email jenn(at)maggiewhitley(dot)com for more details.