Yay It’s a Giveaway + Favorite Things: Newly Minted

Nothing like a good giveaway to liven up a Tuesday.

I’ve been a fan of Minted for a long time so I was jazzed to get a chance to work with them. Whenever a brand I already love and use contacts me, I get extra excited since it’s an the perfect opportunity to take my recommendations from gabbing with my girlfriends to sharing it with all of you. More importantly, I was pumped to have a chance to do a this giveaway with them.

I’ve spent way too many hours trying to narrow down my pick for our Christmas cards and don’t get me started on how long it took me to settle on a selection for a friend’s shower invitation. Seriously, full afternoons wasted debating between options.

But enough of my indecision …  this time next week I’ll be back in the office and that, my friends, is a huge bummer. Maternity leave hitting in conjunction with summer break is a huge bonus – I just wish I could extend it to Labor Day. Can I extend it to Labor Day?

Since I know that’s not in the cards, I’ve been trying to spend the last couple days knocking some to-do’s off my list to prepare for the insanity that our schedule becomes come Monday. Part of that is getting Blake ready for daycare but I’ve also been trying to get some of my back to school shopping done too. There’s all the big stuff – school supplies, uniforms, lunch boxes but then there’s always a bunch of random things you don’t think of off-hand. Like stickers. Did you ever think you’d be needed stickers for school?

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Gold Pineapple Custom Name Labels | Doodle Frame Custom Name Labels | Frenchie Custom Name Labels  | Watercolor Flowers Custom Name Labels  | Vintage Race Car Custom Name Labels

Last year, after Drew ended up losing something new just about every week – I knew we need to start labeling all his stuff. Kind of annoying, yes. Totally necessary, definitely.

Oh and any new moms or pregnant friends (there’s a lot of you all out there right now – it’s baby fever all of a sudden), if you’ve got a little one heading to daycare, you’re probably going to need to label your kiddos bottles. Markers rub off so you’ll need to order washable stickers to do the trick. It also comes in handy if you forget a bottle at a friend’s house.

Minted Kids Name Stickers (11)

Doodle Frame Custom Name Labels | Gold Pineapple Custom Name Labels

The ones on Minted are by far the cutest around. I had already ordered these pretty little flower ones but then had to grab these little pineapple ones. I love these because they don’t come off in the dishwasher, fit their full names (my daycare requires the full first and last name on every bottle) and are just the sweetest.

For Drew, I have a mix. Bigger stickers for his lunch box, school supplies and bags but these tiny clothing label ones for all his uniforms. Rather than go with my pick, I let him scour the site with me to pick out his favorites. Last year it was race cars, this year sports.Whatever it takes to keep him from losing something else. You can see from the ones we bought last year that they stay on really well despite lots and lots of washings.

And since I couldn’t leave Reese out, I picked up these for my puppy obsessed little lady. I know once I show them to her she’ll be sticking them to every thing she owns. She’s started to take her books to school on the regular so I’ve been adding them whenever she decides to take one with her.

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Frenchie Custom Name Labels 

And last but not least, I’ve just got to to the office is send out Blake’s birth announcements. Yup, still haven’t done that. Aren’t they cute though? Hopefully they’ll be hitting the mail in the next couple days. Wish me luck.

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Simple Love Birth Announcements

I should have taken Minted up on their labeling service – next time I’ll realize I need the help and spring for the extra charge (it’s free right now though so if you’re in the need, it’s a good time to order).

Here’s the best part, Minted is going to be hooking one of you up with $150 to get ready for the school year. Or you can treat yourself and pick out something from their home or art selections. So much good stuff, I’m guessing the winner will be spending too much time narrowing down their favorites.

How to enter to win $150 Minted credit:

  • Enter here on Minted.com
    • Enter your name and email address (yup, that’s it)
  • Giveaway ends Tuesday June 26th at 1 pm.
  • The Fine Print:  This giveaway is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the Sponsor, the judging organization (if applicable), or any other party associated with the development or administration of this Promotion, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in the same household, as such individuals. This Promotion is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited.


Disclosure: This giveaway was sponsored by Minted.com. In addition, I was given a credit to Minted to pick out a handful of items featured in this post. Not all items featured in this post were included in that compensation. Some stuff I just bought because I loved it! All opinions, thoughts and random ramblings are my own.

Louisville + Events: Wine, Women and Shoes!

Not only am I about to spill the details on an event that had me at ‘wine’ but you’re going to want to check out the M A S S I V E giveaway, chock full of goodies, at the end of this post.

Wine, Women and Shoes Co-Chairwomen Christian Dresibach and Jennifer Powell (photo via NFocus)

I’ve heard about Louisville’s ‘Wine, Women and Shoes’ benefitting the Family Scholar House event but never got the full skinny until one of my close friends, Christian Dreisbach, was named co-chair of this year’s event along with Jennifer Powell. After chatting with both gals, it didn’t take me long to realize this wasn’t a standard Louisville fashion event. Coming up next Friday, March 4th at the Henry Clay, ‘Wine, Women and Shoes’ is more than just the standard cocktails + fashion show run-down.  Have your wallet ready because you can get your shop on at the event – so that look you just have to have can be yours right then and there. According to Christian and Jennifer, the marketplace is filled to the brim with clothes, accessories and, of course, shoes from national vendors and brands that are often not available in Louisville (you know, the good stuff). If this is up your alley, grab a ticket here. 

Besides just the standard shopping – with both national and local partners (#shoplocal) – there’s also a silent and live auction that can get pretty competitive. I’m guessing I’ll sit back and let the big dogs big on all those high-priced items and instead will stick to the shoes. One thing that fits more in my price point though is the ‘Keys to the Closet‘ raffle where you can win a $15,000 shopping spree at Von Maur. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here (hurry though, they are selling out quick).

Last but not least, if you’re planning on attending (hurry and grab a ticket here before it’s sold out) make sure to bring it with your shoe game. The event has a Best in Shoe award that goes to the gal who puts her best foot forward. There’s also two honorable mentions but you know you want those bragging rights.


Most importantly of all, the event benefits the Family Scholar House which provides housing, support and childcare for single parents transitioning from poverty, homelessness and domestic violence to self-sufficiency. The organization is providing life-changing assistance by allowing parents to escape abusive situations and become self-sufficient through education and careers. More importantly, it allows these single parents to provide for their families without having to worry about the high-price costs of housing and childcare. It’s really an amazing place doing so much to empower women and families and get them on the track to success.

Basically, what I’m saying is that you can go, shop, drink a little (or a lot of) wine and know that your money is going to an amazing cause.

Now for the extra good stuff. Even if you can’t attend the event (but you should and limited tickets are still available here), you can win big while supporting the Family Scholar House. Jennifer and Christian have put together a crazy good giveaway  exclusively for Lou What Wear readers that includes a Private Tasting and Tour of Talon Winery for you and 19 of your closets buds. All you have to do to enter is throw your support behind the Family Scholar House social media accounts. You’ll stay up to date on opportunities to get involved, volunteer or donate while being entered to win some serious swag.

Ready to enter…

  • The Goods: 
  • To Enter: To make things easier for everyone, I’m using RaffleCopter for this giveaway
  • BONUS ENTRIES: Use RaffleCopter to do as many or as few of these as you want. The more you do, the most entries you’ll get!
  • Giveaway Closes: Wednesday March 2nd at Midnight. Winner will be announced and notified on Thursday March 3rd.

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Beauty + Yay! It’s a Giveaway: Beautycounter

What’s better than a Friday? Giving away free stuff on a Friday. Pretty awesome, right?

Beautycounter Product Review

I’m pumped to be giving away some serious Beautycounter swag (a little jealous too – I had my eye on this set) thanks to my friend Meredith, more on that in a minute. When she initially contacted me about the line, I was intrigued. Since I am both shallow and honest, I will say that my initial lure was on account of their simple, clean packaging. Such a sucker for a nice typeface.

Yes, I know my initial lure was supposed to be the lack of harmful chemicals and yes, I am all about that but to be honest, it’s not something that keeps me up at night (maybe it should but ain’t nobody got time for that). But since I am willing to give just about any beauty product a try, I started off with a couple best-sellers: the Rose Water Spray and the Countertime Enlightening Treatment Pads.

The rose water spray is great but I am a little obsessed with the treatment pads. First off, I am all about anti-aging stuff and so despite being slightly out of the demographic there, I always gravitate to the anti-aging stuff. Gotta keep those wrinkles at bay. So back to the treatment pads, you’re supposed to use them morning and night but I just like to use them in the morning instead of a full face wash. They leave your face feeling fresh, clean but most importantly, NOT DRY or tight. I’m almost out of my initial order and I’m going back for round two. Here’s a tip if you order some: cut the pads in half. You don’t really need a full pad every morning so you’ll get double the use out of it.

My next addition to my routine was the Countertime Restorative Night Cream. I alternate between this one and a thicker Erno Lazlo one. I love that it’s not too thick and also smells great (sometimes night creams can smell weird or maybe it’s just me that thinks so). Oh yeah and that it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. I’m pretty attached to my current face wash routine but I’ve tried the Beautycounter essentials when traveling (their samples are the perfect travel size) and really liked them. Just can’t give any extended thoughts on what I think of the whole routine.

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I’ve just ordered this set that includes shampoo, body wash and lotion. I’ll keep you posted on what I think of those. I’ve been on the hunt for a great shampoo for a while now so I’m hoping this is going to be the one. Fingers crossed.

Now on to the part you really care about, the giveaway. We’re giving one lucky gal the Beautycounter ‘Best in Class’ set which includes their shampoo, conditioner, body wash,  hand cream and body lotion plus a fun pouch, perfect for travel.

This set and two others (the Body 101 and the Face Time) are only available for a limited time so if you want to get in on the deal, you have until Saturday (8.15) to order here.

Beautycounter Product Review

Beautycounter Product Review

Ready to enter…


  • The Goods: Beautycounter  Back to School ‘Best in Class’ Set 
  • To Enter: To make things easier for everyone, I’m using RaffleCopter for this giveaway
  • BONUS ENTRIES: Use RaffleCopter to do as many or as few of these as you want. The more you do, the most entries you’ll get!
  • Giveaway Closes: Tuesday, August 18 at Midnight. Winner will be announced and notified on Wednesday August 19th.



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Disclosure: I was not paid or perked for this giveaway. I purchased all of the Beautycounter products mentioned above and all thoughts and opinions are my own. The giveaway was a gift from Meredith Klapheke, a Beautycounter representative. 

Yay It’s a Giveaway: Share the Love

Last week I shared a little about Kentucky Brewed Tees mission to share the love with their ‘Love More, Hate Less’ tees.  What I love about the whole campaign is that whenever you order one shirt, they send you two so you can share one with a friend. Well today I’m kicking off the holiday weekend by sharing the love with you all.

Currently the shirts are not available (I know, big bummer) but follow Kentucky Brewed Tees on Instagram to find out when they are back in stock. Until then, enter the giveaway below to get two shirts of your own to keep/share. All you have to do to win is let me know who you’ll be giving your shirt to and why.

Kentucky Brewed Tees Love More Hate Less * Lou What Wear (3)

 Love More Hate Less T-Shirt c/o Kentucky Brewed Tees | Paige Denim Cut-Off Shorts | Karen Walker Sunglasses 

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Ready to enter…

  • The Goods: Two Kentucky Brewed Tees – Love More Hate Less T-Shirts 
  • To Enter: To make things easier for everyone, I’m using RaffleCopter for this giveaway
  • REQUIRED: Comment below and answer the following question: Who will you share the love with and why? 
  • BONUS ENTRIES: Use RaffleCopter to do as many or as few of these as you want. The more you do, the most entries you’ll get!
  • Giveaway Closes: Monday July 6th at Midnight

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