Homeschool Boutique Review: School in Style!

August 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Posted in Contests/Giveaways, Rantin' and Ravin' | Leave a comment
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“Do you, like, have any friends?”

Fellow homeschoolers, are you sick of endless questions from people who barely know you? Questions about how smart you are, if you ever leave the house, and if you actually ever, you know, do school?

So were two Memphis-area homeschooling parents. Then, they found the eternal question-quencher. After a little brainstorming, their kids were the models for shirts that echoed the thoughts of thousands of homeschooling families.


Homeschool Boutique offers an amazing variety of shirts, tote bags, backpacks, and more! In infant, maternity, kid, mom, and dad sizing, you’re sure to find something perfect for every member of your family.

Homeschool Boutique ships across the country and accepts Paypal, as well as credit card orders.

I was lucky enough to receive a  Homeschooling Rockz rhinestone shirt, and I’m really pleased with it! It’s very comfortable and has been washed without any wear and tear whatsoever. It’s a women’s medium and seems to run slighter bigger than I anticipated. If you usually wear a small in a unisex shirt, I’d order a small from Homeschool Boutique as well. Everything about this design, however, is perfectly proportionate and well thought-out.


Most shirts run between $9.99-$15.99, with the most expensive capping out at about $25. Definitely not bad for boutique tees! Definitely check out their website– what better gift for that homeschool mom or kid in your circle of friends or family!

Homeschool Boutique is partnering with College Chick to present a shirt giveaway in the near future! Please subscribe to receive updates so YOU don’t miss out on entering!


No Such Thing As Luck…

August 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Posted in Contests/Giveaways, Keepin' Up Appearances | 5 Comments
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I personally do not believe in luck. Things always happen for a reason.

…However, saying that I’m “blessed” to be a frequent giveaway winner feels very strange! haha. So I don’t really have a good word to explain how many of my dorm’s things were won through blogs and corporate marketing campaigns.

Honestly, I’ve always had a lot of success winning things… through my entire life. (yeah, I know. 75% of my readers officially hate me now haha) It’s a hobby of mine to enter contests. I do it on my break, when I’m at home and have free time, or when I’m just wasting time!

I realize I haven’t posted in a while… I was in Florida, and then I was at FROSH camp for the University of Memphis! GO TIGERS! I am starting my freshman year of college on August 31st, and I’m so excited! So please forgive me for not keeping this blog up to date.

I truly want this blog to feature important things that college students can benefit from. i.e. How to eat for next to nothing, the best FREE dates in Memphis, and what NOT to forget when you’re heading off to your dorm. Interested? Please subscribe and you’ll receive an email everytime I update this blog. And if you have any ideas for posts, comment below! Thanks in advance =)

Since I’ve been behind, I want to shout-out to the blogs that have awarded me prizes lately. Be sure to visit their and the corporate sponsors’ websites! I’ll be featuring several of these products in reviews in the near future.

Homeschool Boutique

  • T-shirt (I LOVE this company! They offer unique homeschool-themed shirts and are inexpensive!)

Fashionable Gal

Alternative Consumer


Evie S.

  • Boutique fabric tin


Whole Foods Market

  • Gift card (Facebook giveaway!)

Peek a Baby

  • Flipper toothbrush holder (this thing looks like a COW and it’s awesome! hahaha)

Ok. I’m done. I have a small feeling the other 25% of you now hate me! haha. I’m waiting on a couple more prizes to be mailed to me as well. Like I said, I’m going to review several of these products for you. Don’t forget to subscribe to receive email updates!

Businesses, I’d like to feature some of my own giveaways featuring your products! Please contact me! =)

Moo Cards Review & Special Offer!

July 15, 2009 at 11:10 am | Posted in Contests/Giveaways | 1 Comment
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Sadly enough, I have not yet purchased business cards for Picturesque Memphis. I know, I know, it’s the most important way to spread the word. I know.

I guess the biggest problem for me is that I’m in love with cards that are simply perfect.

Moo is one of the most respected printers for custom business cards, minicards, postcards, and more. They offer unique personalization and you can upload a different image for each of your business cards. This is especially helpful to photographers- talking to a future bride? Give her a card with your wedding photography. Run into a senior? You have a card for him, too.

Moo offers a free 10-card sample kit that is mailed to your home free of charge. I ordered mine several weeks ago and was truly impressed:



(Colors are a bit off because I took these last minute :p)

So what are you waiting for? Order yours today? But it gets better! =) Moo has graciously offered College Chick’s readers free shipping on their first purchases, through August 31st! So order your free cards, marvel at their brillance, then order anything from Moo and get free shipping =)

Use this code: HP58EM

Please share this post with any friends who own their own businesses or might be in need for custom printing! Don’t forget to subscribe for email updates!

I love giveaways!

July 14, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Posted in Contests/Giveaways | 1 Comment
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Close friends know that I really do have “good luck.” Not that I truly believe in luck, but the point is that I usually have a very good chance of being picked for freebies or having my name drawn in a giveaway. I have no idea why- but I have been blessed with many cool, useful things through blog/Twitter/Facebook/local giveaways!

I’d like to highlight two websites that were kind enough this week to award me gift cards that are going to be very useful!

Bongga (rhymes with “congga”): a Filipino expression meaning glamorous, outrageous, fabulous. There’s a Bongga Mom — part Bette Midler, part Nicole Kidman, part Martha Stewart — in every mom. Me? A Bongga Mom? With 3 kids, no money, and last year’s jeans, I’m still working on it.

Bonggamom is filled with giveaways, contests, photos, and cute posts about her and her children’s daily fun.

She awarded me with a $50 gift certificate to Tiny Prints, which is one of the most adorable online print boutiques I have yet to come across. I’m looking forward to ordering some cards- I’m just having a hard time deciding which ones to choose!

  • Photofocus (with Scott Bourne)

Photofocus is a one-stop online media site for serious amateur and emerging professional photographers interested in learning more about photography. The bulk of its blog posts are tips, tricks, news and reviews, aided by interviews with prominent photographers, educational screencasts and a very active community of engaged readers who regularly comment.

What I appreciate the most, however, is Scott’s daily Twitter updates. He frequently hosts random (and I mean random) giveaways and posts helpful photographic resources. And the best part? All you have to do to be eligible for giveaways is follow him on Twitter! (Hey… while you’re at it, follow me too!)
I got a tweet text today that let me know I had won a $100 gift certificate to White House Custom Color! WHCC is one of my favorite image labs and I’m looking forward to purchasing a few gallery samples for my portrait business, Picturesque Memphis.

Combine these wins with a $100 gift card to anywhere in the Carriage Crossing Shopping Center, and I’ve had a pretty good week! =)

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