Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dolls Clothes by Trudy - Review & Giveaway

Every year, a couple of weeks before my daughters birthdays I always ask them what they want.  This year, my youngest daughter specifically requested items for her "Our Generation" doll, which is similar to "My American Doll" but a bit more affordable.   So, we first went shopping at Target since that's where you can find the "Our Generation" dolls. She got a hair salon chair and some accessories to go with it.  She also wanted some clothes but they didn't have a good selection so I asked her to wait and that we would look online together...and that's when I found "Doll Clothes by Trudy" on Etsy! My daughter went crazy! She wanted every outfit in her Etsy Store! She has some favorites but she really does like all of Trudy's Doll Outfits. We purchased two outfits from Trudy and we were so pleased, that I ask her if she'd be a sponsor for No Frill Reviews and Giveaways. 

"Doll Clothes by Trudy" makes beautiful handmade doll clothes (18" dolls), made with love with quality fabrics and trims. The doll clothes are often unique so if you see something you really like, I do suggest that you purchase asap as she may or may not be about to duplicate depending on her inventory of fabrics.  They are handmade in a dog-friendly but smoke-free home.  Outfit prices start as low as $8.00.  The shoes are $6.00 and boots $7.00.

Here's a little bit of information about Trudy:  " I have retired, and my grand daughters wanted me to make some doll clothes for their dolls. I enjoyed it so much, I decided I would make more and try to share them with other little girls. I get so much pleasure when I see a girl's eyes light up when they see the clothes. I have sewn for years, but had little time when I was working. This has been a lot of fun for me. I hope everyone enjoys the doll clothes as much as I do making them."

We purchased two outfits and one pair of shoes for my daughter's birthday. Here is her doll in one of her handmade doll outfits! Ain't she pretty!?! The fabric choices on this outfit is perfect, she did a terrific job putting it all together! The shoes are my daughter's favorite, she is a bit fanatic about shoes herself so it's no surprise that she wants lots for her doll.  "Dolls Clothes by Trudy" does sell shoes too!  The white shoes shown on this picture are from "Dolls Clothes by Trudy". 

Here are additional outfits that we were received to write the review. 

$25.00 "Dolls Clothes by Trudy" Etsy Store Credit with Free Shipping
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Importance of Customer Service - Kay Jewelers

Last Christmas, my daughters and husband decided to surprise me with a beautiful jewelry set at Kay Jewelers by Jane Seymour from the "Open Heart" collection.  At that time, I was several months pregnant with our son.  

They had purchased a bracelet, a pair of earrings, and a necklace. I cried when I opened the packages.  We had made an agreement that since we were saving to purchase a new home that we weren't buying each other anything for Christmas, we had only budgeted gifts for our two girls.  My husband broke the promise by blaming it on the girls saying that "they" were the ones who had purchased the set, not him.

Two months later, my bracelet broke... one month after that  my necklace chain broke... and five months later, I lost an earring.  Three pieces of jewelry and I had nothing to show! I was broken hearted! Losing my earring was the last straw and that's when I decided to contact "Kay Jewelers" yesterday via Facebook to explain what had happened to my bracelet and necklace.  The lost earring wasn't their fault but it is what pushed me to finally address the issue with the quality of the jewelry.  The bracelet was beautiful but the quality left a lot to be desired.  The chain was actually my second one from the Jane Seymour collection.  My first chain, the clasp was defective and wouldn't close all the way, which kept coming off.

Within 3 hours of posting my complaint, I received a phone call from Customer Service.  They were very apologetic and admitted that the bracelet had received many complaints and that they were indeed investigating this particular item.  Even though they knew that I had not purchased a warranty for this bracelet, they offered me a store credit for the paid amount of my bracelet.

The customer service representative was even nice enough to give me the nearest Kay Jewelers location which was only 8 minutes from my house! They just recently opened a new location last Friday, and it is an OUTLET store! They have TONS and TONS of previously owned pieces and sure enough, they had several "Open Heart" pieces for sale!

I actually was able to purchase two "previously loved" Jane Seymour Open Heart pieces, and they look new! See for yourself......

 Needless to say, I'm a very satisfied customer and look forward to shopping at the Kay Jewelers Outlet location in Cincinnati!   Thank you to Kay Jewelers for your rock star Customer Service!!

p.s.  I found my earring in my parking lot driving back from Kay Jewelers!  Coincidence?  :P

**** I received NO compensation what-so-ever for this post ****

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Giveaway - New Custom Photo Tiles! Lucky winner will get two (2) Custom Tiles!

Giveway Included! Win a set of two (2) Custom Photo Tiles!

I'm promoting a new item that is now available for purchase in my "La Jolie Fille Boutique" Etsy Store and that is Custom Photo Ceramic 4"x4" tiles!   These can be used as Coasters, to Display your favorite photos, or as a spoon holder for your kitchen. 

The shown set below was actually made as a gift for my mother who is turning 50 very soon. She only has one daughter and she was blessed with three beautiful grandchildren :). 

Also, these beautiful hats were made by one of my Sponsors, "Bandtonella", which I'm currently running a Giveaway for! The Giveaway is for one crochet hat of your choice and is ending on 9-01-2012 at 11:59pm!

You can choose between Color or Black and White. The tiles are varnished with several coats of protective high gloss finish. It is waterproof but do not soak in water. To clean, just hand wipe with damp cloth. 

You must provide me with a HIGH RESOLUTION photo(s), and do not crop image. 

The tile is varnished with several coats of protective high gloss finished. 

Choice of the following on the back of the tile:

1. as-is 
2. small felt pads in each corner to protect surfaces
3. double-sided mounting tape in each corner (if you wish to mount the tile, please note that this can damage surfaces if you try to remove)

Great gift idea for: Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles, Friends, Housewarming Gift, Valentines Day, etc.

Ideas of Photos: babies, nieces/nephew, wedding, sports events, your pets, old scanned photos, etc. 

The winner will need to provide me with me with two (2) high-resolution files in JPG format via email or they can choose the "Daisy Flower" design as shown. 

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Blogorama Bonanza Event - October 10-26

Announcing the "Blogorama Bonanza Event", starting on October 10 end ending on the 26th!


Do you want to increase your online presence and brand awareness?  Here's a great opportunity for you! If you want to be featured on my blog, "No Frill Reviews and Giveways", please email me at

Heavily Promoted Event!
This event will consist of 100 blogs coming together to bring are readers some awesome Giveaways!

If you wish to have your product featured on my blog but also appear on dozens more, this is the opportunity for you!! I can only accept ONE sponsor for this event. You must send me one product for the review and agree for you to ship the same to one lucky winner! Minimum value of $25.00.

We are seeking BLOGGERS to participate and help promote this event! The Blogorama Bonanza starting October 10, at 12:01 AM EST time and ending October 26, at 11:59 AM EST Time.  Visit for more information.

Got my Shutterfly 8x8 Photo Book, Definitely Worth It!

I just recently joined the "My Coke Rewards" program where you enter codes from participating coke products such as Coke, Diet Coke, Fanta, Minute Maid, etc.

They have a promotion going on till the end of August where if you enter 5 different codes, you get a FREE 8x8 Shutterfly Book.  All you have to pay is shipping, which was a little over $8.00 for me.

This is my first photo book ever and I'm glad it was through Shutterfly, the quality is quite impressive.   The photos in the book are sharp, the colors are bright and vibrant, and the white balance wasn't changed, if it was, it's hard to tell.  Nothing annoys me more when you take great effort in calibrating your screen and insuring that your white balance is exactly as you want it to be, and you send your prints to a lab and you get them back looking horrible.

Here's a video that I have created showing my book!  I admit I'm not very creative so, there's nothing real special about it.  I would have liked to spend a bit more time creating it but I've only got but so many hours in a day to work with... Oh , and the nice part of making this book, they have TEMPLATES!  You can even let  Shutterfly automatically lay out the photos in your book for you!  There's no excuses as to why you can make a book! You don't need to be super creative or have a lot of time in your hands, just let Shutterfly do it's magic for you .

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bandtonella - Adorable Crochet Hats!

US Residents Only

When I received the shipment of crochet hats from Etsy Seller "Bandtonella", I just couldn't wait to open it! It came in a small cardboard box and was wrapped with white tissue paper with a thoughtful handwritten "Thank You" note.

Crocheting is something that I always wanted to try but simply don't have the talent for it. I can say that it's certainly not the case for Antonella, her crochet work is superb!  As you can see from the pictures below that her hats are unbelievably cute! My daughters loved wearing and modeling them.  My son however, was more interested in chewing on his hands as he is cutting his first tooth (poor baby!) but I was still able to show how handsome he is with his crochet hat made by Antonella!

Without a doubt, her hats are beautifully done (see photos below).  Every child should have a collection of these, they are adorable and make awesome props for breathtaking pictures! The time and effort in making these, it's worth every dollar! They are quite affordable.  The best part of shopping with Antonella, is the fact that she takes custom orders. She offers many different colors and sizes (from newborn to adults!).

Antonella makes crochet hats, headbands, ear wraps, matching ponchos and hat, embellished shoes, custom hair accessories, tube tops, decorated accessory holder/box, etc. She has also started offering Decorated Rhinestone iPhone Cases!

You can BUY her beautiful crochet hats by visiting her Etsy Store by clicking HERE


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

JuiciBags Handmade Accessories (iPhone, ipod, cell phone cases)

Mariella is a lady with many talents and interests.  She has several Etsy Stores but the one that I'm writing about his her "JuiciBags" handmade accessories cases for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Kindle, etc.

Visit her Etsy Store by Clicking HERE.
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I was quite pleased when Mariella agreed to be a Sponsor for "No Frill Reviews and Giveways".  My daughter has just recently received an iPod for her birthday and although it's covered with a hard case, the cost of her new "toy" certainly warranted extra protection! Finding a soft case for her iPod was fruitless at the retail stores and quite frustrating when you have a picky daughter like mine!  JuiciBags offers such a wide variety of handsewn cases, there's something for everyone! My daughter's favorite is her "Music" theme print cases, it's very fitting for my daughter has she listens to music all the time! 

By far, the quality of her cases superseded my expectations, they are solidly constructed and well-made! The reviews for her Etsy Store speaks loudly! The cases I received from Mariella were beautifully packaged with white tissue paper and wrapped with a purple ribbon with a bow. I'm no expert when it comes to handsewing but I do know that making these can't be easy, especially since they are somewhat small in size compared to a large tote bag! The precision of her stitching is quite impressive! There was no loose threads and the stitching is straight and strong! I know that the two cases that I received will last for a very long time.

Here are a few things about her custom-cases:
- They are fully interfaced inside and out.
- Comes padded for extra protection
- Reinforced Stitching
- Strap with velcro closure for easy and fast access 
- Comes with swivel lobster claw hook, to clip onto your pants, handbag, etc
- Some cases come with outside front pocket for your ear buds, credit card, or for money
- Most of her cases will fit HTC, Samsung Access, Motorola Atrix 2, iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPhone 4, Droid, etc. 
- Cases can be laminated for extra durability (easier to clean - recommended for light colored fabric)

Clipping the case to my purse allows me to access my phone quickly and easily without having to shuffle in the bottom of my purse and missing a phone call because I was too slow finding it! Being a mom of three kids, I have way too much "stuff" in my purse and my cell phone would simply get lost in it. I'm happy to say that this problem is now solved!

Also, if you should have multiple devices such as an iPhone and iPad, shopping with Juicibag would allow you to get matching cases, how cool is that!

These would also make adorable unique gifts!  Don't buy a generic case at a retail store when you can get a unique handmade one with Juicibag! 

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Win One Pair of Black Angel Wings Earrings and Sterling Silver Gemstone Black Ring!

Here's a beautiful set for you ladies to win! The earrings were handmade by me (sterling silver hooks) and the ring is Sterling Silver with a black gemstone inside.  The ring was purchased as a gift for my daughter but the seller sent me the wrong size and ring! I was disappointed since it was suppose to be a birthday gift but it was too late to reorder a new one.  I'm unsure if the size, I believe it could be a size 6.5 or 7?

Specializing in handmade jewelry for Children and Adults! 

The earrings hooks are made of very dainty sterling silver.