Indulge at Nicole’s Homemade Treats

There’s nothing like homemade candies and treats to satisfy your sweet tooth!  But if you’re like me, you may not always have the time and patience to spend making your own candies.  But now thanks to Nicole’s Homemade Treats you don’t have to have time or  patience. 
Nicole’s Homemade Treats is a fabulous etsy shop offering yummy, delectable, sweet treats.  They have everything from chocolate caramel truffles and peanut butter cups to chocolate covered cherries and much more!
Nicole is a stay at home mom of two boys and a military spouse. She uses candy-making as a stress reliever and creative outlet. For Nicole, selling her products locally and online is a fun and rewarding endeavor. And she has spent many hours trying to get her treats “just right!”
Nicole’s Homemade Treats is an LLC operating out of New York State. All the products are prepared in a fully licensed kitchen. NYS Dept. of Agriculture #31AAAA
The treats are prepared in small batches, to preserve the taste and quality of the product, and to ensure that there is no waste. It takes about 5-7 days to produce your order. But Nicole PROMISES – they will be worth the wait!
If you’re shopping for someone else, gift certificates are available.  And Nicole also offers chocolate samplers where you’ll get a one pound assortment each month for 3 months, 6 months, or an entire year! (Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.)

Be sure to check out Nicole’s Homemade Treats on etsy! You can also connect with Nicole at her blog and on twitter @Nikid70.  Go ahead and indulge!

Disclosure:  Nicole’s Homemade Treats is a paid sponsor on my blog.  If you’d like become a sponsor, please check out my PR page or email me for details.

Spotlight on Petite Rouge Shop

I’m excited to share my newest sponsor with you.  It is a cute etsy shop called Petite Rouge which specializes in adorably sweet hairbows.  Are you looking for the perfect finishing touch? Petite Rouge has it. Simple, elegant blossoms to brighten up any outfit. Dainty enough for your smallest princess. Sophisticated enough for your growing girls.

Petite Rouge is owned by Rachel, a stay at hom mom.  Here’s a little information about Rachel in her own words:
“I am a stay-at home mom of four — three boys and a girl (although at three, she thinks she’s one of the boys and is can hold her own in a nerf battle). Having four kids keeps me pretty occupied and doesn’t leave much time for other things. So my hobbies have become multi-purpose: searching the internet for new recipes, cooking, collecting fabulously illustrated childrens books, creating scary halloween decorations (random, but again I do have three boys).
And I love fabric! I love to shop for fabric the way some women shop for shoes . . . but I’m not the best at sewing. When I found a way to use fabric in a non-sewing way, I was so excited! My husband has informed me several times that our daughter has enough hair clips to last her for two lifetimes. So in order to justify buying more fabric, I opened up an etsy site.”
I instantly fell in love with Rachel’s  unique bows.  Her blossoms are so fun and unique!  And I love the variety of bright colors and fabrics.  I also love that girls can wear the clips alone or add them to a headband.  And although the blossoms dominate the shop, I equally love Rachel’s flower clips and corker clips.  Any of these bows would be the perfect accessory to finish off any outfit with style and flair!

If you’re shopping this spring for children’s fashions, please check out Petite Rouge for the perfect finishing touch to your child’s outfits!


Spotlight on Birdsong Bows

I’m always excited to introduce you to companies that specialize in teaching you how to make something.  And this week I have the pleasure of welcoming Birdsong Bows to my blog.  They are a company that sells patterns and tutorials for hairbows and accessories.
This shop is owned by Deanna McCool.  Deanna grew up with a love for crafting, drawing, and painting.  Over the years she’s taken up a number of  disciplines from pottery and writing to fiber arts.  In 2006 Deanna discovered hair bow design and grew Birdsong Bows with a love for the art and craft of creating beautiful accessories for little girls. As the business expanded, she discovered the joy in teaching others how to make bows and other items, and began writing tutorials to share her knowledge.

Included in Deanna’s shop are patterns not just for hairbows, but also felt flower clips, barrettes and tutus.  She offers professional looking tutorials in PDF format with elaborate, easy to follow instructions and even video tutorials.  These are for beginner and avid bow makers alike. And as you can see, these aren’t your average bows; they are quite unique, fancy, and beautiful.
Deanna also offers discounts when you purchase the tutorials in bundles.  And if you decide you’d like to set up your own bow shop, she’s also got a book of online sales strategies!

Where to Buy: 
Ways to Connect:
Birdsong Bow’s Blog
Birdsong Bow’s on Facebook

If you’ve got a little girl and you love to craft, there’s no reason not try your hand at making your own bows, and Birdsong Bows is the perfect place to help you get started.  Please check out Deanna’s website today!


Disclosure: Birdsong Bows is a paid sponsor on Simply Sweet Home.  The opinions in this post are my own.  If you’d like to advertise here, please see my PR Page.

Spotlight on Spring Swimwear at Express

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

The weather’s been perfect around our house for the last few weeks, and I’m so happy that spring time is finally here!  With the warm weather here to stay (for a while), you can’t help but think about spring and summer fashions, the tank tops, shorts, flip flops, and of course, swimsuits!  You can dive into the season’s sexiest women’s swimwear at Express.
Express carries bikinis in a number of styles including the string bikini, strapless bikini, and the halter bikini.  They also have monokinis if your shopping for something sexy, yet modest.  And they have many beautiful colors and patterns available.  Apart from the cute styles and designs they offer, I love all the different embellishments they have, from the flirty ruffles and ties to the glam beads.

My favorite swim suit is this graphic bikini (pictured above).  Usually when I shop for swimsuits, I end up with something in purple, blue, or pink, so the colors of this suit are right up my alley.  I just love how they’ve splashed the bright pink graphics onto this deep purple, and I love how they used what I call the “fade effect” where the colors gradually fade in to one another.  And looking at a larger, close-up photo of the suit, you can see that they also added tiny bead embellishments to the flowers, for a little extra-added style and glam!  I would love to wear this to the beach this summer!

Express also carries a line of cute sunglasses, totes, accessories, and some fabulous clothing, so go check them out!
Sweepstakes! Sign up for Express e-mail, and you could win one of ten $200 Express Gift Cards!  The contest is open through April 21.  For more, details check out the sweepstakes rules.



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Spotlight on Julian & Co

I’m excited to introduce you to my newest blog sponsor Julian & Co.  This unique shop is owned by wife and mom Tania, and it offers an array of lovely, heirloom quality jewelry for moms, dads, and children.
These lovely pieces can be personalized with your child’s name, birthdate and time, weight, and length.  And for those who love birthstones, you’ll be excited to know that Julian & Co will soon bring on birthstone charms for this lovely line of jewelry.
When I first ran across Julian & Co, I instantly fell in love with their personalized jewelry, and I was even more excited to feature them on my blog after I read the story behind the company.  After wearing many hats in her career, Tania and her husband Tony decided to start a family.  Their son Julian was born 11 weeks early and weighed only 3lbs 4oz.  Tania’s husband purchased a personalized baby bracelet for Julian, but it was too big for his tiny wrist. So Tania set out to design her own sterling silver id bracelet for Julian.  This was the first of many pieces in the Julian & Co line.

The  Signature line of Julian & Co  is the baby hand and feet jewelry.  So overjoyed to have Julian home, Tania handcrafted sterling silver disc pendants adorned with Julian’s own hand and feet prints, as well as his name and birth date, for her and her husband to wear. As soon as her family and friends saw Tania’s lovely creations, orders came rolling in, and the business grew from there. 
For me, Julian & Co. combines two things that I absolutely love: silver jewelry and personalized jewelry.  Ever since I can remember I’ve loved silver. It’s so simple, yet very elegant, and it goes so well with any outfit, from jeans to dresses.  And the personlized touches to Tania’s designs take these pieces from being just another piece of jewelry to being a keepsake that you will cherish forever.
The entire Julian & Co. line is durable and heirloom quality, and most pieces have a high shine mirror finish and are thick enough to be personalized on both sides. 

Connect with Julian & Co:
Follow @JULIANandCo on Twitter.
Follow Julian & Co on Facebook.
 Subscribe to receive updates & latest promotions.
Follow the Julian & Co blog.

Please visit Julian & Co to see more of these beautiful pieces and help support this amazing mom and her shop!


Disclosure:  Julian & Co is a paid sponsor on Simply Sweet Home.  The opinions in this post are my own.  If you’d like to advertise on this blog, please see my PR Page for details.

Nursery and Kids Decor at Gypsy Lane Designs

I’m really happy to welcome back Gypsy Lane Designs as a sponsor to my blog.  If you’re new to my blog and aren’t familiar with this shop, let me tell you all about it.  It is owned by Rachel who is an artist and art teacher.

Gypsy Lane Designs features fresh, bright & beautiful artwork for Baby & Home.  If you’re looking for adorable, unique, and personalized items for your child’s room, you should definitely check out Gypsy Lane.  They have custom artwork, name paintings, and name blocks, which also make great birthday and shower gifts.
Gypsy Lane also specializes in custom paintings of pets. (We can’t forget to celebrate the furry little ones in our lives!)

I was intrigued by how Rachel came to develop her fabulous line of children’s artwork:

Gypsy Lane Designs began when I thought I would finally try my hand at creating paintings for the masses. My shop first housed mostly travel watercolors and custom pet portraits. As countless numbers of my friends have recently had babies, I began getting some requests for custom nursery work. My shop has organically grown into a haven of hand-painted and original designs for baby.

I have been having a blast creating personalized nursery designs for my Etsy customers. I love making my children’s designs beautiful, completely unique, whimsical and delicate. I find inspiration every day in my art classroom as I watch my student’s active imaginations. I absolutely love doing custom work and strive to make my custom artwork interactions as easy, fun and painless for you as possible.

From cars, planes, and  animals, to flowers, butterflies, and princesses, Gypsy Lane Designs can make the perfect custom wall art for your child’s room that creates an atmosphere of whimsy and wonder every time your child walks in!

Connect with Gypsy Lane Designs
Rachel’s Blog: Gypsy Lane Designs

Please join me in support of this lovely artist and fabulous etsy shop  and check out Gypsy Lane Designs today.


Disclosure: Gypsy Lane Designs is a paid sponsor on my blog.  If you have a business and you’d like for me to advertise for you, please check out my PR page for details.

Spotlight on Thirty-One Gifts

Today I’m really excited to tell you about my newest blog sponsor. I’m excited because this sponsor not only sells great products but can also be an outlet for women to make money and even have a little fun.
The sponsor is Thirty-One Gifts, and they offer adorable purses, bags, totes, accessories, and organizing items.  These come in a number of adorable colors and prints and can be personalized for you.
You can look through their extensive catalog of items and place an order online  at any time.

Thirty-One Gifts provides an outet of fun, by allowing you to host a show.  This can be a live show or an online/catalog show.  You can invite your friends over for an evening of fun, and an independent representative will share the products with you, and when you host a show, you can earn free and half priced products!

Thirty-One Gifts also offers a fantastic business opportunity for women. Thirty-One is a faith-based company, whose name comes from Proverbs 31:31 in the Bible where it talks about celebrating and rewarding women, and there is a focus in the company about being the Proverbs 31 virtuous woman.
Thirty-One is a direct sales company that gives women the opportunity to make a little extra money or an extra income.  Independent Thirty-One Director Laura Aridgides has been in the direct sales industry working from home with her children for 11 1/2 years. For her, Thirty-One Gifts has been an amazing opportunity to be able to put family first, and still contribute to the family budget (and have a girls night too!).
You can join Laura’s team for just $99.  When you join you will receive a new spring starter kit valued at over $300. Plus, if you join Laura’s team in January, you’ll get a free Jewelry Roll. 

If you’d like more information on this opportunity, just visit Laura’s webpage.  She has an excellent 10 minute video which explains the opportunity further.  If you like what you see, you can join Laura’s team through her website. You can also contact Laura directly via email ( or via phone (802-264-4884) with any questions you may have.

Upcoming Giveaway!

I’m pleased to announce that I will be reviewing a product from Thirty-One Gifts next week.  And there will also be a giveaway with 2 winners!

Don’t miss it!


Disclosure:  Thirty-One Gifts is a paid sponsor on Simply Sweet Home.  If you’d like to advertise, please see my PR Page for details.

Spotlight On Chunky Bling – Cute Jewelry! Plus Affiliate Program!

Beaded Watches

I’m really excited to share this new affiliate program with you!  My good bloggy friend Elizabeth from Twelve Crafts Till Christmas turned me on to it, and so I thought I’d share it with you.
I don’t sign up for too many affiliate programs, and when I do, I basically have two requirements. The first is that they need to have good products.  And secondly, they have to have a pretty good payout.  I believe Chunky Bling satisfies both of these requirements. 
They sell really cute jewelry, including rings, bracelets, and necklaces, and they come in a variety of styles, so you’re sure to find something you’ll like! You can also build your own watch, choosing from a ton of bands, watch faces, and sets.  Very cool!
Now for the pay out!  Chunky Bling pays you 15% for direct sales, which is an awesome rate.  Plus, they pay you 10% for direct referral sales and 5% of indirect referral sales.  For example, let’s say Affiliate A refers Affiliate B, and Affiliate B refers Affiliate C. Each month, Affiliate A would earn 15 percent on all direct sales from their site, as well as 10 percent of Affiliate B’s sales and 5 percent of Affiliate C’s sales.
And when you sign up you’ll get paid once a month via paypal or check!
It takes less than a minute to sign up, and as of this writing there are less than 250 affiliates at Chunky Bling, so this is a great chance to get in early.
And if you do want to sign up, please click my banner, or use my referral link so that I can be credited for referring you.  I would really appreciate it!
And if you don’t want to sign up, you could always just check out their jewelry! Thanks!

Beaded Watches


Spotlight on Whimsy Couture

I am very excited to reannounce Whimsy Couture as a sponsor here at Simply Sweet Home.
This fabulous etsy shop is a craft and sewing girl’s dream!  It offers easy to use, hand written sewing patterns with step by step instructions and colored pictures.  These patterns are perfect for busy moms to whip in a short time.  And you’ll love the variety of items you can make for your child from the patterns at Whimsy Couture.

Denise is the owner of this etsy shop.  Her style is vintage inspired and whimsical.  Among the items offered in her shop are patterns for dresses, tops, pants, skirts, aprons, bloomers, capes, and more.  She even has pattern for cute appliques for your projects.

Pattern styles include everything from the peasant style, to A-line jumpers, to pillow case tops, strappy tops and items with cute ruffles.  Whimsy Couture even offers you great savings through 3 Packs.

And if you don’t have a small child in your family, you should check out Whimsy Couture’s adorable pet bed patterns for the  4-legged, furry members of your family! So cute!

Check out Whimsy Couture  on etsy and pick up your patterns for these lovely creations and more.  You can also follow Denise through her blog Whimsy Couture and follow  Whimsy Couture on Facebook.


If you’d like to advertise on Simply Sweet Home, please see my PR page. Ad prices start as low as $6/mo and just $5 to sponsor 10 posts.

Lemons and Lace

I’m excited to introduce my newest sponsor! Lemons and Lace offers adorable flower clips, headbands, skirts, purses, and lots of girly stuff!  These creations come in a number of bright and bold fabrics that you’re sure to love!

Lemons and Lace is owned and operated by Camille. She is the mother of 2 little girls, barely 3 and 18 months. Camille told me that she began making “boring bow clips” for her daughter, and suddenly started making flower clips, and the rest of her shop and stuff  “just took off from there.” After selling at local markets for the summer,  Camille and her family moved across the country and she decided to open up a new etsy shop.
The felt flower above is one of many in the Lemons and Lace shop. These come in a variety of colors and designs and are perfect to add to any clip, head band, or bag.

Camille describes her inspiration and style for these lovely creations: “I am inspired by vintage looks, but at the same time, I love bright colors. My shop is a fusion of the two, vintage and modern, as you may get from my shop name, lemons and lace. Vintage styles, and modern styles, sometimes together in one piece, sometimes entirely their own. I am a combination of Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, and Cath Kidston!”

Personally I was very excited to see all of Camille’s lovely handbags.  Many of these feature Camille’s adorable flowers, and the bags are beautiful designed and come in variety of gorgeous fabrics!

And if you love handmade children’s fashions, you’ll definitely want to check out the adorable tops and skirts at Lemons and Lace.  Sizes are listed  for each item, but all of the skirts can be custom ordered, with your choice of fabric and size.

So if your looking for bold fashion and accessories that’s a mix of vintage and  modern, go by Lemons and Lace. You can also check out Camille’s blog All About Mommies for tutorials, giveaways, and more!  Or connect with Lemons and Lace on facebook.

Discount! Through the end of October, Camille is offering my readers a discount of 15% off.  To take advantage of this, just use the coupon code “halloween.”