Monday, May 6, 2013

Shabby Apple Giveaway

Hello Monday !


This is such a happy day on so many levels.


I'll start out with a fabulous giveaway....




 I love this shop. I mean LOVE it.


Shabby Apple offers a beautiful assortment of vintage clothing for women and children, including retro style dresses and swimsuits, vintage skirts and blouses, baby dresses, and gorgeous retro accessories to complete your outfits.




If you love vintage clothing, Shappy Apple is the place for you to shop.

And today Shabby Apple is offering Lily's readers a chance to win a $50 gift card to shop their site for your favorite piece of vintage clothing.

To enter, simply visit Shabby Apple and take a peek at all they have to offer. Leave a comment on this post telling me what piece of jewelry or retro outfit or baby dress caught your eye. One random commenter will be selected from the comment section to win the $50 gift certificate and announced this week.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy !!



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Next order of business...Saving Penny.




Our Saving Penny Giveaway has only been going a week, and already Lily's readers have raised over $1,300 for Penny's adoptive family. Our goal is $3,000, so we're almost halfway there - let's keep this going strong! Just visit the giveaway post and donate ANY amount to Penny's grant fund on Reece's Rainbow to be entered to win a brand new iPad.

Penny's father Paul, and his wife Maureen, are so grateful to those who have given thus far...

Patti and everyone else,

I would just like to take a moment to say thank you. Of course these simple words do not fully express the deepness of how much it means to have others serve and bless your family in such a profound way.

While we are, with God's grace and guidance, going to bring Penny home, experiencing the love and support from so many that we have never met never ceases to have its impact- it is God's love in action through others. We have done the same many times yet rarely are in a place to receive it.

Thank you again from the depths of our hearts for confirming that God wants Penny to be our daughter in addition to His own.

Paul Huizinga, Penny's dad.



Please help us spread the word about our Saving Penny Giveaway.


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Next up, this little cutie...




She's going to be a big sister any day. I can't believe those words. I don't think she has a clue what's coming, but she does pull up my shirt and pat or kiss my tummy whenever I ask "where is Mama's baby?" ANY time we ask her if she wants a boy or a girl she answers "girl."  99% of our family thinks it's a boy, so we shall see who's right.



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My oldest son and his wife Naomi are in an adoption pool...today their family is listed on the website of the agency they are going through. I just know God has a baby for them soon, and I'm asking you all to pray that they find their baby sent from the stars...I would love for my beautiful daughter-in-love to bring home her baby the same month that I do.




Please keep Naomi and Jason in your prayers.




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Praise report:  (teehee)



I was having a bad day a week ago. Just feeling fat and tired and sore and ugly and ready to deliver. The last month is always hard for me, but at age 45 it feels like ten times as hard. I don't have the patience I used to !!


week 35
week 36...does it look like I dropped ??? please say yes.
 So I was sitting on the couch feeling like a beached whale, and wishing I had something to put my brain on other than going into labor. And my wonderful sister-in-law called me and begged me to tell her something I need for this baby. After much arm twisting I said that I have been looking at diaper bags online...only I am not in a decisive mood lately, and I'm not good at picking things out like that. (In other words- I don't have any sense of personal style. I wish I did, but I just don't know what's cute anymore...unless I see it on someone else !)

Lori, my SIL, is the queen of picking out good gifts. She never ever gives you something she didn't put any thought into- she always researches things, asks questions, pays attention when you are talking about what you like, etc. And she somehow stores it all away so that when it's time to shop for gifts she knows EXACTLY what you would like.

I am now the proud owner (well almost, it's being shipped here this week) of this gorgeous and stylish and completely perfect diaper bag...



I am soooo spoiled !!

Isn't that just like God? We could be wallowing in self pity, and He puts us on someone's heart to cheer us up. Thank you, Lori, for calling at just the right time, ordering me just the right diaper bag, and most of all being just the right kind of friend I needed that day :) Love you !


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Last order of business...







Most of my pictures have been taken with my iPhone for the past few months. It's just so much easier than going to find the camera ! And instead of sending pictures via text to all my friends, I just post them on Instagram for the most part...that way if they feel like I am a little overkill on spreading the Lily love, they can tune in or tune out :)

I love instagram because I've connected with so many wonderful ladies there.. and I love photography... so it's just like opening a magazine every morning featuring your favorite people. If you haven't joined the IG revolution, get on the bandwagon. And when you do, look us up- aperfectlily. Daily pics of Lils there, like the ones above !


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Lots of goodness shared here today- don't forget your homework :

  • Visit Shabby Apple and leave a comment here to be entered to win a $50 gift certificate

  • Visit our Saving Penny Giveaway post, donate any amount, and leave a comment there to be entered to win a brand new iPad

  • Pray for Jason and Naomi's adoption and check out their family page at Catholic Charities.

  • Follow us on Instagram at a perfectlily

and finally....



PRAY FOR THIS BABY TO COME OUT SOOON !!!





Happy Monday :)

49 comments:

aimee said...

Can't wait for this new baby to appear on your blog! Shabby Apple is my favorite! I think I would have to go for the Papillon dress right now! So springy and cute!

tarynddavidson said...

Praying for baby to hurry :) (its a selfish prayer, haha)

Monique Rice said...

Lily is looking so much older such a little princess.

I am in love with the one piece vintage swimsuit 'Catalina' on Shabby Apple, so ADORBS!

5 Marsh-ins said...

So love new websites to look at. Especially ones like this. Before we were saved Tyson and I would go swing dancing ALOT. We pretty much lived the 1950's and earlier life. I love the "Blue Eyes" dress. Similar to what I wore all the time. Thanks for the link!! Also, so looks like you dropped mama. Well the baby did anyway. Soon. Soon. You won't be pregnant forever. Can't wait to see the new Rice baby. Oh how Lily will love the baby!! Yay! ❤

Sarai Spohn said...

So many of the shabby apple clothes are just lovely, but the silver bangle bracelet set is singing to me today

TheFoleyFive said...

oh my gosh. vintage swimsuits!! i'm so excited!The cadence set is going to be mine whether i win this giveaway or not! how fun~ps. i predict a baby by next monday :)

MamaV said...

I have always loved looking at shabby apple's dresses but have never been able to bring myself to spend the $.

If I weren't pregnant or nursing, I would get cayenne or bouquet toss, otherwise, Fruitful looks like an awesome maternity dress!

Dalaney & Hannah said...

I love the swimsuits they sell!

Erin Beaudette said...

I love the Queen of Hearts dress for my little Miss Brooklynn. It would look adorable with her beautiful red hair!
P.S. Heading over now to donate to Penny!!

Stephanie said...

i hadn't realized they hAD BABY clothes!

But I really like the rootbeer float dress for me. :)

Billie Kocakoca said...

I love Bouquet for my older daughter. I feel she gets neglected due to having a wild sister with autism. I would love to give this gift card to her. I am so crazy about both of my girls.

Megan Landmeier said...

Hi baby!

Before you come out, can you ask your mama to help me get that gift card for the Admiral dress? Cause I LOVE vintage fashion!

Love, Ellie's Mama.

Crystal Kupper said...

Oh my goodness, I've never heard of this site -- fabulous! Love the Sea Breeze dress.

teal915 said...

I like the Azure something or other dress. I just did a giveaway on my blog for Kamdyn's 3rd birthday, which you did not enter for by the way. That's ok, though ; ) I did the same shabby apple giveaway, and I was jealous of the winner lol, so it would be awesome to win. You still look great. You popped out early, but you don't look a whole lot bigger in that second picture. You do look a little lower, so I'm sure you dropped. I don't do Instagram, but your pictures are cute.

Jamie Polivka said...

Lily is presh! And praying for Penny! My husband and I are about to start deputation to be missionaries to Eastern Europe. There are so many needy children in that part of the world!
I am just now being introduced to Shabby Apple. A few of my friends have told me about it. There are so many cute pieces of jewelry that would be perfect for gifts!

MamaV said...

Lol not that it matters, but I didn't mean cayenne and bouquet toss, I meant Cider and Cut the Cake. ;-)

Stephanie Willson Barsness said...

I would love to win the silver long circle necklace and/or Dakota earrings! What a treat! Thanks.
I love your blog and your Lily. You have wonderful things ahead!

JoDee said...

This is the 1st I have looked at Shabby Apple what a cool site. I Love the Strawberry Short Cake Apron

Nicole Mills said...

Thanks for introducing me to shabby apple love it and love the swimsuits.

Nicole
nmills25@Verizon.net

Crysta Green said...

I love the Shabby Apple site!! The Pistachio baby dress is adorable! Love it!

Praying that your little one comes soon!!

Kathy McElhaney said...

I've seen Shabby Apple giveaways on so many blogs lately. Each time I look for my "favorite" I find something else! Today it's "Tiber" and "Walk the Plank"

I hope Lily is right and you get another girl... and soon!!

The Bronson Boy's said...

Love the streetcar skirt!! So many cool things to choose from. Thanks for the giveaway

Amy B said...

Adoption is a wonderful thing - my thoughts will be with your son and his wife!

I love SA and am adoring the Serenade dress in blue.

Stefany DeLorme said...

I LOVE "Ingrid the Second" it would make a fantastic gift for my dear Ingrid Fay and it suits her well
Praying for you and your son's family.

Owen's Mom said...

I LOVE the Freedom Print in the home section most of all!!!! I want it for my little boys room. It makes me feel like that is how his speech is--locked up. He is non verbal and on the spectrum. I just need to find the right key to unlock his words. I hope that makes sense. I just love it.

Danielle said...

I love the Jacob's Pillow dress, so cute!

Katrina said...

So many beautiful things it is really hard to choose. But I love Navy so I guess Knave of Hearts is my favorite.

Sarah S. said...

I love the Serenade dress! I actually had a hard time picking because there were so many that liked.

Sara Rowe said...

I really like the Serenade dress in electric blue

Henria O. said...

I think the Gondola dress is calling my name and I absolutely adore the photo of Lily sucking her thumb:)

Hoping for a safe and speedy delivery!
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nicole said...

Praying for Jason & Naomi's little one to come soon and for yours to show up too! Too many dresses on Shabby Apple that I liked to pick one. Blessings to you!!

Rachel said...

I am obsessed with all things lace and all things Shabby Apple. It would be impossible to choose just one!

Mandy B said...

I like the roller rink top.

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Grace Inman said...

I love Shabby Apple! I like the Snapdragon dress, because of its vintage feel.

RachelandArlen said...

Oh my stars does Shabby Apple have some cute stuff...I pretty much want every single top they have!! Although the Sugar Cone and Candied Apple ones may have been the favorite, too tough to decide!

Saurus said...

Shabby Apple has such cute stuff! Love the Gondola dress.

mummytotwoboys said...

I like the Meant to Be dress

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Tabitha said...

I love the ANIMALIA dress.
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Rachel Travis said...

LOVE their alice dress :) really, I love all of their dresses!

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jennifer said...

love the alice dress most!

Gina Wildorchid said...

I love the sand and sun blouse! Thanks for the chance to win!

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MelancholySmile said...

Love, love, love the Alice dress. So perfect for spring!

Melancholy (dot) smile (at) gmail (dot) com

Justine Leary said...

Shabby Apple is such a fun store! Thanks for sharing! I absolutely adore the queen of hearts and the garden party little girl's dresses. Just so unique & lovely! :)

Justine Leary said...

Shabby Apple is such a fun store!Thanks for sharing! I absolutely adore the queen of hearts and the garden party dresses for little girls. Just so unique & lovely! :)

Domestic Diva said...

What fun dresses! I like the ballerina dress.

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eliza elliott said...

I love the Ms porter dress..so understated and it even has a zipper down teh back...too cool. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

April G said...

I just adore the new Lilac dress!

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Nicki Joseph said...

fun! I love the Alice dress. nickijoseph91@gmail.com

richied.becky said...

The black Premier dress is gorgeous!!

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