Find Ethically Sourced Handmade Goods from Alternatives Global Market

Product was given to me in order to post my honest opinion.



I love supporting companies that make their products in the USA, but I also love supporting artisans from around the world. I like supporting companies that make their products in the US because they pay fair wages and are responsibly made. All around the word, handmade products are being made ethically. Alternatives Global Market is an online store that features ethically sourced handmade goods from all over the world.



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30 Days of Etsy Giveaways #3 ~ Dark Woods Soap Co Ends 4/19


This review was done by BlendingFamilysBlog.


For the review I received the Essential Green Tea Body soap and the Patchouli Chamomile Shampoo Bar. When I first received the package I loved the smell! I love that the labels Dark Woods Soap Company uses is crafted from seeded paper, If you plant it, it will grow. For any of you who love going GREEN I thought that was awesome. I also loved the story of how Dark Woods Soap Company came about which you can read HERE.



I love that these soaps are all natural and good for your skin. I am a huge fan of tea so finding it in soap has been great. I have been using the Green Tea body soap daily now and am a huge fan. Love the smell and my skin feels great. For the Patchouli Chamomile Shampoo bar, I have been using this too daily. I have sensitive and dry skin, With the all natural ingredients it is doing something great for my hair and scalp. I love the calming factor too when I use it at night.


You can find a list of the different bars HERE.


For the Giveaway Dark Woods Soap Company is offering one winner a Soap and Shampoo Bar of your choice. Giveaway Open to U.S. and will end on 4/19. Good Luck!
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Coming Soon: 30 Days of Etsy Giveaways April 1-30



 The April Days of Etsy Giveaways are almost here!


During the month of April we are doing Etsy Shop giveaways. Blending Familys Blog, Co Hosts, Promoters, and Sponsors are bringing you a Huge Giveaway Event which lasts the entire month of April! Thanks to all Etsy Shops sponsors and bloggers alike for showing you some of the great things out there! We will be showing off our favorite items and in return we hope you like them too! Have fun! The more giveaways you enter the more of a chance you have to win!


If you love handmade, then these giveaways are perfect for you! There will be a variety of Etsy shops featured throughout the month. I am a huge fan of handmade items and I love supporting people that love what they do. You can find everything handmade on Etsy!



Giveaways start April 1st through April 30th! Feel free to enter in to win any/all of the Etsy Shop Giveaways we will have posted. You will find them on the Blending Familys Blog along with all of our Co-Hosts below:


Blending Families

Leetle Baby

Brittleby’s Corner

Bargains & Giveaways

Mommies Point of View

Mama Papa Barn

Come back on April 1st to enter to the first giveaway!


This Blog is Not responsible for any of the sponsors Prize Fulfillment for any of the Giveaways. All opinions are 100% the blog who posts the review and giveaway. There are no set daily giveaways for the month of April, Giveaways will be posted as they come in from blogs and will continue until we reach the end of the Month. For any questions on the Event please contact under the contact section and feel free to look under the PR info tab for rules on how reviews and giveaways are handled. Each Etsy shop giveaway will specify as to the location of where prize can be shipped. Giveaways will be run with rafflecopter and winners will be contacted via email the week of giveaway end via email and will have 72 hours to reply or new winner will be contacted. Giveaways will run in a full 2 week duration and sponsor will have 4-6 weeks for prize fulfillment. Thanks for entering.

Handmade from the Heart {Giveaway Hop} #ihearthandmade CLOSED


Happy Valentine’s Day!


To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’ve joined the Blogging Mamas Network in the Handmade from the Heart Giveaway Hop!  This Event is all about the Love for Handmade things – each blogger involved, including me, has a great prize for you to enter to win!  After you enter my giveaway, be sure to hop around to all the others.


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Handmade for Kids ~ Holly Jolly Jubilee {Giveaway Hop} Ends 11/30 #HJJubilee12



Welcome to the Holly Jolly Jubilee 2012 Giveaway Hop hosted by Formula Mom and Fab Finds by Tiffany. This is a hop featuring over 80 blogs with fabulous giveaways valued at more than $25. The hosts have also put together a great grand prize.


Enter to win the Grand Prize: a Little Tikes Kitchen and a $25 Amazon Gift Code.


Holly Jolly Jubilee 2012 Grand Prize Package


At Brittleby’s Corner you have the chance to win:


Mi Cielo Handmade Kids Shirt ~ Winner’s Choice of shirt {$25}

Sponsor Spotlight

Hello Kitty Look-A-Like (Light Pink)   The Red Car   Cookie Monster-ish


*****mi cielo is offering a 10% discount off your entire purchase using code “PREBLACK”. This code can be used in the Etsy Store or Website*****




Marguax Makes Hawaiian Print Child Baby Doll Toy Sling Carrier {$11.50}

Sponsor Spotlight

Play baby doll sling hawaiian surfing tropical print  Play baby doll sling hawaiian surfing tropical print


Enter below on the rafflecopter form for your chance to win this package valued at $36.50. This giveaway is open to US only. Ends 11/30. Don’t forget to enter all the giveaways on the linky below. Good Luck!

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Mi Cielo Handmade Shirts for the Whole Family {Review/Sponsor Spotlight} #HJJubilee12

mi cielo

With the holidays approaching, I am turning to the internet to make my purchases. I also love supporting people that make their own goods. If you haven’t explored Etsy, I highly recommend checking it out, everything is handmade! mi cielo is a company that creates handmade shirts. Well, they don’t make the shirts, but they do create the pattern on the shirt using felt. mi cielo clothes are made in Hawaii and was started by a mom who wanted to add a little flair to her son’s wardrobe.


mi cielo was born out of a love for creating something unique and playful for my own child, Tristan. After a few months into a new motherhood, I was tired of my baby boy’s basic boring clothing. So I began hand-stitching felted flair to add a bit of variety to his wardrobe.

And so mi cielo was born

Next thing I know, I had a gigantic pile of appliquéd clothing in our bedroom! My husband told me to start selling them so that we can get our space back, and that’s how mi cielo was born!I believe every single little one is so unique and special in his/her existence, especially for his/her family, so forget mass production! I want to create a one and only special item for every single little one and his/her family!


You can find shirts for the entire family at mi cielo:


Hello Kitty Look-A-Like (White)


Looks like Charlie Brown

Kawaii Elmo-ish Women T-Shirt


Spock-ish Mens T-shirt


Don’t they look great? There are so many options to choose from! The shirts are made with 100% recycled eco felts, cotton, threads, and screen printing. All felt pieces are hand cut and sewn onto the shirt.


I was sent an Art-D2 shirt for my son. Ben loves wearing shirts that have “pictures” on the front! I can’t stand shirts with sayings or weird pictures, so I buy a lot of plain shirts. My son also claims that he can’t put on a plain shirt because he won’t know which way it goes…not the best argument, but I get the picture! My son also recently discovered Star Wars, so I thought a Star Wars themed shirt would make his day! I was right. He loves it! I can tell the shirt is made with care and it looks great. The quality is amazing! I think I am going to get my daughter a Hello Kitty one because I know she will want a cool shirt too!


Sewing Wars - Art-D2 Toddler T-Shirt


Sewing Wars - Art-D2 Toddler T-Shirt

Here is the detail up close!


These shirts will make great Christmas presents and to get you started with your holiday shopping:


 *****mi cielo is offering a 10% discount off your entire purchase using code “PREBLACK”. This code can be used in the Etsy Store or Website*****


Connect with mi cielo on Etsy, and .



mi cielo is giving away a handmade baby onesie or kid shirt valued at $25 or less in the Holly Jolly Jubilee 2012. Come back November 19th for a chance to win this handmade package. Interested in an early entry? Visit mi cielo and tell me an item you would like for a member of your family.



Ben and Chlo Etsy Shop



Ben and Chlo is my own Etsy shop! I just opened my site and I am looking forward to this crocheting adventure. I currently make baby/kid blankets, lovies, doll blankets and flowers! All my patterns are my own, inspired from friends and other patterns!







I am still working on my Etsy site so things will be added as the week goes on!


Lovies range from $12-$16
Blankets range from $30-$40
Flowers can be added to blankets and lovies (some lovies already come with them)
and can be bought individually!


Queen of Paper Cards ~ Handmade Paper Goods

Queen of Paper Cards features handmade greeting cards, tags and other paper goods! There are many handmade card sites, but I am loving the cards made by Eydie at Queen of Paper Cards.

Christmas Card / Gift Card Holder
 Happy Birthday Birdie – Jessica
Delightful Blue Owl
The detail in these cards is amazing and her prices are great. I love the stitching and all the buttons. I can tell these cards were made with attention to detail. The best part is that they look very professional! The inside of the cards are blank with none of the decorative detail from the front poking through! And since they are blank inside, you can personalize it however you want.
I especially love her gift card holders!
She also offers personalized cards!