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Annie Britches Giveaway [CLOSED]

Congrats Lucy S. for winning a set of twenty wipes from Annie Britches! A big thanks to everyone who entered!

Since I'm due in one month (what the ever loving what?!), I thought it would only be appropriate to have a baby related giveaway. For this second baby, we have decided to cloth diaper. I haven't talked about cloth diapering at all on my blog, because, well, I know nothing about it yet. I do know that I love the idea of cloth diapers being on my baby's bottom rather than a nasty, chemical laced disposable diaper. And if I'm cloth diapering, I might as well use cloth wipes.

I scoured Etsy looking for the perfect cloth wipes and found Annie Britches. They offer eco-friendly wipes made from flannel. I immediately was drawn to the set of cassette print wipes. How cool are those? So, Annie Britches sent me that set and a down-right adorable set of whale printed wipes.

These wipes came packaged perfectly, like a little cloth gift. Each wipe is super soft and seems durable (granted I haven't used them, yet). I'll be using these babies soon enough, though! #ahhhhhhh

I've also teamed up with Annie Britches to offer one lucky Coffee and Cashmere reader the chance to win a set of 20 cloth wipes in the print of their choice. Be sure to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway!

For your chance to win 20 cloth wipes in your choice of print from Annie Britches, just log into the Rafflecopter below (or make a new Rafflecopter account), and follow the directions for each entry. Please make sure to actually do what's required for each entry. If you just click enter and not do what it's asking, I'll know. If you are unsure how to do one, skip it and contact me. I can't stress this enough. I go back and check to make sure the winner actually did what was required. I will not let cheaters win. DON'T CHEAT. Meh.

Congrats Lucy S. for winning a set of twenty wipes from Annie Britches! A big thanks to everyone who entered!

This giveaway will end Monday, March 9th, 2015. One winner will be picked at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will receive a set of 20 cloth wipes in their choice of print from Annie Britches. The winner will be announced on coffeeandcashmere.com and will also be notified via email. The winner will have ONE week to respond to the email to claim their prize. If the winner never responds, a second winner will be picked at random.

A big thanks to Annie Britches for creating eco-friendly stuffs!

Congrats to M.J.M for winning my last great giveaway.

Valentine's 2015

I know I'm pretty late with sharing anything Valentine related (blaming pregnancy). But I'm stopping in right quick anyways on Valentine's Eve (what Adrienne calls it now) to share some Valentine's photos from around the house. 

A few years ago, I made Adrienne an adorable felt letter holder to hold little daily happies in. It was super easy to whip up, and I blogged about it HERE

This year, I've slacked on the daily happies (blaming pregnancy again), so the letter holder is more for decoration in our dinning room. 

And here are a few other Valentine decorations from around the house. Adrienne made this little heart craft last week:

My girlfriend's kiddos made this super cute snow globe: 

And we can never leave out a McCarty shell filled with candy for the corresponding holiday:

I hope you guys have a wonderful Valentine's weekend! I'll be back here next week with a great giveaway!

Vacation Tips [Guest Post]

Stick to Your Budget for 6 Months and Enjoy Free Vacation

Everyone's looking forward to spending a memorable summer vacation. After all, getting a nice break from working for hours at the office or going through stress in school is just one of life's sweetest moments. Just picture yourself touring around your dream country or swinging lazily in some hammock at a gorgeous beach, and that should be enough to keep you all fired up to save money for a vacation.

However, going on a vacation may also mean spending a little bit more. Depending on the place where you want to go, you may end up spending a couple hundred of dollars or even thousands! Still, there's nothing to worry about, even when you are on a tight budget. As early as now, all you need to do is to start sticking to a budget that can help you save money for your dream vacation. With an effective plan, you may be surprised to find yourself with enough funds for that trip – plus some extra money once the vacation is over.

Here, I rounded up some easy and practical tips on how you can get your funds ready for summer
vacation without straining your budget or living a completely austere life.

1. Set up another bank account.

Once you get your monthly salary, do you sometimes get that urge to splurge until you end up with barely enough money to last you until the next paycheck comes? If this is your story, then one way to put an end to this habit is by setting up a special bank account. Consider this account as your "summer vacation bank account" where you should put in a certain percentage of your salary per month. Remember – a hundred dollars a month, or even more, can add up to your funds.

Aside from this, you may want to keep a jar at home where you can just dump in some change you have in your pocket. By the time you fill the jar up, you have additional savings that you can add to
your special bank account. With sufficient funds, there's no doubt that you can make your vacation

2. Skip Starbucks (or dining at a restaurant) once in a while.

How many times do you have that craving for a frappuccino or perhaps a hefty bowl of pasta at your
favorite restaurant? The truth is, you CAN go through your daily routine even without stopping by Starbucks or that posh Italian restaurant twice or thrice a week. Whether you only spend 2 bucks on a coffee or 20 dollars on a meal, these all add up to your monthly expenses – and they put you farther from saving enough for your upcoming vacation.

What you can do is to start making your own coffee or cooking your own food, which can be much
healthier, more practical and way cheaper than eating out. But of course, you can always treat yourself to a job well done once a week or once every two weeks. It's just a matter of setting your priorities and sticking to your budget.

3. Use coupons and promo codes when shopping.

Another way to grow your savings is by checking out coupons and promo codes online and using
these each time you shop. You'll be surprised to know that there are tons of coupons available online, which can give you big discounts and special promos on most items you need to buy. From food to clothing and even hotel accommodation, you can grab an item you want at a discounted price by simply using these coupons.

Sounds exciting, right? Just be sure to check the terms and conditions included in these coupons, so you can avoid any hassles when the time comes for you to use them. Organizing your coupons into a file is also a great way to browse quickly at your collection and find the right one you need when shopping.

You see, saving up for vacation doesn't have to be tough. The main thing is to put some money aside all the time and get the whole family involved to save enough for that amazing vacation. As you see the money piling up, everything should get easier and less of a challenge for you. So, save now and have an awesome time on your summer vacation!

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