Saturday, December 9, 2017

Taking a Break-Saying Farewell

The last two years have been an extremely difficult time in my life. I have endured multiple and ongoing health issues along with several life changes. Due to my health issues I had to give up a job that I truly loved. Although I have come to terms with many limitations and learned to accept the changes in my life, I still find I have to modify things on a routine basis. 

At this time, I have made the decision to take a pause with this blog. It is always my hope that I will be able to return to this fun and exciting hobby. However, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone that has been a part of all the fun. I appreciate each and every person who has taken the time out of their day to read my posts. You will find that I have deleted all but the most recent of these posts. I did this only to make things easier should I decide to permanently close View by Kelly at a later date. In the event that this is a permanent closure, I'd like to wish you all a warm farewell. 

So, without further delay, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and much happiness in the 2018! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Candles4Alice Holiday Candle Set Review

A couple months ago a posted a review for a terrific Etsy shop, Candles4Alice. I have really enjoyed the candles that I received. With the Christmas gift-giving season so close at hand, of course, I thought of the amazing fragrances of these homemade candles. The owner, Lisa, offers a great selection candles that are perfect for the holidays. 

I was given the chance to review the Holiday Candle Set. 
Each candle is approximately 8 ounces in size and priced at $12.99. These highly scented soy candles are made from 100% natural and eco-friendly soy wax, superior fragrance oils and natural cotton wicks. Each and every candle is hand-poured and has a burn time of around 40-48 hours. You can also choose from a wide variety of fragrances including Christmas Hearth and Gingerbread. You can also choose from a variety of colors for the wax. 

I chose the Snickerdoodle and the Cinnamon & Vanilla fragrances for my set. 
The snickerdoodle candle came in a festive stone ramekin with the phrase "The happiest season of all" on each side. The fragrance smells like a batch of homemade snickerdoodle cookies baking in the oven. I could smell hints of vanilla and maple syrup. My mouth started watering the minute I took the cover off the top. 
This candle brings to mind all the times that my mother and I baked snickerdoodle cookies and all the wonderful memories. I absolutely love this candle! 

The Cinnamon & Vanilla candle came in a red & green stone ramekin that is sure to fit right in with just about every holiday decor. 
I really like the fragrance combination. You can smell the spicy aroma of the cinnamon along with the sweet and creamy fragrance of vanilla. I think this scent would be great for the holidays and in other candles for Autumn. This one is my daughter's pick, she just can't get enough! Both of these candles have a strong fragrance but this one really fills the room and beyond. 

I think these candle fragrances compliment each other and plan to burn them at the same time in separate rooms. In my opinion this is a wonderful set of candles. I love the colors, design and the fragrances. They would be great for gift giving, holiday parties or just to make your home smell fantastic. 

Buy it: 
You can purchase a set like this or check out all the fabulous candles that Candles4Alice has to offer by visiting the Etsy shop .  You can also connect with Candles4Alice on Facebook . 

*I received the candle set mentioned above in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and my differ from others. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cody and Company Pets Christmas Pet Pajamas Review & Giveaway

As many of you may remember, back in September, I did a review for Cody and Company Pets. Our fur baby absolutely loves the t-shirt and hoodie that we received. We have gotten more compliments than we can count and everyone wants to know where we got them. 
For those of you that may not have read my review, Cody and Company Pets creates affordable clothing designs for petite dogs. The entire line is created to look good and be comfortable for your pet. The owner, Kelli, does all the sewing for each and every item. All these adorable creations are also machine washable. 

Cody and Company recently added some great new Christmas designs to their shop. Kelli was kind enough to send me a pair of the Christmas Snowflake Pajamas to review. 
These incredibly cute Christmas pajamas are made from super soft, bright red, cotton thermal knit and are covered in snowflakes. They come in size XX-Small, X-Small and Small. The tummy has a velcro opening for ease of dressing. There is no need to pull over the dog's head. This and the stretchy jersey knit fabric made it easy to put on and comfortable for our fur baby to move around in. She measures 10 inches from her collar to the base of her tail and these fit just right. 
There is a convenient, cut-out opening for potty breaks later. Kelli has really thought of everything. The fabrics are pre-washed to remove any chemicals from manufacturing and to pre-shrink the material for good fit even after multiple washing. 
And the adorableness is off the charts! Just look how sweet our fur baby looks in her new jammies. I can hardly stand it! She is sure to look darling in our Christmas pictures. 

My overall opinion:
I love these pajamas! They are very well-made, delightfully cute, soft and comfy. I think these pajamas would make wonderful Christmas gifts for the pet owner on your shopping list. I also think they would be fabulous if you do a family Christmas pajama portrait. Priced at only: $18.95, they are definitely budget friendly. Please keep in mind that these are for the petite dog like a Yorkie or Chihuahua. They are a nice fit for pets up to approximately 12 pounds. 

Buy it: 
You can check out all the handmade items available from Cody and Company Pets by visiting their Etsy shop.

Win it: 
1 very lucky Views by Kelly reader has the chance to win 1 pair of Cody and Company Pajamas. Reminder: These are for petite pets only! Enter using the Giveaway Tools widget below. Best of luck & Merry Christmas! 

*I received the product mentioned above in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and may differ from others. We reserve the right to make changes, cancel or suspend the giveaway for any reason. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Open to the residents of the US only; must be 18+ to enter. Confirmed winner will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for prize delivery. Giveaways are in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook or any other social media site. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Rudolph & Me Designs Personalized Christmas Ornament Review Number 2

As many of you know I did a recent review and giveaway for Rudolph & Me Designs. Thanks to everyone who checked out the review and entered the giveaway. Congrats to the winner, Mary; hope you enjoy your ornament! 

The owner of Rudolph & Me kindly gave me the chance to review a second ornament from their selection. As mentioned in the previous review, we added a new fur baby to our family this year. So, of course, I chose the Chihuahua ornament to review. 
This delightful resin ornament came packaged with great care and plenty padding. It is a wonderful size and has a nice weight. It is extremely well made, colorful and sure to be a wonderful keepsake for many years to come. The colors are vibrant and even though it is difficult to tell from this picture the wreath has sparkles which adds a nice touch. I love the whimsical chihuahua that hangs from the wreath. My daughter thinks the expression on it's face is too cute. These ornaments can be personalized with the pet's name and year. There is no extra charge for the personalization. I think both turned out quite nice. 
Shipping is fast, the communication with owner is exceptional and the ornaments are top notch! I would definitely recommend Rudolph & Me Designs to anyone looking for a unique way to remember those special occasions, wishing to start or continue a Christmas tradition or hoping to find a special gift. 

Buy it: 
Head on over to Rudolph & Me Designs Shop to find the perfect ornament for you! 

You can connect with Rudolph & Me Designs on Facebook and Instagram

*I received the ornament mentioned above in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own. No monetary compensation was received.