Sunday, December 4, 2016

2017 February Giveaway Details For Participating Bloggers

Blogger Sign Up Details
 Welcome to the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog. I'm Kris and I own Laughing Vixen Lounge on Etsy where I make and sell Jewelry and Accessories. Each year I host a big Valentine themed giveaway here on my blog with the help of a few fabulous shops. So far we have 7 shops donating prizes for a $200+ Prize Pack. This may grow the closer we get.

Blogs that sign up will post on February 1st (Midnight EST). Post will be provided for you and will include photos and the Rafflecopter widget. In exchange each blog will have their choice of link on the Rafflecopter. Make the post a little more you by adding the giveaway theme to it. See details on this below.

A lot of hard work goes into this giveaway and we would love for it to be seen by a larger crowd. The response to it in the past has been great and people seem to really enjoy it and its events. Blogs can sign up through our co-hosts.
The Kids Did It
Herding Cats and Burning Soup

Book Bloggers
For those of you who have book specific blogs - Many of our shops have Book/Literary designs that we think would be a great fit with your readers. The provided post for your blogs will feature book related designs so it will fit with your blog. This giveaway can be a fun offering for your followers that still keeps with the theme of your blog.

Giveaway Events
This giveaway includes a couple of fun events. Our Valentine Movie Marathon and Guess the movie trivia game.
-The Movie Marathon includes daily reviews of romantic/romantic comedy movies.
-The Guess the Movie Game is a daily trivia game.
Each of these events offer extra daily entries in the giveaway. Here are links to 2015's giveaway to give you an idea of how everything works.
February 2015 Giveaway Post here.
February 2015 Sample Daily Post here.

We invite each blog to join in the fun and add their favorite romantic/romantic comedy themed movie or book to the provided post. Add the movie poster/book cover and a few sentences about why it's your favorite and any memories that go along with it. Invite your readers to comment on your blog with their favorites too.

Participating Shops
Take a moment and visit the shops that will be joining the giveaway. These shops offer handmade or handcrafted designs along with vintage items. The list will be updated as shops sign up.
Laughing Vixen Lounge
Lilybeanz Bowtique
Calluna Muse
Emily's Handmade Soap
Deep Midnight Perfumes
Miss Bohemia

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This or That Giveaway Hop 2016

Happy holidays darlings and welcome to the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog. Like it or not that time of year is here already so lets get merry! And what better way to be merry than to win some fabulous stuff. As part of the This or That Giveaway Hop, hosted by the lovely gals at The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island, you can enter for a chance to win a $165 Prize Pack full of treats from 6 amazing shops.

After you enter our giveaway make sure to visit some of the other blogs on the Linky List below and enter their giveaways too. There are lots of chances for some holiday cheer! This giveaway is open worldwide to anyone 18 and over. Good luck!!!

~ This or That Giveaway ~

Laughing Vixen Lounge ~ Bangles, Baubles and Other Needful Things.
$45 Gift Certificate.

Retro Santa Charm Bracelet or Necklace

Christmas Magic Potion Label Compact - Mistletoe Potion

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Lilybeanz Bowtique ~ Tutus, hair accessories and more.
Choice of Small or Medium Tote Bag & a Hair Bow in your choice of color.

Little Girl Christmas Gnome Purse w/removable hair bow

Christmas Hair Bow

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Calluna Muse ~ Jewelry, Accessories, and Functional Decor Boutique.
$25 to spend on your choice of Hair Accessories and Earrings.

Rainbow Tile Ring

Brown Iris Earrings

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Deep Midnight Perfume Oils ~ Artisan crafted perfume oils.
$35 Gift Certificate.

Christmas Medley Perfume Sampler

Aurora Borealis Perfume Oil

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Junkmill ~ Digital images for all your creative endeavors.
Choice of 3 Collage Sheets.

Travel France Digital Collage Sheet

Bonjour Digital Collage Sheet

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Minou Bazaar ~ Indian and global inspired handmade jewelry.
$30 Gift Certificate.

Black Bollywood India Earrings

Dryad Necklace

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How to enter the giveaway.
It's easy!

1. Login in to the giveaway widget below with either your email or through Facebook.
2. You must do the first entry to qualify for this giveaway.
3. You can do as many of the extra entries as you like.
4. Please read each entry's directions carefully. If you do not do what is asked of you for the entry it will not count.
5. If you have any questions feel free to ask for help. You can leave your question as a comment below and I will answer as soon as I can.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The Fine Print...
Giveaway is open worldwide to anyone 18 and older. Past winners are more than welcome to enter again. You may not use alternate emails and names to enter more than once. Read all information on each entry carefully and do all that is asked of you or the entry will not count. Taking all entries without listing any required information will get you deleted. Entries are checked! Please be respectful of all the hard work by the shops involved that goes into this giveaway and do not try to cheat.

Giveaway will run from 12:00 Noon (EST) November 30, 2016 to 11:59 pm (EST) December 14th 2016. Winner(s) will be picked randomly from all eligible entries. If selected winner(s) does not respond back within 48 hours a new winner(s) will be chosen. All decisions made final by Laughing Vixen Lounge. Each shop ships their own prize and Laughing Vixen Lounge is not responsible for any items not received.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Recipe Swap 2016

Welcome to the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog. Today I have rounded up some favorite holiday recipes from some of my favorite shops. They have all submitted a recipe that brings a little holiday cheer and perhaps a few holiday memories. We hope you enjoy them.

We invite you to submit your own favorite recipes to share. Think of it as a mini recipe exchange without stamps. I will add your recipe to this post. Submitting a recipe will also get you 15 extra entries in our This or That Giveaway. Enter the giveaway HERE and find full details on how to submit your recipe on the Giveaway Widget.

I make this one every Thanksgiving. They have a really great taste and are perfect is you have any no meat eaters at the table.

20 large white mushrooms
¼ green pepper
6 green onions
6 garlic cloves
1 small can chopped black olives
3/4 cup crushed bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

Wash mushrooms and gently pop out stems. Finely chop 5 stems, green pepper, green onions (I use just the white part) and garlic. Mix with black olives and bread. Sauté with butter in a large pan. Remove from heat and cool long enough so it is not too hot to touch (sometimes I put it in the refrigerator for a while ). Mix cheese into mixture. Spoon mixture into mushroom caps (you can stuff them full and high). Top each with a little more shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (or until mushrooms are cooked through. You can check with a toothpick.) on a broiler pan (they get drippy as they cook so you want something that can catch the water).

*I usually do not use a recipe when I make these. This is my best “guesstimation” of the amounts. It should make plenty of filling to fill 20 large mushrooms. If it makes a lot of filling it is just fine to stuff the mushrooms full and high.

I made this one up a long time ago simply so I could have the dip the way I liked it. It it has become a favorite for family gatherings.

1 large can refried beans
1 large bottle of salsa (your choice of heat)
1 8oz container of sour cream
1 small head of lettuce, shredded
1 medium block of Colby Jack cheese, shredded
1 small can of sliced black olives

Mix beans with generous amount of salsa and warm for a minute or two in microwave. Spread onto large serving plate. Spread sour cream on top of beans (easiest if left out of refrigerator awhile). Spread a layer of salsa on top of sour cream. Cover with lettuce. Cover with cheese. Top with black olives. Serve with tortilla chips.

*This recipe can be customized to suit your taste. Add chopped tomatoes, green chilies, guacamole, taco meat, etc.

Christmas Magic Potion Label Compact - Reindeer Fuel

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This recipe comes from Chandra of Junkmill and Junkmill Relics.

Every year when the Christmas decorations come out, I put on some Dean Martin, make a cup of this and get all sugared up for trimming the tree. It’s my take on classic hot chocolate, amped up with a little cappuccino mix and tons of super-sweet toppings. So much rich cinnamon chocolate gooey goodness!

2 Tbsp. Instant hot chocolate
1 Tbsp. Maxwell House International Café Cinnamon Dolce Cappuccino (the powder mix that comes in the little rectangular tins)
Handful Miniature marshmallows
Handful miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
Reddi-wip whipped cream

Mix powder hot chocolate and powder cappuccino in a large mug. For super-smooth, no lumps hot chocolate, add just enough boiling hot water to cover the powder, stir until blended and lump-free. Place marshmallows in mug then add 8 oz. boiling water. As the water hits the marshmallows, they melt into the hot chocolate forming an ooey-gooey layer of deliciousness. Top with a generous portion of Reddi-wip whipped cream. Sprinkle Cinnamon Dolce Cappuccino mix on top of the whipped cream and garnish with miniature chocolate chips. Delicious! 

Retro Holiday Digital Collage Sheet

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This recipe comes from Cat of Deep Midnight Perfumes.

My mom made Snickerdoodle Cookies for us every Christmas. It was the the favorite cookie of my grandpa and she even made them for him with my grandma when she was a little girl. This is the same tried and true Betty Crocker recipe we have been using for decades in my family! And Santa loves these too! Happy holidays and enjoy!

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose or unbleached flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
2 . Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
3. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Santa Baby Perfume Oil

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This recipe comes from Heather of Calluna Muse.

I have a recipe for Wassail, which is mulled hot cider. When I was really young, I remember making it for a school project for the holidays. I don't remember exactly what grade, but the one thing I will always remember is that I was young enough to think that it was alcoholic, and that I'd get in trouble when I brought it in to class haha!! Of course, it wasn't, and my other memory was of everyone really enjoying it. I have made it a handful of times since, and I'm sure I will make it a few more, but it will never top the memories of it when I was a kid! This recipe is for a slow cooker version, which is fantastic!

2 quarts apple cider
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
12 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1 pinch ground ginger
1 pinch ground nutmeg

In a slow-cooker or a large pot over low heat, combine apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice. Season with cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer. If using a slow cooker, allow to simmer all day. Serve hot.
*Recipe originally posted here.

Holiday Earring Hanger

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This recipe comes from Erin of Kitsch Bitch Vintage and Hell in a Handbag.

My Grandma used to make this at the holidays, and I always had a love hate relationship with it. I love to eat it, yet the child in me is still somewhat repulsed by the cottage cheese curds.

A tub of Cool Whip
A tub of Cottage Cheese
1 pkg Orange flavor Jell-O gelatin
1 can Pineapple Chunks
1 can Mandarin Orange Slices
1/3 bag of Mini Marshmallows
Mix well and let sit up in the fridge for about an hour.
Dig in and Happy Holidays!

Vintage Mr. Claus Ornament

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving or Put Down That Second Piece Of Pie!

Let the eating begin! Bring on all those wonderful dishes that we wait for every year. The green bean casserole with those crunchy onion thingies on top, deviled eggs, creamy mashed

potatoes, mom's stuffing with bits of things you would never eat on their own, warm yummy crescent rolls, grandma's secret recipe pecan pie, perfectly good marshmallows

stuck to... yams, cheesy au gratin potatoes, can shaped cranberries and of course the star of the show, Mr. Turkey. Oh, and alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol. The key to the perfect hostess smile.

So have at it! Eat, drink and be merry. And take a moment to remember what you are actually thankful for. Then, once it's over, pop that top button and pass out on the couch. You have won the battle!

Happy Thanksgiving Vixens! Here's to us *clink*

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale 2016

It's that time again! You have eaten until you popped now shop til you drop. It's time for Laughing Vixen Lounge's Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale. This is the one big sale the shop has each year and it's just in time to help you with your holiday shopping list. Or maybe that something special you have been wanting for yourself!

Sure, you can set your alarm for the middle of the night, stumble Zombie like straight from your bed to the car, go through the coffee drive-through for some extra strong super strength, play a game of chicken for the last parking spot, stand shivering in the predawn darkness with a long line of other coffee infused Zombies until that scared helpless store employee opens the doors and the floodgates to Armageddon. You shove, you push, you scream and do things you would never do around anyone you knew all for that pack of half priced socks. Hello Black Friday!

If you have to fight this fight we hope you conquer and score a trunk full of treasures. Now hide the gifts and go back to bed! Once you have regained your strength you can conquer the internet. For you, and those who say "bah humbug" to the whole Black Friday madness, the Laughing Vixen Lounge gives you a full 6 days to take advantage of our once a year deals! 

From now through Monday enjoy these offers at Laughing Vixen Lounge. Find FULL DETAILS on the shop's front page HERE.

*10% off your order ~ BF1610OFF
*Free shipping (US only) ~ BF16FREESHIP
*Buy 2 get 1 free on Compact Mirrors and Purse Hangers ~ BF16B2G1CM
*Buy 2 get 1 free on Photo Pendants ~ BF16B2G1PP
*Free Photo Pendant with purchase of $50 or more ~ BF16PENDANT
*Free Compact Mirror or Purse Hanger with purchase of $75 or more ~ BF16COMPACT

Just make sure to stop once and awhile, take a deep breath and remember what the holidays are really all about. A smile and a positive glow goes a long way during the rush of the shopping season. Pass on a laugh and spread the love. I think we could use a bit more of that especially at this time of the year. In return you just might find a bit of that holiday wonderment from long ago.

Enjoy yourselves darlings *kiss*