Giveaway • left.beach.fotos

My friend, Nicole, is not only super sweet, caring, and funny but she is a SUPER talented photographer! She began left.beach.fotos way before beach writing photography became a "thing" and she continues to produce a superior and authentic product. Unlike copycat and other popular beach writing "photographers", Nicole takes each photo and writes the names herself! She doesn't photoshop the writing in like everyone else does! This means that she takes the time to wait for perfect weather and just the perfect time to get the photo you are promised.

left.beach.fotos make incredible gifts for everyone! Not only does she create photographs that can be framed, stretched on wrapped canvas, and transferred onto wood but you can have the most unique and personalized note cards, save the dates, escort cards, and SO much more! What are you waiting for, go visit left.beach.fotos now and order something for yourself and someone you love. 

Win your own 11 x 14 Personalized Beach Writing Photo from left.beach.fotos ($55 value)!!! Open to US only

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Giveaway • Brave Sunday

Hello Pretties!
At Brave Sunday I strive to create pieces are versatile (layer them up), wearable (grocery store or date night), and oh so pretty!! As an accessories freak myself, I love simple pieces that have add a pop of color to my wardrobe. Making each piece by hand is such a joy for me and I spend a lot of time making sure it is perfect. It also means that each piece is unique to you!
Be pretty, be inspired, and be brave!

Enter to win $50 to spend at Brave Sunday! Yes, please!

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Giveaway • More Than Anything Handstamped Jewelry

We're excited to bring you day 3 of our Giveaway-a-Day Birthday Extravaganza!  More Than Anything Handstamped Jewelry creates personalized pieces for you and everyone you love. Cristy of More Than Anything will be celebrating her birthday this week too! Love More Than Anything so much and want to get some gifts for mom? Enjoy 15% Off with an exclusive code: GIFTFORYOU!

"I am a wife and stay at home mom of 1. Making hand stamped jewelry is my second job, and I love it! I love finding new designs and I love it when I get e-mails from customers with their ideas."

Enter to win a beautiful You are My Sunshine Handstamped Necklace in Sterling Silver ($65 value)!

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Giveaway • Bon Vivant Design House

To be a bon vivant, one must enjoy the finer things in life. To Jen, owner of Bon Vivant Design House, that means good food and unique fashion. BVDH carries hand-stamped silverplate spoons (sometimes vintage, sometime antique!) and statement necklaces made with delicate lace from the 1960s. 

Many of the BVDH necklaces are inspired by Mad Men. Others are interpretations of Moulin Rouge cabaret fashion, circa 1889. As for the stamped flatware, Jen likes to have a little fun with the wording. As a proud geek herself, she enjoys stamping silver that fellow Harry Potter and Doctor Who fans will appreciate. She also loves yoga and wine, so there's probably a spoon or two celebrating those fine things as well!

Bon Vivant Design House creates all pieces by hand in a little studio tucked away on a peninsula in southern California.  

Enter to win 2 lace pendant necklaces from Bon Vivant Design House ($50 value)!!!

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Review + Giveaway • The Joyful Jewelry Box

We are thrilled to introduce you to The Joyful Jewelry Box! Lindsay creates pieces that are amazing and you fall more in love with each piece that you see. Her style is free and beautiful. All of her jewelry, honestly, will fill you with joy. Pure joy!

The Joyful Jewelry Box has something that everyone would pine for. Lindsay creates everything in the evening and on weekends. Just recently, she made the leap into making a business out of it. We imagine she will be pretty busy, very soon, because everyone will want her beautiful work!

When she heard that we were celebrating my (jasmine) birthday, she sent me a gift! Right? SO SWEET! I was so excited to open it. First, I fell in love with her packaging. Look at the attention to detail; hand stamped, pretty glass beads on a safety pin, and all that teal! I love me some teal!

Then I opened it. My jaw dropped. Inside was this stunning necklace of 24k gold, crystal, and the most amazing patinated metallic dark brown! I couldn't contain my excitement and, literally, did a happy dance. There was also a lot of jumping and smiling involved. When I put the necklace on, it had this wonderful weight to it. Honestly, I'm not a gold person but this has changed my outlook completely. 

You would think that I couldn't be any more excited, right? I was checking myself out in the mirror, then checking out my necklace, and found the back of the pendant. Are you kidding me? The back is so lovely and I am totally going to rock this necklace backwards. I really can't get over how amazing this present is!

You're in love with it too, aren't you? We know you are! Well, today is your lucky day. The Joyful Jewelry Box is giving 1 lucky winner the chance to win their own Crystal and 24k Gold Star Pendant Necklace ($60 value)! You're doing the happy dance now, huh?! I KNOW! SO exciting!!!

What are you waiting for? Check out The Joyful Jewelry Box now and enter to win this stunning necklace! The winner will be announced on Wed., April 30, 2014.

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A Week Of Giveaways

April 21-25
A Giveaway a Day!

We've had a super fun time celebrating April so far and the awesomeness continues next Monday-Friday with a giveaway EACH DAY! Right here, on the blog, we'll have a giveaway every single day to celebrate Jasmine's birthday. Wahoo!

Don't forget to follow us on instagram, pinterest, and facebook - we've been celebrating over there too!


Instagram Fundraiser for Savannah's Stolen Moment Campaign

Instagram Benefit Auction for
Savannah's Stolen Moment Campaign

April 14th 8am PST to April 15th 8pm PST

Organized and hosted by koco & viking @kocoandviking

About Savannah's Stolen Moment Campaign (from her dad)
"I'm sorry if this is very raw, but my baby girl died this morning.
Please believe me when I say that Savannah, who was 2-and-a-half, was loved every second that she was alive. My wife and I fed her the healthiest foods, gave her that extra-fancy milk with the DHA in it, enrolled her in a little gym class and showered her with countless hugs and kisses. As a dad, I practiced every day until I finally (mostly) figured out how to make pigtails. She was a healthy, happy child - this is not how things are supposed to end.
We're not sure what happened. We woke up this morning, and she did not.
If you've never dealt with loss, I sincerely hope that you never do. If you have, then you know the worst feeling is the sense of helplessness, of frustration. The only thing you can do, it seems, is admit that you have no control. And when you're a parent - the person who is supposed to be able to make everything better - that's a horrifying thing to admit.
If you've read this far, I thank you. I won't take up much more of your time.
One thing that does give me solace is that when "Savvy" was with us, we shared lots of unplanned memories with her. A surprise trip to an indoor playground, an unexpected cookie at Starbucks, a walk along the beach on a random Tuesday afternoon - and I came to refer to these as "Stolen Moments."
I'm feeling very powerless right now. But people have already begun asking how they can help, and in the days ahead I don't want a bunch of money to be thrown away on flowers. I'd recommend a charity for people to make donations in her honor, but I'm very weary of the way many charities take your money and use them to pay overhead. The only way I can handle this powerlessness, I figure, is with the power to give someone else joy.
So, here's my idea: If you'd like to make a donation in Savannah's name - any size - please do it here. And my dream is to take every penny of those donations, locate a special little girl somewhere in the world - and give her and her family the "Stolen Moment" that we'll never be able to make with our baby Savannah.
I will find a family somewhere - someone I have never met before and has no connection to anyone I know - and help them make a Stolen Moment. The only 3 requirements are that they have a little girl, that they very clearly love her, and that they don't have the financial means to typically do this sort of thing.
Perhaps we can send them to Disneyland, and get them the greatest hotel room ever. Perhaps we could fly them somewhere. I want to give some little person a moment with her Mom and Dad that she'll remember forever - a moment that they would never have without us doing this.
Any money raised above the costs of the "Stolen Moment" will be put into a college fund for that child.
After the Stolen Moment takes place, I'll ask that the family meet with my wife and I, show us all the pictures they took, and tell us every awesome detail. In the wake of this tragedy, I'm determined to create joy.
Savannah was too young for me to say that this is what she would have wanted. But I can tell you that this is what I would've raised her to believe was the right thing to do.
If you have read this far, but cannot make a donation, I completely understand. Thank you for listening.
But please, I ask that you do this for my Savannah, the girl I would give anything to have back in my arms right now: Hug your child tight, tell them that you love them. Every. Damn. Day.
And the next time your child wants to play with your phone, even though they have peanut butter all over their hands and will just delete all your apps and make the screen too bright and you don't know how to change it back...let them do it. And appreciate the fact that you're witnessing such beauty. As parents, it's the only thing we can do."

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Made by Amie

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Indie Gift Box's April Sweet Spring Box

We are so excited to finally share some rad news.... we're part of April's Sweet Spring Indie Gift Box! There were a number of times that we almost spilled the beans and we're pretty proud that we were able to get through the last few months without sharing. hee hee. To say that we're obsessed with Indie Gift Box is an understatement and when we were asked to be part of it, well, we immediately said YES! Try to get your hands on one Monday when they go on sale to the public or sign up for one of their subscriptions to ensure your box, receive a discount, and get an additional gift. We love Indie Gift Box and the fact that they support all of us artisans. 

These are the amazing businesses you'll receive your goodies from...


A Month of Celebrations

April is an exciting month for us at Koco & Viking, it's Jasmine's birthday month and we celebrate all month long! We're continuing the tradition of celebrating with all of you throughout the month and it's bigger and better than ever. You'll find the goodness here on our blog, over on our Instagram, and on Facebook! There will be giveaways, discounts, exclusive goodness, and so much more.

Thanks for sharing this special month with us. We look forward to partying with all of you!

Don't forget to follow our instagram and facebook to get in on it all!