BESO by Johanna Review + Giveaway

 It is not very often that we write product reviews.  In fact, we never have...until today!  But sometimes you get a product that you absolutely love & you just have to scream to the mountain tops about it!  Last month we were introduced to a lovely new handmade shop called BESO by Johanna.  We ADORE handmade...but as you know, not all handmade is created equally!  Sometimes you shop on etsy or other online shops that sell handmade items and the photos are stunning...but when you get your product in the mail, the quality does not match up with the product photos.  When I opened up my package from Johanna I was absolutely stunned by my new bag!  I mean seriously...the quality was top notch...I could not find a single stitch out of place!  And I am picky!  Not only was it well made, it was sturdy & gorgeous!

Every handmade bag is unique because you get to pick out your fabric!  I picked out the Penny Bag in charcoal & mustard fabric that was paired with a charcoal faux suede.  The reason why I picked this bag was for its messenger style strap.  As a busy mom, my hands are often full so being able to put this bag over my shoulder is so handy!  Thankfully, we are out of diapers in my home, but this bag would make the perfect diaper bag!  This bag could easily fit diapers, blankets, change of clothes & lil baby snacks!  No one would ever know you are toting around baby gear!

Another reason I am obsessed with this bag is because it is so roomy!  I can throw in my iPad, water bottle, phone, wallet & kiddy snacks  for my three boys in this bag....and still have room for more!  What I really like is the pockets in this purse!  There's nothing worse than putting your phone in a side pocket that is so shallow to have it fall out into the bottom of your bag!  I can fit my entire hand in each of the inside pockets.  The Penny bag also comes with a sewn in key fob, which is so handy because I am ALWAYS losing my keys inside my other bags!

Not only does BESO by Johanna make the most incredible bags, she also sells clutches, jewelry and scarves!  To see & learn more about BESO, check out the links below:

We are loving BESO by Johanna so much.....we are teaming up to bring y'all a giveaway!!!  You can win a $40 shop credit from BESO by Johanna and a $27 shop credit from The Vintage Honey Shop!  And thats not all!  BESO by Johanna is giving everyone 10% off her entire shop with coupon code: HONEY10

We will pick one lucky winner on 11/1!  This giveaway is open to USA residents only.  Enter the giveaway via Raffelcopter below:

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Vintage Honey Brand Rep Search

The Vintage Honey Shop is now accepting applications for Brand Reps for our shop!  What is a brand rep?  We are looking for a few awesome mamas who are active & have a larger following on Instagram to promote our shop!  Our brand reps would make a three month commitment to promote & share our products in an organic way by posting pictures of themselves wearing our necklaces on Instagram 1-3 times a week.  In return, we would send them one necklace a month...for FREE!  Pretty sweet deal, right?!?!

What exactly are we looking for?
  • a mama with a baby with an IG account of  at least 1k followers (but not required)!
  • a beautiful feed of photographs!
  • someone who truly loves our necklaces & who supports handmade shops!
If you are interested...please fill out THIS application!  We will not be able to contact everyone who submits an application & will only contact you if we need further information or if you are chosen!  If you are not chosen, we encourage you to apply again for our next round!  We would love to accept everyone, but we only have limited amounts of spots (amount still being determined)!  Good luck!!


World Breastfeeding Week Giveaway

photo credit // Rebecca Laurel Photography // Greater Louisville Area

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week 2014 {Aug 1-7}, we are giving away 7 of our nursing necklaces!!  We will be giving away a necklace every day during WBW!  {See Rafflecopter widget at end of blog post}

Our necklaces can be used for a teething baby, but our necklaces can also be used while nursing!  Many of our mamas use our necklaces while breastfeeding/nursing their lil ones! They keep lil hands busy while they feed (instead of scratching/pinching/grabbing)! Because the necklace are close to eye level, they provide great visual stimulation for your baby! Our necklaces encourage those first fine motor skills by grabbing onto our necklaces with their sweet lil hands! 

We are absolutely over the moon over all of the fan photos that got sent into us!  Here are just a few:

 photo credit // Cynthia Dawson Photography // Central Texas
Mama // Rachel

 Mamas: Courtney, Kristin, Sheila & Brooke

Mama: Shirley

 Mamas: Devon, Brooke, Sheila & Lauren

photo credit // Eternal Treasures Photography // Middle Tennessee
Mama // Katy

 Mamas: Shirley, Sheila, Brooke & Danielle

photo credit // Eternal Treasures Photography // Middle Tennessee
Mama // Megan

Mamas: Viktoria, Sara, Brooke & Lauren

photo credit // Eternal Treasures Photography // Middle Tennessee
Mama // Sara
Mamas: Sheila, Natalie, Elizabeth & Ginny

Mama // Nikki

Mamas: Katherine, Nikki, Brie & Shannon

You totally want to win one, right?  We will be announcing a new winner each day on Facebook & by email (usually the email associated with your facebook acct, so check there)!  Enter below & Good Luck!!!

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Throwback Thursday, Vintage Honey Style!

Don't you love looking back at TBT photos on Facebook or Instagram?  It is hilarious to see old high school photos or to swoon over newborn photos from friends?  Looking back at those throwback, we often think, 'wow...we have come a looooooong way'!  The same is for our shop!

When we started our shop in 2011, we really had no objective for our shop except to try to sell a few cute handmade items.  We picked a general name so that we wouldn't be stuck with selling a certain product like, "Jen & Mel's Amazing Hairbows'!  We picked The Vintage Honey Shop because of the color...a golden yellow.  We had no intentions of selling anything vintage and certainly no honey!  We started off selling fabric & paper items, so we came up with a tag line, 'where paper & fabric stick'! 

We started off selling a lil bit of everything until our teething necklaces took off.  Here is a lil 'throwback'  from the early years of The Vintage Honey Shop...

 We use to make diaper cakes...they were oh-so-pretty, but they were so hard to ship.

 These were two our first items we listed into our shop...felt flower pins!

 Our coupon organizers were so much fun to make...but they were really had to reproduce.  We made them so that they could attach to a shopping cart handle.  This is when we started using designer fabrics!

 For a short minute, we made personalized pillows!  Not really sure if we sold any, but we had them available! Ha!

 Our rice therapy wrist supports was a product that we were sure would take off...but as we have learned over the past few years, if a product doesn't take off, don't worry...either perfect it till it does or move onto something else!  

 Another diaper cake that we made...all of our cakes were custom orders.  We are sure that this mama-to-be was happy to have this at her baby shower!

 This burp cloth cupcake was a lot of fun to make, but again, it never took off in our shop!

 This burp cloth/onsie set was actually our first custom order that we ever received!  We were so excited to send this gift off!
 Before we started selling teething necklaces, we made our necklaces with fabric rosettes.  We decided to stop making our necklaces with rosettes because as we started making teething necklaces, we were scared that they rosettes would pop off.

 Our very first sale was of one of our notebooks that we covered in scrapbook paper!  We made a matching paper clip to go with all of our notebooks!

We also make lil post-it-note books!

Wow....wow!  We have come a long way baby!!  It has been such a blessing to see our shop grow into what it is now.  We honestly had no idea three & half years ago that we would be selling teething & nursing necklaces, nursing scarves & cupcake toppers!  Thank you to all of you for supporting our handmade shop & helping us become what we are now!  We can't wait to see where God will have taken us in another three years!