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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Get yo-self some Brooke Van Gory

this giveaway is now closed. congratulations to the winner & thanks for participating. thanks to Brooke for sponsoring!


Brooke Van Gory.  Have you met her?  ...I have.  And she's fabulous.  And her work is fabulous.  I've been searching for a new tote bag, cause it's (almost, God willing) Spring time & I need new bags for new seasons.  It's kind of like water... I require it.  Anyway, I couldn't find one I really liked or that I felt was worth the money in my bank account, so I started chatting with Brooke.  And guess what? She said she could make a tote!  And after talking with my friend, Madison, I knew I needed a bag by Brooke!

We picked out some fabric & I decided it was worth some money in my bank account, so she got to work. Very quickly.  I knew Brooke had a ton of orders that she was in the middle of, but she squeezed me in to her schedule.  In the midst of other orders, she found time to complete my bag & showed me pictures!  I was in love.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  So she tossed it in the mail.  And there we sat.  For 8 days.  8 days.  Did I mention, Brooke lives about 20 minutes from me?  I spent the week anxiously running to the mailbox (best week of Tucker's life during this yucky Winter crap).  And everyday I didn't see it.  I began to assume that my mail lady had heard how great Brooke is & she'd obviously taken the bag for herself.  Finally, on Friday (like I said, 8 days later) I opened my mailbox & saw the box.  Hooray! 

Here's the basics (directly from BvG on Etsy):
The Fundamental is a generously sized tote-style diaper bag. It is perfect for daily running around, for trips to the park, or to leave with a sitter. A bit smaller (not by much) then The Expedient this bag was bult to allow for plenty of room inside to allow for diapers, blankies, toys, and bibs, and 2 outer pockets for "mommy things".

This bag is also daddy friendly! How do I know? Because my diaper bag loathing husband carries one! And so does his brother, also a new daddy! I do find that with the male crowd, however, they tend to like solid colors of duck cloth for the whole bag.

This bag has 2 large flap pockets on the inside, and 2 smaller pockets on the outside. It is fully lined for durability, and can stand on it's own. Also on the inside, is a small zip pocket, to keep any items that you need to keep hidden. The bag closes with a tab closure and metal magnetic snaps.

Measurements:

Height: 13"
Length:13.5"
Width:4"
Strap length: 23"
Strap Drop: 13"





I love that there's 3 sections on the inside- 1 for my wallet & other mama stuffs, the middle for food & snacks, B's water, & a change of clothes & the other side for wipes, wetbag, etc.  Because I sell Cookie Lee Jewelry, I always have a few catalogs in my bag & whaddya know?  The outside pockets seem to have been measured perfectly for them! 










Want to get your hands on a faboo bag or other item?  Here's how:

Go to Brooke Van Gory Designs & make a purchase!


Update: Brooke has offered up a discount of 10% on any purchase from now through March 31st. Use the code "Big City Baby" in the notes to seller. That. is. truly. fabulous. 

Or you can win a matching (to mine) tote bag here!  Brooke has generously offered up a Fundamental Tote (in the same colors as mine) to one of my lovely readers! 

This entry is mandatory & must be done to qualify to win:  Go to Brooke's Etsy Shop & tell me your favorite item.  Be sure to include your email address or another way for me to contact you.  If I can't contact you, you can't win. Got it? Good :) 

Extra Entries:

1. Subscribe to my blog. Be sure to confirm it; this will be verified (worth 2 entries- comment separately for each).

2. Follow my blog publicly via Google Friend Connect.

3. Grab my button; let me know where it is.

4. Follow Brooke's blog.

5. Heart Brooke's shop on Etsy, or heart a specific item (let me know what item it is)

6. Fan Brooke Van Gory Designs on Facebook.

7. Follow @mandyw526 & @crossbones_inc on twitter. Leave your twitter name on the comment. 

8.  Tweet this twice daily (minimum 4 hours apart)- Win a fabulous BVG  tote bag from  @mandyw526 & @crossbones_inc: http://bit.ly/a8A8HT

9. Blog about this giveaway; let me know where the entry is.

10. Make a purchase through Brooke Van Gory.  Let me know what you bought- worth 15 extra entries!



Giveaway ends March 28th at 9pm CST. Winner will be drawn via random number generator & will be contacted via email/twitter/text.  Winner has 24 hours to a respond before I will draw another winner.  Thanks for participating & Thanks to Brooke Van Gory for sponsoring!!!

277 comments:

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Sugar Dipes said...

Love the expedient bag! And I love your bag as well! I am a sucker for stripes!\

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Sugar Dipes said...

follow your blog publicly

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Sugar Dipes said...

subscribe to your blog #1

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Sugar Dipes said...

subscribe to your blog #2

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Sugar Dipes said...

follow you and brooke on twitter (sugardipes)

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Sugar Dipes said...

heart Brooke's shop

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Sugar Dipes said...

fan Brooke on facebook

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Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10280503754

Amy said...

I love this giveaway!!! I am coveting an oversized Expedient bag with a outer clip on wetbag. (I have linked my husband up to the site and am keeping my fingers crossed he will get it for me for my b-day!!)

arboyd at gmail dot com

Amy said...

I subscribe #1

arboyd at gmail dot com

Amy said...

I subscribe #2

arboyd at gmail dot com

Amy said...

I follow your blog

arboyd at gmail dot com

Amy said...

I have your button http://motherhoodandmiscellany.blogspot.com

arboyd at gmail dot com

Amy said...

I follow Brooke's blog

arboyd at gmail dot com

Amy said...

I am a fan of BVG on FB

arboyd at gmail dot com

Amy said...

BVG is one of my favorites on Etsy

arboyd at gmail dot com

shannon@dittanybaby.com said...

Can'd decide between The Expedient Weekender and the fundamental tote! Would love either one!

Anna said...

I am really wanting to get one of her UP SIZED The Expedient Weekender or Diaper bag, because I think it would be perfect with 2 in cloth diapers.
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Anna said...

I follow your blog
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Anna said...

I hearted her shop on etsy
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Anna said...

I'm a FB fan
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Anna said...

I follow you both on twitter
@AnnathanMagz
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10284100986
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Alisha said...

I'm totally loving the FUndamental bag. But for all things crafty since I don't have a baby :)

In houndstooth would be lovely too!

Alisha said...

I follow BAM :)

Alisha said...

and I now follow BVG in RSS Feed

Alisha said...

I don't have yo button since I don't know how to work them but I have your blog linked in my blogroll on the website :)

2buckeyesincinci.blogspot.com

Alisha said...

I love twitter :)
follower

@imabuckeye

Alisha said...

facebook fan

Alisha said...

Tweet.

http://twitter.com/imabuckeye/status/10286170210

did I win yet? :)

Sarah J. said...

I would love to have one of her wet bags! I forget to pack one in the diaper bag at least once a week. If it's clipped on the outside I'll know it's there and besides, I never have room on the inside!
saywah_j at yahoo dot com

Sarah J. said...

following your blog
saywah_j at yahoo dot com

Sarah J. said...

following Brooke's blog thru networked blogs
saywah_j at yahoo dot com

Sarah J. said...

i have had her shop hearted for a while now- saywah78 :o)
saywah_j at yahoo dot com

Sarah J. said...

following both on twitter- @saywah
saywah_j at yahoo dot com

Kaylyn said...

Well I have really been eyeing a tote like yours =) but if money weren't an issue I would totally get the Expedient Weekender.

Kaylyn said...

I follow your blog.

Kaylyn said...

I heart Brooke's shop on Etsy.

Kaylyn said...

I am a fan of BVG designs on FB.

Kaylyn said...

I follow you both on Twitter. Kaylynbuckner

Kaylyn said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/status/10297696053

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10298358242
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10298862196

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Michelle said...

I followed your blog. dzgirl97@gmail.com

Michelle said...

I follow both of you on twitter. deezeegirl

Michelle said...

I hearted Brookes store. Dzgirl

Michelle said...

I subscribe to your blog. dzgirl97

zealandsmom said...

I love the oversized Expedient bag

Jess said...

I really want her Birds of Norway diaper/weekender bag. I love Purple and Fushcia.

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Jess said...

I subscribe to your blog. Entry #1

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Jess said...

I subscribe to your blog. Entry #2

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Jess said...

I follow your blog publicly.

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Jess said...

I hearted the Birds of Norway bag.

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Jess said...

I am a fan of Brooke Van Gory Designs on Facebook. (Jessica Charleston)

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Jess said...

I follow you and @crossbones_inc on Twitter. @graceandbrynley

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Jess said...

Tweet for 3/10
http://twitter.com/graceandbrynley/status/10302179672

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Nikki said...

I really like the expedient bag!

Nikki said...

I follow your blog publicly!

Nikki said...

I HEART BVG's Etsy shop

Nikki said...

I'm a BVG Fan on Facebook..

Nikki said...

I follow both @mandyw526 & @crossbones_inc on Twitter (@CubsMamma)

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10308176011

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10319894101
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10321332558

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Jess said...

Tweet #1 for 3/11
http://twitter.com/graceandbrynley/status/10323712444

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Alisha said...

Tweedley Tweet!

http://twitter.com/imabuckeye/status/10327718480

Candace said...

I love the UP SIZED The Expedient Weekender or Diaper bag!

girlhaq at gmail dot com

Candace said...

I subscribe to your blog!
girlhaq at gmail dot com

Candace said...

I subscribe to your blog! (extra entry)
girlhaq at gmail dot com

Candace said...

I follow your blog publicly!
girlhaq at gmail dot com

Candace said...

I added the UP SIZED expedient weekender to my favorites!
girlhaq at gmail dot com

Candace said...

I follow @mandyw526 & @crossbones_inc on Twitter! (I'm @girlhaq)
girlhaq at gmail dot com

Candace said...

I'm a fan of Brooke Van Gory Designs on Facbeook!
girlhaq at gmail dot com

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10334546385

Kelli said...

i love all the bags but most of all the wet bag that matches!

msbeaters at yahoo dot com

Kelli said...

i follow your blog!

msbeaters at yahoo dot com

Kelli said...

i follow Brooke's blog!

msbeaters at yahoo dot com

Kelli said...

i heart"ed" Brooke's etsy page!

msbeaters at yahoo dot com

Kelli said...

i fanned her on facebook!

msbeaters at yahoo dot com

Kelli said...

i follow both of you on twitter
@beanersmama

msbeaters at yahoo dot com

Kelli said...

i tweeted!
http://twitter.com/beanersmama/status/10335702918

msbeaters at yahoo dot com

Kaylyn said...

Tweet!!!

http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/statuses/10338885982

Alisha said...

Toot Toot!

I mean Tweet :)

http://twitter.com/imabuckeye/status/10341057325

Kaylyn said...

Tweet!

http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/status/10349686262

Jess said...

Tweet #2 for 3/11
http://twitter.com/graceandbrynley/status/10352750661

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10353788910
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Sarah Halstead said...

I love the birds of norway diaper bag.

pungohgurl at gmail dot com

Sarah Halstead said...

I subscribe to your blog #1

pungohgurl at gmail dot com

Sarah Halstead said...

I subscribe to your blog #2

pungohgurl at gmail dot com

Sarah Halstead said...

I follow your blog via google friend connect.

pungohgurl at gmail dot com

Sarah Halstead said...

I heart her shop on etsy.

pungohgurl at gmail dot com

Sarah Halstead said...

I am a fan on facebook.

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10363220370

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10369577977
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10370969481

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Alisha said...

Tweet o' the morning fer ya!

http://twitter.com/imabuckeye/status/10373743647

Jess said...

Tweet #1 for 3/12
http://twitter.com/graceandbrynley/status/10374400316

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Kaylyn said...

Tweet for 3/12 #1

http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/statuses/10382816574

Kelli said...

tweeted!

http://twitter.com/beanersmama/status/10383064603

msbeaters at yahoo dot com

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10384731310
sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10384597726

Jess said...

Tweet #2 for 3/12
http://twitter.com/graceandbrynley/status/10390171248

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10399697533
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10407740335

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10420720622

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Kaylyn said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/status/10422434426

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10423500947
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#1

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#2

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#3

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#4

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#5

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#6

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#7

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#8

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#9

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#10

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#11

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#12

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#13

Kaylyn said...

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#14

Kaylyn said...

Are you tired of seeing me comment yet!?

I bought a Tote and a Wetbag from BVG!!!
#15

Jess said...

Tweet #1 for 3/13
http://twitter.com/graceandbrynley/status/10426502161

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10437181049
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10446953599

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Growing Up Ginger said...

I love the "UP SIZED The Expedient Weekender or Diaper bag" Green and pink...

whitneyharbin at ymail dot com

Growing Up Ginger said...

I have subscribed to your blog :)

Growing Up Ginger said...

I follow your blog already

Growing Up Ginger said...

Im a fan of BVG Designs on FB

Growing Up Ginger said...

I follow you both on twitter -- wharbin

Growing Up Ginger said...

Tweet!

http://twitter.com/wharbin

Jess said...

Tweet #2 for 3/13
http://twitter.com/graceandbrynley/status/10453100075

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Kaylyn said...

http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/status/10453316082

Tweet

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10457549569

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10471564614

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Jess said...

Tweet #1 for 3/14
http://twitter.com/graceandbrynley/status/10472994604

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10474984847

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10480236157

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10481060900
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Kaylyn said...

My tweet earlier when Twitter was fail!

http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/status/10467837600

Kaylyn said...

Tweet!

http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/status/10493057945

Slee said...

i am in LOVE with her custom expedient/diaper bag.
fentonslee/gmail

Slee said...

i follow your blog via google friend connect
fentonslee/gmail

Slee said...

hearted her shop as both sock punky and as fentonslee
fentonslee/gmail

Slee said...

fan of BVGD on FB
fentonslee/gmail

Slee said...

@fentonslee follows ya'll both
fentonslee/gmail

Slee said...

http://twitter.com/fentonslee/statuses/10493709536
fentonslee/gmail

GreenPunkMama said...

My favorite item from Brooks shop is her awesome wet bag! But the fleece longies rock my socks hardcore Lillian loves hers!

ailieschooley at gmail.com

GreenPunkMama said...

I subscribed to your blog #1 ailieschooley at gmail.com

GreenPunkMama said...

subscribed to your blog #2 ailieschooley at gmail.com

GreenPunkMama said...

I follow your blog publicly via google ailieschooley at gmail.com

GreenPunkMama said...

grabbed your button it's here http://greenpunkmama.blogspot.com/ ailieschooley at gmail.com

GreenPunkMama said...

I follow Brooke's blog ailieschooley at gmail.com

GreenPunkMama said...

I have Brooke's shop on Etsy Hearted ailieschooley at gmail.com

GreenPunkMama said...

I'm a Fan of Brooke Van Gory Designs on Facebook. ailieschooley at gmail.com

GreenPunkMama said...

Following you both on twitter babyboofelt ailieschooley at gmail.com

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10501074547

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10513082754
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10515887505

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Sarah J. said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/saywah/status/10518458380
saywah_j at yahoo dot com

Slee said...

http://twitter.com/fentonslee/statuses/10521703408

fentonslee/gmail

Rachel said...

I love the Up Sized The Expedient Weekender or Diaper bag
rachelwidener at gmail dot com

Rachel said...

I follow your blog.
rachelwidener at gmail dot com

Rachel said...

I follow Brooke's blog
rachelwidener at gmail dot com

Rachel said...

I'm a facebook fan.
rachelwidener at gmail dot com

Rachel said...

I follow you on twitter
@masonsmommy_09

Kaylyn said...

Tweet!

http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/status/10529534272

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10529536089

Mindy said...

I am SO excited by this giveaway! I REALLY want a quintessential or an expedient bag w/ the wet bag accompaniment. It hasn't been in my budget, but maybe one day....

Mindy said...

I follow your blog.

Mindy said...

I follow brooke's blog.

Mindy said...

I am a fb fan of Brooke's.

Mindy said...

I follow both of you on twitter.

Mindy said...

http://twitter.com/InquisitiveMom/status/10537186058 tweet

Oh, and oops, I follow as InquisitiveMom on Twitter!

Mindy said...

I added her shop as a favorite. Is that the same as "hearting" it?

Slee said...

http://twitter.com/fentonslee/statuses/10537265243

Kaylyn said...

Tweet!

http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/status/10544491995

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10550973549

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10565899200
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Kaylyn said...

Tweet!

http://twitter.com/Kaylynbuckner/status/10567788702

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10568373757

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10575612530

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10587152017

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10595203933
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10605081115

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10617112405
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10620731725

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10632241420

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10641410627

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10650542796
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10656907196

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10666668401
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10669047101

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10685099419

Jess said...

Tweet for 3/18
http://twitter.com/graceandbrynley/status/10688415322

wernertjd AT yahoo DOT com

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10696591608
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10698622844

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

Nikki said...

http://twitter.com/CubsMamma/status/10707762911

Anna said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AnnathanMagz/statuses/10718012979
AnnathanMagz at cox dot net

Sugar Dipes said...

http://twitter.com/sugardipes/status/10723283766

sugardipes1 at aol dot com

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