Friday, October 24, 2014

Be a Part of Bubby and Bean for the Holidays!

Although we rarely post sponsor calls anymore, this time of year is the most important of all for small business and brands to promote their goods and services, and we'd love for you to let us help you get the word out! November and December are the highest traffic months of the year here on the blog - and therefore for our sponsors as well. And advertising with Bubby and Bean is an an affordable, effective way to promote your brand to several thousands of interested people every single day.

Bubby and Bean works with companies big and small through banner advertising, sponsored content, product review, sponsored giveaways, and other means of custom collaboration through this blog and social media integration. For more information on our various advertising packages, current stats, press, and pricing, visit our sponsor page right here to view our ad sizes and rates. You can also book banner ad spaces there directly in one click.

If you're looking for other ways to promote this season, such as sponsored content, giveaways, or gift guides, be sure to contact us ASAP as these opportunities book up quickly and usually several weeks in advance.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GIVEAWAY // Win Your Choice of Minnetonka Shoes!

GIVEAWAY // Win a Pair of Minnetonka Moccasins from Bubby and Bean

Last week, I shared a project I'd done with my pal Laura and my friends over at Minnetonka called 'One Style, Two Ways,' both here on the blog and over on Minnetonka's site. Minnetonka is one of my absolute favorite companies, and it's always such a pleasure to get to team up with them. I own more Minnetonka shoes than probably all of my other shoes combined. They're just that great. And now one lucky Bubby and Bean reader is going to get to pick out a pair of Minnetonkas of her/his own - any pair of shoes/moccasins/boots/wedges/etc.!

Minnetonka Giveaway

To enter, just use the entry form below.  There are several ways to enter.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through October 29th and is open to Bubby and Bean readers with a U.S. shipping address. And don't forget, Minnetonka is having a contest of their own! This month, head over to Instagram and show how you make your Minnetonka shoes your own personal style with the tag #MyMinnetonka, for the chance to appear in their gallery on Plus, each Monday through November 3rd, a winner will be selected and awarded a new pair of Minnetonka moccs and a $250 gift card! More details on their contest are available right here. Entering their contest is also one of the entries you can choose for this giveaway (worth 5 points!), so it's a win-win. Good luck!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our Favorite IKEA Hacks

By Home Contributor Paige Ronchetti

I love me some IKEA. If I had to pick a furniture/home store as my best friend, I think the blue and yellow palace would be it. That might be a bit surprising for someone like me to admit, but for real: they're affordable, you can find literally everything in one place (right down to paper napkins if you're throwing a party), and they feature a variety of styles. I know some people think it's "dorm furniture" and therefore beneath them, but those people are missing out for all of the reasons I just mentioned, PLUS they won't get to do any cool IKEA hacks after they get home. Lame.

Hacks tend to fall into two categories: dressing an item up, or turning an item into something else. Both are equally awesome and there were so many great examples floating around that I had a hard time choosing favorites. In the end I had to play the whole "what would I want in my house" game and went from there. (I literally cannot choose an Ultimate Favorite from this list today, so don't ask. Ha.) Hacks are a great way to customize a piece for your space. IKEA tends to make things in limited colors--my only minor quibble with them--but getting your hack on takes care of that problem. And if you're feeling extra creative, you can take some of the unassembled parts and mix them with other things. The coffee table above, for example, has midcentury legs added to a Lack tabletop.

All of this talk makes me want to run out and buy some paint! And maybe gold leaf! And I DO think I need some of those midcentury legs...  How do you feel about IKEA hacks? Have you made any? Which of these is your favorite? And if you had to pick a furniture store BFF, what would it be? -Paige

I'm with Paige on this one. Those who think they're above IKEA are missing out. It's my favorite furniture store too, and I can't wait to try out some of the hacks that she's shared here! In addition to writing for Bubby and Bean as our Home Contributor, Paige works as an Interior Designer (check out her biz, The Room Kit) and blogs over at Little Nostalgia. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram


Monday, October 20, 2014

Bathroom Makeover: Modern Accessories

Modern Bathroom Accessories // Bubby and Bean

A few months ago, I posted a bathroom vanity wish list roundup and told you guys all about my upstairs bathroom (the only full bath in our place), and how it's my least favorite room in our house. I mentioned that aside from a table and a couple of art prints, it resembles a painfully generic model home bathroom in almost every way. Since the reality is that there won't be any major remodeling work happening in there any time soon, I decided that I'd do some window shopping for accessories and smaller items that, together, could potentially give it a whole new look. The items you see above (all from Modern Bath, who carries some seriously beautiful luxury bathroom furniture, fixtures, and accessories) are at the top of my list right now.  I love that they're all simple, modern, and even a little sleek, but don't look too matchy-matchy paired together as a group.

I've learned over the years that sometimes just focusing on the smaller details of a room can create the illusion of an entirely new space, so that's my goal. If/when I go through with it, I'll be sure to share some photos here. For now, I'm just enjoying the daydream.

Have you even redone details of a bathroom just by replacing smaller things like fixtures and paint?  What about other rooms?

This post is in collaboration with Modern Bath.


Friday, October 17, 2014

My Minnetonka // One Style, Two Ways

My Minnentonka: One Style, Two Ways // Bubby and Bean

I'm thrilled to be teaming up once again with one of my all-time favorite brands, Minnetonka Moccasin, for a special series they're doing called 'One Style, Two Ways!' This month, they're encouraging you to express your individual personality on Instagram by showing the world how you style your Minnetonka moccasins, wedges, booties, and boots, and tagging your picture with #MyMinnetonka. To align with this, they asked several bloggers to each partner up with a blogging pal to individually style the same pair in her own way. This is one of my favorite things about Minnetonka's products - a single style can be worn an infinite number of ways.

For my 'One Style, Two Ways,' I paired up with my dear friend and soul sister Laura of Roots and Feathers to style the Double Fringe Side Zip Boot.  Laura and I have similar tastes (especially in clothes, accessories, and music!) but also each have our own unique style. We didn't discuss what we'd be wearing beforehand, so it was really fun to see how the other styled the same shoe. Although our looks were different, they ended up really complementing the other. You can see more photos of both of us sporting this amazing ankle boot and read about what inspired each of our looks over on the Minnetonka blog.

Melissa Baswell Williams of Bubby & Bean for Minnetonka

And now it's your turn! Head over to Instagram and show how you make your Minnetonka shoes #MyMinnetonka for the chance to appear in their gallery on Plus, each Monday through November 3rd a winner will be selected and awarded a new pair of Minnetonka mocs and a $250 gift card! (See more details here.)

One final piece of good news: There will be a very special Minnetonka giveaway here on Bubby & Bean next week. So be sure to stop back by!