Thursday, May 10, 2012

Win a $200 Gift Card to Wilsons Leather

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Wilson's Leather! We look forward to working with you again. Winner has been notified, and upon confirmation, follower name will be posted both here and on our homepage. Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
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We have a promo so big it actually fits into TWO of our Guides! This promo serves as this month's 'Featured Handbag in the Spotlight' and our first giveaway in our annual Mother's Day Buying Guide! This one is especially for moms who like to travel in style! Wilsons Leather is no stranger to Ascending Butterfly readers, they've hosted a few Featured Handbag in the Spotlights for us (see HERE and HERE for reminders). Wilson's Leather has been my go-to for my handbags, jackets and leather accessories like Leather Gloves for years now. The leather is buttery soft, incredibly durable and the in store (brick and mortar) as well as online service is always top notch.

We are getting dangerously close to June, Is it just me or is this year starting to move way too fast! While everyone likes to harp on the Spring Flowers and the chirping birds and the butterflies (or maybe that's just me), to get there, we get rain. A lot of rain. So a day that may start cool, then get warm goes back to cold at night, which means you don't want to wear a winter coat, but still need something to keep you warm for the mornings and evenings when the temperature drops or it's raining out.

This is where our friends at Wilson's Leather come in, despite the title, they are NOT just leather! And if you are in the market for a great Spring Trenchcoat or a new Travel Bag, check out Wilson's first! If you are a fab frugalista who wants to look spot on and not spend more than you have to doing so, then the current sales will knock your socks off, right now you can get 60-80% off designer jackets, and there is also a sale running where if you buy one business bag you get the second at half off, and that will apply AUTOMATICALLY in cart during checkout, how awesome and fab is that?

Many of you know that it's been a challenging year for me this year to say the least, but the challenges I've faced have forced me to come out of my comfort zone in so many ways. I've been embracing things I normally wouldn't, and forcing myself to do things and wear things I probably never would have. I was a late comer to the 'animal print' trend and now I can't stop wearing it! I must share my newest obsession!

Black Rivet Asymmetrical Zip Front Jacket




Isn't this trench absolutely fantastic? Here is a shot of me wearing it (notice my super cute over-sized butterfly earrings):



I always thought animal prints were just too bold for me, and now I can't get enough! And as Blogging has gotten me more into travel I love that this coat is lightweight enough to be able to pack it easily, but fully lined so I'm not freezing when it gets nippy at night. Traveling in style also requires the right bag, I did tell you that this was also a 'Featured Handbag in the Spotlight' Promo too right? I'm sure by opening with a Trench you were begining to wonder if I had forgotten the Handbag, I have not my friends. I never forget the Handbag, it's a monthly feature for us since 2009!

In fact, this is no ordinary handbag, it's a wheeled briefcase with a sleek style, it's airport easy as it fits in the overhead or slides easily under the seat in front of you, has a padded compartment for your laptop, iPad, or Kindle, and an organizational compartment in the front. The wheel system is totally removable so if you just want throw it over your shoulders for your daily commute you can do so with or without the wheels. It slides on or off easily, but stays on and stays put when you need it!

McKlein USA Roseville 96646 Fly-Through Checkpoint-Friendly 2-in-1 Removable-Wheeled Ladies' Laptop Case




I love to travel, but hate to lug heavy bags, or bags that aren't well organized. Let's face it, airport security checkpoints are not fun. You are already harried, frazzled, and then standing in a super long line with someone right in front of you and directly behind you so have no room to move, then suddenly you have to get your jacket, jewelry and shoes off, take your laptop or portable tablet OUT of your bag and get all this in a bin. Then you are being scanned while worrying about your stuff, and by the time you are done, your bins are already at the end of the aisle and you have to get everything back on and back in your bag in half a second because there are tons of folks behind you. Not so simple right?



The buttery soft Italian Leather had me at Hello and I will now never travel without this bag, it comes with a removable protector for your laptop/tablet that slides easily in and out and protects your device while in the bin. It has great organizational pockets, you can remove the wheel system if you prefer and use the shoulder strap. This trench and this bag together are a KILLER travel combo! You will breeze through the airport cool, confident and in style!

Now butterflies, you all know what Buying Guides mean right? You know I always look out for you butterfly! How would you like to win Trenchcoat and amazing travel briefcase too?

I thought so!

I can even do one better for you, how about a $200 Gift Card to Wilsons Leather so you can buy the trench and bag of YOUR choice? Who loves you butterfly?

Use the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win a $200 gift card to Wilsons Leather, do the mandatory entry to unlock the bonus entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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72 comments:

  1. Well, I'm a new mom (my daughter is a year old) but my best advice is to cherish every moment b/c it goes by so fast.

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    1. @Jennifer - That is fantastic advice at every age! Living in the moment and truly cherishing those moments, those memories, are the only things we take with us! You have given your daughter priceless advice, keep reminding her! she'll love you for it!

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  2. My grandmother told me late in her life that it is the things we DON'T do in life that we regret. She told me to travel. To see things. To meet and enjoy people who from somewhere else.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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    1. @BethElderton - Your Grandma reminds me a lot of my own! That's great advice. My family always encouraged my love of travel, and it's taken me all over the world, having worked for an airline, and now as a Travel Blogger. I hope you are truly taking that advice to heart and traveling as much as your finances and schedule will allow! :)

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    2. I would advise that to my own children when I start a family :)

      My first trip overseas happened when I was sixteen, and even today, ten years later, the "travel bug" is still in my blood. Life did become richer and more exciting because of my trips.

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  3. Mom's best advice was "nothing ventured, nothing gained"

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. @Linda Kish - Very good advice, calculated risks are the best ones! But if you don't venture out there and take the chance you will never know! :)

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  4. My best advice I gave my oldest son was to be sure his girlfriend was "the one" before proposing. And to be a gentleman an ask her fathers permission first.

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    1. @Robin, Very good advice indeed. He should always be a gentleman to his lady, and he should of course make sure she is the right person for his affections. Once he is certain, he can then approach her father honestly about his attentions!

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  5. Mom's advice - Live life to the fullest

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    1. @Melly7777 There it is! That really is the only way to live it. To it's FULLEST! :)

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  6. The best advice my mom has given me is to never give up!

    Amanda S
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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    1. @Mandy83 That's right, never give up, never let anything or anyone deter you from your goals/dreams!

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  7. Always treat people the way you want to be treated. dwelchert@yahoo.com

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    1. @freddie Golden Rule works EVERY Time! :}

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  8. I'm a single mom of a LD/EI teenager. Even though he has a disability I still give him major support in anything he wants to do.
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    lokigsd@yahoo.com

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    1. @lokigsd Bravo! Keep giving your son all the support he needs, if you see past his disabilities and focus on his strengths, he will too!

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  9. My mom always said "Nothing good ever happens after midnight."

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    1. @Booked - That's for sure, especially in big cities!

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  10. my mom told me never ever to gossip about people and spread rumors because it always comes back to bite you in the you-know-what. It's a philosophy I've stuck to and people know better than to talk about other people around me. They know i'm not interested in hearing about anything negative.

    chichijunk at cs dot com

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    1. @chichijunk We are very much raised alike. I hate listening to people gossip. I just walk away from those kinds of conversations.

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  11. Best advice is to be happy, that life is too short. Thanks for a great giveaway!

    trishden948(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. @trishden - I agree about being happy and about life being too short. (Life is too short to enter anything less than a GREAT Giveaway!) :-}

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  12. The best advice my mom ever gave me was that my long-term boyfriend was no good for me and to break up with him.She was rght,of course.

    agaphmou at netzero dot net

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    1. @Athena I'm so glad you took her advice, I hope you found someone new and better for you in the long run!

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  13. The best advice I ever received from my mom was to pay attention in school. HAD I paid attention, I would not be paying for college courses NOW that I should have rather learned in high school.

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    1. @Angel - You got the lesson eventually and now you are back in school, nothing can stop you from reaching your goals now! :)

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  14. I might have put the wrong link to my blog post,I'm not sure.Anyway my post link is :
    http://mybigfatgreekamericanlife.blogspot.com/2012/05/200-wilsons-leather-gift-card-giveaway.html

    sorry

    agaphmou at netzero dot net

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    1. @Athena Thanks for posting the amended link, this one is correct. In fact I joined your site and left a comment post too!

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    1. Our instincts never lead us wrong, we just need to lear to trust them better! Good One!

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  16. Strong kids come from strong parents - & you can never love your kids too much! (Holly)

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  17. And I just have to say "Que bonita, Mariposa!!!" That coat is YOU - FABulous!

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    1. Thanks!!!

      I'm totally digging animal prints this year!

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  18. My Mom always said "Work smart, not hard." But I work 6 days a week, so I'm still trying to figure out how to pull that bit of advice off, LOL!

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    1. Follow her advice, take more time for yourself! You deserve it!

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  19. My favorite mom advice was her telling me that I could tell her anything. That she may not always like it, but that we would face it all together. I plan on keeping that with my kids as well.

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    1. That is definitely powerful advice and kudos to you for continuing the tradition with your children. When your children know that they can truly come to you with ANYTHING, they WILL!

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  20. The best advice my Mom ever gave me was "Stop, Breathe and Wait A Minute" Meaning no matter what the situation, no matter how bad things seem, stop, take a breath and wait, it will get better, nothing is forever.

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    1. Great Advice, sometimes it's easier to figure out where to go next by just plain standing still!

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  21. My Mom's advice is always be the peacemaker. stormvikki

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    1. @stormvikki That is great advice!

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  22. My mom told me not to give a boy any cookies until he buys the oven. :)

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    1. @Brutus Duffy - Your mom is quite right about that one! :)

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  23. A saying in my family was "Pretty is as pretty does". I grew up hearing my great grandma, grandma and mom say it but I didn't know what they meant until I got older. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

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    1. @Michelle - Beauty is equally in our actions, not just on the outside! Great Advice!

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  24. Don't let your kids have everything they want. You can't always "hold their hand" through everything.
    Danielle S

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    1. @royalegacy - That is very true, it's super important to impart to children that the blessings we *earn* are in fact the sweetest! And no we can't be there to always help through every situation, so learning to stand on their own is very important.

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  25. My mom always said. "Marry for money and learn to love 'em." Although none of us kids ever listened!

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    1. @smilekisses Marrying for money doesn't solve all problems. Marry a partner who is moving in the same direction as you, so you can both build a life that you value equally. That foundation will help you get through the hard times, and breeze through the good ones!

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  26. You successfully fueled the following blog: http://ascendingbutterfly.blogspot.com.

    Thank you for following my blog also and leaving a comment Tracy!You're so sweet!

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    1. Thanks for fueling my blog! I am happy to visit your blog to and leave blog comment love! ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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    1. @Linda That is number one advice there. you have to be true to yourself!

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  28. my mom always said "life isn't fair" everytime I whinned, and yes she was right, now |I accept it and move on

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    1. Life isn't always fair. That's for sure!

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  29. Sleep when baby is sleeping.

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    1. @Gianna - That is definitely tried and true advice!

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  30. When I was growing up, she used to say, "keep a good face in bad times". It helped me to remain in a content and confident state later in life when I worked for a very demanding employer.
    When it was time for me to leave that job because the company was closing its operations, the employer wrote me a great reference letter, noting how my smile often encouraged others. So thankful for that piece of wisdom from her.
    lifesdeepcolors@hotmail.com

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    1. @Elena - Great Advice and so true. The person that is the ray of sunshine in the office with the can do attitude always wins in the end. I'm happy to hear that her advice served you so well in the workplace.

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    2. :) thank you! I do have a wonderful mother.

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  31. My mother said "you can be anything you want to be -- but you have to work at it". rustysrambles(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. @Rusty - I agree, they say 'luck' comes with hard work and perserverance as well! :)

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  32. My mom's best advice was probably "You can't please everyone." So true!

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  33. The best advice from my mom was to work hard.

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  34. I'm a dad and a son and my advice for mom's is just love em and have as much fun with them as you can...

    gohanxavier@yahoo.com

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  35. My mom advice is don't wait for other to do it for you- get up and do it yourself. and another one. showmemama at ymail dot com

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  36. I've always been a huge fan of Wilson's handbags and look forward to their awesome collection! I found a great bag: Perlina Sandra Leather Tote found at http://www.wilsonsleather.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11300817&cp=2446812.11529824&view=all&parentPage=family
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. I'm a GFC follower as Erica C.
    I like this bright luggage too:
    http://www.wilsonsleather.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12947569&cp=2446816.3189107.11502211&parentPage=family

    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I love so many of their products. The Wilsons Double Zip Leather Crossbody is one of my faves.

    mybeachylife at gmail dot com

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