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This past weekend I had a party for friends to come and bring items they wanted to trade (no not children) for a swapping party.  It was a smaller turnout but I had a great time and got some great goodies.  Even though we were different sizes we all had different size clothing to trade.  Some people have lost or gained weight and need to get rid of things.  We also traded home decor, lotions/soaps (new), books/magazines, games/toys, etc!

I can’t tell you how much fun it was and plus I got about 15-30 items for FREE!  I love that!

So gather your friends over and start swapping!  Plus you have people to tell give you opinions on how things look.

Have a “Reuse” Day!

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Today we are adding to the week prize bucket an item from The Golden Goat.  Pam at the Golden Goat will choose a wonderful prize from her shop, her best selling Shampoo Bar.  You can visit here to buy your own or for presents too:

http://www.thegoldengoatllc.com/home.html 

Shampoo in a bar. This is my all time best seller. It is a curious little thing, but works great on your hair. Customers report that it relieves dandruff, itchy scalp, adds body, shine, and they have no need for a conditioner. Try some for yourself, and you can be the judge.

The added castor oil in the soap sets this bar apart from the other goat milk soaps. Extra moisturizing, and a bit of a softer bar. Be sure to keep all of your natural soaps dry between uses. Put them up on a wire rack or a CEDAR SOAP DISH, which we have available for purchase. As long as the soap gets air all the way around, and doesn’t sit in a puddle of water, it will last longer.

This also doubles as a great pet shampoo. Wash Fido or Fifi regularly to reduce flaking and dander. Leaves the sweet pet with a beautfully shiny, soft coat.

select from Lavender or Pink Grapefruit or Unscented

Here’s more info about the Golden Goat-

we do not use SOYBEAN OIL, or other cheap filler oils, in our soap

Many handmade soaps have soybean as an inexpensive filler oil in their soap recipe, but we refuse to cheapen our product.  We use primarily OLIVE OIL in our soap to create the best soap.  We will never resort to cheap fillers in order to make more money.  We combine the olive oil with coconut and palm oils to firm up the bar and create a nice lather.  We also add castor oil to our shampoo bar to create a super conditioning bar.  A nice portion of shea butter is added to provide moisturizing properties.  No CHEAP FILLERS, only quality ingredients for a superior product.

Our products contain none of the following to harm your skin:

mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, sulfates, glycol, mercury, lead, ethoxylates, formaldehydes, hormones, antibiotics!

So hop on over to their website and order some wonderful homemade gifts.  I am sure anyone getting some of these items in their stocking stuffer would be thrilled!

If you want to win an item from the Golden Goat here’s how:

1) Answer the question below in my comments.  One entry is all I need.  You DO NOT need to comment everyday to be eligible…just once. 

2) POST about my contest on your blog (but not your answer to my question-I am looking for links to my contest for others to particpate too).  I will need the direct link on my blog showing the post on your site. 

3) That’s it!!!!  Just wait to see if you are a winner of a week’s bounty of prizes.  Isn’t the EASY????

 

Question for Week 3 – Since this is my Birthday week tell me something that you have done on someone else’s birthday that was really special.  Did you make a cake when you usually buy one?  Or what about making a scrapbook for 6 months

Have a “Natural” Day!

Today’s feature is on Elly Nelly from ETSY.  A mother daughter team experienced in textile design.  They produce very beautiful wall decals that make anyone a beautiful decorator.

Cascade wall graphic

Their strategy: Pattern your life!

Beautiful and fun images created for you by designers who want to enable you to quickly & inexpensively transform any room into a happy and artistic space.

These designs are easily applied and look great on walls, windows, mirrors, fridges, tiles, ceilings, bathrooms, toilets. Any smooth clean surface is suitable!

No need to knock holes in walls, these artworks are self-adhesive yet removable (not reusable) when you are ready for a change and a new graphic!

With Their great choice of designs you will have no excuse, you can create without picking up a paintbrush.

You’re in control. That plain wall, that ordinary mirror can become a feature in next to no time! And once you’ve seen for yourself how clever you can be you’ll be back for more of our constantly evolving collection.

**THEY NOW OFFER GREAT DISCOUNTS on orders of 5 or more. Please contact them for further information**
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NEW**VISIT: ellynellyPRINTS.etsy.com for more patterning ideas. They use tree friendly paper for printing. Made from 50% cotton fiber and 30% post consumer waste. Paper is also made using 100% wind energy. Keeping our leafy green friends happy :o)

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Elly Nelly is all original work not found anywhere else.

www.ellynelly.com

If you are intersted in making a huge impact in your decorating then be sure to check them out:

www.ellynelly.etsy.com

And be sure to enter my contest today.  I will draw tonight for all this weeks prices.  One winner + a week full of prizes = One Happy Camper!

Here’s how:

1) Answer the question below in my comments.  One entry is all I need.  You DO NOT need to comment everyday to be eligible…just once. 

2) POST about my contest on your blog.  I will need the direct link on my blog showing the post on your site. 

3) That’s it!!!!  Just wait to see if you are a winner of a week’s bounty of prizes.  Isn’t the EASY????

Question for Week 2 – Tell me about a random act of kindness in the last year that you have done or someone has done for you?  Please share about it in the comments and don’t forget to link the contest on your

Have a “Designing” Day!

Do you wanna participate in my month long contest (with weekly drawings)?  Of course you do.  Here are the rules:

1) Answer the weekly question in my comments that week.  One entry is all I need.

2) POST about my contest on your blog.  I will need the direct link on my blog showing the post on your site. 

3) That’s it!!!!  Just wait to see if you are a winner.

Today will be a DOUBLE FEATURE –

BETH MARIE 10 @ ETSY

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6062303

Hi to all,
My name is Beth, I’m 24 years old. I’ve been married to the love of my life and highschool sweetheart, Jeremy, for 4 years (been together 6 years). We have a beautiful daughter, who is almost 2 years old. She sure is handful sometimes but we love her so much!

I started sewing when my fiance (husband now) went to college in Wyoming for a year. I spent everyday with my grandma who taught me how to sew. She helped me make my first quilt for Jeremy and I in a week! Yeap a week, and since then i’ve been sewing like a crazy lady. I have made 6 king size quilts for me, i havn’t been able to part with the big projects i make. I also have made many, many purses/bags, potholders, placemats, table runners, and small quilts and wall hangings.

I started to scrapbook after Jeremy and I had our daughter. I have 4 12X12 scrapbooks of just her already! I fell in love with this hobby. It has turned into much more than just scrapbooking, i make cards, calanders, and much more. In the beginning of June 08′ i made 200 programs for my Brother-in-laws wedding, boy was that a task but i loved doing them.

So I guess you could say that i am very creative and love my two hobbies and someday i hope to have many more hobbies.

Beth will be offering up a set of gift tags.  Just in time for the holidays.  Won’t your packages look great?

CHRISTMAS gift tags/favor tags  handstamped  snowman and MORE set of 16

The other feature today is from ZADYBALL. http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5536688

What is a ZADYBALL you ask?  I am glad you asked.

Here is one right now :   Hoots the Owl - ZadyBall(TM)

That is “Hoots” and he is a best seller with ZADYBALL.

Description
Meet Hoots. He’s looking for a good home. He’s a bit of a night owl, but he’s ready to play any time! Squeeze his adorable face, and he’ll squeak!

Make Zadyball™ your baby’s first toy! Zadyball™ is easy to grab and hold, soft to cuddle, and makes the perfect lovey!
Each Zadyball™ is made with 100% cotton, super soft flannel and stuffed with high loft poly-fil. A Zadyball™ is about 7 inches in diameter with 16 knotted strings, each about 1/2 inch wide and 5 inches long.
***100% MACHINE WASHABLE***

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What is a Zadyball™?
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A Zadyball™ is designed first of all with babies in mind. They are soft to hold and cuddle, and have lots of strings to grab and rub.
Lots of babies have a “lovey” and many times the item they pick has something for them to rub – whether it’s the corner of a blanket or the nose on a teddy bear. The knotted ends of the strings are great to fulfill baby’s need for something to rub!

Why Babies love them:
1. Easy to grab and hold on to from a very young age
2. Good for teething
3. Soft to cuddle
4. Knotted ends are very soothing to rub
5. Makes a great lovey

Why Toddlers love them:
1. Once a lovey, always a lovey
2. Soft to cuddle (everyone loves soft things!)
3. Easy to throw and catch, especially when you are just learning how

Why Mommies love them:
1. Babies love them and we love our babies!
2. Easy to clean, just throw in the wash!
3. Safe!
4. Soft enough that you don’t have to worry about things breaking or anyone getting hurt when it is thrown around

Here is HOOTS MAKER BIO

 
This is my second shop. View my feedback at alaynacreations.etsy.com

I am a stay-at-home mother of two wonderful children, ages 2 and 4.

When my son was about 6 months old, he had a toy giraffe with a knotted string for a tail. He loved playing with the string, and would rub it to help him fall asleep.

He loved it so much, that I thought it would be great to create something for him that had lots of strings for him to play with. So, that is how the Zadyball was born — out of love for my son.

I hope that you and your family will enjoy Zadyball as much as we have. My four-year-old son still won’t sleep without his!

Learn more about me, my family and everything else at http://alaynacreations.blogspot.com

Now be sure to visit these fine shops and don’t forget to answer the question and post about the contest on your blog/site.  Stay tuned tomorrow for another wonderful “made with love” (not China) product!

 

Question for Week 2 – Has you done a random act of kindness in the last year or has someone done one for you?  Please share about it in the comments and don’t forget to link the contest on your blog.

Have a “Zady” Day!

…Crunchy Clean.  I am very concerned about the chemicals we use in our home.  My mother died of cancer and just breathing some of the cleaners that are on the market just makes me feel like a disease is coming on.  And read some of the warning labels on most …. YIKES!!!!  Well I was really impressed with this next ETSY Shop.  So Let’s learn more shall we?  And don’t forget to enter the contest!

Bio
I am a wife and new mom of a baby girl. I started making our cleaning products over a year ago in an effort to cut down on our exposure to chemicals and be friendlier to the earth. As my zeal for living a green life has increased with new motherhood, I have worked on my recipes and made them perfect!

Crunchy Clean Homemade Green Detergents

CrunchyClean’s Shop Announcement
Crunchy: Adjective. Used to describe persons who have ALTERED OR ADJUSTED their lifestyle for ENVIRONMENTAL REASONS.
<Urban Dictionary>NEW WEBSITE at http://www.CrunchyClean.com – check it out – if something is out of stock here, its probably available there!Shipping in 5-7 days! Thanks for your patience!CrunchyClean got a MAKEOVER 🙂 Check out:
http://www.Urbanature.etsy.com/ for a makeover for your store!

Introducing a homemade clothes detergent!
* All natural ingredients
* Phosphate-free
* Non-toxic
* PLANET FRIENDLY!
* Gray Water Safe

This detergent works great in any temperature wash.
It is GREAT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN and BABY SKIN (we have both and its perfect!)
It can be used to pretreat stains in paste form.

Use 1 Tablespoon for regular sized/soiled load – Also great for high efficiency washer – use 1/2 amount. Its a non-sudsing formula, so it works great for any washing machine!

Available in customized scents or unscented (can combine as well)- available are (please specify scent in message box when purchasing):

100% Essential Oils
-Unscented
-Lavender Grapefruit
-Camphor
-Lavender
-Chamomile
-Orange
-Peppermint
-Sage
-Vanilla
-Vanilla Lavender
-Lavender Chamomile
-Grapefruit
-Lemongrass Orange
-Lemongrass
-Lemon
These scents will be very light and airy.

Fragrance Oils
-Monkey Farts – (delicious smell – bananas and juicy grapefruit, middle notes of kiwi, juicy bubblegum, and strawberries; and a hint of vanilla)
-Apple Orchard
-Apple Vanilla
-Baby Bee (Great for baby laundry- smells like Burts Bees – peaches, mandarin oranges, coconut pulp, bergamot, grapefruit, tropical guava, and tangy lemons)
-Oatmeal Milk-n-Honey
-Mango Papaya
-Pink Sugar
-Clean Crisp Air
-Clean Breeze
-Crisp & Candied (orange peels, apples, and lemons; followed by middle notes of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg; and well-rounded with base notes of cinnamon bark and woods)
-Banan-za
-Cafe Mocha
-Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves (tarragon leaves, grapefruit, and lime; followed by middle notes of bergamot and jasmin; well rounded with base notes of oakmoss and bamboo)
-Buttercream Cupcake
-Nag Champa (patchouli, sandalwood, and dragon’s blood work together to create this wonderful blend)
-Coconut Cabana (cocoa butter and tropical fruits)
-Oatmeal Milk N Honey
-Cinnamon Sticks
-Caribbean (coconut, fresh sliced pineapple, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream)
-Gingered Bergamot
-Pumpkin Apple Butter
-Grapefruit Mango
-April Clean (Similar to Downy April Fresh – clean, flowery, powder smell)
-Vanilla Insanity (French vanilla and whipped cream butter; followed by middle notes of cotton candy, chestnuts, and maple sugar with vanilla bean scent)

Please put the scent that you want in the “message to seller” box when you check out.

PLEASE NOTE: I have seen many other detergents claim to be “cloth diaper safe”, but they are not if they contain soap or enzymes (and borax has been said to ruin elastic, as well). Soap has potential to build up on diapers, enzymes can cause a horrible open rash on your DC. Please beware and check ingredients for your child’s and diaper’s sake!

Plenty of people use the diaper safe detergent for ALL of their laundry with great results. We use regular on all of our clothes and DD’s messy clothes, and diaper on our cloth diapers —
The difference, you ask? The regular detergent has soap in it to give it the extra “OOMPH” of cleaning tough stains as well as a few other ingredients which help with inorganic stains and dirt. The diaper detergent has safe ingredients for diapers (NO SOAP, ENZYMES OR BORAX) that are realllly great on organic waste and cleaning your diapers.

 
 
  

SAMPLE- Choose TYPE of Detergent      GREEN Laundry Detergent

This is a great prize to add to our weeks collection isn’t it? 

Do ya wanna win?

You will need to answer the question in the comments and post/link my contest on your blogPlease leave me your link that directly shows the post/link for my contest on your blog.  And remember there is only one entry per day.

Question for Week 1 – Tell me something that you do/done, individually or as a family, that really shows it is better to give than to receive.  Do you give food to the food bank every month?  Have you adopted a “grandma or grandpa”?  Tell me about it.

And if you want to see the other prizes for this week, just scroll on down the line.  There are really wonderful things up for grabs!!!!! 

Now go visit CrunchyClean at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5760585

Have a “Crunchy” Day!

Isn’t that a cute name? Knitsational is a fun ETSY shop with lots of different products.  Here is her info:

Bio
Hi, I am a 28 year old wife and mother of two beautiful daughters. I have been knitting since I was 13 but didn’t really dive in till about three years ago and I’ve been knitting pretty much non-stop since then. My husband and children dread hearing me say “Just let me finish this row”.
But occasionally I do put down my needles to work with something else. I am happy as long as I am creating! Find out more about me at http://knitsational.typepad.com

 

And what do we have for the prize?  What about these cute little notebooks?

Itty Bitty NoteBooks (Pack 2)

Are these prizes great or what?  I wish I could win!!!!

If you don’t happen to win this, go check them out and buy some of her wonderful handmade goods.  What  a terrific Christmas gift!  Here’s her site:  http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5508397 

Ok, so do you want to win these?  Of course you do.  You must answer this question in the comments and post about my contest on your blog (link).  If you win, you will win all this weeks prizes!!!  Any questions, let me know.

Question for Week 1 – Tell me something that you do/done, individually or as a family, that really shows it is better to give than to receive.  Do you give food to the food bank every month?  Have you adopted a “grandma or grandpa”?  Tell me about it.

Don’t forget to link my contest and visit Knitsational!

Have a “Knitsational” Day!

Well I am glad you asked!

Izznit is a ETSY shop that I found that has some great products.

Izznit

All things handmade with Love!

 

The prize that is being offered is a Fabric Grocery Bag.  I love them!!  It’s great to look cute and feel good about not throwing away so many bags, right?

Here is one of her cute bags:

Reusable Amy Butler Temple Garland Fabric Grocery bag

The winner for this weeks contest will have winners choice of bag.  Now this is something you won’t forget to take to the store with you.

So how do you win this plus all this weeks prizes?  You just need to answer this question in the comments and post my contest on your blog (any link with the contest in it is fine).

Question for Week 1 – Tell me something that you do/done, individually or as a family, that really shows it is better to give than to receive.  Do you give food to the food bank every month?  Have you adopted a “grandma or grandpa”?  Tell me about it.

And don’t forget to check out Izznit’s ETSY shop here : http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5677437

Have a “Stylish-Izznit” Day!

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