Party In My Pants Cloth Pads Gift Certificate Winner!

Cloth Pads

I have to say that I am totally stoked to have been able to help promote such a great product and a great small business! I can't wait to try these pads when it's my time. And I hope at least a few mamas were turned on to a great new product! Remember, even if you didn't win, all first time customers can receive a free panty liner for the cost of shipping with the PIMP Cloth Pad Curious Giveaway!

The winner of the Party In My Pants $25 Gift Certificate is:

Post #23

Congratulations Mary!! 

Congratulations Mary! I emailed you with your gift certificate code! 

And a huge THANK YOU to Party In My Pants for hosting this great giveaway!

Party In My Pants: Cloth Pad Review and Giveaway

Review and Giveaway

In my ongoing quest to use all things natural and to reduce the number of disposable items in my home and in my life, the one item I have yet to actually try is Mama Cloth: you know, cloth pads for that special time of the month. Now don't get me wrong here. I definitely want to try them. I just haven't had the chance to since I discovered their existence! I first discovered Mama Cloth while I was pregnant with Ophelia and I've either been pregnant or sans flow ever since. Now, I have seen the Party In My Pants pads first hand and they are certainly beautiful and well made. But I have yet to have the chance to try them myself. 

Fortunately for my readers, my good friend Gloria has offered to write a guest review! Gloria is a wonderful friend, part of my attachment parenting group, and the most incredible yoga instructor! You can read more about Gloria and her business, Blissful Family Yoga, on her blog. 

by Gloria Overcash
I've been using cloth pads for roughly seven years now. I've always liked pads because I am hip to the idea that the menses should flow rather than be plugged up. (Although I do find the menstrual cups to be a great alternative to the tampon) Switching to cloth is a great way to cut down on garbage, and although a larger investment upfront, has saved me lots of money in the long run. In these seven years I have personally used four different brands of cloth pads with varying degrees of satisfaction and now finally, I have found the winner!
 Gloria's Collection of PIMPs! Beautiful!
Party In My Pants (PIMPS for short) are cute, thin, and leak proof! I just finished my moon cycle using exclusively PIMPS and I have to tell you that it has been my most enjoyable moon cycle yet. They are by far the best cloth pads I have ever used for these reasons.

1. They are so comfortable! Part of this is because they are so incredibly thin. At first, I couldn't believe that they could possibly work as even the Super (heaviest absorbency) is super-thin, but they do! They really do feel like part of your underwear, and they do not bunch or feel bulky. And you can choose cozy flannel or cool cotton.

2. They really are LEAK-PROOF! The entire back of the pad is made of nylon, and the pads provide enough coverage and stay in place.

3. They are so discreet! When you are done with a pad, you simply fold it up (with the cotton side on the inside) and snap the wings together to make a little pouch. Toss it in your purse (or in one of the special carrying cases) and wash it later!
 Pads fold up, cotton side in, to form a discreet little pouch!
4. They are super cute! With all the choices in patterns and prints, it is fun to choose your collection and fun to change your pad!
 Pretty Pads all in a row...
5. Laundering is easy! Simply wash in cold or warm, and line dry or tumble dry low. No soaking necessary! A simple lingerie bag makes this task a breeze.

6. The one-piece design makes it all so simple. There are no inserts or liners to lose!

7. There are so many styles to choose from. By taking a simple quiz on the website, you can find the right pads for you based on your flow and the style of underwear you wear.
 From left to right:  Postpartum/Queen Size, Overnight, Super

(same size as Large but thicker), Large, Medium, Small

If you are an expecting mama, check out the postpartum pads! They even offer Honeysuckles, some very cute nursing pads!
 For new mamas- You don't have to wear those disposable

diaper-like pads after you give birth!  PIMP's lovely postpartum pad
and Honeysuckles nursing pads, too (for moms who like dry shirts!)

Another reason I love these pads is because they are made by women, for women, in the USA! No sweatshop labor needed as the clever design team stitches up pads in a renovated schoolhouse in Ashland, Wisconsin. 

Buying PIMPS will change the way you view your menstrual cycle, help keep garbage out of the landfill, and support small business. I hope you'll make the switch to cloth, too!


Are you cloth pad curious? Party In My Pants is offering all new customers a free liner! (All you need to do is pay your own shipping). Check out all the details on the Cloth Pad Curious Giveaway at Party In My Pants!

(I so could not resist that one!)

Party In My Pants has generously offered a $25 Gift Certificate* to one of my lucky readers! This will allow you to choose the products that will work best for you! 

* Gift Certificate will not cover any shipping charges. 

TO ENTER: Visit Party In My Pants and have a look around her site. Then come back here and tell me how you would spend your $25 Gift Certificate! 

Please leave your email address in this first comment so I can easily contact you if you win. If I cannot contact you, I will have to pick another winner.

EXTRA ENTRIES: Leave a separate comment for each entry. 
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This giveaway is open to all US and International residents 18 and over, except where prohibited by law. International shipping rates will apply.
Giveaway ends at 12pm MST on Sunday, 11/28/2010.
Winners may not substitute another product or seek credit towards another Party In My Pants product. 

Disclaimer: This review and giveaway is sponsored by Party In My Pants. Gloria purchased her own pads in order to write this review. The review is Gloria's honest opinion based on her experience using the product and has not been reviewed or edited by Party In My Pants.

Zestra® Sample Winners!

Essential Arousal Oils

Now perhaps some of you were too shy to admit that you took a survey about your sex life or perhaps you just didn't want to admit you'd like to try this stuff. Whatever the reason, the entries for this giveaway were insanely low. I hope the winners really enjoy their samples. This is a fantastic product and I think every woman out there should be able to at least give it a try!

The FIVE lucky winners are:

Post #8: Alexis!

Post #2: Fam.VanGurp ~ bajafam

Post #4: AnnCrabs!

Post #7: Michele!

Post #10: Bonita12

Congratulations to all of the winners! And a great big THANK YOU to Zestra® for sponsoring this giveaway. 

The Maxwell's Madness! has 100 Followers! YAY!


Today I reached 100 Followers (via Google Friend Connect) on this blog! So, yes, I screen capped it! It seems like it has taken ages, but I am proud of this milestone nonetheless. In celebration of that feat, I am giving one lucky blog reader a custom wetbag, made by me! 

And the winner is: 
Reader #20

And counting up from the bottom of the list, Reader #20 is: 


Congratulations Colleen! You have 48 hours to contact me - either on my Facebook page or via email - to collect your prize!

You have the choice of a small (6" x 7") or medium (12" x 14") wetbag in the fabric of your choice! Here is a slideshow of the available fabrics to choose from. If you click the slideshow, it will take you to the photo album where you can view the swatches larger and at your own pace. 

I want to send a big THANK YOU to all of my readers! Our next milestone is at 250 Followers! Now that this blog is starting to grow a bit, I hope to reach that number much faster than we got to 100. So, if you enjoy reading, spread the word. And perhaps check out my other blogs (Look in the sidebar under "More Maxwell Blogs") - you never know when something cool might pop up! 

Happy 100!

Easy Lunch Box System WINNER!


I truly love my Easy Lunch Box System and I hope you love yours too! Not only is this a great product, but it's also a great company. So if you weren't the winner of this giveaway, head over to the Easy Lunch Box website and consider purchasing a set for yourself! 

And our winner is: 
Post #98

Congratulations Kara!

I have emailed the winner for her contact informations. Congratulations Kara - all of those daily Tweets paid off! 

I would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to Easy Lunch Boxes for hosting this giveaway!

If you use the affiliate link in the banner above or in my sidebar to make your purchase from Easy Lunch Boxes, I will receive a small commission.  Thank you!

Happy Lunching! (or dining, or snacking, or organizing...)

Check out my Craft Room!

Montana Mei Tai©

I'm promoting my own blog - The Maxwell's Craft Room. I haven't been very active on my craft blog, but my most recent post is pertinent to both blogs, so I'm posting about it here too! 

You may have noticed that there are several babywearing links in my sidebar. I am actually an avid babywearer, even though I don't actually post about it very often. In my quest to have a wider variety of carriers, I ventured into making my own Mei Tai baby carrier: The Montana Mei Tai© - a Scandi Style Baby Carrier.

I started the project back in January: drafting the pattern, ordering fabrics, and getting everything pieced out and ready to sew. It got put on the back burner for a while, but I finished the majority of the sewing in April and was able to wear the carrier while the weather was still cool. (This is definitely a cool weather carrier - it is heavy weight with 2 inner pieces of heavy weight twill and it is lined with a thick minky material). All it really needed was snaps on the hood straps and some tabs on the shoulder straps to attach the hood straps to. Well, I finished it today and I'm totally chuffed about it! 

So, if you are interested in the process and other crafty junk, head over to The Maxwell's Craft Room and have a look around. Or if you'd rather just see the finished product:

The Montana Mei Tai©

Rowan is 20 pounds and 14 months old.
She is in a Ruck style back carry with a Tibetan Tie

For more information about babywearing, check out some of the links in my sidebar. For more photos and info about this carrier, head over to The Maxwell's Craft Room and check it out!

Happy Babywearing!

Win $1000! Zestra® Contest and Giveaway

Essential Arousal Oils

Zestra® is giving my readers a chance to win $1000! They are looking for a bit of feedback on what women feel about their sex lives. It's a simple one question survey, and you can take it by clicking HERE. There is a link in their blog post to take the survey and be entered to win $1000, which is enough to buy a fancy pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes. Or for us less fashionable, more practical mamas - a new refrigerator! 

Now, if you are wondering just what Zestra® is, read my detailed review HERE. Back in April of this year I was fortunate to be given the chance to review this fantastic product. And now my readers are going to get the chance to win a trial pack of their own! 


FIVE of my lucky readers are going to win a 2-pack of Zestra® so they can try this great product! 

TO ENTER: Head on over to the Zestra® Blog and take the one question survey. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me that you did so. 

Please leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win. 

This giveaway is open to all US residents 18 and over, except where prohibited by law. 
Giveaway ends at 12pm MST on Sunday, 9/19/2010.
Winners may not substitute another product or seek credit towards another product. 


Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Zestra®. I was offered a sample of Zestra® as compensation for posting about this contest and giveaway.

Blog Updates and a Giveaway!


I haven't made any real major updates, but there are a few minor changes I thought I'd point out. 
  • First and foremost, I have posted a page link to my official Giveaway Rules. If you ever enter a giveaway on this blog, I suggest you check them out. As well as the Disclosure Policy that's up there as well!
  • I have been slowly adding affiliates to places and products that I really like. This helps to A) Promote these businesses and B) earn me a bit of commission if you click through my affiliate links and also make a purchase. No pressure, but if you shop at Amazon, think of me please! 
  • I have updated my blog roll. There are now two! The main one has blogs that I read: everything from cloth diapering to parenting to mombloggers. Anything that interests me, really. There are more than just the 10 that are showing too - so if you are really that interested, just click 'show all' and you will be stuck in front of your computer reading blogs until the end of time. The other blog roll has blogs that are primarily giveaway blogs - or blogs where I have entered giveaways myself. This will make it easy to see who's giving away what and also keep the other blog roll a bit cleaner. Say, if you don't really care about reviews and giveaways. 
  • I have added milestone giveaways to my repertoire. The first milestone is 100 followers. The giveaway is as follows:
100 Follower Giveaway

I've posted this on my Facebook Fan Page, but I thought I should officially post it here as well. 

When I reach 100 Followers on this blog, I will be giving away a custom wetbag, sewn by me. Everyone who is a Follower is eligible. You don't even need to leave a comment to enter. You WILL however need to be paying attention to my blog - as the winner will be posted here and it will be their responsibility to contact me to claim their prize. (Seeing as most people keep their profile private!)

So, what IS a wetbag? It is simply a bag that you can stick wet stuff in to get it home without it getting all your other junk wet and icky too. It is most commonly used to carry soiled cloth diapers in, but it works great for for wet swimwear, stinky gym clothes, mama cloth, or any number of other things. Smaller ones make great cosmetic bags. I have a small one that I keep prepackaged snacks in for the girls. 

The winner will be able to choose their size: The small one is about 5" x 7"and the larger one is 12" x 14". Each will have a zip closure and a snapping tab, so you can hang it on stuff if you need to. 

The winner will also get to choose their own fabric. Here is a slideshow of the available fabrics. You can click through to the actual album to see the swatches in a larger format, if you'd like to.

We are very close. As of this posting, I only need 16 more followers before I pick a winner! So, if you read, but don't follow - now is the time to click on "Follow" with Google Friend Connect. It's right in the sidebar over there. And if you know someone who might enjoy this blog, or even just this giveaway, send them on over! 

Free Your Mind Fridays: Indian Summer

Indian Summer

  1. Our weather has officially stated that summer is over and Indian Summer has begun. It's been rainy and cool for a few days and now sunny and cool. This is my favorite time of the year. Big blue skies, sunshine, and 66ºF. Perfect! (See - FYMF is not always about complaining!)
  2. Alexis at The Well Read Mom usually hosts this, but she is on vacation! So if you want to link up, leave a comment here and I'll add your link to my post this week!
  3. I am SO jealous that Alexis is going on vacation! I hope she gets to sleep 14 hours a day and do tons of great fun kid free activities. 
  4. Baby Sleep: I think it's a myth. LOL. Really, Rowan has only been taking one good nap a day for about a week. Yesterday she just would NOT go down for a nap in the afternoon. But then she went to sleep right at 7pm after her bath and slept until 8am this morning. Well, not straight through. But at least she wasn't up playing and ransacking the place until 10pm like usual. 
  5. Toddler Sleep: When you unplug their reading light, they sleep better. Because it's dark in their room. And they aren't up until 4am trying to sleep with the light on.
  6. Wordless Wednesday was supposed to be the big reveal of my super secret sewing project. I finished the project, but didn't take photos in time to post. So, check the end of THIS post to see what I made. And if you want one, leave a comment and I'll see what I can do to get that process started. I'm thinking $8 each. 
  7. I just took a hiatus from writing this post to feed my kids lunch. During which time I got one of those odd urges: I took down the drapes in front of the sliding doors and tossed them in the wash. There was more dust up there than I am partial to, so I got the Swiffer out and dusted the rod. Which led to dusting the ceiling, all of the corners, door sills, cupboard doors, and then the ceiling fan. Then I needed to sweep. And now I can see all the dog slime on the glass door - and we can't have that, now, can we! Ugh! Freaking drapes. 
  8. I think all of that was a subconscious effort to avoid the massive pile of dishes in my sink. 
  9. Happy thoughts! Happy thoughts! 
  10. Perhaps while the kids are napping (yeah, right!) I can get around to finishing a sewing project. All of the torturous cutting out is done and I have 2 fleece soakers and 4 diapers just waiting to be sewed. 
  11. Now, where's my cape?
If you need to free your mind, feel free to join us! Just leave a comment with a link to your post and I'll add you to the list! And hopefully next week, Lexi will be back from vacation and hosting this on her own blog!
Free Your Mind Fridays at The Well-Read Mom

Insulated Water Bottle Holders for our Klean Kanteens

Free Your Mind Fridays: The Smoke Monster

The Smoke Monster

  1. We are finally, FINALLY!, down to the last few episodes of LOST. Yes, I realize that the final season ended months ago. Our DVR has been dutifully storing them all this time. Even after such a long hiatus, I am loving every minute of it. Especially Sawyer (you can say 'yum' - I know you can!) and the evil Locke Smoke Monster. 
  2. A literal Smoke Monster has invaded our lovely high mountain valley. Forest fires are burning in Montana and the Jet Stream and inversions and such push and trap the smoke in our valley so that it smells like a giant campfire and it looks like we live in downtown LA with all the smoggity smog and such. I cannot even make out the giant white M that is on the mountainside. We are not venturing out at all today, as the air quality is horrid. 
  3. Napping is a wonderful thing. Both girls are asleep right now, although Rowan is on the nursing pillow on my lap. I SHOULD be joining them, seeing as I only got about 4.5 hours in my own bed last night, but I'm on a roll with the blogging. How do I get Ophelia to sleep you ask? It's still hit or miss, but we are getting more naps than not these days since I started using Badger Balm Night Night for both naps and bed time. 
  4. Dishes are piling up in the sink threatening me to call off dinner tonight. I don't know about you, but I just can NOT cook a meal when the kitchen is all amok. Maybe Jim can do it. Hehe. 
  5. Laundry needs folding and I have no desire. But I am out of baskets and I need clean underpants, so that is next on the list once Rowan wakes up. 
  6. I would rather be sewing than folding or washing dishes. I've been making diapers and a few top secret items that have turned out pretty good. I will reveal them as soon as the recipients receive said items. And then offer a few up to anyone who feels they need one too and can't manage to make one for themselves. I followed Lexi's lead from a few weeks ago and scored myself a few 3 pound remnant bags, so I have some great fabrics (and surprisingly some that coordinate even!) to choose from. 
  7. Our garden is growing. I give it a B- this year. Some good stuff, but not fantastic like my dream garden. But considering the past two seasons have been a solid F, it gets the prize for most improved. If our tomatoes ever turn red, I will give it at least a solid B. 
  8. Poop. I haven't blogged about poop in ages and I'll keep this one short. Ophelia has still not done the deed on the potty yet. But she has gone from "NO! I don't WANT to poop on the potty! Just pees!" to "I'll do it next time, mom. Next time I will poop on the potty." One can only hope. 
  9. Segue to Diapers. I have sold or traded almost all of my old pocket diapers and have mostly fitted diapers and covers now. Keep an eye out on my craft blog in the next week or so for some updates on a few diapers I have made as well as wool covers and pants. The wool, which I had shied away from for so long, is my new obsession. Not only do I love the way it looks, but it works like a dream. It has even inspired me to bust out my knitting needles. ::shock and awe here::
  10. The peaches are finally really in season and they are divine. I am just over half way through a box of Organic White Peaches from COSTCO. I hope I can restrain myself from eating too many in one day. 
  11. I hear thunder. I hope it rains like the dickens and washes some of the smoke out of the air. 
  12. We are now locking our car doors again. I know, I know - in this day and age, who doesn't, right? Well, we haven't for about 2 years now because we live in a nice, mellow neighborhood with cool, chill neighbors. Until 2 nights ago when some asshat went though both my car and Jim's car. They stole my coffee money but left the gas card and all the CDs. We notified the neighbors and the Bozeman Police (who simply said "Lock your cars up." Um, OK!) and now we are all on high alert. 
  13. If you haven't noticed, I'm blogging again. Stay tuned for more blogging and more reviews and a few more giveaways. 
For more Free Minds, or to join us Friday Fraus, head on over to Lexi's blog:
Free Your Mind Fridays at The Well-Read Mom


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