CSN Stores Giveaway: Win a $60 Gift Certificate!

CSN STORES GIVEAWAY
Win a $60 Gift Certificate to any CSN Store


Whether you are looking for Accent Lighting, Adirondack Furniture, or Baby Accessories, you are sure to find it at CSN Stores. With over 200 online stores specializing in furniture, home decor, and lifestyle accessories, CSN Stores has something for everyone. 

Here are just a few of the things that I might purchase if I won a Gift Certificate to CSN Stores:

Bellona One Light Table Lamp, $45.90

Rustic Cedar Garden Tete-a-tete, $269.60

Catbird Baby Mei Tai Baby Carrier, $89.00

And one of my lucky readers is going to win just that: a $60 Gift Certificate to use any way you wish* at any of the over 200 CSN Stores

* Gift Certificate is a one time use, and does not cover any shipping charges. 

WIN A $60 GIFT CERTIFICATE
TO CSN STORES

TO ENTER: Visit CSNLighting.com and come back here and tell me what your favorite lighting solution is and why. 

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

EXTRA ENTRIES: Leave a separate comment for each entry.
  • Become a fan of CSN Stores on Facebook
  • Make a comment on CSN Stores Facebook page with a link to this post at The Maxwell's Madness!
  • Follow CSN Stores [@csnstores] on Twitter
  • Make a purchase at any CSN Store between now and the end of the giveaway (2 entries - leave a comment for each entry)
  • Visit the CSN Stores Blog and tell me one of the featured CSN Stores the have listed in their sidebar
  • Follow The Maxwell's Madness! publicly [with Google Friend Connect]
  • Subscribe to The Maxwell's Madness! via RSS reader
  • Add The Maxwell's Madness! to your public blog roll on your blog
  • Blog about this giveaway with a link back to The Maxwell's Madness!
  • Grab my button and add it to your blog
  • Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook page
  • Follow me [@globalMTgirl] on Twitter
  • Tweet about this giveaway:
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Win a $60 CSN Stores Gift Certificate at The Maxwell's Madness! @csnstores @globalMTgirl #giveaway http://bit.ly/8YeEMo



BONUS ENTRIES: 



  • Like The Maxwell's Madness! on Facebook - worth 3 entries! You must leave a comment for each entry
  • Tag The Maxwell's Madness! in a post on Facebook
  • Refer a friend to The Maxwell's Madness! on Facebook
  • Refer a friend to The Maxwell's Madness! blog


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This giveaway is open to all US and Canadian residents 18 and over, except where prohibited by law. 
Giveaway ends at 12pm MST on Sunday, 7/18/2010.
Winners may not substitute another product or seek credit towards another CSN Stores product. 

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by CSN Stores. I have not received any compensation for posting this giveaway.

Pink Dandy: Cruelty Free, Vegan Beauty Products Review

Lightly Whipped Silk Lotion
and
Pink Lace Roll On Perfume Oil
REVIEW


I was extremely fortunate to be connected with Janae Chang, the founder of Pink Dandy, through our affiliation at Business 2 Blogger. And I am doubly fortunate to be able to try two of her wonderful products. And they are wonderful!

Pink Dandy is a line of bath and beauty products that are made with natural ingredients. They are Vegan Friendly, Cruelty Free, and Phthalate Free. They provide a natural and pleasing way to care for your precious skin, and they come in a surprisingly large and yummy array of scents

Pink Dandy product collections include:
  • A Facial Care Line
  • Moisturizers
  • Body Scrubs
  • Bath Treats
  • Body Cleansers
  • Perfume Oils
  • Candles
The first product I tried was the Lightly Whipped Silk Lotion. I received an 8 ounce bottle in the scent of my choice. I chose the Sleepy Time Blend (Lavender, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang), as I am a huge fan of other night time and relaxation fragrances, and because this blend is made with essential oils rather than fragrance oils. It smells divine! It was not quite what I expected, as the Vanilla is more prominent than the Lavender, but it is definitely a pleasant and soothing scent that helps me to relax at the end of a long day of chasing babies! 

Lightly Whipped Silk Lotion, 8 ounce

Now, I have had a history of hard to care for skin. I've tried just about every lotion and potion out there, but nothing seems to really get the job done. Until now. I love this lotion! It is super light and goes on smoothly - it even seems that I can use less of this lotion and get a better result than with my old variety. Most importantly, it makes my skin feel wonderful! My almost 3 year old daughter even noticed that the skin on my arms and hands is soft. I will definitely be purchasing more of this when my trial bottle runs out.

What is in there that makes it so wonderful? Here is the info from the Pink Dandy website:
Ingredients: Purified Water, Apricot Kernnel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca), Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chenensis), Vegetable Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax NF, Palm Stearic Acid, Soy Protein, Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf), Apple Extract, Raspberry Extract, Wheat Starch, Fragrance, Phenonip. 
Key Ingredients:
Apricot Kernel Oil is high in Vitamin A, Oleic Acid and Linoleic Acid and is highly moisturizing. 
Green Tea Extract is a powerful antioxidant and helps with anti-aging. Green Tea also protects the skin from UVA and UVB radiation. 
Vegetable Glycerin helps skin retain its natural moisture 
What this product does:
• Light Weight formula that deeply penetrates the skin 
• Does not leave an oily or greasy residue
• Helps to protect skin from UVA and UVB radiation
• Gentle formula which is great for sensitive skin types
• Perfect lotion for every day use
• Rapidly hydrates skin
Color Free, Vegan, Phthalate Free 
The second product I was able to try was the Pink Lace Roll On Perfume Oil. This time I chose the Passion Blend (Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood) because I really love natural earthy scents, and Sandalwood is my favorite. While the scent is really nice, the Rose is prominent in this blend, nearly drowning out both the Jasmine and Sandalwood. Now, rose scent is definitely not my cup of tea, but the first few times I wore it, I got compliments on how nice it smelled! 


Pink Lace Roll On Perfume Oil, 1/3 ounce


I love how it rolled on smoothly and seemed to help moisturize the areas where I applied it. I also love the roll on applicator. It allows you to put the perfume oil just where you want it without over applying, over spraying (gag), or getting it on your hands.


Here is the information on Perfume Oil from the Pink Dandy website:
Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chenensis), Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus tinctorius), Fragrance. 
Key Ingredients:
Cyclomethicone quickly evaporates leaving a silky film on the skin 
Jojoba Oil moisturizes skin while providing a soft, silky feel and contains natural Vitamin E.
Safflower Oil is high in linoleic acid helping moisturize, nourish and restructure the skin.
What this product does:
• Moisturizes skin
• Provide skin with a silky feel
• Helps to make skin smell fresh and fragrant
• Great smaller size for travel 
Color Free, Vegan, Phthalate Free
Overall, I think these are wonderful products. I especially like the lotion and plan on purchasing more in the near future. And while the scents weren't exactly what I was expecting, they were really lovely nonetheless! When I contacted Janae about this, she told me that while they do make all of the product to order, the fragrance and essential oil blends they use come premixed. So while she can't really tweak the fragrance for you, you can be assured that you will get consistent scents order after order. 


So go and check out Pink Dandy and treat yourself to something scrumptious!

SKOY Cloth Review and Giveaway

Multi-Use Cloth
Review and Giveaway


In my quest for 'all things reusable,' one of my biggest challenges has been to cut back severely on my use of paper towels. Yes, we have dish towels for hand drying. Yes, we have washcloths for face wiping. But we still end up using some paper towels every day for SOMEthing. Until SKOY cloth popped up on my mommy radar. I contacted Michelle at Skoy Enterprises in Encinitas, California and she promptly sent me a 4-pack of SKOY Cloth to review. 

First of all, let me answer the question that I first had when I stumbled across this product. What the heck is a SKOY? Ha! Well, SKOY is the phonetic pronunciation of the Swedish word "Skoj" - which means "Just for fun!" Turns out, not only are the SKOY cloths themselves a fun little item to have in your home, the owners of the company are really about running a fun business and having fun doing it. 

And now for the nitty gritty: What the heck is a SKOY Cloth? It's the coolest, most effective reusable cleaning cloth I've had the pleasure of laying my hands on. Not only are they reusable, they are earth friendly, absorbent, and super cute. Oh - and they work! I use nothing but a wet SKOY Cloth and my counters, tables, chairs, high chairs, fixtures, cupboards, appliances - any hard surface I can reach, really - come clean. They suck up spills and grab crumbs and swipe away grime better than any sponge or cloth I've ever used. And I don't have to squirt or spray any kind of potentially chemical laden cleaner to get the job done. Just one SKOY cloth can do the work of 15 rolls of paper towels over it's life span. 

When the SKOY Cloth first arrived in my mailbox I was a bit stumped. I had expected another variation on the mass marketed cleaning chamois that we see infomercials about. I was never Wowed by those things. They don't work nearly as well as the marketing would make you believe that they do. So when I opened the package from SKOY and found a cute little package of stiff as a board SKOY cloths, I scratched my head a bit. "Hmmm. These are not just another chamois. These are stiff! What the heck?" 


SKOY Cloth: They are standing up! This is no Chamois!

I promptly opened them up and ran one under the faucet. Voila! It sucked up the water and became soft and pliable in my hands. And I mean soft! These little cloths felt good against my skin - not like a microfiber cloth that always seems to try to grab my skin and hang on for dear life. I took a swipe at the countertop and up came crumbs, coffee grounds, and a glob schmutz that may or may not have been yogurt. The SKOY Cloth wiped it right up. It didn't push the bits around like a wash cloth or sponge would, it grabbed right ahold of it! I rinsed it out and went at the high chairs. Clean! And without using any cleaning solutions. Sweet!


Used SKOY Cloth: After it's first use

You can probably guess that we don't go long in this house without something being spilled. An (almost) 3 year old can make a mess out of anything and her sister is learning fast. Painting with yogurt? Check. Spilled milk? Absolutely. Glopped up high chairs? Daily. The SKOY Cloth just cleans it all up with seeming ease. Almost every time I grab it, I'm amazed at how well it works. They should find the Swedish word for "wow" and use it as a nickname for these things. 

And I can go on! SKOY Cloths are machine washable and dryable. You can toss them in the dishwasher if you'd like to. You can clean them between washings by popping them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes to kill any bacteria that may be sticking around. Which isn't likely, as these things dry really fast, which helps prevent they typical stuff you find on your sponges (you know the stink I'm talking about - it sticks to your hands and anything that icky sponge touches!). 

They last a long time. I've been using mine for about a month and aside from a few stains, they are still like new. I use one new one  about every two weeks. Even after a few trips through the washer, they are still good to go in my kitchen. Once they start to wear down I'll down grade them to more hardcore chores like wiping the floors or cleaning the bathroom (I've honestly already wished for a SKOY mop - hint hint!!). When they have run their life cycle to the end, I can toss them in the compost pile! 

Yep - earth friendly means more than just reusable. These cloths are 100% biodegradable. They are made from natural cotton and cellulose from wood. They break down completely in your compost pile in about 5 weeks. And if you don't compost, they will break down in about 16 weeks in the landfill, so you don't have to feel bad about tossing it when you feel it has reached the end of its useful life span. 

OK, you can tell I really like these things. I think you will agree with me if you give them a try. You can purchase them through Amazon by clicking HERE or by using the sidebar widget on the top right of this page. (I will get a small commission if you do it this way). Or you can purchase directly from SKOY Enterprises or from their many US retailers, both online and brick and mortar. They come in multi-color packs with either the flower print seen here or with inspirational sayings, or white with the flower print. You can even sign up for a subscription, so that new SKOY Cloths are mailed to you on a schedule that suits your needs! 

WIN A 4-PACK OF SKOY CLOTH 

Courtesy of Skoy Enterprises, TWO of my readers will each win the same 4-Pack of SKOY Cloth that I got to review.

TO ENTER: Visit the SKOY website and read some more about the who and how behind SKOY Enterprises. Then tell me at least one way that you try to use fewer single-use products in your home. 

Note: Please be sure to leave your email address in your first comment so that I have a way to contact you if you win. If I cannot contact you, I will select another winner. 

EXTRA ENTRIES: Leave a separate comment for each entry.
  • Become a fan of SKOY on Facebook
  • Make a comment on SKOY's Facebook page with a link to this post at The Maxwell's Madness!
  • Follow SKOY [@skoycloth] on Twitter
  • Purchase your own SKOY Cloth (2 entries - leave a comment for each entry)
  • Follow The Maxwell's Madness! publicly [with Google Friend Connect]
  • Subscribe to The Maxwell's Madness! via RSS reader
  • Add The Maxwell's Madness! to your public blog roll on your blog
  • Blog about this giveaway with a link back to The Maxwell's Madness!
  • Grab my button and add it to your blog
  • Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook page
  • Follow me [@globalMTgirl] on Twitter
  • Tweet about this giveaway:
~~You may tweet once per day~~
You may use this tweet:


Win a 4-Pack of SKOY reusable cleaning cloths at The Maxwell's Madness! @skoycloth @globalMTgirl #giveaway http://bit.ly/bVr4No




BONUS ENTRIES: 


  • Like The Maxwell's Madness! on Facebook - worth 3 entries! You must leave a comment for each entry
  • Tag The Maxwell's Madness! in a post on Facebook
  • Refer a friend to The Maxwell's Madness! on Facebook
  • Refer a friend to The Maxwell's Madness! blog


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This giveaway is open to all US residents 18 and over, except where prohibited by law. 
Giveaway ends at 12pm MST on Sunday, 7/18/2010.
Winners may not substitute another product or seek credit towards another SKOY Enterprises product. 

Disclaimer: This review and giveaway is sponsored by SKOY Enterprises, who provided me with the item above in order to write this review. The review is my honest opinion based on my experience using the product and has not been reviewed or edited by SKOY Enterprises.

Inspired By Finn Winner!

INSPIRED BY FINN WINNER!

Thank you to everyone who posted and entered this giveaway. And welcome to all of the new readers of The Maxwell's Madness! and to our new Facebook Fans. I have a strand of amber on each of our girls and I swear by it for teething pain relief and for general wellness. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do!

And the winner is...

Post #55

Congratulations Dawn!

I have emailed Dawn for her contact information. Congratulations! A big THANK YOU to Inspired by Finn for sponsoring this giveaway. 

The Maxwell's Madness! Joins With ERGOBaby

OFFICIAL ERGOBABY AFFILIATE!


I am extremely happy to announce my newest Affiliate partnership: ERGOBaby! ERGOBaby makes one of the most widely used Soft Structured Baby Carriers (and accessories) on the market today. We use our Ergo with both of our girls and we really love it. It's simple to use, comfortable for both the baby and the wearer, and it is a high quality product.
"ERGObaby’s baby carrier design supports a natural sitting position for babies, eliminating compression of the spine and hips that can be caused by unsupported suspension. The baby carrier also balances the baby's weight to parents' hips and shoulders, and alleviates physical stress for the parent."
Please check out ERGOBaby and all that they have to offer. If you link through from my blog, with any of the links in this post or from the Ad in my sidebar and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. 



Happy Babywearing!

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