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


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