WINNER! ChicoBag™ Blossom Collection Vita™

WINNER!
ChicoBag™ Blossom Collection Vita™ Bag




I LOVE my whole collection of ChicoBag™ reusable bags - and the Blossom Collection Vita™ is an awesome addition to my stash. Whether this is your first or one of many in your reusable bag stash, I know you will really dig this bag! 

From 83 Valid entries, the winning entry is:

Entry #58

And that lucky person is: Amanda Alvarado! Congrats Amanda! I will be mailing your bag out first thing tomorrow. 

And a great big THANK YOU to ChicoBag™ for sponsoring this review and giveaway! I love your products and you are always a joy to work with!

ChicoBag™ Blossom Collection - Vita! Review and Giveaway

CHICOBAG™ REUSABLE BAGS
The Blossom Collection
Review and Giveaway



Just about a year ago, I was fortunate to be able to work with ChicoBag™ and I wrote an extensive review of their reusable bags. Well, I'm back for a mini review of the New Blossom Collection! 

The Blossom Collection bags are the Vita™ shoulder style bag and each of the four gorgeous designs celebrate spring, featuring blossoms in full bloom.  I received The Blossom Collection bag in Chai. It's a beautiful, rich brown bag with vibrant pink flowers climbing up the side. This bag is fantastic. Not only is it pretty, but it's totally functional. At a roomy 19" x 15.5", it will hold a TON of stuff - and it's durable woven polyester material makes this bag a workhorse, able to haul up to 40 pounds of loot! That's the equivalent of about 5 gallons of milk. What other reusable bag would you trust with that kind of load? 

As with all of the bags in the ChicoBag™ line, The Blossom Collection Vita™ easily stuffs down into it's own integrated stuff sack, shrinking down to a handy and lightweight 3.5" x 5" package.  It's a great bag to have in your purse, clipped on your book bag,  or stashed in your glovebox so you always have a reusable sack on hand. 

I decided to use mine to stash all of my current fiber craft projects. I have a wonderful habit of starting a ton of projects all at once, so I needed a roomy bag to fit it all in there!

The Blossom Collection in Chai - jammed full of my knitting!

If you look closely, you will see a second Blossom Collection bag in Green Tea! ChicoBag™ was kind enough to send me this second bag, valued at $12.99, to give away to one of my readers! 

WIN THIS BAG! The Blossom Collection in Green Tea


WIN A CHICOBAG™

One of my lucky readers is going to win a Blossom Collection ChicoBag™ in Green Tea. 

TO ENTER: Fill out this form and leave a comment telling me that you did so.


YOU MAY USE THIS TWEET:


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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED!


This giveaway is open to all US and Canadian residents 18 years of age and over. 
Giveaway ends at 12pm MST on Sunday, 5/1/2011
Winner will be drawn using random.org and will be notified via email.












Disclaimer: This review and giveaway is sponsored by ChicoBag™. I received the product being reviewed, free of charge. The review is my honest opinion based on my experience using the product and has not been reviewed or edited by ChicoBag™.




















Our Address Has Changed!

NEW WEB ADDRESS!
Please Update Your Bookmarks! 

I took the plunge this week and spent the $10 to buy a domain name for this blog. YAY! Now, instead of it being named after my daughter, it will be named after, well - my blog! The old address will automatically redirect you to this new address, but for ease of use and integrity of links, you'd be best to update your bookmarks and HTML code! 

http://www.themaxwellsmadness.com


WINNERS! CSN Stores and Kushies Gift Basket

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

CSN Stores $50 Gift Certificate

Post #27

Congratulations Dee!

Kushies Gift Basket!

Post #31

Congratulations tvpg! 

I have emailed the winners. If, by chance, they do not claim their prize within 48 hours, I will redraw. Congratulations and thank you for reading and posting at The Maxwell's Madness!

And a great big THANK YOU to CSN Stores and Heirloom Babies for sponsoring these giveaways!



Giveaway: Kushies Newborn Gift Basket

GIVEAWAY
Gift Basket of Newborn Goodies

The Gift Basket

As many of you may already know, I love to participate in The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt at Diaper Decisions. The last one was in November and I was lucky enough to win a prize! YAY! This wonderful gift basket was donated as a prize for The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt by Heirloom Babies.  It contains 3 Kushies Cotton Washcloths, 2 Kushies Flannel Burp Pads, 2 Kushies Flannel Tie-on Bibs, 2 Kushies Newborn Wraps (diaper covers), and 2 Newborn Chinese Prefold Diapers. And the beautiful basket! It's the perfect gift for someone who is expecting a newborn. Unfortunately for me, I am NOT expecting a newborn. And both of my girls are well past the newborn stage. 

Fortunately for YOU, my readers, I am not expecting a newborn. So I am going to give this away! It is valued at $45!




WIN THIS GIFT BASKET!




TO ENTER: Visit Heirloom Babies and have a look around her site. Then come back here and tell me what you would put your own custom gift basket! 

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.

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Giveaway ends at 12pm MST on Sunday, 1/30/2011.
Winners may not substitute another product or seek credit towards another product from Heirloom Babies, Kushies Baby, or The Maxwell's Madness! 

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by The Maxwell's Madness! I received this item as a prize in a contest and I am Re-Giving it of my own free will.

Twitter Update

TWITTER UPDATE
I changed my Twitter Username



Now that Twitter has updated their interface, I was able to change my username to something that better reflects the blog/business side of things! Woot! It does involve a bit of tweaking on my part, but otherwise it is fairly seamless. 

SO: If you have been following me on Twitter at @globalMTgirl, make sure I'm showing up now as @TheMaxwellsMad. Because that's who I am now! And check out my rad new profile pic as well. 

AND: If you weren't following me on Twitter before and want to now, you can do so @TheMaxwellsMad

Here are a few direct links:
That's about it for now. 

Happy Tweeting! 

Keeping it Simple to Keep Myself Sane

SIMPLE CHANGES
Can Produce Dramatic Results

As another new year rolls around, we are all making resolutions to hopefully help us to improve our health, well being, and/or lifestyle. While I personally don't make 'official' resolutions - you know the kind that you write down and share with others to keep yourself accountable - I DO try to keep in mind that sometimes a little change can have a great effect on my life. 

There are a few changes that I have made in the last month that I have been really pleased with! And sometimes with simple pleasures, comes that moment of sanity that we all need. 

REARRANGE AND REORGANIZE
  • Toy storage. It's amazing how big of a change a simple set of shelving can make. A set of cube storage shelves and a few fabric bins took us from chaos to cool in no time flat last spring. This holiday season I took it one step further by moving the bed in our guest room to make room for a play area. I put the toy storage shelves in there with another set of storage drawers and, presto chango, instant play room. Not only do the kids have a great space to play, but it helps keep clutter in the main living area much more manageable. "Ahhhh! Cube storage, take me away!" 
  • I just recently took on the task of rearranging our family living space. It did involve a visit from the electrician to install a new cable jack, but otherwise all I really did was move the TV from the end wall in our living room to the side wall. It really helped to define a much cozier space for us to sit and watch TV and the main traffic corridor through this space no longer goes between the couch and the TV - YAY!! It also opened up the old space where the TV was for kid stuff. 
  • After the living space, it was more kid space that got a simple makeover. Now that there was a bit more room with the TV and TV stand out of there, there was a whole corner dedicated to kid play. Kitchen, kid table, easel, and associated toys are now all in one area instead of jammed wherever we could fit them throughout the room. 
  • Cubes for Crafts: my final bit of reorganizing involved all of the craft stuff I have for my girls. It was getting out of hand, stacking up on top of their kid kitchen and cluttering my kitchen counters. It was so unorganized that I hated getting stuff out for them to craft with! I decided to install a simple 2 cube shelf (up and out of reach so they can't self craft me into a new interior design when I'm on the potty) to organize it all. Now we are back to doing some crafts every day - which is fun for both the kids AND me! I also hung a small bulletin board that I had just lying around so we could hang up their works of art without making my fridge look like it needed to start dating a paper shredder. 

ENERGY AND NOURISHMENT: 
  • As with most people in January, I am adding some more exercise to my normal routine. My goal is 20 minutes a day. Even if it means the laundry doesn't get folded or the dishes don't get done. I actually started this before Christmas - really spurred on by the fact that an awesome pair of pants fit, but not all that comfortably. It's really amazing what just a tiny bit of actual focused exercise can do for your energy levels! So what have I been doing?
    • 30 Day Shred Workouts: These are 20 minute interval training workouts that are really effective at burning calories and strengthening core muscle groups. And don't be scared of Jillian - you can turn her voice off if you don't like to listen to her! 
    • Wii Fit: I inherited this from my mother in law and I love it! It's really fun and you can blow through an hour of 'games' before you know it. It helps work on strength, balance, flexibility, and aerobic activities in a really fun and simple format. 
    • Yoga: I have talked about yoga before - it is one thing I recommend for everyone to try at least once. I try to get to a formal class about once a week. 
    • Shoveling Snow: I live in Montana. It's a fact of life. ;)
  • Banning the Bag. The takeout bag, that is. It's really tempting and easy to just run out and grab a takeout meal instead of cooking something at home. Especially when you are low on energy and running ragged from your day. No matter how 'healthy' or 'gourmet' the fast food joints try to make their food seem (come one people - natural cut fries with sea salt sounds good, but they are STILL french fries!!), it will never be as healthful, tasty, or affordable as food cooked in your own kitchen. In order to ban the bag in our house I try to plan for a week of simple, healthy meals that I can stretch into a day or so of leftovers (I mean, who wants to cook EVERY night, right?). This keeps us eating home cooked meals more often and getting fast food a LOT less. And we all know this is not only good for your waistline, but also for your wallet!
Now, this may seem like a big list, but in reality - each item in it was a pretty simple task that made or is making a pretty big impact on my life. Rearranging and reorganizing simplified our living space and helped eliminate the chaos. For me: Less Chaos = More Sanity. Exercising just a little every day (and keeping it fun!) really helps boost my energy levels, as does eating simply and well! So, keep it simple and keep it sane! 

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Simply Orange® blogging program. If I am one of the first 65 blogs received by SocialsMoms, I will receive a $25 Target gift card and a gift pack that includes a Simply Orange® cooler bag and logoed fleece.

CSN Stores Giveaway: Win a $50 Gift Certificate!

CSN STORES GIVEAWAY
Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Any CSN Store


Last June I was introduced to CSN Stores - a collection of over 200 online stores with everything you can imagine from Housewares to Home Improvement. Looking for something new to spend that upcoming tax return on? Why not some new furniture or something to accent what you already have? CSN has both contemporary and modern furniture and accessories that would look great in any home!


I did a bit of browsing and found a few things that I really love!


iittala - Origo Orange Serving Bowl: $47

Breville - Icon 4-Slice Toaster: $89.99

Gus Modern - Upcycle Ottoman: $425

One of my lucky readers is going to win a $50 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 $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE
TO CSN STORES

TO ENTER: Visit the All Modern CSN Store and come back here and tell me what you love the most 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 have to draw another winner. 

EXTRA ENTRIES: **Reminder - these are Extra! You can do as many or as few as you like!** Please leave a separate comment for each entry.
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  • 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
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Giveaway ends at 12pm MST on Sunday, 1/30/2011.
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.



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