In one week I will be thirty-one years old.
There will be no big parties but, like last year, there will be a reader giveaway!
To enter, all you need to do is leave me a “birthday wishes” comment!
It’s so simple!
The contest will close at midnight on August 3 and I will have one of my children pull a name on my actual birthday, the 4th.
So…what are you playing for?
Last year, on my thirtieth, I gave away a gift certificate to my favourite restaurant, The Sovereign Room. This year, I’m give away a whole bag full of my favourite products!!
A whole bag!
In fact, the bag is one of the products. Observe:
I love CBC Radio. I grew up listening to CBC and it has introduced me to so many wonderful people, both locally and nation-wide. Of course I am an LU Radio girl, but the CBC is a Canadian institution. If Stephen Harper would leave it alone and stop trying to destroy something so wonderful, the CBC will hopefully be around for generations to come.
Scrubbie – I don’t actually know what this is called, but it is essentially a high quality scrubber sponge. You can use it on any surface (counters, bathroom appliances, cupboards, stainless sinks, floors, dishes) with or without soap and it cleans anything. It might not get off, say a rust stain in a stainless steel sink, but anything baked, caked, or otherwise stuck is coming off with this scrubber! You can use it for about a year with regular washes in the dishwasher or washing machine. I started noticing these scrubbers around town at a few locally owned boutiques and bought one on a whim. Then I was hooked and had to buy more. I gave some away at my birthday party last year, I gave some as Christmas gifts, and I even convinced my American cousins to buy some during their last visit! A true marker of getting older is being excited and entranced by a simple scrubber, but there you go.
Buncha Farmers Stain Remover – A few years ago, while searching for information about essential oils, I came across a product called Buncha Farmers Stain Remover. Of course the name intrigued me and I wanted to know more! I looked online for Canadian sellers of this product and I checked out all the major chain retailers hoping to find it. My search proved fruitless and I gave up. Then a year ago, I found it in a local boutique and excitedly grabbed it, screeching something like, “I’ve been looking for you all over the place!!” I took it home, tried it, loved it, then went back to the store and bought more! This stain remover is a solid rectangular stick of wax-like consistency and made with a combination of several essential oils. You are to rub the stick on a stain like a crayon, then wash normally. Even the toughest and oldest stains are supposed to come out with minimal effort. I rubbed the stick on all my stained baby clothes (back when I had a baby) and it got rid of them all! Then I – this is the real selling point – rubbed the stick on old blood stains and, within a few washes, the blood was gone! Amazing!
Poo-pourri – I heard the name and I was intrigued. Then I found it at a local boutique and bought it. I didn’t know if it was going to work, but dear readers…it does. What you do is spray into the toilet bowl a few times to ensure the water is coated in a thin film of poo-pourri. Then you do your business, flush, and that’s it! The film of poo-pourie on the water acts as a barrier and doesn’t let scent escape. It’s not such a big deal if you’re at home, but it’s a great product for your purse (it comes in travel size) and a much appreciated luxury for when guests are over. I know, I know, everybody poops, it’s natural blah blah blah. I don’t like smelling anybody’s excrement and that’s why I love this product. I’ve tried it out several times (in public washrooms) and now I always carry the travel size in my purse. Just in case! And watch the commercial, it’s hilarious!
Painted Stone from Art by: Cat Free – I love Cat’s art because so much of it focuses on trees and rocks. Trees and rocks are two incredibly Canadian elements and it’s ever-present in Cat’s artwork with her bright colours, simple brush strokes, and beautiful designs. I’ve written about Cat here for a previous collaboration and she was generous enough to allow me one of her adorable and quirky painted stones for this particular giveaway. More of Cat’s artwork can, of course, be viewed in her Facebook group.
White beaded three strand necklace from H-C Creations Jewelry – Another familiar face: I’ve written about Tara and her jewelry business twice before and I count her work among my favourite. Of course, it’s not all my style, but that’s ok because she has so many difference styles to choose from! The variety of jewelry is vast and plentiful. I get overwhelmed because there are too many choices. I took the choice out of the equation for you by picking an elegant white necklace for this giveaway. If you’d like to see more of what Tara has to offer, please visit her Facebook page. A jewelry making sabbatical will likely be in effect soon as Tara will be giving birth any second…but keep watching her page and I’m sure she’ll start updating when she’s ready to get back into the beads! You’ll also find her (or a helper) at the Westfort Street Fair on August 23rd from 9-5. There’s a good chance she’ll be toting a tiny infant.
Turtle Island Painting by Minowewegabow Art (also known as Kevin Belmore) – One day, I saw a man at the Farmer’s Market surrounded by prints. He was hunched over a piece of paper, working meticulously on a painting of blueberries. I said, “That is awesome!” and he said, “Twenty bucks!” I said, “Sold!” I bought it and took it right home; the paint wasn’t even dry yet (he warned me to wait until it dried before framing it). After that, I continued to buy bits and pieces of Kevin’s artwork, including special commissions as gifts, prints for myself, and greetings cards. Kevin has also been kind enough to donate artwork for LU Radio events, as well as this Eating Dirt “event.” He is an amazingly talented artist and an extremely down-to-earth family man. He doesn’t advertise his work on a personal website or Facebook page, but through word-of-mouth he has been able to provide artwork for a huge variety of clientele all over North Western Ontario. You can find Kevin at the Thunder Bay Country market.
I know this grouping seems to be a real mish-mash of products seemingly unrelated. You could actually put them into two categories: art and household cleaning products (haha!). But what really ties these items together is love.
As in, I love all this stuff! I want you to love it too!