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ChicoBag Reusable Bags {Giveaway}–CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

A few years ago, my husband came home from a professional conference loaded down with branded-reusable bags. I put the stash in the back of my car and began using them at the grocery store instead of plastic grocery bags. I felt good about the impact I was making on the environment and was happy that I could fit more groceries into one bag, which meant fewer trips back and forth from the car to the house 🙂 But while I had made it a habit to bring those bags on my weekly grocery shopping trips, I couldn’t get into the habit of bringing just one or two in for a quick run to the store or for a Target trip. I still cringe when I reach the check-out and realize I’ve forgotten a bag, but of course it’s way too late to go back to the car and grab one. I realized I needed a bag that could fit in my purse so it would always be with me and I wouldn’t forget it. Lucky for me, that’s exactly what ChicoBag set out to do!

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ChicoBag makes reusable bags of all shapes and sizes and their goal is to “reduce single-use bag waste by offering compact reusable bags and packs that are designed to be unforgettable.” And let me tell you, these bags are definitely not your standard, branded reusable bags!  Their designs range from classic to contemporary to specially-designed artisan bags, and they are anything but forgettable. They sell bags that are made for shopping, such as the Original bag and the Produce Stand bag, which is a 3-pack  of bags meant to replace single-use plastic bags in the produce aisle. They all stuff into a cute apple-shaped carrying pouch–genius, right?

Shopping

Produce

They also make Cross-Body style bags, Duffel bags, Messenger bags, Daypacks, and Reusable Snack bags, all in cute colors and patterns. Also, several of their bags and sacks are made from their patented rePETeâ„¢ fabric, which means it is made using recycled materials. I love that they’ve found one more way to keep the earth clean and reuse the materials we’ve been given. But I think my favorite collection is the Halloween collection. How fun would it be to collect your candy in one of these cool bags every Halloween?!

Halloween

I chose to review the Vita Contemporary Slate Striped bag. Each Vita bag features shoulder length straps, which is my preferred style of bag/purse. It can carry up to forty pounds and is made from a durable, machine washable woven polyester. When you consider that a typical gallon of milk is just 7 pounds, this baby can hold a LOT of groceries! My very favorite aspect of the bag is that it folds into itself and is stuffed into a small pouch about the size of my cell phone. I just throw it into the bottom of my purse, but it comes with a carabiner attached to the bag so I could clip it to my keys or a hook in my purse if I wanted.

small bag

The fabric is thin and light but definitely durable; I’m not worried about any rips or tears like I’ve had in some of my other reusable bags.  I like the subtle yet sophisticated striped pattern and slate color. I intend to keep it in my purse for shopping trips, but it’s cool enough that I used it as a purse when I went out one night after a show and didn’t have my purse with me but needed to hold a few things.

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And here I am with my ChicoBag on a recent trip to the tennis court with my family: two tennis rackets, 3 balls, a wallet, cell phone, lip gloss and room for TONS more!

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Everyone should own at least one ChicoBag so you’re not caught at the store without a bag and are forced to use a plastic one. And at $5.99 for the Original bag, there’s no excuse not to get one! You can purchase ChicoBags online or you can see if they’re at a store near you here. Join the ChicoBag revolution and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

Enter to win the Vita Slate Striped Bag here!

Because I was sent the winner’s prize items along with my review items, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of July 8th, 2013 and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by ChicoBag, but all opinions are strictly my own.

The Mommy Hook {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I am a pretty small woman (just barely over five feet tall!), and I’m not a weight-lifting type of person at the gym.  Who am I kidding?  I’m not even a type of person who goes to the gym.  I had absolutely no upper arm strength until I started holding my first son, who I swear had no intention of ever helping me hold him — never once would he throw his arms around my neck or clench his legs around me.  Even still, once I was holding my massive toddler (who also had no intention of walking until he was 15 months old), I couldn’t possibly think of trying to lug in groceries without making lots of little trips after setting him down in his high chair with a handful of Cheerios.

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The Mommy Hook is a excellent solution for the grocery-lugging situation I often encounter, but also is the solution for lots of other Mommy (or Daddy or Aunt/Uncle or Grandma/Grandpa) situations.

groceries

I loved that I could use The Mommy Hook attach my diaper bag/purse to the back of the cart now that I have two boys who both need to fit in the cart when we go shopping, and I loved that I have an extra place on the back of the stroller for backpacks and lunches next time we go on vacation.

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The Mommy Hook is available to buy at Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Buy Buy Baby — it’s also available to win right here on Dandy Giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, February 16th, and emailed within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by The Mommy Hook, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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