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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?

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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?!

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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.

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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!

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** 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.

Capri Designs {Review}

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Do you remember Lisa Frank art and school supplies?  The techno-bright colorful, happy, and extremely pre-teen girly line of pencils, stationary, folders, lunch boxes, etc.  If there ever was a fan, it was my 11-year-old self who would do anything for another item in my collection of Lisa Frank things to take to school.  The same feelings of, “I want one of EVERYTHING here!” and “I want the whole collection” and “I MUST have one of these in that print!” came flooding back as I awgled over everything in the darling shop called Capri Designs.

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Its like a grown-up collection of stationary, back to school, and home office supplies for the working woman and homemaker.  Let’s begin with some of my favorites!  This is one of the cutest clipboard and paper sets I’ve seen!  I only wish I had one back when I was teaching Home Ec, and always had a clipboard in my hand.

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And oh how I need some of these magnetic writer’s rounds for my fridge!  I seem to always be scrambling to find a post-it, and these notes are just so adorable, and would always be where I needed them.

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If you’re currently a student, and find index cards useful for studying, wouldn’t these colorful tabbed index cards only encourage more studying?!

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And I would love to use these signature note cards to send thank you cards and sweet notes to friends:  SNC_5371_ANCHORS AWAY_1, L

What really gets me are all the organizational gems, like these file folders!  SO cute!

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I was drawn to literally every product from Capri Designs, but the padfolios won my heart.  Capri Designs sent me two of their padfolios, and they are beautiful!  Here is the Signature Mini Padfolio with Pocket Organizer in Cottage Rose, along with the Medium Padfolio in Heritage Floral.  I LOVE this cottage rose print!

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 These floral prints make me so happy!!IMG_3260

I’ve been looking for a better grocery shopping companion than the scribbled piece of paper in my pocket, and this little friend totally fits the bill.  The notepad inside the mini padfolio is so pretty, securely placed, and a new notepad can be inserted in the slits behind when the first one runs out.  My pen stays where I won’t loose it, and the accordian file on the right holds all my coupons!  When I took it grocery shopping with me yesterday, I kept thinking, “this is such a great set-up”.  I love it!

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Do your house and mind a favor and pick up some lovely things from Capri Designs to help with your Spring cleaning and organization!

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*This posting was sponsored by Capri Designs, but all opinions are strictly my own

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