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ChicoBag Reusable Bags {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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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.

Yummi Pouch {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I couldn’t agree more that no two children are alike.  I’m finding that is more and more the case with my two boys as they grow up.  One of the most obvious divergent characteristics I’ve been picking up on lately is how ‘dependent’ my oldest seems to be, and how ‘independent’ my youngest is.  Child #1 will find a problem, try to tell me what it is, and wait for me to fix it, while Child #2 will dive right in and solve the issue himself.  Feeding is no different.  #1 preferred to be fed for quite a while, but #2 has been grabbing the spoon out of my hand and attempting to feed himself for several months now.  Since he’s not quite a year old yet, there is a LOT of spilled food, splatters, and nasty floors around here!  I have a few friends who really like this plastic and portable food container called Yummi Pouch for its on-the-go usefulness, and since I was able to review several of these pouches, I found them to be the perfect solution for the super-independent baby who wants to feed himself!

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These little pouches are fabulous!  They are reusable and refillable, so a set of six for $14.99 will keep you in business for as long as you’d like.  They are dishwasher safe and can even be put in the freezer.

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They are made of a very sturdy plastic with an intense seal, so you don’t have to worry about any leaking or any explosion out the top.  The pouches expand on the bottom and can hold up to 6oz. To easily expand it, you can blow into the mouth piece with the top sealed or just use your fingers to expand apart.  The pouch can hold probably 3 heaping tablespoons of yogurt, which is just right for the baby.  He LOVES being able to feed himself, and I love that I’m not cleaning up yogurt splatters from him waving a spoon around!  No spoon required!

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The toddler is a big fan as well 🙂 He keeps pulling these out of the cupboards and begging me to fill them with food–yogurt, applesauce, anything squishy…

We took a few of these on our big roadtrip earlier this month, and they were great in the car.

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While I think these pouches are fantastic, what I’m really loving more than anything is this Grass Countertop Drying Rack from Yummi Pouch!

81qQuhRzheL._SL1500_The whole time that “Rocket” was using bottles, I never found a good system for where to place the bottles and tops while they were drying.  They really took over our counter, and since I always needed them accessible, they rarely got put away for long, before I had to pull them out again.  The counters were always soppy, cluttery, and all the plastic really distracted from the clean kitchen I was trying to maintain.

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This grass is the perfect thing for all my assortment of bottles, and SO IDEAL for drying these Yummi Pouches!  When you expand the bottom of the pouches, they can stand up by themselves and generally stay open pretty well by themselves, but I still worry about them drying completely after being washed, so the grass blades on this drying rack keep the pouches open, upside down to drain, and kept in a contained space off my counters!  I’m just so happy to have found a system that works, and I think its kind of fun next to my plants in the kitchen!  It measures a little larger than 9 x 9 inches, and comes in two pieces so you could rinse it off if desired.

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Yummi Pouch has some other way fun and useful “accessories” for your pouches–like useful funnels, markers, and even mustache stickers!  And there is even a Yummi Pouch Kids Boutique with some adorable tutus and leg warmers!

From one mother to another, I will definitely be recommending these to a other mommy friends!  Thanks Yummi Pouch!

TWO winners will each receive a set of 6 Yummi Pouches!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 26th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Yummi Pouch, but all opinions are strictly my own

Snack Sacks and More {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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So, following the theme of nifty food transportation (see Laptop Lunches and Little Green Pouches), I bring you these great, reusable snack and sandwich bags from Snack Sacks & More!
Snack Sacks & More is a Facebook shop that is cleverly run through liking and commenting on the photos of these items in albums on the Snack Sacks & More Facebook page.  There are 5 albums you can order from: Snack Sacks, Sandwich Sacks, Card Holders, Car Trash Holders, Wool Dryer Balls. From there, you like or comment on the photo of the sacks you would like to order, then message her when you are done to confirm your order.  How easy is that??
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Snack Sacks- approximately 5 3/4 inch squares and are $3.50 each. (Snap in either black, white, or tan added for $0.50) Lined with food friendly material.
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Sandwich Sacks– approximately 6 1/2 by 7 inches and are $4.50 each. (Snap in either black, white, or tan added for $0.50) Lined with food friendly material.
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Car Trash Sacks approximately 8 by 10 inches with a 4 inch handle and are $9 each. (Snap in either black, white, or tan added for free)
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Card Holders– approximately 5 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches and are $6.50 each. (Snap in either black, white, or tan added for free)
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Wool Dryer Balls– approximately 6-7 inches around (see specific photo for details) and are $4 per ball.
Snack Sacks & More is giving away a set of sacks (one sandwich sack and two snack sacks) to one Dandy reader!  Enter below to win!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, March 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 Snack Sacks & More, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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