Simply Green: Unique Rabbit


I was introduced to Unique Rabbit recently. Unique Rabbit kindly sent me a complementary set of their product.

What is Unique Rabbit?
Kimberly at Unique Rabbit offers wonderful handmade items such as napkin hankies and hankie pockets!

Why is Unique Rabbit green and part of Simply Green? (taken from their homepage)
Paperless towels make a great gift for everyone on your list. They come beautifully packaged in twine with a small insert that explains the environmental benefits of paperless towels. Soft flannel paperless towels/napkins are gentle on you and the planet! If you are tired of spending money on disposable paper towels/napkins here’s an earth-friendly solution.

My thoughts about Unique Rabbit
The paperless towels are really nice. They are a great size and the flannel fabric is really great. My kids can go through some napkins when they want to so it will be nice to give them these when they are in one of their super messy modes! We do enough laundry that it is super easy to just toss these in the next load that I was. If you want to keep on saving, get a couple of sets of these and then you can probably almost stop buying those paper napkins!

I am excited to announce that Unique Rabbit has offered one of my readers a set of reusable napkins to try themselves!

So what are the details?

Details:
This drawing will end Tuesday, January 12th at 11:59pm EST. I will pick the winner using
Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to reply with their address. You must include your email address in your comment or have it in your profile so you can be contacted if you are a winner! Please make sure I can see your email address!!! You must complete the Mandatory Entry for the additional entries to count.

So how do you enter?

Mandatory Entry: Check out Unique Rabbit and let me know what set of napkins you would pick if you win. Pick wisely as this will be your prize if you are the winner!

Additional Entries:
1) Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
2)
Tweet about this giveaway with this tweet:

RT: Win a set of reusable napkins from Unique Rabbit! @simplybudgeted http://bit.ly/66vVuH #etsy #giveaway #green #simplygreen ends 1/12

Leave a comment with the URL for your tweet. (One Tweet per day until end of giveaway!!)
3) Blog about this giveaway and provide a link to the blog post. Leave a comment with the URL to the blog post.
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5) Follow me publicly through the Google Friends Connect on my side bar. Leave a comment with your name that you subscribe with.
6) Subscribe to my blog using the Subscribe To option on the sidebar. Leave a comment stating you subscribe.
7) Add my Simply Green Event button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link.
8) If you had my Simply Green Event button prior to December 1st leave two separate comments as entries to this giveaway! (You should have commented
here to qualify for this.)

NOTE: I was provided with a complementary set of napkins hankies from Unique Rabbit to provide this review. No other compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Simply Green: EcoSMART


I am pleased to introduce you to EcoSMART. EcoSMART generously sent me their Safe Plant and Garden Value Bundle that includes organic insect repellent.

What is EcoSMART? (taken from their Company Information page)
EcoSMART Technologies, the world leader in safe pesticide solutions, is a venture-backed company with patented technology and a world-class management team. Our mission is to create the world’s safest, most effective pesticides based on natural ingredients. We have 15 years of scientific research and a wealth of patents behind us. We make the only 100% safe insecticide that is proven to work. We offer the only complete line of EPA exempt pesticides sold in the US.

Why is EcoSMART green and part of Simply Green? (taken from their Company Information page)
EcoSMART was the first company to apply modern science to essential plant oils — creating the first 100% safe pesticides. Our products are based on the natural defenses that plants and trees have used for their self protection against insects and pathogens for millenia – essential oils.
Since EcoSMART’s proprietary botanical oil blends attack attributes that are specific only to pests, they have no effect on people, pets or the environment. The primary active ingredients in EcoSMART products are approved as Direct Food Additives or classified as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. These oils are commonly used to add flavor and aroma to many cosmetic, beverage and food products, including cake, candy, sweetener, gum, soft drinks, and lipstick. Children and pets are safe. No need to clear them out after application or be concerned if they are near our products. Our products have no adverse effect on mammals, birds, and fish and also will not contaminate water sources.

I was happy to receive the Safe Plant and Garden Value Bundle. It can be hard to find organic pest control for your garden! Needless to say here in Virginia we aren’t grown much of anything these days … the weeds are even frozen! That being said, come the spring, we will give this a full test drive in our veggie garden and I will do my best to remember to post an update then!

I am excited to announce that EcoSMART has offered one of my readers their Safe Personal Care bundle that includes four (4) bottles of insect repellent!


So what are the details?


Details:
This drawing will end Monday, January 11th at 11:59pm EST.
The winner will have 48 hours to reply with their address. You must include your email address in your comment or have it in your profile so you can be contacted if you are a winner! Please make sure I can see your email address!!! You must complete the Mandatory Entry for the additional entries to count.

So how do you enter?

Mandatory Entry: Check out EcoSMART (www.ecosmart.com) and let me know what other product you would like to try!

Additional Entries:
1) Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
2)
Tweet about this giveaway with this tweet:

RT: Win an EcoSMART Safe Personal Care bundle! @simplybudgeted http://bit.ly/830KLZ #giveaway #green #organic #simplygreen ends 1/11

Leave a comment with the URL for your tweet. (One Tweet per day until end of giveaway!!)
3) Blog about this giveaway and provide a link to the blog post. Leave a comment with the URL to the blog post.
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7) Add my Simply Green Event button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link.
8) If you had my Simply Green Event button prior to December 1st leave two separate comments as entries to this giveaway! (You should have commented
here to qualify for this.)

NOTE: EcoSMART kindly sent their Safe Plant and Garden Value Bundle to provide this review. No other compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Yule Log Series

This is a tad late but I wanted to share it with you. Sony Music sent me Brad Paisley Christmas which is part of their Yule Log Edition Series.

Due to our two feet of snow (and the inability for this area of Virginia to plan for two feet of snow) our mail delivery was out of sorts and plain just didn’t happen for a few days. Then I tossed in their my hiccup of gallbladder surgery so this just didn’t get posted before the holidays.

I wanted to post it now though in case you can hit up a clearance sale for holiday music and DVDs and see if they have any of these Yule Log Edition Series DVDs on clearance. If they do, stock up! These would be great for you and gifts for others.

Not only do you have the great music of the artists that you love such as Brad Paisley, Andy Williams, Whitney Houston, and many great others but you get great images on your TV such as a wood burning fire or snowy landscape! I think this will be my new Christmas present wrapping watching/listening routine. Then when I am done, I can sit down with my mug of hot chocolate and enjoy the beautiful pictures as I listen some great Christmas tunes.

So check out the Yule Log Edition Series when you get a chance!

Thanks to Sony Music for the review copy you sent me. Even though we just packaged up our Christmas decorations, I am ready to pull them back out put in the holiday music all over again!

Simply Green: Orient Watch


I am excited to introduce you to Orient Watch.

What is Orient Watch? (taken from their homepage)
Widely cherished in Asia, Europe, and South America, Japan’s largest producer of automatic watches is finally available in the United States. With more than 50 years of history and an annual production of over 2 million timepieces, Orient could quite possibly be the largest watch company you never knew existed.

Why is Orient Watch green and part of Simply Green? (taken from their homepage)
Orient Watch produces watches that don’t require batteries which for the consumer means less waste and a long lasting watch! A mechanical watch is powered by a mainspring, without using electrical power. The winding of the spring causes the “heart” of the watch to beat, and this human-like quality is one of the unique beauties of Orient mechanical watches.

I am excited to announce that Orient Watch has offered one of my readers this automatic watch as a giveaway prize! Details about this watch are …

Stainless Steel Case
Screw Caseback
Water Resistant 50m
Fully Automatic
Band is adjustable with a fold over buckle

So what are the details?

Details:
This drawing will end Sunday, January 10th at 11:59pm EST. The winner will have 48 hours to reply with their address. You must include your email address in your comment or have it in your profile so you can be contacted if you are a winner! Please make sure I can see your email address!!! You must complete the Mandatory Entry for the additional entries to count.

So how do you enter?

Mandatory Entry: Check out Orient Watch and let me know what other automatic watch you like! I think the 2er00001b would be a great pick so pick another one and leave that as your comment!

Additional Entries:
1) Follow Orient Watch on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/OrientWatchUSA). Leave a comment.
2) Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
3)
Tweet about this giveaway with this tweet:

RT: Win an @OrientWatchUSA watch! @simplybudgeted http://bit.ly/8aiO6z #giveaway #green #simplygreen ends 1/10 Enter daily!

Leave a comment with the URL for your tweet. (One Tweet per day until end of giveaway!!)
4) Blog about this giveaway and provide a link to the blog post. Leave a comment with the URL to the blog post.
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6) Follow me publicly through the Google Friends Connect on my side bar. Leave a comment with your name that you subscribe with.
7) Subscribe to my blog using the Subscribe To option on the sidebar. Leave a comment stating you subscribe.
8) Add my Simply Green Event button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link.
9) If you had my Simply Green Event button prior to December 1st leave two separate comments as entries to this giveaway! (You should have commented
here to qualify for this.)

NOTE: No compensation was received for this post/giveaway. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Simply Green: The Joy of Cleaning Book

I excited to introduce you to The Joy of Cleaning. The Joy of Cleaning kindly sent me a complementary copy of this book!

What is The Joy of Cleaning? (adapted from the About The Author page)
Leslie Reichert is a “green” cleaning coach and the owner of the Back Door—a vacuum and homekeeping store now celebrating 18 years in Uxbridge, Massachusetts and nationally online at vacuumlady.com. Leslie has also seen, firsthand, scores of parents who fight a daily battle with asthma and allergies, which many believe are caused by using harsh chemicals in the home. Three years ago she realized she wanted to share her knowledge and encourage people in the “art” of homekeeping and green cleaning and since then she has become a coach, a presenter, and a speaker for the green cleaning industry. The Joy of Cleaning is a “cookbook” for green cleaning written by Leslie!

Why is The Joy of Cleaning green and part of Simply Green? (taken from their About page)
A collection of simple yet proven green recipes to help you green your cleaning. Just start by trying one or two and soon you’ll be going to your pantry for cleaning solutions instead of the cabinet under the sink.

My thoughts about The Joy of Cleaning
When I got this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t have time to make my own cleaners was my first thought. Plus I most certainly don’t have the stuff to make them. I was greatly surprised to see how easy these recipes are. I will admit there are some ingredient that you won’t have laying around. That is unless you randomly have soap flakes laying around your laundry room or cleaning closet. But many of them are common ingredients that you will have in your pantry or laundry room … or at least can pick up the next trip out the store. I really love that Leslie has written these recipes out. They are great a budget saver for families. If you want to be really thrifty and green, a gift basket of these cleaners made up would be a great house warming or well any time gift for just about any family!

Leslie’s site for The Joy of Cleaning also offers an e-book download of this great book. You save $5.95 PLUS the shipping and handling fee by getting the e-book to make it an even thriftier deal!

Also check out Leslie’s main site, The Cleaning Coach for great tips!

I am excited to announce that the Cleaning Coach has offered a hard copy of The Joy of Cleaning to one of my readers!!

So what are the details?

Details:
This drawing will end Saturday, January 9th at 11:59pm EST. I may pick the winners using
Random.org. The winners will have 48 hours to reply with their address. You must include your email address in your comment or have it in your profile so you can be contacted if you are a winner! Please make sure I can see your email address!!! You must complete the Mandatory Entry for the additional entries to count.

So how do you enter?

Mandatory Entry: Check out the preview of The Joy of Cleaning here and tell me what chapter you are most interested in reading. (Hint: Scroll to second page for the Contents page!)

Additional Entries:
1) Follow the author of The Joy of Cleaning on Twitter (@greenyourclean) and leave a comment.
2) Fa
n the author of The Joy of Cleaning on Facebook here and leave this comment on their wall “I entered the Simply Living on a Budget blog The Joy of Cleaning book giveaway here: http://simplylivingonabudget.blogspot.com/2009/12/simply-green-joy-of-cleaning-book.html“. Leave a comment here.
3) Follow
me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
4)
Tweet about this giveaway with this tweet:

RT: Win Joy of Cleaning book from @greenyourclean! @simplybudgeted http://bit.ly/8Mw1Q9 #giveaway #book #green #simplygreen ends 1/9

Leave a comment with the URL for your tweet. (One Tweet per day until end of giveaway!!)
5) Blog about this giveaway and provide a link to the blog post. Leave a comment with the URL to the blog post.
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8) Subscribe to my blog using the Subscribe To option on the sidebar. Leave a comment stating you subscribe.
9) Add my Simply Green Event button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link.
10) If you had my Simply Green Event button prior to December 1st leave two separate comments as entries to this giveaway! (You should have commented
here to qualify for this.)

NOTE: I was provided with complementary copy of The Joy of Cleaning to provide this review. No other compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Winners Announced!

Here is the third round of winners for the Simply Green event!

Congratulations to Digital Misfit who won the stainlesscups.com Giveaway.

Congratulations to Amy who won the Barbar Giveaway.

Congratulations to Shawna who won the Nature’s Gate Giveaway.

and finally the one giveaway that ended that wasn’t part of Simply Green …

Congratulations to Kim who won the Golden Tea Moon Giveaway.

The winners have 48 hours from the time the email notifications are sent to reply to claim their prizes. An email will be sent from simplybudgeted at gmail dot com to notify you that you are the winner!

There are still more Simply Green giveaways coming through the end of this month!! Check out the Simply Green announcements in the left sidebar for the latest giveaways!

The next winner post should be this coming weekend!

Simply Green: Revenge Is


I have had the opportunity to get to learn about Revenge Is.

What is Revenge Is? (taken from their FAQs page)
Revenge Is… is a new company which was formed to inspire people to Make Activism Fashionable. Our products and slogans acknowledge and validate our collective frustrations while at the same time encourage and inspire us and others to take action — to take meaningful steps toward a stable climate, a clean environment, energy independence, national security, a healthy economy, and a country of high moral principle and international regard that we can be proud of.

Why is Revenge Is green and part of Simply Green? (taken from their FAQs page)
Our entire line is eco-friendly, meaning our t shirts designs are made with sustainable fabrics, such as organic cotton and polyester spun from recycled plastic bottles. Our tuckaway bag is made 100% form polyester spun from recycled plastic bottles and our reusable mug reduces the use of Styrofoam, paper and plastic cups. Our promotional materials are printed on recycled stock with soy inks. Our packaging is recycled, reused or reclaimed. In every aspect of what we do, our goal is sustainability.

Revenge Is offers great products such as their …

Black organic Cotton Woman’s T-shirt

Peace Men’s T-shirt

and Reusable Tuck Away Bag!

I am pleased to announce that the Revenge Is has offered one of my readers a t-shirt of their choice!!

So what are the details?

Details:
This drawing will end Friday, January 8th at 11:59pm EST. I will pick the winner using
Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to reply with their address. You must include your email address in your comment or have it in your profile so you can be contacted if you are a winner! Please make sure I can see your email address!!! You must complete the Mandatory Entry for the additional entries to count.

So how do you enter?

Mandatory Entry: Head over to Revenge Is and sign up for their newsletter here. Then leave a comment with your favorite t-shirt. (NOTE: I will confirm you signed up for the newsletter with Revenge Is.)

Additional Entries:
1) Follow Revenge Is on Twitter (@RevengeIs). Leave a comment with your twitter name.
2)
Follow Revenge Is on Facebook here and leave this comment on their wall: ”
I entered the Simply Living on a Budget blog Revenge Is t-shirt giveaway here: http://simplylivingonabudget.blogspot.com/2009/12/simply-green-revenge-is.html “. Leave a comment here.
3) Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
4)
Tweet about this giveaway with this tweet:

RT: Win an @revengeis t-shirt! @simplybudgeted http://bit.ly/85MWXn #giveaway #green #simplygreen #clothing ends 1/8

Leave a comment with the URL for your tweet. (One Tweet per day until end of giveaway!!)
5) Blog about this giveaway and provide a link to the blog post. Leave a comment with the URL to the blog post.
6) Add my blog button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link.
7) Follow me publicly through the Google Friends Connect on my side bar. Leave a comment with your name that you subscribe with.
8) Subscribe to my blog using the Subscribe To option on the sidebar. Leave a comment stating you subscribe.
9) Add my Simply Green Event button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link.
10) If you had my Simply Green Event button prior to December 1st leave two separate comments as entries to this giveaway! (You should have commented
here to qualify for this.)

NOTE: No compensation was received for this giveaway post. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

What was the Most Surprising Gift You’ve Ever Received?

What is your answer to this question?

For me, it was a gift that many ladies have received. My most surprising gift was my engagement ring. Sure, we had talked about marriage and what our life together would be but I was a college student and my guy was a grunt … more specifically an enlisted Infantry guy in the Army! I knew he didn’t have money to get me a ring but he hand managed to work out a financing deal and surprise me with a ring during his holiday leave. We hadn’t seen each other for months and during that time we had over a month where we didn’t even talk due his training. So needless to say, I was just happy to have him around.

I love my proposal story because it is a snowy, romantic story at one of my favourite places, the campus of Virgina Tech. ahhhh. We walked from my apartment to an ice cream store that had just opened and then walked over to campus. I remember telling Brian that my hands were going to freeze while I was foolishly trying to finish my yummy waffle cone! We got to campus and stood on top of the chapel (yes, you can stand on the top of the chapel!) and looked over the beautiful Drill Field. I saw the lights on in my old dorm room. That was the room I lived in when I met Brian. I was freezing and rambling on about how that room had great memories. Brian reached around me with a box and asked if I would create a lifetime of memories with him. That is when the tears started! Tears that instantly froze to my face. That was my Christmas gift eight years ago. I still remember how surprised I was and how special I felt that night.

I share that story hoping that we all get a moment where we are that surprised and feel that special!!

This is part of my submission to the TwitterMoms and http://www.target.com/ contest here.

So what is your answer to the question, What was the Most Surprising Gift You’ve Ever Recieved?” Leave me a comment and let me know!

Simply Green: Bummas


I was introduced to Bummas recently. Bummas kindly sent me a complementary set of their product.

What is Bummas? (adapted from their Our Story page)
The creation of Bummas came about when we had our first baby boy. The one thing that was never mentioned was how to dry our little guy’s “stuff” off after the clean up. Our baby’s bum was just way too wet to put a diaper back on–and blowing down there until you’re blue in the face just wasn’t working. Thus Bummas were born. A soft absorbent, luxurious baby cloth to soak up all the wetness.

Why is Bummas green and part of Simply Green? (taken from their homepage)
Bummas are small soft, luxurious baby-sized cloths made especially for drying baby bottoms, as well as blocking those surprise squirts. And with a little douse of water, they can also replace wet wipes for clean up of sensitive bums. They are small enough to conveniently carry on the go and durable enough to wash over and over again and won’t pill shrink or fade. We think you will find Bummas to be an indispensable item in your diaper changing regimen.

My thoughts about Bummas
I was sent a set of The Wild Ones Bummas. My three year old claimed them when arrived and declared they were “napkins”. She proceeded to play them by lining them up in a row and then using them in her play kitchen. That was first use of the Bummas at our house. Since then they have been used to clean up a messy baby as he practices eating oatmeal, wipe up spills, clean off hands, tossed in my pump bag as a clean up cloth, and probably a dozen other times. None of those were really the usages mentioned by Bummas but I can tell you they work great for all of them! They made it through the laundry several times and still look as good as new. So even if you don’t use these to dry your baby’s butt, I am sure you can find a dozen other ways to use them!;)

I am excited to announce that Bummas has offered one of my readers a set of Bummas to try themselves!

So what are the details?

Details:
This drawing will end Thursday, January 7th at 11:59pm EST. I will pick the winner using
Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to reply with their address. You must include your email address in your comment or have it in your profile so you can be contacted if you are a winner! Please make sure I can see your email address!!! You must complete the Mandatory Entry for the additional entries to count.

So how do you enter?

Mandatory Entry: Check out Bummas and let me know what set you would pick if you win. Pick wisely as this will be your prize if you are the winner!

Additional Entries:
1) Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your twitter name.
2)
Tweet about this giveaway with this tweet:

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Leave a comment with the URL for your tweet. (One Tweet per day until end of giveaway!!)
3) Blog about this giveaway and provide a link to the blog post. Leave a comment with the URL to the blog post.
4) Add my blog button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link.
5) Follow me publicly through the Google Friends Connect on my side bar. Leave a comment with your name that you subscribe with.
6) Subscribe to my blog using the Subscribe To option on the sidebar. Leave a comment stating you subscribe.
7) Add my Simply Green Event button to your blog. Button is in my sidebar! Leave a comment with the URL and where to find the link.
8) If you had my Simply Green Event button prior to December 1st leave two separate comments as entries to this giveaway! (You should have commented
here to qualify for this.)

NOTE: I was provided with a complementary The Wild Ones set from Bummas to provide this review. No other compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Merry Christmas plus a savings tip!

Merry Christmas!

Sorry no pretty clip art today but I am not at my computer. We are visiting my parents and got the joy of watching our girls open everyone’s presents. Their own weren’t enough so they took to helping everyone else! Plus we got to sing The Happy Birthday song to Baby Jesus … well, we had since he had a birthday cake and all! I love how little kids think and want to celebrate in the ways they know.

Since my tips have been few and far between lately, I wanted to share a simple after Christmas shopping tip.

TIP: Stock up on supplies you can use all year long while they are on clearance after the holiday. I only buy tissue paper after Christmas. I don’t pay full price for tissue paper … ever! Plain white tissue paper is always on sale after Christmas. Also look for rolls of solid color paper and stock up on those too! You can use that paper all year long.;) Other “regular” items that have holiday packaging will be also be on clearance … tape, crackers, cookie dough, etc., … take an extra look around the holiday aisles for these items!

Of course, you probably know to stock up for next Christmas so go buy your cards, your decorations, etc all while they are on sale! Remember to look for boxed set gifts that can be used all year long by you or to give as gifts when you pull them out of the holiday box and repackage them in a gift bag!!

As for toys, wait on those. They tend to go on sale the end of January or early February.;)