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This year I’ll celebrate the second mother’s day since my son was born. While my son could say mama last year I’m not sure that he truly knew what the word meant. At eighteen months he now uses that word more times than I can count. Mama means everything from ‘help mama’ to ‘open mama’ to ‘more food mama.’ My grandmother always referred to her own mother as mama and if my son favors that word over mommy I’ll certainly let it stick.
Motherhood has been an amazing transition and experience for me. While it has been difficult at times it is more rewarding than I ever could have imagined it would be.
As my son grows up I hope he will come to understand that time is an incredible gift and that the greatest gift is simply spending time together as a family. Enjoying his company is more valuable than anything he could place in a box or wrap with a bow.
Of course all kids still want to buy their mother’s gifts and of course many grown up children feel the need to buy beautiful trinkets to show their mother’s how much they care. I know my mother would be disappointed if I didn’t bring at least one small gift to celebrate her big day.
This year I plan to search for her unique gift from NOVICA. The website is filled with hand crafted items made by artisans all around the world. I can literally spend hours searching the website and typically wind up buying at least one or two things for the people I love. Last year I purchased two necklaces, a pair of earrings, a comfy hammock swing and two beautiful handmade belts. This year I purchased three necklaces and a pair of earrings.
The fine folks at NOVICA would like to help one reader buy a perfect gift for their mom. Entry is simple, just leave a comment below telling me how you plan to celebrate mother’s day or what you plan to buy your mom. You will be entered to win a $50 gift code to NOVICA.
One winner will be randomly selected on Sunday, May 12th. Good luck!
Based on the sheer volume of people searching for stocking stuffer suggestions I know that many of you are stumped for Christmas ideas this season. Do you feel like you buy the same things for people year after year? Do you want to find something unique? Are you interested in hand crafted items rather than items sold by big box stores? Are you in need of a little help when it comes to finding the perfect gift?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above you might want to check out the new gift finder tool at NOVICA.
NOVICA provides talented artisans around the world a place to express their talents and provide access to the world market. They sell a huge range of unique, hand crafted items including belts, women’s hats, women’s accessories, dresses and jewelry.
I turn to NOVICA whenever I’m searching for unique gifts. I usually buy one or two things for the people on my list and then find a few things I want for myself. In the past year alone I purchased two necklaces, a pair of earrings, a comfy hammock swing and two beautiful handmade belts.
I can spend hours searching the NOVICA website, so I was intrigued by the new gift finder. You can search for broad categories such as romantic gifts for her, gifts for him, gifts by personality, spiritual gifts and unique gifts. One of these categories is sure to help you find the perfect gift for someone you love.
The fine folks at NOVICA would like to help one reader check a name off their Christmas list. Use NOVICA’s gift finder to find a gift for someone you love. Leave a comment with a link to that item and you will be entered to win a $75 gift certificate to NOVICA.
One winner will be randomly selected on Monday, December 10th. Good luck!
It seems the very last entry won this contest. Congatulations: Alice B. An email is on it’s way. Please respond within 48 hours.
Ten years ago I began a gift journal. At it’s very core the journal includes every item I’ve received over the past decade. I write down the name of the person who provided the gift and the item I received. I started the journal for two reasons. First, it was an excellent way to keep track of the thank you notes I needed to write. I kept a little area in the left hand margin where I could write a check mark when notes were complete. Second, it helped me feel grateful and thankful for everything I received.
In the blur of opening birthday or Christmas presents it’s easy to lose track of what you receive and who gave it to you. We often head to the beach on the day after Christmas so Christmas night becomes a blur of washing, folding and packing away all of the items we received. One night after putting everything away I could barely remember what we’d gotten. That very night I started my gift journal as an extension of my gratitude journal.
I now maintain two journals. One includes a list of all of the things my family receives and one contains a list of all of the gifts I’ve purchased for others. The mere act of writing things down helps me think more creatively about my purchases and ensures that I spend a little extra time and energy purchasing gifts for the people I love. Plus reading through a decade’s worth of gifts make me feel grateful for all that I have received and even more blessed for all that I have given.
Every time a birthday or special occasion looms on the calendar I review my past purchases. This helps ensure that I purchase unique gifts year after year. It also makes me realize that I am in need of a few unique ideas.
That’s where NOVICA comes in. NOVICA works with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their talents and provide access to the world market. They sell a huge range of unique, hand crafted items including belts, women’s hats, women’s accessories from India, knee length dresses and modern and abstract bracelets.
I’ve bought a number of gifts from NOVICA including beautiful flowered necklaces and pearl drop earrings. Here is one I absolutely love:
If you find an artist who’s work you enjoy you can add them to your list of favorites, search for their creations or even sign up for an RSS feed so you can receive alerts when they create something new. I personally love the work of Busarin. Three of the four items I bought from NOVICA were designed by her.
If you’d like to win a $50 gift certificate to NOVICA feel free to enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter entry system below. One lucky winner will be selected on Monday, August 13th.
The winner of this prize has been selected and notified.
One of these days I plan to create the essential baby list for new moms. When I created my baby registry I read the reviews on Amazon and asked a lot of friends and family members for advice, but now that my son is three months old I have a much better idea of what I really needed and what products I could not live without.
One of the items I bought before my son arrived was a HUGE box of disposable nursing pads. I wasn’t particularly happy with this purchase, because it wasn’t the best choice for the environment, but I really wasn’t sure which alternatives would work as well.
It took my son a little while to master the art of latching on. Actually, he took to one side without any problem, but had the darnedest time getting used to the other. One side was always a lot more sore and a lot more leaky than the other.
So I pulled out that big old box of disposable nursing pads and nearly cried the first day I tried to use them. The glue wasn’t sticky enough to keep them in place, they didn’t seem to absorb much liquid and they were unbelievably scratchy and painful to wear.
I tried to use those awful pads for a full week before giving up on them completely. Without knowing where to turn I resorted to stuffing my bra with burp cloths which were much softer and more absorbent, but made my chest look all lumpy and thick under my clothes.
Finally I turned to the power of the Internet and came across Bamboobies®. Bamboobies® nursing pads are unbelievably soft and absorbent. I bought the regular and overnight pads, but the overnight ones were definitely my favorite in the first weeks and months of nursing. They are extra thick and large, which helps them stay in place and cover all of the necessary areas without slipping off while you’re sleeping. Also, because they are made of bamboo they don’t get the ‘cold and clammy’ feeling of wet cotton.
I can’t say enough good things about these products. I love them so much that I just bought a few packs of them for two up and coming baby showers. I think they are a must have for any breast feeding mother.
One lucky One Frugal Girl reader will win a $16.99 credit to Bamboobies® to purchase their own set of nursing pads. If you don’t need nursing pads the credit can be applied to any one of the other product on their site, which includes swaddle blankets, baby carriers, nursing covers and more.
To enter check out Bamboobies® online and leave a comment letting me know which product you’d purchase with the $16.99 credit. You must complete this entry to be entered.
You can earn additional entries by performing any of the following:
- Liking Bamboobies® on Facebook
- Following Bamboobies® on Twitter
- Subscribing to One Frugal Girl
- Following One Frugal Girl on Twitter
As strange as it sounds I like to wash the laundry. Well I’m not sure I like the act of dragging clothes into the basement, running them through the washer, hanging them to dry, fluffing them two days later and dragging them back up to our bedroom and linen closets, but I do like when all of the laundry is cleaned, folded and put away.
You can also try to win a $100 American Express Gift Card by voting for your favorite superhero. There will be ten (10) $100 Winners. Vote using this link: www.facebook.com/WooliteUS, You may have to ‘like’ them before you can gain access to the contest.
Now for the fun part… I have a giveaway of my own. If you leave a comment on this post you can enter to win the ‘Wear it Well” Woolite prize pack, which includes the following:
- The Full Woolite Product Suite (Woolite Extra Delicates Care, Woolite Complete, and Woolite Extra Dark Care)
- Lingerie Bag
- Cute, But Heavy Duty Laundry Tote
- Hanging Drying Rack (for your intimates)
- Handheld Clothing Steamer
This contest is now closed. Winners have been notified.
I am a HUGE Groupon fan! While I purchase deals at a variety of other collective buying sites, Groupon is by far my favorite. The best part about Groupon is the $10 referral you earn when new members sign up and purchase a Groupon using your referral link. If you aren’t familiar with the site click here to check it out and sign up. If you are familiar with Groupon and want the chance to win one of over 80 Groupon gift cards click here. Real Simple is hosting a Groupon giveaway I’d love to win!
Yesterday I wrote a review of The Club No One Wanted to Join – Madoff Victims In Their Own Words. I really enjoyed reading this book and plan to write about other tidbits I learned from it’s pages later this week.
If you’d like to win a copy of this book for yourself please review yesterday’s post and leave a comment on this post or my previous one discussing a similar experience with loss. I’ll pick one lucky, One Frugal Girl reader from the comments.
If you haven’t entered my giveaway yet, pop over and leave a few comments. The contest will end exactly at midnight tonight. This is the biggest giveaway I’ve ever hosted and I’m super excited! Good luck!
The Tea Collection has kindly offered one, lucky One Frugal Girl reader the chance to win a $100 credit to their online store. If you aren’t familiar with the company, (I wasn’t before today), they offer beautiful children’s clothing inspired by the beauty found in cultures around the world. If you’d like to learn more about this company or if you’d like to enter this giveaway please click here.
Just for kicks I decided to enter the Rayovac Powers Your Summer Promotion giveaway. I don’t normally post about contests on my site, although I do enter them often, but I figured this one might just be worth a shot. Apparently the first 99 bloggers to promote the Rayovac Powers Your Summer Promotion will win a prize package from Rayovac. That package includes a $50 gift card to Walmart and $35 worth of Rayovac batteries. So here’s my post. I sure hope I’m one of the first 99.
Twitter fans can attempt to win one of 20 fun giveaways from Rayovac ranging from a summer supply of Rayovac batteries to $50 Target gift cards. See details below:
Rayovac Powers Your Vacation Summer Promotion Twitter Event
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. CST
Follow: @Rayovac_Battery, @5minutesformom, @CirclePRMary
You can also win prizes by answering the daily Rayovac Powers Your Summer question. The giveaways run now through July 20th. Prizes range from cameras and bikes to camping supplies and a summer supply of Rayovac batteries. There are no trick questions and no specific answers, just fill out the form and submit.
* The first 99 bloggers to promote the Rayovac Powers Your Summer Twitter Event won a prize package from Rayovac (I may be one of them!)