When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Who wants some lovely soap? (Giveaway: From the Blue House With Love)

I'm pretty sure I heard a collective groan (or was that inconsolable wailing?) from all across the province when Environment Canada announced recently that there is no end in sight to the cold winter temperatures we've been experiencing in this part of the world.  As if January and February haven't been brutal enough, March is expected to be colder than normal, too. Everywhere I go I see sad, disgruntled looking faces and hear people complaining about how they can't possibly endure one more day of shovelling, of coaxing uncooperative kids into snowpants, of indoor recess, of trying to navigate around the ice mountains piled up on streets and in parking lots everywhere when driving around town.  It is honestly beginning to feel as though this winter will never, ever be over.

I can't do anything about the weather, unfortunately, but I might be able to do something to make you smile during these last few days of February.  I've teamed up with Jenn of From the Blue House With Love to offer you a chance to win a sweet prize.


Jenn is a mom to two boys, a fellow blogger, and an entrepreneur who has turned her passion for making handcrafted, all-natural soaps and other body care products into a lively business.  She lovingly creates her good clean soaps, along with luxurious bath soaks, lotions, and body butters, in her "soap cave" at her home (a converted old blue barn just outside of Creemore, Ontario), using only safe and gentle ingredients.  Jenn's soaps are a favourite body care product for my family; we've tried many of her wonderful, naturally scented bars and fun kid soaps over the past couple of years, and they all leave our sensitive skin happily clean and soft.

Jenn is kindly offering one lucky reader a $30 gift certificate to use towards From the Blue House With Love products and shipping. You can enter this giveaway in two ways:

1.  Browse through Jenn's soap and body care products on her website, and then leave me a comment here or on my Facebook page telling me which one(s) you'd most like to try.


2.  Head over to From the Blue House With Love's Facebook page and "Like" it, then leave me a comment here or on my Facebook page letting me know you did.

If you do both 1. and 2., your name will be entered twice in the random draw for the gift certificate.

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, and closes at 7:00 pm EST this Sunday, March 2nd. Check back here on Sunday evening to find out the name of the winner!

Jenn is also providing all of my readers with a special discount of 15% off her products, valid from now through to March 7th. To receive this offer, simply enter the code "pocketfuls15" on the From the Blue House With Love checkout page when you place your order.

Winter may not be over yet, but try to keep your chin up!  Jenn's lovely soaps, lotions, and body butters will help your skin be happy until it can feel the warm sunshine on it once again.

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***


*You can also find Jenn and her handcrafted soaps at the One Of A Kind Spring Show in Toronto (Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place) from March 26th-30th.  She'll be in the little blue house in the "rising stars" section.   

24 comments:

  1. kristenmduncan@hotmail.comFebruary 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Thank you for sharing this? I love natural products for myself and my daughters. These will be great to try and I love to support local moms. I think the Shave soap would be great for Father's Day and I would definitely pick the Happy Hippie and Fruit Salad for me!

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    1. You're welcome, Kristen! The fruit salad soap is the one I want to try next, too. :) Good luck to you!

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  2. i visited Blue House With Love's facebook page and "Like" it

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    1. All superheroes need a good soak at the end of the day. :) Good luck, Jessica!

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  4. I'd like to try any of the soaps but the Cocomint looks amazing!

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    1. I've tried the cocomint and it seriously smells good enough to eat! :) Good luck, Erin.

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  5. Beer soap is what I'ld like to try! Might finally convince my husband to make the switch to non-toxic products. I was convinced a couple of years ago after reading "There's Lead in Your Lipstick"!

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    1. That was the same book that convinced me to seek out all-natural body care products. (And I bought the beer soap for my dad! :) ) Good luck to you, Yolanda!

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  6. Java Mint sounds really great for waking you up in the morning.

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    1. That one is my husband's favourite. :) Thanks for stopping by, SS Summer, and good luck!

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    1. The chai soap is the one I love most of all -- it smells so, so good! Good luck, niamh!

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  8. I like Jens fb pg. And id love to try any of her fabulous natural soaps.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! If you see this reply, Anonymous, please leave me a contact name so I can identify you if you win. :) Good luck!

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  9. Oh man...they all look so good but I am a mint/chocolate girl so Cocoamint sounds like a good pick.

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    1. You can never go wrong with mint/chocolate! ;) Good luck, Jen!

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  10. I would like to try the cocoamint soap. and the baby blocks!
    I also liked Jenn's facebook page.

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    1. I think the baby blocks are such a great idea! Good luck to you, Meg. :)

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  11. I'd love to try the happy hippie soap. The scent sounds divine!

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    1. A soap with "happy" in its name has got to be a good thing, right? :) Good luck, Mary -- thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Becca would LOVE the beer shave soap since it A) sounds super neat and B) Creemore is one of my favorite beer to drink. The solid body lotion sounds amazing, and I think the happy soap sounds wonderful!

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