Sunday, March 28, 2010

Handful Bra Giveaway

Not only is it adorable but thanks to its deep-yet-not-porno-cleavage V, it makes feeding the Jelly Bean a snap which is saying a lot as traditional sports bras are ridiculously hard to breastfeed in and maintain any semblance of modesty. Bonus: it comes with removable pads that work great to catch leaks now and will offer much needed support when the girls need fluffing up after I've weaned the Jelly bean. My only complaint is that it doesn't come in more colors because I'm already ordering another one. Any of my sisters want to try out a Handful? (And no, you don't have to be a nursing mom to appreciate this!) Handful is offering a free bra to one GFE reader. To enter, leave me a comment on THIS post telling me which color you would pick!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I Live a Dirty Life ($200 Giveaway!)

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Arm & Hammer.

"Mom, why can't we have a dog?" My son begged.

I gave my standard answer. "Because between you, your two brothers and sister, I already have enough butts to clean up after."

"But mom," he beamed as if he'd solved cold fusion, "dogs totally lick their own butts!" It will speak to his faultless reasoning skills, or my exhaustion, that I actually considered it for a moment before remembering this is the same child who suggested I buy a box of cereal because "it only has 6 pounds of sugar in it."

Butt wiping aside, the mess promulgated by 4 tiny kids is astounding - it's like living in a frat house: underwear on the table, food on the floor and enough pee on the bathroom walls you'd think we'd have just installed wall-to-wall urinals and been done with it. Thankfully they're short so the pee stays below shoulder level. But by far their most high maintenance habit - after their 2,000 piece Lego minefield - is the amount of laundry they generate. So when Arm and Hammer asked if I'd try out their new stain fighting gel detergent I knew I'd have plenty to test it out on. They were particularly interested in seeing if their stain-fighting powers were up to my family's love of the great outdoors.

See, we're a sporty bunch (they get that from their father) but we're also a klutzy bunch (they get that from their mother, along with sneezing in bright sunlight and a deep love of musical theater) so there isn't an item of clothing they own that hasn't been marred by dirt, grass, blood, mud, bug juice and, yes, poo. Take for instance last Saturday, the first beautiful spring day we've had. This is the result of an afternoon outdoors:


His older brother insisted on wearing his nice white dress shirt (Why not? I'm sure I'll have time to clean it before his next State Dinner.) to deleterious results:

But my favorite stain of the day is this one:

See the streak up the back? That's from running so fast through the puddles that it got him coming and going. My child needs MUD FLAPS.

Of course the socks were coated in filth:

Even the baby got in on the action by soiling 5 burp cloths, 7 bibs and one washrag. See, sometimes she manages to barf other places than in my hair or down my cleavage! In one day:

But - and here's where my mother-of-the-year badge loses some of its nickel-plated shine - what I really cared about was how this fancy laundry detergent cleaned my clothes. You all know what a sweaty betty I am and the number 1 reason I have to get rid of my cute workout tops is because I pit them out. What that means is that I sweat so much I stain the pits that nasty yellow cruddy color to the point of embarrassment:

See, I love this shirt but it's from the Venus Williams line for the now-defunct Steve & Barry's. Which means it's pretty much a limited edition, albeit a limited edition that cost me two dollars. When these pits give out - and you can already see the yellow creeping up into the unacceptable zone (i.e. the place where you can see it when my arms aren't lifted) - I can't replace it. Same goes with this awesome-from-Target t-shirt:

All of you who lived through the '80's know what the front says, right?? It's accompanied by my sweat towel which the Gym Buddies and I used to do P90X towel pull-ups, mop up a water bottle spill on the weight floor and wipe my face. Not in that order.

So that was the challenge. Five loads of laundry later... success on all stain fronts! There wasn't a single item of clothing that didn't come out pristine - even the socks. As for my nasty pit stains, while they weren't completely removed they did seem lighter so at least Venus and I can have a few more months of good sweaty times together. I'm sure she's as stoked about that as I am. Unexpected bonus: The Arm & Hammer gel has no phosphates and is entirely biodegradable! It also smells yummy - every time I pick up the Jelly Bean I have to give her a good truffle-hunting snort.

Want to try out some detergent of your own? Well first you need to get outside and make some stains! And Arm & Hammer wants to help you out in all your healthy living pursuits by giving one reader of this blog a $200 Visa gift card! That would buy a lot of detergent. Or Venus Williams workout tees. Or whatever you want, really! All you need to do is leave me a comment telling me your number one outdoor-related laundry woe. Are your pits yellowed like mine? Are your fave running tights stained where you ate it on your last trail run? Does your tank top smell like poo too??

For 7 more chances to win a $200 Visa gift card, check out the other reviews at special offers page

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Dick's Sporting Goods $50 Giftcard Giveaway

Dick's Sporting Goods is looking for fit-minded folk to be on its Starting Lineup Panel. This group gets to try out new fitness stuff. To be eligible to win the $50 gift card:

1. Send a tweet to @dickssportcmo with my Twitter name @CharlotteGFE telling them why you think I should be chosen. (sample tweet: @dickssportcmo I nominate @CharlotteGFE for the #startinglineup because she can't keep going to the gym panstless" - feel free to copy and paste that!) Leave me a comment on my original post simply saying "I Tweeted!" for one entry.

2. For a second entry, leave me a comment on my original post telling me what you would spend the $50 on. (example: I want skirtapris too so I can be just like Charlotte!)

3. For a third entry, tweet the link to my giveaway post or post the link on your blog! (Make sure and leave me a comment on the original post telling me you've done it!)

This contest will run for 1 week. The winner will be announced Monday March 17th!

PS> If you want to run for the Starting Lineup too, I'll totally vote for you as well! Yes, I realize that decreases my chances of getting on but I'm all about sharing the love with you guys:)