Thursday, May 15, 2008

FREE STUFF: Friday's Schwaggggggilicious!

[And the winner is Jennifer. Now, I know there were several Jennifers in the comments. The winning Jen is the one who said "Shorts?!? Me?? Are you kidding?!? That skirt is too cute for words! I need that kind of waistband to cover my darling's tushie..." That Jennifer, please email me your stats at crabmommy at gmail dot com and I will send you your labels and skirt. Everyone else, stick around if you want to read more musings of a randomommy and crabacious nature to come this week. Or if you are one of those mom-vultures purely trolling for gratis goods, they happen on weekends, 'kay?]

Gals, it's that time of the week. Some of you are still nursing wounds over having missed out on the hedgehog paraphernalia offered in my last giveaway, but never mind; now's your chance to enter once again for 2 utterly delectable freebies proffered on this here site for your delectation and enjoyment.

First, a word from our sponsors.

No, wait. First, a word from me. My week began with a nice round of free daycare at IKEA, then swung into a desultory, lazy almost-summery mode here in Crabcity. Blossoms are dropping off trees, and unfortunately, people are wearing shorts. I have never been a fan of shorts.

There is never really a very good excuse for shorts when one not engaged in sporting activities. For example, there I am, out in the world and I see a beautiful man on the subway, perhaps, and then I see that he is wearing shorts. And fresh spring legs shouldn't really be seen in shorts. Those pale legs. The flossy leg hair. Not really my thing.

Board shorts in Hawaii, maybe. But otherwise, let's leave the shorts to the kids, shall we? And so I ask you: Please join with me in protest by sharing in a NO SHORTS FRIDAY. It's meant to be 90 degrees here and I promise I won't be wearing shorts. Will you stand in solidarity with me? Will you NOT WEAR SHORTS tomorrow?

But skirts. Skirts are a different story. We all like skirts. Especially sweet little skirts for wee lasses.

And, lucky you, I have a peachy skirt-inclusive giveaway for you this week. It consists of 2 items, both of which one lucky winner will receive. The first is too darling for words and comes from JI Skirts. They're sort of boho-fairy-chic layered cotton skirts with felt waistbands, kind of a tutu-meets-tennis-skirt- meets-sprite-in-the-woods look. Okay, if that's impossible to picture, just look at a dang picture, then:
California mom and designer Carla Duharte said when her twin daughters were little they always complained about itchy elastic around the tummy, so Mom devised these skirts without elastic or zippers, just soft felt in a snug band at the waist. And now a lucky Crabmommy winner will receive a custom designed number for her lucky tot. And if you don't win it, ladies, check out the JI Skirts site regardless. Prices range from $35-50, for a supremely fetching one-of-a-kind skirt so screamingly sassy you might need to crack out some greenbacks and just get one already.

Now let's say you buy this skirt and you want to send little Destiny off to camp in it, because little Destiny really wants to learn how to horse-ride and you really want to get rid of little Destiny for a while. That makes you lucky. But what would make you very lucky is a free pack of off-to-camp clothing labels, perfectly designed so that Destiny''s new skirt will not go missing. Enter our second vendor, Mabel's Labels. These gals are very dang smart because not only do they flog excellent iron-in labels, but they also have these ingenious stick-on labels called Tag-Mates that you can simply stick onto your kiddo's clothes when you shove her off to camp.

Now, as you all know, while Crabmommy often dreams of such things as camp and preschool boarding school, Crabtot isn't at camp-going age yet. Mind you, I got mighty tired of using a Sharpie on Crabtot's water bottle and lunch box last year during preschool (only for it to wash off in the dishwasher). Enter Mabel's most excellent famous sticky labels! They withstand the dishwasher, microwave, and last yonks and yonks. And now I am not going to lie to you: while I do not request free samples from the people whose stuff I use in my giveaways, I don't exactly refuse delivery when they insist on flogging me with their wares. Thus must I come clean: I got my hot little paws on Mabel's Labels and dang it do they ever stick. I can't testify to years of stickiness yet but they look promising. And they are cute. And you can pick colors and a cute little icon to go with the name.

It should be noted that Mabel has labels for basically everything under the sun. If you've got something that needs naming, Mabel will stick it to you.

And thus concludes the promotional part of today's proceedings. Enter by adding a "Me! Me!" or something similarly vacuous into the comments below by Monday noon or thereabouts, PST, or sooner, or later, depending on how I feel. I will select one name randomly and that winner will then have 5 days to contact me and claim her prize. Don't be slack, winner. If you don't get to me, I will give it away.

So that's one person who gets both A custom JI Skirt and a combo pack of Mabels Labels perfect for camp or school. The label pack consists of 15 Sticky Labels, 40 Iron-Ons or 50 Tag-Mates (your choice), 8 Shoe Labels and 2 Bag Tags. Heck, with all those labels, who gives a rip whether the kid enjoys her camp time or not? At least she won't lose her JI Skirt. And that's what counts right here, right now, at Crabmommy.

Have at it. And once again, please remember that anyone can enter, from any country. Unless you are wearing shorts. Or are a Mormon. And especially if you are a Mormon in shorts. If you are wearing shorts while typing your name into the comments, I will be able to tell. So don't chance it.

37 comments:

Lina said...

No shorts for me, especially being 7 mos pregnant with a 2nd daughter! I'm really going to need those labels!

Bunny B said...

Oooohhh... adorable! (I still wish I had won the hedgehog goodies :P)
Thank for the chance, Crabmommy!!
Hope you have a great wkend!!
x

tonypark said...

And you call yourself a (n ex-South African)!

No shorts! How can you say such a thing?

Ag, shame, Crabmommy, shame on you.

South Africa is the last bastion of short shorts and it's where I buy all mine. No namby pampy three-quarter length cargo pants (wearing those, I give you, should be a capital offence) just good old fashioned elastic-waisted short shorts.

I'll give ground on denim (why is it that Namibian men insist on wearing denim hot pants - a germanic thing, perhaps, like sandals and socks?) but in Australia, we still say yes to shorts!

Jennifer said...

I'm a Mormon and I wear shorts daily. I still want to win.

scooby_snax said...

Can we add capri pants to the list... really unattractive, in my view.

laura said...

I'm still in my PJs, which are NOT shorts! Great giveaway, and yes, I was sulking this week after missing out on the hedgehog goodies. (sigh)

Brooke said...

Oh, definitely, me me.

jenarow said...

me, me! But I have to tell you, shorts are very bad. I stopped wearing them after that whole daisy dukes with cowboy boots and don't forget the low cut bodysuit period in college bars when I was younger. I do love the capri thing though. No thighs showing and only shaving up to the knee is very very good for the people who have to look at me!
jenarow@yahoo.com

Marcia said...

I don't wear shorts! so ME ME! haha...

learningmama at yahoo dot com

Laura said...

No shorts here--it's barely 60 degrees out! Would love some swag though!

jennifer said...

oh, capri pants & shorts! don't get me started. there are some things that you just can't unsee.

ok so, i enter these and other fab free stuff things and find my self esteem dashed to the rocks. throw a girl a bone?

Kirsten said...

OK - shorts only to the gym, then back to varicose-covering, attractively baggy warmups!

ME, ME, ME!!!! Love the schwag!

Alexis said...

Me ME!
I just bought the first pair of "shorts" I have owned in years the other day. I put shorts in scare quotes because they hit the knee and are, in my opinion, quite pant-like. And midwestern summers are a lot more humid than those of the west coast. Jeans would just be torture. But skirts are much better, agreed.

Jennifer said...

Shorts?!? Me?? Are you kidding?!?

That skirt is too cute for words! I need that kind of waistband to cover my darling's tushie. I'm so tired of "plumber butt" on an almost 4 year old. Sigh....

Stephny said...

Yeah for kids going to summer camp!

Anna said...

No worries, I'm wearing jeans! If it gets too hot I'm changing into a cotton skirt. Shorts look horrid on me.

momof5girls said...

I have a house full of girls who would fight over who gets the skirt. Hmm, and I'm trying to win it? That's just what we need -- yet another thing to fight about. Daughter #2 leaves her lunch box laying in random places at school at least twice a week, so those labels would come in very handy for us. Please, pick me, pick me!!! :)

cathbuzz said...

I don't wear shorts, and the Mormons won't have me.

I can't get my damned google id to log me in, but i'm also cathbuzz on offsprung.

julie said...

no shorts for me...and Mormoms have something written about me somewhere......Love Mabels Labels and the skirt is divoon...remember Grease...anyway pick me pick me!
3beez at bellsouth dot net

Natalie'sMom said...

Hallelujah! I hate shorts! Thank God capri pants are still in fashion (if they're not, no one tell me, please!)

T said...

No shorts here. It's about 50 degrees and raining. I even have sweatshirt on.

sorting-laundry said...

add me to the list of "gimme, gimme's"

thanks.

-k

kelly said...

oh! i could use a good win. last time i won something was i think 20 years ago. but i do plan on winning $190 million in the nj lottery in about an hour. in which case i'll have to pick up something for YOU crabmommy!
have a great weekend!

mamawho said...

I mostly wear skirts, but I do own shorts and I am related to a handful of Mormons. Am I disqualified?

Melissa said...

Shudder...shorts. I broke down and wore some when I was 8 months pregnant in Los Angeles, because I figured it was easier to bare my legs then go molten. But I'm a jeans girl normally, even in the hottest of conditions.

sugarandsnails said...

Ooh those skirts are so cute! ME! ME!

And I'm wearing a dress, I swear. No shorts for me.

SweetParadise said...

ME! ME!

Allie Schultheis McCarty said...

wow. i am soooo not into shorts. pick me! -Allie

allie@bendow.com

Did You Know? said...

very nice short.. i love the design..

Kari said...

Pick me, that is sooo cute. My little tomboy-girly girl would want to wear it while growling like a monster with her brothers!!

Laura@Storytellin' Mama said...

We are gearing up for the 40+ days over 100 here in the Sonoran desert. I believe whole heartedly in skirts and dresses all summer long! The kind in the wrinkle free material that stretches and flatters. No shorts here, well not very many. Maybe once in a while with so many days over 100! The skirt and labels- so cool.
Me,Me! Pretty Please!

bethany said...

That skirt is to die for!! I love it! Thanks!

Chicken Julie said...

ohhh... labels. i do love labels.

Kim White said...

Pick me, pick me, oh PLEASE pick me! Those labels look a lot more promising than the scotch tape I've been using on my girl's bottles!

BTW, does anyone have a recommendation (or three) on the best way to remove the gummy residue that remains long after the actual tape has been taken off above-mentioned bottles? I'm stumped...

Rivster said...

Mabel's Labels are the best!!! We use them on EVERYTHING and it suddenly occured to me that I need some for MY STUFF. Maybe that way my 4-going-on-15 year old daughter will stay out of my makeup, jewelry, etc.

Lotion and a cold butter knife has worked for me in the past with the tape residue :)

Mary Anna said...

I love, love, LOVE Mabel's Labels and give them as shower gifts. I can attest to their years of stickiness. My first is 3, and I've been using them most of his life. They're still sticking on stuff! And, they go in the dishwasher and microwave beautifully.

And, I agree - no shorts! I bought my first pair in years last night, and they are awful! I'd rather wear a cropped pant anyday!

Anonymous said...

Please pick me! My daughter and I love skirts - although I usually wear shorts & capris (sorry). I can't be bothered worrying about not flashing everyone.