Since we seem to have had a very cool summer, early fall, and generally cooler temperatures – the cold and flu season in Omaha has been chugging away like nobody’s business. My sweet little two year old son has been a snot-producing machine for a whole month now. A whole month. Luckily, the last week it has just been trickling out of his nose, but the last few weeks of September had my little guy experiencing a sinus infection and then a cold back-to-back. This left him running from anyone holding a tissue. Seriously. He’d see the tissue and cry and run away as fast as he could and not stop moving until you surrendered. This was just after a week!!! I was feeling pretty helpless and wishing I could buy some super-soft bamboo hankies. Feeling like I had found the perfect solution in the world, I set out to find them on Google. Nothing. Eureka! Etsy Alchemy. I love Etsy Alchemy. If you don’t know what it is, it’s really just a market for buyers to say what they want made specifically for them, and sellers to bid on it for the chance to get your business. I put out my bid for these bamboo hankies and out of everyone’s responses, I thought Love For Earth seemed like the right fit for me. Instead of sticking with cotton or jersey, as most others had suggested, she was very sweet and helpful – and open to getting that bamboo as soft as possible for O’s nose.
Love For Earth (Kara) sent me 30 super-soft 10×12 bamboo hankies. Most places that sell handkerchiefs sold one so I’d have to put in 30 orders. Seriously, if you’re buying hankies for a kid you need lots of them, one won’t do anybody any good!!! I’m not even joking when I say that right when O felt these on his nose, he stopped running away from me and stood there waiting for me to get all the snot! His red nose went away in a day and I’m saving tons of waste from not using near as many tissues. These are thicker and larger than tissues so they last longer and I don’t go through them near as fast as I thought. They wash up easily- I wash them on hot to get the germs off. I’m not too sure why nobody makes these yet, but I’m hoping Love For Earth will start selling these in different colors and hopefully moms will find her and save their children’s noses (and the earth at the same time:)
Kara also sent me a couple of cloth napkins to try out which have been fantastic. That’s another thing we go through like mad: napkins – cleaning up my son’s face after every meal and snack gets wasteful as well. Another great product that I think pertains very nicely to this blog is her reusable Produce Bags – they’re pretty and featured in Food and Wine Magazine !!! How cool is that? I’d buy some but my produce bags stay in the kitchen and become poopy diaper bags. We go through them pretty fast. When diaper days are over I will definitely purchase some of these to save waste!
Onto the GIVEAWAY! Love For Earth has generously provided a $25 merchandise credit to her shop! You can pick whatever the heck you want! Even though the hankies are not in her store, she is willing to make them for you if that’s the item you’d most like. How to enter?
- Visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7364641&page=2
- Comment below and tell me what your favorite item is in her shop.
- For more chances, you may twitter or facebook this giveaway and make another comment to let me know you did it!
- Winner will be picked Tuesday, October 20th at 12:00CST via random.org
- Case closed! Random.org picked 6, congratulations Skinny Plate!