winner! our barely native soap giveaway

So many great scents, so many amazing memories, but the Shelterrific team agrees: this comment by Krista really got to us. It’s not only a wonderful smell, it’s a great memory. Congratulations, Krista — you win the year of free soaps from Barely Native!

Here’s Krista’s winning comment:

My favorite scent is tomatoes on the vine. It reminds me of my childhood. I grew up in Southwest Detroit and although we must have been surrounded by violence all I can recall is love. My whole family lived in the same neighborhood and one of my very favorite things was to pick cucumbers and tomatoes with my Mamaw and Papaw. Mamaw always knew they were ready by smelling the vines. We would wash them in the garden and eat them, still warm from the sun, with salt and basil. Papaw has since passed away and everyone has moved to their own areas of Michigan to escape Detroit’s devastation. It hurts me to visit the city, to see what it’s turned into now, but I realize that the houses didn’t make it home. I moved to New York City about 4 months ago and have experienced more than a few pangs of homesickness but all I have to do is go to the market and hold my nose up to the fruit to feel close to home again.

The contest inspired us to talk about our favorite scents. Mine is the smell of an approaching summer thunderstorm — I’m hoping to get one when I travel back to Ohio next week. (We may get a lot of rain in Seattle, but it never smells the way it did in the Midwest.) Paola T. says that one of hers is “the indescribable scent of hot pine trees — reminds me of so many vacations in Italy and Greece. It is the scent of happiness.”

Feel free to share more of your scent memories here. And many thanks again to Barely Native — be sure to check out the wonderful, affordable selection of organic, all-natural soaps. Lots of amazing scents (Citrus Spice, Caribbean Lavender, Peppermint Leaf…) to be sure. –Mary T.

contest! win a year of barely native organic soaps

Our new contest is compliments of our friends at Barely Native, purveyors of soap products made with organic herbs and essential oils to leave skin feeling clean and moisturized. Barely Native is generously offering one lucky reader an entire YEAR of their non-toxic, cruelty-free soaps with a free membership in the Soap of the Month Club — a $100 value. We kind of wish we could enter this one!

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win: Tell us what scent evokes a pleasant memory for you, and tell us about that memory, in a comment on this post. Leave your comment between now and Tuesday, May 12, 5 p.m. EST. When comments close, the Shelterrific team will read them all and choose the one we think is the winner. That’s right — no random number generator this time. Instead, we’ll be selecting a winner based on our favorite comment! So think before you post! Be sure to leave a working email address. We can’t wait to read your comments!

Thanks so much to Brian and his team at Barely Native for making this giveaway possible.

P.S. We’ll announce the winners of the previous Small Garden Contest next week.

giveaway! seventh generation goodies for earth day

Clean the house without harming the Earth! These Seventh Generation products make it easy — Natural Shower Cleaner, All Purpose Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Tub and Tile Cleaner, Glass and Surface Cleaner, and Paper Towels, all non-toxic and made from recycled and renewable resources. Also included: Naturally Clean: The Seventh Generation Guide to Safe & Heatlhy, Non Toxic Cleaning, a useful textbook to keeping your home free of yucky things like mold and mildew while staying eco-safe. And now you can try all of them free, if you win a gift bag exclusively for our readers from Seventh Generation. You’ll get one of everything listed here. What an exciting giveaway!

So tell us — do you have plans for Earth Day, April 22? Let us know in comments for your chance to win. Be sure to enter a working email address, and remember — one comment per person, please. (We had to weed out some extras last time.) If you’ve already won a giveaway in April or March, please sit this one out. We promise more giveaways to come. Comments close Tuesday, April 21 at 5 p.m. EST. Thanks, Seventh Generation! Click to enter and to learn more about these green products. (more…)

mrs. meyer’s spring cleaning kits: we have winners!


Thanks to everyone who entered to win a Snap Pea Spring Cleaning Kit from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. Congrats to our lucky winners: eliz, cevec, Tammi, rachel, and Diana Lee. And now we’re off to freshen our homes for spring with fresh flowers, open windows, and of course, sweet-smelling products from Mrs. Meyer’s! (Here’s a hint: you can get 20% off any Geranium-scented product if you shop now.)