Saturday, October 22, 2011

Homemade Body Care and a Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed.
Honey Tangerine Lip Balm in Team Carlson tins.

I started planning my holiday gifts quite early this year because I wanted to make vanilla extract, which has to sit for a couple months before it is useable.  When I purchased the bottles for that, I wanted to maximize the bang for my shipping buck and purchase some containers for other holiday gifts.  I flipped through Organic Body Care Recipes with some family members in mind and decided to make a hand salve and a lip balm. 

Of course, whenever I'm doing some hippy, crafty, quite-possibly-going-to-fail project I think of my blog and how funny it will be for everyone to laugh at  with me if I fail, or how helpful it might be if I'm actually successful.  And I was going to attempt recipes I hadn't tried before, plus making some sort of label (this is my first use of Mod Podge ever!  I am pleased! - and they aren't actually completely finished in the picture.  They look great!).  Failure was totally an option.

In any case, I was thinking about what I would tell everyone about this project.  It didn't seem right to give away loads of Stephanie Tourles' recipes from this book by posting them on the blog (actually, it's probably a violation of copyright laws).  Plus I had found the book valuable in its explanation of how our various external "beautified" body parts function (like exactly how it is that our diet and health impact our hair and nails) as well as how each ingredient was produced and how they contributed to healthy skin, nails, and hair.  It is a satisfying book in telling me "why" rather than just "how-to."

Alli won the giveaway with her comment "And I already like your page!"
The Giveaway
I contacted Stephanie Tourles, and she has agreed to giveaway an autographed copy of Organic Body Care Recipes to one reader of my blog!

This is my first time doing a giveaway, and I feel really good about it being something that I solicited rather than something I am being compensated for.  I was not given a copy of this book to review (I reviewed it months ago and then actually purchased a copy for myself), and I'm not entirely sure that this giveaway is going to benefit me in any way except potentially more readers...and we'll see if that has any benefit for me, either.  (I will have to write a separate post about my mixed feelings about a larger readership, and about monetizing my blog in any way.  I'd love some input!)  I simply appreciated this book and wanted to share it with my readers!

So.  Would you like to own a clean, crisp, autographed, information-filled copy of Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles?  If so, here's how to enter!

Giveaway starts:  Saturday, October 22, 2011
Giveaway ends:  Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 9PM Eastern Time
  • This giveaway is only open to U.S. addresses.
To enter:  Leave a comment below telling me the body care item you most want to replace with a recipe from this book (this one is mandatory).  For a second entry, like Contentedly Crunchy's Facebook page and leave a separate comment telling me that you have done that.  The winner will be chosen randomly (using and announced Saturday, October 29th. 

Some fine print:  I reserve the right to delete any comments that are offensive or fraudulent, hence removing that entry's eligibility.  You must include a working email address so I can contact you if you win the giveaway.  I will give the winner 24 hours to claim the book by sending me their mailing address (which I will forward to Stephanie Tourles, as she is shipping the book directly).  If it has not been claimed after 24 hours, I will pick a new winner and contact them.
And about those labels
The owl shield on my lip balm labels is our current family logo.  On our wedding day, The Beast and I kept joking every time we dealt with a little snafu by saying "Go Team Carlson!"  (Incidentally, there are now enough things linked to this blog that include my last name that I am not even trying to keep it off the blog anymore.  "Carlson."  There you go.)  For our first anniversary, I had Team Carlson shirts made, and it is now a tradition to get some sort of fan gear for the whole family on our anniversary.  We have t-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, and hoodies.  For our fifth anniversary, I had a logo designed and had it put on a yard sign that proudly sits in our yard.  So that's the logo that is on the homemade stuff I'm giving as gifts. 
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