CSN $30 Giveaway


When it comes to home decor it is important to have a tv stand that blends in with the decor rather than being a distraction from the personality of your home.  I recently went window shopping at CSN to take a look at their LCD tv stands options.  With that being said, outdoor decor is just as important as inside now that nice weather has arrived and let's not forget about entertaining. CSNstores has just about anything you could need at great prices.  From grilling to patio sets, CSNstores has just what you are looking for! Choices, Choices, Choices... ~To set the mood and be environmentally friendly~ Smart Solar Glass Mosaic Solar Tea light   ~To entertain with outdoor cooking~ non-stick rectangular compartment basket ~To entertain our feathered friends with a modern twist Garden Gate Taper Bird Feeder   Thanks to CSN one lucky reader will win $30 to be used at CSN Mandatory Entry: Comment below on why you would like to win? Additional … [Read more...]

Purex Complete with Zout Giveaway {2 winners}


A while back I raved about Purex Complete with Zout (read the review here), so now it is your turn to test it out! ~Thanks to Purex 2 lucky winners will receive a coupon for a full size bottle of Purex Complete with Zout~ Mandatory Entry: Comment below with what the dreaded stain(s) are in your home? Additional Entries: ~follow my blog ~subscribe by email ~"like" Great Contradictions on facebook ~follow me on twitter ~Tweet this giveaway (1 entry daily): enter to #win Purex Complete with Zout from @hippie_mom http://ow.ly/4J3VB Please note:  open to us only.  All entries must be received by May 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm (central time).  For each entry, please leave a separate comment.  Giveaway is made possible as a part of Purex Insiders. … [Read more...]

Purex Crystals Giveaway


Fabric softener is one of those household items that I intend to use, but don't. I usually buy a box of the sheets then forget to put them in the dryer since I am usually in a hurry when it comes to dryer time. About Purex Crystals UNIQUE CRYSTAL FORM, 92% NATURAL FABRIC SOFTENERIntroducing Purex® Complete Crystals SoftenerTM*; a purer way to get laundry that smells clean and fresh for weeks. 92% natural, this product’s unique crystal form worksdifferently than traditional oil-based softeners that coat fabrics with oily residue, because it infuses fibers with long-lasting fragrance. In addition, since you add it directly with your laundry, this means no more waiting for the rinse cycle, no messy residual gunk in your washing machine, and no more stains from spilling liquid fabric softener. Scents available: Spring Waters, Lavender Blossom, and Tropical Splash.  They are available at most mass retailers. Reaction: While I enjoy using fabric softener, I figured this would be … [Read more...]

Heart of Haiti “Woman who has helped me” {Mother’s Day}


In our lifetime, we come across so many amazing people who help us along the way whether they know it or not.  As a part of the Heart of Haiti promotion, I am going to tell you a woman who has helped me. I'm not certain I can narrow this down to one woman, but it was a group of them that didn't know they were helping me at the time. When I was in college I was in an abusive relationship that ended with me insecure, physically/emotionally injured, and jobless.   I ended up joining a group SART (sexual assault response team), which lead to me getting a job working at the local Crisis Resource Center (aka safehouse, counseling, etc... for abused individuals).  When a name says it all and you feel like no one is on your side, you just pick yourself up and move on.  Trust me I know that is easier said than done, but closure didn't really seem like it was in the cards for me.  I was in denial for a long time, but I embraced the opportunity to help those in situations similar to mine (or help … [Read more...]

Prefense Hand Sanitizer Review & Giveaway


I used to keep a bottle of Bath & Body works hand sanitizer in the diaper bag at all time. However, since the rumor is there's contains wheat germ oil and they would never answer whether they are gluten free that ship has sailed (read here for that story).  There are a lot of hand sanitizer options, but many smell like alcohol with maybe a hint of scent (maybe). Prefense shows that it does not have to smell like alcohol or contaminate us with gluten. About Prefense • No alcohol! Prefense is made of all-natural ingredients and has absolutely NO alcohol in it! • Our technology protects you for 24 hours or 10 hand washings! • Prefense is non-toxic and safe for kids! It will not hurt you if swallowed! • Prefense is silica based which means it doesn’t dry out your hands like traditional alcohol sanitizers. It actually smooths and softens your hands. You can totally see this when you apply it! • Prefense protects against staph, strep, E.coli, drug resistant … [Read more...]

BrytonPick: Floss alternative review


  Flossing is not really meant for on the go.  There are so many times when we are out that we could really use floss, so I love the concept of BrytonPick.  This floss alternative is meant for on-the-go flossing complete with carrying pouch as well as for those who can't use traditional floss due to braces. About BrytonPick BrytonPick is made of flexible stainless steel and plastic holder with blunt cleaning edges that are as thin as the finest floss (.0019").  It is reusable for 30 days thanks to germ-resistant stainless steel and easy to clean. To learn more about BrytonPick click here Reaction While I love the concept, I am not a fan of the end product.  I felt like I was flossing with foil and was scared I would cut myself since the mouth/lips can be easily scratched with fine items such as this.  As for how well it worked, I felt like I had to work harder to remove stuck food than what was natural.  While this may work for those who are on-the-go with … [Read more...]

Magix Slideshow Maker

We sometimes have the best of intentions when it comes to special events, but we don't always have the time or money for something extravagant. However, Magix Slideshow maker is a great way to create a personal gift for any occasion.  With Mother's Day coming up, graduation, and more just around the corner, Magix Slideshow is a convenient way to create something memorable. How to: MAGIX Slideshow Maker 2 livens up old images and videos! Easily import your photos and video clips with this free photo software, automatically apply style templates and add your own or the included music. Then upload your finished slideshow as a video toYouTube, Flickr, or Facebook, present it in your personal MAGIX Online Album, or embed it into websites and blogs as a player. Easy multimedia slideshow creation – without any prior knowledge and in just 3 minutes*!   To try it for yourself FREE visit Magix Slideshow maker here Reaction I have never taken the time to make a slideshow … [Read more...]

Little Looster Review & Giveaway


Potty training whether in the beginning or while in the process can be quite an ordeal.  I don't know if you have a toddler like my 3 year old, but he has to have everything exactly the same every time.  As well as when Hunter has been contaminated making it on time to the toilet (along with setting up the seat & step stool) can be record timing.   Imagine if there was a convenient step stool that would eliminate tripping over the step stool, having your child be uncomfortable with dangling legs, or having them hold on to the toilet lid for support... Introducing Little Looster Little Looster is the booster for your loo that is a step stool with your children's needs in mind.  It is sturdy and is made to fit around the base of your toilet.  There is no need to move it out of the way for grown-ups due to it's design.  Since your little one will be able to reach the "floor" aka little looster, your child will not have to hold on to the toilet lid to keep there bearing. Watch the … [Read more...]

EcoTensil biodegradable Spoon Review & Giveaway {B Kind 2 Earth ideas}


I have been known to send plastic utensils for my son to school.  However, I have noticed that they can be flimsy, break, and then add to unneccesary trash.  I wasn't even aware of an alternative until I was introduced to EcoTensil. EcoTensil provides paperboard spoons that are renewable, biodegradable, recyclable, moisture resistant, and compostable.  EcoTensils fit 5,000 in a box as opposed to 1,000 of the standard bioplastic options.  They break down in 2-5 weeks as opposed to other options that take monthes or years. They provide 3 different types: ~ecotaster mini: These are great for sampling and other in-store events. ~spoonlidz: sustainable over-lid that with one fold converts to a sturdy spoon.  This is great for single-serve cups such as applesauce, yogurt, or pudding. ~ecospoon: This is a full-size spoon that is a great alternative to plastic disposable utensils. Reaction Ecotensil spoons are very functional yet eco-friendly.  Since they are made of moisture … [Read more...]