Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mother's Day Giveaway: Sacred Rose Matri Tea = 4 winners! $18 ARV {5.12; US/Can} CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners. Thank you all for entering!

This is a joint giveaway cross-posted on Hobo Mama, Hobo Mama Reviews, and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked "Win it!" for the mandatory main entry and optional bonus entries.

In honor of Mother's Day, Sacred Rose is offering our readers a box of the hand-blended, organic herbal tea Matri: Tea of the Mother to FOUR winners!

I had the opportunity to review four blends of Sacred Rose tea, and Matri intrigued me as being one of the most herbally pertinent for my life right now.

Matri is called "Tea of the Mother" because it contains herbs that have been used traditionally for centuries to bring women through their childbearing years and to prepare their bodies for childbirth. As the website puts it:

"Matri was blended to breathe women in birth in the most high and loving way."

As I enter my ninth month of pregnancy, I appreciate any tea that can do that!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Giveaway ends TONIGHT: Knickernappies Stackable Menstrual Pad Set from Fluff Envy $11 {4.19; Worldwide}

Go to the giveaway page to enter!

Knickernappies Stackable Menstrual pads one insert

Knickernappies and Fluff Envy are offering Hobo Mama readers a giveaway of a Stackable Menstrual Pad Set! This Knickernappies cloth pad set is made of a waterproof fleece shell with two absorbent microfiber and velour liners, and is a reusable, eco-friendly solution to your period.

Knickernappies Stackable Menstrual padsI love the Stackable Mama Pads. They're a unique 3-in-1 system that will fit absorbency needs from pantiliner to regular pad to heavy flow. That way, you can adjust the absorbency throughout your menstrual cycle without having to buy several different pad sizes.

My favorite aspect of the stackable design is that you can reuse the shell throughout the day as long as it doesn't get soiled, just swapping out the pad liners as you need them replaced. That means you need only a few shells for your whole cycle, and you can buy extra pads (liners) separately.

One smaller liner works well for light flow. One larger liner is comparable to a standard pad. Snapping on both liners at the same time provides coverage for heavy flow.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hobo Mama Giveaway: 3 parenting poetry books = 2 winners! $12-$26 {4.30; Worldwide} CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed. Stay tuned for the winner announcement. Thank you all so much for entering!

Note: I'm cross-posting this giveaway on, but it's the same entry form at each. Thanks!

Big Poetry Giveaway 2011

I am happy to be giving away three books of poetry in honor of National Poetry Month to two winners.

Both winners will receive a copy of my own book, Poetry of a Hobo Mama, by Lauren Wayne, which focuses on the realities of attachment parenting, and the grand prize winner will also receive Mother Love, a collection of poems on the mother-daughter relationship, by Rita Dove.

The Big Poetry Giveaway 2011 is hosted by Kelli Russell Agodon of Book of Kells, and I am happy to be participating! The idea is to give away at least one book of your own poetry and one book from a favorite poet.

Read more about each of my selections below, and then enter to win by leaving a simple comment in a Google form! (See the Win It! section for details.)

(By the way, I have a sister giveaway happening at Natural Parents Network, featuring Poetry of a Hobo Mama and Rose, by Li-Young Lee, and you can enter at both sites to increase your chance of winning some fabulous poetry.)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Giveaway ENDS TONIGHT: Spoonful of Comfort Soup Care Package $46 {4.14; US}

Head to Natural Parents Network to enter!

Spoonful of Comfort is offering NPN readers a giveaway of a care package containing 64 oz. of award winning, all-natural chicken noodle soup (serves 4-6) along with 6 made-from-scratch rolls and 6 oatmeal raisin cookies, a $46 value.

An excerpt from our NPN reviewer, Laura of Walden Mommy:
On a cool Thursday in March, I was feeling under the weather and the kids were bugging me for dinner. I hadn't taken out the meat and was considering throwing together peanut butter sandwiches when the doorbell rang. It was the FedEx man with a heavy package which contained . . . soup.

Not just any soup, but home-made, mailed directly to your door chicken noodle soup from Spoonful of Comfort. When Marti Wymer’s mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, she wanted to do something to help her mom. The idea of sending chicken soup, the quintessential comfort food, to loved ones in needs of some loving care, was born. Today, you can order her homemade chicken noodle soup, (along with optional rolls, cookies, socks and a "little pick me up") to be sent to someone you love who is sick, facing a medical crisis or just needs a little love. In memory of her mother, a portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to chairty.

The soup had large chunks of all white meat chicken and thick noodles. The broth was pale yellow and I could clearly make out the carrots, celery and onions, which were diced so fine that my 11-month-old could safely eat them. Everyone loved the noddles; they are thick, chewy and taste very much like fresh, homemade noodles. The chicken looked like it had been hand-shredded from a roast; it was definitely not processed chicken parts.

Our order also came with six white rolls. The rolls were wrapped in a plain plastic bag tied with a twisty-tie and, of course, the yellow ribbon. They are made with white flour and were light and fluffy, perfect for soaking up the broth and gentle on a "sore" tummy.  They broke apart easily so you could spread jam, jelly, butter or the comfort spread of your choice on them. My husband gobbled up two of these rolls before he ate the soup!

We also got a half dozen of homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. The cookies were sweet and light. They were pretty moist and broke apart easily to share. They would be a nice, light treat for someone who is sick and can’t tolerate “heavy” foods.

Overall, this is a great product that you can feel good about sending. The packaging is attractive, fun and can be personalized. A portion of the proceeds goes towards a reputable charity in memory of the person who inspired the business. The food is fresh and tasty, even if the size selection is limited. It's definitely a service I would use for friends and family!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

WINNER & COUPON: GladRags cloth menstrual pad 3-pack

GladRags cloth menstrual pads assortment of pantyliner day pad and overnight padA big congratulations to the winner of the GladRags cloth menstrual pad 3-pack giveaway of a day pad, pantyliner, and night pad — #260!

Sarah of The Little Hedgehog

Sarah says:
"About the company — Their mission is to create healthy products and market with a positive spin. They believe that when you talk about our cycles more openly — with positive images and language — that women can re-define menstruation.

I love that they want to change peoples' perceptions and that they use such positive language and imagery to do it!" winnerThis was a joint giveaway with Natural Parents Network, so entries were combined and one winner drawn. The winner entered at Hobo Mama Reviews.

GladRags cloth menstrual pads are made of soft, absorbent cotton and are a reusable, eco-friendly solution to your period.

If you were not the lucky winner, you can purchase GladRags pads and accessories by using the store locator to find your nearest retail location, such as Whole Foods or Pharmaca, or by buying directly from online.

And GladRags is offering our readers a 10% discount off all online orders through May 1!

GladRags cotton menstrual pads logo
10% off your order at!
Simply use code HMAMA10 at checkout.
Expires 5/1/11.