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August 11, 2010

The “I’m Too Exhausted from BlogHer10 to Post” Swag Give-Away

 

08/25/10 Update:  The winners of the Little Bites containers and Luna Pads are Briana and Gina.  Congratulations!

Blogher10Hi everyone. Didn’t want to leave you hanging or wondering if my plane fell out of the sky. I am back home from New York and trying get it together. I plan to put up a very thoughtful post next week about the BlogHer conference – what I loved about it, what I didn’t love, and some hard decisions I have to make for the future.

Here are some photos from the conference and mini vacation in New York City for you to peruse in the meantime. I mean, if you care to. The photos on Facebook are easier to load because they are smaller. The photos on Flickr take longer but are great for those without a Facebook account.

BlogHer10 conference on Facebook

BlogHer10 conference on Flickr

New York City trip on Facebook (including big stinkin’ piles of trash and visits with some awesome bloggers)

New York City trip on Flickr

The GIVE-AWAY

Like last year, there was a ton of swag at the conference, most of which I left behind in the Swag Exchange room. But I did bring home a couple of things from the Green Soiree to give away:

Luna PadsLuna Pads sample pack. I love Luna Pads and use the liners every day. They are made from organic cotton and eliminate the need for disposable feminine hygiene products. Sadly, this sample pack comes in a plastic bag. Luna Ladies, what were you thinking??? Still,*The baggie looks like plastic, but it’s actually made from cellophane, a biodegradable tree product.  Please reuse it.  I’d love for one of you to try a pad and see for yourself. The pack comes with one Luna Pad, one cloth handkerchief, and instructions for use.

In addition to the sample pack, Luna Pads is offering a $5.00 discount to the readers of BlogHer green bloggers. Use the Promo Code: BlogHer until 12/31/2010.  When you order, PLEASE make sure and request no plastic packaging.  :-)

Little Bites storage jarsKinderville Little Bites Storage Jars. These containers are made from silicone instead of petroleum-based plastic and are airtight. Silicone, unlike plastic, is considered to be inert. Basically, it comes from sand. These containers are meant to hold baby food as well as lunch foods and snacks.

To enter the contest, please leave a comment letting me know which item you would like along with a suggestion for how to relax after a summer full of trips and activities. And it’s not even over.   I’m tired! But happy, too. The conference was a mixed bag, details of which I’ll share next week.



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73 comments
Kayla
Kayla

I would love the lunapads liners! I use a lunette menstrual cup and have sewn my own pads from scrap clothing but sometimes my flow is way too heavy, especially for the outdoor, physically demanding grounds and faciilities job that I do. Lunapads donated some samples and coupons to me to donate to my university's clinic and women's health centre to promote green women's health and ever since I've been wanting some but I just can't afford it atm.

oksoimnotperfect
oksoimnotperfect

I'd sit and read a book - or chill, surfing the internets - both prizes look neat

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

I love Apples to Apples! And I found a used set at Goodwill -- with all the pieces included, so no new plastic. :-)

Jennifer Webb
Jennifer Webb

The storage jars look adorable! A way to relax after traveling is spending some time with friends. Watch a movie or my favorite, have a game night! Apples to Apples is a favorite among my group of friends.

Angela
Angela

Either one would be welcome; at the moment, I prefer the silicon storage jars. To relax during a busy summer, I would recommend putting up a hammock and daydreaming while cuddled up with a book, some lemonade, homemade ice cream and a hubby. :o)

M
M

I'd go for either one, but prefer the lunapads. I like to lay down in the shade outside and relax, looking at the sky and trees and listening to the car-free (ideally) surrounding.

Jen
Jen

I like the little bites storage jars! To relax during the summer I love to go camping. I love the sounds, the smells...all of it! jenandjoey at gmail dot com

Tanya
Tanya

Ok, this may sound counter-intuitive but after a trip I like to get re-organized: unpack, laundry, go through mail etc. :) It gives me a sense of order and accomplishment. Then I can fully relax without thinking of all the things I have to do. I also love the Luna pads! :) P.S. I don't need to enter the contest, but am just writing a comment. :)

Carla
Carla

Hi Berth, I would love to receive the silicone containers, we are always on the lookout of small containers for little bits for the kids. These would be great! As for relaxation, I suggest a day of nothingness. I had one yesterday and I feel very relaxed. A day in which you have no plan and you decide at which what you want to do. Eat, sleep, read, walk, sleep again etc. when you want to. Pay no heed to the 'have tos', do not do anything on your list of things to do. I find this works best if you stay at someone else's place so your mind leaves alone all the reminders of what you should do while you are home. It makes for a great day, and cheap too.

sudha
sudha

I have been off and on with the topic of feminine products and their impact on the planet...(touchy topic and i have not been able to find a viable alternative as of now)....looking forward to your reviews about the blogher

Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer

Lunapads please! I'd curl up with a good book and some lemonade. Watch a movie. Just enjoy some "me" time...maybe go shopping

Erica
Erica

Luna Pads Sample Pack! I traveled a lot too, and what I've found helpful is to start to have a regular schedule, enough sleep, and some meditation. To help with the relaxation take some minutes when you wake up and some minutes before going to bed to pay attention to the breathing, every time you exhale release all tensions, anxieties, worries, thoughts... Just be aware of the sesations of the breathing in your nostrils orI'm sure this will help :) Also, take walks and again, don't forget at least 5 min of meditation daily. Enoy!

April
April

I would love the LunaPads sample kit! I use a Divacup, but it would be nice to have liners to use with it. And I am excited to give up disposable tissues. My way of relaxing (which is probably not for everyone) is to bake! I love baking and indulging in whatever I make. :)

Katie
Katie

Lunapads all the way. I love to unwind by reading a good book in my favorite comfy chair. I have a glass of icewater nearby and maybe a chocolate chip cookie to nibble on. Can't wait to hear all about BlogHer.

Maggie
Maggie

I am pretty sure that silicone does come from petroleum/fossil fuels. Silicone is a compound made of silicon atoms mixed with organic parts. The organic parts (meaning made of Carbon and Hydrogen) do not come from sand. They come from methane gas, petroleum feedstock (in the case of ethanol) or coal. I suppose it is possible for the organic part of silicone to come from something like the fermentation of cellulose, but it is unlikely given the costs. I guess silicone is a better alternative than other plastics which are not inert and it can be recycled, but I think one could just use some cotton sacks for snacks (check out the flip-flap sacks from It's a Green Green World) or reuse glass baby food jars for baby food.

jess
jess

I really like the silicone storage thingies... I didn't know that silicone wasn't part of the problem of plastics... So either way I've learned something wonderful today. As for relaxing... I like to hike to unwind. I have a favorite spot that I try to get to when I'm feeling stressed and just hike without any music or distractions.

Sarah S
Sarah S

I would love the jars, please. I like to relax with a combination of moderate exercise and pampering. A nice long walk or a swim, followed by a brown sugar and olive oil face scrub and maybe a foot rub if I'm extra lucky! Checking things off my mental to-do list also relaxes me, e.g. doing little projects around the house makes me feel like I'm taking care of myself - like finally changing out a light fixture, things like that.

Katie
Katie

I would love the snack containers. I have a trip to the farmer's market planned to pick up some squash for our little baby's first eats this weekend and these would be so handy to store it in! The best way for me to relax is to pour a glass of wine and pick up a light read- I love young adult novels or chick-lit for a nice way to unwind!

Billie
Billie

I will have to go with the snack containers. I sprung for reusable pads on etsy a few months ago so I am good to go there. Relaxing? Who me? I go a couple of times of week to the pool with my floatie ring. You position it just right and you can just lie on it without moving. I do that for about 30 minutes and let my mind wander. Sometimes I just blank my mind and think about an do nothing. Very refreshing!

Amber
Amber

I would love to try the jars, they would be perfect for snacks on the go with my kids. Only because I already have some Luna Pads. They're from my own hometown of Vancouver, don't you know! As for relaxing, I don't think anything can beat a nice bath. :)

Lisa Anderson
Lisa Anderson

The storage containers :) Unwind with a Glass of watermelon Sangria and lots of naps! Life is good!

Patty
Patty

I'm interested in the luna pads sample pack. I love the deep purple color. I've recently been switching to organic disposables but would love to go cloth in my quest to ditch the disposables. Get unpacked and the laundry/grocery done asap so you can return to a natural routine. Then schedule in some "you" time for a snuggle, a book or some tea.

Erin
Erin

I'd love either product... I'd use the first for (well) the obvious! And the second to tote my kiddo's snacks on outings. To unwind after a busy summer? Try knitting, clearing out junk from the house... I like staring at my bee hive and watching the girls work!

Isle Dance
Isle Dance

(Fantstic giveaway! I'm not entering because someone else can use these more than I can. Happiness to the winner!) I've been on pins and needles, waiting to hear what you thought about BlogHer '10, how it went and more. I can't wait for your post. Then I might have to ((email)) you! -ID

knutty knitter
knutty knitter

The luna pads definitely. Relaxing after vacation - make sure everything is put away and tidy and then sit down with a well loved book. viv in nz

Trish
Trish

I'm so interested in the Luna pads! I've even been thinking of trying to make my own! For a good unwind, I say just go for a walk around your neighborhood. Notice all of the things that have changed while you've been out and around. Then come home, have a cold beverage and pet one of your kitties. :)

Kari
Kari

The Kinderville storage jars would be great for my little guy's home made baby food. Take a 24-hour-unplug break to unwind.

Tess
Tess

Hi Beth! I've been following you for about six months and I regret that this is my first comment, but I couldn't resist entering for luna pads. I usually use food to relax, so I think you should make yourself a wonderful plastic-free picnic, take a relaxing friend, and spend the day in a park or a secluded outdoor place.

DK
DK

When I need to relax and have some me time, I make up a huge batch of jasmine green tea, sweeten it with some honey and keep it in the fridge until it gets nice and chilly and smooth. Then I drink it while watching an interesting television series online. We only have 1 TV in the house and it hasn't even been plugged in for the last 5 months (we rarely watched it even before that) so it's something I can really enjoy in a guilty pleasure kind of way. I've also been known to pack a picnic basket with wine and/or above-stated chilled jasmine tea, fruit, a couple other snack-type foods, my camera, crayons/markers/paints/etc., and my sketchbook and disappear for an entire day or afternoon by myself. Sometimes I go to the woods, sometimes on a Metro ride from one end of the railway to the other and back home again, sometimes a bike ride to a municipal park I've never before visited. The quiet (or in the case of the Metro ride, noise) and not having anyone around I know and feel obligated to have conversations with does wonders for me. I really like the little silicone food containers; they'd probably work well with the tiffins I got for my partner and myself last year.

amanda a.
amanda a.

I've been struggling to step away from disposable pads (I already use a diva cup, but the extra protection is important!). Sign me up for the Luna pads!

Trish
Trish

I would love to try Luna Pads. Best way to unwind for me is a good book, a comfortable lounge chair in the back yard and a tall drink.

kara
kara

I still have (and use) the original Luna pad. Would love to check out the new ones!

Michelle
Michelle

I would love to try out the Luna Pads. I have looked into them and finances willing, will be purchasing sometime in the next 2-3 months :) For winding down, I suggest taking a day to do it. Maybe go for a peaceful walk, take time to read a book, unplug from technology and then a relaxing bath before bed.

Luna
Luna

I would LOVE the lunapads. My boyfriend somehow ruined my mooncup(?), and I've been sulking along with ob ever since. I've heard good things about them and have been wanting to try them, though!

Nicole
Nicole

I'd love to try the Lunapads sampler :) eat some ice cream! :) I just had some (made with coconut milk and agave nectar...oh my gosh so good) and feel instantly relaxed. :)

Stacy @ Moderate Means
Stacy @ Moderate Means

Airtight silicone cups that would fit in our tiffins? How cool is that?! I laready have cloth pads so I'll throw my name in the hat for the silicone! My advice (and it's too late for you!) is to take an extra day off so that you have a vacation day at home after you get home. Traveling one day and working the next is rough. Stacy

surviving and thriving on pennies
surviving and thriving on pennies

I would love the little silicone storage things. I have 4 kids in school this year and they would come in handy. My favorite way to relax is to go water my garden and take 5 minutes to just sit in the hammock I have in my garden.

Xine
Xine

Is now the time I'll finally try Lunapads? I've always said there were some plastic consessions I just wasn't ready to make, but now I'm unhappy not making consessions! For relaxing and processing, there's nothing like a couple of games of pool with the special someone down at the tavern. More productively, mowing the lawn does the same thing for me.

Issa
Issa

I love Luna Pads, but if I had to pick one of these items to try, I'd go with the Little Bites containers. And my favorite way to relax is with books - take an afternoon and get lost in the library, then spend a week lost in reading at home.

Colleen
Colleen

LunaPads - Curl up on the couch with a good book (from the library - a good recycling resource!).

Natalie G
Natalie G

I'd love a shot at those LunaPads:) Things I've been doing to relax: Taking leisurely bike rides, looking up interesting salad dressing ideas, making watermelon margaritas, grilling up some veggies and eating dinner outside. As usual, focusing on good food and drink relaxes me.

Mel B
Mel B

Hi Beth! I'm so glad you had a good time at BlogHer! I have been wondering about the Luna Pads for some time now, ever since you or someone mentioned on their blog about them. I had looked into them but never got around to ordering them as I'm unsure of the length I would feel comfortable with so I would love to try the ones you received at the conference. Looks like a great way to deal with my period. Can't wait to hear about your time at BlogHer!

Reenie
Reenie

For me, everday actions turn vacation. It's how I approach it. Maybe I relax by doing gardening, sweaty style, then showering and rewarding myself with a snack and a book. Sometimes it's a yoga class, yin yoga, long holds, or hot yoga, or moderate Hatha Yoga class... whatever resonates. I write poems. I read the mail from from Green America, Sierra Club etc. Listen to library CDs, watch movies from the library like Beauty and the Beast, lovely old B&W version; a fairytale thru and thru. Listen to talk radio while cleaning out a shelf or drawer, no rushing allowed. Draw cards and write overdue thank you notes. This one is very restorative for me. Sit somewhere public, being anon but out there, and watch the world go by while ....I drink tea, relax, very satisfying. Give myself a long Yoga Nidra (relaxation) in corpse pose, scanning my body from the feet up to top of head. Make some favorite dish and find someone to share it with. Drink homemade chai (black tea, crushed cardamom pods, honey, rice milk). Find a spot outside in some greenspace, set up a blanket and sit, read, bring something to snack on. Practise the viola. Whatever serves to relax and makes for more harmony innner and outer.

Sara B
Sara B

The Kinderville Little Bites Jars - I'm sure my 10-month old and I would find some use for them! I propose a lot of pool time to unwind and enjoy the rest of summer! Good luck!

Meghan
Meghan

I would love the Lunapads :) After a vacation, I like to have some unwind time doing home spa treatments and having a good nap, followed by a nice walk outside. Unplugging is always nice.

Kate
Kate

I would love the LunaPads! Listen, I think the thing to do is to take a weekend "vacation" at home. Stock your fridge with good food, buy a good book and a yoga DVD, and unplug the computer and phone. Enjoy!

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Monkeyjen, silly monkey. Fake Plastic Mr. Potato Head went back to the Swag Exchange. Someone else took him home. The Potato Heads were very much in demand. So was the Play Doh.

Katy Ann
Katy Ann

I would love to try the Luna Pads! I'm planning to buy cloth pads, so this would be a great start. I think the best way to unwind after a long trip is to soak your poor tired feet in some warm water with scented bath salts, as long as you buy the salts from the bulk bins and use your own container when you purchase them ;)

Jodie
Jodie

I'd love the Luna Pad. As for relaxation... take a moment away from it all, whether it be meditation, a quiet walk on the beach in the evening or early morning, reading a book, listening to music...

TheGreenCat
TheGreenCat

Beth: It was so great to meet you while you were here! For relaxation I recommend a massage. Swedish, Shiatsu, or whatever fits your comfort level. There's nothing better for tension relief and relaxation in my book. I was just discussion LunaPads with Lisa Sharp the other day and I'm curious to try them so that would be my pick if I win the giveaway!

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