In honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve partnered with T.J.Maxx to give away one $50 gift card. I also received $50 gift card for myself to stock up on must-have items that help make my complicated life a little bit easier. Yesterday I headed to the T.J.Maxx at Fresh Pond in Cambridge for a few kitchen essentials.
With the amount of fruit and vegetables we go through here (two fast-sprouting teenagers!), we are always short on knives and mini colanders. Plus, now that these guys are old enough to fend for themselves, they’ve been doing quite a bit of cooking on their own. One has mastered the art of the chocolate chip cookie. The other is angling for his own set of knives and a knife roll, after having successfully completed a number of complicated chicken dishes as well as French onion soup.
Teaching the boys to cook means I can spend more time working (or watching Friday Night Lights). Plus, they’ll be able to impress chicks, and hopefully keep up healthy eating habits too. #MaxxMoms
TO ENTER my $50 T.J.Maxx Gift Card Giveaway, share a #MaxxMoms moment of your own in the comment section of this blog post or my Instagram feed, along with hashtag #MaxxMoms (If you share here on the blog AND on social media, I’ll enter you twice.)
Deadline to enter is Saturday, May 9th at midnight E.T. I’ll notify the winner on Mother’s Day.
When the publicist for Joyo jewelry, a company based nearby in Scituate, Massachusetts, contacted me to see f they could send me a sample, I told them I’d prefer to pass it along to one of you. They were game with the idea of a giveaway.
The designer behind Joyo, Jenn Liddiard, who started the company in 2012, creates wood earrings, necklaces, and bracelets in modern geometric and naturalistic shapes, laser-cut from real walnut and birch. Liddiard laser cuts everything herself, and does all of the design, sanding, oil finishing, and assembly by hand.
Liddiard is inspired by architecture, history, and nature. She likes transforming natural materials into unique, intricate, and unexpected forms. She says, “I have a habit of looking for patterns in ordinary places, like storm drains, sidewalk bricks, window grates, and fences–things that normally blend into our everyday surroundings.
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Tell me in the comment section of this post about an interaction with nature you had this summer. Did you climb a tree? Grow tomatoes? Make seashell mobiles? Swim with dolphins? Pick flowers? Gaze at the super moon? The simplest gesture will do.
Deadline to enter is Thursday , August 21 at midnight EST. (Don’t forget to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!)
I have less of a waist then I’d like, so belts aren’t always at the top of my list. I have two skinny patent leather Calvin Klein belts from the early 1990s (belts were enjoying a moment back then), that have long been relegated to my luggage accoutrements, perfect for securing a stack of folded clothing in a suitcase. Sadly, they will likely never fit again, so no matter how prominent belts become, there they’ll stay.
I purchased a stretchy elastic belt with a hook that I might wear with a dress, but feeling way too bloated of late, the last time I wore it was with my “Like a Virgin” Madonna getup for an 1980s theme party last summer.
For everyday, I have a great medium width black belt with little brass studs and buckle that I tend to use to keep my pants up, if necessary. Walking around as though I have a loaded diaper is probably not the best look, so I have been making a fair effort to take the time to thread my belt through my Lycra-infused Madewell jeans belt loops. It’s pliable and goes with everything. I also have a wider, totally worn caramel leather colored belt with matte brass buckle that’s perfect when I’m going with more of a natural, neutral look.
The other day I bought skinny zipper pants (with two percent stretch) at J.Crew, and it being summer, also picked up a skinny perforated leather belt on which the perforations go all the way around. (Who knows, I could love three inches if I starved myself. And my belt would still fit, or so exclaimed the perky stylist.) The buckle is a too shiny gold tone, but I won’t be tucking in my popover, so it’s not really an issue. (Except for me, privately, but I’m trying to get over it.)
An in other personal belt news, my boys, who are just a year apart in age and about the same size, have been sharing one belt between them. They go to different schools, so dress up days vary and it hasn’t been an issue. Last weekend we all had to go to a bar mitzvah so I had to buy another belt. Two belts in one week, a personal record.
Before you totally fall asleep with the ins and outs of my belt life, I want to introduce a KeepYourPantsOn.com. Founder Sivan Soffer has kindly offered a $50 gift card to KeepYourPantsOn.com for one StyleCarrot reader. The site has a large selection and the prices are quite good, so depending on the style(s) you choose, you will likely be able to get more than one new belt for yourself.
KeepYourPantsOn.com has skinny belts, wide belts, stretchy elastic belts, metallic belts, beaded belts, rope belts, and a variety of belt buckles too. You can even design your own belt. Here are ten belts I like from KeepYourPantsOn.com:
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If you’re in the market for furniture (or even if you’re not), enter this giveaway for $150 to LA Furniture Store, a modern and contemporary furniture store with three locations in the Los Angeles area (including an outlet), as well as a Miami showroom and Brooklyn showroom. There are sofas (lots of sectionals, which are the store’s best sellers), bedroom furniture, dining tables and chairs, lighting, and home accessories. I’ve pulled together a few pieces of modern furniture below, all available online at LAFurnitureStore.com. See below for instructions on how to enter.
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Onzie Active Apparel, originally created by a Bikram yogi for hot yoga, blends traditional yoga wear with modern technology making it perfect for pilates, spinning, running, and the rest. Better yet, all the pieces are under $60. Onzie fabric is durable, breathable, and fast-drying, and it’s all 100% made in Los Angeles. Here’s a sampling of styles. Comment on this post to win a $75 online gift certificate.
Leave a comment on this blog post sharing your favorite way to keep in shape. (I could use some inspiration!)
Deadline:Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at 12:00 noon ET
One StyleCarrot reader will be chosen at random to win a code for $75 off an order at Onzie.