Saturday, December 27, 2008

Just too sweet

I thought you all would like to see our "little guy" that has lost his binky. Isn't he just adorable! His name is Chase and he just turned two.

I know what your thinking, don't say it... he really shouldn't still have his binky, but I'm a softy, he's our fourth and last boy (and no, we're not going to try for a girl) and I just can't seem to say no yet.

For those of you who are wondering why I'm posting about this and you haven't been reading our blog lately, here's the scoop...I was packing all the sampler boxes for December and had them all spread out all over the dining room. Chase decided to toss his binky right into the middle of them. We haven't found it since, so I'm assuming it's in one of the December sampler boxes that were mailed out. So we thought it would be cute to run a contest to win a FREE January box if you found Chase's binky in your December box. It is his favorite one! Don't worry though, no toddlers were harmed in the making of this contest! We have replaced his "lost" binky with a new one!

But, no one has claimed the winning prize yet. I think it may have gone to binky heaven! If you found it in your sampler box, please email us to claim your free box. Of course, we'll need a picture of it to verify that it's the ONE.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Are U a WINNER?


Okay, I'm a little behind posting these winning tickets so I hope your still holding onto yours! I think the holidays got the best of me. I'm not even ready for them yet and their already over!! Well at least only one of the holidays is over...New Years here at our house is pretty uneventful. It's also my hubby's birthday, but we never go out for New Years! It's pretty hard to find a babysitter for that night and who wants to watch 4 rowdy boys!!

Well I hope everyone else is enjoying their holiday season! Now off to better things.

We drew 6 winning tickets for full size products this month!Here's the pictures and the winning numbers...

This is a gift set from Willow Lake Scents that contains an 8oz Room Spray, a full size goat's milk soap bar, a big glass jar of bath salts, all scented in scrumptious Cranberry, with a cute little washcloth to top it all off!

The winning number is 2028142!


Next up is a Tropical Breeze scented soy candle from Joyful Designs In Soy, a 6 pack of soy tarts in Christmas Splendor from Soy by Jen and a full size bar of soap from Magick Moon Soap Wurks in Pomegranate.

The winning number is 2028182!

The third giveaway contains a jar candle from Little Mac's Candles scented in Christmas Tree, an 8 oz bottle of lotion from Green Tangerinein Vanilla Sandlewood and a 6 pack of tarts in Christmas Splendor from Soy by Jen.

The winning number is 2028139!


Onto our 4th prize. You'll get a full size bar of Autumn scent soap from The Gourmet Bath Shoppe, a 6 pack of tarts in Christmas splendor from Soy by Jen and 3, 4oz candle tins from Karen's Country Candlesscented in scrumptious White Cake, Eucalyptus Spearmint and Sugar Plum.

The winning number is 2028143!

On we go...Up for grabs next is a decorative candle from Little Mac's Candles scented in Strawberry Kiwi, a dozen doughnut tarts in French Vanilla from Ugly Duckling Designs and a 6 pack of soy tarts in Christmas Splendor from Soy by Jen.

The winning number is 2028131!

Have you won yet? If not, here's your last chance...good luck!

Our last giveaway contains a 6 pack of tarts in Christmas Splendor from Soy by Jen, an 8oz soy candle in Red Clove from Joyful Designs In Soy and a full size bar of pomegranate scented soap from Magick Moon Soap Wurks.

And the last winning number is 2028195!

If you have any of the winning numbers, please email me your winning number and shipping address at info@outoftheboxsampler.com.

Hope your all enjoying your sampler boxes. Our January boxes go on sale January 16th!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Have you seen my BINKY?


Okay, so we have one more unannounced free box contest! You can win a free January Out Of The Box Sampler

IF

your box contains my son's lost binky(pacifier)!

Yes, you read it right, my son threw his binky over the gate while I had all the bags spread out all over the dining room ready to ship for Monday! It had to have landed in one of the 80 sampler bags! So he'd really like to have his binky back and has been lost without it! (He does have a spare but would prefer his other on)!

If you find it, please email me and then mail it back first class mail (that's the cheapest) to us and we will reward you with a FREE January Box from the Out Of The Box Sampler!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Did you miss out?

All our December holiday sampler boxes have all SOLD OUT! They just went on sale yesterday and were all gone by that night!

Don't fear if you didn't get one this month...we do our boxes every single month for you to enjoy!

January will be here before we know it and you'll need a little "pick me up" for yourself after all the holiday hub bub and ho ho ho's are over!

So don't be a bah humbug...mark the date for January's sampler boxes!

GOING ON SALE, JANUARY 16TH.

Sign up for our priority notification newsletter so you won't miss them this time.


SIGN UP HERE!

Monday, December 15, 2008

You Win!

If you purchased November's sampler box from us and did a blog review of your goodies and the
Out Of The Box Sampler, your name was entered into a drawing to win a FREE December Box!!!!

We have a winner....

Heather from
Willow Lake Scents!

You can check out her blog review
HERE!

Thanks to all of you who did blog reviews about us! We appreciate the "press"! You can read all of the awesome reviews we received
HERE!

Makes a Great Gift

DECEMBER HOLIDAY SAMPLER BOXES ON SALE NOW!!

These boxes are filled with scrumptious samples from our many December contributors. There's a limited supply, so hurry over to our website to get one for you and one for a friend this holiday season!


BUY A BOX.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Raffle Ticket Winnings...

Okay, it's finally here! The picture of the raffle ticket drawing from our November holiday sampler boxes at Out Of The Box Sampler! Congratulations to Kate B. for having the winning numbers! Check this out...



Here's what's in the stash...

A grapevine star with a prim stuffed star on top from Six Peas In A Pod.

A really cute handpainted snowman wooden sign from Bless Your Heart Creations.

A wax dipped snowman in Coconut Dream scent from Ugly Duckling Designs.

A cute pink box filled with gourmet chocolate pretzels from Twist Of Taste.

An 8 oz soy candle in Pumpkin Pie Spice & a huge bag of handmade laundry soap from Metime.

A big jar of the Best Foot Scrub and also Foot Cream from Skin Candy.

A travel tea mug and teas from SBS Teas.

A full size bar of Autumn Soap from The Gourmet Bath Shoppe.

And lastly, a couple big tarts in Vanilla Pumpkin from Angel Made Scents.

I wish I was getting this giveaway! I'd like to thank all of our contributors for sending in these full size products too. Without their support and samples, this box wouldn't be in business!


One more thing... I had drawn 2 raffle tickets because we had so many great products to give away, but the second number was never claimed. I figured everyone had probably tossed their tickets in the can after they didn't win so I didn't want to pull another number. So here's what I decided to do...

I just took all the November box buyers names and put them into a big hat and drew a winner!!!!

And the winner is (drumroll please)

LYNN SHIRVANDEHI.

Congratulations for winning the second giveaway! And of course, I've got another picture of your goodies!

Here's what you've won...

A grapevine star with a prim stuffed star on top from Six Peas In A Pod.

A magick tea filter and teas from SBS Teas.

A prim handpainted wooden sign with the cutest saying from the Wizard of Oz on it from Bless Your Heart Creations.

A bag of big pumpkin tarts in Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin from Ugly Duckling Designs.

A cute pink box filled with gourmet chocolate pretzels from Twist Of Taste.

A big bottle of Sunflowers & Sunshine lotion from Skin Candy.

A full size bar of Autumn Soap from The Gourmet Bath Shoppe.

A Wax dipped fabric pear from Melissa's Specialty Soap & Primitive Wicks.

A beautiful candle in Cucumber Mulberry Twist from Karen's Country Candles.

A couple big tarts in Vanilla Pumpkin from Angel Made Scents.

And finally, a big bar of Cotton Candy Soap from Metime.

Okay, that's it for now. We'll be having another raffle ticket drawing in our December Sampler Boxes that go on sale MONDAY, DECEMBER 15TH!

So stay tuned for your chance to win!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Look What's Comin' Your Way...


So the gang's all here and waiting to make your holiday season special with all the incredibly scrumptious, deliciously pleasant, and seasonably wonderful samples they've all sent in for you to enjoy!!!

So MARK THE DATE...

DECEMBER 15TH!!!

That's the date you'll want to run to the

Out Of The Box Sampler

to buy your holiday box! Whether your "gifting" yourself this holiday season or "spoiling" a friend with one of our boxes, your gonna want to get there early! There's always a limited supply and I'm sure we're going to sell out quickly this month!

Have you read the awesome reviews our boxes are getting? Check out our TESTIMONIAL'S page and our MEET THE PRESS page to read why everyone's talking about us!

And check out this lineup of businesses that will be in December's boxes! Do you REALLY want to miss this one?




Strawberry Fields Candles
Angel Made Scents
Seddlemen
Ugly Duckling Designs
M D Candles
BlueRose Candles
Joyful Designs in Soy
Tishomingo Candle & Soap Co.
Leahkl
Country Heart Blends
Christmas Queen
Bath Artisan Soaps
Babee Rockz
Magick Moon Soap Wurks
Green Tangerine
Mookie Doodle
Sweet Lollipop Shop
The Lighted Path
Boy Frog
The Boho Birdy
Teton Cocoa Company
Karen's Country Candles
Little Mac's Candles
The Pig and The Peacock
The Hen House Shop
Natural Goodies
Body Lux
The Couture Baby
Unicorn Kids Studio
Groovy Cookies
ChickScratch
Park Avenue Creations
Mattie Reid Chicago
Lorains Touch
Bare It All Naturals
Luxspa
Willow Lake Scents
Soy By Jen 75
Maine Naturally

Friday, November 28, 2008

And the Winner Is.....



Are you anxious to know the winning numbers for the raffle ticket in our November Holiday Sampler Boxes? Should I keep you in suspense? Do you know what you win? Do you know what your chances are of winning? Am I making you wait to long?


You know the best part of anything is the anticipation beforehand!


Okay I won't make you wait any longer!


THE WINNING NUMBERS ARE...

2028030



If you have the winning ticket, you will need to email me at

info@outoftheboxsampler.com, then slip your ticket in the mail to me with your shipping address so I can ship you your box of goodies!

I will be posting a picture of the prizes this weekend so keep checking back!

WAIT, ONE MORE THING...

I decided there are so many great full size products here that I would draw 2 tickets!!!!! So here's your second chance to win!

The second ticket numbers are...

2028024

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!

Please email me and I'll send you our mailing address and wait for your tickets to arrive so I can verify them!

Keep checking back for more exciting ways to win at Out Of The Box Sampler! Also, you can follow our blog, so you won't miss a single post! Thanks for commenting too!

Our December Holiday Boxes go on sale December 15th, so save the date!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving


Just wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

2 Drawings & 2 Chances to Win...

First of all I wanted you to see a picture of Novembers Holiday Box Samples! Can you believe these really cool samples our contributors sent in this month! I'm really impressed!


We have 2 drawings going on this month at the
Out Of The Box Sampler!

First up, there's a raffle ticket drawing in the November Sampler Boxes! That's right, all you have to do is purchase a November Box, it's on sale
HERE right now! Inside you'll find a pink raffle ticket. Come back to our blog later this week and check your ticket numbers and see if you have the winning ticket! If you do, email me at info@outoftheboxsampler.com and I'll tell you how to claim this awesome prize!!! It's a box jammed with incredible full size products from our contributors!



The second drawing we have this month also goes along with our November sampler boxes. It's for all you bloggers out there! If you purchase a Nov. box then blog about our site, and the samples you received in your box, then just email me the link where your post is written and I will enter you into the drawing for a FREE December sampler box!

That's it! It's so easy to get your chance to win, not once, but twice this month!

So what are you waiting for... go buy your November Sampler Box. Their going fast and their filled with 18-20 samples you won't want to miss!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Out Of The Box Sampler ON SALE NOW!



Just a quick note to let you know that our sampler boxes are on sale now! You'll get 17-20 different handmade samples in each box. These samples are absolutely awesome this month...candles, tarts, lotions, body butters, lip balm, teas, gourmet cookies, chocolates, scrapbooking stuff, soaps, primitive Chrismas stockings and much more!

Their selling quickly, so run over and get one while you can!





BUY A BOX HERE

Blessings,
Michelle

Monday, November 17, 2008

Do You Smoodz?

Take a look at this bath n body, candle company I'm blogging about today! The name is Smoodz! When they first contacted me to be in the Out Of The Box Sampler I had no idea what their product was by the name. But I was pleasantly surprised when I visited their website and find an awesome array of bath n body products and candles too. Of course, the first item that caught my eye was the adorable Steeler Bear!


Being from Pittsburgh and a huge Steeler fan (we "bearly" won yesterday's game ~ no pun intended)I'm always looking for new ways to show off my Steeler pride and this cute little bear would be a great way to do that!

But, if your lacking in Steelers pride, I'll forgive you and just let you know about all the other goodies I found!

These shea & mango butter Lip Balms look simply delicious! The come in cute 1 oz containers and in flavors your sure to love like:


Strawberry

Watermelon

Latte

Grape

Cucumber Melon

& Spearmint Niaouli Oil.

You'll also find great bath n body products from Lotions, Body Butter, Hand & Body Cream, to Sea Salt Scrubs and Handmade Soaps!

I really liked the scented Sachets that Smoodz has available.

They are made from dried flowers and plants and come in Lavender Petals, Patchoui Leaves, and Rose Buds & Petals! They are wonderful for hanging in your closet, putting in your lingerie drawer or even your car.

By now, your probably wanting a little of everything Smoodz has to offer. They can help you out with that too. They have a selection of Gift Sets for any price range.

Pictured here is their largest gift set that includes a 7 oz. Shea Butter Soap, an 8 oz. Shea & Mango Butter Lotion, 8 oz. Bodywash, 8 oz. Fresh Mist, 6 oz. Salt Scrub, Votive 2-Pack, nail brush and a bath puff. It sells for just $32.99. That's a great price and would make a wonderful gift this holiday season.

Finally, if you haven't decided what to get by now, then just buy a gift certificate!

They are available in $10, $25, $50 and $100 dollar increments. I love to give gift certificates to my family and friends because it gives them the option of purchasing what they'd really want from the company!

Smoodz has sent in samples for our November Holiday Sampler Boxes which go on sale this Friday, Nov. 21st. So some of you will get to sample their products! So try them and then run back to buy more!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

See our latest Sneak Peeks!

Check out some of the contributors samples for the upcoming November Holiday Sampler Boxes! Remember this is just a quick peek, you'll have to buy the box to see the rest of the goodies you'll get! We have 34 businesses in this months box! They go on sale Friday, Nov. 21st, don't miss out!



Thursday, November 13, 2008

November Holiday Boxes on Sale Nov. 21st!




Just wanted to give you a head's up as to our November Holiday Sampler Boxes! They are going on sale November 21st, just about a week away. The samples have been pouring in here and I must say, our contributors have really outdone themselves this month! I haven't seen samples this wonderful before. They have all been so generous with the size samples and the packaging is just awesome!

You are not going to want to miss this box, trust me!

This is the perfect holiday gift to give your best girlfriends! They will love this box and all the goodies in it. So make sure you buy one for yourself and one for a friend!

Here's the lineup again since we've added a few more businesses to the list.



Six Peas In A Pod
Angel Made Scents
Mineral Perfect
Ugly Duckling Designs
Blue Rose Candles
Tickled Pink Scentsations
Sarahs Scentsations
SBS Teas
Meet Mark Beauty
MeTime
The Sassy Girl
Saras Soaps n Such
Smoodz
One Of The Flock
Oregon Candlegels
Fickle Faerie
Simply Seasonal
Lynna Rae's Kuntry Kreations
Soy By Jen
Wondrous Land of Cookies
Lazybone Creaions
MeMa Cold Process Soaps
Twist Of Taste
Natural Wonders & More
SopSop88
Natural Goodies
Chabot Savonnerie
The Couture Baby
Zosimos Botanicals LLC
The Gourmet Bath Shoppe
Pookie
Skin Candy
Sara's Soaps N Such
Unique Charm
Six Peas In A Pod
Carol's Country Candles


I'll be posting some pictures of the goodies that are showing up here, so visit our website and make sure to MARK THE DATE!

NOVEMBER 21ST BE EARLY TO GET YOUR BOX!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wonderful Stocking Stuffers!




Today's featured business is Sara's Soaps n Such! I just love this shop. You'll find all your soap needs and a few more wants while your at it in this shoppe. Sara invites you to discover the finest, most nourishing handcrafted soaps and homemade, as-natural-as-possible, luxurious body products. She carries some deliciously scented soaps like:

Mint Mania

White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle

Coffee Mocha

Lemon Verbena

Patchouli

and ginger bergamot among others...


And if your like me and want to impress your guests this holiday season, you'll need to get these adorable soaps to brighten up your bathroom and make a great impression!





You can also find some other goodies to use as great stocking stuffers! Sara carries lotions, lip balm, body butters, bath bombs, body polish, and cool Tub Teas with ridiculously cute names like:
Bath Diva

Pampered Princess

and Ooh La La Lavender!

Now how can you pass that up?

Lastly, you might think that summer is over and we're heading into that dreaded cold winter season. We'll you can just accept that, or get this little reminder that summer will be here again before we know it!



So stop in today at Sara's Soaps n Such and make sure your ready for the holidays, they WILL be here before you know it!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Buy your Skin Candy Here!

I love the name of this shop! It's Skin Candy! Bet you can't guess what they make!

That's right! They make bath n body products to pamper your skin! Melissa is the owner and she has sent in the best gathering of samples I've seen for the Out Of The Box Sampler. Some of your will get to enjoy her awesome samples in the November Holiday boxes that go on sale Nov. 21st.

Here's a little list of some of the goodies you'll find for that "me" time we all crave and deserve:

Body Butter

Whipped Cream Soap

Body & Hair Mist

Roll on Perfume

Bath Melts

Foot Cream

Best Foot Scrub

Goat's Milk Lotion

and my personal favorite, Whipped Sugar Scrubs!

The scent list is just incredible too. Melissa has all the seasonal favorites we love,

Vanilla Bean Noel

Sweet PUmpkin

Sugar Cookie

Plum Crazee

Cinnabun With Buttercream Frosting

Candy Cane Dreams

Buttery Gingerbread, just to mention a few.

You'll even find a Men's section on her website for pampering your man!

Lastly, I wanted to tell you about a really cute product she carries.


It's Monster go Away Spray. If you have young kids that are afraid of the shadows in the room, buy them this scented spray. It's a 4 oz body mist spray they can use on themselves, their bed, under the bed and in the closet. It's 100% guaranteed to keep monsters away! The bottle even says so! That would make the cutest stocking stuffers for your little monsters!

So beat the rush to this website and order now. Cause when everyone get's their samples in the November sampler boxes, their gonna want some too! Visit this shoppe online at: http://www.skincandyonline.com.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Fickle Faerie




June from Fickle Faerie is our featured contributor today! She has the greatest item for those who want to go "green"! Just think of all those ugly plastic produce bags you fidgit with at the grocery store! Their about impossible to open and they are clogging up the landfills! No more worries, you can get these awesome reusable produce bags from Fickle Faerie.



They come in every color imaginable and in 3 different sizes: Single, Regular and Extra Large! They have cool drawstrings for easy closing too.




I just love the color black, so these bags are perfect for me!


June also makes gift bags for all your holiday needs. Do you want to wrap your Christmas goodies in just ugly paper? No! Put them in these unique gift bags and show your gift's the love they deserve.





There's one more unique item that the Fickle Faerie has that I just learned a new name for...it's the scoodie! That's a cross between a scarf and hoodie. You will love this item and it will keep you toastie on those cold winter snowfilled nights.



What a great gift idea! Grab one for yourself and two for your friends. In doing so, you'll be supporting the "Handmade Revolution"! Take the pledge to buy handmade this year for the holidays!


The Fickle Faerie will be in our November Holiday Boxes, so some of you will get to enjoy and try out those reusable produce bags, then you can stop in and buy some more!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Get Your Cookies Here!




Today I'm blogging about a wonderfully delicious business called



Wondrous Land Of Cookies

You will find them on etsy. If your not familiar with etsy, it's a handmade revolution. It's filled with all kinds of businesses who take the time to handmake, handpour, handmold whatever it is they make!

Leslie is the owner of Wondrous Land Of Cookies and their etsy shop has just opened recently!


You'll find many "sweet treats" waiting for you here...


Chocolate Cointreau Biscotti

Danish Almond Fingers






Snickerdoodles

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Pepparkakor

Oatmeal Spice cookies

and Candied Lemon & Orange Peels, their even available dipped in CHOCOLATE!!



They proudly bake all their cookies and biscotti fresh to order. They offer an eclectic range of flavors and styles plus a few candies, made to order too! If you'd like to spoil someone you love with their goodies, you can request gift wrapping and they will even include a gift tag for you!

If you don't see the kind of cookies your wanting, they will gladly take any requests and try their hardest to meet your needs!

So, go visit their shop and gooble up their goodies! You know you want a warm fresh baked chocolate chip walnut cookie to go with that cup of hot chocolate on the upcoming cold nights!

You'll also get to sample their sinfully delicious wares in our upcoming November Holiday Sampler boxes. Don't miss out... be early to get your box!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Go Vote!

Just wanted to remind everyone to GO VOTE tomorrow! It's your God given right, so exercise it! Your country's depending on YOU!




Have you been Tickled Pink Yet?

Today I'm featuring another one of the businesses in our upcoming November Holiday Sampler Boxes.  Remember the boxes go on sale November 21st!  You aren't going to want to miss this one!

       

Tickled Pink Scentsations is definitely a girly girl shoppe!  You'll find everything you will need to pamper yourself and I'm sure you'll agree with me, we all are entitled to some pampering once in awhile!  The great news is at Tickled Pink Scentsations, the prices are so good, you can afford to pamper yourself everyday!

Here's a little of what you'll find waiting for you...Body splash, polish, wash, lotion, shimmering gel, souffle, soaps, lip balm, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, lip balm and if that's not enough, you can even find an awesome candle tart to relax by while your soaking in that hot bath with all your new goodies from Tickled Pink Scentsations!

       

Their going to be in our November Holiday boxes, so alot of you will get to try their wares!  But why wait?  Order now and beat the holiday rush.  I'm sure there's a girlfriend or two needing some pampering and they'll love you for it!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Unique Charm




Unique Charm definitely lives up to it's name. They have the most unique charms I've ever seen! Leslie is the owner and she's just been in business since April of 2008 but you would think she's been doing this forever. The items she makes are so professionally done!

You'll find everything from rings, bracelets, pendants, charms, key chains, hair accessories and my favorite the scented charms! That's right I said "scented" charms. Check this out...



These cute little charms measure 1" x 1" and smell like a delicious blend of pumpkin, traditional holiday spice, combined with rich dark coffee & a touch of steamed milk. You can get two for $7.00 and only $2.00 for shipping! Now that's a great deal and aren't they adorable!


But, you better hurray to get them because they are only available for the holidays! If pumpkin pie isn't your thing, you can get hazelnut truffle and vanilla cupcake scented charms too.



Unique Charm will be in our November holiday boxes! Can't wait to see what Leslie has come up with to send you all!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

That's So French!

I'm going to try to feature a different contributor to the boxes here everyday for the upcoming November Holiday Boxes! So I'm starting with Chabot Savonnerie.







When this business signed up to participate in the sampler boxes, I was so excited! Their products look incredible on the website! They are so professional done and presented. Here's their motto:


Our bath and body products are handcrafted in small batches to ensure quality. Loaded with skin moisturizing oils and butters and richly scented, our soaps and lotions will leave your skin soft and smooth - the way nature intended!


They make all their own products and carry shower gels, hand washing soap and just plain old bar soap. Although, I wouldn't call their bar soaps plain at all!

They have incredible scents available like:

Sugarplum

Peppermint Candy Cane

Pumpkin Pie

Rum Cake

Lemon Poppyseed

Cranberry

Almond

Spicy Chai

and Vanilla Mocha

I can't wait till their samples arrive! And if your lucky enough and buy a November holiday sampler box from Out Of The Box Sampler, you may get one of Chabot Savonnerie's samples!!

Also, remember that if you post comments on our blogs, you'll be entered into the drawings to win full size products from our contributors!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gourmet All The Way!


The Gourmet Bath Shoppe was is one of our box sponsors for the October fall/Halloween sampler boxes. They sent us 80 big soap samples and 2 full size bars to give away! There are still a couple Oct. boxes left if you'd like to try their wonderful samples! You can buy a box by clicking on the link to the right of this blog!

I wanted to share with you the awesome interview I had with Michelle from The Gourmet Bath Shoppe...

1. How long have you been in business?

16 years



2. Tell us a little about your products that you sell.


I make a little bit of everything! I don't get to take a bath often, mainly showers so I try to make luxury products for those of us always in a hurry. So I created shower smoothies (scrub bars) and shower butters. I also make shampoo bars and now solid conditioners for your hair. I am also working on a liquid conditioner for your hair. I love R&D, that is my favorite as I can really get my creative juices flowing.



3. what is your best selling item?


My Frosted Sugar Soap!



4. Do you have a brick and morter store or an online business?


I would love to have a brick and morter store, but for now I am online.



5. Do you wholesale your products?


Yes, I do!



6. Are your products available anywhere else. (retails shoppes, etsy, ebay etc.)


I am on Etsy, and have only recently made my products available for wholesale, so hopefully I can get some retail shoppes!



7. How did you decide on the name for your business?


I love handmade luxurious bath items, so the word gourmet just seem to fit the picture. I don't make just soap, so I incorporated the word bath to hopefully let people know that it includes everything for a relaxing bath. I also use things like Mango butter, shea butter and things of that nature so I felt that it leant to the Gourmet Bath name.



8. What do you want others to know about your company?


We are a family company! My husband helps as do my daughters and now my 8 year old step-daughter in getting into it. She likes to come up with new ideas for soap designs. Also things do not site on my shelves for any length of time, except for soap which ages for 6 weeks before I ship anything out. But everything is made to order and tends to take time.



9. Where do you see your business going in 5 years?


I hope to be doing this full time or close to full time in the next 5 years. Things have really started to take off for me this past year. Not sure if I will have a brick and morter store by then. but we will see.



10. Tell us a little about yourself?


I am 40 years old, and I have 6 kids between mine and my husbands (we each have 3 each). I work full time outside of the house as well as do my soap business. I love to read, when I get the chance, and I like I said before I love the R&D process. It is very easy to get burned out with anything life, and you need to keep the sparks flying!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bloggy Carnival


THE HUGE BLOGGY CARNIVAL STARTS TODAY! VISIT THE BLOG LISTED BELOW FOR MORE INFO AND HOW TO WIN ALL THE GREAT PRIZES LISTED!!!

Welcome to the Wierd Stuff In My Desk Haunted Bloggy Carnival Spooktacular event! The carnival starts at 8:00 am Central time October 27th ALL WEEK and ends on November 2nd at 11:59 pm Pacific time. Comments will be enabled at that time so you won’t be able to post until then.

The winners will be contacted and announced sometime the week of the 3rd. You will have to give us some time to sort through all of the hundreds of entries. Thanks for your patience on this.

Hang on to your seats and keyboards because we have a line up of prize contributions like we have never seen before. Right now we have over $2317.00 in prizes up for grabs!! AND another $3700.00 in prizes at our sister site Bitten By Books! Check those prizes out here: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=1526. If we don’t have enough prizes for your blood, remember to visit all of the other participating blogs at the main Bloggy Carnival page here.

Keep checking back here, because the list will GROW eerily larger as more companies join in on the Haunted Blog Carnival fun! If you would like to contribute a prize and promote your products, service, books or business, please email us through our CONTACT FORM.

Now I bet you are wondering just how you can win some of this spectacular loot! There are a TON of ways to win. Do to different states laws you MUST be 18 to enter. You do NOT have to have a blog to participate.

OH!! and if you like discount coupons, be sure to stop by our Discount Code Page!

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CONTEST INFO

Readers, here’s how to enter the contest. You can do ONE OR ALL of these things, and each one will give an additional entry and thus MORE chances to win. Check next to each contributors page to see if there are MORE ways you can get chances win.

1. Join the NEW Bitten By Books Community and start a page to talk about all things paranormal fiction! Meet authors, join in on upcoming contests an more! You can have your own blog where you can post about THIS contest (and that gets you an entry). You can start groups and chat in our forums as well as participate in live chat. Best of all it is FREE. Paranormal authors come and start fan page for yourself! Here’s the link! Sign up and join in the fun!
http://bittenbybooks.ning.com/
You get 10 additional entries for joining our community!

2. SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter here on the right hand side of the site. You MUST verify your subscription via the email the site will send you. Unverified subscribers will not be entered into the contest. This option is for new subscribers only.

3. Visit each of the sites who have contributed to our event below and pick ONE favorite item from each store and come post the LINK to that item or the page the items is on here in this post. You can do one or all of the sites, you get an entry for each business you visit and the ONE item link you post here. Try to combine all of your items into one big post. NOTE: Don’t worry if your post doesn’t show up right away or you get an error message, the spam filter on the site will catch it if there are too many links. I will approve your posts so no need to worry, if this happens please don’t post your list multiple times. Check back later in the week to see if it is up.

4. Post this blog post in it’s entirety with a link to our contest on your blog, groups, forums or websites and you will be given FIVE additional entries to win for EACH place you post. You MUST post the links where you have shared the info in one response here in this thread. The more places you post the event, the more entries you get, so spread the word! NOTE: Don’t worry if your post doesn’t show up right away or you get an error message, the spam filter on the site will catch it if there are too many links. I will approve your posts so no need to worry, if this happens please don’t post your list multiple times. Check back later in the week to see if it is up.

5. Make a purchase between 10/27-11/2 from ANY or all of the retailers participating on our page (see list below) and send us a copy of the receipt for your purchase to: racoo.smith @ gmail.com (no spaces) for an additional FIVE entries. You get entries for every purchase you make. Be SURE to put WSIMD Contest Entry in the subject line so it doesn’t get lost in our spam filter. NOT valid on past purchases.

6. Read through the Weird Stuff In My Desk blog and find your favorite product review and come back here and post the LINK to it. One favorite review per contestant please.

7. Add us as your friend on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/bittenbybooks

8. Add us as your friend on Facebook: http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614064436

9. Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BittenbyBooks


Be sure to mention that you are friending us for this contest so we know to enter you! All of our WSIMD updates go through these accounts since we are sister sites. That’s why the links say Bitten by Books. :)

10. Stumble, Digg or share the post with any social networking sites. There is a button right at the end of this post that says “Share” that you can use.

11. Twitter the URL for this event throughout the week: http://weirdstuffinmydesk.com/?p=176

12. Add Weird Stuff In My Desk to your blog roll or links page: http://weirdstuffinmydesk.com if you leave our link up permanently you will always be entered into our contests automatically. Just be sure to stop by each contest we hold and leave the link to where it is.

13. Invite ALL of your friends! If your fiends come and post here and say you sent them, they get TWO entries and you get TWO entries! They have to tell us who you are so we know who to give the entries to. You can invite as many people as you want and get all the extra entries!

Be sure you leave a valid email and your name AND COUNTRY when posting here so we can contact you if you are the winner. We will contact the winners and request your first/last name and a valid email which we will give to the retailer whose prize you have one. It is up to the individual retailers to award your prizes. If we do not hear back from winners within one week of contacting you, you prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be chosen. We reserve the right to delete any inappropriate or inflammatory remarks or comments. Bitten by Books is NOT liable for prizes that are not delivered, awarded or lost in the mail. It is the sole responsibility of each contributor to honor their prize obligation.

And last but certainly not least A BIG thank you to our fabulous contributors!!

Here is the list of AMAZING prizes you are trying to win!

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Glutenada - 2 -$65.00 gift certificates to their online store, two winners. Shipping to US and Canada only.
http://glutenada.com/
Glutenada offers the very best in premium, just-like-homemade, gluten-free mixes and creamy, dreamy fudge in a jar - Spoonfudge!


Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb - An AMAZING prize package including: a 12 pack Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Sugar-Free Raspberry Dark Chocolate bars, a 12-pack Dark Chocolate Sugar-Free ChocoPerfection bars,an autographed copy of paperback book “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year”. Valued at $106.00. Shipping to US and Canada.
http://www.livinlavidalowcarb.com/
Author of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year”
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to Jimmy’s Blog and pick your favorite post, then come back and post a LINK to that post here. Only one choice is necessary.


Bin Hog Designs - 2 each $50.00 gift certificates to their online store, two winners. Worldwide shipping
http://www.binhog.com/
Custom & Personalized luggage handle wraps

Lathers & Lights - $100.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
http://www.lathersnlights.com/
Lathers & Lights is dedicated to producing quality skin care products and candles that inspire you to slow down, take a break, and pamper yourself from head to toe. You deserve it!

Beaded Hemp - 5 each $20.00 gift certificates to their online store, five winners. Worldwide shipping.
http://www.beadedhemp.com/
Beaded Hemp carries hand milled soaps, bath & body products, and flameless home fragrance, with over 200 scents to choose from.

Meringue - A $100.00 gift certificate to their online etsy store. Worldwide shipping
http://www.meringueshop.etsy.com/
Hands-free handbags for stylish women


Jessicurl - 4 each $25.00 gift certificates to their online store, four winners. Worldwide shipping.
http://Jessicurl.com
You Have the Right to Remain Curly!


Lathered Up - A $100.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping within the US only.
http://www.latheredup.com/
Lathered Up offers a diverse selection of pure and natural soaps, bath and body products for self-indulgence or wonderful gifts.

Just Right Candles - 5 each $20.00 gift certificates, 5 winners. Worldwide shipping though not included in GC amount.
http://www.justrightcandles.com/
JRC offers you a SAFE wickless alternative to traditional candles. No Flame, No Soot, Just Scent.

Bitten by Books Review Staff - 2 electronic copies of the epic story “Nothing But Red”. This is not a paranormal story, but it is a book with a collection of stories that impacts women worldwide. The review team of BBB would like to spread the word about this important work and encourage each of you to purchase your own print or e-book copy of “Nothing But Red” in support of woman and ultimately humankind. About the book:
“In April 2007, a group of men pulled seventeen-year-old Du’a Khalil Aswad into a mob. They proceeded to stone and beat her to death, a supposed “honor” killing for allegedly falling in love with a man of a different faith. Several camera phones recorded the entire incident from the front row, and videos later surfaced online. One month later, popular filmmaker Joss Whedon expressed his despair and outrage at the misogyny in all cultures on a fan-run blog. “Because it’s no longer enough to be a decent person,” he wrote. “It’s no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself. I’ve always had a bent towards apocalyptic fiction, and I’m beginning to understand why. I look and I see the earth in flames. Her face was nothing but red.” The arts anthology Nothing But Red was conceived as a way to raise both awareness of the issues he spoke of, as well as money for the charity Equality Now.” Buy the book here: http://stores.lulu.com/nothingbutred
If you purchase a copy of this book and send us the reciept, you will get TWENTY additional entries!

Bauble Bath - One Holiday Gift basket valued at $75.00 with 3 scrubs (Candy Cane, Sugar Plum, Gingerbread). We three Kings bauble set (3 scented with Frankincense and Myrh). Holiday Candy Bauble set ( 8 mini baubles in a variety of “candy” fragrances ), Snowmen and Penguin bath melts. 2 soaps in cinnamon and Honey almond and 3 Lip Balms. Shipping to the US and Canada.
http://baublebath.com/
Thick Creamy scrubs as well as bath bombs in indulgent fragrances.

The Ivy Keep - 3 each $25.00 (Canadian) gift certificates. Three winners, shipping to US, Canada and most international countries.
http://www.ivykeep.com/
Everyone has the right to affordable luxuries: beautifully crafted handmade soaps to rejuvenate your body, gourmet loose leaf teas and exotic flavored teas from around the world to rejuvenate your spirits and luscious hot cocoa treats to pamper and relax you.


Moody Bee Beeswax Lip Balm - One prize package of 15 lip balms shipped to anywhere in Canada or the US - perfect for Christmas! Valued at $65.00
http://www.moodybee.com/
All natural beeswax lip balm made by a Canadian beekeeper

Brenna Lyons - Brenna is offering PDF copies of every e-book release she has in 2009 to one winner (approx $50 value) and one signed print book of choice to a second winner (approx $15 value). Shipping to US and Canada only.
http://www.brennalyons.com/
“Brenna writes milieu-heavy dark fantasy, science fiction and horror books, straight genre through erotic romance; all winners of Brenna’s materials should be age 18 or over.”
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to Brenna’s site and pick any book you would like to read, then come back here and post a LINK to that book. Only one book choice is necessary.


The Blue Raven Tea Co. - 3 each $20.00 gift certificates to their online store, three winners. Shipping to the US and Canada.
http://blueraventea.com
Let us delight you with our irresistible and fragrant teas. Every cup is a journey.

Crater Lake Company - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store.
http://www.craterlakecompany.com
Crater Lake Company specializes in providing all the luxurious necessities to transform the bathing experience into a joyful treat and soothing retreat. With a discerning eye to detail for the ingredients we use, a keen nose for unique fragrances and a finger on the pulse of the market, we are pleased to present a palette of superior products in a fun and exciting way so that you can create your own work of art in your bath!

A Woman with Scents - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
http://awomanwithscents.com/
Scented soy candles and artisan soaps.

Bad Girlz Bath Co. - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. US shipping only.
http://badgirlzbath.com/
“We’re the Passionate bath & body company. Check us out. We’re NOT your mothers bath & body shop, We’re Lot’s more Fun!!”

Overall Beauty - A prize package including 4 mineral eye shadows colors and one blush. $50.00 value. Worldwide shipping.
http://www.overallbeauty.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=77
Offering pure natural mineral eye shadows and blushes we all can enjoy.

Kettlepot Soap - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping to US and Canada.
http://www.kettlepotsoap.com/
There’s something magical about Kettlepot Soap! Natural, handcrafted products for skin care.

Ugly Duckling Designs - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
http://www.theuglyducklingdesigns.com/
We offer richly scented, hand poured candles, tarts and primitive designs.

TarotByArwen - Consultation with professional Tarot consultant, Stephanie Arwen Lynch, president of the American Tarot Association. Valued at $50.00.
http://tarotbyarwen.com
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to Arwen’s Blog and pick your favorite post, then come back and post a LINK to that post here. Only one choice is necessary.


Destiny’s Creations - 2 each $25.00 Gift Certificates to their online store. Two winners. Worldwide shipping.
http://www.shopdestinyscreations.com/
Handmade one of a kind art jewelry with fine silver, gemstones, and artisan lampwork beads. A modern mix of Victorian and romantic jewelry.

Ginger’s Garden - A gift basket with handmade soaps and skin care worth $50.00 with your choice of fragrance. Shipping to the US only.
http://www.gingersgarden.com/
Come visit Ginger’s Garden for handmade soaps, skin and body care, gift baskets, toiletries, Zodiac Perfume blends, sculpted soap flowers and more.

Bovine Bubbles and Hogwash - 2 - $25.00 gift certificates to their online store. Two winners. Worldwide shipping.
http://www.bovinebubbles.com/
Uddlerly the best darned handmade products under the sun!

Lily Gulch Soaps - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Free shipping with this gift certificate.
http://www.lilygulchsoaps.com/
Handmade 100% natural cold process soaps, unique bath & body products and natural bath accessories.

Broken Teepee Designs - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping included with this prize.
http://www.brokenteepeedesigns.com/
Beautiful beaded jewelry made in Montana

Pampertini - $25.00 Gift Certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
http://www.pampertini.com/
We offer a variety of pampering items for you to enjoy, whether you are a shower person or love to indulge in a tub of bubbles, come by for some ONE STOP SHOPPING fun!

Delightfully Wed - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Free shipping in the US with this gift certificate.
http://www.delightfullywed.com/
Visit us for your bridal shower, wedding, baby shower, party or birthday party accessories, favors and supplies. We specialize in western-themed items and handcrafted western Christmas ornaments.

Candles and Woodcrafts - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store with free shipping in the US with this gift certificate.
http://www.candlesandwoodcrafts.com/
We provide a wide array of items from wooden soap molds and displays to wax tarts, finished woodcrafts, clocks, lighted holiday items….way to much to mention in one line so come on over and take a look!


Snowberry Creek - A gift certificate good for one Snowberry Creek Sampler box with free shipping in the US. Valued at $22.95
http://www.snowberrycreek.com/
A box full of luxurious, fragrant samples and full-sized items for your pampering pleasure!
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to the Snoweberry Creek site, find the past e-tailers page and pick any company that contributed to their box, then come back here and post a LINK to that company. Only one choice is necessary.


Chunky Butt Candle & Bath Co. - A $30.00 gift certificate to their online store.
http://www.chunkybuttcandles.com/
We specialize in wickless soy candles, soy melts, and bath and body.

Lindsay’s Candles & Stuff - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping to the US and Canada.
http://www.lindsayscandles.com/
Wonderfully pampering handcrafted candles, soaps and bath & body products.

Jojoelle - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
http://www.jojoelle.com/
Quality bath and body products available in over 400 scents!

Robed in Fantasy - 1 Custom Made Pirate Shirt Value $22.00. Worldwide shipping.
http://stores.ebay.com/Robed-In-Fantasy
Robed in Fantasy. Magical creations from the realm of imagination. We specialize in medieval reenactment/live action role play clothing, gothic inspired clothing, gowns, wedding attire and costumes. If you can imagine it, we should be able to make it. We offer custom and ready-made garments.

Sidhe Na Daire - One set of custom-made costume horns or cat ears. Valued at $15.00. US shipping only.
http://www.sidhenadaire.com/promoTM.htm
Celebrate the Launch of Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Long-Awaited novel Tomorrow’s Memories, the sequel to Yesterday’s Dreams. Also, see webpage for details on how you could win a replica Scottish Claymore.
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to the Sidhe Na Daire site, find the book page and pick any book you would like to read, then come back here and post a LINK to that book. Only one book choice is necessary.


Out Of The Box Sampler - 2 each sampler boxes to two winners. Valued at $20.00 each. Shipping to the US included in prize.
http://www.outoftheboxsampler.com/
We cater to finding you the best etailers in the business, all in ONE box.
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to the Out of the Box Sampler site, find the In the Box page and pick any company that contributed to their box, then come back here and post a LINK to that company. Only one choice is necessary.


Spa Secrets - A $30.00 certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
http://spasecrets.net/
Spa Secrets offers an amazing collection of luxurious bath and body, skincare, and aromatherapy products for your home spa needs.


Flying Needle Gallery - A $20.00 gift certificate to their online store. US shipping only.
http://flyingneedlegallery.com/
Gifts for the Body & Home

Designing-Diva Boutique - A $25.00 gift certificate for their online store. Worldwide shipping
http://www.designing-diva.com/
Artisan handcrafted silver and fused glass jewelry and home decor adornments for mortal goddesses everywhere!

Lemming Central - 1 Sampler box. Valued at $20.00. US shipping only.
http://www.lemmingcentral.com/
Lemming Central is the place for E-tailers to promote their products, so the consumers can find them! You will find all sorts of great new bath & body products, candles, tarts and even tea! Feed your addiction!
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to the Lemming Central site, find the Sampler page and pick any company that contributed to their box, then come back here and post a LINK to that company. Only one choice is necessary.


Things That Make Scents - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping to the US and Canada
http://www.thingsthatmakescents.com/
Things That Make Scents is a Jersey Shore-based candle manufacturer offering superior customer service and a diverse menu of all-natural soy wax candles and scented wax bears. With many scents available, you are sure to find a favorite! Carrying candle accessories, gift baskets, jewelry and great gift items, its your one stop shop for your gift giving needs!

Manic Trout - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
http://www.manictrout.com/
Manic Trout has a wide array of baubles and bracelets that will add a funky finesse to your next outfit.

C.A.Milson - 5 e-books of his novel, The Chosen. 5 winners. Valued at $30.00
http://authorcamilson.blogspot.com/
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to Chris’ Blog and pick your favorite post, then come back and post a LINK to that post here. Only one choice is necessary.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

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