Friday, May 28, 2010

Coopersong Giveaway

There's a lady who used to visit my daughters' elementary school every year to talk about ecology, conservation, being "green," whatever you call it these days. She would tell the kids crazy things like how her clothes were all made out of corn husks.

**Really, Mom? Even her underwear? 'Cause I think having underwear made out of corn husks would be pretty uncomfortable.**

*I agree, honey, and I'll never make you wear corn husk underwear. I promise.*

Anyway, this woman used to scare my kids. Every year when ecology day came around and Green Lady came to the classroom, I knew we'd have a lot to talk about after school.

Sorry, but she made being green seem kind of weird. Like something only hippies do.

Well, I'm here to tell you that I'm no Hippie, and I wouldn't call myself "green" by any stretch of the imagination, but I do believe in taking care of my little corner of the earth. I'm also no extremist, nor am I an evangelist when it comes to things of the earth, so you'll never hear me commanding you to recycle (or wear corn husk underwear), even though we do it here (the recycle part, not the corn husk part). I'm just not into scaring people about stuff like that.

But when a green product comes around that excites me, I mean one that is really practical and cute and stylish even, I want to shout it from the rooftops. Which is why I'm so thrilled about today's giveaway.

But first, a little background.

Remember a while back when I told you about our French Market? Well, a couple of Saturdays ago I was there with one of the girls, and we saw a display of bags that were . . . to put it bluntly . . . cute! I mean, really cute. Not just your run-of-the-mill homemade tote bag that even I, who does not have the crafty gene, could make. No, these were special.

Because the handles are made of rubber. LIke tires. In fact, they ARE tires. Inner tubes that have been recycled from old bicycle tires.

Cool, huh?

And the fabrics. Oh, the fabrics. Insanely adorable.

And I immediately recognized the name of the company because one of my blogging friends, Sandy, had told me about her sister-in-law, Deanna, who lives right here in my town who had this really cool company.

Small world?

I think so.

So I introduced myself to Deanna and told her that her sister-in-law was one of my bloggy friends and she looked at me like I was completely insane. Which I was. Over her bags.

Unfortunately our family needed to eat actual fruits and vegetables and bread that week, so I didn't have enough money to buy one of her to-die-for purses. Strike me down now, I was coveting.

The next week at the French Market, there was Deanna, with even more cute bags, and this time I was ready. I brought some money with me to purchase a tote bag which, unfortunately, was not for me. It was a gift.

We got to chatting again, and Deanna graciously told me that I could do a giveaway on my blog. Excited?! You bet I was!

So here's the deal. I am giving away a $25 gift certificate to anything on the Coopersong website. Anything your little heart desires.

Like this tote bag.

Or this lunch sack (the one Maggie wants because all the middle school girls have them).

Wristlet, anyone?

Or this purse (the one I was drooling over).

Here's what you do if you want to be entered in the giveaway. Head on over to the Coopersong website, take a look around, drool a little, then come back here and tell me what you'd get with your $25 gift certificate.

And even better, if you tell a friend about me, I'll enter you again.

And if you "Follow" me, I'll enter you AGAIN!

So there. Three chances to win a Coopersong bag. Get going!

I'll announce the winners on Monday, which is also Memorial Day. Have a great weekend!


P.S. If you were really paying attention to this post you would realize that I STILL don't have a Coopersong bag of my own. But one of these days I will. And I'll shout it from the rooftops.


  1. Great giveaway, Shelly! I love the Go-Girl lunch bag in disco fabric. Of course if I win, it will cost me another $50 to buy them for my two younger daughters!

  2. Shelly!!!!!!

    I was so excited to see your giveaway today! I linked to you and I'll send my facebook friends your way too!

    I can personally attest to the coolness of these bags. Though I personally do not own one YET, my daughter does. I covet it.

    Plus, any company with the Cooper blood flowing through it HAS to be way cool.

    And can I just add that my two sisters-in-law personally design AND make all these bags? They are so talented.

    No need to enter me...just wanted to leave my endorsement.


  3. I absolutely love the last purse you pictured here, but when I went to her site I fell in love with her eco friendly lunch bags. Very fun giveaway!

  4. Think I'd pick one of the cute lunch bags for my daughter who starts at the Intermediate school next year and would LOVE to look cool with such an awesome bag! Which fabric to choose? They're all great!

  5. I am in desperate need for a large awesome beach and pool bag. My bro always said go big or go home. So I would love $25 toward the gigantic and gorgeous Something Big in Green Wave.

    I'm gonna follow you for sure and you better believe that I'm posting the link on FB to tell all my friends about it.

  6. I love the blue gather bag (and all the other things!!) So cute!! =)

  7. Love Love Love the Blue Gather Bag!

  8. I love all the stuff you showed in the pictures! But I think the wristlet would be good. Because, hello? Cute AND practical AND good for the earth? :)

  9. Oh's a toss up between the 14" x 14" tote in black or the "Something Big" tote in Green Wave but I'm wavering toward the BIG bag cause you know you gotta go big or go home, right? Another funny thing is that the high school team name I graduated from was known as the Mattoon Green Wave and what better than to get the tote in that color pattern.

  10. I love the blue gather purse, but I think my daughter would love the Paris lunch bag even more.

  11. I told many friends about your Intentional Parenting series and will pass this along as well :)

  12. I would probably choose the tall organizer. Probably. :)

  13. I would love to get the class bag! It would hold my daily reads/bible along with my notebooks. Perfect and what a great site!

    tpatton5 {at} Gmail {dot} com

  14. Shelly,

    I've walked through the French Market and never noticed these before. But now I covet the "nuetral" class bag. It would replace my free earth day bag from Target which I've been using to lug myy notebook to work.

    And I'll be glad to follow you as I read all your posts!


  15. I would probably get the "blue" "gather" bag pictured in your last picture or a lunch bag. Those are all so cute! Very fun! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  16. Hi, Shelly,

    I'm a sucker for giveaways! I would totally get the brown home organizer--I can always use all the help I can get in that department! Thanks for this fun opportunity! God bless,
    Sara A. in KY

  17. I guess I'm not as sweet and selfless as Sandy...please enter me! :)- I like the black swirl hipster and the floral and brown mid-hipsters.

  18. Just told some of my friends!

  19. Shelly,

    Oh how you are making me miss the Wheaton French Market. Another one of my favorite things about living in Wheaton! I really hope that we get to move back someday.

    I would totally get the stroller bag with the gift certificate. I know that I would totally use it!