Odds and Ends.

I suspect a few of you are on Facebook already. Clearly my entire high school class is. I'm guessing you might be over there somewhere too. I just created a brand-new Facebook page for Clean so that you have a good place to connect, keep up on posts, and ask questions that don't seem to fit elsewhere. Here is the link for those of you who are on Facebook. Be my fan! (There is also a LuSa Organics Fan Page if you'd like to join there too!)


And now I'm off to Milwaukee to pick up Sage. He's been staying with my folks for a few days but is feeling under the weather and wants his mama. It's hard for me to be away from him when he doesn't feel well. I have our homeopathic remedies and his favorite snuggle buddy ready to go. I packed for both Lupine and I in under 10 minutes. I'm hoping we have underwear.

So as to not leave you hanging while I'm away, tomorrow we have a giveaway of Respectful Parents Respectful Kids – one of my favorite NVC parenting resources. Thanks to Continuum Family for their donation!

I'd love to talk about giveaways with you. Do you like them? Do they belong here? I am not much of a new-products shopper. (Thrifter, yes. Shopper, no.) And I don't want to set a tone that you need more stuff to find your joy. But there are definitely items in my world that I'm glad to have discovered. Books. Safe water bottles. Foot-healthy shoes. Natural sunblock. The good stuff. I would love to serve as a conduit between you and folks doing good work to bring positive products to the market.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Because this is as much your place as mine.


And with that, I'm off. Have a beautiful weekend. I'll read all of your comments when I return after the weekend!

This message was brought to you by the pink recycled sweater bunny that Lupine and I just made. (Pink. Fuzzy. Bunny. She loves it.)

22 thoughts on “Odds and Ends.

  1. Morgan says:

    I think that as long as you are introducing us to interesting and useful products that we might not have found before then there is no reason to question it! I really enjoy finding alternatives to the everyday shopping that must be done through blogs such as yours…
    Bring on the good stuff!

  2. Susanne says:

    I’m all for hearing about things I might never have come across otherwise. I store some ideas and such from you for future times in my life (like when I have kids or my own home) and others I incorporate now. I had never heard of Soft Star shoes and was glad to discover their products. I also don’t feel that you’re soliciting, but sharing what works for you and what you feel adds value to your life. I think readers can take it or leave it.

  3. MaeKellan says:

    Im also interested in hearing about different products out there. I had never heard of soft star shoes before and am thinking about getting myself some.

  4. Meagan Grant says:

    Hope your little man feels better, I know I would with that adorable little bunny!
    In regards to giveaways, I, too am an avid (slightly addicted) thrifter however when I do need a new item, I like to support handmade, natural, and/or mama run businesses; and sometimes the ones I see in the blogosphere I would otherwise not know about. So, in a round about way, yes, I love giveaways. Happy weekend…

  5. sarah says:

    i’m another supporter of your giveaways…i love finding unique stuff in pockets of the world i might not normally stumble upon. to me, its sort of anti-advertising advertising…you’re a credible voice, spreading the word about products that work in your life…and i totally appreciate that.

  6. lisset says:

    bummer that sage isn’t feeling well. it is hard to be away from our little ones when they aren’t feeling up to snuff, but it’s one of the greater feelings about being a mama when the only person who can soothe them is you. sigh.
    and as for the giveaways, bring ’em on! 🙂

  7. Peggy says:

    Best “get well” wishes to Sage. As for the give-aways… What Sarah, Meagan, Susanne & Morgan all said? Me, too. I second those thoughts!

  8. Lori Beske says:

    Rachel I would definatly say yes to give aways – they are always “good” products that most of us would not find on our own. That’s one reason I enjoy learning more about more natural ways of parenting and living in general – everyone is so willing to share the information they know and that works for them. I’ve never won anything in a give away but even things that i’ve seen being given away, if they look like they would work for me and my family i will seek it out – so even that way the word gets out about what works.
    Just my two cents – hope Sage is feeling better 🙂

  9. Rachel Wolf says:

    Weve found lots of great new customers by hosting giveaways of LuSa product on other sites, so I understand the power of it. Glad you (and others) are supportive.

  10. LaLibertad says:

    I would agree with a lot of the posters. I feel you wouldn’t post something you wouldn’t consider using your self. And I haven’t even heard of a few of the companies you’ve posted (surprisingly)! Since so many are small and creator owned, it reflects your stance on where you put your money. I love them!

  11. caitlin says:

    oh poor sage! Nothing is worse than feeling bad and wanting your Mommy- I still want mine when I’m sick! Glad you are dashing off to the rescue!

    I think your giveaways are nice. They are for useful and unusual things that pertain to your life, so I think that they fit with your blog. And I like that they are things that I would not have normally come across! And they usually support small businesses too! I will go enter one right now to emphasize how much I enjoy them.

  12. denise says:

    Giveaways are nice. I usually don’t enter them, because most are for people with babies/toddlers and my children are not either. I do like reading your blog in that we have a lot in common, share similar values and parenting styles, and your son is around the age of my boys. The baby stuff, I skip ’em and leave that for others.

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