It’s that time of year once again, so shoppers, rev up your engines! To add more fun to the season, we are kicking off “Thirty Days of Gifts and Giveaways.” Check back each day between now and Christmas for a unique gift featured every day, as well as a liberal sprinkling of giveaways.

Our first giveaway is a doozy: the Llama, Llama Doll and Book Gift Set from Merry Makers Inc. (valued at $34.99!) This adorable fellow clad in red pajamas is sure to delight the young ones on your gift list and the lovely illustrated companion book is perfect for bedtime story time.

Merry Makers has created a collection of dolls based on bestselling and classic children’s books, museum collections, and historical figures. You’ll find Junie B. Jones, Go Dog Go, Otis the Tractor and many other beloved characters.

To register for this giveaway, leave a comment and tell us what character from a favorite children’s book you would love to see made into a doll by Merry Makers. Registration for the giveaway ends on Monday, November 29 and we will post the winner’s name on November 30.



Lisa, who wrote “There are WAY too many cute shops near me. I like a store called Greenward in Cambridge, MA. Another store I like is A Little Piece of Heaven in Allston/Brighton, MA. ”

Lisa won a scented candle from STUFF, a lovely shop in Brookside, Mo., as well as some scented goodies!

In my next post, I’ll share the list of your favorite independent shops and the towns in which they are located. I’ll also profile a few of the more unique shops. Stay tuned!

Now, time for bed …



At the end of a stressful day, there’s nothing better than drawing a hot bath, pouring a glass of wine and lighting a scented candle. This hand-poured candle from Mixture in the Tuscan Olive scent will do the job perfectly. And now, it can be yours for free!

Win this hand-poured candle from Mixture!

That’s right, this is our second giveaway! The owners of STUFF, that wonderfully artsy store I profiled in my last post, are giving away one 5-ounce candle from Mixture along with a few trial-size goodies! STUFF carries Mixture’s entire collection of home, body and kitchen fragrance items.

Here’s how to register for this giveaway: In honor of the 3/50 Project I mentioned in the post below, tell me in your comment

  1. the name of YOUR favorite independent, one-of-a-kind shop in your town AND
  2. the name of your town (city and state).

You have until next Thursday, April 29 at 10 pm Central Standard Time to register. Then we will draw a random winner and announce the winner on Friday, April 30, at 8 am CST.

Here’s an added bonus: For those of you who love to travel and shop at unique stores, you can use the favorites listed in the comments to plan future shopping adventures!



Jenn Giannetto! Her favorite Switchflop shoe and strap combo is the Taylor Black Wedge with the Sheila strap . To keep things completely fair, we assigned each comment a number and then drew the number at random. (Mr. Blog, the numbers guy, came up with this complex but totally impartial drawing method!)

Jenn, we just sent you an email to get your full name and mailing address. After we hear from you, the Lindsay Phillips company will mail you your adorable pair of Switchflops!!

Thanks to everyone who entered. There were a lot of you! For everyone else who registered for the giveaway but didn’t win, don’t lose heart! We will be offering our second giveaway very soon  … and it’s a doozy!



Win a Free Pair of Switchflops!

by Cathy on April 12, 2010 · 63 comments

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This is a totally girly post on … shoes! Not just any shoes, mind you. These are Switchflops, the shoes with a million creative possibilities. I love shoes, love creativity, love shoes that give you options and Switchflops deliver.

My latest Switchflops purchase: the Emma Cork Wedge Sandal

These shoes are perfect for the traveler because you can bring one pair of shoes on your adventure and change the look by bringing several straps with you. I recently purchased the cork wedge sandals pictured here along with the two additional straps. I think I might need to purchase another pair of Switchflops. In fact, I need to buy some NOW!! Ahem… Okay, I’ve pulled it together! We now return to our regularly scheduled programming …

Oh, I almost forgot. Would YOU like to own your a pair of the Switchflops of your choice for FREE? Well, now you can if you are the lucky winner and live in the United States. (International readers: We will try to include you on upcoming giveaways.)

To register for this giveaway, simply submit a comment. In your comment,

  • Tell me which shoe and strap combination is your favorite. (Click on this link to the Switchflops web site to see the options but don’t forget to come back to leave your comment.)
  • You may also want to register as a fan on the Switchflops fan page on Facebook. When you see all these cute shoes, you WILL become a fan.

You have until Sunday, April 18, 10 pm Central Standard Time to register by leaving a comment. We will then draw the winning name/comment out of a hat and announce the winner on Monday, April 19, 8 am Central Standard Time. I’ll get in touch with the winner through their comment to get their name and mailing address. Then the lovely folks who make Switchflops– the Lindsay Phillips Company –  will mail your shoes directly to you!

Stay tuned for future giveaways because this will be the first of many!

I can change the look of my cork wedge sandal with this Lila strap or ...

This cute Charlize strap! These are just two of the dozens of straps (and snaps for the ballet flats) available.



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