#PghToteChallenge Final Thoughts

Hard to believe, but the Tote Bag Challenge is officially complete! One fine (in the tune of a donated tote bag) is all that we were charged.

Yesterday, we spent time at the I Made It Market! Jr and Family day at Bakery Square. We took around one of our favorite totes to hold our goodies:

After our day out, I went on our big grocery trip. We’re talking “massive”, happens every other month big. The cashier and bagger were awesome. Somehow, I almost ran out of space in all my bags and there was a near grocery bag incident; however, I quickly explained the Challenge importance and found extra space in a lighter bag. About 20 tote bags fill later, I was checked out and on my way back home.

2 months’ worth of staple groceries packed into tote bags and the Durango!

Next, it was time for ‘lil Miss A and I to go to the Tote Bag Project’s Anniversary Celebration. A was hyped up the most, jumping all over the Crazy Mocha rugs (and she was the one drinking water) and pulling the raffle prizes. She was the lucky winner of a pretty nifty re-purposed license plate purse.

Afterwards, she asked for a hamburger and fries (what is it with us and Tote Bag events/Wendy’s or Pens games/Wendy’s?), so in we went with our trusty dinner to go tote. She proudly put the tote on the counter and we easily got the food in the bag. Since it was her food, she happily carried the bag over her shoulder and out the door. I think the lessons learned have even filtered to the kids!

(If you’d like to see more photos from our day, check out our Earth Day Flickr set and the TBP Anniversary Celebration Flickr Set! Keep in mind…I was using this day to get used to my new 50mm lens…so there’s definitely a learning curve in the photos!)

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All in all, this Challenge has been a great insight for us, and we will surely think more about using reusable bags more often than not. We are thankful for the sponsors, pledges, and donors who we’ve inspired this week. Tote Bag Project? Thanks for letting us join in the fun!


Tots and Me–Baby Shower Celebration #Giveaway–Picky Sticky!

I am joining in with Tots and Me to celebrate the birth of her baby boy. Her Baby Shower Celebration has been extended into April due to unforeseen circumstances. The review that follows is written by Tots and Me.

Tots and Me
A few weeks ago I shared a little bit about Picky Sticky

These milestone monthly onesie stickers are great! I have so far used 3 of the stickers. The pack I chose had a “0” month for newborn, and while I didn’t get to use it on the day of baby Harold’s birth (because I hadn’t received them yet) I used them as soon as I could. 
Don’t you just love the cute little dinosaur.
Each month the dinosaur is different.
These hand designed stickers are super cute and so easy to use. They come packaged in a cellophane package and each month’s sticker is on it’s own backing. 

They come off very easily and are a cinch to apply to your baby’s onesie. As they are transparent you can choose whatever color plain onesie you think will complement your design. When you are done taking your pictures the sticker comes off easily and can even be reused. I decided to put mine on a sheet of computer paper onto which I will then write any special memories as they happen in the coming month. I plan to keep the papers in baby Harold’s baby book. Use your imagination and see what you can come up with to reuse your stickers. (It is almost Earth Day after all).

There are so many designs to choose from. Check out the Picky Sticky site. There are choices for boys and girls and even neutral stickers for those who prefer NOT to know the gender of their baby beforehand. In addition there are First Milestone Stickers and Belly Stickers for pregnant mommies. I think these would make a wonderful baby shower gifts and right now they are on sale (the sets that are usually $19.95 are currently $12.95).  They also offer free shipping for orders over $20.00

Don’t forget to check Picky Sticky out on Facebook and on their blog.

Of course, as a part of my Baby Shower Celebration you have a chance to win a set of your very own Picky Sticky Monthly Milestone Onesie Stickers. Just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. I have to mention that I know I do not usually have so many entries on my Rafflecopter forms. However, these wonderful ladies are helping to share my Baby Shower Celebration and I offered them a spot or two on said form. Remember, you don’t have to fill in every entry (there are only 2 mandatory entries) but each entry you complete increases your chances for winning and I would love for you to follow these great ladies who are helping me.

Disclosure: I received  a set of Picky Sticker Monthly Stickers for free as a part of my Baby Shower Celebration. This did not in any way influence my review. I only recommend products I use personally and will be good for my readers.

This giveaway uses Rafflecopter–please go over to the original post on Tots and Me to enter!

#PghToteChallenge Day 6 Thoughts

Yesterday was day 6 of the Tote Bag Project’s Tote Challenge. Sticking with traditions, we headed to the big screen and had to grab dinner on our way there. (Aside, I sure hope this doesn’t put a damper on my efforts to drop a few more pounds before Mud on the Mountain!) I took the tote bag in because of all the interesting situations we’ve had in the drive thru, and the cashier was confused but not unfriendly.

(In case you’re wondering, I turn the bag inside out because it has a plastic outside, making it easier to clean.)

Oh, caught a cool tote in action at work today. The owner told me they always use totes for groceries because it just makes sense.

And sadly, leaving the Big Screen, I saw this bag floating around as we drove:

Limited chances to slip up, but we are continuing to do well. Today is the last day, but there are lessons that are going to stick with us for a long time.

‘lil Burghers 5, disposable bags 1

#PghToteChallenge Day 5 Thoughts and Couponing

Today felt like it was way too easy. In a way, I had to wonder if I broke the rules again with a pre-packaged version of oatmeal, but, as instructed, I was able to recycle it (see?)

Lunch, as usual, was in my lunch tote, and Mr. Burgher and the kids stayed at home and did lawn work and A cleaned her toy room (ahem). There were no opportunities for a slip up for them.

One of my co-workers was caught with two tote bags (but the saddest thing is that he’s the same person who had the bright yellow one the other day). Another co-worker made me smile because she took two huge bags of disposable bags to our recycle box, win!

After work, I went to coupon. Most of my trip involved 12-packs of Pepsi Next, so that was clearly not going into a bag. At the first store, it was plenty easy to ask for my items to be thrown in a tote bag (the same one we used yesterday for our dinner). I had to go to another store because the first one was out of what I needed, but from experience, I knew the items I’d be picking up were small enough to toss in my purse and go.

It was straight home to cook dinner and pack one more lunch for the week. With just two days left, I think it’s safe to say we’ve really been thinking about the impact of our choices. Saturday could be a different challenge with I Made It Market! Jr (have you seen the goodies? If not, check out this giveaway and the others I’ve linked…most end tomorrow!!!). (Shameless promtion!)

‘lil Burghers 4; disposable bags 1.