You all know I get lots of free stuff with this whole blogging gig— that’s no secret. People come over my house and I’m like— do you need a box of cereal? How about some nipple cream? Don’t leave without your bottle of Febreze!
Sometimes it’s because I’m working with a brand and they give me extra stuff to photograph. Sometimes it’s because I go to an event and get a gift bag. Blogging conferences, in particular, are notorious for overstuffing swag bags to the point where there is no way to even carry them out of your hotel room.
Most often, it’s because people just send me really random stuff.
For instance, I have a box of about 1000 packs of Extra gum sitting in my office. I have a $500 bejeweled jar of Vaseline that I most certainly did not pay for myself. And currently, I have a 5ft. foot Mega Mensch at my home that I made the Mensch people promise to take back after Hanukah.
We end up giving away a lot to charity, using some things as gifts (thanks for taking care of Mazzy and Harlow’s Hanukah gifts, random people who send me things!) and today I’m launching something new that means you guys might be the lucky recipients of some of this free stuff too.
I’m calling it “The Monthly Mommy Shorts Swag Bag” and it’s open only to daily or weekly email subscribers to my site.
If you are not already a subscriber, you can sign up here.
The Swag Bag will include a bunch of specially selected items from my current partners as well as a bunch of random surprises that I’ll cull together from the things that just happened to arrive at my doorstep that month.
To enter, I’ll be asking a random question in my weekly newsletter to make sure I am giving away the monthly swag bag to the people who are true fans and really paying attention.
What’s inside this month’s swag bag??? Let me tell you!
1) a Chore chart from Land of Nod:
This Nod Gobs of Jobs Activity Chart was featured on my Snapchat story one night and at least fifty people direct messaged me, asking me where they could find one. It’s from Land of Nod, one of my favorite resources for kids’ room decor and the decorator of both Mazzy and Harlow’s city room and their bedroom at the summer house. Land of Nod was kind enough to include a chore chart in my Swag Bag. I must say— I never thought I would see Mazzy and Harlow get so pumped to participate in manual labor, so the chart has been truly life changing!
2) A box of snacks from NatureBox
Naturebox is a snack lover’s dream come true, with a variety of unique flavorful healthier options delivered straight to your door every month. Their Mini Belgian Waffles are Harlow’s preferred choice during her hangriest moments so they’ll be included in my Swag Bag along with Dark Cocoa Almonds, Spicy Sriracha Popcorn, Dried Pears, and Asiago & Cheddar Cheese Crisps and…I’m even throwing in a 6 month Naturebox subscription to sweeten the deal!
Get 50% off your first box by clicking this link.
3) An eco-friendly backpack and cuddly friends from apple park
Apple Park is a longtime favorite of mine both for the adorableness of their baby products and their eco-friendly philosophies. Not only are all their lovies made from organic materials, their backpacks are made with recycled water bottles. In the swag bag, you’ll find a Monkey backpack, Mouse Ballerina (Harlow sleeps with hers every night), Boxer Dog (best friend to my nephew Jack) and the Big Picnic Pals board book.
For a 20% discount on all Apple Park items, use the code MSSB20. Offer is valid until 12/13.
4) a box of Hershey’s KISSES DELUXE
I’ve had a box of Hershey’s KISSES DELUXE in my office and I’m embarrassed to say— I ate the whole box BY MYSELF. I mean, it’s extra big chocolate kisses with hazelnut filling. HOW DOES ONE RESIST??
5) three MyCharge AMP portable back-up chargers
I never leave my apartment without my myCharge back-up charger and if I do, I might have a panic attack. In the swag bag, I’m including their AMP Plus w/ USB, AMP Mini, and AMP Max w/ USB. The Amp series is so small, they can easily fit in a purse, a pocket or little junior’s backpack, with pretty significant extra juice. The AMP Mini provides 15 additional hours of talk time, the AMP Plus delivers 22 and the AMP Max (which charges smart phones as well as tablets) comes in at a whooping 45 additional hours.
For a 40% discount off the Amp Series, use the code school.
6) A Kinsa Thermometer
The Kinsa Smart Thermometer hooks up to your smart phone to give a quick and accurate reading and has become our preferred thermometer in the Wiles household. Especially since the app remembers fevers, symptoms, medications, and notes so that you can stay on top of your kid’s stomach bug while focusing on doling out extra snuggles and hugs.
7) A Mommy Shorts Mug
The Mommy Shorts Mug is the perfect vessel for coffee, tea or a hidden glass of vodka. It can sit comfortably on a table without falling over and features a handle for easy carrying and drinking.
8) A bag from T.J.Maxx (plus some other super random freebies)
T.J.Maxx has not only been a great blog sponsor this year, they have totally transformed the way I shop. Have you seen their bag and shoe department? It’s incredible. When I was looking for a bag to put all this free stuff in, I knew I could find something good there. (Plus, I highly recommend T.J.Maxx for holiday wrapping paper. Look at all of the pretty wrapping I did this year!
So there you have it. The first Mommy Shorts Swag Bag. You don’t have to do anything to enter on this post— just be on alert when you get my newsletter this weekend. Although, if you do like this idea, please let me know in the comments below.
If you are not already a subscriber, sign up here! Both daily and weekly subscribers qualify.
Thanks for being such great fans this year!
This. Is. Awesome. THANK YOU!
What an awesome thing to do! Thank you!!
This is awesome. So nice. And I would totally take that 5 foot mensch, lol
Of course we love this idea! Especially if it helps you clean out some stuff! ????
I love the idea! I volunteer to be the first recipient!!
And just when I thought you couldn’t get more awesome…
Also, totally unrelated… my kids were watching your YouTube channel today and became totally mesmerized by Harlow’s rendition of Jingle Bells. And by mesmerized, I mean they watched it 17 times in a row before I took the phone back! 🙂
Great selection! You should curate a Quarterly package!
I am super excited about this!!! I look forward to your snapchat stories and updates on instagram!
Love this idea! I have read every one of your blog post from the very start! Thank you!
This is the greatest thing ever!!! Thank You!!!! I read your blog religiously…and now there are prizes for reading it!
Great idea and so thoughtful of you!
Yay!!!!! You’re the coolest!
LOVE!! Ah – I would love a Mommyshorts mug!!
Wow! This is an awesome swag bag!! 🙂
What a wonderful idea, Ilona! Thank you so much for sharing!
I think the MommyShorts mug is my favorite item in this month’s bag. Although that thermometer is pretty awesome. 🙂
Good grief! ILANA! Sorry for the name typo! *bangs head on desk*
LOVE this idea!! What a great way to spread the love 😉
What a great idea and such cool stuff in the bag!! Can’t wait!
What a great idea! I have the Kinsa ear thermometer and I love it!
I love this idea!!
This is an amazing idea! Pick me! Pick me!
It’s like being a celebrity! Love this idea… Plus you get to clean out your cabinets!
This is such an awesome idea!!! And if I send you like a million snaps of Warren serenading you does that up my chances of winning!? ????????????
You are awesome!! This is so great! 🙂
Love this ❤️????????
This is awesome! Winning that would make me high!
Fine, I’ll take it off your hands! That’s what friends are for. 🙂
I loooooove this and will be stalking my newsletter. Not gonna lie…. I’m super coveting that Mommy Shorts Mug, I’ve wanted one for years!
I just have to tell you that the massive Mensch on a bench CRACKED ME UP. I learned about the Mensch when I first saw it on Shark Tank and I think it’s such a great idea–I loveeeeeed seeing the huge one on snapchat!!
Yes please this looks like it will be awesome.
That’s a really awesome idea!!! Can’t wait!
This is so awesome of you!!! I am really hoping to get my hands on that awesome mug!!! 😉
This is awesome! Even more excited than normal to get the newsletter!
Omg this is awesome! You are so generous to your followers!! Keeping my eyes peeled for this weeks newletter ????
I would kill (don’t worry, not literally) to get a Mommy Shorts mug! I collect mugs but only those that have a special meaning to me. Needless to say that this one has! Maybe one day!
This is an awesome idea!
I mean, who wouldn’t love this idea? Free stuff goes a long way to win over anyone’s favor n
SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET ! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity .
Love this idea! Thanks for sharing the goodies with us!!
Awesome idea Mommy Shorts! That’s very generous of you!
Wow, I wasn’t expecting the swag bag to be full of such awesome stuff!
Super cool! I’m definitely going to subscribe now! And I also covet the Mommy Shorts mug (especially since it will sit without falling over and also features a handle! ;p) (seriously though, everything looks awesome! 🙂
What a totally sweet idea. Who doesn’t love a box of free stuff? Except for you, since you are giving it away, but I assume that it’s out of niceness and the desire to not be buried under stuff.
Awe crossing my fingers on this bag. My Youngest would love it.
Such an amazing idea!! Thanks Ilana! And by the way, you do an amazing newsletter! Best layout of the ones I read!
Fantastic idea!! I’m a buyer for a cell phone company and we get so many samples from accessory companies trying to brand themselves, I’ve always wondered what to do with them. I’m going to do some brainstorming now – thank you!
I love this!
Great idea Ilana!
You already know I’m a huge mommy shorts fan but this is beyond amazing!!! Hope I can get my hands in a swag bag!
I love this idea and think it’s so nice of you!
Love your blog and I watch your snapchats every day
Love it! This is an awesome idea. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go lock myself in my room with my laptop for the rest of the weekend, refreshing my inbox every 5 seconds 😉 😀 😀 😀
This is AWESOME! I was thinking about contacting you about this chore chart. Thank you for having such cool giveaways!
This is awesome! I love seeing your blog grow. Ive been a follower since you were pregnant with Harlow
Awesome!! Thank you!
Want!!! This is awesome!
This is such an awesome idea!! When I saw the chore chart on your snapchat I knew I needed it for my 2 year old son! Maybe I’ll win it (and if not I’m going to have to buy it because it’s awesome)!
Thank you for having these gifts
This is awesome! Very thoughtful!
Thanks for sharing the wealth Ilana!!
Can’t wait! This is awesome!
This is such a great idea. I love all the little goodies in such an awesome bag!!
This is such a fun idea! I love your blog and Instagram accounts! I tell all of my friends to follow you! Hope this Holiday season is full of love and joy for you and your family!
Awesome bags!!! Can’t wait!
This is awesome!!
Super fun idea! I also love that you give some to charity. Also pretty awesome you have stuff on hand for the inevitable last-minute birthday/housewarming/random party.
I want it all! What a great swag bag! Thanks for sharing.
This is awesome!!!! I will be looking for my newsletter and crossing my fingers that I win!!!!
I don’t need an excuse to read you- I love your style and content, but this is a fun bonus.
So cool! And what a great line up!
I love it! I really want this amazing bag!
Yes!! I love this idea 🙂
Great idea! Love it! Thank you!
This was an awesome idea! You are so incredibly generous! Great example for your girls!!
Sweet! I could use some swag right now. #workingmom
Awesome!!! Love this idea!:)
That’s so awesome! Thank you! ☺
This. Is. Awesome! Wow, so many great items!!! Thanks mommyshorts!!!
What a great idea! Can one win even if we are a fan from Canada?
This is super great – what a way to start 2016 off with a bang (and a bag!).
Awesome idea. And I love the chore chart! Thanks for sharing!
I think it’s a great idea and thank you for offering such an awesome giveaway!
Awesome!! Love that thermometer … Never seen it before. Definitely a great tool for little ones.
Such a lovely idea! Who wouldn’t love to win some swag?!
Fun idea! It’s like a TLC bag for your readers.
Awesome idea and I love the color of the bag featured in the photos even if that’s not the bag that is being sent out.
Love the idea!
Will it be possible to be ‘a lucky recipient’ in Canada!?
I want that chore chart so bad!! but I didn’t see anything in the newsletter 🙁
This is so awesome, thanks for the chance
Amazing! I would actually use (and enjoy) everything in the bag! Thank you!
very cool! thank you!
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Love, Love free stuff!! Awesome prizes!!!
What a generous person you are. I could use a lot of thing being on a fixed income. Thanks so very much.