Giveaway: Homestead Emporium Products

December 12, 2012

I’ve got another giveaway for you this month, and this one might make a fun stocking stuffer for you, a sister, or a close friend.

A couple months back, Ann posted about her discovery of cloth pads (after she converted to a menstrual cup), and a friend pointed her in the direction of  Homestead Emporium, a family-owned and -operated business that makes cloth products for the entire family, including washcloths, nursing pads, and “dundies” — handmade underwear that I now want. Ann’s post included an interview with Homestead Emporium’s founder, Pieternella Willard, where just about any question you might have about cloth pads was answered. (I have to admit that, after I read it, I started seriously considering making the switch.)

Pieternella is giving one lucky SlowMama reader a $20 gift certificate that’s good for any of the products in her shop. (Thank you, Pieternella!) I encourage you to check out the website: The pads are made of soft organic bamboo velour, hand-dyed, and come in many colors — and, as I mentioned, I’m totally sold on their dundies, as well as their fantastic washcloths. So even if you’re not into the pads, you (or someone you know) can still put this gift certificate to good use.

To enter, leave a comment below, and tell me this: What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

Oh, and good news: Homestead Emporium can ship internationally, so this giveaway is open to all SlowMama readers wherever you happen to be reading. I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday. Good luck!

Images: Homestead Emporium


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1 Ellie December 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

I think people would be surprised to learn that even though I am not much of a seamstress, I made my own wedding dress.


2 MJ Argo December 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

While anyone who knows me knows that I’m a terrible cook, very few people probably know that I’d like to be a better one.


3 Michelle December 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I love to craft but not very good at finishing projects.


4 Alisha December 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I think people would be surprised that I used to do competitive Square Dancing!


5 lace December 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

People would be surprised by how “crunchy” I actually am and how many reusable products and homemade products I use.

I’m also like Michelle, I love to craft but rarely finish a project.


6 Katie December 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I love the ocean, but I’m terrified of boats.


7 Katie December 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Hmm… Most people don’t know that I use cloth everything instead of paper.


8 Emily December 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Most people wouldn’t know that I would much rather work in a dark room than use a fluorescent light fixture. 😛


9 Erin December 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I think people would be surprised to know that I blast the music while I’m doing dishes and really shake it! :)


10 Brie December 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I’m like Lace…I think people would be surprised to learn how crunchy I am. It’s not something I generally talk about since people think I’m crazy 😉


11 Sarah December 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I think most people would be surprised to learn that I (at 29 years old) married the one and only man I ever dated.


12 Nique Crump December 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

People will be surprised to know how much I love to be eco friendly and as natural as possible.


13 Elizabeth December 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

People might be surprised to know that I have a deep fear of drowning, even though I’ve been swimming semi-competitively for years.

Also, I’m like Sarah!! Only, I was 27 (and 1 day).


14 Nona December 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

People are surprised to learn I use clothe pads.


15 KC December 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

People would be surprised to know that I have the same middle name as my cousin!


16 Maureen December 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Most people don’t know that I used to competitively rollerskate


17 Liz December 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

People would be surprised to learn that I use family cloth!


18 Liz December 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Unless I know them from work, I think some people are surprised to learn that I’m a doctor. :-)


19 Chrissy December 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Oh gosh. One could have fun with this entry if time allowed for some serious story sharing which usually only happens among the closest of friends and a few bottles of vino!

I was a dental assistant in high school for my father b/c we lived in a state that, at the time, allowed dental assistants to be trained on the job with no age requirements. And I was good!


20 Sara December 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm

People would be surprised to know that I love to craft but I am too impatient to do details nicely (most of the time).


21 Aimee December 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

….that my, then boyfriend (now husband) and I dated/courted for almost a year, then got engaged this day, December 12, 2003), until we had our first kiss! 😉


22 Heather December 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Hmmmm…..people always think my house must be so clean, but WOW if they could see all my skeletons I am hiding in the basement and around the house they would feel much better about their own “lived in” homes!


23 mara December 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

People would be surprised to know that I do mixed martial arts and that I have trophies.


24 Shannon December 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm

People are always surprised to learn that I have considerably more Polish heritage than Irish.


25 Lynn December 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

People would be surprised to know that I am still breastfeeding my almost 2 year old.


26 Mary Rose December 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Most people would be pretty surprised I use a LadyCup–even if they know what that is, I am notoriously squeamish around blood!


27 domestic diva December 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I love to sing.


28 Sara December 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

That I sometimes kiss my dog on the lips! Well, you know, other more shocking life things as well, but this is the internet afte all. :)


29 Teresa December 13, 2012 at 12:00 am

People are always surprised to find out that I have had several home births.


30 Sharon December 13, 2012 at 12:50 am

I’m pretty much an open book….but I have an unnatural fear of flying birds: pigeons, seagulls, farm fowl…. Make me cower and hide when they start flying!


31 Alicia December 13, 2012 at 1:32 am

People would be surprised that even though I’m from the opposite side of the country and fly to visit my family frequently, I’m scared of flying!


32 Patty December 13, 2012 at 2:09 am

Hmmm…I’ll give you a two-for-one special. Thing 1: I nursed babies continuously for slightly over 15 years (6 babies, tandem nursing, weaning at around age 4). Thing 2: 4 of those 6 babies were breech position. I don’t pull these two tidbits out very often 😉


33 Hope December 13, 2012 at 10:08 am

People would be surprised to know that despite my complete hatred of the cold, I swam through a river of glacier water…just because. :)


34 Solducky December 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

That I would love to raise chickens someday soon.


35 Mary December 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Every chance I get to drive by myself, I sing along with the radio at the top of my lungs and pretend I’m performing on stage. Not even my husband knows that about me, but I’m pretty sure other drivers on the road do :)


36 Amy Bailey December 16, 2012 at 2:43 am

People might be surprised to know that I use cloth pads and family cloth (instead of toilet paper). :)


37 ikkinlala December 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I think people might be surprised to learn how much I love to dance (I’m reserved about it in public).


38 Sarah S. December 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I think I must be something of an open book…or maybe just too outspoken? Anyway, I had a really hard time coming up with something…but now I’ve got two possible candidates. People are often surprised by how much I like cheesy science fiction. And people are almost always surprised that after six baby boys, I’m actually not desperately hankering for a girl! (Don’t get me wrong, a baby girl would be amazing, but we’d be just as happy with another little bundle of masculinity…)


39 Dawn December 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I’m terrified of thunderstorms and hate potty training my kids. I love Homestead Emporium’s stuff!!


40 Rachel December 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm

People are usually surprised to find out I’m married to a priest. For one thing, I dress like a hippie and for another, you don’t hear all that much about married priests.


41 Kara-Lee January 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I think people would be supprised to know that i colect comic books.. humm and have since i was a child..


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