Life in Photos

JCPenney Giveaway :: Enter to win a $100 Gift Card

I have an exciting giveaway for you today, friends — one of you is going to win a $100 shopping spree to JCPenney! If you’re like me, you may not always make time to shop for yourself, but if you win this gift card, then you’ll have no excuse. ; ) What would you buy if you won? (There are lots of great JCPenney shopping ideas here.)

#JCPstyle on the Oaxacaborn blog - This pin is an entry to win $100 to spend at JCPenney! Click for details
#JCPstyle on the Oaxacaborn blog - This pin is an entry to win $100 to spend at JCPenney! Click for details
#JCPstyle on the Oaxacaborn blog - This pin is an entry to win $100 to spend at JCPenney! #JCPstyle on the Oaxacaborn blog - This pin is an entry to win $100 to spend at JCPenney! Click for details

Get the Look #1

Dance tank | Cuffed pants | Wedges, similar here and here

#JCPstyle on the Oaxacaborn blog - This pin is an entry to win $100 to spend at JCPenney! Click for details #JCPstyle on the Oaxacaborn blog - This pin is an entry to win $100 to spend at JCPenney! Click for details 2 - JCPstyle on the Oaxacaborn blog - JCPenney Giveaway JCPstyle on the Oaxacaborn blog - JCPenney Giveaway

Get the Look #2

Racerback tank, similar here | Hi-lo skirt | Shoes, similar here


To enter, comment on this post!

Comment below and tell me, what would you buy at JCPenney? (1 entry – required)
AND let me know which of the following entries, if any, you’ve done.

Giveaway ends in one week, on Saturday, 17 May 2014, at midnight Pacific standard time. I’ll personally mail the gift card to the winner shortly thereafter, via USPS. Good luck!

Image Credit: Josiah Munsey /

Disclosure of Material Relationship: I received a gift card for myself and one to give away to Oaxacaborn readers in exchange for participating in the #Momisms campaign and hosting this giveaway. I was not required to present or promote any specific products. All the photographs, opinions, and experiences shared here are in my own words and are my own honest evaluation. Please be assured, I only accept sponsorship opportunities for brands I personally use and/or would recommend to close friends and family, and I will always disclose any such relationships.


INSPIRATION :: A Curated Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Sometimes, I get lost in the tyranny of the urgent. Lost in the chores and the clutter and the cooking and the cycle of washing, drying, folding. I get lost and forget that all around is beauty, even inside these four walls. We were created to know beauty, and it’s worth every bit of conscious effort to choose to see it, even in the whirlwind. The Weepies knew this when they sang“All this beauty…You can ask about it, but nobody knows the way. No bread-crumb trail to follow through your days. It takes an axe sometimes, a feather, in the sunshine and bad weather. It’s a matter of getting deeper in anyway you can…All this beauty; you might have to close your eyes and slowly open wide.”

I believe in making a beautiful home, something I learned from my mother (although I’m nowhere nearly as good at it as she is). “Anything can be made beautiful”, she always told me, “though a combination of cleaning and contentment.” And she proved this, too, over and over and over again throughout the years.

Maybe you have a mother like that too, someone who has always managed to create peacefulness and a sense of home and beauty no matter what. Or maybe you have a mom who whips up magic in the kitchen, or throws the best parties, or has endless athletic energy, or is always on top of the fashion game. (Honestly, isn’t Supermom a little bit of all that and more?)

Keeping everything a mom does in mind — and with an eye toward seeing beauty in the whirlwind — I’ve teamed up with JCPenney to bring you gift ideas for any kind of mom.

A @JCPenney #Momisms Mother's Day Gift Guide curated by the Oaxacaborn blog // #JCPHostMom #JCPFitnessMom #JCPDecorMom #JCPChefMom #JCPTrendyMom

#JCPHostMom | 1. Lantern | 2. Copper Bowl | 3. Plates | 4. Card
#JCPFitnessMom | 5. Yoga Mat | 6. Tote | 7. Hair Tie  | 8. Towel
 #JCPDecorMom | 9. Basket | 10. Rug | 11. Pillow | 12. Art |
#JCPChefMom |  13. KitchenAid | 14. Eat | 15. Cucina | 16. Tray | 17. Bowls | 18. Mortar & Pestle
 #JCPTrendyMom |  19. Lace Tee | 20. Bracelet | 21. Bag | 22. Pants
Even MORE  gift ideas | JCPenney Mother’s Day Hub

This week, I’ve also joined JCPenney in tweeting little snippets of motherly advice. Being a total rookie in the mom department, it probably comes as no surprise that my quips have been of the “Don’t suction-cup the dog”, “Don’t lick the sidewalk”, and “Don’t stick potato chips in the outlets” variety. But you can use the #momisms hashtag to tweet your own, much wiser motherly gems of wisdom — and you’ll be entered to win one of several $100 gift cards JCPenney is giving away, so YOU can buy a little something for yourself!

(Pssst…a little secret? Don’t worry if you aren’t one of the winners of the #Momisms sweepstakes, because I will host a separate $100 gift card giveaway here very soon. Sign up for Oaxacaborn email updates so you won’t miss it when it goes live!)

Leave me a comment on this post letting me know which of the items above is your favorite. Since I curated the list, I can safely say….I love them all!

Disclosure of Material Relationship: I received compensation in exchange for promoting JCPenney’s #Momisms Sweepstakes/Giveaway. I personally selected all the items displayed in this curated guide, and was not required to present any specific products as gift ideas. All the opinions and experiences shared here are in my own words and are my own honest evaluation. Please be assured, I only accept sponsorship opportunities for brands I personally use and/or would recommend to close friends and family, and I will always disclose any such relationships.

Little Style

GIVEAWAY :: Win a Pair of Children’s Rain Boots from Poco Nido!

Aveline from Oaxacaborn wears the new Poco Nido cat wellies // Click through for a Giveaway! #PocoNido #Oaxacaborn

Ever since these wonderful wellies arrived in the mail from Poco Nido in the UK (did you see me Instagram the awesome packaging?), Aveline has scarcely let them out of her sight. She’s worn her beloved new boots indoors to dance, outdoors to splash, in the car, and has even taken them with her to bed. Yesterday, I spotted her trying her to hang both boots on the Christmas tree.

Why is she so enamored? Well, based on all the loud “meow!” sounds, I know she likes the smiling kitty-cats. But I think her favorite thing is the fact these are the only shoes she’s ever been able to put on and take off all by herself. To a toddler (and to mamas of toddlers!) that’s a really, really big deal.

What’s my favorite thing about Poco Nido boots? They’re 100% rubber, which means no plastic fumes wafting around. And since Poco Nido products aren’t mass-manufactured, they’re all limited edition. (They make cloth baby shoes and children’s clothing, too!)

Now here’s the really fun bit.

YOU can win a pair of Poco Nido wellies for your adorable little!

There are both cat and owl patterns to be had, in infant sizes UK 4-10 / US 4.5-10.5 / EUR 20-28. We picked the more boyish-looking cats, but as you can see Aveline and her green skirt had no trouble turning them into a properly girlish accessory. Which would you choose if you won?

New rubber Poco Nido wellies // Click through for a giveaway to win a pair! // #PocoNido #Oaxacaborn

While you ponder that tough choice, let me tell you how to enter. This giveaway is open to anyone, worldwide.

  1. (Mandatory) Leave a COMMENT on this post.
  2. (Optional) TWEET about this giveaway. You can use this tweet: “Win cat or owl @PocoNido wellies for your little one on @gmunsey’s blog #giveaway!” If you choose to write your own tweet instead, please make sure you tag both @gmunsey and @PocoNido, so I am sure to see it.
  3. (Optional) PIN one of these photos to Pinterest, then leave a separate comment here telling me you did so, so I can count your entry.
  4. (Optional) Share this blog post on FACEBOOK — you can tag Poco Nido and Oaxacaborn’s Facebook pages in your post! Leave a separate comment here telling me you did so, so I can count your entry.

You have until Saturday, 8 December to enter — and you can enter every single day!

Poco Nido | Poco Nido on Facebook | Poco Nido on Twitter

This post is sponsored by Poco Nido, who kindly provided these boots.


CHRISTMAS : Shutterfly Christmas Card GIVEAWAY! ($50 value)

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly’s Christmas Card Campaign.

It’s that time of year! Thanksgiving is just barely past (I’m still filling up on leftovers) but lots of us are already fully immersed in Christmas preparation. I just spent some time next to our pretty white tree choosing photos for our cards this year. It’s always so fun to look back on the year, don’t you think? These laughter-filled outtakes from our shoot with Deb Schwedhelm back in April didn’t make it onto our cards, but they are just too fun not to share.

Photography of Mother and Child by Deb SchwedhelmPhotography of Mother and Child by Deb Schwedhelm

Will you be sending out cards this Christmas? Each year it seems like fewer and fewer families are carrying on this tradition — which makes me sad. I like when my mailbox is filled with red and green and holly and glittery snowscapes!

To encourage you to mail some Christmas cheer this year, Shutterfly is generously offering one Oaxacaborn reader an extra $50 off a Shutterfly order of $50 or more! (Excluding tax and shipping, and cannot be combined with any other promos. Expires 12/14/2012 – no extensions.)

Such a fun giveaway!

To enter, just comment on this post telling me what you love most about Christmas cards. You have until December 3 at midnight to enter.
UPDATE: The winner, randomly selected using is JULIE! Congratulations!

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HANDMADE :: GIVEAWAY :: Win an Owl Headband!

Giveaway - Win an owl headband from Oaxacaborn and Ma Nouvelle Mode

Enter to win an owl headband at Ma Nouvelle Mode! It’s one of my original designs, and I’ve hand embroidered it with vintage cotton thread. Since it’s entirely felt-backed, the owl slides easily along the elastic headband. Comfortably fits both adults and kids!

While you’re there, be sure to check out these other (group!) giveaways too.

P.S. Don’t want to wait to see if you won? The owl headband is available for purchase in my shop ;)



Last week, on the Oaxacaborn facebook page, I promised a giveaway when the page reached one hundred fans. Much to my surprise and happiness, YOU made this happen in a mere couple of hours. (Thank you to Natalia of Ma Nouvelle Mode and Nicole of Darn Good Yarn for helping me get there!)

So, here it is — an owl hat giveaway to thank you all for helping me achieve a very successful first six months over at my Etsy shop, which keeps running out of owl hats. :-D So exciting!

Now on to the actual giveaway…

Oaxacaborn Owl Hat Giveaway Size 6 months

One of you will win the yellow and white striped owl hat pictured above, which is sized approximately six months. It’s crocheted in a chunky textured stitch from a super soft acrylic yarn and features an original woodland owl applique. The owl has been handmade from recycled felt and is securely attached to the hat with whimsical hand stitching.

It’s SUPER EASY to enter. Just comment on this post! No tweeting, pinning, stumbling, chirping or facebooking required. ;-) You can comment once per day for the duration of the contest. Open to all readers, worldwide! (And you don’t even need to have a baby to enter. It would make a great gift!)

And oh yes, the fine print: Infant clothing sizes, by nature, are approximate. This hat has been estimated to be size 6 months based on the measurements of a 16″ un-stretched circumference and 7″ height. Entries/comments will be accepted from Tuesday, 7 February through Tuesday, 14 February at 12am EST. This equates to 14 February at 9pm PST, and 15 February at 5am GMT). Only comments left on this exact post will be counted. One comment per day per entrant. Winner will be chosen via’s random number generator. Once the winner is notified, the winner has 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Guest Blog, Handmade

Headband Giveaway at ‘Ma Nouvelle Mode’

Guess what, lovely readers? My very first giveaway ever is going on right now at Ma Nouvelle Mode! Head on over and enter to win all three of these headbands from my Etsy shop. Giveaway is open to US and non-US readers. Be sure to follow Natalia’s beautiful blog while you’re at it — I just love her.

And did you see my gluten-free cracker/pizza crust recipe on Peas in a Blog yesterday? Thank you, Carolina and Katie, for letting me guest post!

Cloth Diapers, Inspiration

Approachable Art + Dharma Trading Co. Giveaway: Win a Procion Fiber Reactive Dye Fabric Starter Kit!

Many of you have asked what type of dye/dye process I’ve used in my cloth diaper, baby onesie, and yarn projects.  The answer is Procion Fiber Reactive dye, sold by the Dharma Trading Co. (Thank you, Kristi from Hip Green Baby, for helping me discover these fabulous dyes!)


procion fiber reactive dyed fabric via relentlesstoil on flickr
via relentlesstoil on flickr


For those who want to explore dyes but don’t have the supplies, you’re in luck. I stumbled across a great Fabric Starter Kit giveaway over at the Approachable Art website.  Two readers will win a complete kit from Dharma, containing everything you need to get started. To enter, head over to Approachable Art — but hurry.  Tomorrow (October 8) is the last day to enter!

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