Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bumble Sweet's First Product Review: Sweaty Bands

Sweaty Bands

I'm in love. I first heard about Sweaty Bands from  The Marathon Show, a podcast about all things marathoning. Owner, Donna, was on the show talking about being a female entrepreneur and marathoner. Born out of necessity, Sweaty Bands was created because headbands kept shooting off the back of Donna's head! 

I can relate. 

My gigantic head hates headbands. They squeeeeeeze. Pinch. Or shoot off my head like a really tight rubber band. It's miserable! All I want to do is keep my locks out of my face while I get all sweaty and gross. That's it, nothing fancy. 

Enter, the Sweaty Band

I contacted the lovelies over at Sweaty Bands asking if they would be interested in sponsoring this product review. Lesley wrote back and said sure! Within a couple of days, I received an cute little package in the mail with 2 headbands!

Two! Sweet!

I was thrilled. They sent me a thin (1") and a thick (1.5") headband. I was so excited. My plan was to test them in the activities I do most, running and Bikram Yoga (studio where I get my sweat on)


The thin one, "Scroll Down Your Playlist," was tested several times (3 times running and 2 times in Yoga). 


(Photos courtesy of your's truly)

Right off the bat, I was surprised at what the headband actually consisted of. The underside of the headband has a velvety fabric and I imagine that's the secret! There is a thinner elastic band that connects the ends of the headband. That's great! Not too tight and not too loose. 

When I first put on the headband, it took a few tries to find the perfect placement, but I finally figured it out. I fell in love right then. The headband was the perfect fit for my big 'ole head.

Normally, headbands start off good...everything stays in its place, my tresses are out of my blinkers and I'm a happy camper. And then I start moving. Insert projectile headband! This little beauty stayed put through about 12 miles of running and I couldn't be happier. 

The headband performed equally well in Yoga. In Bikram, there are a few poses where your head is on the floor. I thought for sure this would be the breaking point. Nope. It just keep sucking to my head. Sweet! The 1" band is totally a winner. 


The 1.5", "Chakra Dots," headband did great in running trials, but I was a little disappointed in how it did in Yoga. It did great in the standing poses, but anything on the floor it didn't want to stay on my head. By that time in the class, I really need to keep my hair out of my face.  It might be ok if I moved it closer to my forehead, but I may try that later. 
(Please excuse my Dr. Evil eyebrow...it has a mind of its own!)

All in all, I'm so excited to have tried these awesome headbands. The only drawback to completely going hog wild and ordering a bunch (which by the way.....there are, as of this posting, 357 different 1" headbands and 123 1.5" headbands) is the price. One inch bands go for a whopping $15/each and the 1.5" for $18. 

However, the price is actually totally justified. All of the headbands are handmade by ladies in Donna's network of sewers in Ohio. Plus, turnaround time is amazing. Those things considered, I'll certainly be ordering more!



Monday, May 9, 2011

Another Giveaway brought to you by...


My lovely friend, Stacy, is having a giveaway on her blog. She blogs about ways to be thrifty around the house and life in general. Stacy's facebook page recently hit 100 fans and now she's having a giveaway for a pretty sweet book.


Like Stacy's Facebook page for your fist entry. If you're a fan of my page (which you should be!), you get a second entry by making two comments on the giveaway page! Make sure you read her rules before you enter. They're not long and it's better to know what to do than risk having your entry voided!

So hop to it! Go like her facebook page, then visit her blog to try your luck in another giveaway. Tell her I sent you!




Drumroll, please! And the winner is....

Kalley O'Neal Head






Comments were adjusted for double posts/deleted posts and for an entry that did not state a Facebook name to check "fan" status. That left 22 valid comments. Lucky number 14 is Kalley's comment: 

Love this! What a great Mommy purse! BBD fan on fb. :) Kalley O'Neal Head


Kalley, please email BumbleSweetDesigns@gmail.com with your complete mailing address by Wednesday, May 11. 

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated! For those who participated, email me and I'll send you a coupon code for 10% off your next purchase on our Etsy shop!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The 100 Fan Dani Bag Giveaway!

This Giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Kalley Head. Stay tuned for the next giveaway.

Come one, come all! Bumble Sweet Designs finally hit 100 fans [104 as of this posting] and it's time for a giveaway. Read the rules here: Giveaway Rules. You need to be a fan of my Facbeook page: Bumble Sweet Designs.

For this giveaway, I'm making you this little beauty: 



The Dani was created for a coworker and has been a huge success ever since! The bag will be made in the fabric shown above. It retails for $42.00 and ships for $4.95 (flat rate USPS). Since this is a giveaway, you pay nothing, not even shipping!

You can check out some of the other things I make on my Etsy shop: Bumble Sweet on Etsy

And now on to the good stuff: 

The Giveaway will run from 12:00am (EST) on 5 May 2011 until 12:59pm on 8 May 2011. Comments made before or after these times will be voided. 

You must be a fan of Bumble Sweet Designs on Facebook.

You must be 18+ and a resident of the U.S. or Canada. 

You must comment ON THIS POST that you are a fan of BSD using the name associated with your Facebook account. You do not need to leave an email address. 

Random.org will provide the winning comment number. 

I'll announce the winner of the giveaway on this blog in a separate post. I cannot notify the winner on Facebook. Please, please, please check back to this site to see who the lucky winner is. The winner will be posted within 24 hours of the giveaway closing (barring any unforeseen circumstances). 

Winner has 72 hours to get in contact with BSD with their complete mailing address. 

If you have any questions about the giveaway, or anything else, do not hesitate to email me. 

Best of luck! Thank you all for supporting my venture. 





Giveaway Rules

Bumble Sweet Designs Giveaway Rules
[THIS IS NOT WHERE YOU ENTER FOR A GIVEAWAY]
(See post list on the right panel for current giveaways)

  1. You must be a fan at the time of the contest and after the contest closes.
  2. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian fans aged 18 and over only.
  3. VERY IMPORTANT – Any Bumble Sweet Designs giveaway is administered on an external site: http://www.bumblesweetdesigns.blogspot.com to remain in compliance with Facebook’s Promotion Guidelines (available here: http://www.facebook.com/promotions_guidelines.php)
  4. Fans that join during the giveaway period are eligible for the giveaway and must adhere to the rules of the giveaway and of Bumble Sweet Designs.
  5. You are allowed one entry by “Liking” the Bumble Sweet Designs Facebook page – exercise your “like” by commenting that you’re a fan of Bumble Sweet Designs on the Giveaway Post. [Make sure you use the name you use on Facebook when you comment otherwise I can’t cross check to make sure entries are legitimate]
    1.  You do not need to provide an email address! But please be aware that winners will only be notified via the Blogspot Giveaway Post. See §9.
  6. Contests will generally be open for four (4) days [Thursday-Sunday], but each giveaway will state the open and closing period.
  7. Shipping for the giveaway item will always be free – it’s not a giveaway if you have to pay!
  8. Bumble Sweet Designs will close a contest on the fourth day of the giveaway and the winner will be selected by a random number generator.
    1. The “number” is calculated by adding the number of eligible comments on the Giveaway post.
    2. The random number generator uses some lovely mathematical algorithm that is beyond my understanding to create a truly random number.
    3. The number that is generated is then assigned to the corresponding eligible comment made on the Giveaway post.
  1. I will announce the winner on the Giveaway Post on Blogspot ONLY. Unfortunately, the Facebook Terms prohibit notification of the winner through any means utilizing Facebook. The winner must then contact Bumble Sweet Designs within 72 hours from the posting of the winner's comment. Please include your complete mailing address. 
  2. If the winner does not notify Bumble Sweet Designs within 72 hours a second winner will be selected using the methods in §8. If the second winner fails to follow the 72 hour notification rule, the contest will end and no additional winner will be selected.
  3. Bumble Sweet Designs reserves the right to terminate a giveaway at any time prior to the end of the promotional period for any reason. 
  4. Giveaways sponsored by Bumble Sweet Designs are in no way "sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Bumble Sweet Designs and not Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for sweepstakes/giveaway entries." If you are a winner, your address will only be used for shipping your prize. 
Date of Last Revision: 4 May 2011
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