Giveaways Galore, Day 5: Make Mealtime Fabulous with Fabkins! NOW CLOSED-Winner Announced Soon!

8:00 AM Posted by Centsible Mommy




I have been on a "green" kick lately, looking for ways to reduce waste and live a little more eco-consciously and therefore was super excited to come across these cute cloth napkins for kids called Fabkins.

As most of you know, I am fabulously frugal as well, and after learning that by replacing paper napkins with cloth ones you can save up to $1.68 per week (Green Guide, Spring 2008) my excitement grew. Eco friendly and frugal…how perfect is that when the 2 pair up!

Fabkins are truly as fab as their name! Fabkins are kids' cloth napkins (that can double as placemats) that you can put in lunchboxes or use with meals at home. Sold in packs of five, a week’s worth of Fabkins can help save billions of pounds of paper waste from ending up in landfills . Fabkins come in six different themes, each with five designs for both boys and girls making mealtimes not only more fun but waste free.

Here are 7 tips for packing a waste free lunch as found on the Fabkins website:

“7 Simple Tips for Packing a Waste-free Lunch



1. Use Containers: Ideally, one container with multiple compartments that fits easily into your child’s lunchbox. Due to recent studies showing that plastics can leech toxins, some parents are turning to aluminum or glass containers. Any one you choose is better than a plastic bag that is estimated to take hundreds, if not more, years to breakdown in our landfills.


2. Add a Water Bottle: Stop buying juice boxes and single use plastic water bottles and invest in a few re-usable water bottles for your kids’ lunch. These days, there are many styles, designs and colors to choose from that you can find online and in many stores. There are now many popular options made from recycled steel, such as Klean Kanteen, or aluminum, such as SIGG.


3. Buy in Bulk: Cut down on packaging by replacing single serving items like boxed raisins, cheese sticks, and apple sauce cups, Instead, buy the same items in large containers and simply put what your child will eat into your lunch container. You’ll be amazed by the reduction in trash and food waste with this simple trade-off.


4. Pack Whole Fruits: Try packing a whole apple, banana, peach, peeled orange or other fruit that your kids can eat without packaging. You may find they eat more of it and you’ll feel good that you haven’t created unnecessary trash.


5. Clean with Cloth: Of course, this one is our favorite! Toss in your favorite Fabkins, or two (one for a placemat, one for cleaning messy faces and hands), and remind your child to bring it home with the lunchbox and containers. Cloth napkins greatly reduce the number of paper towels and napkins used and disposed and may even replace the sleeve for mouth wipes.


6. Wrap it Up: Swap out a container for a fabric, washable wrap for snacks and sandwiches. Those made by the company Wrap-n-Mats, come in different designs and colors and double as a place mat. Their tagline says it all: The convenient,environmentally friendly re-usable sandwich wrap and placemat in one!


7. Get Creative: Packing a trash-free lunch gives a parent more opportunities to be creative about not only how you pack your child’s lunch, but what you give your child to eat. Have fun selecting containers, napkins and water bottles that reflect your kids’ personality and interests, and feel good about doing your part to save the environment.”

So you think Fabkins sound fab and want to win a set? Here’s how: Click over to Fabkins and check out the colors and designs and then come back here and leave me a comment or email me which set you would pick were you to win! Also, if you have any suggestions for new designs you'd like to see, please tell me about that too! If you think Fabkins are fab and decide to buy a set or 2, use the code "centsible” at checkout to get 10% off through October 15! One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on October 18th. The deadline for entry is October 17th at 11:59 PM CT.


As always, you can gain some extra entries by: Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry
1.) Refer a friend and if they enter and leave your name too, you’ll get an extra entry!
2.) Blog it! Post about this giveaway, submit the link, and get an additional entry!
3.) Put my banner on your blog or website, tell me you have added it, and get an additional entry!
4.) Sign up to receive my blog contents by email or RSS feed(Sign up on the upper left sidebar!)
Winner will have 72 hours from the time he/she is notified to claim his/her prize. In the event I do not hear back from a winner within 72 hours, an alternate winner will be drawn in their place.


Good Luck!


~Jamie

153 guests said:

  1. Christy said...

    I really like the blue beach bound set!

    Christy

  2. My Precious Pennies said...

    I really like the prima ballerina set, but it doesn't match my kitchen. The fruit salad would match everything else in my kitchen though!

  3. My Precious Pennies said...

    I've posted about your giveaway on my blog, My Precious Pennies. You're in my "Giveaways Galore" box in the right sidebar!

  4. My Precious Pennies said...

    I am already a subscriber to your feed! That's how I found out about this giveaway!

  5. My Precious Pennies said...

    Your little pig-on-a-leash button is my blog, on the left hand side under "sites that I love"

  6. Laura said...

    I like the green stripe fruit salad or the pink stripe garden friends - which it says is sold out! :( Maybe they'll get more ??

  7. Dana said...

    Oh these are too cute! The African safari is adorable!!!

  8. Amber said...

    I really like the sports set they are cute i have two boys who would love them!

    luvnjennanjohn @ yahoo .com

  9. The Chambers Family said...

    I love the garden friends. Too cute! We just started using cloth napkins so these would be a hit in our house.

  10. The Chambers Family said...

    I'm a subscriber as well, that's how I learned of this wonderful giveaway!

  11. judybrittle said...

    They are so adorable! I really love the Garden Friends in blue.

  12. judybrittle said...

    I'm subscribed

  13. tmbarlow@verizon.net said...

    I would pick the sports set for my boys. I love the idea of cloth napkins in the lunch box. I think this is great, Melis

  14. Whimsical Creations said...

    My favorite is the garden friends.

    =) melanie
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    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

  15. Whimsical Creations said...

    I have your button on my blog.

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  16. Whimsical Creations said...

    I am a subscriber.

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  17. laura said...

    Great green find and idea, we started using cloth napkins and can always use more. I like the blue african safari, thanks! laurachilton {at} hotmail.com

  18. laura said...

    Your button is on my sidebar: http://chil-koffs.blogspot.com/. Thanks! laurachilton {at} hotmail.com

  19. laura said...

    I'm a subscriber too, yay!
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  20. Nad said...

    I'd pick the pink stripes with the caterpillar. Adorable!
    Thanks!
    treflea4 at gmail dot com

  21. Brianne said...

    What a great idea! I love the garden friends set. I added your button to my sidebar and I am a loyal RSS subscriber :-).

  22. Heather said...

    GARDEN FRIENDS ON THE STRIPED BACKGROUND WOULD BE MY PICK. THANKS!

  23. Heather said...

    Your banner is on my blog.

  24. Heather said...

    I am a subscribed reader.

  25. blueviolet said...

    I love the striped fruit salad set so much!
    doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
    Elizabeth

  26. blueviolet said...

    I have just put your button on my blog.
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    Elizabeth

  27. blueviolet said...

    I'm subscribed too.
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    Elizabeth

  28. Granna said...

    I like Garden Friends. My four little granddaughters would love to use those at my house!

  29. jenny said...

    wow i love to try and win a set of them it would be so grate and well do i have a fav not realy any one of them will do for me thanks

  30. cpullum said...

    The African Safari I love Giraffes!!

  31. Jeff, Mandee, Rayden and Parker said...

    I like the Garden Friends set in turquoise or the African Safari set in yellow. These are all super cute. I would be nice to see some more designs that could be used for either boy or girl.

    mandee220 (at) aol (dot) com

  32. Jeff, Mandee, Rayden and Parker said...

    I am subscribed via e-mail. Thanks!

    mandee220 (at) aol (dot) com

  33. Jen said...

    I love the yellow african safari set!
    Thanks,
    mountaingoats at hotmail dot com

  34. Jen said...

    I am a subscriber!
    Thanks,
    mountaingoats at hotmail dot com

  35. Amanda said...

    I love the ballet set for my daughter and the animal set for my son. Great idea!

  36. janetfaye said...

    I like the Garden Friends set.

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  37. janetfaye said...

    Your banner is on my sidebar:

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  38. janetfaye said...

    I am subscribed.

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  39. Maja said...

    African Safari


    angelina115@hotmail.com

  40. Maja said...

    angelina115@hotmail.com

    subscriber

  41. Shannon said...

    The african safari ones.

  42. Jen said...

    My girls would go crazy for the prima ballerina set. We already use cloth napkins, but nothing as special as these!

  43. Aisling said...

    My favorite set is the Garden Friends in blue.

  44. Centsible Mommy said...

    Email entry from Ana M: "Blue Beach bound set"

  45. Centsible Mommy said...

    Email entry from Barbi:

    "Well I think these are great... if I won I would have to ge the blue sports theme for my kids... but I really like the garden theme with the pink stripes for me...lol

    I think another theme would be great is aminals kids have... dogs, cats, fish.. a theme like that.

    Barbi "

  46. Centsible Mommy said...

    Email entry from Peggy:

    "Hi

    Please enter me to win the Fabkins ,too cute. I love the Garden Friends. These would be wonderful in turquoise.
    Thanks

    Peggy"

  47. AP said...

    my little boys would love the african safari set. too cute

  48. reb said...

    I love the fruit salad ones. I would like to see ones with dogs on them.

    rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

  49. Stephanie said...

    would pick beach in blue. would love to see a modern shapes design.
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  50. cstironkat said...

    African Safari set in yellow is beautiful. Thank you.

  51. Sandy said...

    love the garden ones..

    how about initials, or days of the week, or space theme- the moons,planets, etc..
    I think even girls would love a bear asst with different bears on them- or groups of bears like friendship

  52. sharon said...

    love the safari animal set

  53. sharon said...

    subscriber too

  54. Raspberry Light Bulb said...

    What a fantastic idea and they are so adorable! I have a set a boy/girl twins that I would love to use this for. I'm going to choose the Garden Friends in blue because I think its a design that would work for them both. Please count me in!

  55. Raspberry Light Bulb said...

    Added your button to my blog in the right sidebar: The Lethally Blonde Diary

  56. Raspberry Light Bulb said...

    I subscribed to your posts via feedburner. My addy is raspberrylightbulb(at)gmail(dot)com

  57. Tonya said...

    I love them all. If I have to choose one, I would pick the solid yellow African Safari.

  58. Hayley said...

    Great product- I've also recently switched to cloth napkins and could use some new ones! I like the striped fruit salad style best- thanks!

    oreo89 [at] gmail [dot] com

  59. Hayley said...

    Also- I am a subscriber!

    oreo89 [at] gmail [dot] com

  60. K. Cleaver said...

    I like the Beach Bound print very cute.

  61. K. Cleaver said...

    I'm a subscriber.

  62. windycindy said...

    The "Sports" Fabkins would be perfect for our family! Please enter me in your delightful giveaway drawing. Many thanks.....Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  63. windycindy said...

    I am a happy subscriber! Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  64. Anonymous said...

    I would choose the striped fruit salad design.
    -Terra
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  65. Sharon said...

    Sports Fan Red Stripe for sure...THANKS

  66. Sharon said...

    have you on my sidebar...thanks again

  67. Sharon said...

    am subscribed...thanks again

  68. travellingmomof2 said...

    African Safari...Never been on a safari, but my kitchen is safari style. These would be great. Lots of giraffes, monkeys and elephants around the kitchen.

  69. JLYNNF76 said...

    I would choose the solid fruit salad set.

  70. kygirl said...

    I would pick the African Safari
    in solid yellow

  71. gkstratos said...

    I like the Garden Friends (striped). It'd be great to see some tea-themed designs.
    gkstratos@yahoo.com

  72. gkstratos said...

    Subscriber
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  73. Sunnyvale said...

    I like the fruit ones, nice.

  74. kdkdkd said...

    I would pick the sports fan ones for my boys. Thanks for the chance :)

  75. delfina said...

    I like the garden friends in blue. So cute!

  76. Alibi said...

    I really like the Garden Friends
    in Blue. They would work for both
    my boys and girls.

    Thank You for the opportunity to win these.

    Twilight25(at)gmail(dot)com

  77. Alibi said...

    I've subscribed. :)



    Twilight25(at)gmail(dot)com

  78. Kim said...

    Fruit Salad is my favorite. Another awsome giveaway!

    Thanks,
    Kim

    akjulian@aol.com

  79. Kim said...

    I am a subscriber! Thanks again!

    Kim
    akjulian@aol.com

  80. Mommyhood is Thankless said...

    My favorite is garden friends, right now we use hand towels instead of napkins. Classy right? But it is better for the environment than paper napkins. These would be both classy and environmentally friendly.

    mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

  81. Mommyhood is Thankless said...

    I have your button on my blog:Here

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  82. Mommyhood is Thankless said...

    I am a subscriber!

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  83. Mommyhood is Thankless said...

    I blogged about this giveaway:Here

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  84. Jenn S. said...

    I like the fruit salad set with the green stripe fabric.

  85. Abby said...

    Fruit salad is my fave!

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  86. Anonymous said...

    Christina - xristya@rock.com - I would choose the Flower Power Fabkins, with their 60's symbols and beautiful purple backgrounds!

  87. C and C girl said...

    I would love to win the african safari

  88. Betty N said...

    I would love to use these for my grandchildren! The Safari on the blue checked material is my fav but the Garden Friends on plain blue backgroud is a really close second. Ideas for other Fabkins might be: vehicles: car, truck, train,boat,airplane; or on the farm: pig, cow, horse,etc.

  89. Betty N said...

    I am subscribed to your email.

  90. Centsible Mommy said...

    Email entry from "I'd choose African Safari. I'd love to see a City theme!"

    Jennifer

  91. Super Blogger Girl! said...

    Fruit salad in solid would be my pick!

    geat site thanks!

    jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

  92. Centsible Mommy said...

    Email entry from fats: "GARDEN FRIENDS- PINK!"

  93. Centsible Mommy said...

    Email entry from Amber R:

    "I would get the sports ones! i have two boys they would be perfect!"

  94. vboackle said...

    i like the yellow african safari set.

  95. Anonymous said...

    Nice choices! I would pick the Fruit Salad napkins. cardeb2@verizon.net

  96. Rhonda said...

    I think the ballerina ones are adorable but I think my boys would prefer the blue sports ones. They look like a great product! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  97. bfox74 said...

    The solid blue garden friends is my favorite.

  98. valerie2350 said...

    GArden friends in blue - love the dragon fly!

  99. karebear said...

    Love the prima ballerina print

  100. furygirl3132 said...

    My daughter would love the Garden Friends in Pink. These are too cute and would come in very handy for her school lunches not to mention here at home. Thanks so much for the great opportunity!

    Eloise
    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

  101. Centsible Mommy said...

    Email entry from Allison: "I love the Fruit Salad Fabkins-I think they'd be great for all genders and (almost) all age groups!
    Thanks!
    Allison"

  102. Lori said...

    The Garden Friends is awesome, and while I know my daughter would want pink, I would get the sage stripes to be fair for my baby boy.

    lkziegler[at]gmail.com

  103. pam said...

    The Sports Fans napkins would be perfect for my boys.

  104. miriama said...

    Definitely garden friends in blue!

  105. justicecw said...

    I LOVE the blue beach bound set. Great giveaway! justicecw@hotmail.com

  106. justicecw said...

    subscriber!
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  107. Heather said...

    I like the blue garden friends set! Thanks.

  108. Kari said...

    LOVE the striped fruit salad set. It's so pretty.

  109. Kari said...

    Im a subscriber!

  110. littlelatina said...

    My favorite is the beach bound set! Really nice color and design

  111. Susan said...

    these are too cute!!!

  112. Anonymous said...

    I like the prima ballerina...its so cute.

  113. Lisa said...

    Love the African Safari! My kids love animals, and these are adorable!!

  114. Kristin said...

    We're currently using mismatched washcloths as our eco-friendly kid napkins but these are way cuter! If I were to win, I'd pick the blue sports fan ones...they'd work for my boys now and still be "cool" even as they get older.

    lilyspout at yahoo dot com

  115. Kristin said...

    I subscribe to your RSS feed too...does that count as another entry? ;)

    Blue sports...lilyspout at yahoo.com

  116. Susan said...

    I love the prima ballerina as well as the sports ones. I am big on using towels in the kitchen and NOT paper towels! I would love to try napkins like this too.
    Thanks!

  117. Tamara said...

    How adorable those napkins I like the Garden Friends design.
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  118. Tamara said...

    I am a subscriber.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

  119. fbartlett said...

    I love cloth napkins and use them all the time! I love the fruit salad design!
    princessfdp@aol.com

  120. Miranda said...

    I love the African Safari with solid yellow. Both of my kids would enjoy them. They're adorable!

    miranda_e19[at]yahoo[dot]com

  121. Centsible Mommy said...

    email entry from Kathy: "

    I love the fruit salad ones!

    Since you have fruit why not also have some fabkins that have vegetables on them?

    Thanks!"

  122. kaylee8 said...

    I love the Garden Friends set with the solid blue background - these are a fabulous idea!

  123. Sunshine Mama said...

    I like the garden friends. A suggestion would be more boy themed napkins like trains, or spaceships. kristie2 (at) comcast.net

  124. jceko77 said...

    prima ballerina would be great for my girls
    jceko77@yahoo.com

  125. jceko77 said...

    I'm a subscriber
    jceko77@yahoo.com

  126. Centsible Mommy said...

    Email entry from Jennifer H: "I like the yellow african safari set"

  127. Karen said...

    Love the blue beach bound set :)

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

  128. Brenda S said...

    My favorite is the garden friends.
    Thanks!!!

    Stampnsark@aol.com

  129. boobles2 said...

    I like the garden friends. I love cloth napkins These are really pretty

  130. missdenise said...

    I love the fruit salad. Perfect for a picnic!

  131. Carolyn said...

    I like the Fruit Salad with stripes. I would love to see Dinosaurs.

  132. Molly C. said...

    Ilove the blue striped African Safari! They are so cute!

  133. Helen said...

    LOVE the striped fruit salad!

  134. Shelly said...

    Garden friends is my favorite

  135. klp1965 said...

    i love the garden friends :)

  136. Sahm Lee said...

    I love the African Safari ones! Thanks for the contest!
    airalynn(@)gmail . com

  137. JennyG said...

    I like the bule check African Safari fabkins!!

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  138. Anonymous said...

    The Fruit Salad set is my favorite.
    ericatomsic[at]yahoo[dot]com

  139. Diana C said...

    Wonderful selection...I like them all, but my favorite is the garden friends in blue.

    Other suggestions might be a puppies set and a kittens set.

    dlcwin[at]gmail[dot]com

  140. RE said...

    The Prima Ballerina set would be great! Thanks!

  141. Heather said...

    The pink stripe garden friends is my favorite. I think a great idea for a new set would be different hats (for boys and girls).

  142. Suzie G. said...

    I like the blue garden friends set. I'd love to see more animals like a pets print (cat, dog, hamster, fish, umm.... bunny rabbit?)

  143. Helen said...

    I adore the Beach Bound in Blue!

  144. Samantha P said...

    the African Safari is cute. I'd like to see the new design with like cute dogs or something! i'd love that!

  145. Samantha P said...

    also a subscriber

  146. donna444444 said...

    I like the the African Safari.
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  147. donna444444 said...

    I subscribed.
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  148. donna444444 said...

    I put your button on my blog.
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  149. lilyk said...

    I love the African Safari set!

  150. lilyk said...

    I subscribed to your blog.

  151. Centsible Mommy said...

    I would probably pick "Prima Ballerina" for my daughters because I really love it, but I also like "African Safari" and it would be good for both my boys and girls (I have a large family!),

    Thanks for the contest,

    Michelle

  152. Centsible Mommy said...

    Email entry from Gianna:

    "I love the Garden Friends Fabkins :)"

  153. Centsible Mommy said...

    email entry from Erin:

    I love the Garden Friends set in blue. My toddler would just adore these napkins!

    Erin