************************* This Giveaway is Now Closed *************************

That's right - we are doing a GIVEAWAY!! And who doesn't love getting free stuff during the Holidays.

We're doing this "Oprah's Favorite Things" style. Up for grabs is my absolute favorite bag that I own. I am a proud user of reusable shopping bags and when I heard about the lead that's in the colorful cute bags you find for sale - I thought it was time I made my own.

And now you can have your very own too! But if you can't wait for the giveaway, they are now up for sale in our etsy shop at a special introductory price for a limited time.

For all the specific details about the bag, head to the etsy shop for the full description, but here's the skinny -

This Linen and Organic cotton tote can be used as your totally earth friendly shopping bag (like how I use it), or as your favorite purse (also how I use it - I love this thing!!)

It features two adorable flowers which give it such a beautiful feminine look.

And an interior pocket to hold all of your small things. (Are you also part of the "Hi, sorry - I couldn't find my phone in my huge purse in time" club?)

I know you will absolutely love this bag, and you're sure to receive endless compliments.

So let's get to it! Here's how to enter:

PRIZE: A Handmade Linen & Organic Cotton Tote Bag from KMD Creations worth $54

TO ENTER: 1. You must be a follower of our facebook page (if you aren’t already a follower, join here) 2. Please leave a comment on this post about your favorite Holiday tradition - and don’t forget to include your email where you can be contacted if you win!

GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Saturday, December 11th at 8pm EST


PRIZE SHIPS: The United States, Canada

GUIDELINES: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Sunday December 12th.

Good luck!


  1. Kari B. on November 27, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    I LOVE this bag! Very cute! :)

    My favorite holiday tradition is one that i want to carry on to my children.
    Our entire family would bundle up with coats and blankets in the car on Christmas Eve and take a drive around to all the well known neighborhoods with Christmas lights and decor in the yard. We'd sing carols to each destination and whenever my brother and I would see lights in the sky we'd swear we saw santa's sleigh! I want to do this with my kids. It was always so fun, and I still have this warm fuzzy feeling when I look back on those nights!

    Kari Burkholder

  2. Anonymous on November 27, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    My family is new since we just got married this year. However, each year we dated, we would wrap the families christmas presents together. We turn on Christmas music, make cocoa, and enjoy eah others company in a rare moment during such a bustling season. Of course, when the kids start arriving this won't be one of the traditions inclusive of them, but I hope that Keith and I will always find time for each other during the season.

    Heather Brawner

  3. Unknown on November 27, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    This bag is glorious!

    Since we cannot be in Florida with the rest of our family this year for Christmas...we are going to start a new Christmas Eve tradition with our new baby. We are going to have stuffed shells and each open one present before Santa comes! Of course, Aiden will be having Similac.

  4. AMD Photo on November 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    I have been a follower of your blog since you did our fabulous pics this past summer. I have also been a fan of your FB page.

    Our family tradition is to play Bingo. We all bring a gift and play about 5 rounds of bingo. It's a lot of fun and you never know what you are going to get. :)

    God Bless,
    Amanda Deskins

  5. noelle rauber on November 27, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas dinner we have Christmas crackers (they are an British tradition party favor that contains a hat, a joke, and a specialty gift.) They are placed at the table setting and before dinner we crack them open and we all put our hats on read the jokes and say what our gift is. its so much fun to get pictures of everyone in their paper hats!!

    SO excited to meet you guys and for our wedding upcoming wedding!

    Noelle Rauber

  6. Amber on November 28, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    I follow your Facebook page (My FB name is Amanda Moore) and my favorite holiday tradition is setting up the tree with the whole family and hanging all of our handmade ornaments on it! A close second is baking gingerbread cookies with my mom :)
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  7. ManaRose on November 28, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    I am following you on Facebook. My favorite holiday tradition would have to be decorating for Christmas.....putting up the tree, all the lights, and listening to Christmas music : ) email:manarose222@hotmail.com

  8. hihihi! on November 28, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    I'm a new fan on facebook! :)
    I love making recycled ornaments for the tree. new tradition but it's sure to last. thanks!

  9. Unknown on November 28, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    I'm a fan on facebook!

    My favorite holiday tradition is making hot buttered rum with my dad while staying in fluffy pajamas all day due to the bitter cold. :)

    jentabulous at hotmail dot com

  10. Kim on November 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    I am following your facebook page. My top holiday tradition is celebrating Kwanzaa with my family and two other families. The three families have come together every year for over twenty years to celebrate community and culture. Every year it is held at a different house and the young people are celebrated for their accomplishments as well as present their talents to the elders. The oldest elders who are present always speak on words of wisdom to everyone. It is always a great time and something I hope to continue for years.

  11. Camille on November 28, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    I always spend Christmas eve with my mom's parents and Christmas day with my dad's parents. They live a couple of hours away, so we always leave my mom's mom's house really really late on Christmas eve to drive home ... and my favorite tradition is that we always open the sun roof and look up to try to see Santa and his reindeer!

    cam22190 at gmail

  12. Unknown on November 28, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    i liked you on facebook :)

    my favorite holiday tradition would probably have to be reading luke 2 out of the bible on Christmas eve. it just helps our family remember what the holiday is really about and why we're celebrating it.

    dellgrl04 at gmail.com

  13. Shann on November 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    My favorite tradition is watching the kids run to the Christmas tree and jump up and down at the gifts that we make for them......And then say they love the homemade gifts.....Seeing their eyes twinkle at the smallest tidbits......I also love watching them run around in their pj's....

    Shannon Margaret Brott
    shannon . margaret . brott (@) gmail (dot) com

  14. mamipdx on November 28, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    i love visiting peacock lane (a street where all the houses are decorated in lights)
    shenais (fb- wren nelson)
    divertida at fastmail dot fm

  15. Daph on November 28, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    My favorite holiday tradition is putting up the Christmas tree after Thanksgiving dinner. The kids are old enough now to do it all themselves!

  16. Jill on November 28, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    what an awesome bag/giveaway!
    one of my favorite traditions is getting together with old friends to see a classic holiday movie ('white christmas', 'it's a wonderful life', etc.) at an old theater downtown. starts the season in a cheery mood. :)
    (i am also a fb follower)

  17. Anonymous on November 28, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Ooooh, that bag is gorgeous!

    My favorite holiday tradtition is cooking a nice Christmas Meal. I usually go the traditional route and make a delicious christmas ham with all the trimmings and goodies, but last year we decided to make an amazing Christmas Brunch! We made everything from chocolate chip and banana pancakes, maple sausage links, scrambled eggs, biscuits, hash browns... MmmMmm! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it all! It was a nice variation on our Christmas meal. I haven't decided what to do this year quite yet, but whatever we decide, I'm sure to enjoy all the preparation, cooking and eating!

    I hope everyone's holiday season is filled with love, laughter, friends, family and good food!


    Graphics by DANiELLE

  18. Alicia B on November 28, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    I am following KMD on facebook as alicia benedict. I would have to say my favorite holiday tradition is buying and trimming the christmas tree; it defines and reminds of all that is family and fun about the season :)!


  19. Catherine on November 28, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Love the bag!!!

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking good candies and treats then eating them as we gather around the Christmas tree on Christmas eve to chat.

  20. Unknown on November 28, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Super cute!
    (Facebook fan now too :D)

    We started a tradition last year that I'm excited to do again with my son (and my daughter next year since she'll be almost 3 then). My son, now 4½, and I make sugar cookies together and I let him put all the frosting and sprinkles on them.
    We also open on gift on Christmas Eve, usually jammies to wear to bed that night. It gets everyone super excited for Christmas day and I love it!

    j.mcdilda at gmail dot com

  21. Mammamoiselle on November 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    A favorite holiday tradition is making Zeppoli - they take a lot of work, but they're so good to eat and everyone can help.

    I'm a facebook fan too! (Stephanie C)

    stephcrs339 at gmail dot com

  22. Bennee on November 28, 2010 at 8:05 PM

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  23. Bennee on November 28, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    My favorite holiday tradition is when my brother comes to visit in December and we have Thanksgiving for Christmas!! Everything that everyone cooked for our Thanksgiving meal, we have to cook again for my brother's homecoming so that we can have a "second Thanksgiving". We welcome him home with this big family gathering and barely remembers that he wasn't home for Thanksgiving at all! There is a special Wild Rice Casserole that was handed down to me from my husband's family that my brother adores and about 2 weeks before he plans to arrive, he begins to ask, email, remind, Facebook message me, etc... making sure that I will be making HIS Wild Rice!! And he also reminds me that he hopes I'll be making enough for him to take home with him!! When my brother comes home, finally the holidays can really begin!

  24. Ashley on November 28, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Fantastic bag!!
    My favorite tradition is watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with my family. It just isn't the holidays without it!!
    - Ashley (aziedesigns)


  25. pippirose on November 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Beautiful bag!
    I follow on FB (Piroska).
    My favourite holiday tradition is baking cookings with my daughter. It was my favourite memory from childhood, baking Swiss cookies with my mom.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  26. Ginny on November 29, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    I'm a fan on facebook!

    Our favorite holiday tradition is to play White Elephant for our gift exchange. Everyone brings a boy or girl gift, and then you draw a number to see who picks. We can steal from each other, too, which makes it fun. And then we play board games until we pass out.

    virginia.wilfong @ gmail.com

  27. cupcakegirlco on November 29, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    I'm a FB Fan!

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking Christmas Cookies with my mom.


  28. Marlowe on November 29, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    What a lovely bag! Im a follower on facebook (Marlowe Raye) and my favorite Christmas Tradition is driving around on Christmas Eve to see all the beautiful Christmas light displays!

    marloweopat at gmail dot com

  29. Zee on November 29, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    watching elf while we decorate the tree!

  30. Lee Anne Roquemore on November 29, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Love this bag!!!
    I'm a FB follower {Lee Anne Roquemore.}
    My favourite holiday tradition is making Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes with my Mom.
    My email is: leeanne{at}weroquemore.com

  31. DyessFam on November 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Very cute bag! I joined on fb. So far the best tradition in our family is putting the Christmas tree up together as a family. We have lots of little grabby hands, but its worth it! This year we are going to start an Advent Calendar tradition. I can't wait!


  32. The Seasonal Family on November 29, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Wow! Fabulous bag :)

    I grew up cutting a Christmas tree down the day after American Thanksgiving with my parents when I was little. My husband and I are now carrying the tradition on with our children.


  33. The Seasonal Family on November 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Oh, and I'm following you on Facebook as Kristin Jukes!

  34. Emily on November 29, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    i LOVE this. i follow u on fb.
    holiday tradition i love is decorating the weekend after thanksgiving.
    emmy1981 at aol dot com

  35. Janice on November 29, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    I liked you on facebook. I LOVE this bag.

    My holiday tradition is sitting around the woodstove openinig gifts and playing some games


  36. Lauren Shafer on November 29, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Hi Kristen!!! Miss you!!!

    My favorite tradition is singing on Christmas Eve at a church candle light ceremony with my Grandfather by my side. He is so loud and blasts/belts the songs with me.
    It always makes me smile! :)

  37. Shelley on November 29, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    This bag is fabulous! I like your facebook page.
    My favorite tradition is reading the Christmas story as a family and setting up the nativity as we read, with eggnog and Christmas treats after of course!


  38. melissa on November 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Where to begin...my favorite holiday tradition was simply piling up in my parents' truck on a Sunday morning to pick out a Christmas tree.

    email: melissa@boldingphotography.com

  39. PunkRockChic on November 29, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    My favorite holiday tradition is spending Christmas Eve with my brother and sisters at my mom's house. I look forward to it all year long. All five of us, (and my babies), gathered in my mom's living room, laughing, telling stories, waiting for mom's dinner to be ready and counting down until midnight when we exchange gifts.


  40. Jen on November 30, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    One favorite holiday tradition? I love them all- this is my favorite time of year! I guess my very favorite is Christmas morning. I love waking up early and opening gifts, especially now that I have a little one. It's just so much fun!


  41. Mona Odegard on November 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Following on Facebook as Mona Haynes Odegard

    My favorite holiday tradition is trimming my Christmas tree!

    monaodegard (at) hotmail (dot) com

  42. Chloe's Collars on November 30, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    My favorite tradition is making buckeyes or to be simple peanut butter balls!!!



  43. Jennifer on December 1, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    My favourite Holiday tradition would be decorating our Christmas tree and looking at the lights.

    E-mail: jennifer.huynh7@gmail.com

  44. Ashlyn S on December 4, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    My husband and I began a tradition last year of using a paint pen on an ornament, chronicling all the major things that happened over the year: weddings, births, deaths, accomplishments. We only have the one ornament to look back on right now, but I'm looking forward to the many Christmases to come when we'll be able to look ALL THE WAY back to 2009 or 2010!

    Email: ashlyng@gmail.com

  45. Unknown on December 7, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    My favorite tradition is baking dozens and dozens of cookies, then sharing them with friends and family!

    Like you on facebook as rj charms.

  46. Unknown on December 8, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    FB follower (melissa R)

    Favorite holiday tradition is to turn off all the lights in the house except the tree lights and just sit and watch the lights while sipping hot chocolate and listening to carols.

    giveawaymommy at yahoo dot com

  47. Cerena Leigh on December 10, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    I follow on FB (Cerena Hammond).
    I my favorite holiday tradition is making monkey bread for my huge holiday family dinner on Christmas :)

    Cerena Leigh

  48. Anonymous on December 10, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    I am absolutely head over heels for this bag!

    I follow on Facebook! (Mallory Katz)


  49. Jodi Faye on December 10, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    New FB fan!
    I love packing up the kids in the car with treats and blankies to go tour Christmas lights!
    joditrinklein at gmail.com

  50. Karen on December 11, 2010 at 7:33 AM

    I like you on FB. My favorite tradition is putting up our Christmas tree outside on our porch!
    This bag is beautiful.
    Thanks, Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

  51. Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesster on December 11, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    I Follow KMD Creations on Facebook - Jesselyn A
    and via GFC (Salleefur/Jesslyn)

    Our favorite tradition which has evolved over the years is on Christmas Eve we always go to a late evening/night Christmas church service or mass a local church. We have attended services of every denomination in our community. It's become very special for us.

    On Christmas Day - aside from all the other activities(!) we always listen to Handel's Messiah.


  52. Trina Scanapico on December 11, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    I'm a fan on FB! My favorite Holiday tradition is driving around the neighborhood looking at lights! Now that my son is 3 years old...he really appreciates it too! hugsfromtrina@hotmail.com

  53. Anne McCauley on December 11, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    i left a comment about the end of nov...but dont se it...
    I dont want to miss out on this opportunity so here it goes again...
    Our new tradition is to take an overnight trip to an area near the beach that offers trolly rides through a huge display of Christmas lights! So fun with out 1 year old!!!

  54. Anne McCauley on December 11, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    should say with our*** 1 year old! kids make the holidays so magic!


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