Friday, October 7, 2011

Our First Giveaway

I am excited to announce our very first Tangled Oak Roots giveaway! As we are all about sustainability, frugality and keeping things natural, we are giving away three prizes that I have found very helpful in our headed-toward-sustainability household. Yep, you read right. Three prizes!

First up, a fantastic book, The Backyard Homestead. I love this book and I think you will too! It shows that even with a very modest urban backyard, you can grow thousands of pounds of food for your family every year. It really is simple. For example, when landscaping your yard make sure to choose plants that will give you food, herbs or edible flowers, instead of choosing plants for purely ornamental purposes. Make your yard work for you! Not all of us can have a dairy cow or chickens, but there are many other ways we can all become more self-sufficient, and this book can get you started doing something sustainable you'll be happy about.

Our second prize is a Pyrex 1 Quart Pourable Measuring Cup. I love this thing! It's perfect for mixing up pancake or waffle batter, serving gravy or making chicken, egg, or shrimp salad for sandwiches. Even if you already have one of these babies, a second one would come in handy, I'm sure of it. And it's glass! Most of us know that plastic leaches nasty chemicals that affect our brains, lungs and reproduction systems. The less plastic touching our food, the better. I know, I know there is BPA-free plastic and even so-called inert plastic, but I think many of us would agree that's it's only a matter of time before more harmful chemicals are "discovered" in plastics. Glass is the way to go.

Lastly, we are offering a Winter Vegetable Seed Collection from one of my favorite sources of untreated, open-pollinated, non-GMO, heirloom and heirloom quality vegetable, herb, fruit, cover crop, grain, flower, compost and carbon crop seeds: Bountiful Gardens of Ecology Action. They are fairly local to those of us in Northern California, having a farm in Willits and a supply store in Palo Alto. Check them out! I think you will be excited about the possibilities for your garden.

How To Enter to Win One of These Fabulous Gifts:

Subscribe to my blog and leave a comment telling me you did. Hint: Look to the left bar of my blog toward the top of the page for a Subscribe box. Just enter your email address, hit Enter and you'll be subscribed. You can unsubscribe at any time.

That's it!

Want Even More Entries?

You know you do! 

The fine print: You must leave a separate comment for each extra entry.

1. Blog about my giveaway and link back to my giveaway on your blog. Be sure to add the link to your blog post in a comment below.

2. Leave a comment to share one thing you have done in the past week towards sustainability OR a frugal organic housekeeping tip OR a Real Food recipe your family loves.

3. Email 3 friends about my giveaway, making sure to include the link to my giveaway in your email. Leave a comment letting me know you did.

4. Subscribe to my Feedburner updates. Look to the left and you will see where you can enter your email address to subscribe to my Feedburner updates.

That makes 5 total possible entries for each person.

I like those odds!

Entries will close midnight Sunday, October 9th (PST). I will use a random number generator to find the winners. Check back here Monday morning for an announcement of the three winners (one gift per winner, first number: the book; second number: Pyrex; third number: seeds).

And don't fret, this is just the beginning of the monthly giveaways. Next month I will be giving away some fabulous handmade and organic toys, like playsilks and wood animals. And in December, how about some luscious yarns for you fiber artists? It's another good reason to subscribe to my blog, you won't miss a giveaway.

Have fun!

Questions? Comment below.


  1. hey, i'll enter! i'm already subscribed to your blog, from a while back i think... i remember hearing box of rain. :) what great giveaway prizes!

  2. Hey Lacy! It's been way too long! Thanks for the email. Lovin your blog & seeing your beautiful babies. I think I already subscribe to your blog or am I just a follower - are those the same?? HA! Love the winter vege seed collection, awesome idea. We have started our fall/winter planting! My echinacea, snow pea & sweet basil seed have sprouted and growing each day. I recently transplanted our lemon verbena & rosemary. Miss you, keep in touch.

  3. Ah, coffee kicked in...just subscribed ;-)

  4. Blogged, emailed & subscribed. How fun! Lots of love. ;-)

  5. Lacy got the link to this blog from Amber. Had no idea who or what is was for. :) Really glad I found it! I see you subscribe to Barbara's blogs. She is so awesome. Got to meet her at our charter homeschool during a parent seminar. Alicia and I homeschool Brennan and Owen. I have subscribed and bookmarked you. Maybe this will inspire me to shake the cobwebs off my blog and stretch its legs a little. :) Hmm let me see if I can fulfill the requirements to enter the other 4 ways. Kathleen Crews

  6. Just blogged about your giveaway. Here is the link to that blog:


  7. Just subscribed to the feedburner. KC

  8. Ok here is the last thing. I apply sustainability OR a frugal organic housekeeping almost everyday. I believe if each person lowered their carbon footprint the world would be in a better position to heal itself as it was designed to do. Therefore I compost everything I can daily. I have a separate tin can just for that. When it is full I take it out to my big compost pile by the garden. I also worm compost. About 10 years ago I sent off for red wriggler worms, supposedly the best for composting. I have a plastic tub I keep outside for them to live in. I feed them once a week. About once a year I empty the tub, carefully extract a good number of worms, set them aside, take all that rich dark nutritious soil and add it to the garden. Then I get plain old dirt fill up the tub, moisten it, add the worms and begin again. I also recycle everything that is recycleable.
    Hope this qualifies. If I win I would like my prize to go to Alicia. I emailed her about your blog, but she is at sea ranch on the coast and will not be back in time. I can't wait to read some of your past entries. take care, kathleen

  9. I found your blog through your comment on the Healthy Home Economist blog. I am very interested to start keeping up with your quest. I too am a homeschooling mom and we are trying to live a more self sustainable life. We have chickens which are now laying finally YAY! We have several roosters, which we have been killing and eating (my husband kills and cleans them, I cook them. I NEVER thought I would do that). My husband at the present is building a small green house and he is VERY interested in aquaponics and is working on building his own system for this. Thanks for this opportunity. God bless.

  10. I subscribed to your email updates. :)