Monday, February 13, 2012

Giveaway Winners

Thanks everyone for participating in the mitten giveaway.  I love giving stuff away.  Thanks also to Fleece with Flair, who make an amazing mitten. 

Without further ado, here are the results for the mittens giveaway:

1.  Leiah Stevermer
2.  Kiel H
3.  Kris A - Who posted on the 100 pounds Facebook wall.

Winners, please email me at andrewtralle (at) gmail (dot) com so I can pass your info on to Fleece With Flair to get you set up with some nice mittens.  Enjoy them!

Thanks everyone for entering.  I'd like to do another giveaway soon!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

One Step at a Time

First off, if you haven't seen my giveaway yet, you need to head over to my last post right now.  I'm giving away three pairs of really terrific mittens.  I know some of you in my neck of the woods are wondering if there will ever be winter again, but I assure you, the weather will be cold at some time.  So head over and enter in my giveaway. 

I've been insanely busy starting my new job and haven't been posting (or eating or exercising) like I want to.  I had such success the first week of January and I wanted to continue that into the rest of the month and year.  I will get there.  I've come up with a strategy to do it.

I'm going to focus on one small thing at a time.  This week it will be going to bed on time.  Next week will be working exercise into my morning routine.  The following week will be moderating my intake.  You get the idea.  If I can use these tools to ease into healthy habits, I'll have it made!  Balancing work and life is important and I need to get a life.

So what healthy habits do you want to ease into?

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Hi All,

It's been a really long time since I posted.  It's good to be back though.  I've been burying myself in my new job and haven't had time to do anything but work for the last month.  Hopefully things will calm down a little bit now and I can get back to making progress (like I made in the first week of January).

I'm excited to announce my latest giveaway!  I'm partnering with Fleece With Flair, a really great company based out of the Twin Cities Metro Area, to give away three pairs of mittens.  That's right, there are three prizes!  

Here's an example of the mittens.  See more at their website.

Here's a little about company from the website:

Fleece with Flair started as a simple design idea by Carrie Traxler in 2008.  As the design was developed, and ultimately created, she fervently started production in order to sell at local Craft Shows in the Southwest Suburbs of Minneapolis, MN.  People started to quickly catch on to how soft, warm and comfortable her mittens are.   

All of the mittens are made locally with only the use of cutting templates, sewing machines and hard-working seamstresses.  Carrie personally designs and cuts out each mitten to ensure the look is absolutely perfect and coordinated.  Her team of seamstresses then combine all the necessary material to create a quality product down to the last stitch.  
The past three years Carrie has sold her mittens at several different craft shows, and has developed a small following.  The mittens are even sold at the Shakopee High School, with a portion of the profit given to the school.  In 2011 Fleece with Flair decided to start to take the company to the next level by increasing production throughout the summer to have a successful sale at the Canterbury Craft show in the fall.  Becuase if the success of this show, Fleece with Flair will be making more appearances at larger craft shows in the Midwest.

My wife, Claire, and I gave these to our families for Christmas this year.  They're incredibly soft, comfortable, and 100% American made!  Claire and I each have a pair and they are the best mittens I've ever owned, hands down (cue the sad trombone sound).  The insides have a special lining that is beyond luxurious.  They've got a ton of fabric patterns too.  

So, what do you need to do to get your hands on (or in) a pair of these?   Well, you could enter my giveaway.  But you could also head over to  Right now, a bunch of their mittens are on sale.  All children's mittens are $9 and adult mittens are either $9 or $12.  The highest price you'll pay for adult mittens are $15, which is still a great deal!

You can enter to win the giveaway a number of ways.  Make sure for each time you enter, you leave a separate comment on this post to let me know you've entered.  Next Saturday I will use a random number generator to pick three winners.  I will announce the winners on this blog who I will get in contact with in order to get you your free mittens.

How to enter:
1.  Visit Fleece With Flair's website and leave a comment on this post telling me which pattern you would get if you won.  
2.  Tweet or post on Facebook the following message: @100_Pounds is giving away 3 amazing pairs of mittens on his blog! #fleecewithflair
3.  Follow me on Facebook.
4.  Follow me on Twitter.
6.  Repin something from Fleece With Flair on Pinterest.  I don't do Pinterest so I don't know how to do this exactly.  You might say I'm not very Pinteresting.  Once I figure out how to do it, I'll update these instructions.
7.  Post about the giveaway on your blog, then link to it in the comments.

Remember, you're allowed to enter more than once, but every time you do, please leave a comment on this post so I can make sure your entry counts.

Good luck!  I'll be announcing the winner next Saturday!