1AM Promise: January

I just realized we’re a week into February and I haven’t posted my indie purchase(s) from January! My goal is to keep to the 1AM Promise every month this year (what is that? Click here to find out!). So month one: check!
I was Miss Indecisive with buying last month. I browsed my Storenvy multiple times and just couldn’t decide on what I wanted. The combination of too many awesome things to choose from and not really sure what my budget was going to be made for a lot of browsing and zero decision making. In fact, it was down to the last week before I could finally figure it out. But then this product fell in my lap.

Meet the Unsponge, handmade and sold by Nature Junkie.

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I am part of a crafty handmade group on Facebook, and she happened to post a set in there, and I immediately knew it was going to be my purchase. What is an Unsponge you ask? It’s a reusable, machine-washable, totally awesome sponge! All the cleaning power of a regular sponge, no skanky germs, AND eco friendly. How can you go wrong?

I ordered a custom set to match my kitchen (which is yellow with mostly black accents).

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I’ve had them for a week and adore them! They really hold soap, which is great as I use less per load that way. And they don’t STINK! That is my absolute favorite part – I can not stand the horrific moldy sponge smell that seems to happen after just a couple uses of a normal sponge. The Unsponges don’t have too much scrubbing power though, so I still keep a Scotch-Brite pad on hand for those times when my pans need a little extra elbow grease. But all in all, they are a sturdy well made product, and definitely one of my favorite buys! I love supporting an indie business, and if I can do so while getting a completely practical item, I am a happy mama.

That same week I ended up making a second purchase for January – this totally awesome sticker pack from Scrawny Girl!

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I’ve been in the ongoing process of decorating the cover of my art/idea journal, and these stickers were a MUST for me. I love her illustrations, and the minute I saw them listed, into the cart they went! If you haven’t seen her work, check it out – it rocks! Upon receiving my package, I opened it to the complete surprise of extra goodies!! Needless to say I did a total happy dance in my kitchen. I even got a hand written thank you note (which I’m discovering is not that uncommon in the world of indie shopping).

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All my loot from Scrawny Girl.

Still not sold on indie shopping? Well, stay tuned this month for February’s 1AM Purchase and I’ll convert you yet!

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