Thursday, December 15, 2011

{GIVEAWAY} Hospital Bag Essentials :: Everyone Poops

Plain and simple....we are all human and everyone does it. We take measures to hide this fact, but when you're in the tight quarters of a hospital there is nowhere to hide. It can be very stressful and humiliating to create a not-so-pleasant smell while away from the comforts of home. Let's just say, you don't want your nurse to call a "Code Brown"....seriously. 

We knew that some kind of room spray would make our "Hospital Bag Essentials" list. In our search for the perfect spray, we came across Poo-Pourri. The name caught our eye and we soon realized that Poo-Pourri is not your average room spray...It tackles the problem before it ever starts.. in the toilet. With a few sprays to the bowl, no one will ever know you were there. 

Poo-Pourri sells products like...  
  • Loo-Pourri ~ A Preemptive Bathroom Scent With a Touch of Elegance
  • No. 2 ~ Spray the Loo Before No.2 and No One Will Ever Have a Clue!
  • De'ja' Poo ~ You've Been Here Before, but Now with A Scent you Adore!
  • Royal Flush ~ Great Washroom Scents for all Distinguished Gents!

We don't want you to be caught in a "Code Brown" situation in the hospital or even at a friends house, so here is your chance to win your very own Poo Pourri!  We will have SIX lucky winners. We have 2 gift sets {pictured below} and 4 other single bottles of Poo-Pourri to share.  

So 6th on our Hospital Bag Essential List is.....Poo Pourri for your hospital room.

1. Annie & Isabel Hospital Gown - giveaway closed
2. Your Own Shower gel, Loofa, Lotion, & Lip Gloss/Balm - giveaway closed
3. Comfy Socks - giveaway closed
4. Journal or Notebook - giveaway closed
5. Flip Flops - to enter click here * closes midnight 12/15 PST
6. Smart Phone, Sound Dock & Favorite Playlist - to enter click here * closes midnight 12/18 PST
7. Room Spray like Poo Pourri - enter via this post
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To enter this giveaway you can do ONE or ALL of the following:

1.  Like Annie & Isabel on FACEBOOK AND like this giveaway post on our FACEBOOK page

2.  Tweet "Enter the @annieandisabel giveaway so you will never be caught in a #CodeBrown @poopourri1"

3. Share our post on your facebook wall by hitting the share button on our post and saying "Enter the Annie & Isabel Facebook giveaway so you will never be victim to a "Code Brown"


This gives you up to 3 entries into this contest!!!  Good Luck and...

*Giveaway is open to only US residents and winners will be picked randomly. We were not compensated for this post and we chose to feature Poo-Pourri in our Hospital Bag Essentials list. We were given products from Poo-Pourri to share with our readers. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

{GIVEAWAY} HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS :: iPhone, iTunes, i-Everything

We know that iPhones have certainly changed our lives....period. So, taking your smart phone to the hospital definitely made our Hospital Bag Essentials list. Having your phone not only keeps you connected to your friends and family, it allows you to time your contractions, capture your labor in pictures and video and play your favorite pick-me-up or push-baby-out music while in the hospital. Also, it makes it easy for you to post a pic of your new little one and you in your Annie & Isabel hospital gown to your Facebook wall or Twitter stream. {HINT HINT}

But, seriously... We are excited for this giveaway because ANYONE will love this.. not, just someone going to the hospital. We love Kate Spade and love her iPhone cases. We are giving away this zebra Kate Spade iPhone 4S case {which matches perfectly with our Susan hospital gown} and a $25 iTunes gift card to one lucky winner!!!


So...5th on our HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS CHECKLIST is... your smart phone, sound dock, and your favorite playlist
     1. Annie & Isabel Hospital Gown{s} - giveaway closed
     2. You Own Shower gel, Loofa, Lotion, & Lip Gloss/Balm - giveaway closed
     3. Comfy Socks - giveaway closed 
     4. Journal or Notebook- to enter click here *closes midnight 12/14 PST
     5. Flip Flops - to enter click here *closes midnight 12/15 PST
     6. Smart Phone, Sound Dock, & Favorite Playlist *enter below  
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To enter this giveaway - 

All you have to do is join our mailing list HERE. We will never spam you or give your email address out. We just want to send you special offers and happenings of Annie & Isabel now and then. Also, if you don't already like our page on Facebook.. we'd love that too!

This giveaway will run through Sunday December 18th at midnight PST. We will announce the winner Monday morning via email and on our Facebook & Twitter feeds. This giveaway is open to US residents only and the winner will be selected randomly. If we do not hear back from the winner within 72 hours and new winner will be picked. Good Luck!


We also wanted to recommend bringing a travel speaker set to the hospital. We emailed our favorites Bose and Koostick, but never heard back.. ha! Hey, it never hurts to try, right?  

Here are a few examples of sound docks from most technical to just plain cool...

Bose Soundock® Series II digital music system - retails $299.99

Koostik, the "natural alternative to electronically amplified iPhone sound docks". 

Each dock is hand crafted out of solid wood and made in America. We appreciate their values that ring so true with us. Koostik sells various sound docks for iPods, iPhones, and iPads ranging in price from $70-$90.  How convenient would their docks be to pack in your hospital bag? No batteries or plugs and the sound is beautiful. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

{GIVEAWAY} Hospital Bag Essentials :: Protect Those Feet With J Flops


There is NO reason that your bare feet should ever hit the hospital floors or, even worse...the dreaded hospital showers! You might like to think that hospitals are "clean", but take it from the registered nurses in your life...they are not that clean and actually house a mecca of superbugs and bacteria. ALWAYS pack a pair of flip flops in your hospital bag. 

For today's hospital checklist giveaway, we are really excited to partner with Jennifer of J Flops. Jennifer started J Flops in 2006 for the pure joy of making girls feet happy and stylish and THAT she has! The custom craftsmanship behind each pair is undeniable. Jennifer sews all embellishments on by hand; from fun glitter and ribbon, to beautiful Swarovski crystals. J Flops make the perfect addition to your Annie & Isabel designer hospital gown!

We are giving away THREE $30 gift certificates to J Flops...

There are 4 ways to enter this GIVEAWAY!

1. Like Annie & Isabel on Facebook AND like this giveaway post on our Facebook wall.

2. "reshare" {located next to the "comment" button} our Facebook post about this giveaway and say "Annie & Isabel is having a giveaway today"

4. Tweet out "Follow @annieandisabel & enter their giveaway for some fabulous flip flops here-> "

This gives you up to FOUR entries into this giveaway.  Good Luck!!

This giveaway will close at midnight PST on Thursday December 15th. We will announce the winner on Friday morning on our Facebook wall. This contest is open to US residents only and the winner will be selected randomly.

So let's review our Hospital Essentials checklist so far:

1. Annie & Isabel Hospital Gown{s} - giveaway closed

2. Your Own Shower gel, Loofa, Lotion, & Lip Gloss/Balm - giveaway closed
3. Comfy Socks - to enter this giveaway click here *closes midnight 12/13 PST
4. A Journal or Notebook - to enter this giveaway click here *closes midnight 12/14 PST
5. Flip Flops - giveaway closes midnight 12/15 PST
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Monday, December 12, 2011

{GIVEAWAY} Hospital Bag Essentials :: Bring a KATE SPADE Journal!

When a friend or loved one is stuck in the hospital and you don't know how to help them, here is a useful gift! Please read on.. so you can enter to win this fabulous journal from Kate Spade!

Are you are getting ready for a long hospital stay? Don't forget to bring a journal or notebook. When you are in the hospital...all the days tend to blur together. You lay in your hospital bed with emotions of uncertainty and questions, and when the moment comes and the doctors arrive...your mind goes blank! It happens every time. They are in a rush and you forgot that one thing you wanted to ask! I am always handing my patients paper to write down their questions. 

Having a journal or notebook gives you a place to jot down all your questions, concerns, and test results. Just last week, as I cared for my patient in the ICU, his lovely wife was being his amazing advocate and writing down all the happenings of the day in her journal. Having a journal will allow you to keep everything organized and ready for when someone needs information about your hospital course. 

     1. Annie & Isabel Hospital Gown{s} - giveaway closed
     2. You Own Shower gel, Loofa, Lotion, & Lip Gloss/Balm - giveaway closed
     3. Comfy Socks - to enter this giveaway click here *closes midnight 12/13 PST 
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We love all things fabulous, so we purchased this Kate Spade journal to give away to our fans.  

  • comment on this blog post with your email address AND/OR "like" our post on Facebook about this giveaway. We will put your name in twice if you do both!  
  • You do not have to be heading to the hospital to win!
This giveaway will run for 3 days and will close at midnight PST on Wednesday December 14th. We will announce the winner on Thursday morning on our Facebook wall and via email if you've entered on our blog. This contest is open to US residents only and the winner will be selected randomly. You are not eligible if you have won a previous hospital bag essential giveaway this week.

*This post is dedicated to my friend Nicole Carillo. My son was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and was urgently admitted to the ICU when he was 2 years old and I was 8 months pregnant. Nicole brought me a journal, along with food for a week...and coffee every morning! I kept track of his lab results and updates from the nurses and doctors. I also wrote down all the names of the amazing medical staff that cared for him, so I could write them all thank you notes. I always cherish thank you notes from the patients I take care of and didn't want to forget the nurses and doctors that made our hospital stay so much more bearable. The journal Nicole gave me helped me after we got home from the hospital to process all that happened those two scary weeks. It helped me tremendously. Thank you Nicole!!! You are an amazing friend. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

{GIVEAWAY 12/11-12/13} Hospital Bag Essentials :: Comfy Socks

Yes... these are standard hospital socks THAT are just plain ugly! How are you supposed to feel better when you have these to look down at while you roam the halls? Today's "HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS" item is your own cute and comfy pair of socks! 

We love these shea infused lounge socks from Bath and Body. They are so incredibly soft and, more importantly, have grippers on the bottom {nurses don't like you to get out of bed without the grippers}. We are giving away one pair of each of the socks below....... these so beautifully match several of our designer hospital gowns. 

To enter our giveaway today it's easy!

1. "like" our post on Facebook about this giveaway - - - {HERE}

Contest closes at midnight PST Tuesday 12/13 & we will announce our 3 winners on our Facebook wall. Contest open to US residents only and winner will be picked randomly.  

Friday, December 9, 2011

{GIVEAWAY} Hospital Bag Essentials :: Don't Forget Your Lipgloss!

I will never forget how it felt to shower for the first time after the birth of my first son in the hospital. It was amazing...yes, I said amazing! I have been a nurse for quite a few years, and there is nothing that grosses me out more than hospital showers. That is why I packed my own shower gel, loofa, lotion, and lipgloss for my stay. I was so thankful I had them when the long awaited shower came to fruition and the visitors started to trickle in to see my son. It may seem like such an afterthought to bring your own products, but it can make a huge impact on your stay. 

So, next on our list of Hospital Bag Essentials are shower gel, loofa, lotion, and of course lip balm/gloss;)

We are thrilled to partner with alex + von consultant Anne Hamilton who is a breast cancer survivor and our Annie & Isabel warrior for this giveaway. After her victory against cancer, she started a blog "Livin' the Green" in which she educates and inspires all who subscribe to live a cleaner more healthy life. She has influenced us tremendously and even has us trading in our morning toast for green smoothies {sooo yum!} and shopping more organically for our families. When Anne announced that she was going to be a consultant for alex + von, a website dedicated to representing products and brands recommended and tested by women, we were listening. She introduced us to 100% Pure, a line of natural and organic skincare, bath and body products, and fruit pigmented cosmetics. Every product that we have tried...we have LOVED. Because the skin on our body is our largest organ, it is only fitting to nourish it with products that will not harm you.
We are honored to be able to share 100% Pure products with you. We will be giving away 2 baskets:




To Enter:
For an Extra Entry

*To be eligible to win this giveaway you must be a resident of the United States. The winner will be selected at random and your name will be entered as many times as you enter {up to 4}. Entries must be submitted by midnight PST this Sunday 12/11. We will announce the winner on our Facebook wall Monday morning. Good Luck!

Please take a moment to check out  alex + von and 100% Pure! We know you will love the products too!

Sunday, December 4, 2011


In the spirit of the holiday season, we would like to introduce our "HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS" giveaway campaign that will run for the next two weeks! We have partnered with some of our favorite brands and purchased other products that we feel are necessary in making any hospital visit more comfortable.  As nurses, we know what you REALLY need and we can't wait to share these items with you.

We will be giving away TWO Annie & Isabel hospital gowns throughout this campaign.  What better way to kick off the fun than with a FREE Annie & Isabel designer hospital gown....THE most important item in your hospital bag.

If you know anything about our company, you know that all our hospital gowns are named after women who have inspired us.  We want to know who has inspired you.

To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is tell us about a person who inspires you on our Facebook wall.  Sometimes pictures help to tell your story, so we invite you to include a picture with your post if you so choose, but it is not required.

Now for the fun part.....the person with the most likes on their story will win the Annie & Isabel designer hospital gown.  We will ask our followers to vote on their favorite post and encourage you to invite your Facebook friends to help you win by liking your story.

This contest will end on Thursday, December 8th at midnight PST.  Good Luck and we can't wait to hear your stories!!

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