Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sabbatical Sunday Link-Up

I've changed the title to this link-up.  It used to be Sabbatical Sunday "Weekly" Link-up, but since I've totally missed posting it for 3 weeks in a row, I think it should be Sabbatical Sunday -Whenever I Get Around To It - Link-Up. 

But seriously, life just gets too crazy and I get too tired and then what goes out the window?  My blog.  I know, how am I ever going to be one of those big-income, big-time mom bloggers if I can't even stay current?  Just forget about it, I'm destined to be mediocre.  I need to embrace it.  Jesus loved the humble folks! 

I think our football season is just about done.  Timpview High School won their last play-off game.  Now it's the big one.  The state championship game is next week!  I'm so excited!  
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  I like to take a break from the regular routine on Sundays, including my blog.  It gives me a chance to clear my head, re-set priorities and appreciate the many blessings I've been given.  I go to church, I reflect, and I try to find ways to inspire me to be a better mom, wife, Christian, and person.  Sundays are my day to take a sabbatical!  If you have a post that you'd like to share that is a little different from the ordinary weekday post, feel free to link up here!  We'd love to have you!  If you post a link, won't you take some time to check out the other links and follow, comment or share!   

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway - $125, $75 and $50 Awards!

To Celebrate National Bladder Health Awareness Month, we're Partying and doing a GIVEAWAY, Everyone is WELCOME but ladies 35+ are encouragedUm...I sometimes laugh so hard that I pee!  Does that happen to you?  Well, as they say, pee happens!
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Now to the giveaway!! There will be 3 prizes!
1. $125.00 Paypal or Amazon Gift Card
2. $75.00 Paypal or Amazon Gift Card
3. $50.00 Paypal or Amazon Gift Card
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Open to US & Canada.
• Winners will be chosen at random through Giveaway tools.
• Giveaway ends Dec 12 at 11:59pm ET.
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• Must be 18 years or older to enter.
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Enter here at A GAL NEEDS... and your valid entries will be counted at the time of the winning draw!  Good luck! 

Entry-Form Disclaimer: The participating bloggers may have been compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact natasha@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

$250 and $100 Crate & Barrel Gift Card #Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Agent Ace

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Enter here at A Gal Needs...and your valid entries will be counted at the time of the winning draw!  Good luck! 
 Agent Ace is the new way to find the best real estate agent.  When you've thought about buying a home, how did you figure out who would help you with that?  Did you find someone who you felt you could trust to get you what you wanted from it, whether that was a good price on a new home or the best sale of your old one?  A lot of homeowners and potential buyers will just pick a random agent from a list online without a lot of background on what they're best at.  It's like throwing a dart at the Yellowpages.  With just a little information from you, Agent Ace can match you with the best agent to sell your home or buy a new one.

They're not a service who bases their list on whoever pays the most in your area either, so there's no worry about what goes on behind the scenes.  For those of us in the market, Agent Ace a completely free service.  Their innovative, patented technology — the Agent Connection Engine (ACE) — makes an unbiased evaluation of every agent who has bought or sold a home just like the one you’re trying to close on based on the information you've provided. They gather and analyze years of past home sales data from ALL the real estate agents in your state, not just a small network. Then they promise to recommend the single best agent for your needs — based on facts.

Agent Ace is free, easy to use, and there’s no obligation to use any of the agents they recommend. You're not locked into anything if you don't find someone you think fits or if maybe you decide you're not ready yet.  They make up to 3 agent recommendations for buying and 3 for selling so you can choose the best fit for your needs and your style. Once they identify your best agent, the experienced Agent Specialists will screen them and confirm that they can fully commit to you.  They do the initial contact and the sometimes awkward "Hey, can you take a new client right now?" questions for you.  Once they’re sure it's a great fit, your recommended agent will give you a call within 24 hours (but usually sooner). It’s as easy as ordering take-out.

If you're even considering getting into the housing market for your dream home, whether to buy or sell, you can check out Agent Ace's amazing system from the comfort of your home (in your pajamas) at AgentAce.com.
Speaking of Dream Homes, Agent Ace wants to help you decorate yours.  Two lucky winners are going to receive Crate & Barrel gift cards!  The grand prize winner will receive a $250 gift card and a runner up will receive a $100 gift card.  The sweepstakes is open to residents of the US through November 24, 2014.  Enter using the form below and Good Luck!





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Saturday, November 1, 2014

3 Reasons You Might Want To Re-Think Gym Membership


I've been a member of my local gym for quite awhile and have quite enjoyed it.  But I think maybe my days of  gym membership may be over for a few reasons. It's called time and money and health.

Time

My Time is so valuable these days that taking even 15 minutes to prepare for the gym (you know you can't go there looking bad) and then to travel the 5 minutes both ways, making that almost a half hour, is more time than I have to spare, especially if presented with a better alternative.  If I can save an hour and a half per week by cutting out travel and prep time, then I'm all for it! 

Money

My gym charges $28 per month for membership and that is because we have preferred status since being members for over a year.  But even that seems too much.  Yes, I like the classes, the pool, the sauna, and the weights and the spinning room.  But how much, honestly, did I use any of these things?  Probably the most-used amenities were the classes.  I love yoga and dance.  So I really enjoyed going to those classes.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend them as much as I wanted because, of course, they aren't scheduled around my hectic life.  Instead, I had to schedule my already hectic life around them.  If I can wrangle a better price for classes, I'd like to do it!

Health

I don't want to risk getting any sicknesses right before the holidays, or anytime for that matter.  It's a well-known fact that bacterial, viral and fungal diseases like Athlete's Foot are rampant in popular gyms.  Things like Staph and Strep are lurking in the showers, on the floors, and on mats and equipment.  You can always wipe equipment off with anti-bacterial wipes, but it only takes one bad exposure.  So why risk it, especially since it's $30 that I can be saving towards Christmas? 


One alternative is to do your exercising at home or with friends.  There are a lot of programs cropping up that you can do at home.  Beach Body is one.  I've gotten on that wagon, but I feel so bad when I end up breaking my promises and commitments to my coach and group because of unforeseen circumstances.  Even the food groups are stressful because you have to come clean about what you ate that week.  I don't like the pressure I feel to actually lie about my success to save face over a bad eating week.  And I don't like the pressure I feel to buy their shakes and videos, etc. 

Daily Burn is another option.  I like the idea that Daily Burn is more anonymous, yet still very supportive.  It's the future of online workouts. They have the whole package. You can achieve your goals with their variety of workout videos, community support, and more. You can try it free for 30 days. After that, it's only $10!  You can also opt for a $15 package that includes nutrition plans. There are a couple different landing pages loaded for their various products such as Yoga, Inferno, and Move! a dance aerobics workout.  Click the pic below for more details!
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Motivating Monday Weekly Link-Up


Yesterday was the best!  I love our family get-togethers!  It was my adorable nephew's 3rd birthday.  Everyone was there and the food flowed.   I brought my usual punch bowl cake and Natalie brought the birthday cake.  In addition we had some amaazing ribs, salad, baked beans, bbq'd corn and other yums. 
   Natalie's cakes are not only works of art, but they are gluten-free, so that our gluten intolerant uncle/relative, Dayne, can also participate in the festivities.  It is a courtesy that apparently even his immediate family doesn't extend to him, so it's really nice that she does that.  Plus, it was fetching delicious!

Even though it's my nephew's birthday, some of  the other cousins were as excited as he was.  They like to check out the gifts, get in a little play time with them as well and maybe even help blow out the candles!


 Anyway, today is Motivating Monday!  We all need a little motivation!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for motivating posts, tips, pictures and videos!  If I happen to find yours, I'll link it up and let you know!  It's like being featured!  Sometimes I miss some amazing posts.  So, in addition, if you'd like to link up yourself, you can do that too!  I'll visit your site, comment, promote and publicize! Don't be shy--I'm really very supportive!  Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sabbatical Sunday Weekly Link Up!


   This week has been crazy!  Some of the highlights were parent night at Timpview HS! The T-Birds have not lost a game yet, and after one final game, will be headed to the state play-offs.  They have won 10 state championships in a row, starting in 2004 and I hope that they continue the trend for at least one more year!  But my highlight was getting the flower from the coaches and having my son with me. 

   I had a walking date with a friend of mine who I've been wanting to get to know better for quite awhile.  She is so amazing!  She has a Brazilian resteraunt at the South Towne Mall.  I haven't tried it yet, but I know it's good because she is a wonderful cook!  We talked, laughed and had a great time.  I'm looking forward to trying it and coming back to tell you about it. 

   I like to take a break from the regular routine on Sundays, including my blog.  It gives me a chance to clear my head, re-set priorities and appreciate the many blessings I've been given.  I go to church, I reflect, and I try to find ways to inspire me to be a better mom, wife, Christian, and person.  Sundays are my day to take a sabbatical!  If you have a post that you'd like to share that is a little different from the ordinary weekday post, feel free to link up here!  We'd love to have you!  If you post a link, won't you take some time to check out the other links and follow, comment or share!   

Monday, October 13, 2014

Motivating Monday Weekly Link Up!


Welcome to Motivating Monday!  We all need motivation!  I, for one, love to explore other sites for motivating posts, tips, pictures and videos!  If I happen to find yours, I'll link it up and let you know!  It's like being featured!  Sometimes I miss some amazing posts.  So, in addition, if you'd like to link up yourself, you can do that too!  I'll visit your site, comment, promote and publicize! Don't be shy--I'm really very supportive!  Remember, any link to your posts helps your blog numbers increase!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sabbatical Sunday Weekly Link-Up

 I like to take a break from the regular routine on Sundays, including my blog.  It gives me a chance to clear my head, re-set priorities and appreciate the many blessings I've been given.  I go to church, I reflect, and I try to find ways to inspire me to be a better mom, wife, Christian, and person.  Sundays are my day to take a sabbatical!  If you have a post that you'd like to share that is a little different from the ordinary weekday post, feel free to link up here!  We'd love to have you!  If you post a link, won't you take some time to check out the other links and follow, comment or share!  

Monday, October 6, 2014

Motivating Monday Weekly Link-Up



We all need motivation! Did you find something that motivated you this past week? It could be a Tweet, Facebook Post or a blog post you like. OR maybe you wrote a blog post about something that gets you fired up, a rant, if you will!  That technically counts as being motivated!  I will definitely visit, comment, follow and promote!  I may even visit your site and if I see something that motivates me, I'll link it up!  Of course I'll let you know if I did!  Everyone is invited to do the same!

Feel Good About Your Neck! Dermagist Neck Restoring Cream Review



Disclosure:  This is a review and a review product was provided in exchange for my honest opinion.  
 It’s a known fact that one of the very first signs of aging for a woman is her neck.  And that is why I loved Nora Ephron and her lighthearted look at aging.  The late writer of ‘Sleepless In Seattle’ and director of other fun films like ‘You’ve Got Mail’,  ‘Julia and Julie’ and ‘When Harry Met Sally’ waxed philosophical and hilarious at the same time in the book  I Feel Bad About My Neck.  For instance she said,


 “Our faces are lies and our necks are the truth.  You have to cut open a redwood tree to see how old it is, but you wouldn’t have to if it had a neck.”  OR  “One of my biggest regrets—bigger even than not buying the apartment on East Seventy-fifth Street. Bigger even than my worst romantic catastrophe—is that I didn’t spend my youth staring lovingly at my neck.”
  Perhaps she hadn't tried using Dermagist Neck Restoring Cream?
   Made with special ingredients like peptides, hyaluronic acid, plant stem cells and various other high quality and precisely blended ingredients, it is designed to get results in 4 areas: Improving the look of very loose skin on the neck, targeting deeply entrenched wrinkles, instant-effect target tightening, and long-term benefits and health.
 
Recommended for use twice daily, it is easy to put on and go.  1 bottle is designed to last for approx. 60 days.  Since its release about 5 years ago, it has had a consistent reputation as one of the very best neck treatments on the market today.   Women are constantly saying things like, “I just started using this cream but love it! I already see a difference and love the light texture!” (review from Buyer Review website)

   My opinion:  I was given a bottle of Dermagist Neck Restoring Cream to try and although I’m not finished with it yet, I can say that it is very soothing, absorbs well, smells lightly of citrus, and doesn’t flake off.   After two weeks, I feel that the skin on my neck is more supple and smooth.  I really do like it!  Advice:  Don’t use more than a few drops at one time!  It’s not a cream meant to slather like butter on toast!  It’s made to absorb into your skin and work is magic down under the top layer!  
   Guarantee:  Dermagist has a guarantee in place to make you feel even more secure trying it!  If you aren't 100% satisfied after 30 days, you can return the bottle for a credit.  By then they're so sure you'll be so happy with it that you won't want to return it, but instead get another bottle!  
   Price:  Let's talk price.  This isn't the most inexpensive cream around.  But there are definitely ways you can pay much less.  A simple one-bottle purchase from the company will run you $99.00 + shipping and 2 bottles costs less at $129.99 + shipping, which turns out to be less than $1.00/day because each bottle lasts for 60 days.  Dermagist also offers regular shipment every 45 days for 20% off the regular price of $99.00. 

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