Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Affordable Scarves' Giveaways

Affordable Scarves and A Mom's Balancing Act have teamed up for a 2 person giveaway.  Please go there ASAP and enter.  It ends tomorrow!

Another Affordable Scarves 2 person giveaway is at J Leigh Designs.  This one ends 2/9/10!

Mass Hole Mommy  will be hosting her Affordable Scarves giveaway until 2/5/10

I Need Photoshop!!

So, I decided to just show up in some pictures on my blog, holding up two fingers indicating that I need 2, yes, 2 blogs.  This picture was taken by my son at the end of last Sunday evening after cooking and eating Country Bob's Fabulous Baked Beans. They were so good, but man, was I full and my makeup and hair were totally gone by this time.  But hey, this is life and I don't do photoshop. You can go to OMG for those kinds of pictures.  Have a Great Day!

note: I have since decided that Photoshop is a good thing and so is plastic surgery, lipo and injections!

I've Got Some Of My Own Going On!

We've got the Cinnamon Lotion and Massage Oil giveaway going on, ending on the 5th, and my current one, everyone's favorite, Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce giveaway, ending on the 10th.  So, give me some love and enter those contests.  Thanks to all you who have already.  I really appreciate it and will return the favor at some point!

smArtee Art Print Giveaway - Ends 2/2/10

As I have said before, I find and blog those special giveaways and this is indeed one of them!  This artist is so talented!  I love her art work!  If she would ever want me to do a review and/or giveaway for her, I would be honored!  But in the meantime, I will enter this contest.  So please go to The smArtee Website and see for yourself how beautiful these prints are, and then go to Mommy's Memorandum and enter.  Thanks both for this great giveaway!

Strapped Belts Giveaway - Ends 2/2/10

Strapped Belts is a company based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  If  you are looking for a truly unique and beautiful gift or something to set off your jeans in a great way, enter this giveaway at Mommy's Memorandum

Monday, February 1, 2010

Affordable Scarves Giveaway - Ends 2/4/10

Beautiful scarves of every imaginable color and fabric!  Visit Affordable Scarves and Thanks, Mail Carrier for the details!

Air-O-Swiss High Quality Humidifier Giveaway - Ends 2/4/10

Like the name implies, this is a company from Switzerland whose products have been available in the US since 2001.  They are leaders in the humidifier and air purification industry.  Visit Air-O-Swiss for an educational glimpse at their products and also go to Thanks, Mail Carrier for details on the giveaway!

Strapped Belts Giveaway - Ends 2/4/10

I love how these belt buckles can be feminine, preppy, or make a statement.  Go to Trendy Treehouse for this great giveaway.  Also, go to Strapped Belts from Jackson Hole, WY to see the great belt buckles they've got! Here was the one I chose as my fav!

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce Review & Giveaway - Ends 2/10/10

I tried two recipes with Country Bob's All purpose Sauce - Country Bob's Fantastic Baked Beans, and Stuffed Pepper Soup.  Let me tell you.....yummers!  Unfortunately, nothing low fat about these recipes, one made with pork and one made with ground sirloin.  But it was a lot better than going to, say, a Carl's Jr. and getting one of their ridiculously fattening burgers with a side of fries and a coke.  This is good, hearty, home-cooked delicious food that you feel good feeding your family once in awhile or a lot, depending on your ambitions.  These two recipes are so good on a cold winter's day, with summer bathing suits and shorts so far away that eating just for comfort is exactly what I want to do.  No disappointment here. My family was all thumbs up! 

But when the weather gets warmer, grilling is just the ticket.  And Country Bob's is right there for you!  He's got a Barbeque Sauce that would be perfect!

What I really like is the short list of natural ingredients that make me feel better about putting it into my gullet.  I get so tired of the long list of chemicals I read on practically everything edible that isn't living or didn't have a  mother. 

The Sauce is not so strong as to overpower the other flavors of onion, green pepper, rice, meat, etc.  It just enhances these flavors and makes them so delectable.  Country Bob, I love you!

GET IT:  From stores where Country Bobs' Products are sold or go to Country Bob's and order online. His prices are very reasonable.  There are also recipes and other little surprises there!

WIN IT:  2 readers will each get 2 bottles of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce with a recipe booklet.

Preliminary and Mandatory Entry:  Visit Country Bob's website, specifically his Recipes area, and comment about a recipe you'd like to try out. 

Extra Entries-(Please include your e-mail address for each entry so I can contact you if you win!)

  • Follow me @Melahelen on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Follow my blog publicly with Google Friend (1 entry)
  • Tweet this giveaway (1 twitter/day) You can copy and paste - "Win @Melahelen Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce-Ends 2/10/10-http://helena-agalneedsatleast2blogs.blogspot.com/"  (Please leave me the status number!)  1x daily!
  • Blog about my giveaway with a link back to this giveaway (3 entries) Post each entry separately please!
  • Add me to your Blog Roll! (1 entry) 
Giveaway will end at 11:30 pm (MST) February 10, 2010!  Good luck!
One winner will be selected on 2/11/10 via random.org and will be emailed. You will be given 48 hours to respond.

I was provided with a product sample for posting this blog. No other compensation was received.

    Saturday, January 30, 2010

    Flirty Apron Giveaway - Ends 2/6/10

    Go to Mommy2TwoGirls for this giveaway!  One lucky winner will get their choice of in-stock flirty apron!  You can check out the aprons here!

    Swanky Apron Giveaway - Ends 2/4/10

    Uh oh!  Another cute apron giveaway!  These are so cute.  It's at Adventures of Paul and Natalie.  Please pick me!  Please pick me!  Seriously, you need to go and enter for an apron!  See you there!

    YumYum Pendants Giveaway - ends 2/4/10

    These pedants are so pretty and there are lots to choose from.  I happened to pick this one as my favorite, in honor of Valentine's Day!  I'm sure you will find a few that you think are just perfect. Go check out The YumYum Pendant Shop at Etsy, see which ones you like and then go to Midday Escapades and enter the giveaway!

    Parazul Giveaway - Ends 2/4/10

    Here it is, the purse lovers giveaway!  Win this beautiful Parazul bag at Theta Mom!

    Oreck Air Purifier Giveaway - Ends 2/4/10

    Okay, I know it's not as glamorous as a pearl necklace, flirty apron or cream perfume.  But this is a great item, and actually more valuable.  According to the EPA, air in the home can be 5x more polluted than air outside the home.  The Oreck Proshield Plus air purifier will help defend the air in your most intimate space, the air in your home, from the toxins, germs and pollutants that get trapped inside.  Go to One 2 Try for the details!

    Friday, January 29, 2010

    smArtee Print Giveaway - Ends 2/3/10

    This beautiful print is called '2 In A Crazy World'.  It is the one I selected as my favorite among the several prints that the winner of this giveaway can select for their very own.  I think this is a beautiful example of modern art.  The colors are beautiful and vibrant--something I would be very happy to hang on my wall.  The Etsy shop is called smArtee by smArtee and the giveaway is hosted by Trendy Treehouse.

    Cinnamon Lotion & Massage Oil Giveaway - Ends 2/5/10

    Just thought I would post this again to let you guys know that yes, I also am having a giveaway. ($26.00 Retail Value)

    Do you love the smell of cinnamon? Did you know that cinnamon may be an aphrodisiac?  Yes, that is why this would be a particularly fitting scent for Valentine's Day, ladies.  If you don't believe me, go to Wikepedia and look up uses for cinnamon.  It states, "Cinnamon may also be an aphrodisiac."  Nickell, Nancy L. (1998). "Nature's Aphrodisiacs". Crossing Press. Retrieved 2010-01-03.

     I know, some of ya'll out there need nothing of the sort.  In fact, you need something to calm you down.  But for those of us who wouldn't mind a little pick-me-up, well....here ya go!  Go to my Giveaway page  and enter!   It's low-comment, since this is sponsored by me, so yer odds are gonna be good!

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    Pendant Jewelry of Your Choice Giveaway - ends 1/31/10

    These are super cute silver or copper pendants that come with a sterling silver chain.  3 winners!  Go to GirlyGirl Giveaways and check out this cute site and enter this giveaway!

    Flirty Apron Giveaway - Ends 2/2/10

    Here's another Flirty Apron Giveaway!  Get on over and get some!  Silver Savings, Freebies and Giveaways!  Do you need a picture?  Or have you got the idea already?  I think you do!

    Denise Austin - Daily Dozen Giveaway - Ends 2/2/10

    First of all, can I just say for the record that I wish I looked like Denise Austin?  

    Part of Synopsis - "From Denise Austin comes the perfect health book for anyone who wants to live better but just can't seem to find the time. Much more than just another exercise book, Denise's Daily Dozen covers a whole range of health and diet related concepts yet manages it all in a no-stress, time-conscious program of 12's. At it's core, this book contains the minimum daily requirements to keep the reader flexible, strong and trim. Organized simply into seven chapters, which equal the seven days of the week, it covers a full week in daily allotments. Each day will have it's own focus from Monday being "fat burning day" to Sunday's "recharge and rejuvenate." Denise has created a total body program..."

    Go to Silver Savings, Reviews and Giveaways and enter to be one of 5 lucky lucky winners!

    Keep Your Health While Blogging!

    I love to blog.  While I love both my blogs, currently I am more intent on this one, as I am enthralled with the world of giveaways.  However, as I spend more time blogging and less time walking around and doing things, I can tell the difference.  My body isn't responding to my exercise routines like before.  I seem to be losing some muscle tone.  I am a dancer (middle-eastern, zumba, modern and ballet), biker, yoga lover, hiker, disc golfer, skier, and the reason is because I have always exercised and made time to do so.  I love pushing my body to just the right amount of fatigue to where I know I've been challenged, but not so that it takes days on end to recover.  In other words, I don't do marathons, but I like to exercise.  But I feel like I'm in danger of losing some (or a lot) of that, as I continue to make staying on the computer more of a priority. 

    For me, exercise is a means to an end.  I don't mean necessarily the end result of being thin.  (I don't think I'll ever accomplish that--I like to eat a little too much) By all means, if that ever occurs as a by-product of exercise, then I will welcome it!  But more important to me is the preservation of muscle, the circulation of the blood to prevent heart problems, diabetes, and any number of health related problems.  Did you know that exercise is considered the #1 anti-aging thing you can do for yourself?

    My hubby forwarded an article to me from Yahoo health that I really needed.  It's called Sitting Too Much Can Be Deadly.  (Do you think he was trying to tell me something?  Not sure...) Well if reading that doesn't scare me into getting off the computer and getting more exercise, nothing will.

    So, based on the recommendations of the article, I have decided to get off my duff every 3 hours (believe me, I can stay on the computer for 6 hours straight when I get on a roll) and do a 20-minute exercise routine.3x daily.  This will be in addition to walking my faithful border collie, Evie, 5 days a week, plus yoga 2-3 times per week. That should keep the blood flowing and me from gaining more than the usual winter weight (of which I have come to expect between 5 and 8 lbs.), and keep my body ready to do the things I love to do when the time comes to do them. 

    I hope that you, my fellow lady bloggers, will do the same and make time for all-important exercise.  It will give your bodies and eyes the rest they need and your mind time to think new thoughts and create bright and fresh ideas.

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    Cream Perfume Company Giveaway - Ends 2/3/10

    Just look at the description for the Lavender Solid Fragrance from Cream Perfume Company.  "A premium organic, 100% natural perfume for true lavender lovers. Exceptionally clean notes of lavender from top to base with a touch of lavendin for the heart notes."  Doesn't that sound wonderful? 

    If you like the sound of that, look at all the other beautiful fragrances and then go enter the giveaway at Sugar Pop Ribbons!  See you there!

    Caffeinized Sugar Scrub From Alchemystic Bath - Ends 1/31

    For the ultimate bath experience - "AlcheMystic Bath Rituals is created using natural ingredients such as mango butter, meadow foam seed oil, sweet almond oil, along with a variety of salts and sugars. Although there is no water in the formulas a minimal amount of preservative is added to some of the products in case water is introduced to the jars during daily use. The aromas are created with pure essential oils."

    Go to Smart and Trendy Moms to enter this giveaway!

    Flirty Apron Giveaway - ends 1/27/10

    I just barely got in on this one.  I wish I had known sooner because I am really hoping to get one of these cute aprons, before May!  Anyway here is the site, Sugar Pop Ribbons, that you need to be at before 11:59 pm tonight! Go Flirty!

    Bee Well Wishes Review and Giveaway - Ends 2/6/10

    These are really soft teeshirts, sleepers, blankets and pillows. They feel like a hug when you put them on. Bee Well Wishes wants to give away a teeshirt. Will you be the lucky one?  Go to Peaches Reviews and Giveaways and Bee lucky!

    Do You Love Pearls? Giveaway ends 2/4/10

    I love pearls.  They are so dainty and elegant at the same time.  So if you're like me, please go on over to Peaches Reviews and Giveaways and enter this giveaway sponsored by Pearl Paradise!  Not much more needs to be said, really. 

    The Cream Perfume Company Giveaway - ends 2/4/10

    Second Time Around is hosting a giveaway for The Cream Perfume Company.  I chose their organic Rose de Rosee solid fragrance, with notes of rose and geranium, followed by  palmarosa and violet.  What will you choose?

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    Cream Perfume Company Giveaway - Ends 2/4/10

    3 entrants will win a fragrance of their choice.  Please go to Adventures of Paul Natalie for the details

    Euro Spas Natural Hand Soap Giveaway - Ends 2/5/10

    These natural hand soaps come in 4 auromatherapeutic scents including Lavender, Orange Blossom, Grapefruit and Vanilla.  It also comes in unscented.  Go to Mommy To 2 Girls and also to the company that is sponsoring this giveaway, Bayes Eco-Friendly Cleaners, to find out about more cleaners that are eco-friendly.

    Cover Your Hair $25 Giveaway - Ends 2/3/10

    Some beautiful hair accessories here and also head coverings like turbans, scarves, hats, headbands, pre-tied bandanas, triangle bandanas, etc. etc.  We could all use some head help so go to Frugal and Fabulous, check out this giveaway and then check out Cover Your Head for some truly unique and attractive head help!

    My Silly Monkeys & Bamboobino Giveaway - ends 2/2/10

    This giveaway is for the Mom who wants her little one to have the best after-bath experience possible.  Also great for gifts!  Go to My Silly Monkeys for the giveaway or to Bamboobino for some great products!

    Orange & Pomagranate Couture Soap Giveaway - Ends 1/31/10

    Everyone, including me, loves homemade, natural organic soaps.  Go to Smart & Trendy to enter the contest or go directly to Hippie Wicks to buy soap and much more!

    Totally Toned Arms Giveaway - Ends 1/30/10

    Get yourself a pair of totally toned arms with this book that will help you do just that in 21 days!  There will be 5 winners of this book!  Just go to Tiaras & Tantrums to get the entry details!  I'm there right now, how about you?

    Monday, January 25, 2010

    Mayfair Lane - Up to $75 - Giveaway Ends 2/4/10

    Mayfair Lane is a company that has a variety of darling home and office supplies.  They have refrigerator clips, small journals, multi-list pads, multi-use bags, whiteboards, mini photo frames, etc. etc!  One winner gets to choose an assortment of these things, up to $75.00!  Go to Single Mama Review Corner, check it out and then enter to win!

    The Vintage Pearl Spring Giveaway! Ends sometime soon!

    Win this beautiful pendant with two silver flower initials and a pearl. Not sure when it ends, but there are already a ton of entries  It's so pretty and dainty--I can see why there are so many!  At any rate, when you visit their website they have a great playlist to listen to while you browse and look over their beautiful hand-crafted creations!

    Bummis Organic Cotton Diaper Kit And Giveaway - ends 2/5/10

    This is a kit that will provide everything you need to do cloth diapering.  It is easy on the environment, easy on your pocketbook, easy to do!  Visit Minnesota Mama's Must Haves and enter this great giveaway!  Also see a picture of her own adorable baby--just 2 weeks old in his Bummis.

    The Cream Perfume Company Giveaway - ends 2/1/10

    A company providing organic scents that promise to take you far away to exotic places.  Find Unpaint to find out more information

    Saturday, January 23, 2010

    Flirty Apron Giveaway - Ends 2/1/10

    Another Flirty Aprons Giveaway!  I'm gonna get one yet, I just know it!  Or I'll die blogging trying to get one!  They are so cute and original!  Go to Mission Mommy and flirt with a chance to win one.

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    Is this Really the Life Cycle of a Man?

    You Tell Me!
    Courtesy Google Images

    CSN Stores And A Giveaway From Cookware.Com Ends 1/28/10

    A bowl in your choice of colors!  Go to Some Days You Gotta Dance for the dirty details!

    A Vizio 42" LCD TV

    Vizio is a brand I've heard a lot about recently.  Most recently, when I went to Costco and helped my Dad pick out his TV.  He decided on a Vizio and he has been really happy with it.  I can see why.  The clarity is great, the quality is great and the price was very competitive. I'd really like to replace our old model with one.  I think we'd be really happy with it.  If I were to happen to win one, that would be even better.  And so that is why I am hoping to do just that when I post this! 

    Executees Shirts With a Touch Of Bling Giveaway - ends 1/29/10

    High quality teeshirts with your choice of screen.  Executees wants to give one lucky reader a Valentine Heart tee (SRV $69.99)!  Go to The Mom Reviews  and check it out! 

    CowGirl Chocolate Giveaway - Ends 1/30/10

    This giveaway is great for Valentine's Day!  Lots of interesting flavors to try.  Truffles, bars, gift boxes, etc.  Go to Helping Mommies Win for the scoop (or dip, in this case)!  Chocolate Rocks!

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    Charm Factory Valentine Bracelet Giveaway - Ends 1/31/10

    Charm Factory is giving one lucky lady a valentine bracelet of their choice!  I would love to get one--honey, yes that's a hint for you and why I'm leaving this blog open on the computer.  Here's the link to Charm Factory and here is a link to Evoluchun's Miscellaneous for the giveaway entry.  Thanks to both of these sites for the great giveaway!

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    The Frugal Map Grand Opening

    Frugal blogging has become very popular and there are many women who save a boatload of money by following tips and coupon deals from these blogs. The thing is, most frugal bloggers only blog about their own areas, so if you're interested in a frugal blog, you need to find one in your neck of the woods.

    "The Frugal Map was created* to help readers find their perfect blog match. Whether the perfect blog match is by category, store, location, there is a blog out there for your particular style.
    The Frugal Map has some unique features:
    • Frugal Map Function: Allows users to find a blogger near their location in an interactive map format.
    • Search Function: Allows users to search multiple blogs across the Frugal Map Network.
    • Hottest Deal RSS Feed: Gives users the most recent hot deals from the bloggers in the Frugal Map Network.
    • Specific Store Landing Pages: Allows users a one stop resource for store deals including blogger store deal links, resources, and FAQ for the particular store.
    • Specific Blogger Landing Pages: Allows users to read more about their favorite blogs and connect with them via Twitter, Facebook, RSS, and specific store deal links""
    To find out more about the features of the Frugal map, click the Frugal Map button on my side bar. It will be there for awhile!

    To enter the contest:  Go to Bargain Briana and see what great prizes there are!

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Cinnamon Lotion & Massage Oil Giveaway - Ends 2/5/10 - CLOSED!

    Start the mood out right! Valentines Day is coming and if you have a honey to share this with, it would be a really nice treat.  Sun Valley Cinnamon Moisturizing Lotion and Sun Valley Cinnamon Massage Oil in a gift bag!  From my favorite Consumer Direct Marketing Company!

    Mandatory entry - visit: my biz website and tell me something that you found out.

    Extra entries:
    • Follow me @Melahelen on Twitter (1 entry)
    • Tweet this giveaway (1 twitter/day)
    • Follow my blog (1 entry)
    • Blog about my giveaway with a link back to this giveaway (3 entries)
    • Add me to your Blog Roll! (1 entry)
    Each entry should be entered separately,with a separate comment, with your e-mail address!  Sorry, US residents only, please!
    This giveaway will be closed @ 10:00 pm MST, 2/10/10.  Winner will be picked at random with a drawing. (Probably out of a hat or something!)

    Affordable Scarf Giveaway - ends 1/25/10

    If you like scarves, this is the site for you....Affordable Scarves.  This is a site that could make you go crazy trying to keep your selection down to just a couple.  It's amazing!  However, I always say it's nice to win one.  That's why you enter this giveaway at Mom's Focus On Cyber World.

    Silver Sundial Necklace Giveaway - ends 1/31/10

     This necklace is beautiful and worth over $100 ($120 retail).  Visit Audrey's Giveaways for more details!

    Silver Jeans Giveaway - Ends 1/30/10

    This is the newest giveaway at Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous and it is a good one, if you like great jeans.  Evidently, Tenille, the blogger at FF&F has worn these jeans for "years and years" and apparently nothing else compares to them in terms of style, quality, and durability.  So, I may just have to check these babies out, win or not! 

    Saturday, January 16, 2010

    Those Flirty Aprons - Gotta Have One - Ends 2/1/10

    Flirty Aprons is doing another giveaway and this time it's being done by TwoOfAKindWorkingOnAFullHouse.  As I said once before, these are must have!  I took a look at the men's aprons and they are a hoot.  Check this one out:

    The Brag Company Giveaway - Ends 1/28/10

    Never have crushed, dented or creased bras again when you travel.  Carry them in style with a bra bag.  One lucky winner will get a bra bag and the newly developed panty bag. Essentials you never knew were essential until now! Get them at The Brag Company or win them at Theta Mom.

    Thursday, January 14, 2010

    I Am At A Loss...

    Here I have just started in the world of social blogging.  I love all the Mom's and women who are writing up a storm and have such  a beautiful way of expressing themselves and giving us, as women, such a universal and powerful voice.  The way companies market their products will be changed forever. Why pay a PR firm, when a company can get it out better and faster via "word of mouth" advertising in the form of reviews and giveaways?  Awesome!  I think some of us (c'est moi) just do it because it's fun and addictive.

    Well, one of the foremost blog sisters out there, Karissa, of PrissyGreen, took her life very unexpectedly this past weekend.  It has really shaken the blogosphere to the core.  I can see why.  She was the very epitome of success in this genre.  Her site was going great and growing by leaps and bounds.  She did much to progress this type of blogging.  I personally never even visited her site, but there sure were a lot that did and were dedicated followers.  She was just 31 years old, beautiful, in a loving relationship, had a loving family and had everything ahead of her.  But apparently not everything--at least to her.  It's just so sad.  It raises several painful questions:  1)  Can you ever be sure of someone else's inner state of mind?   2)   What is true happiness?  Is there such a thing?  3) Is blogging an addiction?  If so, I could be in trouble.  I'm really not trying to be facetious here.  I'm taking this as a word of warning to myself.  I need to get out more, no matter how much I have decided that blogging is my new love.

    If there is anyone out there reading this humble post, please know that I also am deeply saddened and sobered by the passing of Karissa.  I've read through many of the tributes to her and was particularly touched by this one.

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Spider Lily Giveaway - Ends 1/15/10

    A New Beginning bulb giveaway

    This is a cute giveaway for someone who loves flowers and wants some bulbs to get started. Go to this blog site and get the details.

    Monday, January 4, 2010

    La Mode Giveaway - Ends 1/17/10

    La Mode is a personal shopping/special occasions/gift services site.  This gal truly knows her fashion and will help others find their own personal style sense.  This is a giveaway where one winner can go through a pre-selected list of 20 items and choose one gift.  These gifts are all under $100, but they are all really fun and tasteful.  I'd love getting any one of these as a gift.

    Sunday, January 3, 2010

    Stuck On You! Ends 1/16/10

    Stuck On You USA is an actual site that specializes in labels of all kinds.  They are really cute, very durable and will organize your life if nothing else could.  They have personalized stickers, clothing labels, personalized journals, bag tags, mini tags, personalized notepads, call me cards, and, well, you get the picture. Go to MNMSpecial Giveaways and take a look.  Ends 1/16/10.