Saturday, February 27, 2010

Great Giveaways!

Win a Swimsuit from Lands End at Guessing All The Way  Ends 2/28/10!

Win a $50 gift certificate for a Lisa Leonard necklace!  Go to Kitchen Belicious for the details!  Ends 3/1/10!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Follow!

It's another Friday Follow and I'm in!  Please have a great day and join in on the fun!  I have a great giveaway that started just today!  I also am ending 2 giveaways today at noon!  I will be doing a review for Eden Home and a giveaway for Green Ruby Designs very soon!  Thanks for checking my blog out and have a wonderful day!

A Renew Lotion And Body Wash Giveaway! CLOSED

Here it is!  My Renew Lotion and Body Wash Giveaway!  As I have mentioned before, this is the lotion I swear by and haven't found anything yet that compares to it!  See for yourself!  I am giving away a Renew Duo!  Someone will enjoy an 8 oz bottle of Renew and matching body wash, containing the same formulation as the lotion.  You will love it, I promise!  Here's a little bit of background:  Renew Lotion is part of the personal care line of products from one of my favorite companies, Melaleuca!  These are products that are very high-quality with no fillers, harmful chemicals, or poor quality ingredients. All their products are manufactured on site and go through well over 300 individual quality control checks. Renew lotion has been independently tested by a world-renowned clinical laboratory with double-blind tests and the results were amazing.  It was tested against Eucerin, the brand most doctors recommend and Renew's strongest competitor.  The studies took place during harsh winter conditions--an irritant for severely dry skin--in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  The results were quite impressive!  After 24 hours, there was an 88% improvement in visual dryness, 78% improvement in roughness, and similar results in smoother skin, moisture improvement, moisture retention and improvement after 7 days of no use!  Eucerin, by comparison, failed dismally.  Renew has a proprietary list of ingredients like, Malaysian glycerin (a plant form of glycerin, much more gentle on the skin vs. animal-based glycerin which can be irritating), Allantoin (the scientific name for comfrey, a healing herb), and T36-C5 brand Melaleuca oil (an extremely high quality tea tree oil).  Together these ingredients go down under the top layer of your skin to bring healing power from underneath all the way to the top.

The Renew Body Wash contains the same moisturizing technology that powers Renew lotion, plus skin-soothing Vitamin E!  Follow your bath or shower with Renew Lotion and your skin will be amaaaazing!

GET IT:
Get both Renew Lotion and Body was for retail price of $29.99 plus shipping and tax by calling Melaleuca ordering department at 1-800-282-3000.  Please tell them that I referred you and give them my name, Helena Lemon and id # 8014717669.  For a 30%  or more discount, become a Melaleuca Preferred Customer!  Go to my website, click on 'get more information', and mark the box that says 'I Need to improve my overall health and wellness!' I will make sure you are taken care of from there!


WIN IT! 
Winner will receive one each of Renew lotion and body wash to be delivered to them via UPS.  Available entries are below and should each be listed with a separate comment: 
  • Follow me on Twitter(or on my sidebar-1 entry)
  • Follow me on Networked Blogs (on my sidebar- 1entry)
  • Friend me on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Follow me on Google Friend (on my sidebar - 1 entry)
  • Tweet this giveaway (please include @xocaisgood in your tweet)  You can tweet once per day at one entry per tweet! 
  • Blog about this giveaway and provide a link back to here! (3 extra entries if blogged before 3/07/10, otherwise 1 entry)!
  •  New!  (5 entries) Sign up for My Likes! Please enter a separate comment for each entry!
This contest ends on 3/12/10 at 11:59 AM MST.  A winner will be chosen at random by random.org number generator.  The winner will be e-mailed and asked for mailing info and preferred lip flavors.  Please respond no later than 48 hours after notification or another winner will be chosen!  E-mail address must be available on your blog, profile, or in your comments.  Good luck and thanks for being beautiful bloggers!  

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The winner of this giveaway is #48  

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Great Giveaways!

  • Guessing All The Way is doing a Bare Escentuals Go Natural Giveaway!  Win Go Natural Powder!  Ends 3/7/10!
  • Go to BabyBix  for a great chance to win a prize package from Tropical Traditions!  Ends 3/8/10!

        Tuesday, February 23, 2010

        Great Giveaways!

        • Win a Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Mascara at Get Along Home!  Ends 2/27/10!

          Monday, February 22, 2010

          Confessions? I wish!

          I have decided to try and get in an entry to Friend-Makin Monday before my Monday runs out!  I'm cutting it close, but I'm on MST and it is 11:25 pm!  Technically still Monday here!  This is a really cute idea and easy enough to give you the run down.  The premise that Amber presents is 'What did you do this weekend?  'Fess up!  Oh I wish I could tell you that I had confessions to make.  But unfortunately, my weekend was pretty non-eventful, although I think I can drum up at least 1 activity worth mentioning for Friday, Saturday and Sunday! 

          Friday - Me and the hubs went out to lunch at Zupa's!  I always order the 'Nuts About Berries' Salad with Maple Vinaigrette dressing and one of their soups. This time I ordered the Crab Bisque. It was delicious! We then proceeded to Costco, where we looked at camera's and actually picked one out. It's a Lumix and has more stuff than my old camera did. For one thing, I needed a larger LCD screen so I can see what I'm taking a picture of.  But I won't be using it until I read the user's manual from cover to cover. 

          Saturday - We went and played disc golf.  I think I mentioned this already in another post.  After that we watched all our dvd'd t.v. stuff that we like--Survivor, The Good Wife, Lost, the Olympics, that's about it!

          Sunday - I was at my Dad's and I cooked for the family.  I've been benefiting greatly from giveaways lately.  I used the last bit of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce to make Stuffed Pepper Soup.  They really liked it!  I'm going to be ordering more of that stuff!  I took a few pictures of my son, because he finally got his braces out. He's actually had them in for about 5 years, because of a "jaw problem".  I'm not sure what they even meant.  His jaw always looked fine to me.  But he looks mighty handsome now, I will say!  (Just Mom's opinion!)

          Great Giveaways!

          • Cake Mom is doing a giveaway for Carolina Pad.  Win an organization collection!  Ends 2/28/10!

          Sunday, February 21, 2010

          Just A Thank You!

          Before I go and hit the hay, I must mention my fun delivery today of some Ouchies Bandages, courtesy of Girly Girl Giveaways!  Thanks so much!  I heart you!  I know these are for little kids, but since I found a use for them, can I have them for me?  You see, I'm a disc golf player, as I might have mentioned before, because my husband loves to play,and it's our together time as a couple!  Good thing we both really like it! 

          The one thing I notice about it is that when I throw the disc, it tends to tear up the end of my middle finger!  So bandages are the perfect thing to protect it!  Here is a picture of me heading out to the course just today, because there was a bit of sun and it was a tropical 40 degrees outside!  I had my ouchies band-aid on too.  Doesn't it look so sporty? Yeah, I know! 

          Saturday, February 20, 2010

          Great Giveaways!

          • Simply Stacie is hosting a giveaway for Beautiful Silver and it's a good one!  Hop on over!  Ends 2/23/10!
          • Gathering My Roses  is teaming up with Eden Home for a $35 Gift Certificate!  Ends 2/24/10!

          Friday, February 19, 2010

          Great Giveaways!

          • His Little Mrs.  is hosting CSN's Le Creuset Pinch bowls giveaway!  Ends 3/1/10!
          • To win a boatload of yummie brownies, go to Cake Mom and see what is going on!  Ends 2/21/10!
          • Win a Supermarket Smarty shopping pack at Cake Mom! Ends 2/21/10!

          A Sad But True Story! (With A Happy Ending!)

          A few years ago, my husband and I were not in very good financial condition.  We had both been through horrendous divorces that had left each of us penniless.  We just happened to be nice people who got suckered because we truly didn't believe that people we had been married to for years would turn around and do every underhanded thing, both legal and illegal, to leave us in such a horrible position.  We have since recovered and have moved on with our lives, but at the time it was so hard, not only financially, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually as well.  I found that because of the additional stress that had been piled on us, our lives were even more taxed and we didn't always make the best decisions that might help us more speedily recover from our financial woes.

          I left my husband in charge of our auto insurance and basically all of our car needs.  We drove my old Toyota Camry and his Ford Explorer.  Well, one day I found that the insurance had lapsed.  I told myself that he would soon pay it and that things would be fine.  I kept driving.  One day I was driving, my mind elsewhere, and I ended up speeding in a school zone.  The cop pulled me over and ticketed me for speeding and for no insurance. Yikes!  I had no choice but to pay it. I was a little late with my payments because I had no extra money for tickets. 


          I had the typical Mom responsibilities for my son, who was with us. He was doing after school activities like football, scouts, etc. etc. and I was the chauffeur!  One day, I was going back home after dropping my son off at football practice.  I stopped at a red light.  The light changed to green.  The car in front of me pulled ahead and I, again my mind elsewhere, started out at a brisk pace!  Well, the driver of the car in front of me was a new driver learning to drive a stick shift!  His car totally stalled out without warning and I plowed into his back bumper!  Our big Explorer was totally fine. But I can't say the same for their car.  Someone called a cop, and I called my dear husband.  I told him what had happened and he proceeded to tell me that there was still no insurance on the car!  I just remember telling him that he might want to check the county jail if he didn't hear from me soon.


          The ride to the jail was surreal.  My hands were handcuffed behind me and I was looking at the back of the police officer through a barred metal barrier.  This is not how I see myself.  A convict being hauled to jail?  (OK, maybe sometimes) And now I personally know how it feels and it ain't fun!  Luckily, I was soon bailed out and several years later, there is no sign at all of this traumatic experience on my driving record, just on my psyche.


          So what have I learned from all of this?  It is this: You may never ever be stopped or ticketed in this life. But the day you go without insurance is the day all hell will break loose!  So to avoid that, I've got one great suggestion!  Always have insurance, if only for liabilities!  


          The first and most important aspect of finding auto insurance is to become educated in the different kinds of auto insurance one can purchase.  Do you know the differences between liability, collision, comprehensive, theft policies, or no fault?  Auto Insurance.Me gives quick, concise explanations of each of these terms so that you can make the best possible decision for the kind of insurance you want and need.  Go check it out and become educated so you can get and keep great automobile insurance for the rest of your life!

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          Thursday, February 18, 2010

          Great Giveaways!

          • Mommy's Memorandum is having a Felt Creations Giveaway!  Win this cute button! Ends 2/18/10!
          • Go to Silver Savings for a great giveaway of Grateful Body Custom Cleanser of your choice!  Ends 2/19/10.
          • Another great giveaway I became aware of at Mommy's Memorandum is the Delightful Daisy Monogrammed Picture Frame Giveaway!  Ends 2/20/10.

          Wednesday, February 17, 2010

          A Big Thank You!

          Today I received a bottle of Skin MD Lotion in the mail. I had entered several of these giveaways hoping to win some. I ended up winning 2, yes 2, contests and so I think I will just acknowledge both of these great bloggers and say Thank You so much!  I won from Happily Southern Reviews and Giveaways and I also won from Mad Hatter Mom.  Both of these sites are excellent! 

          I was interested in trying out the Skin MD because I use a lotion that I feel is the very best in the industry.  It is called Renew and it is from the Medicine Cabinet line at Melaleuca.  Both lotions have amazing success stories about curing crazy cases of excema, psoriasis, and extremely dry skin.  I don't dispute either.  And they are obviously both amazing lotions.

          There are a few differences, however.  The feel of the Skin MD Lotion is much lighter, yet doesn't absorb as quickly into my skin as the Renew Lotion.  My skin feels smooth with the Skin MD lotion, but doesn't seem to stay hydrated as long as with the Renew Lotion. There is absolutely no scent with the Skin MD lotion, while there is a very light scent with the Renew Lotion.  I feel that the Renew Lotion goes way down into the  deepest layers of my skin, plumping it up with moisture, while the Skin MD stays more toward the upper layer of skin, giving it a superficial smoothness. And last but not least, the price.  $18.00 for 4 oz. of Skin MD and $14.50 Retail for 8 oz. of the Renew. (I get it for a discounted price of $9.99 because I'm a preferred customer!)

          So while I think that the Skin MD Lotion is a very good lotion, I don't think it has enticed me to make the switch from my Renew lotion.  As a matter of fact, I think that I will be having a giveaway very soon for my followers.  It will be for an 8 oz. bottle of  Renew Lotion! Watch for that one coming soon!

          If you would like to try Renew, please drop me an e-mail at daisydoo200 at yahoo dot com.  I will arrange for you to get some at my price, or you can contact Melaleuca directly at 1-800-282-3000.  Please let them know that I sent you and give them my id# 8014717669.

          Great Giveaways!

          •  Win a Le Creuset Set of Prep Bowls, right here!  Ends 2/26/10!
          •  Win a set of SPF15 Sun Shades Lip Balms, right here!  Ends 2/26/10!
          • Tweet for a pair of Dockers Pants!  Details at Savvy Mom Finds!  Ends 2/19/10!

            Tuesday, February 16, 2010

            Great Giveaways!

            • Go to Simply Stacie to enter a great bling teeshirt giveaway at Sassy Sparkle.  Ends 2/19/10.

            Set of Le Creuset Prep Bowls Giveaway!

            The great people at CSN have done it again!  The stores that have everything from baby supplies to bar stools want me to help them throw up another great giveaway!  And I am more than happy to oblige.You know, giveaways really do introduce people to companies and websites that they otherwise might never know about.  I know this to be true as I have been introduced to CSN during the relatively short time that I have been interested in the giveaway market. What a fantastic group of stores!  When I say group, I mean 200 online stores! As I perused the list of all their stores I was amazed at the categorization and the variety of shops.  It's like a huge online mall!  A Diaper Bag Boutique is just waiting for you to pick out your favorite, and all things for a tailgate party are right there at Tailgating Party Supply.com. I am in the market right now for a rice cooker and CSN has the best rice cookers at the best prices.  So I will probably be paying them a visit in the near future!


            And so today, I've got the opportunity to introduce you to one store of theirs in particular and that would be (drumroll, please) Cookware.com!.   This is a virtual utopia for both the cooking novice and the cooking  snob (you know, the ones who only want the very best in cooking brands and quality).  The prices are great and they work to be the most competitive out there.


            The LeCreuset Prep Bowls are an "excellent set to use for both dry and liquid prep. The silicone construction makes pouring liquids a breeze."  -Customer Review


            Now For the Giveaway!


            To win these gorgeous bowls,

            • Visit Cookware.com and tell me what you like and leave me a link!  (This is the mandatory entry before any others are counted!)
            • Follow me on Twitter (or on my sidebar) and leave me your Twitter id/name
            • Follow me on Networked Blogs (on my sidebar)
            • Friend me on Facebook 
            • Follow me on Google Friend (on my sidebar)
            • Tweet this giveaway (please include @Melahelen in your tweet)  You can tweet once per day! Leave me the status link!
            • Blog about this giveaway and provide a link back to here! (3 extra entries if blogged before 2/22/10)
            This giveaway is open to US and Canada and will end at 10:59 PM MST on 2/26/10.  Winner will be chosen with a random number generator and will be notified by e-mail (so make sure I have access to your e-mail in your entry comment or in your profile).  You will have 48 hours to respond!  Good luck and thank you!  

            Winner - #238 - Owen's Mom!

            Monday, February 15, 2010

            Saturday, February 13, 2010

            Giveaway Entries for 2/13/10

            • eShakti is offering 3 $20 gift cards for their customized and beautiful clothing.  Go to Sugar Pop Ribbons for the details. Ends 2/14/10
            • -Natural Mommy  is hosting a giveaway for Flirty Aprons.  Ends 2/14/10!

            Sun Shades Lip Balm Giveaway!

            To celebrate my own recent delivery of the cutest Call Me Cards ever by Stuck on You, I thought I'd offer my own giveaway in appreciation! 


            Spring is just around the corner, I keep telling myself.  ☻And Spring is actually the time when the sun's rays are most powerful and have the most punch.  The UVB and UVA rays are at their strongest.  Many people are fooled by this because it still feels cool outside and so they neglect to properly protect their skin.


            I'd like to share a product line in a company called Melaleuca. Sun Shades is the line that has everything to do with being out in the sun.  They have after-sun care, sunscreen, and SPF 15 lip balm.  The sunscreen uses a unique form of zinc oxide that rubs in clear, so there is no white or colored residue.  It is the best sunscreen I have ever used - not greasy or smelling of chemicals.  My skin stays moist and unburned.



            "Experts say the best protection against UVA is a sunscreen that includes zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or avobenzone. Consumers should also look for those that are water-resistant and have an SPF of 30 or better, indicating strong protection against UVB rays, and apply liberally and often."  -Linda Johnson, Associated Press



            Another great Sun Shades product is their lip balm. It contains melanin, your natural lip protector.  It also has natural moisturizers like jojoba oil, cocoa butter and beeswax.  There are no fillers or harmful chemicals.  It actually rejuvenates my lips when I use it.  It is a must-have product at my house.  I never get chapped or dry lips when I have Sun Shades lip balm on hand!
            Lips contain very little melanin—the natural skin pigment that helps screen out the sun’s harmful rays. With SPF 15, Sun Shades lip balms pamper and protect your lips with natural moisturizers like jojoba oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax. Antioxidant vitamin E fights free radicals while T36-C5® Melaleuca Oil penetrates and soothes. These lip-smacking balms “weatherproof ” your lips and help keep them soft.

             Available in Harvest Berry, Mountain Mint, Vanilla Bean, Sugar & Spice and PiƱa Colada flavors, Sun Shades lip balm moisturize and protect your lips for hours

            GET IT:  Get a 3-pack at retail cost of $8.50 plus shipping and tax by calling Melaleuca ordering department at 1-800-282-3000.  Please tell them that I referred you and give them my name, Helena Lemon and id # 8014717669.  

            Win It:  Winner chooses 3 flavors of their choice to be delivered to them via UPS.  Available entries are below and should each be listed with a separate comment:


            • Tell me what you do take care of your lips
            • Follow me on Twitter (or on my sidebar)
            • Follow me on Networked Blogs (on my sidebar)
            • Friend me on Facebook 
            • Follow me on Google Friend (on my sidebar)
            • Tweet this giveaway (please include @Melahelen in your tweet)  You can tweet once per day! 
            • Blog about this giveaway and provide a link back to here! (3 extra entries if blogged before 2/19/10)

            This contest ends on 2/26/10 at 11:59 AM MST.  A winner will be chosen at random by random.org number generator.  The winner will be e-mailed and asked for mailing info and preferred lip flavors.  Please respond no later than 48 hours after notification or another winner will be chosen!  E-mail address must be available on your blog, profile, or in your comments.  Good luck and thanks for being beautiful bloggers!  


            This Giveaway is open to US 

            Winner - #50! Tessica!







            I Wanted To Show Off My Win!

            Just wanted to thank MNMSpecial Giveaways and Stuck On You USA for this giveaway win!  The little Call Me Cards I chose are adorable and are durable so they can stay in a purse or pocket without getting bent, wrinkled or faded!  Thanks so much!

            Also, I'm in the market for a new camera.  Any suggestions for something practical, easy, but high quality?  My Sony Cyber Shot 4.1 Mega Pixels has pretty much fulfilled it's destiny and I'm ready for something new!

            Brownies Anyone?

            Second Time Around  is hosting a Fairytale Brownies giveaway.  They look delicious!  I hope I get to taste them at some point!  Ends 2/15/10!

            Everything in Between  is doing a Le Creuset Baking Dish Giveaway! Ends 2/14/10

            Friday, February 12, 2010

            I Have An Award To Pass On!

            My new friend Beth passed this award to me and I would like to do the same to you!  If you would like this award, because I know that you are a beautiful blogger, just be my follower and leave me a comment!  Also, link me to your post about the 7 things you'd like people to know about you along with this award!

            Here goes my 7:

            1.  I wear one contact lense.  Yes, just one.That way I don't have to use glasses when I want to see something close in and I can keep my distance vision!  I hated that I had to finally do that, but I hate glasses b/c I have enough trouble keeping track of my sunglasses!

            2.  I am more excited about reading blogs than I am about TV, except when it comes to Survivor!  That show really fascinates me and I'm so excited they have it underway again for the new season.

            3.  I have a 21 year old son and a 13 year old son!

            4.  I play disc golf with my husband so I can see him once in awhile.  (That's his obsession and passion)

            5.  I do Yoga 2 or 3 times a week to keep myself from getting blogger butt! 

            6.  I have a border collie named Evee.  She came to live with us at about 10 months.  Just a tip...if you can't walk these dogs practically every single day for an hour, don't get one!  But I love her so much and she definitely gets me out!

            7.  I went postal yesterday.  I stopped in to mail a package and I let a lady go ahead of me b/c she said she only needed to pick up a package.  There was only one person at the counter. Well, 10 minutes later, the line had gotten really long, I was still waiting and I  blurted out, "Dang, is it buried out in the back?"  I got a couple of chuckles!
             ____________________________________________________________________
            Thanks to Midday Escapades, One2Try, and Hearts Make Families for Friday Follow!

            Thursday, February 11, 2010

            My Friend Had Babies - 8 of Them!

            My friend, Patti, is a Special Ed Teacher.  We went through the Special Ed Certification Program together at BYU.  I was endorsed in Severe/Profound and she was endorsed in Mild/Moderate.  Anyway, long story short, I don't teach at all.  I did one year and decided it wasn't for me. Patti, on the other hand, has been teaching for close to 20 years.  She keeps saying that if she can just hang in there for a few more years...then she can retire. I really can see why.  Don't get me wrong, I love Special Ed.  If it weren't for hoops you have to jump through and the politics and paperwork that I think is so ridiculous I'd be teaching right now!  Because after all of that, where is the time for the student?  Precious little, I'll say.  They have Patti following 3 different bell schedules every week for starters, not to mention the programs she is required to follow and the restrictions that they have her adhere to.  Over the years, I've seen more and more red tape applied to her and her class and I think it is really tying her hands.  For some more about Patti you can go here to my other blog.

            So she has a back-up plan.  She bought a cute female Olde English Bulldogge and decided to breed her.  She's had her for about 3 years and hadn't been successful until this year.  Kamie got pregnant this winter and this last Saturday, she had 8 healthy puppies!  She had to take a few days off to make sure everything went well for the puppies.  So while I was there substituting for her, she brought in the 8 little puppies to show the students.  She was on her way to get their tails docked and their shots.  The kids really liked that.  She used to bring in her dogs in for the students to interact with on a regular basis (she also has two little Pomeranians) until that got axed.  But she did get special permission today to show the puppies to her class.  They loved them! So, if you are looking for an Olde English Bulldogge puppy, I think I could arrange something!

            Update:  Patti ended up selling all of them for an average price of $800.00 each!  Wow!  Good money!

            Wednesday, February 10, 2010

            New Contest Entry! 2/10/10

            Girly Girl Giveaways is having a giveaway for 3 tins of Ouchies!  Really cute stuff!  Ends 2/13/10.

            Country Bob's Sauce Winners!

            I've got the two winners of the Country Bob Sauce.  You gals are so lucky! You're gonna be hooked, I tell you.  The first winner is #4, Jennifer, and the second winner is #17, Ashley Elaine.  I will make sure and e-mail you and you can respond back within 48 hours with your mailing info.  Congratulations to you both!  And thanks to those who entered!

            Tuesday, February 9, 2010

            Today's New Entries

              My rule is I've always got to enter mine first!  So...Win Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce!  Ends tomorrow! 

              Go to Evoluchun to enter the Cover Your Hair Giveaway!   Someone gets $25 of hair accessories!  Ends 2/9/10.

               Eat Smart and Mommy 2 Two Girls are teaming up to give someone a brand new digital scale!  Ends 2/10/10!
                Go lickety-split to Girly Girl Giveaways because she is giving away a pearl necklace, courtesy of Etsy Shop, Floaty Toes Dry Goods.  Should be good!  Ends 2/10/10.
                  Simply Stacie  is doing a giveaway for Tracie Nicole Designs for a beautiful Silver '4 of Hearts' Necklace. Ends 2/11/10.
                    Hurry to Go Yay! because there is an excellent giveaway for a Flirty Lasso necklace!  Ends 2/12/10.
                      Silver Savings  needs you to check out this low-comment giveaway for a Skin Authority Bath Soak!  Ends 2/12/10.

                      Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous is having the Pearl Paradise mother lode giveaway (not the official name).  A pearl bracelet and pearl stud earrings. Ends on 2/14/10.

                      Frugal and Fabulous is doing an eShakti giveaway for a $20 gift certificate.  They have beautiful clothes!  Ends 2/14/10.

                      Fun new blog I found, Suburb Sanity, is having a giveaway for Wii - 30 Great Winter Games - or something to that effect.  Go and see for yourself!  Very fun!  Ends 2/10/10.



                        Monday, February 8, 2010

                        Win 2 Bottles of Country Bob's All-Purpose Sauce Here!

                        Actually, it's Here, and there are only 12 entries.  The contest ends this Friday and this sauce is so very very good!  All my cooking adventures turn out great when I use Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce!  The bottles come with a recipe booklet so that you can try some of the tried and true recipes, or make up your own!  So please go on over and check this great giveaway out! 

                        Same Recipe, Different Outcomes

                        This past week, I wanted to try out a cute recipe I found at The Noble Pig.  It's actually a cute brunch idea and the first time I made it with my sister and her kids.  The idea is to take sturdy rolls, cut off the tops, hollow out the middle, put an egg in them and bake them.  Sounds simple, right?  And it was.  My sisters' kids had a ball scooping out the bread, breaking the eggs into them and then putting cheese, cream and herbs on top of them.  They baked for about 20 minutes.  We took them out and realized that we didn't want them that soft, so we baked them for another 5 minutes.  They came out great! Other than the fact that the sturdy rolls came out a little crunchy, they were great!  We served it with asparagus and it made a wonderful brunch that day.


                        So I decided to do the same thing for my husband at home.  I showed him the beautiful pictures on the website, told him about my first experience, and so he was really quite excited about it.  That's great, because he is an unadventurous sort when it comes to cuisine.  He knows what works for him, so he feels you don't mess it up by trying funky new things.  I'm just the opposite and love trying new recipes and ingredients.


                        I confidently went to the Super Market to get the rolls and some herbs and cream.  I had a successful trial run under my belt, after all. Well, I live in a different town than my sister, who lives in Sugarhouse, a suburb of SLC.  I live in Provo.  I chose to go to Macey's for my shopping.  Do you think they had nice firm beautiful Batchi rolls?  No, just flimsy dinner rolls, the kind with sesame seeds on them.  So I decided to get them anyway.  Next, the cheese. No fancy cheeses here.  Just the regular chedder and mozarella, etc.  I chose the chedder. Next the herbs.  Well, here is the frugal part of me that belongs right here in this frugal giveaway blogasphere world. There were actually some fresh chives there but jeez, a little fingerful for $3.00?  I just couldn't do it. I needed even less than that and then the rest of them would go to waste!  (Now that is definitely revealing as to what an inexperienced and uncreative kind of a cook I am, not to think of something else to do with some remaining leftover chives, not to mention cheap, but my parents grew up in the depression and wasting food was not tolerated!) I decided to play around with what herbs I already had in my cupboard at home.


                        Long story short, I came home, put my 'eggs in a basket' and got them out of the oven.  They seemed a little runny so I put them back in for another 2 minutes.  Got them out and served them with asparagus.  Served them to dh, and ugh!  Not a good reaction.  The eggs were still very runny, my herb combination of thyme and basil were horrible with the eggs and chedder.  The rolls were a disaster.  My dh couldn't finish even one of them and he had requested I make 3 for him. I ended up throwing it out.


                        Moral of story: Use good ingredients and don't cut too many corners b/c you'll end up wasting a lot more than just a few sprigs of chives!

                        The cut chive
                        .

                        Saturday, February 6, 2010

                        New Contest Entries

                        -Go to To The Max to see one of the best disability awareness blogs around, plus you can win a great Rebecca Minkoff Handbag!  Ends 2/8/10.

                        - Not to be outdone in the least is the Kiss Naturals giveaway of a free Lip Balm making kit.  Go to Silver Savings for the details!  Ends 2/8/10.

                        -At the Baby Shower Extravaganza at Fairytales and Puppy Dog Tails, a Casio Ex-S5 is up for grabs.  Ends 2/8/10.

                        -There is an Affordable Scarf giveaway at Moomettes Magnificents.  It ends 2/15/10.

                        -The Penny Pinching Mama is doing a couple of great giveaways, including bath petals and body butter from Fresh Organics.  Ends 2/8/10.

                        Go to What's Cooking At DD? to enter the  Zola Acai Superfruit Juices and Smoothies Giveaway!  Ends 2/9/10.

                        I've Got My Winner!



                        Thanks so much to those of you who participated in my Cinnamon Lotion and Massage Oil Giveaway!  There are more to come b/c I like giving as much as I like receiving!   I will e-mail you and if you could contact me within 48 hours, I'll mail that prize right out to you!

                        #67 Grace Wong
                        blogged http://sugarrosies.blogspot.com/2010/02/5-great-giveaways-14.html shou.milk@gmail.com


                        Also, while I'm on the subject of prizes, I'd like to just thank the sites that I have won prizes from and actually received those prizes:  They are Silver Savings, Freebies and Giveaways and Girly Girl Giveaways.  These are 2 sites I know you can trust to deliver what they promise!

                        New Contest Entries

                        Friday, February 5, 2010

                        Lotion & Massage Oil and Country Bob's Sauce!

                        I've been a part of Friday Follow for a couple weeks now and I love it.  I've met a lot of people, seen a lot of great (and I mean Great) blogs and just enjoyed myself immensely.  So thanks so much, Midday Escapades, One 2 Try, and Hearts Make Families for this great idea!  I hope to make some more bloggie friends today and  hope we can all enjoy the party.

                        I do have some giveaways, so feel free to enter.  One ends today and is for Cinnamon Lotion & Massage Oil and the other is for Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce.  They are both low-comment and both really great products.  Please show me some love and make a comment on one or both of these!

                        Thanks so much and look forward to enjoying your blogs again this next week!

                        Thursday, February 4, 2010

                        Featured Listings for 2/4/10



                          Affordable Scarves Giveaway - Ends 2/4/10

                          Second Time Around is helping Affordable Scarves do a giveaway!  Hurry it ends today!  Sorry, I didn't post earlier, just found out!

                          Wednesday, February 3, 2010

                          Smelly Washer Cleaner Giveaway! Ends 2/5/10

                          This product will get rid of odors in your washing machine with natural cleaning power.  One year's supply and a big help to many mommy's who have lots of laundry to do!  Go to Life of Kaylen and see what's going on!

                          Reminder About My Giveaways!

                          If you are looking for great odds to win, this would be a great place to come.  My Cinnamon Lotion and Massage Oil giveaway ends on Friday and only has 75 comments!  Let's get it up to 100, shall we? Still very good odds!  My Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce giveaway has 9 comments!  We can do better than that for good 'ol Country Bob!  His sauce is great!  You'll be jumping for joy if you win either of these!

                          I Need An Expert Opinion and Help!

                          I'm off for a busy day but before I go, I need to ask someone to help me.  I just got a big notification on my page that I have exceeded bandwidth?  What the heck?  My wallpaper is gone, and this pesky little icon is telling me I need to convert to something else.  Do I need to pay for this, is it a pain? Do I need to download something?  Should I make friends with a Geek?  This is truly a down day as far as blogging goes for me.  I am basically just learning as I go and probably making some huge mistakes and faux pas.  But I think that is just the only way to do things.  Dive right in, as they say!  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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                          Apparently, my problem has to do with my background supplier.  Her whole website has exceeded  bandwidth and has affected me here.  So for right now, I am going with a boring Blogger background until I can figure out what to do.  Let the blogging move forward!
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                          Good news!  I found another background that I like and I think I'll just cross my fingers and hope this flies for awhile.  I really could ask my dh, but he's snowboarding with his guy friends right now and sometimes it is just better to do it yourself.  I learned a bunch of stuff, that's for sure.  I never knew I could edit right from my page.  I always wondered what the little pencil on the bottom of my posts was.  Now I know.  BTW, Thanks, Cutest Blog on the Block!

                          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.