Saturday, March 6, 2010

smArtee Art Prints

I recently was the lucky recipient of a set of 3 beautiful 5 X 7 art prints, all signed by Robin, the owner and mastermind behind the shop on Etsy called smArtee by smArtee.  Thanks so much to Trendy Treehouse and Mommy's Memorandum for the great giveaway.

I was so impressed with the vibrant and rich colors that Robin uses and her talent in general.  I remember looking at these prints and thinking, "Helena, it's not very often that you see artwork and say to yourself, I really love that."  But that time I did, and so I entered the giveaway.  What are the odds I would win twice?  But that's exactly what happened.  And so now, I've got three prints to put up on my wall in a little theme. The top painting is called, 'Two in A Crazy World', and of course I have the two beautiful birds on the bottom.

I think that we're all thrown into a world that is just so fast-paced and full of change. Many times we don't even have the time to think about our decisions and why we're making them. We have to do things basically with our own best judgment because no one before us has ever had to go through some of the things we go through today.  I look at the painting on the top and the kaleidescope of color and I have to think, yes it's crazy, but it's also so beautiful.  If I can even take just a moment to stop and just catch my breath, like these two birds, I think I will be ready to jump back onto the merry-go-round.

I anticipate that I will hear more of Robin and her great work.  I hope you will all go check out her work and give her a thumbs up on Etsy!

Great Giveaways!

  • Audrey's Giveaways is introducing a company called 'Alphabet Photography'.  Very cute idea!  Ends 3/12/10!
  • Experimental Mommy  is doing a great giveaway for a new area rug by Flor, a company that does innovative floor covering!  Spruce up your living room while not locking yourself into one particular color scheme or style. Ends 3/11/10

Friday, March 5, 2010

Another Friday Follow!

Wow!  Is it Friday again?  Oh goodie!  I get to find some new bloggie friends.  I really love doing this because I just love you guys so much!  Sniffle!  No, really, I do.  I am inspired by you!  Thank you Midday Escapades, Hearts Make Families and One 2 Try!  We all love ya!  And Trendy Treehouse, you rock too!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Great Giveaways!

Win a Sedu Flat Iron from at A Mom's Balancing Act!  Ends 3/15/10!

Go to That Unreliable Girl for a great giveaway from gingerlilytea!  Ends 3/14/10!  Thanks for the giveaway!

Midday Escapades  is offering a Blush Topless Undershirt for 1 lucky winner!  Ends 3/6/10!

Win a Corel Digital Studio 2010 at MamaBuzz!  Ends 3/6/10

Moms By Heart  has an Artisan Breadmaking Set to give away.  I love homemade bread!  Yum!  Ends 3/7/10!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Great Giveaways!

  • Go to Baby Bix to win a Big Combo's Pack from Mabel's Labels!  Ends 3/10/10!
  • Are you neat challenged?  Win 'SlobProof: Real-Life Decorating Solutions' by Debbie Wiener.  Go to Mom Blog for the details.  Ends 3/5/10! 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Great Giveaways!

  • Tiaras and Tantrums is hosting a Bare Escentual Giveaway for a lip gloss of your choice!  Ends 3/3/10!
  • Enter the Kleen Slate Concepts Giveaway at Coupon Scoops!  Ends 3/3/10!
  • Win a quilted table runner from Silly Mama Quilts at Heck of A Bunch! Ends 3/5/10!
  • Go to Cake Mom and win a quart of  Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil!  Ends 3/5/10!
  • Also from Audrey's Giveaways, go green with the 100% organic reusable produce bags.  Win some! Ends 3/5/10! 
  • Win your choice of 3 Le Creuset kitchen items! Go to Healthy, Tasty Chow to get the details! Ends 3/4/10!

        Monday, March 1, 2010

        Last minute Great Giveaways!

        Moms Focus On Cyber World is having a chocolate giveaway featuring Q.Bel Chocolate!  Hurry!  Ends 3/1/10!

        Hurry over to  Mom's Focus on Cyber World to win an Alex and Ani Love Bangle Bracelet!  Ends 3/1/10!

        Silver Savings, Freebies and Giveaways is hosting a giveaway with Hairfree Brushes so you can see the difference for yourself!  Ends 3/2/10!

        Head quickly over to A Daily Dose of Toni for a Flirty Apron Giveaway!  Ends 3/2/10!

        A Green Ruby Designs Giveaway!

        I'm excited to be able to present Green Ruby Designs here today!  This is a super cute shop owned by Carola Searle, a personal friend of mine!  She and I studied Middle Eastern dance together with the beautiful Viktoriya Shershnova.  She has been doing art all of her life and has been influenced by her own Mom, who is a native of Peru.  Up until recently, her art was more of a hobby, or as her husband of almost 2 years says, an obsession.  (I'm sure you Etsians can relate?)  Anyway, since she is now expecting her first baby, she feels like her full-time job is going to need to take a backseat at some point, at which time, she would love to expand and grow her business.  I feel that her work will become very popular and at some point will be in quite high-demand. I love her hair designs.  I own a couple of my own and absolutely love them! All of Carola's designs are made with genuine stones, so none of them are the same! Also, there is free shipping with a minimum order of $20.00 when you mention my (Helena's) blog!

        So what I would like to do in the way of introduction, is to offer one reader a set of her beautiful pink flower hairpins.  These are excellent quality and just perfect for getting stray pieces of hair out of the way and make it look beautiful!  Here are the entry options!  (Please leave a separate comment for each entry with contact information easily accesible!)

         This is the mandy!  (Mandatory entry)

        Visit Green Ruby Designs and tell me what your favorite creation is and/or what you'd like to see more of!  This will be helpful to Carola as she expands her line and inventory.  Thanks so much!  This giveaway is open to US only and will end on 3/15/10 @ 11.59 am, EST!

        Extra entries:
        • Purchase something from Green Ruby Designs.  Remember free shipping for $20 order! (5 entries)
        • Heart Green Ruby Designs (2 entries)
        • Blog or post on public sites about this giveaway with a link back here and leave link where you did so! (2 entries for each!)
        • Follow this blog on Google Friend! 
        • Follow me on Twitter (Sidebar, 1 entry)
        • Follow me on Networked Blogs (Sidebar, 1 entry)
        • Be my friend on Facebook! (Sidebar, 1 entry)
        • Sign up for My Likes (Sidebar, 2 entries)

        A Blog Mention

        I just wanted to mention this cute blog b/c I think this blogger is fun.  I entered one of her giveaways and won the book called 'Corked'!  Her blog is called, 'Sexy Women Read' and certainly, by looking at the pictures, you'd say so.  These ladies are the most sexy, vamped up women I've seen in awhile.  They remind me of the old pin-up poster girls of the 1930's or 40's.  Like I told Kayla, I like to read, but I surely don't look like these ladies when I rustle up a good book.  No siree.  I look like I'm really really comfortable--I put on maybe some yoga or sweat pants, a loose top, maybe even a bathrobe on top of that if it's a little chilly!  My hair is usually up in a pony tail or just hanging limply down my back.  Why?  Because looking sexy takes work! (At least, my definition of looking sexy.  My husband obviously has a different one!  He thinks I'm sexy pretty much anytime!)  And reading is my down time!  But, one can only hope, right?  Maybe I really am that sexy woman.  Maybe the historical romance book I am reading is changing me into the gorgeous heroine and I am subconsciously morphing into the beautiful damsel.  At any rate, I like her blog(s). She gave me an award and it is now my privilege to pass it on to 15 more great blogs!  Here's the award and the rules:

        Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award. 

        1.  A View From the Parke Bench 
        2.  Blessings To Savings   
        3.  Alive In Wonderland 
        4.  Simply Me  
        5. A Year Of Slow Cooking      
        6. ACU's Stiletto Shoes and Pretty Pink Tutu's 
        7. Kitchen Bellicious 
        8. The Pursuit of Mommyness 
        9. Oh My Giveaway! 
        10. Hip Weddings 
        11. Fifty Cent Of Your Love 
        12. Review Retreat 
        13. The Adventures of Paul and Natalie 
        14.  Sounding Forth 
        15.  Living Healthy With Auntie E

        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 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 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? Make sure that you are insured with at least liability insurance.  That is all.
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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 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)!.   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 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 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