Friday, March 19, 2010

Great Giveaways!

  • Win an awesome nail package with over 30 pieces! Go to NailJunkie and check out this first giveaway!  Ends 3/20!
  • Get a Chi Ionic Color Protector Shampoo and Conditioner set at Random Beauty Tips!  Ends 3/26/10! 
  • Win a Spring Fun Box with lots of surprises inside!  Check it out at My Reason(s) To Blog.  Ends 3/25/10! 
  • Win a pair of Freshwater Pearl earrings from PearlParadise.com at 1stopMom!  Ends 3/22/10!

          It's Friday Follow!

          Another Friday Follow!  I  am excited and hope that you will participate and follow as many blogs as you feel you have time and interest for.  Please don't just follow for the sake of following, but really check things out and make sure that you are genuinely interested in those blogs that you'd like to follow!  It makes things more genuine and fun!  If you choose to follow me, I definitely appreciate it and will follow you back, although it may take a day or so!  Thanks to Midday Escapades, Hearts Makes Families, and One 2 Try.  Also thanks to Trendy Treehouse! 

          Thursday, March 18, 2010

          Pay It Forward Giveaway! 2 $10 Target Gift Cards

          It's raining hearts (365/351)


          I was the grateful winner and recipient of the Pay It Forward giveaway over at Paige's blog, Some Days You Gotta Dance! I actually loved the idea, because it gives us a chance to say thanks to the many sponsors and bloggers who put out time and money to host giveaways.  And  the  people who publicize the giveaways by tweeting and posting on their blogs are also very much appreciated!  So in that spirit, comes my Pay It Forward Giveaway. 

          Paige went to a lot of trouble when she sent me my gift.  Inside the Priority Mail box were some beautifully tissue wrapped items which were: some darling stationary items, a bag of jelly belly's (20 flavors), a Burt's Bees chapstick and some peppermint sticks!  Thanks so much, Paige, I really love my gifts!

          Now one of the requirements for entering this giveaway is that you commit to also host your own Pay It Forward giveaway, should you be the winner!  There must  two winners and you can pick whatever you want to give. Well, today I am doing just that!

          I am giving 2 Pay It Forward Giveaway winners a $10 Target Gift Card!  That's right, if you are chosen to continue this Pay It Forward chain going with whatever gifts you decide to give, you will receive a $10 Target gift card.  You can use it to help fund your own Pay It Forward giveaway if you'd like.  Seriously, have you won any giveaways?  Have you loved it?  So, why not Pay It Forward? Here's what you can do to enter (leave a separate comment for each one): 

          First entry is the mandy (mandatory):
          • Follow Dickssportcmo on Twitter and Tweet this: "@dickssportcmo I nominate @xocaisgood for the #startinglineup because she loves you!"     (Can be done once daily, for 1 extra entry each time)  Leave your Tweet link!   
          • Tell me why you'd like to do a Pay It Forward Giveaway
          • Subscribe to my feed with Google Reader or another one that you prefer! (Right sidebar)
          • Blog about this giveaway with a link back here and also leave me the link that you posted. (3 extra entries)

          This giveaway ends on 3/31/10 at 12:00 PM MST.  Winner will be selected with random.org and will be notified via e-mail (so please make sure I have that, either in your profile or left in your comment) and will be mailed the gift certificate via US mail with delivery confirmation!  Good luck to everyone and let's Pay It Forward!
          ____________________________________
          And the winners are:
          #48 Wander said...
          I have won...and it feels awesome! I also love hosting a good giveaway! Thanks for the reminder to pay it forward! With Target too....yay!

          #7 Coupon Teacher said: I tweeted! http://twitter.com/couponteacher/status/10751578480
           Congratulations to you both and I'm looking forward to seeing what you both will be doing in your own pay it forward giveaways!  

          Great Giveaways!

          • Win a Small Wonder pocket digital video recorder from AudioVox!  Go to One Bored Mommy for the details!  Ends 3/26/10!
          • Win a $25 gift certificate to Ecostore USA at Unpaint! Ends 3/22/10!
          • Win a $50 Dick's Sporting Goods Gift Card at Serryus Momma!  Ends 3/20/10!

                Tuesday, March 16, 2010

                Great Giveaways!

                Win a Lisa Leonard necklace at A Blonde Walks Into A Blog!  Ends 3/27/10!

                Get a $50 gift card from Chili's!  I think that would feed me and my hubs just great!  (We're big eaters when it comes to Chili's!  lol)  Go to Eighty Mile An Hour Mom!  Ends 3/27/10!

                Win a necklace and a bracelet from Guy and Eva at Eighty Mile An Hour Mom!  Ends 3/31/10!

                Win a Hana Professional 1" Flat Iron from Misikko!  Go to Second Time Around!  Ends 4/8/10!

                Win a Flexi8 Barrette at A Mom's Impresssion!  Ends 4/1/10!

                Cute Little Nephews And A Cool Wii Game

                Today I visited my sister and her two adorable little boys.  We had some fun in the sun and since Harrison's 4th birthday will be this next Monday, I thought this Wii Game would be fun to give him.  It was a big sacrifice, because I would sure like to play each and every one of these fun games. It's the Wii Winter Fun Edition with 30 excellent games.  These games are all based on the Olympics.  Harrison watched the Olympics with his family and he knows all about it!  I actually won this game over at Suburb Sanity, an excellent secondary blog for Debbie, who has another awesome blog by the same name about her crazy, fun life as a Mom of 4 kids and marriage of almost 20 years to her husband.  It really is an incredible blog.  Stop by if you get a chance!

                Hey, I've got an idea.  I can play the game over at Harrison's place and he can show his Aunt Helena all the cool stuff he can do with it. And when I get a Wii I will already have some games I actually know how to play!

                And here's a bonus for you!  Harrison's little brother, Carter, who is so darn cute I want to grab him and just squeeze him! He calls his big brother, Hehwisee!  He needs to do everything that Harrison does, so he'll probably be right there, helping Harrison play his new game!

                Monday, March 15, 2010

                Great Giveaways!

                Green Ruby Designs Giveaway Winner

                I'm excited to announce the winner, selected by Random.org, of the Green Ruby Designs Giveaway!  It is #31, Natalie, from The Adventures Of Paul and Natalie!  Yay, she has entered all of my giveaways and she's got a great blog going on, so I'm very happy that she got it!  Thanks to all who entered. 

                I've got two giveaways coming shortly and just need to set them up.  It's hard sitting at the computer on gorgeous days like today, isn't it? I don't have a laptop and am kind of glad I don't b/c when I'm away from the PC, I want to be AWAY!  Did you know that blogging is very fattening?  It sure is!  So for right now, I'm signing off to go work my bootie out 'cause spring is right around the corner!  Now if I can just wake up with this new daylight saving time schedule.  I want to sleep in far too long!

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                Saturday, March 13, 2010

                Great Giveaways!

                Win a $25 Gift Certificate to Fibers.com customized apparel at The Mom Reviews!  Ends 3/21/10!

                Win a Breeze Comfort push up bra from The Mom Reviews.  Ends 3/16/10!

                Win an assortment of Mirra Beauty Products at The Suburban Jungle!  Ends 3/23/10!

                Win Kiss My Face Mouthwash (4 bottles!) at Two Little Monkeys Plus Hubby.  Ends 3/25/10!

                Win a bracelet from Ann Made Jewelry! 3 winners!  Go to Sweeps For Bloggers to enter! Ends 3/17/10!

                Friday, March 12, 2010

                Great Giveaways!

                • Win the book, 'Band Of Sisters' by Annette Lyon at Book Giveaways! Ends 3/30/10!

                  Thursday, March 11, 2010

                  Another Friday Follow!

                  Friday Follow

                  An Eden Home Review

                  I've been a fan of safe, non-toxic, cleaning products for awhile now.  I kind of fell into it by accident after I  became acquainted with  environmentally safe cleaning and personal care products through a business associate. I've been using these kinds of products for awhile now (like 15 years!).


                  I'm so used to non-toxic products around me in my home that I can physically tell when I come into contact with products that have chemicals b/c my body reacts to them.  For instance, when I walk down a supermarket isle with the laundry detergents and household cleaners, I can smell it very strongly and my throat starts to feel funny and my head begins to hurt.  I can tell when I am drinking from a glass that has been washed with a soap that has chlorine in it because I smell it on the glass and taste it.  I can tell when someone sprays an "air freshener" with chemicals in it vs. an air freshener that is natural. It's true that once you go natural, you then realize what you were exposing yourself and your loved ones to and you don't want to go back.


                  However, it wasn't always like this .  My dear mom always used Lysol in the bathroom when cleaning.  We used Tide for laundry detergent and Palmolive dish soap for dishes.  And  I always had a problem with eczema.  So much so that I had to be treated with prescription creams.  I always had ear infections and sinus problems as well.   Since I've moved to safer ingredients in my home, these problems are thankfully non-existent! (I have enough to deal with, thanks!)


                  I have since found out that detergents have high levels of chlorine and other chemicals in them.  Chlorine is  very harsh on skin and not good to breath in or ingested.  Even pesticides creep into cleaning products and hide there with long names, that no one is familiar with.  After all, home cleaning products and personal care products aren't regulated.  The words carcinogen and neurotoxin have been tossed around in association with household cleaners and thankfully, I think people are becoming aware that they need to take their safety and health into their own hands.  Because of the increased consumer awareness, we have more choices at our fingertips.  This consumer awareness hasn't come cheap, though.  Just a couple of examples are:  
                  • Since 1980, asthma has increased by 600%. The Canadian Lung Association and the Asthma Society of Canada identify common household cleaners and cosmetics as triggers. 
                  • There are more than 3 million poisonings every year and household cleaners are the number one cause of poisoning of children.  


                  It was just a month ago, in my own community, that two little girls died because there were pesticides in the home and the girls were unknowingly exposed.  I can't even imagine the parents' anguish, when they learned that this was the cause and they were the ones who had the pesticide put in.  And just last week, I went to get my hair cut at a beauty school that was being remodeled.  They were putting finish on the flooring and there was no ventilation at all.  The fumes were overwhelming for me.  The girl who was doing my hair was about 2 months pregnant and she wasn't saying a thing, probably thinking that she shouldn't make a big deal about it.  Well, I said something.  I told her that she had an unborn baby to think about and these fumes were obviously very strong and overpowering and dangerous.  She then told me that she felt like she was going to faint.  I  told the supervisor about how both she and I were feeling. After one phone call to another supervisor, I was rescheduled to come back at which time I will be comped for my haircut and the pregnant stylist was given permission to go home until the fumes weren't as potent  She gratefully accepted.  But we certainly need to speak up and be proactive about what we will and will not have around us in our own environments. 


                  I've been introduced to Eden Home, a company that provides all things organic.  Organic to me means produced straight from the earth, with no extra help from chemicals.  I believe that Eden Home has accomplished a lot with their company.  Not only do they have the natural cleaning products (which are all on sale right now!), they have organic bedding, clothing, toys, skincare, and much more!


                  Did I mention that Eden Home has all natural cleaning products?  Did I mention that I was able to try some of those cleaning products in my own home?  !!!!!  Well, I was and the verdict is in....these are wonderful products and I'm in love with them. How can you not love the fact that you can replace the high-octane smell of Pine Sol with the beautifully natural scent of orange, lavender, and cloves, the ingredients used to make their Maison Belle Floor Cleaner?  It cleans beautifully and works on tile, linoleum, stone and marble floors.


                  How about orange and rosemary for your kitchen with Maison Belle For Kitchen!  Lavender and Mint is great in my bathroom instead of lethal, gaseous ammonia and chlorides. Apple and thyme is wonderful for my dishes. Even my laundry is better off with natural enzymes that are 100% biodegradable instead of the phosphates that end up choking our rivers and streams.These are the kinds of ingredients found in Eden Home Cleaning Products. 


                  I urge you to think about what you use in your home and make a difference by saying NO to toxic chemicals in all their forms and instead, use beautiful products like Eden Home!

                  Wednesday, March 10, 2010

                  Wordless Wednesday

                  I live right by Utah Lake and this is a beautiful photo of the lake.  Good job KSL.com and William Church!

                  Tuesday, March 9, 2010

                  Great Giveaways!

                  Win a pair of Switch Flops, with an extra strap at Two Of A Kind, Working On A Full House!  Ends 3/12/10!

                  Black Star from Etsy  is a great jewelry shop with a lot of handmade, vintage jewelry!  Win a pair of earring from this shop at Sweet Greens!  Runs through 3/24/10!

                  Would you like to win your own Rachael Ray “Bubble & Brown” 2-Piece Stoneware Baker Set in Blue?  It's from our fav, CSN.  Go to Adventures In All Things Food! to enter.  Ends 3/12/10!

                  Win a Dyson Handheld Vacuum Cleaner at Desperately Seeking Deals.  Ends 3/13/10!

                  Win a Hair Serum from nuNaat at Silver Savings Freebies and Giveaways.  Ends 3/13/10!

                  Gotta post this last one!  Win a dog bed over at Life In The Fulmer Lane from Simply Dog Beds.com .  Ends 3/11/10!

                  Monday, March 8, 2010

                  Great Giveaways!

                  • Win a beautiful Fire and Light Recycled Pedestal Cake Plate from Eden Home and Cake Mom! Ends 3/18/10!
                  • Win wearable art with Strapped Belt and Cake Mom!  Ends 3/16/10!

                    Sunday, March 7, 2010

                    Quotable Sunday: Oscars

                    The Oscars will be starting in 1 hour!  I'm excited and hope that Sandra Bullock gets an award because I love her and think she deserves an award this year.   I know that she has some amazing competition, like Meryl Streep, whom I also love, but I'm still crossing my fingers!  Go Sandra~Here are some interesting past quotes from the Oscars!
                      • "I do think I'm lucky I met Michael. Not just Michael Douglas the actor and producer with two Oscars on the shelf, but Michael Douglas, the love of my life. I really do think it was meant to happen." -Catherine Zeta Jones
                      • "I WANTED to do my hair like that (on her curly hair at the Oscars).  Sometimes people just don't get things until months later."  - Jennifer Lopez
                      Side note:  If the word diva was ever exemplified, it would be with these two ladies, Celine and Jennifer!
                      • "I have records in gold, in platinum, I have two Oscars, I have Grammys and so on."  -Celine Dion
                      • "In Hollywood, she's revered, she gets nominated for Oscars, but I've never heard anyone in the public or among my friends say, 'Oh, I love Winona Ryder.' " -Jennifer Lopez
                      • "Welcome to the 77th and last Oscars!"  -Chris Rock
                      • "I'd be lying if I haven't made a version of this speech before. I think I was probably eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror and this would have been a shampoo bottle. Well it's not a shampoo bottle now."  -Kate Winslet
                      • "This award tonight would have humbly validated Heath's quiet determination to be truly accepted by you all here, his peers within an industry he so loved."  - Heath Ledger's Father
                      • Has anybody ever fainted here? Because I might be the first one."  -Penelope Cruz
                      • "This award touches my heart and the very depth of my soul because of who the award is from and those who will benefit. The humility I feel is staggering, and I know it will stay with me for the rest of my life." - Jerry Lewis, accepting an Oscar for humanitarian work
                      • "I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all of this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park that had a dream."  -Hilary Swank
                      • "When I was 19 years old, I was the number one star of the world for two years.  When I was 40, nobody wanted me.  I couldn't get a job."  -Mickey Rooney
                      • "As a little kid I lived in the projects, and you're the people I watched.  You're the people who made me want to be an actor.  I'm so proud to be here!"  -Whoopi Goldberg

                      Well, I could go on and on, but the Oscars will be starting soon and I'm at my Dad's place. My Dad doesn't do Tivo!  See you soon!
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                       For more Quotable Sunday quotes, visit A Daily Dose of Toni!



                      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!

                      The Skill of Knowing How To Tick People Off!

                      You know it's true! We all get annoyed or ticked off by things that people do. But have you ever just wanted to intentionally tick someone off because you feel like being a brat? Sometimes I do, I admit it. That way, I'm not the only one in a bad mood. I know we're all incredibly busy and so really don't have time to worry about ticking others off.  But when you just have that really bad day.........Here are some great ideas to do just that!

                      • Specify that your drive-through order is "TO-GO."
                      • Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
                      • Reply to everything someone says with "that's what you think."
                      • Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc" them to your boss.
                      • Make beeping noises when a large person backs up
                      • Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with prophesy."
                      • Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears and grimacing.
                      • Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
                      • Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints at the cash register.
                      • TYPE ALL IN UPPERCASE.
                      • type only in lowercase.
                      • Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
                      • Ask people what gender they are.
                      • While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.
                      • Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
                      • Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
                      • Ask your co-workers mysterious questions and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles."
                      I hope you enjoyed this list as much as I do.  This is actually a partial list of a larger list I found here!  Do you have anything that is sure to annoy or tick someone off?  Would love to hear!

                      Thursday, March 4, 2010

                      Great Giveaways!

                      Win a Sedu Flat Iron from Folica.com 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 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!