Monday, May 17, 2010

A Bling Bling Ring!

OK admit it, you love bling!  The more gaudy, the better!  It's fun to wave your hands around as you are talking, being expressive, AND also have a beautiful ring giving your every word an exclamation point!  Bling makes you feel beautiful and good about yourself.  Bling makes you feel dressed up and ready to go, no matter what the occasion. A beautiful bling ring expresses who you are without you ever having to say a word! If this describes you, even a teensy, eensy bit, then this giveaway is for YOU, girlfriend!

I've got my own Chunky Bling ring and I really enjoy it. I'm not normally a super flashy person, hence my plain gold wedding band, but once in awhile, I get in the mood to fling some bling! Chunky jewelry is all the rage in the Wood, meaning Hollywood, everything from watches to earrings, necklaces bracelets and rings.  Chunky Bling is a company that let's you express your inner diva without spending a fortune!  And if you're not sure what your inner diva is trying to say, you can experiment with Chunky Bling because it's not going to cost you as much as all that. They have interchangeable watches, beautiful bracelets, rings and necklaces.  The pieces feature elegant Swarovski pearls and crystals in an array of beautiful colors.  You can accessorize any outfit with their great selection. But don't take my word for it!  Go ahead and go to their website and order something!  If you put in this coupon code (HELEN730), through June 3, you will get 15% off any jewelry on their website.

WIN IT:  One entrant will receive either a Swarovski Pearl Ring or a Swarovski Crystal Ring of their choice!
Just complete the Mandy (mandatory entry) and any and all other entries that you wish to complete!

Mandy:  Participate in the Name That Bling Contest! It's easy!  Just look at the featured piece of jewelry for the week and think of a cute name for it!  You may even be selected to win a free watch of your choice!
Extra Entries:
Friend me on Facebook! (2 entries) Please leave your profile name! First name and last initial is fine!
Visit Chunky Bling on Facebook and Friend Them! (2 entries)
Grab my button and put it on your blog's main page! (5 entries)
Visit Chunky Bling's website and pick out your favorite piece of jewelry.  (3 entries)
Blog about this giveaway and link it back here! Tell me where! (3 entries)
Follow me on Networked Blogs! (3 entries) Leave your profile name! First name and last initial is fine!
Follow me on Google Friend Connect! (3 entries)

For every extra entry, please make a separate comment.  Winner will be chosen via  Giveaway open to Canada and US!  Please provide an e-mail where you can be reached should you win and please respond within 48 hours.  Giveaway ends on 5/29/10 at 11:59 pm MST!  Good luck and thanks for entering!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Great Giveaways!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Congratulations! 'Timeless' Winner!

I ran my numbers and picked #2 , Fab Kate, who said,
Sunblock is the #1 way I protect my skin.
Thanks to ALL who entered!  I wish I could give each and everyone of you a vial of this wonderful stuff!  Congratulations again, Kate!  It's your time, I can tell!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Great Giveaways!

Win a Cuisinart Classic Round Waffle Maker from!  It's waiting for you at Between The Lines!  Ends 5/24/10! is offering a $75 Gift Certificate via Emily's Latest!  Ends 5/23/10! 

A great CSN giveaway started yesterday at Missionary Mama!  It's for a $40 Gift Certificate!  Ends 5/19/10! 

Win your copy of '3 Day Cleanse' by Sakoutis and Huss at Let's Just Give It Away!  Ends 5/25/10! (5 winners!)

Uh Oh!  This could get crazy!  Win a sewing machine from CSN! Go to J. Leigh Designs and enter, but I'm warning, it will be crazy!  Ends 6/11/10!

To Your Health! GT's Synergy Kombucha Drink!

I recently stumbled upon an article about Kombucha, the wonder tonic that is being touted as the year's hottest cool beverage!  Apparently, it has replaced the craze for Acai and Pomegranate juice and has the likes of Reese Witherspoon carrying it around on New York City streets.
 The recorded history of Kombucha begins in 19th Century Russia, but is thought to date back to early China, during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).  It was called 'The Drink of Immortaility', and today still has many health claims, the main one being that it detoxifies the body and energizes the mind'.  There are many Kombucha enthusiasts, who swear by the beneficial results Kombucha consumption brings!  A recent study suggests that glucaric acid, the active ingredient in Kombucha,  probably makes the liver more efficient.  Also, Glucaric acid is commonly found in fruits and vegetables, and is being explored independently as a cancer preventive agent.
The general consensus seems to be that with regular, daily consumption, you’ll notice improvement in immune system functioning and energy levels within about a week, the healing of more minor ailments within a month or so, and the healing of more radical illnesses within a year or so.
Enter G.T. Dave and Synergy drinks.   In 1995, Millennium Products founder GT Dave's life came crashing down when he heard that his mother, Laraine Dave had just been diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of breast cancer. After a week of emotional turmoil, he was relieved to find out that her breast cancer had not spread and that the pungent tasting cultured tea that she had been drinking was part of the reason why.
Some of the nutrients found in Kombucha are:
Active Enzymes - These are the "life force" of the most vital raw foods.  Research shows that every human is born with a plentiful amount of enzymes.  However, they bigin to diminish as we get older which results in signs of agin. When these enzymes are replenished the body is able to maintain a more youthful state.  They also assist in the stomach's metabolism of foods, soothe indigestion and calm the appetite to prevent overeating.
Natural Antibiotics - These antibiotics only target the "bad" bacteria and naturally prevent and treat infections.  (Not to be confused with pharmaceutical antibiotics which are prescribed by physicians or the ones used in meats and dairy.)
Mucointinsulfat Acid - Repairs the stomach lining.
My first experience with Synergy Kombucha was funny because I wasn't expecting what I tasted.  This is a sweetened tea, that’s been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (a SCOBY, a.k.a. “mother” because of its ability to reproduce, or “mushroom” because of its appearance).  I was expecting a sort of fruity taste because I got the 'Cosmic Cranberry' for my first bottle.  Instead, I got a tart, vinegary, fermented, trace of alchohol, sort of taste and I really didn't like it that much.  But I forged ahead and got through the bottle. The next flavor I tried was the Raspberry Rush.  This was much easier to drink and by then I had figured out that this isn't a drink that you chug down.  It's something you sip throughout the day, maybe before a workout, or before a meal to control appetite.  There is no wrong time to drink Synergy Kombusha.  So the way I like to drink it is throughout the day.  I did have immediate results or signs of improvement.  I felt more energetic and had more clarity of thought.  I felt better digestive processes and I felt more able to wake up in the morning.  Is it because of Kombucha? I'm not sure.  Apparently, there are over 3 million people who regularly drink Kombucha, according to a report on NBC's Dateline.  They must see something beneficial about it. So, may I recommend Synergy's Organic & Raw Kombucha to you?  Other flavors include Mystic Mango and Divine Grape, among others! It's definitely worth a try!  Get it at your local health food store or where quality health products are sold!

I'd love to know if you've tried Kombucha and what you thought about it.  Please leave me a comment here.  If you haven't tried it, does it sound interesting, or just another health fad, here today, gone tomorrow? 

Also, please stand by because there will be an upcoming giveaway here for some coupons for Free 16 oz. bottles of Synergy's Organic & Raw Kombucha so you can try it yourself!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Great Giveaways

Win a $100 Gift Certificate to at Ladybug Mama of 2!  Ends 6/6/10!

Win a $25 Wal Mart Gift Certificate at Mom's Own Words!  Ends 5/14/10!

Win a $100 Gift Certificate to at Let's Just Give It Away! Ends 5/20/10! 

Win a Jabra Cruiser at The B Keeps Us Honest!  Ends 5/21/10! 

Also at The B Keeps Us Honest is Guy and Eva's Giveaway of the Ranae Necklace!  Ends 5/19/10!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Breeze Comfort Sports Bra Giveaway!


I recently did a review on a Breeze Comfort Sport Bra.  I am now happy to announce a giveaway for someone else to win a Breeze Comfort sports Bra of their own!  If  you want a bra that supports, doesn't pinch under your arms or your shoulders, and wicks away sweat, this one is for you!  They have recently added even more to their bras, including:

Two sets of exchangeable, perforated bra pads: a softer set for everyday wear and lower impact activities such as yoga and Pilates and a firmer set to provide more support for medium/high impact activities.

Mesh lining for breathability in high sweat area.

Adjustable straps for better fit.

Supple, smooth moisture wicking fabric.


To WIN this contest and get a Breeze Comfort Sports Bra of your choice, please complete the mandy (mandatory entry) and any others that you care to in order to increase your odds of winning!  Thanks in advance.  The winner will be notified by e-mail (so please provide me with that) and asked to provide their shipping information!  Breeze Comfort will then ship your choice of Sport Bra to you!
Mandy:  Visit Breeze Comfort and tell me which sports bra you'd like and in which color! (If you win, you may change selections!)

Extra Entries (The numbers in bold are the extra entries you can earn!  Please leave a comment for EACH extra entry!):

+2 Look at my Breeze Comfort Review and tell me something about it.  What did you learn, what would you  have liked in it that wasn't, too long, too short, etc.

+3 Grab my button and put it on your blog's main page! 

+2 Follow Breeze Comfort on Twitter here!

+2 Friend Breeze Comfort on Facebook and post on their wall that I sent you and what you learned about Breeze Comfort!  Ex: "I am here from AGalNeeds...!  I learned that (tell them something you learned!)"

+3 Friend me on Facebook! 

+2 Be my follower on Google Friend Connect!

+2 Follow me on Twitter

 +2 Enter any of my other Giveaways! Tell me which ones!

+5 Blog this and leave a link to this post AND to Breeze Comfort!  Tell me where you did by leaving the link to your post!

+1 Tweet about this giveaway and leave me the tweet status! (Can be done daily!)

Thanks in advance to YOU for participating in  this giveaway and thanks to Comfort Breeze for this opportunity to provide one of my readers a chance to win!  This giveaway will close on 5/27/10 at 11:59 pm MST!  I was provided with a product to review and give my own opinion, which I did!  All winners are chosen with  I will choose an alternate winner if giveaway qualifications are not met!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Great Giveaways!

Win the  Sterling Silver Bubble Gum Wrapper Bracelet from La La B Jewelry!  Visit The Shopping Mama and enter!  Ends 5/7/10!

Win a $50 Gift Certificate to CSN Stores!  Go to Mom's Own Words for the details! Ends 5/7/10! 

I love bling and this $50 gift certificate to Hot Mama Designs will definitely fill the bill!  Go to  Familylicious Reviews and see!  Ends 5/9/10!

Win a $60 Gift Certificate to MikaRose! Go to Real Mom's Real Views to enter!  Ends 5/10/10!
Win a $100 Gift Certificate to from ATG at Babies, Boobies and A Blog!  Ends 5/10/10!


    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    My Breeze Comfort Review

    I'm of the opinion that the less my girls jiggle, wiggle or bounce during a work-out, the better.  So when I was asked to review the Breeze Comfort Sports Bra ($39.99), I was happy to give it a go.  I was sent the Silver/Black Peek-a-Boo Sports Bra and I got it in my size, which I was surprised that my size encompassed several sizes.  For instance, if I (hypothetically, you understand) wear a 34D, that size also is the size for 34C and 36C and 36B).  In other words, that would be the medium size sports bra. "Wow!", I thought to myself, "that is a lot of "wiggle" room!"  I was a little bit skeptical that if someone has a smaller frame and a larger cup, or a larger frame and smaller cup, maybe that wouldn't give the full support they would need for an extreme sport, like running or aerobics.
    A Little Bit About Breeze Comfort
     The patented ventilated bra pads are a godsend for women because they allow air to flow through so that sweat doesn't build up in any one area. This patented process lets heat and moisture out but allows air and circulation in.  These tiny perforations aren't visible from the outside, so you don't have to worry about the bra being sheer or see-through!

    I love it when an online company provides free shipping.  Even if the shipping cost is absorbed into the retail price, I still feel like I'm getting a deal!  All US orders are free shipping and all $50 International orders are free shipping!

    They are having a great sale right now!  Buy any 2 basic or basic push up bra and get one of their free breathable sports bras!  This is going on thru May 9th!  So free shipping plus a free sports bra! 

    My Experience and Recommendations
    I really love the style of the Peek-a-Boo Sports bra.  It has just enough pizazz to make me feel like I'm stylin' while I work out and I like that.  The comfort and breathability is amazing.  If you, like me, are someone who needs absolute support while working out, please order a smaller size.  If you are a medium, order a small because, while there is adequate support, my standard of absolutely no "wiggle room" was not quite there for the extreme sports!  All in all, however, I loved this sports bra and I would recommend it to my friends!

    Sunday, May 2, 2010

    Famous Last Words!

    I, personally, will never switch to Wordpress!  Yes, I understand it's the supposed greatest piece of shiz to hit the bloggy world.  But try to enter a contest with Wordpress.  Geez!  It's like the Wordpress police are always riding you to post your life history before each comment that you make. Also, if you post at any speed at all, there's Wordpress, telling you you're posting too fast.  And then tonight, I was posting my entries in a nice little contest and I was told that I looked like a spammer and to please punch in the magic letters before I could go further.  I did so, and then it told me that I had posted this comment before.  Hello?  It's a multiple entry comment.  Do I now need to be creative and say something new and different in each multiple entry giveaway comment?  How many ways can I say "I blogged"?  I did blog this!  I therefore blogged my arse off for this!  I will now declare that I heretoforewith blogged this! etc. etc. ARGGGGGH!  Next, it just shut me down in the middle of my entries and told me to contact the blog administrator because I had used up my comment privileges.  Crap!  I'm never going to enter a giveaway on a Wordpress Stream again. (Those indeed were famous last words - I enter WordPress contests all the time, although they still aren't my favorites!  I have learned to multi-task while I'm waiting for the comment to sync and I can submit another comment!)  I would never put my own readers through what I had and do go through every time I enter a giveaway hosted with Wordpress.  Thanks, I'll keep my Blogger-owned blog and trust that they will be more polite to those who visit here.

    On an aside note, I understand the need for security on a website that does monetary transactions.  Wordpress is a good bet for someone who does that, based on all the red tape I have to go through just to enter a giveaway.  But even that has failures. I know of a Wordpress Website Builder, Suzanne Bird-Harris,  who has several clients that have had their sites hacked.  One of these clients had to have her site rebuilt 3 different times.  I imagine she didn't like the bill for that. 

    The best way to avoid hacks into any site where you go to get or give secure information is to have great passwords that you change regularly.  I know, it's such a pain, but it's the safest way.  You can do it easier by having a combination of CAPITAL LETTERS, lower case letters, numbers, special characters (#$^@$&$&*),  and at least 8 characters long.  To make the hassle a little easier, you can use add-ons such as SECURE LOGIN for Firefox and other such programs that automatically load and remember all your passwords.
    Update 6/21/12 - These days, most of the giveaways I enter are done on Rafflecopter.  I, too, have switched over to this nifty little gadget.  Entering is a snap and because of it, more people are enticed to enter!  Practically gone are the days of low-entry giveaways, although there are still some to be found.  But he new definition of a low-entry giveaway is anything under 1200 entries!  


    Great Giveaways!

    • Win a Gigi swimsuit ($98) in your choice of color at  Mommy Musings!  Ends 5/4/10!


    Friday, April 30, 2010

    A Fun Hobby

    I like disc golf. I like my husband for introducing it to me. He bought me the bag, the discs, and I actually know what over-stable and under-stable are and a few other choice terms.

    Greg is the most urgent and intense driver (of discs). He can chuck those puppies over 350 ft. When I watch them,they look like birds in flight, rising up and down with the wind. Just last night, he placed 2nd in doubles, adding $12 to the family pot! This is no small feat since he is the old man of the bunch. One comment that was made was, "Wow! For an old man, you have a hell of an arm."

    I must tell you, he thinks I'm a heck of a putter, too. Whenever I make a nice putt, especially in front of a bunch of guys, he starts talking to me in ways that to the normal ear, may sound dirty. But it's actually a lot of disc golf phrases strung together with "my wife" in there somewhere. I have a slight hearing problem and sometimes it is hard to distinguish between consonants, like p and b. But I have no problem distinguishing between those two vowels when we're out playing. It is ALWAYS "nice putt."

    Seriously, ladies, disc golf with your man is fun. You're out in a beautiful park, the weather is nice (but not necessarily), you're getting fresh air and exercise, quality time with the hubby, etc. etc. If I was single, I'd take up disc golf, for sure, as a strategy. There are hardly any good women players out there and single, athletic guys aplenty. Greg tells me about some of those he meets. Airline pilots, CEO's of small companies, millionaires, you name it. Heck, Greg plays with a certain BYU quaterback's dad and some of his friends. Of course, there are also the pot heads and nerds.

    Sometimes I'll see guys out introducing the sport to their dates or girlfriends. I have to laugh at times. The girl will be wearing a flowing dress or flip flops or a halter top, her hair perfectly coifed. She looks like she needs to be mall shopping or something. The thing that she feels is most important is to look beautiful for her man. And then she throws. It is embarrassingly unwieldy, but the guy gallantly compliments her and urges her on. Hopefully, she will be persistent and the guy will be patient. If so, she will have it made and she doesn't even know it! 

    I think it's fun to see families playing together. One time there was a couple playing, with baby stroller in tow. He was obviously a player and I assumed she was along for the outing, not necessarily the playing. Then came her turn. She let loose a throw that outdid mine by a few feet and she wasn't even trying. By the time their little guy gets to be three, he'll be a player for sure. The other day I saw a little guy tagging along with his player dad and possibly his grandpa. He wss carrying his own disc. I thought, "how cute, the little guy might be out of his element trying to keep up with the big boys." But no, this little guy was a bonefied player and he let those discs rip. So there are a lot of little disc golf virtuosos coming up the pipe.

    Greg taught me how to play. It used to be that every time I made a throw, there he'd be, with another and another suggestion. "Please, just let me throw and enjoy my time here!", I'd say. I really didn't care how many feet my disc went or if I made the basket in 4 or 8 tries. So he'd let up for awhile until he just couldn't stand it and there come the comments and coaching once again. He's a lot better now....because I'm a lot better now! I may even enter my first tournament this year. And tomorrow he is playing a tournament in Ogden. We're trying it out today though!

    Tuesday, April 27, 2010

    Enter These Giveaways!

    • Win a 1 quart jar of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil at Upstate Ramblings!  Ends 4/30/10!

    • Win a Custom art piece - 'Dreamer' from Irish artist, Ann Gorman at Milk and Cuddles!  Ends 5/1/10!

      Monday, April 26, 2010

      'Timeless' by Nicole Miller Giveaway

      Timeless, by Nicole Miller, is one of my favorite beauty pick-me-ups.  It is a gentle exfoliant that won't wreak havoc on your skin, even if you have sensitive skin.  It gently gets rid of dead cells that have a way of piling up on your skin like unwelcome crashers at your party, making skin look dull and lifeless.  The only thing more effective would be a chemical peel.  But I won't get into the cost of that.  Some of us don't have the funds or time to get all crazy like that once a month!  In addition, chemical peels can be very irritating to sensitive skin.  Timeless is a great alternative and I just love it.

      "Younger skin (as in the teen years through the mid-twenties) renews its surface layers every two to three weeks. As we age (mid-twenties and on), the cell turnover rate slows, causing the dead skin cell layer to be thicker. That’s where Timeless Age-Defying Serum comes in. The gentle formula and patented ingredient AHCare® helps loosen dead skin cells and speed skin’s renewal rate to reveal more radiant skin. Timeless gently speeds the rate of skin’s natural exfoliation, while also delivering moisture and vitamins. Perfect for preventing and reversing the early signs of aging."
       Traditional Alpha-Hydroxy Acids and Chemical Peels work, but they can irritate the skin! Nicole Miller offers a breakthrough alternative.  With the patented AHCare, Timeless will deliver the benefits of traditional AHA's, with little to no irritation!  Timeless also has supplement strength Vitamin C and provitamin A, deeply penetrating the skin's top layer to make it look smooth and firm.  It also has an antioxidant blend of cranberry extract, green tea and Vitamin E to further protect and fight free radical damage!

      AH Care, a naturally sourced AHA,  works because it breaks the bonds between old and young skin cells, helping dead skin cells slough off faster, revealing a more healthy and beautiful complexion!  The active ingredients are released slowly to lessen the chance of skin irritation.  Wrinkles and lines soften and age spots fade, as smoother, younger-looking skin appears.

      Get It:
      Nicole Miller is made and manufactured here in the US by Melaleuca, The Wellness Company.  You can order it by calling 1-800-282-3000 and giving this id# 8014717669.  They offer a Preferred Customer Program with many lucrative incentives.  Check it out here and enter the password - Melaleuca - for more info!

      Win It:
      One lucky person will receive a 1 oz. vial of Timeless by Nicole Miller (retail value - $33.50), delivered by US mail with delivery confirmation! Open to US Only, Please complete the mandy (mandatory entry) and any of the following entries for extra chances to win!  Please make your e-mail address available so I can contact you if you win!!!
      Tell one way you take care of your skin that helps you!  Simple, huh?  Be honest, if you don't do anything, just say that!  I promise, I won't judge!
      • Subscribe to AGalNeeds....RSS Feed (on right sidebar) using Google or another method that you prefer!  Also let me know if you already do in a comment!
      • Follow AGalNeeds...On Google Friend! 
      • Tweet daily for an extra entry every day! Leave me your twitter status in your comment! You can copy and paste this:  AGalNeeds..Timeless by Nicole Miller! 5/14 Win it and see what it does for your skin! 5/14/10
      • Blog, Facebook or Stumble about this giveaway and leave the post link! 3 extra entries (Leave 1 comment per entry) You may do all three if you'd like!
      This giveaway will end on 5/14/10 at 12:00 am MST.  I am excited that one of you will get this wonderful gift!  Winner will be chosen with and will be notified by e-mail.  I received no compensation of any kind for this giveaway and the opinions expressed are mine!

      Sunday, April 25, 2010

      My Review of Electronic 8-Cup Dry Rice Cooker & Food Steamer

      Originally submitted at CSN Stores

      • Makes up to 16 cups of cooked rice
      • Easy to clean, nonstick, removable inner pot
      • Improved steam vent and water reservoir
      • Safety cool-touch exterior

    • 1-touch, easy operation with automatic keep-warm function

    • This Rice Cooker Is Great
      By daisydoo  on 4/25/2010
      4out of 5
      Pros: Moist Rice, Non-Stick, High Heat Tolerance
      Describe Yourself: Casual Cook
      I use it everyday! I love to make rice pudding and I love rice more than potatoes. My husband grew up on rice and our old rice cooker was starting to show wear. This rice cooker is great!
      The Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer!
      Tags: Reviews, Rice Cooker, CSN Stores

      My Review of Prep Bowls in Kiwi (Set of 4)

      Originally submitted at CSN Stores
      The silicone Prep Bowls are perfect for staging and measuring ingredients. Simply pinch and the flexible material allows you to funnel ingredients into small jars and containers. Also, they are a colorful way to serve condiments, salad dressings, and dips. The bowls are di...

      These Prep Bowls Rock
      by daisydoo
      4out of 5
      Pros: Compact, Attractive Design, Dishwasher Safe, Quality Construction, Convenient, Easy To Use
      Best Uses: Small Kitchens, Large Kitchens
      Describe Yourself: Casual Cook
      I love these bowls. They are beautiful, sturdy and easy to use. Love the higher sides!

      Saturday, April 24, 2010

      Great Giveaways!

      • Win 5 (Count that!) 5 emotes!  What ARE they, you ask?  Well, I thought they were really cool!  Find out at Bizzi-Mommi's Blog!  Ends 5/15/10!

                Friday, April 23, 2010

                Great Giveaways

                • Win a make-up bag, body spray and 2 nail polishes at Blogamajig!  Ends 5/1/10!
                • Win a $50 Gift Card to CSN Stores!  It's to help Mom's Own Words get to 500 followers!  So go help her out, give her a follow and maybe you'll end up with something really nice from CSN!  Ends 5/7/10!


                Tuesday, April 20, 2010

                Great Giveaways!

                • Win a beautiful charm bracelet from Charm Factory just in time for Mother's Day at Little Yayas and Blessed!   Ends 4/25/10!
                • Win 3 Red Apple School Supplies and make your life greener!  Enter at Home Grown Families !  Ends 4/26/10!

                •  Win a Paula Deen 3-Quart Covered Steamer from CSN at I Could Use A Deal!  Ends 4/26/10!