Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Misikko Hana Professional Flat Iron Pink Edition Review

When I received the Misikko package in the mail, I stared at it and it stared back at me.  It went on like this for a week before I finally opened it.  My experience with flat irons is a mixed reviews one. While I have never owned one for myself, I have gone and had my hair done where they have been used. Sometimes I liked it and other times I felt like my hair got overdone.  I finally got to the point where it was going to be me using one myself or not at all, because I didn't like the way my hair looked about half of the time. I guess I'm getting pickier in my over-35ishness. So when this chance came, I was a little bit nervous.  After all, who am I to think I could do my own hair better than a trained beautician?

Finally, I opened the box and it was so beautifully packaged that I was immediately won over! What company sends you scented roses included in the packaging?  There was also a free heat proof mat for my flat iron and a heat proof sleeve for transporting purposes!  But that's not all, I received a 2 oz. size sample of Hana Shine Shield with jojoba oil and panthenol for leave-in style protection and  shine, a booklet with instructions and information about my flat iron and a small satin bag with hand sanitizer and nail grooming accessories.  Wow!  Now that's what I call Customer Service.  I'd like to say thank you right now for all of that.  Now I feel bad for not opening the package for so long!
Next came the time to do my hair myself.  I have thick, wavy hair that has gotten dry recently.  It's a real pain to keep it up and I find myself looking at women who look like they have naturally healthy hair and wonder if they can just roll out of bed with it looking wonderful, like that.  Or do they use flat irons?  Not sure.  But that is the kind of look I'd like, at least occasionally.  Like I said, I'm picky about my hair.  I don't like my hair to be totally straight in front.  But the back can be as straight as it can be and I won't mind.  So how did my hair turn out the first time I used the Hana Professional 1" Flat Iron?  I was VERY encouraged.  The back of my hair was straight but I didn't straighten the front all the way, just enough to tame it down. I liked how it made my hair look healthier and shinier!

All in all, I was very pleased and excited about my first try with the Hana 1" Flat Iron (Pink Edition) and I'd just like to thank Misikko for the chance to see for myself what a great quality flat iron can do!  Incidentally, this particular flat iron is rated Best Flat Iron and is on sale for $118.98 with free shipping!  Knowing now what I know, I feel it's one of the best beauty investments you can make!  Also, on their website is a number for free individual styling and hair advice from a professional! In addition, Missiko has a full range of professional hair dryers!  I feel that this is the route to go when selecting a new hair implement because of the customer service, the great prices and the high quality of the products!  So I've got my eye on the T3 Tourmaline Evolution Dryer and the FHI Heat Digital 1 " Curling Iron for my next hair conquests!

This Is For Real!

Another sink hole.  It seems like we are seeing more of these.  This one was probably caused by a tropical storm.  Tropical Storm Agatha blew across Central America yesterday, killing at least 100 upon initial count, more surely to follow. The hole in this picture used to be a 3-story building in Guatemala City. 

According to Wikipedia, "Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone or other carbonate rock, salt beds, or in other rocks, such as gypsum, that can be dissolved naturally by circulating ground water. Sinkholes also occur in sandstone and quartzite terrains.
As the rock dissolves, spaces and caverns develop underground. These sinkholes can be dramatic, because the surface land usually stays intact until there is not enough support. Then, a sudden collapse of the land surface can occur."

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Great Giveaways!

  • Win your choice of a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer!  This mixer will put you significantly ahead in your kitchen endeavors, trust me! Enter at Baby Lovin' Mama!  Ends 6/16/10!


Saturday, May 29, 2010


My random number generator spit out #43, which happens to be Natalie!  Thanks to everyone who entered and keep visiting back because I have some interesting reviews and giveaways coming up from some great companies!  Have a great Memorial Day weekend!  Be safe!

Friday, May 28, 2010

My Breeze Comfort Winner!

Hey there everyone!  I've got the winner for the Comfort Breeze Sports Bra!  It's number 23, Katrina!  Congratulations Katrina, and you have been e-mailed! Thanks so much for everyone's participation!  I just love doing these giveaways! I know it's as much fun for me to host them as it is to participate in them and even win sometimes!  

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Great Giveaways!


Spruce up your blog with a trio of blog badges from Urban Bliss!  This giveaway is hosted by Almost All The Truth!  Ends 6/8/10!

Win your $50 Western Union Gift Card from A Mom's Balancing Act!  5 winners! Ends 5/28/10! 

Win a Casio G-Shock Mini Watch at Guessing All The Way! Ends 5/30/10!

Get a $60 from Mikarose at The Bragging Mommy!  Ends 6/1/10! 

Win a Hamilton Beech Personal Blender from CSN and As A Matter of Opinion!  Ends...sometime soon!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Great Giveaways!

Win a set of 3 beautiful nail polishes that you get to choose from Zoya at Concrete and Nail Polish!  Ends 6/1/10!

Win a $60 Gift Certificate to CSN Stores at Let's Win!  Ends 6/5/10 

Win a vial of CosMedix Anti-aging Opti Crystal at Review Retreat!  Ends 6/15/10! 

Giveaway for some designer Ming Wang Slendersize Women's Pants at Sweeps 4 Bloggers! Ends 5/28/10! 

Win a pair of  earth-friendly, US made, OKA b. shoes at Guessing All TheWay!  Ends 5/29/10!


Great CSN Giveaways!

Win a $50 Gift Certificate to any of over 200 CSN Stores at Life Of A Modern Mom!  Ends 5/28/10!

 Get a $40 Gift Certificate to any of over 200 CSN Stores at The Twiggle Box Blog!  Ends 5/27/10!

Win a $40 Gift Card to over 200 CSN Stores at My Frugal Lifestyle!  Ends 5/27/10! 

Win a $40 CSN Gift Certificate at Midwestern Gone Idahoan!  Ends 5/26/10!

Win a $40 CSN Gift Certificate at Casually Defined!  Ends 5/26/10! 

Win a $40 CSN Gift Certificate at Rants and Rascals!  Ends 6/5/10! 

Win a $50 CSN Gift Certificate at Owen's Mom!  Ends 6/5/10!


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Great Giveaways!

Win a PINK Sony Cyber Shot Camera! Someone will win it at Granny Loves Gift Baskets, as soon as she reaches 250 followers! 
    Win a $50 Gift Certificate to ProKitchenEquipment.com! It's at My Four Monkeys and it ends 6/7/10!  Exciting!

    I would love to win this giveaway b/c a new faucet would totally upgrade our kitchen!  Win a new Delta Faucet from Sugar Pop Ribbons!  Ends 6/9/10! 
    Get a Costco Sunny Day Snacks Gift Pack, with tons of healthy snacks, plus a $25.00 Costco Gift Card!  Go to Couponing To Be Debt Free and check this out!  Ends 6/8/10!
      Win a Blush Topless Undershirt at Deb's Here!  Be prepared to tell her the last time you blushed!  Ends 6/6/10!


      Follow Me Back Tuesday!

      Hi there!  If you haven't had a chance to visit me before, I'd like to say hello and I'm happy to meet you. I've got a migraine this morning, but it hasn't stopped me from getting on and joining the party.  I'm not sure if this is the 24 hour flu my friend had the other day or my trying too hard to do 'Body by Jake' this morning.  In any case, here I am. 

      I've got a few great giveaways that I've got going, so please check those out.  They are all pretty low in comments and that makes it nice!  I will definitely check out blogs and follow yours back.  Thanks to our Follow Me Back Tuesday Sponsors for doing this blog hop!  'Preciate it!

      Monday, May 24, 2010

      A Crazy Story From Time Spent With The U.S. Census

      Do you ever ask someone a question that seems to break open a floodgate of information that you really didn't intend on getting, but you get it anyway?  A simple 'How Are You?' can trigger a load of information that may be better left on a counselor's couch than the two minutes you have available at the moment to listen.  Somehow the person is just bursting to tell somebody, right then and there. And you happen to be the lucky person who gets to be the listening ear, whether you want to be or not. That is the time when one needs to gauge the importance of listening to a fellow human being in need of venting or the need to continue on your own course of scheduled work, which is always SO important, because you own that piece of time, to do with whatever you may and it will never return to you again.

      This is what happened to me just the other day when I was on the job working for the Census.  My job is to follow up with those folks who either didn't get their Census 2010 forms filled out and returned or they didn't get them for one reason or the other.  Most of the time, things go really smoothly.  I just need a count of who lived in the home on April 1st of 2010, the names if they have them, the dates of birth and race.  That's it. 

      So, the other day (meaning sometime during the past two months) I knocked on a door and a kid answers (I say kid loosely, he was probably 22 - 23 years of age).  He was really polite and told me that he'd be happy to answer the Census questions except for the fact that he had to rush to court.  "I've GOT to make this". he said.  "I'll be in a world of hurt if I don't."  I wished him good luck and went on my way.

      I found him home about a week later and he was in a more relaxed way and we proceeded to complete the census questionnaire both seated cross-legged on the front lawn.  I casually asked him how his court date went and that's when the floodgates came open.

      He told me a 30 minute story that was amazing. A short, watered down version goes like this: "My sister and "this guy" had been dating for awhile, when she decided to call it off.  She, in the meantime, had decided to go on a mission for her church and was a virgin, saving herself for her marriage.  She went back to "this guy's" house to retrieve some items she had left there.  When she went into the house, he apprehended her and proceeded to assault her and rape her.  I happened to come up to the house because I was going to pick her up.  I heard her screaming before I got to the door and when I burst into the house, I saw "this guy" in the act of raping my sister.  I did what anyone with any love or loyalty for their family would do, I took a baseball bat and beat him to a bloody pulp.By the time I was through with him, he was lucky to be alive.  I told the cops what had happened and they told me they would do the same thing, if it had been them.  But when I got to the police station, it was a different story. I was treated badly, put in jail, left there for 2 weeks before being allowed to leave with bail, and was told I would most probably serve a minimum 10-year sentence in prison for 1st degree assault, a felony."  My eyes lit up and I gleefully exclaimed, because I'm bright like that, "So, THAT is where you were going in such a hurry when I came last time!"  "Yes, that's right", he patiently acknowledged.  By this time, I wasn't in as much of a hurry as I thought I was a few minutes before.

      "So what happened in court?" 

      "Well, they were ready to throw the book at me and send me to prison for 10 years or more.  The prosecuting attorney was demanding justice for what I had done, regardless of who "this guy" had hurt and who I was defending.  Things looked pretty bleak.  But then the defending attorney found some blatant discrepancies in the testimonies of the officers who were the first ones at the scene.  At first they said one thing about my statements and then they retracted that and said something else.  Because of that one thing, my defending attorney was able to get a jury to look at that and they found me 'Not Guilty' and I was dismissed of all charges. But even if I was found guilty and put in prison for years, I would still do the same thing.  Nobody is going to do that to my sister and not hear from me.  It turns out "this guy" was a married man and she didn't even know."

      "I'm very glad that you're not in prison!" I said.  And thanks for sticking up for your sister and yet not killing that guy!  And most of all, thanks for helping me to help you get counted in Census 2010!  Have a great day!" 

      As I drove away, I thought, "It's what anyone would do--listen to a fellow citizen!"  I'm glad I took the time to listen. he needed it, but more than that, I needed it. And it gave me some definite things to think about.


      Saturday, May 22, 2010

      CLOSED - Tropical Traditions Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens Review And Giveaway!

      The winner of this giveaway was "For Their Future" who said:
      Shared this giveaway on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/hannahmommy#!/hannahmommy?v=wall&story_fbid=125128447512359&ref=mf
      I know that eating at least 6 fruits and vegetables is really important.  But a lot of days I see that this daily requirement isn't quite fulfilled for myself or my family.  One of the best ways to make up for this lack is through a green drink.  Depending upon the brand and method of manufacturing, these drinks can be fabulous for you. But there are drawbacks for me.  For one, the taste leaves a lot to be desired.  For the most part, the drinks taste like grass.  Grass doesn't have the best flavor on the planet!  I actually have several green drink containers hanging around my house that I have never finished because I didn't feel like buckling down and drinking them because of the taste.  Another drawback, as I mentioned, is the method of manufacturing the green drink.  If all the nutrients are destroyed in the manufacturing process because of heat, you end up with little or no nutrition.  Another concern is the quality of the food before the process even begins.  Are there heavy fertilizers in the soil it grew in?I believe I've found the perfect answer to all of my concerns in Tropical Traditions Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens Drink! For starters, the taste is great!  I ordered the berry flavor (they also have mint flavor) and it tastes like a fruit drink!  I can put it in my fruit smoothies and it tastes super good!  I can drink it plain without holding my nose to get it down, which is what I used to do with any green drink I might have tried.

      It is also the highest quality blend of greens and whole food that provide a wonderful addition to my diet.  It contains:

      2600 mg of certified organic flax per serving, which is very rich in Omega 3 in the most absorbable, cold-processed form!

      Concentrate of Ionic Trace minerals in a form that my body recognizes and absorbs!  

      Spirulina, which is the highest form of protein in any natural food!

      Chlorella, which has an incredibly wide array of vitamins and minerals, which occur naturally!

      Apple Fiber Pectin, a superb form of fiber, which is great for my digestive health.

      A proprietary enzyme blend, which helps my body break down the foods I take into my body so I won't have to use my own anabolic enzymes used for my critical life functions and which I only have so many for that purpose, so I don't want to waste them on digesting my food if I can help it.

      It also contains:  lecithin and licorice root extract, both great for immune system, nerve and adrenal gland function.  

      I am very very excited about this find and I hope that you will visit Tropical Traditions and read more about their Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens! 
      Of course you may purchase this and it will be well worth the price of $44.00. Tropical Traditions also has a Referral Program, so if you place an order with them as a first-time customer, please select “Referred by a friend” and in the box that says “How did you hear of us?” enter this sponsor ID # - 5954910. You will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy with your first order! This book is filled with testimonies and research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how one can incorporate coconut into their diet.

      Win It: Tropical Traditions is pleased to award one person with their own cannister of Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens!  Complete the first MANDY Entry and as many other entries as you care to after that!  Leave a comment for each extra entry that you complete!  Open to US and Canada, although Tropical Traditions is not responsible for customs or duties that Canada may charge if you decide to participate in this Tropical Traditions sponsored blog giveaway!

      Mandy:  Visit Tropical Traditions on FACEBOOK, like (friend) them, and then tell them you're here from AGalNeeds... ! Leave me your FB friend first name and last initial in the comment! (Ex: Helena.L)

      Other Entries:
      • Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter and tweet this---Improve your health daily! Enter to #Win this Tropical Traditions #Giveaway~http://bit.ly/atHvD0 ($44) Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens! 6/9/10  Can be tweeted twice daily for one entry each! Leave your tweet status!

      • Follow me on Google Friend Connect!  Let me know if you already do!
      • Grab my AGalNeeds...button on the right sidebar and post it on your blog main page!  (3 entries)

      • Visit Tropical Traditions and tell me of a product that you would be interested in trying! (2 entries)

      • Enter any of my other giveaways!  Tell me which ones! (2 entries each one)
      • Blog, Stumble or Facebook about this giveaway and tell me where you did by leaving me the link!  (5 entries each method)
      • Subscribe to my RSS Feed in a Reader of your choice.  (3 entries)
      This giveaway will close on 6/9/10 at 11:59 pm MST!  Thanks for participating and thanks to Tropical Traditions for the chance to review and host this giveaway!  The opinions in this blog are mine and are honest and candid.  I was provided a product to sample and review!  Winners are chosen with Random.org!  The winner will be announced at the end of the giveaway here on this post!  Check back to see who won! 

      Thursday, May 20, 2010

      Synergy Kombucha FREE Coupon Giveaway!

      Kombucha is an ancient Chinese drink making a renewed appearance as a healthy drink that has many benefits!  Many people make it at home from a sort of starter called a mushroom, mother, or scoby. It is widely available in Health Food Stores and the raw, organic sections of grocery stores. 

      The scientific and pharmaceutical communities have not been overly enthusiastic about conducting controlled studies on Kombucha because, for one reason, of a fear that it won't be profitable for them, since it can be produced relatively inexpensively and cannot be patented. However, there have been extensive testimonials and informal studies done, as well as a few promising preliminary scientific studies. An early 1996 survey conducted by Colleen Allen and written by Ariana Estelle Ph.D, resulted in a variety of health benefit claims from over 600 people who used it worldwide.  Among the claims were an 81% feeling of general well being, 30% success with weight loss, 82% resistance to colds and flues. These are just a few of the health claims made by these varied users.  Now in 2010, there are over 3 million people who are benefiting from the goodness of Kombucha!

      I believe that if you give Kombucha a try, you'll love it!  That's why I am excited to introduce you to Millenium Products' 'Synergy' Raw & Organic Kombucha!  Not long ago, I did a Review on Kombucha, where I tried it for the first time.  I now drink Kombucha on a regular basis, as a drink of choice!  The taste has grown on me as well as some beneficial effects I've noticed!  I definitely have more energy and clarity of thought. It may be a little early to tell about some of the other effects I am experiencing.  But the taste has definitely grown on me.  It is naturally effervescent but not carbonated, so I feel like I'm drinking a soft drink, but not getting all of the negative effects that carbonated drinks have. I really like the Synergy drinks because they are raw and organic, 95% pure Kombucha with 5% real fruit juice added to give variety.  I love some of the flavors they have.  I'm drinking the Divine Grape on ice as I post this giveaway!

      GET IT:  Find out where you can get Synergy Raw & Organic Kombucha by going to their website and finding your state.  They provide a list of all the stores in your state where Synergy Kombucha is available.

      WIN IT:  Millenium Products is pleased to award one person with 3 coupons for 3 free bottles of Synergy Raw & Organic Kombucha!  Complete the first MANDY Entry and as many other entries as you care to after that!  Leave a comment for each extra entry that you complete!

      MANDY:  Visit Millennium Products and tell me something you learned about them or their products.

      Other Entries:
      • Like GT's Synergy Kombucha on Facebook and comment on their page.  Say something like, "I am here from AGalNeeds...AtLeast2Blogs and would like to win some coupons for free Synergy!" (3 entries)
      • Visit the Millennium Products site and tell me which of the flavors you would most like to try! (2 entries)
      • Grab my button and put it on your blog's main page! (2 entries)
      • Blog about this giveaway and provide a link back to this post. Tell me where to find it! (3 entries)
      • Follow me on Twitter and tweet this! "#Win 3 coupons for free Synergy #Kombucha! http://bit.ly/a7o7hO Find out what the commotion is all about! 6/4/10" (1 entry each tweet and can be done daily!)
      • Follow me on Networked Blogs (on right sidebar!) (2 entries)
      • Read my Review on GT Synergy Raw & Organic Kombucha and let me know what you thought! The good, the bad, the ugly! (3 entries!)
      This giveaway will end on Monday, June 7th, 11:59 MST.  Winner will be chosen with Random.org and will be e-mailed.  Please respond in 48 hours!  This giveaway is open to the US and Canada!  I was provided with coupons for this product and all opinions expressed are mine!  Thanks for participating!

      Great Giveaways!

      Win a $50 Walmart Gift Card at Helping The Mommas!  Easy entries! Ends 5/28/10!

      WIN a Delta Faucet of your choice!  Go to Thrifty Wifey for the details!  Ends 6/11/10!

      Win an $85 Gift Certificate to Hapari for a swimsuit of your choice at The Adventures of Paul And Natalie!  Ends 6/11/10! 

      It's another $50 Walmart Gift Card at Who Doesn't Love Coupons?  Get it!  Ends 6/1/10!

      A $60 CSN Stores Gift Card from Beth & Cory's Mom!  Very cute blog too!  Ends 6/3/10!


      Tuesday, May 18, 2010

      Great Giveaways

      •  Enter to win an eKO Lite Yoga Mate and eQua Towel Manduka Yoga and Lizzy Dear's Life~Ends 5/22/10!
      • Win 2 bottles of Country Bob's All-Purpose Sauce at Between The Lines!  Ends 5/31 
      • Win a $150 gift certificate for fun Zutano Children's Apparel, up to 4T, at Baby Lovin' Mama!  Ends 6/2/10! 

          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 random.org  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 random.org 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 CSNStores.com!  It's waiting for you at Between The Lines!  Ends 5/24/10!

          Athletica.net 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 AtgStores.com 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 ATGStores.com 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 Random.org.  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 Stores.com 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!