Friday, July 9, 2010

Great Giveaways!

Win a $40 Gift Certificate to CSN Stores at Another Book Junkie!  Deadline 7/28/10!

Win a $25 Gift Certificate to Cold StoneCreamery at Little Yaya's!  4 winners!  Ends 7/23/10! 

Win a $50 Gift Card to at Growing A Baby In Seattle!  Ends 7/28/10!

Win an item of your choice under $100 to Smitten NYC from Little Yaya's!  Ends 7/26/10! 

Win a set of 4 brushed bronze canisters and a set of wall hangings from Nothing but Fabulousity!  Ends 7/31/10! 

Win a Brugo mug for your hot beverages!  It's at Mom Of All Trades!  Ends 7/13/10!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Welcome Wednesday!

I always seem to be a little late for these wonderful link-ups, if I ever make it at all!  Does that mean I'm chronically late or that I just have a life?  You decide!  'Cause I ain't sayin'! 

Nevertheless, here I am, wanting to be a part of the fun of Welcome Wednesday! If you would like to participate, please hop on over to Take It From Me and get linked up! 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Great Giveaways!

Win a $40 Gift Card at CSN at Our Crazy House!  Ends 7/9/10!

Win the entire OPI Summer Flutter collection of Nail Polish at Black Nail Polish and Lip Gloss!  Ends 7/12/10!

An ATG Stores $75 Gift Card Giveaway is going on at Bookroom Reviews!  Ends 7/13/10!

Win an Aurorae Yoga Mat at My 365 To A Size 5!  Ends  7/15/10!

Win a 1 quart jar of Tropical Traditions amazing Virgin Coconut Oil at Survey Junkie!  Ends 7/15/10!

Win your choice of jewelry item from Dreaming of Dixie!  Find out how at I Fly Like A Bird!  Ends 7/10/10!


Exciting Upcoming Blog Event!

Smart and Trendy Moms will be hosting a Summer Carnival Event where there will be lots of great giveaways and stuff!  They claim it will be the hottest event of the year!  Well, I guess we'll find out soon enough!  Here are some of the companies that will be participating!  See ya there!

Kranichs Jewelers
Hard Candy
Birdy Boots
The Brag Company
Earth Divas
What's in Stork?
Mommy's Sweet Things
Linkel Designs
Waves of Gratitude
Costume Warehouse
Luster Premium White
Beyond Stitches

Country Time Lemonade and Pitcher Giveaway!

Congratulations to my winner, #2, Beth, who said,  Friend Country Time Lemonade and Kraft Foods on Facebook   Thanks to everyone who entered, and watch for another batch of giveaways soon!
 Summer just wouldn't be the same without lemonade!  One of my favorite childhood memories is how my mother would always have lemonade for us to drink.  I loved it so much!
"Now warm weather is here and nothing makes friends and family smile like lemonade.  Simply put, it's a classic--a staple of the season that you will always enjoy finding in the fridge.  Whether you'll be spending time entertaining in the backyard, in the park or around the kitchen table, keep Country Time Lemonade on hand.  It's available in traditional and pink, and is a delicious blend of sweet and tart that will stir memories of summers past and remind you of what warm weather is really all about!"

 Get Country Time Lemonade at Stores everywhere!
 One person reading this blog will win a cannister of Country Time Lemonade just in time for summer, along with a pitcher to hold it in!  This will come gifted very very nicely, with loads of yellow and pink confetti (like the lemonade)  to cushion it in, so if you like beautiful confetti, that is a bonus!  Here is what I need for you to enter and win:

Mandy:  Write a sentence using the word "lemonade" in it! (Must be done or no other entries count!)

Other Entries:
+1 Friend Country Time Lemonade and Kraft Foods on Facebook!
+1 Follow Kraft Foods on Twitter!  Leave me your link!
+2 Follow AGalNeeds...on Google Friend Connect!  Tell me if you already do!  It still counts!
+2  See what I did with my Country Time on the 4th of July!  What did you do on the 4th?  Make a comment and come back and let me know you did!
+3 Grab my button and post it on your own blog!  
+3 Subscribe to my RSS Feed!
+1 Follow me on Twitter!
+1 Tweet daily about this giveaway for an extra entry per day! 
+3 Blog about this giveaway and link it back to this post!

This giveaway is open to US bloggers and will end on Wednesday, July 21st. The winner will be selected through and will be contacted through e-mail. Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck with this great giveaway!



Monday, July 5, 2010

Great Giveaways!

Win 2 great beauty products from Greensations at Living on Ashley's Allowance!  Ends 7/5/10!

Another great giveaway from Living on Ashley's Allowance~A Solid Silver Drop Pendant with SS Chain and Clasp from MetalRocks!  Ends 7/16/10!

Win an $80 Gift Certificate to CSN!  It's at PS Mom Reviews!  Ends 7/26/10!

Win an 8 oz. family size of Sand Gone from Our Crazy House.  Ends 7/9/10!

Win a $40 Gift Certificate to CSN!  It's at Gracious Giveaways!  Come support this newer blog!  Ends 7/16/10! 


Our 4th of July Celebration!

My family had a great 4th of July weekend!  We combined it with the birthday of my oldest son, whose birthday always falls on the 4th every year! ;)  We had good food, good times and made some good memories.  Thank you to Laura and Chris for hosting it at their home.  Thank you to
Leland and Alicia for arranging the trip to Lagoon and thanks to all our extended family for helping and being there to enjoy!  Here I am at Lagoon enjoying one of the more tame rides and my personal favorite, the Sky Rider.  So calm and relaxing!  I also went on the Samurai, Wicked and the roller coaster!  Not so calm and relaxing. 

We had a great BBQ with T-Bone Steaks before we all walked to the park to see the fireworks!  Here are some of the fixins':

                This is the punch bowl cake that seems to be a big hit when I make it!

 Harrison, my 4-year-old nephew, was in charge of decorating this cake.  He got help from Aunt Amy!
                                  This salad was awesome!  Made by Harrison's Mom, Laura!

One of the great drinks was Country Time Lemonade, complete with sliced lemons and mint leaves!



Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tropical Traditions Canadian Raw Honey Giveaway and Review

Congratulations to my winner, LAMusing #26, who said:
I follow on GFC (#1)  I will e-mail you as well with the good news!  

 Tropical Traditions has proved once again that it is a company that offers only the highest quality food products.  This Canadian Raw Honey is exquisite!  It is not clear, like many honeys, but creamy and smooth.  The taste is perfect!  It is almost like a rich butter going onto your toast.  Because it is so very good, I don't want to waste it in baking.  I'll go and get a lesser quality honey to disappear into my cooking.  This honey was made for eating straight!  Try it, you'll see what I mean.

 For first time purchasers, please use the referral code 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' with your purchase.  This book includes over 85 recipes using coconut oil and research showing the health benefits of coconut oil!
 You can purchase Tropical Traditions Canadian Raw Organic Honey (17 oz.) now through July 8th for 50% off!
Tropical Traditions would like to give one of my readers a glass jar of their pure Canadian Raw Honey!  Here is what you can do to win it!

Mandatory: Visit Tropical Traditions and tell me something else about their honey or honey in general!

Extra entries:
+1  Become a Facebook Fan of Tropical Traditions here!  If you are already a fan, mention it in a comment!

+1 Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter!  Please leave your follower name!

+1 Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway.  You can do this once daily for extra entries! You can copy and paste this!
"#Win @TropTraditions a 17 oz. glass jar of Canadian Raw Honey  Ends 7/15"  Leave your tweet status!

+5 Blog about this Giveaway.  Leave me the post link!

+3 Grab my Button and post it on your main page! Leave me where you did it!

+2 Follow me on Google Friend!

+2 Subscribe to my RSS Feed!

Open to US and Canada (well, since the honey IS from Canada...;)
Giveaway will run through July 15th at which time the winner will be chosen through and be notified through e-mail.  
Good luck and thanks so much for participating!  

Disclaimer:  I was provided product in exchange for an honest and fair review!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday Blog Hops!

I am happy to be a participant this Tuesday at these two blog hops!  Come along and join in if you haven't already.  Just visit the two respective sites from the buttons and link up!  It's at Twee Poppets and Survey Junkie!

A Great Place To Run and Walk!

I have a little place that I go when I take my dog for an early morning run/walk.

It's very quiet, it's very beautiful and we both love it.  I've always loved to hike, bike and run--just never all at the same time.  I'm either on a hiking kick, a biking phase or a running stage.  For a long time, I swore I'd never run again.  I preferred the less jolting activities of hiking and biking. But my weight has given me fits lately. I need to do something.  I can't cheat when I run.

 I've started out walking for 5 minutes and running for 5 minutes for an hour.  But this is the place my dog and I go.  No one bothers us, no prying eyes here at 6:30 am.  Just me, my dog, the road and an occasional lake bird.  Yes, we have a beautiful backdrop! 
Evee is a real motivator.  She runs like the wind, and loves to chase birds in flight, ducks in the water (yes, she loves to swim) or, unfortunately bikers, cars and runners.  Of course, she always comes back to see that I'm doing OK and she tries to get me going even faster by circling behind me, ever herding.  That's why I need to have her out early in the morning before anyone comes out.  I can't enjoy a walk where I have a dog tugging on a leash wanting to aggressively herd anything that comes by.  But it's good for me as well to rise early.  Getting up in the morning and exercising really kick starts my day!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Great Giveaways!

  • Win a jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil at The Giveaway Gal!  Ends 7/6/10!
  • Win a $40 Gift Certificate to CSN at Life As A CEO!  Ends 6/28/10!
  • Win a $70 Gift Certificate to CSN at Easy Eco To Go!  Ends 6/28/10! 
  • Win a $40 Gift Certificate to CSN at Liv's Favs!  Ends 6/28/10!


          Friday, June 25, 2010

          It's A Social Parade

          Smart and Trendy Moms

          I hope you will join in and come along and get a few new followers with Smart and Trendy Moms and Social Parade!  I'm good, despite my major letdown after thinking I found an extremely old and valuable gold coin with an American Eagle in my junk drawer, only to discover that it was a token from Star Lanes :(  Seriously, now, I have big plans today.  I am going to send my son to overnight camp and then I'm going to find some fun to get into tonight.  But until then, business as usual!  Thanks for stopping by!

          Wednesday, June 23, 2010

          A Way To Get Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

           bountiful baskets food co-op

          My brother and his wife, Alicia, just started participating in Bountiful  It's a co-op where you sign up to volunteer and reap the rewards of a fresh fruit and vegetable delivery to a specified place in your city.  Before you read any further, it is currently only available in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Texas, Washington, Arizona and Nevada.  But with more participation and widespread demand, I'm sure it could spread out to other states.  I haven't tried it before, but my brother says it is really good.  They deliver a very generous amount of random seasonal fruits and vegetables to you and you take what is given.  But it is really good stuff at a really great bargain.  He showed me the tomatoes and they looked delicious!  I definitely want to try this!  I'll let you know how it goes!  If you have some experience with Bountiful Baskets or food co-ops, please fill me in as well!

          I went on to be a huge fan of Bountiful Baskets and for about a year and a half I faithfully went every week to pick up my basket of fruit and veggies at great prices.  I became disillusioned, however, when I saw that the amount of fruit and even the quality of the fruit sometimes wasn't as great a bargain as I thought.  I slowed up my participation and finally quit once I moved to Sandy from Provo.  I do have fond memories of this time and maybe will start up again this summer!

          Monday, June 21, 2010

          Great Giveaways!

          Win a dress with your choice of size and style from Shabby Apple!  It's at Live, Love, Laugh With Leslie!  Ends 7/3/10

          Also, win a beautiful Sea Star Black Pearl Necklace from Shiny Little Blessings Etsy Shop! It is also at Live, Love, Laugh With Leslie!  Ends 6/30/10!

          Win Tropical Traditions Anti-Oxidant Omega 3 Green Drink at Readaholic!  Ends 7/4/10!

          Win a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate at Mom To Bed By 8!  Ends 6/30/10!

          Win a piece from Fantasy Jewelry Box of your choice ($35) from Mom To Bed By 8!  Ends 7/1/10!


          Friday, June 18, 2010

          Great Giveaways!

          This is ridiculously fab!  Win an $80 Gift Card from and Bragging Mommy!  Ends 6/24/10!

          Also ridiculous!  Win a $60 Gift Card from and Bargain Hunter!  Ends 6/21/10!

          Win any one Cream Perfume Company item at Mom to Bed by 8!  Ends  6/30/10!

          Win scent of choice from Cream Perfume Company at Live, Laugh, Love With Leslie!  Ends 6/30/10!

          Win a pair of cool Satin Sheets from for the summer months at Guessing All The Way!   Ends 6/24/10!


          It's A Social Parade

          It's great to be able to stop for a minute and concentrate on making friends and checking out other blogs.  So that is what I'm going to do right now!  Please feel free to check my blog out and leave an awesome comment or two!  Thanks to Smart and Trendy Moms for the Friday fun! 
          Smart and Trendy Moms 
          I love to use positive affirmations in my life to help me be more positive and I'd like to leave you with today's affirmation -  "I feel happy and allow that energy to flow through my body!"  Warning:  prolonged use of positive thinking may create a permanent positive attitude.  :)


          Thursday, June 17, 2010

          Great Giveaways!

          • Win a pair of beautiful pearl earrings at The Shopping Duck, courtesy of!  Ends 6/22/10!
          • 3 people will win a Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor at the Mom Reviews!  Ends 6/21


          Wednesday, June 16, 2010

          Athletica $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

          Congratulations to selection #25!  DuMei said:
          follow athletica via twitter @dmetd42 #2 dumei42 gmail com
          She has been notified and will respond back within 48 hours to claim her win!  If not, there will be another drawing and another winner will be selected!
          In case you were wondering, to get the most out of a workout, you absolutely must have need the proper sports apparel!  For example, you don't wear jeans to go bike riding(on long bike rides, you'd get chaffed), you don't wear shorts to go skiing (although there are always the smart-A exceptions) and you don't wear ski boots to dance!  
 has the right sports apparel for yoga, dance, running, weight lifting, cardio workouts, cycling, aerobics and more!  They outfit both men and women in most sizes! The shipping is free for many orders and the clothing is both super comfortable and very stylish!  You can buy online in the comfort of your own home! Sound intriguing yet?  Wait until you visit their site!  I love their clothing.  I'm sure you will too! 
          Me popping some Yoga poses in my Combed Cotton Cami and Jazz Pant

          Right now, has some great sale bargains on Women's  fitness capris, Women's Tanks and T's, Men's Fitness Pants and Women's combed cotton basics, to name just a few!  

          Also, have you heard of the new Bamboo fabric? Athletica has it and it will really enhance those hot, summer workouts by its natural wicking ability.  Read about what it can do for you in Athletica's blog!

 would like to have one of my readers, including those from Canada, to see for themselves what a great company this is!  Here's what they want you to have!  A $50 Gift Card towards whatever you'd like!  Stupendous!  Here's how you can do that!  First fill out a comment for the Mandatory entry and fill out as many comments for extra entries after that as you would like!  It's easy. 

          MANDY:  Visit and tell me something that you'd like from there!

          Extra entries: (Please leave the number of comments it says for each entry with your e-mail included!)

          +2 Follow 'AGalNeeds...' publicly with Google Friend!
          +2 Subscribe to my RSS Feed!
          +2 Follow Athletica on Twitter!
          +3 Read my review, comment on it and come back and tell me you did!
          +1 Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this:  #WIN @Melahelen $50 from @Athleticaweb! 7/7/10 #Giveaway Hot yoga, aerobic, dance, biking and running apparel!
          (Can be done daily for an extra entry every day!)
          +3 Grab my AGalNeeds...button and post it on your blog!  Leave me the link!
          +2 Enter any other of my giveaways that are going simultaneously with this one!
          +1 Enter another of my giveaways!

          Well, there you have it!  Thanks so much for entering and I hope YOU win!  Winner will be selected with at 11:59 pm, 07/07/10 and notified by e-mail.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond, after which time I reserve the right to choose another winner!  I was provided with the clothing pictured in this post for this review and giveawy!
          Disclosure:  I received product in exchange for an honest review! 

          Tuesday, June 15, 2010

          Sportswear! This Company Definitely Has It!

           Have you been looking for practical, comfortable, dependable, stylish sportswear?  Then is the right place to go!  I ran into this good company a few weeks back and got it confused with another company with a very similar name.  I know, sometimes I amaze myself with how I'm even functioning at any kind of level!  I finally have it figured out. has everything to do with great sportswear for your body!  

          I was excited to get a yoga outfit, the combed cotton cami and the combed cotton basic jazz pant. I ordered it in medium and I absolutely love it!  But even more interesting is my husband really loves it.  There's kind of a story here.  When I first received it in the mail, I immediately went and tried the items on, as I do whenever I receive something to wear via the mail.  (I love clothes!  I'm glad our society doesn't, as a rule, run around in the nude because then we wouldn't get to wear fun clothes!) 

          I have learned to respect the practice of Yoga, but it's been awhile since I've done a really serious practice. (Maybe because I've been sitting on my arse blogging lately?) I know that my practice is not as intense as it used to be, simply because I can't do what I did before...  But Yoga is an amazing thing.  You can pretty much start wherever you are and just build from there.  Never be in competition with anyone but yourself!  

          So these new yoga clothes were going to be my motivation to jump back into it and start getting my yoga back! I tried on the yoga outfit and wowsie!  I really thought I was a medium, but it just fit so tight, like a glove.  It wasn't really uncomfortable, but it showed every bulge I had.  I really must have put it on this winter but apparently was in so much denial.  I was in a foul mood after that.  

          My husband came home, knocked on the locked door, I opened it, still in my yoga apparel. Now, he's a wise man.  He knew not to say one word, positive or negative. Whenever I come home from the hair salon or am in a new outfit, he knows that I am probably just getting used to how it looks and sometimes I may like it, but other times, I may be hating it.  So he's learned it's just best to wait a few hours or even until the next day to voice his opinion.  It's better for me (and him) that way!   

          I was obviously not in a great mood, so he just let it go.  

          The next day, however, he told me what he thought.  He LOVED it and he thought I looked "hot" standing there when I opened the door in it.  Who knew?  I certainly didn't!  Hot was and is not the first word that comes to mind when I see myself in that outfit! 

          But I started to take a new look at the outfit. Hmmmm....yes, it did show all my bulges, but it also showed off some curvature too.  Maybe that was what he was talking about! 

          Needless to say, today I took it out again, and this time did a whole hour long workout in it!  It was great!  I've almost got my yoga game back! 
          Anyway, get ready because I will be having a giveaway from this great company, and will give you the scoop on it!  I MAY even give you a picture, if I'm brave enough.  Just know, my hubby was a real cutie and although the yoga outfit is great, sometimes it takes a great husband to make you feel your best!

          Sunday, June 13, 2010

          Super Fun! Getting To Know You!

           Here are some questions that I picked up from MannLand5 and...

          1. If you could have one of Superman's, powers which one would you want? Superhuman strength..Flight..Superhuman speed..X-Ray vision..etc 

          Ummm....I'm pretty sure that Superman had the ability to go for extremely long stretches without sleep...yeah, and I think that is the one super power  I definitely would want to have! 

          2. The best thing I ever won is....?
          I'm really kind of groggy on this seems like all the best things I've ever had are those I either earned or were just given to me, freely.  But I did win a really nice leather bag on a giveaway recently! I was really excited about that!

          3. Have you ever skyped with a bloggy friend? No, because I don't have a web cam!  I'd like to do that though, at some point!

          4. What is your favorite Summer month? June is my favorite summer month because it is the closest to my favorite month of MAY!

          5. Pool, Lake, or Ocean? I have some wonderful memories of my times floating on my floaty out on one of the peaceful lakes in Virginia.  I'm not afraid of stuff in the water, it seems, as long as I have a floaty.  (It's a psychological crutch!)

          6. One of my favorite Summer memories is.....? Me and my two boys taking walks with our dog late in the evenings.

          7. What's your favorite secret bargain? Happy Hour at Sonic!  2 for 1 Limeades!

          8. Do you plan on or have you been watching the World Cup? My DH has definitely been watching and he has kept me apprised of what is happening.  I understand Germany just pulled off an excellent win.
          Now go on over to Mannland5 yourself and link up!