Monday, July 26, 2010

Tame This Frizz--Tropical Traditions Hair Treatment Giveaway!

Congratulations to #119, Matt4Melis!  You will be contacted with e-mail and if you respond in 48 hours, will receive your gift in the mail from Tropical Traditions!

Everyone needs and wants great hair.  Nutrition has a lot to do with it, as well as hormones, humidity, age and styling choices!  Tropical Traditions has taken advantage of its Pure Virgin Coconut Oil and studies such as the one done in India on 3 types of common natural oils used on hair--sunflower, mineral and coconut. Coconut Oil was the only oil found to reduce protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product!  What does that mean for you and me?  It means that using it will make our hair better!  This is the part where I should add a picture of a gorgeous model swishing her perfect hair around her face in slow motion.  Oops, sorry, couldn't find anything for ya!  But I've got something even better!  Tropical Traditions wants to offer one of you a jar of their pure Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for Hair Treatment!  (Wow!  That's a long name!  Oh well, as long as the stuff works, right? Trust me, it does!)  But first, let me tell you that everything you order at Tropical Traditions by midnight tonight is Free Shipping!  Also, you can buy 1 get 1 free of their Certified Organic Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil!  That's just one of the great deals going on right now!  Check them out!
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 recipies using coconut oil and research showing the health benefits of coconut oil! 

Now back to the giveaway!  Please complete the mandatory entry before you do any of the other entries!  This giveaway is open to US Residents, Canadian Residents, bloggers and non-bloggers. You must be able to have product mailed to a mailing address other than a P.O. Box and must have a valid e-mail address that I do not have to look high and low for.  Good luck!

MANDY: Visit Tropical Traditions on FACEBOOK and like (friend) them.  Leave me your FB friend first name and last initial in your comment! (Ex: Helena.L)

Other Entries:

  • Read my Review here and leave a comment.  Come back and let me know you did!  (3 entries) 
  • Grab my AGalNeeds...button on the right sidebar and post it on your blog main page!  (3 entries)
  •  Subscribe to my RSS Feed in a Reader of your choice.  (3 entries)
  • Blog, Stumble or Facebook about this giveaway and tell me where you did by leaving me the link!  (5 entries each method) 
  • Follow me on Twitter! (3 entries) 
This giveaway will close on 8/12/10 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!  The winner will be announced at the end of the giveaway here on this post!  Check back to see who won!  



Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fighting Frizz Can Be A Whiz! (Review)

I read in one of my magazines that 54% of women got madder at their hair last month than at their partner!  I know, I'm right there with you and probably more so.  I get so dang mad at my hair!  It is so uncooperative.  I'd love to just get out of bed with my hair looking great. I'm lazy that way.  I don't enjoy having to spend more than 5 minutes on that part of grooming.  
 I've spent time in the southern states and there, my hair becomes more curly and frizzy. I am hard pressed to keep it manageable without using some severe restraining methods, like perming it and then styling it to how I want it.  That is damaging! I now live in Utah, a western desert state and while I no longer have a problem with excessive frizziness, it's now dryness that I battle every day.  When I first moved here, it was like my hair had been singed due to heat.  But it was just the dryness sucking all the moisture out of my skin and hair! (I was also thirsty all the time!)  So I look for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners to help with the problem! 
Having healthy hair can help it be more cooperative and withstand more heat and teasing in the quest to have a beautiful looking do. I've found something that will definitely get your hair more healthy because it delivers what the hair thrives on--protein!  The product is from a company called Tropical Traditions.  Ever heard of it?
I Wish My Hair looked like this when I get out of bed!
Coconut oil has been used for hair treatment in coconut producing countries such as India and the Philippines for thousands of years. Studies in India have been done on how effective various oils are on treating damaged hair. The study compared mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil because these were the three most commonly used oils in hair treatment products used in India. The aim of this study was to cover different treatments, and the effect of these treatments on various hair types using these three oils. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair. This difference in results could arise from the composition of each of these oils. Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product.
 Tropical Traditions has a Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil specifically For Hair Treatment!  It penetrates the hair shaft to deliver that vital protein so essential to good hair health!  It has a higher protein content than their other Virgin Coconut Oils because it has coconut solids in it. 

 My experience:  I've used this Coconut Oil specifically for my hair and I love how it literally sinks into the hair shaft and keeps it moisturized and manageable.  I feel that my hair is getting healthier and that I won't have to cut it all off because of dryness and damage.  I use it as a pre-wash conditioner and I also use it after I wash my hair, just on the ends to tame the flyaways.  It isn't too oily at all, due to the absorption directly into the hair!  My only suggestion is that I'd like to see more of a practical dispenser for shower and bath.  A wide-mouthed glass jar isn't the most practical for application in the shower or bath.  Other than that, I am most impressed and grateful to have found yet another great product from Tropical Traditions!

(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!)

disclaimer:  I was provided product to give a fair and honest review, which I have done!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hiking Mt. Timpanogos #BeUtahful

I've been on a little summer hiatus and much needed blogging break...A Gal Needs that once in a while!  The main reasons being that I was completing my last stint with the 2010 Census and being with my two boys, Eddie the Yettie and Sloppy Jo, doing some fun summer activities before Joseph, 13, had to go back to Virginia, where he lives with his Dad.  I so much miss them and their antics already, but also, glad to get back to blogging, which is a comfort to me, and helps to soothe my achy breaky heart when they are away. 

Thanks so much for sticking with me through this break.

These boys of mine have the closest relationship of any two brothers I know.  Sometimes I get a little bit envious of how close they are.  But not really.  I want them to be able to continue seeing one another and associating with each other long after I am no longer able to be with them.  The last day they were here together they hiked to the top of Mt. Timpanogos, a 19 mile round trip with an elevation gain of about a mile.  Here are some great pics they took on this incredible journey. They even got shots of the elusive mountain goats that wander around up there. I don't think I would have made it, although I'd like to try later on in the summer.  A daunting task, to be sure!  They had to bring a young woman down with a broken ankle.  We were there at the trailhead to meet the boys and saw the rescue squad packing her down on a stretcher. I really don't want to end up like that if I make an attempt....Hugs,  Helena

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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

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!

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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

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!