Friday, October 15, 2010

NGlassworks Pendant Giveaway!

Congratulations to #5, jan, I love the dischroic glass autumn afternoon pendants! sammiejanL40 at aol dot com

NGlassworks combines dichroic, iridescent, and sheet glass to create one of a kind jewelry where light fuses with color and bends to the artistic will of Nancy Giere, fused glass artist!  I found it interesting to learn a little bit more about dichroic glass.  It comes from the Greek word, meaning two colors, although each piece of dichroic glass has at least 3 colors--the color of the glass itself, the color that reflects from the glass and a second color refracted from the glass that can be seen at a 45-degree angle. One of the artist's jobs is to coat the glass with different chemicals that cause reactions.  The reactions are what create the different looks.

I love my pendant.  I can wear it with casual clothing, or dress it up. You can lower or lenthen the look with the adjustable clasp.

Nancy has graciously agreed to give one of my readers a sassy slide pendant, like the one I have!  In addition to gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pendants, NGlassworks also sells designer bags, bracelets, earrings and distinctive gifts!

Here is what I need for your mandatory entry for this great giveaway!  First, make sure you follow me on Google Friend!  Next, go here.  Tell me what state you're from and a shop where you can buy NGlassworks jewelry!  There are a few states that aren't presently selling this jewelry.  Just let me know. 

Additional Entries: (Do as many or few as you'd like, leaving a comment for each entry point):
+1 Follow NGlassworks on Twitter!
+1 Visit NGlassworks and tell me a piece of jewelry that you'd really like to own!
+1 (daily) Tweet this giveaway---"The Perfect Statement-Making Pendant #Win one at 11/5/10"  Please leave me the tweet link!
+2 Read my Review on NGlassworks, leave a comment there and come back letting me know!
+3 Blog, Facebook, Stumble or link up this giveaway somewhere!  Do as many as you want, just leave the link for those you did!
+2 Subscribe to NGlassworks e-letter!
+2 Follow me on Networked Blogs!  (Right Sidebar)
+2 Subscribe to my e-mails! (Right Sidebar)
+2 Subscribe to my Feed (Right Sidebar)
+2 Grab my button (Right sidebar) Tell me where you put it!

Giveaway ends on November 5, 2010 at 11:59 pm MST!  Winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond back!  Thanks to Nancy at NGlassworks for the opportunity to work with her!  As always, good luck and thanks for participating.  Giveaway open to US and Canada!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Great Cookware Giveaways!

Here are some great cookware giveaways I found around the net:

  • Win a grater that grates and measures all at once at Mr. Food!  It's the Good Grips Container Grater!  Ends 10/31/10!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Very Glassy Indeed!

 From jewelry to stained glass windows, glass artwork is some of the most visually appealing art on the planet!  Yet, all that is required to make glass is a little sand, a little soda, a little lime and a lot of heat.  But not anyone can turn glass into art.  The glass artisan has to have a great eye for detail, color and line.
 Enter Nancy Giere founder of  NGlassworks! She is such a talented lady who has always had an eye for color.  As a toddler, instead of carrying a baby blanket, she carried around a tangled and colorful array of  yarn from her mother's knitting basket.  Nancy started creating for herself, family and friends in a variety of mediums until she found what she loves best and established NGlassworks because of the many requests for her work.  She combines dichroic, iridescent and sheet glass to make unique works of art!  Here are a few examples of what she does!
 Based out of  Williamsburg, VA, Nancy's art is sure to please even the most discerning of tastes. You can be sure that every piece will be original and lovingly made by Nancy.  The main color schemes are in jewel tone or red/bronze. 
"Each piece is inspired by colors, shapes and patterns I've observed in my back yard and in my travels throughout the world.  Different sizes and shapes of glass are stacked in unique designs and fired in a kiln.  During the fusing process the glass comes alive and takes on a whole new character.  After the first firing each piece is cold worked and fire polished in the kiln until I'm satisfied with the overall design and quality." --Nancy Giere
 I received a jewel toned Sassy Slide pendant and I think it is absolutely gorgeous!  It has pink, turquoise, dark blue, gold and green in it and I can wear it with many things.  It makes a feminine yet fun statement where I work at a local high school!

You can find Nancy's jewelry in selected shops across the country and at Art Shows and Exhibits.  Her pendants retail for about $35.00, her handbags run about $1000.00 and her bracelets are $50.00.  Personally, now that I own one of Nancy Giere's unique fused glass pieces, I think that a gal least one beautiful NGlassworks piece.  They are beeeeautiful! 

Disclaimer:  I was provided product for an honest review.  The opinions here are mine and mine only!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Great Giveaways!

the magical lucky green one

Win a $35 Gift Code at Debbie's Homeschool Corner!  Ends 10/16/10!

Win a $65 Gift Code at Tales from Bloggeritaville!  Ends 10/6/10!

Interesting! Win a pair of Trim Treads at One Frugal Lady!  Ends  10/25/10!

Win a $45 Gift Certificate at That's What She Said!  Ends 10/23/10! 

Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Lisa Leonard Jewelry at Menopausal New Mom!  Ends 10/17/10! 

Win a Serta Mattress (up to $2000) at Mommy PR!  Ends 10/15/10!

Win your own gift basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets at Mom's Reviews For You!  Ends 10/11/10!

Monday, October 4, 2010

A CSN Stores Giveaway!

The winner of the $70 CSN Gift Certificate is #343, The Crave To Save who said!/TheCraveToSave/status/28599000592
October 24, 2010 8:19 AM !  Thanks so much everyone for entering.  I will be putting another one up shortly so stay tuned!

Today we just had our first rain of the autumn season and yesterday, our probable last day of 80 degree weather. Alas, summer is about done and fall is upon us!  That's all well and good, you might say, but what has that got to do with CSN?  Well, that's easy!  A Gal prepare for fall by getting a few necessary items like:  A chef's knife to cut up all the great fall produce that is coming our way,  binoculars for viewing all the fall sports games that we love,  a cover for the BBQ that we still want to use but shortly will put away,  a sweater for the doggie and a tool rack for the hubbie who will be doing oh, so much yardwork when the leaves fly!  (I know, we're so thoughtful that way!)   

 All of these things have at least one thing in common...they can be purchased at and they can all be purchased with the $70 Gift Code that I am giving one of my great readers!  These are just a few of the things I feel the need to get with a $70 Gift Code but I'll just bet there are a few things that you might be able to envision yourself having this fall! 

You're welcome to enter to win this $70 Gift Code from the great people at CSN!  Just complete the mandatory entry and any or all extra entries that you'd like!

MANDY:  Be an e-mail subscriber to A GAL NEEDS...(right sidebar) and tell of one thing that autumn is a good time for!  This counts as your entry for the $70 Gift Code!  

EXTRAS: (Leave one comment per entry!)

+8 Purchase something from CSN!  ($10 minimum) Forward the e-mail confirmation that CSN sent you to daisydoo200 at yahoo dot com  Subject: CSN Purchase (You may delete any personal info!)  Must be done during the time of this giveaway!
+1 Follow me on Google Friend Connect!
+1 Follow @CSNStores on Twitter!  Leave your tweet name!
+2 Be a fan of CSN on Facebook!

+1 Follow me on Twitter and tweet 1x daily for an entry/day!  You may copy and paste this.....Visit A GAL NEEDS...for a $70 @CSNStores #Giveaway! Everything you need for fall! 10/28 #Win

+2 Blog, Stumble or Facebook this giveaway, linking back to here!  Leave me the link where you did this!  (2 entries per method!)

+2 Add me to your blog list!  Leave me the link so I can check it out!
 +2 Add my A GAL NEEDS...button to your home page!  Leave me the link!

This giveaway is open to both US and Canada and will close on 10/28/10 sometime at approximately 11:00 pm MST!  I will choose the winner with and post the winner here!  The winner will also be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond.  I was not compensated in any way to provide this giveaway.  Thanks to the CSN team and all of those who have partiicipated!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Great Giveaways!

Isn't this the sweetest thing?   Love it!
Win a long tank from Lipo In A Box at Retro Housewife: The Remix!  Ends 10/4/10!

Win a $35 Gift Code to at Retro Housewife: The Remix!  Ends 10/7/10!

Win a 16 oz. jar of Tropical Traditions Hair Treatment at Captain Coupon! Ends 10/18/10!

Win a $75 Gift Code to at Just Contest Stuff!  Ends 10/5/10! 

Win your own Half-Tee for easy layering at Love Stitched!  Ends 10/4/10!

Win a jar of Perricone's Cold Plasma at Second Time Around!  Ends 10/12/10!


Friday, October 1, 2010

No Shortages At CSN (Review)!

I have been visiting the site quite frequently recently because I am in need of some Christmas items, as well as a few personal items for myself.  I always go away with more items in mind that I definitely NEED!  I realize that I have a need for a functional coffee table and so came up with a few really nice examples at CSN.  Believe me, it was easy 'cause there are no shortages there!  They have some great console tables that are both beautiful and useful! Plus, all of the tables shown here are highly customer rated and come with free shipping! Please stay tuned for another great giveaway right here!  Trust me, if you like CSN, you'll want to stop on by!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Some Great and Not-So-Great Car Decorations!

My husband was driving down the freeway today and he called me up (a total no-no, I realize) as he was driving, talking very animatedly about the Dodge Ram truck driving along beside, behind and in front of him.  First of all, the guy driving this thing was obviously a hunter.  The truck was detailed in camouflage and on the hood was a pair of deer antlers.  

Now, I'm as amused as anyone by a creative looking detail job on a car.  Take a look at some interesting things people do on their cars.  After all, some people spend as much as 5 - 6 hours a day in their cars.  Why not make it a personal expression of individuality?  

But I think I draw the line at something like these hanging off the tow bar of any truck/car/SUV of mine! This is what was on the back of the aforementioned Dodge Ram!  Notice the red lips on one side and my husband's rearview mirror with his phone reflected in it!

My Wee View

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Great Giveaways!

 Win a Zuvo Water Filtration System at One Little Mister!  (Ends 10/10/10)

Win a Zuvo Water Filtration System at Night Owl Mama!  (Ends 10/20/10) 

Win a $75 Gift Code to at The Jacobsen Family!  Ends 10/9/10! 

Win a  $75 Gift Code to at One Bored Mommy!  Ends 10/12/10!

Win a $50 Gift Code to at Capitally Frugal!  Ends 10/12/10!


Monday, September 27, 2010

A Cooking Class Adventure

I actually paid money to go to a cooking class this past Saturday!  It cost more than a couple meals at the local 'Cafe Rio' here in Utah Valley.  However, I learned a lot and the food was delicious.  It was driven by Raw Melissa and taught by Jenny Johnson of Delightful Delicacies.  The class was held at Jacob's Cove Heritage Farm, where they specialize in heirloom crops of tomatoes, squash and other seasonal favorites!  We She made Chipotle and Lime Baba Ganoush, Pumpkin Cardamom Rolls, Weeknight Ratatouille and Naked Apple Galette!  I would have to say that the Ganoush was my favorite because it is so good on crackers and who knew that roasted and mashed eggplant could be so delicious?

  A close second was the Weeknight Ratatouillewith plenty of garlic, onion and roasted green peppers.  

She demonstrated how to make a beautiful herb bouquet or garnier consisting of fresh thyme, rosemary, parsley oregano, basil and bay leaf, which was thrown into the pot to simmer with all the vegetables.

  This food was all vegetarian and was so filling and yummy!  I would definitely do this again! 

Great Giveaways!

Oblong Lake Sunrise #3

Win a Head Organics Travel Kit at Mommy Wants Freebies!  Ends 9/27/10!

Win a pair of Miracle Body Jeans at Mommy Wants Freebies!  Ends 10/7/10!

Win a Gourmet Gift Basket at Abby Approved!  Ends 10/5/10!

Win your own jar of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil For Hair at Coupon Scribbles!  Ends10/6/10!

Win a cannister of Tropical Traditions Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens!  It's at Two Classy Chics!  Ends 10/1/10!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bronzed Envy Review and Giveaway Notice!

I love a good tan as well as anyone, but to get it is another story.  I have never been to a tanning salon, never had a air-brush tan and quit laying out in the sun trying to get color on my skin as of 18 years ago.  Frankly, I thought it took too much work and time--time that I wasn't willing to put into getting that golden, tanned look. Plus, as it turns out, it may not be the best thing for you to lay out for hours in the sun or be radiated with infra red and ultra violet light in a tanning booth.  

But wait, there is one option that I am definitely open to, provided it doesn't turn me orange!  That option would be a self-applied tan!  I had a great tanning product 2 years ago, but then the company that made it quit making it!  I couldn't find another product or seem to have the motivation to get into using one regularly.  

When I was presented with the opportunity to review Can Tan, a great new spray-on self-tanner made by Bronzed Envy, I jumped at the chance!  I wasn't disappointed either!  This tanner has a great ability to go on without streaking and without blotchiness!  It also presents with a really great color, very natural, and no orange!  I'm now back on the self tan wagon and just love it!  And what a fun name--Can Tan!  Yes, I can tan!  And you can tan too!  With Bronze Envy! 

Bronzed Envy also has other great products, all with the intent and ability to make your skin look as beautiful and luscious as you could ever imagine!  Go check it out at Bronzed Envy! 

One more thing--Bronzed Envy offers a home business option with this.  There is a huge income potential with vanity the tanning industry! If being an airbrush tanning consultant sounds like you, explore the possibilities here! 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Change Complete!

A couple days ago, I mentioned that I was bored with my Island Paradise blog theme and background.  Well, it is two days later and my blog change is complete!  Like Jeff from Life Can Be Funny (Sometimes) mentioned, the malcontent could have been a seasonal thing, and obviously I went with that!  So for a few weeks at least, my theme is seasonally based.  You can't go wrong with a seasonally-based theme!  Plus, I just love home-grown tomatoes!  We put in 4 tomato plants this last May and I thought they might not produce this year.  They took forever to get started.  But right now, they are doing really well!  This last week we've seen more tomatoes than we can eat ourselves and so are thinking about salsa and even giving some away!   I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall weather and getting in some last-minute outings before the dreaded cold comes! 


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tropical Traditions Virgin Palm Oil Giveaway!

Congratulations to comment #168, Eve,  who said, "tweet"

Palm oil is the #1 dietary oil in the world, except for the U.S., where soybean oil is the most widely used oil.  Traditionally, palm oil has been used for baking, shortenings, margarines and deep-fat frying.  It has a long shelf life without being hydrogenated and has zero trans fats!

Today, Malaysia is the Word’s largest producer of oil from palm fruit, although it is native to West Africa. Being an introduced crop to Asia, they are mainly harvested from large plantations. Tropical Traditions Virgin Palm Oil is produced by small-scale family producers in Africa that are certified organic. When you purchase Tropical Traditions, you are supporting the small scale family farmers in Africa and NOT the large, corporate run plantations in Southeast Asia! Read about the history of Virgin Palm Oil here!
 The nutritional and health benefits of palm oil are staggering. It is 15 times richer in beta-carotene than carrot!

I wasn't sure that I would like this oil or not but I tried one of the recipes featured on Tropical Traditions using Palm Oil, the 'Orange Coconut Cookies', using orange zest and coconut.  They were SO delicious!  There are also recipes for Chops, Steak, and bread. I'm excited to try all of these and take advantage of the healthful benefits of this great oil!

Right now you can purchase Organic Virgin Palm Oil at Tropical Traditions for half price!
(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!)

WIN A JAR of Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Palm Oil!  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 and find one recipe that you'd like to try and tell me about it!


+2 Visit Tropical Traditions on Facebook and like them! (Leave two separate comments for two entries!)

+3 Grab my 'A Gal Needs...' button on my right sidebar and post it on the main page of your blog!  Leave me your link! (Leave three separate comments for three entries!)

+3 Subscribe to my RSS Feed in a reader of your choice! (Three comments for three entries)

+5 Place an order at and where it says 'How did you hear of us?' put in this referral code: 5954910

+5 Blog, Stumble or Facebook about this giveaway and tell me where you did by leaving me the link!  (5 entries each method)

+3 Follow me on Twitter! (Three comments for three entries!)

+2 What is the strangest food you ever tried and ended up liking?

+1 Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter and tweet this..." #Win a jar of @TropTraditions Organic Virgin Palm Oil @Melahelen #Giveaway - 10/18/10"  (Can be done 1x daily for one entry each!)  Leave your tweet status!

This giveaway will close on October 18, 2010 at 11:59 MST.  The winner will be chosen through and notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond!  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 supplied with product to sample and review!