Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lose Weight With 'Green Tea Daily' Review

    Have you ever wondered if there is a way to lose weight without having to go on a strict, regimented diet where you need to keep track of points, calories and servings?  I have!  I am just not successful at dieting that way.  I need to eat when I'm hungry.  I can't keep track of what I shove into my mouth eat every second of the day!  I've got too many other things that I obsess about!  ;) 
     I had actually come to the sobering conclusion that I would probably have to settle with the answer to the above question as a big, resounding N-O.  But by chance, I was walking through my local mall one day and saw this great little kiosk with a really outgoing and cute salesgirl, who thrust an ice cold 20 oz. water and a little packet into my hands and said, "Try this!"  When I asked her what it was she said it's Green Tea with a twist!  My first question was, "How much caffeine does it have?"  She said that first of all, the "caffeine" you get from this is equivalent to what is in a regular size candy bar!  Secondly, unlike the energy drinks in the stores, the energy source in Green Tea is natural and has no side effects!   My interest was piqued because it had been a hard week and my energy was zapped.  Wow!  Natural bottled energy with no side effects?  Sounds like a no-brainer to me!
    Then she showed me that not only does it have the benefits of "first flush" green tea, it also has other great natural ingredients to enhance the already great benefits of green tea!  Noni, acai berry and maqui berry, all super fruits rich in natural anti-oxidants, are added.  Calcium is also added for good measure! 
    If I got all that in a drink I'd be ready to get it!  But the other great benefit of drinking MyGreenTeaDaily is that it naturally speeds up the metabolism and causes healthy digestion, which results in weight loss!  OK, now I'm sold!  I walked away with a month's supply!  Guess what!  It's the best!  At this time last year I was 5 lbs. heavier and I haven't really done anything differently.  In fact, if anything, I have been indulging even more, with my new found love of experimental cooking!  (Pass the butter, please!)
 I recently went back to get my 2nd month's supply and talked to Keri.  She's 20 years old, cute as a button and was ready to tell me what greenteaDaily has done for her!  She was a heavy diet coke drinker, and was addicted to it even though she would get headaches from the caffeine.  When she switched to greenteaDaily, all of that disappeared and she still had the natural energy, but with no jitters.  Whereas before she was spending $3.00/day for her coke habit, now she spends $2.00/day for her much healthier green tea habit!  She also stated that she had really brittle fingernails and since she switched to GreenTeaDaily, her fingernails are stronger PLUS she lost a dress size around the waist! 
    "GreenTeaDaily began with one ingredient: premium quality green tea harvested at first flush. The whole idea was to introduce the power of pure green tea at its optimum stage. Rich with antioxidants and fat-burning properties, first flush green tea has the ability to elevate our body's metabolic rate, lower cholesterol levels, promote cardiovascular health, and most importantly, increase our body's immune power. Antioxidants are elements found in fruits and vegetables that help get rid of free radicals in our body. This, in turn, helps slow down the aging process, giving us young and beautiful skin, and strengthens our body against diseases. Ultimately, green tea gives us the energy we need by regulating healthy weight loss. Unlike the energy drinks found in the market today, the energy we get from green tea has no side effects and is completely natural."

greenteaDaily comes in 5 flavors, in convenient, tear-open packages and should be consumed within 2 hours of mixing to make sure that none of the nutrients dissipate.  A month's supply is $59.99 or sign up for their loyalty program, which gives you deep discounts for automatically shipping it to you every month, 2 months, or every 3 months.
    Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, their blog, their website or call them directly at 1.888.903.2459!
    greenteaDaily would like to give someone a full month's supply ($59.99) of your two favorite flavors!   If you would like to win this great prize, please do the following mandatory entry and any or all extra entries you choose!

Mandy:  Be my GFC Follower (indicate blogger name) AND visit greenteaDaily and tell me which flavor(s) you'd like to try!

Extra Entries (1 comment per entry):
Worth 1 entry each:
  • Tweet about it daily for an extra entry each day you do!  Please leave the tweet status in your comment! (click on the time stamp of your tweet to get it!)  Copy and paste:
"Lose weight & increase metabolism naturally! a month's supply of ($60 ARV) "
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  • Link this giveaway to a giveaway linky! (Only one link to this giveaway per linky please)
  • Mention this giveaway on FB or your blog! Leave the link!
  • Like this page on Stumble!
  • Subscribe to my e-mail updates!

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  • Sign up for My Likes with me!  Leave your MyLikes name!
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Giveaway will end on July 25, 2011 at 11:59 MST.  Open to US and Canada.  You must be 18 years of age or older to participateWinner will be selected by random number generator and notified by e-mail.  Please respond within 48 hours to avoid another selection.  I was provided a product sample for review!  All opinions expressed are my own. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A One-Day only 40% off Sale at Grateful Body!!!

Pssst....heads up!  Grateful Body will be having a one-day 40% off on any and all products tomorrow, July 8th!!  This is a fabulous deal, one that I will definitely take advantage of myself!  Happy shopping!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wimbledon Moments!

I am a tennis buff, thanks to my husband who at one time, had us out playing tennis at least once or twice a week.  That has dwindled into an afterthought, but we still love watching National Tennis on T.V.  
    This week, Wimbledon is going strong.   And if you are familiar with tennis, you know that Roger Federer, the greatest player of all time,  just went down in the quarter-finals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.  It's sad seeing a great player such as Federer, succumbing to "old age" .  
A disappointed Roger Federer

     Once a tennis player approaches 30, they become vulnerable to the younger, stronger players between 20 - 25.  Both Venus and Serena Williams have already gone down this year at Wimbledon.  Venus is now 31 and Serena will be 30 in September.
     I've heard a few explanations as to why this is so.  Since the days of Pete Sempras, tennis has become increasingly more punishing.  The racquets have become significantly lighter, allowing players to swing them with higher speed, thus making the ball travel much faster.  With the lighter weight, however, the impact of the hit is absorbed into the joints, muscles and bones of the player.  And as many times as a player is required to hit, the repeated stress is bound to take its toll.  Also, with the increased ball speed, the athlete is required of necessity to be quicker, more agile, more active on the court.  It requires a great deal of flexibility, endurance and speed to play and defend at championship level.  
     But watching a finals match at any of the National Tennis events, be it US Open, French Open, Wimbledon, or Australian Open, is beautiful to behold.   It is not only a match between the best technical player, but it is literally a match for the players with the strongest psyche.   For example, sometimes players intentionally try to get into another player's head.  I'm still trying to figure out if Rafael Nadal had an injury to his foot severe enough to delay the game for over 10 minutes while he consulted with a trainer and subsequently had his foot wrapped.   He was at a clear disadvantage to Juan Martin Del Potro during the 4th round match at Wimbledon yesterday and Del Potro was on a roll, ready to take advantage of it.  But the 10-minute wait did something to him.  He was clearly irritated at having to wait and the momentum shifted soon after.  Nadal is known for taking his sweet time at serving, often getting warned for taking too much time.   Del Potro ended up losing yesterday and Nadal is going on to the semi-finals.  So who was the stronger player?  There is no doubt that Nadal beat Del Potro not just with skill, but he stayed focused and Del Potro got rattled.  
Rafael Nadal, the other greatest tennis player
      I'm thoroughly enjoying this final week of Wimbledon and you should really check  it out if you get a chance.  Also, there is still the US Open to look forward to at some point this summer!  I can't wait!  Here are some fun video highlights of this year's Wimbledon, which, by the way, Prince William and Princess Kate are attending!

Update:  It turns out that yes, indeed, Rafael does have a foot injury.  He has actually had it numbed for the rest of the tournament and has opted to deal with it after the play is finished.  Good luck Rafa!  

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

$25 To Your Pay Pal Giveaway! (7/12)

Thank you, one and all, for your great comments! I loved reading them! Unfortunately, just one was chosen by  It was #75! If I could put $25 in each of your paypal accounts, I would definitely do so, but I just don't have an extra $3,800.  Do keep coming back, as I'm known to host these little events every so often!  It's my way of saying thanks and have a great day!  

It's time for me to give away $25 to someone's PayPal! Don't know what PayPal is?  It's easy to set it up.  You get paid through your e-mail!  Google it and set it up!  It's easy!  And for me, being paid to my PayPal is better than a gift card because I can choose where to spend it! It's true, Money is like an arm or leg - use it or lose it!  
   I'd love to get a few comments on some of my poor, neglected posts!  So I'm giving you a choice of entries today!  Pick one of the blog posts under my tabs above: (fashion, health & beauty, life in general or noteworthy news), make a comment there, and come back and tell me here that you did! That's it!  If you want extra entries, make a few comments on different posts and come back and let me know!  Commenting is unlimited and counts as one entry each, as long as they are constructive and you let me know on this post which ones you commented on!  Sound good?  Great!  I will select a winner on July 12th at 11:59 MST!  The winner will be notified by e-mail and given 48 hours to respond.  I will then deposit your $25 into your PayPal!  Happy commenting! 

NOTE: Some of your comments may end up in my comment moderation section and may not show up immediately.  Don't worry, if that happens I will retrieve them and make sure they get published!  

Monday, June 20, 2011

Miracle Body Jeans!

I'm very excited to introduce my final sponsor to Blog Bash 2011--MiracleBody Jeans!  I have been wanting a pair of these amazing jeans for the longest time!  And I may have to wait a little longer, but you don't have to!  Miracle Body wants to give one of you a pair of their best-selling jeggings for Spring 2011!  (This has a $64 ARV)

Indulge in 22" of slimming chic premium denim, crafted from our unique blend of cotton spandex control fibers to gently lift your rear while smoothing and shaping your thighs for a slenderizing effect from waist to calf.  Discrete canvas control panel comfortably holds your tummy for an instant flattening effect without a painful tummy tuck, so you can breathe easy all day and all night while maintaining your amazingly slimmer figure.  Lightweight denim that's lighter than the average jean but slightly heavier than the typical legging, our premium fabric is specifically designed to conceal unsightly imperfections and give you an all-over smoothing effect.  With superior shaping and style, these cropped denim leggings are the ultimate must-have for your summer wardrobe!
Many women all over the U.S. and Canada are saying wonderful things about MiracleBody!  

These jeans are amazing. The tag line "look 10 pounds lighter in 10 seconds," is actually true. The first time I wore these, family members asked if I had lost weight! The best thing about them? They don't squeeze the waist and give you "muffin top!" And unlike other stretch jeans, these don't sag in the seat after you've worn them a while. Also, there is no embarrassing stretchy-looking waist band to give them away. They look and feel like "regular" jeans. They seemed a little pricey to me at first, but after purchasing them, I would rather have just one pair of these than a dozen pairs of any other brand.
Jobie Dickerson, Savannah, GA 

Fun Fact:  MiracleBody Jeans is a direct branch of  MiracleSuit, the #1 brand designer of women's control swimwear since 1937!  That's a lot of experience with shaping women over the years!

Some cool little extra are that you get a free tote with any order that you place with MiracleBody and there is free standard shipping with no minimum order!
To get extra/early entries for a pair of MiracleJeans classic jeggings, sponsor of Blog Bash 2011, all you need to do is do one or all of the following entries (Also make sure you go to my main Blog Bash post to do the mandatory entry):  

1 entry each:
  • Like MiracleBody on Facebook  (Come back and let me know your FB handle!)
  • Tweet this giveaway and include @Xocaisgood and @MiracleBodyJean in the tweet.  Leave the tweet status.  (Can be done daily)  Example:
"Lose 10 lbs. in 10 Seconds!  #Win @MiracleBodyJean Jeggings at A GAL NEEDS...  @Xocaisgood at #blogbash11 6/25"
  • Post my A GAL NEEDS...button on your blog and let me know where you did it! 
  • Follow me on Networked Blogs!  Leave your networked blog name!
 That's it!  Don't forget to stop by my Blog Bash 2011 main post to enter there for the mandatory entry!  That will be up this Tuesday, June 21st!  In the meantime, these are extra and early entries!  Winner of this giveaway will be chosen with and will be notified by e-mail.  Please respond within 48 hours of initial notice.  Giveaway is for U.S. entrants only.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Special thanks to MiracleBody for this great prize package!  Giveaway ends at 11:59 MST on June 26th!  U.S. only.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Blog Bash 2011- Grateful Body ! Sponsor Spotlight and Extra/Early Giveaway Entries!

I am so excited to be able to have Grateful Body as one of my sponsors for Blog Bash 2011!  Let me tell you, I have heard so many stories about women who have sensitive skin.  Blotchiness, redness, or irritations so often crop up and because of it, some women don't even use cleansers or moisturizers, for fear of what it does to their skin!  And even those who do use conventional skin care products find themselves not quite enamored with  what is out there on the market.   If they were to try Grateful Body, they would be so happy with it because of the
100% natural and synthetic-free ingredients that are wholly organic as well!
     I have tried the cleanser and moisturizer already and absolutely love, love, love them. What I hadn't tried before was the Midnight Oil.  Ladies, this stuff is the bomb!  It contains not one, not two, not three...but 7 pure oils, as well as 9 essential oils of different herbs and fruits.  Oh, and don't forget the rosemary extract to top it off.  When I put it on, my skin immediately drank it up and then it felt so smooth!  Like velvet!  The smell is pungent and aromatic, like you stepped outside in the morning and inhaled your herb garden!  Pure luxury!  But enjoy it while you can because in a few short minutes there is no trace of  the scent.  All that is left is your own smooth,luxuriously smooth skin.  Am I pouring it on?  No, I don't think so, it's all so true!
Our exquisite blend of the most pure, transcendent plant oils and essential oils!  This incomparably nourishing body oil contributes to silky, healthy skin while providing a comforting antidote to the effects of stress and hurry.  The soothing, subtle scent is popular with both men and women, and has a relaxing, grounding effect on the mind and emotions.  A truly wonderful body oil.  
The products even come packaged responsibly!
Another amazing product is their Essential Eye Cream!
The menu of ingredients in this amazing potion is unreal.  If you want to check, look here!  I was blown away! 
         Now for the giveaway entries--Grateful Body has graciously consented to award one follower a Midnight Oil of their own ($22) AND an Essential Eye Cream ($40)!  This is a total value of  $62.  
The entries here are for extra/early entries and are in conjunction with Blog Bash 2011, June 22 - 26.  Make sure to enter your mandatory entry at my main Blog Bash post starting on Wednesday, June 22! 

  • Like Grateful Body on Facebook!  Leave your FB first name and last initial so I can check! 

  • Read my other review about Grateful Body and comment on it there.  Come back here and let me know you did!
  • Tweet this daily for an extra entry daily!  Include #blogbash11 and @Melahelen.  Please leave the tweet status link!  You can copy and paste:
Win a $62 skin-pampering duo from @GratefulBodySC and A GAL NEEDS...@Melahelen at #blogbash11!  Enter here -  

  • Blog about this event, with a link to this post and to Grateful Body!  Leave the post link with me!
    • Grab my button, A GAL NEEDS...and put it on your blog and leave me the link where you did!

    Thank you so much, Grateful Body, for these wonderful products and your excellent customer service and for being my sponsor at Blog Bash 2011.  I was provided products to review and the opinions expressed are mine!  Giveaway ends 11:59 MST on Saturday June 26, 2011. Winner will be notified by e-mail and should respond back no later than 48 hours after initial notice! Note: US Only!


    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    How Heart Healthy Will You Be In Old Age?

    And why would you even want  to know how heart healthy you'll be 20 or 30 years from now?  Just let it be a surprise, right?  But think about it--if you know how healthy (or unhealthy) your heart will be when you hit old age based on some good science, you can make more concrete life plans and decisions now based on your future health!  I would consider where I want to be living, how much savings to have, how much insurance do I need, should I rent and let someone else take care of my yard, or will I be healthy enough to manage that on my own?  Will I need to have enough insurance to cover major heart surgery?  And what can I do now to insure that I do have better health when I am older?  
         It turns out that there is a simple test that you can take if you are middle aged (45 or older) to see where you will end up in terms of risk of death from CVS complications  if you continue your present course of lifestyle.  Just run and see how fast you make a mile!  "Recently, researchers at the Cooper Institue in Dallas and another set from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School looked at more than 66,000 people and concluded that looking at fitness level in midlife said as much about future long-term health as cholesterol, high blood pressure and other standard measures." (See article)
         Basically a woman who can run a mile in 9 minutes or less is considered highly fit and in 10.5 minutes is only moderately so.   And if a woman runs a mile in 12 minutes or more, well...that's very poor and your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is higher!  At 45 years of age it is a 13.7% risk vs a 3.4% risk if you are fit; at 55 years of age the risk of CVS death is a 34.2% risk vs. a 15.3% risk and at age 65 the risk goes to 35.6% risk as compared to only 17.1%.   This is not including other risk factors that might raise this percentage higher i.e. smoking,etc.
         Of course, you don't just decide at age 45 to go out and run a 9 minute mile after years of inactivity in your 30's.  So the message I get from this is that we need to start doing regular cardio exercise to boost our fitness in our 30's and continue that in the years beyond. 
         I've decided to take my cardio fitness test this Friday to see how I fare.  I'm not sure I can do a 9-minute mile.  My son is practicing with the Varsity Football Team right now, preparing for try-outs.  He's a Freshman and he told me that to be considered for a linebacker position on Varsity, you need to do a mile in under 8 minutes.  (7:59 is the slowest time you can get)  What?  And I'm supposed to come in a minute behind conditioned HS players at 9 minutes?  I'm not so sure about this.... I'll update this post when I do run the mile and let you know how I did!  
    Update:  Well, I ran the mile this morning on the HS Track when I picked up the boy from football practice.  Not such good news.  I really tried, I did.  But when all was said and done, I ran the mile in 12:18.  This means that I've got a 13.7% chance of dying of cardiovascular disease and probably have some cellulite, which matters (sadly) as much if not more than the former stat.   I'd like to improve my time, of course.  So I think for this summer, my goal will be to improve that time by at least 2 minutes and be able to run the mile in 10.5 minutes.  I will then be moderately fit, according to the statistics.  I'll keep you updated!  How fast do you run a mile?

    Update:  I took another timed run on 10/13/11 and this time I ran it in 11:05!  Getting better!  Read about that run here!


    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Pure Organics For The Hair

    If there's one thing I've learned over the past 15 years, it's that we get enough toxic junk from our everyday environment, enough to make many of us very sick.  So anything I can do to control what is absorbed through my skin and hair, I will do it!  It will be that much less for my body to have to assimilate and fight off in order to protect me from getting cancer, allergies, auto-immune diseases and much more.  Does that make sense?  I'm not an alarmist by any means, but I do care.  
        With that said, I will gladly promote any company that helps with my goal of finding the safest and most natural but effective products that I can find!
         Let me introduce you to Purity by Hairclinics, a company that gives us organic products for sensitive skin and for everyday life!  They have organic shampoos for sensitive scalp/skin, chemically treated hair, normal hair, oily scalp and course hair! None of their formulations have sodium lauryl sulfate or other synthetic foaming agents, thus very mild!  It made me laugh a little when I saw their description of what I think must be coarse hair...on their website they call it fat hair, or do they mean thick hair?  Or am I just an uneducated consumer?  At any rate, they originate in the Netherlands and are expanding into the U.S. so maybe some of the expressions may be a little bit different.  I think it is cute, though!  I think I have the problem of fat hair, as a matter of fact! 
          Aside from the organic hair and body care products, the company produces a specialized line designed to prevent excessive and hormonal hair loss called Keratene.
          Right now, they are currently having a fantastic promotion and giveaway to familiarize folks with their products!  If you buy 3 of their organic hair products, you can get a 4th one for free!  
          Last, but most exciting for me is that they have agreed to be an official sponsor of Blog Bash 2011!  I couldn't be more pleased!  Someone will receive a set of Purity by Hairclinics products (ARV $80)!  So with no further ado, here are the early/extra entries for this great offering to one of my readers!

    • Visit the Purity website and tell me  which hair product(s) you'd like to have!

    • Tell me what you think 'fat hair' means! (See my post above) 
    • Register for their free newsletter and get updates on deals! (Worth 5 entries)

    • Tweet this daily for an extra entry daily! 
    "Purity by Hairclinics-A sponsor of #blogbash11 #Win a set of beautiful organic hair products! @keratene @melahelen"
    That's it!  Don't forget to stop by my Blog Bash 2011 main post to enter there for the mandatory entry!  That will be up this Tuesday, June 21st!  In the meantime, these are extra and early entries!  Winner of this giveaway will be chosen with and will be notified by e-mail.  Please respond within 48 hours of initial notice.  Giveaway is for U.S. entrants only.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Special thanks to Purity by Hairclinics for this great prize package!  Giveaway ends at 11:59 MST on June 26th!