Monday, June 29, 2009

no poo challenge update from dk mommy spot

Eureka! My Personal No ‘Poo Challenge Update

Posted: 29 Jun 2009 10:21 AM PDT

Thou Mayest Have Tresses Like Unto Mine

Thou Mayest Have Tresses Like Unto Mine

So this is what happened: We decided on a trip to the beach last week on a sweltering day. Seems everyone else did too, because the beach was crowded and so was the water. Imagine hundreds of people coated in non-biodegradable sunscreen filing in and out of the lake all day long. I didn’t notice it at first, but at the right angle you could see what looked like a mini Exxon Valdez oil spill floating on the surface of the water. I didn’t notice it until after I’d submerged my head in the goo. When we realized we were all feeling a bit slippery for a dip in a freshwater lake, I knew my hair would need a serious scrubbing. So when we got home I decided to try the baking soda scrub followed by a cider vinegar final rinse.

Oh my GOSH.

You know I don’t type in all caps, but…


Now I know what makes the whole “No ‘Poo” thing such a big deal. What I assumed would turn my hair into a tangled dry mess, what I assumed would be an unpleasant gritty experience, actually turned out to be the best-kept natural beauty secret I’ve ever blabbed on the internet. Yes, the baking soda scrub is gritty as all get out, and yes it feels a little weird initially, but it rinses out very well. And if I just put the recommended tablespoon or two of cider vinegar in a mug of cold water, dump in on my head at the very end without rinsing it back out, I have the most amazing hair of my life. No, I don’t smell like Thousand Island dressing, but the shine is about blinding.

I’ve been doing this treatment every day for about a week now and my hair improves by the day. At first I lost some of the new curl I’d gained, but it has returned and in a much shinier version. Still no tangles to contend with, no need for conditioners. My hair has become softer with some natural highlights coming into play. Cider vinegar does give you reddish highlights over the long term which actually works well for me, so I’m happy.

I see now why some super models and famous hair stylists recommend no ‘poo. I get it. I really get it now. I don’t know how the adjustment would have been if I’d started out with baking soda and vinegar rinses right from the start, but I have a feeling it would have made things a little easier. People who have done this treatment much longer than I have say there’s still an adjustment period of one to three months, even longer sometimes. But now I can say with confidence, and in all caps, IT’S WORTH IT!!!

Read all my articles on my No ‘Poo Personal Challenge here.

i love this story. i am following it closely as you can tell. (and thinking.) i do wonder if this has the same effect on all hair types. go visit dk mommy spot (she has giveaways too.).

H.A.Y. Hampton Artistic Yarns and Giveaway

Phat Fiber Sample Box: H.A.Y. Hampton Artistic Yarns and Giveaway:


drey's library: Giveaway: Dads & Grads!

you really should is a MULTI book giveaway. great for those who love to read!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

i am a THREE time winner

from mommy i'm hungry!

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009

Announcing My 2nd Blogoversary Birthday Bash Winners!


So, I had 11 sponsors, 29 gifts, about 930 comments and 8 days worth of sorting to find out who would be winning my party gifts! Thanks to for helping me decide, I have chosen my 29 winners!

I have sorted the winners according to the prize and listed what days the giveaway ran on. So if you see your name and comment # and you know to watch your email, doorstep or mailbox!

Here we go in random order (you can click a photo to enlarge)...

see me, hodegepodgespv

there i am again! hodgepodgespv

and there i am again, hodgepodgespv

not bad! a week of entries and 3 wins. so you go visit ms rachelle at mommy? i'm hungry! she has such great giveaways AND recipes that will have you drooling all over your computer...has should just see my drowned computer!

i won shapeshifter

the book is "shape shifter, the demo tapes, vol 1", by susan helene gottfried.

i signed up for the giveaway at drey's library.

if you are into books, like i am, you need to visit her blog, read the reviews and enter her giveaways!

how i got to be whoever it is i am giveaway

the devine miss mommy is giving away this book by charles grodin (yes, actor and humorist you have see on tv).
How I Got to Be Whoever It Is I Am

as i enjoy his sense of humor, i would love to win this giveaway. if you too are interested, check out her site and join in.

I won a gift card from ecostore usa

Ecostore USA Review and Gift Card Giveaway!

Ecostore USA is an extension of a New Zealand based company that makes plant based, non-toxic products that include personal and baby care use and household cleaning.
this was at Valerie Gay's blog, moms living fit. you ought to check her site out. and ecostore usa, too.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


the following is lifted directly from shepherd susie's blog. follow on her site.

A few weeks ago I had a yarn giveaway on this blog. To enter, readers leave a comment telling me why they should win. I thought it would be fun to see what silly reasons people gave, but the entries damn-near broke my heart.

I got lots and lots of comments from knitters who’d been out of work for months, laid off due to the state of the economy. Others were in college or grad school and just couldn’t afford yarn and text books. One or two were single moms trying to hold it all together.

To a knitter, there is nothing worse than not having yarn. Wait, that’s not true. The death of a loved one is worse. Eviction is worse. Not knowing how your going to feed your kid is worse. But knitting is a small comfort that can help make all those other things slightly more bearable.

I had a seed of an idea and I took it to my ravelry group to see what they thought. As always, I was humbled by their generosity and kindness. As a group, we came up with Yarn Storming.


We’re collecting un-wanted stash yarn and sending it out anonymously to people who can use it. Shareholder Nancy Pope has graciously agreed to organize this project. (Nancy and her family are very dear to me; they are very positive and always willing to pitch in and help. I wish they were my next-door neighbors. In fact, I wish they were everybody’s next-door-neighbors. The world needs a whole lot more of them.)

Secret Agent Nancy is also collecting names (and addresses if you have them) of people you think could use a little yarn love in their mailbox. If you don’t have an address but you have an email, Nancy will email the person on some pretext and get their mailing address.

Along with the yarn, the recipient will receive the ridiculously awesome yarn storming logo above, created by our dear Secret Agent Lisa. (The world needs more Lisas, too.)

If you’d like to become a Yarn Storming Secret Agent, send an email to yarnstorming AT fiberfarm DOT com. If you have stash you’d like to donate to brighten someone’s day, just ask Special Agent Nancy for the mailing address to send it to. Use the same address to submit the name of someone who needs Yarn Storming.

EDITED TO ADD: Yarn Storming now has a ravelry group of it’s very own!

P.S. Spinners are included in this project. Please feel free to donate spinning stash and to nominate spinners as well.

P.P.S As this project grows, we’ll be needing more help to keep it organized. If you’d like to volunteer just shoot us an email at the address above.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

knit picks is having a good sale

especially if you want books. books are 40% off! this is dangerous to me as you know how much i love their books. so head on over to knit picks and see what you can't resist...or not if you are as sesptible as i.

i won michael connelly's the scarecrow

i do so love books. this one looks like a good one. it's catagorized as a suspensful thriller.

i was not the orignal winner (was sad when i wasn't). the orignal winner did not response back in the requied time limit. i was next up.

there is a lesson here. 1) don't give up. 2) as soon as you see anywhere that you won, respond to the giverer with a thank you and your information so it can be shipped quickly.


is the site you should visit if you too want to be a winner. val posts contests constantly! good ones too! so if you want a chance to be a winner of a book or something else, check her site out. and soon! you know i am going to be there trying to win too! just click on her name and you will be there.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I won a bracelet

UPDATE: o my. readers this bracelet is even prettier than the picture! the pink is really more mauvey and it fits so well. that little leaf make the clasp almost disappear. so wendi winn and musettemade, many many thanks and i will be visiting you both!

look at what i won!!! isn't it beautiful??? it was her "giveaway 9". o, who is her? it's wendi winn! go see what she is going to do next.

o, and if you think this is as pretty as i do, go visit musettemade. it is from her etsy store. just click on her name and you can go see all her pretties!

yep, they both are my "greatest american heros".

see this gorgeous bracelet. you like it. i know you do. well. i'm about to be your greatest american hero because...

i won some of miss becca designs

want to see more of what she designs? go here! want to see where i entered? got to phat fiber sample box. you don't know what all you can win there! all you have to do is enter!

i won some weleda skin food

I am also constantly battling dry skin on my face. I don't tend to breakout much but the constant scratching of my forehead is a little bothersome at times. Weleda offers a product named Skin Food which I really enjoy. It's great for hands, feet, knees and elbows. If you suffer from dry skin anywhere on your body this is the answer. There is not a strong odor so men would really be able to use this as well. It contains fatty acids, vitamin E, and organic sunflower seed oil. It also is packed with rosemary leaf extract’s which work as a mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of Biodynamic and organic calendula flower extract.

that is what green organic diet said in her posting. with that paragraph, i had to enter. thank you green organic diet! she posts lots of good things. go visit and see for yourself.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

want to go to a party?

Mommy? I'm Hungry! Blogoversary Party!
it is going to be fun and there are prizes and everything!!! so click here and go party!

update it is fun and it goes thru the 27th so go visit and visit daily!

hey, 5 days to go! have you visited yet. i have!! all three day! try it, you might like it!!!

i forgot to acknowledge i won

Albolene and You ? no, and ME! because i won it!
and i forgot to tell everyone! jenn, please forgive me!!! go visit her site so you can meet and maybe win something from her.

I won at sogkonniteliving

....can you believe this is coming to my house???? from kristin. he brother took it. anyone who knows me knows i love sunsets and sunrises and photography. i scared the dogs with my yelp (dh was out of the house at the time).

she is one very nice lady so you should visit her! just click on her name and you will be there!

I won from my four monkeys

My Four Monkeys
The winner of the StoryTots giveaway is: HODGEPODGESPV! Congratulations!

it will have the child's name...a personalized book. is that cool or what!!!

wonderful little kid's story

i found on another blog but had to share!

Heard from Charlotte….

Posted: 19 Jun 2009 01:11 PM PDT

“Mommy.” “Yes, baby.” “Mommy, I was in your stomach.” “Yes, baby, you were.” “Mommy, when I was in your stomach, I saw your heart. And it loves me.” Never were truer words spoken. ~trisha Share and Enjoy:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Question of the day

If you had 5000 dollars to give away or donate to a charity...explain what you would do with it and why?

there are so many charities for so many thing that are all good and nobel and deserving of my support. that said, if i had that much money to donate, i think i would donate it aspca via my vet's office.

money is so tight today. people who dearly love their critters are having to give them up. feeding themselves and/or families, has to be priority one. this has resulted in more animals being put into shelters. those animals need support until they can be adopted. when the economy picks up, people will want to replace the animals had to give away.

why via my vet's office? i know he will make sure it get into the right hands.

i am a winner

Val's Views

The Natural Dentist giveaway from valsviews today.

norman pharephant

Norman Phartephant the elephant plush toy #giveaway

June 15, 2009 · Filed Under giveaway

Norman PhartEphant came to live in our home a few weeks ago and has been sharing his flatulence with my family causing all kinds of raucous in our house. My son thinks this is the sound an Elephant is supposed to make. He knows how to sign the elephant so he signs it and copies the farty sound.

if you think he looks cute, go mom start and find out how you can win one!

virgin coconut oil


This is what MomStart had to say when she got the sample and cookbook...says it is a winner!y Story with Virgin Coconut Oil.

Tropical Traditions sent me a jar of virgin coconut oil. I have had time to use it in a recipe of my own, but they did also provide me with a book of recipes and information about Virgin Coconut Oil. I haven’t even begun to delve into the book but I will tell you about my cooking experience.

I like to make a recipe called Chicken Curry and Coos Coos. We usually use Coconut milk but I was out and I had this jar of Coconut Oil. My husband had already put the idea in my head so I proceeded to use the oil.

click her name, to read the rest of her comments. you'll want to enter after that!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

i won a journal


"Ex Libris Anonymous (ELA) journals are one of a kind and are made from recycled books of all shapes & sizes. Each book is filled with about 75 sheets of of acid-free blank paper. These books can be used as journals or sketch books or to record household expenses. The uses are endless!" says ms modern. you should go check her out! she really does like to give things away!

I won “Welcome to Canada, Science (Tiger), how cool it that!

i love funky cute clothes

Summer in Sydney
so i have to point you guys to a giveaway at the funky monkey. i mean, looking at this picture, don't you just want to see all? so click on her name and go see what you can win for some little girl.

frugalmommyof2girls giveaway

a pretty nice giveaway here if this makes you interested.

The Giveaway: just be giveaway

Each tee in the organic line is made from super soft ring spun 100% certified organic cotton made in the USA. All tees are printed with water-based inks so it's good for the environment.

there are some really lovely tees in this give! away so go look The Giveaway: just be giveaway

what is "nopoo"

if you'r like me, you had to find out. but i am going to let dkmommyspot tell you about it herself! she is now on day 12. read the comments of others too. (click on her name to read.) and go here for day 12 of her experiment. i really love the comments on these.
It is true.  I do have a natural mane.
she is now on week three and has and update here. it sure makes one think!

when your blog roller stops, hang in there

there are a limited number of buttons you can up into a roller before it stops. and it might even screw up the button behind where you input the new button code/text.

so i now have 3 rollers. the top 2 are constistent giveaway buttons (ga). the 3rd button is for estsy buttons, yarn buttons, and recipe buttons.

i like the buttons because i can get to them faster (as can ga bloggers who want to get to them too). and i think it makes the blog cleaner.

tout-est-des-roses: Happy Green Bee Company-- Review and GIVEAWAY!

isn't this the cutest? don't your love fun clothes? go check them out

tout-est-des-roses: Happy Green Bee Company-- Review and GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

knitting jewelry?

kintters love dual purpose jewelry. a ravelry friend introduced me a new piece via a give away (no, i did not win). leslie wind is a knitter, a crocheter, and a maker of great jewelry!

but i had to show it to you. isn't i beautiful? this is it:

Cable Needle Necklaces™

The Heart Cable Needle Necklace™ measure about 2" high by about 2 1/2 wide. The sterling heart is slightly less than an inch including the loop for hanging.

The Sheep and The Cat measure aprox. 2" long X 2 1/2" wide. The sheep and cat are sterling and cut out by hand so each is unique. The needle is bronze and is between a #2 and #3 size due to the hammering.

Engraving of a short message on the back is free. Each Cable Needle Necklace™ comes with its own silk pouch and a 36" black leather cord.

i love this...and if you want to give me a present... (how's that for a subtle hint). i promise to do nothing that does not have cables in it!

so where can you find it? here

yarn sale
my friend sandra singh is having a yarn sale!! it's a great site and she is a class lady who is really helpful for those who want it...translate to good customer service.

Summer Savings 10-30% Off Your Favorite Yarns

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Schaefer - Laurel Free Pattern with PurchaseWendy Peter Pan - Velvet Touch

Lorna's Laces - Grace

La Lana Wools - Streakers
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Plus 10% Off any Yarn that is Not on Sale with Coupon Code: june01 Offer not valid for La Lana Wools' yarn & kits or combined with any other sales.

Monday, June 15, 2009

travel to san antonio

i love the alamo city so start here and then read on my friends as you make your summer travel plans.

travel to san antonio (wineries?)

ok, we have wine near here in grapevine and out near lubbock. but did you know about the texas wine trail? well, go check it out here! (hey knitters - there is a sort of yarn/fiber trail around there too. two favs ~ wine and yarn)

travel to san antonio (the parks)

There are 18 listings for Parks.

Image of Brackenridge Park

Brackenridge Park (sandy loves!)

3910 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78212

Phone: (210) 736-9534

San Antonio's Brackenridge Park is 343-acres and was created from land donated to the City of San Antonio in 1899. It houses the San Antonio Zoo and the Brackenridge Eagle miniature train...

Image of Casa Navarro State Historic Site

Casa Navarro State Historic Site (a place i missed? next trip!)

228 S. Laredo St., San Antonio, TX 78207

Phone: (210) 226-4801 / Fax: (210) 226-4801

Casa Navarro is nestled in downtown San Antonio. The half-acre site is the restored home of Texas patriot José Antonio Navarro (1795 - 1871). Today, visitors can tour Navarro's adobe home...

Choke Canyon State Park (missed this too but the area is so beautiful...i gotta get back)

PO BOX 2, Calliham, TX 78007

Phone: 361-786-3868 / Fax: 3617863414

Enjoy birding or viewing a breeding population of alligators and many species of wildlife. Fish include sunfish, catfish, bass, carp, drum, and gar. Camping picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking and a...

Image of Dog Parks

Dog Parks (did need them when i lived there a hundred years ago)

4700 Old Pearsall Rd, San Antonio, TX 78242

Phone: (210) 207-6141

An abundance of fire hydrants. Water fountains just off the ground. It s a dog s dream now available at two city parks: Pearsall Park, 4700 Old Pearsall Road, and the newly completed McAllister Park ...

Eisenhower Park (i don't remember this one but, you know me)

19399 N.W. Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78257

Phone: 210-564-6400

Five miles of trails for hiking, jogging, and nature study. 320 acres of Texas Hill Country landscape, including wooded dry creek beds and rocky canyons. Barbeque and picnic facilities are available....

Friedrich Wilderness Park (note the handicapped trails!!)

21395 Milsa, San Antonio, TX 78256

Phone: 210-698-1057

This 232-acre hilly and heavily forested wilderness park has 5 miles of hiking trails (including the region' s most improved handicapped trail). It is a neighbor to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and is loc...

Government Canyon State Natural Area (another pretty area...don't forget to bring your camera)

12861 Galm Rd, San Antonio, TX 78254

Phone: (210) 688-9055 (210) 688-9055

Government Canyon State Natural Area is an approximately 8,622-acre area in Bexar County, just outside San Antonio. The canyon was on the "Joe Johnston" Road from San Antonio to Bandera which was bla...

HemisFair Park (it's cool...not my fav but it's cool)

200 S. Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78205

Built to host the 1968 World's Fair, the parks lushly landscaped areas and dramatic, cascading waterfalls offer a refreshing retreat from city streets. The park houses several historic buildings, a p...

Image of Japanese Tea Garden

Japanese Tea Garden (my fav)

3853 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78212

Phone: 210-207-7275

The Japanese Tea Gardens, adjacent to the Sunken Garden Theater in Brackenridge Park, features beautiful floral displays, a waterfall and a safe habitat for new Koi and aquatic plants. It is an extra...

Main Plaza (don't miss it)

115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: (210) 225-9800

San Antonio's historic Main Plaza, at the heart of the city, dates back to the early 1700s. The city lovingly restored it in spring of 2008. This innovative public space, with huge trees, bubbling...

Mitchell Lake (think of what it was like way back when)

10750 Pleasanton Rd, San Antonio, TX 78221

Phone: (210) 628-1639

Mitchell Lake is a 624-acre complex has a mixture of brushland, grassland, mud flats, shallow ponds, deep ponds, and a deep water lake. The lake is positioned on a natural migratory bird route and se...

Image of River Walk (Paseo Del Rio)

River Walk (Paseo Del Rio) (another fav)

110 Broadway, Suite 440, San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: (210) 227-4262 / Fax: (210) 212-7602

20 feet below street level and steps from the famed Alamo, the Paseo del Rio, better known as the River Walk, awaits you. Aside the meandering San Antonio River, stone pathways connect shops, restaur...

Image of San Antonio Botanical Garden

San Antonio Botanical Garden (and another don't miss)

555 Funston, San Antonio, TX 78209

Phone: (210) 207-3250 / Fax: (210) 207-3274

This 33-acre living museum entices visitors with seasonal floral displays, a serene native forest walk, exotic plant specimens from around the world, modernistic glass pyramids and even an authentic ...

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (you know i love this)

2202 Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78210

Phone: (210) 534-8833 / Fax: (210) 534-1106

The chain of missions established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century is a reminder of one of Spain's most successful attempts to extend its New World dominion from Mexico. Representing...

San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department

Phone: 210-207-PARK

The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department operates the City's recreational and cultural programs and maintains 212 City-owned parks including swimming pools, gymnasiums, cemeteries, sports faci...

Image of San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo (one of my top 5 zoos in the world and old enough to have lots of shade trees)

3903 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78212

Phone: (210) 734-7184 / Fax: (210) 734-7291

The San Antonio Zoo is ranked as one of the best zoos in the nation exhibiting over 3,500 animals of 600 species. Located at the headwaters of the San Antonio River, the Zoo encompasses 35 landscaped...

San Pedro Springs Park (a don't miss)

1315 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX

Phone: (210) 207-PARK

Full of rich history, San Pedro Park is San Antonio's oldest park and the second oldest park in the United States behind Boston Common. It's a beautiful place for a family event or nice afternoon str...

Woodlawn Lake (this was after my time)

1103 Cincinnati, San Antonio, 78201

Phone: 210-207-7275

Woodlawn Lake Park is a beautiful 62-acre facility located just northwest of downtown. A city park since 1918, Woodlawn features an artificial lake of about 30 acres in size. It's popular with walker...

taken from online sorce.