Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tropical Traditions Soap Giveaway

There's nothing better than a nice bar of soap. Tropical Traditions makes a variety of soaps from organic virgin coconut oil with essential oils added. Why would I tell you this on my garden blog?


Well, here's is what I discovered. One of the bars is scented with essential Tea Tree oil. Tea tree is a natural insect repellent; it repels mosquitoes, fleas, black flies, ticks, and noseeums. I discovered that if I showered with this soap before going out in my garden, I was much more comfortable. The mosquito slapping was gone, and that's a relief. I could concentrate on deadheading my daylilies. Tea Tree also is said to soothe bites and stings and has analgesic qualities so it works as a pain killer. I think it would do well to shower after working in the garden, also.


These Tropical Traditions bars of soap create a surprising lather, thick and rich. I think this is pretty unusual for herbal soaps. I tried the lavender bar soap for my daily hand use and love the scent -- I've always been partial to lavender anyway. I've never used a shampoo bar before, and I'm quite surprised at how much I like it. It too lathers up nicely and rinses easily. The soap bar does not fade your haircolor, and as far as I'm concerned that's a very good thing. It has a gentle natural patchouli scent which I like but it reminds me of another "herb" that I don't really want people to associate with me. I'll have to wait to see if I get any reactions.

Tropical Traditions is offering to give 4 bars of soap to one winner; one Tea Tree, one Lavender, one Unscented, and one Shampoo. This wonderful grouping retails for approximately $28! So get in here and enter! Here's how.


1. Leave a comment after visiting the Tropical Traditions web site about something new you learned there..
 
2. For a second chance to win, sign up as an e-mail subscriber with Feedburner, Feed Blitz, or become a Google Follower (see sidebar.) Then leave a second comment telling me you have subscribed or that you are already a subscriber.
If you subscribe in more than one way, leave a separate comment for each.
 
3. For a third chance to win, blog or Tweet about this contest with a link here, then come back and leave another comment telling me about it.
 
4. For a fourth chance to win, subscribe to the Tropical Traditions Sales Newsletter, then come back and tell me that you have done that.
 
5. If you're not a blogger, be sure to leave your contact e-mail address like this to avoid spammers: pianananna(at)gmail(dot)com. If I don't have a way to reach you or you don't respond in three days, your name will be disqualified, and I will choose again, picking my favorite answer.

6. Hositng a giveaway yourself? Enter it on my Giveaway Linky found in the top bar, come back and tell me about it for another chance to win!
Good Luck!!
 
Open to US and Canada residents only, 18+.
Winners will be chosen by random.org.
Email addresses will not be shared with any third parties.
This Giveaway ends on July 19, 2010 at midnight EDT.
Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose; nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
 
 
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

My New Colander



Yes, I got a new Stainless Steel Colander. It's so beautiful that I couldn't wait to tell someone about it. (All of my local friends are busy.)
Here it is shown getting ready to help me with supper. I'll rinse some fresh cut chives for my baked potatoes, some lemon balm for the iced tea, and later we'll have some home-made mojitos using my very own mint! It's looking like a very relaxing evening is ahead.

I've been needing a new colander for a long time now. Since this house is 103 years old, everything was based around antiques; therefore, even my colander was a blue porcelain antique. But now new times are coming, and I am going quite modern. Shocking, isn't it?

I've become quite a fan of stainless and this colander is perfect -- so shiny and new.
It's a 3-qt.made by All-Clad. I wish you could feel it to see the quality and the weight of it. I found it at the CSN Stores.com, and it's is one of the nicest things I've purchased for myself. I've been treating my self quite a lot lately, and guess what? I don't even feel guilty. I guess that is one of the good things to getting a little older.

I think I'll thoroughly enjoy using my colander for garden produce and herbs, and it looks gorgeous hanging on the wall.
What shape is your colander in? I'd like to hear about it.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tiger Lily Wildflowers



My latest stroll through the woods brought me this great surprise. These beautiful tiger lilies were in a neighboring park growing along the edge of the woods. I've often seen them after they had bloomed or were already beginning to fade, but this time I caught them in all of their glory.

They proudly displayed their lovely spots and stamens.


It was truly a wonderful day; not only because of the flowers but because it also included a walk with my sweet four-year-old grandson. In my opinion, he is the truest wonder of all.

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