Thursday, October 29, 2009

I'm Cuckoo for Coconut-Tropical Traditions Coconut that is

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 7:15 PM 128 comments
Awhile ago I did a review about Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions. Well they allowed me to do another review about their wonderful Coconut Chips. I received a gallon jug of Coconut Chips. 100% natural Coconut chips are made from organic dried coconuts from the Philippines. They are also grown without pesticides and fertilizers and are not sweetened, and contain no additives or preservatives. You can use them for many things, there are many recipes they can be used in. There is also a page with coconut recipes. I used them in Trail mix which consisted of: chex raisins pecans granola sunflower seeds pretzels I also used them in dried fruit which consisted of: dried banana chips dried apricots dried cranberries dried papaya dried chunks of pineapple I actually make two different bowls because I don't really like apricots. We put them on top of cereal, I made a coconut cake and sprinkled the top with them. But the most interesting thing we do with the coconut chips is throw them in the coffee grinder with chocolate coffee beans and grind it all together and make coffee that tastes like a Mounds Bar. Delicious. It also says you can eat them alone as a snack, but I wasn't real thrilled by that. I preferred mine with something else. But that is my taste. They also have cleaning products, skin care products, and pet products. Tropical Traditions is giving away a Gallon of Coconut Chips to one of lucky readers. All you have to do is visit Tropical Traditions and choose a product you would like to try and return and post here on my blog. (THIS IS MANDATORY) EXTRA ENTRIES: Follow my Blog Blog about this giveaway and link to Tropical Traditions and me and leave the URL Follow me on Twitter: Tweet this giveaway and return with the URL Grab my button Be my friend on Facebook: Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter: Subscribe to Tropical Traditions email Sales Newsletter here: Giveaway is open to Continental US & Canada Giveaway Ends: Nov. 15th Please leave a way for me to contact you in your post Winner has 48 hours to contact me with mailing information or will have to forfeit and another winner will be chosen. , , & Blogging WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN AND CONTACTED! Winner was chosen by randomizer.(#90)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What a Small World After all-Los Lobos Goes Disney.

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 11:26 AM 6 comments
I was contacted by Elissa from the Music Marketing Company Total Assualt and she asked if I would be willing to review the new Los Lobos Going to Disney CD and write a little something on my blog. I agreed. She is also offering a giveaway of One CD to a lucky reader. Now when I was contacted I thought it may be a little weird Los Lobos singing Disney, but I have to tell you, it's a great CD and I will be copying it to my iPod. It has all my favorite Disney songs, with a little Mexican twist. You really have to hear it to appreciate it. It actually came out in stores yesterday 10/27/09. Here are the songs that are on it:
  1. Heigh-Ho - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  2. I Wan'na Be Like You - The Jungle Book
  3. Not in Nottingham - Robin Hood
  4. The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room - The Enchanted Tiki Room
  5. Grim Grinning Ghosts - Haunted Mansion
  6. I Will Go Sailing No More - Toy Story
  7. The Ugly Bug Ball - Summer Magic
  8. Cruella De Vil - 101 Dalmations
  9. Bella Notte - Lady and the Tramp
  10. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Song of the South
  11. The Bare Necessities - The Jungle Book
  12. Oo-De-Lally - Robin Hood
  13. When You Wish Upon a Star/It's a Small World - Pinocchio/It's a Small World
Since they are giving me a CD to giveaway I would like you to post what your favorite Disney Movie is: (This will be Mandatory). EXTRA ENTRIES: Follow My Blog Blog about the Giveaway and post here with the URL. Follow me on Twitter: Tweet the Giveaway and post here with the URL Grab My Button Giveaway open to the Continental US Giveaway Ends: Nov. 11th Please leave a way for me to contact you in your post. Follow Mandatory Rules or you will be DISQUALIFIED. GIVEAWAY CLOSED AND WINNER CONTACTED! ,,& Blogging

Monday, October 26, 2009

Chic Moderne Review and Giveaway

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 2:48 PM 58 comments
About a month ago I was looking around on the Blog Friendly PR and came across this website Chic Moderne. So I went to the website to look around and decided I would contact them to see if the were interested in a Review and Giveaway. I emailed Patti and she very kindly answered my email and agreed to a Review and Giveaway. She sent me one of their Hand-Milled French soaps. I received the Lemongrass. Now I'm not usually a big fan of fruity scents. I use like Cucumber Melon soap, which does have some fruit but also the Cucumber to cut down on the fruity smell. I received the box in the mail and didn't smell any strong fruity smell through the box. I opened the box and took the round shaped bar of soap out and all I could smell was a light lemony scent. Nothing too strong. I was happy. I showered with it the following day and lathered up with it and all I could smell was a very light lemony smell. I liked it. These soaps are handcrafted in Province, and triple milled with shea butter. Chic Moderne not only sells soaps they sell Briefcases, Handbags, Portfolios, Notebooks, Small Accessories, and even All Natural Austrian Candles. Chic Moderne is offering a giveaway of one of their Hand-Milled French Soaps to one of my readers. Here are the scents she has: Verbena, Honey, Almond, and French Cologne. It will be your choice. All you have to do is visit the Chic Moderne Website and choose a product you would like to try then return to my blog and post it there. (You must do this or you will be disqualified). EXTRA ENTRIES: Follow My Blog Blog about the giveaway linking it to Chic Moderne and me and return with the URL. Follow me on Twitter: Tweet the giveaway and return with the URL. ( this can be done daily) Grab My Button Giveaway Open to the Continental US Only Giveaway Ends Nov. 9th Please leave a way for me to contact you in your post. GIVEAWAY CLOSED AND WINNER CONTACTED! KATE WAS THE WINNER LET'S GIVE HER A BIG CONGRATS! ,♥,& Blogging

Friday, October 23, 2009

I'm a Domain Owner

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 11:26 PM 3 comments
That's right, I did it. I purchased my own Domain. It is now- No more Blogspot. I like it, I feel very independent and more Professional. So PR reps. I am ready. Please copy down my new address so you will be able to find me as I don't want to lose any of my faithful followers. It feels like I just bought a home, only a lot cheaper. lol Feel free to look around, enter my giveaways, and please leave me some comments. Have fun.

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Pssst Here's a Cool New Website:

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 4:20 PM 2 comments

The great people from Pssst sent me this email with info on this great new web site. It's called They have recipes, coupons and you can add your own recipes to the list. Please check it out and tell your friends. You won't be sorry, now git....go.... check it out.....
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Giveaway from Mommys a Waitress

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 12:47 PM 0 comments
RMommys a Waitress is having a giveaway for: ONE WINNER IS GOING TO WIN: 1 PACKAGE OF THE SEASONED HICKORY BBQ MEDUIM SKEWERS AND 1 BOTTLE OF THE 3.7 OZ GARLIC HERB SEASONED SALTS. Please visit Mommys A Waitress and enter to win. Go now before it's too late! Here are a few pictures of what you can win! GOOD LUCK! NOW GO!

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dolce & Gabana Light Blue

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 1:49 PM 217 comments
When I think of Dolce & Gabana I think of class, and when I think Of Dolce & Gabana Light Blue I think of not only class but also beauty . I LOVE this scent, it makes you feel beautiful and sexy. You have to try it. It's not too strong, not too light, it's just perfect. I only wear a few perfumes. I wear Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise, Marc Jacobs Daisy, and now this Dolce & Gabana Light Blue. It's my new favorite. I was lucky enough to try the D & G Light Blue because the great people at allowed me to review it. They sent me a 3.4 oz bottle of the EDT Spray. It's a mixture of rose, musk, apple, and jasmine. When you put them all together you get comfort in a bottle. It has a such a calming effect and makes you feel sexy. I sometimes have trouble smelling scents on me after a few hours but not this, it lasted I would say about 5 or 6 hours. I got many compliments when I wore it, and there is some satisfaction when I can tell someone I am wearing Dolce & Gabana. You feel classy. not only sells perfumes they sell skin care, make up, hair products, candles, and aromatherapy products. offers free shipping on US orders over $70.00. They also have a coupon list you can join. They are also running a giveaway for a $250.00 shopping spree. You can reach all of these from the home page, they are pop-ups. Now the retail price of this is about $80.00, but you can get it at for about $65.00. or one of my readers can win a bottle. All you have to do is visit and choose the scent you would like to try and the year the perfume was introduced, it's listed right on the page of the perfume of your choice. (MANDATORY) EXTRA ENTRIES: Follow my Blog Blog about the giveaway and link to and me and return and leave the URL. Follow me on Twitter: Tweet the giveaway Grab my button Join's coupon list Enter's Giveaway Giveaway open to the Continental US only Giveaway ends Oct. 31st Please leave a way for me to contact you in your post Winner has 48 hours to respond or the prize is forfeited and another winner will be chosen. FOLLOW THE MANDATORY RULES (OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED) GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED AND WINNER CONTACTED. THE WINNER IS SHARON LET'S GIVE A BIG CONGRATS TO HER! ,,& Blogging

Let's Spice It Up

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 12:21 PM 0 comments
About a month ago the lovely ladies at TSP Spices agreed to send me a can from their Holiday Sets of Organic Spices. They have several to choose from and I chose the Bird in Hand which included 12 one teaspoon packets of organic herbs such as: Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, and Marjoram. The main thing I want to say about these spices is they are Fresh with no additives or fillers! You can taste the vibrant fresh spice taste on whatever you use them on. The one teaspoon packets are a perfect size to spice up any kitchen and come in tins that protect the spices from light and air and keep them fresh. When you're finished with the spices, you can use the cans to keep collectibles, small items, or they can be recycled. We used the spices on several different food items to see how they would taste. We tried the Thyme on chicken, and it was so fresh and you could actually taste the Thyme with each bite of chicken. We also made a Pork Tenderloin and used a little of each spice on that. It was delicious. You could taste the distinct taste of each spice. Now we normally buy the fresh spices at the supermarket that are kept in the produce section and love them. However the TSP Spices are fresher than any spices we have ever purchased there. We also tried the spices on steak. I won't use anything else now. I will be purchasing my spices from TSP Spices. A little about the ladies from TSP Spices from their website: We are a couple of Southern girls who wandered north, established careers, married and became moms. We met and discovered shared passions for absorbing work, creative challenges and good mayonnaise on a ripe tomato. Each of us had accomplished careers – Katie as an art historian and museum curator and Sara as an editor and columnist for daily newspapers. But we found ourselves at turning points. Conversations and ideas built on one another and soon, like a couple of 15th century explorers, we had visions of spices dancing in our heads. Ours were not of camel caravans or full-masted ships sailing uncharted seas. We dreamed instead of orderly supplies of spices bursting with flavor rather than wasting away in the back of the cabinet. They also have a blog with delicious recipes, check it out: TSP Blog. You can order your own either individual spices or collections at TSP Spices ,,& Blogging

Small Talk Six Saturdays-Gimme Some Sugar

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 10:54 AM 5 comments
Today's Topic Is: Six of Your Favorite Sweet Treats Now I don't eat a lot of sweets anymore, I used to before I went through Chemo but now I just don't have the cravings as much. Some of my favorites used to be/are: 1) Peanut Butter Cups....YUM 2) Chocolate Cake....Isn't your mouth watering??? 3) Coffee Cake...I have a weakness for Coffee Cake. 4) Pineapple Upside Down Cake....I could eat this everyday. 5) Fudge Brownies...who's running to bake some now?? 6) Apple Crisp...I am so hungry now. lol Well that's it, my favorites. I really think I should make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake today.....hmm, be back later! ,,& Blogging

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Aloha! Best Coffee EVER Review & Giveaway

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 12:07 PM 183 comments
I love Coffee. I mostly love flavored coffees. I was surfing around and came across the Coffee Store website and decided I would contact them to see if they would let me review their coffee and offer a giveaway and they agreed. I impatiently waited for the delivery of the coffee after reading all the testimonials on their website Then finally, I heard the truck, peeked out the window and saw Mr. Fedex drop a package at my front door and I knew, I could just smell the delicious coffee through the front door. I opened the door and literally ripped into the package and 3 80z packages of the BEST smelling coffee EVER, fell out. Now we always have a big mug of coffee in the morning and also with dinner and it was about 2 hours before dinner and I was getting so excited trying to decide which coffee I would try first. The flavors I received were (you better sit down for this) Banana Nut Cream(heavenly), Coconut Cream(just like biting into a Coconut Cream pie) and Kona Fancy(unbelievable taste). Two flavored and one not, but the Kona Fancy is a high-end 100% Kona coffee, one of the finest Hawaii has to offer. We tried the Kona Fancy first. It was the most unbelievably rich, roasted coffee taste you will ever experience. My mouth is watering as I type this. My kitchen smelled like a coffee shop. I'm serious, I can't say enough about the Kona Fancy coffee. The next morning we had the Banana Nut coffee and it was amazing. It tasted like you were biting into a piece of Banana Nut Cake or Cheesecake. Then that evening for dinner we had the Coconut Cream (my personal favorite) and it was like taking a piece of Coconut Cream Pie and blending it up in a blender and pouring it in a glass and drinking it. Now for the best part, The Coffee Store is giving 2 of my readers 3 80z bags of the flavored coffee for themselves to enjoy. All you have to do is visit The Coffee Store and choose the kind of coffee you would like to try and also tell me something you learned about The Coffee Store. (THIS IS MANDATORY) Extra Entries: Follow my Blog Blog about this giveaway and link to The Coffee Store and me and return with the URL. Follow me on Twitter: Tweet this giveaway Sign up for the Coffee Store Newsletter: Become a fan on facebook: Giveaway for Continental US only Giveaway ends: Oct. 31st Please leave a way for me to contact you in your post PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE MANDATORY RULES GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED, WINNER CONTACTED ,,& Blogging

New Awards!

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 11:47 AM 2 comments
Sorry I haven't been posting the last few days, but I had my Med Port removed and have been a little sore. But now I'm back, and found out I received 2 more awards! I feel very honored and want to send a big Thank You to Stacie from Super Mommy to the Rescue! It really means a lot to me ♥ Have a great day all!

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Wrapped in Love-DreamSacks Review & Giveaway

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 1:26 PM 73 comments
If you are a faithful reader of my blog then you know I have had some issues with hot flashes from early menopause and hot flashes from the Chemotherapy drugs. We have this huge, pretty heavy comforter on the bed, which Gary loves as he gets cold a lot, and I end up throwing off me about 25 times a night. So I had been looking for a lighter blanket for me to use, something that will keep me warm when needed, but cool when needed. Is there such a blanket? I looked and looked and finally came across this website called "Dream Sacks" and started perusing through their products and there it was.....The blanket I had been looking for. The Bamboo Dreams Woven Blanket. So I contacted them to see if they would be interested in allowing me to review the blanket and they very kindly said yes. So I was sent the blanket to keep and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Here is a little info about it from the website: Feel good about what you cozy up close to your body. Enjoy a sumptuously soft woven blanket.

100% Viscose from Bamboo Pesticide free and made from a sustainable and renewable resource.

Box weave.

White, Blue Moon, Green Tea, Maize

Throw (WBRW900) 52”x72” - $75.00 Queen (WBQ900) 94”x98” - $155.00 King (WBK900) 108”x98” - $185.00

Machine wash and dry.

It is so soft and warm, yet cool. It's an unbelievably comfortable snuggle blanket. I am actually sitting here typing all wrapped up in it. I LOVE it!

They also sell Men's, Women's and Babies clothing, Bath Towels, and Accessories like scarves, hats, beach towels, etc. You should definitely visit their site and see for yourself.

You should also visit their Blog if you're interested in "Going Green", lots of tips there.

Please visit their website and click on About Us and the click on Our Story read their truly amazing story.

I love my very comfortable blanket, it's not too hot, not too cool. Just perfect. Gary can get comfy with the the comforter and I have my blanket and everyone sleeps comfortably.

Well DreamSacks wants to give one of my lucky readers a DreamNaturally Jewelery Roll in Cielo or Lilac, you get to choose!

All you have to do to win this lovely Jewelery roll is visit DreamSacks and choose a product you would like to try and tell me one thing you do to make you home "green". (THIS IS MANDATORY)!! Extra Entries: Follow my Blog Blog about the Giveaway and link back to DreamSacks and me and leave URL Follow me on Twitter: Tweet the Giveaway and return with the URL. Sign Up for DreamSacks Newsletter Subscribe to DreamSacks Blog Request a Dreamsacks Catalog Giveaway Open to Continental US only Giveaway will end: Oct. 19th Please leave a way for me to reach you in your post Winner has 48 hours to respond or the prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen GIVEAWAY IS OVER, WINNER HAS BEEN CONTACTED! ,,& Blogging

Sunday, October 04, 2009

My Very First Award

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 11:47 AM 3 comments
I didn't really know anything about rewards until I received one to day. YEAH! Super Mommy To The Rescue left me a comment on my Blog that I received an award. I was like hmm, what could that be. So I visited her website and there it was the Lemonade Stand Award, right under Sunday Awards. It's for Blogs with Great Attitude or Gratitude. So you can imagine my surprise when I found out I got one for showing Gratitude in the things I have been through. Thanks Super Mommy to the Rescue. I'm very touched. Here's my award:
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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Small Talk Six Saturdays-Oh Shhhhhhugar

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 1:03 PM 9 comments
Small Talk six-Oh No You Didn't! (6 things you wouldn't want your children to repeat) Well Since my children are all grown, I guess this is 6 things I wouldn't want my grandchildren to repeat. 1) Well since they are no kids around most of the time, I do have a problem with the *F* Bomb. 2) Get off my ass, you dick (hollering at people that are driving to close to me) 3) Just kill me now (when I'm having a bad day) 4) Look at that Hoochie Mama (going through the prostitution section of DC) 5) Look at this asshole( Watching someone trying to park) 6) They never have a Goddamn thing that I want (At the grocery store) Wow I really need to clean up my language. Sheesh, small kids or not. ,,& Blogging

Friday, October 02, 2009

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Ellie Pongratz at 10:29 AM 0 comments
Its so ironic. This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am getting my Med Port Removed (finally) next Friday on the 9th., then my Mammogram on Thursday the 15th. Scary month. I really hate to get that mammogram, as I am petrified. Is that something I am going to feel each time? It's amazing how you can get other illnesses like Rheumatoid Arthritis and not have the same dire fear about your future. I have moderate Rheumatoid Arthritis and some days can't get out of bed, but I am not petrified to get my routine tests for that. Breast Cancer is a very scary thing, as it can creep up on you without your even knowing it.

An estimated 192,370 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009
An estimate 2.5 million living in the United States have a history of Breast Cancer.
In 2009 an estimated 440 men will die fro Breast Cancer.
One out of eight American women who live to be 85 years of age will develop breast cancer, a risk that was one out of 14 in 1960.

Here are some websites about Breast Cancer that I found helpful. They will help financially They will help financially They will help with co-pay reimbursement

Please, if you're diagnosed with Breast Cancer, ask questions, do research. It's tough financially. If Gary's parents weren't there to pay my monthly insurance premiums, I would have been in big trouble. They paid monthly with a smile on their face, and refuse to be paid back. They are constantly giving us gift cards to Giant, Trader Joe's for groceries. They are truly amazing people. Well sorry I kind of got off the subject there, just thought people should know how LUCKY I was. But check out those websites if you need help financially.

Here is some info from the website:
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a small lump of abnormal tissue that can be detecting in the breast by performing a self-diagnosis. Doctors can also use mammograms to search the breast for abnormal tissues that may signal the presence of cancer.
Women and men with breast cancer may also notice pain or changes in the breast’s appearance. These are not reliable symptoms of breast cancer because they are present in a variety of breast disease, but those who experience them should most certainly see their doctors to have a full diagnosis.
Causes of Breast Cancer
There are several genetic and environmental factors that can influence breast cancer development. Those who have a family history of breast cancer are at a higher risk of developing the disease themselves.
This does not mean that men and women have to rely on their genetic luck to avoid cancer. Some of the factors are easily controlled. For instance, tobacco and frequent alcohol use have been linked to higher instances of breast cancer in women. Weight gain can also put a woman at higher risk, especially if it occurs after menopause. Please refer to our Breast Cancer Information section for more cancer related information.
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Thursday, October 01, 2009

PR Info

Posted by Mommy PR at 1:41 AM 1 comments

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