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Friday, October 31, 2014

October Freebies!

I decided to do things a bit different this time! I got a lot of freebies this month!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#winitwednesday 10/29/05

Yay, it's that time of the week again! Keep an eye on this list today as it will continue to grow. I also am adding some random giveaways at the bottom of the page that are not actually for #winitwednesday but are still great giveaways!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Homemade french toast sticks

I try to plan at least one easy meal once per week, so that I don't feel overwhelmed with all the cooking and cleaning. So, I was going to make some french toast today. I had to stop by the store to get some cupcake liners for my daughters birthday cupcakes for school tomorrow. While I was there I wandered to the frozen food section. My heart and mind were drifting towards french toast sticks, much more yummy than plain french toast. And then I saw the price $2.79/box and it would take at least 3 boxes to feed my family. No thank you.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Homemade Bread Bowls and Loaded Potato Soup w/Campbells Cream Starter

Recently, I was given an amazing opportunity to try out some new Campbell's products from CrowdTap and Campbells. I have had the opportunity to try out lots of cool things over the past few months, but I think for sure this is the one that has been the most fun. I got a tote bag, a spoon, a cutting board, and a lot of their new products to try! Well, the cream starter had a beautiful soup in a bread bowl pictured on it, and I really wanted to go all out. This is a great way to have a fancy meal, worthy of an upscale restaurant, but at a fraction of the cost.

We are going to start with the bread bowls. I recommend doing this in the morning of the day you are going to make the soup. Any homemade bread is going to cut much better after it's been able to sit for a while. So, that's what we will work on first.

I used:
2 1/2 warm water (about 110 degrees, think not hot enough to burn you, but a bit warmer than your kids head when they have a high fever)
1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar (to make the yeastie beasties happy during proofing)
and 2 packets of yeast

Go ahead and proof the yeast. That's a fancy way of saying to put the water and sugar in a bowl and put the yeast on top, cover the bowl and walk away. The yeast will start out looking like this.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Organic Matcha - by Kiss Me Organics

I recently had the ability to try some Organic Matcha made by Kiss Me Organics. Up until very recently I had never heard of Matcha, which is crazy because it's been a very popular thing for quite some time. In fact, even my friends knew what it was. I guess I'm out of the loop. I have long known about the health benefits of green tea, so I was very happy to try it.

So, what is matcha?

Matcha is a green tea powder. What sets it apart from plain green tea is that you are ingesting the whole leaf (it's essentially all ground up), instead of just the water that sat with green tea leaves in it. The tea leaves used to make matcha are grown in the shade to increase the chlorophyl levels and the production of amino acids. The leaves (preferably the younger ones) are then picked, rolled out flat, and dried (in the shade or indoors where they won't be exposed to sunlight). The veins and stems are removed, and what's left is ground into a fine powder. This is now matcha. Matcha has EGCG concentrations that are 3 times higher than typical green tea, according to the University of Colorado. By weight, matcha provides dozens of times more antioxidants than blueberries (crazy!). The theanine found in the matcha is proven to reduce stress levels as well. With regular consumption, matcha has been proven to increase the energy expenditure in adults over 35%.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Win It Wednesday 10/22/2014

Time for another "win-it-wednesday," my favorite day of the week. Don't forget to check back throughout the AM as I try to keep the posts updated. Have fun!

Don't forget to visit this list throughout the next few days, click on the links again, as an easy way to track if you won (click the links, look for winners posts on the giveaway pages)


Elmer's is having a prize pack giveaway here. Simply be a fan of the page and tell them what your favorite fall food is!

My True Nature is giving away a super sensitive shampoo/wash. Fan the page and tell them on this post how you heard about them.

The Pasta Shoppe is giving away a pasta prize pack here. Leave a comment on this post and fan the page in order to be entered.

The HoneyBaked Ham Company is giving away a $25 GC here. And if you win, you can choose to donate an additional $25 or give an additional $25 GC to your friend. Fan the page and comment for your chance to win.

Shindigz is giving away an MLB party pack here. Fan the page and tell them who you are rooting for for your chance to win.

Bar-S is giving away $25 and a free Bar-S product. Tell them which box is bigger here. Don't forget to be a fan of the page!

Overstock is having a giveaway for a hypoallergenic comforter and body pillow here. Fan the page. Like/Comment/Share the post.

Crafts Direct is giving away a kit to make a candy corn banner here. Fan the page, comment on and like the post for your chance to win!

Dear Foams would like you to comment on this post and tell them which dear foams are your favorite...and you "may be surprised."

Learning Express Toys is giving away prize packs each with a busy bead maze, some plush toys, and either a color counting hedgehog or a little drummer kit. You can enter via Facebook here or find the post on instagram or twitter and enter that route.

Joules USA is giving away their bath and body collection here. Like the post and reinvent the ending to "rub a dub dub."

Learning Express Toys of the Woodlands is giving away a Melissa & Doug costume, you choose, here. Fan the page, like/comment/share the post for your chance to win!

Beach Bum Bath & Body is giving away a pumping-scented turkey-shaped soap here. Fan the page and tell them what your favorite thanksgiving dish is.

Ben Franklin crafts is giving away 2 pairs of "snoozies" here. Fan the page, like and comment on the post for your chance to win.

Renesha Monaco is giving away a Walking Dead Pop figure (*squeal*). Fan her page, like and comment as to who your favorite Walking Dead character is.

Mary Maxim U.S. is giving away cable knit stockings here. Fan the page, like and comment to enter.

Remington is giving away 2 body/bikini groomers. You can enter here.

Salon Reaction is giving away a bottle of Bed Head BlowOut illuminating shine cream. Like and share this post for your chance to win.

Furlesse is giving out "your favorite patches", fan the page, like the post and tag a friend for your chance to win here. These are wrinkle relaxing patches.

Pink Papaya is giving away their sea salt collection here. Enter via the link to win.

Woman Freebies is giving away a Frozen Elsa doll here. Must be a fan, then enter to win.


Learning express toys also have a chance to win the baby boutique prize pack here. Follow and RT for your chance to win.

Parragon Books is giving away a super scary stickers book here. Follow and RT for your chance to win.

Krups USA is still giving away a milk frothed from this 10/10 post here. Make sure to RT and favorite the tweet, as well as follow Krups. Winner announced this Friday.

BHG Live Better is having a giveaway here. Follow and RT to win.

Big Toy Bank is giving away a prize pack. Follow them and hasbro news, RT the status for your chance to win.

Spot the Deal USA is giving away a vegetable spiral tool here. Follow and RT for your chance to win.

Puritan's Pride is giving away a trick-or-treat prize pack here. Follow and RT this status.

Elmers is giving away a prize pack here. Follow and RT.

Puzzle Club is giving away an empire state building 3D puzzle here. Follow and RT. Giveaway ends Friday.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cassani - Fogless Shower Review - My thoughts!

I recently was given the opportunity to test a fogless shower mirror, and having had this on my "to-purchase" list for quite some time, I decided that I definitely wanted to be a part of this. My husband loves to have one of these in the shower, but to be honest, I'm tired of buying them. Every time I pick one up at a local big-box store, it either doesn't work as it says it will, or is very small, or is cheaply made. The ones that we have purchased in the past that have been advertised as fog-free and actually function as such, have been short-lived and unusable within weeks (hard water residue, breaking, no longer fog-free). So, I walked into this thinking "no way!" or "well, we'll see about that."

Upon receiving the Cassani fog-free shower mirror, I notice right off the bat that it's different than the rest. It's HUGE compared to any mirror we have purchased in the past, the viewing surface is flawless (you can see yourself so well in it), there is no ugly frame around the edge taking up space and causing more water to settle and turn into hard-water stains, and over-all it just looks really high-end. From the photos on Amazon, I guess I just wasn't expecting it to be so big and pretty!

I actually posted a video on youtube, an unboxing if you will

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Truvia's new Brown Sugar Baking Blend - Pumpkin pie overnight oatmeal

I'm a member of CrowdTap, where I get to give my opinion on products and advertising, and sometimes I get to try things for free. Well, for the last month they keep bringing up the new Truvia Brown Sugar Baking Blend. So, I had to go and try some, I heard so much about it, I just had to know what all the fuss was about.

A bag of this blend will cost you about $7 at Walmart (regular brown sugar costs about $2). So yes, it's a bit more expensive, but to be honest, any baking sugar substitute is going to cost more. So, I don't mind paying a bit more if I have a reason (like for a diabetic neighbor or family member). The bag touts that the formula is twice as sweet as regular brown sugar. Using the recipe on the back of the bag, I made 24 cookies with only 1/2 cup of the brown sugar blend, so I really do feel it is pretty sweet.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Win It Wednesday - 10/16/2014

It's Wednesday again, and you know what time it is!


Hydroxatone has a giveaway here for Instant Lift pads. Leave a comment (why do you feel tired) to enter and be a fan of the page, giveaway ends tonight.

Learning Express Toys has a giveaway here for "halloween treats". Also can enter on twitter and instagram. Like and comment your preference on the photo.

Joules USA has a giveaway for a tweed jacket here. Like the post and comment with "tweed, tweed, tweed."

Big Machine Label Group has a giveaway here for a signed copy of Florida-Georgia Line's new album. Share the post for a chance to win.

KB Learning & Toys is giving away a cute sock monkey umbrella here. Like, comment, and share post. Don't forget to be a fan of the page as well

Clair's Freebies has a mystery box giveaway here. Like the page, comment as to what your kids want for Christmas. She will tag a winner.

As Seen On TV is giving away a hydro mousse lawn seeding device here. Like and share the post for a chance to win.

JB Weld is giving away 4 prize packs here. Like and comment on post for a chance to win. Share for more opportunities.

Pink Papaya has a giveaway here for the Ultra Beauty Boost Collection. The link should take you to a place that lets you add your email address to enter. If not, the giveaway is clearly posted on their wall :)

Bio Seaweed Gel is giving away 3- $100 E-gift cards to BSG here, need to share the post and sign up for their emails, and confirm the signup for a chance to win!

Full Moon BBQ has a giveaway link on this post for a jar of their Chow Chow. Follow the link on the post or use the giveaway tab on their Facebook page!

Carli's Closet is giving away a cute little fall apron here. Like, comment, and share to enter.

Remington has a giveaway of a blow dryer, use the link on this post to enter.

SmartLab Toys is giving away a smartphone science kit here. If the link doesn't work, look for the giveaway on their wall.

Fresh Beginnings is giving away a tin of cookies and a $10 iTunes gift card here. Like / comment/ and share.

Johnny's Seasonings is giving away a red crock pot and other products here.

Oregon Chai is having a giveaway on this post. Comment for a chance to win.

Aquaball is having their weekly aqua ball giveaway here. Like the page, tag #aquaball and share the photo for your chance to win!

Paracord Planet is giving away some paracord here. Like/share/comment which two colors you want to put together.


Learning Express Toys twitter giveaway is here, again it's for a "Halloween pack" Follow and RT for a chance to win.

BHG Live Better is having a Walmart wednesday giveaway here. Follow and RT to enter to win.

Puritan's Pride is having a giveaway for a Manuka Honey Prize Pack here. Follow and retweet for a chance to win.

Fiskars is giving away your choice of Fiskars tools here. RT to enter to win.

Parragon Books is giving away a "Hidden Surprise Cakes" cookbook here, follow and RT for your chance to win.

Woolite has a giveaway here. Follow and RT for your chance to win.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Target Haul 10/9/2014

I know this isn't nearly as good as some people got this week, but regardless, I'm super excited. I had to work with what coupons I had and what deals were actually working in our store.

Here's what I actually paid for

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Wednesdays have become my favorite day of the week. Not only is it the halfway point to the weekend, but there are tons of great giveaways. Wednesday is going to be called WINSday forom now on! Listed below I have links to some Wednesday giveaways! Remember, if it's on Facebook, to check back the next day for a winners list (sometimes the winners are contacted personally, but many times they will be posted, and if you don't  claim your prize, it goes away).


The Pasta Shoppe has a giveaway here for a pasta prize box. You need to like the page, comment and share on the post. Winners announced Thursday.

My True Nature has a giveaway here for a bottle of their hand soap. Like the page, and comment on this post as to which product you are most excited for. Winner selected Thursday.

Crafts Direct has a giveaway here for an assortment of halloween decor. Like the page, like and comment on the post.  Winner announced Thursday.

Hydroxatone has a giveaway here for "Anti-Aging BB Cream, Liftalyze Eye-Lifting Serum, and Instant Lift Pads". Like the page, and comment on this post as your favorite birthday gift ever. Winner announced tomorrow late afternoon (4pm EST).

Shindigz has a giveaway here for a wednesday party pack (fall theme). Like the page, comment on the post with your favorite fall food. Winner announced Thursday.

Pink Papaya has a giveaway here for Pink Papaya’s “Refresh” Collection. If the link doesn't work, find them on Facebook and look for the post on the wall. Must be a fan of the page, enter your email address and you are entered!

Joules USA has a giveaway here for Shoreham waterproof parka and printed wellies. Be a fan of the page, like the post, and comment with "Rain, rain, go away!"

The Honey Baked Ham Co has a giveaway here for a $25 gift card and a "give-it" $25 gift cart for a friend or to donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Like the page and comment on the giveaway post.

BeautyFit Inc has a giveaway here for a BeautyBum tube of your choice. Like the page. Like, comment, and share the post. Winners announced Saturday.

Sweet Perfections Bake shop is having a giveaway here for a 4" harvest apple tart. Like the page. Like the post, share it, and comment as to what your favorite autumn dessert is!

As Seen on TV has a giveaway here for a potato express (microwavable potato bag). Like and share the comment, also make sure you are a fan, you will want to check back on Friday to see if you are a winner!

Full Moon BBQ is having a giveaway here for two tumblers and two tokens. Enter via the link on the post, and share the post!

Physicians formula is having a giveaway here for BB Bronzer. Like the page, go to the promotions tab, and fill in your "beauty mantra" for a chance to win.

Unwash is having a giveaway here for a bottle of their cleansing Conditioner. Like the page, and then share with them on this post your favorite fall hair trends. Winners selected on Friday.

Learning Express Toys is having a giveaway here for 4 Klutz Books - Pom Pom Puppies, Face Painting, Washi Tape Stickers, and Straw Shooters. Like their page, comment and like the post, and you can also enter on Twitter and Instagram.

Learning Express Toys of Albany and Worthington is giving away a Lego Advent Caldendar (awesome!) here. Make sure to like their page, like/comment/share the post. Winner announced Thursday on their Facebook page! Can also go to Twitter and Follow and Retweet this status for a chance to win.

Remington Ready has a Win It Wednesday here. If the link doesn't work, please find Remington Ready on Facebook and look for the Win It Wednesday link on the left hand side. Prize this week is a damage protection hair dryer (or so I hear). Winners notified by email last I heard.

Claire's Freebies is giving away a mystery box here, if the link doesn't work, find the page on Facebook and look for the post. Like page, like and comment on this status, tag friends and share for more entries.

Smith and Vandiver is having a giveaway here. Like the page, comment on the giveaway post. They are giving away a Day Spa Party Tote (hooray!). Winner posted tomorrow!

Elmers is having a giveaway here for an elmer's prize pack. If the link doesn't work, find them on Facebook and find the giveaway post. Comment on the post "will you be carving or decorating pumpkins this year, and if so what will you be doing!?".

Lactaid has a giveaway on their wall here for some free product coupons and a dutch oven. Like the page. Comment on the post with your favorite recipe using Lactaid.

The Vitamin Shoppe is having a giveaway here. If the link doesn't work, please look for the giveaway on their wall. Like their page and fill out the giveaway form for a chance to win a 1 year supply of "My Triton."

Bar S is having a giveaway here for a free package of Bar-S and $25. Like their page and comment on the post with "Bar-S for Halloweenie" for a chance to win!

Bio Seaweed Gel Limited is having a giveaway on their page here for a 7 piece collection of their new nail polishes AND a rechargeable and cordless flip LED base and top. Like them, head on over to their youtube channel, then comment with your must have color. Winner is announced the following Wednesday on the #winitwednesday post.

Autolite is having a Facebook giveaway here. Be a fan, and then post a correct answer as to what the image is, and you will get a free gift!

Johhny's seasonings has a giveaway here for seasonings, sauce, and a cast iron dutch oven (?). Enter by verifying you are a fan, can also share with friends and tweet and follow on pinterest for a chance to win!

Jaxxwear is giving away Skip It Kangaroo baby romper and bye bye buddy set here. Just be a fan on Facebook and comment "Pima Cotton" on the post.

Graco is having a giveaway on their FB page here. Be a fan and comment for your chance to win a pack and play with a nuzzle nest and sway seat.

Totally Fun Kids Furniture & Toys is giving away a solar powered robot. Just like their page and like/comment on this post for a chance to win. You get an extra entry for sharing.

Chloe+Isabel is having a charm letter giveaway here. Comment with the letter that you would like and a friend you would wish to share with if you win! Don't forget to become a fan of the page.

J-B Weld is having a giveaway here. Don't forget to become a fan of the page, then like and comment on the post. The giveaway is for some product and a hat it looks like. They also have a pin to win contest listed just below this on their Facebook page if you are interested.

Twitter These appear to be just firing up, so I will try to update throughout the day.

SoftLips is doing a Twitter Giveaway here. Follow them and tweet to them as to why you should get one with the has tag #SoftlipsCube for a chance to win one for you and a friend. Also you will see they are trying to build their fan base, and if they get to 3,000 they will be giving away more prizes. So share this with your friends for sure!

Parragon Books has a giveaway here. Follow their page and retweet the status for a chance to win a healthy cookbook!

WomanFreebies has a giveaway here. Follow and retweet for a chance to win a Target gift card.

Fiskars is having a giveaway for the product of your choice. Follow them and Retweet the status here for a chance to win.

Better Homes and Gardens is having a Walmart Wednesday giveaway here. Follow and retweet the status for a chance to win some cube organizers (need some organization in my life for sure!).

Woolite is having a giveaway at 12 EST, the rules state that  a winner will be defined as the first to complete a task, so be there sharp at 12pm EST and find out what it is! Link to post is here and their Twitter home page is here. UPDATE: The rules also state that there is a 3 hour entry period in which a RT will be required, and the winners will be chosen at random. Regardless, better to be safe than sorry!

Wahlburgers on A&E is giving away a prize (not specified), follow and RT this status for your chance to win.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Menards Mail In Rebates

It's no secret that I love Menards! Not only can I find anything I need to make repairs or upgrades to my house at a decent price, but I score tons of freebies there.

(Everything here but the potatoes, cat food, and cookies are from Menards last week using the free after rebate program)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Walmart Beauty Box - Fall 2014 Box

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the Walmart Beauty Box. I have never had a subscription box before, so naturally I'm a bit hesitant. And then the fact I had never heard of there being such a thing as a Walmart subscription box, I'm even more hesitant. So when I first heard about it, I did NOT subscribe. But as the days wore on, I got more and more curious. Finally, and by finally I mean it was really only a week or so later, but it felt like FOREVER, somebody posted a pic of their box. And I knew I wanted to try it right then and there.

So, I go ahead and sign up. The BEAUTY of the Walmart Beauty Box is it's only $5 shipping, the box itself is free, though I don't consider it a freebie because I did have to pay the shipping. It comes 4 times a year (each season you get a new one). Each time, you only get charged $5 to cover the shipping. And you can cancel at any time. Seriously, there is a huge button in your account that says "cancel subscription," easy as pie. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Couponing-It really is worth it

Ok guys, I'm getting a ton of people asking me "Yeah, but is it really worth it??!!??" when I tell them about my coupon cutting endeavors.

The answer is yes.

But I have a few tips:

1. Just because you have a coupon, doesn't mean you need to use it.
2. You don't have to use it right away, just wait for it to all fall into place perfectly.
3. Use your coupons with store coupons and store sales/deals to make the most of your coupons.
4. Use doublers whenever possible.
5. Keep your coupons very organized, so if you are in a store and you find an unadvertised deal, you can locate the coupons quickly.
6. You need a binder, and you need to bring it with you EVERYWHERE!
7. Keep store ads on you (I put them in the binder) so that if a deal is not showing in the store but it is advertised, you can get the sale price. And if you need to price match, you have proof if asked.
8. Have fun!