Sunday, May 31, 2009

CVS and Walgreens, Where are the Deals?

On the way to church this morning we stopped to get my Sunday Papers and I began perusing the weekly ads. I looked through the CVS and Walgreens ads then I looked once again. Where are the deals? Seriously did CVS have too many deals last week to give us any this week?

CVS has zero straight out freebies and Walgreens only has one. Right now I am thinking I may not be heading to either store this week unless some one reports any hidden deals.

If you haven't had the opportunity to see the very sad ads you can check yours out online. Walgreens ad/CVS ad

Friday, May 29, 2009

Luvs Special Offers


My sister is always looking for Luvs coupons and they seem hard to come by. She will be thrilled to sign up and start getting offers from Luvs in the mail.

Sign up for Luvs newsletter and receive special offers, diaper coupons, or samples via regular mail.

Weekly Shopping Trip 5/28

I never got around to posting last weeks shopping. I spent $114 which is a little higher than normal but hubby asked me nicely to stock up on meat so I kindly obliged.

Here is the shopping I did yesterday.

Total Spent = $2.18
Used a $4 Register Reward and earned $3.50 Register Rewards

Subtotal = $32.60
Coupons used = $6.25
Total Spent = $25.96

Subtotal = $26
Coupons used = $5
Total Spent = $21.06

Hostess Discount Store
Total Spent = $5.05

ECB's Used = $0
Total Spent = $2.18

Subtotal $14.80
Coupons used = $7.80
Total Spent = $6.98

Grand total spent on this trip $63.41

Where Does the Time Go?

Long long ago in a land so far away lived a mommy a daddy and two lovely little girls. Emeri and Jonah were the sweetest (most of the time) little girls. They played with dolls, watched silly cartoons and the danced and laughed the days away (occasionally). Life was good and mommy never had to worry about school or boys or any of the hard things that preteen girls endure. Instead she read stories, braided hair and spent many an afternoon watching Caillou or the Big Comfy Couch.

Somewhere along the way these sweet little girls gave up the dolls and cartoons, well at least most of them. They have turned into amazing young ladies and I am so proud of them. Next year Emeri will be going into 8th grade and Jonah will be in 6th. Some days the thought of them growing up makes me sad and I really wish I could turn back the time and make them toddlers again.

Alas I know I cannot. I can however cherish the moments that we have in the here and now. I thank God everyday for the priveledge of having two wonderful daughters.

Emeri and Jonah at this years Jr High Honors Program. Emeri was awarded for having higher than a 4.5 avg for all 3 years of Jr High and Jonah was awarded for having higher than a 4.5 avg for her first year of Jr High. Mommy and Daddy are proud! :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Free Koolaid at Kroger

My girls were just bugging me today after school...."We need something else to drink here". Apparently the Brita Pitchers and unsweetened tea were not very inviting to them.

So thanks to wonderful coupons I will be getting them some free drinks tomorrow at Kroger.

Koolaid is 10/$1
50cent/10 printable coupon doubles to $1 making them free

I will also be getting some really cheap lemonade.
Country Time Lemonade $1 a container
$1.50/2 printable coupon making them 25 cents each.

CVS Best Deals of the Week 5/24 through 5/30

I know this is quite late but you still have time to get in on these deals. Here are my favorites for the week!

Speed Stick Pro Deodorant $3.99 and earn $3.99 Extra Care Bucks Limit 2

Right Guard Clinical or Dry Idea Clinical $7.99 and earn $4 Extra Care Bucks Limit 2
$1 off Right Guard (Smart Source 4/19)

Colgate Total $2.99 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks Limit 1
$1 off Colgate (smart source 5/10)
$1 Colgate Printable here

Post Trail Mix Cereal B1G1 FREE
$2 Printable here

Monday, May 25, 2009

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

BK Mocha Joe Vs. McD's McCafe Iced Mocha

I am really a fan of iced coffee! I don't have it very often but I enjoy pretty much anything they offer at Starbucks and Gloria Jeans.

I recently tried both the BK Mocha Joe and McDonald's McCafe Iced Mocha.

I tried that Mcd's version first. It was about three weeks ago when hubby and I decided to run through the drive-thru and get an un-sweet iced tea. As usual the girl running the drive-thru asked if we wanted to try one of the new McCafe iced coffees and that day I decided I would.

I got the McCafe Iced Mocha and to be honest it was terrible! So terrible in fact that I took a few sips and ended up throwing the rest of it away. It was extremely strong and just didn't taste good at all. I have had a few people tell me they loved it and a few others tell me it was terrible so I am not sure it it was a matter of taste of the product or the person making it!? So far I have not attempted to try another one.

The following week I was out with my mom and sister and we went through the Burger King drive-thru. My sister was raving about the BK Mocha Joe so I figured "what the heck", I will give it a try.

I loved the Mocha Joe! It was a great balance of coffee and sweetness. I enjoyed it so much that it didn't last very long. I have to say I was quite sad that it just didn't last long enough.

Have you tried either the Mocha Joe or the Iced Mocha McCafe? How did you like them? Which one did you prefer?

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Frosty at Wendy's

I don't know about you, but I love me a cold creamy Wendy's Frosty!

If you also love the creamy goodness you can print out a buy 1 get 1 free Frosty coupon for Wendy's. This will be a great inexpensive treat for the family.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Last Weeks of School = Insanity

These last few weeks of school have just been crazy around here!

Between all the endless end of the year trips, summer sports and starting the musical my girls have been needing more and more money nearly everyday. Not to mention that try as I might I am struggling daily remembering what is going on around here.

When I was in school we had one big end of the year field trip, the older I got the more elaborate the trip was. My daughters on the other hand get a few trips.

Never get any detentions in school = trip to minor league ball game
Join 7th/8th grade choir or band = trip to Holiday World
Each class also gets a small end of the year field trip

Not to mention that projects are top priority for my 5th grader right now. Last week it was the diorama for Hatchet followed by making a catapult, having Root beer float day and finishing up with tye dye t-shirt day.

Everyday I have been hearing...I need $20 for this, I have to turn in $5 for this, I need supplies, we have to provide this for the class and oh wait mom I forgot I need $20 more this morning! Ugggh

Then Jonah started softball a few weeks ago and practices have us spending our evenings at the ball field. This week Jonah and Emeri both started rehearsing for Mulan. So almost every night is full. Don't get me wrong I thoroughly enjoy watching my daughter play softball, I get so excited when she gets out on the field and gives it her all. Also having them both in the summer musical every year is such a wonderful experience and I wouldn't trade it for the world. But let me tell ya this momma is a little bit worn out! :)

I am so ready for school just to be out already and the girls to be home with me. The past couple weeks the girls have just been too busy to cook with me and I am really missing that. So I am looking forward to getting back to it.

Last week we didn't stick to our meal plan at all so this week I decided to go for super simple. Most every night hubby and the kids were barely home before we had to turn around and head off to the ball field.

This week we ate:
Mon. Tacos
Tues. Hot dogs and Mac and cheese
Wed. Bacon and Eggs
Thur. Beans and rice with Turkey Keilbasa
Fri. Grilled Steak and fried potatoes

So it wasn't fancy or spectacular but it was easy, every enjoyed and I managed to stay on task. Hopefully things will go as well next week.

Thankfully this next week there are no ball games but musical rehearsal will be in full force. Here's to hoping I can keep track!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

FREE Shipping at JcPenney on Orders of $99 or More

Memorial Day Free Shipping at on orders of $99 or more. This also includes the online outlet. Use promo code SUMMER99 at

This offer is only good for orders delivered in the 48 contiguous United States. Promotion good through May 23, 2009.

CVS Shoppers Check Your Inbox

All of you CVS shoppers out there be sure to check your email inbox. I just received a $5/$30 for CVS through Monday.

Remember at CVS The max amount for the coupon ($30) is before all coupons! So Here is what I do.....get my total to $30, hand over the $5/$30 then use other CVS and or manufacturers coupons, then my extra care bucks.

Last time I did this my total out of pocket was around $2!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What to Eat When Camping Besides Hot dogs?

That time of year is almost here, time to head out to the great outdoors for a camping trip!

Okay, I must admit, I do NOT camp! Hubby and the girls camp but I do not. The whole outdoor, dirty, bug, kinda thing just doesn't attract me.

But for my Hubby and those of you who do camp what do you eat when you are out there? Hot dogs again!?

I have just put up some great recipes on my new Squidoo Lens: What to Cook When You are Camping! Great Camping Recipes , so feel free to check it out.

In the meantime here is a great basic recipe that is super easy to make and very delicious!!

Roast Corn

Ears of corn (in my family you need 1 per person)
Salt and pepper to taste
Butter to taste

Peel ears leaving husks on at bottom and remove corn silk. Replace
husks covering ears and tie around top. Dip corn in salt water. Place
corn on screen over hot coals and turn often until all side are done.
When cooked remove husks and add salt and pepper and margarine.

What is your favorite camping recipe? Do you head for the hot dogs every time or do you try and spice it up?

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 5/17 through 5/23

Sure for Men deodorant $1.99
$1.50 off Sure Men Deodorant (5/3 insert)

Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner (sale) B1G1 Free (2 for $2.79)
Use two $0.75/1 (Smart Source 4/26)

Right Guard Professional Strength or Dry Idea Clinical $4.99 and earn $5 Register Rewards
$1/1 Right Guard (Smart Source 4/19) or $2/1 Dry Idea printable here

Colgate Visible White toothpaste $4.99 and earn $4.99 Register Rewards
$1/1 Colgate Visible white printable coupon

Skintimate Shave Gel $1.99 and earn $1 Register Rewards
75cents off Skintimate (Smart Source 4/26)

Bayer Quick release Crystals at $2.49 and earn $2.49 Register Rewards

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

CVS Best Deals of the Week 5/17 through 5/23

Buy $10 in select products and earn $5 Extra Care Bucks Limit 1
$1.25 Hunts Snack Pack, Chef Boyardee, David Sunflowers or Act II Popcorn
$2.50 Orville Popcorn or Poppycock

Covergirl Outlast Lip Color or Stain $7 and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks Limit 1
$1 off Covergirls (Proctor &Gamble 5/3)

Colgate Sensitive Whitening/Enamel Protect or Colgate Visible White Toothpaste $3.99 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks Limit 1
$1 Printable here

Right Guard or Dry Idea Deodorant$2.50 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks Limit 3
$1 off Right Guard (Smart Source 4/19)
$1/2 Right Guard (Smart Source 5/17)
$2 on Dry Idea Printable in the

Dial, Tone or Coast Bar Soap 2-3 pk pay $1.99 and earn $1 Extra Care Buck Limit 1
35cents off Dial (Smart Source 3/8)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Life Can be So Busy

Life has been a little on the crazy side around here. End of the school year always seem to do that to us but there have been other things added to the mix this year. It started with the "Inland Hurricane", which didn't cause us any problems but we had family stay with us for 3 days. I was so glad we had power and were able to help.

Then I have 1 daughter who is in softball this year so she is having practice everytime I turn around. Last week we had something every night, between softball, honors night and a birthday party. Then I was busy helping my sister work on her new house on Tuesday and yesterday. We painted both days for hours and there is still a lot to be done. She bought a 5 bedroom, 3 bath that needs some remodel before they move in. Also last week I painted at my house on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tuesday night we will be getting the girls schedule for Musical rehearsals. They are both going to be in the summer production of Mulan and rehearsals will be starting soon.

So I have been a little behind on blogging and we didn't manage to have either of the girls cook last week. As a matter of fact I failed miserably in sticking with my meal plan at all last week.

For this week I tried to make a much simpler meal plan for the week so I am hoping I am able to stick with it and the girls will get to cook this week. We will be very busy this week, Jonah has 3 ball practices and 2 games.

Do you ever have a week where all your best intentions just seem to fall through? What are your strategies to sticking to your meal plan even when you have no time?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Shopping May 1st through May 7th

Because I am so far behind on posting this I am not going to go into all the details. On the previous week I spent $99.42.


I went to 2 CVS stores to do the ROC deal. At the first store I spent $1.28 and at the second I spent $2.85 and earned back $10 in Extra Care Bucks.


Spent $2.81 and earned $8.50 Register Rewards

Kroger Spent $30.48

2 More Walgreen's Trips
1) Spent $2.69 and earned $4 Register Rewards
2) Spent $1.56 and earned $4 Register Rewards

4 More CVS Transactions
1) Spent $2.23 and earned $5 ECBS
2) Spent 71 cents and earned $5 ECBS
3) Spent $1.20 and earned $6 ECBS
4) Spent $1.26 and Earned $7 ECBS

A lot of these items went straight to the donation bin.

This gave me a weekly total of $44.84 and a bi-weekly total of $144.26. That puts me $55.74 under budget.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 5/10 through 5/16

$3.33 Kelloggs or Kashi Cereal and earn $3 Register Rewards wyb 3
$1 Kellogg’s Printables
$1 off Kellogg's (Red Plum 4/5)

$2.99 Colgate Max Fresh/White Toothbrush or Toothpaste and earn $2 Register Rewards
$1 (Smart source 4/26)

$6 Roots of Nature Hair Care and earn $6 Register Rewards

$8 Iceland Health Omega 3 Fish Oil and earn $8 Register Rewards

$.99 Palmolive Dish Liquid w/ Walgreens Weekly Ad Coupon
$.25 off Palmolive (Smart source 4/26)

CVS Best Deals of the Week 5/10 through 5/16

Buy $10 in select products and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)
Includes: Skippy Peanut Butter $3/5, Ragu Sauce $3/5, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise $3 or Lipton Tea $3
$.40 on Skippy (Red Plum 4/5)
$.30 on Ragu (Red Plum) 4/5
$1/2 on Lipton (Red Plum 3/15)

$8.99 Schick Quattro for Women Razor or Trimmer and earn $4 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 5)
$4 off Shick Quattro (Smart Source 4/26)

$2 Bayer Quick Release Crystals and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)

$3.49 Crest Pro Health Enamel Shield Toothpaste or Rinse and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 2)
$1 off Crest Pro Health Rinse (Proctor & Gamble 5/3)
$.50 off Crest Pro Health Toothpaste (Proctor & Gamble 5/3)

Monday, May 11, 2009

HOT Kraft Coupons up to $50 in Savings

Right now you can print up to $50 in Kraft Coupons!! Go to and register. Then click on Delicious Summer Savings. Initially I had a little bit of trouble, it kept redirecting me in a circle. Sign in then sign me in then I need to sign in again. After a few times the coupons popped up. I just think the site is a little busy! :)

Also a lot of the coupons are available at or you can click on the coupon widget in my sidebar. For a complete list of all the coupons you can check out the post at Deal Seeking Mom.

You should be able to print each coupon 2x per computer.

KFC Not Honoring Their Free Meal Coupons

Just last week the blogosphere was a buzz with the Free 2pc Kentucky Grill Chicken Meal coupons. I personally didn't get a chance to print them, every time I tried I would get an error. I am sure the site was just too swamped with all the smart savvy people out there getting their free coupons.

Well apparently no sooner than this promotion started it ended. Apparently KFC did not realize that when they allowed 4 coupon prints per customer that the customers would print them. Here you can watch a video from the KFC President apologizing for the inconveinence.

Apparently you can get a Rain Check for these coupons. In order to do so go to a local participating KFC and get a Rain check form. Fill that out and attach it to the original coupon and return it to the store manager by May 19th. They will send you a rain check for the free meal at a later date plus you will receive a free pepsi.

I really find this whole thing absurd! Why can't you just go into KFC present the coupon and the Manager write out a rain check right then? I have to say I am glad I could never get the coupons to print of I would have been an unhappy customer.

FREE Redbox Movie Codes Come to an End

Sadly FREE Redbox movie mondays are coming to an end. This week is the last weekly code. During the summer months (June, July and August) Redbox will send a free code the first Monday of the month to your cell phone if you are signed up.

Okay guys here is todays free Redbox Code. This one can be picked up at any Redbox Kiosk.


You have until midnight tonight to pick up your movie.

Just follow the three steps below to redeem your code at any redbox:

1. Touch "RENT WITH A PROMO CODE" on the redbox touch screen
2. Make your DVD selections and add them to your cart
3. Your discount will be applied during check out

Sunday, May 10, 2009

"Inland Hurricane" hits Southern Illinois

I know I haven't been around the past couple of days and I wanted to take a moment to let you all know why. I headed to Marion Friday morning to have my shopping day. Marion is about 20 miles from where I live. I made it to Target and got a few great deals at Walmart then went to stop by my sisters apartment.

We knew there was a storm coming but hadn't quite realized the magnitude. I was supposed to meet my hubby at work at 12:15 to head to lunch but when I stopped to get gas at about 11:30 the sky was so crazy. I had never seen it look the way it did I can't even describe it. I was terrified as I finished pumping my gas. I called hubby and he said he couldn't leave as he is part of the rescue team at work. So I decided to get on the interstate and get home because my girls were 20 miles away.

Thankfully I got right behind a semi as soon as I got on the interstate or I would have never made it home. About 5 minutes into my drive rain and wind were so heavy that I had almost zero visibility. I could not see the road, all I could see were the little red lights on the back of the semi. All the way home I prayed and cried. Driving only about 35 miles an hour that 20 mile drive seemed to take forever.

I finally got home and turned on the news and oddly enough the storm had calmed to almost nothing. But in a short amount of time a portion of it had whipped around and started going through the same area again. This time it was worse. It produced up to 106 mile an hour straight winds.

In the town I had just left it uprooted trees left and right, knocked over power lines, tore off roofs and left the town in a shambles and a 96% blackout.

My hubby was in that town and so was my sister! My sister and her 4 little one 5 and under were stuck in their apartment and 4 trees had came down on their roof. Thank God that no one was injured! My hubby was stuck in the mall for about an hour, shaken up but thankfully safe.

Thankfully our town got very little damage, we had lots of rain and wind but we have power. Right now my sister and her family are staying with us. Their apartment complex is severely damaged with uprooted trees and power lines.

I thank God that all of my family is safe and that during this whole mess they have only reported 1 death in 3 counties.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Cooking with Jonah: Spiced Roast Chicken

Monday night was Jonah's turn to cook and we were very pressed for time. They get off the bus around 3:20 and she had to be a softball practice by 5:00. During that time she had to practice her trumpet then get dinner ready. So I stepped in and helped a little. A few things were changed to save on time.

She made Spiced Roast Chicken Breast and I made the onions and potatoes.

Here are the ingredients:
* 2 chicken breast halves
* 1 teaspoon chili powder (we used red pepper flakes instead)
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
* 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 3 tablespoons water

She cut up all the chicken into smaller strips to save on cooking time. Afterwards she mixed all the spices with the oil and rubbed it over the pieces of chicken.

Then she added the rest of the oil to the pot and browned up the meat. Then she transferred the meat to a glass pan and put it in the oven on 450 for about 15 minutes.

Then we served it with some yummy onions and potatoes.

The chicken was quick and easy and the spices were really tasty. The meal was yummy and we barely got done in enough time to get to softball practice.

We will make chicken like this again.

Review: Special K Cinnamon Pecan Cereal

I have been a long time fan of Special K Cereals! Not the original pain Special K but the Blueberry, Strawberry and the Chocolate Delight. Actually the whole family loves them and when I buy a box it dosen't last very long. Since most cereal including Special K is a little high priced I don't buy it that often unless I have a great coupon or the store is running a great sale or both.

So last week when Target had their Special K deal going on I had to get in their and take advantage. I bought 5 boxes, Strawberry, Blueberry, Chocolate Delight, Cinnamon Pecan and Vanilla Almond. I haven't tasted the Vanilla Almond but we opened the Cinnamon Pecan box yesterday and I have to admit the box is gone already!

We all ate some yesterday then the girls had it for breakfast and I decided to have it for lunch. Yeah it is that good! I thought nothing could top the Chocolate Delight until I had my first bowl of Cinnamon Pecan.

I have a great fondness to Cinnamon. I love cinnamon toast, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon cake and I really love Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. So I was pretty sure we would like the new Cinnamon Special K but I never imagined the flavor would be so delicious.

The flavor is sweet but it dosen't taste like it is full of sugar. The cinnamony goodness is perfect and the Pecans add a wonderful yummy crunch to the cereal.

I cannot wait until the next Kellogg's deal or until I can get ahold of some more Special K coupons! I will be buying some more of this delicious cereal.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Huggies Learning Design or Cool Alert Free Sample

The days of Pull Ups are long ago and far away in my home but I have a younger sister with 4 kiddos 5 and under. So any time I see samples for anything toddler or baby related I sign up for her.

You can get a free sample of Huggies Learning Design of Cool Alert Pull ups in sized 2t/3t or 3t/4t. I love free samples and alot of times they come with coupons inside! :) Coupons Toolbar

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Join the Colonels Club and Get KFC Printable Coupons

If you are a Kentucky Fried Chicken lover then head on over to to get some printable coupons. With the tough economy these days it is great to save every where possible.

Join the Colonels Club to get email updates and some great coupons. Just answer a few short questions and you will get a pop up page with coupons to print. Make sure that you have your pop up blocker turned off.

Also hurry now to print off a coupon for a FREE 2pc Kentucky Grilled Chicken Meal!

Coupon available for printing from 9am CDT 5/5/09 to 9:59pm CDT 5/6/09. Coupon is redeemable at participating KFC® locations in the U.S. from 5/5/09 to 5/19/09, excluding 5/10/09.

Target Deal: Fiber One Toaster Pastries 4 Boxes for 16 cents

I was just in Target today checking out the deals. I knew there was a Fiber One deal going on but had no idea that it included the Toaster Pastries! These are really good and the girls love them.

So here is the breakdown:
Buy 4 Fiber One Toaster Pastries
use 4 50cent/1 Fiber One Toaster Pastry coupons from 4/19 Smart Source
Pay $5.16 and receive a Target Gift Card for $5. So you are basically spending 16 cents for 4 boxes of Pop Tarts.

When I do these gift card deals I turn right around and do a second transaction and buy milk or something else I need with the gift card.

Walmart Best Deals of the Week 5/3 - 5/9

Walmart stores vary so much. There is no general weekly flier and I can go to my Walmart 2 miles away and the one 20 miles away and find totally different prices. So your mileage may vary! Here are a few great deals I have found this week.

Kraft Macaroni Shells and Cheese $1.00
$1.50/2 Printable

Capri Sun 10 pk Sunrise $1.97
$1/1 Caprisun Sunrise (Smart Source 4/19)

Bagelfuls $1.88
$1/1 bagelfuls printable

Ball Park Franks, $1.50
$1/2 Ball Park Franks (Red Plum 4/26)

8oz. Daisy Sour Cream $1.08
50cents/1 Daisy Sour Cream (Smart Source)

Vitamin Water $1
$1 off Vitamin Water (Smart Source 4/5)

Tropicana TROP50 $2.00
$1 off Tropicana printable

Monday, May 4, 2009

Baking or Cooking for the Freezer and Eating Healthier

Right now my husband and I are working to change our families eating habits. We both need to lose a little more than a few pounds. Our girls are super active and are thin but we don't want them to grow up having bad habits.

We started the day after Easter. We had been on vacation the week before so we figured this would be a great start. First on the list was to make sure I was buying fruits and veggies every week. Next was to cut out soda! This was a crazy one but I can be pretty determined. I was a serious Dr Pepper addict and I am proud to say I haven't had one in 3 weeks. I will confess that last Tuesday night I was not feeling great and I had a Sprite. So 1 soda in 3wks not bad for a soda-holic. The girls are not forbidden from soda but I am just not buying any to bring home. If they go somewhere and want one they can have one.

This last part has been probably the hardest....cutting down on too much processed food. Okay so we are not going to be processed food free but we just wanted to make a conscious effort to bring home less. So we are buying less frozen meals, frozen snacks and such.

So the first thing I needed to do was figure out some lunch ideas for hubby and I. On the 23rd I cooked up a big pot of Pinto Beans and Rice. I just went by the directions on the bag. I added in plenty of seasoning, salt, pepper, etc. I also cooked up a big pot of Lentils and Rice. I separated these individually and put some in the downstairs freezer and some upstairs freezer. In the morning just sit one out to thaw. Later heat up on a tortilla and add lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese, sour cream or whatever you like.
Last week while I was cooking dinner and was already in the kitchen I decided to start up a batch of Chili. I got it all ready and turned it on simmer then just set the timer for 2 hrs. I divided this into 2 meals. One will be for Chili Dogs this week and the other will go to my Grandparents tomorrow.

Saturday I decided to bake some snacks for the girls. First I premade Peanut Butter and Syrup Sandwiches for the school lunches. 1 Bag is here and the other is in the upstairs freezer.

I used 1 Jar Skippy Natural and mixed it with enough maple syrup to sweeten. Honey also works great but I was out. 1 Jar made 17 sandwiches. They are each individually bagged then are loaded into a ziploc freezer bag.
All they have to do is grab one out in the morning and stick it in their lunch box and by lunch time they have a thawed sandwich.

I also baked 8 dozen Oatmeal muffins. The girls love these, so do hubby and I. I am not a great baker but these are easy.

3 packets Instant Oatmeal
1 cup milk
1 cup self rising flour
1tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup oil (use applesauce for healthier version)

Empty oatmeal into a bowl and cover with milk and let sit while you mix other ingredients. In another bowl add flour, salt, brown sugar and mix together. Then add egg, applesauce and milk oatmeal mixture. Blend together. 1 batch makes 12 regular size muffins. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. I checked mine at 15. My stove time varied from the recipe.

I made some in muffin pans and some in a square pan and cut them into bars. The flavors I made were, Blueberry, Banana, Strawberry, Strawberry/banana, Cinnamon Swirl, Apples and Cinnamon, Peach. A couple were doubled.
By using skim milk and applesauce in this recipe the muffins came to 100-120 calories a piece.

Needless to say by the time my baking day was over I had lost about 1 1/2 doz of the muffins. Kids and Hub had to taste test most flavors.
We ended up with 3 bags in the freezer and 1 in the fridge. These are great for Breakfast, in the lunch box or after school snack.

My older daughter is adapting to these changes very well my youngest is not. She wants chicken nuggets, frozen pizzas and hot pockets. So I am in search of healthier ways to make similar convenience items at home. If anyone has any bulk freezer recipes on kid approved snack foods I would love to hear them.

CVS Best Deals of the Week 5/3 to 5/9

Adidas Deodorant $3.99 and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks (limit 3)
$1/1 Adidas Deodorant (Red Plum 4/5)

Colgate Max Fresh or Max White $2.99 and earn $2 Extra Care bucks (limit 2)
$1/1 or .75/1 Colgate Max Fresh or Any Colgate Toothpaste (Smart Source 4/26)

Zantrex 3 Insta-shot 2pk $4.99 and earn $4.99 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)

Kellogg’s Cereals: Frosted Flakes, Smart Start, Frosted Mini Wheats, Special K Cereals $3.34 (Buy 3 and earn $5 Extra Care Bucks)
Use (3) $1/1 Kellogg's printable or $1 off Kellogg's (Red Plum 4/5) or

if you are a member of Vocal Point you should have received Mini Wheats coupons this week. Buy 3 Mini Wheats and use B1G1 Free Mini Wheats and 2 $1 off Mini Wheats.

Physician’s Formula Plump Potion Lipstick $9.99 and earn $5 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1) $1/1 any Physician’s Formula Cosmetic (Smart Source 4/19)

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 5/3 to 5/9

Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste $4.49 and earn $4.50 Register Reward
$1 Colgate Printable

Right Guard Antiperspirant Deodorant $2.99 and earn $2 Register Rewards
$1/1 Right Guard (Smart Source 4/19)

Pert Plus Shampoo for Men $2.50 (Earn $2 Register Rewards when you buy 2)
Use (2) $1.50 Pert Plus for Men (Smart Source 5/3)

Bayer Quick Release Crystals $2.49 and earn $2.49 Register Rewards (at my store they had $1 off Bayer Crystals coupons right beside the Bayer)

FREE Redbox Movie Code 5/4/09

Okay guys here is todays free Redbox Code. This one can be picked up at any Redbox Kiosk.


You have until midnight tonight to pick up your movie.

Just follow the three steps below to redeem your code at any redbox:

1. Touch "RENT WITH A PROMO CODE" on the redbox touch screen
2. Make your DVD selections and add them to your cart
3. Your discount will be applied during check out

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Shopping April 24th through April 30th

Here we are at a brand new week and a new $200 budget!

Kmart Super Doubles
2 Suave Lotion @ $2.50 each
2 Kotex @ $1.29 each
2 Dove Conditioner @ $4.09 each
3 Suave Shampoo/Conditioner @ $1.67 each
2 Herbal Essences @ $3 each
4 Ziploc Bags @ $2 each
Bounty $2.49
3 All Small & Mighty @ $4.79 each
2 Oust @ $3.79 each
3 Trident Gum @ $2.49 each

2 $1 off Suave Lotion doubled to $2 each
2 75cents off Kotex doubled to FREE
2 $1.50 off Dove Conditioner doubled to $3 off each
2 $ off Herbal Essences doubled to $2 off each
2 $1/2 Ziploc bags doubled to $2/2
$1 off Bounty doubled to $2 off
2 $2 off All doubled to $4 off each
2 $2 off Oust doubled to FREE
2 $1 off Trident doubled to $2 off

total spent = 17.63

Stayfree 82 cents
Stayfree $2.99
Mitchum Deodorant $2.99

$2/2 Stayfree
$3 Register Reward

Total Spent = $2.09 and earned $2 Register Reward

3 Stride Gum @ 68cents each
Teddy graham Minis $1.67
4 Sobe Water @ $1 each
2 Glade Candles @ $5.74 each

$2/3 Stride Gum
$1 off Teddy Grahams
2 B1G1 Free Sobe
2 $4 off Glade

Total Spent = $7.56 and earned $5 Gift Card

2 Kroger Bread @ 78 cents each
Tomatoes 98 cents
Navel Oranges $1.71
Fuji Apples $3.92
Hotdog Buns $1
Hamburger Buns $1.58
Kroger Pizza Crust $3.09
Red Grapes $1.63
Bananas $1.12
Green Pepper 97 cents
Sargento Cheese $1.99
2 Caprisun Sunrise @ $1.84 each
Kroger OJ $2.50
Kroger Raisin Bran 99cents
3 Parkay @ $1 each
Chicken Breast $5.99
Kroger Cheese $1.50
Kroger Sour Cream $1
3 Duncan Hines Cake Mix @ 89cent each
Kroger Applesauce $1.55
Cheerios $2
2 Hunts Pudding @ $1 each
McCormick Grill Seasoning $1
4 Kroger diced Tomatoes @ 59cents each
2 Kroger Salsa @ $1 each
Classico Pesto $2.79
Kroger Just Fruit $1.69
Artichoke Hearts $1.79
Kroger Peanut Butter $1.74
Luzianne Tea $2.19
Glaceau Water $1.59
3 Kroger Tortilla @ $1.05 each
2 Kroger Skim Milk @ $2.76 each
Sterlite Basket $1.89

-$20 (new Prescription)
3 35 cents off Duncan Hines Cake double to 70 cents each
$1 off Cheerios
2 $1 off Caprisun

total Spent = $49.19

Transaction #1
3 Tresemme Products @ $3.33 each
2 Gillette Deodorant @ $1.12 each (clearance)
Lady Speed Stick 87cents (clearance)

75cents off Lady Speed Stick
3 $1 off Tresemme
2 $1 off Gillette
-$7.89 Extra Care Bucks

Total Spent 75 cents and earned $5 Extra Care Bucks for Tresemme

Transaction #2
2 Crest Pro Health @ $2.88 each

-$5 Extra Care Bucks

Total Spent = 82 cents and earned $4 Extra Care Bucks

1 lb Turkey $5.46
Peanuts $1.38
2 V8 Fusion @ $2.98 each
Vinegar $2.38

2 $2 off V8

Total spent = $11.52

3 Post Trail Mix Crunch @ $2.50 each
Palmolive 88 cents
2 Johnson's Lotion @ $1.12 each
Dove Facial $3.49
Shick Intuition $8.99
2 Visine Singles @ $2.40 each
2 Lens Cloth @ $1 each

25 cents off Palmolive
2 $1 off Johnson's Baby
2 $1 off Visine
3 $2 off Post
$2.50 off Dove CVS CRT
$4 off Shick Intuition
-$4 Extra Care Bucks
-$5/$30 CRT

Total Spent = $4.64 and earned $4 Extra Care bucks for Shick

Walgreens Migraine Med 87cents (clearance)
Advil $1.09 (clearance)
Nivea Body Wash $4.99

$1 off Nivea
$4 Register Rewards

Total Spent =$2.39 and earned $5 Register Rewards for Nivea

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2 Jiffy Pancakes @ 53 cents each
2 Shick Razors @ $5 each (clearance)

$1 off Nivea
2 $4 off Shick
-$5.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent = $2.83 and earned $5 Register Rewards

For a grand total this week of $99.42

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Cooking with Emeri: Spicy Chicken Tacos

Emeri cooked on Thursday this week. She made Spicy Chicken Tacos.

Not sure if you see the trend here but my kids love chicken! :)

We made a few changes but you can check out the original recipe here.

You will need:
canola oil
Chicken breast
sour cream
green pepper
cilantro (we used dried)
cheese (we used mexican shredded, I had no idea what the other stuff was)

Emeri took the 2 Chicken breasts and chopped them up into small pieces with shears.

She added 1tsp canola to the pan then the chicken and then let it cook.

She began chopping up the vegetables. The tomato onions and pepper.

When the chicken was cooked through she removed from the pan and set it aside in a bowl. She added the other tsp of canola to the pan and the put all the veggies in. We chose to add the tomatoes now rather than not cook them.

After a few minutes she added minced garlic, 1/2 cup salsa and 2 tsp dried cilantro. I thought I had cumin but I didn't.
She added the chicken back in and let it cook for a few minutes.

We used flour tortillas instead of corn.
We filled the warm tortillas with the chicken and veggie mixture and topped with cheese and sour cream. This made 3 tacos for hubby and 2 each for me and the girls.

The tacos were delicious! Everyone loved them although Jonah had to pick out the green peppers. It was really quick and easy to make, I didn't have to help Em with anything. I basically just photographed! :)

Yet another recipe added to the collection!