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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

#IHOP gift cards @ 20% off

All you people who eat breakfast for dinner, I just got word that CityDeals is getting IHOP gift cards in.  These are real plastic gift cards valid at any location nationwide AND they're 20% off face value right now on CityDeals! Remember that IHOP makes more than just breakfast food too.  All the IHOP I could ever want, all day every day, for 20% off? It's like a dream come true!  

Monday, November 22, 2010

And the Fiber One giveaway winner is......

tristatecruisers said...
Never tried it but would love to--looks like a great cereal that's good for you!! :) marci

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Baking with #ConAgra and #CollectiveBias for #FamilyMeals

I was happy to be chosen to participate in a recipe swap for #ConAgra, #CollectiveBias and #FamilyMeals. I swapped recipes with Tina and this is the whrrl I created for the shopping trip at Walmart. See the whrrl below for the step by step recipe of these great cookies.

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Here is the recipe for these awesome cookies. Step by step! If you have any problems please feel free to leave me a comment.

 More check-ins at Walmart Supercenter #827
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I was compensated for by Collective Bias for this but all the opinions are my own.

#MurphyUSA gift card shop

I had so much fun this weekend going shopping for a reason.
I was asked by #CollectiveBias and #MurphyUSA to go to Murphy USA and buy a $25 gift card, using the $1 coupon they gave me to share with you (see below) and then to see what I can get for that $25. Check out my Whrrl to see what I did.

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Just click on the Murphy USA coupon and it will look like a picture. Just 'save as' and print it out. If you have any problems at all, please let me a comment and let me know. Go to Murphy Gas to sign up for e-offers to arrive in your email. I get '$ off gas' all the time. It's fantastic!!


I was compensated by #MurphyUSA and #CollectiveBias for my shopping trip but the opinions are solely my own.

Went shopping for #Orowheat Sandwich Thins

Today was such a busy day. I went shopping for #Orowheat Sandwich Thins at Walmart for #CollectiveBias. I have tried these before and really liked them, I had 2 coupons that will expire at the end of December, so I thought this was a great time to use them.
There are so many different kinds of breads out there, it could send a novice bread buyer (yes, I'm sure there must be some out there) into a tailspin.
There they were, at the end of the aisle, after the bagels, english muffins and hotdog buns. There were also up kind of high (Ok, I'm 5'2" and almost everything is kind of high me, but still) so it was hard to find them. Good thing I had my tall (5'7") daughter with me and we were looking specifically for them or we might have passed them by.
There are 3 different kinds, at least that's what my Walmart had and I bought Honey Wheat. I brought them home and had tuna on them and let me tell you, they were soooo good. My kids also like them so it's not just me. They're kid approved, for sure. I had to 'call' the last 2 left so I could have them the next day for lunch. I swear.
So make sure if you want some of these, you look for them so you don't miss them. And trust me, you don't want to miss them.

Take a look at my whrrl for even more information.......

More check-ins at Walmart Supercenter #827
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I was compensated for my shopping trip by #CollectiveBias but all the opinions are my own.

Went shopping at Walmart for #ColdStoneCocoa

My family and I had a great time this weekend decorating the house, inside and out, to make it Christmasy. We decorated the outside with lights and put up the Christmas tree inside because my 11 year old wanted to put it up so bad. As a reward we went to Walmart today and I bought some #ColdStoneCocoa. Take a look at my Whrrl below to see how it went.

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I was compensated for my trip by #CollectiveBias and #ColdStoneCocoa but all the opinions are mine.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Yesterday's News Cat Litter BOGO coupon

yesterdays news

Click here for a great Buy One Get One Free coupon from Yesterday's News Cat litter. You will have to sign in or register before you get to the coupon.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What brings you comfort and joy?

What brings your comfort and joy? Something pops into my mind so quickly and overwhelmingly I must tell you about it.
Last year, even before what should have been cold and flu season my 11 year old son got sick and almost immediately I got sick too. Here I was, with a high fever, trying to drag my son to the bathtub because he had a high fever that wouldn't break. I had so little energy I could barely sit up nevermind carry my son to the bathroom. All of a sudden, my 20 year old daughter showed up out of nowhere to literally save the day. She came in to see me sitting next to the tub and him crying because he was so cold. "Mom, go lay down, I've got this." So off I went, back to the couch while my daughter give my son the rest of his tepid bath, trying to get his fever to break, which thankfully it did.
She stayed here, with me and her little brother, being Nurse Nightingale, for a solid three days, replacing our Gingerale and boxes of Kleenex, and making us soup. She let me sleep during the night and stayed up until 6:30 in the morning, not sleeping at all in case her little brother woke up because he told her he felt safer knowing she was close. She went to bed when I woke up, but only for a few hours and then woke up in time to make me chicken noodle soup for lunch and take care of us all over again.
It was likely the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. How she never got sick with H1N1 like we did is still a mystery but I'm glad she stayed 'sick free'. I always knew I raised a wonderfully caring daughter, this just proved it.

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14 ways to have a fresh and festive holiday

How do you keep the holidays fresh and festive? Here are some ways I do it.

1. When I decorate my house I often use Christmas scented candles to make it smell festive. My husband has a thing about getting a real tree so we always have a fake one. I use pine scented candles to make it smell like I actually have a living tree. It makes me feel good.

2. Homemade cranberries are such a highlight to our table during the holidays. We could go and buy it out of the can but that's just so boring. Cranberries, sugar and water is all takes from homemade cranberry sauce and it's really the one and only thing besides a turkey and stuffing that my kids make sure we have for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

3. I make people crocheted items for Christmas and send them off in the mail. When I do I put half a sheet of Snuggle fabric softener in it. I've actually had people call me and ask what scent it is because they love the way it made their item smell.

4. I always have homemade cookies for the kids in the freezer. I have a 'to die for' shortbread cookie recipe that tastes even better when they're frozen so I keep them in a container and every time we have company they come out. Always a good idea to have extra cookies around.

5. When I launder my sheets and blankets and put them away I put a Snuggle fabric softener sheet in between each sheet/blanket. When you take them out to be used they still smell clean and fresh. Such a great thing when you have unexpected guests. It  makes them feel special.

6. Fresh cabbage salad. Most people might call it coleslaw but this was something my dutch grandmother used to make all the time for Christmas and I love it. Shredded red and green cabbage, shredded carrots, shredded celery, Miracle Whip and done.This was always my favorite growing up and it reminds me of her when I make it.

7. When putting up my inside Christmas lights I always make sure I outline doorways. It adds a special welcoming feeling when you come in. It's a really nice, warm feeling.

8. Every year I take the kids to the store (Walmart or Target) and they each get to pick out one new ornament. It's a tradition. I have 2 grown kids, a teenager and an 11 year old so I have a full tree. It's fun to look back at the ornaments from years past.

9. Every Christmas Eve my kids get to open one gift from me. It always contains new pajamas and a coloring book or something to do. That way, on Christmas morning when you're taking pictures the kids always look their best in their new, often Christmasy, pj's.

10. We live in Texas so it's never snowy on Christmas Eve. We have a bonfire and roast wienies and marshmallows. It's become a great family tradition and a great way to get more clean, fresh air. I take pictures every year around the campfire. Eventually I want to put them all in a book.

11. Fresh egg nog is also a long standing family tradition that my father started many years ago. Homemade too, not bought from the store. Every Christmas morning, after all the gifts have been opened, he gets up from his 'dad chair' to make egg nog. It's easy. It's fresh. And boy, oh boy, is it good.

12. Right about now every year, my kids start looking for the clemintines to come out in the store. They love the fact (when they were little) that they have little baby oranges that they can peel for themselves. My youngest usually has one or two at a time.

13. Getting a live Poinsettia is always something I do too. I do have cats and dogs so I have to be careful the cats don't get into them but I find it adds such an elegance to any table they are sitting on.

14. Lastly, we always wreaths on our doors to welcome our guests, from family to the UPS guy. It's always a conversation piece because I let the kids pick a theme and we decorate them together. Sometimes they're a bit cooky, but that makes it even more fun.

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Frank's Red Hot Chex Mix made for #CollectiveBias

I was compensated by #Collective Bias and #FranksRedHot to make this video but all the opinions and silliness is my own. Check out my Whrrl story here.

Polaroid Flip Cam $19.99 today only

 My son asked me for a 'video camera' for Christmas and I thought it was wayyyy out of my budget until I got an email from 1SaleADayDeals this morning with this deal. I looked around to see reviews and it does have favorable reviews everywhere I looked. It even comes in 4 different colors. I think I might get one, how about you? It is $19.99 plus $4.99 for shipping. Click here for more info.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wholly Guacamole $1.50/1 coupon

My  name is Lisa and I'm a guacoholic. There. I feel better now. I love this stuff! So when I find a good coupon for it I am very happy. Here is a new one for $1.50 when you buy 1. Right now it's on sale for $3.99 at a lot of places so it's a good time to buy! I am.
Click here for your coupon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

2 Free Tacos at Jack in the Box today 11/16/10


Don't forget to get your free tacos from Jack in the Box. Pick up 2 on Jack!

$1/1 Pilgrim's Pride Fresh Chicken coupon

Here is a great coupon for one of those things we barely see coupons for....fresh meat! Click here for your $1/1 Pilgrim's Pride fresh chicken!
Just so you know, Pilgrim's is the same as Pilgrim's Pride. They have revamped their logo.

Blockbuster Express Free Rental Code

Don't you just love Blockbuster Express? They send me free coupon codes all the time. That's a wonderful thing. Here is the latest Monday morning code: FRMNDY. It is good only for today 11/15/10, for one free rental. Add it in the Promo box at checkout.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank you to my Grandfather on Veteran's Day / Rememberance Day

My grandparents met in Holland, when my Grandfather Roy Holmes was in the Canadian Armed Forces that liberated Holland from Germany and married a Dutch girl, who he brought back to Canada with him. I love you Grandma and Grandpa and miss you both terribly. Thank you for your service Grandpa, that made our family possible.

ExpoTV is the best place online to earn giftcards for Christmas

Join ExpoTV to earn gift cards

I joined Expo Tv over a year ago and there are no sites around that are better for earning points to get gift cards or other prizes (in my opinion). I usually, ok, every time, get CVS gift cards. They are 600 points and one video review is generally about 500 points so you can earn a $5 CVS gift card in no time. I honestly have not paid anything out of my pocket in months because I always have gift cards with me.
There are a lot of other things you can get too, including Amazon which is also 600 points for $5.
So click here and see what all the fuss is about. Trust me, you won't be sorry.
Here is some more info....

Click here now to join, what I think, is the best 'prize/money earner' around!

Side note: I've been using my gift cards for Amazon lately and have already bought a bunch of stuff for my kids for Christmas, and nothing out of my pocket. WooHoo!!! Thanks ExpoTV.

Family Dollar store coupons

Family Dollar has a bunch of store coupons you can print out here.
Some of the coupons available are Kleenex, Theraflu, Lysol and more.

You can stack manufacturer's and Family Dollar store coupons. You might want to print out the coupon policy on the site and bring it with you.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scotts Wild Bird Food $2 coupon

Ok, I must admit it. I am a huge bird watcher and love to fill my many bird feeders with birdseed that I buy from Walmart. So, to see this coupon for $2 off ANY Scotts Songbird Selections Wild Bird Food or Morning Song Wild Bird Food made me very happy, as it will my feathered friends. Click here to get yours. I already got mine!

Thank you to Money Saving Mom

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fiber One Giveaway. Enter today

If you’re dieting, chances are you’re hungry! You know skipping breakfast or drinking that diet shake just isn’t going to cut it. When diets leave you hungry, you can find yourself off-course and giving into dreaded and seemingly inevitable cravings.

We encourage you to start a discussion with your readers about their worst over-indulgence moments, and how Fiber One® Original cereal can help stop hunger from taking diets off-course.

Fiber helps satisfy your hunger so it’s easier to eat less and lose weight without feeling as hungry.

  • One serving of Fiber One Original cereal provides more than half (57%) of the Daily Value of fiber.
  • Fiber One Original cereal is a tasty way to start your morning on the right track with 0 grams of sugar, 14 grams of fiber, 60 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving.
For more information or additional tips, please visit
Now, for the fun stuff......
 You can enter to win this great gift package from Fiber One cereal and MyBlogSpark. It has a box of cereal, a note pad, a fantastic stainless steel water bottle, a scale to weigh your food on and a very cool bowl that you can carry your cereal in and your milk, keep it cold using a cold ring in the's just very cool! Trust me.
This cereal is not like any other cereal I've ever eaten. I like to eat it as a snack in the afternoon to get me through until dinner time. I usually eat it without milk too and it tastes good like that as a snack. It's also good on yogurt, and yes, I even tried it on a small bowl of vanilla ice cream this past weekend (defeating the purpose a bit huh?) and it added a nice crunch and taste to the already yummy ice cream. Don't be afraid to add it to things you wouldn't normally add it too. My daughter suggested crushing it and using it as a coating for baked chicken. I haven't done that yet but it doesn't sound like a bad idea!

If you would like to enter for a chance to win this there are a few easy ways for you to do so.

1. Leave a comment. Maybe let me know if you have tried this cereal in the past and what you think of it.

2. Subscribe to my daily email updates. Leave a comment letting me know.

3. Follow me on Twitter and leave a 'Tweet'. Come back here and leave a link to it in the comment section.

4. Make a blog post about it and leave a link to it in my comment section.

5. Become a Google follower. Leave a comment letting me know.

I will pick a winner using on Nov 22, so you have until Sunday November 21st 11:59pm CST to enter.

And don't forget to visit this post to a possible free box of Fiber One cereal, or at least a high dollar coupon for one.

General Mills provided me with the products, information, and prize packs through MyBlogSpark

Monday, November 1, 2010

Target many new ones

So many new Target coupons!! There are Kraft coupons, Market Pantry coupons, clothing coupons, beauty coupons, decoration coupons and so much more. I just printed 42 coupons and I'm going to go back and do it again. I suggest you do the same. I don't know if there is a limit or not but I'm not taking any chances.
Good for Target for making us want to do our holiday shopping there! Click here to get your coupons.