AO Opinions: Upcoming Project on Beauty Products $75

AO Opinions is another Market Research company that I get information from. Right now they are recruiting for an upcoming research study on the topic of Beauty Products.

  • To be considered, please complete the pre-screener survey here.
  • Compensation: $75 (if chosen)
  • 90 Min Online Groups
  • Starting Week of Jan 17, 2022 

1/17/2022 Weekly Meal Plan


I did absolutely no meal prep over the weekend. The big kid has Covid-19, and little sister spent the week at home also, as she is in close contact and needed to quarantine. I’m vaxxed and boosted (and I tested negative on Tuesday), so I’ve been going to work and the usual. BUT- Every winter, after Christmas without fail I lose my voice. It’s been an “annual tradition” (honestly one I could live without) for at least…15 years. No other symptoms- just no voice. Or I sound like I’ve been a lifelong smoker.

Taking care of sick and bored kids is not fun, and it takes up every waking hour.

Luckily, we are back on the CSA train- We need some fresh produce in our lives and I hate carrying more groceries upstairs!

Veggies and fruit are delivered by Yasukochi Family Farms CSA. For $25, it’s a great deal. I don’t have to pick anything, go to the store, or carry it upstairs. I can’t go to the store and get the same amount we get weekly for $25. Seriously. It’s a deal. They email a preview of what will be in the boxes over the weekend, so I can start thinking about what I’d like to make.

We’ve been trying a lot of new foods lately, thanks to the really great freebies from Social Nature lately too. It’s fun to try new foods.

For those of you that are new to meal planning, I’ve got an easy 101 style post here with super easy tips and steps. After you get that down, here is info about batch or freezer cooking.

I’ve gotten a pretty good inventory of the pantry, freezer, and fridge done (I try to update it after every shopping trip), so I’m able to plan meals and use up what we’ve got with little waste.

I only post our dinner plans for the week, because our other meals are usually the same each day.

Breakfast: Coffee with 1/2 and 1/2  for me, and pancakes or something along those lines for the kids. They are also into fruit and bagels for breakfast. Lately the big kid has been digging protein shakes in the morning. This is his favorite kind. 

Lunch: I have a plastic tote in the cupboard full of self-serve snacks. I buy treats and snacks in bulk and fill up snack-sized zip-top bags. I’m back to packing lunches again. However, school lunches are free this year- Little Bit has been buying her lunch and expanding her palate.

Dinner: This week we’ll start enjoying some Dream Dinners, and I’ll be posting pics and deets all over my social media!

  • Monday: Roasted Veggies, Soup and Grilled Cheese sandwiches
  • Tuesday: Nug night- I’ve got 3 different types, krinkle fries, apple slices & orange wedges
  • Wednesday: Tortellini and Vegetable Medley Soup, Garlic Bread
  • Thursday:   Quesadillas, roasted corn salsa, beans & rice
  • Friday: Takeout night!
  • Saturday:  Leftovers
  • Sunday:  Wings, Salad, cheesy mashed potatoes

Please stay safe you guys!

Starting 1/19/2022: Free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests

As many of you know, Covid hit our house last week and trying to find tests has been impossible. Thankfully here in our city, the school district has testing facilities for students and staff. We will be masking up and waiting in that line tomorrow morning bright and early to re-test the big kiddo and get him cleared to go back to school.

For the rest of us, starting on Wednesday, you can order Free at-home COVID-19 tests from

Every home in the U.S. can soon order 4 free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests will be completely free—there are no shipping costs and you don’t need to enter a credit card number.

The website is up, but ordering capabilities will not be available until 1/19/2022.

In the meantime, a new federal law mandates that private insurance companies must reimburse covered individuals for over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at up to $12 per test.

Consumers can either purchase the testing kits at no cost or submit receipts for reimbursement from the insurance company. For more information or specific details, contact your insurance company directly.

As always, if you are sick (with anything, not just COVID): Stay home, wash your hands frequently, throw away your used tissues, cover your nose and mouth if you must be around others, stay hydrated, and REST. I know it’s hard to give yourself permission to chill and do nothing, but sleep and rest give your body a chance to recover. Also- Chicken soup. My recipe is here. The more veggies, the better.


1/13/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals

Sorry this has been so late today.

The big kid tested positive for ‘Rona, and so I’ve been dealing with a sick kiddo (he mostly has a headache and is “soooo bored” that he’s taking naps a lot), plus little sister had to quarantine because of close contact (she and I both tested negative on Tuesday). And I’m rocking my annual sore throat that culminates in losing my voice for a week.  Other than that… We are doing great!

I’m going to try and include links to free local events as well. Please remember to follow all local public health guidelines. In California, that means wearing masks inside businesses and public spaces.

I’m working on new birthday freebies for 2022 as well. If you know of any, please drop me an email!


Free Fire Ant Temporary Tattoo
Free Maddy’s Sweet Shop Shortbread Snaps
Free Soapbox Vitamin Complex Shampoo
Free Makebreak: Silver and Snow Paint Pour Art at Michael’s
Free CVS Health Baby Wipes
Free Wildlife Services Tick Remover
Free Just Crack An Egg Omelet Rounds at Walmart
Free Lane Bryant Gift Card Giveaway
Free At-Home COVID Test (Anthem Insurance holders only)
Free Veggiecraft Farms Veggie Pasta
Free Beauty Services at Aveda
Free OUI Juicy Couture Play Eau de Parfum Set
Free Sample of Hermes Paris Fragrance
Free SOS Hydration Kids Electrolyte Drink Mix at Walmart
Free Candle & Diffuser + $75 eGift Code
Free Emerald Ash Borer Temporary Tattoo
Free Sample of Enemeez Mini or Enemeez Plus Samples
Free Racecar Track Sets
Free NotCo Plant-Based Milk Alternative
Free Sample of Yes Life CBD Oil & Hemp CBD Pain Relief Cream
Free Coca-Cola with Coffee at Walmart
Free I Am Still Serving Decal
Free Mexican Fruit Fly Temporary Tattoo
Free Bestway Slide ‘n Glide Party Kit
Free Defend the Flock Magnet
Free Spotted Lantern Fly Stickers
Free Vital Proteins Collagen Peptide at Select Stores
Free Soapbox Vitamin Complex Conditioner
Free Hallmark Card Every Month
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Free Smart Battery Powered Toothbrush
Free Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Temporary Tattoo
Free Origins Original Skin Matte Moisturizer
Free Lintbells YuMOVE Joint Health Supplement for Dogs


Dani Leopard Clutch ONLY $14.99 Shipped (Reg $29.99)
Pocket Collared Coat ONLY $14.97 (Reg $55)
Kate Spade Bailey Shoulder Bag ONLY $89 (Reg $359)
Divatex Quick Dry Hand Towel ONLY $2.93 (Reg $10)
Bella Pro Series 4.2-qt Analog Air Fryer ONLY $29.99 (Reg $60)
Hunter Women’s Tall Boots ONLY $79.97 (Reg $150)
Little Tikes Whale Teeter Totter ONLY $25 (Reg $75)
Champion Boys Basketball Shorts ONLY $9.59 (Reg $24)
Lancôme Eye Makeup Remover ONLY $16 (Reg $32)
Spider-Man Hat And Wallet ONLY $8.30 (Reg. $20)
Lenovo Smart Clock 2 ONLY $49.99 (Reg $70)
Philips Sonicare One Rechargeable Toothbrush $23.95 (Reg. $40)
Victoria’s Secret Classic Backpack ONLY $12.99 (Reg $30)
MUK LUKS Women’s Sarina Boots ONLY $27.99 (Reg. $60)
Ulta Love Your Skin Event: 50% Off Lancome, Murad and More
NuWave 15.5-Qt Air Fryer Oven $110 + $25 Kohl’s Cash
Chatties Fuchsia Glitter Clog for Girls ONLY $7.99 (Reg $20)
Brother P-Touch PT-M95 Label Maker ONLY $24.99 (Reg. $50)

Tryazon: Bestway is Back with Triple Water Slides!

We’ve been participating in Tryazon events for three+ years. We’ve gotten to try all sorts of fun toys, games, and food.  You can learn more about Tryazon here.

Slip ‘n slide right into spring with this Tryazon Featured Party opportunity, sponsored by Bestway. The H20GO! Triple Water Slide has three lanes so kids can race their friends down the slide and land in the cushioned splash pool! Simply inflate and connect your garden hose to get wet and stay cool all summer long. Let the H20GO! Triple Water Slide be your passport to fun! Plus, you will have three weeks to complete the party so you have the flexibility to pick the best weather day for your area.

Tryazon has 400 hosting spots open for this opportunity! Those selected get to receive the Triple Water Slide to share with friends and family! Learn more and apply here.

Cross Country Cafe: Win 96 hot cocoa K-Cup® pods!

Every month, Cross Country Cafe has a giveaway. This month, it’s hot cocoa time!

Enter to win FOUR full-size boxes of Hot Chocolate K-Cup® coffee pods! One random winner will be chosen on February 1st, 2022. Enter before January 30th, 2022 at midnight EDT.

If hot cocoa isn’t your jam, Cross Country Cafe has all kinds of great sales and deals on flavored coffees and more here.

Looking for more inspiration? Cross Country Cafe has an entire page dedicated to fun, easy recipes here. 

$300 Online Paid Opinion Study ~ San Diego County Residents aged 21+ needed

This popped into my inbox last night really late and I knew that some of you have availability and might qualify for this upcoming study.

Not everyone who fills out their information will be selected.

San Diego, CA ~ San Diego County residents aged 21 and older are needed for a 1-day online opinion study being held on Thursday, February 3. The group runs from 9:00am – 5:00pm PST. In addition to the online focus group, it will be necessary for you to complete a Zoom test session. To thank you for your time, you’ll receive $300 for participating. Please note, this is an online video group, so you’ll need a desktop or laptop with a working camera, microphone, speaker, and Zoom capabilities to participate.
  • Please click here to see if you qualify.
  • Location: Zoom (Online)
  • Incentive: $300
  • Date(s): Thursday, February 3
  • Time(s): 9:00am-5:00pm PST


Cents of Style: COZY Weekly Deal- 1/10/22- Shackets & Outerwear an Extra 20% Off!

Outerwear** This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Shacket? That’s a jacket+shirt! More than a shirt, but not as heavy as a jacket.  This week, Cents of Style is offering the coziest Shackets, sherpa, and lightweight jackets that are cozy, comfy, and will keep the winter chill away. There are 14 styles and they come in various sizes through xs-3xl.

You’ll save an Extra 20% Off Lowest Marked Price Starting AT $16 with coupon code: OUTERLAYER at checkout. This sale only goes through 1/17/2022, so get on this deal!

Favorite Tops

Gazelle- Save up to 15% Off iPhone 8 through 12 models!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

What better way to start the new year than with a new iPhone! Gazelle is offering up to 15% off on iPhones 8 through 12 models. This offer runs for a limited time only through 1/24/2022.

Get 15% off iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone X at Gazelle. Or, if your are looking for something a little different-  Get 5% off iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 at Gazelle.

And it gets better! If you have a qualified device to trade-in, you can earn some money too! Sign up For The Gazelle Rewards Program Today (click that link for more info and details- First-time customers can get an extra $5 when they trade-in).

Q-inisghts Automotive Research Pays $150


Q-insights is another company where I do research groups, focus groups, and online surveys to earn extra money.

They have a lot of stuff in South Orange County, and less often San Diego County. this time, Q-insights has an upcoming survey being held this weekend in Santa Ana, Orange County for males and females 20-69 who own one of the vehicles below that are 2017 or newer. The survey pays $150.

If you have one of these vehicles, please fill out the following link which will allow you to qualify and schedule yourself here. 

You must have one of these listed vehicles 2017 or newer and must provide original proof of ownership to participate:

Buick Envision
Chevy Blazer
Chevy Bolt EUV
Chevy Bolt EV
Chevy Equinox
Chevy Malibu
Chevy Traverse
Dodge Journey
Ford Edge
Ford Escape
Ford Explorer
Ford Fusion
Ford Mustang Mach E
GMC Terrain
Honda Accord
Honda CR-V
Honda Passport
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai Nexo
Hyundai Palisade
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Tucson
Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Compass
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Wrangler (4-door)
Kia Niro EV
Kia Optima
Kia Sorento
Kia Soul EV
Kia Sportage
Kia Telluride
Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-9
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Altima
Nissan Murano
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Outback
Tesla Model Y
Toyota Camry
Toyota Highlander
Toyota RAV4
Toyota Venza
VW Atlas Cross Sport
VW Passat