Tomorrow Only: Get a FREE Coke Energy

Woo Hoo! This deal popped into my inbox a few minutes ago! I live right across the street from a retailer, so I am definitely stoked for this freebie!

2020 is getting even longer this weekend with Daylight Savings Time. Give yourself the boost you need by getting a FREE can of Coke Energy tomorrow, October 30th! Pick one up at a store near you – check out participating stores here.

Locations include:

  • Circle K
  • Kum & Go
  • Pilot Flying J
  • TA
  • Holiday
  • Kwik Trip
  • MAPCO
  • Murphy USA
  • and More!

At some retailers you must claim the free Coke Energy within the retailer’s mobile app before redeeming in-store.

San Diego, CA Area Residents: FREE Produce and Perishable Groceries- 10/30/2020

Every Friday in October, our friends over at Faith Chapel understand that with all that’s going on in the world that some of us still need help finding healthy food during this difficult time. And that’s it not always safe for us to go to the store or hit up a farmers market.

Distribution is happening this every Friday in October (tomorrow is the last- I will find out if there will be more and update the blog), beginning at 10:00am.

This is a drive-thru style event, so you don’t have to leave your vehicles. There is no paperwork, no questions asked. Show up, pop your trunk, and fresh food is loaded for you, and you are on your way!

Here is a picture of what was available in previous weeks! Sometimes you get produce, sometimes is eggs, milk, and other dairy products and meat- it changes weekly!

Faith Chapel is located at 9400 Campo Road Spring Valley, CA 91977

FREE Mr. Mummy Pancake this week at IHOP!

I’m a little late to the game- I usually post about this deal a few weeks beforehand, but… Gestures at the state of the world… You know.

Celebrate Halloween With a Freaky Freebie From IHOP®!
Happy Halloween from IHOP®! Treat yourself to some seasonal stacks & treat the kids to a FREE Mr. Mummy Pancake when you visit your local IHOP® from October 26-30.

The kids and I are going to pass this year. They don’t like frosting on their pancakes, and the big one doesn’t like their butter (it’s really hard and it doesn’t melt on the pancakes, it tears the pancakes when you try to spread it).  I don’t like IHOP’s coffee. I know, I know… We are Denny’s snobs.

The Fine Print: For dine-in orders, kids age 12 & under receive one free Mr. Mummy Pancake between 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. from 10/26/2020 – 10/30/2020 at participating IHOP® locations. Limit one per child. For online orders via the IHOP® website or mobile app of $20 or more, receive one free Mr. Mummy pancake per order. Tax, gratuity and price of Mr. Mummy Pancake excluded. Not valid with other offers, coupons or discounts. No cash value. Offer valid from 10/26/20 to 10/30/2020. At participating restaurants. Further restrictions may apply.

10/26/2020 Weekly Meal Plan

0a5e9dab796cea8a07eabe4eb4795b9e.jpgI’ve started doing weekly meal planning on Sundays. It’s easier to do it while I’m writing up the weekly calendar/schedule and prepping the snack box for the week. I didn’t get a chance to type this up last night. I fell asleep around 8:30. I was tired.

The kids and I hit up the grocery store yesterday morning and loaded up on some stuff we needed (bread, cream cheese, bagels, grapes, and watermelon were chief among our “needs”).  Our meal plan is super light and easy this week.

Our weather is getting decidedly more “fall-like”. Last night I made a big batch of veggie soup, portioned it out, and popped containers into the freezer for later meals. I’ll be doing the same with the potato cheese soup I make later this week- and yes, I’ll be posting the recipe too!

Thanks to some local deals, offers, and the school lunches the kids bring home, I have been able to keep our grocery budget to $60 per week for the past MONTH! It’s amazing. The extra money is going into our holiday savings account.

If you have kids between 2-18, check with your local school to see if they are offering free lunches and/or breakfasts. You can also check the USDA Website– but it might be a little out of date.

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 update it after every shopping trip), so I’m able to plan meals and use up what we’ve got with little waste. If you are looking for kitchen inventory printable, I like the kitchen inventories here. They are great printables.

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 love the Kodiak Cakes Mix).  I also keep sandwich Ziploc bags of other frozen fruit on hand to make the kids smoothies when they request them (a few times per week). Berries, peaches, and mangos are pretty popular. recently the Big Kid has been on a protein shake kick in the AM. I’ll be posting the recipe for his current favorite this coming week.

Lunches will be whatever the kids want for the time being. The big kid has lunch at school, so it’s whatever he chooses from the lunch box in the cupboard, plus some fruit and juice or milk. Since the little girl is in the morning cohort at school, she has lunch at home. Buttered noodles, yogurt, apple slices, and a popsicle are her go-to lunch.

Usually, I do a crockpot meal on Mondays, but now that we are home all the time, we’ve been having an odd combination of fully home-cooked, scratch meals, and frozen entrees and veggies. I have been posting our meal plans on Instagram too- As well as pics of stuff we are doing to keep busy.

  • Sunday:  Veggie Soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Monday:  Sandwiches and Salad (I bought a rotisserie chicken at Costco yesterday, so we had roasted chicken, bacon, and mozzarella sandwiches)
  • Tuesday: Nuggets and Fruit (Big kid has OT in the late afternoon, so it’s always a quick dinner on Tuesday)
  • Wednesday:  Potato Cheese Soup and Garlic bread (I’ll post the recipe this week- it’s super easy and frugal!)
  • Thursday: Bacon, veggie, and cheese frittata,  fruit
  • Friday:  Pizza Night!
  • Saturday: Protein Muffins, fruit salad, and Greek yogurt

Please stay safe you guys! The sooner we flatten the curve, the sooner life can go back to normal- whatever that means.

Talk Back: What are you cooking for dinner this week?

10/23/2020 Friday Freebies and Deals!

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This Friday’s freebies and deals have some awesome goodies! Keep your eyes peeled for some great upcoming freebies and deals. A lot of retailers are not doing the usual Black Friday deals to keep the stores open and enforce social distancing.  Deals and freebies will be trickling out slowly from now until the winter holidays.

As always, if you find an amazing deal or freebie, please share it in the comments below.

Freebies:

Free BABE Wine Chatterbox Kit
Tasty Freebies from Social Nature!

Chalkola Chalk Markers Giveaway

Allure Beauty Enthusiasts – Free Beauty Products
Free Kinder Joy
Free Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers
Free Subscription to Entrepreneur Magazine
FREE Amazon Baby Box Samples Back in Stock
Free Boursin Cheese
Free Sample of Vitafol Ultra or Gummies Prenatal Vitamins
Free Coors Seltzer 12-Pack
Free Alpha Foods Breakfast Burrito
Free Dr. Praeger’s Oaties Oatmeal Dippin’ Sticks
Free KVD Vegan Beauty Sample at Sephora
Free Drink at Blaze Pizza
Free Sample of The Nue Co. Beauty Serum
Free UNIQLO Heattech Top Item
Free Positive Promotions 2021 Wall Calendar Sample Pack
Free Latinas en Marcha Pledge to Vote Stickers, T-Shirt & Bag
Free GoGo squeeZ Applesauce
Free Sample of Tom Ford Black Orchid

 

Deals:

Cute Buckle Ankle Booties ONLY $27.99 (Reg $60)
Buffalo Plaid Clutch ONLY $11.99 Shipped (Reg $25)
Medela Advanced Breast Pump with Tote ONLY $107 (Reg. $250)
BIC Xtra-Precision Mechanical Pencils ONLY $5.47 (Reg. $13)
NuWave Brio 7.25-qt. Air Fryer ONLY $67.99 (Reg. $130)
Save up to 30% on Simple Modern Tumblers & Water Bottles
Power Bites Chews Dog Treats ONLY $2.21 Shipped (Reg $7)
Save 50% on Lady Gaga Makeup on Amazon
Dinosaur Bring Along Backpack and Dinosaur Toy $8.32 (Reg. $23)
Hot Wheels id HiWay Hauler ONLY $2.99 (Reg. $7)
Crock-Pot Express 6-Quart Pressure Cooker ONLY $49.99 (Reg $100)
5-Minute Halloween Stories Hardcover ONLY $5.81 (Reg. $13)
MUK LUKS Women’s Patti Boots ONLY $39.99 Shipped (Reg. $76)
Mytex Deena 3-Pc Comforter Set ONLY $18.99 at Macy’s (Reg $80)
Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee Machine ONLY $99.99 (Reg $193)
MUK LUKS Women’s Clog With Fur Lining ONLY $14.99 (Reg. $32)
Room on the Broom Board Book ONLY $4.00 (Reg. $8)
MUK LUKS Women’s Kathleen Boots ONLY $36.99 (Reg. $89)
Bella Pro Series Coffeemaker ONLY $14.99 (Reg $30)
50% Off 3 Pack Booty Bands – Pay $6.49 with Coupon
Kids Nike Sets ONLY $19.99 at Belk (Reg $48)
MUK LUKS Traditional Scarf ONLY $16.99 (Reg. $40)
Amazon Fire HD 10 32GB Tablet ONLY $79.99 (Reg $150)
Modern Essentials Standard Pillow ONLY $2.99 (Reg $14)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Gel Soother ONLY $3.60 (Reg. $11)
Moscow Mule Copper Mugs 2-Pack ONLY $7.49 with Coupon (Reg. $25)
Blistex Medicated Lip Balm 3-Pack ONLY $2.70 (Reg. $7)
Folding Banquet Table ONLY $40.54 (Reg. $90)
Cuisinart 10-Pc Ceramic-Coated Cutlery Set ONLY $13.99 (Reg $40)
Kids Headphones ONLY $6.79 (Reg. $20)

San Diego, CA Area Residents: FREE Produce and Perishable Groceries- Today!

Every Friday in October, our friends over at Faith Chapel understand that with all that’s going on in the world that some of us still need help finding healthy food during this difficult time. And that’s it not always safe for us to go to the store or hit up a farmers market.

Distribution is happening this every Friday in October (today and 29th), beginning at 10:00am.

This is a drive-thru style event, so you don’t have to leave your vehicles. There is no paperwork, no questions asked. Show up, pop your trunk, and fresh food is loaded for you, and you are on your way!

Here is a picture of what was available in previous weeks! Sometimes you get produce, sometimes is eggs, milk, and other dairy products and meat- it changes weekly!

Faith Chapel is located at 9400 Campo Road Spring Valley, CA 91977

Baking for the Holidays with Truly Grass Fed (Tryazon Party Opportunity)

Truly Grass Fed is back for the holidays with a new Tryazon Featured Party opportunity, featuring their distinctively creamy and uniquely delicious cheese and butter. No matter what kind of holiday baking you plan to do, Truly Grass Fed is the perfect addition. Because Truly Grass Fed doesn’t just pair with food, it #PairsWithYou.

They have 300 hosting spots open for this opportunity! Those chosen will receive a party pack with a variety of Truly Grass Fed products to showcase and sample with friends and family at an in-person or virtual party! Truly Grass Fed will be holding a competition for the best Holiday Baker too!  Learn more and apply here: https://www.tryazon.com/baking-for-the-holidays-with-truly-grass-fed-party/
If you haven’t heard of Tryazon, it’s a Word of Mouth Marketing company that partners with brands and individuals. I’ve hosted a few events with Tryazon before- it’s always a fun time!
I applied, and fingers crossed that I get this one! My family and friends love to cook and it would be a fun way to spend some time (even if we are socially distanced). Plus- Who doesn’t love cheese?

Coupons for Healthy Foods!

One of the most common complaints I hear from people who want to start couponing but are hesitant to is, “There are never coupons for healthy foods!” And while it appears on the surface to be correct, a few minutes of looking and I found a bunch of really great coupons for healthy food.


Save $1.00 On any Unbun product, limit one per visit
Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) package of Green Giant® Veggie Tots, Riced Veggies, Mashed Cauliflower, Roasted Veggies, Harvest Protein Bowls, or Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) package of Green Giant Veggie Spirals™
Save 35¢ On Any California Dairy Product That Carries The Real California Milk Seal

In addition to printed coupons, there are usually all sorts of deals or offers on cashback apps. There are several cashback apps that specifically cater to healthy living/organic products. Check out my list of Cashback apps to find my favorites.

If your budget is very tight and you find yourself unable to afford the produce that your family needs, there are free and low-cost alternatives out there for you.

If you need tips for stretching your food budget, here is a post I wrote a few years ago.

Parents of Littles: Join the Happy Parents Community!

Are you the parent of an infant or toddler? Check out this awesome opportunity from our friends at HappyBaby Organics!

The Happy Parents Community by Happy Baby is the place for all parents. A group to support each other, laugh together, give advice, share offers and education, and above all, work together to raise happy, healthy kids!

The community features exclusive offers, product previews, and other surprises.

And there are coupons too! Click here to print $1 off a 4-pack!

Healthy Swap Recipe: PB Chocolate Malts!

This is a family favorite, and I’ve been making this shake recipe for almost 10 years.

I’m linking to most of the items on Amazon, so if you don’t want to leave home to try this recipe, you won’t have to. As a reminder: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

This recipe all started back when I was doing medically supervised weight loss and we had to drink 5-9 shakes per day, so adding in low-calorie flavor options was a must. A few of the “approved” options were peanut butter powder, malt powder, and in phase 2, frozen fruit (in the case of this recipe, frozen bananas). Now that I’m no longer on the program, I still have a shake once a day, usually to curb cravings for sweets.

Feel free to use whatever type of protein powder you like. I use the HMR brand. My kids love these shakes. In fact, the big kiddo has one a few times per week for breakfast.

I use a Calphalon Active Sense Blender, but any blender or immersion/stick blender will work.

Mrs. Bear Special –  PB Chocolate Malt

serves 1 grown-up, or two kiddos

Ingredients:

  • 1 Scoop Chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder
  • 2 tablespoons malt powder
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1-2 handfuls of ice
  • 8-12 ounces of water (If you want it creamier or are not calorie conscious, you can use fat-free or plant milk)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into the blender.
  2. Blend on smoothie or ice breaker mode until smooth.
  3. Serve with a milkshake straw.

 

Depending on your protein powder, the completed shake will have 25-30 grams of protein per shake.