8/22/2021 Freebies and Deals!

I was so busy Friday, and I apologize for not posting the Friday Freebies and Deals. I had a job interview (It was a hot mess- they told me it was PT and within my desired salary, but turns out it was FT, $4/hour less, and not a fit at all), then prep to do tie-dye, and by then my window of opportunity to get writing done was over.

If you are looking for birthday freebies, fret not! I put together a list new for 2021- Check it out here.

Most of these freebies and deals are online. I know y’all are vaxxed and ready to party, but I’m trying to keep you safe. Keep up the social distancing with strangers, wash and sanitize your hands, and cover your mouth and nose if you are going to be around strangers. The kids and I still mask up when we go out, and I’ve got hand sanitizer at the ready.

BUUTTT- we have freebies. And Deals. And a photo of my cat. Isn’t she cute?


Free Dannon YoCrunch Yogurt at Select Stores
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Free Pinkberry Yogurt for Your Birthday

Free Hope & Sesame Sesamemilk
Free Jimmy Dean Products
500 Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Points
Free Subscription to Vogue Magazine
Free Krispy Kreme Mini Crullers at Walmart
Free Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Jelly Beans at Walmart
Free MEMBER’S MARK Seasoned Pulled Chicken
Score Walmart+ FREE for 15 Days
Free Baby Samples from Amazon
Free Hallmark Card Every Month
Free 8×10 Photo Print at Walgreens
Free Full-Size Herb Tech CBD Topical Product
Free iRobot Roomba j7 or j7+ Vacuum
Free Brave Robot Ice Cream at Sprouts
Free Sample of StriVectin Advanced Retinol Moisturizer
Free $5 at Corner Bakery Cafe
Free Samples of RawRev Glow Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Bars
Free All-Purpose In The Raw Optimal Zero Calorie Sweetener Blend
Text for $10 Off at Lane Bryant = Free Item
Free South of France Soap
Free Differin Gel After Rebate
3 Free Gratitude Postcards


Kalee Ride On Musical School Bus ONLY $12.71 (Reg. $30)
Transformers Robots Electronic Game ONLY $5.82 (Reg. $15)
Kate Spade Monet Triple Compartment Tote ONLY $129 (Reg $399)
Insignia Digital Air Fryer Oven ONLY $59.99 (Reg $130)
Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set ONLY $7.99 on Amazon (Reg. $15)
Kate Spade Leila Top Zip Crossbody ONLY $89 Shipped (Reg $299)
Home Expressions Bath Towels ONLY $3.99 at JCPenney
Shark Navigator Lift-Away DLX Vacuum ONLY $129.99 (Reg $220)
Huge 75oz Dawn Dishwashing Liquid Soap ONLY $6 (reg $16.99)
MUK LUKS Women’s Shayna Sandals ONLY $17.99 (Reg. $45)
Patio Table Umbrella 9-Foot ONLY $35.99 (Reg $50)
Olive Woven Strap Sandals ONLY $14.99 (Reg $40)
WowWee Pixie Belles ONLY $5.24 (Reg. $15)
Toastmaster 1.5-Cup Mini Chopper ONLY $9.99 (Reg $25)
Infinity Home Novelty Print Fleece Throws ONLY $7.99 (Reg $20)
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Fire Station ONLY $16.85 (Reg. $40)

8/13/2021 Friday Freebies and Deal!

It’s the last Friday before school starts! I’ve spent most of the week cleaning closets, washing new clothes, and getting a bag (or two) of outgrown kids’ clothes ready to pass along to smaller friends.

I’m entering into a few brand partnerships, so you’ll see some cool content and recipes coming up over the next few weeks.

If you are looking for birthday freebies, fret not! I put together a list new for 2021- Check it out here.

Most of these freebies and deals are online. I know y’all are vaxxed and ready to party, but I’m trying to keep you safe. Keep up the social distancing with strangers, wash and sanitize your hands, and cover your mouth and nose if you are going to be around strangers. The kids and I still mask up when we go out, and I’ve got hand sanitizer at the ready.


Free Rebellyous Foods Nuggets
Free Sample of L’Oreal Hair Toning Gloss
Free Starburst Pops or Dum Dums Mega Mix Suckers
Free Jumbo Jack Burger at Jack in the Box
Free Impossible Foods T-Shirt, Socks & More
Free Malibu Mylk Unsweetened Vanilla Flax Mylk
Free Sample of Hermes Paris Fragrance
15 Free Disney Movie Insiders Points
Free Golden Ratio Coffee Sample
Free AOR Superfocus
Free Astroglide Sample Pack
Free So Delicious Mozzarella Style & Cheddar Style Shreds
Free Retinol Alternative Skincare Product + $75 eGift Card
Free IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara
Free Frozen Yogurt at Menchie’s – Today
Subaru Owners – Request a Free Personalized Badge of Ownership
Free Boosh Plant-Based Bowls
Free Pack of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit
Free TENA Caregiver Sampling Kit
Free Conair Hair Dryer
Free AOR PEAK Activate
Free AOR Curcumin Ultra
Free AOR Ortho Sleep
$20 in Free School Supplies & Food
Free Noxicare Pain Relief Cream Sample Pack
Free Car Care Check at GoodYear
Free NotCo Plant-Based Milk Alternative
Free Breakfast Sandwich at Wendy’s August 13th & 14th



Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Jeans at Aeropostale + FREE Shipping
Short-Sleeve Tee-&-Joggers Sets ONLY $11.69 with Extra 10% Off
70% Off All Sandals + Extra 10% Off
70% Off Sheet Sets + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
Mr Clean Magic Eraser 9-Count ONLY $4.89 (Reg. $9.58)
Travelers Club 3-Pc Hardside Luggage Set ONLY $139.99 (Reg $400)
Trendy Tunics & Tunic Dresses ONLY $7.99 + Free Shipping Offer
T-Fal Culinaire Fry Pans Set of 2 ONLY $15.99 (Reg $60)

55% Off Cookware and Accessories + Extra 10% Off at Checkout

Lightweight Bomber Jacket ONLY $22.99 (Reg. $50)

Flat Iron Professional Hair Straightener ONLY $16.20 (Reg $60)

Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game ONLY $16.53 (Reg. $34)

FREE Shipping on All Orders at elf Cosmetics

PLAYMOBIL Crystal Palace ONLY $65.30 (Reg. $140)

Puma Kids Slide Sandals ONLY $14.97 (Reg $25)

Kalee Ride On Musical School Bus ONLY $15.93 (Reg $30)

Price Drop: Elmer’s Rainbow Slime Starter Kit ONLY $3.94

Women’s Juniors Graphic Tees ONLY $7.99 at JCPenney (Reg $20)

8/6/2021 Friday Freebies and Deals

Hey Gang! It’s Friday and that means it’s time for some freebies and deals.

It’s 100% Back to School Season at our house! School starts in 2 weeks and we are knee deep in cleaning out our closets to see what kind of new clothes are needed (socks, the answer is socks), as well as checking backpacks and lunch bags to see what needs to be replaced.

This will be the last week that I post these links, as most of these programs are ending in the next week or so:

If you are looking for birthday freebies, fret not! I put together a list new for 2021- Check it out here.

Most of these freebies and deals are online. I know y’all are vaxxed and ready to party, but I’m trying to keep you safe. Keep up the social distancing with strangers, wash and sanitize your hands, and cover your mouth and nose if you are going to be around strangers. The kids and I still mask up when we go out, and I’ve got hand sanitizer at the ready.


Free Hair Boost Serum
Free Donut Wednesdays at Dunkin
Free Sample of Orgain Protein Powder
Free Bath Bombs
Free Celltrient Cellular Health Supplement Packets
Free Sample of Breathe Right Extra Clear Nasal Strips
Free noops Organic Oatmilk Pudding
Free $5 Off $5 at Ace Hardware = Free Item
Free WaterWipes Sample Pack
Free Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Chocolate
Free No7 Pure Retinol Night Cream or Eye Cream
Free Sample of CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser
Free School Bus Bookends from Home Depot
Free Marsh Wear Stickers
Free Subscription to Vanity Fair Magazine
Free AHA Sparkling Water For Heat Wave Affected Cities
Free Spotlight Oral Care Whitening Strips Sample
Free Pizookie at BJ’s
Free Subscription to Harper’s Bazaar Magazine
Free Patchology Hero Status Roll Model Roll-On Eye Serum
Free Alpha Foods Breakfast Sandwich
Free Sample of Valentino Voce Viva Fragrance
Free Ocean’s Halo Organic Soy-Free Dressing
Free Sample of Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio
Free Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt
Free Sample of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
Free $5 Target Gift Card with COVID Vaccine
Free Democracy Now Sticker
Free Ayn Rand Novels for Teachers
Free MyHeritage Ancestry Tools



Ozark Trail Stainless Steel Water Bottle 3-Pk $10.74 (Reg. $35)
Infantino Sensory Balls Blocks & Buddies ONLY $9 (Reg. $25)
Persil 100oz Laundry Detergent ONLY $8.39 Shipped
Play-Doh Builder Ice Cream Stand ONLY $4.99 (Reg. $11)
6-in-1 Happy Rainbows Backpack ONLY $10 (Reg $40)
Disney Minnie Mouse Oh So Chic Floral Festival $8.78 (Reg. $15)
Insulated 24-Can Cooling Lunch Bag ONLY $19.99 (Reg $40)
Home Expressions Cotton Print Duvet Set ONLY $27.99 (Reg $55)
KLUTZ Make Your Own Mini Erasers Toy ONLY $9.63 (Reg. $22)
Calvin Klein Multi-Stripe Dress Socks 4-Pk ONLY $4.96 (Reg $24)
70% Off Draped in Kimonos & Ponchos + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
Claim $10 Cash in the Windex Class Action Settlement
70% Sandals by Dansko + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
3-Person Family Outdoor Waterproof Tent ONLY $24.99 (Reg $57)
Mario Boys Backpack 5-Piece Set ONLY $15.99 (Reg $42)
Paris Minuit 2-Pc Reversible Comforter Set ONLY $29.99 (Reg $80)
Bella Round Nonstick Electric Skillet ONLY $21.99 (Reg $45)
Coach Addie Crossbody ONLY $98.40 (Reg $328)
Gerber Baby Girls’ Flannel Burp Cloths 8-Pk ONLY $6.29 (Reg $18)
Wellue Pulse Oximeter ONLY $20.39 (Reg $60)
65% Off Betsey Johnson + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
$1.00 Personalization on Backpacks & More at ShopDisney
Muk Luks Snake-Embossed Sandals ONLY $9.56 (Reg $40)
4-Tier Slim Storage Rolling Cart ONLY $23.96 (Reg $40)
Kate Spade Patrice Sailing Stripe Satchel ONLY $99 (Reg $359)
EVA Footbed Sandals ONLY $13.49 with Extra 10% Off at Checkout
Nike Shoe Clearance – 50% Off Sneakers & Sandals + Free Shipping
30% Off Coupon for Yankee Candle
50% Off ZOOGS Kids Boots + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
Up to 70% Off Bic Pens on Amazon

The Ultimate Teacher Sale at Mabel’s Labels

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

It’s back to school time and Mabel’s Labels is hooking up the teachers in your life.

Now, through Sunday 8/8, The Ultimate Teacher Sale is on at Mabel’s Labels! Save 20% off ALL of the Teacher Label Products.

Small Rectangle Labels
Classroom Labels
Classroom Name Tags
Custom Classroom Labels
Classroom Line Up Floor Decals
Writeable Disinfected Stickers
Teacher Stamp
Stand Here Animal Floor Decals
Personalized Book Stamp

Being a teacher is challenging, but being organized doesn’t need to be! Mabel’s Labels provides teachers with the tools for an A+ Classroom.

Small Rectangle Labels – The no-brainer classroom essential that every busy teacher needs
The Teacher Stamp – A fun and easy way to personalize your students work and make them smile
The Book Stamp – Personalize your classroom library and avoid library mix-ups
Custom Classroom Labels – Keep your classroom engaging, colorful, and organized

8/14/2021 Back to School Backpack Giveaway (National City, CA)

If you aren’t able to make the other school supply/backpack giveaways I have posted about, this event, brought to you by San Diego Child Support.

  • August 14, 2021
  • 9am-1pm
  • 401 Mile of Cars Way National City, CA 91950

8/3/2021-8/5/2021 FREE Family End of Summer Palooza (La Mesa, CA)

I’ve been looking for back-to-school freebies and backpack giveaways to post about, and I found this event, sponsored by Grossmont Healthcare District.

The event is FREE to attend and will include free back-to-school supplies, health activities, and fun prizes given away each day!

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Each day during the event, there will be a Food drive To help local community members in need. They will be collecting canned foods to give back to the East County community.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 10AM-2PM: Get ready for back to school The park will be filled with community partners and a back to school giveaways! A DJ will get the fun time going all day long.

Wednesday, August 4th, 10AM-2PM: Get crafty The fun continues with take-home crafts in the park, face-painting activities, and a story-time led by some furry friends, including free books to those that join!

Thursday, August 5th, 10AM-2PM: Get active For a family activity, we’ll have a fun group exercise for all ages and levels of activity to get you moving outdoors! A fresh food giveaway will be this day, as well as the big prize- a $120 Gift Card!


Community Partners:

  • Herrick Health Library
  • YMCA
  • Family Health Centers of San Diego
  • Neighborhood Healthcare
  • La Maestra
  • San Diego Food Bank
  • El Cajon Valley High School Community Center
  • Love on a Leash
  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield
  • San Ysidro Health
  • Molina

Free back to School offers from Ibotta!


Hot damn friends! This deal is incredible. Go to your desktop, log on to Ibotta (sign up here if you already haven’t), and unlock these deals redeemable at Target, HEB, or via Shipt if you are an online/app shopper, or in store at Walmart.  These offers expire on 8/31/2021.






That’s right: Skippy Peanut Butter, Smucker’s Squeeze Fruit Spread, Ticonderoga #2 pencils, Kleenex, Fruit Cups, 5-star notebook, Pink Pearl Erasers, and Nature’s own bread- All for free after Ibotta rebates.

And don’t forget to save your receipt and scan it on Fetch Rewards to earn more points!

Mabel’s Labels: Back-to-School Sale – 20% off School Labels

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

I know it’s the beginning of July, but for some kiddos, they go back to school in a few weeks.

Most kiddos are going back to school in person, and that means- STUFF IS GOING TO GET LOST. Seriously. No one wants to paw through the lost and found boxes.

Keep the kiddo’s stuff safe with labels- And save some money. The Ultimate Back-to-School Sale at Mabel’s Labels! Now through July 31st, you can take 20% OFF their best-selling school products.

Features of Mabel’s School Labels:
• Laundry Safe (both the washer and the dryer!)
• Dishwasher Safe
• Waterproof & Weatherproof
• Easy to Apply
• An Adhesive That Stays Stuck
• High-Performance Vinyl, Won’t Rip or Peel
• Personalized & Custom Designs
• Easy to Order
• FREE Shipping on All School Label Orders
• 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
• Teacher Approved!


Oh, and if your school is looking for a new, different fundraising idea… Mabel’s Label’s does Fundraising!!

Planning for the Unplanned: A Lesson in Grace

So this started out as a post for Instagram, but it got a little wordy, so I decided to turn it into a blog post.

Last week’s meal plan was an epic fail. It was our first full week of distance learning with both kids, and I spent a majority of every day with one or both of them getting settled and accustomed to their schedules.

As a result, I didn’t stick to the meal plan, or get any writing done. This week, we’re trying it again, day by day. We didn’t starve either. We ate a lot of meals that came from pantry staples: Bean, rice, and cheese bowls, Spaghetti with red sauce and garlic bread (I made a huge batch of meat sauce a few weeks ago and froze portions for later meals- and the big kid had a vegetarian meal). And we had take out once… or twice. It was too hot to turn on the oven for our weekly pizza night, so we opted for delivery. Thanks to coupon codes (I love the Honey browser extension- it searches for coupon codes for me!) and the Dosh App, I was able to save $7 on a pizza and get free delivery! I also had coupons for free and BOGO bowls at Panda Express (Dinner for 4 was $8). I stretched them with some frozen Asian blend veggies, which I stirfried.

Every time I looked at our Meal Planning board, I felt discouraged, but after a few days, I realized that I needed to give myself some grace. I was doing the best I could. Everyone was still eating, we have shelter, clothes, we are all healthy. So I didn’t make Chicken Tetrazinni on Wednesday? Life still marches on. The kids have been working hard on their schooling, and its a hard thing to be accustomed to- learning alone with only little faces on an iPad screen a few times a day. I spend a lot of time helping them. Guiding them through worksheets, getting apps set up, encouraging them when they are upset or frustrated.

So this week:

Sunday night we had leftovers just to clean out the refrigerator and make room for the meal prep I was doing. I start our meal plan weeks on Sunday- It’s easier for me, since Sunday night tends to be quiet, and I can focus on it after the kids are in bed.

Monday was breakfast for dinner. I am absolutely in love with the Dehydrated hashbrowns from Costco. They make having hashbrowns at dinner (or really any time) a cinch.

I scrambled eggs with a little bit of half-and-half, and cooked them up with bacon crumbles, also from Costco, top with a little Mexican cheese blend, served with fruit, the aforementioned hash browns, and a half an avocado, and English muffins.

It was quick, it was easy, it was filling, and it was pretty cheap too.

Last night was supposed to be vegetarian chili, but I didn’t have a chance to get it into the crockpot, so instead the kids had what I like to call “Meal of Snacks”. I take a segmented plate and fill each section with something yummy: Peanut butter sandwich or hot, buttered noodles, goldfish crackers, apple or orange slices, fruit snacks, a juice box, or a glass of milk, cheese stick or cheese slices, and graham crackers for dessert. I had a frozen entree.

This week I’m just focusing on quick, easy meals with stuff that we already have on hand. I did a quick shopping trip to Food4less  Monday and picked up about $40 worth of groceries, which should get us through the next 10 days or so.

We have tons of pantry staples, and I have a lot of baking supplies on hand, so I will definitely be baking a pizza and cookies this week, maybe brownies too? We’ll see how the week goes. It’s already Wednesday, so who knows. And we are supposed to have a heatwave starting tomorrow. Again. I’ll be glad when it’s no longer in the triple digits for a week at a time.


I’m not gonna pretend that I’m perfect, I’m not gonna pretend that my life is all sunshine and unicorns.  Shit is hard right now for all of us. I wasn’t trained to be a kindergarten teacher or a 4th-grade special education teacher. Adding the stress of teaching daily to everything else that I am supposed to be doing is hard, and stuff falls to the side. Putting away laundry, sweeping up the living room, running the vacuum, washing my hair… But remembering that we are all in the same boat is what’s keeping me going.

Pushing out all of the “Insta-perfect” of my line of sight has done wonders for my mental health. All of those perfectly cultivated and curated pics can be detrimental to our mental health. There is a lot of comparing of ourselves to these photos we see online of perfect, clean, bright white kitchens and homes. Guess what- They aren’t real. These people have helpers: Housekeepers, nannies, mother’s helpers. They aren’t doing it alone. AND NEITHER SHOULD WE. Reach out to your tribe. You aren’t in this alone. We may be limited in our in-person, face to face contact with our friends and family, but we can still make phone calls, facetime, skype, zoom, email, or even write letters the old fashioned way.

You aren’t alone. I see you. I recognize you. I’m here for you.

Until next time: Wash your paws, wear a mask, flatten the curve.

Mabel’s Labels: Early Bird Pricing on School Labels!

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

Back to School Season… So much money spent on school supplies, backpacks, lunch bags, whatever else they need.

Keeping tabs on all of this stuff can be a pain, so that’s where Mabel’s Labels come into play.

We have the Ultimate Back-to-School Combo Pack, which is great, as there are labels in tons of various sizes for all kinds of needs (including tags to go into shoes- perfect for tap shoes!)- and it includes two tags.

IMG_6867.jpgI’m sure everyone is hip to stranger dangers, but one thing that I see time and again is kids with their names embroidered on the outside of their backpacks. Yes, it’s cute, but it gives strangers more info than they need.

This is another reason that I put the name tags inside of Henry’s backpack and lunch bag.

When we go to Legoland or someplace where he might be easily separated, he has one of the Mabel’s Tags that reads, “Lost & Autistic Call my mom ###-##-####” I attach it to one of the belt loops of his pants.

He is not very good at remembering phone numbers, so this is a perfect solution for us. He knows if he gets separated he is to go to e park employee and show them the tag.

Mabel’s Labels has labels and tags to solve so many issues!