Shopper Army: Try A Free Olay Regenerist Product!

I received an email from Shopper Army this afternoon inviting me to apply to try for free and review one of four Olay Regenerist skincare products, and I thought I’d share the offer with you too!

Why I love Shopper’s Army: You get to test full-size products from leading brands and earn rewards by completing surveys, watching videos, and much more! I love the free products- Right now in addition to the Olay campaign, they have several other products you can review.

PinchMe: it’s Free Sample Friday!!

Surprise!! It’s Free Sample Friday!  PINCHme is hooking us up with a surprise freebie giveaway! I just logged onto my pinchme account and didn’t have any available samples, but you might!

Don’t have any idea what I am talking about? PinchMe! Join PINCHme and receive free samples that you can provide feedback on.

PinchMe is awesome! Once you are signed up, they will email you reminders when new samples are about to drop, and remind you when it’s time to leave feedback.

Answer a series of questions about your household and shopping habits in the Member Profile. PinchMe learns what you like and offer samples just for you.

Once you’ve had a chance to try the samples, complete a short feedback survey to tell PinchMe what you think of the samples.

I get PinchMe samples every month. Here is what arrived at the end of June for the June 2021 boxes. The One Bar was really good.

What are you waiting for? Sign up here and get on the free sample bandwagon! I’ve gotten all kinds of awesome sample/trial size items, as well as full-sized items to try out from PinchMe!

 

5/6/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals!

I’m off work today! It’s Lunch on the Lawn at my kiddos school. We’ll have lunch with Bitty first, then with The Big Kid. It’s going to be a warm, sunny day. I’m looking forward to meeting their friends.

There are so many awesome freebies and deals this week, and the weather this weekend is supposed to be AWESOME here in San Diego.

Mask Mandates are changing constantly in California and can vary by city and county, so please do your part if you are going to any in-person freebies.

2022 Birthday Freebies are here!

Freebies:

Free Lego Duplo Floating Animal Train or Red Panda Playset
Free Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel
Free Sample of Nars Orgasm Blush
Free USPS Shipping Supplies
Free Kerasal Foot Care & Nail Care Products
Free Gatsby Chocolate Bar
Free Subscription to Women’s Health Magazine
Free Picket Fence Planter from Home Depot
Free Hearthsong Ninjaline Ninja Star 7-Piece Hanging Obstacle Co
25 Free Disney Movie Insiders Points
Free Lego Duplo Floating Animal Island Playset
Free Walmart Welcome Baby Registry Box
Free Bowhunting World or Predator Xtreme Magazine
Free National Parks Pass for Military & Dependents
Free Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes
Octoly – Free Beauty Products
Free Aveda Botanical Repair Product
Free Sample of Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio
Free Tena Sample Kits
Free ClarityRx Down + Dirty Microexfoliant Sample
Free Sample of VetriScience Calming Supplement for Dogs
Free RollinGreens Plant-Based Me’eat
Free Bubbies Gluten-Free Mochi Ice Cream
FREE Personalized Children’s Book – Only $1 Shipping
Free Subscription to LEGO Life Magazine
Free Sew & Stuff Rainbow Craft Kit at Joann
Free Sample of Mizensir Ambre Magique Fragrance

Deals:

Igloo MaxCold Evergreen 28qt Cooler ONLY $29.99 (Reg. $60)
Calico Critters Village Pizzeria ONLY $19.97 (Reg. $40)
55% Off Bogs Women and Girl Boots + 15% Off at Checkout
Barbie Doll and Grocery Store ONLY $14.99 (Reg $30)
VIP Pets Color Boost Styling Head ONLY $10 (Reg. $30)
75% Off Bionica Lightweight Strides + 15% Off at Checkout
Reebok Mini Backpack ONLY $9.49 (Reg $30)
Guess Women’s Pranze Sneakers ONLY $38.81 (Reg $69)
Reebok Racerback Bralette Set ONLY $6.99 (Reg $26)
Imaginext DC Gotham City Playset ONLY $25.51 (Reg. $60)
Sterling Silver Mama Bracelet ONLY $20 (Reg $125)
Sedona 12-Inch Roasting Pan & Rack for ONLY $7.96 (Reg. $40)
Up to 60% Off Joe’s Jeans + 15% Off at Checkout
Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic Retro Toy ONLY $7.49 (Reg. $20)
Igloo MaxCold Evergreen Backpack Cooler ONLY $22.49 (Reg. $45)

4/29/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals!

I’m so excited for Friday! There are so many awesome freebies and deals this week, and the weather this weekend is supposed to be AWESOME here in San Diego.

Mask Mandates are changing constantly in California and can vary by city and county, so please do your part if you are going to any in-person freebies.

2022 Birthday Freebies are here!

Freebies:

Free Bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s Sauce
Free Core Bar at Walgreens
Free The Last Kids on Earth Welcome Kit
Free Full-Size ThinkSport Safe Sunscreen
Free Air Wick Oil Warmer at Select Stores
Free Ukraine Solidarity Sticker Pack
Free Koe Kombucha Watermelon, Tropical, and Strawberry Lemonade
Free Bath Bomb at Lush Stores on Saturday, April 30th
Free Jazz Appreciation Month Poster
Free Applegate Breaded Chicken
Free Toothpaste
Free JanaBanana Bars
Free Donut Wednesdays at Dunkin
Free Bloomingdale’s Little Freebies Box
Free $4 or $2 at Hallmark
Free Clinique Happy Fragrance Sample
Free Token Bitters Samples, Gifts & More
Free Hero Cosmetics Gentle Milky Cleanser
Free Sample of Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk Fragrance
Free GOOD PLANeT Foods Plant-Based Snackable Cheese Wedges
Free 128GB USB 3.1 Flash & a free 128GB Micro SD at Micro Center
Free Totino’s Family Game Night Sample Box
Free Kerastase Curl Manifesto Haircare Products
Free Bakery on Main Decadent Granola
Free Products with Highlight
Free Force Factor Product
Free $5 Off $5 at Ace Hardware = Free Item
Free Mary’s Immaculate Poster with Your Name Inscribed
Free Tropicana Crunch Honey Almond Cereal Sample on May 4th (I am interested in this one)
Free Origins Lotion

Deals: 

Itzy Ritzy Sweetie Soother Pacifiers ONLY $5.89 (Reg. $10)
Microfiber Reversible Comforter Set ONLY $42.67 (Reg $130)
Farberware 15-Piece Cookware Set ONLY $79.50 (Reg $140)
MKF Kiltienne Crossbody Bag ONLY $29.85 (Reg $199)
Kate Spade Staci Large Carryall Wristlet ONLY $71.20 (Reg $239)
Vintage Kitchen Set ONLY $65.53 (Reg. $150) + Free Shipping
Pet Dogs Mouth Teethbrush Chew Toy ONLY $3.28 + Free Shipping
Last Day: Save on Motion Sensor Trash Cans at Wayfair
Perler Craft Bead Bucket Activity Kit ONLY $10.19 (Reg. $19)
Kate Spade Mini Leather Wristlet Wallet ONLY $28 + Free Shipping
e.l.f. Hydrating Coconut Mist ONLY $3.99 (Reg. $8)
Nutty Toys Squishy Cat Set ONLY $5.10 (Reg. $17)
Disney Minnie Mouse Bathtub for Babies ONLY $14.99 (Reg $27)
Discovery Kids 3-in-1 Tabletop Art Easel ONLY $20.96 (Reg $60)
Lavender and Sage 6-Piece Spa Bath Gift Set ONLY $21 (Reg $50)

New PinchMe Samples Drop 5/3/2022

Sample Tuesday is Coming on 5/3/2022- Mark your calendars, set an alarm on your phone!

Don’t have any idea what I am talking about? PinchMe! Join PINCHme and receive free samples that you can provide feedback on.

PinchMe is awesome! Once you are signed up, they will email you reminders when new samples are about to drop, and remind you when it’s time to leave feedback.

Answer a series of questions about your household and shopping habits in the Member Profile. PinchMe learns what you like and offer samples just for you.

Once you’ve had a chance to try the samples, complete a short feedback survey to tell PinchMe what you think of the samples.

I get PinchMe samples every month. Here is what arrived at the end of June for the June 2021 boxes. The One Bar was really good.

What are you waiting for? Sign up here and get on the free sample bandwagon! I’ve gotten all kinds of awesome sample/trial size items, as well as full-sized items to try out from PinchMe!

New Cash back App: BrandClub!

Is it new, or just new to me? Yes. both. I discovered BrandClub over the weekend while browsing one of my favorite Reddit subs.

I downloaded it right away and got to work, checking it out and setting up my account. here’s the rundown:

  1. Download Brandclub Get the iPhone or Android app to sign up for a free account.
  2. Link Your Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Chewy accounts. The app scans your previous purchases, as well as any future purchases. When you purchase from brands that BrandClub works with, you earn cashback via the app, which can then be sent to a Venmo or Paypal account.
  3. You can also earn cash by taking up to three brand surveys per day (I took three Tampax surveys today and earned $6.00), joining brand clubs in the app (the funds are released when you purchase stuff from that brand at one of the linked accounts above), or promote products (sharing specific product links on social media, and earn a commission when those products are purchased).  So really, you can earn a lot of money depending on how much work you want to put into this app.

I have had this app on my phone for less than a week and I’ve cashed out $23.00! If you want to give BrandClub a shot, click the link here to download the app. You’ll start with $10 free. This is my referral link, and I’ll also earn a bonus too. It’s a win/win.

I’ll be posting updates as I continue to use BrandClub and let you know how it pans out.

 

Talk Back: Have you used this app before? How much have you earned?

 

4/25/2022 Weekly Meal Plan

0a5e9dab796cea8a07eabe4eb4795b9e.jpgIt’s that time again! I put a few Dream Dinners into the fridge to thaw for this week, and I’m plotting and scheming to make this weeks menu.

This afternoon once I’m home from work, I’ll get to work on this week’s CSA Box- Chopped and preparing!  Our veggies and fruit are delivered by Yasukochi Family Farms CSA. For $28, 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 $28. 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.

A quick trip to the store to pick up milk, coffee, cream, and a few other things and we’ll be good for the week!

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.  The big kid still brings lunch from home.

Dinner: I picked up our April Dream Dinners order on Friday afternoon and we’ve got meals for the next month or so.  When we have them, I serve 2 Dream Dinners a week. It’s perfect for those nights when we have lots going on, and it’s a great way for the kids to try new cuisines!

  • Monday: Nug night- crinkle fries, apple slices & strawberries
  • Tuesday: Sticky Ginger Turkey meatballs, rice, stir-fried veggies
  • Wednesday: Baked Pasta with veggies, salad
  • Thursday:  Honey Mustard glazed chicken, roasted broccoli, mashed potatoes
  • Friday: Takeout night!
  • Saturday:  Leftovers
  • Sunday: Veggie soup, garlic bread

4/22/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals!

It’s time to celebrate Friday! It’s Spring and there are all sorts of great freebies and deals this week.

Mask Mandates are changing constantly in California and can vary by city and county, so please do your part if you are going to any in-person freebies.

2022 Birthday Freebies are here!

Freebies:

Free McCormick Products
Free Eye Patches + $25 Amazon Gift Card
Free Pretzel at Wetzel’s Pretzels
Free Pulled Pork Classic Sandwich at Dickey’s
Free Gamer Supps GG Energy Sample Pack
Free Sample of Hit! Balm Extra Strength or Daily Relief
Free SmartPants Multivitamins at Select Stores
Free Alcatel Phone Cases & Protectors
Free iPhone Phone Cases & Protectors
Free Perfect Bar at Walmart or Target
Free Dove Dry Spray, Dog Biscuit, Neuriva, Persil & More
Free Anti-Aging Oil Serum + $100 eGift Code
Free Dallas Cannabis Company Sticker
Free Cosmic Bliss Organic Grass-Fed Dairy Ice Cream
Free Apple AirTag Accessory
Free Ready Sports Drink at Walmart & Giant Eagle
Free Sample of Moroccanoil Treatment
Free Subscription to Harper’s Bazaar Magazine
Free Sweeter Juice Skin Products
Teachers – Free Neutrogena Sunscreen Sample
Free Bath Soak, Body Scrub or Body Spray
Free 5×7 Photo Print From Walgreens
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Free Kids AirTag Accessory
Free Mr. Bubbles Bath Time Fun Kit
Possible Free $200 Radio Research Study
Free Applegate Deli Meat
Free Popchips
Free Sensodyne Whitening Toothpaste
Hero Skin Squad – Free Beauty Products
Free Keys Soul Care Skincare Samples
Free Gatorade Zero with Protein at Walmart
Free Tablet Accessories
Possible Free $250 Low Income Study
Free Conair Water Flosser
25 Free Disney Movie Insiders Points
Free Sample of Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Concentrate
Free Wowables Paper Towels
Free EPIX Channels Preview – Starts Today

Deals:

Barbie Clearance as Low as $3.99 + Extra 25% Off at Target
Walgreens Custom Photo Poster $1.99 with Coupon (Reg. $12)
All Rocket Dog Shoes Under $35 + Extra 10% off at Checkout
Gold Plated XL Initial Necklace ONLY $19.97 (Reg $75)
2-Tier Countertop Fruit Basket Bowl ONLY $9.99 (Reg. $17)
Nexcare Max Hold Waterproof Bandages 60-Ct ONLY $5.64 (Reg. $11)
Burt’s Bees 6-Piece Set ONLY $8.91 (Reg $13)
60% Off NYDJ Denim + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Safari Animals ONLY $9.99 (Reg. $26)
.925 Sterling Silver Heart Crystal Earrings ONLY $6.99 (Reg $40)
Handheld Milk Frother ONLY $9.00 (Reg. $17)
Waterproof Curtain Panels ONLY $6.50 (Reg. $13)
Any Size Reversible Comforter Set ONLY $41.99 (Reg. $100)
Sunham Soft Spun Cotton Bath Towels ONLY $6.86 (Reg. $14)
T-Fal Excite Nonstick Cookware Set ONLY $59.49 (Reg. $200)
Roll up Dish Drying Rack ONLY $9.25 (Reg. $17)
Frigidaire Compact Refrigerator ONLY $159.99 (Reg $400)
Paw Patrol Elbow & Knee Pad Set ONLY $9 (Reg $15)
Green Toys Cupcake Set ONLY $13.80 (Reg. $30)
Ozark Trail Air Mattress Twin ONLY $7.97 at Walmart
Reebok Seamless Racerback Bra 2-Piece Set ONLY $6.99 (Reg $25)
Home Expressions Bath Rug ONLY $8.44 (Reg $22)
Personalized Pendant Necklace ONLY $16.99 (Reg $45)
Wonder Nation Toddler Girls Shoes ONLY $7.55 (Reg $28)

4/18/2022 Weekly Meal Plan

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I got to cook over the weekend and go some meal prep- it was awesome. I roasted veggies using some seasoning blends from Urban Accents. Citrus Pepper on Cauliflower, and Balsamic and Roasted Onion on baby Brussels Sprouts. I also made a huge pot of Veggie Loaded Tuscan Soup (Zuppa Toscana) to use up the rest of our CSA veggies from last week.

This afternoon once I’m home from work, I’ll get to work on this weeks CSA Box- Chopped and preparing!  Our veggies and fruit are delivered by Yasukochi Family Farms CSA. For $28, 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 $28. 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.

A quick trip to the store to pick up milk, cheese, bananas, and a few other things and we’ll be good for the week!

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.  The big kid still brings lunch from home.

Dinner: I picked up our April Dream Dinners order on Friday afternoon and we’ve got meals for the next month or so.  When we have them, I serve 2 Dream Dinners a week. It’s perfect for those nights when we have lots going on, and it’s a great way for the kids to try new cuisines!

  • Monday: Nug night- crinkle fries, apple slices & strawberries
  • Tuesday: Carne asada salad with beans and rice
  • Wednesday: Sandwiches and roasted veggies
  • Thursday: Spiced Chickpea and Cauliflower with Pita Bread, salad
  • Friday: Takeout night!
  • Saturday:  Leftovers
  • Sunday: Soup, salad, cheesy garlic bread

Family Recipe: Cindy’s Spinach Salad

This salad is courtesy of my Aunt Cindy. I don’t remember when or where this salad originally came from, but she introduced it into our lives in my youth.

If you don’t like Spinach, you will love this salad.

Cindy’s Spinach Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag triple-washed spinach (approx 10 ounces)
  • 1 small can of mandarin oranges (drained and rinsed)- Or you can use 2 fresh peeled mandarin oranges
  • 1/2 cup French Fried Onions
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Italian Salad Dressing

Directions:

  1. In a large chilled bowl, combine all ingredients and serve straightaway.

This serves 2 as a main, or 4 as a side dish. This recipe is naturally vegan.

This is also great as a main dish topped with 4-6 ounces of your favorite grilled protein (I like chicken breast).