10/18/2020 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 went to the Vons on Friday and I was able to score 4 Taylor Chopped Salads for $2.96 after Vons Club special and a special coupon ($5/$5+ purchase). This is all we needed to complete our shopping for this coming week.

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 You can also check the USDA Website– but it might be a little out of date.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:  Leftovers (we’ve got a lot of salsa chicken leftover- maybe I’ll make them into Quesadillas)
  • Monday:  Entrees & Salad
  • Tuesday: Chicken Tika Masala, rice, veggies (It didn’t happen last week)
  • Wednesday:  DIY salad bar, garlic bread
  • Thursday: Soup and Quesadillas (or grilled cheese sandwiches), fruit
  • Friday:  Pizza Night!
  • Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner

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?

10/16/2020 Friday Freebies and Deals!

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This Friday’s freebies and deals have some awesome goodies! Now that Amazon Prime day is over, there will be other deals (and some might say better deals).  And the Freebies- awesome!

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

Freebies:

Free Pancakes at IHOP
2 Free Hemp CBD Cigarettes
Free Subscription to Sports Illustrated Kids
Free Sample of Clay Love Face Mask
Free Back to the Roots Terrarium Kids Grow Kit
Free Sample of Face Love Co. Antioxidant Face Oil
PINCHme – Free DIY Compressed Facial Mask
Free Back to the Roots Self-Watering Succulent Kit
Free Sample of Clinere Earwax Cleaners
Romano’s Macaroni Grill – First Responders Eat Free in October
Free Hartz Pet Toy
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Free 32 oz Dr Pepper at A&W
Free Pipcorn Cheese Balls at Sprouts

Deals:

Paint by Sticker Book ONLY $6.11 (Reg. $10)
Artificial Christmas Trees ONLY $75.00 (Reg. $250)
Toy Story Glow In The Dark Wall Decals $6.09 (Reg. $16)
Rainbow Unicorn Cuddleez Plush ONLY $6.98 (Reg. $35)
Tools of the Trade 13-Piece Cookware Set ONLY $41.99 (Reg $120)
Tools of the Trade Nonstick Roaster & Rack ONLY $11.99 (Reg $30)
Melissa & Doug Farm Animals Puzzle ONLY $9.12 (Reg. $20)
Lightweight Microfiber Comforter ONLY $19.99 (Reg $110)
Melissa & Doug Beauty Salon Play Set ONLY $23.09 (Reg. $50)
Mason Jar Wall Sconce Décor Set ONLY $15.33 (Reg $28)

10/9/2020 Friday Freebies and Deals!

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This Friday’s freebies and deals have some awesome goodies! I’m headed out to do errands this morning, but I’m so excited to share all of this great stuff with you!

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

Freebies:

Ulta – Free Tarte Mascara for Your Birthday
Free Covergirl Simply Ageless Skin Blurring Serum
Free 8×10 Photo Print From Walgreens
Free Magazine Subscription -Allure, Food Network, Instyle & More
Free Goody Bag at buybuy BABY Stores
Free Bowl of Queso at On the Border
Free Pair of Nike Air Zoom Pulse Shoes for Medical Professionals
Free Box of Kraft Mac & Cheese at 7pm EST
Free Midterm Survival Kit Tote Bag, T-Shirt, Candy & More
Banfield Pet Hospital – Free Office Visit & Consultation
Free Mika & Sammy’s Dog Treats
Free Sample of Estee Lauder Beautiful Belle Fragrance
Free Climate Can’t Wait Sticker
Free Sample of La Mer The Concentrate
Free Chobani Probiotic Beverage for Kroger & Affiliates
Free Bud Light Seltzer Friendsgiving Chatterbox Kit
2 Free Moisturizers
Free Jar of Vero Gusto
Free Persona VitaminPacks
Free Subscription to Watch! Magazine
Free Vote Face Mask
Free Hairlaya Hair Extension Sample
Free Sample of Valentino Voce Viva Fragrance
Free $5 Off $20 with Flu Shot at CVS
Free T-Mobile Test Drive Hotspot Device
Make Extra Money From Home for the Holidays
Free Flu Shots at Walgreens
Free $20 If You Have a Fishing or Hunting License

 

Deals:

A Tale of Magic Hardcover Book ONLY $7.70 (Reg. $19)
Kids Shoes as Low as $3.75 at Macy’s
Mini Chupa Chups Lollipops ONLY $0.04 Each on Amazon
Free 7 Piece Clinique Gift Set (Worth $105) with Purchase
Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Body Lotion ONLY $4.66 Shipped
Martha Stewart Down Alternative Comforter $25 (Reg. $110)
Disney Baby My First Library 12-Book Set $8.67 (Reg. $16)

San Diego, CA Area Residents: FREE Produce and Perishable Groceries- Every Friday in October!

It’s back for the month of October! 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 (8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th), beginning at 10:00am.

This is a drive-thru style event, so you don’t have to leave your vehicles.

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

San Diego, CA Area Residents: FREE Produce! Friday, September 18th, 2020

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It’s Back!! 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 Friday, September 18th, 2020, beginning at 10:00am.

This is a drive-thru style event, so you don’t have to leave your vehicles.

Here is an example of what was offered in previous weeks: unnamedNavel Oranges, Grapefruit, Plumcots, Lemons, and nectarines. All free.

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

San Diego, CA Area Residents: FREE Produce! Friday, September 4th, 2020

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It’s Back!! 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 Friday, September 4th, 2020, beginning at 10:00am.

This is a drive-thru style event, so you don’t have to leave your vehicles.

Here is an example of what was offered in previous weeks: unnamedNavel Oranges, Grapefruit, Plumcots, Lemons, and nectarines. All free.

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

Bitmo: Score a Free $2 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card and More!

Bitmo is an app that I haven’t written about before, but it’s been around for a while. It’s an app that you can use to send and receive gift cards.

You can also earn rewards when you shop through the app at specific retailers, like a lot of other apps (Dosh and Ibotta to name a few).

And one other thing that Bitmo does is it donates 2% of your gifting spend (that’s how much you spend on gift cards for others) to a charity- there are currently eight, including the San Diego Zoo, Rady’s Children’s Hospital, Feeding America, and The Salvation Army.

Well right now, current Bitmo members can gift $2 Dunkin Donuts gift cards through Bitmo to those folks who are not Bitmo members.

It’s easy. And if you are interested, shoot me an email at hewesfamilyfun@gmail.com with your cell phone number. Terms and Conditions for the offer are here- I’m pretty sure it’s US only.

And for those who already have Bitmo- Check your email for details, or open your Bitmo App!

 

8/21/2020 Friday Freebies and Deals!

bright boxesThis Friday’s freebies and deals: This week is chock full of Freebies! I’m stoked.

If you find a cool deal or freebie, please leave a comment!

Freebies:

Free 30-Day Supply of CBDistillery Broad Spectrum CBD Softgels

Teachers – Free TeachKind Magazines, Posters, Kits & More

Free Coca-Cola Energy for Kroger & Affiliates

Free Gatorade Bolt24 for Kroger & Affiliates

Free BESTEK 3-Outlet Vertical Cube Mountable Power Strip

Free Jar of Beyond the Equator Chocolate 5 Seed Butter

10 Free Promise Cards

Free Mask Helpers Sewn or Non-Sewn Masks

Free Sugarfina Candy Care Package

200 Free Custom Business Cards

Free Degree Dry Spray Antiperspirant

Free Scoop at Baskin Robbins

Free Sample of Suave Professionals for Natural Hair

Free Water Wipes

Free Sample of Clinere Earwax Cleaners

2 Free Cans of Fussie Cat Cat Food

Free Hand Lotion

Free STOK Tumbler

Free Wild Zora Instant Grain-Free Cereal Packs

Free Kamala Harris Sticker

Free Kichler Lighting Products

Free Eceutica Nutritional Sample

Free Google 3D Animals Virtual Safari in Your Home

Netflix Party -Host a Free Virtual Movie Night With Your Friends

 

Deals:

Makeup Sponge with Handle ONLY $3.99 Shipped

HOT $10 Sale – Toys, Backpack Sets, Headphones, Legos & More

Batman Animated Series Blu-ray DVD ONLY $44.99 (Reg. $80)

Burt’s Bees for Dogs Paw & Nose Lotion $1.94 on Amazon

Equate Hand Sanitizer – Large Bottle in Stock for $5.46

Nabisco Fun Shapes Cookie & Cracker Mix 20-Ct ONLY $6.13 Shipped

Play-Doh Sparkle Compound Collection ONLY $4.49 (Reg. $10)

8/14/2020 Friday Freebies & Deals!

bright boxesThis Friday’s freebies and deals: There are some back to school deals, samples, and cool freebies!

If you find a cool deal or freebie, please leave a comment!

Freebies:

FREE Amazon Baby Box Samples Back in Stock
Free Sample of FLIP Lube
Arm & Hammer Kitty Krew – Free Cat Products
Free IT Cosmetics Eyebrow Gel or Eyebrow Pencil
Free Body Lotion Repairing Cream
Free eos Stickers (Email)
Free Kernel Season’s Samples
Possible Free Collective Laboratories Hair Serum
Free Pest Proof Your Home with EarthKind Party
Free Natural Sheer Nail Polish
Free Half Day CBD Oil
Free Coffee at Dunkin
Free Pancakes at IHOP
Free Price*s Pimiento Cheese Spread
Free Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion
Free Biden-Harris Sticker
Free MERV-13 Face Mask Inserts
Free $5 Off $5 at Ace Hardware = Free Item
Free Citizen Science Soil Collection Kit

Deals:

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Boneless Wings at Buffalo Wild Wings
3 Grilled Chicken Tacos for ONLY $2.49 at Del Taco
Cold Brew Medium Iced Coffee ONLY $1 at Sonic Drive-In

Elmer’s Liquid School Glue 12-Pack ONLY $6.00 (Reg. $27)
Save $20 When You Spend $100 on Baby Products on Amazon
Pilot Frixion ColorSticks Erasable Gel Ink Pens $8.06 (Reg. $18)
Ozark Trail 10-Pack Aluminum Flashlight + 30 Batteries for $5.97
Learning Resources Answer Buzzers Set ONLY $10.66 (Reg. $20)
Crocs Classic Tie Dye Shoes ONLY $27.97 (Reg. $45)
Giant Enfamil Gentlease Milk Powder Formula 3 for $75 on Amazon
Touchless Digital Infrared Thermometer for ONLY $9.99 RUN DEAL
FREE 2 Months of Kindle Unlimited Reading (Save $19.98)
Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm ONLY $2.63 Shipped
Hudson Baby Hooded Animal Blanket ONLY $7.79 (Reg. $13)
Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Nesting Pails ONLY $4.99
Hollow Butterfly Rhinestone Bracelet ONLY $1 Shipped

Free Backpacks and School Supplies for 2020!

10997200_1551314338450648_5653174165881717305_nThis article contains location specific giveaways- for nationwide info, scroll to the bottom of the article.

For the past few years the great folks over at SMOAC have been doing an incredible service to the Eastern San Diego County school kids by offering free backpacks and school supplies.

And this year is no different! This year, they are hosting a drive-thru style event at two locations:

  • Rio Seco School 9545 Cuyamaca Street or Pride Academy 9303 Prospect Ave (Both in Santee)
  • August 16, 2020
  • 10AM until supplies run out
  • Kids must be present in the car
  • 1 backpack per child
  • This will be a contactless delivery event- Please Print the form here and complete it per the directions.

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And for those of you not in the immediate area, there are all sorts of other free school supply and backpack giveaways going on.

Boost Mobile is giving away backpacks and school supplies. More info is here. In San Diego County, there is 1 Boost Mobile in Oceanside that is participating.

Operation Homefront is having giveaways for military families on bases all over the US. Here is a list for 2020.

Rentacalc does free giveaways for backpacks, graphing calculators and protractors! You can learn more and enter to win here.