Dream Dinners Fundraiser: Feed 37 people when You Buy 3 Meals for $50!

This just popped into my inbox, and I had to share.

You could feed a classroom full of children when you buy 3 Meals for $50 at the Dream Dinners Foundation Fundraiser.

When you buy 3 Medium Meals for only $50 for you to take home to enjoy with your family, the Dream Dinners Foundation will match the donation. The money raised from this fundraiser will go directly to pay for the supplies needed to pack 20,000 meals! The meals will be distributed to families with food insecurities both locally and abroad.

There are 5 options to choose from, and they are all GREAT. We love the Central Park Garlic Chicken with Oven Roasted Broccoli.

Meals will be available for pick up on Wednesday, May 18th, Curbside Pick up 4pm -6pm.

If you are interested in attending the volunteer meeting to learn more about how you can participate, you can also purchase this fundraiser special and attend the meeting. Call/Text 619-460-6800 or email lamesaca@dreamdinners.com for more details about that meeting.

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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!

 

5/13/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals!

Woo! May is flying by, and we’ve got a busy weekend ahead of us. Wedding and reception, girl scouts, swimming, playing with friends.

There are so many awesome freebies and deals this week, and the weather this weekend is supposed to be AWESOME (AND WARM) 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 Collagenil Skincare Sample Set
Free Bim Bam Boo Toilet Paper Sample
2 Free Pints of Nightfood Ice Cream
Free SnackConscious Protein Bites
Free Craize Snack Crackers
Free Ice Cream at Maggie Moo’s & Marble Slab
Free Tom’s of Maine’s Complete Protection Deodorant
Free Sweetarts Fusions at Select Stores
Free After Sun Skincare Product
Free Food & Drinks at Circle K
Free Products from Influenster
Hidden Valley Ranchology Rewards – Free Samples, Tote Bag & More
Free Classroom Film Screening Kit
Free Access to MyHeritage Ancestry Tools for 2 Weeks
Free ASPCA Pet Safety Magnet & Window Decal
Free Puttisu Kids Facial Sheet Mask
Free Mineral Natural Sunscreen
Free Pint of Frönen Dairy Free Ice Cream
Earn $2 to $75 per Completed Survey – Ages 13+ can Apply
Free Lotus Flower Gift
Free Richard’s Rainwater Sparkling at Whole Foods
Free Jonny Pops Popsicles
Free Small Blizzard Treat at Dairy Queen
Free Subscription to ELLE Magazine

Deals:

Charter Club Multi-Stone Jewelry Set ONLY $11.80 (Reg $30)
Hanes Mens Moccasin Slippers ONLY $8.49 (Reg $34)
Summer Waves 10-Ft Pool ONLY $59 (Reg. $87)
40% Off All Fanatics + Extra 10% Off at Checkout
Necklace and Stud Earring Set ONLY $17.99 (Reg $60)
Costway 10×10 Outdoor Tent ONLY $39.99 (Reg $100)
Whirlpool 3.1 cu ft Mini Refrigerator ONLY $159.99 (Reg $220)
Up to 72% Off Disney Treasures From the Vault Plush Characters
Moscow Mule Mug 2-Piece Set ONLY $14.99 (Reg $40)
Up to 60% OFF Women’s Swim Suits at JCPenney
Kate Spade Harper Satchel ONLY $89 (Reg $359)
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Travel Cosmetic Case ONLY $23.40 (Reg $39)
Neutrogena Therapeutic Shampoo ONLY $3.19 (Reg $8)
Threshold Fuzzy Foam Bath Rugs 2-Pack ONLY $10 (Reg $20)
Discover & Play Piano Musical Toy ONLY $8.60 (Reg. $17)
StyleCraft Supercharged Nano-Ceramic Dryer ONLY $47.97 (Reg $80)

Tryazon: Sweeten Lunchtime with Zollipops and Lunch Notes!

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.

Brighten your kids’ lunchtime with this Tryazon Featured Party opportunity, from Zolli Candy and MyWish4U. Zolli Candy is all sugar free and is supercharged with smile-friendly, natural ingredients that are actually good for your teeth! Zolli naturally balances your pH and reduces acid in your mouth making it the perfect way to end lunch! ZolliPops and Zaffi are diabetic friendly, keto, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan. Lunch Notes From Me® are a series of notes to tuck in your kids’ lunch to make sure they know they are loved and thought about when they are at school. They have a variety of notes including Facts & Funnies, Riddles & Giggles, Brainteasers & Giggles, and more!

Tryazon has 100 hosting spots open for this opportunity! Those selected get to receive a party pack valued at $75+ with a variety of Zolli Candy and Lunch Notes From Me® to share with friends and family! Learn more and apply here.

Cents of Style: Weekly Deal- 5/9/22- ENTIRE Jumpsuit Collection Starting at ONLY $17

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

Did you know that jumpsuits are trending SO big? And that they are selling for upwards of $100+?!?!

 

Cents of Style is hooking us up. So for a limited time, you can get ALL these jumpsuits starting UNDER $20. You can dress these jumpsuits up with a cute Henley or dress them down as a swimsuit cover with tennies…you could also sleep in them they’re so comfy! They check ALL the boxes…every. single. one. Slouchy fit, casual boho vibes, and perfect pockets.

There are several styles that go up to 3xl, so there are sizes for most of us to enjoy.

Use coupon code SPRINGSAVINGS at checkout. Hurry, because these sweet jumpsuits are only on sale until 5/16/2022.

Tryazon: Five Crowns & Farkle Game Night from PlayMonster

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.

It’s game nighttime with this Tryazon Featured Party opportunity, from PlayMonster. Featuring the award-winning card game, Five Crowns, and an additional bonus game, Farkle! Five Crowns is a five-suited rummy-style card game that is sure to become a favorite.  Its unique double-deck contains five suits: spades, clubs, hearts, diamonds, and stars! The rotating wild card keeps players on their toes! The game isn’t over ‘til the Kings go wild!

They have a total of 250 hosting spots open for this opportunity! Those selected get to receive a party pack with Five Crowns and Farkle, to sample and share with friends and family! Learn more and apply here.

5/10/2022 Weekly Meal Plan!

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If you follow me on IG, you know yesterday was CRAZAY.

This morning I spent 3 hours chopping, roasting, dicing, mincing, sauteing, and making so many tasty foods. I made a big green salad, a marinated salad, sauteed onions, yellow peppers, and mushrooms for omelets, roasted tons of veggies, and cut carrots into carrot sticks for the kids to snack on. Oh, and the strawberries and melons are so good. I may have eaten some of them while cutting them up. sorrynotsorry.

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.

I went to the grocery store last night to pick up milk and some misc. groceries last night. With the increase in food costs, we are leaning more and more on our CSA box each week as the base of most of our meals.

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: We’re working our way through our monthly Dream Dinners order, and I am making two this week. We’ve got our usual Monday Nuggets and Friday Pizza planned, but other than that I’m cooking a lot this week!

Mother’s Day Freebie: Enjoy lunch at Wienerschnitzel!

Moms, are you getting out tomorrow and looking for a fun freebie?

Wienerschnitzel is hooking us up. Tomorrow, May 8, 2022 head over to Wienerschnitzel and score a free chili dog, free small fries, and free soda.

Proof of motherhood required (Bring your kids, show them a picture, or just mention the MOMLIFE mother’s day deal).

AHA Sparkling Water Chatterbox!

Check out this awesome party opportunity from Chatterbox! Add a little sparkle to your cocktail (or mocktail!) with delicious NEW AHA Sparkling Water flavors, including Pineapple Passionfruit, Blackberry Lemon, and Fuji Apple White Tea. And the best part? There are no sweeteners, no sodium, and no calories. So sip AHA-way!

If you are selected, you will receive:

  • $10 Walmart gift card
  • 2 recipe cards including 3 AHA Sparkling Water mocktail/cocktail recipes

You must apply and complete the required activities by June 5th to be considered.

To get started and apply, click here.

 

Recipe: Hot Honey Ginger Carrots!

This recipe is so easy and so tasty. You probably already have some (if not all) of these ingredients in your kitchen.

We get carrots in our Yasukochi Family Farms CSA box every week, and with a few extras we have hanging around in our fridge, I make these weekly.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lbs of carrots
  • 2 T oil of your choice, I used Yasukochi Farms Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons Yasukochi Farms Honey
  • Pinch Ground Ginger
  • Pinch Pepper Flakes

Directions:

  1. Place a foil-lined baking sheet in a cold oven. Pre-heat to 425 degrees.
  2. While the oven and pan heat, peel and cut into spears or bite-sized pieces, and toss carrots in oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Roast carrots in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring mid-way.
  4. Once the carrots are cooked, toss in a bowl with honey, ginger, and pepper flakes, as serve right away.

These carrots are so good. If you don’t want the heat from the pepper flakes, omit them. The honey and ginger plays nicely with the natural sweetness from the carrots.