6/19/2020 Friday Freebies and Deals!

bright boxesAnother Friday, another chance to pick up some freebies and deals!

The kids and I have been doing some Pokemon Go adventuring to get our steps and exercise in, and this weekend we’re going for a drive in the country to hunt some pocket monsters!

But first, let’s see what kind of cool deals and freebies abound!

Freebies:

Deals:

Coffee House Copycat Recipes & Enter to French Roast K-Cup® Pods!

I love Cross Country Cafe! They always have great deals, contests, and recipes!

Barista Prima French Roast K-Cup® Pods box of 24Right now, they are running a contest for FOUR full-size boxes of French Roast K-Cup® coffee pods! Enter to win before March 30th, 2020.

One of the ways that we stay on budget is to limit how many coffee shop beverages we have each week.  I load $25 every two weeks onto my Starbucks card. Honestly, it’s usually used on treats for the kiddos.

I make a big pot of French Roast Coffee each morning and make our coffee shop style beverages with it as the base. Here are a few of our favorites:

Quick & Easy Misto (aka a Cafe au Lait)

Ingredients:

  • 20 ounces Hot Coffee (prepared however you like)
  • 1 cup milk (whatever kind you like, I prefer whole or 2%).
  • Sweetener, if desired
  • Ground Nutmeg or Cinnamon, if desired

Directions:

  1. In a heatproof cup, heat milk for approx. 30 seconds in the microwave.
  2. Froth milk in a Magic bullet, blender, or using a Milk Frother. This takes about 30 seconds. The more fat the milk contains, the foamer the milk gets. Fat-free milk (either dairy or non-dairy) does not get too frothy.
  3. Pour Hot Coffee into your serving cup. Add your sweetener and stir. This is a great time to try a new sweetened syrup!
  4. Using a spoon, Push frothed milk to the side and pour milk over the coffee.
  5. Top with Foam if desired.
  6. Get extra fancy and sprinkle the top of the foam with nutmeg or cinnamon!
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Hot, frothy milk!
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The finished product, time for breakfast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick & Easy Mocha: If you love a Cafe Mocha to start your day, simply add 2 T. of your favorite Chocolate milk mix or instant hot chocolate (I like this dark chocolate hot chocolate) to the milk before your heat and froth it. Follow the same directions as above.

Caramel Macchiato: Pour 1 cup, hot frothed milk into your mug, followed by 6 ounces of very strong hot coffee. Top with a little more foam, and drizzle caramel syrup over the top of the foam.

Cinnamon Dulce Latte: Pour Coffee into mug, add steamed milk and two pumps/Tablespoons of Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Cooled/leftover coffee makes GREAT iced coffee. Simply pour over ice, add any milk and sweetener/syrup you’d like and serve. YUM!

For an Iced Mocha, mix 2 T. of your favorite Chocolate milk mix to the milk before adding it to your ice and coffee.

I love the Torani Sugar Free syrups, they come in over 40 flavors and most of them are great in coffee. We like the following flavors:

  • Irish Coffee (it’s non-alcoholic)
  • Caramel
  • Hazelnut
  • French Vanilla
  • Brown Sugar Cinnamon
  • Almond
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Coconut (it’s good in a mocha)

unnamed.pngAnd Cross Country Cafe has a new recipe on their blog: Almond Milk Honey Flat White. Yum!

If you start your morning with a protein shake, here are a couple recipes for coffee drinks that use protein powder in place of milk.

New Health and Beauty Brands on Fetch Rewards!

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Fetch is now hooking us up with savings in the health and beauty aisle! From nutritional supplements to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, they are making healthy living even more rewarding for your whole family.  You can see the full list here.

You can learn all about Fetch rewards here.

So, if this seems like an app you’d enjoy, check this out: Use my code ND2TB when you sign up and you’ll score 2000 points after you scan in your first receipt with Fetch Rewards. That’s 2/3 way to your first $3 Amazon Gift Card (or whatever $3 Gift Card you choose). You can find Fetch Rewards in your app store.

Fetch Rewards: Get a FREE reward for every 2 friends you refer! (11/15/19-11/17/19)

If you haven’t checked out Fetch Rewards yet, now is the time to do it!

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2,000 points for Friend #1 + 2,000 points for Friend #2+ 3,000 BONUS points= 7,000 points for every 2 friends!

 

Plus, there’s no limit on the number of FREE rewards you can earn.

The promotion has already started and is valid  through 11:59 PM PT on 11/17/2019

I’m stoked! Fetch Rewards is pretty awesome- I’ve earned about $50 this year (so far). I cash out for Amazon Gift Cards and add them to my Amazon account to pay for gifts throughout the year.

If you haven’t signed up yet, download the app in the app store/where ever you get apps, and use my code ND2TB when you sign up. You’ll score extra points when you sign up and scan your first receipt.

If you use my code, I’ll get points too. Win/Win, right? Honestly, my disclosure statement is here. I’m here to help ya’ll save money, not make a million dollars!

This is a great way to save up giftcards for holiday shopping or to defray other costs (They also have CVS and Target GC’s available).

 

If you want to learn more about Fetch, check out my posts here and here.

Ripple Street: Starbucks and Lindt LINDOR Bring the Joy Together Party

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Party will be December 7th, 2019

Bring together a little holiday magic by hosting the season’s most festive flight tasting event with Starbucks® coffee and Lindt LINDOR truffles, available at Target. With every sip of Starbucks® Holiday Blend Ground Coffee, your guests will beam with holiday cheer over elegantly balanced maple and herbal notes.

Pair that with Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles and their irresistibly smooth, milk chocolate center, and you’ve got the perfect pairing for the holidays. Invite your friends over and show them how to make the season’s celebrations the very best with #StarbucksandLindt at Target this holiday season.

This event is only open to residents of the contiguous US.

If you’re selected and confirmed as a host, your exclusive Party Pack will contain:

  • Starbucks® Holiday Blend Ground Coffee
  • Starbucks® Peppermint Mocha Flavored Ground Coffee
  • Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles
  • Lindt LINDOR Peppermint Cookie Milk Chocolate Truffles
  • And more

© 2019 Starbucks Coffee Company. All rights reserved.

 

To Apply, Click Here.

Fetch Rewards: 4,000 Per Referral!

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Win 100,000 bonus points! 

Tomorrow (10/17) through Wednesday (10/23), Fetch Rewards increasing your bonus to 4,000 points* per referral.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Invite your friends to Fetch Rewards with your referral code. Use my code ND2TB and find the app wherever you get apps.
  2. Your friend enters your code and scans their first receipt.
  3. You’ll get 4,000 points, and your friend also gets 2,000 when they complete their first receipt scan!*

*In order for you to qualify for the increased referral bonus, they must enter your referral code and complete a valid receipt from 10/17/19 through 11:59 PM PT on 10/23/2019. After 11:59 PM PT on 10/23/2019, the referral bonus will expire.

 

 

Any grocery store, mass merchandiser, dollar or 99 cents store, or convenience store receipt can be scanned for points!

Fetch Rewards now Accepts Convenience Store Receipts!

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This came in my email this morning and I have NO IDEA! You’re already scanning supermarket receipts. But did you know that you’ll also earn Fetch Points when you shop at gas stations and convenience stores? It’s true! Your receipts from 7-11 are just as valuable as your receipts from Walmart.

Got a midnight craving for chips or ice cream? Need to grab a beer or soft drinks on your way to a party? You’re gonna get points! Scan every convenience store receipt, every time you shop. Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 7.52.39 AM.png

 

Learn More about Fetch Rewards HERE.

Go Organic with Fetch Rewards

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Shop smart, eat smart. 

Did you know Fetch Rewards offers points on organic products? You’ll also save on natural juices, low-calorie meals, sugar-free drinks, cauliflower pasta, and more. Try something new today!

To learn more about Fetch rewards, click here.

If Fetch Rewards seems like an app you’d enjoy, check this out: Use my code ND2TB when you sign up and you’ll score 2000 points after you scan in your first receipt with Fetch Rewards. That’s 2/3 to your first $3 Amazon Gift Card (or whatever $3 Gift Card you choose). You can find Fetch Rewards in your app store.

If you use my code, I’ll get 4000 points when you scan your first receipt. Win/Win, right? Honestly, my disclosure statement is here. I’m here to help ya’ll save money, not make a million dollars!

Earn Fetch Points on special offers!

Screen Shot 2019-06-12 at 8.13.22 AM.pngHave you checked out Fetch Rewards yet? If not, you can check out all of the deets here.

 

Right now, Fetch has some really awesome (read useful) products that are offering increased point rewards.

If you haven’t downloaded the Fetch App yet, use my code ND2TB when you sign up and you’ll score 1500 points after you scan in your first receipt with Fetch Rewards. That’s halfway to your first $3 Amazon Gift Card (or whatever $3 Gift Card you choose). You can find Fetch Rewards in your app store.

So far in 2019, I’ve cashed out $30 in Amazon GC with Fetch Rewards!

If you use my code, I’ll get some points when you do. Win/Win, right? Honestly, my disclosure statement is here. I’m here to help ya’ll save money, not make a million dollars!

Five Ways to Help a Special Needs Mom

158b3ea47eb4b5467a381bf7aa1d910b.jpgAs much as love and tolerance for others is taught these days, sometimes the first reaction when someone sees a special needs kid in public having issues (read: meltdown or stimming/self soothing) can be to stare wide eyed, make offhand or rude comments, or just bristle at “the weird kid”.

Please remember that the parents are doing the best they can, and that just like your neuro-typical kids, their kids have bad days too. Here are my five tips for how anyone can help a special needs mom.

  1. Offer to Help:  Offer to carry a bag or box they may be struggling with, especially if they are trying to remove their kiddo from public. I remember a few years ago, we were at Chick-Fil-A and Our big guy was done. He was tired, there were 15-20 kids in the little sound-proof kids area, so it was crazy loud in there and he was over stimulated. He just broke down and started crying and was wailing like a banshee. Two moms at the next table helped us pack up our leftovers, got our drinks refilled, and helped us carry everything out to the car, so I could carry both kids out. No shame, no dirty looks. Just compassion for a situation that every mom faces: THE PUBLIC MELTDOWN.
  2. Be a Friend:  It can be very isolating to have a special needs kid, trust me. Text your friend. Offer to get together at a park or some place that her kiddo(s) can play, so you can spend time together. Some special needs parents have hectic schedules with therapy appointments or doctors visits sometimes weekly. Keeping in contact with your friend can really help “normalize” her life.  I so seldom see other moms, that texting and Facebook are two of the ways I am able to keep up friendships.
  3. Starbucks Run: Ok, so it doesn’t have to be Starbucks, but if you know she’s having a rough day, bring her a coffee or a treat. I had someone (and to this day it’s a mystery), send flowers to me after a really rough week.
  4. Expect to hear NO- and be OK with it: As much as you want to see your friend, hang out, go to the movies, get a pedicure, or just gossip over coffee, it can be hard for special needs moms to get away. Not everyone has family that can handle their kiddo, and special needs respite/care can be expensive. Sometimes, even the offer to hang out is better than being left out completely.
  5. Give Your Friend Grace, and Pray for them: Recognize that your friend may have a harder road to hoe that you and your family, and that’s ok. If you aren’t religious, think of them or send them good thoughts, dedicate your meditation or yoga session to them.

Talk Back: I’d love to hear about a time when you helped another person!