California Climate Credit- It’s Back for August and September!

What is the California Climate Credit? This August* your utility bill will include an electric credit identified as the “California Climate Credit.” Your household and millions of others throughout the state will receive this credit on your utility bills.

In the past years, the electric credit was applied in April and October, and the gas credit was applied in April. For 2020 and 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission authorized SDG&E to temporarily shift the electric credit to be applied in August and September.

If you have any of the following utilities: PG&E, SDG&E, SCE Pacific Power, and Liberty Utilities, your August and September bills will have a credit.

Changing the distribution months will not change the total value of the climate credits you receive in a year. The shift will provide bill relief for customers – during the typically hottest months of the year – and reduce bill volatility.

The gas credit will continue to be applied in April. In 2022, the climate credit will be distributed back to its original timing of April and October unless the Commission directs otherwise. The California Climate Credit is part of California’s efforts to fight climate change. This credit is from a state program that requires power plants, natural gas providers, and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases, to buy carbon pollution permits.

The credit on your bill is your share of the payments from the State’s program. The Climate Credit is one of many programs resulting from landmark legislation called the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

The California Climate Credit is one way Californians are working towards a zero-carbon state. Find other ideas for energy and money-saving upgrades for your home while reducing your carbon footprint at energyupgradeca.org/the-movement.

And if you are looking for more ways to save energy and money, check out Ohm Connect! We’ve been using Ohm Connect for 5+ years and we’ve saved thousands of dollars on our power bill, and earned thousands of dollars in gift cards and cash via paypal!

I cashed out some of our points for a $25 Amazon Gift card last week, and we almost have enough for another $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Free DJ Classes from Bach to Rock

Have you heard of Bach to Rock? It’s a fun music school with locations all over the country and there are a few locations in San Diego county. Kids as young as 3 can learn to play a variety of instruments.

Right now, the Encinitas location is offering a Free DJ mixing class for kids 10+. Join Bach to Rock for a free trial of DJ Mixing! Get back in the groove Mondays from 5:00 – 6:00 PM with our awesome new DJ coach, Michael H.!

Learn how to blend, fade, scratch, and mix songs on state-of-the-art equipment and perform with them at local venues around town.

Call us at: (760) 452-2190 for more information or to sign up for this free class.

 

Family Recipe: DIY Salad Bar

The post is dedicated to Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes… RIP.

One of our family favorite restaurants pre-pandemic was Souplantation. So many great veggie and salad options all in one place. This summer I’m trying to find easy, simple lunch options for the family, so this week I’m making a salad bar.

It might sound like a lot of work, but I spend about an hour a week prepping veggies as soon as the CSA box arrives, so it’s just a slightly different prep this week.

First I got out our Rubbermaid reusable containers and lids, and I chopped the various ingredients. At lunchtime, I’ll set all of the containers out, and put the salad greens in a large bowl that is nestled in a baking dish full of ice to keep the greens crisp.

If you are having a salad bar for your July Fourth celebration, consider using a cold ingredient caddy like this one.

It keeps the components cold and at their preferred temperature for an extended period of time.

Here are just a few of the ingredients that we’ll be featuring in our DIY salad bar:

  • Salad greens (spinach, romaine lettuce, butter bibb lettuce, mixed greens, kale)
  • Radishes
  • Brocolli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Red onions
  • Green apples
  • Strawberries
  • Beets (raw or pickled)
  • Bell pepper or other sweet peppers
  • Pickled veggies
  • Capers
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Cheese cubes (or crumbled feta or goat cheese)
  • Diced ham or diced turkey breast lunchmeat
  • Croutons
  • Salad Dressing- I like this vinagrette, and this one, and this ranch.

What do you like on your salads?

Have Your Hot Girl Summer on a Budget

I’m sure by now everyone has heard the phrase “Hot Girl Summer”, but do you know what it means? The phrase can be traced back to a Megan Thee Stallion song a few years ago.

On Twitter, she explained: “Being a Hot Girl is about being unapologetically YOU, having fun, being confident, living YOUR truth, being the life of the party, etc.”

A couple of my friends have embraced it, and I think that it’s a pretty amazing outlook to have, especially since last summer was, well, Sad Trombone Noise? I know the kids are looking forward to having fun, more adventures, and getting out of the house. Here are a couple ways I’m bringing Hot Girl Summer (and sharing it with the fam).

New Bathing Suits. Kids grow, but what about me? Well after having the same swimsuits for 3 years, it’s time. Especially since we swim daily.  I bought a few new suits from Amazon. Since I’m fair-skinned I picked up one with long sleeves, the kids tease me about working at SeaWorld. This is just one of the many suits I’ve got. It’s perfect for prime sun time.

 

New Pool Bag and New Pool Toys. Every Summer it seems, we need new pool toys and a new pool bag. The Chlorine wrecks our bag (which is mesh- this helps the pool toys dry quickly), and daily use of toys leaves them.. wrecked. Dollar Tree has a great selection of sturdy pool toys, including inflatables for kids (We have a cool cookie ring that has a “bite” taken out of it). For me, I picked up a sweet inflatable float pool chair. 

Plans to meet up with friends. Now that most people have access to the vaccine, getting together with friends is a lot more feasible. We are still limiting ourselves and staying away from large gatherings where we don’t know everyone, but dinner and drinks with friends sound amazing. I’m hosting dinners a couple times a month over the summer for a few reasons: 1. To keep all of our costs down (Dinner out with drinks costs $$$ these days), and honestly, I don’t feel super safe going out for dinner all that often, especially now that there are no mask regulations in our state. And I’m having a weekend getaway with some girlfriends in a few weeks. I am really looking forward to a weekend away in a vacation rental doing a whole lot of nothing!

Take Advantage of the season: What does that mean? Summer has all sorts of fun advantages: Long days, Amazing fruit and veggies are in season, nice weather. Spend time outside (poolside, at the beach, exploring nature), enjoy a big bowl of fruit salad, make a huge salad! Community events are starting to come back (with limited event sizes), and there are lots of free events throughout the summer. EventBrite is a great place to find community events.

Make Time for You: I know… So many blogs and social media tell you to get self-care time and spend time doing things that you love, but as a parent, it can be hard without staying up late or waking up before dawn. Finding a sitter can be tough too. It’s ok to lean on family and friends. The past year has been exponentially tough on parents, and you need time to yourself. Swap child care with friends, or if you want to have a night out, split the cost of a sitter. Your kids can hang out together, while you and your friends get some time away.

Take Care of Yourself: And I don’t mean the stereotypical self-care of putting on a mud mask and drinking water with lemon slices. That’s fun, but I mean the simple acts that we often overlook as caregivers.

  • Sunscreen for your face and any exposed areas when you’ll be outside for more than 10 minutes during peak sun hours (usually 10am-4pm). Don’t forget the tops of your ears. Being super fair-skinned I also wear a sun hat too. Not super sexy, but I don’t want skin cancer.
  • Take something to drink with you. I know most of you pack snacks for your kids when you leave home, but take a few extra minutes to make yourself something that you like (bonus if it’s a snack that your kids do not like- No sharing!), and fill your water bottle. This is the water bottle I use. If you like fruit-infused water, bottles like this are great.  You can also opt for an infuser to go into your favorite bottle or insulated cup.
  • Find Something to Keep You Occupied.  Besides your kids. Pick up a book, grab a craft kit (I like embroidery- it’s easy and portable), Craftsy has some cool online classes to get you started.

I’d love to hear about how you are bringing Hot Girl Summer. Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

San Diego Summer Fun on a Budget

681517ea18b6760354438c6a7f6190f1.jpgIt’s time for kids to finish up school, and be let loose on the world.

Now that places are reopening at 100% capacity, there are a lot more options for summer adventures.

Free Music Lessons from Staump Music School.

Kids Bowl Free all Summer!

$1.00 Movies all Summer with Regal Cinemas

Free Summer School Lunches (Gotta keep them fed this summer). Lots of locations have events or activities nearby, so you can have fun and have a free lunch!

The splash ground at Santee Lakes is GREAT! It’s only $2.00 per kid (on weekdays, $3.00 on weekends) to play and if you park outside the Santee Lakes, you don’t have to pay to park! Take a picnic and it’s a great frugal outing! We go at least once a week in the summer and it’s always
a GREAT time!

If you are looking to beat the heat and need something free, check out the Waterfront Park downtown. They have a great splash pad area for kids, a really fun playground, and a big grassy area for picnics. Only downside- no shade trees.

Balboa Park still offers Free Tuesdays at various museums in the park. Another free activity in Balboa Park is the Botanical Garden and Lily Pond. Right next door is the Spanish Art Village, which is fun to explore as well. Pack some snacks and make a day of it.

San Diego County has great parks, as do most of the cities in San Diego County! Our favorite parks include Big Rock Park in Santee, Kennedy Park in El Cajon, La Mesita/Junior Seau Park in La Mesa, Harry Griffin Park in La Mesa (great for little kids).

I also find lots of local events and free fun stuff by checking the “Events You May Like” section on Facebook Events.

6/11/2021 Friday Freebies and Deals!

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Good morning!

This week was Bitty Bird’s 6th birthday and the last week of school. I’ve been super busy, and we’re getting ready for the socially distanced birthday party tomorrow. I’m spending today pulling everything together and packing up the car for the party tomorrow.

As summer is upon us, here are a few freebies to keep your kiddos occupied and fed this summer:

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 am not encouraging anyone to go into stores or go out into public. Mask up, wash your paws, stay socially distanced, get vaccinated when it’s your turn!

Freebies:

Free Sample of CLIF Kid ZBar
Free Dove Nourishing Hand Sanitizer
Free Dolce & Gabbana The Only One Fragrance Sample
Free Nars Blush Sample
Free Koia Drink
Free $10 Venmo Cash
Free Goody Bag at buybuy BABY Stores
Free Old Fashioned Sundae for Dads at Wienerschnitzel
Free Beauty 360 Unicorn Face Sheet Mask at CVS
Free Lash Conditioning Serum
Free ShiKai CBD Cream
Free Blue Diamond Products After Rebates
Free Online Crafting Classes from Michaels
Free Comfort Zone Diffuser
Free Pair of Mack’s Ear Plugs – Every Weekday
Banfield Pet Hospital – Free Office Visit & Consultation
Free Nature’s Bloom CBD Lip Balm
Score Walmart+ FREE for 15 Days
Free Cosmopolitan Eau de Juice Body Mist
Free Over Easy Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars
Free Dippin’ Dots on Your Birthday
Free Alpha Foods Chik’n Nuggets
Free Freak Flag Organics Mac & Cheese
500 Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Points
Free Charmin Mega Roll Extender
Free Dermabliss Allergy Care for Pets Sample
Free Sample of La Roche-Posay SPF 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk
Free Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt
Free Raising Cane’s Box Combo
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday

Deals:

50% Off Cuisinart Grilling Gifts for Dad + Extra 10% Off
BIC Grip Retractable Ball Pen 18-Count $4.954(Reg. $10)
BIC BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Marker 8-Ct ONLY $9.40 (Reg. $30)
Ring Spotlight Cam with Echo Show 5 ONLY $159.99 (Reg. $285)
4 for $20 Premium Hair Products + Free Shipping
Tommy Hilfiger Crossbody ONLY $36.96 Shipped (Reg $88)
Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones ONLY $124.99 (Reg. $200)
BIC Clic Stic Retractable Ballpoint Pens ONLY $3.64 (Reg. $9)
Barbie Large Cash Register ONLY $9.46 (Reg. $20)
BIC Intensity Fineliner Marker Pens ONLY $5.12 (Reg. $12)
Cordless Rotary Tool ONLY $19.99 (Reg. $42)
Magic Cleaning Pads 20-Pack ONLY $5.80 (Reg. $15)
Wakeman Kids Sleeping Bag ONLY $19.99 (Reg $45)
Roku Ultra 2020 Streaming Media Player ONLY $69 (Reg $100)
50% Off at Carter’s and OshKosh + 30% Off at Checkout
UglyDolls Blu-ray + Digital ONLY $7.50 (Reg. $20)
Baby Alive Tea n Sparkles Doll ONLY $10 (Reg. $20)

Kids Bowl Free: It’s Back!

file0001910298986.jpgLooking for something fun, air-conditioned, and cheap to do this summer? Yeah, you are!

Kids Bowl Free has been around for years, and it’s a great way to get kids active even when it’s hot outside. I’m so excited it’s back for 2021!

Kids 2-18 can bowl 2 games for free each day the program is running at participating bowling centers all across the US and Canada. All you pay for is shoe rental- or bring your own if you have them!kidsbowlfree_logo-new-2019.jpg

This program is available all over the US and Canada. The complete list can be found here. Sign up is quick and easy. To get started, register here.

I encourage everyone to take advantage of this deal! It’s one of our favorite summer activities.

6/4/2021 Friday Freebie and Deals

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Good morning!

This week has been full of end-of-school-year stuff around here, and I’ve been busy finding lots of summer fun (and food) as well.

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 am not encouraging anyone to go into stores or go out into public. Mask up, wash your paws, stay socially distanced, get vaccinated when it’s your turn!

Freebies:

Free Bob’s Red Mill Oat Crackers
17 Free Disney Movie Insiders Points
Free Poise Impressa Sample Pack
Free Samples of Astroglide Lubricant
Free Fast and Furious Movie Tickets
Free Original Grand Slam at Denny’s
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
National Donut Day Freebies & Deals RoundUp Today June 4
Free Norton Hurley Underwear Samples
Free Sunscreen + $25 Amazon Gift Card
Free English Translation of the Quran
Text for $10 Off at Lane Bryant = Free Item
Free Subscription to Cosmopolitan Magazine
Free RXBAR Protein Bar
5 Free Items at Sprouts – Sign up for their Sampling Program
Free Bottle of Bedtime Burn
Free Aura Bora Herbal Sparkling Water
Free Chloe’s Salted Caramel Oatmilk Pops
Free Sample of Joolies Organic Medjool Dates
Free Samples Returning to Costco This Month
Free Beer, Seltzer or Non-Alcoholic Beverage with Vaccine Goal
Free Bottle of Coca-Cola on June 15th – Sign Up Now
Free Pride Sticker Pack
Free NeilMed Sinus Rinse or NasaFlo Neti Pot
Free Sample of Xyzal Allergy 24H

 

Deals:

Allure Beauty Box ONLY $23 ($200+ Value) + 2 Free Gifts
Benadryl Liqui-Gels ONLY $3.29 on Amazon
Style Trends & Fashion Discounts on Amazon
Green Toys Fire Plane ONLY $6.80 (Reg. $15)
Schwinn Shuttle Bike Trailer ONLY $99 (Reg. $199)
CHI Flat Iron ONLY $49.99 at JCPenney (Reg $130)
Beats Solo Pro Light Blue ONLY $134.99 (Reg $300)
Play-Doh Tool Box ONLY $7.98 (Reg $12.99)
Kate Spade Leila Small Card Holder Wristlet ONLY $29 (Reg $89)
Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker ONLY $17.99 (Reg $29)
Godinger Dublin Set of 4 Wine Glasses ONLY $16 (Reg $40)
Bissell Portable Spot & Stain Cleaner ONLY $89 (Reg $110)
Fitbit Ace 2 Activity Tracker ONLY $39.95 (Reg. $70)
50% Off JoyBay Ride On Swing Cars for Kids Now $34.99 Shipped
Nespresso Vertuo Next w/ Milk Frother ONLY $135.99 (Reg $275)
Carter’s Rainbow Sandals ONLY $12.60 (Reg $36)
Bella Air Fryer 2-Quart ONLY $24.99 Shipped (Reg $52)
I Love You, Stinky Face Board Book ONLY $3.75 (Reg. $7)
Echo Auto ONLY $24.99 Shipped (Reg $50)
Martha Stewart Reversible Bath Towel ONLY $4.99 (Reg $16)
Kenneth Cole Men’s Quinn Flip-Flop Sandals ONLY $14.99 (Reg $39)
Rachael Ray 5-Piece Bakeware Set ONLY $29.99 (Reg $100)

Cents of Style Lounge Sets EXTRA 20% OFF Starting UNDER $16

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

This week’s weekly deal from Cents of Style is very relaxing. SUMMER Lounge Sets are an EXTRA 20% off the sale price! These sets come in a variety of styles and sizes from XS-3XL.

To take advantage of this sale, use coupon code SUMMERBREAK takes an extra 20% OFF making these Start under $16!! Don’t forget FREE Shipping over $35! The code is active until 6/8/21 at midnight.

Rockin’ Jump San Diego: 90% Savings are Back!

This deal just came through on my email and I had to share. We love Rockin’ Jump SD, in fact, we were just there a few weeks ago to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

If you aren’t familiar with Rockin’ Jump, here are the deets: Rockin’ Jump is San Diego’s largest indoor trampoline park and offers something for everyone.  In addition to the huge free-jump trampoline arena, attractions include an awesome four-lane Warrior Course with Three Lane Warp Wall, two dodge-ball courts, two basketball slam dunk lanes, two-lane stunt-bag jump area, four-lane rock climbing wall, X-Beam jousting,  an all-new 18 hole mini golf course and now a new arcade with over 25 of the most popular games to play and win prizes. It is a great place to play and jump and get all the kids (and adults) wiggle out.

Rockin Jump’s popular punch card offer is back.  Huge savings for your family and great family fun for the summer!

For only $49.99, the cards include the following:

  • Two (2) – 90 Minute Jump Passes
  • One (1) – 120 Minute Jump Pass
  • One (1) – All Day Jump Pass
  • One (1) – 50% Off Any Jump Time
  • Two (2) – 60 minute Jump Add-on’s
  • One (1) – 50% Off 120 Minute Jump Time
  • One (1) – FREE Large ICEE
  • One (1) – $1 Dollar Large ICEE
  • One (1) – $10 Large Pizza
  • One (1) – $3 Cafe Cash
  • One (1) – Free 60 Minute Open Jump Campanion Pass
  • One (1) – Buy One Get One Free 90 Day Pass
  • One (1) – 30% OFF ANY Party or Group Event

Fine Print:

  • Can not be combined with any other offer
  • Punch Card is non-transferable
  • May Not be Re-sold
  • May not be redeemed for cash
  • Valid only at Rockin’ Jump San Diego
  • Lost or stolen cards will not be replaced
  • Rockin Jump reusable Grip Socks are always required and not included ($3 at the park if needed)

You only have until June 7, 2021 to purchase your card(s). To buy your card(s), click here.