Monthly Archives: August 2015

Free E.L.F. Pinktastic Baked Blush

Work fast on this one, people! This is limited to the first 10k people that complete the following offer and expires on 9/4. Steps below:

  1. Click here to fill out a super quick informational form.
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  3. Tag 5 friends in your post and let them know that they can sign up on http://www.eyeslipsface.com/playbeautifullychallenge
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Freezer Meals: Week 5

It’s that time of week!

Dug up some really fabulously freezer friendly meals this week for you all. With a short week coming up due to Labor Day next week, I totally foresee myself capitalizing on the ‘ole freezer meals.

Chicken Tetrazzini

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Chicken Tetrazzini [http://www.familysavvy.com/chicken-tetrazzini-make-ahead-freezer-friendly/]

FamilySavvy.com gives us a GREAT recipe here for chick tetrazzini – perfect for making ahead! Definition of comfort food, chicken tetrazzini involves pasta, chicken, mushrooms, cream of chicken, cheese, and some spices. It’s creamy and delicious, but doesn’t make you feel totally gross and heavy afterwards. It’s a miracle! If you want to cook ahead and freeze for later, she gives some great freezer tips. First and foremost, cling wrap. This goes directly on top of the assembled, but uncooked, tetrazzini and tuck into the corners of the pan – this prevents ice from forming on top and freezer burns. Also recommended are disposable containers – they’re easiest and don’t require scrubbing and cleaning. Final tip – freezer bags. After cling wrap and tin toil, a freezer bag can provide just one more layer of protection from freezer burn. Once you’re ready to unfreeze, place in the fridge a day or two before serving, remove all wraps, and bake for about an hour at 350…voila!

Loaded Vegetable Soup

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Loaded Vegetable Soup [http://www.cozycountryliving.com/loaded-vegetable-soup/]

CozyCountryLiving.com provides us with an awesome soup here – loaded with veggies, hence the namesake. Sometimes I worry that a lot of the freezer meals tend to be unhealthy – with this one, unhealthy isn’t even a word that crosses my mind. This is chock full of nutrients and leaves me feeling light and fresh. Perfect! Prepare the soup in a dutch oven and toss in all the goodies – fresh carrots, green & red peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, celery, green beans, broccoli, mushrooms, potatoes, peas, and corn – WHAT A MOUTHFUL, literally. Season and cook as instructed – takes a few hours, but you can  make a huge batch, because this is even better leftover, which is why this is such an incredible freezer meal. To freeze, simply cool to room temp and store in a plastic freezer friendly bag or container. Really couldn’t be easier! We love eating this with some fresh bread for dipping. If you miss the meat, it’s simple to add them in after the fact! Some shredded chicken or turkey sausage would be great in this recipe.

Hawaiian Chicken

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Hawaiian Chicken [http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2014/07/22/hawaiian-chicken/]

Anything that comes from a blog called LivingWellSpendingLess is something that I already know I’m going to love, let’s get real. This recipe promises to come together within minutes with just a few ingredients. It is freezer AND grill friendly – perfect summer meal for a family on-the-go! The marinade includes sweet onion, garlic, olive oil, teriyaki sauce (of your choice), pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, and black pepper. Yum! If you are freezing, simply make the marinade and throw in a freezer friendly bag with a boneless chicken breast. One tip here – don’t forget to squeeze out all the air! This will guarantee that this will last longer and taste better once you’re ready to eat this meal. No cooking required off the bat. Once you’re ready – thaw and grill 6-8 minutes on each side, basting with any leftover marinade. It’s really that simple. I can’t wait to try this one!

There you have it folks – this week’s roundup! If you try any of these, please let us know how it goes and anything you would change in the recipe in the comments! We love feedback! Stay tuned next Wednesday for Week 6.

FREE Sample of SwimSpray

Want to make sure you all see this before summer’s over!

A lot of time in the pool? I hope so! The only downside to quality pool time, besides a pesky sunburn, is the lingering chlorine odor that comes with it. If you have sensitive skin, this also comes with some skin irritation. Worse? Crispy, dry chlorine-y hair.

SwimSpray exists to battle all of these things and they are offering free samples to anyone who sends an email to FreeSample@SwimSpray.com, simply telling them where to send the free sample. All they ask in return is that you send them your impression of the product after using it a few times. I love reviewing products anyways so, no complaints here! I like to think the entire world is interested in my opinion.

SwimSpray claims that people are generally skeptical of their product – especially avid swimmers. But based on customer feedback, their best selling point is simply that, it works. And they promise you that.

Check out their video here:

#NationalDogDay

Happy Wednesday, Readers!

I have a confession to make. I have not yet revealed to you that…I…am…a….crazy dog lady. Being that it is #NationalDogDay, it seemed only fitting to unveil myself, and my fur baby, Millie.

Millie

Millie

I have some solid discount deals and ideas for doggy ownership, but I’ll also tell you this: don’t cheap out on your pets food. A well-balanced, good food makes for a happy, healthy dog with a lifespan to boot. Don’t buy the cheapest food. Don’t buy the cheapest treats. Do the following:

Chewy.com

Chewy.com is an incredible resource for everything dog. Once you’re on their mailing list, they are constantly sending coupons and discounted deals. Shipping (1-2 days) is FREE with any purchase $49+ (hello, dog food). You can also set up autoshipments if you know the approximate time span in which you’ll need more food or particular item – this discounts you even more. I can’t recommend this site highly enough – they’re efficient and they have EVERYTHING. Millie is allergic to chicken and eats a relatively obscure all-fish food (quite stinky, but anything to please her) – Chewy not only has it, but has it in 3 sizes, and ships it to me, usually, in 24 hours.

Doggyloot.com

As if having a Bernese Mountain Dog on their signup screen isn’t enough…Doggyloot is pretty awesome. I call it ‘Groupon for dogs’. They send a daily email with discounted treats and toys, deals generally run for about 24 hours. Millie LOVES Zuke’s Treats, which can be fairly expensive at about $8 a bag. Doggyloot often sells two of these bags for that price. Yes, please! I always check these emails to see if any of her favorites are discounted. Added bonus? The packaging that it comes in is addressed to Millie. Love it.

So celebrate today, use these new resources, and celebrate your furry friend, because we all know that dogs are supreme, incredible beings with relentless love. Happy #NationalDogDay!

FREE Nexcare™ Sample

I totally love this marketing campaign. Nexcare™ is running a campaign featuring “Nana” – that’s right, an old lady grandma who is testing Nexcare™ products for durability and functionality as she works through life’s great adventures.

She is pretty fabulous. From roughhousing with the boys playing football, to dumpster diving, to beekeeping, Nana’s seen it all, and survived it all. Check her out!

Pretty hilarious. Join Nana in her tests by clicking here and getting a free sample of Nexcare™ bandaids to see if they’re as tough as Nana says they are.

$1 Short Stack Buttermilk Pancakes at IHOP®

You still have about 5.5 hours to get to IHOP® today to get a $1.00 short stack of buttermilk pancakes! IHOP® is running a deal from 7am to 7pm tonight for the No Kid Hungry campaign. Fifty cents of every $1 will provide 1 child with 5 meals. Learn more here.

This deal runs TODAY ONLY so if you’re a fan of breakfast for dinner, or a $1 dinner, or simply helping an incredible cause, get to IHOP®! File under: FREE, because…it basically is 🙂 Enjoy!

#NationalSecondHandClothingDay

That’s a mouthful, but my calendar tells me that it is National Second Hand Clothing Day. I have a lot of feelings about second hand clothes. They range from: “No, thank you” to “Wow, that’s a stunning vintage jacket. Where’d you get it?”

I decided to take some time on this holiday to check out the best thrifting tips. Huffington Post has a great article listing 27 tips for secondhand shopping, here’s some of my favorites:

  • Bring a set amount of money
    • This tip exists solely because once you hit the jackpot at a store, you’re going to feel like you’re getting SUCH awesome deals, that money doesn’t even matter. Money is still money, decide how much you’re willing to spend prior to your shopping trip.
  • Don’t rule out the unusual
    • Don’t like the color of some pants? Small stain on a shirt? Nothing that some clothing dye, or even a good scrub can’t fix. Get crafty.
  • Come dressed to shop
    • A lot of these places don’t have dressing rooms, so don’t forget to layer up and be practical.
  • When you get home, wash it
    • Clothing and bedding should be washed int he machine with warm water or sent to the dry cleaner. That blazer may be awesome, but you certainly don’t know where it’s been.

On the flip side, make some extra cash by selling clothes that you don’t wear! Mashable crushes this concept with their list of awesome sites that allow this to happen easily and quickly. Here’s a few highlights:

Threadflip

Threadflip is scaling very quickly. You can search and sell by category or brand. This  makes Threadflip the best option for you if you are looking for something very specific. You also keep 80% of each sale, which is pretty solid.

Tradesy

Tradesy is a good option! You can find some nice brands on there and browse by brands specifically. The best part about Tradesy? They only take about 9% of each sale – which is less than any other similar site.

Thredup

For those of you who are skeptical (and a little grossed out) by second hand clothing, this is probably your best bet. This is for unused or hardly used clothing specifically. It doesn’t allow users to sell directly to each other, but rather, works kind of like a consignment shop. They buy the clothes from you and then resells to the community. They note that this is especially great for their kid’s section – perfect for selling those clothes that fit your rapidly growing children for, oh, 2 months.

So there you have it everyone – do you have any top second hand clothing tips? Where do you buy and sell from the most? Share with us!