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FREE Sample of Mosquito Repellent

Not quite ‘fall’ yet – at least not here! Temperatures are still in the 80’s! To me, this means the mosquitoes are still out to play, which makes this sample perfect.

Odomos Mosquito Repellent offers the most effective defense against mosquitoes for as long as 12 hours. It’s safe for kids and clinically tested and certified.

Get your free sample here by simply filling out a form!

Homemade Popsicles!

We are getting VERY close to the long weekend! Looks like it’s going to be a hot one for us at the lake. Usually on a hot day, we run straight to the ice cream shop to get a cold treat – but I thought it’d be so fun this weekend to make some homemade popsicles to cool down instead! Not only are these easy on the wallet, but are SO simple to make, and a much healthier alternative. Three recipes caught my eye on Pinterest this morning – maybe you’ll feel the same way. Check them out below!

3-Ingredient Strawberry Banana Popsicles

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3-Ingredient Strawberry Banana Popsicles [http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/06/22/3-ingredient-strawberry-banana-popsicles/]

I can’t even believe that these are only 3 INGREDIENTS. Could this be any easier? All you need are strawberries, a frozen banana, and juice. Sally’s Baking Addiction tells us that the frozen banana makes all the difference because  it gives the popsicles an unbelievably creamy texture without the need of high-fat dairy. Simply blend 1 large banana, cut into chunks and frozen, 12 large strawberries sliced in half, and 1/2 cup of juice. They recommend pineapple or orange.

You will need to buy a popsicle mold (and you’ll need it for all three recipes mentioned) – these are really inexpensive and easy to find – you should be able to find them easily at Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond…you get the jist.

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and pour the mixture into the popsicle molds. If your mold has slots for sticks, you can insert them before freezing. If not, freeze for 2 hours and then put the stick in. Continue to freeze for an additional 6 hours or overnight – overnight will make for the easiest removal process. Run the molds under hot water to remove easily. Yum!

Greek Yogurt Popsicles

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Greek Yogurt Popsicles [http://www.dessertfortwo.com/2014/06/make-your-own-greek-yogurt-pops/]

Missing that creamy texture? Go for these awesome popsicles by Dessert For Two that use the protein-rich and creamy Greek yogurt to really make these pop. This recipe is a bit more labor-intensive, but sounds so amazing that I know these will not only be worth the extra effort but also really impress any company you have!

Ingredients include 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 3-4 tablespoons of agave nectar, a handful of strawberries, plums, or any fruit of your choice, 2 teaspoons of neutral-flavored oil, and 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar.

For this recipe, you’ll be roasting fruit – which is supremely easy. Simply preheat the oven to 400, and place the fruit on a small sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Drizzle the oil and sugar over the fruit and toss to combine to roast for about 25 minutes. Watch carefully or this will burn! Let cool completely.

Combine the Greek yogurt with the agave nectar. Then, you’ll want to layer the roasted fruit and the Greek yogurt mixture into the popsicle molds. Make it pretty! Super easy – freeze and enjoy.

Nutella Coolwhip Popsicles

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Nutella Coolwhip Popsicles [http://www.canadianfreestuff.com/nutella-coolwhip-popsicles-an-easy-delicious-treat-to-keep-you-and-the-kiddies-cool-this-summer/]

Had to include something chocolate-y for all the fudgcicle fans out there! My little sister ate fudgcicles like it was her job her entire childhood, so I’m sure there are more kids of this breed out there these days 🙂

This could NOT be easier – CanadianFreeStuff even mentions that her 2 year old son made these by himself. That’s saying something!

Mix together: 2 cups cool whip, 6 tablespoons Nutella, 1 cup milk. Pour into popsicle molds, freeze overnight and enjoy!

If you want to make this a little bit healthier, you can always make with low fat Coolwhip and/or skim milk. No biggie!

So there you go – try these out this weekend! Let me know if you have any other go-to homemade popsicle recipes that you and your family love – I’m all ears!

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:

FREE Photo Prints from Walgreens!

As summer dwindles down, I can only imagine the amount of snapshots you’ve taken on your phone of picnics, camp, lake and pool time, vacations. Does anyone ever print pictures anymore, or do you just tell yourself that you’ll print them out one day and make an album or frame them? Unfortunately, I fit into that category, and I so wish that I was more proactive about getting these pictures off of my phone and into a more tangible place in my home.

This should help the cause! Walgreens is offering 10 free 4×6 photo prints!

Here’s what you need to do to make it happen:

  1. Log in or create a new account
  2. Upload photos, and select the 10 photos you want printed (for free!)
  3. Select ‘Express Order Selected Photos’
  4. Checkout and enter one of the following promotional codes: TEN4X6FREE or FREEPRNTS
  5. Select ‘In-Store Pickup’ – you can even do same day, could this be easier?
  6. Protip: If you make two accounts, you can use each promotional code once, totaling to 20 free prints. If you want to put the effort in – do it!

Pretty awesome deal, tough to pass up. Enjoy, everyone!

#NationalLemonadeDay

Happy #NationalLemonadeDay!

Lemonade is one of those drinks that screams summertime and is always refreshing. It’s the kind of drink that I always forget how much I like it, and when I have it after awhile ask myself why I don’t have it more often! I thought it’d be fun today to compile some of my favorite ‘copycat’ recipes for the tastiest lemonade drinks I can think of. Here’s my top 3!

I LOVE Starbucks’ iced tea lemonade drinks – they’re perfect for me – not too sweet or sour and so, so refreshing.

Food.com has a really awesome recipe for Starbuck’s shaken iced peach green tea lemonade – quite the mouthful, but soooo great! Save some money with this ultra easy recipe: steep 4 bags of green tea in 4 cups boiled water for 3 minutes and let cool. Add 4 cups of lemonade of your choice (check out MyFrugalAdventure’s lemonade recipe – its easy, simple, and you can control how sweet you want it to be!). Fill a cup with ice cubes, add 4 tablespoons of peach syrup (you can order a huge bottle of Torani Peach Syrup off of Amazon for under $15 and it will last you for a VERY long time). Pour in your tea/lemonade mixture and you’ve got a tasty beverage!

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Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade [starbucks.com]

I also really love Starbucks’ Passion Tea Lemonade and it could not be easier to recreate! FrugalCouponLiving makes a really awesome version of this. Boil 2 bags of Tazo Passion Tea (you can buy a 20 count box from Walmart for under $3!). Remove from heat and add in sugar to taste and vanilla. Allow to sit and refrigerate for an hour. Add ice, add lemonade of choice (I love MyFrugalAdventure’s!) and shake well to mix! That’s all!

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Starbucks’ Passion Tea Lemonade [http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/2014/04/29/copycat-starbucks-passion-tea-lemonade-recipe/]

Finally, I also love the ever-timeless Chick-Fil-A lemonade – don’t knock it ’till you try it! CincyShopper has a great copycat recipe that couldn’t be easier. Chick-Fil-A recomments that you use Sunkist Brand Lemonade, but you can use any of your choice. I’ll warn you now, this is SUGARY – you’ll then add a full cup of sugar! You can also use a substitute sugar to taste – I prefer Splenda myself…then simply add 5 cups of water and refrigerate to chill. Delicious and simple!

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Chick-Fil-A Copycat Lemonade [http://cincyshopper.com/copycat-chick-fil-lemonade-recipe/]

So there you have it! Enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade on this #nationallemonadeday!

#NationalSmoresDay

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Another week, another opportunity to share some fun, inexpensive recipes, deals, giveaways, and more.

It just so happens to be #NationalSmoresDay today. S’mores scream summer to me – brings me back to my own summer camp days as a child! There’s nothing more fun than finding the perfect stick and toasting (or burning) a marshmallow to gooey perfection. Result = a messy, delicious, delicious treat that will have you asking for ‘s’more!’

Unfortunately, we don’t always have a crackling fire in front of us – lucky for you, we have so many mainstay s’more substitutes that are JUST AS GOOD as the real deal, and just as fun to cook indoors!

S’mores Bites

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S’mores Bites [http://thefirstyearblog.com/smores-bites/]

The First Year Blog has an awesome recipe for these mini bites – they’re perfect for a quick dessert or even to bring to a party! Here’s the lowdown: all you need to do is crush up graham crackers, and incorporate powdered sugar + butter as a base. Divide them up into a 24 cup mini muffin pan. Bake for 5 minutes. Then pop in a rectangle of chocolate, and place a marshmallow half inside as well. Pop in the oven and bake until softened. Personally, I like a little brown on my marshmallows – solution: throw on the broiler for about a minute! Cool and serve. They’re so cute + so easy. Enjoy!

S’mores-Dipped Strawberries

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S’mores-Dipped Strawberries [http://www.bombshellbling.com/smores-saturdays-smores-dipped-strawberries/]

Bombshell Bling has such a crowd pleaser with this one! I don’t know about you, but my entire family looooves chocolate covered strawberries. This recipe takes things even a step further, and couldn’t be easier. Melt some marshmallow fluff and get dipping! Lay on wax paper to try. Then, same story with chocolate. While still hot and melty, dip into some graham cracker crumbs and lay to dry. Voila!

S’more Stuffed French Toast

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S’more Stuffed French Toast [http://www.heathersfrenchpress.com/2014/07/smore-stuffed-french-toast.html#_a5y_p=2342038]

Oh boy, here we go! S’mores for breakfast! Heather’s French Press has a killer recipe that we won’t even pretend is remotely healthy. It’s pretty easy – grab some honey wheat bread, and spread one slice with chocolate spread (whether this is Nutella or melted Hershey’s is totally your call!) and the other slice with melted marshmallows. Sandwich them together and dip the sandwich into egg, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla (just like normal french toast!) and griddle until golden brown on each side.

So there you have it – these are all cheap, easy, and sure to please the family. Enjoy #NationalSmoresDay!