FREE Zone Perfect Bar

Feb 26, 2010

Become a friend of Zone Perfect on Facebook and they'll mail you a FREE Zone Perfect bar.

Click here for details.

FREE $10 Bahama Breeze Gift Card

Once again, this is an offer I can't take part in because we don't have any Bahama Breeze restaurants in TX.  But, there are 24 of them nationwide, so if you are lucky enough to have one nearby, here's the deal:

Sign up on their website for their mailing list and they'll send you a FREE $10 gift card.

Click here to get the deal.

FREE 8x10 at Walgreens TODAY ONLY

Feb 25, 2010

Walgreens is giving FREE 8x10's today.

Click here for details.

You can arrange to pick yours up in the store or have it delivered (probably for a fee.)

FREE Museum Entrance - Bank of America

Feb 24, 2010

If you a Bank America account holder, you should be going to more museums for FREE!

In fact, you could be going to zoos, botanical gardens and science centers, too - for FREE - on the first full weekend of each month.

There are over 100 musuems, in 74 cities, in 27 states, participating in this program.

Click here for details.

(Unfortunately, for me, Austin isn't on the list yet.)

How Long to Save Leftovers

Feb 23, 2010

I am ALL for leftovers - it saves us lots of money in grocery bills and the hassle of making a new dinner each night.  But, sometimes, I'm not sure if the food has been in the fridge for to long.

I found a great site, today, to help me with that problem!

It's called Stilly Tasty and you can type in the item that is in your fridge and it will tell you after how many days you should toss it!

A handy website to remember!

IHOP - National Pancake Day

Feb 22, 2010

Tomorrow (February 23) is National Pancake Day and IHOP is celebrating by giving away a FREE stack of pancakes.

7 AM to 10 PM

They ask, though, that you make a donation for the Children's Miracle Network.

Click here for info.

My New Love - The Crock Pot

As my Facebook friends will attest to, I have become obsessed with the crock pot this past week. I discovered a Fan Page called “The Crock Pot Recipe Exchange.” The group has about 40,000 members and thousands of recipes have been posted. And, the best thing? Most of them are SHORT! Just a couple ingredients. In fact, many can fit into a status line, which has a limited amount of allowed words.

I got a crock pot for my wedding shower and so, I have owned it for about 14 years now. And, I have used it since then. But, I can’t say I have used it regularly.

I would, on occasion through those years, open a crock pot cookbook – with the intentions of using my unit more often – and then, see all the ingredients needed for a particular recipe and promptly close the book.

I don’t know about you, but if a recipe has more than 5 or 6 ingredients, I lose interest in making it very rapidly.

That, however, is about to change. I am busy. I am exhausted. I am a run-down working and stay-at-home mom. The last thing I have the energy to do every evening is make dinner.

Thus, my goal from now on, is to use my crock pot more often and save myself a great deal of time and a lot of dirty dishes.

I’m sure there are many of you out there who feel the same way. If the number of my Facebook friends who joined that Crockpot fan page after I suggested it is any indication, then there are a whole lot of us who need to make the dinner process a lot easier.

So, I thought I’d help you out – while I help myself out, too. From now on (until this seems like a bad idea), I’m going to post a weekly crock pot menu. These are the recipes I’m going to make this week. I may not have tried them, so I can’t vouch for how good they are, but they are guaranteed to only have a few ingredients – and none of them which are too hard to pronounce.

I figure I’ll post about four a week – and a dessert. (That’s another thing I learned this week! People make DESSERT in their crock pots! Who knew???) Granted, there are 7 days in a week, but as for me, we probably don’t need 7 new meals each week. After all, there is such a thing as pizza and going out to eat and leftovers. And, of course, we eat dinner every Wednesday night at our church, so I’m off the hook on that night!

So, after this, you’ll see a post of what I plan to make this week. Hope these recipes help you out when it comes to planning your meals (and your grocery list!)

Crock Pot Recipes - Week of February 22

I have found these recipes on Facebook and other sites. If the measurements are vague - sorry! This is how I'm finding them! And, you'll probably want to open a can of vegetables or microwave some frozen veggies as a side dish for some of these.

1. Rub 4-5 porkchops with brown sugar and put in a ziplock baggie with soy sauce. Shake and refrigerate for an hour or so. Take 2 cans cream of mushroom soup and place the marinated pork chops on top and cook on low 7 or 8 hours or high 4 or 5. After cooked serve over rice.

2. Great healthy soup for winter-hard white northern beans, diced potato, diced red onion, diced turkey ham, fresh snapped green beans, 2 chicken bouillion, fresh italian herbs and minced garlic.

3. 3 Envelope Chicken (Someone else said they use a pork roast for this, too.)

4 or 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
1 envelope of chicken gravy
1 envelope of zesty italian dressing
1 envelope of ranch salad dressing
2 cups of water

*Put chicken in the crock pot.
*Add all three envelopes on top of chicken
*Add water

Cook on high for 5 hours.
We serve this over white rice, and a side salad. SO good and CHEAP!!

4. Mac and Cheese



5. Dessert
Cake in crockpot

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
3/4 cup oil
1 cup water
4 eggs
1 bag chocolate chips
1 pint sour cream

Spray the inside of the Crockpot with nonstick cooking spray. Mix ingredients in large bowl and pour into Crockpot. Cook on low for five to six hours. Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

FREE CBS Watch Magazine Subscription

Feb 19, 2010

I must admit that I'm kind of excited about this FREEBIE deal.  Most of my favorite shows are on CBS:  The Mentalist, NCIS, all the CSIs, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, etc.

Click here to get a THREE-YEAR subscription to the CBS Watch magazine.

FREE Auntie Ann's Pretzel

Feb 18, 2010

Saturday, February 20th, is FREE pretzel day at Auntie Ann's! 

From 10 am to 3 pm, they'll give you either a FREE regular or FREE cinnamon sugar pretzel.  One per person.


FREE Tropical Lemonhead Sample

Feb 17, 2010

Click here for a fill out a form to get a FREE sample of Tropical Lemonhead.

FREE Hallmark Kids Card

Hallmark is giving away one FREE kids card per person.  Choose from 9 designs.

It does not appear that you need a coupon.  Just visit your local Hallmark store.  While supplies last - deal goes on until 3/14/10.

Click here for details.

FREE Aveda Sample Pack

Feb 15, 2010

Aveda is giving away a FREE sample pack of their Color Conserve Shampoo, Conditioner, and Strengthening Treatment. 

Click here to get the coupon to bring into the store.   Expires June 30.

FREE Tote from BeBe - Today ONLY

Become a fan (on Facebook or Twitter) of BeBE and get a FREE Barbara Hulanicki tote.

The last day to get your tote is TODAY!  You have to take the coupon from their page into the store!

GREAT Magazine Deals

Feb 12, 2010

Here are some great magazine deals through Amazon.

Good Housekeeping - $10 for 2 year subscription

Oprah - $13 for 2 year subscription

Cosmopolitan - $10 for 1 year subscription

Vegetarian Times - $7 for 1 year subscription

Better Homes and Gardens - $9.97 for 1 year subscription

Smart Money - $13 for 2 year subscription

FREE Chai at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Today only - 4 - 7 PM:  Free 12 oz Chai Tea

Only valid at participating The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® store

locations in CA, AZ, TX, NV. Excludes San Francisco, HI, all Ralphs
stores, casinos, military base, campus or airport locations. Valid
only on February 12, 2010, from 4pm to 7pm. Offer applies to 12oz.
Chai Mate, Chai Rooibos or Chai Tea Latte only. No substitutions.

Limit one complimentary drink per customer. Check your local store for

Click here to find locations.

FREE Milkshake at Ruby's Diner

If you have a Ruby's Diner near you, then print this coupon and head over for a FREE milkshake.
(Unfortunately, we don't have one in Austin!)

Offer good from today (2/12) until Sunday (2/14).

One free milkshake per party.

No purchase necessary.

Click here for Rubys' locations.

$5 Albums at Amazon

For the month of February, Amazon is offering 100 albums for $5 each.

To see the list, click here.

FREE Meal at Ikea for Kids

Once again, Ikea is offering a FREE kids meal (one per child, no purchase necessary.) 

$2.49 value and their food is YUMMY!

Free meals are offered today (2/12) until Sunday (2/14).

Texas Monthly Subscription for $7

Feb 11, 2010

Now, those of you non-Texans out there may not have heard of this publication, but it is very popular here in TX.

If you'd like to get a subscription to Texas Monthly for $7 (Cover price = $59.40), click here.

FREE Movie Ticket to see Dear John

Feb 10, 2010

Purchase any of the DVD movies listed here before February 27th and get a FREE movie ticket to see Dear John (good until March 7.)

FREE Bottle of Kids n Pets

Here's another Facebook deal!

Become a fan of Kids n Pets and they will send you a rebate form for a FREE bottle of any of their products.

Here's the information they give on their products:




KIDS ‘N’ PETS products naturally eliminates urine, vomit, feces and most food and beverage stains and odors from carpets, clothing, upholstery, mattresses and more!
You can find KIDS 'N' PETS in your local Targets, Wal-Marts, grocery stores and also on

FREE Chuck-E-Cheese Valentines

Feb 8, 2010

I bought Valentine's Day cards for my daughter to give to her classmates one day last week.  I didn't bother getting any for my boys, though.  Afterall, they are only 1 and 3 and won't really know the difference.

When I went to pick them up from preschool, however, I was given lists of the kids in their class.  I was told Valentine's would be handed out on Friday. 

Oh, brother.

Now I had to go back to the store.

And then, I found out that Chuck-E-Cheese has Valentines you can PRINT OFF YOUR COMUTER!! :-)

To make it even better, each Valentine includes 5 tokens for Chuck-E-Cheese.

There are 4 Valentines on a sheet, but you can print as many sheets as you need!

Click here for the Valentines!

FREE Breakfast at Denny's Tomorrow

Once again, Denny's is giving away a FREE Grand Slam breakfast tomorrow, February 9, from 6 AM to 2 PM. 

Information on it is right here.

You KNOW I love a FREE meal, however, I think I'll be staying away from this one.  I remember last year, when I drove by Denny's, the line was out the door and LONG!

But, if you don't mind waiting, have a great meal!

Their website also has information on getting a FREE Grand Slam breakfast on your birthday AND entering to win a FREE Grand Slam every week for a year!

FREE Kind Bars at Starbucks

Feb 5, 2010

Hurry over to Starbucks today only to get a FREE Kind bar. 

Click here for details.


Become a fan of Incredible Edible Eggs on Facebook and, at 10 AM this morning, they will have a coupon for a FREE dozen eggs to the first 30,000 fans.  (I think it's actually a Buy One Get One Free coupon.)

Don't forget to hurry over there and print your coupon before they are all gone!

Grocery Coupons

Thanks to an email from my friend, Lynda, I found out about some great grocery coupons online.

If you click here, you can print coupons for Kraft products, from the Kraft site.  They have coupons off things like cream cheese, Velvetta, nuts, pickles, etc.  (All things you probably need for Super Bowl Sunday and that party you're throwing!)  You should be able to print each coupon twice.

And if you click here, you can print coupons for Pepperidge Farm products from their site.  I think the best one on here is the 75 cents off a container of goldfish crackers.  We go through so many of those in our house, it's a wonder our kids don't turn into real fish! 


Personalize Your Garmin GPS

If you have a Garmin GPS, then I have a great tool for you.

If you click here, it will take you to a site that allows you to download a program onto your computer.  Once the program is on your computer, it will take you through a series of steps so that you (or maybe your kids) can record their voice and be the NEW voice on your GPS system!


Thanks, Brian, for sharing this one!

Coupons for your Prescriptions

Feb 4, 2010

I, honestly, have never seen a website like this before.  If you click here, you will be brought to a site called Your RX Coupons. 

On there, you can click on printable coupons for 15,000 different medications.

You just click on the link and it brings you to a printable coupon for that medication.  The coupons are accepted at any pharmacy in the US!

According to the website, the coupons are supplied by the manufacturer and "Discounts vary and can range anywhere from 0%-75% depending on the type of prescription, whether or not the drug is generic, and the location of the specific pharmacy. The average discount is 28%."

In addition, once you use the coupon on a particular prescription, every time you return to that pharmacy, your information has been stored in the computer and you will automatically get the discount.  You do not need to bring back another coupon for that particular medication.

So, next time your doctor gives you a prescription, make sure to come back to this blog post and click on that link!  Find  the drug and print out your coupon before you head over to the pharmacy to pick it up.  Who knows how much you'll save!

And, make SURE to pass this post along to those you know who don't have insurance for their medications!

Curves FREE 7 Day Pass

Feb 3, 2010

I have never been to a Curves, but I hear great things about them!

Click here to get a 7-day pass to try it out.

Bally Total Fitness 7 Day Pass

The new year is a great time to start exercising!  I have a couple of offers for FREE passes to gym facilities.

The first one is a 7-day pass to Bally's Total Fitness.  We don't have one near us, but perhaps you have one in your area.

Click here to get your pass.

FREE Stuff From Vista Print

Feb 2, 2010

Okay, here is a GREAT deal for you - okay, a bunch of great deals.

Vista print is offering a TON of FREE stuff.

You can get:

250 Business Cards
25 Mommy Cards (ie. business cards for moms)
1 small photobook
25 checks
1 sticky notepad
1 rubber stamp
1 regular notepad
100 postcards
10 invitations
1 photo mug
1 mouse pad
1 tote bag
1 t-shirt

And, I think there are other FREEBIES on there, too.
All you pay is shipping - and that will vary per item (and it's not unusually high).  I haven't done this yet, but from what I'm told, there are lots of other options "offered" to you as you go through the ordering process that cost money.  You can, though, say no to them all.

Click here to get some FREE stuff!

And, don't forget to let me know what you order!

The Danger of Neutral

Feb 1, 2010

When I was young, maybe about 9 or 10, my aunt’s sister was killed by her car.  From what I recall with my childhood memory, she had pulled her vehicle up to her mailbox and gotten out to get her mail. Not realizing it, though, her car was in neutral and it rolled backwards, knocking her down and trapping her underneath. Her little boy, who was about 5 at the time, got off the school bus and found her there.

I have never forgotten that event. Honestly, how could I? It’s now been about 25 years since she passed away and I can truly say there has not been a single time in all those years where, when I hear about the ‘neutral’ gear of a car, or see the ‘N’ on my control panel, that I don’t think of her. I am acutely and painfully aware of just how dangerous ‘neutral’ can be.

Having said that, during the week before Christmas, Jordan and I went to have lunch with Rob at work. Because of the location of his office, when I needed to get money out of the bank afterwards, I went to a branch closer to his office – and further from our home – than the one I usually frequent.

I drove to the drive-through location, behind the bank, and paused for a moment before realizing the line was just too long. I thought that, perhaps, I’d have better luck if I actually went into the bank.

I drove to the front of the building and immediately saw a parking spot. As I was pulling up to the space, I happened to notice the driver of the car next to my space get out of her car and begin walking into the branch.

As I pulled in, though, the car next to me began to reverse out of its spot. I jerked my head. I was certain I’d seen the driver get out of the car. Quickly, I realized I hadn’t been mistaken. There was no one in the driver’s seat.

I slammed on my horn, hitting it over and over again. Everything happened in a matter of seconds, but I remember praying no one would step behind that car. I glanced behind me. The owner of the car was rushing back to her vehicle and all the cars around had stopped completely, probably wondering what was going on.

I made sure my own car was in ‘park’ and told Jordan to remain in the car. I got out and rushed over to the woman, who was now frantically trying to get into her driver’s side door as it rolled. Immediately, I could tell she was not the type of person who handled a crisis well. I grabbed the keys from her and ran around the front of the car, opening the passenger door and jumping into her vehicle. It actually took a moment to get that car out of neutral. The gear shift appeared to be stuck. After a few seconds, though, I had it in ‘park’ and breathed a sigh of relief.

The owner of the car was a basket case – and that’s putting it mildly. By this time, a crowd had formed and I left them to deal with her as I went to get Jordan out of the car and finally head into the bank. As we were making our way to the front entrance, though, I realized that in order to get there, we had to walk right past the parking space where the car had been parked. In fact, had the car still been in that spot, we would have walked right behind it.

And then, I realized, had we gotten into our spot just a few moments earlier, stepped out of our car just a little bit sooner, we would have been behind that car as it started to roll.

I suddenly felt sick to my stomach.

Had I not first gone to the drive-through area and paused slightly, we would have been behind that car. If Jordan had not taken so long getting her seatbelt on when we left Rob’s office, thus keeping me from driving away immediately, we would have been right behind that car. Or, if I didn’t have to wait a moment for Rob to let me into his locked office building, thus beginning our lunch with him a little bit later, we would have been right behind that car.

And, hadn’t I been irritated by all of those things initially? Hadn’t I been frustrated that Jordan couldn’t put her seatbelt on faster? I mean, she’s been doing it by herself for at least 4 years now. Hadn’t I wondered what was so secret in Rob’s office building that they have to keep the doors locked?

And yet, if any of those things hadn’t occurred exactly the way they did, my daughter and I would have been directly behind that rolling vehicle.

How often in our everyday life are we annoyed by the small “inconveniences” which, at the time, don’t seem quite so minute? You know, the person in the 10 item or less line who has 16 items . . . the receptionist at the doctor’s office who’s on the phone when you want to check out . . . the old guy in the car in front of you who can’t seem to drive more than 15 miles an hour? We find these delays to be so bothersome and yet, what if they are preventing us from some harm down the road?

I was just watching “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” last weekend and in it, the woman he loves is hit by a car. Benjamin takes you through a series of events that, had they not occurred the way they had (the taxi driver not stopping for coffee, his girlfriend not pausing to wait for a friend, a delivery truck not backing up at that moment) she would have never been hit at all. If only one small event had changed, the circumstances, which drastically changed her life, would have been completely different.

I can’t promise that from this point on, I’ll never be frustrated when I have to wait in a super-long line at the store or when a friend is late to meet me for dinner or when a meeting runs later than promised. But I can say that that rolling car was a wake-up call for me – a reminder that everything happens for a reason.

And, a realization that it only takes one small thing to go wrong- and in a split second, everything you hold dear can be lost forever.

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