Friday, November 29, 2013

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Power Disney Jr Doc McStuffins Bonus Pack!

This is a HOT price. This bonus pack is reduced to just $64.99! Regularly it is $129.99. Snatch this up quickly, the price won't last long.

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Power - Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Bundle

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


If you haven't heard about Ebates yet, you must live under a rock! Do you shop online? Do you like the idea of getting paid to shop? Then yes, Ebates is definitely for you! All you need to do is click my affiliate link or the Ebates button below and sign up. Once you've signed up you'll be able to choose what reward gift card you'll get just for making your first qualified purchase of $25 or more! Amazing right? Well it gets better! Ebates offers cash back at your favorite stores! These include Target, Walmart, Wayfair, Best Buy, Kohls, Toys R Us and MANY more! Just take a look, you'll be impressed! A huge bonus to shopping through Ebates is that you'll be able to access exclusive coupons they have posted right on their site! Amazing. I've earned about $100 so far with Ebates. I would really love to help my family out this year by making some referrals. If you sign up and make your first purchase within a specified time, I will receive a bonus as well. Once you sign up, you can refer your family and friends and make bonuses for yourself. Truly a wonderful rewards system! I signed up right after Christmas last year and completely missed all the bonuses I could've had! Don't make that same mistake!

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Graco My Ride 65 $97.99!! Great deal!

So we're expecting our 4th child. It's no secret that I hate those infant type car seats.. aka the bucket seats. They have a convenience to them, but.. let's be honest here. How long does that convenience last? Not very long. I used one for my boys, and I think after the first couple months of their lives that convenience went away. They would wake up when it was moved. They would cry because the angle was weird. They were SO heavy in it. UGH the weight of the bucket alone is enough to haul around. It's nice to snap it into your stroller, but I hardly even use a stroller anyway. I love babywearing.. or just using my stroller as is. So, when my third was born we went with a convertible seat right away. I was a little nervous at first that it might not work out. What I learned is that for us, the infant seats are a waste of money for a short lived convenience. So my choice of a convertible seat from day one was a success. We will be doing this again because of that. My seat of choice was a Graco My Ride 65. I felt it was supportive and cushioned enough for the comfort of a newborn baby. Oh how happy I was when we skipped all the unhappy phases of car rides like I had with my boys until they swapped to new rear facing seats! It is a little on the bulky side, but I would recommend this to friends and family. -- Click the link below to see a HOT deal on a Graco My Ride 65.. all prints just $97.99! with eligibly prime or super saver shipping. These normally sell for 140-150ish, so this is a great deal!

Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat, Coda

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

*HOT* Blendtec Home the Professional's Choice Total Blender 50% Off!!

Wow.. I love the Blendtec products. They truly make a superior blender. If you're looking to score big on one this holiday season, act fast.. I don't think this price will last.

Blendtec TB-621-20 Total Blender, Black

Monday, November 25, 2013

Geeky Gadgets This Holiday Season

Okay, I am gonna geek out here for a bit. It's no secret that my husband and I happen to be a little on the geeky side. So I always try to put up great gift ideas for the holiday season. It's hard to shop for your techie family member or friend if you don't have a list of things they like. So, I'm here to help! Feel free to comment with questions or ask for more ideas. I always enjoy hearing from my readers.

First up, the Nest thermostat. Firstly, while this is indeed a very cool gadget to have.. I would actually recommend this to one and all. It is easily programmable from your computer, tablet or phone. The settings are easy to navigate, and the biggest bonus is that it will save you money on your electric and heating bills by optimising the settings. We got one approximately 4 months ago. I couldn't be any happier with it! It retails for about $250 USD

Nest Learning Thermostat - 2nd Generation T200577

BRING BACK THE SHOW!! Firefly is arguably one of the best Sci-fi shows to ever grace the air. With everyone's favorite Nathan Fillion (*swoon*), this Joss Whedon series is absolutely a MUST have on DVD for any true geek out there. This set I've seen selling for about $20-25, but recently it dipped to just $5.99! Snatch it up quick because this price probably will not last!

Firefly: The Complete Series

Everyone needs a good set of ear buds. This set is really nice for just listening to music or making phone calls. The sound quality is high, and they seem to fit a wide variety of ears. With a 4 1/2 star rating out of 137 reviews, this is a very popular set of earphones. They are sure to delight any FPS (first person shooter) game fans, and other geeks alike. The rubber wires are high quality and kevlar reinforced. These earphones will last quite a while, and at their current price of $39.99.. they're a steal! A perfect deal for your loved one this holiday season. It is Prime or Super Saver shipping eligible!

Munitio Call of Duty COD MW3 Special Edition 9mm Earphones With In-Line-Mic MW3 B-MW3-002 Billets

I will come back and post more later. I have so many other things I want to post about and such little time.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

HOT Deal on Graco My Ride 65!

Check it out for a smashing hot deal on Graco My Ride 65! It is 97.99 for all the prints listed, with eligible prime or super saver shipping. Order quickly, because this price will not last long. I've seen these seats dip in price very rarely, and they always go fast!

Graco My Ride 65 LX Convertible Car Seat, Coda

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Holidays Are Upon Us!

So I'd like to start by filling you all in on deals for this holiday season. It's hard to keep up with deals so if you follow my blog, you'll be sure to catch these deals when they're still available.

VTech MobiGo 2 Touch Learning System - Pink

So let's start this off with a cool device. I haven't seen these get any lower in price so far this year. I have seen one Black Friday preview saying they'd have this a little cheaper.. but if you're like me, I'm not going anywhere on Black Friday! So this MobiGo 2 Touch Learning system is marked down to $29.99 with Prime Eligible Shipping! If you spend $35 or more you can get free shipping on Amazon with Super Saver Shipping. This system that is marked down is pink, but I suspect the orange color will also eventually get marked down again. I just snagged one for the same price a few days ago. The thing I've noticed is that this system has games that regularly go on sale and clearance, even high rated games! That makes it a plus for me.

VTech MobiGo Software - Elmo and Abbey; Nature Explorers

So every kid needs a good set of games to go with their new learning system! Check this one out, $7.19 with prime eligible shipping. It gets 4 1/2 stars! Wow! I snagged this one for my kiddo that is getting the MobiGo 2 for Christmas. I saw this same game at Toys R Us this week for $19.99! I think this price is a steal.

Fisher-Price LP Disney Klipklop Stable

This is a HOT toy this year. When I went to purchase one for my daughter at Target, I literally was one of a few people going for the same toy. When I circled back again to maybe pick up a second for a gift, the entire shelf was CLEARED.. and the store didn't have more in the back. I think this may be the big winner for my daughter this year. So far I've not come across a better price. Seems every store has them for $35.99 and up. This is a good price at $29.99 with eligible prime shipping!

Long time, no see?

Wow.. what a busy summer I had, and the fall has shaped up to be almost as busy. We found out we are expecting our fourth child, due at the end of April. What a whirlwind. So anyway, I'm back to posting. I see a lot of people still on my old blog.. hoping I can post over there so they don't miss out on the great holiday deals I'm getting ready to blog about daily! Please stay tuned.. I'll be back soon with deal posts galore to delight and dazzle your friends and family!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

If you like shopping online and getting caught in the rain..

Then this blog entry is for you! I haven't written in a while, and I blame my lack of time on needing a few extra hours each day. I picked up some part time work, too. So anyway, I know some people reading this will like some deals on kids, ladies and home items. I recently discovered the awesomeness that is Zulily. No really, it's worth looking at. I am a shopping addict, but I hate paying retail prices. I haven't paid full price for any retail items in many years. Because of our home only having one income, I try to cut corners where ever possible.

Zulily is a site that has many listings for different products daily. They call these 'events'. Each day brings new products, and each event lasts a couple days. You have to be quick because sometimes a popular item will be gone in the blink of an eye, but for the most part there is shopping to be had for all. I have picked out some amazing products. I really couldn't be happier. You know some of those deal sites peddle their cheap junk for supposed heavy discounts. Then you look and find everyone else selling it just as low. You may also find most of the stuff is cheap, thus the pricing. Of all the things I've ordered from Zulily for myself, my children and my home -- ALL of it has met my standards. That's why I'm writing about it now. The site caters mostly to women and children, but occasionally products for men pop up, too! Hey, what guy is going to complain about his wife spending less money on the same or similar products that she buys anyway?

So the fun part. Signing up is easy! There is no obligation to spend money or to meet minimum purchases if you don't see things you like. There aren't any hidden fees or contracts to buy anything either. Shipping has a flat rate of $7. I know that seems like a lot, but it's a flat fee. You can order as much or as little per day as you wish and that is all you pay. If you make more than one order, it all gets combined and you won't be double charged for shipping. Some of the items take a little longer to ship, but each page listing will have a timeline clearly listed so you know around when to expect your product to arrive. Have no fear if you want to get something faster, though. They have an entire 'ready to ship' section available on their site. These items will ship quickly. To give you an idea of how fast I got my first order, I placed my order on a thursday night very late. I got a shipment notice less than 24 hours later. It was delivered on the 4th business day! I don't get that kind of service from many big retailers these days.

My sign up link will help me provide clothing and shoes for my children. After you place your first order and it ships, I will get a $15 credit to my account for inviting you. When you sign up, you can begin inviting your friends and family, too. There is no limit on how many people you can invite! Just imagine the possibilities!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tasty ramblings from a tired mama!

Here I am, bringing you a yummy blog entry that will make your tummy rumble. It's just an average Thursday night, and I sit here by the light of my laptop screen and the LED lit keyboard that guides my typing. I spent much of the day preparing for dinner, which is always an ordeal. You know, kids protesting what you're making.. "But mooooom.. I hate that!" It always gets answered the same way with a deep sigh and restraining the urge to roll my eyes, "How do you know if you hate it, if you've never tried it?" It gets them thinking. I refuse to negotiate with my children. The exception is our middle son who has sensory processing disorder, so a lot of food he just honestly can't handle.

Anyway onto the great stuff here. Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil is a really nice mid-priced olive oil that you'll find in your grocery store. I would rate the flavor and versatility of this oil as a 5 out of 5 stars. It works well in many dishes, so it really allows your creativity to soar. I put my thinking cap on when I was shopping on Monday afternoon for our meals this week.. I hit Aldi and looked through their cooler section of meat. I picked up lots of different things, but came across whole chicken at a price I couldn't pass up! $3 for a 5 1/2 pound chicken. I normally pay at least twice that elsewhere. So I grabbed one and put it in my cart. I had a plan for this chicken! I also grabbed lemons and garlic.

So most of the time I let my chicken thaw. I don't have time for that today. It was still frozen in the middle, which means the chicken was not about to give up its giblets. I was so close to rage quitting you guys.. so close. Then as if by some magical force of power, I pulled the chicken carcass and tried my best to yank it all out. Yeah.. it so didn't happen that easily. It took me 15 or 20 minutes of shimmying and hoping for that chicken neck to finally release from it's seemingly eternal resting place. I grew up around farm animals, so I never thought twice about this. I just kind of laughed at myself and the mess i had made. Oh, and not to mention I broke a sweat. I was instantly glad that it was just me and the kids at home at this point.

So I prepared this dish (instructions below!) roasted lemon-garlic chicken, baked potatoes and steamed broccoli with cheese. Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil was used in the preparation of all these dishes! It complimented everything wonderfully and really made it seem like I was a real pro at this cooking thing. Pssssh... do not be fooled! I am an excellent baker, but that is really it!

Really quickly I want to mention the benefits to choosing healthy fats over the heavier, not so great kind. Olive oil is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, which should be part of a balanced diet. It's important to choose healthy fats to maintain overall health, especially heart health. I substitute whatever types of oils I'm using whenever possible. Olive oil is great for cooking and is very versatile. It has a nice smooth flavor that blends in well with your food. Just take a look at this chart shared in our Bzz Guide for substituting oils or other things with EVOO!

So all in all my dinner was pretty amazing. We had a great time chatting over wholesome food. The kids didn't die from hating everything on the plate. I'm still alive despite really wanting to eat the entire chicken myself. Really y'all.. I probably will sneak back to the refrigerator and pick at the leftovers. So below is a guide to making this meal! It's so easy, and you'll love it!

Lemon Garlic roasted chicken

What you need:

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 3 fresh lemons, halved
  • 5 to 7 medium sized garlic cloves, smashed
  • Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea Salt & Pepper

Directions: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. With your thawed chicken, rinse well and pat dry. Use a shallow roasting pan. When this is done, drizzle a bit of your olive oil over the skin and spread evenly. Then, squeeze lemons (I used 1 and a half of the lemons for the juice and tossed the rest into the bird without squeezing) over the skin and allow the juice to get on the skin. Crack some salt and pepper over the top and rub in. With your smashed garlic, also rub this into the skin on the outside, and then toss the remaining cloves into the bird with the squeezed lemons, plus the unsqueezed ones. The rinds themselves and the pulp still have a lot of flavor to give, so that's why you're using them. For my bird which was about 5 1/2 lbs, it cooked for roughly 1hr 50min. Please note the time that you cook it will vary by the weight of the bird. Cook until an optimal temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit is reached. Be sure to test around the thickest area of the chicken, which will be the thigh area. Some cooks will say to take the chicken out once it temps at 170-175, but I am cautious.

Baked Potatoes

What you need:

  • Large Idaho Potatoes, or potatoes of your choice
  • Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea Salt

Directions: Wash your potatoes thoroughly under warm water to ensure all dirt has been removed. Pat dry. Drizzle your olive oil over the skin and coat the entire potato with a layer. Lightly salt (trust me it's tempting to really pour that salt on, but you won't need it!). Bake ~ 1hr (depending on the size of the potato) at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The skin will be amazing, and you will love me forever.

Steamed Broccoli with cheese

What you need:

  • Broccoli florets
  • Sea Salt
  • Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil
  • Cheese of your choice (we like cheddar)

Directions: Take a pot of water and put in just enough water so the broccoli will swim happily. Add in salt (as much or little as you want) and a splash of olive oil. Bring to a boil, add your broccoli. Cook for about 5-6 minutes or until you can easily pierce the broccoli with a fork. Drain well and drizzle a small amount of olive oil before tossing and adding cheese. Very simple, and delicious!

Disclaimer: I received a free bottle of Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil as part of a Bzz campaign through Bzz Agent. I bring my readers a promise to always give truthful reviews and opinions on products that I try. I want to share only the best stuff, and I typically have great luck. So please rest assured that I will not fudge the truth even a little bit!

In closing a picture of my plated dinner. It's not beautiful, but I promise you it was heavenly. <3

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Calling all Grilling Masters!

Welcome to summer! It's time to fire up that grill and try out all your favorite foods. I'm here because BzzAgent invited me to a Kroger grilling campaign. As if my life couldn't get more exciting. So in my Bzz Kit was a pack of coupons for various kroger products including: a free bag of frozen burger patties (I chose the sirloin), free hamburger buns, free Kroger brand (Big K) Soda, free kroger chips and a coupon for $.40 off Kroger brand ice cream. So my first objective was to go buy everything. I of course bought way more than I had coupons for. I got enough to share at a get together, plus some for my own house where I regularly host dinner get togethers.

The hamburger patties are preformed and ready to go. the grill up by themselves decently but could use a little flavor. I let mine thaw just a little before cooking them so I can toss on spices. Watch them on the grill as the full size patties are thin and cook up quickly. You don't want to over cook them or they dry out. The patties are best with just a little garlic powder, salt and pepper (in my opinion). Topped with grilled onions, cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce. The Kroger brand hamburger buns are moist and flavorful. They seem like they'd really compliment any set-up that a cook would come up with. The sky is the limit with these patties and buns, really. It's perfect for those nights where you just need to save time. Maybe you had a late soccer game, or you were running late after dance practice. Throw these babies on the grill.. they are quite difficult to mess up!

Kroger brand potato chips have been a favorite of mine since I moved to Texas a few years ago. I am skeptical of store brands, and I'm sure most of my readers are, too. A lot of the store branded products out there are bland or the flavor is all wrong. Sometimes it's the texture, especially with chips! These chips seem to have a good flavor, nice crunch and keep up with name brand chips. I am not a huge potato chip fan as it breaks my diet rules.. but I secretly love these. Especially their barbecue flavor. I could probably demolish an entire bag in a day, easily. They're worth a try, I haven't been disappointed yet!

Onto the topic of Kroger brand sodas, or Big K. Store brand sodas are another thing that seems hit or miss. They often miss the mark with taste, flavor and carbonation. I am one of those people that usually can't settle for anything but my favorite name brands. So this was probably my toughest part of the campaign. How do I happily try this soda and share it with others if it tastes terrible? I was in for a real surprise. I chilled a few cans of each soda I purchased so I could taste test them myself. If they were terrible, I planned to find some other purpose for them. I didn't know what. The flavors I purchased were orange cream, cola and root beer. Now, keep in mind I am a bit of a root beer connoisseur. I seek out fancy brands and tend to avoid anything in plastic or aluminum containers (just for root beer. Okay okay, I'm a snob). Root beer is my thing, ever since I was a kid. Anyway, so the last store brand soda was a type from another chain. It was gag worthy. This Big K soda was surprisingly crisp and flavorful. I like it better than ALL of the labeled sodas including: Mug, A&W and Barqs. It's so much better that I felt almost compelled to hoard it to myself. I shared.. but then I bought more and hoarded that. The orange cream and also the cola varieties were good too! I'd say I could probably be satisfied with these over name brands. Especially comparing the prices. Try it yourself and see!

This brings me to ice cream. I just want to preface this section by saying if you try their ice cream you will never waste money on name brands again. Okay, so no ice cream is ever a 'waste'.. you get my point. Kroger seems to have more flavors and more creativity. Their ice cream is rich, creamy and will knock your socks off. I love going to the freezer section and picking out new flavors. My favorite of theirs is their Moon Pie ice cream. I have to imagine it's seasonal as I've only been able to purchase it a couple times. It is DIVINE. So there you have it. When I shop for ice cream, Kroger brand is my go to!

What is your favorite Kroger branded product? Leave me a comment!

Disclaimer: I received coupons from BzzAgent as part of a campaign for all of these products as I mentioned above. I promise to bring honest reviews to my readers. I wouldn't want anyone wasting money or time on products they don't like.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This stuff sells itself. I know, what a cheesy line from infomercials! This oil has impressed me since I started using it. I have begun looking for excuses to use it. Let me start by saying olive oil is one of the best choices you can make as far as oils go. It contains healthy fats that your body needs -- Omega 3s! There are a lot of thoughts that the American diet has too many 6s and 9s, that we need to consume the healthier fats. If this isn't reason enough to pick up a bottle, I'm about to break out a can of whoop tushie.

I used this olive oil in my family favorite pizza crust. Olive oil kind of gives the crust it's extra oomph, that little flavor boost. I know those of you who cook will completely understand. The oil plays a big roll in making this dough. I'll post the recipe at the end of this entry! It mixes so beautifully into the dough. It has a smooth texture as it should. Simply amazing for pizza dough, as I said.

I also made a salad dressing which you can read the recipe HERE! First off, I don't think The Pioneer Woman has ever let me down with a recipe. I found this one, and the first thing I said was, "Challenge accepted!" I went off on my merry way and prepped all my ingredients. This one is so easy, you probably have all or most of the ingredients already. I think if it was possible, I'd eat salad a whole lot more just to have this dressing. It's simple, but not in a boring way. It has flavor and I don't feel guilty eating it. Fresh ingredients are such an important thing to keep in our diets. To be honest, I probably need to consume more veggies everyday. I've opened new doors and possibilities thanks to this olive oil. I never realised just how easy making a salad dressing is! Now I can find more and confidently try them out.

Olive oil is an amazing thing to always have on hand. It has so many uses outside of cooking, you'd be surprised. Firstly, it's an amazing moisturiser. A thin coat massaged into your skin at least once a day will leave your skin soft and radiant. Depending on your skin type, it may work well for your face. It's wonderful for babies too! I've used it for many years on my own kids, specifically cradle cap. Pour a little on (carefully), let soak in and soften, lift up some flakes and comb away. It works well on mild diaper rash as well.

TFGL's Amazing Pizza Crust

  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 Cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Italian seasonings (use as much or as little as you like, I eyeball it)
  • 2 TBS Filippo Berio olive oil

First mix your yeast, sugar and warm water together in your mixing bowl. Allow it to begin getting creamy, this takes approximately 5 minutes or so. If it seems to have trouble, try adding just a little bit more sugar. In a separate bowl, mix your dry ingredients. It will be easier when the real mixing part comes. Once your yeast mixture is ready, start mixing in your dry ingredients. About halfway through, begin adding in the olive oil slowly. I do all of this on my lowest setting with my mixer and a dough hook. Once your dough is mixed and ready, you can go ahead and use it. It will rise just slightly over a short period of time. I usually let mine rest with a cool towel over the bowl while I prep other ingredients or wait on the oven. It's not necessary at all though.

I bake my pizzas between 350 and 375 in my gas oven or on my electric toaster oven (set to convection). I cook until golden brown. Time allowed will vary by the size pizza your're making and what you've got the oven set at. relax, it's a tough thing to mess up as long as you keep an eye on it.

In my late night Bzzing I forgot to add in a disclaimer. I received a free bottle of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive oil from BzzAgent as part of a campaign. As always, I promise to bring honest Bzz to the table. I don't want my readers to try bad products!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Wanna get paid to shop?

Of course you do! Everyone wants to get paid to shop. Do I have your attention yet? If not, keep reading.. I promise this gets better. Ebates is a site that pays you a certain percentage of your purchase if you follow through their website. It varies from website to website, some offer a much higher percentage! They also have many coupons available for you to use for your purchases.

For example, I ordered my husband a lawn mower last year from Sears. The mower retailed for about $300 plus tax. Sears shoppers will earn 6% back on their purchases, which for this purchase is about $18! Now that doesn't sound like a lot, but it adds up quickly. If you're a shopper like me, you're off buying stuff that you use regularly. Just for signing up and making your first qualified purchase of $25, you'll get a $10 gift card. Not only that but I get rewarded for you signing up too! We have set up a savings account for all the extra cash for our kids futures.

I'm sure you're interested in finding out a little more about Ebates now. So check out this link: Ebates Referral Link

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

More on the guilt-free Kroger treats

As I mentioned in a previous entry, I received an invite to a Bzz Agent campaign for Kroger guilt-free frozen treats. All of them are reduced calorie and lower fat. This makes them a good alternative for those of us trying to watch our weight as we journey through weight loss. Comparing them to full fat products, the difference is astounding. The ice cream sandwiches have 2.5g of fat vs other sandwiches which have double that and even more! So you see, these are a great tasting alternative that will leave you feeling less guilty while indulging. Everyone deserves a delicious treat now and then! Why not eat what makes you happy, but not have to worry about it?

That's where these treats come in! I know you might be thinking that they are bland, or have that fake sugar/low-fat taste most similarly labeled products usually have. I'm here to tell you that they don't. I was pleasantly surprised by each that I've tried thus far, to see just how amazing these were. I still felt like I was eating my regular favorites despite the fact that these are significantly less of an impact on my daily intake.

Firstly, the yogurt smoothie bars. My first thought is YUM! They're smooth in texture like you'd expect of a yogurt bar. The flavor is richer than expected. You can taste the hints of fruit throughout. Completely worth it. I think my box totaled about $3.50-3.75-ish. There are 12 pieces per box, so a box can last quite a while depending on how quickly you consume frozen treats. I would definitely share these with my kids, but they waver on appreciating super cold food. That's okay, more for me! Definitely 5 stars on this product!

Next, ice cream sandwiches. I just want to say that these are super yummy. The sandwich cookie is nice and chocolatey, like it should be. it didn't taste like a fake low fat/low calorie treat. The ice cream was creamy, and flavorful. I prefer the vanilla variety as I'm not really a huge chocolate fan. I know! Surprising fact. I don't hate chocolate, I would just rather have chocolate paired with something else. So that makes the chocolate cookie with vanilla ice cream the perfect pairing. I still have to keep checking the label to see that these are REALLY that much better as far as calories and fat go. These are going to be in my freezer for the rest of the summer/fall. For sure. I am in love. 5 Stars!

Finally, the fudge pops. I do like these, they're just not my preference. My husband though? He's obsessed! My husband has a metabolic disorder that causes him to have trouble losing weight. In an effort to stay healthy, he has to live on a special diet that involves no fat/low fat food items only. So these are perfect. I think they're 1 or 1.5g fat per bar. He can have these and feel like he's not missing out. He says they taste a lot like Frostys from Wendy's. I agree with him.. but these are 100x better! They're creamy, and rich. I wasn't expecting that from this kind of fudge bar. Usually they're very icey, less like a real fudge bar. Hubby says 5 stars. I'm going to go ahead and say 4 or 4.5. They're just not really a favorite.. low fat or not. I don't really care much for regular fudge pops either.

Disclaimer: I do receive coupons for free or discounted products from BzzAgent. I have to make note of this in each blog entry so that you are informed. I deliver only 100% truthful reviews so that you can get a better idea of what you would like to try. In this case, I still haven't received my bzzkit, so I went out and purchased these items on my own -- with my own money.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Insoles

Umm hello feet, legs and back.. your aching is killing my day! It's no secret that us moms have a busy and long day. Much of those long days are spent on our feet chasing small children here and there. I often wonder what shoes will best comfort my feet. I went with a more contoured flat which I learned the hard way that they're just too thin when I stepped on a root. Oh my aching arches! I have used sandals and flip flops, which leave me with an aching back! This leaves me with some obvious no brainers.. I'm definitely not going to tend to my kids wearing any sort of heel, well, unless I have a death wish for my ankles. Tennis shoes. Ahh yes, the beloved tennis shoes. I have a pair that fits my feet pretty well; I like wearing them a lot. The problem is finding what will solve my problem of foot and back pain. I can't just go buy a new pair of more supportive shoes at this point, so I want to find at least a temporary solution. Ahh, you see where I'm going with this now? Yes?

So I got invited to a Bzz Campaign for Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Insoles. Oh my word, it's like the angels came down from the heavens. Do I want to sign up for this? psssshyah! No brainer. I'm already dreaming of how squishy my feet will be as I sign up! I love Dr. Scholl's products.. they're a true life saver.

So this first blog entry will be about my initial reaction to receiving them. Out of the mailer I examined the package. I noted that it states for women sizes 6-10. This leaves me a little concerned that they may not fit maybe someone with a wide foot. Have no fear, my feet are here to save the day. If I was a cave woman, I'd have some amazing cave lady feet. These monster sized feet are good for something, finally. The insoles are very squishy and I can see how they will massage my feet while walking or standing. So on first impressions, the packaging looks nice and is appealing. I'm not worried about opening these types of things. Isn't that what I have a husband for? ;-)

Today was the first day I wore them in my shoes. I'm happy to report that my feet didn't fall off. I noticed less pain, and I'm very curious to see how the next few weeks go. I didn't note any extra heat in my shoes like I thought I might. I'm sitting here relaxing after a long, long day. No really, it was never ending. I swear, in some alternate universe.. there's another one of me waiting for the day to end. That's how long this day was. Usually my arches are aching and my lower back is tighter. It's not as bad today, and I imagine it's really more of a recovery process ahead of me. We'll see how this goes. I love how comfortable these inserts are. I guess maybe I won't be so resentful tomorrow when I tie those bad boys on and hit the ground running.

I got a free pair of Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Insoles thanks to BzzAgent! All of my reviews are truthful and heartfelt, as always. I want to give you, my readers the best possible chance to try GOOD products.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Oooh Ahhh -- It's Summer!

It's hot, very hot. So hot I think I might melt, and it's not even the peak of the summer. I'm sitting here under the a/c after spending a mere 40 minutes outside. Wasn't it just winter? Yes.. yes it was. I fell asleep, and woke up.. Now it's summer. Anyway, I know we're all looking for better ways to cool off in this heat. Have you ever picked up a box of ice cream sandwiches, or fruit pops only to see the fat and sugar content? I know! It just makes you put the box back in its place deep in the freezer. I want to enjoy a treat, and cool off in this heat.. and yes, I've discovered a new favorite.

Firstly, I received a coupon for a free box of Yogurt Smoothie bars from Kroger (haven't received it yet, so I decided to just go buy them myself). Firstly, I love popsicles.. especially when they're smooth and have a great flavor. Strawberry banana is just so good, and doesn't taste like a 'diet' food. It tastes like the real deal! I can't believe it. At 50 calories a bar, I don't feel like I'm consuming a whole meals worth of calories and fat.

I actually tried the guilt-free ice cream sandwiches too. I didn't realise I had purchased the reduced fat variety. I was so disappointed at first when I saw my mistake. Most of these types of ice cream are so bland and boring. I was surprised that the ice cream had a smooth taste, no weird fakey fake sugar after taste. The chocolate sandwich part, was a good balance of chocolate to the ice cream.

Overall- Yes, I'd recommend these to a friend. Otherwise I wouldn't post about it here. I want to fill everyone in on these wonderful treats! Definitely a 5 star set of products from what I've tried so far. Can't wait to see what else is on those freezer shelves when I hit the store again today!

Disclaimer: I am receiving a coupon from BzzAgent for these Kroger frozen guilt-free treats. I only want to share the best of the best so that you don't waste your time buying products you can't or won't enjoy!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ibotta whaaat?

Okay, so why not make this first real entry something fricken awesome? Yes, lets. I found out about this app on Friday afternoon about two hours before I went grocery shopping. I fully admit that I am app obsessed. This day of technology and many applications that allow you to earn money for everyday tasks makes me completely happy. I signed up as quickly as I could to secure my ability to score a $10 credit that I could cash in after redeeming my first 5 offers in the first 2 weeks. I at first was thinking that would take a while, but I was wrong. I didn't go out of my way to purchase extras, and instead just bought things I always do. I cashed in the same day I signed up and got $15.50 sent directly to my paypal account! Do I have your attention yet?!

Basically how this app works, is you view certain products and complete tasks. Most of these tasks are viewing a fact, taking a poll, watching a short video or posting to FB/Twitter. Easy enough, yes? Definitely. Each activity takes just seconds to complete. You will have a pending total on your account until you complete the offer. You don't earn the money until you've purchased the products. I know, you're worried. Don't be. There is a wide assortment of products that they have offers for, and they change frequently! After you've made your purchase, take a deep breath.. the fun part is coming. You submit photos of the receipt through the application. The not so fun part? Waiting. I think it took about 30-45 minutes to get my confirmation back that I had received credits. I submitted for my payment, and BAM! There was $15.50 in my paypal account. Amazing. -- I am still kind of in shock that this app worked, and the pay-off is incredible.

So yeah, sign up and get a $10 credit if you complete 5 offers in the first two weeks! Super duper easy! If you sign up with this affiliate link, I will also earn something. Sign Up Here  The app is available on the Google Play Store & the Apple app store!

Hooray, moving to blogger

Hellooo to all my faithful readers. I decided to make the move to Blogger due to the fact that my affiliate links were not permitted on Wordpress. It's still unclear if they're permitted here on Blogger, but I am in the midst of finding out. If this is the case, I'll be moving to my own domain and just sucking up the expense. Oh well, right?

Stay tuned for more fun chatter and good times.