I'm a big fan of Greenworks cleaning products! I haven't tried there Laundry Detergent or Dishwashing Liquid yet but I can vouch for their cleaning products. Kelly over at Faithful Provisions has compiled the list below:
I've been collecting a nice little stash of toiletries, feminine products, etc. in my cupboard and FINALLY decided it's not doing anyone any good just sitting there collecting dust! So, I made my first giveaway to Graceworks Ministries today. My goal is to take items monthly as I build my stash up again. I love being able to bless others, even in the smallest ways!
Lots of mail goodies came today! My favorite was a letter from Rebeca, our Compassion child in Bolivia. She's been in our lives for 7 years now and it's my dream to go visit her one day!
I also got a free pack of dog treats from Walmart (they look like real peanut butter cookies!); P&G booklet with tons of coupons; Bounty paper towel sample; 3 Crystal Light packets and a Kroger flyer with 5 coupons. So fun!
I finally had a chance to get to HT this afternoon. My little shopping buddy, Britain, came with me! She's learning not to ask for things if we don't have a coupon AND if they're not on Mommy's list. I love having my helper with me - she's super patient and fun to be with plus it creates for great teachable moments with my frugaladee in training!
Here are my deals:
6 - Yoplait Greek yogurts ($1 ea, used (6) .30/1 = .60 each) $2.40
1 - Orajel Training Toothpaste ($3.95, used $1/1 off = $2 off) $1.95
1 - Organic Toaster Pastry (on sale) $2.99
2 - Bagel Bites ($2.69, used (2) $1/1 = $2 off) $1.38
2 - Solo cup packs ($2.99, used (2) $1/1 = $4 off) $1.98
1 - Cottonelle Double 12 Pack ($6.99, used $1/1 = $2 off) $4.99
6 - Dentyne Ice gum packs ($1.39/each, used 6 $1 off = $2 off each) FREE
1 - Wheatable crackers ($3.69, used $1/1 = $2 off) $1.69
2 - Nature's Own Whole Wheat bread ($2.89 B1G1F) $2.89
Spent: $16.58 (pre-tax)
Did you find any good deals at HT this week during super doubles?
Today was such a FUN family day! We took the kids (5 yr & 2.5 yr) to our local Carmike for the first time ever! So thankful they both did incredible! They were pretty glued to the screen - Toy Story 3 is fabulous! Lots of adult humor! Then we enjoyed dinner at McAlister's Deli and used a B1G1 half off coupon at a new yogurt shop (Yogurt World) for our Friday night treat. And as I mentioned here, my sweet family was so gracious to go with me to Publix and Target to hit some GREAT deals!
Brit and I have always loved baking together! We baked and played a few rounds of Zingo - I love Friday afternoons! So we decided to use up the container of FREE blueberries we got this week at Publix by making Homeplace Ranch Blueberry muffins from the July/August 2010 American Lifestyle magazine (compliments of our realtor!). We jazzed them up a bit by adding BLUE food coloring (Brit's idea!) to make them extra bluey and we made a "streusel" mixture to put on top (white sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon). They would've been a little bland without the streusel on top but still super yummy!
Homeplace Ranch Blueberry Muffins
1 cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup blueberries
• Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter twelve regular (⅓-cup) muffin cups, and set aside.
• Combine the egg, milk, and oil in a medium bowl by hand with a spoon or fork. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon with a fork.
• Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour the wet ingredients into it, add the blueberries, and then mix just until all the ingredients are moistened.
• Spoon the batter equally among the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
My good friend, Charity, is teaching a Money Wise Life Class at her church that I've been attending. She's an incredible teacher and is great at challenging the class to become better stewards of the money God has entrusted to us.
Last night, she mentioned her new adventure of freezer cooking - making multiple meals at one time and then freezing them so she's always got meals on hand. I've always loved this "concept" - just never tried it for our family. It seems overwhelming and I always worry that our freezer will got out or something crazy will happen and we'll lose a freezer full of food. HOWEVER, Charity (without knowing it) encouraged me to pursue this new way of meal planning. Her go to book is called "Don't Worry, Dinner is in the Freezer." I called the library today and sadly they don't have a copy of that particular book BUT I did checkout two others. "Frozen Assets: How to Cook for a day and eat for a month" and "The Freezer Cooking Manual: From 30 Day Gourmet". Excited to try a few meal batches!
Around 4'ish, I still wasn't sure what I was going to make with the thawed hamburger meat I'd set out for dinner. Thankfully, my sweet sister called and just happened to mention a recipe she tried last night and loved. I tweaked it a little and the kids devoured it tonight!
Brooke's version of homemade Hamburger Helper
1 box Annie's Homegrown Shells & Cheddar mac (on sale this week at Kroger for $1)
1/2 can 99% FF Cream of Mushroom soup
1/2 pack Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 lb lean hamburger
Brown hamburger and drain grease. Mix in cream of mushroom soup and onion soup mix. May need to add 1/4 c. water. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. At the same time, boil the Annie's mac shells for 8-10 minutes then add 1/4 c. milk and cheese packet. Combine mac & cheese with hamburger meat. Or serve separately. Delish!
*Chris isn't a fan of onion flavored dishes so this wasn't his favorite but the kids and I loved it!
**I think the hamburger mixture would also taste great over egg noodles.
The kids are having a blast at the pool this summer! Today was the first day Brit was complaining about water in her left ear. I could tell she was really uncomfortable as the afternoon went on so we made a Target run. I went in looking for Water Babies - the swimmer's ear drops I used growing up. Sadly, they don't carry them but the Pharmacist suggested Auro-Dri drops. They only cost $3.44 and come with a $2 mail in cash refund offer! Sweet! In addition, I got a $2 off Pampers Splashers catalina coupon at checkout!
Brit had terrible ear infections when she was little and eventually had to have tubes in both ears when she was two. She HATED ear drops so much so that we would have to gently hold her down to get them in. Of course, I had flashbacks to those days this afternoon at the thought of trying to get the drops in. We paid for the drops and as soon as we got to the van, she let me put them in without any complaints! So proud of her! Evidence that our little lady is growing-up! Highly recommend these.
The kids and I did a little shopping at Our Thrift Store in downtown Franklin this afternoon. Sadly, I didn't find any of the items on my "wish" list. I was hoping to find a food processor, air popper for popcorn, mini-tupperware containers, waffle maker and/or freezer cooking books. BUT, I did snag some great clothes for the kids plus 2 books and only paid $14 and some change for 7 pieces of clothing. Score!
Swim trunks $1
The Children's Place Polo shirt $2
2 pairs of pajama shorts $2
Limited Too blue jean shorts $3
Jean skirt $3
Navy & white stripped shirt $2.50
My Little Pony paperback book & Bob the Builder paperback for .15c each!
If you live in the Franklin area, be sure to support this store. You never know what goodies you'll find!
Good news! The Solo Cup Co. is having their 2nd annual online photo contest! The grand prize is $5k for the BEST photo featuring Solo products. Enter your photo here now thru August 6th, 2010. They will also pick two $1,000 runner-ups at the end of the contest. And you'll have a chance to win daily and weekly prizes of gift certificates and Solo products!
Purchase one package of HOT POCKETS® or LEAN POCKETS® brand stuffed sandwiches (6.5 -9oz.) and one NESTLÉ® or HÄAGEN-DAZS® Frozen Snack (3-7oz.) in a single transaction at Walgreens and receive a FREE one-night rental from redbox.Offer good through 7/3/10.
Fabulous weekend in Chattanooga with the fam! Tent camping can be a bit challenging with a 2.5 year old but the kids were troopers. They look like they have the chicken pox but alas it's just a million bug bites! Fun times!
PS-We still can't post pics of "Thunder" until the adoption is finalized. And I promised Chris I wouldn't post any pics of him until he approves! :)
So excited to share the deals I found today at Big Lots, Target, Publix, Walgreens & Kid to Kid (local consignment shop)!
(3) packs Huggies Little Movers size 4 $8.99/each (used $3/3 Qs, plus $5 off from the Manager because there was a tag on the shelf that said you get a $5 Target Gift card if you buy 3 but the promotion ended. The Manager was kind enough to honor the tag and give me $5 my total purchase) OOP $12.97 + $2.02 tax = $14.99 (saved $14) for 3 packs of diapers
*Not pictured: 2-piece swimsuit for Britain on sale for $9.08 (used $5 Target giftcard) = $4.08
Kid to Kid Consignment
(2) NEW beach towels $2.99/each
(1) Strapless sun top for Brit $2.99
(1) 3-pk Neutrogena facial bars on sale for $4.71 (used $1/1 Q 6/13 SS) = $3.71 + tax
(2) 3-pk Schick Quattro Razors B1G1F $6.99 (used (2) $2/1 Qs) = $2.99 for 2 packs + tax
Big Lots (I wish they took manuf. coupons!)
Graham Crackers $1.99
Cascadian Bars $2
(2) Vitamin Waters .70c/each