Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs

Last weekend I got together with my 2 sisters and we made chocolate covered marshmallow eggs. This was something our mother did when we were growing up. Having a mother that had a hand dipped chocolate shop, we always had SOMETHING chocolate going on. Anyway this year we decided to make them on our own, as mom's a snowbird in AZ each winter. They may have not turned out beautiful like hers but we had a GREAT time! We even shipped a few to mom and dad in AZ but not all of them survived the heat.
 My sister Jonna
 The INFAMOUS Jamie, who beat me last year with her savings!
And last but not least this is my youngest daughter Emily with my sister Jonna

Possibly FREE Nivea Lip Balm at Safeway

This is the ONLY lip balm I use, and I need to thank 'coupons' for introducing me to it! It's been reported that Nivea Lip Balm is $.99 at Safeway.  If it isn't, you can still use this $2/2 coupon with a Safeway double to get it FREE!

Nivea Lip Balm on sale $.99
Buy 2
Use $2/2 printable coupon
FREE after coupon

Happy Easter Everyone

Friday, April 22, 2011

MEGA Swagbucks Friday!

I mentioned a while back about sitting down and using some of my saved up Swagbucks I currently have received 2 $15 iTunes cards and a total of $35 in cards. Not too shabby for simply searching the web and doing simple tasks from time to time. Since I started this I have changed my strategy, I only redeem my points for Amazon bucks 450pts = $5, when I did the math I found that this was the best way for me to get the most for me points. It is SOOOO Easy!

Friday's are always a great day because its MEGA swag bucks day and you can earn even more 'bucks' to spend on some great gift cards etc....why not head on over and get started, sign up now to start racking up your SwagBucks!

Every Friday is Mega Swag Bucks Friday, and that means that you can earn Swag Bucks in increments of 10, 20, 50 and up to 100!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rue La La $20 sign up credit is BACK!

It’s baaaaaaack! Join Rue La La through this link before April 25 and you will get a $20 credit. There are usually a handful of low priced deals every week, so this credit should yield something for super cheap, if not free. I will try to keep my eye out for some great deals! Rue La La credits can take up to 48 hours to post to your account, so don’t freak out if it doesn’t show up immediately.You must use the credit before May 25, 2011. This credit is not available to existing Rue La La accounts

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Our little farm.....

I just wanted to share a couple photos of our little peace of heaven. Last night when we left to the store I found 12 deer in the lower yard, 4 were under a tree and I couldn't get a very good shot of them. The pic below shows 8 of them. 

Also adding a couple pics of our favorite girls!

NSP Homescan details.....

As I promised, here is some more information for the scanner that I got Friday....

The National Consumer Panel is a marketing research company that gathers information from average people like you and me and then processes it and sells it to various companies that want statistics on the buying habits of the American public.

Basically what we do is scan the barcodes of EVERY (seriously, EVERY) item we purchase every day. It could be something as simple as a pop at the gas station, we scan it. A large trip to Aldi, we scan it. NCP provides a hand scanner and detailed instructions.

Once a week, the scanner automatically transmits the information online to NCP and they add points into our point account. The more we transmit, the more points we get. In other words, if we go for so many consecutive weeks without forgetting to transmit our purchases, the number of points we get each week goes up. If we forget, so we still get the minimum. 

After you have been a member for a certain length of time (I think it is 60 days, but don’t quote me on that) you can trade your points in for rewards.

Let me just tell you, their rewards are really nice.
We could get:
  1. Cuisinart Sandwich Grill (24,000 points)
  2. Hoover Cordless Wet/Dry Hand Vac (22,000 points)
  3. Huffy 6″ Princess Scooter (24,000 points)
and the list goes on. There are a TON of cool rewards we could turn our points in for, I just listed a few to give you an idea of what is out there.

Some things that interest me in the future are:
  1. 6 qt. Slow Cooker (28,000 points)
  2. Wenzel 2 Room Ponderosa Sport Dome Tent (48,000 points)
  3. Nintendo DL Lite (144,000 points)
  4. Samsung Camcorder (132,000 points)
  5. XBox 360 Elite Package (315,000 points)
And the list goes on. They also do quarterly drawings. The reward right now is a family vacation for four, a car, or $20,000 in cash! Again, the more you transmit, the better your chances are of winning one of the quarterly prizes. The panel will also email you surveys every so often. (I probably get two or so a week). You can log into their website, complete the survey (Most take about 2-3 minutes to complete) and you are given extra points for that. The points can really add up fast if you aren’t forgetful like me.

If you are interested in joining, check out their site National Consumer Panel. Sign up. They may not have a need for your demographic right away, but they will store your information and contact you later down the road as an opening comes up for your area.

Now, I’ll be honest, all of that scanning takes time and is a big PAIN IN THE BUTT when you have already spent an hour or so at the grocery and still have to scan the items before you can put them away; but I am looking forward to the rewards, so in the end, I think it will be worth it!

Is anyone else a member of NCP? Drop a comment and let us know about your experience.

I'm an NCP scanner member....wahoo!

I'm heading out the door for our soccer game but wanted to mention that yesterday I received my scanner from NCP. I will post more info later about what that means for those of you that have never heard of them. When I started couponing they had a pretty long waiting list so I decided not to apply. But then about a month ago my sister Jonna called me all excited that she had been chosen and it only took her 3 weeks. I decided to apply and was chosen 2 weeks ago!  More info to follow later......we're off to the pitch!

Scrabble Pendants

Thanks to my other sister, Jonna, I've found a new craft for me, making scrabble and tile pendants. It is sooo easy and a lot of fun. Today I made my first two, that I plan on giving to my little nieces. They aren't completely done, I have to wait 2 days for them to dry so that I can put the bails on for the necklace chains. Anyway I wanted to share with you guys my new hobby.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

FREE Grillmates at doubles needed

You can get FREE McCormick Grillmates at Albertsons right now.

McCormick Grillmates on sale $1
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/13 RP insert
FREE after coupon

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Swagbucks Search Link

I've discovered a swagbucks link for searching the web that has been very "giving" of bucks! I seem to be winning 3-4 times a day and they have been any where from 10 SB to 49 SB. Anyway here is the link if you would like to check it out Search Miranda Lambert

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Newly Discovered **Chicken and Rice Casserole**

Alright I must say that I missed the boat with Paula Deen. I've never been one to watch cooking shows, including Rachael Ray. However recently, I was watching quick little videos to earn Swagbucks and came across a whole set of them for Paula Deen. I actually came away with a few recipes from her videos and they have ALL been great, but there is ONE that really stood out for me and I thought that I'd share it with all of you!

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Chicken and Rice Casserole

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Level: Easy
  • Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • Ingredients

    • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) can green beans, drained and rinsed
    • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
    • 1 medium onion, diced and sauteed
    • 1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
    • 1 (4-ounce) can pimentos, drained
    • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 (6-ounce) box long-grain and wild rice, cooked according to package directions
    • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
    • Pinch salt


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 3-quart casserole dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly. (I topped it off with some French Fried Onions)

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    It's MEGA Swagbucks Day! WEEHAW!

    I mentioned a while back about sitting down and using some of my saved up Swagbucks I currently have received 2 $15 iTunes cards and a total of $35 in cards. Not too shabby for simply searching the web and doing simple tasks from time to time. Friday's are always a great day because its MEGA swag bucks day and you can earn even more 'bucks' to spend on some great gift cards etc....why not head on over and get started, sign up now to start racking up your SwagBucks!

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Special Offer - FIVE 8” x 10” Prints just $1.99 from ArtsCow

    Get your favorite photos blown up with this great offer from ArtsCow. For a limited time only, use the coupon enclosed to get five of your cherished pictures enlarged to 8” x 10” prints for a flat-rate price of just $1.99*, including free shipping.

    Coupon Code : 810BIGPRTS
    Expiry Date: 4/18/2011
    Offer applies to first 2,000 customers only and can be used with both gloss and matte finish.

    Coupon code can also be applied with 8" x 10" collage prints.

    *additional prints $0.69/each.

    Extreme Couponing

    Last night many of you may have watched the episodes of Extreme Couponing. In one episode the gal pointed out her rotating shelf that she uses to store her canned food. The shelf is designed to keep all your canned goods in order of expiration date, it ensures that you are using up your food storage with the oldest first etc. Anyway its a really cool item and it just so happens that my sister Jamie (yes the one that I compete with and STILL owe a lunch or dinner to for her amazing savings last year) is a rep for Shelf Reliance, the company that sells this rotater shelf. You can check out her blog here. Going through Jamie she can save you some serious dough! Shelf Reliance has many other items as well for food storage and emergency preparedness.

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    Powerade Zero B1G1 Internet Printable

    Buy one 32 oz Powerade, get a 2nd one FREE with this printable from! If you are a Swagbucker, I'd print this off through them at this link, you earn 10 points for every coupon you print and redeem! If you haven't started using swagbucks, you can sign up here. So far this year I have earned $35 in gift cards just for doing everyday searches/playing games/watching quick videos and printing coupons.

    FREE Purex with Zout at Walgreens!

    Sign up HERE to get a free sample of Purex laundry detergent or print a $2.00/1 Purex Complete with Zout coupon.  You will click get my sample and the next screen will give you the option to choose between the sameple and printing a coupon. Use the coupon at Walgreens and get it for free!
    Purex Complete with Zout Laundry Detergent $1.99
    $2.00/1 – Purex Complete with Zout – (
    Final Price: FREE