Saturday, December 28, 2013

$1.00 off off one 12 oz. 24 pk of Pepsi

$1.00 off off one 12 oz. 24 pk of Pepsi:
$1.00 off off one 12 oz. 24 pk of Pepsi

$1.50 off any Burt's Bees lip color item

$1.50 off any Burt's Bees lip color item:
$1.50 off any Burt's Bees lip color item

Friday, December 27, 2013

A Healthier 2014: Part 1

Yes, everyone seems to make resolutions for 2014 with the goal of getting healthy. Why not? It's a great goal worthy of sticking to.

But many point out the cost of eating better is more expensive and actually, I don't think this is totally true and long run benefits by far outweigh the short run costs.

My getting healthier starts now and I am considering a 30-day juicing cleanse starting Jan 2.  In prep, I am juicing 1-2 a day now to make the transition.

But what about budget?

I went to my local Shoppers with a $12 budget to make 2 juice smoothies a day for 2 people for the next 3 days.  I purchased the items above for $11.85 including tax.  I purchased a bag of spinach, a bag of oranges, a pineapple, a kiwi, a lime and blackberries.  The blackberries and kiwi were on sale so I plan to return to get more.

Menu Planning

Jan 28th - Jan 30th

  • Breakfast: Pineapple and orange smoothie (adding some spinach as well)
  • Snack: Spinach and Blackberry smoothie (adding some honey and lemon for taste)
  • Lunch ( Jan 30th only): Green smoothie
Eating healthy is doable and doesn't have to be break the bank. I'm on a missing to prove it!

Monday, December 23, 2013

FREE Finish Sample

Click the image below to get your FREE sample of Finish Dishwashing Detergent. FINISH

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Yes To! Haul

I'm having some difficulties loading my Yes To!  because I lost my cord to load to my computer and uploading to You Tube from my phone isn't working either.  Sigh... Any way here's a pic. Under $30 shipped for everything!

To Wig or Not To Wig?

I've been super duper lazy with my hair. I have no motivation to style it. I don't want bantu knots, a twist out, a blow dry or a flat iron, a wash and go, a wake up and go...nothing! My hair has been in twists for about 90 percent of the time since mid November. I've been taking care of my hair of course. Washing, conditioning, deep conditioning, moisturizing it, etc... but it goes right back in twists.  But of course, I need to leave the house and wearing my old trusty hat is getting old.  So I've decided I'm going to try a wig. I thought about getting braids and even a weave but I don't want that stress on my hair.

Now, I know nothing about wigs. Nothing. Never had one. Never wanted one. I don't think I've even touched one.  And the good thing and bad thing about the internet is that there is so much information, it can leave one (namely me) very very confused.  Luckly, a friend of mine was about to give me a wig 101 lesson so I am no longer totally and utterly clueless.

A local beauty supply store is having a 20 percent off sale on wigs less than $100. Guess who is so there?? ME!  And I have no plans to spend more than $30 on a wig (don't judge me) because as my friend warned me I may not even like how it feels on my head. Some people find it too heavy or unforgettable and to invest a lot in something that I don't even know if I'm going to wear more than once is not the move!

Any advice on wigs? Feel free to leave it in the comments below!

The Acne War Continues

I haven't updated about my acne war in some time. Partly because there was nothing to update. I was loosing. the OCM method didn't work on the acne even though it helped make my skin glow.  The pimples? Not so much.

For a time, I accepted defeat. I mean the acne was taking over, throwing a party and I was the reluctant host. I still wasn't willing to go back to Proactive for reasons I mentioned previously nor did I want to start on Rx. So I just took a break and tried not to think about it. My trying not to think about it resulted in me actually avoiding looking in the mirror. Yes! It was so bad I just didn't even want to look anymore.

Well, its a new day and I'm still searching what will work for me. I am starting to see results with a new regime I've been using for the past few weeks. I am hoping this is it, I am hoping that it will be the long term solution. So I want to share a bit about whats been working for me because if you too suffer from acne perhaps you can give it a shot too.

Routine AM and PM

  • Wash face with cetaphil cleanser (sometimes I'll use black soap)
  • Follow with a honey and lemon mask
  • Use Apple Cider Vinegar toner (mix of the ACV and water)
  • Use one of the following moisturizers: (its my gf's moisturizer! lol or use grapeseed oil, sometimes both.)  The moisturizer that has worked for me before is called Go Ginger, I'm all out and need to reorder
Here's some important notes:
  • I purchased white wash clothes just to use on my face. That is the only use. I will use those to wipe my face after cleansing or a paper towel.  I started with the white washclothes because it allows me to see if there is anything left on my face after cleansing. I don't think I was always getting my face completely clean
  • I drink ginger tea 2x a day! It helps with inflammation...which acne is. I has great benefits. And it helped with the first few days of using it. There are some days I only take it once and thats OK
  • I use my new DDF I won during an Allure contest. It's basically like a clarisonic. I use it about 2x a week which is less than recommended but it helps get the deep clean I need.
  • I use a clay mask 1x a week and a charcoal mask 1x a week...both serve the same help draw out impurities. 
  • I use lemon for the dark marks. I also use Equitance dark spot essence I won in a contest (this stuff retails for $125). I actually have started seeing results
  • I also drink a green smoothie every other day and upped my intake of spinach
I have a few new pimples I noticed today. But overall, my face looks so much better. The acne is not as inflamed and I'm actually looking in the mirror.  As with any acne treatment sometimes it gets worse before it gets better, so I'm not judging the fact that I have new pimples as a failure of the regime.  I give myself until Jan 21 to really make a judgement call.

I really need to do some "before" pics but if i take pics now it will be way better than when I started, but I still have a long way to go. 

Yes To! Had a $2 sale recently and I racked up on my their Yes To Tomatoes line which is geared towards acne prone skin.  My skin at times seems to work well on a regime and then it seems to get used to it, so I plan to use this line also to switch it up to keep the acne at bay.  I am also looking to try salicylic acid, I hear Paula's Choice has a good product.

Update:  I just did a google image search for "acne".  My acne isn't nearly as bad as those images...I didn't realize it could be that bad. wow. What a nasty condition this is!  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Harris Teeter Saved Over 75%

I paid just $5.93 for everything pictured above! Here's a brief breakdown

Ritz (half off)... just under 40 cents after coupon
Bisquick...just under $1.50 after coupon and EVIC
Cake Mix...FREE after coupon and EVIC
Sargento cheese...$1.87 (half off)
Pillsbury Cookie Dough...just about $2 after special promo, coupons and EVIC!

These prices are good through December 17th. I plan on making a return trip!

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Cashback Site PLUS FREE Ferrero Rocher Chocolates at Kmart

I just joined Top Cashback and took advantage of the FREE Ferrero Rocher Chocolates offer!  Hurry and join today and get FREE chocolate!


  1. Simply join by clicking here
  2. Once signed up, search "Kmart" while on the Top Cashback site.  You will get $12.50 for your purchase of  Ferrero Rocher chocolates priced at $10.69!
  3. Click on the orange GET CASHBACK NOW button
  4. Search for the 300 g Ferrero Rocher chocolates while on the Kmart site
  5. Add to cart and checkout (will have to pick up in store)
  6. Don't add any additional items, just the chocolates
  7. Your cashback should be in your account in about 2 weeks!

Here are the details from the Top Cashback site:

Visit Kmart through TopCashback, purchase a 300g box of Ferrero Rocher (fine hazelnut) chocolates priced at $10.69 to be picked up from a store and within seven days $12.50 cashback will have posted in your TopCashback account.

Collection from a store, subject to the item's availability at the location, is free. If you can get free shipping, that's even better! The $12.50 should cover the cost of the product and any sales tax you may possibly be charged, effectively making the item a thoroughly delicious freebie.

Within 60-90 days the $12.50 should turn payable and can be credited straight to your checking or PayPal account.

Terms and conditions

IMPORTANT: Transactions must only contain a 300g box of Ferrero Rocher (fine hazelnut) chocolates priced at $10.69 to ensure $12.50 cashback is credited to TopCashback accounts. If another item is purchased or additional items are purchased at the same time, the cashback amount awarded will be 7% or less (depending on the item(s) purchased) instead of $12.50.

This promotion is subject to stock and pick-up location availability.

This TopCashback Ferrero Rocher chocolates offer is available:
  • until 23:59 PT on Thursday, December 19, 2013 or until stock runs out
  • while it's priced at $10.69
  • to new, current or past Kmart customers
  • for online sales only, for purchases made directly after clicking through
Only one:
  • 300g box of Ferrero Rocher (fine hazelnut) chocolates is allowed per TopCashback account/member
  • TopCashback account is permitted per person


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

FREE Stick of Secret Clinical Strength

Receive a New Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant, a coupon for a second stick, Free P&G coupons and a free sample of Olay Fresh Effects for free. Just pay $4.99 for shipping and handling.

Click image below to get yours!! I love this deal!

FREE Talenti Coupon

Get a coupon for a FREE Talenti Gelato.  This stuff is super yummy! If you've tried it before, then you already know. If you have never had it, you must give it a shot!  Click here to enter to get a free coupon!

Free Blogger event: $150 NIKE Gift Card. Starts 12/12

Prize: $150 Nike Gift Card or e-card
Hosted by:The Frugal Exerciser & Femme Fitale Fit Club
Tentative Dates: December 14 – December 31
Open World-wide
Deadline of Sign-ups: December 11

Requirements to Participate:
Get 1 Free link (Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest) with announcement post.
($5 fee without announcement post)
Additional links are $3 a piece.

Co-host fee is $20 and you get 4 free links and a daily comment
 on a non-giveaway post on your blog.

The blog who refers the most bloggers will get free co-host spot. (If you paid for co-host and win the referral prize, your payment will be refunded)

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Making memories: Share the experience of a unique children’s book from Blurb

There’s something about the holidays—that warm glow from the fire, the fact that you actually get to spend time with your kids (or your friends’ and family’s kids)—that makes it the perfect time to curl up with the little ones in your life and read them a storybook. Reading a totally new, beautiful, amazing book with a child is a treasured holiday experience. And if you choose the right book, every time the child reads it alone in the future will bring back the memory of that time you shared. Plus save 20% on print books when you spend $40 or more

If you’re a little tired of the standard children’s book selections in your local brick and mortar store, Blurb has a really incredible assortment of self-published children’s books that you won’t find anywhere else this holiday season. Try a few of these future classics and create some new holiday memories this year.

Title: Ollie + Loo
Author: Joni Cooper
Joni Cooper brings incredibly original characters to life with brilliant illustrations in a book that will have parents and kids laughing along together.

Title: Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch
Author: Mike Smith 
Very few children’s books have financial mismanagement as a central theme—we can only assume most children’s book authors have not had the pleasure of meeting a rabbit named Edward Hopper.

Title: My Bug Journal
Author: Hannah Rollings
Bug-lover or other, this journal is sure to spark interest from anyone who takes a peek inside the covers. Enchanted illustrations, bug facts, room for records and much, much more.

Title: Myrtle & the Scarecrow
Author: Kate Lowe 
Myrtle finds solace with a not-so-scary scarecrow?and learns a lot about herself? in this short but sweet tale. The atmospheric illustrations have a little magic about them—we look forward to more from this young, talented illustrator.

Title: The Trouble with Bears
Author: K.D. O’Reilley 
This story cleverly combines a lesson on self-worth with an exploration of different cultures, geography, and history. The talents of a former writing instructor and a visual artist are a winning combination here.

Title: Mylo & Peet
Author: Janyce Portalatin
A graphically pleasing book with a message tailor-made for the new generation of eco-warriors the importance of recycling and protecting the planet.

Title: Theo
Author: Kenny Lim & Grant Gilliand
Join Theo on his journey as he navigates the obstacles and challenges of school—made all the more difficult due to his not-so-normal third eye. Fantastic illustrations bring this story’s great message to life.

Title: A Whimsical Tale of Invention
Author: Kara Pooley
Fascinating facts, inspired inventions, intriguing illustrations, a poem or two—this book has it all.

Title: Ahwen’s Journal
Author: Alice Alder
It would be impossible not to fall in love with the beautifully illustrated characters in this book. Ahwen, Harn, Charwood—we’ll be keeping an eye out for you the next time we’re in the woods.

Title: Marco and the Zombies
Author: Justin Kerr
Another collaborative project delivers a brilliant book. With Zombies at the heart of this story—and superb illustrations by Bret Bowers—it’s one older children are sure to enjoy.

Title: Baby Bear gets a Present
Author: Chris Wood
Even toys relegated to a box in a forgotten corner of the house have lives of their own. In this heartwarming tale we learn just how much fun they have.

Title: Penelope and her Puffy Brown Crown
Author: Jasmin Ortiz
Popping with color and originality, this rhythmical story makes reading aloud a real pleasure. Apparently, bad hair-days happen to young people too.

Title: My Best Friend
Author: Nathalie Josephine
In this lovely little book, bright (and very cute) characters illustrate a story designed to help children deal with the loss of a friend.

Title: A Bit Lost
Author: Leanne New
Delightful creativity elevates the imagery in this standout book, a simple tale of lost-and-found for little ones.

Title: The Goose Girl
Author: Madeleine Valley
A lesser-known story by The Brothers Grimm gets a thoroughly modern makeover in this graphically rich retelling of Goose Girl from Madeleine Valley. This is one for the older bunch.

Title: The Great Bear Surprise
Author: Carolan Coughlin
Join Carolan on her hike up Red Plume Mountain where she discovers much more than the view of the surrounding landscape. This is a sweet story of unexpected friendship.

Title: Goodnight Forest
Author: Emilie Dale
See your little ones off to sleep and bid goodnight to the forest with this rhythmic wind-down bedtime book, from graphic designer and illustrator Emilie Dale.

Title: The Adventures of Dude, Squat and Mose
Author: Michael Hall
With fabulous illustrations from Gerald Kelley and a fun-packed story from author Michael Hall, the adventures of this brave trio of adopted dogs if sure to become a favorite.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Enjoy The Holidays at Sesame Place!

This Holiday season treat your kids to a special adventure that includes Elmo and all of your children’s favorites as you celebrate Christmas. 

If you are looking for a family fun Holiday adventure this year that is different from the usual activities, think Sesame Street. Our kids’ favorite furry friends have their own theme park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. 

Beginning on November 23rd, the park turns into a winter wonderland complete with shows, sparkling lights, trees and music. All of the Christmas classics will make their debut, as well as all of the famous characters: Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo, and more as they help you to celebrate the season. 

The park is transformed in to a truly magical experience complete with massive trees that twinkle. Lights and large ornaments serve as a background for the Sesame Street characters to greet and mingle with your family. Even the menu includes traditional Christmas treats, ensuring that you can enjoy a delicious meal with your family that includes all of the staples. Enjoy the most spectacular music and light show of the season at the giant 1-2-3 Christmas Tree! And, the fun doesn't stop there. You can hop aboard the Sesame Place Furry Express and drive through the Gingerbread Cookie Factory to inhale the smell of fresh gingerbread and ignite your taste buds while watching Twiddlebugs’ make the famous cookies. 

Next, take your family to Santa’s Furry Workshop for a fantastic photo opportunity. Your kids will be guided through the workshop by elves to pose for a picture with Santa himself and take the photo home as a keepsake.

Enjoy the many shows that take place at the park, including the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade, and Elmo’s Christmas Wish Show, among many others. The parade includes everyone’s favorite Holiday songs, floats and a finale that will leave you believing in the magic of Christmas. 

Even better, you can save $5 on a single day admission online from November 18th to December 31st using the promotional code Front Gate, making for an even sweeter deal for you and your family. 

If you are looking to embark upon a one-of-a-kind journey that will take your kids on a Christmas adventure with their favorite Sesame Street friends, the A Very Furry Christmas is a sure way to do so. Make sure to bring your camera to capture all of your favorite memories from this fantastic Holiday event.

Park is located at 100 Sesame Road Langhorne, PA 19047

Click here for special offers and to save on your visit!

Revlon Lip Gloss Just 24 cents at Rite Aid


Use all your computers and any devices you can print from (ask friends and family members to print some too!) to snag this $2 off Revlon Lip product at Rite Aid!

Rite Aid has Revlon products, including lip glosses and lip stick on clearance for 75% off. I snagged 2 lip glosses that retailed for $8.99, marked down to $2.24 on clearance once the coupon was applied I paid just 24 cents!

Head to your local Rite Aid and snag this deal before it's gone! There were just a few left in my store, not all colors were on sale.  If you get some, let me know!  The coupon is below. Print before it's gone!

Be sure to click the link, not the image. The link $2.00 off any one (1) Revlon Lip Product  below will take you to the page to print your coupon.

$2.00 off any one (1) Revlon Lip Product:
$2.00 off any one (1) Revlon Lip Product

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

25% off Living Social! Ends TODAY!

Living Social extended their Cyber Monday 25% off promo! This means you now have more time to snag a great deal!

Check out this great deal I landed...only $75 for $200 food, drink and entertainment! Can we say date night! This is perfect way to save and have a fabulous date night!

I scored this great deal to SAX, a DC restaurant specializing in French cuisine and Burlesque! When I say I can't wait to go, I can't say how excited I am. PLUS paying just $75 for $200 worth of food and drink was a steal.  I went through Shop at Home and earned an additional 4 percent cash back on my purchase! Can you say chi-ching and cheers!!  If you don't have a Shop at Home account, click here to sign up. You can also open up an Ebates account by clicking here to earn cash back as well. Both programs are currently offering 4% cash back on Living Social purchases.

Go Retro with Rimmel Scandal Eyes

Next to lip gloss, mascara is my most favorite makeup. I love how with just a few strokes you can take your lashes to illegal lengths! Needless to say, I was excited to receive the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam mascara in my Rose Voxbox from Influenster. First thing I thought of was the TV show new fav and so anything with the word Scandal in it would have me hooked.

I received my Scandal Eyes in black. It promises to plump and fan out lashes. The results? Absolutely amazing! Me being a mascara aficionado I'll pretty much try any mascara. And honestly, I never really believe the hype until I can see it for myself..but this product delivers! 

Now I did one eye with the intent of taking a pic and loading it to the blog, but of course my camera phone isn't saving the pictures for whatever reason. Nor can I show you a pic of the applicator brush, hopefully the pic above will do. Perfect timing..ugh! Nonetheless, looking at my naked lash and the lash I applied the Scandal eyes to there is a remarkable difference. My lash with the Scandal eyes is plush and long. It's awesome. An amazing transformation. I love it!

The bottom line: 
This stuff is the real deal.  Get you some...immediately! They hit the stores in November 2013, so they should be everywhere Rimmel is sold right now! If you get it, let me know how you you like it!

Personalize Your Holiday Cards! Get 50 for just $20 - Awesome Deal -

Find the perfect holiday card this season with Vistaprint’s Cyber Monday Sale! Amongst other great deals, Vistaprint is offering 50 Holiday Cards for only $20, plus Free 7-Day Shipping on orders over $50! Vistaprint’s new holiday card collection has 150+ new designs with the ability to customize colors, fonts, and messages—with all of these options, you’re bound to find the ideal card to share with your family and friends this season! Click Here

Monday, November 25, 2013

Great Gift Ideas With Blurb!

People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren't in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles. Each costs around $40 USD or less:

Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi LarsenWe all have cookie cravings. Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided to put them into something deliciously original: A baking book featuring 30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.

Dog by My Side by Adam SchnitzerThis charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images. 

Around the World with a Toy Camera by Giorgio GiussaniPerfect for the photography or graffiti-art fan on your list. This book is an explosion of gritty color that explores the wonders of street art and analog photography. 

Food Stories by Elena ScottA short, wonderfully illustrated collection of recipes (and food stories) that will inspire you to pick up the knife and spatula—or just pen and paper. 

Things I Love by Carol Nehls and Jessica RoseIllustrated and written many years apart by a mother and daughter, this sweet rhyming story told by a fox is pure joy for all ages.

Patent Pending by Jordan NatyshenChicken goggles, air-conditioned rocking chairs, monkey jockeys for greyhounds… humankind has invented and sought to patent some amazing and crazy things. Illustrator Jordan Natyshen illustrates some of the strangest in this history of odd inventions. 

Tiny Horses are Everywhere by Thea LuxThe perfect stocking-stuffer for fans of off-beat humor, this undeniably nutty book is based on a Tumblr blog and combines simple photo collages of small horses in human environments with incredibly funny captions.

Rouleaux by Anastassia EliasWhat can you do with an empty roll of toilet paper? If you’re French artist Anastassia Elias, you create tiny dioramas inside of the discarded tubes. Inspired by art and movies, these pieces are beautifully crafted, fun, and unbelievably detailed. 

Low Fidelity by Bobby GrossmanIf you, or someone you love, listened to New York punk and new wave in the 70s, chances are your favorite artist can be found in this book. Bobby Grossman photographed Iggy Pop, David Byrne, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol and many more. This book is a time capsule of—and a love letter to—a legendary time, place, and sound.

Take a second and head over to Blurb to see if you can end your search for that perfect gift this season! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Win a Be-Natural Prize Pack

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  • Keratin Strengthening & Conditioning System
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