Saturday, January 30, 2010

FREE sample of Redken

Thanks Mashupmom!

I never buy salon hair products EXCEPT for conditioners for my daugher (and her nearly three feet of long, thin, tangle-prone hair). They say save your money on salon shampoos and once and a while splurge on the pricey conditioner which is generally really high quality (try Sally's Beauty supply or coupon your heart out at CVS where you can get some pricey ones for a steal!).  I never pay for shampoo since I am sitting on over a year's supply right now I not only got for free but MADE MONEY ON via couponing.

Get your free samples here:

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Free Nivea bodywash at Target

I wanted to share that I did actually do this deal. And when I got home, I discovered that the clerk, who was an older guy and not really paying much attention, actually put back all my coupons back in the bag with my body wash. I have a feeling he thought once he scanned them they weren't able to be used anymore! He did keep my raincheck. He kept saying "I can't believe you are getting these for free!" I tried the orange scented wash, and to be honest, it's just OK. It has a strange consistancy, more like lotion than soap, and it doesn't suds that well, which is unusual. I had to check it again to make SURE it was body wash and not skin lotion. Technically I could go back and get two more bottles for 99 cents each, but I didn't like them enough to bother.

There probably won't be a bottle left by the time I get there, so ya'll get out and go go go.

$2.99 Nivea wash

-$2/1 Nivea bodywash (from the 1/3 insert)
-Printable Target $1/1 coupon (go here)

= FREE (tax only)

REMEMBER: it is Target's POLICY to take ONE manufacturer's coupon AND ONE Target coupon per item.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

FREE J&J soap

I was lucky enought to convince my co workers to give me their coupon inserts and snagged 3 $1/1 J&J baby item products. I saw over at Mashupmom that she was able to get free J&J Buddies soap at Target with those. I drove by their the other day and had my coupons (keep them in the car!) and snagged three free soaps myself. It was fun!  In fact, the soaps were 97cents and the q's were $1/1 so I got a few pennies overage towards the birthday card I was buying.

The kids love the smell of the soap. I'm waiting to see if DS with his sensitive skin has any reaction to them before I consider buying some more $1/1 q's off ebay and snagging a few dozen more.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

And the El Paso giveaway winner is: ROSE

Rose, congrats on winning the El Paso Giveaway. Congrats!

Since I did not hear back from Becca by noon, I went ahead and drew another name at random and Rose is our winner.

Rose, your El Paso Giveaway pack is on its way!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Creamy Spanish Chicken and Salsa

This looks very yummy, but I am wondering if it can be made in the crockpot? I would substitute chicken thighs for breasts (boneless and skinless) since they crockpot better, and add the sour cream at the very end (unless of course you like YOGURT chicken!) I've blogged about our own crockpot chicken here.

Recipe from here.

Cook Time: 35 minutes

4 each skinless boneless chicken breast
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 cup salsa
1/4 cup sour cream

Place chicken breasts in a lightly greased shallow baking dish; season with the taco seasoning mix. Pour the salsa over the chicken; bake at 350° for 35 to 45 minutes, or until chicken is tender. When ready to serve, remove the chicken from the casserole, stir sour cream into salsa, then return chicken. Serve sour cream chicken and sauce with warm tortillas and Spanish rice.

This chicken breast recipe serves 4.

Update: so I made this last night for dinner and it got two thumbs up, although my husband noted that he preferred it in a torilla shell and not over rice. Both kids ate it. In hind sight, it doesn't really taste any different than my other chicken tortilla recipe link above since I serve that with sour cream anyway.

Giveaway this Thursday!

Don't forget to enter my El Paso giveaway here.

I just received my package today from General Mills/MyBlogspark and it is very cute. I can see using the ceramic dish (which is a lot bigger than I expected) during football season. There are even little "pockets" on the side to hold dip.

One lucky winner will be chosen at 8pm CST on Thursday, January 15th so enter today.

(This prize package was sent to me from General Mills/MyBlogspark.)

Ficus trees not for the faint hearted

Tis the season of the great leaf drop.

I have written before about the ficus benjamina that stands over 7 foot tall in my living room. A $30 "please take me" plant from an apartment dweller overwhelmed by its size, this ficus came home to us stuffed in the back of a minivan October of 2006.

A ficus is a deciduous tree, meaning it drops its leaves come fall and the change of sunlight, just like the oaks and maples do outside. Only ours begins the great leaf drop around November and continues into January. It's been worse this year due to the real lack of winter sunlight. We've gotten very little variety to the overcast grey skies that have marked this winter.

The ficus is not for the faint hearted. It will lose lots of leaves. LOTS. Just now I swept up two enormous piles from the carpet. Mostly these are interior leaves that drop due to lack of light. This shouldn't be confused with exterior leaf drop or yellowing, which is often a sign of under watering. My big guy sits in a 26" diameter pot and gets one gallon of water per week (for those of you playing the home game).

But don't worry. He'll be all right. come March the new leaves will begin to bud and he'll fill out in the center and be all happy again.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, this is how big the ficus benjamina would get if outdoors in its native southeast Asia (as opposed to its non-native midwest USA!)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cherry Cheese Pie

This is not going to make your New Year's list for diet-conscious, but it will make your list for easy and delicious desserts.

My good friend Rose (Hi Rose!) made this for a church fellowship recently and it was really good. My husband is a fan of cheesecakes, and this is so simple and easy.


1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 8 oz. package Cream Cheese
1/3 cup Lemon Juice
1 can Cherry Pie Filling
Graham Cracker Crust

Soften cream cheese and beat until fluffy.
Slowly beat in milk.
Add lemon juice and vanilla extract.
Pour into crust and chill for several hours.
Top with cherry pie filling.

April Cornell now 50% off

I told you all about this sale two weeks ago. Today I received an email that their entire line is now 50% off, with free shipping for orders over $125. April Cornell carries womens, childrens and toddler clothes, as well as lovely linens for the home.

I received all the little girl dresses that I ordered last week and am very pleased. They are a classic, old fashioned look but so appropriate for church and nice events. Also, because they are sleeveless pinafores (uh oh, I'm harkening back to my 10th grade British literature class now!) you can wear them spring or winter with a turtleneck under them.

No,I'm not getting paid to endorse April Cornell (I wish), it's just that I really love to fnd classic kids clothes that aren't influenced by Hanna Montana!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

3 free Kotex sample packs

I just used my $1/1 coupon yesterday I received in my last free sample pack to get free pads at Jewel (small packs were 99cents each on sale). I saw this new deal over at Happy Homemaker Cindy and wanted to share.

HHC provided three links you can try for samples:

Link 1 click here
Link 2 click here
Link 3 click here

Good luck!

Friday, January 8, 2010

I have LOTS of yogurt right now

Whether or not my lower intestines will forgive me or rejoice is a matter yet to behold, however I do have enough yogurt with "live lacto basillius" to start my on lab.

I ran after cello lessons with the kids to grab groceries for the weekend and next week. I snagged the last 5 Yoplait Fiber One 4 pack yogurts, a Yoplus Lite 4 pack and a Fiber One snack bar pack for my son's school snacks last week. He really likes the low cal snack bars but it's hard to find ones that don't have almonds or other tree nuts in them.

I used 5 $1.35/1 qs I have had from Vocalpoint for forever, and a free Fiber One Yoplait coupon. I spent $2.24 before taxes and got a $5 off my next order coupon.

That's about all I'm going to do on this GM deal for Jewel. I just don't have anything I really need right now, and it is so cold I'd rather not go outside!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ha Ha you know your blog has few visitors...

when you try to give away something and you have to email people to sign up for the contest!


I was over at and she was giving away two coupons for free GM cereal she got from MyBlogpsark. She had at last count over 90 people begging for these. I got the same coupons for free from the same place (they sent me and her both 4 as well as everyone else on their list).

I wonder if people just prefer cereal to El Paso.

That's what I'll keep telling myself!


Monday, January 4, 2010

Contest! Win an "El Paso Tackle the Taste" Gift Pack


Courtesy of My Blogspark, I'm set to receive a FREE gift pack sponsored by Old El Paso chillis and you can have one, too!

The gift pack includes:

Two free cans of Green Chiles, as well as a football-shaped ceramic serving platter, two sets of football-themed plates, cocktail napkins, and a themed table runner!!

I'll be sending this (via MyBlogspark) to one luck reader who answers the question: How do you use Green Chiles to spice up your favorite recipes?

How to win:

Leave a comment below with your answer. Be sure to leave me a way to contact you (email)

Link to this contest on your blog and tell me about it (include link to your blog).

One winner will be chosen at random on January 15th. Items will be shipped to winner (US only) via My Blogspark.

Meanwhile here are some great recipes and a coupon courtesy of My Blogspark and Old El Paso.

NachosGreen Chile Dip
Green Chile Cornbread
Taco Nachos
Black Bean Dip
Slow Cooker Salsa Chili
Seven-Layer Bean Dip
Skillet Nacho Chili
Southwestern Dip

In addition, you can visit to save $0.55 on one can of Old El Paso Green Chiles today!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy Palindrome Day! 01-02-2010

There will only be 12 palindromic days this CENTURY according to the Chicago Tribune ( Did you get your cards in the mail yet? Me neither.

Palindromes are the delight of my oldest daughter. And in honor of this special day, I thought I'd let her share a few of her favorites:

Flee to me remote elf!
A santa at NASA
Ma is as selfless as I am.
A nut for a jar of tuna.
Not New York! Roy went on.
Boston did not sob.
Never odd or even

CVS Freebies 1/3-1/9

This is directly from

There is no CVS close to my house so I post this for those lucky enough to have one nearby. Lucky you!

Bioluxe Shampoo or Conditioner
$9.99 (Try Me FREE MIR Tag on bottles)
Final Price
FREE after rebate

Crave-NX Diet Aid Spray, .64 oz *Limit 1
(Get $7.99 ECB)
Final Price FREE

GE Energy Smart Bulbs, 1-ct, 40, 60, 75, or 100 watt *Limit 1
$2.99 (Get $2 ECB)-$1/1 Printable HERE (IE) or HERE (FF)
(Pay $1.99/1)-$1/1 from 1/3 SS (Pay $1.99/1)
Final Price FREE

* 5* coupon inserts in Sunday's paper

Stock up on them for $1 each at the Dollar Store. I read online some women plan to buy 20-100 papers. That's a crazy amount to me, but more power to them.

If I actually make it out of the house today (and it isn't looking likely), I might grab an extra one. I'll leave the rest for all of you.

Cause that's the kind of nice person I am!


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