Tuesday, January 27, 2015

5 ways to earn CASH at the grocery!

With the New Year comes resolutions to save money and none of us ever assumes this will come out of our grocery budget! Good news for us all is that we can actually not only SAVE money but we can also MAKE money at the Grocery Store!

As we all know, we can print online coupons...but all of the grocery stores seem to have tightened up their coupon restrictions and now they only double up to $1.00, will only take 6 per manufacturer, and even have a quantity cap on the item - NOT what you see on extreme couponing, right!?

So, I had to do a little digging but found a few ways to get some extra bang for my buck. Now not only can I use the coupons BUT I also get cash deposited into an account just by using some of the apps that I downloaded to my smartphone. Each week, I am able to rack up extra money and it gets deposited directly into my paypal account (or bank account).

Click HERE to find out how I earn extra cash with these 5 apps!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

DIY Balsamic Glaze Recipe!

I will be the first person to admit that my love for balsamic glaze goes way beyond love.. I am an addict. There is almost nothing in this world that isn't made better by this dark & sweet glaze: pizza; tomatoes; salads; fruits...yep, the list goes on and on. I always ask for it in restaurants when available but have never purchased it for my home due to one main thing...COST.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Save money AND make ORGANIC sodas with the Soda Stream!

I can not tell you how honestly thrilled my son was to open up a Soda Stream soda maker for Christmas. Maybe it wasn't a traditional gift for an 11 year old boy BUT for my son, it was a step towards incorporating sodas into his everyday life - and he was IN!

(IF YOU HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT ONE...Click HERE and get $10 off all Home Soda Makers with Promo Code: BESTFRIEND!)

Red Palm Oil - To Try...or not to try...That is the Question

So...my husband came home from one of our favorite places the other day with something new in his bag...Red Palm Oil. He had been hearing that he should try it, knew NOTHING else about it, but saw that there were tons of people around the shelves AND the sign said that it was Organic - so he was in.

BUT WAS I!? Time to do the research.... Read more HERE

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker Giveaway! Sponsored by Mommy Only Has Two Hands!

 photo hamiltonbeachsandwichmakergiveaway_zpsd05c56a8.jpg About six months ago I saw the Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker in a commercial and new I needed to get myself one.  I love those Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches and with my hypoglycemia I need to make sure my mornings are protein packed. So instead of spending $5 to six bucks in the drive through or on those sandwiches at the store, you can buy all the ingredients, eggs, cheese, sausage patties, or my personal favorite "Canadian Bacon" that I buy at Sam's club and English muffins and save yourself money in the long run if you are constantly wanting a breakfast sandwich when you walk out the door.  The Hamilton Breakfast Sandwich Maker is a great way to save money if you constantly find yourself in the drive through or buying the read made ones.  Each sandwich can be made in 5 minutes or less and you can decide how you want to make your sandwich. After a friend of mine visited in July, she bought herself a sandwich maker just like mine.  Here's a quick video of just how easy it is to use:     

And because I love this Kitchen appliance so much and its made my mornings easier, I would love to gift this one to a lovely reader. I've teamed up with Heather from familyFitFrugal.com and Stephanie from WifeMommyMe.com to help promote this giveaway!  Details: All entrants must be 18 years of age or older living in the continental United States only. A winner is drawn via random draw.  Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker

Disclaimer: Heather at "Mommy Only Has 2 Hands" is responsible for the distribution of this giveaway to the winner. The winner will be contacted within 48 hours of giveaway end date via the email used in the giveaway form. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older living in the continental United States only.

Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Giveaway and Blogger Opportunity!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The All New Keurig 2.0- review - say #hellokeurig to organic coffees!

I was so happy to get the email saying that I was selected to test the new Keurig 2.0 coffeemaker! Not only was I already a Keurig user BUT my husband has a new addiction to coffee so this was perfect timing.

This 2.0 has TONS of features but If I had to pick something about this new Keurig that is my favorite...I would definitely say that it is the coffee pot and the ability to brew more than 1 cup at a time. The biggest use of our old keurig came when we had friends or family over...I would sit at that stupid machine (used to love it but I have now moved on to the 2.0) and make cup after cup after cup. Now, I simply slide the carafe in and hit start. It will brew enough for about 3-4 people depending on the mug size! The pot also stays for warm so it is easy to brew and let sit for a few while serving desserts,...or making your way through a Monday morning.

I also am pretty passionate about living as organically as possible...and while there aren't too many 2.0 organic cup varieties yet...all you have to do is grab one of the reusable Cups and fill it with your favorite organic variety.

 Here is the ONLY downside to my new 2.0 it is ONLY compatible with cups and packs bearing the "Keurig label"...so...if you have some off-brand ones that you want to use up, you will HAVE to get the reusable cartridge.

Back to some features....you can set the strength of your brew, you can program it to start in the morning, customizable wallpapers, it lights up, can be used as a nightlight, and the darn thing even switched its time by itself.

So, honestly, it's an amazing piece of equipment that has made things so much easier around my home.. especially when brewing things like apple cider that the kids absolutely love... hello carafe!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Super Easy Organic General Tso's Sauce

When my family and I began our healthy eating journey, we easily gave up having "junk food" around the house", eating fast food, and had no problems choosing organic vs. traditional. We made a pretty smooth transition but after time found that we missed some of our favorite dishes like General Tso's from our neighborhood Chinese restaurant.

This was one dish that I was VERY afraid to try making at home. I have mastered pizza, tortillas, desserts...BUT I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to match the General's Tofu we were used to. I still had to try because the cheat nights at the Chinese restaurant were filled with processed ingredients and sugar. If I could make it myself....we could have it more often without having a cheat day :)

I saw many recipes online and to be honest...some were pretty intimidating. May recipes called for a number of ingredients and most were items that I simply don't keep around the house. The recipe that I ended up with may NOT be a traditional General Tso's BUT it was one that I can make with ingredients that I keep around the house and it was extremely kid friendly!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Organic coffee for your Keurig!

I was so happy when I received the email saying that I was chosen to receive a free Keurig 2.0 from Influenster. No joke, I felt like I won the lottery! This thing is AMAZING! Huge beautiful screen, can brew coffee at any set time, and best of all has a large CARAFE so when I am having friends over, there is no need to brew one cup at a time! I plan to go over more features in another post because there is so much to say!smiley

I want to focus on some organic options for any Keurig! Click here to see some of the amazing organic products you can start waking up to!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Healthy Toasted Curried Chickpeas!

As you all know, the easiest way to stick to any healthy eating plan, is to have the right foods and snacks readily available. This is especially true for those who are trying to stick to an AFFORDABLE diet. It seems like their is a premium on all products with any type of "healthy" label. After eating "clean" for 2 years, my family has found certain snack and foods that SIMPLY have to be in the cupboard.

At first, while I was a work from home mom, there were no convenience foods in the house at all. Everything was made by me including all of our breads, snacks, even cereals! Clearly, as I returned to full time work out of the home....some convenience foods eventually made their way into the house - BUT NOT INTO THE BUDGET. We had done such a good job getting our "frugal life" into check while being organic....now, it was not so in check.

Click HERE to get to the recipe that kept healthy AND affordable happen!