Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cat Got Your Tounge?

I apologize for the sudden break from blogging but both my husband and have started back at school and I needed a little time to adjust.

The remainder of this semester will be busier than ever but tomorrow I will be resuming my normal blogging schedule.

Thanks for your patience!

Friday, September 5, 2014

CVS Coupon Haul

I am going to try not to overwhelm you with coupon hauls all the time but because I am still new at this I like to share my findings. These transaction were not all done on the same day but all done in the same week.

Transaction #1

Playtex Tampons: $8.99
(2) Revlon Diamond Lust Eyeshadow: $5.79

CVS  Coupon 25% off tampons
CVS Coupon $5.00 of any 2 Revlon products
CVS Coupon $3.00 of a makeup purchase of $10.00

Paid: $10.33 + received $11.00 in ExtraCare Rewards

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Transaction #2

(3) Cottonelle 18 Roll Toilet Paper: $13.99 on sale for $6.99

Used $11.00 in ExtraCare Rewards from transaction #1

Paid: $9.97 + received $5.00 in ExtraCare Rewards

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Transaction #3

(2) Crest Sensi-Relief: $6.49

CVS Coupon 20% off purchase
CVS $3.00 off a toothpaste purchase of $10.00
(2) Coupons.com $1.00 off Crest Sensi-Relief
Used $5.00 in ExtraCare Rewards from transaction #2

 Paid: $.39 + received $6.00 in ExtraCare Rewards

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Transaction #4

(2) Pantene Shampoo & Conditioner: $4.99 on sale 3 for $10.00 ($3.33ea)
Zzz Quil Sleep Aid: $4.99

Coupons.com $4.00 off any two Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner
Coupons.com $1.00 off Zzz Quil Sleep Aid
Used $6.00 in ExtraCare Rewards from transaction #3

Paid: $.65 

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Retail Value: $90.49

Paid: $21.34

Saved: $69.16

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up (8/29-9/1)

Joe and I packed up the truck on Friday night and headed out of town to go camping in the Catskill Mountains. I have not been camping in years so needless to say Joe and I were both very excited. The weather was not perfect the entire time but we did get one full beautiful day. I know I have been saying this a lot but it was so nice to get away!

It was defiantly a challenge to drag myself into the office this morning. 

Happy September!

Friday, August 29, 2014

What's in Our Fridge

Now that Joe and I are Paleo people I thought it would be interesting to share what we have in our refrigerator. One evening while making dinner I was opening the fridge and was really surprised at how the inside of our fridge had changed. Obviously, the contents of our fridge changes all the time depending on the amount of leftovers we have, etc. 

At any given time our fridge will look very similar to this: eggs, organic pesto, bread (this was left at our house by the neighbors), meat defrosting for dinner, left over beer from the BBQ I am sure we had the weekend before, cheese (left by the neighbors), and fruit & veggies drawers that are stuffed full. The amount of food that both Joe and I eat has drastically changed as well. By eating more whole foods we tend to get full faster which leads us to cooking less which leads us to buying less.

 My favorite part of our fridge. Yum!

 The freezer is a sneak peak of meals to come. Above I have a full chicken and some pork-chops that were delivered by our farmers market delivery service. I also keep frozen fruit for my protein shakes I make on the weekends.

We keep frozen veggies just in case we run out of the fresh stuff so we don't have to run to the store. For any of my frozen fruits and veggies I always check the label to make sure that it is 100% fruits or veggies with nothing added to make them last longer. (you would be surprised at what put in frozen fruits and veggies)

My fridge may look a bit empty but you would be surprised how little it takes to make a tasty, healthy meal. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

CVS Coupon Haul

I have been told that when taking advantage of the ExtraCare program at CVS sometimes you can get the best deals by splitting up your transactions. For yesterday's haul I tried this out, see below for a detailed description of my Sunday haul:

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Transaction #1

Nature Made Adult Gummies: $16.99 on sale for $8.29

Coupons.com $2.00 off coupon

 Paid $6.29 + received $5.00 ExtraCare Reward

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Transaction #2

Colgate Toothpaste: $3.99 on sale for $3.00
Tide with Febreze: $9.39 on sale for $4.94

Coupons.com Tide $1.50 off
Used the $5.00 ExraCare Reward from Transaction #1

Paid $1.44 + received $3.00 ExtraCare Reward

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Transaction #3

Lady Speed Stick: $3.49 on sale for $1.99
Axe Deodorant: $5.49
Axe Body Spray: $5.79
Axe Shower Gel: $5.79

Axe Deordorant + Spray was Buy One Get One 50% Off
Coupons.com Axe Deodorant $1.00 off
Coupons.com Axe Body Spray $1.00 off
CVS Coupon $1.50 off Deordorant
CVS Coupon $1.00 off Deordorant
CVS Coupon Axe Shower Gel 50% off
Used the $3.00 ExraCare Reward from Transaction #2

Paid  $5.93

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Retail Value: $50.93

Paid: $13.66

Saved: $37.27

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

101 Things in 1001 Days: #26 - Add 50 New Amazing Recipes to My Recipe Book

I am sure you all know that Joe and I try to eat Paleo as much as we can but sometimes it's unavoidable. This past weekend we were at the neighbors lake house and I wanted to thank them by making dinner. I decided to forgo the spaghetti squash and use traditional pasta because of what was available to me at the time. I enjoyed this dish very much but I can say that I do not miss pasta one bit. I will be keeping this recipe handy but using spaghetti squash in the future.

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Sausage & Peppers Pasta


½ (19 oz.) package Italian sausage (hot, sweet, or mild) 
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium orange bell peppers 
1 medium red bell pepper
1 medium yellow bell pepper
1 medium white or yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
1 (28 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
½ Tbsp dried basil
½ Tbsp dried oregano 
¼ tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
1 tsp salt (or to taste) 
¾ lb. pasta 

  1. Add the vegetable oil and sausage links (unsliced) to a large pot and cook over medium heat until the sausage is browned and firm enough to slice. It doesn't have to be cooked through at this point.
  2. While the sausage is cooking, thinly slice the bell peppers and onions, and mince the garlic. Once the sausage is browned, remove it from the pot and add the peppers, onions, and garlic. Let them cook while you slice the sausage into thin medallions.
  3. After the peppers and onions have softened, return the sliced sausage to the pot along with the diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Stir to combine and continue to cook over medium heat.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta for about 7 minutes, or just until tender, but still firm. Slightly undercook the pasta as it will continue to cook and soak up liquid once added to the pot with the sausage and peppers.
  5. Once the pasta is finished cooking, drain it in a colander and then add it to the pot with the sausage and peppers. Stir to combine, place a lid on top, and allow the pasta to cook in the pepper sauce for about 5 more minutes, or until it has absorbed most of the liquid in the pot. Add about a half teaspoon of salt, taste, and add more if needed.
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#26 - Add 50 new amazing recipes to my recipe book

36% Complete

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up (8/15-8/17)

This weekend Joe and I were invited up to Lake George to spend the weekend with our neighbors at their lake house. It was exactly what I needed, it was great to get away from it all and unplug from the daily grind. Although I did panic just a tad because I was not going to be able to accomplish anything around the house this weekend but I managed to put that out of my mind for a few days.

As usual Joe and I insisted on stopping by Sonic Drive-In on the way home just like we used to do every time we went to the lake in California. It's funny how some traditions follow you no matter where you live!