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

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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!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Favorites: Freeman Facial Peel-Off Mask

This item I have seen in countless YouTube videos and decided to check it out for myself. I am not big into masks but was drawn to this product because it is a peel-off mask. I headed to CVS and found it for $3.99. (steal!) After using some coupons I purchased this product for FREE! I had nothing to lose so I headed home and applied the mask. On my first attempt I applied too much product  because I was unsure how it was going to peel-off if I didn’t apply a good amount. It took me about twenty extra minutes for the mask to dry and be ready to peel-off but it eventually got there. My skin was left extremely soft but didn’t have any instant visual improvements. The next week I applied the mask again and as the directions states it was ready to peel-off in ten minutes.

Three weeks later I can happily state that my acne has yet to return using this product and my skin is as soft as ever. For $3.99 I would recommend anyone to pick this up and give it a try.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Couponing - CVS Edition

This post is not exactly going to be a couponing haul but just a few more tips to becoming coupon friendly.

When I began couponing I was obsessed with saving money. I would do all my calculations beforehand and if I was not going to save at least 80% I would scratch the entire trip. Now that I am taking a little more relaxed approach to couponing I have stumbled upon a couple of ways to get free stuff on top of items you need to buy but don't have a coupon for.

Last week CVS sent me a coupon to save $3.00 off a $15.00 in-store purchase. We needed hand soap but I was not going to buy $15.00 worth just to use the coupon. Joe and I were having a BBQ that night and we needed to pick up some beer so we headed to CVS and here was the breakdown of our purchase:

If I would have looked at this before I would have been annoyed that I only saved 20%. Looking at it now I see that I got FREE hand soap on top of a purchase we were going to make anyway.

Don't focus on the percentage you are saving on one purchase just keep in mind that in the long run you are saving yourself hundreds if not thousands of dollars if you keep shopping smart.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up (8/8-8/11)

This weekend was nothing other than a typical summer weekend. This weekend we completed the following:

  •  Dog-sitting again! :)
  • Walked Butch to the library on Saturday because he is famous there
  • Recycled all the bottles and cans that have been left at our house ($23 worth!)
  • BBQ on Saturday night
  • Four mile hike with both sets of neighbors on Sunday morning
  • BBQ'ed lunch after the hike
  • Five loads of laundry done and put away
  • Movie day/night with the Husband 
All in all it was a very relaxing weekend and cannot wait to be sitting at the lake next Saturday!

On a side note I would like to wish one of my best friends a Happy Birthday!! (yesterday) 

I hope everyone had a great weekend, Happy Monday!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Official Mary Kay Consultant!

I have recently joined Mary Kay and became an independent beauty consultant! My husband was really the one who had the idea in the first place and who am I to say no. ;)

My current location posed a question because I will be unable physically hold Mary Kay parties for most of my friends and family that live on the other side of the Country. With that said I will be focusing more on online orders from my personal Mary Kay online store I can send the product(s) off to you or a person of your choice with speedy and free shipping.

So be sure to check out my online store to spoil yourself or others.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Christine S.
Advanced Color Consultant

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

First Attempt at Couponing - CVS Edition

I have been inspired to get back into couponing by a fellow blogger. My husband is forever complaining how expensive good razor and refills can be so I decide this would be my first task. I started small but as you can see above I was able to save $26 on a purchase of a new razor and one set of refills. 

Here are a few of my tricks and tips I have learned in the coupe of weeks about couponing at CVS:

 CVS has a coupon policy listed on their website that they accept only one manufacturer coupon and one CVS coupon pure item. I have learned from personal experience this policy is not the same at every store so do your research.   

For items on sale they will not allow you to use any CVS coupons for that item. So research what is for sale that week then head over to or pick up your Sunday newspaper and try to find a manufacturer coupon for the sale item.

CVS offers EXTRACARE money back on your next purchase. The best way to research these items is on Some offers will indicate “Bath Tissue 2 for $7 (spend $20 and get $5 EXTRABUCKS)* with that said most people would not want to purchase six packs of bath tissue and store them just to get the $5 EXTRABUCKS. But, if you check their website they list a group of different products that you can purchase: mouth wash, tooth paste, bath tissue, etc. and if you spend $20 on a purchase that includes a combination of these products you still get the $5 EXTRABUCKS. Throw some manufacturer coupons in there and you can get a ton of items you need and have EXTRABUCKS for your next purchase.

Keep the coupons that print out on your receipt. CVS honors expired coupons so keep that mile long receipt and keep them organized all together.

Log onto and register for their e-mail list. Most weeks I receive a 30% off my entire purchase valid for the weekend. (This does not apply to sale items.)

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The combination of coupons (for non-sale items) that gets me the best deals is:
  •  Using my weekly 30% off my purchase
  • Using some kind of CVS coupon that prints on my receipt (ex. $4 off a $10 beauty purchase)
  •  Paring that with a manufacturer coupon (ex. $2 off a Revlon lip product – from  

 Here is what the break down will look like:

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The next challenge for me is to try my skills at Target. Target offers a coupon program called Cartwheel by Target that I don't completely understand yet but hope to soon.