A welcome kit

Who can turn down free products and coupons in a exchange for 5-10 minutes of my time???

I joined a group called BzzAgent. You get “invited” to try out new products according to your profile.

Today I got something from them in the mail

I love it! It’s not huge, but it’s fun to have received something to make me feel like an official member. It also came with a little magnet inside. Again, it’s nothing huge, but it did make me feel welcome and put a smile on my face.


Have you heard of Crowdtap?

The words “free products to sample” are always enticing. Especially to a person like me that has an obsession with trying new things! 

Here’s the latest, I joined Crowdtap! There are fun missions and polls to participate in.

Here’s the first sample product I received 

With my sample kit came a recipe card with different dishes. I love deviled eggs, and one recipe was deviled eggs- yay!

Love that it only needed a few ingredients to pack a punch. This mustard is different!

Truly, a little bit goes a omg way!!

You gotta give it a try!


What is more precious than spending alone time with your child? Being able to spend that time in a place that believes in family as much as you do!

One such place is Chick-fil-A! Their recent event:

A night filled with more than just food. There were tiaras, caricatures, live music, and of course, the infamous cow!!

It was so special to see dads in suits and their little “princesses” in their most cutest dresses. Because this is what family is about! 

It’s these simple things that make the most lasting memories. Sometimes even become a tradition!

Joined a new one

As you have noticed from past articles, I join lots of groups and newsletters.

Here’s the latest one I’ve joined- Pinch Me

Now at first, I thought “wow, there’s a bunch of stuff to answer”. But, what now that I’ve completed it all?

Well, here it is ! A fun box of samples and product!! Can’t wait until the next one!

When you have to reach for a frozen meal….

When you are in a bind and have to reach for a frozen meal, you stare at the frozen aisle and think ” how do you decide from the plethora of meals?”. There are dozens of brands, food styles and sizes. So, how do you navigate?

But wait! Here’s a brand that doesn’t have the usual Salisbury steak or pizza- Luvo Frozen meals

I never expected to see a Tandoori inspired meal! What?!? Red wine braised beef with polenta?? Ok, I’m game- but what about taste?

As you see from the photo I grabbed one of what was available at my local store and grabbed close friends and forks and said, “let’s try this out!”

It was easy to prepare, I used the oven instructions. 

Who would’ve thought there’s was more than just the usual meals!


All in all everyone found their favorite meal. 

Please note that they do list on the box the “intensity” of spiciness of the meal. If your “wimpy” like me, the red wine braised beef with polenta is fabulous!

The Tandoori-inspired spiced chicken is spicy (at least for me), but addicting!! You can’t put your fork down, though I think I’ll need more milk to soothe my mouth – hahaha!

For more information and coupons go to 


You’ll be glad you did!!!!

Daddy- daughter date night

I know everyone has busy schedules! But, we can always make time for a meal. 

Now let’s put two favorites together; a daddy-daughter date night and Chick-fil-A!! 

How does that go together? Just like this:

In my area it will take place on Friday, February 24th .

Here’s the link to reserve your spot:https://events.my.chick-fil-a.com/rsvp

Check your local Chic Fil A for their schedule of events.

The evening includes dinner for 2, live music, flowers, pictures with the cow, and a “back stage tour”!! The price for all this fun is only $20!! 

At: http://www.marketing@cfaspc.com you can reserve your time slot.

See you there!!

Sweets for the sweeties!

Made it through Valentine’s Day!! Not because of any dating issues- I’m super happily married!! Or where to go for dinner, we’ve never been big on fighting for a table.

We love it have a special dinner with the family. So it was everybody’s favorites,

The best of the night is always dessert!

And boy did I go frugal!! Here’s the breakdown:

Chocolate covered strawberries- had about half a bag of Kisses left over from the holidays and half a bag of semi-sweet morsels. In they went to the double boiler with a smidge of oil.

Guess what? The strawberries were only $2.68 at Walmart!

But what else? How about some molten lava cakes that are heart shaped?

So in goes a little devils food cake mix and Godiva truffle chocolates. And ice cream that was only $2.99 @ Wegmans!!

All in all yummy desserts that cost me under $8!!

Tuesday free day fun day 

What a day! Since I had joined to receive the e-newsletters from L’Occitane, not only do I get notices of sales… but a free gift without having to make a purchase. To make it even sweeter I was able to gift it to 2 of my friends. What I didn’t know is that by bringing in the email to redeem for my gift, there was an additional $10 of a $35 purchase! 

On the mass world of apps, I have previously downloaded the McDonald’s app. Why you say when there’s so much talk of how “healthy” it might not be. It’s my favorite junk food indulgence!! With that said, every so often there’s a free dessert with purchase or if the College State team wins there’s a free order of fries. This time if 50 points were scored at the Super Bowl it was a free Grand Mac! There’s lunch!!

Now about the movie…. free passes to the advance screening of the Lego Batman movie. How you ask?? Yup, you guessed it, I subscribed to another e-newsletter group.

This time to the Warner Brothers Studios program. There is a trick to it though, because I don’t always get passes. Once you get the email you have to be quick and claim your passes!! But so worth it when you can bring your family. 

Having fun while learning 

The best way to learn is when you’re having fun! Especially when you’re a kid! 

What’s a great life skill? Knowing how to cook- you gotta eat, right? 

Well how about learning how to cook at a very famous restaurant known for its tummy-fillling food and warmth? 

Maggiano’s offers Kids Cooking Classes throughout the year.

This Super Bowl Sunday the kids get the spotlight. And the stage is set

Dessert first? Only because it has another process, the freezer! Love Chocolate Zuccotto bites drizzled with white chocolate and milk chocolate 

On to the salad drizzle!!

Mmmm….. lasagna

Last lesson- cookie decorating 

 Now it wouldn’t be complete without having some food! Included is a lunch for the kids- and parents too!
Group photo for the scrapbook! Thank you Chef Roni!!

So, sign up for the Maggiano’s newsletter for scheduled events like this! http://www.maggianos.com

P.S. They also have events for adults!!

Stumbled on a bargain!

What a way to brighten a day! I originally went to do some everyday errands, pay a bill, etc….. stopped at our nearby Victoria Secret store. Seems they’re having a sale on sleep and lounge wear, a 50% off marked price. I wanted to resist!

Then I found the neatest stuff in my size!  

Two sleep shirts, gym pants and a full zipped hoodie. At full price I would have paid $144. But, from the points I collected as an Angel VIP card holder I had $30 in gift cards that I could use toward my purchase. 

After applying the 50% off at the register, then using the gift cards….. I only paid $8.36 (with tax) for all the above!! 

Love it when a sale and gift card come together!! 

Velcro to the rescue

My daughter wanted to redecorate her room. So we went out and she picked her curtains and a cute balance to match. We didn’t get the curtain rod, don’t ask.

Well as it happened, life happens and we – ok I- would forget to get the curtain rod. By happen chance I found a great rod that matched the beads on the balance she chose. In the cart it went. 

As my husband installed the rod and the curtain; he asked, “where does this go?”. Uh-oh, I didn’t get a balance rod….and I really didn’t want to add more holes in the wall.

But, I did have sticky back Velcro,

So I measured out the length I needed and carefully and placed it on the back of the valance and front of the curtain.

I did put the matching side of the Velcro on the curtain with it still on the rod. Only because I wanted to make sure that I placed it correctly so that it looked ok.

And now the finished product! It took maybe 15 minutes tops! It was cheaper than the rod and it spared the wall!!