Saturday, July 4, 2009
This weekends boutiques are: Exuberance, Faith Connexion 2, Becky Kelso, Amrita Signh, Ecoskin, Initium and Sky & Chase.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Even if you just order the $2 nail polish!
For a limited time us the code: MURAD25 to receive 25% off Murad skin care from RxSkin Center.
Sign up for Mars
the first 200,00
people to sign up will be mailed
for a free mars candy bar.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Ebates will get 6% back!
Wait there's more! The EC is also working with adoption agencies in Los Angles and New York to find homes for some very lucky furry buddies. If you don't yet have an account with the Editor's Closet, email me and I'll set you up.
Now I have to go mop my heart off the floor...
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Use Ebates for that extra 2% back!
What to do? Make sorbet! I went to Alton Brown on this one. Super easy! Super yummy!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
What I had:
4 cloves of garlic
2 pasilla peppers
2 Anaheim peppers
1 jalapeno pepper
1 can of black olives
1 can of black bean
1 jar of Pace Specialty Salsa
5 multi-grain tortillas
1.5 cup of shredded white cheddar
What I did:
After rounding up my "what I had" items. I first halved, then sliced the zucchini's and onion, then diced the garlic and peppers. In to the pan with it all for a quick saute in olive oil...only until the onions are semi-transparent the zucchini are a bright green.
Once you hit the sweet spot, toss the veggies in a bowl so they are off the heat. Rise and drain your beans and toss them into said bowl. Roughly chop 2/3rd's of the olives and add them to the party.
It would have be fantastic if I'd had more than 5 medium sized tortilla's....but I work with what I have. To compensate I made sure to use a smaller pan and over-stuffed the poor little things. They looked beautiful!
Naturally it was at this point that I realized that I wanted to have add the cilantro into the mixture, alas it was not to be.
Recast as a garnish, I chopped the cilantro and shoved it aside, reaching for the salsa. Open and apply. I love steps that easy.
Since all Mexican food has cheese (in my world) I grabbed the last of some white cheddar, about a cup and a half, just enough to sprinkle evenly over the dish. I then sliced the remaining olives and threw them on top, you know, for aesthetics.
Into the oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, or until hubby showed up. I then flipped on the broiler to brown the cheese real quick.
Wallah! Dinner is served. I have to say they were amazing, however if you are sensitive to heat you may want to leave the jalapeno out. Hope you enjoy my (sorta) recipe. =)
It never gets old! Today I got two coupons for free Dagoba chocolate bars, sample eye drop, sample deoderant, $15 off coupon for HSN, two $10 off coupons for office depot and two coupons for Express. Best of all, no bills today! Wooh-hooh!!
If you don't yet have an account email me at lilminnow(at)comcast(dot)net and I'll set you up.
Starting tomorrow The Top Secret is having a designer blowout sale. This sale will run through Sunday, but you will want to be there early to grab the best deals. If you don't yet have an account, e-mail me and I'll set you up.
I did really good at Alberstson's this week! Whole fryers are on sale at .69 cents a pound and I'll can easily two meals for hubby, plus some more stock out of one. Peaches and nectarine were on sale for .98 cents a pound, corn at 3/$1. I grabbed mushrooms and lettuce to hit the $10 mark so I could use my $1 off, $10 in produce coupon, making the lettuce free. Yogurt was a screaming deal so I grabbed several, but made sure to check the expiration dates. All said and done I got all this for $29.28, a savings of 69%.
Organize! This is by far the most important piece of the puzzle. So important it takes two parts in itself.
I start by making a weekly menu based on things I have, especially those things that need to be used soon. Of course, life happens and I don't always follow the menu. Many time meals get bumped from one week to the next. However having a game plan makes my life much easier in many aspects.
Once I know what we are planning to eat AND I know what I have for those meals, I can make my list of what I need. I should say at this point that I improvise a lot. If a recipe that calls for eggplant and leeks, but I HAVE zucchini and celery, I am not going to stress over it one bit.
After I've made my needs for the week, I pull out my store ads to see whats on sale. The majority of what I buy each week is based on what is on sale and what I have coupons for. I focus on the produce that is on sale. When I see good sale on non-parishables I grab as many as I can. Usually as many as I have coupons for. By stocking up on staples like pasta, toothpaste and paper towels when they are at their cheapest I maximize my dollar. The added benefits of stocking up when prices are down is that I get to stick with my preferred brands and I keep my "needs" list small. Plus I don't have to run out to the store on Wednesday night because I'm out of shampoo. All good things!
Wondering if you can't just wing it? Not without ripping your hair out. Many grocery stores have tons of different combination sales every week that can be difficult to analyze while in the store. Buy 4, get one free or buy 10, get $5 off...is it really a good deal? Remembering to buy the exact number required to maximize the deal. It gets pretty involved.
Which is why, rather that pour over ads and coupons for hours each week, I cheat and subscribe to The Grocery Game. For less than $2 a week they do the hard part for me and it's not a drop in the bucket next to what I save weekly. You can read my previous review of The Grocery Game here.
Don't head to the store yet, there's more!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Whew, I am behind! Here is the weekly plan:
Monday - Veggie Enchiladas (They were delish!)
Tuesday - Veggie Noodle Soup
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Homemade Pizza
Friday - Soup and Sandwiches
Saturday - Burgers, Pasta Salad and Fruit
Sunday - Chicken, Corn on the Cob and Green Salad
Captivate Me, a blog I've just learned about thanks to the Denim Debutante, has an amazing giveaway running right now. A pair of Curret/Elliott Super Slouchy Skinnies that make my heart ache with desire. All you have to do is leave a comment!
Run, comment, bookmark! I know I have.
Up to 80% off. Use the code: 9W4EM4805 for free shipping on any purchase over $49. Ebates is currently offering 6% cash back for purchases at Chefs.
Select wines are being marked at 50% for their Independence Day Sale. Naturally your selection will vary by state and you do need to be present at the time of delivery to show proper ID.
If you aren't sure what picks to make, now is a great time to familiarize yourself with Sip a Day, a fantastic new site run by one of my favorite readers. She has a passion for exploring the palate and the knowledge to translate her experiences in manner even the newest of connoisseur can appreciate.
The Bath & Body Works Sale is still running! Now until July 5th you can score some pretty good deals. In store clearance is reportedly marked down as much as 95% and if you are making an in store purchase you will receive a free foaming anti-bacterial hand sanitizer with this coupon.
If you are ordering online check ebates, they are currently offer 3% back on Bath & Body Works orders.
Other notable promotions are buy 3 items from the signature collection get three free.
These codes should be good through June 30th.
WWWD50 for $50 off $150
FWD612 for $25 off $75
DEALIO20 for 20% off $100+
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Quanties are limited so hurry!
If you are ordering online use the code: BEMATTE. Ebates is still doubling cash back for Sephora, but I don't now for how much longer.
All the more reason to hurry!
Simple yet delicious, that's what I opted for today. Hubby is down with strep and I'm burnt and worn out from the garage sale. To help us re-coop I've paired up a fresh peach for vitamin C and potassium, yogurt which is good for anyone taking antibiotics and freshly baked popovers.
While popover may seem intimidating they are actually very simple. The key is to preheat your pan. The high heat quickly crisps the out side trapping the air that is inside and allowing them to "pop." Here is a good recipe to try if you feel like giving these a whirl!
Call TempurPedic at 1-800-821-6621 and request their free information packet and they will offer you a free Tempur-pedic Anywhere Pillow. You do have to pay shipping and handling $10.95 but for a pillow retailing for $15 that's not bad at all. You are contacting the TempurPedic company directly so this is a safe transaction with reputable company.
Check here for additional information on the pillow.
I don't think I've ever seen a coupon for Hautelook before! Through today use the code: FREESHIPSAT for free shipping on all orders. Email me at lilminnow(at)comcast(dot)net if you need an invitation to the site.
This weekends boutiques are: Dwell Studios, Feather Baby, Maya Brenner, Shabby Chic, Filippa K, Kevyn Aucion Beauty and Liz Lange.
Smart Source: $1 off Sabra hummus, $1 off Reynolds wrap, $1 off Nalley Pickles, $1.50 off Pert for Men, $1/2 Ortega green chiles and a free reusable shopping bag from Target.
RedPlum: $1.50 off Degree for men, $1 Real Simple magazine and free Ideal sweetener 50ct packets.
In addition there were several coupons in Parade this week including a $1 off the new Bit O' Luv dog treats. Plus 3 double any coupon vouchers for Albertsons.