Chicken & Avocado Taco Salad Boats and PayPal Cash Giveaway

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With five young kids it’s often difficult to please everybody at the same time when it comes to dinner, but we all agree on tacos! They’re so easy to prepare and the kids enjoy them so much that we have taco night a couple times a month. This week I decided to do something a little different and put a spin on our usual taco night with these delicious Chicken & Avocado Taco Salad Boats and I’m thrilled to report that the kids all ate them up as well. It’s so nice to find a meal that is healthy, tasty and that everyone will eat!

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Although it may look difficult it’s actually pretty easy to work with avocados. First take a sharp knife and slice all the way around the avocado, split it open and remove the pit. Next you can either go ahead and cut it into slices inside the skin, being careful not to pierce the outer skin, then use a spoon to separate the meaty part from the skin, or use the spoon and separate it first then cut into slices after removing the skin.

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Chicken & Avocado Taco Salad Boats
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
  • 1 package (4.7 oz) Old El Paso™ Stand 'N Stuff™ soft flour tortillas (8 tortillas)
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 head lettuce
  • ½ cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. In 10-inch stainless steel or cast iron skillet, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat until oil is hot. Add chicken and cook 2 minutes on each side to brown chicken. Add 2 tablespoons water, sprinkle both sides of chicken with taco seasoning, and loosely cover skillet with foil or lid. Cook an additional 3 minutes, flipping chicken if necessary.
  2. While chicken is cooking in skillet, warm taco shells and gather toppings. Remove cooked chicken from skillet and thinly slice. Fill tortillas with chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and sour cream

Publix is my favorite place to shop and I buy lots of Old El Paso products there like these Soft Tortilla Taco Boats and the kids’ favorite Hard and Soft Shell Taco Kits. I’m always very happy when I can mix in fresh, healthy ingredients like Avocados from Mexico, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese. With Cinco de Mayo fast approaching Publix is going to have lots of exclusive in-store savings from 4/30 to 5/5 for #PublixFiesta so be sure to head on over and get everything you need for a DIY taco bar or your favorite guacamole so you can spice up your fiesta! Grab your coupons here before you go and don’t forget to check out the product websites for more recipes.

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Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $77.92 worth of groceries and toiletries for $34.21, or 56% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 4/22 Publix Trip – $77.92 for $34.21 or 56% Off

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Because Your Friendship Matters

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You’ve been friends since your school days. All these years later, she is still the first person you call when you are in trouble. Now your best friend is facing the toughest battle of her life and you want to be there by her side. You want to show her how much she means to you. It’s simple. Just give her your time and your heart. The rest will fall into place.

Make Her Smile Bloom

Things are tough right now and no one knows what the future will hold. You know that she’s scared, but you can do little things to pick up her spirits. Fresh flowers provide you with flower delivery in Melbourne. Choose a beautiful arrangement that is sure to put a smile on her face. Surprise her when she least expects it and she will have something else to think about for a little while.

Have a Girls’ Day

Spend a girls’ day together with your friend. Give her your time and undivided attention for a day. Whether you stay in and watch old movies or go on a shopping spree, give her your companionship. When she needs a shoulder to lean on, you will be there. If she needs a hand to hold, all she has to do is reach out and you will catch her when she falls.

Listen

There are going to be times when all she wants to do is talk. You don’t have to do anything except listen to her. Give her your support and advice. Don’t allow there to be any other distractions. Turn off the television, go to a quiet place, and let her talk through whatever is bothering her. You might not be able to fix anything, but she will know that she isn’t alone.

Face the Tough Times Together

When it’s time to deal with that challenge, from a doctor’s appointment to a meeting with a lawyer, you can be her go-to girl. Offer her a ride. Sit in the waiting room. Accompany her to the next procedure. Volunteer your time. No matter what the problem is, you can help her to see that she is strong enough to handle anything. When she doesn’t feel strong enough, you will be there until she catches her second wind. She can get through it when you are side by side.

My 4/22 Publix Trip – $77.92 for $34.21 or 56% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

This wasn’t a big Publix trip today but I got some good stuff. The kids really like these Palermo pizzas so I was happy about the great deal on them and the pepperoni, plus I always dig getting a good price on bread and my favorite Classico pasta sauce. I’ve never tried the Tai Pei egg rolls before so I’m looking forward to tasting those and I’m excited about taking the Sargento Balanced Breaks to work for snacks, they had several different choices and the combination of cheese, nuts and dried fruits look delicious. Today I bought $77.92 worth of groceries for $34.21, or 56% off after coupons and $10/$50 Apple Market coupon. Here are the deals:

Palermo’s Primo Thin Pizza or Flatbread, Assorted Varieties, 8.7 to 16.55 oz, BOGO $6.99
-$1/1 Palermo’s Frozen Pizza, Any (Zip Code 22222)
-$1/1 Palermo’s Frozen Pizza; any variety Publix Digital Coupon
-$1/1 Palermo’s Frozen Pizza printable (I used one of these)
-$1/1 Palermo’s Pizza
Final Price: $2.50 each

Tai Pei Egg or Spring Rolls, or Potstickers, 22.5 or 24 oz, BOGO $5.99
-$1.50/1 Tai Pei® Appetizer (16 oz. – 24 oz.) (I used one of these)
-$1.50/1 Tai Pei Appetizer, Any 16 – 24 Oz.
Final Price: $1.50 each box

Sargento Shredded Cheese or Balanced Breaks Snacks, Assorted Varieties, 4.5 to 8 oz, 2/$6
-$0.75/1 Sargento Balanced Breaks Printable (I used one of these)
-$0.75/1 Sargento Balanced Breaks printable
-$0.50/1 Sargento Shredded Cheese printable (I used two of these)
-$0.50/1 Sargento Balanced Breaks Snacks, Any (DND) Blinkie (exp 5/29/2015)
Final Price: $2.42 each

Hormel Pepperoni, Assorted Varieties, 5 or 6 oz, 3/$10
-$1/2 Hormel Pepperoni, Any Packages, Any (I used one of these)
Final Price: $2.83 each

Nature’s Own Butterbread, 20 oz, 2/$4
-$0.55/2 Nature’s Own Bread Or Buns, Any Package (Zip Code 19187)
-$0.55/1 Nature’s Own Bread or Buns, 03/29 SS (exp 5/8)
-$0.55/1 Nature’s Own Bread or Buns, 04/12 SS (exp 5/31)
Final Price: $2.00 (I had no qs)

Classico Pesto, Assorted Varieties, 8.1 oz, $2.99
-$1.50/4 Classico Sauces printable [Sign Up]
-$1/3 Classico Products, 03/29/15 RP (exp 5/24/15) [Limit 4] (I used one of these)
Final Price: $2.66

Classico Pasta Sauce or Meat, Assorted Varieties, 15 or 24 oz, 2/$4
-$1.50/4 Classico Sauces printable [Sign Up]
-$1/3 Classico Products, 03/29/15 RP (exp 5/24/15) [Limit 4] (I used one of these)
-$1/1 Classico Tomato Cream Sauce, Any (Maximum of 4 Coupons of Any Kind for the Same Product May be Redeemed in the Same Shopping Trip) – 03-29-15 RP (exp 5/24/2015)
Final Price: $1.66 each

15-Pack Budweiser or Bud Light Beer or Miller Lite or Coors Light, $13.99

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Do You Work Hard to Hide Your Rosacea Like I Do? Win a Prosacea® Care Package

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Prosacea Before

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Prosacea

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Prosacea After,

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Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $55.82 worth of groceries for $18.72, or 67% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 4/15 Publix Trip – $55.82 for $18.72 or 67% Off

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My 4/15 Publix Trip – $55.82 for $18.72 or 67% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

The kids were absolutely thrilled when I brought all the Popsicles home and I’m super happy with the great deal I got them. I’ve also been wanting to try P.F. Chang’s fried rice so I’m glad these were such a super deal this week. Today I bought $55.82 worth of groceries for $18.72, or 67% off after coupons and $5/$30 Apple Market q. Here are the deals:

Ocean Spray 100% Cranberry Juice Blend or Citrus, Assorted Varieties, 60 oz (Excluding 100% Grapefruit or Diet & Light Juice, and Grapefruit or Cranberry Juice Cocktail, 60 oz), BOGO $3.53
-$1.50/2 Ocean Spray Juices or Juice Beverages Target Coupon printable
Final Price: $1.77 each (I had no qs)

Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup, 24 oz, BOGO $1.89 or 95¢ each

Popsicle or Creamsicle Pops or Fudgsicle, Assorted Varieties, 21.6 to 34.65 oz, BOGO $4.59
-$1/2 Popsicle Products Printable [9-ct.+] (I used two of these)
-$1/2 Popsicle® Products (9 count or higher) Publix Digital Coupon
-$0.55/1 Popsicle Product, Any (Maximum of 2 Identical Coupons Allowed in Same Shopping Trip) Blinkie (exp 5/10/2015)
-$1/1 Popsicle Product (DND) (Limit 2 like coupons per shopping trip) Blinkie (exp 5/10/2015)
-$0.50/1 Popsicle Product, any (DND)  Blinkie (exp 5/10/2015)
Final Price: $1.80 each box

Cool Whip Whipped Topping, Assorted Varieties, 8 oz, BOGO $1.49 or 95¢ each

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spread, Assorted Varieties, 2 pk, 7.5 oz or 12 to 16 oz, or Spray, 8 oz, BOGO $3.29
-$0.75/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Product printable (I used two of these)
-$1/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Product, 03/22 RP (exp 4/19) [15-oz.+; Limit 2]
-$0.55/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Tub printable [15-oz.+]
-$1/2 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Product, Any 15 Oz. or Larger (Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip) – 03-22-15 RP (exp 4/19/2015)
-$0.60/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Product, Any 15 Oz. or Larger (Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip) – 03-22-15 RP (exp 4/19/2015)
-$0.75/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Product, any (DND) (Maximum of 2 identical coupons allowed in same shopping trip) Blinkie (exp 5/10/2015)
-$0.75/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Product, Any Tub (Max 2 coupons allowed same shopping trip) Tearpad (exp 5/10/2015)
Final Price: 90¢ each

P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Appetizer for Two Egg Rolls, 8.8 oz, or Signature Jasmine Rice, 16 oz, 2/$5
-B1G1 P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Appetizer or Signature Rice, exp. 4/24/15 (Publix Coupon Green Grocery Flyer) [Appetizer 8.8-oz., rice 16-oz.] (I used one of these)
-FREE $10 Gift Card by mail in rebate wyb $30 of Marie Callender’s, Healthy Choice, P.F. Chang’s or Bertolli Frozen Product, exp. 4/30/15 Frozen Rewards Club
Final Price: $1.25 each

Quilted Northern Unscented Bathroom Tissue, Ultra Soft & Ultra Strong or Ultra Plush, Double Rolls, 12 ct, 2/$12
-$1/1 Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® 6 double roll or larger ( I used one of these)
-$1/1 Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® 6 double roll or larger
-$0.25/1 Quilted Northern Ultra Plush, 04/12 RP (exp 5/12) [6 double roll+]
-$0.55/1 Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong, 04/12 RP (exp 5/12) [6 double roll+]
-$0.75/1 Quilted Northern Bath Tissue Target Coupon printable [12-ct. or 30-ct.] (and I used one of these)
-$0.55/1 Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong Bath Tissue, Any 6 Double Roll Or Larger
-$0.55/1 Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Bath Tissue, Any 6 Double Roll Or Larger
-$1.25/1 Quilted Northern Ultra Plush or Ultra Soft & Strong Bath Tissue, 9-18 Mega Roll Tearpad (exp 5/15/2015)
Final Price: $4.25 or 35¢ per roll

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

Liberte Yogurt & Strawberry Parfait Power Breakfast Cash Giveaway

Liberte Yogurt & Strawberry Parfait Power Breakfast

I don’t have a lot of time for breakfast but I need to get my morning started off right and in a hurry so I like to grab something that’s not just quick, but delicious and will give me the energy I need to get through seeing the kids off to school and the morning at work until lunchtime. I love making these yogurt, fruit and granola parfaits because they’re fast, easy and nutritious.

Liberte Yogurt & Strawberry Parfait Power BreakfastI used Liberté® Méditerranée® French Vanilla yogurt to make my breakfast parfait this morning and it was so rich, creamy and delicious that I’m planning to do it again tomorrow with the container of strawberry yogurt that I bought. There are lots of other great Liberté® Méditerranée® yogurt flavors available like cappucino, caramel, blackberry, coconut and lemon so you could make your own parfait with your favorite flavor yogurt and fruit mixture! You can also grab a Publix coupon for 20 cents off any one container of Liberté® Méditerranée® yogurt to get a great deal on your own delicious parfait.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Liberte Yogurt & Strawberry Parfait Power Breakfast
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 1 serving
 
Ingredients
  • 1 container Liberte Mediterranee French Vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup granola
  • 5 strawberries, sliced
Instructions
  1. Place the Liberte Mediterranee French Vanilla yogurt in the bottom of a glass and top with your favorite granola.
  2. Slice five large strawberries and put them on top of the granola. Grab a spoon and enjoy!

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15 Tips to Relieve Stress #StressLess2BMyBest

My Favorite Relaxation Spot

Everybody has to deal with stress and with five kids and three jobs I deal with stress every day so when the people at RESCUE asked me to write a post about how I deal with stress I jumped at the chance. For me, the best way to handle my daily stress is to take a little time for myself in a peaceful spot after the kids have gone to bed. I’ve created my own little haven on the patio off the master bedroom complete with swivel rocker chairs, table and flameless battery operated candles on the table and in the lanterns I’ve hung overhead. I love to spend a few minutes each day out there reading to settle my jumbled thoughts and emotions.

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Here are some of my other favorite tips for handling and relieving stress:

  1. Keep a positive attitude. Try to look at the bright side even if things aren’t going so well.
  2. Accept that some things are out of your control.
  3. Do something that is enjoyable for you like gardening or reading.
  4. Go for a walk or a drive if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  5. Sit quietly and reflect for at least 15 to 20 minutes every day.
  6. Practice relaxation techniques like mediation, yoga or deep breathing.
  7. Get regular exercise like jogging, bicycling, walking or working out at the gym or in your own home.
  8. Reach out to friends, family or others in your social network to talk about your stressful issues.
  9. Avoid people or activities that stress you out whenever possible.
  10. Write down your thoughts in stressful moments to help gain perspective.
  11. Learn to say no and quit trying to please everyone all the time.
  12. Stand up and stretch or rotate your neck to loosen your muscles.
  13. Soak in a hot tub with bath salts in a relaxing scent like lavender.
  14. If you have a pet cat or dog sit and pet or play with them for a few minutes.
  15. Be sure to get enough rest and sleep so your body can recover from stressful events.

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​Disclosure – This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $105.18 worth of groceries and toiletries for $41.20, or 61% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 4/8 Publix Trip – $105.18 for $41.20 or 61% Off