“Orange Julius” Style Smoothies with TruMoo Orange sCream Milk

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Orange Julius Style Smoothies with TruMoo

My nine year old quadruplets were born in October so it seems like every year we have Halloween themed parties for them and somehow they end up celebrating all month long! Way back when I was in middle and high school I used to love to hang out at the mall and my friends and I would always enjoy sipping on a cold Orange Julius. Well the restaurant has been gone for years but now the kids and I really enjoy making our own version of an Orange Julius at home and when I saw the new limited edition TruMoo Orange sCream milk I knew it was time to make some again in honor of the kids' Halloween themed birthday month!

Orange Julius Style Smoothies with TruMoo Orange Milk

With just a few simple ingredients you can mix up your own Orange Julius in a couple of minutes. To make this ice cold, refreshing smoothie first mix up the following in a blender – one cup of TruMoo Orange sCream flavored milk, 6 ounces of orange juice concentrate, 1/4 cup sugar and one teaspoon of vanilla. Once that is well blended add ten ice cubes, one at a time, until the mixture is the appropriate consistency and serve.

TruMoo Orange sCream Flavored Milk

You can find the new limited edition TruMoo Orange sCream flavored milk right next to their delicious chocolate milk in the dairy case at your favorite grocery store. You can also visit their website for more delicious TruMoo Halloween recipes or to see where you can find their products near you, and be sure to check them out on Facebook and Pinterest as well. 

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Organizational Hacks Every Dorm Resident Should Know

laptop_cartMoving into a tiny dorm room can be quite the eye opener for incoming students. These small living spaces often have limited open areas and as a result, organization is critical to keep things comfortable and less confusing. Here are some clever organizational hacks you can use to get the absolute most out of the minimal space you have.

Utilize Common Products

There are many common products on the market that have more than one use. Here are some examples of everyday items that can be reused in a different, and equally as effective manner.

  • Ice Cube Tray – An ice cube tray is an excellent resource to use when separating and organizing small jewelry, such as earrings. It can also be used to separate small crafting supplies.
  • PVC Pipe – A piece of PVC pipe, carefully mounted to a wall is one way to store your hair supplies, such as blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons.
  • Sandwich Baggie Ties – Have you ever considered using sandwich baggie ties to section off specific cords in your tangled pile? You may choose to color code or simply write on each tie, which cord belongs to what.

Bathroom Magnet Strip

Have you ever found yourself frazzled trying to separate bobby pins for a last minute hair fix up, or trying desperately to find your toe nail clippers in your messy toiletry bag? Fortunately, you can avoid ever experiencing this mishap again when you take a small magnet strip and attach it to your bathroom wall. Once secured, it can be used to hold and organize bobby pins, nail clippers, tweezers, etc.

Plastic Bag Dispenser

Now that you are responsible for your shopping, you get to deal with the plethora of grocery bags each week. Rather than discard them, roll them up and put them in an empty disinfectant wipe bottle for instantaneous access via the top dispenser. You may even decide to decorate the outside to make it a bit more pretty.

These simple organizational hacks can be used to clean up your dorm and give you a bit more space and comfort.

Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $77.02 worth of groceries and toiletries for $22.04, or 71% 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 10/15 Publix Trip – $77.02 for $22.04 or 71% Off


iPhone 6 Giveaway from Baby’s Brilliant

Babys Brilliant Donates to Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Baby’s Brilliant is donating 25% of their proceeds this month because they are here to make a difference!  The people at Baby’s Brilliant are parents so they know the many things we through as parents! Check out the app they created to ease the pain for many parents and help calm their little loved ones, especially when they are just going through the blues. The app has videos of every day life for babies and toddlers set to classical music, from the most beloved composers. The children learn while being entertained and the app is even available in several languages

You can help them accomplish some of the amazing things they are doing like giving away iPads at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles by supporting their app. Even a small purchase of their products through the app store will go a long way! Now Baby’s Brilliant is also giving you the chance to win an iPhone 6 – simply do as many of the things in the list below as you’d like. The more entries, the higher your chances of winning!

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Get Platinum Points with Crystal Light for Miranda Lambert Rewards

Disclosure - I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Randarita Cocktail with Crystal Light

My kids and I are all hooked on CRYSTAL LIGHT - I always keep some of the individual packets in my desk at work to flavor my water throughout the day and the kids all have their favorite flavors. I make pitchers of Cherry Pomegranate CRYSTAL LIGHT for them at the house and I really like the Lemonade and the Raspberry Lemonade flavors for work. I enjoy knowing that I’m not serving the kids sugary drinks and that they’re only five calories per serving. Even better though was learning about the Randarita cocktail – you pour a shot of vodka over ice, add Raspberry Lemonade flavored CRYSTAL LIGHT and a splash of lemon lime soda. OMG delicious!!

Crystal Light Randarita

The fabulous Randarita cocktail was created by Miranda Lambert who says she drinks one during each concert. Being such a huge fan of her music I was thrilled to learn about the Platinum Points Program where you can earn points for buying CRYSTAL LIGHT products that you can redeem for rewards like Miranda Lambert music downloads, CDs, mugs, t-shirts and even an autographed guitar.

Crystal Light Randarita

I used the promo code “mirandaic” for 30 Platinum Points when I signed up for the program using my Facebook account, and then I earned 300 more points for buying these three packages at Walmart, 100 points for each package. Once you sign up you can also earn 10 points for each friend that you refer to the program.

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It’s super easy to sign up and earn points, all you have to do is register at the Earn Platinum Points site, shop for CRYSTAL LIGHT products at Walmart, snap a photo of your receipt with your smartphone and choose from a variety of Miranda Lambert rewards! I’m personally saving up my points for either a Miranda Lambert Platinum Tumbler for 1000 points or a Platinum Rhinestone T-shirt for 1200 points, or hopefully both. Let me know what you’d like to save up your points for!

My 10/15 Publix Trip – $77.02 for $22.04 or 71% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

This is probably the latest in the month that I’ve ever bought Halloween candy but finally there are a bunch of great deals on candy this week at Publix, plus there were a bunch of good Target coupons that matched the deals so I stocked up. We go to a friend’s house to trick or treat and I’ll be bringing a bunch of candy to hand out there, plus I’ll share with my mom for her trick or treaters, and of course I have to save a little bit for myself. Today I bought $77.02 worth of goodies for $22.04, or 71% off after coupons and $5/$30 Winn Dixie q. Here are the deals:

Hershey’s Snack Size Chocolates Lovers’, Reese’s Lovers’, Scare N’ Share Mix, or Pieces & More Assortment, or All Time Greats or Kit Kat, 50 ct, 22.5 to 27.8 oz, BOGO $9.99
-$1.50/2 Hershey’s Wrapped Candy Bags (no size restrictions) Target Coupon (exp 11/9) (I used one of these)
-$1/2 Fun Size Mars Chocolate Packages Target Coupon (no size restrictions) (exp 11/8)
Final Price: $4.25 each bag

Snickers Mini Mix Big Bag or Miniatures, Kids Favorites Mix, Minis Mix Miniatures, or Mars Assorted Fun Size Chocolates, Assorted Varieties, 17.5 to 19.5 oz, BOGO $6.79
-$1/2 MARS Halloween Fun Size® Bags (8.67 oz. or larger) (I used one of these)
-$1/2 Fun Size Mars chocolate packages Target coupon (I used one of these)
-$1/2 Mars fun size Halloween Bags (8.67 oz. or larger) printable
-$2/3 7UP, A&W, Sunkist, Sun Drop Or Canada Dry, Any (1) 6-Pack Of 8 Oz. Cans Or (2) 2-Liters And (2) Bags Of Mars Candy, Any
Final Price: $2.40 per bag

Nestle Candies Ultimate Scream, Classic Scream, 3 Fun Size Bags, Wonka Assorted, Boo Bag!, or Best of Butterfinger, Assorted Varieties, 30 to 38 oz, BOGO $8.99
-$1/1 60 ct Nestle Boo Bag chocolate candy Target coupon (I used two of these)
Final Price: $3.50 each bag

Smithfield Boneless Ham Slice, Smoked Maple or Honey, 8 oz, BOGO $3.59
-$0.75/1 Smithfield Anytime Favorites, any one package – 09-14-14 SS (I used one of these)
Final Price: $1.42 each

Classico Pasta Sauce or Meat Sauce, Assorted Varieties, 15 or 24 oz, BOGO $2.69
-$0.75/2 Classico Item, 09/14 SS (exp 10/31) (I used one of these)
-$2/2 Classico Pasta Sauce Target coupon printable (I used two of these)
Final Price: 15¢ each jar

Cole’s Garlic Bread or Toast Slices or Bread Sticks; or Cheese Sticks, Assorted Varieties, 10.5 to 16 oz (Excluding Mini Loaf and Mini Toast), BOGO $2.99
-$1/2 Coles Quality Bread Items (excluding Mini Loaf) (Publix Make Your Home Italian Tonight Booklet or printable)  (I used one of these)
-$0.50/1 Cole’s Brand Product, Any
-$0.30/1 Cole’s Item, Any Tearpad
Final Price: $1.00 each

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.

Record Your Adventures with a GoPro Hero Camera

Disclosure - This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

GoPro Hero Lifestyle

Whether you are into extreme sports or if you just take your family to the amusement park on occasion, you could really use a GoPro Hero camera to record all the action! With five young kids and a full time job I feel like I’m constantly on the go and never have enough hands. The kids are growing up so quickly though, and I really enjoy getting to do stuff with them so I love the idea of getting to record all our fun activities with a GoPro.

GoPro Hero Lifestyle

We are saving up for a Disney trip in the not too far future, but in the meanwhile we have a local water park and a small local amusement park that the kids absolutely love to visit, in addition to our beautiful beaches. Being able to wear or mount a GoPro action camera is huge when you don’t have your hands free, plus they’re super easy to use – you can just view, tap and swipe the screen. There is even a GoPro app that allows you to control the camera remotely from  your phone, as well as view and share your content.

GoPro Hero4 Black

This GoPro HERO4 Black is the most advanced GoPro ever. It features improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.

GoPro Hero4 Silver

The GoPro HERO4 Silver is the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. It makes controlling the camera easy so you can play back footage and adjust settings quickly and conveniently – just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a whopping 30 frames per second, the HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality image capture with the convenience of a touch display.

GoPro Hero

The original GoPro HERO features high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps. HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.

GoPro Hero Lifestyle

I love to shop at Best Buy because they have such a huge selection of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a wide assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life. Learn more at www.bestbuy.com/GoPro or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person.

Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $88.11 worth of groceries and toiletries for $35.57, or 60% 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 10/8 Publix Trip – $88.11 for $35.57 or 60% Off


Publix October Fresh Savings Event

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Publix October Fresh Savings Event

Publix is my absolute favorite place to shop – love to shop there, love to save there!  Now during the Publix October Fresh Savings event this month you can discover all the delicious items Publix has to offer – save on deli, produce and meat when you buy your favorite brands, plus you’ll find exclusive savings on great brands like Hellmann’s, Quaker, Nature Valley, Propel, Knorr, Betty Crocker, Progresso and Lipton.

Be on the lookout for these exclusive savings on select products starting today, October 9th, available at Publix!

In-Store Savings: Save on deli items, produce and meat! Find these savings in the weekly grocery store flyer from 10/9 – 10/15, available at Publix:

  • Save $2 when you buy any one (1) Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise (22oz or larger) and Deli Item (any variety, $2 minimum)
  • Save $2 when you buy any two (2) boxes of Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars and Sliced Deli Meat (any variety, $2 minimum).
  • Save $2 when you buy any one (1) Nature Valley™ Protein Granola Cereal and Fresh Fruit (any variety, $2 minimum).
  • Save $2 when you buy any two (2) Propel® items (6pk 500ml) and Fresh Fruit (any variety, $2 minimum).
  • Save $1 when you buy any two (2) Knorr® Sides and Meat (any variety, $1 minimum).
  • Save $1 when you buy any one (1) Betty Crocker™ Potatoes (3.7 – 6.6oz) and Meat (any variety, $1 minimum).
  • Buy 2 Get 1 FREE Lipton® (128fl oz)
  • Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Lipton® Tea (100ct)
  • Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Progresso™ 100% Natural Broth
  • 10 for $10 on Betty Crocker™ Potatoes (3.7 – 6.6oz)

For printable coupons visit www.ReadyPlanSave.com, available while supplies last.

There are so many delicious meal combinations that you can create from the excellent deals available this week! My kids absolutely love the Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars and I’m planning to pick up a couple boxes as well some roast beef from the deli to make French Dips for dinner – yum! I also plan to grab a few of the Knorr® Sides since they make dinner quick and easy, plus I know that everyone will eat them. What are you planning on picking up this week at Publix?

My 10/8 Publix Trip – $88.11 for $35.57 or 60% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

Although my weekly budget for Publix is $30 I absolutely love when the gas card deal comes around so I had to hit $50 today before coupons in order to use the $10/$50 coupon so I took the opportunity to buy a Family Meal Deal and take a night off from making dinner! There wasn’t much else that I needed this week, but I was happy to get the socks on BOGO and a great deal on batteries as well as the three different kinds of cheeses. Today I bought $88.11 worth of groceries for $35.57, or 60% off after coupons and $5/$30 Winn Dixie q. Here are the deals:

Hormel Premium Chicken Breast In Water, With Rib Meat, 98% Fat Free, 10 oz, BOGO $3.39
-$1/2 HORMEL® Premium Chicken Breast products Publix Digital Coupon
Final Price: $1.70 each (I had no qs)

Doritos Tortilla Chips, Assorted Varieties, 10 or 11 oz (Excluding Oven Baked), BOGO $4.29
-$1/2 Matador Beef Jerky, Any (1) 3 Oz. Or Larger WYB (1) Doritos Tortilla Chips, Any 10 Oz. Or Larger Bag Tearpad (exp 12/31/2014)
Final Price: $2.15 per bag

The Laughing Cow Cheese or Mini Babybel Cheese, Assorted Varieties, 4.2 to 6 oz, 2/$5
-$1/1 The Laughing Cow Cheese Product Printable [6-oz.]
-$1/1 Mini Babybel Cheese Product
-$1/1 The Laughing Cow® Cheese Product Publix Digital Coupon
-$1/1 Mini Babybel® Cheese product Publix Digital Coupon
-$1/1 The Laughing Cow Cheese Product, Any 6 Oz. (I used two of these)
-$1/1 The Laughing Cow Creamy Spicy Pepper Jack Flavor Cheese, Any 6 Oz. Tearpad (exp 2/28/2015)
Final Price: $1.50 each

Dove Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Invisible Solid, Assorted Varieties, 2.6 oz (Excluding Dove Ultimate), BOGO $3.29
-$0.75/1 Dove Women item Target Coupon
-$2/2 Dove Product, exp. 10/10/14 (Publix Coupon H&B Advantage Buy Flyer) [Excluding Dove Beauty Bar 1 -ct. or 2-ct.] (I used this one)
Final Price: 65¢ each

No Nonsense Sport Socks, Soft & Breathable or Ahh! Said the Foot, Assorted Varieties, 3 pair pkg, BOGO $4.99 or $2.50 per pack

Publix American Cheese Singles, 16 oz, 2/$7
-$0.75/3 Market Pantry® cheese items 9-oz. or larger Target Coupon
Final Price: $3.25 each

Energizer Max Alkaline Batteries AA or AAA, 8 ct, C or D, 4 ct, or 9 Volt, 2 ct, or Advanced Lithium AA, 4 ct, or Hearing Aid Batteries, 8 ct, Assorted Varieties, $5.99
-$1/1 Energizer Brand Batteries Printable
-$1/1 Energizer Ultimate Lithium, Advanced Lithium, Recharge Power Plus Or Recharge Universal Batteries, Any AA/AAA-4 Or Larger – 10-05-14 SS (exp 11/1/2014)
-$1.50/1 Energizer EZ Turn & Lock Hearing Aid Batteries, Any Pack – 10-05-14 SS (exp 11/1/2014)
-$2/1 Energizer MAX batteries, any AA/AAA-8, AA/AAA-16 OR 16-pack hearing aid batteries (10, 13, 312) – found on product Peelie (exp 1/31/2015)
Final Price: $4.99

$50 Gas Card
-$10/$50 Gas Card wyb $50 Groceries In-Ad Publix Coupon – valid 10/8 to 10/12

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.