Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $64.36 worth of groceries and toiletries for $46.91, or 73% 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 10/29 Publix Trip – $64.36 for $25.11 or 61% Off

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My 10/29 Publix Trip – $64.36 for $25.11 or 61% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

I had a bigger trip planned today so I could do the $10/$50 gas card deal but Publix was all out of Diet 7-Up and the Nivea Lip Care that I wanted so I didn’t hit $50 and couldn’t get the gas card. It was still a pretty good trip and I was happy to get a few snacks for the kids and work snacks for myself. Today I bought $64.36 worth of groceries for $25.11, or 61% off after coupons and $5/$30 Winn Dixie q.  Here are the deals:

Nivea Lip Care, $2.09 (reg $2.99)
-$3/2 Nivea Lip Care, 10/26 RP (exp 11/9)
Final Price: 59¢ each

Publix Yogurt, Assorted Varieties, 6 oz, 20/$8 or 40¢ each

Lance Crackers or Cookies, Assorted Varieties, 8.25 to 14 oz, 2/$4
-$1/2 Lance Product, any 6-pack (DND, limit of 4 like coupons per household per day) – Found on Product Peelie (exp 12/31/2014)
-$1.50/1 Lance crackers coupon in the 10/5 SS
Final Price: $2.00 (I had no qs)

Palermo’s Primo Thin Pizza or Flatbread, Assorted Varieties, 11.6 to 16.55 oz, BOGO $6.99
-$1/2 Palermo’s Frozen Pizza printable
-$1/1 Palermo’s Flatbread, Primo Thin or Pizzeria Pizza printable (I used two of these)
Final Price: $2.50 each

Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail or 100% Juice Blend; or Ruby Red Juice Blend, Assorted Varieties, 101.4 oz, BOGO $5.59
-$1/2 Ocean Spray Juice or Juice Beverage Target Coupon Printable [60-oz.+]
Final Price: $2.80 each (I had no qs)

Dole Fruit or Parfait, 4 pk, 4 or 4.3 oz cup, or Fruit Squish’ems! Squeezable Fruit, 4 pk, 3.2 oz pouch, Assorted Varieties, 3/$6
-$1/1 Dole Fruit Squish’ems printable (I used two of these)
-$1/2 Dole Fruit Squish?ems, 08/17 SS (exp 11/16) [4-ct.; Limit 4]
-$1/1 Dole Fruit Squish’ems, 08/17 SS (exp 11/16) [4-ct.]
-$1/2 Dole Fruit Bowls All Natural Fruit In 100% Juice, Gels, Fruit Parfaits or Fruit Crisps, 08/03 SS (exp 10/31)
Final Price: $1.00 each box

Coca-Cola Products, Assorted Varieties, 12 pk, 12 oz cans (Excludes Dasani Sparkling Waters, 12 pk), B2G1 $4.50
-$1/2 Coca-Cola Product, any 12-pack of 12 oz. cans – Found on Product Peelie (exp 10/31/2014)
-$3/3 12pk/12oz Diet Coke Brands Only Publix Digital Coupon
Final Price: $2 each 12 pack

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We’re Excited to See the Interstellar Movie!

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post on behalf of Paramount Pictures, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you heard about the new movie Interstellar? It’s about a team of explorers who travel beyond this galaxy to find out if mankind can survive elsewhere since our time on Earth is coming to an end. It’s a story of hope and discovery and it stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin and Ellen Burstyn.


The movie will be available in limited location in 70mm IMAX film, 70mm film and 35mm film on November 5th, and everywhere on November 7th. At least one of my five kiddos is a real space nut so I’m planning to take the whole family and we are excited to see the movie.

Zachary and his telescope

It still amazes me that since birth my quadruplets have had such different personalities, even the identical boys. Of course they are all individuals, but they are SO different from each other its incredible. One of the boys is very into everything dealing with space – he got this telescope for Christmas last year after begging for months, he saves up his allowance for books on space and he’s constantly Googling different space topics. While the kids all have widely varying interests, they will often gather around and let Zachary teach them what he knows about the stars and planets. I think it’s fabulous that they do all share an interest in science and that Zachary can teach them things I don’t even know about astronomy.

Zachary and his planets

Zachary often gives himself homework to do and it always seems to be space related. One of his favorite projects was making a solar system from styrofoam balls. He picked out nine different sized styrofoam balls to depict the eight planets and the sun, then painted them different colors, put a “ring” around Saturn and connected them all with wooden dowel rods.

To do this project at home you’ll need three small styrofoam balls for Mars, Mercury and Pluto, five medium balls to represent Earth, Neptune, Saturn, Venus and Uranus, a large ball for Jupiter and one extra-large ball for the sun. Cut a circle of poster board or cardboard about one inch larger in diameter than the Saturn ball, then cut out the center so it will snugly over the styrofoam ball and glue it into place. You can paint the balls any color you would like, of course yellow works best for the sun and blue or blue and green for the Earth. Use wood dowel rods in different lengths to attach the planets to the sun and then glue the sun to a flat round styrofoam piece for display.

Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $66.59 worth of groceries and toiletries for $24.82, or 63% 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 10/22 Publix Trip – $66.59 for $24.82 or 63% Off

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Kohl’s Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out Contest & $100 Giveaway!


Kohl’s Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out Contest & $100 Giveaway!

Disclosure - “I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

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A few weeks ago I told you guys about the Kohl’s Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out contest where fans of the “Frozen” movie could submit videos of themselves, their kids or the entire family singing “Let It Go” for a chance to appear in a Kohl’s commercial that will air during the 2014 American Music Awards. Well lots of people have submitted thousands of video entries and I wanted to share my favorite with you!

This is Emily singing and playing “Let It Go” on the piano for her contest entry and I just think she’s absolutely adorable. Check out the video entries here and let me know which one is your favorite. Voting will start on the submissions on November 10th and the winning video will be revealed during a Kohl’s commercial during the American Music Awards on Sunday November 23rd at 8/7c. Be sure to head back over to pick your favorite once voting starts. I can’t wait to see the commercial in November!

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In the meanwhile, head over to Kohl’s and check out all the great Frozen themed toys and clothing. I’m already starting my Christmas shopping so I don’t kill my budget all at once for my five kiddos and I know they’ll love receiving these Let It Go and Mr. Cool shirts or some of the fabulous toys like this stuffed Olaf and the Frozen Creativity Set. There are lots of great toys and outfits to choose from in addition to Frozen bedding, shoes, pillows, sleepwear and costumes.

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I’m thrilled to be able to giveaway a $100 Kohl’s gift card so one lucky reader can pick out some adorable Disney Frozen apparel pieces or toys of their own. To enter to win just do any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will end at midnight on Friday, October 31st.

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My 10/22 Publix Trip – $66.59 for $24.82 or 63% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

I was informed last week that I messed up by not buying any “fruity” candy for Halloween, but I figured what’s the point if it isn’t chocolate. Well I bought some “fruity” candy today and I guess that leaves more chocolate for me! The girls have been asking for yogurt for a few days so I hooked them up and I’m planning on using the stoneware mugs as teacher gifts for Christmas. I’m going to fill them with candy and wrap them in dotted cellophane for a nice teacher gift. Today I bought $66.59 worth of groceries for $24.82, or 63% off after coupons and $5/$30 Winn Dixie q. Here are the deals:

Nestle Assorted Miniatures Candy or 100 Pieces, Best of Butterfinger or Halloween Assortment, or Wonka, 185 Pieces, Laffy Taffy, Mix Ups, or Factory Mix, 40 to 56 oz, BOGO $9.99
-$1/2 Nestle Halloween Candy Fun Size Bag, 10/12 RP (exp 10/31)
-$1/1 Nestle Halloween Candy Big Bag, 10/12 RP (exp 10/31) (I used two of these)
-$0.55/1 Butterfinger product, any Tearpad (exp 12/31/2014)
Final Price: $4.00 per bag

Dial Body Wash or Right Guard Body Wash, Assorted Varieties, 16 oz, or Tone Petal Soft Body Wash, 18 oz, BOGO $3.83
-$2/2 Right Guard® Xtreme, Clinical Clear™, or Total Defense 5® Products Publix Digital Coupon
-$0.75/1 Dial Acne Body Wash printable
-$1/2 Dial Body Washes or Dial Bar Soaps printable
-$1/1 Dial Acne Control Body Wash, Face Wash or Bar Soap, 10/12 RP (exp 11/8) [Limit 4]
-$10/$40 Target Coupon wyb Henkel Brand Products; Purex, Dial, Right Guard, Renuzit, 20 Mule Team Borax, Tone, or Dry Idea, exp. 11/4/14 (RP 10/05/14 #2) [Limit 1]
-B2G1 Dial or Dial for Men Bodywashes, Any 11.75 oz. or larger Or Dial or Dial for Men Bar Soaps, Any 6-bar pack or larger (Limit of 4 Like Coupons in Same Shopping Trip) – 10-05-14 RP – valid up to $4.49 (exp 10/25/2014) (I used one of these)
Final Price: 96¢ each

Good Cook Oven Fresh Stoneware Mug With Lid, Red, 16 oz, BOGO $3.99 or $2 each

Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, Assorted Varieties, 64 or 96 oz (Excluding Welch’s Light and Cocktails), BOGO $3.99 or $2.00 each

Activia 4 packs, 3/$6 or $2 each

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“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


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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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