Showing posts from May 13, 2012

REPOST: From Old Furniture Pieces to Fabulous Play Kitchens (DIY)

The idea of turning an old piece of furniture into a fabulous play kitchen for the kiddies is fantastic. You can pick up furniture pieces (if you don't already have them in your garage) and "accessories" at a garage sale or thrift store for next to nothing. If you're in the Baton Rouge or Lafayette area, head to Habitat for Humanity Re-Store where you can find furniture and hardware.

And I love that you can make these so personal and unique.

These ideas are courtesy of Babble - The New Home EC!

*Tip - Use a stainless steel bowl for the sink. The flea market in Gonzales has all sizes at great prices.

* Tip- use chalkboard paint on the doors for a re-writable menu.

*Tip - print an outside scene on photo paper and use a frame as the window.

*Tip - Use a tension rod and small valance curtain if you don't sew.

Here are 15 DIY play food ideas to fill your "kitchen" with.
Shop Amazon for Play Kitchen Accessories.

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CVS Coupon Matchup 5/20 - 5/26

If you are new to shopping at CVS or just need help with some of the lingo in this post, visit my CVS 101 first. Make sure you print their coupon policy and keeping in your coupon binder.

You may also want to check out Couponing 101 if you are new to using coupons.

Get $1 in ECB for every fourth time you remember to use your "green bags".

**Keep in mind that most ECB deals exclude clearance items**


Salonpas-Hot capsicum patch 1ct. $1.87 (Limit 1)
Get $1.87 ECB
Final Price, FREE

Extra Care Bucks Deals

Dentek floss picks 150ct. $2.50 (Limit 2)
Get $1.50 ECB
Final Price, $1.00

Smartwater, Vitaminwater, Powerade, Honest Tea or Fuze 4/$5.00 (Limit 5)
Get $1 ECB wyb 4 
Final Price, 4/$4.00 or $1.00 each

Pringles Potato crisps 5.7-6.75 oz excludes fat free 4/$5.96 (Limit 1)
Get $1 ECB wyb 4
(4/29 RP) save $1.00/4 Pringles Super Stack Cans
Final price, 4/$3.96 or $0.99 each

Irish Spring antiperspirant/deodorant, Body Wash or Bar Soap 6pk. 2/$7.00 (Limit 1)
Get $4 ECB wyb 2 

High-Value Charmin Coupon Today (5/18) at 6pm CST!!!

Today's the last day (5/18) to get a HIGH-VALUE Charmin coupon from the Charmin Spring Celebration Fan Perks! Today's coupon giveaway will begin at 6pm CST!  There will be 10,000 coupons available!

Today's coupon - $1.50 off Charmin Freshmates. You will receive a confirmation email if you are one of the first 10,000 each day.

Just head over the Charmin Facebook Page to enter.  Good luck!

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*SUPER HOT* Entertainment Book $12 (reg. $35) + 26% Cash Back + FREE $10 Gift Card (New Ebates Members)

Today only (5/16) until 8pm CST, you can get the 2012 Entertainment Book for $12 (reg. $35) + Free Shipping! That's an amazing price for the Entertainment Book. PLUS - Ebates is offering 26% cash back when you shop through them to purchase your Entertainment Book!

Plus if you're new to Ebates, you'll get a $10 Gift Card of your choice when you sign up for your FREE account!

Here's what the deal would look like:

-Log in or register with Ebates -Search for the Entertainment Book in the search bar
-Click through the Buy Now Link or the link to be redirected to
-Buy the 2012 book for $12
-Get 26% Cash-back in your Ebates account (FREE money)!
PLUS if you are new to Ebates you will get a $10 Target or Gift Card of choice!

*Keep in mind that you will get your $10 Gift Card after your first $25 purchase (with any store or combination of stores thru Ebates). Ebates cash back checks are mailed on a quarterly basis so your next check will be …

Matherne's Inventory Wine Reduction Sale Saturday 19th 7am-9pm (Get There Early)!!

Matherne's Supermarket (all locations) will be having their Inventory Reduction Wine sale this Saturday, May 19th beginning at 7am. My advice - if you want ANYTHING - get there at 6:30am to stand in line. There will be hundreds of discounted wines, beers and liquors.

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Review: Dezzie Dough + FREE Recipe Book

Who has time for a home-cooked hot breakfast in the morning? When it comes to making breakfast on weekdays, lets just say frozen waffles are the norm in my house.

What if I told you there was a Louisiana company who created a product that will have you looking like a rockstar of weekday breakfast? Would you want to try it?

I did and my kids are big fans of Dezzie Dough (especially the Chocolate Chip - go figure)!

Dezzie Dough is frozen premixed muffin dough and pancake batter that is in a pouch ready to be thawed, squeezed, and baked in minutes. It comes in flat packaging so it's easy to store in even the smallest of freezer spaces. Dezzie Dough is made with fresh ingredients and real fruit for a homemade taste - as they say "(never the fake stuff), no preservatives, and no strange additives".

Store your thawed Dezzie Dough in the frig for up to 6 days for a full week of hot breakfast!

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What's for Dinner? "Texas Summertime Cornbread Salad"

 Photo Credit: Cooking with K
Today's recipe is courtesy of Cooking with K (check out Kay's blog for other great recipes). I plan on taking this with me for our next friends and family get-together.

Summertime Cornbread Salad


1 (9" skillet) cornbread cubed
2 small heads romaine lettuce, chopped
2 large tomatoes chopped
1 (15.5-ounce) can red beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15.5-ounce) can sweet corn drained
1 (8-ounce) package shredded cheddar cheese
1 medium purple onion diced
8 ounces Bacon Ranch Dressing
4 green onions thinly sliced (optional)


Layer a large bowl with half each of cubed cornbread, lettuce, and next five ingredients; spoon half of dressing evenly over top. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients and dressing. Garnish with green onions is optional. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Before serving toss gently or serve layered.

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*HOT TARGET DEAL*: Dial Hand Soap $0.54

There's a new $2.00/4 Dial Hand Soap coupon to print and here's how to use it at Target to help stock up on hand soap:

(Buy 4) Dial Liquid Hand Soap 9.37 oz, $1.29* (through 5/26)
Use $1/2 Dial Hand Soap Pump Target coupons
Stack with: $2.00 off any 4 Dial Liquid Hand Soap
Final Price as low as $0.54 Each!!

*Prices may vary by location/store.

Thanks STLMommy!

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$0.75/1 Carmex Lip Balm

New HIGH-VALUE coupon to print:

$0.75 off one (1) Carmex Lip Balm

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Reminder: Whole Foods - $1.00 Burger Patties Today, May 18th!!!

Photo credit: Whole Foods Market®
Whole Foods Market’s popular Buck-A-Burger one-day sale is back today, May 18. Ready-to-grill burgers will be on sale for just $1 each. Arrive early… it’s a great chance to stock up on patties to please the party-goers at your Memorial Day cookout (limit: 20 burgers per person).

Whether you’re a master griller or just getting started, Whole Foods Market offers the tips and tricks you need to grill with the best of ‘em. Check out their online Guide to Grilling, or visit their Meat Facebook page to get in the spirit. And – bonus! – here’s a recipe for the perfect burger.

All of Whole Foods Market’s beef comes from suppliers rated by Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating™ program, so you know how the animals were raised for the meat you’re buying. Just check out their strict quality standards for meat:

· No antibiotics, ever.
· No added hormones.
· No artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors.

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Retail Deals for Your Weekend Shopping

Here are your weekend retail coupons courtesy of Your Retail Helper:
Banana Republic Factory Store - 10% off $100 purchase Exp 5/27 Barnes & Noble - 15% off one item Exp 6/30Bath & Body Works - Free New Fine Fragrance Mist with $10 purchase Exp 5/17Build-a-Bear - 10% off Birthday Party of $200+ Exp 5/31Cacique - $25 off $75 Exp 5/28Carter's - Facebook Exclusive 25% off $40+ purchase Exp 5/23Children's Place - 15% off purchase Exp 5/20Dressbarn - 30% off regular priced purchase Exp 5/20DSW Shoes - Free tote with $29 purchase for DSW Rewards MembersExpress - $15 off $30 Exp 5/20Fashion Bug - iTunes/Smart Phone App Exclusive $15 off $40Fashion Bug - Facebook Exclusive - Flutterbuy Coupon GameGap Outlet - 10% off $75 purchase Exp 5/20Goody's - 20% - 25% off Exp 5/28Gordman's - 15% off purchase Exp 5/22Hobby Lobby - 40% off regular priced item Exp 5/19Lane Bryant - $25 off $75 Exp 5/28 Lord & Taylor - 15% - 20% off purchase Exp 5/21Macy's - 25% off $100+ Men&#…

Friday = Mega SwagBucks Day!!

It's Mega Swag Bucks Friday! What does that mean? When you search online through Swagbucks today you will have a chance at winning higher than average bucks, for instance: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 or 500! These Swagbucks can then be turned in for fun gifts like Amazon Gift Cards - it's free money in your pocket!

Not a member of Swagbucks? Why not? It is an easy and fun to earn free money! Go here to learn more about Swagbucks and to join, plus you'll earn 30 Swagbucks for joining!

What is Swagbucks?

Swag Bucks is one of the easiest ways to earn free gifts on the web. All you do is use the Swag Bucks website as your daily internet browser. Instantly as you are searching the web you can and will win Swag Bucks. As you earn more Swag Bucks you can start trading them in for prizes. My favorite gift from the Swag Store is a $5 Amazon Gift Card and all you have to do is trade in 450 Swag Bucks for it!

How to Swag easier?

For the easiest Swagging expe…

*HOT* SPANX and SPANX Swimwear up to 70% off!!

Hurry over to Zulily because these are going FAST! Right now you can grab SPANX and SPANX swimwear for up to 70% off!

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Let me get real for a moment. One of the coolest things about Brandcation is the swag party that occurs during the first night. On this trip (Bloggers Gone Coastal) we were are treated to goodies from amazing brands like Jambu Footwear, Tervis Water Bottle (pictured above in the pocket of our Jambu bags)...


And mine and my daughters' favorite - Nivea! We each got a full palette of lip balms like the one pictured above. 

So I feel that I need to take a moment to personally thank each and every swag THANK YOU:

Mogo Charm

Tervis Water Bottle

Capsul Cases

The Village company


Kidz Bop


Lush Gourmet Foods


Lady Fortunes

Pami Pocket

Island Def Jam Records

Ayala’s Herbal Water

Wikki Stix

Phone Fetcher

Page Stationery


Annemarie Gianni Skin Care

Veri Peri Sauces

Twin Cottage Industries

Kids Gear

Smart Mouth

Sacs of Life

Bright Star Kids


EAD Designs

Wahmies Eats

Blue Orange Games

DVO Enterprises



Etching Expressions


Velvet Pepper


What's for Dinner? "Artichoke Chicken" - As Seen On The Chew

Photo Credit: The Chew Contributed by : Donna Giblin
I immediately fell in love with this recipe after seeing it on The Chew yesterday. What a great way in incorporate more veggies and I can't wait to try this with my family!

Artichoke Chicken


3 1/2-4 pound chicken legs and thighs
1 cup artichoke hearts (halved)
1 medium onion (cut into chunks - to match the artichokes)
1 pound white button mushrooms (halved or quartered)
2 tablespoons brown mustard
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup red wine
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper (to taste)


Place chicken, skin side up, in a baking pan. Distribute onion, artichoke and mushrooms over the top. Combine olive oil, mustard, red wine, red wine vinegar, garlic, dried spices, salt and pepper and pour over the chicken.

Bake at 350ยบ for 1 1/2 hours, basting every 1/2 hour.

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Free Weekend Events

Friday May 18th

Highland Road Park Observatory's FREE events

Barnes & Noble Perkins Rowe - 7pm Pugs in a Bug

Barnes & Noble Citiplace 7pm - Carolyn Turgeon Joins Barnes & Noble for Storytime!

Movie in the Park: 8-10pm - Free movie under the stars at Greenwood Community Park and on April 20th at Jackson Park from 8-10 p.m. Free popcorn and soft drinks. For more information, call (225) 620-0500 (Greenwood) or (225) 261-2161 (Jackson).

Live After Five - 5-8pm entertainment provided by ONE MORE TIME BAND

Saturday, May 19th

Red Stick Farmers' Market - Downtown Baton Rouge

Barnes & Noble Citiplace - 2pm Clifford Visits Barnes & Noble!

2012 Relay For Life of East Baton Rouge - 5:00am - Starts at 5 p.m. at the BREC State Fairgrounds. Overnight relay-style event. Includes food, games and activities. For more information, visit

Bluebonnet Swamp's Birthday - 9:00am - 05:00pm  - Celebration from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with free admission, cake while it lasts …

New Offers From Kraft First Taste - Check Your Accounts

Kraft First Taste Members: check your accounts for new offers. I had these three waiting to print:

Save $1.50 off any (2) TWO Kids Wholesome Products (any TEDDY GRAHAMS or HONEY MAID Product).

Save $2.00* on ONE (1) JELL-O Pudding Snacks 6 Pack, Strawberry Sundae or S'more flavors only.

Save $1.50 on ONE (1) package of any PHILADELPHIA Cooking Creme.

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$1.00/1 Ghirardelli Stand-up Bag Coupon

Save $1.00/1 GHIRARDELLI stand-up bag
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Albertsons Coupon Matchup 5/16 - 5/22

If you are new to couponing you may want to read Coupons 101. Did you know that you can print coupons right on Albertsons site?

*Remember to clip the $10 off $100 purchase coupon in this week's ad. You can only use this after all other store and manufacturer's coupons. 

4 Day Sale (Thursday-Sunday only)

Beef Brisket $1.79 (Limit 1 - with additional $10 purchase)
Country Style Ribs bone-in $0.99/lb
Broccoli crowns $0.99/lb
Tomatoes one the Vine $0.99/lb
Albertsons Round Top White Bread $0.79 (Limit 2) 
6pk Coke product bottles 3/$8.88 (Limit 3)


Whole seedless watermelons $3.29 each
5lb bag Red Delicious Apples $3.29 each
2lb package Strawberries $4.99 each
Grape tomatoes pint 2/$4.00
Fuji Apples $1.19/lb
Blueberries $2.99 (pint)
Limes 5/$1.00
Raspberries $2.99
Cilantro $0.69 each
Vidalia yellow onions $0.99/lb 


Assorted pork loin chops bone-in $0.99/lb 
Sanderson Farms fresh chicken drumsticks or thighs $0.99/lb 
Sanderson Farms Fresh split chicken breast $0.99/lb 
Pork picnic roas…

Matherne's Inventory Wine Reduction Sale Saturday 19th 7am-9pm (Get There Early)!!

Matherne's Supermarket (all locations) will be having their Inventory Reduction Wine sale this Saturday, May 19th beginning at 7am. My advice - if you want ANYTHING - get there at 6:30am to stand in line. There will be hundreds of discounted wines, beers and liquors. 

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