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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Weight Watchers Deli Meals Review

A few weeks ago, I posted the beginning of a review on the Weight Watchers Fresh Meals. This is part two of that review. :)

My personal favorite of all the meals was the chicken salad. . I am extremely picky with my chicken salad. I have found one store bought kind that I like, sold at a deli near my parents house. Even that chicken salad is so-so. That chicken salad is also priced at $6.99 a pound. Needless to say, I don't eat that much. The Weight Watchers Deli Fresh meals are priced between $1.99 - $2.99, and each package contains two servings. That is a price I am willing to pay!
One of the things I was unsure about was the cranberries. I am not a fan of cranberries at all. But I tried it. And promptly ran to the fridge to hide the rest from hubby. This chicken salad is awesome. Beats the deli chicken salad on more than price. The cranberries were the perfect addition. instead of pureed chicken, Deli Fresh Meals have big chunks of white meat chicken. Each serving contains 4 PointsPlus, 140 calories, 6g fat, 290 mg sodium, 10g carbs, 1g fiber,14g protein.
In addition to the chicken salad, the other deli salads are: rainbow pasta salad, seafood salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad and potato salad.

I tried the potato salad even though I do not like potato salad. I'm just not a fan. It wasn't bad; pretty good for a prepackaged potato salad. Hubby enjoyed it. It was perfect for him to throw in his lunch in the morning.

This is the Baked Ziti - "Penne pasta tossed with a zesty marinara and seasoned ricotta sauce topped with mozzarella cheese". I really enjoyed this meal as well. It was really easy to pop in the microwave while I got the munchkins lunch. By the time they were happily munching away, mine was ready. At just 220 calories, the ziti made for a low calorie lunch that was surprisingly filling. I added a small side salad to round out my meal. The only thing I wasn't sold on with this meal was the chunks of mushroom. I'm not a fan of mushrooms and there were a few big chunks.

I have a few more meals to review yet - the Chili con Carne, Roast Turkey and Mac and Cheese to name a few. Look for those reviews here soon!

Have you tried any of the New Weight Watchers Fresh Meals? What do you think?

Guest Post - Outnumbered But Not (Always) Overwhelmed

Okay here’s the deal, I’m a twenty-eight year old momma with three great kids, my son is five, my middle daughter is 2, and my baby girl is 9 months old. We live a normal life in a normal house in the middle of nowhere – no really, the nearest grocery store or gas station is over 30 miles away. My husband is a firefighter for the US Forest Service, so he’s away on various fire jobs most of the spring, summer, and fall. Which means – you’ve got it – I stay at home all day long trying to function with more kids than hands.

Before I go any farther, let me say that I love to spend time with my kids. In small doses. With the opportunity for a break once in a while. When faced with 4 months alone with screaming babies, fighting toddlers, 5am wake-up calls, dirty diapers, and bedtime “accidents”, the idea of spending time with those children can send me running for the hills. It doesn’t help that I routinely wake up in the morning wondering whose idea was it to give ME of all people three children and then to throw away their instruction manuals before I had a chance to look them over.

But it’s too late to give any of them back (just try suggesting it to the nurse in labor and delivery and they look at you like you’re crazy), so instead I’ve learned how to cope. Let’s face it, our children are often the greatest source of joy in our lives, but sometimes we really have to dig through a lot of craziness to find that joy. Here are some strategies I’ve learned to help me get through each day, and actually enjoy myself as I do it – most of the time!

Take it one day at a time: When we find ourselves faced with a difficult job (like raising children with little or no help), it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the shear intensity of the work ahead of us. With my husband’s job, I often only get an hour or so advanced noticed before he is deployed to some random fire across the country, without any way of contacting him or any real idea when he’ll be home. When this happens I have to really work hard at not focusing on the long string of days, weeks, and months ahead trying to care for my children while missing my husband. When we start to think “Okay, it’ll just be 21 days and then I can finally take a shower again without coming out and finding a new mural painted on the kitchen floor” then it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and start seriously considering secretly changing our names and moving to Hawaii. But, if we can keep focused on the current task at hand, be that feeding the kids breakfast or mopping the new mural up off the kitchen floor, then the days will go by much faster, with much less stress and angst.

Focus on the good stuff: Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember that my kids are people, just like you and me. Everybody has a bad day once in a while, but when a two year old has a bad day the whole world knows about it. On the days that I could gladly throw a kid or two out the window for a few moments of quiet, it always helps to remind myself that the bad parts of my day won’t last forever. Then I hear my baby laugh, or my daughter tells me she loves me, or my son brings me his brand new drawing of a extra-super-alien-robot, and I remember why I applied for this mommy job. Take a few minutes every day to reflect on the positive things that have happened and the bad stuff really will just kind of float away.

Schedule, schedule, schedule: Now I know that there are parents out there that get along just fine without set dinner times, bath times, and bed times, but I’ve got to say that I am NOT one of those mommies. There are days when the thought of bed-time is the only reason I can get out of bed in the morning. In my experience, most children thrive when living with a schedule. They like knowing what to expect and when to expect it. If you’re new to this whole scheduling thing, expect your kids to resist at first – “What do you mean we have to go to bed before 11! Don’t you know Leno’s coming on?!” – but once you settle into a routine I guarantee you’ll be surprised at how happy and pliable some children can become. One of the happiest moments of my life came around when my two year old reminded me that it was almost nap time!

So there you have it – the three top secret, magical ways to enjoy your life with your kids, keep your house clean, and never feel a moment of stress. Well, okay, I’ll admit, these few tidbits of advice aren’t magic, and my house isn’t really very clean at all right now, and I’ve been known to get so stressed out that I shake like high-strung Chihuahua. But I will tell you that these few strategies have helped me enormously during my darkest days, and when I actually follow my own advice those dark days don’t come nearly as often. They may have thrown out the kids’ instruction manuals in the delivery room, but slowly and surely we can all figure it out anyway.

Amanda

Amanda is mommy, freelance writer, and blogger in her spare time. Check out Giveaway Blogdom at giveawayblogdom.blogspot.com and read her most recent article on Childhood Vaccinations at http://www.suite101.com/content/to-vaccinate-or-not-to-vaccinate---that-is-one-tough-question-a354344

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What's Cooking Thursdays? Meatball Subs!

Welcome to What's Cooking Thursday! A place for you to link up whatever it is you've been cooking at your house! Not a blogger? Leave your recipe in the comment section. Look for a featured recipe next week. Feel free to link up as many recipes as you'd like, all I ask is that you link back to What's Cooking Thursday!





Every time I add Meatball Subs to our menu plan, I get a big response. I think these subs are one of the things that not many people think to remake at home. Personally, I have never had a meatball subs from a store. I didn't even try one until 2 years ago. Hubby has loved them for years. I always made them for him and had something else myself. Now, all four of us are meatball sub lovers. We do still "fight" however, about where to get the better sub. Hubby and I hands down agree - homemade is best. C is the holdout. He loves Subways meatball subs. He'll come around....

(it got a little overdone under the broiler)

You'll need:
1/4 onion - diced
1 egg
1 lb hamburger
1 cup ketchup
1 slice of bread - turned into bread crumbs by a food processor
1 jar pizza sauce
sub rolls
sliced cheese

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Shape into meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. When meatballs are cooked, place them in a medium saucepan. Stir in pizza sauce. Let simmer at least 30 minutes. Place sub rolls under a broiler until toasted. Spoon meatballs onto roll, add cheese and sauce if desired.
This week's featured recipes are:




Now it's your turn. What have you been cooking this week?

What's For Lunch? 3/30

Need some inspiration for your children's lunchbox? I will be sharing what I have packed in C's in the hopes that it will help you when you struggle! (C has school Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday, so I will be sharing 2 to 3 times a week)


I'm not sure what happened to the picture of C's lunch today...it just kind of disappeared. Anyway, he took: sweet bologna, cheese, cantaloupe, strawberries, gummies, applesauce and water.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Friendly Wednesday 3/30

Welcome to the Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop!! We're glad you're here!
Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

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Create a new Friendly Wednesday blog post on your own blog and be sure to use the button provided on the side bar.

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Spring Cleaning

It's that time again. The time of year I dread. I HATE to clean. If I don't make myself do it, it doesn't get done. But I'm sick of the house, we have so much stuff laying around. And I figure, as long as I'm cleaning out, I might as well actually clean.

As I mentioned on facebook, Kelli at Three Boys and a Dog has a great list up for every day this week. She is cleaning a different room everyday this week. While that's awesome for her, that won't work for me. So I'm doing things my way. I'm doing a room a week. It'll take me a while, but it will get done. And that's better than not getting done at all.

Some of the things on my list this week are:

Clean the fridge! Take everything off one shelf at a time and wipe down the shelf, walls, etc. Be sure to start at the top so the dirty water drips to the bottom instead of over your cleaned spots. Take all the papers and magnets off the front/sides of the fridge and wipe it alll down.
Clean behind the fridge! Move it, sweep behind it, wipe down the walls, wipe down the back of the fridge (especially the coils), put it back.

Do the stove! Repeat all of the above steps with your stove and oven. A little vinegar cuts the grease that seems to accumulate in the kitchen. Be sure to pull it out to get the back and the sides.

Do the microwave! Put a microwave safe bowl of water in your microwave and turn it on for about a minute. The steam from the water will loosen any cooked on food making it wipe right off. Don't forget to pull out your microwave and wipe the sides/top (if yours sits on the counter like mine does)

Clean the fan! After dusting your fan blades, you might need to take a vinegar and water soaked rag and really wipe down the fan.

Dust everything! After you have finished the above tasks, wipe down the counters and other flat surfaces (shelves, furniture, window sills, door frames, etc)

Attack the floor! Sweep the floor really well.Then start scrubbing. Be sure to get on and around the baseboards really well.

Are you spring cleaning this week?

Monday, March 28, 2011

CVS Deals Week of 3/27

Here are the best deals I see at CVS, for more deals check out Detroit Coupons and Deals....and Beyond!

$2 ECB wyb Colgate MaxFresh, MaxWhite, MaxClean 6oz or Manual Single Pack Toothbrush $2.99 (Limit 2)

Total after ECB: $0.99

$2.50 ECb wyb Skintimate Moisturizing Cream Shave or Gel, 6-10oz, $3.49 (Limit 1)
Use $0.55/1 Skintimate Shave Gel 3/27/2011 SS Insert (exp 5/11/2011)
Total after ECB: $0.44

$2 ECB wyb Pepsi 12pk 12oz can selected varieties 3/$10

Total after ECB: $1.33

$1 ECB wyb Halls cough drops 30ct $1.87 (Limit 2)

Use Halls Cough Drops, 30 Ct. +, Any – All You, March 2011 $0.50/1 x5/31/2011
Final Price: $ .37 – $ .87

What's For Lunch? 3/28

Need some inspiration for your children's lunchbox? I will be sharing what I have packed in C's in the hopes that it will help you when you struggle! (C has school Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday, so I will be sharing 2 to 3 times a week)


Today he took: tuna fish, yogurt, cantaloupe, strawberries and applesauce.

FREE Yoplait Yogurt Coupon - FIRST 20!

Thanks to MyBlogSpark & Yoplait the first 20 readers to submit their info will receive a coupon in the mail for a FREE 4 pack of Yoplait Kids yogurt! Just click the "Free Yogurt" in the picture below and fill in your info!


Not available to CA, ID, LA, MN, NV, NJ, ND, and TN




Yoplait & MyBlogSpark is providing the FREE Product Coupon giveaway prize. No compensation was provided.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Meal Plan 3/27

Last week was kind of a bust. I had surgery Friday early morning. The boys ended up going to my moms Thursday night. Since Thursday was our 4 year anniversary, hubby and I decided to go to dinner. Friday I wasn't feeling well and the boys were with my parents still so we just threw in a pizza. Saturday we took the boys to Red Robin. The rest of the week, we had meatball subs(look for the recipe Thursday!), enchiladas and leftovers.

This week, we're working on clearing out our freezers. I need to start working on stocking up the pantry. It's looking a little bare lately.

We're having:


Cookout with Friends
Cheeseburger Soup
Fish
Steamers (slow cooker)
Ham & Potatoes (slow cooker)
Cheesy Mexican Skillet
Leftovers

What are you eating this week? I'd love to check it out!



Find 100s more menus at OrgJunkie.com.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Interesting Reads

I've come across these links in the past few days and really enjoyed reading the posts, I thought you might too.

Why Coupons Really and Truly Don’t Hurt Anybody

A Quick Dinner your Kids will LOVE!

Make Your Own Edible Arrangements (Fruit and Veggie)

Spring Fever: 10 Ways to De-Clutter

Have you read any interesting posts lately?

Weekly Grocery Roundup 3/26

I'm really going to miss Freezer Month at Giant. I've gotten so many good deals on things I don't normally buy. I'm stocked up for hubby for lunches for months. We've got enough fish and cereal to feed a small army(or maybe just the munchkins I've been running around after). I came out under budget too!! I guess it's a good think I'm out of freezer room. :) 



2 gallons of milk
5 boxes Purina One Beyond Cat Food
3 lbs strawberries
3 Dan-in-ino yogurt
16 hungry man dinners
4 boxes toaster strudels
6 suave kids shampoo
chocolate syrup

Total OOP: $5.18

Friday, March 25, 2011

Yoplait Kids Prize Pack Review & Giveaway

My boys are big snackers. They get most of their calories from their snacks. So I want their snacks to be healthy as well as enjoyable for them. One of the snacks they enjoy the most is yogurt.



Yoplait Kids has an excellent source of both calcium and vitamin D, a good source of protein and the delicious taste kids demand. It also contains 25% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt, and has no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Yoplait Kids yogurt is a snack you can feel confident about serving to your kids!



With tasty flavor options, as well as calcium, vitamin D and protein to help build strong bones, Yoplait Kids yogurt is sure to be popular with parents and kids alike. A great value at just $2.00 for a pack of four, this yogurt comes in three delicious flavors, including Strawberry, Strawberry Banana and Vanilla. Kids will love finding their favorite friends, like Dora the Explorer, Lightning McQueen from the hit movie “Cars” and the Disney Princesses, on every cup.


My Blog Spark sent us a prize pack that included : a coupon for Yoplait Kids yogurt, a foldable travel cooler, a four-piece spoon set, a power magnet picture frame, trendy alphabet-shaped “Kiddie Bands”, a great big bounce ball and a “My First Scavenger Hunt” card game. My boys were so excited when I told them the box was for them. A grabbed the ball and soon the boys were throwing it back and forth while I went through the rest of the goodies. We've spent hours playing the scavenger hunt game. The boys love it, they have so much fun looking for all the different items.


The boys loved the yogurt. And I loved that it has 25% less sugar than other leading kids yogurts. Yet, it still tastes sweet enough to satisfy their sweet tooths. The little cups are perfect for my boys hands. They are so easy for the boys to hold and eat out of. The only complaint I have is the fact that they come in four packs. My kids would eat all four yogurts in one sitting if I let them. :)

If you would like to try Yopliat kids yogurt for yourself, you can download a printable coupon for $0.50 off the purchase of one (1) four-pack of Yoplait Kids yogurt.
 
(I received a free product coupon* and a prize pack, information and giveaway which were all provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.)
 


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What's For Lunch? 3/25

Need some inspiration for your children's lunchbox? I will be sharing what I have packed in C's in the hopes that it will help you when you struggle! (C has school Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday, so I will be sharing 2 to 3 times a week)


Today he took: roast beef and cheese wrap, grapes, an cheesestick, an apple and some goldfish

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rite Aid Deals 3/19

There has been a lot of questions about my grocery budget lately. I've started a new series - How I Keep My Budget Under Control. In it, I've mentioned I get all my toiletries from CVS and Rite Aid for FREE or CHEAP. I'd like to start sharing some of the weekly deals with you to help lower your grocery budgets.


Here are the best deals I see at Rite Aid this week:

Pepsi 12 Pack - $3.33

Buy 3 for $9.99
Get 12 Pack for Free with in ad coupon
$2.49 per pack

Mars Miniatures, Nestle Nest Eggs, M&M's or Peeps - $3.99
Buy One, Get One Free
$1/2 Mars Easter Product (RP 03/20/11)
or B2G1 M&Ms Chocolate Candies (RP 03/13/11)
$1.33 each after coupon

Claritin D  $9.99
$4/1 Claritin-D Product, (SS 02/27/11)
$2/1 Claritin D RA coupon
Get $2.00 UPR
$1.99 after UPR & coupon

Old Spice Red Zone Antiperspiarant/deodarant or Body Wash or Body Spray - $3.50
FREE Old Spice Body Wash wyb Deodorant, exp. 3-31 (P&G 02/27/11)
AND use $1/1 Old Spice Deodorant, exp. 4-30-11 (P&G Book)
Get $1.00 UPR wyb 2
$.75 each after coupon & UPR
 
Veet Deplilatories - $4.69
Use $3.00 in ad coupon
$3/1 Veet Hair Removal Product printable
Get $1.00 UPR
FREE after coupon

Listerine PocketPaks - $2.99
$0.50/1 Select Listerine or Plax Products, (SS 1/9/11)
Get $2.00 UPR
$.49 each after PocketPaks

Did you get any great deals this week? I'd love to hear about them!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What's Cooking Thursdays - Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Welcome to What's Cooking Thursday! A place for you to link up whatever it is you've been cooking at your house! Not a blogger? Leave your recipe in the comment section. Look for a featured recipe next week. Feel free to link up as many recipes as you'd like, all I ask is that you link back to What's Cooking Thursday!






I had a different recipe planned for What's Cooking Thursday tonight. But I was messing around on facebook and found this recipe. Off we went to the kitchen...


You'll need:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 to 2 cups chocolate chips
Reese's cups - 1 for each cookie

Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Beat together the butter and the sugars. Add vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add the flour mixture gradually. Fold in the chocolate chips. Form cookies as you normally would. Take a Reese's cup and place it on top of one cookie - much like you do in peanut butter kiss cookies. Then take another cookie and place on top. Make sure to press the cookie dough around the edges of the Reese's cup so you don't see it. You don't want all the chocolate melting out all over the place. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. These cookies will be HUGE so I would recommend only 6 cookies on a [large] cookie sheet.

To give you an idea of how big these cookies are, here are some in comparison to "regular" chocolate chip cookies.

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

This week's featured recipes are:






Now it's your turn! What have you been cooking this week?


What's For Lunch? 3/23

Need some inspiration for your children's lunchbox? I will be sharing what I have packed in C's in the hopes that it will help you when you struggle! (C has school Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday, so I will be sharing 2 to 3 times a week)


Today he took: turkey and cheese sandwich, strawberries, pretzels,marshmellows and yogurt.

Starting Seeds Indoors - Mini "Greenhouse"

It's right around the time to start planting seeds for your garden, if you grow from seed. I usually don't, I forget about it until it's "too late". And I find it easier to just buy plants, although it is a bit more expensive than buying seed packets.


This year, we have started a few strawberry plants from seed. The containers sit on our window sill covered with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap helps keep the soil warm and moist. The light from the sun gets "trapped" under the plastic wrap, creating a greenhouse effect. This helps the sprouts grow a bit faster.

So I'm curious, do you start seeds indoors or do you buy plants?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Friendly Wednesday 3/23

Welcome to the Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here!


Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

Please feel free to grab the button (located in the right side bar) and add it to your blog to get more bloggers to participate in the blog hop!!




How to Participate:


Follow the hostesses located in the first and second spots - Feeding Four and Scraps of Life Blog. If you want me to follow you back, please leave a comment letting me know that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog.

Create a new Friendly Wednesday blog post on your own blog and be sure to use the button provided on the side bar.

Enter your information into the linkup below.

Follow all the other blogs you want. This is a great way to get more followers!

Friendly Wednesday will be posted once a week. Your link must be added every week so be sure to come back to linkup!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Meal Plan 3/21

We had a great weekend! How about you? We had a wonderful Friday, hubby had off work and the weather was amazing. We had a late dinner of pizza. Saturday we spent the day with family, went to a wedding and had a late date night at a local casino. We didn't stay long though - hubby more than tripled our money so we left before we lost it all again. :) Today, we spent the day putting up the boys new bunk beds and trying to get my house organized again. We're in the process of moving the boys into the same room, making a new playroom and painting the old playroom.

This week starts a crazy week - lots of doctors appointments and babysitting. I'm hoping the weather will be nice, but the forecast doesn't look good. Most of our meals are coming from the freezers this week as I'm trying to clear a little room out.

This week we're having :

pizza
meatball subs
fish
chicken & rice (leftovers)
enchiladas
pizza @ a community event
leftovers

What are you eating this week? I'd love to check it out!


Find 100s more menus at OrgJunkie.com.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Date Night Idea # 5

One thing I remember about my parents relationship from my childhood was he dancing. My parents would turn on a cd and dance around the living room. While i only remember them doing this once or twice, I have done this more than once with hubby and it's always a blast. Sometimes we get all dressed up and sometimes we dance in our PJs!

After you put the kiddos to bed tonight, light some candles, turn on some music and dance the night away!

Grocery Trip 3/19

Another wonderful week at Giant. :)
Total : $12.32
plus I have a $10 catalina for use on my next purchase.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What's Cooking Thursday - Creamy Sausage Alfredo

Welcome to What's Cooking Thursday! A place for you to link up whatever it is you've been cooking at your house! Not a blogger? Leave your recipe in the comment section. Look for a featured recipe next week. Feel free to link up as many recipes as you'd like, all I ask is that you link back to What's Cooking Thursday!




Creamy Sausage Alfredo

You'll need:
8oz. pasta - I used penne
1 cup ground sausage
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup cup low fat evaporated milk
1/4 cup water
5 tablespoons all purpose flour (less for a thinner sauce)
1/2 cup shredded carrots (optional)

Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain well. Mix together the chicken stock, evaporated milk, water, and flour; set aside. Brown sausage in a large skillet. Add the sauce mixture to the pan and simmer until just thickened, about 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the carrots (if using) and stir to combine. Pour sauce over the pasta and serve!

This weeks featured recipes are:


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Now it's your turn! What have you been cooking this week?

Weight Watchers Fresh Meals Review

A few weeks ago, Amanda with Weight Watchers contacted me about reviewing the new Weight Watchers Fresh Meals! They are the first and only mainstream product line available in the ‘ready to go’/deli section of the grocery store.

I was sent a whole cooler full of the new Weight Watchers Fresh Meals. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety offered. Some of the varieties I received are mac and cheese, baked ziti, three cheese ravioli, chicken salad and the potato salad.



I don't know the first thing about Weight Watchers to be honest. I'm not up to date on any of the points, I don't know what they mean. The great thing about the fresh meals are that the calories, grams of fat, fiber, protein, are listed right now the label. And if you are a Weight Watchers member, the new PointsPlus™ values are listed right on the front of the package. There are thirteen different meals in all, giving you tons of options.

In addition to the thirteen fresh meals, there are six new Weight Watchers fresh deli salads. These include a seafood salad in a lemon-dill dressing; chicken salad with dried cranberries; rainbow pasta salad with garden vegetables; potato salad in a creamy mustard dressing; macaroni salad with bell peppers and chives; and coleslaw with fresh carrots and onions. In each salad, there are two servings.

The meals are affordable as well. Only $2.99 for the fresh meals and between $1.99-$2.99 for the deli.

I haven't actually tried any of the meals yet - so stay tuned for my review! In the meantime, pick some up for yourself!


Have you tried them yet? What do you think?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Friendly Wednesday 3/16

Welcome to Feeding Four's Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here!


Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

Please feel free to grab the button (located in the right side bar) and add it to your blog to get more bloggers to participate in the blog hop!!




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Follow the hostesses located in the first and second spots - Feeding Four and Scraps of Life Blog. If you want me to follow you back, please leave a comment letting me know that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog.

Create a new Friendly Wednesday blog post on your own blog and be sure to use the button provided on the side bar.

Enter your information into the linkup below.

Follow all the other blogs you want. This is a great way to get more followers!

Friendly Wednesday will be posted once a week. Your link must be added every week so be sure to come back to linkup!

 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Rite Aid Deals 3/13

There has been a lot of questions about my grocery budget lately. I've started a new series - How I Keep My Budget Under Control. In it, I've mentioned I get all my toiletries from CVS and Rite Aid for FREE or CHEAP. I'd like to start sharing some of the weekly deals with you to help lower your grocery budgets.


Here are the best deals I see at Rite Aid this week:



Renuzit Super Odor Neutralizer $2.99 BOGO
(use 2) $1.00/1 Renuzit Super Odor Neutralizer
$.49 each after coupons

Chloraresptic or Little Remedies Cold or Fever - $3.99
$1/1 Chloraseptic Product
Get $3.00 UPR
Free after coupon & UPR

 Little Remedies - $3.99
$1/1 Little Remedies Product
Get $3.00 UPR
FREE after coupon & UPR

Visine $4.99
$2.00/1 Printable Coupon
$2.00/1 in ad coupon
Get $1.00 UPR
FREE after coupon & UPR

 Motrin PM - $3.00
Get $1.00 UPR
$2.00/1 in 3/13 RP
$1/1 Motrin PM RA coupon

FREE after UPR & coupon

Purex Fabric Softening Crystals - $3.99
Get $1.00 UPR
$2.00/1 Purex Crystals Coupon in 3/13 SS
$1/1 Purex Crystal Beads RA
FREE after coupons & UPR

Gain Dish Detergent - $0.88
$1/1 Gain Dish Soap (P&G Everyday Savings Book)
FREE after coupon

Thermacare 2-3 ct. - $5.99
$3.00/1 Coupon
$1.00 in ad coupon
Get $3.00 UPR
FREE after coupons and UPR

Pine Sol or Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner $2.00

Get $1.00 SCR wyb 2
(2) $1.00/1 printable
$.50 each after coupon

Did you get any great deals this week? I'd love to hear about them!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Meal Plan 3/13

Due to my troubles in menu planning for the past two weeks, I made the decision to sit down and plan for the rest of the month. It only took me roughly a half hour and I'm done for the rest of the month! It is such a relief not to have to stress over my menu plan for the week.

Last week, our meals went exactly as planned. I have been babysitting everyday and it is such a relief not to have to think about the meals. 6 kids under 5 is a lot of work! I utilized my slow cooker a lot last week to make my life easier.

This week we're having:


Out to eat
Hubby's Burgers (again)
Creamy Sausage Alfredo
Fish
Steamers
Chicken & Rice
Hubby and I are attending a wedding so we'll eat there

What are you eating this week? I'd love to check it out!



Find 100s more menus at OrgJunkie.com.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Grocery Trips 3/12

There were some awesome deals this week at Giant. In particular, the buy 4 cereals, get $6 off instantly AND a catalina for a FREE gallon of milk. Also, buy 3 Mrs. Paul's fish and get a catalina for a FREE box. Plus, for every Mrs. Paul's fish you buy, you get a FREE Birdseye Steam fresh veggies.


Total OOP for this trip - $19.98 (I had a $4 OYNO catalina from something)


$3.12 (paid with a gift card)

Total for the week : $23.10

Thursday, March 10, 2011

**HOT** FREE $20 TARGET Giftcard When You Refer 4 Friends

There is an awesome offer available from Plum District today. It will go fast so sign up now!

Refer 4 friends to Plum District and receive a $20 Target Gift Card. Your friends don’t even have to make a purchase, they just need to sign up!
Here’s how to take advantage of this offer:

Sign up or login to Plum District.
You should be taken directly to the offer page. Click on ‘Get It’ and enter your mailing address.

Use your referral link to invite your friends by email, Facebook, or Twitter to sign up for Plum District. To qualify, all of your referrals must sign up through your unique invitation AND confirm their email address before the deal closes.
There is a limit of one Target gift card per household.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What's Cooking Thursday - Steak Stir fry

Welcome to What's Cooking Thursday! A place for you to link up whatever it is you've been cooking at your house! Not a blogger? Leave your recipe in the comment section. Look for a featured recipe next week. Feel free to link up as many recipes as you'd like, all I ask is that you link back to What's Cooking Thursday!






Steak Stirfry



1 beef bouillon cube

1 cup boiling water
2 tbsp flour
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 pound steak, diced
3/4 tsp garlic (I like garlic, if you don't like garlic, use 1/2 tsp)
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
Veggies - I used green bell pepper, yellow peppers, orange peppers, mushrooms and carrots this time

Dissolve bouillon in the water. Combine the flour and the soy sauce until smooth; add to bouillon. Set aside. Mix beef, garlic, ginger and pepper. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until cooked. Remove from skillet and keep warm. Heat the rest of the oil, stir-fry veggies until crisp-tender. Stir soy sauce mixture into the skillet; bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes or until sauce thickens. Return meat to pan and heat through. Serve over rice.

This post is linked to Full Plate Thursday

This week's featured recipes are:






What's For Lunch? 3/9

Need some inspiration for your children's lunchbox? I will be sharing what I have packed in C's in the hopes that it will help you when you struggle! (C has school Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday, so I will be sharing 2 to 3 times a week)


Today he took: turkey and cheese sandwich, grapes, strawberries, gummies and yogurt.
 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Friendly Wednesday 3/9

Welcome to Feeding Four's Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here!


Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

Please feel free to grab the button (located in the right side bar) and add it to your blog to get more bloggers to participate in the blog hop!!


 
How to Participate:


Follow the hostesses located in the first and second spots - Feeding Four and Scraps of Life Blog. If you want me to follow you back, please leave a comment letting me know that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog.

Create a new Friendly Wednesday blog post on your own blog and be sure to use the button provided on the side bar.

Enter your information into the linkup below.

Follow all the other blogs you want. This is a great way to get more followers!

Friendly Wednesday will be posted once a week. Your link must be added every week so be sure to come back to linkup!






CVS Deals Week of 3/8

There has been a lot of questions about my grocery budget lately. I've started a new series - How I Keep My Budget Under Control. In it, I've mentioned I get all my toiletries from CVS and Rite Aid for FREE or CHEAP. I'd like to start sharing some of the weekly deals with you to help lower your grocery budgets.




How to Get Started at CVS
Here are the best deals I see at CVS this week:

Buy 1 Revlon Nail Polish at $3.99, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)

Use $1/1 coupon from the 2/13 SmartSource
FREE after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Complete, Revitalens or Blink at $7.89, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1)
 $3/1 coupon from the 3/6 SmartSource
$0.89 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Schick Hydro 3 or Hydro 5 at $8.79, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
$2/1 coupon from the 1/30 SmartSource
$1.79 after coupon and ECBs

Kind of a slow week...Did you score a great deal this week? I'd love to hear about it!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Meal Plan 3/6

Even with hubbys help in menu planning, I've had some issues with coming up with meals this week. I don't feel like cooking, but I don't want to eat out every day either. So, I've struggled through the meal plan again. Hopefully next week it will get easier! I dug through the freezer and found some meats that need to be used up. They made up the base for my menu this week. :)


E's Cheeseburgers (didn't get to last week)
Steak Stir fry (didn't get to last week)
Chicken Soft Tacos
BBQ Chuck Roast
Bourbon Chicken
Leftovers
It's my birthday - undecided

What are you eating this week? I'd love to check it out!

Find 100s more menus at OrgJunkie.com.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What's Cooking Thursday - Nachos

Welcome to What's Cooking Thursday! A place for you to link up whatever it is you've been cooking at your house! Not a blogger? Leave your recipe in the comment section. Look for a featured recipe next week. Feel free to link up as many recipes as you'd like, all I ask is that you link back to What's Cooking Thursday!







Lately, I have been craving nachos. I'm not sure why because I don't think I've ever eaten them. But I didn't want to go to a restaurant to get them so I made my own! It took about 30 seconds and they were amazing! The whole plate disappeared in about 5 minutes. I wasn't the only one who enjoyed them. :)

You'll need :
tortilla chips
taco meat
shredded cheese
sour cream, salsa, lettuce, peppers - optional

Spread chips and cheese on a microwaveable plate. Microwave 15 seconds or until cheese is melted. In a separate microwavable bowl, warm taco meat. Spread over chips and cheese. Add more cheese if desired. Microwave 15 seconds more or until cheese is melted. Top with optional toppings and serve.

This week's featured recipes are:




What have you been cooking this week?

My Rite Aid Trip

I had a few rain checks to redeem at Rite Aid so this past weekend, hubby and I did some shopping. :)
We went to two different stores so we didn't deplete the stock of Degree.
I used a $3 UPR that was expiring and a $2 video values coupon to pay nothing out of pocket for these 4 deoterants and I recieved 2 $2 UPR in return.
Essentially earning $4 for buying these.

Then I turned around and bought 4 more deoterants:


I had another Video Values coupon that I used to make my out of pocket total $0. But the cashier rang it up wrong (didn't take off my UPR from the rain checks) and I ended up getting $4.24 back in cash.

 I also bought 4 Johnson & Johnson products. I paid $2.04 out of pocket and recieved $8 in UPR.

Great deals to be had at Rite Aid! Check out this weeks deals HERE.

Cheap Date Night - 2 Movie Tickets for $9!

Looking for a cheap date night idea? Today, Living Social is offering 2 Fandango Movie tickets for just $9.00. With Fandango, you can use them at almost any movie theater nationwide.

  • If you haven’t signed up for Living Social, you can do so HERE.
  • Change your city to Washington, DC to see the deal. 
Fine print:
• Both tickets must be purchased for the same movie and show time in a single transaction
• Promotional value of Promo Codes expire June 6th, 2011.

 You can even go through Swagbucks to get 315 swagbucks added to your account!!

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What Did You Have for Breakfast?

Did you know that one in four kids does not receive a proper breakfast? To help with this Kellogg's has partnered with Action for Healthy Kids to help provide meals for children who would otherwise not get a healthy breakfast.


What does this have to do with you? For every breakfast you share by either uploading a  photo or a description of what you had for breakfast from today through July 31, 2011, Kellogg's will donate one breakfast. Their hope is to donating a total of one million breakfasts! You can also text your breakfast picture to 21534.

Wouldn't it be great to start your day off by sharing a breakfast with someone who doesn't have one?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Friendly Wednesday 3/1

Welcome to Feeding Four's Friendly Wednesday Blog Hop! I'm glad you're here!


Thank you to all the bloggers who linked up last week!

Please feel free to grab the button (located in the right side bar) and add it to your blog to get more bloggers to participate in the blog hop!!





 
How to Participate:


Follow the hostesses located in the first and second spots - Feeding Four and Scraps of Life Blog. If you want me to follow you back, please leave a comment letting me know that you are a new follower and leave a link to your blog.

Create a new Friendly Wednesday blog post on your own blog and be sure to use the button provided on the side bar.

Enter your information into the linkup below.

Follow all the other blogs you want. This is a great way to get more followers!

Friendly Wednesday will be posted once a week. Your link must be added every week so be sure to come back to linkup!
 



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