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Wednesday
Feb222017

Instant Pot V3 6-Quart Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker Only $71.33 Shipped! (Reg. $99.95)

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With today's Amazon promo of $8.62 off any order of $50 or more you can score this for only $71.33! Awesome deal! Use promo code BIGTHANKS at checkout.

I am so glad that this is still on sale and it is the newer 2017 model! Amazon is offering the Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W on sale right now for only $79 Shipped! (reg. $99.95) 

  • All new 2017 Instant Pot LUX 60 V3 is an upgraded version of the Instant Pot LUX60 model
  • Large, easy to use control panel with the addition of Cake and Egg cooking programs
  • Up to 240 minutes of pressure cooking time as opposed to 120 minutes.
  • Ability to disable alarms and switch to silent operation.
  • Capacity: 6L/6.33 Qt, Power rating: 1000W, Voltage: 110v/60Hz, Gross Weight: 14.57 pounds

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Wednesday
Feb222017

Don't Want To Upsize? Here's How To Make A Small Home Feel Bigger

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Sometimes upsizing just isn’t an option, even if the extra space would be wonderful. Maybe you just can’t afford the higher cost, or you just absolutely adore the house you’re currently in. Optimizing space to make a home feel bigger can save you all the costs of upsizing, and make a smaller home feel infinitely more comfortable. So whether you’re planning on expanding your family, or you just seem to accumulate more and more stuff, here’s how you can make that home of yours feel more spacious, without all the costs of upsizing.

Let all the light in

A dark, dingy space automatically feel smaller, more cramped, and even a bit more depressing. The best way to make a small space feel bigger is to welcome as much light in as possible. Keep the walls painted in light, neutral colors, and ensure any larger pieces of furniture follow the same theme. This allows natural light to reflect around the room more easily, making it feel bigger. Make the most of your windows, too. Paint the section around it a brilliant white, and keep the windows completely unobstructed. The best way to achieve this is by using a curtain rail that is larger than the window, so when the curtains are open they obstruct the wall, not the window, allowing all the light in and making the window appear larger from the room. If you’ve not got access to a lot of natural light - maybe your home is south facing, or you’re occupying a basement flat - using bright LED lights is a good way to emulate this, and can still make a room feel far larger. 

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Use mirrors to make spaces seem bigger

Sticking with the theme of natural light, just like with painting the rooms white to help the light reflect, it can also be helpful to put some mirrors in to get even further reflection. When a large mirror is placed opposite a window, it can almost double the light in the room, and also helps to bring the outside in, creating the illusion of more space that way. They can also help to achieve the illusion that a room goes on for further than it seems. While mirrors are the most obvious way to get this effect, using other reflective surfaces around your home will also create the illusion of space and light. Using chrome or stainless steel fixtures, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens can make the space feel larger, and even glossy surfaces and tiles can add to the effect.

Make shared bedrooms fun

The difficulty of a smaller home with a larger family is enabling everyone has enough space to feel comfortable, including space to call their own. If you have a multi-child family, sometimes those children have to share their bedrooms, and this can pose all manner of difficulties. For larger rooms, multiple single beds with large curtains or room dividers allow each child to create their own, private space, separate from each other. For smaller rooms, double or triple bunk beds have to be employed, and those areas are then the ones to be personalized. Allow each child to choose their own bedding - a child’s bedroom is no place for cohesive decor after all. Then allow them to put artwork on their section of the wall, and use bunting and fairy lights to personalize. Keep the rest of the room light, neutral, and as clutter-free as possible, and you’ve got yourself a room that multiple kids can use, without having to sacrifice their own sense of identity.

Choose multi-functional furniture

Throughout the home, furniture obviously takes up the most space. Being able to use multifunctional furniture allows you to keep the number of items down, but also allows helps to keep the costs down. Consider a large dining table which can also double as an office desk or homework area. Sofas and beds with large amounts of storage underneath are also great for homes with limited space, as storage always tends to become an issue. A coffee table which is also a trunk, a sofa which is also a guest bed, all of these things are great space and money savers, and look amazing too. Don’t be afraid to opt for larger pieces of furniture, as they can actually make a room seem bigger than lots of smaller items, which can break cohesion and create the illusion of clutter.

Utilize all outside space

If your inside space is chock full of furniture and people, the logical place to go next is to the yard. A house with a yard is a house with a space screaming for an extension, although not necessarily of the building kind. An area of decking, with outdoor seating, potted plants, and maybe even a barbecuing area allows you to move outdoors when the weather is finer, meaning you feel less cramped. Instead of forking out for an expensive house move, why not use a little bit of that money to create a yard you want to spend time in, which suits your family and gives you an extra place to relax?

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Keep it clutter free

Clutter is the bane of a smaller house - it takes up space, confuses the eye, and doesn’t really help the room to feel larger. The key here is to be a little bit brutal - throw out anything you don’t need, avoid buying anything unnecessary, sell anything worth any money, and if you can’t throw it out, make sure you have somewhere to store it. Smart storage solutions in a smaller home are the way forwards, so it’s important to get imaginative. Do you have a nook which is too small to use for anything? Put a cupboard door over it and keep boardgames or crockery in there. Do you have a bathroom with a blank wall? Put up shelves or cupboards for keeping toiletries or cleaning products in. They key to a spacious home of any size is good storage, but it’s especially important for smaller homes.

Keep it clutter free, get smart with your use of space, and there’s no reason you can’t all be happy in a smaller home, without having to fork out to upsize.

Wednesday
Feb222017

*HOT* $50 Gift Cards Only $41.38 Shipped! (Starbucks, Sephora, Fandango, Whole Foods + More)

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Wowza! As I mentioned previously, today only, Amazon is offering $8.62 off a $50 purchase with promo code BIGTHANKS at checkout. This offer is valid on physical gift cards from select retailers (not Amazon) so it makes for one sweet deal! Discounted gift cards is one of my favorite ways to save! 

Here are just a few options to choose from:

$50 Fandango Gift Card

just $41.37 shipped when you use the code BIGTHANKS


$50 Starbucks Gift Card
just $41.37 shipped when you use the code BIGTHANKS


$50 Darden Gift Card

just $41.37 shipped when you use the code BIGTHANKS


$50 Whole Foods Gift Card

just $41.37 shipped when you use the code BIGTHANKS


$50 Sephora Gift Card

just $41.37 shipped when you use the code BIGTHANKS


$50 Nordstrom Gift Card

just $41.37 shipped when you use the code BIGTHANKS

+ more!

Wednesday
Feb222017

*HOT* $8.62 off $50 Purchase at Amazon! (Today Only)

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Today only, Amazon is offering $8.62 off a $50 purchase when you use the code BIGTHANKS at checkout. You can score Free shipping on a $35 order, a $25 Book order, or you will score Free 2-day shipping on any order with Amazon Prime Sign up for a Free 30-day trial HERE)

This is such a HOT deal! If you need to do some shopping today is the day to do it so that you can receive this awesome discount! 

Tuesday
Feb212017

CamelBak eddy Insulated Water Bottle Only $9.50! (reg. $20)

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I love these water bottles and this is a super deal! Amazon is offering the CamelBak eddy Insulated .6L Water Bottle for only $9.50! (reg. $20) It is available in 4 color options at this low price. 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Tuesday
Feb212017

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

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 I love to try out new recipes for family! Sometimes they are what my husband calls "Make Again" recipes while others are not. This recipe for Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers got my family's approval 100 times over! If you like the traditional Philly Cheesesteak, then you will LOVE this! It is really easy to put together and bakes in no time! This recipe is also low carb and Gluten Free which is also a plus in my book.

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Ingredients:

8 oz. Thinly Sliced Roast Beef (I just used the Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh variety but any should work)
8 Slices Provolone Cheese
2 Large Green Bell Peppers cut in half lengthwise with the seeds and ribs removed
1 Medium Sweet Onion – Sliced
6 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms – Sliced
2 Tbs. Butter
Minced Garlic

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the peppers in half lengthwise and remove the ribs and seeds.
  3. In a large skillet, sautee the mushrooms, onions and garlic in the butter. Add the sliced roast beef to the mixture to blend with the flavors of the veggies.
  4. Line the inside of each pepper with a slice of Provolone Cheese. 
  5. Pile the Meat and Veggie mixture high into each pepper.
  6. Top with another slice of Provolone Cheese. 
  7. Bake in 400 Degree oven for around 30 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and the peppers are tender to the touch. 
Enjoy! Your tastebuds will thank you! Winking smile
 
-Recipe adapted from Peace, Love and Low Carb 
Tuesday
Feb212017

Brother Wireless All-in-One Color Printer Only $39.99 Shipped! (Reg. $89)

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If you are in the market for a new printer this is a great deal! BestBuy is offering the Brother Wireless All-in-One Color Printer for only $39.99 Shipped! (Reg. $89)

Brother All-in-One Printer: Print important documents right from your compatible mobile device with this printer, which features Apple® AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Brother iPrint&Scan. The 1.8" color LCD simplifies setting adjustments on the printer, and automatic double-sided printing helps save you time and paper.

Tuesday
Feb212017

Finish Max in 1 Fresh 74-Count Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Tablets Only $7.79 Shipped!  

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Here's another great dishwasher detergent deal that you can score without leaving your house! Amazon is offering Finish Max in 1 Fresh 74-Count Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Tablets for only $7.79 Shipped when you clip the $3 coupon. 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Monday
Feb202017

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes TWIN Count Pack Only $5.19 Shipped!

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I just placed my order as these wipes are my absolute favorite facial wipes and this is an Awesome deal! Plus, you don't have to leave your house! Amazon is offering Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes 25 ct, Twin Pack for only $5.19 Shipped when you clip the 20% coupon and choose the Subscribe and Save option to the right of the page. 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Monday
Feb202017

The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Beginner Books Only $6.93! (reg. $16.99) Includes 6 Books

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We love the Berenstain Bears and this is fantastic deal! Amazon is offering The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Beginner Books for only $6.93! (reg. $16.99) Please note that it is currently out of stock. Go ahead and purchase the book at this low price so that when it comes back in stock they will ship it to you at this low price.

Calling all Berenstain Bear fans! What could be a better than six Berenstain Bear Beginner Books? Six Berenstain Beginner Books for less than the price of two! At only $15.99, The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Beginner Books is an incredible value and includes the full, unabridged text and illustrations for The Bike Lesson, The Bears' Picnic, The Bears' Vacation, Bears in the Night, The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree, and The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone all bound together in one sturdy, hardcover omnibus. Perfect for birthdays and holidays, these are classic, funny, stories about family (albeit one covered in fur!) with timeless, Bear Country appeal.

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Monday
Feb202017

RARE Buy 2 Get 1 Free Kellogg's Special K Cereal Coupon! 

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Here's a RARE coupon that you will want to print now! 

Head on OVER HERE and print your coupon for Buy any TWO Kellogg's® Special K® Cereals, Get ONE FREE (Up to $3.99) This is an awesome coupon! If were were to get a BOGO sale at Publix on Kellogg's Special K Cereal, you would get 4 boxes for the price of 1! 

Monday
Feb202017

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera AND Twin Pack Instant Film Only $45.43 Shipped! 

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Wow, this is a fabulous deal! Amazon is offering the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera AND Twin Pack Instant Film for Only $45.43 Shipped! 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

 

Monday
Feb202017

*HOT* Earth's Best Training Pants 104-Pack Only $11.68 Shipped! 

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Wow! This is such an awesome deal! Amazon is currently offering Amazon Family & Prime Members a clippable coupon to save 35% off Earth's Best Diapers and Wipes. When you pair this coupon with Subscribe and Save you can get some super HOT deals! 

One idea to note are the 104 Pack of Earth’s Best Chlorine-Free Potty Training Pants in Size 3T-4T. These will be just $11.68 shipped when you clip the 35% off coupon and choose Subscribe & Save option to the right of the page. 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

-thanks, Hip 2 Save!

Monday
Feb202017

Crazy 8: Baby & Kids Pajamas Only $5.85 a Pair Shipped!

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Through today February 20, Crazy8.com is offering FREE shipping on any order plus an additional 15% off your entire purchase when you enter promo code PRES15 at checkout.

Be sure to look around as there are lots of great deals! One item to note are the Kids & Baby Pajama Sets on sale for $6.88. With promo code PRES15 they are just $5.85 per pair shipped to your door!

GO HERE to start shopping.

Monday
Feb202017

Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Knife Set Only $15! 

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As you can see, I personally own these knives and love them! They are a great everyday set!   

I love this set and am so glad that it is back! Amazon is offering the Highly Rated Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Knife Set, Bright (6 knives and 6 knife covers) for only $15! This is a fantastic price!

  • Knife set is 6 knives and 6 knife covers,High-quality stainless steel blades
  • Non-stick color coating for easy slicing
  • Color coding reduces the risk of cross-contamination during food preparation
  • Comes with matching blade guards and ergonomic handles,Style-conscious hues
  • Set Includes: 8" Chef Knife, 8" Slicing Knife, 8" Serrated Bread Knife, 7" Santoku Knife, 6.5" Utility Knife, 3.5" Paring Knife

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Sunday
Feb192017

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops #SundaySupper

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We love pork chops in our house, but it can sometimes be challenging fnding new ways to prepare them. I was so excited to have the opportunity to come up with a new recipe that combines sweet and sour flours into one perfect bite. Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops are sure to be your family's new favorite! My boys licked their plates clean and my husband told me that these were the best pork chops he had ever eaten. I'd say they are a winner! 

This week the #SundaySupper Tastemakers are bringing you Easy Pork Chop recipes that will make your mouth water! A big thank you goes out to our amazing host Shelby from Grumpy’s Honeybunch who helped to make this event happen!

Ingredients:

4 large size boneless pork chops 

1/4 cup balsamic glaze (You can make your own, but I found the most delicious pre-made variety at the store that I have been loving)

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon mediterranean spiced sea salt

2 cloves minced garlic

salt/pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

2. Add the 2 tablespoons of butter to an oven safe skillet and let it melt. Add the pork chops and let them brown on both sides. Be sure to season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper as you turn them to sear.

3. Place the pork chops in the oven and let them cook for around 10 minutes. 

4. While the pork chops are cooking you can prepare your glaze. Add your prepared balsamic mixture, brown sugar, honey, oregano, minced garlic, pinch of pepper (you could even use pepper flakes if you like really spicy) and mediterranean spiced sea salt to a bowl and mix well. The mixture should be nice and thick. 

5. Start spooning your prepared glaze onto to the chops during the remainder of the cooking process. You can do this as many times as you prefer. I would suggest at least 2 times for a delicious flavor and to ensure that the garlic in the glaze is cooked. 

6. Continue cooking the pork chops until they are completely cooked through. You can check with a meat thermometer to make sure that your chops are at least 145 degrees F. 

7. Serve with your favorite veggies or sides and enjoy! These are so moist and delicious! 

Want even more pork chop recipes? Check out these delicious offerings from the Sunday Supper tastemakers!

Pork Chops

Pork Chops

And More Pork Chops

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
Friday
Feb172017

64-Count Cascade Platinum ActionPacs Dishwasher Detergent in Fresh Scent Only $10.20 Shipped! 

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This is an amazing deal and the brand that I use! Amazon is offering Prime Members Cascade Platinum ActionPacs Dishwasher Detergent Fresh Scent 64 Count for only $10.20 Shipped when you clip the $0.25 coupon and choose the Subscribe & Save option to the right of the page. 

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.

Friday
Feb172017

Ladies Swing Tunics Only $12.99 + Free Shipping! (10 Color Options)

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You will need to move quickly on these if interested as sizes and colors are becoming limited! Jane is offering their ever-popular Ladies Swing Tunics on sale for only $12.99 + Free Shipping! These are availalbe in 10 gorgeous color options. These tunics are perfect to wear with leggings!

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer. 

Thursday
Feb162017

Tijuana Flats: Limited Time Turkey Chorizo Offerings + Giveaway! 

Disclosure: As part of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was given the opportunity for a blogger tasting at Tijuana Flats. I am also being provided with a gift card for sharing my honest opinion. 

I absolutley love Mexican food and could seriously eat it every day! With that being said, one of my go-to favorites when dining out is definitley Tijuana Flats. I love how everything is so fresh and they can customize most anything on their menu to your liking which is also a huge plus to me! Every Tijuana Flats meal is MADE TO ORDER with the freshest ingredients that are prepped the same day you enjoy them. 

For a limited time, Tijuana Flats is offering their Turkey Chorizo as an option in any of their entrees. If you have not tried the Turkey Chorizo, you are totally missing out! This is ground turkey mixed with chorizo and it makes for one tasty entree! The flavor is out of this world! 

One of the turkey chorizo items that you must try is the Hangover Burrito. I had the opportunity this week to head over to my local Tijuana Flats in Clearwater, Fl where manager Josh hooked me up with this deliciousness! The Hangover Burrito is a HUGE tortilla (choose between flour or wheat) that is filled with Turkey Chorizo, fried egg, jalapenos, cheese and potatoes. It is a party in your mouth! The flavor is unlinke anything you have ever had and it will keep you wanting to go back for more! This is only available for a limited time though so head on over to your local Tijuana Flats today to give it a try! 

Manager Josh was so gracious to me and he made sure that I didn't leave hungry! Before the Hangover burrito was served, he brought the Tijuana Trio to the table. If you are not familiar with this it is chips with salsa, queso, and guacamole. I have to tell you the Turkey Chorizo Queso is Out. Of. This World! I could literally sit and eat this all day! The Turkey Chorizo mixed with the melted cheese is like liquid gold in your mouth! We tried the regular beef queso as well, but my favorite was by far the turkey chorizo queso. The seasonings are amazing! 

Not only did we try the Hangover Burrito and Tijuana Flats Trio, but Josh also let us try the Turkey Chorizo Tostados and the Blackened Chicken Norrito Bowl. 

The Turkey Chorizo Tostados were a big hit with my 5 year old son Brady! These are lightly fried corn tortillas, refried beans, melted cheese, choice of filling, toppings, guacamole & choice of ranch, salsa, avocado ranch or Southwest citrus vinaigrette. Try it, you will love it! 

The Norrito Bowl is my go-to item when I visit Tijuana Flats. I love that it is all the goodness of a burrito but in a bowl; hence the title, Norrito Bowl. No + Burrito = Norrito. Light salsa-based rice, black beans, cheese, toppings, guacamole. Served in a bowl with choice of filling.

No meal is complete without dessert, right? Josh brought us the Cookie Dough Flautas to enjoy. These are definitely drool-worthy! If you love cookie dough, this is your dessert! The Cookie Dough Flauta is Chocolate chip cookie dough loaded into a flour tortilla, lightly fried & topped with powdered sugar. Served with a side of chocolate syrup. How can you go wrong with that deliciousness? 

Thank you so much to Josh and his crew at the Clearwater, FL location for their wonderful hospitality to me, my mom and son Brady. We had such a great time and the food was all amazing. We even brought so much food home! I can't wait to go back and have more delicious and fresh Tex-Mex!

I also wanted to mention that if you are out and about this Saturday and Sunday February 18th & 19th, Tijuana Flats is offering $5 Turkey Entrées! Choose any turkey entree with their delicious Turkey Chorizo as a filling for only $5! This includes the yummy Hangover Burrito! You can't beat $5 bucks! 

Want to check out the delicious food at Tijuana Flats for yourself? The folks at Tijuana Flats are giving away a $20 gift card to 2 lucky My Sweet Savings readers! Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below. The first entry is mandatory (answer the question on the Rafflecopter: What is your favorite menu item at Tijuana Flats) while you may gain additional entries with the other options. 

Good Luck Everyone!  😊

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Thursday
Feb162017

Flirty Aprons: Women's & Girls Aprons $6.99-$8.99! (reg. $19.95-$27.95)

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I love a cute apron when I am in the kitchen cooking! They also make the best gifts! Through February 25, Flirty Aprons is having a flash sale and select aprons are on sale for just $6.99-$8.99! (reg. $19.95-$27.95) Please note that promo codes cannot be used with flash sale items. 

In addition, you can receive 30% off other items with promo code FLIRTYLOVE at checkout. Shipping for these items starts around $5 depending on where you live.