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Saturday
Jun102017

Easy Sesame Chicken

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Are you looking for a yummy chicken dish that tastes just like your favorite takeout? Easy Sesame Chicken is absolutely delicious! Not only will you save money by making your own takeout, but this dish is very easy to prepare as well! My guys devoured this dish and there were no leftovers!

(recipe adapted from Budget Bytes)

INGREDIENTS: 

Chicken:

1 large egg

2 Tbsp cornstarch

Salt & pepper to taste

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs

2 Tbsp veg. oil for frying the chicken

 

Sauce:

4 Tbsp soy sauce 

2 Tbsp water 

1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil 

3 Tbsp brown sugar 

3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 

2 inch fresh ginger, grated 

2-3 cloves minced garlic 

2 Tbsp sesame seeds 

1 Tbsp cornstarch 

 

For Serving:

Chopped green onions for garnish

Hot jasmine rice to serve the chicken on top of 

Extra sesame seeds

 

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, 2 Tbsp cornstarch, salt and pepper. Cut chicken thighs into 1 inch pieces. Toss the chicken in the egg and cornstarch mixture.

Heat a large skillet or wok with 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot, add the chicken and all of the egg mixture. Cook the chicken, stirring only occasionally, until it is golden brown and cooked through (about 7-10 minutes). 

While chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl stir together the soy sauce, water, sesame oil, brown sugar, rice vinegar, fresh ginger, minced garlic, cornstarch, and sesame seeds. 

After chicken is cooked through and golden brown, pour the sauce over top. Toss the chicken to coat in the sauce. The sauce should begin to thicken as soon as it hits the hot skillet. Once the chicken is coated and the sauce thickened, turn off the heat.

Serve over hot jasmine rice and sprinkle with chopped green onions and additional sesame seeds if you prefer.

Enjoy!

Saturday
Jun102017

Review of TEN Spring Water

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I don't know about you, but during the hot summer months, I am continually drinking water to make sure that I don't get dehydrated. Staying hydrated is so important! I recently had the opportunity to review a line of water in the marketplace called TEN Spring Water. TEN water is not your average water, and you will experience water like you have never done so before! 

What makes TEN water so unique? It is rich with essential alkaline minerals and electrolytes. The result of these factors is great-tasting and refreshing water with a higher pH, just like water found in the purest glaciers. I absolutely love the crisp and natural taste that TEN water has. 

TEN water is:

  • Sourced from natural springs, never from a municipal (tap) water source
  • Stable pH — tested to hold pH in the bottle for a minimum of 2 years
  • BPA-free bottle

In addition to finding a great-tasting water, it really is important for us as consumers to know the source of where our water comes from. Source is everything. Many bottled waters, including alkaline waters, come from a tap and go through a purification process. TEN water is sourced from some of America’s purest springs. We searched far and wide for the highest quality natural sources because we believe the best drinking water comes from the Earth, not from a tap.

Bottled with a high pH and rich with alkaline minerals and electrolytes, this one-of-a-kind water contains zero calories and no added sugar. It’s simply pure, great-tasting hydration raised to the power of TEN. TEN water comes from underwater caves deep below the earth’s surface. These caves are natural quartzite and granite aquifers with rock so dense that they naturally filter the water to an incredibly ultra-pure state. From these caves the water flows directly to a nearby bottling facility through a sealed delivery system. Fun fact about TEN water. This water never sees the light of day until it is in the bottle, ready to be shipped to a store near you! How cool is that? I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with TEN water and I know that you will too!

Would you like to try this remarkable product for yourself? It is available at Publix, Walmart as well as Amazon and other fine retailers. 

GO HERE to read more information regarding this product and to find a retailer near you that sells it! 

Saturday
Jun102017

5 Refill Packs Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ONLY $7.39 Shipped! 

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If you love Pampers products this is a great deal! Amazon is offering 5 Refill Packs of Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes (320 Total Wipes) for ONLY $7.39 Shipped when you clip the $0.50 coupon and choose the Subscribe and Save option. What a hot stock up 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.

Saturday
Jun102017

Old Navy: Women's Dresses Only $8! (reg. up to $29.94)

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One of my must-have summer staples is on sale today at Old Navy! Stock up on dresses for only $8 each with promo code SWEET at checkout. This offer is valid both in-store and online so be sure to take advantage! Old Navy Swing dresses are my go-to pieces for this Hot Florida weather and you can really dress them up or down. They are also offering their cute fitted dresses on sale for $8! Be sure to stock up! 

GO HERE to start shopping. 

Friday
Jun092017

Free $10 Nordstrom Certificate When You Join Nordstrom Rewards!

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Calling all Nordstrom shoppers! When you join Nordstrom Rewards before July 9, you will receive a Free $10 Nordstrom Certificate to spend in-store during their Anniversary Sale! (July 21-August 6)

 

Friday
Jun092017

12 Packs of Cuties Baby Wipes ONLY $11.09 Shipped! 

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Need to restock your wipes stockpile? Amazon is offering Cuties Baby Wipes (Soft Pack, Unscented, 72-Count), Pack of 12 for only $11.09 Shipped when you clip the $6 coupon and choose the Subscribe and Save option. That makes each pack ONLY $0.92! 

*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
Jun092017

Finish All-in-1 Gelpacs 84 Count Box ONLY $9.79 Shipped!

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Stock up on dishwasher tabs without leaving your house! Amazon is offering Amazon Prime Members the Finish All In 1 Gelpacs, Orange 84 Tabs, Dishwasher Detergent Tablets for only $9.79 when you clip the 15% coupon and choose the Subscribe and Save option. That is like paying only $0.12 per gelpack!

*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
Jun092017

L’Oreal Paris Ideal Clean Makeup Removing Facial Towelettes ONLY $2.79 Shipped!

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Be quick if interested as this deal went quickly last time! I have been using these from the last time that I posted and love them! I am going back for another pack today! 

Amazon is offering L’Oreal Paris Ideal Clean Makeup Removing Facial Towelettes for Only $2.79 Shipped when you clip the $1 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.

Friday
Jun092017

Insignia Electric Griddle Only $9.99! (reg. $29.99)

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Need a new griddle? We love ours for pancakes! BestBuy.com is offering the Insginia Electric Griddle in black for only $9.99! (Reg. $29.99) AND, you can choose Free in-store pickup if avaialble at a store near you. Oherwise, shipping is free on orders of $35 or more. 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer. 

Friday
Jun092017

Sharing Is Caring: The New Way To Save Money


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As you are probably well aware by now, we love trying to save money as best we can. We get a bit of a kick out of being frugal. But it isn’t just about looking at ways to make the big financial decisions cheaper, it is also getting the best deals that make us smile. But while we pride ourselves on finding the best money saving tips and tricks, sometimes our best deals actually comes through our friends and family. It is this idea that sharing is caring because that we all pay less but get more in return.

Below we have come up with some top tips and tricks to help you get the most out of this new sharing phenomenon, and by the most, we mean to save the most.

Loyalties & Cashback

Loyalty cards are all too often not worth the hassle. They demand so much patience and so much loyalty and they hardly give much back in return. If you’ve ever had a loyalty card then you will know this. However, as moneysavingexpert.com will support, there are ways to earn points even quicker and one of them is to give a family member your supplementary card. By letting your spouse, or sibling or parent shop with a club card that is linked to your account you can quickly rack up some points and make savings. When it comes to sharing these points, a great way to do it is to save them until a big event, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving and then pay for all the food with them. Just make sure you trust their spending habits.

Expand Your World

We were tempted to reserve this strictly for travel, but all too often we explore the world through books as well; there is just no better way to expand the mind. So, tackling this first, why not sign up to a book sharing site, of which more and more are taking off. If you want recommendations then go with Paper Back Swap | stay-a-stay-at-home-mom.com which is free to join. As for actual expanding your world through travel, if you travel a lot with work or know someone that does, why not share out your air miles or offer to buy some off a friend for below the market value. That way you can see the world for less, and what is better than that.

Television & Music

Almost all streaming services these days - both TV and music - let you have more than one person, device or screen registered to an account. Yes, this is technically against the rules, but we have not heard of anyone their access denied because of it. Netflix, NowTV, Amazon Prime, Spotify; they all have multiple access. You just need to decide whether you are going to split the cost of one or go with two for the price of one. Let’s say you just want Netflix, in that case, you could spend as little as $3 a month on unlimited films and TV. Or you could pay for Netflix and your brother could pay for Spotify and then you have access to the best of both for half the price. Once again, just make sure you trust whoever you’re partnering up and shar

Thursday
Jun082017

Cottonelle Ultra ComfortCare Toilet Paper 36 Family Rolls Pack Only $14.63 Shipped! 

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Need to stock up on toilet paper? Amazon is offering Cottonelle Ultra ComfortCare Toilet Paper, Bath Tissue, 36 Family Rolls for only $14.63 Shipped when you clip the $1.50 coupon and choose the Subscribe and Save option. 36 family rolls are equivalent to 86 regular rolls which is like paying $0.17 per roll!

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

Thursday
Jun082017

DaySpring: Father's Day Gift Sets ONLY $10! (reg. up to $36.97)

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Need some inspirational Father's Day gifts? DaySpring.com is offering up several different Father's Day gift sets for just $10 each! (reg. up to $36.97) Shipping is free on orders of $25 or more with promo code 25FREE at checkout; otherwise, it starts at $6.95. 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer.

Thursday
Jun082017

Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookie 20-Pack Tub ONLY $6.64 Shipped! 

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Got a sweet tooth? 🍫 Amazon is offering the Pepperidge Farm 20-Pack Milano Cookie Tub for only $6.64 shipped when you choose the Subscribe and Save option. This makes each pack of cookies just $0.33 which is a fantastic deal! 

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

Thursday
Jun082017

The Big Financial Decisions And How To Make Them Cheaper

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One of the interesting things about how we spend money today is that a lot of it never actually passes through our hands. Whether you use your contactless card in a store, buy something online, or use a voucher, you are not actually handling cash. With only 8% of all the money in the world being physical, the rest simply exists as numbers on a series of computers. This is frightening in one way because it will affect how people spend and how their children grow up thinking about money. Making smart financial decisions relies on an understanding that money has real value. Its relative worth changes on the markets each day and foreign currencies strengthen or become weaker. But in terms of actual purchasing power, money is one of those things that you should teach your children about. In fact, one author and public speaker, Adam Carroll, did an experiment with his children where he replaced their monopoly money with $10,000 in real cash. This changed the way they played because the game had ceased to be abstract and had taken on real life consequences. This is especially important because one day your children will take out a loan for a car, or agree to a massive mortgage so that they can buy their first home. If they make a bad decision, it could seriously affect their life. In any case, making these transactions cheaper is always good. Here are a few ways of doing it:

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When it comes to buying a car, it is a good opportunity to teach your teenager about the value of the money that they will spend on the car. They are not cheap after all, and with the cost of insurance increasing beyond the rate of inflation, it is becoming more expensive. If they want to keep these costs down as much as they can, you can tell them not to modify their car. Research has found that putting a turbo engine in your car can raise the cost of insurance by as much as 132%. Putting decals and badges on the car will see a bump of 22% alone. However, if you tell your child that they need to get a job and pay for all or half of the cost of the car, when they get it, they will appreciate it more. If they do find that they struggle to find the cash, especially after they have taken out the loan, they may want to consult an auto loan refinance rates comparison website. It is not an ideal situation, but learning from one’s mistakes is often effective.

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Getting a mortgage is obviously another massive decision. Helping your child involves teaching them all of the things that they need to prepare in order to have the best chances of being met with approval. If they have any debts that they did not pay off, it will mean that their credit rating is not that good. Working with them to pay off their obligations is the best first step. You should tell them that registering on the electoral roll is not only part of their civic duty, it will help them get a mortgage too.

 

Wednesday
Jun072017

Ibotta App: Make Money Each Time You Shop + FREE $10 Credit! 

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Have you signed up yet for Ibotta? If not you are totally leaving money on the table each week when you shop. This is no-brainer! I have been using Ibotta for several years now and LOVE it! Ibotta is a super easy way to earn money just for buying items at favorite stores including online retailers and restaurants!

Here is how Ibotta works

-Get cash back with the Ibotta app just by shopping at stores like Publix, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Safeway and more! Ibotta even works with online sites like Groupon, Ebay, Jet.com, and more. AND, there are several restaurant offers each week as well!

-As you are shopping, check Ibotta to see if there are cash back offers for the items you are purchasing.

-Scan and submit your receipt after you shop and earn cash within hours after you submit your receipt.

-Your earnings can be used for CASH or gift cards to your favorite stores like Old Navy, Walmart, Target , Sephora, Starbucks, Best Buy and more!

-It is that easy! 

Through June 30, new users to Ibotta will earn a $10 credit to your account when you redeem your first rebate. This is such a great offer and you do not want to miss out! Even if you don't use coupons, this is a great way to put a few dollars back in your wallet each week. The money adds up too! I love to use my earnings for gift cards to my favorite stores and it gives me a little wiggle room to splurge on myself!

GO HERE to sign up for your FREE Ibotta account now! 

 

 

Wednesday
Jun072017

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband ONLY $89.99 Shipped! (Reg. $149.95)

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Need a gift for Father's Day? Amazon is offering the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband for ONLY $89.99 Shipped! (Reg. $149.95)

  • PurePulse continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking to better measure calorie burn all day
  • Maximize your workouts using simplified heart rate zones (Fat Burn, Cardio and Peak)
  • See call, text & calendar notifications on the OLED display; Automatically track how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alarm
  • Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalized Cardio Fitness Score; Use Connected GPS during run mode to see real-time stats like pace and distance on your wrist
  • Track all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes;Find moments of calm throughout your day with personalized guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate
  • US Version

*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
Jun072017

Mommy & Me Floral Skirts Only $8.99! (6 Color Options)

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For those of you with little girls, these skirts are too cute! Jane is offering Mommy & Me Floral Skirts for only $8.99! Shipping is $3.99 for the first item and $1.99 for additional items. There are 6 color options to choose from. 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer. 

Wednesday
Jun072017

Instant Pot 6-in-1 Multi Use 6-Quart Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker Only $79 Shipped! 

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If you have been wanting in on the Instant Pot craze, this is a great deal! Amazon is offering the Instant Pot LUX60 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart | Stainless Steel on sale right now for only $79 Shipped!

  • Instant Pot Lux V3 6 appliances in 1 enhanced version includes a cake and egg program in addition to the Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer.
  • Features 10 Smart Built-In Programs – Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Cake, Egg, Sauté, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, and Slow Cook, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
  • Built with the latest 3rd generation microprocessor technology, up to 240 minutes pressure-cooking up to 24 hours delay start, automatic Keep Warm up to 10 hours, 3 temperatures in Sauté & Slow Cook
  • Stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot, food grade 304, no chemical coating, with 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas
  • UL and ULC certified, includes 10 safety mechanisms to provide users with assurance and confidence, designed to eliminate many common errors
  • Accessories include, stainless steel steam rack without handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, recipe booklet (English), and manual and time table

*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
Jun062017

DIY: Kid's Homemade Slime Recipe

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Are the kiddos driving you crazy yet on Summer break? One thing that you can do to occupy their time is to make homemade slime! I recently did this with Brady and we had a blast! This recipe is super easy and literally takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. 

Slime Ingredients:

8oz. of Glue. (I used 8oz. of CraZArt Washable White Glue)

1 TBSP of Baking soda

Your choice of food coloring 

2 TBSP of Contact solution

 

Slime Directions: 

Place the 8oz. of glue into a bowl. 

Add the baking soda and mix together. 

Add food coloring until it is the desired color you prefer.

Add in the contact solution. 

Mix together until a ball forms and the mixture becomes harder. The trick here is to keep adding contact solution if the slime is still too sticky to the touch. This cannot be any easier to prepare and it is very budget-friendly too!

Enjoy! Brady and I had so much fun making this! 

 

Tuesday
Jun062017

Kate Spade New York Initial Monogram Mugs ONLY $2.93! (Reg. $15)

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These are SO cute and would make the best gifts to tuck away! Macys.com is offering designer Kate Spade New York Initial Mugs for ONLY $2.93! (reg. $15) Shipping is free with a $49+ order OR score free shipping on ANY size order when you add select beauty items to your cart. You may also choose Free in-store pick up if available at a store near you. 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer. 

-thanks, Hip 2 Save!