Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Help me decide: Short wavy haircuts!

I have hair that is naturally curly but I straighten it out everyday. (It's actually easier for me to go straight because you never know where curls will land...or if humidity will take over.)

Anyhow since I have so much body, I want to start "using it" instead of fighting it. So I have been looking online for new haircuts. I want to do something BOLD (different).

Do you like any of these? Actually they are all pretty similar, just various lengths. (Above is a recent photo of me. I've had this hairstyle for a couple of years!)


Recipe: Red Bean and Rice Party Dip

Are you looking for a new recipe to try this Fourth of July? Liven up the party with this Southwestern-style dip.

Red Bean and Rice Party Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

3 cup water
1 package ZATARAIN'S® Spicy Red Beans and Rice1 cup salsa
2 tablespoons chopped jalapeno peppers
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese

1. Prepare Rice Mix as directed on package, using 3 cups water instead of 3 1/4 cups.
2. Reserve 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese to garnish dip, if desired. Stir remaining ingredients into rice mixture. Place mixture into food processor or blender; cover. Process or blend until smooth.
3. Keep dip warm in a chaffing dish or slow cooker, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.
Let me know if you like it!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Spice up your next dinner with Zatarain's Cajun Brown Gravy Mix

Is your family tired of you serving the same dinner week after week? I know I have a few favorites that I whip up often and at times, hubby asks for something new.
Well, guess what, you can spice is up tonight! Zatarain's offers a new gravy mix that I love...Cajun Brown Gravy. It's a touch of beef, onion, garlic and peppers.
It has a nice flavor but not overly spicey and hot. You just add water and have the best gravy ever! I like to cook my beef in the crock pot all day and then serve it up with mashed potatoes and this brown gravy! (There is a Creole Red Gravy mix too, but I have not tried it yet--but plan to soon!)

Look for all products in local supermarket aisles or on MSPR $0.79.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product from Zatarains to write this review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Main Street Electrical Parade is back!

The Main Street Electrical Parade is back at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom this summer. The lights are spectacular and the kids really love it. Pictures don't do it justice, so I tried to shoot some video on my camera...

Friday, June 25, 2010

I spent $2.41 at Publix!

I didn't need much at the store today, but ran in for a handful of items (five items actually). I spent $2.41 and saved $10.07 (81-percent savings!) I love when I can get milk on sale!

2- Kraft BBQ sauce B1G1
2- Smart Balance Milk B1G1
-$1 off coupon
-$2 off coupon
1- Dannon Dan-o-nino Yogurt
-$1.50 coupon

For full coupon match ups, visit!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Kids Craft: July 4th Confetti Launcher

Confetti Launcher: Fireworks happen only after dark, but this craft creates a pop of color any time of day. Kids pull back on the string to release a shower of tissue paper confetti, then gather it up and refill the launcher again…and again…and again. Learn more here: And, for more ideas, pick up the latest Disney Family Fun issue (June/July 2010) on newsstands now!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

CVS Scenario: Get all this for $5!

Heading to CVS this week? You can get a few items for only $5 total!
Here's a scenario to save you a few bucks:

Transaction #1:
Buy 1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste: $2.99
-Use $1/1 coupon from 6/6 Smart Source insert
Out of pocket: $2ish
Get back: Receive $2 ECB

Transaction #2:
Buy 1 CVS Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen (50-ct): $3.99
-$2 ECB (from toothpaste/transaction #1)
Out of pocket: $2ish
Get back: $3 ECB

Transaction #3:
Buy 1 Nestle Pure Life Water (24-pk) $2.77
Buy 1 PowerBar Pure & Simple: $.99

- $3 ECB (from ibuprofen/transaction #2)
Out of pocket: $0.75ish
Get back $0.99 ECB for next visit

Total out of pocket: $4.75ish
(and $1 ECB for next visit!)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fabulous Friday Finds (Big sales at the mall)

I ran to the mall for a couple of hours this morning, and wow, the sales were great. Macy's and JCP had great sales, and $10-off coupons in today's paper!
My first purchase was at Macy's, where I got hubby a shirt and shoes for work.
Total spent = $53.48; Total saved $75.01 +$10 coupon
Then I went upstairs to the Macy's children's dept.
Total spent $22.96; total saved $74.51
Next, I went to JCP's men's dept for some Father's Day shopping. (shorts $9.99)
Total spent = $53.46; total saved $112.04My fourth and final purchase was JCP's children's dept.
Total spent = $34.17; total saved = $73.00Shopping Total:
Spent $164.07; Saved $344.56
(That is a savings of 68%!!!)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day!

Celebrate by serving your kids this ‘Crazy Cucumber Snake’ from Disney FamilyFun magazine. Visit for full directions.

Dessert: Father's Day "Grate" Cupcakes

A Grate Gift for Dad. This clever trio is a tasty way to honor the King of the Grill on Father’s Day. And who doesn’t love dessert (they’re cupcakes!)?

Kebabs = A caramel cream and red, yellow, and green candy fruit slices, cut into small pieces + toothpick skewers

Pork chop = two thirds of a caramel cream, molded with fingers + black food coloring, applied with a toothpick

Hot dogs = Hot Tamales candies + black food coloring, applied with a toothpick

For more Father’s Day fun and fare, visit or check out the latest issue of Disney FamilyFun – on newsstands now.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Grab some vitamins at Publix!

Deal Scenario:
Buy one Marvel Heros Gummies Multi-vitamin priced @ $5.99
Buy one Acididophilis $4.79 (or Vitamin D, $2.99)

Use two coupons:

-one $6/2 Sundown Naturals Vitamins, Osteo bi-Flex or Marvel Heroes Gummies Publix Green Advantage Buy Flyer
-one $3/2 Sundown Vitamins printable

My total: $1.39 out of pocket

(If you get vitamin D, free!)

Thank you Addicted to Savings for bringing this to my attention!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Your kids going to camp? You can prevent lice!

Our local news ran a story 2 or 3 months ago about a lice outbreak in area schools. I didn't pay much attention to be honest. UNTIL, the last week of school when a child in Princess Mimi's preschool class (her best friend in fact!) was sent home with lice.

Fortunately, I have not yet seen it in Mimi's hair. I am checking daily! So it ironic when I received an emailabout lice PREVENTATIVE SHAMPOO in my inbox today... I had to share with you moms...

Lots of things are shared at summer camp: friendships, secrets, tents, crafts, etc. Don’t let lice be one of the things your kid writes home about. The newest must have item on the camp packing list is the first ever lice preventative shampoo and conditioner available at drug stores and supermarkets nationwide including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart for $9.99.

Avoid lice outbreaks this summer and forever by protecting kids with new Lice Shield Shampoo & Conditioner in 1 and Leave-In Spray, which is gentle enough for everyday use on kids of all ages. Lice Shield repels lice using a unique blend of natural oil extracts that have been clinically proven to dramatically reduce the likelihood of lice infestation by over 80%. Spray Lice Shield Leave-In Spray in shared headgear like baseball and horseback riding helmets and theatre costumes to prevent lice.

Unlike products with harsh chemicals, Lice Shield prevents lice using natural ingredients like citronella, rosemary and eucalyptus. So now, when one kid gets lice, the rest don't have to.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Have an iPhone? Win with!

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Well, first Download the App. Then, you link your WeReward account to your Twitter, Facebook, or Foursquare account.

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Zatarain's Products

I plan to spend my weekend testing some of the Zatatrain's products! As most of you know I am from Louisiana, and I love to cook Cajun dishes for my hubby. The company sent me a few products to try, and I am hoping thes products will "live up" to my taste buds! Have a great weekend y'all!

Friday Freebie: Lots of Samples!

Do you like getting free samples in the mail? I sure do! (I like to pack them away for vacation to save space in my luggage--things like deodrant, toothpaste, etc). Well, here are a few samples you can get FREE from Wal-Mart this week (toothpaste, deodorant, tampons, detergent, and more!): and

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

WD's Make a Meal is Back!

Don't forgot to check out Winn-Dixie's Make-A-Meal this week. Remember sale starts today and is limited to one deal per transaction. Happy Shopping! And if you want to learn how to match Winn Dixie's current sales with coupons, you can visit:

Friday, June 04, 2010

Tyson Grilled & Ready Winners

The three winners have been randomly chosen and are:

Shan, "pick me... pick me!!!"
Dena, "I'll try anything that's free!"
Starnes Family, "We would love these. My husband has been blackening chicken, so we're always looking for new variations! "

I'll email each winner separately to get a mailing address for the coupons! Congrats to the winners and thank you all who entered!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Saved 52-percent at Publix today!

Publix trip today: 52% savings today!
Spent = $67.90 / Saved = $73.44 / Total value = $141. 34

My fridge and pantry at stocked! It was a great week for me at Publix--meaning they had items I LOVE on sales. For example, College Inn Broth, Yoplait YoPlus Yogurt and South Beach bars were on sale B1G1 Free! Other sales included Coke products, Disney vitamins, Del Monte Chillers, Nature Valley bars and more! Add these with coupons and BIG SAVINGS! (The few things I did no thave coupons for were the grapes, dishwasher liquid, soy milk, and ravilio.)

If you want to learn how to coupon sale prices with coupons? Please visit:

I Heart Publix

Two more days to enter: Tyson Chicken Giveaway

Please take a minute to enter my blog giveaway for a chance to win FREE TYSON CHICKEN product. I will pick a winner on Friday evening. Enter HERE. (3 winners will receive a coupon worth $9.99!)

For more information on Tyson® Grilled & Ready™ Whole Breast Fillets and to learn more about Holly Clegg’s tips and recipes that help give moms a jump start on meals, visit