Monday, May 31, 2010

Recipe: Simple Sesame Ginger Chicken

Simple Sesame Ginger Chicken
Recipe Courtesy of Holly Clegg and Tyson Foods
You can prepare this Asian-inspired chicken dish faster than picking up Chinese take-out!
Recipe serves 4
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 6-7 minutes

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame or olive oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon water
4 Tyson® Grilled & Ready Whole Breast Fillets
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
Preparation Instructions
1. In small bowl, make the sauce by whisking together ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic and water.
2. Place chicken in microwave safe dish, and cover with sauce. Follow microwave directions on Grilled & Ready packaging to heat.
3. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with steamed broccoli and white or brown rice

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Walgreen's Deals (5/30)

I haven't been impressed with the sales at Walgreen's the past few weeks but today was GREAT. I got $32 of products for $18, plus $2-register rewards! In Central Florida, I found the following:

Huggies Pull Ups Training Pants $8.99
-$1 off coupon from past Sunday paper
(NOTE: Target has the same price this week, with an offer to buy 3 packs and get a $5-Target gift card, so you decide which place to shop. I didn't need 3 packs, since we are almost potty trained.)

V-8 Fusion Juice 2/$5 with in-ad coupon
plus you can find $1 and $0.50 coupons online or in past Sunday papers

Oxi-Clean products $2.99
-$2 off Oxi Clean MaxForce Power Paks Or Liqui-Gel, SS 4/25
or coupons on the Oxi Clean web site

Coffee: Dunkin Donuts $5.99 or Folger's 2/$5

$2.50 RR wyb select Kotex U products, $3.49
-$1 off U by Kotex Pads SS 4/18 (exp 5/30)

Palmolive Dish Liquid, 10 oz., 99¢ w/ in-ad coupon
-.25/1 Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap, 20-25 oz.+, SS 5/23

For more Walgreen's deal, visit or

Friday, May 28, 2010

Enter Tyson's "Tell Us Your LIttle Nugget" Drawing

To help parents conquer mealtime battles with picky eaters, Tyson Foods and Robin Miller are teaming up to show how finger foods, like Tyson® 100% All Natural Chicken Nuggets, can not only please picky eaters but also be fundamental in building a foundation of balanced eating habits

Most moms have tried almost everything to get their kids to stop saying “no!” to the new or unfamiliar foods on their plates. Once moms find that “nugget” of mealtime wisdom that gets their fussy eaters to try new foods and help build a foundation of balanced nutrition, they often want to pass this valuable information along to other moms.

To encourage moms to share their own “nugget” of mealtime wisdom, Tyson is launching the “Tell Us Your Little Nugget” program at for a chance to win great prizes. You can simply submit your own “nugget” of mealtime wisdom, which can include any tip that has pleased the young, picky eaters in the household while building the fundamentals of balanced nutrition.

Through a random drawing, three entrants will be selected to receive a $1,500 savings bond and a year supply of Tyson® 100% All Natural Chicken Nuggets. The drawing will also determine a grand prize-winning entrant who will receive a $5,000 savings bond and a year supply of Tyson® 100% All Natural Chicken Nuggets.

Robin has also developed some of her own “nuggets” of mealtime wisdom and finger food suggestions to help provide balanced nutrition and please even the pickiest of eaters. To read Robin Miller’s “nuggets” of mealtime wisdom and for more information on Tyson® 100% All Natural Chicken Nuggets, please visit

Summer Fitness tips

Summer Shape Up Tips By: Lisa Avellino,
Fitness & Nutrition Expert for Focus28 (

Tip 1-take the plunge!
Poolside fat burner-approx. 400-800 calories burned!
At chest level about 80 to 90% of the body is supported due to buoyancy, therefore the joints and bones are well protected. You will shape and tone up faster, as water provides more resistance. Flexibility and balance improves, as there are a wider range of motions, which can be performed in water.
It is not healthy to run in higher temperatures; so why not warm up by walking the perimeter of the pool, then jogging it. In the shallow end, do 60 seconds each of walking lunges, squats, and leg lifts to the front side and back, holding on to the edge. If you use an aqua free weight or flow tie it increase the feeling of resistance & will add the perfect intensity to your workout. Finish working the lower body with flutter kicks holding the edge or using a kickboard.
Then submerge to the neck and do chest presses, reverse flies, bicep curls, and arm circles to work the upper body.

Tip 2-Hit the beach!
Aside from the beautiful view of the ocean and the great people watching there are many benefits of walking on the beach. Walking in sand requires a greater effort than walking on a hard surface. Your muscles and tendons will work harder as your foot moves around. Walking at a slower pace requires more effort than walking fast or even jogging. Walking in sand requires 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy than walking on hard surfaces. Jogging in sand uses 1.6 times more energy than jogging on hard surfaces!

Tip 3-drink up!
Hydration is the key to wellness and weight loss. It is recommended to drink 1 gallon of water a day or 1/2 your weight in ounces and in the summer months even more! Also, try sugar-free low-cal drinks next time you want to quench your thirst or have some great-tasting popsicles. For your most refreshing new weight loss flavored water go to

Tip 4-Take a 10 minute summer vacation that burns 100 calories!
~At the carnival - try 15 min. of Dance revolution burns 100 calories
~At the park- - try 30 min. of Frisbee or flying a kite burns 100 calories
~In your backyard - try 10 min of jumping rope burn 100 calories
~Any where - try a quickie-20 min. of vigorous sexual activity burns 100 calories!

Weekend Deals: Shopping

Target has Listerine mouthwash (a variety of flavors) on clearance for $1.99. This pairs nicely with recent Sunday coupons! I had a $1-off and a $2-off so scored two bottles for only $1! I also found Glade Candles on clearance for $2.44 so picked up a few for teacher year-end gifts.

Perfect for the Memorial Day weekend...Albertson's has 18-pack bottle beer (Coors Light, Miller Light and Bud Light) on sale for $12.99, plus a $1-off coupon in their weekly newspaper ad (total $11.99!)! Along, with the big bags of Lays chips for only $1.88.

I also headed back to Publix for more free BIC razors (B1G1 free + two $3-off coupons), Kraft mac and cheese (B1G1 x+$0.55 off 2 coupons), and Capri Suns ($1.67 each sale). In fact, I got over $30 worth of groceries for only $8!! If I haven't said it before, I love couponing!

Happy Shopping!

Friday Freebie: Movie Rentals

If you have a Blockbuster Express Kiosk nearby (I found one in my Publix grocery store), then you can use the following promo codes to score a FREE rental…




You can check Blockbuster Express locations here. You can use the code once per credit card (so if you use different cards each time you could use codes over and over!)

(Thank you Hip2Save!)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Does your kid have CRAZY hair?

So Cozy, the ultimate hair care line for children, The Children’s Place, and Working Mother magazine want to see your child’s CRAZIEST hair style.

In honor of the much-anticipated summer months, Working Mother, So Cozy, and The Children’s Place are inviting parents to share their kids’ wackiest hairstyle for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. From bed head to shampoo ‘dos, we want to see your child’s hair at it’s wildest.

From now until June 7th , is asking parents to upload and share images of whatever wacky and weird hairstyles their kids have been seen sporting–from a shampoo mohawk in the tub to a unique bed-head look. A panel of judges including So Cozy founder Cozy Friedman and Working Mother editors will take a look at all the different styles and pick ten crazy winners.

Each winner will receive a basket of product from the coveted So Cozy hair care line, as well as a $50 gift card and one Towel Buddy Bag (valued at $16.50) from The Children’s Place–the one-stop destination for big fashion at little prices.

Spread the word to your friends and family so that they can participate too!

Publix Trip: I saved 64-percent

I got $96.09 worth of groceries today for only $34.67 at Publix today!
Yup, I saved $61.42, or 64%!

Plus I saved my receipt for the $10 refund from Kraft Foods (receive $10 rebate when you purchase $30 of Kraft foods). $19.77 of this receipt applies!!

Update: I headed back to Publix on Friday for more free BIC razors (B1G1 free + two $3-off coupons), Kraft mac and cheese (B1G1 x+$0.55 off 2 coupons), and Capri Suns ($1.67 each sale). In fact, I got over $30 worth of groceries for only $8!! If I haven't said it before, I love couponing!

You can do it too! Visit for details:
I Heart Publix

PS - Also check your local paper today for a $5 off $50 purchase at Albertson's. Publix will accept this as a competitor's coupon for more savings!

Recipe: Black Bean Dip

Here'a healthy alternative for a nice dip for your Memorial Day barbecue. Recipe provided by Wellspring Camps, the nations leading weight loss organization.

Black Bean Dip
Serving Size: 2 Tbsp

1 -15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small can green chilies
1 cup salsa
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp cumin
optional: 1/4- 1/2 c cilantro

Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Add salt if needed.
Calories: 42Fat: 0g

And...For those of you who enjoy sweet beverages or cocktails, HINT, a 0 calorie, 0 sugar flavored water is your perfect alternative. With just a ‘hint’ of natural fruit flavor, and no preservatives, HINT will give you that sweet taste you crave without all the sugar and calories. It comes in 10 flavors, so it’s perfect in your favorite cocktail!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dinnertime! by Family Fun

Disney FamilyFun understands that the evening meal can be the best part of a family’s day — and the busiest. That’s why we’ve created the special collector’s issue, Dinnertime!, which hit newsstands earlier this month.

Filled with over 98 easy recipes, these pages gather the best dinner ideas from our 19 years of publication. Every recipe is family-tested and approved. Dinnertime! makes family meals simple and stress-free with chapters offering specific solutions to common dinner dilemmas, including:

Cheap eats: savory $$ savers; 30-minute meals; Picky eater pleasers; Break out of your rut: rethinking old faves; Dishes that teach kids cooking skills ...

And because family meals aren’t just about the food, Dinnertime! also serves up a generous helping of fun: conversation starter games, dinner-hour crafts, fun at the table, and more!

Dinnertime! is available for purchase on newsstands and at

Maintain a Healthy, Germ-Free Nursery

Ten Simple Tips to Maintain a Healthy and Germ-Free Nursery
By Dr. Benjamin Tanner

1. Identify the germ “hot spots” within your nursery and clean them often
Germ hot spots within the nursery are the areas that come in contact with waste in diapers and other body fluids, either directly or indirectly. Diaper waste--and the millions and millions of germs in it--can be spread by hands and objects that come incontact with it. Since germs are microscopic and invisible to the naked eye, it’s easy tospread many of them to clean surfaces without knowing it.
Areas where most bacteria typically gather include:
• Changing Table – This is the place where diaper messes and germs aretransferred from the diaper to baby’s skin – and possibly mom’s hands. And adirty diaper likely has more germs inside it than anything else in the nursery.
• Laundry Hamper – Studies have shown that laundry, especially if it has come incontact with bodily fluids, can harbor great quantities of bacteria and evenspread them to clean clothes through normal washing cycles.
• Floor – Germs on the floor are not a concern for adults, but the floor is wherebabies lay, crawl, and play. Most floor germs aren’t of the harmful type, but it’sstill a hot spot to keep an eye on.
• Toys/Toy chest – The average toy isn’t loaded with germs, but toys will transmitthem easily if they become contaminated, since toys come in contact withplaymates’ hands, skin, and mouths.

2. Learn the difference between cleaners and disinfectants, and which is appropriate for your nursery.
Cleaners remove most soils, but may spread germs around. Disinfectants actually killgerms when used correctly.
• To use a disinfectant correctly in a nursery, remove your baby from the spray orwipe zone and apply the product liberally. After the label-specified contact timeelapses, wipe off the surface with a wet cloth or paper towel to get rid of anyirritating residual chemicals so your baby’s delicate skin does not touch thesechemicals.
• It’s also wise to disinfect hard floors and vacuum carpets routinely to keep germlevels low•
Tip: Disinfectants say “disinfects,” “antibacterial” or “sanitizes” on the label.

3. Set aside a special place in the nursery for disinfectants so they’re readily available forquick cleaning but safely out of reach of children. Even “non-toxic” cleaners can be dangerous to children, so keep cleaners on a high shelfin the closet or a child-proofed drawer of the dresser.

4. Keep messes (and germs) to a minimum when changing dirty diapers in the nursery
• Establish a quick, mess-free diaper changing routine, and keep supplies handyand close by.
Create a dedicated changing area that can be easily cleaned anddisinfected. Take extra care to handle diapers from the outside surfaces and avoidotouching waste. Get rid of diapers in a hygienic fashion that keeps germs sealed away. I recommend the Diaper Genie II Elite™ Disposal System. It seals odor into thepail and out of your nursery unlike an ordinary trash can and plastic bag. Diapersonly touch the disposable film, not the pail, so there is one less thing to clean.The Diaper Genie II Elite™ Disposal System also has Antimicrobial Protectionbuilt into the plastic to inhibit odor-causing bacteria.

5. Keep soap and warm water, or where soap and water are not available, antibacterial hand wipes, nearby to use after changing your baby in the nursery. This will help stop the spread of germs within the nursery.
• Tip: When soap and water are not available, consider using an antibacterialhand wipe, such as Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hands and Face Wipes. Wet OnesAntibacterial Hands and Face Wipes are clinically proven to be just as effectiveas gel hand sanitizers in killing 99.99% of germs, and also clean away dirt andmesses.

6. Keep baby bottles away from germ hot spots, such as the changing table, and only handle them when your hands are clean. Harmful germs can grow very quickly in formula and breast milk – be sure to keepbottles clean and dry when not in use.

7. Keep a special hamper inside the nursery to use specifically for heavily soiled baby laundry. This special, separate hamper will help prevent bacteria on heavily soiled laundry fromspreading throughout the rest of the nursery. Also, take special care when laundering heavily soiled baby clothing and bedding to prevent the spread of germs through thelaundry.
• Use Hot water and/or chlorine bleach
• Dry laundry in a hot dryer cycle

8. Take special precautions within the nursery when baby is sick to prevent spread of illness to other children and throughout the rest of the nursery
• Disinfect nursery “hot spots” more frequently
• Reduce time other children spend in the nursery and with baby

9. Take special precautions in the nursery when you or other family members are sick, to keep from giving your infection to baby and spreading throughout the nursery
• Cover all coughs and sneezes
• Wash hands before contact with baby and when entering the nursery

10. Reduce pet access to the nursery
• Reptiles and birds frequently harbor dangerous germs, like Salmonella. Makesure that children wash hands well with soap and warm water after handlingreptiles and before coming into the nursery, and keep bird bedding/litter out of the nursery altogether. Dogs and cats are less risky but still may carry certain kinds of harmful bacteria.
•Cats may harbor a parasite that is of particular concern to pregnant women – if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, avoid changing cat litter toreduce exposure to the parasite Toxoplasma. If a pet makes a mess on the carpet, make sure to spray it with a non-bleach
•disinfectant after cleanup to prevent those germs from spreading to baby duringplaytime.

Woot! Woot! Target Savings (72-percent!)

I got all this at Target today for $7.04!
($5.75 + $1.29 tax) Saved $17.36
That's a savings of 72-percent!!
Vitamin Water $1.00 x 2
-$1 off 2 coupon

Oxy spot treatment $3.49
-$1 off product coupon

Nivea Bath $3.99 x 2
-$4 coupon x2 FREEBIE

Carefree $0.99 x2
-$1 coupon x2 FREEBIE

-$0.75 Target coupon
-$0.50 product coupon

Satin Care $1.79
-$.055 coupon

Dove deodorant $3.49
-$1 Target Coupon
-$1 Dove coupon

I love big savings!!
You can learn more at!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Review: Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Many people don't realize that Disney owns a handful of properties outside of Walt Disney World and Disneyland. This weekend we took a 3-day/2-night trip to Disney's Vero Beach Resort on Florida's Treasure Coast. The sunrise from our balcony was beautiful. The water was a beautiful aqua blue, although I hear this is not common for the Vero Beach area. (I will say we didn't spend much time at the beach. The sand is not soft, in fact lots of broken shells. The rip currents were pretty strong too)
The only characters at this Disney resort are Donald and Goofy. Kids can meet them at Shutter's on Saturday mornings for breakfast. We arrived at 8:15 am and the restaurant was nearly empty (which meant lots of time with the two characters). When we finished an hour later, the restaurant was getting full, so go early! We were served Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit and pastries. YUMMY!The kids LOVED the pool area. In addition to this great water slide, there is a pirate ship for smaller kids. Lifeguards are on duty during the day time hours. There are lots of activities (putt putt golf, shuffleboard, archery, etc) and games around the pool to keep the young and old busy!
A towel-turtle greeted us in our spacious Inn room. We had two queen beds, microwave, mini-fridge and more! We arrived right before lunch on Friday, and departed mid-day Sunday. We ate three meals at the Resort (lunch at the Green Cabin Room, breakfast at Shutters, and lunch at Bleacher's) but had our two suppers away from the Resort in nearby Vero Beach.

This was the perfect weekend-trip for my family four.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wow, Miley is all grown up!

Allyson blogged the other day about the new Miley Cyrus video "Can't Be Tamed". I decided to check it out and I love it! Now, it's not a video for kids. But remember, Miley has grown up. She needs to shed the Hannah image; and wow, has she done a great job!

Want to check it our yourself. Head to Miley's web site: (It debuted a week or two ago on E! and I missed it!) What do you think??

Monday, May 17, 2010

Three Great New Grocery Shopper Gadgets

The Koala Pouch ($14.95 at – A stylish eco-conscious shopping organizer that fits securely over any shopping cart handle to hold EVERYTHING the grocery shopper needs. It has: •A dedicated pocket with index cards to keep coupons and shopping lists organized•A roomy see-through pocket for easy access to your mobile phone•A pocket with two stylish and spacious reusable bags so you’ll never forget them again!•Enough space for a List Caddy, Koalabiner, keys, money, debit/credit cards etc. (a great idea for those who’d rather leave their purse at home or in the car while they shop)•A pen/pencil holder

The Koalabiner Purse Hanger ($4.95 at – This is a must-have accessory for all purse toting grocery shoppers and moms. The Koalabiner is a super sturdy carabiner that clips purses securely to any shopping cart or stroller handle to free up cart space and provide easy access for the shopper, and difficult access for kids or purse snatchers. It also is a great for securing reusable bags while shopping, and for clipping full grocery bags together to prevent items from spilling out.

Momcepts is creator of the popular List Caddy ($1.99 at, a sturdy list, coupon and pencil holder that snaps onto shopping cart handles and attaches to refrigerators for easy list and coupon management.

Lunch at the Beach

We drove over to the beach for lunch yesterday. From our home to the East Coast, we have about a 45 to 60 minute drive. We love this little joint called JB's Fish Camp! Great seafood...

Gift Idea: Year End Teacher Gift

"School’s out for summer” – almost, believe it or not!

Wondering how to tell your schoolhouse staff they rock? Here is a thoughtful, no-fuss gift idea that teachers are sure to appreciate, hot off the press of the latest issue of Disney FamilyFun magazine.

Sow Giving Tree or Give a Crate (or a barrel!) of bulbs: Surround a potted plant with a grouping of card stock envelopes shaped like flowers, or pack up a gardening kid for an all-natural way to say thanks for helping kids thrive.

For more great ideas that will make teachers feel special visit

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Graduation Gift: Dorm Survival Kit

My cousin's son is graduating high school this month, and this Fall he is off to college. Well, being on a tighter budget (now that I am a SAHM) I began thinking of what to give him. My hubby reminded me of all the free/near free stuff I have been stockpiling (thanks to using coupons with sales), so I put together a "dorm survival kit" along with a $5-gift card to Target (which ironically was also a free gift card I received from making 3-Scrubbing Bubbles purchases !) I put in a razor, shave cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and deodorant! All I pay is shipping!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday Foto: Ballet Lessons

Princess Mimi has been asking for ballet lessons, so I have signed her up for classes this summer. This week, my mom and I bought her shopping for her leotard, stockings and ballet slippers. Is she not the cutest ballerina ever!?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tea Party deocartions are coming along

I've started gathering things for Princess Mimi's tea party on Tuesday. I need to get flowers yet--tons of flowers! I wanted various vases of flowers in the center, and the table covered in petals! I'm going with pink and ivory for the colors. Above: Each girl will get a different tea pot.
Below: Name tags on mini-crowns.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Decorating for a Princess Tea Party

This is tougher than I thought. Princess Mimi's party is in one week. I went online tonight in search of decorating ideas. I need help, gals! Any ideas? Here are a few images that I hope to get me encouraged...

Princess Mimi's First Modeling Job...

The photos from Princess Mimi's first modeling job are up!

Check out to see more!

I'm so proud of her!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bon App├ętit (Lunch in France!)

Well, France at Epcot...

Mom and I dined at "France" for lunch today at Epcot! yum yum!

Princess Mimi is hosting a tea party!

Princess Mimi loves having tea parties, and she asked to have some classmates over one day for a tea party. (Her class is made up of 6 boys and 6 girls). So we printed Princess invitations off the Internet and mailed them to her 5 friends. 4 of the 5 will join us next week, so I am busy planning for the special tea.Yesterday at Downtown Disney I found this super cute Alice in Wonderland tea pot (above). I wanted to get the matching cups and saucers but at $14.95 each, it was out of my budget.
So today I went to Old Time Pottery and found these four cute ceramic and gold tea pots for $7.99 each (half the price). So I will give each little princess her own tea pot! Which is your favorite?

Friday, May 07, 2010

More savings at Publix and Wal-Mart

First, I made a quick trip to Wal-Mart today. I got $12 worth of groceries for $5!

Lays Kettle Chips ($2.46 each) -B1G1 coupon (facebook)
Lea & Perrins Sauce Price $2.54 -$2 off coupon
Potato Mix $0.72 cents -0.40 cents off
Viva Big Rolls $3.26 -0.50 cents off
Yup, I saved 55-percent at Wal-Mart today!

Second, I made another quick trip to Publix today. I spent $20 out of pocket for $50 worth of groceries! That's a savings of 60-percent.

Here's a quick summary of some items I purchased:

Buy Heinz Ketchup, get Publix Ketchup free!
Hidden Vally Dressing -B1G1 -2 coupons
Dove Deodorant -B1G1 - 2 coupons
Buy Centurum Vitamins, get Smart Start cereal free (plus more coupons)

So on my two shopping trips to Publix this week, for a TOTAL: I got $63 worth of stuff for only $32 out of pocket!

Learn more yourself by visiting:

Friday Foto: Baskets at Sam's

I wish all the stores had "double seat" baskets on the shopping carts. I took this photo on my cell phone at Sam's Club today. (Usually my kids fight over who gets the front vs who gets to sit in the actual basket. This way there is no fighting and I get to keep an eye on both of them!) And yes my kids also love the super sized Icees at Sam's Club (ha!)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Splenda coupons

Right now on the SPLENDA® Web site you can get two coupons for SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Product:

1- coupon for $1.00 off any two SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Products and

1-coupon for $3.50 off any two SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Products (for either the 200 count packets, the sugar blend or the granulated product).

You can find the coupons here:

AND...Here is a great cookie recipe using Splenda: Choco-Chip Cookies

Once Upon a Toy (Downtown Disney)

Today, while at Downtown Disney, we bought tons of accessories for Mr. Potato Head at Once Upon a Toy. Basically, they give you a box and you stuff it full for $19.99! I tell you what, ha, I packed some stuff in there! The kids played with the new stuff for HOURS when we got home.