2/18/13

My BEAST Kohl's Deal

I have heard time and time again of the deals that people get at Kohl's. As part of my quest to be a coupon queen I am learning to master these deals.

For Christmas I received a $50 gift card to Kohl's. I know about Kohl's Cash and that you typically earn $10 when you spend $50, so this was my plan. I also know that Kohl's sellsI  Fiesta which is a type of ceramic kitchen wear that my family always has used.

I made the plan to use this gift card during a time when Fiesta was on sale AND that Kohl's was giving out Kohl's Cash. This happened about a week and a half ago. I had also realized the need for a George Foreman grill, which I could have bought at Bed Bath and Beyond, but they only had MASSIVE sized one and since I typically cook for 1-2 people, that's not necessary.

So, I placed an order with Kohls.com to get a George Foreman grill and 3 of the Fiesta Buffet plates. It was a little over $50, but only by like $10. My Kohl's cash was emailed to me, I originally had planned to use this to purchase another piece of Fiesta.

When I was visiting the Centerville family on Saturday, the topic of Kohl's came up. Mainly because Ryan works for Kohl's. And they all have Kohl's charge cards and get bonus coupons that only card holders get. They had coupons for 30% off when they used the charge card.

As I mentioned before, we had gone to Target earlier in the day and looked at the Valentine's stuff that was on sale. They had one of those cake pop pans marked down and it would have been $8.52, I was tempted, but decided that I really wanted to get a Babycakes cake pop maker so I left the pan at Target.

When we were looking at the ad for Kohl's the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker was on sale for $17.99. Cheapest I have seen it anywhere. I also had my $10 Kohl's Cash, which would make it 7.99, and my Aunt and Uncle had extra coupons, so they shared with me. I got 30% off of 7.99, which made the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker $5.96!!! And that was after taxes!

I was so impressed that I got this appliance for next to nothing. I can't wait to use it. I am looking for some recipes, and may end up buying the Babycakes Cookbook from Kohls or Amazon in the future.

I plan to in the future get a deal on the Fiesta utensil set (seriously, go check it out! It's adorbs!).

2/17/13

Missed You!

I know, I kind of fell off the face of the earth as far as blogging goes this past week. I can give you excuses or I can tell you about my week and then maybe you will understand why I didn't have the time to post blogs.

 Let's start with last Friday night (this is Feb. 8th that I am referring to). I spent the day visiting my friend Jessica in West Jordan. We really just chilled at her place and rented a redbox movie. The movie we rented was Moonrise Kingdom, which was very random at times, but I really enjoyed it. I had received the recommendation to watch it from H&D. After the movie finished we watched some ghost hunter show on TV and then I mentioned that I needed to pick up a few things at IKEA for Ash, so we headed to the IKEA. It really was a quick trip to IKEA because I had made plans to meet Dana, Kiki, & friends to do karaoke at a little cafe here in Orem.

So we did that, and then I headed back toward home and went to Callie's Cafe where we proceeded to do some karaoke and dancing. I never thought I would be able to find where the crazy fun people of Utah lived. But I found a few of them there at Callie's. Those of y'all who know me know that I am super shy. But I wanted to get up there and sing my heart out. There really weren't too many people there and the ones that were there seemed to be nice, fun people. I don't even know how to describe my experience there in text, but the craziness going down in Callie's made me feel like I was right back home, down south. I finally worked up the nerve and picked a song to sing, I did Super Bass by Nicki Minaj. The way I see karaoke is you have to do something ridiculous, you can't take it seriously and sing your favorite ballad. At least I can't.  We finished with the karaoke craziness, but decided to make a tradition of it and will go once a month.

Kiki had talked to me about hiring me to make a King Cake for her daughter's class at school so we talked about it and her and Dana said they would put the word out for me and try to get me some more customers, so Saturday I put the word out. By Sunday I had one customer besides Kiki, which honestly is one more than I thought I would have.

Monday morning I got up at 7 am to get started making King Cake, because the one customer I had wanted to pick it up that morning between 9-10 am. It typically takes about 1.5 hrs to make a cake and I wanted to give it a little time to cool before she picked it up. I also got started with making Kiki's cake plus the one she added on last minute for her family. I finished those about 11:30 and went to run a few errands before I went to drop off Kiki's cakes.

I visited with Kiki for a little bit and then headed to Rachel's house where I had dinner with the Vliet/Luke/Ingram's. It was a good time and good food with them. John (Rachel's hubby) did a quick little spiritual thought for us, so I got to have FHE* (even though I skipped out on ward FHE, which I told Ash's home teacher I would try to make). *FHE=Family Home Evening, which is something that the LDS church strongly promotes.

Tuesday, was Mardi Gras. A friend from back home contacted me kind of last minute on Monday asking if he could get a couple King Cakes. I of course said sure! and I woke up Tuesday morning and made his cakes, then delivered them to his place of employment, which happened to be Dominos Pizza. Which, let me tell you... It was very surreal to be making a delivery to a pizza place.

Tuesday eve, a childhood friend/practically family, Michael, had invited me and Ash to a Mardi Gras shindig that his friends were throwing. Ash had planned to go to a ward RS service project so she missed out. But it was a good time again, with some great southern staples. Our host made a shrimp etouffe and red beans and rice. Michael made a jambalaya. Another of the friends made a plain king cake, and I brought a cream cheese filled one. Let me tell you, our host, who had never been down south, did southern cooking very well.

Wednesday, I don't think I did too much of anything. I did however get introduced to the froyo at Yogurtland here in Orem by my fake sister, Laura. I loved it. While Laura and I were visiting, she asked what I had planned for Friday, I said "oh nothing." So she invited me to go hiking with her.

Thursday was Valentine's day. I never have been one to celebrate that day. I've never had a valentine. Ash wanted to do something though, so we made plans to go up to SLC to shop at City Creek Center, eat at Cheesecake Factory, and have the Temple Square experience. We left a little later than we intended to, so the wait at Cheesecake Factory was a 90 minute wait. CF was the plan though, and we were going to stick with it! While we waited, we did a little shopping, but didn't make it over to Temple Square. We did see the temple, which was gorgeous.

Friday I woke up and went hiking with Laura. I was disappointed that I wasn't quite in the shape I needed to be in to hike up a mountain, in the snow, at a high altitude. So, I will be starting a strict gym regime tomorrow and will build my muscles to handle inclines and start my running training so I'll be able to complete my first goal of doing a 5k, then a 10k, then half marathon, then eventually the Disney Princess Marathon. Laura and I talked about it and we both want to do it. I think we should go together!

Friday night my friend Samantha, who is a musician, played a gig at a little dive bar in SLC called the Woodshed. Samantha plays under the alias Vinyl Tapestries y'all should go check out her music and like her on Facebook. I met up with friends, Kaitlin and Logan, who are also Louisiana natives at the show. We all three enjoyed it, and had a grand time visiting with Sam after the show. Then we drove back toward home, but stopped in American Fork at IHOP where Ash met us.

The IHOP experience was something that the four of us will never forget. I would love to tell you about it, but what happens at the IHOP, stays at the IHOP. Plus, it would be a full blog entry on it's own. And, like the karaoke experience, I don't know how to put it down to text.

I didn't get to sleep until 4am that night. I can't remember the last time I was up so late. Yesterday was Saturday and I drove up to Centerville to visit Aunt Kathy, Uncle Steve, Jessica, and Ryan. I also had the pleasure of meeting Ryan's girlfriend, Kanille. She was a lot of fun. And I had a blast with them. We ate at Red Robin, shopped at Target, shopped at Kohl's, and went back to their house, ate popcorn, and played Bananagrams. I then came home, watched a show on Netflix, then went to bed.

Today is Sunday and I went to church, and I will be going over to Bianca and Nathan's for Sunday dinner in just a little bit. I am excited to see them. It has been too long!

That is all I have for now. I'll tell you about the BEAST of a deal I got at Kohl's in a post tomorrow, so check back!

2/8/13

A different kind of super bowl

About 5 years ago I had the opportunity to go visit Hawaii. I have never forgotten this experience, and actually hope to some day end up in Hawaii. While I was there my cousin, Hannah, who did a Summer visiting student program there showed us some of the great local eats. One of which was an Acai Bowl.

I was browsing Pinterest for recipes one day and came across where someone had re-created the Acai Bowl, so from that point on I craved it. I went out yesterday in search of a frozen acai berry puree, which I found actually at the first store I went to, Sprouts, which is basically an organic farmers market and reminds me of a small scale Whole Foods. I figured that of any place that would have it, Sprouts would. Upon my first trip around the store I saw nothing, but a Bolthouse Farms juice, which would have worked, but it wasn't what I set out for, so I kept searching. I had settled myself to looking for a yogurt when I turned around and found the freezer full of frozen fruits. The product I purchased was by Sambazon. I purchased their Unsweetened Pure Acai Berry Smoothie Packets (link here). These packets would serve as the base for my Acai Bowl.


It doesn't look as amazing as it was, I promise! So here is what we did to create this fabulous Acai Bowl. 

You will need:
1- Sambazon Acai Smoothie Packet
1/2 of a banana (I used a frozen banana)
3/4 cup of vanilla yogurt (I used Dannon's Light and Fit)

Throw those ingredients into your Magic Bullet, Ninja Chopper, or Blender. (I mixed in a Ninja). Mix until they are all pureed together. The banana and yogurt should add natural sweetness, but if you need more, I did add a couple of packets of splenda to sweeten mine.

Now for the toppings:
Granola
Banana
Honey/Agave Nectar
Berries
Nuts

Honestly, anything goes at this point in the game. The only thing you absolutely need to make an authentic Acai Bowl is the granola, banana, and honey. I added probably about 3/4 cup of granola to the top of my bowl. Then cut up half of a fresh banana to align the edges. My granola was vanilla almond coconut variety so that's where those things came in. I added a few blueberries sprinkled on top and then drizzled agave necar on the top, then put in my spoon and added a little agave onto the spoon (this was a little bonus that they did at the place in Hawaii and I had to add it to mine).

This was so delicious and I will be making it again. It's very easy and very good for you. I mean hello, acai is a superfood!

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2/7/13

Be My Valentine?

As you probably know, I have a Pinterest addiction. I believe that any of life's problems have a solution that can be found on Pinterest. So naturally, I get my valentine inspiration from Pinterest. A few weeks back I found this image pinned:

found at Six Sisters Stuff
I was immediately inspired to purchase the mini Haribo bears (which Leesa and I discovered one day when we were Shopkicking at Target. (More on Shopkick in a future post) and to create my own tag which would say "I Love You Bear-y Much."

Original design by myself
I slaved over this design for about an hour and a half, trying to make it perfect. I finally came up with what we have here. My goal was to design this scalloped circle and to use my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out. I made the design, then the tricky part was getting my Silhouette to work with me. I just got this machine for Christmas and with all that I've had going on with holidays, two weddings, moving, and starting my new life, I was not able to use it much. To date, this is the second project I have done using the Silhouette. The first was vinyl letters to go on my flour and sugar canisters.

I have attached to this post a free printable that you can download and use for Valentine's. I also am going to include the .studio file for those of you who have a silhouette and may want to use your print and cut feature to make these otherwise impossible for anyone but my mother to cut out scalloped tags.

CLICK HERE to download your Silhouette Cut File for this printable



I am so excited to get to share my very first free printable with the world! Hope you enjoy!

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COUPON QUEEN!

I promised more on me couponing and here you get it!


So out here in Utah County where I live there are tons of grocery stores and tons of sales and tons of opportunities to coupon like a beast! If you know anything about me then you know that it is one of my life dreams to do an extreme couponing trip. So I have been getting myself into the habit of using coupons

One of the first purchases I knew I had to make was for a printer, which I got a steal on might I add. I got this printer which was the "Printer of the Week" when I bought it so it was on sale for $129. My fabulous mother had a reward certificate that was about to expire from Office Depot for approx. $22, so I had that discount taken off and ended up paying bout $115 after taxes. I'd say for a printer that was $199 originally I did dang good. The printer also works with my iPhone and iPad to print wirelessley as well as with my laptop. Often I'll be in the living room on my laptop and send things to print them come back to my room and find a pile of papers by the printer.

One of the things I have printed most often is online printable coupons. I have printed coupons from coupons.com and used several of them. Last week I got a steal on DiGiorno pizzas. They were on sale for $4.50 each at Wal-Mart. I had a coupon for buy 2 get 1 free. So of course I bought my pizzas and got my free one... I essentially got 3 DiGiorno pizzas for $9 plus tax.

I guess you can call me...
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We also got a deal on the newspaper. I think we pay about $2 a week for the paper really just to get the coupons and the ads. Neither Ashley nor I have read the paper as of yet.

I now leave you with a couple of my favorite couponing/deal finder blogs that I follow:
And I ask you my dear readers, what are your favorite blogs or websites to find deals?
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