Kid’s Eat FREE or super cheap…Halloween Edition

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Fill your kids full of dinner and chances are they won’t have too much room for candy! Here is a list of places that are offering Kids Eat FREE or really cheap on Halloween night!

Applebee’s – Kids eat FREE with adult entree purchase on 10/31/14. Call to make sure your store is participating!

Carrabba’s – Kids eat FREE with adult entree purchase between 10/31/14 and 11/2/14.

Chipotle – Dress up in a costume and get a $3 taco, burrito, bowl or salad after 5 pm on 10/31/14.  This one is for all ages, not just kids.

IHOP – Kids get a FREE Scary Face Pancake on 10/31/14.  No purchase necessary!

Old Country Buffet – Kids in costume eat for FREE on 10/31/14.

Olive Garden – Kids eat FREE at Olive Garden on 10/31/14 with adult entree purchase AND coupon.  Print your coupon here.

Outback Steakhouse – Kids eat FREE at Outback with the purchase of an adult entree on 10/31/14.

Sonic Drive-In – Corn Dogs are just 50 cents each, all day long, on 10/31/14. Available to every age, no costume required.

If you know of more, please leave info in the comments so I can add it!

(Thanks MamaCheaps)

 

Christmas Gift Idea: Kohl’s for Men

*I was sent a giftcard to pick up a few items for my hubby for Christmas. All opinions in this post are mine and are honest.

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Men can be tough to buy for. My hubby only wants clothes. I like to think outside the box and buy him fun items. This is one of the many reasons that I LOVE Kohl’s so much! They have huge displays in the men’s department with ideas of great gifts! There is something for the hunter, sports lover, grill master, gamer, and more! Here are a few that I saw this week:

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When I am shopping for those who are hard to buy for, displays like this are REALLY helpful! They give me easy quick ideas and I can grab great items at good prices. Kohl’s is really good about having sales and/or coupons each week! Right now they have Kohl’s cash going on. This means that you will earn $10 for every $50 that you spend. When you factor that in and your coupon for savings, you have got a great deal!

Kohl’s is one of my favorite places to shop during the holidays. I find more gifts there then any other store. I feel like it’s one stop shopping. Thanks to my trip there this week, I can check a few things off my list for hubby and grandpa.

*I will have the Kohl’s Black Friday ad up as quickly as I get my hands on it! (They also have awesome Cyber monday deals that I will be posting as well!)

 

 

Christmas Gift Idea: AA and AAA Batteries

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You can pick up 72-Pack Duracell AA Batteries or 72-Pack Duracell AAA Batteries – Tanga for just $27.98 shipped! This is a HOT price! Consider stocking your battery box or having them on hand for Christmas gifts that require them! It’s heart breaking on Christmas morning when your kiddos open a gift that requires them and you have none on hand! Been there…and no one was happy!

Fall Recipe: Caramel Apple Strudel

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I love baking and I really enjoy baking in the fall! Pumpkin, Apple, spices… just can’t get enough! I was sent some Kontos fillo dough to play with and made the follow recipe with it. It was delish!

Caramel Apple Strudel Recipe

Ingredients:
4 tbsp of butter for simmering apples
4 cups of Fuji, Pink Lady or other favorite baking apple
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 stick of melted butter for brushing fillo dough
8 sheets thawed Kontos fillo dough
Jar of caramel topping, warmed
French vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel apples and slice them about 1/8-inch thick.
Gently melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a pan with lid. Add the apples and saute, covered, for about 10 minutes until the apples soften.
Combine the softened apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and optional nuts.
Using a pastry brush, brush each of the 8 fillo sheets with the melted butter, placing one on top of the other.
When you have all your buttered fillo neatly stacked, spoon apple mixture along the long edge of the stack, leaving a 2-3 inch border at each end.
Fold the fillo over the ends first, then roll up long-ways like a jellyroll.
Place the rolled strudel on a sprayed cookie sheet (with folded part underneath), brush with melted butter.
With a sharp knife, cut diagonal slits in the fillo.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown

Tip: When working with fillo dough, keep a clean, damp dishtowel handy to place over unused sheets and prevent them from drying out.

I found the fillo really simple to work with! I have always loved the crunch of the dough and my whole family was really impressed with this recipe!

“Many home cooks think fillo is only for experienced chefs, and are a little afraid to work with it. The trick when making desserts such as strudel, or savory dishes such as spinach spanakopita, is to handle the fillo carefully, keep it moist and be sure to baste it with butter or olive oil to create the perfect crunch and golden appearance,” said Steve Kontos, vice president of Kontos Foods. “When you pull your dish out of the oven, you will see that fillo is a feast for the senses, with its gorgeous appearance, mouth-watering aroma and perfect flaky texture. Your family and friends will be impressed!”

To learn more about Kontos Foods and its array of flatbreads and other baked goods, visit www.kontos.com. You can also find Kontos Foods on Twitter @KontosFoods or on Facebook.

Christmas Gift Idea: Keurig for the Coffee Lover

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I love coffee, but my hubby does not. I can’t drink a whole pot myself and feel wasteful making that much. I got a Keurig last year and have fallen in love with it. It’s so easy to use and makes JUST the right size cup for me.

I don’t have to buy K-cups either…I can buy my own coffee and use a refillable cup! It’s been a huge blessing in our house…and my girls love to use it too for hot chocolate!

If you have a college student, single friend, or coffee lover on your Christmas list then you should consider a Keurig! Walmart has tons to choose from and prices range from less then $100 on up. You can buy tons of accessories for them at great prices as well!

Corner Store 5K is coming to DFW on Nov. 8th

unnamedAre you looking for some fun fall family time outside? The weather is cooler and perfect for running a fun 5K as a family (or solo) at Fair Park in Dallas on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Register for FREE with promo code CSCRDALLAS for The Corner Store Country Run. When you register it will say that the free registrations are gone, but you can use that code to get it still!

About this fun 5K:

  • The Corner Store Country Run is a family-friendly! (This means bring your strollers!)
  • This is the first year for the Corner Store Country Run, an inaugural signature charity event introduced by San Antonio-based convenience chain Corner Store.
  • All net proceeds from the run will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters along with local children’s charities in the Dallas area.
  • The race will be farm-themed, with hay bales, corn stalks and giant inflatable cows and pigs. Participants are encouraged to dress the part in overalls, cowboy hats and over-the-top country attire.
  • You will get a T-shirt, finisher blue ribbon and entry into a post-run country fair with carnival games, face painting, balloon twisting, a photo booth, live music, food, a beer garden and tons of sponsor giveaways. Best part? Once you are inside the fair, everything is free. How cool is that? You get to run and then stay and play… no need to pack a lunch or pay for carnival games for your kiddos! It’s perfect! No need to bring cash, all you need is ID if you plan to consume an adult beverage.

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Follow CornerStoreRun onFacebookTwitter and Instagram, check the Dallas race schedule here.

Race begins at 8:00 a.m. and packet pick up is at the venue Friday, November 7 from 11am – 6pm.

Scary Savings: $2 off 6 pack of select Soda and 2 bags of Mars Candy

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScarySavings #CollectiveBias

Want some scary good savings? Are you planning a Halloween Pot luck before you head out with your kids trick or treating? Don’t miss out! Print this $2 OFF coupon for (1) 6 pk. 8oz cans of 7UP®, A&W®, Sunkist® Soda, Sun Drop®, Canada Dry® or (2) 2L of participating soda and (2) bags of Mars® candy.  This coupon is valid at Walmart!

Note: Click on the image and save! *If coupon does not work on Google Chrome, you will need to use a different browser to print it (e.x. Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer).

 

Littlest Pet Shop Party Playdate

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Littlest Pet Shop. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

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My girls and I LOVE inviting friends over to play. We really love excuses to create fun snacks and play with toys! This is why we were so excited to throw a Littlest Pet Shop party! We were sent a few Style Sets to play with along with their newest movie: The Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets.

I wanted a snack that would be perfect for our party, so I made “Puppy Chow” for the girls! This is a simple snack that only requires four ingredients: chocolate chips, peanut butter, Rice chex cereal, and powdered sugar. Melt the chocolate and peanut butter together, pour in cereal, mix well. Shake in bag of powered sugar! So simple!

I worked on putting togeter the style sets while the girls were enjoying their puppy chow. It took a bit longer then I expected to put together, as there are lots of little pieces to be popped out. (This is good info for you to know if you are planning to give one of these adorable gifts for Christmas!) The girls gladly played with the pets alone while I worked quickly. Once I had the shops put together they were set! They played and played! I loved watching them play and imagine, technology FREE!

The DVD was a great closure to our afternoon of fun! This movie came with a coloring sheet and the story was easy for the kids to follow. Blythe Baxter moves into an apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop. She quickly learns that she can talk to the pets… and they can talk back! This movie is full of their wild adventures!

Head over to read more about The Littlest Pet Shops on their website.

I even talked the girls into making a quick little video playing! Enjoy!

Christmas Gift Idea: Fitbit for the Fitness junkie

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I talk about my Fitbit a lot as I have found that it’s motivated me in a way that that I never expected! I am competitive and I love winning… I mean who doesn’t! Losing weight is not always easy and I need a social game to help keep me motivated. My Fitbit One has done that for me. I have over 80 friends that I keep up with and it’s motivated me to keep moving.

If you have a fitness junkie on your Christmas list this year, and they do not currently have a Fitbit, then it’s the PERFECT gift for them! There are a few different models and I’ve tried them all. I personally have the Fitbit One and my hubby uses the Zip. The Zip is the cheapest, followed by the One…then there are a few bracelet Fitbits. You can read my review of the bracelets here.

Walmart has a great deal on Fitbits and you can pick them up online or instore! Get a Fitbit One for less then $80 shipped!

Jeans that fit my Curvy Body!

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I have a hard time finding jeans. I have several things working against me… I’m short (only 5’3″) and I have a big rump! It’s inherited from my grandma. I always say “some inherit money and some get homes…but when the money runs out and the house burns down, I’ll still have my inheritance.”

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But really…this is a big problem for me. Most of my jeans gap so bad in the back that I have to wear super long shirts to cover it. I have looked for new jeans that helped with this issue. I even tried on a pair of J-Lo jeans at Kohl’s…because doesn’t she have the same issue I do? Bigger bottom, smaller waist? Nope, they didn’t work either…and if they did I would have paid a pretty penny for them.

Little did I know that Lee Jeans had the perfect fit for my crazy odd body shape. You have to try on the new Lee Curvy Fit and Lee Easy Fit collections for women if you have the big booty issue like I do! I think the picture speaks for itself! Pretty amazing right? These jeans are SOO soft and comfortable too! I am so excited to have been able to check them out! You can purchase them at Kohl’s, JCPenney and Sears, and the Lee Platinum Collection can be found at Macy’s.

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For the man in your life, they now have Lee Modern Series! If you are pair shaped like me…you HAVE to try these jeans! I feel confident in them and don’t have to worry about how long my shirt is or if I am “gapping” when I sit down!