Freebie RoundUp: Bowling, 7-11, Haircare, Toothpaste and MORE!

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It’s the end of July today, but certainly not the end of freebies!! We have a nice, big list today thanks to Amanda at Simple Saving Savvy. There are some brand new goodies added to the list, plus we have a listing of freebies that have been out for a while, but are still available. Enjoy!

Top Freebies

7-Eleven Freebies in August
Download the 7-Eleven app! Scan your 7-Eleven app for a new FREE item every Saturday and Sunday after 12pm CST in August. No purchase necessary! Free items and dates:

  • August 1-2: medium Fanta Slurpee drink
  • August 8-9: Juicy Fruit Starburst gum
  • August 15-16: medium Fanta Slurpee drink
  • August 22-23: Snickers Brand Singles Bar
  • August 29-30: Butterfinger bar.

Office Depot Office Max Free Coupon Calendar
Teacher FREEBIE! Pick up a FREE calendar filled with a year’s worth of coupon savings during Teacher Appreciation Days at OfficeMax and/or Office Depot! You can also get a 25% off coupon during this event. Teacher Appreciation Days are August 1-4 and August 29-September 1. Visit the linked page for more info and to find your local stores.
Straight From Eden Hair Care Samples
Sign up to receive free samples of Creme of Nature Straight From Eden’s new haircare line infused with Coconut, Avocado & Olive Oils! Just fill in and submit the short form to claim yours!
Mark Your Calendar!
Allure Magazine August Give Aways
Every weekday in August Allure will be giving away free beauty items – total of 105 free giveaways! The giveaway will start August 3rd at 12pm EST. The full calendar hasn’t been release online yet, but it is in the August issue of Allure!
Free A&W Rootbeer Float
Stop by your local A&W location during National Root Beer Float Day and get a free small root beer float! Valid on August 6th from 2pm – close.

Huge List of Fabulous Freebies!

2 Minute Miracle Gel
3 Branches of Government Poster
Biology Poster for Teachers
BioTru Contact Solution Sample
Bragg Seasoning and Yeast Samples
Breathe Right Sample [Read more…]

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

When it comes to frozen treats, ice cream sandwiches have long been a favorite in our family. It is always a joke that the boys in the family like vanilla ice cream best, which us ladies find quite boring. The nice thing about an ice cream sandwich is that it takes that vanilla ice cream and combines it only with a chocolate cookie, another thing the boys like. For us girls, that addition of chocolate takes the vanilla ice cream to a whole other level and VOILA – it’s a dessert that everyone likes.

But, what is extra EXTRA good, is this Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe made from scratch! Not only are they delicious, you give yourself lots of opportunities for customization like cutting them in smaller or larger shapes, adding in some chocolate chips or sprinkles around the edges, or even changing out that boring old vanilla for your favorite flavor of ice cream.

No matter how you decide to customize them, or if you leave them traditional, you and your family will love these Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

INGREDIENTS


Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe Process

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe Before Cutting

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Set aside.
Beat together butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until blended and creamy.
Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread onto prepared pan.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until top is dry but still soft.
Allow to cool.
Carefully remove from pan.
Use a knife and split sandwich cake in half.
Take frozen ice cream and remove from carton.
Using a knife run under warm water, cut into roughly 3/4″ slices.
Arrange ice cream slices on top of half of sandwich cake to cover it completely.
Place other half of sandwich cake on top of ice cream.
Wrap in plastic or parchment and place in freezer for at least 2 hours.
One ice cream sandwiches are firm, remove and cut into 8 rectangles with a sharp knife.

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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 qt vanilla ice cream (in rectangular-shaped carton)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Beat together butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until blended and creamy.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Spread onto prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until top is dry but still soft.
  8. Allow to cool.
  9. Carefully remove from pan.
  10. Use a knife and split sandwich cake in half.
  11. Take frozen ice cream and remove from carton.
  12. Using a knife run under warm water, cut into roughly 3/4" slices.
  13. Arrange ice cream slices on top of half of sandwich cake to cover it completely.
  14. Place other half of sandwich cake on top of ice cream.
  15. Wrap in plastic or parchment and place in freezer for at least 2 hours.
  16. One ice cream sandwiches are firm, remove and cut into 8 rectangles with a sharp knife.
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Shop Cents of Style’s Fashion Friday Flash Sale Event!

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Happy Fashion Friday!  This Fashion Friday, Cents of Style is doing a special Flash Sale Event!  They will be featuring different items every 2 hours (or until an item sells out) throughout the day at amazing prices.  We’ve got the full scoop on all of the great sales happening throughout the day.  Make sure to set your alarm to remind you when your favorite items are being featured!

Here’s the full Cents of Style Fashion Friday Flash Sale Lineup:

Item 1: up until 9am (CST)Inspirational Bangle Bracelets -$4.99 & FREE SHIPPING

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Item 2: 9am (CST)Script Cuffs – $4.99 & FREE SHIPPING

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Item 3: 11am (CST)Crystal Initial Necklace – $4.99 & FREE SHIPPING

Item 4: 1pm (CST)Rose Sunglasses – $5.99 & FREE SHIPPING

Item 5: 3pm (CST)Stamped Floral Scarf – $5.99 & FREE SHIPPING [Read more…]

Recharge with a 12 Hour Adventure

Tracking PixelCaribou Coffee inspired and sponsored me to create my #12hrAdventure, but all opinions are my own!
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Although it could be described many different ways, when I hear the word “adventure” I immediately think of traveling to far-off lands or hiking through the wilderness. I also think about going new places, meeting new people and having interesting experiences that are outside of the realm of everyday life.

NYC Summer 2015

I’m fortunate that with my job I get to have a lot of these adventures often. For example just over a week ago I was in NYC for a conference and doing a lot of wandering around my old stomping grounds in the blocks surrounding where I used to work. Yesterday I spent the day touring the construction site of U.S. Bank Stadium, which will be the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, and making a visit to Vikings Training Camp. In a bit over a week I’ll be off to the Travel Media Showcase and a trip exploring the area around South Bend, Indiana.

U.S. Bank Stadium Viking Training Camp Collage

I absolutely LOVE all these experiences, but it also means that when I get the rare chance to have an unplanned 12 hour block to create my own adventure, I like to fill it with quiet time and recharging myself.

I stopped to think about filling a day like this because Caribou Coffee is asking “What motivates you for 12 hours?” The 12 hours part of the question comes from the fact that they take 12 hours to cold steep their Crafted Press – all because they love serving the best to their guests.

Book and Coloring Book

For MY 12 hour adventure, centered on the theme of quiet time and recharging, reading and leisure time are at the core. I admit I’m not good at leisure. I’m a naturally busy person and I have to force myself to take time to stop working, do “nothing”, and relax. The best way for me to do that is with a book. It’s the perfect way to escape into a different time and place and unwind.

#12HourAdventure

Another way to recharge myself is by stepping back into my childhood with a “grown up” coloring book. For my birthday this month, my sister gave me a super-cool color-by-numbers book and a set of brand new markers. (She even gave this cat-lover a pencil bag adorned with a kitty. I LOVE that!) Coloring is a great way to clear my mind and relax. A color-by-number is even more relaxing because I don’t even have to think about what color to choose – it’s all spelled out there for me.

Caribou Coffee Crafted Press

 

Some time outside with my book, coloring book, markers and just a good long nap are the ideal way for me to spend a #12hrAdventure! How about you?

Try it Free: Ready to try Caribou Coffee Crafted Press? Just sign up for Caribou Perks through their mobile app. Then fill out the optional survey and you’ll receive one complimentary medium beverage.

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Where will YOU go on a #12hrAdventure? Take off with your camera and a Crafted Press and share your adventure on Twitter and Instagram using #12hrAdventure!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Caribou Coffee.

 

Amazon: Cute Jewelry Finds for $5 or Less!

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The perfect accessory can really pull an outfit together.  If you’re looking for a few new additions to your jewelry box, or if you want to give an incredible gift without paying a fortune, take a look at some of these cute jewelry pieces we found on Amazon for $5 or less:

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kate spade new york “How Charming” X Charm – $3.80 (Reg. $18)

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Stainless Steel Rounded Hoops Earrings, 40Mm – $4.61 (Reg. $25)

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1928 Jewelry Gold-Tone Crystal Cluster Drop Earrings – $4.66 (Reg. $26)

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Anne Klein “Merry and Bright” Gold-Tone, Jet and Pave Post Drop Earrings – $4.42 (Reg. $28)

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BCBGeneration Dusty Rose and Hematite Star Bracelet, 8″ – $3.80 (Reg. $12)

Mozzarella Stick Caprese Bites Recipe

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I think my husband is the biggest fan of mozzarella sticks on the planet. They are right up at the top of the list of his favorite things to eat and he is always game to eat them. So, when he saw me return from Walmart with a box of Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks this weekend I am pretty sure I heard him let out an actual “Woo hoo!”

Farm Rich Walmart

I love mozzarella sticks too and I also love how Farm Rich has so many choices of tasty snacks that we can keep in the freezer and pull out to make a tasty snack or a party appetizer in just a few minutes. While they are delicious prepared just “as is”, it’s also fun to put our own unique spin on serving them by creating all new recipes.

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Farm Rich wants to see how creative YOU can get and are hosting a special Back Your Snack recipe contest launching August 1st. To enter, just use use at least one Farm Rich product and one Walmart fresh item, plus any special ingredients you want to include, to create a snack hack that’s all your own. Enter by 8/23/15. The winner will receive $10,000. You’ll be able to attend  demos of the finalists on 9/19- 20 and on 10/10-11 in these Walmart stores. Start thinking about what you want to create so you’ll be ready to enter starting Saturday.

I put my mind to work to come up with my own snack hack. Since one of my favorite things to eat is caprese salad, I decided to combine my favorite with hubby’s favorite and make this Mozzarella Stick Caprese Bites Recipe. It is super quick and easy to make and tastes delicious!

Mozzarella Stick Caprese Bites Recipe Ingredients
 

Mozzarella Stick Caprese Bites Recipe

 
INGREDIENTS:

For Caprese Bites:
4 Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks
16 small fresh basil leaves (or 8 larger leaves torn in half)
16 grape tomatoes
Toothpicks

For Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 clove garlic, finely minced
salt and pepper

Mozzarella Stick Caprese Bites Recipe Process 1

Mozzarella Stick Caprese Bites Recipe Process

DIRECTIONS:
Prepare Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks according to package directions. Once cooked, cut each into four pieces. Place a basil leaf on each piece, top with a tomato and use toothpick to secure in place. To prepare sauce, whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Serve immediately.

Mozzarella Stick Caprese Bites Recipe

 

What snack hack will YOU create with Farm Rich products?

Mozzarella Stick Caprese Bites Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks
  • 16 small fresh basil leaves (or 8 larger leaves torn in half)
  • 16 grape tomatoes
  • Toothpicks
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 clove garlic, finely minced
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks according to package directions. Once cooked, cut each into four pieces. Place a basil leaf on each piece, top with a tomato and use toothpick to secure in place. To prepare sauce, whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Serve immediately.
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Busted Tees: $20 Tees Now just $11!!!

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Everyone loves a great t-shirt, and right now we can score some hilarious ones at a great price!  Busted Tees has brought back one of their most popular sales:  All $20 Tees just $11!!!  Use the promo code 11DOLLARTREES at checkout to apply the savings.

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The sale runs through Sunday but popular sizes and styles might sell out fast, so shop now for the best selection!

10 Reasons to Walk Daily

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All opinions are mine alone and should not be taken as medical advice. 10 Reasons to Walk Daily

Do you have routine parts of your day that are also highlights? By that I mean something that isn’t special or a “once in a while” occurrence, but rather something you do the same almost every single day, but you still love? For me, that time is walking my dog each day.


Chrysa and Toby

While we have a lot of nice routes we can take in our neighborhood – through various parks, down by the river, etc., I usually end up taking the same two mile route every morning and then taken a shortened version of about half that in the afternoon. Sure, it may sound boring, but it is relaxing for me and one of my very favorite parts of the day.

Reasons to Walk Daily

That time to myself gives me time to step away from my desk and household duties and get outside in the “real world”. It gives me time to call my mom or my sister on the phone without any distractions. And, best of all, it gives me time to spend with my dog Toby. I KNOW those walks are his favorite part of the day. He is so happy and playful when we are outside. He is a great encouragement to keep me going.

Caltrate Bone and Joint Health

Not to mention, I know all this walking is great for my health – both mentally AND physically. And while walking is good exercise, it doesn’t put a lot of stress on the body, so I hope I can continue walking for many, many, many years to come. With that in mind, I stopped by Walgreens last week to pick up Caltrate ® Bone & Joint Health where right now you can save $5-off with the in-store instant value coupon book at your local Walgreens location. Just one simple Caltrate ® Bone & Joint Health tablet daily provides UC-II to support healthy cartilage promoting joint flexibility and health, as well as Calcium + Vitamin D3 for bone strength. It also offers extra minerals for bone flexibility.

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Walking my dog is how I stay active and confident with Caltrate ® Bone & Joint Health. What would you do with more bone and joint confidence?

Walking with Toby

 

Sharpie Markers 24 Count only $8.64!

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Here’s a HOT back to school deal for students, teachers, and parents.  Regularly $30.49, right now Amazon has this Sharpie 75846 Fine Point Permanent Marker, Assorted Colors, 24-Pack marked down to $9.39.  Clip the $0.75 off eCoupon to bring your final price down to just $8.64!!!

  • Durable fine-point tip produces thinner detailed lines on even hard-to-mark surfaces. Ideal for birthday cards, note taking, and thank-you notes.
  • Precise, durable fine-point felt tip produces thinner, detailed lines on most surfaces.
  • Ink dries quickly, is waterproof, smear-proof and fade-resistant. The AP certified ink is non-toxic and long lasting.
  • Contains 24 markers; includes 1 each of black, red, blue, green, yellow, brown, purple, almond, boysenberry, navy, pink lemonade, slate gray, magenta, tangerine, sky, mint, peach, lilac, pink, orange, turquoise, lime, berry and aqua.
  • 0.92 inches long by 4.75 inches wide by 7.62 inches high. 0.25 pounds. Made in the USA.

Order a Sharpie 75846 Fine Point Permanent Marker, Assorted Colors, 24-Pack for only $8.64 now!

 

Thrifty Jinxy in Simple & Delicious Magazine – Pear Chicken Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

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This is pretty cool – yours truly is in the latest edition of Taste of Home‘s Simple & Delicious magazine! The August/September issue of Simple & Delicious features a Late Summer Showcase filled with simple meals to capture the season’s glow while still leaving plenty of time to get out and enjoy it. It’s filled with 30 recipes, all of which can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.

My recipe is a Pear Chicken Salad with Maple Vinaigrette. It’s quick to prepare and I especially like the easy dressing made with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. I highly recommend using REAL maple syrup to prepare it. You will taste the difference!

Pear Chicken Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

There are lots of other amazing recipes packed into the August/September issue, which just recently hit mailboxes and digital devices. (My cousin Lisa is the one in my family who first spotted it and sent me a message on Facebook.) Every issue is filled with great recipes and you can subscribe to upcoming issues of Simple & Delicious HERE.

 




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