I made almost $10 at Walmart buying deodorant

I got home from a quick trip at Walmart which ended up being a GREAT trip!

I made $9.74 buying deodorant ( Degree, Dove, Axe)

If you aren’t signed up NOW is a perfect time to sign up for Ibotta . If you do this deal ( or any any deal) you will get $10 for submitting your first rebate within the first 2 weeks of signing up.

I was deciding if I should do this but I won a gift card so decided why not.

Also check the Axe in your clearance section🙂


After you signed up , login into your Ibotta app.

Find Walmart under grocery. Then scroll to personal care and unlock the deodorant deals

  • Dove Men Care Dry Spray – $5.25 rebate
  • Dove Women’s Dry Spray – $5.25 rebate
  • Degree Women’s Dry Spray- $4.75 rebate
  • Degree Men’s Dry Spray – $4.75 rebate
  • Axe Dry Spray – $5.25 rebate
  • =  $25.25

If you have last weeks insert you can use the $2/1 Men’s Degree dry spray & $1.50 off Women’s degree dry spray


  • You will get $25.25 back
  • Check your bonuses there is a pumpkin patch bonus when you buy a certain amount of items = $5
  • I also completed my team level bonus which is where the $.50 is from
  • Check for the Mid-level week bonus = $2
  • If you are new $10 bonus!


You can cash out for gift cards & pay at $20 on Ibotta. Don’t miss out

My referral code is : 7jkmq 





Chicken sausage, bean, tomato soup

The weather is getting cooler which mean soup season!

Soup is comforting, filling, healthy. This chicken sausage, bean, & tomato soup is rich in fiber & nutritious.  The best part its quick & easy to prepare & make. Perfect for those busy days.
I was sent Muir Glen organic fire roasted tomatoes to try and I knew I wanted to make a soup. It was delicious.

soup muir glen tomoatoes


You can take out the meat and make this vegetarian, which I was going to do originally but saw chicken sausage and was like hmmm maybe I should add that.


  • olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion ,diced
  • 2-3 large carrots, diced
  • 2-3 celery stalks
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28oz Muir Glen organic fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • Chicken sausage
  • (2) 15oz  cans of white beans , drained
  • 32oz Chicken of vegetable broth
  • bay leaf
  • Italian Seasoning
  • salt & pepper


Add a little olive oil ( or oil of your choice) to a pan on medium heat.

Add garlic & onion, sautee until soft.

Add celery & carrot

Add a can of beans to blender, add a can of broth. Blend until almost smooth ( tip this is a great way to get fiber, thicken soups, & if you have kids or someone who is picky to hide something healthy from them haha)

Add blended beans to pot along with diced tomatoes, broth, seasonings, other can of (whole) beans.

Cook until veggies are soft, about 20 minutes.

Top with parmesan cheese.

+ Tip you can take out the extra can of whole beans and add pasta if you’d like. Feel free to add a little water or more broth if you want it thinner

chicken sausage bean tomato soup muir glen

I received this product for free , all opinions are my own.


Derma E: Same formula , new packaging

One of my favorite eco-ethical brands, DERMA E is changing something up. Don’t worry, they will still have their great formulas. It’s their packaging!


A little about the brand:

Since 1984, Dermae has been committed to our health, wellness, & environmental sustainability.They have high ethical standards and never compromise on skin health and safety. Their 100% vegan, cruelty-free formulas do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates,petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy or GMOs.

Purchases also support global communities and the environment.

You can find out more about the brand & the products they carry on their website http://www.dermae.com

In September they started to launch their new design and will roll out until March 2017. So if you notice something different when you go to pick up your favorite Derma E skincare product  at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Ulta , ect… don’t be alarmed.


Derma E new & old packaging


The first product to be in the new pack will be their Hydrating, Anti Wrinkle and Firming collections along with our best-selling Microdermabrasion Scrub + Overnight Peel.

DERMA E will be getting a fresh new look overall. They want to update their look & brand in general. On social media, in stores, their website, & more. Based on their mission, values, & heritage that have not changed, their new look & feel will be 100% DERMA E.

I couldn’t agree more. When I opened the box and saw the new design next to the old one I think it fits with their image perfectly.  It looks fresh, simple, calming, & more upscale.

Hydrating Night Cream: (new packaging)

dermae night cream

Retails for $29.50

Apply on cleansed skin on face & neck at night in upward motions. This anti-aging cream is rich, hydrating, and leaves skin feeling really smooth. It absorbs nicely into the skin without leaving skin looking or feeling greasy.

It has vegan based hyaluronic acid which helps plump, soften, smooth, tone and rehydrate skin. Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants, Vitamins C and E, green tea, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment.

Hydrating Day Creme

Dermae day creme old packaging

Retails for around $29.50

Apply in the morning to cleansed skin. This is a lightweight formula that absorbs without leaving skin feeling or looking  greasy. Make up goes on top with no problem & you dont have to worry about pilling.

This has hyaluronic acid which is nature’s moisture magnet to help replump the skin.  Enriched with anti-aging antioxidants Green Tea, Vitamins C and E, and soothing Aloe, this formula helps defend skin from free radicals and the effects of the environment. Ideal for dry, dehydrated skin that needs long-lasting moisture throughout the day, this crème delivers maximum hydration while helping diminish the signs of aging for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin.

How do you like the new packaging? 

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Formula X – The System XCEL & Delete All review

I love doing my nails. I probably have 100 bottles of nail polish. Whether Im doing a solid color or nail art I’m always looking to try new formulas & colors.

I was sent Foruma X The System XCEL & Delete All polish remover to try. You can find these products at Sephora in store or online.

Formula X The System XCEL DELETE ALL

The System XCEL:

Retails for $32 

It comes in a cute little box that folds into a cube. There is an empty spot for your color polish that you can choose. I received TGIF, which is a pretty pink coral color. You are supposed to get 10 day wear, chip resistant color, & gel-like shine.

This system gives you a gel like manicure without the fuss with just 4 easy steps.

  • Cleanse: Removes oils as it conditions to give you nails a clean slate. It dried instantly.
  • Prime: Made with keratin & advanced bonding agents this step helps the color take hold stronger & longer
  • Color: self explanatory , add the color you want to you nails
  • Shine: Acrylic fortified top coat that seal in the color and give your nails the gel-like finish.

My experience/ Thoughts:

I liked how easy The System was easy to add while doing my nails. Each step dried quickly, so it didn’t add a lot more time when I did my nails.

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The color I did have an issue with. It is a thicker formula so it wasn’t so easy to work with. It also had lines in it so I did 2 coats to get an even smooth coverage, even though coat one was opaque. I had to do a little more extra clean up because the brush wasn’t as wide & not as flexible, plus the formula being thick. I am not sure if all colors are like this or just this one.

The first time I did my nails I realized cracking & chipping within 3-4 days. I was bummed because I was expecting it to be much longer. I thought maybe its because my nails are long. Even though they are strong they still bend while I use them which probably cause the cracking. I used the Delete All polish remover & started over after cutting my nails in half.

Formula X Chipping

This time I had more of a problem using the TFIF color. It wasn’t cooperating and staying smooth or I would smudge it. Oi! I finally got it on though. This time it lasted 5-6 days before I saw cracking & a little chipping. I guess I just use my nail a lot.

My favorite step was the top coat. The brush was wide and flexible and in pretty much one coat you were good to go. It left my nails so shiny & smooth.I loved it. I would definitely buy this in the future.



Retails $15 


I was surprised an amazed with DELETE ALL polish remover. It took seconds and my polish was off. This has a pre-soaked sponge with 5 holes that you insert your fingers in. You wiggle them around for about 15 seconds and take them out tada , you nails are clean.  No need to worry about spilling, no rubbing, and the smell doesn’t linger as long as bottled polish remover. I haven’t tried it yet but  I heard it is even good at taking of the dreaded glitter polish. Just make sure to add some lotion, creme to you nails after using  this.

*Tip someone told me when its dried out add your own polish remover to get more use out of it.


Overall it was a good experience. I don’t really cleanse my nails with anything except maybe washing them before applying polish, so that was a nice step. I wish my manicure did last the 10 days though. I am going to try with other polishes I have and see how it works out.  I loved the Shine top coat , my favorite step and formula. I would buy that again because that completed the nails and did look salon worthy . Delete All polish remover is fantastic & cut taking polish off instantly. Glad I had a chance to try it. Makes taking polish off so much easier.


I received these products as a gift from Formula X, all opinions are my own.


Curel Hydra Therapy Moisturizer review

I recently tried Curel Hydra Therapy wet skin moisturizer.


So whats the deal?

After showering or bathing you apply this Curel Hydra Therapy to your wet skin. No need to rinse off or wait for it to dry after applying it. Just towel dry as normal and then get dressed.

Why do you put it on wet skin?

After showering your pores are open, providing an easy pathway for moisture into you skin. The Advanced Ceramide Complex penetrates deeply into your skin’s surface bring moisture to the source of dryness. It absorbs immediately.

Why Ceramides?

These are naturally present in healthy skin. They are vital building blocks to maintaining skin’s moisture barrier. When lost, skin becomes damaged & dry. Curel ceramide complex penetrates & replenishes skin’s ceramide levels and repairs the moisture barrier.

Curel Hydra Therapy

My thoughts

I put the bottle in the shower so I wouldn’t forget.  I usually put lotion on my skin when I get out of the shower so I am used to this step. Except this time I am wet while I apply. Once I turned off the water , I added some lotion to my hands and started from my legs and worked my way up. A little product goes a long way and I was surprised. When I was done I dried off and got dressed. My skin didn’t feel tacky, sticky, or greasy. My skin was left smooth, touchable, hydrated, and soft.  I liked the results but I don’t know if I really care for the process. I am always cold so when I get out of the shower I’m like ‘Where is my towel?’ I usually light towel dry off and then add my lotion. Since Cureal hydra therapy you have to be wet for it to ‘activate’ I don’t really care for that part. For me I don’t think its something I would work into my normal routine, even though I liked how it left my skin.


Have you heard or tried Curel Hydra Therapy yet?


  • I received this product from Curel & Crowdtap for review purposes. All opinions are my own.



L’oreal Paris Pure-Clay Mud Mask review

Lately I’ve been becoming more aware of L’oreal skincare products.  One of their newest products is their Pure-Clay Masks. I love mud masks , it’s like a spa day at home. Transform you skin in 10 minutes.


Each mask has 3 mineral clays and an enhanced- sourced ingredient tailored for ideal absorption time. They are sourced from Mountains in Morocco, the South of England, and the USA.

Mineral Clays: 

  • Kaolinite is a soft mineral which absorbs unwanted impurities to remove excess shine without stripping away natural oils
  • Montmorillonite comes from igneous rocks, is soft to the touch, swells when it comes into contact with water and is renowned for its purifying and rebalancing properties
  • Ghassoul is gathered from volcanic regions of Morroco where it’s been used by women in face masks and compresses for years

Added ingredient


  • Eucalyptus known for possessing purifying and soothing actions beneficial for women with oily skin
  • Charcoal acts like a magnet on the skin to draw out impurities
  • Red Algae nutritious in sugars that help to strengthen the skin. Extraordinarily fine natural volcanic particles act as a naturally effective exfoliant to gently remove dead skin cells




The texture of the clay is creamy and goes on smoothly. There is no overpowering scent & they dry pretty evenly. Some are more “perfumey” than others. These were also easy to take off with warm water.

These retail for about $9.99 each which is pretty good. I’ve even heard a few people saw these are as good as glam glow . I’ve only used samples of that brand so  I can’t really compare in my own experience. For best results use these 2-3 times a week.

P.S Don’t want to get your fingers all dirty witd the clay. You can do this with any mask. Get a fan art brush ( Walmart/Target/Craft store) and use it just for your masks. Make sure to clean them after each use.

Detox & Brighten

Skin concern: Dull & Tired skin


Went on smoothly and easy to apply over my face. This one was my favorite. As it dries you can see where you are oily . It is sucking all the impurities out of you skin.  I took warm water and took off the mud mask. My face looked clean , refreshed, & did look a little bright. This one is my favorite out of the 3 I tried.


Exfoliate & Refine

Skin concern: Rough & Clogged skin

This one is my next favorite. It looks like the  mud you see people applying to themselves when they go to one of those exotic locations. This clay does have small particles which help exfoliate. This one is sort of like a 2-in-1 mask. This one also doesn’t dry completely. I like rubbing it on in circular motion to exfoliate. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and wash it off.  I rub it off in circular motions are well to exfoliate. The particles in the clay weren’t harsh on the skin and very gentle. My skin felt great afterwards.



Mattify & Purify

Skin concern: Oily & Shiny skin



This one for me is best when I multi-mask or area/spot treatment. This one dried really hard and made my skin feel tight while it was on.  It also stung a little bit when I first put it on for 10-20 seconds but not enough for me to wash it off.  When I took it off it did have a cooling sensation and my skin looked  & felt really clean. My skin did feel a little dry . I will use this for a spot treatment instead of my whole face ( t-zone, cheeks, chin, nose) This would probably be better for someone who has an oilier complexion and someone who doesn’t have sensitive skin.


Multi-masking :


Multimask Loreal

Do you or have you done a multi mask? It’s applying a few different products to your face to help your problem areas. Your skin might be oily in your T zone but have dry cheeks.



Loreal Multimask

I received these products complimentary from BzzAgent for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Chicken , Rice, & Veggies one pot meal

This was a comfort meal for me. When I was younger , my mom would make chicken, rice, veggies. I topped my chicken with gravy but then I would just mix it up after I cut my chicken into bite size pieces.

So my then my mom started making it just like that. This meal sort of reminds me of that.

This hit the spot and with only a few ingredients dinner will be done in no time. Feel free to add more veggies

chicken & rice


  • 1lb chicken ( I used boneless skinless tenders) cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • medium head of broccoli, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup of rice
  • 2 cups of chicken stock ( makes this very flavorful) or water
  • salt
  • pepper


Heat oil in pan . Once hot, add chicken . Add salt & pepper.

Sautee for about 7-8 minutes

Add onion to put, sautee for 3 minutes

Add carrots to put, turn heat to low.

Add garlic ,& broth ( or water)

Add rice to the pot, no need to stir it in just make sure its covered by the liquid.

Add broccoli on top

Cover the pot for 30 minutes & let it simmer. Check on it , add more liquid if needed.

When there is no more liquid ( rice is cooked) Its done.

Serve in a bowl & enjoy.

*For mine I used Zatarain’s broccoli rice mix and forgot to measure it. I realized it was a little short so I added quinoa to the pot.

** Tip: Want a quick soup?  This is perfect. Add the olive oil, then chicken ( salt & pepper). Add onion, celery, carrots, garlic, & chicken broth.Add egg noodles and you have a quick yummy soup.