September Freebies, Deals, & Prizes

I was going to post my freebies how I’ve been doing them ( every 2 weeks) but this month decided to wait until the end of the month.

Freebies:

Beauty Freebies
All these beauty samples for FREE.
If you aren’t signed up as a Beauty Insider you are missing out. It is free to join.. plus you get a gift on your birthday.
Sephora freebies : Murad invisiblur perfecting shield • Philosophy time in a bottle for eyes • Shiseido Ultimune • Sephora instant moisturizer •F-A-B Ultra repair cream • Boscia detoxifying black cleanser • Benefit Fake Up hydrating concealer • marvelous moxie Bare Minerals lipstick • St Tropez in shower tanning lotion

The Body Shop -Oils of life sample + revitalizing cream sample I received this from a deal they shared on their FB page.

Ulta Benefit, They’re Real mascara ( was in their catalog)

Macys Clinique chubby stick shadow stick in lot’s o latte ( ends Sept 29th, found it on the events page on macys.com)

Beauty Freebies

Sephora : Sephora make up forever ultra hd fluid foundation •Nars all day luminous weightless foundation • Sephora 10hr wear perfection foundation • Smashbox photo finish foundation primer • Benefit the POREfessional agent zero shine• Kat Von D -it tattoo foundation
Versace Bright Crystal & Eros perfume samples

-imPRESS press on manicure I received 2 sets ( signed up my friend lol) They had a promo first 50k got sets.

Freebies & samples
-scrunch hair ties • Premier protein chocolate shake +$2 coupon• Nivea extended moisture lotion sample + $1 coupon• Simple micellar water sample +$2 coupon• Nexcare band aids + $.50 coupon • 5 jolly pop coupons • kelloggs cereal & pop tarts coupons
-philosophy ultimate miracle worker cream sample • Doreen beads + $5 coupon (FB offer) • Corona t shirt win
-Garnier Fructis Brazilian smooth hair samples +$1 coupon • simple micellar cleansing water + $ 2 coupon • Nordic Naturals Omega -3 Pet supplement +$3 coupon
-U by Kotex samples + $1.50 coupon from Target • sandal corona bottle opener prize • free Birchbox keychain for being a member ( if you sign up now you can get your first box for $5 which is 50% off click here & use code 5BOX

survey shampoo/conditioner
Shampoo & Conditioner sent to try & give feedback from survey company. To see my favorite survey sites I use go here

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SoyVay garlic hoisin sauce from Klout . See how I used it here

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Deals

Food Deals
Target : Pepperidge Farms Swirl Bread x2 2.99 used 2 free coupons = Free
3 chobai 10/10 = $3 used target cartwheel app for 10% off = $2.70
Used the Ibotta app & got back $1.75

yoplait coupon
Used my Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! coupon I got from the Betty Crocker newsletter and got it free I chose the chocolate cherry.

Target :: Bolthouse Juice 32oz were on sale for $2.99 I had $1 coupons from when I emailed them awhile back making these $1.99. Can you guess what my favorite flavor is?

– I spotted Jif peanut butter cereal ( reminds me of peanut butter crunch) on clearance for $1.48 and grabbed Special K Vanilla Almond ( $2) used my $1 coupon = $ 2.48

Shoprite had Tai Pei meals on sale. I never had them before but emailed the company for coupons awhile back. On sale $2.50 – $1 coupon = $1.50 each (bought 2)

Food Deals
Walgreens: Sour Patch Kids $2.99 on sale $1.49 had $1 reward I didnt know I had = $.58 with tax
Shoprite: Jif bar- this week they have a digital coupon for a free bar!
Macadamia Chai Food Should Taste Good Bar $.50 digital coupon + $.50 saving star rebate = FREE
I’m currently trying out Kozy Shack Indulgent Recipe with BzzAgent = FREE

playtex deal
I had a rain check for Playtex tampons ( $1.99 originally $3.99) Which worked out because I asked my friend who might have extra inserts so I could get more tampons. He didn’t so off I went to just get 1…well guess what someone left 3 coupons on the shelf !! It was meant to be. So I bought 4 boxes and used 4 x $1 off coupons making all of these $3.96 …less than one box! Do you ever leave coupons you don’t need? I do. Glad I was finally able to grab some I needed.

coupons
Same yoplait coupon from above
Free GoodBelly product
Free Back to Nature product ( from FB)

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I love when Dollar Tree has these make up sponges I picked up 2. You can’t beat that.
CVS has Optic White toothpaste for $3 ( $4.89) Had a $2 coupon from the red machine & the used $.50 coupon I had making this $.53 with tax
Make sure to like Edible Arrangements. Sometimes they share freebie of the day. I picked up these delicious chocolate covered apples.

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I snagged this down & feather comforter for $6( free since I used gift cards) in exchange for my review.

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Prizes:
Prizes

I won $100 gift card to Lane Bryant.. i fyou read my Fall Fashion haul I used it on the glasses & bracelet. This was from their FB page.

Covergirl- Follow them on instagram they always have giveaways. lip lava $7.99 , lip perfection jumbo lip gloss $8.99 , jumbo gloss balm creams $8.99, colorlicious lipgloss $7.99, colorlicious lipstick $6.99

Physician’s Formula- Follow them on FB they have #FreebieFriday I won the 24k Bronze Booster

Physicians Formula- won this from a twitter party – Nude wear $14.95 , bronze booster season to season $14.95 , magic mosiac $13.95 , city glow $14.95, eye booster $14.95

Yes to Grapefuit Justins peanut butter win
I was so happy to get this. I thought I won something else which was ok but I LOVE Justin’s products. Follow Yes to brand on Instagram, they have contests frequently.
Yes to grapefruit pore perfection brightening peel, pore perfection paper mask, toning mist,rejuvenating wipes, night treatment
Justin’s : Vanilla almond butter squeeze packs (10 pack), Organic dark chocolate peanut butter cups (12), Maple & classic Almond Butter pretzel snack pack ( 6 each)

Easy 2 ingredient cake

If you occasionally go on pinterest I’m sure at one point you came across this recipe.

Easy 2 ingredient cake

You take :
Any flavor cake mix I chose chocolate
Canned Pumpkin ( NOT pumpkin pie filling)

Mix together , it will be very thick.
Preheat oven 350 degrees
Put in a greased pan.
Place in oven for 20 minutes or until done

I topped it with vanilla icing. It was delicious…so moist and rich.

* You can add a few tablespoons of milk or milk alternative if you want to thin it out a little.

Feel free to add different ingredients like dried fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts.

Pumpkin French Toast with maple syrup sausage

Fall is here and pumpkin everything is in full swing.

I opened my email and Cassey from Blogilates had a few new recipes she made.
One of them being pumpkin french toast. I had to make it.

What you need:

PumpkinFT

Bread
1/2 c Almond Milk
1/2 c canned pumpkin
1 egg
cinnamon
sugar
Apple, diced
Coconut oil
Maple Syrup
Johnsonville Vermont Maple Syrup fully cooked breakfast sausage

You can see the recipe & video on the Blogilates website

Mix almond milk, canned pumpkin, egg, sugar, cinnamon together in a bowl until blended.

Dip & cover bread

In a pan add coconut oil on medium low. Place bread on the pan for a few minutes to get brown and crispy.

Flip!

You can do this before, after, or while cooking french toast: Place Johnsonville sausage in pan on medium for 7-10 minutes until cooked through.

Place on plate, drizzle on maple syrup & top with diced apples & cinnamon. ( I mixed the apples & cinnamon together before placing on top)
Place 2 Johnsonville sausages on the side.
Dig in!

The Johnsonville vermont maple syrup sausage paired well with the pumpkin french toast & cinnamon apple. Was a great breakfast .. yummy in my tummy.

I made extra pumpkin french toast so I could have the next morning as well. I just popped it in the toasted oven.

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#UnlockTheAwesome with SoyVay Marinade & sauce

I love getting perk’d! Klout sent me SoyVoy Hoisin Garlic marinade & sauce recently.
The first thing I thought was stir fry!

SoyVay

What you need:
Chicken breast
Bell Peppers ( any color) , diced
Green Beans, cut in half or thirds
Onion, diced
SoyVay Garlic Hoisin Sauce
Coconut Oil
Brown rice
Salt & Pepper

I put the chicken in a container & poured some of the SoyVay marinade just enough to cover to let marinade.

Boil water cook rice according to directions. Add salt & pepper

Diced up my vegetables. Bell peppers were $1 a piece to got a yellow & red but choose whichever you prefer. I was going to put carrots but forgot about them. oops Still came out great.

In a pan put some coconut oil ( or preferred oil) . Put green beans in pan and cook until tender. I like mine with a crisp still. Place on plate/in container.

Add more coconut oil, add onion for 1-2 minutes. Add bell peppers. Cook until tender. I added a little black pepper.

Add green beans to mixture. Add some hoisin sauce ( to your preference)

You can either place on plate or container or get another pan.

Put coconut oil in pan, med / med-high, add chicken , cook until done.

Dice chicken, add to vegetable mixture.

Put rice on plate or in a bowl.

Top with chicken & veggie mixture.

This was delicious and will be making this again soon. Maybe this time with carrots and/or snap peas.
Have you tried SoyVay sauces before ?

The marinade had great flavor. It sort of reminded me of bourbon chicken. It was sweet & a little salty ..in a good way.
This sauce is great for stir fry, grilling, basting, marinade.

Chicken stiry fry with SoyVay

I received SoyVay complimentary from Klout. All opinions are my own.

Sweet potato & Sausage bowl with Johnsonville fully cooked breakfast sausage #SausageFamily

Johnsonville has a new product to look for in the refrigerated section, fully cooked breakfast sausage.

There are 3 flavors to choose from:
Original
Turkey
Vermont Maple Syrup

Thanks to Johnsonville & Crowdtap I was able to pick up a pack to try for FREE.
Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage

I found them at Stop & Shop for $4.29.

There is a tool on the Johnsonville website and it said that there was only one flavor at the store neat by …but when I got there they had all three.

I ended up getting the Vermont Maple Syrup just because it reminds me of breakfast & it was the flavor that came up when I searched so sort of based my meal off the flavor.

First thing I noticed about the package is it is resealable which is great because if you only want one or two you can easily seal it up and put it back in the fridge.

Second thing after reading is how quick they can be cooked.

Johnsonville Directions

What you need:
Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage, Vermont Maple Syrup
Large sweet potato, cut into bite sized pieces
Bell Peppers, diced I chose red & yellow
Onion, diced
Garlic
Chili powder
Salt & Pepper
Eggs
Coconut Oil

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Making Johnsonville Sausage Bowl

Boil a pot of water ( with salt). Once boiled add sweet potato pieces for 4-5 minutes.
You just want them a little tender.
Drain and set aside.

Add coconut oil to pan.
Add onion for 1-2 minutes, stir
Add bell peppers to pan, mix together
Add some salt & pepper
Cook until tender
Add garlic cook for 1 minute
Pour mixture onto a plate or in a bowl.

Put coconut oil in pan med – med/high heat
Add sweet potato into pan into 1 layer , don’t crowd the pan
Season with pepper & a little chili powder
Cook until a little browned & tender

Add onion & bell pepper mixture, gently mix together.

Grab another pan, add Johnsonville breakfast sausage for 8- 10 minutes until heated through , turning occasionally.
When done put on plate and cut into pieces.

In same pan add eggs, add salt & pepper. Scramble

Now assemble your bowl.
Add sweet potato hash, sausage, eggs & mix.
Grab a fork or spoon & dig in!

Johnsonville Sausage Bowl

The Vermont Maple Syrup sausage was delicious. It was so flavorful, moist, & hit the spot. The saltiness from the pork & the sweetness from the maple syrup was a great combo that went well with the vegetables.
I definitely want to try the Turkey sausage next. I already have a meal planned.
In 2 links there is 7 grams of protein, there are no fillers, & cook fast.

Have you tried or seen Johnsonville fully cooked breakfast sausage in your grocery store?
Which flavor do you want to try?

I’m a member of the Crowdtap Johnsonville rewards program, and Johnsonville sent me a sample of its Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage Links to review.

Renuzit Ultimate #TBT Girls Night In Sweepstakes- enter now

If you didn’t know Renuzit has been giving away weekly prizes every Thursday for their ultimate #TBT Girls Night In Sweepstakes.

What is the prize this week?

1 winner will win the ultimate #TBT Girls Night In package, including a FREE Renuzit Cotton Breeze cone, home essentials and 1 year of Hulu Plus!

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Hulu plus will come in handy for those cold days & nights in the winter. You can catch up on shows you’ve missed during the week if you were busy, watch their original series, watch your favorite episodes from past seasons , movies, & more. ( no commercials) You can also stream on your favorite devices.

So if you get stuck inside, at least you will be entertained and you’re home with smell great with the Renuzit cotton breeze cone.
You can also invite your friends ( or family) over for movie night.

When to enter:
September 24-30th
For U.S residents

How to enter:
Head over to the Renuzit facebook page and reply to their post here
Head over to Renuzit Twitter and retweet

Good luck!!

Disclosure: Information for this Renuzit promotion was provided to me as a Purex Insider. I was not compensated in any way but do have a chance at winning a gift card for sharing.

Protect your skin with Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer with SPF #AveenoAdvocate

Aveeno SPF Moisturizer Crowdtap

I love Aveeno moisturizers. Years ago I got a sample and liked how it felt. I ended up buying a full size bottle & have been buying it since.

Not only does Aveeno keep my skin healthy by keeping it hydrated, soft, & smooth… but it also doesn’t mess with my makeup when I apply it. That was one of the things I was looking for years ago. A few moisturizers I was trying would make my makeup clump up and wouldn’t allow the make up to apply correctly. Who wants to deal with that in the mornings? Not me.That is one of the big things that got my attention when I tried the sample years ago ( I didn’t know how great it would leave and make skin skin look & feel as well)

Right now I currently use Aveeno Clear Complexion but I used to use Aveeno moisturizer with SPF. I was happy when Crowdtap sent me 3 sample size tubes to try.

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So what does Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 do for you skin ?
Helps improve:
– Tone
– Texture
– Brown Spots
– Dullness
– Blotchiness

The active ingredient in this moisturizer is total soy complex. This ingredient evens skin tone & texture of your skin which gives you radiant healthy looking skin.

It’s oil free, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic.

* Remember to apply 15 minutes before you go out in the sun. This will not protect you all day. You have to reapply SPF often. At least 80 minutes if you are swimming or sweating and at least 2 hours otherwise.

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What I like about Aveeno:
Hydrates skin
Doesn’t clump up makeup
Protects skin
Leaves skin soft & smooth
Light weight , absorbs quickly
Skin look healthy

Aveeno retails for about $14.99 more or less depending where you go.
It can be found CVS, Target, Walamart, Walgreens, Rite Aid ect
Make sure to check stores fliers for deals & the Aveeno website to sign up for coupons

*I’m a member of the Crowdtap Aveeno® rewards program, and Aveeno® sent me a samples of its POSITIVELY RADIANT® DAILY MOISTURIZER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF30 to review.

Get a Birchbox for only $5 !

Love trying out new beauty products like make up, hair products, perfume , & more?
Birchbox sends you 5 deluxe personalized samples every month for you to try out.
Afterwards ,if wanted you can review the items on the site & get 10 points. With those points you can buy products on the site ( or if you are in NYC, their flagship store). 100 points= $10
It’s also easy to cancel if you decide this box isn’t for you.
I discovered a moisturizer from a brand I have never heard of , I loved it!

Birchbox

How to get the deal:
Head over to the Birchbox website

Enter 5BOX at check out

You might have to pay tax depending on which state you live in.

If you decide to get it , let me know what you get in your box! 🙂

Take a break & enjoy International Delight Iced Coffee #IDelightin10

Did you know International Delight also has Iced Coffee & Chai Tea Latte drinks to choose from? Not just creamers! Look for them by the milk.

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( I added some vanilla almond milk to the mocha iced coffee)

I wouldn’t really say I am a big coffee drinker. In high school I was addicted to french vanilla cappuccino but when I left that high school my habit broke. ( P.S What high school sells cappuccino to students ? lol) I would crash so hard after school!
Anyway I would occasionally have cappuccinos once in a blue moon in the fall/winter. Maybe 1-2 times a year , if that.

Then this year I fell in love the with S’mores frappuccino when I got a free drink for my birthday. Sadly it was limited edition. What was I going to do I thought? My special treat was no more… only hoping I could get it next summer.

Then BzzAgent sent me an email inviting me to be part of the the International Delight Iced Coffee & Chai Tea Latte campaign. I like trying new products and I knew if I didn’t like it my friend would.
They sent me a coupon to redeem for a free half gallon & some $.80 coupons to share.
Off to the store I went. At first I didn’t see it then the next time I went into the store I found them.
There was only 2 to choose from at my location so I grabbed the Mocha . I thought you can’t go wrong my mocha.

There are 10 flavors to choose from:
Mocha
Mocha Light
Caramel Macchiato
Caramel Macchiato Light
Vanilla
Vanilla Light
Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream
Hershey’s Cookies n’ Cream

Vanilla Chai
Caramel Chai

With inspiration from my favorite drink this summer and favorite camping treat I decided to make a s’mores ice coffee.

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I took
Mocha International Delight Iced Coffee
Marshmallow Fluff
Whipped Cream
Graham Crackers, smashed

I mixed equal amount of marshmallow fluff & whipped cream.
Smashed graham crackers
Added some whipped cream mixture & graham cracker crumbs at the bottom of my mug.
Poured in mocha International Delight iced coffee
topped with whipped cream mixture
sprinkled graham cracker crumbs.
Feel free to add chocolate syrup for more chocolate goodness.

It was really good but nothing something I could have all the time. Great for a special me time treat. ( sugar overload)

Then I started adding a little bit of vanilla almond milk or vanilla coconut milk when I had it in the mornings or afternoons. It tasted great.
At Target they even had it on sale 2/$7 and had 10% off from the cartwheel app. I was happy about that because I LOVE this iced coffee. I have been having trouble finding other flavors though. I am always checking though so hopefully they will pop up .
IDelight sale
A half gallon is around $4 which is a little expensive but if you are heading to the coffee shop all the time it will save you a lot of money.

If you head to International Delight website you can find great drink recipes , even a yummy chocolate truffle recipe!

So skip your trip to the coffee shop & grab one of the great flavors International Delight has to offer. It tastes great & will save you money.

Have you tried I.D iced coffee or chai tea latte yet? Which flavor did you try or would you like to try?

Glam Essentials – Hello Cutie Mud Mask Review

Once or twice a week I liked treating my skin to a facial mask. Mud & peel masks are my favorite.
Glam Essentials sent me their Hello Cutie Mud Mask to try out. How cute is the name?

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What it does:
With the finest natural ingredients this mask will help :
Remove blackheads
Shrink pores
Hydrate
Repair
Tighten
Stimulate
Anti-aging

How to use:
Use 1-2 times a week.
Full mask or spot treatment
Spread evenly over skin until dry 5-15 minutes , then rinse with warm water.

One thing I don’t like about mud masks is applying it. It can get a little messy. It’s all over your hands, the jar gets messy, uneven application. Hello Cute Mud Mask comes with a fan brush for easy, even, & clean application. ( why haven’t I thought of using a brush before too apply masks?) Do you use a brush to apply your facial masks? You also don’t need a lot of the product to cover your face.

Hello Cutie Mud mask

The first thing you notice while applying is the peppermint. It smells great, not overpowering and didn’t make my eyes water. With each stroke you feel a tingling refreshing sensation. The consistency is nice and glides on nicely. After your face is covered you just wait for it to dry. This is definitely one of my favorite mud masks I’ve tried….ever! What I like about it is unlike other mud masks I’ve tried in the past ; while drying it doesn’t give my skin any irritation or unpleasant feeling, it doesn’t feel really stiff, & it dried really quick.
While drying, this mask did something different. You can see it absorbing the oils. For me it was in my T-Zone especially my nose. It was interesting to see. (You can see what I am talking about in this photo around and on my nose.)

Hello Cutie Mud Mask

When you are ready to take off it easily comes off with warm water. No need to scrub it off. My face feels so soft, smooth,clean, & moisturized after each use.

What is in it:
Pomegranate: Add hydration as well as being jam packed with antioxidants which gives it the power to help with cellular regeneration

Peppermint: for that refreshing feeling

Activated charcoal : it aggressively aids in the reduction of toxins on the surface of your skin, and it’s a natural exfoliator.

Hyaluronic Acid: has also been added to reduce the look of aging while helping boost your collagen levels

Vitamin B3: Helps with skin rejuvenation

There are no parabens, sulfates, dyes, or perfumes.

Manufactured in U.S.A

You can find it on Amazon: retails for about $28

Final thoughts:
Overall I really liked this mask. It pleasant to use throughout the process of applying , drying, and taking off. I liked that it’s packed with natural beneficial ingredients and not harsh chemicals, dyes , or perfumes. I’ve only used it a handful of times so far so no dramatic results but it leaves my skin feeling great afterwards. I can also see that is does clean out the junk in my pores. Making them look smaller. With a 60 day money back guarantee, you owe it to you & your skin to try the benefits of this mask & see for yourself.

I received a sample of this product in exchange for an honest review.