Freebies at Sprouts

Earlier this year a Sprouts opened near me. Im hooked. I love their fruit and veggie sales.

Sprouts also has digital coupons and sometimes sends out promo codes for free items,  which you can add to your account to redeem .  They even have free product digital coupons that you can clip.

 

Here are some promo codes that are currently active:

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Crispy Fruit & Veggie Chips – CRISPYSNACK19. ( find these over by the veggies / produce)

Sprouts Sparkling Lemonade – SPARKLE19

Farm & Oven Mini Muffin – this one you clip to you account

Taylor Farms Shredded Iceberg Lettuce 8 oz- LETTUCESAVE19

Pita Crackers EXPIRED  but you can try > PITACRACKERS19

Organic Mini Peppers comes and goes but see if you can add it: MINIPEPPERS19

( blueberries, refrained beans, and other item in my cart are just items I was buying 🙂 )

Dinner Ideas

One Pan Cream Spinach & Artichoke Chicken 

Loved this dish. Not only is it a one pan dish but is cooked in 30 minutes!

One Pan Creamy Spinach Chicken

  • 6 Chicken breasts, boneless skinless
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans Artichoke hearts
  • 4 oz Baby spinach, fresh
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Parsley, Fresh
  • 2 Shallots
  • 1/2 cup Chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning, dried
  • 1 Salt + pepper
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 1/2 cup Half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan

 

Roasted Chickpea & Broccoli Orzo Salad

I found this recipe from Refinery29. Love the roasted chickpeas in this.

Roasted Chickpea & Broccoli Orzo Salad

Ingredients
1 small head of broccoli, cut into small florets
1 (15-ounce) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained well
Juice and zest of one lemon (reserve 1-2 small wedges for serving)
1/2 tsp garlic powder (can use 2 cloves sliced, fresh garlic instead, but will cost slightly more)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo
Red-pepper flakes, for serving
Feta or Parmesan cheese, for serving, optional

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.

2. In a large bowl combine broccoli, chickpeas, lemon juice and zest, garlic, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Toss to coat and pour onto a foil-lined baking sheet.

3. Roast broccoli and chickpeas for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.

4. While broccoli and chickpeas are roasting, boil orzo according to package directions. When the orzo is cooked, drain well and toss with the roasted broccoli and chickpeas and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.

5. Add red-pepper flakes and cheese to taste, if using. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.

One Pan Italian Sausage & Veggies

Really loving roasted broccoli!

 

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  • Carrots, sliced
  • Red Potatoes, diced
  • Zucchini, sliced and cut in half
  • Red Bell Peppers, cut in bite sized pieces
  • Broccoli, chopped
  • Sausage
  • 1/2 tablespoon EACH: dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley, garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: onion powder, dried thyme
  • Optional: Sprinkle with parmesan cheese

Preheat over to 400. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

Place everything on pan, Drizzle with seasoning and oil. Mix to coat. Cook for 40 minutes. Half way through mix.

 

I found this on eatwell101.   So easy, quick, & flavorful!

 

Chicken with cauliflower rice

 

The chicken

  • 2 large boneless and skinless chicken breasts halved horizontally to make 4
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan, finely grated
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • For the cauliflower rice:
  • 3 cups riced cauliflower (about 1 medium head)
  • 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons veggie stock
  • Juice of one lemon (+ zest, if you like)
  • Red chili pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS

The Chicken

1. In a shallow plate, combine parmesan cheese, grated garlic, paprika, and Italian seasoning. Season the chicken with salt and pepper; dredge in the parmesan mixture; shake off excess and set aside.

2. In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until golden on each side and cooked through – about 3-4 minutes for each side, depending on the thickness of your chicken. Transfer to a plate.

The cauliflower rice

1. In the same pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Fry the garlic and onion for 1 minute until fragrant — be careful not to burn.

2. Add the riced cauliflower to the skillet and stir to mix everything together well and coat in melted butter. Cook, stirring regularly for 1 minute.

3. Stir in the 2 tablespoons vegetable stock, about half the parsley, and lemon zest (if using). Cook for one minute to reduce juices then add the lemon juice and a few sprinkles of leftover parmesan cheese, if you like.

4. Adjust seasoning as needed. Stir in the remaining parsley. Return chicken over cauliflower rice and reheat quickly. Serve with fresh cracked black pepper, red chili pepper flakes, and more parmesan.

Chicken & Veggie stir-fry bowl

One of my go to meals is this chicken  & veggie “stir fry” . Its easy, simple, and all goes in one pan!

Chicken Stir fry

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Broth
  • Chicken (diced)
  • onion ( diced)
  • garlic ( minced)
  • mushrooms ( diced)
  • green beans or snap peas
  • carrots ( diced)
  • salt & pepper
  • quinoa or rice
  • soy sauce

 

Add some chicken broth to pan on medium-high. Once hot add carrots & onion. Stir.

Make rice / quinoa according to package. Im a fan of Success boil in a bag tri colored quinoa!

After a couple of minutes add chicken . Stir.  Turn down to medium

Add salt & pepper

Once chicken is pretty much done. Add garlic. Stir for a minute.

Add snap peas or green beans & mushrooms. Stir until tender.

Turn off burner.

Add some quinoa/rice. Add chicken & veggie mixture. Top with soy sauce.

Yum!

 

Volition Beauty Review #MyOwnVolition

Volition Beauty reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try some of their favorite products. I said yes and couldn’t wait to try the products out.  You can buy & find their products on their website and on Sephora’s website. They recently launched their top products earlier this month.  In September they will be available at selected Sephora stores as well.

These products are vegan, cruelty free ,noncomedogenic. & made without – Paraben, Sulfates, & Phthalates

Volition Beauty

 

Volition is the first & only brand that co-creates with us, the consumer. They don’t want to just sell us beauty products but help solve our beauty problems. On their website , you can submit your ideas for a product and possibly have your idea become a possibility / next must have product in their line.  They also include a little card in the products packaging acknowledging the person who had the idea and their inspiration behind it.

Tumeric Brightening Polish

Volition Tumeric Scrub

You can use this on body or face, I’ve been using it on my face only so far. Its gentle on my skin but still effective enough to exfoliate. My face felt smooth & did look healthy after using it.  Tumeric is a super spice & has been part of the Indian cultures beauty routine for thousands of years. It helps soften & brighten the skin.  This also contain sandalwood which is great for toning & olive oil for hydration.  This product is also vegan. It retails for $38.

Helix AM/PM Eye Gel

 

 

I really like the consistency & texture of this gel. It reminds me of a blurring products. Once applied it smooths skin out and absorbs quickly. Make up goes on without a problems & goes on smooth. The secret ingredient is a repairing helix complex from escargot ( yup..snails!) to help firm skin & decreases lines & wrinkles. Its lightweight , helps with puffiness ,& is hydrating. It retails for $52

 

Oil Control Mattifying Mist

Volition Oil Control Mist

 

This is a refreshing mist to help mattify skin & absorbs oil.   The rose water is calming & smells lovely. Spray about 12 inches from the face to refresh your makeup any time of day. Moving to FL this has helped keep my skin looking fresh & clean without messing up my make up.

This mist contains:

-Natural Humectant Powder: Delivers hydration to skin while drawing out excess oil.
-Amino Acid Complex: Promotes a healthy pH balance while hydrating and moisturizing skin.
-Rose Water: Features anti-inflammatory properties for redness.

 

I received these products for free. All opinions are my own.

Stitch Fix Box review

Im a bit reluctant to trying clothing boxes because I can be picky with my clothing. I also have some issue with fit because  I am tall, have hips, & a small waist, long torso lol the list goes on.  Will they really know my style if I answer a few questions and choose some pictures?

Well thanks to T-mobile for hooking me up on T-mobile Tuesdays ( if you are a T-mobile customer , download the app for goodies!) with a $25 credit to use. I thought why not?

You can get a $25 credit too if you use my link ( I get credit as well) win win.

FREE $25 Stitch Fix Credit

 

Stitch Fix Box

When you sign up you answer questions about your style , there are also photos of styles to choose from , & questions about your sizing,  so the stylist can choose what is best from the results & have them personalized.

It was a simple process.

You are charged a $20 styling fee which can be put towards an item in your box.

You have 3 days to decide what you want and don’t. There is a prepaid mailer in your box to return the items you don’t want. You only pay for what you keep.

My box came and I was excited to see what was inside. There was 5 items.

  • 2 tops
  • shorts
  • dress
  • necklace

They also send a price list & a sheet showing how you can style the pieces.

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One of my favorites from the box is this Pixley Crissie dress $68

I love the scallop detail on the neckline , the fit, color, and back.

I didn’t like that it had snap closures in the back. I do have long arms but a pain to do.

StitchFix Dress

 

Project Social T Natassia Mesh Trim Knit Top $40

STS Blue Eleonora Distressed Fray Hem Denim Shorts $38

The top was really comfortable and liked the mesh detail. It was so soft. It was a bit pricey for what it is though.

The shorts were also comfortable and a nice length.  A size smaller would have been better , when I checked their site they were out of the smaller size.

StitchFix

 

When I saw this print on this Renee C Jayani Halter top ($48) I wasn’t sure but when I tried it on I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t care for the fit of it though. I prefer it to be more fitted or flowy.

StitchFix Halter

 

Last piece was an accessory . Bay to Baubles Sutara Filigree Circle Pendant $28

I liked the design but a bit too long for me.

StitchFix necklace

Overall , the items they picked are something I’d try on or stop and look at ….maybe minus the halter for the top but that’s what is great about these boxes. Trying something you might not.  The prices are a little high, for me anyway . I’m a bargain shopper so I know I could find similar pieces at places like Marshalls/TJ Maxx . I also wish they gave at least a week to think about it vs the 3 days. Especially since I just moved and am on a strict budget right now.

Have you tried Stitch Fix before? How did you like it?

Save money while shopping online

About a week ago I went to Marshall’s for a TJX rewards access event.  P.S if you shop at Home Goods, TJ Maxx , or Marshalls, sign up it’s free.  Every time you shop you will be entered into a sweepstakes, opportunities for giveaways, & special events.

At this event there was coffee, donuts, a chance to win a gift card ( I won $20!) , & free holiday wrapping paper.

I ended up buying this great black jumpsuit. I just tried it on for fun and was surprised it was the right length as well as fit in the right places. Being tall anything one piece is usually a miss.

jump suit tjx access rewards event

 

I also found this Tommy Hilfiger coat which I really liked. It was warm, sleeves were long, coat was a great length, & the hood looked good and fit right. I feel like its going to be a very cold winter so I needed something to keep me warm.

I wanted to wait because I was very close on one of my survey sites to cash out , and one of the option was a Marshalls gift card. Well it didn’t go as planned and I didn’t want to wait. I went back & my size was gone!! Oh no. I was pretty bummed because I haven’t been this happy to find a coat in awhile.

I did take a photo of the tag when I was at the store the first time . I googled it and guess what? It was at Macy’s for the same price! YAY

My deal ended up being WAY better too.

Coat $79.99 ( $85.07 with tax)

  • Used 3 Macys gift cards ( from survey sites) about $64
  • $5 in plenti points
  • $16.xx on a egift card from a survey site

I paid $0 out of pocket.

Here is where it gets good.

 

ebates tommy coat

You can find the Tommy Hilfiger coat here

Macy’s had a deal if you spent a certain amount you would get back $10 in Macy’s Money

I used Ebates & received $9.60 back

There was also a deal on plenti if you spent $50 you would get back $10 plenti points

I ended up getting $29.68 back with different sites!

Ebates is great and I highly recommend adding the Ebates cash back button to your browser. That way you are reminded to use it. I would always forget, ever since I added the button I never forget.

If you use my link >> EBATES you will get back $10 on a qualifying purchase of $25 or more. Which can easily be done with holiday shopping.

I also suggest signing up for honey . If you want to save a little more money and/or you’re tired of looking for promo & coupon codes this site does it all for you.

 

 

What sites do you use to save?

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.

 

DELETE ALL

Retails $15 

DELETE ALL Formula X

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.