tastykake

Recently (actually a month or so ago) I got a box of TastyKake Minis to try out with my family (free, compliments of Influenster for testing and review purposes ** all of the opinions stated in this post are my own). We have had TastyKake items before but not these cute little mini cupcakes!

We tried the Reese’s Peanut Butter flavor and they were so good that I never got to try any! Seriously, I put them on the table and they were GONE. Yep, they were that good! Nice mix of chocolate and peanut butter with the swirly on the top. Out of the whole box I got to try ONE cupcake.

In the box there are 8 packages of 3 cupcakes each which is basically 24 cupcakes in the box. My kids really liked that it felt like they got a lot in each package.

In my opinion, we really didn’t need a “mini-win” reason to enjoy these snacks. Eating them is enough of a mini-win all on it’s own!

Be sure to check out TastyKake on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/Tastykake
https://www.instagram.com/Tastykake

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Rimmell eye makeup remover Scandaleyes liner

Since I have three daughters, I have seen a lot of makeup products come and go in my household.  Many times the items don’t live up to their claims and aren’t worth the money I paid for them.  That’s why I am always willing to give my honest review in exchange for free products to try out.  I get to sample the items without spending any money out of pocket to find out if they are worth buying or not.  In my FrostyVoxBox, complements of Influenster, they sent me the Rimmel Just Let It Go gentle eye makeup remover and also a Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal eyeliner pencil in black.

The eyeliner pencil says that it is waterproof which is interesting.  I am not even sure if there is an eyepencil like that out there already.  Anyhow, after trying it out I can definitely say that it stays put better than other eyeliners.  It doesn’t smudge easily but it does still smudge.  I can see using this for defining lines but if you are looking for an eyeliner that blends easily, this is not it.  Interestingly, I was able to wipe the eyeliner off with just some plain water on my finger so I am not sure what makes this “waterproof” since it definitely isn’t. Bottom line:  a good eyeliner that stays put and doesn’t smudge easily (but is NOT waterproof)

The makeup remover states that it is “gentle”.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup on my eyes.  I am a mascara and eyeliner kind of girl so it’s not like there was a ton of stuff to take off.  I usually just use baby oil and a tissue to remove my makeup.  When I tried this remover, the fact that it was “oil free” just made it feel more difficult to take the makeup off.  Like it was actually drying to my skin. It did not make the skin around my eyes feel smooth and soft and cared for.  It also made my eyes sting. Bottom line:  I did not like this remover at all and will be sticking with baby oil and a tissue.

** I received these products for free to test and review

#Rimmel   #Influenster

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With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us (for another 11 months anyhow),  I finally have time to turn my attention towards some product reviews. During the holidays, I received the Frosty VoxBox compliments of Influenster.  It is full of nice, new things that they sent me to try for free!

 

My FrostyVoxBox with free goodies from Influenster!
My FrostyVoxBox with free goodies from Influenster!

The box contained:

No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Sachet

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea

EcoTools Hair Brush

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Rimmer Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliner

McCormick Gourmet Thyme

Fruit Vines Bites

Watch for my reviews in the coming days!

#GetADVANCED  #SugarPlum  #CelestialTea  #LoveMyEcoHairBrush  #Rimmel  #McCormickGourmet  #SweetSide #FrostyVoxBox

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I just received a Surf’s Up Vox Box courtesy of Influenster with more fun, new products to try out!

This time they sent me a sample of First Aid Shot Therapy which is a liquid pain reliever that you drink.  I had never even heard of this until I received it but I put it in the fridge to chill it so that it was ready for the next time I got a headache. (note:  it is Summer break and the kids are home for three months * a headache is inevitable).

Sure enough, yesterday I was ready to try the “shot”.  Here is what I thought:

  • the flavor I got was “Berry” and it tastes pretty good with no “medicine” taste to it
  • the liquid is clear which I thought was suprising * I thought it would be pink or purple or red
  • it worked well and quicker than I thought (the product does claim to work 5 times faster than aspirin)
  • overall I would give it two thumbs up!

I just checked on Amazon and it seems like there are two flavors available:  Berry and Peppermint.  I would love to see them come out with some other flavors.  I am not sure I would buy more of this anytime soon because it retails for about $2.50 a bottle which seems high to me (remember, I buy my ibuprofen at the Dollar Tree and a bottle of that treats 10 headaches or so for $1).

** I received this item compliments of Influenster for testing and review purposes

@Influenster  @firstaidshottherapy  #FASTrelief  #contest

 

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It seems as if I am on a roll with the Influenster Vox Boxes. I love getting these boxes full of complimentary new items for me to try out and review!  Free goodies are always fun!  So, last week I got the TLC Vox Box and here is what was inside:

  • Neosporin Neo to Go * very cool!  This is a first aid antiseptic spray which also has pain reliever in it.  This will be great to throw in the tote bag for the pool and beach!
  • A coupon for a FREE container of Breyers Gelato Indulgences * I have wanted to try this cool treat from the moment I saw them in a commercial.  Yum!
  • Ivory Bar Soap * I have used Ivory soap since I was 18.  It is the only soap I use on my face and am excited to see it making a comeback!
  • AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother * I confess!  When I opened this box, this was the first product I checked out!  This stuff is great and works like a real life photo filter 😉
  • Puffs to Go * what’s not to love about Puffs?  Always gotta have tissues in my purse for the kiddos!
  • Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card * I am super excited about trying this card out to see how well it helps me save on gas costs.  Fingers crossed!
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Sooooo excited! I just got my #JollyVoxBox full of complimentary goodies from Influenster last week and it has some FABULOUS products in it for me to try out this holiday season!

This time around it included:

  • Skinny Cow Divine Filled Chocolates (peanut butter creme)
  • NYC New York Color HD Color Trio Eye Shadow
  • Rimmel London NEW Show Off Lip Lacquer in the shade Aurora
  • Ducklings mini rolls of cute patterned duck tape
  • Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong To Go tissue pack

I can’t wait to try out these fun new products!

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Just thought I’d give you the heads up on a new instant win contest that Dove is sponsoring.  It’s the Dove Reveal to Rebalance Instant Win Game.

You could uncover prizes like Dove® go fresh Body Wash, Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant & Body Mist in NEW Rebalance and a
$250 Target GiftCard® or Dove® yoga mat!  You can play daily thru September 6, 2011.  No purchase necessary.

To play, click here:

http://www.dove.us/Offers/insider-exclusives/reveal-to-rebalance.aspx

 

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Today Ben had a dentist appointment for his regular checkup.  Since we lost our insurance recently, I called ahead to find out how much this visit would be.  $135.  Okay.  Budgeted that in for the month, but since this is also back to school month and a month where we have three family birthdays, things were going to be really tight!  So, when we got there, I asked the hygenist if we could please not do xrays this time (even though they were due) and just do them next time.  She looked at his chart and since his teeth are always in great condition she said that would be fine.  Money saved for asking this one simple question ……….. $30!

After his dental appointment, I had the rare chance to do all of my grocery shopping at 4 different stores, in one straight shot.  Literally, all four stores I wanted to go to were within the same 5 miles on the same road!  So, since opportunity presented itself I took advantage of it.  Here is how things turned out:

We went to Publix, CVS, Winn Dixie and Dollar General Market (not the regular Dollar General, but something more like a “superstore” version of Dollar General). 

Grand Total (before coupons, sales and discounts):  $93.54

Total after coupons, sales and discounts:  $42.45

Total savings:  $51.09

Here is what we got:

4 boxes of Fruity Pebbles (that have $4 in coupons in each box)

2 bottles of Sunny D

1 gallon of T G Lee Milk

3 dozen eggs (2, 18 count packs)

1 loaf of Natures Own bread

1 package of hot dog buns

2 pounds of ground chuck

2 jars of Classico alfredo sauce

1 can diced tomatoes

4 jars of Skippy peanut butter

1 jar parmesean cheese

1 bottle pancake syrup

4 packages of Yakisoba japanese noodles

2 boxes of  Betty Crocker cake mix

2 boxes Kraft mac & cheese

1 package cream cheese

9 pounds of chicken legs

3 pounds of chicken tenders (boneless skinless)

Most of the chicken will be used for a birthday party I am hosting on the 14th.  When I get deals like these, it really is a combo of sales & coupons & reward card discounts.  I am a HUGE fan of clipping my coupons.  I know a lot of couponing sites out there tell you to just file your booklets of coupons and you just clip them as you need them. If you do that, you are relying on other people to know what coupons you have.  If you clip and file all your coupons, you ALWAYS know which coupons you have on hand and you can take advantage of all the opportunities available to you.

I love sharing that it is possible to get GREAT grocery deals, even here in Florida where we don’t have double coupons (BOOOOOOOO!).  At the same time, I don’t want to bore anyone with too many details.  If any readers out there want me to post detailed ways I get these deals, just let me know by commenting on this post and I will do that for you!  Also, if you want me to post all the shopping trips I do (one grocery trip and one drugstore trip each week, usually) then let me know that too!

Some people might think that this takes a lot of time.  I do spend time each week (usually Sunday and Wednesday) going over the flyers, clipping and filing my coupons and pulling the old ones out.  Most of the time I watch shows I have recorded or movies on the Netflix streaming.  I usually spend a few hours (maybe 5 or so????? at the most).  I usually do two shopping trips per week (CVS and Walgreens on Sunday then the grocery stores on Thursday or Friday) but they take one hour for each trip.  I don’t spend 40 hours clipping and then 6 hours in the stores or anything like that!  I look at it this way, if I save $100 per week (not hard to do between the drug store sales and the grocery sales) and I spend a total of 7 hours (5 clipping/filing  plus the 2 shopping) then I made almost $15 per hour TAX FREE for my efforts ($100 saved divided by 7 hours).  That is money I don’t have to spend and I get all the things my family needs!  That is a pretty good deal to me!

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I have been a member of Vocal point for a few months now and it is definitely worth the effort to sign up.  It is FREE!  In the past month I have gotten free trash bags (the Hefty ones with Frebreeze scents), a free bag of the new marshmallows made specifically for S’mores, a free coupon to try the new Bounce dryer bar, free coupon for Fresh Express Salads and a few other goodies!

I HIGHLY suggest you register today because the rumor mill is saying there will be a GREAT NEW offering on Tuesday!

You can register here:

 www.vocalpoint.com/registration/screener.aspx

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Pretty lazy Friday around here – it is just too hot to do too much these days!  So after cleaning up around the house, the kiddos and I ventured out to run errands. First stop was Blockbuster so they could swap out their movies (for free!) from our Club Wannawatchamovie memberships.  If you missed my post on that, you can read it here:  http://occupiedlife.com/2011/07/18/summer-school/

Then we stopped at Winn Dixie where I scored 4 boxes of Snackwell cereal bars (2 boxes of Peanut Butter and two boxes of Chocolate) and two boxes of family sized Pillsbury brownie mix.  Before coupons & deals the total was :  $17.94!  After deals, coupons, etc.  my total spent is 0.99!  YEAH!  Ninety nine cents!  How did that happen….. here is what I did (I used two transactions for this):

Transaction #1    

bought two boxes brownie mix (on sale bogo and had a .40 cents off coupon)

bought two boxes Snackwell bars (on sale for $2 each and also had a .75 cents off coupon for each one)

total before coupons and sale prices: 11.36 * after coupons and sale prices I paid $4.49 out of pocket AND I got a $3 catalina coupon back for my next shopping trip

Transaction #2

bought two more boxes Snackwell bars (on sale for $2 each and also had a .75 cents off coupon for each one)

total before coupons and sale prices:  $6.58 * total after coupons and sale prices I paid $2.50 AND I got another $3 catalina coupon

Total out of pocket for both orders was $6.99 AND I got the $6 in catalinas for the next time I am at Winn Dixie.  I did not try to use the catalina coupons today because sometimes if you use a like coupon for your order and those items are in the order, you will NOT get another coupon.  Not sure if I explained that clearly or not but basically you usually cannot “roll” catalina coupons because they won’t print other ones for you.

Winn Dixie also has the new Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch cereal on sale for $2 each box and a few weeks ago there were .75 cents off one box coupons that came out in the newspaper.  I got four boxes a few days ago for $1.25 each but just thought I’d put that in here so you can snag that deal too if you venture over there.

After that excitement 😀  we headed over to Cold Stone Creamery to use a $20 gift certificate that I got a few months ago over on LivingSocial.com   I paid $10 for the $20 gift certificate and so all four of us got HUGE portions of ice cream with one mix in each!  Total there was -0.04 cents!  LOL!  Not kidding, the total was NEGATIVE 4 cents!  I just let them keep the four cents.

Then we headed home to settle down in ice cream bliss while some homemade pizza dough is getting ready in the bread machine for dinner and movie night later today.  Since I had all the ingredients on hand (flour, yeast, etc) and I use leftover spaghetti sauce for pizza sauce, the only real cost to me for making a pizza is the cheese which I try to get on sale for $1.50 or less per 8 oz bag. Even cheaper than the $5 pizza deals at the chain pizza places!

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