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Chocolate Skeleton Cookies Recipe

Looking for a fun treat for Halloween? Check out this chocolate skeleton cookies recipe made with a gingerbread man cookie cutter.


Looking for a fun treat for a Halloween party?  Then check out these  chocolate skeleton cookies made with a gingerbread man cookie cutter.  These are so cute and fun for any Halloween get together. You could bag them and give them as a Halloween treat at school halloween parties. [Read more...]

Effortless Meals From Walmart Make Mealtime Easy

easy chicken meal


Back to school is in full force here and that means soccer practice, dance, Girl Scouts and more. A few nights a week I am busy driving from 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm. That means I have to be very strategic about dinner on those nights. There is no time to cook an involved dinner. Even a 30 minute meal is too long. I often use my slow cooker on those nights but sometimes I love to pick up a quick dinner from the store. When Walmart and Coca-Cola wanted me try out one of their new Effortless Meals, I knew this would be a great fit.

To make family dinners a little more convenient for moms, Coca-Cola and Walmart have come together to create “Effortless Meals” with a variety of meal options – take ‘n bake pizza, flavorful sandwiches and ready-to-serve rotisserie chicken. Effortless Meals lets moms spend less time working in the kitchen and more time connecting with their kids, while still providing a delicious meal for the whole family.


walmart effortless meals


I decided to pick up a rotisserie chicken meal during the day before my kid chauffeur  hours. This works out great for my family since this is one meal that even the pickiest eaters in my family like.  I also love that we always have enough leftovers to make chicken salad for lunch the next day. It is great value since it is two meals in one.

The rotisserie chicken meal comes with the chicken plus you choice of a two pound side and a two liter Coca-Cola product.  The side choices include potato salad, macaroni salad and cole slaw.  The sign in the deli (pictured below) showed the cost to be $10.11 but when I checked out the whole dinner was just $9.80 including tax.  When you purchase  Effortless Meals, you can also collect bonus points on the My Coke Rewards website.





I picked up an original chicken, cole slaw and a diet coke. We had some rolls already at home that I added as well.





Since I had already picked up everything earlier in the day, when I got home all I had to do was heat up the chicken and the rolls. I did that while we were setting the table. In just 5 minutes after getting home from practice, we were all sitting at the table ready for a healthy meal. That is a big win in my book!

Look at that face.  She sure in enjoying her chicken leg after a long day. This is what it all about for me. Even when we are busy, I try very hard to all sit down and have a family dinner.  It isn’t easy planning and getting a meal on the table quickly every night so it is very nice to have an effortless meals option from Walmart. Sometimes Mom needs a break too!





Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Coca-Cola and Walmart. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This Week’s Grocery Store Sales & Coupon Matchups



Here are this week’s  sales and coupon matchups.  These pages will help you find the best deals this week. Plus they will also help you find the coupons that match up with the sale so you can get the best deals this week.


Need help learning how to save money at the grocery store? Check out How to Save 50% Off on Your Groceries in Under an Hour a week. 


The stars indicate the items that have the best prices this week. The tab on top of the sale pages let you switch between the different sale periods.



20% Off Mini Boden Coupon Code & Boden Coupon Code – FREE Shipping & FREE Returns

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There is a new  20% Off Boden Coupon and  20% off Mini Boden coupon code . Plus you get Boden FREE shipping AND FREE Returns on orders over $50 !!!  Just enter Code  F7A2  on the shopping cart page.  This code expires on Midnight on Monday



The Autumn collection has so so many cute items for women and kids.

Check out some of our favorite Mini Boden outfits for back to school for boys and girls.

Back to School Fall Outfits for Girls

Back to School Fall Outfits for Boys

Mini Boden Retro Tees for FallMini Boden Girls Fall 2014

In order to receive the 15% off discount,  you need to click through a link on this page and the Mini Boden coupon code or Boden coupon code will automatically be applied. In order to receive 20% off be sure to enter the coupon code above on the shopping cart page.


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Shop Boden and mini Boden with  Boden Coupon code and  Mini Boden Coupon

15 Cozy Casual Fall Mix and Match Outfits from Kohls

Fall is here and you know the cool weather will be here before you know it.  We put together a new  fall mix and match fashion board all with cozy casual items from Kohls.  These looks are simple but look great plus all the pieces mix and match for 15 outfits!
Fall is here and you know the cool weather will be here before you know it.  We put together a new  fall mix and match fashion board all with cozy casual items from Kohls.  These looks are simple but look great plus all the pieces mix and match for 15 outfits! You could easily pack these for a trip and have so many mix and match options all with just 15 pieces including shoes, boots and scarves!

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Easy Ways To Save Money on Entertainment

easy ways to save money on entertainment

Most people can stand to save a little cash and one of the first places they look to slash the budget is entertainment. Unfortunately, entertainment is also one of the most…well…entertaining parts of our lives. Nobody wants to give up on their fun, right? The good news here is entertainment can be trimmed without giving up all your fun. You have to pick and choose the forms of entertainment that are most important and get rid of the excess. Here are some easy tips:


Investigate your viewing habits – Entertainment begins and ends with the television for most people. Whether you view your favorite shows and movies online or through the Cable, we all partake of this type of entertainment in some format. How do you watch your shows? If you are paying for the one million channel system and only watch five or ten, you are not making the most of your entertainment dollars. Cut back on your channels and you will never even realize you did in most cases. Also don’t be afraid to switch or renegotiate services to get a better deal.  When you call to renegotiate your rate, be sure to ask for the cancellation department. When you say you are canceling your service, they will almost always offer you a better deal. Most often the new rate will be for a limited time so be sure to mark down that date on your calendar and call to renegotiate again. This is a pain I know but I often end up saving almost $100 a month.


Consider an online experience - The beauty of watching your shows online and ditching the television is one way to cut your entertainment budget severely. All you have to do is investigate Netflix, Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and various other avenues of online viewing. You can generally find anything you want to watch…and watch it on your own schedule. Add in the fact that it is far cheaper than Cable and you have a clear way to save cash.


Consider free museums and parks – Pretty much every city in America offers up free entertainment in the form of museums and parks. Spend some time enjoying these with your family and bring along a picnic lunch. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a wonderful time at one of these wonderful places.


Buy seasonal packages - For ball games and various other entertainment venues, season packages will save you a ton of money. If you are a regular at the opera, for example. you may as well go ahead and spend the cash to buy season passes. At least you will get the best possible rate by doing so. We do this with a season ski pass. We also buy it early to get the cheapest price all year. The early pass cost equals just 4 days of skiing so after those 4 days it is like we are skiing for free!


Use coupons or vouchers – You can often find vouchers for restaurants and other entertainment activities at daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social. You can find great coupons for restaurants from the entertainment book. I buy this coupon book each year and always more than save the money it costs. I also love to follow restaurants on social media. They will often offer up special coupons for their fans.


Learn to entertain at home – Home is one of the best places to have a good time and there are countless ways to change it up. Have a family game night, bring the friends over for a cookout, hold a pot luck, or simply gather and play board games or just talk. Don’t be afraid to ask people to bring a dish. Most people are so happy to have a chance to get together that they are more than happy to bring a dish.  Find some tips here to save on the food you purchase for the get together. The last thing you should have to do is spend cash when you are trying to save on entertainment. Make your own fun that is free!



Saving money on entertainment is really about paying attention to what you truly like to do. Generally speaking, we all have things that we simply love to do. Identify those things and invest your entertainment dollars in them. This way you get the entertainment fun that means the most, while trimming those things that matter little. Don’t be afraid to make drastic cuts, because you will find other less expensive ways to have a good time.



Coupons for Photo Gifts, Prints, Photobooks & More

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I absolutely love photo gifts! They are the perfect gift for many of the hard to buy for people on your list. I love when I can use coupons for photo gifts and save even more!  Each week I will be sharing the TOP TEN photo deals  from Cleverly Simple. Each deal and photo coupon code are  are listed below.  Whether you’re looking for prints, canvases, photobooks or photo gifts, you’ll find some great deals.


This list will be updated each week so be sure to bookmark this page and always have the best photo deals on hand.

Tiny Prints – Free Mug just pay $7.99 shipping  (Coupon Code MUGSEP14) Good through 9/23/14

Shutterfly – $15 off any purchase of $40+ (Coupon Code: SEPTEMBER)

Shutterfly – 12 free 4×5 flat cards, or 12 free 3×5 folded cards, or 1 free magnet, or 1 free mouse pad (Coupon Code: FREE4FALL)

Picaboo – 50% OFF Personalized Cards (Coupon Code: CARDs4YOU)

Picaboo – $29 for two 11×9 classic photo book (Voucher)

Shutterfly – ALL customers receive 50% off hard cover photo books & extra pages, plus 30% off everything else (Coupon code: FIFTYTHIRTY)

Tiny Prints – 20% Off All Gifts and Décor Order (Coupon Code: SEP20GIFT)

Walgreens – 40% OFF Photo Cards (Coupon code: WED40)

Canvas HQ – 40% OFF Canvas (Coupon code: FALLINTO40)

Easy Canvas Prints – BOGO Canvas Prints + free shipping (Coupon Code: N/A)



Mix and Match Fall Outfits From Loft

Mix and Match Fall Outfits from the Loft with this year's hot colors mustard, mauve, and cobalt blue.


Loft is one of my favorite stores to shop.  We put together a new mix and match fashion board all with items from Loft.  These looks are simple but look great plus all the pieces mix and match for 15 outfits! [Read more...]

Family Halloween Costume Theme Ideas and More!

I love Halloween and it is so fun to get the whole family involved including your pets! I am a HUGE fan of family themed costumes.  If I could convince everyone, we would always have a Halloween theme. When my youngest was just a baby, my older daughter was in her Disney Princess phase. She dressed as Ariel and my baby girl was Sebastian.

What was great about the Ariel costume is that we used it for dress up for many years after that and even brought it with us to Disney World.  Most Halloween costumes work great all year round for pretend play and dress up. This is a great time to check out costumes for your dress up bin too.  BuyCostumes has Orange Tag Specials for only $10! New items are added each week. There is a super cute witch costume on sale this week for just $10! [Read more...]

American Girl FREE Shipping Coupon Code

American Girl just put out a new free shipping code. These are fairly rare so I thought many of you might be interested.

The American Girl FREE shipping coupon code is  INSPIRING and good on orders over $50 through 11:59 p.m. Central Time  9/22/2014.

To redeem this offer, enter  INSPIRING in the box marked “key code” in your shopping bag or at checkout. Free shipping will appear at checkout. Your purchase total must equal or exceed the minimum order requirement to qualify.

American Girl shipping is outrageous so if you are considering buying something now is the time to do so.  Shipping on just one doll is over $10.


american girl our generation wardrobe store doll clothing sale

One way to make the American Girl buying experience a little easier on your wallet is to grab Our Generation accessories from Target  to go with your American Girl doll. We especially love the Our Generation doll carriers at out home and the Our Generation Wooden Wardrobe. Both help keep all the doll clothing and accessories nice and organized.


There are also all kinds of cute matching girl and doll pajamas.


If you need some more clothing for the dolls at much better prices, be sure to check out the  American Girl doll clothes at Amazon.

There are also lots of great deals on American Girl Doll Accessories. Everything from beds and backpacks to scooters and more!


One of my favorites is this Badger Basket Doll Bunk Beds With Ladder – Pink/White which is on sale right now for just $31.44. Both my girls have this bed and it works great for American Girl dolls.

Happy Shopping!



Fall Old Navy Outfit Ideas & 25% Off Coupon Code

mix and match outfits from Old Navy


Well fall has officially arrived in Michigan and I was feeling the need for a fall outfit update. I bought some basics today that fit my mix and match strategy. You can add a scarf or some statement jewelry to each to give them a bit more style.  You will be surprised though how many looks you can make with just a few pieces! Here are 20 scarves you can grab for under $10 shipped.  My favorite spots to grab statement jewelry at great prices are Jane and GroopDealz  both have designer style pieces for less.


Today only,  you can get  25% off when you use the coupon code LEAF  at Old Navy. Excludes Old Navy Everyday Steals and Hot Deals.



I love the look of the Old Navy pixie pants. These are on sale for just $25. (Coupon codes don’t work on the already discounted price) These run small so you will probably want to size up one size. I bought the wine purple and the forest. If you are looking for a moto look you could try out the Zip Pocket Stretch Khakis. They come in a bunch of great colors too!  I love the look of these too. Both are featured in the photoboard below. You can click on each piece to check it out and shop.



I also bought a few basic tops to mix and match with these new pants plus jeans and blank skinny pants I already own. A classic chambray shirt looks great with with all kids of colored and black pants. It is a very versatile piece in your wardrobe. I put together a few outfits so you can see just how versatile it is.




I also love this Split-Neck Covered-Placket Blouse in black. I looks great with the same pants featured above but I swapped out regular jeans for the black coated jeans.


mix and match with split neck blouse


Hope this helps you see the ways you can mix and match this Fall. Let me know what you think and your favorites in the comments.

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