Mama Nibbles

Saturday, October 11, 2014

#ad Dollar Tree Bonus Buys!

This post has been compensated by Dollar Tree. All opinions are my own.

dollar tree bonus buys school lunch and pantry-DT2014.jpg

I absolutely adore shopping at my favorite Dollar Tree.  They keep giving me a million reasons to come back, the deals are wonderful and I save a lot of money with them.  Starting September 28th, 2014 Dollar Tree Started celebrating their anniversary with special bonus buys featuring our favorite brands with up to 58% more FREE with each item and still only $1 each!  Today is the last day!  From cleaning supplies to snacks, the Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration will be wall-to-wall packed with savings.

Quantities are limited and so I will be heading out to shop asap for these Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration Bonus Buys.  I want to stock up!  We have been packing a lot of our school lunches this year and so I will especially be on the lookout for school lunch and pantry essentials Bonus Buys. My children enjoy getting to help prepare their own lunch for the next school day.  I like keeping pre-portioned packages of snacks around so they can just toss into their lunch bag.  Buying already portioned snacks helps make lunch prep a fast thing and it also saves me from worrying they will take far too much.  I like buying the Dollar Tree snacks because they carry quite a lot of the perfectly portioned type sized snacks.  I also like to keep a gallon size zipper bag filled with different Dollar Tree snacks such as crackers, pretzels, granola bars, nuts and dried fruits for snacks on the drive home from school.  Bottled waters are also a school time essential along with refillable drink bottles and Dollar Tree carries both.

Some of the items I will specifically want to grab will be the 3 count snack containers, boxes of Hefty gallon-size zipper bags, 4 oz boxes of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, 10 oz bags Brim’s Butter Popcorn, or 8 count packs of Snyders Mini Pretzels.  While I am there I will also be checking out the Halloween decor, costume accessories, and candy.  I will probably pick out several surprises for the kids.  I like buying them books, stickers, markers, craft items, and toys for the reward treasure box at home.  I will also be picking out a few greeting cards and small gifts to give to teachers and loved ones too.  Dollar Tree is definitely an easy one stop shop for a lot of our needs.  #DTanniversary

I enjoy following Dollar Tree on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and I recommend signing up for the Dollar Tree weekly subscriber emails to get info on products and contests here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Our Family Water Drinking Challenge

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are my own. #CollectiveBias

#ad Over the past year and a half I have been really focusing on our family's health and well-being.  I was done with being so tired and out of shape all the time and wanted to be a good example to my young children.  As of today I am proud to say that I have lost over seventy pounds and have really began to see muscle definition and strength like never before.  I have lost so many inches I have lost count!  My energy has improved a hundred fold and I feel younger.  A big part of my routine has been drinking water.  Water has probably been the most important part of my weight loss and health routine.  I regularly purchase a case or three of Nestle Pure Life water from Walmart.  One case stays in the car so we always have a drink available and the rest stays in the house to stick in the fridge.  #HealthyHydration

I really want my Walmart to start carrying the big 5 gallon bottles of Nestle Pure Life.  I know those would come in handy for going to the kids soccer games and family events.  It would make life easier because I could just grab one bottle on my way out versus several individual bottles.  Sometimes we just need a large BPA free PET plastic bottle! 

I have been encouraging my family to drink more h2o and to make it fun for the kids we decided to have a little water drinking challenge for one week.  I printed a chart for each person (found online here) and then gave each person their own color or marker to check off the cups for the day.  I looked up their weight and ages on the web to see just how much water was recommended for each kid.  My four year old had the goal of five cups, the eight and ten year old had seven cups as their goal.  My goal was eight but I really drink more like fifteen cups every day so obviously I didn't need the challenge but my children did.  The challenge was to get them to drink more water and it worked.

At the end of the challenge if everybody drank their minimum they would be treated to a fun activity.  Our prize at the end of one week was bowling and the next time it may be rollerskating.  I make every week's reward an active outing so that we are getting some exercise while having fun.

I challenge you and your family to try this out, it's so much fun!

Ice Mountain
Instagram - @icemountainwtr

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sam's Club Meal Recipe Idea

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are my own. #TrySamsClub

#trysamsclub #shop #collectivebias

I am so glad that we have a Sam's Club membership.  My husband and I first joined about 11 or 12 years ago after getting married, or maybe it was before, I can't quite remember.  All I know is that it was the best decision we have made and we happily renew our membership every year, the membership cost is worth every penny.  I tell everyone we know how great it is because I want them to experience the same savings and quality that we get to.  Not to mention all of the other perks like fuel savings, health screenings, and free samples.  I can't even begin to add up how much money we have saved on just eggs, milk and butter alone in the past 12 years!  Most recently I took my younger sister to my favorite Sam's Club so she could have a look around #trysamsclub.  I bribed her with the promise of a delicious dinner with steak and so she was even more willing to tag along ha!

#trysamsclub #shop #collectivebias
We shopped for all the items on our list and my sister even tried on a cute leather jacket that I just may have to buy her for her birthday!  Shhh hopefully she doesn't read this post before then!  The prices are excellent and it helps spread our dollars out quite a bit when we shop at Sam's wholesale club.  Things I love to buy at Sam's are fruits, vegetables, snacks, and paper plates.  They really carry almost everything I need and can imagine needing.  Sam's is my one stop shop.

#trysamsclub #shop #collectivebias
#trysamsclub #shop #collectivebias

The flowers selection at Sam's Club is also quite good and so I bought my beautiful sis a pretty bouquet.  We wrapped up our shopping after walking pretty much the entire store so that I could show her everything.  There is an open house coming up for all Sam's Clubs nationwide that will be the weekend of September 12th 2014.  I am pretty sure she will be wanting to come back to the open house, she was really impressed.  Here is the link to the Sam's Club open house info.

I got everything home and fired up the charcoal grill.  I am trying to get in as much grilling as possible before the cold weather hits us here in Michigan.  There is just something so good about cooking outdoors on the grill.  I made a really delicious steak, spinach and fresh mozzarella cheese pizza and the recipe is below using Sam's Club ingredients.

Ways I like to connect with Sam's Club:

#trysamsclub #shop #collectivebias

How to make Steak and Fresh Mozzarella Naan Pizza (serves 6-8)

1 1/2 lb top sirloin center fillet
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 heaping Tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
1 heaping Tbsp dried sweet leaf basil
1 tsp ground black pepper (white works too)
dash of hot sauce if you like some heat

1 1/2 cups fresh spinach leaves
naan bread (Sam's sells an 8 pack!)
1 lb fresh mozzarella
salt and pepper

1. Put all steak ingredients into a freezer bag or container to marinate for an hour or best is overnight
2. You can either broil the steak in the oven or cook over the grill.  I did mine on the grill and cooked them to a medium rare.
3. Let rest for a few minutes before slicing across the grain very thinly.
4. Toast naan bread in the broiler for 30 seconds or set on grill to toast both sides for a minute.
5. Place torn fresh mozzarella all over the hot naan bread, then add spinach and then several slices of steak.
6. Grill or broil until the cheese is lightly melted.
7. Sprinkle with kosher salt (table works too) and pepper if you wish.

*This would be excellent with a tzatziki sauce on the side for dipping or spreading!

#trysamsclub #shop #collectivebias
#trysamsclub #shop #collectivebias
#trysamsclub #shop #collectivebias

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Snickers Brownie Football Pizza Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are my own.  #CollectiveBias

Sometimes I think the best part about football season is the food!  My husband is a die hard NFL lover and he really gets into his game watching with the kids.  They love their football!  I do enjoy football but I have to admit, I enjoy creating football themed food even more.  Of course the eating part isn't half bad either ha!  Recently I bought a big ol' 48 count box of Snickers candy bars from Sam's Club, they also carry a 105 count variety bag too.  The price was really good and for as often as we love to enjoy Snickers bars these were a great buy.  I'm thinking of using some of the bars as teacher gifts when the kids go back to school too.  You can never go wrong with chocolate dessert recipes or Mars candy!   #Chocolate4TheWin

Even though we are only just in the NFL preseason I thought it would be fun to make a little chocolatey football themed dessert.  Since everybody already has football on the brain, why not run with the theme for our after supper dessert tonight.  This dessert recipe would of course be really great for a game day party too.  It is so easy to make and so delicious!  If you wanted to change it up you could add some hazelnut or peanut butter spread into the cream cheese frosting.  My kids used up all my peanut butter the day I needed to make this or else that would have been in there.  I just cut the brownie pizza into wedges when it is time to serve and that works out really great.

In just a few easy steps you can make this delicious treat!  Let's get started!

Ingredients needed:
-fudge brownie mix and ingredients listed on the packaging
-8 oz soft cream cheese
-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-4 Snickers candy bars
*peanut butter or hazelnut spread is optional for adding into the frosting

1. Preheat your oven to 350F
2. Mix the brownies according to package directions
3. Line jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper
4. Pour brownie batter in pan and let it spread out on its own as it bakes
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes then let cool completely
6. Beat until fluffy -- 8 oz soft cream cheese with 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp vanilla
7. Using a knife trim brownie into a football shape, it is easy to lift out of the pan with the parchment
8. Place football shaped brownie onto a big cutting board, you can leave parchment on
9. Spread brownie with frosting leaving the edge all around free
10. Chop 3 Snickers bars into cubes and decorate around the edge
11. Chop 1 snickers bar in half then into three long strips each section, eat one it then put the rest onto the middle of the brownie football for the laces
12. This needs to be refrigerated if not eating right away, it can totally be made a day ahead of time and then pulled out to serve cold from the fridge.  ENJOY!

“football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”
― Vince Lombardi

Monday, August 25, 2014

Easy to Make After School Snacks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are my own.  #CollectiveBias

School starts back up for my children in just about a week and we are looking forward to it so much!  The summer has been beautiful, not too hot here in Michigan, and we've had a lot of fun.  I've finally wrapped up my back to school shopping and I have even stocked the pantry and freezer with lots of after school snacks and easy meals.  One of those snacks we stocked up on was Delimex products and the other is Bagel Bites, both from the snacks & appetizer freezer section at my Walmart.  I used coupons to save even more (links at bottom of post).

My oldest is 10 and she has mastered the microwave so heating these snacks up is a cinch.  I love that the Bagel bites come in their own microwaveable tray and the Delimex items are easy enough to do too.  We love topping our Bagel Bites with interesting things.  I am sharing one fave recipe below for you to try out that my kids love to make!
We preheat the oven and set out our Bagel Bites (made with real cheese and homemade sauce with 0g trans fat) and Delimex Rolled Tacos onto a parchment lined baking sheets.  The Delimex get cooked and we dip ours into sour cream mixed with some salsa.  The Bagel Bites get a little extra special treatment.

 #AfterSchoolSnacks Ham, Swiss, Green Apple Bagel Bites:

1. Cut up a couple stacked slices of smoked ham into 1 inch square slices and place that on each Bagel Bite.
2. Cut 1 inch square slices of swiss cheese up and set that on each Bagel Bite. 
3. Bake according to instructions and then a couple minutes longer until the cheese on top is lightly golden.
4. Slice green apple into 1 inch pieces and then set a slice on top of the cheese right when they come out of the oven.
5. EAT!  Find more great recipes:

I remember 2nd and 4th grade so well.  I remember coming home from school, looking forward to those after school snacks.  The boys always teased me and tried to pull my dress up in second grade so I think I did a lot of crying that year.  In fourth grade I remember feeling so awkward going back to school because of my braces.  Last year my son was in second grade and my daughter in fourth so I thought it would be fun to do a side by side comparison of our pictures.  I had some really poofy bangs back then ha!  Got to love the 90's.  I think they have it a little better than I did because I've tried to help them not have such an awkward time with school.  So far it has been working and they are really confident.  Check out the pictures below!  Isn't it nice how clear photos can be these days?  Seems like all my old pictures are fuzzy at best.  My kiddos sure do look like me WOW!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Paperless Coupons Helped Me $ave on Back-to-School Stuff

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias Inc. and its advertiser.  All Opinions are mine alone.  #CollectiveBias

#shop #cbias #paperlesscoupons #walgreens #collectivebias #backtoschool

Whether you are a stay at home mom like me or a working outside of the home parent, most likely every single cent counts.  You want to get the most for your buck.  School supplies can be a big expense and the lists get longer every year.  Luckily I always find ways to cut costs so we can get what we need as well as a few things we want.  Walgreens has a mobile app that makes it easy to clip paperless coupons for use in their store.

I am a Walgreens balance rewards member (free to sign up) and all I had to do was install the app on my phone and then scan in my card to log in (or your can enter phone number).  I clipped the paperless coupons I wanted to use while at home, I shopped at the store for the items on my list, and I scanned my card when I paid at the register.  I liked not having to pull out the paper ad and search for the coupons that match the items I bought.  The app saved me time and frustration.  Once I'd used the coupon it came out of my list automatically, you can only use each once.

#shop #cbias #paperlesscoupons #walgreens #collectivebias #backtoschool
#shop #cbias #paperlesscoupons #walgreens #collectivebias #backtoschool
#shop #cbias #paperlesscoupons #walgreens #collectivebias #backtoschool

Are your kids like mine?  My children get really excited about all of their school supplies.  They love going through the bags I bring home.  I remember the joy that I felt when my mom would come home from school supply shopping.  All of the bright shiny new things would be laid out on the dining room table and my sisters and I would look through it all.  The best part of it all was the fact that I'd get to be with my friends all day, I loved school for that reason.

I was really impressed with all that I was able to purchase from Walgreens because the cost was about half of what I as planning to spend!  After the paperless coupons I'd used for the school supplies I was saving even more and so I treated myself to a couple eye shadows that I was also able to clip a coupon for.  It's so nice to save so easily with #walgreenspaperless. The kids were elated with all the stuff we got and I am really excited to use the app again in the near future!

#shop #cbias #paperlesscoupons #walgreens #collectivebias #backtoschool
#shop #cbias #paperlesscoupons #walgreens #collectivebias #backtoschool
#shop #cbias #paperlesscoupons #walgreens #collectivebias #backtoschool

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Intense Debate Comments