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Showing posts from December 16, 2012

*Guest Post* DIY Ice Pack

Hope ya'll are having a great Holiday with family and friends. I think we're having a great time! ((These posts are scheduled)) We are out of town and I hope you enjoy this post from Maggie at I love this post. We actually made about 5 of these to take with us on the road and have them freezing in the freezer. These are great YEAR ROUND! Click HERE to see the original post. Enjoy & Merry Christmas!  - Cinella


Frugal living is about using homemade remedies to save money and promote health as well as clipping coupons at the grocery store, when dining out and saving money in other ways too.  Well I have a great home made recipe for how to make an ice pack. 

Homemade Ice packs:
1 Heavy duty freezer bag marked  with permanent marker “Ice Pack Only”Fill 33% Alcohol (1/3rd)66% Water (2/3rds) Place in freezer.  You’ll find that this will stay flexible with the alcohol but still get really cold and slightly freeze.   Perfect for wrapping …

Holiday Gift Card Offers - 2012

Tis the Season for Holiday Bonus Gift Card Offers! This time of year many Restaurants (and some retailers) will offer Bonus deals when you buy gift cards. Use the bonus for your self or pass it on as a gift too. Either way, now is the time to stock up. Most are available till the end of the year, unless otherwise noted.
Thanks to Mission to Save for some of the offers. Check out her blog HERE and some of the other gift card offers she has! Restaurant Bonus Gift Card Offers 2012!Cold Stone Creamery: receive a FREE $5 bonus gift when you buy $30 of Cold Stone gift cards online. Plus Free Shipping.
Rita’s Italian Ice: receive a FREE Treat Certificate for every $10 Gift Card Purchase
Arby’s: receive a Free Peppermint Swirl Shake when you buy $10 in gift cards.
Cici’s: receive a free buffet when you buy $25 in Cici’s gift cards.  Buffet card valid n January.
Joe’s Crab Shack: receive scratch off card when you buy $25 in gift cards.  It says “everyone’s a winner” not sure what (assume $ o…

HEB Last-Minute Deals + #HEBHolidayBeauty Twitter Party

Check your emails, or CLICK HERE to sing up, for some Last-Minute Deals Coupons!

The coupons include:
33% off Cocinaware Mini Cookware and Mini Gadgets10% off All FragrancesFREE Stompies Child Slippers when you buy CuddleUppet BlanketBuy One Get One 50% off on Christmas SocksCLICK HERE to PRINT yours!

But WAIT! There's more! CLICK HERE to print a HEB "B" Coupon for $4 off Revlon Foundation and Primers


H-E-B Beauty Consultant Judi Marshall and Milhimama’s Lisa Stauber!  Holiday fetes are now in full swing, all the more reason why it is the perfect time to get your beauty questions or concerns answered from a glam consultant right on Twitter.
You’re invited to our H-E-B Holiday Beauty Tweet Chat TOMORROW, December 20th at 9:00pm CST.  We hope you’ll join us at or and invite your readers to do the same. 
Yup! Who's up for a Twitter Party! To join in, just log onto Twitter and then do a search for #HEBHolidayBea…

Sprouts Weekly Deals: 12/19 - 12/24

Sprouts is a local Organic/Natural food store where we usually buy our fruits and veggies and on Wednesday (when their new ad comes out) they have Double Ad Wednesday, so last weeks ad and the new ad is in effect! And they take coupons too!! Hubs now has school on Wednesdays so we haven't gone very often since school started, I try my best to PM (price-match) at Wal-Mart.

You can find more Organic Coupons for some great items and score awesome deals by visiting They also have monthly contests/giveaways, so you wanna check that out to.

Visit the Sprouts website HERE and you can see the pdf weekly ad for Sprouts on their website as well or sign up for their newsletter to get great coupons in your email. You can also get the ad sent to your email before Wednesday to get a sneak peak of the great savings. They have some great e-coupons too!!

****Sprouts Coupon from Recyclebank! I found a $5/$40 coupon that you can redeem for only 5…

HEB Weekly Deals: 12/19 - 12/24

Welcome to another week of some Coupon Match-ups for HEB are BACK! Of course, just like last time I will share the best deals that I know of and be sure to be a fan of my Facebook Page because if I hear of any deals then I will update this post and post it on my FB page to! Here is the link to the Weekly Ad.

Here is the link to H-E-Bs Coupon Policy and it has been recently updated so be sure to print and look over so you know you are following the rules.

*Updated Coupon Policy* Since sometime last year you may have noticed some coupons in our newspaper inserts and printable coupons have the new GS1 bar-codes (all info on one barcode). Most H-E-B registers will not take these coupons, but as per H-E-B Corporate if it is a legitimate coupon and you have purchased the correct product they should know to manually input the coupon to deduct the coupon amount off of your total. There is no word as to when they will update their registers.  *Affiliat…

Green Tip Tuesday *Holiday Edition* Preparation

I am definitely in the Christmas spirit since after Thanksgiving! I wanted to take the Christmas tree down from the Attic but hubby said I had to clean the living room first :( Which is true, I had been doing laundry all week and the girls were eating dinner and watch Netflix (even the 3 year old can navigate it), so sweeping was never ending. BUT NOW.... it is clean, just a few socks to pair up.

Anywho... so I had questions about why I hadn't been sharing any green tips, and I did share two while doing a TAG on my YouTube Channel, but I'm going to be sharing some "Oldies But Goodies" posts from previous years as well as sharing a new one each week! So TWO for the price of ONE.

Calling all Green readers!!! I would also love to showcase how you make your Christmas GREEN. It can be a green craft, home decorations, outdoor decorations or even a recipe! Ohhh, i'm so getting into the holiday spirit already and can't wait to read all of the Green Christm…


YES! I finally gave in.... 

I've gotten several requests and fans asking me if I'm on Instagram. Although I won't use it much (I think), feel free to follow me. I don't have a cell phone, but I do have hubby's phone and he let me download it. I really wasn't interested, expect for the fact that I can share deals I find instantly. Do you have Instagram? When did you get it? Do you like it? What do you use it for? 
Click on the camera "Instagram" Icon to follow me: cjrthemamiblog
Any tips for a NEWBIE?

Menu Plan Monday - Use it Up!

AGAIN.... This week, since it is so close to Christmas, I am going to be using up as much of the food that we have in our fridge. We are going to be leaving for the holidays next week and won't be back until after Christmas. So we don't want nothing to spoil or go bad so lots of homemade this week. Hopefully I'm able to Vlog and be able to share them with you on my Youtube channel after we get back.

Monday: Daddy's favorite meal
(Ground beef, corn, green beans and potatoes) Tuesday:  Sheaperds Pie
Wednesday:  Leftover Night
Thursday:  Cheesy Lasanga rolls
Friday:  Homemade Pizza
Link up with Lots of yummy recipes that you can find by browsing through her website or the hundreds of others who also share their weekly menu!


SUPER SUNDAY - HOT BUYS! 12/16 ONLY!These deals are only available at participating HEB Plus! stores and during the designated time frames! Take note of the limits, per customer and the SAVINGS! Good luck!
*I did ask at my local HEB (in Weslaco) if they would be having any of the advertised deals  (it's not an HEB Plus! Store) and she said NO!)*
CLICK HERE to see this weeks best deals and the Unadvertised Deals!

Saturday is a New Day!

It sucks to know how lucky we are, happy, healthy and with our beautiful girls when you know there are 20+ families who feel like they have lost it all..............

Hope ya'll have a great weekend and know that although the pain and missing piece of your heart won't go away, it will become easier each day and that God will keep them safe up in Heaven.