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Friday, April 20, 2018

FREE bag of Kroger Kettle Cooked Chips

FREE Kroger Kettle Chips Receive ONE (1) FREE bag of Kroger Kettle Cooked Chips, 8.5 oz., any variety

Exp 05/06/2018

This Friday, April 20th, 2018– ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for a FREE bag of Kroger Kettle Cooked Chips,
Although 04/20/2018 is the only day that you can load the coupon, the coupon offer is redeemable through 05/06/2018


What is the Free Friday Download?
Every Friday, you can download a digital coupon for a FREE item! This offer is available exclusively to Customers with a Smiths Food and Drug or other Kroger store reward card.

How does it work?
Visit this page on Fridays.
Download the digital coupon for the product between 12am-11:59pm PT. You can view your coupon under the "My Coupons" section of your digital account or the Mobile App.

Redeem your coupon in-store within 2 weeks.
Your coupon will automatically be applied at checkout when you use your Shopper's Card.
Remember to check back the next Friday for a new offer!

Don't forget to save even more money with other great coupons under the Savings & Rewards Tab!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mother's Day Special Offer

Check out this great gift for mom!

Moms work hard 365 days out of the year, so why give them another predictable gift this Mother's Day? With the exquisite collection of mothers rings from Mama's Jewelry, you're bound to make this the most unforgettable Mother's Day yet! Each time she looks down at her ring puts on her earrings or is asked about her necklace, she'll remember just how much she's loved.

Mama's Jewelry: Who They Are - 

 Mama's Jewelry has been designing rings and pendants for moms for 30 years, and we have no intention of slowing down! Our company is committed to creating exceptional mothers pendants, rings, and earrings at affordable prices.

 A key benefit to shopping with us is our fast turnaround times. As soon as we receive your order, our CAD technicians and certified jewelers get to work designing and building your custom item. All of our processes follow strict quality control measures. Everything that comes from us has our seal of approval. If we wouldn't give it to our loved ones, we won't send it to you!

Most orders for mothers rings and pendants are able to be sent out within 3 to 5 days, reaching you about a week later. If you're shopping at the last minute, Mama's Jewelry will take care of you and ensure that you get a custom made item that looks like it took months to make!

For More Information Visit: https://mamasjewelry.com/

Kitchfix Grain Free Waffles Are 100% Grain Free & Paleo

These delicious grain-free waffles are great for a Paleo diet!

                      I received samples of the mentioned product.

 The box may say grain-free but my taste buds sure did not believe that. These delicious waffles tasted like regular waffles that I made in a waffle iron. I had to try these Kitchfix waffles as I loved how healthy they were. The Blueberry Maple flavor was the thing that caught my eye in the store. My boys wanted to try the original grain-free waffles so I bought both flavors. I love how easy they were to make as I took them from the freezer to my toaster.

    I just love the healthier clean ingredients that these grain-free waffles are made from. I don't need to follow a gluten-free diet but I have many friends who do so I love letting them know about the healthy delicious foods that I discover. My friends who are following the Paleo diet will love these waffles too. My boys did not care one bit that the box said grain-free as they had delicious waffles. I was happy that the waffles had 8 grams of protein, that is more protein than one egg! The waffles are also low in carbs.

I found these yummy perfect for breakfast grain-free waffles at Sprouts but they are also available at many other stores. Kitchfix makes these delicious grain-free waffles in three flavors:
Blueberry Maple
Banana Cinnamon

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Saucer Tree Swing Is Fun For All Ages

I received this product in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The backyard swingset has a new purpose!

  My boys are getting older and the swingset has not been used for a while. Spring is here and all my boys want to do is ride bikes and skate on their skateboards. So the swingset just sits there waiting for someone to play. So when a company reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to try out this cool looking Saucer Tree Swing, I started dreaming of relaxing lazy days of me swinging. That was the plan but that all changed when the huge swing arrived at our house. The boys saw the big blue circle swing and wanted to try it out right away.

  It was nighttime so I told the boys that I would put it together after church the next day. I woke up the next morning and discovered the swing already assembled. The 10-year-old put it together all by himself that morning. This swing was quite big but also light at the same time. I told my boys to hang it on the swingset. The boys had no troubles hanging the swing as it was easy to do. Then the fun began as the two boys had a blast swinging. Even my husband tried the swing and that was ok as this swing is built to hold up to 400 pounds. I was happy to see the swingset get some use once again.

   After lunch, I found my son relaxing on the swing. I was amazed that he was actually relaxing as this boy never sits still. Then it was finally my turn to try out the swing. I loved how relaxing the swing was. I love that this swing is durable and is made of weather resistant materials so it can stay outside year-round. My boys asked if they could take the swing camping this summer to try it out on a tree. I thought that was a great idea so Cub scout troop could enjoy it too. We are not able to try the swing on a tree at the park near us as the trees are too young so, for now, it stays on the swingset. This swing will keep my boys busy during the summer and provide them with lots of exercise.

 Saucer Tree Swing info

This swing is 40" and comes in many colors like blue, green and even rainbow. It is constructed to last and is easy to put together. The rope is commercial grade and comes with durable strong clips so it can be hung on a tree or swing set. The swing can hold several kids and even adults up to 400 pounds!

 With a load rating of 400 lbs., this swing can handle multiple children at the same time. We take safety seriously and that's why we only use the strongest and safest materials around like 600D Oxford fabric, no lead, and an industrial strength steel frame.

Check out the 40" Saucer Tree Swing at


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Get The Benefits Of Fermented Foods In A Delicious Protein Bar and a Giveaway

April showers bring May flowers, but Genuine Health wants to shower you with supplements to prime your gut!

I received samples of Genuine Health’s delicious fermented vegan proteins+  bars

  Lately, my favorite mid-morning snack has been a delicious vegan protein bar. This tasty grab and go snack does an awesome job of keeping my stomach quiet so I can concentrate on working. Now, this is not an average boring protein bar, this is a delicious meal replacement for me as it has 15 grams of fermented plant-based protein and plenty of fiber. These delicious bars taste so good, even my younger son eats them for his snack after school. He likes them so much that he tries to eat one as a second breakfast by saying to me " mom, you said I should be eating more protein." I am glad that my non-meat eating child is getting more protein into his body!

  Since my favorite protein bar comes in four indulgent flavors, my snack never gets boring. Most days I have a hard time deciding which bar I want to eat. My favorite flavors are Lemon Coconut and Peanut Butter Chocolate. 

 Genuine Health’s delicious fermented vegan proteins+ powders and bars start with a proprietary fermented protein blend of 7, 100% fully fermented plant-based protein sources, including:

·      organic spirulina
·      organic quinoa sprouts
·      alfalfa
·      mung bean sprouts
·      organic hemp
·      sprouted brown rice
·      yellow pea protein

  The Peanut Butter Chocolate Vegan Protein+ Bar tastes like cookie dough to me. While the Lemon Coconut Bar has plenty of delicious lemon flavor. The other two flavors, Double Chocolate Chip and Dark Chocolate Almond remind me of a sweet brownie. I have no need to feel guilty when I enjoy this delicious snack as I know I am getting some great nutrition. I also enjoy these indulgent protein bars for breakfast as they are a great substitute for my morning protein smoothie. I grab a piece of fruit and a Vegan Protein+ Bar for a quick breakfast out the door.

The ingredients that make up the fermented vegan proteins+ powders and bars are carefully chosen are easily digested thanks to fermentation! Our fermented vegan proteins+ are fermented which allows for NO BLOATING! Fermentation helps eliminate anti-nutrients and allergens, making it easier to digest! 

              Save 20% on all Genuine Health products online with code Tara18

   Genuine Health products are available at Sprouts and online


I have a box of 12 Genuine Health’s delicious fermented Vegan Proteins+ Bars to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just enter on the form below and good luck! Winner will be able to choose the flavor.    

    This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 48 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited

A Panasonic Long Range Baby Monitor Is Perfect For New Parents & Giveaway

I love that you can keep tabs on the baby inside and outside the home!

My daughter is going to be a mom this summer and I want her to be able to check on the baby without waking the baby. When I had my last child 10 years ago, video baby monitors were not available to us parents so I was excited to check this baby video monitor out. I love that technology can help a new parent enjoy the baby with less stress. I remember when my kids were babies and I wanted to peak at them while they were sleeping to make sure they were breathing. So I would quietly tiptoe into their room and check on them. The next thing that happened was the baby would wake up. So instead of checking on them in the middle of the night, I would lay awake all night worried that something happened to the baby. It was always a relief when the baby cried in the morning. Another example of baby stress was when the baby slept through the night and I would worry again. 

Before video monitors, new parents got very little sleep.

  I am glad that Panasonic designed a Long-Range Baby monitor that allows parents to check on their baby without waking them up. Parents can enjoy watching their cute bundle of joy sleep. Parents can also see/hear the baby when they cry and respond to them quicker, this is especially great for those soft crying babies.

Easy to use

This video baby monitor was simple to set up and I loved that it was in color! This cool gadget had many cool features that I know will come in handy for my daughter when her baby is born.

Here are a few of the key features: 

·         Extra-long range with interference-free up to 1500 feet (that’s more than four football fields!)

·         Longer battery life -battery life is 13 hours in standby mode (audio on) or 5 hours of continuous operation.

·         Clear night vision- Clear night vision allows you to easily see details, even in a pitch black environment.

·         Peace of mind with wide eye view capabilities

·         2-way communication to talk to your baby/toddler at anytime

·         Minimized background noise for clear sound

·         Customizable smart sensors + alerts function

·         Lullaby and white noise options

 Since I did not have a baby to try the baby monitor with, I set it up in my son's room. I loved that I could clearly see in his room from downstairs. I love that I could move the camera's view from my remote too The camera that stays in the baby's room can be safely mounted on the wall and it can be controlled to pan, tilt and zoom the camera right from the monitor to look in on the child anytime. The smart sensors even show the temperature in the baby's room and you can set an alert to let you know when the room gets too hot or cold. I think my favorite part of the video monitor the gentle, soothing sounds that calm and relax the baby with a choice of lullabies and five types of white noise. My daughter can play music to help the baby fall back asleep without having to get out of bed. How cool is that?

Check out the Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor and all its cool features.


My daughter will love this awesome video baby monitor. It is going to be the perfect gift for her baby shower. This future grandma will score the best grandma award with this baby monitor.

Starting early April, the Panasonic Long Range Baby Monitor - KX-HN3001W will be available to purchase on Panasonic.com/baby, buybuyBABY.com, and Amazon.com for $149.95.

Get $10 off until the end of April at Panasonic.com/baby with this code: P9P3KQZGPQ46

Check out this unique portable high chair that is great for grandma's house!


I have a Panasonic Long Range Baby Monitor to giveaway to one lucky reader. Enter on the form below.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 48 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited

Friday, April 13, 2018

Natural Ways To Cope With Spring Allergies

          Spring is here and so are the seasonal allergies!

            I received samples of the mentioned products.

  I so love spring for the warmer weather but I am not too fond of the symptoms that I get from my allergies to all the plants that are growing. I love looking at all the pretty flowers and the buds on the trees but I can do without the coughing, sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and sore throat that my boys and I experience from Spring Allergies. I began the allergy season with my usual cough, you know the one that has me hacking up lots of mucus. My younger boys started allergy season with sneezing and blowing their nose along with itchy eyes. They also have days when their throat hurts. I would love to tell you that we don't have a need for allergy medicine but our allergies tend to be bad. The youngest boy and I still take over the counter medicine as we have allergy induced asthma. The over the counter medicine helps but does not relieve all of our symptoms so I have some natural things that I do that help me cope with my symptoms and keeps my son and me from having to use additional or stronger doctor prescribed medicine. If your spring allergies are mild these natural ways might be all you need to cope with those allergy symptoms.

1. Try essential oils

  I love using essential oils for allergy relief. My favorite oils are peppermint and eucalyptus as these always help open up my nasal passages to get all that mucus out of my lungs so I can breathe better. I love that essential oils are natural and chemical free. I use a water-free diffuser that puts a therapeutic mist of essential oils into the air so I can have the refreshing peppermint smell to help with my allergies. I use an essential oil diffuser that is portable so I can take it with me while I travel as it plugs into a computer or wall. The best part is I can diffuse my oils right from the GuruNanda Natural Mist bottle without any water.

2. Try Homeopathic medicine

I will always try a homeopathic remedy first to relieve my allergy symptoms. A good homeopathic remedy will help relieve allergy symptoms like hay fever, sneezing, mucus, sore throat, and more. I will take this 3 X a day to help with my symptoms or after a day of pulling the weeds. I am able to cough up a lot of mucus out after I take my Tonsin.

3. Soothe a sore throat with a soothing pop

When I have been outside pulling weeds, my throat tends to hurt so I know that allergies can cause a sore throat. So when my boys complain of a sore throat in the spring, I treat it with a delicious organic Lolleez. This naturally medicinal flat pop on a stick helps soothe their throat to take away the discomfort. My boys love the fruit flavors and I love that they are made with non-GMO and gluten-free ingredients.

4. Clean often
I find that keeping the house clean helps with the spring allergies. I like my windows open for fresh air so I make sure to dust and vacuum a couple times a week. A vacuum with a HEPA filter is a must for allergies. Make sure to clean the ceiling fans and window screens too. I also have a no shoe rule in my house as that also keeps the allergens like dust and pollen off my floors.

5. Inhale herbs

This winter, I discovered that a natural vapor rub helped my son when he was having an asthmatic coughing attack. The vapor rub had menthol and eucalyptus oils in so these helped open his lungs up so he could breathe better. I rubbed some on his chest before bed and it helped him to sleep better. I now carry a small container of the natural vapor rub in my purse so I can inhale it when I start having an allergy coughing fit. The herbs help me to take deep breaths and helps to expel the mucus that was causing me to cough.

6. Take a nightly shower

In the spring, I shower almost every night as all those pollens and other plants get in my hair when I am outside. A shower after my walk or at bedtime sure does help get the pollen off my skin and hair and it keeps it off my bedding too.

7. Use an air filter

An air filter will help reduce the amount of allergens and dust in the house so this is a must for spring allergies.

8. Drink tea

I find that a glass of warm tea helps to loosen all that mucus in my lungs and nose so I can breathe better. There are also natural teas that have herbs in them that help with allergy symptoms.

9. Eat honey

Take a teaspoonful of raw, locally produced honey daily to combat seasonal allergies, hay fever or colds. It’s important to find local honey, as it is supposed to help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment around you—almost like an allergy shot. Bee pollen has also been shown to help with allergies.

10. Clean those sheets

You know, that place where you sleep 8 hours a night? Change your pillowcase and wash your pillow often to reduce allergens, and don’t forget to deep-clean your mattress too by vacuuming it regularly.

 These tips might just make spring allergy season easier to cope with so you can enjoy the nice spring weather. They sure do help with my allergies so I can be outdoors more and enjoy looking at all the pretty flowers. 

Do you have any tips that help you with spring allergies?

FREE Tic Tac Gum

FREE Tic Tac Gum Receive ONE (1) Tic Tac Gum Free. Limit one per transaction.

Exp 04/29/2018

This Friday, April 13th, 2018– ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for FREE Tic Tac Gum,
Although 04/13/2018 is the only day that you can load the coupon, the coupon offer is redeemable through 04/29/2018


What is the Free Friday Download?
Every Friday, you can download a digital coupon for a FREE item! This offer is available exclusively to Customers with a Smiths Food and Drug or other Kroger store reward card.

How does it work?
Visit this page on Fridays.
Download the digital coupon for the product between 12am-11:59pm PT. You can view your coupon under the "My Coupons" section of your digital account or the Mobile App.

Redeem your coupon in-store within 2 weeks.
Your coupon will automatically be applied at checkout when you use your Shopper's Card.
Remember to check back the next Friday for a new offer!

Don't forget to save even more money with other great coupons under the Savings & Rewards Tab!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Easy Oven Roasted Rainbow Peppers With A Caribbean Flair

                               I just love all the colors of peppers

  Spring is here and the selection of produce in the stores is like a rainbow. Lately, my store has had these pretty bell peppers in so many different colors. I just can't resistant buying one in each color. Peppers can be enjoyed in so many ways. I like eating them raw with hummus and roasted as a topping for pizza or in fajitas. You can even stuff these peppers. I think my favorite way to enjoy peppers is roasting them in the oven. The roasting gives the peppers an incredibly sweet taste. I also like adding some type of seasoning to the peppers before I roast them to give them even more taste. I just think spices give food so much flavor. One of my favorite spices right now is a Caribbean Spice Blend. This spicy and sweet spice blend is perfect for roasted veggies, beans, rice, Jerk chicken, and other slow-cooked meats. It is the perfect summer barbecue spice!

                 Peppers are loaded with vitamin C!

 These roasted peppers are perfect on top of pizza or in a salad. My family also likes to use them for tacos. They are so tasty they I eat them right out of the oven. The rainbow selection of peppers is so inviting that it encourages my kids to eat their veggies.

Easy Oven Roasted Rainbow Peppers With A Caribbean Flair

4-5 bell peppers in assorted colors, sliced into strips or circles
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, add peppers, olive oil, Pod & Bean™ Caribbean Seasoning Blend, salt, and pepper and toss well.
Place in 350° F oven and roast for 30-40 minutes and or until vegetables are tender and cooked through.

   I received this wonderful Caribbean spice blend from The Cocoa Exchange. I also received some other flavorful products that I will be creating other recipes with. This store sells many unique products that have cocoa in them. Their website also has many recipes that will inspire your cooking. I have used their products before in many other recipes and the products always add such great flavor. My boys loved the White Chocolate Pancakes and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Coconut Macaroons that I made last Thanksgiving. My husband said that the Pressure Cooker BBQ Baked Beans that I made with the Kansas City BBQ Sauce and Stone Ground Mustard were better than his mom's baked beans. I know that the White Chocolate Raspberry Honey Mustard with taste great with my Easy Two Ingredient Soft Pretzel Recipe that I made in my air fryer. So take a look at all the delicious products that The Cocoa Exchange carries and get some great meal and dessert inspiration!


THE COCOA EXCHANGE™ believes that life tastes better with cocoa. With the mission to inspire and empower every woman to create her own unique recipe for success, the brand lovingly transforms the nourishing super-fruit into delicious cocoa-infused and chocolate products that help manifest surprising moments of joy.  An uplifting community of bold, independent entrepreneurs enjoy the financial backing, expertise, training, sales and marketing support from the world’s largest chocolate company, Mars Wrigley Confectionary.

Microwave Chocolate Strawberry Lemonade Mug Cake

Enjoy cake in less than five minutes!

      I received samples from the Cocoa Exchange to facilitate this post.

   My family likes cake but making a cake can be time-consuming, even if you use a cake mix. There is the mixing of all the ingredients, the long baking time and then the waiting for the cake to cool down.My biggest complaint is the waste that comes from using a boxed cake mix. My family never eats all the cake and I end up tossing most of it. I wish cake mixes made only one cake instead of two. Maybe my family never finishes the cake as those boxed cake mixes are so bland. Homemade cake tastes so much better but takes even more time to make. So when I discovered that I could make a cake in a mug in the microwave, I was overjoyed! Now my family can have cake. I know making a cake in a mug has been around for quite some time and my teen has made them. I just wanted to share with you this delicious cake mix that I discovered that makes it so much easier. I also have a recipe that uses applesauce so the cake is a bit healthier for you.

  My Chocolate Strawberry Lemonade Mug Cake is perfect for spring. It is a light white chocolate cake that has bits of strawberry lemonade chocolate bits in it. So you get a delicious cake with a unique flavor. This cake is so moist that it needs no frosting but some whip cream and fresh strawberries would give it a perfect touch. The best part is that is that it has only five ingredients and needs only 1-2 minutes to cook. My recipe makes two large servings and can easily be doubled. So no wasted cake!

  This delicious White Chocolate Cake mix that I use has Dove white chocolate in it and it is a baking mix that you can make many things with like White Chocolate Pancakes and cupcakes. I like that I can measure out what I need for a recipe. My cake gets its unique flavor from these yummy Strawberry Lemonade rich 64% cacao dark chocolate rounds that are slightly sweet, slightly tart and have an all-natural strawberry and lemon sugar flavor. These chocolate rounds are perfect for baking.

   The Cocoa Exchange also makes delicious Strawberry Caramel Truffles that are so good. They are perfect for gifts!

                   Just look at that filling in these delicious truffles.

Chocolate Strawberry Lemonade Mug Cake

1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup DOVE® SIGNATURE White Chocolate Baking Mix
1/2 cup Strawberry Lemonade Rounds, broken into pieces

1. In a mixing bowl, whisk egg, milk, applesauce, and vanilla until well incorporated.

2. Add DOVE® SIGNATURE White Chocolate Baking Mix and Strawberry Lemonade Rounds, combine until smooth.

3. In 2 large mugs, fill ½ full of batter.

4. Microwave for 45 seconds. The cake will begin to rise above the rim of mug. Allow contents to settle and microwave for an additional 30-45 seconds. Contents should be slightly moist but not runny.

5. Allow the cake to cool for 1-2 minutes before consuming. For additional flavor place a Strawberry Lemonade Round on top the cake while it is still warm so it will melt.

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