Summertime Savings with Walgreens Paperless Coupons

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I used to clip coupons all the time.  I had a whole binder full of them, sorted by type.  But about two years ago I just gave up, because it was too confusing to keep track of everything.  Things were expiring before I used them, and matching up coupons to the right stores was time consuming. But now that I have a smartphone I have realized that paperless coupons are much, much easier to use, and I have started couponing again!  The paperless coupons at Walgreens could not be simpler to use, and they help me save money every week.

summertime fun #WalgreensPaperless #shop

These coupons are manufacturer eCoupons, just like the ones found in newspaper inserts.  But instead of cutting them out you just clip them to your Balance Rewards account, using the Walgreens Mobile App.  When you get to the store the cashier can scan the coupons either from the app on the phone or from your Balance Rewards card.  The coupons are well organized by type, so it is easy to scroll through and pick the ones you want.  Best of all there are no little pieces of paper to keep track of, everything is on the phone.  The app even keeps a running list of how many coupons you have clipped and how much you will save. [Read More...]

Melted Crayon Christmas Ornaments – Christmas in July

I love the idea of Christmas in July!  The winter holiday season is always so busy it is hard to get everything done.  So this month my children and I spent some time making Christmas crafts and recipes that we never got around to last year.  This craft is one we have been meaning to try for a while – melting crayon wax to decorate Christmas ornaments.

Melted Crayon Christmas Ornament - Christmas in July : Upstate Ramblings

The ornaments came out looking very pretty, and will be lovely on our Christmas tree next year. They are fairly easy to make too. [Read More...]

Blueberry Zucchini Bread with Kefir

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I love cooking with fresh summer produce!  Using fresh, healthy ingredients makes everything taste better.  This week I made this delicious quick bread combining two of my favorite summer flavors, blueberries and zucchini.  I also used Blueberry Lifeway Kefir to enhance the blueberry flavor and keep the bread nice and moist.

Blueberry Zucchini Bread #KefirCreations  #shop - Delicious quick bread combining zucchini and blueberries with tangy Kefir

I have bought Kefir many times in the past, but this is the first time I have tried using it in a recipe.  Kefir is a drink that originated in Eastern Europe over 2000 years ago, and it is a cousin of yogurt, although it has a much thinner consistency since it is a beverage.  Lifeway Kefir contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that help support the immune system and balance digestive health.  It is one of my 18 year old daughter’s favorite beverages, because she can drinking a smoothie without having to actually get out the blender and make a smoothie! [Read More...]

Chimichurri Burger

Burgers are a staple food in my house and many others in the summer time!  It is quick and easy to grill some up and have dinner ready, but without variety burgers can get boring.  Here is a fun variation I made this week, using a traditional Argentinian Chimichurri sauce to spice up the burgers.

chimichurri burger

Chimichurri sauce is a garlicky sauce made with fresh parsley and oregano that is very easy to make at home.  I have lots of parsley growing in pots on my deck, and Chimichurri sauce is one of my favorite ways to use it.  The sauce is traditionally used on grilled steak, but it works well on burgers too! [Read More...]

Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck with Giveaway

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Do you like to take your furry friends to dog parks? Dog Parks are a great way to get your dog some exercise and a chance to run around freely. I live in a very small town, in fact we have a population of only 1490 people, but we have a brand new dog park that opened this spring, and my dogs love it! There is plenty of space to race around, and always something interesting to smell.  Sometimes they have the park to themselves, and sometimes they find playmates to romp with. This summer Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck is hitting the road and visiting dog parks around the country.

visiting the dog park

Now not surprisingly the Treat Truck won’t be visiting my tiny local dog park, because they are concentrating on big cities. But if you are near one it sounds like it will be a fun event for dogs and owners. Doggies will get free samples of Milo’s Kitchen treats and they will have a photo booth set up for family portraits. Sounds like the perfect place to get some good pictures for sharing on Facebook! [Read More...]

Family Movie Night with Pop Secret

This post is sponsored by Pop Secret.

My family and I love to watch movies together, and no movie night is complete without popcorn!  We always pop up big bowls of popcorn before we sit down to enjoy a movie together.  It is a relaxing way to be together as a family, and perfect after a busy day. Last night we relaxed together as a family and watched The Lego Movie, which was, of course, awesome.

family movie night 2

One thing that is not awesome though is burned popcorn – if a bag of microwave popcorn burns it smells up the whole house.  Figuring out when to stop a bag of microwave popcorn from popping can be tricky.  If you open the door too soon then you end with a bag that is not fully popped, but it you wait too long it can be burned.  To help save the day and prevent burned popcorn Pop Secret has come out with the Perfect Pop App, which is fun and easy to use!  Now you can spend more time enjoying the movie and less time stressing out over burned popcorn. [Read More...]

Big Hero 6 Trailer and Voice Cast

Disney just released a new trailer for their animated movie Big Hero 6, which will be released this fall. This looks like a different kind of Disney animated movie, and it is based on a Marvel comic.  The movie is an action comedy adventure about a young robotics prodigy, Hiro Hamada and his friends.  The trailer introduces Hiro and his giant inflatible robot Baymax. Check it out:

Fun trailer! You meet some of the heroes and get a quick glimpse of the villain.  Baymax looks like he is going to be hilarious; I love end of the trailer when he is trying to go up the stairs!

Disney also just officially released the voice cast for this movie.  Here are the six who make up the Big Hero 6.

Big Hero 6 : Hiro
Hiro Hamada: A 14 year old robotics prodigy voiced by Ryan Potter [Read More...]

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