I think I have recovered from the Race for the Cure! The 5k of a parade of pink, survivor smiles, and friendly neighbors is well worth the 90 degree temps. Many thanks to Team Pink Floyd for each member’s participation and motivation – 32 registered walkers and runners and 92 t-shirt orders is something to brag about! And thanks to Andrea who has become my annual sidekick. 3.1 miles go by quickly with great conversations and lots of laughs.
Speaking of 90 degree temps, I have been busy doing all kinds of fun, summery things. From dining al fresco with the Hoovers in their backyard and Andy on the patio at Armadillo Grill to tending to my tomato babies on the deck to doing laps in the neighborhood pool to redeeming BOGO 1/2 off coupons at Goodberry’s to playing horseshoes with William and the gang.
At Chavon and Ken’s honeymoon shower, I won an Island Margarita Bath & Body Works hand soap (my favorite brand!) for decoding a word jumble. But the best part of the shower was meeting Chavon’s nephew, Jeremiah. I could just eat him up! I finally used up all my beloved Bumble & Bumble hair cream that costs an arm and a leg and have tried Suave Professionals Captivating Curls from Target. Nothing like spending $2.74 and getting similar results like that of a product that was $25! I highly recommend this mousse cream for anyone with curly hair. Love the cream factor and the yummy smell. Andy’s decision to become a barista on a part-time basis at Starbucks has been lovely! He gets free drinks while on the clock, 30% off products when off the clock (hello Chai Tea Latte!), and gets a free tin of Tazo green tea each week for yours truly. Talk about earning extra money AND saving money. The Tazo tea is awesome with hints of lemon and spearmint. Recently, I was at K-Mart attempting to use a $4.99 coupon, but was told by the associate that I’d have to become a Rewards Member before using the coupon. She said the process would only take 2 seconds… and she was right. I provided my name, phone number, and zip code and was set. Once registered, a customer earns 10 points for ever $1 spent. This applies to Sears and Land’s End purchases, as well. Andrew and I purchased $5 footlongs from Subway (this time, I actually saved my second half for lunch then next day) and redeemed a $4 coupon at Olive Garden. Andrew used my Stein Mart coupon for 20% off of a pair of khaki shorts. Remember Relish Cafe from my last post? Well, they now offer a brunch menu, which began this weekend. I cannot wait to sample some of the breakfast items. I’ve done a few TIT classes at Ornamentea with Bluefish – a bird nest charm and a daisy drop wristlet ($2.00 each). We also stopped by during First Friday and made a pair of hammered spiral earring… for FREE! Every project offered on First Friday is always FREE. You might have to browse for a few minutes until a seat at the craft table is available, but it is well worth the wait. I know I’ve told you about how fabulous Watkin’s Shoe Repair on Peace St is, but honestly… I took my pair of wedge sandals in on my lunch break to have the strap on one shoe repaired. It was obvious that they were swamped, but the lady helping me stopped what she was doing and fixed my shoe while I waited. I was there all of 10 minutes and she charged me only $3. Now, that’s customer service. With Alex’s birthday coming up in just a few weeks, I found a nice, thick Thomas the Train book for him for only $5.99 from Costco! If you are in need of groceries and a child’s birthday gift, stop by. Grace Ann told me about FREE yoga classes offered at the North Regional Library and at the Ladies Fitness and Wellness Center. I’d never had a male yoga instructor before, but he was great.. and funny. Yes, it is possible to laugh in a pretzel position. (www.youcallthisyoga.org) Did you get your FREE doughnut on National Doughnut Day? I treated myself to an original glazed doughnut from Krispy Kreme – totally FREE! Andrea tells me the newest flavor is cookies and kreme. Must… have… willpower. I received more FREE gift cards through Blue Cross Blue Shield. Are they your insurance provider? Just sign up online and tally your fruits and veggies consumed and your exercises performed and choose your FREE gift! I redeemed an $8 AutoWash coupon and finally had Sally cleaned. It is amazing how much younger she looks when she is shiny! Andrew and I enjoyed BOGO FREE pizzas at Brixx (after 11pm on weekends, 10pm during the week). I visited Ikea for the first time with Chuti. Oh… my… goodness. I fell in love! If I had extra money, I would re-do every room in my townhouse, using all Ikea products. Get your best shopping buddy and head to Charlotte for a fun day trip. I purchased 2 each of a six-pack of matching plastic plates, bowls, and cups for Troy and Warren (think Roy G. Biv minus one) at $1.99 each, a fleece blanket for Christmas for Troy for $3.99, 3 huge chocolate bars for $2.49, and 3 rolls of cookies for $4. You’ll receive a small discount for using your debit card. Chuti gave me her discount and I gave mine to the person in line behind me since you can’t use it during the same transaction. One word of caution: do not eat at Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe in Concord Mills. Eeeeek! Since I’ve signed up to receive texts from Redbox, I received a one day FREE rental code and watched “The Dilemma”. No need for you to spend money on it. Have you seen the trailer? Then you’ve seen the movie… We finally received the $100 toilet rebate for purchasing and installing a Water Sense toilet. Now, we have a toilet that was only $38, after the rebate, and uses less water with each flush – a win-win. Andrew and I also redeemed a BOGO FREE coupon at Tijuana Flats. Sign up for their emails!
I know I was just going on about doughnuts, but… Have you heard about the new Food Pyramid? (You know I have to always share health-related FYIs.) The USDA has created a new Food Pyramid which is no longer a pyramid. Suggested foods include vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, and dairy, with the focus on vegetables and fruits. (www.choosemyplate.org)
While you are playing outdoors with your kids or hiking with friends, download Smithsonian’s FREE app, Leafsnap, to help identify plants for added fun and education.
Visit your local library’s website for FREE classes and clubs for adults, events for teens, and projects and story times for babies and toddlers.
Selected kids’ books are BOGO 1/2 off, online only, through Barnes & Noble. Also, buy 2 kids’ DVDs, get the 3rd FREE.
Don’t forget Sam Moon offers cute and affordable hair accessories, jewelry, and handbags for kids! (http://www.sammoon.com/dev/product.asp?cat=kids)
Now! Selected Dave Ramsey books, CDs, and DVDs on sale for $10! (http://www.daveramsey.com/store/index.ep)
Also, enter to win Dave’s Rainy Day Cash Giveaway. (http://www.daveramsey.com/specials/rainy-day-cash-giveaway?ectid=dd1106.1_1)
Borders selected paperbacks are BOGO 1/2 off.
For Father’s Day, Stein Mart is offering selected ties for $10.99, and wallets and boxers for $9.99.
Through June 13 at 6pm, Snapfish offers FREE overnight shipping for orders $30 or more. Enter code “FAST4DAD” and select “Overnight”.
June 14 – make a pair of Confetti Dusters earrings at Ornamentea for only $2. Do you have kids? They also offer Monday Youth Classes and Kids Work Wednesdays.
Through June 16 at Ruby Tuesday, get a FREE garden bar add-on with the purchase on any adult entree. (http://pages.rubytuesdayrestaurants.com/0611_Facebook_FGBCoupon/)
June 16 – From 11am until 1pm, Blueberry Day at the State Farmers Market offers everything blueberry from recipes to activities.
June 18 – Cary’s Polar Ice House will have an Open House from 1-4pm, with FREE ice skating, games, prizes, food, and a visit from Stormy, the Carolina Hurricane’s mascot.
June 18 – Borders’ will hold its “Cars 2” release party at 2pm. Best for ages 3-8.
Through June 20, Perfumania offers BOGO 1/2 off cologne as a Father’s Day promotion, plus FREE shipping on orders of $25 or more. (www.perfumania.com) Not sure about cologne? Shop by interest online through Bed, Bath, & Beyond, or by price range online through Kohl’s or Lowe’s.
For a midweek treat, each Wednesday between June 22 and July 27 Redbox is offering 50 cents off select family movie titles (PG-13 and under) when reserved online.
Through July 5 – Barnes & Noble’s online story time book is “Ladybug Girl at the Beach” by David Soman and Jacky Davis.
Through July 6 – Bruegger’s offers its Bottomless Mug Half Year sale. Get FREE refills of coffee, tea, or soft drinks for 6 months for $99.
Through July 9 – The Kroger in Wakefield Commons is closing, but clearance deals have already begun (examples are 50% off of cosmetics and 20% off of light bulbs).
July 1 – FREE Independence Day concert with fireworks – Festival Park, Fayetteville – 8pm
July 3 – FREE Independence Day concert with fireworks – Lake Benson Park, Garner – 8:30pm
July 4 – FREE Independence Day concert with fireworks – Koka Booth Amphitheater, Cary – 7:30pm
July 9 and August 13 – Second Saturdays combine arts and heritage with food and fun at all 37 museums and historic sites across the state. (http://www.ncdcr.gov/2ndsaturdays.asp)
I am looking forward to this weekend in Newton Grove. On Saturday, Daddy and I have planned a canoe trip (please don’t turn us over this time, Daddy!). On Sunday, the whole family will celebrate Father’s Day with a nice meal and gifts for Strawberry. Hopefully, there will be some free car maintenance in it for me! I have been missing NG since hearing one of mama’s stories, last week. She got 2 pints of fresh local blueberries for $5, straight out of the back of a farmer’s truck, plus a free scoop of homemade blueberry peach ice cream. Now, that describes summertime. Speaking of blueberries, I came across a recipe for a blueberry cream smoothie. For those of you who have read a few of my blog posts or who know me personally, you know that a recipe must fall in the “recipes for dummies” category for me to even consider trying one. Here goes:
Blueberry Cream Smoothie
1 cup fresh blueberries
4 scoops frozen vanilla yogurt (I suggest Fage’s Total 2% Greek yogurt, with 20 grams of protein.)
1/2 cup milk (I suggest 2% milk.)
Combine blueberries, frozen yogurt, and milk in blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with blueberries.