Entries from August 3, 2014 - August 9, 2014

Thursday
Aug072014

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Upcoming fall reminds me of everything cinnamon and apples. Here is a wonderful quick bread recipe to try from Something Swanky!
Thursday
Aug072014

Coupon Preview: August 10, 2014

Great stock up week for coupons!

Redplum 8/10

$1 off Alka-Seltzer product, excl 6 ct. (exp 9/20)
$2.50 off Alka-Seltzer product, excl 6 ct. (exp 8/24)
$1/2 Angel Soft facial tissue items (exp 9/10)
$5 off AZO bladder control (exp 10/1)
$1 off Gain detergent or fabric enhancer, excl Flings and trial (exp 9/30)
$2.50/2 Gain detergent or fabric enhancer, excl Flings and trial (exp 9/30)
$2 off Garnier cleanser (exp 9/6)
$3 off Garnier moisturizer (exp 9/6)
$1 off Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner or treatments (exp 9/6)
$3 off Gillette Venus disposable razor, excl trial size (exp 9/30)
$1.50/2 Hefty slider bags, 12 ct. + (exp 11/30)
.75/2 Horizon mac & cheese, crackers, grahams or sandwich crackers (exp 9/30)
$1 off L’Oreal Elnett hairspray , 11 oz. (exp 9/6)
$3 off L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche liquid lip color (exp 9/6)
$3 off L’Oreal Preference Mousse Absolue haircolor (exp 9/6)
.75/1 Land O’Frost Bistro Favorites lunchmeat (exp 9/10)
$1.50 off Nivea body wash, shower gel or lathering body scrub (exp 8/24)
$1.50 off Nivea Q10 Skin Firming lotion, 6.8-21 oz, Skin Firming gel-cream, 6.7 oz, Serum, 2.5 oz or Sun-Kissed Radiance lotion, 13.5 oz (exp 9/7)
$1.50 off Niven Men body lotion , 6.8-21 oz (exp 9/7)
.50/1 Pure Silk shave cream, 8 oz (exp 10/4)
$1 off Rimmel eye product (exp 9/30)
$1 off Rimmel eye, face or nail product (exp 9/30)
$2 off Senokot regular or S tablets (exp 2/28/2015)
.50/1 ThinkThin bar (exp 10/10)
$1 off ThinkThin bars, box (exp 10/10)
$1 off Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstopables, Bounce Bursts or Gain Fireworks, excl trial size (exp 9/30)
2.50/2 Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstopables, Bounce Bursts or Gain Fireworks, excl trial size (exp 9/30)

Smart Source 8/10

1 off Biore pre-strip pack (exp 10/4)
$2 off Biore cleanser (exp 10/4)
$2 off Clairol hair color, excl Age Defy and trial size (exp 9/30)
$3 off Clairol Age Defy hair color, excl trial size (exp 9/30)
$4 off Claritin-D 15 ct. (exp 9/7)
.50/1 Colgate toothpaste, 3.4 oz.+ (exp 8/23)
$3 off Colgate Optic White toothbrush + Whitening Pen combo (exp 9/6)
.50/1 Cottonelle flushable cleansing cloths, excl trial size (exp 9/13)
.50/2 Cottonelle toilet paper 4-pk. or (1) 9-pk. + (exp 9/13)
.50/1 Easy-Off product (exp 9/21)
.35/1 Glass Plus product (exp 9/21)
.55/3 Hormel chili items (exp 10/6)
$1.50/3 Hormel Compleats microwave meals (exp 10/6)
$1 off Hormel refrigerated entree (exp 10/6)
$1/2 Hormel Premium Chicken Breast (exp 10/6)
$2 off Infusium 23 shampoo, conditioner or leave-in treatment (exp 9/10)
$1 off Ken’s dressing, 16 oz. + (exp 9/30)
.50/3 Kleenex boxes, 50 ct. + or (1) bundle pack, excl trial size (exp 9/13)
$1 off Lancaster Soft Cremes, 8 oz. (CVS manufacturer coupon) (exp 9/30)
.50/1 Lime-A-Way cleaner (exp 9/21)
.50/1 Mop & Glo product (exp 9/21)
.75/2 Nabisco cookie or cracker items, 6.5 oz. + (exp 9/20)
.75/1 Old English product (exp 9/21)
$2/2 OxiClean laundry detergents (exp 9/21)
$2 off Perform pain relieving singles, gel, roll-on, spray or therapy kit (exp 11/30)
$1 off Pert Plus, 2in1 or 3in1 items, excl 1.7 oz. (exp 9/10)
$1/2 Post Honey Bunches of Oats cereal or granola, 11 oz. + (exp 9/21)
$1 off Purina Beneful dog snack, 6 oz. + (exp 11/2)
B1G1 Purina Beneful wet dog food, 10 oz. tub or 3 ct. multipack (exp 9/7)
B1G1 Purina Beneful dog food, 3.5 lb or smaller, up to $6.55 (exp 9/7)
.50/1 Rips bite-sized licorice bag, 4 oz. + (exp 10/31)
$3 off Schick Intuition or Quattro for Women razor or refill (exp 9/20)
$3 off Schick Quattro for Men razor or refill (exp 9/20)
$3 off Schick select disposable razors (exp 9/7)
.50/1 Scotch heavy duty shipping packaging tape roll (exp 11/1)
.50/1 Scotch long lasting moving & storage tape roll (exp 11/1)
.75/1 Scott towels, 6 rolls+ (exp 9/13)
$1 off Scott bath tissue, 8 rolls+ (exp 9/13)
.50/1 Scott Naturals flushable cleansing cloths (exp 9/13)
.45/3 Snack Pack puddinjg or gel, 4 pk. (exp 9/21)
.75/1 Snack Pack Super Pudding, 6 pk (exp 9/21)
$1.50 off South Beach Diet Protein or meal bars, or 100 cal smoothies (exp 9/30)
$1 off South Beach Diet snack bars (exp 9/30)
.75/1 Tree Top apple sauce pouches, 4-pk carton (exp 9/21)
$3 off Vidal Sassoon hair color, excl trial size (exp 9/30)
$1/2 Ziploc bags (exp 10/5)
$1/2 Ziploc Slider bags (exp 10/5)

Thursday
Aug072014

20 Good Habits to Start

woman drinking water

"I'm gonna make a change, it's gonna feel real good!"

No song gets me in as good a mood as Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror. This tune not only packs a motivational punch, but also drives home the point that true change in this world starts with you. (See also: 20 Habits You Must Kick Right Now to Be a Better Person)

So, crank up this MJ classic, start practicing these 20 habits and make that change.

Health

1. Drink 8 Glasses of Water Every Day

You lose plenty of water every day, so to stay on top shape you need to take enough fluids. The eight glasses of water could actually be more or fewer, as long as you reach your daily two-liter goal. If you need some motivation, here is some "water" for thought. (See also: 8 Reasons to Drink More Water)

2. Walk 10,000 Steps Every Day

Several health organizations, including the American Heart Association, recommend walking 10,000 steps a day. Walking is one of the simplest ways to keep your weight in check. Buy a simple pedometer for less than $10 on Amazon or score a free one from most health insurance carriers and start accumulating steps by:

  • Skipping lunch at your work desk and leaving the office to eat outside.
  • Having more walking meetings.
  • Taking the stairs.

3. Pick Up a TV Fitness Game

Instead of doing shots every time that your favorite TV character says his catchphrase, start doing squats, pushups, or planks. By turning your favorite TV shows into mini workout sessions you increase the chances of sticking to the "program" (get it?). On top of your favorite shows, you can also watch some high adrenaline shows, such as American Ninja Warrior and Boundless, for inspiration.

4. Make Light of Your Problems

Got anger issues? Use these effective techniques that even a two-year-old can do them.

  • The next time you get frustrated, burst out into singing a silly song, such as Shakes Your Sillies Out.
  • Learn how to take a deep breath with Dr. Oz.
  • Create a scream-free zone: If you yell, others will join you in the yelling, so stop it.
  • Use humor to roll with the punches and brush off troubles.

5. Chase Your Cup of Coffee With a Nap

Here is a hack to make the most out of your next coffee cup.

It takes approximately 15 to 45 minutes for caffeine to reach its peak levels in your bloodstream. Researchers point out that 20 minutes is the sweet spot, so maximize your caffeine rush by taking a 20 minute nap after finishing your cup. You will awaken fresh from both the nap and be ready for action with peak caffeine levels.

6. Take a Hot Bath or Shower At Night

Just like when you were a kid, winding down before bedtime helps your body relax better. Given that your body temperature decreases about two hours before bedtime, taking a hot bath or shower is a great way to maximize this relaxing "cool down" effect and enjoy a better night's sleep.

7. Eat Low Glycemic Snacks Before Working Out

Continuing with the topic of maximizing benefits, here is one for the next time you go for a run or hit the gym. British researches claim that eating low glycemic snacks before working out helps you burn more fat. Skip the candy bar and choose low glycemic snacks such as hummus, nuts, and hard boiled eggs. If you don't have time to grab the right snack, then use this list of portion size for 100+ foods.

8. Wait 30 Minutes Before Brushing Teeth

Most people follow the rule of thumb of brushing their teeth at least twice a day. However, according to the American Dental Association, the timing is also important. Brushing your teeth right before or after eating or drinking something acidic (e.g. orange juice, coffee) or sugary does not only give you a yucky feeling but also weakens your teeth enamel (a protective coat for your chompers). The ADA recommends to wait 30 minutes before or after a meal to brush your teeth so that your mouth's pH has time to balance out.

9. Go Dancing

Getting your groove on has several benefits:

So, pick up a class to learn a new dance, or join a group to show off your moves.

Financial

10. Raise Contributions to Retirement Accounts

The clock is ticking. If you haven't started saving for retirement or are saving too little, you need to ramp up. Given that people are living longer and debt levels are on the rise, people need to raise their target retirement savings goals. For example, members of Gen Y are starting to use $2 million as the new goal instead of just $1 million. (See also: 12 Things You Didn't Know About Retirement)

Increase your contributions to your retirement account by:

11. Save for Holiday Spending

Consumer counseling agencies see a 25% increase in people seeking help in the first two of months of every year due to out of control Christmas spending. One of the easiest ways to keep your annual budget in check is to set a spending goal at the beginning of every year, and make a weekly contribution towards that goal throughout the year. This way you will not only prevent credit card debt, but also have less financial stress at the beginning of the next year. (See also: Get Ready for Christmas: 7 Things You Should Do Today)

12. Get More Freebies

Whoever said that there is no such as a free lunch, surely did not check out our calendar of annual free stuff days. Create a reminder in your agenda or smartphone so that you never miss these freebies year after year. (See also: Never Miss Free Ice Cream Again: Complete Calendar of Annual Free Stuff Days)

13. Shop Groceries Smartly

Don't let groceries be an afterthought. The average American family spends about $6,443 per year on food, which makes the average grocery run about $60. Are you getting the most out of your buck? Make it a habit to:

  • Skip boxed mixes of anything: you save more by buying items individually;
  • Check the clearance shelves for items;
  • Search for alternatives to expensive items (e.g. Pecori Romano and SarVecchio instead of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese);
  • Find out what times your favorite stores mark down products, especially the meat department.

Productivity

14. Give More Speeches

The ability to communicate verbally with people is among the top 10 skill employers seek. Public speaking is a skill that is useful, no matter what job you pick up. So, start volunteering more often to give a toast, talk on behalf of your company, present a report to a client, or say grace before a family dinner.

15. Spend Less Time on Your Phone

The more time that you spend on your phone, the more anxious and less happy you feel. Both sensations make you less productive. While going an entire day without your cell make not make feel any better, using it less than usual will help you feel less anxious and more happy.

  • Turn your phone to silent or completely off during meetings so that you can focus better.
  • Leave the phone in your car when heading to a lunch or dinner with clients that you have not seen in a long time.
  • Create an out of office email notice during weekends to reduce the need to check your inbox.
  • Engage in more face-to-face conversations.

16. Listen to Music the Right Way

  • Take advantage of the Mozart effect: lower your blood pressure and calm down by listening to classical music.
  • Boost your workout through power playlists cured by experts on Spotify and Pandora.
  • Have a sharper focus with "chillout music," such as most of Brian Eno's work.

17. Use the Two-Minute Rule

Multitasking can be detrimental to your productivity, except for a single exception. If a brand new task arrives to your desk and you're able to fully finish it in two minutes, then go ahead and do it. The rush of completing an action item so fast gives you a boost to get back on your to-do list for the day.

18. Exploit Your "Golden Hour"

Just like you have a "witching hour," you also have a "golden hour." This is the time that you are at your peak of concentration and are able to tackle the most difficult tasks with the greatest of ease. The great news are that most people have more than just one golden hour. Learn to identify your golden hours and protect them at all costs so that you can get the most done every day.

19. Delegate More

The easiest way to protect your golden hours is to delegate. You don't have to do everything by yourself. Learn to trust others because it makes everybody more productive and builds trust among members of any team.

20. Get Up Early

Productive people get up insanely early. Get a DVR recorder and catch your shows during the weekend. By going early to bed and waking up before the competition, you will be on top of everything and find out that a day has more hours than you think. Join the early bird (and successful!) crowd, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Unilever CEO Paul Polman, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

What are some other good habits that need to be in this list? Please share in comments!

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Written by Damian Davila and published on Wise Bread. Read more articles from Wise Bread.
Thursday
Aug072014

Freschetta: $10 Free Movie Ticket or Cable Cash

Through September 30th, when you purchase 3 Red Baron Multi-Serve Pizzas OR 2 Freschetta Pizzas, you’ll snag $10 towards a movie ticket or cable cash! Just snap a picture of your receipt and send it to PIZZA@DRVSUSA.com. And the best part, there is a limit of 4 times you can do this! Go HERE for more details. Consider purchasing your pizzas at Walmart to snag the following deals…
Thursday
Aug072014

Huggies Wipes Free Samples

Huggies Wipes Sample

Request a free sample of Huggies Natural Care Wipes when you sign-up to receives emails, coupons, and more from Huggies.com.

Thursday
Aug072014

$10 Coupon Offer from Henkel Products

There is a new offer from Henkel Brands to get $10 back in coupons when you buy $20 or more in select qualified Henkel products.

This offer runs through 9/21/14 and the good news is the $20 total must be met BEFORE coupons! You’ll need to either submit your receipt via e-mail, text the receipt or upload it.

Brands included are Right Guard, Soft Scrub, Dial, Purex, Renuzit, Tone, Combat, and Dry Idea. You can go HERE to see complete details.

Thursday
Aug072014

Target/ SC Johnson High Value Coupons

Wednesday
Aug062014

Watermelon Drink Dispenser

This is cool! 

Materials
1 large watermelon
Paper towels
Sharp chef’s knife
Cutting board 
Large spoon or ice cream scoop 
Apple corer 
Power drill and paring knife (optional) 
Tap kit (includes a shank and faucet — available at many hardware stores)
Waterproof plate

Instructions

  1. Wash the watermelon and wipe it dry with paper towels. Using a sharp knife and cutting board, cut approximately 1/2 inch off the bottom to keep the watermelon standing straight. Cut off the top of the watermelon, about 3/4 of an inch
  2. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, hollow out the watermelon. Reserve the fruit for use in your favorite summer recipe
  3. Using an apple corer, cut a circle through the rind about 2 1/2 inches above the bottom of the watermelon. (Choose the prettiest side for a party-worthy presentation.) Don’t have an apple corer? Drill a small hole, then use a small knife to widen the hole until it’s slightly smaller than the shank of the tap
  4. Insert the shank into the hole; tighten hardware inside the melon. Attach the faucet to the shank
  5. Place the watermelon keg on a clean, waterproof plate at the end of a table. Fill it with ice, then your favorite lemonade, punch or tropical drink recipe

Tip: Avoid beverages with pulp; they can clog the spout.

Tasty Summer Treats 
Not sure what to do with the leftover watermelon? Try these fresh, fruity ideas:

Assemble Fruit Kebabs: Thread watermelon chunks, fresh strawberries, grapes and pineapple chunks on bamboo skewers to create kebabs. This is a great way to get kids to eat more fruit!

Make a Spritzer: Puree watermelon pieces in a blender, and then mix the pureed fruit with lemonade or sparkling water. Serve over ice. 

Blend up a Smoothie: Cut watermelon into chunks and freeze. Mix in a blender with other fresh and frozen fruits — and a splash of juice — to create a tasty smoothie. 

Chill Summer Drinks: Freeze small chunks or balls of watermelon to use as ice cubes in your favorite summer beverages.