Entries from May 3, 2015 - May 9, 2015

Saturday
May092015

Free Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream May 12, 2015

On Tuesday (May 12th) only, head over to your local participating Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop to score a FREE Single Scoop Cone! This is valid between the hours of 4PM-8PM! No coupon or purchase is needed. Click here for their store locator.
Saturday
May092015

Silk and NutriBullet Free House Party

NutriBullet® Pro and Silk® Almondmilk are teaming up for the Silk & NutriBullet Smoothie Social! This special event teaches you and your friends how to make delicious Silk NutriBlast Smoothies that fit right into your healthy lifestyle. The mildly nutty flavor of Silk Almondmilk – with 50% more calcium than dairy milk, absolutely no cholesterol and no saturated fat – makes an excellent base for creamy, delicious Silk NutriBlast Smoothies. Add it along with other nutritious ingredients to the NutriBullet Pro – which features a 900-watt motor that's 50% faster and stronger than the original NutriBullet – and you've got the recipe for a delicious Silk NutriBlast Smoothie (and a great party)! Gather your friends and show them first-hand how fun healthy living can be with Silk NutriBlast Smoothies made with Silk Almondmilk and the NutriBullet Pro.

This event is only open to residents of the contiguous US.

 

If you’re selected and confirmed as a host, your exclusive Party Pack will contain:

  • Silk Almondmilk coupons
  • NutriBullet Pro 900 Nutrient Extractor
  • NutriBullet SuperFoods
  • Delicious recipes
  • And so much more!

Apply here, good luck!

Saturday
May092015

Earn Cash From Your Junk Mail

Junk mail. It's the bane of my postal delivery existence. Chances are you hate it too, what with the insurance offers, vacation brochures, and more. It's a waste of paper, annoying, and you wish your mailbox had a chute that sent it directly to the recycle bin. That will all change, however, thanks to a company named Small Business Knowledge Center (SBKC).

Why? Because, SBKC will pay you for your junk mail. You read that correctly. This company will pay you to send them your junk mail.

Why would a company pay you to send them your most reviled pieces of mail? Because they conduct market research that focuses on direct marketing (junk mail) in an effort to spot trends and provide "competitive intelligence" to their clients. In other words, they need your mail to do their research and reconnaissance. That's great for people like you and me because it means that we can literally turn our junk mail into cash.

Here's what you need to know.

What Kind of Junk Mail Does SBKC Want?

SBKC is looking for specific categories of junk mail. Lucky for most of us, what they want is very common and stuff we all probably receive multiple times per week.

  • Insurance: Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Auto/Property Insurance, etc.
  • Investments/Annuities: IRA/Rollovers, Mutual Funds, 401(k), Pensions, etc.
  • Mortgage and Loans: Auto, Home Equity, Mortgage, Personal Loan, etc.
  • Banking: Checking, Savings, Money Market, Certificates of Deposit, Rewards or Loyalty Programs, etc.
  • Credit Cards: General Use Credit Cards and Charge Cards, Retail/Department Store Cards, Affinity/Rewards Cards such as Airline, Hotel, Alumni, Club/Association Cards, etc.
  • Telecommunications: Wireless (network providers such as Verizon, AT&T or manufacturers such as Samsung or Motorola), Wire-Line (Landline/Home Phone), TV/Cable, Satellite, Internet, IP/Internet Phone.
  • Travel and Leisure: Hotels, Cruise Lines, Airlines, Car Rental Services.

How Does Someone Earn Money From Their Junk Mail?

SBKC members, called panelists, accrue points which are redeemed for rewards. Points are earned several different ways.

  • Direct mail: Once accepted into their program, panelists will receive postage paid envelopes. Simply place the junk mail in an envelope and mail once a week.
  • E-mail: Forward any qualifying e-mail to SBKC.
  • Bonus opportunities: From time to time, SBKC will offer additional opportunities such as surveys and secret shopping.
  • Referrals: Current members can earn additional points by referring others.

How Much Can You Earn From Junk Mail?

When panelists accrue 2,000 points, they can redeem those points for a $20 Visa prepaid gift card. SBKC sends out a monthly newsletter which includes point status and any bonus opportunities available. Each person's point accrual rate is different and depends on many factors, but according to SBKC's website, on average, panelists who participate frequently can expect to earn $20 worth of points every six to 10 weeks or so. That comes to about $100-$170 a year for junk mail.

Source: Wisebread.com

Saturday
May092015

Free Fancy Feast Broth Sample

Go here and click on ‘Try a Bowl‘ to request a FREE Purina Fancy Feast Broth Cat Food Sample!

Allow 8-10 weeks for your sample to arrive.

Saturday
May092015

Win a Polaroid Fotobar from Pottery Barn Kids

This Mother’s Day, Pottery Barn Kids is celebrating moms with a Free Polaroid Fotobar! Share a #selfie of your kids using ‪#‎PBKmom‬ for a chance to win a $100 Pottery Barn Kids gift card and a Polaroid Cube to capture the special moments with your loved ones.

Instagram Entry: share a photo of you with your family and include #PBKMom in your post and tag @potterybarnkids

Ends May 15, 2015.

Saturday
May092015

Quaker Summer Sweeps


To enter to win, you will need to submit a photo of your family’s favorite place to play, such as a backyard or playroom or any designated area the family uses for play, and answers to these two questions: (a) Why does your family’s place to play need a makeover? and (b) How would you like to see your family’s place to play made over if you are selected as the Grand Prize winner?

One (1) Contest Grand Prize: $25,000

Nine (9) Contest Finalist Prizes: $1,000 gift card

Twenty-four (24) Weekly Prizes (2 per week): $500 gift card

Ends June 13, 2015, good luck! Get started here.

Thursday
May072015

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour, such as Aunt Jemima
1 1/4 cups cake flour, such as Pure as Snow
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, cubed
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten

For the frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 box (4 cups) powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons whole milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the self-rising flour, cake flour, and sugar. Using the paddle attachment, mix for 2 minutes on low speed. With the mixer on low speed add the butter one cube at a time, do not rush. Mix until it's a sand-like texture.
  3. Combine the milk and vanilla, and add 1/2 of the mixture to the batter. Scrape the bowl and mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add the eggs and the rest of the milk mixture to the bowl on low speed. Scrape bowl and continue mixing for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake pans.
  5. Bake for 23 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  6. Make the frosting: Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Scrape down sides of bowl often. When the mixture starts to thicken and appears dry add 2 tablespoons of milk. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy about 2-4 minutes. Add more milk as needed if you want a thinner consistency. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly.
  7. Frost the cupcakes with an offset spatula.
Thursday
May072015

Mother's Day Freebies and Discounts 2015

 

  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is giving moms a free meal on Mother's Day with a purchase of equal or greater value. The chain of sports pubs has more than 200 locations in 23 states.
  • Brick House Tavern & Tap is treating moms to a free brunch entrée with the purchase of an entrée at participating locations. Reservations for brunch are required. Brick House has 23 locations nationwide.
  • California Pizza Kitchen has a Dear Mom Sweepstakes you can enter by uploading a photo and story about mom with the hashtag #CPKDearMomSweeps on Instagram, Twitter or the restaurant chain’s Facebook page for a chance to win a weekend getaway that includes roundtrip airfare to Las Vegas, a two-night stay at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, $500 spa credit, $500 shopping spree and lunch or dinner for two at CPK Summerlin. You can enter through May 31, and a winner will be chosen June 3.
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s has a coupon for a free individual thin and crispy pizza for mom with a $29.99 purchase of a large pizza, four drinks and 30 tokens. The family dining and entertainment chain has locations in 47 states.
  • Corner Bakery, with 188 locations in 21 states and D.C., has a coupon for a free six-pack of bundt cakes for mom with the purchase of a lunch or dinner entrée.
  • Denny's: Free dessert with 2 entrees
  • Fogo de Chao Brazillian Steakhouse will give a mom who dines on Mother’s Day at one on its locations in 26 U.S. cities a complimentary lunch or dinner during her next visit.
  • Hurricane Grill & Wings is offering moms a free dessert of their choice with the purchase of an entrée at participating locations in 12 states.
  • Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar will offer moms $5 “Momosa” drinks on Mother’s Day, and moms can take home the champagne glass (while supplies last). Lazy Dog has locations in Las Vegas and California.
  • McCormick & Schmick's is giving moms a complimentary chocolate-covered strawberry with brunch on Mother's Day. The restaurant chain operates in 24 states.
  • Museums and gardens. Admission to many public gardens across the country is free on National Public Gardens Day May 8 -- and through Mother’s Day weekend. For example, The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens in Newbury, N.H., is offering free admission to all May 8-10. Search for gardens near you to see if any have special offers for Mother’s Day.
  • Museums, zoos and other attractions often offer free admission to moms on Mother’s Day. For example, the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum in Montgomery, Ala., are offering free admission for moms May 10. Check with museums in your area for similar offerings.
  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is treating moms to a free 8-ounce cup of frozen yogurt on Mother’s Day. There are more than 300 locations in 37 states.
  • Outback Steakhouse wants guests to celebrate Mother’s Day early with a downloadable coupon for 15% off your entire check through May 7. Plus, if you buy $50 in gift cards through June 21, you’ll receive a bonus $10 gift card.
  • PDQ is offering moms a free combo meal (three-piece chicken tenders, salad or sandwich combo) on Mother’s Day with the purchase of a kids combo meal. The fast-casual restaurant chain has locations in seven states.
  • Princess Cruises has a Mother’s Day sale on fares for cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, New England, the Panama Canal, Hawaii and California. Plus, it's offering up to $200 worth of free onboard spending money. The sale runs through May 14.
  • RA Sushi will be offering an all-day happy hour on Mother’s Day with select sushi, appetizers and drinks starting at $3.49 at its 26 locations in nine states.
  • Safe Step Walk-in Tub Co. is giving away one of its hydrotherapeutic tubs for Mother’s Day. You can nominate your mom on Safe Step’s Facebook page by uploading a photo of you and your mom, telling why your mom deserves a Safe Step tub, then sharing the photo on Facebook so friends and family can vote. A winner will be selected from the five moms with the most votes.
  • Shoney's is giving moms a free slice of strawberry pie on Mother’s Day with the purchase of a buffet or entree. Shoney's has 160 locations in 16 states.
  • Snapfish has printable cards, breakfast-in-bed menus, origami flowers and party banners for Mother’s Day that you can download for free.
  • Spaghetti Warehouse is offering a free appetizer for registering for its Mother’s Day photo album. You can upload a photo of your mom and tell why she’s special for a chance to win a $100 Spaghetti Warehouse gift card. The restaurant chain also is offering moms who dine at one of its locations in seven states on May 10 a free strawberry lemonade and one of five gifts: a free "Make it a Feast" entrée, a buy-one-get-one free spaghetti or lasagne, a free brownie sundae, a free spaghetti or lasagne entrée, or a $25 Spaghetti Warehouse gift card, says Kathy Wan, director of marketing for Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurants Inc.
  • TCBY: Free 6 ounce cup of frozen yogurt 
  • TGI Fridays will offer half-priced bottles of wine for its Mother’s Week celebration May 5-10 at participating restaurants.
  • The Pasta House: Free meal for moms with entree
  • Tony Roma's: Free meal for dine-in moms
  • Zoe's Kitchen: Free piece of Yaya's Chocolate Cake with entree