Birthday Freebies!

Happy Monday loves!

Hope you all had a great weekend. Can you believe we’re only one week away from Halloween?! This year has been a blur!

I wanted to change things up a bit and post Birthday Freebies since this week might be a Birthday theme. Yes, you guessed it: It’s my birthday today! 😀

Beauty Freebies:

* Sephora: come in 2 weeks before your birthday and get a free gift, every year it changes!

* Ulta: 2x more points when you shop at Ulta during your birthday month. On the day of your birthday, you’ll get an email about picking up your gift. This year I got an IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara sample.

* Charming Charlie: If you sign up with their emails, you can get a $5 off any purchase. Last year I ordered online and this year I went into the physical store and bought more! A little tip: go towards the back of the store and look at the clearance section along with any product that has a red sticker=more deals!

* Sally Beauty: It’s not technically a freebie, but you can get a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $20. Still a really good deal in my opinion!

* Bath and Body Works: if you download their new app, you can get a free travel size product.

* CVS: During your birthday month, they’ll send you a $3 ExtraCare Reward Bucks to spend on anything your heart desires.

* DSW: Sign up with DSW Rewards and get $5 off any purchase.

*Kohls: Sign up with the Kohls Yes To You Rewards program and get a $5 voucher on anything in the store.

*Godiva: Sign up with their rewards system and get a free piece of chocolate every month and for your birthday month, you’ll get a $10 off any purchase.

*Jamba Juice: Sign up with their rewards and get a free juice or smoothie.

* Nektar Juice Bar: Sign up with their rewards and get a free ginger shot for your birthday. Sounds intense I know, but so so worth it! No one wants to get sick around their birthday.

* Starbucks: A free drink, any size or even a sandwich. The possibilities are endless!

* Rubios: A free meal up to $7.

* Red Robin: A free burger, who can go wrong with that?!

There’s way more freebies for your special day but I posted the ones worth mentioning. hehe

Am I missing anything else that I haven’t mentioned?!

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Chef’d Spoon Meal Plan Review

Happy Friday loves!

Just by signing up for Chef’d emails, they sent me a Spoon University Meal Plan box. Let me tell you, I didn’t expect the box to be that big!! They sent a variety of snack and beverage products.

It’s such a great idea for college students who are away from home, you can basically just get your meals that you choose, especially for those that spend so much money on fast food. *We’ve all been there!*

Meal types: beef, pork, poultry, vegetarian, shellfish, fish and lamb! Then based on your meal options, they bring you a few different recipes to choose from. After that they also have a few other box options such as the Grab n’ Go, Snacks and/or Fruit.

With every meal kit, you’ll receive: 2 pre-portioned fresh meals, 6 Grab n’ Go Meals, 10 beverages & snacks and 5 assorted fruits.

Spoon box

Here’s what I got in my Snacks box!

Beverages: SmartWater, SmartWater Sparkling, Zico Coconut Water and Coca Cola Life with Cane Sugar and Stevia

beverages

Granola and Oatmeal: Quaker Real Medley Apple Walnut Flavor Oatmeal and Purely Elizabeth Cranberry Pecan Granola and Puffs Cereal

granola cereal

Popcorn and Crunches: Skinny POP Popcorn, Dark Chocolate Harry & David Moose Munch Gourmet Popcorn and Chia Crunch Coconut. 2 doses of popcorn?! I’m definitely not complaining. Chia Crunch Coconut is freeze dried coconut slices with chia seeds.

crunchies

Quest Beyond Cereal Protein Bars in Cinnamon Roll, Waffle and Chocolate flavors. These would work best after a workout!

quest

Chocolate: 2 Nib Mor all natural superfruit cacao bits “Daily Dose of Dark” and Coffee Thins, the Edible Coffee Treat Espresso. So I can actually have chocolate infused with coffee?! That sounds like heaven to me!

chocolate

Fruits: Sun Maid Sour Strawberry Golden Raisins and That’s It Zesty, 2 apples + cinnamon. I grew up on Sun Maid Raisins so finding another flavor brings back so many memories! As for the fruit bar, I’ve tried it at Starbucks before and its a simple fruit bar.

fruity

Protein Bars: Clif Bar Sierra Trail Mix which has peanuts, chocolate and raisins. RXBar, a 12gram Protein bar with 3 egg whites, 4 almonds, 6 cashews, 2 dates and no B.S.

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Cream & Sugar Cafe

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Happy Monday loves! I hope you had a great weekend 🙂

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food” -George Bernard Shaw

With that being said, I found a new coffee shop in La Mirada, California called “Cream & Sugar Cafe” and OMG it is adorable! Located in a small strip mall, the front doesn’t give it justice. From the outside, it doesn’t look like much.

C&S store front

The Decor:

The color of the walls are medium gray and there’s lots of artwork on the wall. A drawing of the world map, a big wooden headboard that has HELLO in silver letter and sometimes it lights up! One of my favorite little detail about this place is that on every table there is 1 mason jar that contains sugar and another mason jar that has mini coffee creamers. The menu is actually a chalkboard that has all of the options available.

artful wall

cute staple

hello again

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menu

The Food/Drinks:

The first time I came here I had got the Iced Mint Coffee. *Yes I know: iced coffee with mint?!* It’s not as sweet as you would expect, but in my opinion, sometimes too much sweet takes away from the coffee taste. This iced coffee had more of a light hint of mint. *A little about me: I love mostly everything mint!* What I also love about this place and their coffee, is that when you order for here, you get your coffee in a mason jar. They were so sweet that they gave me a sample of the iced mint coffee before I ordered to see if I would like it. The sample was in another mini mason jar!

baby and big iced mint coffee

zoom in iced mint coffee

The second time I purchased something here was the Watermelon Mojito. My favorite alcoholic beverage is a mojito so you can imagine of course I had to get the non-alcoholic version of this. I love the different layers shown in this pic! You’ve got the lemonade flavor on the bottom while the watermelon is on the top and that cute little mint sprig as the topping. It’s such a refreshing drink especially in the summer!

watermelon mojito

The last thing I ordered recently was the Roast Beef with Horseradish sandwich. It has roast beef, red onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and a horseradish dressing on a baguette. I’m honestly not a big fan of horseradish but for some reason it fit perfectly in the sandwich.

roast beef coffee

 

Bon Appetit Thin Crust Pizza Review

Happy Humpday loves!

Hope you’re all having a great week! Can’t believe it’s already Wednesday.

I was lucky enough to get chosen by BzzAgent to review the Bon Appetit Thin Crust Pizza. There’s five different varieties. I haven’t bought many frozen pizza but with this brand, I wouldn’t mind purchasing this.

  1. Mozzarella and Pesto – tangy basil pesto, sliced mozzarella and cherry tomatoes
  2. Spinaci – mouthwatering combination of mozzarella, Asiago and Parmesan cheese, spinach and a flavorful garlic sauce
  3. Pepperoni and Pesto – a bold combination of pepperoni, flavorful basil pesto and a zesty herb blend, along with Mozzarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheese
  4. Roasted Vegetables – fire-roasted tomatoes, red onion and red, green and yellow bell peppers paired with a delicious blend of mozzarella, Romano and Parmesan cheeses
  5. Trio Bacon – a decadent combination of Canadian bacon, traditional bacon and Italian Pancetta, caramelized sweet onions and mozzarella cheese

I’ve tried the Spinaci, Pepperoni Pesto and the Trio Bacon.

SPINACI: 

This one might be my favorite variety out of all five of them. Even when you open the box, you can smell the garlic and the cheeses. I’ve bought this already two times, that’s how much I love it! As it is in the oven, you can smell the flavors even more. No joke, the first time I bought this, I finished the pizza in one setting.
Spinaci collage

PEPPERONI AND PESTO:

This is my second favorite pizza available in the Bon Appetit Thin Crust Pizza. The flavors are great! Especially when sometimes you don’t want much meat on your pizza, this is perfect. The two dominant flavors in this pizza would be the pepperoni and the pesto and there’s such an equal amount of each.

pepperoni pesto collage

TRIO BACON:

I wish I would have liked this one, but no not really. 😦 To me, it was just way too much bacon for me. I would have this once in awhile but not on a regular basis.

trio bacon

 

Where To Purchase:

I’ve seen them sold at Ralphs, Winco, Target and some Stater Bros. The cheapest place to buy it would be at Wincos, just because it’s about $3.99 and with a $1 off coupon, you’re basically buying it for only $3!

 

 

Kroger Skillet Meals Review

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Happy New Years loves!

I hope 2014 brings happiness and blessings to everyone!

As a Bzz Agent, this time I received the Kroger Skillet Meals which include a skillet dish, garlic bread and a salad.

*Tuscan Style Penne

*Sausage Rigatoni

*Penne with grilled chicken

*Chicken Florentine

*Chicken Fajitas

*Sorrento-Style Gnoochi

*Shrimp Lo-Mein

It takes about 10 minutes, each meal contains at least 2 servings per bag and 20 grams or more of protein.

It’s available at all Krogers, Ralphs, Food4less, Dillions, King Soopers and Smiths.

I was lucky enough to find the Chicken Florentine which was to die for! The chicken was so soft and juicy. The garlic bread was a pretty big size so that lasted me for a few days while the skillet was done in 2 days. For some reason though, the salads are pretty hard to find. Every time I found a salad, it was on clearance. Grr.

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I would buy this again, especially wanting to try the Sausage Rigatoni. 🙂

Spicy Asian Wings

Hi loves!

I figured I would try something new out and post a few recipes that I love.

I tried making this spicy Asian wings sauce just for fun and ended up, I love making it now! It’s fairly easy and quick.

FYI: I usually just eyeball the measurements of the ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 lemon

1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

1 tsp rice vinegar

1/2 tsp of molasses (I used black)

1 Tbsp Kikkoman Roasted Garlic & Herbs Marinade (you can just use soy sauce)

1 Tbsp Pepper Sauce (I used Kakadu Wild Fire Pepper Sauce)

1 Tbsp Lawry’s Mexican Chile Limon marinade

1 Tbsp Sweet & Spicy Chili Dressing

1 Tbsp Sriracha (this stuff is amazing!)

Black Pepper and Salt

Sesame Seeds

Garlic Salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees.

2. Mix all wet ingredients first then the dry ingredients. Mix all together.

3. Place aluminum foil on a tray. Spray on the foil a non-stick spray or butter so the chicken doesn’t stick to the foil.

4. Save half of the mixture into another bowl.

5. Dip the chicken wings into the one bowl of mixture. Turn to the other side to let it marinade for a 10 minutes.

6. Transfer the chicken wings to the tray leaving some room in between the wings.

Photo 1                                                                          *this is before placing it in the oven*

7. Place in oven for 1 hour.

(Optional)

8. When it’s ready and cooled down, you take the other bowl of mixture and dip the already made chicken in it.

9. Relax and Enjoy!

Photo 2                                                                                             *The Final Product!!