1/29/2021 Friday Deals and Freebies!

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Woo! It’s Frrriiiiday! I’m making pizza, hanging with the kiddos, and I’ve got my sights set on our weekend of fun!

I posted my list of 2021 Birthday Freebies this week- You should check it out here.

Most of these freebies and deals are online. I am not encouraging anyone to go into stores or go out into public. Mask up, wash your paws, stay socially distanced!


Lane Bryant Covert Client Program – Free Clothes, Points & More
2 Free L.A. Girl Cosmetic Products
Free Imuneti+ Elderberry Gummies
Free Pizza at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
Free Night Cream, Neck Serum & Body Cream
Free Coca-Cola with Coffee at Walmart
Free HomeSchool Books, Kits & More
Free Gift of Kindness Thank You & Kindness Cards
Free Sample of Rituals of Namaste Anti-Aging Day Cream & Serum
Free Spiritu VIP Products
Free USPS Shipping Supplies
4+ Free Disney Movie Insiders Points
Free Generate Kindness Stickers
8 Free Disney Movie Insiders Points
Free Sample of North Shore Care Pads, Liners, Wipes & More
Free Real Chemistry Environmental Rescue Daily Serum
Free Night Treatment
Free Eye Treatment Serum
Free Subscription to HGTV Magazine
Free Luxury Hair Care Products
Free TONYMOLY I’m Real Facial Sheet Masks
Free GoodGram & Kate Aurora Curtains, Doormats & More
Free 6-Month Ancestry World Explorer Subscription for Teachers
Free Activity Door Hanger Craft Event at JCPenney
Free Subscription to Harper’s Bazaar Magazine
Text for $10 Off at Lane Bryant = Free Item
Free 5 pk. Yakult Non-Fat Probiotics for Kroger & Affiliates



Play-Doh Animal Crew Sherrie Shearin’ Sheep ONLY $5.24 (Reg $15)

50% Off Holiday Sale at ShopDisney + Free Shipping

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer ONLY $28.88 (Reg. $60)

Buy Two Get One FREE Cosmetic Bag + FREE Shipping

Quadpod Adjustable 4-in-1 Swing Seat ONLY $39.97 (Reg. $85)

MUK LUKS Men’s Flip Mittens ONLY $14.99 (Reg. $34)

Fleece Throws as Low as $6.98 at ShopDisney (Reg. $20)

MUK LUKS Women’s Mittens ONLY $11.99 (Reg. $30)

Revlon Travel Hair Dryer ONLY $8.56 (Reg $18)

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Grill Pan ONLY $19.90 (Reg. $44)

Germ-X Hand Sanitizer In Stock – Large 32oz Bottles Only $5.44

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Griddle ONLY $14.88 (Reg. $33)

Flagship Research: New Diabetes Study $200-$300 Payments

Flagship Research is conducting a paid research study and is looking for children 6-17 years of age and adults 18 and older who have diabetes.  If you qualify it would be a 2-hour one-on-one interview for the adult and the parent would be able to attend with the child. The interview will be held online so you would need a computer with a webcam and microphone to participate. This interview will compensate the adults with the minor children $300 and the adults $200 in the form of a check that will be mailed at the completion of the project.

The details of this study are included below:

  • Dates: Starting Wednesday, February 3rd 2021
  • Times: Various times available
  • Duration: 2 hour
  • Incentive: $300 for Parents with kids, $200 for Adults 
  • Location: Online


If you are interested and use an insulin pump please click on the link below to answer a few questions to see if you will be a good fit for this study.

Please click here to answer a few questions.

Save 20% on Manscaped Products- Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Recently, Manscaped sent us a The Lawn Mower 3.0, which is a personal groomer for everything below the eyebrows.

And while the intended recipient does not use it to groom their body hair below the neck, it’s been relayed to me that it does a great job at trimming beards/facial hair and sideburns (and pesky neck hair).

It charges quickly, holds a charge, and is super easy to use!

If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for that special (hairy) someone in your life, check out what Manscaped has to offer:

SAVE 20% Automatically – Visit Manscaped and automatically receive 20% off all orders!
The Shears 2.0 Luxury Nail Care Set: MANSCAPED is excited to offer The Shears 2.0, a four-piece luxury nail kit. ($19.99 on manscaped.com)

The Shears 2.0 set includes:
– Slant Tip Tweezers
– Rounded-Tip Scissors
– Fingernail Clippers
– Medium Grit Nail File

The Lawn Mower 3.0 + The Perfect Package 3.0 — Essentials for Below-the-Waist Grooming The Lawn Mower 3.0 is an ultra-premium trimmer designed for groin and body trimming. ($79.99 on manscaped.com)

But Wait, There’s More: If you are looking for only the best tools and formulations for your nether regions, we suggest The Perfect Package 3.0, our carefully crafted kit that houses all the essentials for properly tending to the groin area. ($79.99 on manscaped.com)

The Perfect Package 3.0 includes:

-The Lawn Mower 3.0 – The cornerstone of a refined & elevated grooming regime
-Crop Preserver – Ball deodorant uniquely formulated to help reduce odor for up to 24 hours
-Crop Reviver – Refreshing ball toner spray infused with cooling aloe perfect for active lifestyles
-Magic Mat – Set of three disposable shaving mats
-The Shed – Luxury travel + storage bag
*MANSCAPED Boxers – Get comfy in these soft, chafe-relieving boxer briefs

**NEW** The Crop Care Kit – Just the Lotions & Potions
Already have The Lawn Mower 3.0 trimmer? Then this bundle is a must. Housing all of MANSCAPED’s best-selling formulations this line-up is sure to take your grooming routine to the next level. ($44.99 on manscaped.com)

-Crop Preserver- Ball deodorant is a thing, and it’s life-changing.
-Crop Reviver- Ball toner is also a thing. Spritz spritz!
-Crop Cleanser- Hair + body wash done right.
-Crop Mop- Portable wet wipes for balls, butt, and body.
-Foot Duster(free gift) – Foot deodorant to show the feet some love, too!

The Weed Whacker Luxury Nose + Ear Hair Trimmer –
Introducing our revolutionary electric ear and nose hair trimmer, The Weed Whacker. This premium trimmer is a technological masterpiece, redesigning the traditional nose hair trimmer by focusing on maximum performance and comfort, and offering a sleek, ultramodern design. ($39.99 on manscaped.com)

Standout Features:

Proprietary SkinSafe Technology helps prevent nicks, snags and tugs.
Powerful 600mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery lasts for up to 90 minutes of use.
Premium 9,000 RPM motor powers 360-degree rotary dual-blade system.


We received this free of charge in exchange for an honest review. We received no financial incentive to write this post. For more information, please see my disclosure page. 

Flagship Research: LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) Experience Needed for a Study


I received this email in my inbox last night. Please feel free to forward or share this post with anyone who might qualify for this study!

Flagship Research has an upcoming study and we are looking for people who have experience working with a LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System). We also have a referral fee for qualified referrals.  If you know someone please forward this email to them.

This session will be held via a video conferencing tool starting in the week of February 16th. Each session includes a 90-minute interview and will compensate you $250 in the form of a check that Flagship Research will mail to you.

Location: Online
Dates: Starting February 16th
Times: Various
Payment: $250 check

If you are interested please click here for the survey to see if you meet the criteria for this study.

Family Recipe: Cheesy Potatoes!

Potatoes are delicious and versatile. One of our favorite family recipes is these nomtastic cheesy potatoes!

Cheesy Potatoes 


  • 6 – 8 large potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces (preferably russets)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons AP flour
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups cheese (I like medium cheddar, but you could use colby, or a sharper cheddar)
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits (I use Kirkland brand from Costco)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • One sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed


  1. Parboil potatoes, 6 to 8 minutes, drain.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, in a pot, melt the butter. Sprinkle melted butter with AP flour and stir until a paste forms over a low heat. The paste should brown slightly- DON’T BURN IT!
  3. Pour milk into the flour/butter paste and whisk briskly. You do not want lumps. Cook over low heat until the mixture thickens. This may take a few minutes. As the mixture thickens and there are no lumps, add the cheese slowly, about 1/2 cup at a time, until it is incorporated/melted into the sauce. Once the sauce with complete, remove from the heat.
  4. Mix drained potatoes with sauce, add bacon pieces
  5. Pour into a greased baking dish (I use 11 x 9 baking dish)
  6. Top with half a cup of cheese, and crushed Ritz crackers.
  7. Bake 30 to 45 minutes at 350°.

Serve with steamed veggies, or a green salad. I also like this with crusty French bread. This makes a great side dish, or contribution to a potluck.

You can omit the bacon if you are vegetarian.

You can swap out the bacon for 1 cup cooked, chopped ham or chicken if you want to make this a hardy main dish.


Get your Free Credit Score and More With Credit Sesame!

Recently, we refinanced our home. Our lender was super impressed that our credit scores are so high (oh hi 800 club). One of the ways I’ve been able to keep my credit score so high is that I use Credit Sesame to monitor my scores with all three agencies.

I can check to see if there is anything on there that doesn’t belong and clear up any issues as soon as I see them.

Did you know that the recent FTC study found that over 20% of Americans or 40 Million credit reports have reporting errors that are costing consumers money in credit card interest rates and loans?

Make sure that your credit report does not contain erroneous information that could be impacting your credit score. Keep tabs on your credit report activities and your score by signing up for free credit monitoring and score services like Credit Sesame, so that you can easily protect your financial good standing.

* Receive daily credit monitoring alerts
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* Limit ID Theft Damage
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And unlike those “free” credit report offers that you see on TV with the catchy jingles,Credit Sesame is 100% free. You don’t have to enter your credit card number.

Good Credit is important- it’s the gatekeeper to so many things in life! Good credit gives you better access to better APR’s for credit cards, mortgages, car loans, lines of credit.

Fetch Rewards: Free Magazine Subscription for your Birthday!

Check this out! Not only does Fetch Rewards hook you up with gift cards just for scanning in receipts through their app, but they also kick down with a pretty cool gift for your birthday!

This was in my email inbox this morning! I selected Harper’s Bazaar for my subscription.

There are a variety of magazines to choose from. If you aren’t using Fetch rewards yet,  you can learn more here. Use my code ND2TB when you sign up and you’ll score Bonus Points (amounts vary from 1500-4000, depending on the current promotion they are running).   

To see more awesome birthday freebies, check out my post here. The birthday rewards are starting to roll in! I’ll be posting pics of my goodies on Instagram!

Looking to Build Credit History? Check out Self!

It’s important to have a good credit score. 

So many things depend on your credit score: Car insurance (really), renting or buying a home, even getting a job.

If you’ve never given your credit score a second thought, or maybe you don’t have credit, check out SelfSelf offers an accessible and responsible way for consumers to establish payment history and build credit, while saving money, through a credit-builder account.

  • Apply for a loan that is held by our bank partners. Your money is secured and protected in a bank account
  • Pay off the loan in 12-24 months^. You can choose a repayment plan that fits your budget.
  • Each payment builds credit history and adds to your savings. Your payments are reported to all three credit bureaus.
  • Get money back at the end after building credit history. Your paid off loan unlocks and you get the money back, minus fees and interest.

If that sounds like something that interests you, check out Self here.

I’ll have more posts coming up about credit and credit scores.

Recipe: Butternut Squash Bisque (GF, Vegan)

This recipe is super simple, and I’ve included some steps to shave off more time to get the soup in your belly faster!

Butternut Squash Bisque


  • 1 T. Avocado Oil
  • 1/2 Large onion, diced
  • 3 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed (You can save time by buying it in the frozen foods section)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Quart Vegetable Stock
  • 2 cups Hazelnut Milk
  • 1t. Rubbed Sage
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. In a large stockpot, heat oil. Add onions, and cook for 5-10 minutes, until clear and fragrant.
  2. Add squash and carrot. Cook approx 10 minutes until softened.
  3. Add vegetable stock, and simmer until veggies are tender/soft.
  4. Remove from heat, add hazelnut milk.
  5. Blend soup with a stick blender until smooth.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve this luscious, velvety soup with hot, crusty bread and a crisp green salad.  It freezes well, in case of leftovers.

Meal Prep and Menu Planning Made Easy With Dream Dinners!

My girl Brooke hooked me with Dream Dinners recently. Most of you know that I am a huge proponent of meal prep and menu planning. I also recognize that not everyone has the time to spare a few hours each week prepping veggies, marinating meats, preparing sauces and bagging it all up to cook later.

And when you don’t have time to shop or do prep work, you lean on fast food or take out. Once in a while, it’s ok, but any more than that and it’s not healthy or good for your pocketbook.

Enter Dream Dinners! For less than the price of take out or a drive-through visit for the fam, and in 30 minutes or less, you will have a tasty, hot, fresh homecooked meal! I’ve reviewed Meal Kits in the past, and there are a lot of inherent problems with fresh and frozen food being mailed to you. Frozen cucumbers, smashed produce… You don’t have these issues with Dream Dinners. This is one of the reasons that Dream Dinners is better.

A few other reasons Dream Dinners is superior:

Dream Dinners is less expensive than other Meal Kit Programs.  That’s a plus in my book!

With locations all over San Diego County (and nationwide), you order online and pick it up at your local Dream Dinner Location. Pop your trunk, and the lovely Dream Dinners employee will place your food in the trunk. You are all set to go!

Chicago style chicken with roasted red potatoes

Your meals are prepped locally in store just for you! No squished produce, accidentally frozen ingredients, or worse (and this was a big fear for me) having to rearrange your entire day so you are home when the Fed-ex guy delivers your meal kit box so the food doesn’t sit on your patio. Here in San Diego, it’s hot and sunny frequently, and that means food sitting out (even in a sealed box with dry ice) might go bad or be unsafe to eat.

Lasagna Soup & Garlic Bread

I’m hosting a Facebook Party to share my love of Dream Dinners. If you are interested in joining and taking advantage of some great deals, Message me on Facebook and I’ll add you.

If you don’t have Facebook, you can visit the Dream Dinners Website and you can take advantage of the great deal going on!

Right now when you use the coupon code 15OFF, you save $15 on the $99 Starter kit- It’s a great deal.

To take advantage of this deal, make sure to use the drop-down box and type in my email: akeen02037@gmail.com to take advantage of this sweet Deal!

And with locations all over San Diego and the US, you can order meals, pick them up and have one less thing to worry about! I plan on buying meals each month, so we are eating well on those nights when I would rather play legos or Playmobils with the kids, or go for a walk to the park.

Talk Back: Which Dream Dinners Entree has you interested? Menu for February is here