Free Food Distribution Monday April 4th, 2022

Per my email from Pastor Josiah- Food Distribution is going down, this Monday, April 4th at Faith Chapel.  Thank you for registering ahead of time to help the line move faster.

And as a reminder:

Faith Chapel will be having free food distributions on the 1st & 3rd Mondays throughout 2022 at 10:00am.

Faith Chapel
9400 Campo Rd.
Spring Valley, CA 91977

This is a drive-thru-style event, so you don’t have to leave your vehicles. The types of food vary, but in the past, there has been milk, cheese, eggs, canned goods, seasonal fresh produce, shelf-stable dry goods (beans, pasta, etc.).

In addition to free food, there is also a boutique open to be shopped at during these distribution times. Everything in our boutique is FREE and available to any guests that come through. You can find everything from clothes to household furnishings, kitchenware, toys, etc.

AO Opinions: Upcoming Parent Project $125

AO Opinions is another Market Research company that I get information from. Right now they are recruiting for an upcoming research study on the topic of Children’s Toys. From the questions asked, I am surmising it’s going to be about Dollhouses or other closely related toys.

  • To be considered, complete the pre-screener survey here. 
  • Compensation: $125 (if chosen)
  • Open to: Parents of children under 10 years old (Specifically girls 3-6)
  • Wednesday, April 13th, 2022. Multiple Times Available or Thursday, April 14th, 2022. Multiple Times Available


Fetch Rewards: Score 12,000 points fast!

With exciting (super soft) new rewards on the way, it’s the perfect time to earn extra in the Fetch Rewards app.

Through 4/5, earn 12,000 points when you invite 3 friends to Fetch and they snap a receipt. That’s 4,000 points per friend! The more you refer, the more you earn.

If you haven’t signed up for Fetch Rewards yet, or want to learn more, check out my post here. Find the Fetch Rewards app in your app store, and when you download it and scan any receipt, use my code ND2TB when you sign up and you’ll score 2,000 bonus points. I’ve earned over $40 in rewards in 2022 alone, just by purchasing my regular groceries and scanning in all of my receipts (grocery, mass merchandiser, gas receipts, restaurants, you name it).

It is simple, takes minutes, and the points really rack up!

3/29/2022- No Meal Plan this week!

I know. I’ve done it every week through our kitchen remodel, but… I’m tired. We’re coming around the bend and I can see the finish line, but.. I’m tired of trying to cook food in a microwave. At this point, we don’t have access to our stove (It’s currently sitting next to our kitchen table in the dining area), or air fryer/toaster oven, dishwasher, or kitchen sink. 99.9% of our dishes, pots, and pans are in boxes in the living room.

It’s easier for us to forage for food out of the open pantry boxes in the living room, or eat out for the next week or less. I’m stressed, my house is covered in construction dust, and everything is in boxes and mushed around. It’s not relaxing, and it barely feels like home. I’ve been posting pics on Instagram.

I didn’t get a CSA box this week. We’ll get one next week. By next week, I’ll have my kitchen back, and I’ve got all sorts of ideas!

California Climate Credit- Savings on Your April 2022 Utility Bill!

It’s that time again! On your April California Utility Bill (Which includes PG&E, SCE, SDG&E, Bear Valley, Liberty, and Pacific Power), you will receive a California Climate Credit. For SDG&E customers, the amount is $43.06.

The California Climate Credit is part of California’s efforts to fight climate change. This credit is from a state program that requires power plants, natural gas providers, and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. The credit on your bill is your share of the payments from the State’s program.

Rather than receiving your electricity credits in April and October as in years past, the electricity credits have been moved to August and September for 2020 – 2022.

Please know you will still get your climate credits as they will be reflected in your utility bills this year. In fact, in April* your utility bill will include a gas credit identified as the “California Climate Credit.”

Changing the distribution months will not change the total value of the climate credits you receive in a year. The shift will provide bill relief for customers and reduce bill volatility.


And if you are looking for more ways to save energy and money, check out Ohm Connect! We’ve been using Ohm Connect for 5+ years and we’ve saved thousands of dollars on our power bill, and earned thousands of dollars in gift cards and cash via paypal!

Veggie Loaded Zuppa Toscana Recipe!

I’ve posted my copycat Zuppa Toscana recipe before and it’s good, but this recipe is better! Heartier, more filling, and best yet- Loaded with Veggies. We got all of the veggies from our Yasukochi Family Farms CSA box. To learn more about these awesome produce boxes, check out my post here.


  • 1/2 lb of Italian Sausage (hot or mild, your choice)
  • 3 T. crumbled cooked bacon (I like the kind from Costco)
  • 2 T. Butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 T. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 3 medium potatoes, sliced into bite-sized pieces (I left the skin on- it’s up to you)
  • 1-quart chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 bag triple-washed spinach
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk (or 12 oz milk of your choice)


  1. In a large stockpot, cook and crumble Italian Sausage
  2. Add in bacon and heat  until sizzling
  3. Add butter, onions, carrots, and celery. Cook until onions are translucent (about 10 minutes).
  4. Add garlic, and herbs/bay leaf- cook until fragrant.
  5. Add broth, and scrape brown cooked bits off the bottom of the pot.
  6. Add Potatoes, cook on medium with the lid on the pot until the potatoes are soft (about 15 minutes).
  7. Remove lid, turn the stove up to high, add spinach. Stir and incorporate the spinach until wilted.
  8. Turn the stove down to low, add milk, and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Remove Bay leaf prior to serving.

This makes 10-12 servings. Serve with bread of your choice. I like to top with a little parmesan cheese.


  • If you prefer Kale, substitute for the spinach and add another 5-10 minutes of cooking time.
  • This soup keeps well in the fridge for up to a week, and it freezes well.
  • If you are a vegetarian, substitute 2 cans of rinsed/drained cannellini beans in place of the Italian sausage (or meat-free Italian sausage), and use crumbled vegetarian/vegan bacon. Use Vegetable broth, and 12 oz. alternative milk (I like almond or hazelnut for this recipe). Add in 1/2 t. Fennel Seed, and a pinch of red pepper flakes (to mimic the flavor of Italian sausage) when using beans.


Upcoming Eye Issues/Conditions Project $75

AO Opinions is another Market Research company that I get information from. Right now they are recruiting for an upcoming research study on the topic of Eye Issues/Conditions.

  • To be considered, complete the pre-screener survey here. 
  • Compensation: $75 (if chosen)
  • Open to: 30-59 year olds
  • Week of March 28th – 9AM-4PM ET (1-hr) MUST join 15-mins early.

Taste Republic Back with a Tasty TryaBox

We’ve been participating in Tryazon events for three+ years. We’ve gotten to try all sorts of fun toys, games, and food.  You can learn more about Tryazon here.

Taste Republic is back again with new Tryazon TryaBox opportunity. Taste Republic is revolutionizing gluten-free food with delicious, wholesome ingredients. The pasta is made fresh and kept in the refrigerated section to maximize freshness. Taste Republic is now in Walmart making it even easier to enjoy pasta without sacrificing taste or texture!

They have 100 participant spots open (for individuals within the western US, including  MT, TX, CO, WY, ID, UT, AZ, NM, NV, CA, OR, and WA) and those chosen will receive a Gluten Free Goodness TryaBox including coupons to pick up FREE fresh packages of Taste Republic gluten-free pasta of your choice to sample and review! Learn more and apply here.

3/25/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals

We’re getting towards the end of our reconstruction. The flooring guys are coming tomorrow to lay the new tile, then the cabinets can get built and installed, and then the water heater can be installed.


I’m getting y’all some top-notch freebies and deals this week- Enjoy and stay safe!

Mask Mandates are changing constantly in California and can vary by city and county, so please do your part if you are going to any in-person freebies.

2022 Birthday Freebies are here!


Free QR Pain Relief Cream Sample
Free Lane Bryant Gift Card Giveaway
Free Canon IVY Mother’s Day Memories Party Kit
Free Subscription to ELLE Magazine
Free Full-Size Vglambar Product
Free Charging Cables
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
Free Access to MyHeritage Ancestry Tools for 2 Weeks
2 Free Toyota Grand Prix Long Beach Ticket
Free Magnetic Eyelashe Kit, Mascara, Tweezer & Mirror
Over $300 in New Class Action Settlements
Free Walmart+ for 90 Days – Free Shipping on Clearance Finds
Free Doughnut at Krispy Kreme
Free Restroom Request Card for Crohns & Colitis Patients
Free Bon Devil Plant-Based Ganache
2 Free Boxes of Crayons at Crayola Stores – Select States
Free Subscription to Wine Spectator Magazine
Free Jr. NBA Sticker
Free Sample of Clear DysphagiAide
Free Love, Career, & Magic Fantasy Character Stickers
Free 4-pk of Evolve Protein Shakes at Walmart
Free Brown Scapular
Free Subscription to Out Magazine
Free Wax Melts Sample
Free Walkie Talkie Set
Free Subscription to Men’s Health Magazine
Free Colgate Whitening Kit
Free Baby Samples & Full Sized Products from Amazon
Free Easter Bunny Photo at PetSmart


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Tryazon: David & Mary Mother’s Day Spa Party

We’ve been participating in Tryazon events for three+ years. We’ve gotten to try all sorts of fun toys, games, and food.  You can learn more about Tryazon here.

Treat yourself and your friends this Mother’s Day with this Tryazon Featured Party opportunityDavid & Mary create skincare products that allow you to receive maximum results in a much shorter time than traditional salon treatments. Many people don’t have the time for lengthy salon visits but still want to maintain or improve their appearance. David & Mary have created that line of products with highly concentrated ingredients proven to achieve documented results that cause the skin to function at its highest level of skin recovery!

Tryazon has a total of 50 hosting spots open for this opportunity! Those selected get to receive a party pack with a selection of David & Mary products, to sample and share with friends and family! Learn more and apply here.