12/9/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals

I’ve been spending a lot of time working extra hours at my day job and doing surveys for extra cash for the holidays and beyond. The kids and I have a lot of changes coming up over the next few months, and I’m trying to prepare as much as I can.

I may not be posting as much on the blog coming up. Honestly, blogging doesn’t pay as much or offer as many perks as it used to, and I need to spend time and make choices that allow me to take care of my kids (and the cat too). Work smarter, not harder.

Don’t forget all of the 2022 Birthday Freebies! Make sure to check this article out and sign up for birthday freebies at least 2-3 weeks before your birthday. I will be updating for 2023 mid- January.


Free Thankful for Literacy Poster
Free Private Selection Bagged Coffee at Kroger
Free Sample of Ostofresh Liquid Deodorant
Free 8×10 Photo Print at Walgreens
Free Slater’s 50/50 Beef & Bacon Hot Dogs after Rebate
Free Medium Soup or Side at Wawa
5,000 Free Black Box Wines Rewards Points
Free NutriCelebrity Stress-Free New Year Party Pack
Free Heyday Chickpeas or Beans at Sprouts
Free Subscription to Conde Nast Traveler Magazine
Free Wish List Painted Rocks at Michaels
Free Brilliant Earth Ring Sizer
Free L’Oreal Revitalift 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum Sample
Free Primal Kitchen Buffalo Mayo
Free Fur Buddies Pet Products
Free Sambrosa Sweet Dreams Night Syrup
Free Sample of Downy Unstoppables at Sam’s
Free Trimona A2a2 Bulgarian Yogurt
Free Sub at Firehouse Subs for Jamar, Andrew & Lisa
Free La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen Sample
Free Nars Perfecting Powder
Free Litehouse Dips & Spreads
Free Pizza at Uno Pizzeria
Free Subscription to Architectural Digest
Free 1-Year of Paramount+ for T-Mobile & Sprint Customers
Free 3D Cookie Cutter Kit for Xfinity Rewards Members
Free No7 Beauty & Skincare Products
Free Sour Patch Kids at Select Stores
Free Cheez-It Puff’d at Sam’s
Free Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoned Sausage after Rebate
Free Gingerbread House or Reindeer Stable at JCPenney
Free Photo with Santa & More at Bass Pro Shops

Today ONLY: Save 10% off TARGET GIFT CARDS!!

This is a freaking RUN deal!

Though today, score 10% off Target Gift Cards- In Store or online. Make sure to add the Target offer to your app.

And if you are a RedCard holder, you’ll get your usual extra 5% off.

There is a limit of $500 in gift cards, it’s an amazing deal.

If you haven’t checked out Target Circle lately, there are all sorts of great deals, especially on toys ($10 off $50 and $25 off $100), and all sorts of gift deals for big people too.

Click here to get started!

Free Food Resources for December 2022(San Diego County)

A new month means a reminder about all of the free food options there is here in San Diego County.

Because of the upcoming holidays, you may notice that some locations will be advertising additional distributions or special Thanksgiving or Winter Holiday meal giveaway events. As information about these events becomes available, I will be sharing them.

Keep in mind there are still supply chain issues, so there may not be a lot of food at some distributions, especially those that serve a large portion of the community.

I recommend showing up a little early with a bottle of water and a book and waiting in line. Time passes quickly in these lines, and it’s a great time to learn from others about community food options. Remember to socially distance and follow local masking regulations.

You can find resources here for Central and East County, and Here for North County.

The Rock Church, which has many locations all over San Diego County has a food and diaper pantry distribution at many of its locations throughout the month. More info can be found here.

Our friends at Faith Chapel are super ahead of the game and sent out information regarding their 2022 food distributions early on in the year.

If you are located outside San Diego County, call 211. If you are not familiar with 211, here is their website and it can point you in the right direction.

San Diego Food Bank Distributions for December 2022 can be found here. Enter your address (or just your zip code) and the map will show you all of the distributions in your area or closest to you. You can filter by the days of the week to find food when you are available. If there is an income requirement/limit to participate, each location/listing will say such. You can learn more here about the Feeding San Diego Together Tour.

Neighbor distributions are intermixed with the San Diego Food Bank Distributions, however, they have no income requirements, and you come as you are. These Distributions are primarily fruits & veg, however, some locations may also distribute canned goods, dairy, and bread.

If you know of other resources, please leave a comment! And feel free to share this post with anyone you may know in need.

11/29/2022 Weekly Meal Plan

0a5e9dab796cea8a07eabe4eb4795b9e.jpgOur  Yasukochi Family Farms CSA box arrived yesterday and it’s a jumbo this week. I spent a lot of time roasting veggies last night.

We’re having a lot of veggie-based meals this week to make as much of our CSA box as possible.

We’ve been trying a lot of new foods lately, thanks to the really great freebies from Social Nature lately too. It’s fun to try new foods.

For those of you that are new to meal planning, I’ve got an easy 101 style post here with super easy tips and steps. After you get that down, here is info about batch or freezer cooking.

I’ve gotten a pretty good inventory of the pantry, freezer, and fridge done (I try to update it after every shopping trip), so I’m able to plan meals and use up what we’ve got with little waste.

I only post our dinner plans for the week, because our other meals are usually the same each day.

Breakfast: Coffee with 1/2 and 1/2  for me, and pancakes or something along those lines for the kids. They are also into fruit and bagels for breakfast. Lately, the big kid has been digging protein shakes in the morning. This is his favorite kind. 

Lunch: I have a plastic tote in the cupboard full of self-serve snacks. I buy treats and snacks in bulk and fill up snack-sized zip-top bags. The big kid brings his lunch from home every day and the littlest buys her lunch at school about half the time. In California, all public schools provide breakfast and lunch for free.

Dinner: This week is packed as far as appointments, so I’m leaning on stuff that’s easy and tasty. I prepped fruits and veg over the weekend and made up the last Dream Dinner and portioned it into lunch-sized servings.

  • Monday: Chicken Tetrazzini, roasted veggies

  • Tuesday:  Breakfast sandwiches (eggs, cheese, sausage), fried potatoes with onions and peppers, fruit salad

  • Wednesday: Nuggets, fruit, crackers, and cheese (the typical Wednesday night dinner)

  • Thursday:  Baked pasta, salad

  • Friday: Takeout night!
  • Saturday: Potato Cheese Soup.  Best Salad Ever, garlic bread
  • Sunday:  Leftovers

Give the Gift of the Farm with the Yasukochi Family Farms Black Friday Sale!

On Tuesday I posted about practical gifts for busy families. Little did I know that Yasukochi Family Farms was having a sale this weekend!

This is an amazing sale!

This sale is only good today, FRIDAY, 11/25, and ends on Sunday, 11/27! To learn more or order, check out their website.

One month of CSA Boxes your choice of regular box or Jumbo box. and 1 bottle of olive oil. I love this olive oil, it’s the best I’ve tried.

I get a Regular sized box each week, and it’s good for a family of 4 or smaller. A Jumbo-sized Box is perfect for larger families or for families that are vegetarians or vegans.


11/25/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals

I’ve been busy this week with family stuff, the kids being off school, and getting posts up about upcoming deals (and some yummy recipes too).

Don’t forget all of the 2022 Birthday Freebies! Make sure to check this article out and sign up for birthday freebies at least 2-3 weeks before your birthday.



Free Rise Brewing Co. Nitro Cold Brew Coffee
Free CHKP Plant-Based Yogurt After Rebate
Free Garnier Whole Blends Products
Free Valvoline Patches, Cards, Stickers & More
Free Tena Sample Kits
Free Red Clay Hot Sauce or Hot Honey After Rebate
Free Bag of Daily Crunch After Rebate
Free Nature Mary’s Bath Teas Sample
25 Free Disney Movie Insiders Points
Free Jazz Bath: The Bath Bomb Sessions CD
Free Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Fragrance Sample
Free Sample of EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF46
Free SiriusXM Listening Event
Free Macy’s Fragrance Samples
Free Jimmy Choo I Want Choo Forever Fragrance Sample
Free Sadler’s Smokehouse Brisket Burnt Ends or Pulled Chicken
Free ASPCA Pet Safety Magnet & Window Decal
10,000 Free Marvel Insider Points
Free HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime & Epix Channels Preview
Play Star Citizen for Free

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deal Round-up!

My friends over at MySavings put together this amazing list of deals and discounts for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and beyond.

You may want to bookmark or save this post for your shopping this weekend and beyond!

Bed Bath & Beyond

20% Off Entire Purchase Expiration 11.28.2022
50% Off All Christmas Decor Valid 11.27-11.29
Black Friday deals 100s of special offers up to 60% off no coupon needed Valid 11.19-11.27
Cyber Monday. Spend and get $300 get $100 Valid 11.28-12.01
Save 50% on select T-fal Pure Cook nonstick open stock cookware Valid 11.26-11.28
Save 50% on select thanksgiving dinnerware and serveware Expiration 11.26.2022
save up to $200 off on select iRobot vacuums Expiration 12.03.2022
Save up to 65% on Select Furniture Valid 11.20-12.05
Welcome Rewards+ members get 30% off total purchase Valid 11.28-11.29


Shop finds ideal for any home starting at $12.99 Expiration 11.30.2022
Shop tjmaxx.com for 20-50% less than department store prices! Expiration 11.30.2022


Up to 50% off – Hello again, world! Shop sale Beauty vitamins & supplements+ Same Day Delivery or Pickup! Expiration 11.26.2022


Shop Black Friday 50-60% Off Entire Store At Carter’s! Expiration 11.30.2022
Shop Buy One, Get Two Denim & Free Shipping On All Orders At Carter’s! Expiration 11.30.2022
Shop 60% Off Fleece Sleep & Layering At Carter’s! Expiration 11.30.2022
Shop 60% Off All Holiday At Carter’s! Expiration 12.03.2022


BRIGHT FRIDAY – Up to 60% Off Select Styles Expiration 11.27
Save big on these doorbuster deals! Available for select styles and colors. Expiration 11.28
11/28 Only: Doorbuster Deals Expiration 11.29


20% Off Select OOFOS Shoes. Expiration 11.30
35% Off Cyber Monday – *Exclusions Apply Valid 11.28-11.29
Black Friday Sale – 30% Off With Code BFDEALS. Valid 11.24-11.25
Black Friday Weekender Gift With $49 Purchase with code GOINPLACESBF. Valid 11.24-11.27
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Gold and Elite Early Access Black Friday 30% off (almost everything). Expiration 11.24.2022
Up to 25% Off Select Dr. Marten. Prices as marked. Valid 11.29-11.30
Up to 50% Off On Select Crocs. Expiration 12.04.2022
Use offer code PACKITONCM at checkout for one Free Backpack with any qualifying purchase of $59 or more. Valid 11.28-11.29

Eye Buy Direct

DESIGNERBF: Designer Promotion [30% off frames + 50% off lenses on DB] Expiration 11.29
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YAYBF15: BOGO+15% Expiration 11.24
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YAYCM15: BOGO+15%+FS Valid 11.26-11.28
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Old Navy

Black Friday Deals Starting at $20 & Under + Daily Deals at Old Navy! Valid 11.23-11.24
Black Friday Sale! Enjoy 60% Off Deals at Old Navy! Valid 11.24-11.26
Cyber Monday Sale! Get 50% Off Everything. Online Only. Restrictions Apply, Expiration 11.28.2022
Cyber Weekend Sale! Shop Online for 50% Off Everything! Valid 11.26-11.27
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Bonus Extra 10% Off + Really Big Deals Just Added, Jeans from $30! Restrictions Apply. No Code Needed Valid 11.24-11.26
CYBER MON, 50% Off Your Purchase + Extra 10% Off + Free Shipping on All Orders! Restrictions Apply. No Code Needed Valid 11.27-11.29
HPY BLK FRI, 50% Off Your Purchase + Bonus Extra 10% Off! Restrictions Apply. No Code Needed Valid 11.24-11.26
Really Big Deals from $10 + Free Shipping on All Orders! Restrictions Apply. No Code Needed Valid 11.27-11.29
Really Big Deals from $10! Restrictions Apply. No Code Needed Expiration 11.26


Black Friday deal for the fur babies. 50% off Wondershop pet beds. 30% off Boots & Barkley pet beds. Expiration 11.26
Buy one, get one 50% off select toy brands. Fisher-Price, Marvel, FAO Schwarz & more. Expiration 11.26
Deal of the Day. 40% off kids’ clothing. Valid 11.26 Only!
Deal of the Day. Get the Westinghouse 50″ TV for $169.99. Valid 11.25 Only!
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Save 40% on boots for the whole family. Plus, more Black Friday deals. Valid 11.24-11.26
Save up to 40% on baby gear. Plus, find more Black Friday deals. Expiration 11.26
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Up to 50% off select toys. Unwrap the hottest Black Friday toy deals. Expiration 11.26
Black Friday deals for you & your home. Save up to 50% on kitchen & dining and up to 55% on floor care. Valid 11.24-11.26

40% Off L’ange Entire Brand Expiration 11.27
40% off Moisturizers Expiration 11.27
50% off Samplers Expiration 11.27
Curlsmith 50% off hair makeup
Clinique 30% off Absolutely Happy Fragrance Set Expiration 11.27
Get up to 50% off beauty deals at Ulta Beauty’s Black Friday Week Sale Expiration 11.27
Revlon 40% off select items Expiration 1.15.2023

Bass Pro

Bass Pro Shops Black Friday Sale – Save Up to 50% Off All Week Long! Expiration 11.24
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Academy Sports + Outdoors

30% Off Ray-Ban, Oakley & Costa Sunglasses Valid 11.20-11.27
Academy Sports + Outdoors Black Friday Sneak Peak Expiration 12.31.
Cyber Week – 20% Off Sitewide Sale! Valid 11.27-12.01
Up to 30% Off Nike Shoes Valid 11.21-11.27
Up To 50% Off Bikes Valid 11.20-11.27
Up To 50% Off Bikes Valid 11.27-12.04

Banana Republic

BLACK FRIDAY: 40% Off Your Full-Priced Purchase. Plus, Up To 50% Off Sale Styles. Restrictions Apply. Valid 11.23-11.26


$100s off gifts under $20, Extra Offer 20% off In-Store Pick-up (BOPIS) Expiration 12.03.2022
$100s off gifts under $20! Pickup in store in as little as 1 hour. Valid 12/4-12/31


Take 10% off Kitchen, Floorcare and Furniture. Select Styles. with code HOME10 Valid 11.24-11.25
Take 15% off General Public Offer with code ENJOY15 Expiration 11.26
Kohl’s Rewards Exclusive. Take $10 off $50. Online Only. with code REWARDS10 Only Available 11.28
Take 20% off General Public Offer Extended. with code GOSHOP20 Valid 11.29-11.30
Take 20% off General Public Offer. with code SHOP20 Valid 11.26-11.28

OshKosh B’gosh

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Shop Black Friday 50-60% Off Entire Store & Enjoy Free Shipping On All Orders At OshKosh B’gosh! Expiration 11.29
Shop Buy One, Get Two Denim & Free Shipping On All Orders At OshKosh B’gosh! Expiration 11.29
Shop 60% Off All Holiday & Free Shipping On All Orders At OshKosh B’gosh! Valid Expiration 12.02

The Children’s Place

Black Friday is On! Entire Site up to 50-60% off! Expiration 11.26.2022
Buy Online and Ship to Store & save 15%! Expiration 1.01.2023


All Sale: Up To 60% Off Expiration 11.28
Limited Time Offer – Tops & Bottoms starting at $10 off at Athleta.com! Expiration 11.28
Find the Best Gifts for Girls this Holiday with the Top picks of the Season at Athleta.com! Expiration 12.20.2022
Make the Holidays Magical with our Top picks of the Season at Athleta.com! Expiration 12.20.2022
Share the warm with the ones you love with the Gift of Cozy at Athleta.com! Expiration 12.20.2022
New Customers enjoy 20% Off $150+ Online Orders with promo code HELLOATH20 at Athleta.com! Expiration 12.31


Shop 60% Off Fleece Sleep & Layering At Carter’s! Expiration 11.30.2022
Shop Buy One, Get Two Denim & Free Shipping On All Orders At Carter’s! Expiration 11.30.2022
Shop Black Friday 50-60% Off Entire Store At Carter’s! Expiration 11.30.2022
Shop 60% Off All Holiday At Carter’s! Expiration 12.03.2022


How to Repurpose Thanksgiving Leftovers

Everyone loves leftovers!

At this point, your 2022 Thanksgiving Meal is already cookin’. And if your dinner is anything like ours, there are leftovers. Lots and lots of leftovers. Which, don’t get me wrong is great, but, after a few days, you may get tired of eating leftovers.

Here are a few ways you can repurpose your Thanksgiving leftovers and make something tasty (and different).

1- Let’s start with the star of the show- The Bird.  I recommend taking the carcass and a few cups of meat (I use dark meat) and make stock. Here is my basic recipe, substitute the rotisserie chicken in the recipe for your turkey. And the best part is that you can do it in the crockpot overnight! Once you have a rich stock, you can make- SOUP! I’ll have a great Turkey Soup recipe up in a bit.

When packing up leftovers, I cut all of the remaining meat up, so there aren’t HUGE CHUNKS. This makes the meat easy to serve for future meals.

2- Gravy. Don’t ditch the leftover gravy! I add my leftover gravy to my Turkey Soup. Admittedly, I make a lot (8 cups+) of gravy.  Not a thick soup fan?

  • It’s turkey pie time! It’s a take on shepherd’s pie.  Take 1 cup of gravy, 2-3 cups of bite-size pieces of turkey, and 1 cup of frozen carrots and peas (or if you have leftover veggies from dinner). Mix all together, and pour into a greased baking dish. Then, top with 2-3 cups of leftover mashed potatoes. Cover with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes. I like to top with 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese about 10 minutes before it’s done, remove the foil, and allow the cheese to melt and get all bubbly.

3-Mashed Potatoes. Don’t ditch the taters, they have lots of life in leftovers! In addition to the turkey pie above, Mashed potato cakes are a good choice, and they are super easy to make!

  • Mashed Potato Cakes start with 2 cups mashed potatoes, 1 egg, 1 cup AP flour, 1/2 c grated or minced onion, salt, and pepper. Mix all of these ingredients together and form into patties. Fry the patties in 1 cup oil (your choice), drain on paper towels prior to serving. If you like cheese, add 1/2 cup cheese of your choice.  These are great for breakfast with eggs.

4- Cranberry Sauce/Jelly. I like topping toasted leftover rolls with it, or putting it on toast. It’s also good on turkey sandwiches. Thirsty Whale has a great cocktail recipe using Cranberry Sauce.

Talk Back: How do you repurpose your holiday leftovers?


Two Very Practical Gifts for Busy Families!

I was texting with some relatives yesterday, and they had gone through everyone’s Amazon Wishlists and didn’t like anything on the lists. The wishlist didn’t have anything “Exciting”.

So they asked me what I thought these adults with kids would want for the holidays. First of all, If it’s on someone’s wishlist and it’s not super expensive, just buy it. It doesn’t have to be something exciting. It doesn’t matter if the gift giver likes it or thinks it’s “Exciting”, it’s what the recipient wants.

I’m an adult for Pete’s sake. For me, an exciting gift is a nice new set of sheets for my bed or a box of produce on my doorstep.

If you are looking for a gift that will WOW the adults in your life, here are some suggestions:

Meal Plan/Meal Prep: Seriously. Do you know what’s exciting? Not having the decide what to eat every single day of my life. For those of you who live near Dream Dinners, They have many different gifting options. There are locations all over the US, and many locations will ship if you are too far/busy to visit a location.

Another Meal Prep option is What a Crock. They have locations all across the Mid-Atlantic, and they also ship as well.

What I like about What A Crock is that you choose how many portions of each Entree you want. They also have holiday bundles and even gift cards!


If your gift recipients live in San Diego County and meal prep isn’t what you are feeling, produce boxes are it! I love Yasukochi Family Farms CSA boxes. We’ve been getting them for about 2 years, and it’s the perfect gift in my opinion. Locally grown fresh fruits and veggies are delivered to the gift recipient’s door each week. You can contact the farm here and find out more about ordering boxes as gifts!

If you aren’t a San Diego, Ca local and are interested in CSA or farm boxes, my recommendation is that you visit your local farmer’s market and ask some of the farmers if they offer one. I am not a fan of some of the farm boxes that are advertised online, as they are not from local farmers.  As the great-granddaughter of a farmer, I fully support local farms.


Talk Back: What’s on your Amazon Wishlist?

Tea Collection Black Friday Deals: $10, $12, $15 & $18

** This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

So many styles at $10, $12, $15 & $18!

It’s here—time to shop Black Friday deals. From tees to tops, rompers to dresses, pants, shorts, and so much more. Tea Collection has tons of styles at amazing prices.

I’ll be shopping for my youngest Niece and Nephew.