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 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
EARLY ACCESS for DSW VIP Gold and Elite members – Black Friday Weekender Gift With $49 Purchase with code GOINPLACESBF. Valid 11.21-11.23
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
MORE15: BOGO+15% Valid 11.29-12.02
YAYBF15: BOGO+15% Expiration 11.24
YAYBF25: BOGO+25%+FS Valid 11.25- 11.26
YAYCM15: BOGO+15%+FS Valid 11.26-11.28
YAYCM25: BOGO+25%+FS Valid 11.28-11.29

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
Cyber Weekend Sale! Shop Online for 50% Off Everything! Valid 11.27-11.28
Final Day of Cyber Weekend Sale! Shop Online for 50% Off Everything! Valid 11.29-11.30
Online Exclusive! Enjoy 35% Off your Old Navy purchase, even Clearance! Expiration 11.24
Online Exclusive! Enjoy 50% Off Everything! Valid 11.26-11.29
Saturday Steal! For Limited-Time Find $12 Wow Jeans for Adults & $10 for Kids & Toddlers at Old Navy! Valid 11.26


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!
Deal of the Day: 40% off women’s clothing. Explore this and so many more Black Friday deals now. Valid 11.26 Only!
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
Up to 50% off kitchen & dining. Prep for guests with these great Black Friday deals. Expiration 11.23
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
Christmas Gift Guide – Save Up to 30% Off at Bass Pro Shops! Expiration 12.24.
Christmas Gift Guide – Save Up to 30% Off at Bass Pro Shops! Expiration 12.25.
Save $350 Off The Garmin Fish Finder Combo at Bass Pro Shops! Expiration 12.25.

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

Enjoy Free Shipping On All Orders At OshKosh B’gosh! Expiration 11.29
Shop $5+ Slogans, Leggings, Tees & Free Shipping On All Orders At OshKosh B’gosh! Expiration 11.29
Shop 50-60% Off Shoes & Boots, Plus Free Shipping On All Orders At OshKosh B’gosh! Expiration 11.29
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! Expiration 11.28
Find the Best Gifts for Girls this Holiday with the Top picks of the Season at! Expiration 12.20.2022
Make the Holidays Magical with our Top picks of the Season at! Expiration 12.20.2022
Share the warm with the ones you love with the Gift of Cozy at! Expiration 12.20.2022
New Customers enjoy 20% Off $150+ Online Orders with promo code HELLOATH20 at! 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


Repurposing Leftovers: Turkey Soup!

Leftover Turkey. It’s coming. Here is my favorite way to repurpose leftovers and make a really yummy soup.

The best part is that you can add anything you’ve got left over and it’s yummy.

Turkey Soup


  • 8-10 cups of turkey stock (I use the recipe here and substitute the turkey for chicken)
  • 4-ish cups of leftover turkey chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2-3 cups of leftover roasted veggies (Or if you don’t have any: 2 carrots, peeled and chopped, 2 ribs celery, chopped, 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1-2 cups turkey gravy (optional, but makes the soup thick and richer)
  • Optional, but yummy: 1 cup uncooked Noodles/pasta. I like Rotini or Elbow Macaroni.


  1. In a large stock pot, add stock, meat, and veggies. Simmer on medium until the soup has reached a gentle boil, and if using fresh veggies the veggies are fork tender.
  2. Add in noodles/pasta, and allow to simmer 10-ish minutes, until pasta is cooked.
  3. Now it’s gravy time. Gently pour in the gravy, and bring the soup to a gentle boil, stirring frequently.
  4. Serve soup immediately. It’s really good topped with reheated leftover stuffing/dressing.

This soup reheats well and can be frozen for future meals.

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?


11/21/2022 Weekly Meal Plan

0a5e9dab796cea8a07eabe4eb4795b9e.jpgOur  Yasukochi Family Farms CSA box is arriving today and I am looking forward to making a big batch of soup! The cold dry weather we’ve been having recently has me in the mood for soup!

This week we’re leaning a lot on what we already had on-hand. My grocery trip for this week is bagels, coffee, cheese, and some garlic (I’m all out!!).

The kids and I are off school/work this week, and we plan on using some of our summer reading program museum passes, visiting the zoo, going to the library, and hanging out with family and friends.

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: Butternut Squash Bisque, rolls, roasted veggies

  • Tuesday: Frozen entrees,  Kale Cranberry Salad

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

  • Thursday:  Thanksgiving dinner with family

  • Friday: Takeout night!
  • Saturday: Soup (I have several varieties in the freezer, I’ll defrost one in the morning), garlic bread, salad
  • Sunday:  Leftovers

Recipe: Chicken Fajita Stew

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I made soup the other morning. This stew is easy to make. It’s hearty, filling, and is a great way to incorporate veggies into your diet without much fuss.

Oh, and it’s great with crunched-up tortilla chips and cheese on top!

Let’s get into it!

Chicken Fajita Stew


  • 8-10 cups of chicken stock (I made my own, but you can use canned chicken stock or broth)
  • 1 T. Butter
  • 2 Onions, diced
  • 2 Bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 ribs of Celery, diced
  • The kernels from 2 ears of corn (about 2-ish cups). You can also use frozen or canned (no salt added)
  • 2 Yellow Italian Squash, cut into slices and then quartered
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can of heirloom beans
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Roughly 3 cups of chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 1T. each: cumin, chili powder, garlic powder,  oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large stock pot, melt butter over medium heat and add onions, bell peppers, and celery. Cook, stirring frequently until onions are translucent.
  2. Add in stock and remaining ingredients. Simmer over medium/low heat for 30-45 minutes, or longer if you like.
  3. Serve with quesadillas or top your soup with tortilla chips and shredded/crumbled cheese.

All of the fresh veggies came from our CSA Box! To learn more about our favorite CSA, Yasukochi Family Farms, check out my post here.

This recipe makes 10-12 servings. It freezes well, and yes, like most soups, it’s better the next day.

This recipe is naturally gluten-free.


11/18/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals

I’ve been busy this week, and as a result, haven’t had much time to post, but I’ve got all kinds of fun freebies and deals to share.

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 Giorgio Armani Supreme Reviving Cream
Free Stran Holiday Sample Pack
Free Food & Drinks at Circle K
Free Dude Wipes at Sam’s
Free Velvet Taco Chips & Queso at The Velvet Room
Free Christmas Tree Pinecones at Michaels
Free Self-Tanner
Free TV Stand
Free Swiss Miss Candy Cane at Sam’s
Free Meyenberg Goat Milk Butter
Free Community Coffee Dark & Bold Coffee Pods at Select Stores
Free NeilMed Sinus Rinse or NasaFlo Neti Pot
Free Sample of Zignature Dog Food
Free Sample of DripDrop Hydration Relief Drink Mix
Free 7th Heaven Barbie Pink Chocolate Face Mask
Free Subscription to Bon Appetit
Free NOH Foods of Hawaii Recipe Book
Free Luggage Set
Free TOMY Toys
Free Sample of CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser
Free E.L.F. Makeup Product
Possible Free $4 Digital Gift Card
Free Applegate Product
Free Bower Filming Gadgets
10 Free Disney Movie Insiders Points
Free Violife Vegan Cheese at Walmart
4+ Free Disney Movie Insiders Points


St John’s Bay Women’s Sweaters ONLY $9.99 (Reg $30)
Calvin Klein 4-Piece Cologne Gift Set ONLY $25 (Reg $83)
Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet 32GB ONLY $44.99 (Reg $90)
Belk Beauty Women’s Fragrance Sampler Kit ONLY $12.99 (Reg $20)
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday


November 2022: New Healthy Freebies From Social Nature!

 If you are into Organic/Natural/Healthy products, then Social Nature is right up your alley. Sign up and apply to sample products that you are interested in. I get probably 1-2 products to sample each month. And most of the time it’s full-size products, not just a tiny sample.

Social Nature has rounded up products that are available to try at a local grocery store or mass merchandiser near you.  Apply to Try the products that interest you to see if you’re a match here.

Here are some of the new sampling opportunities:

      • Miyoko’s Creamery Organic Liquid Vegan Pizza Mozzarella
      • Notco Plant-Based Chicken Patties
      • Megafood Blood Builder Liquid Iron
      • Brainiac Foods Applesauce

And More!

And one of the things I love about Social Nature is that they don’t leave our friends with food allergies out.

There are sampling offers for Gluten-free, nut-free, and meat-free foods frequently.

Canadian Friends- You are in luck, there are sampling opportunities for you too! So if you love trying new products, check out Social Nature!

New PinchMe Samples Drop 11/15/2022!

Sample Tuesday is Coming on 11/15/2022- Mark your calendars, and set an alarm on your phone!

Don’t have any idea what I am talking about? PinchMe! Join PINCHme and receive free samples that you can provide feedback on.

PinchMe is awesome! Once you are signed up, they will email you reminders when new samples are about to drop, and remind you when it’s time to leave feedback.

Answer a series of questions about your household and shopping habits in the Member Profile. PinchMe learns what you like and offer samples just for you.

Once you’ve had a chance to try the samples, complete a short feedback survey to tell PinchMe what you think of the samples.

I get PinchMe samples every month. Here is what arrived at the end of September for the September 2022 box. Fiona really dig the Delectables Squeeze up Cat Treats- It’s like a gravy Capri Sun for cats!

What are you waiting for? Sign up here and get on the free sample bandwagon! I’ve gotten all kinds of awesome sample/trial size items, as well as full-sized items to try out from PinchMe!