Shaw’s Ad Scan + Coupon Match Ups 9/5-9/11

Here is the preview for next week’s Shaw’s ad starting Friday. To view the Shaw’s ad scan, go here.

3 Day Sale-Friday, Saturday, Sunday:

Nabisco Oreo Cookies $1.99, Limit 4
-.75/2 or $1/3 SmartSource 8/10
=as low as $1.24 each after coupon doubles

Large EZ Peel Raw Shrimp $5.99

Asparagus $1.88/lb

Kellogg’s cereal or Pop Tarts 3/$5, Limit 6
-$1/2 Red Plum 8/3
-$1/3 Red Plum 7/27 (expires 9/7!)
=as low as $1.16 each after coupon

Sanderson Farms Split Chicken Breast $1.49/lb

Culinary Circle Pizza 3/$10

Meat & Seafood:

Bone-In Center Cut Pork Chops $2.99/lb, 3 lbs+
Ground Beef 80% Lean $2.99/lb, 3 lbs+
Top Round Steak $4.99/lb


Signature Turkey Breast $7.99/lb
Land O Lakes American Cheese $4.99/lb
Sorrento Provolone Cheese $5.99/lb

Dietz & Watson Ham $7.99/lb
-.75/1 HERE
=$6.49 for 1 lb after coupon doubles

Hormel Rev Wraps 2/$3
-$1/2 SmartSource 8/17 or HERE
=$1 each after coupon


Eastern Apples .99/lb
Romaine Hearts $2.99
Eastern Potatoes 5 lb bag $2.99

Fresh Express Salad Blends $1.99
-$1/2 HERE
=$1.49 each after coupon

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Florida Orange Juice, A Real Game Starter

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Florida Department of Citrus. I received promotional item to thank me for participating.”

I hope all you football widows have prepared yourself because football season has started.  Whether you have someone in your household that plays football or if you are just a spectator, you know the food involving the game is important.  In our home we are New England Patriots fans, although my husband does love his Miami Dolphins, which I am trying to change.  Sunday afternoons in our house is all about making some tasty grub and then sitting down to the watch the game.  Some of our favorite foods are also good for you too, like a Greek yogurt based spinach dip and veggies along with homemade salsa and chips.  This year I am going to try some new recipes, including this one for a marinade that has Florida Orange Juice from the Florida Department of Citrus.

Florida Orange Marinade

  • ¼ C 100% Florida Orange Juice
  • 1T lime juice
  • 1T jerk seasoning
  • 1t ginger, minced

Combine all ingredients in bowl, mix thoroughly. Pour marinade over chicken skewers, cover and refrigerate at least three hours or preferably overnight.

As a mom, I am always looking to add nutrition into the meals I prepare, and with Florida Orange Juice providing vitamin C, potassium, folate and thiamin, I am a big fan of this marinade recipe.  The fact that is also versatile and can travel well for those tailgating events makes it extra appealing to me.

Florida-Style Tailgate

Speaking of tailgating, the Florida OJ recently hosted an event in New York City, in which special guest and sports broadcaster, Erin Andrews, shared some of her favorite tailgating tips.

You can use Florida OJ in a wide of array of recipes. One of my favorite recipes to make at home in the Fall for Orange Cranberry bread, which includes 1 cup of Florida OJ! Also, if you want to jazz up margaritas during your Labor Day BBQ, add a splash of Florida OJ, gives it another dimension of citrus flavor.

Hannaford Coupon Match Ups 8/31-9/6


Here are the best deals to be found this week at Hannaford. Keep in mind that prices can vary slightly between Hannaford locations.

Meat & Seafood:

Whole Young Chicken .89/lb
Boneless NY Sirloin Steak $3.99/lb
Boneless Pork Sirloin Steak $1.99/lb


Hormel Cooked Ham $3.59/lb
Taste of Inspirations Turkey Breast $6.99/lb
Old Neighborhood Bologna $2.99/lb

Hormel Rev Wrap $1.99
-$1/2 SmartSource 8/17
=$1.49 each after coupon

Cooper Sharp Cheese $4.99/lb
-$1/1 HERE
=$3.99 after coupon


Red Seedless Grapes .99/lb
Green Beans $1.49/lb
Cantaloupe 2/$5

Fresh Express Salad Blends 2/$4
-$1/2 HERE
=$1.50 each after coupon
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Giving and Getting & The First Day of School


Yesterday was back to school for my one and only.  While he did go to preschool and kindergarten, they were only half days, this is the first time that he was away all day.  The first day was full of anxious excitement and overall it was a success.  He loved his first day after he got over the jitters and loves his teacher.  When asked, his favorite thing was the bus ride home, buy hey, he is a typical boy.

This is the first time in a long time that I have hours at a time to myself.  It is a odd feeling not having to clean up after anyone or fix them lunch.   Then you have the expectant questions from friends and strangers asking what am I going to do with my time. I like to say that is a good question, but frankly, I don’t have the answer. What is my next step? Do I go to work now? Do I wait a few years and just find something part time in the meanwhile to fill my days? Having nearly an entire 7 hour stretch of time and not a lot to fill it with has presented me with a new life challenge.

Today is day two of the solitude and I have come to a couple conclusions. First, time is what you make of it, its easily wasted.  And secondly, having the little guy start 1st grade brings a feeling of giving and getting.  I am giving my child away in some sense, he is no longer in my control and care 24/7.  Its a hard realization.  But I am also getting back a little bit of myself that I hadn’t or couldn’t find when I was busy being a full-time caretaker.

I could spend the day vegging out in front of the television or I can do something productive.  I am lucky I have the luxury of being able to stay at home and that I am very grateful for.  My husband is supportive and has the philosophy that if I am happy, he is happy. In the short term I am going to focus more on blogging and pursuing opportunities on that front.  I plan on trying out new recipes, exploring new interests and of course shopping for deals.  Its going to be a bit of a personal renaissance and I cannot wait to see what the months ahead will bring.

Shaw’s Ad Scan + Coupon Match Ups 8/29-9/4

Here is the preview for next week’s Shaw’s ad starting Friday. To view the Shaw’s ad scan, go here.

3 Day Sale-Friday, Saturday, Sunday:

Nabisco Snack Crackers or Chips Ahoy cookies $1.88, Limit 6
-.75/2 or $1/3 SmartSource 8/10
=as low as $1.14 after coupon doubles

Fresh Cut Watermelon Bowl $3.77

Coke 12 pack 5/$11, Limit 5

Jumbo King Crab Legs $15.99/lb

Pork Baby Back Ribs $2.99/lb

Friendly’s Ice Cream or Novelties $1.99, Limit 4
-$1/2 SmartSource 6/29
=$1.49 each after coupon

Meat & Seafood:

Sanderson Farms Chicken Breast $1.99/lb, 3 lbs+
Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops $2.99/lb
Bone-In NY Strip, Porterhouse or T-Bone Steak $6.99/lb


Dietz & Watson Chicken or Turkey Breast $8.99/lb
Signature Roast Beef $9.99/lb
Finlandia Swiss Cheese $6.99/lb

Krakus Polish Ham $6.99
-$1/1 HERE
=$5.99 after coupon

Ball Park Meat Franks B1G1
-.55/1 Red Plum 8/3


Strawberries or Blackberries 2/$4
Potatoes 5 lb bag $1.88
Red Mangoes 4/$5

Fresh Express Salad Blends 2/$5
-$1/2 HERE
=$2 each after coupon

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Looking like a rock star with TRESemme!

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My everyday beauty routine in the morning is fairly basic—shower, makeup and then dry my hair and maybe put in a bit of hairspray in it.  On days when I feel like jazzing up my hair, I will typically put in TRESemme Smooth & Silky anti-frizz cream and then blow dry my hair and use a fine light weight hair spray to keep everything in place.  My everyday look is fairly basic, but there are time that I like to vamp it up a bit, like date night or a party and TRESemme products help me do that without too much fuss. One of my favorite things to do to up my look is to blow dry my hair upside down, which helps lift the root and gives me more body.

While you may not be a rockstar or a celebrity, you can feel like one.  TRESemme has teamed up with the Walmart during this MTV VMA season and you can have salon perfect hair everyday.  Check out the styling tips, videos and more information about TRESemme products found Walmart.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Global Influence, Inc.

Hannaford Coupon Match Ups 8/24-8/30


Here are the best deals to be found this week at Hannaford. Keep in mind that prices can vary slightly between Hannaford locations.

Meat & Seafood:

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.99/lb, 3-5 lbs
Southern Style Ribs $1.99/lb
Ground Beef 73% Lean $2.29/lb, 3-5 lbs

Johnsonville Fresh Sausage or Bratwurst $5.49
-$1/1 HERE
=$4.49 after coupon


Carolina Skinless Turkey Breast $3.99/lb
Taste of Inspirations Black Forest Ham $6.99/lb
Sorrento Provolone Cheese $3.99/lb

Cooper Sharp Cheese $4.99/lb
-$1/1 HERE
=$3.99 after coupon

Ball Park Beef Franks $3.89
-.55/1 Red Plum 8/3
=$3.33 after coupon


Sweet Corn 5/$1
Whole Seedless Watermelon $3.99
Zucchini or Summer Squash .99/lb

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Don’t wait for the ice cream truck!


Ice cream is an integral part of our summer memories. Like the time when my son had his first taste of ice cream on his birthday. At first he wasn’t sure what it make of it, but soon became an ice cream addict. In fact he still gets excited any time we see an ice cream truck because he loves to get a special treat.  But, lucky for him and for my wallet, he doesn’t have to wait for the ice cream truck to enjoy his favorite ice cream treats because Walgreen’s carries a large selection of Unilever ice cream brands such as Breyer’s, Klondike, Magnum, Fruttare and Popsicle.

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Have your very own selection of ice cream treats, without having to wait for the truck! You can make your own summer memories with your family and enjoy a cool treat at the same time.  No hot summer afternoon is complete without a swim at the pool or beach and then enjoying a refreshing ice cream treat. With 8,215 stores nationwide, you can have the convenience of running to your nearby store to stock up on these ice cream treats.

Disclosure: This is sponsored post on behalf of Global Influence.

Family Date Night at Friendly’s Restaurant + Giveaway


Every once in a while we like to have a family date night, where we do a kid friendly activity and have dinner at whatever restaurant the little rugrat chooses.  Last weekend we went to a local petting zoo and then to Friendly’s afterwards.  I remember Friendly’s from my own childhood, especially the tasty SuperMelts and incredible Jim Dandy ice cream sundaes. Well, those classics are still around along with some fresh new menu items like an Asian Chicken Salad and Fish Tacos.


We visited the Friendly’s in Keene, NH during our family date night.   The inside of the restaurant has been recently remodeled and updated, with a fresh look, but till honoring the classic family friendly atmosphere that Friendly’s is famous for.  I have to admit it has been a while since I have eaten at Friendly’s, but I was overall pleasantly surprised by our experience.


First, the service was quick and friendly and our food came out within a reasonable time and was hot and fresh.  I opted to order from the seasonal menu and chose the Summer Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken. Because we indulged and ordered an appetizer, the Munchie Mania (we chose mozzarella sticks and  loaded waffle fries), I wanted a lighter main entree.  The chicken was cooked perfectly and well seasoned and paired nicely with the blend of cheeses, blueberries & strawberries, almonds that was complimented by the raspberry vinaigrette.

friendlyscollageMy husband went with a Friendly’s Favorite Honey BBQ Chicken SuperMelt sandwich. In fact, he was so excited about his sandwich, that he couldn’t wait to dive in before I was able to snap a picture!

My son chose the burgers sliders and to top it off, a Worms in the Dirt sundae that came with his kids meal.

Besides have a family friendly atmosphere and food, Friendly’s also has an affordable price point.  While some casual restaurants have burgers in the $12-$13 range, Friendly’s is much more affordable with many sandwiches starting a just $6!

Also, when you sign up for the Best Friends of Friendly’s email club, you will receive a 25% off coupon and you stay up to date with the latest offerings.

We had a great family date night and a great meal, thanks to Friendly’s!


tmkheadingPlan your family date night with a $25 Friendly’s Gift Card!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Deadline for entries is Thursday September 18th at 12:01 am EST.  The winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.  By entering this giveaway you are agreeing to my terms of use.  This giveaway is open to US residents only, age 18 years or older.


Disclosure: Friendly’s provided my family with a gift card in order to facilitate this feature and is also generously supplying the giveaway prize as well.

Shaw’s Ad Scan + Coupon Match Ups 8/22-8/28

Here is the preview for next week’s Shaw’s ad starting Friday. To view the Shaw’s ad scan, go here.

3 Day Sale-Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
Perri Italian Sausage 2/$6

Jumbo Sea Scallops $14.99/lb

New England Coffee $2.99

Chicken of the Sea Solid White Tuna .79, Limit 8

Jersey Peaches .88/lb

Utz chip B1G2 ($4.29)-Limit 4 free
-.75/1 Red Plum 5/11 (regional)
=$2.79 for 3 after coupon doubles

Meat & Seafood:

Country Style Pork Ribs $1.69/lb, 3 lbs+
Ground Beef 80% Lean $2.99/lb, 3 lbs+
Sanderson Farms Boneless Chicken Breast $2.99/lb, 3 lbs+


Maple Creek Ham $4.99/lb
Kayem Bologna $3.99/lb
Shaw’s Swiss Cheese $5.99/lb

Galbani Fresh Mozzarella Cheese $2.99
-$1/1 or $3/2 HERE
=as low as $1.49 each after coupon

Green or Black Seedless Grapes $1.67/lb
Cut Seedless Watermelon .69/lb
Loose Sweet Corn 5/$1.99

Fresh Express Salad Blends $1.99
-$1/2 HERE
=$1.49 each after coupon
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