Row Mangham has been a full time graphic artist since 2002 and couponing aficionado since September 2011.
When asked about what first drew her to couponing and bargain shopping, she said she loved being able to get the things she needed within her very tight budget. She also cited religiously watching her (then) favorite tv show, Extreme Couponing, as one of her major influences: “I would watch marathons of that show over and over again. I’d be glued to the tv holding my breath every time they got to the cash register and handed over their coupons. They made it look so easy!” Row said this is what inspired her to pursue couponing and she hopes to pass on the savings to anyone who will listen.
When she isn’t trying to find the best deals online and in-store, Row enjoys crafting, cooking, sewing and gardening.
This week at CVS they have Gliss shampoos, conditioners and treatments on sale for $4.99 each. Wouldn’t you know there’s a mail-in rebate plus a printable coupon to go with it. Awww yeah… go fire up those printers and grab this freebie. Even if you don’t need/want this it’d be a great donation item.
Buy (1) Schwarzkopf Gliss Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment $4.99, sale price through 3/25
Love these mail-in rebates on cat litter. Know why? Cuz we have a loooong time to submit these submissions. One expires 7/31/2017 and the other 2 1/31/2018. I haven’t seen these at my stores yet (although, I wasn’t looking for them) but I’ll be keeping an eye out. Here’s the deal:
Let me first say, I DID NOT come up with this comprehensive Ohio Festival list. No. I just added a few local things that I knew about that weren’t included. This list was created by the folks over at Ohiofestivals.net. I should also mention that they implore you to call first or do some sort of quick research as “festivals are added, cancelled and moved regularly”. Pay special attention to those dates “where there is an * (asterisk) next to the date. This means that the date is unconfirmed.”
If you head over to the originating site, Ohiofestivals.net, you might even find a review on something you’ve been thinking about attending! So, which festivals will you be attanding this month? I will be attending only one for sure and that’s the 5/22 – Tallmadge Food Truck Festival
On Sunday I created this wreath for my front door. Looks fabulous doesn’t it? Well, it’s not how I originally thought it would turn out but it’s still lovely none the less. You can read about how I did this HERE. My goal was to make a spring wreath but this looks more and more fall-ish to me. I asked my bargain shoppers what they thought and they didn’t help any. What do you think? Can I use this in spring or shall I save it for fall?
I bought some bacon at Acme. I had a $0.50 coupon for Sugardale Bacon. They just happened to have it on sale for $3.99. With my coupon I paid $2.49 – my stock up price. Really wish I’d had more of those coupons but I was lucky to even get that one printed. I don’t know why, but I would say that 50% of the time I have a hard time printing Bricks coupons. Is anybody else seeing that too? Anyway, I used it for lunches. The first two days I had bread and made BST sandwiches but then I ran out so I made BST wraps. Used a light mayo. They were very tasty.
My order finally came in from Born Pretty. I posted about it way back at the beginning of the year. You all know that when you’re ordering from China it’s gonna take eternity to get to you. According to my original post I bought these things online on January 11th. I received the rest of my package (the hologram glue and two white tapes came about a month ago) on March 13th. That’s TWO MONTHS!!!
It was worth the wait though. I have a whole breakdown of what I bought and links to the items so you can buy them yourself. And guess what…. Most of it was under $1 each at the time I bought them. I got 29 items for $37.71 so that should tell you. I can’t say they’re the same price now. You’ll just have to use the links and go figure it out for yourself. To buy these products click HERE.
After a second look I realized that not my complete order arrived. I’m still missing 2 things from what I can tell. If they don’t show up I won’t make a fuss.
I’m thinking about doing a more in-depth look at the products I bought. Maybe a video if the weather cooperates… we’ll see.
My mom has been outta town for a week. Well, truthfully, she travels a lot. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Anywho, she came home from Colorado to this gorgeous sunset. Looks like someone painted the sky, doesn’t it? So pretty. I can’t wait to get back there for a visit.
While my mom was in Colorado she visited the Denver botanical gardens. She saw this purple cactus outside. Now, purple isn’t one of my fave colors but when nature uses it I do adore what I see. Doesn’t even look real, does it?
This too she saw at the Denver botanical gardens. She said it was growing on a TREE in their tropical garden. She says that when you get closer it looks like a sea urchin. Very pretty, huh? And that red is to die for. I wonder what kind of plant this is…?
I tried a new recipe I found on Facebook for Asparagus Stuffed Chicken from I Wash You Dry. I wrote a quick review on the recipe and what changes/substitutions I made, if any. You can find that review HERE. I only had the one piece for dinner because I had at two scoops of ice cream earlier in the evening – before dinner. I’m a bad girl.
A few years ago I was on Pinterest and saw where you can brown large quantities of ground meat in your crockpot. I thought it was a great idea but I also thought it sounded sketchy and therefore never tried it. Until recently when I kept seeing this pin in my feed. I finally decided to give this method a try. Especially since Acme Fresh Market just had their super meat sale this week and I stocked up on ground beef. So what d’ya think? Does it work or no? Find out my answer in THIS BLOG POST where I review my experience.
Me and my honey bunny took Friday, March 17th off for St. Patrick’s day. We strolled about downtown with several friends of ours. The first stop for kegs and eggs at the High Street Hop House. It’s owned by friends of ours. They opened a few weeks ago. We started the day at 8am and ended at 11p!!! Rather, my night ended at 11pm. Everyone else stayed out. Truthfully, I’m surprised I made it that long. However, I did pace myself and I ate my weight in anything that was in sight. Did everything I could to avoid a hangover. And guess what… MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! No headache or anything the next day. At least, nothing associated with copious amounts of drinking. Nope. Nothing like that. Just Aunt Flo putting a halt to an otherwise great weekend.
I spent an unnecessary amount of time doing my nails Saturday evening. I was trying out the new foil I bought. It takes some getting used to and I was never really able to get the result I initially wanted however I did get it onto my nails. Is it perfect? God no! At first I thought it looked a wreck. Then after some time I grew to like it. I told myself it looked shiny and vintage. Whatever… I still liked it. Notice though in the photo above that some nails had a clear topcoat while others had a gold or white nail color beneath the foil. I was experimenting to see which way I liked best. Well, I didn’t care for the gold. I liked the clear topcoat. And the white nail color was just okay. It’ll probably be awhile before I try this again. I do like the finished effect but time consuming would be an understatement.
I found a 4″ ivy plant at Giant Eagle of all places. It was super healthy and bug free (always check for soil, leaf and/or stem bugs – many of them spread and some of them jump. Get it on one plant and there’s a pretty good chance any other plants in the vicinity will be afflicted with the same bugs). Anyway, I needed it because back last summer I bought this super nice water planter but the ivy plants they gave me for the planter didn’t make it. In fact, I don’t think they lasted another two weeks from bringing them home. I finally remembered to try and replant something in it.
Guess who didn’t go a whole damn month of more with a trash bag full of clothes to donate? THIS GIRL! I’m so proud of myself. I couldn’t believe it when I remembered I had them in the car at the same time that I was near a donation bin. Go figure. Surprisingly, there were two boxes literally within 100ft of one another. This one was salvation army. The other one I know as being associated with cults and the like. Look it up if you want to but I prefer to use the Salvation Army bins as opposed to the other ones.
I told y’all to stock up last week. If you had the $1/2 ziplocs coupons that is. I know I did. I stopped at Giant Eagle pretty much every day and used 2 coupons as allowed. When the week was done I had 16 boxes!!!! This oughtta last me half a year or more provided no one comes over and steals half of it. my boyfriend and friends sometimes confuse my place for a free grocery store. Don’t worry… I tell them when they’re wrong =P
Lemme start by saying I stopped at Aldi so I could buy some more provolone cheese to try out this Stuffed Asparagus Chicken. As you can see… I didn’t do very well. For somebody only needing one thing I sure did leave with a lot of stuff! Anyway, here goes:
3 Sliced Cheese $1.99 each
Light Brown Sugar $1.29
Honey Wheat Bread $1.39
Wicked Grove Cider $6.49
Dried Cranberries $1.59
Caramel Coconut Fudge Cookies $1.79
2 9″ Graham Cracker Pie Crusts $1.19 each
Pure Canola Oil $1.85
Cranberry Apple Juice Cocktail $1.79
Chocolate Syrup $1.49 (I thought this was chocolate SHELL. I’ve already thrown it out.)
Canola Spray $1.49
Fusia Sauces $1.49 each (these are new to my store – can’t wait to try them)
This past week Acme had a really nice meat sale. I was glad for it too because I had been working on using up everything in my freezer for some time so I had plenty of space to stock up. I grabbed the BOGO FREE frozen chicken breasts. I also grabbed the $1.99lb ground beef. I had planned on making sliders for my honey and I on Sunday but he wanted to grab dinner out instead. Fine with me but I still had to do something with that ground beef I had waiting in my refrigerator. That’s when I remembered that I’d seen where some people cook large amounts of ground beef (anywhere from 3-5 lbs) in their crockpots. At first I wasn’t willing to try it because I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Don’t know why.
But recently I’d been seeing that old pin pop up in my Pinterest feed. And there I was with a large amount of ground beef. I thought… “Eh… Why not? At least if this doesn’t work I will have paid rock bottom price for the meat.”
So! How’d I do it? Well, I mostly followed MOMables instructions. I started out by getting some spices together. I only used salt and pepper and I seasoned it generously. I put it all in the crockpot. Set the temperature to high for 4.5 hours. SIDENOTE: I did that right when I got home from work and it was ready to go in the freezer/fridge by bedtime. Every half hour or so I would go and break it up with a wooden spoon. At the end of 4.5 hours I had me some cooked ground beef. I tried it and it tastes the same as it would any other time. Next I poured the whole kit and caboodle into a strainer and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes. I also always rinse my ground beef with water (I’m just trying to remove as much grease as I can). I don’t run it under the water for long. Don’t wanna wash away all the flavor. When I went back I separated the beef into 3 baggies with equal parts. I put them all in the freezer and plan to try defrosting one of them out for this weekend. I’ll let ya know then how the ground beef holds up to being kept in the freezer. I’ll let you know if I find any loss in texture and/or flavor.
For now, I can say that this method NAILED IT!
Keep in mind that I haven’t defrosted any of it and ate it yet so I can’t comment on the integrity of the meat after it’s been thawed and reheated.
I tried a new recipe. That’s nothing new. I’m always trying new recipes. It’s one of the joys in my life. Anywho, I saw it on Facebook about a week or two ago and it never slipped my mind. I finally decided to make it. Click the link below to see the video that I initially watched.
So… as usual I had to make some slight changes. First off, the chicken breasts I had were already split (they’re the frozen bag kind you get at Giant Eagle). I decided not to use two of them to create one large chicken breast. Instead, I just used one half and folded it over.
Another change I made was that they appeared to use some really thick asparagus stalks. I was always told that the thin ones are better so that’s what I used.
I didn’t have any lemons to zest so I left that flavor out completely.
And finally, with my little half a chicken breast it was hard to keep it together so I use toothpicks to help me out with that. At first I didn’t and then when I went to flip the chicken all of the cheese and asparagus fell out. Lesson learned. Maybe you won’t have this problem with large chicken breasts but with small you’ll need something to hold it together. If not toothpicks the maybe some kitchen string??
Overall, this dish NAILED IT! I was so pleased with how this tasted and how quickly I was able to put it together. The chicken was tender, juicy and perfect as was the asparagus perfectly cooked. Add on that it’s healthy to boot. I was even thinking that if you didn’t want to do the dairy then you could do garlic and mushrooms. I may try that next.
Oh boy… You know how hard it was for me to come up with a name for this? And I still don’t like “door decoration” but I’m seriously out of ideas. I was gonna say wreath but then it’s not exactly round. If you can think of a better name then tell me.
Moving on, isn’t it just the cutest? And it was so easy too. Here’s the thing, I got it in my head that I wanted something new to hang on my front door (of course, you could hang it anywhere you wanted). I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it because I don’t have anyplace to store anything. It will most likely be seeing the trash once I’m done with it. With that in mind I took my happy lil’ self to the Dollar Tree near my work. I bought 3 stems of Zinnias, 2 sheets of moss and hot glue gun sticks. Everything else I already had or found.
I started by laying out what I had planned to do. The box lids I grabbed at work. They will provide the entire backside to this project.
Then I cut up the two lids and taped them together with some decorative duct tape I bought from the Dollar Tree. I placed one of the moss sheets in the center by gluing it down with E6000 that I already had.
And to make sure it stayed in placed I put a book on top of the newly clued moss sheet. It only needed to stay there for 1o minutes or so.
Next I concentrated on putting flowers along the border of the moss sheet. I didn’t want any of the cardboard showing. I used my hot glue gun to affix the flowers.
Sorry this image isn’t turned around correctly. I was unable to get it to rotate. Must be some silly glitch. Anywho, I got all my flowers glued down when I realized that I didn’t have enough flowers. DOH!
So instead of heading to the store I simply cut the cardboard down to size. As you can see, I wound up leaving some small spaces of cardboard outside of the flowers so that I could use pieces from my other moss sheet to cover them. I used hot glue for that as well. I also added some ribbon that I’ve had for 2 years or so from another project.
Doesn’t it look just lovely?
Now you don’t have to do yours the way I did mine. I was just winging it.
I will also be adding some words to the center but I haven’t figured out what and how. I could probably paint something on there but I would only want to do that if I can find my letter stencils. Or… I could print something and pin it to the project (remember, there’s just cardboard beneath). But then, I would probably need to have it laminated. Come to think of it, I have a product that I can use which would make the paper waterproof (I used it for my photo coasters).
Also, I could have very easily went and bought about 4-5 more flower stems and filled up the initial area but I decided against it.
Altogether this project cost me a wopping $5. BIG SPENDER!!!! Not really. If you make one lemme know. I wanna see it =)