Saturday, June 29, 2013

6/29 ~ Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

One of my personal favorites is French Dip Sandwiches. Not those from Arby's, but those good ol' homemade slow cooker French Dip Sandwiches... Yum! 

I actually took a recipe I used to use, & then made it my own....In case you can't read the photo, here are the ingredients to my very own Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches:

3 lb. Chuck Roast
1 Can Beef Broth
2 Cups Water
{Just enough to finish covering the roast}
2 Beef Bouillon Cubes
1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. Dried Thyme
1/4 Tsp. Black Pepper
1 Bay Leaf

Just throw all this together in your Slow Cooker & 6-7 hours later, BAM, you've got an amazing meal! 

What Is Your Favorite Thing About Summer #ChallengeToWrite

Summer is by far my favorite season. Now I'm not wild about the Kansas 100+ degrees for weeks on end, but it sure makes for some great times at the lake. Luckily, this summer my family & I have plenty of time planned lakeside & I can't wait. 

We've already been out w/ the RV once this summer & it was just delightful. 
We certainly had a good time! Next scheduled time out is for the 4th of July!!! 

Can't wait to get some fishin' in!!! 
*I was only 3 in this photo*

Another great thing about summer time is when harvest comes around. Yeah, yeah...may not seem like a bunch of excitement running around in farm equipment all day, but you'd be surprised the hard work & dedication that goes into harvest. 

And last but not least, simply being an American...In this house, we are all proud of Americans! 

Giveaway ~ Trillium Organics Body Bundle

Trillium Organics Giveaway


Hosted by: One Punky Mama Co-Hosted by: Simply Southern Couponers

I don't know about you, but I absolutely LOVE a good skincare giveaway. What a better way to try something new, than to win it! Here you have the chance to win a whole body bundle!!!! You can't really get much better than that!

 Trillium Organics was founded in 1994 by Karen Ciesar, when she traded up advocating for women's rights as an attorney to educating and providing women with safe, non-toxic personal care options. Today, they are still a small company of dedicated women, still making each product in small batches and pouring them each by hand. It is a dream come true to create and provide products that help people realize the joy and beauty of healthy skin. At Trillium, they exclusively include ingredients which are both beneficial to the skin and safe for the health of the whole body. From body polishes to soaps and everything in between, Trillium Organics provides high quality organic skincare for mama and baby alike. Come see the full review by Nicole over at One Punky Mama.


Prize: One winner will receive a Trillium Organics body bundle (retail value of $135) containing:
(1) 8 oz. Organic Body Oil
(1) 24 oz. Organic Body Polish
(1) 8 oz. Botanical Body Soap
(1) 3 oz. Organic Body Butter
(1) .33 oz. Organic Roll-on Perfume
(1) 19 oz. Organic Soaking Salt

Available in these amazing scents:
*Calming Lavender Geranium
*Clearing Cedar Eucalyptus
*Warming Cinnamon Clove
*Revitalizing Sweet Orange
*Refreshing Pink Grapefruit
*Invigorating Lemon Ginger
*Clarifying Geranium Grapefruit
*Comforting Vanilla Cardamom
*Soothing Lavender Lavandin
*Purifying Fragrance Free

Location: Open to USA
Age: Must be 18 or older to enter
Date: Giveaway runs from 6/28/2013 to 7/22/2013

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Once you’ve completed the mandatory entry, all additional entries we be unlocked for you to earn extra chances to win. Thanks for visiting and supporting One Punky Mama. Good luck!

One Punky Mama organized this event and I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own or even those stated in this post. Today's Common Cents is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. If you are a company and would like to organize an event similar to this, please contact

Friday, June 28, 2013

Last Time I Cried #ChallengeToWrite

Last time I cried would honestly be just this past week.
& this post is going to be fairly difficult to write.

The last few months have been especially hard for me, however I've come to accept & have decided that this is only going to make me stronger.

As most of you know, I'm 14 weeks pregnant & very happy about this pregnancy.

However, I'm afraid I'm at it alone.

Yes, that's daddy isn't here. It's not for lack of not wanting to be, but for other...more personal reasons, between him & I.

You see, I was madly in love with this man. Oh lord he was amazing.
He was a great friend, protector, provider & father to my daughter (even though he was not biologically her daddy....she was his baby girl) Not to mention, an amazing lover.

*tears already starting to form & I'm fighting that lump in my throat*

However, I must admit....His lifestyle wasn't the best for me to be involved with.

I'm glad to report though, he's turning his life around & last I knew, doing great for himself & also very excited for this little guy to get here. Hopefully everything works out for the best in the future by the time baby gets here in December.

As far as me....I'm doing better than I expected at this point. I've got family behind me as well as some amazing friends who have been there for me through most of this...Not to mention someone special whose come out of the woodwork from my past. 

There is always light after the storm!

& I strongly believe that better things are in store for me.... 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Keeping Your Best Memories Close

*Quick note, some/most of the songs on this post are NOT family friendly.

Since I've had a bit of a change in my life....okay, a HUGE change in my life, I've been trying to keep my best memories alive. I am one of those who LOVE music.... you know, 'music is my boyfriend' kinda girls. I wanted to share some of my best memories & favorite songs with you all today. 

Here are some of my favorite songs w/ which I have memories to, that I'll never forget. Some memories are my own, others are with some of my greatest friends. Heck, even one is with my mother, which you'd probably never expect.

Be sure to share your memories & to which songs in the comments, I'd love to hear them!

I want to just share real quick that in this day & age, you just have to be you. You can't let everyone else bring you down. This song is clearly not family friendly, however some of my greatest friends & I live by this.... live youg, wild & free....
* Please excuse the major references in this song. 


So I'm a HUGE system geek. Since my second car, & a system via house speakers, I've had subs in everything I've driven. Starting with house speakers, like I've mentioned, upgrading to 3, 10 in. JLs & now I've got 2, 12s.
Well another one of my best friends, Rachael & I used to just sit in the driveway of her house with my MP3 going & 'letting the bass drop' as we sat outside enjoying it, or of course whenever he had an errand to run, we were cranking it and pushing my system to it's limits. Well sadly, I had to let my car go for a while & we no longer had a system to listen to, however we still had her phone & the music she downloaded. We got so used to when the bass hit on certain songs that every time we listened to a song in any other vehicle, that was our thing.... everytime we knew when the bass would hit, we'd 'boom' with our hands.... I think it all started with Church by T-Pain.

Another one of Rachael & I's favorites.....
Skylar Grey & Eminem - C'mon Let Me Ride....


I'm sure everyone has a memory or two to this song, Sexy & I Know It by LMFAO. 
When this song first came out & become popular, my son was 4 years old & LOVED IT. I'm talkin, we'd be in my car & it'd come on the CD...I would change to the next song & from the back seat I'd hear 'MOM, turn it back!'. Before I knew it, he knew the song word for word. Then one day I made the mistake of letting him watch the video, oh my. That's when he became a pro at the dance. My favorite part....
"Mom...(pause for music).... Girl look at my body" w/ his hand on his hips and shakin that cute little but. :D


One of my favorite memories, is definitely with the song Mud Digger by Colt Ford & Lenny Cooper
Back when I lived in SW KS....One of my best friends, Ali was in a relationship w/ a heck of a character. On occasion we'd all 3 jump in my car (fully equip w/ 3, 10in. JL's at the time) & throw in a CD, or two. Well one day this comes on & Ali & I are crankin it up listening to it & out of no where, he chimes in asking, "Are they sayin Mud *iggers?!?!?!" 
Of course Ali & I start busting up laughing, & to this day, still get a kick out of it. 

* Warning: This song isn't completely family friendly, so if you have little ones around you right now, I wouldn't let them see this video, or maybe even listen to it just yet.


Even though this song/memory are with my mother, I have to put it at the bottom, cause it's got to be the most Un-Family Friendly one on this list. Now you've got to keep in mind, I don't have the average mother. Mine is a little out there and listens to just as much variety of music as I do. One day we were going through McDonalds drive-thru with this song playing and I go to turn it up right as the line moves forward. We pull up to the window with the lady & next thing you know, "B**CH!!!!" screams from the speakers. We both laughed SO hard, but had no idea what to say, so we just kept on & grabbed our food.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Free French's Mustard at Dillon's!!!

Dillon's has the French’s Mustard included in their Mega Sales event. It is priced at just $0.75 after instant savings, but we have a coupon that makes it FREE!

French’s Yellow Mustard 14oz $0.75 (wyb 10 participating items)
$0.50/1 French’s Yellow Mustard from 05/12 SS (exp 7/15)
$1/2 French’s Mustard from 06/16 SS (exp 9/15)
$0.30/1 French’s Mustard from 06/16 SS (exp 9/15)
= as low as FREE!

Sign Up to Receive Home Depot Coupons!

If you haven’t signed up for the Home Depot Garden Club yet, I highly recommend it! I get tons of great Home Depot coupons in the mail courtesy of Home Depot’s Garden Club. When you sign up for Home Depot’s Garden Club, you will receive coupons both in the mail and via email. It’s a great way to save!
To join Home Depot’s Garden Club, click the banner above. 
**Tip – many Lowe’s will accept Home Depot coupons.

Officially Top Mommy Blogs Approved

Please click! A visit a day boosts my blog ranking at Top Mommy Blogs - The Best Mommy Blog Directory Ever!

I just got great news, Today's Common Cents has just been approved as a Top Mommy Blog! How great is that!?!?!?! Very excited & had to share! Thank you all for your support. I honestly couldn't have done it without you :) Stick around as there are great things to come! 

Giveaway: Cooking with Creepers Kids Cookbook!

Welcome to the Cooking with Creepers Kids Cookbook Giveaway!


Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Lil Creepers author, Shawna Carter!

Do you and your kids love the supernatural? I know I do... How about zombies, vampires and things that go bump in the night?  If the answer is yes, then this is the giveaway for you!

Shawna Carter, a Canadian author, has written a series of books based on her 8 year old daughter, Brenna, as an adorable zombie that likes to cook!  These books celebrate differences & encourage children to be individuals & stand up for themselves!

In Cooking with Creepers, kids get a host of creeptacular desserts like Moose Poop & some others that will be sure to get some giggles!

Krista over at Savory Savings and her little ladies had a chance to review the Cooking With Creepers kids cookbook/coloring book and had a blast with it!  
Want to win a copy of Cooking With Creepers?   Enter with the Giveaway Tool below!  This giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 and older.  The giveaway will run from June 25, 2013 through July 9, 2013 at 8 PM CST.
Savory Savings did not receive any compensation for this post.  Disclosure: I did receive the products for free and am sharing my opinion with you.  My opinion may differ from yours.  Savory Savings and Today's Common Cents are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.  We hereby release Facebook of any liability.  Winner(s) will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours after the giveaway ends to respond before another winner is selected.  All entries will be verified. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Baby Update: Week 14!!!

Well I'm now 14 weeks along in this pregnancy and doing just fine. I don't have much morning sickness, however I do get nauseous bout every day or every other day...usually only lasts for about a hour at minimum or until lunch time. Every now and then through the afternoon. I don't have my first OB appointment until July 8th, however this isn't my first rodeo....I'm confident everything is going well. 

Here is some info I've gotten from The Bump as far as week by week updates. I'm very excited that I've found this site & have been looking through it for about the last 30 minutes. 

Apparently, right now my little one is about the size of a lemon! How exciting. I'm only looking as though I've just gained weight around the belly, but to the trained eye, it's obvious there's a little baby bump there. 

At week 14, my baby is 3.4 inches & 1.5 ounces, almost doubling in weight since last week! WOW!!!

The Bump also says that he's probably sucking his thumb & wiggling his toes. His kidneys are making urine & his liver & spleen are doing their jobs, too! That's good to hear! Also, he's beginning to grow that peach fuzz all over his little body to help him stay warm :) 

* Thanks to The Bump for the photo, video & information. 

$1/1 Fruit of the Loom Men's Underwear

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$1/1 Fruit of the Loom Men's Easy Care

$1.00 off Fruit of the Loom Men's Easy Care
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$2 off any Katy Perry $9 or more Fragrance

$2.00 off Any Katy Perry $9.00 or more Fragrance

2 Free 8x10 Prints from York Photo

Do you have some great summer photo's already this year or planning a vacation soon? Here is a good deal for you to get some of your photos up on the wall faster! Don't miss out! 


Expires July31st 

Shipping for 8x10 Starts At: $6.75 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Blogger Opp: $200 Back 2 School PayPal Cash Giveaway

Uncreative Mommy is proud to bring you this years Back 2 School PayPal Cash Giveaway! I am looking for bloggers to help promote this event. Twitter links free with announcement! Links are $3 each Want to host a follow page? $10 each! Sign ups end June 28th Giveaway starts July 1st 12:01AM and ends July 14th 11:59PM Giveaway is open worldwide! Prize is $200 cash!
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Grab your announcement post here.
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Blogger Opp: Kindle Fire HD Giveaway

Coming Soon!
July 10 - July 30

Hosted by: So Sew Mama

Desiree from So Sew Mama is getting Married this August! What better way to celebrate then to have an awesome giveaway!! 

Prizes are subject to change with the amount of sponsors and sign ups! 

Prizes will include a Kindle Fire HD.
Possible add-ons of Pay Pal cash or Amazon gift cards!
The more sign ups, the greater the prizes.

Free Co-Host, and Daily comment page to the blogger who refers the most! 

1 Free Twitter Link with announcement post or $5 waiver.
Twitter links will be on a rc form on Co-Host pages.

Additional links available for purchase.

Co-Host spots available at $25
You will get up to 5 links in the giveaway form.
Backlink to your website/blog in the giveaway. 
At least 1 twitter follow page with 10 links each.

If you would like to be a sponsor in the giveaway, Please contact Desiree at sosewmama @

Free 3 week supply of laundry detergent & fabric softener

So I'm hearing that MySurvey has sent out invitations to some members to sample a free 3 week supply of laundry detergen & fabric softener! Hurry & sign up here (it's free)! Once you sample the laundry detergent & fabric softener, you take a survey about the products & GET PAID to do so! 

* Note: Everyone qualifies for different surveys based on demographic information, such as location, family size, etc. Also, doing these or any online survers will NOT make you rich, but will pay for the little extras, such as groceries or even a date night! 

FREE Keurig Brew Over Ice Sampler Pack

Hurry and you can snag a FREE Keurig Brew Over Ice Sampler Pack by playing the free Instant Win Game on Facebook. They are giving away 50,000 for free! 

Target: Vidal Sassoon Products as low as $.99

Incredible new deal at Target on Vidal Sassoon products at Target w/ this week's new Target Mobile printable.

Vidal Sassoon Select Stylers PSA $3.99
- Use $2/1 Vidal Sassoon Hair Care or Color Target Mobile exp. 7/31 (text SAVVY to 827438
Final Price: $.99

Vidal Sassoon Shampoo $3.99
- Use $2/1 Vidal Sassoon Hair Care or Color Target Mobile exp. 7/31 (text SAVVY to 827438
Final Price: $1.24 

6/23 Coupon Preivew

It looks like there is going to be 2 inserts this Sunday.
1 SS & 1 RP

Regional coupon inserts & value differences are to be expected!
(/X) after coupon = expiration date
() before coupon = multiple of same coupon
ETS = excludes trial sizes
DND5 = coupon states Do Not Double, but barcode starts w/a 5

Arm & Hammer $1/1 4x concentrated detergent (8/31)
Arm & Hammer $1/2 power paks single use laundry detergent (8/31)
Betty Crocker Snacks $.50/2 Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers or Fruit Roll-Ups (8/17)
Bio-Oil $2/1 2oz or 4.2oz (9/30)
Bio-Oil $4/1 6.7oz (9/30)
Carvel $3/1 ice cream cake 56oz+ (9/30)
Citracal $1/1 prodcut (9/30)
Citracal $2/1 sugar free chocolate chews (9/30)
Coppertone $1/1 4oz+ (8/31)
Coppertone $5/2 4oz+ (8/31)
Cracker Barrel $.75/1 cheese 6oz+ (8/31)
Dole $1/1 fruit smoothie shakers (8/31)
Edge $.55/1 shaev gel or shave cream 5.1oz+ (8/4)
General Mills $1/2 Big G cereals (8/3)
Gevalia $1.50/1 coffee single serve cups (7/20)

Sunday Coupon Preview
Regional coupon inserts & value differences are to be expected!
(x) before coupon = multiple of same coupon
ETS = excludes trial sizes

Aveeno $1.50/1 sun care product (7/31) ETS
Bayer $2/1 Aspirin product 20ct+ (8/15)
Bayer/One A Day/Alka Seltzer $4/2 Bayer Aspirin products 20ct+, One A Day adult multivitamins or Alka-Seltzer antacid products (6/30)
Best Foods $1/1 product 22oz+ (7/21)
Bikini Zone $1.50/1 product (8/31)
Dove Men+Care $.50/1 hair care product (7/7) ETS
Febreze $1/1 product (7/31) ETS
Febreze Buy Air Effects, get Stick & Refresh up to $3.99 (7/31) ETS
Garnier $1/1 cleanser (8/17)
Land O’Frost $.55/1 Bistro Favorites, Premium, Delishaved or Canadian Bacon (7/23)
Land O’Frost $1/1 sub sandwich kit or wrap kit (7/23)
L’Oreal $.75/1 kids product (8/18)
L’Oreal $2/1 shade of Excellence or Excellence Richesse (8/17)
Mr. Clean $1/1 liquid or spray (7/31) ETS

For the full lists, visit Sunday Coupon Preview.

6/22 New Coupons - Dial, St. Ives, Country Crock, Snapple, M&Ms

$1.25 off 1 California Pizza Kitchen pizza

$0.50 off (2) M&M'S Brand Chocolate Candies

$1.00 off Snapple Half ‘n Half Reg.or Diet, 6 pk

$0.65 off 1 International Delight Iced Coffee

$2.00 off any Lotrimin product

$0.50 off ONE 2 Count Banquet Breakfast Sandwiches

$1.00 off One Twin Pack or 2 Lava Bars

$1.00 off One (1) 2000 Flushes

$1.00 off Spot Shot Carpet Stain & Odor Eliminator

Buy any 2 Dial Bars or Body Washes, get 1 free

$0.75 off one St. Ives Apricot Scrub

$1.00 off TWO 45oz tubs of Country Crock Spread