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2013/05/28

I Shopped for Free




I wasn't paid to make this review nor paid to advertise. I just want to share a reward I received from Shopkick in doing what I love.

I first saw Shopkick App while browsing on my Facebook where it says "earn rewards by walking into stores like...." This caught my attention. I love window shopping  and hunting for great deals anyway so might as well get rewarded doing it?

So Shopkick is a rewards program. You download the free app. Enjoy browsing through ads  and start collecting what they call kicks or points. 

There are different ways to collect points. One, by just walking in the store. Two, scanning items and three, just by linking your card. You get extra points for every $1 you spend but with a minimum purchase of $50. When you reach a certain points, the rewards could be in a form of gift cards, free movies, gas cards and even a cruise trip!



I was inquisitive. I have got to try it. To test it, I collected points and was rewarded with $5 Target gift card.  Fortunately I was in need of dish towels. I got these towels for free and used the rest of my credit to get a nice juicy yummy bacon.

Next time, I will be aiming for a bigger catch :)






2013/05/18

$2 Beauty


Good day everybody! 
The blog The Dedicated house is having a link party called "Anything Blue Friday" and I thought I'd share what I found today. I went shopping with my good friend at a boutique called Ozma Atelier. She has nice collections of vintage accessories and great fashionable clothing. She had a one day sale today and I found this purrty crochet dress.


The color caught my attention. I loved blue, but I was hesitant about the crochet part. My exact words were like " I look like a table", because this is the exact pattern my mom did for our table cover, and I just couldn't get that out of my head, until the ladies in the dressing room thought it was cute and are willing to trade it with theirs. They suggested it would go so well as country style fashion. It opened my eyes to a potential possibility! And plus, it only cost $2!!! Love it!



Linking to:

Anything Blue Friday
Creative bloggers' party
Your Whims Wednesday


2013/05/17

S'mores Cake







I have seen so many recipes of smore's cake and they all look and surely taste amazing. I do not bake a lot so I thought I'd make a practice round of smores cake. I picked a simple recipe from food network magazine which also found in this link


I couldn't make it exactly look like the the magazine...




...and I forgot to get a jar of marshmallow cream in my grocery list, so I had to make it homemade using this recipe. I love the recipe! I just could eat it by itself, like a little taste of heaven!


Are you gonna try it? I hope you like it as much as I did :)






Linking to: 

Creative Bloggers' Link Party
Make a scene Monday
You Whims Wednesday

2013/05/12

Iceberg Wedges with Guacamole dressing

I wanna share to you today a little bit something about what I learned from an old cook book I recently purchased from thrift store. This recipe is from Food and Wine annual Cookbook 2009.



I've never served iceberg lettuce wedge on a plate before. I thought it looks laziness at first, but my husband actually liked it more compare to common salad mix.

Here is the recipe:

In a blender, puree 1 cup of guacamole with 1/3 cup fresh lime juice and 1/4 cup of water. With the machine on, gradually add 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper. Quarter 1 head iceberg lettuce and spoon the dressing on top. Garnish with crumbled bacon, sliced radishes, shredded pepper jack cheese and diced tomatoes. Place the tomatoes to support the lettuce.

Bon Appetit! 


 linking at:

Homemaker on a Dime
Make It Pretty Monday

Transformed Tuesday

Time to Sparkle Link Party
Pretty Things Link Party
Salt Tree Social
Creative bloggers' Link Party
Make a scene Monday

2013/05/03

Comforter sets on sale: Comparing Prices

IF there is one lesson from my mom I am grateful about is the way she shop. Not that she shops a lot but she is a very smart shopper. I guess the reason why she is very skilled in trade was because she did it for a living.
My mom takes up all day shopping, this because she would search the entire town for cheaper prices. And oh yeah, she is an awesome haggler, something I can NEVER do with confidence!
I have been looking for a new comforter set now. One thing I love about online shopping is that I could compare prices without even leaving the house.
I am tired of using my hubby's old bachelor's 4 pc dark brown comforter that has a suede-ish texture. I wanted something light color having this hot Tucson weather. Kohls is having a big home sale where comforters could go down 55 to 60 percent off. Of course, before jumping into compulsive buying, I searched and searched for the cheapest price of comforter set I like I could find. I found some interesting similarities.

Item I:  Kohls
Madison Park Carlton 7-pc. Comforter Set
sale $104.00-$120.00
original $259.99-299.99




Walmart:

Home Essence Geneva 7-Piece Comforter Set
was $119.97
sale price 99.47





Walmart: (in different color)

Home Essence Geneva 7-Piece Comforter Set
$69.96





Item 2
Kohls
Madison Park Vivian 7-pc. Comforter Set
sale $119.99-$139.99
original $239.99-279.99







Walmart

Home Essence Piedmont 7-Piece Comforter Set

price 119.99


I wasn't too crazy about the styles but they passed my taste. The ones I really like were $100 more and I have a budget to keep. I ended with this...

Kohls
Croft & Barrow® Marcelle 8-pc. Comforter Set
sale $99.99-$109.99
original $249.99-299.99



We did not pay for the sale price though. One thing I like about Kohls is their 30% off coupons and in addition, we got $10 off from having kohls rewards. So in total, we paid $62.99 plus free shipping. I love it because it is reversible, like getting two sets of comforter set for a price of one. I like the pattern. It isn't too girly and hubby liked it.
I couldn't find anything like it anywhere but Kohls (or I didn't look hard enough?). According to what I read, Croft&Barrow is an exclusive Kohls brand.