MyClyns Germ Protection System Giveaway

Happy Win It Wednesday!  We’ve got a special three-day MyClyns giveaway this week from Union Springs Expansion Leader Meg Koehl.  The Union Springs Wellness MyClyns products fight the growth of dangerous germs that live on surfaces and fabrics in any environment.  The MyClyns system includes surface wipes, hand sanitizer, food wash and more.

I think their most intriguing product is the MyClyns Germ Protection Spray.  This daily, convenient personal protection product is the only germ-fighting spray that’s safe for your eyes, nose, mouth, minor cuts and abrasions.  It’s a favorite of hospital and emergency response workers.  And the good news is you’ve got a chance to win it!  With flu season around the corner, this is the time to gear up and protect your family.

            Our winner will receive a MyClyns MyCustomer Welcome Kit ($55 value):

  • 8 ml MyClyns Germ Response Spray
  • 1 MyClyns Dishwasher Pacs & Disposal Cleaner
  • 2 Travel MyClyns Moisturizing Hand sanitizers
  • 12oz MyClyns Food Wash Spray
  • 25% off future orders!

           Even if you are not our lucky winner, you can still  purchase the MyClyns Welcome Kit for $55 plus free shipping. To do so, please contact Meg Koehl directly via email at mkoehl@unionsprings.com.  You’ll also get access to the back office of the Union Springs Webpage (to place your orders at 25% off), a catalog, order forms, a Union Springs pin and an opportunity to gain 10% of the sales of anyone you refer to the MyClyns MyCustomer Kit.

Good luck!  I’ll draw a winner on Saturday morning.

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Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University (FPU) is Dave’s life-changing 9-week program that teaches you to achieve your financial goals by eliminating debt, saving for the future, and giving like never before. More than 1 million families have attended FPU with amazing results. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever!

 

Hosted by Vineyard Christian Church, Florence KY

 Tuesdays, Beginning September 11th at 7 PM

 Click here to register

Cost ~ $97 per person or couple for FPU kit

 Watch the class preview on-line.

 

 

Meal Planning Monday ~ Stress-Free School Lunches

This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

            Last week was the first full week of school for my daughter, Ivy.  Not only did Ivy love her first week of school, she also loved the lunches I packed for her.  At first, Ivy was a little upset that she didn’t get to buy lunch at school, so I was expecting her to complain about her brown bag lunches.  I’m happy to say that was NOT the case!

            I’ve developed a system which is key for my family, since we tend to be VERY busy in the morning.  Every night after dinner, Ivy and I pack her lunch together.  Today, I’m sharing a few of her lunches from last week.  (I tried to take pictures, but quickly found out that photography is not one of my many talents.)

Monday ~ PB&J Pita sandwich, Earth’s Best Fruit Smoothie, grapes, string cheese, and Mott’s Squeezable Applesauce.

Tuesday ~ Ham and cheese sandwich, apple, honeydew melons, string cheese, and granola bars.

Wednesday~ Turkey and Cheese Pita Sandwich, blueberries, Homemade Granola Bars, Gogurt Yogurt.  My awesome stepmother just ordered me these amazing reusable squeezable  popsicle molds, I can’t wait to get them and start freezing the smoothies I make in them.  I’ll also freeze any yogurt I find on sale.  (You can find them on Amazon, only $10.99 for a set of five.)

 Thursday~ PB&J sandwich, Earth’s Best Fruit Smoothie, baby carrots, mini blueberry muffins, and cherries.  This reminds me – I need to get a cherry pitter because those things are super messy to cut and pit yourself!

Friday~ Shredded Chicken and Cheese pita sandwich, blueberries, granola bar, and string cheese.

Have fun packing your kids lunch!

 

 

 

 

 

Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

 

            Who loves Starbucks?  I do!  I do!  I am so excited that fall is around the corner, because that means one important thing – Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte will soon be available!  That is by far my favorite coffee drink.  This week, we are giving away a $15 Starbucks gift card, courtesy of the Coupon Wizard!

           The Coupon Wizard Software is currently undergoing a revamp to bring it’s money and time-saving tools to the web!  The new Coupon Wizard website will help you keep track of your pantry inventory, remind you when you’re about run out of items you need for your meal plan, have printable coupons, great recipe ideas, and MUCH, much more!  The scheduled release date for the Coupon Wizard website is December 2012.  Stay tuned for details and special promotional deals as the time gets closer!

            This giveaway goes through Sunday, August 26th.  Good luck, CCQ Fans!
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Meal Planning Monday ~ I Love Farmers’ Markets!

            This weekend, my husband and I went up to Buffalo, NY for a family wedding.  We made time on Saturday morning to head over to the farmer’s market in North Tonawanda.  My family’s had a booth at this market for over 50 years!  My grandparents had it for many years, and then passed it down to my uncle who sells the best sweet corn in Western New York.  Nick and I had a blast helping my uncle sell corn, peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes.  The best part – we got paid in fresh produce!

            Of course, we also walked around to check out the whole market, almost a hundred vendors with all kinds of gorgeous produce, fresh baked rye bread, polish sausages, and SO much more!  I was in heaven!  Now I am on a quest to find a farmer’s market that is even half as good here in the Greater Cincinnati area.  So, this week I am going to use all of my produce treasures (pictured above) in my meal plan!

            Also, today is my Dad’s birthday, so I just want to give him a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish!  Love you, Dad!

 Here’s my Meal Plan for this week:

Monday ~ Hot Ham (or Turkey) and Cheese on Rye with Tomato Soup.  It’s so hard to find good rye bread in the Midwest!  I bought three loaves of rye at the market and brought them home and froze them.

Tuesday ~ Eggplant Parmesan.  See recipe below.

Wednesday ~ FFY – Fend for Yourself!  I am very excited to be attending a blogger dinner with my friend and mentor, Heather Tenney.  You should check out her blog.  It’s pretty awesome!

Thursday ~ Stuffed Green Peppers with fresh melon for dessert.

Friday ~ Oven Fried Chicken with corn on the cob and fried green tomatoes.  I have never made fried green tomatoes, so this will be an adventure!

Saturday ~ Fish Tacos.  I have one lone head of cabbage growing in my garden, so hopefully it will be ready for this recipe!

Sunday ~ Family Dinner at my Dad’s to celebrate his birthday.

 

EatingWell’s Eggplant Parmesan

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/eatingwells_eggplant_parmesan.html

We reduced fat by coating the eggplant with egg whites instead of whole eggs and baking, rather than frying, the slices for a lighter version of this classic.

6 serving | Active Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants, (about 2 pounds total)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, (1 ounce), divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup slivered fresh basil leaves
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese, (3 ounces)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat two baking sheets and an 8-by-11 1/2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut eggplants crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Whisk egg whites and water in a shallow dish until frothy. Combine breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, salt and pepper in another shallow dish. Dip the eggplant slices into the egg-white mixture, then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. (Discard any leftover breadcrumbs and egg white.) Arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, turn the eggplant slices over, and bake until crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.
  3. Stir basil into tomato sauce. Spread about 1/2 cup of the sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Arrange half of the eggplant slices over the sauce, overlapping slightly. Spoon 1 cup of the remaining sauce over the eggplant and sprinkle with half of the mozzarella cheese. Add a layer of the remaining eggplant slices and top with the remaining sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake, uncovered, until the sauce bubbles and the top is golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition

Per serving : 203 Calories; 6 g Fat; 3 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 13 mg Cholesterol; 29 g Carbohydrates; 12 g Protein; 8 g Fiber; 563 mg Sodium; 777 mg Potassium

 

 

 

 

 

Meal Planning Monday ~ Get Back on the Wagon

Have you fallen off the Meal Planning wagon?  It happens even to the best of us sometimes.  Laid back summer schedules, vacations, and holidays can sometimes derail our meal planning, and that’s okay.  The trick is to get back on the wagon sooner rather than later.  If you’ve never done any serious Meal Planning, now is the perfect time to start!  With the school year starting up, most of us will be getting back to a more structured schedule this fall.  Here are some tips for getting on (or back on) the Meal Planning wagon, and my own Meal Plan for this week.

  • Start small.  I typically meal plan on a monthly basis.  This can seem overwhelming, so let’s just start with planning this week, or the remainder of this month for now.  (I like monthly meal planning because I only have to do it 12 times a year, instead of 52 times a year!)  Make sure that you’ve at least got a week of meals planned before you head to the grocery store.
  • Base your meal plan on what you’ve already got on hand.  If you’ve got an abundance of ground beef in the freezer, or canned tomatoes in the pantry, schedule a few meals to incorporate those ingredients.
  • Look at your schedule.  If you have a parents’ meeting at school on Thursday night, don’t schedule a complicated meal that day.  It may sound like a no-brainer, but save the labor-intensive recipes for days when you have the time to make them.
  • Plan around what’s on sale this week.  I usually plan my main dishes for dinner, but not always my sides.  I want to be flexible enough to work in the red potatoes, cauliflower, and asparagus that are on sale this week!
  • Don’t beat yourself up!  Feeling guilty about abandoning your meal plan isn’t productive, so don’t do it!  If you need extra help with Meal Planning ideas or recipes, check out my e-book, “The Coupon Sisters Get Cooking:  Discover the Magic of Meal Planning.”  (Use coupon code LEAH to save 10%!)  You can also find it on Amazon.

 

Here’s my Meal Plan for this week:

Monday ~ Black Bean Soup with Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

Tuesday ~ Grilled Chicken Bruschetta with Quinoa and a Salad.

Wednesday ~ Honey Lime Tilapia with wild rice and carrots.  This recipe is very easy and super tasty!

Thursday ~ Pizza & Chicken Wings.

Friday ~ Grilled Hot Dogs and Hamburgers.

Saturday ~ We’re going to my cousin’s wedding, so no cooking for me tonight!

Sunday ~ Grilled Chicken Tenderloins with mac & cheese and green beans.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating 3,500 Fans – iPhone Giveaway!

          It’s our BEST giveaway to date – an AT&T iPhone 4s, worth over $399, courtesy of GorillaBackups!  Confessions of a Coupon Queen is celebrating our recent increase in Facebook fans – over 3,500!  I’ve had my iPhone 4s for several months now and LOVE it!  (I think Siri is mad at me because I hardly ever talk to her though!  I’m sure she’s feeling underutilized.) 

            Here are the details for the prize:

  • Reconditioned, like new, black AT&T iPhone 4s
  • 64 GB
  • 8 Mega Pixel Camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • Wi-Fi
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Click here for more specs!

            Please note that this phone will need to be activated with AT&T service!  This five-day giveaway ends on Sunday, August 12th.  The winner will be announced on Monday morning.  Good luck! 

          Thanks again to GorillaBackups for sponsoring this great iPhone 4s giveaway!  Don’t forget to check out GorillaBackups’ protection plans for all of your computer data.  Plans start at less than $36 per year – that’s only a dime a day!  (Use coupon code STRONGTOWER.) 

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Meal Planning ~ Breakfast for the Kiddos

           

           This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

            My daughter starts school next week!  Recently we talked about fun lunch ideas to pack for your kids.  However, breakfast for the kids on a school day can be a real challenge!  It seems that school mornings are always a rush, so I try to either make things ahead of time or have a few fast recipes.  It’s nice to have some other options besides cereal and milk.  One thing I like to do is make a few batches of pancakes and freeze them.  That way in the morning they’re already made and all I have to do is pop them in the toaster to heat them up for the kids.  This week, I thought I would share a few of my favorite freezer breakfast ideas.

  • Mini Blueberry Muffins ~ My kids love these and they are way healthier than the prepackaged muffins you buy at the store.
  • Zucchini Bread ~ Everyone’s gardens are bursting with zucchini this time of year!  I freeze two slices of the bread per bag.  If I take a bag out of the freezer before I go to bed, they are thawed out by morning.  They can always be defrosted in the microwave, too.
  • Strawberry Muffins ~ These are delicious!  See recipe below.
  • Pancakes and Waffles ~ I love my waffle maker!  One way to spice up waffles is to place a few drops of food coloring into the batter.  You could make a few red waffles, a few blue ones, and a few purple ones.  My kids love this.
  • Sausage Omelet Cups ~ You could use bacon or ham in place of the sausage.  Also, you can throw in green peppers, onions, or other veggies of your choice.

 

Strawberry Muffins

Ingredients
1 large egg
1 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup frozen strawberries
Topping
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup course sugar
Directions
            Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F; line 12 muffin cups with paper liners; set aside while you prepare the batter.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg until it’s light and frothy, about 2 to 3 minutes; add the nonfat milk and butter to the stand mixer; beat on medium speed until well combined.  In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  With the stand mixer running on low, add the flour mixture a little at a time, until it’s all just combined and moistened; add the strawberries and run the mixer on high for 20 seconds.  Now it’s time to fill the muffin cups.  Using a scoop (such an ice cream scoop or even a ladle), divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups.  Slide the muffins into the preheated oven; bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean; the tops of the muffins should be a golden brown.  Allow the muffins to cool slightly before proceeding.  Once the muffins are cool enough to touch, put the melted butter for the topping in one bowl and the coarse sugar in a second bowl; dip each muffin first in the butter and then in the sugar; let the muffins cool completely on a wire drying rack before serving.

 

 

 

 

Get the Best Bang for Your Beauty Bucks!

Check out my guest post for Girl Loves a Bargain to see how you can be beautiful for less money out of pocket!

 

 

TGIF! $25 Miche Gift Certificate Giveaway

Thank God, it’s Friday!  We’ve got a a special giveaway for you, just in time for the weekend!  Amber Luzak, Indpendent Miche Sales Rep is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate giveaway!  Never heard of Miche purses?  I love mine!  You have a “base purse” in various sizes and interchangeable outer shells.  This means that you can change the look of your purse in about 10 seconds without moving all of your stuff from one purse to another!  You can even buy different handles to change up your look.  These purses are a Coupon Queen’s dream come true!  So many looks at very reasonable prices!

I have the mid-size Miche purse, the Demi, which is pictured here.  Actually, I really want both of the covers in these pictures!  Time to host another Miche party!  Miche hostesses earn great benefits, like free and half-priced items.  The last party I had, I got two free shells, plus several half-priced items.  If you are in the Greater Cincinnati area, call Amber to schedule your party today!  859-630-3877.  Out of the area?  You can still host a party online!  This giveaway goes through Sunday, August 5th.  I will announce the winner on Monday.  Good Luck CCQ Fans!!

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