Michelle B Cookware Giveaway!

Hey Y’all!  I’m so excited to join up with some awesome bloggers for another opportunity to give y’all the opportunity to win a great cookware set from Michelle B.!!

Welcome to the Michelle B Cookware Event!

hosted by Mom to Bed by 8, Mom Does Reviews and Powered by Mom

Michelle B. 10-Piece Induction Ready Forged Aluminum Cookware Set produced by Fagor America.

Almost no other Miami chef has made as big a splash on the national culinary scene as Michelle Bernstein. A James Beard Award winner and author of Cuisine a Latina, diners are loving Bernstein’s cuisine at her two successful South Florida restaurants: Michy’s and Sra. Martinez, dubbed one of the Best New Restaurants in America of 2009 by Esquire Magazine. Michelle appeared on the Food Network to battle Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, from which the Miami chef emerged victorious. Michelle continues to appear on national television shows, ranging from Top Chef and The Today Show to the Martha Stewart Show. This 14-piece Induction Ready Forged Aluminum Cookware Set includes: 1-1/2-inch-quart Sauce Pan with Tempered Glass Lid, 3-quart Sauce Pan with Tempered Glass Lid, 5-quart Stock Pot with Tempered Glass Lid, 11 4-quart Saute Pan with Tempered Glass Lid, 9-1/2-inch Fry Pan, 8-inch Fry Pan.

  • Available at Macy’s.com and Amazon.com
  • Designed and hand selected by Michelle Bernstein herself
  • This 10-pc set includes:
    • 5qt Dutch Oven with Lid
    • 11” (4qt) Sauté Pan with Lid
    • 9.5” Open Skillet
    • 8” Open Skille
    • 1.5qt Sauce Pan with Lid
    • 3qt Sauce Pan with Lid
  • Made from Forged Aluminum with a double layer, high gloss color silicone polyester exterior
  • .4mm body with .5mm base and edges
  • Resistant to scratching, abrasions and wear
  • Whitford Interior non-stick coating is scratch resistant and ensures durability: no peeling, blistering or cracking making it easy to clean
  • QuanTanium PFOA Free
  • Metal utensil friendly
  • Stainless steel cast handles riveted to the pan
  • Silicone cool to touch handles
  • Every lid fits on a piece of cookware
  • The light color of cookware interior makes it easy to see what you are cooking
  • Perfect for use on all stovetops; gas, electric, radiant and induction
  • Includes a collection of full-color recipe cards containing some of Michelle Bernstein’s delicious recipes from both of her Miami restaurants
  • Available in Red, Black, Blue and Lemon-Lime

One lucky winner will receive a complete Michelle B. 10-Piece Induction Ready Forged Aluminum Cookware Set.

Giveaway ends August 6th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Lazy Weekend

Our schedule at work has been rough lately and it is only going to get worse.  We had another guy retire on Thursday so we are officially down 4 people.  This past week I only had Friday off and won’t be off until next Friday.  Working night shift, it is really difficult to have only 1 night off because the first day is all about re-cooperating and then it’s time to go back to work.

What did I do on my day off?  Not a whole bunch!  I didn’t even clean that much.  I met up with my brother-in-law’s girlfriend for her lunch break and…that’s it!  I sat around, watched tv, browsed pinterest, and relaxed.

It’s nice to have these down time weekends once in a while.  Now…back to work tonight.   Even though it’s Saturday, the weekend is over for me.

Hope y’all enjoy your weekend!!

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Tonight we are having a potluck at work to celebrate a coworker’s retirement.  We are sad to see him go but excited that he will be able to relax and enjoy retirement.

He is a very healthy eater and we wanted to customize things for him but also for the entire group.  He asked for salad, wheat pasta with marinara, fruit, and wheat bread. I decided to bring the fruit.

I bought 2 lbs of strawberries and bag of grapes.  HE will enjoy the fresh fruit, but I also wanted something that would encourage the other workers to eat the fruit so I wanted to make a cream cheese fruit dip.  I wanted to work with ingredients so I made the following dip.

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

1-8 oz package of cream cheese 

3/4 cup of brown sugar

1 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract

It’s delicious!  And…it got the Hubby’s approval! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Oh how I’ve missed you…Coupons!

I used coupons yesterday!

Yep!  COUPONS!  I haven’t cut or used a coupon in years now.  When I was in college I used them all the time and saved drastically on my monthly household items bill.  Well, yesterday I finally used coupons.  It gave me that same thrill of a good find like I used to.

So, what was my re-inaugural coupon purchase?

I went to Target and this week they have a pretty good toilet paper deal.

Cottonelle 12-pk. mega roll- $10.49

If you buy 2 you get a $5 GC to use on a future purchase.

Use 2 of the $2/1 Ultra Comfort Care 12 pk Mega Roll

and

2 of the $0.50/1 Cottonelle Mega Roll 12 pk or Double Roll 16 pk+ Target coupon Smart Source insert on 6-24-12 (I only had 1)

Overall I paid $16.48 and got a $5 Target GC back for “32”rolls!

(Could be $15.98 if you have 2 $0.50 off coupons)

Pretty good Deal!!

Do y’all coupon?  Did you get this or plan on getting this great deal?

House Shopping- #1

We’re HOPING to buy a house!

The Mr. and I have lived together for 2 1/2 years and now that we are married, we would really like to buy a house and stop renting.  We’ve done a lot of research and are currently not using a Realtor.  We don’t like the idea of committing to one person until we find someone that we really feel has our best interest in their mind.  Since we aren’t working with anyone yet, every time we meet to view a home it is also a mini interview to see if we would like to work with them.

We went to view a 3rd house today, but let’s start from the beginning.

The first home was a HUD home that was a HUGE fixer upper.  Way too much work for us now.  No go.

The second home was really nice, but not for the high price they were asking for it.  It looked really nice online, but in person it wasn’t as impressive.  And if I’m paying more than I would like to for a home, it better impress me!

So, today…we went to go view the 3rd home.  We really liked the area and although the house was smaller than we would like, the area was the selling factor.  We went at 3pm to view the home.   Well, we thought we were going to view the home.  We actually just got to view the outside of the home for 30 minutes since the agent NEVER showed up.  Mind you…we went early so that we could scope out the neighborhood a little beforehand.  Forty-five minutes later, we left.  We called her cell phone twice and the office once and never heard back from ANY of them.  The whole situation was just completely unprofessional. It’s actually unfathomable that they could stay in business if they work their business this way.  I mean…this is their job!   When we got home I cooled down for an hour because I was still pretty upset and tried to call the office again.  The secretary answered and apparently at 4:30 pm they were all gone for the day.  I asked if they were out showing and if they would return and she said the were gone.  I asked what time they would be in tomorrow and she said 11 am.  Really?  I know that they don’t have to go in the office that much because most of their job can be done from any computer, but if that is the case, shouldn’t they be picking up their cell phones?  Ugh!

Overall, if you are looking for customer service and are in the Houston area DO NOT work with Pathway Real Estate Advisors.  The agent that never showed and never returned our calls was Florida Dotson, but based on my experience with the office staff, I wouldn’t work with anyone at this place again.  Please, save yourself the trouble!

*Vent over*

Hopefully House Shopping will go up from here!

The Big Event! BBQ Giveaway

Hi Y’all!  South Texas Wifey has joined up with many other fantastic bloggers to host The Big Event! BBQ Giveaway!  I am so excited to join in on this and hope that y’all will go and complete ALL the tasks on the Rafflecopter form below!  Good Luck!!   

Big Event Fundraising has helped their customers increase school fundraising results by an average of 93%! Great fundraising ideas improve school fundraising sales by increasing student participation. Big Event’s ideas for fundraising are different from any other fundraising company because their thrilling prize programs motivate more students to sell items from their fundraising brochure. Using innovative incentive ideas and an easy to reach fundraising goal, Big Event Fundraising helps schools have experience higher gross sales than with other fundraising companies.

We proudly welcome you to The Big Event! BBQ Giveaway sponsored by Big Event! Fundraising.

Hosted by Our Full House and Mom to Bed by 8

The winner of the Big Event! Fundraising BBQ Giveaway can select one of the following amazing prizes:

Grill up to 32 hamburgers simultaneously using the wide 520 sq. in. cooking area and array of tools at your disposal on this Char-Broil 4-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill. Its 12,000 BTU flush-mount side burner makes it a snap to prepare a side dish while you cook the main course, and a warming rack keeps completed entrees warm until you’re ready to serve them. Keep your grill tools within easy reach thanks to the built-in storage rack, side shelf and 2 wrap-around stainless steel towel bars.

OR

$200 Amazon Gift Card!

One lucky winner will receive their choice of a Char-Broil BBQ Grill or $200 Amazon Gift Card!

Giveaway ends July 30th at 11:59pm, open worldwide, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Shopping on a Budget

I LOVE to shop!  LOVE IT!

We have an area in town called Rice Village which is right around Rice University and it has all of my favorite shops.  It also has one of my favorite restaurants so we end up going there quite often even though it’s 25 minutes away.

Well, I met a friend up for brunch this morning and we have fairly similar taste in clothes so after we ate, we went shopping.  Shopping…Ugh!  Something we just can’t afford to do right now at THOSE stores.  It’s not that they are high end, but too high for a newlywed couple who is trying to save for a house.  What stores am I talking about?  Banana Republic, Express, and White House Black Market (my favorite!).  And I walked away with NOTHING!!!  Yep!  *Pat myself on my back*  Absolutely nothing!   I was able to contain myself!  I was so happy that I came home and had an e-mail from Old Navy for 20% off with the code ONSAVE20 and shopping through Ebates, I bought 5 shirts, a pair of pants, and skirt all for $46!!!  This is less than 1 shirt at the other stores we went shopping at today!!  And…got $0.84 back via Ebates!  (If you haven’t signed up yet…please go!  If you shop online AT ALL, you should sign up!)

Living on a “budget” has definitely proven to be challenging, but not nearly as bad as I thought.  I’m finding good deals at stores that I wouldn’t have usually shopped at.  I know that I’m not going to stay away from the other stores completely, but this was the first time I had walked in to all 3 stores and walked away with nothing.  Baby steps!

BLOGGERS WANTED: BAGLUXE HANDBAG GIVEAWAY EVENT (5 WINNERS)

5 super lucky ladies are going to win the handbag of their choice…

This giveaway is being hosted by Bella Savvy.

PRIZES:

5 winners will each receive a stylish handbag from Bagluxe (one featured bag or a $50 Bagluxe gift card for the bag of their choice)

Giveaway Open To: U.S. and Canada only

Event Dates: August 6th – August 20th

Blogger Notes: Participation is FREE with announcement post (includes one rafflecopter link — Facebook or Twitter) OR a payment of $4.00 for no announcement post.

Additional links are available for $3.00 each — including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Email, RSS, Stumbleupon

You MUST agree to publish the html provided to you on the specified date by 12:01 am. EST (NO EARLIER)!

READY TO JOIN? Submit your info in the Sign Up Form.

FREE Zooper Twist Giveaway Event Sign Up

 am participating in an amazing free Zooper Twist Stroller giveawayhosted by Mom Powered Media! One super lucky reader will win a Zooper Twist!

Cost: $5.00 or free with announcement post. See bloggers wanted post for more details.
Prize: Zooper Twist Stroller in either Mountain Flowers, Ocean Blue, Canyon Red, or Flax Brown fabric! Average retail value is 199.99.
Giveaway Open to: US and Canada.
The event dates: August 6th- August 27th.

Free Link Option: Facebook
Optional Paid Link Option: Twitter for $3.00.
Special thanks to Real Mom ReviewsMom To Bed By 8 and Powered By Mom for coordinating this great giveaway event!
Blogger Notes: Bloggers worldwide are welcome to participate as long as you have a large amount of US and Canadian traffic to your website.
What is required to join? Fill out this form with your information!

FREE Blogger Opp: Michelle B. 10-Piece Cookware Giveaway (7/23 – 8/6)

The Michelle B. Cookware Event hosted by Mom to Bed by 8 is now open to bloggers!

Cost is $3 or free with announcement post. See bloggers wanted post for more details.

PrizeMichelle B. 10-Piece Induction Ready Forged Aluminum Cookware Set (retail value $199)

Giveaway Open to: US residents

The event dates: July 23 –  August 6

Link options are: Email, RSS, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Pinterest.

Blogger Notes: Bloggers worldwide are welcome to participate as long as you have a large amount of US traffic to your website.

What is required to join? 

  • Fill out this form with your information!
  • You will receive an email from me on or around August 1st you will receive another email from me with the html code for publishing the giveaway.  Note it is required that you publish the giveaway html in full to be included in this event.

Referral prize: The two bloggers who refer the most bloggers and businesses to join will receive $10 via paypal or amazon e-code.

Please say South Texas Wifey referred you! Thanks!!