Sunday, September 30, 2012

Creative Bentos

cute bentos Super Cute Veggie Bentos
Are you already in a RUT packing school lunches every day?  Sadly, I'm getting there REAL quick, and we are just wrapping up the first 6 weeks!  If you are searching for some inspiration for packing creative, healthy lunches for your kiddos, you may want to check out THIS website - they are FULL of great ideas!  They all come from a wonderful site call Bentoriffic, which is DEFINITELY worth checking out.

Finding A Middle Ground

Greetings dear Readers!
I hope all is well in your world.  After a full day and a half of rain, we are enjoying a nice cool, overcast day here in the Park house.  I'm on day 2 without makeup, so you know I'm enjoying myself and relaxing! (And no, I will NOT post a pic!)   :)
You may have noticed that the postings this week have been a little.....sparse.  To say the least.  That's because I've spent all week chilling out, re-assessing, licking my wounds, and (yes) pouting a little.  It has been wonderful, and a great reminder for how productive I can actually be when I don't spend half my day parked in front of the computer!  All of the posts you've seen this week were written and scheduled before my little tantrum post.
After much thought, I'm thinking that I'm going to cut BACK, but not cut out entirely my commitment to Brenda Writes A Blog.  I know a few things for certain - 1) I actually enjoy doing this, and 2) I'm keeping track of all the deals and bargains out there anyway, so I may as well pass the good ones on to you!
So while you won't see as much posted, what you do see should be all the good stuff!  A lot of the sample freebies and stuff are so time-sensitive that all my readers who are getting the email at the end of the day and reading it in their jammies (you know who you are!!!) were missing 'em anyway.
So I'll be trying to give you as much heads up on the good stuff as possible, and less filler.  I'll still try to pass on any good recipes, family updates, crafts and gift ideas - because I LOVE finding those, and I know many of you enjoy that stuff most of all.
We're going to find a middle ground here, folks.  At least that's the idea.  :)
I hope you will continue to read the blog, send me a comment once in a while (I really do enjoy hearing from you), and send all your friends & family this way.  Thank you all for your continued support and to those of you who sent me such kind, encouraging emails this week - YOU ROCK!
Photo: The new 'do!  I like that I can wear it messy, curly, blow it out w/a round brush - and it all looks different.  Easy peasy to take care of.  Did I mention that if you buy a gift card from Great Clips with 5 pre-paid haircuts on it you only pay $9.99 a haircut?!?!  WOW!  I used to pay $60.  Pay no attention to all the grey hair. I blame my children.  :)
P.S.  I also got an adorable new hairdo, which has made ALL the difference.  Ladies, you know what I'm talking about!

FREE Halloween eCookbook!

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New Coupons To Print

Here are a few new coupons that were released this week.  I am LOVING the toy coupons - if you are starting your Christmas shopping early (good for you!), these may come in handy!  Remember, today is the last day of September, so you may want to print out your coupons now, before they go away.  A new month, means new coupons.
$1.00 off one Cinnabon CinnaPoppers$1.00 off one Cinnabon CinnaPoppers

$0.75 off 1 Jimmy Dean Pancake & Sausage Product$0.75 off 1 Jimmy Dean Pancake & Sausage Product

$0.50 off one Flatout Thin Crust Pizza$0.50 off one Flatout Thin Crust Pizza

$1.00 off any FiberChoice 90 ct product$1.00 off any FiberChoice 90 ct product

$0.75 off 1 roll of Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Foil$0.75 off 1 roll of Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Foil

$0.55 off THREE boxes of KLEENEX Facial Tissue$0.55 off THREE boxes of KLEENEX Facial Tissue

$6.00 off two Schick Disposable Razors$6.00 off two Schick Disposable Razors

$2.00 off any Schick Intuition Razor or Refill$2.00 off any Schick Intuition Razor or Refill

Buy 1 Schick Hydro Silk Refill, Get 1 Razor freeBuy 1 Schick Hydro Silk Refill, Get 1 Razor free

$1.00 off any AQUAPHOR product$1.00 off any AQUAPHOR product

$1.00 off any Maybelline NY Eyeliner or Brow Liner$1.00 off any Maybelline NY Eyeliner or Brow Liner

$0.75 off Degree Women motionSENSE product$0.75 off Degree Women motionSENSE product

$4.00 off Schick Quattro for Women Razor or Refill$4.00 off Schick Quattro for Women Razor or Refill

$2.00 off twelve single cans Mighty Dog Dog Food$2.00 off twelve single cans Mighty Dog Dog Food

$3.00 off IRON MAN TRI-POWER Repulsor$3.00 off IRON MAN TRI-POWER Repulsor

$5.00 off MY LITTLE PONY Princess$5.00 off MY LITTLE PONY Princess


$5.00 off TORNADO TOWER Playset$5.00 off TORNADO TOWER Playset

$5.00 off KOOSH SOLAR RECON Ball Launcher$5.00 off KOOSH SOLAR RECON Ball Launcher




$5.00 off MY BABY ALIVE Doll$5.00 off MY BABY ALIVE Doll

$3.00 off PLAY-DOH Playsets$3.00 off PLAY-DOH Playsets

$5.00 off SESAME STREET playset$5.00 off SESAME STREET playset

$5.00 off SPIDER-MAN STUNT CITY Playset$5.00 off SPIDER-MAN STUNT CITY Playset

$3.00 off SPIDER-MAN HERO FX mask$3.00 off SPIDER-MAN HERO FX mask
Books-A-Million Halloween Specials

$2 Off Any Snapily Product

This is one of my favorite photo promotions!  Back by popular demand... HOT2OFF will give you $2 off ANY PRODUCT on the entire Snapily site. There is UNLIMITED use. Which means you can buy again, and again, and again... and use promo code HOT2OFF each transaction!  NOTE:  $2 off can make some of their products practically FREE!
Think Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries.  This is a great opportunity to score some really unique photo gifts for a STEAL!

Here are some ideas for you:

  • Customized 3D Bookmarks
  • 3D Photo Notebooks
  • 3D Backpack Tags
  • Customized 3D Ruler
  • Photo Cards
  • Photo Ornaments
  • 3D Photo Prints

$3 Off Family Size Pizza - Last Day

Don't feel like cooking dinner tonite?  Click HERE to print a coupon to Save $3 off any Family Size Pizza at regular price.  We eat their pizza all the time - the thin crust is SO good!  Today is the LAST DAY to use this coupon.


REMINDER:  TODAY is the last day to get this deal.  These would make really nice Christmas gifts!
Believe it or not, the HOT ArtsCow deal on customized cosmetics bags is BAAAACK!  Thru 9/30/12, you can snag 3 completely customized HIGH QUALITY cosmetics bags for just $8.99 with FREE SHIPPING when you use promo code COSMETIC389 at checkout. 
There are 4 different sizes to choose from S-XL, and these bags can be customized with your favorite personal photos, or I customized some for my kids/nieces with WWE superstars and Justin Beiber.  I just googled their names for high quality photos and they printed soooo nice!  There is no quantity limit, so you can order as many as you want for this price (as long as it's in groups of 3).  
Check out THIS POST where I blogged about this deal last time it was available.  Go HERE to start your order!

Memory Keeper - $20

New 10x10 Memory Keepers
REMINDER:  This great deal is still available!
Paper Coterie has come out with a new 10"x10" Square Memory Keeper.  Now thru October 7th you can get one for just $20 when you enter promo code MIXANDMATCH at checkout.  These are normally $36, so this is a significant savings!  This code will work for either the new square Memory Keeper or the original Memory Keeper.  I actually gave a personalized Memory Keeper to Tim for Father's Day this year, and it turned out SO NICE.  He loved it.  These make wonderful gifts!
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FREE Appetizer Or Dessert At Chili's

Chili's Grill & Bar

Custom Mini Folding Umbrella - $9.99 Shipped

It's raining here today (THANK YOU!), so when I saw this umbrella deal I had to post it.  Custom photo gifts are always a big hit - coffee mugs and photo books are everywhere.  But it's not often that you see a custom umbrella.  This mini folding umbrella is perfect for sticking in your purse or backpack.  I have a sneaking suspicion that my two little guys would REALLY enjoy have one with their dogs and cats on it (especially Jack - he's their fav!).   Thru 9/17 you can get one from ArtsCow for just $9.99, including shipping.  That can't be that much more expensive than you'd pay for a regular umbrella in the store, right?  There are lots of cute templates to pick from - or you can start from scratch.  Enter coupon code SEVENUMBRE at checkout to get this discounted price.  Head HERE for details.