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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Star Trek The Exhibition Meetup

 Join us!!

Saturday January 8th

Riverside Metropolitan Museum
3580 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
 


http://www.riversideca.gov/museum/exhibit-startrek.asp

Meet at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at 3712 Mission Inn Avenue at 11:00

At 11:30 we will go to the exhibition at the museum. Admission is $15.

After we visit the Exhibition we will go for a meal and socializing.

Please see the map: http://bit.ly/fVKdiJ
 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Time to BREEEEATHE

The last few months have been a whirlwind of nonstop motion for me. It's taken a toll on my health, and my mental outlook. I am looking forward to the next two weeks, because I won't have to go anywhere I don't want to! No play rehearsal, no karate, no school, and....The Alien got his restricted driver's license, so he can drive himself to work and his court-ordered meetings. That gives me my daytime freedom back!

Treklet was in Annie last week, and I helped backstage. That meant that we were at the theater every night, and all day Friday through Sunday. It was exhausting, but seeing my little girl onstage was amazing. Frankly, when I signed her up for the show I thought it was Annie, Jr. but it was the full two-hour production! Treklet was in many scenes with five costume changes. She was an orphan, a Hooverville bum, a New Yorker, and the Dogcatcher. I snapped a few phone pics from the wings.
 and even a few videos!

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The day after the show ended, Treklet was back at school with one more big hurdle to get through. She missed belt testing during production week, and had one chance on Monday night to test for her Jr. Black Belt after an 11 day absence! Guess what? She did it! My little Treklet is now a Jr. Black Belt!

So proud of all the hard work that went into this. It took almost 3 years!

Slow time for Freebies

This is all that I've amassed in the last 2 weeks.  A sample of cereal with 4 nice coupons attached, a pair of pink earplugs with a coupon, a Wisconsin cheese guide, and a sample of Folgers coffee (enough to brew one pot and no coupon)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I Know, I've Neglected My Blog!

I've been SERIOUSLY busy with shuttling the husband and kid and trying to get Christmas stuff done. Treklet is in another play, and I'm on stage crew. It's been crazy. Here's my frazzled attempt to catch you up:

The good news is, THE ALIEN GOT HIS LICENSE TODAY!! Woo hoo! He has an ignition lock thingy on his car, and a restricted license for work, so I will have my days back! YIPPEEE! YAHOOO! BAZINGA!!!

I'm not ready to sit back and pop bonbons just yet, though. Treklet will have her "Holiday Concert" at school tonight (missing her final dress rehearsal!) and then bright and early tomorrow morning we will be at the theater for two school performances of Annie. Treklet is the Dogcatcher, as well as an Orphan. We open for the public tomorrow night, followed by two shows on Saturday and a Sunday matinee.

But wait! There's more! Sunday night we are going to the Bethlehem Walk with our BFFs. A local church transforms their outdoor property into Bethlehem and people are escorted through the town in small groups. It's living history! There are mean Roman soldiers, potters, weavers, samplings of olives and bread, a temple, and more. The tour culminates with an overcrowded inn, and finally a stable with a real live Holy Family.

Monday morning The Alien will DRIVE HIMSELF TO WORK, I'll shuttle the carpool to school, then get my teeth cleaned at the dentist, drive to La Jolla to the ankle doctor for the Dead Guy, and be back in time to get Treklet from school and take her to the karate studio for her JUNIOR BLACK BELT TEST.

Speaking of karate, we found out yesterday that Treklet's awesome instructor is being laid off from the studio. I cried real tears. He's been a great influence on her, and she respects and loves him. I appreciate his influence in her life. Treklet has not only learned Taekwando from him, but many other life lessons and positive character attributes. She prayed for him last night, even in her exhausted state, that he will find a new job. Although she likes the Master who will take over her classes, she says Mr. Philip is more fun and doesn't want him to go. She's been with him for almost three years!

I am waaaaay behind in Christmas preparations. The house is decorated (a humongous undertaking) and we have a tree (purchased through a school fundraiser), and I even have all the kids' presents wrapped! However, I am in need of some gifts that need to be mailed and I need teacher gifts by next Thursday! I totally dropped the ball with the Girl Scout leaders. I will have no time to shop until next midweek. I am usually done in November! I also have $30 credit at Shutterfly, so I need to find enough time to produce some sort of card and Christmas letter and get those in the mail for our relatives in the UK, NZ and the Midwest. I think the overseas kids may receive their Christmas checks by New Years. Let's just blame the snail that carries the mail, shall we?

I hope to be all caught up by the end of the week so that Treklet and I can enjoy Christmas break. I have a stack of Groupons I've been saving. We can go to The Museum of Man, Belmont Park, and Legoland Aquarium with them. I also hope to make a trip up to Hollyweird for Universal Studios before our passes expire on the 31st. Maybe we can meet up with some friends up there, too.

Finally, I leave you with some Merry Trekmas. My dear friend since high school, who now lives far, far away in Colorado, sent me a present already. Of course I opened it! This awesome, non-trekkie gal sent me a STARSHIP! It's not every day that you get a starship in the mail! It's the USS Enterprise from the latest movie. We shall call it the Alterprise, since it's from the alternate timeline. ;-)  I seriously doubt that Kirk is gonna fit on the bridge, though.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Safari

I have never shopped Black Friday. It's too hectic, and I never see things advertised that I want anyway. My Christmas shopping is spread out for months, so I don't feel pressured to hit the stores the day after Thanksgiving.

I did look at a few online stores by clicking through their emails tonight. The only one I purchased at was Fredericks, which had the whole site at 25% off and free shipping. Everything I bought was for me. :-)

Treklet's gifts are all purchased, and I need to find one more thing for my eldest. I am stumped on what to get my BFF this year. I usually have a few things squirreled away for her for months! Nothing seems good enough for her this year. I am sending checks for the parents to shop for the nephews and grandkids. They live thousands of miles away (Wisconsin and New Zealand) so I have no idea what they like or what they have, and shipping is very expensive.
Ready for our Black Friday Safari!

While thousands of San Diegans were fighting the mall crowds today, Treklet and I went to the zoo.  We got there early, because I was afraid it would be crowded and parking at Balboa Park stinks. We were pleasantly surprised! At 9:30 a.m. we practically had the place to ourselves. It was pretty chilly, though. We hit the reptile house first (she always makes me go in there first), then spent a long visit with the Galapagos Tortoises.

We saw the IMAX movie Galapagos last week. It was excellent, and as soon as it was over we made a plan to visit the zoo's tortoises over Thanksgiving break.  I am fascinated with anything Galapagos. When I was about Treklet's age I did a report on the marine iguanas. I can remember using tracing paper and the Encyclopedia Brittanica to illustrate my report.  I have wanted to take an Expedition Cruise there ever since.


Many of San Diego's Galapagos tortoises are over 100 years old!

We cruised through the Children's Zoo next. The have installed a new play structure, by the way. We spent most of our time there looking at creepy-crawlies.
She's sweet as honey.


"Help me!!" (in an itty bitty fly voice)
Then we headed across the park to the giraffe exhibit to line up for feeding time. We visited the koalas on the way there. After I tweeted several times from the zoo, my pal Ernie replied to me with a #BlackFridaySafari, so of course I stole that hashtag for my posts, and for this blog title. It was brilliant! We were first in line, so the giraffes were excited! Treklet got 3 biscuits, and gave them all to one very sweet giraffe while I took pictures and a video.


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Back to the opposite end of the park again, to hop on the Skyfari. By now it was after noon and it was getting crowded. We rode to the top and spent a while at Polar Bear Plunge.


At first I was disappointed that the bears were not in their enclosure, but then a keeper went inside and put some big beef bones and treats on the ground. Shortly thereafter, the door opened and ou walked the first bear. He was huge.
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A few minutes later another, slightly smaller bear came out. The bones were a hit!




 We rode the Skyfari back to the front of the zoo. We were done. That's right! We didn't visit Elephant Odyssey, Monkey Trails, Tiger River, or the Pandas. We had enough. Not too much, just enough. We were home by 3:00 and Treklet spent the rest of the day and most of the evening with her pal down the street. Now that's how you do a Black Friday.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

FREE Photo Gifts & My Mailbox is Bursting!

Now through Saturday, create an 8 x 10 photo collage online at Walgreens and enter code THANKSGIVING at checkout. Pick up your photo at your local store and pay NOTHING. I made one for a gift in about 10 minutes (the hardest part is choosing which photos to upload).  You can also get 70% off desktop calendars with the code HOLIDAY70.

My mailbox has been BURSTING with FREEBIES this week. I could barely get them all in one picture. Check it out!
Ester C Gummies with a $2 off coupon
Toms of Maine Wicked Fresh Toothpaste
(2) Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer w/ $1 off coupon
Gucci Guilty Eu de Toilette
Mariani Cinnamon Raisin Bread Flavored Raisins
Sunset Magazine
(2) got2b Ultra Glued Styling Gel
Vaselnine Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion
MegaRed OMega 3 Krill Oil 5capsules
Kotex U Sampler with $1 off coupon
Purina One Smart Blend Lamb and Rice Dog Food

What was in YOUR mailbox this week?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A few freebies

FREE sample of Vaseline Intensive Care here
FREE sample of Starbucks Natural Fusions Vanilla Coffee here
FREE sample Purina One dog or cat food here
FREE item (up to $13) with $10 purchase at Bath and Body Works here
 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Comic Con

Last month tens of thousands of people were disappointed when San Diego Comic Con's web server failed on the highly anticipated registration day. Official assured fans that everything would be fixed and ready to go at 6 a.m. today.

Once again, tens of thousands of people are sitting in front of an error screen this morning. I am not even that excited about the con. I am burnt out on the long lines, the smelly crowds, the disappointments, and the stress. It's a cheap con for me to attend, since I need no hotel, and I've met dozens of celebrities there over the past few years, and have a sweet autograph and photo collection. However, I think I'm going to count this registration FAIL as a sign. I will go to the Gaslamp in the evening for a tweetup or two, and spend my days frolicking at the beach or zoo with Treklet. That's a much better use of my time. Besides, all the panels end up online within a week, and those celebs? They are just humans, like you and me. Sometime later I might try to get a Sunday pass, just so I can go to Starship Smackdown, but I'm  not going to sweat it. Que sera, sera.

Treklet and I do have tickets for Phoenix Comic Con in May. I look forward to a less crowded, more intimate setting, where I won't have to fight huge crowds and worry about losing my 8 year old. I think it should be a fun week for me and my little nerdlet.

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Comic-Con 2011 Attendee Registration is Now Open!

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!


Once more, unfortunately, there have been issues with Comic-Con registration. So we have, again decided to close it down.

We are well aware that many people have taken time from work, school or other activities and others woke up very early. There really is no way to convey our level regret for this turn of events.

We are currently researching our registration options.

Badge sales will be online only -- there will be no onsite sales of badges! Supplies are limited.

Please note: Currently 4-day Badges with Preview Night are SOLD OUT due to onsite sales at Comic-Con in July. 4-day Badges without Preview Night are available. All 4-day Badges purchased online once registration opens will be WITHOUT Preview Night.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Some FREEBIES and coupons for this Rainy weekend.

Treklet's off to a pizza party at Karate, then rehearsal for her next show, Annie. It's a rainy day, perfect for catching up on laundry, chores, my Google Reader,  and blogging. Here's what I've found for you:


$10 off $30 at World Market here
Go here and sign up for a coupon for Driscoll's berries.
15% off at Staples coupon good this weekend here
FREE sample of Nature's Bounty Adult Gummies here
FREE sample of Hearos Ear Plugs here
$25 for $50 worth of stuff at Nordstrom Rack here
BPGO Holiday drinks at Starbucks this weekend
FREE sample Snoozin' Natural Sleep Aid here
FREE Christmas MP3s at Amazon here
FREE item with purchase at Bath & Body works here
Family Christian Stores 25% off this weekend here
Buy 2 get 2 FREE jar candles at Yankee here
$10 off $50 at Pier One Imports here

FREEBIES at CVS this week (starting Sunday):
Advil PM (4 ct.), $0.99
Get $0.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
FREE after ECBs!
Excedrin Migraine PM or Extra Strength (8 ct.), $0.99
Get $0.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
FREE after ECBs!

Here's what came in my mailbox this week:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Look what I got Today!!

Yep, I got my Starfleet Mom license plate today! It took 10 weeks to come in, and then I spent 2-1/2 hours at the DMV today, but it was so worth it!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Black Friday Deals are Everywhere!

Amazon has announced that they will be having a week of Black Friday deals starting Nov.22nd. They will have deals all week long and will have different deals everyday!
Get all the details here as well as links to follow them via Facebook and Twitter!

Lots of stores have released their Black Friday ads. Here are some links:

Walmart
Best Buy
Toys R Us
J C Penney
Radio Shack
Target
Lowes
Kohls
Macys
CVS
Right Aid
Walgreens

Willy Wonka and The Germ

I haven't posted lately because we've been swamped with production week and I'm sick! I have been saving my freebies to show you, though, and I signed up for a bunch more on Saturday.
 Barilla sent me a game and a bunch of coupons, including one for FREE pasta.
Target sent me a FREE sample if Tide Acti-Lift and a $1 off coupon and a FREE Glad Odor Shield trash bag with a $1 off coupon.
I got FREE sample of Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream, a FREE .5 oz bottle of Crisco Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a coupon for a FREE cup of coffee at 7-11, and Sam's club sent me Poise pads.

What was in your mailbox this week?

Treklet and the entire cast did an amazing job with Willy Wonka, Jr. They performed 5 shows in all. Here is my darling Oompa-Loompa:


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I love FREEbies in my mailbox!

Great week for FREEbies! Here's what I got!
FREE 3 oz ample of Wellness Dog Food and coupon
FREE Venus Embrace 5 Blade Razor
FREE sample of Curel Sensitive Skin Remedy
FREE sample of Root Awakening Shampoo, Conditioner and Smoothing Lotion with a $1 off coupon
FREE sample Shout Color Catcher
FREE sample Garnier Moisture Rescue and $1 off coupon

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Traditions

Ever since The Big One was a little munchkin, we've been making mini-pumpkin bats and spiders for Halloween. It's a simple craft project for kids, and we use them to decorate our yard and house. We have even given them as little gifts some years.

Basically, what you need is a bunch of mini pumpkins with good stems, chenille stems (pipe cleaners), black contruction  paper or foam sheets, Sharpies or acrylic paints, string, glue, and optional googly eyes.

Kids can make bat and spider faces on the pumpkins. Then an adult can poke holes in the pumpkin for the pipecleaners. I  used to use a nail to poke the holes, but it hurts your hand! Now I use my little electric screwdriver with a small drillbit.

For bats: Cut wings from the paper or foam and attach a pipecleaner to each wing, with a bit hanging over the inner edge. You can glue or staple the pipecleaner on. Stick the free edge of the pipecleaner in the holes and attach a string or piece of fishing line to the stem for hanging. I like to make sure the string stays attached with a little hot glue.

For spiders:  use 8 pipecleaners for each spider. Curl or twist or bend the legs in any way you like. Attach a string or fishing line to the stem.

We hang our spiders from trees in our front yard and the bats hang from our Christmas light hooks on our gutters. They look cute-creepy, not scary.

Don't make them too far in advance of the big day, especially if you live where it's warm like we do. Otherwise, your pumpkins will turn mushy and disgusting. We aim for about 3 days before Halloween.  Have fun!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sad News Today

I have a very dear friend. We have known each other since high school, about 35 years! We don't live close by anymore, as she moved a few years ago to Colorado, but we keep in touch and even visit in person now and then. When she lived in California, I got to see her parents and sisters quite often, when they came out for a visit. When my family took a road trip 10 years ago we even stayed with her parents in Illinois for a few days. Her dad is my husband's age and they get along very well, which is a testament to her dad's wonderful personality and godly outlook!

She comes from a very close Armenian family. She is the eldest of three sisters, and I have often envied the relationships they have. I do have two brothers, but they are 20 years my senior, and we are not very close, geographically or otherwise.

I got a text from her today that said her dad is in stage 3 malignant bladder cancer. He will begin radiation treatments in the morning. The prognosis is for a 70-80% chance of stopping the growth with a 5 year maximum longevity. Chemotherapy will follow the radiation.

The news hit me like a brick! My own father died of bladder cancer the year before I met my friend. I was 14, and for 5 years my dad was a man we visited in the VA hospital who came home for periods of time, but never returned to work. It was horrible. All the memories of my mom struggling with a menopause, a tween daughter, and having to go back to work came back to me. CANCER SUCKS. It sucks the life out of people who have it and of those they love.

I would like to believe that cancer treatment has come a long way in the last 35 years, but i just can't. I don't see that his treatment plan is any different than my dad's. My dad ended up having his bladder removed, and the cancer spread until he also had a colostomy. He was a big man, probably 250 pounds, and weighed about 90 when he died. It was sickening to watch, but even worse was hearing my mom crying in her room at night. I will always remember the phone call in the middle of the night when he passed away.

I texted my friend back. I told her I was sorry to hear it, and inquired about her mom. She said her sister was there and was a blessing, and that her and her other sister in AZ would be traveling back to Illinois soon. I tried then to call her and got a voicemail. I left a sappy message, but was actually relieved she hadn't answered, because I was all choked up and started to cry, which would not have been very comforting.

I later got an email from the youngest of the sisters, basically repeating the news. I composed an email back, and copied it to my friend. I assured them I would pray for guidance and wisdom for the doctors, peace and patience for Iris, comfort and healing for John. I also said that I was thankful that he has the Lord, and such amazing daughters.

I've been sad ever since. I know there is nothing I can do, but I wish I could just wrap my arms around those wonderful women and the amazing parents that raised them. God bless them as they climb this most difficult mountain.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Now I'm getting FREEBIES in Spanish!

Love this tip from MojoSavings. I clicked on all three links and they all worked. I should be receiving 3 FREE samples from Dove.

And here's a sample of Vaseline Intensive Rescue.

And finally, WHO WOULDN'T WANT THIS?? 
Weeping Angel

Warning! NSFD (Not Safe For Dieting)

By popular demand, here is the incredible recipe I talked about on Twitter today.
I got the October issue of Family Circle for FREE and just look at the cover!


Here is the recipe, as found in the magazine:

FOUR CHEESE WITH BACON
1 box (1 lb) box cavatappi pasta
6 slices bacon, diced
1 T butter
3 T flour
2 C 2% milk
1/2 tsp onion flakes
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 C shredded colby-jack cheese (4 oz)
1 C shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
8 slices Kraft Deli Deluxe American cheese (6 oz)

1) Heat oven to 350 deg. Coat a 3 qt. broiler-safe baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.

2) Cook cavatappi 8 min in boiling water, then drain. Meanwhile, in medium-size saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels. Carefully pour off drippings, returning 2 T to pan. Add butter.

3) Whisk in flour until smooth. In a thin stream, whisk in milk. Stir in onion flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over med-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. In large bowl, toss together cheddar, colby-jack and mozzarella.

4) Remove milk mixture from heat; whisk in American cheese and 1-1/4 cups of the cheddar mixture. Toss bacon pieces with remaining shredded cheese.

5) In pasa pot, combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce. Pour half into prepared dish. Sprinkle with a generous cup of the bacon-cheese mixture. Repeat layering.

6) Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Broil for 3 minutes until top is lightly browned. Cool slightly before serving.

Makes 10 cups. A million calories each serving.

Now I made some necessary changes in order to use the ingredients I had on hand. Being a bacon freak, the first change I made was to use twice as much bacon. I have no idea what cavatappi is when it's at home, so I used medium shells. I don't have onion flakes either, so I just used pepper and seasoned salt.

The cheese was another modification. I had some shredded medium cheddar in the freezer, some Italian blend shredded cheese, and some orange and white shredded blend, no longer in it's original package, but I assumed it was cheddar & Jack or a Mexican blend.  I just mixed it all up. Tasted fine to me!

I baked it in a stoneware casserole dish and it came out looking quite pretty.

Most importantly, it earned the Treklet Seal of Approval.

Want FREE coffee?

Request a FREE sample of Thomas coffee here.
FREE Stayfree sample here
FREE sample of Dove Go Fresh deodorant here 

FREE sample of Toms of Maine Wicked Fresh Toothpaste here
FREE sample of iFlora probiotics here
TGI Fridays is offering a FREE appetizer to anyone in costume on Friday & Saturday, and kids in costume eat FREE on Sunday. Details here.
FREE 14 day supply of Enzymetica Digest Basic here. Use promo code TASTE
ESPN Magazine for only $3/year here.  Use coupon code 8138 at checkout.
Yankee Candle coupon here for $1 votives & tarts. .

FREE Balance Bars at Walgreens Wed. - Sat. Here's how:
Buy 1 Balance Bar at $1.59, Get $1.59 Register Rewards
Buy 2 and use the Buy One, Get One Free coupon from the 10/10 SmartSource insert
Get both free after coupon and Register Rewards 

This week's mailbox freebies

Wow, there's a lot since my last post!

*$3 reward certificate from Hallmark
* FREE Cottenelle Wipes coupon
* FREE sample of Jergens moisturizers
*FREE sample of Cold-Eeze Zinc lozenges
*FREE sample of Tampax
* 2 FREEsamples of Playtex Sport
* High-value coupons from P&G
* FREE sample of Your Life Adult Gummy Vitamins
* FREE sample of Wisk
*FREE Zone Perfect Cookie Dough Bar coupon
* FREE sample Dove Hair Care

Thursday, October 21, 2010

What can you get for free this week?

Do I sign up for every freebie? Well practically. If they're gonna send it, I'm gonna take it. If I can't use it, someone can, whether it be a shelter, a collection at church, or a visitor. For instance, there is currently a collection of magazines at church for the troops, so free issues are going in that bag. 

I've combed my Google Reader and found these today: 

FREE 8 x 10 photo at Walgreens. Order online, use code 8X10TREAT and pick up at the store to avoid shipping.  Expires 10/23
FREE MP3 here of Best Song Ever by Katie Arminger
FREE sample Crest Whitestrips here
Kodak 20 FREE Photocards ($2.99 shipping) or 50 FREE prints, and more here
Restaurant.com $25 gift certificates for $2. Use code PUMPKIN at checkout.
Mojo Savings has a list of FREE stuff you can get at WalMart this week with coupons here.
FREE sample of Le Natural cosmetics when you join the mailing list here.
FREE pumpkin carving patterns here, here, here, and here
FREE eBook Living Rich By Spending Smart here.
FREE book. The Nativity here.
FREE sample Poise pads here.
FREE subscription to Mens Fitness here.
Like Carmex on Facebook for a chance to win FREE products every day.
FREE spaghettti at Buca de Beppo on 10/25, no coupon needed. Details here
FREE sample of Fat Hair here
FREE Sephora when you download the app. Details here
FREE Sports Cards when you Like Breaker Brothers on Facebook, then request from their website  I asked for Chicago Bears cards!
Add the Fresh Healthy Recipes Organic and Natural Food Guide to your cart and then use coupon code NEAFREE to get it FREE.
FREE business cards or invitations at Vista Print (pay shipping)
100 FREE prints for new members at See Here 

Don't forget to sign up at All You for the Daily Freebie offer. Each day you will get an email with a link to sign up for a different freebie.  

My Weekend and My Mailbox

I was away at Hollywood/Trek Xpo over the weekend, and had a great visit with some of my convention pals. The convention wasn't very well attended, by talent or fans, but those few of us that already knew each other had a wonderful visit!

Although I fought with a horrible headache all weekend, I still had enough respite from it to spend loads of time laughing with my friends Melissa, Patsy, Ernie, Kurt, Terry, Alan, Mary, John and Brett

I enjoyed the few panels I saw. I got giggly with Ernie at the BSG panel and I watched Kurt drool over Suzie Plakson at the TNG panel. I laughed my head off with Melissa and Patsy at John Billingsley, who later joined our group for snacks in the bar. I was fascinated by Cirroc Lofton's knowledge of Ethiopian history and the Ark of the Covenant.





Friday night Patsy, Missy, Kurt and I went to Citywalk, where I mercilessly flirted with the waiter at dinner and got a ride back to the Hilton in a fire engine! Yep! LA Station 76 rocks!!Oh, and we got them to sing Happy Birthday to Melissa (her birthday is in April!).


Saturday night I enjoyed a burger and very fun conversation with Kurt, but my Klingon Code of Honor prevents me from sharing the topic. Death Before Dishonor! I almost didn't go out at all that night, because I felt like my brains were going to explode through my eyeballs, but a handful of Naprosyn, a nap, a bit of scotch, and lot of laughter fixed me right up. Thanks Kurt and Ernie for salvaging my evening!

It's so good to have friends that love the same things you do. Star Trek, and Sci Fi in general, is so great for bringing people from all different walks of life together with a common interest. I love my Contourage!


Here's what I got in my mailbox this week:
3 FREE bags of gourmet popcorn from The Popcorn Factory
2 FREE magazines
FREE Super Sticky Post-It Notes
FREE Crest Pro-Health for Me toothpaste sample with 5 $1 coupons and a $2 coupon
FREE 12 oz bag of Green Mountain Coffee with a FREE travel mug


That last one was my favorite. :-)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The FREEBIES are pouring in

So far this week I've got a FREE sample of Crest Outlast toothpaste, a coupon for a FREE bottle of Advil, a coupon for a FREE 18 count package of RePhresh tampons with 2 coupons for $1 off, a FREE Quaker Life Cinnamon Roll Raisin Pecan bar with a $1 coupon for more and a $1 coupon for Hearty Medleys oatmeal, 2 packages of Emergen-C, 2 $10 gift cards for Pei Wei and a FREE visit from my chiropractor.

I got the Pei Wei cards because I tweeted about my poor service and mediocre meal there on Monday. Pei Wei saw my tweet and messaged me. The giftcards arrived just 2 days later with a note that want me to have an awesome Pei Wei experience.

My awesome chiropractor is having Patient Appreciation Day and is offering a FREE adjustment.The catch is you have to bring in 3 cans of food for charity. She also sent me a certificate to refer a friend for a FREE X-ray and adjustment. Let me know if you want it!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Now you can get the free natural dogfood too!

Remember last week I got an $18 bag of dog food for FREE? Well here's the link for you to get it, too!
https://www.naturaadvantage.com/coupons

I got the 6.6 lb bag of EVO, but there are 3 other brands to choose from.

A coupon will come in the mail. Don't tear it. Bring the whole sheet to the pet store you choose at the above link and all you pay is tax! If you go to Kahoots, you will also get a free sample of their brand dog food.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Can you say FREE??

Oh my gosh, I've been too busy to blog, or even tweet this week! But I did want to take a couple of minutes to show you all the FREE stuff I got this week.

The Best: remember when I posted all those pet freebies? Well I got my coupon good for a free bag of natural dog food, redeemable at Kahoots. Since it was near school, I stopped by on my way to pick up Treklet yesterday and this is what I got:
6.6 oz bag of EVO Dog Food and 2 sample bags of Kahoots Dog Food.

The EVO dogfood is one of the best natural diets out there. It's grain free...and VERY expensive! This bag is $18.48 BUT I GOT IT FOR FREE! The clerk also gave me a sample bag of 2 different flavors of the Kahoots brand dogfood, too. Now THAT was a score!

Amazing Wags Trip:  I got all this for 36 CENTS:
7 bags of Quaker Rice Snacks and 2 Nivea Tinted Lip Balm  

Yes, you read that right! THIRTY-EIGHT CENTS. I had 7 coupons for .75/1 that came out of Quaker product boxes. I also had 2 Nivea Lip Care coupons for $1/1. Each item was on sale for .99 and I also had $2 RR.  Woot! My girls love those rice snacks in their lunchboxes and the lip care will make great stocking stuffers.

My Mailbox:  Finally, here is a pic of all the freebies that came in my mailbox in the last week:

Tena pads, Organic Feminine Pads, Kashi TLC bar, Wisk, Tasters Choice and Oxy Clinical  

Most of the samples also came with high-value coupons. I wonder what's going to be in my mailbox today?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Freebies!


Play the Fresh Express Salad Spinner sweepstakes daily, and you'll be entered to win one of eight iPads, a Garmin GPS, or FREE salad for a year! Plus you'll have the option to print a $1/1 Fresh Express Salad Kit coupon. It's not as easy as it looks to get the spinner to stop where you want it!

Click on the “Like” button on the Bath & Body Works Facebook Page and then you’ll be able to print a coupon for a free 2-oz. Secret Wonderland Lotion. No purchase is necessary.

Facebook likers of Regal Cinemas can get weekly printable coupons (this week it's $2 off Dibs today).

Visit your nearest Estée Lauder Counter in October and receive a 10-day supply of your ideal liquid foundation in your shade. No purchase necessary.

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