Rise and Shine February 8 – Super Bowl coffee commercial, Instant Pot pork roast recipe, Hasbro toys, knife block set, Kindles, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Instant-Pot-Pulled-Pork

Good morning! Well it’s Monday isn’t it!?! I don’t know why they have the Super Bowl on a Sunday – we went to bed way to late last night. Did you watch the big game? I made pulled pork roast in my Instant Pot. A 7 pound pork roast that would have taken 8+ hours in my slow cooker was done in only 75 minutes in the Instant Pot and it was so delicious! I used a local seasoning and poured half a can of local beer over it (local to Alabama) – that’s all it needed. After it was cooked, I poured out a lot of the liquid (greasy) and put a bottle of quality barbecue sauce on it. Serve over ciabatta bread with cheese, more barbecue sauce and pickle chips. :)

Death-Wish-Coffee

Which Super Bowl commercial was your favorite?!! Did you see the commercial in the third quarter for Death Wish coffee? A small company, they won a FREE 30-second commercial spot. Sold on Amazon, Death Wish Ground Coffee, The World’s Strongest Coffee, Fair Trade and USDA Certified Organic – 16 Ounce Bag claims to be the STRONGEST coffee in the world. It’s expensive. . . but I love a good small business story and I love that they sell coffee. . . because a good strong of coffee is a good thing, in my humble opinion. 

Montgomery-to-Phoenix

This morning we hit the road early and we’re heading from Montgomery, Alabama down to the Mobile area. We will spend a few days there before heading to New Orleans! We have a tentative route all the way to Phoenix – which is where we need to be by March 20 to see family. I’d LOVE your suggestions for places to visit or see in Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana. Leave a comment and let us know!

Great-Wolf-Lodge-Discounts-Jan-18

Great Wolf Lodge is back on Groupon! See all Great Wolf Lodge offers here – discounts available nationwide. Prices vary by location and the type of package that you select. For those of you in Washington, here is a discount for the Great Wolf Lodge – Grand Mound location. You can choose from FOUR options for the Grand Mound, Washington – as low as $149/night, with a one-night minimum. See all Grand Mound options here. 

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Have you heard about Evolution Fresh Green Juices? We recently discovered Evolution Fresh green juices – an easy way to get fruits and vegetables on the go. . . and we have an exclusive Evolution Fresh Green Juice coupon for $1 off!  I think you’ll be impressed by the ingredients, #turnitaround and check out the label. Have you tried Evolution Fresh juices before? 

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Rise and Shine February 5 – Selma (Montgomery), Disney World planning, Great Wolf Lodge discount, Costco membership, iPhone 6 case, Bandolino women’s boots, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Selma-Montgomery-march-NP

Good morning! TGIF. . .How are you doing today? Yesterday we drove an hour from Montgomery to Selma (Alabama) along the Selma to Montgomery Historic Trail. The National Park historical trail honors the historic 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 – an integral part in the journey for African Americans to earn the right to vote. The Selma Interpretive Center has some fantastic exhibits about the march and we completed the Junior Ranger badges with our kids there. Then we went to the Lowndes Interpretive Center – about half-way along the trail – it has a very moving video/documentary and amazing exhibits. I cannot recommend the interpretive centers enough – we learned so much and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to expose my children to this important time in history. My hope is they will always live their lives with acceptance, compassion and peaceful love for all human beings – regardless of skin color, religion, geography or any other differences.

Disney-World-DisneyLand-Planner

This morning I shared a long overdue post, 7 Reasons Why I Will Never Plan Another Disney Vacation. If you plan to take a Disney vacation anytime in the near future, I recommend that you read it. I’d love to know what you think about it, too.

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Rise and Shine February 4 – Tuskegee Airmen, hearty soup recipes, Great Wolf Lodge, Costco membership deal, bridal rings and jewelry, Seahawks pillow. . .


Rise-Shine-2016

Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Tuskegee-Airmen-Hangar2

Good morning! What are your plans for today? We had a great day yesterday. . .we drove about 45 miles east from Montgomery to Tuskegee, Alabama to visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic SiteWe toured the hangars where the first African American airmen trained and would eventually go off to fight in World War II. We learned so much about the adversity they faced in the 1940s as they trained to be pilots and the struggles of returning after the war in the heat of the Civil Rights movement. My kids completed the Junior Ranger program, earning a badge for Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site – and we all learned so much. If you’re ever in the area, I recommend visiting this place – and don’t miss the documentary in Hangar 2 – it was phenomenal. After that we visited the Tuskegee Institute/University, which is also a National Parks Historic Site. We just LOVE the National Parks system and the educational opportunities it provides for our family on the road – FREE admission at most locations and so many resources (and great volunteers, employees).

Speaking of being on the road. . . if you drive a Honda or Acura, you might want to pay attention to this big recall. Honda is recalling 2.2 million vehicles because of problems with the airbag, which apparently can explode and send shrapnel flying. That doesn’t sound like a good thing.

Mcdonalds-books-happy-mealsPhoto credit: McDonald’s

In other big company news it would seem McDonald’s is testing the waters and putting books in it’s happy meals thru February 15. I can’t even remember the last time we went to a McDonald’s restaurant . . .but I can tell you I just threw away a happy meal toy earlier in the week when we did a cleaning of the kids toys. Just this week we went to Chick-Fil-A for the first time EVER (our cousins love it here) and the kids were so stinkin’ excited for the books they got with their meals – so I personally think this is a good move, what do you think!?!  McDonald’s expects to hand out 17 million books over the next 2 weeks.

Lasagna-Soup-Damn-DeliciousPhoto credit: Damn Delicious

And speaking of happy meals. . . soup in the winter makes me happy. :) And I found a great round-up of Soup Recipes Hearty Enough to Call Dinner and it has some great recipes – like this Lasagna Soup pictured above. Do you have a favorite soup recipe?

Here are some of my favorite soup and chili recipes I’ve shared on my site: 

Great-Wolf-Lodge-Discounts-Jan-18

If you’ve been waiting for a discount on the Great Wolf Lodge – it’s back on Groupon! See all Great Wolf Lodge offers here – discounts available nationwide. Prices vary by location and the type of package that you select.

For those of you in Washington, here is a discount for the Great Wolf Lodge – Grand Mound location. You can choose from FOUR options for the Grand Mound, Washington – as low as $149/night, with a one-night minimum. See all Grand Mound options here.

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Rise and Shine February 3 – Superbowl Snacks, Janie and Jack FREE Shipping, Disney’s Descendants, Hudson Jeans, Columbia Jacket, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Good morning! It’s Wednesday and I hope you are having a great morning. It’s a rainy start to the day in Montgomery, Alabama. But a little rain is nothing compared to those of you getting pummeled by winter storm Kayla. We opted to stay at my sister- and brother-in-laws last night because of the risk for severe weather in Alabama and I’m glad we did. Although no tornadoes touched down near Montgomery some counties were hit and there was quite a lightning and thunderstorm this morning.

So last night for dinner my sister-in-law made Skyline Chili. . . have you had this before!?! Oh my, oh my. I guess the legend is that it was originally served in 1922 at a hot dog stand outside a burlesque theater. It’s different than your typical southwestern chili because it has seasonings like cinnamon, allspice and cloves. She made it in the slow cooker and we ate it over spaghetti noodles with lots of cheese (onions optional).  She used the recipe out of Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat – nom, nom.

Heinz-superbowl-commercialPhoto credit: Mashable via Heinz

Speaking of hot dogs. . .  you’ll have to check out this Heinz Super Bowl commercial – I think it’s adorable, it’s family friendly and it might just be the cutest Super Bowl commercial this year. We’ll have to tune in Sunday for an official commercial analysis, but it’s in the running for cutest for sure. What do you think!?

28-Superbowl-Snacks-Worth-Watching-Footballphoto credit: Mashable

And speaking of the Super Bowl, this round-up of 28 Superbowl Snacks Worth Watching Football For looks pretty legit. The bacon-wrapped tater tots look amazing and so does the chicken fajita queso dip.

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Rise and Shine February 2 – Happy Groundhog Day, Graco Car Seats, Gymboree FREE shipping, Shopkins, Women’s scarves, storage ottoman, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Montgomery-cousin-memories

Good morning! I hope you are having a good morning. I had the best intentions to wake up early but alas, I pushed the sleep button for waaay longer than I want to admit. Last night we went over to my brother- and sister-in-laws for dinner – we brought over the Instant Pot with Chicken Santa Fe and my sister-in-law made rice to go with it. What used to take all day in the slow cooker is done in about 30-40 minutes in the Instant Pot – it’s amazing!

My kids spent most of the night playing with their cousins – running around, riding bikes, playing Nerf guns and taking the little battery-powered vehicle for a spin. Lots of fun for everyone and it’s always a highlight of traveling when we are near family.

Severe-weather-alabama

This afternoon Alabama (and Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky) are expecting severe thunderstorms and bad weather. I’ve been watching this storm all week on the NOAA website and I’m hoping we aren’t hit too badly here in the Montgomery area. Ideally it would just be a lot of rain and wind – minus any tornados, hail or flooding. And ultimately I’m hoping that everyone in the severe warning areas stays safe! If you live in the predicted areas make sure you have supplies on hand and an emergency plan in place.

Are you planning on hosting or going to a Super Bowl party this weekend? If so, what are you planning to eat? That’s the whole point of the game anyway, right!?  These bacon-covered blue cheese-filled dates are amazing (my photography of them is not amazing). They’ll be gobbled up by the the time they start singing the national anthem. . .

Happy Groundhog Day! Did you hear the news?  Punxsutawnry Phil did NOT see his shadow. . . this means an early SPRING! You can watch Groundhog Day on Amazon if you need something to do today. :)

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Rise and Shine February 1 – Crock Pot Dump Dinners, Stacking Bangle Bracelets, Pyrex, Viva Paper Towels, Playmobil, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Welcome to Monday (and February!), my friends. How was your weekend? I want to hear all about it – leave a comment and tell me what you did. We are hanging out in Montgomery, Alabama this week. My brother- and sister-in-law live here with their kiddos and we are spending as much time with them as we can! We went to my nephew’s basketball game at the YMCA and the kids had a sleepover Saturday night at their cousin’s house (read: date night for Mr. Queen Bee and I, wahoo!). This week we plan to visit the local museums and to dig-deep into Civil Rights history here, I can’t wait to bring this important history to life for my children.

Yesterday we went to Costco. Gosh, I love that place. We’ve been to Costco stores all over the country – and the Montgomery store yesterday was EMPTY. A Costco empty on a Sunday?! It felt like the twilight zone. We took full advantage of the calm and picked up some groceries and lunch at the deli (under $8 for the whole family to eat – yes, please). You can find the newest Costco coupon deals here.

Then yesterday we cleaned out the entire back of our truck and the outside compartments of the Airstream. We hadn’t done this for a couple months and it was sorely needed. Two big bags are headed to a thrift shop today. Even living in 180 square feet and not consuming like we used to – we still seem to collect more stuff than we have room for. We spent a lot of time cleaning and “resetting” things in January, so I’m looking forward to more exploring and fun in February.

24-Crock-Pot-Dump-dinnersPhoto credit: Mashable

I found this great round-up of 24 Crock Pot Dump Dinners over on Mashable. It looks like it has some fantastic recipes and these are just the ticket for saving time on dinner! Basically the premise is you just dump the whole bag into your crockpot so that you aren’t having to prep ingredients early in the day.

So it’s a new month, which means there are TONS of new printable coupons for you over here. 

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Rise and Shine January 29 – I love Home Goods, Facebook conversations, scalloped potatoes, Under Armour, puzzles, more


Rise-Shine-2016

Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Good morning and TGIF. . . it’s Friday and that means we are almost to the weekend my friends. We are hitching up today and headed toward Montgomery, Alabama to see my brother- and sister-in-law and their two adorable kids. Really looking forward to some quality family time this weekend. Do you have any plans this weekend? 

Airstream-bunk-clean

Yesterday was a big CATCH-UP day. We had these kinds of days when we lived in the house, too. We did school like we normally do, but then we spent the afternoon cleaning and organizing things. Most especially going through the kids toys and bedroom area. It’s a much easier process than it was when we lived in our house (now just taking an hour or so, a perk of downsizing) –  and the kids were troopers helping with it all. Then they spent the evening playing in their newly cleaned space with their now organized toys. I’m sure you can relate – kids always want to play in their clean rooms, right!?!

I found some great soft sided bins at Home Goods. . .I love this store and just recently discovered it since hitting the east coast and the south. Think Ross or TJ Maxx but more focused on home decor, organization and kitchen items – all discounted! Soft-sided bins work well in our Airstream because we have metal walls (could be scratched) and rounded corners – so they work especially great at fitting in tight spaces.

Yesterday we had a wonderful conversation over on Facebook about how they are forcing businesses/FB pages to pay to reach the people who like their page to see their status updates. I don’t want to be a whiner, it’s really not my style – but I appreciate you letting me whine about it. Many of you signed up for my email newsletter – which happened to be temporarily offline (doh, the timing was not good!) so I’ll be manually entering those emails today. If you get an email confirmation – make sure and click the link to get signed up. I appreciate that you want to see my stuff and I appreciate that you’re willing to work with me to connect us in other ways – so that we don’t have to count on Mark Zuckerberg to bring us together over a smoking deal or steaming cup of coffee. :) If I haven’t told you lately, I love you.

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Did your community have one of the Walmart stores that closed it’s doors? If so does this mean you’ll be forced to change your shopping habits and if so, where will you shop? We regularly update our Walmart coupon match-ups here.

Scalloped-potatoes-gimme-ovenPhoto credit: Gimme Some Oven

Let’s talk about scalloped potatoes, shall we? I found these Scalloped Potatoes over on Gimme Some Oven and I just might have to fit these into our meal plan this week. They look delightful. You could make these as a side to my Slow Cooker Spiral Ham recipe and I think all would be right in the world. If this doesn’t fit into your gluten-free, dairy-free, calorie-free diet for 2016, I’m sorry to tempt you. . . you can always refer to the Quinoa bowls I posted in yesterday’s Rise and Shine.

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