Sharing Meals At Disney World – Port Orleans Riverside Mill

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Disney Food Review | Wolfgang Puck Express

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Disney Food | Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich At L’Artisan des Glaces Inside Epcot’s France Pavilion

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Sangria For Breakfast?? Where Am I?

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What Color Are Zebra’s Stripes?

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We’re At Disney!!

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Reason Why I Love Disney | Freebies

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Thank You Shopping! How I Got $363 For FREE!

  

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Written by my daughter, Brittany Madden

As you all may remember from a previous post, I was lucky enough to get a Professional Internship at Walt Disney World! I was just so excited, and prepared for months. The only hiccup in my adventure was money. Between living expenses, student teaching in Barcelona, and being a new baby college graduate, my funds had gotten pretty low. But never fear! I have got the savviest Momma around who has taught me all of her money-saving tips. ;)

One of her tips is doing ALL of your online shopping through reward sites. So, for the last few years, I’ve been making my internet purchases (I’m talking clothes, makeup, textbooks, spring break trips, etc…) through Sunshine Rewards or MyPoints. I have also used Swagbucks (imagine Google, but getting paid to search) off and on, and when possible, I always purchase my gas at Speedway.

When I began to stress about finances, I remembered all these reward programs! I had never cashed any of them out, so I was eager to see how much I had accrued. Between all four programs, I had enough points to get $363 worth of gift cards!!! MyPoints proved to be my biggest win, with $175. And I tried to think carefully about my purchases: I got gas gift cards to pay for my drive down to Florida and then researched nearby stores I knew I would shop at.

Here is a breakdown of what I got from each reward site:

  • MyPoints – $100 sent to my PayPal account, $50 Target gift card, $10 CVS gift card, and $10 AMC Theatre gift card (there is one at Downtown Disney!)
  • Speedway – $50 Fuel Card and $50 Vanilla Visa Card
  • Sunshine Rewards – $88 sent to my PayPal account
  • Swagbucks – $5 CVS gift card

How cool is that?! Plus, I cannot get over how it was totally FREE! So let this be a lesson to you all: whenever you shop online, make sure it is through a reward site. My advice is to find your favorite one (or two), and shop exclusively through that website to gain points faster. Also, if you can’t find your store on one reward website, check another. My experience has shown me that it will be somewhere!

For ways to make money online, read my momma’s guide Make Extra Money At Home: My Tips & Recommendations

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Semi-Homemade Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

  

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If you’ve been around here for a while, then you know I’m not a big fruit eater. It’s not that I don’t like it, I’d would just rather have something savory. My husband, however loves fruit, so I sometimes feel a little guilty that I don’t prepare more fruity things for him. Harris Teeter had blueberries for 99¢ a pint a few weeks ago, so I picked some up and decided to surprise him with a something yummy.

If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t really know what I was going to do until I got in the kitchen and was staring at the blueberries. After rummaging around in the freezer, fridge, and pantry, I had all the ingredients on the counter and blueberry “cheesecake” ice cream was born.

Since I’m not a baker or even much of a sweet eater, I’m a big fan of semi-homemade desserts. You can transform a quart of vanilla ice cream so many different ways. Get creative and have fun! And you don’t need a stand mixer. As long as the ice cream has softened up a bit, you can mix it by hand. Mix in a bag of crushed up Oreos for a quick and easy “Cookies & Cream” dessert!

I prefer the Breyer’s Extra Creamy Vanilla because it’s just that…rich and creamy and works perfectly in this dish. Cheesecake is rich but also a little tangy, so the cream cheese and vanilla yogurt really give it that true “cheesecakey” flavor. I might even add extra cream cheese next time. Feel free to change it up, add more or less of whatever you want. This was SO quick and easy!!

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 pints blueberries, rinsed and dried
  • 1 quart Breyer’s Extra Cream Vanilla Ice Cream, softened
  • 8-ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 8-ounces Greek vanilla yogurt

Directions

  1. In a small dish, smash up one of the pints of blueberries with a fork. *
  2. Add all the ingredients to a stand mixer and mix until completely blended.
  3. Pour into a freezer-safe dish, cover, and freeze until set. About 3-4 hours.

* The stand mixer doesn’t completely break down the blueberries, so I smashed some up by hand first to help extract some of their flavor.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe

Semi-Homemade Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  • 2 pints blueberries, rinsed and dried
  • 1 quart Breyer’s Extra Cream Vanilla Ice Cream, softened
  • 8-ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 8-ounces Greek vanilla yogurt

Instructions
  1. In a small dish, smash up one of the pints of blueberries with a fork.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a stand mixer and mix until completely blended.
  3. Pour into a freezer-safe dish, cover, and freeze until set. About 3-4 hours.

Notes
The stand mixer doesn’t completely break down the blueberries, so I smashed some up by hand first to help extract some of their flavor.

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Best Target Deals Through August 30th!

  

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Here are the best Target deals I see all valid through 8/30/2014! Thanks to All Things Target for help with this list!

Barilla Italian Entrees – $1.79 (through 8/30)
Use (1) $0.75/1 Barilla Italian Entree coupon in the 8/3/14 SS Insert (exp. 9/27/14)
and also use $0.75/1 Barilla Entrees Target Coupon
Pay: 29¢

Hormel Rev wraps – 3/$5 or $1.66 each (through 8/30)
Buy 2 = $3.32
Use (1) $1/2 Hormel Rev Wraps Coupon zip code
and use $1/2 Hormel Rev Wraps Target Coupon
and use 30% Off Hormel Rev Wraps Target Cartwheel Discount
Pay: 31¢ each!

Got2B Stylers – $3.99
Buy 3, Get $5 Target Gift Card
Use (3) $2/1 Got2b Styling Item coupon in the 8/3/14 RP Insert (exp. 9/14/14)
Pay: $5.97
Get a $5 gift card
Final Price = 32¢ each!

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HOT Produce Coupon | Save 20% On Bananas

  

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SavingStar has another awesome produce coupon for us!! You can save 20% on bananas through September 1st! See offer info for complete details!

SavingStar works a little differently in that the “coupon” doesn’t come off the total bill, but the amount goes into a SavingStar account for you. Plus, you can use manufacturer coupons on top of it! You can then cashout that money via Paypal, bank deposit, or for a variety of gift cards. I ♥ SavingStar and have cashed out several times! Check it out here (it’s free)!

Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Bananas at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 9/1/2014.Save 20%.
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