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My husband loves italian, but we hardly ever go out for it because it’s kind of expensive. But I just stumbled across an email club for Macaroni Grill that mike be useful for our next date night! Joining “The Dish” will get you $5 dollars towards your meal just for signing up. Sounds good to me!

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Near Disney: 12148 Apopka-Vineland Rd. Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Near Universal: No location available.

Near UCF/ Waterford Lakes: 315 N. Alafaya Trail Orlando, Florida (Waterford Lakes Town Center)

Near the Airport: 9333 Airport Blvd Orlando International Airport

What’s you favorite Italian food? Sound off below!

I was watching an episode of Good Eats the other day and got a hankering to make some soft pretzels. The recipe can be found here and most of the ingredients are readily available in any kitchen. The only problem I ran into was that my dough was really sticky and every time I went to form the pretzels and then move them to the baking sheet, they would fall apart. I added a little more flour and decided to make them into sticks (or logs) instead. I also sprinkled a little sugar with the salt to cover the pretzels before baking.

  What do you think? They are SOOOO good! Hubby made a nice dipping sauce with some melted butter, parmesan cheese, and garlic. A nice honey mustard would also be great.

What do you like on your pretzels? Looking forward to hear if you have tried this and what you put on it. Comment below!

Remember how I wrote about Amigos restaurant in Waterford Lakes? Well, today there is a Groupon for $20 worth of food for only $10! This deal expires in 2 days, so get on it!


Thanks to Whosaidnothinginlifeisfree for the heads up.


One of my favorite things to do is get free things, and my most favorite is Amazon gift cards. If I build a up a pretty good stash of gift card credits, then any time I need something, whether it be a movie (streaming or dvd), music, books, or whatever, it’s free! So far I have found 2 places where I can get gift cards with just a few moments of my time.

My Points– they will send you a few emails a day. If you click the link in most of the emails, you get 5 points. If you take advantage of the offer you get more. I usually just get points from emails, and it takes me about a year to get enough for a $25 dollar gift card. However, I just discovered Bzzagent from this blog posting. Sometimes Bzzagent will award you a few Mypoints for doing surveys and such! Find out more ways to earn Mypoints here.

SwagBucks– there are so many ways to earn Sb’s and you can learn some of them here. The least time consuming was using the SwagBucks search and getting points for searching. 450 Sb’s gets you a $5 Amazon gift card. You can also do surveys, polls, and tasks which can get you even more.

If I had more time to spend, I would definitely be racking up the points. But every little bit helps.

Where have you found to earn Amazon Gift cards? Post em below! (Christmas is coming!)

Thanks to Whosaidnothinginlifeisfree and Addicted to saving for the info.

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Amazon is offering a $5 credit when you connect your Amazon and Twitter accounts and Tweet their special message. GO HERE and link your accounts and follow the directions.

Once you are done you will get a message saying “Congratulations!  We have successfully applied a $5 credit to your Amazon.com account, good for movies and TV shows at Amazon Instant Video.”

It should come as no surprise to you that there is another post about sandwiches.  My husband requested a trip to our local Pita Pit today, and it did not disappoint. First off, we found coupons in both the Orlando Weekly and Bogo Magazine. You can also access Bogo Magazine online and print coupons directly from there. Once there, sign up for their email club to get special offers.

We had a “buy one pita combo get one  pita free” coupon and each got falafel pitas. You can also choose from your favorite cheese and toppings as well as sauces. Most of the meat selections are turkey or chicken, but they do have other options. The only downside is that the store is a little small and kind of loud, especially when it gets crowded. But the eating is great! And we just found out that they do deliver! Look for more coupons in the bags they put your Pitas in TO GO.  Facebook and Twitter…you guessed it!

Near Disney: No locations available

Near Universal: No locations available

Near UCF/ Waterford Lakes: On the corner of Alafaya and East Colonial or down the street from UCF on University.

Near the Airport: No locations available

Have you visited a Pita Pit recently? What do you order? Post below!

Yesterday during our many outings, our little group paid a visit to Gamer’s Inc.  It is tucked away in the Waterford Towers, so sometimes it seems it does not get much foot traffic. This is a shame because it is an awesome place to find new and used games and equipment. They have have some consoles for pretty cheap. Plus they refurbish items as well!

It had been a little while since we had been in there, but they have really spruced the place up, with lots of gaming stations and a nice organized layout. If you are in the area, and like games, you should drop by and see if there is anything you need.

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In honor of it being Sunday (coupon day!), I decided it would be the perfect time to explore where coupons come from. See there’s a momma coupon and a daddy coupon…..

Any serious coupon maven will tell you that the world is your oyster when it comes to coupons. There is no shortage of websites that have links, coupon databases, and email newsletters full of coupon goodness. But where to start? Searching for coupons can be as overwhelming as it is rewarding. My plan is one that is ever evolving, but it works for me. Never be afraid to modify the tips and tricks to make it work for you.

Coupons and where to find them:

  1. Sunday Paper– My family does not read the paper normally, so we purchase just the Sunday edition. I literally open it up, remove all the ads and coupons and recycle the rest. At work there are quite a few people who clip coupons as well, so we will swap the ones we don’t want and get more of the ones we do.
  2. Online Coupon Sites– Once a week I will browse the coupons and print the ones I want. I save the links to these sites to my browser so I get to them faster. Some of these sites include the same coupons, but some don’t. These include Coupons.com, Smartsource.com, Redplum.com, Coupon Network, Saving Star, and Allyou.com.
  3. Points Rewards Sites– Many sites let you print coupons (many of the same from the above sites) but once you use them, you accumulate reward points that can be redeemed for prizes and gift cards. The 2 I use the most are Mypoints.com and Swagbucks.com (more on these 2 sites at another time).
  4. On the individual store’s website– for my area, I can go to whatever store I want to and see what coupons are available. These include Target.com, Winn-Dixie.com, Publix.com, and WholeFoods.com. Publix will actually take store coupons from competitor’s websites as well as price match.
  5. From a Store’s Mailer– for me this usually is only for BJ’s but I know of many other stores that do have mailers with store coupons.
  6. From Facebook and Brand websites– I subscribe to many blogs in order to get the skinny on what brands are offering coupons directly through them. You can read my earlier post HERE to see some of my favorites. Keep on the lookout for sample offers because more than likely coupons will be included as well.
  7. Email Newsletters– when there is a brand I use often or a store I shop at frequently, I go to their website to see if there is some kind of newsletter I can subscribe to. Most of the time this will include some kind of coupon or deal.
  8. Contact the brand directly– Do you like a specific brand and use it a lot? Consider writing them an email and letting them know. Sometimes if you request it, they will send you coupons in the mail.

 Where do you find coupons? Do you think it is easy to find them or confusing? Post comments below.

If you have never been to a Firehouse Subs, now is the perfect time. I am a sucker for sandwiches and this one specializes in good ones. Also, they have a very unique point of view! With an overwhelming array of hot sauces for you to try, ask an employee for the hottest they have, if you dare. One of my friends loves hot sauce, and the employee actually had to put on gloves and get it special out of the fridge. It was black coming out of the bottle and made his head explode. Good times.

You can also mix your own Strawberry Limeade or purchase a large orange pickle that benefits local firemen. The employees at the location we most frequent (Kirkman and Conroy) are always extra friendly and remember us when we come in. I also have a friend who works at the Sand Lake location, so if you go there, be sure to ask for Zachariah (tell him Laney sent you!).

So why is this a perfect time to visit Firehouse? Well, if you sign up for their “Copy That” newsletter right now, you may get sent a coupon for a free medium sub when you buy a sub, chips, and a drink on Labor Day. Even if you can’t take advantage of that particular offer, they are always sending coupons for a free drink with purchase.

My favorite thing to order there is the Engineer (you will come to find out, dear readers, that turkey is my go-to lunch meat!) Another fun way to order is how my brother and roommate do. They tell the employee to order it as if they were making it for themselves. Sometimes this is only for the adventurous, but fun nonetheless.

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Near Disney: Firehouse Subs is located is Hunter’s Creak, about 6 miles away.

Near Universal: Firehouse Subs is located on Sand Lake or at Kirkman and Conroy.

Near UCF/ Waterford Lakes: Firehouse Subs is located just down the street from UCF on University Way.

Near the Airport: No location nearby.

So how many of you love Firehouse? What is your favorite thing to order? Comment below!

Fall is coming (well, it’s coming to other place, although not necessarily to Florida right now!). Colder weather means soup, and that means we will be making it at least once a week. Our family’s favorite: HAMBURGER SOUP

This recipe is a staple in our household and chock full of vegetables. Because of this, when my brother was fairly young, the only way we could get him to eat it was to call it SUPER SOUP. He loved Superman, so if the man of steel was associated with it, count him in! Anyway, my mom was telling us just the other day that the recipe actually came from her mother and that my mom modified it a  little to suit our families ever growing pickiness. I have made this soup for friends and have never found someone who did not like it. Indeed, leftovers never lasted long. It is so easy to make and if you store it in the fridge for a day to eat later, it tastes even better!


Hamburger Soup

feeds a family of 4 about 2x (or less if they are hungry!)


1 lb ground beef, browned

5 cups water

1 16oz can squished tomatoes

2 med onions- sliced

2-4 carrots- sliced and diced

1/3 cup pearl or quick barley

1/3 cup catsup

1 tsp bullion

2 tsp seasoning salt

1 tsp dried basil

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper to taste


– Combine all ingredients and cook on medium until veg is soft and barley is cooked. (approximately 1 hour)


Wasn’t that simple? What is your favorite soup recipe? Comment below!