Fresh Fruit & Coconut Water Popsicles

Fresh Fruit & Coconut Water Popsicles

Summer is  here, and that means pool days, outside fun, popsicles and ice cream! I want my child to enjoy all the fun that life and summer has to offer.  However I want to cut out some added sugars if and where I can. Trust me when I say I am not a perfect Mom by any means. These popsicles are just perfect for that!

We love Coconut Water in this house. The regular one and the pineapple flavored one. I had popsicles molds to try some different recipes through the summer and I thought why not use Coconut water as a base, and from there these popsicles where created and my sweet tiny human loves them.

NEED:

Coconut Water- amount will depend on your molds

Fresh or frozen fruit

Popsicle Molds ( You can find them here or also these that are disposable. )

I had tons of fruit in the fridge so we used pineapples, strawberries raspberries and black berries. Start with chopping up your fruit. I chopped mine up pretty small because I wanted my toddler to be ok with it, and my molds were pretty small. New molds have been ordered for more popsicles!

Add  fruit into each one, then coconut water,  more fruit at the top. Take a utensil and mix them a bit so hopefully the fruit will  spread out. It really did not take a whole lot of fruit to fill these guys up pretty well. After you fill them up, add in the sticks and they are ready to go in the freezer. Make sure to freeze them for a good 24hrs.

Grab them out of the fridge on a hot day for a yummy treat and enjoy. These are not only a much healthier option, but they are also super hydrating because of the electrolytes in the coconut water. Also Mamas out there they are so great for teething. We absolutely love these popsicles and I can’t wait to try lots of new fun recipes this summer, and of course I will be sharing them!

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White Chocolate Chex Mix

White Chocolate Chex Mix

 

 

The summer season is officially upon us with Memorial Day this weekend. That means, cook outs, family events,  and pool days are finally here! That also means you are always on the hunt for new things to bring to the cookout that people will enjoy. This treat today can be done so many different ways. I discovered this at an Easter event for my MOPS group and I have seriously craved it ever since because sweet and salty always win right? I made it this past weekend to try out on my husband because it kinda fit the theme of our Date Night In. ( Date Night In Series coming June 2nd!) However this one is perfect for Memorial Day 4th of July, and can easily be changed up for any holiday thanks to the fact that M&M’s come in different colors for various holidays.

 

So here is what you need:

2 cups pretzels

1 bag of popped white popcorn

1 package of white melting chocolate

1 bag of M&M’s the festive ones of course!

2 Cups of Chex Cereal

Sprinkles (optional)

Wax Paper

To start you want to pop your popcorn. Then you want to melt your melting chocolate. I used the Ghirardelli melting chocolate, but you can also use the almond bark melting chocolate. I like the taste of the Ghirardelli much better. I poured the chocolate into a bowl and melted in the microwave per the instructions on the bag. (I only did half the bag because I ended up only making half the recipe. It makes a ton and even making a half batch we threw some out) Once your popcorn has cooled and your chocolate is melted, add pretzels, popcorn and Chex into a large bowl. Pour melting chocolate over mixing it up and then start adding you M&M’s. I made the mistake of adding the M&M’s with all the other items and the kinda just sunk to the bottom of the bowl so I don’t recommend that.

Once you have it all mixed together good spread the mix across a piece of wax paper on a sheet pan. Then top with sprinkles if you choose. Let dry for at least 45 min to an hour. Once it is dry you can break it apart into little pieces to serve. If it has not dried well it wont break apart that great so give it ample time to dry.

If you are making this to take somewhere I would recommend to do so the day of, or at the earliest the night before. The popcorn can get stale pretty quickly. This Chex mix can be done in so many different ways. I was thinking the Mini Cadbury eggs in place of M&M’s at easter, candy corn for the fall/Halloween ( though I am not a candy corn fan really), adding crushed peppermint on top instead of sprinkles at Christmas time. The options are endless to theme it to any holiday, birthday party, or event. It would even be super cure individually wrapped in goody bags. If you make it please be sure to share with me all the different ways you dress it up!

Trader Joes Under Ten Dollar Dinner

Trader Joes Under Ten Dollar Dinner

Trying to stick to a grocery budget can be hard sometimes, especially when you start to get burnt out on your go to meals. While we try to eat healthier the best we can , sometimes I just want to go back to some of my easy favorites that aren’t the best for me. When we moved to North Carolina I fell in love with Trader Joes as Orlando didn’t have one yet. We went often and grabbed new things to try. One of our favorites was the Gorgonzola Gnocchi. To be honest this was the first time I think I had ever even had gnocchi. I also loved their sweet potato and brown butter one. It made for a quick easy dinners as we adjusted to a new normal 8-5 life and did not know what to do with ourselves when we could actually make a meal together at home. That was almost 4.5 years ago. I still love Trader Joes but I do try to make better choices there now, and there are lots of good ones in that category as well.

After having the gnocchi several times over I decided it was good but plain and I needed to dress it up a bit. We started buying 2 bags of it and making both at once because we loved having leftovers to eat for lunch the next day. If you are feeding a family bigger than 2 you definitely need 2 bags anyways. Making this meal cost about $10 when you truly add it all together. HEre is what you need from Trader Joes.  (All of these ingredients came from Trader joes except the Spinach which was already in the fridge, however that can also be bought at Trader Joes)

2 bags of Trader Joes Gorgonzola Gnocchi – $2.99 each bag

Container of Pancetta – $3.19 You will use half s0 $1.60 for the serving

Sun dried Tomatoes – $1.99 I used 1/4 cup which was about 1/4 of the bag so about .66

Spinach – $2.19 for a bag of organic  You will use one cup so about .73 for the serving

So it was about $8.94 for 4 servings,  we will use all the other ingredients for other meals as well.

Saute one cup of spinach with Olive Oil and garlic ( I used garlic powder) in a pan lightly, then add half the container of Pancetta. I like to get the Pancetta good and crispy like bacon. Next chop and add in 1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes. Push all ingredients to the side and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to heat up per the bag instructions, then add in gnocchi. Let all the gorgonzola start melt and start mixing it all together. It only takes about 7 minutes to cook. Now you have a quick easy way to get a delicious gnocchi dinner for under $10 at home. Makes life simple for the Mama. Even though my daughter cant do dairy, she loves the gnocchi so we wipe the sauce off some and give her the gnocchi, and make her a little something else, because well this Mama needs some comfort food sometimes.

So how will I use those other ingredients I have left? We always have spinach in our fridge. I use it in my daughters smoothies, for salads, other dishes so its pretty much a staple in our house. The pancetta we love in scrambled eggs, added to a salad, a pizza, and the same goes for the sun dried tomatoes. You can even add them into other pastas as the sun dried tomatoes are usually good for a little while. I love being able to use things multiple ways and not just use them for only one meal. There are many other ways you can add to this delicious gnocchi, chicken, Italian sausageand the list goes on. Stop by Trader Joes and grab yourself some today!

 

3 Reason to Love Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

3 Reason to Love Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

 

 

 

 

I have always loved Epcot’s International Flower Garden Festival, I even got to work it one season of it on my college program and worked in the first ever speciality booth. Years after that they kept adding them and adding them into what it is today. I’m happy our trips have fallen during the festival and this year I fell even more in love with it each year. I love seeing all the bold, bright, vibrant colors and flowers through Epcot. They seriously do the most fantastic job. The picture below is one of my favorite spots in the festival. Here are 3 reasons to love it.

1.The Special Topiaries

The topiaries are so fun to see each and every year. They have been enhanced and changed a bit over the last 8 plus years I have been visiting the festival and they just don’t disappoint. This year I absolutely loved the Beauty & The Beast ones, mainly because everything was all about the Beauty & The Beast movie coming out and they just took me back to my childhood. These have been around for a while but this year they just really hit the spot.

 

I also loved the Peter Pan topiary. Again this has been around for a while but I don’t recall it always being on top of the United Kingdom building. ( it could have been that way for years and my Mom brain just doesn’t work, there were 3 years in a row I wasn’t there during the festival)

My absolute favorite and one we will continue to hit year after year is the Lion King. We got a picture there last year on my daughters trip and one again this year to compare. I hope we can do this for years to come, though Daddy may not be able to hold her up like that forever.

2.  The Play Areas & Children’s Activities

This year I found a whole new love for these play areas. Last year we were not old enough to enjoy them but this year they were life savers with an extremely active at the time 15 month old. There are 3 play areas one along the Imagination walkway from Future World to the World Showcase called Music Melodies Play Ground, a small area in-between France and Morocco, and one that sets right behind Mousegear, along the Test Track Walkway called the Road to the Florida 500.  There is also an egg hunt you can do, as well as fun activities at each country at Kidcot where your children can travel the world and get a stamp at each country. ( Kidcot is available year around but the offerings can change a bit from season to season.

We spend a lot of afternoons and evenings at Epcot on our visits so we visited the Music Melodies play area few times and my daughter had a blast. They have nice shaded areas for Moms and Dads to sit back and relax too.

 

The small play space in between Morocco and France was fairly small but it was a great spot to run off some energy.

Our favorite of the 3 was definitely the Road to the Florida 500. While it wasn’t hidden necessarily it was not so out in the open that tons of people were stopping, and it was super shaded which is always great! We wish we would have explored this gem earlier in out trip.

The front of the area was themed super cute as well for the upcoming CARS 3 movie.

3. The Food Booths

To be honest as much as I love all the food booths I only stopped twice this last trip and both times for drinks. On our previous trip in November it was Food & Wine Festival and we snacked so much and tried so many things that I barely had room to try some of my favorites. However I will say I love love love the fact that they added all the booths into Flower and Garden Festival several years ago because they were so needed. My favorite booth is the Pineapple Promenade, I love all things Pineapple especially Dole Whip and there they have Dole Whip with rum. I like the Coconut Rum best. This year I had to try the Pineapple Mana beer from Maui Brewing Company and oh how I wish I could find it at home.

There are so many other great stops through the World Showcase for drinks and food galore during the Flower and Garden festival to check out.  You can even pick up a passport and get a stamp at each country as you go through. There are 15 different Outdoor Kitchens as they call them.

 

There are many other things to do at the Flower and Garden Festival. There are great photo opportunities, workshops, The Garden Rocks Concert Series, tours, special merchandise and more. You can actually download the Festival Passport here.

 

The last day for Flower and Garden is Monday, May 29th. As with anytime at Disney but especially Epcot during festivals the weekends are much more crowded.  There are 2 more great Epcot Festivals to look forward to this year as well. My favorite the International Food and  Wine festival which starts even earlier this year on August the 31st and runs through November 13th, and Holidays Around the World November 24th – December 30th.

Acai Smoothie Bowl

Acai Smoothie Bowl

The warm weather sets in and I honestly just crave fresh fruits. I have a bit of a sweet tooth and fruity things tend to help settle that a bit If you follow me over on Instagram ( and if you don’t you should at @magicallymegan) You would know I have found a new love for Acai Bowls. There is a new or new to me local food truck that has made me fall in love with this healthy and delicious treat called Buoy Bowls and if you’re in the Triangle area of North Carolina you should definitely check them out. They are out my way once a week so we have made it our weekly Thursday treat. They are so good even my one year old loves them.

I find myself craving these many other days of the week as well, but I can’t often drag my toddler to the other side of town, and well they don’t really fit into my Mom budget more than once a week so I have started to create them at home. It is fun to change-up the way you mix things in, the fruits you top them with etc.. Today’s recipe is my favorite one to make at home. You will need Acai packets ( Sambazon are my fave and can be found in the freezer section at most groceries) coconut water ( you can also use almond or coconut milk but I prefer the coconut water) , a banana, a little frozen fruit, some granola, and fruit for topping.

 

Run your Acai packet under water to get it break and add to blender, then add 1/4 cup Coconut Water, about 1/4 frozen fruit and half of the banana. Make sure your banana is at the bottom of the blender, I add my banana  last because the top is the bottom once I flip my blender. This helps everything else blend easier. Pour the mixture into the bowl, top with the granola, and then the fruit and enjoy.

 

 

Acai has tons of greats benefits, one being an antioxidant, so its great for heart health. They can help boost your energy and even your immune system. So head to the store and buy some Acai packets to enjoy this delicious healthy treat all summer long, and find a local place that makes them and enjoy that way too!

A Farewell To Wishes

A Farewell To Wishes

 

Writing this is a little emotional for me. I know to the normal person writing a farewell to Wishes a firework show at Walt Disney World seems so silly. You think, it is just a firework’s show. The thing is to me, to many of friends, my Disney family, and so many people I do not even know it is so much more. On Thursday, May 11th this show closes and honestly its a mix of emotions for me. It has been 10 years of Magical Memories, and  for others even more since its beginning in 2003.

Wishes has been the start of new chapters, and endings of others. It has been the ending to many wonderful celebrations, reasons for random date nights, meet ups with dear friends, and a thing to always go back to each and every visit and let all those memories come back in.

I am not just your average Disney lover. I am a Disney College Program and Professional Internship Alumni, and a 3 year Disney Cast Member after that. I was engaged in Cinderella’s Castle, and some of my best friends in the whole world came from my experiences and time at Disney. Disney is home, it is special, it is a I just left there and I need to go back like yesterday kind of place. Wishes, well it is just the icing on the cake!

So, let’s talk about those new beginnings. My then boyfriend (now husband) and I took our first trip to Disney together in the summer of 2007. It was his first trip and my first time ever staying on property, and going to any park other than Magic Kingdom or Epcot. I hadn’t been to Epcot in probably 10 years or more. My love for Wishes began this trip. The music is what really gets you. I had known for a while but I really knew that trip he was the man I was going to marry. March of 2008 we went back for our Senior Year of College Spring Break. That trip Wishes got a whole new meaning! One evening while dining at Cinderella’s Castle my husband proposed to me, and just a few minutes later we watched Wishes from our table out the Castle Window. It was a new chapter for us to start our lives together. This year exactly 9 years to the date he proposed, we watched Wishes for the first and sadly the last time with our 1 year old Daughter. Getting that moment with her was so special.

The next new beginning was the start of my college program. Thanks to Facebook I was able to jump in a group with other people doing the program the same time as me. Many of these people are still some of my dearest friends. I remember after our first day of traditions as soon as we had the ticket to get in we all made plans to meet up for Wishes. I am not even kidding there were like 20 or more of us.  Some of the best times ever in January of 2009, and some of the slowest times I have ever experienced in the parks to date. Oh, the fun we had! But all great things must come to end, and just like we started that experience together on Main Street with Wishes, it is also where that May we all met up at the end of our program.( and again in August for some people who extended.)Me I still stuck around. I remember those nights being filled with so many tears. Not wanting to say goodbye, not wanting “The Time of Your Life” (Disney’s marketing campaign at the time) to be over. Wishes was our thing. These weren’t the only nights we saw Wishes together but one of the few times we saw them in such large groups, as it got very hard to all meet up with work schedules. Wishes made us cry tears of happiness and sadness many times.

Then there were just memories. I spent 6 months doing my management internship in Magic Kingdom. 6 months away, and then another 3 years in that magical place. I have fond memories of heading out to the patio with an empty restaurant with some of my cast members at Pinocchio’s Village Haus. I remember the 6 months I spent at the Contemporary sneaking away to the observation deck wishing I was back in the park, but still loving the view just the same. Then I got to go back to Magic Kingdom, to Stands East. (sadly no longer a thing) At the time Toon Town was one of my areas and the Cast Members had a thing for watching Wishes in the backstage area. It was a such a great viewing spot. I remember some of my cast members making plans to watch it there one last time before Toon Town closed for the New Fantasyland expansion, and I remember watching right in front of Gaston’s Tavern with some of the very same cast members when we got to open that new location. I heard the music 3-4 nights a week and even if I was too busy to stop and watch it never got old! It was truly one of the best parts of working in Magic Kingdom.

 

Then I remember that last closing chapter. The one where we closed up the chapter of our Florida life. I remember the last night shift I worked and watching Wishes in front of Gaston’s Tavern, that one last time.  I remember one of my very best friends surprising me my last day at work and coming down for a few days to close that chapter with me. It was special, and magical, it was tradition.

In March, we not only watched Wishes one last time with our daughter, but also several of these same people who were a part of making this show so special. How special it was to close yet another chapter with people who mean so much.

As Walt said, “We keep moving forward opening up new doors & doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. “ While I am so sad to see Wishes go, I am excited to start making new memories with the new show. With this I leave you;

“Make a Wish and do as dreamers do and all our Wishes will come true. “

Farewell Wishes!

 

 

Oaks Lily Inspired Margarita

Oaks Lily Inspired Margarita

 

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. I was born and raised in the beautiful bluegrass state of Kentucky, and this week is Derby week! Friday is the Kentucky Oaks, which is the Thoroughbred  fillies race and your encouraged to Think Pink, as Churchill Downs partners with Bright Pink, a nation non profit organization that focuses on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. In the Louisville area its a holiday, schools are closed and even some businesses. It is our tradition in our home to make the traditional Oaks Lily, watch the running of the Oaks, and then in Derby Eve fashion watch Secretariat. With Cinco De Mayo falling on Oaks day this year, I thought it would be fun to make a twist on the Oaks Lilly because you need a Margarita to celebrate the 5th day of May! This recipe is delicious and may be a regular on my list of cocktails.

 

Here is what you need to serve 2

2oz of Tequila

2oz of Fresh squeezed lime juice mixed with agave

6oz Cranberry Juice

A double splash of triple sec

Mix all the ingredients together in shaker, I used a mason jar with lid. You could also use sweet and sour mix in place of the lime juice and agave which is what the original Oaks Lily calls for, I am just not a fan and for a good Margarita I want fresh squeezed lime juice. These are super tasty and sure to be a hit all summer long!

6 Reasons a Walt Disney World Annual Pass may be right for your Family

6 Reasons a Walt Disney World Annual Pass may be right for your Family

My family and I love to go Disney! There are a lot of reasons but here is a few. It is our second home, I was a cast member there for 4 years, we got engaged there, and it is just the perfect place for a fun family vacation. Being a previous cast member I know a lot of the ins and outs, tips and tricks of  Walt Disney World even though it has been 4 years since I worked there. We visit frequently, I read Disney Blogs on the regular and much more to constantly stay up to date. This past year in November we decided it was time to get a Walt Disney World Annual Pass. We have been blessed with many trips to Disney for cheap thanks to Disney friends but with a child we needed to be able to have more flexibility and plan on our own.

 

So is a Walt Disney Word Annual Pass right for our Family? Here are 5 reasons why it might be.

 

  1. You have a child under the age of 3 (Disney with young children – Another post for another day)

 

Our daughter is only 1.5. She has been to Disney 3 times already. We are taking extra advantage of it since we don’t have to pay for her right now, as our ability to go more often may change once she turns 3. (We hope not though.) At Disney 2 and under are FREE. No ticket required, no dining plan or meals have to be purchased, we can even still get a King size room. She can get her own plate at character meals at no charge, and eat off ours at others. However, she is an eater so we do buy her meals sometimes. This just makes things that much easier. I know it seems so young for a child to go to Disney but its free and they may not remember but you will!

 

  1. If you plan to go for more than 10 days in a calendar year it may pay for itself

 

When we got our pass in November we actually got an extra month free which gave us 13 months to use our pass. We have already been for around 14 days and the pass has easily paid for itself and then some. Price compare the options, especially if you like to park hop like we do. Also annual pass holders get room, food and merchandise discounts so that adds more savings.

 

  1. Memory Maker

 

This can be confusing to some as its listed as Photo pass under the pass holder perks, but it’s the exact same thing as the memory maker. It is one of my favorite perks of the pass. If you’re a Florida resident not every pass comes with this, but it is worth it for one person in your party to have the one with photo pass for the perk alone. Memory Maker cost $169 a trip, $149 if booked in advance. Over 2 trips that’s $300 or more you would pay for it close to half the cost of a pass. I wouldn’t do a trip without it, it is worth every bit!

 

 

  1. Free Parking

 

If you ever decide to go and stay off property, your parking with an Annual Pass is FREE! Parking is crazy expensive at $20 a day. Our most recent trip we stayed off property ( not my favorite thing, but we had a good deal!) and the pass saved us $140 in parking fees we would have paid.

 

  1. Discounts & Perks

 

Pass holders save on rooms, dining and merchandise. Room discounts can be up to about 30% off depending on the type of the resort. You receive 20% off merchandise and 10-20% off at certain food and beverage locations. We have yet to use the room discount but have easily saved upwards of $100-$150 from dining and merchandise discounts. You can even use your pass holder discount on the shop Disney parks app. Also just this year they have added special pass holder entrances. It was so great to skip the line at the turnstiles on the early mornings.  Who doesn’t love a discount, and good perks!

       6. Special Events and Merchandise

There are so many great special events throughout the year at Disney. From Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, Food and Wine Festival, Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party, Holidays around the World , to the New Festival of the Arts Disney always has something fun and new to offer! The Fall and Christmas are one of our favorite times to visit, and no it never gets old! With an annual pass you can experience it all, and there is always special merchandise just for annual pass holders.

 

As I mentioned we have already been 14 days since our first day of use in November. The park days alone have already paid for themselves and then  some based on what we have paid for 2 different trips worth of 7 day park hopper tickets. Because we got 13 months at time of purchase we plan to get one more week trip, and hopefully a long weekend or 2.

Do the math and the research and see what works best for your family. You could take one trip with your pass in 2017 and one in 2018 before its expiration saving you on trip for the following year. I think so many people don’t realize this is even an option.

Annual passes may not be the best option for every family depending on how often your family likes to make the trip. Sometimes we like to be spontaneous and plan a last minute little get away. That’s not easy for everyone to do, but if you can sometimes it is fun to fly by the seat of your pants. Happy Disney planning!

Tips for Saving at Target

Tips for Saving at Target

 

 

 

 

Who loves a good deal? I mean we all love Target right? Seriously we spend so much money at Target each month between diapers, the special non dairy milk my daughter drinks, household items and well all the other random things you find at Target that you may or may not need. I also grocery shop there on occasion since we have Super Target near by.

Finding more ways to save and get FREE things makes Target that much better.   The first way to save at Target is with the Red Card. Now I am not saying go get a credit card, ( you can if you want too) what I love about Target is they offer the debit card option too! You save 5% every single time you use your red card in store or online. You also receive an extended return time frame, and free shipping on online orders. Every so often they also send some good coupons just for red card users. The debit card connects right to your personal bank account so if you don’t want to go open a credit card and are a frequent Target shopper this is the way to go. We finally got the debit card and when we started saving money each trip we wondered why the heck it took us so dang long! When you are saving a couple extra bucks a trip it really adds up over a year. Combine other coupons you may have, in store specials, and cartwheel and your savings really add up. For example a few weeks ago Honest Company diapers were buy one get one 50% off which made 2 packs around $38, then cartwheel had 10% off Honest Company products. Then you add another 5% with the Red Card and that made them about $33. One box is $25.99 regular price so this was a fantastic way to stack savings together! We typically use Babyganics or Honest Company so I watch for these type of sales on these diapers often, stacked with other deals.

So I mentioned Cartwheel. I’ve had Cartwheel for sometime but have really learned to utilize it so much better in the last year. If you are not familiar with Cartwheel it is an app specific for Target. The app offers certain percentages off of certain items. I see the percentage range anywhere from 5-50% off an item. New things can be added daily and when you add things you can see when that offer expires. You only get so many slots to add offers on cartwheel and the more you use the app with the offers you earn more spots to add additional offers. When I first really started using it I would have to delete offers sometimes for something that had better savings and sometimes because I wasn’t going to use it that trip.  I typically will skim through the app before I go. Its divided in categories so if you know what your going for that helps. I love now that I can scan items from my phone while in store to see if there is an offer for that item available. Often Target has signs posted of more popular Cartwheel deals. During the holidays they ran some really great offers that sometimes only ran for 24 hours. I love saving extra money, and saving an extra $10  or more sometimes on a trip makes me feel much better.

In combination with Cartwheel is a newer service called Red Perks. This used to be a separate app but is now combined into the Cartwheel app. Not all Target areas have this perk just yet, but I have to say it is one of my favorites. I love that the 2 are combined now also so the cashier just has to scan one bar code at check out. So what is Red Perks you ask? With Red Perks you earn 10 points per dollar spent in store. Once you hit 5000 points you get to choose a perk. Used to it was a 5% off shopping day so it didn’t appeal to me all that much but I still used it. Now they have a list of FREE items you can choose to use your perk on. I have gotten FREE toys, a skillet, a SIP water bottle ( these retail for $25), jeans, and even pajamas. I always try to use my perk on something worth my wild. For example I have seen a bag of chocolates on there. I would rather spend the $3 on the bag of chocolates if I want them and get something that is a little more costly instead. If you are not using Red Perks you should check to see if its available in your area.

Another great perk is when Target has gift card offers when you make certain purchase amounts. For example recently there was a coupon out that you got a FREE $10 gift card for spending $50 on groceries. I ended up using this deal twice in the time it was available. These are the kind of deals that make me do my weekly grocery shopping at Target. I mean that was a FREE $20 to spend at Target that I was going to spend anyways on groceries! To top it off of course I had Cartwheel Deals and also got my extra 5% from my red card. The way to really save is to scan this coupon prior to cartwheel in case you don’t spend the $50 dollars after cartwheel discounts. This wasn’t really an issue for me because who gets out of Target without spending $50+ anyways!

So this is just a few ways I save at Target. Do you have other ways you save at Target? Tell me about them! Make sure to follow me on my Facebook and Instagram pages as I will help keep you up to date as Target deals come along each week. Happy Shopping!

 

 

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Coconut Water Margaritas

Coconut Water Margaritas

 

 

 

Cinco De Mayo is just around the corners so what is better than a good Margarita recipe?!  In college I loved a good margarita. Mostly frozen ones. I remember my girlfriends and I making them on many many occasions. These days, I would much prefer a nice on the rocks Margarita with a top shelf tequila. The kinds I couldn’t afford in my college days. With warmer weather here and summer just weeks away I wanted to create a little bit healthier ( I didn’t say it was healthy, just healthier) that would be a great summer go to for those Taco Tuesdays, or get togethers with friends.

I have been super obsessed with pineapple coconut water lately. Lets be honest, I am just obsessed with all things Pineapple period, enough said.  I cant seem to like drinking regular coconut water, so when I saw this I knew I had to try it. It was love at first sip.  When I wanted a new margarita recipe I knew I wanted to use it in this! However you could totally use regular coconut water as well, I don’t think it would change the taste. So here is what you need.

 

1 bottle 16 oz bottle of Coconut water

1 Cup Orange Juice ( I used pulp free Simply orange)

1 cup water

1 Cup fresh squeezed lime juice

1.5 cups of a white tequila ( I used 1800 Silver)

1/2 cup of Triple Sec

Agave to taste


Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher and let it chill. To be honest the longer it sits the better it gets. This recipe can easily be doubled for a larger party size pitcher but it made about 6- 80z servings. Rim you glass with salt and fill with ice. Pour in the margarita and enjoy! Another fun twist on a Margarita  can be found here.