Favorite Things

Our lives wouldn't be the same without these products, so we're sharing them with you! These are MUST HAVE kitchen gadgets, house- hold items, cooking supplies, e-books and family favorite products you are sure to love. All of these products are tried and true, and will make your life easier. You'll love these amazing companies as much as we do here at Deals to Meals.

For the Kitchen

Universal Bosch Mixer

This Universal Bosch is amazing and I couldn't cook or bake the way I do without it. This machine can do just about anything! I use my Bosch nearly every day for all of my cooking needs. This Bosch comes with a 6.5-quart plastic dishwasher safe bowl and lid, dough hook, and whisks. Powerful belt-driven transmission ensures adequate torque for almost any recipe. It can even knead up to 14 loaves of bread dough!

Blendtec Classic 575 Blender

This Blendtec Blender is used in my kitchen nearly every day. There is not another blender out there like it. This blender can make large batches of smoothies, batters, sauces, soups, jams, drinks and even dough. I have made over 1,000 recipes in my Blendtec and plan to make thousands more! They are an investment, but with the warranty, and their well-built nature, they are well worth the money.

Cuisinart Pro Classic Food Processor

I am still using my Mom's Cuisinart Food Processor from when she was married 39 years ago! They are made to last and are a must-have in my kitchen. I make sauces, chop vegetables, make dressings, puree soups, salsas and chop meats-all in this one machine. This processor includes a medium slicing disc, shredding disc, and new stainless steel chopping blade. It is powerful enough to knead bread dough with ease.

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Favorite Products

Brookstone Pocket Projector

Our family loves this projector! It's great for outdoor movies, can project on your wall in a theater room and is easy to take on the go. This projector has a mega-bright 200-lumen LED lamp that lasts up to 20,000 hours and projects images up to 100" diagonal. Connects to most smartphones, tablets, computers, video, players, cameras and more. Project movies, games and presentations for hours of family fun!

Norwex

In our home we refer to these microfiber clothes as โ€˜magic ragsโ€™. They have saved me $100โ€™s from not having to buy cleaning supplies any longer. The Norwex product line offers you a superior selection of high quality products that will take care of all your cleaning needs. The microfiber clothes, the dust mitt and the body cloth are must-haves in our book.

Circle with Disney

This product is every parent's dream and takes the headache out of overseeing your children's technology usage. Circle helps you manage all of your home's connected devices. With Circle, parents can filter content, limit screen time, block ads, help families search the web safely, and set a bedtime for every device in the home. This is the answer to many frustrations as a parent!

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Emergency Preparedness

Kitchen Mill Grain Mill

This is our favorite grain mill on the market! One of the fastest, most durable mills available, the Kitchen Mil makes it easy to create healthy whole-grain flours in seconds. It can mill 24 cups of flour in eight minutes. Now that's fast! This mill will hold up to all of your grinding needs. It is fast, efficient, quiet and easy to use. Start using your whole grains and learn to bake healthy recipes today.

SunOven

Cooking with our Sun Oven is so fun! Our family loves to cook everything from cookies, homemade bread and even chicken and rice in our Sun Oven. This is an emergency preparedness must-have for peace of mind. Sun Oven cooking is easy, fun, natural, and nutritious. Use it year round for emergency preparedness, camping, or everyday use. Bake, boil, or steam-your sun oven will cook just about everything!

Katadyn Vario Water Filter

Having clean water to drink in an emergency is crucial to your preparedness efforts. Katadyn makes our favorite water filter and is affordable with anyone's budget. It has dual pumping modes, is easy to use, removes particles and chemicals from your water, is suitable for backpacking, has a glass fiber filter and can produce two quarts of clean water per minute for quick access. Makes a great gift!

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Specialty Food

Augason Farms Chicken Bouillon

If you are like me, you have hundreds of recipes that call for chicken broth. Don't buy the cans of chicken broth any longer! I only buy this powdered chicken bouillon and it is wonderful! It tastes great and is easy to make up and add to your favorite recipes. This 65 oz. can has 921 servings and is the equivalent of several hundred cans of chicken broth.

Vital Wheat Gluten by Anthony's

Vital Wheat Gluten is our secret ingredient to our famous Whole Wheat Bread. I buy this in bulk online and have it shipped to my door so I have plenty on hand. This product is high in protein. Made from 100% Natural Wheat Gluten. Packed into a 4lb Resealable Stand up Pouch. The Natural Nemesis of Gluten Free.

Augason Farms Whole Powdered Eggs

If you have never used powdered eggs before, you need to give them a try! You can use them just as you do regular eggs and are an important part of your food storage and emergency preparedness efforts. These will last over 10 years, so they are great to have on hand for an emergency, or everyday use. This can will equal 71 eggs (use 1 Tbs. egg powdered plus 1 Tbs. water= 142 eggs).

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Family Entertainment

Amazing Grace DVD

This is one of our family's favorite, inspiring movies. If you like a movie that makes you leave wanting to conquer the world, this is the one for you! From the makers of Ray, AMAZING GRACE tells the inspiring story of William Wilberforce and his passion and perseverance to pass a law ending the slave trade in the late 18th century. Wilberforce's minister, a reformed slave ship captain, who penned the hymn Amazing Grace.

Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole

Brian Regan is back in this all-new Comedy Central special, The Epitome of Hyperbole. Watch as he exposes the truth behind psychics, discusses the stupidest crimes, and offers his suggestions on how to improve the opera. With his easygoing manner and physical brand of humor, it's clear why Brian Regan is one of today's most respected comedians.

War Room DVD

War Room is such an amazing film. If you, or anyone you know, needs to be inspired and helped with their marriage relationship, this movie is a must see. War Room is a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives. This movie is great for the entire family.

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Family Education

The Entitlement Trap Book

This book has changed the way we govern our family's finances. We use the "Family Economy" plan outlined in this book and have found it successful for our children for nearly five years now. This book teaches our children how to be initiative-building, responsible, and working. The Entitlement Trap gives kids tools to save them from a lifetime of dependence.

The Parenting Breakthrough

This book was my parenting "bible" when raising five small children. I love Merrilee's sense of humor and real-life approach to parenting. This book spells out a plan to teach kids to work, save money and be truly independent. I still reference back to this book when I'm putting together my children's responsibilities and to make sure they are "on track" with their plans and goals. This book is awesome!!

Good Pictures: Bad Pictures

This book is such a great book about teaching your children about appropriate pictures and keeping them safe on technology. Good Pictures Bad Pictures is a comfortable, read-aloud story about a mom and dad who teach their child what pornography is, why it's dangerous, and how to reject it. Using easy-to-understand science and simple analogies, this book engages kids and helps keep them safe.

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Financial Resources

Mvelopes

Our favorite FREE budgeting app on the market! Make real financial progress by following the Mvelopes system! Built upon the envelope budgeting approach, you'll do more than just track what you've already spent. Mvelopes helps you categorize your spending, plan your budget ahead of time, and track how much money you have left throughout the month. Mvelopes helps you with your budget in real time.

Quicken Budgeting Software

Looking for a simple way to budget your family's finances? Easy bill tracking. Free phone support. Even easier to upgrade. Categorizes expenses and helps you stay on top of spending and budgeting. Create and stick to a budget. Develop a personal debt reduction and savings plan. Securely imports your bank transactions through April 2019.

Budget Bootcamp

Check out Jordan Page's amazing online budgeting boot camp videos. This program has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, TLC (and more!) and has changed the way families budget all over the United States. Her Budget Boot Camp was designed to be as simple as possible. They've removed the fluff and stress that you see with typical budgeting programs, and replaced it with simplicity.

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Deals to Meals E-books

90 Fall Favorite Recipes E-book

All of our family's favorite holiday and fall recipes in one place. Delicious soups, bread recipes, pumpkin favorites and fall desserts your family will love!

Popular E-Book Recipes: Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting, Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Basil Soup, Apple Wheat Pancakes, Disneyland's Chicken Gumbo, Lion House Rolls and 85 other favorite recipes.

81 Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

Do you love slow cooker recipes? Our recipes are not your average, bland crock-pot recipes. Our recipes are full of flavor, easy to make and will simplify your weeknight meal plan. Your family will love these recipes!

Popular E-Book Recipes: Lemon Chicken Pitas with Tzyaki Sauce, Memphis Pork Sandwiches, Mock Cafe Rio Pork Salad, Mexican Corn Chowder, Cherry Chocolate Bread Pudding and 76 more delicious recipes!

30 Freezer Friendly Meals E-Book

Looking for delicious, homemade recipes you can make ahead and freeze for a later time? Download our popular 30 Freezer Friendly Meals E-Book and see how fun and easy it can be to make fresh, healthy freezer meals your family will love!

Popular E-Book Recipes: Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas, Smothered Chipotle BBQ Sandwiches, Summer Chicken Chili, Pork Street Tacos, Baked Ziti Pasta and many more!

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Day 11 Giveaway: Skydrop Smart Watering System {$279 Value}
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Music CD & Concert Winners
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Day 6 Giveaway: {$130 Value} 2 Deals to Meals Memberships and Ebooks
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Day 4 Giveaway: $349 All American Sun Oven Package
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Day 3 Giveaway: $100 Pampered Chef Products
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Day 2 Giveaway: Norwex Rags & Dust Mit {Household Package $49 Value}
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New Blog Giveaways & FREE Gift for Everyone!

Giveaway ImageHappy Monday! It’s the start of a great new week and a chance for you to win some GREAT prizes! We are excited to offer a new giveaway EVERY week for the next month. We can’t wait to introduce you to some of our contributors, favorite products and help share some great giveaways with you. 

As many of you know, we don’t use traditional advertising to spread the word about Deals to Meals. We rely on YOU, our loyal friends and members, to help us share our service with those you know and love. This has been a slow, but steady process these past ten years and we couldn’t be more grateful to each of you! Without you sharing about our service, we wouldn’t be here. To say thank you, we want to give each of you a FREE gift! 

Free Ebook ImageOur number one request is for a healthy ebook and meal plan. I have spent HOURS putting together my favorite (tried and true) recipes that are low carb, low on calories, full of fresh ingredients and meals your family will love. We have delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes along with a printable grocery list. This Ebook will be FREE from today thru March 31st, so you need to hurry. Beginning April 1st, this Ebook will be $10, so take advantage and help us spread the word. 

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Giveaway #1: FREE 28 Day Healthy Meal Planner & Grocery List

How to Enter: Sign up for our newsletter HERE  by clicking on the ‘SUBSCRIBE’ button on the right side of this blog. You will then receive an email with the information for our FREE ebook {value $10}. Rest easy–we don’t sell, use, or share your emails with ANY other companies or affiliates. 

Giveaway IconGiveaway #2: $150 Walmart Gift Card, 2 Year Membership to Deals to Meals & Four FREE Ebooks {Value $300}

How to Enter: Do as many of the entry options as you would like and you will be entered into the drawing. In order to be the winner, you must do ALL four of the entry requirements to win. 

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Good luck to you! Thanks again for being so amazing and so supportive of what we do. Sure love ya!

Weekend Wrap-Up and Brookstone Projector

1Hope you had a great weekend! Sorry I’ve been a little m.i.a. lately. We’ve had a crazy last week. We finally got our house put back together after our remodel and have flooring again which is lovely. Our new bathroom is put together and we have a toilet and sink (hallelujiah!) and our dishwasher and fridge are set up again. Man, I am sure grateful I wasn’t a pioneer. It’s amazing how much you take for granted simple luxuries until you don’t have them for a week. Our home is finally getting put back together and that is a relief (I’ll show pictures soon). Also, we spent the past weekend having one more summer getaway with my family. All four of us sisters went with our families to Goblin Valley and had a blast. We hiked (yes, 8 miles with 18 kids–we were kind of crazy but had fun), ate, played flag football, explored, had a night game of steal the flag, watched a movie outdoors under the starts, ate way too much and had a great time visiting. We then rushed home to see my daughter off to Homecoming. She looked so grown up it made me want to cry. I’m so grateful for her though and her good, and darling group of friends. It gives me hope for the future with amazing youth like her and her friends.

Now, it’s off to pick peaches off my tree that are desperately waiting to be canned, plan for my sons birthday party, our annual neighborhood bake sale and keep working on our new blog (I can’t wait to show it to you!). Hope you are having a great week too and get a chance to sit back, relax and eat something yummy (yes, many bake sale favorite recipes coming this week).

Having used our outdoor projector, I couldn’t help but give another shout out for this favorite product of ours.  Our portable, mini projector is seriously a favorite product that we use at least monthly (if not more often). They are so great to take on vacations and play out door movies, to use in a theater room, to bring and use in hotel rooms, etc. We use ours ALL the time and it makes for a great time no matter where we are. In Goblin Valley we had a riot watching a movie under the stars, eating snacks and being able to cuddle up on the ground for a good show. The kids think it’s the best…and so do I. This would make for an awesome Christmas gift if you have someone hard to shop for ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mimi Cafe’s Copycat Honey Bran Muffin Recipe

 
Happy Monday everyone! I’m excited to share with you another one of my favorite things and products I would be sad to live without. This giveaway and post is all about muffins. Anyone who follows my blog knows I am a HUGE fan of muffins. I make them on a weekly basis for my kids and I love that they are a healthier snack than many prepackaged items. I always fill my muffins up with bran, wheat, flax seed and other whole grains to help my kids stay full longer. Now, if you are like me and you make a lot of muffins, sometimes it can get frustrating to always run out of muffin wrappers. I hate having to run to a store for one or two things because I always end up spending more than I want to when I shop. So, I have found that buying my muffin wrappers on line is the best and cheapest solution. I now keep hundreds of muffin wrappers in my pantry so I never run out and can make muffins to my hearts content.
Another favorite product is the Excellante 24 Muffin Tin pan. There is never a time I only make 12 muffins or cupcakes. With a large family I am always cooking at least 24 muffins at a time. I LOVE this 24 muffin tin that can cook all of your muffins or cupcakes at one time. No more having to wait for two batches to cook. Get them all cooked and cooling together to save you time.
So, for this weeks giveaway, we will be giving away two packages of the 500 count muffin wrappers as well as our favorite Farberware 12 Muffin Tin. We will ship these to your home on September 1st and can’t wait to see who wins. Hope you love these products as much as we do! 500 Count Muffin Wrappers {Only $6.49 for 500!}

Farberware 12 Muffin Tin {Currently 52% off–a great time to buy!}

Excellante 24 Muffin Tin  {Pan is on sale for 32% off–ONLY $12.88}

Now…onto a delicious muffin recipe since we’re talking about muffins. Who doesn’t LOVE the bran muffins sold at Mimi’s Cafe? If you haven’t had them, you are missing out. They are amazing! They are extremely moist because the muffins are lined in this sweet glaze that makes them to die for. If you are a muffin fanatic like I am, I can’t wait for you to try these! They are bordernline dessert, but oh-so worth every calorie!! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Copy Cat Mimi's Cafe Honey Bran Muffins
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cup bran flakes (like raisins bran or straight bran flakes)
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1/2 cup baby carrots
  4. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  5. 2/3 cup raisins
  6. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup honey
  8. 4 Tbs. molasses
  9. 1 cup water
  10. 1/2 tsp. orange zest
  11. 2 cups flour
  12. 2 Tbs. milled flax seed (optional)
  13. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  14. 2 tsp. baking soda
  15. 1/2 tsp. salt
Glaze
  1. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  2. 3 Tbs. butter, melted
  3. 2 Tbs. honey
  4. 2 tsp. hot water
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a blender, add the bran flakes, eggs, baby carrots, vegetable oil, and raisins and blend until smooth. Pour the blended mixture into a bowl. Add to this mixture the brown sugar, honey, molasses, water and orange zest. Whisk together until smooth. Add the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined. If the mixture is too runny, add a little more flour to the batter (depending how much moisture is in your carrots and raisins can vary--so just add enough flour so the mixture is a regular muffin consistency). Once the batter is finished, let it rest for a few minutes while you make the glaze. In a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, melted butter, honey and hot water. With a pastry brush, brush the bottom and sides of each muffin tin with this glaze. Pour the batter into each muffin tin about 3/4 full. Put the pans in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center is set. The muffins won't get really tall and that's okay because you are going to invert them anyway. Once the muffin is cooked, remove from the oven and let rest for 2-5 minutes. Once the muffins have cooled slightly, cut around each muffin with a sharp knife. Remove the muffins from the tins and turn upside down on a plate to serve.
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Winner of Favorite Things Giveaway!

Congratulations to Andrea Smith who won our Amazon gift card to go towards her Camp Chef Double Burner Camping Stove! Thank you to all who entered and shared our giveaway on your social media sites. Watch for another amazing Favorite Things Giveaway coming up on Monday! In the mean time, head over to Amazon to check out some of our past favorite things–and take advantage of the great sale prices!

New Favorite Things Giveaway: Camp Chef Burner Range–Enter to win Amazon Gift Card

It’s another awesome week of giveaways! We are loving sharing our favorite things each Monday with you on our blog. We have heard from so many of you who have purchased some of these products and are loving them. The Brookstone Pocket Projector has been a huge hit and I am grateful so many of you have loved this product like we do. It is seriously the BEST gift for any man in your life. That’s a favorite for sure around our home ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks to all of you who entered to win (and shared on social media) about last week’s Favorite Things Giveaway. Congratulations to Lisa Brown who was the winner of our Amazon Gift Card! Don’t forget to enter to win another gift card this week. I am excited to share another amazing product that our family LOVES. Our family loves to go camping. Not only because the mountains here in Utah are spectacular, but because it’s an inexpensive activity we can do with our entire family. We bring all of our food from home, so other than the gas money and the camping site fee, it’s super cheap. We have also found another way to save money is by booking group camp sites. If you get several families to come up, it can save you over 50% off your fee. This past week we went with friends and family and had 6 families who shared a $110/night group fee. That made it only $18 a night instead of the $50 fee for a single campsite. There was plenty of space for everyone and we were thrilled we get two nights for less than the one regular fee.

Okay, now onto another one of our favorite products. Tomorrow I am going to share my favorite Camping Meal Plans to help you with your summer vacations, so I wanted to highlight a favorite camping product we LOVE. If you have a larger family like us, the smaller camping stoves are not ideal when you are cooking for lots of people. This Camp Chef 2 Burner Range is the perfect solution to outdoor (or emergency) cooking. It can cook two super large pots or pans to help make cooking simple while on the go. It is heavy duty and will last you for years to come. We have had our Camp Chef for over 6-7 years and it is still in perfect condition. The other great thing about this stove is it can hook up to a small propane tank or a larger one you would have on your outdoor grill. This stove is a must if you do a lot of camping or outdoor cooking. You can even do your bottling in the summer outdoors on this stove to help keep your house cool. This is an important product to have for your emergency preparedness efforts as well.
Best part about this product is it is ON SALE for 29% off ($36.74 savings). This is a great time to buy one of these burners for a super low price. If you are done camping for the year, this would make a great Christmas gift for eprep or camping needs next year ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check out this SALE on Amazon and enter to win a $25 gift card towards your purchase on Amazon.
Give an Amazon Gift Card–one of my favorite easy gifts to send your friends and family. It’s easy and fast and who doesn’t love to shop on Amazon? 

Our Favorite Things Giveaway: Sevylor Fish Hunter 6 Man Raft

Congratulations to Eraka B. who was the winner of our $25 Amazon Gift Certificate. We are excited to be giving away an another $25 gift card this week and highlighting another one of our favorite products. This is something we’ll be doing every Monday and hope to get you excited and share some of our favorite services and products our family has grown to love. We are a big family and love to be active and have a lot of fun together. We have a huge extended family that we live near by and love to spend time with as well. So, we have tested, used up, worn out and loved many products we would love to share with you. If you ever need a good gift idea, Fathers Day/Mother’s Day or Christmas idea, I’m hoping these list of items will help you in that search. I am not a very good gift giver and sometimes it’s hard to think of things my family would use, that won’t end up in a good will pile in a few months.
I am thrilled to share this new product with you. If you follow me on Instagram you know we use our Sevylor Raft ALL the time. About three years ago my family wanted to ride down a local river and looked into renting a raft and company to shuttle us up and back. We found out it would cost over $250 for our family to go rafting just one time. With several teenagers and little kids who love adventure, we decided to look into investing in a raft of our own. At the time we had no idea how much we would love this raft and how fun it would be! We have since used this raft 5-6 times a year and it has been amazing quality and completely dependable. My husband did hours of research to find the best raft for the price and this Sevylor Fish Hunter 6 Man Raft was the winner. Since we purchased our own raft, several of our family members have purchased them as well–and loved them!
These rafts would be the perfect Christmas or summer gift for your whole family. With one month left of summer, it’s not too late to purchase one, get it shipped to you by Wednesday and be out on a river or lake by this weekend. We love going rafting because other than gas to get us to a river, the rest of the event is free. We pack a lunch or dinner, raft down the river and are back home without spending a lot of money. Here is a list of 25 of the best river rafting destinations in the U.S. to get you excited ๐Ÿ˜‰
Now, enter to win $25 to go towards your purchase of this raft, or one of your favorite products. Follow the instructions below and check back Monday to find out who the winner is ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Our Favorite Things: Intex Outdoor Pool ON SALE! Win $25 gift card to Amazon!

Hi Friends! Sorry I have been m.i.a. on our blog this past week. I have been working all day, everyday on our new blog design. I am so excited I can hardly stand it. The new functionality and style of our new blog is going to be so great (thanks to Pam @ Canvas Sky Graphic Design).  I hope you will love it! You will finally be able to organize and search our recipes in an organized manner (hallelujah!). We will also have lots of new features, contributors, and aspects to our blog you’re going to love. One of them is going to be a page where we will highlight some of our favorite products and allow you to shop straight from our blog. We will share some of our favorite services, products, kitchen gadgets, emergency preparedness must-haves, food storage favorite products, family entertainment faves and many other things. Each month we will be giving away some of these products, or gift cards to go towards your purchases from our blog. We hope this will be a great resource for you and your family. You can rest assured that all products we have used, love and have found financially a good investment (we’re about as cheap as they come–so if we buy them, you know they are worth your money ;).

Today I am excited to share my absolute favorite summer product with you–
especially because it is 40% off the price we bought this for three years ago. 
I know this product wouldn’t work for everyone, but our family couldn’t live without this Intex pool in the summer. Our backyard is pretty small so our options for summer-fun are limited. We’ve had to come up with fun ways to make our yard kid friendly and keep them happy during the long, summer hours. Every year for 8-10 years we have had an outdoor pool in our backyard. Nearly every year we’ve had to buy a new pool because they would pop or tear at some point during the summer. Once you start buying these pools you find quickly they are not all created equal! It wasn’t until three years ago we found this Intex outdoor pool that it’s actually lasted for several years and doesn’t pop, leak or tear. We love it! This past weekend we had a record of 17 kids in the pool (some big teenagers) and it was still fun and comfortable. With the flat, upright sides it makes for all usable swimming space. Here is what they say about this pool:
“Beat the heat all summer with the Intex Metal Frame Pool Set. Engineered for strength, this pool is supported by strong, durable steel frames which are powder coated for rust resistance and beauty. Triple strong, SUPER-TOUGH laminated sidewalls are reinforced with an all-around band to keep frame legs firmly in place. This pool will make your backyard the place to be all summer as your family can relax and play. Connect the Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter pump to enjoy clean, refreshing water. Equipped with the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, which is an added safety feature that shuts off the pump if electrical current is exposed to water. Ready for water in 30 minutes, – follow the instructional DVD for easy set up, and enjoy the fun! Includes: Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter pump 530 gph (110 – 120V) with 1-year warranty. Set-up and maintenance DVD. SUPER-TOUGH laminated PVC sidewalls. Convenient drain plug that connects to a garden hose so water can be drained away from pool or house area. Water capacity: (90%) 1,718 gallons.”
The best part about this pool is that it is ON SALE! We bought this pool several years ago for $189. It is now on sale at Amazon for ONLY $112.49 with FREE shipping! That is an amazing deal!! I was so excited to share this with you when I saw it was on sale. Head over to Amazon to check out this great deal. This would even make a great Christmas gift for next summer if you don’t want to put it up this year.
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Also, enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card to go towards this purchase, or other purchases on Amazon. It’s easy to enter! Good luck to you and hope you’re having a great summer.
**Check out our ‘favorite thing’ last week. The Brookstone Pocket Projector is another family favorite for sure ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our Favorite Things: Brookstone Pocket Projector

Each week I am excited to share with you some of our family’s favorite products that make our life more enjoyable and fun! Whether it’s kitchen gadgets, specialty foods, or products my family uses on a regular basis, we want to share them with you. If you are like me, you get tired of having to do endless research to figure out the best products for your money. Well, we have taken the guess work out of shopping for you. We will only share with you those products that are tried-and-true and that we own, and use, on a frequent basis–some items multiple times a day!
So, for our first product of the week, I want to share with you this Brookstone Pocket Projector. It has seriously been one of the most fun investments we have ever made. This projector has made for hours of endless fun for people of all ages. We take this portable projector with us on all of our trips and family adventures. We even bring this projector with us while we’re camping. We hang a white sheet in our trailer and watch a movie at night before bed. We even project movies in our backyard for the neighborhood kids to watch. The great thing about this projector is it high enough quality you can use it as your every-day projector in a theater room. The quality is very crisp and clear and works great no matter where you are!

5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas—your man and family will love {Special discounts for our readers!}

Can you believe it’s only a littler over a week before it’s Father’s Day? Father’s Day is one of my favorite days because I get the chance to try and share all of the love I have for the amazing men in my life. From my own father, to my husband, I am so grateful for all of them. Even though gifts don’t make the day more special, sometimes it’s fun to give gifts that will bring our loved ones some added joy and excitement.

If you are like me however, you might be struggling to find the perfect gift for those Father’s in your life. Shopping for Todd can be pretty frustrating and overwhelming. He loves everything techy and digital, where as I still prefer to use paper and pencils. We don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to gift giving (he is MUCH better at it than I am). So, since he is such a great gift giver, I thought I would enlist his help to share with you some of his favorite products the father’s in your life are sure to love ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s get started, shall we?


Have you seen these pocket projectors before? Gone are the days that you have to have a several thousand dollar unit mounted from your ceiling. Why not buy a portable, mini projector that works just as well? My husband bought himself a Brookstone Pocket Projector Pro over two years ago and we LOVE it!! We use this portable projector all the time. Not only does it work great in our theater room, but we also take it on every vacation, camping trip and use it in our own yard for summer movies. The uses for this projector are endless. We have had SO much fun using this projector and the kids think it is the greatest thing ever!

Now, because my husband knew we would use our projector all the time, he invested in the more expensive portable projector that is $329 on sale. However, if this is too much of an investment financially, they also offer a slightly lesser quality projector for only $228. Both options would be a perfect Father’s Day gift! Not only for the man in your life, but for the whole family! Seriously, it is SO fun!!

Below is a slightly less expensive projector option. Either one would be great and works with all of your electronic devices (phone, kindel, Ipad, computer, etc.).  Buy one today while they are on sale for these great prices! They are currently $50 less than we even bought them for a couple years ago. Bonus!
Have you heard of Sky Drop before? We showcased this amazing product back during our 12 Days of Giveaways in December. Now that it is time to start watering your lawn and it’s time to get yards in and set up your sprinklers, it’s the perfect time to invest in a SkyDrip controller system. Everything you need to do with your watering system can be done by the touch of your smart phone. You can turn off your sprinklers, set timers for your sprinklers, change your zones in your sprinkling system and how long each station waters and MUCH more! Another great feature is your controller can tell what the weather is in your area. If it rains one day then it will not water your lawn. It can tell exactly how much moisture you have had an change your sprinkler system accordingly–saving you money!

Our friends at SkyDrop are offering an awesome deal of $75.00 off your SkyDrop Controller. This makes the cost of your panel only $224.99 (You can buy 2 controllers at this price). Not only that, but your control will make you eligible for rebates in your area ranging from $100-$480–making your controller totally affordable. Check the links below for more rebate options. Don’t delay! Order your controller today and save $75 (sale price only good through June) using the coupon code ‘dtm’

Links to possible rebates.
For Utah folks, there is a $100 rebate for most places in Utah.
In Southern California, the rebate can often cover the whole cost of the panel or even two panels (up to $480)
if the system has more than 8 zones.
*The panel is EPA WaterSense certified. So any place that offers a rebate for Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers most likely accepts our controller for the rebate.

$50 off regular price!
Are you new to Dropcam? We LOVE our security cameras that hook to our phones. We started off with just one camera and now have them in several different areas of our home. It is so nice to beable to login on our phones and see what our children are doing while we are away. We can also see out to our front porch in case packages are dropped off, or watch the kiddos play in the front yard. No matter where you choose to put these cameras, they are super convenient and bring a great peace of mind. 
These cameras are on sale for Father’s Day for only $149 (regularly $198–that’s a $50 savings!!). This is the best price you will find on this product. It’s the perfect time to buy several for your home security and peace of mind.
Whether your hubby is into emergency preparedness efforts or not, this Sun Oven has been such a fun investment for our family. It feels so great to know we have a cooking source that doesn’t require an energy source–besides the sun. We have made cookies, homemade bread, chili, pizza and many more yummy creations in our Sun Oven. All with just the sunshine in our backyard. This Sun Oven is a great investment to help you on your emergency preparedness path.  When ordering, enter Deals to Meals to get a discount at check out!

$70 OFF! Use code โ€œDealstomealsโ€ to get $70 off your All American Sun Oven with the Preparedness and Dehydration Package
$50 OFF! Use code โ€œDealstomealsASOโ€ on an All American Sun Oven without accessories. 

This Circle device, that is made from Disney, is a parents best friend! You can control your children’s screen time, filter content and help your family bring balance to their life. Everything about this product is amazing and it’s a great gift for your hubby, as well as your whole family. It’s on sale as well for only $99, so it’s a great time to buy your controller today!

Day 12 (Final & Biggest) Giveaway: $749 Blendtec Blender {Ends December 23rd at Midnight}

Congratulations to Amy Keyes who is the winner of our Sky Drop Giveaway! 
Sky Drop has been kind enough to give us a coupon code for $40 off their product (plus the $100 possible rebate through your water company), which makes this the best time to buy one of their great products! Give the gift of saving money this year by using promo code DTM for this discount.
I am SO excited about this final giveaway to our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. We have had so much fun and I wanted to say thank you to each of you for sticking with us during this busy time of year. You guys are the best!

I know you all have heard about Blendtec, but let me tell you how amazing this company and product is! If you are like me, I am sure you have gone through no less than 5-10 blenders in your life time. I feel like for the first several years of our marriage, Todd would give me a new blender every year for Mother’s Day. I love making smoothies, cream soups, spaghetti sauce, blender waffles and all sorts of things in my blender. However, all my previous blenders would over heat, burn out, break, leak and were completely annoying to use on a regular basis. We even bought blenders that weren’t cheap and they still couldn’t keep up with what I wanted to use them for.

Until…we bought a Blendtec. Our Blendtec we have had for over two years now and it is a work horse of a machine. I have made over 600 smothies in the past two years (yes, it keeps track for you) and it works just like the day I bought it. It can blend and puree anything! Have you seen the videos where the Blendtec can turn a brick into crumbs? It’s crazy! In fact, Blendtec has a complete website dedicated to showing you all of the crazy things your Blendtec can break down. It is so funny, here is the link (golf balls, marbles, you name it, it can blend it ๐Ÿ™‚

So, any normal thing you blend at home, will have no problem in your Blendtec. This amazing machine has totally been able to keep up with all of my crazy recipe making. One of my favorites I make with my Blendtec is our Wheat Blender Waffles. You don’t have to cook or grind the wheat first, you just put in the hard wheat kernels and it purees it all into a perfectly smooth, amazing batter. This is a great way to use your wheat, even if you don’t have a wheat grinder ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are SO many things I love about my Blendtec, I could go on and on. One thing I love about it is the fact the blade is totally dull. You don’t have to worry about kids getting injured. Also, the jar is one complete unit, so you don’t have to worry about lots of parts and leaky jars. Another amazing feature is your Blendtec has an EIGHT YEAR WARRANTY! How great is that? Talk about a worthwhile investment.

A couple days ago I had some of the black rubber seal on the bottom of my jar starting to flake off. I called Blendtec and they immediately shipped me out a new jar. Talk about an awesome warranty! These guys are so great. As you can tell, Blendtec is by far one of my favorite products and I can’t wait to give one away to one of you awesome followers and readers!

This giveaway will end December 23rd at midnight, so hurry and enter to win! And make sure and check out the special offers below that end on Christmas Day! Get your last minute Christmas shopping done with some of these great deals only for our readers ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

**ALL entry requirements are mandatory besides #1. However, fulfilling #1 will give you FIVE entries to the giveaway. 
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Christmas Affiliate Specials
*Sky Drop Watering System–$40 off your first panel using DTM as the coupon code.
*ClearPlay DVD Player 47% Off-take advantage of Clear Play’s backorder special and get 47% off your new player and 3 year membership.

*Bosch Mixer $90 off-take advantage of Bosch’s lowest prices and get a Universal Bosch Mixer for $90 off ($379.99 instead of $469.99). Visit the Bosch Store’s website for more details.

*Deals to Meals Gift Certificates-take advantage of this ONE time sale and get up to 7 months FREE with a purchase of a Deals to Meals membership. 

*Ebooks only $0.97 each–all Ebooks are on sale now thru Christmas for only $.97 (normally $4.97 each). Buy them for yourself or a friend, they make a great gift!!

*Sun Oven $80 off and FREE shipping on your order of a Sun Oven Package (picture below). Order yours and get it before Christmas if you order by December 16th.

*Norwex Products: Spend $75 and get a travel enviro rag or body rag FREE. If you don’t have a pair of Norwex rags, this is a MUST in my book for Christmas. You’ll be surprised how happy these rags will make you–cleaning and all ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Pampered Chef Orders Get a $16.50 FREE measuring cup set when you spend $75 or more. Check out our ten favorite Pampered Chef products and finish off your Christmas Wish List with some fabulous kitchen gadgets! Mothers, Mother-in-Laws, sisters, sister-in-laws, friends, daughters. You name it, Pampered Chef has products everyone will love ๐Ÿ˜‰

Day 11 Giveaway: Skydrop Smart Watering System {$279 Value}

Congratulations to the following winners of our ‘night out’ and Deals to Meals Membership:

JCW’s Burger Boys: Katelyn Hansen
Even Stevens: Carli Woodland
Salsa Leedos: Cherideth Starr
Cubby’s: Marianne Carter
Jdawgs: Lana Slater
R&R BBQ: Melanie Adamson
DTM Membership: Tammy White
Thanks friends for being so awesome and supporting our 12 Days of Giveaways. It’s been so fun to mail off the packages of gifts each day to the winners. It’s really helped bring the Christmas Spirit to my husband and I, and we’ve had a lot of fun (despite the late nights and early mornings ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sticking with us each and every day. Make sure and check back tomorrow for our final and BIGGEST giveaway yet! We will be giving away a $750 Blendtec Blender. I can hardly wait!! I LOVE my Blendtec and I can’t wait to share one with one of you lucky winners.
I am really excited for this next giveaway. Several of the past giveaways have been products I love, so today I thought we would share a product that all of the men in your life will love. My husband Todd, loves every kind of gadget and digital device. He loves to find the newest and greatest inventions to help make life easier, and to save money. When you can find a device that simplifies an aspect of your life and can save you up to 50% on your utility bill, it’s a win-win for both of us.

Did you know you can control your entire sprinkling system from your smart phone? Technology is amazing these days, isn’t it? Did you know if it rains you can have a system that automatically turns off your sprinkling system, so you don’t waste water? Well, here is a brief explanation from Sky Drop’s website to help you know what they are about:

SkyDrop is an award winning Smart Watering Sprinkler Controller that homeowners love. Our controller is the most intelligent system on the market with intuitive technology that connects to the cloud to monitor real-time local weather data, often from a weather station in your own neighborhood, to forecast where and when to water. Itโ€™s like your own personal weatherman, keeping lawns green and healthy year round while conserving water and saving up to 50% on landscape water bills. As with solar, many cities and states offer rebates for installing these systems.”
I know for most of us, it’s winter and we’re not worried about watering our lawns. However, soon enough it will be time to start watering and spending all of that money on high water bills. It’s a great time to use the coupon code DTM when purchasing one of these units to save you $40 off the price of a Sky Drop System. PLUS, depending on your area, you can get up to $100 of rebates from your water company, which makes this machine just over $130! Now, that’s a great Christmas present for everyone. Thanks Sky Drop for this giveaway! Enter below to win one of these awesome systems for yourself ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck to you!
Christmas Affiliate Specials
*Sky Drop Watering System–$40 off your first panel using DTM as the coupon code.

*ClearPlay DVD Player 47% Off-take advantage of Clear Play’s backorder special and get 47% off your new player and 3 year membership.

*Bosch Mixer $90 off-take advantage of Bosch’s lowest prices and get a Universal Bosch Mixer for $90 off ($379.99 instead of $469.99). Visit the Bosch Store’s website for more details.

*Deals to Meals Gift Certificates-take advantage of this ONE time sale and get up to 7 months FREE with a purchase of a Deals to Meals membership. 

*Ebooks only $0.97 each–all Ebooks are on sale now thru Christmas for only $.97 (normally $4.97 each). Buy them for yourself or a friend, they make a great gift!!

*Sun Oven $80 off and FREE shipping on your order of a Sun Oven Package (picture below). Order yours and get it before Christmas if you order by December 16th.

*Norwex Products: Spend $75 and get a travel enviro rag or body rag FREE. If you don’t have a pair of Norwex rags, this is a MUST in my book for Christmas. You’ll be surprised how happy these rags will make you–cleaning and all ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Pampered Chef Orders Get a $16.50 FREE measuring cup set when you spend $75 or more. Check out our ten favorite Pampered Chef products and finish off your Christmas Wish List with some fabulous kitchen gadgets! Mothers, Mother-in-Laws, sisters, sister-in-laws, friends, daughters. You name it, Pampered Chef has products everyone will love ๐Ÿ˜‰

Day 10 Giveaway: Night Out on the Town {6 Lucky Winners-Totaling more than $213 of Gift Cards}

Congratulations to Cammey Sanders who is the winner of our ClearPlay Giveaway!
I love going out to eat, don’t you? There is nothing more relaxing than going out with my hubby on the weekend and being served a delicious dinner. Although I love eating out, I do have to admit I am somewhat of a food snob. I love that line in the movie Ratatouille where the food critique says, “If I don’t like it, I don’t swallow.” That’s my mantra! If I am going to go out to eat, I want the food to be better than what I make, or at least as good as what I could make at home. I have no need to go and spend money on food that’s not worth the calories. The best part about it, is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy good food. I am excited to share six of my favorite places we love to eat at where you can feed two people for under $30. For those who live outside of Utah, check the bottom of this post for a giveaway of another year membership & Deals to Meals Ebook giveaway ๐Ÿ˜‰ Merry Christmas everyone!
Here’s some info on each place to help you know which of the six you want to vote for (or, enter them all and up your chances of winning!)
R and R BBQIf given a choice, I would always choose to go out to eat at a BBQ joint if wishes were fishes. I love good BBQ food. Living here in Utah, you would think we don’t have a great selection of BBQ, but that’s just not the case. I have many favorite places to eat good BBQ, like The Smoking Apple, Bam Bam’s, Famous Daves, but nothing beats the food at R&R BBQ! This place is our favorite place to eat when we go downtown SLC. They have the most tender, juicy, flavorful meat you will ever eat. The ribs fall off the bone, the brisket is nothing but quality, perfectly spiced meat and their Sweet BBQ Sauce is my favorite! Not to mention they have hush puppies dipped in ranch that are awesome, Rum Bread Pudding, awesome baked beans, mashed potatoes and pulled pork that melts in your mouth. Really, everything we’ve eaten there has been fantastic and the place is packed (despite the fact it’s in a small, run down strip mall). If you love BBQ, you’ll LOVE R&R’s!
*Locations in SLC and coming January to South Jordan Utah.
Salsa Leedos-Next to BBQ food, Mexican food would definietly be my next choice of the type of food I love. Although there are tons of Mexican restaurants in the Salt Lake Valley, it’s not easy to find one that makes quality, good Mexican. That was the case until Salsa Leedos opened up in Riverton, Utah several years ago. This is now our go-to Mexican place. It is sad, but we probably go here on our date night at least once (if not twice) a month. They have this Burleedo that is a burrito stuffed with grilled steak, beans, rice, grilled pepper, guacamole, lettuce, etc. and smothered in this queso sauce. Oh my! I crave this meal all the time. The best part about it is it SO huge you can eat half there and take the other half home (or split with someone). Their fajitas are also amazing, as well as their Leedos Platter. I have yet to have something I didn’t like from here. If you want good Mexican, this is the place to go!!
Even Stevens Sandwiches—Everyone always asks what kind of a restaurant I would open if I were to be ambitious and do that. It wasn’t until I went to Even Stevens that I found my answer. Their menu is practically the exact type of place I would open. It’s casual, it’s full of flavor, they offer sandwiches with unique flavors, and they give a portion of every sandwich to a local homeless shelter. How great is that? I love companies that give back to their community and this place is doing such great things. Not to mention, their food is out of this world! They have these sandwiches with things like caramelized onions with a balsamic jam, a pot roast sandwich with sweet chili sauce, a salad with apricots, gorgonzola and candied nuts, and much more! My mouth waters every time I just think of their menu. If you want a simple, yet delicious lunch, you need to give Even Stevens a try. They are awesome!!
*Locations in Draper, Sugar House, St. George & Salt Lake City Utah. 

J-Dawgs–Have you had a J-Dawg before? This place is so great. It was started by some BYU college students and now they have locations all over Utah. They sell these gourmet, all beef hot dogs that are cut in this funky criss cross pattern, smoked on a hot grill and smothered in the most delicious J-Dawgs sauce. Top that hot dog with things like sauerkraut, pickles, tomatoes, jalapeรฑos, banana peppers, and onions. Oh man! I am not a huge hot dog fan, but even I get a kick out of going to J-Dawgs. Not to mention a huge beef frank here at this place is only $4, so you don’t break the bank when you need a quick lunch or dinner. Totally impressed by this place and it’s a favorite of mine and my husbands. Give J-Dawgs a try, you won’t be disappointed!
*Locations in Lehi, American Fork, Orem and Provo Utah.

Cubby’s-If you love organic, healthy, homemade food, Cubby’s is the place for you. Or, if you have any sort of special diet, they cater to ALL sorts of dietary needs (diabetes, gluten free, dairy free, all gmo, etc.). Everything is fresh, no preservatives and all delicious and amazing! Whether you like a good hamburger, a ‘chick’ salad, or some of the best buffalo ranch french fries, you are going to love this place! They are growing quickly and every time I go, it is packed (that’s always a good sign!) I can’t wait for you to go and try this place. It’s new, happening and totally fun!
*Locations in Provo, Lehi, Spanish Fork, and coming soon to South Jordan. 

JCW’s The Burger Boys-Hands down, my favorite hamburger in the state of Utah. Their Blue Bacon Burger is the best burger I’ve ever had. They use this crispy, salty, huge strips of bacon, homemade blue cheese dressing, crumbles of blue cheese all over a char grilled hamburger. Add all of your favorite condiments and you have a burger to write home about! They also have a Hawaiian Burger that is super good, or a Pastrami Burger that is my husbands favorite. No matter which burger, fry, shake or sandwich you get, you are going to love this place! There burgers are as good as any sit down restaurant’s burger but at half the price. Bonus!
*Locations in South Jordan, Lehi, Provo and American Fork.

Christmas Affiliate Specials
*ClearPlay DVD Player 47% Off-take advantage of Clear Play’s backorder special and get 47% off your new player and 3 year membership.

*Bosch Mixer $90 off-take advantage of Bosch’s lowest prices and get a Universal Bosch Mixer for $90 off ($379.99 instead of $469.99). Visit the Bosch Store’s website for more details.

*Deals to Meals Gift Certificates-take advantage of this ONE time sale and get up to 7 months FREE with a purchase of a Deals to Meals membership. 

*Ebooks only $0.97 each–all Ebooks are on sale now thru Christmas for only $.97 (normally $4.97 each). Buy them for yourself or a friend, they make a great gift!!

*Sun Oven $80 off and FREE shipping on your order of a Sun Oven Package (picture below). Order yours and get it before Christmas if you order by December 16th.

*Norwex Products: Spend $75 and get a travel enviro rag or body rag FREE. If you don’t have a pair of Norwex rags, this is a MUST in my book for Christmas. You’ll be surprised how happy these rags will make you–cleaning and all ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Pampered Chef Orders Get a $16.50 FREE measuring cup set when you spend $75 or more. Check out our ten favorite Pampered Chef products and finish off your Christmas Wish List with some fabulous kitchen gadgets! Mothers, Mother-in-Laws, sisters, sister-in-laws, friends, daughters. You name it, Pampered Chef has products everyone will love ๐Ÿ˜‰

Day 9 Giveaway: ClearPlay DVD Player {Value $249}

Congratulations to Heather Towle who is the winner of our Universal Bosch Giveaway. We are so excited for you Heather!! You are going to love this machine ๐Ÿ˜‰ Merry Christmas!
Hi Friends! I am thrilled about this next giveaway. It’s hard to beat a Bosch Mixer (although….a $750 Blendtec is coming Saturday–yay!!) But, our next giveaway is something we use as much as our Bosch (just in a different room of the house) and something I love just as much. I am totally, 100% in love with this next product. ClearPlay has changed my family’s life. Literally. Dramatic? Maybe. But, I LOVE CLEARPLAY! If I could yell it from rooftops, I would. With all of the garbage being thrown into media these days, I am SO grateful as a mother for a solution like ClearPlay.
If you love to watch movies in your home, or if you have children and/or teenagers in your home, a Clear Play DVD player is a must for us. Not only do we have one DVD player, but we love it so much we have bought one for each t.v. (three to be exact). Now, we are some of the world’s cheapest individuals, and yet it is worth it to me to spend a couple hundred dollars to keep all of the filth and sleaze out of my home. Ask any of my friends. I am pretty passionate about this. I am like a walking Clear Play commercial. Not because I get paid to, just because it is a product that has changed the way my family views entertainment and media–for the better! We have an awesome theater room in our home and it is a place my family loves to be. We have at times 30+ teenagers over and it brings piece of mind knowing that they can watch movies and I don’t have to worry about anyone hearing or seeing something they shouldn’t. It allows me, as the mom, to sit back, relax and enjoy spending good, wholesome time together. I. LOVE. IT!
Basically, Clear Play allows you to filter the media you watch in your home. I love knowing we can watch a movie with our family, or we can have a group of teenagers over, and we don’t have to worry about vulgarity, sex scenes, nudity, etc. You can sit back and relax and know that all of the items you want taken out, are gone. It is lovely! It takes all of the stress out of entertaining and makes good, clean, family time something we all can enjoy!

Here’s a little explanation from Clear Play:

 ClearPlay has settings for Vulgarity, Nudity, Substance Abuse, Sensuality, Violence, and more..
ClearPlay is all about choice. You set content preferences based on your family values. ClearPlay Smart Parental Controls then filter out the images and dialogue you donโ€™t want in the movies and TV shows you own or rent.
We offer filters for over 4,500 ClearPlay compatible movies and TV shows.
So even when youโ€™re not around, your family will be protected from the content you donโ€™t want them exposed toโ€”and they’ll enjoy the best content from the latest releases.
Today we will be giving away a Clear Play BlueRay DVD Player to one of you! If you know ClearPlay is something your family would love, they are offering a special to all of our Deals to Meals and Fun Cheap or Free readers. Visit this site to find out their special pricing. Good luck to you!

*The awesome thing is, ClearPlay is becoming so popular their machines are on back order until January. The great news is, if you purchase them now, you get up to 47% off (a way for them to say ‘sorry’ for the wait). It may not get to you by Christmas, but you’ll get a great deal–which is a bonus!

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Christmas Affiliate Specials
*ClearPlay DVD Player 47% Off-take advantage of Clear Play’s backorder special and get 47% off your new player and 3 year membership.

*Bosch Mixer $90 off-take advantage of Bosch’s lowest prices and get a Universal Bosch Mixer for $90 off ($379.99 instead of $469.99). Visit the Bosch Store’s website for more details.

*Deals to Meals Gift Certificates-take advantage of this ONE time sale and get up to 7 months FREE with a purchase of a Deals to Meals membership. 

*Ebooks only $0.97 each–all Ebooks are on sale now thru Christmas for only $.97 (normally $4.97 each). Buy them for yourself or a friend, they make a great gift!!

*Sun Oven $80 off and FREE shipping on your order of a Sun Oven Package (picture below). Order yours and get it before Christmas if you order by December 16th.

*Norwex Products: Spend $75 and get a travel enviro rag or body rag FREE. If you don’t have a pair of Norwex rags, this is a MUST in my book for Christmas. You’ll be surprised how happy these rags will make you–cleaning and all ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Pampered Chef Orders Get a $16.50 FREE measuring cup set when you spend $75 or more. Check out our ten favorite Pampered Chef products and finish off your Christmas Wish List with some fabulous kitchen gadgets! Mothers, Mother-in-Laws, sisters, sister-in-laws, friends, daughters. You name it, Pampered Chef has products everyone will love ๐Ÿ˜‰

Day 8 Giveaway: Universal Bosch Mixer {$379 Value}

Congratulations to Jennifer Camargo who has won the Orson Gygi Culinary Cooking Class Giveaway, and Louene A. Perry who won the gift card!
I can honestly say there is not an appliance in my kitchen that I use more than my Bosch Mixer. I use this fabulous machine nearly every day, whether I’m making homemade bread, rolls, cookies, frostings, brownies, mashing mashed potatoes, whipping whipped cream, and on, and on. I have a serious crush on this machine. I love it! Now, you know me. I am just about as frugal as one can get. However, there are certain items that, for me, are well worth spending some extra money on. Products like Pampered Chef, Norwex, Bosch Mixers, etc. are all products that are well built and made to last. I have learned way too many times over, if you try to go cheap on certain items, you will usually be disappointed. Sometimes it’s better to bite the bullet and buy the nice things, and then enjoy them for years to come. I have used my Bosch consistently for over 8 years and it still runs as great as the day I took it out of the box. I’ve had a the Professional Kitchen Aid machine before, and it just didn’t work as well. It couldn’t do my 12 pounds of bread dough and would overheat all the time. I finally switched it out for a Bosch and I couldn’t be happier. I am now a Bosch fan thru and thru!
Now, how exciting is this, that we get to give away ONE Universal Bosch Mixer to one of you lucky winners?!? We want to give a HUGE thank you to Bob from the Bosch store in Sandy Utah, who has helped make this giveaway possible. If you are going to buy a Bosch Mixer this year (or anytime) will you please support his store? He is such a great man, always so generous and they have the best customer service possible. Let’s help support small businesses (Amazon and Walmart are taking over all of these family stores–grr!) and send some orders and Christmas love His way. Thanks Bob, you’re the best!
Since this is such an outstanding giveaway, we want your help in spreading the word! If you would like the chance to win,  make sure and do all 6 entry requirements. Sadly, if you don’t and Rafflecopter draws your name, we’ll have to disqualify you. So…take your time and make sure and do ALL of them. Contest ends at midnight tonight, so don’t delay! Thanks guys and good luck to you ๐Ÿ˜‰
Christmas Affiliate Specials
*Bosch Universal Mixer $90 off: Sale price $379.99 (Reg. $469). Visit the Bosch Store online to get free shipping and a Bosch mixer sent to you for Christmas.

*Deals to Meals Gift Certificates: take advantage of this ONE time sale and get up to 7 months FREE with a purchase of a Deals to Meals membership. 

*Ebooks only $0.97 each: all Ebooks are on sale now thru Christmas for only $.97 (normally $4.97 each). Buy them for yourself or a friend, they make a great gift!!

*Sun Oven $80 off: and FREE shipping on your order of a Sun Oven Package (picture below). Order yours and get it before Christmas if you order by December 16th.

*Norwex Products: Spend $75 and get a travel enviro rag or body rag FREE. If you don’t have a pair of Norwex rags, this is a MUST in my book for Christmas. You’ll be surprised how happy these rags will make you–cleaning and all ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Pampered Chef Orders: Get a $16.50 FREE measuring cup set when you spend $75 or more. Check out our ten favorite Pampered Chef products and finish off your Christmas Wish List with some fabulous kitchen gadgets! Mothers, Mother-in-Laws, sisters, sister-in-laws, friends, daughters. You name it, Pampered Chef has products everyone will love ๐Ÿ˜‰

Day 7 Giveaway: Orson Gygi’s Gift Certificate, Cooking Class and Year Membership to DTM ($180 Value)

Hi Friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. No matter what upcoming parties or events you have, don’t forget to check out all of the AMAZING grocery deals on our website. I went shopping over the weekend and spent only $160 on my meal planning groceries for this next week, along with TONS of Christmas goodies, snacks and several stock up items that were on sale. Things like cheese, chocolate chips, evaporated milk, cake mixes, canned pumpkin, powdered sugar/brown sugar, ham, pork and SO much more are all on sale for rock bottom prices this week. Save hundreds this week by knowing which items are on sale and stocking up on all of the best deals. I love this time of year!
Okay, now onto another incredible week of giveaways! First off, we need to announce the winner of our membership to Deals to Meals and our Ebooks. Congratulations Lorie Kluth!
For those that didn’t win, remember you can still get a membership to Deals to Meals at an all time low price (check the deal out here) and all of our Ebooks are on sale for ONLY $.97 thru Christmas. So, we all are a winner. Yay!

Now, let’s talk about the AWESOME giveaways we have lined up for you this week. Have you always wanted a Bosch Mixer? Ahhh! We have one to giveaway TOMORROW (Tuesday). How fun is that?!?! Or what about a Blendtec Blender?  Check back Saturday for this grand finale giveaway valued at over $700!!! Besides a Bosch and a Blentec, we will have several other amazing giveaways. So, let’s get started and get another giveaway on our way….

Today’s giveaway I am really excited about! It is valued at over $180 and will be SO awesome for a couple lucky winners. We have two parts to this giveaway, so enter the one that works for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here in Utah there is my personal dream-store. It’s called Orson Gygi. You walk in and it is like a kitchen, cooking Mecca. I could spend hours in their store (or online) just wandering the aisles and never get bored. It has EVERYTHING you need to make your life easier in the kitchen. Not to mention, they have the best chocolate and caramel selection you could ever dream of. Besides chocolate, they have things that I can’t live without in my kitchen. Things like pre-cut parchment sheets, 500 ct. cupcake liners, metal measuring spoons and cups, my favorite cookie sheets and SO much more! No matter what your Christmas needs are this season, you need to check out Orson Gygi! They are the BEST, one-stop shop for your holiday needs.
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For those who don’t live in Utah, we are giving away a $25 gift certificate to their online store. This winner will also win a year membership to Deals to Meals so you can use your new cooking tools to make some delicious recipes from our website. Enjoy!

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For those of you in Utah, we have a super fun giveaway that would make the perfect Christmas gift. At Orson Gygi they offer culinary classes that are so fun! You and a friend, will LOVE coming and attending one of their cooking classes (valued at $65 each person). Whether you are a proffessional chef, or new to cooking, these classes are great for anyone. What a fun date night, or girls night out, these classes would be!

Christmas Affiliate Specials
*Deals to Meals Gift Certificates-take advantage of this ONE time sale and get up to 7 months FREE with a purchase of a Deals to Meals membership. 

*Ebooks only $0.97 each–all Ebooks are on sale now thru Christmas for only $.97 (normally $4.97 each). Buy them for yourself or a friend, they make a great gift!!

*Sun Oven $80 off and FREE shipping on your order of a Sun Oven Package (picture below). Order yours and get it before Christmas if you order by December 16th.

*Norwex Products: Spend $75 and get a travel enviro rag or body rag FREE. If you don’t have a pair of Norwex rags, this is a MUST in my book for Christmas. You’ll be surprised how happy these rags will make you–cleaning and all ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Pampered Chef Orders Get a $16.50 FREE measuring cup set when you spend $75 or more. Check out our ten favorite Pampered Chef products and finish off your Christmas Wish List with some fabulous kitchen gadgets! Mothers, Mother-in-Laws, sisters, sister-in-laws, friends, daughters. You name it, Pampered Chef has products everyone will love ๐Ÿ˜‰

Music CD & Concert Winners

Congratulations to 26 lucky winners!! Sorry for the late post of the winners for yesterday’s giveaway. There were lots of winners, so it took us a few extra minutes. Hope you were one of the lucky winners! Merry Christmas. If you didn’t win, please support these amazing musicians and their efforts by purchasing some of their beautiful music on their websites ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks friends!

Gentri CD Pack Winners:

Betsy Tanner
Kaley Waite
Amy Taufer

Hilary Week’s CD

Kristen Archuleta
Diana Suker
Hiedi Robbins
Amber Friess
Kali Schertz

Voice Male Concert

Lynette Saunders

Voice Male Jingles 2 CD

Kayla Clark
Tana Davis
Rosalie Bowen

Betsy Tanner
Amanda Wall
Krista Peck
Lilyana Escamilla
Linda Tomisic
Kristy Morrison
Debby Moore
Tricia Brown
Kim Scott
Julie Robertson
Ashley Knoall
Dawn Sorwic
Candice Ehret
Mae Gomer

Day 6 Giveaway: {$130 Value} 2 Deals to Meals Memberships and Ebooks

We want to end this awesome week with a chance for two of you to win TWO year memberships to Deals to Meals {one for you and one for a friend} as well as ALL three of our popular Ebooks (31 Freezer Meals, 90 Fall Favorite Recipes, 81 Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes).  We want you to enjoy a membership to our service and then share a membership with a friend. A membership to Deals to Meals is one of the most simple, frugal and useful Christmas gifts you could ever give! Who doesn’t need to save money on groceries and wants to have delicious recipes at their disposal each week? Deals to Meals gift certificates start at $14.85, so they are a great option for any budget! To go along with this giveaway, we want to offer ALL of you two, special,  24 hour discounts (hurray!):
*ALL ebooks are on sale today thru Christmas for only $0.97 each!! 
These ebooks are usually $4.97 each, so this is a BIG savings. These ebooks would make a great gift for newly weds, friends, coworkers and family members. They are full of beautiful pictures and some of our all-time favorite recipes. Each recipe is tried and true, organized neatly and the recipes are easy to follow with basic ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and fridge. Take advantage of this sale that ends on Christmas!
 3 months FREE to Deals to Meals when you buy a year membership for only $45 or 24 months for $85 and get 7 months free {lowest price of the year}!
This is the best time all year to purchase and renew your DTM membership. Heck, at this price, why not buy a few membership for your family and friends? Most people will save the $45 in ONE shopping trip and be able to save for 12 additional months. Check out this post where I used Deals to Meals to save $166 in one grocery shopping trip.

Let us help simplify your last minute Christmas Gift Ideas. Sign up for a membership to Deals to Meals today!

Christmas Affiliate Specials
*Deals to Meals and Fun Cheap or Free Ebooks on sale until Christmas for only $.97 (normally $4.97 each). Buy them for yourself or a friend, they make a great gift!!

*Sun Oven $80 off and FREE shipping on your order of a Sun Oven Package (picture below). Order yours and get it before Christmas if you order by December 16th.

*Norwex Products: Spend $75 and get a travel enviro rag or body rag FREE. If you don’t have a pair of Norwex rags, this is a MUST in my book for Christmas. You’ll be surprised how happy these rags will make you–cleaning and all ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Pampered Chef Orders Get a $16.50 FREE measuring cup set when you spend $75 or more. Check out our ten favorite Pampered Chef products and finish off your Christmas Wish List with some fabulous kitchen gadgets! Mothers, Mother-in-Laws, sisters, sister-in-laws, friends, daughters. You name it, Pampered Chef has products everyone will love ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Day 5 Giveaway: Musical Extravaganza! LOTS of winners today!

Congratulations to Loyda M. Arrington who is the winner of our Sun Oven Giveaway! Thank you Sun Oven for an awesome giveaway. For those who haven’t won thus far, check out these special deals our affiliates have worked out for you:

Christmas Affiliate Specials
*Sun Oven $80 off and FREE shipping on your order of a Sun Oven Package (picture below). Order yours and get it before Christmas if you order by December 16th.

*Norwex Products: Spend $75 and get a travel enviro rag or body rag FREE. If you don’t have a pair of Norwex rags, this is a MUST in my book for Christmas. You’ll be surprised how happy these rags will make you–cleaning and all ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Pampered Chef Orders Get a $16.50 FREE measuring cup set when you spend $75 or more. Check out our ten favorite Pampered Chef products and finish off your Christmas Wish List with some fabulous kitchen gadgets! Mothers, Mother-in-Laws, sisters, sister-in-laws, friends, daughters. You name it, Pampered Chef has products everyone will love ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are few things I love more than music and that is Christmas music. I am super excited about today’s giveaway. We want as many of you to win as possible. That is why we have teamed up with some of our favorite musicians to share their music and talents with you. It was hard to pick our top four musicians, but these four individuals (or groups of individuals) have touched my life and I hope they will touch yours too. They are each extremely talented and generous in their lives and in their examples. I am so grateful for so many talented musicians who are willing to stand up for what they believe and create uplifting, beautiful music for families to enjoy. It’s so great to see my teenagers, as well as my younger children, all love and appreciate good music.

Good luck to each of you! Choose your giveaway(s) you want to enter, fulfill the entry requirements for each one and then check back tomorrow to see if you were one of the many winners! Merry Christmas!

Gentri {Gentlemen Trio}
Giveaway: 3 CD packs of Debut Album and Christmas Album
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Have you heard of these guys? Not only are they fun to watch perform (aren’t they darling?) but they have incredible talent! These guys have the most amazing voices. These three handsome fellas used to sing together in the production of Les Miserables and then decided to form a group to share their love of music with more people. They now write and perform their own music and it is breathtaking! I am so impressed at their philosophy behind their music, as well as their sound. These men are good examples of fathers and husbands and an example our children can look up to. Their lyrics are powerful and have a way of touching your heart and soul. I hope you enjoy learning about them and listening to their outstanding music!
FREE BYU Christmas Special (with Lexi Walker): This one hour special I have playing on my Ipad all day. I can’t get enough! It has all of my favorite Christmas songs and really brings the spirit of Christmas. Watch it for free here–it’s incredible!

Gentri’s Christmas Album: Gentri has a Christmas CD with one of my all-time favorite Christmas Songs (What Child is This?) and it is only $4.99–a bargain! It is so touching and beautiful. It really portrays the spirit of Christ and Christmas and is so powerful. I have it playing nearly every day.

Favorite Song ‘Home’: Gentri has a song they wrote that has touched my heart and brought peace and comfort to me. They have a song Home on their debut CD that everyone MUST hear. It is the most touching song about losing a loved one. It is powerful. The first time I heard it I was with a group of 5000 ladies (TOFW) and there was not a dry eye in the place. I was sitting next to my friend who lost her husband a couple months ago and this song brought so much comfort to her. Gentri’s CD with the song Home is my Christmas gift to several people who have lost loved ones this year.

Free Patriotic Music Video: God Bless America 

Free Music Video to their song ‘Dare’ with a sweet, amputee girl–my children love this song and video.

Want a great date night idea? Visit Gentri’s site for information on their upcoming Valentines ConcertBuy tickets here. I’ve hinted to my hubby this would make a great, romantic date for Valentines!

Voicemale
1st Giveaway: 2 tickets to their Christmas concert Tuesday December 15th at Abravanel Hall {SLC, Utah} & 50% off for all others (Use discount code VM50 to get half off tickets)
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2nd Giveaway: 10 Jingle 2 CD’s {Value $14.95}
*Special Discount: Use ‘DealstoMeals’ when buying the Voice Male Jingles 2 CD and you will get it for only $5! Makes a great stocking stuffer! Pick yours up today.

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Voice Male is such a fun group! Have you heard of them before? These guys are SO entertaining and extremely talented. My kids LOVE their music. Their Christmas CD’s are some of our family’s favorites. Who is Voice Male? Here is a brief explanation of who they are from their website: “A sextet from Utah, who performs all of the Christmas standards with aplomb, as well as several idiosyncratic tracks that reveal a mischievous side to their natures.” Not really sure what aplomb means, but basically, they are a group of really great, funny, talented men that get together and sing accapella (without instruments) and have a riot doing it. Every year my family goes to one of their Christmas concerts and we leave laughing so hard our faces hurt. They are as fun to watch as they are to listen to. We are SUPER excited they are offering two lucky winners free tickets to their concert on Tuesday (December 15th) AND 50% off tickets if you use the code VM50 before Tuesday. My entire family is going and it will be such a fun night!

The Chipmunk Song–This Jingles 2 CD has some of our families favorite songs. We keep this CD in the car and play it all season. This CD has my children’s favorite son, The Chipmunk Song. So funny! With the discount code of DealstoMeals it is only $5 this week!

For those of you not living in Utah to enter to win the concert tickets, Voice Male is so amazing and is giving away TEN CD’s of their Jingles 2 CD. You are going to love their music. Below are some of my favorites:

Voice Male Christmas Live: 27 songs, all live in concert with all of their fun music and all of their personalities. It is such a great Christmas CD!
Voice Male Kid Stuff–such a fun CD if you have young children. The Rubber Ducky song makes my kids laugh so hard. Such a darling CD. Would make a great Christmas gift for any children.
FREE Voice Male Hymns CD–a cappella religious hymns. Download this entire CD for free, or buy a CD for only $1 to pay shipping costs. Makes a great gift for anyone wanting to enjoy some peaceful, beautiful, religious music. Plus, the money from this CD goes to a good cause, so it’s good all the way around ๐Ÿ˜‰

 Jenny Oaks Baker
Giveaway: CD’s
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There is not an instrument in this world that I love more than the violin. There is something about the sound of a violin that makes me feel like I’m in the presence of heaven and everything breathtaking in the world. I could listen to violin music all day. My Dad always says the violin is the instrument of the Gods ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like to think so too! There are many talented violin players, but I would have to say my all-time favorite is Jenny Oaks Baker. She plays the most incredible arrangements of hymns, traditional favorites and even rock n’ roll songs. You name it, she can play it and she does amazing at that! I love this lady! Here are some of my favorite CD’s of hers:
Noel–my favorite Christmas CD of Jenny’s. It is one I can have on the entire Christmas season and never get sick of. It is breathtaking!

Wish Upon a Star-If you love Disney music and the violin, this CD is your dream come true. It is truly magical!
Classic: The Rock Album–if you love rock n’ roll, you will love this CD. It has awesome renditions of your favorite rock n’ roll songs. Love!

Hillary Weeks
Giveaway: 3 CD’s
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I have been a long time fan of Hillary Weeks. My sister’s introduced me to her music at TOFW several years ago, and it’s quickly become a favorite. It’s the kind of music you can have playing all day and never get sick of. Her music is soothing, uplifting and the messages of each of her songs helps you feel good about yourself, as a mother and just over-all happy. She has been on the top Bilboard charts for Christian Artists for several years and is extremely talented. She has many songs about motherhood which I love and have really touched my ‘mother heart’. If you have any women in your life that you would like to share uplifting music with, Hilary’s CD’s would make a great gift. She also writes music for teenagers too, which my daughters love. Pretty much I love every CD of hers, but here are some of my absolute favorites:
Naptime and Bedtime–Oh how true this song is! It’s super clever and funny. Here is her Utube video of her parody. 

Beautiful Heartbreak Music Video--such a touching song about the beautiful aspects to hardships and trials.
If I Only Had Today--one of my favorite songs. It’s a beautiful song about living in the moment and loving your role as a mother. Beware, it will make you cry ๐Ÿ˜‰ Her Say Love song is also a huge hit around our home. It just makes me happy ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you to each of our talented musicians who were so kind to donate the CD’s and tickets for this giveaway. Please support them and help them be able to continue sharing their inspiring music to the world.  Thanks guys!

Day 4 Giveaway: $349 All American Sun Oven Package

Congratulations to Alicia Stroud who is the winner of our $100 Pampered Chef Product Package!
Man, how I wish everyone could win ;( Check back Friday because we are going to have over 30 winners and spread some Christmas cheer. Hurray for lots of winners!

For those that didn’t win today, did you see products you would like to order for Christmas on the Pampered Chef website? Deals to Meals is not generally a place you’d go to purchase Christmas gifts, but this year with our giveaways, we would LOVE it if you could send some love (and orders) to our giveaway contributors. They have been so generous and we want to thank them by sending some Christmas business their way ๐Ÿ˜‰ No pressure, we’re just here to share our favorite products with you and hope they soon become yours as well. Happy Holidays  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Christmas Affiliate Specials
*Norwex Products and Orders: Spend $75 and get a travel enviro rag or body rag FREE. Also, the enviro clothes are only $13 (usually $17) thru today–so hurry and get these rags on sale.

*Pampered Chef Orders (Yes..you might see my name. Am I crazy? I wanted the products so bad it was cheaper to become a consultant (the consultant package is awesome!)…so, here we are. I’d love to help you anyway I can with your Pampered Chef needs.  You can’t go wrong giving any of those 10 Favorite Pampered Chef items to any family for Christmas. All of them I use in my kitchen every week and would be sad to live without. PC’s special this month is spend $75 and get the two cup measuring cups for FREE {$16.50 value}

*Sun Oven $80 off and FREE shipping on your order of a Sun Oven Package (picture below). Order yours and get it before Christmas if you order by December 16th.

Day 4 Giveaway: Sun Oven All American Oven {Value $349}
Seriously, this giveaway is unbelievable and so generous–thank you Sun Oven! One of you lucky winners will be able to enjoy the Sun Oven All American Oven for FREE. All others, can take advantage of the $80 discount if a Sun Oven has been on your Christmas wish list. We have had our Sun Oven for  5 years and we love it! We don’t use it all the time, but when we do, I am always amazed at how the sun can cook nearly anything we’d ever need–bread, meat, desserts, pizza, cookies, etc. It can even boil water for sanitizing or even washing dishes.

It brings peace of mind knowing that in an emergency we will have a way to cook that doesn’t use any extra fuel. All you need is some natural sunshine (or even just sun-raise through the clouds) and you can cook nearly anything you need.

One of my favorite aspects of a Sun Oven is that it cooks low and slow, just like a crock pot. In my food storage I store a lot of things like rice, dried beans, wheat, etc. Some of these items would take hours to boil and soften over a camping stove or in a dutch oven. However, using the Sun Oven, you can cook these items in a couple of hours without using expensive fuel. It’s a great solution to cook your long term storage food items.
No matter what you cook, you will LOVE this oven. If you have a eprep guru in your family, a Sun Oven is one of the best gifts you could give. It is one of our favorite emergency products we own and is a great way to help your family be prepared. Head on over to their website to get $80 off of this Sun Oven package and get one of your own for Christmas. You won’t regret it!

$319 Christmas Deals to Meals Sale Price

$80 Coupon with Coupon Code โ€œDealstomealsโ€

$399- $80 discount *

Expires January 11, 2016

Prepared Family Combo Includes:
  • One ALL AMERICAN SUN OVENยฎ
  • Multi-Level Dehydrating and Baking Rack Set (set of 3 racks w/1 roll parchment paper)
  • Two Easy Stack Pots w/interchangeable enamel and glass lids
  • Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI)
  • Two Loaf Pans
  • One Hanging Turkey Roasting Rack
  • SUN OVENยฎ eCookbook & Emergency Preparedness CD featuring 600 recipes, hundreds of pictures, video clips and much more has been developed by Cookโ€™n, the award winning and #1 best-selling recipe organizer
  • FREE Shipping within the Contiguous U.S. via UPS

Ordering is simple and easy:

  • Go to Products Page and select the product you want and order.
  • On the View Cart page enter the coupon code shown above and click the Apply Coupon button.

Retail Price $399–With Discount only $319

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Day 3 Giveaway: $100 Pampered Chef Products

CONGRATULATIONS to Vickie Harris who is the winner of our Norwex Household Package! For those who didn’t win, make sure and check out all of the amazing Norwex products. These are a MUST Christmas item if you don’t have them in your home already. Head over to my friend’s Norwex site and do a little shopping and take advantage of their special this week: Spend $75 and get a FREE enviro travel rag or body cloth. Your money will be made back 10 times over on the cleaning supplies you won’t have to buy any longer. It’s a win-win! Have fun shopping.
ONE TRAVEL ENVIRO CLOTH: That little cloth has wiped off nasty restaurant tables, wiped down shopping cart handles, cleaned the inside of my car windshield and Iโ€™ve pulled Ketchup off my shirt from the drive-through.
ONE BODY CLOTH: The perfect thing to take off your make up at night with just water. Itโ€™s also the cloth to reach for when you can’t get to the shower (ex. like trek, girls camp, backpacking, 72 hour kits, or just in a rush). Also can help with acne and eczema. 
Now onto our third giveaway of the week. This is SO much fun! The other day I was browsing to find a few Christmas presents for some family members and found my way onto The Pampered Chef website. I LOVE their products! So many of their products I have had ever since I got married (yes, almost 17 years ago). I have been nothing but impressed with their quality and how long they have survived my crazy kitchen and daily use. It’s hard to believe I am still using the same four spatulas I bought at one of my first Pampered Chef parties. Talk about a well made product ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have you used their spatulas before? I refuse to use any other brand of spatula. You wouldn’t think a spatula could be that amazing, but they really are! My kitchen would be a sad place without so many of their products. That is why, we are SUPER EXCITED to be sharing some of our favorite products with you–and giving away:
$100 of Pampered Chef Products to one lucky winner!
*Winner will be shipped the large rectangular bar pan, pizza cutter, cookbook, garlic press, measuring cup, measuring spoons and spatula scraper.
Have you used their garlic press before? Oh my! It will change your love for using fresh garlic in recipes. And their citrus press works better than any you’ve probably ever used. Oh, and the rectangular bar pan. My favorite pan!! If you want any foods to be crispy and golden, this is the pan to use.  I have had my rectangular bar pan for over 15 years and it is nearly jet black from being seasoned and well loved. Man, I could go on and on about all of my favorites, but I will spare you ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you are needing some last minute Christmas Items, The Pampered Chef has more ideas than you’ll know what to do with. Just in case you aren’t sure what products to order, I want to share with you my top 10 favorite products. You can’t go wrong with any of these if you are wanting to give the gift of a fantastic Kitchen Tool.

My all time favorite spatula. It doesn’t stain, it is heat resistant, it will last (mine is currently over 10 years old), and scrapes the sides of the bowl without leaving a bit of food. It’s lovely!
This pan is heavy duty and awesome! It can crisp any type of food, has a nice rim that keeps food in and is perfect for baking or cooking any of your favorite foods that need a nice, crispy crust. It also works beautifully with breads. This is the pan I use for homemade pizzas, as well as bread sticks.
We eat a TON of pancakes and waffles in our home and this is my go-to batter bowl. I love the handle and the fact if we don’t use all the batter, I have a lid that I can keep it in the fridge until I use it again. This is also the perfect size for making a cake, a batch of cookies or any recipe you don’t want to get a large mixing bowl out for. The measurements on the side also make this super handy!
This microwave cooker is another favorite. I use this cooker anytime I want to steam vegetables, microwave soups, or keep leftovers in the fridge. It also works beautifully with melting chocolate. The thick plastic helps keep in the heat while not burning your chocolate. I use this several times a week, at least!
You will not be able to find a better garlic press. I have had mine again for over a decade and it works as well today as it did the first day I bought it. It presses the garlic so easily and smoothly and some how keeps all of the garlic skins inside the press. The cleaner also makes for easy clean up. If you cook with fresh garlic, you need this press!
Do you get tired of juicing citrus items by hand? This citrus press is super simple to use and gets more juice from your produce than you ever could by hand. Not to mention the clean up is super simple. You just rinse it out and you are done. I love this product!
Do you ever get tired of cleaning out messy measuring cups with sticky things like honey, shortening, peanut butter, etc.? This Measure All Cup makes measuring these items super slick. All you do is put it in the top and press it out. As it presses the ingredient out it cleans the sides clean, which makes this cup easy to wash. It is dishwasher safe and is the only cup I use for all of my ‘messy’ ingredients.
Do you want a spoon that will last forever and not stain or crack? These bamboo spatula sets are the only ones I use for browning meat, stirring large pots or serving salad with. They are totally versatile and the ones I always grab when I need a large utensil. 
This product is one of my favorites and the best part is it is super inexpensive. Don’t buy a spatula like this at a cheap store. You will have to replace them every year. This spatula is sturdy, yet small. It’s super thin end makes it easy to scrape cookies off a pan or brownies out of a dish. It gets every, little last bit and makes for easy transferring of food. 
I didn’t know about this handy kitchen tool until my friend bought me one a couple years ago. I never loved to ground beef in a pan because I would always have large pieces of meat that I couldn’t quite break up. This Mix n’ Chop tool makes it so easy to break up all of your meats into the perfect, uniform sizes. This tool can also gently chop things like berries or salad dressings that need a light stir. It’s a really fun tool for those that seem to have everything else in the kitchen. 

*Giveaway products were bought and will be shipped by Shandra @ Deals to Meals. Thoughts, opinions and views are my own. No one is paying me to share these products, but I am an independent consultant for The Pampered Chef and you are welcome to shop on my personal website if you wish ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Day 2 Giveaway: Norwex Rags & Dust Mit {Household Package $49 Value}

Congratulations to Bob and Sara Rich who are the winners of our $100 Walmart Giftcard!! 

Thank you to all who entered yesterday’s giveaway. If you didn’t win, don’t you worry–there will be many more chances to win in the next 11 days. Now onto our second, awesome giveaway…

I am so excited to share one of my all-time-favorite products with you. Have you heard of Norwex rags before? My friend Amber introduced these to me over a year ago and there is not ONE day that goes by that I don’t use my Norwex rags. Now, I know what you’re thinking. A rag, seriously, you’re excited about a rag? First off, let’s be clear that I HATE cleaning. I love cooking, making messes in my kitchen, but the cleaning of it I could completely do without. And that’s my kitchen. Now you talk about my bathrooms and that’s a whole different story. Let me tell you–these Norwex rags will CHANGE your life. Well, okay, your cleaning life anyway!

Did you know the average family spends about $600 a year on cleaning supplies? That is crazy, isn’t it? Now I am not one that is all green like or need things to be organic and chemical free, but if I could cut back on the amount of cleaning products I have to buy, the better. Any time I can save money AND have a product that makes my life easier, it is a win-win for me. Before I was introduced to Norwex rags I used to buy those big containers of 409, Windex and PineSol from Costco. I hated buying these products because I never had extra money in my food budget and I knew they weren’t great for our health. So, when I found out that I could use Norwex Rags with NO cleaning products and still kill 99% of the bacteria and germs in my home, I was sold!

In our home these rags are referred to as ‘magic rags’. My kid’s recently lost my envirocloth and I was in a cleaning-coma. I didn’t know how to clean without them. It was the funniest thing. After a few days I had to buy me another pair of rags so we could clean again. I know it seems a little dramatic, but I promise, this is just my own rantings, no one is paying me to love them like I do ๐Ÿ˜‰ Norwex is my fave!

Now, onto the FUN part. 
We are giving away a Household Package that includes my three favorite Norwex Products {a value of $49}!
Envirocloth–this cloth is magic. I LOVE THIS RAG! It can clean anything: walls, counter tops, baseboards, sinks, stainless steel, windows, etc. You name it, it can clean it! You can literally wipe up raw chicken juice off of the counter and it will leave no trace of bacteria on your counter. These rags have silver in them which kills all of the bacteria. Read more about the details here of how they can do that.
Window Cloth–this rag is like a bottle of Windex in one rag. Although, you don’t need any Windex for this rag to give you streak free, shiny windows. All you need is a little water with this rag and you are set! The envirocloth and the window cloth work hand in hand to give you the most polished stainless steel fridge, streak free windows, or mirrors that are so clean you won’t believe your eyes. This rag is a must! Say goodbye to Windex forever.

Dust Mitt–This dust mitt actually makes cleaning fun for me. I am not one who loves to clean my blinds, or dust in general. In fact, before Norwex I couldn’t tell you the last time I dusted my blinds. But with this dust mitt,  it is actually enjoyable. My kids like to dust now that they get to wear this ‘magic glove’. The microfiber they use on their products is 1/200th of a strand of a hair. The fibers are so fine, they are able to pick up dust particles that you can’t even see. It’s amazing how clean these rags can get your surfaces without any extra effort.

Now that you know a little about these rags, we want to give all three of them away to one of you! There are SO many more products that I LOVE from Norwex (really, if I had all the money in the world I would buy some of everything), but here are three more of my favorite products in case you need some Christmas gift ideas: kitchen mop (how do you say awesome?! It’s kind of expensive but well worth the investment), their kitchen cloths (no more smelly rags), bath towels (who doesn’t get tired of smelly towels that don’t stay soft–these are AMAZING!), and their cleaning paste (it can clean and get off nearly any stain–like in your sinks, on your walls, etc.).

ENTER TO WIN:
DO ALL THREE TO BE ENTERED INTO THE GIVEAWAY ๐Ÿ™‚
*Like Deals to Meals on Facebook and share about this giveaway
*Like Fun Cheap or Free on Facebook and share about this giveaway
*Visit the Norwex website and share in the COMMENT section of this post which items you wish

Congraulations to Vickie Harris who is the winner of the Norwex Household Package!

Deals to Meals Gift Certificates

SPECIAHOLIDAY PRICING!
Give the perfect gift this holiday season- a Deals to Meals gift certificate. This gift will save money, simplify mealtime, and enhance the dinner experience through hundreds of the most delicious recipes for whomever you gift it to.  
This year we launched our new website with TONS of new features and benefits for our customers.
There’s never been a better time to use our service (as always, a membership gives you access to the information in ALL 50 states)! Deals to Meals memberships start under $15:
  • $14 for 3 months
  • $28 for 6-months
  • $50 for 12-mo. (two months free!)
  • $95 for 24-mo. (FIVE months free!)
To buy a certificate, go to the sign up page on our website and fill in the information for the person that you are getting the gift certificate for using “christmas” as the temporary password (if the person for whom the certificate is for already has an account then you can skip to the payment options). Once you have filled in the required fields then click the “Continue” button and  then close the page (do not click on or follow the PayPal links). Once you have created an account for them, you can pay for certificates two different ways:

1-Send money via PayPal: Simply click on this link and enter the dollar amount based on how long the membership will be good for.

2- Send a check: Make a check payable to “Deals to Meals” for the correct amount based on the length of the certificate you wish to purchase. Then mail the check to:
Deals to Meals
5526 West 13400 South #502
Herriman, UT 84096

Please send us an email to gift@dealstomeals.com to let us know your name and the name of the individual the gift is for (this can also be done in the note field if paying through PayPal).  Unless specified, the account will activate within 24 hours from the date payment is received. If specified as a Christmas gift then the account will have a January 1, 2016 start date although it will be active starting December 25th for the customer to use (another free week).

Day 1 Giveaway: $100 Walmart Gift Card {Giveaway ends in 24 hours, so hurry!}

12 Days of Giveaways, Deals to Meals, $100 Walmart Gift Card
What better way to start our 12 days of Giveaways than with a $100 gift card to Walmart!?! Whether you need Christmas presents or groceries, Walmart is your one-stop place to shop. The best part about these giveaways is they only run for 24 hours! That means you have more chances to win each prize.  So…enter to win asap to make sure and get your name in on the drawing!

In case you haven’t tried price matching before, a membership to Deals to Meals can help stretch your dollars even farther. Check out all of the deals I bought at Walmart the other day by using our website and knowing what the best deals were to stock up on. You can save $100’s every year by price matching.  It’s awesome!

Need a refresher on how to save on your groceries? Check out our post on how to cut your food budget in half. Who doesn’t need that this time of year? I know I do!
HOW TO ENTER:

ENTRY: ‘Like’ Deals to Meals on Facebook and share about this giveaway on your Facebook page.

When you have done this entry item, leave a comment on this post with your email address and you will be entered into the contest. Good luck to you!

12 Days of Christmas {Favorite Things} Giveaways–Coming December 7th!

The weekend is almost over and we want to send one more shout out about our upcoming 12 Days of Christmas Favorite Things Giveaway. This is the biggest giveaway and promotions we have ever done here at Deals to Meals. This is our way of saying THANK YOU to all of you amazing friends and fans of Deals to Meals. We have been growing strong for over 6 years now and we feel so blessed and grateful to each of you for what you have contributed to our business over the past long while. Whether it’s been a simple comment on our blog or stopping me in a grocery store and telling me how much you love our service. Support to us in big or small ways has really meant a lot. And that is why we wanted to offer these AMAZING giveaways! You will not believe the incredible products we will be giving to lucky winners these next two weeks. {Sneak peek of giveaways down below}. This project has been months in the making and we are thrilled to launch it Monday December 7th.

Yes, that’s TWELVE straight days of nothing but giveaways! 
Need some last minute Christmas gift ideas as well? We’re here to help with that too! We will share why we love these products so much, and hopefully give you a few extra Christmas shopping tips and suggestions along the way. What can we say, Santa can’t have all the fun!

What kind of items will we be giving away you ask? You won’t believe what we have lined up for you!  How about a brand new, Blendtec? Yes, you heard that right! That’s a value of $649 PLUS a $109 Twister Jar. How awesome is that?!?  Or, what about gift certificates to our favorite restaurants (who doesn’t need a night out this time of year), some of our favorite kitchen gadgets, a new Sun Oven (yes, that’s a $400 value!), Norwex rags (man, we LOVE these!), and how about a new Bosche Mixer ($350 value)…and many more of our favorite things. You just wait, you are going to be blown away by how much we have to giveaway.

What should you do? Check back Monday, December 7th and EVERY DAY after that, to enter to win and see if you will be one of the many lucky winners. These will be Flash-Giveaways, which will only run for a 24 hour period, so you have more chances to win. See you Monday morning!

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