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Looking like a rock star with TRESemme!

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My everyday beauty routine in the morning is fairly basic—shower, makeup and then dry my hair and maybe put in a bit of hairspray in it.  On days when I feel like jazzing up my hair, I will typically put in TRESemme Smooth & Silky anti-frizz cream and then blow dry my hair and use a fine light weight hair spray to keep everything in place.  My everyday look is fairly basic, but there are time that I like to vamp it up a bit, like date night or a party and TRESemme products help me do that without too much fuss. One of my favorite things to do to up my look is to blow dry my hair upside down, which helps lift the root and gives me more body.

While you may not be a rockstar or a celebrity, you can feel like one.  TRESemme has teamed up with the Walmart during this MTV VMA season and you can have salon perfect hair everyday.  Check out the styling tips, videos and more information about TRESemme products found Walmart.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Global Influence, Inc.

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Family Date Night at Friendly’s Restaurant + Giveaway


Every once in a while we like to have a family date night, where we do a kid friendly activity and have dinner at whatever restaurant the little rugrat chooses.  Last weekend we went to a local petting zoo and then to Friendly’s afterwards.  I remember Friendly’s from my own childhood, especially the tasty SuperMelts and incredible Jim Dandy ice cream sundaes. Well, those classics are still around along with some fresh new menu items like an Asian Chicken Salad and Fish Tacos.


We visited the Friendly’s in Keene, NH during our family date night.   The inside of the restaurant has been recently remodeled and updated, with a fresh look, but till honoring the classic family friendly atmosphere that Friendly’s is famous for.  I have to admit it has been a while since I have eaten at Friendly’s, but I was overall pleasantly surprised by our experience.


First, the service was quick and friendly and our food came out within a reasonable time and was hot and fresh.  I opted to order from the seasonal menu and chose the Summer Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken. Because we indulged and ordered an appetizer, the Munchie Mania (we chose mozzarella sticks and  loaded waffle fries), I wanted a lighter main entree.  The chicken was cooked perfectly and well seasoned and paired nicely with the blend of cheeses, blueberries & strawberries, almonds that was complimented by the raspberry vinaigrette.

friendlyscollageMy husband went with a Friendly’s Favorite Honey BBQ Chicken SuperMelt sandwich. In fact, he was so excited about his sandwich, that he couldn’t wait to dive in before I was able to snap a picture!

My son chose the burgers sliders and to top it off, a Worms in the Dirt sundae that came with his kids meal.

Besides have a family friendly atmosphere and food, Friendly’s also has an affordable price point.  While some casual restaurants have burgers in the $12-$13 range, Friendly’s is much more affordable with many sandwiches starting a just $6!

Also, when you sign up for the Best Friends of Friendly’s email club, you will receive a 25% off coupon and you stay up to date with the latest offerings.

We had a great family date night and a great meal, thanks to Friendly’s!


tmkheadingPlan your family date night with a $25 Friendly’s Gift Card!

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Deadline for entries is Thursday September 18th at 12:01 am EST.  The winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.  By entering this giveaway you are agreeing to my terms of use.  This giveaway is open to US residents only, age 18 years or older.


Disclosure: Friendly’s provided my family with a gift card in order to facilitate this feature and is also generously supplying the giveaway prize as well.

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Welcome to NH, Whole Foods!


I had the pleasure of getting a behind the scenes look at the first Whole Foods Market to be opening in New Hampshire, which happens to be in my shopping mecca of Nashua.  Let me be the first person to tell you that the store is beautiful! Thoughtfully designed and laid out with an airy feeling, nothing like the supermarket that previously occupied that space.  Its a treat for all the senses and it will only get better when they officially open this coming Tuesday August 19th.


If you haven’t visited a Whole Foods Market before, let me explain what’s it all about.  It is a fully stocked grocery store where you can fulfill your entire grocery list because they have everything from toilet paper and dog food to fresh meat and produce.  It has everything any other grocery store would have and more.  But what makes Whole Foods Market special is their mission of providing only the highest quality products that are free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats.  They also have a commitment to supporting the local community through using local suppliers and farms. Four times a year they also have a day where they donate 5% of the sales to a local non-profit organization.


But before you jump to the conclusion that you have to be rich to shop at Whole Foods, listen up.  Whole Foods offers both conventional and organic products, both of which pricing is very competitive to other supermarkets. Trust me, I was secretly scrutinizing the price tags during my tour.  Whole Foods even offers their own in store brand called 365 Everyday Value, which provides great deals while still holding to their strict product standards.  They also have a bi-monthly coupon booklet called The Whole Deal and they accept manufacturer’s coupons as well! And get this, they also offer shoppers a “Value Tour,” where they take you around the store giving you tips on how to save while shopping at Whole Foods.  I will also be reporting back to you after my first shopping trip with tips and tricks to shop  at Whole Foods, without breaking the bank, so stay tuned!

One of my favorite things at Whole Foods: the bulk bins!

One of my favorite things at Whole Foods: the bulk bins!

Okay, back to my tour.  I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I had planned, I was much too mesmerized by the store, so you will definitely have to check it out yourself.  But what is worth mentioning is that this particular Whole Foods Market also has a pub inside that has 32 different beers on tap along with wine and also will be serving some tasty food.  This is in addition to the prepared and made fresh to order foods like pizza, soups and sandwiches that they also have in the store.  This store also will have a person making fresh tortillas and a meat smoker for those BBQ enthusiasts.   If you aren’t already a foodie, this store will turn you into one real quick!

Whole Foods Market located at 255 Amherst Street in Nashua, NH is opening on August 19th, but you can have an official sneak peek of the store tomorrow, check out their Facebook page for more details.


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Hannaford Coupon Match Ups 8/10-8/16


Here are the best deals to be found this week at Hannaford. Keep in mind that prices can vary slightly between Hannaford locations.

Meat & Seafood:

Hannaford Whole Young Chicken .99/lb
Top Round for London Broil $2.77/lb
Hannaford Pork Tenderloin $4.99/lb


Taste of Inspirations Maple & Brown Sugar Ham $6.99/lb
Carolina Smoked Turkey Breast $3.99/lb
Hannaford American Cheese $3.79/lb

Krakus Polish Ham $4.99/lb
-$1/1 HERE
=$3.99 after coupon

Cooper Sharp Cheese $4.99/lb
-$1/1 HERE
=$3.99 after coupon


Idaho Russet Potatoes 5 lb bag $1.99
California Strawberries $1.77
Cucumbers 2/$1

Super Sweet Corn 5/$2
-20% cashback offer
=.32 each after SavingStar offer

Nature’s Place Organic Milk $3.49
My Essentials Half & Half $1.69
Shedd’s Spread Country Crock $2.99

Cabot Cheese $2.29
-$1/1 HERE (sign up for newsletter)
-$1/2 HERE
=as low as $1.29 after coupon

Yoplait Gogurt 2/$4
-$1/2 or .75/2 SmartSource 8/3
-.75/2 HERE
=as low as $1.50 each after coupon

My Essentials English Muffins .99
Pillsbury Brownie Mix $1
My Essentials Potato Chips 2/$5

GoGo Squeez Applesauce 2/$5
-$1/1 HERE or SmartSource 8/3
=$1.50 after coupon

Keebler Chips Deluxe Cookies 2/$4
-$1/3 Red Plum 8/3
=$1.67 each after coupon

Lance Crackers 2/$4
-$1/2 HERE
=$1.50 each after coupon

Frozen Foods:

Ore Ida Frozen Potatoes $2.89
Banquet Meals $1
My Essentials Frozen Vegetables .99

Eggo Waffles 2/$4
-$1/2 Red Plum 8/3
=$1.50 each after coupon

Health & Beauty:

My Essentials Sandwich Bags $1
Seventh Generation Baby Wipes $3.19
Ajax Dish Soap $1.87

Dixie Plates $2.49
-$1/2 HERE
=$1.99 each after coupon

Secret deodorant $3.99
-$1/1 HERE
=$2.99 after coupon

Dove shampoo or conditioner $2.99
-$1.50/1 Red Plum 7/27
=$1.49 after coupon

Hefty Trash Bags $6.99
-$1.25/1 HERE
=$5.74 after coupon