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Panera Bread HACK! Passionfruit Papaya Green Tea

Now, we all love Panera Bread, and we love it even more now that their food is clean.  It has no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors or colors from artificial sources.  That makes it even better.  And when your slurping on that bowl of broccoli cheese soup from there, it’s even better than amazing.

But enough about that, I just found a genius hack from Panera Bread!  I had a $10 Panera Bread gift card that I could only use at the store and not online, so I decided that since I usually order online for lunch at work, why not go in and get some of their very yummy Passionfruit Papaya Green Tea and take it home.  I was going to buy the to-go bottles since then I could take it to work and drink it or just sip on it during this wonderful weather we are having!  Well I was checking out and it was like $14 for 5 bottles of tea and the cashier was like wait, I think you can get more for cheaper if you order it through our catering specials.  I was like sure, because I was only taking it home anyways.  She said well I can get you a gallon of the Passionfruit Papaya Green Tea for only $9.99.  I said SOLD!!!  So now I have fresh tea to drink at home and whenever I want and it was way cheaper than the original route I was going for!  Now I’m even considering bringing one of them to work and leaving it in the refrigerator at work so I can have it there too!

If you know me, you know my addiction to Cherry Coke was real.  Well in February after watching a bunch of documentaries about eating whole foods, less meat, more fresh veggies and less bad things, I gave up pop.  It was hard at first, but I don’t even crave it anymore.  But I was struggling with the caffeine part, and now I can have my fix so my afternoons don’t drag anymore!   I had went a few weeks without any caffeine but some nights when we have lots going on with sports for the boys, I need something to carry me through and I am not a huge coffee drinker.  So I think I found my answer, GREEN TEA!!

I had googled how to try and make this tea at home and lots of others had tried too but it wasn’t something that you could really just buy in a store.  So I’m excited to give this a try!!

Also, I was also super excited that a few months ago, I had free bagels for a month! It worked out great, I’d pick one up in the afternoon and eat it for breakfast the next day or my son would grab it on the way to hockey practice on the weekends.  THANKS PANERA BREAD!!

P.S.- I’m still debating on chopping my hair off again.  It’s just not working out for me long, always in a pony tail and giving me a headache.  A graduated bob or a-line bob is more of what is calling my name right now, although wearing a hat in the summer is a nice thing and with short hair, you look like a boy.  Decisions, decisions.

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Starbucks Rewards: FREE Bonus Star


You might be able to get a free bonus star from Starbucks Rewards.  This did work for me so no guarantees it will be available for every account but certainly worth a look.

You just want to head over to Starbucks Rewards here and scroll all the way down to the very bottom.

starbucks rewards

If you see that go ahead and click.  For some reason they wanted me to download the financials for 2013.  (Um… Starbucks I am not even ready for my own taxes.)

I just clicked and then closed out the PDF that was opening.

At the bottom of the screen I saw this:

starbucks rewards

The star won’t appear instantly- it can take up to 24 hours to show up.  So go ahead and check again tomorrow and hopefully it is there for you!

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Teachers- Save Money at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores this weekend!

Teachers save 25% on all in-store purchases August 10 and 11 at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores nationwide. 

Jo-Ann is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Days savings event August 10 and 11!


Teachers will receive 25 percent off all purchases throughout the weekend at Jo-Ann stores nationwide. And the best part is no coupon is needed! Simply present your current teacher identification and state-issued photo identification upon checkout.

To find the nearest Jo-Ann location, click on the link below.

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DIY Powder Laundry Soap

Since I’m staying home right now, I’m all about saving money!  I keep hearing about people that make their own laundry soap and how good it works.  Well we are a Tide family, and always have been.  My mom used some other kind of soap when I was little and I broke out in hives, so we have just always used Tide.  But I thought I’d give this a try!  It was super easy to make and cheap on the budget!

The Parts
1 Cup Borax
1 1/2 Cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda)
1 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap
Cheese grater (Food Processor)
I also added 1 bar of Ivory Soap, we had a bar lying around and thought it’d help with the smell.
Price List:
Borax Detergent Booster- $3.39
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- $3.24
Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar- $0.97
When it all boils down to it, your spending about $0.02 to $0.05 per load of laundry.  And since you only use a little bit of the boxes, you have more then enough for more laundry soap, just have to get another bar of Fels-Naptha (CHEAP)!!!
First you take the cheese grater, or a food processor if you have one, and shred the soap into fine bits.  This took awhile.  I also did the Ivory bar soap too so those were mixed together.  
Then I added the 1 cup of Borax and the 1 1/2 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and mixed it together.  I just used a big spoon to mix it up in a plastic container I had around the house.  
You only need to use 2 tablespoon per load (3 tablespoons if your load is heavy duty) but since I didn’t have an extra spoon I just got an extra medicine cup we had.  3 teaspoons equal 1 tablespoon so just two scoops per load and I’m all set!!  
I washed one load already and it smells great and seems to be clean!  
You could also add some of the Purex or Downy Crystals to it, but since we don’t use any softener when I was, I figured that was just an added expense we didn’t need to add.  
Can’t wait to save on the jugs of Tide! 🙂

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