Homemade Sparkling Lemon Juice

I love San Pellegrino Limonata.  In the summer time and during my first trimester, it is an absolutely favorite and a must.  With mostly natural flavours, it is a good substitute for pop, but unfortunately it is just so darn expensive!  Most stores sell the 6 pack for $5.99, and Costco sells a 24 pack (right? 24 pack?) for just under $16, which makes it about $4 for six cans.  That is a really good deal, but last night at Costco I just didn’t want to fork over the money for it.

Months ago I accidentally bought club soda (long story) and I had no idea what to do with it until now.  I mixed 1 tbsp of sugar with 1 tbsp-ish of lemon juice, then filled my glass with this club soda.  After adding an ice cube it tasted almost identical!

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I bought my lemon juice for under $2, the 1kg of sugar for under $2 (and obviously I’m not going to use the whole 1kg on just these drinks) and the 12 pack of club soda for $3.99!  I haven’t done the exact math (and I can if you want), but making my own sparkling lemon juice is just as delicious and certainly cheaper than buying San Pellegrino Limonata.

Oh.  And did I mention, there are almost no calories in it other than your tablespoon of sugar?  I’m going to see if I create other “pop” flavours to enjoy this summer!

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A Couple Good Buys This Weekend

Superstore had a few good items today:

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– Organic bread 50% off: $1.50
– Organic Krema yogurt (500g) 50% off: $2.14 – $1 coupon = $1.14
– Organic bananas: $0.77/lb (Sherwood Park location only): $1.53
– Pillers Free From Deli Meat 50% off: $3.39

I also redeemed $110.00 worth of PC Points to get my groceries for $29.02!  I love loyalty rewards!

Urgent! Costco’s Coconut Chips

Recently I fell in love with these delicious organic coconut chips from Costco.  Yesterday when I was picking up my son’s baptism cake, I decided to also grab a few bags of these while I was there.  While checking out, the cashier told me that they are DISCONTINUING THESE items!  Hugely disappointed in this because this was my new favorite snack, so I had her scan in a couple more bags and I went back and grabbed more.  She told me that any product that has a snowflake in the top right corner of its price “tag” is being discontinued.  We are unsure if it was just for the Sherwood Park Costco, so check yours out before it’s too late!  Once the pallets are cleared, there will be no more!

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20x The Points at Shoppers Drug Mart

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Today is 20x the points when you spend $50 or more at Shoppers Drug Mart.  Head on in to get butter for $2.99, eggs for $1.77, and perhaps pick up some clearance milk and yogurt too?  Coppertone Sunscreen is on sale for $7.99 and there is a $5 you can use (on select products).  20x the points is a great way to get items you need and accumulate points for free groceries in the future.  Check out their flyer for more deals before heading in!

A few tips:

1. Coupons count as a form of payment.  When the ad says spend $50 or more to get 20x the points that means your subtotal must reach $50, but not what you pay out of pocket.  I have had my subtotal get to $75, use coupons to get it to $10 and still get 20x the points on the original $75!  It’s great!

2. Make sure you plan out your trip before going.  Make sure you have a rough idea of what you will be spending out of pocket and when you arrive at the store, immediately purchase a Shoppers Drug Mart gift card with the total amount you plan to spend.  Buying a gift card and paying with it gets you extra regular points (not 20x the points though).

3. Check the clearance section!  I have found many great products clearing out, and it’s a great way to find products you may need or want!  (Like Essie nail polish for $0.99!)

4. Check out Mrs. January’s awesome manual on how to shop at Shoppers Drug Mart!

Happy shopping!

 

 

Save on Organic Eggs and Gluten-Free Organic Cereal!

It’s not much of a savings, but in my opinion every little bit helps!  This week Checkout51 app has $0.25 cash back on eggs which includes any brand, any variety.  Organic eggs usually cost about $5.  I’ll keep my eyes open for a sale and please let me know if you see one too!

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If you can’t spend $5 on organic eggs, Shoppers Drug Mart has their Canadian eggs on sale for $1.77 this Saturday only (the rest of the week they are $1.99).  Checkout51’s cash back would apply to these as well.

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Here’s a deal you may not want to miss!  Organic, gluten-free cereal for only $1.49!  London Drugs has Kashi’s Organic Promise gluten-free cereals on sale for $3.99.  Combined with Checkout51’s $1.50 cash back and the current $1.00 off coupon, you can get this box of breakfast delight for only $1.49!

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Sale at London Drugs!

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Just a couple of sales for you!  Happy saving!

How I Drink My Coffee Now

As I learn more about refined sugar and how it’s all GMO-made, I’ve been looking for alternative sweeteners.  I’m still taking baby steps here and don’t know much about great alternatives and how to use them, but this is a start.

I bought this big bag of organic coconut palm sugar at Costco and it will last me a while.  The organic coconut milk was also from Costco and I had bought it on sale thinking I may have to go off dairy again with this baby: thankfully Charles is fine with my dairy consumption.  Since I have it though, I decided it tastes pretty darn good in my coffee.  Sometimes, when I have canned coconut milk, I will whip that up into a delicious whipped cream (flavored with a touch or honey or maple syrup) and put that in instead.  Mmm delicious.

Check out this neat website that searches top food blogs by specific ingredients.  I’m eager to try some that use coconut palm sugar.

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In case you’re wondering, the thermos is also from Costco…

Because We All Could Use Another Muffin Recipe

So who can’t use another healthy muffin recipe?  I’m always on the look out for them even though I love to create my own.  This one is definitely a must try.

I made two variations but I think I like today’s version better than Sunday’s.  Here it is!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup blended oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp aluminum-free baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 softened coconut oil (NOT melted)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup yogurt
1 egg (or a whole banana instead of half)
1/2 banana (I just diced mine)

Handful of hemp seeds and any other fruit/veggie you’d like to add.  Be careful that it isn’t too moist.

Mix the dry ingredients together.  Set aside.

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I added hemp seeds after I took this picture.

Blend your coconut oil and honey together:

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Add yogurt, egg, banana and blend.

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Slowly add dry ingredients while blending.

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It will be thick.

Grease your muffin tins.  Fill them to the top:

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Bake for 20 minutes at 350F.

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Enjoy with berries, yogurt and a hot coffee.  At least, that’s what I’m doing.

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Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes for 50% off! Today Only!

Today’s daily deal on well.ca is Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Chlorine-Free Wipes!  For a 72 count package, these wipes are regularly $8.49/each, but today you can get them for $4.29!

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I’ve never tried these wipes before, but I love Burt’s Bees products and most certainly would be willing to try these out!  Have you tried them?  What are your thoughts?

Features:

  • Chlorine Free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance Free
  • Calms skin with Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Non-irritating and gentle enough for everyday use
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“Melissa and Doug” Toys on Sale! What are Your Favourite Toys That They Sell?

We love Melissa and Doug toys here. Usually, when we buy these products we do so at Michaels with a 50% off regular price item coupon or when they are on sale for 40% off.  Sometimes though the selection is quite limited, so I like it when they go on sale for 25% off on well.ca.

My toddlers like the Colour Blast On the Go books and I like them because they are fun and NO MESS!  They can colour their pictures without getting colour all over my table, chairs or their bodies and clothes.  Michaels sells these for $9.99 regular price, but well.ca has them for $4.99 regular price.  From now until June 15th you can save 25% off any Melissa and Doug product.  Check them out!  They make great gifts.

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On sale for $4.49!