Kasandrinos Olive Oil – Organic and Fresh, Full Bodied Taste

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Kasandrinos International proudly offers a single source organic extra virgin olive oil along with other high quality food and skin care products.  Kasandrinos Olive oil originates from South Eastern Greece in the valleys and mountains of Laconia.  Kasandrinos International only offers this year’s harvest of olive oil, so your oil will be fresh.  All Kasandrinos Olive oil is Certified Organic, and complements the Paleo Diet (Certified Paleo), the Zone Diet, and the Mediterranean Diet.

I made a delicious recipe with Kasandrinos.  Check out these Herb and Feta Cheese Roasted Greek Potatoes and live the good life.  Seriously delicious, and using a top quality olive oil is key to great taste.  Why risk it?  Fresh tasting yet full bodied and complex with a wonderful flavor.  This is excellent oil and I will be a repeat customer after trying it.  

Special Offer!  My readers can save 20% off at Kasandrinos – high quality organic extra virgin olive oil. Use code: holidayguide2016 at Kasandrinos.com


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Escape to Mountain Ranch Resort at Beacon Hill

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 Escape to Mountain Ranch Resort at Beacon Hill

Princess Thanya lives in Phoenix and boy summers are tough.  Winters are amazingly mild, but once the temperature reaches 110 degrees you start to look for ways to escape.  Resorts abound both in Phoenix and neighboring cities, but the temperature stays the same so although you frolic around pools you are still hot.  We needed a change but didn’t want to drive too many hours from home.  Happily I found out about this incredible resort that was only 2 hours away from me!

The drive was short and beautiful.  Northern Arizona holds many treasures.  Mountain Ranch Resort is located in beautiful Williams, Arizona.  Williams is less then an hour away from the Grand Canyon, making it a wonderful option for accommodations if you are not staying inside the canyon and do not want to stay at the entrance with all the traffic and tourists.

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If you are looking for a chance to get away with lots of things to add to your itinerary to do then Mountain Ranch Resort is the place for you. They have rooms that are so specious that you will be able to relax in comfort and style. For those that don’t like smoking, you will be happy to find out that all of their guestrooms are non-smoking. The maximum amount of guests is two in their king rooms and four in their rooms that feature 2 doubles beds. Mountain Ranch Resort is also accommodating if you want to bring your fur baby along as they have rooms that are pet friendly.

We arrived in the afternoon ready to relax.  First impression — the grounds are gorgeous and surrounded by majestic pine trees.  The courtyard to the hotel has a lush lawn where my kids were tickled to see wild hares and their babies playing!   They also spied the pool and that became THE priority, so we were anxious to go to our room and change and go splish splash!  I went to check in at the gorgeous lobby.  The staff was wonderful and welcoming and I instantly knew this was going to be a great stay.  When we got to our room, I decided to never leave.  The inviting touches from the throws on the bed, the robes in the closet, to the Keurig with coffee sampler were all giving me a great big welcome hug.  This hotel has been renovated by its present owners and you can tell that it’s a labor of love.  The rooms have an warm and inviting air to them and you instantly feel at home.  This is not your cookie cutter resort.  From the lobby to the rooms you can feel the personality of its owners welcoming you to their resort.  

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Though there are a LOT of local activities, we didn’t feel like leaving the resort so we opted to eat at the restaurant onsite, The Ranch Bar & Grill.  It is amazing, with a menu featuring grass fed beef and locally grown and organic ingredients.  The bar service is excellent and the kids meals are generous.  My daughter exclaimed, ‘”This is so awesome Mom you have to try my spaghetti!”  Which is a feat in its own right since she’s been known to be picky.  The same could be said for the next morning’s breakfast, just amazing and FRESH.  Complimentary breakfast doesn’t hurt and includes omelets, whole grain waffle station, freshly baked muffins and breads, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, oatmeal and homemade granola.  Eating healthy to feel your best during your stay is not a choice. Guests will also get complimentary Wi-Fi to utilize in the lobby and even the ability to do their laundry if they choose in the laundry facilities.  If you choose to just stay at the resort and not see the sights for a day of your stay (or more!) there are poolside daybed loungers, a whirlpool, tennis courts, and other activities to keep you active and busy.

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Mountain Ranch Resort wants their guests to think of them as more than a place to just sleep at night.  They want you to enjoy yourself while you make plans to visit places such as the Grand Canyon.  The resort has all the amenities that you could ever want to make you relax and get away from it all for just a little while.

Mountain Resort wants to be able to change your life in a way that you will remember them and keep coming back. A healthy experience on your vacation may just empower you to bring some of those lifestyle and behaviors back with you when you leave.  Transforming what was hospitality into a healthy and memorable experience that is relaxing all at the same time.  With all the fitness activities that you have to choose from it will be a wonder if you don’t find something that you will enjoy when visiting.

Their 35 acres allows you to enjoy activities such as horseback riding, hiking, biking, tennis and swimming.  There are also fitness, yoga and weight loss classes that you can attend.  Their fitness and training centers that they have will give you an alternative to going outside if that is not what you like to do.  There is guaranteed to be a program for you.

The retreat packages that are available are meant to help you, your family or even a group of corporate workers come together and learn how to have a healthier lifestyle.  You will enjoy meals that are prepared by their award-winning chef, sit in on classes that will inform you and even get coaching if you so desire one-on-one.

If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon or if you are in Phoenix and want a getaway that isn’t far, then this is definitely the resort you want to visit.  They have all inclusive packages that include breakfast, dinner, horse back-riding and fitness classes!  Please visit the website for their Arizona Getaway Packages and Activities Calendar today and check them out on Facebook!  Resort memberships are something that you can look into acquiring so that you can enjoy any of these activities whenever you would like.

We are already looking ahead to later in the year to share this gem with family.

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Capture and Share Life Uniquely with GoPro from Best Buy

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Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of the NEW GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories to complete the package.  GoPro cameras make perfect gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, moms and dads, athletes to performers, to gadget gurus — and with the Holidays approaching they are on the top of many a wish list!   GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to living.


Take your life to a whole new level!  I have seen GoPros everywhere lately.  And they are not just for the adrenaline junkies.  I recently attended a wedding where the bride wore a GoPro to record her day, from walking down the aisle to tossing the bouquet.  The uses are endless, the fun is there for the taking and you can record it from a unique perspective to enjoy over and over again.


·  GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.


·  GoPro HERO4 Silver: the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.


·   GoPro HERO: Featuring high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.  12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates.

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Learn more at www.bestbuy.com/GoPro or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person!

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Grab tickets to great events at ScoreBig and set your own price!

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Have you been looking for a place that has great deals on tickets to an event that you want to attend?

ScoreBig.com is the place to go if you want to save big on tickets to everything – sports, concerts, theater, Broadway and family shows.  I was very impressed with the number and variety of events that are available around the country.  Here is something awesome so pay attention: You set the price and tell them what you want to be paying.  You also get an instant answer so that you know whether the price that you offered has been accepted.  There is nothing I hate more then trying to get something at a discounted price and having to bid on it and play the waiting game. You won’t have to do that with Score Big.  There are never any fees, you choose where you are wanting to sit and all seats will be ordered together and be next to each other.  There is no more picking out the cheapest seats and then not being able to sit with the people that you are going to the event with in the first place.

So here is a breakdown of how it all works:  You choose the event that you want to attend, you decide how much you want to pay, you choose a seating area so that your group can sit together, and you will get an instant answer on your offer.  I am not sure how getting a discount could be any more simple then that. 

ScoreBig.com is a place that allows you as the consumer to get the tickets that you want and a guaranteed savings of up to 60%.  For the businesses that partner with them,  ScoreBig  is the only channel that is used to move their unsold seats.  They are located in Los Angeles, California and were founded in 2009.  They have been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies and by Billboard as one of the 10 Best Start-ups of 2012.  If YOU want to go out, ScoreBig.com will help you find the tickets that you want at a price that you can afford to pay.

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Where’s the best ground beef? At Zaycon Foods of course!

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Have you been looking for a great and FRESH ground beef?  Zaycon Foods has a ground beef that is 93% lean and only 7% fat.  93/7 is what you will end up paying the most for at the grocery store.  I prefer to buy that mix because it is leaner and healthier.  I hate losing so much of what I paid for when I cook it, but sometimes 93/7 is just too pricey for the budget.  I was THRILLED to find out Zaycon Foods was going to be offering ground beef in a upcoming sale!  I don’t know about your home but we go through a lot of ground beef.   Zaycon Foods is already a brand I trust because we’ve bought their amazing chicken breasts before, so it was really easy for me to place my order and wait anxiously for the day to arrive.

The notice said 8-8:30 am and I set my alarm and told the kids we’d be leaving early to go get our beef!  What happened?  Well according to Murphy’s Law, anything can go wrong and it did!  I slept through my alarm!  Woke up in a panic and was still about 10 minutes away at 8:30 am.  I called their customer service line and she calmed me down (not an easy feat)  and she called the driver and he told her that he’d wait for me.  When I got there I was the last pick up for this stop of course.  I could have hugged that man but I didn’t (I’m sure he appreciated that).  I just let him do his job and he quickly loaded my 40 lbs of ground beef into my van.  So I can tell you from experience they are not just nice when you place the order, their team of people from the customer service representatives to the drivers are AMAZING.


I drove home and opened my box, what did I find?  Four 10-pound rolls of gorgeous looking ground beef.  Just sending me telepathic ideas for dinner!  I am in the process now of breaking it down into 1.5 lb freezer bags as well as setting tomorrow aside to do some cooking for some pre-made freezer meals.  But the best part for me is knowing that all of the beef is USDA-inspected and are monitored in compliance with all of the highest food safety standards. Before the beef is even began to be processed the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service will randomly sample the cattle under a monitoring plan and will perform testing to check for antibiotic residues.  The beef cattle through Zaycon Foods have a grass diet which is then supplemented for grains after they reach 700 pounds.  I really like that the cows are 100% raised in the USA and that there are no chemicals, additives or water added to the meat during processing.  This means there will be no pink slime.  That can be a huge turnoff when you are cooking the meat.


(this kid right here is thinking of burgers and lasagna LOL)


I trust Zaycon Foods.  I would never feed my family anything questionable in order so save money.  You can trust that the beef that you will be getting from Zaycon Foods will fall in what is considered the “super lean” category.  No greasy mess that you have to pick through in order to drain and hopefully get the best out of the beef that you are cooking.  With 7% fat, it is just enough to make sure the meat is not dry, and you get all the meat you paid for.  If you are curious check out the the product and nutrition label for the ground beef


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Zaycon Foods knows that you need good food to be happy and healthy, and they want you to know that their food tastes great.  You can go online to place your order and you will be shocked at how much you can get for such a low price.  On the day that your local Zaycon Foods has their sales event all you have to do is bring your order confirmation with you and get all of your delicious and nutritious foods.  It’s as easy as that and you will enjoy knowing that you are getting a great and healthy product from Zaycon Foods.

Zaycon Foods is privately owned and based in Spokane, Washington.  The company got it’s start in 2009 with one thing in mind, and that was to bring fresh farm meats directly to you, the consumer, at wholesale prices.  Farmers have the best stuff and they had experienced grocery stores and they knew how to move product to keep it at it’s freshest.  They just didn’t want a middle man involved so that they could get the food directly to you from the farmer and save you some money.  When Zaycon Foods first started, they just offered a few meats in a few areas but now they have grown and grown.  They now offer all kinds of foods from milk to berries to even salmon fillets, and they just keep expanding.  They are making it a mission to come to your area so that you can experience the Zaycon Foods way for yourself.

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Princess Baby loves the IcyBite Teether Keys from Nuby

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Princess Ava has been teething lately, and I must say I was relieved to receive an IcyBite Teether Keys & All Natural Pacifier & Teether Wipes Set from Nuby for review.  The IcyBite Teether Keys are recommended for children that are ages three months and up.  The keys are fun and she loves to shake them.  The multiple textured surfaces are great for breaking through new teeth — 3 so far!  The teether relieves the discomfort that often comes with sore and tender gums, and it gives her something to chew on besides her own hands.  As parents, we all want to relieve any of our little one’s pain and this is one way that you can do that.  The pûrICE™ Gel stays cooler longer compared to water filled soothers.  Frustration sets in with teethers that I have used in the past that require freezing for what seemed like forever (at least it seems that way with a fussy baby!) only for the coolness to go away after just a few minutes outside of the freezer.


The IcyBite Teether Keys are easy to hold so you won’t have to constantly worry whether or not your child will have a grip on them.  Ava loves chewing on them, Nuby logo included!   You can also set your mind at ease because these Teething Keys have been endorsed by Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist Dr. Grace Yum and are BPA-free.

A nice bonus is the All Natural Pacifier & Teether Wipes. They are vanilla milk scented and you get 48 of them to a pack.  You can use these wipes to clean anything from pacifiers and teethers to bottles, cups and toys.   Ava is at that stage where she drops and throws things on purpose, and my floors are not as clean as I would like them to be.  The wipes are alcohol free so you can be assured that they are non-toxic with a safe all natural formula.  Clean and keep your child’s things sanitized without having to worry about them putting them right back in their mouth.  Everything is clean and safe at the same time.

You can purchase the IcyBite Teether Keys & All Natural Pacifier & Teether Wipes at TJ Maxx retailers.

IcyBite™ Teether Keys & All Natural Pacifier & Teether Wipes Set

IcyBite™ Teether Keys

  • 3 months +
  • pûrICE™ Gel stays cooler longer compared to water filled soothers
  • Multiple textured surfaces
  • Relieves the discomfort of sore & tender gums
  • Easy to hold
  • Endorsed by Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist Dr. Grace Yum

All Natural Pacifier & Teether Wipes

  • 48 vanilla milk scented wipes
  • Naturally cleans pacifiers, teethers, bottles, cups & toys
  • Alcohol Free
  • Non-Toxic and Safe all Natural Formula

At Nuby all they want is to make the lives of parents and children more easy, simple and fun. The hold themselves to the highest quality and continue to develop products that let parents have everything that they need to succeed in helping their baby’s development.  Their products are inspired by nature and offer parents a simple and safe solution.

Since the 1970’s Luv n’ Care has been on the path of creating high quality and innovative products.  Their expertise in all of the stages that a baby goes through as they develop helps parents make the best decisions along the journey.  The Nuby brand has products that cover feeding, weaning, soothing, play, bath and nursery.


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Nuby “Under the Sea™ Teether” is an ocean of fun for teething little ones


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Our little Princess is almost 6-months-old now (How did that happen?) and she is way more interested in toys.  Her main goal seems to put anything she can pick up into her mouth.  I know that part of that is exploring, but part if it is teething.  I want to make sure that anything she chews on is safe for her, so we try to keep plenty of safe toys handy.  I swear my house looks like a baby store exploded in here…but I digress…so needless to say the baby has many toys to choose from.  But she is getting bored with things more easily now, and the toys need to be more colorful and have more to them than just a plain rattle.  Nuby sent me their Under the Sea™ Teether to try, and I think I was more excited at first than the baby. 

Under the Sea™ Teether

For use from 3 months old and BPA Free, the Under the sea™ teether by Nuby has many different textures that gently massage Princess baby’s tender gums as she explores and has fun.  It washes easily (Important for all that drool).  It is cute and colorful and just the right size for her little hands to hold (and drop for me to pick up haha) and she LOVES the little cloth ribbons.  She will chew on them or just feel them with her fingers very gently before shaking the whole thing like a rattle and yelling and laughing.  This toy is a HIT so I am ordering the Seahorse.  The Under the sea™ teether by Nuby is carried at JCPenney and Amazon – two of my fave retailers.

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Living Gluten Free? Check out Udi’s Gluten Free Products and you could WIN

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When you hear the term “Living Gluten Free” you imagine a life without baked goods.   At least that’s what I imagined when I was told I was gluten sensitive…a life of no more toast with jam, of no more sandwiches, and no lattes with a morning muffin.  I got a little sad since bread and I go way back, and we even survived my short lived venture into carb free living (but that’s another story ☺).   Despite my sensitivity, I was stubborn and often lived to regret my dalliances with baked goods.  Ummmm Hello, I am Princess T and I’m Gluten Sensitive and stubborn.  I kept thinking I’d be OK that I could over come this.  I’d tell my body what to do.  Boy was I wrong!  Bloated tummy aches and troubles plus crankiness became my new bff’s due to my denial.  When it was recommended to me that my son also try to live Gluten Free, I knew it was time to act.  It was not just me it was now affecting my child so we had to make a change and make it now.

Thankfully I found Udi’s Gluten Free Products.  Their comprehensive line of gluten free products has made our transition smooth.  Now, I won’t say that I don’t stare longingly at the fresh baked roll at the steak house, but I can have a yummy Harvest Crunch muffin with my coffee in the mornings and feel fantastic afterwards!  What about lunch?  That’s where Udi’s line of sliced bread comes in, NO CARDBOARD taste.  Trust me you will not miss gluten.  You won’t feel like you are missing out.  You can have sandwiches again!  Pair them up with their Ancient Grains Crisps and you will be one happy camper.


What about my son?  Well he loves a bagel and cream cheese and he can have that with Udi’s bagels too!  And like any kid he loves a nice treat after a long day of 5th grade, and as you can see he loves Udi’s soft baked chocolate chip cookies.


Now I do have a problem. What is it you ask?  Keeping my husband and daughter away from my yummy gluten free snacks and breads.  But that’s okay, I’ll share ’cause I love them so much.  And since we at Couponista Queen’s Castle Headquarters love our fans so much, we are super excited to announce that thanks to Udi’s Gluten Free, one lucky fan will win their own Udi’s Sampler pack!  Simply enter using the super easy form below, and a winner will be selected after the sweepstakes closes at Midnight Central 3/16/14.

You will love Udi’s Gluten Free as much as we do.  Happy Living Gluten Free!  Good Luck!

Score a $1.00 off coupon good on ANY Udi’s product when you join the Udi’s Gluten Free community

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Runaway to Albuquerque! Hotel Cascada, An Urban Resort

Runaway to Albuquerque!  Hotel Cascada, An Urban Resort 

When I lived in California I took road trips in California, never really
venturing outside the state.  Then we started coming to Phoenix, AZ and
I started to fall in love with the state, so much so that we moved here
3 years ago.  But now that we live here our road trips are usually aimed
West and we keep going back to California, ignoring the fact that we
have the whole rest of the US to the East of us.

I’ve read about Albuquerque, NM because I love hot air balloons, and on my
short list is to attend the International Balloon Festival that is held there
yearly.  In my daily internet surfing I stumbled upon the Hotel Cascada and
I was intrigued.  Here in Phoenix we have a lot of resorts but right now all
the pools and lazy rivers are closed for the winter.  The Hotel Cascada has an
indoor water park attached to the hotel!  It’s an Urban Resort, right in the
bustling area of Alburquerque!

From about Thanksgiving to New Years I avoid the stores, the malls … heck I
try to not even go to CVS.  The hustle and bustle gets to be a little too much for me.

I wanted to get out of town and explore my new neighbors.  What better place to
escape the winter blues then heading to a water-park?  Since my kids are part fish I knew they would enjoy it.

Why not?

At about a 6 hour drive from Phoenix (7 hours from Las Vegas, 7 .5 hours
from Salt Lake City, 6 hours from Denver, 3 hours from El Paso
and 45 min from Santa Fe), Albuquerque is not that far. We left at 6am and
we started our trek driving through some of the most picturesque land I had
ever seen. We stopped at the information center for the Petrified Forest,
we veered off our mapped course to drive a bit on Route 66, we stopped to
see Indian artifacts along Navajo Nation as well as stopping at the Continental Divide!

All in all we had a great road trip leading to Albuquerque!

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Arriving to Albuquerque at about 3:30 pm we came to the Hotel Cascada. From
the outside you can not imagine how large of a resort it truly is and what gems
you will find.  How about an interior koi fish pond?  An indoor pool where they
show kids films in addition to the indoor water-park?  The exterior court (brrrr)
has a few fire pits with comfy chairs to sit and sip hot chocolate from and also a little
green putting area.  We checked into our rooms, a King room with an adjoining
double room for our kids.  Great space, comfy beds, a working desk (can’t stay too
far from my deals so this was perfect) and a 42 in flat screen.  But we were not here
to sleep so on with our bathing suits and away we went!  The Hotel Cascada has two
sessions starting on Fridays for the park. It opens at 10 am and goes to 3 pm and then
again from 4pm to 9pm. It has a lazy river, two water slides, a toddler/small kids area,
a mini obstacle course area (my daughter called it mini-wipe out), a water basketball
playing court and a flow rider!

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My family and I played, swam and boogie boarded well into the evening and then we
went up to our room and had some of the best pizza and wings from their room
service.  The next day up and early to have breakfast which was also just as delicious.
I had some of the yummiest eggs benedict I have had in a long time. Then back to the
water-park for some more fun!

I do want to tell you one thing. I’ve been to a lot of resorts and this one in particular
is not only clean and family oriented but they take safety very seriously. We had lots
of life guards on the floor at all times, which is totally reassuring. The staff that works
the flow rider was amazing, they helped the kids feel reassured at riding the waves since
they had never gone on one before.

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I totally plan on going back in the near future to Albuquerque, to see more of the
Rio Grande and to catch the next Balloon Festival.  We came back happy, refreshed and
ready to go back, largely in part to the excellent accommodations and service.

Right now they have excellent promotions so please make sure to visit their page.

 Web page:  Hotel Cascada 

Facebook Page:  Hotel Cascada FB 

They have the Slip and Slide into the Holidays for $199 that includes use of
the water-park for two days, pizza dinner and breakfast for two!  If you like me need
a mini break from the hustle and bustle then make sure to put them on your list for
a great family getaway.  My kids asked me today when we can go back!


The reviewer was compensated with a stay at Hotel Cascada in exchange for this review.  All opinions are 100% authentic.

Twist on Tradition with Nestle El Mejor Nido and All You Magazine!


Twist on Tradition with Nestle El Mejor Nido and All You Magazine!

When the CQ Stacy told me that we had been chosen by Nestle to test drive their new recipes, Twist on Tradition I was super excited.  Having grown up with both American and Latin American products from Nestle they are a brand that I trust, love and that I now give to my own family and recommend to my friends.

I was sent a wonderful basket from Nestle El Mejor Nido that included everything I needed to try traditional recipes with a twist, the December issue of All of You Magazine, and their Limited Edition Holiday Entertaining Guide.  Now once I got the basket I got a little nervous because as I’ve shared before I’m not that exceptional in the kitchen.  But my nervousness was quickly put to rest as these recipes are not only easy they are deliciosas!

I was super excited to try the Flan Impossible as it blended my two loves, chocolate Devils food cake and Flan!  But I had never ever ever made flan on my own so I was really happy to know that using Nestle evaporated milk and condensed milk La Lechera I was going to be able to make a dessert I’d be happy and proud to serve to my family at future gatherings.


Flan Impossible was not only a huge hit for dessert I caught my husband and daughter having some for breakfast the next day!

The creaminess is due to the wonderful ingredients found in Nestle Evaporated and Condensed Milks.

Next up I made the kids a special treat that had Frozen Nestle Drumsticks and Abuelita brand hot chocolate mix.  WOW the kids loved this as a nice treat and I loved knowing that they were having a treat made with the great ingredients found in these Nestle products.   I even made my own hot chocolate with Abuelita, this has been a brand my mom has used since I can remember and we’ve always loved it but now so much more convenient in a powder mix and not just a hard tablet.

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My own brats…ah er I mean prince and princess enjoying their Frozen Hot Chocolate.

I’m really excited about these recipes because they are easy to make, simple to follow and they include ingredients I recognize – nothing I have to Google ☺  I registered at El Mejor Nido.com and was just amazed at all the great recipes I found, so you should also come and join the fun by registering today!   I’m going to be cooking up a storm in the next few weeks and now I have great inspiration!   It’s a full site that you can choose in either English or Spanish so not only can I find great recipes but I’m also sharing with my Spanish speaking friends and  family!

Now we are really excited to share these great products and recipes with you our super fans!  Nestle El Mejor Nido has generously given us 3 baskets like the one  pictured above to giveaway to 3 of our muy fabuloso fans so that you can start also cooking and baking with your own Twist on Tradition!

Your basket includes products and recipes that provide a new twist on traditional flan and hot chocolate!


These two recipes provide delicious and creative new variations on flan and hot chocolate.  Let them inspire you to recreate other dishes a tu manera.




Flan Cake / “Flan Impossible”

This Flan Cake (Flan Impossible) recipe is the perfect choice when you are looking for a unique alternative for family and friends entertaining. You’ll love the layered look and tasty flavors of this inverted cake. You can make this ahead and serve when ready.

Prepared with Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk and La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk.


Frozen Hot Cocoa

Surprise and delight your family with a twist on a traditional hot chocolate with this unique recipe that will take your love of hot chocolate to another level.

Prepared with Nestlé Frozen Drumstick and Abuelita


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The reviewer received compensation and or free samples from Nestle and All You Magazine to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% authentic.

I love this bassinet for baby – Check out Kolcraft’s Cuddle’n Care 2-in-1 Bassinet & Incline Sleeper

Couponista Queen was sent merchandise to facilitate this review, but as always all opinions are 100% my own.

Kolcraft Cuddle 'n Care Bassinet

When we were preparing a list of things we would need for the new baby, a bassinet was at the top.  I knew that I wanted to be able to have her close to the bed at night.  I needed to be able to check on her easily and I wanted her to feel close to us, plus it would be easier to grab her and nurse in bed versus having to go to the nursery.  I shopped around and I saw lots of options on bassinets, and prices that varied from $50 to well over $300.  Fate has a way of stepping in because Kolcraft gave me a Cuddle’n Care 2-in-1 Bassinet & Incline Sleeper as a baby gift, and it was one I had been looking at anyhow!  I was so excited when the box arrived that I made the King put it together that very night.

Kolcraft Bassinet out of box

Everything was well packaged and the instructions were easy to understand.  It took the King around 20 minutes to assemble the bassinet, and it seemed very straightforward to me.  We did not argue during the project so you gals know that is a successful assembly hehe.  After he finished putting it together I promptly took it apart to wash, and I put those pieces back on with no trouble at all.  It has been washed another time since and still looks show-room perfect.  I really love the pattern and the colors.  Our bedroom is gray and tan, so something pink and girlish would stick out like a sore thumb.  The green and gray colors on the bassinet are perfect to blend into the decor.  The bassinet itself is well constructed and I feel at easy laying my baby down to sleep in it.  The bassinet comes with a regular mattress plus an incline sleeper for when they are really little or for when they have a spitting up problem.  The incline sleeper has been perfect for us, as Ava needs to be inclined to sleep because she has a little acid reflux.  I love it also because she is a squirmy sleeper and the incline snugly straps her in and keeps her in the middle of the mattress to sleep.  We sometimes use the bassinet in other rooms, and the wheels can be made to roll for this, but normally they are positioned so that the bassinet rocks.  Making the wheels roll is not arduous, but one thing I would love is the ability to turn the wheels forward and back and to have a handle so that I could push the bassinet from room to room like a buggy.

Kolcraft bassinet assembling

The bassinet has a canopy, which is handy to shield Ava from light for nights when we watch a little TV before collapsing from exhaustion.  There is a cute mobile that detaches in seconds, though since Ava is too little to show much interest in it I don’t have it installed at the moment.   There is also a roomy basket under the mattress area that is handy for blankets and extra bassinet pads and sheets, or anything you might want nearby for baby.  One if the best things about this bassinet is the Light Vibes® unit.  It plays 4 different sound categories from music to nature sounds, plus it can vibrate to soothe the fussy baby.  And bonus-especially at 3 AM: it has a small light that I can use to peek at baby during the night without waking her up.  She sleeps so well in this bassinet that when I wake in the night and have not heard from her in awhile I use the light to check on her.

Bassinet assembled view 1

The price of this bassinet is reasonable and gives you a quality piece of furniture that will last far beyond the time your little one outgrows it.  We have a crib for Ava already, but I am enjoying the time that she spends in this bassinet in our room.  She will grow too fast and I like having her near us.  I would definitely recommend this bassinet for your baby registry.  Check out the Kolcraft Bassinets!

Bassinet assembled view 2

 Couponista Queen was sent merchandise to facilitate this review, but as always all opinions are 100% my own.

Chocolate milk after exercise? Rockin’ Refuel® Review and Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rockin Refuel® for SocialSpark.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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Low-fat chocolate milk is the original protein drink.  In addition to getting the right combination of carbs and protein, research suggests low-fat chocolate milk is a naturally nutrient-rich protein drink that helps you refuel and rehydrate within the critical two-hour recovery window after exercise.  photo Untitled_zpsd8706714.jpg

Shamrock Farms® created the Rockin’ Refuel® line to provide active individuals with delicious, natural protein beverages to deliver the best nutrition for their workout.  Because it contains real milk, Rockin’ Refuel is an excellent source of protein and calcium, and is the only protein beverage that boasts naturally occurring electrolytes.  And it tastes great.  Seriously – really great.  The chocolate is rich and very satisfying.  It is easy to enjoy every last drop, and unlike other protein drinks I have tried, this is not chalky and there is no aftertaste. Now that baby Ava is over a month old, I am finally feeling better and most of the post-baby swelling is gone.  I am able to start an exercise routine again, and for now I can only walk 0n the treadmill.  My doctor wants me to wait longer to do anything more since I am still healing from the c-section.  Still, I want to make sure that even though I am not hard-core training I am still getting back into an exercise routine and I want to make sure that I do it in a healthy way.  While I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes, and I had to carefully watch my diet (particularly carbs) and I exercised after every meal to lower my blood sugar.  I learned from my dietician that it is important to have protein with a carb,and this line has extra protein.  There is twice as much protein in the Rockin’ Refuel as there is in the same size reduced fat milk, with the same amount of calories!  And now since I am breastfeeding my body needs an extra 400-500 calories a day to produce milk, and I want to make sure that I eat enough healthy calories to provide for both her needs and mine.  I need to snack frequently and drink plenty of milk, and it is especially important for me to get a good snack after I spend time working out.

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Shamrock Farms® created the Rockin’ Refuel® line to provide active individuals with delicious, natural protein beverages to deliver the best nutrition for their workout.  Because it contains real milk, Rockin’ Refuel Protein Milk Beverage is an excellent source of protein and calcium, and is the only protein beverage that boasts naturally occurring electrolytes. And it tastes great- not chalky like other protein beverages!  I have already gone and gotten more of the Rockin’ Refuel® because I love the taste and it is easy for me to drink a glass of chocolate milk after I manage some time on the treadmill.  Plus it is easy to find Rockin’ Refuel in the dairy section of your local Walmart and at www.RockinRefuel.com.

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Eden Allure Argan Oil Review


Couponista Queen was provided compensation and/or product to facilitate this review.  As always, opinions are honest and no dependent on compensation.

EDEN ALLURE IS one of the few companies that market pure refined and deodorized Argan oil.  They deodorize it to remove the nutty odor that many people find offensive, and then refine it to remove any possible toxins that may be in it. (Argan oil comes from Morocco, and unfortunately they do not have the same quality standards we do in the USA).  This process costs more money, but Eden Allure wants to make sure their customers are getting the safest product possible.

Their current promotion is a 15% discount for first time buyers!  Please subscribe to their newsletter when buying for future promotions and product information!


Eden Allure Reviewed by Princess T.

When I moved to Phoenix a lot of things changed in my life.  I became a stay at home Mom, I started to really coupon, and I started to experiment with DIY concoctions.  One thing that also changed A LOT that I had not anticipated was my skin.  My face became so dry, dry in the summer because of the dry heat (you know a dry 120 degrees doesn’t feel that bad, like 118 ☺) and dry in the winter.  I started to feel a little reptilian because my face would peel on really bad days.  I was always trying one thing and then another to hide this little problem.  My skin felt as dry as the parched soil that surrounded me.


Yep this what my skin felt like…

I started to feel that it was just how my skin would be until I further adapted to my new surroundings.  Deep sigh.  BUT I recently was given the opportunity to try Eden Allure Pure Argan Oil from Morocco and Beauty bar and I was very excited to see if this would help me.   But I had a lot of  questions too.  Aside from extremely dry skin I also have some oily areas and some occasional breakouts, so would this oil make one problem worse?  Would it smell medicinal?  But at the same time I’m 40 now, no longer a spring chickadee so I need to start to think about skin repair and anti-aging.

I started washing my face with the beauty bar and then applying  just a drop or two of the Pure Argan Oil to my face and let it be absorb.  It’s not oily feeling and it has no medicinal smell on your face.  It gets absorbed quickly and what is left is beautifully silky soft skin.  I was concerned about more acne, but Aragon Oil is proven to work to prevent acne.  My skin is starting to heal and I couldn’t be happier.

All you need are a couple of drops to start seeing the difference!


Some characteristics of Eden Allure’s Natural Moroccan Argan Oil

Moroccan Argan Oil is very rich in:

Vitamin F (omega 6): anti-aging and anti-dryness of skin

Vitamin E: A powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory for sensitive skin, UV protection, and aids in cutaneous micro-circulation. Also neutralizes free radicals

Phenols: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, powerful against fungus and bacteria, activates blood circulation and activates Vitamin C

Triterpens: restructure cells, is anti-inflammatory and slows down cell aging

Squalene: suggested to prevent against skin cancer

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Maui Excellent saved me while I had the flu – Win some for yourself!

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I recently had the flu.  The actual influenza.  In May.  The irony is not lost on me, and I had not been that sick in a LONG time.

One of the symptoms of the flu is achy and sore muscles, and I had them in spades, especially in my neck and shoulders where I am sore all the time anyhow from blogging.

I had JUST gotten some new products to try from Maui Excellent and I dragged myself out of bed to check them out.  I received two products.  The first one, Volcano Oil, comes in a convenient roll-on applicator bottle that allows me to use it on myself without getting the product all over my hands.  It really helped the achy muscles in my neck, and when I applied it to my temples my headache felt much less severe.  I put a dab under my nostrils and that seemed to clear my sinuses for a short time.  Any relief was welcome!  The Volcano Oil Gel I mainly used on my chest to help relieve the congestion and the coughing, but the King also used it to massage my neck and shoulders for me and that was heavenly.   The Volcano Oil and the Volcano Oil Gel both contain an analgesic combined with the healing properties of mints, and they relieve  headaches, sore muscles, pain & congestion.  These two products work as asvertised, and they really helped me to survive the flu.  I plan to keep using them for my achy muscles and (knock on wood) the next time I get sick.  LIKE Maui Excellent on Facebook and keep up-to-date on their latest news and product information, then scroll down for a chance to win some Maui Excellent of your own.

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Maui Excellent wants YOU to have a chance to experience the healing benefits of Volcano Oil for yourself.  One lucky fan will win a prize package containing a Volcano Oil and Volcano Oil Gel [$25.98 Value].  To enter, please use the easy Rafflecopter form below.  This sweepstakes will close at 12:01 AM CT on May 31, 2013 and is open to US residents age 18 and over.  Good Luck!

Couponista Queen received complimentary products from Maui Excellent to review.  All opinions are my own.  Please see Couponista Queen’s Privacy Policy and Disclosures

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Review – Phineas and Ferb The Best Live Tour Ever!


Last Saturday we saw Phineas and Ferb The Best Live Tour Ever! at the Chaifetz Arena on the Saint Louis University Campus.  The kids were very excited to see this show and we got there early.  We had great seats and everyone was thoroughly entertained.  The children’s favorite parts were the marshmallow dance and the squirrels on the pants — we all had a wonderful afternoon and it was great to spend the time together having fun and laughing and singing.  The show was just long enough to keep everyone’s attention, and we had a blast.  If this show makes a stop near you, it is well worth seeing!

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Check out my review of Chewy.com + Exclusive offer just for Couponista Queen fans!

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When I was offered the opportunity to review for Chewy.com, I jumped at the chance.  Our family dogs are happy (and somewhat spoiled) pets, and I am always searching for toys, foods, etc. to make life better for them.  Chewy.com is proud to offer the best brands to help your pet lead a happy and healthy life.

I chose two items from Chewy.com and ordering was easy.  Shipping was blazing fast.  They shipped the next day and I had my order in 5 days!


In my box was Frontline Plus for Small Dogs and the Natural Balance Dog Food Roll Holiday Pack.  My only small complaint is that the package of Frontline did get a little crushed by the weight of the food.  Bubble wrap would be a quick fix, but the product is fine.  I wanted to try the Frontline to make sure that it is indeed the same as I get at my veterinarian’s office — and it is identical in every way except one — the price is less!


As for the Natural Balance Dog Food Roll Holiday Pack, I wanted to try it because I like to add to my poodle’s dry food…but I am careful about what I add.  People food is a no-no, and wet food can rot her teeth.  The consistency of this food is perfect.  It reminds me of a good summer sausage, and it smells and looks great.  The best part of this food is that it can be sliced, diced, chopped, or shredded like cheese!  There are handy measuring marks on each roll so you don’t overfeed.  Millie really likes this, and I will be getting more for her.



I am very pleased with my entire experience and I am now a Chewy customer!  You can be, too.

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Use code COUP2498 and receive 10% off your first order PLUS Chewy.com will donate $10 to the Best Friends Animal Society!



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